Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Unexpected Parallels

The Unexpected Parallels

The Unexpected Parallels

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 09:23 AM PST

The following article "Parallels between Russia and Malaysia" by Mariam Mokhtar is from Malaysiakini.

"Parallels between Russia and Malaysia" by Mariam Mokhtar

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the brunt of the wrath of former KGB spy and ex-president Vladimir Putin, when he blamed her for encouraging Russian street protests.

When BN cranks up its dirty tricks, will Clinton risk the fragile relationship of trade and investment with the Malaysian government by telling its people to take to the streets, as she did in Russia?

Premier Putin's desire to return to power as president next year, with the United Russia party 'winning' the elections, reminds us of Umno wanting to prolong its 54 years of power. The parallels between Malaysia and Russia are too many to ignore.

With reports of ballot box-stuffing and 'carousel voting' fueling their anger, Russians took to the streets to protest. Carousel voting is when people are driven from polling-station to polling-station to vote time and time again.

If and when the time comes for Malaysians to march, will Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak blame western powers for a conspiracy to overthrow the BN government? Or will he assume full responsibility and wish that he had listened to the demands of the people, to undertake meaningful reforms, tackle corruption and stop wealth being amassed by a coterie of Umno sympathisers?

Members of the Malaysian public and the opposition coalition have exposed several instances of electoral fraud.

In one case, former soldiers admitted that they had been made to mark thousands of postal votes in various general elections. Instead of investigating the allegations, Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin of the Armed Forces condemned them for their 'act of betrayal'.

Manipulation of the postal votes is just the tip of the iceberg. Other revelations included migrant workers being given voting rights in exchange for citizenship; voters who are long dead; false voter rolls; voters who are over 100 years old; and discrepancies in the voter registration details.

If not for the power of the Internet, Malaysians would have gone to the polls thinking that the elections would be conducted fairly.

Umno unable to change

Critics claim that relatively affluent Malaysians had little in comparison with the very poor Tunisians or Egyptians, and that conditions for a Malaysian inspired 'Arab Spring' are absent.

The same critics assert that the Russians are more like the Malaysians, in that the liberated (from communist rule) Russians enjoy a comfortable standard of living and would refuse to jeopardise their lifestyle by protesting.

But that didn't stop Malaysians from taking to the streets last July. Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrongly asserted that Bersih 2.0 was a 'Malay versus non-Malay' issue. He was proven wrong when Bersih 2.0 attracted people from all levels of society, many of whom are Malay.

In Russia, the electoral cheating sparked nationwide rallies and prompted calls for the election to be re-run. But in reality, the protests are directly aimed at Putin. In 2008, Putin had been barred for a third term and so he passed the baton on to Dmitry Medvedev.

Despite cultivating a macho image, Putin's popularity has waned and he is seen as the power behind the throne. Moreover, his party has not managed to tackle corruption or stimulate growth.

Similarly, Umno refuses to accept that not all Malays support it. Neither can it tolerate being irrelevant in today's world. Umno is seen as big and lumbering, and filled with hardliners and extremists. In contrast, the opposition is viewed as liberal, inclusive and reformist.

The recently Umno general assembly saw a return of Umno's '3R' strategy of using race, religion and royalty, to undermine the opposition.

There was no mention of tackling corruption, of real policy or reform. There was no talk about jump-starting the economy or of creating jobs.

Instead, Najib warned Malaysians that they could not exercise their right to peaceful protest. How can he hope to convince the rakyat if he only pays lip- service to reform and pushes through two hastily-written Bills on detention without trial, to replace the former controversial Internal Security Act?

Mahathir still pulling strings

BN has become complacent after 54 years of rule. Despite controlling the press and TV stations, arresting dissenters and obstructing the opposition from doing its job, BN lost five states in the last election.

But in GE13, BN must win at all costs. Too much is at stake for a great many people. Even Mahathir risks losing both political and physical freedom.

Mahathir has admitted to irregularities in elections: "I must stress that it is also not as rampant as in other countries where the government gets 90 percent of the vote... here the opposition has even won some states."

Mahathir is wrong. If elections were truly clean, the opposition would have scored victories in more states.

During Umno canvassing, its supporters are allegedly bus-ed in from villages and paid from RM30-300 to attend rallies. Others are given an all-expenses trip to regional locations like Haadyai, Medan or Langkawi as an inducement to vote.

According to one Kelab Umno member in the UK, he is given GBP100 just to attend an Umno function. Many are disillusioned because "nothing much happens apart from eating".

One participant commented." Sometimes, I wonder why I come, but the money does come in handy."

Umno's excesses and insecurities have been exposed for all to see. Najib is in a quandary and will find excuses to reject the demands of Bersih 2.0 before GE-13.

The security, livelihood and physical well-being of BN politicians, and those who have received their patronage and protection, appear to depend on one man: Najib.

Not true. The person pulling the strings is Mahathir. So, who would he wish to bring in after GE13?

Over in Russia, Putin is the real power behind the throne. He will probably make Medvedev the scapegoat, for his decreasing popularity.

Similarly, Mahathir will replace Najib.

