Aye, I thought I would start this topic so that anyone could post thoughts that are not that important but you want to convey them anyway.
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I've been really busy these days with work projects and home projects.

Well I'm back but it will be touch and go from here on out for awhile.

I have a lot of posts to respond to so, trying to keep up. Esp you Bankins and Lofty big grin

Hi Melesa smile Welcome to the board!

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

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Here is a thought... how come many people read/view the Poll questions, but few answer the question? Is it that hard? Choose an answer and hit the VOTE button!!! Geesh mad

#2: I wonder if anyone out there loves the standard windows game MINESWEEPER as much as I do. Its a total logic game and I've gotten very fast at it. I can play for hours! Holla if you do, we can compare scores. razz
ocatchings

Did you hear the latest, the the sniper killer in DC area is Middle Eastern or Hispanic according to eye witnesses. You know he's not a Hispanic.

Like I said, if you are an infadel, you aint shiyt so killing innocent people is just like stamping on ants. Never mind these are innocent men, women and children.

Brother Kenneth Bridges had co-founded a BLACK marketing and distribution organization. His death stunned family and friends, who had been nervous about Bridges traveling in the Washington area because of the recent shootings.
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Originally posted by JuneBug:
My son caught and ran for 4 TD's in flag football yesterday. He is 10. He runs like the wind. He wants to play full contact but I will not let him until he is in the 8th grade.

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Aw Dad, let the boy play!! I started full contact when I was six. It was great; some of my best memories to this day!! smile

Onward and Upward!
Well, I may break down and let him play sooner, but he is so thin, yet strong. His loins are strong from running track, he runs the 100, 200, 400, long jump. He is good at all of them but not great at any of them, I think he is going to break out this coming track season, his legs are looking bumpy big grin, if he does, I may let him play full contact football the season after track. I have 3 that run track, daughters 12 and 9, and son 10. 12 and 10 run like the wind, my 12 year daughter medalled in 3 Jr Olympics, she runs the 1500, 400, 200, 400 hurdles and long jumps. She is tall, strong, fast,very pretty and physically gifted girl. But my boy, still needs to grow more, he is growing fast and will be tall and I'm afraid of knee injuries or any kind of leg joint injury because at his age he may never be the same because of his rapid growth at his age. He will play full contact but when bones and muscles are ready. big grin I expect him to play Wide Receiver or Quarter Back.

But all of them will run track until out of High School at least. I expect my 12 year old to excel in Track and Basketball, she loves Basketball the most. My Boy loves Basketball too but loves football the most. smile My 9 year old, she is kinda small and runs the 1500, she runs and never complains but she has some growing to do, if she sticks with middle distance, she will eventually excel. big grin Hopefully anyway.
Like I said, if you are an infadel, you aint shiyt so killing innocent people is just like stamping on ants. Never mind these are innocent men, women and children.


Myth: Islam tolerates the killing of innocents because:

Muslims can be terrorists
Muslims engage in `holy wars' (jihad)
Islam spread by the sword
it has a harsh and cruel judicial system

This misconception is one of the most widely held misconceptions about Islam today. And yet in the Qur'an, the Creator unambiguously states (translation),

[17:33] Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)

Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur'an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur'an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done "in the name of Islam."

It should be clear, then, that "Muslim terrorist" is almost an oxymoron: by killing innocent people, a Muslim is commiting an awesome sin, and Allah is Justice personified. This phrase is offensive and demeaning of Islam, and it should be avoided. It is hoped that as the general level of public awareness and understanding of Islam increases, people will keep "terrorism" and "Islam" separate from each other, not to be used in the same phrase.

Another reason advanced in support of the misconception is that the Creator has imposed `jihad' on us. The term "holy war" is from the time of the Crusades and originated in Europe as a rallying cry against the Muslims in Jerusalem. Jihad is an Arabic word meaning struggle, but in the context of many verses in the Qur'an, it carries the meaning of military struggle, or war. Allah gradually introduced the obligation of military struggle to the Muslim community at the time of the Messenger (saas). The first verse ever revealed in that connection is as follows (translation),

[22:39] Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them;

This verse lays down the precondition for all war in Islam: there must exist certain oppressive conditions on the people. The Creator unequivocally orders us to fight oppression and persecution, even at the expense of bloodshed as the following verse shows (translation),

[2:190-192] And fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the reward of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.

