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Posted on Apr 24, 2009

So, Sean Hannity told Charles Grodin on Wednesday night that he would agree to be waterboarded “for charity”—and you’d better believe that that sort of talk wasn’t lost on Keith Olbermann. On Thursday’s “Countdown,” Olbermann upped the ante for Hannity’s date with “enhanced interrogation techniques” by offering to open his own pocketbook for the cause.



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By Sodium, April 30, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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Re: Mark E. Smith,April 30 at 1:54 am.


Thank you again,my friend,for mentioning Ward Churchill’s books which you had already read,namely:

(1) “A Little Matter Of Genocide”
(2) “Agents For Repressions”
(3) “Perversions of Justice”

I will purchase those three books and read them because Ward has been honest as humanly as any human being could possibly be so. Whether one agrees with him or not,Ward has the full right,as spelled out in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,to express what was/is in his heart,regrdless of his critics and haters may say about him.

I am a white man,but I have never condoned what the white Anglo-Saxsons had done to the Native Americans,let alone approving it. As far as I am concerned,the Native Americans must be fully compensated,along with the African Americans,for what the white Anglo-Saxsons had done to them.

A real disgusting asshole like Bill O’ Reilly of Fixed News,had tried to push the Board of Reagents of University of Colorado to fire Ward who had/has tenure,but failed.He even tried, again through his disgusting TV show,to bully the governor of Colorado to intervene to fire Ward from his tenured job as a Professor at University of Colorado and again failed. I have lost touch since then and I have no idea whether Ward is still teaching there or not.

Furthermore,University of Hawaii had invited Ward to make a speech there. With typical bullying rudeness,Bill O’Reilly,and once more through his disgusting TV show,tried to influence the University of Hawaii to cancel the invitation and failed once more.

Please notice that I have tried to avoid using Ward’s last name in my foregoing presentation. The reason stems from the fact that I have NO RESPECT,whaysoever,to Winston Churchill of Britain, because he was a real real RACIST. You need not take my word. Just read of what he said in criticizing his British Generals who were “Squeamish” (that was the exact word he used) in using Chemical Weapons against “uncivilized People!!”,during World War One. How low can a RACIST like Winston Churcill get!! Therefore,the last name of the good Professor,WARD CHURCHILL,has become an enigma to me. I wish WARD changes his last name legally and through one of U.S. Court. He will do himself,and of corse me also,a big favor.

Once again,I thank you,Mark,for the information you have generously provided about the books you have already read. Most appreciated.

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By Mark E. Smith, April 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

Sodium, my good friend, I too am an avid reader. I’ve just finished reading three books by Ward Churchill, “A Little Matter of Genocide,” “Agents of Repression,” and “Perversions of Justice.” While reading those I also read two novels suggested by someone here on TruthDig, “Blindness” and “Seeing” by Jose Saramago. And I’m also reading, “Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor” by Paul Farmer, and a very strange book called, “Dr. Mary’s Monkey,” by Edward T. Haslam.

Neither of my daughters inherited my love of books. One is a corporate copyright attorney (I’m a big fan of copyleft or Creative Commons myself), but the other works for a gourmet chocolates company and if there is anything in life almost as good as books, I think it might be chocolate.

If not for torture, genocide, fascism, and the inherent inability of “civilization” to live according to the Golden Rule, we might have been an ecologically viable species. We were for millenia and then along came the concepts of ownership, mastery, and dominance, and the wonders of creation became nothing more than profitable resources to be plundered and desecrated. We cannot restore the earth, but we can reject what is and respect what was.

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By Sodium, April 29, 2009 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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Re: Mark E.Smith,April 28 at 12:24 pm


Altough I cannot do what you are doing because of heart health problems plus my daily obligations to help my wife of 42 years,who ended up unable to walk without a Walker,I am interested in reading,at least,one of the two books you mentioned,out of sheer curiosity. I love to read books in different subjects. The number of books I have read,and counting,in my 75 years of life is incredible. I have boxes at the top of one another full of old books,in the basement. I wanted to donate them all to a local library but my daughter said that she wanted to inherit them first and take a look at every one of them before denoting them to my favorite local library. Interesting!!!

I shall try to get the two books you have mentioned from Borders book srore which is located not too far from where I live.

