Monday, December 31, 2007
I think this is quite possible, just think of how Arthur Conan Doyle describe the British military colonial presence in India in his literature. It was very thin and outstretched, and if it wasn't for the local recruits, albeit by coercion, they wouldn't have been able to sustain their grip.
Just imagine that India had indeed acquired Independence in 1936, what would have happened to the logistical lines of the British during the second world war? could that have possibly changed the almanacs of the 20th century??
Nobody can give a reliable answer to that, I am sure.
Anyway, Gandhi remains one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, and it's quite commendable that his people still revere him.
I just heard the first wave of fire crackers, it's 11:37 PM here and the new year is about to usher itself. There are going to be massive fire works in Dubai around 12:00 o'clock, rivaling those of Tokyo and Paris. You might wonder why I am not going out, well it's simply because I don't feel like it, why should I feel any different?. Okay, I feel happy that tomorrow is holiday. but otherwise I would have looked forward to it as any other day on the calender...
Nonetheless, I wish you all a happy, healthy and sexy new year....
There's no earthly way of knowing
What was in your heart
When it stopped going
The whole world shook
A storm was blowing through you
Waiting for God to stop this
And up to your neck in darkness
Everyone around you was corrupted
There's no dignity in death
To sell the world your last breath
They're still fighting over
Everything you left over
I saw you standing at the gates
When Marlon Brando passed away
You had that look upon your face
AndNo one learned from your mistakes
We let our profit s go to waste
All that's left in any case
Is Advertising space
Through your eyes
The world was burning
Please be gentle
I'm still learning
You seemed to say
As you kept turning up
They poisoned you with compromise
At what point did you realise
Everybody loves your life
But you ahahh
Special agent for the man
Through watergate and vietnam
No one really gave a damn
Did you think the CIA did
I've seen your daughter
Man shes cute
I was scared but I wanted to
Boy she looks a lot like you
Friday, December 28, 2007
Inconsistencies in the Koran
Unfortunately, Islamic religious texts, including the Koran and the Hadith contain many passages, which call for Islamic domination and incite violence against non-Muslims. It is time to change that. Muslim fundamentalists believe that the Koran is the literal word of Allah. But could Allah, the most Merciful, the most Compassionate, command mass slaughter of people whose only fault is being non-Muslim?
Wait, there is more:
To start the healing process, we must acknowledge evils done by Muslims in the name of Islam and accept responsibility for those evils. We must remove evil passages from Islamic religious texts, so that future generations of Muslims will not be confused by conflicting messages. Our religious message should be loud and clear: Islam is peace; Islam is love; Islam is light. War, murder, violence, divisiveness & discrimination are not Islamic values.
This is where the plot culminates:
Use of the following words and phrases or their variations must be prohibited during religious services:
• Infidel / Unbeliever: these terms have negative connotation and promote divisiveness and animosity; Islam is not the only religion
• Jihad: this word is often interpreted as Holy War against non-Muslims
•Mujaheed / Holy Warrior: no more wars in the name of Islam
• American (Christian / Crusader / Israeli / Zionist) occupation: these terms promote bigotry; at this point in time, Muslims living in non-Muslim lands have more freedoms than Muslims living in Muslim lands
And you get a whiff of somebody trying to keep up with the current events:
Portrayal of Prophets
While portrayal of Prophets is not an acceptable practice in Islam could be personally offensive to some Muslims, other religions do not have such restrictions. Therefore, the portrayal of the Prophets must be treated as a manifestation of free expression.
Eventually, the mission statement wraps it up with a friendly call to sistas and bruthas to be up to the great responsibility:
Brothers and Sisters!Do not make the next generation of Muslims clean up your mess!Fight Islamic Fascism now, so your children won't have to!
So the Quran is inconsistent. Evil passages must be omitted from Qura'an and Hadith. The American presence in Iraq is no occupation. And Posten Joland had the right to depict and portray the Prophet in the most degrading manner...
If you deviate from this, then you are an Islamofascist and must be dealt with harshly. These guys aren't Christians or Jews or anything else but so-called Islamic Reformists. Allah must be pleased.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
2- The guy who serves my Shisha, replenishes the charcoal and attends to my complaint at the B café is a holder of bachelor degree in education from the revered Al Azhar university.
