Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Je suis cheap shots

Because you all want to be smarter than the New York Times, which is incapable of reading the Luz cover for tomorrow's issue of Charlie Hebdo:
It shows a tearful caricature of the Prophet Muhammad holding the by-now iconic “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) placard with the words “Tout est pardonné” (“All is forgiven”) above him. Many viewed the cartoon image as a conciliatory message from the new editors of Charlie Hebdo after the carnage of the Paris attack.
Wrong, cons. The drawing depicts the Prophet aligning himself with Marine Le Pen, Nicolas Sarkozy, Binyamin Netanyahu, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, bishops, cabinet ministers, TV idiots, pseudophilosophers, the New York Times Paris bureau, and all the other authoritarians, fundamentalists, rightists, prudes, and cons that hated Charlie and now want to march to show how much they cherish the journal and its freedom. Whether he's the one saying "Tout est pardonné" or being pardoned, he's in the same warm bath of mutual freedom from criticism that they made out of the #JeSuisCharlie party with their solemn and respectful presence. He wants to march too!

The message isn't about Mohammed at all, but about the hypocrites in the parade, and I'm so happy to see that the paper's toughness is undiminished.

Charb: The resurrection of Sarkozy, reelected UMP leader last December 2: "Suffer the weak in spirit to come unto me..."

A troll at Foreign Policy, Philippe Le Corre (a Brookings Institution con), writes that Nicolas Sarkozy is "poised to make a comeback" thanks to the Charlie Hebdo attack:
the terror panic may be just what the disgraced ex-president needs to resuscitate his political life. Sarkozy began his political career as an outspoken mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, a wealthy Paris suburb, getting personally involved in negotiating with a nursery school hostage taker in 1993. From 2002 to 2007, he was a tough-talking interior minister, increasing the police force’s operational budget and making strong statements against extremists and criminals. He’s still well-liked in France’s military and security circles. But the energetic, pugnacious former president also remains popular within the conservative electorate...
It's not based on any actual evidence, he's just pretending to be an American Sunday-morning idiot speculating on what the savvy might suppose would happen, and the only data available are the ones saying Hollande's (dismal) numbers have gone up substantially, not Sarkozy's, but I just want to say if that if that vile and corrupt rodent politician were to profit electorally from the deaths of the Charlie cartoonists Charb would personally come back from the dead to chastise him, and it wouldn't be pretty...

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