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Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

Is it just me or is Ken Starr a giant dweeb?

The Sandmonkey @ 11:12 am
Filed under: American politics andRetardedness
No Saudi Female flight attendants on Saudi airlines

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

Saudi seems to be feeling the need to assert its sexist asshole status in every way they can: First they want to ban female pilgrims from the Kaaba, and now they don't want to have saudi female flight attendants on their national airlines. They will, however, hire non-saudi females as flight attendants.

Saudi women will not be part of Saudi
Arabian Airlines' team of flight attendants, crew members, or ground
support staff in the near future.

Non-Saudi women are to replace Saudis in these jobs, said a report in the Jeddah-based Asharq Al Awsat newspaper.

'We are studying the employment of
women, but I do not think it would be as stewardesses or as employees
working at airports,' said another report in the Arab News quoting
Saudia director general Khaled Al Mulhim.

So let's go down the list shall we? The women is Saudi can't: 1) Vote , 2) Walk around without being coverd head to toe, 3) Drive cars, 4) Fly abroad without male permission , and now 5) become flight attendants!

What a fantastic Country.

The Sandmonkey @ 11:09 am
Filed under: Retardedness andSaudi
Paris Hilton’s album tanks

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

There is a GOD!

The Sandmonkey @ 10:41 am
Filed under: Cool andSweet andcelebs andpop culture
Syria wins again

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

It seems that the only people who profited and who are still profiting from the Lebanese Israeli war are the syrians. Hell, this war is probably the best thing that ever happened to their economy.

The Sandmonkey @ 10:33 am
Filed under: Lebanon andsyria
On Raed’s airport incident

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

Carmen wrote a post about Raed's airport incident. All of you know how I feel about the bitch named Jarrar and of racial profiling of arabs in airports, but I have to say that both are irrelevant to my opinion in this case. This is the comment I left at Carmen's detailing it. Read it, and then read Raed's story again, and tell me what you think.

"However, on this topic, let's run the following scenario: The
anniversary of 911 is coming nigh, and they have just uncoverd that
british plot involving the airplanes attack not even 3 weeks ago, with
all the new security measures that came with it, so nerves are a little
fried right now. Here comes Raed, an arab looking dude, with a beard,
an Iraqi passport, and a shirt that says "We will not be silent" (which
u gotta admit sounds a bit threatening), and You are an average
american joe or Jane. What do you think your reaction will be?

Chances
are other passangers have pointed him out to the security personnellfirst (as the story seems to imply),
and chances are the security personell have wanted to avoid a situation
where the passangers would refuse to fly on the same plane with someone
whom they perceived as threathening, which would've been a greater
scandal, and the media whore that is Raed would've made an entire saga
about it.

Listen, no one says that dsicrimination against
arabs or middle-easterners in airports is right or justified. But when
you are dealing with an already scared populace, you shouldn't go out of
your way to provoke them or make slightly threathening statements with
ur shirt at the one place that they fear you and people who look like
you the most. It may not be right by you, but it's the smart thing to
do, especially with the current timing. It's common sense is all."  

What do you think? 

The Sandmonkey @ 6:53 am
Filed under: 9/11 andHmmm... andReasoning andsocialist scum
Oh Katherine

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2006

Hehehehe… 

The Sandmonkey @ 6:40 am
Filed under: American politics andCartoons
Name the movie

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

Those are quotes from 25 of my favorite movies. Can you tell which movie they are from? (Inspired by Herlock

1) I only slept with her because I am in love with you

2) I have to return some videotapes.

3) We have an unusual problem here, Jane. You obviously want me
dead, and I'm less and less concerned for your well-being. 

4) You know the Holocaust? Picture the opposite of that!

5) I'm Sorry Wendy, but I don't trust anything that bleeds for
five days and doesn't die. 

6) No, no! No Kevin Costner speech. Let's just go.

