On a highway to Hell.. Nya Nya Highway to...etc.

NICE! although I think they should modify it for Iraqi people. we ARE in Cocytus or whatever ALREADY! hehe! (have to admit there are less explosions now, but still...)

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Moderate
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate


Take the Dante's Inferno Test


nice. it said:

"You have escaped damnation and made it to Purgatory, a place where the dew of repentance washes off the stain of sin and girds the spirit with humility. Through contrition, confession, and satisfaction by works of righteousness, you must make your way up the mountain. As the sins are cleansed from your soul, you will be illuminated by the Sun of Divine Grace, and you will join other souls, smiling and happy, upon the summit of this mountain. Before long you will know the joys of Paradise as you ascend to the ethereal realm of Heaven."

Oh yeah I just remembered:

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS GRAPHIC. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION. I AM SIMPLY RELATING A FACT OF THE DAY TO YOU. I DO NOT HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT ANYTHING OF THE FOLLOWING:

One of them mad-bomber Allahu-Akbar types was killed three days ago just down the road from where I live, he was shot and as he fell he detonated, fragmenting himself into a dozen pieces.
no one got hurt (except for the guy DUHH..) turned out to be positively NOT Iraqi. how do I know? simple. Color of the skin.
Unlike other countries, Iraq is only populated by people with light (relatively) skin color.
Dark-skinned people usually come from Sudan or some other southern Arab countries. (Sudan literally means land of the Sud, which is Black.)
Anyways, this guy was dark-skinned.
what the cops did a few days after (yesterday or the day before I don't remember) is gather his scattered remains, piled them in this big heap, poured gasoline on the corpse and burnt it to ashes. there's a spot where the tar melted or charred to blackness still there. I pass there daily en route to College.
I did not witness this burning, but two of my friends (along with hundreds of people) did, and they passed the news to me.

LIKE I SAID: I DO NOT HAVE AN OPINION HERE. I DON'T DO POLITICS NOR RELIGION ON THIS BLOG. SORRY.
If you like, please leave your own word to voice your thoughts. Thank you.

Mwa ha ha serves you right!

Heyy.. for the first time in my life I actually listened to some advice.

thank you for guiding me to the right path. DEATH TO HALOSCAN.

problem is: all your lovely comments got wiped out AGAIN! DejaVu anyone?

hehehe!

sorry again but now I hope you like this, it doesnt have smiley faces and stuff, but it doesnt sign you in when it wants to!

see ya round (I'll post again saturday God willing)

thank you all for your support and feedback, I'll b checking on all of you! and BM.. get back to your blog will you? write some new stuff for God's sake.

Cheers and THEN SOME!

oh and congrats for me.. I finally did a 180 split today after months of training! (nuts, but that's like me! been training for two months now -not counting the time spent in Jordan- and I finally did it today! Crazy! hehe)

Habits in the Promised Land: part 1

Why do Iraqi males slurp?

It’s not enough to kiss anyone in sight (males and children) without any good reason... they take it one step forward and slurp while they’re doing it.

Now this goes anywhere, anytime, and everyone is doing it. Here it is forbidden by males to kiss females (unless they’re related, and even then there are exceptions...

for example: you can’t kiss your sister-in-law… your brother will rip your
head off for it)

Anyways, it’s like this: people who you don’t know, you just kiss on the
cheek a couple of times… it’s the ones you know that cause a problem:

in some cases you see someone slurping down someone’s neck.

Tell me that is not revolting... (And this happens to me on a daily basis.. I know someone (straight, but Iraqi) who finds real pleasure in slurping down your neck, and I can’t say no because that would be considered as disrespect)

I am not homophobic... This is not an easy claim in a country where if you don’t spit, jeer and sneer at every decent-looking male in sight, you are considered not worthy of being a man.. If you don’t look like you’ve been left in the microwave for 10 extra minutes, smell of sour-sweat and dirt (sand mixed with sweat), then you are simply NOT a man..

I am not homophobic, but I really don’t like the way everyone here kiss each other. It’s simply a matter of privacy. I like to keep myself to myself, and henceforth have a large “Comfort” circle...

(You know, the imaginary circle on the ground around you in which anyone has to be outside of in order for you to feel comfortable)

and when I go the extra mile and express my dislike for this habit, they feel insulted and rejected… like I’ve spit them in the eye.

It sucks. No, THEY suck, and I mean literally, when they kiss, you can feel them suck and slurp. Get a life. GET A WOMAN.

