21st February, 2006. 12:50 pm. And people complain that Christianity never benefitted humanity.
By DULUE MBACHU, Associated Press Writer
Tue Feb 21, 9:49 AM ET
LAGOS, Nigeria - Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.
Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there.
"The mosque at the main market has been burnt and I've counted at least six dead bodies on the streets," Izzy Uzor, an Onitsha resident and businessman, told The Associated Press by telephone. "The whole town is in a frenzy and people are running in all directions."
The violence appeared to be in reprisal for anti-Christian violence Saturday in the mostly Muslim northern city of Maiduguri in which thousands of Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches, killing at least 18 people.
Another Onitsha resident, Isotonu Achor, said one badly beaten Muslim man ran into his office from the streets to escape the violence.
"There is blood all over him and I'm scared they'll come for him here. If he doesn't get urgent treatment he will die," Achor said.
Police and government officials were not immediately available for comment.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of more than 130 million people, is roughly divided between a predominantly Muslim north and a mainly Christian south. Thousands of people have died in religious violence in Nigeria since 2000.
Saturday's protest over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in Maiduguri marked the first violent demonstrations over the issue in Nigeria. Police say at least 18 people, most of them Christians, died, and 30 churches were burned down. The Christian Association of Nigeria said at least 50 people were killed in the violence.
The cartoons, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September, have set off sometimes violent protests around the world. One caricature shows Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with an ignited fuse.
Islam widely holds that representations of Muhammad are banned for fear they could lead to idolatry.
A Danish newspaper first printed the caricatures in September. Other newspapers, mostly in Europe, have reprinted the pictures, asserting their news value and the right to freedom of expression.
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1st November, 2005. 8:51 am.
Her hair is slopped in morning wetness
When I hear her come to me.
Earthsoil black and crawling with worms
As if she were fucked by the five-some
Million in orgiastic prayer and minion.
Brinked with foul pleasure, you name her whore.
But darling I love you in a most chaste way:
A vision of the anointed one.
Night, you have lain your daughter out
Before me in careful rows,
Sharecropped dirt plucked for seeding.
The fruits one may only taste
When death is calling near.
31st October, 2005. 9:21 pm. Ancient Music
Winter is icumen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, 'tis why I am, Goddamm.
So 'gainst the winter's balm
Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm,
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMN.
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27th October, 2005. 7:23 pm. Time to go walking.
On principle I'll never subscribe to or look into something called "craigslist". I don't know what principle this is but I don't like the sound of it whatsoever. It's like "askjeeves", I refuse that site too, and I even know who Jeeves is. So I'd appreciate it if you kept craig and his list out of my life.
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I've heard a few ignoble statements of late: "Speak the language (English) or don't talk to me." and the others I've forgotten now. While I agree with the latter part I certainly don't agree with the former. What's worse than hearing some banal conversation about "my wonderful weekend" or "things I need to do around the home" or "I was at the bar with so-and-so hehehe"? I like the dollar and party (liquor) stores around here because the Arabs tend to speak whatever mush-mouthese they subscribe to and laugh and laugh to each other and look at you like you've missed out on something. From my calculations and experiences I've missed very few things that I really needed to hear and almost never did a stranger or casual acquaintance ever say anything remotely beneficial to my life and causes. Unless it's something intimate and endearing I prefer to have silence as much as is humanly possible. This can stretch for days and I won't complain. OKie, I'll likely complain, but about other things.
27th October, 2005. 12:29 am.
Even the Greeks
Through wars and permutations
Found time to sleep.
A word or slang
That captures the fainting breath
Cadence must speak.
But speak for whom?
The recording angel's deft
Of a man's life?
Should read: It was time misspent
Of such questions.
25th October, 2005. 1:32 pm. DEGAUSS
If I'm not the dumbest son of a bitch then I'm the second dumbest son of a bitch. I finally have money to spend and have forgotten my PIN number and due to too many attempts at trying to access it my account has been locked. So I'm at a booksale with $6 and change which was set aside for lunch monies. So I'm hungry and broke but not broke. And the other thing...bah.
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24th October, 2005. 7:05 am. I'd forgotten.
So that's what it's like to have a life?
20th October, 2005. 9:38 am. Notes on Pumpkin Ale & Bathtub reading etiquettes & Etc.
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale tastes like balls. Metaphorical balls in a most homophobic sense seeing as some of you prolly enjoy balls. Anyhow, I'm told by some website that the overriding and putrid thing I was tasting in the spices of the beer were cloves. I don't much like spices and cloves to me gives off a taste of water sitting in a bottle in the sun for three months with broken bits of tree bark mixed in. I didn't like it but figured since I paid $9+ for it I should figuratively eat the loss. Plus waste is waste and I won't be a part in that unless it's necessary. I could always offer it up to the parents of trick-or-treaters for stamina. Or the mail lady for putting up with all of my packages over-filling the mailbox. We'll see.
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My ritual for bathtun reading includes a few easy steps: 1. keep the doors closed until the tub is filled and the water is off. 2. after I am settled in and acclimated myself to the water temperature I open the door and grab the book off the little trash can sitting beside the tub. 3. read with the book propped on my chest or belly. 4. drain the tub and sit until I am nearly dry on the topside. 5. when done think 'this is shit' and throw it haphazardly onto the fuzzy floor mat.
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I broke a glass last night. What's my bad omen?
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