الجمعة، مايو 11، 2012

Nahrain University's party pooper

This cell phone video went viral in Iraq yesterday. It shows Nahrain University (formerly Saddam University) President (yes, the mobster-looking guy in sunglasses, with the cigarette dangling from his mouth and surrounded by bodyguards) having a fit because his students dared to organize a graduation party with costumes on university grounds. He calls them 'donkeys' and 'degenerates' and warns them of the 'consequences' if repeated again.

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UPDATE: Part 2 of Nahrain Uni pres antics

Pooper: "May God spill your luck. If you do not all undress in 10 minutes, I will insult you and step on your heads with my shoe..."

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Hassan CHOP يقول...

foist

Marcus يقول...

What a sad character.

Petes يقول...

thoid

... and yeah, what a donkey.

Bridget يقول...

So discouraging.

I just read Sandmonkey's blog for the first time since just after the revolution. Also terribly discouraging.

synik يقول...

oth, Oregon State University President dances with his Iraqi graduates in the USA

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Total confusion here. What was wrong with that orange thingy he tore down? Do people need permission to organize parties on campus? Not quite sure why he got his undies in a bunch there.

غير معرف يقول...

Lynnette, the thingy is a Chinese paper dragon. What's amusing is the president wearing a shirt of the same color as the dragon

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Well that's too bad, Chinese dragons are really quite fun. So he either doesn't like dragons, or he doesn't like Chinese, or he doesn't like communism. But in any case, it's not his call. The whole purpose of a higher education is for people to have the opportunity to explore all sorts of ideas. So he really isn't doing his job, now is he?

He'd be better off allowing a healthy debate.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

(Sorry, I'm trying to do multiple things here. Had to take a break and help my parents plant peppers.)

Bridget,

Thanks for reminding me about Sandmonkey. I visited.

7mar يقول...

yeah, what a donkey

I'm a donkey and this offends me.

camel يقول...

easily offended?

Bibi Mattu يقول...

shhhhh

Petes يقول...

The US budget in household budget terms... would you run your house this way?

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
Those look to be 2011 figures.  GDP for 2011 was $15.094 Tn(This would be $150,940 on your chart.)
Federal income as against GDP = 14.37%.

I think we need new (i.e. more)  federal revenue.  This is not to denigrate the need to get the long-term budget under control; there need to be some cuts to the projected, long-term entitlement outlays, but I do think we need more federal revenue.  I.e:  More tax money going into the federal coffers.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Undress? And just how far did he want them to go?

That guy's too tightly wound. It's just a dragon.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Pete,

A mandated balanced budget sounds good on paper. But, unfortunately, there are all sorts of things that can be tweaked to make it only appear balanced.

Lee,

Most sane people do believe that there needs to be some revenue increases to deal with the deficit. Those who don't believe that are not living in the real world. You can only cut so much before you have social upheaval. And thus my contempt for those who try to weasel out of paying taxes by renouncing their US citizenship. Nothing like turning your back on the country that put you in the fortunate position of having income to pay taxes on!

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
      "Nothing like turning your back on the country that
      put you in the fortunate position of having income to
      pay taxes on!
"

If you're thinking about the guy from Facebook, you might consider that he was a naturalized citizen for about 10 years is all.  He was born Brazilian.
However, more to the general point…  I think the trend towards moneyed folks renouncing U.S. citizenship merely points up the effects of globalization.  A lot of ‘American’ companies (including the financial Masters of the Universe) would, if honest, tell you they consider the very notion of a national allegiance to be nothing more than a quaint fiction, but one that's potentially quite useful when they need some muscle or need bailed out, or want some tax preferences.
It should come as no surprise that the people behind the multi-nationals begin to think the same.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Yup, that's the guy. Made his billions and is running off to Singapore.

As to national allegiance being a "quaint fiction" for some, probably so. Reminds me of something I heard somewhere..."he knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing".

