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McCain's national finance co-chair, when drunk in college, looked on and did nothing as dog was killed, then barbecued

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I swear I'm not making this up! And it saddens me, just a little, truly. I would have thought that McCain, having been tortured, would be the very last Republican candidate to throw his hat in this particular ring:


But doggone it--hat tip to alert reader muttley66--once again I just wasn't cynical enough.

Follow me to the grand guignol below:

WaPo's Colbert King, in 2006:

On a Friday in August 1959, five men in their twenties were arrested about 2 a.m. and held in the county jail all day after sheriff's deputies found a blood-spattered, unoccupied car about 1:15 a.m. at the entrance to Vicary's Park on Kickapoo Creek Road near Peoria, Ill.

Joined by Sheriff Harry P. Backes, two deputies had found two men walking toward the park entrance; the two men told the deputies that they had struck a dog and were going to bury it.

Further investigation revealed three others hiding in some weeds, the sheriff said. Because the men's car was saturated with blood and they gave conflicting stories at the time of their arrest, Sheriff Backes thought there might have been a connection between the dog incident and a strong-arm robbery earlier in the evening.

After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had "caught a dog and were barbecuing it."

I told you I wasn't making this up.

Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern.

One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.

Charges of cruelty to animals were later dismissed against Malek and three other men after Andrew P. O'Meara testified that he had struck and killed the dog with a piece of 2-by-4, and that he alone had skinned the animal and tried to cook it. O'Meara said he was trying to show Malek and the others something about living off the land.

This account is based on two 1959 news articles, one on Aug. 8 and one on Aug. 11, in the Peoria Journal Star newspaper.

"Living off the land," eh? Sounds like these guys were real Boy Scouts. Well, Republican Boy Scouts, anyhow.

Before obtaining the articles from the Journal Star, I spoke with Malek by phone yesterday. He said he and O'Meara went to Peoria in the summer of '59 to visit friends at Bradley University. They got drunk out of their minds at the time. [Malek] said he didn't know why O'Meara had killed the dog, that he was not a participant and that he was in no position to stop it.

Really. Malek couldn't say No? Malek was bound and gagged? Malek was on the moon, observing the events through a powerful telescope? Jesus told Malek it was OK to kill this dog, because it was a stray? Barbecued dog is a pleasing odor to the Lord? (Leviticus 1:9)

What's wrong with these people? I did plenty of things in college while not completely sober, but watching a dog get fucking barbecued was not fucking one of them.

Of course, there seem to have been plenty of other strange events that Malek was in "no position" to stop. Colbert King:

The SEC charged that in 1998 the Connecticut treasurer, Paul J. Silvester, used state pension investments in Malek's company to reward a friend and political supporter, William DiBella, former majority leader of the Connecticut Senate.

Fred Malek and his company, for their failure to disclose to the pension fund (and pensioners) the side deal to retain and pay DiBella nearly $375,000 -- and without admitting or denying the SEC's findings -- consented to the issuance of a cease-and-desist order censuring him and his company. Malek's company was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $150,000, and he was personally made to pay a civil penalty of $100,000.

That wasn't ancient history or a youthful indiscretion [Oh, snap!]. The year: 2004. Malek was 67 years old.

And now, of course, Fred Malek is John McCain's Finance Director.


NOTE Here's the list of Republican animal abuses and kinkiness that I've been able to collect so far. Readers, feel free to pass along any tips!

1. George Felix Allen: “shoved” a severed deer’s head into a black family's mailbox;

2. George W. Bush: Blew up frogs by shoving firecrackers up their ass and lighting the fuse, while a child;

3. Bill “Hello Kitty” Frist: Stole cats from the pound, treated them like pets, and only then dissected them;

4. Rudy Giuliani's current wife, Judy: Used puppies to demonstrate surgical staplers on sales calls, then had the puppies put down;

5. Mike Huckabee's son, David: hanged a dog, slit its throat, then stoned it to death while a Boy Scout;

6. Willard Mitt Romney: Strapped his dog Seamus on top of his car during a long car trip, until a “brown liquid” ran down the back window.

