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Pimp in Trouble


It was Galloway's contempt for the intelligence and capability of his Senatorial pursuers that may have gotten him into this perjury mess in the first place. It wasn't enough to remain silent on his relationship with with Zureikat. Playing to his gallery, Galloway boomed, "I can assure you, Mr. Zureikat never gave me a penny from an oil deal, from a cake deal, from a bread deal, or from any deal." Nice touch about the cake and the bread. Perhaps he couldn't imagine, at the time, why these yokels were asking him simple questions that were beneath his level of rhetorical ability.

The thug doesn't know what hit him.

Decoding Nuts

Here are the names of a few Intel processor lines:

  • Pentium 4 with HT (Hyperthreading)
  • Pentium 4 D (dual-core)
  • Pentium M (mobile)
  • Pentium M Celeron (mobile)

All of these lines come with many varieties within. For example, "there are in fact 75 (!) different packages of Pentium M processors available at this time". A question for the consumer like myself: how the heck do I compare one Intel processor to another? Intel certainly doesn't have a sensible answer:

Intel's model numbers allow the comparison of performance and features - a current Pentium M 780 therefore is likely to be faster than a current 755 model. The letter code for Yonah chips [coming out soon] adds another twist: 1500 in the U series does not equal 1500 in the T series. The clock speed for the Yonah T1500, L1500 and U1500 are 2.0, 1.83 and 1.06 GHz, respectively - all for the sake of meeting their designated thermal power. In addition, the system clock speed is FSB667 with the E, T and L models, but FSB533 with the U variants. Got it?

I am not a tech noob but still that mumbo jumbo didn't register. Now, a worse question for the consumer: how the heck do I compare an Intel processor to an AMD one? Answer: good luck!

... imagine yourself in a situation where you are comparing two notebooks at Best Buy - one with a Pentium M 755 chip, the other one with a Turion 64 MT-32 - would you know what features these chips offer and how fast they are? And then, would you be able to figure out how they compare to everything else available in their market segment? Will the salesperson know?

Likely not. If you're building your own system, then you'll have to add this confusion with the processors to the:

  • motherboard - know whether the chip you buy is actually supported by your feature-rich / poor mobo.
  • graphics card(s) - ATI or nVidia, regular or PCI, single or SLI.
  • RAM - high latency vs. size, single channel or dual.
  • hard disk (s) - regular or RAID setup, size vs. speed (SATA II vs. SCSI).
  • power supply - 350W or 420W or 480W or 550W or...

I dread the next upgrade.

And All Shall be Merry

John Hawkins asked right-of-center bloggers to pick anywhere from 1 to 15 people as part of a team to rule the world. I participated and only four of my men got through (see below in italics). I present my list in full here with a few heavy caveats.

  1. I do not trust anyone with absolute power. So, this list is only for the executive branch of government. There will be two more branches, legislative and judicial, just like it is in the US.
  2. The President, or rather the Emperor, must confirm the head secretaries of his departments through the legislative branch.
  3. There is no election for the Emperor. He picks his own successor.
  4. The Emperor must blog during his reign.

Emperor: Pejman Yousefzadeh [why not?]
Department of Defense: Steven Den Beste, Donald Kagan
Department of State: Victor Davis Hanson, Richard Fernandez
Department of Treasury: Milton Friedman, Stephen Moore

Core Advisory Board of the Emperor:
Theodore Dalrymple, Richard A. Epstein, Michael Kramer, Ray Kurzweil, Glenn Reynolds, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn.

I wouldn't mind living in Pejmania.

Not Cool, Kinda

Gene Weingarten:

I recently turned 54, experienced prostate problems, became hobbled with an arthritic knee, let my belt out a notch and noticed that when I don't shave for a week I begin to look like Santa Claus. At a moment like this, a real man knows it is time to take serious remedial action. I knew what I had to do. I had to fire a submachine gun.


My submachine gun was a relatively small SWAT-team favorite, an $18,000 H&K MP5 (9mm) Fully Automatic. (All machine guns have names like that. Wouldn't it be cool if American boys were given names like that, too? "I'd like to introduce you to my daughter, Amanda, and my son, S&C Ironmaster .38 Pump Action.")

Bwahaha. Read the whole thing. It's good.

Easy to Poison an Unenlightened Mind

I heard a shocking statistic in the 1990s. Only 1% of the people in the city of Lahore, Pakistan were English-literate. To be literate in English, one only has to write his/her name in English. That's it.

Even now, the overall literacy rate of Pakistan is pitiful.

The Congressional Research Service of the US estimated last year that Pakistan’s adult literacy rate was about 40 percent; female literacy is significantly lower. The UN’s Human Development Report for 2004 had also assigned Pakistan the lowest education index of any country outside Africa.

No wonder, it's a Jihadist exporting nation. Many of the Taliban were "educated" in the madrassas of Pakistan.

Literacy has conventionally been defined in terms of ability to read and write. Educational statistics for the country include millions of Pakistanis who can do no more than recite the Quran in Arabic or read and write their own names.

So very sad.

A Pakistani Idiotarian

The Daily Times:

Riaz Hussain Prizada, a treasury member, has said in the National Assembly that the devastating October 8 earthquake was “God’s wrath” for Pakistan’s support of the US invasion of Afghanistan.

I am sure Prizada has Allah on speed dial.

Pirzada opposed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) offer to dispatch 1,000 troops to the earthquake-ravaged areas to help relief work. “When the Pakistan Army is capable of dealing with the situation, why should the government agree to the deployment of NATO forces in the earthquake hit areas?”

What a gracious and charming fellow.

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan?

This news is a step back for Afghanistan:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to intercede after a Kabul court sentenced Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of the monthly publication Haqooq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights), to two years in prison at the end of a summary trial on blasphemy charges on October 22, RSF Asia has reported.

What exactly did Nasab do?

Nasab was prosecuted for reprinting articles by an Iranian scholar criticising the stoning of Muslims who convert to another religion and the use of corporal punishment for people accused of such offences as adultery,” it said. “An Afghan journalist present at the October 22 hearing before a Kabul lower court told Reporters without Borders that Nasab was interrogated by the prosecutor and judges without any defence lawyer being present. The judges refused Nasab’s request for a further adjournment to let him prepare his defence, and refused to free him on bail. The hearing lasted only an hour and a half,” it added.

[Emphasis mine]

So, stoning of ex-muslims is alright in Afghanistan? Karzai better muster up the courage and reverse the decision because this is a clear case of Islamism winning over, and thus silencing, sensible debate.

The Most Vile Living Propagandist

If I ever got a free copy of a Noam Chomsky book, I would throw it down the garbage chute and enjoy the sound of its thumping down towards the dumpster. John Hawkins, however, has a lot more patience. Read his full review.

The Political Pit Bull links to the review as well and ends the post with a hilarious sentence. I hate how we have Chomsky shoved down our throats at university. In one of the discussions in a history course, my tutor brought Chomsky into the debate and referred to him as a great academic. I almost threw up.

Piggy is Haram and Illegal

That ain't the limit, Dymphna. Wait till this haram nonsense truly arrives. Lassie, and her cousins, will be deemed unfit for TV.

Dogs are the ultimate target of this lunacy. I didn't see a single dog in over ten years of my sad life in Saudi Arabia. There, I only heard a dog once and it sounded like someone was beating the poor thing.

You have no idea how utterly repulsed Muslims feel when they see Westerners petting a dog on a TV show. To them, a dog is a filthy and dirty creature. They don't get how anyone could lower themselves to touch such a hideous thing. In my extended family in Pakistan, only one relative kept a dog. That dog would always be chained and kept outside for protection. More than once in Pakistan, I've seen a group of kids throw rocks at a hapless street dog and heard the terrible sounds of vicious pain.

We should not stand for such narrow-mindedness and cruelty when it shows its ugly face in the West.


All the women were taking their clothes off.

That aspect of the scene got my attention. Another odd feature was that the movie was in black and white. Some guys were playing the VHS tape in the living room of our high school dorm.

All the naked women were told to enter a huge room which was then locked. The unclothed women started to scream.

The whole scene was confusing.

Then water started to flow from the shower heads above them. There was relief and laughter.

Did they fear that the water would be too cold? That was my bewildered thought. The scene was from this movie. The scene was set in Auschwitz.

My confusion was alleviated later when I read of the Holocaust and what happened to the millions of Jews and other undesirables whom the Nazis murdered with industrial-scale efficiency.

How could I have been so ignorant? The answer is simple. The first ten years of my education (I use the term loosely) were in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. I didn't learn anything about the World Wars from my curriculum during that time. Before coming to the US for my last two years of high school, the sum total of my World War II knowledge was:

  • The German dictator, Adolf Hitler, started conquering countries in Europe. Poland was one of those countries.
  • The anti-Hitler countries were called the Allies. The US and Britain were a part of this Alliance.
  • The Hitler supporters - Italy and Japan - were called the Axis.
  • The Axis lost the war.

