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Mike's Blog Round Up

First, to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: You're either with us or you're with the torturers. I thought God was clear on this "torture debate," folks. Appa

First, to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: You're either with us or you're with the torturers. I thought God was clear on this "torture debate," folks. Apparently not. Fresh news cycles of "Is Waterboarding Torture?" are upon us. Brad Jacobson of MediaBloodhound here - and if this disturbing debate makes you madder than a neocon spotting a baby's smile, pull up a chair:

No money in the cure...or the prevention: "The Checklist" saves lives but Big Pharma can't profit from it. (If you're unfamiliar with Collateral News, this and this are two more examples of its exceptional reporting - it's what 60 Minutes should be.)

"Three Against a Thousand": The arrested development roots of neocon foreign policy.

Maybe they hate us for more than our freedoms.

Dana Perino as Bud Abbott. The White House press corps as Lou Costello. In the modern-day retelling of "Who's on First?"

Tom Engelhardt interviews Jonathan Schell.

The animated story of Mormonism that's received over half a million hits on YouTube. It reminds me of this less creepy, satirical take. (Disclaimer: I'm no scholar on Mormonism, yet I'm fairly sure it's not the only religion that incorporates myth and metaphor and demands blind faith.)

Honoring the memory of James Baldwin: "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." A courageous, brilliant, gentle soul.

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