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Fashion Sense May 30, 2008

Posted by Sobek in Politics.

BBC Arabic has this picture up right now:

That’s tiny-chinned Syrian President Bashar Assad (right)[corrected; first I said “left” because I are retarded] with the Emir of Qatar.

Bashar usually wears a tie, doesn’t he?

Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time googling images of Assad, but I don’t ever recall seeing him doing the button-up-shirt-without-a-tie look so fashionable in downtown Tehran. Is he ready to just drop the pretense and admit his country is a suburb of Iran.


1. eddiebear - May 30, 2008

Hey. Maybe it was Casual Friday at the Palace.

2. eddiebear - May 30, 2008

Hate to be difficult, but Assad is on the right.

3. Jack Klompus - May 30, 2008

I like the hat.

4. Mr Minority - May 30, 2008

Assad is just a tool!

A chinless, Mullah fellating tool!

I bet he even did Nancy when she visited him last year.

Is he a lawyer?

5. See-Dubya - May 30, 2008
6. Lipstick - May 30, 2008

Evil western running dogs of capitalism neckties!

7. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

Did you know the Assads belong to the minority Shiite Nusayri sect? (Most Shiites are Twelver Shiites; not the Nusayris.) The Nusayris are one of those weird off shoots of Shiite Islam, combining gnosticism and mystery religions and paganism and Neoplatonism with Shiite Islam. Even many Shiites believe they’re not Muslims. But the Nusayris rule Syria.

Shiites and Shiites, albeit of different brands.

Oh, and the technical term, which the Nusayris use for themselves, is Alawi. These Alawis are separate from the Turkish Alevis. (Turkish Alevism is a mixture of Shiite Sufism, Sunni Sufism, and antinomian elements.)

8. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

What’s a running dog?

9. Sobek - May 30, 2008

Oops. I meant left. And See-Dubya, still, that’s kind of unusual for him.

10. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

It was kind of funny seeing the lawyers’ protests in Karachi. There was a whole street of men in black suits, white shirts, and ties, running from the police. Not what one associates with men in suits, eh.

And in Pakistan, few people wear jeans. The vast majority, even for day-to-day and stay-at-home attire, wear slacks and dress shirts if they’re wearing Western attire. And suits are de rigeur.

I, in my jeans and casual shirts, looked like such a slob. Or a foreigner. Same thing.

11. See-Dubya - May 30, 2008


Yeah, he’s usually one of the sharper dressed thuggish dictators.

Not in Khaddafi’s class, but pretty smooth.


Good for Pakistan. I’m tired of California Casual. Men should dress like adults when they go to work.

12. Mrs. Peel - May 30, 2008

Isn’t Assad on the right? From my perspective, anyway? *confused*

The male engineers at work often wear jeans and polo shirts on days when they don’t have meetings with the customer. I figure as long as they have nice butts, it’s ok.

I almost always wear “dress” clothes to work, since there is a definite double standard – women just can’t dress casually and still look professional, while (some) men can get away with it. There aren’t many women in my new group, though, and some of them do dress more casually than I do (and outrank me). There is one other girl about my age who is VERY pretty and always dressed well, except for the other day when she was wearing one of those maternity-style shirts with a huge horizontal band right at the hips. She didn’t look as bad as most people (including me) would in that thing, because her hips are not that wide, but NO ONE looks good in those. Argh!

13. Mrs. Peel - May 30, 2008

Oh, hey, See-Dub, is JYB broken? Every time I’ve looked at it lately, there are no posts showing – just the sidebars.

14. lauraw - May 30, 2008

I find it hard to believe that Musli doesn’t know what a running dog is, when he, though a very young man, can call up such terms from antiquity as are unknown to many, if not most, of us here.

But he wasn’t alive much during the Cold War.

Muslihoon, ‘running dog’ is a slur so frequently used by Asian Communists that it has become somewhat of a laughable cliche in the West.

It means ‘lackey’ or ‘servant.’

It is often seen in combo with the word ‘capitalist,’ and applied against utterly ridiculous targets as Lipstick has so ably demonstrated above.

In the West it is considered a funny turn of phrase.

It is also a very telling thing; you can read what someone most fears and hates by what insult they think will wound you.

One must assume that Communism is a veil of bullshit that did not erase all social hierarchies, and that these people still do not treat servants well.

15. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

Thank you so much, lauraw!

I read it every now and then but never really got it.

My thinking went along these lines: My dog runs. He looks cute. What’s bad about it? If someone called me a running dog, I’d be complimented.

But the tone and context made it clear that that is not what was intended. Until today, I never understand how/why “running dog” was an insult.


16. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

One must assume that Communism is a veil of bullshit that did not erase all social hierarchies

One word proves your point: nomenklatura. Or apparatchik. Either or.

17. See-Dubya - May 30, 2008

Mrs. Peel–

No, it’s just that the posts vanish after eight days, and there haven’t been any new posts there for weeks now with my new gig.

I should put up something just to keep it alive. Thanks for checking in.