7) Listen, Coop. Last night was really great. You were
incredibly romantic and heroic, no doubt about it. And that's great. But I've
thought about it, and my thing is this. Andy is really hot. And don't get me
wrong, you're cute too, but Andy is like, cut. From marble. He's gorgeous. He
has this beautiful face and this incredible body, and I genuinely don't care
that he's kinda lame. I don't even care that he cheats on me. And I like you
more than I like Andy, Coop, but I'm 16. And maybe it'll be a different story
when I'm ready to get married, but right now, I am entirely about sex. I just
wanna get laid. I just wanna take him and grab him and fuck his brains out, ya
know? So that's where my priorities are right now. Sex. Specifically with Andy
and not with you.

8) Yeah. I figure if I study high, take the test high, get high
scores! Right?

9) America
is the richest, most powerful country on earth. If America
was a woman, she would be a big-tittied woman. Everybody loves a big-tittied
woman! 

10) I don’t think. I drink!

11) Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies? 

12) I get it! Holy Bartender! That's a great one!

13) Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous
infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in
this case by an 'orrible cunt… me. 

14) Good shooting, shitty shooting

15) Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion. 

16) You are worthress Arec Bardwin!

17) You have gone too far. You have married Fester, you have
destroyed his spirit, you have taken him from us. All that I could forgive. But
Debbie… pastels?

18) And then..?

19) We took eleven million in drug profits out of the van. The
money doesn't know where it comes from, but I do. If I keep it, I'm a criminal.
If I give it to the government, I'm a fool. 

20) This sucks, I didn't hook up with one European chick while I
was here. Europe is officially the worst country in the
world.

21) Are you stalking me? Because that would be super. 

22) We're not gonna have a war, we're gonna have the appearance
of a war.

23) What if you kill somebody whose death makes the world a
better place? 

24) "I have to go," "I have to go," where
the fuck does everybody go when they have to go?

25) Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in
the evening. Just like that, one, two, three, four.

The Sandmonkey @ 9:52 pm
Filed under: Interactiveness andpersonal andpop culture
This Blog through the eyes Of Hathor

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

 Hmmm…..

Context here! 

The Sandmonkey @ 7:49 pm
Filed under: Hmmm... andLinkity love andsilly
We need more muslims like this guy

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

You have to see this!

The Sandmonkey @ 1:46 pm
Filed under: Anti-Jihady andCool andIslam andMedia
For my Diaspora heads!

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

If you are egyptian, and would like to get your hands on badly priated yet up-to-date egyptian movies, Downloadiz is the place to go. Not that I condone movie piracy. Not at all. I am against it in case anyone wants to sue me. I am just letting people know so that they can take steps to stop this menace (wink wink nudge nudge).

The Sandmonkey @ 12:31 pm
Filed under: Egypt andLinkity love andartsy fartsy
Enviromentally conscious prisoners

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

This is kind of inspiring, no?

The Sandmonkey @ 12:27 pm
Filed under: Cool
Americans back racial profiling of arabs

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

.. and people who look arab. Their reasoning? Islamic terrorism.

Most Americans expect a terrorist attack
on the United States in the next few months and support the
screening of people who look "Middle Eastern" at airports and
train stations, a poll showed on Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said 62 percent
of Americans were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that
terrorists would strike the nation in the next few months while
37 percent were "not too worried" or "not worried at all."

[...]

By a 60 percent to 37 percent margin, respondents said
authorities should single out people who look "Middle Eastern"
for security screening at locations such as airports and train
stations — a finding that drew sharp criticism by civil
liberties groups.

Now, right there, anyone with half a brain would see something wrong with this picture. If you don't get it, let me explain: ISLAM ISN'T EXCLUSIVELY MIDDLE-EASTERN!  Being a muslim is not a race. Islam is a religion. Anybody can be muslim, and therefore anyone, from any race, can be a muslim terrorist. Richard Reid, Jose Padila and John Walker Lindh anyone?

This is honestly incredibly stupid, and ineffectual, because the terrorists will just start using exclusively white terrorists. This is similar to having life jackets on planes, and equally as useless in securing your safety. Ehh…

Whatever… 

The Sandmonkey @ 11:16 am
Filed under: A.P.U. andAmerican politics andAnti-Jihady andRetardedness
Want to piss off Your Muslim or Jewish friends?

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

Get them this as a Birthday Gift!

The Sandmonkey @ 11:04 am
Filed under: Cool andjust plain wrong andsilly
God Bless Lebanon

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

Seriously!

