Honestly, there is just so much deliciousness in this story that mere words could only fail to encompass them.
A little old, old lady--white hair, nicely dressed, driving a pricey car--just flipped me the bird in a grocery store parking lot. In Iowa!
I don't want to be paranoid but the day (6.6.6) is coming up.
Soon after 9/11 I decided to read the Koran to see what would inspire believers to pilot a jet into a building. I picked up an English translation and dove in.
My impression of this translated version was that it was stuffed with warlike language about killing the Christians and Jews and infidels whenever they are on your land or otherwise threatening you. I’m no religious scholar (perhaps you’ve noticed) but my reading of the Koran seemed to clearly support Osama’s interpretation.
I am shocked!
Since then I have had numerous discussions, usually via e-mail, with Muslims who are obviously familiar with the non-translated Koran. They assure me that the stuff I read in the translation doesn’t exist in the original.
The Quran is only a part of the Islamic equation. The Hadiths (the sayings of Muhammed) and the life of Muhammed are the additional essential pillars. Take a look at this event from 627 and see how Muhammed was all for non-violence.
After all, why should Hamas have all the fun? Can’t a country to whom the US provides $2 billion in aid yearly have a favorable opinion of blowing up Israelis, too?
This post starts off thusly:
As Will correctly pointed out in one of today's earlier postings, a few racists from the Ziofacist blogs Israpundit and Little Green Footballs have ...
Charming. The blogger who goes on to talk about spelling and grammar mistakes has trouble with typing out fascist.
Mohammed at Iraq The Model:
Last week our little and peaceful family was struck by the tragic loss of one of its members in a savage criminal act of assassination. The member we lost was my sister's husband who lived with their two little children in our house.
He was an innocent man.
He was not affiliated with any political party or movement and spent all his time working at the hospital or studying at home and he was dreaming of building a medical center for his specialty to serve the poor who cannot afford going to expensive private clinics.
Evil has extinguished another bright flame.
What a difference between those who work to preserve life and those who work to end it.
And that is why we must continue the fight.
If you had typos in more than 10% of documents, it cost you at evaluation. The typists were making typos constantly, but you were held accountable. You'd make corrections, and they'd make new typos. Many attorneys read their documents with a ruler on them, carefully going down one line at a time and concentrating on each word. Try that with a 20-30 litigation report... one typo and you'll be dinged. It took 2-3 days to get a one page document together on average (only late in my time did individual attys have their own computers and word processors. I once had an emergency matter bounced back because on page two I had said "indian tribe" when protocol was "Indian tribe." Another document get bounced back because it had one space between the period ending one sentence and the first letter of the next and the Govt Style Manual said use two spaces. Then when you were done the document was set up in a package (including seven copies for various files. If you were smart you made one for yourself, since nobody could ever find documents in those files. If anyone above you made a change or caught a typo, start the process again, make seven more copies....
We worked as hard as anyone else, no laziness there. But the bureaucracy was such that we were lucky to get done in a week what one energetic person could do in a day.
Read the 'amusing tale' at the end as well.
To paraphrase Carl von Clausewitz, Hamas needs to learn that the cost of terrorism against Israel is far more expensive than the few Gazan mud huts being blown up by the Israeli Air Force.
At the very least, Israel should go after the leadership of the Islamic Jihad.
One of the Iraqi players gets a hug from an American friend after losing the quarterfinal game in the prestigious Dallas Cup Soccer Tournament.
"Tujhe hua kyaa hai?" What has happened to you?
... wasn’t there something beautiful about sending your home made bread to your neighbors house everyday? Wasn’t there something beautiful about a myriad of cousins growing up together, competing, laughing, forming bonds of steel? Wasn’t there something beautiful about grandparents wiping away your tears with gentle, cracked hands?
I can certainly relate. I visited Pakistan a long ten years back. I have missed numerous cousins and their marriages. Many of my uncles and aunts have left this world. My last grandparent passed away in the late 90s.
