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Posted on August 14 at 7:12 a.m.
I'm not convinced that the amount of years of its existence with regards to the the other Abrahamic religions gives Islam a pass when it comes to stepping into the 21st century. I've sort of come around, though, to Hitchens' thesis that "religion," indeed "poisons everything." One need look no further than the former Yugoslavia of the 90s to find examples of mutual atrocities on both the Christian sectarian and Christian/Muslim divide.
Can't take the Thorn family too seriously in any case. Their "talking points" are all derived from Fox News and its ilk.
I do wish that moderate voices of Islam were willing to make themselves with greater frequency.
Minor historical point: When the Moors invaded southern Europe, they weren't doing so as carriers of "culture" (though that was a byproduct for sure), and the invasion was centuries before the Crusades.
Bin Laden and now others often expressed the desire to return to "al-Andalus" which they still consider part of their lost Caliphate.
On Life or Death?
Posted on August 10 at 8:39 a.m.
It's actually in a letter with its own comments thread:
The Indy goes very lightly on the censorship, something I've always appreciated.
There's an even more fawning take on this new restaurant and its rather full-of-himself-chef in the current edition of the ever-thinning Sentinel.
On Meatless on the Mesa
Posted on August 9 at 6:06 a.m.
While I love the reference to Tacitus, an unappreciated classical historian, and the Germania is a great early work of socio-anthropology, the use of the excerpt here is bizarre and off context. Even as a "European-American," I'd have to say my "progenitors" were likely from the Serengeti Plain somewhere. Unfortunately, Tacitus and his work, especially the Germania, have sometimes been misappropriated by certain political types to rationalize a certain ideal of the noble primitive and the supposed righteousness of his ur-society/paradise.
One of my own favorite quotes, applicable in many cases still today, is from Tacitus' Agricola when he discusses the folly of empire-building:"...ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant." "Where they make a desert (or wasteland) and call it peace." Much more pithy in the original Latin, of course.
On Funding Our Future
Posted on August 5 at 8:18 p.m.
DP14: I agree with all you said yet stand by my own statement (other than the typo/grammatical error in s-v agreement). I enjoy your zany posts, but think that some here seek only to "engage" in order to provoke the obvious.I guess I just don't get the motivation for that.Over and out.
On Best Physical Therapist?
Posted on August 5 at 8:02 p.m.
Interesting essay. Good points regarding the differing perceptions of Germans regarding their access to "nature" and how, ultimately, it's often the political perception that seems to trump all. You're fortunate to have connections and opportunity to visit Munich as I'm sure you know.I wonder if you've made it over to the Black Forest region?
On Letter from Munich
Posted on August 5 at 7:44 p.m.
I've taken more than a few shots at "thethorns4" for their oft expressed wacky political diatribes and I am certainly pro-choice, but the (decidedly off topic) abortion-related comments seems like trolling 101 at its worst. Fair is fair and BS remains BS.
Posted on August 5 at 7:43 a.m.
Volok, this what happens when you feed trolls. They are like goldfish, they eat until they explode.Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)August 4, 2014 at 10:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Agree, HG. There's a point where "feeding trolls" may equate to becoming one, IMO. Not sure why anyone would want to engage (repeatedly) with someone who is so demonstrably crazy and who may be (quite literally) getting off on the attention.
On Let It Go? We're Trying
Posted on July 30 at 6:24 a.m.
I'm no fan of Capps, but she has a lock on the job for as long as she chooses to hold onto it. If the Republicans could ever find and run one of those Libertarian types who emerge/transform only in the national elections it seems, their tired party might have a chance. I know it's wrong to comment on appearances, but Mitchum, in the photo here, has that unctuous and anxious look that one usually associates with a used car salesman who's been caught turning back an odometer or something.
On Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum
Posted on July 30 at 6:13 a.m.
I'd be in favor of district elections, although I don't see it happening, but fail to see the connection to under-representation of Latinos in the election process. If 38 percent of the population were to register and then vote as a bloc (for whatever reason), I suspect that the supported candidate would win. I don't think there are financial barriers in pulling papers, becoming a candidate etc. Becoming a _viable_ candidate with an agenda that voters will take seriously may be a different matter.
On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed
Posted on July 30 at 6:03 a.m.
I'd say reread your letter and then write something that makes sense. Your point, whatever it is, seems completely garbled here.
On Marriage: No Diversity