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Media don’t get #MuslimRage – CNN.com

“In Indonesia, a nation of over 200 million, several hundred people took part in protests. Just a few months ago, 50,000 Indonesians bought tickets to see a Lady Gaga concert before it was canceled. So, what does this say about Muslims in Indonesia?

In Egypt, a nation of over 80 million, about 2,000 people protested on Friday. Of those protesters, a few hundred were arrested by the police.

In Lebanon, no protests occurred until Monday. Why? Because the pope had been visiting the country, and the leader of Hezbollah, which the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist group, didn’t want to do anything to interfere with the pope’s historic three-day visit.

A small number of protesters should not define the entire Muslim population of over a billion. The media should know this and report the truth accordingly.”

via Media don’t get #MuslimRage – CNN.com.

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13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage

 

Awesome! I love this article and the photos.

“MUSLIM RAGE,” screams Newsweek’s new cover story about last week’s violent anti-American protests. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the well-known anti-Islam activist, is here to tell “us” (The_West) how to “end it.” And it’s true, isn’t it? All Muslims are constantly raging about everything. So to pay tribute to Ali’s article — which describes the protesters as “the mainstream of contemporary Islam” — and the subtle, smart cover that accompanies it, we’ve collected 13 striking, powerful images of MUSLIM RAGE.

via 13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage.

StarTribune.com Mobile | News, weather, sports

“At the Legislature and in other states that have taken up the national GOP push for a photo ID requirement at the polls, the issue has taken on a highly partisan color. As a result, to many people, the voting amendment is about giving or denying an advantage to one party over another.

But this amendment has broader implications. It’s also about whether or not Minnesotans see those at the margins of life as their fellow citizens.

“We’d like to de-partisanize this, and make it about the people it affects,” Marx said. That won’t be easy. But when Lutherans and Catholics work together in Minnesota, miracles are possible.” via StarTribune.com Mobile | News, weather, sports.

For Kansas City, Google Internet Drive Becomes Civic Cause – NYTimes.com

 

“On Saturday, Ms. May, the neighborhood council director, and Google workers set up a tent outside the Ivanhoe community center and urged passers-by to sign up, with the center using a private donation to pay the $10 deposits and giving out Rice Krispies treats. One woman who registered herself offered to register her neighbor’s address as well.” via For Kansas City, Google Internet Drive Becomes Civic Cause – NYTimes.com.

Alumni Donations?

 

I understand that in the grand scheme of things giving money to my former universities will ideally provide younger students with the same opportunities that I had. I also understand the urge to give money, especially to my undergraduate department.

But right now, nothing makes me more irate Read more…

R.E.M. demand Fox News stop playing ‘Losing My Religion’ | Inside TV | EW.com

Very mature, Fox News (not that we’re surprised). Publicity? If you have the right to appropriate this song with the specific intent of imbuing it with new meaning, do the artists not have the right to take part in the process?

“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties. Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix,” A representative for Fox News responded. via R.E.M. demand Fox News stop playing ‘Losing My Religion’ | Inside TV | EW.com.

Maryland politician’s letter denouncing Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of gay marriage – Yahoo! Sports

Unbelievable:

Maryland politician’s letter denouncing Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of gay marriage – Yahoo! Sports.

And if you’re interested in the response by Viking punter Chris Kluwe, read it here.

Defriended Over a Wedding, a Straight Man Gains Perspective | evoL =

You’ll hear me say over and over that I believe in the power of an individual’s story. This is a particularly moving one:

The situation got me thinking: What if this hadn’t been about my brother’s wedding, but about MY wedding? What if it hadn’t been from a distant friend, but from a beloved family member?

via Defriended Over a Wedding, a Straight Man Gains Perspective | evoL =.

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues

 

I think this kind of candor is essential in this election. Here is a link to a really emotional video that captures a conversation between a gay veteran and Romney.

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues.

Ten-year-old mariachi hopes to make it to America’s Got Talent’s semifinals

Okay, I’m going to “out” myself. I watch America’s Got Talent. Before I started this blog, I would basically critique the performances out loud and annoy my husband. Now that I have this blog, I’ll direct it at you instead of him.

I want to write briefly about Sebastian “el Charro” de la Cruz, a 10 year old Mexican-American mariachi singer. In the article linked below, Sebastian says “I wanna represent my culture and heritage to break the stereotype and show America the beauty of this music(Mariachi),” says De la Cruz.via Ten-year-old mariachi hopes to make it to America’s Got Talent’s semifinals.

Bless his heart (seriously, he’ s adorable). I have no that doubt he wants Read more…

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