Saturday, September 8, 2018

New York Times Op-ed

New York Times published an op-ed critical of Donald Trump. It was written by Mr. Anonymous. The NYT does not want to divulge the name of the writer. They said it was a senior official in the Trump Administration.
 
James Dao, the newspaper's op-ed editor, said in the Times' daily podcast that while an intermediary brought him together with the author, he conducted a background check and spoke to the person to the point that he was "totally confident" in the identity.
 
That's not a very senior person if Mr. Dao needs to check to see who that person is.
 
I think any of the following people could have written that article.
 
The barber who cuts/fixes Trump’s hair.
 
The gardener at the white house.
 
The butler at the white house.
 
The Editor of New York Times Mr. Anonymous himself.
 
Bob Woodward. He is known for making up conversations and events.
 
And finally, it could be me. But again it may not be me because I never got a call from Mr. Dao.
 
It would be fun if the New York Times’ own investigative reporters investigate this and publish the name of the author.
 
An Update: Mr. Trump has asked the Attorney General and the DOJ (Department of Justice) to investigate and find out who that anonymous author is. NYT has immediately responded with their usual defense – Freedom of Speech and First Amendment. Freedom of Speech and First Amendment are OK. However, if that anonymous author is a serving military person or with the National Security, there is no freedom of speech as long as he/she is serving in that organization.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Last Week At The DMV

I was at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to register my car. Two interesting things happened and I want to share with you.
 
Item Number One. I had to wait for 2 hours because that office was over crowded. I was watching people. There were lot of people taking written test to get driver’s license. The written test is taken on a computer terminal. Simple common sense multiple choice questions. There are 10 computer terminals. Only the person who takes the test should be in that area.
 
There was an Indian lady taking that written test. But an Indian male was standing next to her. I don’t know if he was a friend or relative. He was helping her answer the questions, which is a no no. I was just watching. After a few minutes, a DMV employee, who was watching the test takers, went there and asked the “helper” to get away from that area.
 
I got my work done and came out of the DMV office.
 
Item Number Two. I pulled my car out of the parking lot and was getting out. It was a one way parking lot. A car came into the parking lot from the opposite side (illegal). I stopped my car. That car also stopped. I rolled out my window and told the other driver that this is one way and she is driving on the wrong side. Also told her to back up so I can go out of the parking lot.
 
Looked at the driver. She was an Indian lady. I assume she must be a FOB*. There was an Indian male sitting in the passenger seat. She yelled she does not care if it is one way or not and she is going to come this way anyway. I told her since my car is facing her car, she cannot park anywhere unless I move my car. She did not say anything. Also, did not move her car backwards. (I said she may be a FOB because ABCD**s and Long Time Residents of Indian Origin always follow the road rules in USA.)
 
After a few minutes, I backed up my car and squeezed thru a little space available between her car and the parked cars. While crossing her car, I stopped on the side of her car. Rolled my window down and yelled a few expletives.
 
She looked stunned. Probably did not expect this kind of bad words from an Indian origin guy. She did not say a word. Looked away.
 
I drove out of the parking lot.
 
*FOB = Fresh Off the Boat
*ABCD = American Born Confused Desi

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Senator John McCain Passes Away

 
Senator John McCain passed away on August 25, 2018. He was 81.
 
He was a Naval Officer. He was also a Senator from 1987 until his death. He was the Republican Party’s candidate for the President of the United States in 2008 and lost the election to Barrack Obama.
 
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. Both his father and grand father were 4 star Admirals in the U.S. Navy. He was a naval aviator.
 
While McCain was on a mission in Vietnam in 1967 bombing Hanoi, his plane was shot down and was captured by the North Vietnamese. He was seriously injured at that time. He was a POW (Prisoner of War).
 
The North Vietnamese came to know he is the son of the Chief of U.S. Navy. They then offered him to release and return him to the United States immediately unharmed. But the young John McCain refused and said he will stay with the other POWs. The North Vietnamese took that gesture as McCain was a headstrong and wanted to teach him a lesson. He was subjected to the most brutal punishment and torture for any American POW with the North Vietnamese. He was released in 1973.
 
After returning home McCain entered politics. He was elected Senator 5 times from 1987 to 2016. He was very independent as a Senator. He was a Republican. But disregarded the party line many times and voted with his conscience. He was nominated as the Republican Presidential Candidate in 2008 against Barrack Obama and lost the election.
 
John McCain served his country very well. May he rest in peace.