As one might imagine, the method of military struggle has been clearly and extensively defined in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Since this subject is a huge one, we simply summarize part of it by noting that it is unlawful to kill women, children, the infirm, the old, and the innocent. From the Sunnah, specifically in the study of the Sunnah called Sahih Bukhari, we find:

[4:52:257] Narrated 'Abdullah: During some of the Ghazawat of the Prophet a woman was found killed. Allah's Apostle disapproved the killing of women and children.

A related misconception to jihad is often propagated by Muslims who say that "Jihad is only for self-defense of physical borders." The Qur'an and Sunnah refute this notion categorically. As the verses cited above show, jihad is obligatory wherever there is injustice, and Muslims need not acknowledge imaginary lines around the earth when it comes to upholding this obligation. The Messenger of Allah (saas) has also commented on this extensively in the Sunnah. From the study of the Sunnah called Sahih Bukhari, we find that,

[4:52:65] Narrated Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause."

Hence, the Creator obligates us to fight wherever people are being grossly deprived of freely hearing or practicing the Message of Allah as contained in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Sayyed Qutb, a famous Muslim scholar eloquently discusses the notion of jihad and self-defense in his book Milestones,

"If we insist on calling Islamic jihad a defensive movement, then we must change the meaning of the word `defense' and mean by it `defense of man' against all those elements which limit his freedom. These elements take the form of beliefs and concepts, as well as of political systems, based on economic, racial, or class distinction."

A third reason often cited for the misconception about Islam which says that this way of life tolerates the killing of innocents is that the judicial system of Islam is unnecessarily harsh. This reason is weak in two respects. First, it presupposes that human beings are more just and more merciful than the Creator, and therefore we can change the law. Second, it is often based on gross oversimplifications of Islamic law, such as saying "all thieves get their hands cut off."

The Qur'an and Sunnah make it clear that the law of retaliation (or equality) governs us for murder and physical injury, but forgiveness is better as the following verses from the Qur'an show (translation),

[2:178] O you who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then prosecution (for the bloodwit) should be made according to usage, and payment should be made to him in a good manner; this is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy; so whoever exceeds the limit after this he shall have a painful chastisement.

[42:40-43] The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loves not those who do wrong. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame. The blame is only against those who oppress men and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a grievous penalty. And whoever is patient and forgiving, these most surely are actions due to courage.

The Creator ordained the law of retaliation on us knowing full well that we might question it. In many non-Muslim societies today, there are ongoing debates about the death penalty. In Islam, this discussion is moot: the Creator has decided the matter for us. He has however given us an interesting verse in the Qur'an which advises to consider the matter carefully if we want to understand it (translation follows),

[2:179] And there is life for you in (the law of) retaliation, O people of understanding, that you may guard yourselves.

Most people are also unaware of the stringent conditions which must be met for the law of retaliation to be applicable. The Sunnah is full of examples of the Messenger of Allah showing us when the law's preconditions were fulfilled. For example, a thief is only liable to lose his or her hand if the item stolen exceeds a certain value, and if it is proven that the item was taken from its normal resting place. Stealing food is not punishable by the loss of one's hand, and other items are exempt as well. This is just an example of how gingerly the law is applied in Islam.

Finally, another reason advanced for this prevalent misconception is that Islam `spread by the sword'. It should be clear by now that we must always distinguish between the Qur'an and Sunnah and the Muslims when it comes to determining what the Creator has asked of us. Allah has stated clearly in the Qur'an (translation),

[2:256] There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever rejects Satan (and what he calls to) and believes in Allah, he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handhold, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

Hence, it is impossible to accept Islam under duress. Even if misguided Muslims were to try to `force' Islam somehow on others, it would not be accepted by the Creator based on this verse.

Historical arguments that try to demonstrate that Muslims did not `convert others by force' are actually secondary to the argument given above. However, it is worth noting that historically, Islam did spread by peaceful means. The Message of the Creator was conveyed to Africa and to southeast Asia by trading Muslims, and today the largest Muslim country in the world is Indonesia. The military expeditions that led to the conquest of large swathes of territory in Europe and central Asia were all marked by tolerance of other creeds and faith.

Again, it is important to remember that Allah declares it IMPOSSIBLE that Islam can be forced on a person, hence Muslims find it useless to try!

