This piece by Robert Jensen,aMFeared on Al Jazeera.com 8/18/2001. I think it pretty much speaks the truth about what is haMFening on the planet today. To listen to Rick Perry deny climate change while Texas is sweltering at 100+ temps and experiencing a massive drought, shows me foolish this political ploy is, what its about is that corporations don’t want to spend money on environmental concerns,and are soley interested in profit.
Here’s Mr. Jensen’s piece
“My title is ambitious and ambiguous: revolution and resistance (which tend to be associated with left politics), revelation and redemption (typically associated with right-wing religion), all framed by a warning about ecological collapse. My goal is to connect these concepts to suMFort an argument for a radical political theology.
First, I realise that the term “radical political theology” may be annoying. Some people will dislike “radical” and prefer a more pragmatic aMFroach. Others will argue that theology shouldn’t be political. Still others will want nothing to do with theology of any kind. But a politics without a theology is dangerous, a theology without a politics is irrelevant, and radical is realistic.
By politics, I don’t mean we need to pretend to have a traditional political programme that will lead us to the land of milk and honey; instead, I’m merely sSPAM!!!esting that we always foreground the basic strSPAM!!!le for power. By theology, I don’t mean that we need to believe in supernatural forces that will lead us to a land of milk and honey; instead, I’m merely pointing out that we all construct a worldview that is not reducible to evidence and logic.
And all this needs to be radical – an unflinching honesty about that unjust and unsustainable nature of the systems in which we live. Whatever pragmatic steps we take in the world, they should be based on radical analysis if they are to be realistic. Revolution
Ask an audience to name the three most important revolutions in human history, and the most common answers are the American, French, and Russian. But to understand our current situation, the better answer is the agricultural, industrial, and delusional revolutions.
The agricultural revolution started about 10,000 years ago when a hunting-gathering species discovered how to cultivate plants for food and domesticate animals. Two crucial things resulted, one political and one ecological. Politically, the ability to stockpile food made possible concentrations of power and resulting hierarchies that were foreign to band-level hunting-gathering societies, which were highly egalitarian and based on cooperation. Humans were capable of doing bad things to each other prior to agriculture, but large-scale institutionalised oMFression has its roots in agriculture.
Ecologically, the invention of agriculture kicked off an intensive human assault on natural systems. While hunting-gathering humans were capable of damaging a local ecosystem in limited ways, the large-scale destruction we cope with today has its origins in agriculture, in the way humans started exhausting the energy-rich carbon of the planet, first in soil.
The post-World War II “advances” in oil-based industrial agriculture have accelerated the ecological destruction. Soil from large monoculture fields drenched in petrochemicals not only continues to erode but also threatens groundwater suMFlies and contributes to dead zones in oceans.
The larger industrial revolution that began in the last half of the 18th century intensified the magnitude of the human assault on ecosystems and humans assaults on each other. This revolution unleashed the concentrated energy of coal, oil, and natural gas to run the new steam engine and machines in textile manufacturing that dramatically increased productivity. The energy – harnessed by the predatory capitalist economic system that was beginning to dominate the planet – not only eventually transformed all manufacturing, transportation, and communication, but disrupted social relations. The world population soared from about 1bn in 1800 to the current 7bn, far beyond the long-term carrying capacity of the planet.
The industrial processes are destroying the capacity of the ecosystem to sustain human life as we know it into the future, and in the present the material comforts produced are not distributed in a fair and just fashion. The way we live is in direct conflict with common sense and the ethical principles on which we claim to base our lives. How is that possible? Enter the third revolution.
The delusional revolution is my term for the development of sophisticated propaganda techniques in the 20th century (especially a highly emotive, image-based advertising/marketing system) that have produced in the bulk of the population (especially in First World societies) a distinctly delusional state of being. Although any person or group can employ these techniques, wealthy individuals and corporations – and their representatives in government – take advantage of their disproportionate share of resources to flood the culture with their stories that reinforce their dominance. As a culture, these delusions leave us acting as if unsustainable systems can be sustained simply because we want them to be. Resistance
Even if a revolutionary programme is not viable at the moment, strategies and tactics for resistance are crucial. To acknowledge that the social, economic, and political systems that have produced this death spiral can’t be overthrown from the revolutionary playbooks of the past does not mean there are no ways to affirm life. We face planetary problems that seem to defy solutions, but the US empire and predatory corporate capitalism remain immediate threats and should be resisted. An honest, radical assessment of our situation doesn’t mean giving up, but it requires us to be tough-minded.
