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Mosque Planned For Temecula Sparks Protest

I do agree with the sentiments of Joe and CC, however, the goal, I think, is to open thoughts and hearts, right? I profoundly disagree with the folks who are so afraid-----------bc that is what it is; fear-------and are so opposed to the mosque.

In order for us all to live in peace, we do need to understand and talk with each other; the fear of the people who oppose the mosque must be addressed. People do violence when words are ineffective or ignored.

The analogy with Jews/Christians doesn't really apply here. Bc a tiny, mentally ill fragment of the global Muslim population attacked NYC, the Pentagon, and PA while en route to attack D.C., Americans tend to identify all Muslims as sympathetic to those attacks. Neither Jews nor Christians have bombed any targets in the U.S. but it is vital to our future peace together to acknowledge the anger and fear of people on both sides who want to over-simplify this situation. It is very complex. Fundamentalism tries to make everything black or white: "You're either with us or against us".

August 2, 2010 at 10:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Art of Baking Bread

I do bake all of our bread, but what I really want is a recipe for flourless whole grain bread; it appears to be made of whole grains which were sprouted, and then ground into a heavy mush to which the other ingredients such as yeast, water, etc. were then added, allowed to rise, then baked. Any good sources for such loaves? (Also any necessary equipment such as a quern, food processor?? Thanks!)

November 9, 2009 at 11:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Being Fat Really a Problem?

"Weight loss will cure diabetes"? Not a very accurate statement.

August 28, 2009 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yanking Out Lawns Saves Water and Money

No matter how much we don't like it, the fact is that we are in a drought-0---and that we live in a largely DESERT terrain. Lush landscaping is so beautiful and wonderful, but there are so many other ways of planting up your yard, that even if climate change were not real or a "Socialist plot" (LOL) instead of hateful reality, many folks would opt for xeriscape (low-water requiremment) landscaping anyway. One example? Lavender: It smells beautiful, keeps away a myriad of destructive insects, gophers hate it, on and on! (I think that it is why my garden probably has most of SD's honeybees living in it....) Matilija poppies: Huge gray-green foliage, up to 10 ft tall, spreads easily, blooms in May with hundreds of hand-sized, sweet-scented white blossoms----it looks like a bride. We can grump or adapt. The water situation is only going to get more dire.

July 14, 2009 at 2:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Rescue the Golden State from the Junk Heap


"the business side of Prop. 13", mmmm.; sounds like a fight for here and now, friend. Though I dread what new proposition that the people of CA will be fooled by next. Individual/private/non-business/primary residential property taxes are actually a little higher now because of Prop. 13, while businesses are the happy recipients of much lower property taxes thanks to Prop. 13.

CA's problem is really the same problem of our whole country; believing in Santa Claus; i.e., that we can have programs galore while never paying for them, and that we can trust in big BIG business to look after the ordinary citizens' interests.

Our path now is that of cutting services to the most vulnerable people, while ensuring that the wealthy and big businesses get a free ride-----heaven forfend that they should have to pay their fair share in taxes. It might be good to consider what this state and country will be like with a massive increase in homeless families on the streets, and millions of people dying for lack of basic healthcare.

July 14, 2009 at 2:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )