Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stephen Harper checked at the Airport

Okay he stinks. Do I need to say more?

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Happy New Year and Peace

Let us keep the Peace Tower a peace tower and not allow Harper and others to turn it into a War Tower. We lost another four soldiers and a reporter embedded with soldiers yesterday in Afghanistan. Harper's response "let us prorogue Parliament until March 2010" just in case some questions may be asked about this carnage in Afghanistan. Moreover, there was an inquiry going regarding torture. What is the best way to close that inquiry but to prorogue Parliament? Shame, shame and more shame. You have heard the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" Harper has given new meaning to it. "If you can't stand the heat, lock up the kitchen and walk away."

Harper is hoping that people will be talking about the Olympics come March and forget about the carnage in Afghanistan. Moreover, they will forget about torture business and he can start anew as he did in January 2009. I hope this time he does not succeed and he is taken to task.

Too bad for Canada currently.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Canadian Airport Security

New security measures are required, that of a whole body scan at Canadian, US and other international airports. No underwear, especially no underwear. You must not go to the washroom one hour during boarding and take-off and no washrooms or leaving seats one hour before landing.

How far they will go? Why not stop the stupid and disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Negotiate and bring peace. Killing hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan simply "exposes" us more and more. Why not do the right thing and bring peace. But in case of peace what will politicians do and what will other special interests groups do. Imagine the job creation just for security personnel? What a hypocritical world we live in. Anyway, no more air-travel for me. I'd better keep my shirt on.

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Mark Sanford on the Appalachian Trails

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Another great spoof by Keith Olbermann, this time of Mark Sanford.
What a boring life I have led. I have been on the Fundy Trails, trails in Cape Breton and a few other wilderness trails but I never went on the Appalachian Trails. The Appalachian Trails are sure a lot more fun. ;)

On the Fundy Trails, I saw this big rock which must be millions of years old. It learned its evolutionary lesson well, and the survival of the fittest. Now if it can only walk away.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

U.S. Moral Authority in the World

Although the US has a black President, the discrimination and subjugation of blacks and other minorities is not over.

You have to travel into the Southern US and you will see more blatant examples of such human rights violations. How can America tell other nations about human rights and democracy given its own past record of slavery and its ongoing human rights violations. Yes Hitler was evil and no one can, or should, condone his atrocities. However, dropping a bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not any less cruel. Unfortunately it is winners take all and winners are not made accountable. Now look at the atrocities committed in Iraq. Millions of men, women and children perished, millions others are refugees in neighbouring countries and still millions others live in squalor with no proper sanitary conditions or food. Is that the example of human rights and democracy? Similar atrocities are being carried out in Afghanistan and now are being extended to Pakistan. Is that spreading democracy?

Every effort is being made to disarm the Middle East and Iran. But what about arming Israel to the teeth with over 200 nuclear heads and drones. Drones which are regularly used to kill Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel carries out the slaughter of its neighbours at will and takes Palestinian land on a daily basis, destroying their homes and building new settlements. Is that an example of democracy and human rights? To bring peace in the Middle East Israel must be disarmed too.

When US has that kind of brutal history then how can it tell other nations that they are unjust societies. Let justice begin at home. When it comes to the violations of human rights, nationally and internationally, US makes top of the list. As long as that continues we will see no peace. It is a very sad state of affairs. Injustice breeds more injustice.

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When Blagoievich got ditched

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Keith Olbermann has an interesting spoof on Rod Blagoievich. Poor Rod does not know how and when to quit digging a bigger and bigger hole for himself. I think he deserves some credit for his grit to survive. Anyway it is a very funny spoof.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

World security problem completely solved

Stop screwing around:

Remember Newton's law of physics:
"To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

Which means stop screwing around with the world and world will stop screwing around with you. Stop exploiting Africa for its resources and the same goes for Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It's that simple.

Iraq did no harm to the US or the west and neither did Afghanistan. There are only a few who want to kill and want to be killed. Go strictly after them. In order to exploit resources don't use the excuse of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) to invade Iraq. Don't use the excuse of getting rid of extremists to invade Afghanistan when the then government was willing to try the alleged schemers for 9/11. Same Taliban that Harper and others want to negotiate with now. Stop telling people lies. And morons/do-gooders like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Harper should read their Bible and the golden rule:

"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

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The Stephen Harper Puppet Show

It is worth watching.

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The Decade in Review

The Decade’s biggest moment as shown on ABC. Sorry I could not embed the video but you can view it here. It is worth viewing.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

24 Sussex Drive: Special display

Media as usual missed this one. Our cameras were there and witnessed special Christmas celebrations. ;)

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Uncertainties of life

People who are too certain of their knowledge are quite often misguided people. Other than death and taxes few things are certain in life. Besides that, life is an enigma and full of uncertainties which reminds me of a Chinese fable which I read quite a while ago. It is a simple story but sheds extraordinary light on the uncertainties of human life. I read it under the heading of "An Old Man on a Hill". I did some search on the web and found it under the heading of "The Chinese Farmer". Anyway here is the story:
The Chinese farmer

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer's neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?'

