10:56 AM Feb 26, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Tim Blair writes about a horrific find in a Manchester housing office:

It’s a wonder the streets aren’t already awash with blood.

Nazi's Fail to Incite Riots

10:31 AM Feb 26, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Out-of-town rabble rousers disrupted our quiet town on Saturday, but the citizens of Orlando didn't take the bait.

17 Arrested at Florida Neo-Nazi Rally

Fistfights broke out and police made 17 arrests Saturday at a neo-Nazi rally and march through a predominantly black neighborhood.

In khaki uniforms, tall black boots and red arm patches bearing swastikas, about 30 members of the National Socialist Movement were barricaded on one side by SWAT team members at the rally. On the other side of the SWAT officers, a group of about 100 black-clad counter-demonstrators, many covering their faces with black masks, held anti-Nazi signs.

Several counter-demonstrators were arrested before the march officially began when pockets of violence erupted, police said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was hurt.

The march went on as planned through the Orlando neighborhood of Parramore, with about 500 spectators and counter-demonstrators following the group. Grandparents held the hands of their grandchildren as they watched the march from the front of their homes.

"The older generation grew up seeing hate. They grew up seeing these kinds of groups being open and I think for some African-Americans they want the younger generations to see that hate still exists," said the Rev. O'Hara Black of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

No members of the neo-Nazi group were arrested, police said. [Ed - too bad.]

Fourteen of those arrested are members of out-of-town groups such as the Skinheads Against Racial Prejudices and the Southeastern Anarchist Network, said Orlando police spokeswoman Barb Jones. All faced charges including disorderly conduct, battery on a law enforcement officer and wearing a mask, police said.

More than 300 law enforcement officers were on hand, hoping to avoid the violence that marked another gathering of the Minneapolis-based neo-Nazi group in October in Toledo, Ohio. A march there led to a riot in which businesses were burned and looted and bricks were thrown at police.

On Saturday, neo-Nazis held signs with such slogans as "White People Unite" and statistics claiming that crime is predominantly committed by blacks. Later, they made Nazi salutes at City Hall as a SWAT team separated the demonstrators from a jeering crowd.

During the march, the neo-Nazis walked on one side of the road and the protesters on the other, separated by two lines of police. Both groups hurled insults.

Counter-demonstrators held signs including ones that read, "Stop the hate. Stop the violence" and "Love everyone."

Minnesota Nazis. I hate Minnesota Nazis.

Of course, I'm not crazy about Skinheads or Anarchists either, since they always seem to show up solely to make trouble.

I wondered why these people would choose Orlando for their battleground, but then I looked at the weather in Minneapolis. I guess I can't expect Nazi scumbags to march in the cold and snow. This is like "Gay Days" for Nazis.

But I'm proud of our Black citizens for not taking the bait. Having a**holes marching through your neighborhood is a deliberate provocation, but they weren't provoked. There was a concerted effort made to prepare the neighborhood beforehand, which seems to have worked.

It seems like the only ones who caused any trouble were the outside agitators, who no doubt decided to use sunny Florida as the stage for their little hate-fest.

It's rainy today, so with any luck, their post-march visits to Disney World will be ruined.


11:34 PM Feb 25, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Actor Don Knotts Dies at 81

Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 81.

One of the funniest men ever to appear on television. RIP.

12:38 PM Feb 25, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

For what we are, not what we do

For fear of appearing racist, many Britons suspend their normal judgments when dealing with the behavior of ethnic minorities. Not only is this totally racist in itself - pre-supposing as it does that ethnics are like children, who know not what they do and must have special dispensation to behave badly - but it also ignores the fact that the other ethnic minorities, be they Jews, Chinese or Hindus, have somehow managed to both keep their culture and fit into their chosen adopted country, without feeling the need to parade around the streets like big overgrown babies, stamping their feet and ordering fatwas when things displease them.

Read it all.

Also Going out in style

5:27 PM Feb 23, 2006by Rob Ritchie

While I wasn't treated quite as lavishly, my last day was very nice, with lunch and a card and well wishes. I have enjoyed my five years with Central Florida Press, learned a lot, met some very smart, wonderful people.

Time to move on....

