Sunday, September 21, 2008

21 ’Elul 5768: Women’s Friendship Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Speak out against Congress’s flawed overfishing proposal” and “Help Save Troy Anthony Davis' Life”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Avast, Ye Salty Dogs!”: Friday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This article notes that there are some conservative Christians are offended by this quasi-holiday. Arguably they are right to do so. Yes, I know International Talk Like a Pirate Day is completely unserious, but pirates are by definition engaged in illegal and immoral activity. Why is anyone glorifying and celebrating them?
  2. “Granbury resident sees something satanic in team's pirate flag”: I have no idea what said resident is thinking. It is not too hard to argue that the Jolly Roger is a symbol of evil, but calling it “satanic” is rather a stretch.
  3. “Iran: No hostility to Israeli people”: I cannot make this up. To quote:
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that while he opposes the state of Israel, his enmity doesn't extend to the Israeli people.

    Ahmadinejad made the remarks in defense of Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, Iran's vice president for tourism, who raised a furor among Iranian lawmakers and clerics when he said Iran was a friend of the Israeli people, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported Friday.
    Let us think about this rationally. Everyone knows Ahmadinejad has repeatedly threatened to obliterate the State of Israel and is working on nuclear weapons to make this possible. Anyone who believes this is consistent with lack of enmity towards the people of Israel, stand on your heads. The obviousness of the contradiction is such that Mashai retracted this claim. (See “Iran VP retracts comment on Israelis”.)
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is “The Corpus Clock and The Chronophage”. Enjoy (or be scared or something) and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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