All Blog Posts Tagged ' Belief/Religion' (295)

This too is Islam (For a muslim Reformation) Part II



Added by Heidi Banerjee on January 28, 2015 at 5:39am — 6 Comments

Das Islam - Duell:Khola Maryam Hübsch vs Hamed Abdel-Samad

The translation has been completed.    January 27, 2015

First posted on OS  January 23, 2015 abdel-samad_b_5353120.html2014-05-19-SvsH.jpg

 He is considered to be the main figure in German Islam-Critic.

She is the public face of muslim women in…


Added by Heidi Banerjee on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

13. At the Core of His Being…Hubris

“Funny you ask,” said JMac, “I got a few observances on him...where is he, is he outta earshot?...good...I love the guy but here's how I see him.  Burroughs wants to be ‘Old Bull Lee’ in all his cynical unbridled lunatic licentious libertine glory;

“…but like Mr. Blake and…


Added by JMac1949 Today on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

MLK Day and the Question Remains

The question remains

For what it's worth I'm an old white dude with no real reason to complain but today it occurred to me that the question remains, "How the hell shall we ever overcome anything when half  the world walks the streets with their hands up unable to breathe?"

 For a more in depth …


Added by JMac1949 Today on January 19, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

This too is Islam (For a muslim Reformation)

"Die Zeit", one of Germany's most prestigious newspapers, had published an article in the 52th issue in December 2014.

The author, journalist Khola Maryam Hübsch, is member of the Muslim Organisation Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

Here is the translation of her article .( part one )

Islam needs a Reformation. This is not a call for a muslim Luther, very well  for a controversy about how we interprete our religion today.

How can this controversy take place in order to be…


Added by Heidi Banerjee on January 16, 2015 at 7:37am — 3 Comments

Heaven & Hell 11. “…down in the mud and the pigs like it.”

"IF u started up the blake burroughs thing i might be inspired to contribute…” JME.  

“…Never argue with drunks, fools or pigs.  You just end up down in the mud and the pigs like it,” Burroughs tinny drawl echoed over the walls of Fountain Court in such a sinister pitch and hiss that the horses were startled.…


Added by JMac1949 Today on January 15, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Arrrhhhh!!! Bamboozled by a 'Born Again" Pirate Wannabe!!!!

Some times things don't work out and in the case of the pirate ship it appears I got screwed.  On Monday afternoon after I loaded the last of the 18 or 20 boxes of my worldly possessions onto the boat, I was returning the two wheeled cart to the dock gate when I ran into the marina manager.  She was curious about who I was and what I was doing and after a very…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 31, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

10 things I'd like to see in the new year

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Just rewards: Dick Cheney and company are indicted and tried for their crimes against this country and humanity, including the torture they approved and the lies about weapons of mass destruction that got us embroiled in endless wars in the Middle East, resulting in the loss (and still counting) of so many lives on all sides. They are all found guilty, guilty, guilty.

Law and disorder: Cops across America are stripped…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 30, 2014 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

Holiday Greetings Poop???

Inspired by PDub’s post Feces - Inasmuch as I am about to complete the move to the…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 21, 2014 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

I hate xmas

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Ten reasons I hate xmas:
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is a date that was chosen for his birth because it was the Roman Saternalia, not because he was actually born on that date. No one knows when he was born…

Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

One tough mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Mama’s birthday is coming up in a few days. If she were alive, she’d be 104.  She died in 1990 after a horrible battle with cancer. 

Before she died, she told me I’d be going on a long journey. At the time I had never been to San Francisco or any place further than Boston to the north or New Jersey to the East. I had never even considered leaving Philly, my hometown. I was born and raised in the working-class streets of…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 15, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

A little something to be thankful for

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?

Times are beyond dismal. America the ugly is engaged in endless wars in the middle east over oil that eat up most of the national budget and destroy…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

From the Rubaiyat

"I sent my soul through the invisible

Some letter of that afterlife to spell

And, bye and bye my soul returned to me and answered,

I myself am heaven and hell...."

From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Added by Ron Powell on November 22, 2014 at 6:30pm — 17 Comments

Brave Soul...

No matter what anyone has to say about how she chose to end her life, no one can claim that Brittany Maynard was not a brave soul.

She took a lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died late Saturday, "as she intended -- peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The most senseless thing in the universe

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Death makes no sense. It’s the end of things. Human, animal or plant, we ultimately all meet the same fate. It doesn't matter who we are or how much money or power we have, the critter with the robes and sickle will claim us at some point in our lives, sometimes after a terrible illness, sometimes in a freak accident or sometimes in war or at the hands of a maniac with a gun.

 It's not how we die, it's the…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 25, 2014 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Heaven and Hell, Blake and Burroughs, Golgonooza and Negotiations for the Interzone

10. Here be Dragons

Burroughs snorted, “Pompous verse for grave stones that make no difference to the dead.  A bogus trade but he should stick to that craft and let the living go on about our business.”

James looked up from dealing with his sticky fingers and said, “You died in 1997.”

“Really,” he replied, “hadn’t noticed; and what’s on my head stone?”…


Added by JMac1949 Today on October 23, 2014 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Inspired by JME: Faith Hope and Love to Combat the New Totalitarianism

While we endure the next wave of outrageous televised jingoism as the Unwilling International Alliance of the USA, British, French, German, Iraqi and Saudi??? prepare to take on ISIS/ISIL, let us take pause and consider that there is no "us" versus "them."  Regardless of Joe Biden's fervent cheer leading, perhaps we should ask to which particular gate of which particular hell…


Added by JMac1949 Today on September 13, 2014 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

PoB-Discovery: Master of the House and Lady Ariane

-Master of the House-

The Lady Ariane left for Switzerland the next morning and Mike found himself in the company of two architects and a crew of interior designers and master craftsmen.  They were an affable bunch who welcomed him into their circle.  One of the interior designers was a flirtatious Italian lady in her late thirties or early forties who decided to take Mike under her wing.  Antonia drove a classic red 1966 Alfa Romeo Spyder and with the top down they…


Added by JMac1949 Today on September 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

PoB-Discovery: Wine Country & Noblesse oblige

-Wine Country-

Of the traditional French reds Mike Jerrod held special regard for the wines of Saint-Émilion and Saint-Estèphe.  He was not a connoisseur and he did not possess an educated palate, but of all the red wines he’d tasted he preferred the vintages from Saint-Émilion and Saint-Estèphe.  The luxurious passenger compartment of the Rolls had an extraordinary selection of single malt whiskeys which they enjoyed as they rode through the night.  Jean Levy still…


Added by JMac1949 Today on August 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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