July 18, 2003


Reader Danielle writes:

Wandering through Martin Place on my lunch break yesterday, I noticed a crowd of people holding placards and chanting something about "Korea" and "Law." I thought it might have been about the plight of starving North Korean children, or perhaps regional security issues, but no.

These protesters had a far more serious mission than that.

They were raising attention to the plight of dogs and cats that are eaten in that haven of terror, South Korea, as part of the "bok (dog) days of summer"

I managed to get a flyer off them whilst accusing them of communist vegetarian sympathies (in their defence, they did deny the vegetarianism), so I can direct you here for pearls of wisdom like "Loving animals is loving ourselves." (And hey, who can wait to hear what the Imam has to say about that?)

The Imam doesn’t have much to say about loving dogs, but he is clear on the subjects of stunned chicken meat and wives who cook too much and keep their husbands happy with sexual items.

And Allah Tim'mah Knows Best.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 18, 2003 02:17 AM

"Sometimes she thinks hitting her is sex forplay, so I do not know what to do."


Posted by: Random_Prose at July 18, 2003 at 02:22 AM

I think that the question posted to the imam is a prank - it is just too funny to be real.

Posted by: Ogdred at July 18, 2003 at 02:34 AM

Okay, who's pulling the Imam's leg?

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at July 18, 2003 at 03:14 AM

You need to have a permalink to the "Dear Allah" site.

Posted by: JohnO at July 18, 2003 at 03:38 AM

Check the links in a few minutes, JohnO. Great idea.

Posted by: tim at July 18, 2003 at 04:17 AM

From reading these Imam Q&As, one gets the opinion that Islam is a micromanaging sort of religion.

And I can see the roots of modern Islamic aggression:

Posted by: Greg at July 18, 2003 at 05:40 AM

Fatwa Dept.?

And yeah, Islam is into all sorts of personal stuff - how you wash, what you eat, which hand to use when wiping your ass - the usual.

What, you mean the Aussie Government doesn't?

Posted by: mojo at July 18, 2003 at 06:01 AM

I think that last question was a hoax also.

I wonder why the Imam gave him a pass on the dogs?
I thought Muslims viewed them as unclean?

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 18, 2003 at 08:18 AM

Yeah that one cannot be for real....or is it? Either way the Imam probably gets so many weird questions he cannot tell the real from the fake.

Posted by: Jake Death Beast (RW) at July 18, 2003 at 10:59 AM

In light of the results of therecent study that says that men who jerk off in their 20's and thirties have 1/3 the risk of prostate cancer


I tried to submit the question of whether it would be permissable to "masturbate myself for health reasons" ... but the Mufti site said that his question quota was fulfilled. It told me to come back and try again, estimated wait time, 6 hours!!!!!!

I think he makes the questions up himself.

Posted by: Bill at July 18, 2003 at 11:34 AM

Sorry, just saw Tim's previous post alreadycovering the matter ... my fav line from the Imam's screed against jerkin the Gherkin? This: "Beyond the wife and slave woman all ways and means of sexual satisfaction
are unlawful."

Beyond "slave woman?"

Posted by: Bill at July 18, 2003 at 11:52 AM

I'm waiting for dog meat to turn up on the menu of a restaurant in Australia; even just to try it once.What does it taste like, need to know so one has the right wine to complement it.
Drooling in anticipation.

Posted by: d at July 18, 2003 at 12:11 PM


Re dog meat: if you're not reading The Marmot's Hole, then I suggest you take a look. The guy who runs TMH is an American in Korea, speaks Korean, and has some interesting things to say. He has a great posting on this very subject. Pics and all. See here. BTW: the comments section is worth reading, too. Unfortunately, no tips with regard to wine.

Posted by: Preston Whip at July 18, 2003 at 02:38 PM

Preston, correct me if mistaken but, the links you posted woould lead to bulletins on cruel treatment of dogs.Such cruelty, yes is disgraceful but that has othing to do with eating dog flesh. I'll turn up for a bite when it is on the menu. So all you woofter cry babies blow into your hankies.

