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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, May 27, 2005

Conversations, conversations

*Me and Sally talking yesterday!* Me: I need to get drunk tonight. I am feeling depressed Sally: Why? What's wrong? Me: Well, it's the referendum thing. (confused silence) Have you read my blog Today? Sally: Nope! Me: Well, it went badly. NDP people attacked Kifaya demonstrators, some of them were police in civilian cloths; they attacked foreign press people, and beat up women and tore their cloths off. It was nasty. Sally: Well! Ehh, what did you expect? I mean , did you expect it to go smoothly and for it to be really democratic and stuff? Come on, you know better then that. Me: No, no, I didn’t expect it to go smoothly. I knew that shit like that was gonna happen. It's just… Sally: What? Me: They beat up women. They beat them up and tore up their cloths . That never happened here before. I mean, this is Egypt, we don’t do things like that to women in public. It was never this low, you know? And that's what's depressing me. You know? Sally: I know.. I know!

*Me and Emi walking from Sequoia to the car last week* Emi: Yes, I am a socialist democrat, and I am proud to be. I even worked for Paul Wellstone. How do you like that Mr. Heartless libertarian man? Me: you worked for Paul Wellstone? Really? Isn’t that the dude that died? Emi: Yes, and I even worked on the Mondale Campaign. Me: Mondale? The geezer? really? LoL. Emi: Don't smirk like that. We are right and you are wrong, and one day everyone will know it. Me: Oh, really. Ok. Hold on one second. (Calling for the kid walking behind us) Yanz, Yanz. Come here for a second. (He comes over) Yanz, this is Emi. Emi, this is Yanz. Yanz is from East Germany, so he lived half of his life under communism, and the other half he has been living in unified Germany as its government became more and more socialist, so you can say he knows all about this from First-hand experience. Yanz, Emi is a socialist and she thinks everyone should become socialist. You two talk now. ( I ran forward, and I almost fell on the floor laughing when I heard Yanz scream..) Yanz: COMMMIEEEEEEEE!
*Me and My Aunt today* Aunt: Did you hear? They announced the results of the referendum. 83% said yes, not like before when it was like 97% and 98%. This means this thing was legitimate. I am so glad. Me: Allright, I will ignore the legitimate part this time and let's assume that 83% really said yes. 83% of what exactly? Do you know? Aunt: 83% of the people who voted. Me: well, how many are those exactly? Do you know? Aunt: to be honest, No! Me: OK, there was 53% turn out in this referendum, so the 83% you are referring to is 83% of the 53% turn out. You follow me so far? Ok. In this referendum the government says that there was 23 Million registered voters, because most of us couldn’t get registered anyway, and 53% of those 23 Million showed up at the polls. Out of those 53% who showed up, 83% voted yes. So in Reality, its more like 9 million people saying yes, and speaking for the 72 million of Egyptians in this country. That's slightly more the 10 % of the population deciding for the rest. Aunt: Oh. Me: It doesn’t look that good when I put it this way, huh?
I need to take a break from politics, cause I talk about it way too much. Hmm…


At 5/27/2005 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

I quit politics. It's like being a huge fan of a sports team that never, ever wins. Hell, a sports team that doesn't even play games.

At 5/27/2005 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Josie said...

Jeff, lol. So true!

I'm glad you didn't get hit by a car or anything Sam, as you wandered about the city streets in a drunken stupor.

But I'm so sorry about what happened... and honestly, I mean.... some of my friends were talking so highly of Mubarak & his work toward democracy, so I just don't know it seems like they just don't want to think about what happened, or what it means. Maybe I don't either.

At 5/27/2005 04:31:00 PM, Blogger J. Francis Lehman said...

The Yanz story made me laugh out loud. I loooove debating against American leftists with people around who've lived under communism & socialism in Europe and the former Soviet Bloc countries. They don't care one bit if American liberals like them; they tell it like it is, and openly say "boy, you people are stupid!! You don't know what it's really like to be in a socialist or communist country, or you wouldn't say such stupid stuff." It's entirely too much fun.

At 5/27/2005 11:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, you'll never quit talking about politics!!

At 5/27/2005 11:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, if Egypt "craps out" you are welcome to sit at my bar. You have a great blog, sorry the country is in a bad spot. Either way, "take it easy" this like all things will pass.

At 5/28/2005 04:55:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Jeff, i hear that!

Jan: I know. It's like an addiction. I should start a Politicalholics anonymous or something.

Anon: Dude, send me the address to that bar, cause i might just take you up on that offer!

At 5/28/2005 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...


Dude...we need to find you job that only you can fill in the US. If it exists, you know you can get a work visa.

I was cruising around the net last night and saw what I thought was a perfect opportunity. but part of the job requires US citizenship, three years in the country and denouncing your previous citizenship if an immigrant.

Plus surviving a huge background check and drug testing.

They make things so damned hard. LOL

Anyway, was thinking about you dude.

Keep up the fight. I know it's a pain, but it's worth it.


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