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  1. Everything depends on whether or not the Republicans hold on to the Senate. There will be two runoff elections in Georgia to determine this. A 50-50 Senate means Kamala Harris will be the deciding vote. Let's say the Democrats get the seats and full control of congress. A Biden presidency will have the following GOOD results: 1. Expanded healthcare coverage for Americans, and lower insurance premiums. Maybe even a public option. 2. A renewal of the Iran nuclear deal, and *maybe* normalized relations with that country 3. Easier time for Muslims in general --far less neocon /
  2. Unfortunately, this attack in Paris is another wake up call for all of us While a vast majority of people find insults toward the Prophet or Islam to be outrageous and awful (or even insults towards Christianity), there are the radicals hiding in shadows who are willing to commit atrocities that confirm the worst suspicions of westerners Israel and others fund these maniacs. Where did ISIS get its weapons, vehicles, financial backing? Who do we think supports these violent radicals? It is the same people who condemn Iran and it s government. They are the puppet masters, and these Sal
  3. We are at a crossroads, and a difficult time The faithful will find themselves in a kind of diaspora. And I do not only mean the religiously correct, but the morally correct. one could find himself nationless and adrift. Fantasies about new empires and conquests tossed to the wind this life is a test We are about to be tested, both externally and internally.
  4. All Things Falling I am victimized by my impulse to write; I cannot trust my sentiments, and in the summer of locusts, all things falling from branches and exploding from shrubs, sun-scorched and brass hollow and abandoned, scattershot I throw myself at a broken girl I barely know and understand in the last scarlet summer of youth everything indeterminate and without consequence but with a deeper meaning ephemeral yet immediate; sapphire And I am haunted by a consciousness of lost sy
  5. yes, the connections! Dokhtar (Farsi), Tochter (German), Daughter
  6. Most people in the west consider Iranians to be ethnic Europeans. The Iranian guys I went to school with were careful to distinguish themselves from Arabs and others. They considered themselves European, which makes sense, when we look at genetics, and also Farsi, which is an Indo-European language (look at the etymology of the word "daughter"). A Persian man is closer to me than he is to an Arab. And strangely enough, people like me, who are half Mari (Finno-Ugric people) are actually further from other Europeans as the Persians lol (I have no Neanderthal genes). so it is all very c
  7. back in my Catholic days (my mother was Catholic), we would listen to Fulton Sheen. He was a Arch-Bishop if I remember correctly, and a brilliant guy (held multiple PhDs, etc.) He would offer up commentary that contained not only theological points, but philosophical, practical, and even political he was famous for his statements, such as "If you do not live as you believe, you will end up believing as you live" "God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us" -- his videos are on youtube and elsewhere
  8. thank you for the kind words I wish I could write in Farsi, but I only speak a little conversational. It would be quite an achievement! I have always been fascinated by the lonely, barren places of the world, and the mind, where our intuition leads us to Allah when things begin to slip away, there is a fullness of God that pours into us
  9. This is a very complicated issue, but I would add some insights ... When we speak of the political left, and those who are "woke", certain assumptions can be made. 1. The left is materialist and, in some cases, determinist. This world is an accident, and everything we do going forward is predictable by way of science. There is no free will, and no transcendent reality. 2. Many on the left are atheists, and hostile to religion. They tolerate Islam only for the moment, just as they once tolerated Christianity. And in the case of China's government, I think we can see what happens
  10. Medgirl: so not focus on other students, or the prestige of the school --focus on the material, the training and skills necessary for you to become an excellent doctor Imposter Syndrome happens when we compare ourselves against others You are clearly smart prayer, discipline, focus --and you will go very far
  11. Hallenbad You were the perfect moment with delicate hands through an opaque barrier of rolling gossamer foam, scattering steam, and refracted gloss on your alabaster form; slippery in my dancing grasp what would I write about if I had you? As we stumble back towards the streetcar where you embark, still exhausted from the hallenbad, glossy-eyed and tempestuous And as the doors close on those radiant apartments, itinerant and ephemeral, in the distant cityscape I wander on the platform with my companion, but alone
  12. My sons have asked me about this, and I have stressed the following: Men have different prerogatives than women, and this is reflected in the Quran and other religious texts. What does that mean? It means I have greater responsibility to support and defend the household. It does not mean I am intrinsically of greater value than a woman: Allah will judge me by the same criteria upon my death in which he judges my wife: my piety, character, fidelity, etc. Why are men permitted, in theory, to marry four times, and run four household? It is for purely pragmatic reasons, and is an is
  13. I watched the magnificent miniseries "North and South" (2004) It is family-friendly viewing, with nothing inappropriate. It is very famous in the UK for the terrific story, social commentary, elements of romance and suspense. I highly recommend
  14. I really loved this: it reminds me of the poems of Dylan Thomas one of my favorites from him is "The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower", which is one of the finest poems in English: The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blast the roots of trees Is my destroyer. And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose My youth is bent by the same wintry fever. The force that drives the water through the rocks Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams Turns mine to wax. And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins How a
  15. and certainly check your options for any work study. I did this in graduate school, and they covered my tuition 100% that combined with a scholarship should cover your costs --I do not recommend loans
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