Saturday, August 30, 2008
Prosecutors will seek to prove that as political leader and commander in chief of a Bosnian Serb mini-state, he bears the legal responsibility for some of the greatest atrocities of the Balkan wars, including the massacre in Srebrenica, where close to 8,000 unarmed Muslim men and boys were executed in 1995, and the three-year siege of Sarajevo, which left 10,000 civilians dead.
Even revered CNN journalists like Wolfe Blitzer didn't know her. Obama didn't know her and I bet Governor Sarah Palin, McCains hot looking sexy smiling veep wasn't on George Walker Bush's radar either!!!
The story goes that John McCain had met the former Miss Alaska and mother of five only once, six months ago and one more time, secretly, a few hours before nominating her his veep! I can bet a million dollars that as Barack Obama was white washing the Republicans on that mighty Denver podium on Thursday night, John McCain didn't have a clue whom he would nominate as his running mate. His choice reeks of desperation and poor judgement to cool Obama's racing heels.
My take is that Governor Palin's nomination has raised the Democrats thirst for the White House a notch higher for the following reasons:
1. There's no way that Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be overtaken to the White House by any other woman in America, let alone some small time Governor from the shags of America. And after shoring up a sterling performance during her speech at the convention, not forgetting her ally and hubby Bill's speech, and safely securing a political future post Obama Presidency , Hillary will go flat out at vanquishing Mrs Palin at all costs.
2. If the McCain camp thought that his choice would eat into disillusioned Hillary supporters, they best be aware that the 18,000,000 votes that hit the glass ceiling, will view this choice as offensive and ridiculous and Hillary has all the ammunition to go for the jugular!
3. The most important anti Obama campaign issue of IN-EXPERIENCE that the Republicans had successfully used and really succeeded in keeping Obama in check has been killed in a minute upon Palin's appointment, however solid they think her credentials might be. Now the Democrats will eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, of course with the help of the Media, and laugh all the way to 'The White House Bank'
4. McCain has by default begun a hot succession debate outside the White House. Democrats are going to want to convince the voters that were John McCain to drop dead today, seeing his age and state of health, would America be willing to be led by a woman who has been un tested, even locally? This indeed is a tall order.
5. And with President Bill Clinton calling the shots from behind the scenes, after an authoritative witty Obama stamp of approval, will not allow McCain to romp to the White House that easily. He is likely to, even with the permission of his wife, use his woman charms on the women voters and secure Hillary's political historical future. Bill Clinton's Obama approval was in fact political expediency for conceding defeat to a battle but preparing the ground to win a war! (read Hillary's war.)
Hillary Clinton is out to make history in America and she will steam roll anyone in her way. She was the first ever Woman Presidential candidate from a major political party to take a stab at the White House. She was the first woman to openly vote to seek the nomination by acclamation of the first ever Black man to the White House. She was the first woman to be First Lady and then Senator. And hell no will she allow to be passed over again in her quest for the White House. Obama passed her over. Over her dead body will some former Miss Alaska pass her over. And with 18 million sharpened arrows in her quaver, even Robin Hood was duck the woods she hunts!
Watch that space!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A close family friend who talked to the Nation after the interview at her residence had fond memories of his encounter with Ruth’s parents in Boston, USA, in 1966. Mr Barack Odinge Odera said Obama Snr and Ruth were a wonderful couple.
Ruth was most reluctant to do this interview. “No interview about my private life. I’m Mrs Ndesandjo, a caring man who built for me the school you visited,” she said.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Magnificent Michelle and Thunderous Teddy Roar!
After being introduced by her elder brother 6ft 6inches Craig Robinson, Michelle softly bellowed her opening statement, 'As you might imagine, for Barrack, running for president is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother, Craig. I can’t tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as i’ve felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.'
And as she gracefully went through her speech, Democrats, black and white, old and young, straight and gay, physically impaired and mentally challenged connected with the south side Chicago born and bred girl who is stealthily racing to be the 44th First Lady of the United States of America.
Mentioning Hillary Clinton's sacrifices on the American people, Michelle tickled emotions and a thunderous acclaim which maybe did its magic at pacifying perceived 'bad blood' between her husband Barrack and the Clinton's.
And when Powerful Barrack joined in via satellite from Kansas city, to congratulate his wife, the convention hall seemed to be overtaken by familial emotions when the Obama's and their children played put a loving family setup in front of millions of people around the world.
While watching the whole show though the night, far, far away from the United States, I have never been so taken over by such political grandeur like the Democrats did of me last night. This is going to be a contest to watch.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
left to right: Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (Marathon), Pamela Jelimo (800m), Nancy Jebet Langat (1,500m), Brimin Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), Wilfred Bungei (800m)
(pic courtesy of The Daily Nation)
Kenya's latest athletic sensation Samuel Kamau Wanjiru today set a new Olympic record of two hours and 6.32 minutes in the Men's Marathon to claim gold this morning in Beijing. Smashing the previous record of two hours and 9:21 minutes set by Carlos Lopes of Portugal in the 1984 Olympics, Samuel now becomes the first male runner from Kenya to win gold in this event.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Second-placed Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei (L) of Kenya celebrates with team-mate and winner Pamela Jelimo after their women's 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008.
