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).
The lovely Dao at the Old Dutch Cafe. And if you don't know where the Old Dutch is you haven't been spending enough time on Soi Cowboy. Dao is mine, though, so other than saying hello to her keep the hell away. In fact, you should assume that all good-looking women in Thailand - all single & some married women - are mine, so keep the hell away. In fact, stay the hell out of Thailand.
Please note I will be traveling for a few weeks so there will not be a new column on 1 October.
This picture of the Royal Thai Sports Club was taken from the window of an apartment. What a view, though, looks as if taken from a helicopter. A ground view of the area is the center picture. Al Eberhardt is, as always, smoking his cigar in the foreground of the third picture. In the same picture at left is Chartrachai Bunya-Ananta, former president of Thai Airways International at the time I was publishing and editing Sawasdee magazine, the airline's inflight magazine. Khun Chai was always fun to work with. The Sports Club had a great buffet. In the old days, of course, it was mainly farangs; now I believe it is over 90 per cent Thais. Someone told me membership costs two million baht and even then there is a long list.
God only knows what a fellah will find on Sukhumvit soi 33 these days. There I was minding my own business in Lookie Lookie hustling one of the twins and all of a sudden someone pointed out a bottle with a scorpion and a snake inside it. Some kind of Vietnamese liquor I was told. Click on the pictures and take a closer look. It seems to be a cobra. This scorpion/snake might be a delicacy in the 'Nam but I think I'll stick with black russians or beer Lao for now, thank you just the same.
Khun Kaew at the Londoner Pub proving she can do anything Al Eberhardt can do better!
Wish I could draw the female form like this.
Go Go Bars & Gay Bars & Singles Bars
Have you ever noticed how much go go bars in Thailand resemble gay bars in the States? Not on the surface, they don't, fo shore. They couldn't be more different on the surface. But then think for a minute of American singles bars, such as those in New York City or those serving the Valley Girls in California. And of course it goes without saying that the rules of engagement in the West favor women and in the East favor men.
But what I am talking about in all three types of bar is the directness of approach. I really want to say the honesty in the approach and in the whole setup. You see, my composer in New York was gay and he and lots of other gays in musical theater used to tell me how they simply didn't understand the complicated rituals and silly games straight guys have to play in hetero bars. It seems that in most gay bars it is OK to make direct eye contact and to within minutes if not seconds find out who is into what and who is available. It is the same in go go bars in Thailand, isn't it? You walk into Shebas or Dollhouse or Rawhide or Rainbow 4 and it's pretty clear what we are there for. No bullshit, no ritual necessary, no need to casually glance around the room while in reality carefully studying the situation. Everybody in a gay bar or a go go bar is there for having fun and if so desired getting somebody into bed.
And they are there for the same reason in a singles bar in the West and yet in a Western singles bar extreme care must be taken. An approach must be planned, etc., etc., etc. Will you be shot down or will you take the lady home and, if you do, then your friend will ask the next day if you "scored". Well, in go go bars and in gay bars if you leave with somebody you can be damn sure you will have scored. Not so in a singles bar. But what really bothered me the few times I entered singles bars in the West was the feeling of, damn it, I'll say it no matter how weird it might sound, the feeling of performing some kind of dishonest act or of engaging in deception or subterfuge. As I cautiously peered over my drink at a couple of women pretending to be completely engaged in conversation, and as they remained completely alert to my stare and anyone else's stare, I just wanted to scream out let's cut to the chase, goddamnit! I understand Latin men and some others enjoy the chase, the game, the pursuit and capture. But maybe being Anglo-Saxon is why I always think of Andrew Marvell's wonderful poem To His Coy Mistress: "But at my back I always hear...Time's winged chariot hurrying near." I just don't understand guys who think they have the time to screw around in singles bars but as they say to each his own. But as Andrew has been dead for over 300 years and can no longer screw but you can, why not take his advice:
But at my back I always hear
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
And here it is: You asked for it, you demanded it, you said you'd do horrible things to my body if I didn't put it up here! Richard K. Diran's incredible painting of the legendary Texas Lone Star Saloon, Bangkok, Thailand:
Just click on the picture to see how many gals and guys you know at the Texas.
