Monday, November 28, 2016

Queens Riddle

President Obama: "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?”
Queen Elizabeth: “Well, the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
President Obama, while frowning: “But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”
Queen Elizabeth, while sipping of champagne: “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch.”
The Queen pushed a button on her intercom: “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walked into the room and said, “Yes, your Majesty?"
The Queen smiled and said: “Answer me this please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother, and it is not your sister. Who is it?”
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered: ”That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.
President Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question.
“Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sisterWho is it?"

“I’m not sure,” said Biden, “let me get back to you on that one.”
The Vice President asked Hillary Clinton and all of his advisers, but none could give him an answer.
Frustrated, Biden went off for lunch at Trump Towers a day or so later and was greeted politely by Trump.
Biden asked, “Hey, Donald, see if you can answer this question. Your mother and father have a child, and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”
Trump answered: “That’s easy; it’s me!”
Biden smiled, and said: “Good answer, Donald!”
Biden then went back to speak with President Obama.
“Say, I did some research, and I have the answer to that riddle. “It’s Donald Trump!”
Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “NO, you idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”


Friday, November 18, 2016

Does Immigration Mean The End Of Western Civilization?

Does Immigration Mean The End Of Western Civilization?: A 40 year-old French novel reads as its been ripped from the headlines as EU leaders fail to grasp the true nature of Europe's immigration crisis.

This is a great book, required reading.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tea-Shirt

Received this photo about a week before the election.

A good sign.

The Millennial Women In My Family

Are all exploring the Chicken Little syndrome.
Thank heavens my bride has got her head screwed on correctly.
Hillary Clinton was never going to save the world.
Donald Trump was never as evil as portrayed.
My U-verse went out at 2:00 AM on Wednesday morning, so this was the happy message of confirmation that I went to sleep dreaming of. 
Now all I have to do is practice patience while immature 20 somethings pontificate to adults with actual life experience.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fighting for America

Dennis Prager has started this wonderful series of YouTube videos.
This is a great talk about how liberalism fits into American society.



Enjoyed the paraphrase of the Russian Communists...
We know what the future is, it's the past that keeps changing.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Open Container

Undressed and carrying an open container; it seems almost redundant.
Drunk, Naked Guy Searching For Sex Partner Instead Ends Up Behind Bars
Joshua Ivy, eager to for some sex, got undressed in the parking lot and started banging on doors.
One of the folks inside called the police. It's more difficult for men, if a woman did this, she'd probably find satisfaction on the first or second knock.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Muhammad Was A Feminist

Huh?
A couple of days ago, I downloaded the Huffington Post application to a new iPhone, a feeble attempt at making myself aware of what the other point of view has to say.  After studying the content the application was quickly removed.
Now we learn of this article via Breitbart that draws attention to a ludicrous statement made by the the Huffington Post.
Muhammad Was A Feminist
A statement, as title of the article, that is contrary to the portrayals seen in western media. When I read such a statement, my first presumption is that author is attempting to draw the reader in with a statement of political incorrectness. Breitbart describes the conceptual statement as "legerdemain" which I had to look up and is a noun defined as...
pronounced: lejərdəˈmān
defined:  skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks.
synonyms:  sleight of hand, conjuring, magic, wizardry, deception, trickery, cunning, artfulness, craftiness, chicanery, skulduggery, deceit, deception, artifice
Excerpts from Banafsheh Sayyad's article follow with comments
The prophet Muhammad would be appalled by how current Islamic Fundamentalists are treating women under their control. This suppression is done in the name of Islamic Law, known as Sharia. But the current suppression of women is shaped by cultural and history. It has little basis in the Quran and it is certainly not consistent with anything we know about what Muhammad taught or how he treated women. Of all the founders of the great religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Islam and Judaism — Muhammad was easily the most radical and empowering in his treatment of women. Arguably he was history’s first feminist.
An opening salvo, declarative statement that will be supported by equally obsurd examples.

