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Bomb Syria? Obama better think twice August 29, 2013

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Who gave Obama or America the right to unilaterally bomb Syria anyway?

Did American people authorized Obama to do so?

No.

Did US Congress give Obama the blessing to bomb the middle east country?

No.

Did UN authorize Obama to start bombing soon?

No.

What if Assad decides to bomb Israel with a few missiles with chemical warhead after American’s attack?

What if Putin decides to get involved so that the price of Brent stays at elevated levels?

What if Iran decides to help Syria with air defense?

What if Assad decides to “豁出去了” and bomb Suez Canal or Saudi Arabia’s oil installations?

What if al Qaede takes the opportunity to attack American facilities in Middle East?

What if Obama’s war against Syria starts an all out war in Middle East?

What if Assad gets killed in action and al Qaeda takes over as Syria’s new leader?

Obama, do you have answers to these questions?

I guess not.

One last question: how much money are you going to borrow from China to pay for your war against Assad?

 

Abe exports Japanese Nuclear Technology to Arabs August 24, 2013

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With headlines like the ones below, everyone in the world should be concerned.

Japan nuclear plant leaks 300 tons of radioactive water.”

“Tank Has Leaked Tons of Contaminated Water at Japan Nuclear Site.”

I might also add that 200,000 more tons of  contaminated water in make shift tanks are in danger of leaking and who knows how many tons have already leaked into Pacific Ocean since the melt down started two years ago.
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But Abe 安倍 晋三 is not concerned.

Abe doesn’t have to; not since he got both houses after the recent election, a rarity in Japanese politics.

While Japan’s nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is getting worse by the day, Abe is making a trip to Middle East today: 8-23-2013.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100985419

Abe will be there promoting Japanese nuclear technology, among other things.

If I have to bet, I say Abe took the CEO of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, along to show case Japanese nuclear technology.

Ah, this is really funny. How can you not to “笑掉大牙?”

Yes, I am not kidding and here is the quote from CNBC‘s article:

“They come two weeks after the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised that his government would take a more active role in the site’s cleanup, raising questions over how seriously he has taken that pledge. Mr. Abe’s government has continued to push for a restart of the country’s nuclear power program, and he heads to the Middle East on Saturday to promote Japanese exports to the region, including nuclear technology.”

 

US Embassies Closed. US Embassies Reopen August 13, 2013

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Questions but no answers:

Are they for real or are they for show?

Did the US government trying to say something to its citizens?

What did you get from all these commotions? 

Did the US government trying to send a message to al Qaeda?

More importantly, what did al Qaeda get from all these commotions?

Are our tax dollars being spent wisely?

We know some people get a few paid-days off. What else did you get?

 

 

Gift to Kerry from Netanyahu August 13, 2013

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Here is the BIG headline from Reuters:

Peace talks resume under cloud of Israeli construction

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/us-palestinians-israel-talks-idUSBRE97C0BP20130813

And this is what Netanyahu is offering to The US and Kerry:

  • A small carrot: Release of 26 Palestinian prisoners.
  • A BIG “Don’t mess with me” warning sign: Construction of 3,100 new settlement homes in West Bank.

26 vs. 3,100: no comparison in numbers at all.

So, after construction finishes, more than 7,000 new Israeli residents will be living there.

What are you going to do, Kerry?

You can bitch all you want behind closed doors; I politicians like you do that away from cameras, but you have little option to stop Netanyahu from completing these new houses.

Israel needs new land. Israel needs new citizens. Netanyahu will continue to do what he thinks is the best for Israel whether USA likes it or not.

Do you think this run of peace talk will be going anywhere?

Palestine will protest. Palestinian chief negotiator will walk out of the meeting.

And that will be the end of it.

Peace in the Middle East? Not in another 1,000 years!

无解的死结!

al Qaeda, we are not home August 3, 2013

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Come back another time. Maybe? he State Department announced the closure of 21 facilities this Sunday because of credible threats against American embassies in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hmm…. Why do you tell your enemy that you are not home before their attack?

Are you telling the al Qaeda that they might want to come at some other time?

Or is this Obama‘s ploy to tell the American people that NSA has to listen to your phone calls and check your emails in order to get intels like this?

Obama may want to show the American people that their tax dollars are hard at work and not all is wasted on IRS scandals or buying guns for Mexican drug lords.