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
      "Yup, that's the guy. Made his billions and is
      running off to Singapore.
"

Well, as a naturalized citizen, the permanency of his allegiance was always suspect to begin with.  That's why the Framers stuck that clause in The Constitution so's folks like him could never be president nor vice-president.  Yep, he found it convenient to get American citizenship, and then convenient to relinquish it.  Meantime he played by the rules, so far as I know.
As for ‘running off to Singapore’…  Well, relinquishing his citizenship triggers what the IRS calls a ‘taxable event’.  All his taxes become due and payable; capital gains, differed income, unrepatriated offshore income, everything.  He has to pay taxes as if he'd cashed out and taken all his profits (except it'll be on estimated values, ‘cause they don't really make him cash out, just pay up as if he'd cashed out.)  No doubt there will be a substantial quibble over the estimates, but eventually they'll strike a deal on a figure, and he'll have to buy his way out.
He played fair while he played here, so far as I know.  I have no particular problems with him.

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   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

   
      "…eventually they'll stike a deal on a figure…"

And, if they don't, they'll wind up submitting it to a Tax Court judge who'll strike a figure for them.
Meantime, I actually do know it's spelt ‘deferred’; I just missed it the first time.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Lee,

Well, relinquishing his citizenship triggers what the IRS calls a ‘taxable event’.

That's something I didn't know. Or even think of. I like it. And that seems fair. Although I still think he's greedy and a fool.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Meanwhile, in Jordan, they are conducting a military exercise.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
I decided to check.  Turns out Iraq is a participant in those exercises.  Don't think I'd have bet on that; in fact, I'm almost surprised.

Petes يقول...

Vancouver's property bubble has popped, as Chinese buyers dry up.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/vancouvers-real-estate-swoon-deepens/article2433053/

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
Re:  American politics:

In spite of the fallout from last year's debt ceiling debacle (which ended up with Standard & Poors downgrading the U.S.A.'s AAA credit rating, although the other two major rating agencies did not follow suit), House Republicans (John Boehner, leading) have indicated that they want to stare down into that abyss yet again, and seriously contemplate stepping off into it, before the upcoming presidential elections.
(The House Republicans have already renegged on the compromise that resulted in the 2012 budget legislation known as the ‘Budget Control Act.  This is the one that instituted the automatic ‘sequestrations’ set to go into effect at the first of the year.)

Marcus يقول...

An interesting program tonight on Swedish public television. A news crew sent two veiled women into the 10 biggest mosques in Sweden to ask the Imam's advice on three topics:

One of the women is being beaten by her husband, should she report it to the police? 6 out of 10 said no she should not, 2 answered vaguely.

Her husband insists on sex, is she obligated even if she doesn't want to? 6 out of 10 said yes she is (one said that while sick and while on her period she doesn't have to, otherwise she does)

Her husband has taken a second wife (poligamy is illegal in Sweden) and she doesn't like this, must she accept this? 9 out of 10 said yes she must, her husband can have up to 4 wives.

Then the host of the show went in with a TV caera and asked these samme questions. You can guess the result - suddenly the Imams were beacons of western liberalism. Taqiya - I believe the term is for lying to the "unbelievers" in defence of Islam.

The initial response in our media today, since the topic of the program was announced, was that it is completely unacceptable. A couple of hours later and the whitewashing is on at full throttle.

9 out of the 10 mosques are partially funded by swedish taxpayer money and several were established with funds from Saudi Arabia.

If it comes online with english subtitles (doubtful) I'll link to it.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
      "A couple of hours later and the whitewashing is
      on at full throttle.
"

How do they ‘whitewash’ that?

Marcus يقول...

Lee, from the muslim side (as in the Swedish Muslim Council, etc.) the story now is that imams are laymen who are not trained in swedish law and of course the muslim establishment in Sweden strictly condemns this. (I might add that a few among the leaders in these "councils" have had relatives picked up by Pakistani and US troops in the tribal belts but they were of course only there on humanitarian missions and the fact that they were armed were mere coincidences)

From leftist media the focus is "shifting the blame" and any religious angle is played down and the problem is instead a gender based one where the male collective is the villain.

I'm not sure it's as bad as here in the US but for an english language example look to the UK. A white, middle aged heterosexual male is usually the villain behind it all, when all is said and done.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Vancouver's property bubble has popped, as Chinese buyers dry up.

