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The cartoonist and the film-maker

The “insulting you and your faith is our freedom” crowds are starting to rile up.. on each other.

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, says he will sue the maker of an anti-Islam film.

Mr Westergaard says his cartoon, which sparked riots two years ago, was used in the film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders without permission.

LMAO. Wow Geert, your own league is punishing you before anybody else managed to.

The Danish journalists’ union is suing on his behalf for copyright violation.

“Wilders has the right to make his movie but he has not permission to use my drawing,” Mr Westergaard told Denmark’s TV2.

“This has nothing to do with freedom of speech,” he said. “I will not accept my cartoon being taken out of its original context and used in a completely different one.”

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Just a side note, we usually don’t accept our holy book being taken out of its original context and used in a completely different one either.

Anyhoo, I can’t help smiling over this. Who needs violence, murder, and burning flags and embassies when the idiots can smash each others’ heads in on their own? In fact, all these people deserve is getting ignored. Soon enough, their works will end up right where they belong, on the manure heap of literary history, and the most basic mistake one can do is giving them any publicity at all.

I’ll be following this brawl though, it’s simply too hilarious to be ignored :)

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An ode to hypocrisy II

The Canadian Foreign Ministry is starring in an episode of crippling hypocrisy, along with its American and Israeli counterparts:

Canada FM regrets ‘torture list’

The Canadian foreign minister has apologised for including the US and Israel on a list of states where prisoners are at risk of torture.

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Maxime Bernier said the list, which formed part of a manual on torture awareness given to diplomats, “wrongly includes some of our closest allies”.

Mr Bernier insisted the manual was not a policy document and did not convey the official views of his government.

The listing was criticised by the US and Israel, who demanded it be changed.

You don’t say! It gets even better:

“We find it to be offensive for us to be on the same list with countries like Iran and China. Quite frankly it’s absurd,” said the US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins.

Quite frankly, it’s absurd you find this offensive mate. I mean when the US Government acknowledges that prisoners have been tortured in its detention centres and Palestinian testimonies of being tortured by Israeli interrogators come up, sometimes numbering up to hundreds and thousands of people, then don’t get all whiny when you end up on the Governments-that-torture-their-prisoners lists.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Ottawa, Michael Mendel, said the Israeli Supreme Court was “on record as expressly prohibiting any type of torture”.

“If Israel is included in the list in question, the ambassador of Israel would expect its removal,” he added.

If the law is there, why isn’t it being enforced? What use are even the best laws of a country when the Government’s forces themselves aren’t abiding by them? If the righteousness of a government is judged by the laws written on paper, and not whether they are enforced or not, then Egypt for one would have one of the most correct governments on the planet.

‘Reviewed and rewritten’

In a statement on Saturday, Mr Bernier said he regretted the embarrassment caused by the public disclosure of the list and promised it would be changed to reflect the Canadian government’s official position.

“It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies. I have directed that the manual be reviewed and rewritten,” he said.

“The manual is neither a policy document nor a statement of policy. As such, it does not convey the government’s views or positions.”

The manual lists US interrogation techniques such as forced nudity, isolation, sleep deprivation and the blindfolding of prisoners under its “definition of torture”. (<– If my memory doesn’t fail me, there was something involving wooden planks and lots of liquid. Or maybe I’m just hallucinating – ed.)

It also refers to the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, where a Canadian man, Omar Khadr, is being held. Critics say it ridicules Ottawa’s claims that he is not being mistreated.

Other countries on the watch list include Afghanistan, China, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

The document was mistakenly provided to the human rights group, Amnesty International, as part of a court case it is bringing against the Canadian government over the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan.

The torture awareness course was introduced after Ottawa was strongly criticised for its handling of the case of a Canadian who was deported from the US to Syria in 2002.

Syrian-born Maher Arar, who was accused of being an al-Qaeda member, has said he was tortured during the 10 months he was detained in a prison in Damascus. An inquiry exonerated him of any links to terrorist groups in 2006.

Let me state pre-emptively: This is NOT meant to blame Americans or Israelis for this kind of stupidity. This is only meant to show what kind of hypocrites are running the governments, who think they can get away with just about anything, so spare me the trouble of reading lame accusations of being an “American hater” or “Anti-semite”. The bottom line:

Prisoner torture is terrible, regardless of where on Earth it’s being committed. And this includes but is not restricted to the US and Israel. End of story.

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Idiocy and Iraqi New Year

The folks at LGF are at it again with their fanatical troop-worship, thanking them with almost tearful eyes for bringing joy into Iraq (heh..) and for the first New Years Party in Baghdad in years. (If the link is broken or directs you to something else, just copy the address and paste it into a new window.)

I asked myself though: How ignorant and/or mentally impaired do you have to be in order to NOT see that this was the first one since the illegal invasion actually started?

