ism-ing all over the place

If you are one of those ppl who say that you will only marry a member of your own race/ethnicity, does that make you racist? B/c you are closing yourself off of others simply based on race?

If so….

Then if you’re a female, & would only consider dating/marrying a male. Or, if you’re male & will only consider dating/marrying a female, does that make you sexist? B/c you’re completely not willing to open yourself up to the possibility simply based on the sex of the person?

pimping my old gay posts

So, I really posted today about the whole Tucker fiasco (below). But once you read it, you’re gonna be all worked up & mad at stupid ppl. And let’s face, most ppl are stupid.

So, I’m linking to myself so that you can all go back in time (via l’archive de moi), & read a funny. Click below:

Oh, & check out this article I found:

It mentions how in medieval France, they had a term “affrerement” (like brotherment) that served as a legal contract. They “pledged to live together sharing ‘un pain, un vin, et une bourse’ — one bread, one wine, and one purse.”

Anyway, it’s also an interesting article. So, check it yo.

Person of the Week: Any & all children affected by war

This is lil Fatima Jbouri, a 10-month old survivor of war. A death squad in Saydia (a war-ravaged suburb of Baghdad) raided her home, killed her mother & uncle, then left her for dead in the garbage out back. In 118 degree heat. Under a metal sheet. Her 7-yr old brother flagged down the Iraqi police, they gave her to US soldiers, & the pic you see is of her being held by US military at a combat support hospital in the green zone.

They say she most likely would never have survived in an Iraqi hospital. She has a Shi’ite name of Fatima and a Sunni name of Jbouri. Moqtada al-Sadr controls the health ministry/hospitals; he believes in the “ethnic cleansing of Sunnis”, & most likely she would have died before receiving any treatment.

Eventually, she’ll be re-united with her 5 brothers & sisters who are in an orphanage. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. I mean, most orphanages (esp in some other countries) aren’t all that; if ya know what I mean. If she does go on into hiding with her Shi’ite relatives in the south, who knows what happens then. I mean, we’re still talking about her being in hiding in a hostile environment.

She was featured on World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson, Monday night. That’s when I 1st saw her. But I got to thinking about all the kids that we don’t hear of b/c they were found in the trash dead. Or just thrown around somewhere. All the kids that grow up in war-torn countries; if they’re lucky to survive. And some would prob rather not have survived all the atrocities they’d witnessed.

And I def don’t want to leave out the kids here in the States. The ones who’s mommies & daddies went off to serve us. Sure, they are told that their parents love them; even by the parents who are overseas themselves. But it’s just not the same, not having them there.

Search for stories on Fatima Jbouri.

resenting authorities everywhere

I know I’m not being a posting machine; it’s only cause I have a lot of stuff going on, & have no time. I get up early in the morn for work, don’t really return home until 10 pm (or later, or the next day sometimes), & have barely anytime to do anything. I’m thankful for the day off work tomorrow b/c it means I can do laundry & have some clean clothes again. I’m also thankful for Mr. T, cause he did all my dirty, dirty dishes. And there were quite a few.

Even though I’m not posting, I’m still reading y’all’s blogs & the news. So, I saw an article about Oliver Stone requesting to make a documentary about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Well, the Iranian prez rejected the offer b/c Stone is part of “Great Satan” cultural establishment.

The media advisor to the Prez said, “I sent a negative answer by Ahmadinejad to Oliver Stone…. It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan.

This is all fine & good. If someone thinks someone else is a Great Satan, then of course they would want nothing to do w/ that person.

*total sidenote: I think I’m really digging that term “Great Satan”… there’s this whore that I completely hate (like really hate as a human being, seriously). And, I have a name I call her, but it’s way worse than whore (whore being the more publishable word; & no, it doesn’t involve the ‘f’ word, it’s waaaay worse). But I think I will also start to refer to her as a “Great Satan”.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is what Oliver Stone said in response. I found it quite funny.

I have been called a lot of things, but never a great satan. I wish the Iranian people well, and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.

The pic to the left is of from Feb 2002 when Stone spent 3 days w/ Fidel Castro for his documentary of him, Comandante. I think it’s a cool looking picture. And the pic above is my montage of finger pointing that cracks me up. It’s really only there for me, b/c I’m sure no one else will find it as funny as I do.

why’s it gotta be good?!?

You know that saying “With a name like Smucker’s, it’s gotta be good”? What’s that supposed to mean? If it weren’t for the jams/jellies, I never would’ve heard the name Smuckers, & then if I did hear it, I wouldn’t think, “Oh WOW, that’s gotta be good!”

I mean, I can understand if it was “With a name like Heaven, it’s gotta be good”.
Or, “a name like Angel…”.
Or, “Superhero…”

Or, “Pope…”. Oh, wait … no that wouldn’t necessarily mean it’s “good”. That may just mean that it’s tolerant of what they choose to be tolerant of.

The Pope lays the Smack-down!

