Previous 21 - 30 Next
In response to:

Hollywood and Post-Boston 'Xenophobia'

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:42 AM
Egypt actually went over mostly because Islam's rules on lending were advantageous, since their populace had a huge debt problem. What does it say about this religion that two of its selling points are "We can get rid of all those bad debts you've gotten yourself into" and "None of that confusing Trinity business"—are we surprised they went anti-intellectual in the 13th century?
In response to:

Hollywood and Post-Boston 'Xenophobia'

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:38 AM
Uh...007 is a psychopath. All the other MI agents think he's creepy as hell. They leashed him and made him useful as a guard dog; doesn't change the fact he's a vicious brute. He's like House, only with spying instead of medicine.
In response to:

Hollywood and Post-Boston 'Xenophobia'

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:19 AM
There was no such flowering. The greatest works of "Islamic" literature and art were all in pre-Islamic literary traditions. Meanwhile Christianity invented new literary and artistic forms. Great "Islamic" scholarship in, e.g., science or philosophy, were similarly dependent on the cultural capital of pre-Islamic, primarily Jewish, Christian, or Hindu, cultures. They lived only on what intellectual impetus they retained, and once they'd used it up, they were incapable of generating more.
In response to:

The Hatred in the Heart of White America

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:13 AM
There are still Nazis in Germany and Imperialists in Japan. Hell, there are still Ming Loyalists in China and I'll bet you can find Jacobites in England. White racism is in the same category as those things, along with the Flat Earth Society and Lizard People conspiracists.
In response to:

The Hatred in the Heart of White America

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:11 AM
Should be a no-brainer. Isn't. Reason and identity politics are not on speaking terms.
In response to:

The Hatred in the Heart of White America

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:10 AM
Wait...did Beinert actually claim Muslims are ipso facto non-white? Has he ever seen a Bosniak or a Chechnyan? They're as white as their Serb or Georgian neighbors. By most ethnologies, Arabs, Syrians, and Iraqis are white, too, and so are at least some Persians.
In response to:

Disorderly Conduct

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:08 AM
Legend has it the Wat Tyler rebellion, which very nearly toppled the Plantagenets, started over a farmer's wife being strip-searched. So...again, your precious "Classical" and "Enlightenment" principles allow this kind of thing, feudal societies never got away with them. Most of the Bill of Rights, though expressed in Classicist terms, were actually just medieval Common Law rights—those enjoyed by all freemen in the era of "fiefdoms".
In response to:

Disorderly Conduct

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:03 AM
Actually, in a fiefdom, forget "disorderly conduct", if someone insulted a freeman he had the right to challenge them to a fight on the spot. Don't go fathering the follies and abuses born in the "Enlightenment" onto the feudal era, nobody then could've gotten away with this kind of nonsense, at least not without losing a lot of blood.
In response to:

Hollywood and Post-Boston 'Xenophobia'

AZYaateeh Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 10:57 AM
Wow. Why don't you put some sentence breaks in there, head-injury boy? Also, Special Needs? NOTHING is just make-believe. Biologically speaking, fiction is a form of PLAY, for the intellect rather than for the body. Play is how organisms form habits. Intellectual play is how they form habits of the mind. Fiction determines ideas. "Let me write the songs of a people and I care not who writes their laws."
Why would that be kidding? It's a perfectly accurate description of our government. That it happens to contradict your tribal fetishes is just an amusing side-benefit.
It probably wasn't just the software. However, my sister recently tried to start a blog, and it wasn't allowed to go through because, just on the basis of the URL she chose, the automated software decided it was a spam blog. So automated software does have hiccups like that.
Previous 21 - 30 Next