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Cartoon Offensive
Tuesday, February 21, 2006   By: Mahone Dunbar

Some Rancorous And Bitter Thoughts On The Selectiveness Of Offended Morality

Picture Caption: As a special treat, this week Paxety Pages readers are invited to create their own caption for this cartoon.
The elements are: Bill Clinton, a dead suicide bomber, and seventy-two virginal sheep. Post your caption in the comments section.



Artist Andres Serrano, Creator Of "Piss Christ"
Said To Be Offended At Cartoons Of Allah


(Some Rancorous And Bitter Thoughts On The Selectiveness Of Offended Morality)

Kofi Annan, that paragon of virtue who heads the UN when he isn't too busy helping his family loot the Oil-For-Food program, dismissing sexual harassment cases against his staff, or combating child-molestation charges against UN ‘peacekeepers’ in the Congo, called for the closing of the Cuban detention center (GITMO) for terrorists. What's the matter now? Is America offending the terrorists by giving them dirty prayer rugs? The media, as ever unmindful of the fact that the UN contains more corruption than a bloated Tutsi corpse floating down the river, always gives Annan air time. After all, to the left, he is a credible source. People of intellect can only grimace in the face of such hypocrisy. Meanwhile, Islamic terror grows, and Western media people won't take it seriously until the morning they wake up and find their head in a basket.

The latest excuse for abhorrent Islamic behavior - rioting, rampage, and murder - is the publication of several cartoons in Europe that depicted the Prophet Mohammed, which is verboten by Islam.

The Islamic rioting expanded to Turkey, Libya and Nigeria this week. In Turkey eleven died in battles with the police, who where trying to protect the Italian consulate from the rioters; the sixteen dead in Nigeria were mostly Christian victims of the Islamic rioters, who went on a rampage, burning cars and churches (eleven Christian churches were torched), and killing Christians. In Tripoli, for protecting Westerners, the Interior Minister, Nasser al-Mabrouk Abdallah, and two police chiefs were fired for using "disproportionate force" against the rioters. Protests in Pakistan have so far resulted in at least five deaths. This new madness is exclusive of the deaths in India that have resulted in clashes between Muslims and Christians, and the thousands that have likewise been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria over the last five years.

Yet in America - while the Islamic plague spreads about the planet quicker than bird flu - America's dauntless liberals are worried sick that someone from Homeland Security might accidentally eavesdrop on a coke deal.

And there has been some surprising moral outrage in the West over the printing of the cartoons - all the more surprising since it comes from a source one hardly equates with morality.

Never one to keep his mouth shut, Bill Clinton described as "appalling" the 12 cartoons published in a Danish newspaper in September (and subsequently reprinted around Europe) depicting the Prophet Mohammed and causing an uproar in the Muslim world.

This perplexed me to no end - not that the ever opportunistic Clinton would miss any opportunity to get in front of a camera, but his sudden moral stance in defense of the religion-of-peace: It’s hard to understand the mind of a former chief executive from Arkansas, to whom we would put the question, "Where was your sense of sanctity and outrage when an icon of Christ was being dipped in piss? Or an effigy of the Madonna covered in elephant dung and put on display?" Given degrees of degradation of religious symbols, one would suppose that even for an inept politician and disbarred lawyer from Arkansas the Piss Christ was a greater insult than the Allah cartoons by an astronomical order of magnitude.

Mind you, this sanctimonious 'moral high ground’ comes to you from an Arkansas good-ole-boy who apparently doesn't consider having a 21 year-old female Jewish-American sit in front of him, spread her legs and probe her intimate parts with a cigar to be "appalling" - not to mention insulting to both Jewish people and cigar connoisseurs. While Clinton should have been busy getting Ben Laden, he was instead sitting in the White House participating in the ruin of a perfectly good box of coronas. Now that is appalling.

But to Democrats there is never a dichotomy where Bill - the late twentieth-century trailer-trash discount version of JFK - is involved. Apparently, demos exhibit little class distinction when it comes to worshiping whore-mongers.

The former chief-intern-molester continued, saying, "None of us are totally free of stereotypes about people of different races, different ethnic groups, and different religions ... there was this appalling example in northern Europe, in Denmark ... these totally outrageous cartoons against Islam," he said.

Or, he could have easily added, None of us is free of stereotypes about redneck sociopaths who make it big in politics and then mouth pious platitudes that no one believes for a minute.

What Bill means by outrage apparently depends on what your meaning of is, is.

