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Fees, fees and more fees July 3, 2014

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TSA and airports in the US are raising fees we pay to fly in the US:

1. The 9-11 security fees will rise to $11.20 from $5. We might want to change this fee to Bin Laden fees instead.

2. The $10 cap on 9-11 security fees has been dropped. If you fly to multiple cities your fee may go up much higher.

3. The airport facility fees will go up to $8 from $4.5 per boarding.

4. Immigration fees for the privilege of going through US custom might go up to $9 from $7.

5. There are as many as 11 taxes and fees for every airplane ticket depending on the type of ticket you have.

6. Taxes and government fees have already accounted for 20% of the ticket price we pay. These new fees are extra burden for air travelers.

Well, these fees are taxes and as far as US government is concern, air travelers are better off than most, have money, can’t say no to new fees and have no other options. In other words, they should pay more.

Basically, the US government sees air travelers as ATMs and the best part is that these ATMs do not charge fees.

It starts on 7-21-2014. Air travelers, prepare to suck it up and smile.

Sharia is creeping in, one school at a time October 11, 2010

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The Cambridge school district will close school one day per year to observe Muslim holiday.

It is only fair that Cambridge school district should close for a day every year to observe Buddhism holy day too.

Should Pagans get a day off too?

Well, there are Hinduism, Atheism and other ism’s in the US. SHould they get a holiday too?

I don’t think so. Only Muslims talk about killing infidels. Only Muslims talk about submit to sharia law.

The United States becomes more polarized by the day because Islams becomes more prominent in Americans’ daily lives whether they like it or not.

How come the conflicts between Islam, Christianity and  Judaism are such a dividing issue in the US?

The list is endless:

The ground zero mosque, the school holidays, meaning of Christmas, football practice after midnight, the burning of Koran, fight between Israel and Palestine, Jerusalem, 9-11, etc.

World peace, anyone?

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

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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 and Ground Zero Mosque August 6, 2010

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Will Obama speak out against the construction of a Muslim mosque and Islam activity center called Cordoba House two blocks from ground zero in NY’s financial district?He won’t because he’s a Muslim in his heart.

I am sure that NY and NJ fire fighters have something to say about this place because 9-11 was such a hideous attack on innocent people and what United States stands for. Unfortunately many fire fighters died trying to save other innocent people’s lives. All for the name of a religion! (Anyone wishing for world peace should talk to these people.)

One of my long time customers has written a book about how Muslims wanted to take over the United States and if he’s still alive today would have a lot to say about this issue.

I wonder:

How many fire fighters will come to the rescue if the Cordoba House is caught on fire?

What other activities will the proposed new mosque be used for behind closed doors?

  • Hmm, may be an observation deck to see the new buildings at ground zero.
  • Hmm, may be they’ll preach Sharia to other Americans.

Will the money we spend at gas pumps finds its way to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf via Saudi, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, etc. who is looking for $100 million to build this mosque?

Do you care to spare a few bucks, brother?

, a proposed 13-story Islamic cultural center

Stories of my two customers July 30, 2010

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During the past several weeks, I said goodbye to two of my long time customers: one died of heart attack and the other one went back to Lebanon.

I became acquaintanted with both gentlemen shortly after 9-11.

The first gentleman was in his late 50’s: a white, defense lawyer who came to NV from Florida. He regularly carried a hand gun with him when he came to my restaurant. He was a great talker often stayed in the dining room and talk to me for more than half an hour at a time. He was the one who first warned me about the pervasive presence of Muslims in the United States. He gave me a 700-page book he wrote on that subject and listed hundreds of references on how Muslims are trying to exert influences on government policies, local school board regulations and news media reporting. He also in his book gave a very detailed account of the conflicts between Arabs and Christians dating back hundreds of years in the past. He was divorced and lived by himself. He often came to our restaurant with a young Latino woman and her baby daughter who cleaned the house for him. He had high blood pressure, diabetic and takes many pills every day.

For many months no one at the restaurant had see him. I was told that he got ill and had difficulty walking. He would still send this young Latino woman with her now school-age daughter to buy food for him. Recently I found out he had passed away but I still remembered his voice and his cheerful personality. I also had him to thank for for making me aware of the struggles between Muslims and Christians in light of the 9-11 tragedy.

