Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Waves of Death

My most humble and sincerest apologies to readers of this blog as I have not updated it since I am still feeling the shock of the Tsunami tidal waves that has taken its toll all across Asia.
It is indeed sad to see so much loss of life, especially during a time where we are suppose to be celebrating instead of mourning for those departed. May those who have passed to the next world rest in peace.
The tsunami incident was indeed a shock to me as among the 13 Malaysian States, Penang, the place where I have residence in, was the worst hit with 50 fatalities so far. I expect the number to rise during the coming days. Never has the Pearl of the Orient suffered such calamitous a natural disaster. I pray that it will never ever happen again.
My heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in this disaster. May the peace of God which passes all understanding be upon them.
May God have mercy on this world.
God bless us all.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas, My Friend

A tribute to those who keep us safe during our festive season.

Merry Christmas, My Friend
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.

I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.

Written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986.

Miracle

It seems that miracles can happen, even in this time and age.
At about 12.30pm today, I received a phone call from my frantic-sounding mom, who told me that the dog was missing. The dog, called Pepper, had run out of the house through the gate. I was at a mall at that time.
She had phoned me after a frantic search, my mom then asked me to place an advert in the paper and to return to help in the search. I too met with the same result of failure.
At about 2pm, my mom acting on gut instinct, went searching again. This time she found the dog.
Apparently my neighbor, who was staying in the house behind mine, had took Pepper and place him inside the house. When my mother called the dog's name, Pepper responded, but the neighbor was reluctant to let Pepper out, she called again, this time the neighbor creaked open the door and let Pepper out.
So it seems my Scrooge-like grumbling about a lost dog spoiling my Christmas holidays turned out for naught. The dog is back and all's well.
Anyway, to all readers of this blog, I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May God bless us all.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Monster(s)

My condolences to the family of Mohd Dusuki Md Noor who lost their daughter, Siti Shazwani Dusuki. Her body was found dumped into a ditch, yesterday. Another day, another senseless death, but then again, is not all death senseless?
One cannot help but notice the violence all around since one is flooded by graphics and descriptions of violence almost every day of their lives. It is sad that even a nine year old child, in the age of innocence, where the skies are "bluer" and the grass is greener, should have to suffer such cruel a fate before death.
This incident is truly a reflection of how far mankind has fallen since Eden; a bunch of degenerate apes (if you believe in Darwin) maiming each other.
May the killers of Siti Shazwani be brought to justice with haste.

Armoured Defense

Recently, there seems to be a big hoo ha about so call less armoured vehicles used by US soldiers in Iraq. To counter theses claims see here, and here. It really is pathetic to see the leftist media sink to a new low (but they were already bottom dwellers in the first place, I guess they started digging a hole).

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Suffer the Children

This has to stop now. After reading this white paper (www.c-fam.org/pdfs/unicef.pdf), I am really and truly at a lost for words. It seems that UNICEF has lost its direction for protecting the children, and is now a place where feminism ideology prevails over science.
For instance, Carey Roberts notes, "Breastfeeding is known to be healthier and safer than bottle feeding, especially in low-income areas of the world where sanitation is poor. But the feminists charged the UNICEF breastfeeding program portrayed women as the human equivalent of milking cows."
And what about men? The equivalent of bovine studs? Why disparaged an act of maternal care?
Roberts continues, "Carol Bellamy (current UNICEF director) advocated favoring girls over boys, a practice the United Nations euphemistically refers to as positive discrimination."
Positive discrimination? Is not all discrimination negative? Since when was discrimination positive? A word which indicates something is bad (e.g. discrimination) does not become a phrase which indicates something is good when a word which indicates something is good (e.g. positive) is placed before a word which means something bad (Positive discrimination). Get the picture?
Methinks that the UN should go here and get the meaning of the word discrimination which is the "Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit" The term positive discrimination is thrice verily an oxymoron.
I was taught in college that feminism was supposed to be equality for all, apparently I was misled (albeit only for a few months, thank God, no, really, thank God). Apparently feminism (like communism) is enforced equality and not equality of opportunity.
UNICEF has come a long way, unfortunately, it is the long way from what it was originally established to do - save the children.
UNICEF, as Roberts says, has become the "Feminist dream that turned into a children's nightmare."