Mark: Thank you for the information about growing food in a small space and about the books. I have highly appreciated your gracious communications with me. You have sounded to me like a person I would like to have as a neighbor and friend. I wish you the best of success in your effort to grow your own vegetables. A truly GREAT IDEA…..

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By Mark E. Smith, April 28, 2009 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

Sodium, thanks for the information about Olbermann and Maddow.

I’m not disciplined or austere, just low-income.

Don’t they have farmers markets where you live? I recently started learning organic gardening at a nearby community college garden that allows public volunteers three mornings a week, and I’ve started growing food on the tiny balcony of my senior building apartment, which fortunately gets some sun. It is totally amazing how much food one can grow in a very small space.

There’s a book with an incredibly long title, “How to grow more vegetables : and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine: a primer on the life-giving grow biointensive method of sustainable horticulture,” by John Jeavons, and another book by Ruppenthal called, “Fresh food from small spaces : the square inch gardener’s guide to year-round growing, fermenting, and sprouting.”

By simply letting one potato sprout and planting it in a pot, you can get pounds and pounds of potatoes. Greens like lettuce and spinach can thrive when planted close together and if harvested regularly, will keep replenishing themselves. Even the most incompetent gardeners (that would be me) can grow cherry tomatoes, which are hardy and healthy.

Not having a lawn, I had to buy pots and planters, organic potting soil, and some seeds, but I expect the results to quickly repay my investment with nutritious interest. You can get a lot of help online if you google Food Not Lawns and Hyperlocavore.

Money doesn’t grow on trees but surprisingly to many of us who grew up in a capitalist culture, food does. And not just on trees, but in bushes, small plants, roots, and anywhere you plant food. And the food you grow organically is non-GMO organic food—the kind you have to pay a premium to buy. Plus you save gas not driving to the store, or, if you take the bus as I do, save a lot of time.

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By Sodium, April 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Mark E. Smith,April 27 at 3:13 pm.


Just short notes on some of the content of your above Re:

~ An interesting life style you adhere to.

~ You sound like a well disciplined man and a man of austerity as well. I do respect such qualities in a man.

~ I have given-up about the main stream media a long time ago.I no longer watch it or seek to listen to it.But I do like watching COUNTDOWN,anchored by Keith Olbermann and THE RACHELL MADDOW SHOW on MSNBC TV. Both Keith and Rachell sound honest to me,with the problems,issues and news they analyze.

~ I no longer seek news gathering from even BBC after they had shown their true colors during the recent Gaza war. I do follow as much as I can what aljazeera has to say about the news of the day.

~ Yeah,Rachell Maddow is “another gatekeeper”,as you put it,but a pleasant one,I must say.

~ 9/11 is a NONO to both Keith Olberman and Rachell Maddow. Of course,they will be fired if they deviate from the corporates line. However,they are the only neutralizing factor-and strongly so-to the daily venoms of Fox News keep bombarding the public 24 hours 7 days a week.

~ I bought vegetables,couple of times,from some farmers selling their produce in shacks on the roads or on old high ways and each time I was ripped off. These days,I buy what I need from the supermarket. I pay what other people pay for their vegetables and I do not feel ripped off.

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By Mark E. Smith, April 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

DMFD, you must have missed the post where I wrote, “I don’t think today’s fascist propagandists should be waterboarded (unless they ask for it), because I’m opposed to torture, but I believe they are all as guilty as Goebbels and should be prosecuted.”

As for the “unless they ask for it” part, that is not to satisfy me, but because I know that many Libertarians believe in the right of people to freely choose to be slaves or to be tortured, and I don’t want to disrespect people or in any way infringe on their rights to freely choose whatever they want. It is because of such insanity that I’m not a Libertarian, but I respect their right to their beliefs.

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By nwieder, April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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Being interviewed by Charles Grodin?
In some parts that’s worse than waterboarding.

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By DMFD, April 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

Love it, love it, love it.  To everyone that has posted in the past, and the present, about how bad Bush, Cheney, and the rest of their “ilk” are so cruel you need to take a look at your posts.  You are so outraged, you are asking “if he takes the challenge I want front row!” “To raise more money there first needs to be a raffle to see who gets the privilege of water boarding manatee.  I’d like to get in on that!” etc, etc, etc. There is not a one of you that is against torture if it makes you feel better.  Is there?  Take a look in the mirror you’re no better than those “evil” people in the last administration.  Save your name calling and any other badmouthing you have towards me and re-focus it on doing something positive.  Just making a point.  Peace

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By Mark E. Smith, April 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, Sodium.

