Can This Dude Really Win Your Presidential Vote?

30 10 2008

Turning left to Obama-Biden, I see a son and his father on the same ticket. And to right McCain-Palin, I see a father with his daughter; or more appropriately a boss and his bespectacled personal assistant. Needless to say, these presidential running mates are the wackiest combos at best to aim for the highest office. To make it worst, the mainstream media had it all twisted by making this election looks like a race between Obama and Palin – living the two white-haired dudes – McCain and Biden – in the smoke.

Exactly six days to go, it looks like infinity to Obama while the days click like seconds for McCain. If the election were conducted today, the pollsters say the black-haired dude would pull it off big-time! Thus, there is a legitimate reason for the white-haired candidate to gasp for every breath of air which appears deflating rapidly. From the grand scheme of things, only ‘Bradley-effects’ could toss-up this election. Otherwise, Barack could pull a landslide. Well, opinion polls can be very flattery sometimes; people just tell you what you what to hear or whatever comes to their mind. You get the picture, given the fact that ‘Obama’ is arguably the hottest name of this decade. The question is: are these pollees would actually walk their talk? If yes, then Obama gets a done deal.

On the other hand, McCain who assumed an ‘underdog’ title despite his elongated experience and age is not highly favored in recent polling surveys. Notwithstanding underdog appeal could factor in to sway voters to the losing guy’s corner – perhaps out of sympathy. But McCain can’t just bank on that alone. To resurrect as a comeback-kid, this dude needs to scram his overused maverick blabs. Extremists, radicals, and loners are how some people view mavericks. Such characteristics could scare off would-be supporters.

In addition, McCain need to lam that tax-cut bullshits and ‘spreading the wealth’ rhetoric. Most Americans are no-fools. Intelligent voters could be insulted when politicians beat the taxcut drum. It is like saying hey, I’m buying your votes for few hundred$ bucks. So what happens after that? George Bush’s hyped tax-cut and that never insulated the economy from recession. Well, except you are “Joe the Plumber” who made a big deal about paying his civic dues, tax-cut is not going to dent a whole lot of different in one’s life. Paying taxes is a civil responsibility. So get over it. And nothing wrong in spreading the wealth either. It is good for average Americans as most make less than $250,000/yr; and these folks are the main voting block anyway. Actually redistributing wealth would stimulateth the economy rather confining it to the opulence top ten percent. BTW, tax policy is all about spreading the wealth to lower class; it’s been that way for centuries. Therefore, ‘SpredingTheWealth’ fear tactic now adopted by McCain camp could favor his opponent as the argument makes McCain more pro wealthy than middle/working class.

As for the VPs, Joe Biden has his own missteps but he seems to hold it well overall. Other side, everything about Sarah Palin is overblown: from her cloths/hair style to the messed up interview. All fault to McCain’s strategists who tried to remake a made-woman. Kathy Curic ain’t God. I think Palin would have dealt perfectly with the media on her own if there were no strategic restrictions from her handlers. To diffuse unfit-for-office syndrome, she needs to take off those glasses, which stereotypically make her looks less presidential. Most Americans would prefer glassless iron-like lady (think Thatcher!) in the oval office than a softy.

On a more personal note, I don’t know who gets my vote in this election. Both candidates have proven worthy of the highest post. Simply saying I’m voting Obama because I am Black! would be a racial understatement. Same goes to any white dude. As days go, so are the emotions and tensions running high. Eventhough it seemly all set for Obama while McCain people pray for ‘Bradley effect’, the votes that count most due on November 4th. Voters should weigh important issues and vote with their heads. Either way, there would be millions of heartbreaks by this time next week. It’s not going to be the end of the world. President McCain or President Obama would serve United Statesjudiciously. Every citizen’s acceptance of either president would be a support, for nation, which would go a long way.

Have a nice vote.





Sarah Palin: “Wild Life” Runs in the Family

11 09 2008

Sara Palin, Bristol Palin aka gunhead, boozehead. So much for the so called “hockey mum” who is accusing the media for pointing out her family flaws. C’mon hottie, you are running for the highest in the land. Holding public office means subjecting yourself to scrutiny. You can’t just put a pretty face-on and expect Americans’ vote just like that. Actually, one has to be skeptic of pretty faces because 8 out of 10, they would have some form of skeletons in their closet.

To attest to such instance, the media have done some job exposing some of the plaques on Sarah Palin’ cheerleader appearance. A lady who prides herself as a mom; can her family exemplifies American family value? Hell no!! Not her with gun-loving record and alcohol drinking household (as she is shown, inset with some pot-smoking dude in the back ground). BTW, I never knew they wear bikini in frigid cold Alaska. And daughter, Bristol, display guns and gulping spirit like juice. Oh yeah! They can blame that on the weather too. In this age, there are many things teenagers can do in their time than having sex, messing with gun, or being a boozehead.

