The am’Reekan Cappuccino.

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It is not difficult to answer the question: What is a cappuccino? Everybody knows that the Capuchin Monks were ( or are responsible ) for the beverage’s name and its constituents. You can read about it here if you like.  It tells about the fraternity and that they were responsible for the drink we now know to represent the “Cappuccino”.

All objects however are a repository for their quiddity ( their essence, their essential quality).  Looking at a cappuccino one may wonder what is its essential quality ( quiddity ).

I believe an essential quality must be the same, no matter what instrument or person is looking at the object under observation. Therefore saying that the essence of a cappuccino is to satisfy or nourish may not be true to some people. Those who are allergic to milk or who have religious rites which does not allow the use of milk on occasions are testifying that some other features must be the real essential qualifications.

Perhaps if one takes assistance from Tao ( the Chinese philosophy promoted by Lao Tzu ) to answer the question of essence. The famous example is the cup. The cup’s usefulness is to hold liquid. Therefore the essential part of a cup is its hollowness which will allow the usefulness to surface.

After reading this post, one may ask at this stage, what cappuccino has to do with this nebulous concept of am’reekan issue which is in the title of the post?

I like to bring forth the fact that America in Arabic is pronounced am’reeka ( with the accent on the letter r ). This pronunciation follows the English language-law that the accent should fall on the second syllable in a three syllable word.

A language to be descriptive and to contain some emotion not just to be a simple deposit of words in line, the language should have ( as in music ) additions which will enhance its delivery. In music there are aiding words such as “piano e non troppo” or “staccato.”

For example it is not unusual to give words shape in the form of contraction and create alteration as in WordPerfect or MicroSoft. My title of am’reekan contains many important emotional attributes for me because I consider the attributes of the change as the Tao considers the attributes of a cup. It is not usual to look at a cup where one appreciates the existence of nothing, as in the empty hollow of the cup to be the most desired quality. Considering something essential to promote dislike or like which the word should carry is never expressed by the shape of the words and I think it is time to have such facility to promote the antagonism for politically overpowering correctness. In the Transylvanian cuneiform language one was able to transmit feelings. Let me give you an example in the case of Microsoft Office.  I believe that the office program of MicroSoft corporation is so inferior to OpenOffice ( My disdain would be expressed through the creatively altered spelling of mICROsOFToFFICE ). Why do I consider OpenOffice to be superior against the giant corporation’s product of Microsoft Office? First, because it costs nothing.  Second, is compatible with all Microsoft Office products up till 2007 Office and thirdly all help is given without having to pay for excessively over priced books.

But back to am’reeka or am’reekan.  I feel that as a nation, the American quiddity ( the essence of the thing ) is incompatible with the majority of nations on earth, just starting with the concept of user pays.  After the infection of the Presidential qualities of President George W. Bush into the integrity of the American psyche the am’reekan nation (in my humble opinion ) has lost the right to have its name spelled with a capital letter.  In fact during the few years President Bush rained as the terrorist exterminator, am’reeka wreaked. So now one may understand the play on letters and sounds when reading the word am’Reeka. I found such contractions extremely powerful.  am’reeka means that americans are wreaking in a major way.

How does the cappuccino fits into this recent picture? Well the quiddity of a cappuccino rests in the fact that there is a lot of froth on top, meaningfully decorated with some swirly pattern with cocoa powder which has no relationship to the drink, such as the image of a pine tree. It is mostly air and hardly any substance that would add to the quality of the drink and only would appeal to the form rather than to the quality. The froth on the top covers the reduced essence inside and under the cover.  I find a deep resemblance between reality of the American nation as a whole and the metaphor of  the cappuccino.

Have I offended many good hearted Americans? I hope not. I hope to discover the quiddity of the nation and as promised I would search for support in my convictions and then even those offended people will need to agree with me.

I had the opportunity to play an old movie at a friend’s house. The title of the movie was “A Time to Kill”.  Some readers would be too young to know about it.  The events of the film are happening in the deep south. Two men attack, beat, abuse, rape and hang unsuccessfully a ten year old black African/American girl.  Needless to say the wrongdoers were white. The father of the girl shoots dead the two guilty whites in the courthouse where they were taken before a judge. After the black father was prosecuted and was to be judged by an all white jury, the assumption was that the black killer will be convicted to death. As it happens he got dismissed.

