Fear of a blue turban?

Recently, I saw the image above, taken from a screenshot of the webpage of a Los Angeles talk radio station [via sullivan]. The show it mentions is the “top rated morning program in the Los Angeles market, with over 1 million listeners.”[wiki] I was struck by the blue turban which, it turns out, the wingnuts think is part of Nostradamus’ prediction about Antichrist III:

Out of the country of Greater Arabia Shall be born a strong master of Mohammed, He will enter Europe wearing a blue turban. He will be the terror of mankind. Never more horror. [freep!]

Now if they think that Hawaii is part of Greater Arabia, I’m worried what they’ll think when they see a photo of the Indian Prime Minister! Or worse, one of Sikh peacekeepers, since we know how they feel about the UN … (images below the fold)

I’m tempted to gather together a whole bunch of friends to stand outside a wingnut gathering, all of us wearing blue turbans, staring at people as they enter and exit. It would be worth it for a laugh, that is, if they didn’t call the FBI and accuse us of suspicious behavior. One step at a time, I guess. Maybe I should start with that cool forehead tattoo instead …

47 thoughts on “Fear of a blue turban?

  1. Why does Obama have such a severe cataract in one eye? Is this part of his evil plan to scare Americans into socialized medicine?

    P.S: Isn’t this story old news? I thought I read about it a couple of weeks ago.

  2. “Is Barack Obama the Antichrist?”

    Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. I’m the Antichrist. Obama’s just an impostor.

  3. Wingnuts? Is Vinod going to do a follow-up post on the Libtards? Jeez, Ennis, this is kids stuff. And yes, the ad is stupid.

  4. 3 · MD said

    Wingnuts? Is Vinod going to do a follow-up post on the Libtards?

    because xenophobia and religious bigotry are exactly equivalent to overheated statements about bush.

  5. 3 · MD said

    Jeez, Ennis, this is kids stuff.

    It’s also on “the top rated morning program in the Los Angeles market, with over 1 million listeners” according to Wikipedia. And, unlike most morning shows which are just chatting, his show is actually heavily news based. Oh, and it has won an award “On September 23, 2005, Bill Handel was named Major Market Personality of the Year at the 2005 NAB Marconi Radio Awards for his KFI show”

    So he’s hardly a minor fringe figure, he’s a big mainstream name.

  6. Ennis,

    Sullivan can be hasty, please listen to what he said on the Newsweek article and viral emails being discussed and judge for yourself.

  7. So he’s hardly a minor fringe figure, he’s a big mainstream name.

    On par with Howard Stern. Thankfully the numero uno station in L.A. is Spanish Contemporary station KLVE FM.

  8. what terrorist would dare mess with a bad-ass looking president like that? he’d definitely win support of the powerful metal-head lobby

  9. he’d definitely win support of the powerful metal-head lobby

    He’d have to sing like cookie monster in order to score with that crowd.

  10. Nayagan -

    I’m not really inclined to listen to somebody who starts out by being insulting. If you’d like to summarize what Handel said, I’ll read it.

  11. Its exactly this kinda bs that makes my inner Bi-Soxual want to jump on the Obama bandwagon…

  12. And, unlike most morning shows which are just chatting, his show is actually heavily news based.

    given this nostradamus story, i’m guessing that one should define the term news loosely :)

  13. Did the great Nostradamus have anything to say about a purple turban? The Indian PM you have pictured here is wearing a purple turban, or maybe it’s really blue because of the lighting, etc?

  14. This is bad news. Of course, a decent chunk of the population will know some images have been doctored in Photoshop, but there are SO many impressionable people (on both sides) who will eat this up.

  15. Why is this post classified under ‘Humor?’ Unfortunately, there’s nothing funny about it.

  16. Ennis,

    I’ve heard the whole thing, here’s a few observations:

    –he’s a shock-jock and thus must seek to shock by expressing in ambiguous terms an ambivalent morality play that changes continually. From what I could glean at conservative blogs like Patterico, he is considered a liberal and voted for Obama.

    –He begins by clearly identifying that he is discussing an email accusing Obama of being the Anti-Christ (my biblical exegesis is pretty poor, so please pardon and correct)and then saying, quite clearly, that Obama is mentioned nowhere in the relevant bible passage. He goes on to identify each argument in the email, giving the relevant passage of the new or old testament, but never uses out-and-out sarcasm to illustrate the illogical thinking behind the email’s arguments. He simply asks, “Is this stupid?” and then “Interesting stuff, people.” At one point he quotes Richard Land as saying that the people who wrote the email were not automatically of unsound judgment and then says, “Really?” with just a hint of sarcasm. He actually dismisses the point about Obama’s ability to “motivate the masses to blindly act” as impossible while describing Rush Limbaugh as a person with that ability (also too fat to be anti-christ.)

