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22 March 2008
By Bian-lian Huang
A Taiwanese friend of mine inquired about getting an American green card. He said he had a friend who got her US green card after she flashed her mid-sized boobs at an immigration officer while on a trip to Los Angeles. “She didn’t even have to ‘go all the way,’” per my friend.
The government is so lax and thus by implication places no value on American citizenship that it routinely hands out green cards like bottles of water all over the world. According to one source, there are about 65 million people who have the right of abode in the United States because they hold US green cards. This means that the United States has to feed, house and care for these 65 million people should they decide to exercise their RIGHT to enter the United States. Of these 65 million, many are rich bastards who make their blood money through corruption, the illicit trades or outright swindles, and thus their wealth are safely hidden and unreported.
The thought of housing, educating and feeding 65 million rich bastards makes me nauseous.
Of the 65 million referenced above, 13 million are from Hong Kong and Taiwan alone! In other words, half of the people in Taiwan and Hong Kong hold US green cards.
Your government and (devalued) tax dollars at work!
18 March 2008
When in 2001 the Beijing Olympics Committee won the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese government was so overjoyed that it launched several days and nights of public partying. Members of the government would spare no expense to stage the greatest, the most spectacular and the most awe-inspiring Games ever – one befitting a nascent superpower. And they shall. Such is the power of China’s ruthless (but admirable) efficiency.
In the mists of glorious dreams and glittering fantasies, the old men in charge forgot that with the Olympics come the world’s mass media, cell-phone journalists and bloggers. Such a magnetic media presence will undoubtedly invite mischief.
As the winter ice began to thaw and spring flowers started to bud, a well choreographed “uprising” took place in Llasa, the capital of the Tibet National Autonomous Area. Robed monks reportedly stoned Chinese soldiers and civilians alike, and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) responded with gunfire. Fatalities – perhaps as high as 100 – have been widely reported.
And it is not even Spring yet.
Other areas of China – particularly the so-called National Autonomous Areas consisting mainly of China’s non-Han minorities – will erupt in similarly choreographed rebellions in the Spring and Summer leading to the magical hours of 8.08.08, the start of the Beijing Olympic Games. The provinces of Xinjiang in the extreme northwest and Ningxia in the west central region are most vulnerable.
No doubt the reliable services of China’s two million-man PLA will be used to quell the uprisings, and the world’s glaring media will dutifully gasp, point and scream at the cadre of bespectacled fogies in cheap suits residing in Zhongnanhai.
Little will these gawking media types realize that it is they who invite – and in some instances trigger -- the mischievous riots, which have and will result in deadly responses from the PLA.
14 March 2008
Good Bye and Good Riddance (?) to "the Maestro"
By B G Phan
Good bye and perhaps good riddance to Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Alan Greenspan. He is scheduled to leave the Fed at the end of January 2006. Sycophants in government and the mass media have hailed him as "the maestro," "the genius" and other equally nauseating, honey-dripping terms of endearment.Let's look at his recent records to see if these accolades are justified.
In 1996, Greenspan correctly foresaw the "irrational exuberance" of an overheated, speculative stock market. Yet, he did nothing to cool down the market. A few interest rate hikes in 1997, 1998 and 1999 might have avoided the crash of the stock market from 2000-2003. In fact, Greespan probably exacerbated the 2000-2001 recession by belatedly and continuously raising rates after the March 2000 bubble had burst. It was only after the attacks of 9/11/2001 that the Fed began to cut interest rates.
And then there's his recent "froth" in the real estate market commentary. Duh!, as the Valley Girl would say.
Under his chairmanship, the Fed has failed to regulate the banks and other financial institutions, which have been pushing dangerous exotic loans, e.g., interest-only, piggy-back, 100%+-financing mortgage loans. In overheated housing markets such as California, Boston and New York, these creative financing schemes now account for the majority of outstanding loans! People who have no business buying houses are purchasing them at enormously inflated prices. After all, it's not their money; they're playing with OPM, other people's money.
The housing bubbles in California, Boston and New York will burst. And the consequences and ramifications will be ten folds worse than the bursting of the Nasdaq bubble. Yet, Dr. Greenspan, "the maestro"--nay "the genius"--has done very little to prevent excesses in the housing markets by reining in rogue lenders. Even if the Fed acts aggressively today, it is a day late and a dollar short.
