Have you ever wondered why it’s OK to make jokes about Catholics, the Pope, Jews, Christians, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians) etc. etc. etc., but it’s insensitive to make jokes about Muslims?
Don’t we need to level the playing field for the sake of political correctness?
Jeff Foxworthy on Muslims:
2. If you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes, You may be a Muslim.
3. If you have more wives than teeth, You may be a Muslim.
4. If you wipe your butt with your bare hand but consider bacon to be unclean,
You may be a Muslim.
5. If you think vests come in two styles: Bullet-proof and suicide.
You may be a Muslim
6. If you can’t think of anyone you haven’t declared jihad against,
You may be a Muslim.
7. If you consider television dangerous but routinely carry explosives in your clothing,
You may be a Muslim.
8. If you were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs, You may be a Muslim.
9. If you have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four,
You may be a Muslim.
10. If you find this offensive and don’t pass it on,
You may be a Muslim.
Terrific, Imaginative Street Art. To quote a great man – I have a dream. In my dream, all the streets in all the world are covered by beautiful, colorful art, expressing anything beheld by the eye of imagination. I like this dream, just as I adore these creations of of art decorating the walls of many a street. I vote we cover more streets with beautiful art, whos with me?
British politicians seem to be trapped in an endless debate over how to curb both violent and non-violent extremism within the Muslim community.
A truly useful measure might be to end the provision of state funding and legitimacy to terror-linked extremist charities.
The Turkish government “frankly worked” with the al-Nusrah Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, along with other terrorist groups.
The Financial Task Force, an international body setting the standards for combating terrorist financing, ruled that Turkey should remain in its “gray list.”
While NATO wishes to reinforce its outreach to democracies such as Australia and Japan, Turkey is trying to forge wider partnerships with the Arab world, Russia, China, Central Asia, China, Africa and — and with a bunch of terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Nusrah Front.
Being NATOs only Muslim member was fine. Being NATOs only Islamist member ideologically attached to the Muslim Brotherhood is quite another thing.
North Koreas Kim Jong-un has piled on so much weight that he has fractured both his ankles and remains in hospital after an operation, it was reported today.
The leader of the impoverished nation is estimated to have ballooned to 20 stone as a result of fine wining and dining – putting enormous pressure on his feet and legs.
A source who has recently returned to the South Korean capital, Seoul, from the North said Kim, believed to be aged 31, is still in hospital under guard from his personal protection team.
Breaking: The PM has just finished speaking. He appeared to concede that military action will be necessary to defeat Isil, and maintained the line that it is position that what is best for Britain is that it remains part of a “reformed EU”.
Good morning. Benefits frozen for two years. £25 billion of cuts still to come in the next Parliament. Was George Osborne’s speech yesterday bold – or just reckless? Last night, opinions were divided. “Was that…good?” one Tory asked me last night.
You bet it was, our leader says. “At last, a politician who dares to tell the truth” is our take. The parliamentary party is less sanguine. An MP in a marginal seat grimly ticked off a list of voters who, he said, were now lost to him. Another tells the Times that it’s “the end” of the Tories’ working-class vote. “He’s blown it,” is their verdict.
The Chancellor’s big bet is that the voters want honesty and clarity on when – and how – the books will be balanced, and that Labour has no stomach for that conversation. It underlines the surprisingly buoyant mood here in Birmingham. MPs and activists know that they have a fight ahead of them. They know that they are the underdogs, and many are uncertain of pulling it off next May. But they are, at least – dare I say it? – more intellectually self-confident that their opponents.
SEND FOR THE DOCTOR, QUICK QUICK QUICK
“Cameron promises seven-day GP cover” is our splash. The PM will outline plans to give everyone access to their family doctor by the end of the decade. “People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family,” Mr Cameron will say. But doctors say that they don’t have enough staff to fulfil the demand and it will actually reduce patient choice. “If you move towards these 16-hour days, it will be less likely that your GP will be available at a time you can make,” Dr Clare Gerada, head of the Royal College of GPs.
QUITTERS, SPLITTERS AND KIPPERS
Boris Johnson recalled a mid-1990s meeting with Nigel Farage during a star turn to the ConHome rally last night. “As is traditional in these cases, he pushed across the caviar and vodka that Moscow Central always use when they are trying to woo potential defectors.” No, the Mayor of London responded, join us and we can rule the Galaxy as father and son. Or: “It is only if the great conservative family unites and we stop Ed Miliband” that the ideals that Mr Farage and Mr Johnson both share can be put into practice. Steve Swinford and Chris Hope have the story.
On the Today programme, the PM likened the last Labour government’s approach to paying Combat 18 to radicalise the National Front. “It’s all not okay,” Mr Cameron says. Theresa May will announce further powers to disrupt the activities of jihadists, including restricting their broadcast appearances, including similar sanctions as that imposed on the IRA during the Troubles. Holly Watt has the details.
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“THIS WAS CAMERON’S BIG WAR”
The PM appeared to concede on the Today programme that intervention in Syria will be necessary if Isil is to be destroyed. General Sir David Richards’ memoirs, Taking Command, begin their serialisation in the Times today. He recalls the PM’s handling of the Libya conflict: “this was Cameron’s big war. Understandably, he enjoyed the power and influence that came with it.” At one point, the PM upbraided General Richards for a public statement about the legality of targeting Gaddafi personally. It was “along the lines of, ‘You do the fighting, I’ll do the talking.”
DO IT ALL AGAIN
Surprising poll of the day: 53% of Conservative voters would prefer a second Coalition with the Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung parliament, against just 37% who would favour going it alone, according to a Survation poll for the Huffington Post. (An eccentric 2% of Conservatives favour a coalition between Labour and the Liberals to government by their own side.)
Pastor James McConnell is a Belfast, Ireland pastor who came under fire and police scrutiny earlier this year for daring to characterize Islam as heathen and Satanic.
Speaking to his congregation in north Belfast, Mr McConnell said “a new evil had arisen” and “there are cells of Muslims right throughout Britain”.
“Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.”
He said he agreed with the late MP Enoch Powell, whose 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech criticized immigration.
“Enoch Powell was a prophet, he called it that blood would flow on the streets and it has happened.”
Preaching the gospel should not result in government persecution. But that it was what happened here. After this sermon, the pastor was subjected to a two-hour police interrogation and was forced to apologize for his remarks to avoid prosecution. The fact is that it is not, and should not…
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