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Update Regarding the “Publishing of the Prophet Mohammad Cartoons at the College of DuPage”

If any of you read the posting below about the "Publishing of the Prophet Mohammad cartoons in the College of DuPage newspaper" I have updates to what happened on Friday when they DID proceed and published the Prophet Mohammad cartoons. With all our efforts (letter to the editor, talks with the Advisory board of the College and Dean, as well as many other attempts, we failed and yes, it was published. In the Friday issue of the Courier in the "FEATURE" section, they featured not just a "couple" of the Prophet cartoons, but "12", yes, "12"!!!!!" of the cartoons. (http://www.cod.edu/courier/05.05.06/FEATURES_05.05.06.pdf I was so upset at the fact that not only did they feature "12" cartoons  but they went on to talk about this for 2-pages. The editor wrote statements such as " We decided to print the cartoons. It was agreed that the story would be trivialized with out them." Ok I mean common, there was no need whatsoever to have to publish the cartoons, and yet all "12" of them. I don’t understand why the newspaper had to go to such an extent, I believe by publishing only "one" of the cartoons many people would understand the extent to these "offensive cartoons". Another statement the editor made was " We spent a great of time examining what other images and texts to use to treat this issue with proper care and respect". I don’t agree at all with that statement as well, if they spent a "great deal of time" on examining what to "use" and "not to use", if they really spent that "great deal of time" they would have came up with the conclusion that it was downright disrespectful (especially at a college with a large Muslim student body) and abandoned the idea.

The biggest point to why I am greatly upset about this whole issue is because the editor went on for "2-pages" that the reason why they wanted to publish these images were for people to "understand the extent of the cartoons", yet, those 2-pages had nothing to do with "why they were so offensive". The editor basically went on for 2-pages to "back-themselves-up" about why they decided to publish the images. They never once explained or stated that "Muslims aren’t terrorists" and they never gave their opinion to say "that the cartoons were offensive and wrong". So now I really wonder "what the damn point was to publish these offensive cartoons".

Honestly now I feel that in next weeks Issue of "The Courier" they owe our Muslim student body a great apology that details discrediting the cartoons. I am highly anticipating their response to all this mess and am awaiting an apology for being so unthoughtful.

To continue with what happened, on Friday morning the newspapers were distributed throughout the entire college campus as well as all the regional centers. To my surprise, I started to hear that the newspapers were starting to "disappear!" No one knows who did it, but the person(s) who did it, made sure to take EVERY SINGLE one of the papers off the campus entirely. I mean what can you do? As my college’s newspaper had the "freedom of speech/press" to publish those cartoons, so did the public to take how many of their "free newspapers" as they wanted, I mean there was no sign saying "TAKE ONLY ONE!" then that would be a totally different story.

Bottom Line: Next time you want to publish something that has caused so much controversy and is offensive, don’t have high expectations of anything good.

* The publishing of the Prophet Mohammad cartoons raised so much controversy that it has been published in both the Daily Herald as well as the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.dailyherald.com/search/searchstory.asp?id=186123

For Chicago Tribune Article (go to www.chicagotribune.com) and under "search" type in "College of DuPage" and then scroll down and click the article "Student paper runs Mohammad cartoons".


Even Local Newspapers still dwelling on the Prophet Mohammad Cartoons!

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** Today I was shocked to hear that my College’s Newspaper wanted to publish the "Prophet Mohammad" cartoons in tommorrow’s issue of the weekly newspaper. I was very upset and felt like my opinion about his matter should be heard as well as considered. I understand that this is "freedom" of speech and "press" but when things go too far, these kinds of things should be stopped. Here is what I wrote in response to the editor and staff who want to proceed with publishing these cartoons in tommorrow’s paper.

Dear editor,

I recently was informed that you and your staff at the Courier want to publish the “prophet” cartoons in tomorrow’s issue. If I were you or part of your staff, I would highly suggest you think “twice”! I understand that the Courier does have the right to print according to the freedom of Speech clause affirmed by the Supreme Court of the Unites States. But I mean have you and your staff been locked away in a broom closet for the past year or so? Have you seen how many people were offended and the outcome of this event? Just because you can print something, doesn’t always been you should. Here at the College DuPage you should be promoting understanding and respecting other cultures and this is further dividing the student body.

I highly condemn any one from publishing anything that would offend a country or its people. Why can’t we focus on the positive aspects of certain groups, instead of continuously dwelling on all the negatives? And if you all at the Courier want to support that “negative aspect” deal, then why don’t’ you publish other cartoons making fun of other groups.

Just because it has been considered “normal” and been “accepted” that Jesus Christ has been made fun of and been featured in these types of cartoons in the United States doesn’t mean that other groups with their own religious figures don’t’ get offended at all. When I heard about the “Jesus Christ” cartoons being published and how he was depicted in an offensive manner, I, along with many other Muslims were offended. No religion deserves such treatment.

I can’t stop you all from publishing the “Prophet Mohammad” cartoons tomorrow, but at least I can “try” and open your eyes to how others feel about this sensitive topic. I hope you all consider this as well as many others feelings and opinions on this matter.

Thank you,

Portia A. Shirani


Tehran street slang is bestseller

_40218771_youth_b203_afp The Persian Dictionary of Argot began as an academic study of new vernacular words in Farsi.

But its unravelling of code words used by Tehran’s youth to circumvent social strictures has gripped parents, Iranian literary circles and the young alike.

It is now in its sixth edition, yet remains almost impossible to find in Tehran bookshops, visitors report.

Red-blooded

Many code words devised by the street-savvy youth in Tehran relate, unsurprisingly, to the opposite sex.

Public contact between Iranian girls and boys is forbidden, so phone numbers are often furtively exchanged as youths drive around in single-sex vehicles.

