Archive for October, 2006

The Basics of Co-existence and Inter-faith Dialogue

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Via Sigmund, Carl and Alfred, a most interesting article:
The Basics of Co-existence and Inter-faith Dialogue, by Magdi Khalil Executive Editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International

• To set a foundation for a constructive dialogue, the prominent Muslim organizations would first of all have to reject violence publicly

• The paradox of demanding an apology while continuing to practice that same violence profusely

• The dialogue should only revolve around shared human values as a means to reduce conflicts

Among the points he raises:

Holy violence features clearly in Islamic thinking, as a necessary undertaking, whether it is defensive or offensive. The reasons given to justify the use of violence are unsound; and not only used in a context of self-defense but also to validate acts of pure aggression. Muslim societies usually adopt that twisted and unacceptable logic in their dealings with the outside world. They have heaped insults upon insults on Pope Benedict XVI, as if he were the author of holy violence, while Muslim societies are actually witnessing acts of holy violence on a daily basis.
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Quranic verses such as “there shall be no coercion in religion,” and “Let him who pleases believe, and let him who pleases disbelieve,” have never been applied throughout the history of Islam.
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To acknowledge these [Human Rights] charters is to acknowledge that there is one purpose at the heart of all religions, which is the ultimate Divine purpose, namely the good and happiness of mankind. The Muslim countries hold an unyielding position in regards to those charters, maintaining that they are acceptable only as long as they do not contradict the Shari’a, thus subverting their content and significance.
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The current Pope of Rome refuses to settle for this empty shell of a dialogue and is determined to address the real issues.

Read every word.

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Fumento: Photo tribute to fallen SEAL Michael Monsoor, KIA in Ramadi

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Reporting from Iraq, Michael Fumento has aphoto tribute to fallen SEAL Michael Monsoor, KIA in Ramadi

Make sure to visit, and watch the photos and video.

Also read Michael’s excellent article, The Baghdad Brigade, about

reporters who pretend they can and are covering the war throughout Iraq from the IZ and hotel rooms in Baghdad

Remember that every time you see the BBC guy standing at the balcony of his Baghdad hotel, “reporting”.

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Secret weapons, Soros, and today’s Larwyn’s links

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

How to insult your soldier, again
John Kerry has another brain fart storm via Cassandra.
Update Via chez Diva, the video:

Update 2 The Anchoress whacks down Kerry with a big stick.

How to support your soldier, now
Cassandra‘s posting on Project Valour Stop the ACLU‘s also participating.

Secret weapons and other news
It’s true. Honest. And it’s a quote from Robert Fisk.

If they can’t lose clean, they’ll lose dirty. Dr. Sanity HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WIN AN ELECTION EVEN IF YOU LOSE

Zawahiri Target In Major Attack On Al Qaeda In Pakistan

Corker Takes on ACLU in Wilson County School Prayer Controversy
Also via Stop the ACLU, CHAPLAINS will be posted in schools across Australia under a federal Government plan to provide students with greater spiritual guidance.

Dr. Sowell’s also underwhelmed about the Obamarama, and like me, wants to know, what has Obama ever actually accomplished that would qualify him for the highest office in the nation and the leadership of the free world?

A letter from the son of a woman who was stoned to death, via Watcher of Weasels

Soros, via Larwyn
American Thinker and Atlas Shrugs have the transcript of a Soros interview,

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, “I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.” None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c-I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets that if I weren’ thereof course, I wasn’ doing it, but somebody else would would would be taking it away anyhow. And it was thewhether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the-I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

George Soros was only following orders

McCaskill’s Angry Vet Busted Foot Playing Volleyball… Not in Action!

CBS Wants to Make You Look Racist, Possibly

Umbical Cord Stem Cells Grow Micro Liver. Not embryonic, umbilical.

Larwyn and MsUnderestimated like Douglas Hunter

From Maria
Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Epidemic. Serious condition is linked to obesity, lack of exercise

In a lighter mode,
Australian sheepdogs are defending penguins

Bath time!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

My kind of guy – look how he’s even got the beer chilling, too!

(h/t SC&A)

This, however, would definitely spoil the mood:

Tired Old Ass Soak, for the Overworked and Underappreciated

Why use Violetta di Parma bath salts when you can have these:

Tired old hippie aromatherapy?


