Tuesday, February 05, 2008

All Smiles

Apologies for holding your comments on the previous post hostage.. I set the moderation feature and forgot about having to actually.. well.. "moderate".
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Reasons to smile tonight:
.reason one

reason two
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Wish them both luck.
Sweet dreams.
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Lucky Start - Madonna
The "T" is struck out thank you Bibi :P

32 comments:

kila ma6goog said...

عاش علي و عاش بو علي

Hasan.B said...

Lets hope they both succeed!

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the first one. But here is something about the second one:

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6619.shtml

nino said...

yessss WE CAN!!

حمودي said...

اي والله انا اليوم صج فرحت اول ماياني المسج

Abdullah said...

ohooooo.. i thought u became a Paul girl! :P
yalla ba3ad shensawwy..

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and yeah..
long live 3li alrashed!!!

فريج سعود said...

Reason three i am here

Ms. Baker said...

Allaaah, aghanee 6ufooltee :) Vintage Madonna is the best ("Burning Up" is another amazing one). Your song reminds me of the gazillions of black leather and thin black rubber bracelets I used to own... and the black nail polish I wore only on the weekends because I was a boring teenage goody-goody at school and had to keep up appearances....

Yaaay Barack!

P.S. Did I tell you I am a registered US voter? And that I get to cast my absentee ballot from here come election time? (ya3ni perks ;P ) Can't wait, this election has me sitting on the edge of my seat...it just gets better and better...

White Wings said...

i demand a woman's picture as a smile stimulator
yea, i am sexist :)
من أمس وأنا على كلاود ناين من خبر الراشد
قاعدة أبخر وأحرمل وأحوقل...حوقلي معي وفقك الله

Shurouq said...

Kila Ma6goog
خبري ينقال له بو رأفت

Hasan. B
عسى :)

Anonymous
Sadly, when it comes to Israel, you won't see them shifting their policies any time soon.. Aren't we (Arabs) partially responsible?

Here's how I see it in short:
The change we look for is a long term endeavor, and Obama is more likely to take the first step than his fellow candidates.

Having said that, no one is perfect.

Nino
:)

حمودي
شعار حملتنا: أوباما والراشد.. معاً لمستقبل أفضل

lol Abdullah
Did I hear you say long live Obama?

Allah yahdeek inshalla :P

فريج سعود
ما يبيله

Hehe Ms. Baker
No American blood in my family, I was never that interested in American elections, yet this time I so want to vote Obama. Khalas, you be my delegate :*

White wings
You can always look at my profile pic :P

آنا ما وصلت كلاود ناين بس كانت بلاعيمي تعورني، سمعت الخبر حسيت شوي صرت أحسن

Amethyst said...

3ali ElRashed will not be shot in the head, so yay!;p

Good luck to Obama:)

The Simper said...

i.support.AR

and also, i.support.HC ;) without a link :P

shosho said...

I have this big smile on my face since yesterday and it doesn't seem to be fading away any time soon and despite the skeptics.

:D

It's so refreshing to hear a sensible and familiar voice coming from our parliament - I never thought I would live long enough to witness that.

الله يعافي الراشد و ينصره و يفرحه مثل ما فرحنا

Anonymous said...

Shurouq,

Obama, Clinton, McCain, Republicans, Democrats, etc are different only in names and faces. Other than that they all serve the interests of the Plutocracy. Here is more on Obama (not that I am picking on him, but I can't see anything special about him):

http://www.counterpunch.org/taylor06232007.html

http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair07042007.html

Anonymous said...

طبعا اكيد علي


يعيش

لكن مو علي الي يلقح

النخل

والله ما عرفنالك

تعليقك عند بزون

تطنز عليه وهنيه

عاش علي

العصا بامطقوق اتعب اذا انمسكت

من النص

وحبلك قصير

ولكن مع الاسف شروق معطيتك

مساحه تخدع بها القراء

شكرا

Ms. Baker said...

Anonymous- Regardless, Obama is still a politician accustomed and trained in the US political game and US foreign policy has not deviated much from it's historical roots with regard to Israel and the Palestinians.

Politics is politics. It makes strange bedfellows and usually goes to bed with the same old bedfellows. The force, history, momentum and reality of US politics will always be greater than whoever its current current head of state is or will be.

