The Ugly Bully Neighbor

 

What would you do?

Imagine, one fine day, your neighbor decided to climb over the fence and camped out in your beautiful pool in the backyard…declaring that the pool is his property AND holding a loaded gun daring you to evict him.

What would you do to your neighbor—the ugly bully neighbor?

That is exactly what Hanoi has been facing since Beijing moved its HD-981 oil rig and several government ships into Vietnam’s East Sea territory—Vietnam’s Paracel Islands to be exact.

Hanoi has voiced objections.

Hanoi has sent its (smaller) ships trading water cannons with China’s (much bigger) ships.

Hanoi (even) allowed Vietnamese protesters to publicly demonstrate their anger against Beijing government in three of Vietnam big cities—Saigon, Danang and Hanoi.

Eventually, there will be only one thing left to do…hopefully, it will not happen!

Coward action by Beijing

Of course, everyone knows why Beijing decided to move its oil rig into Vietnam’s East Sea territory at this time (shortly after Obama’s visit to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Philippines but not Vietnam).

Simple reason…there will be no actions expected from Washington other than verbal objections.

—Obama administration has proven the willingness to talk strong rather than to act strong.  John Kerry called China’s actions in Sea dispute “provocative”. Tough!

—Vietnam is not an ally of the U.S, unlike Japan or Philippines who are also in dispute with China in China’s East Sea and South Sea

—Vietnam is smaller and weaker than China (so typical of a bully who prefers picking on the physically weaker opponent)

 

Ch3 Nguyen

Edward Snowden – punished or praised?

Praise

Like most of us, Edward Snowden is against the abuse of power by the Obama administration in collecting phone records, emails, and internet records of millions of Americans indiscriminately. To be fair, I would not mind if they collected phone records or even listened to phone calls made by the likes of Tamerlan Tsarnaev—but they did not screen him from the mountain of data collected.

So it is foolish to argue these collected data are to be used to fight terrorism as Obama did when he said “…You can’t have 100 percent security and then also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society…” For those who don’t care for the Fourth Amendment and agree with Obama, I’d like to invite them to go and live in China, Vietnam, Cuba or North Korea.

—Ron Paul on Obama administration’s spying on people “…The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing…”

—Michael Moore (yes, Michael Moore of all people) called Snowden “…hero of the year!” 

—Ron Paul on Snowden “…When you have a dictatorship or an authoritarian government, truth becomes treasonous…”  (How many times have we seen China or Vietnam arrested dissidents in their country with false accusations of treason? Recently, a popular blogger Truong Duy Nhat in Vietnam was arrested by the government because of “…abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state…” Abusing of democratic freedoms? All he did was writing what he thought of his government. And how can one abuse something that one does not have in the first place?)

However, people on this camp must come to realize that Snowden violated the law. And if one supports him…then what stops one from granting citizenship to all illegals in the country. The argument that illegals violated the law and must not be allowed to become citizens ahead of others who legally wait in queues suddently becomes invalid then.

Punish

On the other camp, there are those who argue that Edward Snowden should be arrested and convicted (of course).

—Diane Feinstein called Snowden’s action…an act of treason.

—Senator John Cornyn wanted to try Snowden for treason. This means death penalty if he is found guilty. He said “…he’s a traitor. He has leaked classified information about intelligence gathering techniques that the United States government has been involved in which have been authorized and overseen by the US government. I don’t know any other word to describe Mr. Snowden…”

—John Boehner called Snowden…a traitor. He said “…The disclosure of this information puts America at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.…”

It is easy to make this call. And it is probably safer for politicians to make this call. However, one must consider what kind of secret information has Snowden released? Without Snowden, how many of us would have known how the government has been snooped into millions of phone records without a valid reason? Snowden also exposed Obama as a hypocrite for running campaign as anti-Bush while he continued the policy started under Bush and made it even worse. Transparent government was his promise. AP-gate, IRS-gate and now this NSA scandal…all have proven the 61 million Obama voters last November are so naïve.

What did Biden think on NSA collecting phone data?

In 2006, then Senator Joe Biden said regarding NSA monitoring people records…you have the president of the United States making a judgment that’s not reviewable by the courts and not reviewable by the Congress, and we’re supposed to say OK, and they tell us — it’s a little bit like what would happen if the banks turned over all your checking records, without your name, but gave the checking account number and every single purchase you made and pattern of your behavior — and then you were told, ‘Don’t worry, they — that’s not invasion of your privacy

And he said…this idea that no court will review, no Congress will know and we’re going to trust the president and the vice president of the United States, that they’re doing the right thing, don’t count me in on that

What do you think now, Joe?

One man’s opinion

Edward Snowden has not betrayed his country yet—hopefully, he will not seek asylum in Russia. Yes, he exposed his government. He exposed his president as a hypocrite (but he’s also helped Obama in taking the public attentions off the IRS scandal)

Edward Snowden has violated the law and should be arrested and tried—but not for treason.

What do you think?

 

Ch3 Nguyen

Barrack Obama and Xi Jinping — two of a kind!

Sunnyland summit

For one weekend, 6/7-6/9/2013, Sunnyland estate of Palm Springs/California will make Karl Marx proud, Vladimir Lenin happy, Mao Zedong satisfied and Ho Chi Minh dumbfounded in their graves. For one weekend, Sunnyland will host the summit between 2 current and most powerful socialists in the world—Barrack Obama and Xi Jinping. Continue reading

May Jobs Report

The numbers provided by ADP

On 6/5, ADP reported that businesses added a disappointed 135,000 jobs in May versus the estimated number of 167,000 jobs by economists.

Small business added 58,000 while medium and large business added 39,000 each.

The numbers provided by government

The government reported that the economy added 175,000 jobs in May, 2013. Yet, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6% due to the government now counts more people in the work force—420,000 more. As a result, the number of people who wanted a job but could not find one last month is 18.472 million—400,000 more than April.

Where did this 400K number come from? Continue reading

April Jobs Report

 

The numbers provided by government

The government reported that the economy added 165,000 jobs in April, 2013. And the unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%.

Let let us look in the numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to see the real state of employment (click here to access data prepared by the BLS).

(Numbers in thousand—all figures are seasonally adjusted)

                                    Jan                   Feb                  March             April

Civilian labor force:   155,654           155,524           155,028           155,238

Employed:                  143,322           143,492           143,286           143,579

Unemployed:              12,332             12,032             11,742             11,659

Unemployment rate:  7.9%                7.7%                7.6%                7.5%

Not in Labor Force:    89,008             89,304             89,967             89,936

Not in Labor Force—

But want a job:           6,750               6,631               6,821               6,413

Numbers that stood out in this month’s report (from table A-8) is the number of people working part-time: Continue reading

Do you think your kids belong to the community?

If it’s up to Melissa Harris-Perry—a political science professor at Tulane—children will belong to the community.

 “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children,” Harris-Perry stupidly argued. “So part of it is, we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.” Continue reading

March Jobs Report

The numbers provided by government

The government reported that the economy added 88,000 jobs in March, 2013—economists had expected 190,000 new jobs for the month. The unemployment dropped to 7.6% while the government conveniently put 663,000 more people in the so-called “not-in-labor-force” group—the group that are not included in the unemployment rate. Continue reading

Judge ruled in favor of Tet parade organizers

This year, the 2013 Tet Parade was organized by a Vietnamese community organization in Little Saigon since the city did not have the fund to host it. The parade organizers apparently were fed up with the “kissing” scenes—perhaps rated PG-13—of some members of the Viet LGBT group that they decided not to let the group march in the parade. Continue reading

Xi Jinping: Butt out!

Well, not exactly his words…but that was what he meant.

During a his recent trip to Russia—first overseas trip as the number one man in Beijing—Xi Jinping warned against “foreign interference” during his speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

We must respect the right of each country in the world to independently choose its path of development…” Xi said—a warning to the US? Continue reading

February Jobs Report

The numbers provided by government

The government reported that the economy added 236,000 jobs in February, 2013. At the same time, they revised down the numbers for the last 2 months—Jan ’13 and Dec ’12.

Let let us look in the numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to see the real state of employment (click here to access data prepared by the BLS).

(Numbers in thousand—all figures are seasonally adjusted)

                                    Dec                  Jan                   Feb

Civilian labor force:   155,511           155,654           155,524

Employed:                  143,305           143,322           143,492

Unemployed:              12,206             12,332             12,032

Unemployment rate:  7.8%                7.9%                7.7%

Not in Labor Force:    88,839             89,008           89,304

Not in Labor Force—

But want a job:           6,750                6,631               6,821 Continue reading

Four Americans were killed, what difference does it make now?

Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?

No one, in their right mind, could doubt the incompetency of the Obama administration—Hillary Clinton’s State Department included—in deciding to cut security spending in Libya. Continue reading

Beijing threw a tantrum

Hillary Clinton spoke…

It’s about time Washington DC reaffirmed commitments to Japan.

On Friday, Secretary Clinton reminded all—Beijing included—that the U.S. is obligated under the bilateral security treaty to defend Japan if it comes under attack. She said “Although the U.S. does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the (Senkaku) islands, we acknowledge they are under the administration of Japan.” And “…we oppose any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japanese administration (of the Senkakus).” Continue reading