Very short video about breastfeeding in public. Whoops! Very funny!
An interesting chick! Buy her a drink or else!
Damn, I shouldn't have had those beans! They sure left in a hurry!
Jonathan Rogers donated a hotel voucher to a contest for the Londoner staff and some of us added some money and before you knew it, there were three happy winners. Jon is in the center, the manager, Khun Tik, is at right.
Don't forget the 15th and the 16th of this month (September) is the 21st anniversary of Bourbon Street Cafe, Washington Square, wine, women and song, or, um, great food and drink at least. An All You Can Eat Buffet for 221++ baht. So after my book signing, head on over, or make it the next day. Their buffets are truly value for money and this one at 221 baht is even more value for money. And did you know the expansion plans for Bourbon Street are continuing apace? There will be a room with tables and pool tables, etc. The Silver Dollar Bar expanded some time ago so it would seem more owners there at Washington Square are quite optimistic about the outcome of negotiations to extend the leases. Here's hoping they are right!
You talkin' t'ah me, Big Boy? Click on me and then see more of me below.
I headed for Nana Plaza on a rainy night and got what I expected, a very quiet evening with some girls and guys outside bars getting more aggressive about getting people to come inside. Of course, I started off early and by 7:35 there were only 7 girls dancing at Rainbow 4 and I was the only customer. Of course, two hours later there were countless girls dancing at Rainbow 4 and lots of customers, despite the low season, despite the Sunday night and despite the light rain. I must say there was not one girl on stage who was unattractive, a very good selection indeed. Rainbow 2 also had a nice selection and the girls seemed a bit less professional than the pretty lasses in Rainbow 1. The midgets were still out in front of the bars, the elephants were still out in front of the Plaza, and the ladyboys were still giving everybody the eye. Some things never change, do they?
Please tell me that I'm drunk and I'm not seeing in this short video what I think I am seeing. Or hearing women laugh. Please! (Someone seems to have pulled this video. I guess not everyone thought a baby playing with a snake was so hilarious, after all.)
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Khun Leigh's Corner
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.
Man do I love Thailand!! This one is for you, Geoff. I was getting a massage the other day at a rather out of the way place near Bangkapi (northeast Bangkok) and it was becoming obvious to me that they were not accustomed to having western customers. I must admit I was more than a little embarrassed at all the attention I was getting, and believe me when I say that I am not easily embarrassed! The lady performing my massage was so beautiful that she would stop traffic in any other country, and I must admit nearly all of the other staff was quite pleasing to the eye as well. They were all flirting devilishly with me, and my particular gal was pulling out all the stops including “flashing” with her eyes. “Flashing” is a technique used by Thai gals where they tilt their head at a certain angle and allow the light to reflect off of their eyes and back at the subject person. It can be quite spellbinding when performed correctly. Anyway, when the massage was finished and I was paying the bill, the manager asked me if I wanted to come back to the shop soon and ask my masseuse to marry me. Well, I began backpedaling very fast with my most advanced Thai techniques that are used to neutralize confrontations, as this boy has been married before and will NEVER live in that earth bound hell again. Then I glanced back at my gal, and her precocious smile had been replaced with a frown. She hung her head in dismay and said “I can’t even dream that big.” Just broke my stone cold heart. The irony is that if I had never discovered Thailand, that particular proposition might have sounded REALLY good to me.