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

More Media Bias

Here are the top MOST UNDERREPORTED/BURIED STORIES OF 2004!
Have fun reading and then bashing your liberal-French-communist-loving friends (if you have any of those sort) afterwards.

Beauty

Are beauty contests demeaning to women?
That was the question I was forced to consider after a reporter/friend of mine commented about the objectification of women in beauty contests while both of us were covering the Miss Pesta 2004 finals a few days back.
As I considered the question, it occurred to me that the argument was about objectification, in this case, a woman's beauty. Now what is wrong with that? There is no wrong in admiring beautiful women (unless you happened to sexually harress them), nor is there any wrong in saying a woman is beautiful.
In these modern times, we are taught (through the media and higher learning institutes) that instead of admiring a women's external beauty, we should instead admire her intelligence, and other internal factors.
My question is this. If, taking the same argument of objectification, it is wrong to admire women's physical beauty then why is it right to admire women's inner beauty? Are not both actions of admiring a form of objectification? The only difference is one is physical while the other is not.
Research fellow for the Independant Institute in California Wendy McElroy says, "Being judged on the basis of your beauty is no more “objectification” than taking a college exam and being judged on your intellect; yet, as far as I know, every student will take exams."
So if one admires a woman for her beauty, one is wrong, but if one admires her intelligence, one is correct? No, I cannot concur.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Junk Food

Hohoho, this really is good news.
It seems that the consumption of junk food might not lead to weight gain after all (bring on the pork rinds, the cheese balls, pizza with extra cheese, and everything else in between besides the kitchen sink, unless the sinks is chocolate, of course). Yeeha, let the good times roll!
In the article:
"Snack foods, as it turns out, may not be an important cause of weight gain in children after all. Harvard University researchers followed the snack food intake during 1996-1998 of almost 15,000 children aged 9 to 14 years. "
Yes! In your face you food-police-type-people, (those who go on and on about my stuffing myself with so-called junk food, hey, it's my body lar) which also includes my mom (sorry mom) and all my friends who cannot stand my eating of allegedly nutritionally-deficient food.
Anyway, FYI, I do consume large quantities of fruits, (bananas, watermelon, honey-dew, grapes) vegetables, (tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, kangkong) and copious amounts of fish and chicken with the occasional (ahem, cough, cough, loud throat clearing) red meat here and there.
But like the article notes, "There are no good foods or bad foods. There are, however, good and bad eating habits. Snack foods can be part of a healthy diet", and if that is true, my diet is a healthy one (cue loud throat clearing and coughing).
So, again, in your face you stinking-no-good-take-the-fun-out-of-eating food police, and to all you junk food foodies out there, pass the pork rinds please, thanks.

Bastard

Now this chap is really too much.
I can think of thousands of adjectives to label this man but because I am a gentleman (wink, wink), I will attempt to refrain from the use of profanity.
What else can you call a man who leaves his wife-to-be on the wedding dias while he attempts to waltz his way out of the wedding through SMS, with not even the simple decency to meet her face-to-face. At the very least he could do was to tell her a month beforehand so that the wife-to-be can be better prepared.
Apperently, the groom is a State footballer. I suppose that what he lacks in simple human decency he makes up for with his skill in ball control (although looking at the state of Malaysian football, his skill with the ball can at best be doubted).
Anyway, Ms Norlinda Abdul Rahman, you were very brave to stay for the wedding. Here's to you in finding a better man to share your life with.
As to you Mr State Footballer, may what the elders say "what comes around goes around" be true for you.


