Thailand Nightlife Roundup

Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every two weeks when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 3,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, The Old Dutch, Electric Blue, The Big Mango, PJ's Steak & Rib Grill, and Bourbon Street Cafe. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 6,000 and, if still no winner, to 9,000, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).

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Thanks to all of you who sent your condolences regarding my mother's death.  She was 88.  When I arrived in Vero Beach, Florida, both my mother and stepfather (96) were in the hospital.  My stepfather is back in Assisted Living.  My mother had had Alzheimer's for about 3 years and then caught pneumonia.  Even with antibiotics she was too weak and too fragile to fight off the pneumonia.  By the time I arrived, she had an oxygen mask over her and was unconscious.  She died nine hours later.  I shall never forget the phone call to my hotel room which woke me up at 1:20 a.m: "Your mother has passed away; come to the hospital and take your stepfather up to your mother's room to say goodbye."  I am sure the person didn't mean to be cold or unfeeling; I guess there is just no right way to give the news.  Alzheimer's is called the Death of a Thousand Subtractions and The Long Goodbye.  Little by little the person loses identity and dignity.  I cannot wish my mother back, as it would not have been long before she would not have known how to swallow, etc., and she might have been placed in the Alzheimer's section of Assisted Living, a place no one should have to go.  No, I cannot wish her back, but I sure miss her.  Five million Americans have Alzheimer's and ten million Americans are taking care of them.  Many families are going bankrupt because of the huge expenses involved.  And no cure in sight.

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Alas, as you know by now, the Big Mango Bar at Nana Plaza has closed.  It was always a very tough location to make a go of and the high rent rise was the last straw.  But Nick and Michael have their Wellington Pub down near Patpong on Silom Road and the talented duo will no doubt open another one when the time and place is right.  Good luck, guys.

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Fon, an 18-year-old waitress at Soi Cowboy's Sam's 2000.  On her birthday.  Isn't she sweet?  If I could have had a girlfriend like her when I was a teenager growing up in Connecticut I would have been a very happy young bloke. 

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This is one cool old guy, always selling his sweet potatoes and sticky rice around Soi Cowboy and thereabouts.

 

The film director, Paul Spurrier, has done it again.  During my signing for Dragon Slayer at the Texas Lone Star Saloon I decided to read (or attempt to read) a poem from the book The Go Go Dancer who Stole My Viagra.  Paul made a very funny 5 and 1/2 minute video of it.  Readings at the Long Star are very unlike readings in the West at such places as Barnes and Noble, etc.  It is now up on YouTube which you can watch here: A reading at the Texas Lone Star Saloon

 

I had a drink at King's Castle and at Goldfingers and at a few other places on Patpong 1.  It was difficult to find a good-looking dancer but it was a rainy Monday.  Maybe they all decided to stay home.  Or maybe the night market and tourist junk which destroyed the flavor of Patpong pisses them off as much as it does me and they all moved to Nana Plaza.  I do like the King's group bars for the way they have you sign every bill before it goes into your bin.  That way there should be few questions or uncertainty or ripoffs.  A couple acquaintances of mine from China made it into Electric Blue bar on Patpong II and very quickly found ladies they felt needed to be barfined. 

 

 

EROTIC LURE
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Did you see the tiger cubs at the Emporium some time ago?  Really cute.  Part of the jungle setting somebody decided to display all over the Emporium, I guess to show how aware they are of the environment and how they want to save plants and animals and aging mamasans and keep beer prices down where they belong.

 

 

Oh, my God, she's perfect!  (Alas, I'm not.)  And we're even the same age!  (Metaphysically speaking.)  Amazing Thailand!

 

A rare appearance the other night by number 51 at Erotica, Nana Plaza. I thought she had been away, but in fact she now rarely bothers to change clothes because she is usually barfined within minutes of arriving. I think it would be impolite to reveal the statistics on her monthly 'offs', but it's perhaps enough to say that apparently her take-home pay - including tips - is higher than that of the Prime Minister of Thailand.

     Long Gun sponsored a table at the annual rugby club ball, and eight attractive ladies took their seats for the festivities at the Conrad Hotel. It was fascinating to see the looks on the faces of the other guests. Some were lustful, others were panicked, praying that none of the ladies would introduce themselves to the wives!

