Wednesday, November 08, 2006

There is a God

Rumsfeld has resigned. Oh man, oh man, oh man. I am so super excited to be in America for this. This is huge. This is enormous and I am so happy about this.

Christmas has come early this year.

I hope the euphoria of today actually continues and does not become something that I will look back on wistfully and think how naive and hopeful we were in the first hours after this election.

Montana has come over and we are just waiting to hear about the Virginia race in terms of the control of the Senate. It looks good for the Dems right now.

This is amazing. I love politics. Hopefully, soon, I will have time to actaully write about all this cohrently and not in the haphazard manner I have been. Some of this stuff has been posted on DesiCritics.org already and man, I cringed when I aw it. It is unedited and raw but I have the issue of poverty reduction to simultaneously be battling. And to that I go....

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zehra,
Do you really feel empowered by mimicking your British friends and making disparaging remarks about your own country? Do you think retaining your identity and living in the west are incompatible? Were you persecuted in Pakistan because you are shia or is it your promiscuous, "I dont give a fuck" wannabe lifestyle? Do you think you impress the westerners when you talk down your nationality?

You have acheieved great success as an oriental in an occidental world. You have learned to cuss, dress, talk and act like them (so you think). It's very impressive. So successful are you that at 28 years old, you are still attempting to complete college. There is a term for people that take that long to finish school. They are called Doctors.

Your blog is childish ranting of a spoiled emigrant suffering from a terrible inferiority complex. Your writing is sub-standard. Worst offence of all, you are not all that interesting.

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

Dear anonymous, (sandeep?),

I write for friends and family who think there is something interesting and worthy for them to read. I wish you had given more construtive criticism. That would have been more helpful.

I could go into a lengthy response about how wrong and right you are, but since you don't really care and will probably never come back to read this blog since it is so offensive, I will desist.

I am a princess in NYC and not in London, which is annoying the shit out of me. I make no secrets of it. I don't like being treated like dirt. London has issues and needs to solve them...it is not my country so I am not going to bother with trying to solve them and will finish my school (it is a one year Masters, which after a 7 year absense, I am coming back to school...that I did need to clarify), I will finish school and get on with it. Getting on with it means the work that I need to do, the reason I need to be a global citizen.

Now, the interesting thing about your post is that when you talk about me and my nationality, I am assuming you mean American....do you? And I can say things about America since as one, born and bred, I have the right to do. I have great pride in being an American, esp after these elections and am thankful and grateful that my parents moved here and raised me here.

There are issues with my country (America) but that is true anywhere. I hope someday to make a change so that as an American, my country is less harmful to the rest of the world which I do believe it is right now. I am naive in this hope and I hope to continue to remain so.

Thanks for reading.

Emma said...

What a peculiar message.

it's such a pity Z we can't take this annonymous comment leaver out for a beer. I actually think we'd all have an absolute riot.

These mid-terms are having a fascinating impact on Australian politics. The current government has done very well out of backing Bush and the axis of rightness rhetoric. Now, as Bush retracts ever gracefully and Rumsfield exits the stage, our Prime Minister is standing around with his pants round his anckles, looking around and wondering where everyone has gone too! TOTALLY DISORIENTATED!!

cheers,
Emma

Emma said...

Sorry to dwell. I'm totally fascinated by this comment and intrigued about where it came from. I'm so thoroughly disappointed by the anonymity.

Emma.

Anonymous said...

I should've known. Your ilk does not want to associate with your heritage. That would be shameful. I am referring to the disparaging remarks in your blog about Pakistan. You are too busy playing the part of "bad girl" with Emma to realize the rest of us refer to our country of birth as our motherland.

Regards.

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

My country of birth is America so therefore, by your definition, it is my mother land.

What I think my mother land or lands are is another matter. It is not something I am privvy to discussing with strangers. Esp those who have made up their mind about me...a discussion is pointless.

Emma, can't wait to see you so that we can play at being "bad girls"!

Emma said...

HAHA. motherland! are you kidding me? I thought "motherland" was Russian for Russia.

oh dear Z. First not a good enough American and now not a good enough Pakistani either. How do you sleep at night?

2 posts on a random persons blog - who exactly is it who is meant to have the migrant complex?

i love that you've got one friend called emma and that determines your ilk!

What i love the most though is the chutzpah of a person to refer to the concept of "the rest of us" as if they speak on behalf of anyone else let alone everyone else!

Golden

The moral of the story...
"dare not disparage, for thou shalt be damned - by an anonymous ever-pesent being..."

Anonymous said...

