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 3,500 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, the Big Mango, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, and Bourbon Street Restaurant. 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 7,000 and, if still no winner, to 10,500, 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).


If Thai women get anymore beautiful I may just have to commit suicide.  And yes she admitted that other girls with silicone are jealous of her because hers are perfect and they are real.  I'll be happy to tell you where she works; just cross my palm with silver.  Well, all right, what the hell, this being the Land of Beautiful Women, I'll tell you.  She works at JC Massage very close to the Montien Hotel off Patpong.  If you are in the area, I do recommend this massage parlour.  It is actually cheaper than Nataree, my favorite.  It also has two fishbowls, one in which the prettier girls cost more.  The above girl is from the supposedly less pretty group.  As our taste and the Thai taste in female pulchritude (biggest word I've used for a long time; I hope you're suitably impressed) needless to say, you will find beautiful ones in both fishbowls.  I paid 1900 baht for two hours and tipped the kid who remembered me 100 baht.  But he remembered I speak Thai and that made a difference in price, I think.  (Well, I do speak massage parlor Thai).  So don't complain to me if they charged you more.



I'll bet you've never heard of the Dhammakaya Temple and the Dhammakaya Foundation.  But believe me it is a huge organization with hundreds of thousands of believers as well as its own TV station and media center (DMC satellite television network) which reaches almost 200 countries across six continents.  The head of the organization is Phra Dhammajoyo.  Phra Dhammajayo offers a unique type of meditation as he believes the only way to accomplish inner peace is through meditation. I was invited as part of a Telly Awards program and took a few pictures.  I also have some video which one day I'll get around to putting up.  The headquarters is far north Bangkok.


Above: A few shots of Soi Cowboy in the daytime.  Won't the "Arab" owner of Midnight bar be pleased to see a telephone pole erected right in front of his bar?  Check out the signs and details on some of these bars: Their messages are cute and their Buddhist/animist symbols are always interesting.  And, almost always, there is the nang kwat lady to beckon you in or the more recent Japanese cat whose purpose is the same.

OK, here's something straight from the horse's mouth.  I'm sure none of my readers need any pill to enhance their sexual performance but just in case or just to pass the info on to a friend: A local pharmacist who definitely knows his stuff has said that the generic of Viagra Kamagra is made in India but now Cambodia is also making the stuff.  And the stuff Cambodia is making has the same green color but alas is not nearly so effective.  So should you or your friend buy Kamagra be sure it is from India not Cambodia.


More Mojos dancers of course.  A great bunch of young ladies.  Remember, Mojos dancers start their first set about 10:30 each night.  Usually ten dancers but on Mondays only four or five.  No, you cannot barfine them because they are needed during their dancing sets but when the bar closes about 1 o'clock or so then it is up to them if they want to go with you.  I was told the manager, Peter, was let go.  I hope not because he was a good guy and a good manager.  The girl in the middle picture is crazy about me (but doesn't know it yet).  I asked her if she would like a house or car or boat or diamond ring or ladies drink.  She took the lady's drink.  Smart girl!


Have you been to Cheap Charlie's lately? You know, on Sukhumvit Soi 11.  Khun Satit is still there right where he has been for about 28 years.  The bar is named after his brother who passed away about ten years ago.  Business is good as it should be with the prices of beer and other drinks so low.  The place is very popular with tourists.  It is very near the Zanzibar restaurant just inside a small off-soi and everyone sits outside as there is no inside as far as seating goes.  Also on this tiny off-soi are Indian restaurants, a Spanish restaurant and a Mexican restaurant with good food.  Plus of course another pub.  And of course a massage parlor.  Indeed, one could spend a pleasant evening on this tiny soi 11 off-soi alone without even venturing onto soi 11.


"Virtual histories may be swell parlor games (What if Hitler had been a talented artist?), but from the evidence here they can be irritatingly reductive."  - NY Times

"Reductive"?  Who the fuck other than pooftas uses that word?  Not sure I could if I tried.  Let me see:  If I had had more money Lek would have gone to bed with me, but from the evidence that statement would be irritatingly reductive.


The Penalty Spot.  A new bar/pub/restaurant.  It's right on Sukhumvit just before soi 29.  Always room for one more, right?  This one has three pool tables upstairs and a small band downstairs with singer.  The owner owned or still owns the Tilac Bar on Soi Cowboy.  This city has more pubs than ever.  Above, two girls from the londoner Pub enjoying themselves at the Penalty Spot.  Pool tables upstairs and the band downstairs.



What was the Black and White bar on soi Cowboy is now the Kiss Bar.  Not a bad place and with platforms for dancers above as well as on stage although when I was in there there were no girls dancing on the platforms. Two girls came right over to try to get drinks and, being Mr. Sweetheart of a guy I bought them each a drink.  When I was upstairs at Baccara none of the girls even came over.  Different systems I guess.  And of course yet another elephant jam on soi Cowboy.

Another Letter the Bangkok Post Won't Publish

Dear sir,  At a time when Muslim bombs are killing Hindus in India, Imtiaz Muqbil writes about what he perceives as India's faults regarding Muslims.  At a time when your newspaper tells us 41 Thais have been beheaded by Muslims, Imtiaz writes nothing about the Muslim problem in Thailand.  Now that we have to pay more for your paper, are we not entitled to a less superficial, less prejudiced and more scrupulous columnist than Muqbil?


Queen Victoria Pub on Sukhumvit soi 23 is now open.  Should be a nice spot to hang out.  One minute walk to soi Cowboy, even at a drunken pace; 45 second walk to the drugstore next to soi Cowboy where you buy your Viagra and Kamagra and sleeping pills.  Manager Mike, PJ and Peter have been working all out to make this a success.






Many bars on Soi Cowboy are sending out their women to try to attract customers.  Business is to say the least lousy.  Although it is probably better than Nana Plaza.  If pretty girls lining the soi can't bring in customers, what can?  And friends in Pattaya tell me it is even worse there.  And yet there are still guys buying and opening bars!  What do they know that we don't?




As it is a pretty safe bet that most readers of this column have yet to buy my book The Go Go Dancer who Stole My Viagra & other Poetical Tragedies of Thailand I have decided to post one of the poems from the book from time to time.  Some of the poems are serious and some are for fun. 



California Dreaming

California dreaming and Sam Adams beer
dinner with friends on their balcony
overlooking a Santa Monica pier.
Twilight and a lavender sky
a delicious dinner and apple pie.
I forget why
I could never live here.

One of our friends married a Thai
a beauty from a town near Surin.
She gets up and enters the kitchen
while her husband leaves the table
to let the dog in.

"What is she doing!"
An indignant, urgent whisper
revealing the outrage
of the host's unmarried sister
whose question it is.

Her brother speaks with a mouthful of pie
"I believe she is clearing the table."
But with glittering, Ancient Mariner eye
his sister demands to know why
the husband of the Thai
isn't doing it!

California dreaming and Sam Adams beer
dinner with friends on their balcony
overlooking a Santa Monica pier.
Gender wars and a glittering eye.
I understand perfectly why
I could never live here.


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South Africa - A couple having sex on railroad tracks ignored the coming train and warning shouts.  They died!  Must have been some heated sex!




Now in Bangkok stores, Bookazine and Asiabooks: Identity Theft, A Novel


Christmas is coming - Give Books as Gifts!


Are you as pissed off with cellphone rudeness as I am?  Even at the beach, for Christ sakes?  Someone needs to have a talk with this chick.  As I used to say to my ex-wife, "It's time to get something straight between us."




 New York Magazine article on book publishing - depressing reading

The book business as we know it will not be living happily ever after. With sales stagnating, CEO heads rolling, big-name authors playing musical chairs, and Amazon looming as the new boogeyman, publishing might have to look for its future outside the corporate world.



As you know, those of us living in Thailand are quite happy that we can indulge in trysts with the opposite sex whenever we like as often as we like.  This is normal.  However, in America, they call this sex-addiction and you are labeled as a "sex addict" who needs help.  (Remember, Americans come from Puritan stock and anything that smacks of fun and pleasure is suspect.)  Anyway, the writer Susan Cheever, daughter of the writer John Cheever, talks in this short article about being a sex addict.  In this book, Ms. Cheever’s history is interspersed with interviews with doctors and researchers about the chemistry of love. “Their photographs of the brains of people in love are almost identical to photographs of the brains of people on drugs, falling in love is an addictive experience.” Ms. Cheever writes. Once Lillian Hellman called Dashiell Hammett and a woman answered, and she got on a plane and went to his apartment to find out who it was,” Ms. Cheever says. “Women’s currency is their looks. Like it or not, the most powerful woman is an 18-year-old woman.” (She got that right!)

