[identity profile] brendala.livejournal.com
I read While Europe Slept as few years ago and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone here. Mainly because it's a good, well-written book about the threat of radical Islam in the west. But also because it provides hope that even the most ardent, kool-aid drinking liberal can see the light and join us in the good fight against the forces out to annihilate us.

While Europe Slept is Bruce Bawer's autobiographical account of his immigration to Norway in the late 1990s. Bawer is a gay American journalist. And he decided to move to Norway back then because he felt that Europe would be a more tolerant and safe environment for him as a gay man than the United States (a place that he felt was controlled by homophobic Christians out to oppress him).
.....and then he learned the hard way that he was totally wrong.

Read more... )

As cliché as this sounds; this book made me feel proud to be and American. Please go check it out!
[identity profile] kelincihutan.livejournal.com
This week there is a story that I feel is big enough to justify the use of bold and italics. And I'm afraid that isn't as funny as I wish it would be.

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[identity profile] kelincihutan.livejournal.com
Maybe I missed some stories, but this seemed like a slower news week to me. Which, naturally, makes some of the awful stuff I did note stand out more. Articles I feel are particularly important are bolded, as usual.

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[identity profile] nerca-beyul.livejournal.com
First post here. Been lurking around some, not to sure about posting. But today, I got so pissed off and have been fuming ALL DAY to anyone who will listen.

So, recently we've been talking in this comm about the pains of being a conservative college student. I got a really acute example of that today.

One, I'm a journalism student. It's super tough every day because as you guys well know, journalism is one of the most leftward-leaning professions out there. I get to hear my viewpoints mocked almost all the time at work and in classes.

Last semester I had one professor that I thought was exceptional in keeping politics out of class. Then I have an ethics class with him this semester. He's started making here-and-there liberal comments.

Today, I got walloped in the face.

We were discussing whether or not we would publish the name of an illegal immigrant mother if she gave birth to the first baby of the new year.

Somehow, he effectively went into a 15-minute rant in which he said:
-"You may not believe it, but what do most people believe about immigrants? That they're taking jobs away from Americans and that they're all criminals, especially Mexicans, which seems to be synonymous with drug-runners." (Nevermind the fact that, by definition, being an ILLEGAL immigrant DOES mean you're a criminal.)
-anyone who supports strict immigration laws is racist against Hispanics and abhors Mexicans and is thus completely backward
-the Arizona law is the epitome of racism because it means cops can ask any random person of brown skin for papers and deport them if they don't have them; and that "some crazy lawmakers" want to make the same thing happen in Florida
-"People who support immigration laws are making it very difficult to be a brown person. It's a sad reality, but it's a tough time to be brown in America right now." (what the hell does he think about Marco Rubio, I wonder?)
-everyone "outside the liberal multicultural haven of a university" (i.e. conservatives) thinks all Muslims are terrorists



This greatly offended me because I am a die-hard conservative and believe very strongly in strict immigration laws, but I: am obsessed Hispanic cultures and especially Mexicans, the first guy I dated (also a friend) is a legal resident alien from Mexico, had a roommate and close friend who is Cuban refugee turned naturalized citizen, and have an aunt who's adopting two young Guatemalan girls whose birth mother is being deported. Additionally, I'm very much a conservative Christian but my favorite actor is a Muslim.

Clearly I am the COMPLETE opposite of what he said! How DARE he stand up there and preach to me about how wrong "my" stereotypes are when he's obviously stereotyping me?!

So now my dilemma is whether I go to his office and TELL HIM that he offended me, or sit down and take it because as much as I'd like to believe he's above messing with my grades, I also believed he was above using politics in the classroom.

Because I don't want to blow this out of proportion, but at the same time I'm entirely sick of sitting down and taking insults right to my face.

EDIT:

The following is an e-mail I sent to my professor:
Hi professor L,

(some questions about our upcoming midterm)

Also, I wanted to let you know that some of your comments in lecture yesterday about immigration offended me. As someone who has family who work for Border Patrol and someone who supports immigration laws (including Arizona’s), I resent the implication that my beliefs are “making it hard to be a brown person in America right now.” Just because I believe in immigration laws and deporting illegal immigrants does not mean I dislike Hispanics or Mexicans. I have many Hispanic friends that I love dearly, including a friend who is a legal resident alien from Mexico and a roommate and close friend who is a naturalized citizen originally from Cuba.

Additionally, as someone who considers herself outside of the “liberal multicultural setting of the university,” I resent the assumption that I am a member of that community and the implication that “most of America” outside of that community is prejudiced against Hispanics and Muslims.

I don’t understand how an argument in favor of writing stories that break stereotypes can be based on a generalization about the beliefs of “most of America” or most of America “outside of the liberal multicultural setting of the university.” Forgive me if I’m wrong, but that seems fairly stereotypical to me.

