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#21 ara baliozian

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Posted 28 October 2002 - 10:02 AM

LATER
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To believe in a lie
is the best way to understand it.
If I write against organized religions,
ideologies, fascism and other misconceptions and fallacies,
it’s because once upon a time I believed in them,
or rather, I was brainwashed to believe in them
at a time when I was too young and gullible
to think for myself.
*
As a rule the fascism of the underdog
is more to be feared than the fascism of the top dog.
Likewise, the authoritarianism of the imperialist
is not as ruthless as the fascism of the nationalist.
But there is nothing as fierce as
the fanaticism of the tribalist.
*
There is no power on earth
that can stop an Armenian from making
an ass of himself in public and in broad daylight.
Why this should be so is a mystery,
but a mystery not worth investigating.
*
It is easy to be pro-Islam in a Christian environment,
or anti-West in the West,
or anti-American in America.
That’s because all schools of thought, systems,
ideologies, religions, and movements in general
generate their own share of useful
as well as useless idiots whose convictions
are extensions not of knowledge and understanding
but of ignorance, wishful thinking,
and lack of experience.
*
Those who are in need of understanding
refuse to open their minds
as if having a closed mind or
surrendering themselves to a closed system of thought
were something to brag about.
I assure you, my friends, it is nothing of the kind.
History is very clear on this point.
If you doubt my word,
read the works of medieval theologians
and consider the number of orthodoxies, heresies,
and their victims.

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Posted 28 October 2002 - 10:06 AM

Monday, October 28, 2002
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Some of my readers disagree with me
and that is as it should be.
I would be astonished, perhaps even shocked,
if they all agreed with me because then
it would mean that I have sunk to their level of moronism.
*
Why is it that mighty intellects like some of my critics
who appear to know and understand everything
waste their precious time reading
a minor scribbler like myself?
If they were to concentrate more
on sharing their wisdom perhaps then
our chances of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
would increase drastically.
*
If you think ideas or abstractions are worthless commodities
invented by idle minds, consider the important role
that the invention of the cipher zero
has played in the history of mathematics and the sciences.
Progress advances on invisible wheels.
*
Some people collect stamps; I collect insults.
At one time or another I have been insulted
by partisans, poets, shoemakers, janitors,
charlatans, flunkies, hooligans, Oriental carpet dealers,
physicians, fascists, fanatics, friends and relatives.
An archbishop once told me,
"If you decide to establish yourself in Armenia,
they will take good care of you there!"
To this day I cannot get rid of the suspicion that
he spoke not as a concerned clergyman
but as a mafia don.
*
There is one thing that I like about our anti-Semites.
When exposed they protest violently that
they are nothing of the kind
and if they hate some Jews
their hatred is fully justified;
and they appear to be too naïve to see
the oxymoronism of their position.
Did I say too naïve?
Strike that. Make it either too ignorant or too obsessive.
On second thought ignorant is out too.
I could never trust an Armenian
who pleads ignorance after asserting again and against
that he knows better because he is smarter.

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Posted 30 October 2002 - 07:52 PM

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
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Trading insults with individuals is a waste of time.
Why insult a single individual
if you can insult a whole class of them?
Why insult fools or charlatans
if you can expose them?
*
Is calling a fool a fool an insult?
Not if he is a loud-mouth brainwashed moron
who thinks he is smart enough to insult
far better men than himself.
*
Is calling an anti-Semite an anti-Semite an insult?
Not if he pretends to be the soul of tolerance
and supports bloodthirsty fanatics
with a genocidal hatred of Jews.
*
Am I being undiplomatic?
Allow me to reply with an anecdote.
When warned not to spit on the floor,
Diogenes is said to have spat at his host’s face
explaining he could not find a baser receptacle.
*
According to Confucius,
if you recompense hatred with love,
then how do you recompense love?
I am quoting from memory but you get my drift.
*
I once met an Armenian who bragged about the fact that
he was born in a house with a thousand books
after which he proceeded to demonstrate his total ignorance
of a thousand and one subjects.
Gide was right when he said:
"It is when we brag that we expose our limitations."
If only braggarts were smart enough
to keep their traps shut.
*
There is knowledge and then there is
Potemkin-village type knowledge
whose sole aim is to dazzle the uninformed.
I will let you guess as to the value
of this type of knowledge.

