CLOWNFACE MCOLD  11:42 am September 1, 2009

Richard Cohen’s Column Today Does Not Deserve A Formal Response With Proper Grammar And Punctuation, Soo…

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Vulpes82 September 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

I think a copy of Moby Dick just exploded somewhere.

Better American Than You September 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

Whenever Richard Cohen went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

RoscoePColtraine September 1, 2009 at 11:51 am

Dear Mr. Cohen,
If I could torture you for an hour, and it somehow would GUARANTEE our national security for ALL TIME, would you go for it? I promise not to use any methods involving water or heat. I think the trade-off is kinda worth the effort, don’t you?

Your friend,

Tommmcatt September 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

A little-known fact is that Herman Melville was a rice queen. True story.

Crank Tango September 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

So special prosecutors can decide someone is in contempt? And while we’re at it, gramp dickweed, you’re right! Impeaching a standing president because he lied about cheating on Hillary Clinton, of all people, is going just a bit too far.

And who the fuck wants “absolute security,” anyway? The boy in the plastic bubble?

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 11:53 am

Does anyone know for sure that “Richard Cohen” is not two monkies with a computer in a research lab? That would explain a lot.

badmuthagoose September 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

Richard Cohen is having a torrid love affair with Kim Jong-il.

gurukalehuru September 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

Dear Richard Cohen,
You are not Moby. You are a dick.

Sincerely, gurukalehuru

MathewBrooks September 1, 2009 at 11:55 am

Look, he ‘simply does not prefer’ torture.

Capricatony September 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single interrogator in possession of a good hot poker must be in want of national security.

GreatOldOnesParty September 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

What’s all this hooey about immorality and what-ifs it’s your chitlin’s what are threatened ZOMGawrsh!?

The only difference between me and these Darth Cheney apologists is that I know I’m a morally bankrupt sadistic fascist fuck and I’m honest about it.

Come on CIA! Get creative! Make up new and fun ways of torture that aren’t outlawed yet. There’s no way to test the efficacy of torture if we don’t try try again!

TGY September 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Nothing really can be threatened against his relatives — that they will be killed or sexually abused.

This bothers me a lot, since the “i’m doin ur mom” meme is so ubiquitous on teh Intarwebs.

FMA September 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

You know what, I can’t wait for Jack Bauer to get his hands on this Ishmael character. He’ll settle his hash.

CorkPopper September 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

He lost me at the captured terrorist going to the internet cafe. My head ‘sploded.

Mr. Cohen, how many diapers do you go through a day wetting your pants thinking about brown skinned people who want to blow you up?

stink, but September 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

He can’t even be frightened by the prospect of an electric drill??!!?


magic titty September 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm


That is the greatest fucking thing I’ve read in a LONG time (your banter, not Cohen).
Much obliged.

CorkPopper September 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm

For serious though, it’s encouraging that the comments on this preposterous shit are running about 10-to-1 in favor of Richard Cohen being an insufferably retarded quivering bag of jello.

RoscoePColtraine September 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm

[re=399616]CorkPopper[/re]: You couldn’t even send Mr. Cohen to get his teeth cleaned by dental students without the screaming and the thrashing. Assuming he still has his own teeth, of course.

SayItWithWookies September 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Richard Cohen is frightened, people! He’s afraid of Ishmael and yet he’s bamboozled by the arguments that we need torture to keep us safe. Hey, you know what else would be ugly but would keep us safe? Nuking everybody else on the planet. Sure, it’s horrible, but it would definitely work, right? QED.

Oh, also — if torture works, then India, Pakistan and China are completely free of terrorist attacks, right?

Also — the clef to this roman is that Ishmael, the son of Abraham and the brother of Isaac, went off to found the Arab peoples — the Ishmaelites in the Old Testament. So it’s slightly apropos but also slightly dunderheadedly racist.

