Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Islamophobe on the Scale

I have yet to meet an islamophope who weights under 300 pound! Now I am begging to wonder where have all those skinny islamophobe?

I would ask these guys holding funny signs about my religion, but I am a little bit scared! I cannot take on a BIG person.
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iPad Runs Funny Government

So few months ago, I read the Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg is running his government form his iPad. He was stuck in an airport and it came in handy to run his government using this new toy.

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I also read somewhere that the Mayor of NYC runs his government using a similar device.

Only a peaceful Norwegian government can be sweet enough to be run by an iPad. Can you imagine President Obama trying to run his government in the midst of all those crisis and toxic political environment from his iPad?

Better, how about the Palestinians President using one? do you think it will work? "Not very effective in stopping settlers, is it Mr. President?" Not a great tool to bring about peace, is it now?
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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Air Marshall Jack Song

His name is Gary… and he likes to read. The moment I spotted him I knew he was the air Marshall (Gary, if you are reading this, you were not too obvious, I am just very good).

He had a back pillow, his book was wrapped in a zip lock bag, only carry on. He was tall, athletic, and All-American. He looked like he was part of a death march. No emotions whatsoever and he was sitting in our row’s aisle seat, meaning he was running the airplane’s checkpoint.

I mean c’mon, there were two Arabs with two different last names reserving seats next to each other heading to DC. It must have raised a flags somewhere. Once we deplaned in DC, he was there waiting to board the same plane that was headed back to the same city we’ve just left. Maybe he just loves flying or has vacation time and is using it to boost his miles. Nah!

I was so bored yet inspired (“borspired”?) that I grabbed a napkin and wrote him a light spirited rap song:

I got on the plane to head to Vegas and back

I said to myself, it’s the best place for poker and blackjack

But seated next to me is a big and tall, huge man Jack

He smiles and unloads crap from his backpack

This dude makes me dizzy and their lack of snacks

I think it was stale pretzels nobody ate

I could not think to pick something from the gate

A chatty taxi driver and his GPS made me late.

It was fear and politics, not loathing, that gave us this disunited state

You worry about me, I worry about putting food on the plate

It turns out the dude next to me is muscular Air Marshall Jack

Stuck on a plane next to air Marshall Jack

I say my name and shout “Hi Jack!”

He freezes, tenses and goes on the attack

Everyone now is looking and they put my hands behind my back

I am Arab, guessing this is now the new black or Arizona wetback

Everybody is now saying I yelled hijack

I say this is absurd and ask for some slack

There was a bag and I see no light and it all gets dark

All I can think is“don’t tase me bro”

Skip the in-flight entertainment, I’ve become the show.

Forget me and remember the Alamo.

Boss was right; I should have changed Mohammad to Moe

You cannot just do this without an intro

And tell me to Gitmo and I will go

Stuck on a plane next to air Marshall Jack

I make out a voice and ask where is my Miranda?

I am a local man with no foreign agenda

I am not the threat like the land of the panda

But then there was smack after smack

He tells my maybe I should go back to Iraq

I say maybe I should stick to the Amtrak

A dude high in rank says they are sorry and start to backtrack.

Now they realize I was being frank and it was their guy who was whack

I have seen many agents till I cannot keep track.

I walk home and now know it pays not to know Jack.

Nothing changes not even with Barack

Stuck on a plane next to air Marshall Jack

[Tarboush Tip: Programmer Buydatti, Will, Steve S.]

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Your Net Savvy Terrorist Says, "You've Got Mail!"

Do you ever notice how the news keeps talking about Jihadi websites? Everything some talking head or a politician makes a reference to Jihadi websites, I laugh.

Really? These guys who live in caves and on the run have websites? They are spending their time HTML coding all day and trying to upload pictures and files?

Seriously? These Jihaderos got internet connection now?

I am now beginning those people on the Jihadi sites are all under cover agents talking and chatting with each other thinking they are actual terrorists when in reality they are all under cover agents living in NOVA.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Put Your Ring On...Dude!

I find it common when Roa and I attend Muslim functions here in DC, people often stare at us and look to see if we are married.....it makes Roa uncomfortable, I try not to look around too much.

