Best of Blogs: January 30, 2006
EDITED BY PIERRE TRISTAM/Candide's Notebooks
We're liberal to the core, but that means keeping an open mind as much as seducing closed ones. And so from the left, the right, the in-between, we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable. We browse all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology.Clicking the link will take you to the original blog post.
Featured Blog I: Last Rites
Congress Edits Bill of Rights
JESUS' GENERAL /January 26, 2006
It looks like Our Leader's agenda will continue even if French senators suddenly grow a spine and filibuster Judge Alito. I can't tell you who gave me this, but Sen. Frist is ready to introduce these amendments to the Amendments if needed.
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law without the expressed approval of the executive or his deputy chief of staff.
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia A confident male citizenry, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people white, Christian men to keep and bear arms of very large caliber with long, hardened, masculine barrels, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III: No
soldier fighting keyboarder shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house required to leave his basement for the purpose of procuring Cheetos, without first receiving from his mother, a sum equivalent to the cost of a single family sized or six "Big Grab" bags the consent of the owner, nor in time of war... Read the General's full bill..
Featured Blogger II: _Cartoon Network
Lampooning the Prophet and the View From A Muslim Believer
EMAN, AQUACOOL /January 27, 2006
[Since last September, when a Danish newspaper published twelve cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, a blasphemous according to Islamic tenets, a campaign of condemnation led by Saudi Arabia and condoned by the European Union and the Council of Europe has been directed at the Danish government for "failing" to discipline its press (a Danish court dismissed litigation against the newspaper). Though we respectfully and heartily disagree with the point of view presented below--the Notebooks will publish an essay on the subject on Tuesday-- we present it for the usual reason: Arab perspectives are virtually nonexistent in the West, an ironic contradiction in the land of the free and purportedly open-minded.]
Today isn’t just my day. I’m sick, exhausted and working my head off to meet deadlines that have been given to me in a very short notice! Anyway, few minutes after I’ve got back from my lunch break, a client (a foreigner, doesn’t matter what nationality) is at the company door. He came to meet the boss, who was out. So I asked him to wait in my office till my boss arrives.
After a quick chitchat I got back to my work and he just looked through the window. Suddenly he strikes me with this question.
Client: You must be feeling ashamed of what your people are doing!
Eman: Sorry! (what the hell is he talking about)
Client: You know, the Danish cartoonist and the whole fuss Muslims did about that, come on, boycotting Denmark, asking for a punishment… this is quite silly I must say. (laughs)
Eman: Aha, that’s what you’re talking about then!
Client: I mean no offence to you, you’re different, you’re open-minded, not like those backward conservatives! are you even 100% Arab? Read Eman's full dialogue with her client...