Then, when the farmer's son was attempted to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'

Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg they let him off. Now was that good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?
After reading this story one gets the feeling that the only ones who can be sure of their knowledge are clowns with chia-heads.

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Sarah Palin Song

It is holiday season and perfect for a good song, and a Sarah Palin song will be very appropriate. Whatever you think about her she keeps on giving. It started in 2008 and she did not disappoint us in 2009. Entertainment from her is something to look forward to for 2010.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

US Senate passes Healthcare Bill

Is it a hysterical or historical moment? The private healthcare lobby did prevail. First there was going to be a public option. Democrats compromised their position and the public option was dropped. Then Medicare was going to be extended to 55 years old to 64 years old from the current 65 years and older. Oh no! Sorry! Senatorial prostitute Joe Lieberman said over his dead body and a new position was taken and that option was dropped too. Long live the private healthcare lobby.

You know what the motto of the private healthcare is: you can buy insurance but don't get sick or make any claims, or if you do get sick die real quick otherwise your insurance will be dropped. Private health insurance companies are the true Satans that the holy books talked about. The following commercial sheds some light on the modem operandi of the private health insurance companies although the commercial points to the banks.

The expression on the little girl's face is priceless and that is how private health insurance companies operate. Wake up America.

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Barack Obama and Change

Where is that change? Iraq war continues and Afghanistan war has been escalated. Change? What change? Private healthcare lobby and other lobbies rule Washington D.C. as usual. Keep the change and buy yourself a coffee. Caffeine may wake Obama up and activate him. You hope!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Budi Soehardi: An Inspiring Story

I dedicate this post to my friends and fellow bloggers who are a bit down on themselves. Life has its hardships but also its rewards. Mr. Budi Soehardi is an Indonesian airline pilot who has found a wonderful and inspiring way to help fellow human beings and in the process reap the reward of contentment and happiness for doing so.

So please cheer up and think of those who are in far worse situations than we are and admire those who rise to the occasion and help others. I believe that human societies have survived as long as they have because of such giving and extraordinary human beings. In my view, these are the holy men in our global village. Reformers and prophets had first and foremost similar messages which are quite often lost in the maze of other forces of greed, hunger for power, privileges and wealth – multi-facets of human nature at play.

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The Art of Loafering

During my school days I read a book "Art of Living" translated from Chinese, it was by the author Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976) a Chinese writer/philosopher. One of the chapters in that book was on the "art of loafering". Loafering is a rough translation from Chinese meaning just wander around aimlessly. Lin Yutang says that we are too accustomed to "objective this and objective that" or "goal this and goal that" in life. He suggests just leave your familiar environment and go in an environment where no one knows you and wander around aimlessly without any "objective" or "goal".

Since I read that book many years ago I have been practicing the art of loafering. This year, of course, it was a few days before Christmas. I went into a community where no one knows me. I wandered around all over the place – on the streets and malls and stores. One thing which struck me was the holiday spirit and generosity of people. Whether I stopped somewhere for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or supper, people made extra effort to be nice which is not the case year around. Even the hotel people made extra effort to make sure that I felt comfortable and that all my needs were well looked after.

I went to a grocery store and saw this lady wearing a Santa hat. So I asked her that if she was Santa, then my wish was that I get the Christmas cake free. She laughed and it was fun even though I did not get the cake and I did not want it anyway.

What I learned from this experience is that religion plays a very important role in people's lives and quite often tames that beast in humans and makes them more moral. It is billions and billions of people around the world. If you take religion away from their lives there will be a complete chaos. Life is much more pleasant with religious beliefs (minus the fanatics of course).

If we can rid the world of fanatics like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ladens, then religion will not be such a bad influence. Quite frankly I consider Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld worse than Laden even. Bin Laden is alleged to have masterminded 9/11 and killed 3000 innocent people. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld and associates are responsible for the killing of millions of innocent men, women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention American troops sent in harms way in the first place. Also, over 40,000 US causalities and over 5000 young men were killed in these wars and thousands more psychologically injured for the rest of their lives. We should use a uniform standard for all these beasts and keep them in a cage. Once we do that the world can be a better place and religion in its true spirit does provide good guidance to live a productive and useful life.

In the picture, it is an actual quote from Lin Yutang.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on Global Warming

He makes a heartfelt statement. What do you think?

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Tiger and his friends

Great song about Tiger Woods. This time his friends are like-minded politicians. Next time I will look for sportsmen. Life goes on. Human nature at display. To see like minded politicians click here.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Intelligent life on other planets

Since in Copenhagen we got nowhere, maybe there is still hope to leave the earth for a better and bigger planet ;) Don't despair yet.

