Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A Great Weekend

I had a great weekend with my fiancee. We had the chance finally to go out, something our schedules has not let us do in some time. We ate at Penang, a fine Malaysian food restaurant in the Upper East Side of New York. We also shopped for new clothing for us, clothing we are going to use for our engagement picture. We also made it pretty close to official that I am going to move to NY rather than have her move here to RI. I like this move. She LOVES this move. :)I am not keen on living in New York City for too long---safety, car and parking issues, too much noise---but it is something very doable for the next little while.

so that's the update...

Newswise, no Pope yet. I am curious to see what further direction this world takes towards the end. I don't know why I have to live in such a time of war and hatred and violence. I wish sometimes I didn't. I wish we humans would remember who we are, that we are sons and daughters of God, that our family is eternal and glorious, and that Jesus has taught us to love one another, not hate one another. But it seems Satan has a good grasp on this world, and from Bush on down to Bin Laden, and everybody in between who proposes warfare have forgotten who they are.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Word of the Day

Obstreperous

1. Noisily and stubbornly defiant.
2. Aggressively boisterous.

What Influences A Nation To Democracy?

I am reading a most interesting article in the Washington Post today that talks about the movement by Arabs towards democracy in the Middle East when I stumbled upon this part of the article....

A powerful influence on the region has been televised imagery of Georgia's street uprising, called the Rose Revolution, which resulted in the ousting of a president after a flawed election. Then came Ukraine's potent Orange Revolution, which also followed polling seen as rigged. These mass movements have helped inspire political strategies playing out today on the streets in Beirut and Bahrain.
The Iraq experience, by contrast, has had a mixed effect. Some democracy activists in the region have been inspired by the recent elections but remain concerned by the continuing violence there. In Egypt, outrage over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and American policy toward the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians spurred some reformers to take to the streets to protest against President Hosni Mubarak, who they view as a U.S. ally."


The implication here would be that it hasn't really been the invasion of Iraq that has led to the flourishing of democracy in the other countries in the region, but rather the internal and successful rumblings and revolutions of Georgia and the Ukraine, where the US military had no action that led the people of these other nations repressed to do something about it.

You cannot force freedom upon a people, whether they want it or not. They must choose for themselves if they want it.

The News of the Day (April 16, 2005)

well, so i was thinking about some of the typical news stories out there this morning, including an interesting story in the New York Times about the new generation out of Germany who were born just after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

But this is a more unique story out of Korea...

Hey Baby, What's Your Blood Type?

Lee Sung-san is a 24-year-old South Korean student looking for love and hoping that the women he is wooing don’t ask him for his blood type.

Genetics and pop culture have teamed up to make Lee’s love life miserable. Lee is blood type-B, which nudges him near to the nadir of the dating scene in South Korea.

“I have had women tell me flat out they don’t date blood type-B guys. They say we are selfish and hot-headed,” Lee said.

South Korean magazines, TV shows and Internet chat rooms have been buzzing about blood types for years. But, these days, the subject of attention is just how difficult it is to strike up a relationship with type-B men.

Scientists say there is no link between blood type and personality. But that hasn’t stopped self-proclaimed experts from declaring, for example, that type-A women, with their shy ways, should avoid type-B men, who are likely to be cads.

Associating blood types with personality traits has been going on for decades in North Asia. Most of the original interest started in Japan early in the 20th century and it has also taken off in South Korea.

There are many characteristics associated with type-B people, but the bad rap going around about type-B men in Korea is that they are selfish, mercurial and absolutely useless as caring and devoted boyfriends.

Type-B women, on the other hand, seem to have escaped the wrath of pop culture.

Last fall, a song from singer Kim Hyun-jung called “Type-B Men” soared to the top of the charts. The song had lyrics that said type-B men are quick to get angry and quick to make up, but in the end, they will break your heart.


More Republicans Want to see DeLay Go

So it seems that Republicans are catching on that Democrats would love to have DeLay continue being their spokesman to better show the abuses and corruption of power that has come over the Republican Party, and are now calling for DeLay to step down...

Ah, power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

and yes, that was me actually using Fox News as a source, even though they are the bastion of all that is wrong in America today....sometimes they do get it right. ;)


San Francico Giants Win!

woohoo, the Giants seem to own the Rockies this year! Good, that makes up for their terrible showing against the Dodgers...


New York Yankees Off To Worst Start Since 1991

my fiancee is not going to be happy about this, but the Yanks are not starting off this season too well...

And that is all the news that is fit to print on this blog for today. there are plenty of other happenings in the world, including two US soldiers dying in Iraq, among other things, but that is what Americans seem to want: their soldiers dying in Iraq.

Friday, April 15, 2005

The News of the Day (April 15, 2005)

Bill Frist To Paint Democrats as Against People of Faith

so, Mr. Frist, does that mean that, I, a strong believer in Christ, and a Mormon to boot, yet a liberal and a Democrat, am against people of faith? How ludicrous is that! What is more ludicrous is that the Senate Majority Leader would never say something like that unless he was in a safe position, unless his constituents actually believed that, unless there was no repercussion for his remarks. THAT IS WHAT IS SAD! because it means that the large majority of people in his district, in his state, believe that. that the rest of the Republican Senators who can remove him from power if they want, also believe that. that President Bush who can influence the Republicans in power to remove him, also believes that. WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA!!!

here is The New York Times article about this.

