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Not the sort of thing you read every day….

Mrs. TwShiloh usually doesn’t like it when I reference Swedish news from the online site The Local.  She claims it’s highly skewed and presents an unflattering picture of Sweden that focuses on the tawdry and scatological interests of the (probably) British editors.  I disagree and point out that perhaps that view is more correct than a Swede living abroad would like to admit.

Regardless of where you may stand on that very important issue, I think we can agree that even at their most ‘egregious’ they can’t touch the work of Emirates 24/7.  And how often do you get to see headlines like this?

‘Donkey rape’ sparks tribal massacre in Yemen

Newspapers in Yemen said the owner of the ass got mad after he saw the donkey attacking his animal, prompting him to chase the donkey and hit it.

The attack infuriated the donkey owner, who called his armed tribe men and asked them to take revenge.

“The problem snowballed into an armed fight between Makabis tribe, which owns the donkey, and Bani Abbas which owns the ass…15 people were either killed or injured in the battle,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Aleqtisadiah said, quoting newspapers in Yemen.

But the madcap mayhem doesn’t end there!  As a bonus story (totally unrelated and not even getting a nod in the headline) we get a story about a monkey going berserk in a Saudi Arabian mosque.

A packed Saudi mosque plunged into pandemonium after a money [sic]  found its way inside and attacked worshippers [sic]…

No word on whether the monkey was an agent of Mossad, a Shiite extremist or a member of SEAL Team 6 engaged in a counter terrorism operation.

I'm not a bigot, but…

Whenever you hear something like that, buckle up because you can be sure you’re about to hear some crazy shit.  Juan Williams said words to that effect and followed by knocking it out of the park:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country,” he said. “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

What?  He couldn’t even insert the obligatory ‘Hey, I even have Muslim friends!’

What a douche.  If the guy can’t even see the hypocrisy of his position he truly deserves his job at Fox.  How in the world can he reconcile his position and not give every bigoted white person over the past 150 years a pass for ‘getting worried’ or ‘nervous’ around black people?

Now, I think it would have been refreshing and a worthwhile conversation if Juan said something like:  ‘I mean, look Bill, you know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country.  I’ve opposed bigotry my whole career.  Yet, I’ll admit, if I see people who are in Muslim garb prejudice gets the better of me sometimes and I get worried and nervous.’

That would create a really good opportunity to discuss prejudice and bigotry and how it’s not a simple on/off switch with people.  It’d be nice to hear a discussion about the mechanisms of bigotry and how someone like Williams could be a bigot and anti-bigot at the same time.

But, no.  Let’s just feed prejudice and allow people to rationalize their irrational beliefs.

Good job, Juan.  Your parents must be so proud.

Why is all the big new released on Fridays?

Obviously hoping this story will get buried as everyone tries to beat the summer heat is this big (uh…ok….apparently small) story from Lewes, England:

A person who put up enlarged photographs of male private parts around a town in Sussex is being sought by police.

I don’t know why, but this line makes my day:

The force is also investigating whether it is some sort of protest, as a number of the images included a caption which read: “Fees set to rise later this year.”

It’s like a koan.  What does a protest look like if no one understands its a protest?

It ends with an official ‘dig’ at the artist (?).  Perhaps an attempt to get him to over react and reveal himself?

“However, from what we’ve seen, if this is a self-portrait, the artist won’t be in a hurry to be identified.”

Did Lunghu predict the earthquake in Chile?

No doubt, you’ve heard about the massive 8.8 earthquake that’s struck Chile today.  Allow me to point you to a post written by Lunghu more than a week ago about predictions based upon the principles of Chinese cosmology:

Here are lunghu’s own predictions, based on factors other than the 5 Elements, 10 Stems, 12 Branches, or 12 Animals.

A devastating earthquake is looming in the Andean region. . . possibly in central Chile.

This could be coincidence…..or Lunghu could be good at making predictions….OR (my preferred hypothesis) Lunghu has access to an earthquake machine.

How would anyone get an earthquake machine, you ask?

That’s simple.  Strike a deal with the mole men.

Fox News…the new Pravda

Really, just shocking….

