Sunday, July 22, 2007

Can a GOOD Muslim be a GOOD American?

Disclaimer: Just food for thought. I don't subscribe one way or the other at this time, but it does make you think. YOU DECIDE!!!

Interesting questions for the Muslim Community to discuss & for research on our part also.

Can a good Muslim be a good American?:

Theologically - no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon God of Arabia.

Religiously - no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)

Scripturally - no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and theQuran (Koran). Because when we declare "one nation under God," the Christians God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Qurans 99 excellent names.

Geographically - no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially - no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically - no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and Destruction of America, the great Satan.

Domestically - no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34 ).

Intellectually - no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically - no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Therefore after much study and deliberation.... Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both "good" Muslims and "good" Americans.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Eating beef ' is less green than driving'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/19/nbeef119.xml

Last Updated: 2:59am BST 19/07/2007

Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours, it was claimed yesterday.

Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.

Taking into account all the processes involved, they said, four average sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide.

This also consumed 169 megajoules of energy.

That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.

Most of the greenhouse gas emissions are in the form of methane released from the animals' digestive systems, New Scientist magazine reported.

But more than two thirds of the energy used goes towards producing and transporting cattle feed, said the study, which was led by Akifumi Ogino from the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan.

Su Taylor, the press officer for the Vegetarian Society, told New Scientist: "Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints, but one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat."

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Study: Midwest leads in volunteering

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070708/ap_on_go_ot/volunteering

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jul 8, 12:35 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The spirit of volunteerism is thriving in the heartland, but not so much on the coasts.

Midwesterners are more likely to volunteer their time than are people elsewhere in the United States, according to a government study being released Monday. The highest rates were in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, where more than four in 10 adults volunteered.

"It's really about Minneapolis' commitment to the quality of life," said Michael Weber, president and chief executive of Volunteers of America of Minnesota. "If you look at the entire society, it says we will give back to the community and take care of our society."

The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, used Census Bureau data to determine the share of people age 16 and older who had volunteered their time in the previous year.

The study provides three-year averages, for 2004 through 2006, for the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was followed at the top by Salt Lake City; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle.

Las Vegas had the lowest volunteer rate, 14.4 percent. It was joined at the bottom by Miami; New York; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Riverside, Calif.

Nationally, 26.7 percent of adults in 2006 said they had volunteered in the previous year. That compares with 28.8 percent in 2005 and 20.4 percent in 1989.

More than one-third of the people who volunteered in 2005 stopped in 2006.

"Volunteering has a leaky bucket," said Robert Grimm, an author of the report. "Many times people drop out because the activities are not challenging enough or they're not substantial enough."

In Minneapolis, Weber said his organization works hard to make sure activities are well organized, meaningful to the community and rewarding to volunteers.

"The person goes away saying, `I feel good, I made a difference today,'" Weber said.

The study said several demographic and social factors appear to contribute to higher volunteer rates:

_Short commutes to work, which provide more time to volunteer.

_Home ownership, which promotes attachment to the community.

_High education levels, which increase civic involvement.

_High concentrations of nonprofit organizations providing opportunities to volunteer.

Volunteering can have a "positive, substantial impact on the life of a youth" or it can help an older person remain at home instead of moving into a nursing home, said Grimm, director of research and policy development for the federal agency.

"Volunteering is not something that's just nice to do, it's necessary to solve important community problems," he said.

Les Kuivanen of Minneapolis volunteers at an elementary school with other retirees from the manufacturing company Honeywell International. The retired engineer said volunteering is more rewarding when the activity matches his skills.

Kuivanen and other retirees teach students about electricity and magnetism. He said it is important for young students to learn about science and technology, maybe drawing interest in a future career choice.

"I wanted to volunteer because I wanted give back," Kuivanen said. "It's fun to golf and fish and hunt, and I do all that. But I wanted to do something that I thought was needed, to help others."

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On The Net:

Corporation for National and Community Service: http://www.nationalservice.org

Monday, July 02, 2007

Military Casuality Figures from 1980 to 2006

These are some rather eye-opening facts:

As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider
the following statistics.

Annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed
forces from 1980 through 2004:

1980 ......... 2,392

1981 .......... 2,380

1982 .......... 2,318

1983 .......... 2,465

1984 .......... 1,999

1985 .......... 2,252

1986 .......... 1,984

1987 .......... 1,983

1988 .......... 1,819

1989 .......... 1,636

1990 .......... 1,508

1991 .......... 1,787

1992 .......... 1,293

1993 .......... 1,213

1994 .......... 1,075

1995 .......... 1,040

1996 .......... 974

1997 .......... 817

1998 .......... 826

1999 .......... 795

2000 .......... 774

2001 .......... 890

2002 .......... 1007

2003 .......... 1,410 ----- 534*

2004 .......... 1,887 ----- 900*

2005 .......... 919*

2006 .......... 920*

*Figures are Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
fatalities only

Does this really mean that the loss from the two current conflicts in the
Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during
Mr.Clinton's presidency? Were we at war?

In 1980, during the reign of President "Nobel
Peace Prize, Jimmy Carter" himself,there were 2,392 US military fatalities.

What this clearly indicates is that our media and our liberal politicians
pick and choose, and they tend to present only those facts that support
their agenda driven reporting.

Another fact our left media and politicians like to slant is that these
brave men and women losing their lives are minorities. Wrong again -

The latest census shows the following:

European descent (white) ..... 69.12%

Hispanic .... 12.5%

African American ..... 12.3%

Asian ..... 3.7%

Native American ..... 1.0%

Other ..... 2.6%

Now, the fatalities over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom are:

European descent (white) ...... 74.31%

Hispanic ..... 10.74%ca

African American ..... 9.67%

Asian ..... 1.81%

Native American ..... 1.09%

Other ..... 2.33%

These statistics are published by DOD and may be viewed
at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf