Osama bin Laden is dead

Osama bin Laden is killed in a firefight and U.S. troops later took custody of his body.


WASHINGTON —President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. American officials were in possession of his body, he said.

The fate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al Qaeda number two in command, was unclear.

The death of Mr. Bin Laden is a defining moment in the American-led war on terrorism. What remains to be seen is whether the death of the leader of Al Qaeda galvanizes his followers by turning him into a martyr, or whether it serves as a turning of the page in the war in Afghanistan and gives further impetus to the Obama administration to bring American troops home.

President Obama said that on Sunday, a small team of U.S. operatives launched a “targeted assault” on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad where months of intelligence work had established that Mr. Bin Laden was living. Mr. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight, and the troops took custody of his body. The killing ended a 10-year manhunt in which Mr. Bin Laden repeatedly eluded his pursuers, deeply frustrating the Bush administration and counterterrorism officials. [Source: New York Times]

In August 2010, a lead was uncovered and President Obama directed a followup. Forces narrowed down to Osama bin Ladan hiding in a villa in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden is successfully taken down in a firefight.

President Obama says the U.S. military has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden:

Obama: Lift stem cells ban

I totally agree on this one. The whole idea of the ban’s rather silly anyway. I don’t consider stem cells human apparently.

Obama Wants Congress To Act On Lifting Stem Cells Ban

Obama, who favors medical research on stem cells derived from human embryos, told CNN he was still exploring an executive order to revoke Bush’s ban.

“But I like the idea of the American people’s representatives expressing their views on an issue like this,” he said, lauding a “bipartisan” consensus in Congress that such research is ethical and potentially life-saving.

If the research could yield hope for victims of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, “I think that sends a powerful message,” he said.

In blocking federal funding for stem cell research, Bush sided with religious conservatives who argue that research on embryos destroys human life, albeit at its earliest stage of development.

Stem cells are primitive cells from early-stage embryos capable of developing into almost every tissue of the body.

Scientists believe they could prove key in finding a cure for a number of serious diseases, including also diabetes and cancer. (Source: Physorg)

USA probably lacks behind in biosciences just because of this ban.

First official portrait taken with a digital camera: Obama

Barack Obama had his new official portrait taken with a digital camera which is a first. Never seen George Washington has a president use a digital camera to take a presidential portrait.

Today we are releasing the new official portrait for President Barack Obama.

It was taken by Pete Souza, the newly-announced official White House photographer.

It is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. (Source: Change.gov)

Barack Obama official portrait

this fine specimen of portraiture was snapped with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on January 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm with no flash, using a 105mm lens stopped to f/10 at a 1/125 exposure, with an ISO of 100 by newly crowned official White House photographer Pete Souza. Nice work, Souza (Source: Engadget)

There is an official White House photographer? How awesome.

McCain now pledges to help Obama lead

It’s been an amazing ride, I’m sure both sides would agree. I’ve been watching this since early this year! Obama wins and McCain pledges to help Obama lead. Fantastic!

McCain pledges to help Obama lead

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday urged all Americans to join him in congratulating Sen. Barack Obama on his projected victory in the presidential election.

“I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” McCain said before his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona.

McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, was standing with him, but she did not speak.

With his projected win, Obama will become the nation’s 44th president.

Obama will address the country from a rally in Chicago, Illinois, later Tuesday night.

The Illinois senator will become the first African-American to win the presidency.

Supporters in Chicago cheering, “Yes, we can” were met with cries of “Yes, we did.” (Source: CNN)

Will Democrats get the 60 seats in the senate?

Change is coming.

CNN projects Barack Obama as winner

CNN projects Barack Obama wins election and will become first African American president!


Currently at 297 electoral votes for Obama. McCain has 135. (You need 270 to win.) These are yet to be finalized but hell Obama’s gonna win this round. I’m hoping Democrats would win 60 seats in the senate though.

Microsoft translates Barack Obama to Rudy Giuliani

Try translating Barack Obama from English to German in Windows Live Translator and you get this:

Microsoft translates Barack Obama to Rudy Giuliani

Windows Live Translator is powered by Microsoft Translate.

It appears that Microsoft don’t do a basic dictionary translate and perform a more contextual-based translation and matches information available online to aid the translation. It’s an interesting approach; it fails interestingly too.

Obama campaign introduces Al the shoesalesman

This is a brilliant ad by the Obama campaign. For those of you who ain’t familiar with what’s going on, American politics is really interesting. McCain-Palin (Republicans) brought in phrases into American newspapers such as “hockey moms”, “Joe Six Pack” and “Joe the plumber”. These phrases are used to stereotype the typical American.

The thing that got me interested in politics is not the results the politicians are going to deliver. After all, staying thousands of miles away from the USA makes little difference on who’s elected anyway. What made me look at politics is the speeches, or more precisely, the ingenious use of the English language to reach people emotionally.

Introducing characters is just one way of doing so. As stupid as these phrases sound, people actually remember them. You can laugh at time but as long as you talk about it (even in a negative way), you are spreading the point of the politicians indirectly.

I think of these characters as stock characters (in the theater arts way) as they’re recycled time and again for every election. And politicians would just rebrand them in some little ways to make them sound new again.

McCain-Palin campaign has numerous such characters. I’m sick of them but I still laugh at them (alone, since no one bothers about US in Singapore). Anyway, here’s one endorsed by the Obama campaign:

Obama campaign introduces Al the shoesalesman

Find out your tax cut under Barack’s plan at http://taxcut.barackobama.com whether you’re single or married with children.


Previously John McCain repeated mentioned Joe the Plumber during his speeches, claiming he is a concern citizen who prefers the McCain tax plans.

Just to digress

For those people who knows the location of my other blog, it’s a tough decision if I want to put this post in this blog or that which is rather US. In the end I figured I should put it here since I want this blog to have more of my opinion. The other blog is visited by McCain supporters and they blast me even when I post a video that’s pro-Obama. That’s freedom of expression for me I guess.

And speaking of “plumber”, Uzyn corrected me on my pronunciation. I had always been pronouncing it as “plumb-ber”. Read it wrong for many years. “Plum-er,” he corrected me.

When not to be a team player

It’s funny that after Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama, Powell is less talked about as a war criminal. He played a key role in the invasion of Iraq after all. His endorsement of Barack Obama appeared to have gained him some karma points or something. The internet loves him again.

To the question whether Obama is a Muslim, Powell stressed that Obama is not, but highlighted the real answer to the question is – so what if he is. Powell then publically endorsing Obama and expresses discontent toward the Republican party, that is his Republican party.

It is courageous of him to be able to stand up for what he believes in (and that meant the opposition). Unfortunately much of these were not shown back then when he presented the case for the invasion of Iraq. Powell later claims he spent 2 hours convincing Bush not to invade Iraq but what’s done been done.

What KahWee tweeted on 2008-07-28

  • @skeevs this always happen.. my mom submitted my phone number to her friend and made me help fix her friend’s computer #
  • @limyh @cheeaun Deep Zoom does more than that. I think it’s an improved experience. http://tinyurl.com/5bx2ss #
  • @cheeaun @limyh There is an Obama site http://www.deepzoomobama.com/ Deep Zoom allows smooth zooming of text too if I’m not wrong. #
  • @cheeaun I thought the experience with Deep Zoom Earth felt better than Flash Earth. Play around with it, it’s actually pretty cool. #
  • @cheeaun Are you on Facebook by the way? #
  • @limyh Cuil’s rather poor in my opinion. It’s not really usable too. #
  • @limyh No beta tag just mean one thing – it’s not Web 2.0. lol #