June 23, 2005

Stop Presses: Al Gore Picked Up My Keys!

I'm sorry--and I'm sure Harvard student Fatina Abdrabboh is a great gal and all--but why oh why is this piffle crowding valuable op-ed space in the NYT today? Is it to make us pine and wish for how cheery it would all have been if Al had prevailed in 2000? What risible fare! Brad, the FT would never publish such drivel, would they?

P.S. And just think--we'll have to pay for the privilege to read such offerings soon!

P.P.S. Heh. A fellow SFS'er gets into the mood...

Posted by Gregory at June 23, 2005 01:11 AM | TrackBack (9)
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Hell, I still want my money back and I read it for free.

Reads like something you'd read in a high school newpaper.

SMG

Posted by: SteveMG at June 24, 2005 02:15 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Well aint that quaint. Would this be the same Al Gore who wanted to take away all of our keys away, by advocating gas at $5.00 a gallon so the Internal combustion engine would go away.

Posted by: Paul at June 24, 2005 02:18 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

But, he gave her her keys back. And, she's muslin. And now, she feels acceptance and acknowledgement.

Don't you see!!! This proves that he would have been a great president!!!! Thank God the NY Times is around to provide us with these terriffic anecdotes !!!!!!!!!!

I will gladly pay my entire life's savings to read news like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jay at June 24, 2005 02:27 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Drat. I think I broke the exclamation key on my keyboard.

1111111111111111

Darn.

Posted by: Jay at June 24, 2005 02:29 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I don't believe it.

...

There is absolutely no way Al Gore was on a treadmill.

Posted by: Nathan Lanier at June 24, 2005 02:29 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

The most unbelievable part of the op-ed was that Gore was working out. I mean, c'mon, the guy has put on a good 30-40 lbs since 2000.

Posted by: Ross at June 24, 2005 02:33 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I for one am glad Gore lost the 2000 race. Had he won, he wouldn't be around to pick up her keys, and the little twit would totally be pissed off at America!

Thanks to Gore, she is only partially depressed:-)

Posted by: anon at June 24, 2005 02:55 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Keep in mind, she isn't just any Harvard student. She's a *Kennedy School of Government* student--and therefore very likely to be only very slightly less of a moronic simpleton than a Harvard Education School student.
The K-School, after all, is where Harvard undergrads go to pick up a few brain-dead easy A's. Ms. Abdrabboh's ramblings just about max out the complicated thought-processes you could fairly expect from a grad school populated for the most part by hundreds of striving student-body presidents.

Who, me? Bitter?

Posted by: Mark at June 24, 2005 03:00 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Good thing it wasn't Bill Clinton. He would have kept her keys, waited til desperation consumed her search, then told her to "kiss it" to get 'em back.

Posted by: Eracus at June 24, 2005 03:06 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Good thing it wasn't Bill Clinton. He would have kept her keys, waited til desperation consumed her search, then told her to "kiss it" to get 'em back.

Posted by: Eracus at June 24, 2005 03:07 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Thats nothing.

Once, just last month, I was really hungry. We was travelling through New Hampshire or someplace around there. So I had my driver stop at the nearest McDonalds. I jogged on in the place and order two SuperSized Big Macs, with the fries and jumbo pop, of course.

I was juggling all of this food, when, as I exited the building, the door bumped my left arm, and a bag of fries fell to the ground. I was trying to pick up the fallen fries, without spilling any more food, and before I could get the fries, some old geezer, must of been almost 80 years old, picks up the fries with his left hand and sets it on top of the big pile of food I was balancing between my arms.

Then he waved at me with his little right hand (still holding a pencil, for some reason), and walked on into MickyDees. I swear it was Bob Dole. And I got all goose bumpy and felt all warm inside. And all the partisanship in Washington seemed to melt away. And the Sun done and come out from behind a cloud, and life was all warm and cuddly. I coulda swore I was transposed back to 1992 and crowds were chearing for me and Hillary....it was magical.

Bill Clinton

Posted by: Bubba at June 24, 2005 03:09 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute in........

Posted by: Bildo at June 24, 2005 04:09 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute........