However, Obama is a cleaner politician much more removed from the usual political establishment who embodies far more potential and hope that little steps for change will be taken in a more positive direction for the US and it's international foreign policy. And I believe that in the long term, that includes far more positive effort made on the US's stance towards the completely unacceptable humanitarian plight of the Palestinian people. It should occur by default because of who this man is by nature.

Let's not kid ourselves and think any US president present or future is going to eschew a policy that disfavors or disregards Israel. It's a reality that one must accept of any potential US leader, regardless of political affiliation.

Ms. Baker said...

Sorry, make that *embraces a policy that disfavors or disregards* forgot to edit!

Ms. Baker said...

Ok Shurouq, since you got me on a roll with the whole vintage 80's and childhood music thing, these are for you :)

David Bowies so very addictive and cool China Girl

Blondie's amazing Heart of Glass which I turn up full blast when it comes on in my car
(Blondie's Debbie Harry is the reason Madonna was who she was in the 80's, and is the original wearer of black nail polish)

Prince's very sweet and funky I Wanna Be Your Lover from his very first album ever. It is an all time favorite - sorry for the slightly risque lyrics which are actually quite clean compared to today's shocking standards.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Baker,

"Obama is a cleaner politician much more removed from the usual political establishment who embodies far more potential and hope that little steps for change will be taken in a more positive direction for the US and it's international foreign policy."

How do you know that he is "cleaner" or different from the rest of the political establishment in America? Last year he suggested that the US must be willing to bomb Pakistan (fighting this invisible enemy called Al-Qaida!). He also suggested that the use of military force should not be taken off the table when dealing with Iran. But he is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Il & Hugo Chavez. Don't you think that this a classic form hypocrisy and double standards that characterizes the US foreign policy? What makes Kim Jung Il different than Ahmadinejad? And then there is this one: Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel (April 2007)!!

Bottom line: Obama is just another American president. Only difference is that he has a black face! I'll leave you with this:

http://members.aol.com/bblum6/aer54.htm (Click on the Feb 8, 2008 article)

Thanks to Shurouq for allowing us to have a healthy exchange of ideas on her blog. Salute!

Mok said...

الاخت شروق وزوار المدونة :)

نبي ندعمكم

http://shrqawi-mok.blogspot.com

Ms. Baker said...

Anonymous-

First - I would hardly call Al-Qaeda and those who fall under their umbrella by association an "invisible threat". Violent religious fundamentalism based on skewed dogma and policies of inhumane violence which are backed by lots of cash and its ready, willing, and able believers stupefied illusions of divine reward - as well as their conviction in their impunity and immunity from divine retribution, is hardly benign and righteous. I am someone who myself helped to prevent a loved one from falling into the hands of one of the groups from which 2 of the 9-11 pilots came from ( and believe me, it was a close call and an ideological tug of war which included staging an intervention with his family to remove him physically from the location and away from the mosque he was in in 1998) so I feel like I personally can say I know a little of what I am talking about when it comes to such people.

No offense, but if I were the leader of a country as large and powerful as the US who had the burden of being assigned the role of world policeman, I would be a fool to not consider the unfortunate and terrible possibility of having to use military force on rogue and erratically unpredictable countries who would not hesitate to strike out at me if they have the opportunity. No such thing as a Utopian society devoid of force or might, my dear anonymous. We can sit here and say or write all these lovely words and have these highly charged discussions and decry how morally wrong it is to have weaponry and use force and how wrong wars are, but the truth is that that is the way it is, has been, and how it always will be. It is the reality of the world we MUST live in. The point is to not BE SO TRIGGER READY TO GO TO WAR AND USE MILITARY FORCE UNILATERALLY BY MEANS OF ANY AVAILABLE EXCUSE WITHOUT AN INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS AND ATTEMPT TO DIPLOMATICALLY RESOLVE THE CONFLICT FIRST.

To quote Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick". Wiser words were never said and are highly pertinent to todays world.

Now, this does not mean I am unaware and ignorant of the grave injustices and wrongs that much of the US's foreign policy has historically instigated. You will find many native US residents and citizens who would be ashamed of the harm their country's foreign policy has done to others, including the Palestinians. I personally know more than a few Jewish Americans who themselves strongly object to what is being done to the Palestinian people by Israel.

