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The “Twin Towers” Remembered

10 Jan

 Capture of post on Facebook I agree with the message that the original poster made.

Fact: There is a group of people that do not like America; they consider us to be “Infidels” and it was the intention of the terrorists to strike fear into the hearts of those they wish to kill (us).

Fact: Many countries have opened their borders to an entire group of people (the Muslims) who were raised to believe that women, gays and lesbians and ANYONE who does not believe as they do themselves are unworthy of living — and their own [cult] teaches them that it is alright to LIE to “infidels” to get their way. What has that gotten these countries?

Fact: 100 women were raped, beaten and robbed on New Years even by a thuggish, worthless group of 1000 Muslim men “because they were taught and believe that women are nothing more than property, to be used and abused as they see fit.”

Fact: Islam is not a religion of peace; it is a cult that preaches hate, deception and murder and I myself tend to think that many of those terrorists responsible for bringing down the Twin Towers in NYC and other attacks around the country on 9-11-01 were in fact followers of that cult, as are many of those who would like nothing more than to repeat the event if given the opportunity.

CONCLUSION: There are far too many Muslims who are welcomed in with all of their “necessary needs” PROVIDED for them, who LIE to us and bite the hands that feed them. Dogs deserve [MUCH] better treatment than these people do and if by re-posting a photo of the Twin Towers along with a clear message they “did NOT win that day” sends a message that their fear tactics are useless in the face of freedom/liberty and all that our nation stands for — then I say “all the better!” (Even if the sitting douche-bag of a president of the United States, along with many [liberals] in his party would much prefer to invite them in, demeaning the loss of life and property that day.) Islam is incompatible with our way of life here in America; it is incompatible with the way of life in ANY/EVERY civilized society. So I say, “Screw their feelings!” and let’s send as many messages we we can to these brutish THUGS that they will never win what they most desire.

#Muslim #AntiTerrorism #Terrorism #Islam #TwinTowers

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Tommy Robinson, the U.K. and the Threat of Islam

10 Jan

I’m not racist. You can’t be “racist” against an idea or a CULT (i.e. Islam). Ideas and religions are NOT people. But hey, if it makes you “feel” better to think of me as racist then by all means think of me as such. If you are a woman (or gay or bisexual), watch this video and YOU tell ME why so many seemingly EXCUSE the behavior of Muslims. Muslims are RAISED to think of women (in THEIR country) as second-class citizens. For the record, they think of women in the countries of others as even LESS THAN [that]. As a gay, lesbian or bisexual (AND AS anyone who isn’t a card-carrying CULT member of Islam), you have even MORE to be concerned about.

Do NOT “fool” yourself; Barack Obama and others of his ilk do NOT give a damn about this country (or he would be taking actions to protect our way of life). This pretender in the White House makes excuses for Muslims and welcomes them across our borders in record measure. The only reason members of his own party do so is so that they don’t upset the apple cart and cut off the teets they are suckling upon.

And Tommy Robinson is right; watch the video.

I’ve been told Mr. Robinson was jailed for speaking out against Islam and WHILE IN JAIL, he was attacked by Muslims. I haven’t researched that claim but there’s enough evidence on the face of it that I believe it is true.

Tommy Robinson’s circumstances are disturbing enough (and if liberals in our own country had their way, we would be – and ARE ON THE VERGE of facing the same effing consequences!) BTW, Robinson is a citizen of the U.K.

I’m told that NOW those in power in his country want to bring charges against him for PROTECTING HIMSELF while in jail! What the hell? If all of this is true… that he was jailed for simply speaking out against Islam, attacked while IN jail BY Muslims, fought back to PROTECT himself – and is now facing “additional prosecution” for doing something that ANY CIVILIZED PERSON would consider to be well-within one’s right to do (protect him or herself!) than our allies have LOST THEIR EFFING MINDS!!!


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Middle East Turmoil, My thoughts…

14 Sep

Screenshot from Sam Bacile's Muhammad MovieOkay, I hadn’t seen the video made by Sam Bacile until just now.

Does it quality as “hate speech”? I don’t believe it does though it doesn’t really surprise me that Muslims find the film so distasteful. (Personally, I think the director captured the essence of many in the Middle East who make the news. Perhaps they simply don’t like seeing the truth through another person’s eyes?)

