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I have a one-month vacation before moving to my new job in Dubai, so I visited my grandmother’s house yesterday, she was watching LBC Drama.

Today, I had nothing to do as well, so I passed by her, and again, she is watching LBC Drama.

I am not a fan of TV usually, the only thing I watch is football and I use it for PlayStation.

So after asking a bit about this channel, it turned out that it only puts Arabic/Syrian/Turkish series.

As most of you know, those series are addictive to those who watch them, which for me is not a problem, since I am myself addicted to watching football for example, some American series, etc… The problem with LBC Drama is that people are getting hooked to it the whole day.  I mean I watch football on weekends, and midweek only when Champions League games are being played. I can’t imagine myself watching series the whole day, specially that kind of series. We, in Lebanon, need more educational series, brain teasing series. The last thing we want is dramatic series. All you see on local television those days are political shows and dramatic and movies.

All local TV stations belong to politicians, and they are doing a great job brain washing the youth of Lebanon. When I was at the Lebanese American University I used to get amazed on how “friends” during the year stop talking when elections come as they “belong” to different political parties.

LBC Drama is owned by LBCI which is owned by the Lebanese Forces. A political party that is one of the “liberal” parties in Lebanon who should be enlightening people and opening their minds. So instead of getting them hooked to drama, maybe it is time to get them hooked on science, civil rights, business, etc…

We, as a country, will not go forward as long as politicians runs our lives.

Yesterday, on March 17, 2013, and around 9:30 pm, 2 Sunni Cheikhs got beaten after the Isha Prayer on their way home by a number of outlaws. Outlaws is the least that can be said about them. Those are idiots brainwashed by their leader to do their dirty things. But this is not the point of this post. The point is that stupider people from the other sect of the Muslim religion (Sunnis) went on to start havoc in the streets of Beirut, with rumors saying that they were screaming their lungs out asking for a “Jihad”. For those who do not know, NO ONE can call for a “Jihad” except for the Mufti himself in the absence of the “Khalifa”. So those idiots will not be doing God a favor whatsoever.

Things did not stop here, the problem is that the whole country got all angry and excited about the two cheikhs being beaten labeling it as “touching the holy” that no one took notice of innocent civilians being beaten yesterday in the streets of Beirut.

A friend of mine, YZ (I will mention only his initials) got stopped on the street near Sodeco Square by a gang of armed men who asked him where he was from. When they knew from his answers that he was a “Chiite” they started to beat him, damaged his car and took his phone then left him on the street in his blood. The WORST part is that the LEBANESE ARMY were standing on the side watching this man getting beaten just because of the way he prays. Note that that man may have different political views than the ones of Hizbollah for example, but regardless, if he is a Chiite, then he is not one of them, then he is entitled to the “punishment”.

Now let me make one thing clear, I myself, am a Sunni living in Lebanon (unfortunately) and this by NO MEANS mean that I accept what those men did. And more people than you think agree with me and don’t care for the religion or sect of other people. We want to live in peace, I don’t care if my neighbor is a Sunni, a Chiite, a Catholic, a Jew or even a Buddhist. The way people pray is their issue and is none of my problem.

Politicians go on preaching about the civil war, and how we should avoid it while they are themselves the ones putting the wood in the fire to ignite it more. And by politicians, I mean ALL politicians, those from March 8 and those from March 14. All of them are preaching, but none is doing anything to stop it. And would really like from the Minister of Internal Affairs to also give orders to those who beat my friend because they are no any better than the ones who beat the two Cheikhs. Both groups deserve the highest level of punishment.

As for our dear Lebanese Army. Please, next time you see a Lebanese citizen getting beaten, please interfere and help him out, he pays your salaries with his taxes.

Finally, I would like to wish my friend a speedy recovery and wish that those who beat him are brought to justice, something that I unfortunately am losing faith in its existence in Lebanon.

Lebanon is politically divided into two clans, the ones who love Americans and want to follow in their footsteps and the ones who “claim” to hate Americans and want us to believe that the United State of America is the master devil running the world to its destruction. On a side note, most of those are holders of American Passports and one should not spit in the plate he eats from, that’s what my grandmother raised me to.

To those who think that the USA is the devil, here’s what happened with me some days ago.

I am a consumer, I buy goods from wherever I find the best price, and I wanted to buy a snowboard. And since my favorite snowboarding shop in Lebanon did not get this specific board, I went online to find my need. On Tuesday the 11th of December, I googled the board I wanted and found it at a specific website which had a “Live Chat” section. A certain Bob who was a very pleasant person to talk to answered my inquires and gave me his input on the board that encouraged me even more to buy it. After some Q&A with Bob, I ended up purchasing the board for the amount of $449.95 and I got a “FREE 2-Day” shipping to my P.O.Box address in Ohio. The board was delivered on time and I ended up shipping it to Beirut via Borderlinx/DHL.

If you are still reading, you would say ok, what’s special in that? In Lebanon this could happen. Well to start with, No, this does not happen in Lebanon, first there are nothing called Live Chat and there is nothing called Free Delivery and to buy a product you need to go through a hassle. Anyhow, now comes the good part.

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that he wanted to do the same and purchase a board online, so I went to the same website to check out what boards suits him and if it is in stock and as soon as I get into the website, a banner saying “Burton. 2013 Gear on Sale Now. Up to 20% off the hottest new goods. Dec 18 – 24 Only” pops up in my face. So out of curiosity, I look for the board I purchased a week ago to see that its price dropped to $382.46, that’s a saving of 15% which is equivalent to $67.49.