He Da Man

Congratulations Mr Bush, you are Time magazine's "Person of the Year".
Cound not have happened to a better man. Finally a world leader who does not faffs around, who dares to call evil, evil and not "benevolently-challegend-moral-position", and someone who finally took terrorism by the scruff of the neck and slammed it into the mud. Yeehaa, ride on Mr President.
Time managing editor Jim Kelly said Bush had reshaped the rules of politics to fit his 10-gallon-hat leadership style.
Well, it seems that the 10-gallon-hat-leadership style is the one that beneffitted the world the most. Franklin D Roosevewlt who led the US in WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and now Bush Jnr, all these men recognised the evil facing their time and took steps to ensure that the evil be defeated; unlike their contemparies who prefer to appease and sign useless treaties.
Mr President, congratulations, may you continue to do what is right.
God bless you and bless all of us.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Danger for Women?

I really am addled, agape, aghast, agog, appalled, astonished, astounded, baffled, befuddled, bowled over, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, flabbergasted, flipped out, floored, flustered, mystified, perplexed, punchy, puzzled, rattled, reeling, shocked, shook up, speechless, staggered, startled, struck speechless, stumped, stunned,stupefied, surprised, taken aback, thrown, thunderstruck, about this article here.
The article claims that global warming or environmental changes affects women to a greater extent when compared to men.
"For instance, often women don't know how to swim, so in a flood situation that can lead to a higher instance of death or injury," Angie Daze, a program manager with a Canadian group called Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change, said.
Ooooookkkkkkkk ............ on what basis/research that reveals women are the lesser swimmers?
"Women are highly dependent on the environment for their family responsibilities" in developing countries, said one environmental worker based in Bangladesh.
Granted, in certain countries, some cultures still have the hunter(men)-gatherer(women) food model, but if weather affects the plants that women harvest from, the same can also be said for the animals that the men are hunting from. So both sexes/genders are affected.
The point of the issue is that both man and women, male and female, will be affected by environmental degradation.
Men are not able to resist acid rain better then women are able to do. Just because men are bigger and have more muscle mass does not make them "able to resist environmental degradation better."
Taking the same logic as the article and placing it for men, it can be argued that men are more affected by environmental degradation. As men are bigger, they take more food and drink. Now, if the food and drink are contaminated, does it not mean that more contaminants are in men's bodies?
Does it not mean that men take in more pollutants when breathing? - bigger lungs.
Does it not mean that more exposed to the sun's rays due to Ozone layer depletion? - bigger body, thus more skin.
Yes to all. So? So environmental degradation not only affects women but also men.
Keep that in mind.

50 Mark

HHHOOORRRAAAYYY!!!!!!!!!
Until today, my blog has received 50 unique hits. Thanks to those who have visited and please do so again and again.
Drop me a line at anteros77@yahoo.com to suggest improvements, complain about my right-leaning views or anything at all. But no spam please.
Once again, thanks to those who have visited my site.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Media Bias

Well, to all my friends who have scoffed at my saying that the US media was biased, here is the proof that it is truly left-leaning.
"The major media is even more biased to the left than Democratic members of Congress," Robert J. Barro, the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
I am very reluctant to say "I told you so" but ....................
Anyway, I hope this post will help those who always had a sneaky suspicion that the media was unduly to the left but were unable to quantify those feelings. So, now that someone has already done the research for you, arm yourself with these facts and start the lefty bashing.
Yeesha!

Forgive and Forget

I wonder what liberals (read as anti-US) and anti-Bush folks will say when they know that the US has written off over 4billion of Iraqi foreign debt. My guess would be newer conspiracy theories doing their rounds (just another day in the bash-US-ignore-facts office).
Anyway it is good to see a nation writing off another nation's debt. Wonder if the cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys (France and Germany) will follow suit? Only time will tell.



Friday, December 17, 2004

Negaraku

A moment's silence for Major Alias Bakar, 36, and Leftenan Amnart a/l Summok, 21, who were killed after their Pilatus PC-7 trainer aircraft crashed in Jitra on December 16.
The cause for the crash has yet to be ascertain and the Royal Malaysian Air Force will be setting up a board of inquiry to determine the cause.
Although these two did not die in combat, the loss is definately not diminished by that technicality. Rather, it should serve as a reminder to us of the danger a soldier faces for the safekeeping of their country.
I am aware that what I am about to say has already become a cliche but it still worth and will always bear repeating: that while we celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas, it is to these brave men and women in the armed forces that we are able to celebrate and revel in the festivities in peace.
Unseen as their sacrifice are, it is nevertheless reflected in the peace and security that we are enjoying now.
May both men rest in peace.
God Bless Malaysia.