REGARDLESS of the film’s message; regardless of the opinions expressed by the video’s creator, we here in America have something called “freedom of expression.” It’s one of the rights we’ve cherished from this country’s very beginning. This right is one of many which set us apart from those in other parts of the world who must suffer the censorship and radical control at the hands of their governments and/or dictators.

Granted, some (many on many different occasions perhaps) will occasionally say something that others among us find offensive, insulting, infuriating, etc. but so long as they are expressing an “opinion” or what they believe to be the truth, that is their “right” to do. (Even if [perhaps] they’d be better served by employing a bit of self-restraint and decorum.)

I myself have made statements which I know have offended others but the grownups among us take it all in stride and simply move on.

That CLEARLY isn’t the way of those who follow Muhammad

Violence against Americans and American interests abroad? Violence against people who had NOTHING whatsoever to do with the video and whose ONLY LINK to the film’s creator is that they too are U.S. citizens? I have said it before; I’ll say it again… The Middle East, the entire region, is ONLY interested in violence.

They have been fighting amongst themselves for thousands of years and worse, they brought their fight to us when the terrorists among them inflicted harm and death upon our own, both abroad and right here on our own soil.

The latest round of violence is nothing to be surprised by. Extremists will use ANY EXCUSE to justify their perpetuation of violence toward American citizens and the interests of this country. I say, “Pull ALL of our people out of the region; every last one of them. Those [Americans] who refuse to leave, let them know they are taking their own lives into their own hands and that they should not count on aid from this country if they should run afoul of the real infidels. THEN cut off ALL of the aid we are presently offering to these regions — ALL OF IT!” Send a loud and clear message that they are “on their OWN”, to do for themselves with their own resources (not ours).

We should do all we can to divest ourselves from the dependency we’ve created on foreign oil, etc. so that the Middle East does not profit from the sale of oil to American interests.

Understand this… I’ve nothing against the religious beliefs of Islam and personally speaking, I understand the offense taken when somebody takes pot-shots at the figurehead associated, by definition, with one’s faith. However, it is imperative that these people understand that the “OPINIONS” as expressed by ONE U.S. citizen do not necessary represent the opinions of every American.

Since so many in the Middle East seem incapable of making that distinction, screw them! My response is, “Have fun building up your own damned country and doing for yourselves, folks. I ain’t helping you anymore.”

— Michael

Related Links:

Sam Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims FULL HD movie, which caused such a violent reaction from Muslims in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Barack Obama asks for suppression of anti-Islam video. (An example of yet one more politician’s inability to appreciate the right of a U.S. citizen to express his or her opinion, unhindered by the government, regardless of how inappropriate or outrageous that opinion may or may not be.)

The shocking video Muslims don’t want you to see!! (A disturbing comparison of Nazi Germany and present-day Muslims.)

Libya ambassador Chris Stevens killed: U.S. warships headed to Libyan coast as Obama says ‘justice will be done’

An article appearing in USA Today suggests that the Deadly Embassy Attacks were Days In The Making

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Muslims in America

05 Sep

I readily admit that I’ve a sense of prejudice when it comes to those of Middle-Eastern descent; have had ever since the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01 wherein I lost a good many people that I’d been working with alongside in Tower II. These were people I’d never seen but spoke to on the phone regularly, while working on a 400+ site transaction for U.S. Restaurant Properties.

Combining this with my already well-developed disdain for the conflict-ridden lands of the Middle East and my prejudice only grew.

I’m distressed by what I see as the manipulation of our country by outside interests and certainly disgusted by our leaders, as well. I believe it’s fair to ask the following two questions (received via email):

“CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS?”
“CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD CANADIANS?”

This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. And send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities.

Can a good Muslim be a good American?

This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

Theologically – no, because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia ..

Religiously – no, because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam. (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – no, because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

Geographically – no, because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially – no, because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically – no, because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

Domestically – no, because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Quran 4:34 )

Intellectually – no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt. (Not so certain I’d agree with the claim that the Constitution is “based on Biblical principles.” That doesn’t sit right with me, considering that the forefathers had the good wisdom to value a separation of Church and State. However, this blog entry isn’t intended to be a discussion of whether we’re a Christian/religious nation or otherwise. Moving along…)

Philosophically – no, because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – no, because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ The Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99 excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation… Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country; they obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and ‘good’ Americans. Call it what you wish it’s still the truth.. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

THE MARINES WANT THIS TO ROLL ALL OVER THE U.S.
(Personally, I’m with the Marines on this one!)

