An Old Chaos of the Sun

This is my report on the geographical distribution of donors in last week’s fundraiser. I was supposed to post it on Monday, but things kept coming up and it got delayed. Which is a good thing, because a few latecomers straggled in, allowing me to add a locale or two to this list (one of them was Indonesia, I think):

Stateside: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming

Far Abroad: Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, and the UK

Canada: British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan

Australia: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia

[Thank you also to the mystery donor from Illinois. You know who you are, but I don’t.]

[By the way — there were an unusual number of donations from New Zealand this time. I don’t know why — NZ is actually less culturally enriched than most of the rest of the West outside of the Iron Curtain — but something seems to be stirring among the Kiwis.]

Many thanks to everyone who made the tip cup ring last week. There were so many of you — lots of modest donations. That’s a truly distributed source of funding, which is the best kind. I mean, it would be nice if someone dropped ten grand on us (what a dream!), but just think what would happen if we did something that annoyed that particular donor, and he declined any further donations — it would be a painful setback for us.

As it is, we see some variations in the stochastic flow of contributions — when times are tough, the gifts are smaller and/or less frequent — but overall, there is a resilient base that we can generally rely on. It’s still a little nerve-wracking, living from quarter to quarter like this, but not like it was in the early days, before we got used to the process.

We’ll see you next quarter for another week of the same. Sometime after most of the leaves have dropped in the Northern Hemisphere, and when spring is in full bloom Down Under. More jokes, more humor — that’s what Dymphna wants.

Here’s your final exam question:

What does the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akhbar” mean?

A.   “My actions have nothing to do with Islam.”
B.   “I have become alienated due to economic exclusion and the institutional racism of the West.”
C.   “The Holocaust is a myth, and Hitler should have finished the job.”
D.   “Die, infidel!”
E.   All of the above.

16 thoughts on “An Old Chaos of the Sun

  1. Actually « My God, Allah, is above your God (whaterver is It)
    But your translations are very true 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • You’rwe right; I never noticed before the competitive aspects of that saying/prayer…it is like the schoolyard bully’s cry, “my dad can beat up your dad”.

      • “schoolyard bully”

        Quite. And it is instructive to note that the worst thing one can do when faced with a bully is back down, as they feed on the slightest sign of weakness.

        As a scrawny little boy in Liverpool I was standing on the street one day being poked and prodded by the local bully, when my mother came round the corner. “Hit him, John,” she shouted, “He’s just a bully, they are all cowards. Hit him!”

        Obedient to the parent, I dutifully thumped him in the face as hard as I could. He ran off squealing, with blood dribbling from his nose, and I never saw him again. Methinks the same treatment needs to be meted out to Islam.

      • Yes, and when it was used a a cry before batle means a lot.
        Thanks the Lord, we had Santiago (Saint James) on his white horse 🙂

  2. Well, I can’t find your address from last time, so how do I do the online thing? If you can give me a tip, I will appreciate it. I generally don’t do online contributions but I will make an exception this time.

    • Maria_dee —

      Check your email. We’ve each sent you our address, and I sent it to you before this, too. See if you can find it – both from the Baron and me.

    • In Canada, Saskatchewan is the only “prairie province” in the west represented , although Alberta (as a whole) is more conservative. My guess is the contributions from BC are either from the north or western part of the province (above Idaho & Montana) ,rather than Vancouver (which is a lot like Seattle). There’s a revolt starting against the mayor of Calgary,Alberta (Muslim)and a few others on city council now so am waiting to see how that transpires. Trudeau’s virtual signalling to Calgary Muslims during the annual Stampede went over like a lead balloon although it impressed the leftist national media.It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Montana or the Dakotas but we in Saskatchewan have more in common with those states than we have with other parts of Canada.

  3. The answer to the joke in the article is “D”

    “Die Infidel!”

    Except I REFUSE to be called by the name THEY give us!

  4. I think the answer is E – all of the above. However I think the actual meaning of the phrase is “my god is greater than your god because he lets me conquer and kill you.” When Muslims conquered another people, they would build mosques on top of the churches or temples of the native population as a visible symbol that Allah was more powerful.

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