Iranian street slang
"Zero kilometre": virgin
"Overturned car": non-virgin
"Been in an accident": girl who is pregnant
"Hubcaps": Bottom
"Axle": Legs
"Headlights": Breasts

And young Iranian men compare notes on the women they encounter using – rather chauvinistic – car metaphors, the dictionary reveals.

A "zero-kilometre" is a virgin, while an "overturned car" is a non-virgin.

A person’s rear is alluded to with the word "hubcap", while legs are referred to as the "axle", reports the London Times.

A measure of ridicule is also reserved for some makes of cars, with an Iranian-made Peugeot 405 referred to as a "peasant bride".

‘Want to be different’

Analysts have expressed surprise that the book got past censors at Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance virtually unchanged.

One suggested the book’s approval could have been a last defiant act by the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami before a conservative regime takes over.

But another Iran watcher told BBC News Online the book was not highly subversive, but simply testified that – like youths all over the world – Tehran’s teenagers want to create their own subcultures.

"They don’t use slang because they’re not allowed to be different, but because they want to be different," she said.

*Credited to BBC NEWS http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3764923.stm


Cheap M-CAT Prep-Book

hey guys, hope everyone’s having a good time.
If you are a Pre-Med student and planning to
take the MCAT ANYTIME (soon or whenever):
I got couple of sets of MCAT prep. books,
which I personally used and kept them clean,
and now I’m trying to sell them for less than half
of what I paid. Practice problems+practice tests (full length) are also included in these sets.

If you are interested to buy them CHEAP, please email me
at either of the following:

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New Iranian soccer team Fashions

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Separated at birth….

Separated at Birth: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Steven Spielberg

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Random Facts…

Platos_cave_b Just some random facts that i thought you guys might find interesting 🙂

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs….but not downstairs.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

Women blink nearly tw ice as much as men.

It’s physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

All polar bears are left handed.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.


Could It Be Worse?

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When you try your best but you
don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
when you love some one but it goes to waste
could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.

Many
things hurt in this life and you never understand them until it actually happens
to yourself, life always been a puzzle for me, always believe that everything
happens for a reason. When you put the
puzzle next to each other you will see your life piece by piece and realize why its happens the way they
happen. But ….

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These days…..

1144734689 These days I wish….

Life would slow down a bit….

I had time to sit down with my loved ones and tell them how much I love them and talk about what’s new and how life is going….

I could actually start my hat business, without that nasty hault!…

I could spend the whole day cooking everything desirable possible (bring out the Martha Stewart in me) and share with the people I care about….

I could actaully finish reading the 5 or so books I am still in the middle of…

I could go for a couple hour run/walk near the lake (enjoying this beautiful weather).

I could volunteer and help some people in need

Fly over to Europe to visit a person whom I love the most.

Spend more time with my sister (the

whom I was attached to the hip with

when I was so young)….

** These days I wish I could do so much….

Hopefully these days my life will slow down a bit and I will be able to do maybe just " a small fraction" of the many things that I wish to do! What a Life!

(Photo compliments to www.moekaz.com )





Why? That’s all I can say? Why?

N1** First and foremost I would like to send my condolences out to Sean’s family and my prayers. I hope after you all read this you will learn to respect life and really think about what " a cruel" world we are living in today. After hearing about this story from my mother’s homeland Trinidad, I couldn’t believe my ears. I know he is being taking care of by the will of God’s grace. May little Sean rest in peace, no one, no one in this world deserves such violence.

BUGGERED until dead, the body of little Sean Luke was found in a cane-field near his home at Orange Valley, Couva, yesterday.

The six-year-old, a United States citizen, would have felt no fear, smiling and laughing with the predator until he was stripped of his clothing and killed in a most agonizing way.

Pathologist Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald Burris found during a preliminary examination yesterday that the killer inserted a sugarcane stalk into the boy’s rectum, and pushed it until it reached the child’s throat.

His intestines were ruptured and other organs damaged.

He died from internal bleeding.

Further tests were ordered.

His family was yesterday battling an unfathomable grief over his agonizing death and anger over what they described as the "criminal" lack of response by police officers who failed to help them find the infant in the crucial first hours.

It was left up to residents to search the cane-fields around the home, and only after the discovery of Sean’s underwear and short pants, did the police intervene with a searchlight-equipped helicopter and dogs.

Sean’s naked corpse was found at around 6.45 a.m. yesterday.

He was lying on his side, one hand cupping the right side of the face.

His chest appeared battered and his face was decomposing.

Sean is the third boy to be buggered and killed.

In May 1998, 11-year-old Akiel Chambers was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in a Maraval home.

He had been buggered before his death.

Last February, 12-year-old Dane Andrews was found dead in a pond near his home, also buggered.

The cases were never solved.

Exactly when Sean, a pupil of the Orange Valley Hindu School, was last seen alive is unsure.

However, his mother, Pauline Lum Fai, 43, said she became concerned when he could not be found at around 3 p.m.

She showed the Daily Express the room where she slept with her "angel" son at their Henry St, Orange Valley, home and his favorite pet turtle named Duffy.

Sunday, she said, was like any other day.

"He helped me cook. He brought the seasoning. He grind it up. Did his little chores. He stayed with me until 12 (noon)."

She said the two took a nap but when she awoke, he was not there.

"I tell myself I going to take a shower and get him to do some studies. I couldn’t find him. Everybody knows who he goes by, I went there. Nobody saw Sean. My search lasted until half past seven."

Lum Fai said she went to the police station and was told to wait as the Anti Kidnapping Unit would be there in 20 minutes.

"They didn’t come. I could not wait. I wanted to find my son. I waited until 12 (midnight) going on 1 (a.m.). I was angry and scared."