You can stand idle while the legacy of one man dominates your life and that of your children. Or prepare, as a Malaysian, to take control of your life and vote for change. The opposition is not perfect, but offers the best hope for change.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In 'real-speak', this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.

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[Bergambar] Kuala Lumpur Dilanda Banjir Kilat. Mana Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 08:40 AM PST

Keadaan lalu lintas di ibu negara lumpuh hari ini berikutan banjir kilat di Jalan Tun Razak semasa waktu puncak apabila warga kerja pulang, berikutan hujan lebat.

Kawasan sekitar Perpustakaan Negara dilaporkan ditenggelami air dan dikatakan merebak sehingga ibu pejabat agensi berita Bernama yang terletak berhampiran.

Sebelum ini, kawasan itu bukan tempat yang kerap berlaku banjir. Dua minggu lalu Kajang juga dilanda banjir kilat yang terburuk sejak 1971.

Sementara itu, Bernama melaporkan kira-kira 30 kanak-kanak terkandas di sebuah tadika di Jalan Semarak berhampiran pusat latihan TM akibat banjir kilat.

Menurut jurucakap Bomba dan Penyelamat, dua bot dikerahkan bagi membawa keluar kanak-kanak berkenaan secara berperingkat.

"Sekarang ini kami dalam proses menyelamatkan mereka ke tempat yang lebih selamat sedikit demi sedikit," katanya dipetik agensi berita nasional itu. -mk

Ulasan GB

Mana menteri Wilayah Persekutuan yang hanya sibuk hendak merampas tanah di Kg.Baru sehingga tidak perasan kawasan ibukota mudah dilanda banjir kilat?

Mana wartawan arus perdana yang baru-baru ini sibuk menuduh kononnya berlaku pencurian pasir apabila berlaku banjir di Kajang baru-baru ini semata-mata untuk memburukkan imej Kerajaan Selangor? Ada orang curi pasirkah di tengah-tengah Jalan Tun Abdul Razak?

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[Video] ANAK Berdemo: "Kami Sayang Dzul, Benci Isa"

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 07:19 AM PST

ANAK berdemo, tuntut pengarah Felda dikekalkan

Sekumpulan 50 peneroka Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) hari ini berhimpun di hadapan ibu pejabat lembaga berkenaan untuk menuntut supaya pengarah besarnya, Datuk Zulkifli Wahab dikekalkan jawatannya.

Pengerusi Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (ANAK), Mazlan Aliman yang mengetuai kumpulan itu berkata, "penyingkiran" Zulkifli merupakan satu penghinaan kepada ketua eksekutif berkenaan.

Mazlan mendakwa, penyingkiran itu dibuat berdasarkan syor daripada pengerusi Felda Tan Sri Isa Samad kepada perdana menteri supaya Zulkifli mengambil cuti untuk belajar.

Beliau turut mengedarkan salinan dokumen didakwa surat Isa kepada perdana menteri bertarikh 21 November berhubung syor berkenaan.

"Sesungguhnya ini adalah proses penyingkiran kepada seseorang yang dilihat tidak mengikut telunjuk (Isa). Adalah menyedihkan seorang pengarah besar diperlaku begitu hina," kata Mazlan lagi dalam memorandumnya.

Jelasnya, Zulkifli disingkirkan kerana tidak bekerjasama dengan Isa dalam usaha untuk menyenaraikan Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd ke Bursa Malaysia.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan memorandum berkenaan kepada seorang pegawai kanan Felda, Mazlan mendakwa, Zulkifli telah menyatakan pendirian menentang tindakan "gali kubur warga Felda" melalui penyenaraian itu.

Zulkifli berbuat demikian dalam satu mesyuarat lembaga Felda sebelum ini, kata Mazlan ketika ditanya wartawan.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata penyenaraian itu akan menyebabkan pendapatan peneroka berkurangan sehingga 80 peratus daripada apa yang diunjurkan pada tahun lalu.

Jelasnya, penyenaraian berkenaan akan memberi keistimewaan kepada FGHV – antaranya pajakan tanah Felda seluas lebih 360,000 hektar dan juga hak mutlak ke atas tanaman, hasil jual beli dan juga insentif kerajaan.

"Maknanya kuasa (FGHV) sangat besar sehingga menelan (hak peneroka)," kata Mazlan lagi.

Mazlan juga berkata, sebab itulah juga keputusan untuk melantik Isa sebagai pengerusi Koperasi Permodalan Felda Berhad (KPF) dibuat oleh satu mesyuarat lembaga Felda pada 25 Ogos lalu, yang tidak dihadiri Zulkifli.

Mesyuarat tersebut dipanggil "secara tergesa-gesa" oleh Isa sendiri dan bekas menteri besar Negeri Sembilan itu juga tidak keluar daripada mesyuarat apabila pelantikan berkenaan dibincangkan, dakwa Mazlan.

Mazlan mendakwa, tindakan itu merupakan satu kesalahan mengikut Seksyen 23 Akta Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah.

