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Republican tactics vs strategy

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Daniel Larison – no admirer of liberalism or Obama or Democrats, mind you – has been running against the tide of late by arguing that the Republicans do not stand to gain as much in the mid term elections this […]

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Osama bin Laden loves global warming

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Since religious demogougery hasn’t worked out so well for Al Qaeda’s attempt to win hearts and minds of the muslim masses, Osama bin Laden is trying a new strategy: scare ’em with science: Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called […]

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State of the Union preview

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The White House has released some excerpts of the State of the Union speech and I am posting them below. My (brief) comments follow. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2010 EXCERPTS […]

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I’m an Apple Tablet skeptic – it’s no Kindle

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The tech blogsphere is obsessed with Apple’s announcement of it’s new iPad tablet device today (personally, I’d have called it Newton 2). Frankly I don’t think the new device makes much sense from a consumer perspective and has zero chance […]

is there a “right” to health care?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In the debate over health care, and the associated debate over illegal immigration, I’ve often heard the argument that “health care isn’t one of the rights defined in the Constitution.” This argument seems to me to deny the very concept […]

Charles Johnson’s jihad

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

For those who wisely stay out of the blogsphere’s sea of meta-storms, Charles Johnson and his website Little Green Footballs (“LGF”) are probably unknown to you. This is why the fact that Johnson was the subject of three simultaneous profiles […]

Massachusetts Senate Race post-mortem: a progressive failure

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Congratulations to Senator-elect Brown – in the end, he was a better candidate and ran a better campaign against the hapless Martha Coakley, who thought she could coast on Kennedy-Obama coat-tails into office. A single statistic explains all – @marcambinder […]

Is the Massachusetts Senate race a referendum on Obama’s first year?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today, Massachusetts votes for a Senator to replace Ted Kennedy in a special election scheduled on the eve of President Obama’s first anniversary in office. The expectation is, to put it bluntly, that Republican challenger Scott Brown will probably defeat […]

Solar eclipse today

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s an annular solar eclipse today, with peak eclipse at about 07:06 UT – only affecting the Eastern Hemisphere, with path of maximum eclipse passing almost along the equator across Africa, the tip of India, and across Indonesia and China. […]

Devil’s advocate: Pat Robertson and Haiti’s curse

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s really no better term for Pat Robertson than “Christian extremist” – there’s not much point in going over his long history of public outbursts of intolerance, racism, and hatred, except in noting that ordinary Christians (and evangelicals in particular) […]

The perfect solution for NBC, Leno, Conan and the Tonight Show

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The bottom line: Jay Leno’s prime time show isn’t working out, NBC wants to move him back to late night, but since Conan O’Brien has the contract for The Tonight Show, they want to bump him 30 min later and […]

Red Cross donations online or via SMS for Haiti

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The situation in Haiti is utterly horrific. If you want to help by making a donation, there’s no better way than the Red Cross’s International Response Fund, which has the economies of scale to ensure that every dollar you give […]

CAIR creates “Spirit of Islam” fund to help rebuild Malaysian churches

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a press release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, announcing a fundraising drive to solicit contributions to help rebuild churches in Malaysia. The churches in question were firebombed by extremists protesting the Christian community’s perfectly valid use of […]

Canadian and American Imams issue fatwa against terrorist attacks

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Last week, a group of twenty Imams from across the United States and Canada, all affiliated with the Islamic Supremem Council of Canada, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring that any attack on America or Canada is equivalent to an […]

Malaysia’s Monopoly on Allah

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Over the course of the past week, nine churches in Malaysia have been firebombed, by muslim extremists who object to the Christian community’s use of the word “Allah” in their prayers. The dispute came to a head on Dec 31st […]

Shakespeare as political analyst

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’ll freely admit that I hold in mild contempt anyone who dare not acknowledge Hamlet as the very pinnacle of Shakespeare’s work. While most of the Bard’s tales are worthy of the label masterpiece in their own right, Hamlet stands […]

good news for the muslim world in 2009

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The decade that ended seems to have its epitaph written by consensus: thank god it’s over. And while it certainly was no picnic for the West to have terrorism, economic meltdowns, and environmental catastrophes as afflictions, in all respects the […]

Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens today

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

UPDATE – the name of the building is now officially the Burj Khalifa, named after the ruler of neighbouring Abu Dhabi, to honor the bailout made by its sister emirate during the financial crisis. The Burj Dubai is officially open […]

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Ramadan Pearls 02 - non-existence
Fasting leads to non-existence, for, after all, the joys are there. God is with those who patiently persevere (2:249) (Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi) ...

posted 8:47:33am Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Ramadan Pearls 01 - criterion
It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was first bestowed from on High as a guidance unto Man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as a ...

posted 3:36:22pm Jun. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Why orthodox muslims should celebrate the gay marriage ruling
The news that the Supreme Court has struck down barriers to same-sex marriage nationwide is truly a victory for civil rights. While homosexuals haven't faced the same sustained, institutionalized violent terrorism that black Americans suffered, ...

posted 9:29:00pm Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Ramadan is coming - the Muslim remembers
In about a week, I move from Wisconsin to Los Angeles, so I will no longer be the Sheikh in the North beyond the Wall. However, even moving to (LA) Kings' Landing doesn't stop Ramadan. “Oh, my sweet summer child," Old Nan said quietly, ...

posted 5:30:43pm Jun. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam?
Short answer: probably not. Lindsay Lohan was recently spotted carrying a copy of the Qur'an as she left a children's daycare where she's serving her court-ordered sentence of community service. As the article at The Daily Mall helpfully ...

posted 9:52:36am May. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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