Updated With Video: Libya's Reaction To Ghaddafi's Speech - Flying Shoes

Tyler Durden's picture

For those who are still confused why the latest trending index tracking the "revolutionariness" of various countries is called the shoe-thrower index, take one look at Al Jazeera video below. It captures the popular Libyan reaction to Ghadaffi's 90 minute rambling monologue. The item about to make an impact with the screen, you guessed it: a shoe.


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cougar_w's picture

Worse, it's just a megalomaniacal lie. That jet blew his house and family to rat shit. No crushing was involved. Not even close.

ColonelCooper's picture

Can we do it again, huh huh?  Can we please blow that fucker straight to hell, PLEease?

FranSix's picture



So an acknowledged international terrorist with pretensions of gleefully blowing up Americans is doing whatever he wants anywhere he goes, because of oil interests.

Harlequin001's picture

Pity the poor bastard who owns the telly.

Do they pick these things up after they've thrown them or just walk away in disgust?


ConfusedIdiot's picture

Absolutely Outstanding find. Gracias and regards. CI

StychoKiller's picture

I swear, the crazed doo makes him look like a well-dressed (define well-dressed here!) Alky! :>D

surfwon's picture

nice I guess Rex Ryan wouldn't want to live there............. he loves feet and shoes

Hephasteus's picture

Shoes are a symbol for your approach to life.

I guess they are tying to tell him to lose the crazy approach.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

If they had a touch sensitive screen, they could upload the shoe polling data in real time.

SheepDog-One's picture

When you dont have any weapons to kill a dictator with, throw smelly sandals! After you BTFD of course.

Sophist Economicus's picture

Sandal?   Looked like a Hush Puppy from my angle...

tickhound's picture

Someone throw a zh logo on these shoes

Rotwang's picture

The Crusades repeating on live tellie.

Not sure if the people are reacting to physical or mental hunger.

cougar_w's picture

Not sure where "The Crusades" enters into this. But I'm open to an explanation.

Rotwang's picture

I used the "Crusades" as a crutch for a conflict that is very old.


cougar_w's picture

I thought perhaps that was the case. But please not that in all these riots it is North African Arabs demanding freedoms from a N. African despot. In all cases. Foreigners are not involved, are not being hunted down, and are leaving on their own for security reasons. I think these nations will emerge more international in character, rather than less, and will resume (or become) major players on the global stage as has been the case in the past.

Rotwang's picture

I'm not so sure how these riots start. I think hunger, and the spot price of wheat plays a larger part out there. They don't buy their nourishment at the local A&P.

Politically, if they dig into sharia law, and the Koran as the arbiter of all things, it will fall apart (mho)


Harlequin001's picture

It's all to do with the exchange rate.

If the US prints twice as much money and that money isn't immediately devalued by financial markets then US dollar holders can buy twice as much food at the same price on international markets as other countries that don't print money. Countries that don't print money or print less because their economies are too small starve of course, because they can only buy half.

Under a gold standard this wouldn't be possible.

cougar_w's picture

Kadaffy is toast. But it will take him 2 weeks and 10k dead before he figures that out.

One bullet. Someone, just do it.

gwar5's picture

I love the shoe thing.

Glad it's not mens' panties.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

If you throw one shoe, might as well throw the other.

Harlequin001's picture

Not if you only have one leg...

chumbawamba's picture

I once tried to grace the band L7 with the man panties I was wearing at one of their concerts.  Went to the toilet, took them off, stuffed them in my pocket, made it back towards the front of the stage as close as I could get, wound up, chucked them and...they fell short (yes, excuse the pun).  Right in front of the stage.

I felt short-changed (haha).  And dumb.  Because it was.  (Dumb.)

I am Chumbawamba.

Harlequin001's picture

I've only got one pair, and they're my lucky undies anyway, so I never take them off.

TeamAmerica's picture

Why didn't Kadaffy duck?

entendance's picture

Message to President: Support Freedom for the Libyan People and Justice for Gaddafi


asdasmos's picture

It would be hilarious to see a video of the protesters chasing him down a street with him in his golf cart type vehicle and his shades on, trying to evade them.

shushup's picture

Having a shoe thrown at you in their culture is considered one of the greatest insults.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

In ours it's debasing the currency.

cougar_w's picture

But that is fast becoming the national sport, too. Here, let me debase you. It feels good.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A little more to the left please.

Ahhhhhh. Thanks kitty cat. :>)

cougar_w's picture

You monkeys are a sick bunch. 5 million years you stay out of claw reach, and now all the sudden you enjoy it. I should be happy, but it's kinda freaking me out.

chumbawamba's picture

Yes, because having a shoe thrown at you in our culture is considered a compliment.

I am Chumbawamba.

philgramm's picture

I think these bandwagon shoe throwers owe royalty fees to the Iraqi gentleman who first popularized the notion by chucking one at ole' W!!







Pure Evil's picture

To bad the son of a bitch missed.

AssFire's picture

As I have mentioned, not one great pitcher in the history of MLB.. Despite all that rock throwin.. Even that guy 15 feet away was high and right of GW. Not that inbreeding is the certain cause of this http://www.consang.net/index.php/Global_prevalence

Harlequin001's picture

Isn't he still in an Iraqi nick?

Yen Cross's picture

 The Shoe thrower index! Love it! LMAO. Is it broken down into subcategories? eg. boots, tennis shoes, loafers ?

SpeakerFTD's picture

Ah, the thrown shoe.    I am familiar with that form of protest, although as I recall, the chant that went along with it was something along the lines of "who the fuck is Charlene and why is she texting you at 2 in the morning!?!"   



Dr. Engali's picture

You only got a shoe thrown at you? I had everything thrown on the front yard.