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Creekstone beef is certified halal – and supplies top tier restaurants around the United States

posted by Aziz Poonawalla
Top-tier quality, fully zabihah slaughtered meat from Creekstone Beef

Top-tier quality, fully zabihah slaughtered meat from Creekstone Beef

A new blog has just burst onto the Muslim blogsphere scene, Muslim Eater (http://muslimeater.com) – with a magnificent debut post about how a major, top-tier beef supplier in Kansas is actually fully halal certified. That supplier is Creekstone Beef and all of their beef is hand-slaughtered zabiha halal by Muslim staff.

Here is Muslim Eater’s initial list of restaurants by city that serve Creekstone beef:

Chicago:

  • David Burke’s Primehouse
  • Epic Burger
  • Eataly (market) & Baffo (restaurant)
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • The Palmer House
  • Carnivale
  • Travelle
  • Frontera by Rick Bayless
  • The Side Door
  • The Lobby
  • Houlihan’s (The Loop on Wacker)
  • Roka Akor
  • Owen & Engine

New York:

  • Eataly
  • Minetta Tavern
  • Babbo
  • Café Boulud
  • China Grill
  • Del Posto
  • Pastis
  • Porterhouse New York
  • Standard Grill
  • Marea
  • Tabla
  • Khe-Yo
  • Perilla Restaurant
  • Clear Cut Meals
  • Marc Forgione
  • The Stanton Social
  • Salt & Fat
  • Many more…

San Francisco:

  • Baker & Banker
  • Isa
  • BIX
  • Park Tavern
  • Phat Philly
  • Marlowe
  • A K Meats
  • La Folie
  • Cocotte
  • Gitane
  • The Brazen Head
  • Skool
  • Farallon
  • Fringale
  • Fog Harbor Fish House
  • Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
  • Bisou
  • Town Hall
  • Many more…

San Jose:

  • Los Gatos Meats & Smoke House
  • Pizza Antica
  • Parcel 104
  • Hay Market Willow Glen
  • Billy Berk’s
  • The Patty Shack (Redwood City)
  • Coconuts Caribbean

Los Angeles:

  • Hole In the Wall Burger Joint
  • Petit Ermitage
  • Red O
  • RH
  • Beachwood Cafe
  • Farm Stand

Detroit:

  • Toasted Oak Grill and Market
  • The Hill Seafood and Chophouse
  • Prime29 Steakhouse
  • Northern Lakes Seafood Restaurant

Atlanta:

  • South City Kitchen
  • Dantanna’s
  • Salt Factory

Other cities:

The post at Muslim Eater is incredibly detailed and addresses virtually every possible concern that any committed halalaterian may have about whether they can trust this info. This is incredible news for any Muslim foodie!

For more information, read Muslim Eater’s post on Creekstone in full, and follow them on twitter at @muslim_eater!

Related links about Creekstone: Creekstone’s website, and a NYT article on Creekstone’s beef quality.

a victory for toilets and holograms: Narendra Modi is India’s new Prime Minister

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As predicted by everyone, Narendra Modi has won the election and is India’s new Prime Minister.

Some essential background on the Indian elections here, by John Oliver on HBO (because American news media FAIL):

Modi won with substantial support of Muslims in India, despite his role in the Gujrat riots. I hope that Modi takes that lesson of forgiveness and trust to heart as he governs for all of India, not just the majority.

The flip side is Rahul Gandhi, who was probably the most anemic candidate that Congress could have fielded. Watch Gandhi’s disastrous interview by TV host Arnab Goswani and you will see how unprepared he was:

(the full transcript is here and it’s as painful to read as it is to watch)

and compare Goswani’s interview with Gandhi to his interview with Modi:

It’s no wonder Modi destroyed Gandhi. And frankly I don’t see how a dynastic, inefective candidate like Gandhi would have been any better for India. At best he would have perpetuated the status quo; at worst he would have exacerbated the worst instincts of Indian politics towards corruption and waste and bureaucratic inertia.

Modi was always going to win. The future of India is in his hands. Let’s hope that having achieved his ambition, he now can focus on his legacy and can resist the calls of Hindu nationalism to create their version of paradise. Modi is Muslims’ prime minister, too.

the silver lining to the Iraq War

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Here’s an article by a defense industry analyst that goes out of its way to avoid mentioning who and what political party was responsible for the Iraq War while assidously making the case that said war has paralyzed American military decisionmaking in the long run:

Without Iraq’s enormous price, the once unassailable U.S. military strength would be whole, intact, unrivaled, and unquestioned. Had we not fought in Iraq, the reach, capability, and capacity still required of a great power with global interests would not be in jeopardy as it is today. For example, because the U.S. military had to rapidly expand to fight two simultaneous ground wars, personnel costs (some of which are likely fixed and irreversible) soared so much that U.S. leadership now recognize them to be unsustainable.

Further, the kind of war Iraq became — a grinding and costly counterinsurgency (COIN) — not only resulted in rejection of future U.S. involvement in wars like it, but also in near rejection of the necessity for robust ground forces in general. Air and sea forces weren’t immune to harm either. A decade plus of irregular war in the greater Middle East resulted in material and conceptual neglect in high-end warfighting and emerging threats like a rising China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia. In short, long-overdue defense innovation is certain to run headlong into war weariness and tight budgets.
[...]
The Iraq experience has had such a dramatic negative impact on U.S. risk calculations that it has effectively blunted all appetite for future intervention in response to failed political authority regardless of where, when, and under what conditions it occurs or no matter what’s at stake.

read the whole thing.

Obviously, the author sees this as a bad thing, but all the evidence he marshals in support of making that claim actually undermines that premise. Frankly, if military forbearance is the legacy of the Iraq War, then at least we got something for our efforts. If every adventurist President in the future sees the long shadow of Iraq on the wall while they debate making a play for oil and pseudo-imperialism in the future, perhaps we can actually avoid even more costly mistakes to come.

If not for Iraq, then would we be engaging Russia right now over Crimea? Would we be on the ground in Syria? Would we have intervened militarily in Egypt? Honestly, the real question to ask is, if not for Iraq, would we have had a President McCain or President Romney – both of whom made no secret of their disdain for President Obama’s choices to end the Iraq War, withdraw from Afghanistan, engage in limited fashion in Libya, avoid bombing Iran, and doing “something” about Syria, Crimea, etc.

The fact that these defense industry policy people can’t even bring themselves to name names about who the architects of the Iraq War were is further evidence of their denial of reality, a denial that I hope continues to keep them isolated from the corridors of power and policy for a long time to come.

Related: the famous “strategic overview” by famed warblogger Steven den Beste, which was quoted by all the pro-Iraq people in the runup to war. That was a dark time. Arguments like those convinced even many liberals to support the Iraq War. It’s worth reading the document now because it encapsulates the thinking which we can now see in hindsight was 100% as wrong as those of us against the Iraq War said it was. Vindication is a bitter pill though, in this case.

Video: (muslim) Mehdi Hasan interviews (atheist) Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is an excellent debate between the most emphatic atheist of our time, Richard Dawkins, and political journalist Mehdi Hasan. Hasan is brilliantly prepared for the debate and treats Dawkins with utmost respect, but methodically defends belief and religion as a force for good.

There are some astonishing admissions made by Dawkins here that really undermine his more polemical assertions against religion. A great interview because Hasan does an absolutely superb job of rebutting and grounding Dawkins’ claims.

If I can find a transcript, I’ll include it, but this is a must-watch. Hasan is brilliant.

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