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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Foreign Automakers Expand In Southern States.

The New York Times runs a story today on the growth of foreign automaker production facilities and jobs in the United States. Foreign automakers now account for well over 40% of the auto making jobs in the country, with most...

[The Left Coaster]
1:11:33 PM    

No Chicks Allowed.

Conservatives have a lot of very stupid ideas about torture.

For example? Torture. Also? Torture-supporting t-shirts.

However, stupid just reached a new pinnacle, the Hank Aaron of complete imbecility, in terms of torture. And that beautiful mind which unleashed this upon the world? Kathleen Parker.

While there are plenty of good reasons to keep Gitmo open - we need some place to hold suspected terrorists, after all - cleaning house seems an excellent idea. Let's begin by getting rid of the women.

As an act of self-respect, as well as diplomacy, we should get women out of male prisons and interrogation centers and put an end to this ignorant, politically correct (forgive the redundancy), morally subversive, counterproductive policy of using women to sexually humiliate men as a means of breaking them down for questioning. From under exactly what rock did the perpetrators of these filthy methods crawl?

Yes - does anyone remember the NOW marches on college campuses demanding that women be allowed equal access to violations of international law? It was right around the time Planned Parenthood released its seminal short paper, Why Can't Women Rape, Too?

Y'see, folks, torture is far better for all of us if it reinforces the idea that aggression is just too much for women, and leaves the sexual perversions and degradation where it belongs - in the thick-cocked bodies of male soldiers. Remember, ladies - if you've got a cock, torture's a lock!

Various reports out of Gitmo suggest a consistent pattern of X-rated behavior by women toward men. (For a list taken from documents recently released to the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act, go to

Even if such behavior weren't offensive to the Muslim world we're trying to charm with our democratic ways, it should be condemned by us. Instead, it is apparently a policy, if unspoken, to use women in ways we never would condone in civilian life and that certainly would get men punished if roles were reversed. The MO even has a name: the "sex-up" approach. Pithy.

Amanda, you and I need to have a talk. I know how much you believe in female empowerment through bound menses-rubbing, but I think it would do wonders for the credibility of all femalekind if you could bring yourself to condemn these practices at Guantanamo. Just think about it - I remember the "Period Parties" you told me about when this hit the news, and the week of famous prisoners with photoshopped menstrual blood on their faces that Feministe put up, but there has to be a line.

Men get to torture. It's as simple as that! And since nobody who was offended at this recommended those soldiers or their commanders be punished - ever - maybe we should stake out some moral credibility on those grounds, too. It's an idea!

In some instances, (civilian) women interrogators at Gitmo partially stripped, and fondled themselves and the male prisoners, who sometimes were forced to strip in front of women. In one particularly loathsome example related by a former U.S. Army linguist, Sgt. Erik Saar, during a "60 Minutes" interview, a female interrogator put her hands in her pants, where she had hidden red ink.

She then wiped her reddened hands on the detainee's face, telling him it was menstrual blood. Again, this clearly doesn't qualify as "torture" compared to electric shock and beatings, but it's still wrong as ballet boots.

Anyone remember when I put ballet boots in my pants and rubbed them on a prisoner's face? That was fucked up.

And even though this particular prisoner was especially worrisome - a Saudi training at an American flight school - employing a woman to perform some elaborate misogynistic kabuki seems not so much torturous as depraved. The war on terror, which is also a battle of perception, is daunting enough without our handing ammo to the enemy.

Let me get this straight. Not shit to say when we're stacking male prisoners in naked pyramids, not shit to say when an enlisted soldier posing as a captive gets brain damage because his captors think he's an actual terrorist, not shit to say when we detain thousands of people without any just cause, but throw a woman in there and you're all of a sudden giving bin Laden the keys to the kingdom.

By the way, is this "misogynistic"? These women are basically performing variants of the sadistic torture visited in numerous other ways upon these prisoners by other men and women. You can argue that it plays upon misogyny, but it seems far more misogynistic to declare that torture and abuse is made worse merely by the presence of women. Any misogyny involved takes a distant second to the fact that it's horrific abuse of another human being.

Women have a legitimate role in the military and the war on terror, but playing the man-baiting whore is surely a sin of miscasting. And Gitmo, while not the killing camps of Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler, is not America either.

But take out the chicks, and it's Iowa, mother fuckers!

8:57:02 AM    

Pravda Circles The Wagons, Part II

The Death of a Thousand finally takes its toll on Dick Durbin: "Under fire from Republicans and some fellow Democrats, Sen. Dick Durbin apologized Tuesday for comparing American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis and other historically infamous figures. "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt...

- Riggsveda

6:58:52 AM    

Gird Your Loins.

A few days ago, Kevin Drum was worried that pushing aggressively for a pullout from Iraq would get Democrats tarred as the party that lost the war. Kevin isn't arguing against pullout -- he spends much of the post attacking...

[Ezra Klein]
6:56:33 AM    

You wanna talk enlightenment.

Let's start with the Hippocratic Oath. I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and...

[DunneIV -- Trying not to be retarded about all this]
6:51:49 AM    

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