Happy New Year, and Rejoice or Mourn Because Osama bin Laden is Dead, by June 2010!

BREAKING: CNN.com is reporting right now that Taliban’s top military leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has been captured. And, I had just posted a blog on this topic about 4 hours ago, see below, regressing the imminent capture or a kill for Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and Taliban’s Mullah Omar. He should be able to give up lots of intel. Read my previous post below!

My original post: Happy New Year Everyone!

Yes, today is February 15th, 2010, and this is my first post of 2010. And my first analysis is about what’s happening in Afghanistan right now.

I have previously written about what needs to happen in Afghanistan, read it here, but President Obama and his allies didn’t consider to do exactly what I have actually stated in that post. I still concur with his action to boost the US troops in Afghanistan in order to hunt out and thwart off the resistance and all the elements of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Looking at all the variables about what’s happening in Afghanistan now, with an ongoing pressure and full force by the US troops and NATO allies, I’ll note here now that Osama bin Laden, his top aides, and Mullah Omar (remember him, the Taliban leader?) will either be captured or killed by the forces of the US troops and NATO by no later than June 2010.

Disagreeing? The US and NATO mighty troops are going from door to door in Afghanistan, driving out all the elements, most of them will eventually throw away and abandon their weapons and ammunitions, and blend in with the local civilians, and those that resist either get killed or driven out into the deeper mountains. As the Forces press on, Al Qaeda and the Taliban will be forced to cross into Pakistan, but since Obama is putting heavy pressure on the Pakistan Government to do more, thus in the end, the Taliban and Al Qaeda will have nowhere to go but either blend in as civilians or get killed.

President Obama has also put great pressure on President Karzai to do more in order to avert and stop the corruption that has ravaged his government. As noted, most of Karzai’s government officials have been working as double agents or involved in some form of corruption to aid the Taliban and Al Qaeda; as well as in the production of the opium that helps finance the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

At least by June 2010, soon or around that time, Osama bin Laden, his top aides, and Mullah Omar will be either captured or killed. And that will tremendously boost Obama’s approval ratings.

But will the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden help stop the threat of Al Qaeda or simply fuel their passion to fight on?


Mark Ndesandjo Obama, President Obama’s Unknown Half Brother?

Mark Ndesandjo, one of President Barack Obama's half-siblings, attends a news conference for his new book "Nairobi to Shenzhen" with the background written "Obama" in Chinese characters,  in Guangzhou, southern city of China Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. President Barack Obama's half brother in China has broken his silence with the media to discuss his new novel _ a semi-autobiographical story of self discovery and love that provides a detailed portrait of his abusive father. In his first interview, Mark Ndesandjo told The Associated Press that one of the reasons why he wrote the book, "Nairobi to Shenzhen," was to raise awareness of domestic violence.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Mark Ndesandjo Obama (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

During President Obama’s visit to China this week, he stopped between his meetings to meet up and have lunch with his half-brother, Mark Ndesandjo Obama, who lives in China, so reports Yahoo News and CNN.

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, there was little mentioned of Mark Obama. In fact, there is not much information on the Internet about Mark Obama. Is it because he lives in China and China was Internet censored in the past?

There is however a Twitter account; @MarkObama, but I am not sure if that’s actually his real account. Another Twitter account I found is @Ndesandjo, and also I am not sure if that’s his account. It would be interesting if either one of those are his.

Just like their father who studied Economics at Harvard University, and President Obama who studied at Columbia University and then Law at Harvard Law School, Mark Obama studied Physics at Brown University and Stanford University and an eMBA at Emory University (Yahoo! News). I think most of President Obama’s siblings have also studied at some of the finest universities in the world.

That’s pretty good for a guy (the father) from Kenya. It’s amazing how determination, dedication, hard work, and a good education can help transform someone, change a family, and the community.

When Mr. Obama came from Kenya to study at Harvard, he probably never realized what he was about to do, transforming his family into a powerful dynasty, and even though he was not present in raising his kids, that’s exactly what happened after his son got elected to the most powerful office in the world, the Office of the Presidency of the United States.

Dear President Obama, It’s Time to Stop Talking

It’s been over ten months since you were inaugurated to the office of the Presidency of the United States. In general, if you were a baby, you would be about 10 months now, still crawling, still trying to figure out who’s who, and what’s what. However, your responsibility as President does not require on-site job training, it doesn’t require you to figure out who’s who and what’s what, it requires actions. And, actions must be now.

