I am going to start with the second post because the second post
((and I feel kind of guilty fisking the huffinstuff post…but not guilty enough to stop))
A series of cartoons appearing in the Tunisian newspaper al Arabiya that lampooned Vice President Dick Cheney and his hunting victim Harry Whittington brought a violent reaction in several affluent American communities today. The cartoons, drawn by well-known Tunisian artists and done “just for fun,” said al Arabiya editor Salaam Bourguiba, depicted Cheney as the Great Satan, as a menacing warmonger carrying weapons of mass destruction, and as scowling, bald, heavyset man with a shotgun.
Ok lets start first with the Numerous things that are wrong here.
Dick Cheney to rich (white) people is the same as the Prophet Muhammad is to Muslims. You see I am trying to think of a world where that conforms to some standard of comedy and I am pulling a blank.
Second on the offense-o-meter here is compairing terrorism and Islamic flavored violence to just shooting a man. I am sure that goes to show the political left’s seriousness on Anti-Terrorism
Now for the Inaccuracies….. Al-Arabiya is in fact a news channel out of Dubai. now when i googled “Newspapers in Tunisia” here is a result i got.
You see had it been an actual newspaper in Tunisia (which really doesn’t apply as the state has control of the media…. but this joke is already off the rails anyway) It would have at least been worthy of ignoring. A search for Salaam Bourguiba comes up with nothing… and here again as a comedic norm we are really lacking something. If the parody is going to be one without an obvious slam dunk known name then the name needs to be totally absurd.
Whittington was wearing a burkha in one cartoon, and portrayed as an angelic, innocent bystander in the others.
This part here I am scratching my head on.
The first appearance of the cartoons in the West was in The Drudge Report. Within an hour, said Darien Mayor Charles Osgood Wellborne, ‘The Starbucks, Neiman Marcus and Elizabeth Arden were buzzing. It didn’t take long for people to take to the streets.” Outraged matrons blocked off Connecticut Avenue in Darien with a group of Range Rovers, Porche Cayennes and Lexus RX 400s, and began to burn figures of Arabs and Howard Dean in effigy. Soon, businesses had their windows broken and a fire broke out in the Manolo Blahnik store. “It was a nightmare,” said Blahnik store manager Manuel Puentes. “These women can be tough, especially if you tell them they are size seven when they think they are five. But this was different–it was like they were possessed.” It took thirty Darien police officers, with help from nearby Greenwich, to quell the riot. Six people were hospitalized and seventeen arrested.
Ok now then…. Picking the Drudge report from the start so we again go with the “all rich people are conservative” meme…
Next for one of his “rich” people he throws in a name like Charles Osgood Wellborne… not waspy enough to go along with the rest of the joke. And its sad when some one can’t even fully commit to their own concept like this. and of course the double meaning of Wellborne goes into the wonderful leftist critic of how only the rich get to be rich….
Now Neimen Marcus and Elizabeth Arden… they actually have some stuff middle class folks can buy that are in their price range but -for the most part- is upper crusty so I’ll let him get away with that one. But Starbucks….Starbucks due to its almost viral buisness model infects every level of the social strata. Now if he came up with a more trendy kind of coffee shop name it i think would have added to the believability of this bit.
Now then we go into the part that just has me scratching my head. Burning Arabs and Howard Dean in effigy… you see I am not sure how he puts Howard Dean into this. So are conservatives republicans as violent and unhinged as radical muslim extremists? clearly not so…. Bringing Howard Dean in is again really bad commitment to the theme.
Now the Manolo Blahnik store (I am guessing this is a shoe store…)he does a great job by having it be a hispanic who is the “voice of reason” and is the “middle class” person in the whole story. But we have him making a Al Bundy like comment so is he trying to throw in some anti-feminism in this piece? or is he trying to paint the rich folks as unreasonable… it could be either way and he really doesn’t give me enough material to really work with on that.
And this town we now find out is either in Connetticut or New York… so here you have me head scratching again as those areas mostly vote for Democrats. You’d probably have done better casting this as rich folks in Texas or Florida. At least then their are better odds on the matter.
