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?





Serbian ‘Thug’ Can Only Hide So Far

5 07 2008

Breaking the law is always a losing proposition. Making it even worse is when people deliberately make wrong choices and think they would get away with it. For instance, I would imagine how dumb people are when they leave a scene of an accident. If stuff happens unintentionally and you run away from the scene that automatically make you a criminal, even if you are Mother Teresa.

Before I go deep into the main point, I’d mention this: Yesterday, I heard on CBS Radio that a boy was hit by a car in New York City. Luckily, the boy survived and the driver was never charged. Apparently, he wasn’t found guilty because he did not leave the scene of the accident: probably he showed remorse, and explained what happened to the authority. In similar situations that happened in the past, there are many drivers who are serving jail-term for leaving scene of accidents. Whereas, there is 90% chance that that those convicted drivers wouldn’t have been charged if they hadn’t run away – excluding D.W.I. cases (driving while intoxicated). Sometimes, I think it is ignorance of the law or simply cold-heartedness that makes people walk away when they should have stayed.

The aforementioned examples might seem a bit off but it is correlates to a recent bar brawl between two college male students over a girl, in Binghamton NY; and which has become a case of international man-hunt. While the victim, Bryan Steinhauer (right inset), is recovering at the hospital; the offender, Miladin Kovacevic (left inset), fled United States to his native land – jumped $100,000 bail. His parents, in Serbia, remain defiant claiming their son’s innocence and even admitted plotting his escape with the help of a Serbian Consul, Slobodan Nenodovic, in New York. The inset’s from NY Post with full caption: “[parents] Vow suspect in NY coma Kid’s beating won’t return to face justice amid U.S. ‘media circus’.” The parent are the ones who actually created media circus now that  they organized their son’s escape.  In another report, a relative, in New York, whom the culprit once lived with, bragged: “I know him, you (U.S.) will never find him.”

The irony of this matter is that the offender comes from a professional family – surgeon father & psychiatrist mother – who serve in Serbian justice system to crack criminal cases. And  helping  their  government to convict offenders. One would have thought parents of such caliber – knowing full implication of the law – would have advised their son to face U.S. justice, in defense. Resources and connection used for the escaped could have been well spent to hire good defense lawyers here in the U.S. It makes no calculative sense for any learned person, including the accomplice diplomat, to advise this thug to escape justice.

If this is an aggravated assault, which was what it appeared to be, the offender could get out of jail in less than 18 months- with good behavior.. Luckily, the victim did not die; otherwise it would have resulted to man-slaughter. But as it is now, Malidin would end up getting longer jail term for eluding justice. Or how can he have peace of mind while on the run? Sooner or later, this guy would wish he had stayed because it’s going to be too costly to him mentally and emotional drain on his family as long as he is being wanted. If Branka and Peter Kovacevic believe their son’s action was in self defense [as they claimed], why encouraged him to run away?

Well, if the Kovacevics think their Serbian government connection or kickbacks would prevent their son’s extradition, they still live in the world of Slobodan Milošević. No doubt, such corrupt mentality could work in places like Iran, Cuba, or North Korea.  It would even make it worst for the family when his picture hit “American Most Wanted.” With Interpol and FBI networks coupled with U.S. bilateral relation with Serbia, it’s only a matter of time before the thug gets extradited back to the United States for justice.

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“The head never rules the heart, but just becomes it’s partner in crime.”—- Mignon McLaughlin

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How To Get Rich: Felix Dennis’ Way

12 06 2008

There are probably thousands of advices on how to get rich in life or how to succeed in,business. While some advice can be very useful or dumb-stupid, many are nothing but get rich-quick scheme for the suckers. I have heard them all. But I always get a kick out of advice I consider to be super-prudent with no emotion attached. Those are the ones I just came across in The Wall Street Journal’s business bookshelf.

A topic in the journal, “Maximizing Money” features a book entitled “How to Get Rich” by Felix Dennis who is one of the richest men in England – worth b/w $400 – $900 million. The book was fully reviewed by an accomplished editor, Edward Kosner, who summarized some of the sharpest and straight-up advices I have ever seen. Frankly, the author’s guides are knock-outs, and Mr.Kosner admits that the book is full of cold-hearted advice for succeeding in any field [of life]. According to Mr. Kosner, Felix Dennis tagged himself as anti-self improvement and believes that “those who are able to turn themselves into monomaniacal, workaholics estranged from loved ones and reviled by rivals can hope to hit the mega jackpot.” Felix Dennis’ must-have essentials for success are:

  • Stamina
  • Persistence
  • Focus
  • Execution

And he added “If you never have a great idea in your life but become skilled in executing the great ideas of others, you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams.”