So I click on the “Live Chat” icon and get to speak with a representative of the website. I start by thanking him for the delivery of my board and ask him about that discount I saw on their website. I explain that I purchased my board on the 11th and the discount started on the 18th so if there was a way I could benefit from that discount. So he asks for my Order Number and when he saw that I indeed purchased the board on the 11th, he tells me that of course I can benefit from that discount. Whenever the price changes within 30 days, I can benefit from the lowest price. So he did his calculations and debited my card with the amount of $67.49.

Now imagine you purchasing a good in Lebanon and going a week later to tell the salesman I would like to benefit from the discount you started AFTER I made my purchase. What would his/her answer be?

I will leave that to you 

And then they ask why we love Americans.

On December 9th, 2012; the world of music was hit with the publishing of “Myriam Klink – Klink Revolution Clip” (please don’t have your kids or young brothers and sisters look at it); and today, I had the opportunity to have a look at it.

Allow me say that this clip is one of the WORST if not THE WORST clips I ever saw in my life. A low budget clip that has nothing to do with music whatsoever.

Now where should I start? Should I start with the private jet? Or the bride’s dress? Or the slutty army outfit with the guns? Or with those yellow heals she was wearing(probably the only nice thing about this whole clip)? Or with the abysmal dancing? Or the dreadful lingerie show?

Let me start by saying that Lebanon has always been a leader in the music industry in the Middle East. Lebanon produced the likes of Sabah, Fairouz, Majida El Roumi, Wadi El Safi and so many more. Those shaped our music history and are unfortunately looking at its destruction.

So let’s all agree on one thing, Myriam Klink is NOT a singer, not even an artist. Myriam Klink is a girl with a low self-esteem willing to do whatever is necessary in this world to have more YouTube views so she can get herself a desperate millionaire to maybe marry so she could get out of the shithole (Excuse my French) she’s living in.

The idea behind the song and the clip is to start a revolution to save Lebanon from the hands of those destroying it. What she missed is that she was destroying a fundamental part of our Lebanese heritage by even publishing this “so-called” song on YouTube.

She starts the “so-called” song by saying that she likes to sing and that she is presenting her art. For God’s sake, someone hit her on her head to wake her up from the coma she is living in, this is NOT art Myriam, and this is as close as you can get to hitting bottom rock. Then she starts repeating lyrics that don’t match, not even closely; while changing from an army outfit, to a bride’s dress. Then she starts belly dancing in her “please do me” dress to end up with a white top and matching panties.

Sorry I did not concentrate on the lyrics because I was busy with the erotic show she was putting in till I get even disgusted of the show (Yes, I’m a man, but one with manners).

Myriam Klink is not starting a revolution; if anything, she is showing the world that we need manners in Lebanon more than a political revolution to clean the country from those blood-sucking politicians.

It has been only 21 hours since the video was published and it already has more than 5000 views, so I guess you can see where we are going with it.

Unfortunately, the video will go viral, almost everyone will hate it and say what a b**ch Myriam Klink is. Nemr Bou Nassar will have a new subject to talk about, he will build on Klink to gain more audience and more followers and life will go on.

I once saw a meme comparing Justin Bieber’s Baby clip on YouTube hitting 810,176,066 views with Tupac’s California Love hitting only 35,734,213 views. The meme said “Music is Dead”.

Now I say “Music is Dead and Long Buried”.

As I was checking my timeline on twitter, a tweet by @MTVLebanonNews caught my attention:

“آل المقداد توعدوا بخطوات لاحفة لم يفصحوا عنها وأكدوا أن الاعتصام يفك فور إطلاق سراح الشباب”

So it seems that we still have to hear from the Mokdad family after all. On top of having the guts to go on TV and say that they have an armed legion, then go on to kidnap more than 20 Syrian citizen in Lebanon (regardless of the Syrians’ political affiliation) and a Turkish citizen, they now decide to close one of the most active roads in the Beirut Southern Suburb.

Everyone remembers what happened three month ago when the Syrian Free Army abducted a member of the Mokdad clan in Syria after they claim he was helping the Syrian Army which prompted the Mokdad family to retaliate and abduct Syrians in Lebanon and a Turkish.

Back then, the army was not given the “political cover” to do anything about it because Hizbollah did not allow it of course, and things stalled for almost 20 days until suddenly the Lebanese Army miraculously started to arrest the armed forces of the Mokdad clan and throw them in prison.

Now here comes the tricky part. Those people were arrested and thrown in jail, everyone obviously knows why, but this is not how things work. When the police or the army detains someone and put him in jail, that someone has to stand in front of a jury to be trialed. The problem is that those persons were not accused of anything; they were just caught and put in jail for no legislative reason. The reason for the public is clear, but the reason for the law does not exist, not until they are accused and then shown to a judge for a trial.

I understand the frustration of the Mokdad family as their sons have been in prison for over two months now without even being accused, let alone judged. But didn’t they see it coming? What did they expect? To go all commando on the streets of Dahyeh kidnapping people as if it was the most normal thing to do without consequences? We were taught in school in the physics classes that for every action there is an opposite equal reaction. Well that applies to social life too, not just to science. They made an action of kidnapping people that triggered a reaction of them being arrested.

To be clear, the government, the judicial body, the police, the army or whoever is responsible (because he have no idea who is responsible for what in Lebanon) have the obligation of accusing the detainees before judging them. But for the Mokdad family to go and decide to close a road in Dahyeh until their sons are freed? Come on, is there no decency anymore? Do they think that us, Lebanese, are idiots? Do they think that they can do whatever they want without being asked why?

After the Asir/Hizbollah incident in Saida; the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mr. Marwan Charbel promised that whoever is seen holding arms will be detained. If no arms are shown in Dahyeh now by the Mokdad family, I’m sure that it won’t be long before they show up. So I think that the Mokdad family will put the words of the minister to test.

The Mokdad family have all the right to ask for their sons to be accused and sent to trial, and the government has the obligation to see the detainees accused and trialed; but this is NOT the way to ask for it.