While watching the movie, I had heard the news that some politicians were openly talking about assassinating their president: President Obama.

That was the time I coined the title of this post:  “The am’Reekan Cappuccino.” It describes a nation that is nothing but froth on the top, well decorated and covers up the fact that there is less milk in the cup and contains mostly air under a tall, attractive looking and well decorated air cushion.

Perhaps the future development in the English language will be in the domain of shape shifting. That way, one can tell the truth and will be visible by all and definitely will deal with the quiddity of the subjects it will decorate uniquely and provide individual views to be displayed for all to see. I mean, that if the sensitive world would spell President George W. Bush’s presidency as the power that has created “am’REEKa” is a fitting change in the English language. The presidency of the new politician needs to be the re-constructor of that part of America which understands that there is a need for no deception between the terms terrorist and partisan. The reason I make this distinction is that every American Indian was not a terrorist defending their America from the hordes that destroyed their lifestyle, but were the partisans ( as the Russians were called ) against the invading armies. am’reeka will regain its integrity when killing presidents, shooting up the Muslims, dispatching devastating factories which poison people, will stop because nothing is solved with a gun in the long run.

Why is this big change I am promoting necessary for the people of am’reeka? Because it is most curious but small people, small nations are able to spell their name with capital letters while the so called greatest of nations is not able to. am’reeka will only be able to belong to the peoples of the world when it will understand that humanity has a long memory. A long memory is what created the hatred toward nations who claimed to be the chosen nation to rule the rest of the small and the world remembers many thousands of years. In H.G. Wells’s book “War of the Worlds,” the great army of the Martian empire was not defeated by guns but by the smallest of the living things: bacteria.

I am not promoting biological warfare. What the message is that small people can be tormented, enslaved, their homes devastated or just acquired by force, but “beware the ides of March” ( as Caesar was warned ).

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Hey hey it’s Saturday – Harry Connick Jr “blackface” incident.

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     Much had been said about the television-event “Hey hey it’s Saturday” in Australia. If the reader is interested, here ’tis the Youtube version of it. Click here to view.

     Let me place racist commentary and emotional hype on this issue aside for a moment and look for some other issues which may bear resemblance or can be considered in this instant.

     I would like to know the reason why Mr. Harry Connick Jr. or other American people or American race commentators are taking time off their work to involve themselves in an event that happened in Australia with a vigor as if the event happened on their own soil? It seems to me, that even if the issue was racist according to American mind set, the reunion of ‘Hey hey it’s Saturday’ should be under consideration first from local ethnic point of view. After understanding the rules which run the country, then maybe there is a right to make comments, but not before that. I say this because maybe the simple mindedness is the cause of the misunderstanding. However if I was more negative in my view about the world, I would consider the option that American Culture only recognizes itself as a standard and only if it desires to rise to the occasion.

     The recent practice that America goes around the world and imposes its own kind of morality on nations it is a bit too much. Just start with the news that emanates from media corporations who report in the US of A that there are people who would like to kill the Black President of their own country. Mind you the story is not just a whisper but stated in the open and clearly to be understood. O.K. Knowing Mr Murdoch and his dislike for the President Obama, this could be a call to arm to those who are yet in doubt weather Obama is fit to be the president, but even this does not constitute racism because President Obama is black. We do not have a K.K.K. but America does. Healthy white American supremacist male is racist because he has the guilty mind of judging one person to be lesser quality because of his say so. Australia votes its politicians out of office and there is no mention of assassinating them just because Australia detests them.

