Also, from Nate, Dick Cheney, seasoned hunter that he is, made waves (again) on the killing field. Best reaction so far? "Why isn't it surprising that Cheney's idea of recreation involves killing things?" Why, indeed.
Which segues sort of nicely into my preoccupation today - the reluctance that Giuliani, Thompson, Mukasey, and others continue to demonstrate against acknowledging that waterboarding is, in fact, a form of torture. I find it difficult to digest the fact that we as a nation, this great land of the free and home of the brave and defender of liberty and equality and justice and all these other grand and lofty ideals, are even having such a conversation, this splitting of hairs, this parsing of levels of pain. This is a national conversation that would have been impossible to imagine ten years ago, twenty years ago, even in the midst of all those airplanes being hijacked back in the 1980s, and it scares me that it has become this common, this easy, that it has become something for our leading presidential candidates to joke about.