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Posted on June 18 at 8:19 p.m.

salsipuedes: I'm not an "Islamic authority" in any way, but this is basically just a matter of _transcription_ from Arabic to English. "Koran" is an older usage, but still acceptable and should not cause any reasonable person to be offended. "Le Coran," for example, is the standard French term.
Quran, or Qur'an (if one insists on including the glottal stop which really makes no sense in the English rendering) is perceived by some as more "authentic," more "Arabic." Zealots of any stripe will likely find a way to be adversarial about these sorts of things.

On Women's Roles in Islam

Posted on May 26 at 9:51 a.m.

DB" ...many others no longer comment since the Indy webmaster allows this sort of blather to cascade endlessly."

I posted something similar a few weeks back and was criticized by other commenters for promoting infringement on JabbaJabba's right to free speech or some such crap. The plain and simple fact is that no one, of any political stripe, should be allowed to take over a comments section as JJ has done here.
I seldom look anymore and even less frequently comment.
The question is, what solution could there be? How can serial-posting be limited in some "constructive" way without invoking censorship etc.?

On Refugio Pipeline Shutdown Puts Brakes on Oil Production

Posted on May 23 at 7:41 a.m.

While I don't agree with all that nativeson writes, he makes some cogent points about moral relativism here and his analysis of the background and motivations of the leaders and adherents of ISIS certainly agrees with the reports I've read.

On Ayaan Hirsi Ali Examines Islam in the 21st Century

Posted on May 22 at 5:26 a.m.

Other than the use of a rather weird mixed metaphor in the second-to-last sentence, I think Dewitt makes a pretty solid case for keeping the two elections separate. Aside from the costs of holding two elections, the seemingly non-stop election cycle and its associated (and relentless) campaign marketing and advertising are, however, other things that would need to be considered in staying with the odd year system.

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 18 at 2:01 p.m.

Have to agree with DavyBrown and a few others. Even as puff pieces, these things are lame. I assume that Durling has some sort of contractual arrangement with the Independent to churn these out for whatever reason or narrow interest, even a possibly self-serving one as here.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Lori Gaskin

Posted on May 8 at 6:02 a.m.

Of course gay people should be allowed to marry if they choose to do so. This column, however, seems to be more an example of "humble-bragging" on Barney Brantingham's part. Yep, he's sure enlightened now and hey, don't forget, he's even from Chicago's South Side so he's likely an erstwhile tough guy of some sort. Give me a break.

On Right to Do What Other People Do

Posted on April 30 at 1:45 p.m.

And if you want to bring your alpaca or turtle along, there may be a provision for you to do so as well:

Indeed, this law and its freewheeling application is being exploited by some and causing confusion and distress for those whose safety and day-to-day lives depend on "real' service animals which, with a few exceptions, are dogs from reputable organizations such as Seeing Eye or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
I noted recently that the basic vagrant with a dog-on-a-rope has now become a regular and unchallenged feature on the MTD's buses.

On Doggone Service

Posted on April 27 at 3:03 p.m.

billclausen: "Since you've taken things I've written and twisted them in the past, you may want to go into your closet and consider this."

Not really sure what this is supposed to mean, but assume it's part of the general air of douchery, misplaced self-righteousness and continued sense of victimization with which you seem to approach most subjects.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Cathy Murillo

Posted on April 27 at 2:02 p.m.

I've had issues with serial posters in the past. I do wish there were an effective way to deal with that as well as those who post all day under multiple identities.
While I appreciate the Indy's providing a relatively open forum, there's no getting around the fact that JarvisJabba has all but ruined this comments section here with his/her/its/their nonstop posting. My own theory is that JJ is most likely a tag-team from the News-Press taking turns to jerk the Indy and its readers around via the daily trolling of all threads.
Hard to believe that any one person truly has that much time on his/her/its hands.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Cathy Murillo

Posted on April 23 at 6:22 a.m.

John O'Neill left the FBI (retired) and went to work for the private security firm at the WTC. He wasn't "reassigned" there. He did indeed die there on 9/11. He was frustrated with problems he saw at the Bureau, especially the lack of inter-agency cooperation and communication. Read a real book sometime, I'd recommend the Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright in this case. If one gets all information via CT-centered blogs and dubious "news" sources, even basic facts become distorted in order to fit the desired narrative.

On Coast Guard Clashes with Yachters

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