Actually, I prefer to avoid visiting mainstream websites if I can. I rely on others to post the best clips to alternative media websites.

Just as TV channels can charge advertisers according to the amount of viewers they have, websites can charge advertisers according to the number of views they get. So in the same way that I try to shop local farmers markets rather than chain stores, I try to limit my web surfing to small sites that need public support because they don’t get support from large corporations.

I don’t know who Chris Matthews is, and a program called “Hardball” doesn’t sound very appetizing, but I’ve heard about Rachael Maddow. Has she spoken out about 9/11 Truth, or is she another gatekeeper?

Until people realize that 9/11 was a false flag operation like the Reichstag fire, many will continue to justify our government’s crimes against humanity abroad and tyranny at home. Left gatekeepers can bemoan torture all they want, but unless they attack the staged justification for it, they are perpetuating the lies.

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By Lawlessone, April 27, 2009 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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The one and maybe only thing that made the US of A different from all the countries of the world and maybe of all history was that it stood for something more than just self interest or mere self protection.  It stood for certain almost unique principles, one of which was that we do not torture.  No matter the provocation, no matter the magnitude of the threat, no matter the strength or pervasiveness of the enemy, no matter the risk of delay or harm.  We did not torture as official policy and we did not tolerate those who do.  Simply calling it something else was never a defense.  And, I have never understood why the current crop of Republicans hates so much what America once proudly stood for.

Here are a couple thoughts since it does not look like the Republican leadership and their followers will be satisfied until they get torture approved.  If we must be like the Nazis, the Imperial Japanese, the Spanish Inquisition, and all the others who used such methods without qualm, let’s at least insist on two preconditions. 

First, no one can vote for or authorize any torture method unless they themselves, their spouse and their children are subjected to it first by a sadist.  That might eliminate some of the worst methods.  Second, as to any methods that are NOT first “tested” by and survived by those employing them, let’s have some consequences.  IF they are used for, say, the apocryphal justification of the ticking Atom bomb, then fine, give the torturer a ticker tape parade, declare him a hero thanking him for saving humanity and have the parade route deliver him straight to solitary confinement for the rest of his life since anyone doing that obviously is not fit to mingle with the rest of humanity.  That way they get to call themselves “heroes”, but we will not have to have such dangerous sociopaths in our midst. 

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By xyzaffair, April 27, 2009 at 7:54 am Link to this comment
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A man wrote in to the Los Angeles Times last week wondering what all the waterboarding controversy was about.  He had undergone a waterboarding demonstration while in the Navy.  Since he was still alive and kicking at 77, he reasoned that waterboarding was harmless.  This, along with John Boehner’s claim that carbon dioxide shouldn’t be declared a toxic substance because people exhale it, is the kind of iron-clad logic we have come to expect from conservatives.

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By everynobody, April 27, 2009 at 5:30 am Link to this comment
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Yeah, right! Hannity (fox asshole) getting WB’d is a fucking joke, set-up, prank (high school), stunt and an insult to anybody WB’d for real! Get a life people!

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By Sodium, April 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Mark E. Smith,April 25 at 2:26 am.

“I am grateful for those who post Olbermann clips on the blogs. Noway I’d pay for cble TV just to watch a few minutes of one dude.”

Mark E. Smith,

You can watch Keith Olbermann’s COUNTDOWN as well as The Rachell Maddow Show and Chris Mathews’ HARDBALL on your computer screen. Just do the following steps on your computer:

(1) Type on the appropriate place of your computer:

(2) Hit the ENTER button on the typing panel and you will get the following labels or identifications listed horizontally at the top of the screen:


(3) Click on MSNBC TV. You will get pictures of Keith Olberman,Rachell Maddow,Chris Mathews etc…

(4) Just click on the picture of Keith Olbermann and you will get his show.You may have to wait a few seconds for loading.

My daughter taught me how to get all of the above and I had/have enjoyed watching COUNTDOWN,anchored by Keith Olbermann,ever since.I hope you do too.

