Monday Reads: Charlie Hebdo and Fashionable Faux and Haute Outrage

images (1)Good Morning!

It’s one of those days where I feel that there is absolutely no news out there I want to share.   I’m more than a  bit irritated by the way the Charlie Hebdo attacks are being blithely used by some to try to score faux outrage points.  I’m also equally mad that it now appears to be an attention-grabbing gimmick  for the rich and banal.

The first thing to piss me off is that wingnuts are griping about our President not dropping everything to attend a French rally.  I am really getting tired of every single thing being turned into an opportunity for racists to attack Obama.


This is the photo op that Obama was supposed to show up for.

France is in the EuroZone.  This means the level of cooperation between European states is akin to New York’s relationship with Louisiana on many many levels. Some of its former colonies were also in attendance at the rally as was Bibi since the second attack killed and injured Israelis. The colonial nations are connected by language and much more.  A rally isn’t a normal thing for any of head of state to attend unless a leader or head of state is part of the entity.  I’d like to think it’s just about stupid Americans not having much of a clue about European Unification and the Colonial Age, but really it seems just another crazed meme from the pissed off red state hicks still longing for white hegemony.  For example, CNN has really gone down the crapper to join in on this.

The heads of Great Britain, Germany and Israel were there.

But President Barack Obama didn’t attend a unity march in Paris on Sunday, days after the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Nor did his secretary of state, John Kerry, who has deep ties to France.

Kerry was in India, attending an entrepreneurship summit with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi — with whom the United States is hoping to develop much closer trade ties.

Instead, the United States was represented by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.

Attorney General Eric Holder was also in Paris, attending a security summit on combating terrorism. He recorded interviews that appeared on several U.S. news outlets Sunday, but was not spotted at the unity march.

No one from the administration would speak on record about the U.S. representation at the march.

“Attorney General Holder — a Cabinet level official — is representing the United States at the security meetings in Paris today. He is joined by the DHS Deputy Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas. The United States is represented at the march by Ambassador Hartley,” a senior Obama administration official said.

An administration official added: “As far as public signs of French solidarity from the U.S. — don’t forget several public statements from the President, his call to [French President Francois] Hollande and a condolence stop to the French embassy.”

Beyond that, the official said “all relevant components” of the U.S. government have been aiding their French counterparts, in some cases on “essentially a minute-by-minute basis to support their efforts.”

On Sunday night, a White House official who also asked not to be named added: “It is worth noting that the security requirements for both the President and (Vice President) can be distracting from events like this – for once this event is not about us!” The official did not address how other prominent world leaders were able to work around the security requirements.

How on earth would France even prepare for a presidential visit on such short notice? Well, anyway, most of the leaders were within an hour plane hop of Paris with the exception of a few middle eastern and African countries and they don’t require massive security.images (2)

On that note, I’m particularly pissed that we can still get all in a hissy about religious extremists practicing Islam that go on killing sprees when we ignore white Christian extremists.  Then, we give Israel repeated passes on its war crimes against the Palestinian territories which should be a Palestinian state by now.  It’s selective Faux Outrage.  Did the entire world come over to us and rally when our home grown terrorists created horrific killing events?  Or, did everyone just write it off as the usual few crazed Americans.  Why do right wing christian terrorists get labeled crazed loners?

The deal is that any kind of mass killing is rare in France because France doesn’t allow its citizenry to run about the place with semiautomatic weapons as a general rule. Over here, white men go on killing sprees all the time and we’re lucky if any one notices.  France also treats its transplants rather well instead, of continually telling them they don’t want them.  Here’s three of the top ten Homegrown Terrorist Attacks in the US from a list of 10.

When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.

Below are 10 of the worst examples of non-Islamic terrorism that have occurred in the United States in the last 30 years.

1. Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug. 5, 2012. The virulent, neocon-fueled Islamophobia that has plagued post-9/11 America has not only posed a threat to Muslims, it has had deadly consequences for people of other faiths, including Sikhs. Sikhs are not Muslims; the traditional Sikh attire, including their turbans, is different from traditional Sunni, Shiite or Sufi attire. But to a racist, a bearded Sikh looks like a Muslim. Only four days after 9/11, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh immigrant from India who owned a gas station in Mesa, Arizona, was murdered by Frank Silva Roque, a racist who obviously mistook him for a Muslim.

But Sodhi’s murder was not the last example of anti-Sikh violence in post-9/11 America. On Aug. 5, 2012, white supremacist Wade Michael Page used a semiautomatic weapon to murder six people during an attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page’s connection to the white supremacist movement was well-documented: he had been a member of the neo-Nazi rock bands End Empathy and Definite Hate. Attorney General Eric Holder described the attack as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred.” It was good to see the nation’s top cop acknowledge that terrorist acts can, in fact, involve white males murdering people of color.

2. The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009. Imagine that a physician had been the victim of an attempted assassination by an Islamic jihadist in 1993, and received numerous death threats from al-Qaeda after that, before being murdered by an al-Qaeda member. Neocons, Fox News and the Christian Right would have had a field day. A physician was the victim of a terrorist killing that day, but neither the terrorist nor the people who inflamed the terrorist were Muslims. Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed by anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder on May 31, 2009, was a victim of Christian Right terrorism, not al-Qaeda.

Tiller had a long history of being targeted for violence by Christian Right terrorists. In 1986, his clinic was firebombed. Then, in 1993, Tiller was shot five times by female Christian Right terrorist Shelly Shannon (now serving time in a federal prison) but survived that attack. Given that Tiller had been the victim of an attempted murder and received countless death threats after that, Fox News would have done well to avoid fanning the flames of unrest. Instead, Bill O’Reilly repeatedly referred to him as “Tiller the baby killer.” When Roeder murdered Tiller, O’Reilly condemned the attack but did so in a way that was lukewarm at best.

Keith Olbermann called O’Reilly out and denounced him as a “facilitator for domestic terrorism” and a “blindly irresponsible man.” And Crazy for God author Frank Schaffer, who was formerly a figure on the Christian Right but has since become critical of that movement, asserted that the Christian Right’s extreme anti-abortion rhetoric “helped create the climate that made this murder likely to happen.” Neocon Ann Coulter, meanwhile, viewed Tiller’s murder as a source of comic relief, telling O’Reilly, “I don’t really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.” The Republican/neocon double standard when it comes to terrorism is obvious. At Fox News and AM neocon talk radio, Islamic terrorism is a source of nonstop fear-mongering, while Christian Right terrorism gets a pass.

3. Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 27, 2008. On July 27, 2008, Christian Right sympathizer Jim David Adkisson walked into the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee during a children’s play and began shooting people at random. Two were killed, while seven others were injured but survived. Adkisson said he was motivated by a hatred of liberals, Democrats and gays, and he considered neocon Bernard Goldberg’s book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, his political manifesto. Adkisson (who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and is now serving life in prison without parole) was vehemently anti-abortion, but apparently committing an act of terrorism during a children’s play was good ol’ Republican family values. While Adkisson’s act of terrorism was reported on Fox News, it didn’t get the round-the-clock coverage an act of Islamic terrorism would have garnered.

Go to the link to read the rest.

I’m just getting tired of Faux news and Faux outrage and selective attention.  But, I’m not the only one.  Here’s a Dutch Cartoonist that works at Charlie Hebdo.

A prominent Dutch cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo heaped scorn on the French satirical weekly’s “new friends” since the massacre at its Paris offices on Wednesday.

“We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” Bernard Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem, told the Dutch centre-left daily Volkskrant in an interview published Saturday.

France’s far-right National Front leader “Marine Le Pen is delighted when the Islamists start shooting all over the place,” said Willem, 73, a longtime Paris resident who also draws for the French leftist daily Liberation.

He added: “We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”

Commenting on the global outpouring of support for the weekly, Willem scoffed: “They’ve never seen Charlie Hebdo.”

“A few years ago, thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan to demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo. They didn’t know what it was. Now it’s the opposite, but if people are protesting to defend freedom of speech, naturally that’s a good thing.”

helen-mirren-je-suis-charlieExactly.  No more was this “fashionable” side of protest noticeable than at the Golden Globes where “Je Suis Charlie” signs were as rampant on the red carpet as haute couture. Call it Haute Outage.  Nothing says poseur like holding a protest sign at an event designed to make Big Hollywood feel like they’re relevant to anything but the bread and circuses that entertain Fox Nation when they’re not glued to ESPN.

