Cheney’s Hand Looks Like a Naked Woman

And now you can’t un-know it (McClatchyDC):

What’s stirring all the buzz is the reflection in the vice president’s dark glasses. Some thought that the reflection looked like a naked woman

So McClatchy/Tribune Information Services photo editor George Bridges used the latest digital technology to enlarge the picture, took a close look at Cheney’s sunglasses and concluded that Mitchell was telling the truth.

The image is of the vice president’s hand on his fly rod.



Cheney Administration Insiders Defend Illegal Torture

Is there any surprise at all?  Its not like Dick Cheney would ever say “Oh, you caught me.  Yes, I broke the law and approved torture methods.”.  Instead members of the Cheney Administration proved once again they have a little credibility as they have honor or morality ABC News (emphasis mine):

On Dec. 19, 2005, Vice President Cheney told [read: lied to] ABC, “I can say that we, in fact, are consistent with the commitments of the United States that we don’t engage in torture, and we don’t.”

They broke the law and lied to the American public about it.

Three months later, on March 16, 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice echoed that theme in a speech in Sydney, Australia: “I want to emphasize and underscore, because the president made very clear from day one that he would not condone torture.”

She might as well have added “Which is why we didn’t tell him, heh heh heh”.

When caught breaking the law and ordering our citizens to commit one of the most ethically foul acts possible, their response is “It is not against the law!”.

When are we going to arrest these jokers?

Dear Democrats Who Would Rather Vote McCain

Get a grip.  Look at the policy positions of the two candidates.  They are nearly identical.  Now look at the policy differences between McCain and either Democrat.  Any strides towards universal health care, reproductive rights, gay rights, sane foreign policy, or sensible economic policy will be dropped flat with McCain at the helm.  Supporting McCain if your favorite isn’t the nominee is a gigantically foolish move.

As an Obama supporter, I naturally find Hillary Clinton’s statements that McCain would make a better President than Obama desperate and harmful to whatever principles she’s claiming to uphold this week.  But I would never vote for George Bush’s successor John McCain over her.

The Democratic party needs to find a way to make a decision.  What we need is for one of the candidates to act like a leader and drop out of the race, or at the very least encourage their supporters to vote for their primary opponent against McCain.  Oh, and be sure to tell them why.

Natural Relations and Fear

Sush has posted a really thoughtful thread on what meanings one might find behind the phrase Unnatural Relations (emphasis mine):

In that way I’ve always thought of human sexuality as transcending “natural relations”, because we have made sex about more than fulfilling a lust or procreating. Sex, to me, is about two people learning to be one. It is about give and take, sacrifice and dominance, learning to be in control and out of it, giving of yourself and taking of another. That is far more than simply nature, it is a metaphor for all things real and spiritual. It is the dance of creation itself- not because it makes life but because it IS life.

So what is unnatural? Is it unnatural to have sex in a way that doesn’t lead to procreation? Is it a sin to use birth control? Is it a sin when a married and committed couple engage in mutual masturbation or anal sex? Where exactly is the line between natural and unnatural? Is the only holy sex that which is done in the dark with socks still on and both feeling a little embarrassed afterwards?

Shush has a really beautiful way of putting how we approach sex as a society.  In many ways we are socialized to feel shame about our bodies, and sex involves expressing our bodies a most intimate and messy way.  Breaking through that socially induced fear and experiencing sex as the “dance of creation” is, I think, a vital part of experiencing a full and healthy life.  It is also central to the worldview that validates rather than punishes the sexual act, and accepts different expressions of it between two consenting adults.

The spiritual path is one that teaches one to overcome and eventually eliminate fear.  It should never, ever instill new fears and anxieties.  As a society we might take a good hard look at what the politics of sexual fear and shame that crops up in organized religion does for us, and what it takes away.  Upon inspection we won’t find an equal trade.