Boyling out of control!

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Demi Moore (and of course Ashton Kutcher), Oprah, Patti Lupone, all brought to tears!!! Piers Morgan (“Britain’s got Talent” own judge!) offered Friday to kiss the Scottish charity worker, in an act of charity on his behalf! even Simon Cowell was touched by her! Well I wasn’t!

Susan Boyle can sing, hell, the woman has a golden voice, full stop! Some dreams come true, some don’t… hers did! so what?!!!

The Boyle sensation spiraling into madness

The Boyle-o-mania is spiraling into madness

Before you jump to conclusions, I don’t care enough about the subject to post about it… And I shouldn’t be posting about it! I should be posting about, say,  the US boycott of the UN racism conference
But instead I’m posting about her, why? Because I’m bothered by the media hype, and global Boyle euphoria, bothered enough to post on it…

Every website I log on to, especially the news ones, has at least two features about the frumpy 47-year-old, who has never been kissed… everyone is joining the global love parade, she has a fan website,  a fan page on facebook with 888,470 members (that’s 15,000 over Alicia Keys and 2,000 below Madonna!!!), she gained celebrity fans and millions of admirers, one of her YouTube clips has been viewed more than 12 million times and facebook and twitter are on fire, with status updates like: “Did you hear Susan Boyle yet?” “check out Susan Boyle on youtube” “i spent two hours listening to Susan Boyle on youtube”…. etc.  It’s all a bit too much, isn’t it? well… not just a bit, it’s bloody too much!!!

“I’m tired of how the media tells me who I should look up to” George Carlin said, and he was damn right!

I never watch American Idol, America’s got talent, Britain’s got talent, So you think you can dance?, or any of those talent freak shows! (not to mention Star Academy, the Arabic, more disturbing version)!

Because these “reality TV” fake shows, are all about exploiting people, and seeing how far they will go for money (ever watched the Running Man? Arnold’s 80s B-movie? It was about a man hunted down on a realtime TV show for money!).

On the other hand this Susan Boyle character really can sing (Yes, I confess, I did watch her on YouTube!), but she herself did the same thing, she exploited her look to awe the judges and highlight her voice, let’s face it: She is unpleasant to look at & she has been living on a planet where they think it’s alright for women to look like men (and not even pleasant looking men may I add)!

And she overplayed that to her advantage, she didn’t even get her hair done, before appearing on TV in front millions, why is that? Because hairdressers are so expensive to her? No, because she wanted the judges to overlook her and discard her as a nobody, so that when she sings, she’d blow them off their feet… which she did, and probably would still have done if she went there dressed like Monroe. But the  Wow effect was pretty much highlighted and accentuated by the initial cynicism.
She played her cards, and she won the Jackpot. Great for her…
As for the show: well, it’s been running for 3 years, it was bound to happen after thousands of auditions that someone with real talent would come up, amidst the thousands of half wits and twats who keep plaguing our TV sets! It’s a Talent Show in the first place, so when the show finally finds someone who is actually talented, why is that a surprise?!!!!

I honestly can’t see where the big deal is!
She can sing, period!

How did we find out?
Through a talent freak show… which she volunteered to appear on!

It’s not like she was singing by a lake in the woods, when the rich prince was passing, and immediately fell in love with her voice (now that would have been remarkable! Disgusting but remarkable nonetheless!!!).

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The new beauty archetype? (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan-pa)

The new beauty archetype? (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan-pa)

Suddenly, the pop culture which tells us that talented people have to look super sexy, and which would probably have killed Beethoven’s talent just because he wasn’t “hip” enough to market, have collapsed… and with it’s collapse the world is alight with Susan Boyles’s image, fireworks illuminate the skies, choirs are singing, euphoria is in the air and dreams can come true again…

Well who said they can’t in the first place?! they can come true, they just don’t come true that often! And that’s the case today, just like it was a week ago… The “Boyle Dream” phenomenon does not prove anything! She’ll take her two minutes of fame, and then as anyone and anything else, she will slowly recede to the back page… while the media turns to the next attraction.

It is sad, but that’s just the way things are in these decaying times!

The monkeys and the lioness

I’ve to admit I haven’t been “Politically active” the past period… I don’t know a reason for that, except for the fact that it’s been a crazy couple of month (work wise). And also I’ve fallen to a “Political indifference” after Gaza’s Massacre, while seeing the leaders of the “Arab” world battling over credit, and the leaders of the Palestinian people, battling over the crumbs (or rather chunks) of Gaza rebuilding aid.

But Suddenly I was brought out of my Political Stupor by the recent “capture” of the Hezbollah “terrorist” cell, in Egypt.

Now, I don’t know If anyone have noticed but suddenly our brave government and it’s “collaborators” have jumped on the arrest, like hungry hounds… Using euphemisms like “No one messes with Egypt” and other utterly meaningless statements, that brings to memory the “post 9/11” Bush speeches.