1. Janet Rowland: Compares gay marriage to a man marrying a sheep;

2. Rick Santorum: obsessed with “man on dog” sex.

We've got three Senators, two Governors, three Presidential candidates, one putative President. These are not "isolated incidents." We're looking at the Republican aristocracy here, and animal abuse is pervasive among them and their families. It's no wonder that they turned us into a nation of torturers.

What's wrong with these people?

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Awwwwwwwwwww, go easy on these Christians of Major Religiosity. They just musta misread the "sominions over animals etc" part of their Holy Babble as "domination" ... or perhaps, "carte blanche"

excuse me for now, gotta clean up some vomit that unexpectedly appeared on my shirtfront

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James Dobson of Focus on Family!

Don't forget Dobson, the rightwing Xtian huckster, who bragged about flogging his dachshund with a belt to show the poor dog who was boss.
The poor little thing fought back, as is in dachshund nature, but Dobson kept thrashing him until they both were exhausted and the little dog was beat completely down.

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omg, don't forget rightwing Republican religious extremist Neal Horsely who had sex with a mule!

As interviewed by Alan Colmes on Fox News:

AC: "You had sex with animals?"

NH: "Absolutely... When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."

AC: "I'm not so sure that that is so."

NH: "You didn't grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?"

AC: "Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?"

NH: ...You people are so far removed from the reality... Welcome to domestic life on the farm...You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually... If it's warm and it's damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it."

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After you've barbecued a dog or two what's to break a sweat over preemptive war, torture, class warfare, war against science, war against the environment, vetoing children's health care and other Neocon Christian values?

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get aloooooooong little doggie I mean run for the hills the republicans are after ya cause Im sorry to say that there either gonna eat ya beat ya or screw ya cant ya see ole ricky santorum gettin a ragin semi over the last on

Submitted by lambert on

After you've done that, you can go on to the really hard stuff.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

Just now, i can't have that whole "gateway" argument, as much as i hate it. sorry, too late in my eve. but:

one time out in the forest when i was ~8, i found a small garter snake. i had accidentially dropped a piece of wood on it, and hurt it. i caught it and tried to put a band-aid on its tail, because i wanted it to heal and not be in pain. the sight of an animal in pain motivates me like little else.

repubicans make me sick, and i will never understand them. never. but i believe they must be born flawed, and as they are. there is nothing i can perceive about the baseline human experience that mandates cruelty to helpless animals. republicans must be sick, perhaps even genetically flawed, i'm not sure. but normal humans? no, there is nothing pleasurable about watching a helpless animal suffer. nothing at all.

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This is Malek the Jew-finder? Nixon's guy with the list?

McCain's not picky, is he.

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fuck these righties, bunch of ass backwards pieces of shit.

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Submitted by MJS on

Perhaps an individual who tortures and/or murders an animal is performing a kind of experiment, i.e. I don't know how or what to feel, maybe this act will get a result. This connotes a pathological state, suggesting perhaps that the victimizer is at remove from normal affects. I don't know if the victim(s) chosen are in fact surrogates for a family member or friend who the torturer/killer has some issue with, and cannot resolve otherwise. If they are there is still a profound psychological disconnect between the actor and the act, of such a proportion as to make the individual a danger to society at large.

I think a common thread has been clearly established here in Lambert's post, and it merits more investigation. The question: Why have so many public-figure conservatives tortured animals in their youth (and some not so young)? Then again, why have so many chickenhawks agitated for war but do not themselves participate? The bully/coward picture has a profound luminescence, one that blinds as it destroys.


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In the 2004 debate surrounding the Federal Marriage Amendment, Cornyn released an advance copy of a speech he was to give at the Heritage Foundation. In the speech, he wrote, "It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right ... [N]ow you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife." He removed the reference to the box turtle in the actual speech, but the Washington Post ran the quote, as did The Daily Show.[19][20]

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The question: Why have so many public-figure conservatives tortured animals in their youth (and some not so young)? Then again, why have so many chickenhawks agitated for war but do not themselves participate? The bully/coward picture has a profound luminescence, one that blinds as it destroys.

It does. I don't know the answer. But I find it disturbing.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Charles Lemos on

drunk Lambert in college stories (you alluded to a few on RiverDaughter).

I was appalled at Romney dog on roof story when it first aired last Fall. This is of course not even in that sad realm. Then again the GOP doesn't treat people much better do they?