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. " Quran 5:3


"Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion."
Malcolm X 1965 on Islam

I came across this article on Muslim-Christian relations in Nigeria. Is it really as bad as you say it is?

http://www.op.org/nigeriaop/kenny/CompSharing.htm

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. " Quran 5:3


"Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion."
Malcolm X 1965 on Islam

Speaking of Casual Thoughts, I wanted to say a not-so-casual THANK YOU to JuneBug and OCatchings for their good advice re. staying focused. Glad to say that my Dad is doing well one week postop.

Other good coping mechanisms I found:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T at full volume on the expressway;

Prayer;

Movies on AMC late at night;

Chocolate, in any and all forms;

Lighting off the tires at the track and making a great run down the quarter mile. Made my fastest time ever, 114.4 mph and 11.74.

OCatchings, do you ever get to blow stuff up on purpose? Or release a whole lotta power in a very short time? I think that's a great stress buster, under the right conditions!

"Unless you're sharing what you have, you don't have as much as you think you do."
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O, we need you!

Help keep us safe and sound!!

Thanks I think confused..... big grin

Herdswoman,
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OCatchings, do you ever get to blow stuff up on purpose? Or release a whole lotta power in a very short time? I think that's a great stress buster, under the right conditions!



Yes, but as with everything else we have limitations stateside. The last time I got to let loose was during the Gulf War and it looks like I may get that chance again. I'm glad that things are better for you and I hope they get even better.

JuneBug,
I really try to be tolerant of people but these guys are really pushing the wrong buttons.

Congratulations on your son's success. You are doing the right thing by waiting until his body is ready for all that contact.
Dear O:

The Gulf War was the last time you really let loose? Yowza! eek I bet those stateside limitations do get to be a drag... big grin What is your specialty?

I'm glad there are people like you who serve. We sure do need you. Have a friend whose son enlisted in the Guard for some extra cash for college. He just finished helping build an airstrip outside of Kuwait. Definitely not part of the college plan! Keep yourself safe, O....

JuneBug, congrats on those kids! Doesn't get much better than being able to watch them run, play and be strong/healthy!

"Unless you're sharing what you have, you don't have as much as you think you do."
I'm sure that everybody remembers the Marines that got shot and and that one of them died in Kuwait. Well that was my sons unit and for a couple of days I was sitting on pin cushions. Sorry it happened but so glad it was not my son.

I didn't tell his mother about what happened until after the marines had been identified, it was probably wrong of me but at the time I throught why put her throught hours of worry when chances are he was safe. When I did tell her she just let out a sigh of relief and carried on what she was doing, but I know in her heart the fear for our son has probably doubled and will stay that way until he comes home.
Is it as I say it is in Nigeria?

What can I say, I don't live in Nigeria but I've heard first hand account from father, son and daughter of the Igbo tribe who are very disturbed at the state of affairs in their country.

They are very angry about "Sharia" the enforcement of Islamic law on them, they are Christian not Islamic, but that does not matter to Muslims, the Muslim heads in the North will eventually force their law on everybody, so sad and intolerant, I would be pissed too.

Also very angry how the oil money is being funneled to Muslims and the government mostly contracts Muslims and discriminates against all others, I think that would piss me off too.

Check the links,

AQ, get off the propaganda campaign.

http://www.oneworld.org/ips2/oct99/12_29_041.html

http://worthynews.com/news-features/newsroom-nigeria-sharia.html

http://www.mcjonline.com/news/00/20000223a.htm

http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=825403
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JuneBug,
I really try to be tolerant of people but these guys are really pushing the wrong buttons.


Yeah, I hear ya man! They blowing up people all over the world, forcing their way on others and act like these attacks and campaigns of intolerance has nothing to do with religion, most people are not stupid! It's a damn shame.

And thanks Brah on the kids.

Listen, I hope you come through healthy and successful in whatever future military assignments come your way. It's too bad that so many of us are living by outdated and bogus philosophy that creates dangerous assignments for the men and women of the Armed Forces.

I hope for Peace and Enlightenment for the world and wish you well, Brah.

Take Care, JuneBug

[This message was edited by JuneBug on October 21, 2002 at 01:07 PM.]
Hey Jazz,
Sorry to hear of that close call and I can only imagine what you were going through. My prayers are still for my fellow service men and the uncertainty or future faces.

