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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

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Conversation: NDP Mom on Condi

*My NDP mom was one of the people that met with Condi during her visit to Cairo yesterday. When she called me to tell me about it to try to break the ice between us (I have been really mad at her for not demanding an investigation into what happend to the women at the referendum) the following exchange took place!* Mom: So i met Condi today! Me: Did you now? So how was it? Did you get to talk to her at all? Mom: No. Not really. Just said hi. You know that she looks much better in person then she does in pictures? Her lips are a lot smaller! Me: Hmm... really? What does that have to do with anything? Mom: Well, nothing really. Anyway. She was very well spoken, and her answers to people's questions were very diplomatic and not combative at all as it was known about her. Me: Mom, she is a Diplomat. ehh.. anyway! What did she say? Mom: Well, her speech was nice and productive. No insulting of the regime or anything like that. She spoke about how the whole Koran mishandeling thing was something the US took very seriously and was not happy about . When someone pressed her on the humanatarian situation of the palestinian children she acknoweldged that it's bad and said that the US hasn't been doing enough about it and will be in the future. Very very smart Lady. Me: Mom. Of course she is smart. Woman is a prodigy, she got her PHD when she was like 19. It's why she got the job she has. Mom: Well, she sure didn't get it because of her looks. Me: Oh my god. You are horrible! Mom: Hehehehehe.


Sigh....

24 Comments:

At 6/21/2005 04:28:00 AM, Blogger Kelli said...

lol, thats hysterical. That sounds like something my father would say. And I can't believe I'm still up at 1:30am reading your blog.

 
At 6/21/2005 05:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better get used to looking at Condi--she may be the next President of the United States. I'd vote for her.

 
At 6/21/2005 05:20:00 AM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

we must admit the woman has gorgeous legs...that said, i did not go the the AUC talk, was drowned with work here..but from what i heard-While condi delivered the same ol' crap--in terms of content, however, the delivery was surprinsingly soft and tender non-agressive-the kind of that delivered by the other body snatchers in the administration..i do not know if it was meant as a barb or it was an innocent statement but it was kind of amusing Quote " And American presidents since Ronald Reagan have benefited from the wisdom and the counsel of President Mubarak, with whom I had the pleasure of meeting earlier today." Hummm..four presidents some with second terms and the guy here is still at it...

 
At 6/21/2005 06:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't she's ugly at all. I sure hope I look that good when I'm her age!

 
At 6/21/2005 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

Egyptian mothers are the shit! My moms a lot like that too. Anyway hate to disappoint but your info is a bit off. Condi got her PhD at 27. She graduated at 21, did a one year masters program at Notre Dame and got that at 22. She is a smart girl though...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/ricebio.html

 
At 6/21/2005 10:26:00 AM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

Hey Hey Hey Karim Z Sahy..how dare u.."egyptian mothers are the shit" what a F sweeping statement, i am an Egyptian mother..and am raising a reble with/without a cause..actually among the few things i pride myself with it the raising of my little mouse....so take it back..but i must admit they also have a long way to go...but "the shit" too strong of a statement.

 
At 6/21/2005 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Lucky Mom!

She sounds hilarious--and that's exactly the kind of thing my own mother would say.

 
At 6/21/2005 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

Me, myself, and I, you completely misunderstood! “The shit” is just slang for “the best”… honest. OK, poor choice of words maybe, but I would never disrespect Egyptian mothers like that (more so because they scare me a little ;). Haha and certainly not my own!

 
At 6/21/2005 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The slang "the shit" was invented by creative youth in American inner cities. An example would be the following: "Man your Ferrari F40 is the shit". This means that your Ferrari F40 is an exceptionally nice automotive conveyance.

What I like about Condi's statement is that she stated that the USA's Middle Eastern policy is no longer geared towards Stability first and Democracy second. The USA policy is now first Democracy in the Middle East and second stability. She stated it better than I did though.

Dan

 
At 6/21/2005 04:11:00 PM, Anonymous PE said...

HAHAHAHA....Your mother is hilarious

 
At 6/21/2005 05:49:00 PM, Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

“The USA policy is now first Democracy in the Middle East and second stability”

Rather precarious don’t you think Dan? These are our lives man. Before you get into the great benefits of democracy and the sacrifice necessary to attain it think about it for a minute man.

