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).


Cat on a hot tin roof; doesn't anybody ever clean the roofs of Nana Plaza?

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The pictures above are from the 12th anniversary of the Londoner Pub.  As you can see, the guy in the picture is trying but failing to hustle the barmaid.  Some guys never know when to quit...


Meanwhile at Powellys bar just down the street, a bit of tequila gets the action going.  I was just walking by and noticed the nurses' uniforms and felt a bit weak and before I knew what was happening I was inside.







Meanwhile, at Midnight, on Soi Cowboy, the cowgirls came out to play.  Fridays and Saturdays there are shows.



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Meanwhile, the After Dark girls in Pattaya are looking goooood!


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Getting off the beaten path to eat now and then is fun.  I had never been to the Italian Restaurant La Buca (Sukhumvit, Soi 1).  But the food was very good, the prices not bad, and at some point the owner gets up to sing an Italian song.  What I like about the place is that it's the type of unpretentious Italian restaurant you might walk into in Brooklyn or thereabouts.  And the bread is fantastic.  They bake it there.


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A Painting of Olde Shanghai about 1850s; a photograph early 20th century








1979: I lived in Hong Kong for 17 years 1970 - 86 but due to the Cultural Revolution and the Thoughts of the Great Helmsman I wasn't able to get into China until 1979, three years after Mao died.  At that time everyone in China was wearing a tunic and trousers, usually blue or grey, including the women.  In Shanghai, it was a bicycle city, no nightlife, no makeup and no skirts.  In the 1930s Mao's future wife Chiang Ching was a B-grade actress known as Lan Ping, Blue Apple and the town was one of the most incredible on the planet for nightlife.  Communism and Puritanism had changed all that.  The people were friendly enough and crowded around, layers deep to talk to a foreigner, especially one who could speak passable Chinese.  I remember walking a long way through the city by myself to see if a temple was really open to the people or not.  (It wasn't; it was locked, but a priest let me in and we had a chat.)  And of course cars were few and far between; bicycles being the order of the day, Chinese-make Flying Pigeon, or something like that.

Fast Forward to 2009:  I landed at an airport that hadn't been built 30 years before and took a Maglev elevated train into Pudong, an area of rice fields now transformed into a futuristic looking skyline.  As I alighted from the Maglev to get a taxi I was handed a pamphlet.  It had a picture of a pretty girl on the front and more inside.  The pictures and the message would have been impossible 30 years before: "Lots of lovely young girls of an average age of 18-20 years old are available here to relieve your fatigue and loneliness in the alien country.  Some are part-time college girl-students.  They can go to your home or hotel at your service.  We offer services around the clock, issuing invoices.  Our branches are opened in all districs of the city.  We have branches set up in Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuxi."  And a telephone number.  And the leaflet was in Korean, Japanese and English.  My, my, the times they are a-changin'.

As the Hilton was at a discount I treated myself to five nights there.  Across the road I saw a sign that said: Old Manhattan Bar.  As I lived in Manhattan for 14 years I decided this must be a sign that God wanted me to go there so I did.  I had a ball with the girls working there and they were kind enough to tell me where to go for streets of restaurants and of bars.  I am not comparing Chinese girls and Thai girls in general, but as for those available in bars, there is no question when it comes to youth and beauty, Thailand wins hands down.

The girl in the bar I was speaking with was 32 and she was complaining about the men who come to the bar and only want sex and how we should get to know a person first.  Of course I agreed while thinking: What a quaint idea unless of course she means getting to know someone for twenty minutes or so.  So when I was last in Shanghai I photographed lots of kids and she agreed that she might have been one of them as she was two years old.  And, do you know, that the more drinks I bought her the clearer her memory became until finally she not only remembered me but remembered what I was wearing and what hotel I stayed at.  Oh yeah.  Well, I couldn't remember those things so who knows?