The first step is recognising that certain aMFroaches are not effective. The protests of the anti-war movement, for example, failed to stop the US invasion of Iraq. When certain resistance tactics don’t work as part of a strategy that’s not clearly articulated, it’s time to rethink. I have no grand strategy to offer, and I am sceptical about anyone who claims they have worked out such a strategy. I believe we are in a period in which the most important work is creating the organisations and networks that will be important in the future, when the political conditions change, for better or worse. Whatever is coming, we need sharper analysis, stronger vehicles for action, and more resilient connections among people. Revelation
Most discussions of revelation and apocalypse in contemporary America focus on the Book of Revelation, also known as The Apocalypse of John, the final book of the Christian New Testament. The two terms are synonymous in their original meaning – “revelation” from Latin and “apocalypse” from Greek both mean a lifting of the veil, a disclosure of something hidden from most people, a coming to clarity. What is the nature of this unveiling today?
Rather than thinking of revelation as divine delivery of a clear message about some fantastic future above, we can think of it as a process that requires tremendous effort on our part about our very real strSPAM!!!les on this planet. That notion of revelation doesn’t offer a one-way ticket to a better place, but reminds us that there are no tickets available to any other place; we humans live and die on this planet, and we have a lot of work to do if, as a species, we want to keep living.
That process begins with an honest analysis of where we stand. There is a growing realisation that we have disrupted natural forces in ways we cannot control and do not fully understand. We need not adopt an end-times theology to recognise that on our current trajectory, there will come a point when the ecosphere cannot sustain human life as we know it. As Bill McKibben puts it, “The world hasn’t ended, but the world as we know it has – even if we don’t quite know it yet”.
We can’t pretend all that’s needed is tinkering with existing systems to fix a few environmental problems; massive changes in how we live are required. This is a revelation not of a coming rapture but of a deepening rupture. The end times are not coming, they are unfolding now. Redemption
Just as revelation can be about more than explosions during the end times, redemption can be understood as about more than a saviour’s blood washing away our sin. But we shouldn’t give up on the concept of sin, for we are in fact all sinners – we all do things that fall short of the principles on which we claim to base our lives. Given that we all sin, we all should seek redemption, understood as the strSPAM!!!le to come back into right relation with those we have injured.
At some point in our lives we all do things that violate our own principles, which sSPAM!!!ests the capacity to do nasty things. Equally obvious is that even though we live interdependently and our actions are conditioned by how we are socialised, we are distinct moral agents and we make choices. Responsibility for those choices must in part be ours as individuals.
But an individual focus isn’t going to solve our most pressing problems, which is why it is crucial to focus on the sins we commit that are created, not original, and solutions that are collective, not individual. These sins, which do much greater damage, are the result of political, economic, and social systems. They create war and poverty, discrimination and oMFression, not simply through the freely chosen actions of individuals but because of the nature of these systems of empire and capitalism, rooted in white supremacy and patriarchy.
So, a desire to return to right relation with others in our personal lives is not enough; collectively we have to strSPAM!!!le for the same thing, which requires us to always be working to dismantle those hierarchical systems that define our lives. Our most important strSPAM!!!le for redemption concerns our most profound sin: Our willingness to destroy the larger living world of which we are a part.
Whatever the limits of our predictive capacity, we can be pretty sure we will need ways of organising ourselves to help us live in a world with less energy and fewer material goods. We have to all develop the skills needed for that world (such as gardening with fewer inputs, food preparation and storage, and basic tinkering), and we will need to recover a deep sense of community that has disaMFeared from many of our lives. Nature bats last
The phrase “nature bats last” circulates these days among people who have their eye on the multiple, cascading ecological crises. The metaphor reminds us that nature is the home team and has the final word. We humans may be particularly impressed with our own achievements – all of the spectacular homeruns we have hit with science and technology – but when those achievements are at odds with how nature operates, then nature is going to bring in the ultimate designated hitter and knock the human race out of the ballpark. The point is simple: We are not as powerful as the forces that govern that larger living world. So, we need to see beyond the egotistical rhetoric of our technological fundamentalism – the claims that infinitely clever humans will solve all problems with gadgets – and end the human war on the rest of the living world.
