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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Umar Farouk Abdul Muttalib: epitome of a coward

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Looking back over the past few days, one cannot help but wonder at the craziness that abounds these days. Take  Umar Farouk Abdul Muttalib for instance. This is a young man, handsome many would say, probably well-bred too, a lot of things going his way, the world at his feet so to say. Yet he decided to throw it all away on what? A whim or a desire to be recognized, acknowledged? I just can’t get my head round.

Here is some one who is a scion of one of the elite families in his country. His father, apart from being a just-retired chairman of one of Nigeria’s biggest banks, also owns his own bank! Yet reading through some of the posts he is alleged to have posted in the past on the internet, one sees a young man who has never being happy with his lot, always complaining of an emptiness he needed to fill.

I would say he epitomizes a true picture of one who has always being selfish. His actions also throws into the winds the misconception that those involved in terrorism are invariably from impoverished backgrounds, having never had things go their way. That illusion has somewhat being rubbished by the actions of this would-be terrorist. Where or upon whom can we lay the blame for his stupidity?

There are a lot of selfish young men like this today, walking about with empty hearts, dreaming of glory and the rewards in heaven, the forty or so promised virgins who would welcome them with open arms and give them the sexual delights they refused themselves in this life. Don’t get me wrong, I would not mind getting to heaven and being welcomed by same virgins, but I sure won’t blow myself up to get there!

One of the scary things about this is the fact that you could live with people like this for years and never know their mind-set. You could be married to them if you are that unfortunate. They are just like chameleons, able to blend into any setting without being detected. They go through most of their deranged life with only one goal – spreading terror, shedding as much blood as possible.

What sort of a person sits down everyday, hatching plans to kill multitudes for the reward of going to heaven to f***k virgins? A totally brainwashed, mindless and stupid individual. The question they should ask themselves at times is this, ‘What about this mullah who is giving me this indoctrination? He does not seem to have any plans to blow himself up, why me?’

Another scary thought that occurred to me as well is that of the ordinary Nigerians out there who are going to be stigmatized over this crazy person’s actions. Your neighbors are going to start giving you the once-over as much as possible now. The cops will stop you for no reason other than to check if you Nigerian and if you are in the bomb making industry.

Of course, Nigerians won’t be the first to be stigmatized in this manner. After 9/11 a lot of people got mistaken for terrorists even when they were not Arabs or Muslims. You just need to be in the habit of wearing some sort of turban and you were termed a terrorist. When a similar incident happened in the UK, a Brazilian national was trailed from his home by cops and killed simply because looked like an Arab!

Umar Farouk Abdul Muttalib, in carrying out this action, has proven what a waste of space his family actually thought he was. After all, his own father took the first step of showing us what a coward he was destined to be. This father deserves kudos anyhow, and i daresay, this indoctrination of mindless evil did not emanate from his father. Umar’s father would be looking inwards now and wondering where it all went wrong.

Above all, one is thankful that the bomb did not go off as the coward intended. Hundreds, if not thousands, of parents, wives, brothers, sisters and children would be crying tears of sorrow now. This does not mean that the authorities every where should become complacent. There has never being a more dangerous time for fundamentalists than now. They have bags of tricks off their sleeves and they will not hesitate to strike if they have the opportunity, so let us all be vigilant!

 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Seasons Greetings = 20 EC Credits!

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Just would like to use this opportunity to wish every one who passes through these pages, anyone who has and who will drop by for a visit, all the best of this season and a wonderful new year up ahead!

Hopefully the worst of the recession may have passed us by, so let’s give thanks, for it could have been worse than it is now! I mean I can think of a lot of reasons why it could have being worse than it is now:

1. One could be dead (ain’t nothing worse than that, holmes!)

2. Well I could be somewhere without an internet connection. (Hmm sounds a bit selfish)

3. I could be homeless, but am not.

4. I could be hungry, but am not.

And on and on and on! I could go on, but all I got to say is, i am thankful just being alive, breathing in the sweet, fresh air of the winter mornings here.

Still here? Well if I have held your attention for so long, why don’t we have a little game. I am giving away 20 EC credits for any one who has an Entrecard account and who carries out the task below.

Why not read this, then let us know what you are thankful for? How did the recession affect you, we know it’s not over yet, but what are your thoughts about it? Thoughts of angst, despair, hope? Just leave a comment here, with a link to your blog. If you like write about it on your blog, but link to my post. I will visit your blog, drop some EC love and also send you some 20 EC Credits. You need to to notify me though by leaving a message on this post.

Happy writing then!

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I will keep this open for as long as I have credits to give out, but I might also pull it at anytime :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hypocritical Values

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It sometimes amazes me the propensity we have for ascribing certain values to certain people and to others, well we just  smile and say, ‘ Oh! He/she is at it again.’ Take Tiger for instance and what is happening to him at the moment.

Endorsements are flying out of the window, right, left and center. Suddenly, Tiger is not a suitable person to represent certain interests. He befouls American/World family values. Certain interests would lose tons of money if the face on their products happens to be Tiger. Tiger is pariah.

There are other people as famous and rich as Tiger, even richer who carry dalliances worse than Tiger, but for some reason whatever they do, they end up getting forgiveness. Yes, these are the ‘untouchables’, whatever they do can be explained away, if they are caught out, they get only the odd tap on the hand and then they are allowed to carry on.

