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2008-02-19 - 10:22 a.m.

Yesterday at work we were swamped and understaffed...but we made it through. Things quieted down around 7pm and went back to its normal drone.

They are calling for rain this week, so a lot of the little maintenance things inside the building will get fixed. Nothing major - just some broken light fixtures and the like. The outside stuff tends to take precedence, so the little minor things get done when it rains.

We also sometimes close early. It depends on how busy the arcade is. If the place is packed, we'll stay open - even if there's a monsoon outside.


Well, now. Recently there was a plot to assassinate the Danish cartoonist who drew the picture of Muhammed with a bomb for a turban. The Danish papers reprinted the cartoon - as part of the "this is what it's all about" stories.

The response from a group from Hamas?

“Blow up the Danish embassies and kill the ambassadors,” Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), said at an open-air news conference in a Gaza square, where PRC members burnt a Danish flag.

“We urge (Islamist fighters) to track down those who printed the cartoons, those who drew them and those who published them and slaughter them immediately,” he said.

Once again, the moderate Muslims are keeping quiet about the hijacking of their religion.

Oh, and then there's this: an Iranian man "suspected" his fourteen-year-old daughter was having "a relationship with a man" - no proof, just a suspicion - and it had "besmirched his honour". So what did he do? He stoned her to death.

Don't forget - this is a "peaceful, serene religion"...and they'll kill you if you say otherwise.

So that probably makes me a target.


Here's a wonderful quote from Joel Ferguson, a co-chairman of Hillary's campaign in Michigan:

"Superdelegates are not second-class delegates...[t]he real second-class delegates are the delegates that are picked in red-state caucuses that are never going to vote Democratic."

So if you're Republican, or you don't vote Democratic, you're second-class. The Democrat vote is the only vote of any value. Isn't that special.

"All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others."


I have an early errand to run, so I'll be heading out soon.

More fun tomorrow...unless the jihadists find me first.

Be seeing you.


4 comments so far

Smed - 2008-02-19 13:39:51 -
That Iranian thing isn't so much an Islamic issue as an issue of a different culture mixed with religion. There are a lot of tribal and cultural traditions in Africa and the Middle East that claim women as property that must be pure before marriage. Oh, and the only reason that Hamas has an outlet is because they are loud and make a lot of noise and somehow hornswaggled their way into power in Palestine. Imagine if Fred Phelps or John Taylor Bowles somehow got power in a county government. Just think of the press conferences. There was outrage over David Duke and George Lincoln Rockwell but it was more of a 'what an idiot' kind of thing and not everything they said or did that was outrageous required a response.


Brin - 2008-02-19 14:21:07 -
What does 'culture' have to do with right and wrong? Our 'culture' used to think slavery was perfectly okay. Are you upset that our culture morphed into something more humane and reasonable?


Dave - 2008-02-19 14:26:39 -
My point is, a fourteen-year-old girl was stoned to death based on a "suspicion". NOT on facts, but SUSPICION. He killed his daughter, which alone is a tragedy and an outrage - but what if his "suspicions" had been WRONG?


Bob - 2008-02-19 20:52:28 -
I'm less concerned about the jihadists coming after any of us than I would be some teenager getting stoned for daring to READ any of us. Ultimately, though, I think the moderates don't speak out because Islam has reform-through-violence built in. That's the true idea behind jihad - that Muslims, driven by strong beliefs, could change their faith from within. It's not supposed to be a war against the outside world, but nobody's going to question the lunatic fringe.


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