Herdswoman,
By trade I am a combat engineer (demolitions and minewarfare) but currently I am on staff at the Army level, (hence the reason I have so much time to surf the net smile)
I wonder why we don't have a word in English for that thing people do with their mouths when they acknowledge somebody without saying hello. You know what I mean? When a person kind of clenches their lips tightly together and sort of folds them into each other? It's kind of a humble sort of expression, but it's common enough that there ought to be a name for it. That's MY casual thought for the day.

On second thought, to hell with "casual!" I seriously want to come up with a name for it. We have a word in English that means the line of a triangle opposite the right angle ("hypotenuse"), so we should have a word for something as common as this!! Even as busy as I am, I've always wondered about that. My goal is for a name for that expression to exist and get an entry in a Webster's dictionary in my lifetime. I want suggestions. I suggest "frimp." As in, "She nodded and frimped as she walked past him."

Anyway... smile
I just want to say that I am SO glad that I came across a message board where the majority of people are not ignorant and you can actually have a decent, intelligent conversation. I can't stand those excuse my term here, "ghetto azz" boards. For example BET.com. I think it's unfortunately a sign of the deterioration of things in our community. I also like the fact, I'm presuming here, that there are only people of african ancestry at this board. I really appreciate that.
MBM keep up the good work here big grin.
I agree Souljah, although we can get into some pretty heated discussions here, it usually remains civil and devoid of the stuff that chased me away from some other sites.

I think that as this site lives, we will find that regardless of our political affiliations we truly have more in common than things that set us apart.

BTW, there are several non-Black folk that visit this site.
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Originally posted by Vox:
I wonder why we don't have a word in English for that thing people do with their mouths when they acknowledge somebody without saying hello. You know what I mean? When a person kind of clenches their lips tightly together and sort of folds them into each other? It's kind of a humble sort of expression, but it's common enough that there ought to be a name for it.
I want suggestions. I suggest "frimp." As in, "She nodded and frimped as she walked past him."


VOX...isn't called a "head-nod"??? that's what we call it...the african american salute of sorts. the wassup, how you doin, good day, hey there, hi kinda unspoken greeting we give each other no matter where you're from, where you are, or what's going on....you catch each other's eyes and do that lip thing and nod your head.

Don't make me come down there. --God
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Originally posted by Souljah:
I also like the fact, I'm presuming here, that there are only people of african ancestry at this board. I really appreciate that.
MBM keep up the good work here big grin.


Hello, Souljah! Like your sign-on name. I'm look as white as can be right down to my blue eyes and blond (not gray, never gray) hair. I also have no doubt that somewhere in the 'way back I am also of African ancestry. wink How much or how far back, don't know, doesn't matter. In the immortal words of PopEye the Sailor Man "I yam what I yam."

Mostly I just read. But in all fairness, I thought I should come out of the closet and say hello. big grin

"Unless you're sharing what you have, you don't have as much as you think you do."
I can see it now...MBM bought coffee, Nykkii brought biscotti and OC's off in the corner feeling the jet lag but not the love.....poor OC!!! wink

Seriously, you guys would have fun with the "Seattle Meet and Greet". The more the merrier.

What a way to welcome home one of America's finest!

OC, I'll say it for you:
"OC LIKES HIS WOMEN HOT AND BLACK!"

"Unless you're sharing what you have, you don't have as much as you think you do."
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Originally posted by Lea:

No snow, no less than 40 degrees, I can't wait to move out West!


Move to Southern California! I just got back from San Diego (my old stomping ground) where it was 80 and brilliantly sunny. For lunch I grabbed a sandwich and went to the beach where it was ridiculously gorgeous!

I miss the sun!! frown

Onward and Upward!
I'm busy as heck but I've been wanting to post these thoughts for sometime......

A creationist cannot conceive of his or her beliefs being wrong. So, all new data must conform to preconceived beliefs. A scientist, on the other hand, really couldn't care less personally whether any theory or not is correct. No scientist would lose sleep if they found out that life came about because aliens seeded the planet. They would be excited. If God turned out to exist and have created life, and had also every-so-often destroyed the majority of species for the fun of it - well, that would be interesting too.

Just something to think about smile

BTW, I do believe God must exist. You see I'm not a complete heathen smile
Where would we be without our creationist?

