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lunes, marzo 30, 2009

Miss Universe Visits Gitmo!

You cannot make this stuff up. I wasn't sure whether I was reading the Onion or the New York Times. Sadly, it was the Times. A very brief excerpt (you need to read the whole thing to understand that the Apocalypse has finally arrived):
... the latest entry on the blog of the reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, has a sort of eye-catching dateline: “March 27, 2009, Guantánamo Bay.”

According to the Web site of the U.S.O., which arranged the visit, the Miss Universe Organization made the decision to “deploy Crystle Stewart, Miss U.S.A. 2008, and Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to visit troops as part of a U.S.O./Armed Forces Entertainment tour.”

Ms. Mendoza, who competed as Miss Venezuela, has a blog on the pageant’s Web site, and this account of the visit appeared there last Friday, after her deployment:

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience.

We arrived in Gitmo on Friday and stared (sic) going around the town, everybody knew Crystle and I were coming so the first thing we did was attend a big lunch and then we visited one of the bars they have in the base. We talked about Gitmo and what is was like living there. The next days we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip! We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!

We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. All the guys from the Army were amazing with us.

We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.

"We visited the Detainees camps?" Oh, we didn't get to see waterboarding, or stress positions, and those Military dogs, we didn't get to see them threaten to bite the detainees. No. The dogs showed us how, just by their showing up, grown men quaked in fear.

Yes. Gitmo sure is a loooot of fun!!

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