Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday (and Sunday) Morning Miscellany

Quote of the week:

"Art can be described as a psychopathic response of the race to the stresses of existence..." the goal of art [is] to be " not the rupture of appearance and the emergence of a traumatic "Real," but rather the purposeful adaptation of appearance to Reality"

(Without Criteria:
Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics", Steven Shaviro)

Sighted on the Internet:

"President Obama has literally changed the direction of the world, from one teetering on the brink of a third world war to one placing value on peaceful solutions, mutual respect, and working together to solve common problems. In the meantime he saved this country from another major Depression - probably other countries along with us. Yeah, Obama definitely deserved that prize."


And from the Arab Blogosphere, a revealing discussion of hymenoplasty and its cheaper alternatives ( what's that? Read on, and be enlightened...)


"By the way, why were the jews kicked to the desert without a homeland for 2000 years???? I think it is because they were just as rotten, evil, murdering dogs back then as they are now. I guess i will just wait and see what God will do to them this time:):):) I'll make the popcorn and wait for those jews who never experienced the holocaust to start wah wahing about their suffering every time they committ an atrocitiy and use that as their excuse to murder and maim other innocents. History will always repeat itself for those dirty jews because they are evil and God always gives them another chance to redeem themselves, but it is impossible once someone has made a pact with the devil. And this is an original American saying this. So answer first, and then i will answer.

Charlotte Osborne proud to be Amrican but not not proud that our country kisses jewish ass" (source)

Worth your time:

@ Mick's: The Chicago Street: a photo gallery

Comment Trail:

@ Solomonia: here and here

@ The Spine: here and here

Musical Break:

Stephen Harper and Yo Yo Ma , a Beatles song

Hodja Story: God's way

Nasreddin Hodja One day four boys approached Hodja and gave him a bagful of walnuts.

"Hodja, we can't divide these walnuts among us evenly. So would you help us, please?"

Hodja asked,

"Do you want God's way of distribution or mortal's way?"
"God's way," the children answered.

Hodja opened the bag and gave two handfuls of walnuts to one child, one handful to the other, only two walnuts to the third child and none to the fourth.

"What kind of distribution is this?" the children asked baffled.

"Well, this is God's way," he answered.

"He gives some people a lot, some people a little and nothing to others. If you asked for mortal's way I would have given the same amount to everybody."


At 3:27 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

God's Way (or Nature's Way as it were) is not Leftwinger's way.

You can have freedom and equality before the law, non discriminatory, and inequality....or you can have radical egalitarianism and oppression. You cant have both.

Thus the Conservative/Leftist paradigm in the West.

Take for example the success of Jews in the US. Its their culture and values that are leading to that success, as opposed to other groups cultures and values.

Subsidizing cultures of failure will only get you more cultures of failure.

The descent of Western Civilization into not just mediocrity but anti-successful behaviors and cultures. The promotion of a new Dark Age as progressism.

At 3:52 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

PS- I see you found "castaways2" and "castaways_3."

At 5:48 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...


At 3:41 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved hodja story.
because it made me remember some verses,

(251) These are the portents of Allah which We recite unto thee (Muhammad) with truth, and lo! thou art of the number of (Our) messengers; (252) Of those messengers, some of whom We have caused to excel others, and of whom there are some unto whom Allah spake, while some of them He exalted (above others) in degree; and We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty) and We supported him with the holy Spirit. And if Allah had so wiled it, those who followed after them would not have fought one with another after the clear proofs had come unto them. But they differed, some of them believing and some disbelieving. And if Allah had so willed it, they would not have fought one with another; but Allah doeth what He will.

and this verse in the same sura:
(284) The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers - We make no distinction between any of His messengers - and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying.

so some fomrs of disstinciton is solely to god ...not to humens.

i hope the arabic form of juha, the oldest of the other hodjas...dont contain this lazyness.


At 9:16 AM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Do you mean, Arabian, to say that Hodja is not a Turkish character? Do you claim him for the Arabs?

At 3:04 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew there were other johas except from your wikipedia link , which stated that joha is present in other cultures including turkish.

also the wikiepedia states that the arabic form of joha is the oldest. so yes i think he is an arab. but i dont discard the other johas in turkey. جحا.

dont you agree with the wikipedia link you posted?

At 5:58 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

I did not link to any wikipedia. It's just a story I found on the Internet. But you had better work this out with your Turkish friends. It's their Hodja. Perhaps they will allow the Arabs to have first claim for him :)


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