Thursday, 2 January 2014

Re: Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam

Take Heed Plain Ol'.....Most of the radical Muslims (e.g.;  most all Muslims and those in control of this huge hegemonious theology/theocracy)  care not whether you are Jewish, Agnostic, Athiest, Christian,  or even a "Moderate Muslim"......We're all infidels and to them, all should be accorded the same fate.


On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM, plainolamerican <plainolamerican@gmail.com> wrote:
Stone describes himself as jewish, on account of his mother's religion, but grew up agnostic, and has no other adherence to the religion.
since some muslims rejoice in cutting off the heads of jews, stone would be wise to avoid insulting islam.

Parker believes all religions are silly. He states that "All the religions are superfunny to me..... The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act."



On Thursday, January 2, 2014 3:33:52 PM UTC-6, Travis wrote:







 

Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam


Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam

Posted: 02 Jan 2014 12:53 AM PST

Comedians in the free world will make fun of anything, right? Well, not quite. The following was originally published on Answering Muslims:

Trey Parker and Matt Stone received death threats after announcing that Muhammad would be appearing on an episode of South Park, so the network scrubbed the episode of anything remotely offensive in order to avoid becoming a target.

The writers for that week's episode of The Simpsons sympathized with Stone and Parker, acknowledging that criticizing Islam is simply too dangerous:


Likewise, Penn Jillette (of the comedy duo "Penn and Teller")
said that he and Teller won't mock Islam because they "have families."

Now the great Michael Palin is admitting that he's afraid to make fun of Islam.

How long can Western civilization continue to claim, on the one hand, that Islam is no different from other religions, and, on the other hand, that Islam is clearly far more dangerous than other religions?

Daily Mail—During his Monty Python days he poked fun at everyone from the Establishment to Christianity.

But thanks to the threat of 'heavily armed' fanatics, Michael Palin has admitted there is one comedy taboo he is too scared to break — Islam.

The 70-year-old said religious sensitivities have increased so much since his comedy days it would now be impossible to make 1979 film Life of Brian — which satirised the life of Jesus — let alone laugh at Muslims.

He said: 'Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don't think we could do Life of Brian any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder.

'We all saw what happened to Salman Rushdie and none of us want to get into all that. It's a pity but that's the way it is. There are people out there without a sense of humour and they're heavily armed.'

In 1989, Mr Rushdie was forced into hiding after the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for him to be killed in revenge for his novel The Satanic Verses. (
Continue Reading.)


Of course, comedians and comedy writers aren't the only ones who have admitted their fear of Islam. During a Question and Answer session, textual critic Bart Ehrman said that the reason he doesn't write about the Qur'an the way he writes about the Bible is that he values his life. Watch a short video of Bart Ehrman saying so by
clicking here.

Will Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA condemn Palin, Ehrman, and others as "Islamophobes" and "bigots" for saying that it's too dangerous to criticize Islam? Or is the silencing of critics precisely the goal of these organizations?

For more on this topic, be sure to watch "
Don't Make Fun of Muhammad."

 

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Re: Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam

Stone describes himself as jewish, on account of his mother's religion, but grew up agnostic, and has no other adherence to the religion.
since some muslims rejoice in cutting off the heads of jews, stone would be wise to avoid insulting islam.

Parker believes all religions are silly. He states that "All the religions are superfunny to me..... The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act."



On Thursday, January 2, 2014 3:33:52 PM UTC-6, Travis wrote:







 

Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam


Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam

Posted: 02 Jan 2014 12:53 AM PST

Comedians in the free world will make fun of anything, right? Well, not quite. The following was originally published on Answering Muslims:

Trey Parker and Matt Stone received death threats after announcing that Muhammad would be appearing on an episode of South Park, so the network scrubbed the episode of anything remotely offensive in order to avoid becoming a target.

The writers for that week's episode of The Simpsons sympathized with Stone and Parker, acknowledging that criticizing Islam is simply too dangerous:


Likewise, Penn Jillette (of the comedy duo "Penn and Teller")
said that he and Teller won't mock Islam because they "have families."

Now the great Michael Palin is admitting that he's afraid to make fun of Islam.

How long can Western civilization continue to claim, on the one hand, that Islam is no different from other religions, and, on the other hand, that Islam is clearly far more dangerous than other religions?

