Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Just Keeps Getting Sillier

Recently, Rachel Ray did an ad for Dunkin’ Donuts. A still from the ad is pictured above. So, the ad ran, and then suddenly a conservative fox news blogger/commentator Michelle Malkin, flipped out because of the scarf Ray is wearing in this still, saying it was a “Keffiyeh.”

Michelle Malkin, wrote on her blog, “The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.”

I’m glad she pointed that out because I was wondering why every time I saw this ad, right afterwards I thought “Man, I really want some donuts and also want to kill a bunch of jews.”

At first, Dunkin’ Donuts was like “Michelle Malkin, you’re a crazy f-ing bitch,” which, when translated into corporate speak, ended up coming out like this:

In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended.

But, I’ve been on enough playgrounds to know, one really annoying kid that nobody likes can start screaming and suddenly no one is playing four square and instead everyone is inside at their desks, sitting quietly. So, of course, Dunkin Donuts decided to go the route of the pussy, and pulled the ad. Michelle Malkin was of course enthralled and said this:

“I’m a dumb f-ing piece of shit with no life that sits around and studies the scarves people wear in donut commercials. I also kill babies and eat them.”

Actually, she didn’t say that. I made that up. She said some other stuff that basically meant that. Anywho, it’s not so much that I care about Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s more the principle that one whacked out idiot can actually get things pulled from public view. It sets a bad precedent. First it’s a donut commercial, then goes the porno, and with out even realizing it, it’s 8 p.m. on a Friday and we’re rushing to get home due to a government mandated pre-bedtime viewing of Touched By Angel. Extreme example, but it’s a slippery slope folks.

Anyways, I’m excited to see Michelle Malkin’s reaction to the new Dunkin’ Donuts promotion that’s happening later this summer.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Engineers Are Coming

Here is a picture of what a pissed off engineer will do if they had the minds to do it...notice the amount the check is made for! The check is made to Verizon, a company will known for ripping people off (maybe not as bad as Comcast)Finally, another reason not to hate smart people who are intimidated, but yet remain intimidated themselves.
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There Will Be Wonders

Here is a neat picture taken in Dubai, UAE....I was shocked to see all the new buildings and development in this nice and cozy part of the world. This ever changing city looks a lot better than I remember it from growing up there in the eighties and early nineties. The folks in charge of the city keep piling on neat projects such as man made islands, the tallest building in the world, the highest rated hotel on the planet, a skiing slop in the desert, and a theme park, large than the city of Orlando Florida. All these things make me wonder what would these guys do next?
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Hamas: A Slam Dunk

Here is a letter by one of Hamas most profilic minister of health. He is making the case how Hamas does not deny the Holocaust and more. I think they have done a better job here communicating the problem to the Western world, at least for those who listen. Regardless of my disagreements with many figures in the Palestinian leadership, I think this letter is a step in the right direction!

We are not engaged in a religious conflict with Jews; this is a political struggle to free ourselves from occupation and oppression

May 18, 2008 By Bassem Naeem
Source: UK Guardian

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As the Palestinian people prepare to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba ("catastrophe") - the dispossession and expulsion of most of our people from our land - those remaining in Palestine face escalating aggression, killings, imprisonment, ethnic cleansing and siege. But instead of support and solidarity from the western media, we face frequent attempts to defend the indefensible or turn fire on the Palestinians themselves.

One recent approach, which seems to be part of the wider attempt to isolate the elected Palestinian leadership, is to portray Hamas and the population of the Gaza strip as motivated by anti-Jewish sentiment, rather than a hostility to Zionist occupation and domination of our land. A recent front page article in the International Herald Tribune followed this line, as did an article for Cif about an item broadcast on the al-Aqsa satellite TV channnel about the Nazi Holocaust.

In fact, the al-Aqsa Channel is an independent media institution that often does not express the views of the Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haniyeh or of the Hamas movement. The channel regularly gives Palestinians of different convictions the chance to express views that are not shared by the Palestinian government or the Hamas movement. In the case of the opinion expressed on al-Aqsa TV by Amin Dabbur, it is his alone and he is solely responsible for it.

It is rather surprising to us that so little attention, if any, is given by the western media to what is regularly broadcast or written in the Israeli media by politicians and writers demanding the total uprooting or "transfer" of the Palestinian people from their land.

The Israeli media and pro-Israel western press are full of views that deny or seek to excuse well-established facts of history including the Nakba of 1948 and the massacres perpetrated then by the Haganah, the Irgun and LEHI with the objective of forcing a mass dispossession of the Palestinians.

But it should be made clear that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian government in Gaza denies the Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorrent crimes in modern history. We condemn it as we condemn every abuse of humanity and all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender or nationality.

