Friday, May 30, 2008

There's No Such Thing In Vietnam

A few years ago, the Prime Minister of Vietnam came to Canada for an official visit and during a press conference was asked about human rights abuse, especially about the persecution of the gay community. His answer was: "Pshaw! There are no abuse because there are no gays in Vietnam! Next question?"

I beg to differ.

Pimp my Ride

Fairy Bike

From ThanhNien News:

"No one is quite sure where, how or why the fashion craze started, but for the past few months, youths in the capital Hanoi have turned their bicycles into mobile works of art, the more extravagant the better.

Teens have beautified small two-wheelers with glitter and plastic flowers, giant silk butterflies and teddy bears, Christmas tinsel and paper parasols and, yes, feather boas, in an anything-goes creative arms race.

Youngsters have rigged blinking lights, MP3 players and batteries to the frames to blast techno and hip-hop down previously tranquil tree-lined streets, earning them both amused smiles and reproachful looks from their elders."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fashion Review

I bought some T-shirt designed by the genius KCA. Here's what one of them looks like.

Review: The T-shirt is supposed to be a Large size, but it's actually a medium. I like my T-shirt roomy, so it's a bit annoying, but at least it didn't shrink after being washed. Other than that, it's OK I guess. The price is OK, about 20 bucks, but the shipping fee was 12-13$, which is outrageous!!! So if you buy (and I recommend you do), buy lots of them or pool with your friends. You can order them here:

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5.

I bought these new Concord shoes in Chinatown for 80$. I cannot resist red shoes, so I had no choice.

: They're shiny and very comfortable and I get compliments from everyone when I wear them, so what's not to like? I bought the last pair, so no point in giving the address.

Verdict: 5 stars out of 5

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Colbert vs. Rain in DDR Battle

What DDR should look like:

Hollywood's version:

Saturday, May 24, 2008

In Soviet Union, Dance Breaks You!!!

Saturday Night Battle.
Song: It's Like That, by Run DMC

The Capitalistic West:

The Communist Soviets

The judges say: The Soviets win!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Testifying Generals

From: Fred Columns :
Pictures are added by the Buddhist

On Generals Testifying Before Congress
A Mash Note - April 14, 2008

Whenever I see that some dismal general will testify to Congress regarding the war against Iraq, I imagine the first paragraph of his Power Point presentation:

“All metrics show a downsurge in the violence in Iraq, and a continuing improvement in indicators of the production of a better life. Next slide. The Iranians are aiding the enemies of America, and must be bombed. This is a recording.”

What solemn, fraudulent, emetic mummery. Congressmen will—do—ask the General puffball questions, after which they will do whatever the President tells them to do. I can make no criticism of this. It is the American way. Still, may I suggest a few questions I would like to see the General, any general, asked?

1) General, five years ago the Commander in Chief said that combat operations in Iraq had ended. Since this isn’t true, the Commander in Chief was either lying, delusional, or simply a fool. Which do you believe to be the case?

2) You have said on various occasions that Iran is meddling in Iraq, that it is supplying weapons, fighters, and training to the warring factions. Others have charged that the United States is meddling in Iraq, that it is supplying weapons, troops, and training in Iraq. Which of these assertions do you believe to be the more accurate? Have you seen any evidence of American involvement?

3) You have expressed a commendable admiration for our soldiers, saying that they are the finest young men of our nation. Would you let your daughter date a black Pfc. with a GED? A kid named Gonzalez with tattoos?

4) Permit me a personal question, General. Have you ever said anything but “yes” to anyone who could affect your chances of promotion? Can you give us examples?

I have received a letter from a squad leader in Baghdad who suggests that always saying “yes” qualifies you as a streetwalker but not as a soldier. I am sure this isn’t true. That is, I am sure you could be a soldier as well. Will you explain to us why the sergeant is wrong? Can you give the Congress a reason to believe that anything other than your career matters to you?

5) Excuse me, but I have a question concerning your health. I know the sun is very bright in Baghdad. Might it be that when you were putting suntan lotion on your face, you somehow missed your nose? It seems much darker. The country cannot lightly afford to risk skin cancer in its officers.

