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  • ross1948 10:32 on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunshine, On A Lazy Jakarta Saturday…But After Next Week? 


    Paper-backs purchased, a brief outing to SuperIndo to buy some beef for a rendang feast tonight, and we’ll see what delights the TV may have to offer.



    A fine week drawing to a close, which began with a brilliant Sunday brunch, continued through two excellent parties…



    …AND there’s another next week, before the gloomy month of Ramadhan descends, restos and even humble street-eateries shrouded with silly curtains…

    Big Mackistan? Ramadhan Lock-Out at McD Sarinah? 

    IslamoNazi Thugs Amok, Jakarta Cops Say ‘No Charges!’ 

    Bigot Goon-Squad Bullies Vendor – Decent Indonesians Open Hearts AND Wallets!

    …to ensure no fanatical fasters risk challenge to their spiritual discipline at the sight of non-fasters enjoying a simple meal.


    • gus dur fasting

    ‘If we fasting Muslims want respect, let us also respect those who aren’t fasting.’


    One misses the wisdom of the late President Gus Dur, who was a notable Muslim scholar, so different from so many of the intolerant Islamist self-styled ‘scholars’ these days.

    Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Don’t Complain if You’re Attacked!” 

    Hence one must make the most of it, so today and tomorrow my plan is to relax, conserving energy for fun outings before May expires…


    Bigot brutes attack a food vendor for its crime of serving lunchtime snacks to hungry workers.


    …and once again the TV news may be presenting us with scenes of IslamoNazi thuggery, of which the above is a good example.

    Or maybe not!

    Perhaps now that jihadist ideologues have come to dominate both law and discourse here in Jakarta..

    Slouching Towards Shariah, Indonesia Jails Ahok! 

    . …they too will take a relaxed attitude towards those whose mere existence affronts their sectarian arrogance.

    Oh Yeah?


    Hasil gambar untuk gotta be kidding


    • Silviati 15:27 on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You say it very well, Ross, how mean they are with stupid rules when the only rule should be rule we make for ourselves.
      This is because fasting is CHOOSE not to eat, not order by scholar who think he knows God better then we do,
      Same like stupid curtain.to make us not see eating. If we CHOOSE not to eat then we do not need stupid curtain to make us keep our promise to us.

      Stupid curtain.and stupid scholar and stupid politician like so many in Aceh who will pretend to be holy but still corrupt and steal money from poor people.

      I will fast because I can and I will and not because they make me.
      You and everyone can fast or not, Indonesia is NOT Iran or Arab Saudi.


  • ross1948 22:38 on November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fasting, , , IslamoNazis. Christmas, , , Ramadan. appeasement monkey,   

    Dissing Christians In Mama Stasi’s Germany 



    The thing about Breitbart which upsets the Left is not that it produces ‘fake news.’

    Trustworthy Media? Scant News of ‘Hamilton’ Hypocrisy! 

    It’s that it reports real news, shocking news, that the biased so-called ‘mainstream’ media choose to ignore ( aka hide ) and the reason they ignore it?

    Not because they are unaware of it but because they do NOT want us to know the truth.


    • truththenewhatespeechcorrectspellinig
    • ======
    • Take that recent shocking story of ingrate migrants’ arrogance and arson, which did make it into the more responsible newspapers. 
    • It’s all about some primitives in Germany who set fire to their ‘asylum centre’ because they didn’t feel they were being sufficiently pampered with confectionaries. 
    • =======
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    • ———————–
    • But if you read down through the Breitbart report, there’s something that’s much more shocking –  not the savages’ behaviour, but the actions of those in charge.              T                                                                                                                                                     000000000000
    •  Ordinary lunchtime meals in the asylum centre were cancelled during Ramadan, to the dismay of non-Muslims, with hot food served only early morning and late evening. A spread of cold food was put out during the day for migrants who weren’t fasting.
    • OMG.

