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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Cat's Meow

An airplane carrying Yusuf Islam, better known by his former stage name of Cat Stevens, was diverted since Cat was apparently on a government watch list.

Islam attracted a good deal of deserved bad publicity in the late 80's when he came out in favor of a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeni of Iran calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie for "The Satanic Verses." I'm not sure what it says about me that I wondered about whether the former Cat Stevens would say something similarly stupid after the 9/11 attacks; that I heard nothing at all about him suggested that he didn't. In fact, he has a wesbite in which he condemns the 9/11 mass murders and the recent hostage takings in Russia as contrary to the Islam in which he believes.

This is a comedy goldmine, and another opportunity to mock a security apparatus that considers Democratic Senators security threats as well.

The conclusion we can draw from this?

If you can put songs as bad as "Oh, Very Young" and "Moon Shadow" on the radio, and inflict a lame-ass cover of a Sam Cooke song ("Another Saturday Night") on the ears of the world, the terrorists have won. In other words... if I saw Rod Stewart on the plane I was about to board, I'd be worried about being diverted.


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