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Mediterranean Plus Doors Closed and Driving and Texting

Sigh. We went for lunch at our favorite local ‘Mediterranean’ food restaurant, the Mediterranean Plus, only to see a big “This Space For Rent” sign on the door. So sad. The last time we were there, we talked with the owner, who said that Chow Time (a Chinese Food Buffet), which had opened near by, was killing him. It is just so sad. We are hoping he is only looking for a more propitious location. We’d love for him to find another location closer to downtown.

On our way to church last night, we looked over at the guy in the blue pick-up next to us, who was texting. He was only going about 20 mph, but when the car three cars up slowed to make a right turn, he didn’t notice, and crashed right into the much bigger pick-up in front of him. CRASH! It made a horrible crunching sound, and his hood got all crinkled up.

Even if Florida doesn’t have any laws against texting, his entire front-end is all smashed to pieces, glass and plastic everywhere, sharp shards. Having to pay for all that damage will be a big penalty. I wonder if it will make any difference in his behavior?

October 4, 2012 Posted by | Community, Cultural, Financial Issues, Florida, Food, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Pensacola, Restaurant, Social Issues | 2 Comments

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October 4, 2012 Posted by | Humor, Political Issues | Leave a comment

Wil Saudi Arabia Curb the Morals Police?

This is a tiny little article in the Qatar Gulf Times:

New curbs on Saudi moral police: reports
AFP/Riyadh

Saudi Arabia will curb the powers of its religious police, a newspaper report said yesterday.

“The new system will set a mechanism for the field work of the committee’s men which hands over some of their specialisations to other state bodies, such as arrests and interrogations,” Al Hayat daily quoted religious police chief Sheikh Abdullatiff Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh as saying.

Agents of the body known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will also be banned from carrying out “searches without prior approval from the governor”, he said.

Okaz daily also reported that the religious police agents will be prohibited from “standing at the entrances of shopping malls to prevent the entry of any person”, referring to attempts by agents to ban women who do not comply with the Islamic dress code and unmarried couples from entering malls.

Sheikh was appointed in January as the new chief of the religious police. Two weeks into his post, he banned volunteers from serving in the commission which enforces the kingdom’s Islamic rules.

In April he went further, prohibiting the religious police from “harassing people” and threatening “decisive measures against violators”.

In June, Sheikh came out strongly against one of his men who ordered a woman to leave a mall because she was wearing nail polish.

The woman had defied the orders as she filmed her argument with the policeman and posted it on YouTube.

October 4, 2012 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Counter-terrorism, Cultural, ExPat Life, Law and Order, Saudi Arabia | 2 Comments