Saturday, August 14, 2010

Holy Moses, It’s Rama-dama-ding-dong Time

So, I guess you’ve heard that we had a special iftar dinner tonight to end our Big White day of Rama-dama-ding-dong fasting. In honor of the start of the holiest of the 1000 or so holiest months in the mysterious mooselim calendar, we fasted from right after our 6:15 PM snack (we have issues with our our blood sugar) until our 7:30 PM iftar dinner.

I’ll admit, our snack today was a bit heartier than normal because chef showed us a preview of the iftar menu:

dates-medjool-300 Medjool dates. Not Bo-nuts.

  • dates
  • kitchen garden green salad
  • spiced Marcona almonds
  • Charlie’s honey vinaigrette
  • organic chicken
  • late summer peas
  • kataifi wafers
  • oranges and lemon sorbet

 

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Whoa, there’s way too much yellow and brown food on this menu! I think Lady M is going to consider tonight’s meal more of a “cleansing” diet prior to the “touch-and-go” vacay on the Gulf Coast. Butt it should leave us in tip-top shape for consuming all that oil marinated seafood we’ll have to pretend we’re enjoying.

Fortunately, Comfy has been around the Big White kitchen long enough to know that this is going to be a “lobster and beluga canap├ę, Kobe slider, French fries and Cheetos midnight snack night.” MO’s refrigerated footlocker is already stocked with Dom.

Big Guy’s usually on autopilot for these little dinners we have to throw, but tonight he seemed genuinely excited and engaged. Maybe he likes dates. He made a special point earlier in the day to set the right tone for tonight when he told everyone, completely off the cuff - without even so much as an assist from TOTUS – about the meaning of Ramadan:

“These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.  And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.

Even after a third tier scan of my hard drive, I could not find a single mooselim who came over on the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria. Butt I found oodles of examples of his other points:

Muslim Advancements in Justice, Tolerance and Human Dignity

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“Advancements in progress” was a little more difficult, butt I found this:

muslim invents wheel copy_thumb[4]Advanced Muslim All Wheel-Drive Hybrid SUV

And this one, that Hub sent me just a couple days ago: now that is a magic carpet ride.

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 New NASA/Muslim Space Shuttle “Prophet”

After several more passes, I still couldn’t find any examples of mooseslims’ “extraordinary contributions to our country.” So I finally just tried Googling it and I got this back, sub-titled “urban renewal.” Butt I’m pretty sure it wasn’t what Big Guy was talking about.

State_Department_Images_WTC_9-11_The_Twin_Towers_(Right)Muslim Contribution: Clearing Site for New Mosque in NYC

On the other hand, he did tell our guests at the iftar dinner tonight:

"But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan... This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable..."

I don’t know: It doesn’t look like religion to me. And I don’t see any other religions practicing this way. And if that’s how they practice, I’d hate to see the real thing.