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Part of Patriot Act Overturned

“Part of the Patriot Act, a central plank of the Bush administration’s war on terror, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on the 9th of Sept 2004

U.S. District Judge Victor Marreo ruled in favour of the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the power the FBI has to demand confidential financial records from companies as part of terrorism investigations. The ruling was the latest blow to the Bush administration’s
antiterrorism policies.

The FBI first received power to get customer records in 1986 legislation, but its power to obtain confidential data was greatly expanded by the Patriot Act — a controversial law the Bush administration pushed through Congress after the 9/11 attacks to help it battle terrorism.”

At least the US Justice system realizes that this act is not that Patriotic after all


“Terror’s Children” preview at UPENN

On my first week in UPENN I was surprised to see a preview of Terror’s Children produced by Sharmeen Obaid. A decent documentary where she talks about reasons why third world nations are breeding grounds for raising terrorist. I would appreciate the effort she out into producing such a documentary and also having it displayed at UPENN, the crowd was appreciative of the efforts. Sharmeen – change happens with one stone at a time, you have placed the first pebble in the huge pond, now the beacon is handed down to others to follow suit. Well done.


@ UPENN

Hey blog readers out there.

I have moved out of Karachi for sometime – and I am right now sitting in Philadelphia trying to attend a course at UPENN. Its been 2 days an I am bored shit without any cricket. To be honest I am not complaining too much as I love NFL. It’s pleasant out here at Hoagie land – for sometime you might get the American version of my views here. Will keep you all posted on my day-2-day events.


Pakistan Cricket team falters

It was indeed sad to see another crumble of the batting order during the match against the Indies. Faltered at 131 all out was embarrasing and hence dashes our hopes again of a heroic come back.
We should not loose hope I think there is light a the end of this tunnel with Bob Woolmer at the helm of affairs.


Pak vs West Indies Game Plan

Hey call me a coach or whatever but every Pakistani has a theory on how to handle the cricket team to make it a winning combination.

Teeth Masters Winning team – Stick with the present lineup Afridi way down the order and Shoaib Akhtar as replacement second line of attack bowler, he does not know how to handle the used ball let alone the shinny one and bowls all over the pitch. Rumors have it that our Mr. Ego (Shoaib Akhtar) Is pissed at Inzi and Woolmer for demoting him. Dear Coach – Let him stay there and allow his nuts (EGO) to cool down. Now back on to cricket – Inzi should attack the new batsman like when R. Gavaskar and M. Kaif came in during the last ICC Pak vs India game, the spinners were in action but Inzi did not employ an attacking silly point which could have exerted more pressure on the new batsman and maybe a wicket for us to celebrate, in effect Inzi cooled down and let the new batsmen settle – Ganguly on the other hand had a pressing field each time for new player.

Good Luck Pakistan we are rooting for you.


Cowasjee retaliates to Musharraf

Ardershir Cowasjee in his article in DAWN on Sunday the 19th says

“Some bright spark has calculated that 96 per cent of the 160- odd million citizens of this country feel so, and the general has duly accepted the figure. Question : after his four-day visit to Karachi last week to inaugurate Ideas 2004 (arms for peace indeed!) does he know that the figure of 96 has perhaps been somewhat reduced?”

Precisley what i wanted to say Musharraf has to find out which 96% of the Pakistani population believes he NEEDS to stay in power


We Will – We Will Rock you – Pak beats India

Hey pakis out there – we finally did insert the nail in the coffin – India all out for 200 should have been a walk in the park BUT NOOO India vs Pakistan match needs to be a thriller.

Finally we barely made it but was fun to see Afridi belt two sixes on Irfan Pathan – before the start of his 8th over his average was amazing and lo behold three balls and two sixes later afridi had balanced the equation – on to the Semi’s


Save the Whale Campaign (Save Musharraf)

Watch for todays headlines – Daily Times was loaded with news reports that Musharraf should remain in the driving seat – well welcome to the new turn of affairs – Economy takes a back seat and Save the Whale “Save Musharraf” campaign comes to the front.

Wake up people until december you are going to be bombarded with evidence upon evidence that Musharraf must say – according to the man himself “I have the pulse of the Nation” and according to that wierd pulse 96% want him in power – Yikes which artery does he have Constitution Avenue in Islamabad.

The pulse of Pakistan says –
1 – dont make a mess of the traffic by test drivign those Merc’s
2 – dont beleve that you are the saviour – we soundly believe in Allah
3 – dont assign retired generals to take over ministeries – Pakistan is not a post retirement job for army personnel
4 – GET OFF THAT BUTT (Seat)

— until next time


President Musharraf and Karachi

Mind you Karachiites – whenever President Musharraf is in Karachi you are
bound to be cursing out loud and not simply under your breath. The
establishment is so scared that they block traffic both ways, my advice to
management is that it shall always be Allah’s will, you can’t do anything to
prevent it. You might deter the small crooks but the big fish will find a
way, and my gut felling is that it will be from an insider.

Until then Karachi can wait for his Royal Highness to attend his meetings, its cheaper to fly everyone to Islamabad then have Musharraf drop into our
city



Mushy stuck forever

The latest –

Shaukat Aziz and Sh Rashid Ahmed – puppets of the present govt said today that our dear 5-year old “Dick”tator Prez Musharraf does not have to step down from power and they hoped that he would accept to retaining both the Military and Prez post, as no constitutional restrcitions exists.

YIKES – what is the world heading towards are we in the process of another 10-yr like ZIA rule that destroyed all sanity of Democracy – i think we are.

Mushy believes that once he goes all hell will break loose – MAYBE as then all those power hungry so called democrats the MNAs and MPAs will try to get the throne –

When musharraf came he wanted to EMPOWER the people – all he did was empower himself and his pockets –

GOD HELP US ALL


Oprah’s Pontiac Giveaway

You must have heard Oprah in her show gave away 276 brand new Pontiac’s for the 19th anniversary, estimated at almost US$ 8 Million. Though it was donated by GM but it sure did create stir world wide.
For GM the cost was equilavent to almost 50 prime time adverts but even that cannot create a stir as this stint simply has done – almost worth a 300 ads and a massve campaign overnight
Wish I could get on one of those giveaway shows


US Election Scorecard on Slate

As of 15the Sept Bush is leading the Presidential race by a solid lead of almost 70 Electoral votes (307-231)

Bush has 212 Solid votes and 95 closely contested wins

while

Kerry has 170 Solid and 61 closely contested wins

I hope these predictions stand overturned as my gutt tells me Bush should be OUT – but who am i to say – Pakistani, a third world citizen

BUT still am very PROUD to be a PAKISTANI


Off to UPENN

Hey all – finally i got my Visa – im now off to UNIV of Pennsylvania for a degree in the field of Endondtics (Root Canals)


’47 The Unfinished Agenda

Saturday night I had the opportunity to preview the documentary
” ’47 The Unfinsihed Agenda” a well produced peice by Saadia Ashraf.

Talks about the problematic borders of Pakistan – Its a step in the right direction to promote the Pakistan cause albeit a bit twisted to the Paki version nevertheless amazing job

Well done Saadia


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