The forecast was a winter storm warning for our part of our county, 6 am to midnight, but only a winter advisory 50 miles south where our son goes to community college. So we left for the bus stop 20 miles away at 5:45, and the road was dry...but in about 8-10 miles we started picking up first rain, then freezing rain and sleet. Dropped him off and headed back carefully through heavier rain/sleet mix, and as we got back to our town it was sleet/snow. That lasted 45 minutes--the ground it patchily white and there's a bright red cardinal on the snow outside eating seed put out yesterday.
More and heavier snow's expected to fall later today. Good friends have agreed to pick up our son in town and he can stay overnight with one of them if the additional snow and dropping temps mean it's not safe for us to drive to the bus terminus.
I was hoping it would either snow enough for the community college to cancel classes (and we could just stay home) or that it wouldn't snow...but it's doing what it's doing.
So the news media or some parts of them are focused on the sex acts of John Edwards and Tiger Woods--what they did, who they did it with, whether their wives will or will not stay with them, whether their apologies are "enough", ad infinitum ad nauseam...as if sexual misconduct were of world-shattering importance to the nation.
While ignoring the fact that former Vice-President Cheney admitted on national TV (Sunday a week ago) that he had urged the use of illegal torture on foreign prisoners...and doesn't have the least smidgen of remorse. Which IS a matter of world-shattering importance to the nation.
WTF??? Nobody by the American press, their wives, and their fans gives a flip about Edwards' and Woods' sex lives...nobody in Iraq or Afghanistan in particular, where the issue of torture of their citizens by Americans is a very hot issue, and where their opinions are expressed in American lives. IEDs aren't placed because Edwards and Wood cheated on their wives, but they *are* placed because the former Administration encouraged--not just allowed--the torture of prisoners, against American and international law.
Can someone maybe get a teeny-tiny sense of perspective here? Lots of guys cheat on their wives. And I think they're disgusting when they do. But my disgust for men who can't keep their pants zipped is less than one percent of the disgust I feel for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the attorneys who weaseled their way into saying it was OK. One group may be governed by the wrong head, but at least they have a heart. The others--those who order torture--have a head only for cruelty.
Some of you were around when I posted denunciations of the torture revealed in Abu Ghraib...when I said then, before it came out, that orders for it must have come from the highest echelons. Other veterans I talked to agreed. But did anyone listen? No. And now it's so much easier to talk about Angelina Jolie and her dad making up their quarrel, or Tiger Woods' counselor's opinion of Woods' public apology than it is the criminal behavior of a President, Vice-President, Secretary of Defense....
If I thought torture was ever justified (and I don't, not even in this) it would be for those who casually order it done...by someone else. They should experience what they order.
Since I don't think torture is ever justified, these men should be charged and tried with the crime they committed.
Let the lechers go. Ignore them. They don't deserve worse than being ignored. Let their poor families alone, the betrayed wives, the bewildered children, to rebuild their lives as best they can. But the torturers, and those who order torture...throw 'em in prison and drop the key in the deepest latrine.