Thursday, August 31, 2006

My Wifee's Swimsuit makes the news.


Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:32 AM ET

By Emma Ross-Thomas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An unusual type of swimwear is standing out on Turkish beaches this summer -- Islam-inspired swimsuits -- which buck the trend of the past 100 years for swimsuits to get smaller.

Turkish businessman Mehmet Sahin has designed what he says is the world's first Islam-inspired swimsuit and sells head-to-ankle bathing gear to devout well-heeled Muslims, including the wives of Turkey's leading politicians.

"We are the preferred firm of the conservative politicians' wives," he told Reuters in an interview, referring to members of the ruling AK Party, which has its roots in political Islam and came to power in 2002.

It is still a small market, but Sahin's growing clientele is another sign of the rising profile of Islam in traditionally secular Turkey.

His brightly-colored women's swimming costumes look like shiny track-suits with stretchy hoods, while the racier models are like catsuits with a separate overall to cover the curves.

These costumes are a throwback to the type of swimwear worn before Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman invented and wore the first one piece swimsuit in 1906. She was arrested in the United States in 1907 for wearing the one piece suit that showed her arms, legs and neck.

SWIMSUITS FOR STUDENTS

Sahin designed his first swimsuit -- for men -- while at university in Istanbul studying law. He was fed up with using cut-off trousers and pyjamas to go swimming. Soon he was selling swimsuits to other students.

"The idea came as a solution to our own difficulties," he said. "Not only in Turkey, but in the whole world, there was no such thing. You could say we were the first."

Sahin drew up the first sketches for the crinkly catsuits -- which sell for as much as 140 lira ($97) -- but the former lawyer now employs two full-time designers in his Istanbul-based firm, Hasema, which has become a benchmark brand in Turkey.

He sold 40,000 swimsuits last year and expects to beat that with 50,000 this year.

"Now when you say swimsuit what do we understand? Bikinis or small trunks ... Perhaps in 10 or 15 years time when you say swimsuit, Hasemas will also come to mind," he said.

Sahin acknowledges this is a niche market, but he still sees growth potential in Muslim Turkey, where most women wear headscarves although the secular republic's laws ban their use in public buildings such as at universities and parliament.

The current AK Party government is trying to overturn restrictions on headscarves and since it swept to power in 2002 headscarved women have become more high-profile, but it faces stiff opposition from pro-secular Turks.

Bikinis are a common sight on Turkish beaches and many Turks are horrified by Islamic bathing suits.

As Turks get richer in a growing economy, helped by the prospect of European Union membership, there is more demand for holidays -- and swimsuits.

But Sahin is also looking abroad and already sells wholesale to the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Germany and plans a fashion show in Cairo next year.


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I only reposted it so that if you thumb back through my archives months from now it won't be gone. Anyway that is what it looks like up there and you can get to it at www.hasema.com my wife wants the one the model is wearing so I think I'll get it for her. She wore it when we went to wet and wild and had a blast!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Wow the audioblogger finally posted!

I posted these like three days ago. I was really trying to stay awake so I started rambling on and on you can listen to them if you want to they are somewhat comical. Audio blogging is cool but I think people prefer to read.

Now if this don't beat all

Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards."

The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck, whom
spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States.

Here are this year's winners:

7th Place: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little toddler was
Ms. Robertson's son.

6th Place: 19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

5th Place: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage
door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning.
He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue
mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000. In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place!

4th Place: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next-door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award
was less than originally sought, because the jury felt the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time, by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke
her coccyx (tail bone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd Place: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a nightclub in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to
avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place: This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven
onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left
the drivers seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich.

Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned.
Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.

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How to fix your Dell AC Adapter


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=20

This repair covers a broken cable just past the point where the part that powers your laptop goes into the power brick. If your unit has a short then the little green light will not come on and the unit will
beep rapidly (it is a very low beep).=20

Tools that you will need: Soldering iron, electrical tape, heatshrink, screwdriver small-medium.

