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).
The 11th Anniversary at the Londoner Pub went off well. Everyone was in a happy mood and cake was served and there was a free barbecue and (if you had the money) alcoholic drinks as well. I placed Khun Kaew in a line by herself at the top because she looks so fantastic with her hair to the side and in that Corona shirt. Khun Kaew doesn't know it but she was voted by the members of Frank's Corner as the Londoner employee most likely to succeed as a dominatrix. The photos are pretty much self-explanatory. But in the second from the left, if you look closely, you may see a Swedish man muscling into the photo. In the third from left, at the top of the picture, the girls are being photographed as devils. In the sixth from left is the Chang Light girl with a follically challenged man believed to be from Copenhagen. Pictures to the right show the owner Big John amidst the gaiety. Speaking of dominatrix, in the fourth photo from left, you can see the Corona Extra girl. She is dressed in black leather and black boots. With that outfit she could make a lot more money down the street working in Demonia.
Speaking of Demonia, Rumor-Control Headquarters had it that the S&M club on Sukhumvit, soi 33 Demonia has closed. After checking with my contacts at that establishment I found the rumor was not true. Just as well because if it is closed that would mean the streets of Bangkok would be full of pissed-off Doms looking for clients (submissives) so as the sergeant said on Hill Street Blues: Be Careful Out There. In any case, in addition to Demonia, Bar Bar is still going on Patpong II and as far as I know the Castle still carries on in Pattaya. So for those into interesting scenarios with nonconforming women all is not lost.
Also closed is the building which used to have several bars down by Sukhumvit, soi 1. The building is for lease so I guess that means it is not to be gutted for a high rise. I believe the Champagne Room also closed some time ago. Gads, Samak is out but his cronies are scaring the tourists away so the nightlife scene in Bangkok is withering away! Not to worry, I seldom made it below Nana Plaza, anyway. I mean if you can't find what you want in Washington Square or Soi 33 or Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza you must be a bit odd. And speaking of Washington Square things don't look hopeful. The Indian owners might take it all back in January. Nail-biting suspense for owners and drinkers in the Square.
I'm sorry to say Jim Davis passed away at Samitivej Hospital after a long illness. Jim was a veteran of World War II and a familiar sight around Washington Square and also inside the Londoner. He was a fine raconteur and he will be missed. I also have known his widow Bonnie Davie from the days when she used to write for THAI International's Sawasdee magazine which I published at the time. She is wired in with the Royal Family and could always be relied upon anytime I needed an article on them. The funeral was held at Wat Tha Thong, Sukhumvit, soi 63. I am told that wat has more salas for cremation than any in Thailand. Gator, Jim, George Pipas and lots of others from the Square have passed on recently, each of them a character and interesting in his own way. And irreplaceable. It remains to be seen if the Square itself will last as it is for another year. Will the Indian owners throw everybody out or renew their leases? Time will tell.
“If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.” - Texas saying
Have you ever been given the correct directions by a Thai? I tried to get to Plernchit Tower the other day and was sent by two Thais to Plernchit Center which was in the exact wrong direction. Thais mean well but if you rely on them for directions you may never find your goal. This may sound like a generalized statement but believe me for those who live here it is the gospel.
Hope you enjoyed the Olympics
Bangkok Dangerous was criticized for, among other things, the passive nature of the pharmacist lady, a kind of sterotypical passive Asian sex object. I think that goes too far but I know what they mean. The only time I allow an Asian woman to be somewhat passive in my fiction, a main character I mean, is in Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior when the main character falls for a blind Thai girl. But I did that partly to create humor by playing up the lust of the main character vs. her innocence. But in my other books the Asian women are never passive and are sometimes very dominant and that includes Mistress of the East, Kingdom of Make-Believe, Skytrain to Murder, and especially my latest Identity Theft in which the Thai go go dancer criticizes me and my writing and the novel she's in so much, I have to add footnotes to defend myself.
Mojos now has dancers seven days a week but only four dancers on Monday, about ten on other days.
