Respectful Insolence

i-e7a12c3d2598161273c9ed31d61fe694-ClassicInsolence.jpgVacation time! While Orac is gone recharging his circuits and contemplating the linguistic tricks of limericks and jokes or the glory of black holes, he’s rerunning some old stuff from his original Blogspot blog. This particular post first appeared on June 26, 2005 and is the fifth ever Hitler Zombie post. Although the Undead Führer himself has not yet made an appearance, the concept is there, and this forms the basis for what the monster ultimately became. Enjoy!

The Hitler zombie’s been a busy undead Führer the last three weeks (1, 2, 3, 4), and it’s time (I hope) for him to go back into his coffin for a while, assuming the politicians and pundits so enamored of letting him out don’t open the casket again. But, before I nail the lid shut on this undead eater of politicians’ brains, I thought it was worth briefly answering one question that was asked in the comments of his last appearance:

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A fair question, and here’s my answer:

A more appropriate comparison for the abuses at Gitmo would be “banana republic” authoritarian regimes like Manuel Noriega’s, Fidel Castro’s, or regimes like those of our erstwhile “allies” Pakistan or Egypt. Even these would still be somewhat overblown comparisons, but they wouldn’t be nearly as ridiculously overblown.

Now that I’ve answered that, something else came to mind. The Hitler zombie is such a great device, that I’m sure I’ll have reason to open the coffin and let him out again from time to time. Given that, I thought it would be cool to have an actual picture of a Hitler zombie to use as a graphic. I did a Google picture search, but all I could find were the pictures I’ve posted here. I rather like the Robot Brain vs. Hitler’s Corpse graphic, but I don’t think the zombie Hitler should be carrying a gun. His weapon is his ability to eat the brains of politicians and pundits; he needs no other.

So, if anyone knows where any good Hitler zombie pictures can be found (or pictures that could be easily altered to become Hitler zombie pictures), let me know. Who knows? If I get a chance, I may even have a little fun with Photoshop, although I’m not that talented with it. Of course, if anyone out there is really creative, I would be more than grateful to see your creation.

For now, though, it’s time for the Hitler zombie to go back to his unnatural sleep for a while (hopefully a long while). There he will stay in his underground resting place. There’s no doubt that he will return again someday, but for now, he is satiated. Until someone like Charlie Rangel, Rick Santorum, Dick Durbin, or anyone else revives him, let’s be grateful for a break from the hyperbole. But, believe me, the shambling, rotting corpse of the deceased Führer will be ready and waiting–as always.

ADDENDUM: Argh! Josh Rosenau has pointed out another victim of the brain-eating Hitler zombie, Rachael Lea Hunter, a candidate for Supreme Court Justice in North Carolina. Apparently the undead Führer somehow managed to grab a little snack on the side while I wasn’t looking. I’ll have to keep a closer eye on the sneaky little bastard!

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Comments

  1. #1 NM
    August 26, 2007

    Do you have the proof, or even just the hint that torture is practiced in Cuba outside of Gitmo? I know, it’s fancy to bash Castro, and it’s definitely not freedom-happy land, but there’s enough BS going on to add even a bit more. Esp. on the subject of torture.

  2. #2 Dave Burton
    March 22, 2009

    I’d like to share two thoughts:

    1) In your addendum, you called Ms. Rachael Lea Hunter “another victim of the brain-eating Hitler zombie.” That might be a cute dig, except it turns out that in early 2005 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had surgery to remove it, which left her face partially paralyzed.

    I understand there has been some recurrance subsequently, but I don’t know what the long term prognosis is. So, while I agree that her comments were outrageous, the “brain-eating” reference hits a little too close to home for comfort.

    2) Commenter “NW,” who must be very young, asked a question, which betrayed astonishing ignorance. His question was, “Do you have the proof, or even just the hint that torture is practiced in Cuba outside of Gitmo?”

    Someone needs to point that child to Armando Valladares’ Against All Hope.

    Very few books can claim to have changed the world, but this is one of them. Before Valladares wrote his book, Castro was widely admired as radical chic in Western liberal circles. But after Valladares’ book exposed in excruciating detail what a monster Castro is, no serious person admits to admiring him.

    Against All Hope is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Cuba. Fidel Castro’s torture chambers were among the most horrific and notorious of the 20th century, anywhere in the world — and I know of no reason to think matters have improved under his brother, Raul.

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