Rick Perry’s strength

I can only frown.

Strong by Rick Perry

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.

I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.

Video: The Chinese are so awesome

The Chinese communist party’s 60th year celebration (military parade) in high definition. The video is just amazing. Surreal. Whatever random adjectives. Suddenly Singapore’s National Day Parade seems less interesting. I mean look at the order they have. Everybody’s height is like the same! 首都各界庆祝中华人民共和国成立60周年大会 [720HD] 六十周年国庆大阅兵播放列表:

【六十周年国庆大阅兵 720HD】胡锦涛主席检阅三军受阅部队(高清视频)

“Greetings, comrades!”
“Greetings, commander!”
“Good work, comrades!”
“Serve the people!”

If you can’t understand Mandarin, Chinese president Hu Jintao (胡锦涛) goes around shouting something along the lines of “Greetings comrades! Comrades you have done well!”.

And watch in slo-mo and beautiful colors:

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII

The parade in Tiananmen Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China – as seen in timelapse and slow-motion.

Roberto Micheletti sworn in as Honduras provisional president

There’s new development to the Honduras political situation:

Manuel Zelaya
Manuel Zelaya

Honduran Congress names provisional president

Hours after the sitting president was deposed by a military-led coup, a new president of Honduras was sworn in Sunday.

But the former president was not ready to give up his powers.

The political developments that swept Honduras over the past weeks and led up to Sunday’s coup had the makings of a crisis, but the situation in the Central American nation of 8 million people was calm.

Roberto Micheletti was sworn in as provisional president to the applause of members of Congress, who chanted, “Honduras! Honduras!” Outside the building, supporters of ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya protested, but their numbers were limited, and the streets remained mostly peaceful. Micheletti told CNN en Español Sunday evening that he has imposed an “indefinite” curfew. (Source: CNN)

Also after reading much of the English comments here, I got a better picture and it appeared that the people are generally in favor of President Zelaya being removed.

Military coup in Honduras, President arrested

Military coup in Honduras, president is arrested and sent to Costa Rica.

President Jose Manuel Zelaya was arrested at his residence by the military on Sunday June 28, 2009 and flown to Costa Rica. He had promised to put a referendum on the ballot that would change Honduras’ laws, allowing him to run for another term. The Supreme Court had previously ruled that the referendum was illegal. Around 100 Zelaya supporters protested the arrest by blocking the gates to the presidential palace and throwing stones at soldiers. It is not clear who has control of the executive branch at this time, but the constitution of Honduras says the head of congress would succeed the president. (From Wiki)

CNN has more information


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.

Bush tells Rice not to vote for Resolution 1860

Resolution 1860 calls for immediate cease-fire. Why does USA’s Rice prepare for it yet abstained from it? Ehud Olmert is Prime Minister of Israel.

PM: Rice left embarrassed in UN vote

The Security Council resolution passed on Friday calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza was a source of embarrassment for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who helped prepare it but ultimately was ordered to back down from voting for it and abstain, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday.

Rice did not end up voting for Resolution 1860, thanks to a phone conversation Olmert held with US President George Bush shortly before the vote, the prime minister told a meeting of local authority heads in Ashkelon as part of a visit to the South.

Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution – viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns – Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert’s call, the premier said.

America could not vote in favor of such a resolution, Olmert told Bush. Soon afterwards, Rice abstained when votes were counted at the UN. (Source: JPost)

Sometimes siding allies can go a little too far.

George W. Bush: The Greatest Hits

Here’s George Bush with his favorite easter bunny (not photoshoped):

George Bush with the easter bunny

All politicians are prone to make slips of the tongue in the heat of the moment – and President George W Bush has made more than most.

The word “Bushism” has been coined to label his occasional verbal lapses during eight years in office, which come to an end on 20 January. (Source: BBC)

And out of the list of memorable quotes compiled by BBC, here are some worthy mentions:

  1. “They misunderestimated me.” 
    Bentonville, Arkansas, 6 November, 2000
  2. “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”
    Nashville, Tennessee, 17 September, 2002
  3. “I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.”
    Nashville, Tennessee, 27 May, 2004
  4. “The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the – the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”
    Washington DC, 27 October, 2003
  5. “You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.”
    CBS News, Washington DC, 6 September, 2006
  6. “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
    Townsend, Tennessee, 21 February, 2001
  7. “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
    Reuters, 5 May, 2000
  8. “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”
    Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 6 September, 2004
  9. “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
    Saginaw, Michigan, 29 September, 2000
  10. “That’s George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read three – three or four books about him last year. Isn’t that interesting?”
    Speaking to reporter Kai Diekmann, Washington DC, 5 May, 2006
  11. “And truth of the matter is, a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody. To show you how important this one is, I read it, and [Tony Blair] read it.”
    On the publication of the Baker-Hamilton Report, Washington DC, 7 December, 2006
  12. “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.”
    Washington DC, 12 May, 2008

I think I’m going to miss his jokes when he leaves. Obama doesn’t make too many funny mistakes.

Joke: How to catch a rabbit?

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The LAPD, the FBI, and the CIA

The LAPD, The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals.

The President decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it.

The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist.

The FBI goes in.
After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming.

The LAPD goes in.
They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: “Okay! Okay! I’m a rabbit! I’m a rabbit! (Source: funs.co.uk)

Hillary Clinton laugh is scary

Hillary Clinton stumped by a reporter’s question about Bill’s conflict of interest about promoting a trade deal with Colombia; while Hillary herself opposes the deal, she has loaned her campaign millions of dollars of her and Bill’s shared income, raising questions of conflict of interest. [hat tip: Digg]

But this post is about her laugh. It’s just scary, take a listen at the 29th second: