Friday, January 28, 2011
I’m embarrassed to admit this but I go on Facebook a lot… like twice a day. Okay I’m lying… it’s like ten times a day, maybe more. I can’t stop myself. Every time I sit down in front of the computer or have a few free minutes on my phone I’m compelled to log on and see what’s going on with my Facebook peeps. Pretty pathetic I know. If I had more of a life I probably wouldn’t care so much what’s going on with my Facebook peeps but I don’t so I do. Sue me. That said there are certain things people do on Facebook which annoy the living crap out of me. None of these behaviors are ‘unfriendable’ offenses per say but annoying none the less. What follows is my list of The 10 Most Annoying Things People Do on Facebook: (feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment)
#10: Understating how often you’re on Facebook. I hate it when someone sends me a note on Facebook and begins it with “I’m almost never on Facebook but…” Come on dude –you know you wouldn’t be saying that if you weren’t on Facebook like all the fucking time, which makes you equally as pathetic as me and everyone else – own it.
#9: Intentionally posting unnecessary information in your status updates to let everyone know how successful you are. “I’m at the Mercedes Benz dealership getting my S-class serviced.” “Heading back to our beach house in Malibu to drink wine and enjoy the ocean view.” “Just checked in at the Ritz Carlton Ka’anapali – we splurged and went for the presidential suite.” It’s shameless and completely transparent people. Whether your intention is to make us jealous or just make us hate you mission accomplished on both fronts.
#8: Putting almost no personal information in your profile. How the hell am I supposed to cyber stalk you if I know nothing about you? Seriously we haven’t talked in like twenty years and all you’re giving me is that your home town is El Cajon and you’re a fan of Groupon? What the hell is that? If this Facebook relationship is going to work out I need more from you. Tell me about your education, your career, your family, your hobbies and interests, and your hopes and dreams. Paint me a vivid picture of exactly how your life turned out so I can compare it to mine and see who wins.
#7: Instant messaging with the Chat function. Every time I hear that ping and see an instant message pop up in the bottom right corner of my Facebook screen my sphincter clinches up. Ah fuck – which one of my long lost “friends” wants to talk now? I knew I never should have accepted that guy’s friend request. You see the best part about social networking is that it’s passive networking. You can reconnect with someone from your past without ever actually connecting with them. Why would you want to go and ruin a beautiful paradigm like that by ambushing someone with an instant message?
#6: Using the “LOL” acronym too much. Somewhere along the line people must have forgotten what LOL stands for. I’m at the car wash – LOL. The dude sitting next to me has really bad breath – LOL. Is it Friday yet? LOL. Enough already with the LOL’s folks. It’s not a period you put on the end of every sentence. In case you’ve forgotten LOL stands for Laugh Out Loud. So unless you’ve written something that literally makes me want to Laugh Out Loud (which is highly unlikely) shut it down.
#5: Gratuitous posts to make you seem like a better person than you really are. Right around January 1st it’s not uncommon for people to post their New Year’s resolutions on Facebook. I get it – posting a resolution for all to see creates accountability and makes you more likely to stick to it. This past January however one of my “friends” crossed the line. She posted that her New Year’s resolution is to “volunteer more”. Volunteer more? Are you fucking kidding me? What kind of resolution is that? What are you Mother fucking Theresa? Nobody’s buying it bitch so why don’t you stop lying and just go on a diet like everyone else.
#4: Untagging pictures of yourself. Do you think it’s easy to capture a super embarrassing shot of your “friends”, especially as we get older and do less and less stupid shit to be embarrassed about? If I happen to catch you in an embarrassing pose and am then thoughtful enough to share that image with the Facebook world at least have the decency to not untag yourself. As the song goes: “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none…”
#3: Trying to be deep and profound. I hate it when people post shit in their status update like: “A man’s greatness is not defined by his accomplishments alone but by the accomplishments he inspires in those around him.” I literally just made that crap up right now – it took no more than 10 seconds. Here’s the thing - if I wanted to be inspired by deep and profound thoughts I’d look to the words of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Winston Churchill. I would NOT look to the status update of my old high school buddy from Ohio who sells paper products for a living (not that there’s anything wrong with Ohio or selling paper products for a living).
#2: Bragging about your kids. Your kid could be a scratch golfer by age 6, a Rhodes Scholar by age 8, and an Olympic gold medalist by age 10 (if she’s on the Chinese gymnastics team), and you know what? I still don’t want to hear about any of it on Facebook. One of my wife’s “friends” recently posted a picture of her kid with the caption: “Bobby (name changed to protect the innocent) on a field trip with his fellow Gate students. Bobby has an insatiable thirst for knowledge so the Gate program has been a real blessing for him.” Excuse me but I just threw up inside my mouth. Is it wrong to want to punch her in the face for posting that?
#1: Being a shameless self promoter. More than anything else I absolutely cannot stand it when people post links to content they’ve authored. Yo dude - is your blog so fucking bad that no one will read it unless you constantly post links to it on Facebook? That’s a rhetorical question – don’t answer that.
If after reading this post you want to ‘unfriend’ me, I understand completely and won’t hold it against you.
The Quinsey Blog
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Seriously, it can only be a matter of time before my children are old enough to figure out that as a parent I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, and that most of the time I’m just shooting off the hip.
Should you eat that? Hmmm, the floor does look pretty clean here so sure why not?
Is it okay to steal? No, of course it’s not okay to steal but this isn’t stealing. Hotels expect you to take the towels when you check out.
Is it bed time yet? Well, it is pretty early but I’m also super tired of answering your never ending supply of mundane questions so yes go to bed.
Were Mommy and Daddy wrestling when you just walked into our bedroom without knocking first? Yes – let’s go with wrestling.
Are you the smartest kid in your class? Of course – I don’t care what that Asian girl or that Indian boy says – you’re definitely the smartest kid in your class, champ (wink).
Your teacher says that alcohol is a drug and that all drugs are bad for you? Candy’s bad for you too – would you like to give up candy? That’s what I thought.
Sometimes after I do or say something, in mind I’m thinking “what the f*ck, that was some pretty bad parenting, oh well I’m sure they’ll turn out just fine (wink).” Or will they? In the nature versus nurture debate how much weight is put on nature and how much is put on nurture? In other words if I do all the wrong things as a parent is it really going to affect whether my offspring turn out to be doctors or dead beats, socialites or sociopaths? And if I am doing all the wrong things how am I supposed know before it’s too late? Unlike operating heavy machinery or putting together a new bike, parenting doesn’t come with a manual so it’s impossible to ever know if you’re doing it right or wrong. Yeah, I know a bunch of smart people have written books on the subject but George W. Bush and Sarah Palin have written books too (best sellers no less) so it really makes you question the credentials of all non-fiction authors. Besides every kid is different so the “one size fits all” parenting advice you find in those books is pretty much a bunch of bullshit anyway. I suppose I could look back on how my folks raised me for a blueprint on parenting. After all I turned out okay (for the most part) so they must have done a decent job raising me, right? The problem there is that whenever I find myself telling my kids the stuff my parents told me when I was growing up (“don’t make me get to three”, “now go up to your room and think about what you’ve done”, “you crashed the car again?”, etc.) it just makes me feel old and that’s depressing. So what’s a guy to do? Nature versus nurture, no owner’s manual, history repeating itself – it all creates a lot of uncertainty and makes you question the things you can and can’t control. What is the magic formula for being a good parent then?
It’s simple – marry a person who’s your complete superior in every way imaginable and let her do all the heavy lifting. It’s the greatest gift you can give your kids.
Sometimes I think my wife married a high functioning retard. God bless her.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I know things between us didn’t end on the best of terms but we’re writing in hopes of reconciliation. Do we still find you completely repulsive? Of course – with that ugly, pock-marked mug, that gelatinous, lard-filled belly, and that brashly hawkish demeanor who wouldn’t? In fact every time we see you on TV we want to throw up inside our mouths. Given your recent appearances with the media however, it’s become glaringly apparent that you need us more than we both thought. That was a nice win on Sunday against Tom Terrific and the Pats but was it really necessary to talk trash for the entire week leading up to the game? Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, Tom Coughlin, Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, and even the “Hoodie” himself (Bill Belichik) have all won Superbowls (the last 7 in fact). And guess what? Not a single one of them talked trash during their respective playoff runs. You on the other hand haven’t won shit, but there you are spouting off about how great your team is and how much you dislike your opponents. I know you’re trying to be funny but we both know that humor is your defense mechanism and that you’re really crying on the inside. Maybe if you spent as much time putting together game plans as you did stuffing that disgusting pie hole full of hot dogs and pastries you wouldn’t be so insecure, and subsequently feel the need to lash out at the world like a frightened child (a really, really fat child to be sure). What's really sad is that somewhere deep beneath all that lard and bravado is a little boy who fell in love with football because it’s a beautiful sport. But now you’re making it ugly for all of us with your utter lack of sportsmanship and that grotesque feed bag you call a chin (it literally looks like someone strapped a skin colored inner-tube around your face). Please give us a call to discuss reuniting before it’s too late. We can likely put together a plan to help salvage your rapidly deteriorating reputation, and we might even be able to help avert the inevitable certainty of a massive heart attack. We look forward to your prompt response.
Class, Tact, and Good Health
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The following story (written by Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity, and Michael Isikoff, NBC News) recently appeared on MSNBC. It’s very well written and provides a great illustration of how truly f*cked up and corrupt politics have become. Being that this is the Quinsey Blog I decided to re-post the story and add in my own color commentary (in italics). Enjoy.
How Wall St. execs bankrolled GOP victory
A small network of hedge fund executives pumped at least $10 million into Republican campaign committees and allied groups before November’s elections, helping bankroll GOP victories that this week will change the balance of power in Washington, according to a review of campaign records and interviews with industry insiders by the Center for Public Integrity and NBC News. Using the terms Washington and Integrity in the same sentence – not an easy thing to do these days.
Bitterly opposed to President Barack Obama’s economic and regulatory policies — including proposals to increase taxes on some of their profits — top Wall Street hedge fund moguls were unusually energized during last year’s election. They held multiple fundraisers and coordinated strategy to direct what appear to be unprecedented sums into the coffers of GOP and allied political committees, according to industry and GOP fundraising sources. Nothing energizes hedge fund moguls like increased taxes on their profits.
Many substantial donations from the hedge fund executives escaped public notice either because they were made late in the campaign (and therefore weren’t reported until after the election) or were funneled through third-party groups, obscure “joint fundraising committees” and newly created political nonprofits that are not required to disclose donors. Reminds me of the famous line from Field of Dreams: “If you build it they will come”. Hedge fund scumbag version: “If you provide a loophole they will find it”.
The net effect has been to give the hedge funds important new allies at a time they are fending off regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and an aggressive Justice Department investigation into insider trading. The Constitution covers in great detail the notion of “Separation of Powers” but neglects to mention the more oft-used political paradigm of “Pay to Play”.
A prime example is Rep. Scott Garrett, a little known Republican from northern New Jersey who this week is slated to become the new chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets, a key panel that has direct oversight of the industry. A staunch foe of the regulation of Wall Street, Garrett has threatened to cut funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission and roll back some provisions of Dodd-Frank. If you google the words hedge fund bitch boy there’s a picture of Rep. Garrett.
Throwing in with apparent winners
As it became increasingly clear late last summer that Republicans were likely to capture the House, the partners at Elliott Management Corp., a $17 billion Wall Street hedge fund that specializes in distressed foreign debt, mobilized to boost Garrett’s political fortunes. One of the firm’s senior officers threw a fundraiser for Garrett. The firm’s executives and one of their spouses wrote checks totaling $195,800 to two of the congressman’s political fundraising committees, campaign records show. It is not known if the booze and hookers that showed up at Garrett’s house were included in this figure.
Of that amount, $45,000 was donated by nine Elliott executives to the congressman’s leadership political action committee Supporting Conservatives of Today and Tomorrow. As first reported by the The Record newspaper, another $150,800 was donated to a newly created entity called the Scott Garrett Victory Committee, which was registered by a GOP fundraiser using a post office box in Athens, Ga. The Scott Garrett Victory Committee? More like the Scott Garrett Bitch Boy Slush Fund.
As a so-called joint fundraising committee that shared its proceeds with the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, it was permitted under campaign finance rules to accept donations in excess of the standard $2,400 limit on contributions to individual candidates. A newly created entity established for the sole purpose of circumventing campaign finance laws? Fucking shameless, even for the GOP.
Elliott executives — one of whom wrote a check for $35,000 — ended up providing about 96 percent of all the funds raised by the Garrett committee, according to the review of campaign records by CPI and NBC. You mean it wasn’t a legitimate entity after all? Shocker.
“This is particularly appalling,” said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes transparency in campaign finance. “No one in America will believe that Representative Garrett can provide impartial oversight of the hedge fund industry after taking these huge amounts of money from one (hedge fund) company.” Gee, you think Ellen?
Garrett’s office did not respond to repeated phone calls and e-mails requesting comment. He was apparently preoccupied with the copious amounts of booze and hookers sent over by the hedge fund scumbags. Can you really blame him?
A political ally of Garrett, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the contributions from Elliott executives were largely at the request of Keith Horn, Elliott’s chief operating officer, who is a constituent of the congressman and has been raising money for him for years. Horn declined to comment, but a spokesman for Elliott stressed that the firm “does not make donations to political candidates or parties. Some individual Elliott employees raise funds and donate to candidates and party organizations, both Democrat and Republican, at the federal and state levels.” Oh, I see. The obscene contributions didn’t come from Elliot Management Corp., they came from the top executives at Elliot Management Corp. That’s completely different then.
The contributions to Garrett were only a small portion of a tidal wave of hedge fund contributions to GOP candidates aimed at boosting the industry’s fortunes in Washington. In a related story the better business bureau reports that the boozing and whoring industries outpaced the rest of the economy by an astonishing 1000% last quarter.
A central player in the effort was Paul Singer, Elliott’s publicity-shy chairman who has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most powerful behind-the-scenes moneymen. (A fervent libertarian, Singer is also a major donor to pro-Israel causes and gay rights groups.) During last year’s election, Singer held fundraisers for GOP Senate candidates in his Central Park West apartment and, with other Elliot executives, donated nearly $500,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, making the firm’s executives among the largest contributors to that group. If you google the words bitch boy puppeteer there’s a picture of Paul Singer.
Another key industry player in directing funds to the GOP was Steven Cohen, the multibillionaire chairman of SAC Capital Advisors in Stamford, Conn. His firm, generally considered among the most successful hedge funds, recently received a subpoena seeking information related to a major Wall Street insider trading probe being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, according to a source familiar with the probe. An SAC spokesman declined to comment for this story. Corruption at one of Wall Street’s largest hedge funds? I don’t believe it.
Other important figures in the hedge fund campaign effort were Ken Griffin, president of Chicago’s Citadel Investment, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates in Princeton, N.J., Robert Mercer, co-chairman of Renaissance Technologies, which is headquartered on Long Island in New York, and John Paulson, the chairman of Paulson & Co. of Manhattan. The moral of the story? Don’t trust the left coast.
A dinner for donors
The executives appear to have coordinated their efforts. At a dinner at Cohen’s palatial Greenwich, Conn. home late last August, Singer, Kovner and other hedge fund executives discussed the upcoming elections and their political contributions, according to an industry source who requested anonymity. At least one GOP operative was in attendance, the source said. (Griffin, Kovner, Mercer and Paulson all declined to comment for this story.) They reportedly closed out the festivities with a photo montage set to Sinatra’s “I’ve got the world on string”.
Among some of the more notable donations:
• Singer, Cohen, Griffin (and his wife, Anne), Kovner, Paulson and another top hedge fund executive, Cliff Asness of AQR, donated nearly $6 million to the Republican Governors Association, headed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. About $3 million of that was given in September and October, when the RGA was spearheading a crucial get-out-the-vote effort aimed at boosting Republican turnout. (The RGA is set up as a “527 committee” — a reference to that section of the tax code — which is able to take unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations but must disclose its donors publicly.) Who says “elitism” is dead?
• Ken and Anne Griffin, managing partner at Aragon Global Management, another Chicago hedge fund, also gave $500,000 in the election’s waning days to American Crossroads, an “independent” group whose formation was spearheaded by Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush’s political strategist, and Ed Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Rove and Gillespie involved in political corruption? Never saw that coming.
