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February 6th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

Muslim comedian branches out

(CNN)–"The Daily Show's" Aasif Mandvi talks about his "Courage in media" award and his new movie "Today's Special."

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  2. Monxav

    Jess,I am at IUGG but haven't checked the time. I'll be tlnikag about how using linear statistics to measure climate is the wrong paradigm because it overlooks what is really going on. Warming comes in bursts first, then appears as a trend later as the capacity of the ocean to absorb energy is exceeded by radiative forcing. It's something to do with upwelling episodes mediated by climate variability, I think, but the analysis has yet to be done. I'll be showing how to measure atmospheric warming as steps plus trend, i.e. measuring the dynamics correctly.Bilb, the wind will make sure that there is mixing in the top layers of the ocean. The big worry is loss of the marine carbonate cycle when shells can't be laid down any more. Atmospheric oxygen has been increasing over the past decades by measurable but small amounts.Pablo, I'm hazy on the dynamics but my understanding is that the Gulf Stream is likely to continue and is not totally coupled to the North Atlantic deep over-turning, which is though more likely to slow rather than collapse. Greenland, probably the WAIS, and certainly coral reef ecosystems are much more sensitive. Permafrost methane is a wildcard with large positive feedbacks unable to be ruled out. Recent tipping point info is summarised in the climate commission report released a couple of weeks ago.

    July 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Israelis Should be Afraid of Their Leaders, not Iran

    By Gideon Levy

    Some of the people reading these lines will not live through the winter; some of them may not die a natural death.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30465.htm

    February 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Reality

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      February 8, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      And after all this you claim not to have anger issues.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • Reality

      How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?:

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
      There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror like 9/11.

      – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

      – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

      Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
      There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

      – The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

      – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

      – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

      Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook

      February 8, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • ayman

      @Reality , my religion taught me to respect all prophets , when you meet GOD you will be asked about what you said in the last prophet, i would love to see your face then :) , go educate your self before it is too late check this out http://www.rasoulallah.net/

      February 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Prior

    "Those who reject the path to enlightenment, must be destroyed."

    "Hallowed are the children of the Ori."

    February 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  5. Reality

    On the koranic passages and world domination:

    "Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

    Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

    Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

    Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

    Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like

    a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

    In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

    Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

    Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

    A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

    Don Richardson

    February 7, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Cort

      Did you include trojan horse?

      http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Non-Muslims

      February 7, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 7, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Prayer didn't help the chargers when in 1978, there were 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter in a game between with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders had the ball at the Chargers 14: Ken Stabler dropped back to pass, was pressured, and just as he was about to be tackled, he flipped the ball forward underhanded.

      Raiders continued to bat the ball toward the end zone and, eventually, Dave Casper fell on it for a touchdown. The referee called the intentional fumble legal and the Raiders won the game 21-20. Ouch!

      February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • just wondering

      How is it you know what or if anything was prayed?

      February 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      bottom line this bozo knows less about sports than it does about prayer

      February 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      P.S. That play came to be knows as the "Holy Roller" but I am sure you all already new that.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      @just wondering
      @just sayin

      Well I don't know about that, but prayer didn't help the Washington Redskins when they selected Heath Shuler with the third overall pick of the 1994 NFL Draft. He ended up losing his job to the Redskins seventh round pick the same year in Gus Ferotte.

      He only played four years in the NFL leaving the league with a 54.3 career passer rating. Not good!

      February 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Al

      Heath Shuler started a real estate company in Knoxville and is doing fine.

      February 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Thanks Al! Good to know he is doing well.

      February 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  7. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Until then, no male Muslim to include the topic "comedian" can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    February 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I trust anyone who roots for my Dolphins.

      February 7, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • O.S. Bird

      50 years ago it was the Communist Threat. Now it's the Islamic threat. Yeah, there's a threat from them just like there's a threat from most everyone else – including American Christians. Enough of this "The sky is falling!" garbage. Read some history, but if you do, it must be done with an open mind. Not a submissive mind, just one open the the possibility that it might be wrong about some things.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Xycxyxyzyd

      Actually Muhammed stole a vast majority of his teaching from other religions/mythologies of the day. Allah was a popular Arabic god before Muhammed ever came along. He was worshipped along side of many other "gods" Muhammed simply isolated him for worship and called himself a prophet.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • Sports Fan

      @Xycxyxyzyd
      Exactly right. That is why they call the NFL a "copycat" league. If something works for one team, everyone jumps on the band wagon and trys it out. Examples: Wildcat Offence, 4-3 Defence, West Coast Offence, etc.

