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IRAQ 10 YEARS

It is brave of CNN.
This still is touchy too many.
But truth is confirmed now.

It was an invasion.
And there was no weapon of mass destruction.
Bush and his team lied.

They are Chaney, Rice and Power.
US pay dearly in military lives.
America severely suffered economically.

US never apologized.
And no court is charging Bush.
That is the irony of responsibility by super power.

OSCAR 2013

Global Mail of Canada bluntly called it dull.
And many on line are mocking.
But I enjoyed it.

Maybe I am outdated.
Then let it be.
It took me some time to decide how to write.

It can be generation gap.
There were plenty memory and past for me.
I see the “continuity”.

It can be one of the best.
It is soft power USA.
And it is the best of Hollywood.

It is inclusive.
And it is strong in laughing at self.
The result displayed balance and sharing.

Let go of “grudges”.
You will always get knocked down.
But it is important to get up.

That is winner talking.
It is not sympathy vote.
It is fairness in majority mind.

And First Lady’s presence was surprising.
She is the best in Obama Administration.
And her connection with society is again noted.

The pairing with Jack was a high note.
That is madness mixing norm.
It was pleasant.

British are always gracious and polished.
They have been great with word and delivery.
From Lawrence to now, they always surprise us.

But US honesty and frankness stood out.
Affleck shows passion and heart.
And his gratefulness shined.

Lincoln and Iron Lady were perfectly matching.
That definitely was a moment.
Just wonder if that was scripted.

That beautiful body and mind of Lincoln was imaginative.
Many can use it for English learning material.
At least I think it a must in Taipei.

Argo won is just and a modern day giant killer.
Nothing is wrong with Spielberg.
Just the underdog always shines in USA.

Argo was not taking highly to start with.
But fair mind of movie public is alive.
The result speaks for itself.

And Pi victory was another.
Lee was a bit sour grape the day before.
But he did get the votes he didn’t believe and won.

This is where America is great again.
The soft power displayed will win the world one more time.
It is too early to say decline now.

And the best original script along with music is smart.
Good ones definitely get noticed.
And they earned their place.

PRISONER OF THE SYSTEM

The whole world is in tear.
That is to look at those 20 6-7 years old.
How can it happen?

But it did.
And it marks the sorrow and sin of our time.
It is time for living to take “real” action.

But there is no clear signal.
Obama was “hesitated” in his first press coverage.
Leadership was not in sight.

Congress will wait.
Yes, holiday is here.
Special session now will be hard.

The truth is.
Congress was in “vacation” for years.
One important gun law expired 10 years.

It was NY Mayor first to say.
Take it no more.
Yet Congress will wait until January.
Obama is not ready to accept the responsibility.

The double standard is getting the better of us.
And national interest is bigger than ever.
Nothing is allowed to stand in its way.

US export the most arms in the world.
And US military young ones are out killing oversea.
Suicide in the military had made magazine cover as “one a day”.

We ignored that too long.
Now it is catching up.
This may be the real doom of 2012.

Being legal doesn’t mean right.
Bad guys are smart.
They learn fast and hide behind it.

All in US are in grief.
How can them not to.
That was 20 angels and 6 braves.

And the mother is a total tragedy.
How much more could we ask of her.
She is only human.

All desperately need to feel good again.
No one wants to touch the center of issue.
This killer is only 20 and a true 100% made in US.

He is a product of the system.
We need to face where it went wrong and how.
The responsibility is ours and we have to face it and deal with it.

Yet ugly party lines surface instantly.
Gun control and health budget cut consume us.
All are pointing finger and no one wants to be accounted for.

One side is at social budget cut.
The other side tries to justify.
No one dare to mention US military and arm trade.

US arm is all over the world.
The killings outside US are on record.
And Hollywood is the best in demonstrations.

It is soul searching time.
The so called killer is the product of society.
Leaders must stand up to say “we” are wrong.

All are saying the “right” thing.
They don’t want to be marked in the event.
But it was US made famous of that naked young Vietnam girl running and crying.

So, accept the fact we all are who we are at this time and place.
With responsibility, we learn how to move ahead.
We need to reach a new “self” and “understanding” soon.

But let’s be real about this.
The “killer” is truly a made-in-USA.
He definitely is a prisoner of the system.

For the love of god, he still is one of human race.
Where did he go wrong?
And what is the responsibility of us still living?

NIGHTMARE USA AND BLACK FRIDAY

End of the world came to US early.
No need to wait for 12/21/2012.
This Xmas is doomed.

It is worse than 911.
American dream is dead.
And it is not by terrorist.

It is done by authentic US born 20 years old.
He is described as intelligent but remote and good student.
And rest of the world youth could envy that he had.

It is one of tightest gun control state.
And this looks like an all-white small community.
20 years old did it with mom also a teacher dead at home.

And this is before the biggest event of the west.
Xmas is just gathering momentum.
No one can think of celebrating now.

Many try to down play the tragedy.
But it is a black Xmas in reality.
It is wake-up call for US to re-think and re-position.

