Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

It's monkeys all the way down

In The Guardian (UK), a former London schoolboy describes his treatment in America's new gulag:

They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me.

They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming.

One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said.

They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists.

The Green Lantern then asks, "Tell me, if someone were dicing YOUR penis like a tomato, how long before you "confessed" to being an Al Qaida terrorist?"

Dear, dear fool, don't you undersand? Of *course* he is guilty. He's *BROWN*. Oh sure, maybe he isn't guilty of the specific crime of which he is accused, but what does it matter? Americans won't care. The Orwell Administration has drilled deep down into the monkey brain of the American people, the part that wants to hoot and howl and throw feces at any monkey that doesn't follow the same alpha male (GWB) that they do. They've carefully addressed the inner monkey of the American people to the point where most Americans, like the monkeys that we are (after all, we were monkeys for a million years before our big-domed heads invented civilization, morality, etc.), are conditioned to believe that nobody but Americans are human. Everybody else is just "other", untermenschen, filth, not to be trusted, not to be believed. And only certain classes of Americans are human -- good god-fearin' heterosexual by-god Republican Christians. Everybody else is just untermenschen, to hoot and howl and throw feces at.

Monkeys. It's monkeys all the way down to the moral bottom. Ten thousand years of civilization, forgotten as if they never existed, leaving only a pack of jumped-up monkeys with too-big brains and delusions of grandeur. F*ck.

- Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

Posted by: BadTux / 8/03/2005 12:38:00 PM  


It's the sort of thing that leads to cover articles for Life Magazine about the trophy skulls being sent home. What is WRONG with people? That was 1943. Have we advanced? Apparently not.

In 1943 Life magazine published the picture of a U.S. sailor's girlfriend contemplating a Japanese skull sent to her as a gift - with a note written on the top of the skull. Referring to this practice, Edward L. Jones, a U.S. war correspondent in the Pacific wrote in the February 1946 Atlantic Magazine, "We boiled the flesh off enemy skulls to make table ornaments for sweethearts, or carved their bones into letter-openers."

On occasion, these "Japanese trophy skulls" have confused police when they have turned up during murder investigations. It has been reported that when the remains of Japanese soldiers were repatriated from the Mariana Islands in 1984, sixty percent were missing their skulls."

Source: Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D., Death to Dust: What happens to Dead Bodies?, Galen Press, Ltd. Tucson, AZ. 1994. p.382.

# posted by CmdrSue : 3/8/05 3:43 PM  

That is disgusting. Torture will make people say anything. I know I would say anything. I know it's a dream, but I sure wish the people who do these things, get the same treatment.
# posted by oldwhitelady : 3/8/05 3:50 PM  

Off topic
# posted by oldwhitelady : 3/8/05 3:52 PM  

This seems to have happened in Morocco. Keyword: Morocco.

Since your source is muddled and leads nowhere, I'm going to have to dismiss this one. It could have happened, but it doesn't appear to be Americans doing it, so I'm dismissing it as sad, but that's the way things are done most places.

Be glad you can sit in your armchair and whine from a safe place, where no one is likely to slice your genitals for doing so.

Most of the world is still only about 2 inches away from barbarity at any given time.
# posted by Trevor : 4/8/05 7:00 AM  

Shorter Trevor:

Hooo Hooo hooo hooo HOOWWL! [fling fling fling]

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

PS: The term is "extraordinary rendition". Go look it up in Amnesty International's report on the United States of America. Thank you.
# posted by BadTux : 4/8/05 8:10 AM  

Jesus. These are Spanish Inquisition tactics. What's next, the return of the Iron Madien and the Rack?
# posted by Paul the Spud : 4/8/05 9:37 AM  

"they played Meat Loaf and Aerosmith over and over."

Penis slicing is one thing, but this goes too far!
# posted by NewsBlog 5000 : 4/8/05 11:05 AM  

Most of the world is still only about 2 inches away from barbarity at any given time.

Appalling and heart-breaking, but true. Maybe the least we could to to try and change this is to stop acting like barbarians ourselves.

Just sayin'...
# posted by Mimus Pauly : 4/8/05 2:48 PM  

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