It may not be too distant in the future that we discover life on other planets. Star Trek may become reality and not science fiction. Hurry up astrobiologists as it is becoming too boring on the earth and as scientists say, it is heating up and we may not be able to live here anymore.

"If aliens on Super Earths ever decided to investigate Earth to see if such a tiny world could harbor life, they would have a harder time sending rockets into space because of the higher gravity on their planet." This could be another answer to the Fermi Paradox," says Sasselov, "but it's not an insurmountable problem." It could even be that because of their deeper gravity well, aliens living on Super Earths would have to develop a technology superior to our chemical rockets in order to explore the universe."

Click here to read the story about the Super-Earths.

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Two landmarks of 2009? U.S. Healthcare Reform and Copenhagen Accord

You got it that these two landmarks are the US Healthcare Bill and the Copenhagen Accord on Climate Change. Both are puffed up, hollow and lack substance. The American Senate succeeded to make a mockery of healthcare reform and the world succeeded to make a mockery of the global warming issue. The Healthcare Bill is a great victory for the private health insurance companies of the US and the Copenhagen Accord is a great victory for the fossil fuel multinational corporations of the world including our own in Canada.

The US Senate Healthcare Bill first dropped the public option and instead offered Medicare to 55 to 64 years old which was dropped also. So what it amounts to is to provide a more solid source of income and profits for private health insurance companies suggesting that they will compete. For sure look at their record.

The Copenhagen Accord after a lot of haggling is a document which is binding on no one. Another conference will be held to discuss that further. Don't hold your breath for that.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Harper’s picture one that Canadians will love to see

There has been a lot of kerfuffle about Harper's picture with a bullet hole. It was inappropriate. Here is a picture Canadians will love to see of Harper. Outside the 24 Sussex Drive with all his personal belongings in a box on his head and a moving truck waiting to move him away.

After Afghanistan torturegate and now his performance at Copenhagen (or his invisibility) and receiving a fossil award, he is an utter disgrace. Now he fully deserves a moving truck to take him back to Alberta to live with his oil sheiks.

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Harper Government: New Horizons

Harper Government's new motto: We will go boldly where others tread carefully, and you shall keep your mouth shut. Impolitical has a post worth reading. Thanks to Canadian Cynic who pointed this post out.

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US Senate Healthcare Bill

It is has been watered down and watered down some more. The bill is truly ill now. It needs help, maybe Medicare will do.

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Joe Lieberman put in his place.

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Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota, cuts Joe Lieberman off on Senate floor. About time that the skunk is put in his place. Good for Al Franken. About time.

Also more on Monica Lewinsky – fun topic.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Monica Lewinsky is baaaaaack.

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Watch out Bill. She wants to kill the Bill and it is not Healthcare Bill. She gives some more tongue lashing to Bill Clinton (pun intended). From Chris Mathews of Hardball, MSNBC.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin having spat over global warming

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger questioned Ms. Palin's motivation for penning an op-ed article in The Washington Post

"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish? Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the nomination [for President]?"

Palin fired back on Facebook: "Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment?"

It will be interesting to know who prevails: the Terminator or the Pitbull with lipstick.

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Joe Lieberman: A Senatorial Prostitute.

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Keith Olbermann's special comment on the Healthcare Reform mess in the US. He calls Lieberman a Senatorial prostitute hired by private healthcare insurance companies and pharmas. He also says that Obama is a great disappointment in this respect. As usual a great commentary. Olbermann delivers his commentary with a great passion which makes it unique.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gitmo detainees dangerous on US soil?

The Obama administration is considering bringing some Gitmo detainees to a maximum security prison in Illinois. The Repugs are up in arms that they pose great danger and they will escape the prison and cause havoc. Yeah-right, Timothy R. McVeigh is going to do the same and many other very dangerous criminals in the US. Can Repugs get anymore stupid?

Guantanamo Bay is the poster child for extremists for recruiting purposes. It is a black spot on US justice system. It is also in violation of the Geneva Convention. It is the brainchild of war criminals like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Besides needed jobs for Illinois folks, moving the prisoners it will get rid of this recruiting symbol for extremists. It has been reported time and again that no one ever escaped from a maximum-security prison. I suppose detainees can grow wings and fly away.

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Stephen Harper in Copen’hog-in

Okay Harper went to Copenhagen, and had a little chat with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. Alot more smoke.

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Howard Dean Opposed to Senate Healthcare Bill

He says kill the bill. Do you blame the good doctor? Joe Lieberman and fellow porkies have managed to whittle down the bill to futility. First there was supposed to be a public option but the porkies (of private health insurance companies) like Joe Lieberman said over their dead bodies. So public option gone. Then there was a proposal to extend Medicare to 55 years, again Lieberman and other porkies said NO and now by all accounts that is gone.

Now Dr. Howard Dean is saying forget about passing such a bill - that it's too watered down to amount to any meaningful reform.