Lum Fai said she decided to check the home of her son’s father in Aripo after the police declined to help her.

"He (the father) said no. And that was it! We came back home, searched all night with torch lights. No police yet!"

On Monday, Lum Fai went to the US Embassy "because I wanted to let them know about their citizen. Only then did things start happening (and) the police called me".

Lum Fai said that even up to Monday evening, a police officer at the Couva station told her "we are wasting the AKS time. We will have to pay for that because this is not serious".

An intensive police search began on Monday night when a search party led by a neighbour, Nehemiah Ramdhanie, found Sean’s clothing.

A tracker dog did not find Sean that night, but two dogs brought yesterday made the discovery, not 200 feet from the family’s home.

Lum Fai said her village had never known such crime, and children were free to roam the village without fear. She said her child could easily have been led away.

"He was friendly and he was brave and sweet. He would talk to anyone. If a stranger came up, he would talk away like they were best friends."

Lum Fai said she wanted the killer found because "I want to look into the face of the person who did this to my son and who had the heart to do this".

Sean’s brother, Daniel Lum Fai, said the AKS visited the family at the police station but said they had another case to deal with.

Police are investigating reports that a security guard working near the Orange Valley fishing depot, was seen playing with a boy matching Sean’s description on Sunday evening, and dropping him off in a vehicle at around 6 p.m.

Inspector Fitzgerald George and a team of homicide investigators visited the home yesterday.


The oh-so-Infamous Computer Lab :)

* As most of you know I work at the computer lab at my college. It’s a very convinient job, considering I am always taking a handful of courses and am very busy, so it fits well in my schedule (much better than my other job that nearly ripped me to shreads each day). It’s "easy" but when it comes to a "Pain in the butt" it can be! One of my co-workers who also has a blog http://zehraa.blogspot.com/ wrote a very funny, but true posting, that I thought was nice to share.
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s you all know, or should know, I work in the computer lab.
There are three half-hour rotations on each shift: open lab, walk (check all classrooms), front (reception).

Today I will talk about the open lab.This is what I do:return chairs to correct position
align mouse and keyboard with table and have them touchfix the screenrestart the computer AFTER EVERY SINGLE USER.

Tell people not to: talkeat or drinkuse cell phonelook at pornsit on each other/make out
breathelisten to loud music

"Excuse me, you can’t do this or that or this even."

I have a cold heart on the job. It’s awful.

I also have to assist people with their questions and stuff. So that makes me feel good. Helping people.

The worst part is walking around for half an hour looking for people to break the rules because there’s not much going on during the slow times. I’ve learned to keep myself amused though.
This is what I do:

I pretend I am Big Brother and I’m monitoring people.

I pretend I’m Elliot Stabler from Law & Order: SVU and I’m busting guys watching porno. (I couldn’t find an angry picture of him)

I pretend I am a corporate person looking to see what people 18-34 are interested in.

But I mostly do the Big Brother bit.

Sometimes I make up stories about people.
Like I saw this Indian man with his daughter. And he was typing an email. I think he was looking to get her married and he was writing to someone who wanted a green card.

But the point of this entry is that the government could spy in computer labs through people like me.
Maybe it already does.

If the government did offer me a job like that, I would take it.
Maybe it already has. Bahahahhaha.

(*Credited to Zehra @t http://zehraa.blogspot.com/) Thank you!


Ha-Ha!!!

All I can say is "Damn Hilarious", I mean what can you say when you put two "crazy Indian" guys together? Some great entertainment 🙂


Future Iranian television star ….

I came across this video and I thought it was hilarious to see such a small kid (almost like a baby) imitating the infamous "khashayar" from the famous Persian television show " Zire Asemane Shahr". I think this kid could have been a replacement, yet host his own show one day on Persian satellite.


Take a closer look at your shopping bags next time…

6a5ee55194  Some Intesting Bags… Take A closer   Look…

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New Photo Albums

Picture_005I Just updated my "Photo-Album" section of the web-log on the left hand side under "Photo Albums". I started with 2 galleries one from my Europe trip and the second is from my trip to Iran during this past summer. I will try to keep updating with new galleries of random pictures, since I love to take them, and to share with everyone as well. I know alot of you would love to take a look at the "Iran" pictures and recollect all the great times and memories you had on past or recent trips. Enjoy!

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New cell phone in the market place

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I guess in  less that a year this model
(888 Nokia) will be released into market. It’s so flexible and comfortable,
It can shape like a watch around your hand.

In one word, "Amazing" Image The estimated price is  about 1,500 – 2,000 USD.

 

(Thanks to Alireza for the information)


Happy Persian New Year !

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Hello everyone, happy Persian New Year (Norouz) to all of you!
As you probably know, we are approaching the Persian New Year, which is called Norouz.
Etymologically speaking, "no" means "new" in Persian, and "rouz" or "ruz" means "day".
So, "Norouz" means "new day". The Iranians refer to the first day of spring as their "new day of the new year" or simply Norouz. In Persian calendar, each year starts with the first day of spring and ends with the last day of winter.
For a couple of thousands of years, the Iranians have been celebrating this period with different kinds of celebrations and festivals.
The old year ends with a fire festival on the last Wednesday of the year. The last Wednesday of each year is called Chahaar Shanbeh Suri when people build fire all around the country and start singing, dancing around the fire, and jumping over the fire in different happy groups. One of the most common chants during this fire game is singing to the fire while jumping over it. People in groups sing, "May my yellowness go to you, and your redness come to me!!". This ceremony has a religious background that goes back to Zoroaster who introduced fire as a cleansing and purifying element on the globe, which removes all kind of uncleanness from the earth. So, fire is regarded as Holy. Through this ceremony, people, symbolically, burn their old year’s weaknesses, sins, bad habits, and even their misfortunes with the hope of starting a new and fresh life in the coming New Year.

