Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rachael Ray's Scarf = What is wrong with the US

I am amazed at the stupidity of Conservative America. They're insane lemmings with the world view of a dung beetle, moving their political excrement from one stupid fake outrage to another. (see Obama's Auschwitz issue this week as another example). This is ridiculous, pathetic and kinda funny at the same time. Next time someone asks me why the US is going down the tubes. I am going to say, "Rachael Ray's Scarf!"

Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad after complaints
By MARK JEWELL, AP Business Writer

BOSTON - Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."
In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms.
Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.
The kaffiyeh, Malkin wrote in a column posted online last Friday, "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant (and not-so-ignorant) fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons."
A statement issued Wednesday by Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Brands Inc., however, said the scarf had a paisley design, and was selected by a stylist for the advertising shoot.
"Absolutely no symbolism was intended," the company said.
Dunkin' spokeswoman Michelle King said the ad appeared on the chain's Web site, as well as other commercial sites.
Amahl Bishara, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Chicago who specializes in media matters relating to the Middle East, said complaints about the scarf's use in the ad demonstrate misunderstandings of Arab culture and the multiple meanings that symbols can take on depending on someone's perspective.
"I think that a right-wing blogger making an association between a kaffiyeh and terrorism is just an example of how so much of the complexity of Arab culture has been reduced to a very narrow vision of the Arab world on the part of some people in the U.S.," Bishara said in a phone interview. "Kaffiyehs are worn every day on the street by Palestinians and other people in the Middle East — by people going to work, going to school, taking care of their families, and just trying to keep warm."
While some extremists and terrorists may wear kaffiyehs, "To reduce their meaning to support for terrorism has a tacit racist tone to it," Bishara said.
Malkin, in a posting following up on last week's column, said of Dunkin's decision to pull the ad, "It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists."
Ray, host of the Food Network television program "30 Minute Meals" as well as a syndicated daytime talk show, began appearing in ads for Dunkin' Donuts in March 2007. When Dunkin' announced the partnership, it said Ray would be featured in TV, print, radio and online spots in a campaign running through 2010.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Moving onward

Emilio and I have not been very happy with the condo. The developer is impossible to deal with and we quickly learned we aren't condo people. I need some space to grow things and Emilio needs a place he can tinker around. So we are casually looking for a house. We've been checking out neighbourhoods and the Canada MLS. We even have an agent doing searches on new listings. It looks like we might be stuck until the fall when the building is actually registered so we can sell the condo without a penalty. We might consider renting it as an option if we can swing two mortgages. We're still hoping Emilio gets a job soon and this option might actually work.

I've learned an important lesson in moving to Canada. Never settle, if you are not happy with a situation in your life then change it. Life is too short.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

War Resisters

Tonight we met up with Laura & Alan (We Move To Canada) and our friend Kim to hear the US soldier war resisters speak at the University of Toronto. It was moving to hear the stories of these brave men and woman who are waiting for Canada to do the right thing and allow them to stay here safely. Just today one of them (Corey Glass) recieved his order of deportation. I knew the look of worry on his face because Emilio and I had that same look when we worried about his deportation from the US. We also witnessed the tear jerking agony of Gito and Juan (Wonderous Canadian Renewal) as they struggled with a seperation due to unfair laws.
The soldiers have the added stress of imprisonment or to be forced back to fight in an unjust war.

Action needs to be taken:

Call your MP, Call the Prime Minister, Call Diane Finley
Especially call Stephane Dion. As one person in the audience stated, "this is an issue about the conscience of the country".

War Resisters
"Please take a moment tocall Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion at 613.996.6740 or 613.996.5789 Tell him you want the Liberal Party... • to support the Parliamentary motion to allow Iraq War resisters to remain in Canada, • to oppose the deportation of people of conscience who have resisted an illegal war, and • to support the will of the Canadian people, not Stephen Harper’s decision to deport war resisters, and not the U.S.’s war agenda."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Victoria Day---For some

I was so excited about our first Victoria Day as people living in Canada. My morning went great, I spent a long time playing with Katie and neighborhood dogs at our local park. I was throwing frisbees, balls and hugging Katie's dog buddies.

After over an hour I realized Emilio probably made breakfast so we raced home. Pancakes with chocolate chips....Wooo hoooo! After gobbling them down I decided to cut myself a large piece of cheese. As usual I wasn't paying attention and cut my finger very deep. (mental note to all, Tom is clumsy, he falls often and accidentally break things)

So two hours go by and this damned finger would not stop bleeding. We decided to go the clinic, but they won't take deep cuts, so off to the hospital. Stupid us didn't know where the local ER is located. After trying a bunch of friend's I got a hold of Doug who explained we needed to got St Michaels.

4.5 hours later I got 4 stitches and a tetanus shot. The best part... it cost us nothing, the staff was awesome, the care was very good.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Yay, Gay Marriage in California!

My former country is getting there. I read that 51% of people polled in the NorthEast and West support SSM. Of course the vile south and mid west are much further behind. No wonder they are the most economically hurt by their idiotic voting records.

I also read in my home state (New Jersey) it looks like it will be the first state to provide SSM by the legislature rather than the courts. That's a giant step forward.

I have to admit I am so pleased I live in a country where the discussion is over. Where I don't have to personally worry about equality any more and can fight for it for others. Emi and I feel great joy in helping others to escape the US to come here.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Rome if you want to!

Emi and I had a terrfic vacation in Rome. The city was better than we anticipated. We really enjoyed the history, architecture, beauty and especially the food. We also spent a day in Florence and it truly is picture postcard awesome.

Here's some pics out of the 685 we took!

I usually get a bit melancholy after a vacaton, but this time coming home to Toronto was a happy landing.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Big Day for Life Without Borders

Two men that we adore are getting married. Nick and Mason from "Life Without Borders" are tying the knot at Toronto City Hall, then we are off to their house to celebrate. This is the first legal gay marriage Emilio and I have the honor to witness. We're so excited to be part of their big day! Woooo Hooooo!