Published on February 8 2006

CNN.com - Iran invites cartoons on Holocaust - Feb 8, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A prominent Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Ok, where is the nearest Iranian Embassy again? Or heck, let's just burn down any old MidEast-type embassy, since they're all the same anyway, right?? I have to go dig in the garage and see if I can find those old firebombs. I know they're out there somewhere. Or do you think that maybe we'll react more like a civilized world and not call for beheadings and the annihilation of those who offend us?
The newspaper said Tuesday the contest would be launched on February 13 and would be co-convened by itself and the House of Caricatures, a Tehran exhibition center for cartoons. Both the paper and the cartoon center are owned by the Tehran Municipality, which is dominated by allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is well known for his opposition to Israel. Last year Ahmadinejad provoked outcries when he said on separate occasions that Israel should be "wiped out" and the Holocaust was a "myth." Hamshahri invited foreign cartoonists to enter the competition and said it wanted to see how open the West was to caricatures of the Holocaust. "Does the West extend freedom of expression to the crimes committed by the United States and Israel, or an event such as the Holocaust? Or is its freedom only for insulting religious sanctities?" Hamshahri wrote, referring to the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, in a short article on its back page.
So let me see if I have this right....the Holocaust was a myth and Israel "doesn't exist", but we're going to have a contest to make fun of that? These should be some entertaining cartoons!!! Maybe like these that run in Arab newspapers all the time? This sounds like some of the contests we make up for our own entertainment up in the fozen Tundra. I'm particularly reminded of the old contest we used to have in town here; the one where we bet on when an old junker of a car would fall through the ice on Sawdy Pond. First prize was probably a sixer, I don't really remember. I always missed the date by a month anyway.

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Published on February 8 2006

Paris Hilton ordered to stay away from man - Yahoo! News I had to read this headline twice--I could have sworn it said "Paris Hilton ordered to stay away from MEN". Yeah, yeah.... L-)

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Published on February 7 2006

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police killed four protesters on Tuesday in some of the worst violence to erupt over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have provoked a deepening crisis between Europe and the Muslim world. Fresh protests erupted in the Middle East, Asia and Africa on Tuesday over the cartoons as leaders urged restraint and struggled to contain the protests, some of which in recent days turned from peaceful to volatile and bloody. In Iran, locked in a nuclear stand-off with the West and which has cut trade ties with Denmark where the cartoons were first published, a crowd pelted the Danish embassy in Tehran with petrol bombs and stones for a second day. After rioters set Danish missions ablaze in Syria and Lebanon at the weekend, the European Union presidency issued a strongly-worded warning to 19 countries across the Middle East that they are obliged to protect EU missions. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller called his Iranian counterpart "and demanded in clear terms that Iran does all it can to protect the embassy and Danish lives," a spokesman said. Depicting the Prophet is prohibited by Islam but moderate Muslims, while condemning the cartoons, have expressed fears radicals are hijacking the affair which has developed into a clash over press freedom and religious respect. Militants in Iraq have called for the seizure and killing of Danes and the boycott of Danish goods over the cartoons, one of which depicts Mohammad wearing a turban resembling a bomb with a fizzing fuse. In London, there were placards demanding the beheading of those who insulted Islam. In a new twist, Iran's best-selling newspaper on Tuesday launched a competition to find the best Holocaust cartoon. Denmark said on Tuesday that the violent protests raised concerns for the safety of its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but that it had no plans to withdraw them. British troops were ordered to the Afghan town of Maymana after crowds attacked a NATO base of Norwegian troops with guns and grenades and police opened fire bringing the protest death toll in the Middle East and Asia to nine. F-16 warplanes flew overhead in a show of force while the Norwegians fired tear gas, rubber bullets and warning shots, managing to restore order by early evening. Norway was the second country to publish the cartoons.
All this over some not-very-well-drawn CARTOONS????????????????? And this is NOT all about "dissing" Islam, either. This isn't all about religions and co-existence and everyone living happily ever after. These protesters are not just demanding that we respect Islamic rules and customs. They are demanding that we LIVE by them, and that's something completely different--as well as not very damned likely. UPDATE: InstaPunk and Dr. Sanity have some great thoughts on humor--or the lack thereof.

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Published on February 4 2006

Some Most of the spam that comes to this account is just plain annoying. It's usually vIaGrA ads, offers to refinance my real estate--and why do all these spammers think I live in Menagha, Minnesota? Did I lie about my zip code on a website once? Anyway, this spam caught my eye.
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I'm not really sure what they're trying to sell me, but I'm pretty sure it isn't literature. Considering the caravans, maybe they're trying to sell me camels??

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