3- My driving route back home from the office takes me through the back roads of Al Jumairah / Al Bada' area, right through complexes of private and commercial villas. This is usually the most quiet and most peaceful part of the ride, especially that this stretch of asphalt comes right before the end of the trip at the tip of my building's parking lot. But this wasn't the case few days ago when I was annoyed to see this guy driving his 407 Peugeot at 10 KPH in front of me. I flashed once to let him know that there are other people on the road who would like to get home faster than he does. To my surprise, he slowed down and I was about to hit him. I pressed the brake to the floor and the car screeched. Luckily I didn't hit him. It turned out he was slowing down to pacify a speed hump. I overtook him at an angry speed and honked my horn a bit. 200 meters later, I turned right to enter the entrance to the underground parking. He followed me (or so I thought). And kept creeping behind me. And then when I parked my car in one of the vacant spots. He stopped and forced me to look at him face to face for the first time.
'She' was mumbling something I couldn't hear. I stepped out from the car and walked few steps to the window of her passenger seat. Then she rolled it down and asked:
"Do you live in this building?"
"Where do you work?" her tone was crisp and curt.
"I work for the owner of this building"
"How long you've been living here?"
The lady had a Slavic complexion and her English was slightly accented.
"Been living here for 3 month or so…what-"
"Do you know who runs this building?
" –is this all about?' I asked politely. My smile was genuine and inquisitive. The lady was gorgeous.
"If you've been living in this building for 3 month then how come I didn't see you before?"
"Well, a lot of people live in this building…I couldn't possibly meet all of them"
"Do you know who they are?"
"I don't know all of them yet, but I know that they are staff at the D hotel" (a 5.5 stars hotel in Dubai)…she wasn't pleased enough with the level of my knowledge.
"In what apartment do you live?'
"In the pent house on the roof"
"Why your car is parked here?"
"Well, I am entitled for a parking space as a part of the tenancy contract with my employer, I am not a parasite you know. Here.."..
"But the gate barrier is out of order and a lot of strangers are parking their cars here"
"Alright" I said, as I went back to my car, retrieved the remote control by which I usually open the gate when it is operating.
"Here is the remote control to the barrier, I guess you have something similar in your key chain, and here.." I stretched my hand "… is my business card, if you wish to pursue this any further, you may want to speak to me, or to my superiors tomorrow at the office"
She didn't say a word, so I kept going:
"I am trying to make you feel safe and secure, despite that I was about to hit your…'
"Yeah, you were driving in a horrible way"
Although I've been driving like the 'First Responders' lately, but I am a very cautious driver. I haven't had an accident in the last six months or so.
"Sorry Mam, I wasn't paying enough attention, perhaps you will accept my apology"
"I will, but you better be careful the next time around!"
She put the gear to the drive mode and moved away. She didn't call.
4- I've noticed that there are two different blends of the canned fava beans produced by California Gardens, one is Syrian and the other is Lebanese. Despite my focus on learning what was the difference in the taste as I ate them both, I couldn't find any. So I called their toll free number and posed the question to the customer service assistant.
"The two blends are almost the same" he said, "however, the Syrian blend has less ingredients and hence is gentler and more stabilizing to your stomach"
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Well, I understand that the money Sharon raised will go for fighting AIDS (i.e. buying condoms to the poor). Let's see if one of those will be inaugurated during the hot Beverly Hills date.
Get Stoned everyone!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
A few years ago, two parents went out for dinner. A few hours later, the babysitter was calling to ask if she could cover up the clown statue in the kids' room, the father said, "Take the kids and get out of the house. We'll call the police, we don't have a clown statue."; The "clown statue"; is really a killer that escaped from jail. If you don't post this letter on to 10 videos tonight, the clown will be in your bed at 3:00 am with a chainsaw in his hand(SORRY BOUT SPAM THIS REALLY FREAKS ME)
I've seen this comment circulating around YouTube pages. It seems to me that the west is not less of a believer in the occult and the supernatural than the under-developed east and south.
Okay, what if I read this comment at around 2:59 AM and didn't have the ample time to post it on ten other different videos, would the Clown Statue at least forgive me if I tried my best?
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
One thing you have to watch out for is the evil eye. That's when you've got something so nice (like a sweet, late-model Iranian-made taxi) that people stare at it longingly. The force of their envy can cause it to break down or otherwise go bad. That's why you'll want to stick some eyes on there. It can also apply to kids. Instead of gushing over how beautiful someone's perfect new baby is, it's better to take subtle approach, and say "Masha' Allah" (God has willed it).