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  • peter shared from Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
    With every day going by, the optimists lost ground. The interrogation methods worsened considerably as time went by, and as you shall see, those responsible for GTMO broke all the principles upon which the U.S. was built and compromised every great principle such as Ben Franklin’s “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
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    ABOUT FIFTY YEARS ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter exposed a dark recess of the American psyche with an essay in Harper’s Magazine, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Hofstadter was writing about the peculiar tendency of the political right to indulge in paranoid theories, but he was careful to stipulate that the left could just as easily be infected. “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” he wrote.
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    I know I’m going to lose a lot of readers over this, and I don’t care: “Garfield” is overrated. I have always felt this, even as a child. That dumb man and his dumb, mean cat have gotten more of our attention than they deserve.
    Note: Indeed.
  • peter shared from A Load of Hooey (Odenkirk Memorial Library) by Bob Odenkirk
    I’ll be honest, I don’t remember stuff very well. Except for regrets. I’ve got a photographic memory for regrets, which it turns out is unnecessary and burdensome.
  • peter shared from Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles P. Pierce
    On the eve of the trial, a local pastor named Ray Mummert had drawn the best map of the battlefield. His summing-up was reported all over the country. The fight within the Dover school board went worldwide. “We’ve been attacked,” Mummert said, “by the intelligent, educated segment of our culture.”
    Note: I... I have no words.