The Sandmonkey @ 11:02 am
Filed under: Lebanon andPervy andWomen andsilly
Meet the Qubaisiate sisterhood

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

The Qubaisiate group is a female islamic group that is part of a risining trend of islamization occuring in Syria. Syria, with all its faults, has 92 sects, which meant that it has remained secular as a matter of practicality. Naturally, this is also aided by the historically brutal crackdowns that the Alawite regime has admisnterd on its sunni opposition (the Hama Maasacare anyone?). However, there is a new underground islamic revival and it seems, as always, to target the women. A very specific group of women. 

In other corners of Damascus, women who identify one another by the
distinctive way they tie their head scarves gather for meetings of an
exclusive and secret Islamic women’s society known as the Qubaisiate.

At
those meetings, participants say, they are tutored further in the faith
and are even taught how to influence some of their well-connected
fathers and husbands to accept a greater presence of Islam in public
life.

[...]

Since intelligence agents still monitor private gatherings that
involve discussion of Islam, groups like the Qubaisiate often meet
clandestinely, sometimes with women guarding the door to deter
interlopers.

The group is named for its founder, a charismatic Syrian sheikha, Munira al-Qubaisi.

A
wealthy woman in her 50’s living in Damascus, who has attended
Qubaisiate meetings and who asked that her name not be used because she
feared punishment, provided a rough description of the activities.

A
girl thought to be serious about her faith may be invited by a relative
or a school friend to go to a meeting, the woman said. There, a sheikha
sits on a raised platform, addresses the assembled women on religious
subjects and takes questions.

Interestingly enough, there is a method of ascendency very similar to that of martial arts:

Qubaisiate members, the woman said, tie their head scarves so there is
a puff of fabric under the chin, like a wattle. As girls and women
progress in their study of Islam and gain stature within the group, the
color of their scarves changes. New members wear white ones, usually
with long khaki colored coats, she said. Later they graduate to wearing
navy blue scarves with a navy coat. At the final stage the sheikha may
grant them permission to cover themselves completely in black.

All the way from white belt to blue belt to full Ninja status. Awesome, no?

And like any good cult, the Qubaisate uses glamerous methods to attract its members…

“Rasha would call and say, ‘Today we’re going shopping,’ and that
would be a secret code meaning that there was a lesson at 7:30,” Hadeel
said. “I went three times, and it was amazing. They had all this
expensive food, just for teenage girls, before the lesson. And they had
fancy Mercedes cars to take you back home afterward.”

Hadeel said
she had at first been astonished by the way the Qubaisiate, ostensibly
a women’s prayer group, seemed to single out the daughters of wealthy
and influential families and girls who were seen as potential leaders.

“They
care about getting girls with big names, the powerful families,” Hadeel
said. “In my case, they wanted me because I was a good student.”

 And has an agenda..

Mr. Abdul Salam explained that such secret Islamic prayer groups
recruited women differently, depending on their social position. “They
teach poor women how to humble themselves in front of their husbands
and how to pray, but they’re teaching upper-class women how to
influence politics,” he said.

Interesting…no? 

The Sandmonkey @ 10:43 am
Filed under: Islam andWomen andsyria
No women praying Kaaba

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

The Saudi clerics want to restrict women praying in Mecca by having them not being able to pray in the vicinity of the Kaaba, but rather some place farther away, where they can still see the Kaaba, but not pray next to it, thus ensuring that only men get to pray in the direct vicinity of the Kaaba.

Saudi clerics want to impose restrictions on
women praying at Islam's holiest shrine in Mecca, one of the few places
where male and female worshippers can intermingle. 

But women activists in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the religion
where a strict version of Islam is state orthodoxy, say the idea is
discriminatory and have vowed to oppose it. 

At present, women can pray in the immediate vicinity of the Kaaba, a
cube-shaped structure inside the mosque which pilgrims walk around
seven times during the haj pilgrimage according to ancient rites
established by Prophet Mohammad. 

Plans by the all-male committee overseeing the holy sites would place
women in a distant section of the mosque while men would still be able
to pray in the key space. 