Negaraku, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku (My Blood Spilt For My Country) - the first line from the Malaysian national anthem.

Videotape Terrorist

Well, it seems I have hit upon a certain truth (see Medal of Honor post) regarding Osama bin Laden. He really is now only a videotape terrorist. Instead of taking credit for staging the US Consulate attack in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Dec 6, all he does in his latest video is to call on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West (the term "West" in Osama's myopic view refers only to the US).
In the video, Osama alleges that oil from the Middle East is being sold too cheaply. Should not that be OPEC's problem? After all OPEC are the ones who have the influence (to a certain extent) to change or peg oil prices.
Anyway having the videotape is good, now that the world, particularly anti-terrorism forces, knows that he is still alive, the hunt for this videotape terrorist can intensify and finally bring this man to justice.


What Torture Scandal?

It seems that certain quarters are up in their sanctimonious panties over the alleged abuse in Abu Ghraib etc..... Joel Wendland of the International Labour Association says:
"Many of the documents, posted to the ACLU’s website, detail information about beatings, shootings, hooding, threats, humiliation, extensive isolation (months at a time), physical intimidation, deprivation and other forms of mistreatment that appear to violate international conventions and treaties regarding torture and prisoner mistreatment."
"Appear to violate international conventions and treaties" - It appears that the said conventions and treaties are signed between two or more nations. The people allegedly abused in Abu Ghraib etc... are not citizens of a country per se, but members of group(s) that will use whatever means to topple democracy, thus undeserving of being covered by the treaties.
Mr Wendland, the group(s) did not sign the treaties with the country they are fighting with and vice versa, so why, pray tell should these treaties and conventions be upheld and honored?
Anyway, I do not see why any country should sign a treaty with theses group(s) other then the convention of the group(s) destruction.
In connection, how come Wendland is so quiet about the American beheadings?
Should not his panties be also in a tangle right now? After all for whatever alleged torture that those prisoners in Abu Ghraib etc... went through, they're still alive, but the American hostages are dead.
Come on guys, let's have some perspective, OK?
A good article here that points out who really benefits from all the publicity.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

John Kerry the Antichrist?

I know that the US elections are over, but check out this video of John Kerry for president. Hilarious!

Medal of Honor

It seems that there are people who are upset with President's Bush choice for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The recipients for the medals were former CIA Director George Tenet, former Iraq leader Paul Bremer and retired General Tommy Franks.
Richard Cohen of the Washington Post calls the award the Presidential Medal of Failure:
"To make these awards in the face of failure -- the mounting American death toll, the awful suffering of the Iraqis, the looming possibility of civil war, the nose-thumbing of the still-at-large Osama bin Laden and the madness of making war for a nonexistent reason -- has the creepy feel of the old communist states, where incompetents wore medals and harsh facts were denied. "
"The suffering of the Iraqis" - I wonder if the Iraqis really enjoyed life under Saddam? Guess not since he gassed them.
"Mounting American death toll" - 40 brave soldiers gave their life so the freedom given to Cohen to disparaged them and their President can be upheld and passed on to the Iraqis.
"Still-at-large Osama bin Laden" - If memory serves correctly (someone send me the link please, thanks) was it not the same lefties that said capturing Osama was useless as his capture will only spawn more Osamas? Not to say Osama is not dangerous but three years have passed since 9/11 and not a single attack on American soil - see how impotent Osama is? Osama is now only a videotape terrorist; a terrorist who only sends tapes of himself to try to instill fear to anyone watching, useless in other words. And that is the way I like it.
"Nonexistent reason" - Again, correct me if I am wrong, was it not the United Nimcompoops (UN) that authorized the use of force if Saddam failed to comply to UN sanctioned sanctions? It took 10 years of failed compliance before force was used. Did Cohen miss that discrepancy? Maybe Cohen should receive the Saddam Medal of Not Noticing Saddam Non-Compliance .
"Communist"- The USA? A communist country? If it were, Cohen be dead by now, or at least in the gulag for speaking out/against the "Great Leader" but his article is on the Net, I'm reading it for free. Cohen must be mistaking US for the former Soviet Republic. And anyway what did the commies achieve? Wait, I know the answer, nothing expect the deaths of millions.
Cohen is also under the false impression that the failure to find WMD was the President's fault.
Er? Did not the UN and Clinton also believe that Saddam had WMD? Should not the UN and Clinton be asked to apologize too(send me the link anybody, thanks)?
Cohen, at least these three guys did something, no matter how difficult the circumstances.





