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“Is that Peee Ceeeeee enough for youuwww?”

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2005

Honest discussion has no place in american television!

Welcome to the Neighborhood,” an ABC reality series that pushes hot buttons of racism and anti-homosexuality, was pulled by the network before its debut. The program had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice.

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The six-episode show, which was to debut July 10, follows three families in Austin, Texas, who are given the chance to choose a new neighbor for a house on their street. Each family initially wants someone similar to them — white and conservative.

Instead, they must choose from families that are black, Hispanic and Asian; two gay white men who’ve adopted a black child; a couple covered in tattoos and piercings; a couple who met at the woman’s initiation as a witch; and a poor white family.

Ok, so we have minority families , a gay couple, a body art couple, a wicca couple and a white trash family. Basically all the “diversity” that living in America has to offer. This of course will make a lot of the “white and uptight” neighbours uncomfortable, and we can finally show how really intolerant white people are. God knows they are the only people left that you can make fun of all you want and not have to worry about it! This should be great! :-p

In the early episodes, one man makes a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family’s car and displays of affection between the gay men provoke disgust.

See? Told you so!

The series’ producers had said it was intended to promote a healthy and open debate about prejudice and people’s fear of differences.

See, here is the problem: i actually believe them, and i believe that such a debate is necessary. Unfortunately, i don’t believe that America is ready for that yet. Not really! If anything that living in american society has taught me, it’s that it’s better to fake tolerance then to actually be tolerant. Better pretend you don’t mind gays, even if you hate them, otherwise your girlfriend will get mad at you and she might not give you head tonight. It’s better to hide all racist thoughts and notions till the black man is out of the room, then you are allowed to make fun of him all you want. Better to skirt the issues then to deal with them. Cause you see, we wouldn’t want to expose people to the truth. That might just hurt their feelings, and we can’t have that. Better just ignore it, pretend it doesn’t happen and hope it may just go away!

For example:

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, after viewing the series, expressed strong concerns. While it ultimately carries a valuable message about diversity and acceptance, those watching the first episodes could be left thinking discrimination is “not that big a deal,” GLAAD spokesman Damon Romine said Wednesday.

“Regardless of how things turn out at the end of the last show, it’s dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time,” he said, adding that GLAAD hopes a revised version might air.

Yes, cause people will see this show and think:”It’s ok to call gay people that? Allright. Hey Billy, wanna lynch mr. Johnson and his manfriend? It’s Pee cee now!”

Between this and their Eminem Grammy protests, i am starting to think that GLAAD is another word for STUPID

But don’t fret gay people, another group is out to prove how tolerant it is by not tolerating this show either:

Before ABC announced its decision, the Family Research Council said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish.

They are so afraid to appear judgmental that they are judging the show before actually seeing it. Makes it seem like as if they were only kidding about their desire not to appear foolish, huh?

I rest my case!

The Sandmonkey @ 11:57 am
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Now that’s what i call closure!

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2005

I’ve stumbeld on this reading the always entertaining Angry Little Lady blog, which all of you should read! The following was apparently forwarded to people via e-mail, but since i’ve never received it, i figure there is a good chance that maybe a lot of you didn’t either. So for those who did receive it, I say with all the compassion in my heart: Tough Noogins!

“Basically, this girl is writing her ex-boyfriend a letter three years after their breakup. He responds and cc’s like all of his friends. the basic gist: she’s crazy and he’s hilarious….”

Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 14:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: “D.”
Subject: D. presents: “An Ode to Instability”
To: “Heather”

Friends, Some of you may remember by ex-girlfriend S. . I recently recieved a letter from her. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to read it and review my response. I hope all of you are well.

May 23, 2005

Dear D. :

I have had a difficult time, over the past few years, achieving closure of our relationship. It is time for me to seek this. I have gone through the appropriate stages of anger, remorse, sadness. It is now time for me to close this chapter of my life. I am trying to recapture my life and gain a sense of identity back. In my professional life I have done this, but my personal life struggles. For so long I/We were “S. and D.”, that it is hard to gain my own identity back. I am not worried about my career; I will soon succeed even my wildest dreams. I am just stunted by my personal life.