     A friend of mine says he took a group of ladies to a concert at Impact, Muang Thong Thani. He spotted a Thai look-kreung film star, who was a regular visitor to the ladies' go-go bar. He was on his way to say 'hi', when the girls pulled him back, pointing out that when meeting a customer outside the bar, particularly when he is with his wife, it is best to pretend you've never seen him before.  A wise decision.

I liked a quote from someone this week, "You can take the girl out of the bar, but...probably best not."

A Singaporean gentleman bought out one of Soi Cowboy's finest, promising marriage and devotion. This was sad news for her many admirers.  However, the following day, while walking down Soi Cowboy, she saw him arm in arm with another girl, and it was all off. He lost his 10,000 Baht buy-out fee.  As they say, "You never lose a girl in a Bangkok bar - you just miss your turn."

 

A comment from my friend, Paul:  "On the subject of sexuality, I am constantly horrified, saddened, and somewhat titillated by the number of girls working in bars who have girlfriends. Maybe, having had a chance to see what philandering, unfaithful, sex-crazed bastards most men really are, they are turned off. Or maybe they are escaping the 'maeng da' Thai boyfriends leeching money. Or maybe the Thai Buddhist culture is far more accepting of alternate sexualities. Or maybe they just find a lithe, smooth, brown-skinned beauty more attractive than a fat, aging, bald, hairy farang. Actually, maybe it isn't so strange."

 

 

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I was talking to a guy who had barfined a young lady and taken her back to his hotel, but they checked her ID at the lobby, and called the manager.  The manager came out and yelled at him, saying that the girl was only seventeen, and what was he doing, bringing an underage girl to this hotel, that he was a 'nak duy dek' (paedophile) and that  there would be trouble with the police etc. This haranguing went on for quite some time, and it was made clear to him that he was no longer welcome at the hotel - the Orchard Inn.  He moved out.  To be fair, the lady he barfined does look older than seventeen, and since he had barfined her from a well-known go-go bar, he felt he was safe.  But of course that is not the case.  Be  careful out there.
 

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Khun Leigh's Corner

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Khun Leigh is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.

Thailand is paradise for single men and it's incredible to witness the effects even a single trip to Thailand can have on a man's outlook on life.  Recently I was happy to greet and entertain two friends on their initial trips to paradise.  Both of my friends are from western countries but the similarity ends there. Rick is from America, and Harold is from Holland. They are very different as far as personalities go, as well as being from different continents, cultures, income levels and family backgrounds.  In two different weeks in October I gave them each my tour off places all over Bangkok.  Unfortunately, they both had to return to farangland and recently I received emails from both guys.  No need to put words into their mouths, I will just quote directly from the respective emails.  Rick wrote, "I fell in love with Bangkok.  I started planning my next trip while on the plane back!  I will see you within 3 or 4 months even
if I have to take unpaid leave from my job."  Harold wrote, "Since I have returned to Holland, all I have done is spend time trying to figure out a way to return to Thailand.  Never in my life did I dare to dream that such a paradise existed on this Earth." Yes, they have both discovered paradise and my job now is to stay in email contact and attempt to convince them that they should return when it is financially viable and not to endanger their jobs or financial futures.  That is a difficult sell!  I personally took a 70% cut in pay to move to Thailand, and have never looked back.

Here is a perfect example from everyday life as to the difference between a typical Thai gal and a typical Western gal.  On Harold's 3rd day in Bangkok, we went to MBK shopping center.  He needed some shaving lotion so we proceeded to the Watsons Pharmacy.  He asked the
gorgeous Thai gal at the register for directions to the shaving items.  She walked us to the appropriate aisle, and delicately bowed and pointed to the shelf that contained the requested items.  I must say she was drop dead stunning, and she had the sexiest smile this side of Siam Square.  I thought Harold would just fall over dead on that very spot. He couldn't speak for a period of 30 seconds or more.  I guess I am a spoiled local guy because he talked about that incident for the rest of the trip. I am so used to being treated like royalty by perfect looking, charming, polite Thai ladies, that I didn't really think much of the incident at the time. He sent me a recent email detailing a similar incident in Amsterdam.  He needed some razor blades, so he went to a pharmacy near his home town and asked the 200 pound gal at the register where the shaving items were.  She barked "aisle 6" without even looking up from the magazine she was reading! Man do I love Thailand. I am quite sure that Harold does too!

