If you haven't seen Drudge's story yet about the dirty passages from Jim Webb's novels, you won't be up to speed on what is sure to be the talk of the town tomorrow. I will post more later, including some excerpts, but wanted to get this up now since I had three reader emails in my inbox urging me to get this posted.
Update: I seem to remember hearing there was some embarrassing stuff in Webb's novels a while back, but didn't hear any specifics and had forgotten about it. These excerpts are very graphic, and go way beyond "embarrassing."
I wonder if Allen will take some grief for bringing them up now, in the final days of the campaign. Whatever criticism Allen gets has to be far outweighed by the content of those passages, though. There is a serious "ick" factor here. I think a lot of voters will just have to ask themselves if they want to elect a senator with such creepy thoughts running through his brain.
Update II: My apologies to John Hawkins who had this story a while ago and ran several posts about it. I knew I had read it somewhere, but did not remember that it was at RWN. Read John's post -- he has some quotes Drudge doesn't. He has the same take I do on the way it will affect voters, except that I think the passage describing the pedophilia will be more disturbing than the one of the woman chopping up the banana, but that is probably because I am married to a Marine and he has told me similar stories he has heard over the years. Besides that, from what I can tell, both the woman and the banana were consenting.
Update III: Read Paul's post about the "web of bias" seen in the Allen - Webb race. Some in the media went "macaca" crazy and I doubt the coverage of Webb's quotes will compare. Paul also found some additional quotes that raise the "ick" factor a bit. I have posted them in an update after the jump.
Update IV: I thought I posted this last night, but didn't... Sensible Mom was reminded by some of the passages of the horrible things Deb Frisch said about Jeff Goldstein and describes the banana chick as the "woman with the karate crotch."
Update V: The Allen Blog reminds us of the treatment Scooter Libby's writing got from those on the left like Keith Olbermann.
[Some of the excerpts Drudge posted appear after the jump, along with the additional ones that Paul found.]
- Lost Soldiers: "A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy's penis in his mouth."
Ø Bantam Books, NY, 1st Edition, 2001, (hard cover), page 333.
Ø Quote is from para. 10,.Chap. 34.
- Something to Die For: "Fogarty . . . watch[ed] a naked young stripper do the splits over a banana. She stood back up, her face smiling proudly and her round breasts glistening from a spotlight in the dim bar, and left the banana on the bar, cut in four equal sections by the muscles of her vagina."
Ø William Morrow and Company, Inc., NY 1991, 1st Ed. (hardcover), p. 36.
Ø Avon Books, New York, 1992 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 35
Ø Quote is from para. 29, Chap. 2 "The South China Sea,", Section 2
- A Country Such as This: "[He] could see Jawbone and Ashley Asthmatic [two guards at a Vietnamese prison camp] napping together in the grass. They faced inward, their arms entwined. It looked like they were masturbating each other. It didn't surprise him. ... It was common to see men holding hands, embracing, playing with each other. Some of them [the guards] had wanted him. He could tell in those evanescent moments between his bao cao bow, the obligatory deference when a guard entered his cell, and the first word or blow that followed it... Quick, grinding voices, turgid with repressed passion. An exploratory reaching of the hand near his groin..."
Ø Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1983 (hardcover); page 396.
Ø Bluejacket Books, 2001 (Trade paperback edition), page 396
Ø Page numbers are the same in the Naval Institute Press (paperback) edition, 1983.
Ø Quote is from fifth para, Part 5 "A Country Such As This," Chap. 24, Section 1
- A Sense of Honor: "Nurse Goodbody, dark and voluptuous (Lenahan had forgotten her actual name, it was something long and Italian), was a bedtime friend to many of the doctors in Bethesda. She had hinted to Lenahan that she simply could not contain herself. Doctors tending to patients, she explained, aroused her. Morphine Mary (again Lenahan could not remember her exact name) was a thin, nervous drill sergeant type, a disciplinarian who did not allow her patients even to complain. Lenahan was convinced that Morphine Mary did not even sleep with her husband. She wasn't bad looking, he mused again, staring at her thin frame. If she'd just get laid every now and then she'd mellow out and stop being such a damn witch." (p. 164) (Lenahan brings Goodbody home with him and has sex, pp. 188-190)
Ø Prentice-Hall, New York, 1981 (hardcover)
Ø Bantam, New York, 1982 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 164
Ø Trade paperback edition, Bluejacket Books, 1995, p. 164
Ø Quote is from fourth para in Part 3, "Chapter 4:1600"
Update: Paul sent me the following additional quotes that no one else seems to have picked up on, which better show the context (or lack thereof) in which the other Lost Soldiers quote appears.
"A hundred meters upriver, then cut to your right, and you will be at the park where the man kissed the little boy's penis."
"Why did he kiss the little boy's penis?" wondered Dzung. "I do not know," said Manh. And then he shook his head, amazed at Dzung's serenity.
"The vacant lot where the man had kissed the little boy's penis was just across the street"