But it's been a bad few weeks for writers.  We've lost two good ones.  Gregory MacDonald who wrote the Fletch and Flynn series and worst of all we've lost James Crumley.  Crumley wrote one of the classic detective stories The Last Good Kiss which by coincidence I just finished reading for the second time.  And I've been reading his last novel, The Right Madness, starring of course the inimitable C.W. Sughrue.  The opening line of The Last Good Kiss is about as famous as the last line of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in I, the Jury:  You may recall Spillane's Mike Hammer was embracing a gorgeous but deadly woman who was about to clandestinely shoot him but unknown to her he was planning on shooting her and he acted first.  In his arms, she stared at him and said, "How could you?"  Mike said - wait for it - "It was easy."  I think I mentioned before I had the pleasure of meeting Spillane when in his early 80's he was still ramrod straight just like the Marine he had once been; and a nice guy.  Anyway, here is the classic opening line of The Last Good Kiss: "When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonora, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon."  He was a fine stylist and people read him more for the wildness of his detectives who were often drunk or even drugged up than for his plots.  The picture above right is of Crumley.  He wrote as he looked and lived.


The Thai Food and Drug Administration (who even knew we had one?) has banned six items from shelves for fear the food may contain tainted Chinese milk.  Among them is M&M chocolate candies.  But I've been eating M&M chocolate candies!  Especially on those nights when I haven't gotten the girl I want to spend a few hours with me because she's already been barfined or she has her men or whatever.  A kind of compensation for not doing the nasty.  So what's going to happen to me if the M&M's do have tainted Chinese milk?  Will the Chinese government pay me something?  The Thai government?  The rich people who make M&M's?  Yes, indeed, breastfeeding is better...and safer.  Left picture good.  Right picture baaaad.


Our "Holy Shit! picture of the week.


Obviously, the American military in Iraq still has some weapons training to do.


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Khun Nana's Corner

Khun Nana 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.

Recently I have started to think that perhaps I need to work on my people skills.  Now, I have to say that I have never been the most diplomatic guy, and one of the things that I love about living in Thailand is the total lack of political correctness that is so pervasive in the West.  Here if someone says “why do Americans always talk so loud” or “why do the Thais walk so slowly” nobody is offended. 

Anyway, the other day I was using online instant messaging with an old mate from the USA and the topic of his wife came up.  Jim is a hell of a nice guy, but unfortunately has a wife who weighs more than 3 Thai gals put together.  The really sad part is that since he has lived in the USA his entire life, he is totally convinced that he really can’t do any better so there is no real reason to complain.  Though he does seem to enjoy joking about it.  He has a photo of his family on his desk at work, and the photo only includes Jim, his wife and 2 children when in fact he has 3 children. He purposely keeps this photo out on display so that when someone asks what happened to his 3rd child he can exclaim “I think my wife ate him.” 

Keeping this in mind I really didn’t think I had to be shy about expressing my opinion on his wife’s glacier-like size.  He was in the process of telling me that although most of his friends never get sex, he and his wife make love once a month and this alone has made him the envy of his hip crowd of mates.  Now I have to pause right here to tell you Bangkok-based readers that indeed, sex once a month is considered by many Americans to be an extremely active sex life and could possibly have one committed to a clinic for sexaholics if one was heard to make this claim in public.  One of the things women are famous for back in my esteemed homeland is using the withholding of sex as a means to get what they want from their spouse. 

Obviously this would never work in Bangkok as I think there are no less than 20 places to go for a little love on the side on the 700 meter walk from my apartment to the 7-11 store down the street.  Oops, I think I left out the blowjob bar, 2 hand job bars and the 3 Karaoke places.  There is the Coyote bar and I think I forgot the 2 billiards places where the girls go out with customers.  Now that I think of it I also forgot the bar with live music where the service gals are extremely frisky and known to cut deals on the side.  Maybe I shouldn’t count that place as I have taken home 5 gals from there and one actually didn’t have sex with me!  The cheeky tart.  I clearly remember she said that “she liked me and just wanted to talk” I told her “that if I wanted to talk I would still be out with my friends actually having fun and talking about interesting things.”  People say that I am not diplomatic and need to work on my people skills?  Just look at how gentle I was with her.  I’m certainly not the one with the problem.  Actually there are just way too many places to rent love on the side to get an accurate count.  Let’s just say there is so much love for sale over here that if a woman withheld sex from her lover it might take him up to 3 minutes to find a suitable replacement for the evening. 