George Clooney led the Hollywood charge at Sunday’s Golden Globes lending public support to Charlie Hebdo, the satirical Parisian newspaper attacked last week by armed gunmen. The Cecil B. DeMille Award winner walked the red carpet with a black and white “Je Suis Charlie” button on his tux, while wife Amal Alamuddin wore a Charlie Hebdo tribute on her purse.

Elsewhere on the carpet ahead of tonight’s televised ceremony, other celebrities took up the Charlie Hebdo banner.

Clooney tonight receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In an open letter penned today, Harvey Weinstein called for tonight’s Globes attendees to remember those killed in the January 7 attack: “Charlie Hebdo is a reminder of the beauty of art and the beauty of language. No one can ever defeat the ability of great artists to show us our world.”

More updates on Hollywood’s solidarity with Charlie Hebdo as they come…

Raise your hand if you think any of these folks even knew what Charlie Hebdo was prior to this.

0,,18016946_303,00It’s one thing to be in solidarity with humanity suffering but it’s a completely different thing to do this only at one instance of slaughter while not noticing that a day later THIS HAPPENED: 

At least 19 people are reported to have been killed when militants strapped a bomb to a girl estimated to have been about 10 years old and sent her into a crowded poultry market in Maiduguri in Borno State.

Read that and ask yourselves why I had to pull that story off of an African news site.  Boko Harum insurgents most likely killed 2000 people in a small village in Nigeria  filled with old people and children.  The only mainstream site that I’ve found reporting these massive terror attacks is MSNBC and Melissa Harris Perry. Where the fuck is the outrage on that?

Believe me, I find the Charlie Hebdo killings horrible. And, so do most Muslims, which is another freaking faux meme that keeps floating around when these things happen.  So, Benjamin Netanyahu goes to a rally to bring attention to the shootings.  But what about this? And so I also say fuck off to all those racists that say that no Muslims of any stature condemn religious extremism.

 Hezbollah leader on Charlie Hebdo: ‘Extremists more offensive to Islam than cartoons’.

Islamic extremists following a ‘takfiri’ ideology are more offensive to the Prophet Mohammed than Western satirical cartoons, chief of the Lebanese military faction Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah, said following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

“The behavior of the takfiri groups that claim to follow Islam have distorted Islam, the Koran and the Muslim nation more than Islam’s enemies … who insulted the prophet in films… or drew cartoons of the prophet,” the Hezbollah leader said in a televised speech to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Militant Islam practices a ‘takfiri’ doctrine that allows it to brand other Muslims apostates for allegedly going against the faith’s true teachings.

A tragic attack on Wednesday took the lives of 12 people, when armed gunmen stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, prompting a citywide manhunt. The magazine had printed cartoons that mocked the Prophet.

Nasrallah went on to say that “Takfiris are the biggest threat to Islam, as a religion [and] as a message.”

images (3)I hate it when the mainstream media and the popstars of the world get selective on us when it comes to loss of life and to the definition of terror.  Not one child that died in Nigeria of the thousands last week deserves any less media attention and less fashion statements at a televised Hollywood onanist event. Really.

I don’t care if my President attends a rally.  I want him to find a way to stop Boko Harum.  I don’t want my Secretary of State at a Rally.  I want him finding a way to an independent Palestinian state that’s safe from invasion and not treated like a personal gulag.  Joe Biden, well, meh.  Send him.  But frankly, I think it was far more personal for the President to go the French Consul and express condolences  to the French Ambassador and to the People of French in the pages of their book.   I don’t want Faux and Haute Outrage.  I want effective national policy to control our home grown terrorists in the same way the French will be searching for their policies.

There I go getting radical again.  But, today, I am not Charlie.  

Today, I am that 10 year old girl that was used as a human bomb to kill others that no one noticed.  She was probably one of the girls stolen from her school that every one’s now forgotten.  If not, she is still one of “our girls”. There should be no lack of outrage or coverage on this but there is only lack of coverage and and silence.

I also will be waiting for the list of christian leaders expressing outrage at the extremist event to be held in Baton Rouge that’s hosted by our Governor on the January 24th.  On that day, I will be every GLBT person that’s died simply because they were born that way. Now if I could just find a red carpet and some paparazzi. 