"For a country to have a great writer...is like having another government. That's why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones." Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle
I have noticed recently several guys hobnobbing in bars along Soi Cowboy who used to spend all them time in Nana Plaza. Nana Plaza still have a lot going for it but it seems that it is inevitably being surpassed by Soi Cowboy. I ran into a number of old friends there the other night including Mark (Farangman), Stephen Leather, Stickman, Andrew Yates and others. We followed the owner of Apache (Coyote) bar down there to check on things. And after checking on things for an hour or so I decided I should check on one of the dancers a bit more closely. Alas, they have only a couch in the room upstairs so I escorted the fair maiden over to Penny Black hotel across the soi and upstairs we went. All was going well when suddenly for no reason at all that I could discern my ability to perform ceased abruptly. I couldn't understand it. But the next day I found out why. As you know, scientists with too much time on their hands pulled the switch for an enormous experiment which they say will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Big Bang. So they fired two beams of particles called protons around the 27km-long tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Well, believe it or not, the exact moment when I lost my ability to function carnally was also the exact moment that these clowns pulled the switch to start their stupid experiment. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know there is some connection, cause and effect connection, I mean. I wonder if there is any way I can sue the bastards.
"Three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead." Benjamin Franklin
During my latest trip to the States, I went into a Ben & Jerry's in Manhattan and bought an ice cream cone. It was a soft ice cream, not even the real thing. It cost US$4.51. Taxis in Manhattan begin (flag fall) at US$2.50. Now you know why I seldom complain about prices in Thailand including the prices of drinks. As long as the drinks are reasonably priced, I think it bizarre to complain about a five or ten-baht rise in prices; especially when one is surrounded by scantily clad beautiful young women. One of the things that never changes is the bad rap Bangkok nightlife gets in the West. I went to Paul's Restaurant in Manhattan's East Village which has the best bacon-cheeseburgers in the World and chatted up his sister, a waitress I have known for years. When I somehow got on to the subjects of the dancers in Thailand she said something like, Oh, yeah, I'd just like to know if they are free. The press has really done a great job of painting farang nightlife activity here as something horrible. The irony is the real women to feel sorry for are in places like Manhattan as during the winter months when they shiver near the entrances to the tunnels leading to New Jersey, hoping to be picked up by horny husbands returning home to their boring marital lives in Joisey. All you have to do now in the West is to say you are going to Thailand or that you live there and they mark you as a pedophile. Thailand does get a rotten rap.
"Home is where you hang your hangover." - James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss
Pattaya, soi six, yum, yum, yum
HOBS is the 1st Belgian Pub & Restaurant in Bangkok. It is on Thonglor Soi 16 on the main road just opposite J Avenue (Au Bon Pain). Belgium is known as the number 1 beer producer in the world with some of the best beers in the world. This place has no fewer than 29 Belgium beers (no local beers). I tried some of the beers, especially those on draft, and they were good. This ground floor place seems to be the only place doing good business in this three or four storey building of shops, etc. Damn good beer and a couple of good looking waitresses. Not a bad place if you should wander from Witches Tavern down to the Log Cabin pub place and then on down to this place. By then you should probably call it a night unless you plan to go on down near the bridge to see the coyote dancers at Sud Soi Club. Yes, a pleasant evening.
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. Here is one of the fun ones.
My True Love
She said she was a virgin
She’d never had a man
Yet on her back the tattoo read
“All my love to Stan.”
She said she was a waitress
Her life was dull and tame
Yet when we went to Patpong bars
The girls all knew her name.
She said she was a student
I saw enrollment slips
I also saw her closet full
Of handcuffs, straps and whips.
She said she was a good girl
And that could well be true
So maybe I just caught the clap
From someone’s filthy loo.
She said that when we married
Her love would never fail
But first she’d need ten thousand baht
Her husband was in jail.
She said the bride price must be paid
But it was just for show
And I would get it back as soon
As Udorn had some snow.
She said our house was in her name
But she would let me pay
But – in keeping with Thai custom
I wouldn’t get to stay.
She asked to share my bank account
I thought it’d be okay
And now I live in poverty
She lives in Saint-Tropez.
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The Queen Victoria Pub and Restaurant is shaping up well. It should be open in about three weeks. I was in the Old Dutch where Mike from England (the manager) was interviewing a real cutie. Thank God he hired her. Peter, owner of the Old Dutch and several bars as well as the Queen Victoria, showed me around and it should be quite a place. Lots of wood, lots of detailed work. Also the location, very near Cowboy, seems perfect. It shouldn't affect pubs like the Robin Hood and Bulls Head and Londoner farther up Sukhumvit, but if I owned a small pub nearby like the Ship's Inn, say, I wouldn't be too happy about it. Where the pub is going up has been a kind of empty garage for about 14 years. And on the other side of Cowboy the tall new building is nearly ready as well. Should be a busier place than ever.
Coming Early Fall: Identity Theft, A Novel
But What About Women with Bound Feet as in Old China?
A Scottish researcher says trained sexologists can infer a woman's history of vaginal orgasm by observing the way she walks. Stuart Brody of the University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with colleagues in Belgium studied 16 female Belgian university students. Subjects completed a questionnaire on their sexual behavior and were then videotaped from a distance while walking in a public place.
The videotapes were rated by two professors of sexology and two research assistants trained in the functional-sexological approach to sexology, who were not aware of the women's orgasmic history. The study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that trained sexologists were able to correctly infer vaginal orgasm more than 80 percent of the time by watching the way the women walked. Further analysis revealed that the sum of stride length and vertebral rotation was greater for the vaginally orgasmic women.
"This could reflect the free, unblocked energetic flow from the legs through the pelvis to the spine," the authors note. A woman's anatomical features may predispose her to greater or lesser tendency to experience vaginal orgasm, the authors speculate. UPI
Here she is once again: Khun Nang, formerly of the Londoner now at work in a Mexican restaurant. And indeed she could pass for Mexican or almost Italian or whatever but what a face, what a body! Ou la la! Anyway, it was nice of her to pay us a visit back at the Londoner and who knows if someday she might not come back.
Who says there's No Culture in Bangkok?
The Bangkok International Film Festival 2008. Over sixty films from all over the world. 23rd to 30th September. Details at www.bangkokfilm.org.
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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.
Sorry to say that Khun Nana is sick this column (possibly too much pussy AKA Pussyitis) but he will be back next column. Meanwhile, here is one of his most popular columns reprinted for your enjoyment.
For some reason I was extremely nostalgic this week and began pondering the simple pleasures of living in Bangkok. We all know about the hot babes, delicious food, tropical climate and friendly people. However, if I just wanted good food and hot babes I don’t think I would have ever relocated here permanently. After all, I was making a very good salary back in the States and could have continued working and traveling the world at my leisure with a pocket full of money. There are so many simple pleasures that make living here a constant adventure and mystery. Below I have listed some of my favorite “simple pleasures” of living in Bangkok:
1) Getting off at any train station in Bangkok and wandering around aimlessly with no goal or destination in mind. This is such an exciting city and the streets are just full of mystery, special moments and energy. Strolling along you glimpse a guy fixing bicycle tires, a coconut juice salesman with a weird straw hat, an old lady selling smoked peanuts and corn, more lovely ladies than you could possibly count, and oops, I just about got run over by a guy on a strange three wheeled vehicle who couldn’t possibly see me because his merchandise is piled two feet high right in front of his face! It is so easy to get stuck in a pattern and go to the same places using the same routes and seeing the same things. Just get on the Sky train or MRT and stop at any station that you don’t normally frequent. You will be rewarded handsomely if you just wander the streets with an open mind and heart.
2) Sitting at a beer bar at the entrance to Nana Plaza, in front of a Soi Cowboy gogo bar or at an outside beer bar or restaurant on Patpong 2. You can just sit for hours sipping a beer or diet coke and watching the carnival unfold. Thousands of bar gals coming and going, lady boys strutting like a rooster, elephants, people who are unidentifiable as to gender, nationality or gene pool, midgets, soi dogs, food vendors, customers who look like they just saw a ghost, and there is never a dull moment. Seeing the farang ladies with their husbands will remind you of what brought you here in the first place. As for the 3rd gender, trust me when I say there is nothing uglier than a lady boy arriving to work in the rain, two hours worth of makeup running down their face!