      February 7, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • Mojonaamdi

      Hello Reality,
      I am a 52 year young Moslem man. I have 3 wives – all white born in America. I am looking for wife # 4. I have my eyes set on a blonde bombshell as you yankees say. She's a little old at 24 years, but I figure that she has at least 10-12 child bearing years and another 7-8 children with her would be worth it. Right now, I am not working and I collect food stamps. My wives support me very well. I/we hope to have about 25 – 30 children total. we'll become majority n America soon..ha ha just kidding.. that will take at least 40 years. I sponsored my 5 brothers from Iraq. Soon they come and they too look for American brides. They are jealous of me. My cousins are coming too all 23 of them. America like milking cow, so they all come. America is good country for the Moslem like me. I hope one day you too be my friend. Who knows, you become Moslem and I teach you how and you too marry 3-4 women. God Bless America.

      February 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    Do atheists believe in aliens or the possibility of aliens? After all there's no evidence for the existence of aliens.

    February 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • GodPot

      What is an Angel if not Alien? Or would you consider Angels to be native to Earth?

      February 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Common Sense

      You said, "Do atheists believe in aliens or the possibility of aliens? After all there's no evidence for the existence of aliens."
      There is actually a lot more evidence for the existence of aliens than for any gods. Even so, the combined evidentiary record for aliens still doesn't make a compelling case to believe we've been visited by any.

      But, considering that current estimations put the number of planets in the Milky Way galaxy at about one per star, there are must be billions of planets out there. If those estimates hold true for all or most galaxies, the combined number of planets must truly be staggering. At least some will likely have the right combination of circumstances to support life. It is therefor not unlikely that there is life, and even intelligent life, elsewhere.

      That said, the odds that we have been visited by any are very small. The time required to travel from even some of the nearest star systems, even at significant fractions of the speed of light, makes that a very unlikely scenario. Also, even the electronic signatures of the very first modern humans, if they could travel that far into space, would only now begin to reach the other side of the Milky Way. The electronic signature of intelligent life has only reached about 100 light years from Earth, making detection beyond that radius unlikely.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • sam

      oh my gosh you are sooooo clever!! You totally got us all with that one! We're just going to have to concede the point, now, it's like you've solved everything.

      Idiot.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim left the winter meetings with a splash. They signed possibly the best free agent starting pitcher on the market in C.J. Wilson and some guy named Albert Pujols who I hear is pretty good. They spent roughly $331.50MM between the two players that day. I don't know if Angels are Aliens though.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • O.S. Bird

      It's so funny watching Christians trying to play oneupsmanship, considering that humility is central to Christain dogma.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (References used are available upon request.)

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      February 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Xycxyxyzyd

      @LinCa

      Actually most modern astronomers estimate that there are more planets than stars themselves in our universe. That makes the chances of sentient life even higher than the estimate you put it at.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Sports Fan

      I am sure you must have watched the Superbowl halftime show yesterday Xycxyxyzyd. I am not a Madonna fan, but it was really cool how the ran the optical effects on the field. Particularly when the stage seems to floating through the universe! I think the show is too long though. They should make the players wait so long to start the second half.

      February 7, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Common Sense

      You said: "Do atheists believe in aliens or the possibility of aliens? After all there's no evidence for the existence of aliens."

      LinCA is exactly right. Most atheists believe skepticism is the adult response to anything, for which there is little or no evidence. Let an alien be found and verified, and I will believe. Let a god be found and verified and I will believe. Let Big Foot be found and verified, and I will believe. Until empirical evidence is provided, these sorts of things should remain in the Very Unlikely column.

      Cheers!

      February 7, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  9. Rational Libertarian

    Let's face it. Mandvi is a Muslim like Jon Stewart is a Jew.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      And Joe Montana was a Chief, and Brett Favre was a Viking.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Sports Fan

      I guess facetious sarcasm doesn't really translate on an internet forum.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      What do you mean? I thought those were excellent analogies and on topic. Don't you like sports?