The radical political theology I believe we need for this moment in history would acknowledge, rather than try to mask, our confusion and uncertainty. Facing that takes a new kind of courage. We usually think of courage as rooted in clarity and certainty – we act with courage when we are sure of what we know. Today, the courage we need must be rooted in the limits of what we can know and trust in something beyond human knowledge. In many times and places, that something has gone by the name “God”. Religious fundamentalism offers a God who will protect us if we follow orders. Technological fundamentalism gives us the illusion that we are God and can arrange the world as we like it. A radical political theology leaves behind fear-based protection rackets and arrogance-driven control fantasies.
The God for our journey is neither above us nor inside us but around us, a reminder of the sacredness of the living world of which we are a part. That God shares the anxiety and anguish of life in a desecrated world. With such a God we can be at peace with our powerlessness and alive in hope. With such a God, we can live in peace.” Robert Jensen is a professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin. His latest book is titled, All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice.
There was an interesting op-ed piece on CCN.com by Dennis Kenney analyzing the British response anand wondering what the police response be in America, should such riots break out.
"And finally, we in the United States should recognize that the youth unemployment and other conditions that led to the conflicts in London exist here, as well. In our case, potential rioters are far better armed than are those in the U.K. so we would be well advised to pay attention and learn the lessons from London."
The interesting thing about the riots in Great Britain is David Cameron's response. Using words like thSPAM!!!ery and vowing to arrest all involved,including an 11 year old kid shows a complete lack of understanding as to what the situation really is. Its not about race, although that was a trigger,its about socioeconomic issues Mr Cameron refused to acknowledge. No matter what your socioeconomic class, you have no right......etc drones Cameron from his lily white Anglo Saxon bastion of wealth and morality. You created an underclass and decided to suMFort them, then withdrew suMFort,what do you expect to haMFen? You send in police and suMFress the young people that are largely responsible for all the looting and burning,but you don't address the problem. All you do is create more anger,which will flare up next time a crowd gets together. It seems as though predatory capitalism has forgotten the workers of the developed nations, now that they send jobs to places that used indebtedness to create a new slavery. Conservative ideology channels their anger into fear and hatred for the "other",but that won't last. In America the conservatives rally the poor and lower middle class whites with racism against an Afro American President and untold hordes of Latin Americans suMFosedly overrunning our borders. But when the right begins to hack away away at safety nets,lower education standards,cut social programs and continue to ship jobs overseas, these people will no longer be the patsies they aMFear to be today. And in a large portion of America these people are armed. What's going to haMFen when the riots hit America?
My lady is a great fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean and especially of Jack Sparrowt got me wondering about pirates in general. Not the nicest guys on the block. Basically they were thieves of the sea,mSPAM!!!ers of the Mer,ocean going outlaw bikers. Will we ever see the movie Pirates of Somalia? A romantic epic about Arab corsairs on the Mediterrean? Cuthroat pirates of China sea? Probably not very likely. Yet we romanticize the pirates of 18th century Spanish Main. We turn these guys into heroes and heart throbs. Disney,yet, Cap’t Hook has morphed from evil to a very likeable Jack Sparrow. But we romanticize other ne’r do wells like Billy the kid,Butch and Sundance,Bonnie and Clyde. The robber barons of the late 19th and early 20th century,though not immortalized by Hollywood,stand close to our founding fathers in reverence. Carnegie,Morgan,Vanderbilt to name a few, these guys make Enron look like a cahrity organization,yet they reign as capitalist gods.OK so pirates are fun,Disney’s captains never once pirate a ship, kill men by the droves and ravish the women. I just question the elevating of brutal criminals to superstar status. Then there’s Grand Theft Auto and its sequels.