And there is a debate if Fox is a ‘real’ news agency?  Where’s the evidence supporting that ridiculous proposition?

 

Big blobs of mystery goo floating off Alaska coast

This headline has everything you could possibly want:

  • It’s big (don’t listen to the propaganda – bigger is better.  If it wasn’t you’d pay extra for ‘mini-size’ portions of fries and your local McCrap.
  • It’s got a mystery (everyone loves a mystery)
  • Goo is quite popular with the kids (who seem to love all sort of digusting things, especially if they are associated with bodily functions).  After 18 years in the Army I’m quite confident in saying that a large portion of the male demographic (regardless of age) also find goo and bodily excretions hilarious.
  • There’s a blob.  Who doesn’t have fond memories of the 1958 movie?
  • It’s fun to say.  Go ahead, read it out loud to your significant other and I defy you to not repeat it or strike up a conversation about it.  Who cares about the details of the story, the headline is so fun the story can’t be anything but a letdown…

…or the end of the world in which case you’re probably better off having a laugh anyway.

Uh Oh…this can't be good.

Who the heck is approving this sort of project?

“A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Hello! Am I the only guy who’s seen the Terminator movies?  Or the Forbin Project?  Or any stories about sentient computers looking to become our evil overlords?  Now we’re making robots that can eat us???

Oh, it gets better.

Robotic Technology Inc.’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that’s right, “EATR” “can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment [uh...I think that's code for humans.  eds.], as well as use conventional and alternative fuels…when suitable,” reads the company’s Web site.”

Upon the EATR platform, the Pentagon could build all sorts of things — a transport, an ambulance, a communications center, even a mobile gunship”

Hey, an even better idea!  Let’s not only let these robots eat us but let’s give ‘em the ability to scoot around where ever they want and put guns on them.  Yeesh…

Let the sycophany begin

I’m going through the current issue of The Atlantic (full disclosure:  I receive nothing for this shameless shilling despite driving thousands, scores, well, ok maybe one person to get a subscription) and it continues to do good work.  I especially recommend the article called ‘Quick Fixes‘ which offers 15 ‘big’ ideas.  Some I like (allowing people heading into forclosure the ability to stay in their homes by paying the fair-market rent, privitizing ocean fishing rights), some I don’t (eliminate corporate tax, using the stimulas money to fund artists), and at least one faithful readers of this blog would have seen here a long time ago (consider a decentralized Afghanistan).

UPDATE:  The powers that be obviously responded to my positive feedback by jumping into motion and creating a “Thinking Big” blog.

Jumping on the bandwagon

There’s been a lot of criticism of the major networks and their lack of coverage over events in Iran and while I don’t have any brilliant insight I can describe my experience.

I woke up early to get ready for National Guard drill on Sunday and figured I’d find out what happened over night in Iran.  I turn the TV to CNN and see what the producers and editors thought the American people wanted to see.  A rebroadcast of a Larry King show.

But wait.

That isn’t even the worst of it.  It was a Larry King show where people got to ask Larry questions.  The first (and only) one I saw involved asking Larry what condiments he put on his hot dogs and hamburgers.

Really?  That was more important that events in Tehran?

If you’re going to waste my time with unitesting people asking uninteresting questions of an uninteresting TV host, please don’t add insult in injury and at least make it a live show.

Just following orders

You can read the memos that represent probably the darkest stain on our national honor in my lifetime here.  I haven’t read them yet but fear my suspicions of the past eight years will gather more evidence.

I understand the concept behind not prosecuting individual torturers employed by the federal government because they were supposedly operating in ‘good faith’ that their actions were justified by law but weren’t the soldiers in Abu Gharib operating in good faith as well?

Quite honestly, if you’re over the age of 18 and need a lawyer to tell you that drowning another human being crosses the line you need some professional help.

Someone should face justice for this.

UPDATE: I just read the first memo.  Comments after I take a shower to remove the slime.

UPDATE 2: Well, I’ve waited too long and now I have nothing new to say.  I recommend Andrew Sullivan on this issue.  Particularly these posts.

How can we allow people to get away with these sorts of acts and chastise those who commit similar crimes?