Shanghai is being dug up all over the place and refurbished for some kind of World Expo next year.  Apparently, Beijing put one over on Shanghai so now Shanghai wants to show the world what it can do.  So I spent hours walking along Nanjing Road to the Bund ("China's former golden mile of finance and commerce") along the river where the Brits used to have their trading houses, etc., in the old days, but the buildings were closed and the river was blocked off from any walker's view and it was dusty as hell.  It seems I picked the wrong time to hit Shanghai but I tend not to go to places when they have some big deal like an Expo or Olympics because during those times the streets are cleaned up meaning it is more difficult for a foreigner to get laid.  And why go to a city which is infested with sweaty jocks from all over the world, anyway?

Of course I continued my one-man campaign to get the Chinese on the mainland to switch back to traditional characters instead of the simplified chicken scratches that are not part of the Chinese language (not on Taiwan or Hong Kong). To no effect, I'm sure.  When I was in a bookstore I found in the art section a book with some of the great covers from men's magazines in the 50s and thereabouts.  I didn't buy the book but I did search the internet to see if I could find any of those lovely, lurid covers and sure enough I did.  I will present a few here but next column will show a lot more.  Understand, these don't turn me on personally, I'm just showing them as a, um, public service.  And who would have guessed Superman had a secret thing about being whipped by a pretty girl?  You just can't trust super heroes anymore.


Anyway, where was I? Oh, right, Shanghai.  Of course I went to a few antique markets which now offer mainly junk or nothing before the Ch'ing Dynasty if that.  I bought a little red cigarette lighter for a friend in Bangkok because it was in the style of Mao's Little Red Book and it opened by cleverly sliding the "book" cover and the flame popped out.  Of course I only travel with check-in luggage and forgot all about it until Putong Airport customs folks spotted it in their X-ray machine and, despite my tears and pleas in two languages, took it away.  The antique markets also had a few sculpted pieces of Chinese with placards around their shoulders and dunce caps on.  It struck me as being very bizarre that anyone would want to make pottery shaped like the horrors of the Cultural Revolution; especially since the government doesn't particularly wish to open up that can of worms. 

The Shanghai Museum is certainly worth a visit and is said to be world class.  I believe the signs said No Photography but everybody was photographing everything.  There are four floors and if you like Chinese culture and history allow yourself at least half a day.  The temples were OK but nothing like some of the great Bangkok temples.  Of course China is Mahayana Buddhism anyway, whereas Thailand is Theravada, so it might be like comparing apples and oranges or breadfruit and jackfruit or dildos and donuts.  Anyway, I'll write a bit more on Shanghai next column.


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Japan: Who needs diplomas?






A Mojos Dancer at work and at play



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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.

Living in Paradise one tends to become extremely spoiled when it comes to women, sex and just about anything that has to do with life’s pleasures.  I must admit that although I tell people every day that I am the luckiest guy on the planet, every once in a while I need to be reminded in a harsh and somewhat brutal way of just how fortunate I am to have escaped the passionless existence of the West for the hot, sultry life in the exotic East. 

I was chatting online with an old friend the other day that happens to live in my native city of Washington, D.C.  He is quite similar to me, late 40’s, tall, slim and has a good job and enjoys socializing.  He proceeds to tell me about a dating service he joined that requires an upfront payment of $4,000 (yes that’s 140,000 baht!) but guarantees him 4 lunch dates with different ladies or he gets his money back.  Now, I have to stop right here and say that if this man lived here in Bangkok he would be quite a stud.  I dare to say he would have to beat the women off with a stick.  However, things have gotten so ridiculous back in farangland that he hasn’t had a date for 4 years, and hasn’t had sex for 7 years.  After making sure he hadn’t said 7 days instead of 7 years (who the hell could go more than a week without sex and not kill himself?), I inquired about the details of this dating service’s package.  For this incredible sum of money they set him up with 4 women, and he proceeds to have a one hour lunch date with each one.  That is it! That is all he gets. 

