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Monday, February 21, 2011

Iranian Protesteres Keep On Keepin' On: Plus, a Joke

Posted by on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM

The shit keeps hitting the fan in Iran, where the government seems determined to put the people down and the people seem determined to keep up the fight for what Darya, our correspondent in Tehran, describes as:

1. critical thinking about anybody and anything (results: respect for the law, freedom of the press, and etc.), 2. access to modern technology, especially internet and books, 3. respect privacy

But here's where the fight gets ugly:

In response, the government unleashed what witnesses said was an extraordinary number of security forces to violently battle the crowds. Witnesses said mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons. In one neighborhood, the Basij took over a commercial building and dropped tear gas canisters from the roof onto the protesters, witnesses said.

Then Darya, without explanation, sends me a joke:

In a wine factory the regular taster died and the director started looking for a new one to hire.

A drunkard with ragged, dirty look came to apply for the position.

The director of the factory wondered how to send him away.

They tested him.

They gave him a glass of wine. He tried it and said, "It’s red wine, a Muscat, three years old, grown on a north slope, matured in steel containers."

"That’s correct", said the boss.

Another glass.

"It’s red wine, cabernet, eight years old, a southwestern slope, oak barrels."


The director was astonished. He winked at his secretary to suggest something. She brought in a glass of urine. The alcoholic applicant tried it.

"It’s a blonde, 26 years old, pregnant in the third month. And if you don’t give me the job, I’ll also name the father

I asked her for some exegesis, but she went silent. I like to think that Darya sent me this message just to affirm that, despite all the fire and brimstone, the revolutionaries of Iran are keeping their humor.


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When did The Slog turn into Readers' Digest?

//Love that joke
Posted by Green chili verde on February 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM · Report this
Vince 2
It could mean they know when they're being fed a load.
Posted by Vince on February 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM · Report this
Quintus Slide 3
I'm just wondering if, in light of the Iranian and Libyan responses, Dan still holds to his belief that it's a good thing that these innocent victims are unarmed.
Posted by Quintus Slide on February 21, 2011 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Quintus Slide 4
Oh. And it's a good joke, by the way.
Posted by Quintus Slide on February 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 5
The joke means, "No matter how talented you are, the corrupt ruling class thinks you are worthless."
Posted by Sir Vic on February 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM · Report this
I don't think guns would help the Iranian protesters. If they started shooting their government would bring to bear the full force of it's army.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM · Report this
If they were armed, that would be an excuse for immediate, overwhelming, force that would gain more legitimacy among the general public. Martin King made a similar point about the stupidity of an armed Black revolution in the U.S., speaking of non-violence as a smarter strategy (beside being more moral). Those of us easily convinced (or convicted in believing) that government is illegitimate forget that this is a minority view, that for most people, government is not just a monopoly on the deadliest force, but a _legitimate_ such. Legitimacy can be more amenable to attack than the possession of force, for example by having an army fire on people who are no immediate threat, or (better) just being ordered to...or by convincing people that the President is an alien.

This does not mean that there is no place for violence in effective revolution---at least, effective in getting rid of the old boys, though I think it favours those who like violence's dominating the next government. But such requires some sort of legitimacy, hence the Declaration of Independence's 'decent Respect to the opinions of Mankind' (love those old preposition-usages, so different to our current one sometimes---it gives me great sympathy with their users).

But I was GOING to say:

'Semyon Semyonovich, you are about to be liquidated, having been found guilty on your own freely-given admission of conspiring with the traitor Trotsky to destroy industrial property, subvert the workers, murder Comrade Stalin, and spread a veneral disease among our children....'

And as they're dragging him out as the judge is finishing up , Semyon screams, 'Comrade Stalin is an vicious lunatic!!!' So the judge screams back the addition, "...and revealing State secrets!!!!'

(This joke is funny to me, but inaccurate: Semyon almost certainly screamed out, 'Just you wait, Comrade Stalin will find out about this, and then...!' The Just World Fallacy, authority division, strikes again.)
Posted by Gerald Fnord on February 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM · Report this
prompt 8
A blind guy shows up to a lumber yard looking for work. The foreman says, "You can't be serious, you're blind!"
The blind man says, "Try me. I can identify any wood by smell."
The foreman brings in a piece of cherry.
"That's cherry," says the blind man.
The foreman brings in a piece of oak.
"That's oak," says the blind man.
The foreman smirks, calls the secretary over, and has her lie supine, butt naked in front of the blind man.
The blind man sniffs, looks confused, and asks for the sample to be flipped. The foreman tells the girl to flip over.
The blind man sniffs again, then smiles and says, "That's the shithouse door off a shrimp boat!"
Posted by prompt on February 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Fnarf 9
I'm pretty sure there's no red wine from Muscat. But the joke is still funny.
Posted by Fnarf on February 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM · Report this
samktg 10
@9, well there's "black" muscat, although I suppose it's a bit sweeter than what comes to mind when talking about red wine.
Posted by samktg on February 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM · Report this

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