And at the same time as we unreservedly condemn the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe, we categorically reject the exploitation of the Holocaust by the Zionists to justify their crimes and harness international acceptance of the campaign of ethnic cleansing and subjection they have been waging against us - to the point where in February the Israeli deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai threatened the people of Gaza with a "holocaust".

Within 24 hours, 61 Palestinians - more than half of them civilians and a quarter children - were killed in a series of air raids. Meanwhile, a horrible crime against humanity continues to be perpetrated against the people of Gaza: the two-year-old siege imposed after Hamas won the legislative elections in January 2006, which is causing great suffering. Due to severe shortages of medicines and food, scores of Palestinians have lost their lives.

It cannot be right that Europeans in general and the British in particular maintain a virtual silence toward what the Zionists are doing to the Palestinians, let alone supporting or justifying their oppressive policies, under the pretext of showing sympathy for the victims of the Holocaust.

The Palestinian people aspire to freedom, independence and peaceful coexistence with all their neighbours. There are, today, more than six million Palestinian refugees. No less than 700,000 Palestinians have been detained at least once by the Israeli occupation authorities since 1967. Hundreds of thousands have so far been killed or wounded. Little concern seems to be caused by all of this or by the erection of an apartheid wall that swallows more than 20% of the West Bank land or the heavily armed colonies that devour Palestinian land in a blatant violation of international law.

The plight of our people is not the product of a religious conflict between us and the Jews in Palestine or anywhere else: the aims and positions of today's Hamas have been repeatedly spelled out by its leadership, for example in Hamas's 2006 programme for government. The conflict is of a purely political nature: it is between a people who have come under occupation and an oppressive occupying power.

Our right to resistance against occupation is recognised by all conventions and religious traditions. The Jews are for us the people of a sacred book who suffered persecution in European lands. Whenever they sought refuge, Muslim and Arab lands provided them with safe havens. It was in our midst that they enjoyed peace and prosperity; many of them held leading positions in Muslim countries.

After almost a century of Zionist colonial and racist oppression, some Palestinians find it hard to imagine that some of their oppressors are the sons and daughters of those who were themselves oppressed and massacred.

Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust but find themselves punished for someone else's crime. But we are well aware and warmly welcome the outspoken support for Palestinian rights by Israeli and Jewish human rights activists in Palestine and around the world.

We hope that journalists in the west will begin to adopt a more objective approach when covering events in Palestine. The Palestinian people are being killed by Israel's machine of destruction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we still see a clear bias in favour of Israel in the western media.

The Europeans bear a direct responsibility for what is befalling the Palestinians today. Britain was the mandate authority that handed over Palestine to Israeli occupation. Nazi Germany perpetrated the most heinous crimes against Jews, forcing the survivors to migrate to Palestine in pursuit of safety. We, therefore, expect the Europeans to atone for their historic crimes by restoring some balance to the inhuman and one-sided international response to the tragedy of our people.

Bassem Naeem is the minister of health and information in the Hamas-led Palestinian administration in Gaza.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

I had a Smart Cousin (I am not that myself)

PSUT students develop mobile phone application

AMMAN (JT) - A project by three senior engineering students from the King Abdullah II College of Engineering at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) ranked first in the mobile phone applications category at the first National Technological Parade, held at the University of Jordan this week.

The winning graduation project competed with more than 60 projects presented by all the Kingdom’s private and public universities, according to a PSUT statement.

The designed and developed prototype involves a system that graphs a heart electrocardiogram (ECG) using Bluetooth technology on a mobile phone or PDA.

The ECG graph can be captured and saved on the device itself, and it can be sent to a doctor or a specialised healthcare provider using the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), the statement said.

The system prototype is composed of three medical electrodes that are attached to the patient’s body, and a custom-made electronic unit designed for collecting and processing signals from these elecrodes for transmission to the mobile phone or PDA, to be displayed using a software application which was developed for this purpose.

This setup enables a patient to follow up with the doctor from any location covered by the cellular wireless network that offers data services, according to the statement.

The three students who designed the system are Mohammad Njoom, Mohammad Al Madhoon and Mohammad Khader, assisted and supervised by Ashraf Tahat.

Tahat, a faculty member in the PSUT communications engineering department, said incorporating this prototype location-based capabilities using GPS technology can help reduce the response time in emergency situations, which can be critical in saving human lives.
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Monday, May 19, 2008

More of Dumb Laws

There are all city and state ordinances, these were laws at some point of time in the respective place...

• A D.C. federal judge has ruled that begging is a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. That means that mugging is free speech too, only more persuasive.
• In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which calls another person a 'coward' for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.
• It is unlawful for small boys to throw stones, at any time, at any place in the District of Columbia.
• The U.S. government says it's a crime to give false weather reports.