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By Rex Chapman, April 26, 2009 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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While I think its funny for Keith to expose Hannity for being a shill; this is a very serious moment for our country, do we prosecute tortures even if it is the former administration? The problem with “water-torture for charity” is it again minimizes that A) water boarding is torture and has always been torture. and B) and re-frames the debate as to whether it is or is not a crime.

The conversion should be the about the GOP who sticks by their principles on Clinton’s impeachment, who deny health insurance to children, on stem cell research, and the stimulus package, will now quibble about the morality of torture. They called anyone who protested the war in Iraq Un-American, well torture is as Un-American as it gets. And these “compassionate conservatives” show that rule of law is only for them to put over on those who dissent, but does not apply to the GOP, no matter what crimes are committed. John McCain should be especially sanctioned for not speaking out for the rule of law, how truly sad that his suffering will not change his heart and not allow him to seek justice for torturers of the previous administration.

We must prosecute these war criminals!!

Treat them with humanity,” Washington instructed his lieutenants, ... “Let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British army.”

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By Garo, April 26, 2009 at 9:00 am Link to this comment
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It takes the toughness and intelligence of Keith Olbermann to keep the Sean Hannitys of the world on their toes.

A thousand cheers to Keith Olbermann.

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By Light the Watchtowers, April 26, 2009 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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Who have we become? It’s not
alright for this group to
torture that group, but its
okay to teach them a lesson
by torturing them.

Stop, it. All of you.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 26, 2009 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

To Purpolewolf and Mark Smith:

Thank you both for your thoughtful and perceptive posts on the topic under discussion! I really enjoyed reading every word of your posts, and thus feel more informed and enlightened as a result of your contributions.

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By Joe the Progressive, April 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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Keith should double the offer, but specify that it’s for the SECOND waterboarding. I haven’t heard any of these tough guys agree to do it more than once, let alone 200 times.

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By Mark E. Smith, April 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

I remember when the last left wing talk show host left the airwaves in my area. A right-wing corporation bought out his radio station.

I did what I’d heard that people in the old Soviet Union had done when they were behind the Iron Curtain. I bought a shortwave radio and listened to news from Canada, Australia, England, and whatever other countries broadcast in English.

There were some local pirate radio stations, but the FCC would frequently raid them and confiscate all their equipment, so that didn’t help much.

There was Democracy Now and Air America, but they weren’t actually on the left. They were left gatekeepers censoring 9/11 Truth and often shilling for the Democratic Party. They would sometimes call for impeachment or an end to the wars of aggression, but they would support the Congressional Democrats who voted repeatedly to fund the war crimes and they continued to support the Democratic Party even when deploring that it had taken impeachment off the table.

Eventually I got a computer and started getting all my news online. But I remember when the political left had access to the mainstream media, before every last left wing commentator had been fired or assassinated. I remember what this country was like before the right wing’s bloody coup that killed JFK and which has been consolidating itself ever since.

I remember what freedom of speech and freedom of the press was like, when the mainstream media wasn’t totally in the hands of the political right. I remember that when the right spewed their hatred and fanaticism the left was permitted to respond, and there was a Fairness Doctrine so that when right wing billionaires spent fortunes buying air time for right wing candidates, candidates on the left (there really were some) were allowed to respond.

Strange to be old with such memories of days gone by, days which may never exist again.

From reading and posting on various blogs, I know the names of the media hatemongers although I’ve never listened to any of them and I don’t watch TV. They appeal to audiences of millions who never had the privilege of listening to Walter Cronkite and have never experienced professional newscasting.

I don’t think today’s fascist propagandists should be waterboarded (unless they ask for it), because I’m opposed to torture, but I believe they are all as guilty as Goebbels and should be prosecuted.

We’ve always been a fascist, genocidal, racist country. From the slaughter of Native Americans and slavery, right up to the McCarthy era, and today’s wars of aggression, the United States has always been a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. But just as troops under military discipline have traditionally been allowed to gripe so as to support their morale, the left was sometimes allowed to vent and to speak truth to power. True, there were times when it was called sedition or got people imprisoned or deported, but it certainly wasn’t limited to samizdat, or today’s equivalent, the blogs.

