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(Toronto Star)   Social media activist sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the ugly, moronic, foul-smelling, and possibly overweight emir of Kuwait   (thestar.com) divider line 57
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2013-01-06 01:27:23 PM  
Something something First Amendment!
 
2013-01-06 03:26:54 PM  
That sucks for him.

Dude should follow the rules... expect the consequences... or move to a different Country.
 
2013-01-06 03:31:24 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: That sucks for him.

Dude should follow the rules... expect the consequences... or move to a different Country.


He may have thought he could help change things by becoming a martyr. Sometimes there's a fine line between heroism and stupidity.
 
das
2013-01-06 05:47:55 PM  
...and Fark would last HOW long over there.........
 
2013-01-06 05:49:15 PM  
Is it too late to give Kuwait back to Iraq?
 
2013-01-06 05:50:03 PM  
I certainly hope he didn't suggest the man had a penis like a dried brown slug. Because that would be just relaly rude.
 
2013-01-06 05:52:18 PM  
Wow, most of the world gets upset easily.
 
2013-01-06 05:52:45 PM  
"Insulting the Emir" could be something as innocent as tweeting "Times sure are tough here in Kuwait." Or something more severe, like "I really wish our rulers would stop letting these oil drillers dump toxic waste in our reservoirs." It's not childish name calling; it's valid complaining making the people in charge look bad.
 
2013-01-06 05:52:59 PM  
Is it possible to insult a coprolite?
 
2013-01-06 05:53:42 PM  
We should have freed them harder with bigger bombs.
 
2013-01-06 05:56:56 PM  
At least he didn't also insult the fat, goat loving pedophile King of Bahrain (2012)
 
2013-01-06 05:57:57 PM  
Welcome to Obama's America, libs.
 
2013-01-06 05:59:00 PM  
Welcome to Romney's America, Libs.
 
US1
2013-01-06 06:01:30 PM  

fusillade762: Welcome to Obama's America, libs.


www.traemcneely.com
 
2013-01-06 06:03:23 PM  
How to deal with paranoid freedom-hating Middle-Easterm dictators:
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No paradise for you.
 
2013-01-06 06:05:27 PM  
In November, a poet in Qatar was sentenced to life in prison for an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar's emir and encouraged the overthrow of the nation's ruling system. He is appealing.

Appealing to the royal torturer.
 
2013-01-06 06:06:16 PM  

gregscott: Is it possible to insult a coprolite?


I think the word you are looking for is coprophage.
 
2013-01-06 06:09:05 PM  
I, for one, bow to our ugly,
moronic, foul-smelling, and
possibly overweight emir!
 
2013-01-06 06:13:22 PM  
Impossible...we freed them and shiat.
 
2013-01-06 06:20:48 PM  
So what DID Rashed al-Enezi tweet?

This AFP story gives a lot more info than TFA.

"Enezi is the first to be sentenced among dozens of tweeters, activists and former opposition lawmakers who face similar charges since the government began a clampdown on the opposition in the lead-up to elections held on December 1 last year.

The opposition has been staging regular demonstrations in protest at an amendment of the electoral law and the holding of the the parliamentary vote on the basis of the amended legislation.

It has announced plans to stage a demonstration later on Sunday to demand that parliament be dissolved and the amendment to the electoral law scrapped.

Humaidi said that more than 200 opposition activists, including former lawmakers, face trial on a variety of charges, mainly criticising the emir who is protected against criticism in the constitution.

Among those are around 25 young tweeters who were arrested, interrogated and then freed on bail on charges of insulting the emir.

"The charges were not based on solid accusations but on wrong interpretation of the tweets by authorities. Most of the charges are fabricated," said Humaidi.

The same court is slated to issue verdicts on Monday on another youth tweeter and a member of the scrapped parliament on similar charges."


Since it is constitutionally illegal to criticize the Emir, maybe what he tweeted could not be disclosed at the trial. I haven't found a source that reports what he tweeted and any news source that did report the words could wind up being banned by Kuwait.
 
2013-01-06 06:21:31 PM  
We certainly picked the wrong side in the first Gulf War of Aggression.
 
