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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:05:00 UTC | #268890

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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:04:00 UTC | #268888

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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_X62Qr4n5c

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:04:00 UTC | #268887

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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_X62Qr4n5c

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:03:00 UTC | #268884

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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_X62Qr4n5c

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:03:00 UTC | #268885

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I've dropped in to promote the following vid, and entirely off topic, sorry, I hope it's not too much to expect a little godless charity, and forgivness?:-P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_X62Qr4n5c

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Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:02:00 UTC | #268882

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Wait - it's a joke, right?

erm ...

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:04:00 UTC | #238341

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343. Comment #251421 by Vinelectric on September 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm
avatarBRIANCOUGHLANWORLDCITIZEN...!

Is that you? Where the hell have you been?


It is indeed.

Been youtubing a little, and work has been very busy. Arrived at Sam's article via some other route and decided to comment:-) I was surprised I could remember my password.

Thanks for asking, you too Steve:-)

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:56:00 UTC | #238329

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 344 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

So you'll only enter into debate with people you consider your friends?

I wonder what you're doing here then.


I think its more a case of "whats the point?". I reckon if you argue with someone online for two years you've got a right to your opinion, eh?

For the record, I haven't been on this site for months, and Fanusi sounds exactly the same as he always has. I could argue with him, but what would be the point? I know what thinks, and that his views are immovable.

Steve is spot on.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:53:00 UTC | #238326

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My God!! Breaking news

http://www.1001words.com/2008/09/obama-to-nation-im-outta-here.html

In the wake of an epic financial meltdown that threatens to derail the U.S. economy for years, Barack Obama announced he was ending his run for President of the United States, declaring to a stunned nation, "Man, this is bullshit."

In a boisterous and hastily-called press conference, Obama detailed his reasons for the decision. "I was prepared to fight global warming, reform the health care system, repair our crumbling roads, create a 21st century electric grid, find Bin Laden, end the war in Iraq, and bring peace to Israel and the Palestinians. But now you tell me I have to clean up the worst financial mess since the Great Depression too? One that's going to plunge our economy into a recession for most of my administration while I take the blame? Fuck that. That's fucking ridiculous. You guys clean up your own shit. I'm outta here."

He elaborated: "From the time I was a little boy, I dreamt of being President one day. Of having the power and resources to enact a bold vision for the country, to set this great land on a path to a better future. Now we're fucking broke. What the hell can I do when we're $9 trillion in debt and got 1 billion Chinese hankering to cash their IOUs? I can't even buy a three-fingered handjob now."

Obama also revealed that he previously thought about quitting when Sen. McCain picked Gov. Palin as a running mate ("What is this, a reality TV show?"), when the media covered the faux lipstick-on-a-pig scandal for two days straight ("Why would I call her a pig? She's a fucking MILF, for Christ's sake"), and when he realized he was still neck and neck with McCain in the polls in spite of being his opponent's superior in every possible metric and running as the exact opposite of one of the worst administrations in U.S. history.

Obama took no questions from reporters. After reading his statement, he threw his suit jacket on the ground, made an obscene gesture to the press corp, and dashed out a back exit, where he hopped on a motorcycle and yelled "See ya, bitches, I'm off to do my wife" as he rode away.

The new de facto leader of the Presidential race, Sen. John McCain, was unaware of the development until told about it by a reporter. When asked how he felt about Obama quitting, McCain replied: "Senator Obama would like to fool the American people that he is the quitter in this race. He's not. I already quit in 2005, well before Obama even thought of quitting. That's quitting you can believe in."

It is unknown at this time where Sen. Biden will replace Obama at the top of the ticket, but it is unlikely as the Obama campaign announced plans to return all unspent money to its supporters along with a 20% off coupon to flights to Canada.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:39:00 UTC | #238309

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I'd thought that Palin's time at the White House is more likely to change her than her changing the White House. No?

Yes, but not for the better. The religious right are already major stock holders of the republican party, Bush snuggled up to them heavily even degraded church and state separation somewhat as a sop to them, ditched Harriet Myers because of them (not that I objected to that) and generally did a little overt pandering.