? ? ? ? ?

al Qaeda didn’t get White House’s memo August 2, 2013

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Obama took his victory laps and declared on various occasions:

  • al Qaeda was nearly “defeated.” And after the death of Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, al Qaeda has been decimated, scattered across the North Africa and the Middle East.
  • “Core of al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan is on a path to defeat.”
  • “al Qaeda was on the run.”
  • “al Qaeda is on its heels.”
  • al Qaeda’s “remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us.
  • “al Qaeda did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston.”
  • “al Qaeda have not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11”

Sounded pretty bad for al Qaeda; if you ask me.

On 9/11/2012

  • al Qaeda or its associates carried out a large scale attacks on Benghazi
  • al Qaeda or its associates killed US ambassador to Libya and three others

Obama administration on 8/2/2013:

  • Announced that al Qaeda may launch attacks in Middle East, North Africa and beyond in coming weeks. The threat appears much worse than it has in a long time.
  • Issued a public warning: “terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.
  • Planed to close the following diplomatic facilities Sunday:

Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Dhaka,                                     Bangladesh; Jordan; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Algiers,                                                 Algeria; United Arab Emirates; Yemen; Libya.

  • Offered reason for closing so many facilities: “we just don’t know which one.”
  • Warned that “terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.”
  • Said that “It is possible we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis.”

Heck, didn’t al Qaeda get White House’s memo? According to the WH, al Qaeda was supposed to be decimated and on its heels.

I guess Obama’s “broad rethink” of the war on terrorism has to wait until al Qaeda decides to take a break.

A side note: It was said that U.S. ambassadors, not the State Department, usually determine when embassies will shut down. A senior U.S. official called today’s move a “real precedent-setting event.”

Questions:

  1. Will al Qaeda wait?
  2. Obama, isn’t al Qaeda decimated?

 

Imam Rauf said Cordoba House will proceed September 8, 2010

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A modern era version of the full fledged of religion war is developing in the lower Manhattan of the  New York City.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has just came back from our-Tax-Money-funded, State Department-sponsored 2-month trip from Middle East nations during which he has, according to the State Department, fostered “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the US. He has stopped by Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar. From Imam Rauf’s Op Ed piece on New York Times, Muslims in the world have come to an agreement that the Cordoba House has to continue because there is no way that Muslims will submit to Christians or Jews.

Imam Rauf said that:

“The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith.”

He continued that:

“These efforts by radicals at distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of Americans worldwide.”

and

“This is why Americans must not back away from completion of this project. If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides.”

In other words, if the Cordoba House is not permitted to continue, American heads will roll.

He also took the opportunity to give Americans a lesson on the word “islam.”

He didn’t address Obama’s comment on the “wisdom of the the ground zero mosque” though.

He did say that he’ll tell everybody where he got his $100 million from.

Hmm, I wonder how much of that $100 million came from our gas money we gladly paid at pumps every time we stop to gas up.

Is Al Qaeda coming to the US? August 5, 2010

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For many months, American soldiers have stayed in the green zone in Iraq and avoided contact with Al Qaeda. Now that American soldiers in Iraq are coming home, members of Al Qaeda are running out of target practice in Middle East.

They can either go to Afghanistan and join the Taliban or sneak into United States. Since 9-11 took many months if not years to put together and needed a lot of people to pull off a big event like this, I think Al Qaeda will change its tactics in the US.

I am actually worried that Al Qaeda will try to sneak into NY or DC in small groups and pick smaller targets to cause civil unrest.

NY obviously is one of the primary targets and its subway system is so huge that it can be over-looked by the security system in place.

Stories of my two customers July 30, 2010

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During the past several weeks, I said goodbye to two of my long time customers: one died of heart attack and the other one went back to Lebanon.

I became acquaintanted with both gentlemen shortly after 9-11.

The first gentleman was in his late 50’s: a white, defense lawyer who came to NV from Florida. He regularly carried a hand gun with him when he came to my restaurant. He was a great talker often stayed in the dining room and talk to me for more than half an hour at a time. He was the one who first warned me about the pervasive presence of Muslims in the United States. He gave me a 700-page book he wrote on that subject and listed hundreds of references on how Muslims are trying to exert influences on government policies, local school board regulations and news media reporting. He also in his book gave a very detailed account of the conflicts between Arabs and Christians dating back hundreds of years in the past. He was divorced and lived by himself. He often came to our restaurant with a young Latino woman and her baby daughter who cleaned the house for him. He had high blood pressure, diabetic and takes many pills every day.

