A New Low: MSM Gets All Dhimmi-toonish

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August 26, 2007

Sad doesn’t come close to being the appropriate word to characterize the behavior of our allegedly freedom loving media this time out. It seems it doesn’t need a Muslim government, or sharia law to cause it to cower in the face of any potential threat from radical Islamists.

Note to Opus readers: The Opus strips for August 26 and September 2 have been withheld from publication by a large number of client newspapers across the country, including Opus’ host paper The Washington Post. The strips may be viewed in a large format on their respective dates at Salon.com.

The strip can be viewed here. Mainstream media journalism today is a pathetic caricature of what it was once considered to be. This latest disgusting and cowardly move simply pulls back the slimy cover from the corporations and ultimately the editors behind the scenes that make it so.

Dhimmitude

Dhimmi (also zimmi, Arabic ذمي, often translated as "protected") is a legal status of a non-Muslim subject of a state governed in accordance with sharia — Islamic law.



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Comments:
  1. southdakotaboy says:

    Does anyone hold out the hope that it will be some sort of childish stunt like this that will be the straw that breaks the camels back? I mean aren’t the American people, even libs just going to realize that the only reason that this kind of thing is happening is because muslims are inheirently violent and will use any excuse to burn things and kill people.
    I think the American people are slowly becoming like very, very dry grass and when we get our next lightning strike there is going to be a big fire. If you have never seen a large grass fire, it moves faster then you can run and kills evereything in its path. Muslims in America need to worry about that.

  2. docweasel says:

    You know what would make those Opus comix better tho?
    If they were actually funny.
    It is a good sign when leftists (and I include Breathed 100%) take time off bashing Christians (as he was doing last week) and bash Muslims a little, but it seems more like an exercise in “look how edgy I am” than actually amusing or enlightening, as a comic is supposed to be.
    Too many of these sunday comix drones take themselves seriously. Its a friggin’ comic, come up with a decent punchline. That “muslim” comic for Opus bites donkeys. Its NOT FUNNY. Its anti funny.
    Breathed leans on his own self-perceived “edginess” and “topicalness” in lieu of actually having an original funny idea.
    Pogo used to be like that. Never a funny strip in 10 thousand. Same with Trudeau and Doonesboring.

  3. Fred Beloit says:

    Glad to say our paper, Panama City News Herald, printed the cartoon in entirety. Not a fan of the Breathed, not a fan of censorship either. As Kos might say (but probably wouldn’t in this case) of the delicate feelings of the opposition who called for censorship, screw them.

  4. Phoenix says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Doc and Fred, except I don’t need the ‘funny’. Just make it turn my head. None of those mentioned do in the slightest. I find them embarrassing for their lack.

  5. Trudeau had two good characters he could ride – Phred, and Duke/Honey. Neither is seen much anymore and it shows. He jumped the shark 15 years ago.

  6. Cindi says:

    Steve for christ sake, get over yourself and your FREE STREAMING AUDIO, if you haven’t got a response yet dude, you are not going to get one. Get it yet?

  7. seekeronos says:

    When Bloom County was all the rage years ago, I always had thought it was a rip-off of “Doonesbury” (same sort of liberal bias).
    And un-funny even then, for the most part… although “Night of the Mary Kay Commandos” got a chuckle or two from me.
    Now “Calvin & Hobbes”, that was a Sunday funny worth reading.

  8. TheSpartan says:

    Calvin and Hobbes might be the most overrated toon of all-time, if I have to look at another sticker of that little puke pissing on anything I’ll scream.

  9. chris says:

    Why do rednecks have stickers of Calvin and/or Hobbs urinating on a Ford or Chevy logo? Rednecks is wacky!

  10. templar knight says:

    chris, why do you liberals suck radical Muslims dicks? Cause you is wacky?

  11. chris says:

    My my. What an angry bbw ‘competitor’! Keep up with the gay imagery, it goes miles towards convincing people you aren’t a closeted redneck.

  12. TheSpartan says:

    Dan I’m surprised that you haven’t posted anything on the Gonzales news yet.

  13. scarshapedstar says:

    “As Kos might say (but probably wouldn’t in this case) of the delicate feelings of the opposition who called for censorship, screw them.”
    Why should a soldier show deference toward mercenaries?