Posted by: Bildo at June 24, 2005 04:11 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

In an alternate universe, where Al Gore skipped that days work out, this is what actually happened (though it would not have gotten an entry in the NYT)

I fell to the ground and my keys spilled out, but I did not care, I just wanted to keep on running. Then someone tapped me on the shoulder, I turned to see some pasty-faced WASP holding out my keys and oggling me. "here miss, you dropped your keys" he said, in an obvious attempt at a come-on. I was so disgusted at this white oppressor trying to get third-world nookie, that I ripped the keys from his hand and said "your people might have gotten into Jerusalem and enslaved the peaceful muslim people, but there is no way you are getting into this Muslim land!" pointing at my crotch. I stormed out as the rest of the white oppressors looked on in shock of a proud muslim woman who had the gall to stand up to those white, christian oppressors. Allah curse them and their dog's balls!
Posted by: scottm at June 24, 2005 04:38 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If Al Gore had won not only the popular, but also the electoral, vote in 2000, we could have caught Osama bin Ladin by now, because we wouldn't have diverted 90% of our military intelligence resources to Bush's reckless fiasco in Iraq.

-Gore wouldn't have slashed taxes for rich elites while massively expanding pork-barrel spending, causing the largest federal budget deficits in history.

-Gore wouldn't have cut eligibility for Pell grants, throwing young people out of college.

-Gore wouldn't have accepted the anti-consumer bankruptcy "reform" law that is destined to hurt hundreds of thousands of people (including National Guard and Reserves troops suffering financially during repeated military deployments).

-Gore wouldn't put the interests of rich elites ahead of the needs of working families.

-Gore would protect, not raid, Social Security.

America is in trouble, and the buck stops at the desk of a reckless, ignorant, grandiose hack who never admits a mistake and therefore cannot learn.

Anyone who wouldn't take Gore over Bush by now is either in denial to the point of delusion, or is a rich elite who's making out like gangbusters on those tax cuts.

Posted by: Marc Lawrence at June 24, 2005 05:00 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If Al Gore had won not only the popular, but also the electoral, vote in 2000, we could have caught Osama bin Ladin by now, because we wouldn't have diverted 90% of our military intelligence resources to Bush's reckless fiasco in Iraq.

-Gore wouldn't have slashed taxes for rich elites while massively expanding pork-barrel spending, causing the largest federal budget deficits in history.

-Gore wouldn't have cut eligibility for Pell grants, throwing young people out of college.

-Gore wouldn't have accepted the anti-consumer bankruptcy "reform" law that is destined to hurt hundreds of thousands of people (including National Guard and Reserves troops suffering financially during repeated military deployments).

-Gore wouldn't put the interests of rich elites ahead of the needs of working families.

-Gore would protect, not raid, Social Security.

America is in trouble, and the buck stops at the desk of a reckless, ignorant, grandiose hack who never admits a mistake and therefore cannot learn.

Anyone who wouldn't take Gore over Bush by now is either in denial to the point of delusion, or is a rich elite who's making out like gangbusters on those tax cuts.

Posted by: Marc Lawrence at June 24, 2005 05:02 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Marc Lawrence:

Your little screed isn't worth taking apart point by point. I think it'll suffice to just show how one piece of it is a complete and utter lie, as a descriptive example of how utterly bogus your entire rant was:

"Gore wouldn't have cut eligibility for Pell grants, throwing young people out of college"

http://www.factcheck.org/article281.html

"Wrong on Pell Grants

Kerry claimed the Bush administration had cut Pell Grants for low-income students to attend college. Bush said Pell Grants have been increased by a million students. Bush was correct.

Department of Education figures show the number of Pell Grants awarded the year before Bush took office was 3.9 million. The number grew to 5.1 million for the most recent academic year -- an increase of 1.3 million, actually.

Spending for Pell Grants grew from just under $8 billion in the academic year that was underway when Bush took office to nearly $12.7 billion three years later, a jump of nearly 60%. That's some "cut.""

Yup - typical liberal BS.

Qwinn


Posted by: Qwinn at June 24, 2005 06:13 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Pure fantasy. The giveaway is the early line, "because I work out with my scarf on, people stare - just as they do on the streets of Cambridge."

