Monthly Archives: October 2011

The revolution is being televised as we speak:

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All across this nation, from New York to Oakland, and the world, from London to Rome, the media has been paying much more attention to these recent “Occupy Wall Street” protests, which are becoming more and more popular, as they spread across the U.S. & the world-The people have realized that their governments have sacrificed their well-being, at the behest of these major money-making conglomerates which control our law-makers in our respective countries. And, quite frankly, the people are very tired of being screwed with no vaseline. It’s truly time for an era of real change, not the bullshit change as promised by President Obama, but something real, which will really be of substantial benefit to all people, all around the world.

These huge companies, who really pull the strings in this world, hold politicians by the balls & by purse-strings, enacting the real policies which affect us from the shadows, while these yellow-bellied politicians perpetrate the fraud, as if they’re truly representing the people; rather, in fact, they’re loyalties only lie with those who are responsible for them attaining & keeping the illusion of power. These covert king-makers, some of whom are known, while the rest are unknown, are the true source of power in this world, which they give to whomever will gladly follow thier blueprint to manipulation of the masses.

However, there are people who’ve decided to say enough is enough. These are persons who’ve decided to participate & support the world-wide phenomenon known as the “Occupy Wall St.” campaigns all across the planet. In major cities everywhere, this movement has been catching ground, as well as significant media attention. The 1%, who control everything, want to further tighten their grip on control of the 99% who have either a lot less than they do or nothing at all. But, in spite of the importance of this movement, the 1% has also released its back-up plan, in a monstrous effort to quell the peaceful protests all around the world: Law-Enforcement & Media, the double-edged sword of the 1% that’s dangerously ever-sharp.

Both of Law-Enforcement & Media have been unleashed, like a hyena & a lion, that have not eaten in a week, to attack the efforts of these “Occupy Wall St.” protesters, as if their a bunch of miscreant, derelict, unproductive nobody’s, who are too lazy to find jobs, and are causing more harm than good. Well, what about all of the bailout monies which were distributed to all of these blue-chip companies, whom were allowed to spend the money of hard-working tax-payers anyway that the deemed fit, without governmental oversight accountability, or even regulation?!!! How has those bailouts helped to stabilize the economies of the world? Simple answer: It has not!!! In fact, the world economy is still fucked up & on life-support, barely holding on.

These protesters are being unfairly portrayed as troubble-makers. But, in fact they are well-aware of what’s really going on and how the rest of us are pathetically third-eye blind. We, as Human beings, as people, as citizens of the world, seeing the bravery of those on the front-lines, risking life & limb, getting arrested, getting their asses whipped, need to really analyze what’s happening, and open our eyes to the realities right in front of our faces. These protests are not just some out-of-work College-kids, or people on welfare, or unemplotment-These protesters out there are just like you & I, citizens, who just want to be treated as we all deserved to be treated, as Human beings with dignity & rights to life, liberty & property.

What these people are being brutalized & sent to jail for are some of the many similar things that people in the 50’s, 60′ & even 70’s were fighting for-They’re fighting for our humanity, that we not be treated as a stock-option or derivative, on the world market, that it be respected & honored. In short, if you happen to read this, you owe it to Allah, your Creator, yourself, your humanity, and your fellow man, to support these Occupy Wall St. protests, to the best of your ability. Don’t allow the Media to entertain you for the rest of your life, keeping you hooked on TV, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Cable, etc. while avoiding our Divine obligation to one another, to help make this world a better place for us, as well as those who will live on after us.

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Disposable-Rulers:

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Oct. 20th, 2011, the world-wide announcement of the death of the Dictator of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi was made. He had been on the run, in his own country, for the past few months, fighting a no-win civil-war with U.S./U.N.-supported rebel forces, made up of his own fellow countrymen. The reason why I’m bringing this up is because there’s a very definitive pattern of the United States hunting down and/or killing, or assisting in hunting down and/or killing world leaders, from other countries; also, there’s a definitive pattern of the United States supporting the deposition of regimes & governments, that do not go along with the presumed game-plan of the United States, so that the U.S. can further spread its geo-political/financial influence and benefit from whatever natural resources that they can get their hands on.

For educational purposes, I’ll take the liberty of mentioning both leaders & nations who were subjugated to the dominance of the U.S., whenever they felt the need to remove certain leaders and/or regimes from power-This is gonna be an historically chronological list by the way:

1. Hawaii-

Leader (Kingdom/Republic): Queen Lili’uokalani (Kingdom of Hawaii)

Date of deposition: 1893

Historical backdrop of deposition:

This is very simple: The U.S. at this time was fresh off of the conquest of the rest of what is now the continental U.S., via the Indian-Wars. Plus, the U.S. began annexing territories of the Spanish Crown, during the Spanish-American War hand-over-fist. So, since the U.S. had already taken the Philippines from the Spanish, and added them to the arsenal of U.S. colonies in, both Latin America & the Pacific, I guess they decided that it was okay to punk the relatively peaceful island kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands. So, this is basically how it went: a lot of U.S. citizens & Europeans were property owners and landowners in the Hawaiian Islands, with strong political & financial ties to both American & European elite political & financial machines; and, of course, like anywhere & everywhere that they went, the Europeans Americans got mad greedy & wanted to control every damn thing. By the way, this upheaval was directly co-signed & approved by the U.S., in addition to aiding these U.S. rebels in Hawaii by sending U.S. Marines, which led to militarily occupy this country unjustly, until it was made the 50th state of the United States, in 1960.

2. Iran-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (Republic of Iran)

Date of deposition:1953

Historical backdrop of deposition:

Operation Ajax was the CIA code-name for this coup d’etat, which forcefully removed the legitimately elected Prime Minister of Iran. What was the reason for this one, you may ask?!!!! O…I…L…..Oil, plain & simple. The Iranian Parliament, had just recently in 1951, approved a law which would nationalize Petroleum in Iran, therefore preventing special investment/interests groups, representing powerful foreign countries & financial conglomerates from exploiting this resource. And, of course this ticked off not only the U.S., but the boys from the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. So, what do they do? The oh so classic divide-and-conquer political chess-move, which, unfortunately, works every single time that it’s played. The CIA, along with British Intelligence incited rioting throughout Iran, by using Iranian nationals who were on the CIA & British intelligence payrolls, to act as communists, and staged attacks against high-ranked Shi’ite religious clerics, which obviously did not go well with the rest of the Shi’ite-dominated populace. This resulted in what the U.S. & U.K. had planned, the toppling of the government, and replacing it with Shah Mohammed Reza  Pahlev, a well-known go-along-to-get-along puppet/running-dog of the CIA.