4tehlulz September 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I think we need to threaten his family with death by power drill in order to get Mr. Cohen to admit who actually wrote this column.

It’s what the heroes of 9/11 would have wanted.

DoctorCulturae September 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Kurt Vonnegut’s ghost will get him before some terra-ist will.

V572625694 September 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm

And this comes at a time when, on the very same towering tissue of mendacity that is the WaPo op-ed page, George Will is having doubts about our all-wars/all-the-time foreign policy.

So many questions! The answers remain to be seen!

To be sure,

A fuck it, write it yourselves, Hiatt-cronies.

charlesdegoal September 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Many gems, including “How do we get him to reveal his group’s plans and the names of his colleagues?” Ishmael must be some kind of a banker or businessman, with plans and colleagues. How can such senile musings be considered journalism?

watershed September 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I picture this “internet cafe” something akin to Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca. More like an internet DEN.

norbizness September 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm

If we could prevent the loss of one more American life by kicking Richard Cohen down a flight of stairs, I would do it. In fact, I stand ready to commit this criminal act regardless of whether it would save a life.

the problem child September 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Quick, call 911! Richard Cohen has been gobbling Dick Cheney’s demon spoo and needs to have his stomach pumped, stat!

Barry White Zombie September 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I will pay $50 to kick Cohen square in the nads.

Also, this “24″ fanboy fascist pseudo-logic that’s pervasive in people who support torture pisses me off so much. It’s ok to torture if it’s a life or death situation? Is it ever not a life or death situation in combat? Should the army torture whenever it captures somebody? Assuming it works, the ends justify the means no matter how morally and ethically repugnant, right Cohen?

the problem child September 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Never mind, he expired when he heard “911″…

chowkster September 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm

A thousand times thank you for this blog post. I knew Jim and Juli would come through on this.

Dumptruck September 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm


Oldskool September 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I’m beginning to think he writes that stuff just so he can be ridiculed gonzo-style on wonkette. He’s probably scrolling down the page as we type.

tiger September 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

What ANOTHER pathetic loser/columnist with an “opinion”. Why isn’t this stupid shit in the military? Didn’t they drop their standards, like, dramatically? I’m SURE they could fit him in somewhere in Afghanistan. I mean, he’s willing to die, right? Wait. What was this asshole’s point?

Mr Blifil September 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Anything goes when you need the wogs to spill the beans. Thanks, sensitive serious white guy.

mynameisdetroit September 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

jim and juli: like newark mayor cory booker last election night, i am luxuriating in your deliciousness right now. thank you, that is all.

nailsinthecoffin September 1, 2009 at 12:27 pm

[re=399603]Doglessliberal[/re]: Or some manatees in a tank?

jetjaguar September 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

What the hell program are they chatting with? Excel?

GreatOldOnesParty September 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

[re=399653]Barry White Zombie[/re]: see: FOX

WIDTAP September 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Jim and Juli: see your problem is that you are looking to Richard Cohen for good lines when we all know that Leonard Cohen writes the best lyrics.

GreatOldOnesParty September 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Not really OT: OOOOH!! Looka! New ‘Dexter’ iPhone app!
Now you can torture people on the go!

hobospacejunkie September 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm

T. S. Eliot didn’t write Moby Dick. He wrote Heart of Darkness, about scary negros worshipping Baba O’Riley Waggaman, planning terrorism, training to withstand torture. Don’t cry.

the deliverator September 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm

[re=399659]Dumptruck[/re]: Richard, You’re out of your element!

Anonymous Office Zombie September 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

That was fun.

What is this country coming to when we can’t even beat prisoners or throw them against “soft walls” (soft walls? WTF?)or shoot them or use electric drills on them or kill and/or sexually abuse their relatives? What’s next banning the gouging out of prisoners eyes or the cutting off of their fingers?

I don’t know if I can handle this horrible, dystopian anti-torturistic future.