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Posted 30 October 2002 - 07:52 PM

Wednesday, October 30, 2002
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When asked to suggest a good name
for a future Hollywood star,
Humphrey Bogart is said to have replied:
"How about Dungg Heap?"
Does Cher know the Armenian word for urine?
*
The name of Diogenes came up recently.
It is said that when caught masturbating in public
and in broad daylight and reprimanded by passersby,
he explained: "I wish I could satisfy my hunger too
by fondling my belly."
*
If you were to ask:
"What are you doing here?
Haven't you got anything better to do?"
I would reply that I am gathering the material for a book.
But perhaps you don't consider that a worthwhile enterprise.
*
About the Pope and contraception:
If in a thousand years the population explosion
reaches unprecedented and unforeseen dimensions,
what then?…
*
One of my cousins despises me
because he thinks writing is a silly game
of mirrors and smoke played by idle people
incapable or unwilling to do anything useful.
He is a taxi driver.
His contempt for writers is shared by many,
and I don't mean charlatans, mullahs,
ayatollahs, bishops and archbishops,
but also commissars, partisan editors, merchants….
Do you want me to name names?
The trouble with that is that
by naming one or two or even twenty-two
the rest may think of themselves as beyond criticism.
*
The Turks will never admit responsibility for the Genocide.
There is no power on earth that can open the mind of an Armenian
that has decided to keep it closed.
You may not see any connection between these two statements,
but I see them as two sides of the same coin.
*
If you are familiar with Hindu religious art
you may agree with me that one culture’s ****ography
is another culture’s religion;
or, to put it more succinctly:
it takes all kinds.
*
"Our Father Who art in heaven."
This sentence makes no sense to a Buddhist
because Buddhism is a godless religion.
Did you know that the number of atheists
exceeds the number of both Christians and Muslims combined?

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Posted 30 October 2002 - 07:52 PM

LATER
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As a boy Gourgen Mahari spent a number of years
in an Armenian orphanage.
In his memoirs he quotes extensively
from the diary he kept there.
Here are two typical entries:
*
"Ardash’s mother came today and found Ardash.
She wept. Ardash wept too.
The orphans came and they too wept.
The young ladies of the orphanage came and wept also.
We all wept. And of course I too wept.
We had a wonderful time."
*
"Something very nice and strange happened today.
Miss Nazig and I went to her room
and saw our reflection in a mirror.
Beautiful no? she said.
Yes, it was beautiful.
And then she said: Who is taller, you or me?
And of course she was the taller one.
And then she said:
And now give me a kiss and go to bed.
I kissed her. And then she said,
Kiss me here too, and here.
And I kissed her.
It was a day unlike any other today."
*
Had he written in English,
Mahari would now be considered a precursor
of Gertrude Stein and Hemingway.
*
A Turk once wrote a letter to the editor
of our local paper and said
his fellow countrymen have been unfairly accused
of many crimes against humanity
but the truth is the West had committed
similar and worse crimes in the Middle Ages.
When no one objected to this line of reasoning
I wrote a letter to the same editor and said:
The West had somewhat advanced since the Middle Ages
and perhaps the time was ripe for Turkey to do likewise.
*
When the son misbehaved,
the Romans slapped the father.
Roman jurisprudence was not big
on the insanity plea either,
as the following legal maxim may suggest:
"Let him who sins when drunk
be punished when sober."
In this connection let me also mention
George Bernard Shaw who believed
insane criminals should be punished much more severely
because they were more unpredictable and dangerous to society.
What about bloodthirsty fanatics willing and eager
to kill and die in the name of God?
*
What happened to our Baronians and Odians?
Would anyone dare to write like them today?
Has something gone seriously wrong with our sense of humor?
Were we more open to satire under the Red Sultan?
You may not think of such things but I do.