It is a big victory for private healthcare (profiteers) insurance companies. Long live the greed and exploitation. The American people deserve better. Given the control of these profit-driven insurance companies one should worry if their next target will be Canada. Sarah Palin is already indicating that Canada should reform its healthcare and give it back to private profiteers. Good-bye healthcare hello gluttony as thy name is tyranny.

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From Countdown of MSNBC

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Charles Gibson: The ABC Evening News Anchorman retiring

I thought this gentleman was a great anchorman. At one time ABC used to be quite conservative but starting with Peter Jennings and then with Gibson it moderated and became balanced. He reminded me of Walter Cronkite of CBS. He is retiring by the end of this week. ABC evening news will not be quite the same without him. All the best to Mr. Gibson in his new life.

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Joe Lieberman the Porkman

When will Dems catch on with this Lieberman guy in the US Senate? First he endorsed John McCain for President over Obama while claiming to be a Democrat. After McCain lost Lieberman was going to lose his committee chairs but the Dems let him keep the chairmanship of Homeland Security.

When it came to healthcare he was deadly opposed to any new public option but recommend extending Medicare to 55 years old. Now that option is negotiated he says he cannot support such extension and wants to filibuster. The man cannot make up his mind because he is totally in the pockets of the private healthcare lobby. Lots of private healthcare companies have head offices in Connecticut, his home state. This man is the epitome of evil if such an entity exists. Talking about pork, he is exclusively made of one. About time that Dems kick his butts.

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Keith Olberman rips into his nemesis of Fox

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It is quite interesting. He also displays his comedian abilities and makes it funny.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Tony Blair: The Loyal Poodle

You can say this much about Tony, that he is Dubya's loyal poodle. He told BBC that the invasion of Iraq was justified even if Saddam had no WMDs. He also indicated that there is nothing wrong with religious wars. It does raise many questions about the integrity of this poodle. Did he know that there were no WMDs and lied to get the support of his own Parliament?

This man, a religious fanatic, is a disgrace to himself and to the British people. What were Brits thinking when they elected this cretin as their PM? Is he another war criminal? Should he be brought to justice?

Here is additional information on inquiry going on in Britain on Iraq war.

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December 13, 2000: A travesty in history

It was nine years ago that Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush. It is one of the saddest days in the history of the US and one of the biggest travesties of 21st century that Bush was appointed to the office of President by the Supreme Court of the US. Like many others I believe that the vote counting in Florida was rigged. Remember all that hanging chad business? If justice had prevailed we probably would be living in a different world today – more peaceful and more environmentally friendly.

I am not saying that Al Gore is perfect. He is a human like rest of us with all his weaknesses but he sure would have been a great improvement on that moron and war criminal George W. Bush.

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My job is to grow body parts...

...says the good doctor. It was an amazing documentary over the weekend on CBS 60 minutes. Doctors in this documentary explain how each human cell (or a cell of other living creatures) knows what its job is. An ear cell knows how to grow an ear; a bladder cell knows how to grow a bladder only, and a heart cell knows how to grow a heart. This is extraordinary programming which goes into these cells. How did that programming get in there? I don't know, I only ask questions.

For example, a computer program like Windows we know is produced by Bill Gates or his techs. Thousands of hours go into such programming yet these programs are what they are and don't have the capability to multiply and grow into something bigger like cells do. All the computers programs in the world put together are less complex than a single living cell.

All science knows is that those cell programs are there and how to use them to grow body parts but yet have said nothing about how that programming got in there. At least to my knowledge.

I also watched a documentary on National Geographic where they talk about the known universe and talked about the complexity of even a single atom, and of how science still does not know all its complexity. There is a universe within an atom which this documentary explains encompasses the nature of the whole universe or a miniature of universe. As you know that an atom is so small that it is not visible to the naked human eye.

Damn I used to know everything until I entered university and that know-it-all myth started shattering only never to recover from it. Now all I know is that I really don't know.

Here is the CBS video on growing body parts:

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Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy roughed up.

He looks bloodied up but he did not forget to wave the crowd just before leaving. He is known to have a lot of fun so this time someone had some fun at his expense. Why not use a shoe which is less damaging but makes the indelible point. As you know a shoe of an Iraqi will remain Bush’s legacy forever.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tiger leaps back into Woods

Poor man Tiger Woods. Got caught with his pants down. It looks most of his so-called mistresses were high-end escorts. Now the most recent is that he is taking time off golf and headed for a very small island of off the coast of Sweden. His wife, who is from Sweden, bought a small house in the woods on the island, which is only accessible by boat, hoping that will save her from the paparazzi. And if Tiger does move with her, then save him too from the paparazzi.

One does not feel sorry for Tiger as he had his share of jollies. My golly when you have a $1 billion income what you do with it? One does not feel sorry for his wife either. She is an expert putter herself and a hole in one. Rumours are that the pr-nuptial agreement was for $20 million which Tiger has already raised to $60-70 million to keep her company for the time being.

However, the real victims are going to be the children. It is sad. This experience is going to be traumatic for them. It is hoped that they will recover from it.