Yesterday we went to this popular Virgina Restaurant where tons of diverse and colorful people break their fast. Few families go there, but mostly single people. It was odd to see so many people try to listen in our conversations.

So next time when we go to a Muslims functions in the Metro DC area, I want to try to pull a prank on Roa....

I will take off my ring and let other people judge her. Can you imagine, she will freakout....people really bother here at those events. So now she finally gets how a Western women feels in Cairo Egypt.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Very Vegas Moment

Here is an random thought that hit me....

Upon arrival to America (or any other Western nation), many young Arab men behave the same way most Americans behave in places like Vegas. Loud, rowdy, seeking fun inducing activities and in short being irresponsible.

I found this to be true with most true with many (but not all) Arab friends who go to American colleges, so do not get surprised when you see an Arab party it up...it's simply their Vegas moment.

Yes, largely and prior to the Facebook affect, for an Arab college student in America, "What happens in America stays in America"
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10 Arab Sidekicks

Comic book fans tell you that both the good guys and the bad guys have very little in common, but the one thing they always agree on is the importance of sidekicks. If Arabs were superheros (one power they ain’t gonna have is flying), they naturally have have sidekicks. Strangely enough, life is just like that: we all have sidekicks or even play sidekicks for those who we like to kick A with, or just be seen next to in tights. Moreover, like many Arabs who live in the States, I have friends from all races, creeds, interests and walks of life. Lately though, in an attempt to nail down a “buddy list,” I decided to go undercover and to study the types of people who roll with Arabs. Characters on this list can often be found as the sole “Affirmative Action” token, the only non-Arab among a pack of them.

1- “My-Ex-Boyfriend-Is-Palestinian” Amy
We can’t forget about the white girl who dated an Arab guy in college, and seems to have never got enough of Mahmoud after he went backhome abruptly after graduation and got married. Dating the Palestinian kid makes the symptom even more pronounced, the suffering must be seductive and spices up the relationship. The “something” is missing feeling drives Amy into the laps of Middle Eastern restaurants and hookah lounges. Of course it does not help that Palestine is always on the news which only makes the shadows of the past relationship more real. Amy has dated many guys none live to controlling Mahmoud; white kids do not want families; Hispanic kids are too flashy; Asians are too quite and too obsessed with gadgets. Thus making Amy a solid fan of Taylor Swift and her songs.

Deal Breakers: Sorry, the deal is already broken

2- The other “Brown” Fella
He or she probably saw you in class or at the local cafeteria and went up to you and started speaking to you in a language they obviously thought you spoke. Face it my friends: you’re on a one way ticket south the borders. Since misery loves company, you instantly hit it off and become new BFF’s. Extra credit if that person is attractive and of the opposite sex (or the same). Sometimes you run into “the other brown person” in a Middle East Studies college class, where he or she realizes that their last name begins with “Al” and serves as definitive proof of their Arab connection, to which you say “Of course, Spanish has a lot of Arab words.” Latin Americans look so much like us that whenever the needs arises, we can say “No hablo Ingles . . . Soy De Mexico” and get away with it. Becoming a regular at the Hispanic restaurants sure takes a toll on your digestive system, but they sure get you extra amounts of guacamole. Looking like the rest of the people on the streets also helps you land a better haircut with a discount at the local Spanish barber shop. Congratulations! You are now an honorary member of the Hispanic community. Make sure you carry your papers with you at all times.

Deal Breakers: Superior Salsa dance moves, amazing soccer tactics and confusing kissing customs; they are all bound to create some serious jealousy.

3- The Die Hard Libertarian
Since much of Libertarian philosophy is founded on conspiracy theories and since most Arabs don’t trust their media or their governments, for an Arab it makes since to have a Libertarian friend to commiserate with on the latest theories of “secret wars” and the causes behind the “financial meltdown.” Unlike many wimpy urbanites, Arabs also do not get intimidated by guns. Obviously, both of you have high paying jobs and fail to see why you get compensated the amounts you do get compensated with. Arabs feel that Republicans screw up their home countries that Democrats screw up American taxes and agree with whatever Libertarians say on civil liberties, but still vote for Nader. Careful though: to avoid a Jerry Springer moment, avoid questioning their theories, no matter how crazy they might sound. Obviously, the West is the heartland of the Libertarian movement with Las Vegas as its capital and thus Libertarians do not enjoy paying taxes. They prefer to gamble their money away.

