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29 September 2005 @ 06:42 pm
How to beat your wife  
My ex-husband used to quote Chanakya Pandit's advice that there are three things you may beat: your mrdanga (drum), your dog, and your wife.

In the same vein, apparently there is a manual explaining how to beat your wife in such a way that you don't leave wounds or bruises on her, yet you can still get your point across.

In Spain a judge sentenced an imam to study the portions of their constitution covering human rights. Reported in The Washington Times, the judge originally sentenced Mohamed Kamal Mustafa to 15 months in jail and fined him $2,600.00 last year but let him out after he served 22 days in jail on the condition that he take a re-education course and study the constitution.

For those wondering about the correct way to beat your wife, here it is:

In his book "Women in Islam," published four years ago, Mr. Mustafa wrote that verbal warnings followed by a period of sexual inactivity could be used to discipline a disobedient wife.
If that failed, he argued that, according to Islamic law, beatings could be judiciously administered.
"The blows should be concentrated on the hands and feet using a rod that is thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body," he wrote.
Mr. Mustafa's lessons, which he must pay for, will be taught by teachers from Malaga University.
According to La Vanguardia newspaper, he will have to study articles 10, 14 and 15 of the constitution. The first two address "the dignity of a person and inviolable rights" and states "all Spaniards are equal before the law."
The third one states "the moral and physical integrity of a person in no case can be submitted to torture nor inhuman or degrading punishments or treatment."


In other news, reportedly Judith Miller has just been released from jail although it's not clear whether she's agreed to testify. It's being reported that she was released after she spoke on the phone with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, and that he reaffirmed his release of any obligation of confidentiality.

You can find the story here.

Perhaps this will once again focus attention on Valerie Plame's cover being blown? May we hope?

Finally, for anyone wondering about how Americans are doing in the Bush economy, here's an interesting juxtaposition. Enough said.