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Muslim Teenagers
Sadiq Gill -
Culturist Tensions With My Muslim Friend

My oldest friend, Geeta, is a Muslim. I just saw her for the first time in six years. Geeta came to this country when she was 13 - the Ayatollah chased her family out. Her clothes, drinking habits and relationship patters - her basic values - are highly Americanized. Geeta is a rock n roll woman and someone I care deeply about. When we were kids, our differences did not bother us at all. But current political realities made this visit tense at the edges.Geeta just returned from a month-long travel; she guesses that eighty percent of Iranians resent the Iranian government and it imposition of Islamic law. The economy and infrastructure are so messed up that most Iranians need to have three jobs to make ends meet. Iran's development has fallen so low that they cannot refine their own oil and have to import gasoline! If you fought against Iraq you get a pension. If you didn't, you are impoverished. She said Iran's conservative election results reflect... (more)

The Common Ills
Iraq snapshot
Iraq snapshot Monday, June 29, 2015. Chaos and violence continue, a US Congressional delegation visits Iraq, Haider accepts a resignation, Sunni civilians remain targeted by their own government, and much more. Al Bawaba carries one of today's most important stories: At least 71 civilians have been killed and 90 injured since the beginning of Ramadan due to the repeated shelling of Fallujah city in Iraq’s western Anbar province, a local medical source said Monday. On June 23, Anbar’s provincial council called on the Iraqi army to refrain from shelling civilian areas of Fallujah, which is currently held by the Daesh militant group. Ahmed al-Shami, chief doctor at the Fallujah Educational Hospital, told Anadolu Agency that the hospital’s emergency room had received 71 dead and 90 injured, “mostly women and children,” since the beginning of Ramadan on June 18. The War Crimes, the never ending War Crimes. Oh, whatcha gonna do when time runs out on you Run down,... (more)

(The Next Stop)
Superpowers
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Some times I think I might secretly have superpowers and just not know it and then I think about what kind of superpowers I might want to have and I know I definitely want to be able to flip the pages of books using the power of my brain waves because then I don't have to look like an idiot on the train trying to maintain my balance while turning to the next chapter and dropping my concession card in the process and then elbowing a toddler in the face while trying to pick it up but maybe it would be easier if I just invested in a Kindle instead so maybe I'd want the super ability to purchase things that are not available in local stores but then I'd probably end up buying a munchkin cat because munchkin cats are much more desirable than Kindles but then I might get bored of the cat so I think that maybe I'd want to be able to talk to cats because that'd make owning the munchkin cat slightly more entertaining and also that seems like a very cultured sort of superpower a la Haruki... (more)

Beverly A. Hines
Great Dresses for Bridesmaids
in Summer Wedding

The bridesmaid dress styles are feminine and elegant. These are some of the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses for this summer wedding. Strapless dresses are still very fashionable for bridesmaids in the summer. In addition to the strapless standby, brides can also choose from other necklines like one shoulder or v-neck neckline. Knee length or tea length is the most popular for all but the most formal weddings. Dresses in chiffon, tulle, bobinette, and organza are pretty for summer. Dresses in less formal fabrics like a polished cotton are a lovely alternative to more traditional materials. Bridesmaids will love the ease of wearing a natural cotton dress on a hot summer afternoon, and the styles are dressy enough for a wedding. There is a wide range of colors which are stylish for summer bridesmaid dresses. If brights appeal to you, nothing is more trendy than coral bridesmaid dresses. This color looks fresh and festive in micro pleated chiffon dresses with spaghetti straps.... (more)

Dooo
Almost Five Years Come and Gone
So much has changed; so much has stayed the same.I have a great job now, with awesome coworkers and a really good boss. I'm no longer working three jobs to support my family.I've been going to Florida for my birthday every summer since 2008. People fly in and drive in from around the country. Sometimes it's a couple of us, sometimes it's more. All in all, life is pretty good.I still drive my old car. Who knows for how much longer.I'm still in the same apartment. My oldest moved out and my mom moved in. She's retired. She has dinner waiting on the table for me every night!The idiot owes me over $90,000 in child support. I get a little money now and then from him, when the state catches up to him. He's still in living on the east coast. The bench warrant here in California is still active.Oh yeah. He is trying to move our child support case to his state and have the amount reduced because he says that I "willfully misled and defrauded the court". Um, yeah. Right. ... (more)




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