Perhaps the critical question here is why has the Chinese money dried up?

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

A news crew sent two veiled women into the 10 biggest mosques in Sweden to ask the Imam's advice on three topics:

Obviously the Imams are incompetent when it comes to women's issues and should be dismissed.

Marcus يقول...

2 examples, and I'll try to translate as best I can:

Omar Mustafa, chairman of the Islamic league in Sweden:

"A better pass the extreme right couldn't have hoped for, and it coes at a timme when the anti-muslim powers are at their strongest"

The chairman of the Islamic center in Malmö:

"They should rather have investigated and reported on the growing islamophbia"

(Yup, there's a white male villain behind it all, for sure)

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

From leftist media the focus is "shifting the blame" and any religious angle is played down and the problem is instead a gender based one where the male collective is the villain.

Really? Normally I would have thought they would have chosen the religious angle. Perhaps they are giving Islam a pass?

Personally I don't really know if it is religious or cultural. It would be interesting to poll men from the Imam's countries of origian who are not religious and see what their answers would be to those questions. Unless of course they were born in Sweden?

Somehow I doubt an American woman whose religion is Islam would tolerate such backwards thinking. But I can't say for sure.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

"They should rather have investigated and reported on the growing islamophbia"

Why does it have to be either/or? Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination, whether it be gender or religious.

Marcus يقول...

Lynnette:

"Perhaps they are giving Islam a pass?"

That's 100% correct when it comes to leftist swedish media. I can tell you they would have rather seen that such an investigation was never made. Only the fact that it was made by (the single one remaining reporter with any balls at all in) swedish public service media makes them not go for the "shoot the messenger" approach.

Whenever we have a balcony-tossing of a young girl who dared stray, a mass-rape by many muslim young males on a swedish girl, honor crimes, family fueds over "honour" or any other of a multitude of new crime that we never had before, the message is always that it's isolated events and it has NOTHING to do with Islam. Well, what is Islam then and who represents it here? If 9 out of 10 imams in the 10 biggest mosques advocate crimes against ur laws off camera and then lie blatantly on camera, are they too just isolated wrongdoers? Or is there a bigger problem?

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

 
      "I'm not sure it's as bad as [t]here in the US but
      for an english language example look to the UK.
"

The ‘blame the old Christian white guys’ thing is vastly overstated by our conservative contingent.  It's not near as bad as they say.
As for Muslims:  We are mostly well aware that the imams say one thing to the congregation and another to us infidels; most of us are aware of that anyway.  On the brighter side, the congregations are generally more moderate, and more assimilated to American mores and values than are the imams.  That's not to say we don't have our radical Muslims; we certainly do; but, for the most part I think our Muslims have been quicker to ‘blend in’ with mainstream America than I hear is the case across Europe.

That may be changing however.  The burqa and hajib are becoming rather more common than used to be the case.  Why that's happenin’ could be a subject for considerable discussion I think.

Petes يقول...

Speaking of Muslim males in a different context, I wonder if JG$ is crying in his soup today. His pal Ratbag Mladic has gone on trial. He doesn't seem too haunted by the ghosts of Srebrenica -- he made a throat slitting gesture to a woman from there giving evidence yesterday. Maybe he's still hoping with JG$ that people will see through the imperialist plot against him.

Marcus يقول...

Lee:

"We are mostly well aware that the imams say one thing to the congregation and another to us infidels; most of us are aware of that anyway."

I think most of us here in Sweden (and several other European nations, but especially in Sweden) are much less aware than you are. Because saying that, or even hinting towards that is deemed racist here. (which is why the news program I mentioned is a VERY big deal here, it's unheard of before)

Lee: "On the brighter side, the congregations are generally more moderate, and more assimilated to American mores and values than are the imams."

Also here I think there's a huge difference. The problem is on both fronts. First european muslim "communities"* have been way less inclined to adopt to their new environment than the American ones are. And also European countries makes it a damned much harder task for them to integrate than the US does.