=20

(Visible wire Damage)

1. First Unplug it from the wall and remove the power cord part.
For good measure wait a bit because caps may still hold a small charge. It should be gone though by the time you actually pry it open.
2. You will have to pry it apart using a screwdriver that is thin
enough to slip in between the plastic pieces. Start at the end where the power cord plugs into the wall.
3. She's gonna be a bear so be careful.
4. Once you get it open unscrew the single screw on one side. =20

(Remove screw and bend open)

5. Bend the aluminum up and out of the way. Be careful because
insulating glue will be holding it together. Gently pull it apart.
6. Once you have that open inspect your wires that connect to the
motherboard. =20
7. If you see that the wires have indeed shorted out like the ones
in my picture then you are free to cut them if you have no wire damage then I would highly suggest that you stop and simply buy a new one. Cut them as far away from the mother board as you can. Cut out the part that you have found visibly damaged.
8. Your cable that connects to your laptop is basically three
wires. The outer shielding is the ground or the third prong on your AC plug. That is the black cable in the picture above. This will be loose braided strand cable that you will have to twist and harness into a
solid piece of cable.
9. The same thing with your return cable it will also be braided
cable and it is important that neither of these two braids touch each other or your notebook is toast. You will have to insulate these. =20
10. The last little wire is actually so called hot wire. That is the
burned wire in the picture above.
11. Now I screwed mine up and recovered with electrical tape.
Ultimately you want to completely isolate the three cables. You also
want to isolate them from touching anything else inside of the power
brick. Or else Pop goes the charger or you if you have a bad ground.=20
12. I wouldn't advise desoldering and resoldering to the main board
because you do not have a schematic. It is cramped in there anyway and there are some tiny components that could get fried if you apply too
much heat to them. I would just splice the cables and roll out from
there.=20
13. What I did was I spliced the cables and then folded them back on
each other so that they would have less of a chance of touching each
other and soldered them together. I wanted to cover them with heatshrink but it shrank prematurely so I had to jimmy rig a bunch of electrical tape to insulate all of the wires.
14. Once you have all of your wire resoldered and connected to the
correct places making sure that all wires are completely insulated and put it all back together and viola you are back in business.
15. First thing before you snap it all back together though is to
place it back into the plastic carriage without the coppertop on and
plug it up and make sure that it doesn't go pop. Also make sure that
your green light is on. If all is a go then put it all back together and test it one more time to be sure. If all is fine then you have
succeeded at saving yourself $75 from Dell.

=20

How to fix your Dell AC Adapter

This repair covers a broken cable just past the point where the part that powers your laptop goes into the power brick. If your unit has a short then the little green light will not come on and the unit will beep rapidly (it is a very low beep).

Tools that you will need: Soldering iron, electrical tape, heatshrink, screwdriver small-medium.

(Visible wire Damage)

1. First Unplug it from the wall and remove the power cord part.
For good measure wait a bit because caps may still hold a small charge. It should be gone though by the time you actually pry it open.
2. You will have to pry it apart using a screwdriver that is thin
enough to slip in between the plastic pieces. Start at the end where the power cord plugs into the wall.
3. She's gonna be a bear so be careful.
4. Once you get it open unscrew the single screw on one side.

(Remove screw and bend open)


5. Bend the aluminum up and out of the way. Be careful because
insulating glue will be holding it together. Gently pull it apart.
6. Once you have that open inspect your wires that connect to the
motherboard.


7. If you see that the wires have indeed shorted out like the ones
in my picture then you are free to cut them if you have no wire damage then I would highly suggest that you stop and simply buy a new one. Cut them as far away from the mother board as you can. Cut out the part that you have found visibly damaged.
8. Your cable that connects to your laptop is basically three
wires. The outer shielding is the ground or the third prong on your AC plug. That is the black cable in the picture above. This will be loose braided strand cable that you will have to twist and harness into a
solid piece of cable.
9. The same thing with your return cable it will also be braided
cable and it is important that neither of these two braids touch each other or your notebook is toast. You will have to insulate these.


