Friday, July 15, 2016

Some thoughts on Sharia

Newt Gingrich just said that American Muslims should be asked if they believe in Sharia Law, and they should be kicked out of the country if they say "yes."

Someone should ask Newt Gingrich if he knows what Sharia Law IS - because he obviously doesn't. It's like asking a Christian if he believes in the Bible. He will say "yes." But that doesn't mean that he believes in stoning someone to death for gathering sticks on a Saturday, even though that's in the Torah. Nor does it mean that he believes the Ten Commandment should govern American law.

Sharia is the religious code of the Quran. Just as Christians all claim to believe the Bible, but disagree on what the Bible means and how it is applied, there is no single understanding of Sharia in Islam. Different Muslims disagree on what the Quran means and how it is applied, just as Christians disagree about the Bible.

However, some Muslim fundamentalists do believe that there interpretation of Sharia should govern secular law. And such an idea would violate the 1st Amendment, and go against American secular values. But most American Muslims do not favor that. Part of the reason they came to the United States was BECAUSE of its secular values. Because they don't WANT the Quran to govern secular law.

But isn't it odd is American Conservative Christian Fundamentalists - like Newt Gingrich - are so loudly critical of Sharia when they believe that the Bible - a religious text - should govern secular law? That is PRECISELY the same thing the extreme fundamentalist Muslims want with Sharia. And i every bit as much a violation of the 1st Amendment.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Should anybody still check this blog, I am now tweeting my little head off at

Friday, March 20, 2009

Why are we so SURPRISED?

All this outrage over AIGs bonuses. People are FURIOUS at the behaviour, the greed, the theft, and the brazenness of these corporations.

Where was it before?

June 29, 2008

Firms Owe Billions In Unpaid Payroll Taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 1.6 million U.S. businesses owe the Internal Revenue Service more than $58 billion in unpaid taxes for Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance, a government watchdog agency said on Tuesday.

Did anybody seem to mind?

January 5, 2007:

Contractor Fraud Unchecked In Iraq
Jan. 5, 2007
by Christine Lagorio

(CBS) The U.S. has currently spent at least $437 billion on the Iraq war, according to the Congressional Research Service. An estimated $100 billion will be spent in 2007. Much of that money is going to 60,000 civilian contractors involved in reconstruction and providing services to the troops.

But recently, the Pentagon admitted it has a hard time accounting for how billions of your tax dollars are being spent and the billions that may be lost to contractor waste, fraud and abuse.

Did anybody seem to mind?

If you want to know why AIG seems completely surprised that people object to their ripping off millions from the taxpayers - it's because corporations have been doing it for YEARS. Openly. And it was considered completely OK. In fact, it was lauded and it was defended as the best way of doing business.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My New Deal

Some Republicans are complaining that they don't support the stimulus package, but will have to pay for it anyway.

So here's the deal:

The $787 billion stimulus works about to about $2,623 per American citizen. Yes, that's a lot of money and if you don't support the bill, I agree, you should get that back. Agreed?

Okay. I don't support the $5.7 trillion in new debt racked up by the Republicans for a war and tax cuts for the rich. That works out to $19,000 per citizen. So, the Republicans can write me a check for $16,377 and we'll call it even.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This is from the Onion News Network, and must be posted.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This is NOT from the Onion

Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle

And Stand-Up Comics everywhere are looking up to the heavens and saying "Thank you."

Well, that's hitting the ground running

(CBS/AP) - The Obama administration announced salary freezes for White House employees making over $100,000 a year, placed new limits on lobbyists' White House access and had aides circulate a draft executive order that would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay within a year.

The new lobbying rules will not only ban aides from trying to influence the administration when they leave his staff. Those already hired will be banned from working on matters they have previously lobbied on, or to approach agencies that they once targeted.

The rules also ban lobbyists from giving gifts of any size to any member of his administration. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ban would include the traditional "previous relationships" clause, allowing gifts from friends or associates with which an employee comes in with strong ties.

This I'll believe when I see it. Bribery and graft (excuse me - "contributions") have become de facto legal on Capitol Hill. He should also use his influence to push for its end in Congress.

Quoth the Bush: "I have political capital, and I intend to spend it." It would be nice to spend it on something that's actually GOOD.

Hillary is Secretary of State

Vote was 94-2.

How now, down Dow?

The Dow.

Bush takes office

Bush leaves office:

George W. Bush is the first President since Herbert Hoover to leave office with the market lower than when he took office.

And it's a LOT lower than when he took office.