As some of you may have noticed, I haven't been posting as much political stuff as I used to. I think part of it has to do with my feeling deflated after John Edwards dropped out of the race. I also know that there are others whose political writings are so much more eloquent, I just don't feel the need to add anything.
I just caught Dubya's 5th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq speech. No surprises. It was the same recycled speech he's given time and time again. He again used one of my favorite emotion-evoking terms - Rape Rooms. Don't get me wrong. I'm no fan of Rape Rooms. I just like how he stresses it, as if to say, "C'mon, the guy had Rape Rooms! How could we NOT go to war!?" I doubt you'd get much argument that rape is a form of torture, ironically something Dubya feels has a place in American military and foreign policy.
My question comes from an architectural perspective. I want to know, in case it ever comes up, what sorts of programmatic requirements distinguish a Rape Room from a Waterboarding Room? Like, a Waterboarding Room might require plumbing, perhaps a floor drain. You'd certainly want to use waterproof materials, things that won't rot or become moldy due to increased moisture. On the other hand, Rape Rooms might necessitate certain electrical considerations like dimmer switches on all the lights. You know, to make things romantic.
Maybe in his next speech he'll address this sort of thing.
By the way, if you haven't, watch Barack's speech. I'm not a huge Obama supporter, but this speech was pretty fucking impressive.