But it is even worse than that.  One of the women he joined for lunch couldn’t stomach spending even an hour with him and made a flimsy excuse and sauntered off.  When he informed the dating service, they said she would not count as 1 of his 4 dates and they would still guarantee the 4 lunch dates or his money back.  So he returns to the service’s office to view videos of possible dates and selects a few prospective ladies for lunch meetings.  When the manager of the service looked at my friend’s selections, he says “this is why you are having such bad luck.  You are being WAY too picky."  He proceeds to tell my friend that 1 of his selections, a lady 40 years old who has 3 children and a double chin, is out of his league and he should select another lady who is closer to his own age and level of attractiveness. Whaaaaaat the fu*k?  Now I truly understand the emotions behind “The Pattaya Flying Club,” the enormous number of men in Thailand (most of whom spent their days in Pattaya) who run completely out of money and assets, so throw themselves from the roof of a tall building because meeting their Maker is preferable to returning to the absolute hell that is farangland. 

One doesn’t need to travel all the way around the world from Paradise in order to meet stuck up women with bad attitudes.  I have many mates who work in rich Asian countries or cities such as Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  Money is the ultimate corruptor, and as most men have figured out by now, once women are surrounded by money they become total bitches.  My mates have told me countless times that the women in these rich Asian cities are just as bad as farang women (especially if they have the Chinese influence) but until recently I wasn’t sure whether or not I believed it.  Last week I was enjoying a few cold beers and pleasant conversation in one of my favorite haunts when 3 Chinese looking gals walked in and sat down.  Needless to say, the Thai manager was salivating over these gals (they really were not that hot) because of the Thai addiction to white skin.  I introduced myself to the ladies (who were from Hong Kong)  in order to give my Thai manager friend an excuse to chat them up, and as the conversation progressed I decided to ask them what kind of men they normally are interested in meeting.  In unison, the 3 ladies shouted “rich” and “lots of money” much to my amazement.  I can honestly say that in 8 years of living in Thailand, not one Thai lady has ever told me that she was specifically looking for a rich man.  For that matter, I think my poor friends do even better with Thai ladies than my rich friends do.   

Man oh man do I love Thailand.

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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Beethoven's Ode to Joy in a gym with women working out!  What next?  Mozart's A Little Night Music in a mud-wrestling match?


Aw, shucks!


I made a rare trip to Nana Plaza the other night and sat at the Golden Bar, moaning the closure of Angel's Disco (not really, I never went there) and stared across the street at Strikers sports pub for awhile, then headed for Big Dogs and Lucky Lukes then found myself inside Rainbow 4 then somehow struck up a conversation with a lovely dancer whom I had waved down from the stage and then somehow found myself redirecting her to a causal stay hotel as she was so new she got lost trying to find it.  She was very sweet and the great thing I liked about her was that she used to sell ice cream.  Which reminded me that the ice cream vendor who travels into my soi just about every day always plays the same tune: Mexican Hat Dance.  What the fuck is a Thai ice cream vendor doing selling ice cream to Mexican music?  No, do NOT ask.  That might lead to an exploration of Thai logic and you know where that leads: mumbling to yourself in a padded cell. Anyway, in case you forgot the tune, here is Homer Simpson doing it:

Yes, Pringles is good for fixing cars, but I see Villa Market now at last has the Original Fritos!  Hooray!  Pig out time!

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Richard Bernstein at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

On one of the feminazi websites which reviewed Richard Bernstein's book on The East, The West, and Sex, a woman reviewed the book and dumped on it.  And other feminazis wrote in to say they wouldn't read it either.  The only problem was the reviewer admitted she hadn't even read the book but based the review on a negative review (why not based on a positive one?).  I am old fashioned and believe books should be read by reviewers before they review them so I wrote this letter to the website.  After a day of being "moderated" my letter failed to appear.  The mind of the Muslim fanatic and the mind of a feminazi are strikingly alike.  Here is the letter they won't print:

I find it incredible that anyone would "review" a book they haven't read.  That is akin to Muslim fanatics issuing a Fatwa against Salman Rushdie even though they didn't read the book.  What I have learned about feminazis such as on this forum is that they never say a word about the horrible plight of women in Muslim lands, indeed never mention it, but rather save their venom for easier, softer targets: white, heterosexual males.  Don't look now "ladies" but your hatred of men and fear of Asian women is showing.  And here is a revolutionary idea: Actually READ a book before you "review" it; that way it won't be so obvious you have an agenda and it will give due respect to both the author and those who read your "review."



