This piece by Mark Steyn discusses the Incredibly Strange Case of the Disappearing, Snipped Penises of Burkina Faso.
You have to read the whole thing, I laughed out loud.
Especially when he points to this little related penis-melting gem from America Alone (p. 139):
"One victim, a fabric merchant, told his story to the London Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi:
a man from West Africa came into the shop and "shook the store owner's
hand powerfully until the owner felt his penis melt into his body."
I know the feeling. The same thing happened to me after shaking hands with Senator Clinton."
OKAYYYYYYYY OMG I'M HYSTERICAL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Of course, a melting penis is really no laughing matter.
For all the laughs, there is a SERIOUS PENIS MORAL TO THE STORY:
"Whatever it is, it's the perfect tale of Islamic victimhood: the
foreigners have made us impotent! It doesn't matter that the foreigners
didn't do anything except shake hands. It doesn't matter whether you
are, in fact, impotent. You feel impotent, just as (so we're told
constantly) millions of Muslims from Algerian Islamists to the Bali
bombers on the other side of the world feel "humiliated" by the
Palestinian situation. Whether there is a rational basis for their sense
of humiliation or impotence is irrelevant."
"But here's the telling detail: the vanishing-penis hysteria was spread by cell phones and text messaging."
"Think about that: you can own a cell phone, yet still believe that
shaking hands with an infidel will cause you to lose your penis. That's a
Did you catch that phrase???
It's a keeper-"state-of-the-art primitive".
Is it normal that I'm sort of in love with that phrase?
(Don't answer-or I'll melt your...OH NEVERMIND...)
But really, the phrase really does describe the fundamentalist jihadists who come to our shores and have all the toys and fixings of modern life, yet want to be governed by sharia. It just doesn't work that way. Democracies must decide if they want to be democracies or state-of-the-art primitive societies like those in the Middle East and Africa.
Then, a very good interview from Steyn with John Oakley. These are always good ones because a) Mark Steyn is very smart b) Oakley is very smart and a very good interviewer and lastly because he lets Steyn talk. Seriously-ask the good questions and let the guest speak are the basics that so many radio people seem to forget.
I thought the observations about the dearth of courtship rituals were bang on. So many young people with all their "social" media are the most anti-social humans in human history. They have not learned the niceties of human contact, how to make breezy conversation, to interview politely, to chat up a stranger-never mind to flirt.
Steyn points out that despite the (vulgar, disgusting, primitive) hyper-sexualization of all elements of life, young men (and young women) haven't got the first clue about actually building healthy relationships. It's a mess!
Do listen to the whole thing.