“The term you are looking for is "halal," but it's true that much of the Qu'ran has many similarities to the Old Testament.
This is one reason why Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered "Abrahamic" faiths.
One of my favorite stories:
When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became Muslim, he and his wife were living in Milwaukee, Wi at the time (as he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA). One of Kareem's remark's was:
"Thank God for all of the Kosher stores here in Milwaukee! We basicly live off of Kosher food!"
Well, folks, have to run...be safe and be smart!
Candide33 on Nov 8, 2010 at 19:34:06
“Funny because Kosher food was a ploy by the 86 rich merchants who fabricated the religion to insure a monopoly on food sales. Right after they bribed the king to destroy all the other temples in the kingdom. It was really hard on the poor who had been raising there own food. Religion of profits, not prophets.”
“"You can't run a country by a Book of Religion,
Not by a heap a lump, or a smidges!
Foolish rules of ancient date
Designed to make you all feel great
While you fold, spindle, and mutilate
Those unbelievers from a neighboring state!"
--Frank Zappa, from "Dumb All Over" on YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS!
Be thankful for Jefferson and Madison's actions when getting Our Constitution whipped into shape. Otherwise, our faith-based "War of Words" can just as easily turn into a shooting war.
And in the end, wars decide not who is right....but who, if any, are left!
“If the both of them dissolved back into the Etherworld, would it really matter?
I rarely use Facebook, and only do so because two close friends of mine are on it.
Otherwise, I'd sooner not use it to begin with.
“Truth be told, I'm quite happy with my LG flip-phone and my NET 10 service.
All that I see that IPhone, Android, and Blackberry are good for?
Status symbols, at best.
For they are merely overpriced tech-toys designed to siphon money into the accounts of ATT, Verizon, and T-Mobile, while imparting the self-deluded user with an artificial sense of "cool."
What I do have works rather well for me.
For why should I put in a pool with a wave machine, when all that I need is a basic Koi-pond?
Ach, so...to each their own!
Saboruto on Nov 10, 2010 at 01:28:11
“Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but my smartphone has been my lifeline. I use it for everything. I use it for my GPS while I drive, I use it for internet access (I don't own a home PC anymore), I use it for online banking... It has been the best purchase I've ever made, and one would have to pry my Droid from my cold, dead hands. Ironically enough, I don't consider it a status symbol and I don't use it as a toy (I don't even have any games for it). For me, it's my sole access to the internet. I'm glad you're as happy with your current phone as I am with mine, though!”
JasonMcl on Nov 8, 2010 at 21:31:23
“"For they are merely overpriced tech-toys designed to siphon money into the accounts of ATT, Verizon, and T-Mobile, while imparting the self-deluded user with an artificial sense of cool"
Correct for the most part. They certainly are status symbols and toys to many.
Some of us are different though. We use the phone daily as an electronic swiss army knife but with actual practical uses. I will give you an example...
My phone is used for the following things in the order of most frequent to least frequent:
Playing Music \ Audiobooks
Playstation\SNES\Launching Irate Birds at Walls
Naturally it does more, but that is just the core of what I use it for. And I pay exactly 30 dollars a month for service on it.
So when the wave machine costs you less to operate monthly than the Koi-pond, why not go with the wave machine?”
“Brenacke's response to Palin's "Cease And Desist Order":
"SEIZE THIS AND DESIST FROM RUNNING YOUR TRAP!"
What office did Birdbrain Barbie get elected to last Tuesday, anyway?
Hey, Birdbrain Barbie...
Take your "order," spread peanut butter on it, and EAT IT!
You have no standing to order around anybody outside of the Palin Family!
Give it up. BB...your relavance is fading away faster than Tule Fog in the noon sun!
“In 1984, you ripped out my heart when your Tigers took out my Padres in the World Series.
Still, you were the last great gentleman ever to suit up in an MLB uniform, be it as a player, coach, or manager!
And now, God has called you home...and you heeded the call.
R.I.P Sparky. You done good!
“Cut the Bravo Sierra there, Cantor (such a perfect name for a Dr.No-type).
Without compromise, YOUR legislative agenda is just as DECEASED as President Obama's!
You have to "give-to-get," if you are going to do anything worthwhile during your term.
And, no, I do not view trying to get Obama impeached as worthWHILE...more like worthLESS!
