Pearl Harbor Day

Is it Pearl Harbor Day today? Or is it my birthday? I turn 34 right around this time (11:15am Pakistan Standard Time). Instead of posting photos of me as a toddler, I’ll use my birthday as an excuse to post more pictures of Michelle (with me, of course). And Happy Hannukah too.

Segregated Blogging

Via Sister Soljah, I found a post on a blog titled Blogging: an Islamic perspective. I was intrigued. The blogger divides all blogs into 3 categories: personal, topical, and a mix of the two. His criticism is directed at personal blogs. For starters, all bloggers know that since their blogs are public, their entries are… Continue reading Segregated Blogging

10 + Michelle

It’s been exactly 10 years since “I” became “We”. On December 1, 1994 in Wah Cantt, Pakistan, Amber and I got married. That day, we thought we knew what love was. But we weren’t really aware of the bond between two persons who spend their lives together. Since then, our love has grown considerably; we… Continue reading 10 + Michelle

Zakat for Muslims Only?

My post asking for charity recommendations elicited a few questions about Zakat (the obligatory Muslim charity). I was told that Zakat is only to be given to Muslims. I had heard something like that before, but I decided to look it up this time around as I couldn’t understand any reason for such a prohibition.… Continue reading Zakat for Muslims Only?

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Enjoy your turkey! Last year, I had to fly home to spend thanksgiving with Amber. This year not only are we together, we have got Michelle with us. That reminds me, Michelle was conceived last year over the thanksgiving weekend. UPDATE: Congratulations to my brother-in-law and his wife on the birth of… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

I read The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited before Michelle’s birth but haven’t had time to review it. It is a detailed look (640 pages) at the issue of the Palestinian refugees with more than 2,700 endnotes/footnotes. The book starts with three maps. One shows the UN partition plan. The 2nd map codes… Continue reading The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

URL Alphabet

Via PhotoDude who got it from Reecie, here is an interesting meme. Type each single letter of the alphabet in the address bar of your browser and list what the auto-complete function pulls up first. Here are my results: A is for Amygdala. B is for Brian’s Study Breaks. C is for Crooked Timber. D… Continue reading URL Alphabet

Categorized as Internet

US Visa Issues

Colin Powell on US visas (hat tip: Perverse Access Memory): It is in our interest to have foreigners come to our institutions, come to our medical facilities, come to our entertainment facilities, visit the United States as tourists to get a better understanding of who we are, what we are as a nation and people,… Continue reading US Visa Issues

Categorized as Immigration

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Exit Polls and Moral Values

There has been lot of talk about “moral values” being the most important issue in the Presidential election this year. Here are the results of the exit poll question in order of decreasing Bush margin…

Categorized as Politics