Just a dash of islam thrown in for sport!

Most English-speakers have been using the terms ISIL or ISIS when referring to the group that calls itself The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The occasional nutter has been calling them DAESH for a few years now, and I’m going to start doing so as well, for the following reasons.

  1. They don’t like it. They really, really, don’t like it. They’ll kill your family if you say it, level of don’t like it. Primarily [deleted] those guys and what they like. I’ll say what I please, dashies.*
  2. It’s the SAME THING as saying ISIS, but it’s a funny way of saying it. Think of how people would react, every time you were referring to daesh, and instead of using the popular acronym, you said “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” a dozen times in a paragraph. That would be odd, right? But DAESH is an acronym as well, and it’s the same as ISIS. DAESH is an acronym in *Arabic* though, so it’s even closer to the group’s name in the the oh-so-sacred (the language of “god”) language they use. Except it’s not at all. Because in Arabic, nobody uses acronyms. It’s just not done. Think how weird people would think you are if you said the whole name of every word that gets an acronym, then multiply it ten times. That’s how weird it is to use acronyms in Arabic.  The simple act of saying daesh is making fun of them because it’s a weird word.  THE single most common thing in the Koran is the call for and/or pronouncement of damnation and eternal torment on people for making fun of Mohammed and his newly-promoted formerly-low-grade “god.” The islamists *really* don’t appreciate being poked fun of – so let’s go ahead!
  3. It’s a new word to suit the new organization. They don’t like new words or concepts that much, hence the jihad to return to the 7th century way of doing things. Bonus points: the neologism sounds like a slightly-demeaning word that doesn’t mean The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria at all.  Think, if some super-serious group of serious people came up with a name with an acronym of FOO, and they wanted you to call them FOO and think “kung fu, badass mofos!” but instead people called them food, fools, poo, foot, or similarly not-the-same-idea kinds of words. It sounds like you’re making fun, to call them DAESH, in Arabic. They don’t like that.
  4. Calling them ISIS or ISIL in English is treating them seriously as a State, and in a small way giving in to their demands for respect. Mock the enemy and make him a subject of ridicule when you speak of him, vs. giving small respect when you speak of him. This is the most important reason of all to say DAESH instead of ISIS.
  5. If you’re that kind of a reactionary, it’s different to what President Obama says (ISIL) (unless he changes his mind) (this item is a joke, by the way) ( 🙂 )

It’s not a word that doesn’t translate. It’s not a word loosely related to other words in Arabic. It’s an acronym that is inherently strange to the Arabic-speaker, and slightly funny – regardless of ill-informed news reports to the contrary.

and BTW, DAESH is not a perfect translation. Arabic has sounds that English doesn’t. The “e” is added because it’s a sound from the throat, not “dash” as in “run quickly”.  But if you pronounce it “dash” like John Kerry does, you’ll be poking that much more fun while referring to them.

*and I’ll make diminutive forms of the word and not even capitalize it. Because F what the terrorists want.

This Could Be Interesting

The parliament in Catalonia has voted to break away from Spain. Catalonia really is like a while ‘nuther country anyway. Spain, of course, is one of the formerly-great nations that was an actual Empire in its day and it tended to lose parts of itself in bloody – and expensive – ways.

But Spain is broke as a joke and their government isn’t quite as secure as one might hope for. I wonder what sort of military response they might mount. I wonder if the illegitimi at the UN would recognize an independent Cataluña. I wonder if the Catalan people in France might start getting ideas too.  I wonder if it starts WWIII, and I wonder if it all amounts to so much hot air.

We live in interesting times, my friends.

A Gutsy Call

The Keystone XL section of oil pipeline has been controversial for several years now. Our fearless, bold, GUTSY even, Dear Leader Obama has decided!  It has been decided, OFICIALLY!!! You will  all bow and admire the boldness of our President! He has firmly said NO to the Keystone XL extension.

A month AFTER the pipeline company announced they were withdrawing* the proposal from consideration by the US government. SMH.

I am reminded of this press-overreaction to this incident

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*right. they’re not withdrawing it. Just withdrawing it until further notice. TOTALLY different. Riiiight.

Travis County, Texas November 3, 2015 Joint, General, and Special Elections Voter Guide

The following text of these ballot measures was copied verbatim from files found at the website of the Clerk of Travis County: http://traviscountyclerk.org/ As always, the un-American foreign language parts have been deleted to make the text easier to read.  The formatting is pretty much how it was when I copy/pasted it, and this is a bit of a rush job since the Hot Rod has been demanding lots of attention to keep me driving.

Travis County Clerk Elections Division
November 3, 2015 Joint General and Special Elections

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION All precincts

PROPOSITION 1, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

Vote For Proposition 1.  Prevent future taxation being imposed today.

The ONLY downside to this is in the minds of people who think you can improve government schools by throwing money at them. Prop. 1 is only good . . . except that it will make real estate cheaper for the people bringing liberalism here from Kalifornia

PROPOSITION 2, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

Vote For Proposition 2.

This is a small number of people and it takes a lot to be 100% disabled. The tax dollars involved are few, and the cause (getting out of peoples’ wallets who are already hard up) is decent.