This is the case with 99.9% of Iraqi men (and Arab ones as well) It’s a natural result of years of separation and segregation... We are raised from the crib to denounce all females as something without any real weight in society... (And in less severe cases, mindless, opinion-less vessels for our breed)

It’s not Islam’s fault... It’s the practitioners’…
Boys play with boys, and girls with girls…We have gone back to our tribal roots, the way we were before Islam shone its light upon us.. Duking it out in the deserts of Arabia, keeping a multitude of females for service.. Both domestic and otherwise. It sickens me to the core.

I’ve heard many, MANY people (both male and female) say that the only place fit for a woman is the kitchen, that higher education is not necessary, and even if a woman had higher education, it would only mean a diploma/wall decoration to show to visitors on dinner invitations…

hmm.. I usually retaliate with ONE question that shuts them ALL up: “Ok.. suppose your wife (or YOU if I’m talking to a woman) would get pregnant, would you accept to be examined by a MALE gynecologist?”

That does the trick EVERY TIME.Back to the subject: will there be an end to slurping in sight? (I’m betting they have a better chance of Zarqawi retiring to Florida than that to happen)

Is there a petition I can sign somewhere to present to an Arab leader in order to obtain justice on this subject? (Although I’m positive the first thing he’ll do when greeting me is slurp on my cheek..

What really bothers me is the remaining saliva and smell left there, which strangely does not wipe off clean unless you use battery acid.. DENTAL CARE ANYONE? PLEASE?)

If anyone related to me or knows me in person is reading this, please don’t take it personally.. I still have things to do before I die. Thank you.

I'm here..

But it was really hectic this last week.. no time to go online, no time to do some PS2, and no time for exercise of any kind... argh.

man oh man.

Its really funny in here, the results of elections are due to come out these few days, and saturday is bound to be a busy day.. check the news if you can, U'll see a lot of things that some (including myself) may consider barbaric, while others consider as religious ritual.

one word (two actually) : Corporal mortification.
see your tv and you'll understand.

Gotta check on my mailbox, its brimming over by now.. oh gotta go.

and to YOU, beautiful snowman pics there! (YOU is for a certain someone, rather than ALL OF YOU)

thank you all and see ya soon I PROMISE!

First Day of School!

Heyyy..
I'm here.. back in the zone.
Not THE zone (in reference to the GREEN zone)
but the general killzone otherwise known as Iraq.

First day here went really smooth. got a terrible headache.

my results turned out pretty good actually, I'm pretty proud of lil ol' me at the moment..
reckon I might even make it into our elite "top 10" students in the class..
didnt know I was THAT smart.

HEY! let me brag for a minute there! It won't hurt and I'm sure once this course is up and running I'll swallow each and every word said above!

thank you friends for coming here..
Still waiting for your Jake news, Steph.. Aww poor girl! I hope the test comes out ok!
that's GOTTA hurt! hehe

thank you again. gotta split while I can.

I'll post again tomorrow maybe..
and THEN SOME!

One more thing to know:

I've held this close to the chest for all this time.. but time's up..

You know I'm currently blogging from Jordan, I passed my first MSc course, so?
this means the second course is starting up.. so I have to go back.

This will be my last post here in Jordan, as I leave tomorrow morning for Baghdad and I don't feel like posting again today.. Its been a good time, caught up with old friends, met new ones, had a couple of good fights (verbal, and not really) with some people visiting over at IraqiBlogCount (check old posts before the elections) , saw some new interesting blogs appear, and many interesting blogs disappear..

anyways, what I want to say is this: I probably won't be able to post as much as I do now.. inhibiting factors include: electricity, college, and money (to charge my net-account)

I expect to be able to post every two days or so, so please do not feel left out or denied access to my demented mind, I am still here with my brain-matter brewing constantly in this egg-shell I call a head..

Umm.. I'll try to post on Saturday as I won't be able to get access before that, I'm really gonna try to check on friday on my good friend Steph.. I told you to go cheer her up!

SO Don't cry for me Argentinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....


AH'LL BE BAK.




and THEN SOME!
next post: FROM THE PROMISED LAND!

HALLELUJAH!

Yeah I passed.


sorry can't write more, busy doing crazy stuff..


HAR HAR HAR I MADE IT!
One step closer to the light!

ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO!
(And for the icing, my two best friends made it intact too!)

HALLELUJAH!

Mad props go to the V-knight for being the cavalry to the rescue and sending me the good news!
I was S*itting my pants here...

and Thank you Steph.. thank you sooo much.. I am waiting to hear YOUR good news!

oh and to my Rose, This is for you, I couldn't have done this without you.
Keep me alive please?
I love you.

