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What do hard core rightwing freaks on both sides of the world have in common?

A penchant for renaming food:

Iranians love Danish pastries, but now when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery they have to ask for "Roses of the Prophet Muhammad."

Bakeries across the capital were covering up their ads for danish pastries Thursday after the confectioners union ordered the name change in retaliation for cartoons of Islam's revered Prophet first published in a Danish newspaper.

Somehow I doubt the dimwitted Republicans in the US House of Representatives will find shame in the obvious parallel.

(via Blogger Radio)

Posted by Carla Ryan at February 19, 2006 11:56 PM
Comments
Comment #127685

Congressman Jones (R-NC) — the guy who renamed the fries — came to find shame in it. He now realizes Bush invaded Iraq “with no justification”.

Although he voted for the Iraq war, he has since become one of its most vociferous opponents on Capitol Hill, where the hallway outside his office is lined with photographs of the “faces of the fallen”.
Posted by: American Pundit at February 20, 2006 4:06 AM
Comment #127692

As an Iranian that lived 16 years of my life in Iran, I have to say that this name change is not going to be permanent. I’m sure that majority of Iranians who don’t support government actions are going to use the original name “Danish Pastry” and others will start using the original name after a while. I believe same thing happened here in US. Despite big campaigns by Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others, American people are still using “French Fries.” I don’t think these kinds of campaigns are going to be effective. Specially against a country that would possibly oppose the US military action in Iran.

Posted by: Hooman Hedayati at February 20, 2006 4:58 AM
Comment #127719

Carla

Hold on there.Some food needs to be re-named politics notwithstanding.

How about doughnuts,for instance?There are no nuts in those delicious gems plus they are fried in yucky and unhealthful oil.They should be called oil-nuts or at the very least oily balls,which is what they are called in Holland.

Or what about hot dogs?They are neither hot nor are they dogs.Despite being named after a German town (Hamburg)where they came from,that name was already taken by a squashed meat thing sold at McDonald’s by the billions,hot dogs should be called something else…maybe “long little things with meat in them that has been on the floor,then ground up,colored and eaten best dunked in water at a eating contest on the Fourth of July”

Seriously,you bring up an important point…..Mis-naming of stuff.Just yesterday McDonald’s was sued because they put milk products in their fries.Huh?

Barilla…”Italy’s best” as it says on the package,is made in Orlando Florida using American wheat.

Filipio Berrio olive oil,”imported from Italy” as the bottle says,has Tunisian olives inside.

“Parmesean” cheese,from Parma Italy,is really made by Kraft foods in Wisconsin or New Jersey using Americian products.

Thus,we have been conned by the food industry and poisoned for generations by the mega-conglomerates.

What’s a twinkie,anyway?The answer is a well-preserved product that used to be put in the lunch box of many kids made from crap and preservatives.

So,whether it’s French fries,Danish pastery,”Italian ” bread, “Champagne”(Champagne is supposed to come only from the Champagne region of France…as is the case with cognac…that’s supposed to come from the Cognac region….we have been led down the garden path ,well,all our lives.

Now,I have to go to McDonald’s for an egg McMuffin before I am late for work,along with those hash browns…on special today,I am told.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at February 20, 2006 7:57 AM
Comment #127738

The other thing right wing nuts have in common is a notable absence of any sense of humor. Sicilian Eagle being the exception.

Posted by: Schwamp at February 20, 2006 10:07 AM
Comment #127739

Let us not forget Liberty Cabbage, but then again that was done when a democrat was in the White House.

Posted by: Winship at February 20, 2006 10:09 AM
Comment #127761

Please remind me why we are called…

‘Grownups’?

Is there a difference between an ‘adult’ and a ‘grownup’????

Posted by: bugcrazy at February 20, 2006 11:08 AM
Comment #127771

I remember playing this game in grade school. Conservatives need to grow up and get a hobby, besides childish games.

