Incendiary Image of the Day: Mario Balotelli Edition

It’s come to this on the lump of dirt formerly known as Great Britain. Knickers appear to be in a helluva twist over a t-shirt worn by a “hot-head” Italian soccer player who plays for Man City. “His top showed a pistol, machine gun, knife and a girl’s bleeding mouth was condemned by a leading anti-knife campaign group.” Can you believe there even is an anti-knife campaign group? As one perpetually outraged candy-ass whined about those who play the, um, beautiful game, “the least we expect in return is for them to behave like responsible adults. But it doesn’t surprise me and what I want to know is what their union chief Gordon Taylor will do about it.” Because this is absolutely beyond the pale. Rule Britannia.

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  1. avatar otalps says:

    “the least we expect in return is for them to behave like responsible adults…”

    Ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black. What kind of responsible adult could ever belong to an anti knife campaign group.

  2. avatar RAN says:

    And after the knives are banned what next…rocks?

    1. avatar Bob H says:

      All silverware will be replaced with plastic. Just as the Secret Service did at a San Francisco fundraiser where Michelle Obama spoke.
      Last item titled “silverware scare” http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-06-15/bay-area/29659777_1_pet-stores-pet-sale-ban-goldfish

      1. avatar John P. Squibob says:

        You sure they weren’t worried about the silverware being pinched? Was the Clinton’s around?

    2. avatar algie says:

      “Pointed Sticks”, “Soft Pillows”

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Did you say “drool Britannia?” Besides, only them damn furriners play football with their feet.

    1. avatar pro.0s says:

      Only them yanks call it ‘soccer’ 😛

      1. avatar Rudy says:

        Yeah! And what dem yanks call “footbal” we call rugby. Only play it without bulky armour. WAAAAGH! 😀

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Yeah, and what Aussies call Australian Rules Football, Americans call assault and battery. It’s a strange, strange world we live in.

        2. avatar Dave says:

          Ralph, what????? You make no sense on this, mate. Anyway, in regard to the shirt, so what? Only soft-spined poofs would get the vapors over that. Despite all the people throughout the world that lose sleep over other people that call different sport by different names, worse yet, there is still the growing number of people that worry about pictures on shirts, dangerous, intolerable and un-PC team names, sugar consumption, spanking, and all the other dangerous and unfathomable things out there. The fewer we have of those worry-wort’s around, the better we, in the world, would be.

        3. avatar Rusty W says:

          Australian Rules Football? Don’t you mean Australian “No Rules” Football? At least, that’s what it looks like when one watches it! 🙂

          Rusty W

    2. avatar Nate says:

      Yes, because it follows that a game named ‘football’ would be played with one’s feet. It doesn’t follow that it would involve large men wearing tights playing grabass. American football is like a pussified version of rugby. American is great at watering down sports for domestic consumption.

      Muay Thai becomes kick boxing (san elbow and knee strikes, kicking done with foot instead of shin).

      Vale Tudo becomes Mixed Martial Arts (most changes were ok, should still be able to kick and knee a grounded opponent to the head).

      Rugby becomes ‘football’ (enormous amounts of protective padding and helmets added).

      Oh well, at least we aren’t so weak wristed to have ANTI-KNIFE organizations here.

      1. American football has the most powerful impacts per hit of any sport, ever. Every play. The size and speed of American football players dwarf all but the largest rugby players.

        There is a reason they have to wear pads and a helmet. If they didn’t, no one could play modern american football for more than a game or two before being crippled.

  4. avatar Bob H says:

    His shirt is supposed to be “an ironic anti-violence commentary.” Look carefully, it spells “LOVE.”

  5. avatar EV75 says:

    and that bleeding mouth has fangs, so it’s a vampire, not a victim.

  6. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I have a similar shirt, but it has a grenade instead of a mouth. It was almost two weeks before I figured out that the four imagines on the shirt spelled LOVE.

  7. avatar EV76 says:

    I prefer the COEXIST one with the logos of famous arms manufacturers.
    Too bad marketing a t-shirt would requre copyright permission from all the manufacturers, so I doubt that anyone is going to pull that off anytime soon.

  8. avatar Jim says:

    He’s certainly not an Italian.

    1. avatar Arshan says:

      Place of birth: Palermo; Nationality: Italian
      Well known for his disciplinary problems. Natural parents from Ghana. Adoptive parents are Italians.

  9. avatar stateisevil says:

    An “anti-knife group”. I think this tells all we need to know about “Great” Britain.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    “All you need is love. John Lennon. Smart man. Shot in the back. Very sad.”

  11. avatar RetiredE9 says:

    Banning guns is just the first step to surrendering all of your rights. I bought a paring knife in the UK in 2009 for a picnic of cheese and apple.

    I had to ask for the knife, which was stored behind a manned counter, and had my passport copied so, in the event I went on a murderous rage with my 1 1/2″ paring knife in the Lake district I could be tracked down.

