30 January 2007
Can you guess what's playing on the teli?
Today's Full VeloNews report and results: Tom Boonen wins stages 2 and 3 (above)
29 January 2007
Full story by Agence France Presse @ VeloNews
"..He faced scorpions, snakes and hostile U.S. soldiers and his bicycle took a beating, but the 63-year-old Chechen now back home after cycling to and from Mecca says he is counting his blessings."
"..Having reached Baghdad and witnessed what he calls the country's "terrible war," Magomed-Ali ran into a group of American soldiers. "Because I hadn't got a visa, they broke my bicycle, smashed it against the ground and called me a Russian pig. I told them I wasn't Russian but a Muslim and they seized my passport and pointed to the crosses on the cover," he recalled."
"..He was then forced to turn around and head back to Iran and around Iraq through Armenia and Georgia, down through Turkey, Syria, Jordan and finally -- after further border wrangles -- into Saudi Arabia and to his destination, Mecca."
Hint: France, Italy, USA, Armenia, Greece, Russia, UK, New Zealand, Australia...
27 January 2007
www.americanturk.blogspot.com or.. www.amerikanturk.com
Yes I also own www.amerikanturks.com, which is where the Amerikan Turks Forum resides. Don't go there.. It now has about 500 members, 95% of which are spammers.
I'm going to shut down 'word verification' for a while and see if the spamming parasites notice or not.. Might not last long, but I'm sick and tired of typing illegible letters every time I comment at my own blog..
Looking for pictures!
26 January 2007
25 January 2007
I must say I am a little puzzled about her recent posts though. In this one, she draws a line on the Armenian issue, like most of her red-blooded compatriots.. but in this one, she disappoints me with an assault on Article 301. Two incompatible positions Gulay! You can't support the official state position on genocide and then say that it's okay for journalists to run their mouths against it!
On a brighter note, Gulay at last justifies 60% of the words in her blog title. In this recent post, I discover that there are indeed some canine friends in the Gulay household: Kimi and Lucky! Here's an idea: A line of dog sweaters and accessories themed with Turkish soccer teams.. Who but Gulay to be the first in line for some Galatasaray dog booties.
Many thanks to Gulay's better half (Andy- a fellow bicyclist and former racer) for contributing to the comments here at AT.. they are worth repeating
PS: To the piece of shit who "insulted Galatasaray-ness" with gutless anonymous profanity directed at Gulay, may a pack of wild dogs eat your heart out..
24 January 2007
The Need To Know: Phanja is one who could not possibly have lived only in Turkey. Such excellent command of the English language normally requires one to be born and raised in the US. What's quite deficient though is the frequency of posts in her blog. I'd love to discuss her latest contribution, but you'd be more entertained by watching paint dry.. I think we're averaging one post every two to three months. Gets to be quite a disappointment every time I visit and search for life.. which consists primarily of occasional comments left by myself and others. I am selecting Phanja as January's recipient of the coveted "Waste of Bandwidth Award".. A distinction which underscores the position of blogging within her list of priorities, and which is intended to get her off her tookus and typing..something..anything!. Hopefully this reaches her and we get to read an acceptance speech in a few weeks. Until then.. click here if seeing cobwebs and hearing crickets chirp is what turns your crank..
Recipients of the "Waste of Bandwidth Award" get to choose next month's recipient (Unless of course you ignore this and receive it again next month by default, Phanja) Just please avoid plagiarizing yourself.. review your last episode of excusitis: Because I just don't care..
Full schedule and results. Check the prize list!
21 January 2007
Bottom line: Hatred towards Turks breeds Nationalism.
One other important distinction: Love for one's country isn't a symptom of Nationalism. It's the other way around.
20 January 2007
• Sen. Barack Obama welcomes Clinton's entry
• Clinton's announcement comes days after Obama launched his bid
• Clinton is considered the front-runner
• She wants troop cap in Iraq, more focus on Afghanistan
I couldn't help searching and finding this old post from last April: Of Rice And Men: Which Way Did He Go George?
Erkan's Field Diary: We are All Armenians Today!, 62nd assassinated journalist, Fury in Turkey at Editor's Murder, A beautiful human is murdered here!, Hrant Dink is assassinated
The White Path (Mustafa Akyol): I am Armenian Today
The Infidel: Obituary: Hrant Dink (1954-2007)
Talk Turkey: Hrant Dink & Turkish Taboo
Turkish Torque: Thousands of Turks March to Protest Dink's Murder, Hrant Dink, 1954-2007, What did Turkish Columnists write about Hrant Dink's murder?
Mavi Boncuk: In Memoriam Hrant Dink (1954-2007)
James In Turkey: In a crowded street, on a busy morning
Turkish Digest: Visit here frequently for all the latest news feeds from Turkish news groups. The latest entry at TD indicates that the murder suspect, Ogun Samast, has been identified and arrested.
17 January 2007
Broken Angel, based on the novel, “Ruzgarli Sehir” by Chicago resident Tulay Pirlant, will star “Yabanci Damat’s” Nehir Erdogan and will be shot completely in Los Angeles in both Turkish and English. Director Aclan Bates-Buyukturkoglu is determined to revolutionize the Turkish film industry, not only in the acting and storytelling techniques, but also technically.
From August 10th, 2006
From December 3rd, 2006
16 January 2007
This latest creation of my father's arrived in the US this past Friday.