    He actually ends the segment by saying that he’s voting “yes” in his “Is Obama the Anti-Christ?” poll.

    of course I could be wrong and he was just being dead serious throughout.

    basic shock-jock behavior.

  17. And no, I don’t think he actually believes that Obama is the Anti-Christ. He does know how to pull in the die-hard Obama haters.

  18. Hawaii is not part of Greater Arabia, while Indonesia presumably is. A person who thinks Obama is the AC most likely also heard that he was really born and bred in some madrassah in Indonesia.

  19. Ennis, I live in S. Cal and Handel is neither big nor mainstream. Note 640 AM is also the home of Rush and Haniyty, who are “big” but not mainstream. This stations caters to rightwing kooks who live amongst us.

    Also, I contest the top rated show comment – I am pretty sure Jim Rome is numero uno.

    So he’s hardly a minor fringe figure, he’s a big mainstream name.
  20. but if he were the anti-christ, this is exactly the response we’d expect, isn’t it? BO is arguably the most famous and popular person to ever walk the face of the earth. if anyone could be the anti-christ, its him.

  21. Manju,

    i’d never think you’d be cheap enough to buy the “Rush is too fat to be the anti-christ” argument. you bodycomposition-ist.

  22. 28 · Nayagan said

    i’d never think you’d be cheap enough to buy the “Rush is too fat to be the anti-christ” argument. you bodycomposition-ist.

    well, that’s what makes oprah problematic. otherwise she’d be my first choice, since she’s the only person arguably more powerful than the O-man.

  23. 12 · bess the headbanger said

    he’d definitely win support of the powerful metal-head lobby
    He’d have to sing like cookie monster in order to score with that crowd.

    Also wondering if this picture will attract the Marilyn Manson/emo-screamo crowd to Obama.

  24. A semi-related question… does anyone know why Manmohan Singh always wears turbans that are the same sky blue color?

  25. School ties?

    Why does Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh so often opt for blue turbans? The secret was out Wednesday. It is the colour of Cambridge, his alma mater. “My memories of my days in Cambridge are deep,” the prime minister said in a speech after being conferred an honorary doctorate of law by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. “The colour light blue is one of my favourites and is often seen on my head.” A university official explained later that blue was the colour of the institution. [Link]

    I think he was pulling Prince Philip’s leg though …

  26. The only reason that guy is calling Obama the “Antichrist” is because if he called Obama the N-Word, his show would be off the air overnight.

  27. A semi-related question… does anyone know why Manmohan Singh always wears turbans that are the same sky blue color?

    Because Diana Vreeland was wrong and pink is NOT the navy blue of India?

  28. That’s got to be the worst Photoshop job ever. You’d think that a radio station with 1 million listeners wouldn’t have to resort to hiring some loser churning out crap like this from his parents’ basement

  29. Also wondering if this picture will attract the Marilyn Manson/emo-screamo crowd to Obama.

    gm, the disenfranchised are attracted to Obama with or without photoshopytechnics. Especially if the emo set comes from a family of hard core Repubs.

    Because Diana Vreeland was wrong and pink is NOT the navy blue of India?

    Amrita, have we met? D.V. had a good point though. I just want to hug that guy!

    You’d think that a radio station with 1 million listeners wouldn’t have to resort to hiring some loser churning out crap like this from his parents’ basement

    In other words, they couldn’t find a decent, honest artist to churn out this swill. Excellent point, RJ. Are those coffee filters recyclable?

  30. I saw an uncle-ji this morning with a blue turban and thought of your post….but he didnt have the tatoo so he couldnt be the antichrist. Your post made me smile when i saw the uncle-ji…

  31. Hey, these are the same people who accused Obama of being half-white and 75 percent “Muslim.” So, the blue-turbaned, Cablanarab anti-Christ from Riyadh, Hawaii makes perfect sense.

  32. I just finished David Foster Wallace’s “Host” in Consider the Lobster, all about that LA radio station. Really sheds light on how this kind of turban-and-antichrist b.s. can take hold…

  33. i love reading your blog whenever i can, i dont often get the time these days, but usually have a quick read in my dinner break or just after i get home from work, sometimes its quite interesting reading – thanks.

  34. Nostradamus is reffering to the early medieval khazars that are today known as the zionists of israel, USA and britain. The zionists are the force behind the NWO operation.