Monday, May 16, 2011
Politicians better be wiser. Stop trying to measure up to the PAS spiritual leader's track record. And stop attempts to run him down.
Lately, there have been some errant politicians trying to get pot-shots at the leader of PAS - be it about the absurd sex-video or the sleazy sodomy trials, or on some religious issue.
They forget that Tok Guru is not a politician of their standard. In fact none can ever measure up to this saintly man. Look at the way he leads his life. Simplicity. Humility. Caring for the orphaned and destitute.
Listen to the way he speaks. Always so profound yet so simple. Young and old, learned and simpletons can relate with what he speaks.
Look at the way he lives. Look at his dwelling. Look at his official and unofficial car. Look at his attire. Look at his living and lifestyle as well as eating habits. And he has been consistently so for all our living memory.
Many people who took the trouble to meet this diligent, Gof fearing, Islam loving leader come away with awed and overwhelmed that they did not know that here is a senior veteran and head of a large political party who is so humble, simple, caring and without greed. Someone who respects all humanity despite their diferrent creeds.
Can any one of our politicians measure up to this man? No!
So stop trying to rake mud on this icon of inspiration in this contemporary and worldly environment. Stop throwing your cheap, tarnished, soiled and tainted political dares into the pathway of Tok Guru for you cannot even fall in the shadows of this man.
If anyine has any doubt about this great leader, then please pay him a visit in his homeground. You can be rest assured he will not C4 you. You can be guaranteed that he will not brush you aside with burly bodyguards. You do not even have to worry about what gifts to bear for he takes no bribes.
It is most unfortuante that Malaysians have had their eyes clouded, their ears deafened from getting to know, understand and appreciate a living legend who leads such a modest life despite being the leader of millions of followers.
(Source: J. D. Lovrenciear. A reader of Malaysia Chronicle)
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Manchester United came to Blackburn to rain on Manchester City's parade, not produce a damp squib of their own, but until the softest of penalty decisions came to their rescue in the 73rd minute they were in danger of stealing a cue from their rivals and fluffing their lines. The 19th title duly arrived in the end, and although this was hardly the most stirring manner in which to clinch it, it seemed to suit United's strangely stuttering season. It will make no difference to the history books, or the United celebrations.
Blackburn spent the first 20 minutes struggling to get out of their own half, although it turned out they were just lulling their opponents into a false sense of security. No sooner had United been given the impression that all they had to do was use unlimited possession to break down a massed defence than Blackburn launched a few attacks of their own.
For all the visitors's early dominance the best chance they created was in the fourth minute when Nani put a header against the bar from Wayne Rooney's cross, yet despite Blackburn seeing much less of the ball they managed to make their rare upfield excursions count. Chris Samba had already scooped a shot over the bar and Jason Roberts just failed to take advantage of Tomasz Kuszczak's hesitation in dealing with a back pass by the time a decisive strike by Brett Emerton put the home side in front. Once again the substitute United goalkeeper looked nervous and uncertain, first failing to deal with Emerton's original cross then needlessly leaving his line in a vain attempt to recover the ball. Blackburn successfully prevented it from going out, then when Martin Olsson whipped in a low cross Emerton was still in position to sidefoot home with Jonny Evans unable to make an effective challenge.
No matter, there were still 70 minutes of the game left and plenty of time for the famous United cavalry charge, yet although the champions-elect stayed commendably calm and unhurried on going behind, Paul Robinson only had one save to make before the interval, tipping an effort from Javier Hernández round the post fairly comfortably. After an hour had passed without Robinson being asked to do much more, Sir Alex Ferguson responded to the United supporters's chant of "attack, attack attack" by sending on Paul Scholes for the disappointing Fábio da Silva and switching Antonio Valencia to right back. Scholes's first act was to kick Morten Gamst Pederesen up in the air, which was not the sort of attack Ferguson wanted to see, and neither was the Blackburn one that culminated in Olsson striking a post from Emerton's cross when a goal looked certain.
United got lucky in the end when Robinson rashly brought down Hernández to concede a hotly disputed penalty. There was little doubt the goalkeeper made contact with the Mexican rather than the ball, but that was largely because Hernández had all but knocked the ball dead and had little hope of reaching it.
