Sunday, November 30, 2008

Which City Do I Belong .... A Quiz

You Belong in Paris

Stylish and expressive, you were meant for Paris.

The art, the fashion, the wine!

Whether you're enjoying the cafe life or a beautiful park...

You'll love living in the most chic place on earth.

Oh finally, am belong in Paris, the writer :-D
I’ve been there and never feel so connected with that city start on the first day I arrived there.
My friends need time to understand the metro, whilst me, feel like some part of my life was there long time ago.

It is only a quiz, Friday Quiz according to my blogger friend, The Writter.
We joke about the result and this time, I let my comment and told her my wish.
And voila … I’m belong in Paris 

What a fun and a dream …

Terrorist a.k.a Ourselves

Mumbai terror attack finally over after 60 hours with 195 dead, according to Yahoo News. Whilst several days before, at the other part of this world, Beatles have been finally forgiven by Vatican forgives due to their statement of they were more popular than Jesus. And just several weeks before, at the other part of this world also, Indonesia were debating of the anonymous blogger who posted a cartoon of the prophet of Muhammad and how to push word press to give the identity of the blogger.

All of those issues were relating to RELIGION, all related with human ego, not God’s ego. Human ego that feels humiliated, feels superior than others, feels others are stupid, that others is nothing compare to themselves.

Have they or we asked ourselves why we have religion ? Since most all of us inherited the religion from our parents, our parents inherited from our ancestors, only limited person choose their religion by their own.

What is the purpose of religion in this earth ? To fight with others ? To claim that their GOD are not the same like us ?

Have we met our GOD ? Have we met our prophet ? We only know GOD or the Prophet through our ancestor, through their Bible, Quran, Bhagavad-Gita and Weda. None of us ever met with GOD or our Prophet. What we believe is what we read, what we believe is what we think is fit with our way of thinking, what we believe is given.

If so, then why we have to fight ? Why we have to terror others who are different with us ? Why we have to kill innocent people just in the name of GOD ?

GOD do not create the religion, it’s us, human, who does create the religion. It is us, human, who hates others, not GOD. It is, us, human, who feel the superiority, not GOD.

None in God’s book, the book that we believed as Holy, ever tell people to hate each others, to fight for what we believe. All His statement is based on LOVE. Unless we miss-understand the meaning of LOVE.

Popularity is just popularity. Is is true that Beatles – at Beatles era – were more popular than Jesus. Maybe. Let Beatles claimed what they believes, in our heart, in Jesus disciple heart, we all know that Jesus is more popular than Beatles. So why bother ?

A cartoon ? Well, in my opinion, a cartoon is just a cartoon. Is the religion loss their dignity because of that sketch ? Everybody knows that the religion still have their dignity, same as before the cartoon were there.

I believe that if all of us, hand in hand, spread the beauty of diversity in religion, then there will be no space for the terrorist, for the fanatical, spread their doctrine.

Otherwise, this terror will continue and stop when there’s no one left to be killed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Me and Burn-Out

It’s been more than 3 weeks since my last post, this time I really lost my energy to write, to watch the movie, neither to do chatting nor to play with my plurkers friend.

At first I thought it’s because of my health since for the last 3 weeks I was suffering from cold, migraine and lately vertigo. But lately, after I’m monitoring my own reaction, especially my feeling then my assumption goes to “burn-out” disease. And this time, the burn-out really hit my health condition and my spirit, which made me feel helpless.

I hate myself, not because of the burn-out, but more to my ability to cope with the “burn-out”. That burn-out took all my energy to healing me.

I don’t want to meet my friends, not even answering their call nor their mail. The only meeting that am attending only business meeting since it was my responsibility, others than that, I’d rather going home early instead be in the middle of crowd.

I felt like a zombie, out there, go to the office, meet the third party, meet the colleague, discussing the opportunity, while my spirit were going somewhere.

I think it’s about time to go back to my world and fight with the burn-out; otherwise I’ll lose the beauty of each day.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama and Indonesian Euphoria

Obama Won ! and Indonesia people especially Jakarta’s, the city where Obama’s once spent his childhood with his mother and his stepfather.