10. The last little wire is actually so called hot wire. That is the
burned wire in the picture above.
11. Now I screwed mine up and recovered with electrical tape.
Ultimately you want to completely isolate the three cables. You also
want to isolate them from touching anything else inside of the power
brick. Or else Pop goes the charger or you if you have a bad ground.=20
12. I wouldn't advise desoldering and resoldering to the main board
because you do not have a schematic. It is cramped in there anyway and there are some tiny components that could get fried if you apply too
much heat to them. I would just splice the cables and roll out from
there.
13. What I did was I spliced the cables and then folded them back on
each other so that they would have less of a chance of touching each
other and soldered them together. I wanted to cover them with heatshrink but it shrank prematurely so I had to jimmy rig a bunch of electrical tape to insulate all of the wires.
14. Once you have all of your wire resoldered and connected to the
correct places making sure that all wires are completely insulated and put it all back together and viola you are back in business.
15. First thing before you snap it all back together though is to
place it back into the plastic carriage without the coppertop on and
plug it up and make sure that it doesn't go pop. Also make sure that
your green light is on. If all is a go then put it all back together and test it one more time to be sure. If all is fine then you have
succeeded at saving yourself $75 from Dell.

I'm sure there are some steps that I missed in here but feel free to comment on anything I may have missed.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

I love this picture.



Ran across this off of Martin's site. Making my polygamy rounds for the evening. It is a rally that was held in Salt Lake City by children of polygamists. Now Mormon polygamy and Muslim polygamy are two totally different animals. In the Mormon strain family is inclusive and central, in the Muslim strain it appears to be an allowance left over from a preexisting culture where it was relegated by the desires of the man. Now polygamy exists in many different cultures for many different reasons. In the US I think that it should exist because families are more and more coming into the realization that Daycare centers are just not in a child's best interest. I think that family centered polygamy has more utility than Man's trophy centered polygamy as family centered polygamy helps everyone that is involved where as the other is only a strain on everyone involved.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Kenyan Konnection

It is strange how people find your site. Like alot of people find my site through google searches (which is awesome by the way because my yahoo account was never found this easily) and others get there via my comments I suppose on other pages because they come through my profile. Now my site meter doesn't display on my profile page so I can't tell how they find my profile but I assume that it is from comments that I've made on other blogs. Anyway Nakeel found my post straight out of the dark side and pitched a link. Which then spread all over the world like wild fire. So I've learned a key thing of how to get your name out there and get your site visited. Comment around alot and use words that people would be looking for. She sent like fifty people to my site which is why my site meter is approaching 800 kewl. Anyway I expect to write a good post tonight been thinking about a lot of stuff, but I have a lot to do at work so I have to pace myself.

Oh yeah I posted two audio blogs but they didn't come through so I have to troubleshoot that.

Ain't this about a blip

So I come to the spot to get my wife some flowers and all they have is this garbage. So now I don't know where I can go at 6:30 in the morning to get some flowers. So I will have to do something else special for the number 1 woman in my life (technically #2 with the whole Mom thing) So I think I will settle on some chess men from Pepperidge Farms so that she can enjoy them with tea.

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Way more interesting than days of our lives.

I'm sorry this stuff is way more interesting than any soap opera I've ever watched. The sheer drama of it all is enough to make most men think twice or three times. I have lingered into Safa's blog roll and Man I tell you this stuff is interesting.

Ok Back to work.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wataaaaah!

Staying awake! By any means necessary. This I come into by way of screaming Wataaah like n this pic.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Problems in photography

Ok before going full bore in a couple of months I needed to know what the Islamic ruling on Photography was and well here it is via SunniPath.com



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I was just wondering what is Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam's position regarding photos. I know there is a difference of opinion between the scholars on the issue, but I recently saw a photo of him on a website. Is he of the opinion that photos are permissible?

