Don't google-image search 'Golden Ass.'After the 9/11 (TM) attacks, while Rumsfeld and Cheney were arguing over which brown people to blow up first, the Bush Administration ordered some propaganda magazines produced and distributed in the Muslim Lands, so Our Enemies could see how rad we were, in the Land of Freedom. Writers and editors and designers were hired to put together Norman Rockwell photographic scenes of Americans eating hamburgers and watching teevee or whatever, but in one image showing some Americans allegedly participating in the long-dead hobby of “hiking somewhere, maybe the Grand Canyon or whatever,” eagle-eyed Bush Administration hacks found something terribly objectionable to the cause of Liberty.

A guy who worked on the real pro-American America magazine wrote this in his new book about stock trading or whatever:

But during one review meeting, held before a star chamber of 10 high-level State Department officials, the co-leader specifically took offense to a photograph from a classic Western scene: campers and pack mules heading out on a rugged weekend expedition.

…. She held up the offending photo, as wholesome as a Norman Rockwell painting, and pointed to a pack mule that, by other names, might be known as a donkey. This has to go, she said. Too pro-Democrat. And out it went.

Never forget just how petty and evil these people were. Never forget. [Daily Beast]

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  • SpenceRedux

    That’s some Total War(tm) mindset there. Orwell was a pussy.

  • Way Cool Larry

    Oh, it’s on, like Donkey kong

  • fictional character

    the meeting on how best to blame 9-11 on the clinton administration was being held in the next room. or the disney castle. i forget.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    Yes, Iraqis care a great deal about our political symbols. They keep a really close eye on which mascot is printed on which logo of whichever party is blowing their relatives into pieces.

  • freakishlystrong

    eagle-eyed Bush Administration hacks found something terribly objectionable to the cause of Liberty.
    It’s lines like the above, as well as: yiff piles, weeping eagles, guano faucets, truknutz and whoopie pies that keep me coming back to the Wonkett.

    But what is this “Bush Administration” we speak of?

  • Geogre

    “The Democrats took all the W keys off the typewriters!”

    That was a sign. The fact that it was a hoax was an indication that this is the level of … planning that they had. “Moving displaced persons? Political leadership after Shockenawe? Rebuilding? That’s ridiculous! Boy, do we ever have some pranks planned, though! We’ve got a whole bunch of our Boola Boola boys to pretend to be outraged Floridians, and they’ll….”

    Say, anyone notice that the FBI director today was appointed in 2001 and that FBI knew about spies for a year and then suddenly made an arrest after a press conference between Obama and Medved-ef?

  • just pixels

    And that’s how “Dumbo” became the symbol of America during the Bush administration.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Oh I thought you meant no photos of Bill Kristol, Dick and W.

    Jackasses, donkeys, same thing.

  • Ruhe

    That’s just hard to believe. Really. I’d find it easier to believe that the Queen was behind 9-11. If this incident even occurred wouldn’t there have had to be at least on person in the room with an education and the common sense to call bullshit on such a ridiculous bit of propaganda editing?

  • One Yield Regular

    Meh. I’m totally fine with Republicans having to ride elephants down the Bright Angel Trail.

  • Jim89048

    Oh Magog.

  • Mild Midwesterner

    The elephant pictures were dismissed as “too Hindu wedding.”

  • you didn’t ask, but

    Good. Let it be on their heads.

    So basically, they spent more time thinking about this than Condi said they spent thinking about bin Laden.

    The fuck is that?

    Keep Hopey Alive!

  • Extemporanus

    Liberty, you have died of dysentery.

  • OzoneTom

    Though a donkey show would be okay with GOP men. At least if they were the co-star.

  • Gorillionaire

    And of course those glossy propaganda magazines really did the trick, too. They turned the entire muslin world into a shiny happy X-tian democracy overnight, and they all bought rap CDs and designer sneakers and thanked us profusely.

  • Lazy Media

    Stupid fake cowboys they were, too. Donkeys are not mules are not donkeys. Real Texans would know that.

  • JMP

    Well of course the petty hacks barred donkeys; they had such a complete focus on short-term political gain over everything else (like say, actually winning the wars they started) that it comes as no surprise.

    These high-level officials were probably untalented partisans with degrees from Liberty, Regents or one of the other fake fundie colleges. Remember, this is the administration that put a guy in charge of NASA who forced them to qualify all references to the big bang to satisfy the young Earth morons, who had to step down when people discovered he had lied about having a Bachelor’s.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=612319]Mild Midwesterner[/re]: HA! That actually makes more sense, really.

  • Alaska Girl

    It was Liz Cheney most likely. Her duties at State was keeping the world safe from donkey images and supplying her old man with fresh live puppies to eat.

  • snideinplainsight

    Eeyore = socialist propaganda!

  • FMA

    [re=612356]Alaska Girl[/re]: See, this is the kind of “fast-and-loose” playing with the facts that threatens to discredit the whole operation. Puppies? Please. Cheney feeds on babies. And kittens too.

  • McDuff

    Yes, Allah forbid that the Arabs ever learn that the U.S. is a multiparty nation where political parties contest elections (fairly) peaceably and where sons don’t automatically succed fathers in office …

    … oh, wait, NEVER MIND.

  • Hooray For Anything

    I don’t understand why they couldn’t have photoshopped images of campers and pack elephants heading out on a rugged weekend expedition. It’s not like all those dumb A-Rabs would know any different and who hasn’t enjoyed riding elephants down the Grand Canyon?

  • SayItWithWookies

    It figures — Karen Hughes was in charge of this operation, put there by an administration that completely neglected the Department of State because they figured they could do whatever they wanted, and with the right advertising campaign the rest of the world would love it. We haven’t heard from Karen Hughes since, by the sheerest coincidence.

  • proudgrampa

    Jesus. These people were sick.

  • That Evening Sun

    Hey, Donkey. Yer a donkey, right? I guess you spend a lot a time hiking on trails n’ stuff. Well I went to Africa and got to dance the Watusi with African tribesmen. What do you think about that? Pretty cool, huh? I gotta go now because the Secret Service boys say I can’t go off on my own anymore on this trip after I feel into that cactus trying to catch a gila monster. Say hello to your momma n’ them for me, awright?

  • GOPCrusher

    And yet, not quite two years later, they tell the American public that they are going to take America back.
    And while they won’t do it, they may have convinced some of the weak-minded that the evil black man posing as the President is, in fact, a Muslim Kenyan Socialist, looking to destroy America as we know it.
    If there is a God, the Republiklan Party would be treated in this country the same as the Nazi Party in Germany.

  • MarieDeGournay

    I guess donkeys are not the only animals with blinders on.

  • Oblios Cap

    They banned the donkeys because the asses in the administration didn’t want any competition.

  • unstripted

    The image with the story is from Lucius or the Ass (or it would fit well anyway). The protagonist is changed into an Ass and when he fucks this fine lady (in his equine state) she falls in love with him. When he is turned back into a man she spurns him. Why? Because his dick is smaller. Thus the driving force behind the tea party movement; blue balls. Don’t forget the finest movie ever made about an ass; Balthazar. It’s French, of course.

  • PalinsAfterbirth

    The Anality of Evil.

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