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Archive for August, 2007

Indecision 2008: Compare The Candidates…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I found this somewhat useful in comparing the candidates for the 2008 Presidential election. While not as detailed as I would have liked, I think that this is a convenient tool and at least provides one with a point (or two) of reference to start at when considering a particular candidate for President. Simply select the two candidates that you would like to compare and there you go … its just that simple.

 

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afghanistan’s illicit cash crop…

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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No shocking news here. However, anyone with any knowledge of Afghanistan and its turbulent history should have realized, many years ago, that this could be the only outcome of America’s war on terror & subsequent nation-building exercise. The “moderates” finally have something to rejoice in a free Afghanistan. One thing is for sure though … they’re certainly not growing soy. Thanks “W”!!!

 

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the poets of guantanamo…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 27, 2007

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This article looks a at newly released book containing poetry written by some of the detainees in Camp X-Ray (Guantanomo), aka “gitmo”. I thought this quote from the article spoke volumes:

“Commander JD Gordan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the detainees “have attempted to use this medium as merely another tool in their battle of ideas against Western democracies”.

Hmmmmm….if, according to Commander JD Gordan, poetry is a “tool” that Guantanamo’s abused detainees are using in “battle” against Western democracies…I think that this may demonstrate how truly weak and pathetic Western democracies are (or at least have become). If indeed words – poetry no less – can be regarded as tools of warfare … then I suppose we are all capable of being enemies of the state. Perhaps the Communists said the same of Vaclav Havel, once upon a time.

Personally, I believe that the world would be better off if we all took a page from the detainees of Guantanamo and simply let our words be our weapons. I could be wrong though…

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Sh. Bilal Philips … regarding Tawheed al Ibadaah

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, August 26, 2007

 

Tawheed al Ibadaah…

 

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in

Tashahhud

Bilal Philips gives it full-force. Sorry “Sheikh Nazim” & Sidi Keller, but you guys had it coming …

Posted in Daw'ah, general, haram, Islam, Muslims, Quran, Religious matters, Sunnah | 2 Comments »

the “restavek” children of haiti…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, August 24, 2007

Modern day slavery? Indentured servitude? A look at child abuse, Haitian-style.

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investing the wrong way…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, August 23, 2007

I am all for economic growth and development…but I have to ask…

Since when were we (Muslims) allowed to invest in casinos? What’s next…majority stock ownership of Anheuser-Busch?

Posted in economics, Fiqh, general, globalization, haram, In The News, Islam, Muslims, what the....?! | 3 Comments »

its just a hand gesture, right?

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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DOH! When is a hand gesture merely a hand gesture and when is it a distinct gang symbol? Well, it seems there is a fine line that Virginia tourism authorities just crossed…or gestured. Perhaps, Virginia failed to realize that gangs don’t exactly make for the best tourists in a new public ad campaign (designed to boost tourism statewide). They must not have asked the right focus group for feedback I suppose…LOL…

By the way, I thought Virginia was still “for Lovers”

So where did all of the love go? I’m sure not going to ask the Black Disciples

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botanical gardens …

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 20, 2007

This is interesting if you’re into botany. Personally, I think the resources used to fund this massive project could have been better utilized elsewhere. Who knows … this might actually turn out to be something worth seeing.

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an important trial…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Let’s see how the Department of Injustice tries to railroad another Muslim in the “war on terror”…

Read about it here

and here

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Posted in CIA, free speech, general, Government, Human Rights, In The News, Law, makes me think, Muslims, National Security, politics, war, War on Terror | 2 Comments »

strange…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 13, 2007

Like something out of the X-Files

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the costs of globalization…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Interesting article that looks into the many costs of globalization — particularly concerning the health of the world’s poor.