For many months no one at the restaurant had see him. I was told that he got ill and had difficulty walking. He would still send this young Latino woman with her now school-age daughter to buy food for him. Recently I found out he had passed away but I still remembered his voice and his cheerful personality. I also had him to thank for for making me aware of the struggles between Muslims and Christians in light of the 9-11 tragedy.

The second gentleman came to the United States from Lebanon. He was in his early 30’s when I first met him a month after 9-11 when he came to eat at my restaurant.  He asked me about the costs of opening a restaurant in the area and that’s how we got to know each other. At that time, he lived in Arlington with his Lebanese wife and three children: two boys and a girl and worked as a sales person at a company near the Dulles Airport. As we got to know each other, we talked about Muslims, Islam, 9-11, Iraq war and Israel-Palestinian conflict. I told him that I was concerned about Al Qaeda coming to the United States to wreak havoc in NY or Washington DC. He said that Al Qaeda would stay in the Middle East because American soldiers had occupied a piece of land which belongs to Muslims. He was the one who told me that conditions in Middle East would deteriorate and the situation would continue until Americans are driven out of Iraq. He was very negative about United States’ foreign policy and hated Bush for sending troops to Iraq. I could sense the century-old animosity between Muslims and Christians dating back from crusaders period a thousand years ago. It was enlightening to me to be able to get a different perspective on this age-old conflict and it reminded me of the fact that there would be no ending in sight of what to come in the coming years.

With the election of the first black president in the history of U.S., he told me that he was very pleased  to see that Obama had all the right messages to Muslims in the world and he particularly liked the appeasing tone of Obama’s plead for new relationship with Arabs. The happy time for him turned out to be short-lived.

With U.S. economy worsening and jobs starting to disappear, he was laid off from his Dulles job. He then worked as used car salesman but could make a half decent wage to make a living. He quit his car salesman job and commuted to Germantown because he found a job there. He them moved his family to Germantown but still made the 40 miles trip to my restaurant once a while because his children, now in their teens, liked our food. We continued our conversations on Islam, American foreign policy in the Middle East and the merit of Iraq war. Although he had soften his stance on the Iraq war but he still couldn’t get over with what he called the invasion.

About three weeks ago, he called me and said he wanted to meet me again. When I met his family at my restaurant, he said that this will be the last time he’ll see me because he is taking his family back to Lebanon for good. He was totally disgusted with Obama and lost confidence in the United States. He was laid off again and he put the blame squarely on Obama: the recession, the health care take-over, the Afghan war and the lousy economy. He was upset because Obama didn’t pay attention to the economy. He didn’t like the escalation of the Afghan war because he didn’t see the need for it. He didn’t like American’s policy on Israel because the peace is no where in sight. He also didn’t like the huge deficits and mounting national debt because he didn’t like that burden on his children.

With his and his children’s American dreams dead, he said that the United States is going downhill and he didn’t like his children to face the horrible burden. He had moved back to Lebanon because he saw light at the end of the tunnel in the Middle East: largely because of high oil prices for years to come. With that, living standards have improved compared to 20 some years ago when he first came to the United States. With higher oil prices, more jobs become available and he liked his chances back home. He also liked the chance for his children too.

Well, two customers: a white American and a Muslim, with two different stories.

I’ll miss them.

Rant: 山中無老虎﹐猴子稱霸王。 June 20, 2010

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My friends in Dallas ask my opinion on the market and here are my random thoughts.
The world is still awash with financial, political and military crises nowadays.

PIGS, Tokyo, England and the United States are buried deep in debts to no end. Unemployment rates in many countries are extremely high everywhere you see. Economy recovery is treading water as evident of the slow GDP growth rate in the US. China is deliberately holding back its growth rate in order to rein in rising inflation which is lurking just around the corner. Its decision to add some flexibility into its currency will probably introduce unexpected consequence down the road. All over Europe government after government will try to reduce public spending in order to pay for the mounting debts. Although the government of United States is still spending the stimulus money, its effect on U.S. economy is winding down and economists are worried about the negative effect after that money dries up. All this and many other evidence suggest to me that the world economy will stay in low gear for many months to come.