The upcoming housing bubble-induced recession, perhaps even a small depression, should be called Economic Hurricane Alan in honor of the maestro, and like other hurricanes, this one will pack a wallop and cause a world of hurt...
13 March 2008
Geraldine Ferraro is absolutely right about the MSM's and the public's obsession with Barack Hussein Osama. (SNL's skit about how the MSM fawn over Barack Hussein Osama is not far from the mark.)
Yes, he's gotten this far this fast because he's (supposedly) black.
From my numerous personal experiences in group work, whether in graduate school or in the corporate world, when a group leader is needed, and a black guy is around, we always felt/feel like we "owe" it to him to select him group leader.
Specific case in point: I was on a jury panel not too long ago. It was a mixed panel of whites, Asians, Hispanics and one black guy. Guess what? The group chose the black guy to be foreman. It was an unanimous decision. We knew very little about the guy save that he's black.
There's something in contemporary American culture that rushes black guys and gals to the head of the line, provided that they are not too scary-looking. This is part and parcel of white guilt. Interestingly, white guilt is so pervasive that it has bled to non-whites as well. I chose the black guy for foreman out of "white guilt," even though I am not at all white.
But it is also a sad commentary about our society: Trash and scandals lead while substantive issues lag...
11 March 2008
It is always very dangerous when powerful men are seduced by young and naughty women – in both the Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton cases, extremely young girls. The safety and well-being of an entire state or country actually rest on these “skanky hos” (to borrow a phrase from the 'hood).
Of course, historically, bloodbaths have been started over a woman. For example, Helen of Troy and Cleopatra of Egypt. But at least these broads had class.
To risk a population’s well-being for Monica “Big Mouth” Lewinsky? Or this porn star chick in the Eliot Spitzer case?
While the MSM are salivating over one politico’s private affairs, FIVE AMERICAN LIBERATOR-WARRIORS died in Baghdad yesterday when an evil-doer exploded bombs strapped on his worthless, wussy body in a suicide attack. They martyred themselves as they patrolled the streets of the war-torn city. WE SALUTE THEM. RIP…
10 March 2008
New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has been caught in a hooker sting by the officious FBI. This is in the same country that is the leading porn producer in the world. In the same country that invents and perpetuates raunchy sex. In the same country where sex -- either explicit or implied -- is peddled every night on mainstream television. In the same country that hosts the largest number of Internet porno websites.
Yet, this same country spends hundreds of millions of dollars to investigate politicos' sex lives. Huh???!!!
Relax, it's just sex between consenting adults. Yawn!!! And this is from a conservative, albeit a young conservative.
06 March 2008
Ma Could Win by Landslide in Taiwan
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - The opposition Kuomintang Nationalist Party (KMT) could secure a massive victory in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election, according to a poll by TVBS. 54 per cent of respondents would vote for Ma Ying-jeou and running mate Vincent Siew in this month’s ballot, up three points since last August.
Frank Hsieh and running mate Su Tseng-chang of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are second with 20 per cent. 25 per cent of respondents are undecided, up seven points in six months.
In 1895, following a military defeat, China ceded Taiwan to Japan. At the end of World War II, the island was returned to Chinese control. In 1949, as Mao Zedong’s communists were gaining prominence in Mainland China, Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek established the Republic of China in Taiwan. A series of democratic reforms implemented by Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui in the early 1990s allowed Taiwan’s residents to take part in free and fair elections. To this date, Mainland China considers Taiwan a "renegade province" and reserves the right to bring it under control.
DPP member Chen Shui-bian was first elected president in 2000. In March 2004, he earned a second term in an election marred by controversy after an apparent assassination attempt.
In January, the KMT and its partners won 85 seats in the 113-member Legislative Yuan. The KMT advocates for maintaining the status quo with the Chinese central government, while the DPP has aggressively pursued independence from Beijing.
Earlier this month, former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui discussed the election, calling it "thought-provoking" and claiming that Taiwan’s democracy "would be set back 20 years" if DPP candidate Hsieh loses.
Taiwan’s presidential election is scheduled for Mar. 22.
Which of these tickets would you support in the next presidential election?
Ma Ying-jeou / Vincent Siew (KMT)
Frank Hsieh / Su Tseng-chang (DPP)
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,264 Taiwanese adults, conducted in February 2008. No margin of error was provided.
04 March 2008
Has Juan McCan't secretly taken a blood vow to become an agent of the Democratic Party???? We're the first to ask the question.