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Its a truthism!

Limbaugh:

We believe that the preamble of the Constitution contains an inarguable truth: that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them Life, Liberty, Freedom, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Colbert:

Of course, Life, Liberty, Freedom and the pursuit of Happiness is not in the preamble of the Constitution, its in the Declaration of Independence. And, it does not contain the word Freedom.

Which is why I’m giving a tip of my hat to Rush Limbaugh for changing the Constitution. The liberals all want it to be a living document. Well, Rush just took it one step further and made it a Wikipedia entry. He does not care what the Constitution says, which is final proof that he is the true leader of the Republican Party.

Just one, of course, among many excellent jokes on Limbaugh’s behalf…

And, on a completely different note, mmmmm custard filled Chinese buns. You are the Boston Creme Donut of the Far East. 😉

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The United States of America has a new president! One that will change the country and thus change the world! Congratulations to everyone, regardless of whether you are American or not, or whether you were able to vote in this election or not. You have all witnessed this historical moment!

http://www.patrickmoberg.com/november-4-2008.jpg

How unbelievable that a black president with a Hussein in his name stands before us and gives us a victory speech! Is this truly a momentous point in history or what? It is a sign that the world is truly changing, and changing for the better!

This article says it best how the atmosphere has been in HK and worldwide with this change 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/ap-suddenlyly-it-may-be-c_n_141631.html
YES WE CAN!

I wish you all the happiness and joy that must come with this change!

I end with a few words from the ultimate American hero, the oh-so-dear-to-me Stephen Colbert 😉

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/209942/november-06-2008/un-american-news—obama-edition

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Another bit of Colbert magic…

The Word on The Colbert Report the other night…three clips from conservative talk show hosts (ofcourse, being terribly hypocritical) talking about Sarah Palin being under fire:

Dick Morris: “The democrats piled over her, in vicious, sexist personal attacks.”

Talk Show Host #2: “Its unprecedented, insulting, degrading, sexist…”

Bill O’Reilly: “The pig deal is now morphing into a sexist situation.”

Colbert: “And we should know. We’ve been feminist for over two weeks now!!!”

[The Word: Longer than Sarah Palin]

Puahahhahaha. 😀

GOLD! Colbert Gold I tell you!

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Carolyn Maloney, representative of New York’s District 14, saw the best of the obnoxious and no-limits-exist Colbert today. She agreed to be interviewed for “Know Your District,” and I always wonder if the reps who agree to be on this segment actually realize what they’re getting into? I know some of them do (like the one who joyfully stated “I enjoy cocaine”), but I really wonder about some of them. Carolyn seemed to be mostly in, though that didn’t mean she wasn’t shocked when Colbert whipped out the breast pump and turned it on to prove his point that they were distracting in the workplace. Yep. That was some segment.

My favorite quote, when discussing Carolyn’s book, which discusses the false perception the public has that the glass ceiling for women no longer exists in the work place (a book which, btw, I would like to read…it has a really long title though that has slipped my mind):

“But isn’t it better for women to be under the glass ceiling and not on top of it, because then the men standing beneath would be able to look under their skirts!”

Puahahhahahahha. I laughed so hard in this episode. Gold.

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Meherbaan, A.R. Rahman, from Ada

All the time until I finally leave for HK is going to be very, very busy. Its already been quite full, although I’ve had more than my share of lazing around and aimlessly youtubing videos (speaking of which, I’m addicted to 우리 결흔했어요 (We Got Married): its reality television you can watch without guilt! Like most Korean reality shows! ). Anyway, while this is a period of exciting changes and new beginnings for my family, it is also somewhat scary, worrisome, like all change is.

Right now I’m mainly focused on figuring out all the wedding arrangements. Now that some of the stuff has gone into place, I’m a little relieved, but until we move the rest isn’t really going to happen. At the same time, working on the wedding and the house has taken away from my work out time, and this was meant to be the get in shape once and for all summer (is that at all possible anyway?). It is too darn hot, for one thing, it just makes me sick to step out. Second, I can’t do work out videos in an apartment which is for one, upstairs, and also full of chaos. Its too crazy. If things get chaotic or too messy, my way is to just completely give up and go into ennui. It makes no sense and it doesn’t help, but its a desperate solution. Right now, I know we will move soon and also I will pack up and leave soon, so it makes me want to bother less. And I do bother less. Argh vicious illogical cycles.

I’ve booked my ticket to HK, which is exciting, and which makes it very real. I’ve also been confirmed for housing. Its an expensive room, but cheap for HK, and its on campus which I wanted for the communality, and at the same time its a single with its own bathroom (I like me privacy). I’ve been in touch with some people, which is a little comfort, especially the fellow Scholars going to HK. They seem like nice, intelligent and social people, just my type, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with them. So far, I don’t feel very nervous, just a little tense of all the stuff I have to figure out (like darn visas, and insurances and stuff), but I think the closer it’ll get the more I’ll be apprehensive since I’m practically moving there. I’m used to living away, but living with the knowledge that I can’t run anywhere to family in a 40 mile radius is new. Its a little exciting, but very strange too.

I’m now brainstorming for ideas for my travel blog. I decided a brand new blog would be apt, but I’m now not sure if I want it to be under this blog or just a whole new niche. Lets see what I do with that. I’d probably continue to blog on this for more general stuff and my opinions on other non-HK-living stuff, but I’d like to devote the other blog just to my time there and my experiences and adventures.

