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In defense of the Somali pirates

I am an unabashed fan of the scrappy pirates of Somalia. These tiny bands of rag tag fisherman on speedboats and pontoons have been wreaking havoc on countries both big and small for several years while their coastal waters slipped into further ruin at the hands of those very same powers.Piracy emerged in Somalia following the collapse of the government there in 1991. With no authority to police

Cherry Blossoms and more.......

Busan, 9/4/09Korea Cherry Blossom SeasonIt"s the season of the romantic flower, the cherry blossom, a flower celebrated (or hated, depending on your perspective) in Japan, Korea and China with countless poems written and paintings drawn for the beautiful flower.Despite their being a symbol of Japanese rule to many of the locals, millions of visitors flock every year to major cherry blossom fe...

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Cherry Blossoms and more.......

Busan, 9/4/09Korea Cherry Blossom SeasonIt"s the season of the romantic flower, the cherry blossom, a flower celebrated (or hated, depending on your perspective) in Japan, Korea and China with countless poems written and paintings drawn for the beautiful flower.Despite their being a symbol of Japanese rule to many of the locals, millions of visitors flock every year to major cherry blossom fe...

Cherry Blossoms and more....

Busan, 9/4/09Korea Cherry Blossom SeasonIt"s the season of the romantic flower, the cherry blossom, a flower celebrated (or hated, depending on your perspective) in Japan, Korea and China with countless poems written and paintings drawn for the beautiful flower.Despite their being a symbol of Japanese rule to many of the locals, millions of visitors flock every year to major cherry blossom fe...

Obama's dramatic change of color

I was happy to see Obama elected president --it was a great day when an American of color was finally seated at the highest level of power. But, two months in and Obama's color is looking to be the same ol' red, white and blue as his predecessor, George W Bush.After relentlessly attacking the Bush administration over wiretapping during the campaign, now Obama seeks to expand domestic surveillance

26 hours in Japan: What a difference a day makes

As some of you know I live in South Korea teaching at an art high school. As with most teachers I must make the once a year trek to Japan to get the visa renewed. It is a hit and run journey --arrive 12:30 pm, drop off the passport at the Korean consulate, hang out for the day, party at night, then pick up the new visa the following morning before catching the high-speed ferry back to Korea at 3:

Bush Redux: Don't view within several hours of a meal

I felt like being lazy with my post today. I wrote a lot last week, including my piece for Pajama's Media, the voice of the ultra-right wing.I know, I know, but they are the 37th ranked media blog on the net, and they have excellent coverage of absurdities on the far left. Of which I have an equal distaste with absurdities on the right. My diet may not be balanced, but my intake of commentary at

The Mild Mild West

Well, Kim Jong-il launched his missile. People are starving in North Korea. The west, as well as Japan and the South Koreans did nothing. People are starving in North Korea. We continue to Lord Chamberlin this guy and appease him to no end. People are starving in North Korea. Why we didn't stand up to him and shoot the missile down is beyond reason. People are starving in North Korea. How much

The Week We View - Apr. 5th

>South Korea banned all sales of U.S. pistachios produced by Setton Farms due to a possible salmonella contamination. Look out, here come the Pissed Off Pistachio protests. Though I worry Korean TV news magazine, PD Notebook, might again cause panic with a salmonella "documentary." They might alter the translation as they did about Mad Cow. I can see it now --candlelight vigils in downtown

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