Sometimes, one views being right with mixed feelings; somewhat like saying that French public will revolt soon and we will all be taken to the Guillotine…and then being carted to the public square for the guillotining during the revolution; there is absolutely no satisfaction in being right!
For a long time, I have been saying that if the Republican Party comes to power, Muslims are going to see persecution as perhaps we have not seen before. I have been saying this because the Republican Party machinery has been actively pursuing virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric disguised a “Patriotism”; their different party clubs have been showing hate-Islam videos, their Senators have been inviting Islamophobes to the Capitol and hosting Hate-Islam video screenings for Congressional members and Continue reading
Illiteracy, ignorance, closed-mindedness and intolerance won the day when Asia bibi, a Christian woman living in a largely Muslim village, was accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed and jailed under Pakistan’s so-called “Blasphemy” laws; she was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court, because she supposedly said, “the Quran is fake and your prophet remained in bed for one month before his death because he had worms in his ears and mouth. He married Khadija just for money and after looting her kicked her out of the house.”
As a Muslim who grew up in Pakistan…a MUCH more tolerant Pakistan then than now, I can tell you that this statement could never have been made by a Christian villager in Pakistan, no matter what the provocation…never. The only exception under which a non-Muslim IN PAKISTAN, would say such a thing, would be if the speaker were stupid, crazy AND incurably suicidal. Clearly, the allegations were manufactured by the women who took the accusation to the local imam who then laid the charges against her, later saying he “cried tears of joy when the sentence was passed”. Idiot. Continue reading
America Today…Living Hypocrisy
The title itself is enough to get the REAL Americans to get their guns and growl at these “Muzlems” who are just itching to destroy “our way of life”; few will start thinking about what it could mean, some will read this essay just so they can dismiss the writer (me) as a crazy who has no idea of what REAL FREEDOM means and the many sacrifices that are necessary to preserve this hard-earned “FREEDOM”.
There is a lot of mythology around what America is and what it stands for. The tragedy is that for a brief period in our history America may have meant all the things we seek to hold dear and all the things we glorify as representing these great United States. But that period of nirvana was far to brief to be recorded properly as representing America; for the past century, we have been living one life, while holding up a different persona to glorify and people have not dared to say that the Empire has no clothes for fear of being condemned as traitors who don’t deserve to enjoy what we serve up to the people.
This is a New Year’s message to my fellow Americans and to America, it is not meant to dredge up past history, the past Century or, what we have been doing with our foreign policy; this message is meant to discuss what is happening NOW, over the past ten years and how America is accelerating towards a totalitarian regime that could remind us of the Soviet Bloc countries. Continue reading
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 47 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 65 posts. There were 31 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was March 28th with 132 views. The most popular post that day was The Intertwining of Afghanistan, Pakistan & India.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.live.com, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, womenpregnancyguides.com, and facebook.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for kashmir, penjihad, satoshi kanazawa blog, kashmir india, and india kashmir.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
The Intertwining of Afghanistan, Pakistan & India March 2010
Anti-Muslim myth-buster December 2009
Molly Norris and Mohammed “Cartoons” September 2010
“Freedom of Speech” and Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed December 2009
Terrorist bombers: Xmas Tree bomber vs. Times Square bomber November 2010
“Suicide-bombers blow themselves up because they are promised 72 virgins in Heaven”
Oh, how this statement makes my skin crawl!
Critics of Islam like to describe “Virgins in Paradise” (“Houris”) as base, sex-objects and motivation for Muslim suicide-bombers, because it helps promote hate and fear towards Islam and Muslims. The tactic works because of the negative connotations for sex in the ‘Christian’ part of the “Judeo-Christian Civilization”.
Suicide-bombers of different faiths (they include Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus), go to their destructive ends for myriad reasons, ranging from oppression, desperation, manipulation and perhaps, nothing left to look forward to. This is an ENTIRELY different, very complex subject and must be reserved for later discussion.
