Via ParaPundit, I found a sympathetic but scholarly review of Luxenberg’s book. A much better reading than the mumbo jumbo of the Newsweek article. Al-Muhajabah tackles the allegation that Muslims don’t engage in textual or critical analysis of the Quran and Brian Ulrich compares the media approach to the world to Civilization III.
I am going to drive to Jersey tomorrow (thursday) for the break. I’ll be there for 2 weeks. If any readers in the NY/NJ area are interested in meeting for drinks or something, please let me know.
Via Unqualified Offerings, here is an excerpt from the Washington Post. Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a… Continue reading I am Speechless
I will be busy grading final projects today. I hope to finish in one day today rather than the two it usually takes. Grading can be such a pain. UPDATE (7/29 6:25pm): Finally it’s finished.
It seems like visitors to this weblog come from far and wide. Here are the countries represented: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia,… Continue reading Far and Wide
I watched Seabiscuit and Bad Boys II this weekend. Frankly, I could have done without Bad Boys II. It is full of action and like a lot of the action movies it has no plot at all. Plus there is nothing great about the action either. It also uses formulaic humor to get a few… Continue reading Movies I Watched
This post is for the visitor who viewed 16 pages on my weblog last night. Why couldn’t (s)he find anything to comment on? Please, visitors, comment on my posts. Tell me what you think. Tell me I am wrong (or right) and why. Expound on your views related to the topic of a post.
Via Ideofact, I see that Tacitus has linked to an article in Newsweek about Christoph Luxenberg (a pseudonym) who claims that some of the words in the Quran should be considered to be in Syriac rather than Arabic. In a note of encouragement to his fellow hijackers, September 11 ringleader Muhammad Atta cheered their impending… Continue reading Quran and Textual Analysis
Now that could be an interesting race for California Governor: Arianna Huffington running against her ex-husband Michael Huffington. Any guess as to how many people will vote for the wrong Huffington? The rule-busting California gubernatorial recall election took a turn for the bizarre Friday as author-columnist Arianna Huffington appeared ready to kick off an independent… Continue reading Huffington Vs Huffington
We are planning to go to Washington DC next weekend. Can anyone recommend any good restaurants? I am looking for walk-in places where we don’t have to make reservations in advance or wear nice clothes but that have great food. For lunch, the restaurant should be close to the Mall, but the dinner restaurant can… Continue reading Restaurant Recommendations