Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scary Stuff!

We have to always be on guard in our society for any suggestion that entire groups of Americans should be singled out for the actions of a small few who happen to be of the same race, ethnicity or religion. In history, when this has happened it has only led to absolute horrors. One example is the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.
This particular individual has rubbed me the wrong way for years. His suggestions are dangerous and we should all take care to watch what he does very, very carefully: Examining Peter King's Calls for Muslim Surveillance

Let's try to do our best to make sure history doesn't repeat itself and we don't go casting blame for the Boston bombing on thousands of our fellow Americans who deeply love our country.

20 comments:

  1. he himself supported a terrorist group. this terrorist group actively killed citizens of a long time ally of the United States. he has no credibility on this issue. period.

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  2. While your post is noteworthy, it's not a FoHi related article. And yes, this is YOUR blog, so you're welcome to do as your wish. But when you title your blog to be FoHi related, you should consider casting these unrelated ideas to another segment. I'm sure an argument could be made that a protest in Siberia is indirectly related to the well being of FoHi, but I think you get the point. There is so much material about FoHi that go unnoticed with these unrelated posts. I'm sure your readers are pouring in tons of great material. If you notice, these blog posts usually get little to no comments, and its because your audience isn't interested in world politics and news. That's what NBC and NYT is for. Don't get me wrong, it's good material, but its no different than me turning on the Sports Channel to get news about the Bloomberg Soda ban. Anyway, just thought I'd shoot over a little positive criticism. Otherwise, good work on bringing awareness to our neighborhood and looking forward to future posts. Its because of this blog that I get to appreciate my neighborhood so much more. Take care!

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    1. It's a little arrogant of you to speak for the thousands of people who visit this blog every month.

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  3. If that’s the point of contention, my objective was lost. My thoughts (and to be clear, mine only) are based on statistics (see below). Take a look at your recent stats and the number of comments received. I think it’s pretty clear when the topics are unrelated to FoHi; the community doesn't actively participate. And that makes sense when the name of your blog implies FoHi. Again, just something I wanted to throw out there. I still think you’re doing great work for the community, so thank you for the time and energy.

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    1. But you say your comments don't count. Why is that? I think they definitely count. Which is why I will continue to post about all of these topics. Every time I do, I get comments just like yours which reveals something, doesn't it?

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    2. Hey, if criticism regarding the structure of your blog is the objective of this Muslim post, then I guess you made your point. *head scratch*

      Anyway, do as you wish with my comments. I simply wanted to contribute to what I believe is a great blog where some minor tweaks would make it spot-on (and I'm sure others would agree...but to be clear, I'm not speaking on their behalf). Thanks again Drake!

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    3. I just find it interesting that whenever I post about something that can be construed to be the least bit critical about a Republican the same types of comments start coming on strong: 'Love your blog, but you should stick to only restaurant openings!" Funny how when I post about all the other things outside of Forest Hills in NYC, I never hear that.
      That being said, if you honestly just meant to offer constructive criticism, then my apologies. Otherwise, "Gotcha!"

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    4. 100% Democrat, but good try :0)

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  4. muslims are already under surveillance.

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  5. I agree with anonymous, keep the posts FoHi related. If you want to talk politics you should post it in a different section of the site.

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  6. For me, it has nothing to do with politics. Its the wide spectrum of unrelated content that could be utilized with more insightful information about the neighborhood. If there isn't up to the minute news, consider posting old pictures of FoHi, or random history facts. Or about new and evolving trails at Forest Park. Movie trailers, walks in Central Park, upcoming TV shows.....none of that makes sense when the purpose of your blog states "Forest Hills." Who goes to the Cooking Channel to get information about the new Batman movie?

    I said I wouldn't say more on this topic so I apologize. Just glad someone else seems to agree. Good day guys!

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  7. I'd have to agree with you on this. I find when there is a steady stream of topic drift, I realign my reading priority. The problem this presents for the blogger is when will I return? Will it be a week, two weeks or a month or so. Since demographics, unique views and hit counts are critical in the blogosphere, I certainly would want to protect my niche and not want to offend my readers.

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    1. I am sure certain readers will always find something, somewhere on this blog offensive. That's just part of what we call freedom of speech. Which is what makes blogging and the internet so great. And sorry if you are offended, but I never started this blog with the goal of calculating everything I write or cover in order to get the best statistics. I think it would be a recipe for failure if I tried to blog in a voice that isn't my own. If you don't like reading the blog, there are a zillion others for you to go to. I do know that you particularly Kevin have in the past contributed thoughtful comments to this blog, so I hope you keep coming back.

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  8. Can we please stop telling drake how to run his blog. It's getting old. I don't agree with drake on everything (his misplaced loyalty to the iPhone for instance) but it's his damn blog and it doesn't seem like he's doing this to earn a living so what does he care about readership? Here's some constrictive criticism for you guys. You want a better blog? Check out the neighborhood, try the new places instead of criticizing a place you have yet to try, then come back with a full scale, thoughtful review of your experience. THAT would make the blog better.

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    1. Constructive criticism - sorry, fat fingers

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    2. I don't think any of these comments regarding "constructive criticism" were meant to be malicious. People just seem to be offering some ideas. We shouldn't take offense to ideas that are promoting suggestions for growth. It helps to build a better community within this blog. Like Drake said, "love it or leave it."

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  9. Go on with your bad self, Drake. All your posts are appreciated.

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  10. muslims are not a few. their whole stinking religion is based on terror from a pedophile prophet. the only hope for future muslim generations is to find a new prophet(peace and understanding perhaps) in our lifetime and maybe in two or three hundred years they'll be able to join modern society. if that doesn't happen, our only chance of survival will be mass extermination of muslims(wishful thinking).

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  11. There are bad people of all faiths, there are bad people of no faith. The thing is, Islam poses a unique threat. Christianity nor Judaism nor Shintoism nor Hinduism call for the immediate deaths of infidels, or hail martyrdom as a holy and noble exercise within their faith, but Islam does. That's something we shouldn't just sweep under the rug in the name of total religious toleration.

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