Thailand Nightlife Roundup

 

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 3,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, and Bourbon Street Cafe. 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 6,000 and, if still no winner, to 9,000, 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).

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Nick & Touk's wedding and reception in Baan Hua Tam Nop, a village outside Korat

Nicholas Elphinstone & Omduean Thaiatthawithee

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"Movement, action, frames per second.  This is the era we're in, for better or worse.  It seems a little ineffectual, what's here.  It just sits.  It's all mass and body weight."

"Pure gravity."

"Sure, a thing isn't fully erotic unless it has the capacity to move.  A woman crossing her legs drives men mad.  She moves, understand.  Motion, activity, change of position.  You need this today for eroticism to be total."

Don Delillo's  Running Dog

 

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You asked for it!!  Video: (Sexy) Thai Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!!  Click here!!

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Are elephants taking over all of Bangkok or just Soi Cowboy?  By the way, I was very sorry to see PJ's Steaks and Ribs closed on soi 31.  The food was great but I suspect the location wasn't.  Had that place been where Old Dutch is on the corner of Soi Cowboy I think it would have boomed.

 

Nana Plaza: Silhouettes of girls eating in front of neon; advertisement for a bar; a thank you message from some bars; eating and talking on the phone and getting ready for work - all at the same time.  Preparing for another night of work by eating first.  Neon at Nana.  The famous Annie's Massage.  By the way, a waitress at one of the restaurants along Sukhumvit soi 4 (Bus stop) had a broken heart on her shirt and the slogan "You break it - you buy it".  At least she let's you know up front the trouble you would be in.  Another by the way, Dave the Rave was kind enough to send a message to say that nightlife in Phuket has been closed for two weeks.  I think just the music was not allowed for two weeks following the King's sister's passing.  No problem I am sure in finding lovely female company in Phuket, nonetheless.  But this is not the first time Dave has shared information on nightlife happenings which goes to show he is definitely jai dee.

 

A monk and a Buddha on Soi Nana (Sukhumvit soi 4)share a pickup ride out to a temple

 

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Let's talk about Pattaya for just a minute.  I like the place so I hate to be the bearer of bad news but what must be told must be told.  I have some very good sources in Pattaya whose reports have always been reliable.  And I am told that Pattaya bars are in biiig trouble.  I am told that the high season which didn't last long is over and that of the 82 (82!) go go bars in that lovely town by the sea fewer than a dozen are doing good business.  Dave the Rave always says how well the Angelwitches in Bangkok and Pattaya are doing.  Well, guess what, he's right.  Angelwitch, Happy a go go, Peppermint Lounge, some of the Dolls go go places and a few more - they actually make a fine profit.  But the number of bars has reached far beyond any hope that all can make a profit, some of the best dancers are now on vacation in Phuket with their sugar daddy farang boyfriends, and you can be sure that it won't be long before you find a myriad of ads in real estate broker magazines telling us what good deals there are on very profitable bars in Pattaya.  Keep your money. 

 

 

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Life in the West was Never this much Fun!

 

Life for a farang male in Thailand is never boring.  But if you live here you have already noticed that, right?  For example:  A friend of mine has an upcountry girlfriend who has asked him for money for her family from time to time.  Nothing unusual yet.  But one night recently she called him from upcountry and said her family needed 80,000 baht for some land they could rent because the neighbor needed the money.  The amount of land was large enough that they could work it, sell rice, and make a good profit.  It was a bit more complicated then that, but that was the gist of it.  My friend said he would have to see the contract between the two and he would have to think about it a bit and was there a deadline or what?  She would get back to him.

 

About an hour later the phone rang and a girl purporting to be a friend of his girlfriend warned him not to give his girl the money as she is just trying to cheat him and that she has a Thai boyfriend and doesn't even like it when the farang in Bangkok is referred to as her boyfriend.  Why are you telling me this and how do you know all this, my farang friend asked.  It seems the girl is a friend of his girlfriend who just doesn't like to see people get cheated.  Well, maybe, whatever. 