It would be harsh to say he was playing for the penalty but he was certainly moving away from goal, and although technically the assistant Phil Dowd consulted was correct in affirming contact had taken place, one could fully understand the Rovers players's protestations.
Rooney scored emphatically from the spot to bring United level, and did his best to put the matter beyond doubt two minutes later with a perfect cross from which Nani somehow conjured a miss in front of goal.
Only then did Ferguson send on Dimitar Berbatov, who scored five in the corresponding fixture at Old Trafford. He was unable to score here, United settling for keep-ball in the last 10 minutes and Blackburn content with a point, but the only score that finally mattered, as several banners in the Darwen End pointed out, was 19-18 to United
Monday, May 9, 2011
Have you ever wondered how a woman would look like if she rushes out of toilet hardly without time for washing her..$@&%#.. He..he.. Well don't waste your imagination prowes..just look at the picture above and it tells you everything.
Jessica Simpson's oversized, sage-green turtleneck sweater, which she's worn repeatedly since the spring of 2005 gives the impression someone running out of toilet during earth quake. This past Saturday, the sweater made yet another cameo in Beverly Hills when Simpson paired it with a leopard print handbag, blue suede platforms and seemingly nothing underneath.
Simpson's sexy spin on the sweater dress look sparked People.com to ask, "Is she starting a new trend?" We can't see many women following suit. The look is deceptively low-maintenance: We would throw on this comfy sweater over jeans (or visible shorts), but never as a dress (even if we had legs designed by Tracy Anderson, Simpson's pre-wedding personal trainer). And those are some major heels right there; our feet hurt just looking at them. The sweater, the heels, the purse -- it's all too much.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Manchester United celebrated like champions at Old Trafford after a 36-second opener from Javier Hernandez and a Nemanja Vidic header took them to the brink of a record 19th league title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
One point from the final two games against relegation-threatened Blackburn next Saturday and Blackpool on the final day of the season will be enough to seal a championship which will take them past the mark Liverpool have been on for so long.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt victory over closest rivals Chelsea was worthy of a couple of bows to the Stretford End as he knows, as do all United's rivals, the prospect of them not getting over the line now is unthinkable.
Manchester United Chelsea
13(5) Shots (on Goal) 20(7)
13 Fouls 16
7 Corner Kicks 2
3 Offsides 3
48% Possession 53%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 3
Saturday, May 7, 2011
An effulgence of wonder, Thats the sunset of Kuala Selangor. Anyone who had visited this remote rustic village town and witnessed it surely will agree that its one of the better ones in the country.
I as a regular jogger at the hill, always make it a point to catch the magnificent setting of the glowing sun, gently embedding itself at the distant horizon. Awakening golden clouds, always in a splendid formation as if it hailed from heaven to please the viewers. Exotic birds randomly crossing viewing angle and truning it into a photo perfect picture from National Geography.
Walking into this 18th century fortress gives you a chilling mystified frisson, engaging one to the ancient world of rigid life. The solitary beheading platform will never fail to send shivers through the spine once the mind started to modulate the events took place there centuries ago.
The calming odour of the sea breeze and the exhilirating view of the never ending shoreline will emancipate your nagging troubles away.From top of the hill, the unfolding mangrove forest below is a foreground to the daily glorious occurance being painted by magical brush. It represents the efflorescence of nature at its best. Anyone who wish to visit Kuala Selangor, make it a point not to miss this majestic crown called Bukit Melawati and the spectacular sunset which is truly the Jewel In The Crown.
Do you all know what Utusan Malaysia is all about? It is the most disgusting newspaper on earth. Yap so I am gonna try to describe Utusan in as many ways i can.. see if you can add..
Utusan Malaysia is : bedraggled, begrimed, contaminated, cruddy, crummy, defiled, disarrayed, dishabille, disheveled, dreggy, dungy, dusty, filthy, foul, fouled, greasy, grimy, grubby, grungy, icky, lousy, messy, mucky, muddy, mung, murky, nasty, pigpen, polluted, raunchy, scummy, scuzzy, slattern, slimy, sloppy, sloven, smudged, smutty, sooty, spattered, squalid, stained, straggly, sullied, undusted, unhygienic, unkempt, unlaundered, unsanitized, unsightly, unswept, untidy, unwashed, yucky,nasty, obscene, offensive, putrid, repulsive, revolting, scummy, sleazy, slimy, slipshod, sloppy, verminous, vile, yecchy, bad, corroded, corrupt, crumbling, decomposed, disgusting, fecal, feculent, festering, fetid, foul, gross, infected, loathsome, mephitic, moldering, moldy, noisome, noxious, offensive, purulent, pustular, putrescent, putrid, putrified, rancid, rotting, smelling, spoiled, stale, stinking, tainted, unsound ....
