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Terry Jones has a kind of “faces of meth” thing going, hasn’t he?

Seriously, why was this even reported? Burning a Koran is both stupid and legal in this country, if not as stupid as giving a cracker attention whore nobody preacherman just what he’s begging for. Way to reward bad behavior!

Next thing you know, you got the United Nations, the European Union, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, General Petraeus and who knows who else wringing their hands about it. Oh, way to signal that we think this is a big fucking deal, too.

We don’t. And pretending we do was exactly the wrong thing.

Asking rednecks not to do stupid things is like expecting water to flow up. Does the United Nations think Ray-Ray should buy those sweet-ass alligator boots if he can’t make his truck payment this month? Does Angela Merkel think Darlene should leave her kids in the car while she drops in for a couple of beers at the Lucky Seven?

So why make this bonehead a superstar?

Burning a book had not the slightest interest to an American audience. Even our Muslims didn’t seem all that wadded up about it. The only interested constituency was the excitable, primitive boo-boos in the back of nowhere.

So why does our media choose to serve THAT audience? It’s bizarre.

I have a theory. The MSM can no longer keep things hidden from us, so they’ve gone into the business of revealing things that we all agree would be better hidden.

What do you think? Too paranoid?


Comment from The Dread Pirate Shaved Beard
Time: April 4, 2011, 5:51 pm

The only interested constituency was the excitable, primitive boo-boos in the back of nowhere.

So why does our media choose to serve THAT audience?

Any excuse to finger-wag and lecture is a good excuse.

It also doesn’t hurt that this brings up the “freedom of speech” debate pre-framed in such a way to support their long-running, implicit contention that speech should be licensed the same way gun ownership (all too frequently) is.

Comment from Peter Risdon
Time: April 4, 2011, 6:09 pm

I read today that the whackos from Westboro have burnt Korans on at least one occasion but it wasn’t reported in any big way and there was, therefore, no AfPak response. That adds weight to your question: why report this one so much more prominently?

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: April 4, 2011, 6:29 pm

Ah redneck is fixin to do sumthin stoop’d, y’all.

There, fixed it for you.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: April 4, 2011, 6:39 pm

[i]The MSM can no longer keep things hidden from us, so they’ve gone into the business of revealing things that we all agree would be better hidden. [/i]

That’s a good angle, but contradicts your earlier thought of “things are hard to hide”. Maybe: Our Unprecedented Leader Baracky is temporarily not producing a Very Good Thing and no need to look into Libian Most Excellent Adventure or any accomplishments, so look at this evil paleface bitter adherent to that other good book. We’ll be back to regular programming once Baracky topples a few bowling pins or visits a green butt-plug factory in Nebraska.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 4, 2011, 7:02 pm

Damn! I meant to spell it “stoopit.”

Comment from Uncle Monkey
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:00 pm

Great image, as always.

Terry Jones has a kind of “faces of meth” thing going, hasn’t he?

‘cept he hasn’t scratched holes in his face from the burrowing bugs.

How ’bout that moron at Time Bobby Ghosh saying it’s okay to burn the bible because “men wrote it” but you can’t burn the Koran because it comes straight from God. Like, God has to communicate through printed pages and shit. Who knew?

Just really can’t express himself other ways. Tried oils, but thought they just got too muddy – hard to clean up too. Sculpting – always looked like a bad Rodin. Yeah – writing turned out to be his deal. Cut out the middle man! None of that “interpret God’s word” crap.

Got a good editor (the real secret) and got that first work published and printed because, well, he’s God. Zap! Book(s). Been resting on his laurels ever since.

Anyway, glad the media has something to write about here because there is so very little going on in the rest of the world. It’s like they need to start inventing crap.
To start whipping up the Islamists. Because they need it. Whipping up that is.

And we all know God needs defending – ‘cuz it’s like kicking a walker out from under Granny.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:23 pm

The thing is that noone gave a fornicating turd about it for over two weeks. Then, someone who thought they could make a great stir over it sent it across the pond to some shit eater fundie in the M.E., who decided that he could use it to cause trouble.

The media, of course, were delighted at what happened, because they can charge a few more bucks now for doritos adverts….


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:25 pm

The wife unit calls me her “educated cowboy”…close enough to be called Redneck on occasion, genetically speaking. Proud of it, yessir.

I have plenty of “redneck” friends, most from the great state of Texas. To a Billy-Bob and ‘Lissa-Lou, they are gobsmacked, disenchanted, and some…Dunrite horse pucky pissed at both the Jonesboro, Arkansas Baptist quran burning and its publicity by the dominant lib media. Just as they are fuming mad at Pastor Fred Phelps and his wing nut congregation from Westboro Baptist in Kansas and their despicable antics at the funerals of KIA soldiers.

Sporadic – Not much of a fan of poodle shooters my own self.
As far as I am concerned, anything under .308 cal. is questionable for defense… kinetic energy, mass and all that. I carry a S&W.357 mag. The next will be a .45 auto XD.