1:34 PM Feb 23, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

In the Great One's latest Newhouse column, he asserts that Journalists Are Brave, Unless the Subject Is Islam, but concludes:

It will all blow over. The press will get its nerve back, and start investigating whether Jack Abramoff bought Cheney a beer in 1997 and thus impaired his aim in 2006, or something. They'll return to their old brave role: Questioning Authority. Unless it's located in Mecca.

12:06 PM Feb 23, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

If you want a pretty good round-up on the whole UAE/Ports story, Glenn Reynolds has a good one. What I like especially is that he's changed his position from initial objections to the deal to acceptance, but retains his criticism of the White House. Take a look.

Update:  Kathy makes good points, too.

10:52 PM Feb 22, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Cultural outreach: Faggot Cowboys

6:03 PM Feb 22, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

King Kong in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.

2:30 PM Feb 22, 2006

by Rob Ritchie


Pray for rain

1:30 PM Feb 22, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Neo-Nazi March Planned For Orlando Sparks Concern

Police in Orlando are asking people to stay home during a neo-Nazi march planned for the downtown area over the weekend, according to a Local 6 News report.

The same neo-Nazi group that instigated violence in Toledo, Ohio, last year will march Saturday in downtown Orlando, officials said Tuesday.

11:38 AM Feb 22, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Had he lived, today would have been George Washington's 274th birthday.

Why stay here and read my silliness when you can go to Power Line Blog and read Scott Johnson's wonderful post Remembering the indispensable man

4:29 PM Feb 21, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Christopher Hitchens asks us to Stand up for Denmark!, and asks "Why are we not defending our ally?"

Good question. Good column, read it all.

Family Album Snapshot

2:37 PM Feb 21, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Immortalize your own family members using the Simpsomaker.

1:19 PM Feb 21, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Mac Johnson sums up the futility of attempting to placate Islamist sensibilities:

Thus, radical Islam is always looking for insults to freak out about it. It's the Joe Pesci of religious movements. One moment you think the world is getting along fine and the next moment some oversensitive suicide bomber has got his finger on the trigger, saying “You think my prophet is funny? Funny how? Like he’s a clown? You think he’s a clown? He’s here to amuse you? No, Anthony, he’s a big boy. He knows what he drew. How is my prophet funny?”

Pious gratitude to: Tim Blair

11:25 AM Feb 21, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Congratulations to the Fort Myers News-Press for entering the Cartoon Jihad on the side of the good guys.

9:37 PM Feb 20, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

The Religious Policeman has a really funny post, that includes the following:

Muhammad (((:~{>

Muhammad playing Little Orphan Annie (((8~{>

Muhammad as a pirate (((P~{>

Muhammad on a bad turban day ))):~{>

Muhammad with sand in his eye(((;~{>

Muhammad wearing sunglasses (((B~{>

Muhammad giving the raspberry. (((:~{P>

Giving Muhammad the raspberry. ;-P

Lots of funny stuff...click, read, enjoy.

1:52 PM Feb 19, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Glenn engages the enemy by posting the dread cartoons of blasphemy, and comments:

Hardly worth rioting over, in my opinion. But the people who do this sort of thing don't care much about my opinion. So why should I care about theirs?

Because, Glenn, they don't really care if you do or not; they want you to submit to them: grovel, and submit.

Victor Davis Hanson

10:52 AM Feb 19, 2006by Rob Ritchie

It's been a while since I linked to one of his columns, but this one really should be read.

Why No Nukes for Iran?

How many times have we heard the following whining and yet received no specific answers from our leaders?

"Israel has nuclear weapons, so why single out Iran?"

"Pakistan got nukes and we lived with it."

"Who is to say the United States or Russia should have the bomb and not other countries?"

"Iran has promised to use its reactors for peaceful purposes, so why demonize the regime?"

In fact, the United States has a perfectly sound rationale for singling out Iran to halt its nuclear proliferation. At least six good reasons come to mind, not counting the more obvious objection over Iran's violation of U.N. non-proliferation protocols. It is past time that we spell them out to the world at large.

And he spells them out rather well. Read it.

Pious gratitude to: lgf

10:22 AM Feb 19, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Those peaceful, loving followers of Mo are still at it:

At Least 15 Die in Nigeria Cartoon Protest

Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

Glenn Reynolds: "If Christians were burning mosques, it would be portrayed as proof of their inherent degeneracy and violence."