This is what happens when newspaper starts to play seditiously and its samctioned by the Goverment. It officially becomes state sponsored Sedition.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Americans are fascinated by the anonymous U.S. Navy SEALs who daringly raided Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan compound this week, but one canine commando is attracting especially fervent interest.
According to the New York Times and the British tabloid The Sun, a military dog (not pictured) was strapped onto one of the assault team members as he was lowered out of a Black Hawk helicopter and began the operation that killed Osama.
Sadly, we know very little, and the Pentagon hasn't confirmed that a dog was even on the mission, much less release information about the canine's name or breed.
"Little is known about what may be the nation's most courageous dog," the Times' Gardner Harris writes. He speculates that the dog was most likely a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, since those are the breeds most often found in the military's 2,700-strong military dog program. (A new breed, however, is becoming popular with the troops. Labrador retrievers have begun to "wander off-leash 100 yards or more in front of patrols to ensure the safety of the route.")
The Pentagon and White House are keeping tight-lipped about the details of the operation, but that, of course, hasn't prevented commentators from speculating on the dog's role based on the functions of other war dogs in combat. "It's possible that the commandos brought a specialized search dog, which would have been sent in ahead of the humans to find explosives or people hidden inside the building," Slate's Brian Palmer writes. Or the dog could have been a "combat tracker"--canines who are specially trained to sniff out individuals and then follow their trail. Saddam Hussein was found in a hole under a hut--the assault team could have decided that they needed a good tracking dog in case bin Laden had a similar idea.
Dogs are increasingly important in America's combat operations abroad, and some have been outfitted with special (and adorable) "doggles" to protect their eyes, oxygen masks to protect their lungs as they parachute out with soldiers at high altitudes, and even waterproof vests that contain infrared cameras that transmit video back to servicemen watching a monitor yards behind them. Check out Foreign Policy's beautiful photo essay on military dogs here.
Luckily for this courageous and anonymous furry creature, there is some precedent for war dogs receiving military honors. The Navy awarded a Silver Star in 2009 to a dog named Remco who gave his life charging "an insurgent's hide-out in Afghanistan," Harris writes. According to Foreign Policy, another dog named Eli fiercely guarded his Marine, Private First Class Carlton Rusk, after he was shot by Taliban sniper fire in Afghanistan. Rusk's bomb-sniffing dog would not even let fellow Marines approach the wounded Rusk, who did not survive the attack. Eli now lives with Rusk's family.
The dog's role was not mentioned in any of the public White House press briefings on bin Laden's death. Pentagon spokeswoman Elizabeth Robbins wrote in an e-mail to The Lookout in response to our question about the dog that the Pentagon has "no additional operational details, or comments on operational details, to make at this time."
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Amid the hysterical celebrations over the killing of Osama bin Laden, an awkward question is starting to rear its head: Did U.S. policymakers err in burying the al Qaeda leader at sea?
Already, the decision has provoked criticism from some Islamic scholars, who say a maritime burial isn't in keeping with Muslim law. And there are signs that the move could help fuel skepticism, especially among President Obama's critics, about whether bin Laden was really killed at all.
The Pentagon has said the body was treated in accordance with traditional Islamic procedures--including washing the corpse--before it was placed in the waters of the northern Arabian Sea.
U.S. officials have said they wanted to avoid the al Qaeda leader's grave site becoming a shrine for his followers. They've also said it would have been difficult to find a foreign country willing to accept bin Laden's remains, especially in so short a time: Islamic tradition and practice call for the body of the deceased to be buried within 24 hours of death.
But several Muslim authorities said today that the sea burial in fact violated Muslim tradition--and warned that it could help trigger calls for revenge from militant Muslims.
The sea burial "runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs," Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque, told the AP.
