Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Tragic Life

Michael Jackson was indeed an enigma. He is considered to be the King of Pop yet certain aspects of his life were shocking. The allegations against him of molesting children surfaced more than once. However his defenders say that he cared about the underprivileged and sick children who stayed with him at Neverland Ranch. Parents of these children became greedy and wanted to blackmail Jackson according to his defenders.

What is the truth? He took it with him in his grave. He did settle with one accuser for $20 million and that makes you wonder, why? Also he literally bought two of his children from their biological mother. She was the biological mother but from all accounts he was not the biological father and a third party donated the sperm. All three children are white so he cannot be the biological father. It is these aspects of his life which make him a hideous character.

However, there is no doubt about another aspect, that he lived a tragic life despite his fame and money. His childhood was tragic as he himself said that his father abused him. Listening to his father since Michael Jackson's death one tends to believe that he does come across as an odd character. At BET (Black Entertainment Television) Jackson's father was bent upon talking about his new business venture. One feels sorry for this father, as he just lost his son, but there is something odd about him.

It is obvious that Michael Jackson suffered a lot of racism. He hated himself and was not comfortable in his own skin, literally. He went through plastic surgeries to change his looks, to have straighter hair, and fairer skin. In the end he looked whiter than whites in general. Horrible inferiority complex and insecurity.

Racism does horrible things to people, both the racists and the victims. It is a highly infectious disease and it is easily transferred from parents to children given the social environment children live in. Racists have a deadly mental disease and they must be quarantined before they can spread it. A cure must be found. One obvious cure is education and it should be given in high doses.

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God is on their side?

They all claimed that God was on their side. And their claim was totally bi-partisan. Bi-partisanship that Barack Obama could only dream of.

Starting with the latest Mark Sanford, Republican and Governor of South Carolina.

John Ensign, Republican, Senator from Nevada.

John Edwards, Democrat, former Senator, former Vice-Presidential candidate and former Presidential candidate.

Eliot Spitzer, Democrat, former Governor of New York.

Larry Craig, Republican, Senator from Idaho.

David Vitter, Republican, Senator from Louisiana.

Mark Foley, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Florida.

Jim McGreevey Democratic, former Governor New Jersey.

They all claimed in their own way that they were God's chosen people to lead. We all know they got caught with their pants down.

Then there was George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and pals who also claimed that God was on their side. These latter ones ordered invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and hundreds of thousands of innocent women, men, and children died and are dying as a result of these invasions. They still claim that God is on their side. What an irony? God is the most abused entity in the world.

Click here to read more about the sexual scandals.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Moonwalk (sort of) by a different Michael

Michael Ignatieff did not want to be left behind. He did not want to do the Thriller dance, so he tried the Moonwalk dance of Michael Jackson. You be judge if he did a good job.

He was singing Billie Jean. Do you know who she is? ;)

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thriller: Stephen Harper has improved his dance... somewhat

Since the passing of Michael Jackson this post which I did in October 2007 has become quite popular. I thought an improved version is needed as Steve has been practicing and he has gotten a little better ;) Don't worry, he is still not ready to become a rock star and replace Michael Jackson.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Mark Sanford sings a song

…And Maria is so sad as she loves Mark. There is a tear in my eye.

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Michael Jackson: unparalleled entertainer.

Whatever his personal failings might have been, he was undoubtedly an extraordinary entertainer. I bought his album "Thriller" as soon it became available and listened to it innumerable time over the years. There was something else about this man and that was a certain kind of sadness. With all the money and fame he was an unhappy soul. I hope he finds peace now. God be with him. RIP.

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Iran: Egyptians question the sincerity of the west

So what is new? Egypt has a very dictatorial government so does Saudi Arabia. Arabs are questioning why so much attention is directed towards Iran. In these countries dissidents are routinely beaten up, imprisoned, and hung but not a beep from the west and that is exactly what Egyptians are saying. According to Mohamed Sharkawy of Egypt:

"Here, in the last presidential election, the police used live ammunition. Why didn't the West speak out against what was happening to us, when we had much smaller numbers? You become skeptical. We understand the United States and the West will pursue their own interests. They don't want a strong Egyptian government that will have separate opinions from the West."

You got it Sharkawy. You should meet our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other leaders and you will understand why.

