Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Where There's Laughter, There's Hope

Reader Wally Ballou sent the link to this story.

“Have your heard the one about…?”I’ll be darned. I take it back: if the Saudis can laugh at themselves, there is hope for us yet. Or at least some Saudis can. And “some” is a good start. Never mind the fatwahs and fervent prayers to Allah that he freeze the blood in the veins of these merry-makers. Party-poopers. Imams must have to take “Lack of Sense of Humor 101” in order to be allowed to harangue preach.

Evidently the month of Ramadan is big business for television shows and their revenue. And among the most popular of the shows is one called “Tash Ma Tash” (no, I don’t know what it means either, but it sure sounds risqué, doesn’t it?) —

Each year, new and returning serials are eagerly awaited by millions of viewers. As a sign of the immense popularity of Ramadan broadcasting, revenues generated during the month typically account for 20% of broadcasters’ yearly earnings (Baltimore Sun, October 15). This year, several programs addressed a number of sensitive social and political issues such as terrorism and extremism (al-Watan, September 24)…

This shows my cultural ignorance, but I thought Ramadan was a time of fasting and prayer. Maybe not after sundown? At any rate, one of the most popular shows is annoying the Saudi powers-that-be —
- - - - - - - - - -
The program to raise the most attention this year, however, has been the extremely popular Saudi satirical program Tash Ma Tash. It is a long running program that has frequently run up against the boundaries of Saudi society. Over the years, it has parodied a number of sensitive issues, and this year it lampooned a variety of topics including terrorism, extremism, intolerance, the judicial system and the country’s morality police (Arab News, October 8). Several episodes banned last year that dealt with extremism were allowed to be broadcast this year; one tackled the topic of internet jihadis and another dealt with issues of heresy, apostasy and the concept of takfir (al-Watan, October 5). One of the episodes to draw the most attention in the Saudi media this year was a lampoon of the popular Star Academy format entitled “Terrorist Academy.”


Death threats have been made against those linked with the program, and a fatwa labeled it “sinful to watch” (, September 28). Some imams have criticized the program at mosques, and they have prayed for “bad things to happen” to the program’s leading actors, while others have asked God to “freeze the blood in their veins”…

Well, I’m glad some things remain the same. But I’m even happier to get some solid evidence that Muslims know how to laugh at themselves. Now if we could just get a Muslim to make some version of “The Life of Brian” in an Islamic format, we’d really be home free.

Oops — I mean make the film and survive to see it played in theatres.

Well, one step at a time.


-== mist ==- said...

There is a similar parallel here in Iraq. During Ramadan, they introduced the new series 'The Last Iraqi'.

The main character is a short ugly man with no teeth, who is played by a long time comedian. His entire show revolves around making fun of the past, the current govt. and the future of Iraq.

A lot of it doesn't translate well, but some examples from the show include:

"It's the year 2017, I'm the last Iraqi, and I still can't afford a house with more than 4 hours of electricity per day!"

"I wish I was a cat, then it wouldn't matter if I went outside. No one asks the cat if he is Shia or Sunni or pro-Iranian Maliki govt."

In the US, people see no big deal when leaders are made fun of, but that is not the case out here. The influx in recent months of shows that are flaunting the new found broadcast freedom is very refreshing. It will certainly be interesting to see if it lasts.

Wally Ballou said...

"tash ma tash" (or "tash matash") apprently means "either you get it or you don't".

Here are some highlights from the "Terror Academy":

“In Wednesday night's installment, a man was shown going to a police station in search of his missing nephew, only to be told that the youth had joined a terror organization. The uncle leaves shocked and tearful.

“The scene then shifts to a fundamentalist academy where gullible young men are being trained. The nephew is shown learning how to disguise himself in women's robes and adapt feminine mannerisms, despite a burgeoning mustache.

“Later, he chats with a peer who says he has used a suicide belt nine times - and reassures the gullible nephew that he didn't feel much pain when it exploded.”


Guy Barry said...

Well nowadays Islam doesn't need to fight its way into Europe France invited 4 million,Britain 1 million,Holland and the rest invited millions more.

Careless said...

"This shows my cultural ignorance, but I thought Ramadan was a time of fasting and prayer. Maybe not after sundown?"

Yes, after sundown there are often parties and feasting.
As someone who doesn't generally eat for 12 hour chunks anyway, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me as a "fast" but I've seen how ravenous thin women get after a few hours

Joern said...

Simple nonsence, perhaps the growth rates.

According to terror expert professor Yoni Fighel, Israel

refered to on:

Europe have 32,5 moslems.

Only in Denmark the accounts have corrected on (in English)

NOT MOSLEMS - they are registred in any Western country.
Foreigners form islamic dominated areas.

james higham said...

I thought Ramadan was a time of fasting and prayer. Maybe not after sundown?

That's correct, Dymphna. After sunset, they whoop it up over here.

Joern said...

Information of Denmark collects and forwards politically incorrect information. The menthal-robots don’t want to know it, because the truth disturbs the cyberspace or scrap that the power-brokers feed them with daily.

Six Good Reasons - why all the most foreign immigrants and their descendants have to be counted correctly:

Before 1970 Denmark had almost no foreign immigrants.

Officially 337.243 foreigners[1], and their descendants included the ones with a Danish citizenship or about 6 p. c. of the population stayed in Denmark 1 January 2006. Associated professor Hans Oluf Hansen Copenhagen University reported in the newspaper Berlingske Tidende 20 August 2005 that the original Danes would become a minority before the end of this century, if it continues.[2]

As on the other hand the official Danish projection of population was presented in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten 29 August 1999 (refered to in JP 21 August 2005[3]), and it showed 13.7 p.c. immigrants and descendants totally in the year 2020, professor P. C. Matthiessen who commented the figures, was almost attacked via the media [4]. The account is even in a worse way:

Information of Denmark reports:

There were already more than 690,000 most foreign foreigners, naturalized and their children 1. January 2006 corresponding to more than 13 p.c., and Danes will for certain become a minority between 2035 and 2045, if it continues: (corrected official status in English) and (realistic projection in Danish)

To be able to prove the magnitude of the project might help us to be able to tell where we are, and it might perhaps also tell us how quickly we move towards a rather doubtful future. But was it meant to be(?) When we look at what happens in the community, it seems beyond doubt that the so-called activities of integration do not have much effect, at least definitely not the official expected effect.

Recently Danish authorities had to admit this:

Second and third generation of immigrants and their descendants even commit a larger share of the criminal acts relatively to their share of population than their parents – even when the account has been corrected from the defective official account of population that paradoxically overestimate the criminality among immigrants.

82 p.c. of the crimes among youngster less than 18 years in Copenhagen (2004) were commited by foreigners. And the group of immigrants in those ages amounted 28 p.c. of all in those ages in Copenhagen, compare Denmarks’s Statistics matr. BEF3 mentioned with figures in (in Danish).

Second and third generation gave birth to 10 p.c. more children a woman in average than their parents did, accounted in a period of six years in Copenhagen, compare with the manager of the bureau of statistics Claus Woll, referred to in the newspaper Soendagsavisen 25 January 2004.

Second and third generation have a weaker connection to the labourmarket than their parents.[6]

The number of immigrant from the mentioned areas is the only number of visitors that always increases – in periods an exponential increase – for the whole 26 years period from 1979. The immigrants from less developed countries load the Danish public sector three times more than the Danes in average – according to the latest reports from the public established Commission of Welfare, supplemented with a few quotations from the same: “…the immigration from less developed countries to Denmark laod the public finances substantially. The participation in working is low – especially the women. Among those on the labour market the unemployment is high – among other things because a lot of them do not the qualification to get a job at a lowest wages of the market…” “…Immmigrants from less developed countries receive more from the public fonds than they contribute via taxes. The reason is that they have low career participation and as a rule do not leave the country again before they get old. They receive 2.6 mio. dkr. more in a lifetime than they contribute to the public sector…”

The word integration has been used as a magic formula for 25 years precisely like the remark “Sesam-Sesam open up” in the 1001 Nights’ fairytale. In the fairytale it works, and that is just the way of the Postmodernist – free in the air floating.

The brief account of the number: - from the number births to the number of foreign immigrants Three most essential reasons of the low number of births among Western women: 1. In average the first cild is born when the mother is about 28 years or more - this mean it become more difficult to get more children thereafter. 2. 15-20 p.c. of the women in the age of 40 in the Western countries has no children – this figure has increased substantially 3.

Abortions have increased to an amount of more than 15,000 of a birth cohort of 68,000-70,000 in Denmark, compare DR-texttv 20 Mars 2006. Point 2 is characteristic for European unemployed or expelled women from the labour market (20-25 p.c.) who do not dare to give birth to children. The same pattern was retrieved, and is clearly found today in the old Eastbloc. The number of births has been reported in more details on: - in the world) (in Danish) - in Europe (in English) - in Germany (in Danish) - from number of children to the percentage of foreign immigrants (in Danish)

There is just one reason why population in Denmark has increased for the last 26 years: The steady increased influx of immigrants and their births. The Danes just give birth to half of what is needed to secure a stable Danish population, when the deaths has been subtracted. In 1979 5.117.000 lived in Denmark.

