Defining the "Dark Side"

Defining the "Dark Side"

There are 22 comments on the Chicago Sun-Times story from Feb 14, 2008, titled Defining the "Dark Side". In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

From Tim Crain, Alpine, UT: I haven't seen the film "Taxi to the Dark Side", but I take issue with CPT Bruce's illogical attack on it.

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Curious George

Angier, NC

#1 Feb 15, 2008
Excellent article!

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#2 Feb 15, 2008
Larry

Miami, FL

#3 Feb 15, 2008
If you want to really see the dark side, move to Cuba
Curious George

Angier, NC

#4 Feb 15, 2008
Larry wrote:
If you want to really see the dark side, move to Cuba
Been there many, many times and not as a tourist. No one is saying that there is no dark side to Cuba. However, I am a citizen of the U.S. not Cuba and I do feel a resposibility to see the negative aspects of MY government. The U.S.A.- when right to keep it right! When wrong, to set it right! Paz!
Larry

Miami, FL

#5 Feb 15, 2008
Curious George wrote:
<quoted text>Been there many, many times and not as a tourist. No one is saying that there is no dark side to Cuba. However, I am a citizen of the U.S. not Cuba and I do feel a resposibility to see the negative aspects of MY government. The U.S.A.- when right to keep it right! When wrong, to set it right! Paz!
So you are admitting to breaking US law ?

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#6 Feb 16, 2008
Curious George wrote:
<quoted text>Been there many, many times and not as a tourist. No one is saying that there is no dark side to Cuba. However, I am a citizen of the U.S. not Cuba and I do feel a resposibility to see the negative aspects of MY government. The U.S.A.- when right to keep it right! When wrong, to set it right! Paz!
George that's noble of you! But remember that there is more than the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes we need to do unpleasant things in order to survive.
For example in medicine if a person has cancer or gangrene radical surgery or amputation may be needed to save a life.
If the planet has a cancer or terrible infection, the planet may need to have that removed also.
Sometimes the actions taken, like removing a leg, can be perceived as negative....but may be necesssary. The USA is the BEST country in the world , George. Large, powerful, productive, modern and generous. No wonder the whole planet wants to come here!

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#7 Feb 16, 2008
Curious George

Nashville, NC

#8 Feb 16, 2008
Larry wrote:
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So you are admitting to breaking US law ?
Nope! U.S. as tourist are not allowed to go to Cuba. I go with a Cuba Travel License issued by the U.S. Treasury Dept.'s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on humanitarian, religious or educational bases. Sorry, Buster, but your way off on this one.
Peter

Miami, FL

#9 Feb 16, 2008
Curious George wrote:
<quoted text>Nope! U.S. as tourist are not allowed to go to Cuba. I go with a Cuba Travel License issued by the U.S. Treasury Dept.'s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on humanitarian, religious or educational bases. Sorry, Buster, but your way off on this one.
To do what ? you are not religious ,at least by your posts you don't sound godley, so what is your purpose ?
Pastor

Miami, FL

#10 Feb 16, 2008
Quite a few have being arrested for going to cuba under false pretenses like church activity.
Curious George

Nashville, NC

#11 Feb 17, 2008
Pastor wrote:
Quite a few have being arrested for going to cuba under false pretenses like church activity.
Name one!

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#12 Feb 18, 2008
Curious George

Angier, NC

#13 Feb 18, 2008
LIGER OMNI PRIME MAGNUM wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =z1TVWvsiteQXX
Yawnnnnn! Sighhhhh! IQ 61!

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#14 Feb 18, 2008
open mind

Redlands, CA

#15 Feb 18, 2008
LIGER OMNI PRIME MAGNUM wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/johnmcc ain
&fe ature=bz303

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#16 Feb 18, 2008

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#17 Feb 18, 2008
Curious George

Nashville, NC

#18 Feb 18, 2008
open mind wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =7ffwY74XbS4XX&feature=bz3 03
Watched! Great post! Thanks!

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#19 Feb 18, 2008
Popular image of Muhammad in medieval times
In the 12th century, Chansons de geste that mentioned Muhammad presented him as an idol to whom Muslims prayed for aid in battle.[16][176] Some medieval Christians said he had died in 666, alluding to the number of the beast, instead of 632;[177] others changed his name from Muhammad to Mahound, the "devil incarnate".[178] Bernard Lewis writes "The development of the concept of Mahound started with considering Muhammad as a kind of demon or false god worshipped with Apollyon and Termangant in an unholy trinity."[179] To discredit Islam, Muhammad was represented as an idol or one of the heathen gods during the first and second Crusade.[16]
Later medieval representations
From the middle of the 13th century, mentions of Muhammad in vernacular chivalric romance literature begin to appear. A poem represents Muhammad as "someone in bondage. Through his cleverly contrived marriage to the widow of his former master, he not only attains his freedom and wealth but also knows how to cover up his epileptic attacks as phenomena accompanying visitations of angels and to pose as a new messenger of God's will through deceitful machinations."[16] From this period is Scala Mahomete, a translation of an Arabic text, largely without Christian evaluations.[16] In a polemical tone, Livre dou Tresor represents Muhammad as a former monk and cardinal.[16] Dante's The Divine Comedy (Canto XXVIII), puts Muhammad, together with Ali, in Hell "among the sowers of discord and the schismatics, being lacerated by devils again and again."[16]
Early modern times
After the reformation, Muhammad was no longer viewed as a god or idol, but as a cunning, ambitious, and self-seeking impostor.[179][16]
Guillaume Postel was among the first to present a more positive view of Muhammad.[16] Boulainvilliers described Muhammad as a gifted political leader and a just lawmaker.[16] Leibniz praised Muhammad because "he did not deviate from the natural religion".[16]
Modern times
Friedrich Bodenstedt (1851) described Muhammad as "an ominous destroyer and a prophet of murder."[16]
According to Watt and Richard Bell, recent writers have generally dismissed the idea that Muhammad deliberately deceived his followers, arguing that Muhammad “was absolutely sincere and acted in complete good faith”.[180] Watt says that sincerity does not directly imply correctness: In contemporary terms, Muhammad might have mistaken for divine revelation his own unconscious.[181] Although Muhammad's image in the west is much less unfavorable than in the past, prejudicial folk beliefs remain.[182]
Watt and Lewis argue that viewing Muhammad as a self-seeking imposter makes it impossible to understand the development of Islam.[183][184] Welch holds that Muhammad was able to be so influential and successful because of his firm belief in his vocation.[16] Muhammad’s readiness to endure hardship for his cause when there seemed to be no rational basis for hope shows his sincerity.
open mind

Redlands, CA

#20 Feb 19, 2008
Curious George wrote:
<quoted text>Watched! Great post! Thanks!
Don't you just love the way Billary (to quote your term!) accuses Obama of plagiarism for using parts of Gov. Lavel's speech. All Lavel did was quote some of the most famous one-liners from recent US political history. Lest people forget, it's called 'public domain'...when you use a quote that is a part of the cultural lexicon, one assumes that the hearer knows its location without being reminded. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Ask not what your country can do for you. I have a dream. That's all Lavel did was quote them and Obama repeated it. As a professor, I can assure you that doesn't rise to the level of plagiarism...unless you also count Hillary's use of 'I'm all fired up' and 'yes we can'...which she said last week in a speech. And, of course, everyone knows who uttered those phrases most recently. Obama! So, Hillary, aren't you plagiarizing Obama's speech?

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