PROPOSITION 3, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

Vote AGAINST Proposition 3.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think people should have to show up to work.  Telecommuting, blah blah. When the shit hits the fan, I want my Elected Heroes *here* in town, so their heads can be put together when the Internet goes down. Or have you never experienced an Internet and Cell service outage in a time of emergency?

PROPOSITION 4, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

Vote For Proposition 4.

I’m for letting private organizations do whatever sane thing they can, to raise money “for charity” or “for profit.” Let’s get out of the way on this and vote For.

PROPOSITION 5, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

Vote For Proposition 5.

The current law says 5,000. This increases it to 7,500.  The deal is, sometimes you can’t GET a private company to do private roadwork in the middle of nowhere, or else it’s very expensive because of transport costs.  Small counties could recoup some of their investment in publicly-owned road making equipment by charging “a reasonable charge” to a private person to do private road work. I’d be against this in a highly populous area. 7,500 in a county is not populous enough to object to this sort of thing, in my opinion.

PROPOSITION 6, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

Vote For Proposition 6.

Without the right to gather wild food, you lack the most basic means of providing for your life. I support the right to gather wild food subject to reasonable restriction, so I’m for this amendment 100%.

PROPOSITION 7, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”

Vote For Proposition 7.

This is a no-brainer. Taxes on transportation-related stuffs should go to building public roadways. Duh? Yes.

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TRAVIS COUNTY BOND ELECTION: All precincts

TRAVIS COUNTY BOND PROPOSITION
The issuance of $287,275,000 of bonds for the purpose of constructing, improving and equipping civil and family courts facilities and the levying of the tax in payment thereof

PLEASE vote AGAINST this bond proposal!

This proposal to build “facilities” includes a shopping center. On the public dime, on public land. No. It has been said by people who should know, that you could build the necessary court facilities for closer to $100M than $300M.  I am certain it doesn’t take a quarter of a BILLION dollars to build a courthouse. I’m also certain it will end up costing a half-billion, knowing how dollars tend to go around local government here. I’m against this amount, not the main thing they are proposing to do with the money.

Travis County Clerk Elections Division
November 3, 2015
Joint General and Special Elections

Cedar Park is asking the citizens to put close enough as makes no difference to $100 Million on the credit card. Ouch.

CITY OF LAGO VISTA PROPOSITION 3
Shall Article III, Section 3.17, Publication of Ordinances, be amended to require that all ordinances that shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation shall also be posted to the City’s website prior to being enrolled and codified into the City’s Code of Ordinances as well as the posting of Resolutions, Proclamations, and Official Notices.
For

I love this idea all to pieces. I wish it would specify for how long before they were enrolled and codified, but almost anything (within reason) that lets interested citizens know what’s about to hit them between the eyes (or in the wallet) before it happens, I’m for it.

CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE GENERAL ELECTION
COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 3

Please vote for (the incumbent) Omar Peña.  They’re doing a good job, and he’s part of they.  Except that he wanted to NOT increase our taxes and push off hiring new city staff.  If someone is doing a decent job, keep em in place.

His opponent, Phil Osars Emia seems to be stretching for issues on which to campaign. He’s trying to ride the tide of “cops b hard on de minoritees” and … oh, the water is kinda icky. Plus we need to pour money like water down a bottomless hole and start a BUS system… so don’t elect someone who already knows what he’s doing, go for me, I’ll improve your TAP water? And good GOD why can’t you speak English intelligibly after being here for a decade and a half?! His nearly-impenetrable accent also speaks to his character – not in a good way.
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COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 5
Please vote for Mike Heath

Mike Heath is an engineer, and wants to talk to companies to see what they think we need, to bring them here. Infrastructure, not incentives.  And in the PFCONA event I saw, it looked like he has really done his homework and knows what things the council needs to be doing

Rudy Metayer -also wants buses, which (as a taxpayer) is almost enough to kill his candidacy IMO. As I pointed out last election cycle when he LOST the race for a seat on this City Council, he is also a member of racist organizations.   I’ll pass right there, thanks.
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CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE BOND ELECTION

PROP. 1, CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE
The issuance of $10,700,000 tax Bonds for a new City Animal Shelter.

Vote Against Proposition 1!

$10 Million is a LOT of [deleted] money to build a kennel. [deleted] no. Do it for cheaper. Yes, the current facility is rather … poor, to be euphemistic. But $10M is WAY too much.
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PROP. 2, CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE
The issuance of $9,500,000 tax bonds for street improvements to Weiss Lane.

I’m (somewhat hesitantly) voting For Proposition 2.  Weiss lane is already crowded with traffic to the new subdivisions and the (rather nice) Lake Pflugerville facilities.  This is only going to get worse. Let’s not be like Austin and be gobsmacked by traffic AFTER the demand is there.

Veeeeeeery Inneresting.

The Supreme Court of Georgia is now tossing out cases of drivers caught Driving Under the Influence of alcohol because the drivers consented to blood tests. The lawyers contend a drunk person can’t consent to waiver of their own rights, and the court agrees. This is a very interesting development, and should be slowing down DUI cases all across America, starting immediately.