However, if the republicans win this election, and they may yet, they will be owned by the religious right. Lock Stock and Barrel. And Sarah "end times" Palin will be one elderly (and very stressed) heart beat away from the most powerful political office on earth.

If the worst comes to pass Bush's worst excesses will seem to Palin to insignificance ... you get the idea:-)

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:33:00 UTC | #238304

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285. Comment #251351 by Paine on September 21, 2008 at 11:45 am
After being conned by Musharraf for 7 years the Americans should have learned by now that Taliban is not going to be wished away. And from what I have seen, only Obama has expressed the will and the intelligence to effectively deal with the issue.


Exactly. I made this exact point on this exact site a few years back. Supporting a despised military dictator HAD to result in blowback and resentment. Well here we are, the cat is out of the bag, and we have our nuclear armed islamic state ... or very nearly.

It is going to take some fancy footwork to defuse this minefield without killing an awful lot of innocent people. Hotheads and republicans are going to trigger every trip wire, smash alliances and alienate allies. More of the same in other words. Heck, McCain has already started by insulting the prime minister of Spain, and Palin seems keen on a shootin' match with the Russkis.

Puhlease .... what a train wreck.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:02:00 UTC | #238269

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My worry would be, in fact my worry is, not that there will be an overwhelming number of Muslims living in the UK any time soon, but that those that do actually live here are somehow making themselves seem so politically significant that our leaders pull down their trousers, bend over, and say take me I'm yours. (On our behalf, naturally.)

I think the risk of politicians pulling more power to themselves, as opposed to handing it over to others, is merely a further illustration of how unlikely all this talk of the islamification of Europe is.

EU states will be full blown fascist regimes long before any incipient islamic theocracy has a snow balls chance in hell of getting established. That is by orders of magnitude the real danger, and the hysterical yelling (not yours) simply inflates that risk. In my view.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:32:00 UTC | #238243

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I believe Fanusi's point would be something like: that IS sometimes what it takes. And you bunch of lily-livered piners don't have it in you.

Beautifully summarised:-)

If you sincerely believe Islam to be a threat, and a nuclear Islam to be a dire threat which absolutely MUST be overcome ....

Oh c'mon, it's not as if Obama is going to hand over the nuclear arsenal, or as if the republicans have much of a track record on managing wars, the economy or well, anything.

It boils down to this. Who do you want defusing a bomb that could kill tens of millions of people in the middle east? A hotheaded aging fighter jock with a poor flying record? A "hockey mom" who thinks she is on a mission from God, and considers "not blinking" the critical executive skill she brings to the table?

My preference is for someone who considers what they are doing very carefully, is open to input and performs well under stress. Like say, being the first black american presidential candidate ... EVAH.

Frankly its a no brainer, except for 45% of the american electorate ... what does THAT tell you.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:27:00 UTC | #238239

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IIRC some indigenous european populations are actually in decline due to death rates exceeding birth rates.

I didn't, and it's a reasonable point. The reason I didn't is because the Muslim growth rate is so wildly inflated that its already built in. 3 to 1 is the highest rate I've seen, and since 4, 5 and 6 still don't do it .... :-)

I'd be interested which EU countries you think show negative rates, and by what %'s? I'm pretty confident that pan EU rates are still positive, but that is an educated gutstimate, I'm certainly open to contrary evidence.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:11:00 UTC | #238227

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did you not argue quite a while ago that people of the male gender tended to go a bit gooey round Ayaan Hirsi Ali, well is the same thing not happening here to some extent, after all whenever you see a photo of Sarah Palin the first thing that comes into your mind is not ... she's a Christian

Maybe, but the one has no bearing and the other does. I don't reject Sarah Palin because she is a woman, that would certainly be unfair. I reject her because of the list of issues we disagree on.

It's not ok to ask if the person flying the plane is a woman, but it is ok to ask if she's a pilot.

Besides, while all these damn candidates are "christian", neither Obama nor Biden "speak in tounges". I call that a plus.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:54:00 UTC | #238211

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246. Comment #251287 by Sargeist on September 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

If I may be so bold .... give your wonderful girlfriend a big delighted kiss from me:-) This is the way to handle this nonsense, she is an inspiration.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:47:00 UTC | #238200

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@Nairb. The whole demographic argument is pure hysteria designed to stampede the weak minded into overreaction.