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    And last week Mama Stasi Merkel, Obama’s fave fan, has the nerve to announce she’s going to run for chancellor again as candidate of the CHRISTIAN  Democrats…


    • 9f4a2-merkel2bthat2blook
    • ————-
    •  …although we now know that her ‘asylum centre’ flunkeys treat Christians as second-class citizens?
    • ==============
    • You should read the whole Breitbart article  –http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/11/21/migrants-burn-hall-candy-fasting-hours/ –  concerning the two ingrates now facing trial…  –
    • The two men who have now been charged by the state prosecutor are Algerian Adel D., with aggravated arson and dangerous bodily harm, and Moroccan Mohammed B., who called on other migrants to start fires, with acting as his accomplice to both offences.
    • ———–
    • …whose arson cost German tax-payers TEN MILLION EUROS ( one hopes their snazzy handphones will be confiscated and sold to recoup some of that…
    • snouts_in_the_trough
    • —–
    • …and that the infamous ‘pocket-money’ the swine get, also from German tax-payers, will be stopped forever. 
    • ———–
    • But that’s almost incidental to the fundamental issue of the German authorities’ disgusting religious discrimination against Christians (and presumably others like Yazidis and Buddhists and Hindus)
    • To put this in the context of where I live, I have often expressed concerns about the ridiculous curtains draped around street eateries here in 90% Muslim Jakarta.

      R-E-S-P-E-C-T – That’s How Ramadhan Must Be, Mr. UK Ambassador! 

    • ————
    • FPI_13
    • —————————


    • kkwarung rizky
    • ——-
    • …., owned and operated by a nice Muslim lady, where some of the little waitresses wear head-scarves, it has never, EVER been the case that a good cheap tasty meal has been unavailable for those who wish to eat, any time of day it’s open.
    • And it’s open all through the Ramadan fasting month, except for the week or so when they all go home to Central Java to see their kinfolks.
    • If decent Indonesian Muslims carry on serving regular meals for those who don’t fast, there’s no excuse for publicly-funded German facilities to discriminate against Christians.
    • Those guilty of this iniquity should be disciplined severely or better still…
    • FIRED!
    • rascals-out
    • – 
    • And obviously, savages like that Algerian and Moroccan, and any ‘migrants’who think their dietary habits must be imposed on those who don’t share their beliefs, should be instantly categorised as undesirable aliens, inadmissible to civilised countries..
    • Fasting, when and what we eat, is a CHOICE!
    • agreenerchristmastree
    • In about a month, I’ll be tucking into Christmas Dinner.
    • I won’t be trying to force everyone else to guzzle poultry and stuffing.
    • ———-
  • ross1948 14:42 on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fasting, , , , , , Saeni, , ,   

    Bigot Goon-Squad Bullies Vendor – Decent Indonesians Open Hearts AND Wallets! 

    No Ramadhan raids on eateries in Jakarta: Ahok –

    So says the Jakarta Post, and I hope his assurance holds up. I’d be more reassured if the cops give an undertaking to use the guns they carry to deal with sectarian hoodlums who decide to run amok.

    But the rest of the report is more interesting, both for the news it gives of a SatPol PP (civic militia) raid on a defenceless old lady in the nearby town of Serang last week.

    Her ‘crime?’

    Mrs. Saeni had served customers at midday during the fasting month.

    Serang, as noted, is near Jakarta but is actually located in the adjacent province of Banten.

    Banten may not be as steeped in pig-ignorant fanaticism as Aceh or West Java, but that’s not saying a lot.

    Shariah goon-squad, picking on Saeni’s food-stall Well done to Kompas.com for focusing on this

    Serang Satpol PP personnel raided Saeni’s food stall based on a regulation prohibiting eateries from serving customers during the day throughout the fasting month.

    The JP report then adds needlessly that Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk.



    That’s between them and their God, not a bunch of bigoted local bigwigs who evidently see themselves as agents of Divine Wrath.

    Here’s one of many YouTube links to the scenes. 


    Don’t know about you but it made me want to spit with fury.

    Serang’s sort of evil intolerance is an insult to the declared spirit of Ramadhan, which is meant to be all about introspection and spiritual discipline.  I do sometimes wonder what God will say to these pusillanimous pea-brains when they arrive in search of their just reward for persecuting women like Saeni.


    I can, of course, not know the answer to that, but I can speculate.

    However, there’s a happy ending to the story. 

    Footage of the raid went viral on social media on Friday and led to a donation drive for Saeni, which had collected more than Rp 176 million (US$13,200) as of Sunday night. 

    CNN says it now amounts to Rp.265 million.

    And President Jokowi himself has apparently sent in another Rp.10 million.




    Just a pity he can’t order public floggings for the scum who reduced the poor little lady to tears.

    • santi 14:51 on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So beautiful this story. I want to donate but it is now closed.
      The SatPol are bad, I remember other story you write about SatPol in Banten, in Tangerang I think, poor woman drown because they were cruel.


    • Euis 15:48 on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very good to have our president helping Ibu Saeni in Serang but better if he must arrest the SatPol who are guilty of this action.
      I also watch the youtube little filming of them and how mean they are to her.
      Also same for the Serang local goverment, they are disgrace to any faith.
      Punishment for them please.


