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Sit Down And Shut Up, Sheik July 27, 2007

Posted by Michael in News.


MILAN (Reuters) – A Qatar sheikh held up a British Airways flight at Milan’s Linate airport for nearly three hours after discovering three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know.

When none of the other business class passengers agreed to swap seats, the sheikh, a member of Qatar’s ruling family, went to the pilot, who had already started the engine, to complain, an airport official said.

Kudos to the other passengers, who refused to “respect” the medieval customs of the sheik’s contemptible and repressive culture.

But the pilot ordered him and his traveling companions, the three women, two men, a cook and a servant, off the plane.

The London-bound flight took off nearly three hours behind schedule Thursday evening and around 50 of the 115 passengers missed connecting flights.

Traditions in the conservative Gulf Arab region bar women from mixing with unrelated men.

Good for the pilot.  “Traditions” in the conservative Gulf Arab region suck, and merit the scorn of civilized people everywhere.

Hey, Sheik Dumbass, you can arrange your family’s seating assignments in advance.   Go online to the British Airways website.  It’s easy.  Otherwise, keep your loony ass off Western airlines.

It just gripes my ass that these jerks assume that the rest of the world should accommodate them.   They deserve mockery and ridicule.

Sheesh, I’m all upset now.  Maybe an excellent music selection will calm me down.


Sheikh delays plane over seating | Reuters


1. Sobek - July 27, 2007

Good song, Michael.

2. daveintexas - July 27, 2007

Sheik Yerbouti

3. Wickedpinto - July 27, 2007

I think you need a security contingent if ever visiting a mideast nation.

Hell I might even volunteer.

4. sticky b - July 27, 2007

Traditions in the conservative Gulf Arab region bar women from mixing with unrelated men.

Traditions in wester society include running the airlines on a coherent time schedule.

5. Lipstick - July 27, 2007

If they want to stick to tradition, why not just travel on camels?

6. cranky - July 27, 2007

Good for the pilot. “Traditions” in the conservative Gulf Arab Muslim regionreligion suck, and merit the scorn of civilized people everywhere.

Fixed it for you.

7. See-Dubya - July 27, 2007

Michael, I’m worried that some of your sentiments suggest an intolerance of the tenets of the Islamic faith. I see a lot of this on right-wing websites, and I just feel I have to say something when you go too far.

How would you like it if someone disparaged your religion?

8. Pupster - July 27, 2007

pssst…tuna casserole. Google it.

9. eddiebear - July 28, 2007

7: my sister is dating a Lutheran. He eats like a horse at my folks’ place. I guess he just assumes my dad’s fridge is another potluck dinner.

10. Michael - July 28, 2007

How would you like it if someone disparaged your religion?

Shoot, See-Dubya, that happens here all the time. Just find a comment by that demonic atheist Andy. 🙂

Plus, I don’t just disparage the tenets of Islam. I believe the Calvinist heretic Brewfan will vouch for me on this.

11. lauraw - July 28, 2007

I don’t just disparage the tenets of Islam.

I do! I do!

As an atheist, I can’t really find much to disparage about Christianity except that I don’t buy it.

But Islam is a religion to poop on with vigor.

Oh hey, that reminds me, I haven’t seen compos around in a while.

12. Tushar D - July 28, 2007

I am willing to disparage all religions, including my own. Islam is the only one that provides a rich subject matter. What other religion directs me to:
1. shower only once a week.
2. keep the womenfolk hidden in a walking tent.
3. lynch women for the horrendous crime of getting raped.
4. rape the perpetrator’s sister as a punishment for rape.
5. say that killing non-believers is my religious duty.
6. teach my kids violence and cruelty from an early age.
7. allow men and women to work together only after the men suck the women’s breasts.

Ok, that last one is hot, but what about the other stupid things?

13. Dave in Texas - July 28, 2007

What other religion

I think us Baptists got #7.

At least, I’m gonna offer it up in the next business meeting.

14. Retired Geezer - July 28, 2007

At least, I’m gonna offer it up in the next business meeting.

The wimmins are gonna get that thermostat back up there, one way or another.

15. lauraw - July 28, 2007

At least, I’m gonna offer it up in the next business meeting.

Wear a cup.

16. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

Good idear.

17. Michael - July 28, 2007

IB Factoid Of The Day:

By the way, I finally realized why “NAME THIS SITE CONTEST!!!” keeps getting hits. There’s a mention (and link) in the thread to Naked Testicle Spiderman, so our daily cohort of visitors who were googling for “testicle” presumably found that post.

18. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

speaking of religious practices, how about marijuana as a sacrement?


19. Tushar D - July 28, 2007


there are some cults in India who consider getting high on Ganja (pot )a religious rite. Hinduism has so much to offer to suit your tastes.

20. Sobek - July 28, 2007

TusharD, you forgot the part about getting your eyes burned out with acid as a punishment for resisting rape.

Nice religion you got there, Muhammad.

21. Tushar D - July 28, 2007

Islam started out as a code of conduct for barbaric looter hordes, and it shows.
Almost every religious edict in their is some sort of perversion.
-In the Arabian lands, water was a scarce commodity. Koran asked the believers to bathe atleast once a week. They took it to mean ‘bathe only once a week’.
-large number of men used to die in battles, producing a lot of destitutes women. Koran asked the remaining men to marry and take care of these women. Now there is not so much warfare, but still they want to marry 4 women.
-Koran talked against alcohol, so alcohol is haraam. But hey, it failed to mention heroin and meth, so that is alright.

