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evariste in Discarded Lies:
'nudda Monday, 'nudda Monday Winds of War
My Monday briefing with Bill Roggio has been up for several hours! Monday Winds of War: Jun 27/05 topics include:
Iranian harliner wins - ties to Qods/al-Qaeda; close the Syrian border; tough times for Taliban; negotiating with Iraqi insurgents; Al Qaeda in Iran; Ahmadinejad wants nukes, not US; Zarqawi's #2 bagged; Ansar al Sunnah leader caught; Unsettling times in Gaza for Israelis; Hamas sez more killing!; Mugabe destroys, rebuilds; Terror in Kashmir; Burning in Bangladesh; Choppings in Thailand; Sri Lankan Peace overtures; CIA agents charged for renditions; and much more...


Also, don't miss these Corporate Fables from Joe Katzman. Here's a taste:
A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest apologized "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak."

Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Lesson: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.


Finally, did you know that David's long-awaited blog has finally arrived! You might remember him from such films as Aisha's First Burka, Abu Knows Best and Any Color You Like, So Long As It's Black.

Did anyone watch the Bush speech? What did you think?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A false sense of honor
A father kills his daughter because she wants to marry a person of another faith. A brother forces his sisters to drink bleach and then strangles one of them - married and eight months pregnant - because he thought she was having an affair. A mother pulls a plastic bag over her daughter's head, slices her wrists and beats her head with a stick because she was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The mother served two years in prison.
According to the Palestinian women's affairs ministry, 20 girls and women were murdered in honour killings last year and about 50 committed suicide - often under coercion - for "shaming" the family through sex outside marriage, refusing an arranged marriage or seeking a divorce. Another 15 women survived attempts to kill them.

The ministry says that dozens of other killings are covered up each year. "We had one woman of 26 who was certified as dying of old age," said Maha Abu Dayyeh Shamas, director of the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling. "Putting 'falling into well' on the death certificate is very common. We find that the women were strangled and then dumped in the well."
Murdering Women For Honor
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guest author: Thousand Sons in Discarded Lies:
BANG! POW! ZOOM!
Excelsior, true believers!

Sorry! I've always wanted to use that line!

This is Thousand Sons coming at you about that fine fershlugginer art form...

Comic books!

Comic books are more than just funny pictures on cheap paper. They embody the human desire for imagining other worlds, other places, magic, myths and monsters.

"When I was a child, ladies and gentleman, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times... I learned very early in life that: "Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend -- without a song." So I keep singing my song."
-Elvis Presley

Down through the ages man has communicated his imagination through art. From those first paintings in Lascaux to today, artists were telling a story through pictures.

Comic books have been a big part of my life for a long time. I've read and collected comics for about 26 years. I love going to conventions, most notably the Emerald City Comic Con. Its always good to see what the rest of the tribe is up to. Thats how I look at comic collectors and fans: as one big tribe. Sometimes querulous, but our love of the four-color medium brings us together. Kinda like Bloggie.

So tell me, my tribe:

What's your favorite comic book? Your favorite hero or villain? Any time period or era, doesn't matter.

Do you have an interesting story associated with comics? A triumph? A tragedy?

Sing me your song....

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sine in The People's Diner:
Restaurant Recipes
epicurious.com features a list of "Restaurant Recipes," but some of them have no restaurant listed. I don't know about you, but if I'm going to make some complicated recipe from a restaurant, I want to know that some chef found it worth paying people to make it.