I am ready to release you from my life. I also on a weekly basis encounter people who want to tell me about you or have a discussion about you. I do not want to deal with this anymore. I do have a proposal on how to handle this.

I am ready to no longer be forced to deal with your presence. As to how to deal with it, I propose the following:

1. I’ve heard you have an apartment on the West side. You need to move out of the West side of Indianapolis, this has always been my side of town, I own a house here, and do not rent like you. I grew up here, and always want to live here. I would prefer if you were to leave Indianapolis all together, but I know this is more than I can ask.I do not want to risk running into you at any store.

2. We should officially divide our friends. Particularly Jim, Jillian, Amy, and Ed. You should write them, thanking them for the opportunity to be their friend and explain why you can no longer be in contact with them. I can provide you with addresses, if you need.

3. I will stay out of Republican politics. I promise not to get involved with any Republican politics, unless my father runs for judge, and than I reserve the right to work on his campaign.

4. I would like you to not have anything to do with all thingsCathedral. I feel I should have ownership of the school since my motherworks there and my brother and sisters went there. You are more tied toWabash. This should be where you dedicate your alumni status. I will be involved in Cathedral. When the time of reunions comes up, I am willing to say that you can have the reunions ending in “0″ years and I will take the”5″ years. So you can have 10 years and I will take 25 years.

5. I will avoid Wabash contacts. The few guys from the house I still speak to on a rare basis, I will not. I will also discourage any male offspring I have from attending Wabash.

I know some of these things seem a bit harsh, but I feel they are for the best. I do not ever really wish to see you again. I know that this will of course happen beyond my control, but I think we should do our best to avoid what we can.

It is my sincere hope that you understand, and do take the time torespond. This is my last request of you.

With fondness,

S.

May 31, 2005

Dear S. ,

Thanks for your letter. We broke up 3 years ago. Knowing that and taking into consideration you believe me to be a cold, career focused, ego-maniac, what on earth makes you think I would take the time to think about you or agree to your proposal? But since I clearly have taken the time to respond, please take a moment to review some comments and counterproposals I have crafted.

1. First, I will have to resist the burning urge to move RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOU. After that deep desire subsides, I will vacate the Westside and return to my roots: The Snooty Northside, as you used to call it. However, since I was born on the Northside and I have Northside in my veins you must abdicate all ties to the North. This includes: Living on the Northside, living on the Northeastside, walking down North Street, being a fan of the Dallas Stars (formerly the Minnesota North Stars), wearing North Face apparel or telling your children that Santa lives at the North Pole.

1 (B). I was born in Indianapolis before you were so I should really get to determine who stays and who goes. In my benevolence I will let you exist here only within the St. Michael’s Parish boundary (MLK Dr. to High School Rd. and 56th Street to 10th St.) We will call this the S. Zone. This should be acceptable for you as your family lives across the street and there is a gas station, grocery, convenience store, your place of employment and a fire station. Exceptions can be made with my expressed written consent. You will be required to display a large tag in your windshield giving you permission to travel beyond the S. Zone.

2. I haven’t talked to your friends since we broke up. I think they got the message. However since we apparently are still in fourth grade, please have your friends meet me by the playground at recess so that I can tell them they have big fat heads and they aren’t my friends anymore.Do you agree? _______Yes ________No________Maybe

2 (B). One of the few times you let us do something fun, we visited some of my family friends on Geist. It was about eight years ago. We enjoyed their boat and home for several hours during a pre-500 party. Please jot them a note saying you are going to forget that ever happened. Please also offer to reimburse them for the boat gas, pool chlorine, air conditioning Freon, Dr. Pepper and anything else you consumed while you were there. I don’t have their address anymore, you can look it up.