Deal Breakers: working for a Federal Bank, paying your taxes in full and not owning the entire collection of Oliver Stone motion pictures.

4- The Free Rider
This person comes from all races, religions and nationalities, flocking with whoever picks up the tab. You’ve heard of Arab hospitality, right? Well people in this group thrive and leech on exactly that. Those who grace this group usually tell good stories and have a great sense of humor, but when it comes to cash, they fall way short—a problem you discreetly resolve. Yes, it’s your college roommate who every time he saw you cooking, said something like: “Wow, that smells good!” anticipating to be invited. These are also the people who let you use their Costco membership, if you buy him (or her) a c polish hot dogs, a drink and a churro. Back at college, you asked this person to run some of your errands and to do your English writing homework from time to time, which they gladly accept. But this relationship is doomed to fail on the first disagreement on who gets to pay the utilities or who gets to go out with that girl you both met at the night club. But it might not take that long. The free loader drank all your chocolate milk with no prior notice! For an Arab, the need for this friend is like the need for Ramadan friendly porn, the one where the girl in the black niqab lifts up her skirt and reveals her ankle just a little to arouse the senses and engage the mind. For the record, many Arabs play that role to their peers from the rich Gulf who can spare the dimes in pursuit of good times to be had by all.

Deal Breakers: getting a declined credit card and going on a diet.

5- The Born-Again Hippie
Since hippies can’t recall their last accomplishment since the 60’s, the new hippies are the guys and gals you met canvassing for Obama in your town. The new hippies are empowered by the Obama miracle trek to the White House and love to take credit for his success, but yet fail to see anything good he’s done so far. The fun in being an Arab with a hippie friend is their open appetite to try new things and rebel against the system—something Arabs apparently love. Here is the proof at any labor, environmental, anti-war, political rally: you will always find an Arab flag. The Arabs gave the gift of Humus, Tabouli, Baba Ghanooj, tea, herbs and spices, and Ralph Nader and the hippies took all these things and ran with them. The hippie likes the company of Arabs, the newcomers if you will, because frankly, everybody is tired of the expired hippie bullshit stories and how they can blow pickles from their arse every time they fart.

Deal Breakers: being too harsh on weed smokers, singing praises to red meat, telling the hippie you do not believe in monogamy. Not Recycling!

6- The Apologetic Reformed Republican
Frustrated with the “Dubyah” legacy, this extreme Whitey recently left the Republican Party out to dry. He or she feels obligated to correct the wrongs of the past and to break the ice with his/her Arab co-worker in the accounting department. But old cultural habits die hard. You can take an extreme prep out of the GOP but you can’t take the GOP out of the extreme prep. So they mean well and really want to understand the people that Fox News just loves to hate. But they stick out like the Lawrence of Arabia at a Bedouin dinner.

The Apologetic Reformed Republican (or A Double R) often work in either the legal, financial or engineering fields. They latch on to a group of Arabs through work or a random Arab roommate whose overly kind invitations to go out were not supposed to be taken literally. The RRs fail to de-code Arab etiquette for the posturing it is and always agree to attend Arab weddings, funerals and Ramadan iftaars.

Please be kind to them. After suffering years of cognitive damage through listening to the likes of Ann Coulter, they still say ignorant things. Do however; remind this person that you have a Fantasy Football team and a March Madness basketball bracket. Another tip: avoid quoting historical facts. Your peer has a very short-term memory if not a major case of historical amnesia and begins every sentence with “in accordance with the prophecy.”

Deal Breakers: applying for a job with an agency of the Federal government, or speaking ill of Reagan.

7- Feeling Dangerous Bored Girl
There was something about Mary, but this time she’s gone all righteous on all of us. Almost all Arabs in the States have experienced this girl: all of them, at one point of their lives, befriended a white person who thought they were members of a gang once they became friends. I am sorry I actually went to Dearborn and I saw those Arab kids dressed like rappers and speaking tough. Some white people (especially some girls) feel like they are doing the ultimate act of disobedience by becoming friends with “the enemy.” Since both Arabs and white kids are well off, they go to the same school district and have to convince the others to give them some “Respect”. Love for fast cars, video games, flashy sneakers and “bling bling” brings this odd union into solid stages. However, as those people grow up and have professions of their own, they still find a mysterious prestige for a white person to say: “we are going to ‘the Muslamics’ for some mint tea and hookah.” Its when an Arab would say, “the ‘Smiths’ are coming over gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.”

