So I’ve been a little amused over the last couple days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. You would think they would be saying, “Thank you!” That’s what you’d think!
See also list of Obama ‘successes’ at here.
Just saw this classic cartoon on Cartoon Network the other day. Brings back memories of watching it many times on VCR as a kid – even thought I had completely forgotten about the existence of this episode, I can now still remember the music and sound effects used to accentuate particular happenings in the episode.
Especially love the antics and vocalizations of the ‘cuckoo bird’ – especially especially that COO-COO!!! just before getting its beak tied!
On a tip from wits0, via Lim Kit Siang’s blog is a photo of a PROTON dealer for Saudi Arabia:
Click for full size.
Using current exchange rates between Saudi Rial (SAR) and Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)…
SAR 41,800 for a Persona is MYR 36,966. A Persona for Malaysians in Malaysia costs MYR 45,350 minimum. We are paying MYR 8,834 more than Saudis for our own national cars, not including how much of our tax money has subsidized PROTON over almost three decades and despite shipping costs to the Middle East.
SAR 39,500 for a Gen 2 is MYR 34,932. A Gen 2 for Malaysians in Malaysia costs MYR 54,988 minimum. We are paying MYR 20,056 more than Saudis for our own national cars, not including how much of our tax money has subsidized PROTON over almost three decades and despite shipping costs to the Middle East.
SAR 39,400 for a Waja is MYR 34,843. A Waja for Malaysians in Malaysia costs MYR 59,456 minimum. We are paying MYR 24,613 more than Saudis for our own national cars, not including how much of our tax money has subsidized PROTON over almost three decades and despite shipping costs to the Middle East.
Not only do they leech billions out of us and provide us overpriced, poorly designed and shoddily engineered cars in return. Not only do they slap insane 70% tariffs and duties and taxes on foreign cars and then dole out APs as political favours. Not only do we pay more per monthly income for our homemade cars than other nations do for their imports.
They even deem fit to give obscene discounts to THE OIL RICH SAUDIS!!!! Fer crying out loud!
No wonder Dr. M is confident PROTON cars can find an export market. But this sort of ‘marketing strategy’ figures, as the brainchild/golden child of a man whose primary economic tactic was throwing tons of money at something until it
works stops failing quite so badly.
Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters.
Nothing to gain by being arrogant to others
I WOULD like to comment on the article “Glaring cultural differences,” (The Star, May 24).
I have had a totally different experience from Sheila Stanley.
I can attest to the rudeness that is witnessed everywhere you turn. Sadly, it is not for no reason that we joke about having First World amenities with a Third World mentality.
However, I find that “giving face” tends to oil the gears of public interactions rather than gritting them up.
My experience is that a humble attitude, a gentle voice and a grateful smile does wonders for the service received.
Whether it is with shopkeepers, clerks or policemen, an arrogant or confrontational attitude only invites conflicts and unnecessary hurdles, even though you know you are in the right.
This has been especially apparent in government offices.
I have witnessed clients loudly demanding to be served and the staff responding with indifference.
By contrast, I get pleasant smiles and quick service when I act politely and humbly – perhaps because it is such a surprising change from the rudeness the staff encounter on a daily basis.
I suppose my approach is different from what is considered the norm.
I was once a waiter and remember clearly what it felt like to be commended for good service or to be mockingly laughed at for breaking a glass.
Thus I can empathise with those providing services.
I am quite sure many others have gone through similarly humbling experiences.
But once they climb the social ladder, they behave differently.
It results in rudeness and a bullying attitude that mars the image of many Malaysians.
How can we change our prevailing culture for the better?
I suppose we can always pass on the responsibility to the Government for a top-down approach – more campaigns and slogans, anyone?
Or we can shoulder the burden ourselves and change things from the ground up.
The next time you interact with others, try turning the other cheek and see what happens.
We may have to put up with a few metaphorical slaps, but perhaps – just perhaps – we can influence others to try out this unusual custom called civility.
SCOTT THONG YU YUEN,
I used the phrase ‘turn the other cheek’ above, and in my last letter used the term ‘Good Samaritan’. See the pattern?