Daily Mail—During his Monty Python days he poked fun at everyone from the Establishment to Christianity.

But thanks to the threat of 'heavily armed' fanatics, Michael Palin has admitted there is one comedy taboo he is too scared to break — Islam.

The 70-year-old said religious sensitivities have increased so much since his comedy days it would now be impossible to make 1979 film Life of Brian — which satirised the life of Jesus — let alone laugh at Muslims.

He said: 'Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don't think we could do Life of Brian any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder.

'We all saw what happened to Salman Rushdie and none of us want to get into all that. It's a pity but that's the way it is. There are people out there without a sense of humour and they're heavily armed.'

In 1989, Mr Rushdie was forced into hiding after the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for him to be killed in revenge for his novel The Satanic Verses. (
Continue Reading.)


Of course, comedians and comedy writers aren't the only ones who have admitted their fear of Islam. During a Question and Answer session, textual critic Bart Ehrman said that the reason he doesn't write about the Qur'an the way he writes about the Bible is that he values his life. Watch a short video of Bart Ehrman saying so by
clicking here.

Will Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA condemn Palin, Ehrman, and others as "Islamophobes" and "bigots" for saying that it's too dangerous to criticize Islam? Or is the silencing of critics precisely the goal of these organizations?

For more on this topic, be sure to watch "
Don't Make Fun of Muhammad."

 

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Fwd: Chinese Tycoon Wants to Buy The New York Times







At least there would be no change in the NYTimes' communist editorial policy.

 

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Chinese Tycoon Wants to Buy The New York Times

January 2, 2014 - 5:23 AM


By Patrick Goodenough

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Amid a sea of Chinese flags, recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao hands over more than 40 Chinese cars to people whose Japanese-model cars were damaged during anti-Japan protests in 2012. Chen now says he wants to buy the New York Times. (AP Photo, File)

(CNSNews.com) – The New York Times Company says it's not for sale, but a high-profile Chinese businessman and philanthropist eager to buy what he views as the world's most influential newspaper plans to fly to New York City this week to push ahead with his bid.

Chen Guangbiao on Wednesday told the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated paper, that he has a meeting scheduled Friday with a city firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, followed by dinner on Sunday with "a middle-level leader" from the Times.

He insisted the proposal was serious, saying he had been eyeing the NYT for two years.

The New York Times Co. did not respond to queries Wednesday, but a report in the Times quoted a spokeswoman as saying, "We have no information about any such meeting."

Amid speculation following the sale of the family-owned Washington Post, NYT publisher and NYT Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger in a statement last August made it clear that the Ochs-Sulzberger family had no plans to do the same.

"Will our family seek to sell The Times? The answer to that is no. The Times is not for sale, and the trustees of the Ochs-Sulzberger Trust and the rest of the family are united in our commitment to work together with the company's board, senior management and employees to lead The New York Times forward into our global and digital future," the statement said.

Chen told the Global Times there was nothing that could not be bought for the right price, expressing optimism that his "sincere acts" could help to change the publisher's mind.

The businessman, who made his fortune from recycling and is known in China for eccentric publicity stunts, said his ownership of the paper could help to promote his ideals of "environmental protection, philanthropy and peace on earth," and  "present an authentic China."

Patriotic Chinese are highly sensitive about the image of their country in international media, and the government tirelessly promotes the line that the Asian giant's rise is peaceful, dismissing as unfounded any suggestion that it poses a threat to the region or the world.

China's notion of press freedom also contrasts sharply to the West's. Beijing recently announced that some 250,000 Chinese journalists will for the first time have to take a test on Marxist ideology before their press cards will be renewed for 2014.

Further, the Xinhua state news agency reported two weeks ago that the Communist Party's propaganda department will begin supervising teaching at the country's top journalism schools, "to strengthen education of the Marxist news outlook."

Chen said if he failed in his bid to buy the NYT Co. outright, he would settle for buying a stake. If unsuccessful he would also consider other leading media outlets, he added, citing the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Chen's past publicity stunts include selling "canned fresh air" in heavily-polluted Beijing and handing out cash to victims of an earthquake in 2008.

In mid-2012 a dispute with Japan over contested East China Sea islands triggered anti-Japanese protests in several Chinese cities, and Japanese-made cars were targeted by angry demonstrators. Chen then bought dozens of Chinese-made cars and in a high-profile event gave them to the owners of the destroyed Japanese models.