2013-01-06 06:32:03 PM  
 
2013-01-06 06:32:46 PM  
To hell with the Middle East.
 
2013-01-06 06:33:41 PM  
Also, does anyone know if the ruler of Kuwait has on official Twitter feed?
 
2013-01-06 06:37:13 PM  
media.nbcmiami.com

found your valet tag overweight emir
 
2013-01-06 06:37:22 PM  
Ah, Arabia...

All my students are 19-ish Saudi fellows. One day I walk into the classroom and they're passing around a mobile phone and admiring what's on it with hearty grins. Now, what do think they were gaping at? Porn, of course! So I sidle up to see, and they happily show me...

Poetry. This is a culture in which 19-year-old men forward poetry to each other, and most of them find it delightful. They even have a game show, perhaps inspired by American Idol et al, in which contestants compete at reciting poetry for big cash prizes. I know this because one of them saved a particularly masterful performance on his Ipad and played it for me, which suggests that these are 19-year-olds who not only watch hour-long poetry recitals on TV, but save the especially good parts to enjoy again later.

Meanwhile, in America...
 
2013-01-06 06:40:12 PM  

Mock26: To hell with the Middle East.


That's redundant.
 
2013-01-06 06:41:28 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Kuwaiti MP Ahmad Baqer: In my opinion, a large part, if not the majority, of society believes - and even considers this to be part of its faith and religion - that women should not hold governing positions. A fatwa on this was issued by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Religious Endowment, and by the Al-Azhar University in 1952, as well as fatwas in many other countries...The Prophet sent male governors, judges, and ambassadors, but he never sent women, only men.


That's because the muslim prophet muhammad only sent governors, judges, and ambassadors after he had sex with them and only if the person had a bigger cock then he did from all accounts that did not take much, some reports say that Muhammad's cock was smaller then the dick on the average gerbil (Muhammad also liked to have sex with gerbils in the Richard gear kind of way)
 
2013-01-06 06:46:53 PM  
jail birds dont tweet
 
2013-01-06 06:52:14 PM  
coprolite (kpr-lt) Fossilized excrement.
 
2013-01-06 07:00:20 PM  

ShannonKW: Ah, Arabia...

All my students are 19-ish Saudi fellows. One day I walk into the classroom and they're passing around a mobile phone and admiring what's on it with hearty grins. Now, what do think they were gaping at? Porn, of course! So I sidle up to see, and they happily show me...

Poetry. This is a culture in which 19-year-old men forward poetry to each other, and most of them find it delightful. They even have a game show, perhaps inspired by American Idol et al, in which contestants compete at reciting poetry for big cash prizes. I know this because one of them saved a particularly masterful performance on his Ipad and played it for me, which suggests that these are 19-year-olds who not only watch hour-long poetry recitals on TV, but save the especially good parts to enjoy again later.

Meanwhile, in America...


Meanwhile, the women there are treated worse than shiat!
 
2013-01-06 07:04:48 PM  
I hear that the emir of Kuwait wanks off to photos of missing kids on milk cartons.
 
2013-01-06 07:16:54 PM  

valis23: Mock26: To hell with the Middle East.

That's redundant.


What's weird about the Middle East is that the natives actually like it there. You won't believe it, but it is so. They have gripes as people do the world over, but they mostly think that they way it's done at Home is the way it ought to be, and the rest of the world is farked up.

Case in point: I met a Saudi Civil engineer aged about 50. He'd studied abroad, doing graduate work in Japan. Now, for a nation of its wealth KSA's infrastructure is a backward, shambolic embarrassment, while Japan's is magnificent. I've lived in both countries and it's about the starkest point of contrast between the two. So, I expected to get and earful from this guy, considering his profession. Not, a bit of it. I asked him what he thought of Japan and he sniffed and said it was tolerable, but he didn't like their way of life and got out of there as soon as he could. Dude is a 50-year-old engineer at the peak of his career, the high point of his evening consists of sitting on a cushion snacking on tea and cookies with his (all male) house guests, and he's telling me that he can't fathom how the Japanese can stand it -- and knowing full well how a Japanese engineer in his position would be living. I couldn't take the cognitive dissonance, but I'm sure he was honest. The man could be living like a prince in dozens of countries if he wasn't so attached to Saudi Arabia.