That's it. I got that cursory information from watching foreign TV shows in Saudi Arabia.

Why don't the Saudis and Pakistanis teach their students about the Holocaust? I'll offer a good guess. When the purpose of their history is to show that the non-Muslims, especially the Christians and Jews (in modern terms: the US and Israel), are always trying to cheat, convert and butcher the Muslims, then the Holocaust undermines the whole narrative. Muslims are always to be the only victims and sufferers in the world.

Also, for a Muslim, an awkward question arises from learning about the Holocaust. How could six million Jews be annihilated when, as we all know, they rule the world? The facts about World War II, or rather the truth in general, would shatter the woe-is-me worldview of many a Muslim.

Westerners learn from, and teach about, the Holocaust. Deplorably, for hundreds of millions of Muslims the Holocaust simply doesn't exist.


Also, read about a visit to Dachau.

Update 01:11 AM ET, OCT. 27
This post is included in the Carnival of the Vanities #162.

Update 02:35 PM ET, OCT. 28
Open post at NIF.
A photo of real American heroes at Mudville Gazette.
Open trackbacks at the Political Teen.
TGIF at Cao's Blog.
Friday Specials at Jo's Cafe.

Update 10:40 AM ET, OCT. 29
Open post at the RWN.

Western Europe Gets the Flu


On Friday, Britain and Croatia confirmed cases of bird flu as countries around the world scrambled to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

How would Western Europe or the US be able to quarantine an area fast enough where the flu is passed on to humans? It would be a logistical and security nightmare.

Machhi vs. Machhi

The Dawn:

The man, Ibrahim Machhi, had lodged a complaint with police against owners of a donkey which had eaten his stored flour and paddy from mud utensils.

The police as a result, had arrested owner of the donkey Hussain Machhi but later let him off allegedly after accepting Rs2000 [US$33] as bribe.

After getting freed, Hussain Machhi with his three colleagues stormed the hut of Ibrahim and axed him to death.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. I could see the retarded Hussain and his friends beating up Ibrahim "to teach him a lesson" but not killing him in the open over a police complaint. These two Machhis must have had a thick history between them.

Alleviating Confusion

Debbie Schlussel doesn't know the full story. You see, good Muslims don't put money in Western banks because they pay out interest. What's wrong with interest? Well, in Islam, interest on money is not kosher not halaal. Plus, we all *know* that JOOOS control the banks, and who would trust them with so much of the Ummah's money? Bet you didn't think about that, did ya, infidel?

Whitey is the Enemy

Discover the Networks:

Like his mentors Muhammad and Farrakhan, Shabazz views the United States as an evil nation. He has characterized America's Founding Fathers as "snakes" and terrorists. In 2003 he recorded a rap album featuring excerpts of his speeches and titled Amerikkka's Most Hated (the corrupted spelling of "America" - a trope of the Sixties terrorist group, the Weathermen - signified the nation's allegedly intractable and omnipresent white racism). In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Shabazz defended Osama bin Laden and blamed President George W. Bush for the horrors of that day. At a reparations rally in 2002, Shabazz blustered, "The President wants to talk about a terrorist named bin Laden. I don't want to talk about bin Laden. I want to talk about a terrorist called Christopher Columbus. I want to talk about a terrorist called George Washington. I want to talk about a terrorist called [New York City Mayor] Rudy Giuliani. The real terrorists have always been the United Snakes of America."

Can you feel the love, America? I don't think this hatred has anything to do with Shabazz being a Muslim. Nope, zilch, nada. Don't even think about it. Otherwise the PC Police will have a warrant out for you!

Do read the last two paragraphs where Shabazz showcases his affection for a homosexual IN ALL CAPS.

Also, read about the modern Final Solution.

The End of Thought

Theodore Dalrymple:

Saudi Arabia still favors public beheading as a means of execution, and Iran has used it in special cases. But of course it is the terrorists who use it to the greatest effect. The video of the beheading of Daniel Pearl, the writer for the Wall Street Journal who was killed in Pakistan, is among the items regularly seized by British police during raids on households suspected of harboring Islamist terrorists. The video is used as recruitment propaganda.

Islamists have beheaded hostages and opponents in Algeria, Chechnya, Iraq, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Thailand. In late June, for example, a traveling salesman from northern Thailand was publicly beheaded by Islamists outside a teashop in southern Thailand and his head thrown away a mile or two down the road by his executioners.

In the name of peace, I suppose.