3) Being treated like royalty when you are spending a minimal amount of money. I pay $270 U.S. per month for my apartment, but they treat me like a King. When I go out of town, they send someone to my room to water my plants. They fired a security guard once because he allowed someone to come up and see me without my permission. If I buy something for the room that requires installation such as a ceiling fan, the maintenance guy comes in after finishing work and installs it for pennies. I have a swimming pool that could be at a four star resort.
4) The easy going positive attitude of the Thai people. In Thailand, life is to be enjoyed. No reason to get upset if traffic is terrible, the waiter is slow or the weather too hot. Just relax, enjoy yourself. The easiest way to obtain a horrible reputation here is to get angry over little things. When I return to the U.S. and see how stressed out and full of anger and rage people are it makes me miss Thailand right away. It a constant source of amazement for me that the average Thai is MUCH happier than the average American, and on 1/20th the amount of money. It makes me shake my head in total bewilderment to watch my old friends in the U.S killing themselves working 60 hours a week and thinking the extra income is going to bring them happiness. Sad indeed.
5) Having friends from so many different countries, in different lines of work and all different ages. Living here I have made friends who are ages 18 to 90. From so many different countries that I don’t think I could calculate the number. Some are entrepreneurs, writers, actors, computer salesmen, teachers, pirates, vagabonds and Princes. Yet we all get along and find something interesting in each other. I met an English Muay Thai boxer this week as well as a Malaysian Orthopedic surgeon. This place is amazing.
I am sure our faithful readers have their own “simple pleasures” and we would love to hear about them. Until we meet again be happy, healthy and never forget to view the world as if through the eyes of a child. I leave you with the quote of the week, which comes from my mate Alejandro. “I didn’t think I liked women anymore until I discovered Thailand.”
Until next time. Khun Nana
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Letters from Readers
Just a few thoughts on some portions of your current nightlife roundup.
1. I always enjoy K. Nana's corner. This week is no exception.
2. You mentioned Som, currently of Mandarin Bar and formerly of Midnite Bar. I know her quite well, as she was one of my regular barfines back in April 2005, and I barely recognized her when I saw her five months ago dancing upstairs at Mandarin Club sporting a new hairstyle and a new set of boobs. She told me at the time that she'd been off the market for a while, living with a French boyfriend, whom I believe financed the breast enhancement. I note that you quoted her current age at 22. Either she is lowballing you now, or -- more likely -- she lied to me in April 2005 when she told me she was 20.
3. On a related point... one of the dancers who is on the chrome pole with Som upstairs of Mandarin shares my bed on a weekly basis. I can reliably report that she is 29, so Som may be utilizing a bit of artistic license when she describes herself as the oldest in the crew.
4. Finally, I noted a photo of Min on your site, currently of Big Mango and formerly of Lookie Lookie. I have been known to post an occasional blog, and about a month ago I wrote one that featured a dozen photos of Min (or Mint as I identified her in the blog). None of the photos was any more risque or revealing than the one on your site. She was in her polo shirt uniform and jeans, but I had taken photos of her progressively over an hour or so. The point of the blog was to show how, by being a 'sanook' kind of guy, you could change a bored looking bartender into a very happy and smiling bartender.
I showed the blog to Mint before posting to ask if she had any objection. She thought a moment, then said that she preferred that I didn't. She said that in the past many men had posted photos of her on the internet and she didn't necessarily want her photo, name and place of work posted on the world wide web.
I'm not asking you to answer me, but I'll ask the rhetorical question of whether you make it clear to the girls when you snap the photos that you plan on posting them on the internet. I was surprised to see the pic of Mint given that just a few weeks ago she asked me not to post my pictures of her.
Anyway, as usual, I enjoy the Nightlife Roundup portion of your website. I hope you continue to enjoy Bangkok and write about it for many years to come. Cheers, Werewolf
Werewolf, Glad you enjoy Khun Nana's Corner; many folks do. God only knows how old some of these girls really are, you pays your money and you takes your chance. I seldom ask a girl's permission to be on the web as I take many photos of girls and at the time I may not be sure if I will actually use her photo or not. I have had cases where they wanted to see it up there but I didn't use it leading to their disappointment. Most girls (if they are properly dressed) really don't care because they know pah mae on the farm in Essarn are not going to be browsing the web. If they do care it is often because their boyfriend abroad sending them money not to work in a bar might see that they are still working in a bar. But if anyone specifically requests that her picture not appear on the web, I honor her request. Although most girls are like the Mojos dancers who often ask me to send them the pictures as well.
