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Mark Steyn: Toon-deaf Europe is taking the wrong stand
http://www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn12.html ^ | Mark Steyn

Posted on 02/12/2006 2:21:46 AM PST by mal

From Europe's biggest-selling newspaper, the Sun: ''Furious Muslims have blasted adult shop [i.e., sex shop] Ann Summers for selling a blowup male doll called Mustafa Shag."

Not literally "blasted" in the Danish Embassy sense, or at least not yet. Quite how Britain's Muslim Association found out about Mustafa Shag in order to be offended by him is not clear. It may be that there was some confusion: given that "blowup males" are one of Islam's leading exports, perhaps some believers went along expecting to find Ahmed and Walid modeling the new line of Semtex belts. Instead, they were confronted by just another filthy infidel sex gag. The Muslim Association's complaint, needless to say, is that the sex toy "insults the Prophet Muhammad -- who also has the title al-Mustapha.''

In a world in which Danish cartoons insult the prophet and Disney Piglet mugs insult the prophet and Burger King chocolate ice-cream swirl designs insult the prophet, maybe it would just be easier to make a list of things that don't insult him. Nonetheless, the Muslim Association wrote to the Ann Summers sex-shop chain, "We are asking you to have our Most Revered Prophet's name 'Mustafa' and the afflicted word 'shag' removed."

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1 posted on 02/12/2006 2:21:48 AM PST by mal
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To: mal

How long until plus signs (+) are offensive to Muslims because they look like a cross?


2 posted on 02/12/2006 2:30:19 AM PST by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: mal

Good as usual. One thing the twits who claim to fear offending "moderate Muslims" don't realize is that they are actually exposing said moderate Muslims (assuming they exist) to more danger by failing to back them and provide a strong bulwark against Islamism.

Anybody know anything about the Robert Ferrigno novel he mentions?


3 posted on 02/12/2006 2:30:29 AM PST by livius
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To: mal
If I were a Muslim, I'd be "hurt" and "humiliated" that the revered prophet's name is given not to latex blowup males but to so many real blowup males:

ROFL. Thank you for this post!!

4 posted on 02/12/2006 2:37:25 AM PST by MarMema (Buy Danish, support freedom)
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To: mal
From Europe's biggest-selling newspaper, the Sun: ''Furious Muslims have blasted adult shop [i.e., sex shop] Ann Summers for selling a blowup male doll called Mustafa Shag."

Not literally "blasted" in the Danish Embassy sense, or at least not yet. Quite how Britain's Muslim Association found out about Mustafa Shag in order to be offended by him is not clear. It may be that there was some confusion: given that "blowup males" are one of Islam's leading exports, perhaps some believers went along expecting to find Ahmed and Walid modeling the new line of Semtex belts. Instead, they were confronted by just another filthy infidel sex gag.

The Muslim Association's complaint, needless to say, is that the sex toy "insults the Prophet Muhammad -- who also has the title al-Mustapha.''>{From Europe's biggest-selling newspaper, the Sun: ''Furious Muslims have blasted adult shop [i.e., sex shop] Ann Summers for selling a blowup male doll called Mustafa Shag."

Not literally "blasted" in the Danish Embassy sense, or at least not yet. Quite how Britain's Muslim Association found out about Mustafa Shag in order to be offended by him is not clear. It may be that there was some confusion: given that "blowup males" are one of Islam's leading exports, perhaps some believers went along expecting to find Ahmed and Walid modeling the new line of Semtex belts. Instead, they were confronted by just another filthy infidel sex gag. The Muslim Association's complaint, needless to say, is that the sex toy "insults the Prophet Muhammad -- who also has the title al-Mustapha.''

In a world in which Danish cartoons insult the prophet and Disney Piglet mugs insult the prophet and Burger King chocolate ice-cream swirl designs insult the prophet, maybe it would just be easier to make a list of things that don't insult him. Nonetheless, the Muslim Association wrote to the Ann Summers sex-shop chain, "We are asking you to have our Most Revered Prophet's name 'Mustafa' and the afflicted word 'shag' removed."

If I were a Muslim, I'd be "hurt" and "humiliated" that the revered prophet's name is given not to latex blowup males but to so many real blowup males: The leader of the 9/11 plotters? Mohammed Atta. The British Muslim who self-detonated in a Tel Aviv bar? Asif Mohammed Hanif. The gunman who shot up the El Al counter at LAX? Heshamed Mohamed Hedayet. The former U.S. Army sergeant who masterminded the slaughter at the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania? Ali Mohamed. The murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh? Mohammed Bouyeri. The notorious Sydney gang rapist? Mohammed Skaf. The Washington sniper? John Allen Muhammed. If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet's name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth.

