Monthly Archives: June 2011

Random Playlist

Well, that’s random for you. Here are the 20 songs that came up on shuffle:

1- Harem – The Reg Project (Arabic Jukebox)
2- La Leila wala Youm – Ilham al-Madfai
3- My Man is Somebody Else’s Too – Evelyn Brickey, (Barrelhouse Women 1925-1930)
4- So I Need You – 3 Doors Down
5- Killing an Arab – The Cure
6- Senorita – Juan Luis Guerra
7- Little Red Corvette –Prince
8- Brown Eyed Girl – Everclear
9- What I Like About You – The Romantics
10- Outro – Calle 13
11- On the Road to Find Out – Cat Stevens
12- Here We Go Again – Everclear
13- Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
14- Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
15- Weak and Nervous Blues – Frances Wallace and Clara Burston, Barrelhouse Women 1925-1930
16- Que Lloren – Calle 13
17- Ya Bint el Eh – Tamer Hosni
18- En Tus Pupilas – Shakira
19- Shambala – Three Dog Night
20- Tuesday’s Dead – Cat Stevens

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Because Jews Hate Dogs

BBC has an article about a dog being sentenced to death by a rabbi in Jerusalem. Please remember this story the next time “Muslims hate dogs” comes up. Thank you.

Naturally, this story makes me heartily glad that we do not live in a theocracy (yet) here in the United States and with any luck we will continue to honor the wall of separation between church and state, so that blowhards who think we should kill orcas for “murder” will never hold sway over our country.

A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out.

One of the judges at the court in the city’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.

An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog’s stoning, according to Ynet.

But a court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as “as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog”, according to Ynet.

Dogs are considered impure animals in traditional Judaism.

Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13819764

Also, please stop voting for the kind of moronic lawmakers in the US who think shariah law is a fundamental threat to our country but that Jewish law is just fine and dandy. And that Indian tribal law is no biggie because who cares anyway?

Lawyers’ spirits don’t enter dogs, whether or not a judge orders them to. Also, dogs don’t live twenty years. Dogs should be judged by the content of their character, not the woo-woo proclamations of people who believe in ghosts. And stoning to death is extremely cruel. Are you fucking kidding me, people?

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Stop Me Before I Get a Dog

I’ve wanted a dog for about twenty years, in a not particularly urgent way. I’ve read up on puppy training, watched the Dog Whisperer, searched for images of adorable puppies. My dream dog that I’d never get because I’m against purebred dogs in principle is a Shiba Inu dog. And one might be available for adoption.

Here’s a pic of what they look like. Sooooo cute.


Don’t really stop me. This is going to happen. Wheels are in motion. I only hope my cats forgive me.

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Fun With Twitter and Paint

This morning I was going through my pictures and ran across this. I remember making it, but I don’t remember what my point was at the time or why I never posted it. Anyway, it’s always fun to imagine what people would have tweeted if Twitter had been around at the time, right?

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Guess the Benighted Wasteland V

This is almost too ridiculous to believe. Today’s wasteland features a ruler so unequipped to deal with the problems facing his land that he is publicly calling on his countrymen to pray(!) for divine help.

From the website on which he is asking his coreligionists to pray for him:

we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters…

Haha! Notice how he fails to mention “my own incompetence” or “my failure to plan effectively, hire the educated, or play well with others.”

And by the way, this is no feel-good multi-denominational prayer he’s asking for. Nope, if you don’t believe in the right god the right way, you can keep your prayers to yourself.

we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy

May their prayers be answered with a competent, educated governor who deals with problems here on earth instead of imploring the gods.

Go here to laugh and jeer at his web site. http://theresponseusa.com/

Oh yeah, the benighted wasteland this time is Texas! Congrats to everyone who guessed Texas.

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Cute Cat of the Day

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Cats Can Be Tree Huggers

"Oh backyard tree, I love you so"

Not only am I a tree-hugger, so is my cat. These photos are evidence.

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Imitations of Old Arabic Poetry

Dr Justice has some imitations of old Arabic poetry up on his blog today.

You can find it here.

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