3. Please let me know when your father runs for anything.I’m going to run against him.

3 (B). Thanks for staying out of Republican politics. Your heavyweight presence in the party will be sorely missed. I am very involved in ice hockey. I play recreationally and coach a youth team in the winter. I would prefer it if you could stop being involved in all things related to ice and ice hockey . You can use those instant first aid coldpaks to cool your drinks from now on. Also, my parents have been very involved with the Indianapolis 500 Festival for nearly 20 years. The month of May is really a big month for us. While I am not able to honor your request of moving out of Indianapolis, I would ask that you just leave town during May. With 250,000 fans going to the race and 35,000 runners in the Mini-Marathon, I don’t want to run the risk of bumping into you. I know your birthday is in May, but man, I just don’t care.

4. Christ, I don’t have the energy for this one.

5. If any of my friends from Wabash actually still talk to you, they are fucking fired as friends.

5 (B). I’m not going to tell my kids anything about you. But speaking of kids, it would be okay with me if my son was a crack addict, just as long as he got your kids hooked on it and became their dealer.

In closing, I will never make decisions about my life or my family based on whether I might run into you at the store. I am now convinced that if we ever do bump into each other, you will spontaneously combust. I wish you the best of luck find a spouse. Seriously. It won’t be easy to find a person who is willing to spend the rest of his life raising children and making decisions based on your crazy-ass proposal to an ex-boyfriend and your inability to act like a rational human being.

All my best,

D.

The Sandmonkey @ 12:23 am
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A true reveloutionary

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2005

For all of you people who are still reeling from the result of the Iranian Elections with Ahmeddinjad winning, because you think it will only heighten the tension between Iran and the US since he seems not to like americans that much, well, ehh, you might be more right than you imagine:

A quarter-century after they were taken captive in Iran, five former American hostages say they got an unexpected reminder of their 444-day ordeal in the bearded face of Iran’s new president-elect.

Watching coverage of Iran’s presidential election on television dredged up 25-year-old memories that prompted four of the former hostages to exchange e-mails. And those four realized they shared the same conclusion — the firm belief that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been one of their Iranian captors.

“This is the guy. There’s no question about it,” said former hostage Chuck Scott, a retired Army colonel who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. “You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in a zoot suit and I’d still spot him.”

Oh boy! LOL

I dunno how credible those witnesses are, since you know, this took place over a quarter century ago. But if it is true, well, ehh… things are going to get slightly more complicated for everyone involved!

Update: Check out this 25 year old picture of someone whose allegdely Ahmeddeinjad(Thanks Gbaikie). I am not sure yet, but it does look a lot like a younger version of our boy!

The Sandmonkey @ 12:13 am
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Hezbollah is stupid!

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2005

The people of Hezbollah must be the dumbest bastards on the face of this earth. I mean, after finally having both Israel and Syria leave the land of Lebanon, they go and start a new fight with Israel over the Shabba Farms region. Before any of you jump on me for attacking arabs for fighting over their Israeli occupied territory, I would like to inform you that the Shabba farms isn’t Lebanese territory; It’s actually Syrian territory. After it got occupied by the Israelis after the 1967 war, the Syrians gave it to the Lebanese, so that the Lebanese would be the ones fighting over it. This is what Syria has been doing for the past 15 years, using Lebanon to fight a proxy war with Israel, because the Syrians are too chicken shit to fight such a war themselves. I thought that those days were over, with Syria being out of Lebanon and all, but I apparently underestimated the stupidity- or should I say true allegiance- of Hezbollah.

Hezbollah, stop being stupid. You are only hurting your country!

The Sandmonkey @ 12:02 am
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My Jaw just hit the floor

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2005

This is intensely mindboggelingly incredibly stupid:

“Don’t Laugh at Me” (or dlam) was born when Yarrow—a veteran of the civil-rights, gender-equality, nucleardisarmament, peace, and Amtrak-subsidization movements—heard a country ballad of that name at the Kerrville Folk Festival, in the summer of 1999. Moved to tears by its swelling harmonies and first-person testaments to the effects of ridicule—“I’m a little boy with glasses, the one they call a geek / A little girl who never smiles ’cause I’ve got braces on my teeth”—he decided to incorporate the tune into Peter, Paul & Mary’s repertoire. At a gig with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the group played the song. “The principals gave a tremendous response to it, and said, ‘We need this in our schools,’ ” Chic Dambach, Operation Respect’s president and C.E.O., said the other day. “And Peter, being the activist and the organizer that he is, said, ‘You won’t just have a song but a whole program.’ ” dlam is now used in at least twelve thousand American schools and camps.