  14. IslamoLlama says:

    So, if I understand this correctly…
    The Washington Post and its media ilk are composed of Muslim apologists because they won’t print the strips. The Opus writers are a bunch of unfunny hacks who are too busy being edgy, mocking Christians and Muslims alike, to produce true conservative-approved comedy. While we’re on the subject, newspaper comics in general are just too damn liberal and unfunny. And the folks at DKos and the Democratic Party are to blame because they didn’t start a crusade over the injustice of it all.
    Wow. A lot of deep thinking going on around here. I better step back while you guys get your hate-ons off.

  15. seekeronos says:

    Those stickers of the scallawag urinating on things is not Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes).
    It is an unauthorized caricature very loosely derived from Bill Waterson’s work.
    And yes, the WaPo is generally very liberally biased. The iron of it all is that the WaPo censoring a slightly less liberal (not to mention unfunny) comic hack.

  16. refugee says:

    I’m proud to be able to say that my hometown paper, the Houston Chronicle, ran the cartoon in all its moonbat-libertine, wingnut-racist, redneck-sexist glory.
    I’d like to think that papers turned it down because the jab at the relentlessly multiculti Lola Granola hit too close to home–but I’m certain it’s the Muslim content.

  17. Hyscience says:

    Media Goes Dhimmi Over ‘Toon”

    Dan Riehl had this up yesterday and I missed it. As Dan notes in his post, sad doesn’t come close to being the appropriate word to characterize the behavior of our self-described freedom loving media in their self-censorship of this comic by Berke Brea…

  18. templar knight says:

    chrissie, why don’t you little bitches answer the question? Why did these newspapers refuse to run the comic strip in question? Cat got your tongue? You’re scared, aren’t you? You accuse everyone of being scared, yet you are the ones who are really scared. Scared of your shadow, scared of the Muslims, just plain scared.
    As for the imagery, well, I didn’t mean literally suck their dicks, you know exactly what I mean, chrissie. Even you aren’t that stupid. Close, I admit, but not quite that stupid.

  19. nowingker says:

    How is Chris supposed to know why newspapers didn’t run the cartoon?
    I don’t see anything wrong or offensive about the cartoon and I can’t see why a newspaper would refuse to run it.
    You aren’t really believing that newspapers refused to run this cartoon because they are AFRAID that American muslims are going to rise up and go crazy, rioting in the streets, go on a killing spree, are you? LOL

  20. chris says:

    Uh huh. Still with the gay sex, huh? You log cabin patriots crack me up!

  21. IslamoLlama says:

    I think TK answered this question, Nowingker. Chris can’t answer it because he’s scared. That’s what makes someone weak. His inability to answer a question.
    For instance, when Abu G got up in front of the Senate and “I don’t know”d his pants off, it was because the President’s Attorney General was scared shitless that he was going to get dragged off to prison.
    Or when Bush flunkies ran around censoring reports on global warming, mine safety, Iraq War Progress, the budget, Katrina, education, social security, health reform… damn near anything they touch. The censors were horrified of the fact that their half-assed administration couldn’t do anything right.
    Perhaps that’s what the Washington Post is afraid of. They’re afraid that the Opus comics illustrate what America is unable to do right – namely to study a foreign culture, get a few laughs out of it, and move on with life, rather than going into scream fits over terrorism and how we need to kill more Brown People. The WP hasn’t learned how to converse with the Muslim world. They haven’t learned how to open diplomatic channels and deal with Muslims as people rather than bloodthirsty murderers. And the result is self-censorship, a self-censorship we’ve seen in our government and among our people time and time again.

  22. “They haven’t learned how to open diplomatic channels and deal with Muslims as people rather than bloodthirsty murderers.”
    Funny, when this Administration has developed peaceful relations in places like Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, y’all accuse them of scheming with the leaders there in the name of “oil”.
    And when this Administration has developed peaceful relations with the elected governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, y’all call them “puppets”.
    But you know what the real problem is?
    When y’all hold power, you can’t seem to tell the difference between “the people” and the bloodthirsty murderers, so you extend the same diplomatic deference to all of them … giving the murderers the carte blanche of soverignty to keep on killing their own citizens, while hiding their plans and provisions for violent expansion of totalitarian rule under its cloak.
    Until you cure this blurred vision, y’all shouldn’t be trusted with the reins of power … for this is a big reason the MidEast is in the mess it is in today.
    Your INACTION facilitated this mess.
    This Administration, as flawed as it is, at least has the guts to ACT to start the cleanup.

  23. bloodrage bob says:

    *STOP IT*, rich! you know logic SCARES them! using logic to analyze their behaviors; or trying to hold them accountable for their words and actions …. that’s *hate speech*, dude. fortunately, they’ll cover up this awkward moment with some bush-bashing. could’ve been worse, though – you might have asked them about big-city crime rates.
    “high gas prices are all bush’s fault!” “no blood for oil!”