Yeah, but Glenn, we all know that Christians are racist, evil thugs while Muslims are...oh, forget it.

Update:  A photo taken in New York City:

He's a regular Gandhi, ain't he?

Update 2: 

If there is something worse than the killing of 15 innocent Nigerian Christians and the burning of their churches by their Muslim brethren for the sin of belonging to the same religion as the Danes, it is the refusal of reporters to tell the ugly truth.

11:04 AM Feb 18, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Austin Bay has a post on some recently released captured al-Queda documents, which describes their by-laws, mission statement, medical & vacation plans (no kidding!), and a section dedicated to "Imprisonment & torture".

Give it a look.

Pious gratitude to: Power Line

Chris Muir Targets Self For Jihad

10:55 AM Feb 18, 2006by Rob Ritchie

9:45 PM Feb 17, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Andrew Bolt:

A Danish newspaper mocks Islam for being violent, and an Islamist newspaper hits back by mocking Jews for being dead. That's a warning.

Pious gratitude to: Tim Blair

12:25 PM Feb 17, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Captain Ed criticizes the Administration for their decision to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to run operations in six US Ports. He notes several instances of UAE involvement in Islamic terror and concludes:

The White House needs to deep-six this deal, or cancel the contracts and re-bid them. Putting our ports in the hands of Arab authoritarians isn't just putting the fox in charge of the henhouse, it's tantamount to cooking him eggs for breakfast every morning and bringing him KFC for supper every night.

Two thoughts about this. The first is a minor one, which is to point out that Captain Ed, though a staunch Bush partisan, is criticizing the President's decision to allow this; see, lefties, we don't all swallow the Kool-aid indiscriminately.

My second thought is sort of a thought experiment; I suspect that many (all?) on the Left side of the blogosphere will criticize this move, but I wish to ask them something:

Imagine an alternate world where Saddam Hussein is still in control of Iraq and the Oil-for-Food embargo has been dropped. An Iraqi controlled company wins a bid to run operations in six US ports.

How confident are you that Saddam had no ties to al Queda? How confident would you be that he wouldn't cooperate with terrorists, given access to US ports?

5:39 PM Feb 16, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Man Coughs Up Nail 35 Years After Accident

In 1970, a bizarre gardening accident embedded a small nail deep inside Guy "Bud" Hart's body.

More than 35 years later, the nail made an unexpected return, much to Hart's surprise.

The Placerville man was stunned earlier this month when a coughing fit expelled the inch-long sliver of metal, completing its decades-long trek inside the 84-year-old's body.

Read the rest; kind of scary.

I wonder if anything's migrating around inside of me?

Who knew?

5:12 PM Feb 16, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Blogosphere superstar LeShawn Barber is a huge Harry Potter fan.

She has a blog devoted to it, and to other fantasy topics, here.

For me, this makes her somehow more accessible.

4:52 PM Feb 16, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Jim Geraghty moves up several steps in my estimation (and he was pretty high on the staircase as he was) with this review of Serenity.

Of course, he does write the nearly unforgivable line:

I'm almost kind of glad that Firefly got canceled after 14 episodes...

That "almost" saves you from a serious Browncoat fatwa, Jim.

10:46 PM Feb 15, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

If you are at all interested in Legos, (the) Batman or computer animation, then you owe it to yourself to watch this:

Batman: New Times

It was made by the local DAVE School here in Orlando.

You'll be surprised at the voices they got for it.

6:32 PM Feb 15, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

James has an interesting post examining the Swords of Gladiator.

I fell asleep on my brother's couch watching that movie on pay-per-view. I suspect this explains my general low opinion of this movie. I mean, he runs all the way from Germany to Spain?

Still, an interesting post. Give it a look; screen-captures galore!

This is cool

5:23 PM Feb 15, 2006by Rob Ritchie

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed

Warning:  Contains profanity.


4:56 PM Feb 15, 2006by Rob Ritchie

You Are Rowlf the Dog
Mellow and serious, you enjoy time alone cultivating your talents.
You're a cool dog, and you always present a relaxed vibe.
A talented pianist, you can play almost anything - especially songs by Beethoven.
"My bark is worse than my bite, and my piano playing beats 'em both."