Suddenly Hezbollah, which was heroized and gained public ground after Lebanon war (to the dismay of Egyptian governments), was back in the black list.

Well not suddenly actually, the Egyptian media have been over-playing Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah statements, during the Gaza massacre, in which he (rightfully, may I add) attacked Egypt’s feeble role in Gaza’s recent tragedy.

Since then the state owned media have played all it’s dirty cards to demonize and entice hate against Hezbollah, personified in Hassan Nasrallah, and they succeeded greatly at it. All of a sudden Nasrallah became public enemy number 1, and the hire of Satan himself! As if he was the one responsible for all the global criticism we were getting throughout Gaza war, or as if he was responsible for all our problems with our Arab neighbors… meantime, ironically the Egyptian media didn’t dare do the same with say “Olmert” who was actually responsible for the massacre!

The media have prepared the scene for the government to deal the final blow, which the government theatrically acted out last Wednesday.

Now whether the arrests and accusation are true, or another fabrication by our “National Security” mongers, I really couldn’t care less!!!

To be honest, I don’t find it surprising at all that there are Hezbollah operatives in Egypt!
Of course there are! What? Do they think the weapons and ammunitions have been getting into Gaza through thin air? These same operatives who have been trafficking weapons and supplies throughout the last 3 years, and even before that!

If the Government and it’s vigilant Security forces, did not know about those operatives, and are surprised by their existence, then we are in deep S**T!

Whether these operatives were plotting against Egypt or not, will never be found out, because bottom line, I don’t trust our “investigation” methods, (remember Heba and Nadine’s murder case, anyone?)

Nonetheless, I have some questions, for which I would like anyone to provide me a logical answer:

  • Did Hezbollah ever pull any terrorist operation here in Egypt?
  • Who were the ones responsible for the recent terrorist attacks on Al Azhar? And the similar ones that took place during the last three years? Hezbollah???
  • Why now? Hezbollah have been around since the 80’s and have never attempted to “plot against” or attack Egypt, not even during the High time of Egyptian terrorism… so why now?

I have to be clear on this, I’m not defending Nasrallah or Hezbollah… not by any stretch of means… Despite his heroic role in Lebanon’s war in 2006, Nasrallah afterwards made the gravest mistakes, which made him a questionable figure inside and outside Lebanon.

However, with that said, I also do not just swallow whatever is presented to me, especially if it is by the government or any institution related to it!

The Egyptian media wants us to believe that out of the blue, Hezbollah, decided to carry out terrorist operations on Egyptian grounds, and that they (the government) were able to step in just in time! Why??? Why the sudden change of Hezbollah’s agenda?

And more importantly I ask, with Hezbollah’s training and resources (which have somewhat proved themselves during recent years), and with the Egyptian Security forces recent precedents, in failing completely to prevent any of the terrorist attacks (which were carried out by small time terrorists) throughout the last 3 years, does the story above seem even logical?

OK, SUPPOSE IT IS TRUE!

SUPPOSE THAT BY SOME FAR STRETCH OF EVENTS, AND A SUDDEN FLUSH OF HATRED, HEZBOLLAH DECIDED TO ATTACK EGYPT!

Does this give the government and the government owned media to stoop down even lower than it already had and degrade itself further, by engaging in Name calling and a national cussing fit (Waslet Rad7)?

Have our government and media lost all respect to themselves and the people they represent?

Here are the headlines of the global and national newspapers:

The Daily News, Egypt: UPROAR OVER HEZBOLLAH LEADER’S TELEVISED SPEECH
Egypt is in uproar over the admittance of Lebanese Hezbollah leader Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that a man detained in Egypt is a member of the Shia resistance group.
In comments published in Al-Hayat newspaper Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said Egypt “will not allow any party, inside or outside Egypt, to endanger the lives of Egyptian citizens or jeopardize the national economy.”
“Egypt’s security is a red line that cannot be breached, touched or harmed. Egyptian security services are quite capable of protecting the domestic front,” he added.
The Egyptian state press has been in arms over Nasrallah’s comments, and has responded furiously.
Even Israel has waded into the argument, with its Transport Minister Yisrael Katz stated Monday that Nasrallah deserved to die for his actions.
“Nasrallah deserves death and I hope that those who know what to do with him will act and give him what he deserves,” he said.

Al-Gomhuria: Nasrallah “The Monkey Sheikh” is a criminal working for Iranian interests, he sacrificed the lives of Lebanese citizens in the 2006 war with Israel and the following Shia-Sunni clashes, dispelling his hero status.

Akhbar Al Youm: Nasrallah is a “war criminal”

(Nasrallah is a “war criminal”??? How bout Netanyahu, Livni, Olmert and Lieberman? Those are not war criminals, heh?)

Al-Ahram: Nasrallah’s comments, along with other irrefutable evidence, cements the intention of launching attacks on Egypt, in support of Gaza!

(Launching attacks on Egypt, in support of Gaza! ya3ni ehh? we ba3d ehh???)