And Mohammed al-Qubaisi, Dubai's grand mufti, echoed that view. "If the family does not want him, it's really simple in Islam: You dig up a grave anywhere, even on a remote island, you say the prayers and that's it."
He added: "Sea burials are permissible for Muslims in extraordinary circumstances," he added. "This is not one of them."
And Abdul-Sattar al-Janabi, who preaches at Baghdad's Abu Hanifa mosque declared: "It is not acceptable, and it is almost a crime to throw the body of a Muslim man into the sea," adding that the action "might provoke some Muslims."
But the religious verdict may not be quite that open and shut. Imam Shamsi Ali, of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, told The Lookout that in emergency circumstances, any Islamic law can be overlooked. "For example, you're not allowed to eat pork," he said, but added that if you were starving to death, it would be considered acceptable. Ali said that because the United States appears to have been unable to find a country to take bin Laden's body within 24 hours, this might have qualified as such an emergency.
Islamic practices aside, the decision is already triggering conspiracy theories that cast doubt on whether bin Laden is truly dead--even though DNA testing is said to have confirmed with virtual certainty that the al Qaeda leader was indeed killed. An assertion by Pakistan's Taliban that bin Laden is still living was picked up on several users of the conservative website FreeRepublic.com. In addition, one writer on the Andrew Breitbart website Big Peace called for bin Laden's body to be"digitally scanned" so that Americans could verify his death for themselves. On Twitter, Emily Miller, an editor at the conservative Washington Times, demanded a photo of the body as "proof."
Skepticism could only increase in some quarters if the Obama administration declines to release photos of bin Laden's body. No decision has yet been made on that question, according to White House counter-terror adviser John Brennan, who said this afternoon that doing so could jeopardize future operations.
Source Yahoo News
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Osama Bin Laden came to the world's attention on 11 September 2001, when the attacks on the United States left more than 3,000 people dead and hundreds more injured.
In a matter of three years, the Saudi-born dissident had emerged from obscurity to become one of the most hated and feared men in the world.
Osama Bin Laden was born in 1957, apparently the 17th of 52 children of Mohamed Bin Laden, a multimillionaire builder responsible for 80% of Saudi Arabia's roads.
His father's death in a helicopter crash in 1968 brought the young man a fortune running into many millions of dollars, though considerably less than the widely published estimate of $250m
While studying civil engineering at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden came into contact with teachers and students of the more conservative brand of Islam.
Through theological debate and study, he came to embrace fundamentalist Islam as a bulwark against what he saw as the decadence of the West.
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 changed Bin Laden's life forever. He took up the anti-communist cause with a will, moving to Afghanistan where, for a decade, he fought an ultimately victorious campaign with the mujahideen.
Intelligence experts believe that the US Central Intelligence Agency played an active role in arming and training the mujahideen, including Bin Laden. The end of the war saw a sea change in his views.
His hatred of Moscow shifted to Washington after 300,000 US troops, women among them, were based in Saudi Arabia, home of two of Islam's holiest places, during the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. Bin Laden vowed to avenge what he saw as blasphemy.
Along with many of his mujahideen comrades, he brought his mix of fighting skills and Islamic zeal to many anti-US factions within the Middle East.
American pressure ended brief sojourns in Saudi Arabia - which removed his citizenship in 1994 - and then Sudan, and Bin Laden moved back to Afghanistan in January 1996.
The country, in a state of anarchy, was home to a diverse range of Islamic groups, including the fundamentalist Taleban militia, which captured the capital Kabul nine months later.
Though geographically limited, Bin Laden's wealth, increasing all the time through lucrative worldwide investments, enabled him to finance and control a continuously shifting series of transnational militant alliances through his al-Qaeda network.
Sometimes he worked as a broker, organising logistics and providing financial support. At other times, he would run his own violent campaigns.
In February 1998, he issued a fatwa - or religious edict - on behalf of the World Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, stating that killing Americans and their allies was a Muslim duty.
Six months later, two bombs rocked the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Some 224 people died and nearly 5,000 were wounded. He was indicted as chief suspect, along with 16 of his colleagues.
Almost overnight, Bin Laden became a major thorn in the side of America. A byword for fundamentalist Islamic resistance to Washington, he soon appeared on the FBI's "most wanted" list, with a reward of up to $25m on his head.
