Porn is worse than torture:
On Friday in Tampa, Florida, Paul F. Little was sentenced by a federal judge to 3 years and 10 months in a federal prison after being convicted of the grave and terrible crime of distributing pornography “over the Internet and through the mail” — films featuring only consenting adults and distributed only to those consenting adults who chose to purchase them. Even though he lived and worked in California, the Bush DOJ dragged him to Tampa, Florida in order to try him under Tampa’s “community standards,” on the theory that his website used servers physically based in Central Florida and some of the films were sent to Tampa customers who purchased them.***
So, to recap, in the Land of the Free: if you’re an adult who produces a film using other consenting adults, for the entertainment of still other consenting adults, which merely depicts fictional acts of humiliation and degradation, the DOJ will prosecute you and send you to prison for years. The claim that no real pain was inflicted will be rejected; mere humiliation is enough to make you a criminal. But if government officials actually subject helpless detainees in their custody to extreme mental abuse, degradation, humiliation and even mock executions long considered “torture” in the entire civilized world, the DOJ will argue that they have acted with perfect legality and, just to be sure, Congress will hand them retroactive immunity for their conduct. That’s how we prioritize criminality and arrange our value system.
While I agree that this is absurd and criminal, what Glenn simply fails to understand is that Bush’s base supports torture. And with 50+1 George, the only thing that matters is what the fundie base wants. It is depressing, but that is how they think. Hell, that is the logic behind what will be the next month of attacks on Obama- they are not trying to get people to vote for McCain, they are going to try to get 50+1 to vote against Obama because he is scary, or you can not trust him, or whatever. Read Hugh Hewitt:
With One Month To Go: Why McCain Will Close and Win
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 8:42 PM
Because the country cannot afford the greatest gamble in its modern history at this moment in time.
Just to make it clear what Hewitt is trying to drive home, the word “radical” appeared four times in that. “Obama is risky! This is a gamble! Radical!” If you still are not clear, read Bill Kristol:
Character is a legitimate issue. Obama hasn’t shown much in the way of leadership or political courage, and he’s consorted with dubious figures. It’s fair to ask whether Barack Obama is personally trustworthy enough to be president, and the McCain campaign shouldn’t be intimidated from going there.
To these guys, 50+1 is all that matters. 50+1 wins. 50+1 is the goal. How you get there and what you do after getting there does not matter. 50+1. This is why we live in a country in which simulated violence during filmed sex gets you jail time, but torturing someone gets you a promotion.