Rose Al Yousef: Egypt must start proceedings to try him(Nasrallah) in an international court. He has admitted to the crime. He must be handed to the Lebanese government as a war criminal.

Reuters: Egypt state-controlled paper denounces Hezbollah and calls Nasrallah “monkey sheikh.”
CAIRO – An Egyptian state-controlled newspaper escalated Egypt’s dispute with the Lebanese group Hezbollah Sunday by calling its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a “monkey sheikh.”

Aljazeera: Hezbollah ‘plotted to attack Egypt’
Egypt has accused Hezbollah of plotting to attack tourists at resorts in the Sinai Peninsula – days after Cairo said 49 men had been arrested for allegedly being linked to the Lebanese armed political group.

BBC: Hezbollah confirms Egypt arrest
The leader of Lebanon’s Islamist Hezbollah movement has confirmed one of the group’s members is among 49 men accused of planning attacks in Egypt.
The Hezbollah member, Sami Shihab, had been trying to get military equipment into Gaza, Hassan Nasrallah said.
But he denied his organization was seeking to destabilize Egypt and called the allegations “lies”.

These were the global and national responds, and as saddening as they are, yet still, the more shameful is the Israeli press festival over the arrest news, which shows who are our government’s best friends now!

The Jerusalem Post wrote: Hizbullah plot to target Israelis in Sinai was ‘act of war’
Israeli and Egyptian officials said on Sunday that the Hizbullah agents whose arrests were announced by Cairo last week had been plotting to attack Israeli tourists at resorts in Sinai.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) declared that Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah had ordered the agents to “hit Israeli targets,” and that he hoped Nasrallah would pay the price for this “act of war.”
“He [Nasrallah] acknowledges that his men were involved in smuggling Iranian weapons into Gaza in order to hit Israel,” said Katz.

The Israel Post wrote: Cairo: Nasrallah trying to turn Egypt into Hizbullah ‘playground’
Egyptian officials have responded angrily to a recent speech by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in which he admitted that the Lebanese terror group was smuggling arms into the Gaza Strip, telling the London-based Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat that “Nasrallah wants to turn Egypt into a playground like Lebanon.”
In an article published on Saturday, the officials blamed Nasrallah for “dragging Egypt into this situation” by letting his people enter Egypt “for satanic purposes.”

Haaretz: Egypt settled score with Hamas
Senior Palestinian source says Cairo has been waiting to put Islamist organization in its place even since gunmen stormed Rafah crossing in January 2007. Opportunity came when Hamas and Hizbullah crossed red line with funds and arms smuggling, he tells Ynet

Ynetnews: ‘Nasrallah a monkey sheikh’
Egyptian paper slams Hizbullah chief, says he ‘will burn’ should he threaten Egypt’s sovereignty
The state-owned al-Gomhouria newspaper said: “We do not allow you, monkey sheikh, to mock our judiciary, for you are a bandit and veteran criminal who killed your countrymen, but we will not allow you to threaten the security and safety of Egypt …and if you threaten its sovereignty, you will burn!”

It is really degrading and petty to see the government of our nation, bullying a political party (or a terrorist group, as they call Hezb-Allah). Just like it is disgraceful to see the same government having a grudge for a TV channel, and going after it, in every vulgar way possible.

And It’s even more shameful to see our “free” press, letting go of all decency, objectivity and joining in on the Hate fest.

Yesterday, “El Beit Betak” one of the most watched national talk show programs, which is broadcast on Egypt’s prime satellite channel, hosted a military analyst and the Editor of Al Ahram economical newspaper, and both hosts alongside the TV presenter, went all out and engaged in a 30 minutes of blasting show (Waslet Rad7), calling Nassarallah: the “phony Sheikh”, the “ignorant Sheikh”, the “fool Sheikh”, the “evil Sheikh”, the “wicked Sheikh”, the “villain Sheikh” and other vulgar profanities… finally calling him An “Armout” (hint)!!!

This is our Foreign policy? To verbally attack Foreign Political parties, Minorities and Foreign TV channels, while leaving enemy countries ravel at our borders?

This is how low and cheap we stooped, a bitter dwarf nation ruled by a bitter and small government, criticized by every other “respectful” country, and cheered by a criminal and murderous regime…?!

Foot note1:

Reuters reports that President Hosni Mubarak told Lebanon’s prime minister in a phone call on Sunday that “Egypt will not allow anyone to violate its borders or destabilize the country.”
I add a small correction: “Egypt will not allow anyone to violate its borders or destabilize the country, except for Israel, who are free to bomb our borders, occasionally kill our border guards (by mistake of course), and violate our air zone”

Hasbi Allah… wa nee’m al Wakil

(the above is a religious statement, used commonly by Muslims to express disappointment… By no means should it be understood or interpreted that I am a member of the “terrorist cell”)

Foot note2:
The title of this post refers to fictional monkeys and a fictional lioness, it should not be projected to anyone or anything else, and should not be taken out of context!