The second gentleman came to the United States from Lebanon. He was in his early 30’s when I first met him a month after 9-11 when he came to eat at my restaurant.  He asked me about the costs of opening a restaurant in the area and that’s how we got to know each other. At that time, he lived in Arlington with his Lebanese wife and three children: two boys and a girl and worked as a sales person at a company near the Dulles Airport. As we got to know each other, we talked about Muslims, Islam, 9-11, Iraq war and Israel-Palestinian conflict. I told him that I was concerned about Al Qaeda coming to the United States to wreak havoc in NY or Washington DC. He said that Al Qaeda would stay in the Middle East because American soldiers had occupied a piece of land which belongs to Muslims. He was the one who told me that conditions in Middle East would deteriorate and the situation would continue until Americans are driven out of Iraq. He was very negative about United States’ foreign policy and hated Bush for sending troops to Iraq. I could sense the century-old animosity between Muslims and Christians dating back from crusaders period a thousand years ago. It was enlightening to me to be able to get a different perspective on this age-old conflict and it reminded me of the fact that there would be no ending in sight of what to come in the coming years.

With the election of the first black president in the history of U.S., he told me that he was very pleased  to see that Obama had all the right messages to Muslims in the world and he particularly liked the appeasing tone of Obama’s plead for new relationship with Arabs. The happy time for him turned out to be short-lived.

With U.S. economy worsening and jobs starting to disappear, he was laid off from his Dulles job. He then worked as used car salesman but could make a half decent wage to make a living. He quit his car salesman job and commuted to Germantown because he found a job there. He them moved his family to Germantown but still made the 40 miles trip to my restaurant once a while because his children, now in their teens, liked our food. We continued our conversations on Islam, American foreign policy in the Middle East and the merit of Iraq war. Although he had soften his stance on the Iraq war but he still couldn’t get over with what he called the invasion.

About three weeks ago, he called me and said he wanted to meet me again. When I met his family at my restaurant, he said that this will be the last time he’ll see me because he is taking his family back to Lebanon for good. He was totally disgusted with Obama and lost confidence in the United States. He was laid off again and he put the blame squarely on Obama: the recession, the health care take-over, the Afghan war and the lousy economy. He was upset because Obama didn’t pay attention to the economy. He didn’t like the escalation of the Afghan war because he didn’t see the need for it. He didn’t like American’s policy on Israel because the peace is no where in sight. He also didn’t like the huge deficits and mounting national debt because he didn’t like that burden on his children.

With his and his children’s American dreams dead, he said that the United States is going downhill and he didn’t like his children to face the horrible burden. He had moved back to Lebanon because he saw light at the end of the tunnel in the Middle East: largely because of high oil prices for years to come. With that, living standards have improved compared to 20 some years ago when he first came to the United States. With higher oil prices, more jobs become available and he liked his chances back home. He also liked the chance for his children too.

Well, two customers: a white American and a Muslim, with two different stories.

I’ll miss them.

Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the U.S. November 11, 2009

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Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the U.S.

 

With a name like Nidal Malik Hasan, you know he is from Middle East.

The moment Hasan was identified as the killer at Fort Hood, you know Muslim terrorists are still working day and night trying to inflict harm to the United States.

The moment it was reported that Hasan screamed “Allahu akbar” as he mercilessly slaughtered numerous Army soldiers, you know the anti-Muslim sentiment is revived in the United States.

And even before the blood stains are mopped away from the floor, the news media and White House are doing all they can to deny that this is a terrorist attack on innocent U.S. citizens.

Do you know why?

Because BHO didn’t want anyone think that he failed to protect citizens of U.S. from terrorist attack less than a year in the office; his number one responsibility. BHO must be disappointed because he had hoped that, with a Muslim middle name, he’ll soften the anti-America sentiments among Muslims all over the world.

He must be disappointed because he was hoping that, with his apologies on behalf of every U.S. citizens to Muslim nations in the world, he had earned enough sympathies from his Muslim brothers to leave the United States alone.

He must be mad at himself that he, as a beta male, didn’t earn any brownie points with al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden who are still trying to make his life miserable.

He must be wondering what else he can do to please terrorists from Arabic Nations after he sided with his Muslim brothers by denouncing Israel on settlements in West Bank.

In the mean time, the anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States flared up again which worries me; the same worry I had from 9-11 eight years ago.

The bottom line is this:

  • BHO failed to protect the citizens of the U.S. from Muslim terrorist.
  • BHO will sweet talk the families of dead soldiers and deny that Hasan is a Muslim terrorist.
  • CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC will help BHO to deny that Hasan is a Muslim terrorist.
  • More terrorist attacks will come because the U.S., after seven years of domestic peace under Bush, has become complacent from BHO’s White House to FBI to CIA. Someone in BHO’s government dropped the ball.
  • The anti-Muslim sentiment will not die in the U.S. because Muslim terrorists are unrelenting in their quest to cause harm to the United States. Every time they succeed, the anti-Muslim sentiments will be revived.
  • The bias against Muslims in the U.S. has replaced the anti-black sentiment after 9-11. Anyone with a Muslim last name will be looked at with a strange expression. Kids from Muslim families will suffer the greatest discrimination.

 

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