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

[re=399629]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Torture doesn’t work, since all the valuable info we allegedly got from the one guy came BEFORE the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were applied; and the other guy, well, since we tortured him immediately, I guess we won’t know if any other techiniques would have worked, will we? Oh, and the extended torture of the first guy was just for shitz -n- gigglz, obviously, since he’d already spilled the beans.

And really, what sane person thinks repeatedly smashing someone’s head against the wall and drowning him 80 times or so won’t get him to say whatever the fuck you want? I’d say I loved Dick Cheney after that treatment. (maybe)

SayItWithWookies September 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Ugh — the worst part of this travesty of analysis is that Cohen has put me in the position of agreeing with William Kristol.

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

[re=399688]SayItWithWookies[/re]: A good dose of penicillin usually works on that.

Downtheroadapiece September 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

LOL at the tags. Cocksucker. So deliciously apt.

Tangentially, I’d like to suggest that the Wonkette folks also consider using the term cockmaster for a tag in the near future. I watched the South Park movie the other day and decided that one isn’t used nearly enough. Funny how Cohen brought that to mind….

nbawriter September 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Jim and Julie spending that much at least 15 minutes talking about that slapdick’s column is a form of torture.

You’ll have to prosecute each other.

AxmxZ September 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his interrogator took him down into a cellar to discover surprise buttseks.”

sludjbunni September 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Good morning, Mr. Cohen, the Water Board will see you now. And after that, the Death Panel. Have a nice day.

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm

[re=399691]Downtheroadapiece[/re]: I like Unclefucker, myself.

frumious_bandersnatch September 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

[re=399610]Capricatony[/re]: In vain have I struggled. You must allow me to tell you how much made of motherfucking win that was.

PerhapsSo September 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Dude, even if you could torture anyone you pleased, good luck with that “absolute security” thing. Hmm, maybe if I kill all the bad people, nothing bad will ever happen again.

RoscoePColtraine September 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

[re=399695]AxmxZ[/re]: Umm, some people pay to get into that underground cellar. So I’ve heard.

SayItWithWookies September 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

[re=399684]Doglessliberal[/re]: Oh, we all know it doesn’t work, and that Cohen is either incapable of grasping that or unable to let go of the idea that doing the right thing is actually pragmatic also. Then again, if you want information, and the person you’re holding captive doesn’t actually have it, then torture is about the only way to get it out of him.

Extemporanus September 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm


nbawriter September 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm

P.S.: Pardon my muddled sentence. I’m multi-tasking (Wonkette and Full Tilt Poker).

bored with gravity September 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

[re=399602]Crank Tango[/re]: The boy in the plastic bubble died. No security there. Try again.

rmontcal September 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Where is the part in the transcript where Jim & Juli talk about confusion between “salsa” and “seltzer”?

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

[re=399703]SayItWithWookies[/re]: but it provides unreliable info. Torture someone, and he will say the sky is orange. Plus, it is a great recruiting tool for terrorists (“hey, look what the infidel Americans do to us, come join!), and puts our soldiers at even more risk than they are at now. There is no reason. Never OK.

hobospacejunkie September 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm

[re=399698]Doglessliberal[/re]: Shit-faced cockmaster…donkey-raping shit-eater…boner-biting bastard.

dijetlo September 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

It’s the Washington Post, people, what did you expect?
Somebody paid good money for that opinion to come out of Richard Cohens mouth so unpatriotic panty wastes need to STFU. Americas business IS business and that includes the international power tool conglomerates and the soft wall manufacturers. Remember, demographic analysis identifies terrorists (poor brown people in general, actually) as underconsumers, inherently less valuable than other types of consuming entities! If you start to feel sorry for them, just remember, they should have avoided all this if they’d just bought more tooth paste,
SO…Up against the wall, Ishmail!
This Ryobi 24 volt electric drill with speed chuck and battery monitor needs a work-out, not to mention the drill bits I’ll use up on your assbone!
God Bless America!
All Sales are Final.

