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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Wallah, You Might Be A Redneck
You might be a Muslim redneck...
If you fish, swim, bath, and perform wudu in the same body of water.
If you prefer to pray outside your trailer.
If you think the greatest jihad is praying magrib during WWF Wrestling.
If you think the greatest jihad consists of spraypainting "Allah Akbar" on a water tower.
If you eat possum or squirrel at your family's Eid Al-Fitr dinner.
If you've considered asking your Imam to issue a fatwah legalizing pork.
If you think God will look a lot like a famous country singer.
If you've ever said "takbeer" during a rodeo, tractor pull, or wrestling match.
If your mosque is surrounded by pick-up trucks during Jummah.
If your mosque is the back room of Benny's All U Can Eat BBQ.
If the FBI surrounded your trailer park and took Abu Bakr Smith in for questioning.
If your mobile home tilts forward when you perform your daily prayers.
If your town gets a new mosque, and you have to help take the wheels off it.
If a refrigerator or washing machine sits in front of your mosque.
If your wife's hair can't stay put in a hijab.
If your closest friend is Joe Bob "Abdul Rahman" Edwards.
If you wonder whether naming a dog "Abdul Majid" is sacriligious.
And other signs that you might be a Muslim redneck. I found it pretty funny. You wouldn't see this kind of humor about or from European Muslims, because they don't assimilate the way they do in America.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Professions of a Bygone Era
One of the saddest things I saw as a child was a dancing bear, a homely little thing, underfed and skinny. The handler, a Gypsy, walked the bear from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and people would gather and he would make the bear do tricks and then he'd make the bear pass the hat around to collect money. I'm glad that this custom finally became outlawed in Greece and now in India, changing times defang snake charmers.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Andi: a comic for democracy and against extremism
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Shaqa’iq Program
A major component of President Bush's Middle East Partnership Initiative, the Shaqa’iq program is a series of videos meant to empower women in Islamic countries. The program focuses on education, career and technology and besides featuring successful Arab women as role models and offering career choices and advice to young women and girls, the videos also include "supportive statements by key Arab leaders." Interesting that it took the initiative of an American administration - and a Republican one at that - to make "key Arab leaders" get off their asses and offer their own citizens a word of support: Islamic Sisters
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Red Cross, the Red Crescent and the Red 'Square on Edge'
Red Cross is planning to add a 'red crystal' emblem to the cross and the crescent already in use; this new 'red crystal' sign is going to be "a red frame in the shape of a square on edge on a white ground."

I didn't know until fairly recently that Red Cross did not recognise Magen David Adom; many in my family, including me, were Red Cross volunteers and I had assumed that we were part of something larger and world-inclusive, at least that's what I told people when I was in high school in Greece and I'd go door-to-door collecting money for RC every year. Since I wasn't looking to collect from non-Jews only and I don't remember anyone refusing to give, I assume that all my compatriots, regardless of religion or origin, donated money to the Red Cross. I knew the crescent was used in Muslim countries and I don't really believe that the red-colored (look ma, no u!) Cross on the white background has no religious significance. If that's true, then why is the Crescent accepted as an emblem too? And why won't they accept the Star of David as a third emblem? Why single out the Jews?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Battle of Ideas
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Political War Against Israel
Is Israel starting to recover from the Durban strategy?
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
In The Kitchen With Ev
While zorkie lays in bed, painting her toenails and waiting for her cup of tea, evariste is in the diner, engaged in a violent struggle against the foreign occupiers who have invaded his bloggie wanting to steal his God-only-knows-what.
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guest author: lawhawk in Discarded Lies:
What would you do if you hit a $250 million lottery?
Everyone wonders about hitting the big one. Here's your big chance to say what you'd do.

I know what I'd do -

After the obligatory paying off student loans, all other debts, family debts, etc., I'd buy a house. Enough renting for Mrs. Lawhawk and myself. It doesn't have to be a huge mansion or anything like that - something reasonable and near where we currently live.

I'd quit my job. Mrs. Lawhawk would probably quit faster than I would. We'll get to what we'd do in a moment.

No need to buy new cars since we like the ones we already have.

I'd buy a new digital camera suite - so I can take it on my trip to all the National Parks and sights this country has to offer. I'd go travelling around the country, taking photos and honing my techniques.

And, we'd make sure that our families are well taken care of, but do I really need $250 million (or the lump sum payment minus taxes - which probably comes out to around $80 million)?

I don't think so. Maybe half that figure is more than enough to make sure that we're well taken care of.

We'd start a charitable foundation to make sure that stuff that interests us gets funded. We'd probably help our alma maters - or at least the students attending via scholarships and the like. We'd probably do a lot of hurricane relief work, making sure that the smaller communities get help.

And, at the end of the day, I'd feel pretty good about myself that I didn't blow it all on cars, boats, houses, and other trivialities. The money would go to good causes in our community, and most importantly, I wouldn't feel like I'd have to declare bankruptcy because I overspent my means.
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