France’s burning buses

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Dymphna writes,

It’s hard to even look at French news anymore. Reading about events there, it’s no longer possible to whistle past the graveyard – to make the metaphor hew more closely to the events – in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, – it’s as though you are watching a large pot boil and all the frogs in the soup are claiming everything is “tres bien, merci”

Just last evening France2 news dedicated three minutes to the news item about the woman trapped inside a burning bus in Marseille who is now in a coma. France2 also dedicated three minutes to a feature on a musician who’s been dead for 25 years.

I was going to do a post counting how many buses have burned in the past week. After the first half dozen, I gave up counting because the French aren’t reporting about them. The stuff I found was from foreign news agencies.

As iNo Pasaran! says,

As last year, primetime news is no longer providing figures on the number of cars being torched each evening. News producers are directed to keep the number of items on urban guerilla violence to a minimum and to always balance them with reports about positive social programs aimed at surburban youth.

France is like a battered wife who keeps coming back to her handsome husband. They’ve gotten used to the abuse and put on the sunglasses and the pancake make-up to cover up the damage.

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Monday, October 30th, 2006

As Siggy once said,

the value system of a free society is much different than the value system of a society that is not free

This is what happens when you disagree with the Cuban government:
This is what happens when a child accidentally steps on the imam’s prayer rug:
And it happens every day.

It’s a matter of values.

Venezuela: No Jews allowed

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Via Linda, Venezuela stops issuing tourist visas to Israelis

Venezuela has ceased issuing tourist visas to Israelis, its embassy in Israel said Monday, accenting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s harsh criticism of Israel.

They say it’s because of “technical” issues. I say it’s technical issues like this.

The next time you read about Hugo being a-charismatic-leader-helping-the-poor-offering-free-health-care-education-adult-literacy-and-job-training-initiatives-that-help-millions-of-Venezuelanstm, bear in mind that he’s lying about the drop in illiteracy rates:
Falsean cifra de analfabetos en Venezuela (Literacy rate data falsified in Venezuela)

En octubre del 2005, las autoridades venezolanas anunciaron que sólo había en el país uno por ciento de iletrados, gracias al esfuerzo de los planes oficiales de alfabetización, que contaban con asesoría cubana. Pero dos estudios de la Unesco y del Programa para el Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas (PNUD) publicados este año pero con estadísticas del 2005, revelaron que en realidad la cifra de personas que no saben leer ni escribir ascendía a 7 por ciento
(my translation)

In 2005, Venezuelan authorities announced that the country had only 1% illiteracy, thanks to the efforts of the official literacy programs, which relied on Cuban advisors. But two studies published by UNESCO and the UN Development Program published this year with data from 2005 revealed that the actual illiteracy rate exceeds 7%.

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Ole, ole ole ola, Lula, Lula, and today’s items

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Brazil’s Lula captures a second term. At Publius Pundit, A. M. Mora y Leon comments,

In fact, I get the feeling that the fact that Brazil’s seeing the best growth it’s seen in years and the absence of a crisis might very well be the reason why sensible Brazilians reelected Lula. If all the other leaders you elected gave you whipsaw gutwrenching rollercoastering economic crises and this one didn’t . . . wouldn’t you want to leave good enough alone.

Comings Communique has the questions:

A few issues I see on the horizon:

1. Will Lula take a stand against the virulent leftism of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, or will he continue to be their plaything?

2. As he moves into his next term, will his overwhelming majority cause him to move in an increasingly leftist direction, or will he continue to defend the freedoms people have by and large enjoyed in his first term?

3. Will he make fighting crime a serious priority?

4. Will he participate in the fight against worldwide radical Islam, or will he continue to look the other way and pretend the problem doesn’t exist right under his nose.

This second term could be one of outstanding achievements, or it could be time to pay the piper. We shall see.

At the blogs
Bob Casey, Jr. Owes America An Apology

Blackface, again: What in the hell is wrong with the left today? It’s OK for the Left to do this stuff but the Dems want to hang George Allen for having a Confederate flag in his dorm room 30 years ago, and for saying “macaca”, a word I’d never heard in my 30 years of living in the Continental US. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Calling out the NYT

Via Instapundit, Burchismo ponders progress.