Make Love Not War

I imagine there would be a huge market for this in Muslim countries:

Davecat keeps a picture of his girlfriend in his wallet. She's pretty, with long black hair, an alluring mole under her left eye, and glossy red lipstick. Her sheer tank top shows off her full breasts and the hoop through her left nipple.

Ask Davecat about Sidore -- pronounced She-doh-ray -- and he'll tell you she's everything that turns him on: beautiful, loyal, a great listener. Si-chan, as he affectionately calls her, is half British, half Japanese, which is nice because he's always had a thing for both British and Japanese culture. Even their clothing style and taste in music is simpatico -- they're both Goths.

Aw, so sweet. More positives:

  1. They'll help tremendously in curbing the growth rate of the Ummah.
  2. Which would in turn result in less kids in dire poverty.
  3. The Jihadists could get 72 virgins immediately without martyrdom! Assuming they have the cash for those 72 sex dolls.

Link via Marginal Revolution.

Update 04:05 AM ET, OCT. 23
The Blue Parrot analyzes the sex doll users. Read the comments as well.

Respect for the Muslimah

The Religious Policeman:

There they are. Still wearing headgear, of course. It's the sort of headcovering they wear at home when they are serving coffee to the husband's male relatives and friends. Easy to see out, difficult to see in. Presumably, there is a male foreman somewhere in that room. I find the picture particularly depressing, not just because of the qualification issue, but because we still subject them to our male ideas of propriety, even when they should be able to have a little bit of freedom.

Some day. Perhaps in the next century.

Surreal Life After Tyranny

There are few blogs in the world where you would read something like this:

One friend siad [sic] to me “I was shocked when I saw Awad Al-Bandar (the chief of the former revolutionary tribunal) who sent countless numbers of people to execution and who broke world records in trials’ duration, sometimes as short as two minutes” as a matter of fact the man had to be fast because the lines of defendants awaiting their trials was endless!
This former “judge” complained to the court demanding his igal (traditional headwear) which he described as his identity to be returned to him and said that he won’t speak until he has his igal on his head again…my friend wondered “were victims of that very man allowed to do the same?” one columnist commented on this issue in a newspaper by saying “defendants in the past wouldn’t demand any headwear because after all what’s the benefit of one if the head itself was going to leave the body in a matter of a few hours?!”.

Miers Disappoints

KipEsquire thinks that Miers will not be confirmed.

For the first time, the only issue that truly matters (other than any ethics concerns, which so far have not emerged) has crowded out all the gobbledygook about Miers' "stellar" résumé as a "trailblazer" and "glass ceiling penetrator."

Click for that issue and scroll down for more links at the end of the post.

What I said earlier:

I think it's possible with this consistent pressure from his [Bush's] base, Miers might withdraw herself. We still have a few more weeks for this entire furious episode to play out.

It ain't playing out well for the President. He is fully to blame for this mess.

Also, read what four prominent conservative bloggers had to say about Miers. I don't think their opinions have changed much over the past few days.

Crass Individualists

Tim Blair:

James Lileks deals with the UN’s crazed bid to “protect” cultures from other cultures (a bid the US opposes):


More posturing from an international body that convenes to strike pleasing poses, nothing more. But some will see the U.S. position as more American mulishness. The New York Times put it thus: “As with the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty and the treaty creating the International Criminal Court, (the U.S.) will likely remain a critical—and perhaps obstructionist—outsider."

Imagine that! The killjoy nation. Monarchy, Communism, Fascism, Socialism, now Tribalism—the U.S. never quite joins in the fun. Everyone else jumps off the bridge, and we hang back, taking notes. Like we’re special or something.

The US can get along with "the Arab culture" if she only didn't object to gender apartheid, rabid antisemitism, religious intolerance, and political repression. But she doesn't. What a bitch.

Leftists: Small and Shrinking

John Hawkins:

Lefty Mark Morford, whose columns always seem to read like he took one acid trip too many in high school, is more horrified, shocked, and outraged than a PETA member in a butcher shop.

Read the whole thing.

It is peculiar to note that Christians come under open and ruthless assaults from the Left for one overriding reason: they're religious nuts. However, the followers of Islam seem to get a pass. In this specific case, the contrast is quite considerable. The fertility rate in the US is a little over 2/woman whereas Saudi Arabia has a rate of over 4/woman. The Palestinians, supposedly the victims of the modern Holocaust, have a rate of 5.5/woman. Osama has, I think, more than 50 siblings.

So, where's the comparable OUTRAGE?

Shouldn't one be more worried about the explosive (ahem) population growth of a sick and demented culture than a peaceful one?