Pious gratitude to: Kermit

4:16 PM Feb 15, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

You know what I'd really like to see?

New Abu Ghraib abuse photos of Danish cartoonists flushing the Koran down the pooper.

Boy, then the Colonel would really have to watch his back.

11:01 AM Feb 15, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

How do they know?

It's In The Koran

10:29 PM Feb 14, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Muslim institute dares Iranian leader to visit Auschwitz

A Muslim cultural institute in Germany on Monday criticized Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad for disparaging the Holocaust, daring him to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp.

"In this place of horror he can again deny the Holocaust, if he has the courage," a spokesman for the Islam-Archiv-Deutschland Central Institute told the German Catholic press agency KNA.

In recent statements, the hardline Iranian president has dismissed the Nazis' systematic slaughter of mainland Europe's Jews as a "myth" used to justify the creation of Israel and called for the state to be "wiped off the map".

By denying the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad not only denigrated the Jewish victims of the genocide but also the 200,000 Roms and Arabs murdered in the "gypsy camp" of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other camps, the institute spokesman said.

The fact that the president of an Islamic state repeated Nazi anti-Semitism was harmful to the image of Islam and "a disgrace for all the world's Muslims", he added.

What's the big deal?

6:33 PM Feb 13, 2006by Rob Ritchie

I didn't have any trouble at all finding images of Mohammed on Google. Obviously, he is greatly revered in the Muslim world....

12:38 PM Feb 12, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

An interesting post over at One Hand Clapping:

Muslims keep redefining what is objectionable. They “dumb down” offensiveness. Such as Valentine Cards: A radical Kashmiri Islamic group, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, sent nearly two dozen black-veiled Muslim women to burn Valentine’s Day cards and posters showing couples together in the main city of India’s Kashmir. They women protested that the day imposes Western values on Muslim youth.

He goes on to discuss what St. Valentine's Day is about, the relationship between Man and God as understood in Islam (hint: it ain't great) and concludes:

So Does Saint Valentine’s Day “impose Western values on Muslim youth,” as the two dozen protesting women claimed? Well, I devoutly hope so. Is observing the day really “against Islam’s teachings?” I don’t know and I’m not persuaded that the protester really knows, either. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Either way, I don’t care.

The part in the middle is interesting too, so go read it all.

10:25 PM Feb 10, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Penis Fencing!

I know, you don't expect such things here, but I found this quite shocking!

Raw footage of ... violent, hermaphroditic mating rituals.... Their stamina will amaze you! Their virulence will shock you! Who knew?

Pious gratitude to: the Tenser

10:18 PM Feb 10, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

I do not agree with what you have to say, so I'll firebomb your embassy....
Iranian mob

Update:  Worldwide Moderate Muslim photo gallery!

Exactly as I expected....

4:48 PM Feb 10, 2006by Rob Ritchie


You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Moya (Farscape)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com

OK, I may have fudged just a little....

Pious gratitude to: The Anchoress

11:47 PM Feb 8, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Heh...always makes me laugh.

11:02 PM Feb 8, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Andrew Sullivan:

If Chinese radicals were ransacking Western embassies because of a cartoon, and were backed by the Chinese government, we would be outraged, demanding apologies, severing relations, and so on. But when Muslims do it, backed by Islamist governments, we are supposed to take it on the chin, to "respect" their religious traditions, issue mealy-mouthed statements, etc. In many ways, this is the real offense: treating Muslims as if their violation of global norms, and thralldom to medieval conceptions of politics and religion, were somehow acceptable.

What's so inflamatory?

10:50 PM Feb 8, 2006by Rob Ritchie

There is nothing insulting or inflamatory about this picture. Don't give me that BS about Islam forbidding anyone from making an image of ol' Mo; we know that isn't true, and it isn't an Islam thing: it's a cultural thing and isn't even universal throughout all of jolly Arab-land.

I rather like this one...

10:44 PM Feb 8, 2006by Rob Ritchie

I like the color and composition, and the wide, wide eyes.

Taken to school

6:35 PM Feb 8, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Lucky Matt Mullen!

He sent the following "surly" email to John Hinderaker about President Bush's NSA program:

No dumbshit. We want the president to spy on al queda, BUT we want him to follow the damned law too! Oh, I'm sorry, is that too nuanced for you thick headed fools?