    • Henni 18:23 on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Serang rule is doing harm to Ramadan same liek you say.
      Fasting must be own choice of every person. If forced it is not fasting but forced hunger. Not same. Opposite. .


  • ross1948 12:36 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Big Mackistan? Ramadhan Lock-Out at McD Sarinah? 


    I used to spend a lot of time in the Sarinah area, back when Jalan Jaksa was fun and Baku Dapa was open, so when making one of my occasional returns to that part of Jakarta, I like to wander in and see what’s doing.

    Since the terrorist attack earlier this year, it’s all the more important not to avoid the area.


    This week I felt like doing some writing and thought it would be nice to sit out on that first floor terrace/balcony that arose as part of the McDonald renovation a few years ago.  

    With plans to meet up at Ya Udah for beer-chat in the evening, off to town I went mid-arvo, and dismounted from the TransJakarta Busway at 3pm.

    • busway


    I climbed the big frontal stairway and turned left along the narrow terrace, which I noticed was partially blocked by a couple of chairs at the approach to the McDonald section but that’s not unusual, so I easily manoeuvred my way past…

    ….and lo…!



    Every single chair and table ahead of me was up-ended, stacked as if for storage!

    Bemused, I moved to open the door into the interior, where customers could be seen – that door was locked!

    I moved around the corner of the building, tried the other door. Locked also!

    So, defeated, I retraced my steps, having realised what was amiss.

    Ramadhan. There’s no other logical ( ! ) explanation. 


    Ramadan fasting: It’s about discipline, reflection, humanity

    Or so says the Islamophiliac headline in the LA Times. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ramadan-fasting-itrsquos-about-discipline-reflection-humanity/ above an article which includes these admirable words.

    Ramadan is a perfect time for Muslims to advance their relationships with neighbors and community, helping to improve the understanding of the true Islamic character in a free and open society.

    Given that attitude, which is indeed shared by many Muslims in Jakarta, I find it incredible that a major multinational like McDonalds could slither so easily into crass intolerance, childishly rendering their outdoor area neither free nor open!

    To what purpose?

    The only people who might be ‘offended’ by folks having coffee or burgers on the terrace would be those who were having coffee or burgers within.

    Non-fasters – who ipso facto wouldn’t give a rat’s ass!


    • sarinahmalam

    Photo from Sarinah Busway bridge – can YOU see who’s eating or drinking?


    Of course if people on the Busway bridge had binoculars and were DESPERATE to be ‘offended,’ they could train their field-glasses on the terrace.

    Or maybe people in the car-park below, if truly craving spiritual affront, could peer up at sinful guzzlers? 

    But even if they scaled the car-park perimeter wall, and stretched themselves to their tallest possible height, they’d still be hard-pushed to catch a glimpse of any sinful cups and plates, except when the sinners raised them to their lips.  


    devil destroyed


    Seems a dull way to achieve ‘offended’ status even for the most dimwit sectarian fanatic.

    Downstairs, of course, they have draped their windows with those silly ‘fasting’ curtains, to prevent passing fasters resisting temptation, exercising the spiritual discipline, that’s supposed to be part of Ramadhan.

    I know a few Islamists do look in on this blog to read my protests at the Arabisation of Indonesia.

    Perhaps one of them might explain how this Big Mackistan policy of denying non-fasters a place in the sun is justified?


    PS I don’t know if that other catering outlet in Sarinah is still up to its old Islamist antics…

    Cold Comfort at Chili’s, in Ghost-Town Jakarta! 

    …I have eschewed the place since I published that report four years ago. Perhaps some reader can advise?

    • Rini 13:26 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All you say here is true. We do not need to make life dificult for people not fasting. It is our choice to fast and you must be free to have choice not to fast.
      This terrace-closing at McD is not our Indonesia way, maybe more like Arab Saudis or Pakistan. Very funny your Big Mackistan and I laught with you at the silly thing they do.


    • M.S. 14:08 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mister Bule you should not eat while we fast. It is not respecting us so it is offending us. If you want eat, go home. Indonesia is Muslim and you are not.
      Understand this and you can be happy.
      If not happy, leave.


    • JazPen 14:56 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I was down there the other day, Ross and I walked into McDonalds and customers upstairs were locked in. Access only from the internal stairs. Youre correct, no good reason for management to do this.
      I didnt check out Chillis, never went back after that stupid beer ban you were on about. Restaurants that dont respect customers dont deserve custom.