HEHEHEHEH!
IT'S ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU!
Nurrrrse... Gimme another shot.

and THEN SOME!

Still here:

NO results yet.. there's a college council going on and that will last till tomorrow, and this usually happens when the professors want to help us out.. hmm
inshallah i'll do ok!
hehe

sorry for the quick post but i gotta run.
will come back later with another one.


And guess who's online?
hehe

It is upon us..

Monday oh monday..
Technically its monday.. 30 mins on the clock-face to confirm it..
My results come out in less than 10 hours.. Oh God.
Anyways, I got a couple of guys (and gals) back home lined up to deliver the result to me..
I think I'll do well.
Whatever..
I found myself quaking this afternoon.. now. I wonder what happened to the old guy who used to show up last to get his grades (and only cuz they woke him with a phone call to tell him either he gets them or they will burn it)
The person who went around telling students: "Don't worry, I know its going to be ok, I PROMISE you it'll be ok"..
WELL?
HE'S STILL HERE!
To hell with the results.. SO WHAT IF I DON'T PULL THROUGH?
I'll have to do a summer course.. and if I fail that? I STILL HAVE MY BSc!
SO HELL YEAH!
GIMME SOME!
I'll be waiting here with my dear friend Mr. Joe Satriani doing his business to my ears, if the results were good, I would be happy, if NOT, SO WHAT?
WHAT'S THE WORSE THAT COULD HAPPEN?
me fail two subjects.
SO? I AIN'T GONNA DIE, AM I?
(I have to stop shouting.. my throat is getting sore)
just that I dont have the usual mega-conglomerate-corporation/person to rant about..
I'll fix that in a jiffy:
Today I watched something called abcPRIMETIME-live
a show about the ever-morphing, poly-sexual, ex- (in my opinion, mummified) King of Pop..
Now I admit:
I WAS A MICHAEL JACKSON FAN!
so? back in the 80's and early 90's EVERYONE HAD TO WORSHIP HIM! (her? I dunno)
We got hit by Jackson-fever pretty late in Iraq.
Ok ok
Now.. I watched the thing were they go about asking this kid whom jacko had "Allegedly" abused..
(I will refer to Wacko Jacko as HIM for reasons of political correctness)
Now.. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD BELIEVE THAT MJ EVEN HAS ANY SEXUAL DESIRES AFTER THE MANY EMBALMINGS HE WENT THROUGH?
A plastic mannequin has more virility and desires than him..
also.. ok so everyone says he's a freak..
I say he's a genius.... And a freak!
Ok ok so he "molested" the child.. well DUH:
WHERE WERE THE FRIGGIN PARENTS?
At one instance there was a telling of how MJ was LICKING (with his "Long, white tongue" - according to the mother- I tell you he has embalming fluid for blood) the bare-shaven head of this kid (Who has one kidney, no spleen, and is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia) while HIS PARENTS WERE WATCHING!
Now you tell me:
Who really is the sick one here?

Probably me.. But that is another story.

Cheers and THEN SOME!
I'll be posting again. wait for me.

Wha??

It seems that haloscan is suffering from some technical problems.. hmm.. sorry if you cant comment..

(not that there's anything to comment on anyway..)

ok, see ya when it gets fixed, if it doesn't, maybe it'll be the excuse i wanted to change my stupid template!

and THEN SOME!


ummm...

First I'd like to point your attention to the new comments section c/o the good people at haloscan.. you don't need a username or password anymore, and its much easier this way..

like it? good. now I will deliver the other thing:

all your comments have been deleted by that same tool.. I am sorry I didn't mean it..
Anyways I hope you like how it looks now..

ok gotta run will be back soon.

Waiting..

Story of my life.
I was born waiting!
(actually I was in a big rush to see the world, so I was delievered two weeks earlier than predicted.. but that, is another story)

My mother is shaping up good, she had an appointment with her doctor last week and he told her he was satisfied with the results so far.. she still gets headaches and pains from time to time..
all in all she's ok.
We didn't tell anyone about her back home (They tend to freak out when they hear OPERATION) but guess what? My uncle called the other day, congratulating us on the success of the surgery and all.. everyone was looking at me, I swore I told not one family member about it.. they ask him, and voila, my cousin was checking something, she came here, read the thing I wrote, and blew the whistle!
I was given permanent latrine duty.
I cried out for my first amendmant rights but they countered back, saying: "Oh, but you are not american and henceforth you cannot ask to be treated as such!"
Hmmm.
What about the Human rights mandate?
They told me YOU ARE IRAQI, therefore, you do not have any rights... You are not even human.. what do you think makes you special from all those poor souls back home?
signed, sealed and delivered.


