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OMG Radical Islam Cooties!

In what has to be the dumbest thing resulting from the right wing blogosphere, Rachel Ray (who is kinda hot) was dumped as a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Donuts because she may have had an explosive strapped to her chest. Oh, no. That’s not correct. Turns out, she was just wearing a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh. And apparently it looked radical Islam enough to rile people up who have no idea what a keffiyeh even is.

Thanks for proving that conservatives can be as stupid as the kos kids.

20 Responses to “OMG Radical Islam Cooties!”

  1. Rob K Says:

    And places like Cheaper Than Dirt sell them! Yeesh, how stupid can people be.

  2. MichaelnotMike Says:

    Actually, just this one ad was pulled. She continues to be the company’s “pitchwowan” and will appear in other ads. See,

    Your overall point remains, though.

  3. tgirsch Says:

    Wow, the video at that ABC news link shows just how stupid it is. Even with the side-by-side, I don’t think the scarves look the least bit alike…

  4. pdb Says:

    I’d hit it if she wore a ball gag.

  5. Dano Says:

    Here’s your sign…

  6. Sean Braisted Says:

    Thanks for proving that conservatives can be as stupid as the kos kids.

    Just out of curiosity, but do you have a comparable circumstance in mind?

  7. Affe Says:

    The best part of it is the pics drifting around of SOCOM guys in Afghanistan and Iraq wearing them too…

  8. tgirsch Says:

    do you have a comparable circumstance in mind?

    I’m going to go with “no.” 🙂

  9. tgirsch Says:

    Also, I have to same I’m a little bit disappointed that this didn’t warrant a “non-liberal morons” post from Xrlqy-wrlqy. (Is that pronounced “Jeffy weffy?”)

  10. Standard Mischief Says:

    # tgirsch Says:

    Im going to go with no. 🙂

    Well there was those Totenkopf tee-shirts at mall-wart. Some lowly designer somewhere at the wholly ownd subsidiary “No Boundaries” picks up on the pirates vs ninja craze and finds some old image to file the serial number off of and make his own. Unfortunately that image happens to be some 1337 crack SS trooper logo, and people go non-linear. Then mall-wart issues the “politically correct” press release saying they will take them off the market. Then mall-wart fumbles the ball, several times. Then even one more time. This allows entrepreneurs ample time to score the shirts to make a quick buck on feebay while educating a whole hoard of people on a brand new button they can push.

    I’ll wager 99% of the “shocked, just shocked” people had no prior knowledge of teh Totenkopf. I didn’t.

    Oh and this gives me a great chance to link to this.

    BTW, I’ve got a Turkish Mauser that just happens to have a replacement screw that must have been taken out of a parts bin somewhere. That screw has a Waffen on it. Does that make me a bigot, just filled with evil?

  11. deadcenter Says:

    For her part, Malkin was pleased with Dunkins response: Its refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans morons like me opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists such as our troops that wear them because they are effective. or the Hindu fellow I backpacked around the Himalayas with (he’d bought his while selling cars in Bahrain because he recognized its utility also.

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  12. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    I think it just goes to show that both sides will use PC to bludgeon the point they can’t make otherwise. The Malkins of the world seem to *really* think t3h Isalm is coming to get us and that a couple thousand idiots in robes and riding horses and camels will take us over.

  13. Sarah Says:

    The Malkins of the world seem to *really* think t3h Isalm is coming to get us and that a couple thousand idiots in robes and riding horses and camels will take us over.

    Yeah, ‘cuz it ain’t happening in Europe.

  14. chris Says:

    hmmm, looks like some of the concern is warranted…

    The scarf once seen covering the faces of stone-throwing boys, wrapping the bodies of bullet-pierced babies and shading the creased napes of olive farmers now makes an appearance on the mannequins of Toronto and the outfits of the rich and fabulous of New York.

    And an item of clothing resembling that scarf, called a kaffiyeh, forced Dunkin’ Donuts to pull an ad this week featuring celebrity chef Rachael Ray. Ray wore a black and white scarf in the ad, promoting Dunkin’ Donuts’ iced coffee. Critics said the scarf offered symbolic support for Muslim extremism, The Associated Press reports.

    The controversial kaffiyeh, also known as the hatta or the shemagh, is a cloth about 54 inches squared. Commonly seen on the heads of men in the Middle East, the kaffiyeh was historically used simply as protection from the scorching sun. Now, the checked scarves carry a much deeper meaning.

    “The kaffiyeh is a visual extension of our struggle, a way to be a thorn in the silence,” says Ahmad Habib, Iraqi refugee and a member of the Arab Cultural Resistance music group. “Everywhere, from the Arab world to Toronto, people dress up to paint the world with conformity and indifference. The kaffiyeh stands in the way of that.”

