Monday, March 31, 2008

Fitna to be tied?

Omar Bakri
Moderate in his extremism
(Image from BBC News)

Fitna offensive?

Apparently not for some Muslims, as reported by Michael Steen, Andrew Bounds, and Ferry Biederman in "Muslim reaction to Dutch film is muted," Financial Times (March 29, 2008):
Omar Bakri, the Libyan-based radical Muslim cleric who is barred from Britain, did not think the film was very offensive. "On the contrary, if we leave out the first images and the sound of the page being torn, it could be a film by the [Islamist] Mujahideen," he said.
Since Bakri himself is an Islamist (and based not in Libya but in Lebanon), we can perhaps conclude that except for the opening and closing images and commentary, some 14 minutes of the 15 minute film could be used as recruiting video for jihadists of the sort that Bakri himself supports.

By the way, the "15 minutes" refers to the official countdown in the film, for Fitna is longer than 15 minutes if one includes the credits.

I'd write more, but I'm still feeling under the weather. Perhaps tomorrow...

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At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think you might need to re-consider 'ol JK's "good fer what ails ye" remedy. The one I mentioned some months back.


12 oz of the cheapest beer you can locate, the Phillippines' San Miguel is preferable.

2 tablespoons Tobasco sauce

1 medium brown shelled chicken egg (shell removed)

Garnish with paprika to taste

Pour into a glass container (preferably one which exhibits some unidentifiable icky residue) stir well, pinch nose with left hand fingers, using right hand to tilt aforementioned glass: drink rapidly.

Repeat as necessary.


At 7:14 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

after you try JK's remedy, try mine: gargle with saltwater!
Not only will it help the sore throat, but will get the taste of his remedy out of your mouth!

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I don't doubt that I'd be cured for good, JK.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:26 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeanie, that's my remedy, too.

If only all the world's ills were so easily cured...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One third of Tabasco is salt. And since you've been alluding to some undefined ailment recently (and knowing you'd likely be using your "tried but...") apparently not so efficacious, I thought perhaps what Rachel Ray and I agree on (despite her insistence on Milwaukee's Best which I know is unavailable in Korea) I simply suggested a more available substitute.

And actually, according to the NIH, all you really need is the albumen, the hops, the salt, and paprika to taste. Apparently non-alcohol containing beer would do. However, Granny's original recipe generally works for me.

I am told that if one has a wife and children nearby that the sickly one can lean back in the Lazyboy and repeat, "Oh I feel like ________, might ya'll feel really sorry for me and do ________ for me."

Jeffery, simply print the above and magnetize it to the refrigerator door. Remain vigilant however: they may bring a fan, collect the insurance, and become hillbillies. Despite your best intents.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And JeaniO,

Knowing his wonderful family I would have you know that the unidentifyably icky substance is not likely to be toxic.

Unless of course En-Uk has inadvertently substituted eel moisturizing lotion (there was the fan induced dehydrated eel incident-recorded in the archives) for perhaps something innocuous like ethylene glycol.


At 10:56 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, I'd forgotten that salt is a great part of Tobasco Sauce, but you're right about that.

Maybe your home remedy really will work...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:59 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

Eel lotion? Would that be anything like the time Sach and Jake used Pepto pink stuff for imaginery wine. Boy were they sick after wine glasses full of the pink stuff.?

Or the dares to eat raw eggs chased by cheap whiskey.

or the time they poured vinegar in the laundry water on another dare

How about when Sach rubbed the baby all over with vicks salve. Allllllll over his entire body.
well maybe you smiled

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Lordy JeaniO,

"Sach and Jake used Pepto pink stuff for imaginery wine. Boy were they sick after wine glasses full of the pink stuff.?"

Now that you know where my initials fall on the querty I suspect you won't mind my replacing your "sick" with "stuck?"

Hey Jeff, ya feeling better yet?


At 1:43 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeanie and JK, I fear that I'm falling even more ill...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it would seem the Tri-J's know enough now of each other that the latter two might say, "Hey Jeff, how 'bout another ethylene glycol cocktail: black or green olive this time? You'll be better in no time!"

We'd add a small umbrella scotch-taped to a chopstick of course. Well 3-J might not participate so I guess I'll try Granny's recipe.

2-J JK

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, I'd better steer clear of alcohol till this bout bows out.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The title "Fitna" is a punster's dream, isn't it, Jeffery?


At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arrr ye not fitna?

Arrr ye not not fitna'f to change what seemed fitna initials?

JK included too much (fitnoughly his own bio) might I fitna ina gypsy in some other guise? T'was JeaniO's not fault

But I shall remain a Pirate. And do, of course the internet tune. Two consonants, two numerals.


At 9:17 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yeah, Sonagi, I rather like Fitna . . . the word, anyway.

But, JK, it makes me think of a Scottish accent...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:27 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

QUITE interesting. I guess it makes sense!

At 5:48 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, it does make sense that Bakri would respond rather 'positively', for most of the images that Wilders used are collated from images of or by violent Islamists.

That was the cleverness of Wilders, but he made a few mistakes in selecting some images.

Jeffery Hodges

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