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England Getting Thrashed

Kamran Akmal scored a most respectable 111-ball 109 to set a comfortable platform for Pakistan. As he was out, Inzi sent in Afridi who within a blink of an eye is at a 12-ball 28. That includes three 4s and two 6s. The Pakistanis are at 230/3 in only 37.1 overs.

England is screwed.

Update 04:25 AM ET
England got Afridi for 31 and Yousuf for 68. However, Inzi and Razzaq have got the scorching run rate going. Pakistan is on track to score more than 110 runs in their last 10 overs! They are at 328/5 in 46.5 overs. The spectators must be loving the carnage.

Update 04:44 AM ET
The Inzi-Razzaq partnership lasted 6.4 overs and cost England 78 runs. The Pakistanis finish with a massive 353 runs from 50 overs. They fell short of my estimation by 1 run -- they scored only 109 runs in the last 10 overs. Seriously, it was truly a flawless display of batting. Akmal deserves the Man of the Match award for laying the foundation for the late assault.

England would have to break the world record and then some to win this match.

All the Advantage: Pakistan.

Update 04:00 PM ET
Just read what Andrew Miller has to say:

Could a second World Cup triumph be on the cards in 15 months' time? On this evidence, Pakistan can not be buttonholed as mere dark horses any more. With every passing international, they are becoming ever more coherent as a threat, and today's return to the starting line-up of Shahid Afridi added another three strings to an already formidable bow.

The last time a Pakistani team gelled together so well and performed with such ruthlessness was in 1999 -- the same team which reached the World Cup final. Pakistan crushed England in the Tests and now an ODI series win is not far behind. This is the same England that beat Australia a few months back.

Victories against India in the next few months will make Pakistan the second-best ODI team in the world. The superpower of cricket may finally have some serious competition in the ODI arena.


Many Canadians Afflicted With BDS

Yahoo News:

Relations between the two neighbors chilled after Canada declined to support the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. A November poll here [in Canada] found 38 percent of respondents thought US President George W. Bush was the world's most dangerous figure.

Osama, North Korean Kim, Iran's madman, and Zarqawi are just cuddly figures compared to BIG BAD BUSH.

I really fear for Canada when, not if, the Islamists strike her. Many Canadians are going to have a rude awakening. They'll sorely realize that their anti-Americanism and inherent goodness didn't buy them any safety from the Minutemen. Canada fought the bad guys in WWII long before the US joined the war. Today, it's Canada trying to misguidedly isolate herself from reality. It won't help; her day of infamy draws near.

Also, see what James R. Rummel has to say about Canada's US-bashing.


Moment of Zen

Here are some New Rules that George Moneo got in his email. The following one cracked me up.

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.

Oh, by the way, I don't drink coffee.


Unsafe Attitudes

This is sad. And unfortunately the picture in the post, in my experience, showcases the norm in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

For example, a couple that my family knew in Saudi Arabia had more than five kids. Their car, however, could only seat five people in total. So, you can imagine the most unsafe placement of kids in that. The mother of that family hated seat belts. Since cops could fine you for not wearing a seat belt, the mother would take the seat belt and simply hold it with one of her hands. Thus, giving the illusion that she was wearing a seat belt. I found that remarkably stupid considering the road-etiquette and accident rates of your average Saudi.

Seat belts are seen more as a nuisance than as a safety device. I remember Channel 3 in Saudi Arabia which provided the number of seconds it takes for one to comb hair in the car vs. the amount of time in putting on a seat belt (of course, the driver was a male). It hammered home the point that looking slick is given a higher priority than being safe on the road, even when being safe doesn't cost much.


It's Getting Ugly in Australia

The Australian:

FOUR churches in Sydney's southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city's riots spread from race to religion.

A community hall linked to a Uniting church was burned to the ground early yesterday, carol-singers were spat on and church buildings peppered with gunfire.

These guys have the wrong idea about the "spirit" of Christmas.

