Donkey Punch

August 19, 2008

John McCain may be a Veteran, but he was Not Tortured.

That’s right, folks. john McCain can shut his old, wrinkly claptrap about being tortured.

All the things done to McCain in Vietnam – stress positions, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures, withholding medical attention, beatings – were legalized by the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Andrew Sullivan via jpadgett:

No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the “intelligence” we have procured from “interrogating” terror suspects…the government of the United States now practices the very same techniques that the Communist government of North Vietnam once proudly used against American soldiers.

Not Torture

HEY, OLD MAN! QUIT YER BITCHIN’! I’m sure Ho Chi Minh determined that Enhanced Interogation Techniques were necessary to guard against the American threat, so who are you to complain?

Do you hear these guys complaining?:

Godwinned Again!

October 1, 2007

No She Didn’t!(Updated)(UPDATED again)


Is Godwin’s Law automatically invoked in the presence of an Iron Kross?

Hello, intrepid reader. Today we are going to play a game called, “Who is this, and what do you suppose it is up to?”

So here are your choices:

A. Miss Drag International, speaking out about the world AIDS crisis

B. A man inexplicably dressed as a poor interpretation of a Nazi

C. Possibly the ugliest man in the Red Light District, EvAr!!!1!

D. Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Figured it out yet? I’ll wait…

Okay, okay, if you are familiar with multiple choice tests, you’ve probably figured out that although A, B, and C make much more sense, D is the correct answer.

I am not normally too quick to call a horse, a horse, of course, of course. Lookism for lookism’s sake is pretty nasty. But when the lookie is a neocon hack, and Fantasically Ugly, to boot… Well, then, it’s just too easy..

I have to get this out of the way. How can we have an upper level undersecretary at the Pentagon who has so obviously had a sex change? This is a man. Period.


When they said they were sending out the shock troops to deliver the message…

Do I have a problem with transsexuals? Do I have a problem with ugly? No, and no. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the Pentagon would have such a person employed, but, Hello? Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? You don’t have to ask. The bizarre silver scarf covering his adam’s apple is all you have to tell me. And besides, I’d be afraid to ask it anything.

In fact, I’m thinking of e-mailing Ann Coulter and letting him in on the fashion tip:


Enough of that. So (Ms.) Cagan is one of Bush’s Senior (Women) Officials. I normally would have quickly averted my eyes when presented with such an image and moved on. But this little administration whack job managed to distinguish (her) self. Take it away, Daily Mail:

Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America’s stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush’s senior women officials: “I hate all Iranians.”

Classy broad, eh?

“She seemed more keen on saying she didn’t like Iranians than that the US had no plans to attack Iran,” said one MP. “She did say there were no plans for an attack but the tone did not fit the words.”

That’s not all that ‘doesn’t quite fit’.

Another MP said: “I formed the impression that some in America are looking for an excuse to attack Iran. It was very alarming.”

I love me some British Humour. The English can say just about anything in that deadpan of theirs. So I’m not quite sure which of these two quotes are funnier. Maybe you could let me know, in the comments, which one you prefer.

“It was very sobering to hear from the horse’s mouth how the US sees the situation.”


“She is very forceful and some of my colleagues were intimidated by her muscular style.”

I really am convinced that the British are the funniest people in the world.

h/t to el_cid @ Sadly, No!


This is not the outfit she wore to dress down the MPs. This happens to be from a 2005 Hungarian Embassy event. Still…


The Sadly, No! peeps got an e-mail from someone who was there the night the picture was taken. Comedy Gold!

July 19, 2007

Take that, Godwin!

Filed under: Godwin's Law, Hitler, Libby — t4toby @ 8:42 am


“The consequences of committing high treason, if you were a man of the extreme Right, was not unduly heavy, despite the law, and a good many anti-republicans took notice of it.”

…Another reason I’m not blogging much is that I am wading through The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It seems an apropos book for right now, although it is laborious and not very well received by academics.

I guess the scariest part is the similarities I see with late 20’s-earl 30’s Germany and the US now. There are some big differences, as well, but anyone really paying attention could have spotted the danger pretty early back then…Unfortunately, no one seemed to be paying attention until it was too late.

(Quote from 1990 edition, page 78)