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02 February, 2006

Betty Botter boycotts butter

Betty Botter bought some butter,
"But," she said, "the butter's bitter;
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter,
Better that I boycott butter
Than I make my batter bitter."
Though a bit of better butter
Would have made her batter better
Betty boycotted the butter
Such a bitter Betty Botter!

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65 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm, boycott, butter, bitter hmm SD jus got back frm partyin :-)

02 February, 2006 04:26  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Hehehe,

Once for a typing exercise in my computer keyboarding class at the UAE U I had my students type the following:
Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy Had No Hair
So Fuzzy Wuzzy Wasn't Fuzzy Was He?

One student, Tariq, read it and called on me: "Teacher! What is this?" I can still see his face and hear his voice when I imagine this. It was hilarious. Oh, I guess you had to be there! :-)

02 February, 2006 08:09  
Blogger scarlettepimp said...

If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing. love twisting my tongue.

02 February, 2006 08:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're selling Lurpak butter on dubizzle now... generous premiums offered

02 February, 2006 09:44  
Anonymous mohamed Elzubeir said...

I hereby declare boycotting the boycott. What I would like to see, is the Americans, Germans and French.. wait.. they already re-printed it.. all re-print it. I would like to see those boycott-happy ..... (insert favorite word) run around boycotting their products as well.

Freaking ..... (insert other word)..

The whole thing makes me so ...... angry!

02 February, 2006 11:37  
Blogger A Yahya said...

Some people just have way too much free time on their hands...

02 February, 2006 12:13  
Blogger Hesham said...

@a yahya:

I second that...

how abour we stop boycotting objectivity...all sides should look at this one more time...

02 February, 2006 12:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But think about it for a second...

Have the arab countries and muslims, in expressing their anger at the cartoons, publicised it even more?!

I am a muslim. The only way i found out about the Danish insult was when I read in the paper that the UAE banned Danish products and through other muslim freinds sending me forwarded emails about the Danish insult.

The latter infuriates me the most because they are (unknowingly) just spreading the word - and i am sure this is what the Danish paper or cartoonists want.

We are no longer in the times of "you are responsible for what your tribe does".. The actions of a Danish newspaper are not representative of the Danish Govt or the Danish majority - i hope. I hope though this does not become ground for a terrorist attack!

I think the muslim govts should have shown resilience and just silently opposed whats going on instead of making a big PR hoo haa out of it.

ugh.

02 February, 2006 14:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the freedom of expression was boycotted loooooong time ago.

02 February, 2006 14:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of a conpiracy-minded nature, one might wonder why the brouhaha and boycott has suddenly appeared now, over four months after the original cartoons were published. Where has the outrage been for the last four months, I wonder?

Meanwhile, I managed to buy Danish cheese in Spinneys yesterday, despite their name being added to the alleged boycotters. Maybe they realised that a cheesemaker is not responsible for what a private newspaper publishes. You never know, stranger things have happened.

02 February, 2006 15:33  
Blogger trobriander said...

I have switched to Olive Oil and margarines long ago.

As for the Danes (whale killers) and all the other democratically elected governments who have chosen to team up with Bush the critter in his unlawful invasion against the Iraqi nation; unless they publicly apologize and pay compensations for the war havoc and bring their own criminals to justice, I wish them PR hell in every step of the way.

very funny boycott; I suggest they look into the licensees of the local diary manufacturers! LOL

02 February, 2006 15:45  
Blogger scarlettepimp said...

hey secret panties, i have a real funny jesus video which i think will be funny for your videoblog. if you want i can e-mail it to you to see if you can use it. christians are such good sports.

02 February, 2006 15:58  
Blogger Robert said...

Now that French newspapers have reprinted the offending cartoon (and worse) I'm looking forward to seeing this boycott extended to Geant and Carrefour.

02 February, 2006 16:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my British neighbour called me and my family smelly Pakis would I burn the Union Jack and stop shopping at Marks and Spencer? Of course not. The blame for the offense lies squarely on the individual and the organisation that employs him. Why blame the entire nation. The Allies have just killed thousands of Iraqis and shown disrespect to our holy book yet millions of Arabs still feast on big macs! It all smacks of insecurity and a lack of self esteem in the Arab world. You should have a strong enough faith maturity and confidence in ones culture to withstand insults and criticism. It's time we grew up!