3. The Congo-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Patrice Lumumba/Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date of deposition: 1961

Historical backdrop of deposition:

The then President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the hero of World War II, affectionately referred to as “Ike”, basically said what President Barack Obama had said about Anwar Al-Awlaki some 50 years before, “I want him dead!!!”. Lumumba had just very recently helped his country receive independence from their mother colonizer, Belgium. But, what Lumumba didn’t realize is that independence can’t be granted, it has to be taken. So, just because your country is free on paper, doesn’t mean that you truly have freedom. And like, Mossadegh from Iran, Lumumba wanted to truly materialize freedom for his countrymen, which was a tremendous threat to both the geo-political/financial interests of not only Beligium, but also the U.S. This resulted in the infamous “Congo Crisis”, in which future Congo leader Joseph Mobutu, was used to help topple Lumumba & his government, in exchange for the gift of Dictator of the Congo ever since. And, he, unlike Lumumba was more than comfortable with staying in his place. Lumumba was captured & executed by CIA operatives.

4. Nicaragua-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): The Sandinista Government (Republic of Nicaragua)

Date of deposition: 1990

Historical backdrop of deposition:

The Sandinista government was legitimately elected into power by the people of Nicaragua. But, this interfered with the interests of the U.S., because they wanted to control the political destiny of Latin America, staying true to the precepts of the Monroe Doctrine. So, what the U.S. does is support a rag-tag gang of drug-dealing gangsters, murderers, extortionists, and terrorists, known as the Contras, to eliminate the legitimate power held by the Sandinistas. The Contras agree to oust the Sandinistas, in exchange for allowance to smuggle drugs indiscriminately into the U.S. for profit, which increased the distribution of Cocaine & escalated the intensity of the drug-trade in the U.S. The conflict of the Contras vs. the Sandinistas had occurred for a whole decade, before the eventual deposition of the Sandinistas, at the behest of the U.S., with some high-ranked military officials, namely Oliver North, along with the CIA, doing the dirty work-This was a major incident that made the Iran-Contra what it was.

5. The Philippines-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Ferdinand Marcos (Republic of the Philippines)

Date of Deposition: 1986

Historical backdrop of deposition:

Initially, Ferdinand Marcos was strongly supported by the United States, despite the fact that the Marcos regime was guilty of many Human-Rights violations, as well as squandering billions of its nation’s domestic capital. Still, the U.S. supported the Philippines, mainly because of the military significant position of the Philippines in the Pacific. Basically, the Philippines served and still serves as on of many U.S. Naval satellite nations, that are used to monitor the Pacific Ocean. As political unrest in the Philippines, as a result of governmental corruption & mismanagement of monies in the country, the U.S. used its geo-political influence & military might to remove Marcos from power.

Much like the rest of these other leaders & regimes, Gaddafi & his regime were once completely supported by the U.S. But, as soon as he decided that he wanted to run his own country the way that he wanted to, as opposed to the way that the U.S. wanted him to run his country, then he became one of the many “Disposable-Rulers”. These are individuals whom were either initially supported by the U.S., or were complete self-sufficient nations to begin with, and when they were deemed a threat to the interests of the U.S., they were quickly ousted from power. This is a timeless stratagem, to keep leaders & nations under the thumbs of the elite puppet-masters/king-makers.

There have been very few leaders & countries whom have told the U.S. to kick rocks; but, they’ve either been sanctioned into extreme poverty by the rest of the international-community, at the behest of the U.S., ousted by direct U.S. military force and/or various intelligence agencies that are the international hired goons of America (like the CIA for example), or intense geo-political deception, which would cause the people of these respective countries to turn on their own leaders & thus make the process of invasion/conquest a hell of a lot easier for the U.S. Thus is the true history of U.S. international relations: instead of being the bully-of-the-block, America has been the bully-of-the -planet for a very long time. From the Indian-Wars to the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. has always betrayed and slit the throats of those whom they once made as leaders, and replaced them with puppets. The U.S. has a very well-known habit of removing persons from power who either second-guess, or just rebuke the whims of America & replace them with those whom they are confident will be more submissive & obedient to them-When it comes to power from the perspective of the U.S. particularly, you’re either a team-player (i.e. someone who only plays by their rules), or you’re not gonna play at all.

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Both Misogyny & Feminism are evil and here’s why:

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Author’s note:
Now, for many of you out there who may have a gender superiority-complex, from either gender, may be pissed at me for saying what you’ll end up reading from this post. But, it just needs to be said. This post is not at all meant to offend anyone’s personal views about anything, and if you feel offended in any way by that which you will read, I sincerely apologize in advance.

For educational purposes, I will be fair enough to explore both the historical dynamics of both Misogyny & Feminism, to give those who read this a better understanding of why I take the general position of hating both equally. I plan to start off with the linguistic definitions of both concepts, as well as how these two concepts have ruined the general nature of how men & women are supposed to exist with one another in harmony.

Now, let’s start with defining both concepts:

Misogyny-
Hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.

Feminism-
The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
(Both definitions are courtesy of Dictionary.com)

Now, I know some of you will be saying to yourselves, “Okay, this Nigga done lost it!!!”. Obviously, on the surface, it doesn’t seem like they are at all the same. But, as we go along, you’ll see how they are exactly the same in practicality. To be fair, it’s not at all surprising that a concept like feminism has sprung up, in an attempt to globally combat Misogyny-After all, Misogyny is in and of itself a very objectifying & oppressive concept. But, as we have seen in our recent history, the natural harmony between men & women have not at all improved; if anything, they’ve gotten worse, and both men & women have become even more at odds with one another.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “Men and women are guardians of one another.” (Chpt.9, V.71 ). This indicates clearly that both men & women have a Divine obligation, from Allah, their Creator, to provide respect, honor, trust, love, appreciation, comfort, companionship, protection, advice, care to one another, not to oppress one another. It’s a blatant sign, that men & women exists to cohabitate in harmony, as opposed to being opposition to one another.