In the USA, there really is no place to go for these poor saps who are whipped by their shrew wives, and as my mate was describing to me online how his wife withholds sex from him in order to blackmail him into draining his bank account, I slipped up and responded “when a 240 pound woman with 3 chins withholds sex from you she is doing you a favor.”  Do you think I was less than diplomatic?   He hasn’t contacted me since.

I remember the one and only time that I allowed a gal to live with me (my insane period) in Bangkok.  She was young, hot and treated me like gold but I just got bored seeing her face every day so I eventually threw her out.   Anyway, she used to be so cute whenever I would go out for the evening.  She would wait until I showered and began getting dressed, and then she would rape me and exclaim with a smile on her face “a real Thai gal never allows her man to go out at night with any water (semen) left in him.”  I guess she has never heard of Viagra?

I know I always talk about how ridiculous it is to “sponsor” an entertainment provider by sending her money from overseas but this story has to be the most outrageous behavior I have seen to date.  There is a certain young, sexy lass that I have been intimate with on and off for 3 or 4 years.  When you live in Bangkok it’s necessary to accept the fact that the gals will always come and go.  I love it.  Gives me an excuse to move on when I have been with them too many times or to just explore the endless supply of gorgeous women here.  This particular gal was a go-go dancer when we first met, and since has had a string of jobs, providers and other reasons to disappear and resurface countless times.  Whenever she shows up in Bangkok she calls me (a booty call) and we have several rounds of hot, raunchy monkey sex.  The arrangement works for me. The best part is that many of the times she has had a sponsor, and on those occasions refuses to accept any payment from me.  These guys are sponsoring ME..  More accurately they are subsidizing my sex life! 

The last time that we met she phoned early in the morning (10:30 AM but that is early by Bangkok standards) and said she had only a few hours as she was in transit to England.  No problem I can have sex early in the morning if I absolutely am forced to so as per usual she came over and I have to say she was even more of an animal than normally, and for her that is really saying something.  Imagine my shock and disbelief when I left my apartment an hour or so later and she was eating lunch with her “sponsor” in the restaurant that is attached to my building. I subsequently found out that she was staying overnight in my apartment building when she placed the booty call!  You really have to love these gals, they are absolutely shameless.

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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Letters from Readers

Hello Mr. Dean

As you know the Boston Public Library has blocked your website.  Well, I know people who know people and I have found out that the reason for this is because you do not meet their high standards for ethics and this all has to do with certain Fon pictures being promised and not delivered.  You may think that in your ivory writer's tower over the Rajah tailor shop on Soi 4 that people do not know what you are all about but believe me when I tell you, "They know."

In short, the Boston Public Library knows a Fonspiracy when they see one and they have taken action.  Please do the right thing or I am afraid this blocking action in the States will be followed up with angry reference librarians tracking you down.

A Fan Who You Will Never Guess




Banned in Boston!?  I finally made it!  And, lucky you, Fon is going to appear on a book cover in a new book coming out soon written by Jesse Gump.  She will be on a beach in a pasin, topless facing away into the sunset.  You're prayers have been answered!



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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




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Helping Thai Kids





A fine independent Pattaya Bookstore:



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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 3,500 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 the hotel was Washington Square and lots of readers got it right.  This column's prize is worth 3,500 baht in food and drink vouchers.  Very easy one this time: Last column's answer was of course Washington Square.  Where was this picture taken?



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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More News on the "Religion of Peace"


The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand


9/15/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - A young hospital worker is murdered by Religion of Peace gunmen.

9/14/2008 (Pattani, Thailand) - A 41-year-old laborer is shot by Islamists while riding his motorcycle home.

9/17/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A father and son are brutally gunned down by Religion of Peace militants.

9/22/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - A Buddhist man and his teenage son are shot and beheaded by Religion of Peace militants.

9/21/2008 Thailand Pattani - A 60-year-old rubber worker is shot off his motorcycle by Muslims

9/19/2008 Thailand, Narathiwat - A teenager is shot down in a drive-by shooting by Muslims

9/24/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A 30-year-old hospital gardener is murdered in cold blood by Islamic gunmen.