• Mercer, the co-chairman of Renaissance, poured more than $600,000 into Concerned Taxpayers of America, making him the largest single contributor to the independent group that ran attack ads against congressional Democrats. Almost half of Mercer’s donations were made in October and November. Concerned Taxpayers of America (CTA) is really code for Corruption Through Affluence.
The magnitude of the industry donations are particularly notable because at least some of the hedge fund executives have in the past given generously to Democrats and some members of their firms continued to do so, albeit in much smaller amounts, in last year’s election. Cohen, for example, has been a major donor to Connecticut’s Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, the retired former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. And the Chicago-based Griffin was a “bundler” for President Obama in the last election. Paulson was a significant donor and fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, donating $30,400 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as late as June 2009. But in 2010, he switched heavily to the Republicans. With other members of his firm and his wife, he contributed over $450,000 to various GOP accounts. Waffling their political allegiance based solely on how it will affect their own personal finances? What’s the opposite of integrity? Yup.
The new enthusiasm for the GOP was spurred in large part by hedge fund managers’ opposition to many of the tax and regulatory economic policies of Obama and congressional Democrats. Some hedge fund executives, along with others from private equity funds, were especially exercised about a measure that passed the House this year before stalling in the Senate. That bill would have taxed their profits, known as carried interest, as ordinary income rather than capital gains. If enacted, the legislation would increase taxes on many executives from a marginal rate of 15 percent to 35 percent. The industry also is concerned about some provisions in the Dodd-Frank financial services reform law, such as those that will require registration and greater disclosure by hedge funds and impose tighter rules on the trading of derivatives. Wait - stop the presses. Are you saying these poor guys might have to get by on just $800 million a year instead of the cool billion they’ve been pulling down? How’s that fair? Living the billionaire lifestyle ain’t cheap you know.
But the animus of hedge fund titans toward Obama and the Democrats was also driven by what they viewed as politically charged rhetoric that stigmatized them. It was bad enough when you attempted to increase their taxes President Obama, but when you hurt their feelings you crossed the line.
“Look, it was the demonization, the anti-hedge fund rhetoric,” said one Wall Street hedge fund executive who was instrumental in helping to arrange donations to the GOP. Just because someone behaves like a scumbag doesn’t mean they want to be labeled a scumbag. Makes sense to me.
“These guys,” he added, “manage billions of dollars from pension funds, from investors, local governments.” When Obama last year attacked the industry as “speculators” and criticized their role in Chrysler’s bankruptcy, many executives went ballistic. “It was the cheap-shot, class-warfare rhetoric that pissed them off,” said the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Gambling with other people’s money is a tough gig man so back the fuck off okay, Mr. President.
The new GOP-controlled House may be far friendlier to the hedge fund industry, as some of its key allies are now poised to inherit important leadership positions. Incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia has been a key critic of the “carried interest” proposal and recently vowed to “reign in the regulatory policies” under the Dodd-Frank law to block it. In the last two years, Cantor’s campaign committee; his leadership political action committee, the Every Republican is Crucial PAC; and the Cantor Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee he headed, all received substantial contributions from hedge fund partners. Among them: $31,400 from Cohen and executives at SAC, $32,400 from Blue Ridge Capital and $50,200 from Gruss Investments. Six top executives at the giant private equity firm KKR also contributed $55,000 to Cantor’s joint fundraising committee. More with the victory committees… I guess you can never have too many bitch boys at your disposal in Washington.
Asked for comment, Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the majority leader, said that Cantor “has made clear that the new Republican majority will use the oversight process and all means at its disposal — including the power of appropriations — to expose and repeal regulations that kill jobs and are barriers to capital formation and economic growth.” In other words whatever the supplier of my booze and hookers wants, the supplier of my booze and hookers gets.
So there you have it. Big business abusing campaign contribution loopholes to buy the GOP’s allegiance and protect their interests in Washington. It’s the ‘new’ American way. God bless America and God bless the GOP.
Friday, January 7, 2011
As 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri, the suspected assassin of a liberal Pakistani governor, entered court in Islamabad on Wednesday a rowdy crowd patted him on the back and kissed his cheeks while lawyers showered him with rose petals. On the way out a group of some 200 sympathizers chanted slogans in his favor, then the suspect stood at the back door of an armored police van and repeatedly yelled “God is great.”