18. See-Dubya - May 30, 2008

BTW, at my casual So-Cal church, I still always wear a tie. I look like a frump with a stick up my rear.

Which, if the stick fits…

19. Mrs. Peel - May 30, 2008

The weird thing about Facebook is that it’s kinda like a continual series of shocks, when you stop in and see that YOUR FRIEND’S WIFE IS HAVING A BABY and you didn’t even realize they got married.

Sorry, I’m at that age where everyone (except me) is getting married and starting to reproduce, and it’s still a little surprising to realize that someone with whom you had a jalapeno eating contest (not really; I left it to the guys) at the all-you-can-eat place is now settled down, halfway through medical school, and having a kid. My own sister, who is six years older than I am, only just now had a kid.

20. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

I remember coming back to the States for college and going to a Catholic Mass. I was utterly scandalized to see people in shorts and sandals.

My church is the exact opposite.

Although I enter the building in street clothes. I change into a suit (which I bring in a bag) and then enter the chapel. Several people told me it’s fine if I attend in street clothes (well, actually it isn’t). My branch is awesome that way. There’s a kid I’m trying to help become active again, and he came to my branch a few weeks ago, and came in street clothes. Everyone was nice and polite with him, and even complimented him on his taste in clothes. No one looked at him strange or disapprovingly. I was so proud of my branch.

21. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

Mom’s beginning to ramp up the “Get Married!” rhetoric. She does it indirectly. At parties, when I’m around, she’ll suddenly and loudly talk to relatives around us about helping us find a woman.

Although seeing how their ways didn’t work the first time, I doubt I’m going to follow their ways this time around. I know where I’m looking for a potential wife and where I’ll marry her.

22. Sobek - May 30, 2008

Question: I have a broken television and a broken microwave. I’m not going to fix either one, because they were at retirement age and I just got new stuff. What should I do with the old stuff? Can it be repaired, for example, and donated to Goodwill or something? I hate throwing expensive stuff away, even when it’s broken, because I never know if it can be fixed, and I don’t like to waste.

23. lauraw - May 30, 2008

My thinking went along these lines: My dog runs. He looks cute. What’s bad about it? If someone called me a running dog, I’d be complimented.

I know it’s hard to believe, but dogs used to actually work for people.

I know, I know it sounds crazy. But trust me. It is written in the legend.

There used to be people who could make dogs do shit they didn’t want to do.

Some superhuman race of people…all gone now.

24. Muslihoon - May 30, 2008

Oh, you wouldn’t believe just how nakhradar (Urdu word: I wonder how to translate it…picky? finicky? demanding? all three?) my dog has become. We’ll be walking and he’ll plop down his butt and not move. Or he’ll roll around in the grass and lay there. And won’t budge. No matter how strongly I yank at his leash. And unless I want to drag him across the ground or grass, he won’t move.

Or when he wants to change directions. He just stops. I yank and yank, to no avail. He just stands there looking me like “Yo, dude. I’m going the other way.” So then I go in whatever direction he wants to.

He’s training us very well.

He’s an almost-2-years old shih tzu.

25. Michael - May 31, 2008

My dog is a highly trained crimefighting machine. She earns her living.

She does not manipulate us in any way.

Well, except for the “give me cookie” routine. Also, the “give me belly rub” thing. Other than some stuff like that, she is a crimefighting machine.

26. Lipstick - May 31, 2008

Sophie the ferret rolls over for the belly rub, which is pretty atypical.

Boris bobs from side to side and nods his head when he wants out. I am invariably firm when this happens and never let him out, the little smoopy woopy. . .

27. Lipstick - May 31, 2008

I’m such a liar.

28. Dave in Texas - May 31, 2008

I have a running dog when there are commie squirrels in the back yard.

ALSO: Texas fashion rule. No neckties from May to October.

29. Mrs. Peel - May 31, 2008

Musli, that’s pathetic, dude. I have a 45-pound, extremely headstrong, very dominant 11-year-old Australian shepherd that tries that kind of garbage on me, and I don’t permit her to succeed, because *I* am the pack leader, not her. You gotta watch the Dog Whisperer more.

30. lauraw - May 31, 2008
31. Retired Geezer - May 31, 2008

I’ll second Mrs. Peel’s endorsement of the Dog Whisperer. That guy is funny and he gets amazing results.

32. daveintexas - May 31, 2008

I am the Dog Yeller-er

33. lauraw - May 31, 2008

Yeah, whispering doesn’t work with my dog either.

Punching neither, though not for lack of trying. His head is like freakin’ concrete on the knuckles.

34. lauraw - May 31, 2008

I love it when Cesar turns and gives an exasperated look to the camera when he is obviously dealing with some really bizarre retards who don’t have a clue about raising a dog.

35. daveintexas - May 31, 2008

I have the command voice.

It’s the one that works.

36. Mr Minority - May 31, 2008

I have the command voice.

You have a Chris Crocker voice!

37. Michael - May 31, 2008

I just give Casey the stink-eye and say, “Dog, you ain’t got a leg to spare any more.”

