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YEAR OF MOTOONS

Dave Barry’s year in review:

Internationally, the big news comes from Denmark, center of a mounting furor over some cartoons, published the previous year in a Danish newspaper, which depict a prophet whom, in the interest of not offending anybody, we will refer to as Fohammed. This upsets several million of the prophet’s followers, who request a formal apology from the newspaper, greater sensitivity to their religious beliefs, and, where necessary, beheadings. Eventually everybody realizes that the whole darned thing was just a silly misunderstanding.

Read whole thing; v. funny. In the Age, those Chaser fellows are also review-minded:

In Denmark, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to explore the topic of censorship. It ended up proving censorship’s virtues when the Muslim world exploded in anger over the perceived blasphemy. The images were first published in Australia on Tim Blair’s blog; disappointingly, he was not among the casualties.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/31/2006 at 03:05 AM
  1. The difference between humor and a clumsy attempt at snark.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 12 31 at 03:09 AM • permalink

  2. Future generations are going to look back at this era and ask us how we could have allowed Paris Hilton to happen, and we are not going to have a good answer.

    This, I’m afraid, is completely true.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 12 31 at 03:12 AM • permalink

  3. Old news, Tim:
    http://tinyurl.com/ylnkel

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 12 31 at 03:12 AM • permalink

  4. High praise indeed from the Chaser.

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 12 31 at 03:13 AM • permalink

  5. The images were first published in Australia on Tim Blair’s blog; disappointingly, he was not among the casualties.

    And here I thought us right wing death beasts were the ones callous when it comes to casualties.  Indeed, that sounds like wishful thinking on the part of the Chasers.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 12 31 at 03:56 AM • permalink

  6. Or would that be wistful thinking?  One never can tell with The Age, eh?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 12 31 at 03:57 AM • permalink

  7. Amazing how pro-censorship the shit-faced left is.

    Posted by chrisbg99 on 2006 12 31 at 04:37 AM • permalink

  8. Perhaps they meant it this way…

    Disappointingly, the rights and freedoms of us at The Chaser had been eroded. We were therefore amongst the casualties.

    More disappointingly, we aere either unable to realise it, too scared to address it or didn’t care.

    Posted by Penguin on 2006 12 31 at 04:49 AM • permalink

  9. Report this to Reporters Without Borders.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 12 31 at 04:57 AM • permalink

  10. The Chaser boys seemed to have learnt well from mentor, Andrew Denton, to have no shame.

    Posted by boxofmatches on 2006 12 31 at 04:57 AM • permalink

  11. Pro censorship, to the point of wishing the death of the publisher.  Hm, reminds me of ... fatwas.

    Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2006 12 31 at 05:19 AM • permalink

  12. The Chaser boys seem to have forgotten a certain incident in 2006 that saw one of their number implying - for purposes of comedy - that fans of Islamic Australia’s favourite Rugby League club were prone to violence.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 12 31 at 05:43 AM • permalink

  13. i saw the chaser once- some kind of election night special a few years back- they don’t seem to have got any worse which is probably the nicest thing i can say

    i could say they were boring predictable unoriginal left wing propagandists from the abc ‘john howard is a f**kwit’ school of comedy but it’s NYE and i’ll be charitable

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 31 at 08:03 AM • permalink

  14. So the Chaser supports censorship where there is a worry about how the thing being censored may be perceived.  The Chaser got tedious two series ago.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 31 at 09:12 AM • permalink

  15. proving censorship’s virtues”, hmmm.  Coming from people who scream “Censorship!” when someone points out an error in something that’s a very interesting statement.

    Also a nice indication of what level of hypocrite they are.

    Posted by Firehand on 2006 12 31 at 11:24 AM • permalink

  16. Tim Blair’s blog; disappointingly, he was not among the casualties

    Congratulations, Tim!  :-D

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 12 31 at 11:55 AM • permalink

  17. And here I thought there were no virtues attached to censorship.  Thank goo’ness the educated and trained journalists, with their many layers of fact-checking, comprising the chasers at the Age are here to tell me different.  All praise to you, lads!

    Posted by ushie on 2006 12 31 at 01:37 PM • permalink

  18. In other news, the VRWC rose up as one and shut down all left-wing news outlets, thus proving the virtues of censorship.  Appropriately, The Chaser were among the casualties.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 31 at 02:51 PM • permalink

  19. The images were first published in Australia on Tim Blair’s blog; disappointingly, he was not among the casualties.

    It doesn’t occur to these assclowns that they’ll be casualties if people like Tim Blair don’t take a stand for their rights, which they are too spineless to do themselves.

    The problem is, we can’t defend Western Civilization without also simultaneously defending those who don’t deserve it.