If Hillary Clinton were doing what Bush is doing you guys would be going ape-shit.

Respectlessly, Matt Mullen

Despite the "respectless" tone, John is kind enough to educate Matt as to the law involved, and how it supports the President's case.

We should all be so lucky as to be schooled by one of the Powerline guys.

1:53 PM Feb 8, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

The Waiter writes about Heaven & Hell, on a wonderful blog devoted to his experiences in the food industry. Thoughtful and enjoyable. Give it a look.

Pious gratitude to: DJR


3:37 PM Feb 6, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Moderate Muslims: We are sorry

In the middle of all the mayhem surrounding the Danish cartoons controversy, a group of Arab and Muslim youth have set up this website to express their honest opinion, as a small attempt to show the world that the images shown of Arab and Muslim anger around the world are not representative of the opinions of all Arabs. We whole-heartedly apologize to the people of Denmark, Norway and all the European Union over the actions of a few, and we completely condemn all forms of vandalism and incitement to violence that the Arab and Muslim world have witnessed. We hope that this sad episode will not tarnish the great friendship that our peoples have fostered over decades.

The problem with media representation of such issues tends to be that the media only picks up the loudest voices, ignoring the rational ones that do not generate as much noise. Voices that seek tolerance, dialogue and understanding are always drowned out by the more sensationalist loud calls, giving viewers the impression that these views are representative of all the Arab public’s view. This website is a modest attempt at redressing this wrong. We would appreciate it if you could forward the word to as many of your friends as possible.

We will note that we find the cartoons to be incendiary, insulting and very abrasive. We also take issue with the general stance of the Danish Newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which has a reputation for publishing inflammatory material. Yet, it would be wrong to take away their freedom of expression, regardless of how horrid their material is. We affirm our belief in freedom of expression and people’s right to express whatever opinions they hold. However, at the same time there is a need to realize that freedom of expression is a responsibility that should not be used to gratuitously insult people’s beliefs.

When confronted with such a situation, we deplore the use of violence in all its forms, as well as threats of violence and derogatory and racist remarks being thrown in the opposite direction. We condemn the shameful actions carried out by a few Arabs and Muslims around the world that have tarnished our image, and presented us as intolerant and close-minded bigots.

12:45 PM Feb 6, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Victor Davis Hanson wonders if there's been A European Awakening Against Islamic Fascism?

4:33 PM Feb 5, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Gunmen kill 6 people in southern Philippines

At least six people were killed on Friday when gunmen opened fire at a Christian home on a mainly Muslim island in the southern Philippines, an army general said.

Brigadier-General Alexander Aleo, an army commander, said the dawn shooting in Patikul town could be part of fresh efforts to foment Christian-Muslim conflict on the island of Jolo ahead of U.S. counter-terorrism drills late this month.

Aleo said three men, two women and an eight-month-old infant were killed in the attack. Six others, three of them children, survived the shooting with minor injuries.

"We don't know the motive for the shooting," Aleo said.

Really? Don't you?

However, one of the victims told soldiers who rushed to the area that the gunmen had asked them whether they were Muslims or Christians before firing their weapons.

12:23 PM Feb 5, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Who knew the Brawny Guy was such a sweatheart?

Hilarious make-your-own fantasies about the Brawny paper towel guy.

As Robbo says "Imagine that - a corporation with a real, live sense of humor!"

11:54 AM Feb 5, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

The inimitable Mark Steyn:

Very few societies are genuinely multicultural. Most are bicultural: On the one hand, there are folks who are black, white, gay, straight, pre-op transsexual, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, worshippers of global-warming doom-mongers, and they rub along as best they can. And on the other hand are folks who do not accept the give-and-take, the rough-and-tumble of a "diverse" "tolerant" society, and, when one gently raises the matter of their intolerance, they threaten to kill you, which makes the question somewhat moot.

Read the rest....

Press Choose Their Battles

10:50 AM Feb 5, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Tim Blair notes that many US media outlets, like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as CBS News, refuse to show the dread cartoons of blasphemy (available here), and writes:

They won’t publish cartoons, but they will run anything they can get out of Abu Ghraib. Both sets of images provoke Islamic anger; note how the media behaves when that anger is directed at them.