 

Then,
people start painting their house, washing all their cloths as well as their
carpets and whatsoever they use at home to keep them clean for the New Year.
They, also, put some wheat on a plate and grow it green for some two weeks.
Then, it is the first day of spring or Norouz. On this day, people start the
day with visiting their older parents, relatives, neighbors, and friends. In
each house, you will find special garment known as Sofreh on which are a small
red fish in a jar, different kinds of chocolates, seasonal snacks, and seven
traditional things that start with "S". Generally, people serve fish
on this day.


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or two weeks, people enjoy visiting relatives and traveling to different
cities to have fun. On the evening of 13th day, the New Year holiday finishes
with another ceremony. This day is called "Sizdah Bedar" when almost
everybody should spend their time outside their house in a barbeque, in parks,
mountains, or even in cinema! At the end of the day, they take the wheat in a
plate, which is grown up and green by now, to a river or simply to some water
if river is not accessible. Then, they throw the green wheat in water and pick
up 13 small stones. They throw the stones one after another into the water,
sing another song, and wish to end this year and start next year more
successfully and happily.

* Once more, wish you all a very happy Norouz and a wonderful Persian new
      year!

http://www.easypersian.com/persian/W71/Lesson_71.htm


Springbreak …

1125323423_2 So I’m officially on my spring-break and yes, it does feel very good to know that I can lay around for a week or so on my lazy bum not worry too much about school ( I mean I have those 5 or so exams and projects due right after, but why should I give a care now that I can relax a little, right?) I guess I’ll save all the hassle and pain to the night before, like I always end up doing, PROCRASTINATOR by heart, yes I too am part of that "so-called group. Well I’ve been on my spring break a couple days now and I still feel like I haven’t had much of a sit-down.

I still have to work (extra money never hurts) so that is keeping me busy, although I didn’t gain any hours. I have a family member in town which is keeping me busy as well, unno how the whole deal goes, show them around, hang out with them, cater to their every needs, and show them what a nice family member you are ( I know, this sounds like I am forcing myself to do this, I’m not! I swear lol).

Sda One thing is for sure, I’ve been having the greatest workout since I started my spring break (which I rarely get to do, since I am always juggling my school and work). It’s amazing how much energy I seem to build up now that I am not in school, I never want to end my work-outs, I can keep "going and going" like the Energizer Bunny ( ok, now I sound stupid, I’ll stop). I have committed to myself that I will have a built in steam room in my future, those things are amazing. I have been going to one recently and its so amazing, as well as very good for the skin. I almost got lost in the steam room the other day, all that steam can do wonders lol, I just try to avoid the older crowd of ladies who seem to love to go in the nude, I mean yes, I just said you can’t see anything, but yes, you can see a bunch of old-naked-ladies.

Aaa As any Persian knows this is the time for all those "Norouz"( Persian New Year) Parties to start approaching. I went to one last night and boy did I dance! I danced for three or so hours straight, with the occasional water break. It felt good to dance, considering I hadn’t danced for awhile, so I can’t complain about my soreness that I am experiencing at this very moment. As for the rest of my spring break, well it will probably consist of some more Norouz (Persian New Year’s) events and of course the big ol’ Persian New Years that is approaching this Monday. As well as lounging around with my best-pal the "Hookah" and who knows what else. Considering my trip to California got canceled where I could be lounging around on their beautiful beaches at this very moment, instead of being stuck at work right now, I’m having a pretty good Spring break so far 🙂

* All Pictures Credited to www.moekaz.com 


Charshanbeh Soori

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                   Happy Charshanbeh Soori !


Osama’s Niece ‘Not Hiding’

010114509022700 Osama bin Laden’s niece, in an interview with GQ magazine in which she appears scantily clad, says she has nothing in common with the al Qaeda leader and simply wants acceptance by Americans.

"Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," Wafah Dufour, the daughter of bin Laden’s half brother, Yeslam Binladin, says in the January edition of the magazine, referring to the al Qaeda leader.

"I want to be accepted here, but I feel that everybody’s judging me and rejecting me," said the California-born Dufour, a law graduate who lives in New York. "Come on, where’s the American spirit? Accept me. I want to be embraced, because my values are like yours. And I’m here. I’m not hiding."

Dufour, who adopted her mother’s maiden name after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that have been blamed on bin Laden, appears in several provocative photos in the magazine.

The pictures are likely to be considered obscene by conservative Muslims in and outside of Saudi Arabia where women are required to be veiled.

Xin_271202240923486115393 Asked if she would like to perform her music in the Middle East, Dufour says her mother, Carmen Dufour, would be too afraid that "someone would want to kill me."

"Listen, I would love to raise consciousness. Maybe women could hear the songs and realize that I’m doing my dream and hopefully they can, too," she said.

Yeslam and Osama are among 54 children of the late Saudi construction magnate Mohammed bin Laden and his 22 wives. The extended family includes several hundred people.

Binladin, who received Swiss citizenship in 2001, has condemned his half brother "for his acts and his convictions." He intentionally spells his name differently from his half brother.

In the interview, Dufour says she would not date a fundamentalist Muslim and that she cried hysterically when she witnessed the attacks on New York while staying with her mother in Geneva.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/23/entertainment/main1164220.shtml?CMP=OTC-RSSFeed&source=RSS&attr=Entertainment_1164220


Ali G Interview with Posh and Beckham :D

I saw this clip of the "Ali G" show as he interviewed Britain’s famous couple Posh & Beckham, I thought this was hilarious on the other hand I felt bad for them, check it out 😀


Could it be True? Find out yourself..

This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot.

The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon. Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you’ll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road….Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad, you’ll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial. A little creepy but pretty cool!


