Friday, February 23, 2007
The father of modern terrorism, Yasser Arafat, constantly repeated that there can be no peace without Jerusalem as the capital of "Palestine" and total muslim sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Perpetuating the islamic myth to a historical claim to the holy city.
One of the action alert bullet points instruct imams to discuss Jerusalem's importance to islam and muslims.
* Jerusalem is mentioned in the Quran and in Islamic traditions. One hadith states that prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque are multiplied 500 times. Another hadith states: "Once I asked Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) what was the first mosque established on earth; he said Al-Masjid Al-Haram (in Mecca). Then I asked him: Then which mosque? He replied: Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa."
I don't have the time, right now, to really get into this on a historic level. I will predict (as reported by the MSM) a non-religious, violent, incident involving someone with a middle eastern name. Maybe a crazed cabbie running down infidels, college students renting the largest vehicle they can or a new convert to the RoP is caught before he blows up a mall. And let's not forget about those mentally disturbed people (with middle eastern names) who lurk outside Jewish centers waiting for the right time to enter and shoot as many Jews as possible, all in the name of allah.
We may need to raise the terror alert as imams have been instructed to inform their flock of the "insult" to islam.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Here's Christopher's car in the street this morning after he came home from work. He had to shovel the drive before he could pull in because he couldn't find the drive.
Monday, February 12, 2007
We'll only have to repeat this scene one more time before we have a place to call home. Next weekend will be the last time I'll say a silent prayer for his safety as he heads off into the night. We sign our closing papers on the 22nd and take possession on the 24th. Ten more days and this will be over and a new journey will begin. I want to start making the Obetz house our home. I can't wait to prepare dinner in that huge kitchen. I want to furniture shop, picking out a guest bedroom set, entertainment center and eating area Bistro table and chairs. We also have to purchase a new washer, even though the sellers plan to leave their set, there's a Laundromat in Columbus missing washer number 4 and I have it in the basement of my new house. I'm sure it'll do until we find the local Lowes or Home Depot, washing only our jeans and towels, maybe a few flannel or sweat shirts. I can't put anything delicate in if I want it to come out and not look like it was washed on a rock in Alum Creek. (check a map or Google it)
I fell asleep around midnight after I washed my family room blankets. Sleeping on the couch isn't doing my back or the couch any good. I hate sleeping alone in the bed. I could let Hershey sleep with me during the week, but it'll only make it more difficult for him to sleep in his own bed during the weekend. For now I continue to make my bed in the family room, until I'm no longer alone.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
But I'm getting way off topic.
Not that those crazy muslims need a reason to attack Jews or Israel, however, the rationale for the latest "fatwa" is the planned construction to repair an earthen ramp that partially collapsed in a snowstorm three years ago. When word reached Iran, the grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "The world of Islam should show a serious reaction to the Zionist regime’s insult to Al-Aqsa Mosque." The sad fact about this is muslims have done far more irreparable damage to the Temple Mount area over the past 30 years, weakening foundational areas to expand their mosque and destroying archaeological treasures. The bridge in question leads from the plaza leading to the Western Wall up to the Temple Mount, and is considered a safety hazard in its current condition. Israel's Antiquities Authority is carrying out archaeological works there in anticipation of its refurbishing. Muslims around the country have taken advantage of the situation to accuse Israel of trying to destroy the Temple Mount complex, and have called for a response more extreme than the previous intifadas. Never let it be said that muslims will pass up an opportunity to launch rockets, throw rock and burn tires. If the palestinians ever acquire the state they claim to desire, what will happen to their violent tendencies?
Yaakov Lappin has a great op-ed in Ynet news. Lappin also tells the true history regarding the mosque and Temple Mount, but the truth doesn't matter when it comes to claims of insulting islam.
If you want to see the destruction that's been done to the Temple Mount by muslims, you can go to this website and see for yourself.
Historical evidence means nothing to muslims and islamic sympathizers. The facts are clear, all we have to do is listen to what muslims have been saying for decades, "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Here's where a little background info is needed. The sellers, Rodrick and Billy, were one of the first people to pick out their lot and buy a house from the developers. They had a ton of extras built into the house and as expected, they paid for it big time. Eight years later they want to sell the house. The first time they had the house on the market for 216 days with no takers. They lowered their asking price and had it up only 13 days when we made them an offer. As with everything, we did our homework and our bid turned out to be exactly the same as the appraisal and to the sellers dismay, was $10,000.00 less than they paid 8 years ago. Just as we expected they countered. Their counter offer was only $500.00 (and $4500.00 more than the appraised value of the house) less than their asking price with the option to back out if they received a better offer within 48 hours. We accepted their counter offer and the folks who looked at the house that Monday afternoon didn't make an offer, so the contract was drawn up and signatures all around. We thought the next 4 weeks would be smooth sailing.
After 3 hours of back and forth over the furnace, handyman fixes and me in tears, Nick took control of the situation. Let me tell you, it takes a lot to anger Nick and this pushed him to the line. He took the next call from the realtor and told her all other offers were off the table and we wanted a receipt for the furnace repair and a check for $750.00 at closing, that was our final offer and if they declined we're walking away from the deal. Nick explained that we were already paying $4500.00 to much for the house and if they don't have a check, not a credit, at closing "they could put the house where the sun don't shine." Lindsey agreed, she reminded the buyers how we agreed to all their previous demands and we had no problem getting a "handyman" for the other issues but we're not budging on the furnace problem. A receipt and a $750.00 check, for the handymen we have to hire, is expected at closing. Once they were aware of the appraisal, Rodrick and Billy realised this was the best they were going to get and agreed to our final contract stipulations.
I can't tell you when I've worked with such uncooperative people. Either they want to sell the house or they don't, it's that simple. To put icing on the cake, Columbus has what they call "round table" closings. The buyers and sellers, along with their realtors, meet to sign the closing papers with a mortgage representative to answer any questions should they arise. When Lindsey told us about the closing details Nick and I promised her we would be on our best behavior and not embarrass her in front of these people. That was the first time she laughed in 2 days.
Hopefully, this will be last bump in the road on our way to Columbus.