Please note: I am not a Republican or a Democrat. In fact, I am actually an independent ( a registered one too, lucky me I get to double-dip electorally as I mentioned ;P)

With regard to Kim Jong-il: he is not much different than Ahmedinejad perhaps, except that his country is much weaker and his people are starving. People need food and clothes and schools to keep them alive and human, not the obstinate and foolhardy boorishness of their dictator who takes pride in defiance in the face of his broken people's great suffering.

On Obama: Yes, most likely and generally speaking, he will be not too much different than any other US president and really, this election race is showing itself to truly be one where sex or race has no bearing. His record and previously documented stances as a US senator speaks for itself as precedent and indication of his potential in being a far more tolerant and politically enlightened leader for the US. Do I need to actually say "George W. Bush" to remind you that at this point, anyone other than him will be a blessing? Again, there are certain policies which the US will never abandon in full because of who the US people are and again, because of historic political alliances and the strategic usefulness of these policies. I don't think anyone is dumb enough to believe that any country - let alone the US - does something purely out of idealistic selflessness. There is always strategy at hand, and that is how it has always has been over the eons with any ruling or dominating power.

I could not read your article BTW, I could not access the one you pointed to at the site.

Anyway, I have obnoxiously written and said far too much here in Shurouqs comment section, but she and other Kuwaiti bloggers already know from years of past experience how I can blather on forever. Lucky for me she is always very patient and very nice about it :)

(Sorry Shurouq, sij garegt 3la raasich on this post!)

Papillona ® said...

Shurouq,

Watch this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

I want to vote OBAMA and I'm Kuwaiti

MARSHAL Q8 said...

والله العظيم رد الدم بعروقنا :)

ورد الروح فينا ...

الله يوفقك يا الراشد

Anonymous said...

My dear fellow citizen, Ms. Baker:

I, too, am a registered independent voter though I don't participate in the charade, or circus if you will, called elections because it is about maintaining the status quo. At any rate:

- We will have to disagree on this one, but as far as Al-Qaida is concerned, I still maintain it is an invisible enemy, and, I must add, a very convenient enemy. It was used to justify the invasion of Iraq (where there was no Al-Qaida) , and it is still being used to justify the continuation of the brutal occupation of that unfortunate country. It is also being used to justify domestic surveillance and spying on US citizens, and to justify the building of new military bases abroad (the African Command is the latest of such entities). I remember during the seventies and the eighties the enemy was International Communism, and that invisible enemy was used to justify the huge military expenditure and the aggressive interventionist policies of Reagan, and his fanatics, in Latin America and elsewhere. In fact, while he was bombing Nicaragua, and invading Grenada, he was entertaining Hikmatyar, Abdelrasull Sayaf, and many other Afghan drug lords in the White House and comparing them to the founding fathers of the US (who were criminals in their own way!). I am not suggesting that fundamentalism and fanaticism are not real threats to civil society. I see those reactionaries and fanatics every day, but I wouldn't bomb them or bomb their people. What your personal story is showing is that fundamentalism can be confronted and challenged by people like you and me. Creating enemies (whether real or imaginary) will lead to more grievances, hatred, and fanaticism. Polices, after all, have consequences.

- "No offense, but if I were the leader of a country as large and powerful as the US who had the burden of being assigned the role of world policeman, I would be a fool to not consider the unfortunate and terrible possibility of having to use military force on rogue and erratically unpredictable countries who would not hesitate to strike out at me if they have the opportunity. ..." No offense to you, but who assigned this role to the US?! Who decides what country is a rogue state?!
You are right, there is no such thing as Utopia. But at the same time, might is not right because if it is, then Hitler is right, Saddam is right, Pol Pot is right, Pinochet, and so on.

- "To quote Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick". Wiser words were never said and are highly pertinent to todays world. " Wiser words indeed, but from an imperialist. (http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo106.html, http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo50.html)

- "With regard to Kim Jong-il: he is not much different than Ahmedinejad perhaps, except that his country is much weaker and his people are starving. ..." My original point was that unlike Bush, Obama is willing to talk to Kim Jung Il (by the way, even the Bush administration is dealing N. Korea regarding their nuclear program). But LIKE Bush, he is willing to bomb Iran. Where is the difference?! Should the Iranians go through starvation to have some one talk to their dictator instead of bombing them?!

- " ... His record and previously documented stances as a US senator speaks for itself as precedent and indication of his potential in being a far more tolerant and politically enlightened leader for the US." Can you give me some examples of his record and documented stances as a US senator that distinguish him from the rest of his peers?