 

So my friend hung up the phone and wanted to think about this but couldn't really because the whole time he had been talking with his girlfriend and then with her friend he had been in bed with a go go dancer he had barfined from Nana Plaza.  Then his phone rang again and it was from a friend of the girl he was in bed with who said the bar had closed and she was lonely so could she come over to be with her at the farang's house?  OK, sure, two is better than one.  Then, as it turned out, the girls admitted they were in fact lesbians and liked each other very much and went at it with each other in my friend's bed while my friend - by now in somewhat of a stupor due to phonecalls and events of the evening and too much overload - sat on the bed and watched.  Like I said, never a dull moment in Thailand.  Could you imagine living a "normal" life back "there" after experiences like that?  Or trying to communicate with wimp Western husbands who are lucky to get out of the house once a week for a beer?  If that?  And speaking of wimp Western males, please read on.

 

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Let's talk about wimps.  In other words, let's talk about Western men living in the West, especially married American men.  So many of them are afraid of their wives and are controlled by their wives - I just don't get it.  In many cases, the women are older than the guys, totally unattractive, and no catch by anybody's standard, and yet the guys act as if they are married to Marilyn Monroe and don't dare piss her off because they might lose her.  I know my friend Leigh has friends in the US he doesn't even bother to call anymore because their wives won't let them go out for a beer with him.  They even tell the husband to get off the phone!  And the guy gets off the phone!

But I write now on this subject because this sickening display happened in front of me here in Bangkok the other day.  With a very good buddy of mine in from the States with his Thai wife.  They have a small house here but live most of the time in the States.  He hadn't seen me for over 3 years so I envisioned a night of drinking at least until close to midnight.  The guy showed up and we ate and were sitting in a bar on Soi Cowboy when I noticed he started checking his watch.  It was 8:30.  When I asked him what he was doing, he replied that he had to be back by nine.  At first I thought he was joking then I realized he wasn't.  He had to get in a taxi and phone his wife that he was on his way back and it had to be nine.  Not ten after.  At ten of nine, we left the bar and headed up Cowboy and I suggested one more bar for just a very quick beer.  He said he would have to make a phone call and come up with an excuse.  Anyway, his wife did not know he was having beer at all but he made his call and then we had a quick beer and then he got into a taxi and clutching his cellphone from which he would call his wife again, he sped off into the night. 

It was pathetic.  I wanted to tell him that there is a difference between being in a marriage and being in a prison and that, no, his wife wasn't so much worried about a taxi driver mugging him as she was worried that he might do something with a woman.  But what was the point?  He was helpless, hopeless, and a wimp.  Not the guy I had known decades before.  To be honest, I was embarrassed for him.  I also know American men who cannot smoke in their own house and sneak out to do it; and some who cannot have liquor or beer in the house and sneak out to do it.  How did it happen?  How has it come to pass that so many American males have become wimps?  No wonder so many feminazis hate me and hate Thailand.  Thailand represents freedom, opportunity, A RETURN TO MASCULINITY.  And boy do they hate anybody who assists their chained and emasculated husband in remembering he has rights too; and he has choices.  And some Western men right here in Thailand fall into the exact same pattern even though they live here and realize or should realize they are the ones in demand - the hetero Western male making decent money who can take care of a lovely Thai woman - but they continue to take shit from their wife.  I don't have the answer.  I can only think there but for the grace of God go I.

"Next to the hunger to experience a thing, men have perhaps no stronger hunger than to forget."  The Journey to the East, Herman Hesse

As the New Year's Eve pictures below clearly show, it was a good thing there was a nurse on Soi Cowboy as she certainly was needed.  And yes those were her lovely legs that appeared at the top of last column.  Soi Cowboy, Dollhouse, Sheba's, Rawhide, What a party!  What a night!

 

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Khun Nana's Corner

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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.

Hello to my faithful readers and a Happy New Year to all.  In the spirit of the season I thought I would take the time to compare Bangkok and the entertainment scene today to the reality of what it was like in 1995 when I first came here.  I stress “reality” because I am constantly hearing whining voices saying “it was soooo much better in the good old days” and such nonsense as this. I suppose it is just human nature to be nostalgic when looking to the past and one must take all the “good old days” stories with more than a little skepticism.   I am here to tell you that THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS! Make no mistake about it, Bangkok is the most exciting city in the world and there has never been a better time or place to be a single male than Bangkok 2008.  Many thanks to my mate Geoff for reminding me of this recently.  Khun Nana’s take on 1995 versus 2008:

NAUGHTY NIGHTLIFE — there have been a lot of changes in the naughty nightlife industry.  Most notably go-go bars are considerably less popular today and the freelance scene has grown exponentially.  Many people comment on the slow decline of the go-gos and the reasons behind it.  To get a feel for the REALITY of the situation, one needs to look at the reason guys go to go-gos in the first place.   I would break down the go-go customer base into two categories.  Guys who go to party and guys who go to find companionship for the evening.  Guys who go to party have ten times more choices now than they did in 1995. 