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Posted 02 November 2002 - 10:39 AM

Thursday, October 31, 2002
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A rose may be a rose but a war is not just a war.
A recent study states that as many as
two million German women (aged 12 to 80)
may have been raped by the Soviets
at the end of World War II.
As a result, cases of syphilis, botched abortions,
broken marriages, suicides, and illegitimate children
(most of whom were abandoned) rose dramatically
in postwar Germany.
On being confronted with these statistics,
a Soviet diplomat by the name of Michael Grabar
is said to have dismissed them as hostile propaganda
and commented: "Everyone tries to rewrite history
in his own way."
According to some Armenian historians and pundits,
this comment also applies to our own historians.
***
Spinoza tells us good and evil have no objective existence
because they are not properties but relations.
Ask any victim and he will tell you otherwise.
Bear with me and I will give you my own explanation
of good and evil.
Astronomers speak of the visible universe
thus implying there may be another
that so far has remained beyond our vision.
Others speak of parallel universes.
How many? Is it two or two thousand?
Or perhaps an infinite number?
Will we ever have the answer
to this and similar questions
dealing with the dimensions of reality?
Now then, if we compare the immensity,
majesty, infinity, and eternity of the universe and its creator,
a hundred million years are as a fraction of a second.
It follows that all of human history
acquires such petty and insignificant dimensions
that good and evil vanish into nothingness.
If you find this and similar metaphysical speculations boring,
I for one will not disagree with you.
*
Count Dracula was not the bloodthirsty monster
portrayed in Hollywood movies,
states a Canadian academic,
who after visiting Rumania eight times
has written a book on the subject.
Dracula was and remains a national hero to Rumanians
because, the good professor informs us,
he impaled his enemies, including women and children,
on sharp sticks. His enemies, in case you didn't know,
were Turks.

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Posted 02 November 2002 - 10:39 AM

Friday, November 01, 2002
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If we were to list and add up
all the blunders and crimes committed
by organized religions, we shall have to conclude that
there is no limit to human arrogance and gullibility –
arrogance on the part of the few,
gullibility on the part of the many.
Where there is a sucker born every second,
there will be others up to no good.
*
A snake may shed its skin but not its venom.
Keep that in mind next time you think
of forgiving and loving your enemy.
*
A man who refuses to open his mind:
in what way is he different from the king of Greek mythology
who blinded himself?
*
Not to understand in a world where
others understand is bad enough,
but what is infinitely worse is to reject explanations
without even considering their validity.
*
United we stand, divided we fall.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Just because the solutions to our problems are clichés,
it doesn't mean we should reject or ignore them.
On the contrary.
What is the use of novelty or originality
if it leads us to procrastination and perdition?
Does a man of faith reject the daily repetition
of familiar prayers?
*
Some fools may be shamed into silence
but not fools who are also persistent buggers.
Obvious, you say. But sometimes it pays
to repeat the obvious.
*
Should I be flattered that far wiser men than myself
continue to read and reject me?
Am I a threat to their magic spells and abracadabra?
*
On the subject of nationalism and patriotism:
let us rise from the abstract to the concrete
(as our friend the Marxists used to say):
let us speak of specific nationalists and patriots.
If the man is good his patriotism will also be good.
But if the man is bad….
Hitler was a dedicated nationalist and patriot
and it was Stalin who called World War II
the Patriotic War – he even authorized the publication
of such patriotic/nationalist writers as Raffi
(banned until then) in order to promote his war effort,
which claimed 350,000 Armenian lives.
*
To be evil and to think of oneself as a paragon of virtue:
the tricks men play on themselves are without number.
Lunacy, they say, feeds on itself;
and neither the depth nor the width of hate can be measured

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Posted 02 November 2002 - 10:39 AM

Saturday, November 02, 2002
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The first time I criticized Canada
in the presence of Canadians
I was kindly told to go back where I came from.
Where did I come from?
Greece, the cradle of democracy that
even in its Golden Age (5th century BC)
executed, persecuted, and drove into exile
some of its ablest men as surely
as Stalin’s Kremlin; and more recently
its political career veered from corrupt monarchy,
to corrupt democracy, civil war,
and a coup d’etat by a fascist junta.
*
Because fools have always outnumbered the wise throughout history,
the wise now prefer to keep silent on the grounds that
it is better to be ignored than crucified, poisoned, and assassinated.
*
We are carefully educated to demonize our enemies
as surely as they are educated to return the compliment.
In short, we are products of the same system.
*
After reading Raffi’s KHENT as an orphan,
Gourgen Mahari writes in his memoirs,
he couldn't sleep, and he thought of
Queen Semiramis (Shamiram in Armenian),
the corpse of an old Turkish woman,
and a black cat. It was midnight.
He got out of bed and wrote a poem
whose last line read "Let me lie in your arms and die."
If Mahari had written in French
he would be identified as a precursor of Breton and surrealism.
*
Writing has this in common with running a bordello:
you cannot always choose your clientele.
*
Learning from your enemies is the best revenge.
What have we learned from the Turks?
A great many things except solidarity.
What have they learned from us?
They didn't have to learn anything:
they were our lords and masters;
they used us.
*
I prefer the braying of an ass
to the speechifying of a partisan,
and the bark of a dog to the sermon of a preacher.
A wise man once said that
the Pope and Martin Luther reminded him
of two whores discussing chastity.
*
To crap on someone else’s thoughts
does not make you a better thinker.

