The offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were firebombed last night.
The magazine included a cartoon of Mohammad on its cover with the caption, “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”
The offices were gutted in the fire.
The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published a special Arab Spring edition Wednesday with the prophet Mohammed as guest “editor”, were gutted in a petrol bomb attack overnight, police said.
The fire at the magazine started around 01.00 am (0200 GMT) and caused no injuries, a police source said.
Charlie Hebdo published a special edition Wednesday to mark the Arab Spring, renaming the magazine Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for the occasion.
The cover showed a cartoon of the prophet stating: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”
The depiction of the prophet is strictly prohibited in Islam.
A witness at the scene, Patrick Pelloux, told AFP a molotov cocktail was hurled through the window and set fire to the computer system.
“Everything was destroyed,” he said.
The magazine’s publisher, known only as Charb, said he was convinced the fire was linked to the special edition.
“On Twitter, on Facebook, we received several letters of protest, threats, insults,” which had been forwarded to the police, he said.
On Wednesday, the weekly said it would publish a special edition to “celebrate” the Ennahda Islamist party’s election victory in Tunisia and the transitional Libyan executive’s statement that Islamic Sharia law would be the country’s main source of law.
Meanwhile, a play that Jesus covered in crap is also playing in Paris. No firebombs were reported.
Ronnie Hobbs, a 53-year-old Ferriday, Louisiana man was jailed Friday after he allegedly watched cartoon pornography on a laptop while sitting in a McDonald’s “PlayPlace”.
According to the Natchez Police Department, Hobbs was at the play area with two children, ages 4 and 5, when a police officer standing outside looked through the window and saw him viewing cartoon-themed pornographic images.
The officer stated that anyone who was in the parking lot or the drive-thru could have been exposed to the images as well. One of the children even walked up to Hobbs and began talking to him while looking at the images on his computer screen.
Investigators say when the officer confronted Hobbs, he immediately logged off of his computer. Hobbs then admitted that he was addicted to pornography, and had been for “several months.” His relationship to the children he was with was not disclosed. They were released to Hobb’s mother-in-law.
Hobbs was booked into the Natchez City Jail and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and publicly displaying sexually oriented material. He was released after posting $1,400 bond.
From a perpetually blindsided Reuters:
Consumer prices rose faster than expected in July as gasoline rebounded sharply, but a moderation in underlying price pressures backed the Federal Reserve’s view of a low inflation environment.
The consumer price index is obviously racist. Still, where is this “moderation in underlying price pressures”? Isn’t the price of everything – even apart from food and gas (which the government refuses to count) – going up?
The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index increased 0.5 percent, the largest gain since March, after falling 0.2 percent in June. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.2 percent rise last month.
Oh, those Reuters economists.
Gasoline, which rose 4.7 percent after falling 6.8 percent the prior month, accounted for about half of the rise in CPI last month.
Was that because of the ‘Arab Spring’ or the Japanese Tsunami?
Core CPI – excluding food and energy – rose 0.2 percent after rising 0.3 percent in June…
And, after all, why count food or energy prices when you are measuring inflation? We don’t know anyone who eats or drives a car.
Of course, the only reason we even have a ‘Core CPI’ is so the government can pretend there is no inflation and thereby avoid paying cost of living increases, which it literally cannot afford.
Data on Wednesday showed wholesale prices, excluding food and energy, rose at their quickest pace in six months in July, with the year-over-year increase the largest since June 2009.
Given limited pricing power for producers as consumers grapple with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, inflation is not regarded as a threat now for an economy which barely grew in the first half of the year.
When people are given more than two years of unemployment benefits, we’re not sure that a high jobless rate prevents inflation. Especially, since we clearly have inflation, whether the government will admit it or not.