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Misinterpretations of the surreal kind

Does anybody else see the irony in this:

(note, edited for length by me) MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen killed an Italian nun at a children's hospital in Mogadishu on Sunday in an attack that drew immediate speculation of links to Muslim anger over the Pope's recent remarks on Islam...bodyguard died instantly, but the nun...was rushed into an operating theater after being hit by three or four bullets in the chest, stomach and back.

"She died in the hospital treatment room," doctor Ali Mohamed Hassan told Reuters. "She was shot outside the hospital, going to her house just across the gate."

Two suspects were later arrested by Islamist militiamen, but there were no details of their identity.

One top Islamist source told Reuters there was "a very high possibility" the attack was linked to controversy over a recent speech by Pope Benedict which angered Muslims who thought it showed their religion to be innately violent.

(In case you missed that last point, go back, it says that the Pope made remarks that made Islam seem like a violent religion. That angered the Islamists and so they killed a nun.-me)

A senior Somali cleric interviewed by reporters could not provide any further clues behind the motive for the shooting, but said the Pope's comments cast Islam in the wrong light.

"The Pope's sentiments are part of the wrong misinterpretation against Islam by America, Israel, Britain and Russia," Sheikh Nur Barud, a senior Somali cleric said. "They insult the Muslim world, kill Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, their leader is (U.S. President George W.) Bush and the Pope is part of it."

Critics of the Islamists say they harbour al Qaeda-linked militants in their ranks. The Islamists deny that, saying the West does not understand them and believes U.S. propaganda.




I have no idea who wrote this, but it comes from the professor of my class back in January. I was cruising the folder from that class looking for lesson plan formats (ahem) and came across this. I always thought this was so clever, and don't think I ever posted it here.
Again, I don't know whom to credit, possibly that professor wrote it himself...



Ode to the Spell Checker!


Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.


Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.


As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

6:04 p.m. - September 17, 2006

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