Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sudan update

The elementary school teacher who was charged with blasphemy for allowing her class of 7-year-olds to give the name of Mohammed to a stuffed bear has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and will likely be deported. It could have been worse, and I'm sure she won't feel safe until she's back in the UK.

Meanwhile, here in the states, I sometimes enjoy a bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuit for breakfast. I think I'll start calling it a "Mohammed-egg-and-cheese" (peace be upon it) from now on.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Saudi Arabia is evil. Islamic men are evil.

Well? What would you call it?

A 19-year-old Saudi woman
  1. was coerced by an ex-boyfriend to ride with her in his car, which was
  2. attacked by men, one of whom held a knife to her throat, and
  3. kidnapped her, taking her to a deserted spot, where
  4. seven men raped her repeatedly, then dropped her off home, where
  5. her brother found out, so he hit her and threatened to kill her, and
  6. she twice tried to commit suicide, and
  7. when she went to court, she was sentenced to 90 lashes, and
  8. her attorney had his law license confiscated, and
  9. when she took her case to the press, her sentence was increased to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail,
all because she was seen riding in a car with a man who was not related to her.

Thanks for protecting her honor.

Monday, November 26, 2007

And the Sudanese were doing so well...

A teacher from the Beatles' old neighborhood has run afoul of the powers that be in that bastion of empathy, the Sudan.

Gillian Gibbons was arrested in Khartoum on the charge of blasphemy. Yes, that's right, blasphemy. I would say something about "in this day and age", but it's still the 7th century over there.

Ms. Gibbons allowed her second-graders to name a teddy bear, and the name that they chose was Mohammed (Britain's second most popular boy's name, behind Jack).

Here's the little scamp:

Not the prophet...as far as I know

Apparently, while the Koran does not specifically forbid images of Allah or Mohammed, there remains some fear that a depiction of Mohammed could lead to idolatry.

So I guess when Muslims threaten to murder Scandinavian cartoonists, or to deliver 40 lashes to elementary school teachers, it's not that any scripture was violated; it's that they don't trust themselves not to get swept away venerating stuffed animals. (Are these the views of grown men, or 9-year-old schoolgirls? Sorry, Sudan, I'll explain: schoolgirls are girls who are allowed to go to school.)

Perhaps giving an animal (albeit an inanimate animal) the name of Mohammed is supposed to be insulting to the Prophet (these Muslims must think he's the weakest, most thin-skinned prophet ever, since their murderous hordes are forever defending him against getting his feelings hurt).

Never mind that an enormous percentage of Muslims are named Mohammed. Surely some of them must be dickheads (a safe bet, I'll wager). How is that not dishonoring the Prophet more than naming a cuddly toy after him?

You do realize that this makes Muslims look like (a) backwards, superstitious fools, and (b) vicious, narrow-minded bullies?

I'll let you get back to your genocide now. Asshats.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Request denied

The Talking Points Memo presents the 2007 list of instances where the Bush Administration refused to provide information reasonably expected from a transparent government.

Bush, clearly pained by the lack of trust in him (or possibly gas), had no comment.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Review: invisibleSHIELD for Blackberry 8310

Set aside at least an hour, book some time at your local clean room, and enjoy.

It will help if you have excellent close-up vision. It will also help if you have vast experience with contact lenses, as you will be applying solution to tiny wiggly pieces of plastic. I realize these traits are probably mutually exclusive, so best of luck.

The instructions are generic. They don't show you which piece goes where. My solution was to apply all the obvious pieces, then figure out the rest from what's left.

It will help if you have experience with puzzles. It will also help if you can tell figure from ground; i.e., which is the shield and which is the leftover junk.

At the end of the hour, I had what looked like a nice new Blackberry Curve inexpertly wrapped in plastic, with millions of microscopic bubbles clinging on for their lives, and not-quite-correctly shaped edge pieces curling up. Oh, and lint, since I didn't book time at the clean room.

Perhaps I should have just gone for the screen protector, and not the "full body armor".

Shieldzone/Zagg advise leaving the phone to cure for about a day. More then.

I need a Guinness.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Writers strike

Writers Guild of America members are expected to strike on Monday.

At issue are the very words that come out of the mouths of America's beloved celebrities, thus threatening the "Circuses" portion of the Bush administration's two-pronged domestic agenda.

Perhaps the lessons of the disastrous writers' strike of the late 1960s may help bring about a swift agreement between the parties.