The Quran , the holy book of Islam, is considered as the written word of God in Classical Arabic, whose validity cannot be argued but, its meaning can still vary, depending on the nuances of interpretation and translation. It is possible for a translator to Continue reading
If we wait just a little while (not even “long enough”), an idiot Muslim will emerge with some plot to kill innocent people for an inexplicably idiot “reason”…and once again, America will look at us and ask, “Why do you think we should not treat you all with suspicion?”
A Somali Muslim was caught in Portland, Oregon with the means and a plan to blow up a car during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony
where about 10,000 people gather. Had he succeeded, it would have killed at least a couple of hundred people and maimed that many more….all innocent people, innocent families, out to enjoy a bit of life’s simple pleasures.
What is Eid?
There are a few times when I miss the old country and my old friends, and Eid is among those times.
Eid in America is bittersweet event; on one hand there are the factionalized Muslim communities who insist on having Eid on at least two different days and sometimes, three. The inevitable and never-ending Moon-sighting controversy where Muslims cannot agree on whether to believe the science that accurately predicts to the minute, when the new moon will show and where or, to believe the old man on a hilltop claiming he saw the moon even as he points to en entirely different direction.
Should we accept the date set in Arabia? after all, that is where the final word on Eid is because that is when Haj is over.
Should we accept a global concept of moon-sighting where if it is sighted at one place, it is sighted all over the world or, should we accept local sightings by OUR religious scholars?
A Rabbi friend of mine told me that Jews addressed this problem (they too, work on the Lunar Calendar)…hundreds of years ago! They decreed that all holidays (except for Yom Kippur) would be observed for one extra day, just to be sure they observed it on the right moon-sighting day. Today, Reform (Liberal) Jews have removed the second day observance because they believe that it is scientifically possible to accurately determine the correct day.
Muslims’ dithering about when are our holy days, is what keeps us from having an actual holiday for Eid; if Muslims cannot agree when to hold their holy days, then how can we get our schools to agree on when the holy days are so they can give our children a holiday?
It never ends; we are doomed to celebrate our holy festivals on two, maybe three, different days. That’s the bitter part… Continue reading
When the CIA asked King George the Worst, if they could use waterboarding on prisoners (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110308082.html), his response was, “Damn Right!”. When asked why he would authorize torture his response was, “Because the lawyers said it was okay”.
That would be John Yoo who, like Hitler’s many stooges, rushed to find that “robust interrogation” was fine.
We all know there was a memo that justified torture during the reign of King George the Worst, some of us know the author was John Yoo, but very few know details of what the memo said and how it reached its dark conclusions.
Below is a synopsis of his torture memo along with a link where the actual memo can be read in its complete glory. It is most interesting and revealing, to see how torture is rendered to be NOT torture and how torture is justified in spite of Geneva Conventions and other international agreements, by using statement from various Administration officials and giving them the slight additional twist, to make torture, a more acceptable, non-torture and even when there IS the clear, undeniable torture occurring, how Yoo justifies that under cover of exigent situations, “War!” and the Commander-in-Chief’s prerogative (Some of my comments are in parentheses and in blue
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Islamophobia is only a new name for a very old and established commodity for control and power…as old as Time itself…FEAR; it is the oldest method for control and also the most lucrative pursuit in history.
We keep children quiet with fear of the Bogeyman; we keep people under control in religion, because of fear of God’s Wrath and Hell; we rise to political power by invoking fear of economic catastrophe, fear of the “other” and fear of being destroyed…while at the same time presenting ourselves as the best savior, so “Remember to vote for me!”.
Fear brings people to power and Fear keeps people in power; Fear is also the shortest way to fame and fortune….FEAR is what galvanizes the opportunists and Fear is what keeps the best amongst us, silent. Continue reading
The soldier’s gaze wandered across the stony Kandahar desert , looking for signs of life, any signs of life. He did not like this land where it was so hot and so dry and an enemy behind every rock; he missed his own land where his family had a good life, but he knew he was here because he wanted to protect them THERE. Continue reading