I’m grateful for those who post Olbermann clips to the blogs. No way I’d pay for cable TV just to watch a few minutes of one dude. Maybe he’s a tiny hole in the media’s Iron Curtain. Maybe someday it will get bigger. Or maybe I’m just nostalgic for a past that will never be again.

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By purplewolf, April 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

Fadel, I never watch Fux news so were you talking about the same Mike Huckabee who was running for president last year? The same one who claimes(d) he is/was a preacher?

Well is it is, I can understand why torture is a joke to him. Throughout history some of the most sadistic, vile forms of torture were invented and/or carried out by organized religions. Seems the whole repugnant party gets off on the torture thing, so I believe all of them should experience it first hand in some of the harshest “secret prisons” used by the Bush administration, and only allow the cruelest, most heartless practitioners of torture to dole out a wide and numerous variety of enhanced torture techniques on these cowards at least every hour 24/7 and then lets see how long these depraved GOP party members last with out calling for an end to their suffering. See if they will “say anything” just to make the pain stop and finally if they still think torture is a walk in the park. If they still think it is a game after a real-life torture experience, either the executioner of said torture was a plant and they never really experienced true torture or they are some really sick people.

If Sean were to really be allowed to undertake this stunt,for real, I would try to make some type of donation even if it means taking out a loan to do so.

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By boggs, April 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

I’m sure Olberman knew that little ‘sissy’ Sean would not take him up on that offer. I would not expect him to.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

Those nuts who are trying to belittle and downplay the seriousness and gravity of torture should be rounded up and subjected at least once to one of each of these torture techniques, so they would know how they fare! We should start with Hanity and the other fascists whose names appear in the following piece From Media Matters for America!
“Torture, handshakes, and Pulitzers, oh my!
This Week’s Top Story:

Apparently, torture is friggin’ hilarious to media conservatives!
For most rational human beings, even the notion of torture is bone-chilling. Media conservatives, on the other hand, apparently find it hilarious. Following President Obama’s release of four previously classified Justice Department memos that had authorized the use of harsh interrogation techniques on detainees—including “stress positions,” “cramped confinement,” “sleep deprivation,” and “the waterboard”—numerous conservatives in the media have downplayed, mocked, and jeered the notion that those practices constitute torture. Hard to believe? Here are just a few of the many examples:
  * Conservative leader and radio host Rush Limbaugh asserted, “If you look at what we are calling torture, you have to laugh,” said that “if somebody can be water-tortured six times a day, then it isn’t torture,” and claimed that “appeasers” have “water[ed] down” definition of torture like “NOW gang” did with definition of domestic violence.
  * Radio host G. Gordon Liddy compared the proposed technique of placing a detainee who “appears to have a fear of insects” in “a cramped confinement box with an insect” to his appearance on a game show, stating, “I went through worse on Fear Factor.”
  * Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee mocked the same technique: “Look, I’ve been in some hotels where there were more bugs than these guys faced.” Huckabee went on to state that under the Obama administration, “We’re going to talk to them, we’re going to have a nice conversation, we’re going to invite them down for some tea and crumpets.” Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson replied, “That usually works with your kids, too, right? When they’re in trouble for something, they just tell you everything.” To which her co-host Steve Doocy joked, “Mr. Moussaoui, it’s time for you over in the time-out chair.”
  * To buttress his support of torture, Fox News’ resident conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Glenn Beck aired a clip from Fox’s 24.”

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By lad, April 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment
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JimBob - you are sooooo right.  FEAR is it, the unknown.  As someone who has been WB in SERE school. A controlled environment, after three days of POW treatment, one get a tiny, tiny, tiny insight of what the real deal is like. Sean Insanity would believe once he mastered XBox Indy, he could win the 500.  Send him to sere school, hell I would pay 500 for that, if he did not get special treatment.  Better yet, rush him off to one of these vacation spots, for an determined time frame, and see how long it takes before he cries for him mommy.

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By Mark E. Smith, April 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

You’re right, JimBob. Hannity has nothing to fear.

But he still isn’t going to do it. Why should he risk his reputation as a consistent liar just to make a few million dollars for the troops’ families?