The moral of the story is that if your intentions are to remain an active 'player' then don't get married. Especially don't claim to love someone when you're going to share it - your "love" - around extensively. Just have fun and move on.

To read the story about the Swedish island, click here.

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Robert Gates: Was he snubbed in Iraq?

Looks like it. Gates latest trip to the US colony of Afghanistan and then a stopover at Iraq to meet the Prime Minister of Iraq Nuri al-Maliki. However at the last minute Maliki cancelled the meeting citing other engagements.

Do you blame Iraqis? After one million Iraqis dead, according to some estimates, because of war, millions others rendered homeless and still million others living in squalor without proper sanitary conditions, drinking water and food. On the other side close to 40,000 US causalities and nearly 5000 of those dead - the vast majority of these young men/women were from poor families. What are the achievements? Yes Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and friends got a little richer through oil money however Americans in general paid a very heavy price and continue to do so; same for Iraqis. Stupidities of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and associates unleashed extraordinary atrocities both in Iraq and the US. Will we humans ever learn?

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and associates committed war crimes and crimes against humanity according to many of their own lawmakers in Congress. When will these felons be prosecuted?

Read more here about Gates' trip.

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Bridge for sale.

Going once, going twice, sold for £1 million ($1.7 million US). Not kidding. It is for real.
Read full story here.
Here is the story for actual sale.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gravity and life

Sir Isaac Newton who walked this earth some 350-400 years ago. He was sitting under an apple tree and an apple fell on his head; he started wondering why the apple fell to the ground instead of just taking off in the space. He came up with the theory of gravity. Now we know for sure how it works as astronauts in space floating around when they cross the gravity sphere of the earth. We take so many realities of life for granted.

What if there was no gravity. We will be all floating around and so will other objects and living beings, if there would be any. Gravity made it possible that flora and fauna and humans stay put and that living beings in general can move around without being lost in space. If there was no gravity would planets stay in place or would they collide with each other hence causing another big bang with no end? What an extraordinary balance and organization of the universe?

How this gravity got in there? I don't know and I don't pretend to know. Why there is gravitation between male and female species and offsprings especially those of humans? If there was no natural love for children probably humans will eat their own children. However, any 'normal' human does not harm his/her children and does everything to meet their needs. How did that come about? If there was not that strong motivation and desire for copulation then human life would have ended long ago as no one would have wanted to procreate. What an extraordinary phenomena, yet we take it for granted.

Why is there such an attraction for all things attractive? What is that sentiment?

What if there was too much gravity then will all flora and fauna be strictly stuck to the ground and not move? Or blood will be drawn down in living creatures and kill them instantly? Everything is in the right amount otherwise there will be no life. Have you ever gone through the experience of being very down. Step outside the house and saw a beautiful flower and you felt suddenly cheered up. That sun and its light and flower came together to cheer a person up and then of course the ability of the eyes to see and send that image to the brain and the brain in turn sending messages to the nervous system. All that happens in a split second. How extraordinary. It happened with me once coming out of my office and in this case it was a wild flower. That is exactly what I thought when I saw that flower. Life is very unusual and very complex indeed.

Who knows how many more earth-like planets are there in the universe? It will be interesting if we find human-like creatures on other planets. Won't happen in my lifetime though it looks.

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Sarah Palin the Superwoman

Yes, she can do anything if you're willing to pay for it. Conservatism, birthers, teabaggers, and socialism all goes but it will just cost so much. She will do her song and dance at a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada hospital in April – a hospital which provides socialized healthcare. She will give a fundraising speech there.

Will she call it a hospital that has "death panels" and kills grannies? Who cares as long as she is paid $200,000. It will cost you $200 to listen to her and many in her audience may not make $200,000 in a year, or in some cases in a lifetime, but that is beside the point.

You know what they say about world's oldest profession. Once you pay the lady she will take any position you want her to. Some politicians are like that. They will take any position which will get them votes.
Here is some more interesting stuff about this visit as shown on Countdown of MSNBC.

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And here is a story from the local media.

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Irish Parliament: Parliamentary decorum.

Caution. The language is harsh in this video. I heard something similar happened closer to home, on last Friday, in New Brunswick legislature. Unfortunately the video for NB fun is not available.

Update: A great remix. Enjoy.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Tiger’s leaps on late night shows

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Yes, it is about Tiger Woods and it is funny. From Countdown of MSNBC.

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Bush lover

Believe it or not some love Bush. Strange world we live in.

This guy here makes that claim.

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Sex Offenders: 103 years old and 100 years old

Santa? I don't know. Rearrage the letters and Satan? Surely exists.

Bert Jackson of Utah is 103 years old and Theodore Sypnier of BUFFALO, New York is 100 years old. Both sex offenders. Picture is of Sypnier.

Click here to read the story.