Hell it may be, but generally the folk there don't see it that way.
 
2013-01-06 07:20:03 PM  

ShannonKW: Ah, Arabia...

All my students are 19-ish Saudi fellows. One day I walk into the classroom and they're passing around a mobile phone and admiring what's on it with hearty grins. Now, what do think they were gaping at? Porn, of course! So I sidle up to see, and they happily show me...

Poetry. This is a culture in which 19-year-old men forward poetry to each other, and most of them find it delightful. They even have a game show, perhaps inspired by American Idol et al, in which contestants compete at reciting poetry for big cash prizes. I know this because one of them saved a particularly masterful performance on his Ipad and played it for me, which suggests that these are 19-year-olds who not only watch hour-long poetry recitals on TV, but save the especially good parts to enjoy again later.


Of course if you should accidentally (or intentionally) offend one, they'll rip your farking heart out.
 
2013-01-06 07:21:01 PM  
You can say what you like about the British Royal Family ... literally, most of the time. So long as you don't say it in a major British newspaper or publish embarassing pictures, the worst that you have to fear is that the Queen will call your publisher up on the red carpet for a very stern frowning at and possibly a couple of sharp but very polite words.

Other royal families operate under the delusion of a famous 19th century king who apparently acted like he was a king, and take lèse-majesté as tantemont to sacrilege or at least treason.

If you are going to bad mouth the Emir, the Royal family of Thailand (aka Siam), the Royals of Nepal, etc., you had best stay out of reach. And take notes to remind yourself not to visit their country until the government and crown have been overthrown, because somebody will remember what you said in jest a lot longer than you will.
 
2013-01-06 07:23:21 PM  

MadSkillz: Meanwhile, the women there are treated worse than shiat!


Wat the fark does that have to do with poetry?
 
2013-01-06 07:41:23 PM  

Old enough to know better: if you should accidentally (or intentionally) offend one, they'll rip your farking heart out.


Some Middle Easterners are like that, I suppose. The people of the Middle East are a fairly diverse lot. I've found the Gulf Arabs to be pretty mellow and patient. They don't have the habit of tossing around idle insults for their amusement as we do in the U.S. Much of U.S. society is a great shiat-flinging fest in which you're expected to not let on that it bothers you (umad?) so if you act like that in KSA you'll come across like Howard Stern, and they'll take it seriously. Unflattering talk about family can get a fist in the face and a deportation -- I've seen it happen.

They're not especially touchy though. They just seem that way to people who are outlandishly crass (as many Americans unknowingly are).
 
2013-01-06 07:44:15 PM  

skinink: Is it too late to give Kuwait back to Iraq?


Well, at least we only lost about 380 lives protecting their freedoms.  Good to know they cherish them.
 
2013-01-06 07:53:37 PM  

ShannonKW: Old enough to know better: if you should accidentally (or intentionally) offend one, they'll rip your farking heart out.

Some Middle Easterners are like that, I suppose. The people of the Middle East are a fairly diverse lot. I've found the Gulf Arabs to be pretty mellow and patient. They don't have the habit of tossing around idle insults for their amusement as we do in the U.S. Much of U.S. society is a great shiat-flinging fest in which you're expected to not let on that it bothers you (umad?) so if you act like that in KSA you'll come across like Howard Stern, and they'll take it seriously. Unflattering talk about family can get a fist in the face and a deportation -- I've seen it happen.

They're not especially touchy though. They just seem that way to people who are outlandishly crass (as many Americans unknowingly are).


Who is outlandishly crass?

You sound fat.
 
2013-01-06 08:00:47 PM  

SDRR: Who is outlandishly crass?

You sound fat.


I'm hoping that was ironic. But ya can't be sure around here...
 
2013-01-06 08:13:25 PM  
Yes, you really need to watch your mouth in totalitarian dictatorships. Even though everyone has a right to their opinion and people should just GET OVER IT when someone insults them, their religion or their way of life and why are people so freaking crazy they riot over every little thing? Or something like that.
 
2013-01-06 08:26:41 PM  

ShannonKW: valis23: Mock26: To hell with the Middle East.