Posted in economics, Europe, food, general, globalization, Government, Health, history, Human Rights, iNteresting, makes me think, poverty, what the....?! | Leave a Comment »

the story of Xenu…

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, August 11, 2007

This following is SouthPark’s humorous take on the beliefs of Scientology, a religion cult founded created by L. Ron Hubbard. While the the creators of SouthPark have relied on the use of humor, to expose some of the obsurd beliefs held by Scientology, they are 100% correct in their presentation of the facts. This is exactly what members the brainwashed zombie masses who adhere to Scientology actually believe! Anyone who follows SouthPark (and believe-it-or-not I do not follow the program and neither would I recommend anyone else watch it) will also remember that Issac Hayes, a member zombie in the Cult of Scientology, left the animated series over a dispute with the creators of the popular series. Basically, the creators of SouthPark have repeatedly mocked Scientology (since they know so much about it) … this angered Hayes who eventually chose to leave the program.

Enjoy…

 

Posted in aliens, completely useless drivel, cults, general, Humor, humour, Religious matters, Science, Science Fiction, Scientology, what the....?! | 3 Comments »

sweeeeet…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, August 10, 2007

I saw this quite some time ago. O-60mph in 2.9sec … I want the Atom

(Notice how the hosts face freakishly stretches as a result of air/wind pressure in the middle of the clip)

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sign of the times…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, August 9, 2007

A Dutch Member of Parliament (MP) has called for a complete ban on the Qur’an from the Netherlands. Once again, we see how ignorance rears its ugly head. Attacking Islam, or at least marginalizing Muslims, has become common in many European countries as former colonial powers feel forced to confront the issue of an enormous population growth among immigrants of middle eastern descent (Arabs from N. Africa, Turks, Pakistanis, black Africans from east & west Africa, etc). I suppose this is a sign of the times in which we live.

Posted in Europe, free speech, general, Human Rights, In The News, Islam, makes me think, Muslims, Netherlands, politics, Quran, what the....?! | 5 Comments »

i [heart] New York…whatever

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Well….I got back from New York City on Tuesday morning around 12:15am. The trip was long and I hadn’t slept at all when we embarked on our perilous journey (lol) at 1:30am Monday morning. This was my first actual on-the-ground experience in NYC — Manhattan to be exact. On past trips I have driven to NYC, through NYC, and flown out of NYC … but that was about it. This experience was quite different on the other hand. This experience turned out to be a quest for specific commercial-grade machinery. Yeah, yeah, I know. Most people who go to NYC go there for shopping, “whacking” someone, or sight-seeing … you know … the usual touristy things. I, on the other hand, wasn’t much of a tourist. I just wanted to leave.

Don’t get me wrong though. New York has gone a long way to clean up its image since the days when crime and squeegee-men threatened to overrun the city — but that didn’t do much for me. I am sure that NYC means a lot to its millions, and millions, and millions, and millions of residents. Then again, I am (thankfully) not one of those millions — but you know what they say — beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that the city has its own kind of charm. I probably failed to see it since I wear prescription eyeglasses.  I suppose opportunity can be found around every corner. Tell that to the shabbily dressed guy with a nervous tic walking down the street.

Immigrants who came to New York City in the 1900’s believed that the streets were paved with gold…

Sinatra sang about about New York…

Some guy got rich by making stupid t-shirts that say, “I love New York” (the world love represented w/ a heart shape)

I, on the other hand, didn’t see any single street paved in gold. I don’t feeling like singing about New York. I also do not “heart” New York…

One of the things that I found interesting, and somewhat peculiar, about New York City were its seeming contradictions… The haves vs. the have nots, the patriotic vs. the radical, the old (historic) vs. the new (modern & contemporary) the legal vs. the illegal, immigrant vs. non-immigrant, etc. Yet, despite all of these differenes and contradictions … New York (and New Yorkers in particular) have dealt with them better than nearly every other city of similar size. NYC and its millions of residents have learned how to deal with and even manage chaos (I am sure that many might disagree with such an assertion). Organized chaos … a contradiction in terms … but that is somewhat how New York seemed to me.

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