Up to one meter of new snow is expected within the next hours. Bavaria's Interior Ministry urged people to clear any more snow promptly to help prevent further deaths and injuries. Walter Preis, who is supervising the clearance work in the region of Passau, said he has never seen anything like this before. - DW
I've heard this kind of speech before in trips to small mountain towns where a government representative is at pains to say that while he cannot officially encourage the headmen to pay the "revolutionary tax" levied by the insurgents he 'understands' that the rules of natural hospitality do not preclude making gestures of good will to all comers. But the government message to the headmen was really we cannot protect you and you will have to look out for yourselves though we will never officially admit it. ... [I] never expected to hear [this kind of speech] spoken in the heart of Europe. - Wretchard
[T]he cartoon crisis made protection too expensive. It may have been OK to pay Arafat a few billions but it had got so that any two-bit preacher could work up locals in his own "mosque" to become the Big Man in his ville, like Cap'n Hook Hamza. When extortion goes out of control the citizens start to push back and business goes bad for the established playahs. Damascus' attempt to [bitch-slap] the Scandinavian countries could backfire. - Wretchard
Het siert de betogers dat ze pas na maanden beraad in spontane woede zijn ontstoken. - Lady M
subtlety and exalted rhetoric
It is one thing to subsidize a double-talking Arafat, quite another to keep giving money to terrorists who openly promise to finish the European holocaust. - Victor Davis Hanson
As good as it gets.
The enemy is out in the open, in our streets, and damn are they ugly. And moreover they are not attacking Israel (some foreign country who the Guardian says "do bad things") or America (some other foreign country the BBC says is run by BushMcHitler and "do bad things"), they are attacking tolerant non-colonialist non-military superpower non-zionist DENMARK and screaming that they want an Islamic veto over free speech in secular/Christian societies and they will kill anyone who upsets them. - Perry de Havilland
Badge of pride
Pfff, een omfloerste bedreiging, en klein bier in vergelijking met de fanmail die ik vorige week ontving. - LVB over de bedreigingen ontvangen door "De Standaard".
"Allah has made the infidels spineless."
when someone has to die for his world view, what he may have done wrong is no longer the issue. That's when we have to stand up for our basic rights. Otherwise we are just reinforcing the killer and conceding that there was a good reason to kill this person. - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
I guess it must be them Zoroastrians. They keep pulling crap like this.
Demonstrators set fire to the building housing the Danish consulate in Beirut on Sunday, as angry crowds rampaged through a Christian neighborhood in protest over controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, an AFP reporter said.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Grammy-winning pop star Sheryl Crow have split up, scrapping plans for a Texas wedding after two years of dating, People magazine reported on Friday.
"Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars"
In the internet age pictures of posters with the Carrefour logo proclaiming a boycott of Denmark, intended for use in Egypt, are also seen [in] Brussels, where the result is… a boycott of Carrefour. - Paul Belien
"we get to torch shit."
[E]ven now you have Kos commenters contorting themselves into positions of self-righteous progressive onanism that are a wonder to behold—suddenly, free speech is not a universal right worthy of the crafting of puppet heads and the defacing of Starbucks’ windows, but instead is a culture-specific gift that needs to be filtered through the religious precepts of the culture of the Other. Unless, of course, that “Other” happens to be, say, Evangelical Christians. In which case, such extremists MUST BE SHOUTED DOWN with free speech. - Jeff Goldstein
"babyish rumor-fuelled tantrums"
[C]ivil society means that free expression trumps the emotions of anyone to whom free expression might be inconvenient. It is depressing to have to restate these obvious precepts, and it is outrageous that the administration should have discarded them at the very first sign of a fight. - Christopher Hitchens
"have a Carlsberg"
If depicting Muhammad is a blasphemy, well, nobody asked Muslims to depict him. For the rest of us who don’t believe in the Religion of Submission, it’s our freedom and our privilege to do so, and we do as we wish. If the sight of their Prophet shocks Muslims, - well, nobody asks them to look... - Visual Hugo