McDuff September 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

[re=399688]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Speaking of Afghanistan, Kristol says, “It is true that we have under-resourced and poorly strategized that fight” but he failed to add:

“because I got a hard on for taking out Sadaam, who of course had nothing to do with 9/11, but he was sitting on all that oil that rightly belongs in the tank of my SUV, and, besides, he taunted me on the playground when we were kids — well that might have been the Smith kid who taunted me but who can remember — so anyway, I had my friend Dick tell George to invade Iraq and forget about that oil-less hell hole. Besides, there’s no 5-star hotels in Kabul, but when you visit the Green Zone in Baghdad you can stay in one of Sadamm’s palaces — better than any Hilton in the world. I really love traveling the world on the Hertiage Foundation’d dime so I can gather material for my columns on why we need to bomb more brown people. Oh, and did I mention that I discovered Sarah Palin — what’d I give to get into those pants, hubba, hubba!”

american mutt September 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Um, so the lefties have, “Torture is immoral” and the righties have, “Ah yes, ishmael interrogates and sexual abuse torture builds rapport with interrogators.”

I see.

blogslut September 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I read the whole Cohen piece. That was torture.

krinkle bearcat palin September 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I’m not Rappaport

Come here a minute September 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

In this allegory by the notorious “Jim N.” and “Juli W.”, the character of Dick Cheney represents Billy Budd, the murderous, falsely accused sailor, and the DOJ is the H.M.S. Bellipotent, the ship with the incompetent captain conducting an unfair trial. Well done.

trickyrick September 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Too bad the CIA tapes were destroyed. Cohen might have made a column after seeing those. Does he have anything to say about the 33 people who died from the torture? who did not have a trial or a lawyer? just the torture?
I mean, it may save money to do it that way, but just like our health care system, peoples do die from it.

ManchuCandidate September 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Dicky Cohen = Brave Brave Sir Robin

Bravely bold Dick Cohen
Spewed forth from Washington.
He was not afraid to die,
Oh brave Dick Cohen.
He was not at all afraid
To be killed in nasty ways.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Dick Cohen.

He was not in the least bit scared
To torture Muslins into a pulp.
Or to have their eyes gouged out,
And them waterboarded.
To have their kneecaps split
And their body burned away,
And their limbs all hacked and mangled
Brave Dick Cohen.

Their heads smashed in
And their hearts cut out
And their livers removed
And their bowls unplugged
And their nostrils raped
And their bottom burnt off
And their pen–

“That’s… that’s enough music for now lads,
*** there’s torture afoot*** ???.”

Brave Dick Cohen ran away.
Bravely ran away away.
(“I didn’t!”)
When danger reared it’s distant head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Dick Cohen turned about
(“I didn’t!”)
And gallantly he tore the Constitution apart.

liquiddaddy September 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Who knew one could type under the bad?

Gumboz1953 September 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Mr. Cohen, you could torture anybody and everybody and you still might have a house fall on you. And your little dog, too.

Made ya look.

CollegeStudent September 1, 2009 at 1:55 pm

[re=399603]Doglessliberal[/re]: This is an insult to monkies. You should be ashamed

JadedDIssonance September 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I just don’t read these idiots who advocate for torture. I don’t do it because I’m bored. I’m bored because I know they will receive their comeuppance. Karma shall fall on them like Chocolate Rain. They will only ever wash their cars the day before a thunderstorm. Their parking meters will always expire early and their eyebrows will only grow in the middle. Eventually they will purchase large stakes in equally-morally-bankrupt corporations and lose their shirts, live, on cable nooz. I’m bored because I anticipate watching this unfold from my floating rocket ship, and reality offends me.

Doglessliberal September 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

[re=399830]CollegeStudent[/re]: Mea culpa.

the problem child September 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm

[re=399768]Come here a minute[/re]: Are you of the school of thought that both the incompetent captain and Billy Budd were gay and the novel stank anyway (not enough buttseks, among other issues)?