6) General, years from now, when you loll in some sunny clime writing your memoirs, perhaps having served as a handsome and chiseled Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, tens of thousands of enlisted men will be living with colostomy bags or white canes or missing legs or the ruins of faces. Does this in any way bother you?

On second thought, I withdraw the question as irrelevant. Pardon my foolishness, General.

7) I assume that you must have many qualifications for administering a counterinsurgency operation in the Middle East. Here I mean things other than being photogenic or a wizard with Power Point. For example, I am certain that you speak Arabic well, as do the Commander in Chief, President Cheney, and Condo Rice. For the record, will you confirm this?

8) Let me drop for a moment into the dry details of soldiering. No doubt this will be boring shop talk to many in this chamber, but I believe we can spare a moment.

A constituent who served in Viet Nam wrote me with the following account of someone who has “taken a round” (that is the military phrase, I believe?) through the face. He says that teeth shatter, the jawbone dangles from the head with white stuff showing where it was attached, blood spurts from the arteries in the top of the mouth, one eye bulges out from the concussion, and the man jerks his arms strangely and says “Kuh-kuh-kuh” until he dies from drowning in blood. This takes a few minutes, the sergeant says.

Do you believe the Public Affairs Office of the Pentagon is right in saying that squads should carry plastic bags for covering the man’s face? So that reporters don’t take pictures and give the public a misleading idea of the war?

9) Critics of the military say harsh and, I am sure, unjustified things, such as that generals are simply hired murderers and have no more honor or morality that hit men for the Mafia. I want you to understand that I do not for a moment believe this. I am sure that you would not kill thousands of people you don’t know on command of some nonentity, and then accept strange-looking medals for doing so. To rebuke those voices that say such ugly things, would you give us an example of a country you would not attack if ordered to? Name something you would not do for another star?

10) Will you explain the surgical use of a five-hundred-pound bomb in a densely populated suburb?

11) General, if an Iraqi army attacked your home state in an endeavor to impose democracy on the United States, killed thousands of your fellow citizens, and left your daughter of seven years screaming as she died of burns, what would you do? Would you accept Islam with gratitude and embrace democracy? Or would you fight the invaders? Would you spend the rest of your life trying to kill as many of them as you could, in any way that you could? Just curious.

12) Some of your critics, sir—misinformed, I am sure—say that you send kids from small Southern towns to die while you work on your Power Point presentations. To put this foul canard to rest, would you tell us how much time you have spent in combat as compared to a rifleman on his fifth tour?

13) Finally, General, can you estimate the number of veterans in wheelchairs, blind, gutshot, lacking genitals, on crutches, having nightmares of when Jim Dog took a round through the lungs north of Vung Tau — guys of that sort, in the Disabled American Veterans, in expat bars around the world, in upcountry Thailand and the middle of Mexico — who hate men like you with a dark intensity that makes them pull the arms off chairs when they think about it, so that even their friends back away, a hatred that would make it most unwise for you to be near?

Just asking. And thank you so much. For your testimony, I mean.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal.,
You can do whatever you feel...

Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

There 's A New Sheriff In Town

You know how it feels to be a girl, but with the mind of a boy? It's the same as being an Oriental with an education of a Tây/Farang. You're always on the outside looking in. You want to belong, but you don't know where and no "side" will really accept you anyway, cause you speak like whitey but you look like a gook...

It must be really frustrating to be Hillary Clinton, so smart and so knowledgeable, and having to deal with morons who can hardly hide their contempt for her, simply because they have a dick and that makes them superior in this world.

When my father first came to Canada from Vietnam, he was too old and too non-white to get a decent job. So he ended up being an usher in a movie theatre. He would tell us about his work, how he was surrounded by pipsqueaks who would push him around and bully him to get the best shifts or the best floor (the lower ones). Once, he told me : "They laugh at my French, but they don't even know who Pasteur was!"

Why am I telling you all this? Oh yeah... There's a new sheriff in town and she kicks butts!! This new hero is an autistic girl who learned martial arts by watching Tony Jaar in Ong Bak and Tom Yum Kung. I know! How cool is it!!! Here's the trailer:

Her name is Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda.
The official film web site (you need Flash Player):