What do the ulema state about photography?
Answered by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

I was just wondering what is Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam's position regarding photos. I know there is a difference of opinion between the scholars on the issue, but I recently saw a photo of him on a website. Is he of the opinion that photos are permissible?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

There are separate issues relating to picture-making (taswir), hence it would be good to understand each issue separately and the Shariah ruling on it:

1) Drawing/Painting Pictures of Humans and Animals

As it is common knowledge, there are countless Hadiths narrated from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) that strictly prohibit painting pictures of animate objects, for example:

Sayyiduna Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) forbade the keeping of pictures at home and making them." (Sunan Tirmidhi, no: 1749)

Sayyiduna Abu Talha (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: "Angels (of mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture." (Sahih al-Bukhari, no: 5609)

Due to these and many other similar narrations, most classical scholars are of the opinion that painting and drawing pictures of humans and animals is unlawful and sinful. They state that 'picture-making' (taswir) of human or animal life has been explicitly forbidden by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) and as such it will be sinful. Only Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him) is reported to have differed with this position of general prohibition.

In one of his narrations, Sayyiduna Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him), contrary to the other three Imams and most other Mujtahids, is reported to have stated that only those pictures are unlawful that are three-dimensional and have a body to them, such as statues and sculptures. A picture that does not have a body or shadow to it will not be unlawful although somewhat disliked, such as drawing a picture on a paper, cloth or on any other object. This is one of two positions narrated from Imam Malik, with his other position being similar to that of the vast majority of classical scholars.

The position of the vast majority of classical scholars is based on the fact that there is no distinction in the various Hadiths between a tangible and intangible picture. The Hadith indicating the permissibility of intangible and non-solid pictures refers to pictures of other than humans and animals. (See: al-Mugni, 7/7 & Takmila Fath al-Mulhim, 4/155)

Based on this, the reliable and mainstream opinion of the classical jurists is that picture-making is unlawful, whether by painting a picture on an object or making a sculpture. This is the position held by the three main Sunni Schools of Islamic law (i.e. Hanafi, Shafi'i & Hanbali) and also one of two positions related from Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him). It would be better if one referred to a Maliki Scholar to determine the relied upon (mufta bihi) position of that School. As such, one should avoid drawing/ painting pictures of humans and animals.

2) Photography

In view of the above-mentioned one position of Imam Malik, there is no question with regard to the permissibility of taking photographs, for according to that position, painting pictures of human or animal life on a paper or fabric is allowed, hence camera pictures would hold the same ruling.

However, in view of the mainstream and majority position of classical scholars, the question arises as to whether photos of humans and animals fall under the type of picture-making prohibited by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in numerous Hadiths. Camera photos were not in existence when classical scholars were discussing the issue of picture-making, hence one will not find an express ruling regarding photography in their works. As such, it was left to contemporary scholars to determine whether photos held the same ruling as that of painting and drawing pictures.

Contemporary scholars have differed on this issue:

a) The position of the overwhelming majority of Indo-Pak and some Arab scholars is that photographs of human or animal life are not permissible for the very same reasons that paintings of these are not permissible.

They state that the ruling on picture-making does not change by changing the tool with which the picture is produced. Whether an image is produced by painting it or using a camera, as long as it is an image of a human or animal, it will remain unlawful (haram).This is the position of Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani and most of my other teachers. It is, without doubt, the more precautious and arguably stronger opinion.

b) The second position on the issue, held by most Arab Scholars (from all four Madhabs) and some from the Indian Subcontinent, is that there is a difference between photos and the prohibited picture-making (taswir).

Shaykh Muhammad Bakhit al-Muti'i of Egypt, a 2oth Century scholar known for his knowledge and piety, wrote a whole treatise titled al-Jawab al-Shafi fi Ibahat Surat al-Photography in support of this view of permissibility.

His basic understanding is that the reason behind the prohibition of painting pictures (in the words of the Hadith) is challenging Allah in His Creating of living creatures. In camera photos, however, one does not produce an image through one's own imagination; hence one is not challenging the Creating of Allah as such. It is merely a reflection of a living being already created by Allah Most High.

These are the two positions of contemporary scholars on the issue. There are great scholars of knowledge, wisdom and piety on both sides of the fence; hence, it would be wrong to criticize anyone for following any one of these positions.