• Alfalfa Bill Murray was a legendary legislator in Oklahoma around the turn of the century who became speaker of the house and governor. He was also a tall fellow, and nothing ticked him off more than going into a hotel and having short sheets on the bed. In 1908 he had a law passed that required all hotels in the Sooner state to have sheets that covered the bed and had three extra feet of linen to cover the head and feet. The so-called "Nine Foot Sheet" stayed on the books for several decades, until after Alfalfa went to his last resting place.
• A City Ordinance in Oklahoma, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
• Ada: If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail.
• Anyone arrested for soliciting a hooker must have their name and picture shown on television.
• Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings.
• Clinton: Molesting an automobile is illegal.
• Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
• Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
• Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
• Harthahorne City Ordinance, Section 363, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
• If she's not a virgin, it is okay, but the said person must be over 16. If both parties are under 18, then the law does not apply.
• In Broken Arrow, Oklahoma pigs less than 32 inches in length may be kept as pets provided there are no more than two in a house.
• In Bromide, Oklahoma it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be superman.
• In Oklahoma... Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
• In Oklahoma, people who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
• In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law).
• In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
• It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
• It is illegal to have sex before you are married.
• It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
• It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
• It's statutory rape for a man over 18 to have sex with a female under the age of 18, provided she's a virgin. If she's not a virgin, it is okay, but the said person must be over 16. If both parties are under 18, then the law does not apply.
• No one may spit on a sidewalk.
• Oklahoma City: No one may walk backwards downtown while eating a hamburger.
• Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
• One may not promote a "horse tripping event".
• Oral sex is a misdemeanor and is punisable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
• People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
• Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings.
• Schulter: Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel.
• Tattoos are banned.
• Tissues are not to be found in the back of one's car.
• Tulsa: Elephants are not to be taken into the downtown area.
• Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.
• Whale hunting is strictly prohibitted throughout the entire state of Oklahoma.
• Whaling is illegal.
• Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel.
• Wynona: One's mode of transportation must be tied up while not attended. Mules may not drink out of bird baths. Clothes may not be washed in bird baths.
• Yukon: It is illegal to tie a horse in front of city hall. While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Compass vs. Narnia

I just got off the movie theater after watching the new Narnia movie. The book is based on the book by C.S. Lewis, who wrote about Christianity among other things. Clearly, this movie, its prequel, and upcoming sequel you can notice the references to then Christina faith all over. As little as I know the Christina faith from what I remember from my religion classes at BYU, I enjoyed the movies as movies and as spiritually uplifting experiences.

Last December, I have also seen "The Golden Compass", the other movies that was the atheists rebuttal for the C.S. Lewis. Written by Philip Pullman who reportedly said his book was written to "Kill God" I have also enjoyed this movie, and not because it kills God.

For me, these two movies go hand in hand because the Narnia is about faith and its essence. How the individuals have to rely on faith even thought, it might not work for them or even come a bit late. The Golden Compass on the other hand, does not take issue with faith, but with organized religion and its abuse of power. So in my opinion, they compliment each other, spirituality is personal, religion can be. I have always took issues with the "elites" of religious groups who prey on people's faith. and that is where Golden Compass scored hight with me. Narnia on the other hand reaffirmed that importance of faith, not the kind that tells you to follow blindly. Remember, I only saw the movies, I did not read the books so things might be different. I might not have learned anything new from both movies, but I have liked the visual feasts that both movies introduce.

P.S. I saw a clear analogy in my own mind about how the Narnians in their struggle are like the Palestinians, they get the shi* beaten out of them, and things come to the wire!
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Friday, May 16, 2008

My Dollar is Your Dollar

Here is a nice portrait of the dollar and all the jazz that goes in the world and how it affects its you know there are so many world and domestic events that affect the value of the dollar in the face of other foreign currencies. Wars, Inflations, unemployment, productivity, housing...and the list goes on. Look carefully and find all the hidden symbols and its influence on the value of the Dollar. I kind of like all the action going on on the dollar and the best part is the behind the scenes of all the things that factors in the fluctuation of its value!
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Standing On My Chair

Last week, I had a stand up gig in an Irish pub out in Clerndeon, Virginia. I was feeling I was not doing as much stand up as I can be doing, so I decided to go for it. I emailed one of my friends who is in charge of to see if he can fit me in. He did have a spot that night and give it to me....I had some friends show up which was cool, food there was happy hour menu...but the burger I had was really really decent. I will do better next time... One of the better jokes of the evening was told me a seasoned stand up comic, "instead of dropping bombs on countries, next time we want to go to war with somebody" "We should just drop credit cards with a low rate of 4.0%"! "They would be too busy shopping and then worry more to pay their bills" "No time for fighting"

