This is stunningly disturbing
, but on the other hand, I suppose we should not be so surprised. To quote the signature file of a message board participant whom I know, "Sick. Demented. Typical."
The Guardian ran a long piece
by PR analysts Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber in Saturday's edition. The whole thing is worth reading, but I found this particular excerpt extremely interesting. It's in regards to Ann Coulter's infamous post-9/11 declaration that "we" should "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." Rampton and Stauber note:
Shortly after Coulter's column appeared, it resurfaced on the website of the Mujahideen Lashkar-e-Taiba - one of the largest militant Islamist groups in Pakistan - which works closely with al-Qaida. At the time, the Lashkar-e-Taiba site was decorated with an image that depicted a hairy, monstrous hand with claws in place of fingernails, from which blood dripped on to a burning globe of planet earth. A star of David decorated the wrist of the hairy hand, and behind it stood an American flag. The reproduction of Coulter's column used bold, red letters to highlight the sentence that said to "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity". To make the point even stronger, the webmaster added a comment: "We told you so. Is anyone listening out there? The noose is already around our necks. The preparation for genocide of ALL Muslims has begun ... The media is now doing its groundwork to create more hostility towards Islam and Muslims to the point that no one will oppose this mass murder which is about to take place. Mosques will be shut down, schools will be closed, Muslims will be arrested, and executed. There may even be special awards set up to kill Muslims. Millions and millions will be slaughtered like sheep. Remember these words because it is coming. The only safe refuge you have is Allah."
Canadians vote Bush least-liked American president
. That's in the more than twenty years they've been doing the poll. Like I've often said, Canadians are so sensible. I really must work harder on my genealogy because I desperately want to uncover some Canadian ancestry. I mean, I've discovered so many different and sometimes unlikely (who knew that I'm actually Italian?) countries in my ancestry that I can be offended on behalf of so many of my ancestors depending on what's in the news at any given moment. But I still haven't discovered a Canadian connection.