I have always been one of your biggest supporters. I have always been one of your biggest fans. While I was a student at The Ohio State University during the election campaign, we at OSU, rallied for you, endlessly. And even if you were not elected as President, I would still support you, I would still rally behind you, because of whom you are and what you stand for. Yes, you have inspired me and millions of other people around the world, and more and more people everywhere are looking up to you. More and more kids around the world want to be just like you.

barack_obamaHowever, there comes a time when you have to stop selling, you have to stop talking, and start putting your words and promises into action. Mr. President, the time is now to start enacting and signing bills into law. Yes, not too long ago, you signed the gay rights bill into law, and you have signed a few more bills into law, such as the equal-pay bill, the bill reversing abortion funds ban, and a few other bills, however, we need more bills signed into law.

Yes, I applaud you for averting what could have been the greatest economic disaster in the history of mankind, by signing the stimulus bill into law, but given the fact that you have the backing of the majority in both houses of the representatives, you should be able to quickly wrap up many proposed bills and especially, the current issue at hand, the health care reform.

I don’t just want to complain about the things you haven’t done yet. No, I also want to thank you Mr. President, for working behind the scene to heroically help free the captured American sailors by the Somali pirates and the release of the American journalists by North Korea.

Yes, I understand the implications of you achieving such a historic health care reform, given the fact that you are facing the greatest challenges from both sides of the aisle, and mostly from the far right and the severity of the opposition from the health insurance industry. But you must not look back, you must not give in, you must act now, urge both of the houses to pass a health care reform bill, but it must have a public option. You must not sign it if it does not have a sweeping public option plan.

During the election campaign, you have brought so much hope to so many people. Yes, we were all flooded with all kinds of threats from within and outside. Threat elevations at airports and public venues became an everyday thing. We were faced with the war in Iraq, and the never-ending war in Afghanistan, followed by Hurricane Katrina, and then the Great Recession. Yes, we were all in need to hear something positive, something uplifting, something joyous, and you brought that to all of us, and we embraced you, we welcomed you into our homes, and we confirmed that at the voting booths, when we voted “Yes, We Can”!

Yes, Mr. President, you have inherited a lot of garbage from the previous administration. Most of us don’t even think about that, or don’t want to think about what you had to do when you came into Office. But you already knew what you were getting into when you took and accepted the challenge. So, that should not have been a surprise to you. Thus, Mr. President, now is no longer a time to keep speaking and rallying, now it’s time to start proposing and signing bills into law.

And most importantly Mr. President, now is no longer the time to continue asking me to donate to your Organizing for America campaign in your weekly email updates, the recession has hit me, I don’t have any more money to keep donating to your Organizing for America’s cause. I’m not even sure what Organizing for America does with the money donated to it. I thought the election campaign was over? But right now, Mr. President, it’s time to start executing all that you have promised to do during your election campaign rallies.

Yes, you’ve engaged and lifted some travel restrictions to and from Cuba. You are talking to Iran and North Korea, but we need more, for the people here at home.

And while you are at it, Mr. President, please look carefully into the immigration bill. In Silicon Valley and elsewhere in America, there are many companies whose combined annual revenue are more than $52 billion, and currently employ over 500,000 Americans. These companies, such as Yahoo!, Google, and many others, were partly founded and developed by immigrants, and most of these companies have and continue to help lead America as the next frontier in technology and energy.

Mr. President, there are many legal immigrants who have come to America, and continue to migrate to the United States, and most of them leave their families and everything they love behind, including myself. We come to America for one reason only, to make our dreams come true and realize our potential. Not all of us come to America to milk the system, but we come here equipped with ingenuity and with our own ideas. We come to America to create, develop, and reap the fruits of our own labor; the American dream, and in the process, we create large and profitable companies who pay hefty taxes and employ thousands of Americans. We come to contribute and make a huge impact to the American society and the world. We come to change the way business is done, efficiently.

However, most of us, the legal immigrants of the United States (weren’t we all at one point or another), always fall under the spell of not having seed money to develop our innovative ideas. As an immigrant, to fund a startup, you have to work twice as hard just to prove yourself, more than your native colleagues. You’re likely not to have the needed startup capital to help fund and grow your startup business. You are likely not to be able to go to the bank and apply for a loan simply because you don’t have the required credit scores, given the fact that you have just arrived in the U.S. and your social security number was just recently issued, and you haven’t established yourself in the country longer enough to qualify for a bank loan.

