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Australia

Aussies Sweep Bush Ally From Power

Australia just started letting in "others" after world war 2. They are the most prejudice people I ever met making fun of things like the Greeks and other ethnics taste, etc. Not a Christian, you may be in trouble. They don't recognize the hatred of the Muslims toward them as the Muslims stay together and take over city by city...we have that here. Look at Dearborn, Michigan.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #786)

Australia

Why should Australians fear from Muslims?

They take over countries. They brag that they will take over the world by their numbers. They believe their religion is better than yours, mine or those that don't believe. Their religious beliefs are laws...be a Muslim or don't be here. They welcome few into their countries...look at Saudi Arabia and how many churches and synogogues they have.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #75)

US News

Pro-Lifer Attacked with Club, Threatened with Arrest Duri...

It is most often the pro-lifers who picket, scare and try to stop those who believe in choice. And, the story doesn't tell who hit who. And yes, if your presence posed a traffic problem, then you were harrassing others.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #130)

Chicago Tribune

Don't want to decorate? You better watch out

Judaism doesn't expect lights beyond that of the candles and that is suppose to be, if you choose, to let it shine in the window of your house.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #56)

Chicago Tribune

Don't want to decorate? You better watch out

I think Jesus would be horrified with what some do with this holiday or the hatred that some Christians show toward all mankind. Yes, Christians are not alone in their hatred but I am addressing you. And there is no reason to say Merry Christmas to a non-Christian, it cheapens it and can sound like you think you are the only religion on earth. Jesus would not like to see himself on a cross...you and some of yours thought of that. I believe Jesus would have preferred to live out his life teaching love.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #55)

Chicago Tribune

Paul Keeps White Supremacist Donation

Fred Thompson claims he is the same man he was way back when. Well, that is not something I'd brag about. I think we learn as we go and experience life from different perspectives as we go into a broader world than our high school or college.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #186)

Chicago Tribune

Paul Keeps White Supremacist Donation

H How about white and Jewish? And many blacks don't support Black Muslims or the Jackson/Sharpton group. White supremists are a hate group and so are those that support them. We, as a country, fought the Nazi's and we would fight again for freedom for people not to be persecuted by or for religion or color.  (Dec 25, 2007 | post #185)

Chicago Tribune

Olmert says no talks planned with Hamas

You stupid selfish idiots....when have you ever had a positive thing to say about Israel or Jews. You cry for Palestinian Muslims, you cried for the Berlin Wall, you scream over injustice toward Muslims but ignore what they have done. What about the years Jordan didn't allow Jews to pray at their holy site..the Western Wall, in direct violation of the Israel ok for allowing Jerusalem to be international. How about all the synogogues they burned in East Jerusalem, or the tombstones sold to be used in construction. And, yes, Jews are always buried in consecrated areas, with soil from Israel in their coffins. No, I am not Jewish but a Christian born in Jerusalem and like many others of us who lived their for centuries, we are being driven out by the Muslim terrorists that wanted to take over our business and Church. Now the Christian population has dwindled because of the Muslims who terrorized us with threats and demands and have ruined a glorius city. Now they want your money and you will take it...when for years they used the Church of the nativity as a place to urninate. Yes, blame the Jews again, you fools.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #5)

Denmark

Palestinian History, A Chronology

It wasn't called Palestine. Palestine was a territory at times, never a country. Jews have been living in Jerusalem from time and memorial....and the last time they agreed to share the city Jordan prevented them from praying at their holiest site. How anyone can live in a country like Saudi Arabia frightens me.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #85)

Chicago Tribune

End the double-standard

It's the womans choice. Some of you entirely miss the meaning of pro choice. You can be pro choice and never dream of abortion for yourself or family member. It is the concept of a woman being her own keeper of her own body. Are you one of those idiots that think woman are second class citizens and have no choice. Some religions teach that...even when the women is raped. Slipping her the pill is no different than raping her...it is her body. Get a life and understand pro-choice. Prolife means I own your right to govern yourself. Pro choice says follow your own beliefs, a right of me now that I am in the USA.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #1245)

Chicago Tribune

Is nothing sacred? A seasonal kvetch

Nah, you can go to have chicken soup and matzo balls at the local Greek Deli.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #67)

Chicago Tribune

Is nothing sacred? A seasonal kvetch

Can I ask you where you were protesting when Jordan wouldn't let the Jews pray at the wall after Israel agreed to make the area multicultural. Where was your protest in the Nazi era? Funny, you sure know how to tell Jews what to do...but you whine for the Muslims who would as soon behead you or stone you for being Christian.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #66)

Chicago Tribune

Is nothing sacred? A seasonal kvetch

Jews have many religious celebrations at home. This is not one. Do you fast on their holidays? Do you drive on their Sabbath. Come on idiot, you are just a Christian, not a God. I think you have lost it...or never had it.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #65)

Chicago Tribune

Decapitated animals found in Oak Park

If it is a religious ritual or a killing like Halel or Kosher then it should be done in proper facilities. If it is religious let it be done in their equivalent of a Church but not in a public park or facility. Some people are just stupid about religious rites and think because they do it, everyone should share the adventure.  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #47)

Chicago Tribune

Bethlehem Celebrates Christmas

For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city. Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: "Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land; return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and dwell in it as Thou promised." On every Yom Kippur and Pessah we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem. Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-Semitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the Holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it) - all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you think that you can break us now, after all we have been through? Do you really believe that after Auschwitz we are frightened of your threats and blockades and sanctions? We have been to hell and back - a hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us? I HAVE watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, this after we had agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination that did the job: British officers, Arab gunners and American-made cannons. And then the savage sacking of the Old City; the willful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school; the desecration of Jewish cemeteries; the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps - even latrines. And you never said a word. You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our holy places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war - a war they waged, incidentally, against a decision of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionares in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls. Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift "to save the gallant Berliners." But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem. You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital - but not one peep out of you about the other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem. And when the same thing happened 19 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything? The only time you came to life was when the city was at last reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice " and the need for the "Christian " quality of turning the other cheek. The truth is - and you know it deep inside your gut - some would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the old-age prejudices seep out of every word. If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better re-examine your catechisms. For the first time since the year 70 there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem. For the first time since the Romans put the torch to the Temple everyone has equal rights. (You preferred to have some more equal than others). We loathe the sword - but it was you who forced us to take it up. We crave peace - but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to. We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving. We have redeemed the pledge made by our forefathers; Jerusalem is being rebuilt. "Next year" - and the year after, and after, and after until the end of time - in Jerusalem!  (Dec 24, 2007 | post #2)

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Hometown:

skokie, IL

Neighborhood:

sculpture garden on canal

Local Favorites:

Pita Inn, Breadsmith's, Bonefish, Akai Hana, Edens Plaza, Old Orchard (it will always be Old Orchard)

I Believe In:

personal freedoms and choices, as our Founding Father's wanted, separation of Church and State, reading and laughing.