I hunt with a .270 Win. and a .35 Whelen. I love to shoot the Ruger Blackhawk hogleg and Marlin lever action carbine – both in .44 mag. If need arises, I want a large wound channel and the attendant trauma to both flesh, organ and the nervous sys.ops. I want the goblin to go down and stay down.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:38 pm

Another problem I have with this whole thing is that Dirty Harry Reid has announced that he wants formal hearings on the burning, with an eye toward restricting certain types of “inflamatory” free speech rights…

(tell me that the fucker hasn’t been begging for an excuse like this….)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:48 pm

My head almost exploded at the idea of Reid/Graham “First Amendment optional” hearings, Scoob. I guarantdamntee you, if they do it, there will be an EPIDEMIC of Koran burning.

Comment from Sigivald
Time: April 4, 2011, 9:51 pm

Part of it’s what Dread Pirate said.

Part of it is also that the Intellectual Posturing of the Media Elite make them automatically opposed to any book burning; they conflate state-controlled book burning (to control thought, at least in principle – and that’s BAD) with individuals doing so to make a point (which is free speech, and GOOD at the level of speech, even if daft).

Part of it is that they’ve got the idea that they’re supposed to be “advocates for the powerless”, and that the Raging Semi-masses in Pakistan are “the powerless”, and that the content doesn’t matter, so long as they’re “advocating”.

Part of it seems also to be class-identification and posturing; if you mock “the rednecks” you can’t be one yourself, and are thus secure in your position, unable to be conflated with that particular Other.

(Thus the elite’s horror of the Redneck is far stronger than its horror of far worse positions, but ones that the individual elites could never be confused for!)

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:16 pm

Stoatie – If they try to shut ME up, I might just fold a private little bonfire my own self…..

Complete with effigies of high ranking democrats, ala Guy Fawkes night…..

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:18 pm


Er, if that Ruger is chambered for .44 mag, it’s a Super Blackhawk, not a Blackhawk.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:22 pm

Meh… My bedside pistol is a Tanfoglio/EAA Witness .40…..

Nice piece, but mags are a bit rare…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:27 pm

Meh. My bedside weapon is a Civil War reenactor’s cavalry saber.

Stupid gun control.

Comment from Pablo
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:32 pm

Famous last words: “Hey, y’all! Watch this!”

I guarantdamntee you, if they do it, there will be an EPIDEMIC of Koran burning.

Stock up now!

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:35 pm

That sabre is probably illegal there as well.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:44 pm

Sod burning that book of fairy tales – burn Harry Reid instead.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:47 pm

I go for the M1A as the bedside “pistol”. With a Remington 700 backup.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 4, 2011, 10:48 pm

And quite frankly, the Religion of Peace is proving Pastor Jones to be quite accurate.

Comment from Hunt Johnsen
Time: April 4, 2011, 11:24 pm

This is priceless and should be spread around – her comments to Graham are right on, and the bacon bookmarks a wonderful touch.


Comment from Uncle Monkey
Time: April 4, 2011, 11:29 pm

@Sven in Colorado (& Mike C.)

Think y’all might be interested in my breakfast table:

Comment from Mike James
Time: April 4, 2011, 11:42 pm

Love the image. Sort of Leo McKern by way of the Martian Ambassador from “Mars Attacks”, no?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 4, 2011, 11:55 pm

For Hunt Johnsen:
You can grab those with KeepVid.com, if you want to make sure they don’t disappear in a fit of appeasement. Not that ANYONE would even consider such a thing these days…

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:08 am

I wonder what happens if someone has an electronic copy of the Koran on their Kindle and decides to delete it. Does somewhere in the Middle East a baby goat explode when that happens?

Comment from The Dread Pirate Shaved Beard
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:09 am

I’m just waiting for the Tipper Gore (D-Babylon) inspired denunciations of our sinful music from our ever-hand-wringing Make Believe Media.

Comment from Uncle Monkey
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:18 am

@Andrea Harris

I wonder what happens if someone has an electronic copy of the Koran on their Kindle and decides to delete it. Does somewhere in the Middle East a baby goat explode when that happens?

How do you know you can delete it? Have you tried?

If it were an android (google) device I’d be even more suspicious.

Maybe it sends your current location to the nearest Al Quaeda Cell.

Achmed! Some infidel just tried to rid their satan device of the holy book! They’re at 127 Palm Street! Ululululululululu!

But damn, I think you’re onto something with the exploding goat – reminds me of something else…


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:21 am

Put it all in perspective. This is the same Congress that votes, on a more-or-less biennial basis, on bills to ban flag-burning. Which always get defeated (as they should, the First Amendment being what it is).

Be interesting to do a comparison on the voting on the last flag-burning-amendment bill and any bill that gets introduced on burning sacred texts. Mind you, I’m betting that the Congressional staffers who actually know something about the parameters of First Amendment jurisprudence will hose down the folks they work for before we get that far. But then, I’m a cockeyed optimist. . .not to mention naive.

Comment from Wiccapundit
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:33 am

Terry Jones cannot possibly be a redneck. He didn’t say “here, hold my beer” before he lit the match.