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Harper position on climate change @ Copenhagen

Is he really taking a position or is his environment minister Jim Prentice? On torturegate Harper government is hiding behind the generals and soldiers and in Copenhagen he wants to ride on the shoulders of Barack Obama. Who is really in charge? The generals? Barack Obama? or the US? It is a very bizarre situation which the Harper government has created. Very embarrassing for Canada.

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Stephen Harper and Torturegate

Who is the leader here? Why do Stephen Harper and Peter Mackay repeatedly hide behind the generals and the soldiers. Are they not supposed to govern and be the boss? Who is running the show? It is a very shameful performance by the Harper government on torturegate as well as on many other fronts.

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Christ Mathews of MSNBC interviews Teabaggers. Why? Why to give them airtime and publicity.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rick Hillier: What now?

Rick Hillier categorily denied that there was any torture of Afghan detainees handed over to Afghan security by the Canadian military. Gen. Walter Natynczyk said the same thing initially but then changed his story on Wednesday. Now he says there were a few cases. What happens to the credibility of Rick Hillier now, and to that of his political bosses Stephen Harper and Peter Mackay. The opposition is asking for Peter Mackay's resignation. It looks he knowingly might have misled Parliament and hence the Canadian people.

It is not a pretty picture. You may read Gen. Walter Natynczyk's story here. However, since this story broke he further inidcated that there were more similar cases. What a disgrace that Canada is being given this kind of reputation and how hard Harper and Mackay are trying to cover it up. The plot thickens. It is extremely important that there is a public inquiry.

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US Healthcare and Grandma

The example of the proverbial grandma was used profusely during the healthcare bill debate in the US Congress. It would look now that both parties, and to a certain extent Barack Obama, have abandoned the grandma on the steps of Capitol Hill in the cold. The latest healthcare bill in the Senate compromise does not look good. It looks that the public option will be dropped. Too bad for our American friends because healthcare based on profits is for profits and not for anyone's health as such.

However, by 2011 Medicare will be extended to 55 years and older, lowered from the 65 age limit, to a select few including those who currently don't have healthcare coverage. The private healthcare insurance lobby is indeed strong at Capitol Hill and they scored a big victory. Maybe it is still a step towards better healthcare in the US; only time will tell.

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Holy Cow

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Literally. Born holy. A calf was born in Connecticut with a white cross on its forehead. I see tasty veal. If you don't see any updates from me in the coming few days that means I have been struck by lightening for making fun of the holy cow.

Also Barack Obama's Statue in Indonesia. The statue shows Obama holding a butterfly in his hand. There cannot be Obama's statue without one for Dick Cheney so one was erected in Wyoming for Dick Cheney of him pointing gun at a butterfly according to good reporter Keith Olbermann of MSNBC.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sarah Palin a legend... her own mind. History tells us that empires ultimately fall. Sarah Palin may just become the next President of the United States and write the final chapter of the American empire. Good luck America.

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Tiger Woods: The Real Story

As you can see, something happens to him at midnight. Tiger turns into a wolf. That is why the car-crash at 2 A.M. and now mother-in-law taken to the hospital at 2 AM. ;)

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Mischievous Cheeseburger.

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A woman calls 911 to complain about her cheeseburger. It sounds like an abuse of a cell phone. If only cell phones could talk they would be calling en masse complaining about the abuse by their owners.
From Keith Olbermann of MSNBC.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Global Warming or Pollution

Maybe global warming is a confusing term for the general public. Why not call it pollution? We see and experience pollution everyday in our lives. Polluted air, water and food. If nothing else polluted air, water and food will kill the human species. Everyday there are stories of polluted water and pollution getting into the food chain. Is that not bad enough? Do we not need to do something about it?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared that CO2 is indeed dangerous for human health. Does that not sound alarm bells?

Whatever this e-mails or climatgate scandal may be with regards to global warming, there is no doubt about the calamity of global pollution and if something is not done and done soon, life may become horrible for many living species including humans. Scientists are great folks but they often suck when it comes to PR. There is a need for more good PR people like Al Gore.

All kinds of pollution including greenhouse gases are dangerous for public health, period, and full stop. What more evidence we need? If we want our children and grandchildren to survive action is needed now. Let us not allow the greed of fossil fuel international corporations to destroy our planet.

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Tiger's Tail/Tale Becomes Long and Entangling

The latest is that a blonde woman was taken at 2 AM from Tiger's house in an ambulance. What is this about 2 AM with Tiger Woods? Moreover, there was a story on MSNBC that his wife has moved out.

One does not feel sorry for Tiger Woods and his mistresses. He knew what he was doing and the mistresses knew that they were having jollies with a married man with children. The victim in this case is Tiger's wife because he broke the trust. Whatever you may think of marriage, when you take a vow of faithfulness a person's words must count. However, his wife may find ways to get even with him. Already there is a story that he is willing to part with $60 million, three times the pre-nuptial agreement, if his wife will stay with him.

