Since Nuremberg, of course, that's no longer so. Obeying an illegal order makes you also culpable. One might say, "But if I refused what my commanding officer said, he'd shoot me."
Yes? And? If your choice is between your life and that of even one person you know is innocent and helpless, then, as a soldier, if you have to die, shouldn't it be over what's right? You might say, "But then he'd just ask someone else to do it." I imagine watching your death, at the hands of your CO, over refusing to kill women and children, might inspire different feelings in your fellow soldiers and perhaps some second thoughts. That's why they call such people "heroic" and that's what "self sacrifice" means. A soldier of any honor should be ready to lay down his life rather than commit what can only be called cold-blooded murder. I don't mean combat. I mean something like this. Here's parts 1 and 2 of an interesting 20-year-old Ethics in America on this subject, in the hypothetical.
"Nice people don't go around getting themselves knifed to death."--Orenthal James Simpson A quote from O.J. Simpson's book, I Did It.(no, have a look at the title on the current book jacket, which is included in the Slate article; it'll take you a bit to find the "If")
Ted Bundy once put together something like this, but told it to the cops rather than a ghostwriter.
What Scouting and the Catholic Church Have In Common
5,100 scout leaders over the past 60 years have been removed for sexual abuse. This might, to some, imply they've been diligent in rooting them out, though seemingly unable to prevent them from being part of the organization in the first place. (after all, that's an average of 85 molesters a year) Then you come across this:
The Boy Scouts insist that these numbers represent only a tiny percentage of scoutmasters, and the organization now requires criminal background checks and has instituted educational policies intended to prevent abuse. Despite the increased scrutiny, the head of the Scouts' child abuse prevention program was convicted in 2005 of trafficking in child pornography.
But then, if I had a desire for power, money, and secret perversions I want covered up, I too would probably join the party that will give you all this in exchange for being a walking, talking rubber stamp. If they were willing to cover for an outright child molester like Mark Foley, well, it just makes you wonder what we haven't heard about.
Below, some TV commentary on Craig, and his hilarious "I am not gay!" press conference today. Don't you love that the very first thing Craig says is "Thank you all for coming out today?" Ah, if only he could.
Lynch's latest, now out on DVD. I know I keep saying this, but I really can't say enough good things about this strange and overwhelming movie. It's a tough one and you have to watch it a number of times, and I still don't yet claim to fully grasp it. But I like that mystery in Lynch. Buy it, rent it, watch it. It's awesome. Below are some bits of it.
Hannity had Nugent on his Fox show in July to discuss a blog post in which a writer said he had "dibs" on Rush Limbaugh if it ever became legal to shoot him, and that others would be "welcome to" Nugent if they wanted him. Hannity said he took such threats seriously, and he asked Nugent if people who make them ought to be arrested. Nugent's answer: Yes.
"You know, I'm an American. I love all Americans. And I would help any American pursue their dreams and their pursuit of happiness," Nugent told Hannity. "But you find that the left, there's a lunatic fringe on the left that literally are trying to force us to comply to their outline of life. And I find it just reprehensible that they would recommend violence, not to mention murder and shooting people and assassinating people. This is bizarre."
That's how many pageviews I got just today at This Sickness?(Over 18 only) I guess y'all must like Vladrushka. I'm going to have to whip up some more stuff with her. (although that's not what's following her starting Sept. 26; that'll be one of three things, and it depends which one I think is finished by then; I never put up a story I haven't completed yet)
Um, weird. But thanks! (and it's fast approaching 150,000 overall, and so thanks too for that, you wonderful art-loving perverts, you)
It's obviously a liberal plot. They must have threatened loyal Fox viewers with anthrax or something to keep them from watching. I mean, can't you tell the show is funny by the intensity of its laugh track?
I didn't think that Fox would take this bait, but like the idiotic Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, they(or at least Brian Kilmeade) seem to think the deaths of thousands are something America needs again, to regain "unity." By "unity," of course, what they really mean is, " We dictate, you shut up." It's good to know that American lives are worth so much less to them than their political hegemony.
And this is the inspiration for the Joker, and no other film has ever gotten it right.(and in this case, he's the hero) Whereas in comics, certainly the late Marshall Rogers--who shared my birthday, as it happens--did.
I give you the impeccable taste of Youtube's MaidMarian, from Canada, helping to keep public domain silent(and more) film alive. Indulge in the playlist below(which includes two Dreyer films and one Bunuel film, complete, as well as Lon Chaney and others), and drop by her MySpace page to donate. (tell her I sent you, and put in a request for Chaney's bizarre and wonderful He Who Gets Slapped, directed by Victor Sjöström, whom you might have seen as the star of Bergman's Wild Strawberries)
Interesting video demonstrating the use of the Wacom tablet as the unholy instrument by which all inking will be destroyed and replaced with the flat, open Eurolines of the Wacom. Then again, I'll be singing a different tune the day I can afford one. (Meanwhile, all of my original art is still ink or full pencil, though I have a pathetic little Pablo tablet I use for Adobe enhancements, correction and color)
All sorts of stuff, especially some really amazing "mountain music," i.e. folk & bluegrass. Their show on Saturdays, "Goin' Across the Mountain," from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., was, I believe, what we were listening to. But also some incredible blues and indie rock. Listen and be sure to bookmark it. (And support it if you can--hey, with the web there's no longer just local listeners)
WNCW: This is what you get for playing a beautiful version of "Barbara Allen" at exactly the right moment, and making a hard time a little easier. Thanks.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson