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Brickbat: The Terrorists Have Won

soccer on televisionVolodymyr Melnyk / Dreamstime.comThe French government will not allow giant TV screens to be placed in open places for crowds to watch the World Cup. The French Interior Ministry has said that, because of terrorism concerns, any organized viewings must be held in "strictly controlled areas" with heavy security.

Photo Credit: Volodymyr Melnyk /

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  • buybuydandavis||

    So much cultural enrichment!

  • sharmota4zeb||

    I spent Monday evening at the opening event for LGBT Pride Week in Tel Aviv. It was a musical performance in the courtyard outside a hotel. The fence to the area was low enough for anyone to toss a firebomb over it if he wanted. About 50 miles to the south of us, Gazans were doing millions of dollars worth of damage to rural area by sending firebombs over with kites and drones, and the Iron Dome project intercepted the occasional missile. Syria was about 100 miles to the north of us. I was impressed by how the performers sang without any hint of stage fright and the audience enjoyed the night. Those ladies were talented. Living as a slave with constant fear is worse than assuming some risk. After all, you only live twice.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The French government would like to remind everyone that it has enough white cloth to drape over any size TV screen.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I'm kind of surprised that France has any white cloth left. I'm pretty sure that stuff is heavily horded.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    There are many cosplayers there who pretend they're ghosts? Or klansman?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Knights in white satin? Virgin brides?

  • Rat on a train||

    Ghost klansman are as bad as surf nazis, zombie Lenin and evangelical agnostics.

  • Nardz||


  • Rat on a train||

    Instead they will setup stages for mimes to perform play by play coverage.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    There was a story last week about a 10-year-old autistic kid in Texas who was arrested and cuffed for miming holding a rifle in school. Can't help but wonder if he lived in France, he would have instead been awarded some kind of artistic prize.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Link please

  • Mickey Rat||

    Which comes from treating terrorists as mere criminals. You can only really react to crimes, you cannot actively prevent them, and you cannot defend your people from them, you can only limit attractive targets.

  • steve walsh||

    Then the terrorists have won, in France at least.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Um, are the French scared of Christian terrorists, atheist terrorists, Buddhist terrorists, Zoroastrian terrorists, or, um, some OTHER kind of terrorists? WHAT kind of terrorists are they afraid of?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I'm in Amsterdam for two weeks on business. Our rental is a Renault Captur.

    Fun fact: Every model is equipped with four white flags where the spare tire would normally be. Extras available upon request.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Teh terrorists mock us with their easy money schemes. There ought to be a law.

  • Nardz||

    Accurate headline

  • Shirley Knott||

    "They hate us for our freedoms" so let's destroy our freedoms so they don't hate us any longer!
    Made sense to the political class. And their enablers.

  • Longtobefree||

    What terrorist would be stupid enough to attack a soccer venue? Those places are full of violently crazy mega-fans, who will riot and kill each other just because of a field ruling. What do you think will happen to a terrorists who interrupts a world cup match?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    One whose plans to attack a crowd watching the game at another location have been frustrated?

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Terrorists are beloved by governments.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Yes! If there are enough of us who are terrorized by ANYTHING, then Government Almighty will GLADLY spring forward to PROTECT us all!!! Look at the long, long historical lines of things that have "terrorized" us, that Government Almighty had protected us from!



    Un-believers of all sorts

    "Satan worshipers"

    Interracial marriages

    Pot smokers

    Gay people

    Personal secret keepers who resist the NSA

    Whistle blowers


    Gun owners

    People who believe that their bodies belong to them, not to Government Almighty, and act according to their beliefs

    Cake bakers


  • HGW xx/7||

    At least it's soccer. It's not as though they're preventing people from watching an actual sport.

  • Harvard||

    If we'd only come to our senses and follow Nick and the Old Beaner to open borders we could achieve this utopia here.

  • Oli||

    You're already on your way to overtake them. Closing borders because you're scared of the baddies getting in is worse than cancelling public viewing events because you're scared of the baddies nearby.


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