Unfortunately, as a direct result of oppressive social-constructs, laid down by those ruling over others, without proper guidance from Allah, there has been a perpetual disease, that we know of as Misogyny, that has spread like wild-fire, and has compelled women to seek out justice for themselves in any way that they can. But, unfortunately Feminism is not the solution to Misogyny; we’ll get to the reason why after we go a little deeper into he history of both Misogyny & Feminism.

The History of Misogyny:

The History of Misogyny as we know it to be can easily be traced back to several civilizations, namely: ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Roman civilizations. In ancient ancient Egypt, women were excluded from the scribe & priest classes-Women were not deemed worthy of being religious authorities, and were not trusted enough to be official record-keepers; in ancient Greece, it was understood, as a societal precedent, that women were generally viewed as lesser forms of men, according to several philosophers, writers, poets, etc., they were also denied to participate in the Olympian games as players, or even as spectators, and they were denied the right participate in the democratic-process of electing representatives of the governments of Greece’s many city-states; in ancient Rome, women were just as degraded, and treated just as less than men, as they were in ancient Greece, not really that much difference. In ancient China, much like ancient Greece & Rome, very similar misogynistic elements were visible there. In all of these three respective societies & civilizations, the general treatment of women was unfair, biased, and were bent upon keeping women subjugated socially, economically, politically, and even sexually. For example, in Greece, depictions of men in art were always favored above women, because the male anatomy was viewed as more desirable than the female anatomy. And, in China, Rome & Greece, women were exclusively excluded from the realms of political influence, with the rare exceptions of women from the noble classes, as well as politically astute and powerful families-Even in Egypt, there was a female Pharaoh, by the name of Hatsheput, whom her successors tried in every way to historically erase her from existence, because the ancient Egyptians didn’t want people to know that a female had ruled Egypt all on her own; it’s even possible/probable that she was assassinated, just to get her out of the way. Although I only chose to highlight four of but many civilizations, Misogyny has been a major aspect of many various societies & civilizations throughout history.

The History of Feminism:

Feminism, as we know it, emerged from the Suffrage-Movement. The Suffrage-Movement was the first official movement to directly attack the misogynistic elements of their environment. However, their were in and of itself many elements of the Suffrage-Movement had very racist elements; it’s truly ironic that the founders of the Suffrage-Movement wanted rights for all white women, but not rights for all people. I’ll definitely explain. After Slavery ended, with the passing, of the 13th Amendment (contrary to popular belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not end Slavery in the U.S.), the issue of givig African-American men the right to vote became an issue of discussion. This is when the evil of the prelude of Feminism lifted its head out of the sand. The Suffrage-Movement had an official split concerning this issue. There were those, like Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who displayed blatant racist opposition against supporting African-American men to acquire the right to vote, also, they were only concern with grant White women to be granted the right to vote, not even all women-They were so bent upon gaining their own individual rights, that they were willing to deny someone else of theirs. Those on the opposite side of the fence, like Lucy Stone & Julia Ward Howe, who knew that this racist approach was fundamentally wrong, and it would be impossible to get the right to vote for women, without granting the right to vote to Black men first. Thus, the official split between members of the Suffrage-Movement via off-shoot organizations, had begun, because of racial discrimination.

Now, back to the present:

So, in knowing the history of both Misogyny & Feminism, we can now look, through a clearer lens, how they both feed off of one another. One of the perfect examples of how Misogyny & Feminism feed off of one another is the Pornography industry (and just so you know, most porn stars are women, by the way). Every aspect of the Pornography industry is exclusively geared towards the dehumanization, subjugation, of women; yet, you have Feminists, like Wendy McElroy, who mentions in her book, “XXX: A Woman’s Right To Pornography”, that, “Pornography benefits women, both personally and politically.” Now, what the hell is this that she’s talkin’?!!! How in the hell is pornography of any benefit to any woman?!!! Please, someone answer this one for me!!! And, these types of positions are a direct result of the whole notion that a woman is equal to a man. My question is this, if a woman wants to be viewed as an equal counterpart with a man, why in the hell would they co-sign the complete & blatant cultural/societal dishonor of women?!!! Many Feminists would so argue that a woman has a right to express herself as she wills. But, then when they are disrespected by men, as a result of how they express themselves, now they wanna bitch & complain about “Human-Rights”/”Women’s-Rights”. You can’t have it both ways, you either want to be respected or not!!!

Firstly, the issue of how equality is interpreted from a Feminist perspective is completely ass-backwards. Many Feminists simply view equality as being able to do anything that a man can do, which is in and of itself is very relative, or that a woman is the same as a man. Well, men & women are men & women for a reason: because we are in fact different; we’re not the same & we’re not supposed to be the same. Men have qualities & abilities that women will never have, and women have qualities & abilities that men will never have-This is just a reality!!! Men & women don’t have to be the same in order to be equal. Now, still, the concept of equality is unrealistic, because both men & women exists to complement one another, not to conflict one another. But, this is the direct result of when you have a society that is bent upon establishing man-made laws to govern themselves, as opposed to establishing Divine laws, that represent true justice & equality for all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, social-status, etc.

The reality of how Feminism & Misogyny function:

Corruption in society, as a result of not placing the laws of Allah as the standards to live one’s life is like a trigger-finger; the ruling classes of society are like a gun; Misogyny is like a bullet; the bullet wound would be the results of Misogyny’s destructive effects on society; and Feminism is like a band-aid over the bullet wound. Feminism is not solving the problem of the destruction of Misogyny at all in our society, it’s just like placing a band-aid over the bullet wound, without even removing the bullet from the wound. If anything, Feminism, the band-aid, has made the wound worse, because the bullet has not been removed from the wound, which has prevented the wound from healing, and that’s exactly what Feminism has been like for our society.

Feminism has in  fact contributed to the further degradation of women, by supporting women to exploit themselves, as opposed to men exploiting them, which many Feminists find more liberating. And, this explains why Feminism is in fact evil, because it gives the impressions that a woman can exploit herself all she wants, as long as men don’t exploit her-The example of how many Feminists view pornography as liberating for women has already proven my point many times over. You may be wondering still what my general point is, by even bringing this issue up. The point is that neither men nor women have the right to deny one another their rights over one another as Human beings. What ends  up happening is that both Misogyny & Feminism breeds hatred between the genders, spreading & encouraging this outrageous superiority-complex.