The first time I visited Paradise I bought one of those politically correct guide books you see in the bookstores and under nightlife the author commented that Bangkok was heaven for single guys looking to pay for a gal for the evening but for anyone else there was little or nothing to do at night.  He was spot on.  There was Hard Rock café, those little jazz clubs on soi Sarasin such as Brown Sugar, and the lounges in the expensive hotels.  That was about it.  Bangkok 2008 has comedy clubs, more British and Irish pubs than you could count, great movie theatres, incredible shopping, bowling, ice skating, dozens of tremendous places to play pool or billiards, live music places, karaoke, traditional dance and music shows, theme bars like Bully’s and Gullivers, trendy nightclubs like Twisted on soi 11 and Q Bar, outdoor beer gardens with HOT Thai hostesses, bustling night markets for shopping or people watching, river cruises, and so many other types of entertainment and places to party and drink with mates that I could write an entire book on the subject.  If you go out to have fun and not for the specific purpose of finding a “pay for play” gal the choices have multiplied at least ten fold. 

What about the guys who are out looking for a companion?  In 1995 many of these guys went to the go-go bars, freelance places like Thermae and Grace Hotel, or beer bars.  In 2008 there are still about the same number of go-go bars (Pattaya has a ton more but this is a whole other story) but many more freelance places.  More importantly EVERY gal in the business now has a mobile phone.  This change is often overlooked or taken for granted, but in 1995 only a select few people had mobiles but now everyone does. Gals needed to work in a bar in order to meet potential customers.  I feel that this is the single greatest factor in the EXPLOSION of gals working freelance and therefore slow decline of the popularity of go-go bars.  Don’t get me wrong, the cream always rises to the top and places like Angel Witch, Rainbow, Long Gun and Kings Castle are still raking in the big bucks.  However, most of the go-go bars have seen declines in business of more than thirty percent.  For many the drop-off has been more like seventy percent!   Many guys say that in go-go bars the prices are too high, gals too mercenary, service poor and most cannot show all the female anatomy.  All these arguments have merit, but the advent of the mobile phone has turned every working gal into a sole proprietor and independent business lady.  I know guys who come here for two weeks and leave with more phone numbers of gals than they can count. Customers pay no bar fine for these gals, don’t need to buy them any drinks and don’t have to wait for them to get off work.  Often the going rate is lower for the freelance gal, even though the total cost is already lower without the drinks and bar fine.   For us local guys, I don’t even take most of their numbers anymore because my phone only holds five hundred and I am too lazy to delete all the numbers that I don’t want or cannot recognize!   Freelancers are everywhere, and as for the gal she no longer needs to turn up for work at a go-go bar every night in order to have a steady stream of customers.  It’s a very easy life for them. 

A side note for all you guys sending money to your “ex-bargal” girlfriend in Bangkok.  In the past 5 years I have bumped into hundreds of gals who used to work in the industry but are now being taken care of by a naive foreign guy.  I normally ask them for their new phone number, and if I can call them when I need a little romance.  NOT ONE TIME in all these years have I had a gal say that she cannot meet me because she has a boyfriend.  NOT ONCE!  Trust me when I say that I am not handsome and never pay big money to the gals.   Do not be confused, once they enter ‘pay for play” there is no turning back and they are always looking for a little side money or to trade up to a better provider.  I think this is a good thing and for ninety-nine percent of the guys and gals this situation works wonderfully.  However, there are always guys who try to fool themselves into thinking they can pay a gal to love them, or that they are going to save her.   Please be smart out there and protect your money and your heart!  I do not tell you this to criticize or belittle you; I just want you to know where things stand so that you can make intelligent decisions! Yes, Bangkok naughty nightlife 2008 kicks the ass of 1995 no contest!