Less than 200 miles away, the prime minister joined thousands to mourn the loss of Salman Taseer, the Punjab province Governor who dared to challenge the demands of Islamic extremists. In recent weeks Taseer had spoken forcefully in favor of clemency for a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet, Muhammad. In response conservative religious parties staged a massive one-day strike at the end of December to protest any attempt by the government to amend the blasphemy laws (which order death for those who insult Islam). In the face of such protest, the ruling Pakistan People's Party (a largely secular minded party) said it had no plans to amend the laws. But 66-year-old Taseer, who was a senior member of the ruling party and a close ally of U.S.-backed Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, refused to back down, triggering death threats and ultimately his assassination.
On Tuesday in an Islamabad market Qadri allegedly pumped more than 20 rounds from his assault rifle into Taseer's back while he was supposed to be protecting him as a bodyguard. Questions immediately arose over how Qadri managed to be assigned to Taseer's security detail. Faisal Raza Abdi, political adviser to President Zardari, said Punjab police told him that the department had months ago deemed Qadri a security risk and warned that he should not be assigned to protect high-profile figures. Abdi said the fact that he was allowed to guard Taseer suggested others may have played a role in the killing. "I do not think this is an individual act. It is a well-planned murder," he told The Associated Press by phone. When questioned by authorities, Qadri said he acted because of Taseer's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws, but he did not indicate whether he had acted alone.
The contrast of cheers and mourning across Pakistan provide a fitting backdrop for a country caught in a nearly sixty year tailspin from a nation defined by moderate Islam to one increasingly influenced by fundamentalists prone to use violence to impose their views. Taseer’s assassination only underscores the tumultuous environment in this nuclear-armed wasteland, where the economy is a total cluster fuck and suicide attacks by Taliban-linked groups continue to be a threat. The government is also struggling with the collapse of its ruling coalition.
Analysts say a majority of Pakistan's Muslims still follow a moderate form of Sufi-influenced Islam, but evidence points to the contrary. An influential group of some 500 clerics and scholars from the Barelvi sect, which opposes the Taliban, praised Taseer's assassination. The Jamat Ahle Sunnat group said no one should pray or express regret for the killing of the governor. The group also issued a veiled threat to other opponents of the blasphemy laws: "The supporter is as equally guilty as the one who committed blasphemy," the group warned in a statement, adding politicians, the media and others should learn "a lesson from the exemplary death."
Memo to crazy Islamic extremists: You suck and your blasphemy laws are complete bullshit. Who the fuck cares if someone wants to insult your precious Muhammad? Here, I’ll do it right now: Muhammad is a false prophet and you’re all going straight to hell for your lack of respect for human life and your egregious assaults on humanity. You would assume kill a man for disagreeing with your religious beliefs? What does that say about you as people? It shows that you are a decrepit bunch of insecure weaklings who lack faith, integrity, and the basic intelligence necessary to differentiate right from wrong. You say “the supporter is as equally guilty as the one who committed blasphemy”? Then I say the supporter of a murdering lunatic is as equally guilty as the murdering lunatic himself. Mumtaz Qadri is a pathetic coward who shot a defenseless man 20 times in the back (a man he was paid to protect no less). For his sins he will surely burn for all eternity. By praising and celebrating Qadri as a hero you can burn alongside him, you evil half-wits. Regardless of how you interpret the words of the Qur’an, I’m pretty sure Allah’s intentions were not for you to murder innocent people. Are you so blinded by your own insecurities that you can’t see this?
Salman Taseer was a righteous and decent man with a family and friends who loved him. He stood up for what he believed in and consistently governed in the best interests of his people. He deserved more than to be shot in the back and to die alone on the floor of a dirty Pakistani market. Shame on the “People’s” Party for allowing this assassination to occur and shame on anyone who had a hand in planning it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” There’s blood on the hands of those who perpetrated this heinous crime and there’s blood on the hands of those who did nothing to stop it. You say we should all learn "a lesson from the exemplary death." All we have learned is that Pakistan is a festering pit full of soulless recreants who place no value on human life. I’ll see you in hell you depraved mother fuckers.