It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve gone WTF on a pretty daily basis. Here are a few reasons why:
WTF #1: The earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan. This is more like a sad “what on earth is happening” WTF. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century, hit today, causing a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in northern Japan. According to the NY Times, The Japanese government has put the official death toll at more than 300. So incredibly tragic. To donate $10 to the RedCross disaster relief efforts in Japan, you can text REDCROSS to 90999.
WTF #2: Several people have asked if I’d write a commentary on the GOP Rep. Peter King hearings on Muslim radicalization on Capitol Hill this week. Adam Serwer said it far better than I could when he wrote in the Washington Post, “The premise of the hearing was flawed from the beginning, focused broadly on the “Muslim community” rather than an infinite number of more specific issues related to domestic radicalization — and, as a result, it didn’t offer much in the way of policy guidance and left the impression that Muslims in America are an issue to be concerned about, rather than terrorism itself.” The hearings didn’t turn into an all-out witch hunt that some conservatives were secretly hoping for. For that I am glad. But I am probably most sad that my ammunition for ignorant conservatives – F**** Yeah Ordinary Muslim Guy – is no longer available. Sad Kalsoom. But for your pleasure, dear readers, I did dig up the meme I most enjoyed this week:
WTF #3: In apparent honor of International Women’s Day, Pakistani lawmaker Jam Tamachi Unar proposed a committee to stop the “mental torture” of men by women. I kid you not. Unar reportedly made the suggestion after the Sindh provincial assembly resolved to create a panel to investigate the torture of women in Pakistan’s rural areas. Although the lawmaker told the Associated Press later that he was only joking, (his joke, by the way, caused female lawmakers to chant “Shame!” and storm out of the Assembly), he did say it was the “bitter truth that the same way women are tortured in rural areas, men are the victims of mental torture in urban neighborhoods.” Well, Unar. Dude. Your wife may actually mentally torture you for that comment. [Thanks Katherine for the tip!]
WTF #4: WTFakmal. After a disastrous performance against New Zealand this week in the World Cup, news agencies report that Pakistani cricket players “are rallying around besieged wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as he tries to rebuild his confidence.” Akmal has earned many nicknames, however, for dropping the ball (ha! Punny!) including but not limited to: the Maharajah of Missed Chances, the Don Corleone of Dropped Catches, the Earl of Err, the Pharaoh of Fumble, Lance Corporal Granite Hands, (via the Pakistan Cricket Forum). Other suggestions welcome.
WTF #5: Thanks to my friend Shaheryar, this song will haunt me in my dreams. Please enjoy the very unofficial song for the cricket World Cup, with the best lyrics EVER. #Winning.