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Rupert Murdoch: Moslems Must Destroy Their Growing Jihadist Cancer

Rupert Murdoch

As France mourns the 17 people who died in last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch decided to give his two cents on the matter.

Referring to the terror attacks in Paris last week, Murdoch tweeted “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”

And just in case that wasn’t offensive enough, he added in a separate tweet, “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”

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First, spelling Muslim as Moslem is a great way to show people you’re an old, out-of-touch racist. Second, if Rupert Murdoch thinks all Muslims have to apologize for terrorism, does this mean that all white people have to apologize for Rupert Murdoch?

Charlie Hebdo All Is ForgivenThe editors over at Charlie Hebdo have a slightly different take on the issue. The next cover of Charlie Hebdo, due to be published on Wednesday, features Muhammad holding a sign reading, “Je suis Charlie.” The tagline: “All is forgiven.”

Editor-in-chief Gerard Biard told reporters:

“We are happy to have done it and happy to have been able to do it, to have achieved it. It was tough. The front page… was complicated to put together, because it had to express something new, it had to say something relating to the event that we had to deal with.”

Zineb El Rhazoui, a surviving columnist at Charlie Hebdo magazine, said the cover was a call to forgive the terrorists who murdered her colleagues last week, saying she did not feel hate towards the gunmen and urged Muslims to accept humour.

The magazine plans to print 3 million issues just one week after the attack on its offices which left 12 people dead, including the satirical magazine’s editor and four other cartoonists.

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Terrorists Do NOT Like Cartoons…. And Other News

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12 people have been killed in a shooting incident at the Paris office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, best known for its controversial cartoons.

Four of France’s best-known satirical cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor, were among the dead. A major manhunt has now been launched in Paris for three gunmen seen armed with AK-47s and pump-action shotguns. According to eye-witnesses the gunmen were yelling “Allahu Akbar”and “the Prophet is avenged.” Apparently the gunmen took issue with the magazine’s controversial series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. A killing rampage over some cartoons? Seems like an appropriate reaction… if you’re insane. President Francois Hollande called it a “cowardly murder” and declared a day of national mourning on Thursday. “Nothing can divide us, nothing can separate us,” Hollande said in a brief but defiant address. “We will win. Nothing will make us renounce our determination. Long live the republic. Long live France.” BBC News

Smoking ISISA top figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force, known for their numerous beheadings, was found beheaded in eastern Syria with a cigarette placed in his mouth and a message written on his body. The Egyptian national’s body was found with signs of torture along with the message “This is evil, you Sheikh”. Residents in areas controlled by Islamic State have said the group has banned smoking in public. “We do not know whether Islamic State killed him or whether it was local people or other fighters,” said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Either way, someone was clearly displeased with the smoking ban. Lesson learned: you can behead and stone as many people to death as you want, just don’t come between a man and his cigarette. Globe and Mail

IraqA Syrian street magician was reportedly beheaded by Islamic State group militants after his performances were deemed to be insulting to God. The street magician, who was known as “Sorcerer,” was a staple in Raqqa until was whisked away by ISIS militants and later beheaded in a public square. According to ISIS, the street magician’s tricks were anti-Islamic because they were performed through “illusions and falsehood” – plus the Koran forbid the tricks because the time people spent captivated by them could have been better used by going to a mosque. No magic and tons of beheadings? Hmm. I’m starting to think these ISIS guys are dicks… IB Times

Uber GayPDA is a-okay unless you’re gay? Uber is under fire this week after a gay couple accused an Uber driver of throwing them out of the cab for kissing and cuddling during a New Year’s Eve ride in London. The couple claim they were asked to get out of the car and when they asked why, the driver said: “I take gays but they don’t normally do this.” Basically, the driver is fine with gays…. unless, of course, they do something gay. Uber has since suspended the driver as an investigation is pending and released a statement: “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination either by our partner drivers or towards our partner drivers.” Business Insider

GilbertsWarning: don’t spoil your children – or they might end up killing you. The founder of a multimillion-dollar hedge fund was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his upscale Manhattan home on Sunday. The 70-year-old president of Wainscott Capital Partners, had a gun in his hand in an attempt to make his death look like a suicide – but a suicide it was not. Gilbert’s son, 30-year-old Thomas Gilbert Jr., was charged with homicide and criminal possession of a weapon. The younger Gilbert allegedly killed his father after he cut his weekly allowance by $200. Under the new allowance agreement, Gilbert would have only received $400 for spending money per month in addition to $2,400 per month for rent – and that was enough to push him over the edge. Now, if you gun down your father over a $200 allowance dispute at the age of 30, it’s probably time to reexamine your life. Luckily Gilbert Jr will have plenty of time for self-reflection while he serves out his second-degree murder sentence – unless he pleads “not guilty by reason of affluenza”. FOX News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: French Town Bans Clowns

Current Event Cat - France Clowns

Amid France’s bizarre crisis of pranksters dressed up as scary clowns terrorizing its citizens, one town in France has banned all clown costumes for anyone over 13 on Halloween and for a month afterward.

The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by has spread across France in recent weeks. These evil clowns are causing all sorts of problems on the streets, scaring children and the general population, sometimes while armed with pistols, knives, or bats, and sometimes beating people up. A clown posse? That’s insane!

Last weekend, according to Agence France Presse, more than a dozen teenagers were arrested while dressed as clowns in the Mediterranean port town of Agde. They were reported to have pistols, knives and baseball bats. And in Montpellier, a man who assaulted a stranger with an iron bar while dressed as a clown was recently sentenced to four months in prison. The man later admitted that he was drunk and inspired by clown prank videos on YouTube. 

As a result of the recent clown terror, the village of Vendargues in southern France has put into place a ban on anyone wearing a clown costume. Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere said the ban is to “avoid any disruption… by evil clowns.. It’s about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents.” So if you see any “strange clowns” on the street, call the police – they can pack up to 200 of them in a squad car.

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European Court: French Veil Ban Stays

French Veil Ban

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil – the niqab.

The French law that everybody must show their face in public or face a 150 euro fine came into effect under former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who declared that religious face veils were “not welcome” within France and vowed to uphold France’s secular values.

Three year later, while Sarkozy was off dealing with his own problems/corruption allegations, the debate over face veils came back into the limelight when a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression, brought her case to court.

Unfortunately (for her and the other estimated 2,000 women in France who wear the full veils), the European Court of Human Rights agreed with France’s “fit in or f*ck off” policy and upheld the ban, arguing that the ban was not an anti-Muslim religious issue, but a face concealing issue.

“While the court was aware that the disputed ban mainly affected certain Muslim women, it nevertheless noted that there was no restriction on the freedom to wear in public any item of clothing which did not have the effect of concealing the face and that the ban was not expressly based on the religious connotation of the clothing in question but solely on the fact that it concealed the face,” the court said in a statement.

A court statement also said the ruling “took into account the state’s submission that the face played a significant role in social interaction”.

But there are still some ways to get around the ban. Exemptions from the ban on public face concealment include motorcycle helmets, sports related face covering, carnival masks, and face masks for health reasons. Face masks for health reasons? Like covering the facial deformities of burn victims? I hope the pro-veilers don’t resort to this…

In related news, acid sales in France have risen 400% this week…

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French Protester Dumps A Massive Pile of Poop Outside the French National Assembly

Massive Pile of Poop

The French give a sh*t and they’re not afraid to show it! A truck with the slogan “Out with Hollande and the whole political class!” dumped a large pile of horse poop in front of the Government building today.

The driver of the poop truck was clearly not a fan of President Francois Hollande’s increasingly unpopular policies. The man, who works as a horse breeder, dumped the manure to protest a recent tax hike on equestrian activities.

Interesting approach. In America, they just dump the horse sh*t inside their assembly building. Or is that the bull sh*t?

The driver of the truck was apprehended by police shortly after releasing his load of poop and is expected to face charges. But it’s nothing he can’t handle; word on the street has it that he’s been arrested for similar feces-related protests in the past.

Despite the massive pile of poop outside his door, Hollande is probably still giddy from his 2 point jump in support following the news of his alleged affair with French actress Julie Gayet. His excitement (and potentially the pile of horse sh*t blocking his way) is probably what’s keeping him from visiting his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, who has been in hospital for the past six days following the news of the alleged affair.

Trierweiler has reportedly told friends that she is “deeply hurt” by Hollande’s failure to visit her in hospital. Maybe she should try getting his attention – perhaps by dumping a massive pile of poop outside his house?

Via: The Independent

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French President Francois Hollande’s Steamy Affair Boosts His Popularity

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In some countries, lowering taxes and not being a Muslim from Kenya gets you the support of the people; in France, not so much. Screw the economy; a steamy affair is what wins over the nation.

According to a new poll conducted post scandal, French President Francois Hollande’s popularity has risen in the steamy affair aftermath. The Socialist president’s approval rating jumped 2 points to 26 percent, after the gossip magazine Closer reported that he’s having a steamy affair with French actress Julie Gayet. 26 percent is a slight improvement from his record low of 15 percent in a November poll, which officially made him the most unpopular president in modern French history. Even with his rising rating, the president still remains shockingly unpopular. But if an affair can boost his approval ratings by 2 points, then he needs to visit a whore house ASAP.

A separate Ifop poll showed that 77 percent of the French population consider the affair a private matter. Unfortunately, for Hollande’s partner Valérie Trierweiler, who was admitted to the hospital upon hearing the news, 100% of the French media consider the affair a very public and very newsworthy matter.

