Susan Boyle and other articles of interest April 17, 2009

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Talent trumps all for YouTube sensation Susan Boyle

Talk about adding me to the list of another shocked skeptic!  Today I was cruising through The Drudge Report as I do daily to catch some headlines and I came across one about Ms. Susan Boyle.  Since it was a Friday, I figured I would check out the YouTube video and see what all the hoopla was about.  Yes I know I’m late and must live under a rock, but that aside, I thought I would get a good laugh because I thought this would be another William Hung moment of the American Idol tryout failures of yesteryear, instead like every other skeptic who heard her perform that night, I was slack-jawed!  While this has nothing to do with American Muslims, I just wanted to give Ms. Boyle a shout out from my little corner of the world and let her know that she made my day.  I doubt she will ever read this blog, but either way, she’s in my prayers and I wish her much success, we need such feel good stories like this in a dark and troubled world.

Tejdeep Singh Rattan, left, and Kamaljit Singh Kalsi are set to report for duty in the U.S. Army in July.

Sikhs fight Army over bans on turbans, uncut hair

  • Story Highlights
  • Two recruits of Sikh faith set to report for duty in U.S. Army in July
  • The Army says they must remove their turbans, cut their hair and beards
  • Sikh group says the Army should accommodate the religious articles of faith
  • Army says problem arises when religious practices interfere with military gear
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I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous!  Why join the US Military if your religious obligations will get in the way?  This is what I tell every Muslim who has ever asked me about Military service.  For the most part, Muslims don’t have any religious practice issues that would be a barrier to military service, except maybe Muslim women who wear hijab.  Be that as it may, if you can’t practice to your satisfaction don’t join period.  I was so perturbed when I read this article because it speaks to the very issues Americans in general have when it comes to those whom they determine “outsiders” it’s just a huge set back for minority rights.  It’s like the boy who cried wolf.  Let’s fight for the minority issues that count, not foolish ones like trying to change regulations for an entire military service that doesn’t even make sense in the first place!  COMBAT GEAR PEOPLE!!!!!  You can’t put a helmet on top of a turban effectively and in hand to hand combat having long hair is a liability which is why we wear our hair short!  All these things are battle tested regulations not ones made to make a particular minority feel unwelcome.  Good God!…..

Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech

I have to say this is ridiculous on two fronts….

1.  The President (still has a nice ring to it) shouldn’t go to a venue with religious icons if he wants them covered up.  Highly disrespectful in my opinion.  Just going somewhere neutral would make more sense to me.

2.  It’s silly for people to use this as proof of some anti-Christian agenda by Obama the supposed “closed Muslim”, yes they have been saying it.  The real people to get angry with are the officials of the school who agreed!

Either way, everything President Obama does is going to be criticized by those closer to the Republican way of thinking, primarily because they lost miserably to a guy who they called inexperienced who is out classing the last President in style everytime he shows up to a venue.  It was not major news everytime President Bush opened mouth and insert foot, nor did you have Republicans acknowledging it, they would laugh it off as W. just being W. but God forbid Obama does it.  Which is why Fox “News” runs stupidity like keeping track of how long it’s been since the Obama’s went to church.  When they regularly went to church they went after the Pastor, congregation, and visiting clergy and still called Obama a Muslim, now he doesn’t go to church enough!  Awwwe  nevermind! 🙂

Linda and Hulk Hogan enjoy happier times at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York in 2006.

‘I totally understand O.J.,’ Hulk Hogan tells Rolling Stone

  • Story Highlights
  • Hulk Hogan, in a bitter divorce with his wife, Linda, talks to Rolling Stone magazine
  • “I could have turned everything into a crime scene like O.J.,” Hogan said
  • Spokesman for Linda Hogan says the statement amounts to a death threat
  • Hulk Hogan spokesman: Comments not a threat, just expression of frustrations

OK, so I may be a “little” biased on this issue.  I grew up a Hulkamaniac and will probably die one so if you think Hogan is wrong on this, totally disregard my comments as I admitted my bias.  Look we should all know by now that OJ did it!  That being said, when looking at the motive, for the crime, while it’s not justification for the crime as a man I have to admit that there are some things that could drive me over the edge as it relates to women.  Principle amongst them are the situations OJ was in and Hogan is in now.  It’s not PC to say what Hogan said, but the reality is that if you were going through a divorce with your wife of over 2 decades regardless of the reason, and you knew that she was taking you to the cleaners already, insult to injury would be exactly what Hogan said he saw, some young snotty nosed kid driving your car, sleeping in your house, with your wife!  That’s probably what set OJ off and most men accused of and having committed such crimes.  Is it right?  Absolutely not.  As a Muslim, I place my trust in God, so if I was in a similar situation I would be upset, but would know that God rewards us for what we do in the open and in the dark.  The minds of the believer and non-believer are different and as such we react to the world differently, but that doesn’t mean we have to be blind to understanding one another and Hulk I understand exactly what you were saying.  As Chris Rock pointed out many years ago “I’m not saying OJ should have killed her, but I understand”

Liberal actress says tea parties were racist

Liberal actress and political activist Janeane Garofalo, in all seriousness, said activists who attended tea parties are racists with dysfunctional brains in a recent prime-time television appearance.