I am not saying here that whatever Tiger has done is okay or permissible, I mean, how could a man do such a thing to wife? All I am saying is that the press/public should take a step back and stop this hypocritical show that is put on every time certain celebrities are caught with their pants/bras down.

Take the uproar that welcomes the exposure of Janet Jackson’s boob sometime ago. So she decided to expose her boob or it happened accidentally, I still can’t understand the media uproar that followed. Suddenly Janet Jackson became a threat to the so-called American family values. Madonna and a lot of other female stars like Janet, have being exposing themselves for years but they were idolized and placed on a pedestal of infallibility.

Michael Vick got caught arranging dog fights or whatever and he had to go to jail! Wow! Michael Vick is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to animal cruelty. Don’t get me wrong, animal cruelty in whatever fashion is wrong, all I am saying is, a lot more people than Michael Vick should have gone to jail. Somebody said the other time during a presidential campaign, that they enjoy the thrill of shooting moose now and then, yet they are not in jail! If you shoot moose or any other animal for sport then you should be answerable.

Michael Jackson, bless  his soul, got done in by some random (or was it habitual) crotch grabbing! The same people who spear-headed his fall from grace are now coming out to claim he was a saint, he was this, he was that. Hypocrites! All their after now is milking the inevitable cash flow that is the fallout of his death.

The Nobel Prize committee for some weird reason or the other decided that President Obama was deserving of the Nobel Peace prize. For the life of me, I cannot fathom the reason behind such a hair-brained, inane decision. What has Obama contributed to world peace? He has just approved sending of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He is on a collision cause with Iran and North Korea. Morgan Tsvangirai and a lot of other people like him have done more to hustle for peace and achieving of objectives through peaceful means, were they considered for this award? Probably, but because of the hypocrisy that surrounds the award now, they were also probably overlooked.

Bill Clinton was almost done in because he was getting head in the White House. Come on, if he was getting it from the right quarters he probably wouldn’t have fallen for ‘that woman’. Unfortunately, he did fall and the hoopla that followed it all is now the stuff of legend. Should he or shouldn’t he have? Did ‘that woman’ actively pursue or give him ideas? Who knows really? Who cares?

These are funny times really, when the famous can be brought to their knees, unjustly, by some media hysteria whipped up by some crazy, hypocritical fanatics who have nothing better to do than to destroy people and their careers. The girls who have being sleeping with Tiger are probably all smiling to the banks now. they won’t tell their stories without ‘getting paid’. Sadly, they also are pawns in this sad and twisted game.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Living as an Immigrant in South Africa – Nigerian perspective

 

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The video is culled from www.9jatube.com

 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mother-in-law XMAS gift

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Image is by unknown.

One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift.

The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.

When she asked him why, he replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tiger on a leash

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So the Tiger was caught with his pants down? So what? I mean did we think he was not human like the rest of us or did we place him on a pedestal (of hypocrisy)? really I am still trying to get my head around this fixation on celebrity that sometimes drives real issues to the background.

So the man likes to shag a prostitute or two now and then. So what? Not that I am condoning it, but come on, let’s be objective about this. If I was as loaded as Tiger is, I would probably do the same, so who am I to be casting aspersions? What gives me the right to cast aspersions?

We go about creating demi-gods out of our fellow human beings, we worship them on the screens of our TVs. We follow their every move. When times are good, we turn a blind eye to what ever they are doing. When they are steadily growing popular from our adulation, when they have more worshippers based on our adulation, we forget that they are humans and we placed them where they are.

Tiger has probably had a penchant for prostitutes all his life. He did not just get up and start going after them or them him. Who knows what else he is into? Being a fickle lot, we always express surprise when a celeb is caught in matrimonial infidelity, forgetting that somewhere in our minds we have decided to grant them a status which they cannot attain to, for after all, they are just humans.

Sometimes when I look at issues such as this particularly those concerning celebs. I cannot help but muse about those people who make a fortune out of them. The tabloids make a on of money. The mainstream news agencies make a ton of money too. The prostitutes involved in the dalliances, make a pile of money too.

Makes you wonder. Everybody starts actively searching for some dirt on any celeb. What it all boils down to is money. It is a cold, calculated move all these people make.

There are those others of course, who are in it for some different agenda or the other. There are Black groups who are simply laughing their heads off at Tiger’s misfortune, those who are saying , Good for him, the idiot!’ Why? Simply because the Tiger has refused to see himself as ‘Black.’ I don’t see anything wrong with that, I mean if he decides he not black and that he is white, so what?What is in a color anyway? The man has said that he is a ‘Calbrinasian’ which represents his mixed Caucasian, Black, Asian and Indian origin! Come on this guys has every right to claim whatever color he wants to claim!

One thing we have to remember as we continue throwing stones at the Tiger man: he is a genius, and just like every other genius, he is human, and once in a while he would forget the ‘demi-god’ status and commit what mere mortals commit. Like every other genius, he has his short-comings, but I simply cannot revel in them because there are a lot more important things to worry about, like the recession, hunger, global warming, etcetera!

All I can say at the moment is, ‘Go Tiger, don’t let hypocrisy knock you off your stride! Keep humping them blonde hoochie mamas.’ Only thing I am sad about is, Tiger is going to be remembered more for his extra-marital accomplishments than for all his great achievements in the golf course. That is the way life goes!

 
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