Archive for August, 2008

You grew up in the ’90’s if….
August 20, 2008

You can sing the lyrics to “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air”
You know that “WHOA” was invented by Joey from “Blossom” and that “How Rude!” came from Stephanie from “Full House”
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons
You remember reading “Goosebumps”
You know the profound meaning of “Wax on, wax off”
You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school and you thought you were cool
You danced to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, Females: had a new motto while the men got a whole lot gay-er. (Remember “so tell me what you want, what you really really want”)
You still get the urge to say “NOT” after (almost) every sentence…Not…
Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? Was both a game and a TV game show.
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger, were meant to be together.
You remember when Super Nintendo became popular and you begged your parents to buy you one!
You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 , and 3……..and plotted to one day pull those same pranks on “intruders”
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
You remember boom boxes vs. CD players
You remember the group “New Kids on The Block”
You knew all the characters from “Saved By The Bell”
You played and/or collected “Pogs”
You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and you took it everywhere you went
You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
Yikes pencils and erasers was considered the BEST!
You made paper scrunchies to see who you’d end up marrying
You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out
You used to wear those stick on earrings, not only on your ears, but at the corner of your eyes.
You got creeped out from watching “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
You know the Macarena by heart.
“Talk to the hand” … enough said
You thought Brain from “Pinky and the Brain” would eventually take over the world
You always said, “Then why don’t you marry it!”
You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.
You remember when razor scooters were cool.

When we were younger:

Before the MySpace frenzy…
Before the Internet & text messaging…
Before Sidekicks & iPods…
Before PlayStation2 and X-BOX…
…Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you were assigned every night
And when light up sneakers were considered cool
When you use to rent VHS tapes and not DVDs
When gas was $0.49 a litre & Caller ID was new to society
When we recorded TV programs on our VCRs & paid $3.50 for a movie
When we called the local radio station to request a song that we wanted to hear on our walkmans
And when the Chicago Bulls were the BEST team in the NBA
When playing Tag completed your day!
Get Over Here!!!! meant something to you
Hide-n-Go Seek in the dark
Red Light, Green Light.
Heads Up 7 Up.
Playing Kickball & Dodge ball until your porch light came on.
Tree Houses.
Hula Hoops.
Captain Planet.
Running through the sprinklers.
That “Little Mermaid”
Crying when Mufasa died in the Lion King and some of us still DO!
Happy Meals where you chose a Barbie or a Hot Wheels car.
Getting the privilege to sit in the front seat of the car.

And do you remember:

Hey Arnold.
The Secret World of Alex Mac.
Rocco’s Modern Life.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Magic School Bus.
Pinky and the Brain
Sailor Moon.
Beavis & Butt-Head
Bill Nye the Science Guy
When everyone wanted to test drive “love” after watching “The Wonder Years”
Under the Umbrella Tree
The Big Comfy Couch
Kool-Aid was the drink of choice (and I mighty fine one, might I add!)
Class field trips meant the world to you
When Christmas was the most exciting time of year because of the cartoons and TV programs that were shown
When $5 seemed like a million, & adding another dollar became a miracle.
When you begged to go to McDonald’s for dinner
When Toys R Us overruled the mall
Let’s go back to the time when:
Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’.
Money issues were handled by whoever was banker in ‘Monopoly.’
Being old referred to anyone over 20.
A chance to skate as a couple at the local roller rink was like winning the lottery.
When Ninja Turtles ruled the world.
When Aladdin was new, before the trilogy was complete.
Before we realized all this would eventually disappear
Who would have thought you’d miss the 90’s so much!!!!!


Why Bomb Afghanistan?
August 12, 2008

Every story has a beginning and every idea generated from somewhere…

Through a friend, I was able to find the conversation (typed out for your reading pleassure) between the different levels of the American government, and moreover, how they came to the decision that Afghanistan was most worthy of getting bombed after the September 11 attacks on US soil.

It all started in a private room, away from the presence of any individual that may be known to leak such private conversations (although, if I’m about to provide it to you, it obviously found its way out of that “secret room” located on the third floor of the White House [<-so I was told] ).

It all started when President Bush asked to see the Director of the FBI shortly after the attacks while former Secretary of State, Colin Powell was standing to the side of the president.