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A Mosque in Manhattan

15 Aug

Click on photo to see one of the best photos, in my opinion, that has ever been taken of the Twin Towers in New York City.I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t been thinking about this ever since the news first took to the national stage. Collaborative efforts between two groups (the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative) have targeted New York City for the site of a 13-story community center which includes a Muslim mosque.

“What’s the problem”, you might ask? It isn’t so much that I have a problem with the proposal (and I admit that I do), but that I feel it’s in bad taste.

This is one of those times when I find it difficult to set aside my own prejudice whereas the Middle East is concerned. The loss of even ONE life, as the consequence of violence in the name of an extremist’s cause is too much but MANY lives were needlessly snuffed out on the day of the terrorist attacks in NYC on September 11, 2001. Regardless of whether the motivation behind the building of this center is of good intentions or not, surely those who are trying to build it in such close proximity (which is tasteless in and of itself) to Ground Zero must be able to understand why so many oppose it.


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When the Walls Fell

14 Sep

NY Times front pageWhere were you on the morning of September 11th, 2001, when those two magnificent towers in New York City did fall (each tower large enough that it had its own zip code)? Were you glued to the television screen, aghast that such a thing could be happening right here within our borders? Were you frantically attempting to reach a loved one on the telephone to ask, “Have you heard? Turn on the TV!” or hoping in the face of all odds your friend or family member was nowhere near what would come to be known as “Ground Zero.” As the minutes drew on it became clear that New York was not the only target; other planes had been commandeered by the terrorists as well, heading for other locations (including the Pentagon).

I had left my ex earlier that year and was staying with a friend temporarily as I prepared to embark on a 10-day meditation retreat (scheduled for a week or two later). If not for the retreat I don’t know how I would have weathered the feelings I did experience. I’m sure I would have been fine but I don’t know if I would have been “as okay” as I was.

The morning of 9-11-2001 was brutal; the emotions going through my mind as I watched first one then the next tower fall. The feeling of total helplessness and agony for the lives lost that day, their souls rushed on to the next destination – the next leg of their journey.


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Professor Indrek Wichman Email

18 Jun

Claim: A Michigan professor sent an e-mail telling Muslim students to leave the country.

Status: True (see Snopes.com)

The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman.

Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student’s Association.

The e-mail was in response to the students’ protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist… The group had complained the cartoons were ‘hate speech’

After giving the matter some thought, Professor Wichman sent the following email:

Dear Moslem Association:

As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest. I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey!), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called “whores” in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.

This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many, many of my colleagues. I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceeded with your infantile “protests.” If you do not like the values of the West — see the 1st Amendment — you are free to leave.

I hope for God’s sake that most of you choose that option.

Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.

Cordially,

I. S. Wichman,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Well! As you can imagine, the Muslim group at the university didn’t like this too well. They’re demanding Wichman be reprimanded and mandatory diversity training for faculty and a seminar on hate and discrimination for freshman. How nice. But now the Michigan chapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn’t believe that the good professor had the right to express his opinion.

For its part, the university is standing its ground. They say the e-mail was private, and they don’t intend to publicly condemn his remarks. That will probably change. Wichman says he never intended the e-mail to be made public, and wouldn’t have used the same strong language if he’d known it was going to get out.

I’m not saying what the professor did was right but it is understandable. Post 9-11 many Americans have found it difficult “not” to judge persons of Middle Eastern descent all the same. After all, the horrific actions of that day left an indelible image in our minds. Even if we did not lose friends and family because of terrorism we certainly lost our peace of mind (imagined or otherwise). Many felt they were safe within the borders of their country and on that day discovered otherwise. So yes, I fully understand why Professor Wichman did respond in the manner he did and, in truth, I rather feel the same.

The barbarism that the Middle East represents, to myself and to many around the globe, may not be a just representation of the values held by every person there. But from where I stand it’s fair to say I NEVER want to set foot within that region of the world; partly because I would never feel safe there and [mostly] because they’ve been at war (with themselves and seemingly everybody else) for as long as I can recall. Screw them. There is simply too much unrest in that region of the country and the risk to one’s person is [obviously] quite real. Yes, I know the violence is primarily caused by extremists and not “all” citizens in the region. It just seems to me that the extremists far outnumber those who would much prefer peace.

Until I can believe the risk of being beheaded and/or physically persecuted or put to death for my differences of opinion becomes a thing of the past – I will continue to say cartoons of the kind mentioned above are “a fair representation of those people” (yes, I used the phrase “those people”).

