Saturday, June 28, 2008

A good'un

from Mike L.

A woman married three times walked into a bridal shop one day and told the
sales clerk that she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding.
'Of course, madam,' replied the sales clerk, 'exactly what type and color
dress are you looking for?'

The bride to be said: 'A long frilly white dress with a veil.' The sales
clerk hesitated a bit, then said, 'Please don't take this the wrong way, but
gowns of that nature are considered more appropriate for brides who are
being married the first time - for those who are a bit more innocent, if you
know what I mean? Perhaps ivory or sky blue would be nice?'
'Well,' replied the customer, a little peeved at the clerk's directness, 'I
can assure you that a white gown would be quite appropriate. Believe it or
not, despite all my marriages, I remain as innocent as any first-time bride.
You see, my first husbandwas so excited about our wedding, he died as we
were checking into our hotel.
My second husband and I got into such a terrible fight in the Limo on our
way to our honeymoon that we had that wedding annulled immediately and never
spoke to each other again.'
'What about your third husband?' asked the sales clerk

'That one was a Democrat,' said the woman, 'and every night for four years,
he just sat on the edge of the bed and told me how good it was going to be.

Great Britain just can't surrender

fast enough. Now they want to provide schools.

The Scotsman.

ALEX Salmond yesterday threw his support behind plans for Scotland's first state-funded Islamic school, to be submitted to councillors in Glasgow.

Senior Muslim community leaders are preparing a detailed case for the school, which organisers say will "teach Islamic values" and will be delivered later in the summer.

It is the first serious attempt to establish a state-funded Islamic school in Scotland, and is believed to have strong chance of success, with the First Minister yesterday suggesting such a step was simply a matter of time.

But the move is likely to be controversial, and some believe that the plan may harm integration between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Four schools in Glasgow already have a roll that is comprised of at least 90 per cent Muslim children, and organisers say there is "demand" from Muslim parents for a faith school.

Speaking after the launch of the Scottish Islamic Foundation yesterday, Mr Salmond told The Scotsman there was a "clear" argument for Islamic schools. He said: "I'm supportive. Obviously, it's a council responsibility and that process has been made quite clear.

The problem that no one wants to talk about is that the Muslim faith is dependent upon some elements of Shari law, so sooner or later the demands of the law start to bump up against secular law, and life in a western styled democracy. Perhaps that has something to do with the number of home grown second generation terrorists produced in England.

Worse, in Great Britain the state is involved in religion, so if they have Church of England schools then they are, at least from Mr. Salmond's view, obligated to build Islamic faith schools. This shows again why our founders separated church and state.

Of course we aren't in the clear. We have had the school in San Diego that allowed segregation of males and females with scheduled prayer time, the building of foot washers in a junior college in Minneapolis, the charter school in Minneapolis with after school prayers and the school in Montgomery County that is under fire for teaching that Muslims can kill Jews and others and take their property. Although to be more accurate, the latter is a private school, although located on leased county land.

I doubt if the question as to could Montgomery County receive more revenue by other uses of the land has been addressed. The answer would be interesting.

In the meantime Montgomery County again is in the news in relation to Islam and teaching.

Washington, D.C. (Map, News) - A new report issued by the American Textbook Council says books approved for use in local school districts for teaching middle and high school students about Islam caved in to political correctness and dumbed down the topic at a critical moment in its history.

"Textbook editors try to avoid any subject that could turn into a political grenade," wrote Gilbert Sewall, director of the council, who railed against five popular history texts for "adjust[ing] the definition of jihad or sharia or remov[ing] these words from lessons to avoid inconvenient truths."

Sewall complains the word jihad has gone through an "amazing cultural reorchestration" in textbooks, losing any connotation of violence. He cites Houghton Mifflin's popular middle school text, "Across the Centuries," which has been approved for use in Montgomery County Schools. It defines "jihad" as a struggle "to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil."

Perhaps the problem is in the water, like too much iron causing teeth to be stained. More likely it is in the PC education that the current crop of educators and politicians received. No cure is known to exist. Perhaps they could be placed in island colonies... cared for but isolated and unable to cause damage....

Two can play the PC game - Second update

I think the following is self explanatory.

Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 6:39 PM
To: Answers Support
Subject: Your Message to Answers.com

Sent from Answers

I find your ad regarding McCain's age highly biased in favor of the
Democrats and insulting to all senior citizens.

You should be ashamed.

I love this response.

Thank you for contacting Answers.com Customer Support.

It would appear that you have Answers.com confused with someone else.
Answers.com doesn't have political ads.