A couple of things that have made me quite happy recently:

*Ada…the new A.R. Rahman album, from which I’ve posted the song Meherbaan. Its a great album, though there are certain songs that, while being very Rahmanish, are also not clear on their inspiration. Tu Mera Hai has a very 90s feel, as does Milo Wahan Wahan, they’re somewhat unusual and not something you’re used to hearing nowadays. I enjoyed Hawa Sun Hawa the most, undoubtedly. Sonu Niigam is in full form, and Alka Yagnik’s voice is like sweet honey, but not too sweet. The lyrics aren’t spectacular, but it makes up for that with emotion. Meherbaan has Rahman’s voice, which surprises you again. How does the man change his voice to suit the style so well? So very different from Khwaja, yet still similar in the sense that Meherbaan too is filled with words I cannot understand. The song plays on the relationships between words and symbols and metaphors, so I miss out on many, but the ones I do get are lovely (this is not a direct translation, just the lines I really love. Thanks to Bhabhi :D)

Tu Hai Zabaan, Main Hoon Bayaan (You are the language, I am the speech)

Tere Bina Main Hoon Bezameen/Tere Bina Main Beaasmaan

(Without you, I am without land. Without you I am without sky)

Tu Hai Nadiya Main Hoon Sangam (You are the River, I am the Union)

Tu Hatheli, Main Hoon Henna (You are the Palm, I am the Henna)

Tu Hai Nazar, Main Nazara (You are the Eyes, I am the View)

Tu Hai Saagar, Main Kinara (You are the Sea, I am the Shore)

Aren’t those lovely?

Gulfisha is another notable Sonu Niigam number, where he’s in full flirtatious form, and as my chingu S said, I have no idea what gulfisha means, but we is sure loving the song! Hai Dard sounds great with Udit Narayan, who I haven’t heard in a while so can enjoy more now (distance makes the heart fonder?). It is overall quite an impressive album, and as always it amazes and astounds you that Rahman has so much talent that he can make every album, every song, sound so different, unique, with its own qualities and its own life, so to speak. Like my dad said, it makes you wonder how a human is created in this world.

*I am America, and So Can You! I finally got my copy of the legendary book by Stephen Colbert, finally being able to afford my very own copy, and I am beyond thrilled. And it is more than I could ever have wanted. Pages and pages of the grand wisdom, in your face, no words minced mouthiness of the great Colbert. It has me rolling on the ground in laughter, and it just cannot be explained just how great this book is, from the titles the footnotes to the disclaimers and stickers. It is brimming with Colbert’s greatness (quite literally), and I suggest that if you haven’t, you go out and buy yourself a copy this minute. Or many. And remember to stick up the sign to let firefighters know to save your copies. This is worth more than its weight in diamonds. 🙂

I’m going to now go look for a creative name for ze travel blog. Whee!

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The ‘real’ Stephen Colbert, on Larry King Live: 

“Everything that happens to you as a child, seems normal,  because you have no reference point to compare it to.”
 (on losing his father and brothers in a plane crash when he was 10)

I do love my country. I don’t think I’m particularly a good American. I don’t know what makes a great American…I like people who let other people alone. I think thats a pretty good American…and I keep my hands to myself. So, I’m an okay American.”

(in return to “Are you a good American?”)

“Because you can pretend that whatever ear that’s facing someone is your deaf ear…and you can ignore them. Or I can pretend I’m asleep and my wife can’t wake me up. And I also get special parking. For the one eared.”

(on being deaf in his right ear, since IInd grade. {Puahahhha})

 Have you watched the real (and bits of the character) Stephen Colbert interview with Larry King? It is amazing, witty and entertaining, and a revelation (of the real Colbert). More striking: his first statement indicating that he’ll consider running for political office. I recommend you check it out, the podcast is available on ITunes (free). www.cnn.com/larryking

Still pondering: Would I vote for the ‘real’ Colbert? Or would I rather he rather not mix himself up in the dirty world of politics?

PS: The quote was somehow what spoke to me the most during his interview. Its probably the best way of expressing that, such a true statement. You never know what kind of life you’ve led till you start looking back at it as an adult. I would love, love, to meet this guy in real life (the real Colbert, not the character) and just talk with him about what he believes, and why. He seems like a really normal, down-to-earth hardworking father and husband doing his job, and doing it well…and interestingly he seems like a very optimistic kind of person. Truly one of the finest icons of our generation.

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Just a short post between worrying over my personal statement, whining about my back and lets not forget studying orgo for the billionth time….Colbert has done it again. He is the current king of satire. You cannot go through one show, if you have a decent sense of identifying irony, sarcasm and cynicism, without shedding tears in laughter. And he has done it again. I love Rain, I’m a bigger fan of his immense hardwork and motivation and his story of rags-to-riches-and-fame (and also of his acting), but he’s slowly taking over the world as a musical artiste. Last year he was one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential, and this time he topped the online polls for the same (not the magazine list). And he beat….Colbert. And ofcourse, Colbert does payback and shows what he can do….with his own Korean pop video!!

What I love best about Colbert’s parodies is that they don’t depend on ignorance for their humor on his show. Real effort is put into writing his pieces, and its obvious. He actually uses real Korean words in the song (albeit the horrible accent), and he clearly read up on Rain! Same as when he did the amazing parody on Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan (another one to check out if you haven’t. The best part–what he parodies ends up getting more exposure because its important enought to be on the Colbert Report, and so this is great for Rain who’s concerts in the US this year were already sold out (and in Sydney….and everywhere else), and I’m sure this gave him more Internet search time. 

I’m personally very impressed at the fact that this show doesn’t just talk about the same old tired issues….the war, the Presidential race, Brangelina, etc. making the same caricatures again and laughing at the most recent Bushism….its more wiser than that. Not to mention global–it makes fun of the whole world, together 🙂 And that, my friends, should be the key to peace. If we can laugh and poke fun at each other while at the same time recognizing and admiring whats good in each other….I think then we would be on to something……

I think Colbert’s got it right. And thats why, I repeat with undying loyalty to this new Korean pop sensation 😛 : Colbert is King.

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