John adams1

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  1. 1 day ago on Steve Breen

    Cut him some slack. Comic-Con has 130,000 attendees – roughly 10% of San Diego’s total population! He’s a local cartoonist, too, and he has to call that out.

  2. 2 days ago on Matt Davies

    And since Davies was too subtle for some people here: Russia IS a “tyrannical government.”

  3. 2 days ago on Jeff Danziger

    “Upsuckery” is my new favorite word.

    Welcome to the truth, Trumpinistas. Your Dear Leader is a traitor to this nation.

  4. 4 days ago on Two Party Opera

    Most historians feel that Buchanan not only failed to stop the onset of the Civil War (secessions began before Lincoln took office, remember), but actually abetted it, if only by passivity. This puts him in the very bottom ranks, especially since previous presidents had taken more effective action against the South.

  5. 5 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    Oh, it’s well beyond a “Love” seat. It’s much kinkier than that.

  6. 5 days ago on Steve Benson

    @AndyLit – It is NOT successful. Full stop.

    The fact that governments continue to use it is NOT proof that it works. And what is the “specific information?” If it is forcing the person to confess — whether it is a true confession or not — that counts as success for a government that is squelching the population rather than seeking the truth. And what you do not cite is how many times the information is false. If you cannot know whether the information is true or false — and you can’t — then it is not a successful technique even if it works sometimes.

    Come to that, contrary to your point that it has been used for millennia, it has been known to fail for ages as well! Here’s another link, to Scientific American no less, which cites one proof of its failure found at the height of the Inquisition in 1631! (

    And as Steve Benson notes, if it is unlawful, it is unlawful. If we wish to maintain any sort of moral superiority against the people we fight, we need to obey our own laws, at the very least.

  7. 6 days ago on Steve Benson

    @AndyLit: I’m a psychologist. Actual research has shown that the MOST effective means to gather information is not, in fact, torture. We’ve known this for a long time now. Centuries, in fact. In WWI, all sides got information through much more subtle techniques, enough so that the British began training in counter-interrogation techniques in WWII.

    The American Psychological Association categorically bans it for ethical reasons, but it is also clearly shown it DOES NOT WORK. It’s quite simple, really: People will say anything under torture to stop the pain, so you can’t trust anything they say. If you can persuade them to reveal information unwittingly or even willingly, it is much more trustworthy.

    In addition, if you want to “turn” someone, the best way is to show that you will treat them better than their own people, not worse; as well as building a positive relationship.

    Here’s one article:

    Here’s one from the British Psychological Association:

    And anyone asserting they understand the effectiveness of torture without having experienced it should note this:

    “Our research suggests that the legal standard for evaluating torture is psychologically untenable. People cannot appreciate the severity of interrogation practices they themselves are not experiencing—a psychological constraint that in effect encourages torture.” (Nordgren, McDonnell, Loewenstein, Psychological Science, vol 22, issue 5, 2011. (

    Note that John McCain, someone who has experienced extensive torture, is categorically opposed to it.

  8. 6 days ago on Steve Benson

    I was appalled by the open and vicious display of sleaze by the GOP in Congress – which only made Strzok’s integrity and ability that much more dramatic by comparison. Colbert had fun with this, but truthfully watching Strzok was the best part for me:

  9. 7 days ago on Signe Wilkinson

    If men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!

  10. 8 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    Especially since they apparently spent a lot of time sucking up to the Russians, despite claims of a tense meeting. The Russians apparently thought only Democrats thought the Russians hacked the election – but the GOP does, too, which only makes it worse.