Bush: Who are these terrorists?
FBI Chief: Saudis, at least they hold Saudi passports
Bush: What can we do about that?
Powell: Saudi Arabia can not be bombed, they supply us with oil
Bush:That terrorist Mohammad Atta, is an Egyptian, may be we can bomb Egypt
Powell: No Mr. President, Egypt is our ally, they made peace with Israel
Bush: But he was trained in Germany, those Germans hate us, don’t they?
Powell: Germany lost the war, they are no longer against the allies, besides they no longer like wars, and they are busy making Mercedes Benz, they need our market.
Bush:Where did Mohammed Atta learn flying planes?
FBI Chief: Florida, Sir
Bush:S—, I can’t bomb Florida, Brother Jeb Bush is there, he can get hurt
FBI Chief: We have reports that the Mafia may be behind this attack, Sir.
Bush: If we define all Pizza Parlors as legitimate strike targets, that would be unpopular with Italian Americans and Catholics, besides, Rudolph Giuliani is well liked for his heroism.
FBI Chief: We have a claim by the Japanese Red Brigade, Sir
Bush: Japan has surrendered to us in WWII, they are not in military confrontation with us anymore, and economically speaking, Japan and Germany are still a threat, d—.
FBI Chief: Mr. President, we also have reports of Anti Globalization suspects
Bush:These are good looking, clean-shaven white boys, no one will accept that they are terrorists.
Powel: How about blaming it on Iraq, Sir?
Bush: That is too boring, I want to do something original.
Powell:How about blaming it on the CIA, they trained Osama Bin Ladin.
Bush: My dad was their chief I can’t incriminate my own Dad, are you crazy?
Powell:My last guess would be the Mossad of Israel; you see Sharon is under fire and he needs to divert international scrutiny to Terrorism, he may have pulled this one to get off the hook while he finishes his domestic fall Home cleaning.
Bush: Blaming congress is far easier than blaming Sharon, any more ideas?
Powell: Then let the FBI and the CIA investigate this issue some more and when credible evidence emerges, let us handle it in the international courts of law like we did with the TWA Libyan hijackers case.
Bush: Remember next election is only three years away
Powel: So what should we do Mr. President?
Bush: I think we should strike somewhere very soon, I want to look like a hero during thanksgiving, so Americans can watch the censored evening news to enjoy their turkey and their tax money at work going after the bad boys.
Powell: How should we rationalize such a move Mr. President?
Bush: A War against terrorism
Powell: That is too broad Mr. President; we need a more accurate objective, Sir?
Bush: Destroying Bin Laden hideouts in Afghanistan, with high tech laser guided CNN camera carrying missiles.
Powell: The Russians lost 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan Sir, in ten years.
Bush:Then let us form a Coalition of Nations against terrorism; we legitimize it as an international effort like my dad did it in the Gulf War, I am sure the British will follow us, they owe us one for the Falklands, later, we can drag Europeans along, we’ve liberated them in WWII after all, we can count on their support. In addition, we will persuade A-rabs and even I-ranians who hate Taliban Sunnis, you see this is the best strategy, and to make it decisive , we tell everybody, to choose either Freedom or Terrorism.
Powell: Fine with me Mr. President, if that is what you want,
Powell: Talking to himself (I am going to write a book about this, a practical objective indeed)

Do you need a laugh
August 5, 2008

Allow me to introduce you to Coach Hines. He is indeed one of the funnier characters available on youtube and if you’ve never come across his clips, CHECK THEM OUT!



As Time Moves..
August 5, 2008

     As time continues to move forward and not yield at my request, I continue to visit the lake and drowned myself with thoughts. I ask myself about individuals whom I’ve never met, yet, desire so much to one day meet. On the top of the list of men whom I continue to ponder over, Mu’sab bin Umair, a man from among the great men who use to walk the earth. I am somewhat disappointed with the fact that history (other then Islamic History) has forgotten his name and his sacrifice; moreover, our youth are unaware of his status with Allah.

     Nevertheless, it’s been a while since I last wrote in my Poetic Justice despite the fact that I have much to talk about as the events in my life become more interesting; yet, I find my desire to write fading. It’s not like I’ve completely stopped writing; no, that’s not the case. In fact, I continue to drop words and different styles of writing into my “Don’t You Hold Back” pages at home but even such submissions to those pages have slowed down noticeably in recent weeks and months. The way I look at it, if I’m not finding the time to write then it’s either for one of two reasons; either, I’m using that same time for something else (productive or not) or I’m allowing time to use me. In other words, a man once said to me, if you don’t take advantage of time, it will take advantage of you (I’ve also found words similar to those in a hadeeth that states, take advantage of five things before they take advantage of you and time was one of the five stated). My point is, I really need to pay more attention to how I use my time and since Ramadan is right around the corner, I better get my game face on or I’m not gonna be able to survive nor succeed with my goals for that month. But before Ramadan, I got an Almaghrib course to prepare for so..I’ll be back with some thoughts before Ramadan inshAllah; until then, if you’re from the streets, stay safe homie and if you’re a Muslim, may Allah have mercy on your soul.