Speaking of living in Paradise and being surrounded by WAY too many beautiful, sexy, available women, a friend asked me the other day why I never seem to encounter the same problems with Thai women that so many other western guys seem to. After reflecting on this for a moment, I responded that on the first date I lay down the ground rules on how I expect to be treated. It would seem a bit rude to aggressively explain rules when only on a first date, so this is how I accomplish this: On every first date there inevitably comes a time where the gal starts to ask me probing questions about my background. The most common is “oh, you are so handsome, so perfect, why don’t you have a girlfriend already?” Let me state right here that I am not handsome or perfect, it is only that Thai ladies have very sweet tongues! Anyway, this is where I seize the opportunity to subtly (or perhaps not so subtly) explain to them exactly what I will not tolerate from a woman under any circumstances. The two problems I ran into most often when first in Bangkok (we all have to learn the hard way) were women that were overly possessive and controlling, and women who were only out for money. Therefore, when that first probing question comes, my response is that I don’t have a girlfriend at the moment because I have met so many women that either:
a) Ask me for money OR
b) Call me 100 times a day and try to control me
The lady will typically respond that she would NEVER do that and any woman who would is not a real traditional Thai lady. The important thing is that I have sent a message. If she wants money or a lap dog, she doesn’t need to go out on a second date with me. I find that this really filters out the bad one’s right up front. The other technique I use is what I call the “one strike and you’re out” rule. No one is perfect, but if a lady commits a MAJOR infraction anytime early in the relationship, I simply delete her number from my phone and cut her loose. A major infraction would be anything that shows me she is a user, is extremely impolite, or will just need too much attention. Asking me for money is the kiss of death. Another big problem is the constant sms messages and phone calls. Once or twice a day is certainly often enough to contact one another. I had one gal that after the third date, I woke up the next morning and had 37 missed phone calls from her! Yes, I RAN away from that one! You guys out there will most likely have a different list of unforgivable offenses than I do, just remember to find a direct but non-confrontational way of letting the gals know how you expect to be treated. They will respect you for it and you will cut down on ninety percent of the problems that crop up in relationships. Sorry, I don’t think anyone has ever found a way to side step one hundred percent of the landmines!
I had a really interesting conversation with a friend at Angel Witch the other day. It went something like this:
John: “All these bargirls care about is money.”
Me: “Well, they are working. What did you expect?”
John: “And when you get to know them they all have low class Thai boyfriends who have no job and no money.”
Me: “I thought you just said that ALL they care about is money? Now you are saying that they choose boyfriends who have NO money. Which one is it?”
Me: “I think what you are trying to say is that when they are at work, they only care about money, but in their personal lives they choose to be with someone that they are comfortable with regardless of money.”
John: “Yeah, I guess that’s right.”
Me: “Well when I work I concentrate on making as much money as possible, but when I am off from work I choose to be with people I like regardless of money. So I guess they are just like me!!”
John: “Geez, they ARE just like us!”
Me: “They’re just like us.”
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And here we have the cover of the new Sizzle magazine, hot off the press, first issue. So we are privileged to have both After Dark and Sizzle magazines giving us fine photography and fine copy of beautiful women and events in Asia, especially Thailand. I predict they will both go from strength to strength. Things are definitely looking up in the magazine field in Thailand!
A short, funny, cartoon version of Sen. Larry Craig in the men's room stall with the undercover cop accompanied by the actual police recording: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5748df1674
From the book Bangkok Only Yesterday by Steve van Beek. At left: A Bangkok beauty in the casual dress of the 1880's. Right: A member of Siam's upper class with the hairstyle known as phom peek (winged hair). This style was popular in the second half of the 19th century. As for me, I prefer the looks of the Londoner Pub's Tiger and Beefeater girls below.
I can't remember if I mentioned this site before: www.Bangkokscams.com. You or your friends coming to Thailand might find it useful.
Remember the old topknot ceremony? Mostly in the countryside now and most kids don't go through it at all. But here he is, Mr. Topknot himself in the slums of Bangkok. If you click on the center picture and look below his ear you can see the braid of hair which descends from the center hair patch on his otherwise shaved head.
Humor: Here is a ten-second blooper of what can happen to a cameraman standing a bit too close to the action while making a porn film:
Ten Must-Learn Sentences in Thai Before Coming to Thailand
1. But why didn't you tell me you were already married?
2. But, your honor, shouldn't the verdict come after the trial?
3. But why are your buffaloes always getting struck by lightning right on my payday?
4. But, officer, I had no idea her ID card had been falsified.
5. Well, all right, sweetheart, if you say the Thai guy in bed with you was your brother, I believe you.
6. But I can explain everything!
7. No, I am not in love with the maid, so put the knife down now.
8. Who are you going to believe, me, or the girl under me?
9. Yes, she's a bar girl, but she's different!
10. My girlfriend is not a ladyboy! She just happens to be tall and have large hands and feet and a falsetto voice.
Click on this
Yes, it is true, the Apache Bar on Soi Cowboy has changed its name to Coyote's. Management says it makes sense because there is table-style coyote dancing goin' on inside. I'm pleased to see that the Apache Indian maidens remain on the roof. Anyway, if they remove them and put coyotes up there instead, I want the Indian maidens for my apartment. (Lots better than blowup dolls.) The Shadow Bar on Soi Cowboy should be ready in a couple of weeks.
