A very interesting profile of a Rajasthani community that is, essentially, both Hindu and Muslim:
They are people with a mixed Hindu-Muslim identity. And left alone, that is how they would like to be.
Deepa, 60, has a Hindu name but he thinks he is a Muslim because he follows Muslim practices.
"In my family, we celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali. But we also offer namaz (prayers) at (the Muslim festival of) Eid. We worship both local gods and Allah. This has been a tradition in my family. I do not know whether my ancestors were Hindus or Muslims."
Another Mehrat member is Mahendra Singh who has a Hindu name.
"We don't care about being Hindu or Muslim. It is sheer politics," he says.
Barely, 15km (9 miles) from Byawar town, Rasool runs a tea shop. He says his great grandparents were Hindus. But somewhere along the line, they became Muslims.
"It wasn't such a big deal to be Hindu or Muslim," says Rasool. His son Shankar is named after a Hindu god but he says they consider themselves Muslims.
India, I believe, is at the forefront of these hybrid religions due to its history and general tolerance.
As an Indian-American, I have many Indian friends that are Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. It's always striking to go to weddings, or baptisms, or other events and notice the similarities in food, rituals, interactions, etc no matter the religion of the people hosting the event.
Perhaps, I'm biased, but I think it's a testament to India holding on to its culture and heritage above religious boundaries.
Roger Clemens carried on a decade-long affair with country star Mindy McCready, a romance that began when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer performing in a karaoke bar and Clemens was a 28-year-old Red Sox ace and married father of two, several sources have told the Daily News.
Roger Clemens has some serious delusional issues about his infallibility. He is clearly grasping at straws instead of letting this situation just go away. He has made a fool of himself, has opened himself up to perjury charges, and now:
"The issue in Roger's suit against McNamee is Roger's reputation and how it has been damaged," said Richard Emery, one of McNamee's lawyers who is handling the defamation suit. "If it's proved that he's a philanderer, his reputation is already damaged. When you sue for defamation, you put your whole reputation in the community at issue. Anything is fair game, including his claim of sanctimonious purity. We would cross-examine him and other witnesses who might impact on his alleged behavior. We would probably subpoena her and witnesses who knew [of the relationship]. He's a 'family man' - he implies that. It's about what his damages are. All is fair game."
A nice synopsis of the root causes of divorce at EconLog. I found the following most interesting, but you should head over and check out the entire post:
3. Defection due to expected divergence in mate value. As
evolutionary psychologists will tell you, female mate value peaks and
starts to decline at a much earlier age than male mate value: It's a
lot easier for a 45-year-old man to remarry than a 45-year-old woman.
This creates a big incentive for men to promise lifetime fidelity, then
4. Defection due to unexpected non-culpable divergence in mate value.
Remember the part of the contract that says "for richer or poorer, in
sickness and in health"? When one partner experiences an unexpected
rise in mate value (e.g. one becomes a successful novelist) or
experiences an unexpected fall (e.g. develops a horrible disease), one
of the parties has a temptation to back out - and some do.
6. Punishment for unexpected and culpable decline in mate value
- or in plain English, "You let yourself go!" The marriage contract may
not explicitly say that you can't become a bum or morbidly obese or
perpetually bitter. But you've heard about incomplete contracts,
right? When one party falls far short of expected mate value due to
deliberate action or inaction, divorce is not only likely, but easy for
neutral outside observers to understand.
I especially like the incentive/economics angle in the above root causes.
Martinez is a "honey trapper" -- or as he likes to call
himself, an "integrity tester" -- one of a growing team of
private detectives who are hired by wives, husbands or partners
to test the loyalty of their loved ones.
The private detective agencies are hired when a spouse or significant other suspects a partner of cheating. The idea is to use "honey trappers" to test the person and see if he/she will succumb to temptation. But, there is etiquette even within the "honey trapping" industry:
And Martinez has "rules of engagement": The target must not
be drunk, there must be no touching, and the relative
attractiveness of the trapper to the target must be equal.
"It's got to be a fair test," he explains. "So we make sure
that we don't set a very attractive honey trapper on a not so
attractive target, and vice versa."
While cleaning out my inbox, I found an interesting WSJ article about people now stealing entire online identities:
A search on MySpace.com
brought up more than 700 recent comments that accuse others of stealing
headlines, user names, songs, background designs and entire profiles.
In a recent survey of more than 400 online daters commissioned by Engage.com, 9% of respondents said they copied from another person's profile; 15% suspect their own words were stolen.