Sunday, April 10, 2005

Count update

Diversity, ain't it great. From Allahkareem to Baghdad's Mistress (hilarious and hairless ~ just a guess) all in one week.

New; 2
Total; 124

Mistress tipper ~ neurotic_wife.

13 Comments

#4/10/2005 09:33:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger khalid jarrar

hey i am not quite sure if i am happy to be introduced with a....ehim...mistress.
:D
me*

 
#4/11/2005 02:11:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

...But can she live up to the controversy to which we are accustomed? After all that I've seen in the comments of this blog she'll have to work hard!

Although she did seem to have attracted a raft of criticism in her own comments yesterday, mistress or not that's enough to gain my empathy.

(It's ok khalid, we know you're a fine and unimpeachablely decent blogger).

 
#4/11/2005 07:56:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Zeyad

I'm sorry emigre, but this is just outrageous. You should be more careful in your blog counting. I know there is a cultural barrier and that sometimes you can't read between the lines, but sorry, no mistress in Iraq can author such a blog,because if they could, they wouldn't be 'mistresses' in the first place.

This is not an Iraqi woman, let alone a prostitute. No woman in Iraq would write about music and wine in such a way. But we'll just wait and see how this unfolds.

 
#4/12/2005 04:19:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Zeyad!

Agreed. Perhaps some of my lines are not wide enough to read between? There used to be a byline in the header here reading "emigre does not endorse or verify" - I later took it out because I wasn't sure it represented everyone else (besides ~ it seemed to encourage doubtful characters) maybe we could put it back ~ "ibc does not endorse or verify" ?

I'm generally privately sceptical about most things I read and (perhaps mistakenly) operate on the premise that most other people are too. I personally believe their are only a handful of people blogging from Iraq. In an odd way though, I sometimes wonder if the more questionable sites serve to help protect the identites of people blogging from risky areas.

What to do when someone asks me to link a blog they want to follow? In the end I opt for the most neutral stance (not easy because my personal opinions are as fixed as anyone else) and decide to link and to let readers make up there own minds.

Thanks for saying what I was thinking. Perhaps the real joke is on Baghdad Mistress ;)

As you say, let's see how the story unfolds.

 
#4/12/2005 11:41:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Mister Ghost

1st Post by her: Thought it was a spoof. Calling Americans Yankees. Hmm. Is she in Mexico or Iraq?
So, goofed on her/him. What was the most interesting STD you
picked up, I think was one of my questions.

2nd post: Okay, perhaps it's for real and with a bad marriage and parents dying, maybe she was desperate in life.

3rd post: Divorce lawyers in a
predominantly Islamic country. Very Suspicious. Maybe she's a Christian, but...

Any ways Emigre, you need to be clearer next time, if you have doubts.

 
#4/12/2005 09:43:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

great blog, thanks for introducing me to Disgruntled Americans

 
#4/13/2005 02:58:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Aunt Najma

Yuck... Really yuck. And what makes it more disgusting is that some people believe and ENCOURAGE her!!

Let everyone believe what they want to believe.. It's not our choice, I'd guess. And if people want to read how a mistress became so, let them read it. BUT, do not count her as an average Iraqi. Neither Muslims nor Christians are like herself, both are respected, she's just NOT.

In the other hand, I feel happy to see that Iraqi men are rejecting that woman.

Khalid, I agree with you. "Allah Kareem" was not to be counted with her! I'm glad that both of you (Khalid, and Zeyad) have not encouraged such blog..

 
#4/13/2005 05:06:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Aunt Najma

~ Agreed. Who could possibly expect one blog can represent a whole country of people?

And this probably applies to people all over the world wide web.

I'm a hopelessly foolish idealist in real life (and online) and I lend anyone who has trouble on their mind (so long as they are not hurling regular abuse at other people ~ which I know you never do) a sympathetic ear. It saddens me to see people hurt, for whatever reason, but then that's just the way I am and you're welcome to disagree with me any time.

As Hassan might say, what is average? And as you say, let everyone believe what they want to believe.

 
#4/13/2005 08:02:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger neurotic_wife

Lol Emigre, I hope it aint my fault. But I rather was amused when I first saw the title of the Blog. The story is not quite convincing YET, but I guess we will just have to wait and see. And Im like you, I tend to get sad when I see people hurt, that is why I kinda sympathised with the blog's owner.....C'est la vie my friend...

And I also agree with Najma,Im pretty impressed how the Iraqi men didnt accept her.Well Done, but I have to admit,there were pretty harsh words thrown at whoever owns that blog...

 
#4/14/2005 07:16:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Nancy

guys (specifically NIW and Emigre),
if you feel sad for ALL the people who seem hurt and sympathize with them, does that mean you sympathize with Saddam and his croons b/c obviously now they are "hurt"....give me a break guys, how can you feel sorry for trash like that? if "she" is for real, then SHE alone chose this path and this low life and no respectable woman would choose such a "profession" no matter how hard life may get...believe me, there are ALWAYS honest ways to make money.

 
#4/14/2005 02:03:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Aunt Najma

Hey Nancy.. What are you doing here? NO to blogging, remember?

Anyway, I agree with you, and I wish you most of luck in your coming exam.

 
#4/14/2005 04:14:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger BaghdadMistress

emigre thanks for adding me. Please ignore all the stupid and Islamicist comments coming out from conservative Iraqi men who think that they own Iraqi women.

This is for the Islamicist Iraqis :

I have a story, and I like to tell the world about it.
If you don't like it, don't read it. I am not forcing anyone to read what I have to say. I represent myself in this world and not anyone else.
I am not your wife, your cousin, your daughter, your neighbour so get lost whoever doesn't like me.

Emigre thanks again.
Do you know how can I add links to my blog ?!

 
#4/14/2005 05:32:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Zeyad

NIW and Emigre, I agree about the harsh words, but then we all know how impulsive Iraqi guys can be.

Baghdad Mistress (whoever you really are), we are not condemning you because of your profession or because of who you are. We have reasons to believe (although it may be too early to decide yet) that what you are writing is not true. Take a look at your first 2 posts, they almost look like someone is joking, not to mention that your story is full of problems so far.

And if you think we are being Islamist or conservative then you are wrong. Personally, I am neither.

I'll follow your story, but I should let you know that I'll speak out if I see something wrong with it. Whether you like it or not, Iraqi bloggers do represent Iraqis, at least that's why people read them. So if you claim you are one, you have to accept the consequences.

 

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