Again to all my readers please have a wonderful 2008 and come back next column when I will continue my 1995 versus 2008 review covering changes in costs, livability, transportation, meeting “good gals” and more.

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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NIGHTLIFE, ENTERTAINMENT, & MASSAGE IN HANOI

 by Lewis Hitchcock

Regarding nightlife and entertainment, for a capital city, Hanoi is pretty sleepy. There are no go-go clubs although showing skin was tried at a single place each in both Hanoi (Hale on Nguyen Du Street offering “Thai-style” entertainment) and Saigon with it being stopped and the entrepreneurs fined – in both cities. Hale is still open, but definitely not trying the skin anymore. 

Continuing on the latter theme, I went up that street that is on the wrong side of the dike close to downtown Hanoi and which parallels the dike, that street does, and see this new club all lit up (unusual; this area is depressed), with only words in Chinese characters in front, and there’s a minder keeping the unwanted out, I suspected. My perception is either the Japanese or Chinese have made it a discreet and private club, and there could be some skin showing. I would have stopped, and figured they’d not allow me in, but I was running a little late, and wasn’t quite in the mood. I asked myself whether I should feel disappointed not having such available to myself and not having the go-go places like in Thailand, but I respond to myself that in this place I’m absolutely not deprived of pussy!)  

 There is a drink for every occasion in Hanoi, with sophisticated bars, friendly pubs, and grungy clubs. And the cheapest beer in the world can be enjoyed at the “bia hoi” (beer halls) that are all over Hanoi, packed with customers, and always serve outstanding food, and I’m surprised one never reads about the latter – their always serving food second to none and at a cheap price. I said the beer was the cheapest in the world – try as low as 1,000 dong (6 US cents) a glass, in effect, free. Yes that’s right – 16 glasses of it will cost you a dollar at that lowest 1,000-dong price.  

There are several discos, with the most popular one, New Century on Trang Thi Street, shut down about six months ago mostly for drugs. Until then, the owner had been known for his good connections and getting away with what the other clubs couldn’t. I drive by it all the time, and it remains closed.

 You’re into drugs, now that I just mentioned it? You wouldn’t be disappointed in Hanoi. Even I am on the lookout for an opium den, getting the idea from my wife’s former French boss who is interested, asking me whether I knew where one was. Then I’d read of lot of those journalists and the like really being into opium dens back in the war along with the French (particularly Phnom Penh), with this fact telling me it must be fairly benign. I get mixed readings on whether there are opium dens in Hanoi, but wouldn’t our neighborhood cop be the best source. He responded to me directly that they have them. (But he wouldn’t tell me where! I’ll ask him next time!)   

 Ballroom dancing (don’t laugh; I ended up learning it because my young local-girl wife-to-be loved it, and it’s okay) is still popular with the Vietnamese, young ones too, and there are several venues. They always throw in, along with the ballroom dances (cha cha, rumba, waltz…), the twist, a little disco, and a Lao dance. (I never could do the latter until I got high on a whole bottle of wine at a beach town (Cua Lo in Nghe An Province) about five provinces south of Hanoi. After that, no problem ever again with the “Lao” and its exotic hand movements! Wife told me the Vietnamese were admiring me for knowing how to do it. I quit going ballroom dancing though, because they turn the music up so loud - too bad, for it’s my wife’s first love. 

So with Hanoi being pretty sleepy, it’s not a place where a guy would want to be, right? Wrong. For massages of all types – legitimate, those with “extra services,” and those halfway in between (my favorite – it’s where they spend an extended period around your goodies, like pushing on pressure points, but never quite getting your cookies off – it’s like an extended nirvana), Hanoi is the best and cheapest in the world, with the standard price for a massage being 30,000 dong ($1.87). There is one catch however. Their signs are in Vietnamese, and for Hanoi to be an okay option, you need to know the language, not necessary in Thailand. Foreigners are more than welcome in these massage shops that never had foreigners in mind. Only once in the nine years plus I’ve been here, has one refused me.  

