Nov 3, 2013 at 09:51:43
“That's funny, it's a Tory convention, but the podium just has 'Canada' on it. Harper knows that only a small faction of Canadian voices are in the room, right? And that a majority of Canadian voices are not. Check your credibility ratings, son, you are NOT speaking for Canada.
Yep, Taking Care of Business = Giving Canadians the Business”
Nodrog on Nov 3, 2013 at 11:16:54
“The short end of a sharp stick. How can we end this farce?”
“Very moving montage indeed. The comments below, not so much. What's interesting, though, is how the stark brutal horrors and wondrous sights above provoke such wildly disparate responses below. Step one, show how difficult and amazing being human can be. Step two: sit back and watch how some human beings can be so difficult, and some so amazing. Holy Austin Powers in a nutshell, Batman!”
“Slate reports that 9000 Americans have been killed by guns since Sandy Hook. There is no doubt, America needs a solution for gun violence, and this solution will have to go through the NRA and all the other gun lobbies. Pointing fingers at gun enthusiasts and collectors will not help, neither will claiming that this crime has nothing to do with the current state of gun laws across the country. There is a solution that will save lives, and it has worked in Australia, where the macho culture was used to turn public opinion away from large-magazine assault rifles, and it was combined with a gun buy-back program that paid owners somewhere around their purchase price. The result? Success. This could be tried in America.”
“Only someone who has a superficial understanding of Isslam would support that viewpoint. Musslim converts, like the two I met at the mosque today, would not. Speaking for myself, although I am not a convert, I know the power of freeing my mind to go beyond our puny, earthly concerns, and see the wonder in all of creation: scientific, theoretical, artistic, human, the natural world, and it is such a trip when you believe in the single unifying theory of the universe. It is the ultimate humbling gift. Rumi: "Man names things by their outward appearance. God knows things by their inner reality" When you connect what little we know with the source of everything, it is truly enlightening.”
“Two phrases I find myself repeating pretty much every day: "What's stress?" - a cheeky denial mechanism to deflate the effect of other people's attempts to cause me stress, and stand-your-ground (in a good metaphorical way) philosophy that equalizes the stressor with the stressee. Contestant No. 2: "Find THAT Solution", which is usually shortened to "F. That S." It really really works.
And one of the proudest moments of my life was when I finally taught myself to play the intro to Ben Folds Five's "Philosophy" on my Costco Casio keyboard. The right hand part only, of course - I'm not THAT good.
My friends, you must all see Kelly McGonigal's TED talk on the life-saving benefits of stress http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html”
“You'd think if Obama were Muslim, he'd make a point of mentioning it at the annual White House Iftar held in Ramadan every year, a tradition that continues unbroken from before George W.Bush's tenure. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Right?
Does anyone know what Jesus said about Muslims? Well, we do know that he did not identify his followers with the term 'Christian', but with the term 'believers', a word that appears all through the Qur'an.”
democratsaint on Oct 14, 2013 at 16:50:52
“1st he went the rev wright church for 20 years,now he is a muslim cause as a kid he went to a muslim school that did not push religion.of course he was born in africa,not that it mattered cause his mother is american,which make him a citizen no matter what country.of course it was hawaii.”
“Of course, there is no attempt at scholarly debate in this issue, because that would expose the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of racist Russki politically-driven propagandists.What exactly do they object to? Why, the fact that no one is sufficiently objecting to, uniting over, and pleading for protection and deliverance from, the designated 'other'.”
“Saudi Arabia is definitely not an ideal society, with all its repression, classism, slave labour and discrimination. But the author's claim that business opportunities threaten to overwhelm the meaning of the holy month is ridiculous. No one there is under any illusions that one supplants the other. Unlike Christianity, where there is a overwhelming secular celebration alongside the religious, the religious celebrations are primary, the commercial aspects are there to enhance the experience. Go to Mecca, feel the blessing of God, buy a token souvenir to share with your loved ones back home. The religious/spiritual and the commercial can and do exist side by side, just at they exist within us. There has been shopping in Mecca for millennia. No biggie, Milhaus!”
“Having stayed at the building in question in one the many hotels inside, the Movenpick actually, I found the experience to be initially jarring, because there is a three story mega mall at the entrance, with dozens of high end jewellery and watch shops, clothes, restaurants, fast food, even a Debenhams, a Payless and a Burger King. However, it is a location frequented by human beings, and human beings have a long history of earning a living through commerce, and Mecca has been a business hub on the Arabian trading routes since before the time of the Prophet Muhammad. So what's the big deal? I buy stuff all the time. Should I stop just because I'm there?Isslam is not designed to be a isolationist faith where one cuts oneself off from all worldly things; rather, God recognizes that we are multidimensional, imperfect, materially driven beings who long for transcendence and the beauty and perfection of God. Isslam gives us each the guidance to navigate the world in a better way.Even business is improved by applying Isslamic principle. The tower serves to provide as many people as possible with a hotel room that has a view of the Kaaba, and the top of the tower actually lights up with sparkly lights when it is time for one of the 5 daily prayers, and this is visible for miles around. Any tower is going to be taller than the Kaaba, so who decides on an arbitrary limit?”
“Not too bad in the fall. When we were there one October/November it was about mid 80s, but summer must be unbearable. The roofs of the various towers of the hotel are covered with dozens of air conditioning units”
“The Kaaba was originally built by Abraham, at the site of the well that was discovered by his wife. Rites performed there to this day honor the actions of Abraham and his wife. By the time Muhammad was born, the Kaaba was filled with hundreds of idols.”
Jul 14, 2013 at 05:38:26
“This guy is all over the place. How can you tell when someone is trying to pay respect to your culture as opposed to perpetuating a stereotype or merely making a misguided interpretation of what is appropriate? I mean, beats and rhymes aren't exactly embedded in Native culture. Culture is in flux, and you can't mix and mangle your own culture and then turn around and point fingers at people who don't keep up. To my mind, the racism behind names like the Redskins, the goofy offensive mascot of the Cleveland Indians, Chief Wahoo, and the non-Native Chicago Blackhawks and the like is a serious matter that should be brought into the light of the 21st century and solved once and for all. Headdresses and face-paint should be given their solemn respect, but then why are appropriated on stage at a concert? Not exactly a sacred ritual gathering. But other cultural symbols? Just look at how Indian-from-India culture -fashion, music, entertainment - is evolving and hybridizing. Maybe what's needed is a separation of the sacred from popular Native culture so others can clearly see what's up for grabs and what is not. I'm glad this discussion is happening though, it's better than the alternative, which is keeping the sordid history of Native abuse swept under the rug.”
bintalshamsa on Sep 5, 2013 at 01:04:48
“People from India are also speaking out against cultural appropriation, so you'll need to find another excuse if you want to continue to support this kind of bigotry.”
“When is the American consumer going to put on his/her big boy/girl pants and realize that shopping of Walmart is the same as killing off the middle class? They import everything from foreign sweatshops, pay their workers starvation wages (why else would they post info on how to get free diapers from state-run programs for the poor in California in their staff rooms?) and brainwash people through their misleading advertising. Walmart is a happy place? No, it's a pit of misery, for the slaves working for them, and for the pathetic Walmart shoppers (we've all seen the slideshows). Living wage, people. Slavery to the bargain means someone else is paying, whether it's the small businesses getting eaten alive, the domestic manufacturers going bankrupt (even Walmart's top ten suppliers have had to apply for bankruptcy protection because of unsustainably low margins) or the workers selling their assets because they can no longer afford them.”