It was a long night, and the comedians were funny mostly, I was tired when I got to do my gig and I froze at some point. I did get to test my new material, and it went OK, there is area for improvement. Since I was at an Irish pub I thought to incorporate that into my routine. "It is nice for a Palestinian to be kicking it at an Irish Pub" "After all we have a lot in common with the Irish", "The Irish are the loose cannons of Europe, the Palestinians are the nuts of the Middle East" "For some reason the Irish are mad at us now," "They like bars and some some reason Palestinians blow up bars" I think that one went well, then I looked at the spot light, it was so powerful and annoying at the same time. I could not see a thing! So I said, it is nice to be under the light again! Last time I was under this much light, I was answering a lot of questions without the presence of my attorney!

P.S. One of the cool thing that happened, someone said a joke about turbans, and the audience booed...I was like Wow!
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dance For It Kiddo

Nabeeh Alwahish, Egypt's most provocative trial attorney is suing the Egyptian Secretary of Education for holding an event with this infamous Egyptian dancer "Dina" at a school. the school was celebrating a graduating class, so they booked the dancer. Granted the lawyer has tangled with the government before over art and artists who are danger to the Egyptian society, he has a point that needs to be made. look at these picture and tell me what age are those kids in the picture? I would say maybe 14-16 years old! Why corrupt them so early with an artist that is branded as entertainer for "adults" I talked about this before, can you spot a female in this concert....I cannot, there is only kids and men with cool gadgets to save their "memories!"

As far as Dina is concerned, she said she will do this and continue to celebrate with those who have happy occasions and decide to invite her! I am not against her choice to dance, I am against dancing in front of kids! But again, there is nothing the kids cannot see on youtube!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This May Lower Einstein's IQ

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Einstein penned the letter on January 3 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind who had sent him a copy of his book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt. The letter went on public sale a year later and has remained in private hands ever since.

In the letter, he states: "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."

Einstein, who was Jewish and who declined an offer to be the state of Israel's second president, also rejected the idea that the Jews are God's favoured people.

"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."

In his later years he referred to a "cosmic religious feeling" that permeated and sustained his scientific work. In 1954, a year before his death, he spoke of wishing to "experience the universe as a single cosmic whole". He was also fond of using religious flourishes, in 1926 declaring that "He [God] does not throw dice" when referring to randomness thrown up by quantum theory.

His position on God has been widely misrepresented by people on both sides of the atheism/religion divide but he always resisted easy stereotyping on the subject.
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Horror Movies And Palestine

Scary movies are awesome! The best thing about scary movies is that the great majority of them are similar! I am not a person who likes to be scared; in fact growing up, my older brother used to lock me in with him and make me watch crazy Italian slasher movies, something that still haunts me to this day! the reason I like the concept of scary movies is not too obvious. They Remind me of the horrible conditions going back home, here is how:

-Phones in scary movies rarely work, the same goes for phones in the Palestinian territories.
-To add dramatic effects, power goes off for no reason, and sometimes there is no electricity, Gaza's power supplies are hit and miss.

-Scary movies usually take place in locked places, where you can run, but you cannot hide. Palestinians are locked in open air prison with all the roadblocks, and insane borders

-Like in all scary movies, No one can help you, you are on your own, you need to face off with the bad guy and handle him or her. Same goes for Palestinians, they are on their own, at least how we feel.

-If you try to complain or ask for help, like in scary movies your friends, family or the police, you think you are crazy and discount your "delusions" This true also for Palestinians, many Arabs and friends, they "love us" but overlook what we tell them because we are "too attached" or too emotional.

-In scary movies, the bad guy only wins if they group stands divided. Like, the bad guy will target individuals when they are on their own. Palestinians are strong when they are united, unfortunately this is not the case in the past year and things continue to get worse.

-Horror movies do better in the box office during Halloween, where everyone in America goes to watch the horror. Most people hear about horrors in Palestine once a year. In both cases, people go home and nothing changes.

-If there is an outbreak or a virus going around, you cannot find a hospital near by and if you could, they won't be able to help you because it is too late! I feel that I have been there already.

-Any good horror movie, features a kid that gives you the creeps, there are both armed Israeli and Palestinian kids with weapons that gives me the creeps!

-Some scary movies are all about haunted houses where people die in such houses. The great majority of Palestinian killed in the conflict, are killed near their place of residence. Bonus, many Palestinian refugees left their houses behind, only to be hunted by strangers to the land.

-In any good scary movie, you always know that people are not what they seem, looks are surly deceiving. In Palestine, your cool friends might be members of a "group" or a "band" that want to take over the world.