Posted by: Craig at February 20, 2006 11:39 AM
Comment #127772

Schwamp,

Yes! The libs have an excellent sense of humor. That Algore speech in Saudi the other day was an absolute hoot! And Howard Dean!! Where did you guys get him??!! He was a #1 pick in the all-time first round draft of humorous politicians. So, my goodness, you certainly put a nail on the head with your observant comment. Excellent work!

Carla,

Congrats on your parallel. Yes, you’re right, that makes republicans the same as Muslim extremists. Republicans are also for a strong U.S. military which, I suppose, means you’ll parallel Republicans with Communist China. Bush is a huge social spender, which I suppose means you’ll parallel him with Clinton (and then give the edge to Bush if you get your numbers right). So many parallels, so little time! How do you do it?! I have to admit though, I think you’re doing a good job pacing yourself by starting out with this critical CRITICAL topic of food naming.

And as usual, another liberal comes up with yet another flawless solution to another dire problem … oh wait, you didn’t address any serious issue or come up with a solution to absolutely anything … my bad! I’ll continue to work on my reading comprehension.

Posted by: Ken Cooper at February 20, 2006 11:41 AM
Comment #127781

Congrats on your parallel. Yes, you’re right, that makes republicans the same as Muslim extremists.

Actually I believe I called them “right wing freaks”, not Republicans. It just so happens that those “freaks” are on the GOP side of the aisle in the US House. And on this issue (and a few others I could name), they are the same.

Republicans are also for a strong U.S. military which, I suppose, means you’ll parallel Republicans with Communist China. Bush is a huge social spender, which I suppose means you’ll parallel him with Clinton (and then give the edge to Bush if you get your numbers right). So many parallels, so little time! How do you do it?! I have to admit though, I think you’re doing a good job pacing yourself by starting out with this critical CRITICAL topic of food naming.

Please. The food renaming thing is absolutely ridiculous. Do you really want to try to defend it by listing irrelevancies? Or would you prefer I show you exactly how the GOP only pays lip service to a strong military and has completely abdicated its responsibility to the lower and lower middle class with the prescription drug benefit?

I should think you’d rather stay on topic.

I wrote this post to highlight the idiocy of this kind of extremism. Even to a hardcore partisan that has to be obvious.

Posted by: carla at February 20, 2006 12:10 PM
Comment #127788

Carla, I think it’s a waste of time to try and get across points to the other side of the aisle. “Gun shy” comes to mind, and no pun intended…. At this point in time, a sense of humor is necessary, because if we couldn’t make fun of things, we’d lose our collective minds……well……that, and the fact that this
administration is in and of itself, a joke !!!

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at February 20, 2006 12:22 PM
Comment #127814

“Is there a difference between an ‘adult’ and a ‘grownup’????”

I’m pretty sure that ‘adult’ means you or someone near you is naked.

Posted by: tony at February 20, 2006 1:32 PM
Comment #127824

Carla,

I couldn’t care less what Congress called their fries. But it certainly didn’t bother me as much as you. French fries, Freedom fries … a friendly little jab … who cares? Apparently you think it a critical topic if you used a rare opportunity to BLOG about it.

And you missed my point entirely … it’s such a non-critical topic it makes your analogy unimportant. I apologize if my saracasm didn’t blatantly broadcast that like I thought it did.

Finally, you call me “off subject” after just bringing up the prescription drug benefit when discussing an article on food naming. Interesting tact!

Posted by: Ken Cooper at February 20, 2006 1:52 PM
Comment #127829

This is totally unrelated to the issue being discussed however I really need some imput to the question: Prior to 2000, how many, and which (if any), ex-Presidents of the United States have made public comments while abroad that were severly critical of the current President and the policies of the current administration. Thanks for your help. Jim

Posted by: Jim Martin at February 20, 2006 1:57 PM
Comment #127832

And you missed my point entirely … it’s such a non-critical topic it makes your analogy unimportant. I apologize if my saracasm didn’t blatantly broadcast that like I thought it did.