Not surprisingly, President Hollande sides with the 77 percent. At a news conference on Tuesday, Hollande said he was experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life and refused to answer questions about the allegations, saying “private matters should be dealt with privately”. Actress Julie Gayet, 41, has yet to make any public announcement regarding the alleged affair and Valérie Trierweiler is currently being treated for “shock” so she’s in no condition to shed any light on the matter either.

Via: TIME 

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French First Lady Hospitalized Amid Rumours of a Steamy Affair

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Valérie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President François Hollande, has been hospitalized following reports of an affair between Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet. Scandal!

Last week Francois Hollande, who is apparently continuing the long standing tradition in French politics of being a sleazy French womanizer, threatened to sue the magazine Closer which revealed the affair. The gossip magazine published incriminating photographs which appeared to show Hollande and his alleged mistress arriving separately at a flat near the presidential Elysée Palace for secret rendezvous. Interestingly, Hollande did not deny the magazine’s report but simply protested the invasion of his privacy.

Valérie Trierweiler was so shaken by the news, she clutched her pearls, screamed “Mon dieu!” and was promptly taken to the hospital. How dare actress Julie Gayet take her spot as the younger women who breaks up President Hollande’s relationships! That was her role after Hollande left his previous partner, fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, to be with her.

After Trierweiler was admitted to the hospital on Friday, the doctors prescribed the 48-year-old journalist, who lives with Hollande, lots of rest and possibly a new boyfriend. She had been expected to leave hospital on Monday, but her aides said doctors had told her she needed even more rest.

“The doctors will determine when she can be dismissed from hospital. She needs to recover from the shock she has suffered,” one of Trierweiler’s aides said.

But in Hollande’s defense, maybe he was just playing the part expected of him. After all, one of the requirements for French leadership (I assume…) is having a mistress. And considering the current opinion polls show he is already one of the most unpopular French presidents ever, he probably thought the news of an affair couldn’t really hurt anything – except Trierweiler’s mental health.

Via: BBC News

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French Workers Kidnap Their Boss… And Other News

Boss Nap

So boss-napping is a thing in France…

French trade unionists at a Goodyear facory in Amiens have been holding two company executives hostage since Monday to demand higher pay-outs for more than a thousand planned layoffs. Goodyear has been trying to shut down the plant for five years and workers have been trying to negotiate redundancy terms with management for nearly a year. When this didn’t seem to be working, workers took the next step and kidapped their boss. The unionists said the two men held captive in the tire plant were being amply supplied with food and water but had refused offers of mattresses and blankets. Maybe this is why people don’t want to hire the French? Reuters

Sochi SecurityThe Sochi fortress is almost complete. Following the high-profile bombings in Volgograd and a vow by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov to attack the Games, Russia launched a massive security operation for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday. The stringent security measures include deploying more than 30,000 police and interior ministry troops to the Sochi region and establishing two security zones to protect the Games, which run February 7-23. But the increased security measures won’t matter for U.S. medal skier Lindsey Vonn, who announced on Tuesday that she wouldn’t be competing in Sochi this year because of a knee injury. CBC News

Taiwan Lost at SeaA wooden coffin lid saved a Taiwanese man from sinking to his watery grave after he was lost at sea for 60 hours. Despite not knowing how to swim, Tseng Lien-fa, 42, survived almost three days in rough seas by hanging on to a wooden coffin lid. Tseng was swept away by a wave after attempting to catch baby eels. 60 hours later, he was found 46 miles away dehydrated and covered in arm sores. With no access to food or fresh water, Tseng hoped to be saved by a passing ship, but instead he was carried ashore by the waves. Tseng says his days of fishing for baby eels are over. Huffington Post

Suicide VestThere’s nothing more suspicious than a 10-year-old girl wearing an explosive suicide vest. After the 10-year-old Afghan girl was caught attempting to stage a suicide attack against Afghan police, border police in southern Helmand province arrested the girl’s father and are searching for the brother. The girl, who identified herself only as Spozhmai, says that her brother told her to “ask the deputy commander for a ride with him to Kunar province. I agreed. Then he attached the vest on my body and told me to spend the night here and leave in the morning.” She says she refused to carry out the attack but her brother, a Taliban commander, tried to convince her that she wouldn’t die in the attack. I guess even 10-year-olds aren’t stupid enough to believe that detonating explosives strapped to your body will leave you unharmed. Toronto Star