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On to dlam’s outreach video. The tape included accounts of book-slamming, sandwich-spitting, and shin-kicking, as well as footage of a rendition of “Don’t Laugh at Me” that Yarrow had performed at the United Nations. “A ridicule-free world,” a soothing voice intoned. “It’s possible, but only with everyone’s help.” (dlam’s efforts at enrichment may also extend to Peter, Paul & Mary’s back catalogue. Page 22 of the teacher’s guide instructs: “Tell students that this version of the song ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’ is sung by Peter, Paul & Mary. If you have not already done so, tell them a little bit about the group. . . . In the early 1960s, Peter, Paul & Mary were the #1 recording group in the country.” )

Next up was “The Big Betrayal Conflict Script,” a skit about two friends, Terry and Sasha, who get into a fight at a basketball game. The exercise emphasized using “I messages,” as opposed to those that begin with “you” and, therefore, can put their targets on the defensive. (dlam also recommends having students simulate the sound of a rainstorm and discuss a story called “The Maligned Wolf.”)

LOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Ok, you know what? This is pathetic! This is beyoned pathetic! Who thinks of this shit? Crap like that never works, You know why? Cause Kids are cruel to each other, and that’s a good thing. It’s one of Highschool’s greatest traditions. It introduces you to the real world and it builds your character, not to mention motivates the shit out of you. You were fat in Highschool? Not for long you weren’t! The abuse made sure of that. You were weak, you didn’t know how to defend yourself? Well, nothing motivates you to get stronger and learn how to fight then having some prick pick on you. And you did that, because you had to. You didn’t know how to talk back? Well, you sure picked up that essential survival skill pretty damn quickly. Shit, it’s seems that that’s the only thing they teach in school nowadays. And it’s good, because a person who doesn’t know how to argue or talk back will get walked on by people all of their lives. That’s the way things are!

Not to mention, conflict is an essential part of life. Hell.. conflict is life! You will have conflict at your school. You will have it at your jobs, and you will have it in your house, with your significant other, or family members or the hellspawns you call your offspring. And i hate to break it to you, but not all conflict can be rationally resolved, because not all conflicts are rational (Ever try arguing with a woman? Then you know what i am talking about! j/k). The “we would all get along if we only try” crap only works if some people are willing to resolve the situation, and sometimes you don’t want the situation resolved. Sometimes it’s good to have unresolved conflicts: it rids of you of unhealthy relationships, shitty friends and bad working enviroment. Not to mention, this method completly ignores the existance of Jerks: They do exist you know, and not all of them are “scarred from the inside” and “in need of a hug”; some people are just mean, DEAL WITH IT! We all do!

Not to mention, a ridicule free world? That’s our aim now? Where is the fun in that? What about those who deserve to be rediculed? What about Ward Churchil? Paris Hilton? Lindsay Lohan? What about John Effen Kerry?Or the idiots that embaress Islam and Egyptians every time they open their mouths? What? Are we all so sensitive now that we will respect everyone’s opinion, even the incredibly stupid? You wanna tell me that I can’t make fun of the Simpson sisters? Screw that! I like making fun of them! It’s fun and they DESERVE IT!

You people are creating a generation of co-dependent, weak, emotionaly imbalanced, woe-is-me, self-victimizing- hyper-sensitive wussies! All because you listen to people like that Hurdle-Price guy. For once i am glad that Kids don’t listen, because they shouldn’t listen to his kind of softie new-age stupid bullshit.

“Just make sure they’re sticking to the formula,” Hurdle-Price advised. “I often get students who say, ‘I feel that you are stupid.’ ”

Mr Price, I think you should listen to what they have to say! I have a feeling they are on to something!