The guy in this picture is not a bad fellow but he is into Muay-Thai in a big way.  So instead of being in the training camp where he belongs, preparing for his next fight, here he is cavorting on Soi Cowboy with a lovely lady (whom I plan to pry away from him in the near future).  No wonder the Thai guys win so many fights; Farang fighters can't resist the bright lights, big city, pretty women.



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No, Bangkok is NOT a cultural wasteland

There will be a Siam Society Lecture on Alfred Russel Wallace: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles by Paul Spencer Sochaczewski.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, a landmark book which dramatically changed how we think about ourselves and the world in which we live.  Charles Darwin has been lionized as one of the giants of western thought for his theory of evolution.  But what about Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of Darwin’s who independently developed the theory of natural selection during his eight-year sojourn in Southeast Asia?  Why did Darwin become a household name while Wallace became a historical footnote?  During his epic eight-year journey Wallace caught, skinned and pickled 125,660 specimens of “natural productions” including 212 new species of birds, 900 new species of beetles and 200 new species of ants.   Who was this man?  What drove him?  How did he break the cool Victorian mold by writing passionately about finding new butterflies and birds?  How could he adopt an infant orangutan and raise it like a child (he orphaned the little critter when he shot the mother, one of 17 he killed) and then, in order to obtain a commercially-viable skeleton, calmly boil the animal’s bones when the baby died?  And what led Wallace to develop his contributions to the theory of evolution, first the Sarawak Law (written with the support of the White Rajah of Sarawak, James Brooke), and then the famous Ternate Paper in which he outlined the concept “the fittest shall survive.”  Wallace sent the Ternate Paper to Darwin (who up to that point had not published one word on evolution) and at that point the conspiracy theorists get involved.  Did Darwin and Wallace arrive at their similar ideas independently? Or did Wallace inadvertently give Darwin the “key” to evolution and subsequently get usurped by the more prominent and well-placed Darwin?

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski first came to Asia in 1969, with the U.S. Peace Corps in Sarawak, Malaysia. He has lived and worked in Singapore, Indonesia and now Thailand. Paul was head of creative services for WWF International, director of communications at the International Osteoporosis Foundation, and runs creative writing workshops. He has had more than 600 by-lined articles published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall St Journal, CNN Traveller, Travel and Leisure and other publications.  His latest book is The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen, which will be available at the lecture.

 17 September 2009, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.  The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit 21 (not far from Soi Cowboy)  Non-members: 200 baht


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A few days ago I was walking up Sukhumvit about at soi 25 and there was a young kid selling something.  Actually, it became clear that he was trying to push the stuff he was selling against me so he could get into my pocket.  So it would seem at least one kid has learned the trick the katoey assholes like to play on unaware pedestrians.  Fortunately, I had my leather shoulder bag on my right shoulder and easily blocked my pocket and told him to fuck off.  I'm still not sure what he was trying to sell (or pretending to sell) but be careful of anyone including brats like this who push up against you in their anxiety to sell you something.  They are going for your wallet or watch or whatever.