38. Retired Geezer - May 31, 2008

^ lol Michael

39. lauraw - May 31, 2008
40. geoff - May 31, 2008

Our pup was beating up on the kids in a bid for a #3 position in the family. So we her to a sensitive, new agey type of dog trainer and enrolled her in a 6-week class. After 6 weeks (and $120) we saw a little improvement, but we didn’t like the approach at all. The biggest disagreement we had was in the interpretation of the pack mentality – we could see the dog trying to dominate the kids, and the trainer just kept telling us that the alpha dog was just a myth.

She tried to get us to sign up for her year-long course, but we bailed and went to an ‘old school’ dog trainer instead. After 8 weeks we didn’t need to go back. iPod (our dog) would come, stay, walk nicely, and behave around other dogs, as well as do assorted tricks. And she knows she’s #5 in the pack.

Now she’s 85 lbs of sweetness.

41. Pupster - May 31, 2008


42. iPod - May 31, 2008

They taught me many things at that school, Geoff. Things about how to dominate the pack. How to chew through brake lines, for example. How to drag appliances into the bathtub. Many things.

By the way, we’ll be having steak tonight. See to it, would you?

43. Muslihoon - May 31, 2008

The strange thing is that we’re extremely firm with him when we want to be. If he sits and I’m simply not in the mood to indulge him, I simply pick him up and carry him to his new destination. He forgets his earlier stubbornness and moves on.

I joke that when we’re walking, I’m the one barking.
“Ney!” (short for “nahin”, meaning “no”)
“Idhar ao! (“Come here!”)
“Chalo!” (“Come on!”)
Chorho! (“Let it go!”)

He listens. Most of the time.

44. Muslihoon - May 31, 2008

Why the winkies? Strange.

45. Michael - May 31, 2008

WordPress converts a semicolon and a close parenthesis surrounded by spaces to a winkie.

Same thing if you do colon and close parenthesis — you get 🙂

46. lauraw - May 31, 2008


47. lauraw - May 31, 2008

and an 8 followed by the right parenthesis gets you that ^

48. Michael - May 31, 2008

Oh that’s good.

People, remember to wear sunglasses as you leave the scene of Barry’s bullet-riddled corpse, so that witnesses cannot easily identify you.

49. lauraw - May 31, 2008

How do you trap rabbits?

There was a mild Winter and I have a lot of Spring bunnies in my yard eating up the landscaping, and frankly they look fatty delicioussss.

Is this a good time of year to catch rabbits, and how do I do it? I already know what to do with them after you have them. I just need to know how to get them. My dogs are useless in this regard.

I seem to remember there’s a time of year you are never supposed to bother them, because of some parasite or something.

Do I recall that correctly?

Set me straight.

50. daveintexas - May 31, 2008


51. Michael - May 31, 2008

A scoped pellet rifle works fine for rabbits, and your neighbors won’t be disturbed by the slaughter.

I’m not aware of any dangerous parasite that makes cooked rabbit unsafe. I ate plenty of rabbit as a kid and they taste fine. However, there is a plentiful assortment of rabbit diseases, as with most critters.

52. eddiebear - May 31, 2008

My wife’s older sister dropped her daughters’ Betta fish at our house to watch for 2-3 weeks while they go on vacation. My wife already caught my daughter with one of the fish in her hands and talking to it.

I wonder if my nieces will notice if the fish they pick up will be the same color as the ones they dropped off.

53. eddiebear - May 31, 2008

We have a neighborhood cat that prowls around at night, hunting critters. I can hear the commotion sometimes. But the rabbits and squirrels aren’t as bad as in years past.

54. Russ from Winterset - June 2, 2008

I remember some disease that rabbits got from fleas. The way you could tell if the bunny was toxic was if there were big white spots on the liver. Leptospirosis? I dunno, that info went into my head about 3,689 six packs ago. The name escapes me, but I remember hearing about the malady when I was growing up. I don’t know if they’re any more or less toxic at any time of the year, but the old saying is that you should wait to shoot rabbits until after the first frost. That way, all the fleas & ticks have died off already, and you won’t get any smaller vermin from those little fuzzy vermin. Of course, if you’re just gonna whack em and not eat em, this advice doesn’t apply.

Use the .22 pellet rifle if you can get all your shots off within 20 yards, and go for head shots. If you don’t have a .22 pellet rifle, may I suggest the Benjamin 392? It’s quality, it’s powerful, and it’s made in America. If you don’t want to spend $175 on a pellet gun with a good scope, get yourself some of the .22 “Colibri” rounds made by Aguila. They’re a .22 long rifle round with a 20 grain slug instead of a 40 grainer, and they’re loaded with no powder. The bullet is propelled by the power of the primer alone, and they’re fairly accurate out to about 15 yards with any .22 but a semiauto. In my Marlin lever action, the Colibri rounds sound are quieter than the sound the hammer makes when it strikes the firing pin. Cheaper than Dirt is a sporting goods website that can set you up with Colibri rounds, subject to any restrictions from your local gun-phobic government agencies.

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