According to Ahmed Abd el-Fatah, another Egyptian activist:

"We Egyptians are like youth watching pornography (Iranian demonstrations) because they can't practice sex. Congratulations to Iran for its democracy."

Still another Egyptian, a columnist, Fahmy Howeiday says:

"We have a very weak opposition. We don't have a civil society. The police are very powerful. In Iran, at least there are real elections. We've never had any real elections here in 50 years. Our society has been weakened. We have not allowed political groups to grow."

Many Egyptians resent the West's reaction to Iran and say double standards are being used. They put Obama in the same category.

The Washington Post has good write up on this.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah Fawcett and Now Michael Jackson: A Sad Day

According to reports early this morning, Farrah Fawcett has passed away. CTV reports that Michael Jackson has also passed away.

Update: According to CNN, Michael Jackson hasn't passed away but he has been rushed to hospital.

Update II: CNN now reports that Michael Jackson has passed away. Very sad.

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Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

Warning: The pictures in this video are graphic and very disturbing.

Click here to read more.

I learned about the story from PBS's World Focus program. PBS in turn got its information from the UK's ITN. It is a very disturbing story and, in general, US news networks are not reporting it.

CNN is so busy reporting the unfortunate killing of a woman in Iran and repeating the video endlessly. Sources of information are twitter and facebook entries from dubious origin and from unknown individuals. For example, the girl's age was first given 15, then 16, then 26, and the latest is 27 years old. I am just pointing out highly unreliable sources of information. It is a heartbreaking story, but what happened to balance in reporting? Why not these images from Afghanistan? They are available to report too. It is obvious that the main cheerleaders of "reform" in Iran are mainly neo-cons who hardly care about Iran or its people – hypocrisy taken to new heights.

This video is just one example of the atrocities of the world's "greatest democracy", the US, as tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed in Afghanistan and hundreds of thousands in Iraq. Are we really "developed", "advanced", and "civilized" societies or do we use extraordinary camouflages to hide our nefarious actions in the world, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years.

UPDATE: Another video on the Afghanistan War:

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mark Sanford: Don’s cry for me Argentina

This song has an altogether new meaning. Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina says he went to Argentina to cry for 5 days. Yes there is an ocean of his tears there ;) I cannot write anymore. My keyboard is covered with my tears ;)

Turn up the volume and enjoy.

You can click here to read the story.

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Nicolas Sarkozy and Burqa

What is with this guy? Why does he consider himself such an authority on religion and women.

When it comes to religion, I don't know who is right or wrong. However I will tell you a little story. When I started university, there was a girl who wore a short short skirt and a short top. One could see her pubic hair. It was hard on us boys ;) I believe there is a reasonable middle ground where men and women show some modesty and cover themselves properly in public places.

As far as Sarkozy is concerned, he should be given a burqa to hide his face after making so many gaffes. He should leave religion alone.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran: Promoters of Reform and Change

It is deplorable what is happening in Iran. Whether it is the supporters of Ahmadinejad or Rafsanjani doing the killing, it is nonetheless reprehensible. I say Rafsanjani as he the major player in all this. However, is it really about reform and change? Let us look at some of the promoters of this "reform and change."

John McCain: The same John McCain who sang "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran." If he had won the election he would have either carried out his intentions or given the go ahead to Netanyahu of Israel to do it.

Lindsey Graham: He is a constant spokesperson for Repugs saying how meek Obama is and that the US must support the demonstrators for change and reform in Iran. Another neo-con. Does he really have Iran's interest in mind? Also he was the guy in the inner circle of McCain during the election.

Nicholas Sarkozy of France: Here is another neo-con. He quickly replaced Britain's Tony Blair as the poodle of George W. Bush and came to the US to pay homage to his American Idol Bush. Bush was saber rattling against Iran before he left Whitehouse. Is Bush's poodle Sarkozy a reliable advocate for reform and change in Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel: The man who very much wanted to bomb Iran but did not get the green light from the Obama Whitehouse to do it. Is he an authentic spokesperson for change in Iran? Since he could not bomb Iran is it possible that he sent his Mossad agents into Iran to stir up trouble?

