Archive for January, 2015

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Four freakin titles in one! That’s right! couldn’t find a better time to write! Charlie Hebdo’s issue finally cooled down, Hiba Tawaji just took the social media crown from Sally Greige who is taking the stage tomorrow in miss universe and the Saudi king is dead which caused every I-Hate-all-politicians-and-everyone-is-a-hypocrite is out there to bark about various patriotic idealistic visions.

There is three type of people around, people who tweeted, posted blogged or joked about Charlie Hebdo, Sally Greige, the Saudi King and Hiba tawaji, people who did not even care and people like me who likes to sum all things up in few lines.

You have to understand something, This blog is not a news agency, and I do not race to be the first to write about issues. This is an opinion that matured enough to be shared. This is my opinion and everyone is free to share his on the comments section below.

When I first heard of Charlie Hebdo, the first thing that came to my mind was: “They saw it coming”. But then I felt bad. Bad for being a hypocrite, because not too long ago, when Said Akl died, a lot of my friends were instantly shaming him, and I got upset, because in my opinion, The sanctity of death should be respected, and a dead person should not be gloated, because this dead person does have the means to defend himself and that is the lowest of things to do. So I held back and I just said, may they rest in peace.
I never agreed once with the views and ways of those people who died, but never to a point that I wished they will be silenced and especially not in this horrible way. They gave me this opportunity of proving myself and my faith and training to apply what I have been taught in terms of compassion and forgiveness, and now unfortunately I have lost this opportunity.
12 people died that day, fathers, brothers, sisters lovers… But not Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo resurrected from the dead the week after with more than 15 million dollars of revenues, and who is going to listen to me? Me, a guy, who writes a blog not hosted on a unique domain name and that does not have more than 4 digits in my bank account. But I hope they will listen to the pope who condemned the attack and then said that freedom of expression should not ridicule anybody’s faith or views. A lot of people used Christ, God and Islam in a bad way. Same applies to freedom of speech. It is time that we are not governed by civil or religious laws, but by our own sense of humanity.

Speaking of death and the sanctity of death. A question to all of those who hate all politicians and all religions. Since when is paying respect to someone who died is considered hypocrisy? Since when is it considered shining pots? Since when is it considered crawling and kneeling? Oh for god’s sake spare us with this attitude of we should criticize and curse all politicians at any given opportunity, and bow to that sanctity of death. You should learn when to speak and when to truly zip it, that free developed unbound mind of yours.

Just a small note completely out of the subject, I believe that with the death of the King of Saudi Arabia, everyone has noticed the rise in the falling oil prices, yes of course it is linked. Saudi Arabia is refusing to change it’s policy concerning oil production, even though it is hurting their economy, they do not want to lose market shares, and this high supply versus low demand is what caused decrease in prices. When the King Died, some stock brokers thought that there will be change in Saudi Arabia’s oil policy and they bought oil hoping to sell it on a higher price and make profit, this caused the price to raise a bit. But apparently oil production level at saudi arabia will not change, which will make the prices drop again, and those who already baught oil will realize that and want to sell the stocks they bought which will cause a powerful drop in the oil prices. Excuse me for not using correct economical and financial terms, but if my analysis proved to be right I might consider going into the field of economical analysis. LoL.

And Sally Greige took a selfie with miss Israel. So what? I will mention our sense of humanity again, why is the Idea of peace so forbidden to a point that will make us traitors? Don’t we all wish that peace will take over the entire planet and yet we prefer to be drowned in boiling water than to shake hands with an Israeli? Isn’t that a bit hypocrite? Why am I going to be attacked and accused of treason by being misunderstood that I am promoting for a peace treaty with the Israelis, when I am only projecting a simple thought that it is my natural right to have and yet 100% of those who will crucify me once wrote “Je suis Charlie”. Yes I do understand that there is blood between us and the Israelis, but I believe what have been done between us, the Palestinians and the Syrians is far worse and yet they are still our brothers. Right now, in this thought, I am a simple naive person who just wants peace in this entire planet, not only in our part of the world. I am naive and I chose to be this way is this particular thought because I don’t feel like complicating things and ruin this Idea of an innocent 5 year old. I just wish.

Back to reality, despite my childish wishes and innocent thoughts, I respect my country, and I am bound to to the laws and rules of my country, and right now Israel is an enemy state.  I, like every other Lebanese, should not be in contact with Israeli citizens.

This is how I think Sally Greige should answer if she got to final stages and asked any question related to the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. It would be a kick-ass answer wouldn’t it?