I did this in excel a while ago. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

It assumes a muslim population increase of 4% per annum, and a "European" rate of 1%.

Muslim Pop Euro Pop
2008 30.00 470.00
2009 31.20 474.70
2010 32.45 479.45
2011 33.75 484.24
2012 35.10 489.08
2013 36.50 493.97
2014 37.96 498.91
2015 39.48 503.90
2016 41.06 508.94
2017 42.70 514.03
2018 44.41 519.17
2019 46.18 524.36
2020 48.03 529.61
2021 49.95 534.90
2022 51.95 540.25
2023 54.03 545.66
2024 56.19 551.11
2025 58.44 556.62
2026 60.77 562.19
2027 63.21 567.81
2028 65.73 573.49
2029 68.36 579.22
2030 71.10 585.02
2031 73.94 590.87
2032 76.90 596.78
2033 79.98 602.74
2034 83.17 608.77
2035 86.50 614.86
2036 89.96 621.01
2037 93.56 627.22
2038 97.30 633.49
2039 101.19 639.82
2040 105.24 646.22
2041 109.45 652.68
2042 113.83 659.21
2043 118.38 665.80
2044 123.12 672.46
2045 128.04 679.19
2046 133.16 685.98
2047 138.49 692.84
2048 144.03 699.77
2049 149.79 706.76
2050 155.78 713.83

Still not even close:-)

A muslim growth rate of 8% per annum (below), 8 times the non muslim rate would result in a small majority by 2050, but that would still not be a political majority as another 10 - 15 years would be needed for those born in the 2040's to reach voting age. Think about it, this is with a birth rate 8 TIMES HIGHER than non muslims, and it still takes us to 2065 to get a wafer thin political majority in the EU:-)

Muslim Pop Euro Pop
2008 30.00 470.00
2009 32.40 474.70
2010 34.99 479.45
2011 37.79 484.24
2012 40.81 489.08
2013 44.08 493.97
2014 47.61 498.91
2015 51.41 503.90
2016 55.53 508.94
2017 59.97 514.03
2018 64.77 519.17
2019 69.95 524.36
2020 75.55 529.61
2021 81.59 534.90
2022 88.12 540.25
2023 95.17 545.66
2024 102.78 551.11
2025 111.00 556.62
2026 119.88 562.19
2027 129.47 567.81
2028 139.83 573.49
2029 151.02 579.22
2030 163.10 585.02
2031 176.14 590.87
2032 190.24 596.78
2033 205.45 602.74
2034 221.89 608.77
2035 239.64 614.86
2036 258.81 621.01
2037 279.52 627.22
2038 301.88 633.49
2039 326.03 639.82
2040 352.11 646.22
2041 380.28 652.68
2042 410.70 659.21
2043 443.56 665.80
2044 479.05 672.46
2045 517.37 679.19
2046 558.76 685.98
2047 603.46 692.84
2048 651.74 699.77
2049 703.87 706.76
2050 760.18 713.8

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:27:00 UTC | #238181

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 229 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

I'm pretty amazed to see atheists taking issue with Sam's comments on Palin. She is at odds with every issue of major importance to us.

Church/State separation. Fail.
Reproductive rights. Fail.
Stem Cells. Fail.
Sex Education. Fail.
Religious Convictions. Fail.
Teaching of Evolution. Fail.
Respect for Science. Fail.

Besides all of that, she has now been clearly exposed as vindictive, lying and duplicitous. Whats to like?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJThPjvscFs

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:58:00 UTC | #238163

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My take on the Palin speech, let me know what you think:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4KqUNu3u3w

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 00:27:00 UTC | #230815

Go to: Logical Proof of the Existence of a Divine Creator, Why Atheism is Not Logically Sound

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Blew it in the opening paragraphs.

Nowhere does the above hold more true than with regard to the existence of a Divine Creator. Proof of a conscious Creator is readily available. The simplest proof (yet one that no atheist has ever been able to counter effectively) is that a universe of this size and magnitude does not somehow build itself, just as a set of encyclopedias doesn't write itself or form randomly from the spill of a massive inkblot.


