But I thought all taxes were sinful?

Britian is implementing Sin taxes:

Many Britons were resigning themselves to more puritanical lifestyles
Thursday as they faced the prospect of "sin taxes" that will increase
the cost of alcohol, cigarettes, gas-guzzling cars and, potentially,
plastic bags.

Basically all of life's little pleasures that may give your sorry existence a chance to have a reprieve from your shitty every daily life. Oh yeah, and Plastic bags. Hmm… Yeah, I can see where they are coming from..wait, no..I don't. Plastic bags are sinful? When did that happen? Did I miss a day in school or something?

The Labour Party government is hoping that hiking taxes on booze will help curb Britain's binge-drinking culture.

Ahh, so they are doing this for the good of their citizens, even if they disagree? Ahh, those great guys at Labor, they know what's best for you , to the degree that you won;t even be given a choice in the matter. And here I thought it was just a ploy to collect obscene new amounts in tax money to waste and plunder! Silly me!

The Shia in Lebanon are starting to Panic

No one, and I mean no one in Lebanon- besides Tubby Turban* and his band of armed dick-jerkers want another war with Israel, especially the Shia. Abu Kais has the news.

*Trying out a new nickname for Nasrallah. You like? Have a better one? Let me know! 

The Embarrassing Democrats

Ouch!

Now and Then

Ferraro Now (2008):

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he
was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position."

Ferraro back then (1988): 

"if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

But please, don't you dare call her racist. She is, after all, a white democrat woman, and therefore she can't be racist, just like Hillary!

Prophet Mohamed, described

What the man looked like, at least according to this Facebook Group:

Name : Muhammad (PBUH) Ibn Abdillah Ibn Abdelmottaleb Ibn Hashim.Place of birth : Makkah.

Skin color : Moderate between dark and white , when he's subjected to sun it gets slightly red.

Facial describtion : His face was like a full moon , when he is pleased his face lightens up.

Eyebrows : He had a srtong bowed eyebrows slightly connetcted but couldn't be recognized unless there was dust on his face.

Eyes : He had white wide eyes with some redness in them , his eyelashes were slightly long , his eye pupil was so dark.

Nose : He had a straight nose , had some highness in its middle .

Cheeks : He had stiff straight cheeks.

Mouth : His mouth was slightly big , beautiful although , his teeth were white and had narrow spaces between the front teeth.

Beard
(Lehya) : He had a thick hairy black beard , with some white hairs in
it , it was a fist long , He usually brushed it and put cream on his
hair and put perfume , that when he walks in the streets u could know
that he walked from here through his smell ( that's for men , women's
smell shouldn't be recognized in the streets )

Hair : He had a
smooth thick black hair , its length ranged from his ears till
sometimes he left it till it reached his shoulders.

Neck : He had a slightly long neck , A'li said " It's like a pot of silver " for its beauty.

Chest : He had a relatively wide chest , had hair on his shoulders.

Arms : He had long hairy arms.

Palms
: He had a big soft palm , it was thick , and it got hard and strong
during fights , and after they finish fighting it gets soft again , his
fingers were long.

Abdomin : He had some hair on his chest , he had no belly , he had moderate fat percentage in his body.

Height : He was moderate between tall and short but tends to tallness.

His sweat had a beautiful esscence.

Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for whatever effect reading this will leave you, nor it responsible for the shitty descriptions provided by the writer of this facebook group (skin between light and dark, and gets red in the sun? Face like a full moon? moderate fat percentage in his body?), nor for the shitty spelling and grammar. Actually, we decline any notion of any kind of responsibility what-so-ever, and will refuse to be held liable to anything, ever, ever, ever. And if you are offended by the descriptions, and would like to kill the writer for his blasphemy, please let me know, and I will give you the name of the writer and every single person in that group, and you can do to them as you wish, just don't kill me Mr. Jihady-man! I am but a simple messenger, not to mention I am still to make an honest woman out of someone, let alone divorce that someone a few years later. I am still young, despite what my mother may think, so don't come after me, Ok?

Take one home for the kiddies

On shallow straw, in shadeless glass,
Huddled by empty bowls, they sleep:
No dark, no dam, no earth, no grass -
Mam, get us one of them to keep.

Living toys are something novel,
But it soon wears off somehow.
Fetch the shoebox, fetch the shovel -
Mam, we're playing funerals now.

Philip Larkin

Irony, defined

Watching Asala- the pro-Aassad syrian superstar- singing over the part of Rafiq Al Harriri's death in the 45 minute fuckfest song titled "The arabian conscience"!

Saad must be loving this! 

Iran is like Egypt

..in reverse..

Iran's hard-liners head into Friday's parliamentary elections burdened by the unpopularity of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
because of an ailing economy. But they have a safety net: Rival
reformists are crippled after the clerical leadership threw out their
best candidates.