The rain continues to hurt the bar business but some places are doing OK if they can keep good-looking young ladies dancing on stage with just a bit of movement. I think some dancers forget that they are not on stage posing for an artist, but to dance. Rainbow 4 has a much larger selection than Dollhouse but both have some mighty purty young thangs, Clem, shore nuff. Angelwitch Bangkok once again has some new dancers and a few new shows. I keep hearing that Angelwitch is Pattaya is getting more and more ladyboyish even with silly ladyboy skits. Complain to the management that we want heterosexual shows, not ladyboy shows!
For what it is worth, Keith Summers, the fellow who was doing the www.notstickmanbangkok.com site has apparently called it quits after outing the the guy who was doing www.mangosauce.com which has apparently also called it quits and, after Summers outed Paul Owen as Stickman (for the few who hadn't known), even Stickman's site changed drastically and don't forget it was Mangosauce guy who outed "John Galt" as actually being Keith Summers. Whew! Why am I beginning to feel like the last of the Ten Little Indians? Anyway, no one can out me. Why? I use my real name, I've never been arrested, I have never been to bed with a man or a ladyboy or a child or an animal, only adult females. (Yeah, I know, I'm conservative, but I'm originally from Connecticut where Ralph Nader is from so what can you expect from a Yankee?) I haven't overstayed my visa and I'm not running for political office so I don't have to kiss babies or make nice with feminazis or go to boring socials with corrupt Big Business types who haven't been laid in years. True, I happen to think beautiful, young Asian women in leather and PVC's and lingerie and pha thongs and sarongs or wrapped in oversized banana leaves on rumpled bed covers are sexy as hell but fortunately there is no law against thinking that. Yet. Just wait for the next Thai election and then we'll see.
Click on this (unless you're illiterate, then don't click)
I encountered an embarrassing moment the other night at Dollhouse on soi Cowboy. I was watching the ladies dance and after a while decided to move on. A great happy hour deal of 50 baht to watch beautiful young women dance, I might add. So I paid my bill and went to the door when I noticed it was pouring rain out there, so I turned around and this time sat down across the room from where I had been. A server came over to me and instead of asking what I wanted to drink, simply handed me an object. I looked. Yes, indeed, it was a condom. I thought, Oh, I must have a reputation in here; or maybe when she saw me return she figured I was going to barfine a chick after all. But she said, Weren't you sitting over there before? Yep, couldn't deny that. She said, That fell out of your pocket. I looked closely at it and sure enough it was mine. Reminds me of the time in Villa Market when I pulled out my money at the counter to pay and out came a condom as well. I still remember the cashier's expression. Her smile said, "Hey, it's cool, I know what it is and it would take more than that to shock me. Lovely Thailand.
Dean, I was just reading your:
"So learn to read the ladyboy logos - taller than average, wide shoulders,
narrow hips, Adam's apple, husky voice and (bizarrely!) big breasts..."
Maybe there's another one - how my Hanoian wife could tell them from a woman, and she's good at such. At Apocalypse Now (a disco) in Hanoi, she says to me, "See (that person) - it's actually a man." Looked like a woman to me, but she knew it was a man looking like a woman. "How do you know," I asked her, to which she responds, "I know." Than a French young man I met here and taught to drive a Minsk, well he invited us over to his mini-hotel, and he cooked for us. Afterwards, wife says, "He's gay." Well, that never entered my mind, but come to think of it all his guests were guys except for my wife. I took her and 7-year-old daughter to one of the transvestite shows in Pattaya, and my wife says she doesn't have any trouble telling them from women - "they have flat butts."
