Someone is 'Sploding in Denmark

According to sketchy reports in the Danish media, a man has been arrested after failing to blow himself up at a Copenhagen hotel. The BBC has the (still sketchy) details:

Danish police have detained a man injured by a small blast at a Copenhagen hotel amid media reports he was a would-be suicide bomber.

He suffered slight injuries on his face and arms and was arrested in a park where he is believed to have fled after the blast at the Jorgensens Hotel.

Police told the Associated Press news agency the blast had occurred in a toilet of the hotel. The hotel is located about 90m (90 yds) from a busy railway station.

The hotel is also located on “Israel Square,” which is likely some sort of provocation—because everything is a provocation these days. Incidentally, many of the reports in the Danish media are conflicting—there were reports of a second explosion in a nearby park where the bomber was apprehended, and a more recent report that his bag didn’t contain explosives—so a certain amount of skepticism is warranted.

In other non-Florida pastor news, one of Denmark’s largest retail chains is refusing to carry the memoirs of Mohammad cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, claiming that the book won’t be a big seller. No, I can’t imagine anyone would be interested in such a boring story. You know, I don’t mind private companies exposing themselves as cowards, but why can’t they just be honest about their cowardice?

A Danish supermarket group says it has no plans to sell the upcoming memoirs of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, known for a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, reports said Friday.

Dansk Supermarked, which includes several chains of stores, among them discount supermarket group Netto, said it did not believe the book, due out in November, would sell sufficiently.

Westergaard, who this week was awarded a prize in Germany dedicated to the freedom of the press, said he was not surprised.

'I had expected it, and others will likely follow suit,' he was quoted as telling the online edition of the Jyllands-Posten daily.

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  • SIV||

    everything is a provocation these days

    The Danes need to stop canning those hams

  • ||

    Something is rotten in Denmark, perhaps?

  • Billy Shakespeare||

    +1

  • .||

    If yu shake it more than 3 times, yur playing with yourself, Billy.

  • ||

    Police told the Associated Press news agency the blast had occurred in a toilet of the hotel.

    Come on, admit it: who among us has never been there?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They should stop welcoming Indian food into the country.

  • Fluffy||

    Threadjack: Holy shit David Brooks is a douche.

    In today's column, he asserts that the US is losing its edge because people are becoming too snobby about entering into technical fields.

    First, the elites. America’s brightest minds have been abandoning industry and technical enterprise in favor of more prestigious but less productive fields like law, finance, consulting and nonprofit activism.

    He considers this a purely cultural change.

    Gee, douchebag, it couldn't possibly be because the growth of the superregulatory state that YOU help enable makes everyone in "industry and technical enterprise" into everybody's bitch, while elevating lawyers and bureaucrats into positions of power and prestige?

    It couldn't be because if you want to open the smallest factory possible, every last douchebag in the country thinks they should be able to micromanage your business and NIMBY you to death, but if you want to open a legal practice you can just open the phonebook and call any landlord you want?

    Science damn you, Brooks. Science damn you.

  • Planet of The Lawyers||

    Scientist: "They blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!"

  • ||

    Brooks wakes up each morning, looks in the mirror, and asks himself "how can I top my own level of assholeness today?"

  • Sparky||

    Gee, douchebag...

    the growth of the superregulatory state that YOU help enable

    Science damn you, Brooks

    Does Brooks read H&R? Are you expecting a response?

  • ||

    It's amazing..."douchebag" is like a dog whistle for you. Is it a personal identification thing, or what?

  • Sparky||

    I expect better from the libertarian elite. Maybe I'm a dreamer.

  • ||

    Wait, we're the elite?

    I mean Warty's pretty good at insulting people but ...

  • Sparky||

    Yeah. Sad, isn't it.

  • ||

    What do you actually expect from blog comments?

  • Sparky||

    What do you actually expect from blog comments?

    On an adult site? A little civility. The way grownups should interact. Name-calling is something adolescents usually grow out of.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Yeah well you're a cocksucker.

  • Warty||

    A little civility.

    Jesus Christ, grow a pair of balls, you fucking whiner. Boo hoo, we called you an asshole. Fuck you.

  • ||

    Personal identification thing, then.

  • Fluffy||

    I am just spreading Brooks hate in the hope that one day it will pervade the atmosphere like natural gas in a sealed condo, so it can explode and take Brooks with it.

  • ||

    America’s brightest minds have been abandoning industry and technical enterprise...

    By definition, "America's brightest minds" can probably compute that paying a factory full of union lardasses $30 an hour to assemble something costs more than paying a factory full of Asians $1 an hour to assemble it. Make the appropriate substitutions in the above statement for tech work/software development.

    They haven't been abandoning anything. They've been taking it overseas.