Finally, you call me “off subject” after just bringing up the prescription drug benefit when discussing an article on food naming. Interesting tact!

LOL Ken…obfuscate much?

I don’t recall labeling this topic “critical” or even pretending that it was. I’m merely showing that whacko extremists have things in common. We only have to pay attention. Why are you so defensive about that?


Posted by: carla at February 20, 2006 2:02 PM
Comment #127834

Maybe the next step for the Neocons will be to start re-naming food that carries a Blue State moniker. You know, like New England Clam Chowder will become “Traitor Chowder” or California Cuisine will become “Communist-Liberal Cuisine”. :^)

Posted by: Adrienne at February 20, 2006 2:05 PM
Comment #127848

Hey - since I’m from North Carolina… maybe we can rename Cigarettes - “Patriot Sticks’!!!???

Posted by: tony at February 20, 2006 2:35 PM
Comment #127962

The renaming of food because you have somthing against a country that’s name appears in the name of the food isn’t the birghtest thing I’ve ever seen. But neither is pulling into an Exxon station and pumping a dollars worth of gas and then telling the attendant that you made a mistake, that you thought is was some station other than Exxon. Kinda like what happened shortly after the Exxon Valdes accident.
Neither have any effect on the folks your trying to protest.
I’ve personally never called them French Fries. And sure never called them Freedom Fries. I’ve always just called them Fries.
I’m not a big fan of Danish pastries but if I were I wouldn’t (and won’t) quit calling them that just because some Danish paper ran a cartoon the wasn’t very complimary to my religion.

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 20, 2006 7:23 PM
Comment #127992

It’s funny because if you go to Powerline or other conservative Blogs they are talking about how silly the Arab protestors are to be making signs that simply infuriate Americans without furthering their cause.

Which is exactly what I thought about “Freedom fries”. Stupid, yep. Unnecessary, uh huh. Vaguely unintelligent and gradeschoolish, check. Likely to piss off other nations for no reason whatsoever, ding ding ding.

Posted by: Max at February 20, 2006 8:39 PM
Comment #128022

“I wrote this post to highlight the idiocy of this kind of extremism. Even to a hardcore partisan that has to be obvious.

Posted by: carla at February 20, 2006 12:10 PM”

Carla,

I “got it” last night before I retired, but it left me speechless.

Hello people! It’s not the “renaming of food” it’s the “extremist views”!

I recently asked at another thread written by Stephen Daugherty “how do we overcome the religous fanaticism that has led to destruction and death regarding the infamous cartoons. I’m stuck with the dumb question, “how do you overcome religous fanaticism”?

Even education can only go so far. I live in the “bible belt” and I can assure you their views, and thus their reaction or response to “all” issues, are tempered more by religion than any level of academic achievement.

I’m all for expending all “reasonable” efforts to attain a peaceful resolution prior to the use of “bombs and bullets” but, as liberal as I am, I sometimes fail to understand how we can overcome some threats.”

Islamic extremism is “the worst of the worst” right now, but just think:
***
They have a cleric calling for the assasination of a cartoonist/journalist.
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We have Pat Robertson calling for the assasination of Hugo Chavez.
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We’re complaining about Yahoo caving in to China’s desire to monitor all internet traffic.
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Neo-cons are complaining about us complaining about not wanting to end up in the same situation as China.

What the hell! Maybe if we all just tried to get along we’d all live longer.

I guess we’ve just not all evolved at the same rate.

KansasDem

Posted by: KansasDem at February 20, 2006 10:42 PM
Comment #128049

“Hello people!”

Hi there, Kansas Dem.

“It’s not the “renaming of food” it’s the “extremist views”!”