-There are countless horror movies that feature a conspiracy that is too sophisticated and too deliberate to be taken seriously. It is safe to say that either Palestinians love conspiracies or that magically conspiracies are attracted to the Palestinians.

-Someone somewhere will wake up and realize it is a nightmare! Palestinians pray to that day!
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Those Silly Ordinances

The Majority of States have interesting local ordinances that sometimes do not make sense. No matter how pathetic some of those laws may seem, I am sure there is always some reason to justify them (not necessarily rationalize them) Here is a look at ordinances from Utah


• A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
• A Tremonton, Utah law states that no woman is allowed to have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance.
• A Utah legislator proposed a resolution urging that each TV weather person be required to provide an ice cream cone to every member of the state House of Representatives whenever the forecast was wrong. The resolution failed, perhaps on First Amendment grounds. • In addition to normal charges, the woman's name will be published in the local newspaper.The man does not receive any punishment.
• Birds have the right of way on all highways.
• In Monroe, daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
• In Utah it is illegal to fish from horseback.
• In Utah, the husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
• In Utah when a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.
• It is against the law to fish from horseback.
• It is considered an offense to hunt whales.
• It is illegal not to drink milk.
• It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can't detonate them.
• It's legal for restaurants to serve wine with meals, but only if you ask for the wine list.
• Kaysville: You must have identification to enter a convenience store after dark.
• Logan: Women may not swear.
• Monroe: Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
• No one may have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call.
• No woman may have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance within the boundaries of Tremonton, Utah. If caught, the woman can be charged with a sexual misdemeanor and "her name is to be published in the local newspaper." The man isn't charged nor is his name revealed.
• Provo: Throwing snowballs will result in a $50 fine.
• Salt Lake City: No one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BAFT) bans the word "refreshing" to describe any alcohol beverage.
• Tremonton: It is illegal to have sex in a moving ambulance and if you are caught, the guy is let go and the woman is punished and her name appears in the newspaper.
• Trout Creek: Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.
• When a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.
• You're not allowed to sell beverages containing more than 3.2% alcohol.
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Eat This Virginia

This goes to tell you that Virginia is indeed for lovers and those who east their kids first. At least that's according to one Virgina plate number as you see in the picture. Obviously, no one in charge sees the irony of the plate number!
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Friday, May 09, 2008

Homeless folks We Love

Here is a group of pictures for Homeless folks around the country, these guys are not just homeless, they are homeless, but not humorless. As my friend Joey used to call homeless people, "Urban outdoors men" I like the pictures and I hope you like them too. homeless issues somehow startle me. Gaza is a poor place, but never have I seen homeless people, granted a great deal of Palestinians live in "shacks" but none lives on the street, I wonder why! I understand there is a mental illness element to being homeless or social disturbance. Enough preaching, and more pictures...

OK guys, this guy is not homeless, but something tell me that being homeless might help him live longer

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Come in Pairs

I loved my time at BYU and enjoyed the nice people in Utah. Brigham Young University is a great learning environment and I am not only referring to academia. The thing is people at BYU or in Utah in general like to pair up people in the hope that they will mate. I know this is not just a BYU thing, it is universal, we always want our friends to meet and pair, I guess we all get a kick from such relations!

I do have to say that Utahans are more likely to make such attempts, obviously, there is the religious aspect of importance of marriages. I respect that and I know people back home (especially older women) who make careers out of matching business!

It made me think of a funny story, even though I was not a member of the LDS faith, friends of acquittance would always try to pair me up with people they think I might be interested in. Granted those were dates for social group dating, it never quite worked out for me. But some friend approached me "Hey Hani, I have a friend in my biology class" "I think she is from Tajikistan" he said "She is way cool" I was listening to the rest of story that gets getting better. "I know you are from Palestine which ends with Stine", "Tajikistan ends with stan, that is really close! "

Can you hear me say oh Boy! and hard it was not to laugh...

P.S. This is only one extreme example of bad education, there are so many good things at Brigham Young Univeristy
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

About Darn Time

Examine this photo for a second and then you can laugh at the irony and here are the two things I learned from this picture:

1-The world would be a dangerous place if animals were that intelligent.

2-Men are not as intelligent as they seem to be, all it takes is a hint of woman and there comes IQ falling!
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Every Dog Has Its Bad Day(s)

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Not news in America - American envoy assaulted in Israel

Source: Ha'aretz, dateline 02/05/2008:

It is interesting that we have all the news about Britney, Lindsay, and of course, the latest on what the publicity hound Rev. Wright has just said which can be replayed for hours and hours, analyzed, dissected and discussed endlessly by serious looking idiots errr... pundits.