Nameste,
Michael

P.S. In the interest of being fair I invite you to read Stereotyping, Is There Any Blame to Share?; an entry I had posted in May of this year. As the title suggests, the entry speaks to my feelings about stereotyping. While I readily admit I’ve some shortcomings of my own (i.e. stereotyping those of Middle Eastern descent), I would suggest doing so serves no one person’s best interest (even our own). It’s one thing to be enraged by the actions of extremists but try to remember you can’t judge a book by its cover or a man by his accent.

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Stereotyping, Is There Any Blame to Share?

26 May

Stereotyping, it happens all too often and many reasons have been given over the years to “justify” one’s willingness to typecast others. Since 9-11 Muslims have been the focus of prejudice from many (including myself from time to time). This may be because a majority of Americans feel somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer viciousness that the acts of those responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did represent [almost] eight years ago. I won’t argue the fact that the terrorists came from the Middle East but I would be wrong to judge an entire group of people for the acts of those who do not necessarily represent the feelings and intentions of all who are of Middle Eastern decent. IF we are to form an opinion of someone we should only do so by taking the actions of that particular individual into consideration, judging him or her on their own merits and not by the deeds of those with whom they share a common nationality. I’m not saying it is easy to do; in this particular example I find great difficulty separating the two. I lost many friends and co-workers, many of whom worked for a law firm in one of the two towers. They were in the office early that day, working on a project I was involved with, when these acts of terror were unleashed. I also worry about a cousin who is set to ship out to Afghanistan the first part of next year, so refraining from stereotypical thought when it comes to the Middle East is very difficult for me—but I do know I’m wrong to lump everyone of such decent into the same basket.

The same is true when we in the gay community come under fire by our detractors. Our community is diverse and no one person can accurately be defined by the way his or her brothers and sisters dress, talk or otherwise present themselves. When that happens we yell “foul!”—and in an effort to avoid feeding into the stereotypes some have argued that others should not be so flamboyant; that we should all make an effort to “be more normal” (I hate that phrase)—to not stand out so much. Some say that the flames are fed when the overtly flamboyant men and extraordinarily butch women among the community are given a voice or focused upon. But really, should the voices of those who fall within extremes be silenced just because the close-minded have a difficult time resisting the urge to typecast and “pigeonhole” the rest of the community? I readily admit I’m a little uncomfortable when I’m talking to somebody who’s straight and that person is identifying me as something I am not because of the actions of others who don’t reflect the characteristics I myself relate to but is my comfort of more value than another person’s freedom to express him or herself? No, I can endure a bit of uneasiness and/or even the mean-spirited comments by our detractors if it means everybody can have the opportunity to express their individuality without restriction.

For instance, I don’t do “drag” but some who identify as being gay (and some who don’t for that matter) are into this. I’m not effeminate and generally blend in well with those who are straight—unless you’re looking at the pride sticker affixed to the back window of my truck or paying attention to me during a conversation about the subject of human rights, etc.—or specifically ask if I’m gay, to which I’ll respond in the affirmative.

I don’t go out of my way to advertise my sexuality but I make no secret of it either. Neither do I have a problem with those in our community who ARE flamboyant. I’m more concerned with whether or not a person is authentic, genuine, honest and caring. If they pass muster on those accounts, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass whether or not they display what some might consider to be gender-appropriate mannerisms. An effeminate man or butch woman isn’t hurting anyone through such actions and sometimes I even find them quite entertaining. Besides, those who are willing to stereotype and typecast are generally doing so because of their own bias and that is the problem; not those who are at the focus of what this person believes excuses their discrimination.

In closing, regardless of the era stereotyping is likely to be around—but the responsibility for such typecasting falls squarely on the shoulders of the person who’s doing it; not the individuals of whom he or she uses as an excuse to do so.

Namaste,
Michael

To reiterate, I don’t do drag. That is NOT me in the picture which appears at the top of this blog. LOL! I would have to love someone a hell of a lot to allow them to talk me into getting dressed up in drag—EVEN for Halloween. It’s never been something I’ve done in the past and while I won’t say “never” (out of fear I’d somehow be tempting the Gods and it would then come to be! ROFL) I haven’t any interest in doing such a thing at any future point in time. Friends can dress up if they want to and I’ll even go out in public with them but I’m a guy’s guy and happy playing that role thank-you-very-much. 😉

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