Archive of ‘PC Stupidity’ category

The Kabobfest inner conflict

In what could be Kabobfest a hoax (and god knows they are not above it), an ex-Kabobfester started an anti-Kabobfest website, even creating an Urban Dictionary entry on the definition of Kabobfest:

amalgamation of pseudo-bohemian, kuffiyeh wearing, proto-typical
non-conformists who identify as being either Arab or Muslim-friendly
within a post-9-11 context and sit around all day competing for that
one moment of self aggrandizing glory in which they seemingly hog the
intellectual spotlight within pointless, shallow conversations related
to Middle East affairs just to temporarily fulfill an insatiable thirst
for appearing knowledgeable. These types of people are often found in
Cafés checking their Facebook profiles on laptop computers and blogging
about nothing terribly important.

Look at those dirty activists wearing $95 designer Che Guevara t-shirts, they're such a KABOBfest!

Sounds true to me! 

Oh, Barenboim

This piece of news cracked me up…

The conductor Daniel Barenboim,
already a contentious figure among fellow Israelis for championing
Palestinians' rights and the works of Hitler's favorite composer, has
accepted honorary Palestinian citizenship.

Barenboim was given citizenship a year ago, but the move didn't
become public until this weekend, when a Palestinian lawmaker mentioned
it after Barenboim held a performance in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Argentinian-born conductor is the first Israeli to be granted citizenship by the Palestinian Authority. Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti said he lobbied Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make Barenboim a citizen.

Barenboim deserved a Palestinian passport, Barghouti said, because
the conductor had shown "solidarity with Palestinians under the most
difficult circumstances."

Ok, I am confused. There are palestinian passports? There is such a thing as a Palestinian citizenship? I thought the best they could do was a palestinian "Travel document". I thought you needed an independent country to issue citizenships and passports and so on and so forth. But what do I know?

Anyway, the news didn't really impress this palestinian blogger:

Where is my citizenship ya ikhwan el sharmoota?
When will I, a second generation Palestine refugee be able to trade in
my Palestine Refugee Travel Document for a snazzy new PA passport?

Fair question, no? I am not sure that the PR value of this outweighs the feeling that some palestinians would have on giving an israeli jew a palestinian passport when they don't have one. Kind of Insensitive, don't you think?

Youtube suspends Wael Abbas' account

Youtube has suspended the account of Wael Abbas – which contained the the egyptian police brutality and torture videos- because there were apparently too many complaints and flags from users- who are not members of the egyptian government or state security, of course- who have deemed the videos inappropriate and offensive. Youtube immediately took action, and suspended the account, claiming that it violated its terms of use. Now, while this may be true in the technical sense, it may benefit them to make exceptions for such videos that do expose certain tyrannical regimes and won;t be shown by mainstream international media, you know, as part of that whole "alternative independent media" thing they have been talking about for some time now. Or they could take on Issander's compromise. Also read Brian Whitaker's take on it!

Oh Canada

PC-ness is soo gonna be the end of you:

Muslim women who are completely veiled
will still be allowed to vote in Canada, despite a new law
tightening up requirements for voter identification, a federal
elections official said on Thursday.


Veiled Muslims showing such photo identification will have
other options, Elections Canada spokesman John Enright said.

"Either you unveil, produce a second piece of
identification (from a list of identification approved by
Elections Canada) or get someone to vouch for you," he said.

Get someone to vouch for you, that you are the person in the ID, while Voting with your face covered? Ehh.. What? Am I the only seeing the voter fraud capabilities here?

How about you just hire a woman that the veiled lady can unveil in front of and can confirm her identity, or is that too much to ask? God knows we do that here, and we are an islamic country and all.