Click the title above to be directed to the ebay listing.
15 January 2007
If you have a weak stomach, I do not recommend that you watch these videos... Scroll down and watch some Schoolhouse Rock instead..Or, if you just want to see Saddam again..The REAL Saddam Execution Video
14 January 2007
A nice little spoof on the original "Unpack Your Adjectives" cartoon by Schoolhouse Rock.. I'll post the original later.
Below is one of my favorite original Schoolhouse Rock cartoons from the seventies. I grew up watching these and am still overcome with a soothing feeling of comfort thirty years later.. Good stuff.
12 January 2007
11 January 2007
The equivalent of $1190 cash from every man, woman and child in the USA. This averages:
$7.76 billion per month for the past 46 months
$258 million per day...
$10.8 million per hour..
$180 thousand per minute..
$3 thousand per second.
I wonder how many families living in poverty could have been fed, clothed and sheltered with this money.. How many who can't afford life-sustaining prescription drugs could have been saved or comforted? How many kids who can't afford college could have completed a four year degree at an Ivy League School? (2,380,000 graduates at a cost of $150,000 each, double that for a good state school)
These figures have the potential to DOUBLE when one considers the depreciation and replacement cost of our over-extended military's hardware and equipment..
10 January 2007
The real story is about Armstrong's displeasure with the government's apathy towards cancer. Hear, hear!
If this is some kind of "Lead, follow, or get out of the way" posturing, then I believe there might be some hope for this country after all. Call me biased if it pleases you, but I believe that in order to be President of the United States, you ought to be the world's best at something other than invading relatively defenseless countries and causing their disintegration... If that something happens to be mastery of the most physically demanding sport in the world, all the better. Full story
Is it sinful to worship one's own body? ('Worship' is a misnomer which you can replace with 'care deeply about'.) I kind of doubt it, because it is actually considered sinful (haram) to abuse one's body, isn't it? So the reverse could not possibly be true. Could "worshipping" the health of your heart, lungs, muscles, brain, circulation, bones, and organs.. be anything but good? Sorry G-d, but there's no time for prayer, not when you've limited our life spans with so many fucking diseases.. I have a family which I must stay healthy for,... and they need me more than you do.. Amen.
07 January 2007
06 January 2007
05 January 2007
Snake Charmers and other ways to get paid for just...
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That isn't dark circles under your eyes, it's just...
Everyone Needs a Good Bum Kneading
Welcome back to the land of the living...or so I t...
India Part 2
India Part 1
04 January 2007
03 January 2007
I am eternally grateful for your generous recommendation. Receiving such a good
review of Amerikan Turk is very intoxicating- you practically have to pull me
down from the ceiling like a balloon!Recent enhancements to my template were
added before I read this! Call it my seventh sense or intuition, my sixth sense
being the detection of and aversion to, unnecessary work..All kidding aside, I
hungrily accept any comments ideas, criticism, compliments and hate-mail
regarding Amerikan Turk's design and layout. I'd even pay money for a competent
person to go in and tighten up the code, add a 3rd column and make it more
attractive..Lastly, I must salute the team of BLOGLAR ALEMI for creating such an
excellent venue for Turkish blogs and their readers. You are distilling out all
of the white noise of the blogosphere and serving up the refined purity for all
to consume. Lest we forget, information has a shelf life, and fresh content is a
perishable and consumable commodity requiring continuous replenishment..I am
proud to count Amerkian Turk among the previously selected 'blogs of the month'.
02 January 2007
"..In fact, Turkey has an excellent example of why it is useful to keep killers alive. The former leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, was captured in 1999 and sentenced to death on charges of terrorism. But Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2002. Since, Öcalan hasMore..
been held in solitary confinement as the only prisoner on the İmralı Island in the Sea of Marmara. Since his arrest, Öcalan has campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish conflict. And has called for a "Truth and Justice Commission" to investigate crimes committed by the PKK and Turkish security forces. Since his capture, he has urged his followers to abandon violence and seek peace.."
"..Although in many ways he was a terrible person and a mass murderer, Saddam's behavior prior to being hanged was dignified and proper, in my opinion.
No matter how he would have behaved, his enemies would have spun it in such a way as to make Saddam look malevolent, humiliated or weak. Despite propaganda that he seemed frightened, I did not think he seemed that way. Nor did he seem especially defiant,except when taunted. At any rate, all of those gloating that Saddam seemed a wee bit frightened, I would like to see how they hold up to being hung by a rope.
Saddam surely deserved this fate but I cannot see any good come of this.The fact that praise for Sadr was being shouted means that Saddam was hung by militiamen of the Mahdi Army, who are rightly referred to as sectarian militiamen.
When you hear about X number of bodies, tortured, blindfolded and handcuffed, found in Baghdad on a given day, it is the Shia Mahdi Army, not the Sunni guerrillas, who are responsible for all, or
almost all, of those killings. This fact is conveniently almost never explained by the US media. The media simply says that X bodies were discovered, describes their state, and says, "militias" killed them.."
01 January 2007
The good: Squatting makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
The bad: Potential for splattering of urine or feces on the legs, feet, clothes, and mouth. This is a particular problem when one has explosive diarrhea. (is there any other kind?)
Here's the complete 411.
Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now.
In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on
water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of
aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings
on water is zero.