Don’t forget David Hicks’s birthday on August 7! In case you’re still searching for a gift ...

Posted by Tim B. on 05/05/2008 at 12:58 PM
  1. The United States’ 1.5million service personnel and Guantanamo’s 3,000 construction workers are eligible to visit the “resort”, which boasts a McDonald’s, KFC and a bowling alley.

    They even have a Wal-Mart supermarket.

    From the article. Maybe “boasts” is the wrong word when describing the presence of a McDonalds or a Wal-Mart. A simple “has” will suffice.

    Posted by Merlin on 2008 05 05 at 01:26 PM • permalink

  2. Just yards from the shelves of specially branded mugs and cuddly toys, nearly 300 “enemy combatants” lie sweltering in a waking nightmare.

    She’s right, you know. We should move the stuff further off, in case one of the sweltering fuckers gets loose. Wouldn’t do to have them fondling the toys.

    Posted by SoberHT on 2008 05 05 at 02:16 PM • permalink

  3. Hey, what say we take up a collection to send Hicks to the Gitmo resort?  I’m sure that DoD would be glad to see him back again.

    On a related note.....the various military departments operate several such military resorts world wide.  They offer inexpensive vacation spots for military personnel and their families.  They’ve been around for years.  A classic location:  The Hale Koa Hotel, on Waikiki Beach, in Hawaii. 

    Gitmo? Just another choice, is all.  The gift shop is merely an added and inspired touch.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 05 at 02:58 PM • permalink

  4. There are currently 280 prisoners sweltering in cages in temperatures of up to 100F (38C)...

    ...Queensland’s Education Minister said the Department was still costing the installation of air conditioners in State schools. Boom tish.

    Like the way Daily Mail went on to quote Reprieve lawyer Zachary Katznelson’s unbiased, authoritative account of prisoner abuse at GTMO. (Warning: pun approaching) I found the complaint of the hunger-strikers being force fed through unwashed, unlubricated nasogastric tubes particularly hard to swallow.

    You sure they’re the facts, Katz?

    Posted by Dminor on 2008 05 05 at 03:18 PM • permalink

  5. There are currently 280 prisoners sweltering in cages in temperatures of up to 100F (38C)...

    This, from the same Yurp media that breathlessly related the horror (HORROR!) of those dastardly Gitmo jailers cranking up the air conditioning as part of their “torture” routine.

    F*cking braying ass morons.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 05 at 03:26 PM • permalink

  6. "temperatures of up to 100F”

    Unlike their homes in Afghanistan where it only reaches about 120F.

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2008 05 05 at 03:47 PM • permalink

  7. I hope the nasogastric feeds were halal.

    Posted by Dminor on 2008 05 05 at 04:00 PM • permalink

  8. All to true, it does get very hot in Cuba.

    I think the only humane thing to do with the Gitmo detainees is to line them up against a wall and shoot them. It’s according to the Geneva convention, after all.

    Posted by greene on 2008 05 05 at 04:05 PM • permalink

  9. Guantanamo Bay base was there long before the Taliban showed up, and chances are, the resort was too.  Years ago my family and I stayed in the Army resort at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, south of Munich, and we didn’t feel at all ghoulish by being in one of Hitler’s favorite holiday spots.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 05 at 04:26 PM • permalink

  10. Ghoulish?

    I’d suggest the author find out what the word means.

    Google “Israel suicide bombing”, then you’ll see ghoulish.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 05 at 06:17 PM • permalink

  11. I want one of those mugs.

    Posted by chuck on 2008 05 05 at 07:21 PM • permalink

  12. Interesting that the climate in which the “enemy combatants lie sweltering” is one that “American sunseekers” go to to “laze in the Caribbean sunshine”. Don’t “human rights activists” read what the write before they publish? Maybe they don’t need to.

    Posted by s.r.intulom on 2008 05 05 at 08:14 PM • permalink

  13. Ohh, bloody hell, that’s my birthday too.
    I didn’t think I shared anything with that mongrel.

    Posted by dodgybob on 2008 05 05 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  14. O/T
    Pamela Bone on the Conversation Hour now… ABC 612 (not sure about other cities/states).

    link to ABC

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 05 at 09:23 PM • permalink

  15. How do we order? Do they have a site? Must get some of those shirts.

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2008 05 05 at 09:27 PM • permalink

  16. Well, dodgybob, look at it this way: your birthday is sandwiched between the anniversaries of two nuclear blasts.

    So is Hicks, but he’s officially constrained from acknowledging it, being an leftie and all.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 05 at 09:27 PM • permalink

  17. TRJS if he’s still a Muslim he won’t be celebrating his birthday. They don’t celebrate birthdays, except for the paed, oops, profit’s.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 05 at 09:32 PM • permalink

  18. Oh Jesus,
    That most worthless SOB was born on my, and my Father’s, August date?
    Of course mine was in ‘42 and dear old Dad’s in ‘10.  He’s probably in a grave spinning mode and I’m forced to tell my mates, no more August 7 celebrating.
    Of course, Neanderthals ("now a different species, go Darwin") we are, my mates and I will now celebrate the intergum (sp?)between Hiroshima, 8/6, and Nagasaki, 8/9.

    Posted by mikdaley on 2008 05 05 at 10:52 PM • permalink

  19. I want to visit Guantanamo Bay, but beyond the Daily Mail article, I can’t find any information on how to make this happen.  Any ideas?

    Posted by Michael J on 2008 05 06 at 12:00 AM • permalink

  20. I spent about half an hour looking for this and all I found was this and a bunch of lefty stuff. The world needs these “sick” gift items, and it needs them now.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2008 05 06 at 12:43 AM • permalink

  21. #21

    There’s always Rush Limbaugh’s “Club Gitmo” orange t-shirts.

    Your tropical retreat from the stress of Jihad!

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 06 at 01:14 AM • permalink

  22. #3 A classic location:  The Hale Koa Hotel, on Waikiki Beach, in Hawaii.
    And all these years I thought it was called the Holy Koala.  At least that’s what us Aussies called it when we were doing a spot of work with Tropic Lightning and were given a 48 hr Cindarella leave pass.

    Posted by KevGillett on 2008 05 06 at 01:27 AM • permalink

  23. Hicks, Daiwoo or whatever his fucking name is, should be sent on a short holiday to Serbia.  I am sure there would be a few people willing to give him a big lead gobstopper.

    Posted by Howzat on 2008 05 06 at 03:13 AM • permalink

  24. Re #20, Michael, Gitmo is a pure military base, run by the Navy.  You’d have to be in the military, or have military benefits (e.g., a military retiree) to use the “resort”, or maybe go with someone with such benefits.  I recall that one of my uncles (retired Navy) spent a vacation there, once upon a time.

    Still, if you’re interested, check it out.  It ain’t the Holy Kaola (h/t to KevGillet), but looks decent enough, for an Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facility.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 06 at 09:27 AM • permalink

  25. 7th August also the date of The Nek fiasco on Gallipoli in 1915.  Vale 333 Tpr JW Winnett.

    Posted by Olrence on 2008 05 06 at 11:25 AM • permalink

  26. I like that - Holy Koala. I believe the name translates to House of Warriors - Koa is Warrior in Hawai’ian, Ha’le is House.

    Posted by KC on 2008 05 06 at 06:19 PM • permalink

  27. when we were doing a spot of work with Tropic Lightning

    Kev, I once did a spot of work with the 25th ID (Light) as well.  Afghanistan 2004-2005.

    Never did make it to Hawaii, darn it.

    Posted by Major John on 2008 05 07 at 08:25 AM • permalink

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