Monday, August 10, 2009

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5th Child Dies in California Police Chase Crash

This is one of the worst tragedies I remember reading about. Mostly for the parents who live on while all their children wouldn't. In a way, there's hope that they can always have more children, but the lost is unimaginable.

If you read more from the KTVU article, I was stuck dumb to hear the family blame the police. I know they are grieving and are looking for someone to blame... not easy when the all the fleeing suspects are dead. But blaming police? Really?

For doing their job?

They way the family member was quoted made it sound like the police deliberately chose a stolen car over the lives of people. Well, that's an amazing ability to look in the future to know that at that precise moment a truck carrying a load of kids--with no safety precautions whatsoever--would so nicely happen along to stop the chase. And it saved time on processing the suspects too! /sarc

I confess I don't know the particulars of the chase, whether the police were pushing too hard or whatever. But it doesn't change the fact that criminals broke the law, continued running rather than face the consequences, and eventually paid the price by losing their lives and destroying others.

How about blaming the suspects who decided to gamble with fate and lost? And does no one sympathize with the police who had to watch it all happen?

In the end, the family is entitled to their grief and anger. It's just that when it's misplaced, I believe it results in bitterness that does a disservice for both the victims and those still alive.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Teachers defend shock tactics in DWI program

Teachers defend shock tactics in DWI program

I'm probably going to be very lonely in my opinion about this piece. While it is extreme and, as some argued, made an negative impact, I actually found it a strategy that worked well.

I guess we all want to coddle our kids and protect them from emotional damage, but these are high-schoolers we're talking about. Having been a high-schooler not too long ago, I know that teens at that age (well, most people at any age, really) wouldn't really take anything seriously until it had a personal impact. And this did.

You can warn them about drunk-driving, show horrible vehicle accidents (or would that be considered abuse too?), but it probably would not sink in for majority of them because it's always someone else. But putting them in the inner circle of a drunk-driving tragedy certainly would leave a mark.

Some say it's a bad way to handle the matter, making the kids distrust authority figures. I would say give the kids a bit of credit; I don't think they'll never trust another adult again just from this. Besides, it seems in this case the uproar from the students were more from the "you made me sad, that was really mean" angle rather than just because they were lied to. Once they calm down, the parents too, hopefully they'll realize the bigger picture to the stunt, rather than focusing on how their feelings were hurt.

Let them shed tears, get angry, get emotional... those strong feelings might return the time they decide to go drinking and driving, or letting a friend do so. I sincerely hope they remember how horrible it felt hearing that a friend died from a drunk-driver--that they will think twice about possibly inflicting that pain on another. May it scare them to the point they won't drive with even a drop of liquor (or drink at all), and encourage others to do the same.

I only wish one day all these kids and their parents will come to thank their teachers and the policemen who cared more about the kids' lives than fearing backlash and lawsuits.

These kids may have lost a bit of their innocence, but maybe they gained enough to save a life.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Living Like One of the Guys

Interesting column this time from Dr. Helen in which she wants to switch from purse carrying to just a wallet: Ask Dr. Helen: Living Like One of the Guys

I'm one of those "wallet-only" type of girls, unless it's a book bag for when I'm going to classes, or a backpack for trips, since I never found the idea of a purse ever a good idea. (I also hate having my hands anywhere but inside my jacket pocket, but that's another thing.)

Especially in Indonesia, where I'd seen first-hand how a pair of thieves stole a cell-phone from my friend's purse, how my girl friends and female relatives had to clench their purses shut anywhere remotely crowded, how even standing on the escalator would be a disaster if you let your guard down (saw this first hand too). Oh, guys get their wallets lifted also, but there's just less stress and paranoia involved.

I use a leather male wallet that's been with me for many years now. I don't put much in it except my cards, whatever extra cash I have, and the requisite collection of photo stickers with friends (hey, I'm still a girl!). Going out, I bring that, a chapstick, my two cell phones, and my glasses. Maybe even the car keys if I'm driving. It's a very simple thing.

Although, I admit I take advantage of girl friends and their purses to the point that I actually forgot my phone and wallet with my house mate when we were in Indo for vacation--we were too used to living in the same house in the States. I would hand over my phones (rarely my wallet, but I do sometimes) and any other extra items to whichever trusted girl friend with a purse available.

