Sunday, May 10, 2009

Nuggets from the News

A Man Is Measured by His Enemies. In an address in the Al-Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan, Pope Benedict disappointed Muslim leaders by failing to touch his forehead to the floor for remarks he made about Islam back in 2006. "We wanted him to clearly apologise," said Sheikh Yusef Abu Hussein, mufti of Karak, setting a classic example of what it means to forgive and forget. "What the pope said (in 2006) about the Prophet Mohammed is untrue. Islam did not spread through the power of sword. It's a religion of tolerance and faith," the mufti continued, barely managing to keep a straight face.

And the Saudi Judge Gives No Help to the Mufti. It's okay to slap your wife as a punishment for overspending, says Jeddah judge Hamad al-Razine. I guess there are some things the Religion of Peace and Tolerance just won't tolerate.

Liberal "Compassion." At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Barack Obama laughs at alleged comedienne Wanda Sykes' vicious jokes about Rush Limbaugh, in which she says (a) he was the 20th hijacker on 9/11, but he was too loaded on Oxycontin to make the trip, and (b) she hopes his kidneys fail. This in an age when merely to mention B. Hussein Obama's middle name is considered "hate speech."

The Sheepification of America. Los Angeles' anonymous citywide gun buyback was so successful that it only took two hours for city officials to run out of the cheap crap they were doling out as "compensation" for renouncing a constitutionally protected ownership right. Some people went ahead and turned in their guns, even though they got nothing for them. Police reported that it was mostly little old ladies and people who looked like decent citizens who turned in their guns, thereby making Los Angeles a safer place for thugs and gang bangers.

Thanks, But No Thanks. Susan Boyle, the shock of a lifetime for the dismayingly large number of people in the world who judge strictly based on appearances, turned down an invitation to dine with Barack Obama at the aforementioned White House Correspondents' Dinner. An unnamed "source" claims she turned down the invite because she would have been "too nervous," although she "loves" President Obama and dreams of singing for him one day. This could be true; or maybe she is being diplomatic. Or, perhaps a lifetime as a book that is judged strictly by its cover has taught her not to be deceived by slick packaging. Plus, could be she has just never developed a taste for such low company as was evidently on parade at the event she was fortunate enough to miss.


  1. Oh, the gang-bangers turned in guns. too . . . ones they have no use for. Villaraigosa, like many big-city mayors, is clueless. But I'm sure he feels Really Good about what he's done!

  2. Thanks for the post - I like your sense of humour!

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