It is a matter of genuine and valid difference of opinion. It is not an issue where one may condemn another, and one must respect others' right to follow their conscience.

As you have asked about my personal stance, firstly I am by no means in a position of having a 'personal' opinion as such. I follow my teachers and learn from them. I have teachers in the UK and the Subcontinent who prohibit photos, but I also have teachers in the Arab world permitting them.

The position which I follow is that of my teachers who prohibit taking photos, for that is a more precautious and safe position. However, I have complete respect for the position (and practice) of those who permit taking photos.

As such, my practice is that I do not willingly pose for a photo unless there is a genuine need like for a passport or something similar. If I am asked, I politely refuse. At the same time, if someone is taking photos and I am also in attendance going about my own business, I do not go out of my way to prevent him taking my photo. Thus, if you did come across a photo of mine, it is probably because I may have been present in a place where photos were being taken. The recent photo of mine you have referred to was taken in the same context. I had knowledge that photos were being taken and that I may appear in one, but I did not willingly pose for a photo. I hope that makes sense!

3) Live Broadcasting

Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) and many other scholars have declared that live broadcastings of images do not fall within the ambit of picture-making (taswir). A picture is something that is permanent and static, whilst the image broadcasted live is not permanent hence cannot be termed a picture. A live broadcast is in reality a reflection of the actual image, similar to seeing an image in a mirror.

Therefore, if an image of a human or animal is broadcasted live, then this does not fall into the unlawful picture-making. It will be permitted to broadcast something live or view a live programme, provided the content of the programme is lawful (halal). (Taqrir Tirmidhi, 2/351)

4) Video Recording

According to Shaykh Taqi Usmani, that which is recorded in a videotape or DVD is also not considered a picture. In a videotape, the particles of an image are gathered and then re-opened in the same order to view the image. This is the reason why it is not possible to see the picture in the rail of the tape without playing it. (ibid)

Therefore, if a permitted and Halal event, such as a lecture of a scholar, is played and viewed on a videotape or DVD, it will be permitted, Insha Allah.

Note that the above discussion does not in any way relate to watching Television. Watching TV and keeping it at home is another matter altogether, for which a separate answer is needed. The many harms and evils of keeping a TV at home are known to all. This answer only relates to the permissibility of viewing a Halal image through a live broadcast or a videotape/DVD.

Shaykh Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) sums this up in one of his Fatawa:

"The images appearing on live programs or recorded programs on television are not the pictures in the strict sense envisaged in the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) unless they are printed in a durable form on paper or on any other object. But the basic reason why Muslims are advised not to keep TV sets in their homes is that most of the programs broadcast on the TV channels contain impermissible elements." (Taken from the al-Balagh website, http://www.albalagh.net/qa/video_chips.shtml)

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK
www.daruliftaa.com


So now I'm really in one of those weak Deen pickles. The easiest thing to do is pick the opinion that would allow me to get the camera, actually with both opinions I can get the camera. It just becomes an issue of photographing My kids and other people. Personnaly I prefer to photograph inanimate objects.

Sleep now more later...

Funniest thing

My kids love Brasilira by Gabriella Anders and they sing it over and over again as can be seen in this pic. My oldest little one is singing Eryka Badu now.

Hey I added a new side panel called stuff I want so feel free to start ordering stuff for me.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Should I bring back the soft porn?

Uh oh looks like my readership has dropped off. Minneapolis hasn't visited since the end of last month. Well I have mids over the next couple of nights maybe I can dig some stuff up from my bag of stories. My Wifee, DocPeace and the kids from Toronto (hey its a college) are still with me Yayy! Desperate times call for desparate measures. LOL, ROFLMAO, I just had a thought Hmm I sometimes still think about the Moneeba union and in the not too distant future I will have two houses. Of course because my finances haven't risen significantly they would both have to pay rent so that wouldn't work.