    The transition of the kaffiyeh from the Middle Eastern version of a baseball cap to a symbol of solidarity came with the occupation of Palestinian land. The kaffiyeh became a symbol of national identity for Palestinians. From the ’60s on, Palestine Liberation Organization officials and members, such Yasser Arafat, wore the kaffiyeh everywhere they went.

    International coverage of the first intifada often showed pictures of Palestinian civilians throwing stones with kaffiyehs around their faces or necks. But afterward, the kaffiyeh was popular only amongst activists and Palestinian refugees.

    During the second intifada in 2000, sympathy for Palestinians began to grow and the kaffiyeh became a way of displaying solidarity.

    “Ideally, I want everyone to wear the kaffiyeh,” says Habib, “but if it’s just worn for the aesthetic value, without the spirit of resistance wrapped up in every thread, then they might as well not wear it at all, and if it becomes appropriated by commercial interests, then that’s even worse.”

    In the window of a downtown Toronto branch of Le Chteau stands a mannequin wearing the latest spring fashions and a kaffiyeh around its neck. The store has been selling them for about two months. According to one salesperson, “They are selling really well. We’ll probably sell them all within two weeks.” Asked whether he knew what the kaffiyeh stands for, he said, “No idea.” Other major retailers that sell the kaffiyeh include Urban Outfitters and H&M.

    “It bothers me a lot to see the kaffiyeh go mainstream because now when you see someone wearing it, you don’t know if they’re wearing it for that reason, or just because it’s a fashion,” says University of Toronto student Jameela Jaber, a Palestinian.

    “When I watch the news and see a dead Palestinian being carried to his grave, you see him wrapped with a Palestinian flag and kaffiyeh. You see everyone else wearing it. My grandfather wore it all the time.”

    The kaffiyeh has emerged as a symbol of resistance against oppression worldwide. “At a time when Iraq is occupied in the most violent way, the kaffiyeh, or shemagh as it is known in Iraq, carries the pride and dignity of my people and the sweet smell of Iraqi soil,” says Habib. “I wear Baghdad around my neck, just like I carry it in my heart.”

    The transition of the kaffiyeh from a symbol of resistance to a fashion fad is not the first of its kind. Witness Che Guevara shirts once worn as a symbol of revolution. Today such shirts are sold for $15 to people who don’t know who the Cuban revolutionary was. “I’ve had someone ask me: `Is that the lead singer from Rage Against the Machine?'” says Joe Taylor, at Toronto’s Come Get Customized store.

    In 2002, Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff introduced a drawing of Che Guevara with a kaffiyeh wrapped around his head. This image was popular amongst pro-Palestinian activists, but did not go mainstream. Why? Probably because it clearly calls for revolution in Palestine, and a call like that is one that neither H&M nor Urban Outfitters et al would like to include in their spring collection.

    The irony is, they already have.

  15. Gregg Says:

    Being a desert dweller, the bloody scarf like thingy makes sense. Have to handle one to see if the weave is more open than a bandanna. Dust storms ain’t fun, especially on foot, horseback or in an open topped vehicle.

  16. tgirsch Says:


    I’m not familiar with that incident. Got some links? In particular, I’d be curious to see that the liberal blogosphere initiated or inflamed the outcry.

  17. Standard Mischief Says:

    tgirsch Says:

    Got some links?

    Yea. just follow the link where I say:

    “Oh and this gives me a great chance to link to this.

    That should get you enough background, but if not, try Googling:

    Totenkopf “no boundaries”|wal-mart

  18. Standard Mischief Says:

    favorite comment from the very first Google link:

    mantari at 11:59 AM on 09/24/07

    @ChrisC1234: What makes this a Nazi shirt? 5% of the revenues go to preserve Adolf’s cryogenically preserved head. That, or the whole Totenkopf thing.

    Be sure to follow the distinction between it and a Jolly Roger skull and crossed bones.

  19. Standard Mischief Says:

    Just for the fun of it, I’ll take bets on when certain people will suddenly get all offended over the symbology inherent in the red and white portions of the Maryland State Flag.

    Nope. no links for this one. Figure it out yourself.

  20. Standard Mischief Says:

    even more:

    The blogger who broke the story blogs over at “bent corner blog”, which seems to be down at the moment.

    This seems to explain the “since 1978” words under the scull. Wow, even I didn’t know that. What a rip off by Wal-Mart, although I’m pretty sure that the original designer didn’t want to publicize the correction.

    I hope uncle’s blog will let me post 4 in a row.

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