And in the midst of all that, A beautiful voice is heard in France, and it’s Hiba Tawaji! After Aline Lahoud last year, Hiba is rolling eyes at The Voice-France this year. I am not against what she is doing at all, I liked her modesty whatever the reasons of her participation are, she really was more than natural in her performance. But This makes me think that one way or another, the Rahbanis have something to do with that, either they are pushing it for some reason, or they have a certain deal with the producers to be pushing an artist of their own each year to the program. If that’s the case, they should really consider sending Fairuz next year if Hiba didn’t win the title this year! A more likely person to figure in The voice – France, is Ghassan Saliba.

The other reason is, that those artists are seeking The Voice – France is probably of the monopoly that Al Rahbanis are running in the artistic field that will not give them much moving space in Lebanon or the Arab world. Whatever the case is, I hope Hiba shines there, and it will be an opportunity for me to write about that artistic monopoly in the future.

That was a long read! you have the right to ask for a cookie of you read the entire thing. Good Luck to Hiba and Sally, may all lost souls rest in peace and may will all live in peace with lower and lower gas prices!

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In Short… Nothing happened to Lebanese memes but apparently that’s a question asked everyday by a different number of people.
Everyday at least one thing is posted on the page that a number of people find offensive, wrong, controversial or simply should not be posted.
The page was founded in late 2011 but two guys, unfortunately I am not allowed to disclose any information about them.
Now the page is run by 7 admins other than the 2 founders, the admins are known by their nicknames: #Twitter_admin, #LMJ, #K, #InstAdmin, #Dr, #LMSports, #Leb_Ano.
You are probably wondering about a very active admin nicknamed #smile that is not active since 2 weeks. #smile, one of the female admins is no longer an admin due to personal reasons. There is a balance between male admins and female admins, their ages range between 25 and 32 (yeah it’s not just some kid running the page) and two admins are 19 years old, they are from different religious groups, some of them are religiously committed some are not. None of them is politically affiliated with any party.

The page name is Lebanese memes, but there is a lack of memes recently, in favor of midnight questions and controversial posts that sparks heavy debates. Members simply tend to blame the admins and to threaten to leave the page, but since it’s creation the page has gathered more than 250 thousand member and counting up.

Few things to make clear, The page is not an opinion, it is simply a community. And a community is usually a gathering of a number of people by their own will, where everybody is free to say his/her opinion and others are free to agree or disagree. You might find some offensive posts there, you are free to express that you are offended, but it is a long shot to have the post removed.

Lebanese memes is trying to force people to learn how to respect each other’s opinions and to express their own opinion in a civilized manner. Posting controversial topics is a common thing.

What I have learned from this page, is that Lebanese people lack a sense of humor… A lot, they get offended by anything! I admit, it even happened to me a couple of times where I entered into strong arguments with an admin over a post.

This page is a space of freedom, an opportunity to be in contact with the other opinion without risking being shot or shooting somebody. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

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Yesterday my Facebook news feed was full with posts concerning blonds and brunettes, I didn’t get it until I fell on a piece from An-nahar about the Syrian presence in Hamra… This is the Article in Arabic. By the time I was reading and thinking how to exactly feel about it another article emerged strongly criticizing the first one, This article was posted on Hummus for Thought, and you can read it right here.

Now I have the opportunity to reply to both articles at once, first off I would like to agree with the first article on the Idea: Yes, the huge Syrian presence in Lebanon is indeed a big problem, I wont go into details, I believe you all know that.
But I strongly disagree with the way the article is written, although it is featured on an important news paper and although the writer did his journalistic job of observing and taking different interviews from different observers, the article itself is poorly written, the language, context, words and syntax is very weak and poor and some sentences might give the impression of racism, plus this issue was over talked about already that we need to step into solutions instead of observations.

The second article is worse, although it is written with proper English, probably way better than mine, but it’s awfully just gibberish, a bunch of fancy words put together to deliver no Idea whatsoever. It starts by attacking the first article, goes on by defending Hamra, barely talking anything about the Syrians… and then contradicting itself by this beautiful sentence:
“I do not want to give the impression that the increasing presence of Syrians in Hamra poses no problem at all. Sure it does. Many things do as well”
We have a bad habit us Lebanese, I managed to get rid of it, whenever someone talks about a problem all criticizers have the punch line “Is that really a problem? what about other problems, no water, no electricity, traffic, corruption….” You have this urge that whenever somebody starts talking about a problem you shut him up by stating all the other problems that need to be fixed FIRST. Remember when the smoking law came out? how everybody started saying how about the government worries about something else and more important like traffic, When the Lebanese porn star emerged, everyone said why don’t we worry about more important things like traffic or the fact that we have no president… Then the new traffic law was announced and yet you still had someone somewhere criticizing that!

The Syrian Presence is A problem, along with other problems as well. But if we are going to keep “folcloring” and naming all the problems we have, we will never find a solution to any of them!