Deal Breakers: Wearing a suit, speaking proper English, and confessing that you actually live in your mom’s basement.

8- The ‘I love your people’ Lad
As a kid, this person’s father hired some Arab person to do a job and while observing those “different” people, the youngster realizes how hard working those people were, even though they had been fasting all day. Moreover, ever since then, they insist on meeting every Arab in their life—if they only knew. This person believes that America is a nation of immigrants and as his own forbearer came to this land, he or she respects all those who come here. Arabs are always looking for new friends and people who will listen to them and see them as regular folks and not just what Glenn Beck promotes. Members of this group are self-appointed defenders of Arabs—they pick fights with their teachers for saying the wrong things about Arabs and they raise hell when their classmates insult Ahmad. This behavior drives them to be isolated and frustrated idealists, who will eventually buy a pink fridge and raise a bunch of cats in a small hut overlooking one of Minnesota’s lakes.

Deal Breakers: calling out this person’s bluffs and telling them that the U.S. education system is so great that you left your home country to come here.

9- The Culture Vulture/Surfer
His/her first name is unique and they grew up in a metropolitan environment where it was rare to see people who look or talk the same. People on this list are strategic on their friendships; they realize that time is limited and only mingle with those relevant folks. When the civil rights were at swing in the 60s, they kept close to African Americans. When Reagan was screwing up Central America, they befriended Salvadorian, Panamenian and Nicaraguan immigrants. 9/11 was no different: they went out and got them some Arab friends to better understand the issues. A trademark of theirs is to have a different name in every culture they explore. Abdul something seems to be popular with the culture surfers. Usually spiritual and often church going who believe in world peace, they understand the messy nature of things. Such friendship is wonderful, if both live in the same neighborhood. Maintaining the relationship becomes difficult if there was distance—just ask your high school girlfriend.

Deal Breakers: saying politically incorrect things about others or confessing to owning a gun.

10- The Aspiring Spook
Poor souls . . . they are great listeners who enroll in Arabic 1010 and go out of their way to be in touch with the Arab scene in an effort to stay current on world events. Believing in America and the importance of its security makes this person learn more about Arabs and Muslims. The aspiring spy does not really hate Arabs or their culture per se, but rather chose to be pragmatic and learn a marketable skill—hunting Arabs is that skill. They will ask you to take them to the local mosque when you go or introduce them to the local imam. When they meet the imam who speaks perfect English and drives a Hummer to take his kids to their soccer game, only then do they realize how boring their career would be. The only winners in this situation are the local Arab restaurant where this person will insist to take their dates to eat at his or her “favorite” Arabic restaurant. Telling their date that they know Ahmad, the restaurant server, gives them a chilling sensation yet their date is not amused. A minority within this group takes pride in telling people who find that America does wrong, “If you do not like America, French women do not shave.”

Deal Breakers: developing a sudden allergy to Arabic food or making this person feel bad for all the deaths and destruction in Iraq.

11- The “Third-World” Intellectual
Everyone knows who I’m talking about…the guy wearing a red or black hatta on his neck who also sports those nice thick square glasses and the scruffy look. If they are guys, they usually make friends with Arab girls on campus and try to brag to their roommates about how they got a date with a Muslim girl. Go figure, right? They often major in philosophy, political science or some international bullshit. Did I also say that they usually have a cool haircut and a stellar collection of scarves that gives them that certain European flavor? They are often lean, wear those tights jeans, collect comic books and have a poster of either Brave Heart, Gladiator or go all out and hang a poster of the latest indie sensations. And the bag, you cannot forget the assortment of stickers and banners they feature on their school bag. These guys love to pick fights with the college Republicans and piss in their cheerios by calling them either Racists, War Mongers or let it all go to hell by calling them Fascists. The Arabs often love to see those guys (and let’s not forget the ladies) make an argument against the Occupation or take them along for the international cinema where the latest Iranian flick is playing.