     Why is it that when the Australian Aboriginal dance-group ( click here ) performed the Zorba dance on YouTube, they had an overwhelming rise in the number of invitations ( starting with the Greeks if I am correct ) to perform their dance. They had over 1 and a half million hits while the Hey hey YouTube had a meagre one hundred thousand. The leading man in the Yolngu dance group painted himself white, the same way the doctor in ‘Hey hey it’s Saturday’ did. The rest of the black fellas ( fellows ) were as themselves. Now if one may speculate about the reasons an indigenous person would paint himself white in this instance is that he wishes to identify with what he or she represents because when Aboriginal people dance, they mime the animal they dance. No racism here. The rest keeping their colour may speak about the very desire of their mob in the dance to accept and to participate.

     My point here is that just because a person appears with a black face, may not constitute racism. It takes a bit more than that. The test of racism is also the consideration of all the accoutrements which are involved in the act. Just looking at an Aboriginal person painted white does not constitute racism. Why is the simple mindedness of a foreign commentator  the judgment of America? Perhaps because the American view is so narrow that does not allow imperceptible differences which makes the Australian proud to have as a talent.

     Australian humour is defined by the ability to not take oneself seriously and reverse the meaning of things. What this means that if someone is short, his nickname will be big fella or if he is tall, his nick name will be Shorty. The film “Crocodile Dundee” see it here features the actor Paul Hogan with painted face in Aboriginal style ( at about the 30 second mark into the film and also at the 2:28 mark ).

     Why then Mr. Harry Connick Jr. failed to promote racist Australia and drew no surge of agreement from the Australian population and only some people in America gasped with false puritanism? There is no act, other than blackening faces, which proved to the simple minded American the idea of racism. The complex thinking Australians had taken the issue for what it was, an Australian humour about the past and transposed in the present.

     I am sorry that people did not depart from their kind heated Australian nature and tell Mr. Harry Connick Jr. where to get off. What Mr. Harry Connick Jr. saw on that day was a simple, maybe badly performed skit. But don’t forget, Red Faces segment is and ever was composed of bad humour, which takes the high ground in “Hey hey it’s Saturday” . There are hundreds of acts in that segment which would be judged so bad that they should not be shown outside ‘Red Faces.’ But that does not make racism stick. Racism requires a guilty mind. Those doctors who took time off to have fun would not even dream of the ‘guilty mind’ about their performance. Racism is not a fact. Racism is a state of mind and Mr Harry Connick Jr. has an American mind in Australia. Not enough to call him racist or calling me racist for evaluating that Mr Harry Connick Jr. maybe wrong in his evaluation in harmony with all the American commentators after the fact. Shame on you America for trying to dirty the Australian humour.

     What ( I think ) happened in Australia on the day when Mr. Harry Connick Jr. stood up is the shaming of all Americans about who they still are, the simple minded viewers of the colour on a white skin. The sickness which is brought forward in a book called “The Asian Mind Game,” only the white Anglo-Saxon population considered racism at the expression: “He is a China man.” The Chinese fellow is quite proud to be a man from China and be called China Man because that is exactly how it translates into English namely Tzung wuo rin ( Tzung wuo=China Rin=man ). Only the simple minded Anglo-Saxon culture that has a single-issue focal point at a complex story.

     Americans are still the people who resolve all conflicts with the gun, blowing up countries who’s people have nothing but sandals to walk on and able to belittle the might of all the American Army because their mind is free and not bonded to the Amerindian murders and business hypocrisy as we have seen recently. They do not follow the W. Bush dictum that all who defend their country from intruders are terrorists.

     My advice to Mr. Harry Connick Jr. is to apologize for his act to belittle another nation because that nation does not think like his kind does. In fact I do not know anyone who likes atrocious American sitcoms whose humour is closer to the gutter than the Australian mind is to racism. Yes I admit there are racists in Australia, but those who can laugh at themselves as the ‘Hey hey it’s Saturday” crew does I am afraid just proves that American humour is at a level with Neanderthal times ( if that is no insult to the Neanderthal people who we discovered were very gentle-kind of creatures and not at all as they are condemned in American humour. )

     So Mr. Harry Connick Jr. take your travel bags and learn about Australia’s way of thinking before you are revealed as an ill considered and manner lacking critic. Attack is not a truth. Truth must be proven. Calling a white fella with black face is not proof of racism. It is just a statement of fact. The statement of racism about Australian humour was a statement by a misguided white American.

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