02 February, 2006 16:06  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

As for the Danes (whale killers)

Danes? Whale killers? Eh?

02 February, 2006 16:11  
Blogger grapeshisha said...

Please let me know if Danish Pastries have been banned.

02 February, 2006 16:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

robert, it's not just the French paper, it's also German, Italian and Spanish papers. Let's take the boycott to its logical conclusion and boycott anything coming from those countries.

Oh, wait a minute. The World Cup is going to be broadcast by German TV. Perhaps adding that to the boycott might be a bit of a problem.

I wonder what would happen if a newspaper in every country in the non-Muslim world decided to print the cartoons?

02 February, 2006 16:54  
Blogger trobriander said...

@ Tim 'Eh?' Newman
@ Danes (whale killers)

>Danish Institute for Food (government)
MINISTRY OF FAMILY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS:

The above entity categorizes whale meat under ‘Fish and fish products!!’; which is one more reason why the Danes were ignoramus enough to join the simian Bush in his madness war:

08 Fish and fish products:
1170 Whale meat, raw

02 February, 2006 17:34  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

The above entity categorizes whale meat under ‘Fish and fish products!!’; which is one more reason why the Danes were ignoramus enough to join the simian Bush in his madness war:

The reasons I have heard for various countries going to war in Iraq are varied and many. Denmark doing so because they eat whale meat is, I have to say, one that is not only new to me but also one that ranks atop the list of most ridiculously funny.

02 February, 2006 19:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish all cigarettes came from Denmark. Maybe then we would see an end to this disgusting, addictive, harmful and anti islamic habit. Oh but wait that's just too hard. Shame on all the spineless supermarket managers...

02 February, 2006 19:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cartons of Lurpak Butter available. Expiry date 06/06. only 30% premium. email enquiries to cuddlicious@yahoo.com

Attention Sellers: Want to get rid of Lurpak Butter? we have buyers waiting! Generous premiums offered. No timewasters. Genuine enquiries only

02 February, 2006 19:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Far easier to boycott butter than 'essential' items like cigarettes.. where would we be without those smelly smokey shopping malls..

02 February, 2006 20:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a pity Carrefour and Geant cannot show solidarity with their suppliers who have done no wrong..
I suggest all Europeans boycott these stores whose greed is matched only be their sycophancy.

02 February, 2006 20:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Egyptian looking nutcase tried to kill me and my family whilst driving. I hold all Egyptians responsible for this. Who can I boycott?

02 February, 2006 20:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If tomorrow the US was once again found guilty of abusing the Koran in Guantanamo would the UAE or Saudi owners of McDonalds suddenly stop selling burgers and give up their franchises? Of course not- because money talks. Why can't supermarket owners let the people decide and enforce their own personal boycott. If people want to stop buying Danish butter to protest against this Danish Insult then let them be free to do so. But unilaterally and insincerely joining a bandwagon (started by the co-op) just to be seen doing the right thing is sheer hypocrisy and an insult to all true believers. Bottom line- this butter ban won't affect profits and keeps the supermarket in the good books of angry consumers.

02 February, 2006 20:29  
Blogger trobriander said...

@ Tim Newman said...
add another reason to it (the ape war on Iraq)if you may, and that is when a whipersnapper try to play smart aleck.

Just to prove my point again; when people are good in 'mulch'-ing issues they are good too in being clowns.

02 February, 2006 20:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims of the world be reasonable," wrote Jordanian editor Jihad Momani.

"What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?"

How true. This whole situation is completely perverted. Why don't we see Muslim demonstrating against hostage takers and hijackers, burning flags and symbols of terrorists and fanatics. It seems like our religion has been hijacked by intolerance.

02 February, 2006 21:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waaaahhhh somebody killed me Great Dane!!!! Poor Monty.

02 February, 2006 21:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Pope was shot in St Peter's square in 1981 by Ali Agca, a Turkish national, did all the catholic nations demand an apology from the Turkish Government or announced a boycott of turkish delight?
Instead the Pope met Agca in his cell and publicly forgave the grave offence. Now this is humanity, or forgiveness is not a virtue in other monoeitheist religions?

