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From Ali G. To Borat – It’s STILL Not Funny…

By on Nov 14, 2006 in Media, Politics | 13 comments

I first saw an Ali G. show years ago. I laughed. I didn’t laugh much, but I did laugh once, as I ‘got’ the joke, and then something spectacularly simple happened; I no longer found it funny. Sacha Baron Cohen was, and continues to be, a one trick pony; 1 ) lie to people, 2) subject them to a false premise conducted by somebody pretending to be even more stupid than he really is, and 3) watch them get initially frustrated by the sheer idiocy put on display, before 4) they finally grow annoyed as they realize that this is nothing but a cheap offensive waste of their time. That was Ali G then, and that, today, is Borat. Needless to say, since Sacha is such a one trick pony, he can never quite play the same place twice, such is notoriety. Thus, having pretty much beaten a dead horse to shreds across the ocean, he now comes to Amerika – where the audience has not yet...

Trying To Keep My Cool…

By on Sep 28, 2006 in Media, Politics | 1 comment

What the hell is wrong with The Australian? Or more precisely, Roger Boyes in Berlin? They publish an article with the hideous and false title of ‘Mozart Sacrificed To The Muslims‘, about the German Opera performance that’s been cancelled for worries about a specific scene. The title is significant when you consider that the scene in question is not part of the original Opera, and is an ‘addition’ created by the Opera’s director. The objectionable material has nothing whatsoever to do with Mozart. And so, along come Roger and The Australian with a title claiming that Mozart has been sacrificed to ‘The Muslims’. Notice that; not the objections of a specific Islamic body in Germany, no – the title simply says ‘The Muslims’… If you read the article, Roger does get around to mentioning that the scene occurs in the...

Pope – A Bit More…

By on Sep 25, 2006 in Politics | 0 comments

You might find this to be of interest.

The Pope ‘Thing’ – Messier & Messier…

By on Sep 23, 2006 in Politics | 5 comments

So here I am, reading an article called ‘The Pope on Islam‘ by a Dominic Lawson. Lawson obviously has a vain view of himself, setting himself up as some intellectual man of courage, daring to speak out the things which others only dare think…etc..etc… He claims that, despite claims to the contrary from moderates on both sides, the religions are natural enemies with mutually offensive beliefs. He says “Christianity exists only on the basis that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Islam exists only on the basis that God dictated his laws to Mohamed and that the Koran contains the actual words of God” – ignoring completely the simple fact that both religions share one common notion, i.e. monotheism. He also fails to see that some issues are due to chronological issues. For example, Islam, coming after Christianity, clearly calls both Jews and...

Know Thy Enemy…

By on Jun 16, 2006 in Politics | 0 comments

This is just a quick refresher, since memory seems to be in short supply. When the World Trade Center in New York went down, killing around 3,000 people – the reactions in Tehran, Iran were as follows: The Iranians, over 1 million of them, were on the streets of Tehran, holding a candle-light vigil for the people who had died. Yes, that’s the 2nd time I say ‘people’, not ‘Americans’, because, really, that’s what they were. To most people, I think – that’s what they were…people; husbands, wives, sons and daughters. Compare this with the footage of Mr. Bush, days afterwards, standing in the midst of the rubble. Again, the smug look on the face, a man about to break into a smirk. A man who sees nothing but opportunity, a man high on the rising post-disaster approval ratings, a man who at the time this picture was taken, already...

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