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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

"My daddy died for that flag." "Really? Wow. I bought mine."

According to the BBC, the police are now requesting powers to criminalise flag-burning as part of a more general crack-down on demonsrtations.

The protests that sparked this are the marches in London in response to the Danish Mohamed cartoon in which some of the slogans, including the illiterate-but-creepy "Europe you will pay, bin Laden is way", seemed a little - let's put this calmly - unhinged. A few wags even dressed as suicide bombers for the occasion. A lot of people at the time mumbled that this sort of thing really was a threat to all the liberal values of Britain and couldn't be allowed to stand, and it's the opinion of this incredibly dim-witted silent majority that the police claim to be representing with their request.

So who's stupider: the idiots in suicide bomber fancy dress protesting about the cartoon depiction of muslims as terrorists, or the idiots who want to protect democracy and free speech by banning flag-burning, offensive messages on placards and any sort of protest other than an angry letter to the Daily Mail?

Answers on the back of a post-card, winner gets a pirated copy of Dangerous. Wisdom lies therein.

See also Rob Newman:

"I was talking to an American while I was over there, and he said to me, 'Man, I'll say one thing for the USA. We know how to unite people. It's like all of you got together and formed one big country called the rest of the world and decided to hate us.'

"So I said, 'Yeah, actually we did. We've even got our own flag.'

"'Oh yeah? What's it look like?'

"'Same as yours, but on fire.'"


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