Why ESPN blows

In a nutshell:

ESPN will air a profile of Browns TE Kellen Winslow tonight that will include reading the love letters he wrote to his wife when they were 13 years old.

Sweet St. Darwin of the Galapagos, who do they think they’re kidding? Seriously, except for The Sports Guy and TMQ, I no longer pay any attention to ESPN anymore, although the White Buffalo and I used to watch both the early and the late Sportcenters that featured Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann. I wish the guys who create successful companies could find a way to cash in without selling them to moronic corporations who ruin everything that made them successful in the first place.

Whether it’s EA destroying Origin Systems or Disney turning ESPN into all-chick-stuff all-the-time, I just hate it.

Torture is bestial

Ex-Marine Joe Carter cites a familiar name in staking out a staunch conservative position against torture:

Yes, waterboarding is torture. And torture should never be legal.

Even more disturbing than the idea that a future attorney general doesn’t know what’s involved in waterboarding is that we live in an age when a familiarity with torture techniques is to be expected of our leaders. How did we get to the point where such a question needs to be asked of an attorney general? Who allowed our country to succumb to such fear and moral cowardice that we parse the the meaning and definition of “torture?”

I blame myself, and implicate my fellow Christians. We have remained silent and treated an issue once considered unthinkable–the acceptability of torture–like a concept worthy of honest debate. But there is no room for debate: torture is immoral and should be clearly and forcefully denounced. We continue to shame ourselves and our Creator by refusing to speak out against such outrages to human dignity.

Strong words, with which I agree entirely. And Joe has support from some of the nation’s finest military minds too:

As has happened with every other nation that has tried to engage in a little bit of torture — only for the toughest cases, only when nothing else works — the abuse spread like wildfire, and every captured prisoner became the key to defusing a potential ticking time bomb. Our soldiers in Iraq confront real “ticking time bomb” situations every day, in the form of improvised explosive devices, and any degree of “flexibility” about torture at the top drops down the chain of command like a stone — the rare exception fast becoming the rule….

Complex situational ethics cannot be applied during the stress of combat. The rules must be firm and absolute; if torture is broached as a possibility, it will become a reality.

So, when do we invade Pakistan

Pat Buchanan notices that there’s less chest-pounding about forcibly installing democracy in the Middle East since Pakistan abandoned democracy:

“Inaction at this moment is suicide for Pakistan, and I cannot allow the country to commit suicide.”

Thus did President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declare a state of emergency and invoke martial law.

The Supreme Court has been dismissed, the chief justice put under house arrest. A thousand lawyers and political opponents have been incarcerated. Human rights organizations have been shut down. Independent news media have been silenced.

It’s not merely democracy that is a sham, democracy’s self-styled defenders are and always will be frauds. They don’t actually believe in allowing the will of the people to rule any more than Louis the Sun King did.

Scaring the gatekeepers

Ron Paul raises a bit of cash:

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $3.5 million in 20 hours. [$4.2M in 24 – VD] Paul, the Texas congressman with a Libertarian tilt and an out-of-Iraq pitch, entered heady fundraising territory with a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day.

Paul’s total deposed Mitt Romney as the single-day fundraising record holder in the Republican presidential field. When it comes to sums amassed in one day, Paul now ranks only behind Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, who raised nearly $6.2 million on June 30, and Barack Obama.

That whole “unelectable” theme is looking less and less credible as time passes. And once the so-called bigger names start dropping out after Iowa and New Hampshire, anything can happen.

It was such a big deal, NRO’s Corner even noticed:

Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) ended Guy Fawkes Day having done something no Republican has ever done before. He raised almost $4 million over the Internet without spending so much as a thin dime (beyond transaction fees, of course). This sort of thing just isn’t done — usually you spend between fifty and eighty cents for every dollar you raise. We can’t know for sure until the quarter’s end, but Paul is probably leading Rudy Giuliani and perhaps even Mitt Romney in cash on hand at this moment. It was the largest Internet fundraising day in U.S. history. Paul attracted 40,000 donors who gave about $98 on average.