The Israeli Octopus?


by Rumbold
28th July, 2010 at 8:26 pm    

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has caused a fresh diplomatic storm after attacking Germany’s most popular octopus:

The Iranian president accused the octopus of spreading “western propaganda and superstition.” Paul was mentioned by Mr Ahmadinejad on various occasions during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.

“Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values,” he said.

Some may laugh, but last week a Pickled Politics reporter was able to obtain an exclusive shot of Paul attending the World Zionist Conference:

This also vindicates Martin Linton. Mr Linton, an MP, was heavily criticised after referring to “the long tentacles of Israel” and their impact on British politics. It seems he was right, and critics, including myself, clearly owe him an apology.

(Via Mr Eugenides)


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  1. john — on 28th July, 2010 at 8:43 pm  

    When did he mention Israel?

  2. Reuben — on 28th July, 2010 at 9:38 pm  

    Roflmao

  3. earwicga — on 28th July, 2010 at 10:27 pm  

    Nice one Rumbold :)

  4. Don — on 28th July, 2010 at 10:45 pm  

    He has a point though, surely. I have every respect for cephalopods, as a class they are wonderful. But anyone who attributes to them precognition of sporting events is an idiot and should not be in a position of political influence.

  5. damon — on 28th July, 2010 at 11:18 pm  

    It’s not really funny though. He runs the country.
    There’s too many fools like that in positions of influence.

    Manchester United shirts have been banned in Malaysia after the red devil crest was labelled “dangerous and un-Islamic”
    http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/oddballs/835787-manchester-united-s-dangerous-red-devil-crest-is-un-islamic

  6. joe90 — on 28th July, 2010 at 11:38 pm  

    karl marx said religion is the opium of the masses, today i belive as many commentators that sport is the opium of the masses.

    Sadly in poor countries it has a more devastating effect. Sport is used to make people forget about their economic and social problems or how corrupt their nations really are.

    As for ahmedinjad he is a comical figure who makes headlines, their are far more serious people behind the scenes who make or break policies.

  7. Sunny — on 28th July, 2010 at 11:52 pm  

    heh! excellent little pic

    Ahmedinijidad really is a nutjob these days.

  8. KJB — on 29th July, 2010 at 2:14 am  

    Brilliance! Facebooked.

  9. Cauldron — on 29th July, 2010 at 4:43 am  

    Of all the many baleful consequences of the Iraq invasion, one of the worst was the destruction of the balance of power in the middle east, allowing the nutters in Qom to do as they please.

  10. Rumbold — on 29th July, 2010 at 8:31 am  

    Haha Don.

    Thank you everyone.

    John:

    I think, given his pasts threats to wipe Israel off the map, we can safely assume Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes Paul is a zionist.

  11. platinum786 — on 29th July, 2010 at 9:57 am  

    Damon: Lets’ not spread blatant lies shall we. The United Shirt is not banned in Malaysia, an English tabloid reported the opinion of one man. I wouldn’t wear that shirt when praying, as it does have a little devil on it, and I would deem that disrespectful to be displaying that whilst praying.

    Also I think the Ahmedinijad comments again, blown all out of proportion. It’s perfectly reasonable to argue that it’s stupid to think an octopus can predict football matches. It was luck, it worked out in this case. It was hardly a perfect scientific experiment though was it. For example, do octopuses see in colour? Maybe it was attracted towards brighter colours, like red and orange, as opposed to white and blue? It’s feasible. It’s not a magic octopus.

    This is simply a case of bashing the Muslim guy who won’t bow to the white man.

  12. Rumbold — on 29th July, 2010 at 10:06 am  

    Platinum786:

    The post was meant to be humerous. The fact that Ahmadinejad is singling out Paul is worthy of mockery.

  13. ukliberty — on 29th July, 2010 at 10:46 am  

    Don,

    He has a point though, surely. I have every respect for cephalopods, as a class they are wonderful. But anyone who attributes to them precognition of sporting events is an idiot and should not be in a position of political influence.

    Paul knew you’d say that.