"The area is very small and so crowded. So we decided to get women out
of the 'sahn' (Kaaba area) to a better place where they can see the
Kaaba and have more space," said Osama al-Bar, head of the Institute
for Haj Research. 

Condescending statement alert in 5…4…3…2…1…Go 

"Some women thought it wasn't good, but from our point of view it will
be better for them … We can sit with them and explain to them what
the decision is (about),"
he said. The decision is not final and could
be reversed, he added.

Well, it should be freakin reversed. I don't care. This is bullshit. This never happend in all of Islamic History, and now the wahhabi fuckheads wanna  chnage that? What? Saudi isn;t gay enough for them as it is? Only men together, women always coverd or in houses, and now not even in the Kaaba? What kind of bullshit is this? 

The Sandmonkey @ 10:23 am
Filed under: Retardedness andSaudi
Naguib Mahfouz is dead

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2006

94 years old Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz died today in a Hospital after being admitted there for the best part of a month, recovering from injuries he sustained from falling in his home and injuring his head. He is the first arab writer to ever win a Nobel Prize, and even that has cost him dearly: The Novel he won the Nobel prize for was the main cause for the asassination attempt he sufferd in the 90's on the hands of a islamic militant.

In 1994, an attacker inspired by a militant cleric's ruling that a
Mahfouz novel written decades before was blasphemous stabbed the
then-82-year-old author as he left his Cairo home.

Mahfouz survived, but the attack damaged nerves leading to his right
arm, seriously impairing his ability to write. A man who had once
worked for hours at a time — writing in longhand — found it a struggle
to "form legible words running in more or less straight lines," he
wrote in the aftermath.

To add insult to injury, that same novel was banned in Egypt till this day by the religious authorities, because of its "blasphemous undertones" according to them, and it continues to be banned till this day. Such a ban never stopped Egypt from boasting about his Nobel leaurete status, but at the same time never did him right by lifting the ban on his Novel. The man died seeing his best work respected and praised worldwide, but only availble in his own country in the black market, making it one of the greatest acts of injustice that a writer of his caliber ever had to suffer.

Oh well…

RIP Mr. Mahfouz.

The Sandmonkey @ 7:48 am
Filed under: Artsy andEgypt andOnly in Egypt andjust plain wrong
What a surprise

Posted on Tuesday 29 August 2006

Bolivia's move to nationalize their oil reserves and make the state control it has been failing miserably, once again proving that such socialist moves never work, as I have said here before. The reasons why the program is failing? Well, where to begin? First, there is that whole thing with Brazil being mad at its assets and investments being nationalized by a neighboring country's government, to the degree that it slashed its future investments in Bolivia from 2 Billion US dollars to a measly 90 million. This of course will lead other Oil investors to follow suit, like European Repsol, which announced that it had enough of the Persecution of Bolivian authorities and will cut investment in Bolivia. More companies will surely follow suit. Morales' response?

Bolivian President Evo Morales said yesterday in a speech
that the country never planned to throw out foreign companies or
expropriate their assets “but they can't act likes bosses or
owners, they need to be partners,'' newspaper El Pais reported
today. 

Hard to be partners with people who continue hold a gun to your head, dont ya think? 

Anyway, back to this debacle.. 

Of course you can't have socialism without corruption or mismanagment, and both are present here. The Bolivian Oil minister -a political appointee by Morales- just got censured for his managment of the nationalization plan , which was his idea in the first place, and therefore resigned. And the head of the Bolivian Oil state company-also appointed by Morales- has been mired by allegation of corruption for so long that he finally quit today. Morales, of course, can't figure out what went wrong. Socialism happend dude. Maybe looking at Venezeula's state of oil production, which yáll look up to as a great example of socialism done right, might give you a hint of what is going wrong.

Morales and Palacio should look carefully at
Venezuela's example and take heed, he says. "It's clear this oil-rich
country is moving backward, and eventually it will all end badly."

The state oil company, PDVSA, reports production
of 3.3 million barrels a day. There is no way to independently confirm
this, and most outside analysts, including the International Energy
Agency, say that PDVSA's numbers are inflated and that production is
closer to 2.6 million barrels per day.