From Larwyn
Blitzer: We Show Snuff Films But Don’t Question Our Patriotism! Let’s Face It… Democrats Make America Weak

Just The Numbers, Please: The Bush-Rove-Mehlman Political Legacy

Lost in Translations

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

The rest of the family had other things to do, it was too windy and cold to be going for a long outdoors walk, and I didn’t feel like going to the movies, so this afternoon at the very last minute I went to McCarter Theater to see Translations. It was too late to call friends so I went by myself.

I got to the ticket office at 1:20PM, and was given the choice of either a seat in the upstairs balcony or a front-row orchestra seat. Since the front row has more leg room and the upstairs seats are cramped, I was really really close to the action. I was in my seat by 1:35PM.

The first thing I noticed was the dirt.

The entire floor of the stage is covered with 6″ of dirt, and a 3′ wide section stuck out from under the curtain. I looked at the orchestra floor and it had been swept, so I sat down and hoped that none of the dirt would land on my clothes. The last time I sat that close to the stage was four years ago when we went to see Fortune’s Fool and the entire family got sprayed by Alan Bates’s wet dinner napkin and Frank Lagella’s spit. Except for Langella’s spit, we had a great time.

The curtain went up promptly at 2PM.

I knew nothing about the play, but it’s a story about the Latin-and-Irish-speaking Irish being overtaken by the English-only English. Apparently the 19th century Irish had time to go to night school and study the Classics after spending their days toiling outdoors with the wheat harvest and the livestock. On stage, however, all the Irish speak fluent English and the Latin is translated into English. Once the first Englishman walked on the stage wearing a horse guards uniform it all started to feel like a Monty Python sketch; The character who got her hands blistered from the wheat harvest even smells the potato blight coming.

Since the location is supposed to be by the ocean, the sound effects include the sound of ocean waves reaching the shore.

Unfortunately, I have been falling asleep to that very sound nearly every night for the past two years thanks to my handy-dandy Timex Alarm Clock Radio and CD Player with Nature Sounds. It’s gotten to the point where the sound ellicits a Pavlovian response. I dozed off and missed at least ten minutes of the action. For all I know dirt might have fallen on my clothes and I didn’t notice.

I woke with a start and realized that the man to my left was in a deep sleep, chin over chest, hands on his lap, his chest breathing rythmically to the sounds of the ocean. At least he didn’t snore.

We weren’t alone. During the intermission a friend and her mom asked if I’d been having trouble staying awake, since they had dozed off up in the balcony and were in need of caffeine.

After the intermission the theater was so cold I had to watch the rest of the performance wearing my coat, while on stage a rain machine was working overtime and the actors were performing in soaked clothes, water dripping from their hair. I felt sorry for them. There had been a leak dripping on to the stage and the actors for all of the afternoon, so at least we in the audience found out why. Mercifully the Nature Sounds had been put to rest for the third act.

The acting was very nice, particularly Chandler Williams’s energetic performance as George. However, this was one case when the production values really got in the way.

The Packet had an article about Translations, and here‘s a reviewer who thinks “the play resonates poignantly in light of the Americanization of Iraq”. Must have been that rainy seashore atmosphere and those Latin-speaking local yokels. Thinking of Iraq obviously’s preventing him from thinking of sex all the time.

Translations will be going to Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre Jan. 4, 2007. Let’s hope they lose the nature sounds by then.

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Come and see the violence inherent in the system!

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

. . . . Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

Not dead yet? At least not dead on video. (If you understand spoken Spanish, watch the video here and tell me if he’s senile or not. He sounds senile to me). El Confetti lets it rip (h/t Pajamas), while Val announces Coming soon: the fidel castro ADIDAS Bionic Track Suit iPod interface. Twelve, six hour speeches for those heavy workouts.
Time again for another installment of Tierra de Poderes?
You Tube has removed it: This video has been removed due to terms of use violation..

And here the Dixie Chicks are claiming that they’re being repressed.


The Cotillion Colloquy is up

And I’m sure the gentlemen will love that photo.


Dr Sanity has the Insanities:


Before I go, the latest on fried Coke, which unlike fried chocolate sandwiches and deep fried pizza, was not invented by the Scots. I’ll have a slice of deep fried pizza with vegemite on the side, please. The desserts would literally kill me.

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