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).


Please note I'll be traveling in China in mid-July so the next column will appear 1 August.

Great News!

After many years in Thailand my spoken Thai has now reached a level that when I speak Thai Thais no longer ask what language I am speaking.  They actually know I am trying to speak Thai!  A few more decades and I'll have this language down cold.

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I was stationed with ASA (Army Security Agency) in Bangkok from 1966-68 and took four rolls of film of the city and a bit outside the city at that time. 
After my mother passed away, I found a place in Texas that changes 8 mm film and super 8 from waaay back into DVDs.  I have done two of four of them and have been watching Bangkok in the old days.  Of course I panned much too fast but it does bring back memories.  It was such a FLAT city!  As I always tell Thais when I talk of that period: The tallest structure in Bangkok at that time was ME.   When I was in high school I remember a teacher saying he would give one thousand dollars if he could go back to his high school as he was and as it was for just one day.  Well, I didn't like high school much.  But if I could go back to Bangkok as it was and I was for one day and see it as what's-her-name sees Grover's Corner in Thornton Wilder's play Our Town I would definitely give one thousand dollars.  (But not on a day when the unit commander was inspecting troops and barracks!)


One night a couple of years ago a friend of mine met me in one of the clubs on Sukhumvit soi 33.  He had a friend who had been in Nam, he said.  So we got to talking and this friend said he had been in helicopters, etc.  So I politely asked, oh, what kind, slicks or gunships, and where were you stationed, what unit, etc.  He was a bit lost for words and said I was making him angry reminding him of that period, and he didn't want to talk about it, but started talking about how the chopper almost seemed to have a soul, etc.  A very good bullshit artist but I suspected a foul.  Sho nuff, he ended up taking off with my friend's $25,000 and never repaying it and I had no doubt then I was right about his being a bullshit artist.  I can't say I have ever felt any serious need to zap up resumes or pretend I won medals, etc., and find the minds of these people a bit hard to figure.  Insecurity?  Sense of failure?  I was a Chinese linguist in Bangkok, cleared top secret, cryptographic, and what I have found is that that background is not of any real interest to go go dancers trying to hustle drinks.  Can't you just see the conversation:  ME: You know, sweetheart, I won a silver medal and MOH in Vietnam.  GIRL:  Silver!?  How much can sell for?  You buy me silver?

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The Big Mango will be having its 1st year anniversary this upcoming Saturday the 11th of July.  It should be pretty jamming.  Free food, drink specials, and some giveaways.  Rumor-Control Headquarters has it that they will be having a few more promo girls than usual though from Jim Beam so should be some decent eye candy as well.


The King and I



Another staging of The King and I has opened in London.  This is indeed a wonderful musical and I am so old I actually saw two performances of it in New York with the late Yul Brynner.  The interesting thing is actors have always until now played the role bald.  But Rama IV, the father of King Chulalongkorn, was not bald; Yul Brynner was.  So, for a change, an actor with a full head of hair is playing the king.  It is a wonderful musical by two of America's greatest librettists/lyricists and composers but it is banned in Thailand.  I don't think Thais appreciate watching one of their greatest kings stamping his foot, pointing, showing anger and petulance, and dancing arms around a farang woman.  Not to mention historical inaccuracies.  Yep, a truly great musical, but if Rodgers and Hammerstein II were alive today, they would have been wise to keep their white musical asses the hell out of Thailand.  They might be "whistling a happy tune" all right; but inside the walls of Bang Kwang prison.



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After Dark magazine strikes again!






Mojos Dancers


I seldom get to Patpong Road these days and when I do I don't go down the gay street with all the bars.  The one time I did was to go to Noriega's to see the owner who used to own a bar on Patpong 1 in the 70's.  I was told Noriega's is now closed while they engage in "corporate, financial and operational re-engineering."  They say the place should reopen in a few weeks.  Hope so.  The music there was good.