Rafsanjani: He is the major player in the current turmoil in Iran. He is the guy who is pulling the strings of Mousavi. A very powerful man in Iran however he lost the elections to Ahmadinejad in 2005 and is a pretty sore loser. Him and Ahmadinejad do not get along.

It is these kinds of supporters which makes one wonder if the current struggle in Iran is for change or just a struggle between religious hardliners using the general public as pawns. Maybe in the future some leader will come along who is truly for change and only then can one expect genuine change in Iran.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Neda and Troubles in Iran

It is very troubling that a young life was taken in this manner and one's heart goes out to her father who was with her at the time of the killing. Neda and her father were standing on the sidelines and not actually part of the demonstrations. Media in the US and Canada have no specific information as to who killed Neda. However, what is also troubling is the way her death is being exploited.

CNN is repeatedly showing gory pictures of her killing. Why in this instance?

When a crazy racist white supremacist goes to the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C and kills a guard, did the US media show the dead body of the guard? No. Another crazy person kills an abortion doctor. Was the dead body of the doctor displayed on TV? No. Many more such public murders have taken place in the US but no bodies were shown. So why then the dead body of Neda which is displayed again and again and again?

One can draw only one conclusion, that CNN and others reporting here do not consider Iranians as humans and for them it is okay to show dead bodies as we show the dead bodies of seals. Another obvious conclusion is that CNN and other western media are putting gas on fire in order to destabilize Iran. I am very saddened by all this.

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Iran, Rafsanjani, Mousavi and turmoil


Right from the beginning I had my serious doubts about Faux News's reporting on Iran and about CNN's Wolf Blitzer going on non-stop about a reformist move in Iran and then kind of gloating about it. I stopped watching CNN during the Iraq invasion as it had become a propaganda organ for the Bush administration. Right from the beginning there was something not right about the Iraq war and it became obvious as time went by. I did not watch CNN for a few years to come and only started watching it again during the last Presidential election.

Rafsanjani and Mousavi reformists? I kept thinking, how could that be? Rafsanjani was president in the 1990s and very much a part of the Ayotollah establishment and ideology and of course Mousavi was Prime Minister from 1981 to 1989 under Ayotollah Khomeini. It is apparent that there is something more to it. It is a struggle for power between the hardliners and unfortunately young people are being used as pawns to obtain these objectives. Moreover, it is a golden opportunity for the US and other western interests to destabilize Iran. However, it is very hurtful to see that young people and the general public are paying the price.

In almost every society a few are in control and the vast majority is manipulated for the benefit of those few. That applies even more in emerging democracies like Iran. The current struggle looks like one between Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad. Rafsanjani being a very rich and influential man has the capability to finance and stir up the trouble.

A fellow blogger Ken, who knows much more about Iran than I do, has great posts on these issues, which I would recommend reading:

The US has been trying to destabilize Iran.

The Nation magazine and the Iranian election.

Power struggle in Iran and Rafsanjani.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iran and its vulnerabilities

Given Iran's history and its exploitation in the past, will it accept foreign help? Would it not look at it as a Trojan horse? Where all the commotion in Iran is going to lead is hard to tell. One can only wish all the best to the people of Iran.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran: Demonstrations

When Faux News and CNN are constantly and non-stop reporting about demonstrations in Iran using the dubious sources of twitter and facebook, then should we trust it? Is this a regime change in progress operation?

Another part which is hard to understand and swallow is that Mousavi is for change and reform. He was Prime Minister from 1981 to 1989 under the previous Ayotollah and very much a product of the 1979 revolution. Moreover he was opposed to the release of American hostages at the time and very much anti-American. So with Maousavi in charge US and the West do not stand to gain much, so why is he being promoted. Is it possible that only objective is to destabilize Iran and then move in? It is hard for the western public to understand the real going-ons in Iran. I, for one, do not believe Faux News.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Stephen Harper: The completion of police state

The Harper government has announced new legislation through "Public Safety" Minister Peter Van Loan which would require telecommunications and Internet service providers to:

- Install and maintain "intercept-capable" equipment on their networks.
- Provide police with "timely access" to personal information about subscribers, including names, addresses, and Internet addresses, without the need for a warrant.