    • Robbi Gunawan 18:36 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You do no harm to eat on that terrace. We have our fasting month but may not stop you to eat, same like you do not stop us to fast. McDonald is wrong to lock doors.
      It is a stupid thing for them to do and I can not understand it.


  • ross1948 19:48 on July 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Kenapa? Macet Terus, di Jakarta! 

    Hell’s teeeth!

    I was planning on going partying tonight, but when I wandered down after a langorous dog-day (so sorry, Ibi, cat-day) afternoon, it took just one look at the traffic on the main road to dissuade me.


    • MacetMerak240211-1-590x417 macet!
    • ————————–
    • Off to the warteg instead, reducing my expenditure for the evening by about several hundred thousand.

    Now it’s home again, saving my energy till Thursday, if any brave potential visitor decides to risk the work-day macet, or if not, then Saturday. So how come traffc seems to be getting worse? As Ramadan runs its ourse, Jakarta usually thins out. 


    I asked the gals in the warteg – they were not yet busy, since I was dining before the fasting break at sun-down – and they advised me that everyone was rushing home to eat. 

    Whoever, I wondered, forgot the splendid invention of packed lunches ( or luppers – if breakfast at lunch-time is brunch, then lunch at supper-time should surely be thus described?)




    Then I remembered, that sun-down gluttony which frequently marks the month of self-denial. No packed lunch could sate such greed.

    Not everyone’s like that, of course!

    There are many who do take self-denial literally, but there is more food eaten during the fasting month than any other time of year!


    pencarian-fpi-razia-tempat-makan-06 Good appetites galore here, despite unappetising sticky-beaks a-prowl    https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/not-fasting-how-about-a-whipping-aceh-slips-deeper-into-barbarism/

    Mind you, I had SEVEN perkadel earlier, with rice, telor puyuh AND cap cay, and all for Rp 26,500 – and that included my es teh AND a take-away of three gorengan with a couple of eggy things that resemble veggie-omelettes, for a late-night snack.

    So I must be getting into the spirit of the local Festive Season!

  • ross1948 00:02 on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fasting, , , , , , , , , ,   

    Islamist Bigot – “Why Should the Majority Respect the Minority?” 

    “Why should the majority respect the minority?” Ali Badri Zaini, the head of the East Java chapter of the Islamic Dakwah Forum..


    • Ratusan Habaib se-Jatim Deklarasi Dukung Prabowo
    • ================== 

    “The minority should respect the majority. The minister is [talking] nonsense. The Islamic faithful in East Java will never do as he instructs.”

    He said it was considered customary for all warung to at least close off their façade with a tarp so as not to tempt those who were fasting.




    main-lukman-hakim4 Lukman


    This arrogant bigot is up in arms because Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman last week tweeted an appeal for MUTUAL tolerance. His words, on the need for mutual respect and understanding for those who were not fasting, echoed the late President Gus Dur.


    gus dur fasting

    ‘We Muslims should fast with respect for those not fasting.’ -A REAL Muslim scholar, the late President Gus Dur

    Regardless of the specific fasting issue, it’s hard to see how anyone could respect such a rabid ranter as Ali Badri Zaini.

    But he is only one of many enemies of tolerance here.

    Jazuli Jawani, a legislator from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said Lukman’s call for those who were fasting to respect those who were not was highly regrettable. 


    • Jazuli argued that it was only natural for those “carrying out the faith” to be granted greater respect than those who were not…


    No it’s not. Those who are fasting only have to show a bit of self-discipline.


    • FPI_13
    • ———–

    Those who are not fasting risk the brutal intimidation we often feature here, meted out by fanatic savages like the IslamoNazi FPI.

    And how dare any member of the PKS talk about any statement from anyone being highly regrettable – has Jazuli forgotten his party leader’s sickening ode to the mass-murder Osama Bin Laden? Written AFTER 9/11?


    anisAnis Matta


    osama_bin_satan mass-murdering beast Bin Laden


    That’s regrettable!

    But we can dismiss Zainal and Jazuli as outlandish extremists, singing from the same song-sheet as the IslamoNazis…...non-Muslim citizens who aren’t fasting, Zainal added, should take care not to disturb the sanctity of Ramadan. Especially eating and drinking in front of others at places open to public view…      http://nasional.news.viva.co.id/news/read/638009/fpi-janji-tak-lakukan-sweeping-saat-ramadhan That’s another Zainal,  Zainal Abidin Petir, FPI Gauleiter in Central Java.