Now here is something that still has me miffed everytime I think about it. In the US there is something called Section 8 or rent assistance. Now unbeknownst to me until I was schooled is how brothers with Low to no paying jobs are racking up the full complement of wives. Well my friends that is where Section 8 comes in and suddenly a Minimum wage earner can pay the rent of 4 households at an out of pocket cost of $200 or less. WTF is that all about. Now to me that is just downright wrong, but to those with that ghetto mentality it is the way to buck the system. I think it is stupid to tell you the truth and downright wrong. What do you think? (crickets chirping) Anyway that isn't something I could do... Unless of course I could get a mortgaged paid off out of the deal then it could be a come-up (The come-up my Wifee's phrase). Now if I were to scheme, Section 8 could realistically pay off hundreds of properties all with subsidized funds. My Mom has Section 8 renters who have paid off 8 years of her mortgage (only to have her take out subsequent loans to reduce the equity, but hey she's got 4 homes) Hmmm this could be the start of a whole new relationship. The only downfall is those that normally apply for section 8 are not the kind of peeps you want around on a full time basis, normally, but that is a stereotype because my mom's renters were very nice folks.

The Lake of the woods house isn't going to allow Section 8, but the parcel in Partlow will. The wheels in my head keep on turning. Better stop before I get into trouble on more than one front.

What does that remind you of?

Can you believe people put this stuff on faces and hands?

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Mission Impossible

Ok we are in play as far as the house is concerned. We are all signed up and ready to go. The major obstacle is the W-2s for the last two years. I have no frigging idea where these things are. We have to find them before the deal can go through. Insha Allah I will find them because it will totally be by the grace of Allah that we do.

Sleep deprevation. We have been going non-stop this past week trying to get it all together. I have to drop off my wifee at work and then come back and begin this massive search. I'm starting to get rather quick on my QWERTY Treo keyboard, but I've been thinking of adding one of those portable jobbies. So times like this when I'm just strolling along at the park with the kids I can bang out a quick blog.

Tomorrow I plan to take my oldest daughter to paragon after my wife wakes up.

Well that's all for now the keys are cramped and my palms are hurting.

AsSalaamu A'laikum wa Yahdeekumu Allahi

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Credit where credit is due

My oldest daughter is by far one of the most irritating children I've ever met, and usually I try my best to avoid her for that purpose. However I've been thinking wow she really does a lot of work around here and I just have to be thankful for her, because she really does a lot to be praised for. She whines and complains like most kids but all and all she really is a top-notch help. I think I will change my relationship from focusing on the wrong she does to focussing on all of the help she brings consistently on a day to day basis. It is easy when you are irritated to want to throw the baby out with the bath water, but that isn't something that she deserves and as MY daughter she deserves the best. I think I will take her to Paragon today after things settle down. Today is a busy day so tomorrow seems like a better choice either way she deserves a treat.

It would seem like I'm Israel in this respect whereas I came out of an oppressive step-parent situation to put another child into one. I can't do that. It's just not right.

Monday, August 21, 2006

What I said earlier... I think

The problem with reconstucting blogs after some miscelaneous snafu is that the whole spirit is gone so then it becomes like a photograph, rushed and completely with out the substance of the real thing. So here is the abbreviated snapshot of what I was saying earlier.

It's my wife's birthday today... well yesterday.

I was the first to wish her a happy birthday. WooHoo!!

I took the kids to the park for an hour giving her time to get ready to leave like we had planned.

She wasn't ready and I became irritated forgetting completely that it was her birthday (that whole waiting thing)

Tried to redeem myself by buying her something special.

Wanted to buy her dinner but she a. ate something at her friends which means she probably won't eat at all for the next three days and b. we stayed way to late at the friends house negating any real special thing except standard greetings.

Forgot to give it to her until it was too late hopefully tomorrow morning.

Dropped her off at work.

Almost fell asleep in the car on the way home with all of the kids in the car.

Stayed up way to late typing this half-assed blog entry.

Will try to write something of note later on today.

Oh yeah offer got approved writing loan papers today for the house.