For my enlightened (heh) take on this matter:

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: April 5, 2011, 1:09 am

Mike C. — indeed, it is a super black hawk.

Here’s the collection:


I need my brain pan drained of the detritus that continues to flow out of DC. Harry Reid in particular.

Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: April 5, 2011, 1:10 am

The Media do it because it works.

We can march the smartest person in the world to the forefront of our cause and they will be reviled as an idiot. So, go honey badger, or go home, as the kids say.

Regardless whether I think Pastor Jones is a worthy vessel to contain political truth, it remains that burning the Koran as a form of protest is his right. And it doesn’t diminish the principle one iota because the actor is less than perfect. The ideal is what we uphold above the personal presentation.

God once had to resort to speaking truth through an ass. I’m okay with that, as long as the truth gets out there.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 5, 2011, 1:25 am

For Joan of Argghh!:
So THAT’s where the term “blow it out your…” came from!

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 5, 2011, 2:49 am

I’ve burnt the Koran plenty of times.
It just doesn’t work for me anymore.

I’m thinking of burning Muslims .. large piles of them. 🙂

The only good Muslim, is a dead Muslim.

Comment from Ken
Time: April 5, 2011, 2:55 am

Why are they doing it?

Run the rote condemnations of Pastor Jones now, and figure out how to tie him to the TEA Party and/or Sarah Palin later.

That’s why.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 5, 2011, 3:17 am

This whole thing pisses me off.

Look. There’s only one thing that is going change all these fourth-world, stone-age, waste of terra firma, mouthbreathing death-cultures.

Mark my words, someones gettin nuked sooner or later. Either us, or them. I know it’s not polite to say so in the company of sensible people, but it IS going to happen. And no amount of international/geopolitical ass kissing is going to stop it.

I give it three years. Five tops.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 5, 2011, 3:56 am

On the outs again with your Ewe, Flash?

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 5, 2011, 8:55 am

Until I started wearing a sidearm every day, I had not realised just how many things are at just the right height to bang it against. That goes for the radio, the double cuff case, and everything else on the Bat Belt.

Comment from some vegetable
Time: April 5, 2011, 12:43 pm

For me this is just another Jimmi Carter/Komehni moment. That is: A reminder that there are some people that you just can’t reason with some people.
Wrong as this moron is – his actions do bring forth the point that there will “never ever” be a political resolution in Afghanistan. These are tribal primitive people with no central leader with whom we could negotiate anything meaningful.

The only common thing they share is Allah and that because for many generations men went around killing everyone (and their families, sparing only the goats) if they didn’t profess a belief in Islam.

I wish Obama had studied history instead of constitutional lawlesness. Bush only threw in enough special forces to make them put their heads down and be quiet for a while. They understood that.
However Obama went in hoping to change things. Like the Russians, the British, and Alexander the Great before us, we will eventually have to give up and limp home leaving our equipment to be turned into goat shelters,and our survivors feeling damn glad to be getting out alive.
So, in summary, even from the mouths of xorry-ass meth-riddled rednecks are sometimes revealed great truths.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 5, 2011, 1:37 pm

I’m coming round to the idea we should have smashed the place up and gone home. Not a very American thing to do, but the Afghanis really don’t seem ready to sit at the grownup table yet.

Comment from Allen
Time: April 5, 2011, 4:28 pm

You know Afghanistan is a lovely place in the Spring. The fruit and nut trees are blooming, the snow is still on the mountains, and the views… Well, minus the people there, who tend to be quite bloodthirsty.

That is the real story. A dipstick in Florida goes attention whoring, other attention whores point out, “ZOMG, look over there!” And, some Norwegians get brutally cut down in Afghanistan.

No one was incited, it was an excuse to get rid of a few ferenghi. If you are ever in Afghanistan, and I don’t suggest you go, please keep in mind they hate you. They want you dead or gone. It’s not about Islam, you are a foreigner.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 5, 2011, 8:15 pm

Any book whose burning induces howling savages to cut someone’s head off needs burning.

The whole “nation-building” idea presupposes the foundations upon which to build a nation exist. There’s a fighting chance it might work in Iraq, but if we’d simply given the Taliban 48 hours to hand over Osama and rhen depopulated the place, we probably wouldn’t have needed to go into Iraq in the first place. A robust bit of carpet bombing set the Germans on the path of righteousness. I think this is instructive.

This will end in nukes. That we are even considering the possibility is to highlight the prodigious folly of British foreign policy over the last century when it comes to Islam. The creation of Pakistan was a mistake whose proportions can only be dimly seen. Letting the House of Saud take over the Arabian Peninsula was wickedly cretinous. If the Israelis go spastic and flash-fry two hundred million Mohammedans one afternoon the blame will lie in Whitehall. Or maybe India will step up to the plate and disinfect the sub-continent.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 6, 2011, 1:07 am

The average American cannot even find Afghanistan on the map, little alone knows what the US governments interests are in that nation, or even why they are fighting there.

You will cast your mind back to the heady days of pipeline deals for Caspian crude? Did the Taliban want too much for the oil?

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