Deal Breakers: admitting to not liking European anti-immigrants laws or liking romantic comedies—to the intellectuals, the romantic comedies are like the sun to a cube of ice.

12- The ? Jew
Unapologetically anti-Zionist, this person served in the Israeli army and somehow his brigade pulled some crazy stunts and he never felt invested in the Israeli government and its policies. The? Jew has double citizenship so we can afford to tell Israel to “Kiss It” Once the tour is over with, this person left Israel and never looked back again. Now in the States, he/she is popular in the speaking circles where he/she is often invited to tell their stories and how they came to realize that peace is the way. Facing hostility from the clowns of the Zionist Organization of America on his/her campus this person is by default an Arabist and it helps they few styling Arab chicks on his/her campus makes good friends who make way better hummus than the shit they call hummus in Israel. Of course he/she ends up being a staffer in the US Congress for a left leaning congressman where they can give some credibility when Israeli right wingers accuse the Congressman of being a man of reason when it comes to the Middle East.

Deal Breakers: mixing a Judaism with Zionisms, being a big fan of Mel Gibson, not accepting their facebook friend invitations.

[Tarboush Tip: KABOBfest Team]

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BP Seafood And Gas Guzzlers

So you know how everybody is talking about BP and how they polluted the Gulf seafood industry? You even have people telling us that fish have consumed portions of the leaked petroleum from the oil spill.

I say if the seafood you eat seems to have consumed some oil...then go ahead and shove it in your gas tank....do not recycle it...just use it as fuel...that's right oil rich seafood can fuel your car...now this is some green solution.

Go ahead and dispose those jumbo shrimp where they belong.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

He is Not Muslim, but that doesn't matter

A construction worker walks in a crowd of protestors who are taking on the streets to protect the proposed mosque, look how this guy is treated by the brave and the free. I am surprised how much hate these guys have to take on some guy just becasue he looked dark.

A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who’s name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

FYI: This September 11th Muslims Will Celebrate, Don’t Panic

Update: Eid Most likely will be on the 10th of September.

Ramadan begins in most Muslims countries today August 11 2010….a month from then is September 11th, the 9th anniversary of the terrorist and violent attacks on America’s soil. Many talking heads and demagogues have argued Muslims have danced on the streets in celebration. We have the lunar calender to blame, but something tells me the same talking heads will strike again and take advantage of this and show images of happy Muslims on September 11th 2010, the date that will be the Eid, one of two Muslim holidays. While the majority of Muslims will join the rest of the world in commemorating the tragic events of September 11th, they will also be partying it up for the Eid. In other words, they will take the words of former President George Bush to heart and do what he told the American people to do few people after 9/11 “Go and shop”, that’s why the Muslim holiday like everything in this world has been commercialized.

Can you imagine the sight of a number of Muslims who will gather for the Eid prayer on morning of September 11th in many convention centers, parks and mosques around the country? This would be a nightmare for many law enforcement agencies where you will sure to find many Muslims dressed up in their tradition garb to celebrate this Muslim Holiday along with a billion and a half other believers.

A group of young Muslims- including Hijab clad women and bearded Hassans wearing traditional Pakistan dress – trying to board a metro on the morning of September 11th. I have been hearing that the majority of the mosques in North America has already decided to celebrate the Eid on the 10 of September to avoid conflicts. But needless to say few mosques are still holding out.

Officer: Where you think you’re going Hassan?
Hassan: We are going to the mosque, we have a celebration!
Officer: You have a celebration today? On September 11th? Some balls you got.
Hassan: But I do not need balls I am not going to play soccer today.
Officer: So you are now getting cute with me? Alright, show me your ID

So I hope pundits and hate mongers will not insult our intelligence and yours by trying to tell you, “Look, Muslims are dancing on 9/11″, they are just trying to score cheap political points and fill some airtime. You can bet that on September 11th 2010, Muslims will wear new clothes; eat tons of sweets; go to the movies; dance at concerts, and congratulate each others on this holiday. Remember, all these activities can also help stimulate the economy.