As any schoolyard bully knows, it's better to pick on the kids who won't fight back...or behead you, or bomb you or stone you.

11:35 PM Feb 4, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Paris Hilton's secret diaries have been stolen

Gut check -- do you really think she's literate?

6:34 PM Feb 3, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Playing in arthouse theaters everywhere: Brokeback to the Future

4:57 PM Feb 3, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Still, it's hard to respect this.

2:31 PM Feb 3, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Hmmmm....Hugh Hewitt urges respect:

The cartoons were in bad taste, an unnecessary affront to many of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, just as Joel Stein affronted the military, the families and friends of the military, and as Toles did the same to the wounded, and their families, friends and admirers. Of course each of them had the absolute right to publish their screed, and the Dutch (and now Norwegian) governments must reply to demands that these papers be punished with a steely refusal to be dictated to as to their culture of free expression and the protection of the vulgar and the stupid.

But don't cheer the vulgar and the stupid.

I guess he's right; there isn't any particular reason to be unduly provoking, other than the fun of it.

It's counterproductive to our greater goal of civilizing the Islamic world.

Read it all.

Cartoon Jihad

1:36 PM Feb 3, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Michelle Malkin has the latest on THE "INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ANGER"

When the history of this is written, will they claim that the war started over cartoons?

If the ever-so-elusive moderate Muslims out there ever, ever, want to be heard, they should assert themselves now. Apparently, being made to look like raving, homicidal lunitics hasn't done it. Their co-religionists among the "tiny minority of extremists" of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance are now making them all look ridiculous.


Thousands Protest 'Offensive' Cartoons in Gaza

"Whoever defames our prophet should be executed," said Ismail Hassan, 37, a tailor who marched through the pouring rain along with hundreds of others in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A tailor. Not a gunman. Not a terrorist. A tailor.

A Brave Little Tailor

EU to Press: STFU!

11:57 AM Feb 3, 2006by Rob Ritchie

European elite scrambles to defuse furore over caricatures of Muhammad

Europe's political elite were scrambling last night to contain the furore across the Arab world at the publication of caricatures of Muhammad, with leaders stressing that freedom of the press did not mean freedom to cause offence.

Ok, let's think about that for a minute.

I guess when Martin Luther was printing up pamphlets denouncing the abuses of the Church, he should have stopped because he gave offence.

I guess when Patrick Henry was printing up his empassioned speeches against the oppression of the British Crown, he should have just shut up, since his views were offensive to Loyalists.

I guess when Martin Luthor King Jr. was leading marches and denouncing racial injustice in this country, the newspapers shouldn't have covered it since it offended many racists.

Since when has freedom of the press not meant the freedom to cause offence?

Someday, I'm going to have to have a look at that EU Constitution....

10:05 AM Feb 3, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

I can understand "Vegans", but "Freegans"? James writes:

It seems that there is a new fad going around. These people call themselves "Freegans", and they go dumpster diving to find free food. The idea is that it's a protest against our consumer society. An excerpt from the site spells it out for us...
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.
That second sentence is just a laundry list of Leftist feel-good catch phrases, isn't it? If you don't eat garbage you're a bad person! You are greedy, ungenerous, uncooperative, and unconcerned about society! Since freegans are for "freedom", I suppose I'm really just a slave owner because I turn my nose up at garbage and buy fresh food that has been untouched by the gentle caress of a maggot.

The older I get, the more I understand why Cartman from South Park hates hippies.

James? You actually need more reasons to hate hippies?

I'm missing my mom today

5:03 PM Feb 2, 2006by Rob Ritchie

I don't know why, really, except maybe it's just the calendar: it was four weeks ago yesterday that she passed away.

She lived a long, full life; she had seven children, including me who encumbered her later years; she had grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to count. (For me, that is; I always seem to miss a few, though I don't think she ever did, until the end.)

She lost her husband in 1984, and when that blow had fallen she got her breath back and went on with her life, much to my amazement and wonder and joy. The woman I met then was someone I hadn’t known was there, though I suspect that has more to do with me finally raising my eyes from my own belly-button, than to any real change in herself. The woman I saw was courageous and independent, self sufficient to a degree that still staggers me; funny in her own quiet, dry way.

