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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

Monday, February 13, 2006

5 Sightings & 2 realizations

Those are things I saw yesterday in downtown cairo: 1) A new list of danish products getting distributed on the faithful to continue the boycott! 2) A big banner that informs the muslim population that Denmark- all of it apparently- are going to burn the Koran- yet again- this wendsday, and in retaliation we all should fast on Friday and then pray to god against them when we break the fast. (Not kidding!) 3) Two different editions of "Mein Kampf" translated in arabic and published by 2 different publishing houses being sold on the street. 4) "The Portocols of the elders of Zion" Book, translated in arabic of course, and being sold at Madbouly's Bookstore. 5) A car with a giant greenflag covering the back windshield that said "I would give my life for you dear Prophet of God" Realization # 1: We are screwed! Realization # 2: I need a digital camera!

35 Comments:

At 2/13/2006 03:13:00 AM, Anonymous jokerman said...

Sandy
1- Did you go to Madbuli to see the books yourself?
2- Why stress these books when Madbuli have other eye opening titles?
3- I need a digital camera too, any suggestions?

 
At 2/13/2006 03:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both 1 and 2 are precient and correct in my view. Neither the demographics nor the ecomomic outlook bodes well for your area of the world in the near future.

I'm sorry but get out while you can,

thinker

 
At 2/13/2006 03:20:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Jokerman,

1)Yes!
2)Because those are books that are, well, kinda banned everywhere. Or at least not carried by respectable Bookstores anywhere else in the world. Plus, how funny is it that they have 2 translations and 2 editions of Mein Kampf? Why would they even have it? Who would buy it? Are we gonna have neo-nazis in Egypt soon? How would THAT work?
3) I am guessing anything 4-5 megapixels is good. I usually go for sony or HP. If you wanna be mr. super camera dude and have a good 400-500 dollars to waste, get the 7 or 8 megapixels cameras. They are good for even capturing the clogged pores on your face, well, if you have any!

 
At 2/13/2006 03:24:00 AM, Anonymous jokerman said...

Anon
It isgetting worse by the day & im sandy boy knows that.
The Protocol book is a load of rubbish yet many still release it. I guess it is due to the fact that they do not have to have permission or pay rights to publish it & so they make profits out of it while feeding on the political driven anti jewish trend.
I believe some countries can break out from the mould that many will be out into but they must do it now quickly or else get swallowed up.
With what sandy is doing, im afraid its in many ways futile, but one can only do their best, right?

 
At 2/13/2006 03:26:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Ah, at last a retaliatory cartoon. This was my first thought when this started - why don't they just draw cartoons back at Denmark? But it wouldn't work, would it? Europeans would probably just scratch their heads and think, 'that's supposed to make us angry?' Of course, if Arab papers made increasingly desperate attempts to piss us off with cartoons, then that might make us laugh. But it would not make us angry. I've just looked at Wikipedia's Holocaust Denial page. It has a holocaust denial cartoon. And I thought, 'Oh. Ok, then.' The point is, we are not that enamoured of death threats, executions and bombings in our streets. I'm sure Arabs understand. They would make a similar point about Palestine, Iraq etc. But cartoons we can live with. And where were the protests about the Iraq war in the Arab world? That might have been a good reason to boycott all American goods. Don't they realise what fools their leaders are making of them? What are they being told? 'We can't take on America, so we won't even try. But we, all - how many? 250 million? - of us, can take on Denmark. Well, not even Denmark - a few Danish companies, actually. But we might need some help from Pakistan and Indonesia.'

 
At 2/13/2006 03:29:00 AM, Anonymous Cosmic Duck said...

2: The Danish police have stated categorically that any attempt at burning the coran will be stopped immediately and the perpetrators brought to justice. Denmark is not an anti-muslim country. There is a blasphemy article in the penal code. Even the Jyllandsposten cartoons are up for scrutiny with the attorney general at the moment, and it cannot be excluded that there will be a court trial. Why doesn't all this distorted information about Denmark stop??

 
At 2/13/2006 03:36:00 AM, Anonymous Jokerman said...

Sandy
Madbuli is a bookstore in cairo. How many books do they sell per month just to cover their costs? they need to sell books in order to stay in business, they are just being pragmatic in what they sell no matterhow much i detest that submental protocols that many intellectuals believe.
Madbuli published a few books by Dr.Nasr Hamed AbouZeid, dont you think that shows you something??
That bookstore has some very interesting books that will surely raise an eye brow or two if you looked carefully.
Well, regarding the Digital cameras, i would want to catch such ugliness but the 8 Mp would be exciting when taking shots in the wild, the resolution of it i still havent experienced but soon the 8 willl be old news, i can tell you my first Everex computer was 4 MB !!! 16 & 32 Mb computers was something in companies i was told & a mouse was an accessory, i wonder what next will hit the digital cameras, maybe instant 3D projection of the picture!?