02 February, 2006 22:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for Etisalat.

So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies.

Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about.

But trust me... You don’t.

I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you dont know what you are talking about.

This is how bad info gets passed around.

If you dont know about the topic….Dont make yourself sound like you do.

Cuz some Dubaians belive anything they hear.

02 February, 2006 22:27  
Blogger secretdubai said...

You work for Etisalat?

That's interesting, since this topic has absolutely zero to do with our greatly unbeloved monopoly state telco.

But thanks for the info anyway. It's reassuring to know that Etisalat employees are no more capable of correct spelling and punctuation than the rest of us.

02 February, 2006 22:39  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about.

But trust me... You don’t.

I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you dont know what you are talking about.

This is how bad info gets passed around.


stop copying and pasting your response

02 February, 2006 22:47  
Blogger samuraisam said...

example two

02 February, 2006 22:49  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

add another reason to it (the ape war on Iraq)if you may, and that is when a whipersnapper try to play smart aleck.

Just to prove my point again; when people are good in 'mulch'-ing issues they are good too in being clowns.


I'm sorry, I am really struggling to make head or tail of either of those sentences. They read like a spam email, or something.

02 February, 2006 23:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is Anchor Butter (New Zealand) is laughing all the way to the bank! Could be the foundation of a new industrial tacic. Whose next Belgium? Good news for Cadburys and Nestle and Lindt....

02 February, 2006 23:25  
Anonymous Biggus Dickus said...

The Danes will come out on top. After all, as Brian of Nazareth said, blessed are the cheese-makers.

03 February, 2006 00:25  
Blogger trobriander said...

@Tim Newman
(I'm sorry, I am really ‘struggling to make head or tail’ of either of those sentences)

>I thought so. LOL

This what happens when semi-developed primates suffer from anencephaly

03 February, 2006 02:34  
Blogger the shadow said...

i guess i missed the part where "I work for Etisalat" is relevant to anything else in your post

03 February, 2006 03:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok the danes drew a few cartoons and the muslims burned the danish flag, Can we go on with our daily lives now ??

03 February, 2006 04:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Them Danes, them Danes, and them Norwegians. The Denmark wants to eat us alive. The Denmark's power mad. She wants to take our cars from out our garages.

(With apologies to Alan Ginsberg )

03 February, 2006 05:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the subject of the "Etisalat employee" he/she has posted in SO MANY forums - just changing a word or two to make it relevant. Everywhere from a Hasselblad forum to Slashdot... I'm puzzled. Is this like the immortal alien in D. Adams Hitchikers'... who has made it his mission to insult everybody in the universe?

03 February, 2006 07:49  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

This what happens when semi-developed primates suffer from anencephaly

Oh. It also happens when somebody knows a lot of big words but has little idea how to put them into coherent context or use correct syntax.

03 February, 2006 10:02  
Blogger trobriander said...

@Tim Newman
(Oh. It also happens when somebody knows a lot of big words but has little idea how to put them into coherent context or use correct syntax. )

This proves that you have been all along a whippersnapper who tried to play smart aleck as a clown to ‘mulch’ issues such as:

1. Danes are whale killers
2. Danes are war criminals
3. Danes are as ignoramus enough to deem that a whale is a ‘fish” as to consider Iraq was dangerous

Therefore this makes you without a shred of doubt a semi-developed primate that suffers anencephaly

03 February, 2006 11:28  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Therefore this makes you without a shred of doubt a semi-developed primate that suffers anencephaly

Perhaps. But at least I am capable of getting a point across without:

1) Letting my linguistic ambitions outweigh my abilites; and

2) Resorting to childish insults in favour of responding in an adult manner.

03 February, 2006 12:13  
Blogger trobriander said...

@Tim Newman

This is out of office auto-reply.

Dear European; YOU ARE AS DIGRESSIVE AS AN OLDFANGLED EUROSCEPTIC.

03 February, 2006 13:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This remind me of the time when some of my fellow Americans started boycotting French Fries after France refused to vote for the War on Iraq...some folks changed the name to freedom fries.....

03 February, 2006 22:19  
Anonymous teen said...

The Etisalat worker is somehow the only one who had manage to change the comments to the irrelavant side. And who cares if he works in Etisalat? He does not need to mention such things anymore. You only prove on what we 'belive' Etisalat workers are. Stupid.