The Sandmonkey @ 7:28 am
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The Ayman Nour circus

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2005

Yesterday the Ayman Nour Trial started, and from the sound of it, it seems to be more of a circus thean a real trial: Ayman wasn’t initially allowed to go inside the courtroom of his own trial, supporters were chanting outside while the government security forces were blocking them, Nour’s co-defendents were actually attacking him and their lawyers were asking for documents like Nour’s PHD and National ID in order to prove that he is a forgerer, which is weird considering that this is the government’s job, and Nour was smoking a cigar and giving interviews behind bars to the few press members that were allowed to go in. (Check pictures here via the arabist)

However, if there is any indication of how the government intends to play this one, well, look no futher then at the Judge they appointed for this case : It’s the same Judge that jailed Saad El Din Ibrahim in 2001 for “Tarnishing Egypt’s reputation” by doing research on egyptian election fraud.

Different name, but the game is still the same!

The Sandmonkey @ 2:29 am
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I am glad we settled that one

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2005

Behold the Islamic rules of Wife Beating (Hattip Stefania):

Sheik Aal Mahmoud: If the husband wants to use beatings to treat his wife, he must never ever do it in front of the children. It must remain between him and her. It must be done according to the following conditions: He must not cause bleeding or bruise her body. He should avoid her face and other sensitive parts of her body. As we’ve said, the limitations on beating are: They must not cause bleeding, they should not break any bones, they should not be on the face, and they should not bruise her.

But before you get too excited and start beating your wife’s chest, or her stomach, arms, legs or ass, you should realize the following:

If the husband violates these rules, he violates the rules of Allah.If she has been hurt, the husband is held liable for what he has done, because the woman is not his merchandise. He cannot do to her whatever he wants.

Besides Beating her of course!

Sigh….

The Sandmonkey @ 1:33 am
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Ironic Justice

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2005

It seems I wasn’t the only one who was pissed at the Supreme court for their stupid ruling regarding eminent domain, that allows private property of citizens to be seized by the state for the sake of economic development. Fate, or rather Mr. Logan Clements, it seems is not without an ironic sense of Justice:

Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.

Justice Souter’s vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

What will the Hotel entail?

The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

HAHAHA!

That’s awesome!

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

Serves him right. GO Clements! (Thanks Dennis)

The Sandmonkey @ 1:15 am
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Private Post: How I make her feel…

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2005

She fears him, and will always ask
What fated her to choose him;
She meets in his engaging mask
All reasons to refuse him.
But what she meets and what she fears
Are less than are the downward years,
Drawn slowly to the foamless weirs
Of age, were she to lose him.

Between a blurred sagacity

That once had power to sound him,
And Love, that will not let him be
The Judas that she found him,
Her pride assuages her almost
As if it were alone the cost–
He sees that he will not be lost,
And waits, and looks around him.

A sense of ocean and old trees

Envelops and allures him;
Tradition, touching all he sees,
Beguiles and reassures him.
And all her doubts of what he says
Are dimmed by what she knows of days,
Till even Prejudice delays
And fades, and she secures him.

The falling leaf inaugurates

The reign of her confusion;
The pounding wave reverberates
The dirge of her illusion.
And Home, where passion lived and died,
Becomes a place where she can hide,
While all the town and harbor side
Vibrate with her seclusion.

Eros Turannos, Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Sandmonkey @ 1:00 am
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What’s wrong with the Supreme court?

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2005

The US supreme court has been acting really weird: They have been passing all kinds of messed up rulings lately. I mean, first, they agree (5-4) to almost abolish the right for Private property and give the states unprecedented rights to take people’s property away if it serves the economic public good by placing a Wallmart in the place of your house . This, of course, is messed up. It takes the right of eminent domain to the extreme and will most likely screw over poor people. (In an interesting sidenote, You know who opposed it? O’Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas. You know, the more right-leaning conservative ones appointed by the Big Business Republicans. But remember, it’s the democrats who are looking out for the little guy, ok?)

And if that ruling wasn’t stupid enough, they have now passed a ruling that OK’s having Religious symbols on government buildings as long as it has been there for Years with no objections:

To the extent that the decisions provided guidelines for the further cases that are all but certain to follow, it appeared to be that religious symbols that have been on display for many years, with little controversy, are likely to be upheld, while newer displays intended to advance a modern religious agenda will be met with suspicion and disfavor from the court.