The great fallacy of Feminism, being a counter-concept & greater alternative to combat Misogyny, actually, makes Feminism exactly the same as Misogyny; the only difference is that Misogyny is used by men to oppress women & Feminism is used to oppress men. There’s even a Feminist, by the name of Christine Hoff Sommers, who has authored the book, “The War Against Boys”, who gives great detail into how Feminism has had negative results relating to male youth, in our societies. In her work, she has shown how falsified stats were used to push the Feminists agenda, to consolidate further gender superiority of women over men. This is smoking gun evidence, just from the work of Sommers alone that Feminism is just as destructive to our societies as Misogyny is.

Now, back to Misogyny:

To all of my men out there, just stop mistreating the women!!! The whole reason that Feminism has even been allowed to exist and fester in our societies is because the men don’t give the women their due rights, according to the commandments of Allah, which in turn, compels women to seek out their rights, and because they’re so desperate to be treated fairly, they begin to overstep bounds that Allah has set forth, and begin to have unwarranted bias towards men generally, which lead to the pathology of women thinking that they are better than men, just because they’re women, just like with Misogyny, which leads men to develop the pathology that they are better than women, just because they are men.
And, this pathology comes directly from the Devil, when Allah says, in the Qur’an, how He commanded the Angels, along with himself, to prostrate to Adam (Peace be upon him) in the Paradise, yet, the Devil refused & stated that he was better than Adam, but he didn’t have any proof that he was better than Adam (Chpt.7 V.11-13). Likewise, regarding Misogyny & Feminism, these two concepts encourage men to believe that they’re better than women, without any justified reason & women believing that they are better than men, without any justified reason. In all reality, what makes a man better than a woman, and what makes a woman better than a man?!!!

The answer is very simple: No man nor woman can honestly say that they’re any better than any other member of the opposite gender, because Allah, the Lord of the Universe never said that men are better than women, and He never said that women are better than men. The real underlying issue is that people both men & women gravitate towards either Misogyny or Feminism as an excuse to fill some type of confidence or self-esteem void, at the expense of lowering someone else. Whenever people don’t have positive self-esteem, they often use things to make themselves feel better, at the expense of hurting others, and that’s exactly what Misogyny & Feminism are used for.

Gareth Bryant/2012

Apparently, Anthony just couldn’t keep his weiner in his pants:

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There’s recently been a tell-all expose, initiated by the one-time cheerleader coach/internet side-piece fling of the fallen former Congressman, Anthony Weiner, in her new book. This woman, Traci Nobles, is now dishing all types of dirt that obviously Weiner thought would be his best kept secrets forever…..wrong, buddy!!! Now, this guys has violated more bathroom stalls, and exercise facilities, with his “lil’ man”, than any high school tech geek could ever imagine.

To add insult to injury, this guy has a relationship with this woman, Huma Abedin, whom he blatantly embarrassed, both publicly & privately. But, enough about him. Let me talk about Huma for a minute. I have some clear-cut, straight/no chaser advice for Huma Abedin: LEAVE WEINER & DON’T MARRY ANOTHER NON-MUSLIM!!! You see, apparently, she’s a Muslim, but, in Islam, it’s made very clear that Muslim women are religiously prohibited from marrying any Non-Muslim man, under any circumstance. But, I’m guessing that didn’t matter much to her.

Allah says very clearly, in the Qur’an, “And do not marry the Men of Idolatry, unless they believe.” (Chpt.2, V.221). This verse of the Qur’an, although worded the way it is applies to any & all Non-Muslims, regardless of their respective religious orientations-Muslim women are off-limits, period. And, this escapade that Weiner had embarked upon is proof-[positive as to why no Muslim woman at any time, under any circumstance, should even desire to marry a Non-Muslim. Allah has given us a warning, but Huma had refused this warning, and this is what happens.

Now, I know that those who know me will give me a pretty hard way to go for writing this (yeah, like I really care, anyway…HA!!!). But, this just has to be said-It has to be known where the lines are drawn religiously for Muslims. Now, whether a Muslim chooses to abide by these regulations is an entirely different issue all-together. I’m just here to say what very few have the balls to say.

Even referring to their “marriage”, Islamically, it wasn’t even a marriage-Allah has already prohibited Muslim women from marrying Non-Muslim men, thus, their union is not Islamically acceptable in the sight of Allah as a marital-relationship. And, Weiner knew this full-well, that’s why he said that Huma’s parents were “backwards”, as so related in Nobles’ book, detailing all of the trash-talk that Weiner was dishing out, concerning Huma’s parents & their general disapproval of her “marriage” to Weiner. Now, without getting all defense, in defense of Huma Abedin, Imma ask all of my respective Muslims, who are more on the Feminist/Liberal scale, was it really worth her even doing what she did, considering what Weiner has done to her?

Now you may think of me as sort of an ass-hole for even writing this, and personally, that’s okay with me-I’m more than willing to accept any & all criticism concerning this. Besides, in all reality, I’ve written about a hell of a lot more controversial things than this. So, criticism is something that I receive pretty well, concerning my writing…..bring it on!!!

Now, back to my boy, Weiner: Dude, you’re a dummy!!! It’s bad enough that you’ve embarrassed someone who loved to the extent that they were willing to forfeit & disregard a deep-rooted religious principle for you, the least that you could’ve done is kept the lie alive & not have all of these various indiscretions. But, what can I expect?!!! But, then again, honestly, I have to admit something: if I were not a Muslim, and a Muslim girl was dumb enough to violate her own religious principles for a dude like me, yeah, I would’ve definitely done the same exact thing.

And, this friends is why Allah has prohibited Muslim women from marrying Non-Muslims, ya get it now?!!! It should be crystal-clear at right about this point!!!

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Hell is gonna be jammed-packed!!!