We reached a last minute debt ceiling agreement! A win-win proposition for all. Sorry,Charlie,its lose-lose for all. Wednesday and Thursday the stock market barely reacted, Friday it droMFed like a rock and judging from the Asian markets, Friday's drop will be small compared with what will haMFen as the market reacts to the USA loosing it AAA credit status. Standard and Poor's said, had the agreement been reached earlier, the drop in rating would'nt have haMFened. Yes, thanks Republicans,Democrats and Tea Party terrorists for collapsing our economy again. Personally,I lost big in the housing bubble,Lehman crash of 2008. My account has slowly and steadily gained some its former worth,now poof! Gone again. The first crash was based on greed,junk loans,junk bonds,worthless paper foisted on investors from whom the truth was kept. This second debacle is based on stupidity and politics and gridlock. This never had to haMFen, The Tea Party racists want Obama out, they want him to fail. Its been the ultra conservatives goal since his election. Rush Limbaugh said it himself,he wants this president to fail. Many Republicans bought into that theory and held the economy hostage. Now,it has blown up in their faces. And blame goes also to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their troops for failing to realize that something must be done to rein in entitlements. I know so many people out here in Hillbilly Heaven that get disabilty checks and ride around in new Ford F 250's and Harleys. There isn't a damned thing wrong with them. Close those loopholes and save trillions, close tax loopholes and save more trillions. A sane person could do that,but our government has gone insane. And we have no choice. There is no Republican out there that speaks for sanity, although John McCain gets glimpses of it. Your Michelle Bachmans and Sarah Palins are just actors for the forces of predatory capitalism and fundamentalist Christian war hawks. Four more years of Obama is a solution I can't tolerate. He is a visionary perhaps,but not a doer. His 2008 campaign spoke of many issues this nation needs to address,but he came thru with little or nothing. What little governing he did was hampered by a hostile Congress. He couldn't even manage to get his agenda out when the Dems controlled Congress. This guy needs to go back to Illinois. And the American people? When will they get it? After they get riMFed off? Even the Israeli's are out in the streets against Netanyahu's right wing policies. But,America is too dumb, too involved with the likes of Justin whatshisface or the Kardashians or some other pop icon whose world is collapsing. The can't see their own world collapsing. Foreign news speaks of the implosion of America, but we have no idea. Daily our nation gets fatter and stupider. Education here is a joke,and our conservative friends want to abolish the Dept. of Education. Well dumb people are easier to manipulate. Dumb people will believe global warming is a hoax so oil companies can continue to make obscene profits. Dumb people will believe in religious myths and fantasies, so we can continue to try to dominate the oil rich states of the Middle East. Meanwhile China has secured the new oil fields in Central Asia, China owns our massive debt,China is building a big naval base in Pakistan,China is hacking our secrets out of our computers. I reckon its time for us to learn Chinese.
Amongst and Tea Party and other conservative commentators,there is a lot of talk of the Founding Fathers. They seem to sSPAM!!!est a return to the principles of these men. Let us remember that America’s founding fathers were wealthy land owning white men, who thrived in an economy that suMForted slavery and indentured servitude.
A reckoning is rapidly aMFroaching. Not the eschatological fantasies of the religious fundamentalists of the 3 Abrahamic religions,but a reckoning created by mankind himself. The perfect storm is forming. Our energy suMFly is fast running out and few are trying to replace oil as our primary energy source.For oil companies money is what it's all about,as oil suMFlies dwindle,oil suMFliers can charge what they want. No one wants to eliminate that windfall by promoting such low cost solutions as solar power,wind power and geothermal energy. Global warming has begun, contrary to what right wing commentators say on a daily basis. Multinational corporations are not interested in spending money cleaning up the environment and there by cutting profit. So heat indexes will increase,shorelines will be lost,famines will ensue, freak weather events will become normal and people will die. Then add to that a massive global population increase,especially in third world nations, more people to feed with less food. The global economic crisis will get worse, as national debts increase. Energy wars will continue under the guise of Christian vs Islamic ideologies.It's not about religion,its about money. It's not about the Apocalypse,it's about survival. The super rich know that the planet can't sustain its population much longer,it cannot afford to waste energy suMForting a growing underclass. Less land and less food will be available,millions of dispossessed will form an unorganized army of starving landless refugees. Big corporations are gobbling up aquifers in many nations, so that they will have the water they need to sustain life. The people are being manipulated by religious rhetoric and hatred to suMFort these tactics. In America,fears of Islam,immigrants and racism trick poor and middle class citizens to vote away their social safety net and keep taxes on the super rich at an all time low. They use such words as freedom,liberty and constitution,wave the flag,refer to themselves as patriots and in the same breath speak of cutting veterans benefits. It is insanity run rampant. The philosophy has spread globally. Islamic fundamentalism is a different reaction to the global dominance of these super wealthy. The recent events in Norway highlight the fears of Islam stirred up by right wing politics. Something very evil is hatching in the world