So the old ones are fine, it’s the new ones that are bad? Hmm, Behold the art of pleasing everyone! Ok, i have some questions: How do you decide what’s little controversy? Doesn’t that encourage people who are opposed to religious symbols to make as much controversy about them as possible? And how do you tell if the new display is intended to advance a modern religious agenda? And what’s a modern religious agenda exactly? How does it differ from an old religious agenda? Does anybody know?

Look, either ban it or allow it, but don’t try to reach a compromise, because neither side is interested in one really, and by this ruling you are just pissing them off.

You guys are the supreme court for God’s sake. Stop being stupid!

The Sandmonkey @ 5:03 am
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2005

While Bush is using the first anniversary of Iraq’s sovereignty to ease fears and doubts over the Iraq war, John Kerry- who didn’t win- has the audacity to write an OP-Ed piece in the NYTIMES that outlines the speech that Bush should give!

Okay, John, buddy. You lost. Ok? And you lost because despite everything that was going wrong, and your over-hyped intelligence, you couldn’t deliver one speech that made a 50/50 split country 4 years ago vote for you. You are not one to give advice on any kind when it comes to speeches, especially that your speeches were actually more boring then Al Gore speeches, something that i believe was quite the remarkable achievement in its own right.

Either way, some people will read what he said and they will think “He is right. That’s what should be done!”, except that for the most part, it is what’s being done anyway. Ehh, Whatever…
You know, this brings to my mind 2 conversations i’ve had with 2 Americans and neither one is a republican. One with Army Lisa, and the other with this kid named Alex, a self titled “western democrat” from Montana who worked for a year in Egypt as member of the American embassy’s cultural affairs department, and who is now getting his masters degree in the States.

The first conversation was with Lisa, and it occurred right after Bush got re-elected. I asked her, since she was in Iraq and in harms way, like the rest of her brethren, why didn’t they vote for Kerry instead of Bush who sent them there? Was it the commander in chief thing? Her response was the following: ” The commander in chief thing partly, and partly because Kerry said that we would wait at least 4 years in Iraq anyway. I figured if we are staying either way, I might as well go with the one who is known for supporting the troops, and not the other guy who smeared his fellow Unit members and voted against our funding to show how he is opposed to the war whom he voted for in order to get elected. The dude is a Jerk-off, why should I vote for a jerk-off?”

Alex -on the other hand- gave me the account of a personal encounter his dad and John Edwards had after the elections: “My dad asked Edwards if he and Kerry still spoke, and Edwards told him ‘Not really. Me and John don’t like each other, and that’s mainly because John only cares about John.’ ” And you know what? I actually believe that!

This is probably his way to start-up his 08 campaign, or even get some excitement going for his senatorial 06 election. Just a way to capitalize on the bad situation and saying “See, if I was elected I would have done so much better. I know what needs to be done you morons”. I would really hate for it to succeed, because between him and Hillary, the democrats might be looking forward to an even more humiliating defeat in 08.

So please, Shut up John! You’ve lost, and losers don’t get to criticize winners. Just shut up and go away!

The Sandmonkey @ 4:24 am
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The TOMKAT conspiracy

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2005

Fox News has an interesting article on Katie Holmes and her dissapearance for 14 days after meeting Tom Cruise and then reappearing, all googly eyed and in love, and firing her manager and agent, and acquiring a new manager whose family has had a very old and lasting ties with the Scientology movement and not talking to her childhood friends.

Something is incredibly screwy here. Someone needs to save the Poor girl! Someone needs to help free Katie from the crazy Cruise, who just recently attacked Matt Lauer in an Interview, calling him a glib, and informing him that he doesn’t know the history of psychiatry. Apparently the dyslexic Cruise- who never even went to college- has read up on the topic, yet no one seems to have informed him that he really doesn’t know what he is talking about, and that the majority of his information is, well, wrong!

Free Katie people. The girl needs our help!

The Sandmonkey @ 4:13 am
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I can’t help but wonder..