- "Do I need to actually say "George W. Bush" to remind you that at this point, anyone other than him will be a blessing?" George W. Bush is irrelevant. He can't run for president any more. The question is: will the person replacing pull out of Iraq, repeal the infamous Patriot Act, repeal the tax cuts for the super rich, restore habeas corpus and the rule of law, outlaw torture, etc?

- "... there are certain policies which the US will never abandon in full because of who the US people are ..." I think it should read: there are certain policies which the US will never abandon in full because of who the US "corporations" are. US policies have nothing to do ordinary Americans.

- "I don't think anyone is dumb enough to believe that any country - let alone the US - does something purely out of idealistic selflessness. There is always strategy at hand, and that is how it has always has been over the eons with any ruling or dominating power. " I couldn't agree more! Naom Chomsky argued once that the US political parties are two factions of one business party. This makes Obama, McCain, Clinton, Bush, etc comrades not rivals, and that's my argument.

Ms. Baker, I really enjoyed having this discussion with you. Unfortunately I don't have a blog of my own. Maybe we can meet some day in sunny San Diego (my home for the last 30 years), and continue this exchange of ideas. By the way, the article that you could not open is located at www.killinghope.org. If you still can't open it, then it could be blocked at your end.

Shurouq, special thanks for your tolerance. Salute!

مــعـــارض said...

تحترق القلوب، وتدمع العيون... ولا تزال كويتنا تنزف من غزاة التخلّف

آن الأوان لنهضة "كويتية" صادقة وأصيلة لردع زمن القردة الذين غزوا الكويت الجميلة بثقافتها وفنها ورياضتها وتعليمها واقتصادها وعاداتها وتقاليدها ودينها وشعبها... وريادتها

Bad-Ran said...

me no english .. me english, me this ?!

Ms. Baker said...

Hi Anonymous :) -

Oh, how my hand itches to write out another epic length comment as I sit here at my desk at work oblivious to the variously droll chores I have in hand, LOL! But if I do, we will go on forever. So for the sake of graciousness and good manners, I will restrain myself from turning Shurouq's Al-Rashed and Obama + Madonna post into the everlasting US election saga of Ms. B vs. Anonymous ;P

Instead, I will give my thanks and say that it has been a pleasure engaging you in this hearty and most informative public tete a tete, and express my respect for your energetic, knowledgeable and apparently formidable intelligence with regard to the politics of US foreign policy. In view of this, I would emphatically encourage you to exercise your right as a citizen and vote for whomever you think may be the best person in the upcoming election in spite of your misgivings about the whole process and the result. Why not? There is nothing to lose and you may find an unexpected satisfaction in having done so :) My regards to the beautiful San Diego, a magical city I associate with one of my fondest childhood memories of getting splashed by Shamu the Orca whale (poor thing- I no longer believe in and abhor zoos where animals that belong in the wild are imprisoned for our entertainment) and touching the dolphins at Seaworld, as well as having one of the best burgers of my childhood there too...

Ya Shurouq, fite7tay il-baab 3layna ishway to be nice and we flung it wide open. Thank you for putting up with it :*

يعقووبوو said...

اشصاير؟
ترى ما اقرى جرايد (:
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تم تغيير رابط المدونة وذلك بسبب
تطفل بعض الاصدقاء و زملاء العمل عليها
http://jacoQ8.blogspot.com

والحاضر يعلم الغايب (:

ButterFlier said...

حبيب بوفيصل

و حبيب بو سند

;p

Anonymous said...

اين انتي من حدث

الكلب ...مغنيه

كان من الممكن يكون

اي قريب لك في الطائره

اخوك او والدك اوالوالده

الاجرام لا ينسكت عنه

وعزوفج عن التعليق لحدث

مقتل مجرم مثل مغنيه
غير مقبول !

وانا متاكد انك ضد المتاسلمين

ولا تعطي فرصه للمتربصين

ان يتهموك بالطائقيه

ولك رايك

الف شكر

DiLLi O MiLLi said...

Both are Sweet "DREAMS"!

:)

Q8Sky said...

لا ياشروق ماتوقعتها منج عاد أوباما ، والله حسافه الحين طاف هيلاري بالـdelegates بس اذا صارت وفاز اوباما فأتمنى انه McCain يعرفله