This is of critical importance because if there is one single thing that Arabs and Muslims could do to reform and re-vitalize their crisis ridden cultures, it would be to liberate their women and provide them with the full rights women are enjoying in more and more countries around the world. Women’s equality is key to a real Arab Spring.
There is certainly more than one thing that can be done, but as a statement of the need for eqaulity of Islamic womento Islamic men, fine.
Among the founders of the great religions, Confucius barely mentioned women at all and assumed in all his teachings that they we subordinate to men within a patriarchal order. Buddha taught that women could become enlightened but had to be pressured three times before allowing women to become nuns, and then only on the condition, as he put it, that the highest nun would be lower than the lowest monk. In the Gospel accounts, Jesus did not explicitly comment on the status of women, although he did associate with women of ill repute and with non Jewish women. Moses was thoroughly patriarchal and there is virtually nothing in the Torah that indicates specific concern about women’s rights.
Is this an argument that the absence of statements by religious icons is proof of a discriminatory prediliction? In all cases these writings are transcriptions of what the leaders had said, thereby imbibed with the writing styles and cultures of that time. 
Muhammad was fundamentally different. He both explicitly taught the radical equality of women and men as a fundamental tenet of true spirituality, and he took numerous concrete measures to profoundly improve the status and role of women in Arabia during his own lifetime. Muhammad was sensitized to the plight of women because he was born poor and orphaned at a very early age. He was also illiterate. He knew as few did what poverty and social exclusion meant.
Please give us examples this teaching of of the concept of equality. This is a statement of fact without support.
Confucius was born into the gentry scholar class of ancient China. Buddha was born a wealthy prince in Nepal. Jesus was born the son of a carpenter with royal lineage and within a tightly knit Jewish community in Palestine. Moses was born into a Hebrew family and raised in the palace of the Pharaoh of Egypt. Muhammad had none of these advantages. Thus while other religious leaders seemed strangely silent about the oppression of women, Muhammad dramatically raised the status of women as a matter of religious conviction and state policy. Consider the following:
The lineage of Confucius, I cannot speak for, but the Moses was a slave, and Jesus lived in a conquered country ruled by Rome.
During seventh century Arabia, female infanticide was commonplace. Muhammad abolished it. A saying in the Hadith (the collection of sayings of Muhammad) records that Muhammad said that the birth of a girl was a “blessing.” Women in Arabia at that time were essentially considered property and had absolutely no civil rights. Muhammad gave them the right to own property and they were extended very important marital and inheritance rights.
Taken at face value, a fine act of reformation. Today, 13 centuries later, Muslims still treat women in the same Bedouin manner, women are chattel. So while the infanticide may have been stopped, the basic culture which practices female subjugation has continued.
Prior to Muhammad, the dowry paid by a man for his bride was given to her father as part of the contract between the two men. Women had no say in the matter. Muhammad declared that women needed to assent to the marriage and that the dowry should go to the bride, not the father; furthermore, she could keep the dowry even after marriage. The wife did not have to use the dowry for family expenses. That was the responsibility of the man. Women were also given the right to divorce their husbands, something unprecedented at that time. In a divorce, the woman was empowered to take the dowry with her.
There is a large a gap between what the prophet has instructed and what the behavior is.
Women were extended inheritance rights as well. They were only given half as much as their brothers because the men had more financial responsibilities for family expenses, but with Muhammad, women became inheritors of property and family assets for the first time in Arabia. At the time, this was considered revolutionary.
There is a large a gap between what the prophet has instructed and what the behavior is.
Muhammad himself was often seen doing “women’s work” around the house and was very attentive to his family. His first marriage to Khadija was monogamous for the entire 15 years they were married, something rare in Arabia at that time. By all accounts, they were deeply in love and Khadija in fact was the first convert to Islam. She encouraged Muhammad from his very first encounter with the angel Gabriel and the recitation of the first suras that were to become the Quran.
This is not unlike similar instances in the Bible.
After Khadija’s death, Muhammad married 12 wives. One was Aisha, the daughter of his closest friend and ally Abu Baker. The rest were nearly all widows, divorced women, or captives. He preached consistently that it was the responsibility of men to protect those women who had met with misfortune. This was one of the reasons polygamy was encouraged. Even with female infanticide, women in seventh century Arabia far outnumbered men because so many men were killed in the inter-tribal warfare of the day. Several of Muhammad’s wives were poor and destitute and he took them in, along with their children, into his household.
As a grown man of over 50 years old, Muhammad married a six year old girl. The feminist in him kept him from consummating until she was nine years old.
In his Farewell Sermon delivered shortly before he died in 632, Muhammad said to the men, “You have certain rights over women but they have certain rights over you.” Women, he said, are your “partners and helpers.” In one of the sayings of the Hadith, Muhammad says, “The best men are those who are best to their wives.”
Again, there is a large a gap between what the prophet has instructed and what the behavior is.
His wife Aisha took a leadership role after his death in bringing together the Hadith and another wife played a leading role in gathering together the suras that comprise the Quran. Each of the 114 suras that comprise the Quran with the exception of sura 9 begin with the words Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim. Translated most commonly as “In the Name of God, all compassionate, all merciful,” the deeper meaning of this phrase is “In the Name of the One who births compassion and mercy from the womb.” This invocation of the feminine aspect of Allah is key to an Islamic Renaissance.
What happened after the prophets death has no bearing on who he was as a man. Sorry, this statement carries no weight at all.
Finally, there is nothing in the Quran about women wearing the veil, the Hejab. That was certainly the custom in Arabia at that time and Muhammad’s wives wore the Hejab to designate their special status as “Mothers of the Believers,” but the only thing the Quran says directly is that women should dress “modestly.” Muhammad said the same thing to men. For him, modesty of dress was expressive of modesty of the heart. Muhammad himself, even when he was supreme leader, never wore anything more than simple white woolen attire.
And yet, burkas are required attire for many Islamic women. It can be granted that, excluding the royals, and the burkas, that man and women both dress in a manner that is both similar and modest.
So radical were Muhammad’s reforms that the status of women in Arabia and early Islam was higher than any other society in the world at that time. Women in 7th century Arabia had rights not extended to most women in the West till recent centuries over 1,000 years later. The fact that women have ended up in such a degraded position in many contemporary Arab/Muslim counties is a tragedy and needs to be rectified if the Islamic culture and civilization is to flourish again as it did during the Abbasid Caliphate from the 8th - 13th centuries when Islamic civilization was a shining light to the world. Liberating women would have profound effects politically, economically, culturally, artistically, and religiously. It would take the Arab Spring to a whole new level, which is what is so desperately needed in those countries that suffered the first Arab Spring as a stillbirth.
The teachings did not become part of the culture, sure to describe as a reform would be at best, premature.
It is time for Islam to liberate women fully and do so upon the example of Muhammad and the authority of the Quran that holds compassion and mercy as the first and foremost attributes of Allah.
Agreed.