Speaking of bars, I've said before that I seldom mention the prices of drinks because I feel that if I am surrounded by beautiful, available women I could care less if a bottle of beer is 95 baht or 110 baht.  A longtime resident of Pattaya tells me that every night Walking Street is full of guys who go in at Happy Hour and ask about the prices of beer, then order the cheapest and nurse it for the rest of the evening.  Yes, it's true, for some guys Pattaya is indeed the last stop on the line.


I have two friends, both of whom joined St. Moritz as members.  They negotiated for hours before they got what they thought was what was promised.  One of them is still enjoying his nights there.  The other says he is tired of padded bills and pushy mama-sans.  When he told them he would not renew, just bring the bill, they brought back his credit card, and had added on the renewal charge, anyway.  He fixed that up.  But he also says all those ladies drinks that were supposed to be included in membership went much faster than he was buying them.  Whatever.  Just be careful of bills in places like St. Moritz and if at all possible pay with cash.


Reports from Pattaya say soi 6 is still a lot of fun.  Best to go in the afternoon and enjoy an upstairs tryst.  A friend of mine went to Pattaya for one night.  He took a girl from soi 6 up to a room and it was only once he'd taken her clothes off that he realized he been with her for a few hours almost exactly one year before. 



Same lovely girl; different outfit.  Which outfit sells more beer?


A regular customer was leaving town for six months so the Londoner Pub gave him a great sendoff.  Really nice folks working there.  At one corner of the bar, however, very bad boys were working on a kind of spreadsheet to see how many of the dancers in a particular bar had gone with how many of them for casual stays.  Can you believe the nerve of these politically incorrect, anti-feminists?  Baaaaad boys!



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The ladies of Washington Square



Something very nice happened the other day.  I was sitting in front of a Washington Square bar with a couple of the ladies who work there.  It was a sleepy Sunday afternoon.  Cats prowling.  Pigeons chasing one another after tiny bits of rubbish. A few old guys walking in and out of bars.  A few bar girls airing out bar towels and such or putting out food to appease God only know which ghosts.  Not much happening. 


Then a fellow kind of stumbled out of the bar where I was and headed around the corner of the Square.  It was someone I have known for years.  He hadn't noticed me and I doubt noticed much of anything because was very drunk.  Not a mean drunk or loud drunk or anything like that.  Just taking his steps very, very carefully, and looking about ten years older than he is.  Then he turned around and came back to go into the bar and one of the girls asked him what he wanted and he said he wanted to "pay his bin."  Actually, he just signs in that particular bar and most bars won't let him sign anymore because even though he signs the bills he often claims that's not his signature.  This fellow now begins drinking in early morning and doesn't seem to stop until early the next morning.  Some of the girls in this particular bar won't let the guy buy them drinks anymore because they feel sorry for him and don't think he knows what he's doing.


Anyway, once again he turned around and headed off I figured to another bar at the far end of the Square.  But the ladies spoke fast Thai (or Lao) to one another and one hurried after him and disappeared as well.  She didn't reappear for nearly half an hour.  When she did she told a sad story.  She had gone with him because he wasn't going to another bar he was going back to his apartment and so she helped him get a taxi.  In the state he was in he almost got into a fight with the taxi driver so she went with him and made sure he made it into his apartment.  She said his apartment had no electricity and no water; they had been cut off as he didn't pay the bills.  The apartment apparently was just a place where he crashed in between his bar hopping.  He also was behind on his rent so the girl did her best to negotiate with the downstairs landlord and managed to pacify her - at least for now.


Every Sunday there is a meeting of AA at Bourbon Street Restaurant but there are a lot of folks who should in those meetings but are not.  They are in the bars drinking to the point of stupor.  Many friends of this fellow have talked with him including myself but there is only so much you can do.  I guess the points I want to make are if you find yourself getting fucked up with drink, then go to the damn meetings!  The other point is, despite the horror stories, not every bar girl is out to take advantage of you.  There are a lot of nice ones like the ones I was with who go that extra mile for customers they have known in better times.  I do know a lot of guys who have married Thai bar girls and have been very happy over the decades. 




From the not quite finished sequel to Skytrain to Murder:


(Texas Lone Star Saloon, Washington Square)

"I climbed down the stairs and pushed open the door. Sunlight illuminated two small glasses set side-by-side on a low rail outside the Boots and Saddle; each glass half-filled with a different type of dark amber liquor set out for whichever local spirit the bargirls had decided needed a bit of attention.  A soft-boiled egg had been firmly imbedded upright in the center of a small celadon bowl packed with rice.  A dark red joss stick had been plunged straight down into the center of the egg, turning the egg into an improvised incense holder.  A light veneer of black ash coated the white rice." (I shot the photo Just in case you thought I made this stuff up.)



"TRUMAN Capote was a great writer, but he was also a tortured one. In his upcoming memoir about life in New York in the 1960s and '70s, Edmund White recalls chatting with the "In Cold Blood" author for a magazine piece. "All through the interview, Capote kept dashing out of the room to sniff more cocaine," White writes. "He went through phases of being sharp-witted and . . . other moments of mumbling incoherence, as if someone was alternately pumping air into [his] balloon and deflating it." Capote told the young scribe, "You'll probably write some good books, but remember, it's a horrible life."


(Maybe so, but that's all the more reason to write while living in Thailand.)




Whipped: The Magazine for Married Men


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Manhattan: Sex & Disorientation

Detectives are probing a woman's claim that she was drugged at a Midtown bar and later sexually assaulted, police sources said yesterday. The alleged victim told cops she had two drinks at Nikki Midtown on East 50th Street near Third Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.


She said that after paying her tab, she blacked out intermittently and remembered texting her friend to say she was in trouble. She recalled making it home and, while taking a shower that afternoon, she felt pain in her genital area and recalled waking up next to a naked man in an unknown location after leaving the bar. She claimed she felt disorientated as a result of being drugged.


(Yes, Indeed, waking up next to a naked woman not quite knowing where you are and feeling disoriented happens with startling frequency in Thailand, does it not?  So I know exactly how she feels.)



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Khun Nana's Corner



I am starting to think that those of us fortunate (or smart) enough to be living in Paradise are getting just a tad bit spoiled.  I went out to party at one of my favorite watering holes the other night and met up with my best mate from Sunderland, England.  We each ate well, consumed 7 or 8 beers and had pleasant conversation with the other patrons of the bar.  Then my friend dialed in a girl and went home to have a night of sex and debauchery.  When I bumped into him the next day, he proceeded to tell me that he had a quiet night the previous evening because he hadn’t been feeling like himself lately.  I guess we all have our definition of a “quiet night” but I am not sure that 5 hours of beer drinking and socializing followed by 3 more hours of sex is what most people would refer to as a “quiet night?” 

I must admit there is a slight possibility that I am also becoming a little spoiled.  Twice this past week gals called my mobile to request a session of hot sex and both times I told them I was busy because I really wasn’t in the mood.  It isn’t that I don’t like them or that I am bored with sex, but like many Thai gals these 2 sex kittens expect to shower first, make love for an hour or so and then shower again.  I already shower at least twice a day in this steam bath climate and I just wasn’t in the mood this week for all that work.  They are both lovely gals and they never ask me for any money or favors, but all that showering and toweling off is just too much work for the pleasure of having sex with them.  Perhaps I should have made an exception with gal number 2 as she is a flight attendant for an international carrier and just likes to have steamy sex on her way to the airport?  She is really, really hot. Ooohhhh, and the things she can do with her mouth and tongue.  Nah, it’s just too much work. 

If I have seen it once, I have seen it a thousand times.  I cannot state strongly enough that when dealing with Thai women, especially bar girls, one must spend money wisely and not try to act like the big shot. Twice more this week, I witnessed guys spending money foolishly and frivolously, just to become frustrated at the results.   Thai women are very basic and simple by nature.  If they had 15 customers this month including you, and 14 of these guys paid 1000 to 1500 baht and you paid 3000 baht, you are definitely the first one she will beg money from anytime she has a money problem, and trust me when I say their money problems are lifelong.  Giving money to a Thai bar girl is like pouring water into a pitcher that has a hole in the bottom, no matter how much you add the pitcher will always be empty. 

