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What is it about nine years?

Tomorrow the country will be observing the nine year anniversary of the September 11th attacks and in the nine years since the attacks occurred, I can’t remember a greater level of intolerance and fear directed towards Muslims.

Why? Is it just the Cordoba House? Is it the economy? Have we just grown so tired of the wars “against Muslims”? It seems as though every time Muslims try to open a Mosque or some sort of Islamic center, there is strong local opposition (see: Midland Beach, Staten Island). Do you this happening as often in the past? Or is it all the media?

What is it about the ninth anniversary?


Shaolin’s Finest: Salvatore Ballarino, Member of Staten Island’s Community Education Council

Care of the Advance:

Several people have asked him to stop.

But as of today, Salvatore Ballarino was still forwarding e-mails of jokes that make him chuckle — and that, at times, make others feel very uncomfortable.

“I just sent six or seven out today,” he said. “If I get an e-mail and I think it’s funny, I’m going to send it out.”

Many people are questioning Ballarino’s judgment after the member of the all-volunteer Community Education Council District 31 forwarded an e-mail that has put Staten Island’s African American community into a fury.

What are the jokes you ask? Well, see one of the cartoons after the jump.

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A-Rod, A-Fraud?

I’m not here to pile on A-Rod about how terrible he is. I should say that I am somewhat disappointed by his admission. His success and, hopefully, subsequent erasure of Bonds’ mark from the books, would allow us to get past the steroid era. He was the clean batting machine. That said, what do you Yankee fans think? There has been some harsh rhetoric about A-Rod behavior-I’ve even seen in at least two places a call for the Yankees to part ways with him and eat the contrac “to make a statement.” I think that is a stupid move, but can see the other side of the argument. Anyway, any thoughts?


The election night embarrassment/saga continues…

Alie Kamara, the Staten Island teen-ager beaten up in a racially motivated Election Night attack in Stapleton, has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car.

The 17-year-old, who was beaten with a baseball bat on his way home after President Obama was elected Nov. 4, was busted near his home after reportedly pilfering a Nissan Altima, according to a law enforcement source. Kamara was spotted by police as the driver.

Police noticed the stolen car Monday night after it ran a red light at the intersection of Van Duzer and Beach Streets in Stapleton but when they tried pulling it over, it collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe and caused it to flip over.

Emergency workers tend to an accident scene Monday night where the stolen Altima caused another car to flip over.

Both vehicles then slammed into a Subaru Legacy traveling west on Beach. The car’s occupants, which allegedly included Kamara, took off.

What I think is so depressing about this whole incident- election night beating included- is that to the outside world, Staten Island is the place where the racist white kids found a black president to be so enraging that they went on an assault spree. Now, because of the victim’s misfeasance, Staten Island’s racists now have a convenient- if somewhat meaningless- justification for their tacit support for the assault artists. Nobody wins. What could have been a small lesson to Staten Island that perhaps we really are somewhat behind in the realm of tolerance and maturity has turned into a total wash. Our victim is, at least allegedly, a grand larcenist. No reason to worry about those people anymore. Or so the story goes.

A Perfect Month

I was bored in class today and noticed on my ICal that this month is what only could be described as a Perfect February (or perhaps, a perfect month- which by definition can only be February). My guess is that this type of month happens once every seven years (though every fourth cycle of the seven years doesn’t have one…or something like that). Anyway, it’s the only month that fits squarely in four lines of the calendar. Each Saturday is a multiple of seven and it leads, necessarily, into a March whose Saturdays do the same.Cool stuff. Kinda.


Terrorist Fisting, er, Fist Jabbing?

Hat Tip to Kate on this one:

End Zone Spirituality?

Perhaps because they are embracing the spirit of granting special privileges to individuals who do certain, otherwise prohibited things for religious reasons (see: Free-exercise clause), or perhaps because they are  just trying to avoid a backlash from the Christian Right (more likely), the NFL has declared that end zone dances during the Super Bowl that involve going down on one’s knees are prohibited. Unless, of course, you’re “praising the Lord”:

The whole issue is, you can’t go to the ground on your knees or with your hand or anything. There’s only one time that you’re going to be allowed to go on your knee after you score like this, and that’s when you want to praise the Lord. If you do that, then I’m going to allow that, because I do not want to be struck by lightning, I promise you that. We will allow that.

Stephen Dubner over at Freakonomics points out that this may be ripe for an attack from the American Humanist Association. Would they be right to combat it? Even if they would be “right”, would it be a strategically wise decision?