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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“A lawyer for Charles Graner, accused ringleader in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, on Monday compared piling naked prisoners into pyramids to cheerleader shows and said leashing inmates was also acceptable prisoner control.
Graner's attorney said piling naked prisoners into pyramids and leading them by a leash were acceptable methods of prisoner control. He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and parents putting tethers on toddlers.
‘Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?’ Guy Womack, Graner's attorney, said in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist's court-martial.”
-Reuters, January 10, 2005

“Yep. Cheerleading is just like torture. And hey, boxers beat the crap out of each other until one of them can’t stand up any more, so, you see, what happened at Abu Ghraib was just like what athlete’s do.. Not torture, just ‘exercise’. For the love of Goddess.. Why the hell do I need to say that torture is bad and shouldn’t be done and that death squads are a really evil idea? As a member of the most ‘moral’ nation on the planet shouldn’t all of this be kind of a ‘gimme’?”

“Frederick recounted several occasions on which Graner hit prisoners, including once when he knocked out a man before piling him and others into a naked human pyramid. ‘He shook his hand and said 'damn, that hurt',’ Frederick said.”
-Reuters, January 10, 2005

“See.. That’s why boxers wear gloves. Silly man.”

“Folks, these torture pictures with the women torturers, I mean Marv Albert looking at those pictures would say, ‘Hey, that doesn't look so bad.’ You know, if you really look at these pictures, I mean I don't know if it's just me but it looks like anything you'd see Madonna or Britney Spears do on stage. Maybe you can get an NEA grant for something like this. I mean this is something you can see at Lincoln Center from an NEA grant, maybe on Sex in the City: the Movie. I mean, it's just me.”
-Rush Limbaugh, May 3, 2004

“This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some steam off?”
-Rush Limbaugh on Abu Ghraib, May 4, 2004

“Yep.. Just a few soldiers working out their frustrations on a punching bag.. which happens to be a human being.”


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