I feel lucky I’m in Hanoi when I read and hear of the mayors, of towns around the city I’m from in the States, closing down massage shops. I’m happy to report that the reader feedback on such actions is not support but “leave us all alone – it’s harmless, and put your energy into confronting real crime.” (So you thought Hoosiers – the people of Indiana were just a bunch of bible-thumpers!) There’s nothing better than an attractive young girl from the provinces walking on your back or getting on your back and grinding her knees into your muscles, or her getting your cookies off (and perhaps you getting hers off). 

You never know what to expect when you go into one, for each experience is different and each masseuse has a little different technique. If you get completely nude (my preference), they can be very different in how they react. Some won’t blink an eye, some will grab some shorts (in that case I have at the ready some of my own), some will put a towel over you, some will ask you where your underwear is and then make no issue of it – they’ll start working on you with your being nude - while others will want you attired. You may be walking out having had a 100% legitimate massage where she worked strenuously for an hour for that 30,000 dong ($1.87) (the greatest value in the world) or at the other extreme, your masseuse may have taken it up the butt!  

Sometimes, and note that I said “sometimes,” in this Hanoi I feel like the luckiest person alive. But the longer I’m here – well here’s my latest thought: I wish there’d be a war, so I’d have license to shoot the Vietnamese! Granted there are exceptions.    

http://www.ClubElectricBlue.com

 

I am sorry to tell you that the nightlife magazine Sizzle folded after only one issue.  After Dark magazine continues to do well, however.  Some folks have asked me where to get it but I only know it is for sale on the sidewalk at the pharmacy near Bully's Pub on soi Sukhumvit between Sois two and four.  You can always contact them to find out where else it is sold.  Their website is: www.afterdarkasia.com.

 

Like satire?  Try www.notthenation.com

 

I was very recently in Baccara Bar on Soi Cowboy.  The downstairs girls had wings on as did the upstairs girls and then the upstairs girls had nothing on.  Apparently, this bar has started a kind of show.  Very nice.  It was extremely difficult on a Friday late evening to find a place to sit down upstairs or down.  After which the bar dancing reverted to "normal:"  Schoolgirl outfits upstairs and too many girls in bikinis crowding on the stage downstairs.  Rawhide did not disappoint either, especially when the A-Teams get up to dance.  Remember to give bars at least 30 minutes before making a judgment call.  You may walk in when the slightly overweight C Team is up dancing and it is kind of boring.  Then, all of a sudden, they're gone, and on comes the sexy A or B teams.  So give the bars time.

 

Finally, please note on the Welcome Page that the entry entitled "Articles and Stories on Thailand" is now titled "Articles, Stories & Videos on Thailand."  So in case you missed some of the videos in previous columns, there they are.

 

 

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Letters from Readers

 

From: Dean Barrett [mailto:deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th]
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 12:39 PM
To: Customer Support METACAFE.COM
Subject: censorship

Hello, I live in Thailand and whenever I hit the word "submit" to upload a video there appears a message in Thai about the site not being appropriate, etc.  Although I can get into Metacafe, I cannot upload videos.  I wish you could use the word UPLOAD instead of SUBMIT because maybe the Thai government is censoring indiscriminately.  Any suggestions?

 Thank you,  Dean Barrett

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Dear Dean,

Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in Metacafe. If your country blocks out adult material/Metacafe we cannot assist you to by-pass their rules. We hope that you understand our position in this matter and wish you the best of luck.  Please feel free to contact us with any further questions or requests. When replying to this e-mail, please don't change the subject line.

Regards, --
Efrat Cohen
Metacafe Customer Service

customersupport@metacafe.com
www.metacafe.com

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From: Dean Barrett [mailto:deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th]
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 4:44 AM
To: Customer Support
Subject: Re: censorship

 
 
Hi, I understand that.  But the six minute tape I wanted to upload was not of an adult nature and your site is not banned.  Only when I click on the word SUBMIT is there a problem.  I just wish you could change to or add the word UPLOAD and I suspect the problem would go away.
 
Sincerely, Dean Barrett
Bangkok, Thailand

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----- Original Message -----
From: Customer Support
To: Dean Barrett
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 5:31 AM
Subject: RE: censorship

Hi Dean,  

Thank you for getting back to me.  

