Thursday, April 24, 2003

OK, I am back to my normal moderate self. I still think that Arabs are Arabs, but I am no longer mad about the fact that they don't put it in quite these terms on TV. Besides, I realised that morning and day time is a bad time to watch any of the news channels. I guess the news during that time is geared towards dumb houswives like yours truly. They don't want to upset us too much by some serious stuff, lest we burn the onions, or the husband's shirt. I'll have them know that I actually burn the onions when there is nothing interesting on TV, so I keep sneaking away to the computer, and forget to check the stove.

Some housekeeping (again?) stuff: like everyone else, I am tired of chasing Blogger for my archives. I looked into MT, but - just as I expected - Adelphia does not support CGI scripts (whatever they are). I also looked into Citydesk, but it seems too techie for me. If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

It's not just the stupid smiles on the talking heads' faces that made me mad about TV today. When I see those Shiites gushing their heads and calling for US to get out, I am not thinking: "The recently liberated Iraqis use their newly gained freedom to protest the US occupation". I am thinking: "The Arabs are being Arabs". And I was going to post a rant about it that would most probably end my non-existent blogging career. I was already prepared to take my comments down. And my Sitemeter too. To be fair to myself, I was going to mention the fact that my almost new blender keeps leaking (I stress "almost new", because I no longer have the receipt that would enable me to take it to WalMart and throw it in their face). And that Brandon has finally forced me to roll up the beautiful Persian rugs he kept on chewing (yes, Persian rugs -you have a problem with that?). And the dog hair all over the house. And the lousy school that is "the best school around". get the idea. As you can see, I was in a mood.

But it's mostly over now. I went to see if Steve had his nightly post up yet, and he sure did. And he actually managed to convince me that Arabs might one day become, well, different, if only Americans put their mind to it. Americans have quite a checkered record in that department, but they did do it in the past, so I think there is hope they might do it again. Stranger things had happened. Really. I am feeling a little bit better now - thank you for asking.
Well, I am getting tired of that FOX TV's cheerful patriotism. I kind of enjoyed it when there was fighting going on, but I have my limits. It is probably just me (reminds me of the Old Country too much, I guess), but I just cannot help it. Tried to switch to MSNBC - not as patriotic, but still dumb. And forget CNN. Besides, when "American Idol" becomes a news item, something tells me I am not about to miss much by turning the tube off. OK, so I'll miss something. So I won't be the first to post it on CP. But I just cannot take this crap any more. I guess it is back to NPR. Damn.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

I cannot take the school any more. They don't teach them how to think. They feed everything with a spoon to them, and when you ask them to think for themselves, they freak out. Damn. I am tried of it.

P.S. Jennifer mentioned private/religious schools. It reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a woman I know who's son goes to a Jewish school in our area. I was telling her how Pashosh often tells me about a movie they watched at school (while not necessarily going out for a reccess on that day). Her reply was: "At least you don't pay for them to watch a movie - I do".
Kurd leader says Bush proposed a federation for Iraq. Reuters: "President Bush has proposed a very good proposal for Iraq, a federation, and that we support," Talabani told Garner before lunch.
Love me love me love me
Say you do
Let me fly away
with you
For my love is like
the wind
And wild is the wind

Give me more
than one caress
Satisfy this
Let the wind
blow through your heart
For wild is the wind

touch me...
I hear the sound
of mandolins
kiss me...
With your kiss
my life begins
You're spring to me
All things
to me

Don't you know you're
life itself
Like a leaf clings
to a tree
Oh my darling,
cling to me
For we're creatures
of the wind
And wild is the wind
So wild is the wind

Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

(1957) Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington

Nina Simon died yesterday at the age of 70.
Dubai`s Al Arabiya TV: warheads with what appears to be biological material have been found in Baghdad.(Haaretz).

Walla: the warheads carry a "Do not touch" sign, they are painted white, with tips painted red. They are said to have been found in a residential building in the center of the city. The area is said to have been occupied by Iraqi senior officials. In an adjacent room a drone was found. Residents in the area said that the items were brought into the building by members of the Iraqi army's corps of engineering[?] a few days before the war started.

Monday, April 21, 2003

This Jennifer girl who reports from Baghdad for Fox, is just adorable. I hate that word, but she really is.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Not only CNN: From "BBC Reporters' log: Final thoughts":
Baghdad :: Paul Wood

We were living and reporting from a Stalinist state. We were constantly being monitored by the Iraqis.
At one point they did actually preview a tape, but mainly it was a case of the press centre officials listening to broadcasts.
The head of the press centre had the BBC, CNN and al-Jazeera on three televisions in his room all the time. They listened intensively to the BBC Arabic Service.
As tanks rolled into Baghdad, Iraqi media minders vanished
The difficult thing was to go as far as you could and not get yourself thrown out, or worse, but not to mislead the viewers and listeners. And I think we have a pretty sophisticated audience on the BBC. We were able to give certain hints...

...But I'm very glad that nobody was misled by him because one felt a terrible weight of responsibility. You had to report what the Iraqis were saying, yet a lot of it was clearly bare-faced lies.