Thursday, June 03, 2004

Quote of the Day

From Avari-Nameh;

Who knew the Red Menace could offer as many choices as a supermarket aisle?

ok, i better put that in context;

I'm a big fan of The Daily Show, Comedy Central's ingenius half-hour satire of world events and political issues... Still, I don't like that the show drips with liberalism, though I've come to expect that, what with all the necessary assumptions of the average Western/secular mindset, trumpeted day in and day out and taught day in and day out.

For example: If you're against the way we're fighting the War on Terrorism, you must therefore be pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, etc. On the other hand, if you favor helping the environment, spending money not on silly foreign adventures but on healthcare, public works, education, etc., and so on, then you must be a brand of Communist. Marxist, Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist, Socialist. Who knew the Red Menace could offer as many choices as a supermarket aisle?

I guess i'm not the only one tired of all the "lefties" versus "righties" gawd-have-we-not-got-tired-of-this-yet baiting. I wonder at the web, it's almost as if it is full of navelgazers with the propensity for going to war on the basis of bellybutton shape. "Innies United" against the "Outies Front". But then again, perhaps Edna has a better idea of what it is really full off.

Hmm now moderation, that has a certain timeless fashion appeal, like a pair of good shoes, might cost more in the short term, but in the long term keeps your feet dry, is enduringly elegant, and goes with almost any outfit.

Avari-Nameh also has an interesting blogroll, worth clicking around, i'm going back to have another look...


#6/04/2004 01:41:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz

Being an Australian (I really I'm an Australian more than an Iraqi), I have the problem with labeling myself in America. Many people label me as a conservative just because I supported the removal of Saddam's regime and being from Texas. But, when I say I'm a pro-choice when it comes to women's abortion rights, or when I say the Catholic bishops should not involve themselves in politics (I'm a Catholic, my cousin was a bishop and my dad's uncle was a priest, so I know what I'm talking about) then I'm labeled a liberal. I'm not any of the two. I'm somewhere in the middle. So, I was thinking if I was an American, I would probably vote for a third party.

In Australia, I always voted for the Labor party-- I'm an immigrant, they worked well with immigrants. Now, I'm planning on voting for ALP (John Howard's party). Australia's economy is recovering faster than the American economy. There are more openings for information technology jobs in Sydney this year, which tripled since 2001 recession. They're offering more visas to asylum seekers. More reasons to vote for Howard.

P.S. I posted this comment accidently under the previous post. You could delete that one if you like. Sorry.

#6/04/2004 02:20:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jim Oliver

I agree. I am sick of the left vs. the right. My lefty friends think I'm a conservative and my righty friends think I'm a liberal. Truth is, I'm both. I'm pro-life, not against gay marriage, agaisnt the death penalty, believe guns are a privlegde not a right, strong believer in capitolism - with even stronger oversight, would like to see the borders locked down but not against legal immigration, favor a strong military, would rather see the UN get involved in other countries civil wars and conflicts, for universal healthcare, against high taxes, pro-states rights, against the mix of religion and politics but not against religious people in politics, etc. Anyway, does that make me a conservative liberal or a liberal conservative? Regardless, this allows me to view politics more objectively and leaves me free to search for the truth.

#6/04/2004 04:51:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

nice comments guys.

Fayrouz, the third party thing has been in my mind too, & i'm in Australia. For me, the asylum seekers visa's are an election ruse. That man has done more damage to Australias immigration policies and international reputation as far as asylum seekers go since he's been in then almost any other Aus govnmt ever.

I'm not sure if you ever heard about the children overboard incident over where you are, but there's just been one case after another ever since where JH tries to cover his tracks by saying he was misinformed by his advisors, or "wasn't told". To me, it's part of a prime ministers job description to make sure one is informed, saying "nobody told me" just sounds lame.

Btw, Australias economy probably has the appearance of recovering faster then anyone elses because it lagged behind in slumping, it is probably still on the way down rather then on the upward slope, it just appears to be better because it hasn't got as worse as everyone elses yet. At the moment rural Australia struggles with an almost permanent drought, and city real estate has just bottomed out, so i'm a bit cautious about declaring a recovery just yet.

#6/04/2004 07:07:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz

I know Howard is not the best prime minister but the Labor party guy who is running against him is a loser even by Iraqi standards. I talked to my friends in Australia and they said "The devil we know is better than the devil we don't know". This will be the first time Iraqi-Australians would vote for Howard.

I heard of the boat incidents, I know people who arrived that way to Australia. It became an issue because everyone was jumping on these boats to come to Australia. All it takes in Australia is to arrive on a boat and get someone to sponsor you inside the country (easy since most Iraqis have friends inside Australia). You get your green card in three months. you get paid social security and given free medicare. Most of them end up working cash and not thinking ever of paying any taxes.

That was the reason Australia had to get down on immigration visas few years ago, which was going to happen with either parties in the government. The suburb where I lived was an Iraqi suburb by all means. Many Iraqis who arrived many years ago were getting paid full social security and medicare benefits, working cash, buying new cars, building brand new houses, getting their loans approved by paying bribes to home loans employees.

If Australian government changed their social security system, it was going to effect many Australian people who doesn't abuse the system. The only way was to cut down on visa numbers and crack down on the boat smuggelers (some of them were Iraqis too). It's a tough decision for any government.

Middle Easterners in Australia are viewed as people who LOVE to abuse the system.

Have you ever heard of the Iraqi guy who killed a police officer in Australia? That was the biggest embarrasement for us.

The reason real-estate are high in Sydney is because of the availability of jobs, living next to the beach, having a great weather (most households don't have air/heating systems) and being a very safe city. Sydney and Singapore are the only cities I would feel safe to walk on their streets at night. Something I dare women to do in many American cities.

#6/04/2004 07:44:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz


We do have a third party in Australia. BUT, what happens before any election, this party gives its votes to one of the running parties (Labor or ALP) depending on their running agenda.

One of my friends used to vote green party, another one would vote for none. Both decisions are not good. It happened with the American election 2000. I'm expecting the same problem this year with Nader's decision to run again.

What kills me about both candidates is neither one is trying to find a solution for the problem of outsourcing American jobs to India. Dallas was called the telecom corridor few years ago. Now, we have thousands of IT people, including myself, with no jobs. Some has been unemployed for more than two years. They can't move to other cities since other cities are NOT doing better than Dallas.

I should change careers and become an immigration consultant after my two successful immigration adventures to Australia and America.

#6/04/2004 09:44:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Yes Fayrouz, many more then three parties in Aus. & one of the reasons they survive is because they CAN defer their votes through preferences. If a vote for a minor party also has the power to affect a major party (as it can by the preference system) then it is not a wasted vote. These "minor" parties and independents have been doing surprisingly well in state, and council, elections lately.

Parties in Aus can also form coalitions. Howards party actually would not win an election on the strength of its own votes, the Howard govnmt is actually a coalition of right leaning parties. If the coalition between Howards party (the ironically named Liberal party) and other coalition members broke down, then Labour would win by a landslide.

I do not trust him.

#6/04/2004 09:53:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre


Off Topic - thats a great photo on your blogger profile. Is that your daughter? She looks so happy!


#6/04/2004 11:00:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz

No, my husband took that photo for the Dallas Morning News. What's funny the image after that one was of the geese attacking the girl. She didn't have any food left and they wanted more, so they attacked her.

I know I can't trust Howard either and it's ironic they're called the Libral party while they're very conservatives.

I'm just tired of all politicians and want to go to Cancun for a holiday to drink some good margarita.

#6/04/2004 11:26:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

can't beat that, i will drink a margarita in your honour.



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