It is definitely more than meet the eye.
Slaughter house is the case.
And death of 20 young ones and 6+1 of adult shocks the whole world.

Civilized sadness is the form of all big names on TV.
Gun control is the topic again.
Asia is watching how west re-position “death” sentence.

I remember the kind “fear” in my high school year.
One teacher gunned down 7 people including principle and his wife.
And lady music teacher was ready to go aboard study next day.

The killer teacher was at large.
He knew me very well.
That did me countless sleepless nights.

This is not Big Apple or LA.
And 20 aged 5-10 wiped out.
This is a mind-set of 2 extremes.

UK expert points out.
He knew what he was doing and organized.
We badly need to know how and why.

I can see plenty the like around in our daily life.
Global Mail made it front page but Van Sun down played.
Many simply just want to look the other way.

The worst is yet to come.
Maybe that is the real end of world 2012.
China has slashing of 20 and Vegas gun shot.

All seem to miss the point.
It is not the gun as tool or the law too loose.
We must look at the people and culture not coping out.

NBA CURRENT

Commissioner Davis Stern fined San Antonio Spurs.
That was US $250,000.
It was for resting aging star like Duncan.

He acted on fan interest.
It was a key NBA game.
The game televised playing Miami.

Fan expectation had to be high.
But we must realize.
There is reason for everything.

It is the schedule.
Spurs had 6 road games with 5 already in 7 nights.
Coach had a decision on hand.

They were worn out.
And that wouldn’t be a fair game for the fan anyway.
Match-up indeed looks great on paper.

Aging stars can get hurt easy in this situation.
It could be a breaking point.
Humanity was the test.

It is only human for seasoned coach.
That is to rest old stars for long term team interest.
And we can see now it a right strategy.

That is viewing the game last night.
Spurs took the #1 team Grizzlies in over time.
That definitely will be a key factor by play-off.

You have to admire coach’s vision and experience.
He is protecting his aging stars for better time and in better game.
Young ones also got playing time when old resting.

Fan definitely wants to see the best match-up in play-off.
Coach did prepare and nurture the whole team.
And the loss to Miami was only 105 to 100.

Super stars are only human.
And even machine needs check-ups.
Young players definitely grow with more playing time.

Stern is the power.
Everything is of league interest.
To him, that is fan interest.

But Spurs coach is paid by team.
His loyalty is team interest.
On that he displayed wisdom and humanity.

And the real loser is NBA management.
With profit in mind, they are maxing games.
It is tough on players physically and mentally.

6 road games definitely are tough.
And travel is making it extra hard.
Aging players can finish career in seconds.

Coach here is wise before and after.
There was no confrontation.
He was stating “unsure” if Spurs will appeal fine.

Absolute power of commissioner’s office was at play.
We see the league’s priority.
Example had to be made.

Stern could be a leader.
Players are the one and only NBA commodity.
They are the one needing full protection.

He could just “regret” the Spurs decision.
And he could say sorry to fans.
NBA must treasure all top players first.

But he was a businessman first.
He is thinking players like product.
That is lawyer thinking.

It is so much like Obama today.
Both are far more skillful in power.
But there is humanity and leadership missing.

Leader united country.
When not, then statue lost.
It is like party line in combating mode.

NEXT 10 YEARS

Obama did win the re-election.
But clearly he is aging fast.
Major magazine puts on front page.

That is what he may look like 4 years later.
It is not a pleasant sight.
The one we had learned to admire 4 years ago is gone.

China has its own power shake-up.
It is not only next 10 years in the age of 50 some.
And we can look down on the training of another 10 years.

Stability will assure public confidence.
Economics signals are up already.
That assures their firm footing in world stage.

But that can’t be said for Obama.
And he is facing new line up in his team.
No doubt it is hard to let go Clinton.

CIA situation is another headache.
But the worst is.
Fiscal cliff is here and now.

Ford Auto as industry leader announced.
They are preparing for adjustment.
That is a no-confidence vote on US Congress.

China had a great 10 years.
Who could have thinking them placing second in the world now.
And they are the one and only cash rich today.

New leaders are in place.
They are not the sit back and wait lot.
Another golden 10 years definitely is top in their mind.

The world is re-making itself.
This is a year of transition.
All indicate a new 10 years for everyone.

Obama is uniting the US.
He is point blank at rich.
He is playing a dividing game making himself a Robin Hood.

But rich to work hard to be where and who they are.
It is the land of opportunity and America dream.
Basic ethic is to work hard.

But Democratic program breeds negative element.
Welfare has made many lazy and thinking only entitlement.
That is why Republican got the other half of vote.

Fight will go on.
Time definitely will be wasted.
And other countries will move on.

Near all major countries are coming up with new line up.
China and USA as mentioned stand out.
Policies and strategies indeed are heading new direction.

It is time for us to re-think.
How will we re-adjust to the changes?
And we have to identify them and think hard on priority.

Economy and jobs are top in everyone’s list.
Vision and outlook will determine the outcome.
“Public” of Canada strangely is in no hurry.