Could it be True? Find out yourself..

This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot.

The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon. Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you’ll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road….Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad, you’ll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial. A little creepy but pretty cool!


MATISYAHU-Jewish Reggaman

Matisyahu (née Matthew Miller) is a guy from White Plains, N.Y. who smoked weed and followed Phish and played in those drum circles everyone hates. One spiritual breakthrough later, he realized he loved dancehall reggae and Judaism (order unclear) and started making music. He performs wearing traditional Hasidic garb, and he beatboxes and stagedives.

Mixing high school retreat Rasta spitting, Yiddish verse, and occasionally legit patois over a synthesized version of trad reggae, he’s on that old search for enlightenment and devotion but his struggle reeks of bored rich kid. F

Matisyahu’s third album is his first studio release since last year’s rep-making SXSW performance and comes on the heels of a live album, Live at Stubb’s, that currently resides in the Billboard top 50. The LP is overrun with standard religious tropes. Youth was produced by Material linchpin Bill Laswell, who issued Trojan’s Dub Massive Chapters One & Two last year and has helped produce avant-garde music for the likes of John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Herbie Hancock (he played bass on "Rockit"). His contributions are obvious on "Indestructible" and "Late Night in Zion", tracks that glide away from traditional Jamrock stomp and dabble in bouncy ethereal movements and wanky soloing. Lyrically, Godspeak is unassailable stuff (ask Sufjan) but Matisyahu is not immune to clunky turns of phrase like, "What I’m fighting for is more than silver and gold" or "I’m all shook up like I been in the blender," and is often downed by them. "Unique in My Dove" is admirable stuff, pleading and pledging fidelity to his woman, and extrapolated to his faith. But it’s treacle jammy stuff; with all those natty drum fills, MOR progressions, and lockstep dub grooves the good will goes to shit.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/m/matisyahu/youth.shtml

**Bottom Line: This guy is amazing, it’s really worth it to go buy his album or at least burn it off of someone. He has his own amazing style and by far is as unique as it gets, his look, style, and lyrics say it all. I highly recommend this guy.


MATISYAHU-Jewish Reggaman

Matisyahu (née Matthew Miller) is a guy from White Plains, N.Y. who smoked weed and followed Phish and played in those drum circles everyone hates. One spiritual breakthrough later, he realized he loved dancehall reggae and Judaism (order unclear) and started making music. He performs wearing traditional Hasidic garb, and he beatboxes and stagedives.

Mixing high school retreat Rasta spitting, Yiddish verse, and occasionally legit patois over a synthesized version of trad reggae, he’s on that old search for enlightenment and devotion but his struggle reeks of bored rich kid. F

Matisyahu’s third album is his first studio release since last year’s rep-making SXSW performance and comes on the heels of a live album, Live at Stubb’s, that currently resides in the Billboard top 50. The LP is overrun with standard religious tropes. Youth was produced by Material linchpin Bill Laswell, who issued Trojan’s Dub Massive Chapters One & Two last year and has helped produce avant-garde music for the likes of John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Herbie Hancock (he played bass on "Rockit"). His contributions are obvious on "Indestructible" and "Late Night in Zion", tracks that glide away from traditional Jamrock stomp and dabble in bouncy ethereal movements and wanky soloing. Lyrically, Godspeak is unassailable stuff (ask Sufjan) but Matisyahu is not immune to clunky turns of phrase like, "What I’m fighting for is more than silver and gold" or "I’m all shook up like I been in the blender," and is often downed by them. "Unique in My Dove" is admirable stuff, pleading and pledging fidelity to his woman, and extrapolated to his faith. But it’s treacle jammy stuff; with all those natty drum fills, MOR progressions, and lockstep dub grooves the good will goes to shit.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/m/matisyahu/youth.shtml

**Bottom Line: This guy is amazing, it’s really worth it to go buy his album or at least burn it off of someone. He has his own amazing style and by far is as unique as it gets, his look, style, and lyrics say it all. I highly recommend this guy.


My Life up til now…

Untitled_0016_b Yeah so I guess I’ve been slacking in my blog-world lately, other than the fact that my domain-name has expired and I still haven’t bought the damn thing back as yet. Talking about my domain name it’s funny because my friend was telling me that he had gone to my site www.portia247.com a couple days ago, only to find out that someone had bought my site and created it into a "Porn site"! Do you know how excited that sounded? I was like "Wow! Finally a REAL PORN SITE!!!" ha-ha..actually that’s not how I felt, my mouth dropped and I was like " You can’t be serious!!" He kept insisting that I go check, so being the gullible person that I am, I rush to my computer and check to see if what he was saying was really true. I closed my eyes while the site loaded, only to open them to relief to see that it was directed to his web-log …aghhhhh!!! Then I proceeded to tell him if he ever messed with me again he would see what I would do lol.

Yeah so life has been busy, actually up in the air, then back to the ground, and the cycle goes on and on and on. It’s either been school, work, other work, homework, Shisha, life, shisha, work, shisha, shisha, and u guessed it more shisha. Ha-ha, well I wish it were more shisha. Yeah life’s been busy, trying to juggle my courses and keep up with everything else in between. Been looking for an internship, preferably something in the Health/Medical Field as well as a possible business that I may be starting pretty soon (more to come on that one). I find these days that I am eager to conquer everything that comes to mind, the only thing is, time is stopping me. Time is a major factor that I can’t seem to keep a good grasp of these days, it seems to fly by too fast, well in "my world" it does.

