Oh, give me a break! 5

JISHOU, HUNAN — The Muslim haters in the USA are now up in arms about Campbell’s marketing soups that are halal — halal is to Muslims what kosher is to Jews. They believe that the evul Mooslims have infiltrated Campbell’s (and Kellogg’s, it seems) to sell halal food in preparation for some imagined large scale Mooslim takeover of the US of A. Raving lunatic Pamela Geller (of anti-“megamosque” at “Ground Zero” fame) is encouraging a boycott of Campbell’s. Considering she has maybe 100 or so loyal followers — and that’s being generous — I doubt Campbell’s will much care. Apparently, in their conspiracy-plagued minds, Geller, Robert Spencer and other wackjobs, if you connect the dots, somehow offering halal foods to American shoppers somehow translates into aiding and abetting terrorists and an Islamic takeover of the US legal system. I buy halal hotdogs in my local supermarket here in Jishou, mostly to avoid eating yet more pork. (They are labeled “Muslim food,” so maybe they are not officially halal.) So, if we follow the “logic” of Geller, et alia, Jishou will soon be a satellite state of the Taliban, or something. How long has kosher food been sold in the USA? ...

Only Powell could support Muslims

JISHOU, HUNAN — In a fortuitous example of synchronicity, Colin Powell reminded the United States that, yes, Muslims are people, too, while Al Jazeera reminded the world’s Muslims that, yes, Muslims are actually happy in America. The silver lining in the cloud of bigotry against Barack Hussein Obama may very well be the recognition that Muslims in the USA are also Americans, that white Protestant “hockey moms” and “Joe Six-Packs” are not the only “real Americans.” We all are. Being a Muslim does not automatically make you an enemy of the state. The haters of Obama have tried to link him both to domestic terrorists and to Al Qaeda, largely by using the old “guilt by association” gambit. Colin Powell, a Republican with a long, unhappy history with the current administration, came out Oct. 19 on Meet the Press to endorse Obama as president. In the midst of his endorsement, he said this: I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a ...
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