      February 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Xycxyxyzyd

      OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! NO ONE! NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON CARES ABOUT YOUR SPORTS ANALOGIES!!!!! I mean do it once, twice, thrice at most but your annoying posts are wasting my time when I could be reading the comments of individuals who have half of a brain cell in their head! You are clearly a typical simpleton! All you think about is sports! This just in: Iran's nuclear program is at a stagerring development! "duh, that's like the time with the patriots an the giants and the duhhhhhh JOE MONtANA I LOVE YOU!" Really. Get a life.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • Sports Fan

      @Xycxyxyzyd

      I am reminded of when Joe Montana threw the winning touchdown reception to Dwight Clark in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship game. Not unlike a fledgling nuclear program, that catch propelled the 49ers to a championship and then a dynasty. It is now imortalized as "THE Catch". Exciting!

      February 7, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Hey Joe, it was just vapor lock.

      February 7, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • sam

      "...your annoying posts are wasting my time when I could be reading the comments of individuals who have half of a brain cell in their head!"

      Man, are *you* in the wrong place!

      February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  10. Hilarious

    Do you speak English?
    -Yes!
    Name?
    – Abdul al-Rhazib.
    S ex?
    – Three to five times a week.
    No, no... I mean male or female?
    – Yes, male, female, sometimes camel.
    Holy cow!
    – Yes, cow, sheep, animals in general.
    But isn't that hostile?
    – Horse style, doggy style, any style!
    Oh dear!
    – No, no! Deer runs too fast...

    February 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Tinkerbelle

      That was so funny!

      February 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I am reminded of David Cone. On a 1991 road trip, Cone received a call from GM Frank Cashen warning him that he was about to be charged with r a p e by the woman he’s spent the previous night with. David went out on the mound and struck out 19 Phillies. He felt that as long as stayed on the mound, the police couldn’t come out and arrest him!

      February 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Prayer didn't help Wes Welker when he couldn't come up with that key 4th quarter reception that would have put New England in good shape for a game winning touchdown.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • just wondering

      wrong blog sports fan ps you ain't much of a sports fan either. How is it you are so totally useless on two topics?

      February 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I don't understand. Why do you say that?

      February 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Xycxyxyzyd

      Breaking news from the center of CNN! A radical discovery has been made that is sure to leave you stunned: believe it or not the belief blog IS NOT a sports blog NOR WILL IT EVER BE a sports blog. I am so sorry readers, this must come as a huge shock to all of you. We will keep you posted on this 100 percent new story.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • Sports Fan

      @Xycxyxyzyd
      That is funny. It reminds of Tony Sporano's first year as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. The team had just come off of a tough road loss to the Cardinals. On the plane ride home, Tony went to his QB's coach and the "Wildcat" was born. The next week the used the "Wildcat" formation multiple times against New England catching them completey off guard and Miame won the game easily. New England must have been saying "Breaking News! This is not College Football!" lol

      February 7, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Nope

      `~~~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.~~"

      February 7, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • sam

      You're killin' me, Smalls.

      February 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      LOL "The Sandlot" Nice Sam. THE GREAT BAMBINO!

      February 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Reality

    There is no way Islam can be made humorous. And why is that?

    The koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

    February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Reality

      I'm heavily into beastiality. It's so fun to take a whale dick in me

      February 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • ......

      Reality post? hit report abuse on all reality garbage

      February 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I am reminded of another episode with David Cone when he allegedly exposed himself to fans while in the bull pen and pretended to ma.s.t.u.r.bate! Weird guy.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • O.S. Bird

      Somehow you've skipped over Christain atrocities committed through the ages.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      February 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Updates

      Reality- Update your list with the latest from(must warn you the list will then become endless)

      http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Non-Muslims

      February 7, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Reality your Top 20 list is oversimplified historically. There are at least ten instances where motivation was other than religion. Religion was coincidental. Numbers may be a bit liberal too.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:55 am |
    • ayman

      There are billions and billions and billions of Muslims every where. My religion protect me from doing crimes because i am a strong believer , if you are stupid enough to find couple of incidents to state that muslims are terrorist , then you are an idiot , and you are trying to find an imaginary enemy because you are either scared to be left alone. I suggest you seek the truth and stop the propaganda of hate. Seek information from not islamphobia media instead of zoning in to what they say and ignore what rational.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Fabiana

      , the interactions beeewtn wind forcing and how this feeds into the net transport in the ACC are still pretty poorly understood I think (I might just take the opportunity to point interested people to he knows a lot more than I do obviously).Of course there's a lot of speculation here (although it is backed up by a fair chunk of reasoning based on well established physical oceanography), so it will be interesting to see how things actually do change as we start to shift climatic regimes over the medium to long term. That said, I'll probably be dead before we get any conclusive results eh?