From an unspecified restaurant:
WARM ARUGULA SALAD WITH GARLIC CROUTONS

No restaurant listed for this one either:
SCALLOPS VERDE

Okay, here's one from an actual restuarant in Southern California, Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach:
GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH SESAME DIPPING SAUCE

For zorkie from Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama:
BAKED GRITS WITH HAM, WILD MUSHROOMS AND PARMESAN

I'm supposed to spring for duck using a "restaurant recipe" from an unspecified restaurant?:
DUCK WITH HONEY-PEPPERCORN SAUCE


Ah, here's one from Mario Batali's restaurant Po. I have one of his cookbooks and the recipes look good. This one is DESSERT:
PANNA COTTA WITH STRAWBERRIES AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Geraldo Rivera's Mustache
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Blue Team Fighting the Red Team
Brilliant idea! In order to not offend any losers, all countries could be assigned a color code. So for example, in Iraq it wouldn't be Americans fighting Saudis and Jordanians, it would be Aubergines fighting Ecrus and Pale Lavenders. Russia could be Pink (get it, get it?) and Chechnya could be Slate Gray. Go on, add a country color! The world is your palette.

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Shafaq Women's Bodybuilding Club
Can you imagine having to exercise in secret, for fear of getting arrested? This is what women in Afghanistan had to do for years, thanks to the enlightened Taliban. But no more: Afghan women start to pump iron and shape up in the battle for their rights
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Is Germany easing her conscience?
The German postwar governments have made great efforts to reeducate the population. In recent years, however, there are increasing signs of shifts in German attitudes toward rewriting its past. Some of these involve the sanitizing of history, while others are reflected in an increasing lack of sensitivity among society's elites as well as the mainstream toward the use of concepts and semantics from the Hitler period.

Franz Muentefering, chairman of the German Socialist party, compared certain foreign investors to damaging insects. The weekly Stern listed seven "locust firms"; several were recognizably Jewish by their names. When historian Michael Wolffsohn pointed out the similarity to Nazi language, he was severely attacked by several prominent Socialists.

The program of the German Open tennis championships for women in 2005, sponsored by the Qatar Tennis Association, included an article about the organizers, LTTC Rot Weiss, which explained that the club had blossomed when it had expelled its Jewish members in 1936 and included a photo of Nazi leader Hermann Goering during a visit to the club.

Polls indicate that the majority of Germans consider Israel's attitude toward the Palestinians as similar to that of the Nazis toward the Jews. A profound process is underway involving anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Israelism.
I don't think these phenomena are unique to Germany. Antisemitism is on the increase everywhere and in many trendy disguises, including anti-Israelism. However, Germany is an important threshold in the current wave of antisemitism for two reasons: among Europeans, Germans are the best educated about the Holocaust, and German society is still dealing with the guilt of the Holocaust and the uneasiness that such guilt provokes. Rewriting Germany's Nazi Past - A Society in Moral Decline
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
The New, New, New, New, New Math
Politically-correct education continues its slide toward its content-free, know-nothing ideal as "Ethnomathematics" appears on the scene. Predictably, condescending white liberals want to miseducate poor minorities in order to keep them pliant and ignorant. I'm through with believing that this kind of initiative has any reasonable or positive connotations. If math, the universal language is now to be balkanized into divisive identity politics by the apparatchiks and hacks who are sadly at the heart of our education leadership, what's left? The evil intentions behind this, like bilingual education, whole-word reading and other miseducation fads couldn't be clearer.

Social-justice mathematics? No thanks mate. That's not the training that will produce the next Fermat. It won't even produce a supermarket clerk who can figure out the change for $10.01 for a $5.01 order without asking the register. Say hello to the United States of Innumeracy.

Home-school your children, for the love of God. An inadequate education from you, guided by your child's interests, is bound to be far superior to this, which is the exact opposite of education. Raise your sons and daughters to be citizens; don't let the public educators experiment on them and turn them into subjects.
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guest author: floranista in Discarded Lies:
Tag! Dreamscape!
Dreams, nightmares, fantasies... we've all had them. One of my favorite dreams is flying over cities and towns.

In my dreams, with enough concentration, I just lift up and soar through space. If I start to lose my focus, my body starts descending. I can feel the minor changes in the atmosphere and my sense of smell is heightened just like when riding a motorcycle. It's wonderful! That is one of the reasons I liked flyguy so well.

The nightmares? All I have to do is eat some spicy food late at night and they are sure to appear. So come on everyone (aridog and papijoe - this means you, too!) let's try some dream analysis.
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