Saturday, December 25, 2004
No, I don't celebrate Christmas in the santa claus, trimming a tree, etc kind of sense. I explain the importance of Jesus, a.s., to my children, what he did, said, etc. But, I wish the very best to all of those who do celebrate. However, and this may make some people mad, but I feel that I must say it. Where are people's priorities? Certainly not around here. We are at war in 2 countries, will probably be more by the time bush is out of office, people are dying, soldiers haven't seen their families in months or even years in some cases, our economy is the worst it has been in years, need I go on? And what do I see on the news night before last? People complaining that sony didn't produce enough playstations to go around, so people can't get them for Christmas gifts! What in the hell is wrong with these people? You should be thanking God that you can afford a playstation, some people can't afford food to eat. You should be thankful that you have a healthy child to give it to, some people are mourning the loss of a child from a bomb, disease, etc. You should be thankful you have a home to live in where someone can open that gift, many around the world are living in refugee camps right now without heat, electricity, running water. How dare people complain about not being able to buy an unnecessary 200 dollar gaming console. Shame, shame, shame. Where are people's heart? Are people that selfish, that unaware of what is going on outside their front door? Yes, have a Merry Christmas, but for God's sake, look around, open your eyes, have some empathy in this coming new year. Let's make it better than this past year.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Continuation of previous post
I started to write a comment about my previous post, decided it may become too long winded, so I am writing a new post. I was watching bush today, and now that he is a lame duck, the truth comes out! Like we didn't see it coming. Now that he has been reelected to his last term,(thank God for term limits), he is finally showing his true colors. I was watching parts of his news conference today, and I was literally swearing at the tv! He has the nerve to say, yeah, the Iraqi national guard is not prepared to handle security. Well, no shit, sherlock. What was your first clue, the daily suicide bombings or the snipers? Then he starts his lies, that recruitment is going well for the armed services. Ah, excuse me, I do believe I just heard yesterday that recruitment was down 30% for the national guard and they want to increase recruiters by over 50%. Gee, you think the president himself would be privy to this information, don't you think? Then, it comes out that he ok'd the use of sleep deprivation and dogs on Iraqi prisoners! Another shocker, not dubya! Tell me it ain't so. Sorry if the screen is dripping sarcasm, I just can't help myself. I guess now that since it is too late to do anything about him and he can't be reelected, the gloves are off. And, all this from the Times man of the year???? What a joke!
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Turns out you don't have to be smart to be honored.
Well, this proves that anyone can be honored, even twice by the same people.
'Time' names Bush Person of 2004
NEW YORK (AP) — After winning re-election and "reshaping the rules of politics to fit his 10-gallon-hat leadership style," President George Bush for the second time was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
This Time magazine issue will be on newsstands for two weeks beginning December 20.
The magazine's editors tapped Bush "for sharpening the debate until the choices bled, for reframing reality to match his design, for gambling his fortunes — and ours — on his faith in the power of leadership."
Time's 2004 Person of the Year package, on newsstands Monday, includes an Oval Office interview with Bush, an interview with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, and a profile of Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove.
In an interview with the magazine, Bush attributed his victory over Democratic candidate John Kerry to his foreign policy and the wars he began in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"The election was about the use of American influence," Bush said.
After a grueling campaign, Bush remains a polarizing figure in America and around the world, and that's part of the reason he earned the magazine's honor, said Managing Editor Jim Kelly.
"Many, many Americans deeply wish he had not won," Kelly said in a telephone interview. "And yet he did."
In the Time article, Bush said he relishes that some people dislike him.
"I think the natural instinct for most people in the political world is that they want people to like them," Bush said. "On the other hand, I think sometimes I take kind of a delight in who the critics are."
Bush joins six other presidents who have twice won the magazine's top honor: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower (first as a general), Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Franklin Roosevelt holds the record with three nods from the editors.
Kelly said Bush has changed dramatically since he was named Person of the Year in 2000 after the Supreme Court awarded him the presidency.
"He is not the same man," Kelly said. "He's a much more resolute man. He is personally as charming as ever but I think the kind of face he's shown to the American public is one of much, much greater determination."
The magazine gives the honor to the person who had the greatest impact, good or bad, over the year.
Kelly said other candidates included Michael Moore and Mel Gibson, "because in different ways their movies tapped in to deep cultural streams," and political strategist Rove, who is widely credited with engineering Bush's win. Kelly said choosing Rove alone would have taken away from the credit he said Bush deserves.
This is the first time an individual has won the award since 2001, when then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was celebrated for his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The American soldier earned the honor last year; in 2002, the magazine tapped Coleen Rowley, the FBI agent who wrote a critical memo on FBI intelligence failures, and Cynthia Cooper and Sherron Watkins, who blew the whistle on scandals at Enron and Worldcom.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Thoughts on Iraq
Well, elections are coming, so far, anyway. Yet, what kind of election is it going to be? Sunni's are threatening to boycott elections, security is a joke, and people are being threatened with be killed, having their homes destroyed, etc. if they participate in the election. A democracy is supposed to be for the people, by the people. Now, if anyone boycotts an election, to me that is the same as people here not voting. You can't really say alot if you don't participate in the process. But, what of those people who really want to vote and are afraid? That is not fair to anyone. Innocent Iraqis are being kidnapped, killed, etc. They have every right to fear repercussions for voting. I just don't see how this election is going to represent the people of Iraq when so many are afraid to vote. Just read some of the Iraqi blogs and you will see. I absolutely feel the Iraqi's need to elect their own government, I just hope that everyone who wants to vote is able to without any problems.
Change of subject, I spoke to dh last night, I will know Monday, with about 95% certainty if dh is staying for another year or not. They are having a big meeting, changing some things around, etc. It really depends on what happens in that meeting if he stays or not. We'll just have to wait and see. Allah Kareem. Oh, even greater news, my 16 month old now knows the correct usage of the word NO!! lol Isn't that wonderful?
Friday, December 10, 2004
Well, not much new going on this week. Thanks to sis scorpion for fixing my blog! Thank God for friends who are professional bloggers! lol My baby is cutting a molar and is being a total pain in the butt! Think I would be used to now, afterall, she is my 3rd kid! Who knows? Things are going great with my roomie. She is awesome to have around. I forgot what is was like to have an adult to talk with on a daily basis. The weather here is rotten, it has been raining on and off for 2 weeks. I never thought I would say this, but I would rather have snow. I know, I know, it sounds crazy but I can't help it! Just depressing with all that rain, that is all. Big congrats out to Sister Soljah on her marriage. May she and hubby have many happy years and be blessed with as many healthy and happy children as she wants.
Friday, December 03, 2004
My new blog
Well, I have been priviledged enough to ask to be a contributing writer on another blog, www.hu-islam.blogspot.com I am very happy to be a part of this blog, I am friends with most of the writers and they are all wonderfully talented. I hope every one who visits here takes time to check it out. It is a blog by all women who are exploring Islam and the feminine side of things. On another note, I got to talk to dh today for 23 minutes! That is huge considering I usually get cut off after less than 15 minutes. He sent the most beautiful prayer rug for my oldest daughter, she loved it. I also got to talk to him last night, so I have had a good week, Alhamdililah.