Around the same time, Chen turned to the NYT to make a paid political statement about the dispute with Japan over the islands (which persists, and worsened in recent months when China declared an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea in November.)

He took out a half-page advertisement in the main section of the paper on Aug. 31 that year, accusing Japan of violating China's rights to the islands, which China calls Diaoyu and Japan calls Senkaku.

"How would Americans feel, and what would America do, if Japan announced that Hawaii was its territory?" it asked.

Chen saw the ad as a major success, and began pondering the value of owning the paper.

"After that, I realized that the Times' influence all over the world is incredibly vast," Reuters this week quoted him as saying. "Every government and embassy, all around the world, pays attention to the New York Times."



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Fwd: Dumb and dumber: 2014







January 2, 2014

Dumb and dumber: 2014

Richard Butrick

 

According to President  Obama's consigliore, Valerie Jarrett, Obama has, "been bored to death his whole life. He's just too talented to do what ordinary people do.." In what could be called the official MSM take on the Choom Gang graduate and Commander-in-Chief, Jarrett gushes on that:

I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. ... He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually.

When American Thinker and PJMedia  author, Kyle-Anne Shriver, took on this view in 2010 and claimed that dumb-is-as-dumb-does, it was a pretty daring move.

She claimed that if Obama were really smart he wouldn't have

(1) filled his cabinet with Clinton retreads, tax cheats, polarizing ideologues, and unfit-for-the-real-world academics.

(2) order[ed] up gala parties with imported Wagu beef at $100 per pound, while he was speaking out the other side of his mouth about the disgusting nature of executive retreats to Las Vegas. A smart man would have known the people would see him as a hypocrite.

(3) spent more time in front of a camera's glow than he spent at his desk. He would have rolled up his sleeves and gotten down to the hard work of governing instead of hamming it up in public 24/7, which any truly smart person knows is not only bound to get old very fast, but also sends out the message loud and clear that no one is actually acting as president.

She also in saw in 2010 that our new President had, shall we say, no compunction about lying.

From his whoppers about small things on the campaign trail (his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz; his parents married because of Selma; his father got a scholarship to America from the Kennedy's) to his lies about very big things (his health care plan will reduce employer insurance premiums by 3000 percent, or $3,000 -- still a lie), this president is now only allowed in polite company because he is the president. In any real-world company, inveterate liars are shunned as utterly untrustworthy, unreliable, unwelcome guests. (Unless their last name is "Clinton," we shouldn't forget.)

Shriver tagged the "Affordable" Healthcare Act back in 2010!

Think of the fodder Shriver has now. The prevarication continues from the Benghazi lies to the "keep your plan." lie of the year, The bungling continues from the "red lines," that turn pink and then vanish, to the support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The wealth of material is jaw dropping.

A Kyle-Anne Shriver 2014 I-told-you-so update would be a delightful read. It would also no doubt be hilarious were it not for the fact that the prevaricating, self-consumed bungler-in-chief will be President for two more years.


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Fwd: Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam








 

Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam


Monty Python's Michael Palin Scared to Make Fun of Islam

Posted: 02 Jan 2014 12:53 AM PST

Comedians in the free world will make fun of anything, right? Well, not quite. The following was originally published on Answering Muslims:

Trey Parker and Matt Stone received death threats after announcing that Muhammad would be appearing on an episode of South Park, so the network scrubbed the episode of anything remotely offensive in order to avoid becoming a target.

The writers for that week's episode of The Simpsons sympathized with Stone and Parker, acknowledging that criticizing Islam is simply too dangerous:


Likewise, Penn Jillette (of the comedy duo "Penn and Teller")
said that he and Teller won't mock Islam because they "have families."

Now the great Michael Palin is admitting that he's afraid to make fun of Islam.

How long can Western civilization continue to claim, on the one hand, that Islam is no different from other religions, and, on the other hand, that Islam is clearly far more dangerous than other religions?

Daily Mail—During his Monty Python days he poked fun at everyone from the Establishment to Christianity.

But thanks to the threat of 'heavily armed' fanatics, Michael Palin has admitted there is one comedy taboo he is too scared to break — Islam.

The 70-year-old said religious sensitivities have increased so much since his comedy days it would now be impossible to make 1979 film Life of Brian — which satirised the life of Jesus — let alone laugh at Muslims.