I had an ultrasound done at Samitivej Hospital on soi 49 which cost (including the doctor visit after to get the report) about US$90.  Not bad!  My organs were normal enough, with just the usual number of hepatic cysts, cortical renal cysts and one parapelvic cyst,and several small polyps.  No problem, according to the doc.  But when I had my blood pressure done, the cute nurse's assistant said 90 over 62 was low.  I think actually it is low-normal.  I assured her I am a saltaholic so I was glad to have low blood pressure, but she was concerned and said she didn't think I was sleeping well.  Of course my mind being as it is I almost replied "That's because I don't have a nurse to sleep with."  Fortunately, I heard an inner voice shout, "boy, you shut yo' mouth, boy, cause that ain't 'propriate here!"  Thank God for inner voices.


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Letters from Readers


Hi Dean -
I'm a regular visitor to the Kingdom and enjoy reading your column; I have to confess that I haven't read any of your books yet but plan to rectify that soon. I'm forwarding an e-mail I got today, it'd make a good addition to your "Religion of Peace" section; every citizen of the real western world should read this, it's an eye-opener. I can't even imagine what this same western world will be like in twenty years if we keep letting these shitheads get away with so much. I'm a first generation Canadian, a child of immigrants myself, but they worked hard to help make Canada what it is today.
Cheers, Gord
YT, northern Canada



Thanks, Gord.  But it looks like my columns don't do much to induce anyone to buy my books.  Oh, well, as long as I am in Paradise, what of it?  And thanks for the article; it is below. 





Hi Dean, Seems you had fun in SG, wish I knew you were here - I would have met you for drinks somewhere. Did you have a chance to check out Orchard Towers? The Ipanema Bar there is the place to be - not so many Thais there these days, it's mostly Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Filipinas, but it's worth a look anyway. 

It seems you were plenty busy with the MOJO's girls! I'm curious what were their impressions of Singapore... what two Thai girls who visited me here told me repeatedly was how there aren't any cables hanging around the city - this seems to be the thing that impressed them the most.  Best, Julian



What impressed them the most?  Thai women?  Need you ask - the food!



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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!



New Contest:  Be the first to say: These two photographs on Soi Cowboy remind me of the title of a famous novel.  Name the book and the author.






Winner of last column's question:  This is the newly decorated ceiling inside Rawhide Bar, Soi Cowboy.  You should have known!



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:


"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


(Even though Bangkok English-language Newspapers seldom report it)



2009.08.19 (Yala, Thailand) - A villager is shot five times by Islamists while walking to a market.


2009.08.26 (Yala, Thailand) - A female plantation worker is blown to bits by Mujahideen bombers.


2009.08.26 (Yala, Thailand) - Two men are gunned down in separate Muslim drive-by attacks.


 2009.08.25 (Thailand Narathiwat) - 42 Islamists injure forty-two people with a powerful car bomb outside a restaurant.


2009.08.23 Thailand Narathiwat 2 3 Two local soldiers are killed in a brutal ambush by Muslim militants.


2009.08.22 Thailand Yala 3 4 Muslim militants stop a vehicle with a bomb, then machine-gun three occupants to death.


2009.08.22 Thailand Narathiwat 1 2 Mujahideen fire into a pickup truck, killing a man and seriously injuring his wife and son.


2009.08.22 Thailand Yala 3 4 Three public servants are blasted to death by Muslim terrorists.




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




















SALUTE to Denmark








Stop Honorcide!









Yes, it's happening in the good ole USA

Over the past two years we have seen at least three different “honor killings” perpetrated in either Canada or the United States. The most recent was this past February, when the founder of a Muslim outreach television network beheaded his wife, who was seeking a divorce from him.   Violence against women and against those who convert from Islam is not uncommon in most Muslim countries. For instance, in 2008 the Iranian Parliament voted overwhelmingly to institute the death penalty against those who convert from Islam.   According to a 1999 Amnesty International report, as many as 90% of Pakistani women are subjected to violent treatment by men.  This is the fruit of Islamic shariah law, in which women are treated as the property of men and “apostates” from the faith can be put to death.   Thailand may allow Saariah law in the south.


"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...No stronger retrograde force exists in the world (than Islam)." Winston Churchill


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




    More civilians were killed by Muslim extremists in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. (source)



    “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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