An eerily similar scene occurred in affluent Detroit suburb Grosse Pointe, with the main difference being that the cars used to block the streets in the shopping district were Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators. But Detroit police, called in for help, were able to use their experience from riots and arson after major sporting events and on Halloween, to stop the violence before it caused more substantial damage. However, seven middle-aged women suffered injuries ranging from serious contusions to broken bones, while a senior executive with the Ford Motor Company had to be hospitalized with a mild heart attack after a policeman sprayed Mace on him when he refused to drop a rock. Disturbances and some property damage were also reported in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Potomac, Maryland, and two suburbs of Houston, Texas.
Now here of course again we really seem to lose our material point of origin. In the Muslim riots in the middle east people died right left and center…so here by not having as much violence he again really isn’t committing to his material.
Also he really uses awkward grammer (and if you’ve read this blog you know I am not a big grammerian) for listing his cities.
Now as for the cars in Grosse Point… I don’t know Grosse point but those cars are all part of the hip-hop star life style so that seems to break off from his main point and are the elite in SUV’s from a domestic car brand… shouldn’t these folks be driving the Benz equivilenth? or a Rover? again I don’t think he is willing to commit to his theme.
In Washington, a group of nearly fifty protestors led by Ann Coulter chained themselves to the fence in front of the Tunisian Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. Police had to use wirecutters to remove them, and needed to drag the protestors, who fell to the ground and refused to leave, to waiting police wagons. “This is not the end of it,” vowed Coulter at her arraignment. “We will not let this outrageous blasphemy stand. The honor of the Vice President will be restored.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 223.7 points after the news of the riots reached Wall Street.
Now again here he pulls back. In the Middle East these riots lead to burning of embassys not the far end of legitimate protest…
and Ann Coulter…why the heck throw Ann Coulter into here? I mean with the theme you are going with you should have governors or members of congress… Ann Coulter just really doesn’t work with the material.
And in blasphemy you seem to be making Dick divine… but really the closest to divinity he gets is in well being demonized.
But some folks liked this stuff… and lets get some samples of their unhingedness befor moving on to the other imbalanced post about Dick Cheney.
LOL. We should observe the tradition of not depicting The Great Snearing One, or his underling The Less Great But More Vacuous One, in images for 2 reason:
a. It might create a cult of personality.
b. It might scare the children.
Posted by: kt on February 17, 2006 at 06:30pm
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Great!! Maybe a hunger strike…it would help them fit into the latest spring/summer fashions.
I would actually love to see Ann Coulter put herself on the line, body and soul for a cause. I don’t think it’s happened yet. Cindy Sheehan has more nobility in her little pinky than Ann.
Posted by: rini on February 18, 2006 at 10:28am
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now I will say on this post I do like -one- of the comments
Norm, I was in Grosse Pointe defending the honor of “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Depicted”, but split when I learned that the Tunesians weren’t really making fun of Elmer Fudd.
Posted by: unqlefungus on February 18, 2006 at 02:50am
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You see he is making a lovecraftian joke about Cheney… at least he is really committing in a solid way which you have to appreciate
So we started with the HuffiBuffidigerydo post trying to be funny… but sadly they don’t always try to be funny with results that are also -sadly- not to different.
I’m a sucker for a mythic downfall. I cannot get enough of Gods falling from their thrones and tumbling, like scarred dice, to the flames of ignobility.
And, I gotta say, it couldn’t happen to a vicer guy. Dick Cheney makes Spiro Agnew look like Mother Teresa.
Ok. Lets review kids M’kay
Spiro Agnew: Cheated on his taxes
Dick Cheney: Accidently shot a guy in the face
hmmm yes these things seem similar
but on to the third person in her analogy
Mother Teresa:”Allegedly” Supported the dictatorial policies of Indra Gandhi, allegedly was stingy with the money ment for the aid of the suffering and needy while using her famous piety to get more money. Baptisizing dead people without giving them an informed choice -which in the eyes of the church made it meaningless-,promoting a cult of suffering because it was “godly”, how a single Assembly of god home took care of more people in their one mission house in Calcutta then all of Mother Teresa’s combined, providing substandard medical care, and letting the Vatican run her checkbook even if the money was donated to people for charitable needs.