The cover and justification for this legislation which has been used is that it will be used to capture predators who distribute child pornography and carry out similar criminal activities. The problem with such justification is that in cases like that, telecommunications and Internet service providers already fully co-operate. This new legislation is a blatant attack, an invasion of privacy, and an attack on the civil liberties of the general public. It constitutes restrictions on freedom of expression. I hope civil liberties organizations will speak up.

We all know that Commissar Harper is a control freak in the way he controls his caucus and Cabinet. Now the same has been extended to all Canadians. Police can access your personal information such as name, address, and Internet address without any court warrant. What does that tell you? Big brother, aka Commissar Harper, shall be watching you. Commissar Harper will keep an eye on you if you say something unflattering about him or his regime.

Let me give you an example that someone gave on a news network justifying the legislation. This person said that the police can stop anybody on the road and ask for a driver's license and all the information is already there on that licence and the police is free to access that information. But there is a difference. When police stop someone, that someone can ask the policeman his/her badge number and personal information. If something improper is done by a policeman/policewoman, it can be reported. In the case of the Internet, you would never know who is spying on you and watching you. It has all the personal information about you. If that does not scare the hell out of you then you have unlimited capacity to tolerate violations of your rights.

On another topic, it is sad to see Wingnuterer stop blogging and I hope that Mound of Sound will start blogging again. They are both great bloggers.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff: The Chief Chefs for Canada

Meet the chief chefs for Canada – Steve and Iggy. They can cook and they cook a lot... a lot of baloney that is.

It is hoped that Canadians are enjoying eating this baloney as much as these chefs like to cook it. More shall be cooked so that there is no shortage as long as they remain the chief chefs. And they claim that they precisely know what we Canadians want. Sharpen your appetite as there is a lot more in the pots.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obama: Fly was a spy

After careful examination and post mortem of the fly, it turned out that fly was actually a spy sent by Dick Cheney and it had nothing to do with North Korea ;)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stephen Colbert talks about Canada's dictator, Stephen Harper ;)

Could he be right on this one?

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Michael Ignatieff’s new conditions and transparency

Michael Ignatieff's one of the main condition was that Harper must be transparent. In that case, why did he not ask questions in Parliament so that it is transparent not only to Ignatieff but also to other opposition parties and to the public? Why is he meeting with Harper today, behind closed doors, after such a condition of transparency? It almost looks like he is seeking the guidance and permission of Harper how should he vote on Friday. Okay, I will wait until Friday before I say more about this transparency thingy and how Harper met Ignatieff's conditions or Ignatieff is going to abide by Harper's conditions.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Mexico – A Ticking Bomb

For over 50 years successive US administrations have been obsessed with Cuba and how dangerous the "communist threat" is while a much bigger threat was evolving right next door in Mexico. Cuba is not much of a threat and is one of the countries which has much lower crime rate than many cities in the US and Canada. However, Mexico is a different story.

Last night on CBC Sunday Night news there was an engaging and at the same time frightening story about drug trafficking in Mexico. It has become very intense over the years and drug cartels are becoming more powerful than government and while government powers are contracting the drug cartel's powers are increasing. According to CBC report drug cartels have managed to deeply penetrate police, army, and the government in Mexico and are heavily spreading their tentacles into the US and even Canada. The real threat is that the murder and mayhem which has plagued Mexico over drugs for years now is fast spreading into the US and even reaching Canadian cities. The drug cartels' tentacles are reaching into other South American countries and other continents to countries as far as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Mulroney/Reagan free trade agreement benefited drug cartels in Mexico and they started transporting drugs by road into the US through Texas and the rest of the country and right into Canada. In the past they did it by sea only via Florida. Benefits of free trade, eh! Drug trafficking is spreading like swine flue and killing people. There are spectacles of such killings in Mexico where members of rival groups are hung in public places, burned, and buried in concrete structures and dead bodies are left for public spectacle. There is a real threat of similar events taking place in the US and Canada.

It is about time that US and Canadian governments start worrying about this threat and start doing something about it.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mir Hossein Mousavi loses elections in Iran

Mousavi has lost the election and the US and other western nations are upset that a chance for a progressive Iran is lost. But is it? Mousavi was Prime Minister during first Ayotollah Khomeni and very much a conservative if not more conservative than Ahmadinejad. If Mousavi would have won, I do not think there would have been much change.