Right now I am trying to keep my head straight and am trying to accomplish things step by step, I learned that its better not to rush and take things piece by piece. That way I think I get more out of life and at the end don’t feel so stressed and frustrated. It feels good to be back 🙂

-Portia


F*** YOU!! Across the Nation

* I recieved this e-mail from a friend and thought it was pretty funny. To an extent its true to how the presidents/leaders would handle the situation lol

U.S.A.
You says "Fuck you" to the president of U.S.A. Nothing
happens, you become famous, they make you write a book
and you make millions of dollars. But meanwhile the
President sues you and gets all the money you have.

ENGLAND
You say, "Fuck you" to the Prime minister of England . The
Prime minister says "fuck you" to you too.

FRANCE
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of France .
Millions of people supports you and says "fuck you" to
the president. Meanwhile the president of France
writes poems because of his sadness.

JAPAN
You say, "Fuck you" to the Prime minister of Japan . The
Prime minister says "I’m sorry; I’m not interested on your
body."

GERMANY
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of Germany . The
police come and say "Please don’t fuck the president".

SWEDEN
You say, "Fuck you" to the Prime minister of Sweden . People
vote if they accept you to fuck the Prime minister or not.
If the answer is yes you fuck the Prime minister. If the
answer is no, the Prime minister shakes your hand.

ROMANIA
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of Romania . The
president starts dancing with you with gypsy music.

TURKEY 
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of Turkey . The
president takes his gun and shoots you. He goes to
jail for 8 years or escapes the country and Greece
welcomes him as a political refugee.

CHINA
You say, "Fuck you" to the Prime minister of China . The
Prime minister will literally fuck you.

ITALY
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of Italy . You get
price quotes from the mafia for realizing your
passion.

RUSSIA
You say, "Fuck you" to the president of Russia . The
president kisses your mouth.

SAUDI ARABIA 
You say, "Fuck you" to the president … But, there is
no president, you become foolish.
But if you say "fuck you" to the king, the king cuts your tongue…

IRAN
You say "Fuck you" to the president ?!?
You are too late my friend, you’ve already been "Fucked" by the president
!!! 


Happy Valentine’s Day

10099587Happy Valentine’s Day  Everyone!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

10099587Happy Valentine’s Day  Everyone!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

10099587Happy Valentine’s Day  Everyone!

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Girls beware of those Muslim Boyz out there :)

My friend e-mailed these funny as hell pickup lines from who better 
than themselves, Muslim boys. Yeah so as the heading reads 
"Girls Watch out for those Muslim boyz out there" :) 
1. "OH MY GOSH! I just saw part of your hair, now you're obliged to    marry me."

2. "Our parents engaged us when we were little, they must have forgotten to tell you."

3. "I'd like to be more than just your brother in Islam."

4. "To watch you pray is a sin of its own."

5."Will my platinum VISA cover your dowry?"

6."You can't play basketball with a jilbab on, marry me, and we will go one-on-one our entire life."

7."Muslims are supposed to have many children, and I am willing to do 

my part..."

8."Will you help the cause of the Ummah by helping me fulfill my deen?"

9."Wanna pray in jamaat? Shoulder to shoulder, feet to feet?"

10."Assalamualaikum, so what time does a hurain (beautiful person from Jannah) like you have to be back in paradise?"

11. What school of thought do you follow because I thought about you all through school?

12. Can I have your wali's phone number?

13. So, read any good Surahs lately?

14. Do you believe in the hereafter? Oh you do? Then you know what I'm here after.

15. Lets get married so I don’t have to lower my gaze everytime you walk in the room

16. “Can I have 

ur

number so I can wake u up for fajr!!!"

17. Do you wanna date? I bought a box full when I went to Madinah.

18. Are your feet tired? Because you've been performing Tawaaf in my mind all day long?

19. Your father must be Osama Bin Laden, because you're da BOMB!

20. How would you like to help me fulfill half of my deen?

21. Sister, is your hijab naturally blonde?

22. I thought the "Hoor Al-Ayn" only lived in Jannah.

23. Do you work for Al-Qaeda? Because you've just abducted my heart.

24. Are you a Shiite? Because when I saw you, I said to myself, "She aiight".

25. It must be Laylatul Qadr. Because that's the night that angels come down from Heaven.

26. You remind me of the Ka'aba. I can walk around you all day long.


Girls beware of those Muslim Boyz out there :)

My friend e-mailed these funny as hell pickup lines from who better 
than themselves, Muslim boys. Yeah so as the heading reads 
"Girls Watch out for those Muslim boyz out there" :) 
1. "OH MY GOSH! I just saw part of your hair, now you're obliged to    marry me."

2. "Our parents engaged us when we were little, they must have forgotten to tell you."

3. "I'd like to be more than just your brother in Islam."

4. "To watch you pray is a sin of its own."

5."Will my platinum VISA cover your dowry?"

6."You can't play basketball with a jilbab on, marry me, and we will go one-on-one our entire life."

7."Muslims are supposed to have many children, and I am willing to do 

my part..."

8."Will you help the cause of the Ummah by helping me fulfill my deen?"

9."Wanna pray in jamaat? Shoulder to shoulder, feet to feet?"

10."Assalamualaikum, so what time does a hurain (beautiful person from Jannah) like you have to be back in paradise?"

11. What school of thought do you follow because I thought about you all through school?

12. Can I have your wali's phone number?

13. So, read any good Surahs lately?

14. Do you believe in the hereafter? Oh you do? Then you know what I'm here after.

15. Lets get married so I don’t have to lower my gaze everytime you walk in the room

16. “Can I have 

ur

number so I can wake u up for fajr!!!"