Answers.com is an information portal, delivering comprehensive content
on four million topics. Content includes over 100 licensed titles from
leading publishers; original articles written by Answers.com's editorial
team; community-contributed articles from Wikipedia; and user-generated
questions & answers from WikiAnswers (wiki.answers.com). For a brief,
simple demonstration of how to get the most out of Answers.com, take our
two minute tour: http://www.answers.com/main/flash_demo.jsp .

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or comments
about Answers.com.

Sincerely yours,

Answers Customer Support
The Answer Engine

My emailed reply was:

It would appear that you choose to not understand my complaint.

Specifically, your ad asks if the viewer wants to know John McCain's age.

That is making a political point in favor of Obama. It is a de facto political ad.

Plus, by bringing his age into question you imply that he is too old. That is an insult to senior citizens.

You know, there are probably a million different ways you could advertise your company.

Your choice shows us the bias.

I don't know which is more scary. That the responder knows what I am writing about, or that he doesn't.

Stay tuned chums, I'll send you his answer.... if he sends one.

Well, they seem concerned...here's the reply...

We appreciate your input, but it remains unclear to us exactly which advertisement you are referring to. We have consulted with our Ad Sales team, and checked all the network ads that appear on any relevant AnswerPage we could think of, but found no advertisement asking if the viewer wants to know John McCain’s age. Could you please send us the URL (Internet address) of the Answers.com page you're referring to? Answers.com pages always start "http://www.answers.com/..." or "http://wiki.answers.com/...." Alternatively, if you can remember exactly what phrase you looked up to reach this page, that might also help. Any other details could provide would be helpful.

If, on the other hand, you are referring to the WikiAnswers questions that appear on http://www.answers.com/topic/john-mccain, well, that’s just WikiAnswers. At the user-generated Q&A site http://Wiki.Answers.com, anyone can ask a question on any topic - in their own words - and get an answer written by members of the WikiAnswers community. If you clicked on that link (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_old_is_John_McCain), you would have found a simple, straight answer to a question that people are asking: 71. Similarly, if you were to ask WikiAnswers about Sen. McCain’s war injuries or purple heart, you would find answers to those too, though not as detailed (yet).

Note how they try and reframe the point....
Guess they run lots of ads about McCain's age... My response....

The ad I refer to was in the ......, the morning paper for said city for more than 50years.

And their answer was...

Thanks a lot for clarifying that for us. It looks like we were right the first time: you have Answers.com confused with someone else.

As we said, Jim, Answers.com is a website, not a newspaper. And if you’re referring to an ad that appeared in your local paper this week, well, that’s also somebody else, since we don’t advertise in newspapers. If you haven’t already lined your birdcage with it, take a look at that ad again and I’m sure you’ll find it doesn’t say “Answers.com”.

Nifty, eh??? My reply:

Since the ad was in the on line version of the ... it will be hard to line anything with it.

And the ad was, to be best of my memory, was for Answers.com.... It was an ad by asking the question and having a place to click on for the answer.

If someone is passing themselves off as you I would hope you would be concerned enough to investigate rather than try and fluff your way past it.

Have a nice weekend.

I doubt they will reply.

To catch a thief

people need to dress differently...

Markets in Rotterdam have been harassed the past few weeks by East-European pickpockets who dress up as religious Muslim women. The police doesn't have definite numbers but say there's a 'sharp increase' of thieving fake Muslimas.

These are mostly female Bulgarian or Romanian thieves who are quite elusive with their head covering robes. A police spokesperson says that it's become a known phenomenon and that they see it more and more often in nearly all Rotterdam markets.

A veiled Bulgarian was caught in the act this week in the Afrikaandermarkt in Rotterdam-Zuid. Besides stolen wallets the police found seven different colored headscarves, with which she constantly changed 'identities'.

Source: AD (Dutch)

Why would anyone be surprised? The allowing of people to dress like this is bound to be taken advantage of by criminals. Those demanding to dress in such a manner should be able to understand that and dress otherwise.

But they don't. Their rights trump societal needs everytime. And we are going along with it.

This is from the above linked to post.

Mr. Lee Scott
Chief Executive Officer
Wal-Mart Incorporated
702 S.W. 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611

Dear Mr. Scott:

I note the following AP news story.

“AP - RIVERDALE, Utah (Feb. 20) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. apologized to a Muslim woman who said she was mocked because of her face veil.

"Please don't stick me up," a cashier told the shopper on Feb. 2, according to The Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Wal-Mart apologized Monday in a letter signed by Rolando Rodriquez, a vice president and regional general manager. It was released Tuesday by the council's Nevada chapter.

"I can assure you that the associate in question was disciplined in accordance with our employment policies as a result of the situation," Rodriguez said without disclosing details.

Rodriguez said employees at the Riverdale store would undergo "sensitivity training," specifically in the Islamic faith and Muslim culture.”

In case you are wondering, I have never heard from Walmart.