Friday, September 8

This Just In: New madman anchor debuts at al-Jazeera Evening News

From the BorowitzReport:
Competition heats up for global extremist viewers
In one of the most highly anticipated debuts in network television history, last night a new madman made his inaugural appearance in the anchor chair of "The Al-Jazeera Evening News," the nightly newscast of the Arabic-language network.

For months, underground caves around the world have been plastered with advertising trumpeting the ascendancy of Hassan El-Medfaai, the jihadist lunatic who was anointed to take over the Al-Jazeera broadcast this fall.

But with the global audience of extremist viewers fragmented as never before, the stakes for "The Al-Jazeera Evening News" could not be higher, an Al-Jazeera executive said today.

"Gone are the days when people would tune in to the nightly newscast to get their insane extremist rants," the executive said. "Today's global madmen are getting their terror threats on the Internet, their mobile phones, and even on their iPods."

Against this competitive backdrop, Al-Jazeera executives were holding their breath to see how Mr. Medfaai's debut would be received by the global audience of jihadist whackjobs and wingnuts, a notoriously hard-to-please viewership.

While some television critics said that the white robe worn by Mr. Medfaai in his initial broadcast made him look "pudgy," the Al-Jazeera executive said that such critiques "miss the point."

"The only legitimate question would be, was he insane enough?" he said. "And by any measure, he was really, really nutso."

The executive also had high praise for Mr. Medfaai's broadcast signoff, a simple "Death to America."

"That's a keeper," he said.

Look out Katie Couric...

Catblogging in Jerusalem

Squeak (Photos: Dave Bender)

Awright, allayouse' catbloggers out there. Go take a looksee over here: Famous Cats of Jerusalem. They're selling pics from the photographic project they are doing on Jerusalem's street cats.

From the site:

The Famous Cats of Jerusalem is a photographic art piece by the collaborative art team Gordon & Gordon. From November 2005 through January 2006, we photographed 248 cats, and then distributed the photographs around the city for people to find.

We photographed the cats as we saw them. Some preened for the camera and followed us almost begging to be photographed again, while others were skittish and ran from the camera as soon as they heard the shutter click. The piece is the collection of one photo of each of the 248 cats, in order of appearance. They are numbered chronologically - we made no aesthetic decisions regarding the cats or their setting. They are all in there - beautiful, ugly, sweet, sickly, funny, garbage covered and urban pastoral.

We are dedicated to producing art in public spaces that is accessible and fun. You can help support us and our work by making a cash donation.
And then go visit Rachel's feline brood.

Anyway, Squeak and Noodles 'n' me say Shabbat Shalom, and have a great weekend.


JerusalemOnline news update: 00:00, Sept. 7th (Video - Channel 2 TV)

  • First woman as Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court
  • Israel agrees to lift Lebanese air and sea embargo against wishes of abducted soldiers parent
  • IDF expected to leave Lebanon by Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year

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