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Seriously...very friendly people too. Go to a local authentic kabab place on a weekday and see how easy it is to strike up a conversation with this crowd. See the warmth, hospitality and sense of humor.

We can't be insulated Bay Area Grunt Bigots and use tiny percentages to paint an entire civilization.


Tribalism is a very odd thing

When Muslims gather it often gets ugly for anyone non-Muslim. There are likely many causes for that, but it is true never-the-less.

I have known many Muslims, many of them have been folks I considered friends.

It does however, never erase my memories during childhood. I twice lived in neighborhoods where the racial balance was changing as I grew. In both instances, I had 'friends' turn on me, as the racial mix changed. It is something I will never forget.

Tribalism is a terrible thing. THis is one of the many reasons I so passionately dislike what I perceive Obama and many that travel with him for, they do not believe in the melting pot, but rather the grand mosaic. They manipulate and divide. They either do not care about or find useful and the reward is worth the environmental costs of the divisions they perpetuate and feed.

It is foolish to ignore tribalism, and foolish not to be very careful about folks who may have an allegiance to a tribe. You can end up stabbed in the back.

It would be nice to have a society that believed in the same inalienable rights for all citizens and simply no latitude outside what exists for all. That is a tough society though, and we are anything but. It is not easy to live those beliefs. America right now wants easy, it has been deceived that giving up free will deliver easy.
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