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Cultural trends: Brazenly gay music

Someone forwarded this to me, and it's a video clip by a gay pop singer called Adam Joseph, for a song he sings called-I kid you not- Faggotty Attention. This is a very interesting song, because it's a song detailing the arguments a gay guy would use to seduce a straight one. Which shows that we are now witnessing a shift in the pop music scene: brazenly gay music has arrived, and it will probably not leave for a long long time. More is sure to come, and some day, on a VH1 special, someone will credit this guy for "starting it all", and you will remember that you heard it here first.

The Sandmonkey enlightens you! 

Service resumed

I know, it should've been resumed a week ago, but the annoying people at work are actually making me do work till late hours at night, so I basically never had any time to do anything but work and sleep and find some time to eat in the middle. The thing is, besides my regular responsibilities, I found myself also responsible for finishing the new office, including hiring the work force, buying the materials, hounding the interior designer, picking the furniture and doing all the legal work necessary as well. In short, I now possess all the knowledge necessary to now work as a contractor. My MBA professors would be so proud.

So yeah, I naturally took friday off, and by off I meant I slept and watched a marathon of bad movies (2 Jet Lee movies, Resident Evil 3 and RAMBO 4. Yes, fuckin Rambo 4. Beat that!) which left me really happy and giddy. I love bad movies, especially bad horror movies, because they always have this one cool scene in them. House of Wax had the famous kill Paris Hilton scene, which was simply awesome, and Resident Evil 3 has Ashanti killed by being plucked to death by a huge number of crows. If that doesn't give you the warm fuzzies inside….well, ok, so you are not a sick person, but damn man, don't you watch TV? THEY SO HAVE IT COMING. Fine, ok, so it's just me then. Whatever.

Anyway, let's begin! 

Let's all celebrate the Nakba

First of all, I would like to note that I have nothing but love and respect to Hossam at arabawy, despite our political ..ehh…..yeah, let's just call them differences. Sure the differences only seems to intensify after his trip to the US and his stay in Berkley, but that's his deal and his journey, and I honestly can't spout off on that. 

I can, however, make fun all I want with the crazy array of characters that he seems to broadcast on his blog. The guy has managed to show-off every Yahoo-activist there is in freakin Berkley, which is AMAZING, considering how it's the job for those who don't have one over there. But I am not going to make fun of those either. Instead, I will choose to make fun of those who participated in the Nakba anniversary concert, for it seems to have unearthed that rare breed of Hip-hop Palestinian/palestinian rights artists, such as Patriarch and the P-Stine RYDERS , or the I-can-t-believe-an-Egyptian-could-be-so-lame DJ EMANcipation (get it, Eman..Emancipation? She is so clever). They are all wearing authentic palestinian Hip-Hop gear, which has to include a "Resistance" T-shirt and a Palestinian Kuffeyah.

Now, if we ignore the lameness of the artists (P-STINE Ryders? P-STINE????), we will come along to the real issue that I find all of this very fascinating and eye-opening. As I watched the pictures, as I surveyed the artists, one question kept popping in my mind: Are they actually celebrating the Nakba? For reals?

Now, if you can manage to avoid your distaste for the concept of celebrating the national catastrophe of palestinians, I would like to inform you of the good news: The Nakba is on its way to become a national palestinian Holiday, just like Passover became one for the jews. I mean, think about it, how long after the exodus, and after the 40 years of being lost in the desert, did Passover become a national jewish holiday with its own designated food? It must've started with the same spirit of this Nakba concert: as a way to commemorate a painful collective memory. This means that in like 10 years of such Nakba celebration, chances are someone will invent a Nakba meal, made exclusively of Palestinian dishes, and it will become a tradition of sorts, to eventually sprout its own line of Nakba greeting cards. The day will come where we will meet the Palestinians at our workplaces and schools and wish them a happy Nakba face to face, or give them the probably expensive Nakba cards that Hallmark will probably designate an entire division for. It will be great!  

And when this happens, please, don't forget the Pioneers who turned the Nakba from a day of mourning to a day of celebration: The P-Stine Ryders, DJ EMANcipation and the entire crew of Nakba at 60 concert. Without their tireless efforts, we wouldn't probably have Nakba candy ("Tastes delicious, just like Zionist blood") in 30 years. But remember, when it happens, you've heard it here first!

Stolen from Craig's list!

I don't care what colour you are. I don't care where you're from. I
don't care what you do for a living. I don't care what class you are,
how you dress, what you smoke or drink or who you know or whom you've

I hate you all. I hate every last living, breathing, snot and feces
producing, promiscuously copulating, celebrity obsessed, opinionated
one of you. From right here in Toronto right around the planet and
back, coast to coast, nationwide and internationally. Every. Single.
Last. One. Of. You.

Fuck love. Fuck your insipid grasping at some abstract concept of
chemical imbalances and reasonless actions, fumbling around in the
crowd trying to find some cinematic supposition for real human
interaction. Fuck lust, too. Fuck you all, from the lowlife dirtbags
that think dropping trou and waving the little soldier in a sloppy arc
is a pick-up line to the sniveling of the desperate 'nice guys' who
never get the girl due to a total lack of testosterone grown stones.
Fuck you all, from the crazy, under dressed sluts that judge a persons
character by the price of their shirt, right down to the fat, flabby
chicks that think personality is enough.

Fuck you drivers, for thinking that a yellow light is a sign that says
'step on the gas'. Fuck you wheelmen and women that think it's okay to
sit in a left hand turn in the middle of morning traffic, even though
there is a protected left in the intersections before and after where
you need to make your turn. Fuck you too cyclists – you're not exempt
from the traffic laws just because your peddling, you miserable spandex
covered neon reflective fucks. Fuck you too, pedestrians. Use the
fucking crosswalk if you don't want to get hit, and use it before the
little countdown clock says '3'. You don't have enough goddamn time to
lope across four lanes of traffic.

Fuck you chick on your cellphone. Fuck you attitude packed
minimum-wager that makes my coffee. Fuck you cops that spend all their
time handing out speeding tickets. Fuck you douche bag doing ten over
the limit in the passing lane on the highway. Fuck you lady using exact
change at the counter at the grocery store. Fuck you kids having a
conversation in the doorway. And fuck you also for not getting the fuck
out of your designated handicapped seat when a pregnant or elderly
person gets on the fucking bus.

Fuck taxes. Fuck welfare. Fuck the whole selfish, over politicized
and party driven government system. I'm sick and fucking tired of
policies and new laws with seven hundred bylaws that nobody but you and
your cabinet reads. Fuck you councilors and your stupid 'district
improvement' plans. Fuck you unions, for asking for so much and giving
nothing more that what you already give. Fuck the whole process that
allows people who are supposed to be working for us work for interests
that only benefit the next campaign. Fuck your short-sightedness, your
rush to the bandwagons, and your incessant arguing over fuck all. Fuck
the parties, fuck the conventions, and fuck your campaigns. Do some
real fucking work for a change.

Fuck you bottles of water. You're water. You're not worth two fucking dollars.
Fuck you trendsetters, fuck you fashionistas. Fuck your little dogs
and and your idiotic outfits. Fuck your high heels in the snow. Fuck
your five dollar coffees and your fifteen dollar veggie burgers. Fuck
your health kick, your diet or your fucking new interest in kickboxing
or sushi.

Fuck your culture. Fuck your race. Fuck your sense of entitlement. Fuck
your sense of uniqueness. Fuck you all for the belief that you have
something unique and interesting to contribute. Fuck you for filling
the internet with your useless garbage. Fuck your blogs, your wikis,
your forums. Fuck your name calling. And most of all, fuck whatever you
believe. It's all wrong. Fuck it.

Fuck your complaints. Fuck your addictions. Fuck your dependencies.
Fuck your pain. Fuck your tears. Fuck selling whatever it is you sell.
Fuck your manipulation of others. Fuck movies. Fuck fucking. Fuck
everything you own. Fuck your allergies. Fuck your stupid commons
sense. Fuck your spelling and fuck your lack of education, or your
ignorance, whatever is applicable.

I don't give a fuck. Shut the fuck up and just get on with it.

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Those Invisible hands

" As I watched what was happening in Khartoum, and then what was happening in Beirut, I stopped and relaized that this fitna is not natural. That this all seems connected. That there are invisible hands behind the conflict in those two areas."

Amr Khaled, Islamic televangelist and current crusader against drug-use in order to combat irrelevancy. The Invisible hands he is mentioning are naturally those of the Jooz, of course! 

