November 2006

Bats with God

A little over an year ago, I wrote about Mohammad Yousuf neé Yousuf Youhana's conversion to Islam. In the post, I was a bit ambivalent about the symbolic force of that personal decision. A few months later, by happenstance, I ended up chatting with Yousuf over IM. He seemed geniunely excited and happy. And said [...]

Imams at the Airport

Six Imams walk into a Terminal...and then they stay right there. They were deplaned from a US Airways flight after bring found suspicious. CAIR is, rightfully, asking for investigation. I received an email from our teacher, Naim Sahib with an oped he wrote to the Chicago Tribune. With his non-explicit-permission, I am reprinting it below [...]

Give Thanks

Freedom is the distance from here to here. ps. Yes the first sentence is grotesque.

Meeting People is Easy

On Saturday, Mr. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, conceded that the president had not come into direct contact with ordinary Vietnamese, but said that they connected anyway. “If you’d been part of the president’s motorcade as we’ve shuttled back and forth,” he said, reporters would have seen that “the president has been doing [...]

All Tied Up in Knots

I wish to inform you that in the past few weeks, I should have written the following: A review of Jonathan Lear's brilliant Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. My thoughts on Sudhir Venkatesh's talk at the IHouse. He is the author of Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban [...]

Dear Rumsfeld

I hear they have a nice retirement colony in Cuba.

Perma Smirk

It's election week and thinking about all our favorite politicians across the land keeps us up at night. After so many years of Republican rule it's hard to imagine anything like a victory tomorrow, especially when a perpetual slide-show of Dick Cheney's perma-smirk dances in our heads. Chapati Mystery's medical expert, Dr. Haroun, reports that [...]

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