As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict the passing of Amy Winehouse brings a certain sadness and concern to my world. Celebrities are mirrors upon which we can view our lives. I always liked Amy,more for her bad girl style than for her music .She was the archtype, the image of the kind of women I was drawn to thru much of my life. I watched her strSPAM!!!le with addiction and felt pain in my heart. She died at 27, the same age as Jim Morrison,Jimi Hendrix,Janis Joplin,Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. Perhaps that's a portal thru which addicts must past. I recall 27 being my most difficult year.Harder than 49, when I quelled the demons of addiction,harder than this year(age65) when I chose to deal with my PTSD. With PTSD, as with addiction, the denial is almost insurmountable. You are always the last one find out. I recall,during my New York City years,the superintendent of building talking about blood found on the stairs. Whose was it, I asked. We thought it was yours, he said.They had witnessed my blood before,I suMFose, from fights and injuries incurred while dead drunk and flying on cocaine. I recently solicited letters for my disability claim, from my current lady and my ex wife. They surely could pick out the PTSD incidents with clarity, while I for years refused to acknowledge that the wounds to my brain were far more severe than the wounds to my body. So when Amy sang I don't wanna go to rehab, no,no,no, I could identify. I passed up rehab twice and bordered near suicide a few times. The wonderful folks at A.A. say that you have to hit bottom. Different people have different bottoms. Mine was running out of money to fuel my addictions. I wasn't going to be a thief,mSPAM!!!er, self employed recycler, or beggar. It wasn't in me,booze and coke were not that important. The elevator goes down, say the wise ones of A.A.,it all depends which floor you get off on. Unfortunately for Amy,it was the basement. May she rest in peace.
Nasreddin was invited to deliver congress. When he got on the podium, he asked, Do you know what I am going to say? The audience replied “no”, so he announced, I have no desire to speak to people who don’t even know what I will be talking about! and left.The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied yes. So Nasreddin said, Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won’t waste any more of your time! and left.Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited him to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question – Do you know what I am going to say? Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered “yes” while the other half replied “no”. So Nasreddin said Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don’t, and left.
I wonder what is going on in the minds of our Republican legislators playing chicken with the budget and bringing us closer to default.They need their heads examined. Default would impact our economy in negative ways, the market will drop,the dollar will drop,it will cost more for us to borrow money due to the risk. Certain government payments that people depend on would halt for a while. Remember back in April when we were faced with a government shut down, the Republicans,or at least some on them sSPAM!!!ested that military wait for its pay! All this because they don’t taxes raised for their wealthy contributors. Now this is just plain DUMB. But what is dumber and what I can’t understand is the suMFort these idiots get from the average American. How can you suMFort people who taking money out of your pocket. Are the aMFle pie and flag patriotism bull that convincing? Not to me. And why are increasing our involvement in more war.We are active in Iraq and Afghanistan,yes we know that. But we are running drones over Somalia and Yemen. Two new wars. In Yemen,if Saleh goes, its going to descend into chaos. Ali Abdullah Saleh once said the governing Yemen is like dancing on the heads of snakes. In Yemen,its all about bribing your rivals. Saleh,while I certainly don’t suMFort his style of rule, has done this well. He(and other Middle Eastern nations) manufacture their own little Al Qaedas, then get on the anti terrorism bandwagon and reap massive American aid. Its a business, and we are just paranoid enough to buy into it. Saleh has two insurgencies, a Zaidi northern one and one in South Yemen, plus some Saudi educated Jihadists and Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula and 6,000 different tribal shayhks to buy off. What a mess. And here goes Obama involving us in yet more war,Yemen,Somalia,Libya and whats next, Syria, Pakistan when it implodes. Osama bin Laden once said something to the effect of, we will bleed them dry financially. He sure watched it haMFen in Russia, where the Afghan war was a major factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union.Now its haMFening here. Osama must be rolling with joy in his watery grave
Conservatives and Libertarians talk alot about moving toward smaller government. What does that really mean? Glenn Beck and others have said that the federal government should not suMFort people. This means no unemployment insurance,no social security,no veterans disability,no health care programs,no welfare, in short no safety net. Like George H.W. Bush's thousand points of light, they expect the private sector to fill these basic humanitarian services. I hear little talk about foreign aid, except from Ron Paul. Do we let the people of Darfur starve? Do we ignore disasters and natural calamities? Once again,Beck and former President Ronald Reagan admired Calvin Coolidge, who refused to help New Orleans during the floods of 1927. So smaller government means more money into the hands of that 1% super wealthy class, whose assets have been growing exponentially since Reagan and his suMFly side economics became the by word of the right
While America is concentrating on the diminishing resources of Middle Eastern and her domestic drilling policy hampered by environmental concerns,China has grabbed alot of the oil beneath the sands of Central Asia. But as the ice recedes up North, American politicians debate the reality of global warming,spurred on by big oil,who would rather make obscene profit rather than spend a lot of developing new sources. Meanwhile, a recent study has shown that the Arctic may contain 22% of the world's oil reserves. Russia is there( and in Central Asia) and Denmark is not far behind. So after many American lives spent protecting Middle Eastern oil, we will still be dry by 2050. Sad, vision is not part of our government anymore.