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Here’s my personal list of some people who’s definitely goin’ to Hell:

Everybody in the Reagan administration…everybody in the Bush, Jr. administration…everybody who co-signed the legislation that Reagan signed in the eighties, giving Wall Street complete autonomy in the U.S. & the World…the CIA…everyone involved in the Iran-Contra Affair…everyone who participated in the 9/11 cover-up…all of the Congressmen who voted to approve the Patriot Act…all of the Congressmen who voted to approve the $700 Billion bail-out to all of these companies that have been screwing the American people with no vaseline…and these are just some, not all…THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE YOURSELVES IS TO BECOME MUSLIMS & THEN SUPPORT ‘OCCUPY WALL ST.’!!!

Gareth Bryant

#FUCK THE 1%!!!

#Support Occupy Wall Street!!!

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Lend your support to “Occupy Wall Street”:

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“Support “Occupy Wall Street”, anywhere that you are, whether you go to a protest, take pics or write about it, do what you can, all you can…#Fuck The 1%!!!”

Gareth Bryant

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Some Brief Islamic-History (the Top-Ten best Companions of Muhammad):

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The Terrific-Ten:
This is the story of some of the very greatest men there’ve ever been; only the Prophets could top them; no one else could out-shine them:Let’s start with Abu-Bakr As-Siddiq, short & sweet; the best of the best, can’t be beat.
His love for Allah & Islam leaves one in amazement.`Umar ibn-ul-Khattab was always on his job; never a slacker, he is the original gangster.
His devotion still, til this day remains uncontested.

`Uthman ibn-`Affan was oh so baller; no one before or after him ever stood any taller.
His charity is beyond belief, it is just simply legendary.

`Aly ibn Abi-Talib was the best warrior around; if you dared to fight him, you were goin’ down.
His death at the hands of the Khawarij was a tragedy.

Talhah ibn-`Ubaydillah was the pearl of Uhud; he was a ride-or-die dude, he did all he could.
Although killed at the Battle of the Camel, from a fight he never ran.

Az-Zubayr ibn-ul-`Awwam was always caught between a rock & a hard place, but always stared adversity straight in the face.
He was deceived & murdered at the hand of the coward Marwan.

`Abd-ur-Rahman ibn-`Awf was Makkah’s Bill Gates & Madinah’s Warren Buffet; wealth for him was just a means to an end, he never wanted it.
He was the Job of the Companions; everything that he lost, Allah gave it back twice.

Sa`d ibn Abi-Waqqas was a number-one boss; anyone he ever sided with never loss.
He went to China, now we know why Chinese Muslims make bangin’ Halal rice.

Abu-`Ubaydah ibn-il-Jarrah was a superstar at Badr; his sacrifices for the Din was like no one other.
He forfeited the grand life of a king for the simple life of a nomad.

Sa`id ibn-Zayd never took an oath; he never wanted to be accused of being a liar & attain the people’s loath.
Whenever in a battle, he was known as “The Shield of Muhammad”.

Gareth Bryant/2012

The Reasons Muslims do not celebrate Non-Islamic Holidays:

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We must first examine the meaning of the word “holiday”.

Holiday (from the Old English; Haligdaeg, which means holy-day):

The day or days of a religious festival.1

It is obvious that even from the definition of the word means that inherently this term has deep religious significance. As Muslims, we are only allowed to partake in celebrations & festivals that have been specifically dictated to us by our Lord, who is Allah; the Lord of the Heavens & the Earth, He who has neither parent nor child, and His Messenger who is Muhammad, the Son of `Abd-il-lah (Peace be upon him); the Seal of the Prophets & Messengers. The one whom the Qur’an was revealed to.2 As Muslims, we only have two holidays; the first being the 1st day of (the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar) Shawwal, which indicates the end of (fasting) Ramadhan. The name of this holiday is called the Celebration of the Feast.3 The second being the 10th day of (the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar) Dhul-Hijjah, which commemorates the sacrifices that Allah commanded Abraham (Peace be upon him) to make, like sacrificing his first born son, Ishmael (Peace be upon him). The name of this holiday is called the Celebration of the Sacrifice.4 Muslims are not allowed to participate in any celebration or festivity, which has any Non-Islamic origins, like the glorification of false gods.5 We also do not celebrate our holidays whenever we want to. Our days of festivities & merriment are standardized, and are only to be observed on the days which Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him) legislated.

Examples of some Non-Islamic holidays & their origins:

Valentine’s Day:

Initially, an annual Roman holiday of fertility, the Lupercalia (also called the Lupercalis)6 in honor of Lupercus, the “god of Livestock”. Each year eligible men & women (in every city, town, or village) would be paired together in a lottery. One of the rituals of this holiday was to slaughter innumerable amounts of goats, take the goat blood and smear it upon the eligible women, in the hope that it would give them the potential to conceive. As Christianity spread across continental Europe, the Catholic Church wanted to legitimize the Lupercalia. So, on February 14th, 496 C.E., the Lupercalia was renamed Saint Valentine’s Day in commemoration of two Catholic Saints, both named Valentine.

Easter:

From the name Eastre, the ancient Germanic “goddess of Spring & Fertility”,7 the celebration of Easter was originally a festival commemorating the (Spring Solstice) first day of Spring. Many traditions of early Germanic Easter-type folklore have been preserved to the present-day, like the legend of the “Easter Bunny”. According to Germanic traditions, the Rabbit represented fertility. Another people that contributed to Easter were the ancient Greeks. According to Greek mythology, Persephone,8 (daughter of Demeter the “goddess of the Earth”9) was brought back to life, and returned to the Earth from the Underworld. This legend inspired the Greeks to formulate the belief that Spring represented life, while Winter represented death. Even the Hebrew word Pesach,9 which means “Passover” is linguistically synonymous with the Greek word Pasha, which means “Easter”. Many early Christians (who were of Jewish origin) added the celebration of Easter to Passover, in commemoration of the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him).