The US fired 75 sea-launched cruise missiles into six training camps in eastern Afghanistan in a failed attempt to kill him. They missed their target by just one hour.
As well as the African bombings, Bin Laden was implicated in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York, a 1995 car bomb in the Saudi capital Riyadh and a truck bomb in a Saudi barracks, which killed 19 US soldiers.
"I always kill Americans because they kill us," he said. "When we attack Americans, we don't harm other people."
In the case of the bombs in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, his words rang hollow. The vast majority of the dead and injured were African, not American.
The arrogance of wealth saw Bin Laden make the government of Kazakhstan a multi-million dollar offer to buy his own tactical nuclear weapon.
It comes as no surprise, then, that both the US and Israel are believed to have sent assassination squads after him.
Then came the events of 11 September 2001. Two hijacked aircraft smashed into, and destroyed, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
Another aircraft ploughed into the Pentagon in Washington and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Altogether more than 3,000 people died in the attacks, which led to the US-led operation against the Taleban.
Allied forces moved into Afghanistan late in 2001. At the time, it was believed that Bin Laden might have been killed during the battle for the Tora Bora cave complex.
In reality, he had slipped across the border into Pakistan, a country in which he achieved the sort of cult status usually reserved for pop stars or film actors.
In February 2003, an audio tape, purporting to be of Bin Laden, was delivered to the al-Jazeera television company.
Of the impending US-led invasion of Iraq, the voice said: "This crusaders' war concerns, first and foremost, all Muslims, regardless of whether the Iraqi socialist party or Saddam remain in power.
"All Muslims, especially those in Iraq, should launch a holy war."
The US conceded that the voice was probably Bin Laden's
The last known sighting of Bin Laden by anyone other than his very close entourage remains in late 2001 as he prepared to flee from his Tora Bora stronghold.
He was widely assumed to have travelled east, across into Pakistan to be given hospitality and shelter by certain local Pashtun tribesmen loyal to the Taleban and opposed to their own government led by President Pervez Musharraf.
hunt for Bin Laden took a dramatic turn with the arrest in Pakistan, in 2003, of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
The head of al-Qaeda's operations and the suspected mastermind of the Twin Towers attack, it seemed as though the net had begun to close in on Bin Laden himself.
A major offensive to capture Bin Laden was launched by the Pakistani army along the Afghan border in May-July 2004.
But a year later, Mr Musharraf admitted the trail had gone cold.
Though al-Qaeda has been prolific in issuing audio messages, often on the internet and featuring the network's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, videos of Bin Laden himself have been rare.
His appearances have been carefully timed and aimed, analysts say, at influencing Western public opinion by driving a wedge between citizens and their leaders.
One such video was issued in 2004 - the same year as the Madrid bombings - and days before the US election.
A second surfaced as the sixth anniversary of the 11 September attacks approached, timed to quell rumours that he had been dead for some time.
To his supporters, Bin Laden was a fighter for freedom against the US and Israel, not, as he was to many in the West, a terrorist with the blood of thousands of people on his hands.
Source : BBC News
BEIRUT — The toppling of the presidents in Tunisia and Egypt precipitated a tumult of revolutionary fervor that promises to transform the Middle East, but the potential collapse of the Syrian regime could wreak havoc of a very different kind.
In Syria, the fall of President Bashar al-Assad would unleash a cataclysm of chaos, sectarian strife and extremism that spreads far beyond its borders, threatening not only the entrenched rulers already battling to hold at bay a clamor for democratic change but also the entire balance of power in the volatile region, analysts and experts say.
With Syria’s minority Shiite Alawite government overseeing a majority Sunni population, its strategic location and its web of alliances including the radical Hamas and Hezbollah movements, regime change could look a lot more like it did in Iraq than in Egypt — and the ramifications could prove even more profound.
“If the regime collapses you will have civil war and it will spread throughout the region,” engulfing Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and beyond, said Hilal Khashan, professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. “A collapse of the Syrian regime is a doomsday scenario for the entire Middle East.”
Its profoundly interesting to see domino effect in its play. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and now Syria and the question is.."Who is behind this master plot?".
(Source : Washington Post)