One of the baffling things about Thai people is their addiction to white skin.  If you showed a dozen photos of hot models to a group of Western guys, most of the guys would differ in their individual taste as to which gal was the most lovely.  Some guys like blondes, some brunettes, some guys like big boobs,some guys like gals tall and slim etc.  It is just the opposite here in Thailand.  I was recently planning a trip to America, so I snapped photos of 25 or 30 of my favorite gals.  Yeah, it's pathetic but when in America I need a reminder that feminine beauty still exists in this world.  Well, my gals vary in skin color, body type, height and weight, as well as to what region of Thailand they are from.  Hey shoot me, I like variety!  Anyway, I was sitting in one of my favorite beer bars in Bangkok, and the service gal asked if she could look at the photos that I had placed on my table.  Thais love photos, and before I could blink a dozen or so Thais, both male and female, were ogling my photos.  Every single one pointed to the photo of the gal with the whitest skin and proclaimed her to be the most beautiful!!  Even the service gals, who themselves were dark skinned Isaan ladies, proclaimed the whitest gal to be so hot and
all the Isaan gals in my gallery to be ugly!! Yes, guys, we found a place where even the most gorgeous gals think they are ugly!  Amazingly, where I am from in America, even the ugliest gals think they are beautiful!

Sometimes I go to places that are off the beaten path a bit because in Bangkok you never know what you are going to find or what you may witness.  The other day I stumbled into some no name beer bar near Sukumvit Soi 39.  Seated at the bar was a HUGE bearded man with a petite Thai gal barely visible under his massive arm and shoulder.  We engaged in conversation and this guy was from New Zealand and was working in Borneo in a mine.  If you know the group ZZ Top he looked like one of those huge guys with the mountain man beard. He would certainly scare off any Western woman, but I could see that this Thai lass was very content with her big old teddy bear.  I spoke Thai to her and she said they had only known each other 2 weeks, but she was quite taken with him and I could see that there was genuine affection.  He proceeded to tell me that the past 2 weeks had been the most cherished time in his entire life, and he was just heartbroken that he had to return to work in a matter of a few days.  It was really touching for me, as here was a man who really couldn't even approach a woman in any Western country, but here he was living out his greatest fantasies.  She was also having fun and told me she just loved trying in vain to wrap her arms part way around him! Man does this guy love Thailand or what?

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In the nature of the bizarre: Did you read about the Chinese official who was brought down by his eleven mistresses after some of their husbands involved in his schemes were sentenced to death?  He liked the wives to be "young and pretty."

Some Thais really do take sports seriously, don't they?  That is the real thing, not a wash-off.  The mind boggles!

 

Just a reminder that out on Rachadapisek Road is an area full of entertainment centers, massage parlors, etc., etc.  You don't have to spend all your time and money at Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, you know.  And although there are plenty of customers in these places from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea and of course Japan, foreigners like us are welcome.  I still know a lot of guys who have never tried the area at all which is too bad, especially as the underground makes the trip really convenient.  Sometimes I don't make it myself, of course, because the underground station nearest me is Sukhumvit/Asoke which is right next to Soi Cowboy and I figure maybe just one beer on Cowboy before I go out to Rachadapisek which, of course, leads to three or four and then it's too late to go out.  But don't forget some of the massage parlors out there are open at 2 in the afternoon and, again, massage parlor room floors near the bathtub are very slippery; yes, there have been accidents even ones in which ambulances were called.  So when you get back to the States with a huge lump on your head and a doctor's bill on your credit card, be sure to have a story ready.

 

http://www.ClubElectricBlue.com

 

Business at Nana Plaza was unbelievably busy but, alas, the only swarms of customers were the bees around the shrine offerings.  Still, business is picking up and some bars are now doing just fine, thank you very much.

 

And, hey, speaking of pretty women, as Sondheim is wont to do, guess who is back at Nana Plaza?  You guessed it!  None other than the adorably cute Butter.  Isn't she cute?  Isn't she just, well, you know.  Anyway, she promises to stick around for awhile.  And of course, with that smile, butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.

 

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"We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody dropped the girl off the bridge."