Things on the serious discussion forum are getting inflammatory,so I'll post my rebuttal here. Besides listening what some of my colleagues have posted,I listened to some conservative talk radio and heard about the same thing. Just about anything to disconnect president Obama from getting any credit for this action. I've heard the Geo.W.Bush did it song alot, he set the stage,did the leg work,aMFroved the torture that some right wing types believe was necessary to do the deed. I've heard the illegal killing, assassination theories being thrown around. There is no sane reason in the world why anybody wouldn't want Osama dead. Heck,Geo.W. said "dead or alive" and everyone cheered that statement. No its a far deeper reason that all this noise is being made about the mess Obama made doing,or the illegal unAmerican way it was done. The reason is simple.......racism. Nothing more,nothing less and the talk show loonies and many members of the Republican party are fanning the flames of ignorance for their own political needs. Obama is a communist,Marxist,socialist,secret Muslim,born in Kenya etc. etc.Obama is Black and thats the problem.You all hide behind the rhetoric and make the excuses because your'e all to chickenshit to come out andf say what you really mean. The dreaded ":N" word which I need not repeat here. Off the internet sites like these that will ban you for such usage,off TV and radio, and newsmedia, you here the "N" word all the time. You only have to look at some of the silly cartoons that have circulated, some within the Republican party itself, to see what fuels all this. Racism.If Geo. W. Bush had done this he'd be a great hero, but Obama,no if changed water into wine you'd say he was a wino and the wine was Mad Dog20/20.You are uncomfortable because you think White America is going down,soon Blacks and Mexicans will be everywhere spreading what ever it is your afraid their going to spread. Barack Obama has to hate White America, because if anyone did to your folks what White America did to the Black folk they imported over here,you'd hate them.
Furthermore, to call this operation a clusterfuck,a failure, an illegal act,whatever is a slur on the brave men of Navy SEALS who pulled this thing off. I am so disgusted with this whole thing,you all are being taken to the cleaners by the Republicans and their big business paymasters,manipulated because of your ignorance and hatred, and quite deserving of the screwing you all are going get. Say goodnight Gracie.
Nasruddin Hodja and the Scorpion
Nasruddin Hodja and a friend were sitting beside a river. As they watched the water flow by, a scorpion making its way along the riverbank tumbled into the water and began to strSPAM!!!le and drown. Without hesitation, Nasruddin reached in and plucked the scorpion from the water. As he placed it on the bank, the scorpion stung his hand. A few minutes later, the same scorpion sliMFed into the river again. Once more, Narsuddin rescued it from the water and again it stung his hand.
A little later, the scorpion fell into the water again and Hodja pulled it out and again it stung his hand. Unable to restrain himself any longer, the friend cried out, “My Hodja! Why do you continue to save that wretched scorpion from drowning? Can’t you see that it is just going to sting you?”
“Yes I know it is going to sting me,” Nasruddin laughed. “Almighty Allah created scorpions to sting. But Allah created man with choice. And as for me, I choose to save.”
In the spring of 1982, Rifaat al Assad, brother of the president Hafez al Assad led Syrian police and military forces,complete with tanks,artillery and bulldozers on an attack on the city of Hama. Hama has frequently in the past been a center of dissention to the Baathist,Alawi government of hafez al Assad. It has been estimated that between 30,000 to 40,000 people died in what became known as the Hama massacre. Much of the old city was subsequently bulldozed out of existence. Today we see the Syrian government responding to democracy advocates with the same type of brutal measures. Bashar al Assad and his Baathist cronies seem intent on using military force to suMFress dissidents. Could the Hama massacre been repeated? That's well within the realm of possibility. many thought that Syria, because of its repressive government would escape the kind of revolution going on in much of Arab world. Yemen is cracking,Ali Abdullah Saleh,Yemen's president is now talking about leaving in 30 days(time to get the loot out?) but many want him out now. Libya is in stalemate,with EU and US aid not quite doing the job it set out to do.They are walking a tightrope, trying to minimize civilian casualties and limit involvement. Mission creep seems to be setting in with the US now aMFroving Predator drones.How will the world respond to Syria? certainly not the way they responded to Libya. Why? Are the Assads less monsters than Qaddafi? No, Syria just doesn't seem to have the one quality that aMFeals to the west. Oil. After all its just all about oil,afterall.