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Posted 04 November 2002 - 08:51 PM

Sunday, November 03, 2002
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Confusing prejudice with divine revelation
or promoting hatred in the name of religion
very probably has claimed more victims
than serial killers, organized crime,
drunk drivers, and cancer combined.
*
Organized religion might as well be synonymous
with organized insanity.
*
No one can be as unreachable as a fool
who is infatuated with his own ignorance.
*
If you lie down with swine
it will be a miracle if you get up smelling like roses.
*
According to a 19th-century American traveller
in the Middle East: "It is often very difficult to distinguish
a Jew, an Armenian, a Turk or a Greek, one from the other….
It is a common saying, and likely it has some basis in fact:
that it takes the wit of four Turks
to overreach one Frank;
two Franks to cheat one Greek;
two Greeks to cheat one Jew;
and six Jews to cheat one Armenian."

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Posted 04 November 2002 - 08:51 PM

Monday, November 04, 2002
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There are reasonable men with whom
you may agree or disagree;
but with a nuisance you can only hope
if you ignore him he will go away.
*
It is written: "A just ruler and an unsodomized courtier:
since they do not exist, looking for them is a waste of time."
*
To say "It is a nice place to visit"
is not to praise but to caution with the unspoken warning:
"but you wouldn't want to live there,"
or "not fit for human habitation."
Likewise, to say Armenians are smarter than
Turks, Franks, Greeks and Jews is to warn unwary travellers
to keep their distance.
*
An Armenian-American professor of sociology
once told me that the only customers of an Armenian grocer
in his predominantly Armenian neighborhood were odars.
*
It is said: "If you lie, pimp, cheat, kiss ass, beg, flatter,
betray, and bear false witness,
you will enjoy the friendship of princes and wealthy merchants."
*
Most Christians are Christians because they were born
in a predominantly Christian environment.
What this means is that we don't choose our religion,
geography does.
*
It is written: "It is our duty as men of honor
to fart in the beards of the arrogant and the mighty of this world."
*
It is written: "If you want to beget a jackass,
marry a mullah’s daughter."
*
Nothing can be as educational as writing for a hostile audience.
Perhaps I should dedicated my next book
(tentatively titled: BEING ARMENIAN: IN THE COMPANY
OF JACKASSES) to my critics.
*
It is written: "Speak no word of truth so as not to get into trouble."
*
In his book CATS I HAVE KNOWN AND LOVE,
Pierre Berton writes he once had a cat
by the name of Meow Tse Tung
who was carried off by an owl
and dropped across a river.
Listed as missing-in-action and presumed dead,
he eventually found his way home.

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Posted 04 November 2002 - 09:40 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ara baliozian:
Some of my readers disagree with me
and that is as it should be.
I would be astonished, perhaps even shocked,
if they all agreed with me because then
it would mean that I have sunk to their level of moronism.

I fully agree!