17. Do you wanna date? I bought a box full when I went to Madinah.

18. Are your feet tired? Because you've been performing Tawaaf in my mind all day long?

19. Your father must be Osama Bin Laden, because you're da BOMB!

20. How would you like to help me fulfill half of my deen?

21. Sister, is your hijab naturally blonde?

22. I thought the "Hoor Al-Ayn" only lived in Jannah.

23. Do you work for Al-Qaeda? Because you've just abducted my heart.

24. Are you a Shiite? Because when I saw you, I said to myself, "She aiight".

25. It must be Laylatul Qadr. Because that's the night that angels come down from Heaven.

26. You remind me of the Ka'aba. I can walk around you all day long.


Ferris Wheel in the city of Love -Paris

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I took this shot in Paris, France a couple hours before my sister’s birthday. It was a beautiful night, full of people and the air so crisp, I sit here alone studying for my exam, and wish that I could be standing below that very ferris wheel taking it all in all over again

* Once again thank you Moe for posting this picture on your photo-blog    http://www.moekaz.com


Ferris Wheel in the city of Love -Paris

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I took this shot in Paris, France a couple hours before my sister’s birthday. It was a beautiful night, full of people and the air so crisp, I sit here alone studying for my exam, and wish that I could be standing below that very ferris wheel taking it all in all over again

* Once again thank you Moe for posting this picture on your photo-blog    http://www.moekaz.com


Jealousy amongst the shadows that lurke amongst the Valley of Death!

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Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value.
Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point – that others will be
preferred and rewarded more than you.  There is only one alternative –
self-value.  If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you
are loved.  You will always think it’s a mistake or luck.  Take your
eyes off others and turn the scanner within.  Find the seeds of your
jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences.  Put all the energy
into building your personal and emotional security.  Then you will be
the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to
them.

Been a long year …. so many good and bad things so many changes so
many wins and so many losts … so much love and so  much hate, so much
thinking and so much unthinking .. Just so many of so manys !

Watch out! These days ..I would if I were you !


St. Raphael Beachfront

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I took this picture on a beach in St.Raphael in Nice, France. I think the sun hitting the ocean was perfect as well as my sister in the backround, it balances out the picture pretty well. Oh how I wish I could be on that beach right now, instead of this chilly Chicago weather. There will be another time…i’m sure … 😛

** There is a better version of this picture posted on http://www.moekaz.com

      Thanks for posting it Moe 😉


Welcome…..

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I quickly snapped this shot while walking through a side street in Esfahan, Iran. My cousin was rushing me because the bank was closing soon, but I saw the "Welcome" Sign and couldn’t resist:) I’m glad she waiting an extra second.


A New approach to my Web-log …

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So I decided not so long ago that I want to change my web-log format a bit. Being that I love photography and love taking pictures, I decided that instead of only writing about daily stories, my life, politics, sports, the world etc, I will focus more on my photography.

I really love the layout of my site and the format, so I decided not to change the entire thing to a "photo-blog" format/layout, but to keep it the exact same way. There may be some changes to enhance this new way of web-logging later.

I will still write about the "Daily thoughts and views" that I have each day, but to a minimal view. I will focus  now on a hidden passion of mine that I would love to expose and hopefully find more time for, and that is Photography.

As the first picture for this new start , I start off with myself taking a picture through a telescope on the top of the Effiel Tower in Paris, France. I love this shot, because there is a dark mystery that surrounds the picture, but in the very middle, explains it all ( I just wish I could have fit in the Effiel Tower as well :P).

Well I would love to know what you all think 🙂

Sit back and Enjoy,

-Portia

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Back and ready for 2006

France First and foremost I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Years 2006.

Yes, I am finally back from my holidays and yes my trip to Europe was everything I could ask for and more. I traveled from the center of France, Paris where everything was happening to the south (Nice) where the beaches and weather took my breath away to the North (Cherbourge) a very small quiet town (where, honestly, no joke-you could not get lost no matter how hard you tried). I think visiting that tiny city "Cherbourge" in France made me really appreciate where I’m living here in the suburbs of Chicago where you can "really get lost, no matter how hard you try not to" 🙂

Some reasons why I loved France?

  1. The "TGV" (train said very fast). Sure the tickets cost $50 or more but the train is like taking smooth ride with a  Mercedes, not just any ride, a ride that is moving at 200 MPH!! Yeah that got my pumped up lol.  Quick fact : In France, you can get on a train at the Gare de Lyon in Paris at noon and be in Marseille (600 miles south) by four in the afternoon…if there isn’t a delay.
  2. The food!!!! What can you say?
  3. Five weeks! Five weeks of paid vacation, for everybody, and it’s the law. Imagine cops coming to arrest your boss because you didn’t get five weeks of paid vacation. Ha-ha…and students have twice as much off….arrrgh the French kids!!
  4. The unisex bathrooms…need I say more???
  5. All that melt in your mouth CHOCOLATE!!
  6. Champs Elysees Boulevard…all those shops..Hey I’m a girl what can you expect.
  7. How quiet French people can be…I swear I constantly felt like I was in a library at all times
  8. New Years in Paris (the best place to be)—beware of the booz!
  9. The EURO…I know our money is worth less over there, doesn’t that suck?
  10. All those delicious..scrumptious..melt in your mouth..yummy..to die for Pastries (Ok I will stop with the food..but its soo good, portion wise not that great, but taste wise, I could go to heaven).

I could go on forever with things that I enjoyed in France it was such a beautiful place full of history and beauty. If I could recommend a piece of advice to anyone who would be considering visiting, I wouldn’t hit only Paris, but as many other places in the North and South of France as you can. That way you will see more than just shopping and the Eiffel Tower but the beauty/tranquility that surrounds the country.