I am not saying you should be cheap or that you shouldn’t pay a respectable amount for quality service.  Quite the contrary.  Buy drinks, mess around with the ladies and have fun, but learn what is the “normal” amount for tips and service payments and pay just that amount, no more and no less.  If you give them twice as much as every other guy, I absolutely guarantee you that the service will be no better, but they will treat you like a walking ATM machine and whine and pout every time you don’t up the ante.  If you are only in town 1 or 2 nights then why not act like the stupid tourist who doesn’t understand the local customs, but if you plan on spending more than a few days here then do a little research before throwing yourself into the deep end of the pool. 

Many local guys, including myself, use the internet to chat up local office girls who want to meet a foreign guy for a bit of fun.  There are many websites and the action really gets hot and spicy.  It was even more entertaining than usual this week as I received an email from a gal’s personal email address that was not from her at all, but from some loser sponsor who is jealously guarding his stock.  It read something like this:

“My name is Steve and this girl is MY girlfriend.  I have bought her a house, car and business and we are talking about living together.  So she is NOT available mate, sorry to break the bad news.”

I laughed so hard that I almost cried.  Can you imagine the pathetic loser who thinks he needs to monitor his plaything’s email in order to keep her from cheating on him?  Please friends, if I ever reach the point this fellow has and have squandered every ounce of dignity and self-esteem, do me a favor and throw me in the Chao Phraya River.  I didn’t know if I should respond to the email as it was not from his address but from the gal’s, however this would have been my response:

“Sorry mate, I didn’t want to buy her a house, or a car, or a business. I leave that up to you. I just wanted to fu*k her.”


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.

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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Hong Kong - An increasing number of Hong Kong teenagers are selling sex to earn money for designer clothes, in a trend called "compensated dating," a survey released Sunday indicated.

One in 10 students questioned said they believed schoolgirls were involved in the practice and 6.6 per cent said they knew fellow students who had done it.   Eighty seven per cent of the 3,000 interviewees said they believed teenagers got involved in the practice to earn money to buy designer clothes and brand-name products. Police in the wealthy city of 7 million have arrested several men in recent months for allegedly working as pimps for schoolgirls as young as 13.

 The trend for compensated dating, a euphemism for paid sex with young women usually by older men, is believed to have spread to Hong Kong from Japan. A 19-year-old girl was arrested earlier this month after a video of her giving a man oral sex on a double-decker bus to earn 25 US dollars towards a Gucci handbag circulated on the internet.  Nation newspaper

I am shocked!  Shocked!  I lived in Hong Kong for 17 years and never had any kind of sex on a double-decker bus.  Goes to show how old-fashioned I was.


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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein



Every few hours I need a rest from the computer and so I sit in front of the TV hoping to catch five minutes of news.  Usually that is impossible because BBC is too busy patting itself on the back and wasting news time with irritating lead-ins to the news and saying things like "Thank you very much indeed."  (I have never heard them thank anyone without the "indeed" at the end; maybe it's a Brit thing.) 

Anyway, the other day I turned it on and it said the singer, Michael Jackson, was dead at 50.  OK, right, now can we move on?  Well, no, we can't fucking move on because apparently BBC decided that this is the story of the century, equal to the death of Diana and JFK, and no fucking way were they going to move on.  Not until we had hours and days of having to hear from every mongoloid clusterfuck they could drag out of the woodwork.  Hours later they were still at it!  And the next day!  His health, his upbringing, his finances, his skin, his love of little boys, whatever.  Shocked and saddened!  Hey, sweetie, shock this!