 

That's the opening line of John D. MacDonald's Darker Than Amber, which I just read for the third time in about 30 years.  I also saw the film decades ago.  And what a great opening line for a novel.  I always loved the Travis McGee series, the houseboat, Meyer, and the adventures of McGee.  I also visited the slip for his houseboat in Ft. Lauderdale, the way people visit the apartment of Sherlock Holmes in London.  Imaginary, sure, but tourist attractions, nonetheless.  But I also remembered a few sentences "Travis" mentioned in this particular novel.  When he refused the sexual advances of a woman who had definitely been around, he had something to say as to why.  These are the sentences:

 

 

     "...I was a prude in my own fashion.  I had been emotionally involved a few times with women with enough of a record of promiscuity to make me vaguely uneasy.  It is difficult to put much value on something the lady has distributed all too generously, I have the feeling there is some mysterious quota, which varies with each woman.  And whether she gives herself or sells herself, once she reaches her own number, once X pairs of hungry hands have been clamped tightly upon her rounded undersides, she suffers a sea change wherein her juices alter from honey to acid, her eyes change to glass, her heart becomes a stone, and her mouth a windy cave from whence, with each moisturous gasping, comes a tiny stink of death.

     I could not want her on any terms.  But I could like her.  And wish her well."

 

So my question is, do you agree?  Is he right?  Does his philosophy make sense for Western, Judeo-Christian societies?  Does the philosophy make sense for other cultures such as in Thailand?  Or is this type of thinking just the product of his prudish Western upbringing?  If he had known the charm and softness of Thai entertainment providers and the culture here in Thailand would he have written the same way?  Is this "mysterious quota" an interesting thought or pure bullshit?  Any thoughts? 

 

 

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How Marriages begin.  How Marriages end up.

 

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Thai Language Tips from Khun Miken way up in Petchabun

 

 

Have you ever wondered why you have trouble pinning down your Thai friends/significant other(s) about specific facts, times, who did what to whom when, how, where, when, why, etc?  It seems to me that Thais have a fixation on preserving, at all costs,  flexibility and  maneuvering room.  They love to leave things a little (or sometimes even a lot) hazy.  This is reflected in many ways in Thai language.  In English, the pronouns,. I, you, he, she, it, we, and they are pretty clear and defined.  Except under very special circumstances, it is not permissible to use "you" when "I" is meant, or "they" when "we" is meant, etc. 

However, in Thai, things are a LOT more fluid.  For example, the word "rao" can mean "I", "you", or "we", depending on usage and context.  The word "khao" can mean "he", "she", "they", or, in special circumstances, even "I".  "Theu" can mean "you", or "she" or even "he", depending on the speaker and the person spoken to.  In fact, one of the most powerful tools of expression in Thai is the existence of nearly countless numbers of pronouns for "you" and "I", each expressing a slightly different shade of intimacy and different gradations of power inter-relationship.  Just as English has clear and defined pronouns, it is capable of slicing and dicing time up into tiny little segments that are mutually exclusive.  Don McLean (sp?) wrote a song about a girl who left him, one of the lines of which is, "And I wonder if you know that I never understood that even though you said you'd go, until you went, I never thought you would".  For those of you who speak Thai, try getting that to make sense in this language! 

Time in Thai can only be expressed with adverbs like before, after, then, etc.  To listen to two Thais (or even better three or four) try to sort out who said what to whom when in a past verbal conflict is one of the most entertaining things I know of.  In English you can, in such situations, say things like "No.  No.  When you called me a son-of-a-bitch I had not yet said that your mother wore army boots in order to get better traction in the foxholes where she worked as a five minute a crack whore!"  But in Thai you just cannot clearly express sequence of events.  The language does not have the tools to do it.

 

 

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Just a few more shots of the Londoner Pub party.  From left, we have Dae and Lak, then a chef, then little Golf surrounded by giants Mike and Al, then Noy the Erdinger girl who by now is back at Suan Lum Night market, and finally, the adorable Pat.  Aren't they dolls?

 

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Last look at Halloween photos, Soi 33 and Soi Cowboy.  Some lovely witches, to be sure.  And below are shots of the recent Loy Krathong Festival in Pattaya:

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Mail Bag

Hello from Germany.  I just wanted to drop a note of thanks for your entertaining and informative web site.  I have just re-located to Germany from the USA (my native land), but will be spending my holidays in Thailand this December.  Based on your fine contributions to the internet, I think I shall enjoy my time quite a bit!
 
So as not to be 100% obsequious in this message, I will raise one point of disagreement.  I enjoy watching sports, yet completely respect your differing inclination.  I will say though, the reason an over-sized Neanderthal earns $8m. a year while the well-educated and multi-lingual heads of East Asian Studies departments earn in the neighborhood of $200k (quite a decent salary, by the way...a bit more than I am currently earning!) is based on the same capitalistic premises that dictate what bar girls in Nana Plaza earn.  We get paid for the revenue we generate, and not the intrinsic societal value of our work.
 