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

55 Comments on “Monday Reads: Charlie Hebdo and Fashionable Faux and Haute Outrage”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Dak, this post is brilliant and powerful. Thank you for calling out all the faux/haute outrage by people who never heard of Charlie Hebdo until the attack. Meanwhile, two women who claim to be feminists made rape jokes at the Golden Globes and the audience giggled.

    I’m also sick and tired of the constant trolling of Obama. I see no reason why he should have attended a unity rally in France. I don’t recall a lot of European leaders showing up at memorials for the Boston Marathon victims and survivors, no should they have.

    • dakinikat says:

      Thx. It almost organically wrote itself after i started seeing pix from the golden globes. These celebrity journalists and personalities take themselves too damned seriously. Hard to see how you mix these canned responses with genuine outrage for the taking of innocent life.

    • dakinikat says:

      Several people emailed me or mentioned in comments that last night’s episode of 30 Rock, which was the season five premiere, contained a rape joke/scene of rape. I don’t normally watch the show, so I didn’t see it—but I watched the whole episode in its entirely on Hulu this morning, and there was not one, but three rape jokes in it.

      This is Tina Fey’s show.

    • Fannie says:

      Ditto, it is truly spot on! I woke up with this bitterness too. CNN, and Fox News Posse are all out parading about “he wasn’t at the rally”. The rightwing mugufuckers have NO STANDING
      with who showed up and who didn’t, when the mugufuckers didn’t fund homeland security.
      They resort to extortion. Funding for homeland security expires at the end of Feb. They used extortion to revoke Obama’s immigration policies, and attaching their extortion clause to funding. The white rich and powerful bastards of the wingnut party.

      It doesn’t matter if Pres. Obama went or not, either way the mugufuckers would still be criticizing him in a negative manner. They have done since the first day he was in office, while the world has been watching, and they are the ones who have created a distrust of our government. They are out selling distrust. They have used nasty tactics and have resorted to low blows on our President, and the world sees.

      CNN, FOX aren’t paying attention to all the statements of appreciation from many leaders around the world. He came out and condemned the killings, he said we all needed to work to gether. But not, they would rather turn this into another anger and hate fest against our president.

      We have had many problems that President Obama has had to overcome. He has made gains, les we forget Osama and Goddafi. Les we forget what country do have drones that are combatting ISIS, and what country went in and rescued the Christians in the mountains of Turkey? While the violence is spreading, this is a good time to hit the “reset” button, I know damn well Obama is the first at the table, but you know this would piss off the wingnuts, thinking that he would be allowed at that table. And why shouldn’t he, after all just how much money have we given other countries to fight terrorism? Even during our economic hardships in the years, Americans have given to help stop terrorist.

      I too, am that ten year old girl today. I am that ten year old girl today!

      Thank you Dak, you nailed it.

      • dakinikat says:

        Thank you very much.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “It doesn’t matter if Pres. Obama went or not, either way the mugufuckers would still be criticizing him in a negative manner. They have done since the first day he was in office, while the world has been watching, and they are the ones who have created a distrust of our government. They are out selling distrust. They have used nasty tactics and have resorted to low blows on our President, and the world sees”

        So true, Fannie. Nothing Obama does is ever good enough!!! If he had gone they would have criticized him for going to Paris “on the taxpayers dime”. Hell, they resent all the security around him when he’s at home, can you even imagine what they would have said about the security required to protect him in an open march???? He’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Vulture has published Robert Crumb’s cartoon in support of the Charlie Hebdo victims.

    And from The NY Observer, Crumb’s observations about the U.S. media:

    You don’t have journalists over there anymore, what they have is public relations people. That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.

    That is so true.

    • BB, I found this blog post interesting and it sort of touches on that subject: On being “discontinued” | bookconscious

      I tell you I had so many wonderful links saved for the post yesterday, that I am having to track down one by one…hopefully I will be able to put them all together by Wednesday.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s a shame. I don’t use the bookmarks on Chrome. I never could make sense of how to edit them. I know it’s primitive, but I send links to myself via e-mail for posts.

        I read the “Book Conscious” post. How disgusting. The same thing seems to be happening everywhere–asking people to work for no pay or low pay. How long before universities ask adjuncts to work for “personal gratification” instead of lower-than-minimum wage rates?