And those fans out on the street!  Give me a fucking break.  "Religion can't bring us together; politics can't bring us together; but Michael had soul and he did."  Talk about the IQ of a dying water buffalo in Maha Sarakham.  Don't these people have anything better to do than hang about ignoring the one billion people who go to bed hungry and weeping over an (alleged) child molester who hasn't shown talent for ten years!  Why aren't they working?  Why aren't they having sex?  Why aren't they buying the latest bondage gear?  Why aren't they surfing porn?  Why aren't they tweeting or twittering or twatting or whatever that shit is.  What is their fucking problem that they become emotional over this goofy dudball's death but probably haven't noticed that people are being starved in North Korea and shot in Iran?  I swear to God I will become a hermit and live alone the rest of my life with no more than five or six young Thai women and never watch BBC again.  You can too.  If you will...if you like...Indeed.

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Letters from Readers


Hi Dean,

As somewhat of a 'Thank You' for all of your hard work creating the semi-weekly submissions on your Web site, here is some information for you regarding your question about active diverts (from information on Web page forums) --
1) When you're on a call, a person whose number has been set up as an active divert will automatically get diverted to voice mail or shown a busy tone
2) To eliminate active diverts, go to 'Tools - Settings - Call Diverts - Options - Cancel All Diverts' (or something similar such as #70# for Nokia phones)
3) In some networks, some diverts cannot be canceled

chok dee!





Regarding your question on your current site:

"Very often when I make a phone call on my cell, I get a brief message that says "You have active diverts". I asked two computer-savvy people what that means and they admitted they haven't a clue either and always wondered about that. Anybody out there know?"  If you have voicemail, you will generally have divertions set for if the phone is busy, if there is no answer and if the phone is off. When you are on a phone call, one of the diverts is automatically set.

Hope that helps.  Regards,  Chris




G’day Dean,  Any calls received whilst you are making a call are being diverted to your voice mail message bank.

Loved ‘The Letter Man’………looked into my crystal ball and saw the same bloke……SHiiiiT!! 

Great website mate, keep it coming.  Cheers,  KF





Alright mate,

Hope you have solved this little phone problem.

Somehow your phone has been activated to divert voice, video, fax, or data calls... it does that by doing a random button press in your pocket, phones luv doing things like that to piss you off.  Just do a deactivate all, and the message should miraculously disappear.  This usually appears in your settings menu under calls, or something like that, depending on your phone make and model.  Take it easy.  Martin





Thanks, guys, for the above replies.  I appreciate them.


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



Enter and win a prize! This contest's first prize is worth 3,500 baht in food and drink vouchers.  The first to give the correct answer wins the vouchers; second wins the sexy shirt; third wins the sexy calendar.

     First prize:        Vouchers for food and drink from bars, pubs and restaurants in Bangkok

     Second prize:       Nifty shirt with the "I Support Single Moms" slogan

     Third prize:        Sexy calendar with Pattaya go go dancers, from After Dark magazine

     Fourth prize:       Nada Diddly-Squat Special 4 U, U number ten!


Winner of last column's best caption:



Click on Picture (some wise guy added the caption and sent it to me)



1. Another Thai man suddenly realizes his need for a minor wife.


2. "It slipped!  Honest!"

3. "And don't come back until you learn how to lick my pussy"


Give me the best caption for this picture and the name of the artist who did the original that this painting is brilliantly satirizing (Bangkok Culture Center)


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

Dean Barrett can be flamed at:


Please note I'll be traveling in China in mid-July so the next column will appear 1 August.



"At least one thing seems certain: against people who are ready to die in the cause of destroying freedom, people who are not willing to speak up for freedom for fear of being called a racist or an Islamophobe don't stand much chance of victory."




More News on the "Religion of Peace"


The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand


Below are just a few of the many murders committed by Muslims in the past two weeks





16 July 2009:  Bangkok Post: A 53-year-old rubber tapper has been decapitated and another person shot dead in separate attacks in Yala and Narathiwat.  The body of a headless man was found yesterday in a durian planation in Yala's Than To district at about 10am. The victim, identified later as Kimsiang Sae-tang, 53, a rubber tapper, was stabbed to death before being beheaded, police said. The attackers later burned his body and left it in the plantation. His head was found impaled on a shovel in the same compound.