I have studied Democrats - the whole mothership-waiting, kool aid-drinking lot of ‘em, and know them well - well enough to wonder why they haven't yet proposed running bigfoot for office; after all, he is as hirsute as John Kerry, as green-friendly as any Learjet flying rock star, and has name recognition to boot. Kaboddles of it. But who knows. Maybe the UFO brothers from Alpha Centaurus cautioned them against it, advising they first wait for the Stephen Spielberg movie to come out and pave the way to public acceptance by softening up that hard-headed, tight-fisted, cold-hearted republican constituency with a nice popcorn movie–that will of course feature a weepy scene where an arborist-eco-scientist played by Tom Hanks pleads Big's case in front of a joint-house session as Big lays dying from a hunting wound inflicted by Dick Cheney.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the French press and others actually showed more balls than the American media, for once..

Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), said France Soir’s publication of the cartoons was an act of "real provocation toward the millions of Muslims living in France." And the rioting by Muslims in France, and elsewhere chopping the heads off of school girls, taking Western hostages and killing them, blowing civilians up, desecrating Christian churches, killing Christians, and shooting school children in the back in Russia is not provocation of the West?

The American media, stanch defenders of free speech, as long as there is no personal risk associated with it, for the most part refuses to reprint the controversial cartoons, almost never links terrorism to Islamic fundamentalism (which is what it seems most Islamics practice) and defers to them by calling them ‘insurgents and freedom fighters.’

We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.

For publishing the cartoons, the France Soir's owner, Raymond Lakah, who is following the proud tradition of French quislings throughout history, fired managing editor Jacques Lefrance. Notice that it was not the Islamics who punished a French man for his bravery, but another French man. This was done "as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual," Lakah said. (emphasis added) A more accurate translation from French to English might be, "Hey! I don't want those crazy towel-headed fanatics burning me out, blowing me up, or cutting my throat with a dull scimitar."

Some of you out there might remember that it was only a few decades ago that France capitulated to the Nazis as a powerful sign of respect for their intimate beliefs and convictions about killing Jews to make soap.

According to an acquaintance of Lahah's, the newspaper owner can hardly wait to embrace sharia law, has purchased matching burquas for his wife and daughters, and has already dog-eared his copy of Berlitz's "Arabic In Three Easy Weeks."

Hollyweird Hysteria Increases–Dozens Of Anti-Bush Movies Threatened

There was more pustular effluence from that great big left-wing propaganda machine in the sky this week. Two of Hollywood's denizens, Richard Dreyfus and Alec Baldwin, took respective shots at the president and vice president.

Baldwin, baying madly at the moon as usual, said, "Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought Harry Whittington would be the answer to America's prayers. Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions."

Unfortunately for Baldwin and other heartbroken lefties, Whittington survived and is in good health. And if Dick Cheney is terrorizing out enemies abroad, well . . . isn't that a good thing? As far as terrorizing innocent citizens at home, I assume that refers to Baldwin and a few other quaking actors whose nerves are frayed after years of starting at conservative shadows and screaming wolf.

Shortly after making his comments, Baldwin left for a book-signing publicity tour for his new autobiography, The Face Without A Brain. Thankfully, for Baldwin, there’s no charge for criminal stupidity in America; otherwise, he would be doing life without parole.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss said last week that the impeachment of President Bush was a thing worth fighting for. "There are causes worth fighting for even if you know that you will lose," Dreyfuss said during a speech at the National Press Club. "Unless you are willing to accept torture as part of a normal American political lexicon, unless you are willing to accept that leaving the Geneva Convention is fine and dandy, if you accept the expansion of wiretapping as business as usual, the only way to express this now is to embrace the difficult and perhaps embarrassing process of impeachment."

Torture? Setting through a showing of "The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz" was torture, but I don't remember anyone in the theater suggesting it was a violation of the Geneva Convention. Wiretapping? It goes on all the time in Hollywood - but that’s not the government, is it?

Fortunately for posterity, Dreyfuss also provided his theory of history and human psychology to the assemblage. "In the past, "time and distance played an amazing part in keeping the human race from killing itself," the actor noted. The need for revenge after an attack "inevitably weakened because it took a lot of time to get men into ships and move them to the right battlefield. Only those truly staunch of heart and truly zealous could keep up that hatred." However, he continued, today, "Instantaneous knowledge (of the Twin Towers going down) leads to instantaneous reaction, which creates a demand for an instantaneous, reflexive response."