03 February, 2006 22:51  
Anonymous unjane said...

There is a very articulate post by a young Danish woman on the religious policeman's blog, dated Wednesday Feb 1st. It should be required reading for all.

04 February, 2006 08:29  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Wowbagger The Infinitely Prolonged, methinks.

04 February, 2006 16:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Trobiander vs Tim Newman spat. Lol.

To be fair (and trying to stay neutral) I have no idea what your last few posts are about either Trobiander

04 February, 2006 18:49  
Anonymous Trillian said...

samuraisam, you kill me! everyone else, I declare the boycott officially over... no one's about to give up their Mercedes or their Prada. Everyone move along now... nothing to see here.

04 February, 2006 21:49  
Anonymous al-republican said...

Raising a hue and cry about this definitely has given it more publicity, but the situation, I think, demanded such a step. Such emotional outbursts can be a real double-edged sword, but what it does do is let people know how seriously an issue is taken by some people. No matter how "liberal" we Muslims become, there is absolutely no way we will ever tolerate vilification or pranks at religious personalities such as Prophets, Scriptures, Angels etc.

It is very sad, and it absolutely angers every Muslim, to see how the Westerners mock Jesus (may God's peace and blessings be upon him) and make fun of him, too. Does freedom of speech curtail basic decency and respect? Surely there are other ways of making your point! Tomorrow we can have nasty expletives being hurled around all in the name of "freedom of speech".

Europe really needs to chill out!

05 February, 2006 09:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Danes are whale killers
2. Danes are war criminals
3. Danes are as ignoramus enough to deem that a whale is a ‘fish” as to consider Iraq was dangerous

I am Danish and have not heard about the whale killing before.....whereever did you get that idea? Are you sure you are not mixing us up with people from Greenland or Norway??? But the bacon.....that's us!! We kill pigs!! Sure you must be mixing things together!! :)

Oh, and war criminals...waw!! Are we talking Iraq?? Ok, call it what you please. And ignorant??? Yes, maybe we are! Unfortunately we seen to host quite a lot of Muslim extremists in Denmark - people who are not even allowed to enter UAE because of their extreme views. As a Dane I condemn the drawings, I think they are disrespectful, but I do also think that it is disrespectful that the Muslims in my country approves of the freedom of speech when it is for their benefit - statements such as that according to Islam they have the right to rape Danish women, as they are not veiled and no respect should be shown to unveiled women.....so please keep boycutting us. Maybe the consequences will be that we will have to cut down on our social welfare and all the extreme Muslims who don't want to work but just live in Denmark to get the free benefits from the state will have to go back to their homecountry, because we can't afford to provide them with money anymore! Also keep boycutting us, so we will have to cut down on the financial aid we are providing to the people burning our flags and burning our embassies. And.....please remember that our freedom of speech was ok with the muslims after Sept. 11 when cheering in the streets over all the innocent people that were killed! I thought Islam was a very tolerant religion and I was hoping that this tolerance would be shown to the ignorant illustrator of the drawing - but I guess I was wrong!

05 February, 2006 14:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pakistan has obviously also gone international with a condemnation of the danes.
I suggest Pakistan should look after their earthquake victims or at least stop the honour killings of women or public gang rapes ordered by elderly leaders before they even open their mouth.

05 February, 2006 21:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This what happens when semi-developed primates suffer from anencephaly "

Tim NewMan...what are you doing in my country...dont you have a "land" to go to...
This is an Islamic issue and non muslims have to "educate" their "white" brains about it before throwing stuff here in the forum..
It Shocks me that so many anti arab anti muslims live in Dubai and I see them EVERYDAY.
If you dont like it, then what the hell are you doing here.
Second...isn't "boycotting" the civil way of making a point?
It is offensive, we dont like it, it has to be addressed..and if obycotting works then that is what is going to happen.
Defending our religion and our Prohpet is more important to me than what you "westerners who are un happy in our coutnries" think...
You should be thankful to live here, I know what its like to live in your countries...