22. See-Dubya - July 28, 2007

Michael, when hate wins, we all lose.

Look, let’s try a little thought experiment here. Imagine a community leader gets on a plane in Qatar, and he objects because his three wives have to sit next to other men.

What religion is he?

23. Lipstick - July 28, 2007


24. See-Dubya - July 28, 2007

Did you say Muslim?

No, he was Presbyterian.

But if you jumped to conclusions, you may be prejudiced. And what would you do if a prominent liberal columnist like Glenn Greenwald, or Thomas Ellers, stopped by here and said, “this is another filthy right wing hate site!

How would that make you feel?

25. Michael - July 28, 2007

How would that make you feel?

It would make me chuckle, having confirmed my prejudice that Glenn Greenwald and Thomas Ellers are humorless idiots.

See-Dubya, nobody here is hatin’ on the Muslims. But I think that elements of Islam and/or Arab culture rightly deserve to be condemned and opposed — even mocked. Muslims feel the same way about Christianity and/or Western culture, and it doesn’t bother me a bit that they say so.

26. Tushar D - July 28, 2007

>>Muslims feel the same way about Christianity and/or Western culture

That is a half truth. Muslims feel that way about all non-muslims.
Face it See-Dubya, they want the rest of us either converted or dead. Some are tactful enough not to say that out loudly, but that is what they feel, that is what they are preached, and that is what they believe is the only way to fulfil their duties as muslims. Does that make me hate them? No! But that sure makes me be wary.

27. Michael - July 28, 2007

Just to be clear, I definitely am hatin’ on that particular sheik. I’m hatin’ big time on anybody who makes 50 passengers miss a connection. It’s happened to me too many times.

28. Pupster - July 28, 2007

I’m a thinkin’ See-dub is a yankin your chain fellas.

>>Muslims feel that way about all non-muslims

Don’t forget about those Sunni and Shia, Persian and Arab, Kurd and Everybody else love-fests. Non-muslim is bad, but not my tribe/ethnicity/sect is almost as bad.

Lipstick, you are ENFUEGO girl.

29. daveintexas - July 28, 2007


30. Lady Michael - July 28, 2007

I have a great amount of respect for some of the Muslims we have befriended. There have been a few times while traveling where we were protected by decent Muslim folk…not Sheiks or fancy people, just common folk. Two of the times were 1) getting off a ferry in Morocco having crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and 2) getting off a boat in Malaysia.

Although we enjoy edgy travel adventures, at these times, we needed to be able to find someone we could trust who wouldn’t rob us or take advantage of us. In both instances we were blessed with Muslims who protected us from hawkers and cheats, and went out of their way to help us enjoy and better understand their cultures and countries.

Both men were devout Muslims. Both were family men themselves. Both respected us as Christians, parents, and foreigners (infidels?). Both considered it their duty to care for us, befriend us, and to help us negotiate ourselves through a culture they knew that could be very hostile and deceptive toward us.

I thank God for these men and pray for them and others like them.

31. Lady Michael - July 28, 2007

On the other hand — that Sheik was a jerk and deserved getting the boot. He is lucky that it didn’t get any worse for him.

I was on a flight where someone who refused to move from his assigned seat — even though he was directed to by a flight attendant because she needed his seat so she could watch and care for an underage minor traveling alone — got arrested by federal authorities when the flight landed at its destination. That was a hoot — watching that selfish jerk get cuffed. I remember thinking that he also behaved like he was on drugs.

Someone has to be in charge when you’re in an over sized aluminum torpedo filled with jet fuel and humans — and I vote for the crew.

32. Retired Geezer - July 28, 2007

Remember the story about a blind guy who refused to move away from the Emergency Exit. He couldn’t work the door but he wasn’t about to move. I think he sued under the ADA.

Eff that.

33. See-Dubya - July 28, 2007

Pupster, hate is never a laughing matter.

It’s not a family value, either.

34. Michael - July 28, 2007

I’m a thinkin’ See-dub is a yankin your chain fellas.

Y’know Pupster, I originally assumed that See-Dubya’s #7 was a jest, and a pretty good one at that. Then he kept it up, and I feared he was serious.

Now I’m thinking I’ve been had.

I hate you, See-Dubya.

35. Wickedpinto - July 28, 2007

I like the Emer Seats. More legroom, and you can get all shitty if the person in front of you (general a fat fucking penguin(sorry fat people) but I am easily infuriated by the penguins)

“Okay FUCKER you stay awake and lift the damn door!” then throw the emergency pamphlet at them.

But that was in my younger days, I might not be so nice now.

I REALLY dislike penguins.

36. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

dude, it’s See-Dub.

want some pliars for the hook?

37. a plover who can spell! - July 28, 2007

What the fuck are PLIARS?

38. BrewFan - July 28, 2007

People who don’t tell the PTRUTH…

39. Michael - July 28, 2007

want some pliars for the hook?

No, Dave, I’m just going to savor the pain, and nurture my hatred of See-Dubya.

40. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

I think I’ll just watch Hud

41. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

They’re diggin the pit now.

42. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

They’re shootin the cows now.

43. daveintexas - July 28, 2007

The old man shot the last two bulls that he raised.

He is cranky.

Patricia Neal is hot.

44. Michael - July 28, 2007

I REALLY dislike penguins.

That gives you something in common with Proud Liberal Vet. Along with your heroic military service, of course.

45. Lady Michael - July 28, 2007

Dave — is it Patricia Neal’s husky-sexy voice why you think she is hot?

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