Most of us don’t bring utilities for use as collateral for bank loans, and then again, most banks don’t recognize technology startups as a qualified industry for bank loans. Since, we are new in the country, we weren’t born here and don’t have families and friends who may help fund our start-ups, compare to those who were born and grew up here, who have families and friends, when needed, can request for help to fund their startup ideas. Our sole reliance to secure seed money falls to venture capitalists, who in turn are already overly crowded, overwhelmed and flooded with many different business plans. Thus, only a few of us end up able to start and grow our businesses.

Mr. President, please see if you can help set up a special fund, for all legal immigrants, who have viable business plans in order to get funding for their startups. The SBA does not help that much, since even going through the SBA, you still have to go through a bank to get an SBA loan. In all, most of us who come to America, legally, with a dream to create and grow our viable businesses end up not realizing our business dreams. Only a few of us, create those companies who have and continued to make a huge impact to the American Economy.

For the war in Afghanistan, as I have written on this topic before, please don’t send any more US troops to Afghanistan, instead work with the government of Afghanistan and Pakistan to negotiate and politicize the Taliban to become a political organization, whereby they will become a political organization and participate in a general election and eventually become part of the Afghanis’ members of the parliament. That’s the only way there would be peace in Afghanistan and would be able to root out the members of the Al-Qaeda organization out of Afghanistan.

The poll number shows that almost half of Americans now feel a bit jittery with your current leadership. Some are those who may be listening to the foolish talk of the GOP mouthpieces, the Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin alike.

However, not all of us do. Some of those polls may be biased, due to the fact that they may not be scientific, thus we cannot completely rely on them. As most of those who were polled may be those who lean towards the right, or simply those who pay attention to what those fools; Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh, are saying, and may be a small percentage of those who voted for the other guys. However, the fact is; we cannot ignore their voices and that they should not go unheard. Please Mr. President, if you start signing more bills into law, then maybe, just maybe, their voices would calm down.

obama-bill-signingMr. President, you do not want to wait until the third year of your presidency to start fulfilling your campaign promises. If you do, then you will be a one-term president, because by then, almost all Americans would be weary of your inaction, and will surely not vote for you again for a second term.

So, please Mr. President, stop talking, and start signing some bills, not just bills, but they must be the most relevant bills into law. The kind of bills that help make a great impact in the lives of all Americans; the bills that more Americans would appreciate you for as the President.

Thank you Mr. President, and thank you for giving America, once more, a positive outlook from an international perspective!

The Cause for the Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Award, Questioned?

History tells us that many men and women who have previously been awarded this most prestigious award, The Nobel Peace Prize, from Gandhi to recently Ahtisaari, have done extraordinary things to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award. However, one might even ask what did some of these, such as Al Gore, do to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award, just because he (Gore) has been an adamant critic and produced the film for the climate change?

Nobel_medicine-medal2007How about Desmond Tutu, what did he do to deserve the Noble Peace Prize Award? Just because he rallied and marched on the streets, preaching and speaking up for the end of South African Apartheid rule? How about Martin Luther King Jr, who simply preached against violence and equal rights for all, and then he too was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? How about Maathai, the Kenyan Environmentalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for planting trees and speaking against the destruction of trees in Kenya? Finnish former president Ahtisaari won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize simply for architecting the Namibian Independence?

What is it that you actually need to do and achieve in order to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? What about Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first and founding president, who has literally spent over 30 years, since 1960, fighting (some call it a bush war) against the Mighty South African Apartheid Armed Forces and literally caused to free Namibia in 1989? Which today, Namibia has become one of the only two most stable, both politically and economically, countries in Africa, the other one being Botswana, some of the only two countries in the world, where children are growing up without ever hearing the sound of a war gun or experience child labor exploitation? Does Nujoma deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? He didn’t do enough good for humanity?

For President Obama, the Nobel Peace Committee stated that the reason for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to him was for: “His initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and replace unilateral American action with international diplomacy and cooperation”.

Now, most of you are questioning Obama’s legitimacy for this prestigious award. Just like you have been and still questioning his legitimacy of his birth rights to be president of the United States. The nomination for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize were made just a few weeks, about two weeks, into Obama’s presidency, and now you are questioning what he did to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award?

Even if Obama wasn’t elected as President of the United States, he could have still been possibly nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, simply for what he stands for and what he’s been proactively campaigning for, an end to unilateralism, and the beginning of working together to effective change on how the world perceives America, especially for the last 8 years of Bush’s international policies of “no negotiation”.

Most of you don’t travel around the world and experience the hatred sentiments of how some people, outside the US, feel about America. Some of you have never even left your hometown, or even crossed your state’s border, let alone have a passport and travel outside the US, to listen and hear the kind of talk from people who would trash the US policies, the kind of talk that makes you sick inside your stomach and there’s nothing you can do about it, simply because of the last 8 years of Bush’s policies of war first, and negotiate later, or may be not.

Obama’s message of hope that he has been preaching for the last 20 months is no different from what Gandhi, Mandela, Tutu, Gore, Ahtisaari, and other great Americans who have previously won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to effective change for peace and equality.

And seriousily; If Obama, when he became president of the United States, had continued on with Bush’s international diplomacy and polices, then we could have possibly faced a worldwide nuclear war; Iran vs Israel; Pakistan vs. India; and North Korea vs. everyone else, etc.

So, does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Yes, he does, he greatly deserves it. Even though he, himself, doesn’t even think he deserves it.

Instead of trash talking of what Obama did or did not do, may be you too should start doing something, do anything Nobel_prize_winners_1968that may effective change in your area, neighborhood, town, city, state or country. You can do anything, whatever it is that may benefit your neighborhood, fellow countrymen, or on a large scale, humanity. May be, just may be, you too may one day be in the company of those great people, who have been nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

And, surely, you too can use that $1.4 million that comes with it. Why not try it, instead of looking at who does what and does not do what?

Just like most of those who have subscribed to Obama’s campaign mailing list; here is a message Obama sent out yesterday;

Simon —

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we’ve begun together. I’m grateful that you’ve stood with me thus far, and I’m honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Obama, the Lying Pig Dictator?

This post is a response to a forum discussion, posted on Affluence.org, read it here, but login may be required.

Some people, like you, are just plain fools. They just don’t know when they have something that’s actually good or better, even if you hit them in the face with it. They voted for Bush, instead of Gore in 2000, and Kerry in 2004, and look at what we got, 8 years of practically nothing, but unnecessary Iraq war, which has helped sky-rocketing a mountain of our deficit, followed by this Great Recession.

Yes, I said it and I am saying it again, some people are plain fools, and stupid.

And now we have a president who is actually trying to do something about the mess that Dumbya has put us in, and then you have the nerve to call Obama “a lying pig dictator”. You’re all fools! At least he’s trying to do something about it.

If your wallet and bank accounts are left intact from this recession, that doesn’t mean everyone else is unaffected. There are people out there who are actually going through a lot, who have lost their jobs, homes, cars, and have mountains of debts, mostly because of what Dumbya did to the country in the last 8 years, which is nothing.

Yes, you’re all fools for thinking that “Obama is a lying pig”, when he’s actually doing everything he possibly can to help turn around our economy and put more people back to work.

If you got guts, read my previous blog post explaining this very same topic on here.

Open your eyes, fools, get out of your comfort zone and think about other people who are going through hell, primarily because of the last 8 years of nothing!

Economic 101 for the Health Care Reform With a Public Option

Having a Government’s Healthcare with a Public Option as proposed by President Obama will likely cause to bring down and lower your monthly health insurance premium to as little as $25 a month for a full healthcare coverage including dental.

This is how it will work. As it has been reported (see CNN.com) that the premium cost for the proposed Government’s Healthcare with a Public Option will be about 10% – 20% less than the monthly premium fees that you currently pay each month, for your private health insurance coverage.

Currently, private insurance companies charge high premium fees as driven by their need for profit. They do so because they simply have no competition which can help reduce their premium fees and improve your health care needs and benefits. However, with the proposed Health Care Reform with a Public Option, it will help create competition for the health insurance companies, and that’s the only way that health insurance companies may reduce your monthly premium.

Let’s say you currently pay about $165 a month for your health insurance, not including your dental plan, and the proposed Government’s Public Option is 10% less than what you pay now. In order for health insurance companies to continue growing and retaining customers, they will try to match the Government’s Public Option premium fees. And as health insurance companies lower their premium fees, so will the government’s public option.

