Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Taliban have shown again how brave they are. After shooting a teenage girl, they are back on the scene again, shooting students and teachers. It takes a lot of bravery, I suppose, to go shoot up preschoolers, elementary students, and high school kids.
The Taliban have shown again how smart they are. The school they attacked, the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, is in one of the very few nations that shows any sympathy for the Taliban, and a Muslim nation no less. Not only have they alienated their neighbors who have supported them, but by attacking an Army school and killing many soldiers’ children, they have alienated the Pakistan military. Good planning, no?
Even my dogs won’t attack children. For shame!
Amitabha. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

美國政府企圖偷偷地將印地安人聖地送給英澳財團開發礦場。How generous can you get? The US government is giving away Amerindian land to foreign corporations.

Friday, December 12, 2014

I am a hardcore environmentalist, but I have never had patience with Greenpeace. They just don’t have sense.
Now they have trekked in to Nazca, the ancient drawings in Peru, to post signs protesting climate warming. Not only did they show utter disrespect for the site, but they also damaged it, maybe irremediably.
Peruvian Culture Minister Jaime Castillo said the act was “a slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred.” Not only Peruvians, sir.
The culprits showed their contrition by removing themselves from Peru so they cannot be held responsible for their acts.
Greenpeace: The future is renewable; Nazca is not.
Sigh.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

光緒年間李伯元著「文明小史」,云:「趙翰林歎道:『我們中國人有一種本事,說到人家的錯處,就同鏡子一般,那眼皮上怎樣一個疤、臉上怎樣一個瘢,絲毫不得差,休想逃得過去;說到自己,便不肯把鏡子回過來照照。殊不知瘢兒疤兒多著哩!』」
像不像臺灣的輿論?
應該發起全民運動,大家熟讀韓愈原毀」。也許這樣能帶動進步。

Sunday, December 07, 2014

An interesting analysis of Pearl Harbor:
Sunday, December 7th, 1941 – Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him.
When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked.
As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?"
Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America . Which do you think it was?"
Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?"
Nimitz explained.
Mistake number one: The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk – we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.
Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised.
One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America . And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.
Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top-of-the-ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply.
That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America.”

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Now this is a pretty kettle of fish. It seems that the English royal family isn’t. Isn’t royal, that is. The news report says, “Analysis of DNA from Richard III has thrown up another surprise: evidence of infidelity in his family tree…. It could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne.”
Now what are they to do? Hand back the crown? Pay back rent for Buckingham Palace?
I can just hear Queen Elizabeth II now: “Well, it’s been a lovely sixty years, and I thank you all, but I believe I will leave this mess for my heirs to sort out.”
However, there is good news for the old bean: Dr Anna Whitelock of the University of London says, “The Queen’s right to reign is based on the 1701 Act of Settlement that restricted succession to Protestant descendants of Sophia of Hanover. A medieval false paternity does not challenge the current Queen’s right to reign.” That’s a relief. Once you get into the habit of reigning, it’s a hard habit to break.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Overheard in the jungle
子:媽,我去當兵,妳會哭嗎?
母:才四個月,有甚麼好哭的?
Son: Ma, when I go to do my military service, will you cry?
Ma: It’s only four months, what’s there to cry about?