  24. nowingker says:

    Hmmm
    Pinochet, the Shah of Iran ring any bells? El Salvador, Nicaragua, anybody? Seems to me they were our allies and blood thirty murderers, given carte blanche by us to kill their own people. If you add in dictators who killed their own people while we turned a blind eye, the list grows exponentially.

  25. nowingker — and you know why we turned that blind eye back then?
    Let me remind you.
    Because every time we tried to directly intervene and undertake the confrontation necessary to resolve these conflicts, people like you would stand up and scream “IMPERIALISTS!” at the top of their lungs.
    Wtihout your interference … amplified by a one-sided pre-Internet media … perhaps an earlier President would have acted to quickly send Daniel Ortega and his classy thugs packing ten years earlier … and/or set the Shah straight and prevented the rise of our present Islamofascist enemies.
    Even though you might cover your ears and sing LA-LA-LA, YOU and your fellow-travelers painted our leaders into a corner in times past with your myopic idealism and/or callous “realism” that is anything but.
    You helped make this mess that President Bush is changing the rules to clean up.
    And we won’t let you forget it …
    … for we won’t be fooled again.

  26. mensablonde says:

    It’s hard to understand all the fuss. The comic strip in question is rather tame, IMO. If we can’t even stand up for our right to print and read lame comic strips, we’re in deeper trouble than I thought.

  27. IslamoLlama says:

    “Because every time we tried to directly intervene and undertake the confrontation necessary to resolve these conflicts, people like you would stand up and scream “IMPERIALISTS!” at the top of their lungs.”
    Was that before Reagan sold arms to the Iranian revolutionaries, or after he sold VX-nerve gas to Saddam? To date, Republican Presidents – from Nixon to Reagen to Senior to Junior – have been the biggest weapons dealers in the Middle East. We sell F-14 parts to the open market, when only Iran still uses those planes. We drop billions in military aid on Saudi Arabia and Isreal, and are thanked by the children of Saudi Royalty by having planes smashed into our tallest buildings.
    You know, if we were like the British – rolling in and subjugating the natives, then colonizing and selling them all our manufactored crap – you might rightly call America an Imperialist nation. But we can’t even do that right. We just roll in and pick fights between regional neighbors so we can sell them bombs and guns with American taxpayer dollars.
    We’ve been “helping” the Middle East for over 50 years. Bush hasn’t changed the rules, he’s pulling straight from the same old playbook that’s seen us losing for half a century. He just decided to up the ante and double down, so this time when we lose, we get to sacrifice our entire functional military in the process.
    Way to go, heroes.

  28. nowingker says:

    No, Rich that isn’t why we failed to remove bloodthirty dictators and even embraced them.
    We embraced blood thirsty dictators for a variety of reasons including fear of communism, a blood thirsty dictator who hates the commies and won’t nationalize any industires is better than a blood thirsty communist whose giving their resources to the USSR and because blood thirsty dictators are generally able to keep the peace, when the peace is kept that means commerce flows, and that is good for business.
    We failed to remove blood thirsty dictators who were not our allies for the same reason that blood thirsty dictators have been left alone since the beginning of time, countries don’t invade sovereign nations because their leaders are mean, they invade sovereign nations because their leaders are a threat or because they want something the sovereign nation possesses or they want the land itself. Being ‘mean’ and nasty, even a subhuman crazy killer, has never before in history been a reason why any country would put their own nation at risk by a pre emptive invasion.

  29. templar knight says:

    Then why did we bomb the Serbs in Bosnia, or intervene in Kosovo, and bomb Yugoslavia, nowingker? That particular dictator had done us no harm. Answer me that question.
    Ziffy, back in school, I see, so you have plenty of time for blogging. Good. Now, learn something useful and quit your bullshitting. Reagan didn’t sell VX gas to Saddam, and we don’t sell parts for the F-14 in the open market, and as far as I know, Iran may have F-14’s, but they are unable to use them, for lack of spare parts and the knowledge to maintain the Tomcat. As a matter of fact, useable F-14s are being destroyed to keep them out of the hands of dictators and others, perhaps in Iran. And you forgot to mention Carter and Clinton, an oversight, I’m sure.
    Yeah, you’re the hero, Ziffy. I can’t believe I had never noticed it before. LOL.

