Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

Thank you … yup, uhu, you bet!


Aren’t there enough confusing things in life that we even find the need to complicate the way we speak? When I was growing up, the normal answer to a “thank you” was, of course you guessed it “you’re welcome”.

Even when you start your PC there is a “welcome” word on your screen. Your doormat in most cases says “welcome”. Yet people treat it as unfamiliar territory and instead say “Uhu, yup or you bet”.

When someone says uhu to me, for a second I start doubting what I uttered, do I need to continue my story or what? Because that’s how I usually use the “uhu”, to me it’s a form of telling the person who’s talking, that I am still here and listening to his/her conversation in order to carry on with what’s being said.

Now when someone says “yup” to me after I thank them, at first I get surprised because the person is now agreeing with me, and the only thing that’s missing is a nod. After all, this is a very critical matter that needs everyone to be in total agreement here.

As for the last one “you bet” , my first reaction to that would be, to answer what appears to be a change of subject by countering it with a question “do you bet?”, whether I gamble or not is nobody’s business but if you must know, I don’t.

— Raghid Khalil

Polticians


What scares you the most?

Drugs,  Alcohol,  Trafficking, Crimes, etc..

Politics! That’s what scares me the most.  We have our beloved politicians, that we run to the voting booths all over the world to elect the best ones to represent us. But doesn’t it scare you to know that drug dealers, traffickers and criminals have the same right to vote? doesn’t it creep you out, to know that the politicians you have elected to represent you and whom you have identified yourself with, have also been elected by those you are trying to eliminate?

From the way I see it, our politicians are a subset of both the “frightened voter” and the “feared voter”.  I wonder who has more influential power.

Let me put it this way; we still have drug dealers, trafficking is still ongoing, criminals are everywhere and of course alcohol has been legalized after years of war against “Al Capone”.

Something to think about.

— Raghid Khalil

Exorcism


Exorcism…. A scary subject. It has driven people insane for centuries … or has it ? I am about to give out a couple of scenarios and hopefully you can see where I am going with this.

Scenario 1:
You get up one day and you come to realize that every news channel on earth, not only in your city but all over the world, is reporting the same exact news, “An extremely dangerous and hungry lion has escaped from a zoo, City: Unknown, Country: unknown, Continent: unknown. Take extreme precaution, you have been warned”. At that point, I can imagine every human being on earth freaking out; people might even lock themselves at home until they hear more precise news.

Scenario 2:
Same news being reported on all news channels across the world, but this time, we know that the escapee lion is in North America, within the United States of America, the state of Massachusetts, and the city of Boston to be more precise. At this rate, we will see people panicking, but it will be more contained within the borders of Boston, whereas everyone else across the globe will pursue their everyday normal activity without almost any fear of being devoured by the Lion.

I hope those two scenarios have somewhat paved the way to my following discussion.

drawn by Jeff York, Horror Movie Examiner

We sometimes hear that a person, child or adult, male or female has been possessed. Isn’t it more like my second scenario, whereby now not only do you know the exact city the devil is in, but also the exact body he has decided to limit himself within? Usually when this happens, somehow they tie down the body too.

Now, think of the remaining 6,999,999,999 people on earth. They can go on living their normal life with no fear what-so-ever of Satan. They know where he is? They know he’s tied down? All they have to do is simply keep him there, and one way or another show gratitude to the possessed person by saying “Thank you for taking one for the team”.
From a business perspective, I am not sure why Satan would go about doing the possession thing? Instead of sticking to my first scenario, instilling fear in all 7 billion people, why would he limit himself within one body? And even when he is exorcised out of it, the previously possessed person will also turn against him for misusing his or her body and might even sue him.

Something to think about…

P.S: Needless to say, this article is not based on research, it is intended purely for humor.

— Raghid Khalil

Superheroes, Supervillains and TVs


If you are like me, you would probably be wondering which TV is better: The plasma TV or the LCD / LED TV? Of course, there is the technical way of finding out which one fits your needs, and there is the smart way of knowing which one is the right one for you.

Batman, Cat-woman and Darth Vader along with some other superheroes and super-villains, would choose the Plasma TV hands down. If you look at what’s common between all of them, you will notice their dark uniform as well as their habitat. What do dark clothes have to do with it? Absolutely nothing, but it was just an observation…

However their habitat does. So Batman and Cat-woman live in some sort of a cave and are mainly night heroes, whereas Darth Vader lives in outer space with limited light or sun exposure. So all three of them having no light, meaning they will have no light reflection on their screen and would then choose plasma to get the real colors and not the artificially bright ones.

The Hulk

Dr. Bruce Banner however should definitely get and LCD or an LED. This is because if he was watching a movie on a plasma TV during the day, and his Plasma happens to be located in a room with too much light exposure, he might risk losing his temper due to the constant light reflection on the glass screen of his plasma. This will prevent him from enjoying his favorite TV series “the incredible Hulk”, hence transforming into the HULK, which we would all rather not deal with.

Superman is a different case, but I can see him go for a plasma. Even though he has exceptional eye vision an LED/ LCD or plasma wouldn’t make much of a difference to him, but the refresh rate would bother him if it wasn’t fast enough. So the Plasma having a 600HZ refresh rate would pacify his vision much faster than a 120 HZ or 210HZ.

See which hero or villain you can identify with and make your selection accordingly.

— Raghid Khalil

The Season of ‘Tis and ‘Twas


Santa Claus

Santa.

Ever  since I was a kid and like millions if not billions around the world, when we hear the word “Santa” we automatically draw this visual image of an older man, heavy built, a white beard, high rosy cheek bones, and eye glasses on. But most importantly, what really makes him stand out is his uniform. Just like superman or batman or any other superhero, we can easily identify them simply by their uniform. While most of the superheroes prefer to wear tights, we see that Santa Claus has chosen a thicker uniform, and that’s because he lives in a place where no man can survive, “the north pole”. If it’s freezing in the summer time, you can only imagine how cold it gets in the winter time.

While most of the superheroes claim to provide protection to everyone on earth all-year round, we hear of Santa whose only purpose is to deliver toys in one night. That to me, is a lot of work; Not only that, he also has to make sure that only those that deserve a toy would get one, and those that were naughty shouldn’t.  It is really hard for him to come down the chimney to begin with, but now imagine he only has to leave one toy for one of two kids in a household, “the good boy”. I know the second kid will side with the Grinch, that’s what I would do if I were him.

The Grinch

But that’s not the point, the main question I have always had is: What does Santa do when he is delivering toys in places where his “freezing proof” uniform is now acting more like a “Surround Sauna”? Does he have “Santa shorts” uniform with a sleeveless “Santa Jacket” that is not made of fleece? Do kids leave him milk and cookies in those countries or maybe he would rather have a refreshing glass of lemonade instead?

If he is flying over Washington DC, will we see the US Air Force scrambling a couple of jets escorting him away from the White House?

I am not sure what the answers are, but would love to hear some suggestions.

Raghid Khalil