Halloween:

Originally a Celtic holiday (from the ancient religion of Druidism). This celebration commemorated the arrival of Autumn & Winter. The name of this holiday was originally called Samhain, which used to begin on the night of October 31st. According to the Druids, the spirits of those who had died the previous year were roaming the Earth on this day. In order to appease these “lost souls” the Druids would make sacrificial offerings; things like food, and other types of gifts were thought to please the dead. Even humans & animals were sacrificed on this day. Large bonfires were also part of the general festivities. By the end of the 1st century, the Roman Empire swept across Europe, even to the British Isles, the home of the Druid-Celts. As a result, the Romans began to emulate religious rituals, and festivals of its conquered peoples. When Christianity became the dominant religion in Europe, the Catholic Church would often Christianize pagan holidays, in order to satisfy their newly converted (formerly pagan) populous. The holiday Samhain was no different. In 835 C.E.,  Pope Gregory IV10 changed the name of Samhain to “ All Saint’s Day”. It was later changed to “All Souls Day”, in 998 C.E., and would later be change to Allhallows Day or Hallowmas, and finally to Halloween. The night before Halloween was named Hallows Eve.

Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving draws its roots from traditional European harvesting festivals. These festivals commemorated successful harvesting seasons. In the British Isles, a very similar festival was observed on August 1st. According to the traditional method of celebration, this festival was only commenced when a harvesting season was successful; if not then the festival was usually cancelled. The official holiday (modern version) of “Thanksgiving” began in North America, with the Puritans. At first, Thanksgiving was observed on a non-annual basis, depending on circumstances. Usually, Thanksgiving was specifically observed because of times of crisis, or after some type of misfortune had passed.

Christmas:

Originally, a seven-day Roman festival known as the Saturnalia.11 This celebration began on December 17th, which commemorated Saturn the “god of Agriculture”, as well as the (Winter Solstice) first day of Winter. During the Saturnalia, the Romans halted trade, warfare, exchanged gifts, and even gave their slaves temporary freedom. There were many additions to this holiday, like the festival of Mithra12 the Persian “god of Light”. They would glorify Saturn & Mithra by making sacrificial offerings, along with other regular acts of worship. With the combination of the Saturnalia and the festival of Mithra, these festivities extended all the way to January 1st.

This marked the first day of the month of the new year (According to the Julian Calendar). As Christianity swept across Europe, the Catholic Church began to adopt and Christianize traditional pagan holidays once practiced by their new converts, as an incentive to keep them as Christians. The Saturnalia was eventually renamed “Christmas”, in honor of the “birth” of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him), even though there is no known religious, or historical proof that Jesus (Peace be upon him) was even born in the Winter, much less on December 25th. In fact, December 25th was the birth of Mithra, according to ancient Persian mythology.

It has become very clear that the holidays so many people from around the world know & love have pagan origins. For those who claim to be monotheistic (particularly Jews & Christians), you must now evaluate what you allow yourselves, and your families to celebrate as holidays. If you claim to be an upright Jew or Christian, yet still partake in these types of holidays, then you have a serious theological dilemma. According to the teachings of the Old Testament (the Torah), idolatry is the worst thing that a human being could commit. However, the holidays that represent this same type of abomination have been preserved by the same people who claim to shun polytheism, and are still celebrated as though nothing is wrong, why?

Allah tells us: “They took their Rabbis, and Priests, and the Christ, the Son of Mary as lords besides Allah, and they were not commanded except to worship one god. There is no god except Him. Glorified is He above whatever they associate”.13

When Muhammad (Peace be upon him) related this verse for the first time to his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them all-together), one of them, a former Jew, by the name of `Ady bin-Hatim proclaimed that the Rabbis were not worshiped.

Then (Muhammad) he asked him: “Did they not make unlawful what Allah made lawful, and lawful what Allah made unlawful, so you also made it lawful? He (`Ady bin-Hatim) replied: Of course!!! He (Muhammad) said: That is their worship”.14 Based on that Prophetic statement, the Jews & Christians definitely worshiped their scholars, because they made unlawful what Allah made lawful for them, and lawful what Allah made unlawful for them, and they listened to their scholars. They worshiped them because they listened to them when they were wrong.

The fact that so many pagan holidays (like Halloween & Valentine’s Day) are celebrated by the Christians validates that statement. Allah also tells us: “So do not make with Allah rivals, and you know better”.15 The meaning of this verse is not to worship anything other than Allah, or give anything the same status that Allah possesses, like Divinity. Only Allah possesses Divinity, and does not share His Divinity with anything. Both the Jews & Christians are guilty of making rivals with Allah.

As He says in His Book: “And the Jews say Ezra is the Son of Allah, and the Christians say the Christ is the Son of Allah. That is their statement from their own mouths. They (imitate) repeat the statement of those who disbelieved from before. Allah has cursed them, they are rejectors”.16

1 Webster’s Dictionary

2 Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 4, V. 39

3 Fataw-al-Islamiyyah (Islamic Verdicts), the Permanent Committee of Islamic Jurists, Saudi Arabia

4 Fataw-al-Islamiyyah; Qasas-ul-Anbiya’ (Stories of the Prophets), Isma`il Ibn-Kathir ad-Dimashqy

5 Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 7, V. 138; Kitab-ut-Tawhid (The Book of Islamic-Monotheism), Muhammad ibn-`Abd-il-

Wahhab; The Right Way, Ahmad ibn-Taymiyyah

6 www.ask.com

7 Encarta Encyclopedia

8 Encyclopedia Britannica

9 Encarta Encyclopedia

10 Encyclopedia Britannica

11 Encarta Encyclopedia

12 Encarta Encyclopedia

13 Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 9, V. 31; Kitab-ut-Tawhid

14 Musnad-Ahmad, Ahmad ibn-Hanbal; Sunan-ut-Tirmidhy, Muhammad ibn-`Isa ibn-Surat ibn-Musa ibn-ud-Dhahhak as-Sulaymy at-Tirmidhy ; Kitab-ut-Tawhid

15 Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 2, V. 22; Kitab-ut-Tawhid

16 Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 9, V. 30; Qasas-ul-Anbiya’

Gareth Bryant/2011

A necessary clarification concerning misconceptions about Islam & Muslims:

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Author’s Note:
I would like to clarify some common misconceptions about Islam & Muslims, which have been taken to be factual, by both Non-Muslims as well as other Muslims. I purposely chose to mention theological issues in this particular post, being that these issues are of the utmost important to clarify for both Non-Muslims & Muslims.1.   Allah (means “God”) is the Arabic word for “God”:
The word for god in the Arabic language is “Ilah”, hence the famous Islamic slogan:
(“La ilaha illal-lah”) “There is no god except Allah”.1 This slogan is one half of the Islamic Testimony of Faith, which is required to be said by someone who wants to become a Muslim. The word “Ilah” (much like the word “God” in English2) means an object of worship.3 Based upon that, anything or anyone can be a god. In fact, the Islamic definition of this first half of the Testimony means that there is no object of worship in truth except Allah. People worship many different things like fame, fortune, power, etc. There are all types of gods, but there is only one Allah.