06 February, 2006 04:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are'nt we being a little hypocritical here??
where was the outcry from the Arab/Muslim world when
The beautiful Bamiyan statues of Buddha were made target practice for the Taliban barbarians?

and again.. Islam is a peaceful , strong , loving religion... so why the need to make a mountain of a molehill?? it happened in a far away country, a boycott has been started etc.. all very well.. BUT why the uncontrolled violence??

06 February, 2006 13:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...the boycott is good the violence is not...

07 February, 2006 03:17  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Tim NewMan...what are you doing in my country...

Doing a job which your countrymen seem either unwilling or unable to do, and making quite a bit of money in the process.

07 February, 2006 10:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sept. 11. Everyone, don't forget Sept. 11. Now let's move on with our lives.

Please bring back the butter. My baby loves it with her biscuit.

Please be mindful of the kids. Let's make this place a harmonious one for them to live in.

07 February, 2006 15:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Al-Republican:

"It is very sad, and it absolutely angers every Muslim, to see how the Westerners mock Jesus (may God's peace and blessings be upon him) and make fun of him, too..."

Jesus-ridiculing and caricaturisation has been going on in the western (and other democratic countries) press for many decades. Of course, Christians shrug it off (they don't care about their God, do they?). But it is truly heartening to hear you say that it

"...absolutely angers every Muslim..."

Especially because he's a prophet for the Muslims.

It is good that you speak for all Muslims. Because if you hadn't said so, I would never have known that it

"...absolutely angers every Muslim..."

Just my ignorance of course. Simply because I saw no embassies burning, diplomats being recalled, Governments of countries being asked to apologise, beheadings being demanded, flags being burned, trade boycotts being carried out...none of that.

So thanks for pointing that out.

I presume, that for Muslims, different levels of respect and honour are accorded to different prophets. Which I suppose explains the different reactions to the two issues.

Thanks, again.

07 February, 2006 17:32  
Anonymous al-republican said...

To anon @ 07 February, 2006 17:32 -

You don't see reaction from the Muslim World as you are seeing now because you claim Jesus to be your god, let alone prophet. So if you can't respect your own god, why would you want us to burn your embassies when you have some kind of bone with your god?

You will never see Muslims drawing cartoons of even Hindu gods and mocking their faith. Our religion teaches us to respect others' faiths. In your zest and zeal to become "modern" and "progressive" you all have lost all moral values. And what freedom of speech are you Westerners defending exactly? The same press that dare not utter a word against the Jews and the holocaust? In case you missed CNN today, please see how an Iranian newspaper is going to publish cartoons on the holocause on the 13th of this month. Let's see how much "freedom of speech/press" the West observes then!

The least you can do is not be hypocritical about what you preach. And, again, if you cant defend your own beliefs dont expect us Muslims to do it for you. There is not a Muslim in this World today who can ridicule Jesus (alayhimus salam) and get away with it. That is NOT an understatement!

08 February, 2006 13:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Al-Republican:

"It is very sad, and it absolutely angers every Muslim, to see how the Westerners mock Jesus (may God's peace and blessings be upon him) and make fun of him, too..."

I presume, that for Muslims, different levels of respect and honour are accorded to different prophets. Which I suppose explains the different reactions to the two issues.

Thanks, again.

(Apologies to all for posting the same thing again. )

08 February, 2006 13:51  
Anonymous al-republican said...

to anon @ 08 February, 2006 13:51

I have already answered this. At least we show SOME sort of respect. Why are you venting on us when it is your brethren who are mocking your own faith and god?

You Westerners are really demanding! And if we take the extra step and defend your faith, you will call us terrorists. Make up your minds, will you!

08 February, 2006 14:01  
Blogger haji-o-matic said...

Well here in Afghanistan there is no butter to boycott. So...locals (who have never seen the cartoon nor could point out Denmark on a map)have been whipped into a frenzy by the mullahs and are busy protesting in the streets. Several have been killed.
Wot fun...eh?

09 February, 2006 09:56  
Blogger BellaDubai said...

Bibles and other non muslim religious material are banned in many muslim countries i.e Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, yemen etc. A guy went to saudi and his bible was chucked in the wastebin, ditto for someone else with a rosary. People are so hypocritical. But I'm glad coz I'd hate if shawarmas and sheesha were banned !!!

06 March, 2006 18:31  

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