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

Losing Egypt

The Fruit of Hamas' Labor..

I agree that it changed things, but in the opposite direction. Hamas
probably gained the Syrians and Iranians but lost the Egyptians, who
are the more important, because it complicated their internal and
external calculations and subjected Egypt to an uncalculated danger.

To clarify my viewpoint, I will place it within the context of
comparison. The Palestinians are banned from firing from Lebanon under
an international watch and Lebanese guards backed by a popular Lebanese
consensus. The Palestinians are also banned from firing a single bullet
from Syria on Israel. They are banned from doing the same thing from


these three countries openly ban the Palestinian factions from
embroiling them in confrontations with Israel, then Egypt is expected
to feel the same danger. Gaza, in its contemporary history and adjacent
geographical location, is reckoned to be important for Egypt and its
security. The Israelis complain that Egypt is playing with fire by its
covert support for Hamas.

If this is true, then why?

Egypt most certainly does not agree with many of Hamas 's actions yet
believes that the movement is an important part of the Palestinian
equation which should not be ignored and wants good relationship with
it in order to solve the multidimensional Palestinian problem.

The Israelis believe that Cairo backs Hamas, despite its suspicions of
the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] to which the movement belongs, in order to
pressure Israel constantly and hold the threads of the game. In reply
to Cairo, unofficial warnings came from Tel Aviv advocating settling
some Palestinians in Sinai, similar to the Palestinian camps in Syria,
Lebanon, and Jordan. It is not difficult for us to understand Israel's
desire to export the problem to Egypt because it wants the latter to be
a party in the crisis and not just in the solution.

But it is the dangerous actions of Hamas that are hard to justify. With
its futile rockets, the movement made Israel blockade Gaza and turn it
into a disaster area and pushed the population toward the Egyptian
borders for the same purpose. Practically, Hamas and Israel conspired
against Egypt for totally different reasons. I believe that the
disaster will be repeated. Hamas will bombard, Israel will attack, the
Palestinians will flee toward Egypt, and the crisis becomes bigger. As
it happened in Lebanon and Jordan, Egypt will be forced to intervene
and I expect it to restore the Palestinian Authority [PA] to Gaza.

Hamas must remember that, as an MB movement, it would not have governed
anywhere else in the Arab world were it not for the PA which accepted
it in order to unite the Palestinian rank. The irony is that Hamas
split the rank and expelled Fatah. Once again, Hamas designed the
recent crisis so as to impose its calculations on Egypt and everyone
without making any concession. It rejects the demands of the PA in
Ramallah, refuses to hold early elections, wants to bombard Israel, and
at the same time cries over the blockade and asks the Egyptians to pay
the price.

The People are catching on.

The Changing Tide

"It's like someone owns a house, and then his neighbours come with guns and try to take it over."

A Taxi Driver yesterday on the Gaza situation

"It's strange, everybody, besides the Islamists and the leftists, watching it had the same attitude, one of annoyance at the protesters and the Gaza situation. The general attitude was 'Those people received better treatment from the egyptian government then we ever did and they receive more money than us, why protest over their rights? Shouldn't our rights take precedent?' "

A journalist friend of mine covering a Pro-Gaza protest at the Book Fair

"So yeah, we received a high alert warning. The Police said that they are looking for about 30 hamas and islamic Jihad elements that made it through and they are looking for them all over Egypt. Great being me today, huh?"

A manager friend of mine who works at a prestigious 5 star hotel. 


An egyptian, Christian and very patriotic female friend of mine's response when I asked her how she feels about the Gaza Border situation. 

"You know what's going to suck about all of this? You will turn out to be right about this all along and we will never hear the end of it."

A Pro-Gaza friend of mine, his support wavering of late. 

"We have long sufferd from Having Egypt play ' the Big Sister', and we are against this humiliating role that forces on Egypt obligations and sacrifises without any compensation in return. On the contrary, in the  countries of his alleged brothers, the egyptian received an almost racist treatment apart from all the other nationalities. And we are willing to give up the role of the 'Big Sister'- which has caused us great poverty- to anyone who wants it, and we hold on to one principle only: Egypt is for the Egyptians! "

Ahmed Ragab, Al Akhbar Newspaper, yesterday 

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