All are in traditional comfort zone.
Resource rich is deep rooted.
No one thinks hard on how and what will protect our interest.

It is too late for any real defensive measure.
And our young simply have no fight in them.
Talks are plenty but no arms.

US are doing whatever they like.
Same magazine but is in 2 different prices.
And Canada dollar is higher in exchange.

China power transition lines out their next 10 years.
Obama, re-elected, needs to replace few major posts.
Both finished a round in Myanmar and ASEAN Summit.

China young line-up is future ready.
Paul Ryan will be relevant so the Bush third generation.
India and S Korea all have interesting young line-up.

Canada is still trying to make up for lost time.
Mainstream media reflects plenty in articles.
Liberal is moving up with Trudeau.

All topics reflect passion and mood.
“Responsibility trumps right” as article is one for thought.
And “trade China” is the key in many minds as wealth for middle-class.

Trudeau as young Liberal loudly says.
Asia trade is vital to Canada’s prosperity.
He supports oil sands sale.

Fresh blood will determine the future.
One like we see in Obama burns out fast in politics.
We need a lot in next 10 years.

OBAMA AND ASEAN

He wins the election.
But stocks were down over 300.
Economy is top in every way.

And they do have sealed lips.
Again there is no first visit after election to Canada.
Burma and ASEAN will have the honor.

That is Southeast Asia Nations.
Population is at 600 million with 10 countries.
And economic interests are plenty.

Obama makes it his first visit after re-election.
He will be Burma first.
And then he will meet the whole ASEAN in Cambodia.

Presidential first visit outside the country means a lot.
Canada has long bitter about it.
And again the priority is Asia.

This last virgin Asia territory is golden.
It will be a sign of US strong hold from now on.
And ASEAN countries will take a hint.

Obama will end the trip in Cambodia.
ASEAN Summit will be there.
Both countries were strong China linked in the past.

And China is facing power transition now in Beijing.
Hilary Clinton had a masterstroke on this one.
Clinton power couple will roam Asia from now on.

DEBATE USA

Obama lost.
That is simple and clear.
He carries too much liability.

For re-election, that is a lot of weight.
And he looked beat.
That makes him getting old fast.

Sight of first lady wasn’t much of help.
In contrast, the other lady appeared more positive.
And this had to be an anniversary day.

And CHANGE is not working this time.
The magic simply was yesterday.
Job and economic issues are killers.

Not that he is doing a bad job.
It is simply human nature.
People just want better result.

What Bush did can’t be the excuse.
It is on your guard now.
The buck stops here and now.

Mighty US are not what it used to be.
Democrats carry all poor.
That was and still is noble.

In lesser time, to feed them all can’t do no more.
That makes other side more realistic.
Priority will win the race.

And VP is not helping.
Foot in the mouth was a sign of old age.
He is going to be a big liability.

That is why other side looks light and easy.
The young VP candidate is the difference.
And small business approach is the key.

World was really ready for Obama being re-elected.
Now all are scrambling for new game plan.
At least Taipei has to make such adjustment.

Editorial put it nicely.
Romney didn’t win.
And Obama is not losing yet.

Seriously, 23 million people out of work hurt.
Whoever is in charge has the final responsibility.
That is the reality.

20 TONS US BEEF

Suck it to me.
This seems the fate of Taipei when in trade with US.
Military shopping was the highest price but nothing else.

People here mock self as getting insurance policy.
The truth is.
Local pride hurts deep.

Now the beef case is making the worst of it.
And public US have no idea at all.
This is not fair or right.

Government is not clear-head here.
Bully becomes the image.
Hot head is taking center stage.

It can be so simple.
All can see that.
And it is true US people eating beef daily.

But something is missing here.
That is.
Why 20 tons bad beef turned up here?

Government has to ask self.
Was our customer official on top of the situation?
That can be said on US in exporting side.

And why both governments are silent on this.
Strong voice on the wrong doing never surfaced on either side.
That is what is not acceptable.

US after all are a law and order country.
Strong business interest can never be above the law.
This is a transparency and accountability issue.

Now public anger is going wild.
Government shows no position.
It is making the US and Taiwan relation the worst.

The shortage in political skill is obvious.
Foreign relation is in the wrong hand too long.
Those can’t adjust and change must leave office.

We need to ask the moral ground of 20 tons bad meat.
Can US public accept that as reasonable trade?
No Republican dare to say that is right even in election year.

GREAT ESCAPE

The movie was thrill of my younger day.
Now we are having a live one in display.
And this one carries serious consequences.

Not only “war season” is on for the region.
But this group just finished the best team training there is.
With brain, we have to think of 911 hard again.

US military is losing credibility.
And all costs in that region were a waste.
It is sucker punch of the day.

And CIA changes head along with Secretary of Defense.
The players rotating are making us curious.
US international play will be a shadow from now on.

And now we are about to step into May.
This is the month many astrologers had predicted at beginning of year.
The stars call it as disaster month.