Going off about Sandra Bernhard


Ok I was going to make a post about how unattracted I feel about Sandra Bernhard and then I started looking at her picture on IMDB.com and then I started feeling very sorry for her. Anyway she's out there doing her thing and undoubtedly making more than I am. She's not Muslim though so I've got that going for me (unless I keep going the way I'm going) Anyway hope she finds Islam and I'll reserve all the other nasty things I would have said out of complete ignorance of her as a person.

Things I hate

Typing about a page worth of blog on my Treo and pulling a fat finger delete when I'm done. That sux.

Blogging with my Treo... Man I love this thing.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Like I was saying.

Ok I was saying I had wanted to go to the museum because I wanted to go over my daughter's lesson with her. We however left late and traffic was so thick it proved futile so we came home and decided to go to CEC instead. The benifits thereof will show when bed time comes around.

Blogging on my Treo is cool and all but typing can be tedious. Maybe I'll buy one of those nifty keyboards, but I don't blog here enough to truly justify it.

Till later peace. Juicy tidbits to follow if keikis go to sleep.

Blogging with my Treo... Man I love this thing.

Chuckie Cheese

Ok it is well known that CEC is just a glorified arcade. It has the worst pizza on the planet. The best thing that it has going is the salad bar. Alas it serves as a haven for parents to tire out their youngsters so that they can have some privacy later.

So here we are at the CEC just hanging. I had wanted to go to the Museum but we gout out too late and traffic was off the chain. So CEC it is.

Blogging with my Treo... Man I love this thing.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

She gets the house.

Ok so we went and saw the house yesterday right and the house in and of itself is mostly unimpressive as I thought it would be I mean it is a mobile home. Although it has one of those nifty whirlpool tubs so that is cool. The land on the other hand is the seller. 8+ acres very nice. The neighbors on the left of me are $400K+ homes and the ones on the right are probably going to become much larger themselves. Ok so out of this deal I’m supposed to get my bike, yeah right but it is a nice thought. I may get my Camera at tax time or something. In case any of you all want to buy me something I created an Amazon wish list here. Feel free to purchase anything on it. I don’t think that I’ll be able to get my bike until sometime after we rent our LOW house though anyway. However we will see. I still have to get all of the VA stuff done for the house. Man am I sleepy we stayed up all night with that house thing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Disney, complete exhaustion

In Orlando we stayed at the Parc Corniche it was a decent place central to
everything. Well we partied this day and my girl was bushed, how bushed you
ask well she wet the bed (something she doesn't do) I got her up out of bed
and she was still asleep, took off her clothes and she was still asleep,
got into a nice long shower and she was still asleep,got out and dressed
her and she was still asleep, put her back in bed and she was still asleep
for another two hours, whew!
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Blogging with my Treo... Man I
love this thing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I've got a moment.

I knew that this would happen I would have soo much stuff to say that I wouldn't have time to organize it so I just wouldn't blog at all. I wanted to blog the other day but I spent too much time looking at the new Nikon D80 so I didn't blog. Well you know how it is you get back from your trip and life starts pouring in well that is exactly what happened. In great short order the following Monday I had an inspection where you get all duded up in your Coast Guard best and have some Commanding Officer ogle you on your ability to get dressed. After that I was told that I couldn't compete for the next pay grade because I was too inattentive on watch. Actually my ability to remain focused on a given task. So I was pretty bummed about that and have really been hard on myself because of it. My house mates got into a fight again and this time the divorce is final. She asked for a khul and now he's gone. He was going to stay until the end of the month but the drama ensued and my wife has kicked them out. He's gone but she's still here. She needs to go.

I'm sorry folks for the lag I made a commitment to blog and started slacking. My wife wants to buy this house way out in the country so she can take off her hijab in the backyard and relax. I don't know if the link will work for you but give it a try. It's actually not a bad deal. The agent was acting kind of flaky though I think that she is trying to secure the property herself. Our normal agent had to go back to work because she says that the market is bad. I think that she is on hard times. I pray for her, she's a good lady.

I'm very frustrated these days. I'm sore over losing $1200 over 30 minutes. That puts me behind in paying off my credit card which in turn is bringing down my credit score. It will be another two months before I can start to pay it down. Then we are being threatened that Donavan our foster child will be taken away from us and that $1200 a month right there. Here he is here.

