- Why ultra-Orthodox men wearing 'modesty glasses' is a fabulous idea
- Negara Malaysia ni negara demokrasi kan?
- Zero Support For ABIS Kucing
Posted: 29 Jul 2013 02:24 PM PDT
At first it sounded like just another distasteful manifestation of extremism among ultra-Orthodox Jews. Modesty glasses.
Just when we thought things couldn't get more ridiculous, we learned that the latest trend for those men who will do anything to avoid any contact with women, lest they awaken forbidden sexual urges, are stickers that they can plaster onto their eyeglasses. According to the Associated Press:
The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few meters so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry – including women. It's not known how many have been sold.
For men forced to venture outside their insular communities, hoods and shields that block peripheral vision are also being offered.
The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.
Naturally, since the story falls into the category of 'what will those nutty Israelis do next,' it has been spread wide, in media outlets as diverse as National Public Radio which called it "a novel solution to an age-old conflict" (inaccurate, since the extreme modesty obsession is a recent development) to a newspaper in North Carolina which said the report was "so crazy that you might think the story is a joke."
At first, a modern woman's knee-jerk reaction to news of the glasses is to reflexively protest against it vociferously. Just like gender-segregated buses, the removal of women's images from billboards, the blurring of little girl's faces in Purim ads, signs requiring women to dress 'modestly' in certain neighborhoods, keeping their voices off of radio broadcasts, and forcing women to switch seats on airplanes so as not to sit next to the men, it all appears to be part of the same package that oppresses women by putting them in the category of 'forbidden fruit' that cannot be seen or heard on any way.
But then I decided to rethink the issue.
Posted: 28 Jul 2013 01:54 PM PDT
Posted: 28 Jul 2013 12:53 PM PDT
Boy the Buka Puasa rounds are getting really hot this time around.
Yesterday one topic of discussion was "The support level for the Prime Minister is effectively zero". And this is coming from Gomen people. Not Opposition people.
I am merely reporting what I heard ok. Ini bukan saya cakap. Ini orang lain cakap. Saya dengar saja. Dan orang yang cakap ni semua bukan calang-calang punya orang.
And here is a joke that has gone around - it has been suggested to a Gomen think tank to have a seminar on "How Long Do You Think The PM Will Last?" Ha ha ha. isnt that funny? Ha ha ha.
Earlier yesterday I received a phone call from a pro-PM Blogger and then also met with a pro-UMNO Blogger.
The pro-PM Blogger asked, 'Syed is it true the (pro-UMNO) Bloggers are planning to overthrow Najib?'
My answer was, 'Obviously you have been reading the pro-UMNO Blogs'. Because without a doubt many of the more relevant pro-UMNO Blogs are now up in arms against the presiden. Kalau tak caya go and read them yourself. I dont have to say anything.
Then the pro-UMNO Blogger I met spoke about ABIS Kucing. What is ABIS Kucing? Do read on.
It appears that the only guys supporting the party presiden now are the close cronies, the con-sultans who are also con-men, some of the Pemuda guys, the morons who run the GLCs and the Billionaires Club aka the Cabinet.
(By the way there is another scandal involving the GLCs on the front pages today. Nanti I tulis sikit. Tak habis-habis depa punya scandal.)
All these people who support the PM form the 'Angkatan Sida'. They are the PM's 'cojones carriers'. The late MGG Pillai's (of Sangkancil) sidekick Bala had an interesting phrase for these folks : "the cojones hangers". (I think if the PM goes, the 'cojones carriers' and 'cojones hangers' will switch camps overnite).
Other than the Angkatan Sida the support for Najib Tun Razak as party president and Prime Minister is effectively zero.
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