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Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald's toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad. According to a report appearing today (5/27/12) on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald's fast food restaurant "abused the Prophet Muhammad by placing his name at the base of a toy that is being distributed as part of the Happy Meal, a toy which steps on the name 'Muhammad.'"
Yeah, because McDonalds would deliberately set out to cause problems in a market. Sure.
Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police said yesterday. Clerics issued a decree after a mobile phone video emerged of the six enjoying themselves in a remote village in the mountainous district of Kohistan, 176 kilometres (109 miles) north of the capital Islamabad.
Nutcases of a different persuasion:
"A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa. The same group sent a letter bomb to a Swiss pro-nuclear lobby group in 2011; attempted to bomb IBM's nanotechnology laboratory in Switzerland in 2010; and has ties with a group responsible for at least four bomb attacks on nanotechnology facilities in Mexico. Another branch of the group attacked railway signals in Bristol, UK, last week in an attempt to disrupt employees of nearby defense technology firms (no word on whether anyone noticed the difference between an anarchist attack and a normal Wednesday on the UK's railways). A report by Swiss intelligence says such loosely affiliated groups are increasingly working together."
Other nutty leftists here in the .gov, this one Obama wants running the NRC:
This book, which is endorsed by antinuclear activist Victor Gilinsky, makes the absurd argument that rather than risk unknown consequences 10,000 years in the future should geological conditions affecting remote underground desert repositories change, that high level nuclear waste should continue to be stored in cooling ponds adjacent to nuclear power plants located near heavily populated urban and suburban areas. Thus for Macfarlane, as for Jaczko, the clear goal is to not to make nuclear power as safe as possible — which is the purpose of the NRC — but to make it as unsafe as possible — which is the agenda of those seeking to shut down the nuclear industry.
Barney Frank: miserable dirtbag, now and forever:
Frank, who seemed to be looking for laughs from those in attendance, commented about academic and social justice crusader Hubie Jones’ honorary degree. The politician, who was clearly attempting to invoke the racial elements surrounding the Martin incident, said that Jones now has an academic hoodie that he can wear without anyone shooting at him.
Chris Hayes 'Uncomfortable' Calling Fallen Military 'Heroes' – Marines respond by protecting his right to menstruate.
On the Zimmerman/Martin case, Insty pointed to this; a critical bit:
Why Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the non-emergency number is a red herring. It doesn't matter if he profiled him or unfairly suspected him of criminal activity. It doesn't matter that he was a crime warrior. He didn't break the law. His neighborhood watch program, set up with the assistance of the police, instructed residents to report suspicious activity. That's what he did. He wasn't on watch that night, he had a concealed weapons permit, and it wasn't a crime to get out of his car to see where Trayvon had run off to, so he could tell the police when they got there.
All that matters legally is whether Trayvon Martin's physical attack on him caused him to reasonably fear serious bodily injury. Zimmerman's testimony, which is supported by proof of his injuries and witnesses observing the struggle, is that Martin broke his nose and banged his head against cement. He tried to get up and couldn't. Using an objective standard, a reasonable person in that situation would fear imminent serious bodily injury if he didn't react with force.
It's a very good rundown of what the evidence and testimony actually shows; and, frankly, it makes the smiley press-conference 'We're charging him!' mess from Angela Corey look even worse.
I mean, "I cry a lot more than you think I do. I care about people who don't care about me," describes a bipolar codependent, not Woman of the Year. It's stuff like this that makes me cry a lot more than you think I do, but mostly just tears of frustrated rage that it's illegal to choke the living crap out of people like her.
Anyway, I'll just be over here in the corner with Marie Curie and Grace Hopper, counting on our fingers because math is hard.
I had a question as to why this was tagged 'Dumbass feminism'; actual feminism is one thing, this... I'll bet the female responsible for what Tam linked to considers herself a hard-core feminist, and if a man said some of those things about her she'd have a fit, but as long as she says it, well, that's different! Or something.