EDIT TWO:

For all of that, this was his response:
"Caitlin,

Thanks for the comments. I apologize."
[identity profile] moviequeen985.livejournal.com
I'm starting to dislike my friends' politics even more. It's really hard to be the only Republican in a group of Dems.
Just tonight, I was out with my two girl friends and one of them, the more political one (who happens to be a hop, skip and a jump away from being a card-carrying socialist), asked me if I was going to hole up in my room and cry on Tuesday. Please. I have more dignity than that. I would like to be away from all the Kool-Aid drinkers out there, however, so I might just see about holing up in the woods for the day.
We got to talking about why I don't like Obama (He's smarmy, he's inconsistent, no experience, etc) and they don't let me get a word in edge-wise, and start throwing my words back in my face, but substituting McCain or Bush for Obama.
I realize that Bush might have been a disappointment, but honestly, he DID NOT know 9/11 was going to happen. Mention that bin Laden was practically handed to Clinton on a silver platter and I get, "Well, he wasn't a threat back then." Neither was Hitler during the first world war. (Why didn't I come up with that retort on the spot?! Ack!)
Frankly, I want this whole thing to be over. I was relieved when the election was over, but now all I want is people to calm down about their 'Savior' and for Obama to F up royally (although, he'll probably get a "better luck next time, Champ."), and to prove that he's just a man and not their Messiah.
I'm honestly afraid for our country. I'm afraid what it will mean to be a Republican in our 'Changed' society. People see that we're in a depression, but how quickly they forget that America has been very prosperous the last seven years.
I don't think you can blame everything on the President. I think a lot of America's problems have to do with the American people as a whole, and the fact that people were so decidedly against Bush show what a hateful world we live in. Everyone looks to Kennedy's 'Camelot' as the good ol' days and remembers his speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can do for your Country!" We've all seen the clips on the news of those nutjobs saying, "Now I'll never have to pay my house payment/Credit Debt/Student Loan/Car payment again!" They're not asking what they can do for their country. They want to know how much they can suck from the country. I wasn't around in the 60s when Kennedy was president, and I realize that he was a Democrat, but that famous line from his speech sits with me as I realize that people don't believe it anymore, and Obama doesn't believe it at all, otherwise he wouldn't have made those promises.
People are so blind to his charm that they don't see the snake lying underneath. If he had any experience whatsoever, he wouldn't have made so many promises that he can't keep. He's already scaling back because of the recession, and he hasn't even been sworn in.
This country is becoming a joke. Our president takes on lead articles in fan magazines. There are posters of him you can buy at Walmart. Entire stores are devoted to selling T-Shirts and Hats with his likeness on them. It's a freaking circus!
I'm sorry for the rant. I can't post this sort of thing on my own blog. I know too many Kool-Aid drinkers. Although I don't know why they'd bother to read it. They don't listen to my opinions anyway.
Pray for our country. The world is already through with taking us seriously.
[identity profile] lemonlye.livejournal.com
Admirable news from down under:

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,20425347-661,00.html

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The Howard Government's multicultural spokesman, Andrew Robb, yesterday told an audience of 100 imams who address Australia's mosques that these were tough times requiring great personal resolve.
Mr Robb also called on them to shun a victim mentality that branded any criticism as discrimination.

"We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith," Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.

"And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.

"You can't wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.

"Instead, speak up and condemn terrorism, defend your role in the way of life that we all share here in Australia."
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Man, that needs to be said more often, and more loudly. You rock, Mr. Robb.
[identity profile] ochagirl.livejournal.com
CHRISTIAN BLUD! It's Paul Newman's special ingredient:

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/08/28/terror-tv/

Is there anyone out there that can more eloquently describe how truly disgusting this putrid piece of Satanic garbage is?

How can people be peaceful when hatred like this fills every pore and sense?!

Nyugh! I already KNEW this was their mindset, but it can't hurt to remind people . . .
[identity profile] sopdetly.livejournal.com
I love it when articles appear that are pretty much tailor-made for this comm :D
NICOLE Kidman has made a public stand against terrorism.

The actress, joined by 84 other high-profile Hollywood stars, directors, studio bosses and media moguls, has taken out a powerfully-worded full page advertisement in today's Los Angeles Times newspaper.

It specifically targets "terrorist organisations" such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.

"We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas," the ad reads.

"If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die.

"We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs."

A who's who of Hollywood heavyweights joined Kidman on the ad.

The actors listed included: Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, James Woods, Kelly Preston, Patricia Heaton and William Hurt.

Directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Dick Donner and Sam Raimi also signed their names.

Other Hollywood powerplayers supporting the ad included Sumner Redstone, the chairman and majority owner of Paramount Pictures, and billionaire mogul, Haim Saban.



Some familiar names there, along with a few new ones, I think.

If anyone can get a copy of that ad, or finds it linked on a blog or something, definitely drop a line so we can get a better idea of who signed their name to this!

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sameinanylingo, for pointing us towards this blog post that has the ad. :D
[identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
It makes me hopping mad that Timothy McVeigh is in hell where he belongs for the Oklahoma City bombings, yet that piece of crap known as Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted conspirator in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed several times more people than in OKC, will live the rest of his life off American taxpayers before he makes Satan's acquaintance.

Some have said that Moussaoui wanted a martyr's death which was denied him. Personally, I don't care what he thinks what his greater reward will be. I have enough faith left to know it's definitely not what he's expecting. Besides, who the hell cares what a convicted terrorist wants? Anyone who thinks one day he'll be sorry is mistaken. This is a guy who laughed at crying families of 9-11 victims. He's a bigger sociopath than Ted Bundy. Even though they say he's going to be kept in isolation, I'm sure he could still receive visits and could possibly indirectly recruit Muslim converts in prison for al-Qaeda. He thinks he could be used as a bargaining chip if his buddies kidnap Americans or other Westerners, which is the same tactic Arab terrorists used in Europe in the 1970s.

And you want to know why the idiotic jury spared this jerk's life? Because of his sad childhood:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=20371_Moussaouis_Rough_Childhood&only

I hope perhaps some inmates will pull a little jailhouse justice while the guards are looking away a la Jeffrey Dahmer. Otherwise, this Euroweenie style prison sentence is just shameful. If Moussaoui didn't deserve the death penalty, nobody does.

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