I also miss the cricket, the kite flying, the competitive carrom matches, the beautiful poetic language, and the incomparable Lahori food. Though, events in the past five years have added a whole new dimension to these feelings. I never imagined in 1996 that that was the last time I'll ever be in Pakistan by choice.
Such are the whims of Fate.
Today Dell dropped a new XPS gaming laptop in the form of the M1710. This rig hauls up to a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo T2600, 17-inch widescreen display, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 120GB SATA disk, dual-layer DVD combo drive, and an array of ports ...
Fjordman via Gates of Vienna:
Multiculturalism and uncontrolled mass-immigration destroy the internal cohesion of the decadent West, which will slowly fall apart as it has lost the will to defend itself and the belief in its own culture. The wars in the Balkans in the 1990s will in hindsight be seen as a prelude to the Multicultural World War. Rather than a Westernization of the Balkans, we get a Balkanization of the West.
I guess there is some poetic justice in the fact that the country that initiated and has led the creation of Eurabia now gets consumed by its own Frankenstein monster, but we should not gloat over this.
"That Book Grabbed My Ass!" From Small Dead Animals where you'll find the best post titles.
Wow, from what I can see, your eyes are prettier than my other wives. Can you cook?
[Originally published on April 07, 2006.]
A few months from now, or perhaps as late as the summer of 2007, I'll have a hearing in front of a Refugee Board in Canada.
Right now, I'm in the process of sending the Canadian government several papers. I've been asked to present documentation (newspaper articles, human rights reports) which details the reasons for my claiming refugee protection in Canada. I've allotted myself around two weeks [deadline: April 24, 2006] to marshal the core evidence for my case.
As I was thinking about the various sources, it hit me: Why not ask you for support? If you've come across any news, op-eds, or similar writings that specifically mentions Pakistan, its people, and the treatment of ex-Muslims there, then let me know. You can leave a comment in this post, send a trackback ping, or email me.
If the Refugee Board rejects my case, then I'll be deported to the country where the adorable top cleric thinks that:
“if a state is truly Islamic” it would have to kill the apostate.
If the Refugee Board grants me protection, then my case could be used as support for future Pakistani ex-Muslims. So, in a way, your help could mean a great deal for a lot of dispirited souls.
It's nice to have my own
Army Division Battalion Company of Davids!
Update April 10, 2006
Many thanks to Aussie Dave.
Update April 11, 2006
I am grateful for the comments and blog posts regarding this serious matter. My family and Muslim friends are not aware of my apostasy. It is thus profoundly moving to get such support and good wishes.
I thank you.
A yellow bindi or sticker for the times when one is dating?
Dallas Tower: "Tower to Saudi Airfreight 911--You are cleared to land eastbound on runway 9 Right."
Saudi Airfreight: "Thank you Dallas Tower. Acknowledge cleared to land on infidel's runway 9 Romeo - Allah be Praised !!"
That's just the beginning.
Abiola Lapite doesn't mince words. The last paragraph of this post is priceless.
United States churches are secretly run by Jews who converted to Christianity with the intention of controlling religious Americans including President Bush, a top Hamas member claims.
"Even the churches where the Americans pray are led by Jews who were converted to Christianity, but they were converted to keep controlling the Americans," Mohammad Abu Tir, the number two Hamas terrorist in the newly formed Palestinian Authority government said during an exclusive interview from his home yesterday with top radio host Rusty Humphries and WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
This glittering stupidity is beyond my comprehension.
Link via Daimnation.
The Big Pharaoh: Today I am ashamed to be called an Egyptian.
An Egyptian group calling itself the "al-Jama’ah Consultative Council" has sent an e-mail hit list to people deemed 'apostates' yesterday. The group warned that those people on the list who had left the faith would have three days (as of yesterday) to repent or they would be killed. The group also warned that the wives and children of the Muslim apostates were being followed & would be killed.
