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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ana Marie Cox Is a Twit, Part II

Sorry for the lack of posting... in the middle of a job change. Leaving a company that I've been with for quite some time and trying to tie up all the loose ends before I take the plunge into the new job.

That and the daily drip drip drip from the nattering nabobs of negativism have kept me away from the Conspiracy for a while.

But Ana Marie Cox provides me with some inspiration - for she is truly a Titanic Twit (as I've demonstrated previously). In her latest installment, we have this attack on Romney (my comments throughout as usual):

Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007

Romney's Cruel Canine Vacation

The reporter intended the anecdote that opened part four of the Boston Globe's profile of Mitt Romney to illustrate, as the story said, "emotion-free crisis management": Father deals with minor — but gross — incident during a 1983 family vacation, and saves the day. But the details of the event are more than unseemly — they may, in fact, be illegal.

The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus's rather visceral protest.

Here is the offending passage, italicized by me:

Before beginning the drive [in 1983], Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

First, should point out that this was 1983.... I mean, Oliver Willis was 5? Ana Marie Cox and Mark "Screw 'Em" Moulitsas Zunigas (aka Kos) had just passed their first decade on the planet.

Lemme put this in perspective... seat belts in the back seat were often buried in the crevice of the station wagon, never to be retrieved. Kids napped in the space between the headrests and the rear window. Baby On Board signs didn't appear until 1984!!

What I'm trying to say is that we didn't take the safe transport of kids very seriously back then, so Romney's actions probably aren't that whacko for the day. It's not like we had dog seat belts in the early '80s like we do now (the existence of which is a sure sign of two things: 1) our unbelievable wealth and 2) that the apocalypse is nigh).

And Romney even built a windshield on the roof for Seamus. Images of Clark W Griswold come to my mind...

Second... this was 1983 - 24 years ago. Just a few years earlier, Obama was smnking weed and doing coke, but that's "too far in the past to be of concern today." Let's at least be consistent!

Woops... lemme give the stage back to the Ueber-Twit:
Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon." An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying "it's definitely something I'd want to check out." The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it's against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and "if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal." And while it appears that the statute of limitations has probably passed, Stacey Wolf, attorney and legislative director for the ASPCA, said "even if it turns out to not be against the law at the time, in the district, we'd hope that people would use common sense...Any manner of transporting a dog that places the animal in serious danger is something that we'd think is inappropriate...I can�t speak to the accuracy of the case, but it raises concerns about the judgment used in this particular situation."

While this may be illegal today, was it illegal at the time? If Romney was put in a similar situation today, would he treat Seamus in the same manner?
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was less circumspect. PETA does not have a position on Romney's candidacy per se, but Newkirk called the incident "a lesson in cruelty that was ... wrong for [his children] to witness...Thinking of the wind, the weather, the speed, the vulnerability, the isolation on the roof, it is commonsense that any dog who's under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels: that alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured." Romney, of course, has expressed support for the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques when it comes to terrorists; his campaign did not return repeated calls and emails about the treatment of his dog.

Ahhh, yes... everything goes back to Gitmo and Abu Ghraib! Well, isn't it obvious that Romney supports torturing terrorists? He's just some sicko who enjoys torturing the innocent and weakest among us. No doubt he'd be extra cruel to any detainees that have puppy-dog eyes, right?

And, sure PETA doesn't have a position on Romney's candidacy... rrrrriiight. I bet I can guess what their position is on every GOP candidate. That Ana obfuscates this either demonstrates her stupidity or her contempt for her readers. (I guess her coverage of the sex life of Jessica Cutler already demonstrated that - while at the same time getting her a paid gig.)
As organizer of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Romney came under fire from some animal welfare groups for including a rodeo exhibition as part of the Games' festivities. At the time, he told protesters, "We are working hard to make this as safe a rodeo for cowboys and animals as is humanly possible."

Well, the rodeo is just f-ing evil, am I right? I mean, no sane person could stand to watch a horse or bull being ridden by a man for a few seconds. And, of course, no sane person could stand to actually put a piece of beef in his mouth and chew.... And no sane person could actually have a dog as a pet... or put an animal in a zoo.... ad infinitum.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Anonymous said...


middle of a new job....good luck...what is this thing about dog on a car something on the environment...animal cruelty cannot be America going to be the evangelical republic of amercian statest like the Islamic republic of Iran? Post some serious issues....not to say animal cruelty is not infinitum ad nauseum...are some idiots going to lynch Romney in Carthage again for his religious beliefs...beware ....I am Boy Under Son and will protest that.

good luck in your job wendie,

boy under son

Anonymous said...

btw don't delete any of my comments. i am the anonymous commentator using many names...wendie do me a favor and not delete those....if you can retrieve my june 17th comments it would be nice or i will post them a 100 times

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