But apparently that's not as big a deal as Mustafa Shag. When Samuel Huntington formulated his famous "clash of civilizations" thesis, I'm sure he hoped it would play out as something nobler than shaggers vs. nutters. But in a sense that's the core British value these days. If it's inherent in Muslim culture to take umbrage at everything, it's inherent in English culture to turn everything into a lame sex gag.

The "Mustafa" template is one of the most revered in the English music-hall tradition: "I've been reading the latest scholarly monograph -- 'Sexual Practices of the Middle East by Mustapha Camel.'" If they wanted to appease the surging Muslim demographic, the British could conceivably withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan but it's hard to imagine they could withdraw from vulgar sex jokes and still be recognizably British. They are, in the Muslim Association's choice of words, "afflicted" with shag fever.

In theory, this should have been the perfect moment for Albert Brooks to release his new film ''Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.'' Instead, life is effortlessly outpacing art. Brooks had an excellent premise and, somewhere between studio equivocation and his sense of self-preservation, it all got watered down, beginning with the decision to focus the plot on a trip to India. Which is a, er, mostly Hindu country. But the Arab world refused to let Brooks film there, and, even if they had, he'd have been lucky to get out alive. Needless to say, the movie doesn't mention that. So a film whose title flaunts a bold disdain for political correctness is, in the end, merely another concession to it.

You can't blame Brooks, not in a world of surreal headlines like "Cartoon Death Toll Up to Nine" (the Sunday Times of Australia). Instead of ''Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,'' the Muslim world's come looking for comedy in the West and doesn't like what it's found. If memory serves, it was NBC who back in the '70s used to have every sitcom joke about homosexuality vetted by a gay dentist in New Jersey. Apprised of this at a conference on censorship, the producer of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" remarked, "You mean there really is a tooth fairy?" Alas, the Islamist Advisory Commission on Quran-Compatible Humor will be made of sterner stuff, and likely far more devastating to the sitcom biz.

And the good news is that that body's already on its way. The European Union's Justice and Security Commissioner, Franco Frattini, said on Thursday that the EU would set up a "media code" to encourage "prudence" in the way they cover, ah, certain sensitive subjects. As Signor Frattini explained it to the Daily Telegraph, "The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression. . . . We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right."

"Prudence"? "Self-regulate our free expression"? No, I'm afraid that's just giving the Muslim world the message: You've won, I surrender, please stop kicking me. But they never do. Because, to use the Arabic proverb with which Robert Ferrigno opens his new novel, Prayers for the Assassin, set in an Islamic Republic of America, "A falling camel attracts many knives." In Denmark and France and the Netherlands and Britain, Islam senses the camel is falling and this is no time to stop knifing him. The issue is not "freedom of speech" or "the responsibilities of the press" or "sensitivity to certain cultures." The issue, as it has been in all these loony tune controversies going back to the Salman Rushdie fatwa, is the point at which a free society musters the will to stand up to thugs. British Muslims march through the streets waving placards reading "BEHEAD THE ENEMIES OF ISLAM." If they mean that, bring it on. As my columnar confrere John O'Sullivan argued, we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last.

But then it's patiently explained to us for the umpteenth time that they're not representative, that there are many many "moderate Muslims.''

I believe that. I've met plenty of "moderate Muslims" in Jordan and Iraq and the Gulf states. But, as a reader wrote to me a year or two back, in Europe and North America they aren't so much "moderate Muslims" as quiescent Muslims. The few who do speak out wind up living in hiding or under 24-hour armed guard, like Dutch MP Ayaab Hirsi Ali.

So when the EU and the BBC and the New York Times say that we too need to be more "sensitive" to those fellows with "Behead the enemies of Islam" banners, they should look in the mirror: They're turning into "moderate Muslims," and likely to wind up as cowed and silenced and invisible.

5 posted on 02/12/2006 2:39:52 AM PST by Lurker (In God I trust. Everybody else shows me their hands.)
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To: hiredhand; dennisw
The issue, as it has been in all these loony tune controversies going back to the Salman Rushdie fatwa, is the point at which a free society musters the will to stand up to thugs. British Muslims march through the streets waving placards reading "BEHEAD THE ENEMIES OF ISLAM." If they mean that, bring it on. As my columnar confrere John O'Sullivan argued, we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last.

You'll love this I think, so ping!

6 posted on 02/12/2006 2:41:45 AM PST by MarMema (Buy Danish, support freedom)
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To: mal

Another keeper by the great one!