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Posted 05 November 2002 - 08:04 PM

Tuesday, November 05, 2002
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There is a natural tendency in all losers
to ascribe their defeats on outside factors
and in doing so to perpetuate them.
*
Muslims believes a good woman is obedient
to both God and her husband. What this means is that
man and God are engaged in the same enterprise –
that of enslaving women.
Some day if Muslim women rise,
they will castrate their men as surely
as the French beheaded their king.
*
It is written: "Don't set up house in a street
where there are minarets, so that you may not be given headaches
by the screaming of the muezzins."
*
It is written: "Beware of your enemy,
and beware a thousand times of your friend;
for often a friend becomes an enemy
and then he knows best how to harm you."
*
It has been said that the East
is more religious, mystical, metaphysical.
By contrast, the West is more pragmatic, scientific, skeptical.
Armenians, who happen to be in the middle,
appear to have learned the worst from both camps.
To justify their partisan or parochial loyalties,
they adopt metaphysical reasons
which are not easy to refute, hence, their longevity.
But to promote their own interests,
they adopt pragmatic methods,
hence, such phenomena as full-page ads
in the NEW YORK TIMES promoting
the sale of Oriental rugs in our cathedrals.
(Some of these rugs, I am informed by eyewitnesses,
bear a label that says "Made in Turkey.")
Dear Mr. Kipling: You were not quite right
when you said "East is East, and West is West,
and never the twain shall meet."
The twain have met in us and the result, alas,
cannot be said to be an edifying spectacle.

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Posted 05 November 2002 - 08:05 PM

A USELESS BUNCH
According to an 11th-century traveller
by the name of Ibn Butlan:
"Armenians would be beautiful
were it not for their peculiarly ugly feet,
though they are well built, energetic and strong.
Chastity is rare or absent among them
and thievery widespread.
Avarice is very rare among them,
but they are coarse in nature and speech.
Cleanliness is not in their language.
They are slaves for hard work and service.
This race is untrustworthy even when they are contented,
not to speak of when they are angry.
Their women are useless for pleasure.
In fine, the Armenians are the worst of the whites
as the Zanj are the worst of the blacks.
And how much do they resemble one another
in the strength of their bodies,
their great wickedness, and their coarse natures!"
*
ON CONFORMISM
How well I understand those of my readers who think,
if they don't rock the boat (as I do)
and if they keep their nose clean (as I don't)
no one will bother them
and they will live happily ever after as Armenians.
But to conform is not as easy as it may seem.
Constant adjustment to the prevailing winds
can be a challenge even to the most cunning opportunist.
Consider the history of the USSR:
the system victimized not only dissidents
but also men at the top of the hierarchy.
It is the same in our own environment:
our critics and dissidents
were betrayed, starved, or ignored,
but our bosses and bishops were also
ousted, assassinated, or committed suicide.
So what’s the answer?
There are no final answers.
Life’s options sometimes boil down to
tails you lose, heads I win.
As for the option of non-involvement or assimilation:
it amounts to saying "Let them eat cake!"
with the final "e" deleted –
and we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette.
*
THE MOST UNTEACHABLE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
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Panchoonies whose favorite line is "mi kich pogh."
Partisans who have all the answers.
Bigots with gut convictions.
Turkish gypsies who parade
("man gou kan," as Zarian would put it)
as superpatriotic Armenians.
Self-appointed commissars
whose favorite solution to all our problems
is a bullet in the neck.
Bishops and benefactors
who believe they represent
the two most powerful forces in the universe:
God and capital (make it, Capital and god).

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Posted 05 November 2002 - 11:35 PM

Ara Berliozyan!

TO HAVE HAD AN ARMENIAN EDUCATION
MEANS TO HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY MORONIZED

You were lied to, when given an education. Your education is not an Armenian one.(Get it?)

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Posted 06 November 2002 - 08:13 AM

Aycemnik,

What it means to have an armenian education? You mean to be educated in arm national traditions? Or you mean getting education in armenian institutions?

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Posted 08 November 2002 - 08:56 PM

Wednesday, November 06, 2002
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No one can defy the rules of logic
without paying a price.
Even kings must obey the rules of grammar.
Even revolutions cannot escape the law of dialectic.
Even Marxism became its own contradiction in Stalinism.
And consider the destiny of Christianity or,
for that matter, all organized religions:
from divine revelation to an instrument of the devil.
Why should we be surprised
if our own Turkish gypsies now support
religious hatred, terrorism, and genocide –
all in the name of love, peace, tolerance, and God–
the very same God in whose name we were massacred?
*
Self assessed pundits are phonies,
political elites are moral trash,
and religious leaders are charlatans:
all rules have exceptions
but I have yet to see an exception to these rules.
*
For most of my life what I knew about Armenians
was from Armenian sources.
Now that I have consulted odar sources
I have reached the conclusion that
propaganda penetrates every facet of our perception of ourselves.
As a result, an accurate understanding of reality eludes us.
Confusion and disorientation have become constant companions;
and it is this and nothing else that allows our "betters"
to mislead us into thinking we are in good hands
and we have nothing to worry about,
when in fact the exact opposite is the case:
our "betters" are scum
and they are dragging us to the abyss.