(if anyone back home is reading this, the thing above is FICTION, i.e. NOT real, don't get me into more trouble...)
Big "MAMA" is watching you.

So anyways, before I am dragged from the console here, let me state what's on my mind:
MONDAY.

what a day it will be.

first, Stephie, a dear friend of mine is having a personal crisis, Go to her and cheer her up please!

second, MY RESULTS come out on monday.. (Did I tell you that ANOTHER guy tried the same trick on me .. the "Man, you failed.." trick, and IT WORKED, AGAIN. I am so gullible. And they are so DEAD)

and third: I'll be getting something really special from someone really special!
been waiting for this sooooo long!
She is the reason I want to pass..
the 14th is looming, but valentine's day is never what's its supposed to be when there's so many thousand miles between the two people.

Argh.

Oh, also waiting for a PS2 game called GranTurismo4 to arrive..

this Monday will be "like a box of chocolate"
THE box of chocolate.
I want to pass soooo bad.

till after..
AND THEN SOME!

Ahh.. the most STUPID post I've written so far!

I don't mean to b*tch here but I feel left out.

let me explain:

Me and a friend, (won't say his name) got into this thing (won't say what it is either) and it is sufficent to say that it is extremely demanding both physically and mentally.

anyways, as I was saying: I came into Jordan, and I know I had told him to go on without me and do his share till I come back, then I'll try to catch up on what I've missed.

He sent me today saying he FINISHED his part! ARGH! I mean, Congratulations to him I know that it was difficult (said in understatment tones) to say the least, but I nag and b*tch cuz I am scared to death I won't be able to do my part alone...

HEY I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT RIGGING A CAR-BOMB SO REST EASY!
(AND IT IS NOT ILLEGAL.. although in Iraq that could mean a lot of ILLEGAL things in other countries.. hmmm)

I mean, sometimes I feel I can do it, sometimes I don't.

And I wanted to share this stupidity here!
ARGH!
I AM SO CONFUSED I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

Sorry for wasting your time..
ohh I don't know what I'm going to do..

Please hear me out:

I don't usually do politics, but this is for a reason:

What was the real cost of the war?Tanks? Jets? Choppers? SOLDIERS? CIVILIANS?all considered toys/pawns.. all considered expendable.I do NOT agree about the last two.

What is the price of a human soul?How much would you pay to buy one? Or rather SELL one?
What if that soul wasn't even yours to sell?Would you extinguish life for a PRICE?

What would be YOUR price?
Which soul is more expensive?
Iraqi? American? Muslim? Christian?

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

will you give life a chance?

Let your voice be heard.

We're all in it together..

Yesterday I saw a vision.
A truly great movie from before the era of "White Noise" and "Are we there yet?" (oh and the ever-jumping Nya-Nya-you-can't-kill-me Electra... Brrr.)

A bleak, anti-utopian picture of the future..
a little movie called "Brazil"!

Not exactly the genius that was 1984, but close enough to be from the same initial mold!
Its about how when you wish for something, you just might get it, and get it good you will..
I found myself having the same claustrophobic feeling I got while I was watching 1984, the non-adventure of a non-entity called Sam Lowry searching for his love, a girl named Jill Layton (get it? hehe), in a world which permits you no real Identity, just a number, another cog in the machine..
Beautiful stuff, more modern but also more watered-down than 1984.. Still beautiful!
There's a young Robert De Niro in there too, playing a hilarious part as the underground resistance member/plumber doing "VIGILANTE" plumbing missions to thwart the evil corporate mind.
The most imaginative scenes are when Lowry starts dreaming that he is an angel with wings of steel trying to rescue the be-caged beauty from evil deformed midgets and a 30-foot robot samurai with fire for blood!
People die, no, NUMBERS erased, eradicated, deleted, love is crushed, an apartment's heating system is destroyed, and two Governmental Plumbers die drowned when their haz-met suits get pumped full of S**T instead of Air!
And it's all because of a little fly buzzing near a type-writer in the beginning of the movie!
if you like comedy, BLACK comedy.. this is for you!


For any fan of Orwell out there, go check it out (available on DVD) , this is THE best non-Orwell vision of how our unified, corporate future would be like!

"Suspicion breeds confidence"
!
and THEN SOME!