I was lucky, and was able to go see author Sherry Jones who wrote the controversial book "The Jewel of Medina". She spoke at Carroll College in Helena, the 4th of December.
Sherry is a Novelist, journalist and once was an Independent Record Reporter, and a Montanan.
The publishing company Random House, self censored themselves and dropped plans for printing Jones' book because they were told “The Jewel of Medina” would offend Muslims and could “incite acts of violence by a… Continue
Added by Lori Gilliland on December 9, 2008 at 12:30pm —
Added by Krista on December 9, 2008 at 11:07am —
As darkness creeps in,
As the shadow eats the light,
-the hawk glides low,
-the vulture stands still to observe,
-a bat shrieks cutting the silence,
-the dog howls sending a chilling,
-the owl stares with empty eyes,
-the black veil covers the night,
completing what’s required,
it welcomes The Coming.
A baby cries.
A man trembles while his guts is emptied.
A woman grabs a knife and aims it to her heart.
A child… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 9, 2008 at 10:30am —
In a perfect world, our president would hold both a law degree and an MBA.
The idea that malfeasence would get him or her disbarred would aid in keeping them from looting the treasury as the Neocons have done.
Even a lawyer as president lessens the bellacose dynamic we've had for the last 8 years. I think the reason is that the bills that land on the president's desk can be considered on points of law and constitutional misability (congruence) instead of a mere "favor… Continue
Added by Clarence Dember on December 9, 2008 at 8:00am —
Wow, it's been a bit of a big day on Twitter and in the blogosphere when it comes to the Clean Feed issue. Looks like we're going to get a much-welcome backflip from Labour and they've decided the net is actually useful as a tool for consultation.
AND Kevin Rudd is on Twitter. Wonder if he writes his own Tweets. He's following WAY too many people. http://twitter.com/KevinRuddPM
Added by Ms Naughty on December 9, 2008 at 2:55am —
I wright a song, a funny song, a joke and this fucker steals it!
done-with-gossip-girl.blogspot.com/2008/12/last-ride-of-pedo-claus.html (copy and past in address bar (I'm not increasing there stance on google))
And this prick didn't just use some bot that steels from RSS feeds, no he highlighted copyed and pasted from my blog to his. He didn't even have the decency to link to my blog.
Oh and the people at Google Google owns Blogger) apparently do not like to get DMCA… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on December 8, 2008 at 11:13pm —
I was watching Journey To The Edge of The Universe, and what startled me is the complexity of the universe. Stars, Pulsars, Blackholes, Environments of other Planets, there has to be a perfect harmony of circumstances to carry life like a planet like Earth. Maybe it's impossible? Maybe its rare? Maybe the rarity is so high, that we cannot even calculate or fathom the odds!
I always theorized myself that we are super evolved bacteria. It's not our skins or athleticism that helps us… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on December 8, 2008 at 8:00am —
I've only just joined this place. Just wanted to be part of the group, even though I'm not huge on social networking sites. I have my own sphere of online sites and blogs so if you want to know more about me please visit:
Yes, that's not safe for work.
Added by Ms Naughty on December 8, 2008 at 12:44am —
"I'll respect your beliefs if you respect mine."
How many times have you heard that? Too many, I assume. I've heard it (or a variation) so many times that I haven't even thought about what it means, until now.
Let me dissect this.
"I'll respect your beliefs..."
? I am an atheist, I don't have beliefs
. An atheist by definition lacks
beliefs. So you'll respect my non-existent beliefs if I respect yours? Hmm...
Added by zack on December 8, 2008 at 12:17am —
I am not amused with the holiday season. It is just a corporate feeding frenzy to get extra dollars from gullible individuals. The Sheeple believe that Santa and the Christmas tree and gift giving are all related to their mythical hero Jesus. So every year there are these silly rituals that seems to begin earlier and earlier in the year. I saw Christmas decorations in July. The ironic part that makes me sick is the notion of peace on earth, yet a working man was trampled upon to death in a… Continue
Added by Khemisi on December 7, 2008 at 8:17pm —
So, I'm new here, and I though I should introduce myself.