Just think what would have happened if they did not surpress the notion that the earth revolved around the sun for so long... Why, we might be farther along in space travel by now, could be peace on earth... and we can't have that can now we. roll eyes

I can't wait until the aliens land (or intervine when the nukes fly)... I want to see how they explain that one! Sit back and enjoy the show!!!

La Femme Nkechi
quote:
Be the change in the world you want to see
- Think about the effects even your smallest actions have on the world. You are often a part of the problem. Stop pointing fingers, accept responsibility and be a part of the solution. Create your higher self!
Big Grin Hi June Bug Welcome back, hope you guys had a great time over there!

What is the social climate like considering the events going on in the world? I'll look forward to any threads you start on your observations...

...and I'm still sticking to my theory. Chopped Liver and Brussel Sprouts!


La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see
Hey Nkechi Smile

I really don't know what to think these days. This Iraq thing is strange. I think Saddam is doing the right thing, doing exactly what is mandated of him to stay in power. Bush will be so disappointed. The USA wants even a stronger military prescence in the Middle East and are poised to take advatage of anything that will allow the US to do so.

Another big attack on the USA will be an bad deal from an Arab perspective because that would mean more US and internantional involvement in the region.
Its a beautiful day.

I've had my coffee and scrambled egg sandwich. I've done my vegging for the weekend, cause I work hard all week. I've watched my taped shows, Alias and a special on Lord of Rings, the 2 towers (love that stuff). I've stared at the picture of actor, J. August Richards, for 5 minutes (he wants me, I just know it, I can see it in his eyes)...

Now I am exhilirated, happy and feeling very good. Big Grin Ready to treadmill to some loud music for 45 min, dance around, sing and be stared at by the dogs, take them out for walks and car rides. Go buy a book and see what else comes up! Hopefully a cute black intelligent man and a seductive staring contest... Wink

Hope everyone else is having a good day and is making the most of every moment.

..and to all my LA peeps... please stop by Doboys cafe sometime.. 4711 Crenshaw Blvd. Tonight at 9:30 is poetry, and its been pretty hapenning last couple of weeks. Some good stuff, good crowd and lots of fun towards the end... we have fun/adult debates... and who knows, tonight may be my debut to the mic Eek

Peace to all...


La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see


[This message was edited by Nkechi on December 07, 2002 at 02:09 PM.]
Hey - I just saw Sir Mix-A-Lot at a car dealer here in Seattle (he came in with a sweet black Escalade). Anyway - his woman/female guest/SO/wife/whatever HAD NO BUTT. What kind of sense does that make???? Confused I was left with the same feeling I had when I found out that wrestling was fake. Frown



Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
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Originally posted by ocatchings:
I thought she was cooking Confused and inviting a bunch of her friends over Big Grin


cooking??? buying dinner??? i thought this was a coffee thing!!

dinner is not out of the question--but shouldn't two handsome gentlemen be taking me to dinner???

holiday warning: the consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whipsering when you are not--cheers!
there is a new "soul" food restaurant that opened recently and i've heard great things...i'll get more info.
and then there are always tons of great seafood places, and my two favorite resturants--wild ginger (asian pacific), and kingfish cafe (soul food).

when will you be here again?
I mentioned in an earlier post that President Clinton and the US going to war over nukes in '93-94 was old news. People have jumped on JW for labeling nKorea, Iraq and Iran an axis of evil. In that same period ('93-'94) Japanese CIA/FBI or spooks uncovered a plot by nKorea, Iraq and a third country to launch simultaneous attacks. The attack was to occur b/c the US was in the middle of a drawdown and they knew we could not support that many areas of operations. One of the countries backed out at the last minute and initial indications led people to believe that it was Lybia.

Now that JW has announced his new no-nonsense policy I wonder if it will eventually surface that the US knew of the attack and was hopingthat it would escalate to more? The US has been accused of knowing about 9/11 so would this be a surprise? Confused

it's beginning to feel a lot like christmas!


(did 2002 fly by for anyone else?) hmmm, that sounds like an idea for a topic!!


holiday warning: the consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whipsering when you are not--cheers!
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Originally posted by Nykkii:
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Originally posted by Vox:
I wonder why we don't have a word in English for that thing people do with their mouths when they acknowledge somebody without saying hello. You know what I mean? When a person kind of clenches their lips tightly together and sort of folds them into each other? It's kind of a humble sort of expression, but it's common enough that there ought to be a name for it.
I want suggestions. I suggest "frimp." As in, "She nodded and frimped as she walked past him."