I really don’t like to say it but based just on the allegations alone (the sane allegations..not the ones that have Dick Cheney eatting a live puppy) He is more moral then Mother Teresa and Spiro Agnew.
I wouldn’t be entirely candid if I didn’t admit I have also become fascinated by the conspiratorial and sexual-innuendo aspect of this disgrace.
Wait… Sexual innuendo? Can some one explain that to me?
Howard Dean gets the Ouija Board Medal for his remarkable prescience, only hours before the story broke, when he said on TV that Dick Cheney was just like Aaron Burr. And he said it without peanut butter in his mouth, too. Dean was referring to the report this week that Cheney “authorized” Libby to leak classified information. But clearly, Howard intuited more.
now we got to give her credit for refrencing the Aaron Burr milk commercial because its pretty funny…. But SADLY Howard Dean in mentioning Aaron Burr gets things all wrong.
Lets start off with the shenanigins of Aaron Burr…those happened AFTER he was Vice President. Not during his Vice Presidency. And to those same folks who got all in a Tizzy when Cheney told Pat Lehay to go F*** himself lets compaire that to Aaron Burr
Upon confirmation of Jefferson’s election, Burr became Vice President of the United States. His fair and judicial manner as president of the Senate, recognized even by his bitterest enemies, fostered traditions in regard to that position. However, Burr’s refusal to yield the victory to Jefferson, as he had promised, cost him the trust of his own party and that of Jefferson: for the rest of the administration, Burr remained an outsider.
Ok so Cheney is a better VP then Burr because (obviously) his party likes him, But Burr is a better VP then Cheney in a doing his job role as President of the Senate.
But thats not what Loud Howie was refering to.
After the expiration of his term as Vice President on March 4, 1805, broken in fortune and virtually an exile from New York and New Jersey, Burr fled to Philadelphia. There he met Jonathan Dayton, with whom he is alleged to have formed a conspiracy, the goal of which is still somewhat unclear. At its grandest, the plan may have been for Burr to make a massive new nation in the west, forged from conquered provinces of Mexico and territory west of the Appalachian Mountains. Burr was to have been the leader of this Southwestern republic. Burr’s detractors claim that it was his dream to create a Latin American empire that could control much of the farms and commerce of North America. Had he succeeded, the United States could have fallen into a full-scale civil war.
Now Burr did beat these charges in a trial but was a broken man.
Conspiring to form your own government and destroy the United States from its border…still far worse then anything Dick Cheney has been accused of.
So Loud Howard not knowing about US history… SHOCKING.
Leftist eating it Up…SHOCKING
So what do they have in common?
Aaron Burr and Dick Cheney both shot some one.
However under the norms and conventions of the day Aaron Burr didn’t -HAVE- to shoot Alexander Hamilton. He just choose to do so. He did so with a Bullet
And Dick Cheney accidentally shot some one and he did so with Bird Shot
So really even the fact they both shot some one isn’t really all that similar now is it.
now she goes off into HARD CORE TINFOIL HAT area:
Yet the weirdest part is still to come. Fasten your gun clips, ladeez and gents!
Several years ago a woman named Cathy O’Brien published an “autobiography” in which she said she had been a victim of a sinister mind control game performed by the CIA, in which she was turned into the sex slave and torture victim of every major player in the White House.
In her torrid “confessions,” Cathy described a scene that seems all too realistic after last weekend’s revelations on the Armstrong Ranch!
“Dick Cheney had an apparent addiction to the “thrill of the sport.” He appeared obsessed with playing A Most Dangerous Game as a means of traumatizing mind control victims, as well as to satisfy his own perverse sexual kinks.