Heck, I even once handed over my phone (and wallet maybe?) to a guy friend who had extra space on his multi-pocketed cargo pants.

Hmm... after writing that, maybe I shouldn't be so judgmental of women carrying huge purses around...

(The question would be how things would work out between me and my future boyfriend/husband if neither of us is willing to bring along a purse or bag of some kind... It might actually get troublesome.)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Image is everything

Over at is the funniest satanist I've ever seen:

The whole 6 point satanic image thing would have worked better if he didn't use those small, pastel colored, scrunchies-like hair ties. Too much spunky adolescent girl and too little evil satanic leader.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Berkeley Marines Protest at zombietime

Zombie has the new photo report up at zombietime on the Berkeley Marine protest.

I'm a dweller of the Bay Area as well (my college is in San Fransisco--an art college) and had my own share of crazies, but never to the level zombie puts him/herself willing into. I salute him/her.

Well, in this particular report, I never been so ashamed of young people. I'm not as young as they are (I'm a senior in college now, even if I look 17), but I still consider those people as of a similar age group.

I really wanted to smack some of those kids.

Especially the disrespectful way they "debated" their elders. I understand they're young, arrogant, and brainwashed, but so are cult members and I would smack them too. It's really "aaaaargh" just reading about their behavior, let alone having to actually hear their voice or see them move (or smell them).

If I was there and had less restraint and honor, with no fear of legal repercussions, I probably would had flown into a rage at the closest self-righteous, kaffiyeh clad, smirking youth. Damn, I hate those things by the way. And every other student in my school seems to have one, or is talking about getting one.

Oh, interesting thing today. My Friday design class' teacher is quite the outspoken liberal (even from day one) and would pipe in with the usual liberal quips out of nowhere. It's actually quite humorous rather than annoying, or offensive, just because it's all so silly. Self-parodic (not an actual word? I'm inventing it!), almost.

I find it amusing that on the first day he assumed we were all liberals/Democrats in the class and urged us to vote for Hillary/Obama because "the world is watching," referring to the fact that Hillary is a woman and Obama is black. Wow. Yes. Great arguments to vote for the leader of your nation. I'm definitely convinced.

Anyway, two examples from today that got me almost laughing out loud (I did chuckle eventually)...

First, one of the students had a stamp design that showcased old space/sci-fi themed tin toys like robots and spacemen. In one of his design idea sketches was a cutely drawn toy spaceman, with a ray gun (the teacher previously stated he didn't like the ray gun idea at all because he's very anti-gun), on a planet. The teacher dismissed the idea because it gave the impression of: "Not only are we invading other countries, we're invading other planets too."

I kid you not.

It's what he said. I laughed because it was so out there and sad. I wasn't even sure the spaceman was actually human, let alone an American occupier.

Then comes my stamp designs. I went with a way I could incorporate American pride without getting subconsciously biased against: children interpretations of classical American stamps. My stamp bases are the common USPS stamps of the American flag, Liberty Bell, a Purple Heart, and the American Clock design. Guess which one pushed his button?

This Purple Heart stamp got a, "I'm not sure... you know, war," comment from him. I think I zoned out for a few seconds wondering if I really heard what I just heard. He's a great guy, designer, and teacher, but I'm afraid he'll burst into ashes upon contact with any military medal.

Good(?) thing my mom is a lite-commie liberal so I'm desensitized enough to just get a chuckle out of it and move on.

So, kudos to the young people, and everyone else, who showed up to support America and our soldiers at Berkeley and elsewhere. God bless our military and their families! Thank you for our freedom.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tact, anyone?

Is there something wrong with me as the first thought after I read this article is, "Wonder how badly it'll turn out if it was 'Looking Good for Mohammed'..."

'Looking Good for Jesus' Cosmetics Line Pulled From Singapore Shelves Following Complaints

Curious though, just who is the target audience of this product? Hippy women with a blasphemous Jesus fetish? In Singapore?

(Some guy in marketing needs to be fired.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Poll finds rift between minorities

"The nation's three largest minority groups — African Americans, Hispanics and Asians — view one another with deep suspicion..."