        • NW Luna says:

          Exactly. I once worked someplace where they wanted me to ask readers to write reviews and send a photo, which would then be published. I pointed out that the company wanted this in order to sell more of its products, so they should at least pay the readers for the film they used (this was back before digital photos). Much faux horror reaction from the boss — customers should want to provide photos because of the “gratification!”

          Adjunct faculty have to work on their own time on research and writing for (possible) publication. Not to mention you don’t get paid for that article or chapter when it is published.

    • Fannie says:

      And a great percentage of them lawyers.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    Excellent post, dak! “Selective outrage” indeed.

    One thing that always has puzzled me is the insistence on wearing “symbols” announcing one’s claims to religious beliefs. I mean those who openly wear skull caps, crucifixes, habibs, and other forms of dress which identifies the wearer’s religious affiliation.

    What I am supposed to make of this? That the wearer is better than the average person by parading around his/her ties to a particular ideology? Why is it so important to make these announcements to the world at large? This act in itself shows a “separatism” that I never quite understood.

    So you practice Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism. So what? What exactly is the “message” I am to take from this? Does it mean that the wearer is extraordinary?

    Perhaps what is missing is an identifier that describes the wearer as one who cares about humanity and the rights of all men instead of publicly declaring their adherence to the unproven.

    A dose of “practice what you preach” may well be in order. Otherwise those symbols you parade around become meaningless

    • dakinikat says:

      Exactly. The better to drive wedges between us and to put some lives above others.

      • Fannie says:

        YES, in so many ways. I noticed that the 10cent politician, Mia Love came out saying it’s time to move on from Steve Scalise, the Klandom rose up, and the Mormon church got thousands and thousands of hits, and likes from other Christians. Even though they are the Christians who think Mormon religion is a cult, even though they are Christians of KKK. They are driving wedges, and are above all, because they are trying to gain POWER.

      • NW Luna says:

        What really ticks me off is when health-care providers wear visible religious symbols at work, especially in a secular hospital setting.

    • dakinikat says:

      Wow. They finally wrote that up this morning.

      • I am so glad you wrote about this. I had saved links about this story from Sat. but lost them all. One of the articles I read stated that the first little girl used as a suicide bomber didn’t even know what was attached to her when she was stopped at the gate. It is horrible.

        • dakinikat says:

          It is awful and very hard to believe. The UN needs to support the local forces trying to deal with these butchers.

          • Pat Johnson says:

            This is outrageous. But I keep harkening back to several months ago when the nation displayed “faux outrage” over the cancellation of “Duck Dynasty” by signing petitions to keep it on the air.

            The core audience went nuts in support of this foolish show yet with the atrocities taking place in Africa the reaction is mostly silence. “Duck Dynasty” lead the news for a few evenings, interviews were sought out, and the public was filmed in the streets demanding its return.

            Given the priorities of most of the mainstream press it is a wonder this Boko Harum story ever found its way in the press at all.

          • Fannie says:

            I hope Pres. Obama and Hillary team against these butchers.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The Guardian has been covering it all along.

        • dakinikat says:

          Good. Our press has been slow. I read that Crumb quote on friday and put it on JJ’s post. It should be quoted in every blog’s banner. We dont have journalists but corporate PR shills.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Adding to the symbolic weight of the demonstrations, more than 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity. But as Reporters Without Borders points out, their policies at home are far from compatible with the solidarity for free speech on display throughout France.

    The organization said Sunday that it was “appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted such as Egypt (which is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in RWB’s press freedom index), Russia (148th), Turkey (154th) and United Arab Emirates (118th).”

    “We must demonstrate our solidarity with Charlie Hebdo without forgetting all the world’s other Charlies,” Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement. “It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home. We must not let predators of press freedom spit on the graves of Charlie Hebdo.”

  5. dakinikat says:

    Angry right’s secret playbook: How it uses a good story to peddle an agenda America hates
    I’m a former right-winger and I know the playbook. Here’s why liberals have to learn to talk big — and play dirty

  6. dakinikat says:

    Nigeria’s Horror in Paris’s Shadow

    As many as a million people, joined by 40 world leaders, filled the streets of Paris on Sunday in solidarity after two separate terrorist attacks claimed 17 innocent lives last week. The day before, more than 3,000 miles to the south, a girl believed to be around 10 approached the entrance to a crowded market in Maiduguri, a city of some 1 million in Nigeria’s Borno State. As a security guard inspected her, the girl detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing herself and at least 19 others. Dozens more were injured.