Amazing ! Obama is not going to be Indonesian president; in fact he’s the President of United States. He is not going to bring new blood to Indonesian even though he spent his childhood here. The new blood that he brings is for America.

I’m wondering and try to ask myself before I did small research to my friends.

To me, America is the racist and gender country, even though they claimed that they value human rights. Color is still an issue there. Black people are how they named their Afro-American people. We never heard that kind of term in other country.

So why I wanted desperately that Obama won the election ? The answer lay down in to the racist issue. Just want to proof that finally the impossible becomes possible, to proof that the minority become the majority.

Religion ? Oh it’s another issue. I don’t know whether everybody may have forgotten the issue that Bush brought to win the election in 2000, but for sure I still remembered it, Religion.

Therefore back to the issue why Indonesian people got that euphoria ? Some gave me silly answer, like because his step father is Indonesian; other said that because he was lived in Indonesia before, some said that Obama will bring changes to Indonesia. No one told me that they want to see the impossible become possible.

The impossible things that someday Indonesia can proof the world that "the impossible" things is not a dream, that Indonesian people can be as wise as American people today.

Below is Obama’s Presidential Speech, I got it from my friend. Hope Indonesia could learn from his beautiful speech :

"Hello, Chicago".

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer".

"It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference".

"It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled".

"Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states".

"We are, and always will be, the United States of America".

"It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day".

"It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America".

"A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain".

"Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves".

"He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine".

"We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader".

"I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they've achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead".

"I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden".

"And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama".

"Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House".

"And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother' s watching, along with the family that made me who I am".

"I miss them tonight".

"I know that my debt to them is beyond measure".

"To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them".

"And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America".

"To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way".

"To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done".

"But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to".

"It belongs to you". "It belongs to you".

"I was never the likeliest candidate for this office".

"We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston".

"It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep".

"It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth".

"This is your victory".

"And I know you didn't do this just to win an election".

"And I know you didn't do it for me".

"You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead".

"For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century".

"Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us".

"There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education".

"There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair".

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep".

"We may not get there in one year or even in one term".

"But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there".

"I promise you, we as a people will get there.There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. "But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand".

"What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were".

"It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice".

"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other".

"Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers".

"In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long".

"Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity".

"Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress".

"As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends".

"Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection".

"And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too".

"And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand".

"To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you".

"To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright".

Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope".

"That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow".

"This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta".

"She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old".

"She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed".

"Yes we can".

"At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot".

"Yes we can".

"When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose".

"Yes we can".

"When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved".

"Yes we can".

"She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that We Shall Overcome".

"Yes we can".

"A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change"."

Yes we can".

"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do".

"So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see?"

"What progress will we have made?"

"This is our chance to answer that call".

"This is our moment".

"This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people".

"Yes, we can".

"Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America".

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Amnesty Org - Amrozi's - Death Penalty

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the
premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel,
inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.

It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without
exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the
offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

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I've never gave my attention to death penalty until the case of Bali Bombing be in the front page of our daily news and website. I followed their news during their trial and happy with the final decision.

For me, killing an innocent people in the name of Jihad where their nation has nothing to do with the issue of their Jihad is something that I can’t accept.

Looking their face in the television news, laughing as if they’re innocent, make me questioning the purpose of amnesty organization in their death penalty abolishment.

I do agree if the reason to abolish death penalty from this world was like the tragedy in Somalia, where 13 years old girl was stoned to death by 50 men just because of her physical appearance, she’s been accused of adultery in breach of Islamic law. I’m hundred percent agree because they buried the girl when she’s still alive and stoned them.

It’s inhuman, absolutely inhuman.

I know that by executing Amrozi’s and friend will not bring the death to live. I also know that by executing them, their believes of Jihad or their “friends” who in their side, will not vanish.

Just want to questioning the amnesty organization, when Amrozi’s and friends killed the innocent people, were they ever think that their act was breach the declaration of Human Rights ?