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Saturday, April 14, 2012

What the Hell Is It With Mitt Romney and Dogs?

Posted by on Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Slog tipper Michael has ruined my weekend:

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who once strapped his dog to the roof of the family station wagon before embarking on a road trip, has again chosen to thumb his nose at the all-important dog vote by throwing a fundraising birthday party for his wife Ann at the house of Frederick Malek III. While to most people, Malek is just another rich guy who respects Romney's Reaganesque hair, to dogs, Malek is a living terror — when he was a youth, he was arrested for animal cruelty after police discovered that he and some friends had killed and barbecued a dog.

And now Slog tipper Michael has ruined your weekend, too. In other animal news, Newt Gingrich was bitten by a penguin yesterday.


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seatackled 1
I call on the Romney campaign to apologize for Malek's dog killing.
Posted by seatackled on April 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM · Report this

Earlier this week, it was again reported that Ann Romney, Daddy Debt-bucks' wifey, once named one of her horses, Gucci.

Today, a member of the Gucci family reported the most amazing of coincidences. Seems a few years back they named one of their horses, Romney, and not only that, but they also named a pet weasel they found on their horse ranch, Mitt.

Incredible coincidences! ! !
Posted by sgt_doom on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
seatackled 3
Wasn't Romney also caught masturbating on a hotel balcony in Connecticut?

(This is also dog related: "dog," I seem to recall, is the term Chuck Palahniuk's sex-addict narrator in Choke used to refer to his schlong when he was beating off.)
Posted by seatackled on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Vince 4
Somebody get that penguin a strong antibiotic!
Posted by Vince on April 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Hernandez 5
Way to go, penguin! Someone give the little guy an extra fish for me.
Posted by Hernandez on April 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM · Report this
rob! 6
Gingrich is a zoophile.
Posted by rob! on April 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 7
Obviously this will begin Newt's transformation into The Penguin... Rejected by the Republican Party, he finds home in the sewers and begins to plot his revenge. First America and then the Moon!!!

Who will stop him?! Who?!!!

(Shout out to "Two-Face" Mitt Romney, the "Green Goblin" Ron Paul...and um, Rick Santorum...)
Posted by ArtBasketSara on April 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
He's got Frank "The Dog Shooter" Blethen's vote.
Posted by DOUG. on April 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this
People eat dogs, have for millennia, get over it already.....
Posted by pupuguru on April 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
#9 - People don't eat dogs in the United States. Haven't for hundreds of years. This might be no big deal in China or Korea, but we simply have different cultural standards here. Understand?
Posted by catsnbanjos on April 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
It's really more the beating it to death and then proudly putting it on a spit while covered is blood that is horrifying than the fact that they were eating dog meat, 8. I mean, there's a difference between doing what you have to do in order to survive when you're starving and you have no tools to kill whatever you're trying to eat humanely, and a bunch of bored rich little sociopaths chosing to inflict a painful, terrifying, prolongued death on a domesticated animal to feel manly or because they get off on it.
Posted by Beguine on April 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
Merlin D. Bear 12
Did the poor penguin survive?
Posted by Merlin D. Bear on April 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
"putting it on a spit still covered in blood" Wouldn't you skin it? Or did they barbecue it with no intention of eating it?

Oh, wait. The 76 year old Malek was 22 years old at the time of the incident. So, um, who the fuck cares?
Posted by catballou on April 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Fnarf 14
Hey, I mentioned this in a comment several days ago. Dammit, I live on these tips!
Posted by Fnarf on April 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
@10, not quite 'hundreds' of years:

"In the early 20th century, dog meat was consumed during times of food shortage."
"In late 19th century, a cure for tuberculosis (then colloquially termed "consumption") using an exclusive diet of dog meat was tried. Some families in Ohio and Newark, NJ enjoyed dog meat". Also, Lewis and Clark ate dog meat in the early 1800s--I remember that ewww factor from high school.

And consumption of dog meat is common in parts of Switzerland, where the government dismissed a petition with 7000 signatures to make consumption of dog meat illegal, stating that the state has no right to monitor the dietary habit of the citizens.

The Musim and Jewish culture prohibit comsumption of dog meat simply because dogs are considered to be unclean. I personally think it's disgusting, and I don't even like dogs. But whether you or I like something or not does not make it a cultural standard.
Posted by catballou on April 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 16
aka Michael says: Sorry to ruin your day, dog lovers.
Posted by ScandalMgr on April 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM · Report this
Zebes 17
Eating a dog because you're poor and don't have many alternatives is one thing. Eating a dog because you're a child of inherited wealth and are used to a life without consequence is another.

Romney might not have been the one to actually do it, but still, fuck him and fuck his rich buddies.
Posted by Zebes on April 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM · Report this
Torturing and killing animals for kicks is one of the prime red flags for sociopathy.
Posted by Proteus on April 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM · Report this
brocaine 19
@18: Animal abuse is a standard earmark for psychopathy as well.
Posted by brocaine on April 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM · Report this
#15 - of course there are exceptions, and of course dog meat has been eaten in extreme situations. If I said we don't have sex with dogs because it's a cultural standard, I'm sure you could find me cases where people have, and pretty easily, too. But I don't think that negates the whole "cultural standard" thing. I don't have any hard evidence, but I have a hunch that over 90% of Americans would view dog consumption with rather extreme distaste. I could be wrong, I guess, but I don't think so. We simply have never eaten them in large numbers because of a general queasiness about the idea that is, as I said, cultural. Ditto for kitties. And I need hardly point out that Switzerland is not, in fact, part of the United States :)

Posted by catsnbanjos on April 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
Keister Button 21
I would like to invite Mr. Romney and his friend Mr. Malek to my house so we can go over and socialize with the dog whose tax-shirking, heavily indebted and negligent dog owner threatens people who don't like to hear barking six hours a day.
Posted by Keister Button on April 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
What are you people, vegetarians? If you do eat meat, do you only do it "because you're poor and don't have many alternatives"?

@11 & 13: As someone who has killed and barbecued dog, it is best to burn the fur off after slaughtering and before butchering.
Posted by facet on April 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM · Report this
julie russell 23
What 18 said!
Posted by julie russell http:// on April 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM · Report this

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