Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stupidity Persists: Jesse Ventura on The View

How many households tune into The View? Apparently around 4.42 million for the 18-34 group. How many blog-readers click onto FA discussion threads? 300? A thousand?

Can you understand why stupidity persists on American daytime tv and how that affects public attitudes, knowledge and opinions?

Huffington Post:

There is a peculiar aspect to the debate over the use of waterboarding on terrorist detainees. Those who have actually experienced the procedure first hand insist it is ineffective at best and torture at worst. Those who couldn't be more removed from its employment argue that it works in thwarting terrorist attacks.

On Monday's taping of The View, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura -- who was waterboarded as part of his military training -- repeated the mantra he offered last week, calling waterboarding torture and demanding criminal prosecution for those who authorized it.

"I would prosecute the people who did it," he said. "I would prosecute the people who ordered it. And they would all go to jail."

His opponent in the debate was none other than the conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who insisted that the technique worked in breaking down al Qaeda suspects.

The exchange was good-natured and lively, with Ventura asking some leading rhetorical questions before making a few rather provocative political points.

"If waterboarding is OK, why don't we let our police do it to suspects so they can learn what they know?" he asked. "If waterboarding is OK, why didn't we waterboard [Timothy] McVeigh and Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers, to find out if there were more people involved? ... We only seem to waterboard Muslims... Have we waterboarded anyone else? Name me someone else who has been waterboarded."

Jesus frakkin' Cripes....the bozone layer is impenetrably thick around this one...what is it with Minnesota's choice of governors, anyway?! What's sad is this 9/11 Truther and (Ron) Paul bearer, this former WWF entertainer, will command some level of credibility amongst the viewing audience because he was a former governor and former SEAL UDT frogman, riding on the reputation of SEALs (thanks, Hard Right!).

Originally posted at Flopping Aces

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Blogger Dee said...

I used to like Jesse Ventura MANY years ago because I thought he was a real and honest for a politician. The problem is there are times you shouldn't "share" everything you think.

When he bashed Christians as being weak people who used religion as a crutch it really offended me. Its fine if he isn't religious but to demean me and millions of others because he doesn't believe was not a good call.

But when he came out recently as one of these 9/11 conspiracy nuts I couldn't believe it. Nuts!!!! It never ceases to amaze me when I see people who "appear" to me to be normal but are Ron Paul fans. Yikes!!

Friday, May 22, 2009 1:47:00 AM  
Blogger Z said...

I'm with Dee..I liked Ventura years ago, too. Now, I think he's been strangled by wrestlers far too many times; the air was shut off.

I love how this article in Huff Post says the conversation was 'good natured and lively' ..what do they expect with a guy agreeing with the LADIES; blaming Bush never felt so good!

That man's really lost it.

Friday, May 22, 2009 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Ventura has been all over the talk shows with this crap. I saw him on FNC the other morning.

Al Qaeda and crowd are loving his dhimmitude, I'm sure.

Saturday, May 23, 2009 2:45:00 AM  

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