Happy Hanukkah 2010!

November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

December is such a busy month for holiday celebrations. The Jews have Hanukkah. Muslims have the Islamic New Year. Atheists have Festivus. African Americans have Kwanzaa. Christians have Christmas. And finally, shopping addicts have Boxing Day. I really like the diversity. Happy Hanukkah!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Gratitude is one of the natural characteristics that keep the human race to together. Without it, human relations and societies will cease to exist. Consequently, even the most heartless person realizes a need for reciprocity; even the most selfish person understands the importance of gratitude. On this Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express my thanks and best wishes to all my loyal readers. God Bless!

The transformation of Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Thanksgiving holiday was originally a religious observance. Some time after, it became a commercial holiday and thus the term Franksgiving was coined. In recent years, Thanksgiving has returned to its roots and is becoming a more meaningful holiday as a result. Though people still love Black Friday shopping.

Happy Veterans Day 2010!

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

No matter what we think of war, we should always give all dedicated veterans our highest regard and respect. They have sacrificed their livelihood to protect our country and defend our ideals. The least we can do to is to salute them for their courage and patriotism. Happy Veterans Day to all service men and women!

Stories of the Decade: War in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

There is an old adage that states, “Don’t play with fire, but don’t let it extinguished.” The same lesson can be applied to war. We should avoid war as much as possible; but if used properly, it can also be an instrument of peace. It is still debatable whether the War on Terror has been such an instrument. The toll from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, on both sides of the conflict, has been awful. Most reliable estimates put the number of civilian deaths (Iraq only) at around 100,000 to 300,000. The number of combined combat deaths (coalition & insurgents) is estimated to be around 40,000. The toll from the Afghanistan conflict is also severe, though no reliable statistics are found.

The bad thing about these wars is that they are still ongoing, as key objectives have not yet been achieved. We should not be surprised if more bloodshed is on the horizon.

Guy Fawkes Day is just another weird holiday

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you have followed my blog for some time, you would know that I like to comment on weird holidays from around the world. Incidentally, I have just received an email from a reader in Great Britain regarding a holiday called Guy Fawkes Day. This day is named after Guy Fawkes, an infamous revolutionary who tried to blow up the Parliament and kill the English King. People celebrate this holiday by throwing effigies of people they hate into bonfires. Sounds like an interesting form of celebration. 🙂

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