Attn: Mr. Barr
farangdingdong.com has been one of my favorite sites for years. One would think that the obvious would be the big attraction. Possibly. But I can not help but be charmed by the faces of the women. So happy and so young. If I see a happy face on a woman in Boston I assume she just won a sex harassment suit against a man. Dana
Dana, well said!
Hello how are you my name is David I am sending you an email because I would like to know in Pattaya there are east asian Khmer girls who grow their breast to very large sizes in the area of Siem Riep and Battambang. There is a mams sans who owns a bar takes care of these special girls. would you by change know how I can get in contact with her or someone in that area that can intruduce me to these special women who grow there breast as part of there custom. Thank you Sincerely David Dos Santos
Um, David, I don't know what it is you're high on but I suspect you're into Salvia and perhaps 400 mg. of Modifinal, right? Just stay cool, stay off the stuff for a few days, and I'm sure you'll be fine.
As usual, the trip to BKK netted a number of interesting experiences. 1 day in BKK seems to be equal to 1 week in NY. Apropos of this, I met a girl in a go go bar in Cowboy with a college education. She was from near BKK and not from Issan. She told me that she had had a good job and was making good money before going to the go go bar. She said she did not have a boyfriend because she only met Thai men and Japanese men. They were too bossy. She wanted a Farang boyfriend, but did not meet any Farangs. Her friends advised her to work in go go bar, and then she would meet Farangs and find a Farang boyfriend. Being mid 20s (time is running out!), she felt she could not wait, quit her day job, and went to work in go go. This story is somewhat contrary to the impression in the NY media? Enjoy your blog, long or short, as usual. Cheers, Steven
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Bangkok's weather report.
A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.
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Our Lady in Black
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Maps of all the provinces of Thailand
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A fine independent Pattaya Bookstore:
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Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.
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More News on the "Religion of Peace"
The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand
Over 3,400 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and over 41 Thais have been beheaded.
9/5/2008(Pattani, Thailand) - Two Buddhists are shot to death by militant Muslims in separate drive-by attacks.
9/5/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A man mourning beside his brother's grave at a cemetery is murdered by Muslim extremists.
9/4/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - Islamsts gun down an orchard worker.
9/1/2008 Thailand Pattani - Buddhist woman is among two people murdered in separate shooting attacks by Muslim radicals.
9/1/2008 Thailand Yala - A 61-year-old man is shot to death by militant Muslims while driving home.
Islamists gun down a 45-year-old man in a drive-by shooting.
|9/11/2008||Thailand||Pattani||A young Buddhist man is among two civilians killed in separate attacks by Muslim militants.|
|9/9/2008||Thailand||Pattani||1||0||A Buddhist is shot and beheaded by Religion of Peace militants.|
|9/9/2008||Thailand||Yala||1||1||A local soldier is killed when Islamists fire rockets into their base.|
The Religion of Peace Visits Somalia
Two Muslim clerics inside a mosque are killed accidentally while making bombs. Good riddance to bad rubbish
The most senior judge in Saudi Arabia has said it is permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV channels which broadcast immoral programmes. Sheikh Salih Ibn al-Luhaydan said some "evil" entertainment programmes aired by the channels promoted debauchery.
So the next time you hear or read bullshit about how acts of hate and murder by Muslims are just by the fringe Muslims who have "hijacked" Islam, now you know: the pillars of Islam are as fanatical and barbaric as any fringe.
Deadly Traditions in Pakistan (Guardian)
Recent atrocities against women represent their place in a Muslim society.
Ahmadinejad's New Enemy: Women (NY
Women's rights activists are "disappearing" in Tehran.
The Mind of a Muslim Male
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage.
"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan province, said Saturday. "Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid."
The women, three of whom were teenagers, were first shot and then thrown into a ditch.
They were still breathing as their bodies were covered with rocks and mud, according media reports and human rights activists, who said their only "crime" was that they wished to marry men of their own choosing.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
ONLY ITALY FIGHTS AGAINST MUSLIM FANATICS!
“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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