He said: 'Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don't think we could do Life of Brian any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder.

'We all saw what happened to Salman Rushdie and none of us want to get into all that. It's a pity but that's the way it is. There are people out there without a sense of humour and they're heavily armed.'

In 1989, Mr Rushdie was forced into hiding after the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for him to be killed in revenge for his novel The Satanic Verses. (
Continue Reading.)


Of course, comedians and comedy writers aren't the only ones who have admitted their fear of Islam. During a Question and Answer session, textual critic Bart Ehrman said that the reason he doesn't write about the Qur'an the way he writes about the Bible is that he values his life. Watch a short video of Bart Ehrman saying so by
clicking here.

Will Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA condemn Palin, Ehrman, and others as "Islamophobes" and "bigots" for saying that it's too dangerous to criticize Islam? Or is the silencing of critics precisely the goal of these organizations?

For more on this topic, be sure to watch "
Don't Make Fun of Muhammad."

 

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Fwd: OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER REVEALS WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID THE FIRST TIME THEY MET IN KENYA







OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER REVEALS WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID THE FIRST TIME THEY MET IN KENYA AND TALKED ABOUT 'HEROES OF WESTERN CULTURE'

Jan. 2, 2014 7:54am Sharona Schwartz

President Obama's half-brother told an Israeli newspaper that when he first met Barack, he was struck by his sibling's rejection of Western culture.

"I remember that my impression at the first meeting was that Barack thought that I was too white, and I thought that he was too black," Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo told Maariv. "He was an American citizen on a journey in search of his African roots, while I was a resident of Kenya seeking to find his white roots."

"I remember that when I spoke with him about the heroes of Western culture he rolled his eyes impatiently. My feeling was that, here is an American who in many ways is trying to be a local Kenyan youth. This is something I tried to flee my entire life," Ndesandjo said of the brothers' first meeting in Kenya, which Obama described in his 1995 best-selling memoir, "Dreams From My Father."

Obama's Half Brother Tells an Israeli Newspaper about What He Believes the President's Views Are on His Race and American Culture

President Barack Obama with half-brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo and his wife. (Image: Mark Obama Ndesanjo Foundation Ltd.)

In his memoir, Obama also described the first meeting with his brother: "I don't feel much of an attachment [to Kenya]. Just another poor African country," Obama quoted Ndesandjo saying. He went on to say, "You think that somehow I'm cut off from my roots … Well, you're right."

As reported on TheBlaze last month, Ndesandjo has said he wants to "set the record straight" about some of the details presented in Obama's memoir.

The siblings have met since that first meeting in Kenya, including in 2007 before then-candidate Obama's debate with rival Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I came to visit him in Texas, and it was one of the happiest moments of my life. He entered the room where I was waiting for him, looked at me and said, 'Mark, what happened to your afro?' And I asked: 'What happened to your afro?' He said: 'I cut my hair.' It was a real moment, very natural, as if for a moment we returned to being two brothers," Ndesandjo recounted.

Ndesandjo described his relationship with the president as "loaded" and "passionate."

"There were very good conversations or very loaded," he said in the interview, which was published Thursday.

The siblings share the same Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., but had different white American mothers.

"A few months ago I asked him to contact his relatives in Kenya. I told him that even one phone call would propel them to the sky with such happiness, but he didn't like what I asked, and that moment broke off the connection with me," Ndesandjo said.

Note that in Hebrew – the language in which the interview was published – the same word is used for "connection" and "relationship" so it's unclear if Ndesandjo meant that his brother Barack cut off the telephone conversation or their relationship.

"He can be sensitive, aggressive or very stoical. That's a side of his personality that many people do not know," Ndesandjo said of Barack Obama. "Barack and I have a lot in common. Both of us have advantages and disadvantages, and some of them come from our father."

The president's half-brother described their relationship with their parents and with each other.

He called their father "a boundary-breaking man and to a large extent rebellious. He was a man of great passion and intellect, who attracted many people."

Asked what he has in common genetically with Barack, Ndesandjo said, "I think that the common link between us comes not from [our] shared father, rather more from our mothers. Both of us had strong mothers, women who took great risks to raise their children and to protect them. Barack and I love our mothers to no end, because they defended us and protected us."