"As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.

Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day "Justice Sunday" and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading "the filibuster against people of faith," it reads: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."

"Democrats accused Dr. Frist of exploiting religious faith for political ends by joining the telecast. "No party has a monopoly on faith, and for Senator Frist to participate in this kind of telecast just throws more oil on the partisan flames," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York."

Tom DeLay

from The Washington Post

Being Tom DeLay means never having to say you're sorry. So when the embattled House majority leader apologized Wednesday for the "inartful" way in which he attacked the federal judiciary after Terri Schiavo's death, it was the surest indicator that DeLay's days are numbered.

DeLay is not in trouble because Democrats are trying to get rid of him. On the contrary, Democrats would like nothing better than to have a weakened DeLay right where he is at least through the 2006 elections. That's why Republicans are so nervous.

For years Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to make DeLay a symbol of the Republican Party's iron control of the House, of big-money fundraising and influence peddling, of what the Democrats see as extremism on social issues.

But DeLay was not a big deal for most voters until he blasted himself across the nation's front pages with his lead role in the Schiavo case and his outbursts against federal judges: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."

Opening Day in Washington DC

I like seeing a baseball team back in the nation's capital. it is a good...MSNBC News

The San Francisco Giants had the night off last night. Plus there was an incident in Boston with Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees and a fan....Here is what fans have had to say about it

Barry Bonds Watch

So it seems that the media's influence in this world has succeeded in painting Mr. Bonds as a bad guy. Half of kids now won't root for Barry when he passes Ruth.

The Apprentice

My fiancee loves this show, and has gotten me interested in it, though I missed out yesterday's show when Chris finally got fired! It is a better reality show than most, if not all out there, because what they do is real, like, in last night's show apparently the execs liked one presentation so much that they were actually going to use the ad for their product!

And that is the news that interests me for today.

Have a good day all

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The End of the Day

so the day is ended with work going well, a great conversation with my dear fiancee, and progress in the plans for the summer. I am starting to feel the stress of the project that is due in less than two weeks however, for my Music Librarianship class. i must definitely work on that tomorrow and be ready to interview the music professors at Brown about the library's collection for their Ph.D. program...

now it's time to sleep, another long day ahead...

Howard Kurtz's Media Notes

He's got a cool blog on the media and the stories covered by the media. I especially like today's post wherein he shows the hypocrisy of Republicans, especially Mr. Tom DeLay.

Media Notes

The Move to the United States

so...

to continue the story I started last year on my life history....

I can't think of anything else I want to say, for the time being, on my youth in Romania. So let's move on to the move to the United States in the summer of 1982.

My dad had fled the country in 1979 by locking himself in a crate on a freight train to Germany with one of my uncles. He stayed in Germany for a few months or so before moving on to the United States. I don't know much about his story there, in Germany and in the US. And seeing how my relationship with him has been, I doubt I will get that story until the afterlife. more on that later...

in any case, once he got to the United States, he obviously did not want to be there alone, and so he got some help from the local baptist church in Houston to get visas for me, my sister and my mother. He then attempted to convince my mom that she should move out to the US with us. It took him a long time to convince her. The problem is that he was not a faithful husband in Romania. He had an affair with some Gypsy woman, (according to my mom), and I apparently have a half-brother somewhere in Romania. He also was very abusive to me as an infant, which I had mentioned earlier, how he used to pick me up and throw me down on the bed to try and shut me up when I kept crying. (I usually want to insert here swear words towards him whenever I envision that--how could anyone do that to an infant!)

anyways, by the time 1982 came around, my mom decided she too had enough of Romania and was going to move with us to the United States. I need to ask my mom at some point about the whole process, as all I can remember is living in Medias at some friend's house, and the day of the move, I remember sitting in the back of the car looking back as the car drove away, and seeing my grandmother (she was distinct in her black dress and veil), among others who watched us leave. I can't recall the flight to Naples, Italy, but I do remember when we got to Italy we were driven by somebody from Naples up to Rome, where we were to stay for something like three days. I remember walking around Rome and almost getting lost! I don't remember the flight to New York City, but I do remember being at JFK airport, waiting for three hours I think it was, before our flight to Houston arrived. I remember we sat on the chairs and my sister and I slept for a while.

It was late at night when the plane finally arrived in Houston, Texas, where my dad was living. We got off the plane and walked towards the waiting area. The place was crowded with people. I was excited. I was finally going to see my dad.