Police believe the attack on the hall, in the suburb of Auburn, was intended to destroy the Uniting church next door, while nearby StThomas's Anglican Church, which has a primarily Chinese congregation, had all its front windows smashed. Three of the attacks were on churches within minutes of each other. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican church in Macquarie Fields in the city's far southwest.

Perhaps, these "youths" don't understand that in the infidel Australian culture burning down churches is illegal.

Link via Dhimmi Watch.


Guilt-free MREs

Jewish World Review:

There was a time when soldiers who adhered to Jewish or Islamic dietary requirements often faced the choice of violating their consciences or lugging their own rations in their duffel bags.

But nowadays observant Jewish and Muslim troops in places as far-flung as Afghanistan and Iraq can dine guilt-free on meals like Chicken Mediterranean or Florentine Lasagna from two Chicago companies that produce military rations.

Kool.


Two Different Cities

December 13:

Karachi is hot, incessantly hot. Last night I was huddled round an electric fire in my digs near the Gadaffi Stadium, but after a two-hour plane trip south, it is hard to believe this is still the same country, never mind a country entering the depths of winter. No wonder the citizens have a reputation for fractiousness. I shudder to imagine how oppressive the temperatures must be when the sun is really beating down.

This is not a city that bothers with niceties, and therein lies the mistrust that colours its reputation. Where Lahore might soothe you with a glimpse of its innumerable monuments, Karachi is a functional metropolis in the starkest sense. It does not exist for the benefit of its visitors, and it barely seems to exist for itself.

[Italics mine]

That's very true. Karachi is a port city where trade and businesses exploded (metaphorically speaking) over the past decades. Today, it has a population far exceeding 10 million. It's worth visiting for its sheer size and, ahem, bursting density.

Lahore, however, is the city of Mughals. The last two emperors were born there. Shah Jahan, the architect of the Taj Mahal, was from Lahore. Therefore, Lahore has a richer look compared to Karachi. The founder of Pakistan called Lahore "the heart of Pakistan." And of course, there are many places to see in Lahore: the Badshahi Mosque, the largest train station of the nation, the biggest zoo in the country, the beautiful Shalimar Gardens (guess who's the architect?) etc. Plus, in my biased opinion, Lahore has the most delicious food in Pakistan.

Advantage: Lahore.


Protecting the Roots

The question deserves an answer.

I think this problem is not limited to Australia. Muslims love to arrive in the Western countries and enjoy the fruits of liberty but they don't fully embrace the new culture. They want to take advantage of the higher education and job opportunities but they don't think of themselves as Canadian or American or Australian.

In fact, a lot of them look at the West as a cesspool of debauchery. To them, accepting the Western culture would be the equivalent of completely rejecting Arabness and/or their Muslim faith. This might come as a shock to some, but these immigrants paradoxically consider their culture to be vastly superior to all others. Thus, they stick together in a "foreign" land. Most do not let "their" women go out and mix with the "whores". Their families intermarry and thus perpetuate the anti-assimilation.

In a few generations, the host countries end up with literally millions of citizens who don't consider themselves exactly that. Any debates about this matter is seen by these "non-citizens" as attacking their very Arab / Muslim identity. Yet, the onus is on the immigrants to accept the "foreign" culture.

More and more Westerners will realize by just looking at what these immigrants say and do that they've naively welcomed and unwittingly nourished a largely hostile army in their lands.


The Mask Slips

Americans Against Hate:

Last Thursday, on a local Tampa Bay, Florida television program, Ahmed Bedier, the Communications Director of CAIR-Florida, stated that, prior to 1995, there was "nothing immoral" about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization.

Can't say I'm shocked.

Bedier's answer is startling, given the fact that, prior to 1995, Palestinian Islamic Jihad took credit for five terrorist attacks, which resulted in the murders of eight innocent people. This includes a suicide bombing in the town of Netzarim Junction, in November of 1994.

Startling? CAIR is an organization which wants to replace the US Constitution with the Quran. They surely wouldn't mind if Sharia was enforced in Israel. Which is another way of saying that they're cool with Jihad.

Link via Jihad Watch.


More Villain Worship

IGN Movies:

Steven Soderbergh intends to focus his next movie on the eventful life of Guevara, reports Production Weekly.

