Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Violence to shoes

In the last few weeks, Norwegian women have expressed outrage *) over how images of violence against - and oppression of - shoes are put on display in a handful of shops in Oslo. The National Shoe Liberty Frontieer (NSLF) wish to prohibit the depiction of oppressed shoes. But seriously, what is more important? A pair of shoes, or freedom of speech?

As freedom of speech certainly must be more important, the King of Gardistan advocates a campaign to post depictions of oppressed and murdered shoes on as many websites on the Internet as possible. Says the King, "with such a campaign, The National Shoe Liberty Frontieer will learn that they can not trample on our right to oppress our shoes. And freedom of speech. Yes, that's what's it about. Freedom of speech."

*) In other news, a group of people are expressing outrage about a drawing of Muhammed **) and burn flags as part of their right to express their misdirected ***) outrage. Interestingly, those who claim to defend free speech are expressing an outrage against the burning of flags, and react by making more drawing of Muhammed, while at the same time refuse to burn Danish flags outside the Danish consulate.

**) Since there are no actual authentic depictions of Muhammed in existance, there is no guarantee that the person on said drawing is Muhammed. Indeed, judging from the size of the bomb on his head, there's a greater chance that it's actually a depiction of Dubbya****) Bush. The shoe depicted in this blog post, however, is very real.

***) It turns out that the drawings they are offended by are NOT the ones published in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, but somethings that their own Imams made in order to turn them against the Danes. The original drawing was apparently not bad enough. It is interesting to watch as the debates go on as if the lie was the truth. Then again, keeping the lie sells a lot more papers...

****) After reading this article, Dubbya called me up to license the rights for my "free speech" argument. Says Dubbya, "the people we keep in Guantanamo are not prisoners of war, they are living pieces of one of my greatest works of art, depicting my grand vision of a free world! Guilty or not, if any of them were allowed to leave, it would just be undemocratic. Why do you hate our freedom?"

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