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Sure Am Glad It Was The Saudis Who Objected To .gay Internet Domain

Posted on | August 15, 2012 | 19 Comments

by Smitty

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has objected to a variety of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) ranging from .porn and .sexy to .wine and .bar and .bible, according to records of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Can you imagine the barrage of shrill, tedious lectures on the need for tolerance if, say, Dan Cathy had had the mindless, medieval morality to express an opinion less than fully supportive of a gTLD for the LBGT crew? Instead, we won’t hear peep #1 from that ‘victim’ category.

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously noted:

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

It’s one thing to note that two ideas are in tension, e.g. the individual vs. society, and resolve the friction in a mature way. It’s quite another to dive into the Postmodern cesspool, reject Truth, and be reduced to a hedonistic Lefty animal, for example, an #Occupy loser. Where is the nobility in childishly screaming for pleasure, unless silenced by some bully threatening violence?

For my part, I’m weighing in around libertarian on this one: I don’t care what others are doing. Though I hope what they do edifies.


19 Responses to “Sure Am Glad It Was The Saudis Who Objected To .gay Internet Domain”

  1. NystagmusGlare
    August 15th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
  2. McGehee
    August 15th, 2012 @ 6:26 pm


  3. Chris Wysocki
    August 15th, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    I see .gay as a feature; if I block the whole GTLD my level of hate mail is bound to go way down.

  4. Adjoran
    August 15th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Perhaps a compromise would satisfy the Saudis’ delicate sensibilities.  Suppose we call the domain ” .( ! ) ” instead?

  5. richard mcenroe
    August 15th, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    How many years of grease are they still sitting on…?

  6. DaveO
    August 15th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    Why should the Saudis be upset? Because Saudi women will know where all their men are spending their time?

  7. K-Bob
    August 15th, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Ahh, so that silliness came from Fitzgerald, eh?

    I hate that line. Lefties say it all the time.  But this is something any kid can do.  Witness the belief in Santa vs. the belief in Parents (IYKWIM).

  8. smitty
    August 15th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    It’s worse when you realize what drivel is delivered under this aegis.

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 15th, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Wombat will show up with the banhammer and the clean up!  Don’t click, it is likely spoiled.  

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 15th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Is there some compromise, say a domain name that promotes delicious pork products?  

  11. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 15th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Hopefully less than what is North Dakota.  

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 15th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    What about 
    Alain Robbe-Grillet?  Chopped liver?  

  13. sanxing155
    August 15th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

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  15. McGehee
    August 16th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    And more spam. Doesn’t WP have tools that can reject comments that only contain URLs?

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  17. smitty
    August 16th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    We usually handle that at Disqus.

  18. McGehee
    August 16th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    WordPress, Disqus. Thingie.

  19. K-Bob
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    Hey, thanks for reminding me. I bought that on my Kindle, and started it after reading your series on it.

    Then I got interrupted by work and haven’t gotten back to it. Imonna go readit.