You are not privy to discussion with strangers so you have a blog on the **world wide** web about your personal life? When you make ignorant blanket statements about someone's country, get ready to be critiqued. I love how non-residents pakistanis such as yourself speak for millions of patriotic shias who live happily in Pakistan. You are too ignorant to realize the sectarian violence in Pakistan is due to a proxy war of influence being waged by Iran and Saudi Arabia.

While Pakistani expatriates engage in fund-raising activites to improve the conditions of our fellow countrymen, people of privilege such as yourself complain about "stuff" that "sucks ass" in "uneducated" Pakistan. While the people you ridicule don't have a college degree due to unfortunate circumstances, they know more about their heritage than you ever will. Come visit the ghettoes of karachi and the villages of earthquake-stricken northwest Pakistan. You will witness brave people that continue to manage each hardship with elegance and dignity. Rather than being part of the solution, you opt to tell us about your "persecution" in a pathetic attention-craving display of self-pity.

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

Dear Anonymous,

You are obviously way smarter than me, and a much nicer more thinking person than I can ever dream to be. Again, thank you for reading and check back once in a while, I may have something that won't be morally reprehensible to you :)

Till then, good luck and god speed and please continue to make the world a better place so that ingrates like me can rain on your parade.

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

ps anonymous: Can you please point out the disparaging remark I have made about Pakistan? I looked and could not find them, but then again, I have batata's for eyes.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous person,

I'm sorry, I shouldn't respond to your antagonism but you are in an unfortunate position of mis-understanding.

I have no idea of your motivations and agenda for leaving these DISPARAGING comments about one of my friends (something I have pretty strong sentiments about) is. In the end I don't care. But "the rest of us" know you are wrong!

What i want to tell you though is that you are so wrong to the point where your misguided presumptions are causing you not to actually read and process and understand words that appear on your screen.

This is the ultimate tragedy of PREJUDICE and INTOLERANCE and CLOSED-MINDEDNESS and the pursuit of failing agendas. I pity you.

Zehra has done and will continue to do profoundly more important things than leaving annonymous obtuse messages on peoples blogs.

...And that is for damn sure.

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Byron&Emma said...

So much hatred in this world that eventually when you run out of steam with everyone else of different race, culture and all that makes society, you turn on your own.

What Mr. Annonymous #1 and Ms. Zehra need is a common enemy - the only way to overcome internal fighting. You should find some Jews to beat up on and claim it's your own "self-survival" at stake, it seems to work for others in positions of adversity.

Yours cycnically and facetiously (not to be confused with fascistly).

B.

BIlal said...

The values of a true muslim woman represent a woman's consecration to her husband and family. Only they see her. It affirms the privacy, exclusivity and importance of the domestic sphere. The Muslim woman's focus is her home, the "nest" where her children are born and reared. She is the "home" maker, the taproot that sustains the spiritual life of the family, nurturing and training her children, providing refuge and support to her husband. In contrast, the bikinied American beauty queen struts practically naked in front of millions on TV. A feminist, she belongs to herself. In practice, paradoxically, she is public property. She belongs to no one and everyone. She shops her body to the highest bidder. She is auctioning herself all of the time.In America, the cultural measure of a woman's value is her sex appeal. (As this asset depreciates quickly, she is neurotically obsessed with appearance and plagued by weight problems.) As an adolescent, her role model is Britney Spears, a singer whose act approximates a strip tease. From Britney, she learns that she will be loved only if she gives sex. Thus, she learns to "hook up" rather than to demand patient courtship and true love. As a result, dozens of males know her before her husband does. She loses her innocence, which is a part of her charm. She becomes hardened and calculating. Unable to love, she is unfit to receive her husband's seed.

The feminine personality is founded on the emotional relationship between mother and baby. It is based on nurturing and self-sacrifice. Masculine nature is founded on the relationship between hunter and prey. It is based on aggression and reason. Feminism teaches woman that feminine nature has resulted in "oppression" and that she should convert to male behavior instead. The result: a confused and aggressive woman with a large chip on her shoulder, unfit to become a wife or mother. This, of course, is the goal of the social engineers undermine sexual identity and destroy the family, create social and personal dysfunction, and reduce population.