Just remember, TWO can easily ply your game...and not to your benefit.
And just remember who lost seats-and-power the last time the GOP forced a Government Shutdown! (It wasn't the Dems!)
Ask Uncle Newtie how it felt to have his butt handed to him in 1996, after getting de-elected from Congress?
That, m'man, may just be YOUR fate!
“I would prefer to see prostitution legalized...subject to a few conditions.
01) MANDATORY Health Checks/Certification for all sex-trade workers (including adult-film "talent"), to include blood/physical testing for all known STDs. Confidential-and-effective treatment for those who are infected.
02) Take a page from Nevada, and legalize brothels (with improvements). Place them in areas that are not just "industrial/commercial" zoned. Provide adequate security, plus "house rules" that protect both the workers and the clients. Make condom use MANDATORY (No Glove-No Love)!
03) Crack down on the real "villians" in the sex-trade world. Go after pimps, pushers, and those who'se preferences in partners run to "underage." Heavy fines/incarceration would tell these creeps that this is a new day...and a bad one for their kind!
04) If a worker wants to leave "the trade"? Give them the help they need to start new lives and new careers, free from the stigma that many former workers are saddled with.
05) As for "cyber-hooking"? Legalize it...but make sure that all goods promised are delivered by the worker-in-question. Fraud is still a bad deal.
There is much more that can be done, but the biggest change needs to be in the mindset of the general public. The current mindset has brought nothing but drug-addlement, violence, and self-righteous indignation based on outdated moral relavism. Change the mindset--change (slowly) the perceptions--change quite a few lives!
JustThisGuy on Nov 8, 2010 at 13:29:38
“In practice, the Nevada Brothel system is incredibly restrictive. The workers are forced to live on site, with restricted ability to leave, and can only work for one of a limited number of permitted establishments. They have a combination of the worst parts of being an employee and a contractor.”
Norma Jean Almodovar on Nov 7, 2010 at 22:40:36
“If you ever studied the history of 'legalized prostitution' there are several problems with your proposed conditions- several of which led to the 'abolitionist movement' (and ultimately criminalization of prostitution in the US) because of the abuse by government agents:
01) If a sex worker does not use any orifice in their work (i.e. they do hand jobs and fantasy sex), mandatory health check ups are not appropriate... many sex workers do B&D etc. and they are never at risk for an STD. Mandatory testing allows for MORE ABUSE...(most non street workers already get checked now without the law- and that is the majority of sex workers)
02) Not every sex worker is willing to work in a brothel- escorts and call girls for example, and we do not like working for others which is why we don't like 'normal' jobs in the first place. Treat adults like adults.
Mandatory Condom use- WHEN APPROPRIATE- otherwise, again, you will have police who will arrest/extort a sex worker for not using a condom for 'happy ending' massages.
DO NOT GIVE THE COPS ANYTHING WITH WHICH TO ABUSE US.... and believe me- if you make anything mandatory when it is NOT appropriate, there will be abuse!!!
Regarding so called pimps- under the current laws in most states, anyone to whom a prostitute gives their money is a pimp.. including their children.. is that what you intended?”
“According to my almanac, the last time the US Armed Forces launched a strike w/o putting troops on the ground afterwards was when we bombed Libya back in 1983.
It was made using conventional weapons, killing quite a few members of the Libyan Armed Forces.
Supposedly, it was to show our resolve (as in "Line Of Death THIS, Khdaffi Duck!").
Still, all the strike capabilities in our collective arsenals will not matter diddly/squat. If you are going to be serious about putting your foes away, you need boots on the ground...a lot of them!
“We now see the true face of Senator Ghrahm and his ilk.
They want to see Iran taken all the way out...either by us, or by Israel.
By doing this, they will have done nothing positive..except to "prove" how "macho" they really are by destroying a culture far older than our own.
And what will be the retribution? Plenty of it!
The PRC will call in their loans (same with many of the other countries that hold our debt), and every hothead with a gun and/or bomb is going to be gunning for Israeli and American citizens.
What will Senator Graham and his cronies propose then?
Oh, that's right...they just got tossed out on their collective arschen by the voters for this, and many other political miscues.
Senator Graham et al, stop trying to fomulate military policy out of Tom Clancy's novels, will you please?
They were merely to be read for entertainment--not to be used as blueprints for political/military/economic strategy! Of all people, you should know that!