 
At 2/13/2006 03:38:00 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

I think its ironic (and scary) that Mein Kamp is the one book that was translated into Arabic!

More books have been translated in Spanish in ONE YEAR that all the books that have been translated into Arabic since the beginning of time!

I haven't read it myself, but as fascist propaganda goes, its not considered to be particularly good. It is available on Amazon, and as a Jew, I think it should be. We need to understand evil, not ignore it.

 
At 2/13/2006 03:43:00 AM, Anonymous Einherjar said...

Those boks aren't banned, We value free speach more than that. My local library, which is government funded like any other library, has got mein kampf in both norwegian and german. It's a historic document.

I don't think the protocolls would be as easy to get a hold of, but then again I doubt most people would even have heard of them. They aren't banned at any rate.

 
At 2/13/2006 04:36:00 AM, Anonymous ccn said...

i jut heard in the danish media that he egyptian people dont even know hat apologizes have been made by both the newspaper and the primeminister
so infact some danish companies, have paid lage sums to post the JP-letter, in major egyptian newspapers today.

I suggest you post this link:

http://www.drawings.um.dk/en

which is the foreign ministery website, with the drawings afair, with apologizes ,statements, qeustion and answers, well check it out.

ccn

 
At 2/13/2006 04:43:00 AM, Anonymous EgyptianInUSA said...

1. And you just realized this now ?! If you took VC (Veil Count) as a measure of increase in conservatism, which with our education system easily translates into a measure of near fundamentalism, you'd realize that Egypt has been steadily going down since the eighties, but the rate of change has accelerated in the past 5 years, it loosely corrolates with the web pepentration rate in the US !:)

2. Get a phone with a decent camera, you don't want to be mistaken for a Khawaga at the wrong time :)

Great blog, can we clone a few -millions- more of you so I could go back to live in Egypt ? or is cloning considered flag burning worthy ? :)

 
At 2/13/2006 05:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@jordan

As far as i know its forbidden in austria to own the book - they call it "Wiederbetätigung" ahhhrgh need to improve my english...

But i don't think i could stand the whole book anyway. Must be some kind of throw-up medicine.
theDemon

 
At 2/13/2006 05:12:00 AM, Anonymous Philipp Krieg said...

Dear Cosmic Duck, this distorted information about Denmark won't stop because the muslim-country governors are quite interested in misleading population about relevant issues...

If this whole misunderstanding doesn't stop soon, there'll be a serious Islamophobia in the west. Some say that this already exists, but where I live it's far away from its conception (yet).

Peace and tolerance!

 
At 2/13/2006 05:15:00 AM, Anonymous Suz said...

Instapundit is now on the case! Enjoy the digital camera!

 
At 2/13/2006 05:26:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew Brehm said...

"A new list of danish products getting distributed on the faithful to continue the boycott!"

Now don't call them "faithful". They are certainly full of it, but it's not "faith".

If they had faith they would not idolise Muhammed like they do. It's forbidden, and for good reason as we now learn.

On a different subject, I found that there are several suras in the Qur'an that say that the Jews were given the land of Palestine and will return to the land from all nations before judgement day.

My question is, if Israel would quote one of these suras on her flag, would it be forbidden for Muslims to burn the flag?

 
At 2/13/2006 05:33:00 AM, Blogger valera said...

Offtopic: why is your Atom feed fscked up? Would be nice if it got fixed :)

 
At 2/13/2006 05:48:00 AM, Anonymous Cosmic Duck said...

Dear Phillip Krieg
You're quite right about the increased risk of islamopobia in Western countries. A recent opinion poll in Denmark has shown a marked increase in voter support for the xenophobic People's Party. There is bad media coverage on both sides. Conservative authoritarian governments in the Middle East can gain legitimacy from the religious populace when they confront people with the stories about the cartoons. That gives these rulers increased leverage domestically and perhaps in foreígn policy as well. This morning Danish newspapers Report from Iran that the Iranian police stood by when demonstrators attacked the Danish embassy in Teheran.
I think I'll support the Scandidate initiative. There must be some way out of this lunacy.

 
At 2/13/2006 06:09:00 AM, Anonymous m f k said...

you may add this to your "The Sandmonkey in the Press" links:

http://www.jp.dk/english_news/artikel:aid=3548386/

 
At 2/13/2006 06:17:00 AM, Blogger Blogspat said...