Given the Dems’ opposition to any drilling whatsoever (except by China off America’s shores and Mexico in the Gulf while American companies are moratoriumed), would it be cynical to wonder if the Obama Administrations horrendously incompetent and super slo-mo response to the oil leak is intentional?
The team assembled to investigate it is long on ideologues, short on technical expertise. Obama turned down help from 23 of 28 countries. He impedes those who are actually trying to stop the oil from spreading. Miles of oil boom go ignored in a warehouse.
Obama could do any number of things to smoothen the oil cleanup… But he’d rather play golf.
I wouldn’t be the first to ponder so:
This guy does really not want to be president. He doesn’t want to deal with America’s problems. He wants to make sure he gets his transformation done. So, we had an oil slick, added benefit… Now we can cancel offshore drilling. – Rush Limbaugh
Maybe they want to prolong this fiasco as long as possible in order to turn public sentiment against drilling for oil – thus benefiting their crony alternative energy plans? (Not that Big Oil aren’t their cronies too.)
From Gateway Pundit, days 1 through 42:
What took you so long?
In related tactics, Obama probably spent all that money keeping his birth records hidden in order to keep baiting birthers, so that he has an easy-to-reach red herring/ad hominem defense to toss whenever valid criticisms of his performance as President surface.
(But we found it anyway.)
Sarah Palin would already be on the case if she were in charge. Yet another example of how Sarah Palin – or anyone else for that matter – couldn’t possibly be a worse President than the Teleprompter Messiah.
Above from Day by Day Cartoon.
Cartoon by Michael Ramirez:
2 MARCH 2011: This review is so funny I just had to sticky it for awhile.
Can’t stop sniggering at the snark and sarc of this review of this
classic unclassic cartoon.
It actually isn’t all that bad, and I enjoyed it when I saw it as a kid. But you totally wouldn’t know that from this amusing but highly inaccurate (for the Rule of Funny of course) review!
From X-Entertainment, with ***** bowdlerization and bolding emphasis for the funniest parts by me:
Pryde of The X-Men – The Original X-Men Cartoon!
Matt – 08/26/00
Since the X-Men movie charmed movie goers everywhere with it’s unique blend of kicka$$ action, keen mutant powers, and some really sh*tty lines….seems like everyone’s pining to get their hands on more X-Men crap. With that, the Fox cartoon series has become popular again, showing in reruns across the board and quenching everyone’s thirst for Marvel’s most famous mutant team. But there was another X-Men cartoon put out by Marvel that predated the Fox series by years…
Yes, made strictly for video – it’s the Pryde Of The X-Men! You might think this served as a sort of pilot for the cartoon most of us know, but it’s really not. This is like the Bizarro world X-Men cartoon. Everybody talks funny. They all seem to be going through personality disorders. And Wolverine sounds like friggin’ Zartan from G.I. Joe. I really don’t know what year this came out, but it’s old. I bought this when I was pretty heavily into comic collecting, and that’s a long time ago. And now that I think about it, I think I bought it as a rerelease…it’s very old.
When an old lady spills her drink on your new rug, p*sses herself, or talks to you…you find it in your heart to forgive her. Likewise, this being an old cartoon, we’ll have to forgive it. It just doesn’t know any better.
Off the bat, you’ll realize that you’re probably in for some trouble. The theme song, which was apparently co-written by a spider-monkey and a duck, is probably the most offensive thing you’ll ever hear. “X-Men, X-Men, coming your way …” starts it off. If you can survive the theme song, chances are you would’ve beaten Evil Rich for the million dollars if given the chance. Before we get into the actual plot, by which point I’ll suggest getting coffee and strapping yourself to your seat, let’s talk about some of the less…brilliant…parts of the cartoon.
Click the comic snippet above to view the full free comic pages from the first page.
Lol love Dr. Dinosaur’s expression and the banter.
Just on an aside, this post is just over a year to the date of the first Dr. Dinosaur featurage. Definitely take a look at Dr. Dinosaur’s first appearance!