[..]

The Guardian Council, a body of hard-line clerics and jurists who check
candidates for their loyalty to the revolution, barred more than 1,700
candidates from running, most of them reformers, including their
best-known leaders.

But maybe I am too harsh on the NDP. We don't bar people from running in elections, we just jail them until they are over. 

They let 60 in

Those uppity MB activists. They should be grateful:

Egypt's
largest opposition group accused the government of sharply curbing its
chances in upcoming local elections by allowing only 60 of its 10,000
potential candidates to register amid an ongoing crackdown against the
group.

"The Brotherhood were ready to register in all the local councils,"
he told reporters in front of parliament. Nearby, two dozen riot police
deployed to the building.

El-Katatni said that "700 of the group's potential candidates have been seized from their homes by police" since February.

Maybe I should run? How bad could it be?

A second muslim in US congress

We are taking over. Watch out America!

Mickey Mouse is watching you

Be Afraid. Be very afraid! 

Clintonite Stabs brother-in-law Obamaniac

A harbinger of things to come!

Invade Germany now

Their army is..not doing very well..

Berlin – German soldiers are overweight, smoke too much and do not
engage in enough sports, according to a report published Tuesday by the
parliamentary commissioner for the defence force. "Male and female
soldiers are too fat, partake little in sports and pay too little
attention to what they eat," Reinhold Robbe said in his official report
to parliament. He called the situation "shocking."

In the 18-29
age-group, military personnel are in worse condition than their
civilian counterparts, with 40 per cent of soldiers overweight against
35 per cent in the general population, according to Robbe. Despite the widespread availability of sports equipment in the army, more than 20 per cent don't engage in any sports at all. Robbe also noted that an alarming 70 per cent of military personnel were smokers.

Bismark must be rolling in his grave! 

Moses was high?

This Israeli researcher says so..

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God
deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study
published this week.

[..]

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious
rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of
cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural
cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe
either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined
Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush,"
suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

"The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those
produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is
frequently mentioned in the Bible.

Isn't that nice!!!!!! 

A free tibet protest in tebet

Autocratic regimes are all the same:

The day seems to be silent and peacefull, even boring. Until 6 o´clock.
then 100s of Tibetans gather together on the Bakhor Square. They form a
strong, silent, peacefull circle around the police who keep the middle
of the square open. Soon they call for backup. Undercoveragents, not so
difficult to recognize film the whole happening. Especially the faces.
This is one method to create fear.  Suddenly there is panic. 6 or 7
monks are arrested and driven away. Tibetans are very scared because of
the stories about the prisons and tortures. In the mean while big
numbers of policemen arrive. They drive everybody apart. But until
sunset small groups of people stay around. There are tourists, Tibetans
and Tibetan resembling spies. Apparently we stick around to long
because some Tibetans start to warn us to be careful about the
undercoverpolice who are watching us closely. We even get a note that
says we are being followed and have to be carefull about what we say.
The whole evening misty figures keep following us, even to the
restaurant and the bar.

[..]

This bunch of harmless looking policemen where just a distraction. The
undercovers were the hard men, who were also watching us closely, so
taking pictures of them was no option.

De Ja Vu, anyone? Read it all. The video is here!  

Watching the Watchmen

I am not the only one excited about the new Watchmen movie. The Ranting arab chick is also having a nerdgasm al over it. I don't like the guy who is playing Ozymandias though. He doesn't look it. They should've gotten Brad Pitt. I would've bought that!

Got this in the mail

According to reliable sources, the Iranian government has ordered one of its battleships to patrol in the  Mediterranean Sea and in the national waters of Lebanon in an  act perceived as deterrent to the Americans. The Iranian Defense Administration ordered this battleship to remain in close proximity to USS Cole to ensure that the Lebanese allies will feel secure and relieved that the  American influence will not prevail.
The battleship is named IRN Shkor.

The official confirmed to us that the Lebanese will now have "Cole W Shkor" available after every meal.

Bon Appetit!

The most important thing in the world, apparently!

Me: So, how is working in Al Sharjah?

Her: It's shit. I hate it. I work with the dumbest people.

Me: Really? That bad?

Her: You don't understand! The day after we won the african cup, I went to work all happy and excited. Egypt won, you know? And this Co-worker of mine looks at me with disdain and says "I don't understand people like you. All concerned with winning a soccer game, when clearly there are more importnat things that demand your attention". So I asked him "like what?", you know what he said?

Me: Palestine?

Her: YES! He actually said Palestine! How did you know?

Me: Just figured! 

Her: That fuckin Buzzkill! 

Me: They all are! 