I couldn’t agree more with that statement, as CEOs [the corporate fat-cats] come to my mind. CEO = Chief Executive Officer. Most CEOs never created any idea in their life. All they do is manage, combine, and execute other people’s ideas or innovations. As a result, they make (a killing) million$ at creative individuals’ expense.

The following are summarized advices from the book as presented by Mr. Kosner, followed by my take on each:

1.      “Never Part with even a share of business you founded, although partnership in new ventures are acceptable because you can walk away from them.” This sounds like a “founding-father syndrome” to me. No wonder Jerry Yang of Yahoo! Rebuffed Microsoft’s takeover attempt.

 

2.      “Give generous bonuses to your employees, but don’t let them share the money from asset sale.” Yeah right! Whatever happens to the cliché: ‘our employees are our greatest asset.’

 

3.      “Don’t hand out company’s credit cards, cell phones or cars – the expenses run riot.” Who cares? Are those not business expenses and tax deductible? And if civil servants are getting these perks, so can private sector employees. No wonder most people don’t quit Government jobs.

 

4.      “Never delegate authority top people just like you – find a complimentary brain instead.” Sometimes’ you have to. In case some thing like sickness happens. One famous example is Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, who did not appoint a replace during a health problem. The whole company almost disorganized as a result of his absence.

 

5.      “Avoid venture capitalists with their mania for short-term results.” This is synonymous to proxy battle like one staged by activist investor, Carl Icahn aka “corporate raider.” A case in point: he threatened to kick Jerry Yang, Yahoo!’ founder, out of the company’s board.

 

6.      “Never loan money to friends – make it a gift.” This is analogous to ‘don’t loan family members or friends money you can not afford to lose.

 

7.      And here is my favorite: “Never trust a senior accountant who won’t take a vacation (because he is afraid that his thievery will be uncovered while he is away from office.)” The solution is simple: Hire external auditor(s) on annual basis.

I can’t wait to dissect the whole book before digesting the contents. The book would be a good read for those want to succeed where others failed. Sometimes, one has to use unconventional tactic to archive his/her goal in life. And the hints in this book could help fulfill that. – Felix Dennis Video below

Quotes of the day:

“You’ll never get rich by working for your boss.” —- Felix Dennis

”If this does not make you rich, nothing ever will.” —–Mail on Sunday





PART 2: Is China Olympic Game Grammatically Ready?

4 06 2008

With the China Olympic game fast approaching, one would have thought that every thing would be perfectly shaped by now. But that is not the case. This is in part due to recent earth quake that struck part of the country. Our heart-felt condolence to those affected.

However, it appears that the Olympic Game – due in August – would still go as planned. Before the disaster, we reported how unprepared grammatically the Chinese Olympic Planning Officials (COPOs) are for the game by conspicuously misspelled public signs. Well, that was just a “tip of an iceberg.” We are getting more pix from our friends, Engrish.com, in China that show more poor-grammar signs are rearing their ugly heads everywhere. Due to lack of space on this page, we present few pictures. For the earlier ones posted, go to PART 1.

“Learn a new language and get a new soul.” —–Czech Proverb

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New Paradise On Earth

28 05 2008

If you are planning a summer vacation, you would be missing out if you don’t visit some newly developed havens on the planet. Most western vacationers have been flocking to exotic places in Asia lately; but I think some part of Middle East are still highly untapped, mainly Bahrain and Dubai. Beach fronts at these two places would make residents of Malibu, CA and South Beach, FL fill with envy.

Check out the breath-taking pix (below) of Jumeirah Palm Beach in Dubai:

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“Wealth is something you acquire so that can share it. not keep it.”  — LaDonna Harris





African Witchcraft! Real Cat Women: Ain’t No Halle Berry’s Bullshit

25 05 2008

Being a native African, I can tell you that there are some pets which my people aren’t fond of at all. Owls and Cats would top the list of Africans’ most hated pets, but favorite of witchcraft for their agility and scary looks. That is, ghoulish individuals could transform into cats or owls in order to travel long distant for their vampire mission. So, it is no surprise that in a Nigerian coastal city of Port Harcourt, a biker ran down a group of cats with no guilt; but as it turned out, those travelling cats (one of them inset) are human assassins on routine bloody assignments.

Click here for full story: Cat Woman for real!!

Acted-up cat woman, Halle Berry>

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“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” —Arthur Koestler