Azar Nafisi who authored Things I've Been Silent About, and is also a visiting professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC writes that:

"In order to win Mousavi had taken up the progressive slogans, which he had previously fought against. I was there at the beginning of the Islamic Revolution when he was the Prime Minister, and implemented many of the repressive measures which he now denounces.

I (like many others) was thrown out of the university that Mousavi helped to shut down as part of the Cultural Revolution."
So there you go, Mousavi was not much of a progressive as he is built up to be in the west. I believe as far as the US and Middle East is concerned not much has changed. The only way to settle instability in that part of the world is to deal with the Palestinian issue head on and solve it. That will take lot of wind from under the wings of extremists and fundamentalists in the region.

As far as the election in Iran is concerned, it seems the results are fair but then we do not know the details. However, I will say this much, that they do not seem to be as badly rigged as the Bush brothers succeeded to do in Florida in 2000 - remember those hanging chads. I believe that victory was stolen from Al Gore. If Al Gore had taken office in 2000, we would have a different world today. In my humble opinion a better world.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

A small vegetable garden in the backyard

The picture of the garden is from Google and not of our garden.
This spring I restarted a small vegetable garden in the backyard.
It is amazing that some plants need more light and others need more shade, yet regardless they all need sunlight and darkness to grow. Then of course they need water to grow and soil provides the nutrients supplemented by fertilizer. Rain comes to help once in a while. This evolution thing must be very smart as it thought of all these details from seed to growth to actual rendering of the final product so that we humans can eat it (the complexity of human-beings and other living creature is another vast field to study and understand and we are a long way from understanding it).

There are so many factors coming together – seed, soil and the nutrients in it, water, sunlight and night and more. What a smart thing this evolution is that it brought together all these elements. Yet it took hundreds and thousands of years for us humans to come up with simple tools on how to till the land and grow crops. To invent these tools lot of human intelligence was needed. Yet evolution tells us that all these other factors of seed, soil, nutrients, water, sunlight, and night (sun, moon, earth, other planets in the solar system, and the vast universe) happened by sheer accident.

Or is it?

Is it possible that there is some extraordinary intelligence behind it all? It remains a mystery for me. Nature's intelligence is astounding and we humans understand very little of it. Was all that intelligence put there by sheer accident of evolution? Or is there something more to it?

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Sarah Palin and David Letterman

When I first heard of David Letterman's joke about Sarah Palin's daughter, saying that she could have been knocked up by some baseball player, I thought it was in very poor taste and not a joke at all. Then he backtracked and apologized and said his joke was indeed in bad taste and said that joke was about Palin's 18 years old daughter. At that point a good mother and good politician should have backed off, but apparently Sarah Palin is neither. She keeps dragging her 14 years old daughter into the controversy and keeps going, and going and going and going.

Palin was all over the media, on CNN, NBC and other news outlets, talking about it and trying to gather political capital on the back of her 14 years old daughter. No one has told Palin when to shut up. Then of course a reporter asked her about Obama and she basically said he sucks and that it is weakness to cut defence spending, that Alaska could be attacked by North Korea and that she needs to build a bigger missile defence in Alaska. So on and so forth. She may be able to run a small state (and even there her job approval numbers are dropping) but can she really lead a party and a country?

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Patti Blagojevich in "I'm a celebrity get me out of here"

It is an interesting reality show. I do find reality shows interesting, as they are quite a reflection on human nature. Patti Blagojevich is quite a spokesperson for her family and especially for her husband. Actually she might be winning some sympathy for the case and mess that her husband Rod Blagojevich is in. She brought her fellow competitors to tears many times by stating the hardship that she, her husband, and family is facing and how cruel the people had been to her husband. Interesting. It is yet to be seen what impact she will have on her husband's case.

Too bad Rod Blagojevich was not part of the reality show. He sure is much more fun and legal people would have gotten a better perspective on him. Too bad the justice system in Illinois has deprived people of a lot of potential entertainment.

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Michael Ignatieff is upset

Michael Ignatieff is upset that the NDP and the Bloc have said they will not support Cons on their economic policy or Harper's update which can bring the government down. However, bringing the government down will not happen. Ignatieff wants to read and support Harper. Every day I see less and less difference between Harper and Iggy. They might as well join each other the way Peter Mackay and Harper did and let someone else lead the Liberal party.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Barbara Bush’s 84th Birthday Party

What the heck is this?


