Monday, May 14, 2012

Utterly attrocious behavior.

I'd like to state that as a person with personal experience in Guantanamo Bay who currently now lives and works in the Middle East I find the behavior of this defense attorney absolutely appalling.  (Note: the offending act was also reported on in the May 13 edition of the Stars and Stripes, pg 21)  If you had caught me an hour ago this would have been nothing but a string of obscenities approximately the length of your leg detailing all of the awful things I wish would happen to this horribly confused, irreparably politically correct person.

Instead, I'll briefly summarize my thoughts.  I have walked into mosques with my ankles hanging out and probably a little cleavage (but my head was covered) and I have had the pleasure to work with a number of incredibly devout Muslims.  None of them.  NOT A SINGLE ONE has ever accused me of being disrespectful or has requested that I dress differently for the sake of their religion.  You want to know why?  Because they respect me too.  As soon as those heinous, evil, soulless men begin to respect the other people in that courtroom instead of silently wishing they could find a way to kill them all... then those people should begin to be concerned with that they're wearing around the detainees.

In the mean time, please feel free to go screw yourself into oblivion you horrible, awful American.  That is all.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Facts? Who needs facts?

This is an article about the true state of our current tax system.  The aricle shows, through quantitative research, that 50% of the American tax-paying population doesn't actually pay any taxes.  Which means I can prove, through complete conjecture and guessing, that 100% of the people whining about taxes don't pay any. 

So all of the occupiers, welfare recipients, WIC beneficiaries, medicare patients, and so on and so forth pay nothing at all.  In fact, we have successfully turned the IRS into a "spending agency".  "Close to a hundred billion in checks sent out by the IRS (go) to folks who have no tax liability," McBride  said. "So the IRS is becoming a spending agency."

And before someone rolls their eyes and says, "McBride? They picked some random dude I've never heard of to quote... *pssssssh*"  This guy is an economist featured in a long list of peer-reviewed publications who has a really great beard.  More specifically a lot of his articles disspell the general myths, propogated by liberals and anti-fiscal-conservative doomsday criers, that are eaten up by the media. 

Go read the article and then the rest of Mr. McBride's publications and the next time you think "man, Apple and Google and Rupert Murdoch should have to pay all the taxes!  I'm getting bamboozled!"  look at your tax refund from last year and shut up.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Homophobes, racists and liars.

Please feel free to sort through the comments below this article.  They are equal parts rational thoughts, name calling and vitriol. 

I'm not going to spend much time elaborating on this because well, it doesn't deserve it.  What I would like to point out though is that no one can say anything with someone telling them they're (insert negative descriptor here) except for the people who are spewing the negative descriptors... they get a free pass. 

Say what you mean, mean what you say and own it. We've got enough liars, rascists and homophobes as it is... the last thing we need are cowards.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Counter Revolution

The Pearl at Night
Qatar recently withdrew the liquor license for a free area, The Pearl, where expats would go to have dinner and a glass of wine/cold beer/fruity cocktail.  It's a residential, shopping and restaurant filled area that, up until about a month ago, was a favorite for just about everyone from West of Istanbul (Not Constantinople).  You can read up on all of the details here.  "Here" just so happens to be a link to the Wall Street Journal that discusses how the surging wave of western culture across the Middle East is being challenged by the Wahhabi counter-revolution.

I live here.  I work here.  I would venture to say that 90% of the people I work with or that we have as clients are expatriates.  I don't think its a good thing to take away something that most of those people would describe as a necessary part of their quality of life.

I also don't think its a good idea to be so short sighted that you can't see the forest for the trees.  Did the Qataris really think they could have restaurants, and bars that serve alcohol and not have the expats get ridiculous and some locals so tempted they can't resist?  Have they never been to London on a Friday night?  Or known an Australian on any given weekday?

There is no counter-revolution.  There is a bunch of men with power shooting themselves in the foot.  You can't have the World Cup and Wahhabi-ism too.  They just don't jive.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Jumping on the bandwagon.

Good morning (my time), ladies and gents.  Happy New Year!  It's that time of year again.  The time of the year where I jump on the age-old bandwagon and promise to write more often, consume fewer calories, actually see the inside of a gym, worry less and pray more.

So in the spirit of fairness (to myself) instead of doing six things at once I'm going to focus on two - writing more and worrying less/praying more. 

New Year's Eve in Qatar was anticlimactic.  All of the NYE parties around here are three or four course dinners help at five star hotels with a champagne toast at midnight.  While that sounds very grown-up and posh and everything two of my siblings are in town and buying 500 Qatari Riyal tickets to these things gets expensive.  Also, we felt like dancing the night away.  Unfortunately, neither was achieved.   We got dressed up and went to a party in our compound and played pub-games on teams (UK vs. the World). Again, unfortunately, the UK won (there are a lot more of them than there are of us).  But William and I made an excellent contribution and won all three of our areas.

Conversely, National Day (December 18th) was awesome.  The Qataris were in true form with Land Cruisers painted like the Qatari flag and covered in glitter, Maserati's with heart stickers all over them, the Emir's face plastered everywhere, and toddlers held high on the roof's of moving vehicles all in honor of the country's founding.  A lot of the expat's we spoke to warned us to "stay away from the Corniche [Qatar's main drag]" or "don't even bother going out".  But we went out, had no problem getting there and finding a spot, thoroughly enjoyed tea at the Four Seasons and then saw the greatest fireworks display of our lives.  I'm so glad we took absolutely none of their advice.

We're still thankful for the experiences we get to have here, and Qatar is still very enjoyable though its getting harder and harder to stay optimistic.  It seems like all that anybody wants to do is be as hateful of Americans as they possibly can, and then turn around and put on their Aviators and leather jackets so they look like they're in Top Gun, drive GMC's and listen to our music (Euro-Pop isn't all that popular around here... it's all Katy Perry and Lady Gaga).  The hypocrisy of it is stifling.  Half of the guys are in love with LeBron James and the other half can't get enough of The Situation.  Part of me wishes there was a better part of American culture for them to be obsessed with and the other part wishes they'd just leave it all alone and stick to looking/being/sounding like themselves instead of Americans.  Though, once the argument in my head finally gets down to the point, they hate us because they want to be us so badly... so as far as I'm concerned, I'm the luckiest girl in the world.

Again, Happy New Year everybody.  Here's to seeing you on the regular.