VOX...isn't called a "head-nod"??? that's what we call it...the african american salute of sorts. the wassup, how you doin, good day, hey there, hi kinda unspoken greeting we give each other no matter where you're from, where you are, or what's going on....you catch each other's eyes and do that lip thing and nod your head.

_ Don't make me come down there. --God_


No, I'm talking about the thing with the lips, where you kind of scrunch the bottom lip up into the top one and fold them in. You know whenever Bill Clinton was in trouble, the tabloids would show a photo of him with that expression. Everybody does it, black, white, and everyone. It's used often as a non-verbal greeting, and often between two people during moments of potentially awkward silence. It's far too common not to have a name.

Frimping! Embrace the word
...Thinking...

I'm generally not a pessimist, but I don't have a good feeling about the coming new year. I predict it will be a year of mysteries (unexplained/unexpected events). But they will not be coincidents... Smile

The raising anti-American sentiment around the world should not be taken lightly.
Today is 01-02-03. That is about as casual a thought one can have. Wink

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
WOO HOO....
1 AND A WAKE UP

Now the hardest part......the wait.. Frown

My apologies to the Seattle crew (MBM and Nykkii), there would have been nothing more I would have enjoyed than to have a cup of coffee and conversation with two of Seattles finest but alas my layover is too short. Maybe next time....
Smile

To everyone else, see you on the high ground

TTFN
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Originally posted by shy1:
ocatchings - how long were you gone? anything change at home in your absence? do you miss korea at all? is there any "culture shock" in returning - even though its home?

Smile

2 long years
Nothing really changed that much but I do have a lot to catch up on. The only thing I really miss about Korea is the shopping and each day I regret not spending more or buying more things. Frown There really is no culture shock but it is good to be home. I was able to keep in touch with the "real world" through sites like AA.org. (which helped me with my car purchase) Big Grin
I post hardly no reponses, if I'm gonna put some effort in posting on this board I expect some action. So freaken clickish some of you people!

I thought I would give it another chance but it looks like this board attracts a bunch of snobs!

Big Grin

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
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Originally posted by JuneBug:
I post hardly no reponses, if I'm gonna put some effort in posting on this board I expect some action. So freaken clickish some of you people!

I thought I would give it another chance but it looks like this board attracts a bunch of snobs!

Big Grin

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.


I don't think its "clickish". At the same time I watch the number of people that come to the site and the number that post - and as you would expect, those that post are a small percentage of the total. I'd obviously LOVE to figure out a way to increase that.

I've gotten feedback that some people may feel intimidated to respond. I guess they see that there are folks here that are well-versed in particular areas and are fearful of getting "blasted". I think we're trying to develop a warm and inviting culture. At the same time there are some smart folks that are passionate about what they post about.

Any ideas about how we can make it more inviting? I love that people come here and read the content. I wish people felt more comfortable throwing their two cents in!

Help! Smile

Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
MBM said:

"I think we're trying to develop a warm and inviting culture. At the same time there are some smart folks that are passionate about what they post about.

Any ideas about how we can make it more inviting?"

Hmmm, I will give this some thought because I like what you doing.

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
Big Grin
Well JuneBug: Being a new member it would be both unfair and unkind of me to accuse any member of being a snob or in a clique. Besides, I don't personally know anyone on this site, and haven't been given that impression.

Usually, I only have time to read and respond to a few posts. Moreover, the topics and discussions seem to be geared toward politics, a subject that I rarely discuss publicly. Politics to me is like religion: personal and not up for debate. However, I enjoy reading the views of others.
And Llen if you don't mind me saying...

You fione gurl! Cool

I like you am a busy person too I was wondering if for some reason this site attracts the more upper mobile type because checking some of the backgrounds I know who post here are the professional type, not many students and people with a lot of free time. Therefore your typical poster is more targeted with their responses and perhaps that is a factor and is unique about the attraction here.

Llen, what topics will you likely respond to?

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
I just wanted to say that this board is so much better that blackplanet and bet why in hell do they let the idiots post there? why don't they start banning people over there. I just wanted to find a place to talk to black people about black issues without the la Raza and KKK hate groups butting in ooh well this is a great site I hope it stays this way.