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 12 31 at 03:13 PM • permalink

  20. As the campaign lumbers to the finish line, the Republicans desperately hope that the voters will not notice that they — once the party of small government — have turned into the party of war-bungling, corruption-tolerating, pork-spewing power-lusting toads, while the Democrats desperately hope that the voters will not notice that they are still, basically, the Democrats.

    Can’t say it any better than that.

    So the Chaser boys see the virtues of censorship. Must have taken instruction from John McCain.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 31 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  21. From the Chasers article: “The twin scourges of Islamic extremism and the Bush administration continued to ravage the globe, although militant Islam helpfully restricted much of its outrage to irrelevant personages such as Danish cartoonists and the Pope.”

    Oh, is that so? All those car bombs and kidnappings and rockets lobbed into Israel by Hezbollah and beheadings of Christian school girls in Indonesia and so on, ad infinitum, were not instances of militant Islamic rage, I suppose, just high spirits? I don’t know what the Chasers are supposed to be chasing, but it looks like they’ve spent most of the year using their heads as suppositories. When you get tired of that particular view, boys, you might try casting a glance at the real world in the full light of day.

    Posted by paco on 2006 12 31 at 04:51 PM • permalink

  22. proving censorship’s virtues

    The Evil Mask of the Left slips a little once again??

    twin scourges of Islamic extremism and the Bush administration

    Yeah, just think of the evil symbolism of a giant US Nuclear Carrier rushing to the aid of the Moslem Tsunami victims and then being upstaged by the UN officials who used US offshore hospitality for their sightseeing tour…

    Will the USA’s tentacles never retract??

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 12 31 at 07:13 PM • permalink

  23. #22 I think I meant ‘Benign Mask of the Left’ but I got my imagery in a tangle
    -it’s New Year’s Day morning here.

    Happy New Year to Tim, posters, and the great Army of Sane Bloggers out there, doing battle with the pusillanimous and venal MSM which 2007 sadly inherits.. ONWARDS!!

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 12 31 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  24. the Chasers comic review of 2006 on Beaconsfield Mine saga

    ‘At the time of WorkChoices, Shorten’s presence was a powerful reminder that unions could still provide great benefits to their members’

    -comedy gold (Seinfeld better watch his back)

    ‘By the end of the 14-day saga, Shorten was offered ALP preselection, was being touted as a possible leader’

    Terry Lane would be proud of the boys- Shorten was preselected and being touted as a possible leader long before beaconsfield

    you’d think the cynical way the ABC and the usual suspects turned a tragedy/story of survival into the bill shorten show would be something to satirize but i guess these talentless taxpayer funded schmucks are’nt going to bite the hand that feeds them- better just to tow the ABC/ALP line.

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 31 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  25. So these Chaser arseholes approve of religious fundamentalist-types murdering all those that displease them???

    Clearly they’ll never face such a threat….bloody cowards!

    Nothing but pampered, private school deadshits!

    Posted by Brian on 2006 12 31 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  26. The Chaser is disappointing. Their reference to Tim merely shows who really has the cajones.

    These idiots from the Chaser should try to do the comedy that they do here in Saudi Arabia or Iran.

    Posted by The Best Infidel on 2006 12 31 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  27. “These idiots from the Chaser should try to do the comedy that they do here in Saudi Arabia or Iran.”

    I should correct myself. If you can call it comedy….

    Posted by The Best Infidel on 2006 12 31 at 09:05 PM • permalink

  28. The images were first published in Australia on Tim Blair’s blog; disappointingly, he was not among the casualties.

    Sounds like a Blairhad.
    Are Chaser seriously suggesting that Tim Blair should have been murdered for linking to the cartoons? Is this supposed to be funny? Are they trying to be satirical or clever? How would they suggest the Blairster should have been demised?

    Yet again, brainless idiot leftys have a lethal weapon. A platform. From which they can diplay to the entire world their warped and seriously dangerous thinking.

    And here was silly me thinking that perhaps some of this lunatic lefty thinking might be attenuated a bit in 2007.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 12 31 at 10:37 PM • permalink

  29. Some of the previous comments seem to imply that these Chaser folks are in the comedy/humour business…surely that can’t be the case?

    Posted by PW on 2006 12 31 at 11:41 PM • permalink

  30. Like Donald Rumsfeld, I have even shaken the dictator’s soft, damp hand.

    And unlike Rumsfeld, he did nothing to impede or stop the dictator.

    Rumsfeld: One
    Fisk: Zero

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 01 at 02:48 AM • permalink

  31. Damn!  How’d that post get in this thread?  Oh well, everyone please pretend it’s germane, olay?

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 01 at 02:50 AM • permalink

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