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August 1st, 2010

Dos Coronas a Mi Madre…

Today would have been my grandmother’s 83rd birthday. She passed away on April 4th of this year (Easter). This is the obituary that was published by the funeral home in San Antonio.

Margarita P. Galindo passed into her Lord’s hands on April 4, 2010 at the age of 82 years. She […]

April 23rd, 2008

Talking Shit like a Shiite…

I generally make the (often incorrect) assumption that most people have at least a cursory (if not skewed) understanding of Islam. This assumption is made based on two reasons. The first reason is that I spent a few years of my military career as a chaplain’s assistant where I was exposed to the basic tenets […]

April 10th, 2008

Islam and the First Amendment…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

The statement above is one of my favorites of all […]

March 27th, 2008

How to Learn a Foreign Language…

As many of you know, I studied a Arabic in the Army and have been working with the language now for over seven years. Well, during my linguist career, I learned to appreciate just how difficult and frustrating learning a foreign language can be. It is definitely a real pain in the ass. It requires […]

March 23rd, 2008

Say What?

Sometimes, I listen to Al-Jazeera or other Arabic media to practice my Arabic skills. They have admittedly dwindled considerably since I stopped using them. Sometimes, to verify the accuracy of my understanding, I will listen to something that has English subtitles. One of my favorite sites for this is MEMRI TV. Today, I was watching […]