7 posted on 02/12/2006 2:42:05 AM PST by Ronin (When the fox gnaws.... SMILE!!!)
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To: mal

Muslims are butt plugs.


8 posted on 02/12/2006 2:44:43 AM PST by sangrila
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bookmark


9 posted on 02/12/2006 2:47:15 AM PST by federal
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To: livius

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743272897/sr=8-1/qid=1139741447/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-9565616-4824609?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Taking post-9/11 conspiracy theories that blamed the attacks on Zionist agents as the seed for this unusual thriller, Ferrigno ( The Wake-Up ) posits a nuclear terrorist onslaught in 2015 on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Mecca that has all the earmarks of a Mossad operation. The blue states are moved by these horrors to convert to Islam, while the red states break away from the Islamic Republic, forming a Christian republic in the South. By 2040, three major parties struggle for control in the Islamic Republic: the moderate State Security forces, under Redbeard; the Black Robes, a fundamentalist religious police force; and the top-secret Assassins, under the Old One. When Sarah Dougan, Redbeard's niece and a respected historian, reinvestigates the 2015 attack for a new book, The Zionist Betrayal? , the Old One sics his deadliest assassin on her. Running from Seattle to Vegas, Sarah has a protector in her lover, an ex-fedayeen soldier named Rakkim Epps, whose agnostic POV anchors the novel. Fans of instapundit politics will love this thriller, which has the cinematic motion and atrocity F/X of a good airport read. However, Ferrigno's gimmick—the transformation of America into a cartoon version of Islam—lends the proceedings a damaging air of implausibility. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist
In a huge departure from his edgy thrillers set in the glittering wasteland of contemporary L.A. ( Flinch, 2001; The Wake-Up, 2004), Ferrigno sets his ninth novel in the year 2040. The U.S. has been rent by civil strife and a nuclear attack that leveled New York and Washington, D.C. The nation is now divided into the Islamic States of America, whose capital is in Seattle, and the Bible Belt, located in the South. Young and fearless researcher Sarah Dougan, a moderate Muslim who frequently chafes at the restrictions placed on women, discovers that the nuke attacks long blamed on Israel were in fact carried out by a fanatical Muslim billionaire who intends to take over the nation by launching an unprecedented attack on the Christian South. Intending to verify her explosive findings, Sarah must go into hiding, where she is joined by her lover, former elite Muslim warrior Rakkim Epps. The two zigzag their way across an unrecognizable U.S., dogged by a psychopathic rogue assassin named Darwin. Ferrigno deserves props for his imaginative portrayal of a futuristic America, which is often highlighted through startling details, as when the second half of the Super Bowl must wait on midday prayers. But his new novel lacks his usual edge and his signature dialogue. Still, with its inventive setting and violent, action-packed, even controversial storyline, this novel should have no trouble finding an audience. Joanne Wilkinson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


10 posted on 02/12/2006 2:57:36 AM PST by Peelod (Decentia est fragilis. Curatoribus validis indiget.)
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To: MarMema
That "we may as well fight in the first ditch as the last ditch", sentiment really struck a chord with me. I"d much rather "nip it in the bud", than wait until its gained a foothold---but isn't that GW's philosophy also?

This was a great article. Oh, that the NYT were as brave!!! They would rather spend their editorial capital knocking our government and "leaking" intelligence secrets. Reminds me, I need to send them another letter---perhaps I'll excerpt this article. It shows REAL courage!
11 posted on 02/12/2006 2:59:24 AM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: mal
Actually, Mohammad isn't even their pedophile prophet's real name.
It's just that Muslim's are embarrassed that their sexual perversion was found out. Making it with a blow up MALE doll, LMAO!!!!

As I said before, these "protests" aren't going to stop with stopping showing pictures and telling the truth about Islam and it's disgusting prophet. They know how weak Europe is, and will not stop until they control it all.

Eurabia is born. Get used to Dhimmitude, Europeans. Pay your Dhimmi tax and get used to being a punching bag on occasion for angry muslims comming out of their mosks after friday prayer. The Hindus have gotten used to it.
12 posted on 02/12/2006 3:01:07 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: mal; All
Everything I have found about The War of the Twelve 'Toons ( links, blogs, quips, quotes, aggravating pictures ) is located here- click the Pic, and scroll backwards:


13 posted on 02/12/2006 3:02:24 AM PST by backhoe
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To: singfreedom
"A falling camel attracts many knives."

Almost worth becoming a tagline....

