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Muslims are America’s New Discrimnation Targets September 8, 2010

Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Islam, Obama.
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After 9-11, an invisible hatred against Muslims has been simmering in the United States. The silence of American Muslims since that tragedy day hasn’t helped to ease the uneasy feeling of Americans towards Islam.

The building of the Cordoba House or the Ground Zero mosque, Obama’s righteous support of Muslim’s right to build it near ground zero at an White House  iftar dinner and his half-hearted retreat from his earlier support the next day have elevated this hatred to the forefront to be seen by every American and the world.

The discrimination of American Muslims has just been kicked up a notch by Obama. Thanks to Obama, the 21th century religious war in the United States has officially begun.

I knew this day will come and it will get even worse once Al Qaeda succeeds of creating havoc in the United States with a suicide bomber or two.

Obama has no vision: Krugman September 7, 2010

Posted by hslu in Economics, Obama, Politics.
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You know Obama is in trouble when a hard left liberal such as New York Times Paul Krugman is on Sunday Talk show calling Obama “has had no vision.” No wonder Obama’s poll number has dropped like a rock. Even the liberals are publicly attacking him.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/paul-krugman-and-tom-friedman-are-fed-up-obama-has-had-no-vision/

I was even more surprised to hear Krugman praising Reagan for leading the country down to a better path. As you might recall that when Reagan took office in 1981, the Prime rate was as high as 21.5%  on December 19, 1980. With our first child coming, we had to buy a house and move out of the apartment. We almost bought a house in Carrollton with a 17% mortgage. We ended up assuming a FHA loan with a 13% interest rate. That was tough, believe me. Fortunately we had a conservative in the White House and the rest was history.

Majority of New Yorkers against the Mosque September 3, 2010

Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Islam, Religion.
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Most of The New Yorkers are against the Ground Zero mosque no matter what the Imam calls it: Community Center, Cordoba House, Park 51, or whatever. Most of the New Yorkers are against the ground zero mosque because of what the Imam said about Bin Laden, Hamas and Islam and what he believes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/nyregion/03poll.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1283516058-0eGbD5MZiu4r2xQ+qf7DKw

You want to know the difference between the US and some Muslim nations:

Most of the people in the US debate the wisdom of building a mosque so close to Ground Zero. In some corners of the Muslim world, people will burn the building down and kill the promoters if they do not like the mosque.

That’s the difference. And it is sad to note that even the so-called moderate Muslims are silent on the killings among the Muslims.

Equinox was so over-rated. Do not go. September 2, 2010

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Do not go because I guarantee you that you will be disappointed. Food was slightly better than mediocre and the service was slow and not adequate. Our waitress was quick to greet us but it took almost 5 minutes for us to get some bread. It was apparent that there was a break-down of service between the waitress and the guy who past the bread along. And we were not talking about 6 or 7 PM on a Saturday night. It was after 9 PM on a Friday about 10 days ago.

If you have to go, park your car on the street and there is no need to pay the $10 valet.

Take a look of these dishes and you tell me what’s so special about this place:

1. The dish for Chicken Liver Mousse ($10) was way too big and there wasn’t enough Garlic Crostini to go around either. Even though the mousse was creamy and nice, it wasn’t enough to let me forget the awful presentation.

2. Pan seared Halibut fillet with crab meat ($34) in a golden sauce lacked creativity and its presentation was definitely second-rated. And it tasted like any number of fish dishes one can find in many restaurants in the metro area.

3. Breast of Muscovy Duck ($30) with Slow Cooked Confit with Parsnip Puree, Broccoli-Rabe in Champagne Grape Jus. The description of this dish on the dinner menu made me so wanted to try it. But I guessed the head chef was probably on a break after a busy night and the line cook needed some lesson on presentation when he was not supervised.

4. Crispy Silver Queen Okra ($7) and the sauces were something to write home about. Try something else if you have too.

5. Broken Pistachio ($10) with Pistachio Macaroon, Lemon Verbena Ice Cream, Pistachio Puree. This was a good dessert with intensive favor and creamy home-made ice cream. However, I preferred a smaller rectangular plate though.

Peach Parfait ($10) with white chocolate mousse, lemon thyme ice cream and Earl Grey meringue. I have to admit that this dessert sounded better than it tasted. A sprig of mint will add some needed color to this dessert too.

Here is what I recommend you to do:

Equinox is way over-rated. Do not go if you have to spend your own money. By all means ordering the most expensive dishes on the menu if you are on an expense account.

Assaggi Mozzareella Bar, Bethesda September 2, 2010

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We have never been to this part of Bethesda before and we were surprised by its appeal when we got here about two weeks ago: side-walk cafes and boutique shops lined the streets and a healthy lunch crowd told us that this has to be a popular place for people work and live near here. It reminded me of walking on the streets of Paris and Rome. We were happy to spend an early afternoon here!

We picked Assaggi because I have heard of its name mentioned in local newspaper and magazine in the past.

We ordered:

1. Ravioli with ricotta cheese and spinach with maggiorana and toasted pine nuts. The home made ravioli was perfectly done with right amount of seasoning and savoy sauce. We enjoyed every bite of  this light dish.

2. Panini with Italian mild sausage, pickeld grilled fennel, ricotta cheese and arugula. The sausage was packed with flavor with grilled fennel and ricotta cheese but the arugula, although very fresh, was below par. It definitely needed a little more seasoning, pepper and dressing.

3. Sicilian cake with raisins and fresh fruit. We were somewhat disappointed by this because it looked like it has been in the fridge for a while.

Well, it is not too bad a place to spend a sunny afternoon at this side-walk cafe. It also has a 150-seat dinning room if toy prefer eating inside without people walking by you all the time.

While we were eating our lunch, there was a line of 10 to 15 people at all times at a shop just two doors down. It turned out that it was the famous Georgetown Cupcake shop that we have heard so much about. Maybe we’ll give a try next time when we are in the neighborhood.

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