Sunday, September 17, 2006

Irony threshold attained--surpluses expected

Todays Papers, a news summary column on Slate, which is very neutral in its relaying of news, openly lays out the irony involved:
The pope's suggestion that compulsion and violence are inherent features of Islam has outraged the Muslim world. In Afghanistan, where apostates are subject to execution, the parliament and the Foreign Ministry demanded an apology. In Yemen, where religious conversion is punishable by death, the president has threatened to sever diplomatic ties. In the West Bank, Palestinians attacked four churches with guns and firebombs. And a Somali cleric added his two cents: "Whoever offends our Prophet Muhammad should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim."

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Has the irony threshold been reached?

When I saw that the Pope was under fire for unearthing some byzantine Byzantine text referring to Islam as "evil and inhuman" (I haven't read the speech yet, so I don't know the context, level of endorsement, or ultimate point), I immediately began the irony threshold count down. How long until the reaction against the Pope's quoted reference to Islam as "evil and inhuman" enraged some Muslims so much that they responded with evil and inhuman acts.

Well, this comes close to evil, I should say:

Bertone said the pontiff sought in his university speech to condemn all religious motivation for violence, "from whatever side it may come. But the pope's words only seemed to fan rage.

In West Bank attacks on four churches, Palestinians used guns, firebombs and lighter fluid, leaving church doors charred and walls scorched by flames and pocked with bullet holes. Nobody was reported injured. Two Catholic churches, an Anglican one and a Greek Orthodox one were hit. A Greek Orthodox church was also attacked in Gaza City.


Does that do it for the irony threshold, or do I have to wait for actual reprisal killings? I think I'm entitled to at least a little irony buzz, but either way its only a matter of time, so I guess I'll be patient and wait.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

An original, pointless joke

I forget if I already put this one up here. If so, chuckle politely and think not less of me.

If not, here it is:

What do you call a large, pointless mammal?
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Ah, don't worry--it's irrelephant.

Monday, September 04, 2006

"The thought for the day is disarmament..."

So, I was reading on the K-State Campaign for Nonviolence webpage, and I came across this audiobite which, I think, is the most hilarious thing that has ever entered my ears:

http://www.k-state.edu/nonviolence/cnvcd/TRACK47.MP3

everything about it, the dreamy-eyed optimism, the Jack Handy SNL vibe, the matter of factness in the voice expressing an impossible kumbaya-ism, the lilting background music--EVERYTHING.

Comedians can make jokes all they want, but the funniest jokes are always made by those that make them unawares.