Warm New England Winters











{September 14, 2008}   The most gorgeous design ever

I gotta say, the design that I chose for the blog is absolutely stunning and classy. Kudos to the artist who created this design.

You win an internet.

Edit: the creator of this template, Stacey Leung, can be found at this site (or what will soon be a site). http://www.chasethestars.net/

Edit again: Okay, so much for that website in the above edit.



{September 14, 2008}   Well, my first post, eh?

This is just my first post. Nothing special. So don’t be coming here thinking that I have prescient revelations about a harsh, cold future.

Them winters here in New England are pretty damn warm.

Be warned: if you came here to hear the truth, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

This blogs is not ubiased, impartial, or fair. My opinions and biases will be broadcast in the posts.

Do I care about journalistic integrity? No. I’m not a self-proclaimed (read: pretend) online “journalist.”

So if you think I lie in any of my posts, well good for you.



At some point over the course of this year, I’ll try to revive this blog and talk about some new things. The first thing I’ll post about will probably be the state of transit here in the United  States.

That, or a few reviews of the music that I listen to.

Whatever it is, look forward to it…………

Eventually.



{June 28, 2010}   The Brouhaha over Books

So, I’ve been catching up on my reading of blogs about Russia. It looks as if that book on Putin that was written by Nemtsov et al. is going to get media attention that it clearly does not deserve. Since I didn’t read the book, I can’t decide for myself what to make of it. Fortunately for you all, the astute Anatoly Karlin has a short review of book in his blog (check it out here).

Whatever the book’s good points and flaws have now been obscured by news that MVD  in Piter siezed copies of the book, claiming it as “extremist literature.” Sean Giullory’s (sp?) blog  has better analysis on this than I do. Most likely, it was some “middle management” cop who wanted to score points with his superiors and hopefully get a promotion. The end result, potential media attention towards an attempt by the Kremlin to “silence dissent” once again. Not surprisingly, this gave Nemtsov PR without him having to do any work to get it. And just in time for Dima’s meeting with business folks in Piter. Ain’t this a lovely year?

I’ll stay on top of this little incident as best I can.

P.S.: checking out Sean’s Russia Blog and Sublime Opinion is worth your time if you wish to learn about the happenings of Russia.



{June 3, 2009}   Judging the Judge

Yep, with the nomination of Sonia Maria Sotomayor to the post of Justice of the Supreme court by President Obama, it was not surprising that she would be smeared by the rightist. She is, after all, an appointee of Obama and the righty pundits are not exactly on friendly terms with him. What’s gotten their collective knickers in a twist is this quote during a 2001 lecture at Berkley Law.

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Yes, in hindsight, she should have chosen her words a little more carefully. But still, the comments made were taken out of context and blown out of proportion by a media used to doing such things. Wingnut blogs and the credibility-starved Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich blasted her as being ‘racist’, ‘a left-wing extremist’, and other similar epithets. Newsflash: according to most major outlets, Justice Sotomayor is a centrist. One also cannot forget the fact that she was first appointed by President George H. W. Bush (who is well known for his far-left activism, amirite?). Like on many issues dealing with Obama and his presidency, the yelling class has is once again, completely wrong.



Nothing brightens up Christmas like a warm cup of lulz. And this Christmas season, there is lulz aplenty. One of my time-to-time blog haunts is “Gates of Vienna vs. the World vs. LGF“, created by Lex and Sphinx, two bloggers whose blogs I’ve also occasionally lurked. This site acts as the Encyclopedia Dramatica of “counter-jihad” blogs, documenting the e-wars and blogdrama between Charles Johnson’s LGF and Baron Bodissey’s Gates of Vienna. Because the internet is serious business, these e-wars have gone on for quite some time now, with hilarious results.

Now that the background is over with, on to the main course. Lex managed to save a tasty morsel from the messy Christmas dinner over at Gates of Vienna. I’ll post the full tl;dr here, or you can click on the link and save me time.

Sacrifice and its Message

by Baron Bodissey

Sacrifice and its message
by Ypp

It is a commonplace that Western civilization is based on Judeo-Christian values and the Classical heritage. Some also add the German and Celtic spirit. There have been many posts here about the second and third components; however, the first, Judeo-Christian, is usually less well-understood. In this essay, I am trying to rationalize the influence of Judeo-Christian ideas, as I understand them.

