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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 30, 2008.
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Out-of-office automatic email replies

I very much enjoy setting my out-of-office when I take a welcome break from work. "Let some other bugger deal with it for a change," is what I want to say. Of course one must be more polite.

Doing the email rounds today is a collection of out-of-office automatic email replies that I would like to set:

1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.

2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the  office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

3. Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and
heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for
the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

6. The email server is unable to verify your server connection. Your
message has not been delivered. Please restart your computer and try  sending again. (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see who did this over and over and over.....)

7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system.
You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your
PC for my response.

9. I've run away to join a different circus.

10. I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical
reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Steve' instead of Wendy.

Posted on 08/30/2008 4:57 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Christianophobia – Some Part Of The Problem Explicated

Earlier today I picked up on this short piece over at Reuters.

"Christianophobia" is a growing problem around the world and it must be fought with the same determination as anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, the Vatican said on Friday.
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign minister, spoke in the wake of attacks against Christians in India that have left at least 13 people dead this week.
“In order to promote this dignity in an integral way, so-called 'Christianophobia' should be combated as decisively as 'Islamophobia' and anti-Semitism," he [Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign minister] said.
This week in eastern India, thousands of people, most of them Christians, have sought shelter in makeshift government camps, driven from their homes by religious violence.
Hindu mobs burnt more than a dozen churches and attacked Christians after a Hindu leader was killed.
[...] Hindu groups accuse Christian priests of bribing poor tribes and low-caste Hindus to change their faith, the Christians say lower-caste Hindus convert willingly to escape a complex caste system.
Last month, Pope Benedict told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that minority Christians in Iraq needed more protection.
The Archbishop of Mosul of Iraq's largest Christian denomination, the Chaldean Catholics, was kidnapped in February and found dead two weeks later.
The Vatican has often expressed concern that conflicts in the Middle East are greatly diminishing the Christian population in the areas of the religion's birth.
This is not the sort of behaviour that we have come to expect from Hindu people, who are, by and large, tolerant and inclined to see the spiritual in almost all religions and beliefs.
It seems to me that the unrelenting attacks upon the Hindu faith, and the believers in that faith, by Muslims, both indigenous and overseas, is provoking an intolerant backlash against all non-Hindu faiths present on the sub-Continent. Much as that is to be deprecated it is understandable.
Muslims in India today seem to be intent upon promoting themselves as having some sort of status as victims of the Hindu majority. It’s a cunning strategy and one which seems to be working, but in reality nothing has changed in India for its Muslim population. They have exactly the same rights as the rest of the population; they are equal under the law; they have exactly the same opportunities as anyone else in India does. In no sense that makes sense is the Muslim population of India any different from the rest of the population, but they have managed to foment, in the Hindu majority, a feeling of being attacked from within and without and have, very successfully, led that majority to impute the worst of motives to any non-Hindu endeavour or religion.
I do not doubt but that there is a deliberate and wilful attempt by fundamentalist Islamic believers to foment discontent amongst the Hindu believers in India, for it is only by driving all the non-Hindu faiths away from tolerant Hinduism, and creating enmity between us all, that they can achieve their oft-stated and long-term goal of re-islamising India. Divide and conquer is the order of the day in India!
I could wish, I do so wish, that the great Thomine port of Cranganore (the very port where Hippalus landed and the very place of ancient Jewish settlement) – that place where Christianity first came to India in 52AD (Thomas the Apostle landed there) – had rejected Malik ibn Dinar (Malik The Damned in Hindu legend) when he landed there with his wild-eyed, crazy followers of that evil, so-called prophet Muhammed, almost six-hundred years later. How much better the world would have been had he been denied any right at all to build the Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid (reckoned to be the first mosque in India).
We cannot go back in time and change history, but we can make history – as St. Thomas (Didymus) The Apostle did when he landed on that Kerala coastline and changed the world for the better. We can make history by exploding the lies, the fabrications and the falsehoods that the evil ones, the followers of the false prophet Muhammed, disseminate amongst us today in their silly and vain attempts to drive us all apart – to divide us and to conquer us and to promote the evil that is Islam as some sort of humane life-style.
Wasn’t it Tacitus who said of some enemy or other “Solitudinem faciunt pacem appelant”. Well, that’s precisely what the Muslims of India are trying to do today. Pity we poor Christians caught in the middle. Still, and all, it’s our fight, too!
Posted on 08/30/2008 6:42 AM by John Joyce
Saturday, 30 August 2008
The Papers Pounce On Palin

Here is a summary of what the major papers are saying about Sarah Palin this morning. Notice they are all calling her "inexperienced" even though she has been a mayor and is now a governor. Normally the conventional wisdom is that governors are a good choice because they have executive experience, not just legislative experience.

All the papers lead with John McCain's surprise selection of Alaska governor Sarah Palin for his running mate. He shocked election-watchers and scrambled the presidential race with a "Hail Mary pass"--eschewing more conventional choices for the inexperienced, socially conservative, corruption-fighting "hockey mom." Appearing together in Ohio, McCain lauded her reform credentials, while Palin framed her candidacy as an extension of Hillary Clinton's quest to "shatter [the] glass ceiling."

