A Divine Torture Cartoon

The Washington Post’s Tom Toles has a cartoon on Congress and torture that is worth its weight in thumbscrews.

The cartoon perfectly captures how Congress is partnering with the Bush administration in sanctioning U.S. barbarity. The cartoon is here – at least for today (9/26).

Yet, as long as congressmen blindfold themselves to any and all atrocities committed with their approval, they will likely consider themselves blameless.

And people ask me why I drink.  

EDIT update: Patrick kindly provided the permanlink for the cartoon – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinions/cartoonsandvideos/toles_main.html?name=Toles&date=09262006




13 Responses to A Divine Torture Cartoon

  1. Scott Horton September 26, 2006 at 1:07 pm #

    Bovard for Congress!

  2. Jim September 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    I would never be able to pass the Federal Election Commission’s background check for congressional candidates.

  3. Saturdaynightspecial September 26, 2006 at 5:07 pm #

    Yea, was a good cartoon. I sent it to the local press too.


  4. liberranter September 26, 2006 at 6:17 pm #

    Sums up perfectly the criminal complicity of this gang of thugs on Crapital Hill (the Honorable Representative Ron Paul excepted, of course).

    Good comeback to Scott Horton’s endorsement for your run for Congress (you also have a functioning brain stem and probably have no criminal proclivities, both of which would work heavily against you). However, SOMEBODY needs to keep Ron Paul company and give him some support.

  5. Jim September 26, 2006 at 6:22 pm #


    Ron Paul is my favorite congressman – he does great & heroic work.

    I’m glad that folks like you and many others recognize and cheer him Paul on. Hopefully that helps encourage him on those days when he is on the right side of a 415-to-1 vote on some barbaric legislation.

  6. Kevin B. O'Reilly September 26, 2006 at 7:08 pm #

    That is an absolutely fantastic cartoon. Thanks for the pointer, Jim!

  7. Victor Anderson September 26, 2006 at 9:02 pm #

    The miserepublicans are dead wrong on rights. Salute!

  8. George September 27, 2006 at 9:52 am #

    Scott Horton: “Bovard for Congress!”
    How can you wish such a fate on anyone?

  9. Patrick September 27, 2006 at 10:59 am #

    here’s a permalink for the cartoon in question:


    I’m holding out hope

    my frontline is that Congress won’t pass the bill in question

    my second line of hope is that the SCOTUS’ll slap it down (unfortunately, I think that’ll take 2 years to happen, minimum)

    barring that, I see convincing evidence that our Republic is dead as dogshit


  10. Jim September 27, 2006 at 11:25 am #

    Patrick – thanks for the perma-link.

    If I ever learn how to surf the Net, I could become dangerous.

    Yes, this torture-tribunal bill is far more important than even most libertarian/anarchist/classical liberal types are recognizing.

    Game, set, .. match?

  11. MarkN September 28, 2006 at 8:12 pm #

    Even Hillary Clinton came out against torture. Yes, you can question her motives but she still did it.

  12. Patrick October 6, 2006 at 1:59 pm #

    has Bush actually signed the torture bill yet?

    why the delay?

    is the scofflaw in chief worried about what could happen if he signs it and then his party loses it’s grip on the legislative branch?

  13. Jim October 6, 2006 at 2:43 pm #

    Maybe Bush had a “Saul on the road to Damascus” moment and realizes that the act that Congress passed is an utter disgrace to America. Maybe Bush has realized that he will taint himself forever by putting his name on this blunt assault on the US Constitution.

    Probably not.

    Actually, Bush is probably just waiting for a more favorable slot for media coverage. He does not want the signing ceremony to be the second item on the evening news, just after the latest revelations of congressmen preying on teenage boys.