September 11th was indeed a tragic event that changed many things in the American lifestyle, but also has deeper changes to the majority of Muslims who share a religion with the violent extremists who sponsored those tragedies. And lets not forget the extremists here who in one state want to burn copies of the Koran on that day; and the others in NY and Tennessee who want to deny people the freedom of religion. So please do not panic on that day if you cannot find a cab as most cab drivers will be celebrating the rich diversity of this land. And Let’s hope drones will not decorate the Muslims skies on that day.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

What Gets Muslims to Donate?

The flood in Pakistan made me think what gets Muslims to donate?

Since I have been working in this sector for few years now, I have seen and read about the work of Muslim charities, I came to those few conclusions about Muslims giving.

  1. In cases of ongoing wars in/on a Muslim country, Muslims always will open up their checkbooks and give generously.
  2. Religious obligation is number one reason why Muslims give...in Zakat and other times when Muslims have to give Alms, they give and give all they can. Many also give for mosques and religious activities.
  3. Muslims are not moved by natural disasters and other extreme acts of nature, those kind of things do not get them to open their pockets as much. not sure why, but I can think it might be they assume other groups will pick the tab, States will donate to offset the affects of those unfortunate acts of nature. Few and very tiny and strange minority things that acts of nature are part of God's plan due to some wicked people. In a way there are a lot like Christian donors.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Absent Middle Path

I often find myself in disagreement with sensationalist. It's easy to make out those sensationalists, they often promote their agenda with this phrase, "Our [fill in the blank] is under attack"

I have seen religious, ethnic groups, special interested, politicians and activists use this phrase to rally the troops. More often than not, I dismiss those ideas. I have heard Hamas leaders use that line, "Our government is under attack", conservatives say it, "Our morals are under attack", liberals, "Our values under attack" such buzz words appeal to people and somehow when people feel victimized (real or perceived) they get to act. That's why many politicians try to get votes this way, "If you do not vote for me...."

Also why is it that people on one side or another always get the air time? very few times when the people in the middle make the news....why is it always the one for something and against it get the coverage "look at the NY mosque situation" From watching the news, you can never see people who just do not really care about the whole ordeal. Maybe more of use should just stop caring so politicians can stop pandering and trying to stay relevant.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Best Caption Wins

Please give me you caption for this picture.....I have one on mind, but I wanted to see if you have a better one.

This is a picture of two Gaza clowns performing in front of children
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Very Unralted Thoughts

As I took the bus to work today, two random thoughts came to mind:

  1. Slow pedestrians are a threat to the environment (if a driver have to wait for you for a prolonged time as you take your sweet time crossing, then more gas is emitted in the air)
  2. The obesity pandemic is great for the Sumo wrestling business (it makes the pool for sumo wrestlers greater allowing for more new talents to enter the profession)
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Stay Moral: IDF soldier posts images of blindfold Palestinians on Facebook


Funny times in Israel, why are these men blindfolded anyway? The things IDF soldiers do to get viral....this is a shame and I love how the Israeli army is critical of this Israeli soldier....who said her pictures with the blindfolded Palestinians are some of her best time in her life.

Few years ago, there was a BYU professor in the political science department who have always argued Israeli military is the most moral army in the world...she really believed it. Clearly she might question that, but I am sure Professor Hudson will dismiss this case as an isolated incident and not question her own assertions.

Yishai Menuchin, the director of the Public Committee Against Torture, an NGO, Yishai Menuchin, condemned the soldiers actions:

"The horrible pictures demonstrate a norm of treating Palestinians like objects instead of human beings – treatment that disregards their feelings as humans and their right to privacy."

He added: "The soldier would go crazy if photographs of her in humiliating circumstances had been posted on the internet without her permission. We call upon IDF commanders to issue orders to prevent this kind of humiliating behavior."
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Thanks! I Hate It

I do not know about you, but I find myself angry whenever a get an email from people asking me to do something for them or requesting something from me....and then toward the end of the email they right this


It drives me bad when people do that....like it's very presumptions when they expect you to do things for them and then hurry up to thank you becasue they cannot be bothered thanking you once you have accomplished what they ask of you. It's worse when those people are your peers.....it's worse when you really do not care that much, but you still have to read it Thanks!
Maybe it's the exclamation point I hate (I never see it as cute) , maybe I am becoming grumpy.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Relative of the Month

Abood is my nephew, he is one of my favorite nephews, born few weeks after the Israel Gaza offensive and he has developed an extra sensitive lungs so anything gets him sick and he spends plenty of time in the local hospital. I think as he gets older his condition improve. I got to know him and spend plenty of time with him when I was in Gaza as I think he is the first grandchild that looks like my father....Yes he is a mini version of my dad.

Even thought his dad is not from our family or extend one, my sister genes managed to get a copy of our father. So you can imagine how much fun we have with this guy.

I spent a long time with this kid as he eventually started thinking I am his father...it was both funny and wonderful as I was about the only uncle who can make him laugh when I want too, and he smiles and races to me when he sees me enter their home. So here is Abood eating an ice creem on a hot Summer day.

I want to thank his mom for buying a new camera phone so she can take better pictures of him and share them with me.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oops! A Palestian Serial killer

The alleged Flint serial killer is Palestinian! Stroy

Let's hear more about this! I never liked Palestinians wearing caps...

Abuelazam is believed to be the man who was arrested, with an expired Israeli passport, about to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Tel Aviv Wednesday night.

It was not clear if the man had passed through security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport or if he was simply changing planes in Atlanta, but he had reached a boarding gate. The spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration told The Atlanta Journal-constitution air traffic into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson was not affected.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gracious Up in the Air

Everyone heard of the flight attendant who had it with his work and quit by evacuating the plane using the chute. Red his story here

I was thinking during my flight last week about this nice flight attendant that walked down the plane aisle to collect trash from mostly gloomy people...as people disposed trash in the plastic bag she caries, she would smile and say "I appreciate it" and that got me to wonder....

she does not really appreciate it, does she? No one can be this nice when people are giving them all sort of junk.....I mean if she appreciates people giving her trash...what would she say when people give her flowers, candy or chocolate? Would she say I appreciate it too? That would be unfair

i would like to be there to see that moment and record the reaction of this gracious crew member that more often than not goes underpaid and under appreciated. It's interesting to see how in a moment people can snap, and no longer can they maintain their facade.
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Monday, August 09, 2010

TNT (TV) and All The Drama

I always get irritated whenever I hear the commercial for TNT, We know Drama....
I am guessing Americans in search for a laugh, tune in to TBS Station, those who want racy humor switch to Comedy Central and those who seem not to get drama all around them....they tune in to TNT.

In those troubled times, why would you want to look for more drama in your life? Do not you get the news? The oil spill, the economy, the unemployment, the out of control Afghanistan and fiasco in Iraq's election....if that's not enough drama for you....do you really still need TNT? You cannot be that out of touch....or maybe you can, what do I know!

I am no guessing that TNT to Americans is like Gaza many Arabs....we watch it to fee better our our lives. What's the word on Gaza today? five minutes of Gaza news can give you a dose of Drama it takes TNT an hour to replicate....OK TNT has a better ending...not sure Gaza, troubling economy has an ending
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

This is Such a Steal

Look careful at this picture I snagged at World Market Store in Arlington Virginia, look at the price and the discount they are offering....would you consider buying this product? Remember read the price tag carefully and let me know, I laughed when I saw it.

I did tell an employee of the store about this mistake, he just said it's a mistake and did not do anything about it...he just walked away.
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Do Not Try This @ Home

You know Mountain Timpanogos and its famous cave. To do that you need the right gear, and the right company....
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Wind River Goodness Jerky