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal call it a risky play to revitalize John McCain's "maverick" image. Choosing Palin undercuts the argument that Barack Obama is too inexperienced, raising questions about John McCain's age and judgment. But it could pay off: Palin--an NRA member and staunch pro-lifer--is energizing evangelicals and tempting Hillary Clinton voters to defect. An LAT analysis piece worries it's a sign that McCain relies on short-sighted "gut-checks," while an early version of the WSJ lead called it a "calculated bet." It's likely a bit of both--McCain's a high-stakes gambler who knows the odds.

Here is a video of her acceptance speech.

Posted on 08/30/2008 7:52 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 30 August 2008
A Musical Interlude: Une Femme, Un Accordéon, Un Caboulot (Lys Gauty)
Posted on 08/30/2008 2:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Who's Minding Our English?

I turn on the radio. Some blah-blah about the Middle East, and then I hear the distinguished guest -- some idiot -- say portentously that "that seems to be the penumbra we're in vis-a-vis Syria."

Seeking relief, I open the newspaper. I start reading an article in the business section of today's Times about Carl Icahn, corporate raider, written by the perfectly intelligent Joseph Nocera, who nonetheless writes about someone who "etches out an existence" doing such and such.

Someone is "etching out an existence" is he, possibly in the penumbra of his life? 

Well, in that case, dear reader, in reading this please remember to

"Still be kind/and etch out our performance with your mind." 


Posted on 08/30/2008 2:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Women preachers at moderate mosque ‘urge faithful to kill gays’

From The Sunday Times (a little in advance) a preview of Monday’s Return to Undercover Mosque.
In the new documentary, a female reporter infiltrated women’s study circles. In one, a preacher using the name Umm Amira told followers: “We are not going to be like animals . . . or to be like the homosexuals, God save us from that, you understand? We have to take the judgment, the judgment is to kill them.”
Umm Amira is recorded as saying converts from Islam should also be killed. “He is Muslim and he gets out of Islam, he doesn’t want any more. What are we going to do? We kill him, kill, kill.”
In another study circle, Umm Amira describes Christians as “vile”. Another preacher, Umm Saleem, tells her congregation not to take British citizenship or become friends with nonMuslims.
In the programme, Ahmed Al-Dubayan, the mosque’s director, said the women were not authorised by the mosque.
The preachers could not be reached this weekend, but Umm Saleem told Channel 4: “We are not blind followers of any government or any clerics.  We criticise other religions, just as other religions criticise Islam . . . we encourage integration into society.”

Posted on 08/30/2008 3:51 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 30 August 2008
New English chat-up line

"Want to come up and see my eekings?"


Posted on 08/30/2008 4:40 PM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Palin in action
Posted on 08/30/2008 4:54 PM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Radio Talk Show Panel to Discuss Islamic Saudi Academy

Radio talk show panel to discuss Islamic Saudi Academy: August 31st:  Jerry Gordon of the NER to participate

Listen to New English Review Contributing Editor Jerry Gordon  and a panel discuss the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA)  and its sponsor, the Royal Saudi Embassy, that lease  public facilities from  Fairfax County, Virginia on Sunday, August 31st at 3:20PM EDST on the Larry & Larry Show on radio station WIBG, Atlantic City.  Listen here. Gordon has published major articles about the ISA on the NER here and here.  In addtiion to Gordon, the panel will include:

Christine Brim, Center for Security Policy, Moderator;
Jim Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition; and,
Patrick Poole, contributor, Pajamas Media.

Find out how citizen activists organized protests against  the Saudi Embassy backed ISA following the release of a study of its hate-ridden Islamic Studies texts  by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and how non-Muslim faculty were actually treated at the ISA. Learn more about what citizen action can do to find out information about Saudi infiltration in the US and why little has been done about it by the US State Department and Congress.  This is the second in a series of special reports organized by the CSP. The first one in July on WIBG featured Christine Brim of the CSP discussed the problems of Shariah compliant finance with David Yerushalmi.
Posted on 08/30/2008 5:06 PM by NER
Saturday, 30 August 2008
How Much Matter Really Is Dark Matter?

From a news report: 

"Striking evidence has been found for the enigmatic "stuff" called dark matter which makes up 23% of the Universe, yet is invisible to our eyes.

The results come from astronomical observations of a titanic collision between two clusters of galaxies 5.7 billion light-years away.

Astronomers detected the dark matter because it separated from the normal matter during the cosmic smash-up.

The research team are to publish their findings in the Astrophysical Journal.

They used the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes to study the object MACSJ0025.4-1222 - formed after an incredibly energetic collision between two large galaxy clusters.

Each of these large clusters contains about a quadrillion times the mass of our Sun. "

I beg to differ. I believe that the enigmatic "stuff" called dark matter makes up not 23% of the Universe, but rather 21%.

I can't prove it -- yet. But I'm pretty sure.

Posted on 08/30/2008 10:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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