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Silliness

Silliness

A number of stories I have read recently have made me chuckle. Whenever I hear some politically correct bleater I’d usually want to give them a sharp clip around the ear, but I suppose the best thing you can do is just laugh and revel in their witless stupidity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday Madness

Monday Madness

So, it’s back to the grindstone.

I guess it will take a little while for things to warm up – after all, it isn’t just me who is slowly cranking back into gear. The sharply cold weather isn’t helping, but down here in the Saarf we shouldn’t really be complaining too much as we are still able to get about fairly easily and haven’t been served with yet another dumping of snow like those poor folks oop north.

One would have thought that the start of another year would see some people winds their necks back in, but hope would be a fine thing. Right there at the top of the list are our Muslim friends led by the wonderful Anjem Choudharywho has now threatened to lead a march through the otherwise obscure Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett.

To those who may not know, Wootton Bassett is a small market town located near RAF Lyneham (where my father was once based, I believe) which is the point of arrival for servicemen and women who have been killed abroad. Given the town’s proximity to the RAF base, its streets have become the informal mourning place for dead service personnel on account of the fact that hearses leaving Lyneham pass through them.

This, of course, makes any planned march or protest by Islamic extremists doubly inflammatory.

I think most people in this country are agreed that the mess that has been made in both Afghanistan and Iraq could easily have been avoided; however rather than use this as a valid bargaining chip to built better relations and create a common front against the likes of Tony Blair and his warmongering minions, malcontents like Choudhary feel the need make his point by spiting the families of all those who have given their lives in this pointless conflict.

If Choudhary’s army really want to make a point, they should march on Blair’s armoured compound and give us taxpayers some value for the six million pounds we are currently paying for his well being. Rather than wasting their time travelling down to the sticks and getting up the collective nose of the British public, Choudhary and his motley band of rabble rousers, benefit scroungers and interlopers should make it their mission to land one square on Blair’s smarmy mug. And I am sure that if they did this, most of the rest of us wouldn’t lose much sleep over it.

Of course, Choudhary’s claim that Allied forces have killed more civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq than the Islamic extremists is absurd; there is no point arguing the toss though, as these people are simply deluded. After all, what else could you expect from the sort of people who would arm their underpants with explosives when boarding a plane?

The truth is that we’d all be better off if we just shoved these undesirables on a plane and jettisoned them over the desert – which should by rights far more welcoming than our land of milk and honey and easy to get benefits. I’d happily send Blair, Brown and all of those other slime-ridden tosspots with them as well.

And now to the latest from the pointless non-story newsdesk… It appears that the spoofed Michelle Obama “chimp” image is doing the rounds again, proof that there are some journalists out there with plenty of time on their hands…

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business

It’s silly news time again, with the powers that be at Google apologising to US First Lady Michelle Obama over a rather crudely-doctored image that appears when visitors enter her name. While retaining their position on freedom of speech, opinion and information, Google have opted to put up an obvious link to their policy on potentially offensive search results – which anyone who has used any sort of search engine tool would have taken as a given.

Armed with the knowledge that any image search can run the risk of generating results that could include offensive content – something that has been the case ever since Google launched this extremely valuable feature – I find it bizarre that they should choose to post up this warning link now. Are the Obamas that precious?

Only the other day I was looking for images of Latvia – and among the pretty pictures of Riga and Daugavpils were some equally pretty pictures of what I would assume were female Latvian natives – or not, given that for all I know they may have been from Scunthorpe or Boise, ID. When re-running this search today the results are much the same, but there is no sign of any warning about potentially offensive images. Granted that I don’t find such images in the slightest bit offensive, but I am certain that there are others out there that may take a different view.

For what it’s worth I don’t find the doctored “Michelle Obama” monkey image offensive. If anything, it’s rather rubbish; it doesn’t even look her, even if you will it to. Whether it is “racist” or not is also a simple matter of conjecture: former US President George W. Bush was also – almost routinely, in fact – portrayed as a chimpanzee, something that was widely seen as one big joke. In fact, I’d actually wager than many of those who have got into a lather about Michelle Obama being phooed were joining in the laughter when Bush was suitable simianised by some clever photoshopper with a little too much time on his or her hands.

Dubya and Michelle?

Dubya and Michelle?

Prominent figures will always be mocked; it is just a matter of seeing things as they are and not reading too much into it. We all know that Michelle Obama is not actually a monkey, in much the same way as we know that George W. Bush isn’t actually a chimpanzee – even though at times during his presidency he may have acted like one.

Whether it is turning a politician into a monkey or making them look like Josef V. Stalin – as I did once with current Home Secretary Alan Johnson – buggering around with photos using image manipulation tools will always be part of life on the Interweb. It’s just a whole load of monkey business. People just monkeying around. You are not supposed to take these people seriously; you just throw them a banana.

As an educated European I suppose it is easy to say that we shouldn’t take such silliness at face value, but given that taking things literally is pretty much an transatlantic character trait – even among supposedly intelligent and educated types – it might be too much of a task. You’d be far better off trying to make a Abu Hamza take a bite out of a bacon sandwich than try and explain irony or satire to your average American; throw the race issue into the mix and you’ll really find yourself in a pickle.

Of course, I am cynically reposting the image – along with a slightly better-made chimpy Dubya – in order to boost my ratings on Google. lolol.

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