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By JimBob, April 25, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

This is stupid.  There’s a huge difference between being waterboarded as a fraternity prank or charity event and the real thing.  Sure, it’s no fun, but what’s missing is the fear.  When you’re being tortured by enemy soldiers who have you in captivity and clearly see you as a mortal enemy, you’re going to have a different take on the whole proceedings that if your buds are doing it to see how long you can last.  What Sean Hannity is proposing is pure fluff.  Let ME waterboard him; then we’ll see what he’s made of!

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By RickinSF, April 25, 2009 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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There should be a drawing, or lottery, for who gets to pour the water. I’d buy a fistful of tickets for that.

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By Marshall K, April 25, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

I’m in for a buck a second.

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By herewegoagain, April 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment
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Please consider the intelligence quotient of Hannity’s audience before egging him on to do this. You just know someone out there will try to see if he/she can last longer, only this person won’t have medical doctors standing by in case something goes horribly wrong.

While this may not be a compelling consideration for many of us, what if it’s a kid?

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By Mark E. Smith, April 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

I think the next step is to collect every video of every right-wing talking head who trivialized torture, and put them all into one video, with Hannity offering to be waterboarded for the troops’ families and Olbermann offering him $1,000 per second interspersed between each clip.

Get the mix on every big video website on the net and keep pushing it. If it isn’t torture and Hannity cares about the troops, he can certainly survive it long enough to get a few million dollars for the troops’ families. That Khalid Sheik dude survived it 183 times in a single month. Allowing a minimum of ten seconds per incident, or 1,830 seconds, at a thousand dollars per second, would be almost two million dollars—not chump change. Of course Hannity could hold his breath a lot longer than that, but it wouldn’t be waterboarding if the victims were allowed to hold their breaths. How could you get any information out of a terrorist if they were allowed to hold their breath? And after all, if Ollie North (who, if I recall correctly, was pardoned after being convicted of lying to Congress) says it isn’t that bad, it must be true.

To be totally fair, the seconds should be counted until Hannity begs them to stop, and he can do whatever he wants to recover as quickly as he can between incidents, so he could restart the count as quickly as he wishes.

The waterboarding should be done by professionals and Hannity should sign a waiver not to sue them for human rights violations. I’m sure that some of our experienced waterboarders would volunteer to raise money for the troops’ families. And we could have some of our medical doctors and psychiatrists who witnessed waterboarding in Abu Ghraib, Baghram, or Guantanamo, stand by to ensure that medical ethics are followed, the way they have in the past.

Hannity will never do it. But I don’t think it is just because he’s a coward, I think it is because he never really cared about the troops.

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By Paolo, April 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

A thousand kudos to heroic Keith Olbermann.

I keep waking up, thinking I just had a bad dream that I live in a country where a huge percentage of people openly favor the use of torture. Then I realize it’s not just a bad dream.

I tried to listen to Hannity today, but had to hit the off button in nauseated disgust as he chose, yet again, to cheer the use of torture.

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By purplewolf, April 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

Let’s get one of the torturers to waterboard the Manatee. That way we know he will receive the same treatment as the prisoners, don’t want to short change Sean out of the real experience and joys of waterboarding.

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By rico, suave, April 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

Two buffoons looking for ratings!

I figure Hannity can hold his breath for ninety seconds, and maybe he’ll last ten more.

That’s 100 grand- not bad. I think he’s planning on donating it to AIPAC.

Note to Kieth- be careful what you wish for.

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By joe, April 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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i will donate what ever i can,lets have it on live t.v.

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By Reubenesque, April 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

To raise more money there first needs to be a raffle to see who gets the privilege of water boarding manatee.  I’d like to get in on that!

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By Jason, April 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

The title needs to be corrected: Olber offered 1k per second, not per minute.

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By skulz fontaine, April 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

I haven’t got much but, I’d kick in fifty bucks to see Hannity get the boarding. Somebody get in touch with Olbermann and find out where we send our contributions. I’d get in touch with Olbermann myself but, the MSNBC thingy kicks my emails back on account of I don’t use microsoft anything. Okay Truthdig, you’ve got yourself a project. Find out where we send donations. Oh yeah, and see if’n you can find out why MSNBC won’t take our emails. Those of us not using the msn crap!
Okay everybody, open those wallets. This is important and for charity.

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By JFoster2k, April 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

This is classic!

Go Keith!

I’d wager Sean will squirm out of it, but if he takes the challenge I want front row!

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