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Updated on June 12, 2009 at 4:04 PM

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Re: “Fish Tale

Thank you for sharing this article! I enjoyed canned sardines w/ mac & cheese since childhood, but I never knew they were available in larger sizes and FRESH until I was stationed overseas in Spain and the Azores. Reading about them made my mouth water craving "las sardinas parrilladas" or "as sardinas grelhadas". Grilling them over old school smoking coals is my preferred method with a nice cold "Cruz Campo" draft beer or maybe a "vinho cheiro" made from somebody's back yard "adega".

Anyways, you left out the most important part of the article; where to acquire fresh sardines? I've been to many supermarkets and they look at me like I am crazy when I go to the fresh or frozen sections looking for them. They don't even know what I am talking about half the time. I've even checked the fishmongers at the open markets in Memphis to no avail. Any push in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by yanqui69 on 06/12/2011 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Knee Jerks

Powergamz, it's more like self-preservation as described by Hobbes. People will break with "us" or "them" when their own interests are in jeopardy.

As far as the viewpoint of Mr. Conason goes, it does point to some often overlooked incidents during both republican and democrat administrations, but I feel he oversimplies the global Islamic terrorist situation. Anyone who reads international news, can see that it is more than a few "isolated incidents" of violence in one area of the world. It is on all continents and history shows that it is possible to establish a second Caliphate under a theocracy.

What puzzles me is Conason's description of Islamic terrorism as a "perversion of faith". Read the following Koranic passages:

Surah 8:12- Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with message): "I am with you. Give firmness to the Believers. I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers. SMITE YE ABOVE THE NECKS AND SMITE ALL THEIR FINGER TIPS OFF THEM."

Surah 47:4- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks.

Surah 9:29- Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah (poll tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Surah 4:95- Not equal are those Believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home).

(5:50)- "Oh ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for your friends."

(4:96)- The Muslim warrior who dies while fighting in Allah's cause receives a special "forgiveness" for sins from Allah.

Surah 9:111- Allah hath purchased of the Believers their persons and their goods. For theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise). They fight in His cause, and slay and are slain.

Surah 4:74- To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah--whether he is slain or gets victory--soon shall we give him a reward of great (value).

Qur'an 8:39: "And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere."

During my years of reading about Islam and listening to Imams, the one focus is to establish an Ummah "by any means necessary" (wonder where Malcolm X got his thoughts).

To Muslims, Allah is ever great and perfect and so is everything that he does. So, to say that terrorists have misinterpreted the Koran is be ignorant of Islam and also to be blasphemous against Allah, because he created the Koran making it divine. It must be interpreted in those exact words as transferred to the prophet Muhammed and is perfect, because it came from Allah. To say otherwise is inferring that Allah is not perfect. Those not willing to follow the exact words and commands of Allah are heretics, because they have not fully submitted to him. After all, "Islam" means "submission". A bit of a 180 degree in philosophy compared to the US Constitutional principles of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

So, who are the real radicals and/or followers of Islam? Those who follow the teachings of Mohammed or those who think they know better than what is written in the Koranic text? Why would someone claim to be a follower of a religion (or an ideology) if they didn't believe in or follow the doctrine/dogma of that school of thought? Al Qaeda and the other thousands of Islamic terrorist groups seem to be the true followers of Islam while the "moderates" seem no better than nonbelievers if you believe actions speak louder than words. Many religions have those that don't follow the doctrine, so should we call them believers or followers? Do they meet the definition?

Furthermore, for those of the "religion of peace" crowd, read the passages above and tell me if there is any other way to understand the logic of not taking "unbelievers" as friends. Islam does preach peace, but only unto "believers" (Muslims). All others (unbelievers in Islam) must submit and accept and pay a jizah (tax). So, when you hear some groups, like CAIR, denounce violent attacks (rare instances) on innocent women and children, they are denouncing attacks on Muslim innocents, not unbelievers.

A real test is to ask a Muslim to denounce the violent passages from the Koran. They can't, it would be blasphemous again...Then even if they did, they might even justifying it through the use of "taqiyah" (lying to protect the faith and other followers). It is justified in Islam to do so and a common practice.

I am sure many will call me a racist even though Islam is a religion. Then there will be those that call me a bigot even though I only spoke of what I was taught by Muslims clerics and through personal study of the Koran and Islamic scholars. Then there are those that will say I am a fearmonger, but take a look at the daily headlines around the world with the word "Islam" in it. It is a common tactic to demonize the person and not the argument at hand.

Zebra had a point on the subjugation of women and children and others by Islam. How many Islamic countries allow freedom of religion to exist like the US does? I am interested in knowing if there is one. Why do some Muslims who reside in "free societies" want to install sharia law and financing and live in separate enclaves often?

Look at world history and which countries are now Muslim or Islam is gaining power. Egypt=polytheist, Iran/Persia=Zorastrian, Phillipines=polytheism, Indonesia and Malaysia=polytheism, and the list goes on and on. It is interesting all major Abrahamian religions are montheistic and do not accept other religions in their beliefs.

What kind of Americans are we if we allow any person's rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" be eliminated by ANY religion? The founding fathers intended those rights to be unalienable as long as they did not adversely affect another person or their property.

Posted by yanqui69 on 01/16/2010 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Does the Flyer have a Code of Ethics or similar "credo" that readers can view in the nature of transparency?

Posted by yanqui69 on 11/06/2009 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Return to Form

Was that a personal attack instead of debating the issue? That's an easy way out, Bruce. I had more respect for you before that.

Posted by yanqui69 on 10/05/2009 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Return to Form

Thank you for your explanation of the review, although I am inquisitive as to what is a "definitive cultural specific notion of 'squareness'" for the Midwest? Is there some approved definition of how to label something as "square" and who is the approved judge? Maybe a more physical description of the costume and setting elements might have been less offensive to a person from the Midwest region, such as myself, who is proud of their origin.

Posted by yanqui69 on 09/22/2009 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Return to Form

Reading his review of this film, I am curious as to whether Mr. Harrington had a bad experience of or some type of elitist disdain for the "Midwest". His comments seemed to have an air of stereotyping its decor or its fashion "haute couture". As a reader of the Memphis Flyer for many years, and with the exception of politics, I have always depended on and respected the Flyer's celebration of cultural diversity in our society. Somehow, these, dare I say, "bigotted comments" in this article lends me to think that the Memphis Flyer or Mr. Harrington have not considered all of the affected stakeholders when choosing the prose in a normally honest and admirable service as film critics.

Posted by yanqui69 on 09/22/2009 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Merely a First Step

Ah, the Commerce Clause that the Federal Government used to usurp power from the States granted them in the 11th Amendment.

Posted by yanqui69 on 06/18/2009 at 3:48 PM

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