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There. Done. Everybody shut up and go home now.

So fifty knuckleheads in Florida vow to do something small, dumb and pointless, and the next thing you got the pope and the president and the prime minister and the general in charge of the war and everybody all up in there screaming and flapping and turning a small moment of private stupid into a HUGE INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT.

If a Koran burns in the forest and AP doesn’t report it, do thousands rally in Afghanistan?

Oh, retaliation? Really? You mean they haven’t really hated the West all that much, but NOW they’re serious? Instead of being mad at us, now they’re extra super mad?

What comes after that? Double extra super times-infinity-plus-one mad?

Seriously. Everybody shut up. Go home. Stop embarrassing me.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: September 10, 2010, 2:13 pm

It is interesting how the default setting for the “Religion of Peace” seems to be violence, and that they will behave so seems to be a given on the part of the rest of the world.

I sometimes wonder if Pastor Jones is a man out to exercise his right as an American to be a twit, or if he is a very clever man, out to make a point.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

What bothers me about this whole incident ( and the whole mosque thing) it that it is just more evidence that we as a nation have regressed to the Jimmy Carter era.

By this I mean our national belief (on the lefties who are in charge anyhow) that everyone is rational, and if we just treat them nicely, they’ll treat us nicely in return.

One of the great lessons of the Iran hostage crisis for me was that it revealed to me the dangers of assuming that ‘under the skin everyone is all alike’ and the naiveté of belief that you can reason with anyone.

Recognition of the dangers of that assumption has been a great benefit to me in my career. When anticipating the responses of an opponent, don’t fall into the trap of assuming that he will do what you would do.

Comment from Monotone (The Elderish)
Time: September 10, 2010, 4:37 pm

Ugh, i agree this whole thing is asinine. Leave me alone, don’t try to blow me up, you know, the basics. But yeah, carter or nixon era for sure, (i mean obama practically parallels nixon in his additude and policies). But anyway, I don’t see why this got so much attention all of a sudden, I mean normally this whole thing would be a tiny footnote in the paper, you’d think, “oh, what a nut.” and that’d be the end of it. But now everything seems to turn into a international incident. BTW anyone hear about irans paying bounty’s for U.S. Soldiers? Why is THAT not a international incident? Why is “senor matches” getting more press than that? ok, done with my tirade, carry on.

oh, here’s the link to the bounty story… http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20100906/882/twl-iran-paying-taliban-1-000-dollar-bou.html

A slightly Irate M.T.E.

Comment from tawny
Time: September 10, 2010, 4:45 pm

Terry Jones couldn’t have bought this publicity for his church. He has managed to get the Obama administration to contact him directly and has got worldwide attention, he was ‘fortunate’ in his choice of opponents; Fred Phelps burned a Koran a while back and everyone ignored him.

Meanwhile on a lighter note, OMG there’s a badger on the loose!
Prague zoo says one of its fearless honey badgers is on the run.

Zoo spokeswoman Jana Ptacinska Jiratova says the female honey badger named Kaca escaped last week, when she probably climbed over a 1.6m high fence.

Pavel Brandl, in charge of mammals at the Prague zoo, says the honey badger is considered the most fearless animal in the world. …

Comment from kansas
Time: September 10, 2010, 6:57 pm

If a Koran burns in the forest and AP reports it, how do thousands of illiterates in Afghanistan know about it?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 10, 2010, 7:29 pm

That’s an excellent point, kansas.

I note, too, Drudge is running the headline, “thousands riot in Afghanistan” — but the picture shows ten people, cropped close. I wonder…

Comment from Pavel
Time: September 10, 2010, 8:32 pm

Draw a cartoon, Muslims riot. Name a stuffed animal Mohammad, Muslims riot. Burn a Quran, Muslims riot.

Marry a six year old, Muslims call you a prophet.

I really hate slow news weeks. This kind of crap is just so stupid.

Comment from steve
Time: September 10, 2010, 8:43 pm

IMAO, Pastor Jones is, as you described it, a man out to exercise his right as an American to be a twit.

And I simultaneously hold out the possibility that he will, indeed, end up making a point.

Which doesn’t make him is a very clever man.

Rather, it simply serves as more proof (as though any were necessary) of that whole thing about blind pigs and acorns and such…

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 10, 2010, 9:18 pm

SOOOOOO, I guess that the object lesson is that whatever we do, Radical Muslims will act like Radical Muslims. So we aren’t supposed to do anything.

Anyone interested in driving down to South Park and burying your heads in the sand? Me neither.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: September 10, 2010, 9:34 pm

Well, I see Imam Rauf (he of the US State Dept. Gold Travel Card) predicts “violence” if he nudges his proposed whatever a block or two. And he apparently means right in the streets of the good ole US of A.

Note to Rauf – Best keep to liberal cities with most likely unconstitutional gun control laws. Try that crap out in flyover country and I won’t be responsible for the results.

Unless, of course, I AM responsible for the results.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 10, 2010, 10:23 pm

So if I download the Quran and then delete it…will that piss them off too? Will the Pope call me?

Guess I should do this right and call a press conference.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 10, 2010, 10:46 pm

LOL…. Grom, you are a genious. Next Sept 11, we all need to have Kindels, IPads or any other device that does EBooks, and publicly announce that the Koran will be wiped from the hard drives in protest of Islamic extremism…. 😉

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 10, 2010, 10:55 pm

LOL… Grom, I just posted your idea (with attribution) on thecornfieldonline for symbolically deleting the Islamic Holy Book from electronic devices, as opposed to burning them (damn smoke, cough cough)……

Lets see if we can stir something up……

(for the hard copies of the Koran, I suggest getting a bunch of copies we can bleach out the text on and reprint, or just printing them new, that actually then contain the assorted works of the Marques De Sade translated in Arabic, and distribute them for free. I wonder if anyone would notice…)

Comment from Festive Protrudence
Time: September 10, 2010, 11:31 pm

Personally, I’m a big fan of this danish vid that was put out a while back.


To hell with the pedophile prophet cult.

Comment from Pupster
Time: September 10, 2010, 11:50 pm

Stop embarrassing me.


Yeah, good luck with THAT.

Comment from Mark
Time: September 11, 2010, 12:25 am

For Stoatie:

If Drudge is running the headline, it’s usually pretty darned accurate…

At least compared to ABCNNBCBS. And the Beebe as well, I understand.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 11, 2010, 3:32 am

As Ann Coulter pointed out, the problem isn’t that it will provoke the jihadists, it’s that it is a gratuitous poke in the eye to all Moslems, including those who mean us no harm.

And, I would add, those who help us fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Like the Afghan village elders who risk their lives to support us, or the Pakistani army, which has had more men killed fighting the Taliban than the U.S., or the Moslem governments which have arrested terrorists and passed intelligence to us.

Petraeus was right: this stunt would make the job of U.S. troops in Afghanistan harder, and might cost American lives.

Which is not to deny that the implicit deference to Islamist bullying is profoundly irritating.

BTW, did you know that the Egyptian government has charged a Moslem loudmouth with “religious defamation” for saying rude things about the Bible? Methinks this is a stalking horse for future prosecutions of critics of Islam, and to support the campaign for “international laws” against “blasphemy”.

Comment from ryukyu
Time: September 11, 2010, 3:58 am

I wonder how many Korans were in the World Trade Center?

Comment from Pavel
Time: September 11, 2010, 4:55 am

Instapundit quotes a reader’s email: “The Democratic powerhouse machine from 2008 has been reduced to sending more cameras to cover the whack-job reverend than that church has members. All in the service to revive a comatose presidency.”

That about nails it.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: September 11, 2010, 7:26 am

Well, I’d love to check it out, but Lauren Sivan is in the Leg chair tonight on Red Eye.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 11, 2010, 11:54 am

The problem with the “it will offend moderate Muslims” argument is that people who are mortally offended at the very idea that somebody, somewhere is being disrespectful to their sacred text…well, see, that’s pretty nutty.

So it’s like saying, “don’t tease the evil crazy people or you’ll make the nice crazy people sad.”

Comment from Dan.
Time: September 11, 2010, 7:51 pm

“It will offend moderate Muslims”
Haven’t we heard these “promises” before?
And then they’ll get mad.
And then they’ll riot.
And Watts will burn. And Detroit.

Oops — wrong group of religious leaders.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 11, 2010, 8:53 pm

Sorry about the trip to the spam filter, Dan. Godnose what it didn’t like about you.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: September 12, 2010, 10:26 am

BTW anyone hear about irans paying bounty’s for U.S. Soldiers? Why is THAT not a international incident?

Because it’s not news. We were told in May 2009 that Iran was offering $1K for any US soldier AQI killed and $5K for any they could kidnap.

Pissed the troops off righteously when they found out Iran was offering AQI $10K for proof they’d killed one of us ‘structor-pilot contractors, and $25K if we starred in one of their videos…

Comment from Monotone (The Elderish)
Time: September 12, 2010, 2:29 pm

*face palm* thxs for the info!

Comment from nbpundit
Time: September 12, 2010, 9:05 pm

Does fried koran go well with baked beans?

Comment from J2
Time: September 13, 2010, 2:14 am

i would have thought that the enviro-nut jobs would be rioting over the possible global warming implications of a koran burning event….

2 million years from now, i hazard to guess there might even be a geologic layer and/or artifact that chronicles such a catastrophic event.

Comment from J2
Time: September 13, 2010, 2:21 am

another thought…..

a fatwa will probably be issued for just drawing some book that may some how be construed as a coran burning…

stoning, dismemberment, flogging, coupling with a goat, etc will most likely be the humane and civil methods employed to remedy this transgression…

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: September 13, 2010, 2:58 pm

If a Koran burns in the forest and AP reports it, how do thousands of illiterates in Afghanistan know about it?

Simple. Scuzzwad fundies in Kabul wrap a banner around the top of their building — the World Philosophical Mathematics Research Center — which happens to be right across the street from the Afghani Armed Forces headquarters. Most people in Kabul pass by at least once a day, and if they can’t read it, they’ll ask someone who can.

And don’t forget, the Afghans don’t have a real tight lock on the idea of a government that *doesn’t* control every aspect of somebody’s life — typical quotes from Stars & Stripes article last Thursday:

“If the government wanted to stop it, they would. But they don’t.”

“Right now, this is just a rumor but everyone is angry.”

“People said they [Americans] were against Islam but I ignored them. Now I see that they are.”

Never underestimate the hold that Islam has in an area where a man only has two frikkin’ things that somebody else can’t take away from him — his honor and his religion.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 13, 2010, 3:37 pm

Simply put – it doesn’t matter a damn what we do – there will be ‘Death to America’ marches and something will be burned.

Some of the people of Pakistan complain that we don’t deliver enough aid to them fast enough. Others complain that we are trying to buy their love.

So I stick my original point – just as Jimmah found out with the Iranians, the idea that you can buy peace by being nice and trying to stop some nut from burning a Koran is like teaching a pig to sing. It just wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: September 18, 2010, 3:20 am

Uh oh… now we’re all on double secret probation!

Comment from Sordy
Time: October 15, 2010, 3:59 am

This is a stupid thread.

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