      July 31, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  13. OWS(C)

    atheism is NOT logical

    February 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      But belief in an unseen, unknown, where the he-ll did he come from alien is?

      February 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • OWS(C)

      I'm not logical.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Where is the logic in the Patriots' game plan yesterday? I was certain they would go no-huddle much of the game but they just abandoned their bread and butter formation. They deserved to lose! And Kevin Gilbride called an excellent game for the Giants. That was the difference!

      February 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  14. How do you make an atheist mad?

    Define the word and tell them that their views are a belief, and any belief about what happens after death falls into the same pool as relgions lol.

    Atheism – the doctrine or belief that there is no God. (source: Dictionary.com)

    February 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • J.W

      Whoa atheism is both a doctrine and a belief? The atheists will have a heart attack when they see that.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (References used are available upon request.)

      February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Reality

      I love gay s-e-x. I swallow daily.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      HDYMAAM...wrong..our views are based on looking at the evidence around us, not by being told to believe in the prince of peace or you will be slaughtered. You are an atheist as well...there are lots of gods who are more powerful than yours but I bet you don't believe in them.

      February 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • GodPot

      "any belief about what happens after death falls into the same pool as relgion"

      And I love not collecting stamps, it's my favorite hobby.

      Question: What happens to us after we die?
      Atheist: define us.
      Christian: Us, you know, our soul.
      Atheist: define soul.
      Christian: You know, your life force, your animation, your consciousness.
      Atheist: There is no evidence of any life force, animation or consciousness after death.
      Christian: Well, that's not true, there is evidence, it's right here in the bible!
      Atheist: There is no evidence of any life force, animation or consciousness after death.
      Christian: Yes there is! My cousin said he heard his dead grandpa's voice, and some other friends baby got over a bad sickness because we all prayed for her!!
      Atheist: There is no evidence of any life force, animation or consciousness after death.
      Christian: Don't try and preach your religion to me!!
      Atheist:...

      February 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • sam

      Another god.damn genius.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I think what is most important is that offensively you are on the same page and done your film study so the QB and WR's can adjust on the fly when they get multiple looks. Then on defense get pressure on the QA, special teams don't screw up. That is the formula for victory!

      February 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Xycxyxyzyd

      @ Sports Fan
      No one cares.

      February 7, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Sports Fan

      It is true some fans can be apathetic Xycxyxyzyd, but don't tell that to Red Sox and Yankee fans lol! They care too much!

      February 7, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Reality

      The gay s-ex comment was not from the original Reality.

      February 7, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Al

      The gay s-ex comment was not from the original Reality.

      I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure everyone got that.

      February 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  15. Achmed the Dead Terrorist

    Why is this not about me?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Jose Jalapeno

      Because I am on a stiiiiiiiiick.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Well it will be about baseball now that the Superbowl is over. And the NBA once the All Star game is over.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  16. J.W

    We need comedians of all religions. No religion should have a monopoly on comedy. God wants us all to be happy no matter what religion we are.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you know whats funny about that, there are more atheist comedians then there are comedians who believe in a god from any religion...just something i found to be interesting.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • J.W

      At first I was gonna say because atheists are less politically correct, but I thought about it and that isn't really true. But they may care less about offending people who are religious I guess, and they would care less about being pious.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      JW ...Religion has no special place that allows it not to be offended or ridiculed.. Religion is always ready to offend a segment of society to further its cause.. Religion has developed a position that thinks belief in its god( only the right one) gives it immunity from ridicule. It is because the belief is indefensible that is funny, and the fact that such bat crazy things are considered " fact" With out evidence you have a scary, violent childs story book and nothing else.

      February 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Yes and I am sure God is laughin WITH the Patriots and not at them.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    he is damn funny... i hope he does well.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Achmed the Dead Terrorist

      SILENCE! I KEEL YOU!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      If he focuses on his job and trusts his teammates, everything else will take care of itself.

      February 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
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