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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

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I have unleashed the genie

Oh Boy! I am mentioned in the Jyllands-Posten website as the persona responsible for breaking the story of the cartoons being printed in Egypt back in October. Aghhhhhhhhhhhh Guess I am part of the jewish zionist conspiracy now? Hmmm....... Sweeeeet!


At 2/09/2006 11:56:00 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

I should send them a correction letter ;) Because it is not you! It is me.

News in Denmark reported that Danish Ambassdor in Cairo confirmed the reprinting of cartoons because of my blog information.

At 2/09/2006 12:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading this blog for a long time and wondering when they were going to throw you in prison. Were you the blogger complaining about your co-workers who threaten to cut your head off?

At 2/09/2006 12:09:00 PM, Anonymous Kathy K said...

Stay safe...

At 2/09/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

I thought it was because of my blog's information. :P

It would've been your story 100% had you posted it faster. I beat you by a good hour woman. Get Over it. LOL

Not to mention, I link to you and give you credit in the first word I write. 3awzah eih aktar men kedah?

Plus, you got the link in the wikipedia article and from andrew sullivan and not me. So that should make you happy. He still boycotts me for some reason. hmmpphhh

Anyway, I can't wait to see how this pans out, no? I have a feeling enaha 7atetarbaq 3ala nafokhnah gamed. Adel Hamoudah is not forgiving, we low 7atennah fe demaghoh, well, hehe, yeah. Things may get ugly. And then we will be like "The other one did it first!".

Ohh man, this might be very far from over!

At 2/09/2006 12:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand what the big deal is? They were printed in Jyllands-Posten in September, and then reprinted in an Egyptian newspaper a month later, INFORMING people of the blasphemy. It had already been published in Denmark first.

At 2/09/2006 12:16:00 PM, Anonymous Vox P. said...

SAM, you are sooo dead man. Be careful to preserve your anonimity. I've been reading this blog for 8 months, and you're giving too much personal information.

At 2/09/2006 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Mr Holger said...

I called every newspaper and and the two main TV-stations minutes after Sandmonkey posted this: nobody had heard of it, at that point. I send them the web adress of this site, and gave them the information that he had been in BBC radio, and I thought he was credible, because I had followed his website since this cartoonincident started! I think they've called the danish ambassador in egypt to verify! (Its importent to cover your back/do your research, before you print a newsstory like that)

So the glory of the danish news, goes to Sandmonkey - but it really doesn't matter: the story is out!

Thanks for your work!

At 2/09/2006 12:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I won't be seeing the pyramids as planned, but I would be happy to show you Copenhagen.

At 2/09/2006 01:05:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Anon 12:11, it's a big deal because:

1) A prohibition is a PROHIBITION. The main argument for all the outrage just became null and void. Whether the Egyptian paper was printing the pictures to expose them, or not, they still reprinted them! 4 months before it became a scandal.

2) It's evidence that the story HAS been out there, for quite some time, even in the middle east. So why did it becaome suhc a big deal, all of a sudden? The Arab "street" is being manippulated. Again.

At 2/09/2006 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

Scanning some images does not give credit for a journalistic precedent. It is the brains not the machines.Plus it was me also who had the idea of scanning the paper as I promised on my blog. You only stole my idea of scanning it.

It is me who published the piece of information/story two days ago. Next time I ll give you my stories/ideas to get me the scanning!

Wikipedia has been working on the link since yesterday and I do not think it is what you think.!

BTW, I preparing another news precedent use your scanner to know it:)) heeee

At 2/09/2006 01:29:00 PM, Blogger Moron99 said...

just a few days ago you were feeling down. Now you are internationally famous. What a roller coaster ride. Now you are officially "one in a million".

At 2/09/2006 01:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SM, Hi FFE,

I love both your blogs. Please don't argue. You both have your points.
Egyptian in Germany

At 2/09/2006 01:56:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...


Mechanics eih we beta3 eih. Enty 7atmasselly? You read the new Al Fagr. that's all.

I found the newspaper, i scanned it, i posted it first. :P

However, I really didn't steal this from you. I got a tipnand I acknowedlged it, and unless u write it first it's not your story. In all fairness we both broke it out together. And what's importnat is that it got out.

Anyway, the next precedent you make, I will totally advertize as yours in BIG FAT BALD LETTERS. mASHY?

EIG is right. No need to bicker. After all, we are on the same side. And when the big bad boys turn on us for exposing them, this won;t even be an issue. I mean, u do realize we just put a kink in the celebrating frenzy of all the angry muslims out there? Let alone those of them amongst our own people?


At 2/09/2006 02:08:00 PM, Blogger The Destructive Y said...

Freedom For Egyptians and Sandmonkey:
Eventuelly, what really counts is the purpose, which is common in your case.
Nevertheless, the german News Channel N24 mentioned in its online article http://www.n24.de/politik/ausland/?n2006020913302800002
that "Egyptian Bloggers" found about the early publishing.
(However, at the end of the article, the Sandmonkey is cited by name.)

So make use of your German knowledge, Sandmonkey ;)


At 2/09/2006 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job. Makes you think who really started the riots in the Middle East. Because it couldn't have been the cartoons...Who is dictating the uproar over religous dogma in the muslim world?

At 2/09/2006 02:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sandmonkey!! You also make the cover (and I can tell you that is a huge honour) of the British right-wing magazine 'The Spectator':


This magazine is about 150 years old and you forced them to re-do their whole front page. Shame it went to press yesterday other wise you might have made the print version too.