Hence, maybe "flat butts" is another you can add to your list, and she's good at it. We had a secret for the daughter - we didn't tell her that at the transvestite show, they were actually men. So when we're in the parking lot after the show meeting the performers, we let daughter know our secret. She responds, "Oh I know - I can tell by their voices."
What a bunch of unremarkable-looking Thai we saw in Pattaya, that is until our last night when just up from our Lek Hotel between soi 12 and 13, I see an absolute 10, and she was willing to go with me you could tell. China-doll haircut, that long neck the most beautiful women of all have, light skin (after you've been over here for a while those Asian values start creeping in on you even though we know darker skin is actually more beautiful), legs from here to over yonder, tall at about 5' 10". With that height, I'm suspecting she was actually a man. Funny that when I see finally an attractive woman there that it's actually a man. Lewis Hitchcock
(Leigh wrote): "The other day I was at the Immigration Department in Bangkok and there was a really good cross section of visitors there. Doesn't matter if you are male or female, young or old, from Zimbabwe, Switzerland or Taiwan, you have to take care of the visa requirements. Well, out of around 200 people there I believe I saw 6 Western men. Seldom have I seen such a wide variety of people. I thought I was in the United Nations!"
Yes, I agree with the diversity in arrivals lines but I have never figured out why. There is only one reason to come to the Kingdom. what are all the other people in line for? Every single politically correct alternative reason that you offer as a motive to visit Thailand can be more engagingly found in other countries. A mystery. Dana
Good job on the Sep. 1-15 submission. A couple of things that I enjoyed the most were --
1) Regarding the slow nightlife industry, it looks like "Boss Hogg" made a good move last year by getting
out of it, 'Earth Angel"' by Tiny Tim was great! 3) Was the picture taken in the Nana Hotel's parking
lot, looking in the opposite direction from the entertainment plaza?, and 4) The photographs/pictures.
I'm planning on my next trip to the LOS for two weeks starting after Thanksgiving. If I get too much
"vicarious living" from you and "Stick Mark II", then I'll be there earlier. Ha! Ha! Thanks for the
torture, I think. Chok Dee! Chico
I wrote to my linguist friend Mike York about a Thai expression and received these replies:
Miken, I have asked Thais and a fluent farang about the Thai expression for "your turn" and "my turn" as in turn to pay or turn to go to the market, or whatever. They all seem to indicate that it has to be in context. That is there is no easy way as in English. No exact expressions for it. Is this true? Hope all is well in Petchabun, Dean
Well, I would say that there doesn't need to be any more context than there needs to be in English. The Thai expression I would use is:
Khrang (high tone, short vowel) Nii (high tone, long vowel) pen tiaw (just like pai tiaw, falling tone, short vowel) khong (rising tone, short vowel) phom (or khong khun or whatever) na khap.
Check it out with a couple of Thais and see if this isn't perfectly comprehensible in the context of paying a bar tab or what ever. All is well. Regards, Miken
After further thought, I have decided that it's not so much that there isn't a way to say "my turn" in Thai as it is that Thais don't want to say such a thing since it clarifies the reciprocal nature of most friendships/relationships and Thais hate the thought of making it clear that most of their/our relationships are, at the end of the day, based on self-interest. Miken
Miken, So why is it then that go go dancers have no problem always telling me that it is my turn to pay for something? Dean
Ah yes! Well,
I don't mean to burst your balloon about this (so to speak), but......... go
go dancers just possibly may not represent the absolute prototypical Thai
cultural norm in its full flower and beauty. Having reduced even the most
intimate part of their lives to a matter of commerce, go go dancers may be
just a little more straightforward in their approach to the reciprocal nature
of, especially, "social" relationships that are directly involved in their
profession than the average Thai would be. I hope this doesn't destroy your
faith in the mysterious correlation between lightning-caused water buffalo
deaths and trysts with these selfsame go go dancers in your apartment. Miken
Khun Miken, I am shocked! Shocked at your suggestion that when I take a woman to bed commerce might sometimes be involved. But I do thank you for your continuing wisdom in questions of life and in questions of Thai language. Give your (female) students in Petchabun Uncle Dean's very best!
Links You Might Enjoy
A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy. Click here and then click "preview videos."
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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:
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.
A bit of black leather never hurts. But she does.