I do not have any memories of my dad in Romania. They have been pushed into the subconscious. All my memories from Romania are good and positive, as I showed earlier. Playing with my friends and my sister; visiting family; train rides; exploring the vast (for a child) city of Medias; spending time with my mom and my grandparents. But none of the memories I can recollect had my dad in them. All I go by about my dad while in Romania comes from my mom. I wish he wasn't abusive. I wish he was a good father. However, as a child usually is, I had mixed feelings I could not understand when I saw my father in Houston in the airport. I was excited to see him. why? because he was my father. But was I excited to see him? I don't know. Why? I don't know. The memories of the past were suppressed by my mind. So I saw him. And I felt those mixed feelings.

He was wearing a beard, not as cool as mine is today. :) He held out two small American flags to give to his two kids who just came from Romania to be with him. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. He was happy to see us, at last. We hugged our dad and he took us through the airport...and that's where my memory fails in detail.

What day was this, by the way?

July 4, 1982.

We had finally arrived in the United States on Independence Day. I don't think that was planned, but it just happened to be. Soon I shall mention the life in Texas, which was not pleasant, yet it was my life and it shall be told.

More News from Today

American Indicted in Oil-For-Food Scandal

so it isn't just the Europeans and other "non-Americans"...

American Indicted in Oil For Food Scandal

The News of the Day (April 14, 2005)

Delay Apologizes for "Heated" Comments

So Mr. DeLay thinks he can get heat taken off of him if he lies, plays nice with the judges, and gets people to turn their attention off of him...obviously he doesn't actually believe in this apology. His REAL feelings were previous when he did say this, as quoted in the Washington Post:

"DeLay created a furor last month by saying that "the time will come" for federal judges who refused to restore the brain-damaged Florida woman's feeding tube "to answer for their behavior," and by criticizing what he called an "arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary."

DeLay Apologizes

Car Bomb Kills 18 in Iraq

so the violence continues over there. while we did give them an election wherein Saddam was not the only candidate, the situation in Iraq is quite sad. it's what happens when you let conservatives try their hand at nation-building. they really suck at it, for the main reason that they don't really believe in it. how can you do a good job at something when you don't believe in that job. which is why i questioned yesterday why Bush would want Bolton as the UN Ambassador when Bolton says "there is no UN."

Car Bomb Kills 18 in Iraq


Giants Lose Again to the Dodgers


That's okay, we'll get them in the end. let them have their laugh now, at the beginning of the season...

Giants vs Dodgers

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

End of a Long Day

So today was a long day. I had to work until midnight last night, and had to be at work at 8:30am!

Providence

the day started off nicely though, calling my sweet fiancee in the morning, our nice morning conversation, and then me heading to work. work was alright, kinda busy. we have an interim manager right now while our manager recovers from breathing problems. this interim manager happens to be a by-the-book sort of fellar, so he wasn't happy with me or budging an inch in regards to giving me overtime for working the late hours last night, and he was hesitating about giving me overtime for next tuesday, which is fine. i just won't help him anymore in that regard. the overtime is to cover the shifts of another coworker who broke her wrist, and is out TWO MONTHS!!! yet she can drive her car and come in to work and check her email. wassup wit' dat! oh well, i left early today because i had interviews at Simmons College in Boston.

Boston

I met up with an assistant dean at Simmons College today to discuss transfering my remaining two classes to Simmons from another university so that I can move down to New York in August when I marry my dear Annie. It looks like it will work well. I also met with my faculty advisor on this and he also thinks it will work well.

I also had my Music Librarianship class which went pretty well.

Annie

I had a nice discussion tonight with Annie about the future, and me possibly being a teacher, following the same track she did in New York, with Teaching Fellows a few years back that got her the job she has now. I'm not sure right now if I do want to follow that track. i think i feel that would be a good fall back position if the professional librarian career doesn't pan out like i want it, or at all. we'll see what the future holds. for the time being, I like the direction of my future.

---Nick

The News of the Day (April 13, 2005)

Giants Lose in Bottom of Ninth to Dodgers!!!

dude what is with my San Francisco Giants and their inability to defeat the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth! :(

Giants Lose to Dodgers

There is No United Nations


That's what Mr. John Bolton thinks. So the question is, why does he want to be an ambassador to the United Nations if he thinks there is no United Nations? What kind of message is Bush sending to the world? That he thinks the United Nations is trivial, that it is useless. Why else send someone to represent you at that body who doesn't think that body exists?

I like this quote from Democracy Now
"But Bolton's nomination has stunned many in Washington because he has been one of the Bush administration's fiercest critics of the UN. In 1994, he said, "If the UN secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." Four years later he said, "There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that is the United States, when it suits our interest, and when we can get others to go along."


Saudi Clerics Rule Against Forced Marriage


It seems the Saudis are making more than just symbolic moves to appease the West, but are actually changing their style, to finally join us in the modern world. Took them long enough!

Saudi Clerics Rule Against Forced Marriage

---Nick

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A New Blog for a New Life

so this blog has not been updated in some time...mainly because i thought my life story sucked and i didn't really want to keep posting, especially as the bad stuff was coming up, (the life in Texas). however, life is much better now and I think I'm going to link this blog to my new blog with my fiancee, Annie. :)

so for y'all interested in love, see that blog. :)

Nick and Annie

--Nicolae