November 10th, 2005


the "torture 9"

Remember the TV commercial about "4 out of 5 dentists recommend sugarless gum for their patients that chew gum"? Do you remember wondering after that who these rebel dentists were that recommended sugared gum instead?

On that line of thought, I googled to find out who the 9 Senators were that thought explicitly banning torture was not worth voting for. They are:
Allard (R-CO)
Bond (R-MO)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)

You may recognize the names of Tom "Lesbianism rampant in the schools" Coburn and Ted "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens, but I don't have any wacko dirt on the other 7. But I'm now inclined to think the very worst about them.

Fun fact: Coburn wanted Stevens' bridge killed, in favor of reconstructing New Orleans with that $223 million. Stevens threw a hissy, which made my jaw drop when I saw the clip on the Daily Show. My solution: since both men do not explicitly disapprove of torture, Coburn should now be able to use, shall we say, unapproved "lobbying" methods on Stevens until he agrees to reappropriate the bridge money. Everyone wins.