After a thorough investigation, it seems that although the ban on Metacafe in Thailand was lifted, and the Website itself (http://www.metacafe.com) is accessible, certain internet service providers (such as “True”) continue to block the sub-domains of metacafe.com.  I have attached a link to a forum which contains posts from users who encounter a similar problem with their internet service provider in Thailand.

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?s=dce6eecd3d83b01b7468642cf110c270&showtopic=153813&st=0&p=1653415&#entry1653415 

In order to solve this problem, I advise you to contact your internet service provider since I believe this issue is caused due to a technical problem on their side which can be easily fixed.

Please feel free to contact me for anything else you might need. 

Regards,

 
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Efrat Cohen
Metacafe Customer Service

เว็บไซต์นี้เป็นเว็บไซต์ที่มีลักษณะเข้าข่ายหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ หรือเป็นเว็บไซต์ที่ไม่เหมาะสม

จึงขอระงับการเผยแพร่ชั่วคราว จนกว่าจะมีคำสั่งเป็นอย่างอื่น



"This website contains content considered lese majeste or inappropriate material.

The site will be unavailable until further notice..." (Translation courtesy of ThaiVisa.com)

 

More and more I am getting this Thai message when I try to get into sites, even those not connected with Thailand at all or with porn.  Anyone else having problems?  Maybe it is TRUE Corp. and others even more than the Thai government that is doing this?  I have contacted TRUE and they called me and I think are working on the problem but as of now the problem remains.

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Links You Might Enjoy

A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy.  Click here and then click "preview videos."

http://www.pbar.info/videos.html

 

Like to check out some bars in Thailand?  Try

http://www.bangkokbarfun.com.

Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.

Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try this great site:

http://www.bangkokjungle.com.

 

Tired of shoveling snow?  Check out Bangkok's sunshine.

 

Bangkok's weather report.

 

 

 

A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.

 

www.monsoon-country.org

 

 

 

A bit of black leather never hurts.  But she does.

 

Our Lady in Black

 

 

 

Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?

 

http://www.retiredexpat.com

 

 

 

Maps of all the provinces of Thailand

 

http://www.thailand-guide.org/maps/index.htm

 

 

Listen to RadioBangkok.net

 

mms://wma.radiobangkok.net/bangkok32?MSWMExt=.asf

 

 

 

 

Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK

 

 

 

Links You Might Not Enjoy

T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only. 

http://www.tshirthell.com.

 

Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.

http://www.fredoneverything.net

 

Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.

Taliban Singles Dating Page

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Got feedback to this column?  Got information on Thailand you would like to share?  Happy as a dung beetle to be living in Paradise?  Been ripped off?  Just write me.

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So enter and win 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers, second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt, courtesy of Peter, PJ and Jason, third prize the usual Nada diddly-squat. As for last column's contest it was of course the ground floor of Nana Plaza under the escalator.  This column's prize is worth 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers.  Just be the one to send me the most humorous caption for this picture:

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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: deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th

 

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More News on the "Religion of Peace"

 

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The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand

 

 

12/31/2007 (Yala, Thailand) - Islamists kill one person in a series of bomb attacks on restaurants and entertainment venues.

1/4/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A 43-year-old villager is shot to death by Muslim militants.

1/3/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A 44-year-old Buddhist rubber tapper is murdered by Muslim extremists.

1/10/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - A Buddhist villager is murdered by Muslim gunmen in an unprovoked attack.

1/10/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - Three men are shot to death by Muslim terrorists in three separate attacks.

1/13/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - Islamic gunmen shoot a man in the back of the head as he is watching television.

1/14/2008 (Narathiwat, Thailand) - Islamists ambush and kill eight local soldiers in a vicious attack that leaves them beheaded, shot or blasted to death.

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Muslims girls murdered by their father in the USA

A Muslim immigrant in Texas shot his two teenage daughters to death because he disapproved of their "Western lifestyle." 

"Sisters Sarah Said, 17, and Amina Said, 18, both students Lewisville High School near Dallas, were found dead on Tuesday night riddled with bullets after being shot by their father after he threatened to kill them because they began to date boys and associate with non-Muslims. These girls who just wanted to live a normal life as American high school students, were slaughtered as honor killings, a practice perfectly acceptable under Islamic law. Yaser Abdel Said, the father and murderer, still remains on the loose."