One of the previous Pope’s closest friends was accused of child molestation; & Pope Benedict XVI laid the smack-down on him. The Vatican* told Father Marcial Maciel Degollado that he is not allowed any public appearances & cannot be present at Mass anymore. Father Marcial is the founder of the powerful Legionaires of Christ movement, & very conservative. He is was a big-shot, & for the Vatican to publicly take a stand against him & censure him so, says that they are dedicated to the fight against any pedophiles among them. This is probably the 1st time that I will ever say that I do applaud the Pope & the Vatican on their decision.

The pic is of Pope John Paul II giving his blessing to father Marcial in an old photo (dated 11/30/2004). Father Marcial was one of Pope John Paul’s (the previous Pope’s) favorite sons.

Related Stories:
Time article
NY Times Article

*The Vatican is such a beautiful city/state. A lot of it is not open to the public, like the gardens, but you can find pictures of them when they are allowed to be filmed. It is such a gorgeous & tranquil place. Interesting sidenote: it’s like 100 yards away from Rome, but since it’s a sovereign country, it has it’s own postal service. If you live in Rome, it’s worth it to cross the border & mail your stuff from the Vatican instead, cause it’ll get to its destination twice as fast.

Yale admits just about anyone

Whaaa!?!

You know how schools are always looking to diversify their student body? Well, they are. I just read that Yale enrolled a former Taliban official in to a non-degree program. That’s not even all of it. This person only had a 4th grade education!

Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a former ambassador-at-large of the Taliban, was admitted as a “special student”.

Related articles:
Opinion Journal (from the Wall Street Journal)
NY Times article
Polly Awards (handed out by CampusMagazine)
Article from Gujarat paper

aahhh, to walk on water. . .

There’s been a lot of biblical stuff going around recently. Last week, about the walking on water/ice thing. Yesterday, we found out that Gwyneth named her baby boy Moses. Last night, that remake of the Ten Commandments aired on broadcast tv. I haven’t seen the remake they had on tv yet. I’m sure I will someday though.

Growing up, my dad used to make us watch the Ten Commandments (the original one w/ Chuckie Heston) every year. So, I’m sure they’ll put this one out on dvd, & one day, I’ll end up watching it. I don’t know why he would make us, we’re not even Christian! To watch it once or twice, I could understand it, cause they did want us to grow up knowing about all diff religions. But every year?!?

Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about today is that whole “Walking on Water” thing. Last Tuesday, Dr. Doron Nof (Florida State University’s prof of Oceanography, pic at left) stated to the world that there was a scientific explanation to the story of Jesus walking on water. I know it’s not very popular to question religion (proven by all the hate mail that he got right after making the statement publicly), but I do think it’s extremely interesting. I’ve heard all kinds of explanations over the last 10 to 15 years for all kinds of religious “miracles”; including “miracles” in my own religion.

I just like to hear ppl’s ideas & theories on things. I don’t think it’s so wrong to question anything, including religion. I don’t think anyone should try to cram one’s ideas down someone else’s throat though. Like in the olden days, when everyone thought the Earth was the center of the universe & gold ol’ Nicky Copernicus was like “Nu-uh, the sun is”*. Ahh, what a laugh that was, huh? Good ol’ Nick!

But sometimes, it’s nice to hear a new twist on an old story. I also like when bands cover a song. I liked the Pumpkin’s version of Landslide better than Stevie Nick’s version. Most times, I appreciate both the old version & the new (like when ppl re-do David Bowie songs, I love the original, but I like to hear the new version too). But I like the Pumpkin’s version better, so maybe there’s ppl out there who do like new twists on things better than the original.

I do like hearing the science behind the magic though. I love the de-structuralization of it all. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris**.

Let all the insides out, so everyone can see the mechanics of it all. But I also do believe in magic & miracles.

Recently, I’ve hoped & prayed for some, & haven’t seen them materialize. But I do still believe in them.

*This is a total paraphrasing of what Nick actually said.
**Is it bad that I can’t spell things like “receive” right (ever!, w/out spell-check), but I can easily spell Pompidou right w/out any help?

Links:
FSU’s press release on Nof’s theory
Actual article from the Journal of Paleolimnology

remember your childhood?

These little girls:

Live here:

And it’s breaking my heart.

The above pictures were taken in Tal Afar, a northern city in Iraq. The top pic is some Iraqi girls watching the US soldiers as they patrol the town. The bottom pic is US soldiers patrolling the same area after a suicide bomb attack a few months back. I think our troops are extremely brave, & I’m not trying to comment on our occupancy there in Iraq right now. I am just feeling sad for the little girls who will grow up with this being their childhood.

Oh, and this little boy:

And this little girl:

Live there too.

Oh, & total sidenote: please, no one read this as my “maternal clock” ticking or anything like that. Cause it’s not.

gay marriage is wrong. Right?

‘Kay, so I got this email from one of my bestest friends; & at the bottom, she said to pass the email along to others. BUT, she sent the email to about 100 ppl, & all the ppl I know were in there. So, I’m just posting it here instead. Feel free to copy it & email it to all the ppl you know though. Haha, know though. That rhymes. haha.

top 10 reasons why gay marriage is wrong:

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8 ) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

note at the bottom of the email (so I’m posting it here instead):
PASS THIS AROUND IF YOU ARE FOR GAY MARRIAGE (i’m not trying to guilt you into posting this again, but i think it’s great and it’d be cool if it got around).