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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Sunday, August 26, 2007  
    There’s no such thing as an atheist.
    An atheist is just someone who doesn’t know or doesn’t accept that they're a believer. I said this to an atheist and she replied ‘’don’t insult my beliefs’’.
    I replied that non-believing cannot be regarded as a belief
    She then proceeded to carry on for God knows how long about her atheism.
    Literally much ado about nothing
    How can someone take so long to describe nothing?
    The funny thing is that she probably thinks that she’s the first person to spout this sophomoric nonsense
    The term atheist is a misnomer anyway, they believe in a God all right but that ‘’god’’ is themselves.
    There are some people who are so full of themselves, so self-absorbed that they can hardly believe in God because it would be a conflict of interest, polytheism.

    Anyway, regardless of whether or not there is a God, ‘’we have to act as if there is a God’’ as Pope Benedict told Oriana Fallaci.

    8:15 am

    Thursday, August 16, 2007  



    ''Today, on Al-Arabiya, a reporter said, clearly mockingly, that 'Yazidis prohibit the eating of lettuce for reasons that nobody knows'. No, we know. It is not a secret: there is a story of how Shaykh `Adiyyah was once turned away from an orchard where he wanted to eat lettuce. ''

    ‘’The Mozabites are a distinct Berber people who are part of a sect of Islam known as the Karejittes…having a unique revelation of Islam…They adhere to some different views than other streams of thought… They have a strict code of ethics which they seek to live by. The
    women wear a long white cloak, which covers most of their
    body, with the right eye also being covered by the cloak.''

    -www.gosahara.org (my emphasis)

    6:15 pm

    Tuesday, August 07, 2007  
    ''As for the Beirut by-election, Mohammad al-Amin Itani won as predicted, beating six other candidates with 22,988 out of 27,100 votes, while the second-place candidate, Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Halabi received 3,556 votes.
    Zuhair Ibrahim Khateeb received 75 votes, Mohammad Rashid Fardouhi received 12 votes, Saleh Faroukh received 3 votes, whereas Maher Abou Khdoud received no votes.''

    - today's Daily Star (my emphasis)

    How can you get no votes?
    Didn't he even vote for himself?

    3:00 pm

    Monday, August 06, 2007  
    "O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
    ...Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
    .... O long may it wave"
    -The Star Spangled Banner(Francis Scott Key)

    -result announced at dawn confirms FPM win in yesterday’s hard-fought by-election in Metn mountains above Beirut
    The rising sun, covering the mountain in reddish-yellow hues, brought with it the news that the mountain is still orange.

    12:45 pm

    Friday, August 03, 2007  
    My cousin, Finance Minister Jihad Azour, recently became a proud father for the first time when his wife Roula gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
    The delivery went smoothly and there were no complications - in the modern era, the most difficult thing about having a child is naming the child.
    Modern parents tend to put much more thought into naming their offspring than their parents did.
    This was no exception.
    One of the names considered was Karim (meaning generous in Arabic) but the Prime Minister jokingly vetoed it on the grounds that ‘’Abu (father of) Karim’’ was an unacceptable appellation for a finance minister.
    Finance ministers anywhere are supposed to be canny but even more so in a country that has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world (178 percent).

    On the subject of names, I know someone who didn’t have so much trouble naming his children.
    He named two sons from two different marriages a variation of the same name (Michael and Miguel).
    I don’t know whether this was on purpose or whether he even noticed (maybe he forgot) but it reminds me of Newhart’s "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."*
    Either way, he must have liked the name a lot and what’s not to like about it?
    It’s a very likeable name.
    Too likeable a name to use only once per family per generation.
    Twice is the bare minimum for such a lovely name.

    *The Michel's sister could introduce her and her brothers in a similar fashion – ‘’Hi, I’m – (forgot name but it’s not Michele or any other female variation of Michel).This is my brother Michel, and this is my other brother Michel’’.

    8:00 pm

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