Lazy Media September 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Al Qaeda, to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart, I stab at thee; for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

Richard Cohen, like every other “security at all costs including mortgage of soul” bastard in this country, is a gutless coward who needs a sound ass-kicking.

bitterz September 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

too nautical for me

problemwithcaring September 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

“Like he said, he has few answers…except this one.”

I don’t know why, but this killed me. Thanks Juli!

problemwithcaring September 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

[re=399728]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I’ve always credited you for giving us “donkey-faced shit eater”… you saying you didn’t originate that?

OverlySensitiveNegress September 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

[re=399837]JadedDIssonance[/re]: Puff, puff, pass. I wanna be bored, too!

sezme September 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

By rights this column should be set to music.

Also, Cohen/Giuliani 2012!!!

ManchuCandidate September 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

[re=399881]Lazy Media[/re]:

lennixlewis September 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

This is like when they posted the bit of Jim and Ken chatting a little while back and it just made me feel like I was at a party standing next to some super hilarious dudes and just wanting so bad to jump in. Or you know, have sex with them. Same diff.

showmeonthedoll September 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

[re=399629]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Ishmael, the son of Abraham and the brother of Isaac, went off to found the Arab peoples — the Ishmaelites in the Old Testament. So it’s slightly apropos but also slightly dunderheadedly racist.

Juli is right that making Melville’s Ishmael (who represents those who are orphaned, cast out, alienated from society) “the enemy” indicates a complete lack of understanding of the novel. The most forgiving explanation is that Cohen has never read Moby Dick and he just knows the line “call me Ishmael” from Bartlett’s Famous Quotations.

Flanders September 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

One of the most revealing posts ever! I love the insight into how our Wonkett overlords think. Jim, will you be my “Secret Dan”? Juli, I’m pretty flexible, you’re invited, too!

Roger the Shrubber September 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I thought we employed intelligence agencies because asking the other fellow what he was about didn’t seem to work.

Sharkey September 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

[re=399624]CorkPopper[/re]: I clicked “report abuse” on all the torture-advocating ones I spotted, and put “Hate Speech” as the reason. Though nothing will happen, I feel better now.

BerkeleyFarm September 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Better American than You: well played, sir or madam.

AxmxZ: I laughed.

Jim and Juli: Unlike Richard Corey, um, Cohen, I do imagine you shimmering when you walk. Because you are just that awesome.

(Juli, you reminded me of Biden’s awesome putdown of Rudy Guilani – “noun, verb, 9-11″)

Links September 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Dear Cohen. Ishmael was my grandpa, and he never used the internet. So he was a little short tempered, especially when my granny tried to make him eat less red meat, but that doesn’t make him a terrorist. Plus, he loved dogs. Why do you want to torture my dead grandpa?

chascates September 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

So, also, is the wreck where the U.S.S. Arizona lies.

denner September 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm

[re=399672]jetjaguar[/re]: my thoughts exactly! totally stumped.

blinky_twinkie September 1, 2009 at 8:15 pm

[re=399789]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Perfect. And it reminds me of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, so there’s that.

Robert Zimmerframe September 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Wow, how do people like this score Post gigs anyway? Writing a few columns for the local PTA newsletter, or the paper they give away on street corners that you leave on the bus? Spending 20 years writing banal letters to the editor? What?

AddHomonym September 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Being willing to die for one’s cause/country?!1!?? What kind of crazy shit is that???? You would never find real Americans touting that crap.

One Yield Regular September 2, 2009 at 12:18 am

So if I’m reading this right, the only choices are torture or more 9/11′s, both of which are ugly, and Richard Cohen is perfectly content to have an ugly world.

dum librul September 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

[re=400353]One Yield Regular[/re]: The more 9/11s, the more power President of 9/11 Rudy Giuliani gains.

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