14 posted on 02/12/2006 3:07:59 AM PST by MarMema (Buy Danish, support freedom)
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To: Nathan Zachary
They know how weak Europe is, and will not stop until they control it all.

Don't give up on the Danes yet though. And actually I was very heartened by the shows of solidarity from other newspapers publishing the cartoons.

15 posted on 02/12/2006 3:10:00 AM PST by MarMema (Buy Danish, support freedom)
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To: Peelod

Thanks! I think his premise may be a little off-base. Not the idea that the blue states would convert to Islam out of fear - that's all too believable - but that it would be "moderate" Islam, which in any case is a contradiction in terms. But it does sound interesting.


16 posted on 02/12/2006 3:10:45 AM PST by livius
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To: mal

In my naive non-sex-shop life, I'm trying to figure out what is the meaning of the word "shag"? The fur of a dog?


17 posted on 02/12/2006 3:40:49 AM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf (http://bloodlesslinchpinsofislamicterrorism.blogspot.com))
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To: mal; Lurker

Mark Steyn is outstanding.

Freedom vs. slavery bump.


18 posted on 02/12/2006 3:43:02 AM PST by PGalt
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To: tkathy

"Shag" is the Brit word for making out, as in: "I spent the weekend 'shagging' the bosses daughter".


19 posted on 02/12/2006 3:47:02 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: tkathy

shag=intercourse


20 posted on 02/12/2006 3:52:00 AM PST by RobFromGa (In decline, the Old Media gets more shrill, thrashing about like a dinosaur caught in the tar pits.)
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To: MarMema
"If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet's name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth."


The prophet Mohamed was a notorious killer and his doctrine/philosophy/teachings , "killing infidels", is proudly exposed in Qouran - the Muslims holy book.
21 posted on 02/12/2006 4:08:31 AM PST by SeeSalt
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To: mal
Coming soon whether you like it or not:

"Little Piglet meets the crazed Islamofascist rabble"

22 posted on 02/12/2006 4:18:00 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Fzob

bttt


23 posted on 02/12/2006 4:27:14 AM PST by KeyWest (Help stamp out taglines!)
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To: mal
Mohammed Atta... Asif Mohammed Hanif... Heshamed Mohamed Hedayet... Ali Mohamed... Mohammed Bouyeri... Mohammed Skaf... John Allen Muhammed... If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet's name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth.

Why is this murderous heritage not offensive to Muslims?

Islam is the strangest, most violent religion, wielding the sword, taking offense and seeking revenge to save face.

For the newspapers of the world to agree to be more sensitive to this religion is a waste of time, a capitulation to tyranny.

This is the religion that encourages killing to save face. Certainly not a very Christian religion.

24 posted on 02/12/2006 4:28:36 AM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: RobFromGa

Oh.


25 posted on 02/12/2006 4:55:41 AM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf (http://bloodlesslinchpinsofislamicterrorism.blogspot.com))
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To: mal

"might as well fight in the first ditch as in the last"

Blast and damn it, I *hate* agreeing with Andrew Sullivan.

Just can't help it on this one, though.


26 posted on 02/12/2006 5:03:06 AM PST by dsc
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To: sangrila

Shame on you. This is a very offensive and disrespectful thing to say. Most plugs are peaceful, and want only to help those in need. You're probably gonna get a fatwad from the plugs' chief Imam, Sheik Yabootie.


27 posted on 02/12/2006 5:12:13 AM PST by Clioman
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To: mal
we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last.

I wonder how many "tolerant" liberals even understand where this expression comes from?

I think it's past time for Hollywood to include a Muslim character in a sitcom, to show their respect, support and tolerance for the Islamic world. They could even make him gay, to speak out for what is probably the most repressed group in the world today, gay Muslim men.

C'mon, Hollywood. Don't worry about being blown up. The Muzzies will understand that you're just trying to make them look like they're part of the gang.

28 posted on 02/12/2006 5:13:49 AM PST by Hardastarboard (HEY - Billy Joe! You ARE an American Idiot!)
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To: mal
The doll in quesion...


29 posted on 02/12/2006 5:17:52 AM PST by Always Right
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To: MarMema
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The Mohammed Shag blow up doll

30 posted on 02/12/2006 5:45:52 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Always Right


That shag doll can't be the real Muhammed because the real Muhammad has a beard like this

the_fall_of_europe.jpgabd72146.gif

31 posted on 02/12/2006 5:54:58 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Clioman

lol


33 posted on 02/12/2006 8:27:28 AM PST by sangrila
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To: montag813

34 posted on 02/12/2006 8:30:10 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Women were put on Earth to look hot. Men are here to be stupid about it.)
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To: mal
"blowup males" are one of Islam's leading exports,...

