Wednesday, March 15, 2006

See Word



A cute thing happened on the way to court-martial Monday. Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis shot Sgt. Jennifer Scala, a witness in a military prosecution of alleged Abu Ghraib guard misconduct. The uniformed Scala was photographed leaving the military tribunal carrying a book by Inga Muscio, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, whose title epithet was clearly visible in the photo, which ran on page A3 of the newspaper yesterday.

Muscio’s book, described by Publisher’s Weekly as a “self-indulgent exercise in feminist reclamation,” is a cultural-anthropological celebration of the c-word. Perhaps Scala was declaring her own girlish independence by carrying the book, or just looking for a way to amuse herself while waiting to testify. She has already demonstrated some penchant for unladylike (though not necessarily un-soldierlike) preoccupation; In reporter Stephen Kiehl’s accompanying story, he writes that Scala testified at trial that while working at Abu Ghraib she allowed guard dogs to “lick peanut butter off her breasts” as part of a bet with other military prison guards.

The publication of the photo apparently aroused the ire of some Sun readers yesterday. The paper ran this correction today: "A photograph published yesterday with an article about the court-martial of a guard at Abu Ghraib prison showed a book cover that contained an obscenity. The obscenity went unnoticed during editing and should not have been published. Publication of the photo violates The Sun's guidelines.
The Sun apologizes for the oversight."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The military has really gone down hill! Good grief, are integrity and respect just completly dead now? Whatever happened to military bearing and the military code of conduct by NCO's. Sheesh! Just issue me my Koran today.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to military bearing and the military code of conduct by NCO's.

Abu Gonzales and Rummy waterboarded them to death.

Anonymous said...

How about the prosecutors cut the mud-slinging out of the trial and realize this kid is on trial for more serious issues.

and whatever happened to the officer corp stepping up and accepting responsiblilty for what they ordered???

Anonymous said...

Honestly people, who cares?

Anonymous said...

NCO stands for Non-Commissioned Officer in other words a sargeant.

Her name and rank is Sgt. Jennifer Scala.

Now is there any question that no one wants to serve any more?

Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit. The only thing that disturbs me is the whole "dog licking peanut butter off her breasts" thing.

Wolfmoosepigchicken said...

That's actually a good book. Get over it, man.

Anonymous said...

Honestly,it was just a book.At least she is literate unlike the majority of the millitary.

Anonymous said...

This is SO much more important than your taxes paying for torture.

Anonymous said...

IF SHE LET THE DOG LICK HER BREASTS SHE LET IT LICK HER CUNT

Anonymous said...

lmao homegirl is gross for the puppy incident but really? what does that have to do with her carrying a book aroud that has the word cunt sprawled across it? silly people, just silly... i hate when the media bring up other pieces of info that do not pertain to the subject at hand... rubbish!

Nathicana said...

Amazing...a member of the armed service.....READING?! whats this?

CUNT. its just a word. big deal. grow up, please.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a crap if they tortured prisioners. this is a war for petes sake!! If the rag wearing bastards had captured her; her head would have been cut off just like they did to Daniel Pearl (the journalist) and just like they have done to many others. I'd much rather have been made fun of while naked and had my private areas laughed at than to have been captured by those savage assholes. Jeez...this is a war....deal with it!

Anonymous said...

Actually, CUNT is a part of George Carlin's Seven Words You Can't Say on Television List (Shit, Piss, Fuck, CUNT, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits.)

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious. A woman soldier reading a book called Cunt raises ire. You people are disgusting. Your soldiers go around the world killing "rag heads" and you don't care, because you are born in America. It's really funny, because in the future, these same people will look back on it going, "Oh, we didn't know Bush was the same as Hitler, really, we didn't know." Us versus them, this is hilarious. You people are so goddamned enlightened. Yet you're going to write comments about "They attacked us, this is war man, we gotta torture and kill them because they're out to get us." Oh really? When was the last time an Arab walked up to you and tried to kill you? That's right, when you were in their lands raping and pillaging for hundreds of years for resources. Everyday, average joes who are "rag heads" are being killed by ignorant white fucks like you. Thanks for the world.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the anti-war people. Who the fuck does America think they are? They're fighting ears half way around the world to protect themselves? Nobody see the problem there?
Here's a girl, on trial for torture(ethically immaroal for the rest of the world), and you'r e saying that she didn't have a choice?BULLSHIT

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for America bailing out every half-assed country too inept to defend themselves, you'd be bitching that America doesn't do enough. There is no pleasing you people - America should have stayed out of WW1 and WW2 and let you Brits and Frogs learn to speak German...or Russian.

I agree that America shouldn't have gone into the middle east at all - let those fucking arabs kill each other over whose version of Islam is better.

Mitch Haase said...

If it weren't for America bailing out every half-assed country too inept to defend themselves, you'd be bitching that America doesn't do enough. There is no pleasing you people - America should have stayed out of WW1 and WW2 and let you Brits and Frogs learn to speak German...or Russian.