Dear SandMonkey,

First, delayed congratulations to Egypt on the trophy - nice team effort - best TEAM won! (Although you did get a bit of referee help in the semi ;-)

But otherwise today I am angry!:

*It is NOT because of the Sandmonkey’s words. Your 7 questions struck so perfect. Although the first thing Muslims could do was actually to get better religious representatives in Denmark – the ones there now aren’t even well spoken. Becirov of the Islamic center in Sweden is a good example. He is very highly respected on all sides (except by fundamentalist)…

*It is NOT because they torched another Danish flag (although it does seem as they are beginning to run low on them - this one was actually a very fine one - they cost a fortune, so one wonders... Do they need our aid?). Ever since they torched a Swiss flag by accident, it has sort of been difficult not to actually LAUGH each time they play with our flag. Someone please tell them it just makes them look barbaric in our eyes – which unfortunately spills over on Islam.

*It is NOT because they made the Danish chain smoking queen look smoking hot - thanks for the laugh :-D.
But keep on trying to insult us, I doubt you can find anything that can offend enough to make an impact - we have bigger self esteem than that and besides we have a free press and are used to being mocked by ourselves. I actually doubt you can find a more self ironic people than the Danes. Besides it serves as good entertainment.

I am ANGRY because the "sillies" have taken the initiative.
*A persona non grata (Ahmed Abu-Laban) in many Muslim countries is allowed to instigate the cartoon farce - using false pictures (the really insulting ones), lies and more lies (..and no there to my knowledge has not been any burnings of the Koran in Scandinavia – stop listening to silly rumors!!!)
*Now that the governments want to dampen the outrage they suddenly find that sillies have taken over the initiative and that they don’t have control. Wow, that was a surprise :-/ …
*The effect of the cartoon war now made the Swedish government indirectly close an Internet site belonging to some Swedish "sillies" (small right-wing party) because they published more cartoons. Censorship is against our constitution!!! How stupid the published items or publishers may be – so the sillies are winning on freedom of speech.
*Arabic press heard of the site and proclaimed “Sweden is escalating the insults!” – Right… (Sigh..) Who is escalating what..? Silly comment.
*The minister of foreign affairs in Egypt still thinks that Denmark should control their media much harder. That is scary… If you are living in Egypt that is!

We don’t have many, but I am sorry to say that the sillies we do have are beginning to be seen.
*Stupid sillies in Sweden have been harassing Muslims in a couple of incidents – In one incident they shouted insults at a teenage girl. Great! – That must have been satisfying and very productive?!?
*In Denmark stupid sillies destroyed 25 Arabic graves. I am sorry but we have bigger idiots than cartoonists!! (Police are tracking them down).
*The cartoon war boosts Danish right wing party. Great thanks!
*The carton war demonstrations are seen as an overreaction in Britain and the public want less tolerance towards extreme actions… Great it’s a Muslim own goal!

*By the way – I heard that the whole publicizing of the cartoons was actually done by Muslims trying to discredit the west. It’s true! I heard it from someone who knows someone who knows!

..I am having a bad day…

In some better notes:
*A racist young female in Sweden got penalized.
*A Danish radio owner will be sitting behind bars and have his radio closed for a while for saying that “Muslims should be driven out of Denmark or annihilated. I told you we had bigger idiots than some cartoonists..! At least we are dealing with some of them…

 
At 2/13/2006 07:20:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

On the subject of the Racial and Religious Hatred Law recently passed in the UK and which retained the right to ridicule religion, Rowan Atkinson (better known to many as Mr. Bean), said, prior to it's being passed:

"The freedom to criticise or ridicule ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is a fundamental freedom and a law which says that you can ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas, is a very odd law indeed. It promotes the idea that there should be a right not to be offended, when I think that the right to offend is far more important than a right not to be offended."

This was before the cartoon controversy. How many people in Europe who are now saying that 'freedom of expression does not include the right to offend'
would have agreed, before this controversy, that there can be no right not to be offended ? Quite a few, I suspect.

 
At 2/13/2006 07:34:00 AM, Anonymous Joy said...

Why Denmark and why now instead of 7 months ago when the cartoons were first published?

Because Denmark is poised to assume the chair of the UN Security Council - which, of course, is the body that will issue sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

This whole mess isn't remotely religious below the surface. It's political - a well choreographed attempt by Iran to discredit Denmark and intimidate UN members.

 
At 2/13/2006 07:45:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

I don't know why Denmark specifically. But this did not happen seven months ago, because, as the publication of the cartoons in Egypt in October and the ferry disaster show, offensive cartoons do not produce spontaneous demonstrations, or even much comment, whereas the loss of 1,000 lives can have such consequences. The alleged anger is bogus and intended only to intimidate.

 
At 2/13/2006 07:49:00 AM, Anonymous Elora said...