On a lighter note I have a final in Math anyone want to take it for me? just playing I really hate math though.
@ Justice4all Smile Hello and welcome to AAorg. Sorry, I'm too far away (haha). Here's a little advice go with the first answer don't go back and erase. Wink


@Junebug
Razz...Looking over my reading glasses, and blushing...Thank you.

AA org has informative forums that definitely have my attention. Also, I am delighted to read articulate opinions of the members and guest on AA.org, as appose to some other sites where the so-called intellectual discussions are nothing more than egotistical cockfights.

I agree with you Junebug, the personalities here seem to be laid-back, professional, and adaptable. Thankfully, this site doesn't to appeal to the person who feeds on conflict.

In terms of topics, I am more apt to response to topics that focus on our daily lives (health, culture, family, etc.,). Thanks for asking. Smile
quote:
Originally posted by Llen: the topics and discussions seem to be geared toward politics, a subject that I rarely discuss publicly. Politics to me is like religion: personal and not up for debate. However, I enjoy reading the views of others.


Llen,
I agree wholeheartedly with you--and the new format has only increased the focus on politics. i am not well versed in them but i do read the topics from time to time to catch up on things and opinions not offered in the daily news. i feel as if i was somewhat of a crusader in the "our lives" forum, but with little support from others. please feel free to start topics that you find important, pose questions, post articles--to keep the board alive we all need to take an active role. Smile

if you don't know your options, you don't have any!
Nykkii, Llen et al -

As mentioned here I am very much interested in further developing the site in ways that people are interested. The "Our Lives" forum has always been great fun and I want it to grow even more. As I said in the linked post though, I need help! I try to drop interesting articles, links, questions etc. in periodically, but a lot of times there's just not much energy there.

I'd really love your help. I know that it's going to take some time to get the "WH '04" forum going. At the same time, I really see a vision for it - so I'm happy to keep investing in that. It will get much more interesting and relevant as we get closer to election time.

"Our Lives" needs some moderators/co-hosts to give it some TLC on a regular basis. I'd love for someone(s) to have a vision for that forum and take the ball and run with it! I have no doubt that that forum will be a great magnate for new growth once it's popping!

BTW - I just re-ordered the forums - putting the AfricanAmerica category back up front. Perhaps that will help a bit.

Also - I think you both know that I am extremely open to feedback, critique, suggestions, etc. As I said, I know I need help! Smile


Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
Junebug.. shame on you.... I know you were kidding, but now you can see how I felt most of the time. Chopped Liver!!!

Anyway, I've been a busy little girl and all. Discovered the name the Eek organized religion that I've been at the edge of without knowing. Religious Science (Science of Mind), so I've been getting into that more and of course falling madly in Heart love.. and working too much, as usual!!! Kinda a self imposed hermit these days, so I have not been on the site much Frown


La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see
I am guilty,
I just get satisfaction from reading and learning about how people feel about different subjects and when I do respond it is b/c of a deep feeling I have towards a subject. I am not very articulate and I do shy away from responding due to my inability to convey what I would like to in words. Frown
Some of the subjects I find interesting but I feel I do not know enough about them to really formulate an opinion, (ie politics, money).
I know those are lame excuses but since I did not make a resolution I will resolve to become more active on AA.org !!!!

Catch
Yes, I know when you come to a board I think we all want to be acknowledge Smile

Somebody say, yeah I hear ya or I don't agree. Roll Eyes

Falling in love, that's nice Big Grin

Actually I have not notice your posts lately I figured you like me just too busy.

Anyway, really nice to see you still kicking it. To tell you the truth I've been trying to slow down a little I have too many friends we been wearing ourselves out lately, that too is part of the reason I've not been posting.

Take care Junebug Smile

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
quote:
Originally posted by Nykkii:
welcome home catch!!


Thanks Nykkii,

Now for my casual thoughts......

Thought #1- How come I can find no Raider fans today???????

Thought #2- Why are there so many Tampa Bay fans all of a sudden claiming they were with me all along????
my casual thought for the day...

what was your favorite superbowl commercial?


mine--the bud light / budweiser commercial where the guy met his girlfriends mom... (she'll look like her mom when she gets older) the hips/azz on that mom where hilarious!!!

if you don't know your options, you don't have any!

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