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Posted 08 November 2002 - 08:56 PM

Thursday, November 07, 2002
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Feeling the need to assert your high IQ
is the surest symptom of a low IQ.
*
Others may speak of structuralism or deconstruction.
We believe in only two valid schools of criticism:
censorship ("Shut up! He explained)
and tit-for-tat (when exposed as a racist,
call your critic a racist).
*
Armenians are smart?
In the bazaar, maybe, sometimes.
But in politics they are on the same level as Gypsies,
with one difference: Armenians have contributed
more victims to world history.
*
It is written: "A [Muslim] teacher was teaching girls how to write.
A sage passed by and said: ‘This teacher is teaching wickedness to the
wicked’"
*
It is written: "Be moderate in your love of your friend,
lest one day he become your enemy.
And be moderate in hating your enemy,
lest one day he become your friend."

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Posted 08 November 2002 - 08:57 PM

Friday, November 08, 2002
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Kemal Ataturk in a 1924 speech:
"Countries may vary, but civilization is one and for a nation to
progress, it must take part in this one civilization. The decline of the
Ottomans began when, proud of their triumphs over the West, they cut
their ties with the European nations. This was a mistake which we will
not repeat."
Who would have thought possible that eighty years after these words were
spoken there would be not only mullahs and their countless dupes but also
smart Armenians (self-anointed, of course) who would reject this view of
civilization. Allahu akbar!
*
Whenever a reader insults me I console myself by saying that even those
who hate me love reading me. And whenever I analyze our political
problems I invariably run into an idiot who tries to analyze my own
personal problems thus implying
(one) he is himself beyond analysis,
(two) we have no political problems, and
(three) my own personal problems are of greater concern to him than the
problems of the nation.
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Sayings attributed to the Prophet:
"The unbeliever and the one who kills him
will never meet in Hell."
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"Whosoever shall try to divide my community,
strike off his head."
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"If allegiance is sworn to two caliphs,
kill the other."

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Posted 09 November 2002 - 07:05 PM

Saturday, November 09, 2002
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When Talaat became infatuated with a famous Viennese operetta singer, he
tried to seduce her by dropping a huge diamond in her soup during a
banquet in her honor. But it so happened that she was too hungry and
absent-minded and choked on the diamond, and, writes an eyewitness: "She
spewed out the soup and the diamond, turned round on him and slapped him,
calling him a clumsy pig, an oaf, an imbecile. Why had he not given it in
a bouquet or a box?"
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I have been wrong many times and I have been right sometimes and I have
made more enemies when right.
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It is written: "The ear is not the eye. Hearing a tale is not the same as
seeing and believing."
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A word of warning to our crypto-fascist anti-Semites: Next time you plan
to express an opinion, consult Hitler’s MEIN KAMPF and if you find it
there, hold your tongue.
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If Armenians are sweet, why is it that no Armenian poet has ever written
a sonnet titled "Yes im anoush hayrenagitsneri"?
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I have learned nothing from my critics and I doubt if they have learned
anything from me, except perhaps to ask themselves before they insult a
fellow Armenian: "What if he knows how to take it?" and much worse: "What
if he can dish it out?"
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Did I say critics? Make it hooligans.
Did I say Armenians? Make it Turkish gypsies.
Did I say Arabs? Make it mullahs’ dupes.
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It is written: "You come from a fetid drop and you go to a place of dust
and worms and in the end you will give an account to the Almighty,
blessed be He."
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It is written: "Who is wise? He who learns from everyone. Who is mighty?
He who conquers his own passions. Who is rich? He who is content with his
portion. Who is honored? He who honors mankind."

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Posted 10 November 2002 - 03:46 AM

Aycemnik, they say a drunk person never feels drunk. I think you could say the same about a brainwashed person. Formal education, regardless of its nationality, is there to systematically brainwash us. I hope you know that.

Ara jan, great posts again.

Nairi




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