Kenya's gold medalist Brimin Kiprop Kipruto, left, silver medal winner Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong, right, and Ezekiel Kemboi run with Kenya's national flag after the men's 3000-meter steeplechase final in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008
(pics courtesy of kumekucha)
Now that he's won his eight gold medals, Michael Phelps is officially the "greatest Olympian of all time." Now the swimmers mom, Debbie, has an impressive title of her own. Johnson's Baby has dubbed Debbie their "Mom of the Olympic Games" – and the company will donate money in her name to children's causes. "When he was nine, 10, 11 years old, he would sit at the pool for hours," she said. "That's why when I was talking with his teachers, and they'd say, 'He can't focus on anything,' I'd say, 'Well yes he can! He can focus on the pool.' ... He was able to focus on what he loved."
It's been well-documented that Debbie and Fred Phelps divorced when Michael was 9. Beyond that, little else has been publicized about Michael Phelps' father.
Fred Phelps is a retired Maryland State Trooper, lives in a suburb of Baltimore and has remarried since divorcing Debbie Phelps in 1993. According to the Baltimore Sun, he watched the Olympics from his home, saying he was "on pins and needles" every time Michael dove into the pool. But, the New York Post reported that Fred has yet to call his son to congratulate him on his Olympic accomplishments.
Following the divorce, Fred Phelps had little contact with his son. Prior to the 2004 Olympics, Michael told a reporter that his father hadn't even called to congratulate him when he set his first world record. However, the two reconciled prior to the Athens Games and Fred even made the trip to watch his son win six golds and two bronzes. Since then, however, the relationship has reportedly fractured.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Deus Mallya, the man who is alleged to have been with departed former Tarime Member of Parliament Hon. Chacha Wangwe after a grizzly car accident that took away the life of the fiery opposition MP, was arraigned in court Thursday in Dodoma, Tanzania. Answering to charges of causing death my reckless driving, Mr. Mallya was granted bail worth TZS 5 million ($ 4,200) but no one turned up to his rescue.
Police prosecutor superintendent of Police Polycarp Urio for the prosecution told the court that investigations into the accident are going on.
Mr. Mallya will be remanded in police cells until his next court mention scheduled for the 28th of August.
For seven memorable minutes, the world stood up and watched as brilliant Kenyan swimmer Jason Dunford held the Olympic 100 metres butterfly record that he shattered on the way to making it to Friday’s semi-finals of his speciality at Beijing’s National Acquatic Centre.
Stunned swimming analysts froze in awe inside the 18,000-seater “Water Cube”, one of Beijing’s architectural masterpieces, as the 21-year-old student of human physiology at Stanford University swam 51.14 seconds to break American Michael Phelps’ old mark of 51.25 that he set at the Athens Games four years ago.
Jason was swimming in Heat Seven which he won by 0.23 seconds ahead of second-placed Australian Andrew Lauterstein. His parents Martin and Geraldine and brothers David and Robert watched.
David had earlier just failed to make it to the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle despite winning Heat Nine in a new national record of 22.29 seconds, an improvement on his brother Jason’s previous mark of 22.73 seconds.
But swimming in Heat Nine, seven minutes after Jason’s record, Serbian Milorad Cavic, under pressure from American torpedo Michael Phelps improved on the Kenyan sensation’s time, clocking a new Olympic record 50.76 seconds which is just 0.26 seconds outside American Ian Crocker’s world record of 50.40 set in Montreal in 2005.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
The Chinese I tell you have outdone themselves. Albeit all the recent global bad mouthing from their polluted air space to their human rights record to their clamping down on Internet freedom, they have put up a most impressive Olympic Opening Ceremony that has left the world to say the least, breathless.
With the placard holders leading the Athlete Parade, the Greek team entered first, leading 203 other countries represented at the Games. The placard's have been designed as a Chinese painting scroll, corresponding to the former performance. Then there's this paper that was strewn on the stadium floor for all the 10,000 athletes to walk over as they walked into the stadium leaving colorful footprints. All athletes from the world will leave their footprints on this piece of paper. Their colorful footprints will form a beautiful scene with the painting left by artistic performers. This paper will become the Protocol Platform, a most unique design of this Ceremony, mildly and prettily melting the artistic performance into the parade of athletes.
After speeches by Liu Qi, mayor of Beijing Municipality and the President of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bidding Committee in 1999, Belgian Jacques Rogge, 8th President of the International Olympic Committee and President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, who declares the declares the opening of the Olympic, the next big creative show is the entrance of the Olympic Flag and Torch.
Eight flag bearers representing the Chinese Olympic history troop into the stadium carrying the Olympic flag. The flag is raised and the Olympic anthem played. Athlete’s and Officials represented by two members from each side take their respective official oath on behalf of their respective colleagues, athletes and officials.
Then doves are released as a symbol of peace as a hundred young women lead the athletes and spectators to imitate the act of dove release on the the Protocol Platform.
Then the flame arrives...and i think this deserves its own space....AMAZING AND BREATH TAKING UTTERLY CREATIVE FUNCTION....OH MY GOD
The Chinese are bent on showing the world that they are truly a force to reckon with in anything and everything that goes around the world.....
In attendance are world leader's who include George Bush and Nikolas Sarkozy other leading heads of governments, monarchs and famous people.
Well done Beijing...
Thursday, August 7, 2008
His elder son eulogises a great man
In attendance at the solemn funeral service included prominent members of society. From left front row Ibrahim Lipumba (Chairman of opposition party Civic United Front (CUF)), Mzee Pius Msekwa (immediate former Speaker of the Tanzania national Assembly and current 1st Vice President of ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM)), Freeman Mbowe (Cairman of opposition party Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA)) and Abbass Kandoro,