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They do exist. My brother is one of them. Sure, he converted so maybe he doesn't "count", but I'm absolutely sure he wouldn't hang out with people who thought the way the Islamofascists do. Heck, he voted for Bush.

In his mosque, not only do they not teach that jews are evil (or christians for that matter), they are considered brothers, because they share some of the same holy books.

I think moderate muslims speak out more than people think they do -- but they never get media coverage because the media doesn't want us to know they are there.


Thanks, Silvermine. I'm really feeling alot better about the future now.
And the thought came to me, "When do moderate people ever demonstrate in the street?" Isn't that the very badge of the extremist, the non-thinker? Once in a great while you get the Berlin Wall coming down, Tiennamen Square, or the Cedar Revolution. But most of the moderates, the normal people, have jobs, families, responsibilities. They have neither the time nor the inclination to run out in the street with signs every time something makes the news -- which is every day.
My faith in mankind is a bit restored today, thanks to Mahmoud and to you.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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