I am sure he'll give it the "useful idiot" treatment.

Developing the movie may also require some political delicacy on Soderbergh's part, since the US government played a key part in Guevara's capture and execution, and the Cuban regime he helped install is opposed by Washington to this day.

Political Delicacy = Anti-American Rhetoric. Wouldn't want to be seen as jingoistic, now would we?


A Vile Mindset

Fjordman:

An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he's not the only one thinking this way.

Oh, I bet he isn't. His comments represent the mainstream thinking of Muslims.

“It is far too easy to get a Swedish whore…… girl, I mean;” says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words. “Many immigrant boys have Swedish girlfriends when they are teenagers. But when they get married, they get a proper woman from their own culture who has never been with a boy. That’s what I am going to do. I don’t have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get fucked to pieces.”

Charming. Muslim males can screw around with as many non-Muslim "whores" as they please but they dare not let Muslim women out of the house. For in their culture, women are pure only if they're slaves. Think about it. Women are to be mostly kept indoors and when they go out, they should be in a full-scale burqa. If not, they're asking for rape. These rapes aren't merely isolated incidents. These wretched men have grown up in a culture which cultivates this sick mentality. Read carefully, and you'll realize that they are propelling this culture by marrying within Muslims.

Therefore, as the proportion of Muslims in Europe goes up, we'll see a noticeable rise in such rapes.


Dang!

Farooha rips apart the Islamists in this post. She offers commentary on some of the 99 traits a misogynistic shriveled-dick Islamist a man would love to find in his wife. Excerpt:

9- That she does not leave her home with make up on. (because, you know, he's the only one who deserves to see her all dolled up..)
23- That she admits that her husband is her "master." (sit, doggy, sit)
24- That she is well aware that her husband's rights are great, and that she must attend to them; for they are greater than her rights ever will be. (Wellll, all I can say is I admire your straight-forwardness. Screw political correctness! You people just don't believe in at least beating around the bush in the vain hope of coming off as *gasp* polite! Just tell it like it is, ay? I admire this splendid trait of yours. You know, just about as much as I admire a yeast infection.)


Profane Symmetries

Leon Wieseltier offers his scathing take on Munich:

The real surprise of Munich is how tedious it is. For long stretches it feels like The Untouchables with eleven Capones. But its tedium is finally owed to the fact that, for all its vanity about its own courage, the film is afraid of itself. It is soaked in the sweat of its idea of evenhandedness. Palestinians murder, Israelis murder. Palestinians show evidence of a conscience, Israelis show evidence of a conscience. Palestinians suppress their scruples, Israelis suppress their scruples. Palestinians make little speeches about home and blood and soil, Israelis make little speeches about home and blood and soil. Palestinians kill innocents, Israelis kill innocents.

Basically, aren't both sides oh-so-alike? Yeah, that's really a brave and sensible take on the situation. Read the conclusion.


Hard Work Lies Ahead

Saul Singer:

What a perfect arrangement: The only country that every country has a right to condemn can be relied upon to do the world's dirty work. This is the underlying mindset as the West contemplates a nuclear Iran.

When push comes to shove, the Israeli air force will take care of the problem, so the world can go into spasms of righteous indignation while enjoying the fireworks.

I disagree. I think Singer and I differ on what "the problem" is. The problem isn't nuclear weapons per se. The problem is the wretched terrorist-sponsoring Iranian regime. The Israeli F-15s alone can't take care of this situation since the wicked regime will still be there to plot and finance non-nuclear methods of killing Israelis and other infidels.

Logistically the options for Israel are quite limited. However, they must understand that "the problem" requires far greater effort to overcome. For example, targeted assassinations should be seriously considered.


Will the Canadians be Fooled?

I don't really understand this strong feeling among the Canadians: we are not Americans. I understand that in some matters both countries won't agree but to align yourself as being opposite to the Americans seems pathetic and puerile. Though, the Liberals in Canada don't mind. In fact, they are trying to tap into the animosity as they portray the Conservatives as similar to the uncouth Americans.