I know, but I was just having a little fun.
I even thought of some more Blue State foods that the Neocons might transform:

Wisconsin Cheddar — “Socialist Cheddar”
Chicago Deep-dish Pizza — “Babykiller Pizza”
Boston Baked Beans — “Loony-Left Beans”
Vermont Maple Syrup — “Hysterical Liberal Syrup”
Buffalo (NY) Wings — “Terrorist Sympathizer Wings”
New York Cheesecake — “Unpatriotic Cheesecake”
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich — “Godless Sandwich”
Olympia (WA) Oysters — “Dummycrat Oysters”
Oregon Dungeness Crab — “Pinko Crab”

tony:
“Hey - since I’m from North Carolina… maybe we can rename Cigarettes - “Patriot Sticks’!!!???”

Or “Republi-butt’s” :^)

Posted by: Adrienne at February 21, 2006 12:03 AM
Comment #128081

Can we make doughnuts shaped like Muhammad?

Posted by: BillS at February 21, 2006 1:58 AM
Comment #128098

Adrienne,

I’d kill right now for some of them “Terrorist Sympathizer Wings”!

I’m just curious what I should call a KC strip steak from now on?

KansasDem
PS: do you suppose McDonalds will change the name of their chicken sandwich to “The Cheney Special”?


Posted by: KansasDem at February 21, 2006 3:04 AM
Comment #128143

OK - so I had some hummus, pita and falafels for dinner last night. What does that make me? (A side from the natural WMDs it gave me…)

Posted by: tony at February 21, 2006 8:49 AM
Comment #128151

Kansas;

KC strip steak = Pornography purveyor meat?
The Cheyney special used to be called McNuggets. (in memorium of the shot gun pellets?)

Tony,

Hopefully that meal would make you downwind…

Posted by: Dave at February 21, 2006 9:44 AM
Comment #128157

Dave - Ha

I’m just wondering if I put myself on the NSA spy list when i purchased the ingredients. I mean, what if the Falafel in a box came from a manufacturer who had a farmer on their payroll who was married to a woman whose cousin’s friend knew a guy who once saw a terrorist?!? I might actually be funding terrorism.

Yikes!

Posted by: tony at February 21, 2006 9:57 AM
Comment #128172

Kansas Dem:
“I’m just curious what I should call a KC strip steak from now on?”
Dave:
“KC strip steak = Pornography purveyor meat?”

Well, it is true that Kansas City voted blue, but Missouri was officially a Red State — so how about calling it a Jeff Gannon Strip Steak?

Kansas Dem:
“PS: do you suppose McDonalds will change the name of their chicken sandwich to “The Cheney Special”?”

Dave:
“The Cheyney special used to be called McNuggets. (in memorium of the shot gun pellets?)”

Either is works for me.
It’ll be the feature of a new campaign — The Unhappy Meal. :^)

tony:
“OK - so I had some hummus, pita and falafels for dinner last night. What does that make me?”

Sophisticated? A Citizen of the World?

“(A side from the natural WMDs it gave me…)”

What Dave said. ;^)

Posted by: Adrienne at February 21, 2006 10:30 AM
Comment #128178

“Either is works for me.”

Duh. That didn’t come out right. It should have been: Either is good/ works for me.

Posted by: Adrienne at February 21, 2006 10:49 AM
Comment #128823
I know, but I was just having a little fun. I even thought of some more Blue State foods that the Neocons might transform:

Wisconsin Cheddar — “Socialist Cheddar”
Chicago Deep-dish Pizza — “Babykiller Pizza”
Boston Baked Beans — “Loony-Left Beans”
Vermont Maple Syrup — “Hysterical Liberal Syrup”
Buffalo (NY) Wings — “Terrorist Sympathizer Wings”
New York Cheesecake — “Unpatriotic Cheesecake”
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich — “Godless Sandwich”
Olympia (WA) Oysters — “Dummycrat Oysters”
Oregon Dungeness Crab — “Pinko Crab”

This just made my day :)

Posted by: Amani at February 23, 2006 5:15 AM
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