The real victims though are the children. They get caught in between. The struggle of "he is bad and she is bad" starts and children pay the price as, like all children, they would like to love both parents. It is becoming a big tragedy and the media does not seem to get enough of it.

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Murders at Guantanamo Bay

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From Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. It sounds like homicide of three detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Tragedy and war crimes continue.

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World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting

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From Keith Olbermann of MSNBC.
This was a meeting of the Indian Cabinet on Mount Everest to make a point about global warming. How come Stephen Harper was not invited? He has been everywhere else – India, China, Singapore, and South Korea. Now he is headed for Copenhagen. I will like to get hold of this guy’s air mile’s card.

Also in this video Santa goes underwater. Yesterday I went to MacDonald’s and told Santa there that I wish for a free meal. She did not even smile. I don’t believe in Santa anymore. ;)

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Human Follies: $3,000,000.00 bra

Yes! A bra for three million dollars. Victoria Secret is promoting it on the net and the story was on CNN. Yes you can see it on the model. However, if a woman buys it and wears it, who is going to see it besides herself and her boyfriend/husband? Children are dying of hunger in New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and many other cities of North America and some woman is going to wear $3,000,000.00 worth of bra. Some unusual boobs. People are dying or being killed on the streets of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza and here in the West someone is consumed with this stupid luxury item. Will we humans get anymore stupid?

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Harper meets Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea

My! That must be hard on Harper's neck. He is working hard. ;)

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Karzai speaks up

Karzai was interviewed over the weekend by Amanpour of CNN. She asked him about the troop surge. His response was very blunt and more less meant "put up or shut up". He said the US and west trained so-called insurgents/extremists and now they are posing a threat to the US and the West. So now put up with it or help Afghanistan to overcome the problem. He was a very frustrated Karzai.

The reality is that Bush was offered by the Taliban government to put Osama Bin Laden on trial but instead Bush decided to invade Afghanistan in the name of democracy. Now over 8 years later and many war atrocities, casualties and destruction, where are we? We don't learn from our blunders. Once the colonialism stops maybe we will have alot fewer problems in the world. Right now might is right rules, or destroys, whichever way you wish to look at it.

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An act of kindness changes a man’s life.

CNN repeated this story time and again over the weekend about how a thief converted to Islam through an act of kindness of a shopkeeper of Shirley, New York. According to CNN, the shopkeeper recently received a letter from an anonymous person (the thief) with $50 in it saying that he had turned his life around. Now this kind of fight and conversion one can support.

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Bush’s sale job for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Watch this commercial carefully. I am sure you have seen it before many times on your TV. It scares the dickens out of you and then you are asked to spend money for your security. This post is not about the security company, but this does sum up the nature of Bush's sales job. Scare the hell out of you about your security and then pick your pockets to pay for the adventure and use your sons and daughters to fight the war – young men and women are the real and live fuel for these wars. And these young men and women, more often than not, come from poor families.

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The Horrors of War

..and the lies we are told about these wars. Please watch this video carefully. These are the real facts and real horrors of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and few others being waged by US and its allies. This is only a glimpse into the atrocities being carried out in the name of democracy. The complete picture is much more gruesome and dreadful. This is something you will never see on your evening news. And this is something that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Harper or now Obama will never tell you about or make speeches about. We the people are being screwed. Please speak up.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Stephen Harper speaks Chinese. ;)

Why you think Chinese President Hu Jintao is going heee, heee; because 我是个白痴。 actually means, "I am an idiot".

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Jim Prentice: Barack Obama has a new poodle

Move over Bo, here comes Joe. You thought Tony Blair was a poodle to Bush, now Jim Prentice and Stevie Harper have decided to play poodle to Obama on the environment at the Copenhagen Conference on Global Warming.

"He (Prentice) cited two reasons why Canada would need to twin its policies with the U.S.: This country would "suffer economic pain for no real environmental gain" if it took a more aggressive approach, he said. On the other hand, it would face punitive measures if it did less.

"Given the integration of our two economies it is essential our targets remain in line — not more, not less," Prentice said. "It all comes down to jobs."

But critics say such an approach could be a licence to do nothing.

While Obama has set greenhouse-gas targets, there's no guarantee he will succeed in getting Congress to approve his climate-change plans.

One international critic has even called Canada the biggest obstacle to any deal being reached in Copenhagen."

Click here to read more.

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Wars and Brainwashing

This video gives you some idea how the brainwashing is done. It is also clear that poor kids are the target and used as fodder for wars which benefit the rich and multinational corporations.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Orly Taitz (or Orally Tits) move over here comes Sarah Palin

“I can see Kenya from my house.” Palin. From MSNBC.

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Jim Flaherty is ready for January budget – new boot/boots and all

Given the economic situation and the way the stimulus package was handled, it will be interesting how the new budget will look. Maybe the deficit will move up even further. It was supposed to be just a few billion, then it was $50 billion plus and counting. By January it could be $100 billion or more.

