Rachael Ray, threat to America!
I had never heard of Michelle Malkin until the other day, but I now believe she might be one of America's biggest butt-wipes. Malkin, who is described in a recent AP story as a conservative commentator, is among the critics who pressured Dunkin' Donuts into pulling an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray. The AP said there had been complaints that a black-and-white scarf the celebrity chef was wearing offered "symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism." Malkin and other wingnuts said the scarf looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress popularized by Yasser Arafat and, according to Malkin, "a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos." As noted by Amahl Bishara, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Chicago and an expert in media matters related to the Middle East, "Kaffiyehs are worn every day on the street by Palestinians and other people in the Middle East - by people going to work, going to school, taking care of the their families, and just trying to keep warm." There's also the fact that, based on the photos above, what Rachael Ray is wearning around her neck, other than being black and white, looks NOTHING LIKE A KAFFIYEH! Malkin is clearly an idiot, but some condemnation also should be directed at Dunkin' Donuts for putting its corporate tail between its legs and bowing down to Malkin and her ilk. Malkin, I have learned, also was one of the leading critics of the design for the Flight 93 memorial that incorporated a crescent shape, because the symbol is common in the Islamic world and used in the flags of some primarily Muslim nations. So, just to be on the safe side, and to keep Malkin and her brain-dead gang from getting their panties in a twist, I think it's best that we throw out our crescent wrenches, swear off crescent rolls and avoid looking at the sky when there's a crescent moon, just on the off chance that our exposure to these insidious shapes could cause us to launch a jihad.