Nancy Drew goes to Washington.
He starts with this statement:
"Every Muslim must know how to handle a Kalashnikov."
*Quick rabbit trail:
Several years ago this site featured a picture of a Qur'an next to a Kalashnikov. This sister site is fairly well-trafficked and in my opinion has in recent years upgraded their look and appeal to the Muslim white collar professional in the West. Their writing is more polished, albeit propaganda is propaganda. But such is the nature of regions roiled with ethnic tensions and volatile emancipation movements on the ground. So with Qur'an and Kalashnikov in hand, the battle rages within the Caucuses.
*Back on topic:
Posted by tammyswofford at 5:00 AM
If friendships count for treasure....
Monday was spent with James Oppenheim touring Antietam. The day was lovely and we spent a bit more than three hours trekking through the site. Beyond his analytical capabilities Mr. Oppenheim is an excellent photographer.
You may click on the link below to enjoy a few photographs taken on Monday. Do also consider becoming a regular reader of Oppenheim Arts and Letters. He will expand your own intellectual horizons with his thoughts.
Photographs of Antietam.
This came into my email while on vacation.
Muslims for Shari'ah
What do you call two analysts visiting Civil War battlefields? Heck, I don't know. But it sounds like the lead into a good joke. I will be spending the day with a researcher-in-arms visiting Antietam, taking a walk down Bloody Lane, etc. Weather is cold and the rain has been spittin' since I arrived. So it will make for a cold day of touring.
But time for a look into the office space.
It was bound to happen. Two photographs of Sarah Palin taken by -Blackfoot have made their way to a high-traffic repackaging site. Artistic credit is not given for the work. The Combat Fishing Tour video shot by -Blackfoot is showing on YouTube without proper credit. Such are the woes of the blogland. In a world where each considers themselves an editor or an artist the clawing to the top of the heap is a necessary component for some folks.
The blog world is high-tech cattle rustling. Idea theft is rampant and it can be quite easy to identify for people adept at ferreting out snippets of news. Deciding how to deal with such things can be tough. When I began blogging my desire to move in clean journalistic manner caused me to seek out the advice of an editor in the Dallas media market. Over lunch he gave some basic guidelines:
*Most blogs are journals or personal diaries. No one reads them. Don't be too chatty regarding the personal sphere.
*If quoting a person in entirety, credit the author. Copyright rules should be observed. Paraphrased sentences or thoughts do not require acknowledgement.
*Acknowledge your sources. Do not use a cloak of anonymity.
Blog profiles on this site have been stuck at 15,000 for approximately two years now. It is not a reflection of the traffic to the site. It doesn't matter to this blogger, as the site is merely a secondary means of expressive function outside of research and writing in another arena. But it does matter to me if a member on the masthead writes me with a concern.
So for the sake of -Blackfoot this post is put up to acknowledge that a bit of artistic rustling is going on. If imitation is the best form of flattery..... smile.
But then I stop and think of the alternative. I could end up looking like "them". Am I beautiful? You betcha! In that natural-appearing "National Geographic" kind of way, of course! And you are beautiful too! smile
Anwaar Hussain is a (retired) Pakistan Air Force wing commander. He also writes for the PakTribune.
Link to commentary on the current situation in Pakistan.
The Obama-friendly media is laughable at best. Proclaiming gleefully that President Obama "filled the Rose Garden" with physicians supportive of his costly healthcare "reform plan" it appears journalists believe the majority of us have fallen down the rabbit's hole. It is no wonder respect for print journalism is incredibly low. Convoluted factoids are the best these cretins can spit out.
One hundred and fifty physicians showing up for a photo opportunity with the President is not exactly a quorum. Two-thirds of U.S. physicians oppose the current plan and 45 percent are bold enough to state that this despicable state of affairs is enough to make them consider walking away from the profession.
Socialized medicine will merely provide just one more means of breaking the back and the political power of the working middle-class. Given enough time we will begin to look like many of our neighbors to the south. These governments support a powerful upper class, a struggling middle class, and a huge citizen base of working-class poor. President Obama supports such model. The power is not in the hands of the people rather in the hands of the few. Taking away our economic liberty, our right to choose private healthcare options is just the newest liberal attempt at the bastardization of our Republic. Our Constitutionally protected rights are being slowly erased by socialists with liberal policies and agendas.
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