Tobber,

With you every step of the way. What you wrote mirrors my anger in every way.

:o(. It sucks. All of it.

 
At 2/13/2006 08:16:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

And on the subject of Mein Kampf, I do not know why many Arabs are such big fans of Hitler and his works. They are obviously only paying attention to what they want to hear. I don't think Hitler's 'Herrenrasse', 'master race' included Arabs. I don't imagine his meaning would be distorted that much if instead of 'Jew/Jewish' 'Semite/Semitic' were used.

 
At 2/13/2006 08:19:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew Brehm said...

"I think its ironic (and scary) that Mein Kampf is the one book that was translated into Arabic!"

The late Israeli author Ephraim Kishon once wrote a short story about the bald. He wrote it in German as he often did.

In it he argued that bald people are the source of all evil and blames them for nearly everything. He also points to the Bible as proof that the hairless have always been known to be evil.

The story was called "Mein Kamm" ("My comb").

Kishon was a genius.

 
At 2/13/2006 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Egypeter said...

Great post SM!

Seems like "EgyptianInUSA" has some pretty good points on the issue of rising fundementalism in our country.

Do you wanna know why this is happening in Egypt? Why there has been a trend of conservatism going on in Egypt. I think the Ikhwan (muslim brotherhood) is the absolute source of this current dillema.

Check this historical record of the MB:

http://www.wataninet.com/article_en.asp?ArticleID=5788

A great read.

 
At 2/13/2006 09:43:00 AM, Anonymous CujoQuarrel said...

I hit the tip jar for $10 for the camera fund.

Since you are about to get an indirect Instalanch I'm pretty sure the funds should be there soon for one.

Peace

 
At 2/13/2006 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog

I am confused why I have read NOT ONE ARTICLE in the mainstream media reporting that the cartoons had been published in Egypt

Am i missing something.

Warm regards

 
At 2/13/2006 11:50:00 AM, Blogger Daniel in Brookline said...

Hey dude,

Okay, you just got $18 in the tipjar from me. Enjoy!

best wishes,
one of the Jews who buys you dinner

 
At 2/13/2006 02:29:00 PM, Anonymous Boy without filter said...

Dear fellow human beings from
the great 'slim culture, I would like to boycott your products too, but unfortunately there are no products 'Made in Arabia' in our supermarket shelves. Nor did I find any computers, coffee-machines, cars, etc. etc. 'Made in Arabia '
Gimme a hint ..

PS I dont count oil as a product
coz all you gotta do is pump it from the ground.

 
At 2/13/2006 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Ayatollah Assahola said...

1938: Deutsche, kauft nicht bei Juden !

2006: Moslems, kauft nicht bei
Dänen !

 
At 2/13/2006 03:20:00 PM, Blogger Crazy Girl said...

Ok the digital camera is on me!! I will bring you one when I come!! Will go well with your bottle of everclear!!

Just be glad your a good sandmonkey...

 
At 2/13/2006 03:21:00 PM, Blogger Mr Holger said...

The american deputy minister of foreign affairs, have just concluded on the situation on behalf of the US: Its no longer a matter of drawings, but about who's the better, democray or dictatorship, to show acceptance towards freedom and religion. He states that, in the countries rioting now, there is NO tolerance!
He states, that denmark has taken a beating, it hasn't deserved (counting denmarks long history of multicultural society, and helping the poor of the world).

In the papers tonight, as well, J.M.Barroso, Chief of the EU-Comission supports denmark 'unconditionally no negotiation over freedom of speech'

And I will just end this evenings broadcast by stating; Muslim world - if you claim to be the religion of peace; you owe the danes an apology - your religious inflamed rioting and burning, just made it clear to anybody, what kind of dangers and medievalism the world is facing these days!

Its not to late to say you're sorry!

 
At 2/13/2006 03:35:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I'm really amazed by their obsession with everything that is antisemitic. Guess they feel like someone to blame when they can't find a mirror. Saddening. Real saddening.

 
At 2/13/2006 08:56:00 PM, Anonymous Piet Shahd said...

1) Important things first: Get the cheapest Digital Camera out there. It will be defect after 6 Months, because they are flimsily built - just like the expensive ones.
2) Possession of "Mein Kampf" is not illegal in Germany. Publication is illegal, because the State of Bavaria (heir to Hitler's copyright) won't allow it.
3) I don't know why I deserve this, but my phone number seems to be on all sorts of lists. All in all, I must have received 100 SMS now about the deeds of the Danish: Burning the Quoran, writing a new one, meet here, vote there, the Danish burn down mosques, the Danish stip little arab girls naked in school, blahblahblah. Dunia, will it ever stop? What messages did y'all get?

 

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