BAGHDAD – It was something not seen in Baghdad since before the 2003 invasion — people publicly welcoming a new year with singing, dancing and general revelry

The ballrooms of two landmark hotels — the Palestine and the Sheraton — were full of people for the first New Year’s Eve celebrations after four years of violence that has bloodied Iraq.

Interesting. Up to 2003 people were still celebrating New Years, then SOMETHING must have happened *scratches head*. Wait, it must have been those sneaky Islamofascistcommieliberalnazienvironmentalist insurgents! It’s entirely their fault, and definitely nothing else in the whole wide world! The poor angels of the coalition forces just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!
But .. How were people celebrating in 2003? And what was (and still is) their main concern? Read this article. Something clearly doesn’t add up here.

Sarcasm aside, one should ask himself how welcome the American troops in Iraq are. Maybe it’s obvious once you look at how a few of them have been spreading their love to the Iraqi people that supposedly owe them everything and stuff..
If you’re still not convinced, what if China decided to “liberate” the US of A and free it from the lying and tyrannical government that doesn’t do what its people want? Would they still be welcome there, despite everything?

For the sake of simplicity: Iraqis. Don’t. Want. Americans. On. Their. Soil.

What the supposedly perfect troops have succeeded in doing is toppling the only guy who managed to maintain some stability in this already artificial country, regardless of how evil he was. And to add insult to injury, they dissolved the existing Iraqi army, probably _the_ biggest mistake they could ever do. Those troops will do almost anything for decent wages, including collaborating with the coalition forces, and would probably have helped prevent this whole mess. But the country had already gone from bad to worse, courtesy of Chimpy and Co.

Happy new Year, American crusaders troops. Iraq really loves you. As for the sheep squad at Little Green Footballs, thanks for the laughs. Glad to be a thorn in your sides, either here or at LGF Watch.

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An ode to hypocrisy

No lyrical homage to double standards here, however this will probably make you laugh:
Maori activists from New Zealand are caught after engaging in militant activities and threatening violence against the white population, and yet they don’t get charged as terrorists.

New Zealand’s solicitor-general has ruled that 12 environmental activists arrested last month cannot be charged under anti-terrorism laws.

David Collins said the 2002 legislation was “unnecessarily complex, incoherent” and almost impossible to apply.

The men, mainly Maori, were arrested in raids on both North and South Island on suspicion of planning a violent campaign against the white majority.

The men still face possible charges of illegal use and possession of weapons.
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On Thursday, New Zealand’s top legal official announced the arrested activists would not face terror-related charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act, the first time the 2002 law would have been applied.

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Though the police had good reason to investigate the alleged weapons training activity, Mr Collins said the evidence did not meet the criteria outlined in the law.

The article doesn’t state exactly what criteria these people didn’t meet in order to get prosecuted. So I’ll make in a wild assumption, and for all I care, call me a bloody cynic if you want:
They probably didn’t have the right religion or background in order to be qualify as real terrorists.

No seriously, do you really think they’d have gotten off that easy if they were Mid-Eastern or Muslim? I’d swallow my left sock if they would.

“I have concluded the legislation is unnecessarily complex, incoherent, and, as a result, almost impossible to apply to the domestic circumstances observed by the police in this case,” he said.

Mr Collins said he had advised the police that he would be “unable to authorise the prosecutions”.

So tell me Mr Collins, were they spared the terrorism charges because of a lack of evidence? Hardly..

However, he said the police could continue to prosecute the 12 activists, along with five others also detained in the raids, for alleged illegal possession and use of firearms and other weapons.

Police said they had seized guns, ammunition and homemade napalm bombs at military-style training camps and intercepted text messages suggesting at least one of those arrested planned to mount a war on white people.

And from another article:

Media reports said the raids came after months of work by anti-terror police, with evidence gathered from hundreds of hours of recordings from bugged conversations, video surveillance, and tapped mobile phone calls and text messages.

One of the videos reportedly showed a military-style training exercise with live ammunition being fired in mountainous terrain.

So let me get this straight. You catch a bunch of people with their pants down as they possess illegal weapons, are firing live ammunition at a “Military-Style Training Camp” they set up (sounds familiar, doesn’t it..), sending threats over messages of committing violence against white people, very similar to what you see from modern urban terrorists from Mid-Eastern origin, and you just CLEAR these of terrorist charges and treat them as common criminals instead? What the hell?!
Am I the only one seeing a double standard here?

This post is not intended to put down the Maori People, whom I so far know next to nothing about, and am sure they have nothing to do with terrorism. But from the side of the police and prosecuters there are clearly a few hypocrites in charge of the laws that are supposed to stop ALL kinds of terrorism, and not only that one type that is supposedly monopolizing the market (as people have been misled to believe). If all cases like this are being handled in such a lax way, then it’s no wonder that this impression is spreading among the population.

To cut a long rant short: Please, governments of the world, we can somehow put up with the ridiculous scrutiny that you put us through, but if you’re going to be so tough with putting your anti-terror laws into effect, then at least be a bit more balanced and show some kind of God-damn consistency while you’re at it.

The Sphinx



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