So, lets see how the peace negotiations are going in Israel. We sent an envoy there don't you know (I bet you don't... sad, but realistic).

The American bodyguards of a Bush administration envoy who was dispatched to the region to monitor the implementation of the road map engaged in a violent confrontation with right-wing Israelis who sought to disturb a visit to Hebron on Friday, Israel Radio reported.

One of the rightists is reported to have driven his jeep into the convoy accompanying General William Fraser. Subsequently, one of the vehicles in the convoy heavily collided with the jeep, according to Israel Radio.

Re-read the last paragraph. A crazed settler drove a jeep into the American envoy's convoy, violently colliding with a car.

Now, a standard procedure in a situation like that is to:
1) avoid the incoming car and
2) open fire on it, to disable it

Because a speeding car which is driving straight towards you, in the Middle East, almost certainly can mean a suicide bomber.

Now, imagine for a second what would happen if an American envoy was in Hamas controlled territory, and a crazed Arab guy drove a jeep into one of the diplomatic convoy's cars.

The bodyguards would probably open fire immediately, killing the driver and making a shishka-bob out of the car, while the cars of the convoy themselves swerved and drove away at full speed - after all, who knows if there isn't a bomb in that car?

But most importantly, whatever would happen during the incident, you can be sure that the US TV "news" would be informing about this incident 24/7, the pundits would discuss the incident endlessly, while calling Hamas a terrorist organization that has no control over the territory it polices.

But the incident happened in Israel, and involved a bunch of Israeli settlers, so - no TV reports. No outrage. Nothing happened at all, according to the TV news - focus on Rev. Wright, that's what Americans need to see!

A fracas ensued between the guards and the rightists before the Americans decided to cut the visit short, Israel Radio reported.

A fracas? Does that mean that the settlers engaged the bodyguards in hand to hand combat or a shoving match? Why didn't the bodyguards use their guns and/or tasers?

And where the hell was the Israeli police/Army anyway?

Keep in mind, the incident was serious enough so that the American envoy cut his mission to Israel and run back to the USA.

So what will happen now?
Well, the incident will NOT be reported on American TV "news", instead we will get the smiling mug of Rev. Wright - again, for 20th night in a row.

Israel will get its $5+ billion "aid" money this year, as it gets it every single year.

And, while before, in the days of the Liberty Incident, Israel at least apologized to America when it did an outrage towards this country, these days don't expect this. Israel will simply ignore this and pretend nothing happened - it's not like our president or our Congress people will ask Israel about this incident, much less nicely ask Israel to explain things, or perhaps ask it to apologize for assaulting an American envoy...

No, the last one is pure science fiction - which American politician would even dare to utter under his breath something along the lines of "Perhaps we should ask Israel to explain the incident which just happened, when the American peace envoy was attacked by Israeli citizens. We need answers, and we need an official apology from Israel for this disgraceful behavior!".

Well, any politician who would say something like that would be labeled by the TV pundits an anti-semite, as clearly going overboard, overreacting and criticizing our greatest friend and ally in the world, and the AIPAC and the rest of the pro-Israel Lobby in the USA would mark him and give moneys to his opponent during his next election.

I wonder how the professional pro-Israel apologists will try to spin this one, as they bury the story in digital media.
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Monday, May 05, 2008

Where in the World Is My Stereotype...?

here are few places where certain groups spends a considerable amount of time and resources, give it a shot! Take no offense....


Arabs....United We Smoke

The Asian Brain

Yes, Geeky College Kids...

The Persians Are Back in the Sauna....Divided the Weight Falls

The Gift of Latin Moves...

More Arabs and Hookah

Yes, the Malt Shop!

Cricket to Indians is like beer to college kids
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Sunday, May 04, 2008

It Is Hard Out Here for a North American Tourist

As the value of Dollar value continues to shrink compared to all other foreign currencies, even Canadian Dollar is worth more than the US Dollar. Prices are soaring, jobs are disappearing,, homes are foreclosed, stocks are falling…etc.
The real victims of the devaluating of the Dollar are the American tourists. For two reasons: if they decided to go to other countries, say Japan, Europe and other tourist attractions, their money is not worth much, so tourist can buy fewer goods. The second reason is that with the dollar's value going down, many Asian and European tourists flood the United States to have a good time. Needless to say their money can buy them so much here in the states. The dollar used to be 4.5 Shekels a year a go, now it is around 3.5 Shekels for the dollar. So the more foreign tourist visit the States, the more prices for hotel rooms, restores and car rentals go up; supply and demand.

Let's be honest, tourists find the French to be obnoxious and rude; the Italians are disorganized and loud; the Japanese are weird and uptight; the British eat crap and are overpriced; the Koreans are 50 years ahead of us; the Egyptians always want to sell you crap.

