28 February 2012

breaking: Romney Wins Big in Michigan; Obama Shaken

Although the projected win for Mitt Romney in today's Michigan primary is 41% to Rick Santorum's 38%, the fact that 10% of the open primary's voters were Democratic Party's spoilers makes Romney's win a LANDSLIDE!!!

24 February 2012

Guidelines from the Asian-American Journalists' Association (AAJA)

One would think this type of guidelines would be unnecessary in this putatively post-ethnic world.  But alas, there are still so many dumbasses around that it now makes these AAJA guidelines required reading for EVERYBODY.  Needless to say, the Fairbank Report/Ruyi Baogao endorses these AAJA guidelines.  Those refusing to abide by these guidelines should be sent to re-education centers at their own expenses!

AAJA Guidelines for Covering Jeremy Lin (Lin Shuhao) as reported by Yahoo News on 2/24/2012:

1. Jeremy Lin is Asian American, not Asian (more specifically, Taiwanese American). It's an important distinction and one that should be considered before any references to former NBA players such as Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi, who were Chinese. Lin's experiences were fundamentally different than people who immigrated to play in the NBA. Lin progressed through the ranks of American basketball from high school to college to the NBA, and to characterize him as a foreigner is both inaccurate and insulting.

2. Lin's path to Madison Square Garden: More than 300 division schools passed on him. Harvard University has had only three other graduates go on to the NBA, the most recent one being in the 1950s. No NBA team wanted Lin in the draft after he graduated from Harvard.

3. Journalists don't assume that African American players identify with NBA players who emigrated from Africa. The same principle applies with Asian Americans. It's fair to ask Lin whether he looked up to or took pride in the accomplishments of Asian players. He may have. It's unfair and poor journalism to assume he did.

4. Lin is not the first Asian American to play in the National Basketball Association. Raymond Townsend, who's of Filipino descent, was a first-round choice of the Golden State Warriors in the 1970s. Rex Walters, who is of Japanese descent, was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of the University of Kansas in 1993 and played seven seasons in the NBA; Walters is now the coach at University of San Francisco. Wat Misaka is believed to have been the first Asian American to play professional basketball in the United States. Misaka, who's of Japanese descent, appeared in three games for the New York Knicks in the 1947-48 season when the Knicks were part of the Basketball Association of America, which merged with the NBA after the 1948-49 season.


"CHINK": Pejorative; do not use in a context involving an Asian person on someone who is Asian American. Extreme care is needed if using the well-trod phrase "chink in the armor"; be mindful that the context does not involve Asia, Asians or Asian Americans. (The appearance of this phrase with regard to Lin led AAJA MediaWatch to issue statement to ESPN, which subsequently disciplined its employees.)

DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an "Asian who knows how to drive."

EYE SHAPE: This is irrelevant. Do not make such references if discussing Lin's vision.

FOOD: Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery? In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no.

MARTIAL ARTS: You're writing about a basketball player. Don't conflate his skills with judo, karate, tae kwon do, etc. Do not refer to Lin as "Grasshopper" or similar names associated with martial-arts stereotypes.

Who Says the Fairbank Report Ain't Classy?!

Poem by Song Dynasty-era Su Dongpo

十年生死兩茫茫,不思量, 自難忘。千里孤墳,無處話淒涼。縱使相逢應不識,塵滿面,鬢如霜。


Ten years living and dead have drawn apart

I do nothing to remember

But I cannot forget

Your lonely grave a thousand miles away ...

Nowhere can I talk of my sorrow --

Even if we met, how would you know me

My face full of dust

My hair like snow?

In the dark of night, a dream: suddenly, I am home

You by the window

Doing your hair

I look at you and cannot speak

Your face is streaked by endless tears

Year after year must they break my heart

These moonlit nights?

That low pine grave?

20 February 2012

Roman 8:28

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

16 February 2012


KFI is going to lose a lot of listeners if they rein in shock jocks, John and Ken.  For God's sake, they're shock jocks doing their thing!  Wusses!


from LA Times

Whitney Houston 'crack' comment led to John and Ken's suspension

John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou
A derogatory comment about Whitney Houston and crack use led KFI radio to suspend its popular talk show hosts John & Ken.
KFI announced the suspension Thursday, saying John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou would be back on the air Monday.
When talking about reports of Houston's odd behavior before her death Saturday, they said: “It's like, ‘Ah Jesus . . . here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do."
The duo talked about Houston's past drug problems, at one point saying she was "cracked out for 20 years," according to a recording on the website Urban Informer.
When talking about her drug problems and death, they said: "Really, it took this long?"
"John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston," KFI said in a statement on its website. "Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind."
In the statement, Kobylt said, "We made a mistake, and we accept the station’s decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.”
Officials are still trying to determine how Houston died.
Authorities collected several bottles of prescription drugs from Houston's suite at the Beverly Hilton, where she was found dead Saturday. But officials have said the amount of drugs did not seem unusually large, leaving it unclear whether the medications had anything to do with the singer's death.
Officials are waiting for the results of toxicology tests on Houston's body.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday that investigators had asked  "a number" of doctors to provide them with Houston's medical information.
Kidnapped woman dies in crash during LAPD pursuit
Northern California rattled by flurry of quakes, including a 6.0
Teen who jumped to his death recalled as a friend of the underdog
-- Abby Sewell and Richard Winton

09 February 2012

I Love This Guy!

Kindred spirits, Unite!  He speaks the truth!  And Hong Kong geese can't handle The Truth!


Typical slums in Xianggang ( so-called "Hong Kong")

Recently, there has been a spate of anti-China sentiments bubbling up in Xianggang (so-called Hong Kong).  Whilst it is true that Hong Kong geese have always had disdain for their Mainland brethren -- some Hong Kong geese even consider themselves "British" (so risible if not so sad) -- the ubiquity of cell phone cameras has graphically highlighted the socio-cultural divide.

Now that China has resumed sovereignty over Xianggang and the Hong Kong geese, it's time that the Chinese liberate these geese.  By "liberate," I mean Cultural Revolution-style liberation!  Oh yeah!