Baron Dave Romm...
Happy New Year! It's 5771. And to celebrate the Hebrew New Year, I think I'll read the Koran... [still have the urls, but it's slow going. Maybe continue during Christmas...]
"Their parable is like the parable of one who kindled a fire but when it had illumined all around him, Allah took away their light, and left them in utter darkness-- they do not see." -- Koran 2.17 Baron Dave interpretation: "Take THAT, Plato."
"[We (the Lord) said}] O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your covenant with Me as I fulfill My Covenant with you, and fear none but Me. And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price; and fear Me, and Me alone." -- Koran 2.40-41 Baron Dave interpretation: "Take THAT, New Testament."
Today (Thurs 9/16) is Customer Appreciation Day at Jimmy Johns, 11am-3pm in-store purchase only, and only one of their smaller subs. But hey, a decent sub for a buck. The flyer says that "over 60 Twin Cities" locations are participating. Might be worth a trip, but I bet it's crowded. [It was. Saw a huuuge line snaking way outside the store and didn't even try.]
"Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other (for My Message)." Koran, 2:47.... "Then We raised you up after your death: Ye had the chance to be grateful." Koran 2:56 (continued in comment)
Baron Dave interpretation: Mohamed is thanking the Jews for bearing Elohim/Allah's message, then warning us that being Jewish does not guarantee salvation in the next world. But Judaism is about this world, and speaks very little of the next. Like Christianity, Islam is Afterlife Insurance.
The next verses are about manna and plentous food; I should read these early in the Yom Kippur fast...
Republicans don't believe in democracy; conservatives don't believe in America. Tea Party Republicans combine the worst of both.
... came in first at Trivia last night because he knew who was the first male on the cover of Playboy. That turned into the margin of victory. But here are 10 "unanswerable" questions, at least by Jeeves search engine queries.
"I'm not completely compatible with the Tea Party. I've never been involved with witchcraft …. I've got a confession to make. As a young man, I was not 100% against masturbation." -- Jimmy Carter, elected president as an outsider, Daily Show 9/20/10
… tried to watch The Whole Truth, recorded last night, and couldn't. I physically couldn't deal with the flashes of light between cuts. Ick and double ick. Hawaii 5-0's quick cutting was bad but barely bearable. If this is today's tv... Netflix is going to get a workout. [And was justified, as The Whole Truth was one of the first cancellations, while 5-0 got better, then not-so-good but still okay.]
At last we know Victoria's Secret: Her bra turns into two gas masks. See Ig Nobel Award Acceptance speech
Recipe for Somali hot sauce, from the chef at Sambuza Grill on Nicollet in Mpls: Finely chopped jalapeño peppers, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice and a dash of vinegar. Hot and yummy.
Oh, if only the right held _themselves_ to the "personal accountability" they hold everyone _else_ . Gleaned from brother Joe's Climate Progress blog entry.
Hmmm.... still way behind. I'll do more of these more often... RealSoonNow...
continued at New picture galleries & status update catch up