"I thought it was amazing how much he resembles me," Ndesandjo said of their first meeting. "And yet, we were like two Siamese twins who looked in the direction of the other, and we were unable to see each other."

Ndesandjo today is a businessman and musician who lives in China. He published an autobiographical novel several years ago which described an abusive Kenyan father.

He also runs the Mark Obama Ndesanjo Foundation which promotes cultural exchanges between Asia, Africa and the U.S. and provides instruments and music teachers to needy children in China.

When his parents divorced, Ndesandjo moved to the U.S. where he studied physics at Brown University and Stanford and earned an MBA from Emory University.

Ndesandjo's mother, Ruth Nidesand, Obama Sr.'s third wife, was born in the U.S. to Lithuanian Jewish immigrants.

Ndesandjo told Maariv he considers himself a member of the Jewish people: "I am a Jew not only because I have a Jewish mother but first and foremost because there exists in me great pride to be a part of the Jewish people. I feel great belonging to Jewish heritage, to Jewish culture, and to the Jewish philosophers."



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Fwd: [New post] Two-parent hetero family becoming an endangered species in U.S.




Dr. Eowyn posted: " Yesterday, I re-blogged a post on the decline of the American middle class and how that will negatively affect U.S. global power. One of the factors for the decline is a social one -- the increase in single-mom households, which is associated with pov"
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Two-parent hetero family becoming an endangered species in U.S.

by Dr. Eowyn

single-mom families

Yesterday, I re-blogged a post on the decline of the American middle class and how that will negatively affect U.S. global power. One of the factors for the decline is a social one -- the increase in single-mom households, which is associated with poverty, and the corresponding decrease in the traditional two-parents (mom and dad) family.

Here are the latest, depressing statistics.

Msgr. Charles Pope writes for the Archdiocese of Washington, Dec. 29, 2013:

It is not difficult to demonstrate that most of our modern problems center around struggles and misunderstandings regarding marriage, sexuality, and the family. Collectively as a nation and the culture, we have departed significantly from the teachings of God and common sense, when it comes to our thinking and behavior regarding these three fundamental pillars.

Today's Feast of the Holy Family presents us an opportunity to reflect, and provides a rich tapestry of Scriptures. Many of these teachings are not "politically correct," but for that, no apology should be made. They remain God's teachings and it is hard to argue that modern notions of sexuality, marriage and family have produced anything short of catastrophe and disaster. And as is usually the case, it is the children suffer the most.

Any look at statistics, show facts and trends that are not merely alarming, they are downright astonishing, especially given how steeply and suddenly they have occurred. Currently more than 40% of children in this country are raised without two parents. Numbers have declined even more steeply for minority communities.

In 1961, the year of my birth, 80% of black children were raised in a two parent family; today that number is 20%. And for whatever assertions may be made regarding racism and poverty, the fact is these numbers are demonstrably improved over those of 1961. Even with far greater social stressors and pressure, Black families used to stay together and work out their difficulties. Today with far greater affluence, this is no longer the case. "White" families and other ethnic and racial derivations may have numbers that are only slightly less shocking, and when we factor in age and generational differences the numbers are not that far apart.

The two-parent, heterosexual family is becoming quickly an endangered species. Along with this decline many grave social consequences follow, to include: lower SAT scores, and graduation rates, higher rates of juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy, cohabitation rates, sexually-transmitted diseases, higher rates of homosexual inclinations and a higher tendency to divorce. Clearly as the model of the stable faithful heterosexual marriage becomes rarer, the capacity of young people to form stable families becomes less and less likely.

And whatever attempts to make the claim that this disordered state of affairs is probably just fine, and that "alternative family arrangements" are just as good as traditional ones, most people know that this is a lie. It just makes common sense that psychologically, the best environment for any child is to be raised in what nature, and nature's God has set forth. Namely: that there should be a father and a mother, a male and female, who form a stable, committed, and lasting bond where their children can be formed in a safe environment of trust and learn the male and female genius of being human. A mother alone, or a father alone, or two fathers, or two mothers or any other combination is far less than ideal, and to intentionally subject children to this is an injustice.

Yet such departures from God's plan for marriage and family are increasingly the norm today. There is much about which to pray and reflect on this Feast of the Holy Family.

Read the rest of the essay here.

~Eowyn

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