    Saturday’s suicide bombing elicited little coverage compared to the events in Paris, which have dominated headlines since last Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper. Why the slaughter of 17 innocents in France receives more attention than the death of roughly the same number of Nigerians is the kind of question that can result in accusations of indifference, racism, and media bias. But the contrast between the attacks in Paris and the suicide bombing in Maiduguri actually reveals something far more sinister: the ravages of state failure.

    Boko Haram is waging a ruthless war throughout northeast Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. On Wednesday, Boko Haram militants laid siege to Baga, a city that has resisted them, setting fire to buildings and killing residents indiscriminately. Hundreds of people fled into Lake Chad and attempted to swim to a nearby island. Many drowned along the way. Those who didn’t are now marooned without food and shelter and have no defense against the island’s swarm of malarial mosquitos. The death toll in Baga reportedly exceeds 2,000. Some 20,000 others are now displaced.

    The New York Times story on this deadly siege appeared on page A6 of Saturday’s print edition, while the paper’s story of the suicide bombing landed on page A8.

    How did the attacks in France so thoroughly bury the atrocities in Nigeria?

  7. dakinikat says:

    I am Charlie, but I am Baga too: On Nigeria’s forgotten massacre

    If you thought 17 dead in Paris was bad enough for one week, you were wrong. In Nigeria, more than 2,000 people are feared dead after Boko Haram launched its deadliest-ever attack on a strategic north-eastern town. But where are the solidarity marches, the passionate editorials and the international condemnations? Some lives, it seems, are more valuable than others. By SIMON ALLISON.

    This is a great summary of what the news needs to be headling right now from a South African writer.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s an interesting piece from The Atlantic:

    Nigeria’s Horror in Paris’s Shadow: Why a 10-year-old suicide bomber isn’t front-page news

  9. dakinikat says:

    Your daily moment of zen:

    A Fox News commentator’s remark about the British city of Birmingham being “totally Muslim” was widely mocked on Twitter on Monday, while Prime Minister David Cameron called the expert a “complete idiot”.

    Security analyst Steven Emerson said Sunday that “non-Muslims just simply don’t go in” to the city, during a discussion of multiculturalism in Britain after last week’s Paris attacks.

    “When I heard this, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool’s Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot,” Cameron told ITV News.

  10. dakinikat says:

    poll: Most Americans Now Consider Romney a Stalker

    Cute post by borowitz

    (The Borowitz Report)—In a possible setback for Mitt Romney’s latest Presidential ambitions, a new poll reveals that a majority of Americans now regard the former Massachusetts governor as a stalker.

    The poll results suggest that Romney’s presence in every Presidential campaign in recent memory has taken its toll on the American people, who have expressed disbelief that he would return after being repeatedly told in no uncertain terms that he was not wanted.

  11. jackyt says:

    The following link provides a much broader context to the “Charlie Hebdo” attack. I found it refreshing to read an account of the historical events that have brought us to this ?logical? conclusion.

  12. Fannie says:

    The question they raised is making a joke about the alleged rapist – not the victims, is it okay, or not okay? What do you think? What would the 25 victims say about the joke, would they have laughed, dismissed it or the hand over the mouth reaction. No one should use rape as a means to get a laugh. They didn’t un rape the 25 victims, and they didn’t make it easier for girls/women to report rape. No they wrapped it up in confusion and laughter, hoagies and pills, Hollywood style. I think it’s cruel, I don’t like it. I was ganged rape, and it will forever be ugly! I am so done with rape jokes, and it’s not just about my hand over my mouth, it’s time to knock it off.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Fannie, I liked it but, then, I’m not a survivor so I’d honor your opinion over mine.
      Fey and Poehler were holding Cosby up to scorn and ridicule. The crowd gasped because the women “were going there.” Humor like that serves a good purpose, I think.