It was noted previously that though the pagan world was not devoid of ideas and inventions, those ideas were later abandoned due to general lack of interest within society. The same can be said about Muslim world, which inherited a good deal of the Roman Empire and its civilization, but finally degraded and became retarded.

I would guess that the lack of interest may be due to general lack of respect for human life and freedom. As the Russian writer Gogol once put it in his historical novel, it is not that the people had had no money to build and prosper, but that it was not a worthy effort because of a general lack of stability and prospects.

So what’s special about Judeo-Christian values? I want to analyze two most crucial events for Judaism and Christianity, which laid the basis of both religions.For Judaism, it is the sacrifice of Abraham, the first Jew, of his beloved son, by God’s request. The point is that Abraham was going to kill his son, but God stopped him at the last moment. So, actually, there was no sacrifice. After that, Abraham traded some benefits from God for his descendants, which became the Jewish people. So the Jewish people began with the sacrifice, which did not happen. But because Abraham almost did it, and really suffered, he expiated some of the sins of his descendants.

I believe it is a powerful story which tells us that God does not want us to sacrifice our children; he wants us to live. Because, firstly, the sacrifice did not occur. Secondly, because our sins were expiated. If you ask, why did he need all that sacrifice at all, I believe that it’s because without sacrifice (which did not happen) there would be no story and no message.

This story essentially repeated itself with the sacrifice of Jesus, which gave birth to Christianity. Jesus died, but he was resurrected, which means that he actually did not die. He really suffered, but he did not die completely. Because Christians are children of Jesus, they receive the same benefits and the same message from Jesus as the Jews do from Abraham.

This message, as far as I know, is missing in other religions. In many philosophical systems, death is considered indistinguishable from life. Such a position can hardly encourage any development or respect for life and property.

I even dare to suggest that those atheists in the West, who refrain from having children, in fact sacrifice their children to what they probably believe is god. Whereas religious people know that this sacrifice is not required and not welcome.

Ypp is a frequent reader and commenter at Gates of Vienna, and has contributed this meditation for the Christmas season on the nature and meaning of sacrifice.

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Aaand this passage really stuck out at me.

This story essentially repeated itself with the sacrifice of Jesus, which gave birth to Christianity. Jesus died, but he was resurrected, which means that he actually did not die. He really suffered, but he did not die completely. Because Christians are children of Jesus, they receive the same benefits and the same message from Jesus as the Jews do from Abraham.

This message, as far as I know, is missing in other religions. In many philosophical systems, death is considered indistinguishable from life. Such a position can hardly encourage any development or respect for life and property.

So what he is saying is that every other faith in the world does not respect life in the slightest? Gee, I had no idea that the Buddhist nations of the world had contests to see how many of their relatives a single person could kill in 3 minutes while wearing chains around their legs. Yes, very gruesome killings do happen in Japan. (But then again, the Elevens aren’t really a good gauge for “normal behaviour”). The point is, no one faith has a monopoly on respect of life. Plus, the entire whatever-the-hell-it-was-that-he-wrote was meant for that ever-present bogeyman hiding behind every good Westerner’s closet: Islam. The message seems to be: “have children or turban-wearing brown people will eat you all up.”



Eh uses the GG to dissolve the parliament and doesn’t afraid of anything.

http://www.slate.com/id/2206040/

 

The only good thing to come out of this crisis is that Jack Layton will (hopefully) never set foot in 24 Sussex Drive.



So the election is now over and Barack Hussein Obama Jr. is set to be president. The left side is cheering, hugging and kissing each other. I am positive that many of them will be gathered on Inauguration Day, listening attentively to their Messiah’s speeches, Geassed completely out of their minds. The right side, on the other hand is redoubling their efforts to be even more batshit insane than they already were. Pammycakes herself already talked about organising a resistance to the illegitimate regime in power. Who do they think they are, the Sunni Insurgents?

Sadly No! was gracious enough to provide the links to the lulz that the wingnuts are generating. http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/14055.html

John Sindey McCain III made a comeback during his concession speech, with grace befitting his status. Too bad some of the audience weren’t exactly as graceful. It’s a shame, really, as he would have made a great president. I am sure he would have proved his critics wrong.

In other news: ALL HAIL BRITTANIA!!!!



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