LOL!

35 posted on 02/12/2006 10:04:33 AM PST by BobS
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To: Lurker

bump


36 posted on 02/12/2006 11:11:41 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: mal
The "moderate" Muslim to me is a myth. Where are these people? Just today on a TV show in Chicago, some female "moderate" Muslim was complaining about the publication of these cartoons.

I say give these people 2 years to take an oath to the US or deport them. We can't let America become another Europe with separatist Muslim areas.
37 posted on 02/12/2006 2:51:44 PM PST by GianniV
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To: mal
You don't hear much from the Religion Of Peace TM if yokels named Mohammed keep blowing themselves up. Apparently its alright if the name of the prophet is associated with mass murder. But draw a cartoon that suggests the prophet welcomes people blowing themselves up and watch them go berserk. The difference in the reaction has to be seen to be believed.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

38 posted on 02/12/2006 2:54:52 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: dsc

That quote is from John O'Sullivan, not the pederast Andrew Sullivan....


39 posted on 02/13/2006 7:03:42 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Pokey78

Ping


40 posted on 02/13/2006 7:31:51 AM PST by Smile-n-Win (There will be peace when they fear us more than they fear Allah.)
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To: Rummyfan

"That quote is from John O'Sullivan, not the pederast Andrew Sullivan...."

On the one hand, I'm relieved of the necessity for agreeing with Andrew Sullivan, but on the other, I look like an idiot.

Too much to sort out. I think I'll just pretend it didn't happen.


41 posted on 02/13/2006 8:48:39 AM PST by dsc
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To: Always Right

Doesn't look too useful to me. Maybe he needs more air.


42 posted on 02/13/2006 12:32:10 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: Lurker

To be used often when necessary:
If I were a Muslim, I'd be "hurt" and "humiliated" that the revered prophet's name is given not to latex blowup males but to so many real blowup males: The leader of the 9/11 plotters? Mohammed Atta. The British Muslim who self-detonated in a Tel Aviv bar? Asif Mohammed Hanif. The gunman who shot up the El Al counter at LAX? Heshamed Mohamed Hedayet. The former U.S. Army sergeant who masterminded the slaughter at the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania? Ali Mohamed. The murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh? Mohammed Bouyeri. The notorious Sydney gang rapist? Mohammed Skaf. The Washington sniper? John Allen Muhammed. If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet's name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth.


43 posted on 02/14/2006 6:07:17 AM PST by maica (We are fighting the War for the Free World. Democrats and the media are not on our side.)
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To: Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; deport; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; JohnHuang2; ...

Steyn ping!


44 posted on 02/14/2006 6:20:07 AM PST by Pokey78 (‘FREE [INSERT YOUR FETID TOTALITARIAN BASKET-CASE HERE]’)
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To: Pokey78

:-) Thank you!


45 posted on 02/14/2006 6:24:46 AM PST by saveliberty ( :-) I am a Snowflake and Bushbot.)
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To: Pokey78

Thanks for the ping!


46 posted on 02/14/2006 6:48:28 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Everything I ever needed to know about Islam, I learned on 9/11)
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To: mal

The Burger King croissanwich is the biggest food insult to Islam. Pork product with either bacon or sausage and a croissant which was created during the seige of Vienna as a mocking insult to the crescent symbol of Islam.


47 posted on 02/14/2006 7:18:05 AM PST by xp38
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To: Pokey78

Thanks for the ping.


48 posted on 02/14/2006 8:14:32 AM PST by GOPJ (If Dems had courage, they could have "the courage of their convictions", if they had convictions.)
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To: livius
One thing the twits who claim to fear offending "moderate Muslims" don't realize is that they are actually exposing said moderate Muslims (assuming they exist) to more danger by failing to back them and provide a strong bulwark against Islamism.

Shorten this and use it as a tag -- it's an importing insight...

49 posted on 02/14/2006 8:16:54 AM PST by GOPJ (If Dems had courage, they could have "the courage of their convictions", if they had convictions.)
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To: Lurker
''Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.''

Somebody must have sent out "talking points". Limbaugh has a new "PSA" directed at Dems, asking them to move to the center,
since EIB is having problems satirizing that which has become satire.

The problem is that one puts one's life at risk for comedy in the TROP-afficted parts of the world.

Of course, they could have learned it from the Clintons' response to the barbs of certain entertainers.

50 posted on 02/14/2006 8:29:49 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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