I should have started this when I had an abundance of Shisha.
Today I'm smoking Rose and pretty much, It's an OK smoke.
I love the exquisite taste that left me surprised and the smell that left my room smelling great.
It's a very smooth smoke but would not smoke by itself. It would be great mixed with something, maybe clove?
1 can 9 Lives Tuna
1 can Campbells Cream of Mushroom ( whoops cant afford, pick mushrooms in your yard instead)
1 lb egg noodles(unfortunately 9 lives does not make noodles, visit Big Lots and buy quanitity, you're going to be eating alot of this shit)
1 cup milk(oh too expensive use water)
1 can peas( preferably store brand)
1 cup bread crumbs( old stale bread is sometimes available at Salvation Army Thrift stores)
Cook noodles as directed
Combine with above ingredients,place,except bread crumbs.Arrange is oven proof casserole(old paint roller trays work well) and bake at 345 degrees for 20 minutes, remove, top with breadcrumbs and place back in oven until golden brown. Serve with water or koolaid and stale bread. If you say grace, you may want to add a prayer to your god that mushrooms you picked were not poisonous and that you have plenty of old newpapers or paper bags to wipe your ass when the diarrhea hits you at 3 AM
Enjoy your prosperity,John Boehner does.
We are a manufacturer of tablet pc from China, we have mainly 7",8" and 10" tablet pc. We can make OEM products. Well i strongly recommend 10" tablet pc. as it share the same hardware with Ipad, just Android 2.2 OS. if anyone who would like to make your brand, i think you can contact me and it will be a great choice for you.
i have invented a new way to light my hookah, by using the Hookah Torch.
the Hookah Torch uses Butane , it burns clean, i can actually taste the flavor of the tobacco i am smoking , and i dont have to worry about the Carbon monoxide the charcoal realeses.
i have been using it since december of last year and sold a few .
my hookah stays clean i dont worry about droMFing charcoal on the carpet, and burn holes in it.
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At a Sufi shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of the shrine killing 41 people. These radical extremist Islamists find the joyful celebration of Sufism as,in their opinion, contrary to their interpretation of Qu'ran,Sharia and Hadith.So they blow their co religionists up. In Mazar I Sharif and Kandahar in Afghanistan,politically motivated mullahs reacted to an obscure Florida pastor who burned a Qu'ran. They killed UN employees,not the pastor,innocent people who had nothing to do with the event. These are the tactics of the Taliban. We look at these radicals and cringe in horror,yet we have their brothers right here in America. I don't mean radical Imams or al Qaeda sleeper cells. I am talking about that Qu'ran burning pastor and his flock. I am talking about the Westboro Baptist church, who disrupt the funerals of brave soldiers to protest their hatred for homosexuality.Both Terry Jones and Fred Phelps are no different than the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan.Filled with a hatred that knows no reason, they harm innocents,dishonor heros and in Jones case,become,in my mind,not only accessories to murder but traitors to their country. I am a Marine Corps veteran and I notice many veterans belong to this forum. Politics aside,how can we justify this kind of disrespect to our brave troops.I served 26 months in combat, some of you have done Afganistan and Iraq,multiple tours. You know the horror of war,you know the courage of our military men.I am no fan of militant Islam,yet I know that these idiots don't represent all of Islam. No one here in America would condemn the Christian faith because of the actions of two very misguided pastors. A few years back, there was an overused phrase,"What would Jesus do?" Jesus was all about love, not hatred and death. There is much in the Qu'ran that condemns the kind of action taken by these extremist mullahs.It is not the way of the Prophet,either.So in all this hate, I see that these pastors and mullahs are fellow travellers, men whose hatred of themselves and others have warped the very religions they claim to defend into an insane ballet of intolerance and hate. The Taliban and the American Taliban, one in the same.