Monthly Archives: August 2012

On a Lighter Note: My Vespa PK50s ’83

A few weeks ago my wife suggested that I should get a small scooter. knowing me well she insisted on a small scooter that would not go over 30 miles/hour. So, on an impulse we both found a local store, in a flea market in Irving, and drove their to check it out. We ended…

No Justice for Rachel Corrie

The Israeli court has finally given its final word on Rachel Corrie’s death: it was an accident. Corrie was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer in Rafah on March 13, 2003 while protesting against the usual Israeli practice of destroying Palestinian homes. While all eyewitness accounts and pictures prove without a doubt that the…

Temple Shootings, Mosque Burnings, Random Beatings

This is how it begins, the rise of thanatopolitics and politics of suspicion, in random acts of violence against our supposed others. Those placed on the fringe of the norm in simplified rhetoric of our demagogue politicians, pop theologians, and hate group gurus. An armed man enters a place of worship, in Wisconsin, targeting a…

Reflections on Hiroshima Day

The first time I seriously participated in the formal memorializing of the Hiroshima Bombing day was in 1991 at the National Institute of Modern Languages (NIML), Islamabad. I had been selected that year to go to Japan for an exchange program with the Japanese Self Defense Forces. Before leaving for Japan, the Pakistan army had…

Porn Stars Support Mitt Romney

In this expensive election, Mr. Romney, it seems, has been able to extend his reach to the constituencies that do not seem like the ideal  family values platform. Recent statements from various porn starts and porn industry executives are a proof that Mr. Romney is a well-rounded candidate with a wide appeal to morally sound…

Chick-Filators of America Come Together to Celebrate Freedom

In a heart-warming wave of national solidarity, on a hot summer day, hundreds of thousands of Chicken-eaters from all corners of United States gathered at the most enlightened and the most diverse chicken-selling franchise in the history of chicken-selling. While the followers of Colonel Sanders and other chicken-selling enterprises cowered in the kitchens of their…