With the help of friends, I decided to look for a number of alternative vacation spots for Americans to enjoy till the dollar regains its value. These locations are rather unusual, but still offer so many attractions to see:

Central Africa

Time for an explosive vacation! Invest in real estate in the heart of Africa, trouble is everywhere! Run for your life.
Chechnya is a prefect place to have a low key vacation, since you will have to be on your knees most of the time, dodging bullets and sneaky Russian operatives.
Buy drugs wholesale price! Go on and get kidnapped! Perfect place to lose weight, Hugo will help in your release, once you lost half of your weight! Get your 15 minutes of fame. Please pick up some fresh coffee beans in your way back to States.
India & Pakistan
Indian took your jobs, Pakistanis took your money. It is time to go and be part of something big! Time to retrieve both your jobs and your money! Pakistan offers a bigger bang for your buck! Pakistan: Have a Banging Vacation!
Maybe, the fact that the next American president has lived there for a good chunk of time, might be attractive. There are always the nice friendly beaches
Americans brought peace, and democracy to two of its neighbors. It’s only logical that these guys are warm towards Americans, perhaps too warm. sure they won't let you in legally, but this has never stopped immigrants coming from south the borders.
Since the green fad is hot right now, go to Baghdad’s Green Zone, a place both green and hot. Hey, they all love Americans there, I mean they brought them peace, justice and the American way. This is a one way ticket to heaven, the only way you are going is up.
Are you tired of the countless movies you have seen? All genres: drama, action and even dark comedy? Isn't time that you star in one? Most likely it would be a documentary of your dramatic death or imprisonment?
North Korea
The exchange rate is in your side in this fascinating country run by a lunatic. Lunatics make life more exciting and less dull. You will be surprised!
South Africa
Your government supported their government, right or wrong, the States has always bee supportive of this African nation! Never mind that the US has placed Nelson Mandela on no flight list (this is actually true)
Sri Lanka
This is your cup of tea! Literary the majority of the world teas come from this small island! The most deadly suicide bombers in the world, highest kill rate of suicide bombers, they put extremist in the Middle East to shame! An adventure of a lifetime.

The Essential On your Trip:
1-The number to call the Marians, when things get scary. They are few though.
2-Blackwater, when things get muddy and the marines got a bigger fish to fry, call up these guys for extra protection.
3-Get Fake ID and memorize the Canadian National Anthem, knowing the provinces is a plus.
4-Make sure to have your account number and bank routing number, in the likely events you might get abducted, when it comes to paying the ransom, this information can come in handy.
5- Keep a low profile and memorize “I disagree with the United States Government, I voted for Gore” in all local languages, even thought you may do like the government and have not voted at all.
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Spell This Imigrants

Let me start by saying that I am for all immigrants learning English, for many reasons. First, you improve your income; second you assimilate with the rest of the nation (a nation of immigrants); third, you tell others that you want to be part of this culture; fourth, it makes things easier for all of us. However, I would rather see people learn English because they want to, because it makes sense, rather than putting a gun to their heads to learn English. I have stumbled upon two pictures of protesters, I believe one of them was published in a Texas newspaper. These good hearted protesters, want to send a massage to those who do not speak English, that they must learn it. The catch is, they needed a spell check for their work! Not that those who are the target of the sings would be able to understand it, yet figure out the spelling. We all make mistakes, but few of them are public.

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Half Way Healthy

At first this picture is normal, nothing wrong with it. In fact this is a deal if I saw in my local grocery store, I would defiantly take advantage of. 4 TV Dinners for 10 bucks, you cannot beat, they will also throw in an bucket of Ice cream to sweeten the deal. However, giving that fact that they dinner's brand is "Health Choice" and combining that with a bucket of ice cream might as well just beat the purpose for those health eating consumers. Even when we try to to eat healthy, the man tries to ruin that for us all.

It is like when your doctor says something like "Your cold is now gone, but now you liver cancer"
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A Touching Picture!

That's what the picture caption said,

"A Palestinian holds his injured son in the hospital immediately after the explosion at the funeral procession in Gaza. With the explosion killed three people and wounded more than 30 people."
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All Organic, All Around

Here is a picture of a Gaza Strip Cabbie filling in his car with cooking oil. This is way cool, I mean, I wish that people did not have to opt to extreme measures, but this is the case. Out of fuel because of Israel siege, Gaza has to be creative with their energy sources. When they are not using cooking oil to power your their cars, there is always the option on using an animal pulled cart to move around. Need is indeed the mother of inventions, I mean people are still struggling in this country over what to use and how to use better technologies. In Gaza with primitive technologies, people are making the switch. Only if oil is made unavailable, only then people will look for alternatives. Who said that good things cannot come from bad situations!
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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Divorce This

I am against divorce in practice, but for it in principle. In other words, people should have the option of divorce, it never should be taken from the table, but mediation should also be on the table. It is surprising that divorce advocates find happiness in divorce, but if this is true then their marriage from which they are trying to break free has to be madness.