Shadowgames

On the History of Palestinian collaborators with Zionists:

In his groundbreaking book Army of Shadows, Hillel Cohen,
a research fellow at Hebrew University's Truman Institute for the
Advancement of Peace, exposes this particularly nefarious side of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Cohen has spent years in numerous Israeli
and British archives gathering information that many would pre­fer
to forget, and in Army of Shadows he sum­mons his findings to
document the actions of a seemingly endless number of Palestinian
mukhtars (village leaders), land merchants, in­­formers,
weapons dealers, journalists, busi­nessmen, farmers and teachers who
collaborated with the Jews between 1917 and 1948. By focusing on them,
Army of Shadows chron­icles a tragic chapter in the people's
history of Palestine, one that many Arab scholars have refrained from
writing because it contradicts the dominant ethos of Palestinian
national unity. Zionists have ab­­stained from recording it as
well because it undermines their claim that the Palestinians were able
to unify and fight against the es­tablishment of a Jewish state
after the UN partition resolution of November 29, 1947. Cohen reveals
that many Palestinians signed pacts with the Zionists during the 1948
war and that some even fought with the Jews against the Arab armies.

Collaboration is a very thorny issue, primarily because of its
corrosive blend of betrayal, exploitation and deceit, so it's not
surprising that Army of Shadows created a stir when the Hebrew
edition was published in 2004. Both liberal Jews and Palestinians found
the book difficult to digest because each group found its side portrayed
in unflattering terms. Many Jewish readers were upset by Cohen's
revelation that the prestate Zionist intelligence agency, Shai, and the
Jewish Agency's Arab bureau exploited almost every honest Jewish and
Palestinian relationship to advance narrow Zionist interests. There
were, Cohen notes, many Jews who desired only friendship or good
business relations with Palestinians but were eventually identified by
the Shai, which used them to collect information and enlist Palestinian
collaborators. The Jewish Agency even helped establish and finance
Neighborly Relations Committees, which initiated mutual visits and
Jewish-Palestinian projects, ranging from pest control to the
sending of joint petitions to the Mandatory government. The rationale
for the creation of these committees was not only to enhance coexistence
but also to recruit informers.

[...]

Army of Shadows also disturbed Palestinian readers because
it reveals for the first time the extent of Palestinian collaboration
with the Jews during the Mandate period and the ensuing 1948 war. Some
Palestinians were opportunists who collaborated with the Zionists to
make money or advance their careers–these were primarily land brokers
and people seeking administrative jobs. Others were mukhtars who
wished to advance their regional or village interests or, in cases of
internal competition, to solidify their leadership with the Zionists.
Still others can be characterized as Palestinian patriots who simply
disagreed with the dominant national leadership. Finally, there were
those who had Jewish friends and did not view Zionist
immigration as a catastrophe. The problem, though, as Cohen
points out, is that regardless of the motivation, collaboration
contributed to the fragmentation of Palestinian society at a time when
its very fate was being determined.

Simultaneously, Cohen underscores the Palestinian leadership's
failure to cultivate a unified national ethos. While disunity among a
people is in no way unique, in this case, as Cohen shows, it was
aggravated in two ways. First, a totally different and competing
national movement was making claims on the same territory, and this
movement knew how to profit from splits within Palestinian society in
order to undermine national aspirations. Indeed, the Zionists exploited
the fissures to recruit and deploy collaborators, and this ultimately
served to deepen internal Palestinian discord and frustrate
Palestinian nation building.

Second, and more disturbing for a Palestinian readership, Cohen
stresses that instead of capitalizing on the fact that Palestinian Arabs
shared a national consciousness and were divided mostly on pragmatic
questions about how to achieve their goals, the dominant Palestinian
group, led by Hajj Amin al-Husseini and loosely organized under the
auspices of the Arab Party (established in 1935), defined all competing
nationalist views and actions as treasonous. Collaborators, accordingly,
were no longer just those who aided the Zionists' military efforts; they
were local and regional leaders, merchants who traded with Jews,
journalists who wrote in favor of the Zionist project and, most
important, land dealers who helped Jewish institutions locate and
purchase Palestinian land. 

H/T: arabist 

Our functioning Democracy

Since we are on the eve of thenational municipal elections, I would like to report that the MB will not win a single seat anywhere in this country. You know why? Because none of them finished their nomination papers on time. Lazy you might say? Nope. They are all missing their "Feesh and tashbeeh" ( clearance of criminal activities report), which they would get it from the Police, and the police won't give it to them.They have a list of all MB members and won't give any of them a criminal clearance, not until the elections are over. One of the MB in Mansoura, however, managed to finish his nomination papers because he had a 6 months old criminal clearance. So he went into the police-station to submit them. The Police Officer took one look at his file, grabbed the Clearnce paper, examined it, and then proceeded to tear it apart and told the man "Oooops! Now go try and get a new one!"

Nice, ehh?