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We already knew Sarah Palin was unhinged.  But she offered even more evidence of this yesterday at the NRA convention.  In criticizing the Obama administration's approach to terrorism, she suggested that we should "baptize" terrorists by waterboarding them.

Discussing "enemies who would utterly annihilate America - they who'd obviously have information on plots," she said, "Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen."

"Well, if I were in charge," she continued, as the audience erupted in applause at the prospect, "they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

She criticized the administration for pursuing a national security strategy that, in her estimation, pokes "our allies in the eye, calling them adversaries, instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies."

Watch the whole thing here--and pile up the dislikes.

So there you have it.  Palin is on record as supporting a procedure that any reasonable person would consider to be torture--a procedure that would essentially lower us to al-Qaeda's level.  And it's a procedure that, in just about every state, would be a crime.  For instance, Delaware pediatrician Melvin Morse was convicted back in February of waterboarding his own daughter.  A few weeks ago, he was sentenced to 3-5 years in prison, and will more than likely never be able to practice medicine anywhere in this country again.  If it's wrong to do this to a child in the United States, it's wrong to do this to anyone.  Period, full stop.

It cannot be stated enough--this woman could have been a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.  With this speech, Palin revealed that she is morally unfit to hold any office whatsoever.  Also.

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  •  I don't think her version of Baptism (5+ / 0-)

    really fits with any Christian church, does it?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:31:34 PM PDT

  •  I don't suppose Palin's heading off (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    with torture implements in hand to Bunkerville, NV.  
    Didn't think so.

    Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money comes due and, this isn’t racist, so try it, try it anyway, this isn’t racist, but it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. Right? We are going to be beholden to a foreign master.
    - Sarah Palin, Nov. 9, 2013.

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:38:00 PM PDT

  •  Has McCain told Palin to STFU yet? (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, tmservo433, raster44, Medde


    Some days it just makes more sense to climb out of the window when I leave my house.

    by glb3 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:39:24 PM PDT

  •  Who™? Srsly! n/t (3+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:42:50 PM PDT

  •  We're worse than them because we do torture; (0+ / 0-)

    we are who they think we are. "We" don't even treat our own citizens decently. The majority culture hasnt repented for any its evil doings.

    We're a rogue nation.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 01:46:36 PM PDT

    •  No, you're a normal nation. (0+ / 0-)

      There are very few examples of nations actually "repenting" of anything, as opposed to grinding out a formulaic apology and perhaps a bit of cash. Germany over the Holocaust, perhaps? But even there, have they "repented" much over all the Russian civilians they killed or enslaved? Certainly the Japanese repented of nothing, and even tried to lay a guilt trip on the US for dropping atomic bombs on them. That infuriated some of my Chinese acquaintances, who tended to feel that the US had gone too easy on the Japanese, and that at least one of the bombs should have been dropped square on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

      "They bash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago volume 3)

      by sagesource on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 02:10:35 PM PDT

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  •  Bundy, Palin, Ryan, & Sterling - The RW Sociopaths (5+ / 0-)

    are proudly strutting their savage ignorance for all civilized humans to see.

    I don't think this is going to end well for any of them.

  •  So We'z 'baptized terrorist' (0+ / 0-)


    So, to the hockey puck grifter those of us, the extremely few, being sent into our 'free wars' and then the ones needing having to fight for what the country owes us after as they ignore the issues and also don't want to sacrifice a collective dime for being served are 'terrorist' if sent through S.E.R.E. and were 'waterboarded', as I and my friends and brothers were, including the possibility her son who was sent to Iraq was!!

    Thanks ole conwomen you, as we Condemn still others who torture and break the laws we helped establish as to human rights, not to mention it doesn't work despite it doing so on '24'!! And if McCain had been elected you would have been a VP under an ex pow that was tortured and We Condemn That Torture as we do especially if it happens to our own!!