My name is Johan, and I live with my girlfriend Jasmine and my cat Pixel in the south of Sweden, which is a country in the north of Europe.
I don't come from a very religious background, altough my mother together with her relatives are christians. Religion really has had no place in our lives, other than at weddings and such things that we've attended.
However, just a couple of days ago I called my mother to… Continue
Added by Johan on December 7, 2008 at 7:25pm —
The Islamic world is about to embark upon one of its most holy pillars, the Hajj. Millions of believers will spend their last cent, traveling from the four corners of the world in an effort to appease "Allah" and fulfill, for most, a once in a lifetime, goal of Hajj.
However, what fascinates me is not the amount of people attending the event, but what goes on. For example, the stoning of a rock believed to be the devil, that seems to be, at least to me, extreme insanity. On the other hand,… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 7, 2008 at 5:30pm —
I am born male that means that I have a normal and complete genitalia of a biologically male Homo Sapien. The eldest and only male son of my father, on my mother’s side. Well, the side of my father has never been really important.
I grew up a Catholic, the Roman and Patriarchal Catholic. The father is the image of authority, while the m‘other’ — the wife — is the subordinate and slave of the father and, to some extent, of the eldest son when he becomes a legitimate member of the… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 7, 2008 at 10:30am —
I just finished a new track which I titled, "Beautiful Universe
I composed this track with the intention of combining the beautiful classic sounds of an orchestra with a smokin' modern dubstep beat accented by hard hitting bass. The two genre's complimented each other nicely. I hope you like… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on December 7, 2008 at 9:00am —
I actually wrote this in a blog last year around this time, but thought it might get a better reception here. So I'm re-posting it. Enjoy.
A bit of comparison between the jolly red guy, and the holy dead guy. (oh, sorry, dead "and resurrected" guy)
But first, a musical interlude to the tune of "Santa Clause is Coming" just to warm things up.
He's making a list. He's checking it well.
He's gonna decide who's burnin in hell.
Jesus Christ is coming right… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on December 7, 2008 at 1:10am —
The people at Google has decided that Youtube will start censoring videos with "sexually suggestive content" and profanity. they have outlined this censorship in a blog post they call "A YouTube for All of Us
Demotion of sexually suggestive content and profanity - Videos that are considered sexually suggestive, or that contain profanity, will be algorithmically demoted on our 'Most Viewed,' 'Top Favorited,' and other… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on December 6, 2008 at 11:37pm —
He passed away last night in his sleep.
Added by Jerbear1974 on December 6, 2008 at 6:35pm —
I do love to swim. It gives me a chance to relax and enjoy my own thoughts without all the distractions of the world around me.
I thought of a much more poetic form of this early today around lap 25, but to my shame, cannot recall it now, and was (obviously) not able to write it down as it occurred to me. I thought I would remember, but alas, the words have taken flight. This is not as good, but the idea is there...
Like two sides of the same coin,
the best poetry… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 6, 2008 at 3:40pm —
I like this, taken from the BHA:
Live your life based on humanity and reason and recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Base decisions on the available evidence and an assessment of the outcomes, not on any dogma or sacred text. Atheism and agnosticism is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than any negative responses to religion. Foster individual rights and freedoms but believe that individual responsibility, social… Continue
Added by Enlightened Observer on December 6, 2008 at 2:00pm —
I must have been asleep the last few days, because I could have sworn that the US was facing one of the worst financial crisis in it’s history, accompanied by two wars that are not going very swimmingly. It’s must be all fixed, since a group of Senators are busy trying to get the motto “In God We Trust” up in the new Capital Visitor Center in Washington.
The building is your classic boondoggle; it cost… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on December 6, 2008 at 1:41pm —