Iran, Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Korea and many trouble spots around the world are making news everyday. Fighting in the name of religion are daily news in the Middle East. America’s military action at Kandahar is pushed back until at least this winter because local warlords do not like America’s offensive strategy. Iran will have a nuclear weapon just in time to start a region war between Israel and Iran. Obama’s decision to isolate Israel has blocked Israel into a corner. Obama did this to please Muslim countries and to be on the sideline when the war between Israel and Iran starts sometime in the next few years. This decision has very huge consequence least of which is a regional escalation of conventional and nuclear weapon race. Turkey, a Country used to be an ally of the United States has turned its back to the United States and joined in the fight against Israel. The Muslims in the world have ratcheted up their war against Israel because Obama has signaled the Muslims in the Middle East that
“The United States will not defend Israel under my watch. It is okay to me if you fight with Israel. I will stand on the sideline and watch.”

North Korea sensed the weakness of the United States. Since Kim believed that Obama is nothing but a paper tiger, he took the time to demonstrate his power on the world stage by sinking South Korea’s warship while transfer power to his son.

Iran is working on a nuclear weapon and the United States has already accepted a nuclear Iran by virtue of Clinton’s remark of a regional defensive umbrella sometime back. I believe that no matter what kind of UN sanction will not deter Iran’s intention to be a regional power. Just ask yourself, will you back down and face humiliation against the Zionist nation, the United States?

Now ask yourself, what did the United States do to punish these two nations? Nope. Nada. Nothing to speak of. Now, ask yourself again? Why did these things happen on Obama’s watch? If you have a strong world leader who took world peace in his own hands, will these rouge nations dare to do what they did? This is exactly what Chinese said: 山中無老虎﹐猴子稱霸王。

“shan1 zhong1 wu2 lao3 hu3, hou2 zhi1 cheng1 ba4 wang2”

When tigers are away, Monkeys are the king in the mountain.

Let’s take a look of China because he is the 800 lb gorilla in the room. Labor unrest will spread to many corners in this country. Demonstrations will continue and companies affected have to give them raises to keep their plants running. Rising value of the Renminbi will negatively impact its export business putting the future of many factories and their workers’ lives in jeopardy. Inflation stemmed from higher salary is coming whether China likes it or not. With a higher Renminbi, another round of wealth transfer is in progress. We and countless others in the developed world will pay more for goods coming from China because they will be more expensive in the coming months. Chinese will be able to buy foreign good at a cheaper price. They will be able to travel further and longer because Renminbi will worth more in foreign countries. Many congressmen and Americans are idiots because they don’t see the benefit of a low-priced world factory in China. Soon, when you and I go to Wal-Mart, you’ll see this effect and you and I will pay for this. Now, tell me where do our money go? They go to the pockets of workers in China.

Simply out, the United States is weaker under Obama’s watch and is losing its competitive edge day be day. In the next few years, government debt, now standing at 90% of GDP, will continue to grow and reached 120% of GDP in a matter of two to three years.

Tell me what you gonna do if this is your family: you shop Wal-Mart more often, you don’t eat as much as before, you go out less often, you set your thermostat higher in Summer and lower in Winter, you drive less often, you cut down expenses and you and your wife work two or three jobs just to cut your debt down.

Now, have you seen what the United States being doing? It increases spending, it hires more government workers, it started a national health insurance program, it piled on more debts, it nationalized many companies, and it raise our taxes which will reduce economic activities and reduce taxes government takes in. It also talked about Cap-and-Trade which is a form of energy tax on many companies. And we’ll end up paying for it too. In the mean time, Wall Street firms are making billions in bonuses and continue their businesses in usual. I doubt what impact the new financial reform bill have to control these companies.

The recent rise in major indices in my opinion is nothing but a short term cyclic rally in a long term secular bear market. It is a good trading opportunity and if you have some profit, you might want to take it. Gold is strong and will be stronger if violence in the Middle East continues. I also caution you that we need to watch Shanghai index because it has telegraphed trouble instead of clear sky ahead. I am not sure what Taiwan’s stock index has done in recent months. ECFA may introduce some hope to local economy which may be reflected in its stock index. December’s election is something that the market will pay attention to. Its outcome uncertain and its effects unknown now.

In summary, I do not see any bright spot in the world and am negative on securities short term. The coming November election in the US is a big uncertainty for the country and financial market.

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