Swede Cartoonist Lars Vilks Attacked For Cartoon of Mohammed as a Dog

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who sparked controversy by drawing Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog, was on Tuesday attacked while giving a lecture at a university, police said.

“The man was sat in the first row and suddenly he rushed at me. He punched me in the head and I lost my glasses,” said Vilks, adding that at the very most he was “a little bruised”.

Police said around 250 people were present at the time of the attack at the university of Uppsala, north of the Stockholm.
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“When Lars Vilks arrived, five persons started to protest against him with screaming. They calmed down and the lecture continued.

“When Lars Vilks talked about religion and showed a film, 20 persons tried to attack him, probably offended by the film.”

Police evacuated the lecture hall but some demonstrators resisted, forcing officers to use tear gas. Two people were arrested.

And here is his cartoon of Mohammed as a dog.

(via Pharyngula)

Dan Fanelli Teaches You How to Spot a Terrorist

From CBS News:

Dan Fanelli, a Florida Republican hoping to emerge from a competitive Republican primary field to challenge Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, has released an ad in which he appears to argue that the United States should engage in racial profiling to fight terror.

“Does this look like a terrorist?” he asks in the spot, pointing at a white-haired white man in a tie. Then a darker-skinned man in a black t-shirt enters the frame as Fanelli asks, “or this?”

“It’s time to stop this political correctness and the invasion of our privacy,” he says. He then goes on to make an apparent joke about how he wouldn’t mind being pulled out of line at the airport if “a good looking, ripped guy without much hair was flying airplanes into the twin towers.”

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, who first flagged the spot, interviewed Fanelli about it. The candidate, a pilot, insisted the spot wasn’t intended to suggest that people with darker skin are more likely to be terrorists. The point, he said, was that people from countries like Iran and Iraq require more security.

Today in Police Brutality

From Think Progress:

On April 17th, the Seattle Police Department’s gang unit responded to a 911 call made by a man who claimed that he was robbed by four Latino men with a machete. One of those officers who responded to the call detained a Latino male suspect, threatened to “beat the [expletive] Mexican piss out” of him, and kicked him in the head. The suspect was later released after police confirmed that he had nothing to do with the alleged robbery.

(via Poor Mojo)

Gordon Brown Resigns

From BBC News:

Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him.

Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been “a privilege” and wished his successor well.

His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government.

Mr Brown said he had taken the decision to resign after concluding he would not be able to form a government after days of talks between the parties following Thursday’s inconclusive election result.

Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950

I’m just going to assume that hundreds of spittle flinging teabaggers are lining up to apologize for their erroneous ways.

Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman’s presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.

Some conservative political movements such as the “Tea Party” have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.

Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.

(via Shakesville)