That might be unfortunate, but it is reasonable.  When teachers, professors and scholars can sell 80,000 tickets at $75 a pop, and broadcast rights for hundreds of millions so that people can watch them work then they'll earn their $8m as well.
 
Based on your obvious intellectual capacity as reflected through the content of your web site, I am certain that what I am saying is nothing you haven't heard or considered before.  I just wanted to raise it, in the process of thanking you for your contributions, as it was something that struck me.
 
Kind Regards,  Keith Savage

 

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Keith, you are, of course, correct.  It just burns me up to watch American cities build huge stadiums they cannot afford while at the same time they cannot afford to keep their libraries open six days a week and are cutting back on the hours they are open as well.  Are we Imperial Rome worshipping kids' games to such an extent we're headed for a fall?  How can anyone take what are basically kids' games so seriously that they fight, kill and die for "our" team?  Is everybody a moron?  Being in a society which worships sports is like being in an insane asylum.  I go to bars to relax and drink myself into nobility and to discover new perspectives on life and maybe to see past events in a new light (you know what I mean if you drink); and yet there is always some idiot beside me prattling about some jock who did something with a ball or a bat so I simply have to pay my bill and leave and try another bar.  And have you ever noticed the huge smile and jumping about and great joy of one of these half-men, half-children who kicks a soccer goal?  He acts as if he just got a blowjob from Good Pork Betty.  Which reminds me, Lolita's is still open.  Gotta go.  Thanks for writing, Keith.

 

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Links You Might Enjoy

A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy.  Click here and then click "preview videos."

http://www.pbar.info/videos.html

 

Like to check out some bars in Thailand?  Try

http://www.bangkokbarfun.com.

Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.

Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try this great site:

http://www.bangkokjungle.com.

 

Tired of shoveling snow?  Check out Bangkok's sunshine.

 

Bangkok's weather report.

 

 

 

A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.

 

www.monsoon-country.org

 

 

 

A bit of black leather never hurts.  But she does.

 

Our Lady in Black

 

 

 

Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?

 

http://www.retiredexpat.com

 

 

 

Maps of all the provinces of Thailand

 

http://www.thailand-guide.org/maps/index.htm

 

 

Listen to RadioBangkok.net

 

mms://wma.radiobangkok.net/bangkok32?MSWMExt=.asf

 

 

 

 

Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK

 

 

 

Links You Might Not Enjoy

T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only. 

http://www.tshirthell.com.

 

Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.

http://www.fredoneverything.net

 

Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.

Taliban Singles Dating Page

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Got feedback to this column?  Got information on Thailand you would like to share?  Happy as a dung beetle to be living in Paradise?  Been ripped off?  Just write me.

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So enter and win 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers, second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt, courtesy of Peter, PJ and Jason, third prize the usual Nada diddly-squat. As for last column's contest it was of course the famed Sheba's bar, Soi Cowboy. 

This column's prize is worth 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers.  Just be the first to tell me where the Bangkok pictures were taken.

 

 

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That's all for this fortnightly column.  Drop by again.  Explore the rest of the website.  Meanwhile, as the girls used to tell me during the 1960's: "I no lie you, GI, I love you long time; you number one!"  And, remember: nothing says goodbye like a bullet.  And the more people I meet the more bullets I need.

Dean Barrett can be flamed at: deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th

 

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More News on the "Religion of Peace"

 

Another Priceless Buddha destroyed by Muslims

Despite repeated requests by Pakistani archeologists to the local authorities to protect the seated Buddha and other sites, especially after the first attack, no action was taken. In fact, militants were able to carry out their work in broad daylight

The world watched in horror when Taliban forces destroyed the monumental Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001. Political and cultural leaders from around the globe condemned the attacks. Offers of help poured in. Everyone asked: will the world be ready next time? Alas, the answer is a resounding “no.”

In northwest Pakistan’s Swat valley, armed Islamist militants recently attacked one of the oldest and most important sculptures of Buddhist art. Dating from around the beginning of the Christian era, and carved into a 130-foot-high rock, the seated image of the Buddha was second in importance in South Asia only to the Bamiyan Buddhas.