“Let’s be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about. They don’t know their history at all. It’s about hating a black man in the White House,” she said on MSNBC’s “The Countdown” with Keith Olbermann Thursday evening. “This is racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. There is no way around that.”

Olbermann did not once try to challenge her on those assertions.

The actress went on to describe the brain size of typical “right-winger, Republican or conservative or your average white power activist.”

“Their synapses are misfiring. … It is a neurological problem we are dealing with,” she said. This isn’t the first time she’s offered this analysis, either. Ms. Garofalo said similar things about Alaskan GOP Governor Sarah Palin’s brain last February in an interview with an environmental blog.

The actress went on to bash the GOP on MSNBC Thursday because it had “crystallized into the white power movement” as well as Fox News, which she said has captured the “Klan demo[graphic].”

Oh my God, let’s stop playing stupid people.  We know that while as non-PC these comments were, they were pretty much dead on.  I won’t be brazen enough to say that all those who participated are racists, but to be so blind as to suggest that a good chunk of the Republican commentary, actions, etc. since Obama one isn’t rooted in some form of racism and/or prejudice is just a blatant insult to the intelligence of logical people everywhere.  Look at the audience and crowds!  The same people at the RNC conventions, McCain Palin ralies, etc. 99.8% white!  It’s almost like the Islam/Muslim poll a couple of weeks ago showing that the majority of anti-Muslim/Islam people were older, white, evangelical, Republicans.  Who’s at these rallies?  Who’s watching Fox “News”?  older, white, evangelical, Republicans.  Don’t get me wrong Democrats had it out for Bush in the commentary department, but I never recall anyone questioning Bush’s patriotism, loyalty to this country, religion, etc. etc.  at best we questioned his judgement and intelligence and left it like that.  These people continue to scream “USA” as if anyone who doesn’t believe and look like them aren’t Americans.  The reports are on record, the commentary is on record.  When people were questioned as this and similar rallies they admitted being “uncomfortable” with Obama.  Some like during the campaign straight out and said they couldn’t vote for a black person.  If these “Conservatives” really cared that much about the budget, taxes, etc. where where the rallies after Bush began spending billions a month in Iraq and all the other fiscal failures of the last 8 years?  That’s how I know those controlling the sheep are using seemingly harmless issues as a cover to rally and push a race-infused agenda, because they were at the helm for 8 years and spent like no other Administration and never batted an eye until the black guy got into office, surprise, surprise….

I think it’s all funny, I hope the little feable minded racists are angry.  Your world and mentality is becoming extinct and you act out because you know it and are afraid.  White Power is dead, it never existed, the majority of the world always had color only in your little corner it didn’t and now that is rapidly evaporating.  Personally, I love every minute of it.  Theres nothing wrong with Hispanics, Asians, etc. or people of other faiths.  You guys over on the extreme right are going to have to adapt or die out because the glory days and dreams of a white Christian Republican haven are over, now the real America and her intentions are being realized and you can’t stand it.

Oh where was I…:)  Many over on the “right” have racial issues, just my humble opinion….but I watch their every organized action through squinted eyes, especially if it’s supported by Fox “News”.  And btw, stop pretended that Fox “News” and their “reporters” are the most watched.  The numbers are only the way it is because that one demographic watches that one channel.  The rest of Americans the majority who are logical and willing to be diverse in our tastes, thoughts, and lives, watch a myriad of channels so if you look at the same time slots, many of us are watching 3 or 4 channels and we are all the same demographic.  If we all watched the same channel like the xenophobic sheeple, that channel would have way more viewers.  CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, etc. are just splitting among one demographic while that other station White Entertainment Television is getting that other demographic with no competition.  If there were more like that channel (God forbid) then what would the numbers look like?  But I’m just being logical, those who watch that channel need to be smug and say their winning to keep their supremist mindsets going.  Otherwise they would realize that while they have the highest ratings and listeners, the other demographics are voting and in the streets winning elections.  I would rather have the Congress, White House, and Supreme Court over O’Reily and Hannity any day! 🙂

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One Comment

  1. Hi there – I enjoy your blog a lot, but have to comment on the Obama story that was reported about “covering Jesus up.” Many Presidents go to christian schools and have spoken at George Town. The protocol is the same, it has nothing, which the press has failed to report, to do with Obaman. If an acting President is speaking policy the White House requests that the velvet curtains, banners and flags go up and only the Presidential seal is up. All the religious Universities have always complied. I assume it has something to do with sep. of church and state. To pin this on Obama bugs me because he didn’t ask for the school placks, signage or anything else to be covered, the White House did. The rep for the school was even quoted as saying, hey, we do this for every acting Pres., not just him. Okay, I know, get your own blog. Take care. Keep writing.

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