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2006 February 03 — Why Now?
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Do Not Adjust Your Blogs

Blogspot is experiencing the death throes of some hardware and they are replacing it. Apparently the relacement has been occurring in the reverse order of flakiness, as each piece that they replace makes the problem worse.

Bob only knows when the problem will be resolved.

February 3, 2006   Comments Off on Do Not Adjust Your Blogs


What doesn’t make Muslims laugh.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exodus – Chapter 20, Verse 4 [KJV]

What you have to understand is that Muslims really believe this.

MSNBC has Why Muslims are mad over prophet cartoons written by a Cairo correspondent, and the BBC has Q&A: Depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a more formal explanation.

While European newspapers are rushing to show solidarity on the free speech front, it was difficult to find the offending cartoons on the ‘Net. Fortunately, Jeff at Speedkill was able to track them down in English.

In the BBC article, Muslims urge new cartoon protests, there is a timeline of major events:

30 Sept: Danish paper publishes cartoons
20 Oct: Muslim ambassadors complain to Danish PM
10 Jan: Norwegian publication reprints cartoons
26 Jan: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador
30 Jan: Gunmen raid EU’s Gaza office demanding apology
31 Jan: Danish paper apologises
1 Feb: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint cartoons

Many people dismiss this as peculiar to Islam, but Christianity has been over this ground more than once. Idolatry is a charge often used by some fundamentalist Christians to describe Catholics.

The Danes had every right to publish the cartoons, just like they have the right to deny the Holocaust took place, that Hitler should have won World War II, that the Soviet system was good for Eastern Europe, that slavery was good for American blacks. Of course, no one would protest those things, right?

The only thing those cartoonists had to do was not explicitly label the individual depicted as Muhammad. Everyone would have gotten the point, but all of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world wouldn’t have a religious obligation to be angry at Denmark. The Islamic fundamentalists have been handed a golden opportunity to promote hate against the West and every Westerner is now in danger in Islamic countries.

I congratulate the Danish cartoonists. The US needed a clueless cabal of neonitwits, the expenditure of billions of dollars, and the invasion of an Islamic country to create this kind of hatred.

February 3, 2006   Comments Off on Iconoclasm

Friday Cat Blogging

[Kevin Drum]

The Dinner Crowd

Friday Cat Blogging

Oh, good it’s the pink stuff.
Soylent Green is better.
Maybe tomorrow.

[Editor: Ringo’s Dad, Tonto, Lone Ranger, Scooter’s Mom, and Scooter down front. Oh, the greenery in the white planter is supposed to be catnip according to the seed packet.]

Friday Ark

February 3, 2006   Comments Off on Friday Cat Blogging