Good on ya!!

At 2/09/2006 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Yea, well maybe they will give you cells with an adjoining door.

Papa Ray

At 2/09/2006 02:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

listen to me
i am a uk media person.
this story is MASSIVE.
but u need to create links on front page of your site so that us lazy hacks can VERIFY what u r saying is true.
pls make an effort.
u r gong to be a famous blog in nxt 24 hours - but CRUCIAL u (a) dont get caught (b) provide info for lazy hacks - eg. do u have copy of original paper? can u colour photocopy it? can u post it etc? dont answer this online but please think.
intentionally or not u r now at the cntre of official "international media frenzy". if u r lying it will soon be forgotten but if not u shd provide more evidence.
spectator UK is only beginning...
good luck
keep your poise, stay clam... etc

At 2/09/2006 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous Peter-Australia said...

G'day Sandmonkey, you got post got mentioned in the HeraldSun in Australia today, pity it was only attributed to a blogger:

I'm sure plenty of Muslims would agree with me, and here is proof provided by yet another blogger, this one from Egypt: some of the cartoons were published in an Egyptian weekly newspaper, al Fagr, last October, during Ramadan no less, without inspiring any Muslims to reach for their guns or incinerate things Danish.

Looks like the Sandmonkey is taking over the world. (Sounds like a nightmare I had after watching the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.)

Please, both you and FFE stay safe. We need your stories and humour to continue.

At 2/09/2006 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some people here that are starting a protest over the use of the derogatory term "sandmonkey" to refer to an Arab that appeared in that story in JP

At 2/09/2006 03:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The fact that the paper in question has already taken the offending edition off their web site hints that a storm is coming.

Have there been any other developments in Egypt ?

The newspaper and governement will try to bury this one. I wonder if an "alternative edition" of that days print will appear, with the cartoons magically absent? Of course, there are already screen captures of the original posted, so this will no be so easy.
Presumably hard copies of the paper may be found in public libraries etc.

On the other hand, things will probaly get ugly real fast as soon as the MB gets wind of this story, and precedent suggests that these guys are not thorough fact checkers on such issues, they prefer to err on the side of Allah.

And then Murbarak might have no choice but to agree with them, and make examples of the journalists involved, just as King Abdullah did. But the story was broken by you bloggers, and this will not escape the public either.

So please stay safe. Other Egyptian bloggers should watch their backs too. This story is huge when it breaks and Murbarak will not want to be embarrased like this again.

This would not be the first crackdown on bloggers in the Middle East.

Six Days

At 2/09/2006 03:45:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

anon 3:26

I am ROFLMAO! loooooooooollllllllllllll

Oh boy. hehehehe

At 2/09/2006 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Maggie said...


You are the best, I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago.

Congratulations on becoming famous!!!!!

By the way, those folks at the NYT could quote sources as professional courtesy, couldn't they? I will help as much as I can giving credit where credit is due.

Greetings from Spain

At 2/09/2006 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous Peter-Australia said...

Sandmonkey, looks like you lost out to FFE on getting the story in Australian papers. The writer of the article in the HeraldSun refers in his forum to www.neandernews.com and http://freedomforegyptians.blogspot.com/ for some of his information.

I still think you should both see it as a join effort. Maybe they will even let you both share a cell?

At 2/09/2006 04:09:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Peter, guess no one wants to name a blogger called "Sandmonkey" as their source. They all seem ok to use my scan though. It's cool. I doubt me and FFE would have joint cells. I am in Egypt, while she is currently, u know, not!

Oh well.....

At 2/09/2006 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buried at the end of this article dated February 6, 2006, I found this.


"Also, an independent Egyptian weekly newspaper known for dealing with sensational topics published the upper half of some of the controversial cartoons, omitting any facial representations. Adel Hamoudah, editor of Al Fagr (The Dawn), said he took copies of the cartoons from the Internet for the Tuesday edition and published them as a means of emphasizing their �impudence.� He did not explain, however, why he chose only to print the upper half of the caricatures."

At 2/09/2006 04:29:00 PM, Blogger --TBAS said...

is there a prize for being the first? Perhaps a kebab of ham chunks with bacon bit springles.

Do middle eastern countries check for raw pork products being sent through their local postal systems?

At 2/09/2006 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

"The widely read independent opposition newspaper Al-Fagr printed the caricatures just a few weeks after they originally appeared in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten, but no protests were reported, noted the blog-writer, an Egyptian businessman who goes under the name 'Sandmonkey'."

Hahaha! I know that Sam works in finance, but calling a sandmonkey a buisnessman! Hahaha (sorry Sam, I couldn't help it).

At 2/09/2006 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on breaking the story. I haven't seen it covered in the German media yet but I'm not much of a newspaper addict anyways.

However, I just read something that struck me as akward. The German magazines "Der Spiegel" and "Focus" have just been prohibited to be sold in Egypt because the current issues contain the cartoons.

According to the Spiegel website this has been confirmed by the Egyptian news agency Mena.

If this should be true it would be the biggest case of double standards I came across during this "outrage".

At 2/10/2006 01:01:00 AM, Anonymous Adrian from Denmark said...

I enjoy both blogs a lot, but I have to back FFE up here. It was her that first came up with the story.
SM, may I suggest that you send her a bunch of flowers to make it even.

And, oh yeah, your president, king and queen, mufti and information minister have to appoligize or I'll torch my falafel :)


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