This, moreover, was the second attack in less than a month. Murtaza Razvi has pointed out that the image that was attacked was not in a remote area. In fact, it was next to the central road that runs through the valley.

Despite repeated requests by Pakistani archeologists to the local authorities to protect the seated Buddha and other sites, especially after the first attack, no action was taken. In fact, militants were able to carry out their work — drilling holes in the rock, filling them with explosives, and detonating them — in broad daylight.

They did this not once, but twice. The first time, the image escaped heavy damage because of the militants’ incompetence. The second time, they were more successful, destroying not only the sculpture’s face, but also its shoulders and feet. As if that were not enough, there are now reports of a third attack.

In 1995, I travelled through the Swat valley to study the area’s Buddhist treasures. Carved in the cliff side or protected in small beautiful museums, these remarkable objects were the pride and joy of local Muslims, followers of the faith for more than a millennium. As a non-Muslim, Indian woman, I was able to travel through the region without any fear and received warm support from local residents. People of all stripes welcomed me, and were often willing to take me to important Buddhist sites.

Today, little over a decade later, the atmosphere is so poisoned that neither local community leaders nor the local police came forward to protect these monuments or claim them as their own. Even sadder is that while Pakistani newspapers widely condemned these attacks and criticised local officials’ indifference, there has been almost no coverage in the international press.

Can it be that after the Iraq war, and the dismaying images of looting at the National Museum in Baghdad, we have lost our capacity to be outraged? Or is it that we have become so inured to bad news surrounding the war on terror that we have no desire to know more?

There is a vast number of important Buddhist sites in Swat and other areas of northwest Pakistan. At this point, all of them are under threat of destruction, thanks to the influential voice of the Islamist leader Mullah Fazlullah, whose father-in-law, Sufi Mohammad, founded one of the extremist orders.

This order was responsible for bringing more than 10,000 jihadi fighters to Afghanistan to fight alongside Taliban soldiers against the United States in 2001. While Mohammad is believed to be languishing in a regional jail, Mullah Fazlullah operates with impunity, using the radio to spread a message of hatred and intolerance.

It is time that the world community not only registers its outrage against such destruction of cultural treasures, but also joins those Pakistanis who are desperately trying to pressure their government to preserve — for their sake and ours — their pre-Islamic cultural heritage. If the world does not act this time, we risk losing one of the most precious legacies of early Buddhist history.

The author of this article, Vishakha N Desai, is President of the Asia Society.

 

 

 

Some Good News: Massive Federation Forms to Confront Radical Islam

WASHINGTON DC, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Today on the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, a massive federation to combat radical Islam has been officially declared. The Anti-Jihad Federation, as it is being called, is coming to be the name known for any and every organization involved in confronting the threat from Islamic Jihadists. Leading Federation organizers are stressing that the Anti-Jihad Federation is a non-entity, has no charter, and is not an organization or group, but is comprised of any and all organizations and groups resisting the Jihadist threat which faces the West. Although there are many organizations involved in confronting the Jihad, and each have varying views, beliefs, and methods, the Federation is being called a uniting movement with the hopes to add and aid cohesion and communication between organizations currently working to defeat Jihadi threats and supporters. It is being said by many that the establishment of the Federation demonstrates the importance of unity against such threats.

Leading elements within the Federation include many organizations which take part in grassroots activism to confront the threat from radical Islam and to protect the Western world for generations to come. There are many organizations around the globe who are actively involved in confronting Jihad; such organizations include JihadWatch, United American Committee, Vigilant Freedom Group, American Congress for Truth, America's Truth Forum, as well as hundreds of other organizations which are constantly growing as the powerful movement against radical Islam builds. Such organizations comprise an integral part of the growing Federation against the enemies of the Western world. The Federation also includes individuals spanning all ages, ethnicities, religions, and countries, who may not be affiliated with any organization yet who are united in opposing Jihadists.

Though not every organization may be right for everyone, everyone who is against Jihad can find the organization that is right for them through the Federation. Such research can be conducted through the website http://www.FederationMovement.com which lists various organizations involved in the Anti-Jihad Federation. This site also offers resources for individuals wishing to participate in protecting this generation, and the future from Islamic totalitarianism for generations to come.
 