So. Who should I start calling racist?

Being Chinese myself, I can safely say, from the experience I had with those of my race, the Chinese are the most racist people I've interacted with. The thing is, they're just very good at hiding it--knowing when to speak about it and when to pretend to be courteous and polite.

I actually distrust Chinese people (older generations) the most because I know how two-faced they can be. It's all about "mianzi," literally "face," which is the concept of saving face. The depth to which they would go for it is the thing I hate most about the culture in general. Many times I've seen my elders talk nicely about a person to their face only to say bad things afterwards. Lying, back-stabbing, gossiping, it's all fine as long as it doesn't effect your reputation. This isn't, by far, an exclusive fault to the Chinese. It's just that this is the culture where I've witness it happen with regularity (well, no duh).

Race I trust the most? Same as is mentioned in the article: whites. This actually might be some kind of side-effect of all that one-sided racism as whites become hyper cautious in dealing with minorities. It's kind of sad and definitely unfair. A jerk is a jerk no matter what race, and being a minority does not make one entitled to a all purpose race-card.

Ah, for calling my own race a bunch of hypocrites, am I a racist? But wait, all my friends are Chinese!

A Dad's Christmas Gift

Over at Hot Air, video of a Christmas gift that made both my eyes and nose run. So touching, a very Merry Christmas indeed for those girls.

Hot Air Video: The best Christmas gift ever

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Boys, 11 and 14, Charged With Sex Assault on Woman, 60

From FOXNews.

The whole thing is baffling in itself without this tidbit:
A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were standing outside the victim's house serving as lookouts, Stanfield said, but they have not been charged because they did not break into the house.
Something tells me this was a horrible, horrible dare. Or even some sick revenge thing. But really, this deserves a "WTF" label--so much so, I'm creating one.

IMAO: lolterizt! Part 27

More lolterizt! fun.

IMAO: lolterizt! Part 27

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The List of Things That Offend Muslims

The Amboy Times: The List of Things That Offend Muslims

An ongoing list, I assure you.

We Christians also get offended at many stupid things, as is true for any group in general, but at least, to my knowledge, not to the depth that Muslims do.

Firsthand account of the Von Maur shooting

Exactly as the title says.

The authenticity is, of course, unproven yet, but who am I to second guess personal accounts at this moment. I am one of those supportive of the Second Amendment and would be right in line training to get a license if only I could afford it (or feel up to tackling California's strict gun laws).

Even if I won't be allow to carry it anywhere that mattered, having one in the house sounds good considering the attempted break-ins we had and the reports of theft in our neighborhood. We don't have a man in the house (sadly, the manliest one is probably me), except temporarily when my uncle is around, so there are security concerns.

I would definitely want to even the odds in the event that a home invader comes armed.

The Teddy Bear that Embarrassed Sudan

We need to hear more of this.

If rational, moral, moderate Muslims speak up more, things would be better. I've always believed that only Muslims who aren't truly serious about their faith are the good ones. My teachers were Muslim, my neighbors, and some of my friends. But they were mostly cultural Muslims on the same level as cultural Christians in the U.S. that go to church only twice a year (Christmas and Easter, mostly). These people are very nice, wonderful people who are okay with befriending and associating with kafirs on a daily basis. They don't have strong opinions about their faith nor the faith of others and don't listen to most fatwas.

If they were Christian, I would wonder about their salvation.

Thinking about it, it's probably what most people feel about other people with strong opinions or beliefs that differ from their own. Only, it seems, when regarding Islam, there's always a touch of self-preservation at hand.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Girl Shot 6 Times While Protecting Mother

Wow, truly an angel. Speaking of angels, one must have been looking over the daughter and mother that day.

Girl, 7, Shot 6 Times While Protecting Mother
Tillie, who was armed with a handgun, shot Parker in the side of the head and in the arm after Ford stopped for gas, but before he could fire a third shot, Goggins jumped over the seat between her mother and Tillie, begging him to stop, the Detroit News reported. Without hesitation, Tillie reportedly pumped six shots into the child.
It's amazing that no one died. God bless that child.