Posts Tagged ‘Obama

07
Apr
09

Wrong Country? No Love…

You know something’s really wrong with the US economy when not even the “local” girls want to marry American men!

india-bachelor

Ineligible Bachelors: Indian Men Living in U.S. Strike Out

The Wall Street Journal article points out that:

Vikas Marwaha would normally be considered a good catch by Indian parents seeking a husband for their daughter. The 27-year-old software engineer earns $80,000 to $100,000 a year and comes from a family “of doctors and engineers,” according to his profile on a matrimonial Web site.

But Mr. Marwaha works for a start-up Internet phone company in San Francisco. And because the U.S. economy is wobbly, that’s a problem. Many Indian parents now are balking at sending their daughters to the U.S. to marry.

Interactive Graphic

Check out this interactive “Indian Singles” ad at the journal!

Until recently, overseas candidates would quickly elicit 10 to 15 responses from young women, says Smita Seth, 55, owner of Manpasand Marriage Bureau in Ahmedabad. But in the past few months, she has had to coax parents to even consider overseas grooms; they prefer men from their own towns instead.

In order to find a suitable bride, many Non-Resident Indian (N.R.I.) men leave their successful US jobs, try to find suitable jobs at home and begin the search for a bride, anew… where they’re being confronted with the fact that its pretty hard these days to find a “bride who is smart, fluent in English, and ‘simultaneously, docile in the house’.”

I wonder how other bachelors from other cultures worldwide are coping… the potential brides too!  Someone should do a study on this… it seems that the general trend is reversing.  People are leaving the US now, instead of flocking to it!

The reason? Pretty simple actually… as the Mighty Sparrow succinctly put it in one of his classic calypsoes:

Pic from Afrobella: A young Mighty Sparrow

[Afrobella]

“No Money, No Love”

Peace and Rice,

jw

PS:  Here’s one N.R.I. male who shouldn’t have any problem finding himself a bride… 🙂

Democratic Convention[Chicago Sun Times]

I want to wish you all the best in your new job, man!  8)

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01
Nov
08

Obama, Powell and the Caribbean Connection

As most of you know, I was “out of it” for a while due to some real world work and other committments.  While I was mainly off the Internet for those few weeks, I got so busy that I even fell behind on reading my local newspapers and watching local news stories on TV.

I wasn’t completely out of it, however, as I did my best to check my news reader to skim the headlines, but not much else.    Today, I picked up last Sunday’s Trinidad Express (Oct 26th 2008) newspaper, and randomly flipped it open to page 4 where I saw this:

[Also posted here]

Now I’d heard and read snippets of Powell’s endorsement, but I had *no idea* that the soldier in question was a Trinidadian.  Like Powell, I was taken aback by the hateful language emanating from the McSame-Failin campaign.  All those shouts of “terrorist” and “kill him” sent chills up my spine.

The thing that gets me is that, with few exceptions, the people who are calling for Obama’s head and calling his policies “socialist”, “communist” and “marxist” are overwhelmingly CHRISTIAN.

If Jesus were on Earth today, I’m sure he’d beat them like they were snakes disguised as moneychangers in a temple.

My condolences to the Khan family.  We just celebrated Eid earlier this month in TnT.  I’m sure Kareem was missed.  He is the 2nd (dead) Trinidadian soldier who’s made an impact on the American political scene.  I’d mentioned the first, Kendall Frederick, in my post “Who Are These Jokers, Anyway?”

Kendall got killed by an IED, too.  He was on his way to getting his citizenship papers regularised when the bomb exploded as his convoy passed.

The general was quite right in my view to call out the Republican party for not doing enough to stop the name calling, the race baiting and the fear mongering.  They’re encouraging it deliberately, and that’s wrong.

Trinbagonians are a blessed people.  We’re tolerant of almost everyone and anyone I can think of, with very few exceptions.  Muslims have played very important roles in our twin-island state.  They’re politicians, policemen, doctors, lawyers. They play a part in every facet of our lives.  Even our last head of state (the President) was Muslim.  When he died, a lot of people mourned. He was regarded as a good man by all.  This is not to say that we don’t have problems with each other as a nation — of course we do.

Ashley Todd

Ashley Todd

The thing that gets me about the American religious far right is that they seem just as extremist and fanatical as any of the Muslim terrorists that they love to attack (if not more so, given the lengths they’ll go to smear, right Ashley?)… and they do everything in the name of Jesus!

Jesus was (is) the ultimate man of peace, love and respect for one’s fellow man. Jesus was (is) all for “sharing the wealth”.

Faced with such bigotry and hate from his supposed followers, if Jesus were to come back now,  what would He *really* do?

Dvorak Uncensored

I never imagined that Trinidadians had such a major role to play in the US elections.  I’m sure quite a few people would’ve changed their minds following Powell’s endorsement of Obama and strident criticism of the G.O.P.  For all we know, that swing could make the ultimate difference when the votes are tallied on November 4th.  Powell wouldn’t have made the stirring endorsement without the contribution of that fallen Trinidadian soldier.  It carried more poignancy, more weight, more consideration than it would had he made the endorsement earlier in the primary season, when it was clear that Obama had enough votes to be declared the Democratic nominee.

Its even more apt when you consider that Powell himself is a Caribbean son, having Jamaica-born parents.