Sites that I like

It seems that blogger.com is unable to host links to other sites.
Anyone who has found out how to do so please email me with the instructions. Thanks.
Anyway, we do the best we can, so here are some of my favourite blogs in no particular order:


dissectingleftism
rightwingnews
mensnewsdaily
michellemalkin
dummnocrats
townhall
IMAO
rightthinkinggirl
wickedthoughts

Will post more sites and blogs later.

Boss Women Rant

Well, well, well, it seems that men prefer meek women after all.
In the article:
"Men are genetically programmed to avoid stronger women as potential mothers to their children because they perceive them to be more likely to be able to attract other sexual partners, according to the study published yesterday."
Stephanie Brown, the lead author of the study, from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research states that:
"The hypothesis is that there are evolutionary pressures on males to take steps to minimise the risk of raising offspring that are not their own."
Er?
But if men are not attracted to strong women-types then there should be no such evolutionary pressures since the attraction is not there in the first place.
I was taught (women's magazines and left-leaning college lecturers) that men liked strong women.
But then if men really like strong women should it not be that these type of women should be highly sought for marriage. The answer is no. Brown states that:
"Powerful women are at a disadvantage in the marriage market because men may prefer to marry less-accomplished women."
Furthermore, how does Brown know that men preceived these type of women to be able to attract other sexual partners if men are already turned off by them in the first place?
Contradictions, contradictions.
At the end of the article, Gladeana McMahon, a relationship counsellor and author says, "I think the group of men attracted to strong, independent women is growing as traditional roles are eroded."
Sorry McMahon, I do not agree with that "roles" stuff.
Just because traditional roles are eroding does not mean that men will gradualy or suddenly become attracted to strong women. The erosion just means that men might just have to take on new roles that women have abandoned and vice-versa.
Can there or is there a rational correlation between role erosion and attraction?
Nope, dint think so too.

Radio Rant

On my way to the dentist this morning, I had a shock when my favorite radio station being offering free, yes, free Michael Moore books. Man, what a way to start the day (Cue bad premonitions).
Here is the station's description of Mr Moore;
"Michael Moore, best selling author, award winning filmmaker, performer and activist. His latest documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has won the Palm d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, broken all box office records and been described as a historical landmark by the Guardian"
Gosh, what a hero (not).
I will not go further in refuting the claims made in his movie as better and more articulate people have already done that.
I'm just wondering if the station will offer books authored by conservative authors for their next promotions.
Only time will tell, but I have my doubts.

First Post

Finally I'm up with my own blog.
Been wanting to start my own blog for a long while but have been putting it off for whatever reason. Oh well, it's here finally.
The reason that I'm blogging is that I've had it up to here with left sided blogs claming that Asians in Asian countries are anti-Bush and anti-America. Well, suprise suprise, I'm Asian, and staying in an Asian country and I fully support Bush, America and the Republican party (skewers the curve there, dont it?).
Another reason I'm putting up this blog is to objugate (verb, to criticize severely) about whatever topic that strikes my fancy. Be it topics ranging from astronomy to zoology and all the other my's, gy's and tics in between.
OK enough ranting about myself.
My next post will be up shortly.
All emails are welcome.