Having said that, I think in the Western countries (mainly US, since Europeans rarely get married) the divorce rate is too high, back home, divorce rate is too low.

I think both parties should have the right to divorce each other. Because like the nuclear weapons, countries we have it, will not use it against anyone else who has it.

No one should have to endure humiliation, mistreatment, and infidelity from their partner. Hence, there is no need to feel locked in unhappy marriage. I think that some people chose comfort over pleasure and that's why people might stay in a bad marriage.

I have to admit that it is much harder for a divorced person to find a new partner, women have it harder back home because of the social context. For example, a divorced women or a widow in some Muslim communities cannot move freely without having a chaperon. A practice to shut people who might suspect a immoral behavior. I kind of do not like that, but it is a system that works and has been working for ages.

Truth is, there is no assurances or guarantees that a divorce won't happen. I used to think that I am immune, but I know that I change and I know that others change as well. That is why in Islam they call divorce "the permissible yet resented Act" which only to testify to the complexity of this practice.
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Friday, May 02, 2008

God Gave Me Pictures

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My Gym And Yours

This is a picture of a gym, this gym is either for lazy people or people a gym for people with disabilities! If you cannot climb a stairs, you might not want to be at the gym.

I like the gym, and I love the time I spend there, even though the gym in our building is not coed, in other words, guys have their own gym and women have theirs as well. I rarely say any women in our building, so I am under the impression that our entire complex is inhabited by either overweight senior citizens, insanely intimidating Russian dudes, or plenty of hairy Persians who do nothing by sit in the Sauna when I am there. I have to say though, i see little return on my time at the gym, i do it because it became some sort of addiction or because I lack creative ideas of how to waste my time.

As the summer started, I noticed now that a lot more people are coming to the gym, maybe they are in pursuit of hot summer pool party bodies. I do not know what is their purpose, but they sure use the few equipments we have at the gym and, leave me room for me to do my exercise. Do not you like how I think I am entitled to use the gym before those guys?

One more rant, these guys always watch shows that I have no interest in, here is the breakdown:

Older men love their America's funnies Home Videos shows
Younger white dudes, like scrubs.
Darker folks including the Persians love Basketball
Mid age white guys like CNN Headlines news.
Random Russian dude likes Home Improvement shows.
The Koreans do not care
other random folks, Fox News (not a bad idea to make your blood boil like crazy, better workout)

If I cannot watch MSNBC, I usually enjoy my Arabic tuneage. I also have another gym at my work. the gym at work is a blessing had i not had a gym in my building. I love it, the only place where you can have peace is the one place people do not usually go, the gym.
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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Let The Madness Begain

Politics aside, Clinton was asked by ABC News' Chris Cuomo in an interview that aired on "Good Morning America" what she would do if she wins the White House and Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, according to the ABC News Web site.

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton said. "In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

This is strange coming from the former first lady, to use the verb "obliterate" If some non-US person said this about any other country, the States might ban this person from coming to America. Groups are suing the president of Iran for saying he wants to wipe Israel of the map, and they should sue stupid people. But as the head of the free world (maybe) I think this language should be beneath you!
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One Lazy Prtiner!

Yesterday, at work, we had a problem with our copier. I called in for maintenance, they send one of their crew. He was a charming African American fella, that started working on it. I asked him if he needed anything, he should call on me, he said OK. He came to my office few minutes later, and told me to walk with him to the copier, I do so. He asks me "Do you know lazy printers?" "How do they work?" I was like, "Lazy printer?" Not really, I never heard of them. He was surprised and give me an impression that I am old school. I looked him in the eye and I said "sorry, I have been living under a rock for a while" He said it was fine, and started explaining to me all about Lazy printers. I know my boss was listening to our conversation, and she had a smile on her face the entire time, the gentleman was explaining to me about the printers. Then all of a sudden I said "Did you mean laser printers?" He said "Yes, Laser printers" I replied, "Gosh man, I know about those" needless to say, I felt like a dork.

At this point, my boss and other colleagues came in to laugh at me (or with me)They said "It's is Gaza Day for Hani" or "Lazy printers, where do you come up with this stuff?" I was like "dang it guys, if machines nowadays have "sleep mode" and "snooze button? Why cannot they be lazy?

They didn't buy it!
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