Pigs in Blankets

Pigs, pork, bacon … all being covered up by a Western publisher deathly afraid of offending the “tiny minority” of Muslims who will kill them. Ostensibly, they are afraid to “offend” people, specifically “Muslims and Jews” — except for the suggestion that no Jew has ever complained. From the International Business Times article: “One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence …” […]

Test of crossposter plus Egypt news

I will be conducting a few tests this weekend of techniques to maintain both WordPress and LiveJournal. The current scheme requires that I manually go “clean up” after each posting, which means I can no longer schedule posts.

But I’ll include one interesting article, at least:

Egyptian President al-Sisi made news this month calling for […]

Politics and Evolution

I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:

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Mainstream Islamic Opinion

There is a disconnect between the media (and apologists’) notions of Islam and what hundreds of millions of Muslims actually believe. Apologists, including the media, tell us constantly that the jihadist/shari’ah law folks are only a “tiny fraction” of Muslims. A few, exceptionally foolish, tell us that jihadism has “nothing to do with Islam.” […]

Magical Islam

President Obama has famously declared that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Andrew Klavan had some fun with this. The Obama administration is going to extraordinary lengths to assert that Islamic terrorism (they will not use that phrase) has “nothing to do with Islam” (a phrase Obama and company use frequently). I was struck by various aspects of this “nothing to do with Islam” assertion. […]

Climate

I was challenged about the “consensus” on climate change over at Citizen Tom’s blog, and told that I should accept it because of the correlation of extreme weather and CO2. This is a slightly edited version of my reply, fixing a couple of typos and formatting issues. Now it’s back to work for me… […]

Gas Attack

Charles Krauthammer has written favorably of adding more taxes to the cost of gasoline:

For 32 years I’ve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I’ve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more.

NB: 32 years ago, Dr. Krauthammer was […]

Protected Group

In another forum, a commenter is arguing that the media is always quick to mention the criminal’s race if he’s black, but never if he’s Jewish. (There is some confusion there about “race.”) As he summed it up, after many comments and much argument: After the arrest. Black crime is racialized White crime is indivdualized Jewish crime is not mentioned. This struck me as rather far from the mark. I replied: […]

Predestination

A few days ago, I was privileged to attend (and bring a couple of family members) a pre-screening of the film Predestination. It is a movie based upon a short story by science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, about whom I have written a great deal. I am a member of both the Heinlein Society and an Advocate for the Space Frontier Foundation, and actually got invitations both ways. The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles was a nice venue for this. […]

Religious Differences

A new-to-the-Charlie-Hebdo-discussion commenter on the MENSA forum said, in part:

The day will come when we understand that the problem is not Islam but ALL religions. It was mentioned that Islam will use deadly force against those with a different ‘flavor’ of Islam. Do we forget of Christians killing each others on Belfast because of […]

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