Get real, kid. A piper in full highland regalia doing his act on Mass Ave doesn't get so much as a second glance in Cambridge. And we're supposed to believe that a dime-a-dozen America-hating towelhead gets stares? Pul-leeze.

Posted by: big dirigible at June 24, 2005 06:50 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Many students to lose US school aid
Some in N.E. to get hit hardest by Pell Grant rules
By Alan Wirzbicki, Globe Correspondent | June 12, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Some low- and middle-income students heading to college this fall will be in for a rude surprise when they get the bill, thanks to a recent rule change that is set to reduce the amount of federal financial aid money available for many New England families.

The Bush administration is making it more difficult for some families to qualify for money from the Pell Grant program, which provides up to $4,050 annually for millions of students nationwide, beginning with the school year that starts this fall.

Nationally, about 1.3 million students will have their grants cut by a total of about $300 million, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. About 90,000 students -- 2 percent of all recipients -- stand to lose their federal grants altogether when the rules take effect.

But analysts say that because of quirks in the formula that determines aid, students and parents from some states like Massachusetts will feel the cuts much more acutely than in others. More than 50 percent of federal aid recipients in many states will be affected, according to the GAO, while those from two states -- Connecticut and New Jersey -- will suffer no impact.

The reason for the discrepancy between states, specialists say, is because the state tax burdens have changed since 1988, the last time the Pell Grant formulas were updated.

In Massachusetts, for example, taxes are not as high as they were 18 years ago, so Massachusetts parents now seem to be richer and have less need for federal aid than they did then. In Connecticut, in contrast, state taxes have gone up since 1988.

The Pell Grant reduction comes even as college costs continue to go up, rising an average of 6 percent last year for private four-year colleges and universities and more than 10 percent at public four-year universities, according to the College Board.

The GAO analysis indicates that 49 percent of Pell Grant recipients from Massachusetts will see their grants decline by an average of $178 when the new rules come into force.

The hardest-hit state in the region will be New Hampshire, where the GAO estimates that 52 percent of recipients will lose an average of $182 from their federal grants.

''Though the Bush administration's change to the federal student aid formula was subtle, its effect is not," said Rush Holt, a Democratic congressman from New Jersey opposed to the change, in a statement.

The Department of Education says it is required by law to make the revisions to the formula, but when the change was first proposed in 2003, Congress blocked the move. Last winter, however, congressional Republicans quietly dropped their opposition to changing the formulas and allowed the new rules to go on the books in December 2004.

After families apply for federal financial aid, the amount they pay in taxes is deducted from their income to determine the contribution they are expected to make toward their child's college tuition. The government estimates the state taxes, based on an applicant's income and where they live. For the last 10 years, those estimates have been based on 1988 state tax levels, even while state tax rates have changed many times since then.

Overall, the federal government hands out about $13 billion in Pell Grants and $98 billion in total educational aid. Several other forms of financial aid that depend on the same application, such as Stafford Loans, could also be affected by the changed calculation of how much parents should be expected to pay.

In response to the cuts, some Democrats in Congress plan to introduce legislation early this week that would soften the blow of the formula change by giving students affected a rebate next year equal to the amount they would have received from the federal government under the old formula.

Tom Kiley, a spokesman for Representative George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and sponsor of the legislation, said the bill was intended to ''minimize disruption" for students who had planned around the old Pell Grant levels.

Representative John F. Tierney, a Salem Democrat who supports the legislation, said it was unfair to suddenly change a formula that had been the same for a decade and to base Pell Grant deductions solely on tax rates, since the cost of living in Massachusetts has increased since 1988.

The Department of Education is required by law to change the formula for awarding Pell Grants every year to reflect shifting state tax burdens, but the GAO found that the department had not done so since 1993, when 1988 tax data was the most recent available.

The GAO investigation found that the Education Department didn't change the formulas because buying the data it needed to calculate the new rates would have cost too much, and that the department was unaware that the information was available for free on the Internet after 2000.

A Department of Education spokeswoman did not return calls for comment. Officials have emphasized that they are now required to update the tax tables, even though the department has not done so in the past.

Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/06/12/many_students_to_lose_us_school_aid/?page=full

Posted by: Marc Lawrence at June 24, 2005 07:40 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I have a suggestion for this young lady and her fellow muslims:

If you do not want to feel increasingly isolated from the rest of the country, try getting more than a handful of your fellow muslims to show up at an anti-terrorist rally.

That would ease my increasing concerns considerably.

Posted by: JMB at June 24, 2005 10:46 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

To Marc Lawrence,
there is something wrong with the claim of the article you quote us.
It says that DOE will at some stage compute net family income for PEll grant applicants by subtracting latest available estimates of taxes from gross income, rather than using a 17 year old (1988) figure for state taxes..
According to the article, this will increase net income for some and reduce it for others, compared to the old figure calculation.
I have to admit that I find it hard to justify using an old estimate when new ones are available, but let that pass.
I suppose that this change alone will lower Pell grants for some and raise them for others (who have experienced tax increases since 1988).
Unless the total amount to be used for Pell grants is altered, it seems to me there should be as much gain as loss to recipients from this change, unless tax rates ave been drifting downwards, something a bit unbelievable. to me.
The article mentions only those who stand to lose. Are there others, who have experienced reductions in net income from tax increases who will gain?
If not, why not?
Are the reductions in grants cited in this article occurring because recipients net incomes are rising?
Is there some other cause for there to be only losses and no gains from applying realistic tax estimates?
If so what is it?
Should that not be the crux of the issue, rather than adjustments for tax rate changes?
Is it really unfair republican evil, the fault of the Bush presidency, for DOE to compute net income realistically for Pell grants?
Is it a matter of democratic principle that those who have experienced lowered taxes should always have their net income computed as if their taxes remained at their 1988 levels? Why not 1987 ir 1989?
Is it true that, as your initial comments seemed to claim, that Pell grants in total are trending downward under the Bush administration? The figures presented by Q suggest the very opposite.
And the article you quote, to my poor mind, has nothing at all in it to contradict that suggestion.


Posted by: Daniel at June 24, 2005 11:40 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

It is ironic in a way: In a real Muslim society, women are supposed to wear the Hijab to escape the unwanted attentions of men. In America, juvenile women wear the Hijab because they crave attention.

Posted by: pdq332 at June 24, 2005 12:56 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

What Big D said - if you want to stand out in the crowd at Harvard Square or Central Square wear a US flag shirt. Sorry, a head scarf wouldn't get a second glance.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at June 24, 2005 01:01 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I'm also trying to figure exactly what George W. Bush did to prompt any change in the Pell program. It looks to me like the rules were already in place years before he took office.

I wonder if those who recite completely erroneous knocks on Bush are aware that just one whopper like that has the effect of numbing us to the balance of their screeds.

If you people want to be heard, really heard, you need to be accurate in your claims, not just reciting prattle you inhaled at some moveon.org meetup. After 5 years of hearing how the world is coming to an end because of the Evil Chimpy, most of us have kind of stopped listening.

Be accurate. Offer solutions. Say No to leftist cant.

It may not be too late.

Posted by: spongeworthy at June 24, 2005 02:01 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Think she'd be 'working out' -- and working out with men, no less -- in those fairylands of tolerance which comprise the Muslim World?

Posted by: Cosmo at June 24, 2005 02:05 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Marc Lawrence (if that is his real name) is a big pussy.

Posted by: Oldtimer at June 24, 2005 02:07 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If it had been Dubya picking up her keys she would have claimed he tried them...

The quality of the letter is right up there with Penthouse Forum... I didn't think this sort of thing happened to people like me!

If Gore had been elected in 2000 the towers would still have fallen but we would be in "serious" negotiations with the Taliban government of Afghanistan

Remember
If you are attacked, fight back
Even if chance of victory is fleeting
Because then you have a fight
Cause otherwise it is a beating

Posted by: GW Crawford at June 24, 2005 02:14 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

D'OH!

My first line was edited twice to get the point across and I still managed to be distracted by work, it should have read: If it had been Dubya picking up her keys she would have claimed he tried TO STEAL them...

Posted by: GW Crawford at June 24, 2005 02:16 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Feels self-conscious, does she? She should try wearing a yarmulke in Riyadh, Damascus, Teheran, Cairo . . . . .

She certainly wouldn't get an editorial an any of these nations' newspapers to complain. Come to think of it, because she's a woman, she wouldn't be writing editorials about anything.

