In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
~ Ambrose Bierce~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"When I wake from dreaming, it's then I'm most alive."
- Name: The Impudent One
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Monday, August 29, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Rise From the Ruins
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Let Them Eat Principle
(Here it comes . . .)
However, when I saw that they had been given a major award by Portugal for 25 years of looking stylish while telling others that they aren't doing enough to stop hunger in Africa, I had to say something. Oh, and what has U2 been doing recently? Spending thousands and thousands of dollars on lawyers so Bono could get his hat back.
Bono said: "This case was brought very reluctantly, in the context of a larger dispute which we never invited. The point of principle involved was of much greater significance to us than any item of memorabilia."
Question: How many starving children in Africa could have been fed for the price of Bono's "principle"?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SLIMMER!
Familial hugs and kisses.
Armstrong Goes Wobbly
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
G. K. Chesterton
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
"If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."
"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."
"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."
You can find more Chesterton quotes HERE.
. . . Except That One City
The voracious iconoclasm of Wahhabism and radical Islamists will do what Muslims feared the West wanted in the first place -- the destruction of the Prophet's cities. It won't take long before the Ka'aba stone itself will disappear as well. Once that happens, the Islamists will find themselves surrounded by a whole new class of enemies, enemies from the ranks of moderate Islam whose religion insists that Muslims must make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetime.
Perhaps. Or maybe they will turn to Islam's third most holy city instead.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Interview With a Jihadist
[Aatish] Taseer: Clearly you have a sense of an enemy. What is the face of this enemy? Is it America?
[Hassan] Butt: At the moment, America.
Taseer: Who else is part of it?
Butt: You have an apparent enemy and a hidden enemy.
Taseer: The apparent enemy?
Butt: The American enemy. As far as I'm concerned, you have America spearheading the attack, followed by Britain, France, the EU, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF…
Butt: Thailand, especially after what happened recently. [Attacks on Muslim rebels in the south of the country]
Taseer: What does it take to join the enemy?
Butt: To support them. The Japanese only have 500 troops in Iraq; as a result they've declared war on Islam. China from day one has been testing its nuclear missiles in the Xinjiang province; it's a Muslim province, so China is another enemy of Islam. As far as we're concerned, until an Islamic government makes treaties with these people, the world, for me, is an enemy. But there will be people who we prioritise, so I won't start attacking the South American states. I have bigger and more important enemies to deal with, those who are having direct influence in the Muslim world, like America. [Emphasis by Solaman]
So if I understand Mr. Butt, the "apparent enemies" are those having a direct influence on the Muslim world (i.e. America, Britain, France, India, China, EU, UN, etc.) Who are the "hidden enemies" then? Mr. Butt names at least some of them when he says he won't start attacking South America. In other words, the "hidden enemies" are the non-Muslim countries which are not supporting America and its allies. President Bush famously said, "You are either with us or you are with the terrorists". The terrorists believe that you are either with them or you are their enemy. There are no neutral countries in their eyes.