Blaming Obama for the situation in Iraq would be far from accurate, considering that the president that got the U.S. aboard the Iraqi tiger was from the party now trying to blame the party opposite.
The leader's name: Abu Bekr Al Baghdadi, namesake of Ayisha's daddy. You know, the one who pawned his 9 year old daughter to Mohammed in exchange for military free rein. Surprise, surprise. Oh, how much different things would be for the U.S. if we took the opportunity to get on better footing with Iran--if we take another go at it, it'll be solo. If we don't give it a go, I'm sure Iran's not going to sit idly by.
The elephant in that room is Syria, inside of which is was the other capital of the first Califate Empire (Damascus). Can't count on a militant Sunni Wahabist to grok THAT part of Islamic history. FAIL
The Ommiyades, Sunnis, ruled the empire from Damascus, not Baghdad. It's the Shiite (Fatimite) Abbasides that ruled the Empire from Baghdad. Iraq has always been mostly Shiite, not Sunni, and those Wahabists had best get used to it. By their blatant ignorance of how the Battle of the Camel was resolved, ISIS is an organization of blasphemers.
The Abu Bekr that Al Baghdadi names himself after was Calif only 2 years, got captured in Damascus and died in custody, but not before naming Omar his successor. Yes, the Ommiyyad Omar whose successors ruled from not Baghdad but Damascus. Again: it's the Shiite (Fatimite) government that ruled from Baghdad, and ISIS is a bunch of Islamic idiots.
To the person who just googled "the doctor's name" and got this blog: there are several different ways it translates into English, and one way that hasn't been mentioned before is "Fortunate Future Journey". It's still a rough translation, which isn't completely accurate, though, but that's one of the usual drawbacks of translating Gallifreyan into English. "Madman" is equally accurate and more pertinent to the meaning of "Theta Sigma", the latter of which has more of a "Fortunate Future Journey" meaning to it than "Madman" does. Still another translation: "Knowledgeable Path Forward"--and that can also be said as "Clever Sojourn Ahead". The Doctor was a "Clever boy" indeed, as Oswald knew quite well. Several entendres can be had with the Doctor's name, and I expect that the Doctor is just as cagy about that aspect as he is about the inaccuracy of various translations of it.
Question: How is it that some of those terms are claimed to be related when, in English, they really aren't? Answer: more connotatively than denotatively. The most accurate English language representation of the Doctor's name is in mathematics as understood by English speaking mathematicians, because neither Gallifreyan nor English is Greek (Theta Sigma, and that's the Doctor's name "for short." The nickname "Thete" is even shorter, putting emphasis on the turns taken rather than the path necessarily forward). Theta is angle of rotation mathematically, but when you take the phrase "gone around the bend" as a euphemism for "madman" you find the connotative equivalency. Shortening the name to "Thete" is basically calling the Doctor "twisted".
It's the Sigma component that suggests knowledgeable path forward (mathematical progression), calculated path forward, clever path forward considering its function in the algorithm determining time travel to the future--it's the contextual connotation which also equates to the English expression "calculated risk" without the risk part but in travel forward instead. The sigma component in the algorithm infers that there was deliberation involved in taking a course plotted out by the summation of carefully chosen paths of a particular angle of rotation .
Yeah, that deal about Eric Cantor is a big deal in American politics, to be sure. But it basically boils down to party internal cannibalism. I'm not complaining. I'll just point out how Democrats had a hand in this by insisting on there being only two anointed parties in the U.S. The GOP as we knew it died when Dubya left office, but it's the GOP that the Dems had ballot access and debates agreements with and basically proceeded with the GOP as a walking dead party...yeah, a Dem-supported zombie party. I for one ain't surprised when the Tea Party body snatchers took over the zombie; Dems were keeping the corpse fresh for 'em.
Congrats to legendary local actor John Ferguson for his role as Dr. Finski in Army of Frankensteins! Aka Count Gregore...
|This event took place as part of the Dead Center Film Festival in Oklahoma City, on Friday.|
UPDATE Friday the 13th:
Mourning for Cameroon's loss today. (World Cup).
Nice timing for John Ferguson (Count Gregore) being an award winner in time for the full moon Friday 13th. I'm sure I speak for the entire Mysterious Lab of Dr. Fear when I say kudos, well done sir, this the most appropriate day after your award.
It's also Ricard Strauss' birthday today, and he's a favorite composer. So are the other Strausses. I've always been a big sucker for a good waltz.
In interesting coincidence comes another FB posting in advent of the Enid Summer Chautauqua and a certain recently expressed cynicism of certain historian "experts":
|...what I call "the expert syndrome"...|
No. I am still not going.
....except that I went anyway, because I got the news that there would be no Public Access cameras there, as an official statement passed on to me by John Provine. Well, I got MY cameras out, and scrambled to get tripods basically via short-hop time travel. One tripod came from the late 1950s, one from the mid 1930s, added to the one recent tripod I got) and recorded each and every performance and a few workshops along with some of the introductory entertainments. I posted about this in my Never Say Never post subsequent to this post.
Yup--I'm no time lord but every once in a while, it befalls the lot of the time traveler to save the universe. It's my turn.
|The one from the 1950s. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.|
|From the 1930s. Nobody makes 'em like this anymore either.|