It is curious – curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare

The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere

Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit gets a 95% evil, 5 % stupid, while Michelle Malkin get s a 97% stupid and 3% evil. Is there a Republican blogger more stupid then Michelle? Ace of Spades ( blog title a dead giveaway) scores a 99% stupid,

New blog quickly mutated into rowdy multi-author scrum specializing in schoolyard taunts, e.g.: “Yeah, Bryan Singer is gay, but that’s not really what I mean by ‘art-fag,’ ” “John F’n’ Kerry attempts to claim that only non-military pussyboys are attacking him,” etc. Nancy Pelosi became “Granny Rictus McBotoximplants.” Site contributors and readers became “morons,” but affectionately, e.g.: “There’s Hope For You Morons Yet: Woman Takes Out Ad To Lose Virginity Before 30th Birthday.” Throughout good times (2004: “I don’t plan on doing anything except gloat until Thanksgiving”) and bad (2006: “Islamist Enemies Take Great Relief in Democratic Win”), contributors keep their spirits high with “not safe for work” links..

Reynolds probably deserves the evil rating more then some more obvious picks (protein wisdom, mac’s mind, Powerline) because he constantly links to evil and when called on it claims that he wasn’t endorsing what the blogger wrote he just thought it was interesting. His perennial shirking of responsibility which he defends with the stereotypical  weasel lawyer-speak has a fifth column rat mentality at its core. Glenn is very civil in the sense that he let’s others write his shrill soft-fascism for him.  Ace on the other hand is the kind of blogger that gives stupid a bad name. The posts are multilayered mountains of nonsense written in the language of Wingnuttia which even other wing-nuts don’t understand and dare not say so for fear they be declared morons by the Ace blog Gestapo.  Leave it to the Right to bring ideological sadomasochism to the net.

There has been some defense of John Yoo. A lawyer that assisted at the Department of Justice with the Bush administration’s rationalization of using torture and that prisoner’s taken such as those at Guantanamo Bay are not covered by the Geneva Convention. I’m not a lawyer, but he was my impression that it was illegal for a lawyer to advise his clients to do something illegal. Even if as Mark Kleinman appears to claim, Yoo had a reasonable interpretation of the law. So Yoo thought up a legal argument consulted with a few like minded lawyers and they all nodded their little bobble heads in agreement so Yoo is off the hook at least as regards his tenured position at the Boalt School of Law ( I thought Cons didn’t believe in tenure). Some other lawyers, less sleazy and intellectually lazy then Yoo, David Addington and others don’t let Yoo off quite that easily, Center for Constitutional Rights Supports National Lawyers Guild Call for Dismissal and Prosecution of John Yoo

“The ‘Torture Memo’ was not an abstract, academic foray. Rather, it was crafted to sidestep U.S. and international laws that make coercive interrogation and torture a crime. It was written with the knowledge that its legal conclusions were to be applied to the interrogations of hundreds of individual detainees… And it worked. It became the basis for the CIA’s use of extreme interrogation methods as well the basis for DOD interrogation policy… Yoo’s legal opinions as well as the others issued by the Office of Legal Counsel were the keystone of the torture program, and were the necessary precondition for the torture program’s creation and implementation.” (emphasis mine)

The Center for Constitutional Rights Supports National Lawyers Guild notes the defense of Yoo by Boalt Hall Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. which to some degree makes Mark’s same defense and replied,

But John Yoo and the other Justice Department lawyers, including David Addington, Jay Bybee, William Haynes and Alberto Gonzales, are also liable for the same offenses. They were an integral part of a criminal conspiracy to violate U.S. laws. In U.S. v. Altstoetter, Nazi lawyers were convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity for advising Hitler on how to “legally” disappear political suspects to special detention camps. The United States charged that since they were lawyers, “not farmers or factory workers,” they should have known their technical justifications for circumventing the Hague and Geneva Conventions were illegal.

The cases of Altstoetter and those of the Bush lawyers share common aspects. Both dealt with people detained during wartime who were not POWs; in both, it was reasonably foreseeable that the advice they gave would result in great physical or mental harm or death to many detainees; and in both, the advice was legally erroneous. More than 108 people have died in U.S. detention since 9/11, many from torture. And the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel later withdrew the memoranda, an admission that the advice in them was defective.

Yoo has apparently defied federal law giving his clients, the Bush administration, advice about how to commit illegal acts. It also means that under the rules set out in the University of California’s Academic Personnel Manual, Yoo has committed acts that are grounds for termination of tenure and dismissal. It is not a matter of academic freedom, Yoo’s arguments were not a class exercise. Yoo and his co-conspirators used legalistic mambo jumbo as a way to “rubber stamp” the illegal acts of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

“It is curious – curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare” ~ Mark Twain

Nearly 1 in 5 US troops reports mental problems, possible brain injury from Iraq, Afghanistan

Roughly one in every five U.S. troops who have survived the bombs and other dangers of Iraq and Afghanistan now suffers from major depression or post-traumatic stress, an independent study said Thursday. It estimated the toll at 300,000 or more.