Under Islamic Law, the maximum penalty for apostasy is death.
If the Islamic state doesn't go after the apostates with vigor, then certain members of the public certainly will.
Yikes! I'd still take a Big Mac, or rather dozens of Big Macs.
A reader sent me this link.
Last week I asked him to deliver a newspaper to my house. When he delivered it to me, he asked me whether I wrote in it. I told him that I did and he asked me to write about why young Saudis hate foreign workers, particularly Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. He asked, “Why do they throw rocks at us when they see us in the street?” He said that in India they were taught to love others because that is the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I was moved by his words and promised him that I would write on the subject.
What follows in the next paragraph is quite horrifying. What would one expect from a wretched school system?
Anyway, my siblings and I have experienced similar attitudes:
A few years ago, while I was in Saudi Arabia, my mom told me to bring home my youngest brother from the bus stop. I was slightly confused. You see, the school bus dropped him off only a block away. I did walk him home after my mom clued me in.
"The Arab kids throw stones at him if he's alone."
It's hard to blame the Jews for this one.
These links are from a comment in this post.
There is his blog
Info on Hao Wu
Hao Wu, a Chinese blogger, is behind bars.
Dear Pakistani Air Force command, please keep us posted on your further needs of hateful anti-Semitic propaganda. We know where to find it in droves.
The Religious Policeman gets fan mail. His response is worth a read.
This blog has received quite a few comments and links in the past 24 hours or so. I'll individually reply to them tomorrow when, hopefully, I'll have extended Internet access.
My defective motherboard is still in transit. It has yet to reach the manufacturer in the US.
A man and his wife are being held by Makkah authorities in connection with the fatal stabbing of his nine-year-old daughter. Local newspapers reported the murder a few days ago and said that the father will record his confession in court. According to initial police reports he will tell the court that he did not intend to kill his daughter but only to discipline her.
This is certainly true:
Intervention by authorities is virtually nonexistent. Police do not have the authority to enter homes and bring abused children under public protection. A legal guardian’s permission is required to medically treat children, and, according to law, wives cannot report domestic abuse by husbands to the police.
This isn't merely a case of an irresponsible regime since the overwhelming society is complicit and guilty.
This is one of the ugliest aspects of life in Islamic nations. Children are treated brutally in schools and in public and in their homes. Schools in Arabia are practically institutionalized beating centers and everyone there knows it but nothing is done to change this fact.
If you know anyone who attended a Muslim school, then just ask him/her about the punishments. You'll be shocked by the barbarity.
I think Harry Truman would spin in his grave if he heard the rhetoric from the floor of Congress today knowing what he was dealing with some 60 years ago.
John Hawkins has a lot more.
At the end, we get comedy gold.
It reminded me of this movie in which the Frenchman basically says, "When in public, the Muslim women cover themselves in a veil."
The young son of the Americans asks, "Do they eat intravenously!?"
Well, now we all know the answer.
In a weekend interview with The Canadian Press, insurgent spokesman Qari Yuosaf Ahmedi said the Taliban are convinced the resolve of the Canadian people is weak.
As suicide attacks and roadside blasts increase, the public will quickly grow weary, he said.
"We think that when we kill enough Canadians they will quit war and return home," Ahmedi said in an interview, conducted through a translator, over a satellite telephone.
I do hope he's proven wrong.
Link via Daimnation.
The forum heard that at least 14 countries consider apostasy a crime. Nina Shea, director of global rights group Freedom House's centre for religious freedom, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, said that of these countries, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Mauritania and Comoros make it punishable by death.
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based theologian, states: "All Muslim jurists agree that the apostate is to be punished. However, they differ regarding the punishment itself. The majority of them go for killing; meaning that an apostate is to be sentenced to death."
He kinda looks like Mr. Bean.