You have at least some sort of integration and a new common identity for all most US citizens. We have ethnic enclaves and mistrust between them. Europe holds the record for ethnic strife, after all.

Also, you have a society that attracts entreprenuerial immigrants and where new immigrants are forced to either make a new and succesful life for themselves, or live in poverty. And you choose your new immigrants just as much as immigrants choosing your country to a much larger extent, which is of course aided by the Atlantic ocean.

We have a "wellfare state" where a 65 yo immigrant will de facto receive more in wellfare than a 65 yo swede who's worked all their life in a low income job will receive as a pension. That's a fact annd I can give examples but only in swedish. And where the threashold for new immigrants to enter into a productive life are very high. And where the difference between sitting at home watching Al Jazeera on welfare and going out and getting a low paid job might even mean you LOSE money by working (it's that insane).

I'm thinking that you can either have a more "capitalist" system were every individual is accountable for themselves and their family coupled with high immigration. Or you can have a Scandinavian wellfare state where income disparity is very low and everyone within the borders are given a decent level of welfare coupled with restrictive immigration.

But a generous wellfare state. Coupled with an immigration policy with no/low limits, coupled with a self loathing that makes critizism of any alien cultural expressions regarded on par with you being a nazi - that's just gotta fall apart. That's about where we are now. IMO.

Marcus يقول...

Lynnette:

"Personally I don't really know if it is religious or cultural. It would be interesting to poll men from the Imam's countries of origian who are not religious and see what their answers would be to those questions."

I'd say it's mainly cultural.

The religious part would be thet there IS support for poligamy in the Koran and there IS support for a man beating his wife in the Koran also. But the Koran is a book, and muslims are people, and people can adhere to a religion and develop it according to modern times if they so choose to. (but that's kinda hard if every Imam in your country is educated in KSA and a bigot asshole)

BTW, our latest "honor killing" in Sweden was in a Kurdish Yezidi family, which is not related to Islam. It's some form of other religion and backwards culture that makes women the property of their fathers/brothers and then their husbands.

My biggest gripe is I'm seeing my own society change for the worse with this influx of narrow minded fuckers from abroad (call me a racist if you will (I'm not one), but that's my reality). I can't understand why someone would flee oppression and backwardness and then insist on bringing the very institutions that instilled that oppression and backwardness in the place they flew from to their new safe haven. And I'm sure as hell not prepared to have that opression and backwardness inflicted on me and mine.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Marcus,

I understand your concern for your country and your family. No one wants to see the freedoms they have worked so hard to achieve be curtailed in some way by others narrowmindedness.

Peer pressure is a powerful thing. As long as immigrants remain in an isolated enclave of their old country's ideas they will find it more difficult to assimilate. Schools and the rule of law are a critical part of assimilation.

The media's attempts to appear tolerant by automatically giving Islam a pass are not really helping. As I said before, those Imams who continue to foster the draconian, discriminatory ideas of what should be a bygone era should be dismissed. It would certainly go a long way to prove those who are critical of Islam wrong.

Marcus يقول...

Lynnette

"The media's attempts to appear tolerant by automatically giving Islam a pass are not really helping. As I said before, those Imams who continue to foster the draconian, discriminatory ideas of what should be a bygone era should be dismissed. It would certainly go a long way to prove those who are critical of Islam wrong."

There was a follow up debate on this last night and the voice of reason and harshest critizism of the mosque-leaders came from some muslim women. First they can speak way more freely without the fear of being labeled islamophobes/racists and also they know what they are talking about from first hand experiences. Let me tell you they were pissed off at those imams and they were kind of saying that they had been waiting a long time for our media to dare to bring this up.

غير معرف يقول...

And I thought only Arabs were prone to conspiracy theories

Marcus يقول...

Yes, yes, it's all conspiracy theory. There is nothing at all we need to be vigilant against.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86s-UWQ1DSI

All is well. All is well.

غير معرف يقول...

Europe is a whole different case. Plus vigilance not equal to paranoia. You already have tabs on everyone.

Marcus يقول...

Ok, I am not sure what conspiracy theory I'm guilty of running with then.

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