Marie was born in 1916 on a farm in Cherry County, Nebraska, into a big Catholic family in a French-Canadian community. Her parents were “French on both sides,” which was a matter of pride among her people, but she herself set her sights higher than to marry a local boy and stay in Nebraska. She married a big-city boy from Omaha, a traveling musician who came to her town, and after they married he quit the road to settle down; only to travel for his business much throughout the South and Midwest. From the open plains of Nebraska, they moved to the bright lights of …Louisville, Kentucky, where they had four children in ten years. After a move across the Ohio River into Cincinnati, Ohio, they eventually had three more children.

In 1973, my father retired from business, and he and Mom moved to Florida for their retirement years. When I went away to college in 1980, they wasted no time in beginning their world travels. With all their children finally out of the house, they saw their many years together stretching ahead of them. They’d had their trials and sorrows, certainly, as all will, but the promise of growing old together is one that they cherished.

So it was a horrid, cheating shock when my father grew ill just a few years later.

In 1999, after spending the intervening years living beside the sea, and traveling around the world seeing all the places she dreamed about as a Nebraska farm girl, she had a stroke that robbed her of her independence. Her health steadily declined, until last month when she lay down and quietly left us.

This is a very poor sketch of the woman I am missing today. Champion bridge player, world traveler, generous matriarch of a numerous and contentious brood. Loving mother, lively friend.

And the thing that most aches, I guess, is the sure knowledge that there is much about this quiet, humble woman that I will never learn. At least not in this life.

11:37 AM Feb 2, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

In this post, John Hinderaker makes the statement:

The networks have boycotted footage of the September 11 attacks, because they fear...that reminders of the destruction wrought by the terrorists' attacks will engender support for the Bush administration.

It saddens me that this sentence can't be reasonably disputed by anyone. That the MSM is profoundly anti-Bush is obvious to any dispassionate observer.

Why do we stand for this? Are people so afraid of political manipulation by the head of state that they'll gladly accept political manipulation by a monolithic media?

It amazes me that there are people who consider the NYT a disinterested source of information.

10:50 AM Feb 2, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Yesterday, it was noted (here, and here, for example) that France had entered the Cartoon Jihad on the side of the good guys.

I guess it was really too much to hope that they'd stay frosty.

French editor fired over cartoons

The editor of a French newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad has been sacked.

Jacques Lefranc was dismissed by the owner of France Soir, as his paper became embroiled in a developing row between Muslims and the European press

Update:  Is it fair of me to castigate an entire nation because of the actions of one pusillanimous publisher? No, it's not exactly fair. But you know, I didn't invent the caricature of the cowardly Frenchman, and you'd think that France Soir would do what they could not to reinforce the stereotypes.

7:00 PM Feb 1, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Does this mark the end of the gubernatorial ambitions of Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey?

'Impaler' Claims He Did Nothing Wrong

A fringe candidate for governor who played up his satanic side -- and pledged public impalement for terrorists -- wound up behind bars Tuesday thanks to a sharp-eyed sheriff's dispatcher.

Jonathon Sharkey, 41, of Princeton, Minn. was arrested Monday night on two felony counts from Indiana, said Mike Smith, the Mille Lacs County jail administrator. One warrant was for escape, another for stalking against a former girlfriend.

You may remember Mr. Sharkey from my earlier post. Read the story: apparently, he once faked his own death! Minnesota needs someone like him in the Governer's mansion!

6:32 PM Feb 1, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

2 Arrested In Samurai Sword Assault

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Two men were arrested in Worcester in what police are calling a samurai-sword-wielding assault.

Sebastian Moore and Adam Merkel, both of Worcester, face charges including assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to maim and threatening to commit a crime.

According to police, Moore had been kicked out of the Green Island Pub on Millbury Street Monday afternoon, but returned to the bar, allegedly brandishing the samurai sword. During an ensuing melee, Merkel allegedly threatened a female patron with a knife.

Both men fled, but were arrested where they lived Monday night.

Police suspect that alcohol may have played a role in their conduct.

4:14 PM Feb 1, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Update: Instapundit: "[I]f you want your religion not to be mocked, it helps to have a reputation for senseless violence."

Pious gratitude to: lgf