I agree that America shouldn't have gone into the middle east at all - let those fucking arabs kill each other over whose version of Islam is better.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, I love watching America self-implode. Crack, Meth, Guns,War , Bush & the "religous" folks! Nobody has to do anything, America will go away eventually all by itself. Hahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Babies Win Wars

By GUNNAR HEINSOHN
March 6, 2006

Dying nations are usually defined as those with fertility rates of 1.5 or lower. By that measure, 30 European countries are either dying today or -- like France -- seeing their cultures and populations transformed by growing ethnic and religious minorities.

Europe is shrinking just as the population in Islamic, African and Asian countries is exploding. In 2020, there will be one billion "fighting-age" men (ages 15-29) world-wide; only 65 million will be Europeans. At the same time, the Muslim world will have 300 million males, often with limited opportunities at home.

Little can be done to reverse Europe's demographic fate. Germany's 80 million inhabitants would need 750,000 skilled immigrants every year up to 2050 to offset the declining fertility rate that started in 1975. Even if such an unrealistic immigration level could somehow be achieved (only 10,000 skilled immigrants a year are arriving now), Germany's median age would still jump to 52 from 42 while ethnic Germans would become a minority in their own country.

This isn't the first time Europe has found itself tottering on the edge of extinction. Throughout the 1400s, outbreaks of bubonic plague and pressure from conquering Muslim armies reduced Europe's population to 40 million from 70 million. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII responded to the crisis by decreeing the death penalty for "persons of both sexes who by accursed charms and crafts, enormities and horrid offenses, slay infants yet in the mother's womb (or who) hinder women from conceiving." Midwives, who were also experts in birth control and abortion, were prosecuted and killed.

The results were immediate, producing fertility rates as high as in Gaza or Niger today. By 1510, the number of male births in England had almost doubled. After 1500 and right up to 1914, West European women raised on average about six children, twice as many as during the Middle Ages.

The European economy couldn't keep up. Because a father's land went to his oldest son, the younger brothers were often left to fend for themselves. They quickly found an outlet. In the 16th century, Spain called its young conquistadors "Secundones," second sons, those who don't inherit. Starting with Columbus' second voyage (1493), Europe's surplus males (representing about 10% of the world's fighting-age males at the time) began the conquest of the world. And despite their wars around the globe and the 80 million who died in Europe's domestic wars and genocides, their population rose tenfold to 400 million. The original population bomb was a weapon made in Europe. Over the next few centuries, Europeans took control of 90% of the globe.

Who was to be master in Europe? In the early 1800s, France, West Europe's most populous nation for 800 years, made its last bid. At the time of Waterloo, France was able to draw on 5% of the world's males of fighting age. It took an alliance of Great Britain (10 million people) and Prussia (also 10 million) to prevail over France's 27 million. After 1861, Germany passed France's population and shortly afterwards defeated its neighbor across the Rhine. At the beginning of the 20th century, Europe's share of fighting age males had grown to 35%, with 10% belonging to the empires of Berlin and Vienna alone. In 1914 these two behemoths used their population advantage to make a bid for world supremacy. But their campaign to capture Eurasia's land mass failed to take account of a newcomer to the world stage. Though separated by an ocean, the U.S. commanded about the same demographic and industrial potential.

Japan, Italy and Germany became the last great powers that tried -- and failed -- to take territories away from other leading powers. After 1945 Europe lost every war it fought, from Indochina, to Algeria to Timor. Euphemisms such as "emancipation of the colonies" hide the true causes behind this chain of defeats. If Europeans had continued to multiply like in its imperialistic prime, the world would still tremble before their armies. In just 100 years, Muslim countries have duplicated the tenfold growth that Europe experienced between 1500-1900. In the last century, the Muslim population skyrocketed to 1.4 billion from 140 million.

If Europe had merely matched the fourfold increase of the United States (to 300 million from 75 million between 1900-2006), the continent's 1.6 billion would still dwarf China (1.3 billion) and India (1.1 billion). Yet, Europe's share of the world's fighting-age males, which stood at 27% in 1914, is lower today (9%) than it was in 1500 (11%). Thus, the new clothes of European "pacifism" and "soft power" conceal its naked weakness.

With a fertility rate at the 2.1 replacement level, the U.S. is still defendable. But how many times can America send out their only sons to prevent all those second, third or fourth sons from engaging in acts of violence abroad? In some ways, the faster Europe collapses the better it will be for the U.S., whose chances of defeating global terrorism would improve by a panic-driven influx of the Old World's best, brightest and bravest ready to strengthen it economically and militarily.

The alternative to the terrorism of the Islamist secundones will not be peace but -- as it was for their "Christianist" predecessors in Peru, Mexico and India -- conquest. Terror is merely conquest's little brother.

Mr. Heinsohn is professor of sociology at Bremen University and founder and president of the Raphael-Lemkin-Institut.