I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
The world is going to hell in a hand basket! Everybody says so.
It's because there are too many angry people carrying bad energy, going around like walking time bombs just waiting to go off, not to mention the nasty gas emissions released into the environment from eating too many fartburgers!
The Taqwacores is the latest literary sensation to inspire rebellious Muslim youth across America, launching a new kind of Muslim subculture. It's 100% American and 100% Muslim and it may be coming to a theater near you real soon.
Muhammad Knight was born an Irish Catholic in upstate New York and converted to Islam as a teenager. He studied at a mosque in Pakistan but became disillusioned with Islam after learning about the sectarian battles after the death of Muhammad.
He said he wrote The Taqwacores to mend the rift between his being an observant Muslim and an angry American youth. He found validation in the life of Muhammad, who instructed people to ignore their leaders, destroy their petty deities and follow only Allah.
Gosh, I have seen so many awful sides of mankind this month leading up to this holiday season, which I honestly prefer not to go into at this time, because I don't want to influence anyone into thinking that it's a "dog eat dog" world out there, say something bad and have it stuck in their minds like a broken record.
Instead I would like to dedicate the rest of this post and the rest of December to all "shoe dogs" out there around the world, in honor of our outgoing President, George W. Bush.
Gosh! What happened to him over there in Iraq recently was really mean and totally uncalled for. Aside from being President of the United States, I think he's actually a really nice guy.
He doesn't deserve to be treated like that, but hey, shit happens man! There's not much we can do about it now.
What I would like to propose though, is something entirely different. Not to add insult to injury or anything, because I'm not a mean person, but the way this shoe throwing business seems to have snowballed, in some places even affect the local economy, I see yet another opportunity for a Hallmark holiday in the bright horizon.
Going forward: December 14, International "Shoe Dog Day", in honor of George W. Bush, the Patron Saint of Shoe Dogs, to help boost the already meager December sales as of late.
It's gotta go down in history as one of the most remarkable feats of our time, never to be forgotten.
I'm not sure where the term "shoe dog" originated or how it all started, all I know is that the term is commonly used for "shoe salesperson" in retail America. It probably sounds derogatory to most people, but in "shoe sales culture", salespeople use it to poke fun with each other and carry it with a certain level of pride, especially in situations that call for a high five.
“We have been producing that specific style, which I personally designed, for 10 years, so I couldn’t have missed it, no way,” said Ramazan Baydan, a shoemaker in Istanbul. “As a shoemaker, you understand.”
I was reading this article about the hunt on cats being on the rise in China, because of their "elite" culinary status in Chinese culture and I'm sitting here wondering why chicken soup or beef barley is OK in most cultures, but not vegetable cat soup for instance?
Most people would probably gag at the thought of eating cat or dog meat, but apparently not in Chinese culture, where they're on the high demand list as a delicacy.
Some say this sudden demand for cats is caused by bad economic times, which doesn't make sense to me, because usually when something is in high demand the price goes up too.
Are cats and dogs spared from the butcher's knife in western culture perhaps because of their level of intelligence and the ability to fight back? Or is it because human compassion gets in the way due to the many human-like personality traits cats and dogs possess, which other domesticated animals do not? Or could it be the level of self-esteem and hunger for power or control in a democracy vs non-democracy that people seem to be consumed with, so they take it out on animals? Sound crazy?
Sighhh, so many questions.
I can understand hunting animals for the sake of survival out in the jungle or when you're lost somewhere way out there in the middle of nowhere, but I fail to understand the persistent need to kill another living being purely for gourmet consumption in our modern day civilization, when we have an overabundance in alternative sources for nutrition.
Hey now, here's a fantastic way to keep spring alive in the dead of winter.
Spring ahead, crush those winter blues and put your crocheting/knitting skills to good use to bring some color into your hood. You can help maintain that warm and cozy feeling by giving your trees some colorful winter coats/scarves and make them feel loved.
I don't know about you, but winter hasn't even started yet and I'm already sick of all the snow we got bombed with in the last few weeks. Chicago winter sucks, plus we have the worst drivers ever!
The day before yesterday it took me two hours to drive home from work through the snow storm. On a regular day it only takes 10 to 15 minutes tops.
Sighh I wish i lived somewhere wehre the sun always shines.
The Moms Ask Mattel for Accountability (MAMA) is a parent action team that came together since Black Friday (America's biggest shopping day of the year) in response to Little Mommy's "Islam is the Light" doll, made by Mattel/Fisher Price. MAMA has been urging retailers who sell the doll to either remove it off their store shelves or label it properly.
Retail giant Walmart has recently agreed to remove the doll off its store shelves and I'm guessing other retailers will follow suit as well. I personally think it's the right thing to do.
We particularly appreciate support from Muslim parents who oppose Shariah as a political-legal doctrine (many came to the United States specifically to escape Shariah), and who understand the problems posed by Shariah to civil liberties especially for girls and women. We hope that they agree with us that using an unlabeled doll to perform “Dawa” -calling children to join Islam, with no notice to parents that the toy performs this function - is highly inappropriate and offensive. We also encourage Muslim parents to join our efforts to get the doll recalled by Mattel or at least labeled before being put on shelves.
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