Our Lady in Black
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Maps of all the provinces of Thailand
Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK
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T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only.
Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.
Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.
Taliban Singles Dating Page
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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 Texas Lone Star Saloon in Washington Square, Bangkok. I even forgot that I had captioned it as such so if you ran the arrow over the picture you would have seen the caption pop up below. Sometimes I do get a bit stupid.
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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.
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Please note I will be traveling for a few weeks so there will not be a new column on 1 October.
More news on "The Religion of Peace"
What follows is a caption from the AFP, and below that, the picture that accompanies it:
"An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her
house [emphasis added] following an early coalition forces raid in the
predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City."
The only way those bullets hit her house was if someone threw
them at her house.
You see, they've never been fired. For those of you unfamiliar with firearms, only the little copper-looking tip is the actual bullet. The larger, cylindrical casing below it holds the primer and the gunpowder that propels the bullet out of the firearm.
Nice going, AFP! Proof again, that members of the MSM are often dupes for terrorist propagandists, and know very little about things military.
Look at it like this: That picture had to have passed through at least several news people, including AFP's editors, before it was posted. An AFP editor chose that picture as representative of the printed story. And none of the people in that chain knew anything about guns, or if any of them did, they got so excited about posting another picture in the antiwar, anti-US genre of photojournalism, -- pictures depicting these types of scenes: Crying mother holding a dead baby killed by Americans, old woman crying because of the Americans, old man carrying a dead baby, killed by Americans, American-injured child, American-bloodied child, etc. (and they post such pictures even when the story is about the "price of tomatoes" in Baghdad) -- that they "missed" an in-your-face obvious bit of propaganda, courtesy of the Mahdi Army.
Now, for all you latte-sippin', gun-fearing, military-hating, anti-US, lefty journalists, below are two pictures that will help you determine whether a bullet held up by a fellow propagandist has, or has not, been fired:
Bullets that have been fired and have hit something.
Bullets that have not been fired and have not hit anything unless they were thrown, not fired, at something.
Text and pictures from antiprotester.blogspot by Rocco Dipippo
Iran: A man gets 80 lashes in public for drunkenness and for having sex outside marriage. A crowd (all men) gather around to watch and even take pictures. Earlier this year a man was flogged for having a Bible in his car.
The "Religion of Peace" knows how to raise kids, all right. Chain 'em up.
The "Religion of Peace" offers to kill writers they disagree with.
For some suicidal reason, England continues to import assholes like these.
No fair trials for accused informers in Islam
The "Religion of Peace" beheads a Western captive
Militants in northeast Pakistan behead two women they claim are prostitutes
Adherents of the "Religion of Peace"
Muslim fanatics are now organizing all over New York City
Muslims in Manhattan do a Victory March around Ground Zero
The "Religion of Peace" visits southern Thailand.
More Visits from the "Religion of Peace" in southern Thailand
9/3/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A 55-year-old rubber tapper is shot to death while riding to work with his wife.
9/5/2007 ( Narathiwat, Thailand ) - A 68-year-old man is shot off his motorbike by Muslim terrorists, who also bomb a grocery, injuring five including two children.
9/8/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - Terrorists murder a 30-year-old Buddhist woman.
9/8/2007 ( Songkhla, Thailand ) - A plantation worker is shot to death in front of his wife by militant Muslims.
9/10/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - A Muslim gunman boards a bus and then shoots a passenger to death.
9/11/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A young Buddhist man is shot to death by Islamists.
9/11/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - A middle-aged Buddhist man is shot to death by Muslim radicals while riding his motorbike.
Barbarians Kill as West Drifts:
Human Rights Organization Condemns Muslims in southern Thailand:
2-minute video of Muslim bloodletting:
SEOUL (AFP) — Some of the South Korean Christian aid workers held hostage by Afghanistan's Taliban said they were beaten for refusing to convert to Islam and for protecting female captives, a hospital chief said Monday.
"We found through medical checks that some male hostages were beaten," Cha Seung-Gyun told reporters after the 19 freed aid workers -- 14 women and five men -- underwent examinations at a hospital outside Seoul.
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Please note I will be traveling for a few weeks so there will not be a new column on 1 October.