Lulz from LatinoReview.com, an email from a fan who was incensed over the film The Wolfman which, despite being a remake of the 1941 classic, apparently stole all its ideas about werewolves from Twilight: New Moon – and worse, corrupted them!
Emphasis, paragraphing and researchy links added by me:
To whom this may concern:
This movie was a complete waste and I feel that it offends ALL Twilight Fans around the world, that including myself.
For one, it was a COMPLETE remaking of the Wolf Pack from the Twilight Saga: New Moon. It gives the werewolves a bad name and makes them look like some deformed mutation of a rabid dog.
I actually started to like werewolves after seeing Jacob Black and all his awesomeness on the big screen at the movies. That was until I saw your crappy remake of what you call to be a “were wolf”. I don’t see how you live with yourself for making it the way you did. If I made this movie, I would be ashamed to even admit that I owned it. How can a werewolf be killed with a silver bullet?
Better yet, have you saw the transformation of the man that is “supposed” to be the wolf? He sits in some chair and his entire body turns in to some mutated freak. If you would watch the transformation of Jacob Black, (Taylor Lautner) he doesn’t come close to looking as fake, cheap and or mutated as the wolf man. You tell me, who looks to be the better werewolf.
Your stupid Wolf Movie didn’t even make the top Movie for the charts; Valentines Day WITH TAYLOR Lautner!
Get that this is MY oppinion and I felt I wanted to express it because I saw that your email was on your site. I wanted to let you know this is what i thought of the wolf man that sucks.
FREAKIN LAUTNER DID!
The Poser of who could never be even if they tried : ” Aka : Rabid poser Werewolf “The Wolf Man”
OR My favorite: Taylor Daniel Lautner aka Jacob Black
TEAM JACOB- cuz hes a REAL WEREWOLVE!
Regards: Kayla Patterson (kayla—-@—–.com) Feel free to reply
Lol, sure thing sherlock! Head to the link for the pics.
PS. Hey Lee, remember that time you opined that the LotR films were copying Warcraft’s orcs?🙂
TUESDAY, 18 MAY 2010
Four days before the Sibu by-election, on the 12th of May 2010, 243 video compact discs (VCDs) produced by Pusat KOMAS were seized by the Sibu police in a 4pm raid at a house in Jalan Bruang, Sibu. The film is the latest KOMAS production, a 36-minute documentary entitled “Selepas Tsunami” or After the Tsunami.
Speaking to the press Sarawak CID chief SAC II Huzir Mohamed said the contents of the Iban language VCD was seditious in nature. Along with the VCDs, so called ‘campaign’ pamphlets were seized as well.
Click here & view the BERNAMA news report on the incident.
As of the writing of this report, the VCDs are still being held by the police for further investigation. It was speculated that the Sibu police had seize the VCDs to stop its distribution and the possibility of it influencing the voting behavior of the constituents in the recently concluded by-election last Sunday.
KOMAS would like to state clearly that the VCD film was produced as part of a series of educational tools used in its Voter and Citizenship Education Programme, and it is not a campaign material as claimed by the police. Media tools such as these are designed to educate the general public about their voter rights to a free and fair election.
Click here for more info. Since its inception on 1993, KOMAS has been engaged in election monitoring.
“Selepas Tsunami” was produced by the ‘Big Pictures Production’ for Pusat KOMAS to highlight the aftermath of the 8th of March, 12th general elections and to depict the power of the ‘rakyat’ in affecting change in the nation.
The documentary is now online for viewing. Watch it and make your own conclusion whether it is seditious or not! Please pass the link around and share it with your family and friends. You can also upload it on your personal websites or blog.
View or download for free hi-res Selepas Tsunami (subtitled in BM and English) on:
Blip.tv in 3 Parts
Alternatively, you can view the documentary in youtube in four parts at (courtesy of (DNBN2012 channel):
What others say about Selepas Tsunami:
Malaysia – today
Blogger reviews on Selepas Tsunami:
Selepas Tsunami is also available in Mandarin, Tamil, and Iban language. Please contact Pusat KOMAS +603-7968 5415 to purchase the VCDs. Email: email@example.com.
Leong Mei Yee
Tel/Fax: 603-7968 5415