Brickbat: Turkish Delight

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Model and former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac faces up to two years in prison on charges of insulting a public official. Buyuksarac posted online a quote from a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She removed the quote after being warned by a friend and claims she didn't mean to insult Erdogan, but a prosecutor is demanding she be charged for the act.

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  1. ‘So,you ever been in a Turkish prison’?

    1. Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

      1. ‘I see Scraps is a boy doggie.’

        1. “Can I ask you a question?”

          “What is it?”

          “‘It’s an interrogative statement, used to test knowledge. But that’s not important now. Mister, it’s my dog Scraps, is he gonna make it through okay?”

          1. ‘you ever seen a grown man naked?’

            1. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.”

              A friend of mine and I also go on like this with The Blues brothers, Better Off Dead, and other (mostly 80s) movies. It drives some of our other friends crazy.

              1. My brother and I do that with Midnight Run.

                1. That’s why you’re unpopular witht the Chicago police.

                  1. You lied to me first.

                2. Around my office, we use Office Space.

                  Sad, really, how easy it is, and how people who don’t know the movie don’t realize that its movie dialogue rather than a real conversation.

  2. I’m sure she hadn’t nothing but nice things to say about Turkey while on the pageant circuit.

  3. This is why I always feel a little dirty when libertarians (sometimes, even including myself) refer to the U.S. as a “police state.”

    Is it hyperbole to say this, or is it just a matter of degree?

    1. The latter.

      1. Yes. One does not get to a police state in one step. It’s a process, like climbing a ladder. You get there one rung at a time.

        1. Yeah, witnessed on facederp yesterday:
          “People again talking about living in a police state. You have no idea.”
          My response:
          “So we’re all supposed to just sit back until we are?”

          1. Excellent.

          2. Which way is the trend going? That is the problem. Research shows that people have more anxiety thinking about going to the dentist than actually when they are there. I’d almost rather have a full police state so that all doubt would be removed.

            1. Which way is the trend going?

              I suggest you ask Eric Holder.

            2. almost rather have a full police state

              Yeah, at least then being part of the resistance would be cool again.
              /optimist

              1. I like to imagine Clapper getting bitch slapped someday to this jingle.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTNuJXi6UUk

            3. “I’d almost rather have a full police state so that all doubt would be removed.”

              I think part of it is that we need to get a significant number of our fellow citizens to see what’s been happening and what’s continuing to happen so they can become politically active/start resisting the trend.

              Right now I think too many of us who are politically active are caught in the Red Team/Blue Team mentality, which allows for us to ignore/accept civil rights abuses and other government maleficence when our team does it yet rail against the same when the other team does it (and only then).

              Divide and conquer still works.

              Also, most corporate news outlets are owned by only five or six corporations and all have financial ties to “defense” spending, so most everything our fellow citizens hear and see is filtered through a pro-war bias, so we need more people to get their information from alternate sources.

              We also need enough members of the military, law enforcement, and government to resist any move toward a police state.

              Those are a couple of ideas I’ve had. A large number of our fellow citizens will remain unaware/apathetic, which is why I wrote a significant number need to become aware and get motivated. It will only take a percentage of the population to stop a police state if they have the help of some of the military, et cetera.

              Perhaps I’m optimistic.

    2. We are a police state and this is what happens once you give the government the power to restrict speech and there are unfortunately a lot of people in this country who would like to do that.

    3. I think it’s a matter of degree, frankly. A country doesn’t have to be Nazi Germany or the Soviets under Stalin in order to be a police state, any more than someone has to be a serial killer, thief, and rapist to be a bad person. In this particular case, though, we’ve had politicians in the United States go after their political enemies (the IRS, Chris Christie’s bridge thing, etc) and I’m pretty sure they’d be happy to have their critics jailed if they thought they could get away with it.

  4. I’m genuinely surprised that the Islamic State lite rulers of Turkey still allow a Miss Turkey pageant to take place.

    1. Yeah, this ain’t exactly a burka (SFW, but barely).

      Also, if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my bunk.

      1. Hiding in your bunk, looking at pictures of Merve.

        1. Indeed. This is a Turkish bath worth sweating in.

  5. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a dirty weak ignorant lump of santorum who used to fuck goats before he became impotent at an early age.

    1. It’s not nice to talk about goats that way.

      1. I meant goat raper. Sorry goats.

  6. ” President Erredagain, Attajerk.”

    Now you can lock me up in the same cell with her.

    1. Clever on two levels, methinks.

    2. Effendi, I don’t think you would be so lucky.

      But nicely done, anyhow.

    3. Effendi, I don’t think you would be so lucky.

      But nicely done, anyhow.

  7. Miss Turkey? I’m more of a Miss Piggy man myself…
    /John

    1. *shamelessly ripping off sarc’s shtick.

      1. Well done.

      2. I’ve been going easy on him lately. If you want to pick up my slack, feel free.

    2. What’s green and smells like bacon?

      1. Somebody’s mom, probably.

          1. “… filling in for Epi…”

            Tell me you didn’t mean that like I read it.

      2. Kermit’s crank

        1. Ding, ding, ding.

      3. Okra Winfrey?

        1. Funny as fuck. I don’t know why. But it is. Thanks.

      4. Q) Why can’t Miss Piggy count to 70?

        A) At 69 she gets a frog in her throat.

        1. Her John only pays for a minute? (Sorry John)

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