So anyways I know I have to shave that hair of his, maybe tomorrow. I've been trying to take the kids to the park when I get home but today I just passed out and my wife took everyone to go and see that house. So now I have a little time to blog. They are still out and haven't come home yet. I've been doing a lot of reflecting on my life and basically I need to focus on the small mundane things that make up life. So many times I lose myself in the big picture that I never get started. So from now on I must make each moment count. This is all a big expansive thought and I haven't organized it yet in my head yet so we'll see how it all forms out.

I haven't been the type of father that I want to be and that will be one of the first things I will change. I wanted to start by taking the kids to the park everyday but today I just was too tired. Yesterday I was stuck at work and then stuck in traffic so I got home too late. I want to be a better father to my oldest daughter too but she just talks entirely too much so I skirt away from her but there is a laundry list of things that I want to do with her. I need to check her school work so I will probably go and do that now. I know my thoughts are all over the place because my world is hectic right now. My wife is bringing things into perspective a little. The house is clean again it was trashed before. I want to paint the walls and kick the sister out of my house but that isn't panning out like we planned. She needs to go she has no business sitting around feeling sorry for herself over a marriage that was doomed to begin with. I don't know why people lie to themselves about situations that just aren't working. However she needs to pull herself up by her bootstraps and get on down the road. I of course feel bad about kicking her out and she has paid half of Septembers rent and that helps but honestly she needs to go. It will help both her and us.

That crap has got to get out of my garage. Uggh! I haven't taken out the trash yet and it keeps reminding me to do so. I think tomorrow I'm not even going to come in just haul it out before I officially come home. The crap in the garage that I'm talking about is not the garbage that's in there too but there's furniture and other stuff that just has to go. Clothes we've got tons enough to start an army and my wife keeps threatening to get us all down to 2 weeks worth of outfits but honestly if we can just sort it all and box it up then maybe we can give it to a charity or something unless like most of my old stomping shirts they just need to be retired into rags or something.

The best picture at the park. Like I said we went to the park the other day and I took my little Nikon 950 and I took this picture.




I like it. She's a cutie and very photogenic. I tried to go on sunnipath.com and ask what was the ruling of displaying pictures, but their answers page was down. So I suppose I will have to look into reliance of the traveler or maybe I'll call brother Yusef. Well that's all for today I expect to plugin at least once a day from now on so I'll be seeing you. Also I think I lost the password on my audioblogger account so you may hear from me pretty soon too cause I got to get that fixed.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm sorry

Ok I know I haven't blogged in like a week and everyone is just holding on
for my long in coming updates, but this lady was a reason for bunched
panties. Everybody, they're second cousin and uncle bob are waiting to fill
up and this chick wants to wash her windows and whatnot PRIOR to filling up
her tank. I mean the pumps have the autofill latch just start it and then
clean your windows. Shees.
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Blogging with my Treo... Man I
love this thing.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Oh God No!!!

I never thought I would be one of THOSE Muslims
The kind of Muslim that walks in late for Jumuaa
Or that never goes at all
One that sees the news at the destruction and carnage
And turn the blind eye of apathy
One who recognizes blessings and is slow to give thanks
One who hears the Athan and prays just before the next one comes in
I never thought it could be me never in a million years
Who is this person
This is not me, It cannot be, It will not be
I will not stand in the last of the rows
I will not betray my Lord, My God who causes the wind and rain
My Lord who gives me breath and handles all of my affairs
I will not be silenced or overcome with melancholy
I will not lose faith and acquiesce to the realm of complacency
I will move fisabellelah, I will speak with the voice of an atom bomb
I will live I will love I will do this life for my God
I will not lose my place, I will walk the thin line
I must, I must not become one of THOSE Muslims
Never, Never, Never
Not a single ‘nother day, Not a second or a moment
For each day is a gift, as well as each breath
Each moment is a chance to aspire to greatness in the smallest of things
I must, I must…Live