Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A North Texas imam is calling on Muslims to take up arms in defense of Palestinians in Gaza. Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, director of the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas, participated in an online chat, "Fatwas on Gaza,"at the web siteIslamOnline.net.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
PETA - People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals - believes calling fish sea kittens will make sea food less appealing.
Nope. A rose by another name would be just as tasty.
It wants to change the image of fish as slimy and slithery creatures by claiming they are similar to cuter, more popular animals. "Would people think twice about ordering fish sticks if they were called sea kitten sticks?" PETA asked on its website.
I would definitely order kitten sticks. Mmmm.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
After the withdrawal of Bill Richardson's name as an Obama administration Cabinet nominee, Hispanic leaders say they expect the president-elect to name another Latino to head the Commerce Department.
An Obama transition team source said a veteran California congressman, Xavier Becerra, has emerged as the leading congressional candidate to replace Richardson, the Hispanic governor of New Mexico, as President-elect Barack Obama's choice for a job that
will include overseeing the 2010 U.S. Census.
“Even though he turned down the trade representative slot, Becerra is not only Hispanic, but
he has the skill, talent and experience to do the Commerce job,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak for the president-elect.
“Xavier's name has gone to the top of the list of potential replace
ments in part because he is a member of the House leadership, he is well liked, he has very good credentials, and, of course, he was an early Obama backer,” the source said.
Let's have a little thought experiment, shall we? Let's say that tomorrow it was found out that
Vice-President Elect Joe Biden is a serial killer, or a Mafia Godfather, or involved in some other illegal activity which would cause him to have to resign.
I know, I know, it's a stretch, right?
Ok, now let's imagine a bunch of white dudes who dare not call themselves
a Congressional White Caucus (like the Black and Hispanic Caucus openly do... And they're not racist, you know.) insist and pressure Obama to pick another white guy to be ethnically fair.
Can you imagine the ensuing hissy fit?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
“I call on the resistance to continue pounding Jewish settlements and cities,” said Sheikh Abdelrahman al-Jamal at the funeral of a hardline Hamas political leader killed, together with his four wives and 11 children, in an Israeli air strike on his home.
“We will remain on the path of jihad until the end of days.”
Could this be a similar situation?
Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what they thought was a suspicious remark.
Members of the party, all but one of them U.S.-born citizens who were headed to a religious retreat in Florida, were subsequently cleared for travel by FBI agents who characterized the incident as a misunderstanding, an airport official said. But the passengers said AirTran refused to rebook them, and they had to pay for seats on another carrier secured with help from the FBI.
Kashif Irfan, one of the removed passengers, said the incident began about 1 p.m. after his brother, Atif, and his brother's wife wondered aloud about the safest place to sit on an airplane.
"My brother and his wife were discussing some aspect of airport security," Irfan said. "The only thing my brother said was, 'Wow, the jets are right next to my window.' I think they were remarking about safety."
Irfan said he and the others think they were profiled because of their appearance. He said five of the six adults in the party are of South Asian descent, and all six are traditionally Muslim in appearance, with the men wearing beards and the women in headscarves. Irfan, 34, is an anesthesiologist. His brother, 29, is a lawyer. Both live in Alexandria with their families, and both were born in Detroit. They were traveling with their wives, Kashif Irfan's sister-in-law, a friend and Kashif Irfan's three sons, ages 7, 4 and 2.
AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson agreed that the incident amounted to a misunderstanding. But he defended AirTran's handling of the incident, which he said strictly followed federal rules. And he denied any wrongdoing on the airline's part.
"At the end of the day, people got on and made comments they shouldn't have made on the airplane, and other people heard them," Hutcheson said. "Other people heard them, misconstrued them. It just so happened these people were of Muslim faith and appearance. It escalated, it got out of hand and everyone took precautions."
Read the entire article here.
Hmm. Could it be that folks are still a bit sore from the wound inflicted on 9-11 by Islamists? Could it be the deafening silence from the 'majority' of Muslims when it comes to renouncing terrorism, or could it perhaps be the continued attacks worldwide?
Nah. It must have just been a bunch of bigots. Riiiiiight.