Thank you professor Dreyfuss for your valuable insights. Reflexive? It’s been five years since we were attacked in America. If we were simply ‘reflexive’ in our vengeance, Iraq and Afghan would have been quickly become giant graveyards of fused glass and rubble, and our troops would be home. And on the subject of vengeance in the past, his incredulous statements lead one to conclude that he has never cracked a history book. Yes, in the past it took time to get men into ships and move them to the right battlefield–but the need for revenge never weakened. Does desire for vengeance, or justice, weaken over time? Has the Palestinian desire for revenge on the Jews weakened over time? Has the Islamic religion forgotten the Crusades after a thousand years? History teaches us, if anything, that during the extra time it took to get soldiers ‘into the ships and on to the right battlefield,’ the desire for revenge festered and grew.

(The Romans, when they did finally make it to the enemy, where usually really ticked off; and in addition to killing men, killing children, raping and enslaving or raping and killing the women--after first dashing their babies’ heads against the nearest wall--would raze the ground and sow it with salt so nothing would there again.

After expressing his confabulated view of history, Dreyfuss charged that "people can sometimes be pretty thoughtless, pretty terrified and do some pretty impressive damage" when they are wrong or "are the victims of political hypnosis." One can only wonder if Dreyfuss intended that statement to include the adherents of Islam. (Oh what I would give to see a Hollywood peacenik march up to an Islamic terrorist and try to stick a daisy down the barrel of his gun.)

If Mr. Dreyfus is so worried about his freedom, then why in the hell isn't he out making speeches against Islamic terrorism? Has he missed the riots all over Europe, the violence, etc. and the repression of the press because of Islam? Could it just be that he's afraid that if he did complain about the biggest threat to freedom on the planet, Islam, he might piss someone off? Someone who, unlike George W. Bush or the Republican party, would actually hurt him. Rich, satiated, smug and self-satisfied Hollywood stars don't make waves against those that might actually respond with violence; and since this is pretty much the same attitude the media in America has adopted regarding Islamic terrorism, Dreyfuss was definitely preaching to the choir. Yet, free from worries that the US government will actually do anything to them for their disloyalty and stupidity, the left keeps screaming that their free speech is being repressed. But we have to remember that the Hollywood left's grip on reality, in particular, is more tenuous than that of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during their innumerable acid trips.

Is Hollywood disconnected from reality? Remember, it wasn't too long ago that Tim Robbins stood in front of bank of microphones and a media assemblage and paradoxically proclaimed that his right to free speech was being repressed. Even for a dyed-in-the-wool dewy-eyed socialist, to miss such a contradiction as that is pretty astounding. Orange Sunshine? Or Window Pane?

If Richard Dreyfuss is really worried about people violating his privacy, spying on him, tapping his phone, then perhaps he should look closer to home, to his fellow Hollywood travelers - who have been hiring private investigator Anthony Pellicano to tap phones and bribe police in an effort to ferret out damning data on each other. I am frankly surprised that neither George Clooney or Sean Penn has come out with the claim that Pellicano was wiretapping on George Bush's behalf, and that the illegal explosives Pellicano kept around were to be used by Bush/Zionists to frame someone as a suicide bomber - but then again, I haven't checked on this yet.

Both Dreyfuss and Baldwin should realize that such frivolous accusations make Hollywood's stars seem like nothing but a bunch of . . . well, pampered, whinny, elitist, actors who are out of touch with reality.

Could anyone, seriously, actually believe George Bush is a terrorist they should fear?

We are not just fighting Islam, we are fighting the biggest and most effective propaganda machine in the world, Hollywood and the Western media. I would love to see Robbins or Dreyfuss or Clooney or Baldwin sit in the oval office for forty-eight hours, make life and death decisions on the economy, domestic social issues, foreign policy, etc., and feel the pressure and experience the reality of consequences that the president must face for any and every decision he makes - not to mention feeling the wrath of every Hollywood know-it-all who has access to a microphone. Yet, when one has a script, and writers to make everything turn out all right, running the world seems so easy.

What really amazes me is that Mr. Bush's attempt to repress the free speech of these dolts is so ineffective.

I'll leave you with a last word about Hollywood liberals. The late Lewis Grizzard once described a mythical liberal friend of his who was lobbying to have the government purchase goggles for pelicans: after diving into salt water looking for fish over and over, the salt water eventually causes the pelicans to start going blind; hence, they can't see the fish anymore and starve. Lewis then said, "A liberal without a cause is like a pelican without goggles. What good does it do to have a big mouth if you can't find anything to aim it at?"

This is Hollywood’s problem in a nutshell.


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