Jim appeared at the sound of his name, alá Beetlejuice, and informed us that he does not in fact write TheDC Morning. Okey doke. For the past few months, however, the thing has not only maintained the same tone of breezy asininity, it's been carrying his byline, so Jim either misled us about his contribution, which is certainly understandable, or TheDCers pulled off an extraordinarily smooth transition. Or, possibly, the intern who was aping Jim's style eventually went full Single White Female and assumed his identity, and Jim is chained to a wall somewhere like the Forgotten Prisoner of Castlemare.
But frankly, after reading the most recent update, I suspect that Jim is well and free and cranking it out:
4.) One banana sheikh, comin' right up -- It's important to get your daily allotment of fruits and vegetables, right? Wellllll... TheDC's Caroline May reports:Racist? Inflammatory? Try hilarious, Jim. Delightful. A warm, reassuring reminder that deep down we are all alike, and that fundamentalism is funny, no matter what the culture.
"According to the Bikya Masr news service, an Islamic cleric in Europe has ordered Muslim women to prevent 'sexual thoughts' by staying away from bananas, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and other phallic produce. The unnamed sheikh reportedly advises that if women wanted to eat these kinds of food they would need to be cut into smaller pieces, in private, by a man -- preferably a relative -- because the foods 'resemble the male penis' and could 'make them think of sex...' Bikya Masr reports that Muslims' online responses have been largely negative, with one Muslim noting that the cleric gives Islam 'a bad name' and another encouraging him to quit his post."
If you think it's racist or inflammatory to report on this, please shut up about how sexually repressed Christians are.
Treacher seems a bit butt-hurt over all the snickering occasioned by America's greatest renewable resource -- evangelical hypocrisy. Face it, Jim -- sex is funny. It makes people act irrationally, and like greed, and the desire to avoid embarrassment, is one of the great engines of farce.
And there are few things more more risible than the spectacle of some ecclesiastical bureaucrat who decides to suppress the human urge to hump by unleashing his awesome Wonder Twin powers of Freudian Obsession and Utter Cluelessness; or when a clerical functionary (or fundamentalist-fellating politician) sets himself up as a moral exemplar, then gets caught with a Rentboy. I mean, Jesus reserved some of his harshest rhetoric for hypocrites, but I bet even he thought that shit was funny.
I think the problem is, Treacher is a bit confused between the non-denominational urge to laugh at some bluenose with his pants around his ankles, and telling a Jew Joke. The former is ludicrous (as witnessed by the reactions of Muslims themselves to the mullah's Prohibitions Against Cheating with the Produce Department), the later is bigotry. (There is some traditional latitude for intra-group trafficking in ethnic humor, which is why Black people can use the "N" word and Rick Perry can't, Latinos can make jokes that would not be warmly received from the gob of Tom Tancredo, and Americans living in a culture dominated by fundamentalist Christians can feel free to titter when one of them turns up sporting two wetsuits and a dildo.)