THR says Conquistador "tells the story of the expedition that sailed west from Cuba in 1519 in hopes of expanding the Spanish Empire. Cortes and his band of soldiers came upon what is now Mexico and swiftly brought about the destruction of the Aztec empire led by Moctezuma."
Whoa. This movie should be worth watching.
A sweet Pakistani joke:
Potential Mother In Law: "So, beta, what do you do with your free time?"
[...]: "Well aunty, (with a modest smile)....I am a fighter pilot"
Potential Mother In Law runs out the door with her son scrambling behind her....
I have sent my motherboard to the manufacturer. It could take as long as a month before I have a working computer. During this time, I won't have extended access to the Internet; so blogging will be sparse. The timing of this mini-disaster is quite atrocious.
I don't want to use the computers of my friends for blogging because I want to avoid such a scenario:
Friend: Dude! Who is this Isaac Schrödinger guy?
None of my friends are in the know. A select few are aware of my real identity and I want it to stay that way.
So, if my response to comments or your emails is slow, you know why.
Ask the average Saudi about "recycling", and they'll give you a blank look. We don't have "recycling centers" or "bottle banks". Recycling happens, but, as befits the land of the Two Holy Mosques, it happens thru divine intervention. We throw our used paper tissues out of the car window into the street, but over time "The Hand of God" makes them disappear. Some heretics say that otherwise-invisible brown men in orange overalls come and pick them up, but that is a superstitious belief, like believing in Jinns.
I've seen these orange-clad Jinns in Saudi streets with their brooms and boxes. But then I am a heretic.
The country's money is devaluing so fast that you have to lug around plastic bags full of it if you're doing a small grocery shop. To buy anything bigger, you'll need to fill a suitcase. ...A telephone bill last month - more than 15 million Zimbabwe dollars - would have bought five houses five years ago.
Link via Marginal Revolution.
According to their website, blogs that want to join OCSAB must adhere to four guidelines; three out of these four did not make much sense to me.
The first one reads: "The blog must not insult Islam at any level, and therefore it must not call to liberalism and secularism."
Dang, I can't join the endearing bunch.
Normal laws of supply in demand would have led me to guess that when “enough” girls had been aborted, the ones that survived to birth would eventually become “more valuable” than men. I even imagined a reverse dowery situation as a possibility. Society would finally see the fallacy of its ways when men had nobody to marry. Probably like many who were as naive as me, I never accounted for the fact that ...
Read the depressing part here.
Omar at Iraq The Model:
... the ban includes virtually every paper but basically "papers that promote Safawi [Persian] Shiasm, blasphemous secular ideas and democracy…"
The last sentence of the post offers some solace.
So is the Pakistani military running the terrorist training camp?
I wouldn't be surprised.
A Bahraini MP yesterday called for the gradual introduction of Sharia (Islamic) law to deal with all criminals. Another claimed that thieves should have their hands chopped off because “God ordered us to do so”. However, one described the punishment as unfair if adulterers are not stoned.
Mahmood has a neat graphic that describes my feelings on this matter.
Just read the first part of this post.
April is indeed very moody. I remember three years ago we got dumped with snow. A friend of mine had his car stuck in the driveway and it took us over 30 minutes to get it out.
Everyday I check the weather for the temperature--so as to choose between a simple T-shirt, a raincoat and a jacket. Often, on the same day, the outerwear at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. is quite different.
"Democrats: Illegal Aliens Who Engage In Burglary, Assault, & Kidnapping? Make Them American Citizens". I'm not kidding.
"Tired of playing second fiddle to men in conservative Saudi Arabia, five women decided if you can't beat them, join them."
Yes, that's right--5 women in Saudi decided that life was just too unbearable as females in Saudi Arabia anymore. Instead of simply moving somewhere else, these women did the only logical thing: they underwent a sex-change operation.
Women in Saudi Arabia can't simply move somewhere else. The Saudi regime requires the signature of the guardian--father, brother, or husband--before letting a woman travel outside the Kingdom.
Saudi women have zero freedom of movement.