Maybe the shoe/boot is too big for poor Jim.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Harper Government releases Richard Colvin e-mails

Enjoy. Now you have all the details about Richard Colvin's e-mails he sent about torture in Afghanistan. Minor problem. Some black ink fell on it. It is also called redacting.

Is the Harper government not torturing the public of Canada now by hiding the information?

Update: Click here for the redacted documents.

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Ultra Smart Thieves ;)

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From Keith Olbermann's Oddball, Countdown, MSNBC.

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Barack Obama’s Troop Surge In Afghanistan

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Provides surge to late night shows. From Christ Matthews of MSNBC.

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A lively Parliament Taiwan. Why our parliament, in Canada, is so damn boring. Harper can use some of that excitement especially after his return from his visit to China and his victories in Afghanistan – torture included. ;)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wars are good for Generals and the Rich only

Michael Moore said it aptly in his letter to Obama opposing the escalation of war in Afghanistan:

"Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that's what they'd do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines."

You can read the rest of his letter here.

I need not repeat that so many lies have been told to justify wars: WMD's in Iraq and women's rights in Afghanistan or maybe we should call them WMD's and WRA's bold faced lies.

The worst part is, as Michael Moore said, it is poor killing the poor. Very rarely do sons and daughters of the rich and powerful actually participate in war on the ground. It is always poor (and the middle class to some degree) who pay the price.

What the general public must watch out for is the brainwashing which goes on to convince young men and women to go in the harms way. Such as you will become an instant "hero" if you kill so many "enemies". Or if you die you instantly become a martyr – what good does it do for the person who is dead and what good is it for his/her loved ones? It is exploitation of the people. Not much different than what Karl Marx said about religion and how it is used as an opium for the masses. He was quite right there. It is exploitation and brainwashing.

I said this before and I will say it again, that the only people who benefit from such wars are the rich and powerful – oil and gas companies in Iraq and Afghanistan or the generals who can keep their jobs a little longer. What poor and middle class get out of it is more misery, death and destruction. Then of course higher taxes to pay for these vicious wars started by the rich and powerful for the benefit of the rich and powerful. It is time that the general public rises up against these horrible wars and demand an end to them.

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Tiger Woods has problem with his puts.

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Keith Olbermann’s take on it.

Okay to be fair to Tiger Woods he is like the rest of humans who are not perfect. At least he does not go around teaching family values then, with the pretension of hiking on the Appalachian Trails, have jollies with his girlfriend in Argentina - yes Mark Sanford. Tiger should be careful though.

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Stephen Harper in China

With torturegate on his hands, how can Harper talk about human rights in China? Remember he would not attend the Chinese Olympics because he said that "Canadians are deeply concerned about China's human rights record" and he was trying to sell that to Canadians to win votes. Now where is his own human rights records?

Also, the China media is calling him for what he really is, a hypocrite. How stupid can he get that he would not attend the Olympics and now he wants to kiss Chinese butts for business with China. This man is a disgrace, I am sorry to say.

By the way Confucius (551-479 BCE) is one of my favourite philosophers/mystics. What he said more than 2000 years ago is so true today. He truly understood human nature. Here is one of my favourite quotes from him"

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

Socrates (469 BC–399 BC) said something similar a little later on: "I know that I don't know."

Socrates also questioned the Greek establishment and he was sentenced to death on the grounds that he was corrupting the youth by such questions. That tells you how much one should trust an establishment of any kind.

I hope Harper will learn something in China.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tiger’s tail/tale - a new twist

Tiger's tail is getting longer and has a few new twists. In the new twist a new maiden has been entangled and snared. Her name is Kalika Moquin. She claims she had an affair with Tiger Woods as well. The plot thickens. He plays the course well and knows how to score points. Way to go Tiger, you know how to play the field. He just cannot keep his balls in check; he likes to spread them out. Got to learn a lot from this guy.

Now he is apologizing for his transgressions and overplays as he has been hitting the balls beyond the green too often – green being the permitted zone of the play.

Click here to read the story.

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Barack Obama’s Strategy for Afghanistan – Part 2

Here it is folks in nutshell, in case you did not watch the news or missed his speech.

1.He will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and complete the deployment process by June.

2.From June 2010 to June 2011 he will complete the following:

A) Defeat Taliban, defeat Al-Queda and all the other bad guys in Afganistan.

B) Reform the Afghanistan government. Get rid of corruption and put a democratic government in place; and train the Afghan army.

C) Get rid of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and other bad guys in Pakistan and stabilize the government in Pakistan who will be friendly to the U.S.

June 2011: Mission Accomplished and withdrawal begins in time for the next presidential election. Damn Bush and Cheney could not do that in 8 years. My with that kind of Superman abilities why not elect him for life instead of another term?

I will like Obama to succeed. But you be the judge of his Afghan strategy.

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Barack Obama’s Strategy for Afghanistan – Part 1

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Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman of MSNBC’s take on it. Part-2 coming soon.

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