    Nevertheless, the same triumphalist tripe has just emerged from the Deputy Governor of Jakarta echoes this intolerance –  Djarot Saiful Hidayat also urged restaurants to install curtains on their windows during Ramadhan in order to respect those who are fasting. –http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/15/jakarta-administration-and-residents-prepare-ramadhan.html

    Respect again. Beause they’re fasting, everyone else has to hide behind a curtain? And bars have to be closed? Because fasters might be tempted?

    What’s self-denial worth in moral merit, if there’s not a scent or sight of anything one’s supposed to be denying oneself?

    And how contemptuous these Islamist extremists are, of those they purport to represent!

    Not all Muslims fast, by any means – it’s up to them, after all – but of those who do, it bespeaks a commitment that they choose to make.

    Not eating during daylight hours is no serious hardship, but going thirsty, in this climate, is no fun. Yet they undertake to do so, and a lot of them stick to it. I can admire such tenacity.

    But it’s a personal choice. Their personal choice. It should not impinge on anyone else.  

    Do bleating blow-hards like the Zainals really think that fasters will be subverted by the sight of me or anyone else sitting in my fave warteg having a plate of perkadel?




    Sure, if I held out my plate enticingly, like one of Odysseus’ sirens, urging some poor faster to share my delight.

    Tempting then like that would be mean, but nobody does that.

    If some fasters walk by a bar and – inexplicably! – choose to peer nosily into its dimly-lit interior, and catch sight of me with a cold Bintang? Is either Zainal seriously saying the devout will at once cast off their self-control and rush in to join me in a binge?

    • bintang
    • Sure, if I sent out some lightly-clad bar-girl, extolling the joys of a cool quaff on a torrid arvo.

    Tempting them like that would be mean, but nobody’s going to do that.

    The killjoys’ case is codswallop.

    And they know it!




    Their only aim is to make minorities bow down. As Ali Badri Zainal, more honestly than the rest, indeed, puts it!

    “Why Should the Majority Respect the Minority?”

    But there’s always a silver lining in these stories, and in this one it’s an off-the-cuff remakr by one of Lukman’s critics, a legislator from ex-President SBY’s party.


    Khatibul Umam Wiranu, a member of the Democratic Party, accused Lukman of trying to curry popular support through the media through statements like his call for mutual respect. .

    Which means that Khatibul, at least, perceives that’ popular support’ accrues to leaders who publicly espouse decency, and not to intolerant undesirables. 




    • euis 12:49 on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thugs, in English. Ban them, not beer


  • ross1948 09:12 on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fasting, , , , ,   

    Fourth of July, Jakarta – ‘Sexy Dance’ OK But NOT US Embassy Celebrations! 

    The United States Embassy enjoyed its annual 4th of July celebration on Thursday, June 4, one month early, in order to respect the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will begin on June 17 and last for one month.


    Meanwhile, at the PRJ, the annual Jakarta Fair, Indonesians of all creeds will show up in their thousands, all through the Muslim Holy Month, to enjoy rock bands, local dangdut music, and all kinds of fun and hullabaloo, and nobody that I’ve met has taken exception to that.

    Indeed, I recently inspected the PRJ Calendar and was giving serious consideration to going there on the Fourth of July!

    • silhouetee

    SABTU, 4  JULI – 16:00


    PRJ OK – Rolling Stones, Country Music, JKT48, Dangdut! 


    If this odd envoy wished to be respectful to Muslims, he could have had the music and conversazione starting in the afternoon, then cut the cake at 6pm, when observant Muslims break their fast.

    It’s an established fact that more food is devoured during Ramadan than most any other month. Take a walk into every Jakarta eatery and see serious Muslims tucking in merrily as the clock strikes.




    I’m curious whether Canada (July 1st) or France (July 14th) or any other nations will emulate Obama’s pathetic national self-abnegation.

    Actually, when Indonesia’s Independence Day (in August) occurred during Ramadan ( a movable feast) not long ago, I don’t recall President SBY ordering that date be changed.

    Obama is inimitable!

    • JazPen. 12:44 on June 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Youre on fine form today Ross, and this one is outstanding.
      I have just been looking back for the last Indonesian Independence Day that fell during Ramadhan, and it was 2013.
      Of course President SBY did not postpone or bring forward the celebrations.
      Americans must be embarassed by their Ambassador’s behavior..


    • Aaron 05:07 on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sad day for America.
      I am convinced this ‘ambassador’ took his cue straight from the White House.
      Obama’s Obeisance somebody called it.
      Tho myself, I’d just say Appeasement Monkey..


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