Jazz, Pakistani Style

December 29, 2013


I happened upon this haunting rendition of Dave Brubeck’s
classic “Take Five”. He Called it “the most original” he’d ever heard.
-ekwaysan-

Men of great personal integrity

May 16, 2013

Last week, former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Reagan and Rios: Committed to Democracy

Reagan and Rios: Committed to Democracy

Here is what Ronald Reagan, president of the U.S. A., said of the man at the time:

“A man of great personal integrity”

He is totally dedicated to Democracy”

Geeee, why do those people overseas hate us so much?

ekwaysan

 

Top ten reasons why a man would hang around women’s clothes section

April 1, 2013

I was at Ralph Lauren women’s clothing department yesterday, looking through the pretty, brightly colored clothes trending this season.  I didn’t notice the  approaching  policeman until he asked:

— “What are you doing here?

He was taking notes with a red pen; the same color as his neck, I noticed.

— “Shopping”, I said, a little surprised at the intrusion.

I could see a light bulb go on inside his head. He  tilted his neck  right, lifted his left eyebrow  up, and a smirk filled his face:

— “Hmmm…”, he said. “Here in the women’s department?

Impressed by his brilliant sleuthing, I answered:

— “Yes officer, is this a crime?”

I’ll spare you the details of the heated argument that ensued and in which the rude policeman violated just about every civil right I thought I had. (Full disclosure: I have curly hair and I look ethnic).

The tour-de-force deduction that was on display by that policeman inspired the following top ten list as to why a man would be hanging around women’s clothing section.

10) To buy a gift for his girlfriend, her family, or his family

9) To pick up chicks

8) Wondering why can’t heterosexual men ever come up with clothes as pretty as these

7) Wondering what would Jesus buy

6) He is a cross dresser

5) To savor the fact that he doesn’t live in Saudi Arabia

4) To picture Jimmy Swaggart in a pretty dress

3) To hide  from a drone

2) He is admitting that Fox News was right; these demure dresses are a proof of Shari’a law invading the US

1) To confuse his brilliant, local policeman

ekwaysan

Prophet and commercials

March 9, 2013

(To Rodriguez: As if his songs were written today)

He’s pained and starved

But his eyes were clear

His heart whispered in the crowd’s ear

Words of beauty, words of truth

Not from the scriptures

But from every table and every street.

The truth was sweet, a pretty sight

… But just for the night.

The morning after

They woke up in fear

They looked in the mirror

His words weighed heavy

The make up disappeared

They felt nauseous

They downed more pills

The tv flicked on:

“The DOW was up

Jenny got pregnant

Snooki lost weight”

His words were drowned

Safely fizzled away

Commercials won

Yet another day

ekwaysan

Again and again, for the first time…

February 23, 2013

When you’re here, I wish you never leave

When you’re away,

My calendar feels cruel and cold

Til we meet again,

For the first time

We kiss  again,

For the first time,

We melt in a hug,

The road unfolds

The  yellow leaves fall,

Then, life starts again!

Frontier Academia

December 21, 2012

So a teacher carries a gun to his classroom and a student carries a gun to his classroom. What kind of teaching environment is this anyway?

Nope, it is not Somalia or the Congo I am talking about.

The state of Missouri legislators, in their infinite wisdom (or infinite serfdom to the gun lobby rather), are introducing a bill that allows teachers and students to carry weapons in schools and on any university campus.

Teaching by intimidation and fear?  You’d- better- undertand- what- I am- saying- or- else pedagogy? We’ll see how long before this pedagogical approach at the “frontiers” of educational innovation leads to a tragedy.

I guess we shouldnt be surprised at anything anymore. Our government sent troops all the way to Iraq to teach democracy with “not so-smart” bombs, tanks, and jet fighters. And it has been, shall we say, an education.

ekwaysan

Metamorphosis

December 1, 2012

It is amazing how the alchemy of power can turn a garden variety human into a monster– devoid of any feelings his  Kafkaesque counterpart might have had!

It is more amazing how perfectly normal,  law-abiding, family loving, church going humans accept the morphed monster amongst them, overlook the monstrosity face, and even be awed with its atrocity.

