Just Another Day in Paradise

…..Wars and Rumors of wars gird our land and call to us like a banshee in the distance. The Jews grieve the past destruction of the temple, Tisha B’ Aviv. and Muslims celebrate the end of hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.  After an initial security assessment was made Muslims were allowed  exclusive entry to the mount. . After a second security assessment, a small group of Jewish worshipers were allowed a shortened visit to the site. As this group exited the site Muslims began throwing chairs at them, triggering the violence  between the two groups. KLIKDAPIK for more…….

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 Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli P.M., blamed by the right for the conflict, asserts that he never ordered the site limited for either Jewish or Muslim entry.

 

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The Name of the Rose

By the stroke of the bards pen,…”.A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” 

When I miss and drop a hammer on my thumb I call the hammer many names. None of them meant to carry glad tidings and prayers for peace. I may call the hammer a rutabaga but that doesn’t change the feelings I get when I smash my thumb with a hammer called rutabaga.  I guess I could use the “operationally defined” method of identifying hammers by saying “that heavy metal nail driver.”  It is quicker to say “hammer”, and be done with it. Soon, with popular use, the name becomes the action.  Instead of using the heavy metal nail driver as a identifying factor,  the name “becomes the action.” I hammer the nail  with my hammer.

Such distinctions of name become meaningless when you change the action of the object. More and more the name Allah is transmuting into a synonym for terror, violence and death.  The operation of the named person/place/thing being referred to carries the meaning. Jesus, is a moniker that carries a deeper meaning of the name. The God of the new testament means peace, love, and generosity of spirit. When one speaks of the God of the Jews or Christians, ideas of understanding are born upon the breath of the word. Allah, however, drags a lot of negative baggage that stands in direct conflict with both Jewish and Christian beliefs.

What does an illiterate prophet do when he is certain his word of god will not match the written word of God when all you have to go on is stories you have heard transferred verbally, a multitude of warts and all? You simply state that all previous versions of the truth are distorted and that yours is the only text that got it right. Right?

One system of belief preceded Mohamed’s entry on the world stage by 600 years.  The other system of beliefs preceded his appearance by over 1500 years. Both religions that preceded the desert bandits  proffering  had been fully functioning by a large cross section of the middle east for a long time. Betting the farm on a belief system that is based on, but condemning of, two previously established religions is a bad bet.

So if what you’ve got Is brown and smells awful, it doesn’t matter if you call it a rose. All you really got is crap on a stick.

 

 

 

Lincoln and the Jews

Abraham Lincoln emancipated American blacks with the 13th Amendment. In the same vane, against the common backdrop of a bloody civil war being faught to liberate the slaves. He swept up anti-Semitism in the same stroke that he condemned slavery with. You can’t condemn Jews without condemning the reasoning, nay, the soul of Lincoln. A fine article is linked through the pik below. You will be a better person if you read it.

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An Academy of Dunces

 

The sad statement made by this video is that this is the best our educational system can do. Those who promote Hamas are either evil miscreants or just ignorant. It has been an accepted belief, at least in my lifetime, that the best defense against tyranny is an educated people.

 

Blessings upon this fellow. He must be courageous. For truth is best served by courage, and in the case of a religion that kills apostates, it takes a lions heart to speak out.

 

HAMAS GRACIOUSLY WARNS US OF THE “JEWISH PROBLEM”

Palestinians must always avoid walking or standing in front of an open window or doorway. The Jews are constantly patrolling the streets, looking for an opportunity to shoot randomly through windows and doorways.  This little fact was revealed to me by a Muslim relative who got the straight dope from connections at his mosque. Of course this story is unicorn shit. Yes the communication happened, but no I did not snuggle with his line of B.S. He believed, he was a believer, with the wide eyed infatuation of a child hearing Christmas stories.

I was agog. I had not ordered tripe for dinner. But the Muslim host had only tripe to serve. Have you ever had a long conversation with a person who had a paranoid delusional system based around some form of conspiracy? They sound quite sane and in possession of their faculties. But after a few minutes you will find that they have the capacity to connect just about any event or idea to an arcane plot to get them in one way or another. The more holes you punch in their story, the more the conspiracy expands to plug the holes. Soon just about everybody, from the mailman who just dropped the mail in the slot, to the dog catcher crawling under the house to fetch a stray cat, all are in service to “them.”  Forget changing their mind. Your facts may be well founded, your argument a juggernaut of logic,  but you will not prevail. The paranoid scenario is air tight and irrefutable. The foundational belief that “they” and you are all part  of the great conspiracy cover-up, and plot will cover any cracks in their argument. Ask for a shred of hard evidence and the true believer will just shake his head and bemoan  your tragic ignorance. Of course no hard facts will be forthcoming but lets not quibble over minor details.

 

TO KILL A JEW….TO KILL THE WORLD ENTIRE..

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Pat Condell is in fine form in this video rant. He always impresses with his command of the facts of the issues he covers and his flawless timing in delivery. I was taken with the existential quandary Israel has to face. For reasons that  I have not been able to plumb many bare a grudge against Jews.  Jews have been harassed throughout history in about every nation they have settled in. Their confounding crime still escapes me though. What was the original sin?

 

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