NK leader meets Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman doesn’t like people questioning his friendship with North Korean dicatator Kim Jong Un. In an interview with CNN, Rodman became angry when defending his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players. The trip comes only a couple weeks after the brutal execution (although not by starving dogs) of Kim’s once-powerful uncle, but Rodman doesn’t care. “I love my friend. This is my friend.” he said from Pyongyang. As for the basketball crew he brought along, Rodman is proud  they came, despite the country’s human rights abuses. “I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think. I’m saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them … they dared to do one thing, they came here.” This latest trip is Rodman’s fourth to the increasingly isolated nation, part of a project he has described as “basketball diplomacy” and what others have described as “shameless self-promtionacy” CNN

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Curvy Women vs. Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

Looks like Karl Lagerfeld’s fat jokes have caught up to him. A French association that fights for the rights of curvy women has filed a complaint against Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld, a former fatty himself who lost 93 pounds more than a decade ago, is known for his criticizing overweight people and praising stick-thin models. Lagerfeld, who once famously called Adele “a little too fat”, has a new book out and he doesn’t hold back about his anorexia-fetish. In the new book, The World According to Karl, he says “no one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk.”

Well, no one except for obese women:

“It’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous”, he writes in the book.

The woman’s organization, whose name translates to “Beautiful, Round, Sexy and OK with It,” wasn’t too pleased with Cunty Karl’s comments. They are accusing the Chanel designer of “defamatory and discriminatory comments” and have filed a complaint at the prosecutor’s office in the French city of Saintes.

The group is demanding “a right to respond to and confront” Karl Lagerfeld over comments he has made about curvy women on the catwalk and also about the time he accused fat people of being responsible for a deficit in France’s healthcare system.

The group’s President, Betty Aubrière told AFP that famous people like Lagerfeld must stop insulting healthy women and encouraging a wafer-thin ideal.

“We’re fed up. Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is terrible for them,” Aubrière said.

Perhaps, but I don’t think I’ll be taking body image advice from either of these two. Neither of them exactly scream “the picture of health”

Karl and Betty

Via: AFP

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Chinese Couple Trades Baby for iPhone… And Other News

iPhone Baby

A Chinese couple is in trouble for selling their baby for $8,000 to go on an online shopping spree.

The unemployed couple began posting online ads for their unborn child in earlier this year. After giving birth at home, the couple handed over the baby girl in exchange for a large cash payment. While the couple claims they did it for the baby’s own good, their credit card statements say they did it for luxury goods. One bill shows that immediately after “trading” the baby girl, they made a large number of online purchases, including an iPhone and a pair of “high-end” running shoes. What morons – if they had just waited 5 years they could have had their own iPhone/shoe making machine! What a waste of free child labour. The Telegraph

Goblin ROcksLooks like the Chinese aren’t the only ones to destroy ancient artifacts. A group of Boy Scout leaders may face felony charges for destroying a rock formation millions of years old in Utah. While out in Goblin Valley State Park, the trio of men decided to film themelves knocking over one of the ancient rock formations and high fiving each other when the job was complete. Utah State Park officials were not impressed. It took millions of years for the rocks to form like that… and only 20 seconds for some fat rednecks to destroy it. What’s worse if that they went against one of the most sacred of Boy Scout traditions: leave no trace. I mean, they should have at least destroyed the video that traced them to the crime scene. The Salt Lake Tribune

Oops Prison MistakeHow to escape from jail if you’re too lazy to dig your way out: fake release papers! Two convicted murderers walked out of Florida prisons in late September and early October after they forged their own release papers. Police are now on the hunt for the two men, convicted for separate murders in 1998 and 1999. The state Department of Corrections isn’t about to take the blame for it though. They insist they were merely following a court order and that no one in the department is at fault for the men’s release. Maybe they were just following orders, but if both men were serving life sentences without the possibility of parole, wouldn’t it seem weird that they were both being released so early? CNN

Roma ProtestFrance is continuing its war on the Roma by deporting two teenage girls. A 15-year-old Kosovar girl was forcibly taken from a bus during a school field trip and was deported back to Kosovo with her family. Another 19-year-old Armenian student was also sent packing after authorities deemed her an illegal immigrant. French students took to the streets of Paris on Friday to protest the government deportations but France’s the interior minister is sticking to his “France is not here to welcome the Roma” message. Al Jazeera

Daisy ColemanAfter two year, Daisy Coleman, an alleged rape victim, is having her case reopened. The county prosecutor who initially dropped the felony charges against the two 17-year-old boys—accused of sexually assaulting then-14-year-old Coleman and a 13-year-old friend – said that he’s reopening the case. Coleman is happy the case is being reopened and recently wrote a blog post describing the ridicule and depression she’s endured. But Fox News guest and criminal defense attorney Joseph DiBenedetto thinks she may have had it coming: “What did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out?” he asked. “I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but knowing the facts as we do here including what the prosecutor has set forth, this case is going nowhere and it’s going nowhere quick.” When you start out saying, “I’m not saying she deserved to be raped…”, you probably deserve to be raped. Raw Story

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