(And yes, I still read his earlier work for pleasure!)
Dan Stewart on Nov 7, 2010 at 20:07:57
“A lots of us saw his true face long ago, and were terrified.”
“There is nothing remotely funny about the state of Courtney Love.
To me, she is a grand tragedy, oozing pathos with each waking day.
Soon enough, there will be no more "Crazy Courtney" moments--
because "Crazy Courtney" will have gone the way of all self-destrucive folks.
Play with that detonator one too many times--the explosive charge takes you out.
I daresay she is but a few clicks from that Claymore bringing her life to an end.
The "Claymore" I'm speaking of being a terminal downward sipral brought on by booze.
Courts, if you only knew that what you are doing is only getting folks to laugh at you...because you are turning into a sad character in a tragic play that ends with your demise...and nobody caring that you did!
For your daughter's sake, and for your own...get the help that you need, will ya?
Being alive to sing sure beats drowning in booze, paraihdom, and pathos.
You're in my prayers!
Nov 7, 2010 at 18:41:49
“When I was hospitalized with MRSA back in May of 2005, I was also in the first stages of septicemia. It took two weeks of antibiotics; a near-death experience on my second night there, and lots of prayer work to get me through the infection (the MRSA started in my chest wall, btw).
Lilly, kiddo, I'll be keeping you in my prayers...no person should ever have to suffer such a hellish fate, and I'm hoping you'll recover and resume your career (some of the songs on your last album were rather funny)!
Crumbysmom on Nov 8, 2010 at 16:43:31
“Glad you got through it. Sounds like a nightmare!”
“"Arrogant Bastard Ale" is brewed by Stone Brewery, which is in San Marcos, CA (about nine miles from my apartment). Cost's $4.99 a bottle, but worth every penny. Stone Brewery has used the Gargoyle as it's mascot since it first opened, amd the "AB" bottle art is merely a playful tweak on "Old Stoney."
“The head of MSNBC really doesn't want an apology from Keith Olbermann.
More likely, he either wants Keith to knell before him and grovel--or "pucker up and plant 'em" in the NBC Comissary at high noon--before Keith will be allowed back on his show.
And probably wants it all videotaped as well.
You reap what you sow, MSNBC--and the crop that's growing in your garden right now is USDA Grade-A stinkweed!
This from a network whose political identity changes every three-to-five years...and cannot be pinned down.
Look for Joe Scarborough to get Olbermann's slot when this whole fracas is played out.
“So, U.S. Snooze will only be on-line and newstand issues?
Rather boring magazine to begin with...but like with Newsweak, sorry to see it go this route.
Will TIME be next?
Probably--all things being the same.
“Dshude's going into the Special Needs Unit after classification, and will more likely end up in Vacaville or Oroville to serve his time.
Despite his status as a former law-enforcement officer, he'll be treated like any other prisoner...and that will not be like royalty. The other "cons" will play him like any other "fresh fish" that just landed in their cell block. The threat of getting "punked, shanked, and bagged" will keep him in line rather easily.
And the worst part is that no law-enforcement jobs await him upon release. As a conviced felon, he will be forbidden to carry a firearm for the rest of his life. And very few security firms will hire felons (with the possible exception of Blackwater/Xe) for even "unarmed/observe and report" work.
A second's indescretion with a firearm=a lifetime of hellish regrets.
And this hell-on-Earth?
He brought it upon himself.
“Actually, NSF, the highest paid (per officer) police force are the Corrections Officers of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Next up, the California Highway Patrol.
And there is no such animal as the "SF Bay Police," unless you are referring to the Marine Unit of the San Francisco Police Department. The other two law-enforcement units in San Francisco are the BART Police and the San Francisco Sheriff's Office (who runs the two S.F. County Jails, what with S.F being both a city and county).
You tried...but next time, do a bit of fact-checking, will you?
“The end of Meg Whittman's aspirations about becoming the next Governor of California came to fruition with the mixture of both the venomous anti-immigrant commercials AND Gloria Allred's "gift that kept on giving" in the "housekeeper scandal."
Those who voted for Jerry Brown saw Mons Meg for what she truly was--a over-rich, self-righteous, clueless ex-CEO who thought she could buy her way into the Governorship.
And like the cannon I used for her nickname--in the end, the explosions from over-firing claimed her campaign.