    Your fifteen minutes were up years ago, despite the living you're making off the gullible and easy to grift now with that lack of intellect!!

    Glad ya all, teahadists, anyone with an (R), cleared that up but plenty already knew the ideologies of that now (R)!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 02:53:15 PM PDT

  •  The Inqusition found waterboarding a great method (0+ / 0-)

    of getting people to choose the right religion, a pre-batizm if you will.

    Great religion convicer that waterboarding baptismal font.

  •  Evil Lives (1+ / 0-)
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    and she's a quitter.

  •  I agree, that should be that. So in way, it's a (0+ / 0-)

    good thing.  Seriously.  Of course there's always another one out there.  

    "Fragmented and confused, we have no plan to combat any of this, but are looking to be saved by the very architects of our ruination."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 04:02:33 PM PDT

  •  The scary thing is not Palin's speech (5+ / 0-)

    It is the wild applause she gets. Don't forget that the McCain/Palin campaign got 46% of the American popular vote.

    Whether you like it or not, this shite is part and parcel of what America is all about. Could anyone here imagine these two in charge of the most powerful military the world has ever seen during the last half decade?

    How many other countries have nut-balls like this?

  •  Her 'faith' is not one I want. (4+ / 0-)

    An idea forwarded by many Catholics and Lutherans (Mormons have a similar thought) is that those who die through torture or hate are considered baptized by God despite any other factor in what they knew of him.

    But nowhere, NOWHERE, in any religious teaching I've ever heard of does ANY faith cheer on the torturer as acting as somehow God's proxy by torturing a person to provide them a religious place.

    This assessment is SICK.

    REALLY sick.

    I am not religious.  But I deeply respect those who are and find comfort in it.

    None of them have ever told me the path to an afterlife involved torturing people for their chosen faith.  None.  In fact, almost all faiths that believe in a hell put torturers there.

    Some look for those who have committed these acts to repent, to find sorrow in their heart.

    Others contend that even if a person is not of their faith, if they are tortured by another man, that their faith says that their chosen God finds hope in their heart to comfort them.

    I use this phrase often especially here:

    Matthew 7:9:

    Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
    While it literally talks about feeding the hungry, the deeper message is that we must care for our fellow man, and that when we see they are hurting, we have a moral obligation to stop it.

    The idea that we are somehow moral when we cause that pain is against every faith I have ever read, every holy person I have ever spoken to, and every thought in my body.

    Her actions don't just make her a bad politician.  Or a craven attention monger.

    It makes her an unbeliever.   She has decided the words of her faith mean less than the desire to harm another person.

    If she truly believes in her faith, than she either understands wrong, or more likely she has chosen to believe as she wishes rather than her faith asks of her.

    And when your God can't tell you what is right in the world, and you are a person who espouses faith, you aren't just a hypocrite, you are the deceiver.  You are the snake who guides people away from what they believe.

    For shame.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 06:14:40 PM PDT

  •  Sarah who? (1+ / 0-)
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    The former half-term governor of the nation's least populous state isn't smart enough to know that the U.S. Convicted U.S. Soldiers of water boarding combatants during the Spanish American War.  U.S. military tribunals after WWII tried and convicted  Japanese war criminals of water boarding U.S. prisoners, and the sentences included death by hanging.

  •  Sometimes i think her sandbox vernacular is (0+ / 0-)

    performance art. i know...wishful thinking.

  •  From a Christian (Episcopal) perspective (0+ / 0-)

    Baptism should have an element of terror involved in it.  The Font should be big enough to drown in!  We literally face our own death in baptism.  And because of that, we are led through death into new life.  Sarah has no idea what she is talking about.  

    **Not trying to preach to anyone - it just ticks me off that she trivialized baptism in such a way!  Here we are - barely a week into the season of Easter - and there she goes, shooting her mouth off...AGAIN!  

    Obama/Biden 2012 Leadership - not lies!

    by thunderchi on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 10:19:44 PM PDT

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