The word “Allah” is a very unique word in the Arabic language, because it cannot be made dual, plural, feminine, indefinite or an object of possession (i.e. in the Arabic language, a person cannot say: “two Allah’s”, “three Allah’s”, “feminine Allah”, “an Allah”, or “my Allah”). Many people may very well ask: Well, what does Allah mean if not “God”? My answer to that would simply be this: the name “Allah” is a specific word in the Arabic language that has been chosen by the Lord of the Universe as His principal name, even though He informs us in His Book (the Qur’an) of His other names.4 The closest possible translation of the word “Allah” in English would be “The One-True God”.

2. Muslims worship Muhammad:
Muslims are not allowed to worship anyone except Allah Himself. We do not give created things any level of Divinity. Divinity is only for Allah, and He does not share His Divinity with anyone.5 Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is only the Messenger of Allah6; the one whom was given the Book of Allah (the Qur’an). Allah taught him His speech (the Qur’an) though he could not read or write it.7

3. Muslims worship Stones & Statues:
Not only are Muslims prohibited from worshipping other Humans, we are also banned from worshipping Animals, forces of Nature, Planets & Stars, engraved images, sculptures, etc. There has been some people and groups who have suggested that Muslims worship the Black-Stone, which is embedded in one of the corners of the Ka`bah in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, as well as an ancient Pagan-Arab goddess named Al-lat, whom many have stated that the Muslims got the name “Allah” from the name “Al-lat”. Many people lie upon the Muslims to try to accuse us of not being truly monotheistic. Theologically, as well as linguistically this is all wrong. Firstly, Allah tells us in His Book how the Pagan-Arabs worshipped many other gods & goddesses, including Al-lat.8 Secondly, the names “Allah” & “Al-lat” are two completely different words in the Arabic language with separate meanings.9

4. Islam means “Peace”:
The word Islam does not mean “Peace”, rather it means submission. In fact, the Islamic definition of this word means: “Submission to Allah with Oneness (meaning to worship Allah alone, as one god), to humble one’s self with it, and to free one’s self from Association (Polytheism) and its (branches) people.”10

5. Muslims believe in the Bible:
We do not accept the Bible as the word of Allah, because of what the word Bible means. The word itself simply means a collection of books.11We do believe in the Torah, Psalms, and Gospel as they were first revealed. Allah informs us of how the people whom these previous books were initially revealed to eventually changed what was in those books.12

6. Muslims do not believe in Jesus:
We do believe that Jesus (Peace be upon him) is in fact the Christ (for the record, Allah mentions him as the Christ more than five times in the Qur’an)13, but that is as far as it goes. We do not regard him as the “Son of Allah” because he is not. We also do not regard him as the one who died for the sins of Humanity.14 Allah has no parents, no children, and no equal.15

7. Islam is an “Abrahamic-Faith”:
The whole concept that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have the same origin is ridiculous. Islam predates Abraham (Peace be upon him), because according to Islamic text, the first Muslim was the first Human, Adam (Peace be upon him).16 As for Judaism & Christianity, these two religions did not exist during the lifetime of Abraham (Peace be upon him), on the contrary, they appeared at least 3,000 years after the death of Abraham (Peace be upon him).17

8. Muhammad was the founder of Islam:
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) did not founded Islam. Islam predates him as well Abraham (Peace be upon him), which was previously mentioned. He was however the Seal of the Prophets & Messengers who called Humanity to Islam.18

9. Members of the “Nation of Islam” or the “Five-Percent Nation” are Muslims:
The “Nation of Islam” is a total facade; formerly led by Elijah Poole (better known as “Elijah Muhammad) who taught his followers that the founder of the “Nation of Islam”; a man named Wallace D. Ford (better known as “Master Fard Muhammad”) was Allah (as well as the fallacy that African-Americans were a “Nation of Gods”), and that he was the “Messenger of Allah”, who was sent to the “Black-Man” in the Western Hemisphere; often referring to them as the “Lost Tribe of Shabazz”.19 This man was a complete theological fraud who preyed upon the ignorance of his own people (to acquire dominance in the African-American community) for his own selfish interests. He never taught his followers the correct theological fundamentals of Islam, and is personally responsible for misguiding countless African-Americans, as well as painting an overall false image of Islam & Muslims to other people across the globe.

As for the “Five-Percent Nation”, their founder was a rogue member of the “Nation of Islam” named “Clarence 13X”. The core beliefs of both the “Nation of Islam” & the “Five-Percent Nation” are almost identical, with the exception that the divinity of the “Black-Man” is emphasized more among “Five-Percenters”. They also have a belief that they are the selected few who are righteous, thus making them only 5% of the Human population. Everyone else falls into the category of the “Eighty-Fivers”; the 85% who are the “Ignorant-Masses” or the 10% who “Build & Destroy”. They also practice Numerology, something that is regarded as a Major-Sin according to Islamic-Law.20

10. Muslims Jews & Christians believe in the same god:
If Muslims, Jews, & Christians all believed in the same god then there would be no such thing as a Muslim, Jew, or Christians would there? The Jews believe that they are the chosen “People of God”. Does this mean that every single Human that ever lived who is not Jewish is damned? The Christians believe that Jesus (Peace be upon him) died for their sins. What about all of the other Humans that ever lived before the time of Jesus (Peace be upon him) are they also damned? Where is the justice? As Muslims, we believe that Allah has sent guidance to every nation, and to every people, regardless of ethnicity, regional, or continental origin.21