But whatever the real output, Venezuela is
raking in more petrodollars than ever because of the high price of oil.
When Chvez came into office in 1999, the country reported production of
3.5 million barrels per day and, with oil selling at about $15 per
barrel, was making just over $18 billion a year.

This month, with oil at about $70 a barrel,
PDVSA Finance Director Eudomario Carruyo told Reuters he expects
revenue to top $85 billion this year. PDVSA officials have reportedly
said that oil production will increase to 4 million barrels per day by
2012.

Furthermore, in part thanks to Chvez plowing
billions of those petrodollars into new housing, free medical care,
adult literacy projects and other social programs, Venezuelans perceive
the industry to be exceedingly robust now.

"Normal people don't care about whether
production is 3.3 million barrels per day or 2.6. For them, the oil is
huge and forever," says Alfredo Keller, an independent pollster in
Caracas.

What's the problem?

The problem, says Ochoa, is that politicizing
the industry has rotted it, and served both to empty PDVSA of its best
professionals, and to scare foreign partners away from new investment.

"It is generally safe to assume a pretty steep
fall in PDVSA production over the last few years," says Jack Sweeney, a
former analyst at Stratfor, a private intelligence agency, and now an
independent consultant in Caracas.

Maria Mercedes Febres was a senior engineer at
PDVSA until 2000, when, she says, she "saw the writing on the wall,"
and quit. "Political appointees were taking over from qualified
long-timers, and I knew it was going downhill," she says. Most of her
friends stayed on, but their frustration with the political cronyism
finally exploded in a strike in 2002.

Chvez refused to negotiate and fired about 18,000 workers, many of them top engineers.

"Most of my ex-colleagues left the country. They
are oil professionals, but here, where the oil industry is in the hands
of the state, they were blacklisted," says Febres. After the firings,
she says, the level of professionalism plummeted. "You need to exploit
your oil efficiently — and for that you depend on technology and
maintenance. We have neither."

Foreign partners pull back

Meanwhile, Venezuela's joint partners —
companies such as Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and British Petroleum —
are also slowing production here.

[...]

Oil minister and PDVSA director Rafael Ramirez
promised output in those fields would soon rise. In fact, the opposite
has happened. According to industry reports, output has steadily fallen
in foreign-operated fields. The largest drop was at Royal Dutch Shell's
Urdaneta field, where output fell to 43,400 barrels per day in March
from 46,900 barrels per day in October.

[...]

But, while most companies desperate for oil won't pull out, they will
slow their rate of investment. "When the rent goes up, you become wary
of new investment; it's logical," he says.

So, let's recoup shall we? The Nationalization of assets type of Socialism is bad because: 1) It drives away foreign investmen t and 2) It appoints people who are both incompetent and corrupt, but happen to be close to the person in power, in positions of control of such assets, which they always, slowly but surely, run into the ground. It happend in Russia, It happend in Egypt, It happend all over South America and it's happening now in the new Chavista states. Just wait and see, and dont forget to blame the foreign companies'and their conspiracies for everything when it all fails. Ok? 

The Sandmonkey @ 3:01 pm
Filed under: Assholes andRetardedness andsocialist scum
A.J. challanges Bush to a debate

Posted on Tuesday 29 August 2006

Now that's a debate I would just LOVE TO WATCH!

They should however follow my political debates rule. It would make it far more interesting! 10 dollars says that A.J. wears Tighty whiteys!

The Sandmonkey @ 2:16 pm
Filed under: American politics andHmmm... andIran andRetardedness andsilly
On being Proactive

Posted on Tuesday 29 August 2006

Now here is a movement I support: The 30th of February group's "Sexually harass women and you will get castrated" campaign. The idea is simple. To stop egyptian men from blatantly harassing egyptian women on the streets, we urge the ladies to walk around with big knitting needles, so that if a guy harassed them, they would use the needle to stab said person in one of his testicles. This way, the man will learn his lesson, and for the sake of his remaining testicle, will not harass women on the street again. I preferred having the women kick the men in the nuts, but extreme times call for extreme measures.

So, ladies, get ur knitting needles. It's time you taught the men on the streets some manners.

The Sandmonkey @ 1:55 pm
Filed under: Women andcauses