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(no subject) [Sep. 10th, 2006|06:36 pm]
today I am sad
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(no subject) [Mar. 7th, 2006|11:45 am]
Demagogy is the set of methods used by demagogues. It is a strategy of obtaining power by appealing to the gut feelings of the public, usually by powerful use of rhetoric and propaganda.

H. L. Mencken, an American critic, defined a demagogue as

"one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."
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(no subject) [Feb. 23rd, 2006|04:59 pm]
Prepubescent vomiting is all that is left of god.
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The Pictures [Feb. 13th, 2006|07:39 am]
The Pictures
In regards to the global fiasco over the Danish drawings I pose the following question:

Are Islam and Free Speech compatible? Or maybe another way to say it is, is Islam a threat to free speech, or is free speech a threat to Islam?

I tend to be a pretty conservative westerner on most issues and I live with a Palestinian refugee, so this issue has monopolized much of our conversation.

I’m of the opinion that the cartoons are quite tasteless and go beyond what I personally consider to be a reasonable degree of religious sensitivity. But do they cross into hate speech? I’m not sure. On some fronts yes, and some no.

My friend does not feel that free speech should extend to slander that he feels “has no point.” An opinion I can sympathize with.

On the same token here, I often have a pretty Libertarian streak. The hairs on my neck stand on end with aggression when my right to self-express is infringed upon.

How would the west react if a Saudi newspaper printed cartoons with the western constitutions being used as toilet paper? I think that is about the only parallel I can come up with. I’d be plenty pissed, but I doubt I expect the House of Saud to apologize for it. I’d hope they’d say the expression is tasteless and insensitive though.

I do believe that Westerners and Muslims can live with cohesion and in a productive manner. Example the house I share with Bahaa. I do think though that Westerns should be more sensitive to the tradition of Islam, but in tandem I think the world of Islam should be more sensitive to the West’s sensitivity over free speech. Be it many millions of us died battling regimes that sought to suppress and or destroy it.

In conclusion, to the West, just because we can say it doesn’t mean we should and to Islam and their traditions of religion, let Allah be the judge. We’ll reach no peaceful conclusion unless both parties offer concessions.

I think that this issue is far from over and is for lack of a better term, it’s the straw that broke the camels back.

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Creed of a Samurai [Feb. 5th, 2006|03:51 pm]
Creed of a Samurai

I have no parents - I make the heavens and earth my parents.
I have no home - I make awareness my home.
I have no life or death - I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power - I make honesty my divine power.
I have no means - I make understanding my means.
I have no magic secrets - I make character my magic secret.
I have no body - I make endurance my body.
I have no eyes - I make the flash of lightning my eyes.
I have no ears - I make sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs - I make promptness my limbs.
I have no strategy - I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy.
I have no designs - I make “seizing the opportunity by the forelock” my design.
I have no miracles - I make right action my miracles.
I have no principles - I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics - I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
I have no talents - I make ready wit my talent.
I have no friends - I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy - I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no armor - I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle - I make immovable mind my castle.
I have no sword - I make absence of self my sword.

Anonymous samurai, fourteenth century
Anonymous Samurai, fourteenth century
Found in The Book of Runes. Ralph H. Blum, St. Martin's Press, NY, 1993
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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2006|10:12 am]
To those of you whom suffer from rampant emotional hysteria I offer my sympathies.
Expanded in more detail
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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2006|04:23 pm]

"Any man can receive advice but only a wise man profits from it."
                                             -Fortune Cookie
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(no subject) [Jan. 6th, 2006|07:26 pm]
I don't expect a perfect world. Just a reasonable one.
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(no subject) [Jan. 4th, 2006|03:32 pm]
I was driving down the Street and I had this vision of myself in a hospital bed. I had all these tubes in me. Around the bed were my girlfriend and some friends. This lead me to feel like I was in critical condition. Not doing well. The feeling lasted only a few seconds.

I shook my head and went on driving. 20-30 seconds later I came to a red light and came to a stop behind another car. I was just waiting for the green and listening to the radio when I saw two headlights launch over the curb from behind and real close to my car. The lights were attached to a full sized mini-van. Oxymoron? Anyway. The van had jumped the curb and was now driving on a lawn.

I was feeling some shock at this point. I looked in the driver’s window and saw him gripping the wheel and trying to stop.

My light went green and I began to accelerate. Still in shock I was little confused. I was moving forward but I kept thinking, get out and go talk to the driver. See if he is ok. I was a few hundred meters ahead by the time I came to my senses. I hit a turning lane, came back around and when got back over to the spot he was gone. I saw another car pull over and stop staring at where he mounted the lawn and just missed me.

When I got home about 20 mins later I filed a police report. They sent out dispatch on my description of the van and driver. They said that if they make an arrest I’ll be called to court as an eye witness.

Premonitions never seem to be less freaky as live moves ahead.
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Simply Beautiful [Dec. 29th, 2005|10:06 am]
[music |Eminem - When I am Gone]

Via        : policraticus
Inflicted  : debate
ET Al      : http://www.livejournal.com/community/debate/4003706.html

"Ars longa, brevis vita.
The majority of mortals, fellow debaters, complain bitterly of the 
spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because 
even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly
 that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready 
to live. Nor is it merely the common herd and the unthinking crowd that bemoan 
what is, as men deem it, an universal ill; the same feeling has called forth 
complaint also from men who were famous. ... It is not that we have a short 
space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has 
been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the 
very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is 
squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced
 at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we
 were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but
 we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as 
great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands
 of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good 
guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly.

--On the Shortness of Life, Seneca."
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Blue Star Drips From Forgotten Twines [Dec. 29th, 2005|09:46 am]
My words today are few.

Please, count your blessings. Not your curses.
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Idea [Dec. 26th, 2005|10:48 am]
The paradigm carries somewhat of a difficulty.
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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2005|06:24 pm]
*Bed Time Now Post later*
Notes on trauma.
Glass from ceiling.
Reaction, traua redone.
Reflect, LamaYeshi
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Persons of the Year. [Dec. 19th, 2005|04:48 pm]
[mood |hornyhorny]
[music |None, the fucking baby is sleeping!]

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Tolerance [Dec. 19th, 2005|03:42 pm]
I’m pretty serous hypocrite on this one. But I think we should try to treat all other sentient beings with the same love, compassion and tolerance that we treat babies with.

That is all.
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