February 27, 2008

Watcher Countdown - Three! Superabbreviatedwatcherpost

Hatched by Dafydd

From the February 22th Watcher post.

We -- er, ah -- completely spaced on voting. I think we only did this once before. The upshot is that we only have the two winners... and we didn't even read them!

But we are now entirely caught up on Watches.


We didn't vote for this piece, but only because we didn't vote for any piece. Too busy sunning ourselves on the sands of Brighton Beach. (Actually, BB doesn't have sand; just rocks. Big rocks. Step on them and break your ankle rocks. The naked English ladies were worth the risk, however.)

A paean to our first and greatest president (Gore Vidal notwithstanding), and perhaps the greatest day in his military command. And might we append a peroration on why it sucks that the only American to have a federal holiday named after him is someone who never held elective office in his entire life?


Sigh. Another 75,000 word Michael Totten piece.

Totten visits... well, a dungeon-jail in Fallujah. 'Nuff said.

See the posts the Lizards never read!

...Right here.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 27, 2008, at the time of 4:08 AM

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The following hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr

Not related in any way to this article, just a heads-up to the lizards:

According to the BBC, Turkey is about a publish a major revision of the Hadith. It focuses on throwing out Hadiths (?) that were thought to be genuine, but modern techniques indicate Mohammed probably never said; but it also includes re-interpretations intended to loosen up the religion considerably.

Of course, the BBC's read on this is laughable. Note the quote: "...changing it from a religion whose rules must be obeyed, to one designed to serve the needs of people in a modern secular democracy." Er, although that sounds nice, it's a non-starter. "Islam" means "submission", not "prop for modern secular democracy." This sort of framing is precisely the way to entirely undermine the work they're attempting to do -- nobody interested in Islam will be interested in work that pretends the "design" of Islam is to support modern democracy (hint: that's an anachronism).

But I suspect that BBC had to hunt and misquote in order to print that quote.

At any rate, this is precisely what you were hoping for.

The above hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 27, 2008 8:37 AM

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