After running through the article, I find it runs a path parallel to the liberal description of Islam being a religion of peace. Most points, I am willing to stipulate, as long as the proponents the prophet being a "feminist" stipulate that the culture Islam is one that embraces the legal framework known as Sharia, and barbaric practices like forced female circumcision.
As an aside, I would guess that to the Islamic terrorist ilk, a woman such the author Banafsheh Sayyad might be a candidate for being stoned for referring to the prophet as a feminist.  That is simply my suggestion. 
People seldom live up to the teachings of their religion. At this time in history, the tribal Bedouins are making Muhammad look like an ineffectual teacher. If you want to claim that Muhammad is a feminist, fine, but if that is your position you must accept that his followers aren't very good disciples.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Such A Nice Offer

Here I am an old man, married, and uninteresting.
Where were girls like this when I was younger.
I could put a Donald move on them.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hillary's Skills

Have been keeping pretty quiet on the election and what side I support.
My brother shares about 20 links a day on Facebook, trying to inform people who take the Democrats statements at face value.
Citizens are entitled to a defense and what she did during the trial of this rapist was probably legal. Following a case such as this, the attitude should be that she did not like defending the man, but she did her best within the law. The attitude she did project afterword is what is disturbing. The nervous laugh, the same sick sounding cackle we heard during the Congressional hearings, shows the person at the core. She nervous, uncaring, cold, and to her enemies and the weak, she is mean spirited.
No one should doubt that at minimum Hillary Clinton is most interested in her position in in the world, and her care for other women is feigned, reaching only as far as the voting machine.
This is an example of treatment of women that should be vilified in all media.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

The World According to Garp

Going back to the first time I read the book The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving has been my favorite author. With nothing fun to read at hand one day, found an old paperback copy of The World According to Garp and decided to go for the re-read.
The World According to Garp was published in 1978, is John Irving's fourth novel and first of critical and financial acclaim.
This is story of a TS Garp, born to an independent feminist before there even was a classification of the term feminist. He grew up well nurtured by a thoughtful woman, becoming an author, and for the most part lived a lived curtailed by women.
This is a wonderful book, a must read for any adult who enjoys humor tinged with political unrest.
Buy it, steal it, read it.