1 January 2006 the population amounted 5.427.459. It looks as if the difference must be a little more than 317,000. The number of Danes has decreased (very characteristic) since 1968, when the average number of births a woman got lower than 2.1. The 317,000 is less than half of the story that we proved in quite another too (read below). Since 1979 Folketinget (the Danish parliament) has given Danish citizenship to 189,910 individuals since 1979, compare Danmark’s Statistics Statisticbank, and the children that the naturalized have born after they got the letter from Folketinget is being accounted as if they are Danes.

1 January 2006 the result is that more than 690,000 with most foreign origin in Denmark from areas outside Western Europe, North America, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It has been proved using another method on: I.e. there were 4,737,459 (5,427,459 –690,000) Danes and Westerners (of which about 74,000 other Westerners) in Denmark, and this corresponds to the decrease in the number of children among Westerners, as this has been recognized in the whole Western world. A decreased of about 3.0 - 3.5 per mille a year all over Europe. This results in 4,732,488 for the 26 years period.

There was 99,796 foreign citizens in Denmark in 1980, compare table 31 in Statistical Yearbook 1987 from Danmark’s Statistics), of which about 47.880 were foreigners from the areas subjects to this reading. This number has more than doubled in the 26 years period. Granted Danish citizenships before 1979 has not included, and the Danish women (as mentioned) gave birth to too few children already from the famous year 1968, so the difference is even bigger. A total going through and prove (by use of quite another method) of the true development for last 26 years has been given on:

As for the immigration from Turkey and Pakistan for the last 26 years read:

Changing political leaders in Denmark and all over Europe perhaps were worried of their fellow countrymen to die out caused by too few births, and as an nearby result to get lower and lower tax-payments. They got an idea, a splendid idea accompanied with the leading figures of the world:

The population surplus of some islamic contries

Years 1998/2050 (in millions)

Compare: UN World Population Prospects,

1998 revision:

Iran: 64 mio./115 mio.

Tyrkey: 65 mio./101 mio.

Egypt: 66 mio./115 mio.

Bangladesh: 123 mio./212 mio.

Pakistan: 142 mio./345 mio.

The result remains the same, and the end-result is reached even quicker – about double as quickly. The deciding for the political, so-called professional leaders with their eyes to number one: “It shall not happen before we have gone”. But here we must try to prepare them for the joyful truth that the political effect on stability, and what is worse shall begin long before the Danes have become a minority in their country about 35 to 45 years from now (27 Mars 2006), and obviously longer before the Danes have died out …does it not look like this already?

Recomment this file


1) From areas outside Western Europe, North America, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

[2] (in Danish)

[3] (in Danish)

[4]In this account all later generations of descendants than the first have got the predicate Danish.

[5] (in Danish)

[6]Documentation of 18 October 2005: ”The Sons of the Immigrants do not get Work” By Martin H. Damsgaard and Christian Friis Hansen (in Danish) “..Sons of immigrants supply the workforce to a still smaller degree on market of labour in the town Aarhus. According to the chairman of the Thinktank for Integration of the government Erik Bonnerup, Aarhus have to take action as quickly as possible. It is a substantial problem that might load the economy of the town seriously, and you ought improve the situation as quickly as possible…” Immigrants on the German and Danish labor market, Rockwool Foundation (another so-called Thinktank), October 2004: ”…Germany has had an decreasing trend in the employment for non-Western immigrants since the midd 1980s, and this is a development that can traced back to the beginning of the 1970s.This development has its parallel in Denmark, where the employment frequency decreased markedly form 1985 to 1994. Even though the employment has increased afterwards not least caused by the economic boom, the employment among non-Western immigrants has never reached its earlier level. Founded on sequence-data from Denmark we can conclude that much of the explanation to the decreasing trend of employment is that the new non-Western immigrants who has arrived in Denmark after the 1970s, have had a much weaker connection to the labour market from earliest beginning until 1999 every year’s of the newcomers have in this way had a lower career participation than the ones from the year before…”

[7] 5.117.000*(1-0,003)^26 = 4.732.488 ‘if your heart is filled use your brain’—————————

You cannot get this information anywhere else in Denmark. The work takes place under circumstances that nobody in the politically correct cadre is able to imagine. A contribution to the continuing production and to make it publicly would be welcome on the account in Danske Bank (Danish Bank) Reg. No 3629 account number 3629461213

Joern E. Vig, M. Sc.(Economics), Denmark