    • bostonboomer says:

      “Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Billy Cosby.” That’s about the victim IMO. Frankly, I don’t find joking about a serial rapist who should be serving life in prison to be very funny either.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        It’s a pretty good bet that Cosby will never spend a day in prison.
        Maybe, public shaming is as good as it’s going to get. It’s not much, but it’s something.
        Fey and Poehler were putting him on notice that his reputation is a smoldering ruin.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          I watched it too Sue and I agree. Fey and Poehler were nailing Cosby with sarcasm. The audience gasped and gasped again when they made fun of the way he speaks as they mimicked Cosby saying that he did not “put the pills” in the “hoagie”. It was definitely a satirical beat down of Cosby, and it worked for me.

      • NW Luna says:

        The Sleeping Beauty one was bad; yes, it was making fun of her reasonable expectations for non-sexual treatment. The jokes about Cosby putting pills in the people were supposedly targeted at Cosby, but were weak. They were not an incisive or satirical shaming of him. Now if they’d joked about Cosby getting raped himself, so he finds out how horrible it is, and then had him groveling — no, I can’t see how it could work out. They should have stayed away from the issue.

        • I don’t know, maybe make a comment about how Cosby is not able to get the lifetime achievement award…because they already gave it to another man who got away with rape, last year remember…Woody Allen. Even though sequels are the expected direction Hollywood producers usually will take.(Roman Polanski already got his lifetime achievement awards. Or something like that a few years ago, that counts him out.) So that Cecil B DeMile award…it had to go to someone else, hence Clooney. Give it to someone who is as far from lifetime achievement as he can be, I mean the dude has another almost lifetime to live, and he just got married. WTF?

          Anyway, make a comment on the fact that Hollywood is very “forgiving” when it comes to rape charges and those who are part of the establishment, I mean…legacy. Which I think is all fucked up.

  13. dakinikat says:

    Well, well, well

    There’s another layer to this fracas. While lionizing the world leaders who marched in Paris, allegedly in support of Charlie Hebdo and free speech, critics of the president are neglecting two very important points.

  14. ANonOMouse says:

    What looks like another domestic terror story the MSM has basically missed.Feds Offer $10,000 Reward in

    Blast Near NAACP Offices in Colo.

  15. ANonOMouse says:

    This was a great post Dak and basically sums up EXACTLY how I feel.

    Yesterday CNN spent the entire day whining about Obama not attending the march, they must not have anything else to do since there were no plane crashes yesterday. And WTH are they thinking anyway? Of course President Obama could not attend the march because he is the biggest target on the planet and there was absolutely no way to put him in a crowd of that size, at the last minute, and provide security. I don’t think Joe Biden should have attended either. And your point about the EU and the proximity of the majority of attendees was spot on. I think the attendance of our Ambassador was sufficient. Anything more would have been over the top. And point well taken about “world leaders” who don’t visit our country and mourn with us every time we have a homegrown terrorist attack. I too am sick to hell of this faux outrage from CNN, FOX and a few others. The 24 hour news cycle should bring this latest episode of Obama bashing to a quick end.

  16. ANonOMouse says:

    Listen to this SICK bastard try to tie the murders of irreverent cartoonists in Paris to god, who, according to his theory, was using Muslims to kill “blasphemers”. What a twisted, warped mind. This guy spends most of his time trolling the LGBT community with his hate commentary, but I guess he just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to slaughter two birds with one stone.

  17. ANonOMouse says:

    DAK…..FYI….Bryan Fischer, in the video I referenced above, is the Same Bryan Fischer that is the Director of Issue Analysis for the AFA, the Sponsor of the Bobby Jindal event scheduled for Jan 24, 2014. In 2010 Bryan Fischer said this about LGBT folks “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews,”

    Obviously this guy HATES LGBT people with a passion, and Obviously he knows absolutely nothing about the history of Nazi Germany and the persecution and murder of L/G’s by the Third Reich. This guy needs to read something other than the bible.

    • NW Luna says:

      Or else read the “love thy neighbor” part.

    • dakinikat says:

      As far as I’ve heard,Jindal’s not really smart, he just has an eidetic memory. He does seem to make any connections between these things. I still don’t see how any one is going to take him as a serious candidate with friends like Fischer.

  18. jackyt says:

    Here is another excellent column re: the Paris/Charlie Hebdo event. It presents a more self-reflective, less reactionary assessment of the situation.