History Does Rhyme

Adriana Cronin:

Stepping out of the Hyatt in Istanbul yesterday morning to the sound of the muezzins calling to prayer, an ancestral shudder came over me. The chant was alien but not insignificant. I grew up with tales of Turkish invaders ravishing my country’s land and no doubt many a fair maiden (no wonder that my eyes have a hint of almond shape). It was the buffer zone between the Ottoman Empire and the West and had endured the waves of invasions by Avars, Tartars and Turks throughout its history. There are many castles in Slovakia, each with its own story of siege and resistance to tell, which have become part of the fabric of the nation and its folklore.

Do take a look at the photos.


Akhtar and Hasan

These two bowlers have showcased almost identical overs. Shoaib struck first in the 7th over; he got Trescothick, 6.1 ov and Strauss, 6.5 ov. Hasan just finished the 14th over; he got Pietersen, 13.1 ov and Flintoff, 13.5 ov.

Strauss and Flintoff both scored 4-ball ducks! Advantage: Pakistan.

Update 03:17 AM ET
Yikes. Akhtar sent down a supremely erratic over: 3 no balls, 3 fours, 1 wicket! Blackwell punches above his weight by hitting Akhtar for 2 fours.

Wait! Oooh, Akhtar gets him with the first ball of his next over. Bwahaha, sweet revenge. England are at a miserable 120/7 in 27 overs.

Update 11:05 AM ET
England scored a larger than expected 230 all out and Akhtar is the Man. Akmal smashed a comfortable 111-ball 102 to set Pakistan up. They won by an easy 7 wickets. This match was far too one-sided considering the fireworks in the previous game.

England won the toss, yet they still lost. They don't seem to have any consistency in the field in their games. Plus their batsman simply can't handle the speed variation of Shoaib. Worse, next game, Afridi is going to be back!


Enslaving the Pearls

Rebecca:

On Friday we went to Cardiff to visit some religious places. That’s partly the reason why I haven’t written anything for the past few days. I was greatly traumatized by Friday. I would like to write a little bit about it but I know that there might not be a good way for me to do it and not offend anyone. So let me just say that at least one experience was a little negative and whatever I am about to say does not reflect badly on that religion in general or the people who follow that religion. I think it just reflects on that particular establishment.

What she came across was the moderate version of the religion. The real deal is a lot worse.

Let me begin by saying that it was raining. Not hard, mind you, but raining all the same. Once again we had to cover our heads with our scarves but this time we had to do it before we even went inside. We were okay with this. I should point out at this point that almost all of us were religious studies people. Hesiryo wasn’t, but she’s anthropology so she still had that cultural interest. The other Religious Experience MA person, Gerry, was also with us.

Of course, the women weren’t allowed to go in through the front door. This caused a slight problem since the only professor with us was female. (And also my advisor, Wendy Dossett.) Instead, we were pointed down a small alleyway that was cramped, flooded, and strewn with garbage. Not a pleasant experience.

But remember, Islam treats women with respect. Read the entire atrocious experience and never forget:

I wanted to rip that scarf off my head as soon as I left the building and that’s exactly what I, and everyone else, did. Bridget looked around and said, “I’d forgotten how pretty everyone’s hair was.”

[Emphasis mine]


Servant of Evil

Christopher Hitchens:

... Clark — one of the chief spokesmen of the American antiwar movement, leader of the ANSWER coalition that filled the streets with protesters and compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler — is indeed in Baghdad, seated at the defense table for a client who on Monday terminated the proceedings by loudly comparing his own stand in the dock to the heroic struggle of Mussolini.

There was nothing heroic about that jackal. Though, I do hope the comparison, in terms of Mussolini's end, becomes true.

... in an interview with the BBC last week and another in the New York Times on Tuesday, Mr. Clark addressed the charge that in 1982, after an apparent attempt on his life in the Iraqi town of Dujail, Hussein had ordered the torture and murder of about 150 men and boys from the area.