I never liked Hamra anyway, it is full of pretentiously deep people all with a cause and something important to fight for, while sipping a coffee, listening to Fairouz and deeply deeply thinking, then comes the writing and the expressing… But no one is allowed to touch that, or he will have a bunch of pan-arabs, communists and deep thinkers waving words like “racism”, “sexist”, “feminism”, “equality”, “Arab unity”, “unwanted western expansion” and so on…

I am a simple man, NOT conservative at all, but I prefer the blush of my 1st girlfriend (now wife) when I first kissed her cheek, over any crazy sex with any open minded girl who is free to do whatever she wants with her body… I prefer the honest stupid offensive words of the first article over the pretentious tone used in the second article… I believe everything should have a meaning.. not just a feeling! And it did, although the first article has some harsh words that people found racist, but I got the Idea, I read simple, stupid words with no filter… The second one is just pretentious I could not know what the writer wants exactly…

Last but not least I would like to say something for the Syrians, since most comments on the annahar article came from Syrians… All Lebanese, with no exception, are bothered by your presence, no exception no matter who tells you otherwise. That’s the bitter truth, and you know it. Some of the Lebanese hold it in their heart, and some others express it with the ugliest way possible. Some of you however are not that sad of being in Lebanon, since they think that Lebanon is a legit part of Syria. But you need to find a way to make this temporary stay as smooth as possible, you want to keep as many Lebanese as patient as possible, most of them did not forget your involvement in the Lebanese war. But patience has a limit, do not provide a breaking point to anybody, not by confronting a journalist who just got fed up, not by attacking Said Akl moments after his death, certainly not by treating Lebanese as a lower level of humans than you are… Understand us when someone snaps because we are really fed up, we can’t kick you out, we can’t kill you, we can’t harm you, because we are humans, all we can do is vent a little every now and then, so please understand us so we can remain good neighbors after you go back home.

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So, I was having this Idea of creating my own blog to spill my mind every once in a while on it… What bothers me the most is not the situation in Lebanon and what is happening in Lebanon, but the reactions that follows. My reaction was simple, quietly immigrate to Canada, I am not asking anybody to react the same way I did. My reaction came to efficiently improve my own life since it was nearly impossible to improve the country. It is hard to aim improvement on the problem, when the problem is in fact the people who react. But hey it’s the beginning of the year and I don’t have a resolution yet, so what the heck! let my resolution be to start this crappy blog already and start fanatically attacking those pretensions bloggers who have been on my nerves for a while now, and not to forget of course the media. I am not a great writer, but I believe that.. okay sorry I promised you of porn and instead i was writing gibberish…

So, I came across this article when i was randomly browsing (don’t forget to come back and read the rest of my article when you read the other… Please): http://ginosblog.com/2015/01/02/pornhubs-number-1-porn-star-is-now-lebanese-born-and-bred/

And now I know that there is  Lebanese born and bred porn star who is ranked nb1 on pornhub. Yea yea we all like porn nobody is lying, well at least the guys do. But that’s not a problem. The problem is the article itself, Gino is promoting for porn here! the guy got excited! So much excited that a 5 min session of hitting the pole wasn’t enough for him, he was so proud, happy and excited that he had to blog about it! that’s the ultimate climax! It’s the same as if he clicked that “share” button on the porn video, you know that share button that we all make fun off? well the guy actually promoted a porn actress!
Ouf! That was too much for me to handle… Okay okay, i’m not gonna lie I did my search as everybody did… And I was curious about the tweeter profile… Holy crap! Gino is there too! The guy is sucking up her ass! I have no idea what kind of fantasy this guy is thinking he can bring into reality! It’s a good thing to have a porn star as an acquaintance…

So now I know what’s about this article, It’s not about being free to do whatever with their body, nor about the da3ech-mentality that is slowly taking over… All that is bullshit! It is simply for the writer to touch base with a porn star! So I have nothing to say more or to argue, except one question… I wonder how Gino will feel if his Sister, Mother or cousin is a porn star, or perhaps he would prefer to marry one and let her raise his kids, I don’t need an answer, it will be for him to think about it…

All of this made me think about something… I have seen naked women more than all of my ancestors combined! And actually I prefer the wisdom, simplicity and tranquility of my grandfather over my own mind and personality… I wonder maybe it would have done us good not to have easy access and exposure to porn!

We all want to bang a porn star… But we all know we are going to have a bad time keeping porn away from our kids for the longest time possible.

Update: Apparently “A seperate state of mind” joined the campaign bashing Nemer Abou Nassar on their way… First of all, Nemer has the right to express himself the way he wants, he is the most person away from hypocricy I know. For the record, well written article by “A seperate state of mind”, but the hit on Nemer was cheap, low and not in it’s place, not as much as using NSFW images… Stay classy:) Here is a link of the article http://stateofmind13.com/2015/01/03/hijabi-porn-and-national-anthem-pride-lebanons-new-joy-1-porn-star-mia-khalifa/