  30. nowingker says:

    If you remember, all hell broke loose when Tito, a straight up dictator, died and Yugoslavia ceased to exist and the whole country fell back into 300 year old patterns of hate based on religion and ethnicity. There was no strong arm dictator to topple, so the parallel isn’t really there. The whole place descended into chaos because there was no strong leader, and chaos on the doorstep of Western Europe is not going to go on for too long. Period.
    I’m pretty sure we did sell nerve gas to Saddam Hussein when he was still our ‘allie,’ we certainly armed him to the teeth back in the day. And I think we used to sell parts for the F-14s, one way or the other, whether through the gov. selling them back to private companies or what, but we don’t do it anymore.

  31. IslamoLlama says:

    “And I think we used to sell parts for the F-14s, one way or the other, whether through the gov. selling them back to private companies or what, but we don’t do it anymore.”
    http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,144659,00.html
    Actually, Nowingker, yes we do.

  32. scarshapedstar says:

    “giving the murderers the carte blanche of soverignty to keep on killing their own citizens, while hiding their plans and provisions for violent expansion of totalitarian rule under its cloak.”
    If 30 dictators plan to “expand totalitarian rule” in the same place at the same time, don’t they kinda cancel each other out? That’s what I never understand about the New Caliphate scenario: who’s the caliph? If a billion and a half (give or take a few hundred million) muslims manage to unite across oceans and continents and languages, more power to ’em. But the logistics involved are simply staggering.

  33. seekeronos says:

    “— who’s the caliph? —”
    Good question.
    And the answer depends largely on which of the 1.5Bn Muslims you ask – Shi’ites will generally tell you that it is the 12th Imam (of the lineage of Ali) who has been hidden in some well or in a clay jar somewhere for the past 12 centuries or so.
    Various Sunni Muslims believe that the next Caliph will be the Islamic messiah who will return shortly to cleanse the world of Christians and Jewry (I wonder if this is why liberals on the extreme left seem to enjoy courting Islamists so much – because they’d like to see the Christians and Jews killed off? ).
    Others believe he will be a particular political figure that grows exceeding powerful in the Ummah (community of Muslim believers), who will be able to suborn the various, many and fractious throngs of Muslims under his leadership.
    If such a man does arise, he will likely be a man of such personal charisma and influence so as to the Ummah to submit to him instead of the various regional dictators.
    If a new Caliph arises, he could fulfill the requirements in the Bible to be the final end-time Antichrist, even though the preponderance of current Biblical eschatological scholarship indicates that the final Antichrist would come out of the EU or Russia, or much less likely, the USA.
    If anyone one thing could lift a single man to be recognized as the (potential) Caliph, it would be the one who could in a few skillful acts, bring the USA and (possibly Israel, too) to near ruin. I offer this as my opinion, in that the Bible is not clear on America’s role in the end time; there are some indications that the USA could cease to be a major power during the great tribulation period immediately preceding the Return of Christ.

  34. IslamoLlama says:

    And he could… be… right… BEHIND YOU!
    You know how long they’ve been predicting the Second Coming of Christ? It’s running about 2000 years now, give or take. I’m not saying you shouldn’t love him and worship him any less today or more tomorrow, but I am suggesting that you keep paying rent and don’t run off and max out your credit card just yet.
    They’ve been predicting the 12th Imam for a dozen or so centuries too.
    Keep in mind, Jesus himself was predicted to arrive time and again long, long before he actually did. Religious prophesy is notoriously fuzzy on time constraints.

  35. seekeronos says:

    Well, for one, Ziffy… Jesus never gave an exact time of His return. But He did indicate what kind of conditions in the world to expect preceding His return.
    And maxing off credit cards or other bits of financial irresponsibility based off of this is not beng a good steward of the resources God gives us.
    As of now, I would say that there is still time, but as the Good Lord said:
    “—
    24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
    24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
    24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
    24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
    24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. —”
    (Matthew 24:36-44, KJV)
    If nobody can know the specific day or time of His return, but can only know that His return is at hand, shall we indeed act foolishly, or shall we work for the Master diligently – to make sure that He is pleased with us when He does arrive at an unexpected hour?

  36. Fred Beloit says:

    “Or when Bush flunkies ran around censoring reports on global warming, mine safety, Iraq War Progress, the budget, Katrina, education, social security, health reform… damn near anything they touch. The censors were horrified of the fact that their half-assed administration couldn’t do anything right.”
    Someone call a doctor quick. The llama has gone round the bend, all the way this time.