Oh, and thanks for helping me clear up the whole “the shit” thing.

 
At 6/21/2005 06:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karim...Well, when people are so angry over there that they are blowing people up...or flying into buildings...

There is no choice...because that kind of thing will only get worse.

thinker

PS: Condi plays the piano and speaks Russian and some French.

 
At 6/21/2005 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

Hey Karim...Peace then..so Shit is sort of along the lines of "You'r baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad" got it now. Are re US policy, I think it is totally confused, and in flux. yep there is a realization that stability that they have been after is not in the bests instreat of the US..that said, am not sure they are for democracy either with all what the words means and the mess, chaos and dawshaa that it entails..i belive they are more into soft authoritarianism..with the main structures, faces, players etc in place but with more openings in the public space..they are not ready to dump them men here..but at the same time they are opening up more and more to talk and attempt to support albeit in a measured way not upsetting the big picture.those who are willing to talk to them (sans the MBrothers of course at least overtly..who knows..that is another confused situation)..by the way i do not mind america acting to the best of its interest, Egypt and any other country should..but what i can ot stand is the hypocracy and calling a spade something else..do not take the moral high way why you are screwing someone in the ass..go for the biblical position..more honrouble..Finally if shit is what it means in the context u used it them....I AM SHIT...

 
At 6/21/2005 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Condi is one of the most brilliant women around. I'm really proud to have her representing us abroad.

The simple fact is, we can't change everything overnight. We'll do what we can do and hope that the next person who becomes president will continue Bushs policies.

I don't think anyone outside of American can possibly understand what happened here on 9-11. Most people think "OK, some buildings got hit and some people died, they'll get over it". But we won't.

 
At 6/21/2005 10:09:00 PM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

Hey Tina...believe it we understand, or at least many of us do...and speaking for myself, while not the bit condoning what happened and or accepting it...i just understand where these guys are coming from...what these guys have done, and by no means it is accpetable, is similar to a great extend to the rouge actions of the US outside its boundries..well the US sometimes use others to carryout its policies, that said it does not make it less responsible...true it does great deeds, but the other deeds do not go unnoticed here and in other places too

 
At 6/21/2005 10:57:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Condi is the best looking Secretary of State we ever had! Did you ever see Madeline Albright? She used to scare people. I can't believe people make fun of our wonderful Secretary of State. You'd rather have George Shultz?

Your Mom seems very funny, SM... I don't think I'd want to be on her bad side.

BTW, I don't think the US favors "soft" dictatorship. Real democracy would be much better, for us and for everybody. What happened in Iran when the Shah fell is a lesson that the US will not soon forget, though. The nature of the opposition must always be considered.

 
At 6/21/2005 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me, myself and I...

Your comment is EXACTLY the reason the ME needs free speech. You guys have a really distorted view of what you think we are responsible for. Its close to brainwashing. I know this from being exposed to your media. My word ....it is soooooo distorted.

My Egyptian American friend thought all kinds of crazy stuff when he first moved here.

 
At 6/21/2005 11:17:00 PM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

Hey anonymous..by the way, most if not all my reading and information is based on foreign media, mainly american and UK sourced ..hate to admit that i do not read much or trust much our media either...u are missing the point too..u should not be blinded to the extent of not seeing what America is committing outside it boundries--one needs to be a bit objective here

 
At 6/21/2005 11:52:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

OK, how about we reach a compromise? The US did some bad things, the US did some good things. IMO It does way more good then bad domestically and internationally, which puts it in the Good countries column. Even if you disagree with its methods, you have to agree that its intentions are mainly good.

The problem lies in the fact that we- the rest of the world and half of the american population- are not big on giving the US credit for the good things it does. They only see the bad things. Some people attribute it to hatred of america, others to wanting america to do more good things and there are the few who claim that they are just trying to keep america honest. Either way, some of the criticism is constructive, but the majority of it isn't. The US, at the end of the day, can not perfrom miracles nor solve all of the world's problems, even though it has to deal with and tries to solve the majority of them anyway,which is more then i can say for any other first world country.