9/29/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - Islamists shoot a 47-year-old man to death while he is shopping for groceries.


Over 3,400 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and

over 42 Thais have been beheaded including Buddhist monks.




Would you like to see a short video of an HONOR KILLING up close?  Muslim men chant Allah while stomping and throwing huge stones on a defenseless woman while the blood streams out of her head.  Once you see this you may understand why I have taken up the fight against Islam.  Just click on the video at the top left hand side of the page.




Danish Schoolchildren Harassed by Muslims During Ramadan...





Muslims from the Religion of Peace visit the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan






Muslims from the "Religion of Peace"





The Religion of Peace visits New York 9/11


Iran's parliament has passed the death penalty for apostasy, which is viewed in that country as converting to any other faith than Islam.  Thousands of Iranians have been converting to Christianity, and the underground church is thriving, according to reports. But other Iranians are returning to Zoroastrianism, which was the dominant religion in Iran at one time.  So much for their so-called freedom of religion under Islam.




TALIBAN militants dragged a school teacher out of a mosque in Afghanistan and cut off his ears as a "punishment" for working for the Government, an education official said.

The Muslim rebels took another dozen people, most of them elderly men, out of the mosque in the southern province of Zabul and beat them up on similar charges, provincial education chief Mohammad Nabi Khushal said overnight.




A Typical Muslim Stoning of a Woman



Rome, 16 Sept. (AKI) - An Iranian feature film that tells the story of a woman being stoned to death has made headlines at the Toronto Film Festival and provoked an angry response from Iranian authorities.

The film, entitled 'The Stoning of Soraya M.' by Iranian-American director Sirous Norasteh, was shown at the festival which ended last Saturday.

The film tells the real-life story of Soraya, an 18-year-old woman and mother stoned to death in 1984 for alleged sexual infidelity in western Iran.

The film has been described by Iran's state news agency Irna as another "Hollywood operation to damage the image of the Islamic Republic."





Golly gee, Muslims in America Lie too!

The Islamic Society of Boston has revealed that they intend to broadcast an amplified call to prayer throughout the neighborhood now that the Boston mosque is complete...but that's contrary to what two previous spokespeople assured the public when the mosque was still under construction.


John Granville (C) poses in this undated photo from the U.S. Agency for International Development, released August 8, 2008. (USAID/Handout/Reuters)

American Aid Worker Killed by Muslims with Saudi Money

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Four Sudanese men accused of killing a U.S. aid worker funded the murder with a donation from a Saudi Arabian man and money left over from a failed bomb plot, the Sudanese police's chief investigator told a court on Monday.


90 "honor killings" reported in first quarter of 2008

By Akhtar Amin

PESAHWAR: Cases of honour killing are on the rise in Pakistan as 90 such cases were reported all over the country in the first quarter (January to March) of 2008, says a report compiled by a non-governmental organisation (NGO)Aurat Foundation (AF).\09\20\story_20-9-2008_pg7_39


California Muslims angered they can't incite murder of Jews

Muslim students at the University of Southern California are enraged by the school's recent decision to remove from a student group's website an Islamic text that encourages the murder of Jews. Until recently, the website of the now-defunct Muslim Student Association, which is hosted on the university's servers, had featured the full text of the hadiths, the words of Mohammed that are not found in the Koran.

One of those hadiths calls on Muslims to "fight against the Jews and...kill them," and promises that even the stones and the trees will assist Muslims in that gruesome task. A statement issued by the Muslim Student Union at USC suggested that the hadith was being taken out of context, and called the school's decision to remove it from the website "unprecedented and unconscionable."

The Muslim Student Union accused the USC administration of practicing unfair censorship.


Not all Americans are silent!


"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property ‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine‹ must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science ‹the science against which it had vainly struggled‹ the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."     - Winston Churchill

“Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”-- by Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg. 





Some books that tell it like it is!


Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence against individual Muslims in any community.  For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime.  Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West. 

A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way.   But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest than a Christian neighbor.  It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood with a medieval mindset that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam.   Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but it can and will be won.  But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims.   We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression.  Compromising with the fanatics pulls the rug out from the Muslim moderates desperately trying to reform and secularize Islam.  And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression.   And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of glorified tribal myths called religion. 

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