This is pure-D victimology, whining paranoia. And, of course, the Times always buys every word of it.

Posted by: Cosmo at June 24, 2005 02:20 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

i see someone in comments above wrote that the drivel in this presumed "oped" was worthy of a high school paper. funny, when i quickly wrote up this post, one of my first thoughts was I didn't think it would even make the cut in my high school paper...and here it is in the New York Times!

Posted by: greg at June 24, 2005 02:24 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

The comments here prove the editorial's point. The mass paranoaia of Americans after 9/11 has led you to bolting your doors, clutching at your breast in fear of some faceless swarthy other. You have made Muslims the new Jews.

Four years after Pearl Harbor, America was on the verge of defeating tyranny in Europe. Four years after 9/11, America is cowering in fear. How incredibly sad.

Posted by: Big Gay Al at June 24, 2005 03:23 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Whats a good hijab wearing muslim girl doing working out in a co-ed gym in front of men anyway??? How does she keep her burqua from getting caught in the treadmill? Doesn't she know that the sight of a girl working out causes her brothers to sin with lustful thoughts and want to rape her?

Oh but wait. Its the magical hijab covering her voodoo hair that is supposed to be her husbands property anyway, (no lookee at his hair treasure for any other man ever) that makes all the difference. She's cool, she's hip, she's modern, she's as American as you and me. Apparently you can wear a head scarf (and overheat yourself at the gym) and still have it all. Gush!

And that Al Gore, what a man! He gave her back her keys and apparently wasn't even turned on by the sight of her legs pumping on that treadmill. Know I know he's the coolest and hippest almost president ever!

Posted by: sweaty smelly headscarf at June 24, 2005 03:54 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Elections in Afghanistan
Elections in Iraq
Elections in Lebanon

Talk of democracy in Egypt, Syria and Suadi Arabia.

Sure sounds like cowering in fear to me.
I also fail to see how the comments support your statement that we are in fear of any muslim, care to point them out?

Posted by: monkeyboy at June 24, 2005 04:00 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Big Gay Al:
Has read a different set of comments than I have.
"Mass paranoia" indead. Al, read what the hate filled Islamofacists are saying and remember these words of wisdom. If they really are out to get you then you are not being paranoid. The War on Terrorists has taken longer than WWII because because it is a fundamentally different type of conflict. Just getting Osama Bin Laden wont end it. We have to undo generations of hard work by the KGB to turn the Middle East against democracy. We have 1400 years of anti-Christian, anti-Jew, Anti-Buddist and Anti-everything else tradition in the Muslim world. As one of the comments mentioned, anti-terrorism rallies attract very few Muslims. The only way we can loose is if the left suceeds in dividing us, something Ted Kennedy and the socialist wing of the Democrat party have worked very hard to do. Americans are better than that, and the rest of us are not "cowering in fear" as you would have us believe.

Posted by: Tyree at June 24, 2005 04:01 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I thought it sounded more like a brush with fame on
david letterman, it needs writer's embellishment though:

"As he handed me my keys, I looked into his beautiful face I thought of all the things he had invented or written; the internet, the movie 'love story', 'the lord of the rings'. Now, together, we could write a new chapter called "hot gym lovin' "

Posted by: Joe at June 24, 2005 04:11 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Elections in Afghanistan
Elections in Iraq

Elections, my friend, do not a democracy make. Pakistan has had plenty of elections in her history; would you point to that country as the model Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to emulate?

Elections in Lebanon

I'm unclear on this...did Bush order the assasination of Hariri? Because, that is the only way the U.S. can take credit fro the Cedar Revolution.

I also fail to see how the comments support your statement that we are in fear of any muslim, care to point them out?

Exhibits 1 - 4:

And we're supposed to believe that a dime-a-dozen America-hating towelhead gets stares? Pul-leeze.

If you do not want to feel increasingly isolated from the rest of the country, try getting more than a handful of your fellow muslims to show up at an anti-terrorist rally.

Think she'd be 'working out' -- and working out with men, no less -- in those fairylands of tolerance which comprise the Muslim World?