My trip to Italy and Monaco were very brief. I hit Genoa, Italy and had just enough time to hit a couple stores and of course have some Pizza (the best!!!!! mammamia!). Monaco—THE FILTHY RICH—FULLY LOADED GAMBLERS–who like to hit the casinos in their Bentley’s, Mercedes, Porsche’s, and BMW’s 😀

What can I say? I had a great time on my trip to Europe and I can’t wait for the next trip back:)

Oh yeah on an ending note, it really feels good to be posting again…something was missing 🙂

-www.portia247.com


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Years :)

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Hey Everyone,

First and foremost I would like to wish you all, my dear friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years 06′, with much joy and prosperity. I am very busy at the momment with my final exams and will be leaving to Europe in a couple of days, so I am bidding farewell to my blog for a month or so. If I do get a chance I will try and update in France, which would be great, otherwise I will update when I get back.

I hope you all keep safe and warm and have a wonderful holiday 🙂

Best Wishes,

Portia 😉

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Years :)

Happyholidaystux_1 

Hey Everyone,

First and foremost I would like to wish you all, my dear friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years 06′, with much joy and prosperity. I am very busy at the momment with my final exams and will be leaving to Europe in a couple of days, so I am bidding farewell to my blog for a month or so. If I do get a chance I will try and update in France, which would be great, otherwise I will update when I get back.

I hope you all keep safe and warm and have a wonderful holiday 🙂

Best Wishes,

Portia 😉

www.portia247.com


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Years :)

Happyholidaystux_1 

Hey Everyone,

First and foremost I would like to wish you all, my dear friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years 06′, with much joy and prosperity. I am very busy at the momment with my final exams and will be leaving to Europe in a couple of days, so I am bidding farewell to my blog for a month or so. If I do get a chance I will try and update in France, which would be great, otherwise I will update when I get back.

I hope you all keep safe and warm and have a wonderful holiday 🙂

Best Wishes,

Portia 😉

www.portia247.com


Snowy Days in Chicago….

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Thought I would take a picture of  this messy weather we’ve been experiencing here in Chicago…inches and inches of snow….breaking and breaking of my back (all that shoveling tends to do that lol), slippery roads, slushy walk-ways, all those damn salt trucks that make me scared; as if they will plow my car up and throw it into the snow, small children slipping on ice, snow-ball fights, freezing wind, and everything covered in a white blanket of snow…that’s life in Chicago 🙂


Reply to “My Best”

                                                                       Everyone,

Img_0295_1First and foremost I should have written this a couple of days ago when Moe had posted the posting below: "My Best" on my web-log (but I’ve been caught up and up to my neck with school). For all whom have been wondering if this posting from Moe is to Me, it isn’t! I had a couple people worried that it was directed to me, and I thank you all for being so caring and considerate, and sorry for confusing you all 😛

In response to your letter Moe, this is not a new thing that we or anyone has had to deal with in their lives, but it does hurt. It does hurt when people that you consider your "true friends" and treat with the utmost respect can come around and stab you in the back or spit on your face.

Your words were very strong and I know they could have been stronger and it shows how all you can do is try to help these people out there to learn that what they are doing won’t help anyone, especially themselves get anywhere in life, you aren’t there to bash them down, but to let them know that "Hey in this world today, in reality, when someone treats you with respect and as a friend, show them that respect as well", but from what I’ve seen, the friends who disrespect the others are the ones that the others will turn to for a friendship, isn’t it funny how the world works nowdays? "A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines"

Bottom Line:
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

                                                                         – Portia


My best …..

People are jealous these day, jealous of money, fame, love
and more things, I been never ever been jealous for anything because I believe on
what god gave and get from us. I believe in faith and futures.

It’s sad for me who never been like this to deal with people
like that, why people have to act some way and even call them self friends. It’s
sad that I have to write such thing in my one month trip!

If you want to take something from my life, if you think I
don’t deserve some thing that I have and you don’t, come and say it in front of
me!

Talking behind backs, making up stories and shit will take
no body no where! I been always helping who ever need it help and it didn’t
matter that I knew the guy are not.

I’m mad, and I write
this to cool myself down, it’s enough to be nice and take shit from people. Can’t
wait to go back and take care of things…

I was gone for just one month, one fucking month and look
this …. Its ok these things make people stronger and dived the good real friend
from the fake ones.

 

Any how, you never been my friend any way because I’m smarter
than that to pick some shit like you as my friend but don’t use any of my best good
friend who are like my relatives that they think life is so simple and nice out
there, unfortunately they don’t know there is animals like you out there !

 

 

I wish you a best year my friend and merry Christmas  …

Moe

 


Snow…such a beautiful thing, but at the end SHIT!!

Snow:a powdery white frozen H20 substance that falls from the sky every December/January time frame to ruin and make the ppls of Chicago lives even more complicated and jumbled than it already is. Makes ppl slip,fall,and break their heads in Crazy ways than normal standards. Good for making snow balls and chucking them at your little sister’s head or stuffing it down your best friends pants 🙂 Makes you maniac 90mph in 15mph zone drivers slow your ass down and drive like the old ppl that you really are deep down in side (4PS)…… in general makes your life a living HELL ..very inconvinient..ruins plans.. messes up car;clothing;anything that getsBlue_mountain_xmas_red_door in contact, and is only kick ass if it stays on the grass

* I really love snow ..think its beautiful and everything..but why the hell does it have to snow 5 million damn times here in Chicago? How many damn plans have to be ruined because of this white powdery substance that has to fall from the sky every other day..you have to drive at least 50 below the normal 30mph you normally go …which means you are really going absolutley nowhere:P Bring on some sunshine ..we need it 🙂

** I had posted this on my friend Moe’s Web-log (www.reza247.com)  last year during the same time (December Time frame) before I had started my own web-log due to the massive amount of snow we were recieving here in Chicago…I guess it’s a good way to remind myself how I feel about winter in Chicago 🙂


World of War …

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In the world of war, perversion may become moral; guilt may be honor, and the gunning down of unarmed people, including children, may be defined as heroic.