Far from denying that any such horror had occurred — and it is one of the smaller elements in the bill of indictment — Clark asserted that it was justifiable. He has now twice said in public that, given the war with the Shiite republic of Iran, Hussein was entitled to take stern measures. "He had this huge war going on, and you have to act firmly when you have an assassination attempt," he told the BBC.

To this he calmly added that he himself had more than once been shoved aside by Secret Service agents eager to defend the president of the United States (and of course one remembers the mass arrests, beatings and executions that followed the assassination attempts on presidents Ford and Reagan). It is as if Hussein had not started, by his illegal, blood-soaked invasion of Iran, the "huge war" that Clark cites as the excuse for Hussein then turning his guns on Iraqis.

That's what the defense of Saddam has come down to. Hussein was justified in slaughtering thousands of innocent Iraqis.


A Slight Misunderstanding

One can't make this stuff up:

THE eldest of four Pakistani gang rapist brothers has admitted lying at trial and apologised to his victims but said he thought he had a right to rape the "promiscuous" teenage girls.

How many Pakistanis out there think this way?

He said it was only now, since he had gained a "better understanding of Australian culture", that he knew the rapes were wrong.

So, rapes are still okay in the Pakistani culture? Such lame excuses and his me-so-naive act isn't going to work on the Australians.

Link via Dhimmi Watch.


The Beginning of Luthor

A fascinating analysis of the latest Smallville episode:

I think you've missed the point of that part of the episode. Lana dieing [sic] wasnt necessarily ensured of happening if Lex led a good life, it was just a dream.

The point of that dream was to illustrate that while Lex can choose a life of love and fulfillment, he'd have to give up the great power and control he exhibits now by being the way he is, and he's unwilling to do that because he doesnt want to feel helpless or vulnerable about anything. He needs to be in control above all else, hence his mothers sorrowful look over his shoulder at the end. Lex has always had a lust for power and control, and this just showed he's not going to give that up, even if it means he's happy in exchange for it.

In the comics, a big part of the reason that Lex hates Superman is because he's more powerful than Lex is, and even though Supes uses that power for good, Lex just cant have anyone having more power than he does because it means he has no control over that individual. Any power Lex cant control, he wants to destroy.

This was posted at Dec. 09, 3:05 a.m. at this message board.


Totten Goes to Cairo

Read it all.

Apartment towers followed the freeway and spread for miles in each direction away from it. Most of them were blocky and grubby, not unlike some of those in the Bronx and outer Paris beyond the Periferique. They reminded me of the worst in southern Beirut on the way to the airport, only bigger. That wasn’t all I saw, though. Brilliantly and masterfully illuminated architectural set-pieces – sometimes mosques with soaring minarets, sometimes mid-century Coptic Christian churches, other times glorious Egyptian palaces and villas, including President Mubarak’s – promised an exciting city to come.

He also met the Pharaoh.


The Little Master

I started watching cricket in the early 90s. I was quickly learning the rules of the game and enjoyed ODI matches. One player in particular got my attention. He would hit boundaries flawlessly. Every time I saw him hit a four, the ball would race to the boundary without a chance of any fielder stopping it. His placement was perfect. I would often watch highlights of cricket games just to see him smash those delicious shots.

Then one day, the stats of that player came up. He was only 19 years old! He could whip the opposition bowlers of the best teams at such a young age. Sachin R. Tendulkar hasn't stopped since.

Sambit Bal:

Admittedly, the immediate reaction to Sachin Tendulkar's 35th hundred is relief rather than exultation. It had never been a question of if, but merely one of when: ever since he was a precocious teenager, it has seemed inevitable that he would claim the record Sunil Gavaskar has held for over 20 years.

Indeed.

Rahul Dravid has nothing but praise for the Master:

Like most other great batsmen, Sachin possesses the ability to control where the bowlers bowl to him: sometimes by taking chances and going on the attack against them, like he did against Shane Warne at Chennai in 1998, or even with a more defensive strategy, like leaving balls outside off stump alone and forcing bowlers to bowl straighter at him.

The World Cup in 2007 might be his last series. Tendulkar has a golden opportunity to forever shut up those who say that he hasn't played a consequential knock. Eternal glory would be his.