Posted by: d at July 18, 2003 at 03:17 PM

Re dog meat: the link I posted above for The Marmot's Hole, which doesn't appear to be working right now but should later on, does not take you to an anti-dog eating site. The Marmot loves to eat dog, and the photos are of dog dishes in a Korean restaurant. Most if not all the comments are from people who also love to eat dog. The Marmot link is worth a look for all of those who would like to see what dog looks like on a plate, the history of eating dog meat in Korea, and are an indication of how damned nice it is. And it is nice.

Posted by: Preston Whip at July 18, 2003 at 04:05 PM

Thankyou Whip, much relieved. Whether we see eye to eye on many things or not is no fence to enjoying a charmer like your goodself but, it is a relief you are sound on dog meat. I'll follow up Marmot's hole but not today, too late in the noon.
And curses, the last about 1damned nice' has me salivating.I'll have to whip up something lip smacking delicious this evening or the fangs won't be satisfied.
Curses, I'd better consult A'aaamazulah on this ; I reckon i have tro make a ghoulash.... ah, I'll whip round and grab a poodle on the loose - just spotted it out the window.Yum yum.

Posted by: d at July 18, 2003 at 05:00 PM

I've plugged the Marmot myself and will again here. It is the one stop for political insight into Korea. I speak Korean fluently myself and I'm amazed at how great a job the Marmot does. A definite must for anyone interested in what is going on there.

Posted by: Plunge at July 18, 2003 at 05:20 PM

Chief Wiggles: Yeah, I agree. The Marmot is definitely the place to go for Korea news and views. I probably didn't give him a decent enough plug in my first comment, so thanks for adding your two cents. Interesting to note that he has an article today entitled "BASTARDS!!!!", which I hadn't looked at until just now. It's about an "Anti dog-meat exhibition held in Seoul." I think Marmot's take on the matter is pretty clear. I mean, come on, the guy loves to eat dog.

And d: hope you get that poodle. But to be honest, I just couldn't eat a poodle. They don't look they've got much meat on them.

Posted by: Preston Whip at July 18, 2003 at 05:40 PM

Sorry about the screw-ups at my blog over at Blog-City; they're upgrading to 2.0, and I get the feeling they're growing at a faster than expected rate. Service has been a little screwy the past couple of days, but I anticipate that things will improve shortly. Anyway, it's better than BlogSpot.

Coincidentally, two days ago was the first of three bongnal, which, as Danielle points out, are the biggest dog-eating days in Korea. Unfortunately for me, I was recovering from some serious drinking the night before, so no pooch for me. Luckily, the next bongnal is on the 26th - yummy. As for those protesters, if they don't approve of my culinary preferences, they can EAT ME. 2 million people die of starvation in North Korea, and these people are protesting canine consumption? Sickening. And in my six-going-on-seven years in Korea, not ONCE have I seen a cat eaten. We do make a kind of medicine out of them, but it's not that common, and it most certainly isn't seasonal.

BTW, are you planning to emigrate from Blogspot, Mr. Whip? A number of friends and I really enjoy your work, and it's a shame that you seem to be having such problems with Blogger - although I must admit the new colors are rather nice.

Thanks for the plugs, Plunge and Preston - Kamsa-hamnida.

Posted by: The Marmot at July 18, 2003 at 08:28 PM

I'm confused. Why go all the way to Korea when you can still chow down on the neighbour's Chow Chow if you live in Victoria? http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,6733186%255E2862,00.html

Posted by: Naiad at July 18, 2003 at 10:59 PM

I heard about it in 2002 on foreign correspondent. Gwelio referred to it in June this year, in an post you referred to (in response to Mahatir's comments about sexual habits of Australians).

The conditions the dogs are raised in are not up to scratch, and eating carnivores is probably not a good idea.

Posted by: Andjam at July 19, 2003 at 01:28 AM