From a universe of hydrogen to the most complex organisms on earth, we actually have a damn good idea how that process unfolded. No God required, the universe is entirely self assembling, and we have the evidence to prove it. Jackass.

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 12:37:00 UTC | #181223

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15. Comment #177304 by Robert Maynard on May 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm
1.96 million Muslims today, in a country of 58.8 million people. 2.6 million in 2050?
Oooga-booga-boo! I'm so scared!


I share your terror Robert, these numbers are absolutely chilling!! Thank goodness Fanusi and other similarly concerned citizens are stridently sounding the alarm at every opportunity, people need to be warned of this pending apocalypse!

Fri, 09 May 2008 00:46:00 UTC | #168285

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169. Comment #156752 by Calilasseia on April 8, 2008 at 8:20 am

I've certainly emailed it around ... hopefully a boss will see it. Galling to see that much concentrated bigotry, hatred and willful ignorance in a person installed in a position of significant authority. Just beyond the pale.

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:38:00 UTC | #148917

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 165 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

my letter ....

Rep. Davis - Following in the bullet riddled footsteps of Sally Kern

Is this individual simply clueless about the consitution? No American is obliged to swear allegiance to any God to have their rights protected, and some tens of millions don't. I hope a bunch of them express themselves forcefully in the next election.

As for her absurd comments about Lincoln, I trust you've already set Rep. Davis straight? She is not just a bigot, but an ignorant bigot, but then, has there ever been any other kind? What a lethal cocktail. A disgrace to her office, the democratic party and a jaw dropping embarrasment to the United States.

Rep. Davis should resign if she cannot defend and respect all of her constituents equally.

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:18:00 UTC | #148896

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 164 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

My contribution to the fray :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtPhqUj5VvY

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:06:00 UTC | #148883

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Kardashovel: And some cultures' moral norms, religious or otherwise, are abominable.

You'll probably find that there is some confusion here about how one treats insiders and outsiders. Most societies are fairly decent to their insiders, its the outsiders that really get the hammering, and that frankly, hasn't changed all that much, although the circles of inclusion are getting bigger. That is a plus.

Whenever you hear "do unto others", or variations on that theme, the "others" in question are invariably "our" others.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 12:49:00 UTC | #146821

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These days, very few pay attention to their pastor, which is just as well because very few pastors are worth listening to. On the other hand, religion was quite successful at bringing about prohibitions against infanticide, organized charity, and guarantees of free will, free speech, and equality in the eyes of the law. You know... civilization.

Well I can agree with the first part, but I take issue with the latter. Religion certainly has some utility, and if nothing else it's great at ensuring it survives, but as regards its total contribution to human well being, I think you'd be hard pressed to make a decent case for breaking even.

Antibiotics alone, have improved and prolonged the lives of billions.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 12:29:00 UTC | #146803

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Is this true, Blacknad? If so, why would you even read his stuff? The man is repugnant.

Theodore Beale (that name just isn't used enough!) has been pimping his absurd little book, and trying to ramp up traffic to his blog for sometime now. He has said some crazy stuff, but his acknowledgement that if he really believed God wanted him to kill his own children, he would, surely takes the cake.

http://www.unscrewingtheinscrutable.com//node/1178?q=log/node/1178&q=node/1178

Personally, I don't think he believes a word of the crap he spouts. He's a wannabe Ann Coulter/D'Souza. Basically intelligent enough to know better, but also intelligent enough to realise there is a massive ready made constituency of morons for the milking.

The christian scene is lousy with these characters, the credulity on offer practically demands it.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 12:15:00 UTC | #146790

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 473 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

From Vox Day's blog - very interesting:

Oh I doubt it.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 12:01:00 UTC | #146782

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briancoughlanworldcitizen's Avatar Jump to comment 631 by briancoughlanworldcitizen

Just FYI sometimes I have a hard time taking you seriously when I look at your avatar. ;-)


Ah yes .... the "Horn of Gondor" ... :-)

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:17:00 UTC | #146287