That's redundant.

What's weird about the Middle East is that the natives actually like it there. You won't believe it, but it is so. They have gripes as people do the world over, but they mostly think that they way it's done at Home is the way it ought to be, and the rest of the world is farked up.

Case in point: I met a Saudi Civil engineer aged about 50. He'd studied abroad, doing graduate work in Japan. Now, for a nation of its wealth KSA's infrastructure is a backward, shambolic embarrassment, while Japan's is magnificent. I've lived in both countries and it's about the starkest point of contrast between the two. So, I expected to get and earful from this guy, considering his profession. Not, a bit of it. I asked him what he thought of Japan and he sniffed and said it was tolerable, but he didn't like their way of life and got out of there as soon as he could. Dude is a 50-year-old engineer at the peak of his career, the high point of his evening consists of sitting on a cushion snacking on tea and cookies with his (all male) house guests, and he's telling me that he can't fathom how the Japanese can stand it -- and knowing full well how a Japanese engineer in his position would be living. I couldn't take the cognitive dissonance, but I'm sure he was honest. The man could be living like a prince in dozens of countries if he wasn't so attached to Saudi Arabia.

Hell it may be, but generally the folk there don't see it that way.


Meh, they can still go to hell, especially those who would kill someone for breaking some silly rule from their silly superstition.
 
2013-01-06 08:43:42 PM  
A society with as weak of socialism as ours isn't really in a proper position another for being hard on women.

In a monarchy, insulting the king is equivalent to sedition.
 
2013-01-06 08:44:22 PM  
to criticize
 
2013-01-06 08:47:41 PM  
Wow, what's worse, fat, middle eastern or tweeters? So much shattiness, where's that video Of that super cute new Zealand sprinter?
 
2013-01-06 09:59:34 PM  

Mock26: To hell with the Middle East.


Sweet jebus, this. Having money shoot out of the sand for multiple generations has turned them into a region of do-nothing, misogonistic princesses, all clutching their pearls and stamping their filthy sandaled feet over the slightest goddamn affront to their bloated and inexplicable egos. I only hope I'm alive to see an alternative energy source rise up and destroy their whole way of life.
 
2013-01-06 11:32:21 PM  
They're not especially touchy though. They just seem that way to people who are outlandishly crass (as many Americans unknowingly are).

Tell that to the tourist last year who the UAE locked up because customs inspectors found what was described as an almost-too-small-to-see flake of marijuanna on the sole of his tennis shoe.  If I remember correctly, that was done without a chemical analysis to prove it was pot.

I know they're not all awful people, but circumstances have led the people of that region to have an extremely unusual view of the world.  Couple that with their religion's ability to convince them that they're right to the exception of all other concerns, and you have a volatile mess of which I want no part.
 
2013-01-07 12:07:22 AM  
So the emir of Kuwait likes to keep the personal company of male goats and cheats at cards.
 
2013-01-07 01:01:04 AM  

Pray 4 Mojo: That sucks for him.

Dude should follow the rules... expect the consequences... or move to a different Country.


F*ck the rules.

You'll never bring about change by running away.
 
2013-01-07 01:19:54 AM  

ShannonKW: Ah, Arabia...

All my students are 19-ish Saudi fellows. One day I walk into the classroom and they're passing around a mobile phone and admiring what's on it with hearty grins. Now, what do think they were gaping at? Porn, of course! So I sidle up to see, and they happily show me...

Poetry. This is a culture in which 19-year-old men forward poetry to each other, and most of them find it delightful. They even have a game show, perhaps inspired by American Idol et al, in which contestants compete at reciting poetry for big cash prizes. I know this because one of them saved a particularly masterful performance on his Ipad and played it for me, which suggests that these are 19-year-olds who not only watch hour-long poetry recitals on TV, but save the especially good parts to enjoy again later.

Meanwhile, in America...


Yes, but they're also planning to behead you soon, for whorishly exposing your arms above the wrists and blaspheming Allah by claiming to be a man while clearly named as a female.

/Also, they were enjoying camel-on-goat porn right before you came in, they just switched to poetry to see if you are really that gullible. Silly infidel...
 
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