In the "brave new world," women are not supposed to be nest makers, or progenitors of the race. They are meant to be neutered autonomous creatures that indulge in sex for physical pleasure, not for love or procreation. Americans say that Iranian women and youth were restive under the rule of the Mullahs. He implied that the US would soon liberate them. To Britney Spears? To low-rise "see-my-thong" pants? To the mutual masturbation that passes for sexuality in America? Parenthood is the pinnacle of human development. It is the stage when we finally graduate from self-indulgence and become God's surrogates: creating and nurturing new life. The New World Order does not want us to reach this level of maturity. Pornography is the replacement for marriage. Women are to remain stunted: single, sex-starved and self-obsessed. Women are not meant to have a permanent "private" life. We are to remain lonely and isolated, dependent on consumer products for our identity, in a state of perpetual courtship. This is especially destructive for woman. Her sexual attraction is a function of her fertility. As fertility declines, so does her sex appeal. If a woman devotes her prime years to becoming "independent," she is not likely to find a permanent mate. Her long-term personal fulfillment and happiness lies in making marriage and family her first priority. Feminism is another cruel New World Order hoax that has debauched American women and despoiled Western civilization. It has ruined millions of lives in the form of divorce, adultery and broken homes. The modest dress of muslim women represents good, specifically a woman's consecration to her future husband and family, and the modesty and dignity this entails. It is something the liberal "elite" of Pakistan as exemplified by Ms. Rizvi will never understand nor tolerate.

Emma said...

No wonder there is such disunity and unhappiness in this world...

with these intolerable independent feminist whores who are unfit to receive their husbands seed on the one side of the world and....

with the stoned and battered illiterate Burqa clad women - the home bound slaves to their unfaithful husbands on the other side of the world.....

---- how will we ever get along!

Anonymous said...

Christ on a bike.... what's all this then? I'm Anonymous, no I am, its my name. I'm a Pakistani-American Jewlim. I'm sort of brownish purple in colour, with prejudice all over my confused little mind. I hate belly button fluff for one, and blogs for two. I like rosario dawson and chicken tikka masala- preferably together......

I like Zehra, Emma and Bryon because together they spell Zeb or Bez or Ebz. I don't like Don Rumpyfelt.

Be the ball.

Anonymous said...

Emma, the level and degree of a muslim woman's modesty in attire is their personal choice. It is not imposed on them as you like to suggest. A burqa or hijab doesn't necessarily equal illiterate. Thank you for showing us an example of your tolerance....

Emma said...

... dear anonymous. thank you, in the majority of cases I know this to be true. I have enormous respect for Muslim women and have had the unbelievable privilege of living and working in Muslim communities. Indeed there's lots i understand about lots of things.

What is important to recognise is that non-Muslim women also have this choice to exercise. A point strategically missed in previous comments in my humble point.

I responded in kind to the other intolerant comments made on this blog to make a point.

The point being to illustrate how offensive people can be to each other by slinging slanderous ill-informed comments at each other, without even trying to engage in meaningful dialogue.

...which i guess is my point from the beginning of this fascinating display of prejudice and judgement...

the irony of it all to me is the fact that this is taking place on zehra's blog, given what i know to be zehra's values and principles. I'm sure she enjoys this irony too.

Perhaps, we are done now?


RESPECTFULLY YOURS,
Emma

iRCFriend said...

Zehra? The #Pakistan khatmal from 1998? Is this really you?!

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

that would be pez to you.....

tum koon hou? just hoping it is not one of the stalker types who ruined my whole irc experience in the end....

i feel like there is a clue with the khatmal comment but man, that was a LONG time ago. Identify yourself!

f.zehrarizvi@gmail.com

ircfriend said...

Woah, it really is you.

I was searching blogistan for politically driven bloggers for a relaunch of website I'm part of and I ended up here.

I read some of your entries (without readng your name) and I was like this blogger fits the bill. And then when I started reading about NJ and then the name on top... I'm like NO WAY! It can't be!

Stalker? Hardly. But I might know to whom you're referring to--a certain conference comes to mind and email account issues... and... yea.

I'm dropping clues like there aint no Sherlock Holmes to catch me.

Sincerely,
Khaled Mardam-Bey

F. Zehra Rizvi said...

im an idiot...i dont know who you are. there is something nagging in the back of my head and i just cant seem to think you are the obvious choice. this is not m....? if it is, EMAIL ME!!!! good memory whoever you are, on the conference bit. man. i thought no one really knew about that and those who, except those who were there, had forgotton.
the name you have signed off on....i know it. but...i dont.

ircfriend said...

Idiot? On the contrary.

m...? No idea who m... is but keep trying. :)

You don't remember Khaled? *sigh* try googling it.

I should really ask how your younger sister is doing I know she was doing like quadruple majors and was going though some other issues. Hoping everything is well.

For some reason, I'm remembering the oddest things, like your CAT driving skills (or lack of ^_^)

Now think about it, put it all together:

1. IRC
2. Conference
3. E-mail accounts
4. Younger sister
5. Contruction vehicle
6. Involved in a politically motivated website.

This is like 20 questions except that we're not following the rules for 20 questions.

Sincerely,
Khaled Mardam-Bey