  • Gray Ghost||

    And they're in the middle of doing it for law---India, specifically---too.

    Yet another reason not to go to law school...

  • ||

    This may be my favorite Hit-&-Run comment.

  • CNN||

    All this because somebody didn't burn a Koran in a backwater Florida party town. Our All-Star panel is here to discuss it.

  • Paul||

    You know, I don’t mind private companies exposing themselves as cowards, but why can’t they just be honest about their cowardice?

    I can't agree with this statement more.

    I swear if I were ever in a position where I were forced to publicly back down from a position (A-la 'draw Muhammed day) because I feared a "Muslim backlash", I swear on my mother that I will back down essentially saying "Yeah, I'm backing away, these people are crackpots and dangerous-- I'm scared shitless."

  • JD||

  • Greer||

    "According to sketchy reports in the Danish media, a man has been arrested after failing to blow himself up at a Copenhagen hotel."

    WTF? I fail to blow myself up everyday of my life, how come nobody arrests me?

  • Jerry||

    If you fail at suicide, you're not really trying.

  • M*A*S*H Unit||

    Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism!

  • ||

    Loooooocy.....You got some 'splodin' to do.......

  • ||

    but why can’t they just be honest about their cowardice?

    For the exact same reason that politicians refuse to admit that they're ever wrong. If everyone denies their shortcomings, you don't stand out by doing so yourself. If you do admit you're wrong/cowardly/whatever, you've become chum for the chattering class.

  • Tman||

    I love how the new/old Islamist message is now broken down in to "if you don't show tolerance and act more accepting of our peaceful God-fearing morally conservative ways WE WILL KEEELLLLLL UUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!"

  • Achmed the Dead Terrorist||

    Silence! I kill you!

    Watch video and

    die

    laughing.

  • Achmed the Dead Terrorist II||

    Sorry above linky no worky.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    I still kill you.

  • Slut Bunwalla||

    No. No. Jeff Dunham is not funny. Ever. I don't care what silly puppet he's using, he's not funny.

  • Tman||

    I'm with SB. I've seen his schtick before and I don't find it even remotely amusing. Do you have to be like super-high to get him or something?

  • ||

    I can't speak for others but I didn't find him funny, even when super high.

  • Spoonman.||

    No, Katt Williams gets funny when you're super high, you can be high as giraffe pussy and Achmed the Dead Terrorist still isn't funny.

  • ||

    The bombings shall continue until you get that we're peaceful!

    I shall now attempt to blow myself up in this hotel toilet, using a BBQ lighter and a couple of *braaacck* Taco Bell meal combos. Only the halal ones, of course.

  • Warty||

    Jesus fucking non-existent Christ, we live in a stupid age. Why can't we live in a nice civilized time?

  • ||

    Netto sucks anyway.

    Irma has the best beer selection anyway. (Iso used to be good but now it's part of another chain, so quality is unknown to me).

  • ||

    "You know, I don’t mind private companies exposing themselves as cowards, but why can’t they just be honest about their cowardice?"

    See, I'd have taken the opposite tack.

    I'd have pointed out--once again--that private enterprise is more sensitive and responsive to people and their concerns than government ever can be or will be.

    I mean, really... How can we praise them for being responsive and damn them for being the very same thing?

  • ||

    Ah, I suspect that it isn't about being sensitive to the concerns of Mikkel and Mette.

  • ||

    Yeah, that's right...

    private industry is more sensitive to minority sensibilities than government ever can or will be.

    That should be the lead here.

  • ||

    Agreed. The book is probably really interesting, but does it need to be sold in a grocery store? I mean, if you wanted to write a book about how you pissed all over the Torah and caused a bunch or riots in the settlements, I might be curious about it but I really wouldn't want to have to see "How I pissed all over the Torah" on the shelf every time I wanted to pick up some refried beans.

  • Warty||

  • Almanian||

    "Gimme two fire-breathing whores!!"

  • ||

    "My nipples are exploding!"

  • ||

    I'd have pointed out--once again--that private enterprise is more sensitive and responsive to people afraid of violent nutbags and their concerns threats than government ever can be or will be.

    You say that like its a good thing. Unfortunately, you get more of what you reward.

    The more the violent nutbags get the results they want from making threats, the more threats they will make.

  • ||

    The long term effects of things are whatever they are...

    The point remains that the market place is more sensitive to and responsive to the concerns of their customers than Democracy or any other form of government.

    So, the next time somebody comes along and tells us the government should step in and makes super-markets, etc. do what the people really want? We should remember that.

    Especially in an industry like supermarkets, where the margins are typically so thin. Businesses are extremely sensitive to the concerns of their marginal customers, and this is an excellent example of that.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    I'm either naming my rock band or my first born "violent nutbags".

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