“My introduction to the game occurred upon arrival at the hunting lodge near Greybull, Wyoming, and it physically and psychologically devastated me. I was sufficiently traumatized for Cheney’s programming, as I stood naked in his hunting lodge office after being hunted down and caught.
“Cheney was talking as he paced around me, ‘I could stuff you and mount you like a jackalope and call you a two-legged dear. Or I could stuff you with this (he unzipped his pants to reveal his oversized penis) right down your throat, and then mount you. Which do you prefer?'”
AIYEEEEE! Mommy, make the bad man go away!
Now you see here I got to scratch my head… is this like a joke, does she believe it… I don’t know and thats when I really begin to question the sanity of the folks writing this stuff.
I keep hoping the White House Mob is going to stage an intervention with Cheney, the way The Sopranos crew did when “made man” Christopher Moltisanti became strung out on drugs, booze, violence, and denial.
Remember how gravel-voiced capo Paulie walked up to Chrissie, and grabs him by the scruff of his shirt? “You’re WEAK, you’re OUT OF CONTROL, and you’re an EMBARRASSMENT to the organization.”
Tell it, sistah!
What is YOUR most far-out, perverse, psychic reading into this whole affair? Let’s call Howard and have a séance!
and it just ends utterly incoherently.
now we have some nuts from the nutpatch here to show how crazy they are
Susie – Cheney’s deal isn’t about sex, it’s about POWER and CONTROL.
If you could get close to him and observe the people around him, and Bush, you would see a fawning court of sycophants perpetually drunk on the Kool-aid the bosses are ladling out.
The shooting incident is further proof of the infallibility that both Bush and Cheney assume is theirs – it’s from that well that their loyalty-measured followers drink with belief in place of thinking for themselves.
BushCo and crowd are a modern political cult. It’s not about transparency or ethics or morals or even law with them, it’s about them always ‘winning’ (ie – ‘being right’) no matter what the circumstances – and they routinely use ‘plausible’ words meaninglessly to preclude or paper-over judgment from others – they can never be wrong, they can never say they are ‘sorry.’
Welcome to the Police State in the making. There will be us (the common people), the loyalty-swearing public safety/military/corporate class (the priviledged people), and the elite class (the entitled people).
Make peace with no civil liberties, my fellow Americans. The dream is over.
Posted by: radiofreewill on February 17, 2006 at 11:34pm
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and one person seemed to be actually SANE in this thread… I am sure Ariannnnnnnaaaaa will probably be banning this person some time soon.
Shooting someone accidentally is a horrible life changing experience with gut wrenching consequences for years to come. Perhaps now Cheney can begin to understand how you can be for America but against war.
Posted by: guitarsandmore on February 18, 2006 at 01:57am
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I know, that probably happened to you, too!
Now I’ve made fun of these folk… but lets see who they are. First the guy who wrote Cheney-as-Muhammad
Norman J. Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News. In addition, Ornstein writes for USA Today as a member of its Board of Contributors and writes a weekly column called “Congress Inside Out” for Roll Call newspaper. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other major publications, and regularly appears on television programs like The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose. He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that our institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington; his efforts in this area are recounted in a profile of him in the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly. His campaign finance working group of scholars and practitioners helped shape the major law, known as McCain/Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. Legal Times referred to him as “a principal drafter of the law” and his role in its design and enactment was profiled in the February 2004 issue of Washington Lawyer. He is also co-directing a multi-year effort, called the Transition to Governing Project, to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Campaign Legal Center and of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, both with Thomas E. Mann; and Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It, with John H. Makin.
I differentiated the things here that show how this man is truely frightening…his opinion is actually respected in the halls of power.
The second one is less cary (thankfully so)
Susie Bright writes about sex and politics every day on susiebright.blogs.com. Her bestselling audio show, “In Bed With Susie Bright,” airs every week at audible.com/susie.
Susie is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Best American Erotica series, Herotica, Full Exposure, and The Sexual State of Union. Her latest book is Mommy’s Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie.
This is your moment of unhinged leftists….GO WILD