Friday, December 2, 2011

Open Thread

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Another open thread without Nazis.

I blame Stuart.


By the way, I've recently started reading Martin Gilbert's, In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands and, my oh my, interesting reading it is, indeed:

"Caliph al-Amir described the jizya tax as a means of discrimination and humiliation, not merely a source of income... The payment of the tax by a Muslim on behalf of a dhimmi 'will not be tolerated.' It had to 'exacted from him directly in order to vilify and humiliate him, so that Islam and its people may be exalted and the race of infidels brought low.'" (pg. 22)

This might be nothing more than an interesting historical footnote were it not for the fact that the Radical Jihad is currently surging, via the Arab Spring-a-ding-ding.

Countries are falling like dominoes to al-Sharia and the progressive-left doesn't mind in the least... in fact, I suspect that they haven't even noticed and could hardly care less.


  1. Thanks for the Open Thread without Nazis...


    I think I should buy a lottery ticket this weekend (do they still sell those? heh). My train actually came into Portland 20 minutes early yesterday! Almost makes up for the endless series of disasters on the way out to NJ a couple weeks ago. Almost. Good to be home, regardless...

  2. No Nazis.

    There's this comedic play called Jewtopia. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's hilarious. I haven't actually seen the whole thing, I saw the two guys that wrote it (I think it was last Christmas eve actually) doing bits and pieces of it, along with some new material. I guess it's about a non-Jewish guy who want to marry a Jewish woman. Because if he does, he'll never have to make another decision for the rest of his life.

    So, as Karma knows, I'm recently single. I checked out at the urging of friends. I'm a little old for it, and a little lazy. Looked for women in my area, sent out maybe 20 or 25 emails over a few week period. Didn't get a single response. Most of them read without the recipients even looking at my profile or pics. Not a one. Haven't given up, but I'm not terribly optomistic.

    So my young neice suggests I try Jdate. I did. Posted a few photos. A few blah blah blah words about myself. Three days later, I've got like 12 emails. I haven't initiated any of them. Two of them telling me I should switch my pictures around so the 3rd one comes up first because it's a better picture. Three of them telling me what part of town I should live in (I just recently moved to a new city). Recommendations for shuls to attend. A few of them wanted to meet for coffee to explain to me the best tricks for online dating.

    But I must say, based only on the photographs, the average female participant there is much more attractive than the average on match.

    I'm not really sure if I should embrace it, or run away as fast as I can. Updates to follow.

  3. Will be interested in the updates.

    Gilbert's book is good. I suggest Palestine Betrayed by Karsh.

  4. Good luck Stuart. Coffee is a good start.

  5. "I'm not really sure if I should embrace it, or run away as fast as I can."


  6. Stuart,

    I say, go for it.

    Of course, what the hell do I have to lose?!


    So, yes, you should plunge forward, my good man.


    I'll tell you one thing, whatever dating might be like for women, they still have no idea what it's like for men.

    It seems to me that in asking a woman out what you want is that whatever the outcome of the asking, they still walk away feeling good about it and well-complimented.

    {Just don't try that at home, kids.}


  7. Hey School,

    Karsh is important.

    It seems to me that if the "new historians," like Morris, Segev, and that hideous old fraud, Pappé, went too far in undermining the older historiography, that Karsh will help lead us back to a view fairer to Israel and thus to the Jewish people.

    Thesis. Antithesis. Synthesis.

    Something quite like that.

    In the meantime, Palestinian views on the question, if listening to Palestinian advocates in the west is any indication, have hardly changed one iota since the fall of 1947.