It is remains to be seen how the deeds of a “wild child” would affect the VP candidacy of a mother. It could be okay for an average citizen to party like animal with bottles of alcohol on both hand.s More also it is cool for ‘gun right’ advocates to  showoff  their arsenal for friends to see. But this type of indulgent could be a serious concern if it’s involved elected public figures.

There has been political rhetoric of “keeping the kids out” of political jabs. But who is to blame when a republican presumptive VP Sarah Palin can not control her teenagers – encouraging “unprotected Sex” to  pregnancy? The family we’ve seen since her nomination is as cosmetic as Sarah’s ‘lipstick’ – on a pig? Maybe. It wouldn’t be a surprise if there are more skeletons than what we have seen so far. I can only imagine how she can lead this nation with a ‘morally dysfunctional‘  family in the Whitehouse.

Sarah’s Parodies Below





Dick Cheney Wants Another Fight After 2 Wars

11 08 2008

I thick some leaders need to take cue from Abraham Lincoln who said “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Mr. Tough Guy, VP Dick Cheney is beating another war drum. With unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cheney is talking tough about Georgian-Russian war which started last week. In a TV report yesterday, while President Bush made a softer tone that “we strongly condemn the bombing outside of South Ossetia, Dick Cheney said: “Russia’s military action against Georgia (in Europe) must not go unanswered.”

I think such a statement is undiplomatic and should not come from a guy who once avoided behind drafted to war. There are better ways to show solidarity for a country, not by bullying. As for the Russian, they have been put into the back-burner since the end of cold war while United States has been flexing military might all over the world. So a slight provocation gives the former Soviet Republic excuse to come back, a show of force to remind the world that Russia is a super power too, unfortunately at its neighbors’ peril.
(Picture above shows Russian tanks unit fired toward Georgia.)

 

 

Quote of the day:

“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” Abraham Lincoln





China Olympic Grammar Errors – Part 3

8 08 2008

China Welcomes Y’all for Coming!!. Today is 8/8/08. The long awaited Olympic just kicked off few minutes ago in China. But to our surprise, there are some serious issues that are still plaguing Chinese Olympic villages. Despite the fact that we have been sounding this warnings for months (see part 1 and part 2), it’s disappointing that COPO (Chinese Olympic Planning Organization) are not fully organized in their language skills.

Many public signs (examples below) erected are full of errors. Unfortunately, the world is in China now. Any attempt to remove these misleading signs now would bring more embarrassment. Since we don’t complain without giving solutions, we would suggest that English speaking visitors over there should help to correct or graffitize the errors, especially if you are from South Bronx like me.

Happy Olympic!

“We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. ” —John Locke

PART 1: Is China Olympic Game Grammatically Ready?

PART 2: Is China Olympic Game Grammatically Ready?





Nancy Pelosi’s Book: A Feminist Hypocrisy at Best

5 08 2008

So Nancy is on a tour book. It is unbelievable that the same lady who shot down Hillary Clinton’s Whitehouse run is promoting a book that entitled “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters” ($23.95). I haven’t perused the book; needless to say I would not buy it because the content would appear hypocritical.

A lot have been said about “glass ceiling” for women. It is a common belief that it is still a men’s world out there. So, it is refreshing to see some women making it to the top of their career, especially in conventional men’s domain. Nevertheless, I think women are still their own worst enemies of progress. When some get to the top, they want to be the only conspicuous lady robbing shoulder with powerful men. That is the case of Nancy Pelosi, the first lady in U.S. history to be elected House Speaker.

Yeah! Nancy’s achievement is a big deal. And seeing any woman making similar history [for even more powerful position] could deflate her ego. She enjoys the respect and attention given to her as the lady-of-the-house. Had Hillary Clinton got the Democratic nomination, she too would have become [presumptive] most powerful lady in Washington/U.S., a title currently held by Pelosi. That is why Nancy supported Barack Obama for the nomination. So where is the so-called “feminist spirit”? With Obama in Whitehouse, it’s like a ‘strong lady and a wimp’ at the helm. Meaning Pelosi would be calling the shot for Democratic Party. With Iron-lady Hillary? Ah fogetaboutit! Pelosi wouldn’t stand a chance – as Hill takes bullshit from nobody.