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2005

Is this part of a price the US had to pay in order for the more or less peacefull recent anti-Mubarak protests (With the exception of Alaa, Mohamed, and Mostafa getting into scuffles and getting their cameras taken) to take place without major incidents? If that’s not it, what kind of deal was cut here? Just the usual arms dealing? If that’s the case, is this a price Egypt had to pay to keep the US placated and ease the pressure? I realize i am reaching into my inner-conspiracy theorist, but the timing of it all, one week after Rice’s visit, doesn’t help but make me slightly paranoid here!

The Sandmonkey @ 3:57 am
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Saint John Paul II?

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2005

I have been having problems with Papa Razi- the Catholic church’s new pope- for a while now, mainly because in my mind John Paul II is still the freakin Pope. I have grown up with him being Pope, he was the Pope all of my life, and the new one for some reason just doesn’t cut it for me as an adequate replacement or successor. As far as i am concerned, Razi is the dude you get to play a soap opera character, when the original actor decides he had enough and quits. The replacment actor is nowhere as good as the original and he tries to do things to get himself accepted, which most of the time backfires. No offense to Catholics, but that’s just the way i view him, and he is fullfilling this stereotype by trying to become popular by giving people what they want:

D’Alonzo was apparently referring to the chants of “Santo Subito!” or “Sainthood Immediately!” that erupted during John Paul’s April 8 funeral. The calls prompted the new pope, Benedict XVI, to waive the traditional five-year waiting period and allow John Paul’s saint-making process to begin immediately.

I am all for John Paul becoming a Saint, or at least, I have nothing against it. I am just slightly peeved that the Pope has the authority or ability to waive rules just like that. I figure, if you are gonna waive something or have the authority to do so, then waive the church’s anti Birth control stance. It’s not like the world needs more people.

Ehh, whatever!

I am slightly curious about this part though:

If the Vatican then confirms a miracle has occurred after John Paul’s death thanks to his intercession, he can be beatified. A second miracle is needed for him to be made a saint.

Hmmm…..

Oder said last week he had already received “interesting” reports of a possible miracle that warranted further investigation.

LoL, a possible miracle. I love that.

So they will look all over the world for possible miraculous events that happend since John Paul II’s passing and use it as proof of his sainthood? How do they quantify a miracle? How do they know its linked to John Paul II? Does anybody know? Does it really matter?

Dude, just make him a saint and get it over with already. Seriously!

The Sandmonkey @ 3:35 am
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Lahoud is reaching..

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

According to Pro- Syria Lahoud, Israel and islamic extremists are behind the Lebanon assassinations.

Ok, I will repeat that one more time: Israel and Islamic extremists are working together and are behind the assassinations of the prominent Lebanese figures.

Now, please refrain from laughing! Or try to anyway.

The Sandmonkey @ 3:45 am
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The new chastity belts

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

Ever worry about your wife cheating?

Want to know where your daughter is late at night?

Need to know when your girlfriend’s temperature is rising?

Then forget- me-not-panties is for you*!

Make sure to check out the testimonials.

* Yes, i am aware it’s a freakin hoax site

The Sandmonkey @ 3:34 am
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Save yourself 20 dollars

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

and read here the best tidbits about the new nasty-bash-Hillary-Clinton Book “The truth about Hillary”.

But is it just me, or does it seem to be more focused on bashing Bill Clinton rather than Hillary?

The Sandmonkey @ 3:30 am
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The new Thomas Friedman column in one sentence!

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

Bush’s domestic policies are all nutty and out of whack because Dick Cheney won’t be running for president in 2008!

The Sandmonkey @ 3:26 am
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Philosophical question thread

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

My question is this: Which is the scarier thought?

1) That God doesn’t exist?

Or

2) That God exists and doesn’t care?

I am Just curious! Don’t mean to offend anyone and i am sorry if i did!

The Sandmonkey @ 2:11 am
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Disturbing

Posted on Monday 27 June 2005

Am I the only one who thinks there is something really wrong about this story?

The Sandmonkey @ 2:11 am
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