As I’d mentioned in tail end of my post “The Day I Met Jim Crow”, Powell had only to let out that he was *just considering* running for President when he was besieged by enough death threats to make his wife change his mind.  Obama has had to endure all manner of threats against his life since he started getting closer to the prize.  Let’s not trivialise it… Powell is just as much of a “war hero” as McCain, if not more so.  He was injured in wars, and saw the effects of war first hand.  He’s directed troops to fight against enemy troops in dangerous encounters.  He helped shape Bush’s foreign and national security policies, until he resigned in 2004.

Powell’s opinion is not to be scoffed, or taken lightly.

As a Caribbean man, while I’m truly sorry for the lives that were lost, I’m proud to say that I’m glad we made a considerable difference in shaping the future direction of the American political landscape.

We helped change the world.

Boblee Pix: VOTE !!!

The future of many lies in the hands of the American voter…

American Buddhist Perspective

American Buddhist Perspective

Vote!

Please Make The Right Choice!

Peace and Rice,

jw

23
Sep
08

Different Strokes

[Pundit Kitchen]

Caption says:

Which is scarier?

That Obama is half cloth/half human

… or that the person that made this sign still gets to vote?

Give that one some serious thought.  Its a lot more complicated than it first appears!

What a difference a simple pen stroke makes!

The power of the pen is not to be taken lightly at all.

*sighs* … if only the world could vote…

www.IfTheWorldCouldVote.com

http://www.IfTheWorldCouldVote.com

[View Current Results Here]

Click here to vote !

For the record, I believe that everyone, regardless of their race, religion, IQ or fabric preference :), should be allowed to vote.

I’m always mindful of the fact that some of my ancestors didn’t have the opportunity to do many of the things I take for granted today… like vote and be allowed to express a difference in opinion!

Peace and Rice,

jw

09
Sep
08

About that “Community Organizer” thingy …

[Pundit Kitchen]

I got this from here:  Many great leaders had humble start – Muskegon Chronicle Opinion – MLive.com, via Jim Hall’s blog post. As per usual, I hyperlinked to other relevant pages and references… 😎

Palin delighted the Republican faithful when she went attack dog on Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Along with accusing the Illinois senator of being high on big rhetoric and low on meaningful legislation, she mocked Obama’s resume, comparing it with her own.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said, prompting an eruption of laughter and cheers.

In case you miss the reference, Palin, now governor of Alaska, was mayor of Wasilla — population 9,780 — from 1996 to 2002. Obama moved to Chicago after college and did church-based organizing to determine the needs of people who lost their jobs after the steel mills closed.

All of this is fair game. Tearing into the opposition, first jobs and all, is expected behavior in a presidential campaign. It’s how the game is played.

But in this small instance, I think Palin or her speech writers overplayed their hand.

To borrow a phrase, this is not about Obama. He’s capable of defending himself — or at least he’d better be.

No, this is about the other community organizers, the ones who never come close to sniffing the Oval Office. It’s about a job so nebulous its responsibilities seem unreal.

I’m thinking about a man I once heard speaking about jobs and opportunity in a crowded church, a man who had my freedom and future on his mind long before those things ever occurred to me.

Cesar Chavez did this work. So did Fannie Lou Hamer, and Grace and Jimmie Boggs. So did Medgar Evers and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Stephen Biko. In a sense, Jesus Christ was a community organizer.

And Pontius Pilate was a governor.

None of this reduces the ways we try to seize our fates. Sometimes we choose the roles we play, and, mayor or organizer, sometimes those roles choose us.

Sometimes those roles rise up from power. And sometimes they rise up in spite of it.

Whoa… especially at the Jesus/Obama – Pilate/Palin juxtaposition.  Deep… 😎

Peace and Much Love,

jw

08
Sep
08

Sticky: What If …

… the world could vote in the US presidential elections?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

! Cast Your Vote Here !

Let’s see who the next president of the United States of America would be – if the world could vote.

😉

03
Sep
08

Said John McCain to CNN …

 

From "I Can Has Cheezburger?"

 

 

[icanhascheezburger]

 

Sigh…

Ironically enough…

 

For crying out loud, a detailed book was recently published chronicling the astoundingly biased coverage McCain has enjoyed for years.

When videos surfaced of Jeremiah Wright’s sermons, every network put them into constant rotation, practically every day, for months. When videos surfaced of radical televangelists associated with McCain, the media took a pass.

When Obama opted out of the public-financing system, the media went ballistic. When McCain violated campaign-finance law, the media took a pass.

When Obama said he would continue to “refine” his policy on Iraq, the media spent nearly three weeks screaming, “Flip-flopper!” When McCain completely reinvented himself, and flip-flopped on everything under the sun, the media praised McCain as a “maverick.”

(From Crooks and Liars)

 

 

*sighs*

Why do I even bother?

Peace and Much Love,

jw

 

 

 

 

02
Sep
08

A Heartbeat Away

First: Lets look at some hard numbers and facts.

Second: This is John McCain’s choice for Vice President- Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin:

[CNBC Interview: What does…]

 

[Tucker Bounds speaks to Campbell Brown on Sarah Palin’s Foreign Policy Experience.]

 

[Cindy McCain: Alaska is the closest … to Russia.]

 

[James Carville: The choice is “strange”.]

 

[Carville vs the Congresswoman]

 

 

Third: Do you see any similarities between Sarah and Hillary?

 

Fourth: What about the similarities between Sarah and Carly Fiorina?  Do you see them?

 

Now do you see why John McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his Vice President?

Hmmm?  Hmmm?

Any further questions?

Anyone?

🙂

Peace and Much Love,

jw

 

 




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