  14. Kismet Hardy — on 29th July, 2010 at 11:01 am  

    You’ve got to laugh at a mullah denouncing superstition while he carefully tucks his feet away from pointing towards a block of granite in Mecca lest the snake-shifting jinns get him…

  15. damon — on 29th July, 2010 at 11:31 am  

    Platinum786: you’re right of course, I was going to correct that. I just coppied the headline.
    They’re Man United mad in Malaysia and the shirt and badge is everywhere, so there’s no way there could be a ban. The non-religious amongst us just find the idea of little devil images being offensive funny.
    The idea of The Devil is funny.

    Same with the Iranian leader and not understanding a bit of fun. It’s in the same league I think.
    My tribe (the catholics) aren’t much better though.

  16. me — on 29th July, 2010 at 12:11 pm  

    “You’ve got to laugh at a mullah denouncing superstition while he carefully tucks his feet away from pointing towards a block of granite in Mecca lest the snake-shifting jinns get him…”

    also at the stupidity of Hinduism and its idols/”Gods” with elephant heads, Sikhism and those stupid turbans, Judaism and their stupid all black outfits and Christianity and the absurd trinity.

  17. boyo — on 29th July, 2010 at 12:39 pm  

    @11 You mean Paul isn’t a psychic octopus?!!!!

    Surely there’s as much evidence he is, if not more, than that God you pray to or of the Devil that might offend Him?

  18. boyo — on 29th July, 2010 at 12:40 pm  

    Even if he is a Jew.

  19. platinum786 — on 29th July, 2010 at 12:56 pm  

    Yeah I suppose it is quite funny that he took it upon himself to comment on an octopus.

  20. D-Notice — on 29th July, 2010 at 1:11 pm  

    Clearly a fake.

    He doesn’t appear to be circumcised…

  21. Kisan — on 29th July, 2010 at 3:36 pm  

    Paul the Octopus was a bit of fun to spice up another bit of fun (football).

    Ahmedinijed however is big on superstitions that include killing gays, stoning fornicators, holocaust denial, end of time craziness etc.

    None of the above are much of a laugh. Fun being officially banned in Islam and Iran however. And shouting ‘marg bar Amerika, marg bar Israel’ being the preferred sport of the crazies running and brutalising the country.

  22. Don — on 29th July, 2010 at 4:13 pm  

    D-notice,

    Circumcising an octopus is a thankless task, as the penis breaks off during mating, then re-grows.

    Wonderful creatures, but maybe not the luckiest in some areas.

  23. D-Notice — on 29th July, 2010 at 6:50 pm  

    Don:

    … but he’s got 8 penises on the photo!

  24. Don — on 29th July, 2010 at 7:09 pm  

    Only the third on the right(the hectocotylus) works as a penis.

    As I said, not the luckiest in that area.

  25. Don — on 29th July, 2010 at 7:21 pm  
  26. douglas clark — on 29th July, 2010 at 11:04 pm  

    Don @ 24,

    I’ve always had my suspicions about you.

    You know way too much about cephalopods – you are PZ Meyers, aren’t you?

  27. douglas clark — on 29th July, 2010 at 11:32 pm  

    Bloody hell, what is this new cephalopod friendly type size?

    I post in maybe 12 point and it appears in, at a guess 24 point.

    Really, I am not that assertive…

  28. douglas clark — on 29th July, 2010 at 11:35 pm  

    Of course, the minute I mention a problem, it disappears.

    The internet is a strange and wonderful place, but perhaps not for sane human beans…

  29. Rumbold — on 30th July, 2010 at 8:41 am  

    D-Notice:

    Haha.

    Douglas:

    The internet is a strange and wonderful place, but perhaps not for sane human beans…

    Lucky that doesn’t apply to any of us then.

    Don:

    Are you Paul in disguise?

  30. Don — on 30th July, 2010 at 10:00 am  

    Rumbold,

    Me? No. But you might find this enlightening.

    http://www.fredvanlente.com/downloads/WhyWeHere.pdf

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