Islam’s Weathervane

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on March 19th, 2015

The winds of time change and with them change the winds of societies and religions or, at least, the hearts and minds of the adherents to religions. When dealing with them, one needs to check the weathervane for their current conditions.

Jihadism is Islam's Weathervane
Jihadism Is Islam’s Weathervane

Well the winds of Islam are blowing strongly straight towards the barbarism and feral savagery they wallowed in during the first century of its unfortunate existence.

Yes, it’s quite true that we could look back many centuries and find a time when the Muslim World was arguably the center of philosophical and scientific thought, a time when Muslims should more humanity and tolerance than Christendom did, especially when it came to either free thought or the Jews. Likewise, it is equally true that, if one looks back many centuries, one can find a time when Christendom was horrifically intolerant and prone to persecuting people.

Yet both the golden age of Islam and the dark age of Christianity are long buried in annals of history. We, the living must deal with the winds of today and today the winds of Islam are ill winds indeed.

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Coal Black

Posted in Movies, Society on March 14th, 2015

Here’s a cartoon that you’ve most likely never seen – Warner Brothers’ 1943 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs.

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

The reason you’ve probably never heard of, much less seen, this cartoon is because it’s one of the Censored Eleven. It’s one of eleven Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons which United Artists has banned from syndication or distribution since 1968.

Well, I say to enjoy the cartoon and, if it’s offensive to certain sorts, that’s just a bit of extra spice to the enjoyment.

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NYC Of Yore

Posted in Society on March 5th, 2015

Here’s a little bit of history, specifically the history of New York City. It’s only 8:28 out of your day; give it look.

Oldest Known Footage Of New York City
(Click to Enlarge and Play)

Things were both very different and very much the same in NYC a century ago, so there’s something to the adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Interestingly – to me, at least – that adage, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, was only 50 years old when the earlier clips in this video were shot.

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