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June 17, 2007


The program then links these periods to standard Greenwich time, so the astronauts can pray at both the correct Earth time and the correct time of day that they perceive on the space station."


OK, I know this is probably rude and un-PC, but the first image that came to my mind was that poor astronaut hopping up and down off the prayer rug every 15 minutes in an accelarated worship reminiscent of Danny Kaye's instant-knighthood scene in "Court Jester."

AAK! Italics off! Please!

I've got a paper around somewhere that I downloaded off some College Aerospace programs' website, that was an in-depth plan to put a Mosque on the moon, with some odd rotation mechanism to "point" towards Mecca.

the direction of the Ka'aba, the holy shrine in Mecca that Muslims face during prayer.

Wouldn't that change during the prayer?

oh... why not: right-wing civility!

cleek: yikes.

What I want to know is, how does Ace know about the biweekly part?

And who knew there was an ice cream flavor called 'Staten Island Landfill'?

If they had any guts they would have named it Fresh Kills which is the actual name of the landfill

This post reminds me that I never answered hilzoy's point "Frank: it's one thing to value martyrdom highly, and another to say, as what OCSteve quoted, "What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah. What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah." That's not, as far as I know, part of Islam generally."

On a previous thread. I've only started to study the Koran, but I don't entirely agree. Death in defense of Islam is the only sure road to heaven as far as I know, so it is argueably the best thing that could happen to you. Now I happen to think that is meant to let believers know that they shouldn't let fear stop them from serving Allah, but not that they should seek death and try to justify their deaths by saying 'It is for Allah.' I can imagine Muslims might feel differently though. Also I'm not sure if "aspiration" is exactly the right word, there may have been an imperfect translation there I feel.

From the Department of Astonishing, Downright Gobsmackingly Improbable News:

"In my last blog many here on Redstate agreed with me that Liberalism is a bad thing and must be defeated."


Hilzoy, I believe the Oregon/Flag Day link is empty.

Witt: thanks; fixed.

Liberalism is a bad thing and must be defeated

do i need to buy a gun ?

"do i need to buy a gun ?"

Are you a racist redneck?

To follow up on the flag thing, the story at the link says it was an accident that the governor ordered the flags at half-mast. (Half-mast would be for mourning, which is why I was originally puzzled -- it seemed like such an in-your-face political move for him to make.)

No, apparently he only meant to urge public buildings to FLY the flag, on Flag Day, to honor people serving in the military.

Hm. Probably just a busy p.r. person editing an old press release for re-use, but still...strange kerfuffle.


Britain joined the United States' invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001 because it feared America would "nuke the sh[!]t" out of Afghanistan, the former British ambassador to Washington reportedly told a television documentary to be screened Saturday.
"Blair's real concern was that there would be quote unquote 'a knee-jerk reaction' by the Americans ... they would go thundering off and nuke the sh[!]t out of the place without thinking straight," Meyer reported told the documentary, according to the Mirror.


Tony Blair agreed to commit British troops to battle in Iraq in the full knowledge that Washington had failed to make adequate preparations for the postwar reconstruction of the country.

Screw it, on to Iran!


Ah, right! Cause we really did nuke the sh/t out of Afghanistan. :: eye roll ::

Typical liberal resonse. Blame US first. If an american offical made some stupid claim/assesment you'ld be all over him.

Are you a racist redneck?

Is that a prerequisite ?

I read about that Muslims in space conference in New Scientist last year. It really goes to show how silly religious ritualism can be when you take it to its logical conclusion. There's a similar dilemma in Islam as to what people should do for Ramadan in the polar regions.

anybody here familiar with San Francisco ? the cleeks are going to spend a few days there, but we don't know what the *must do* things are (Alcatraz and Sonoma are already on the list).

any recommendations?

Walk or ride a bike across the GG bridge.

Bring warm clothes otherwise you're going to freeze when the fog rolls in in the afternoon (unless you're not going until september/october).

Eat dinner at Aqua if it doesn't blow your budget. Alternatively, just about any one of the 40 "most popular" restaurants in Zagats is better than anything they have in DC.

The Ferry Building has an awesome farmer's market on Saturday mornings (or at least it did last time I was there).

Be sure to do the audio tour at Alcatraz.

Stay away from Fisherman's wharf.

Also, if you like baseball it's pretty cool to watch a game at the Giants stadium and look out over the Bay.

Another good place for dinnner is Plumpjack Cafe, great food and their wine list is good and they don't mark up much - if at all - above retail. Pane e Vino in the same general area is also good.

just made some Aqua reservations. thanks for the tip.

considering the BBall game. we just saw the Yankees last week (in NYC, vs. Pirates) so it might be fun to see them on the road. a game cuts a big chunk of of your day, though.

Stan LS -- I'm unclear on how your comment follows ugh's. From my reading, the point is not "blame America first," but that the Brits joined the war in Afghanistan in hopes of preventing overreaction, not because they thought the cause was just.

YMMV, obviously.

Aqua should be good. Yeah, BBall can take a while. The MOMA's pretty cool and there are interesting other things around that area as well, such as the Asian Art Museum (which I never saw but was played up as a big deal when I lived there).

Gerrymandering, the online game


"Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe"

"Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe"

    U.S. intelligence officials described the event as another example of "an aggressive and sophisticated propaganda campaign."

ooooh kaaaay.

c'mon cleek, it had pictures and sound and everything! In the U.S. you'd have to pay some contractor $100 million for that, before costs overruns.

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