    Restrict guns? Then villains buy knives,

    restrict knives? then villians use clubs,

    what’s next, restrict table legs?

  12. avatar Georgiaboy61 says:

    You know, the soldiers of Allah, the very same ones that want to convert, subjugate or kill us, must be rolling in the aisles at this latest bit of nanny statism. It’s hard to blame them, at least in this instance. Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill must be spinning in their graves. Presumably, Britons will be eating with their fingers now, since knives and forks are much too dangerous.

  13. avatar kevino says:

    RE: What’s next?
    Sharp, pointy sticks.

    When knives are outlawed, only outlaws will have knives, and the rest will starve to death because they can’t prepare meals.

    1. avatar SonnyJim says:

      What about passion fruit? And bananas?

  14. avatar Sardondi says:

    Really, out of respect for the English language if nothing else, they need to change their name to “Not-Even-Mediocre Britain”. At least they serve one purpose: we can look at the UK and see where we will be in 5-8 years.

  15. avatar Ra8secs says:

    How will we ever slice and dice the roast beast and veggies?

  16. avatar PTL says:

    The anti-knife group must be a bunch of anti-Semites who are opposed to circumcision.

  17. avatar george says:

    How stupid for people to care that some jackass wears a shirt saying he wants to kill people – after all, no one ever gets killed in real life, do they? Kids these days!

    1. avatar DonM says:

      I suppose some people have been strangled with a shirt, but that is no reason to ban shirts, in most countries.

      His shirt spells LOVE.

  18. avatar Georg Felis says:

    Dateline: 2050 After another savage sporking incident that sent two people to the Slightly Injured and Somewhat Sick Center today, legislation was introduced to ban the spork. If passed, the only legal way to eat in this country will be by placing your face directly on the food (fingers have been outlawed for eating purposes since the Poking Incident of 2045)….

  19. avatar Briney Eye says:

    Hey, this is the UK we’re talking about. Here’s an idea so stupid I just had to print it up and hang it outside my office door:

    http://1withabullet.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/circling-the-drain-uks-anti-stab-knives/

  20. avatar caerrig says:

    here in Oz you have to be over 18 to buy a knife, you don’t need a licence yet but someone, somewhere is working on it.

  21. avatar EstoniaKat says:

    The worst part is I apparently have better fashion sense than he does.

  22. avatar eon says:

    The UK has very restrictive “anti-knife” laws now, due to the fact that young punks like slicing people up. To be legal in the new “Cool Brittania”, a kitchen knife has to have a semicircular, spatula like “tip” so it cannot be used as a stabbing weapon.

    Of course, a few minutes work with a pair of tin snips or a hacksaw, plus a file (or just a stone stoop) will quickly turn one of these “safety” knives back into a yob’s pet slicer-dicer. But I wouldn’t expect either Labourites, Tories, or Conservatives to be able to figure that out without a live “how-to” video. My guess is the lot of them probably couldn’t tie their own shoelaces without expert assistance.

    The real solution, a citizenry that is able, and equipped, to defend itself, is a cause for horrors at Whitehall today. Never mind that England pretty much invented the concept. (See Agincourt, etc.)

    Fortunately for the Powers That Be, they all have armed bodyguards, so they’ll never have to worry about some wideboy bracing them with a blade in his hand . Everybody else isn’t so lucky- and if they harm the “poor little child”, odds are they’ll get arrested instead of him.

    It’s difficult to decide whether the modern UK is a police state- or an idiocracy.

    Or maybe it’s both at the same time.

    clear ether

    eon

  23. avatar Dietrich says:

    Two years ago my pocket knife was confiscated while going through security at the London Eye. You see, it was a locking blade model. The security was very nice about it. I had to fill in an 8 1/2 x 11 form, things like my address and phone number back in the states, where I was staying in London, etc. They actually saved me from being arrested, as would have happen if Bobbies had got me. Or 3 days later when we took the chunnel to Paris. All luggage was screened as carry on, so they really would have nailed me there.

  24. avatar ED FITCH says:

    This nonsense goes on in the US as well, under the catchphrase, “KNIVES … TAKE LIVES!” A couple years back the Michigan Renaissance Faire had to take place with all blades forbidden, including their decorative Elizabethan swords … which made the whole event non-historical and ludicrous.

  25. avatar Ryan says:

    Brings to mind the old Simpson’s Halloween Episode with the monkey’s paw. Lisa wishes for world piece and everyone melts down their guns. Then the two aliens show up with a slingshot and take over the world. Moe finally gets sick of it, picks up a board with a nail in it and chases the aliens off the planet. Kang says to Kotos, “Soon they will make a board with a nail it it so large they will destroy themselves! Bwah ha ha”

  26. avatar John Fast says:

    Cool shirt! Where can I get one??

  27. avatar claudio says:

    The political correctness is becoming a nightmare.

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