Whats a good hijab wearing muslim girl doing working out in a co-ed gym in front of men anyway??? How does she keep her burqua from getting caught in the treadmill? Doesn't she know that the sight of a girl working out causes her brothers to sin with lustful thoughts and want to rape her?

How, you may ask, does bigotry relate to fear:

"The racial bigot identifies another race as being less than he or even as worthless sub-human flesh. So it is clear that the bigot is not "one of them." Racial and ethnic bigots find support and common cause with one another. They feed each other's need to feel superior to another racial or ethnic group. This is of course fear-based behavior that flows from their own sense of powerlessness over their own lives."

- Peyton Quinn, Freedom From Fear, p. 54, pub. 2004, RMCAT

Posted by: Big Gay Al at June 24, 2005 04:24 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

My question is: What was she doing with keys? Is she allowed to drive?

Posted by: Don at June 24, 2005 04:41 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"Al Gore Picked Up My Keys?"

That ain't a patch on "Mr. T Ate My Balls."

We have truly sunk as a nation. Gandhi was right: civilization is a good idea and we should try it sometime.

Posted by: Bill Peschel at June 24, 2005 05:14 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Elections, my friend, do not a democracy make.
Well, we weren't talking about what makes a democracy, we were discussing whether we were hiding in our homes, agressive action disproves that.

I'm unclear on this...did Bush order the assasination of Hariri? Because, that is the only way the U.S. can take credit fro the Cedar Revolution.

The cedar revolutionaries pointed to the action we took in Iraq as inspiration. There words not mine.

Exhibits 1 - 4:
1. I will concede "towelhead" but the underlying point, that she is probably not being gawked at in multi-culti liberal Cambridge.
2. Fail to see the hate in a true statement, not many Muslims have been showing at at these rally. (At least in the US, Iraq...different story.)
3 and 4. So co-ed gyms exist in Riyahd? Showing that she claims anti-muslim bias while working out in front of men says she's a hypocrite, not that she's hated.

Posted by: monkeyboy at June 24, 2005 06:27 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Big Gal Al:

I'd say the essay -- not the comments about it above -- is a truer demonstration of paranoia about the 'other.' More specifically, the completely unsupported assumption that she's being 'looked at differently.' In fact, the whole essay fits Peyton Quinn's definition precisely.

And I'd say it is the assumption that bigotry is can't possibly be practiced by members of politically-fashionable victim groups which allows you to make the claim that criticism of this woman's fatuousness is somehow tatamount to hatred, fear or bigotry.

Most people making that claims that everyone is looking at them are politely referred to physicians.

File this under the mythical 'anti-Muslim backlash'.

Posted by: Cosmo at June 25, 2005 12:54 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If it had been Ted Kennedy, she should have taken his keys!

Posted by: GaijinBiker at June 25, 2005 01:21 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

A quick Google of the name "Fatina Abdrabboh" shows us who she really is: a professional whiner who hates Bush & Jews. She's quoted in the Detroit News at least twice on being mistreated by "Jewish professors" and "being watched". She also appeared on a recent NBC News segment about what else? The mistreatment of Muslims in America.

Your fifteen minutes of fame are up, Ms. Abdrabboh. And make up your mind about the headscarf. Either way, no one is going to care whether or not you wear it.

Posted by: James C at June 25, 2005 01:23 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Indeed, Al, are not the shrieking calls for the destruction of monkeys, pigs and infidels emanating from mosques the world over nothing more than a 'defining of the other' by Islam's 'holy men'?

(Gee, this PoCo, PoMo, Multi-Culti stuff is easy. . . . but it's all nothing but sophistry.)

And I'll again note the irony: the culture represented by the hijab would forbid her and punish her for any eye contact or handshake with Al Gore, would confiscate her gym membership and car keys, and silence her, to boot.

If I were another woman in that gym, I might be staring at her -- in disbelief.

Posted by: Cosmo at June 25, 2005 01:26 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

To Oldtimer (If that is your real name)

What are you calling people names for? It takes a big man to hide behind the anonimity of the internet and a psuedonym while hurling insults.

If anyone around here is a "big pussy" Oldtimer, I'd say it's you.

By the way I'm using my real name, as did my brother. Why don't you do the same?

Posted by: David Lawrence at July 2, 2005 07:39 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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