And here

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James Wenneker von Brunn and the Rush Limbaugh Factor

Is there a relation between Rush Limbaugh spewing his rightwing poison and rightwing terrorism being on the rise? Limbaugh continues to disparage Obama and minorities and other of his nonsense and now it has impact on extremists, bigots, racists, and white supremacists.

First, there was this crazy killing of an abortion doctor in his church. No matter what side of the equation you are on, pro-life or pro-choice, it does not justify killing especially by those who erroneously call themselves pro-life.

Now this nut James Wenneker von Brunn, a known neo-Nazi and white supremacist, goes to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C and carries out a shooting, killing a guard. Had it not been for the watchful guards this tragedy could have been worse as thousands were inside the museums including a lot of children. These kinds of crimes are on the rise in the US and is it possible that Limbaugh's and other similar morons like Sean Hannity and his ilk from Faux News are having an impact through their hyperbole.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

James Wenneker von Brunn, 88, white supremacist

Brunn, who is 88 years old, carried out a shooting at a holocaust museum. This is plain scary. I have been to Washington D.C and Pennsylvania Avenue and the museum area has been relatively peaceful. One could roam about inside Capital Hill and even the Whitehouse was easily available for public tour. Now everything is being locked up. I don't know what the world is coming to.

Click here to read the story.

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Lisa Raitt and Isotopes

What is happening between the Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt and Isotopes. She finds them sexy but they are not giving her the time of day. Poor Lisa, she may control natural resources but a nuclear resource is so elusive to her. Isotope you're naughty.

What was she thinking when she called the Chalk River nuclear plant a "sexy" issue. Also I think this taping business has gone too far. One cannot utter a word without being taped. Ministers, politicians, and rest of us say things off-cuff all the time but to have a recorder in front of a person all the time is too much.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Liz Cheney and the Band

While rest of the world is analyzing Obama's speech in Egypt and what a lasting impact it could have on the world peace, Liz Cheney and Band continues to sing the song of "How Bad Obama is" for delivering such a speech. I suppose the extremists both in the US and the Muslim world agree on that. What does that tell you about extremists and rightwingnuts we have here?

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

CODEPINK Women's organization for Peace

One of my readers brought this blog to my attention. Codepink women's organization is doing an extraordinary job for peace. They are opposed to the brutal war in Iraq and opposed to Israel's brutal actions in Gaza against Palestinians and Arabs. The organization took the trouble to deliver a peace letter from Hamas to Obama in Cairo.

Click here to read the details.

Hamas was duly elected and if it would have been recognized then a lot of trouble and violence could have been avoided.

Quite frankly, the more I read about the Israel/Arab conflict the more I am convinced that Israel has been behaving like a deadly big bully in the region thanks to US help. It has too often carried out brutal slaughter of its neighbours. Gaza is a concentration camp and many have said so. It is encouraging to know that Obama has some prominent Jewish people in his close circle, including his chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, who recognize the need for peace and are very much party to Obama's speech in Egypt where he expressed his displeasure at illegal settlements in the West Bank and expansion of settlements.

I should add that Obama's speech has finally put some water on the burning fire of anger against the US in the Arab world and the Muslim World in general. Bush and Cheney provided all kinds of fuel to such a fire. I believe that if previous administrations had the foresight of Obama there would have not been a 9/11 and there would not have been other acts of violence against the US. Obama must follow his words with actions now and I believe the US will be much more safe and so will Canada as well. History tells us time and again that you cannot bully people or nations forever. Israel has been on a wrong path for far too long.

Other nations and people must learn from it. Atrocities against the weak and the vulnerable have never paid off in the long run.

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Rodney MacDonald and Nova Scotia Provincial Elections

If MacDonald had any hopes of winning the current election in Nova Scotia, those hopes must be dashed by now. He did try. He even played Tom Cruise by jumping up and down on a trampoline instead of a sofa but that did not change the minds of the electorate. Then he went big time negative on Darrell Dexter of the NDP on some election contributions, but that did not seem to pay off. So Rodney, hang up your kilt and look for a second career.