1. Lisan-ul`Arab (The Arabic Language [Lexicon of the Arabic Language])

2. Webster’s Dictionary

3. Al-`Aqidat-ul-Islamiyyah (Islamic Creed), Muhammad Jamil Zino

4. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 59, V. 22-24

5. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 18, V. 26

6. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 48, V. 29

7. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 7, V. 157

8. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 53, V. 19

9. Lisan-ul-`Arab, Chick Publications

10. Al-Qawlu-ul-Mufid (The Beneficial Speech), Muhammad ibn-`Abd-il-Wahhab ibn-`Ali al-Wasabi

11. Webster’s Dictionary

12. Noble Qur’an: Chpts. 2, V. 65 & 79; 5, 60

13. Noble Qur’an: Chpts. 3, V. 40; 4, 156, 157 & 171; 5, 17, 72 & 75; 9, 30 & 31

14. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 4, V. 157

15. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 112, V. 3 & 4

16. Qasas-ul-Anbiya’ (Stories of Prophets), Isma`il Ibn-Kathir ad-Dimashqi

17. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 3, V. 67

18. Noble Qur’an: Chpt.. 33, V. 40

19. Message to the Black Man in America, Elijah Muhammad; World Religions, MacMillan Compendium, MacMillan Library
Reference, U.S.A.; Encyclopedia of African-American Religions

20. Al-Kaba’ir (The Major-Sins), Muhammad ibn-`Uthman adh-Dhahabi

21. Noble Qur’an: Chpt. 16, V. 36

Gareth Bryant/2011

My Brooklyn Bridge walking-race:

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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, this day, in which the weather was good like many others days when the weather’s good, I decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. This has been my main modality of consistent exercise, for the past 5 years. I’m a pretty in-shape kind of guy because of it, by the way. Also, I’ve been able to increase my general body speed, by constantly challenging myself, to walk even faster, to get across the bridge in a faster time. Not to long ago, I actually managed to walk the entirety of the Brooklyn Bridge in only 20 mins., no joke. But, every once in a while, us fellow New York bridge walkers have a tendency to challenge one another upon our favorite bridges, sometimes out of the thrill to show off how fast we can walk, or simply out of the wanting for healthy competition, either way, we all end up playing the walk-race game, with our fellow bridge-walkers.

But, on this particular Tuesday, as soon as I got on the bridge, and started walking…..this guy, no younger than about mid-40’s just blows past me. As I’m looking behind him, I see him & think to myself, “I can’t let this old Nigga beat me; I gotta get him!!!” (Now, for all of you who are about to bitch & moan about me using the word “Nigger/Nigga”, author’s note: he was a White guy. I’m only using it as a general, common generational term, so kill that noise that you’re about to make…..i.e. calm ya ass down!!!). So, as soon as I get a chance to catch up and exceed him, I immediately take the chance. He sees me walking faster than him, and he recognizes the challenge. There’s no turning back from this point, the race is on.

So, as both of us are going neck-and-neck across the brdige, there’s a hell of a lot of traffic, and it’s difficult to maneuver at times, with all of the damn tourists, people wanting to stop and take the same exact pictures, on  the same exact spot on the bridge that they’ve taken the last time that they were on the bridge. Then, but of course, there’s these mad-dog bikers, who are always complaining about us walkers being in the bike lane, even without being in the actual bike lane. Honestly, if it were up to the bikers, no bridge on Earth would even have walk lanes.

So, we’re still at it, me catchin’ a lil’ 2-foot lead, him coming back and gainin’ a ten-foot lead. this lasted a great majority of our walk. Fortunately, I was able to use the crowds of the people on the bridge to my advantage to loose him at certain parts on the bridge, but he was still on my heels, at every single freakin’ turn!!! But, things got really interesting, as soon as we got over the divide of the bridge, separating Brooklyn and Manhattan. As soon as we crossed that marker divide…..boom…..he pulled out this immediate burst of speed-walking power. I felt like he was Yoda & I was Luke Skywalker, he straight schooled me, yo!!! But, all this time, I was still thinking to myself, “I gotta win against him!!!”. Both of our egos were highly invested into this one-time, random walk-race.

So, as soon as we get close to the second tower of the bridge, the ol’ man does a baller move. He daringly cuts across, to the biker’s lane. I said to myself, “Did the ol’ man really do what I thought he did?!!!” And, lo & behold, he damn sure did. With that move alone, he really caught me off guard, because that one of the most congested parts of the bridge, the parts where the two towers are. People stop, take a whole lot of damn photos, chillax & what not & when you’re trying to time yourself, or when you’re walk-racing against someone, these lame-os will make you slow down & probably loose to your competition, by just loly-gaggin’.

Now, he’s ahead of me by at least ten feet, and we’re about another 5 mins. away from the end of the bridge, this is like 4th-quarter, 2-min. warning action here. If I don’t estbalish a solid lead now, I’ll never beat him. But, then, ironically in my favor, there was like a jet-stream of people from the opposite side, walking on to the bridge towards us. Now, I see a glimmer of hope. I began to gain on him, first 6, then 4, then two feet worth of difference between us.

Then, I see a perfect opening to slip through the crowd and take the permanent lead, which of course I graciously take, within seconds of him taking that lead from me. Now, with the biker & walker lanes so close together & no way to really move out out your lane, or else you’ll bump into a jack-ass of a biker, or end up in conflict with a fellow walker, my lead was all but secure. But this ol’ man is too good for me to let him catch me slippin’, so I used my endurance & youth to consolidate the lead, which really saved me, because trust me, if he were my age, I don’t think that there’s anyway that I could’ve beaten him.

So, as we come to the final part of the bridge, I’m very relieved that I wasn’t embarrassed, by loosing a walk-race to a man literally old enough to be my father. As soon as we got to the end, I had felt like Usain Bolt, when he won his race, thus setting the world’s record as the fastest Human being on record. That’s how happy I felt, it was just a great feeling to just win, even though there’s no medal or prize money. Most often, when your pride is invested in something, winning is much more than enough.

So, as soon as we stopped at the end of the bridge, we couldn’t stop laughing at how much work we put each other through. It was so good to have him as my walking competition. Then we went on our own separate ways. But, that was a very good memory for me, that’s why I’ve decided to write about it. And, honestly, even though I won against him, it’s like he still won, because I actually learned from him while we were walking. So, just a warning…..if you’re in New York City, and you’re walking the Brooklyn Bridge, be careful who you think you can out walk, because I almost lost against an old-timer.

#I’m just sayin’!!!