The "Religion of Peace" visits Lebanon

 

 

A child barely escapes the attack of Muslim fanatics in Iraq

 

 

Palestinians celebrate the beheading of a Jew and the crowd cheers

 

 

A typical Muslim fanatic

 

 

Al Qaeda beheads and dismembers the bodies of American soldiers in Iraq

 

 

Adherents of the Religion of peace

 

 

The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand

 

9/19/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - Islamic militants gun down a 45-year-old woman working on a rubber plantation.

 

9/20/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A 23-year-old civilian is shot to death by Muslim radicals.

9/21/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A woman and man are murdered by militant Muslims in separate shooting attacks.

9/25/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A man is gunned down inside his home by radical Muslims.

9/25/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - Islamists ambush a security patrol, killing one member.

9/28/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - Three policemen assigned to protect teachers are murdered by Muslim militants.

11/5/2007 (Pattani, Thailand) - Muslim radicals shoot three people to death as they are riding in a vehicle.

11/5/2007 (Yala, Thailand) - Two men are gunned down by Islamic extremists.

"Whoever insults a prophet kill him."  Ain't Muslims sweet to teach their young hatred so early?

 

 

Have you noticed the cowardice of the media in writing about "youth" riots in France?  Pssst:  The rioters are Muslims.

 

 

Muslim morons with knives and sticks in Khartoum demanding the death of the "teddy bear" teacher

 

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Muslim crucified, two Buddhists beheaded in Thailand: police

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (AFP) — A Muslim military informant was shot and crucified, while two Buddhist men were beheaded Wednesday by suspected Islamic separatists in Thailand's restive south, police said.

The Muslim man, a 58-year-old who belonged to a government-backed militia, was shot and then stabbed so badly that he was nearly decapitated, police Lieutenant Khanchitthol Kreunor told AFP.

Suspected rebels then drove six-inch nails through his head, arms and legs to attach him to two pieces of wood, which were laid out like a cross in the middle of a road in Rueso district of Narathiwat province, near the southern border with Malaysia, he said.

Khanchitthol said police found a note written in Thai and left near the cross, reading: "This is what the infidels deserve. The soldier dogs must meet this end."

"The victim was attacked and killed in such a grisly way because they knew he was a military informant. This is to terrify the people," Khanchitthol said.

About two hours later, two Buddhist fishmongers aged 20 and 61 were shot and then beheaded in another district of Narathiwat, police said.

The killings came after a month of spiralling violence in the region, which has seen more than 2,700 killed since separatist unrest erupted four years ago.

Thailand's southernmost provinces were an ethnic Malay sultanate until the Buddhist kingdom annexed it a century ago, provoking decades of tension.

Monitoring group Intellectual Deep South Watch said last week that November has been one of the most violent months this year.

Thailand's new army chief, General Anupong Paojinda, had announced last month that he was bolstering the 30,000 government forces in the region to try to clamp down on the violence.

The military has also requested massive spending increases to buy new weaponry, including a dozen fighter jets already ordered from Sweden, saying it needs the hardware to battle the insurgency.

But near-daily shootings, bombings and ambushes continue to hit southern Thailand despite the military crackdown, arrests and a raft of peace initiatives by the army-backed government.

Attacks have become increasingly brutal, with corpses sometimes mutilated or savagely stabbed. Corpses are often left in streets or other public areas where passersby find them.

The government also relies heavily on paramilitary forces like the one that the latest Muslim victim belonged to.

Many villages have lost any faith that the government can protect them and have begun to organise their own sectarian vigilante forces.

Rights groups and analysts have voiced alarm at the trend, saying such forces only increase tensions among communities and hamper efforts to make security forces more accountable.

Despite the rampant violence, few people have been prosecuted over the unrest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Muslims wonder why they are falling further behind the West:

 

Riyadh, 27 Sept. (AKI) - Saudi Arabia's top Muslim body has issued a fatwa or religious edict banning the use of wireless Bluetooth technology for sending photographs, video and audio on cellular telephones.

Cellphones equipped with Bluetooth are "haram" or prohibited according to the laws of Islam, the Council of the Ulema has declared.

Saudi authorities have in the past cracked down on people carrying in shopping malls cellular phones equipped with cameras. It was alleged that such phones were used by men to photograph women illegally.

 

And, of course, a woman who was gang-raped has been sentenced to whipping and jail time.  And don't forget Saudi Arabia just executed a "witch." 

 

At what point do people wake up to the fact that Islam is a failed civilization, a death cult and a fanatical brotherhood posing as a religion?

 

 

 

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