In Pattani yesterday, suspected Muslim insurgents set off a bomb that killed two policemen and fatally shot a Buddhist teacher, police said. The homemade bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded outside Pattani's Sai Buri district police station, killing a policeman instantly and injuring two others. One of the injured officers later died in hospital. The bomb exploded as the policemen were removing the motorcycle from a pickup truck for investigation after it was found abandoned on a road.

In a separate incident, the 55 year old teacher was riding a motorcycle to her school in Yala when at least two assailants killed her in a driveby shooting.

Narathiwat - A female Buddhist teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting in this restive southern border province Sunday morning.  Sunee Kaewkhongtham, 38, was shot and killed on the Rangae-Marue Botok Road in Moo 1 village in Tambon Tanyongmus of Rangae district at 5:30 am.  Police said Sunee, a teacher of Marue Botok School, was riding her motorcycle to the Tanyongmus Market when two men on a motorcycle rode by and shot her dead.




Over 3,600 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and

over 45 Thais have been beheaded including Buddhist monks






Thailand's South: The Truth at Last!



Neda, young girl brutally killed in Iran, becoming symbol of rebellion

(Short but bloody video of the 16-year-old's girl's death is also at the above Daily News site)

Stop Honorcide!

Germany: Another "Honor Killing":

Muslim Dad Kills Daughter because she liked Western Lifestyle

"Tolerance" in Islam


Women of Iran

Iranian female protesters: Brave and Beautiful! Yum, yum, yum!


Free Speech?  Muslim in America Calls for Muslims to Make War on America


Mohammad Playing with his Six-year-old Bride to Be

The so-called Prophet Muhammad Married a six-year-old named Aisha and had Sex with the girl by the time she was nine (if not before).  Mohammad ordered the death of two poets who mocked him as well as killed many others.  The Koran is full of hate for non-believers which it equates with "evil-doers."  Islam is not a religion: it is a fanatical brotherhood and hate-filled ideology.  The West continues to ignore the fact that Islam is a clear and present danger to anyone who believes in free speech, an independent judiciary, free press, etc., etc.  Self-censorship is now being practiced in Europe and America to appease Muslims.  The more Muslims a country lets in, the more problems it will have.


"All it takes for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Ibn Warraq:

The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives? A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend...Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.


  • "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty, and the truth which the world has yet known." - The eminent orientalist Sir William Muir (1819-1905)


    "All religions take care to silence or to execute those who question them...It has, however, been some time since Judaism and Christianity resorted openly to torture and censorship. Not only did Islam begin by condemning all doubters to eternal fire, but it still claims the right to do so in almost all of its dominions, and still preaches that these same dominions can and must be extended by war." - Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything





    'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.' - Benjamin Netanyahu




    “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. 



    —The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    —Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    —It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    —Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    —Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    —Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    —The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil.  (4:76)
    —We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    —I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    —Muhammad said to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    — Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.‘ “
    —Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, “ None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me.“ (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    —Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.“ Vol. 9:57
    —Mohammed said, “ No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    —Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … “. (Sahih Muslim 4294)




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    The Islamization of Europe

    Muslims are rapidly destroying freedom in Europe and have even brought about self-censorship and real censorship in the United States.  But there is one city in Holland where a new reality can be seen with the naked eye, more than anywhere else. Here, entire neighborhoods look as if they have been lifted from the Middle East, here stand the largest mosques in Europe, here parts of sharia law are applied in the courts and theaters, here many of the women go around veiled, here the mayor is a Muslim, the son of an imam.  This city is Rotterdam, Holland's second largest city by population, and the largest port in Europe by cargo volume.  Europeans, especially politicians, will not lift a finger to fight against Islamofascism.  And future generations will pay the price. 


    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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