This is why the otehr half of the united states takes criticism of the US and how bad and evil it is very personally, because they believe and they know that what the US has to deal with is an unfair and thankless job. People like to criticise the US and its actions, but lets face it, you do not want it to go away. Can you imagine what would happen if the Us says tommorow to the world : "Thank you guys very much for your criticism on how we mess everything up, we are finally listening. We will stop meddling and we will just isolate ourselves, bring all of our troops home and not give a single other country or cause a penny, because we seem to be hated no matter what we do."? Holy shit. I can think of 4 wars off the top of my head that would start immedietly and at least 3 of them would involve nukes. And it wouldn't stop at that and you know it. All the funding that the US provides with it's meddling, all the pressure they exert on some of the world's most unsavory characters, the balancing of power to psycho commie china. All that stuff would be over and done with and the world would probably go to shit. I don't want that, do you?

And hey, if you dislike the US and what it does in the world so much, think of the bright side of having such an "evil enemy": It unites the world against it. It brings people together, alebit in a hateful negative way, but it does bring them together anyway.

MM&I btw, the correct way to say it is "I am the shit" not "I am shit". By being the shit you are special, while being shit is, well, shitty. It's kinda like the british with their Bollocks and dog bollocks,where Bollocks is bad and dog bollocks is good. It's all a lil confusing, i know. Darn kids these days!

Craig, anybody is better then madeline allbright. Anybody. God, do you remember when she danced the macarena in the senate. Yeesh!

 
At 6/22/2005 12:54:00 AM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

I am THE shit..and i love it.

 
At 6/22/2005 03:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SM...Oh. SOOOOOO true!

I'll tell you...Most of the American public is so fed up with the level of criticism that 1/2 wants to stop trying to excercise power overseas on anything...and the other half wants to quit giving foreign aid.

The world sounds like spoiled brats.

Oh...the Anonomous above was me. Sorry I forgot to clarify...

thinker

 
At 6/22/2005 06:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinker,

I'm also fed up with the criticism and I really do want to stop every penny going overseas. The country is in deep debt and there are needy Americans at home. When foreigners are not burning our flag, they are demanding our money.


Sandmonkey,

It's true that during the cold war the US allied itself with some unsavory characters in order to defeat the Soviets. When you have 7000 nukes pointed at your country, your own self preservation takes highest priority. Unfortunately, there is the law of unintended consequences.

The US is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't. The US got condemned for removing a genocidal tyrant like Saddam and also got condemned for not doing anything about the genocide in Rwanda. I'm glad some people understand that the US cannnot fix all of the world's aches and pains even if we wanted too. We are not all powerful and we have enough of our own problems to keep us busy.

Your blog is "the shit". Keep it up.

-Aliandra

 
At 6/22/2005 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your mother knows you well and has a lot of fun pushing your emotional hot buttons. You're her comic relief, which makes you a good son. :)

 
At 6/22/2005 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

me, myself, and I:

The world concentrates on everything bad the US has ever done. They ignore the millions of starving people we have fed, the medicine that we have donated, the children we have sacrificed for people we don't know or owe anything to.

If you constantly criticize your husband for every bad thing he does and never acknowledge anything good, how long do you think it would be before he walked out on you? Yet we're still here.

Like Sam said, if this keeps up we will withdraw within our own borders and lock the door. We have a huge land, full of natural resources and could manage quite well to exist without the world. During WWII the Japanese took the rubber producing countries thinking we could not continue without rubber for tires. Know what we did? We invented nylon tires. The rubber producing countries never recouperated. Oh, they still sell rubber, but never to the level of before the war.

After WWI we got fed up with foreign involvement and withdrew from the world. The result was WWII, the Germans shoving 6 million people into ovens, Stalin slaughtering 22 million of his own people, and on and on and on.

We can't do everything. We can't fix everything, we're not responsible for everything that happens on this planet. We can't eliminate poverty, we can't cure cancer, we can't end all wars or abolish all dictators.

We could use some help here, would you like to help us or continue to throw marbles under our feet while we try to do what we can?

 

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