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Thursday, May 27, 2004
The Hilarity of Abu Ghraib Hoods and Naked Pyramids
So by now you've probably heard about Al Gore's very strongly-worded denunciation of the way Bushman has been handling the war in Iraq. One of the things he did in his speech was ask the President to condemn remarks made by Rush Limbaugh about Abu Ghraib prison abuse.
Just to show that we're fair and balanced here at the Dark Window, we thought we'd let Rush respond to the speech in his own words. Is Rush having a breakdown? We'll leave that for you to decide. All italics, laughing, pauses, and asides in the following quotes are from the transcript on Rush's own website.
We all just listened to it together, and we just laughed. You've got to hear this. This is a MoveOn.org event. It's here in New York at New York University. Gore and I in the same town. (Gasping.) MoveOn.org, this is the wacko bunch that is doing ads equating Bush with Hitler. Don't they have a new ad?
Well, that's not entirely correct, Rush. What actually happened is that MoveOn.org received over 1,500 submissions as part of a contest to choose ads to put on television. Out of all of these, two of them compared the activities of the Bush administration to Hitler's Third Reich. The same Wing Nuts who so frequently referred to Hitlery Clinton and feminazis were suddenly outraged and demanded that the Democratic Party renounce them. Contrary to "doing ads," MoveOn actually removed the "offending" material from their website. Anyway, at this point Rush decides to play what he says is their newest ad.
VOICE: (Absurd doom-and-gloom music.) They said we went to Iraq to bring American values -- democracy, liberty. But something has gone terribly wrong. (Dramatic pause) Now it's been reported that (Secretary of Defense) Donald Rumsfeld initiated the plan that encouraged the physical coercion and sexual humiliation of prisoners. [Rush laughing] Rumsfeld has endangered our soldiers and America. [sic] Why hasn't (President of the United States) George (W.) Bush fired this man?
RUSH: (Laughing.) So that's their latest commercial, and I haven't seen it, but apparently during one of the darkest moments of that commercial is where a hood, an Abu Ghraib hood, is placed over (laughing) the Statue of Liberty.
Well, I guess all those pictures with the prisoners in the hoods were pretty funny. And the thought of the Statue of Liberty wearing one practically caused me to spit out my Root Beer I was laughing so hard. What the hell is Algore thinking?
ALGORE: "This president episodically poses as a uniter and healer. If he really has any desire to play that role, then I call upon him to condemn Rush Limbaugh, perhaps his strongest political supporter, who said publicly that the torture in Abu Grab [sic—Ghraib] was 'a brilliant maneuver' and that the photos were 'good old American pornography,' and that the actions portrayed were simply those of people 'having a good time' and 'needing to blow off steam.'"
RUSH: I guess those naked pyramids are just not in the national interest to Algore. (Laughing and laughing.)
Note to self for future blog entries: naked pyramids are even funnier than Abu Ghraib hoods.
What really troubles me about these photos, above and beyond what's in them, is how they're being used to undermine our war effort.
Right. Again with this Wing Nut argument that it's not the bad things happening in these photographs that's most troubling. It's that people would have the nerve to be upset about them. Or even worse, demand that something be done to stop it.
In this speech today he actually makes the case for civil rights for terrorist cells in these prisons under the Geneva Convention when the Geneva Convention does not even cover terrorists.
Hmmmm. Since this occurred, the United States has released literally hundreds of these "terrorists" from custody. Why does George Bush hate America and want all these "terrorists" running loose?
Since this prison thing has come up here again, we have this from Rowan Scarborough in the Washington Times. "An Army investigation and congressional hearings have spotlighted a series of conflicting statement..." By the way, hold it. Hey, Koko? I want you to go back to the website last week or the week before. I guess it was the week-before last. I want you to grab Kate O'Beirne's column that she wrote on National Review Online placing in context my comments about Abu "Grab," as Gore called it. Didn't he say Abu "Grab"? What's on his mind? He calls it Abu Grab Prison. At any rate, find out in Gore lingo what "Abu" means and we could really be onto something. But go back and get that Kate O'Beirne piece, because she had called me...(snip)...[S]he wrote a great piece that puts it all in context and perspective and explains what it was that I was saying in her own words.
The Kate O'Beirne column to which he's referring is a glowing piece meant to defend Rush from the firestorm of criticism surrounding his comments saying the torturers at Abu Ghraib were just "having a good time." The column that explains what he was saying in her words. I highly recommend that you read S.Z.'s predictably excellent summary of it if you haven't already. The most astonishing part of the article has Kate saying she doesn't even need to know any facts to stand up for Rush in a given situation. She just knows he'll be right.
So I want you to re-link to that, or just post it, whatever. Put it up there now, Koko. Don't waste any time. Just get it up there now.
Interesting. Rush seems to be getting frantic about having this article put up. This, of course, reminds him that TIME Magazine wants to do an article about him.
So I'm wondering about this TIME magazine. I'm still going to do it, but I'm going to be loaded. I'm going to be ready. In fact, they want to take a picture. I ought to show up in prison guard garb, or maybe take the picture with a hood on and say, "Here, I'm the Statue of Liberty. I showed up today to do my show as the Statue of Liberty. Take a picture of me with this hood on. Send a copy over to MoveOn.org." (Laughing.)
Ah, yes. Back to the hood humor. I don't know about you but I never get tired of laughing at those!
Anyway, where was I? I normally don't lose my place, and I haven't lost it. Get that thing posted up there, Koko, the Kate O'Beirne piece at RushLimbaugh.com.
What, exactly, is Koko really doing back there? On second thought, I don't think I want to know.