Truman nuked a few million civilians, but he was idolized as a freedom loving, tough leader. The claim to fame of JFK was that he almost got the whole human species extinct in his showdown with the Soviets. Ariel Sharon, a prime minister of Israel, ordered the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian civilians  during the invasion of Lebanon circa 1982. He was hailed “a man of peace” by W. Bush.  Two US presidents ordered the blockades of two foreign countries and inflicted heavy suffering on its civilian population, and so they magically became freedom and human rights champions!

Our current president has a “kill list”. New names are added to this list every Tuesday morning. A lot of innocent people die in the process.  People cheer him on or, at best, they look the other way. Our friends across the pond even awarded him the “Nobel Peace Prize”!

Amazing indeed, isn’t it? No shortage of excuses befalls the good-natured, western folks.

God bless  Lafontaine who figured it out way back in the middle ages:

La raison de plus fort est toujours la meilleure

ekwaysan

The rule of law, a “foreign” concept

September 29, 2012

I mean, if you want to worry about the rule of law, look out your window. Why do you have to go all the way down to China?

Today, under “In China, no rule of law”  the editorial board of the Washington Post is lamenting the rule of law …… in China, that is!

I mean we went to war over a lie in Iraq. We illegally spied on our own  citizens, we introduced indefinite detention, tortured people and invented a euphemism for it “enhanced interrogation technique”. Remember  Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram etc…  and other “naked” transgressions?  How many were prosecuted, let alone convicted of a crime? A grand total of zero.

The banking shenanigans and Wall street theft that led to the near collapse of the world economy are still going on under one guise or another. How many  of those knaves that consciencely caused all of that were brought to trial? Zero.

Our constitution has been shred to pieces. But Obama famously declared (in a stark reversal of a campaign promise) “we should look forward not backward” to justify not prosecuting the Bush-era war crimes.

And on and on and on, and the Washington Post did not a raise a hoot about the rule of law. In fact, in the case of the ongoing wars, they cheered them on.

In China, at least they fired Bo Xilai and they are bringing charges against him and his wife.  Heck even Iran sent the daughter of ex-president and strong man “Rafsanjani” to prison on corruption charges last week.

To the Wash Po, the rule of law is, literally,  a  “foreign concept”.

The notion that our main stream media  takes the rule of the law seriously is ….. well,  a joke.

ekwaysan

Men of the cloth have no clothes

July 23, 2012

Men of the cloth.

They know things. They can always tell us what is good and what is evil.

Go to church, pray, love your neighbor, have faith even when you can’t understand, and accept what you can not change.

They tell  us to pray so God can guide us to make the decisions He’d like us to make no matter how difficult they may be.

Well, until they themselves really have to take a stand that would make a difference, that is.

A few days ago, men of the cloth representing the Presbyterian church failed to  divest from companies such as Caterpillar, Motorola, etc… that make equipments that aid  occupation  (form of apartheid, really) of the WEST Bank and Gaza?

Granted, the vote was close (333-331). But why even was it so close? How could 333 men of the cloth, who supposedly fight for social justice and preach against abetting evil, vote for investing in companies that raze innocent people’s homes?

If these pillars of virtues can’t even bring themselves to stand against occupations (a term the U.N. uses, by the way, not just me) and speak truth to power, then why are they relevant at all?

Every thing they have been telling us (well, at least about things that really matter) seems like a lie.

The men of the cloth have no clothes.

ekwaysan

Chaplains: Analgesic for the evils in a soul?

July 1, 2012

What is a military chaplain job’s description?

I have always wondered about that. It all used to look oxymoronic to me. Until I read that PTSD is on the rise among soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, that is.

It is tough to be a soldier. Soldiers, like the rest of us, have conscience and moral codes. Unlike the rest of us though, they’re trained, and often ordered, to sniff the life out of others. The problem is,  with the frequency of our needless wars increasing,  those “Others” begin to look like “Us” and soldiers may have hard time doing what they had been trained to do.

Enter military chaplains.

Is it part of a chaplain’s job to comfort helpless soldiers when they’re ordered to wake up families at night and interrogate the terrorized population? Does a chaplain tell soldiers, contra the Ten commandments, it is ok to shoot to kill people when they don’t even know why and who it is they’re killing? Does the chaplain absolve soldiers’ of their sins when innocent kids are killed as a result of their actions?  Does a chaplain also adopt the military term “collateral damage” to justify killing innocent folks?

It is like chaplains mostly  heal the devil in a soldier’s injured soul so he/she can go on and fight for another day.

Is this the Christian thing to do then?

ekwaysan