You know what's it like to find your favorite Jerky? It's like wining the lottery.... That's how I felt when I discovered Wind river Buffalo Jerky in little shop in the City of Orem in Utah in shadows of the Wasatch Mountains where jerky is celebrated in this outdoor crazed state. walking down State Street I see this little whole in the wall store that only sells Jerky....before I walked in, I thought this place will only be selling different types of Jerky from here and there. But once Roa and I walked into the Store we were greeted by Dian, a nice lady who greeted us and just wanted to talk about her jerky. She had me all once I learned she is cooking her jerky in the back of her shop...the aroma all over the place meant I would have to buy a load of her jerky. She asked me to sample some of her buffalo jerky and I did. Hot Pepper (Really hot no wusses allowed) and Lemon Pepper and I left the store with three different packs....I let happy. Chewy, fresh and falvorfaul that's how I would describe Wind River Creations.... Dian uses not preservatives and cooks up small batches to keep it fresh. She is very energized and excited when she talks about her recipes. Roa who can care less for jerky loves the lady and her spirit. Dian told us she ships orders all over the place, and has few stores that sell her jerky....but it's still a one man show and that's when you know the product is great. I only hopes Roa have packed some Wind River jerky in our carry one as I felt the next for some fine stakes on the go...Dian will be hearing from me again and getting more of my business.
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Air Marshall Jack

His name is Gary (if you are reading this, you were not too obvious, I am just very good).....and he likes to read....the moment I spotted him i knew he was the air Marshall.

He had a back pillow, his book was wrapped in a zip lock bag, only carry one....tall, athletic, looked like part of a death marsh....no emotions whatsoever and he was sitting on an aisle seat.

Something told him he is the air Marshall, a few hours later another young man that has the same physique tabbed him on the shoulder and asked him if he will be getting off the plane...he said yes.

I thought that was his colleague as they had not attempted to exchange any words the entire trip.....I was telling Roa this is the air marshall she did not belive me....

I mean c'mon two Arabs Muslims (two different last names) reserving seats next to each other heading to DC....it must have raised some flags somewhere.

Anyhow here is where we know he is the guy keeping America skies safe....Once we get out of the plane in DC, he was there waiting to board the same plane that was headed back to Salt Lake City....where he is based. He might be a drug dealer of course, but I think he is the many keeping us all safe....

I was so bored that I grabbed a napkin and wrote him a light spirited song, I will publish once I find the napkin
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The Flight From Hell Brought to Me by Delta

It has been more than five years I take a direct domestic flight until Yesterday.....it seemed simple, direct flight from Sale Lake International Airport to DC National Airport, a total of 3 hours and 32 minutes, non stop flight.

We get to Columbus Ohio and the weather reports start coming from DC telling the pilot to wait it out in the air. He hoovers the plane over Ohio for m,ore than an hour. Every about 15 minutes the pilot makes an announcement telling us things are not looking too good or they are improving. He finally gets instructions to land in Ohio Cincinnati Airport. We are told we are not to leave the plane....then 10 miutes later they tell us we will be allowed to leave for 30 minutes.....

We end up leaving the plane to get some food and freshen up (there is so much junk food one can eat on a vacation)

We board the plane (not all passengers leave, some chose to stay behind on the plane) We wait in the plane for about one more hour....then the pilot tells us he will let us leave again as things in DC do not look good as the tornado is still at full swing. He made things worse by toying with our expectations that we will board soon (he had good intentions of course)

so we deplane again, this time for about 30 minutes I grab a pretzel, from a store called Wetzel Pretzel...the best pretzel money can buy.

About 25 minutes later I hear them asking us to head back to the plane and get ready for the flight....we board and we take off 30 minutes later...

a flight of 4 hours takes us 10 plus hours and Delta does not even have snacks or try to bribe us with anything other than water. Too bad Roa had to see this as we both felt we are back in Rafah waiting to be cleared for travel from the Egyptian side.

Yes, it is not entirely their fault. But I am withing my right to dislike this experience.
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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Cold River, Hot Chocolate

Provo river tubing was one of the highlights of my Utah visit. We rented tow tubes. Got dropped off six miles up the river. Rocks, trees and wood we had to avoid also three little islands and many fishing folks in the river. To treat ourselves we headed to the rocky mountains chocolate factory store and ordered a frozen cheese cake dipped in hot melting chocolate. Boy that tasted great!
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Utah Rules and then some

Still in Utah and loving it.

So far we hiked two mountains, showered in a waterfall, took chair lift over the mountains, river activities, visits to sun dance and park city, tomorrow water tubing in the provo river. Pictures will come soon. I miss being in conservative county it puts things in perspective.

The comedy shows here at byu were sold out and the other stand up comic delivered the laughers. It was great to be back in Utah laughing together.

Roa loves it here, and she has been a great and a fun companion
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