 

Yes, this happened in America; it happened in Canada just a few weeks ago; it is happening in Europe.  It will happen more and more until people wake up to the fact that, yes, Islam is a threat to Western values and pointing out the dangers of the fanatical brotherhood known as Islam is not Islamophobia; it is common sense.  It is facing reality.  It is exactly what real moderate Muslims (and ex-Muslims) want us to do.

 

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Things that Offend Muslims  (The Opinionator)
Turns out to be a rather long list. Unfortunately, killing in the name of Allah isn't on it.

 

Islamic extremism has turned some communities into no-go areas for people of a different faith or race, a Church of England bishop has said.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, said non-Muslims may find it difficult to live or work in some places. He said there was "hostility" in those areas and described the government's multicultural policies as divisive. Muslims and some politicians have accused the bishop of scaremongering. But other politicians agreed with the bishop, saying he had highlighted a real problem.

It comes as the government said Muslim women would be offered assertiveness training in an attempt to fight extremism in their communities. The courses will form part of a campaign to get more Muslim participation in UK civic life.

 

Why is the above so interesting?  Because it is one of the few times that a Westerner with any power has spoken out honestly about the increasing number of "no-go areas" that are increasing all across Europe.  Areas now populated by Muslims in which informally they practice their own customs and Sharia law in the hearts of European cities and towns and people have to listen to the call to prayer of the mosques.  Hostility?  You better believe it.  Just go to certain Muslim areas in Brooklyn, NY or New Jersey, etc.  Multicultural (politically correct) policies have indeed been a disaster.

 

 

Some naughty fellow in Maine left this poster near a Muslim shop reporting his lost "vicious" dog Mohammed.  Baaaad boy!  As with the teddy bear, it is an insult to the dog.

 

"Mohammad poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex...and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature" - John Quincy Adams

 

 

 

Shafilea Ahmed, A beautiful teenage Pakistani girl living in England, complained about her family always talking about "honor" but how she wanted to live a "normal" live in England, choose her own boyfriend, etc.  Her badly decomposed body was found on a river bank, beaten and strangled, and no one has been placed on trial although friends say when she once had a bruise and cut lip she told them one member of her family held her down while another beat her.  Apparently, her murderer will escape justice.  Iran continues to stone women to death for adultery.  Muhammad himself got his buddies to kill poets (including a woman) who wrote mocking verses about him.  And yet several flighty western women such as those on youtube.com continue to convert to Islam (note the beatific smiles on their faces).  Will they ever learn?

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Muslim Populations in European Cities

Which European cities have the highest percentages of Muslim residents. The "Islam in Europe" blog compiled the following statistics, with sources marked by an asterisk and some edits by Dr. Daniel Pipes.

Marseilles - 25 percent (200,000 of 800,000) (*)
Malmö - ~25 percent (67,000 of 270,000) (*)
Amsterdam - 24 percent (180,000 of 750,000) (*)
Stockholm - 20 percent (>155,000 of 771,038) (*)
Brussels - ~20 percent (some say 33 percent) (*)
Moscow - 16 percent-20 percent (2 million of 10-12 milllion) (*)
London - 17 percent (1.3 million of 7.5 million) (*)
Luton - 14.6 percent (26,963) (*)
Birmingham 14.3 percent (139,771) (*)
The Hague - 14.2 percent ( 67,896 of 475,580) (*)
Utrecht - 13.2 percent (38,300 of 289,000) (*)
Rotterdam - 13 percent (80,000 of 600,000) (*)
Copenhagen - 12.6 percent (63,000 of 500,000) (*)
Leicester - 11 percent (>30,000 of 280,000) (*)
Aarhus - ~10 percent (*)
Zaan district (Netherlands) - 8.8 percent (*)
Paris - 7.38 percent (155,000 of 2.1 million) (*)
Antwerp- 6.7 percent (>30,000 of >450,000) (*)
Hamburg - 6.4 percent (>110,000 of 1.73 million) (*)
Berlin - 5.9 percent (~200,000 of 3.40 million) (*)

The guessing now is that Sweden will become the first European nation with a majority of Muslims.  Bye Bye, noble Swedes, you were once a great country; you just didn't wake up in time.

The Goals of Islam in America:

"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."  - Omar Ahmad  Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

 

 

 

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