Somehow I neglected to notice this, but yesterday was the one-year anniversary of this blog. My first post can be read here if you don’t feel like using the archive.

I still wonder about that post. I think it’s true; but I can’t help feeling it seems to be more of an insult to Republicans, rather than the constructive criticism I intended. The word “empathy” has come to have a much more positive connotation than it really should, I think.

I was bored yesterday, so I clicked the “Next Blog” button at the top of the main page to see where I’d go. I kept clicking through random blogs for a bit, and I was surprised to see how many had a post that read something like “I’m sick of blogging. I quit.” or “I’m too busy. I quit. This blog is finished.”

I can understand not wanting to blog, or being too busy, but why go and say you’re not going to do it anymore? Just do what I did: I blogged a little last March, lost interest, didn’t blog, forgot about the whole thing, got bored one day in December, remembered blog’s existence, and came back.

I assume Blogger will delete your blog eventually if you don’t use it, but apparently it takes them a long time. Seriously; why say “I quit”?

Karl Rove has been defending it lately, so I thought I’d throw in my opinion on this.

It’s torture. There is no way around it.

I just thought it was time to clear that up. No more “harsh interrogation techniques”, folks. It is what it is.

Now, you might still say it was justified. It may well be that it was used to save American lives. Still, we have to be clear about what it is we’re talking about. I would have much more respect for guys like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney if they’d just come out and say: “Yes, it was torture. I don’t care, because it was the right thing to do to save innocent lives.”