With all the privilege and power, it is obvious Pelosi is having a blast in men-dominated world. So it is normal to act as a role model for other females to follow – but to share power with no other women. I can see another skilled politician (Nancy) at best. It is a known fact that most politicians don’t always mean what they say. Nancy Pelosi’s book-hawking parade is nothing but a “political marketing” and pretense. If she would have to be voted for again, so that some gullible voters would think: “Gee! She is lifting the bar for our daughters; let’s vote for her.”

My conclusive analogy would be Nancy Pelosi is just like some lady who sleeps with somebody else’s guy and turned around saying “all men are cheaters.” The fact of the matter is: men wouldn’t cheat on their lovers without the help of other women. Her book would say: girls, men are your problem; they are creating the glass-ceiling for you, they are limiting your career goals. You don’t have to let them.” Well, ladies you might find it very daunting to attain your ambition if you are in the same boat with ‘Nancy(s) Pelosi(s) of the world.’

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A feminist is a woman who does not allow anyone to think in her place.” — Michele Le Doeuff





Jesse Jackson called Black People ‘N*gg#rs’

17 07 2008

There is even worst language used by Rev. Jesse Jackson on Fox News that didn’t come out last week. Bill O’ Reilly now confirmed in another Fox show, yesterday, that Jackson called his own people n*ggers but the initial TV segment was filtered out. Here is what Jackson said: “Barack…is talking down to black people…telling the n*ggers how to behave.. I wanna cut his guts out.”

And according to TVNewser, O’Reilly said the reason why he did not want that part to surface is because: “I’m not in the business of hurting Jesse Jackson. And I’m not in the business of creating some kind of controversy that is not relevant to the general subject: one civil rights leader disparaging another, over policy. So we held it back [but] some weasel leaked it to the internet. That person wants to hurt Jesse Jackson.”

Oh! really, O’Reilly? This world would eventually be a better place if venomous Bill O’ Reilly can talk like that.

Initially, I think the language Jackson used about “guts” is not really a big deal; because this was a guy-to-guy talk. Men, no matter what background, use slangs, jargons and stuff like that when in the mist of their peers. It’s all bravado. However, such language shouldn’t be coming up from someone who wears a ‘clergy title’ on his sleeves.

How much more for Jesse to use racial slurs against the very people he claims to fight for. Isn’t the same Jackson, who advocated banning ‘N’ word, way before Rev Al Sharpton followed suit? Apparently, this isn’t going to be a race issue, but immoral, because Jackson is no Don Imus. So, Rev Al Sharpton should sharpen his rhetoric impartially against his long-time ally: he should start picketing at the Rainbow Coalition Headquarter, as a matter of cause.

BTW, Jesse Jackson had a legitimate reason [but another immoral issue] to vex as Obama teaches responsibility because, if you don’t know, Jackson had a “lovechild” out of wedlock with his assistant, Karin Stanford, Thus that make him absenteeism or partly irresponsible father. So, it is understandable why Obama’s speech hit some core. It was never about Jackson being jealousy of Barack Obama as widely buzzed.

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There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.” —-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” ——Louis Armstrong





Obama & Wife Labeled as Terrorists

14 07 2008

With portrait of Osama Bin Laden in the Oval office, American flag is roasting in the fire place, Michelle Obama with AK-47 rifle on back and the presumptuous president Barack Obama wearing Taliban attire shown fist-japing each other. This is a portrayal of the Obamas by New Yorker Magazine and some people think it ain’t funny.

This is the kind of joke that one would expect from Fox News. or Conservative National Reviews. But on New Yorker ? C’mon.. that’s not what the magazine is all about. It’s like a slap on face for the mag’s subscribers who are predominantly Democrats. There are probably cartoons like this went unnoticed daily in many media outlets; but it is off mark for a major magazine to use such satiric picture as its issue cover.

Although the New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, views the picture as sarcasm, tagged “Politics of Fear.” But Obama supporters are fuming and it was reported that “John McCain’s campaign joined the Obamanians in protesting: “We [McCain camp] completely agree with Obama campaign that it’s tasteless and offensive.” Personally, I think that is very kind of McCain’ people to condemn such portrayal.

Even though I am  not rooting for Obama , I found it disturbing to portray his wife in terrorist imagery. New Yorker is a respected and one of my favorite magazines. I am disappointed by this image of distortions.  Actually the magazine was sort of rooting for Obama before and now he is being tagged as a flip-flopper, which might be true but not with a pic that gives reciprocal effect on the real story. BTW, this  is not the first time the magazine pull this kind of satire; few years ago, its cover portrayed Monica Lewinsky as Mona Lisa.

Quote of the day:

“Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion” —- Gandhi