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The Government’s Public Option premium fees will keep going down as private health insurance companies try to match the government’s public option, until the price comes down to a neutrality (equilibrium) level, where the costs of your healthcare equals your healthcare benefits.

In the end, you may end up paying as little as $25 each month, in health insurance premium, for quality healthcare, and if you end up getting sick, for whatever the case might be, you’ll never have to suffer because of additional out of pocket money you would need to pay for your medical care. And you certainly won’t have to go broke just because you’re sick, and you won’t have to hurt or even die, just because you don’t have health insurance.

You will also have a chance to switch to any healthcare insurance coverage without ever losing your current healthcare benefits. And your existing medical needs or illness will not be the case for any insurance company to deny you the coverage you need just because of your existing illness.

As we all know, that 30% of every dollar you spend on your healthcare premium is spent on medical administrative costs, and probably about 40% of every dollar you spend is spent towards the salaries and wages for the doctors and medical professionals, and only about 30% of every dollar you spend on your health insurance goes towards your medical needs. What the proposed healthcare reform with public option will do is make medical care providers to reduce their excessive costs and give you more healthcare benefits, as they too will have to compete for your business, because the government public option will give you more choices and options to where you go to get treatment for your healthcare needs.

And as the President outlined it last night in his speech, whether you are self employed, business owner or have your own health insurance coverage with whomever you have previously chosen, the proposed Healthcare Reform with Public Option will not make you give up your current health insurance coverage. You can keep what you already have or shop for a better health insurance coverage since health insurance premiums will severely go down. This basically gives you more choices and better options of what you do with your own healthcare needs.

America is becoming polarized so much that loyalty to one’s political affiliation is so important and more relevant than the general needs for the Americans. Even if a certain issue may cause potential danger or even death, party loyalties may not even care if the solution was initiated by the opposite isle of the chamber. And the public elected officials in Washington always seem to forget why or how they got there in the first place, but they are not thinking that there comes a time when the consumers will once again have a chance to decide who to send to Washington, someone who can honestly work on their behalf, and not on the behalf of special interests and lobbyists.

Just because a certain bill, which may be deemed to actually benefit the consumers was initialed by a member of a political party doesn’t mean that the opposite party members shouldn’t support it, just because they feel too loyal and too good for their own party.

Sometimes putting political party differences aside and focusing on what the American people actually need may serve best for everyone, even those who feel otherwise. Just because you feel like you are well off or if a certain issue doesn’t affect you or benefit you, that doesn’t mean that everyone else feels the same.

The majority of people are not as well off as what you are, thus sometimes we just need to think about how or what other people are going through, and show them more compassion as much as you’d want them to show you.

Should Rep. Joe Wilson Resign from the U.S. Congress?

While President Obama was delivering his most anticipated speech last night for his proposed Healthcare Reform, Rep. Joe Wilson (R. South Carolina) rudely shouted; “You lie” (CNN.com) to Obama during the speech, to which Obama shockingly paused and looked unpleasant to the Republican isle where the disruptive sound came from, and simultaneously, the whole House mumbled and booed in disagreement of the heckler, Rep. Joe Wilson.

Joe WilsonThis is similar to what we have seen in the last few months during the town hall meetings on the proposed healthcare reform, but most of the hecklers were general constituents who were concerned about their healthcare. However, for someone, who was elected in the office by his constituents to represent them in Washington, but caused to demonstrate such an ignorant and ill-fitted attitude of disrespectful during the speech by the President of the United States, that just shows how low Rep. Wilson is willing to go, into the garbage drain.

No matter who the President of the United States could be, either a Republican or Democrat, and or whether it’s Rep. Wilson’s rightful freedom of speech or what, as a citizen, there comes time for complete civility and respect for the Presidency of the United States, especially when they are congregated in the Chamber of the United States’ Capitol Hill, where civility and respect should sometimes perceive our political and ideological differences, especially during these hard times.

Yes, this is not much similar or even close to what goes on in the House of Commons in the UK, but there comes time for us to bear a good example and witness, not just for us, as decision makers and adults, but mostly for our children, who look up to us.

Regardless whether Rep. Joe Wilson has issued an apology and that Obama and the House of Representatives on both side of the isle have accepted his apology, this statement calls for Rep. Joe Wilson to resign immediately from his elected office. His rudeness and disrespectful behaviors are no different from that of Van Jones, who resigned last weekend as an Adviser to President Obama.

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