February 5th, 2006


Buy Danish

(No, not the pastry... and I'm not advocating slavery either, OK?)

By now you've probably heard about the Danish newspaper that commissioned cartoons of Mohammed after the author of a children's book about Mohammed found that nobody would illustrate the book without guaranteed anonymity.

The response from some portions of the Muslim world has been insane. The Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus have been torched. The cartoonists fear for their lives. From My Way News:
In the West Bank town of Hebron, about 50 Palestinians marched to the headquarters of the international observer mission there, burned a Danish flag and demanded a boycott of Danish goods.

"We will redeem our prophet Muhammad with our blood!" they chanted.
(Hey, as long as it's just your blood, feel free. Write back and let us know if it's true about the seventy-two virgins, OK?)

In any case... there is a boycott of Danish goods underway in some Muslim countries. (One does have to admit that that's a civilized way to express one's displeasure.)

So... Buy Danish. Support Denmark.
  • Current Music
    "Happy Birthday" a la Beethoven et al., Victor Borge

The game that dare not speak its name...

...or rather, whose name one must not say unless one forks over a lot of money.

"It is a Yang worship word. You will not speak it!" —Cloud William, "The Omega Glory," ST:TOS

I'm not sure whether to laugh or barf at all the commercials carefully avoiding the football worship word. I think that if I were American Standard, I'd make a toilet designed for Big and Tall people, and call it the Super Bowl.

Ah, well... have fun watching You-Know-What. One always reads about porn driving various media technologies; I think this time around, sports fans are driving large screen and HDTV. Thanks, sports fans, you early adopters, you. Thanks for forking over the big bucks so that those of us who come later don't have to.

P.S. I suppose I shouldn't blather so; the Olympics are even more idiotic in this respect. Here are some of the "worship words" for the. um, games named for where the Greek gods lived that are being held six years from now in that big town in England:
  • Olympic
  • Olympiad
  • Olympian
  • London 2012
  • summer
  • gold
  • silver
  • bronze
(Both singular and plural forms of the O-words listed are covered under the UK law concerning the issue.)
  • Current Music
    "Step Right Up," Tom Waits