I watched a debate between the three candidates last week on CTV. It looked that the only mature supervision was provided by Darrell Dexter. Both Rodney and Stephen McNeil (Liberal leader) were struggling. Rodney made many attacks on Dexter but sounded like a sulking kid. McNeil did not sound that impressive either and he has a lot of growing up to do as a politician – maybe he should have kept his beard.

My prediction is that the Nova Scotia NDP will win this election either with strong minority or even a majority. We will find out on June 9.

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

David Frum from a Planet Unknown

What is with this guy David Frum? He cannot be from the planet earth, as he does not know the realities of it. He was very critical of Obama's speech along with his buddy Rush Limbaugh. He said Obama's speech has further endangered the United States. Oh really? Maybe he likes to write "axis of evil" speeches as he did for Bush, but looks like he is a part of that axis. I am ashamed to admit that this guy is originally from Canada. He got further screwed mentally in the US. He is a one repulsive dude.

Guess who else agrees with this moron and called Obama's speech terrible? None other than Osama Bin Laden himself. So Frum does have allies.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Obama's Speech to the Muslim World

Great speech!

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George W. Bush and his Trophies

These days Dicko Cheney is going around and bragging about the extraordinary job he did as a Vice and his tyro Bush. The above pictures provide a sampling of these "achievements." Murder and mayhem was perpetrated by Dicko and his tyro in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. It has earned extraordinary animosity of Arabs and of the Muslim world in general – over 1.5 billion of them. It strengthened Osama Bin Laden, Taliban, and many other groups in the Muslim world.

Now Obama has to repair that damage and that is why he travelled to Saudi Arabia and gave a major speech in Egypt (I have not heard that speech yet). That is a smart move and one can only wish him all the best but the task is daunting.

One other bone of contention is Palestine. If there were no Israel/Palestine problem, probably there would have been no 9/11, Hamas, Hezbollah, or Al Qaeda. Again this conflict is giving legitimacy to these fundamentalist groups. The only way this legitimacy can be taken away if all these issues of injustice regarding the Palestinian situation are resolved. Israel can do all the killing it wants and using its phosphorus bombs it will resolve nothing but create more animosity and lasting conflict. The solution will have to be peaceful, just, and equitable. Only then will there be peace.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Dick Cheney - full of hot air

This man Cheney is something else. He should be taken to Mars and left there, as he does not belong on planet earth. He has caused, and will continue to cause, too many problems.

He continuously fought with the CIA when he was in office. Now he says he is on the CIA's side and claiming that the Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi are maligning the CIA. Cheney said numerous times that Saddam Hussein was connected with 9/11 but now he says there was no such connection and that there was never evidence for that but rather that Saddam was dangerous to US security. What kind of creep is Cheney? If not Mars at least he must be quarantined as he causing too much trouble.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Stephen Harper - Reasons for his "Human Rights" Award

This is the reason that Harper received a "human rights" award from the Canadian Jewish Council. It is sad. Do these children have no human rights? If Harper had any credibility as a leader, this should put an end to it. If the Canadian Jewish Congress had any claims of being an organization for human rights, then this kind of award should put an end to it.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Harper’s Law

Have you ever sat around a round table which has a big hole in the middle and wondered that, besides occupying some space, what is the purpose of that hole? I once dropped my pen in that middle during a meeting and had a hell of an embarrassing time to retrieve it.

Now think of Harper and a hole in his head. He is going to come up with a law where you can sue terrorists in Canada. Firstly, terrorist for us is someone else's freedom fighter and a freedom fighter for us is someone else's terrorist. We go and occupy others' land or countries, we should fully expect that there will be resistance. So we conveniently call resisters terrorists. That is the way it goes. (This is no way condones violence on either side - personally I condemn violence - but illustrates the nature of the discourse).

Now how is Harper going to implement such a law? Maybe what Bush was unable to achieve Harper will achieve through his law. Mullah Omar of the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden of Al-Qaeda were just waiting for a court date all this time. Now that Harper will sue them they will show up to defend themselves in Harper's kangaroo court and he can arrest them. Will Harper get any more stupid? Harper is all mixed up, as he wants to emulate Bush who Harper probably does not know is long gone from the Whitehouse, and we all know how smart Bush is... so what you expect from his fan?

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