Selain melaungkan slogan "halau Isa" dan "hidup peneroka", kumpulan peneroka dan aktivis yang berhimpun selama lebih setengah jam di hadapan ibu pejabat Felda, Jalan Perumahan Gurney itu turut membawa sepanduk bertulis "Allah selamatkan Felda dan warganya daripada golongan pengkhianat." -mk

Peneroka tuntut kekalkan Datuk Dzulkifli, Isa undur

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Dis: Kira-kira 50 wakil peneroka Felda daripada beberapa negeri hari ini menyerahkan memorandum menyokong Pengarah Besar Felda, Datuk Dzulkifli Abd Wahab di Ibu Pejabat Felda, Jalan Gurney, dekat sini.

Memorandum sokongan itu ekoran tindakan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengarahkan Dzulkifli bercuti dan mengikuti Kursus Pengurusan Lanjutan bagi meningkatkan prestasi untuk melakukan transformasi Felda.

Ia merupakan cadangan Pengerusi Felda, Tan Sri Isa Samad melalui surat yang dihantar kepada Najib bertarikh 21 November.

Arahan bercuti dikeluarkan melalui surat yang diikeluarkan Setiausaha Sulit Kanan Perdana Menteri 25 November lalu.

Difahamkan, Dzulkifli mula bercuti 25 November lalu dan telah berlepas ke London minggu lalu.

Memorandum yang diserahkan kepada wakil Felda, Muhamad Ibrahim antaranya menuntut Perdana Menteri menarik balik arahan bercuti itu dan menggugurkan Isa daripada jawatannya.

Mereka diketuai Presiden Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan, Mazlan Aliman berarak kira-kira satu kilometer menuju ke bangunan Felda dengan diawasi kira-kira 30 anggota polis beruniform termasuk polis cawangan khas.

Mereka melaungkan "undur Isa Samad", "hidup rakyat" sambil membawa sepanduk bertulis "kami sayang Dzul, benci Isa".

Bercakap kepada media selepas penyerahan memorandum, Mazlan berkata, pihaknya amat kesal dengan tindakan yang dilakukan terhadap Zulkifli yang dianggap sebagai seorang yang sangat amanah dan berdedikasi dalam tugasnya.

"Kami yakin tindakan ini sebenaranya penyingkiran kepada Datuk Dzul.

"Ia tidak beretika dan biadap terhadap Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan yang mempunyai 23 kakitangan," katanya yang juga Pengerusi Lajnah Tanah dan Pembangunan Wilayah PAS Pusat.

Menurut Mazlan, Isa tidak senang dengan Dzulkifli kerana menganggap Dzulkifli menghalang usaha penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) ke Bursa Malaysia.

"Dalam mesyuarat lembaga pengarah, Datuk Dzul pernah mempersoal di mana Felda nak cari duit untuk bayar gaji kakitangan Felda RM1.5 bilion bila FGVH melabur dalam Bursa Malaysia. Isa tidak senang kerana mengganggu usahanya untuk penyenaraian," jelas beliau. -HD

Ombak Besar Landa Pantai Dungun, Terengganu

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 04:53 AM PST

Teluk Lipat - Kejadian ombak besar yang disifatkan tsunami kecil melanda perairan pantai Dungun malam kelmarin bukan lagi satu fenomena baru bagi penduduk tempatan.

Namun, kejadian ombak setinggi kira-kira lima meter sehingga melintasi jalan raya utama di kawasan peranginan Pantai Teluk Lipat kira-kira jam 10 malam itu agak mencemaskan peniaga berdekatan kerana kawasan perniagaan mereka digenangi air laut sehingga mencecah kira-kira 0.25 meter.

Saksi kejadian, Wan Rohani Hassan, 54 berkata, fenomena ombak besar itu merupakan satu kejadian biasa setiap kali kedatangan musim tengkujuh.

Bagaimanapun kejadian pada malam kelmarin dianggap agak luar biasa kerana selain ombak besar, air laut juga turut melimpah masuk ke daratan sehingga membanjiri kawasan deretan medan selera Pantai Teluk Lipat.

Menurutnya, akibat kejadian yang disifatkan Wan Rohani sebagai tsunami kecil itu, dia terpaksa menghentikan operasi lebih awal kerana bimbang jika berlaku situasi lebih buruk sehingga boleh mengancam keselamatan pekerja yang rata-rata terdiri daripada ahli keluarganya.

"Kami terpaksa menutup operasi kerana takut kalau-kalau dihanyutkan ombak besar. Jika keadaan ini berterusan, maka saya bersama peniaga lain mungkin terpaksa menutup operasi buat sementara waktu sehingga keadaan cuaca kembali pulih," katanya.

Berbeza daripada tahun lalu

Menurutnya, fenomena ombak besar tahun ini agak berbeza berbanding tahun sebelumnya kerana selain saiz ombak yang menghempas pantai dikatakan lebih besar, ia turut melanda beberapa lokasi lain yang berada berhadapan perairan pantai Dungun.

"Kalau sebelumnya, ombak besar ini hanyalah di kawasan pantai Teluk Lipat, tapi kali ini ia turut melanda beberapa lokasi lain seperti Teluk Bidara dan Sura.

"Jadi saya bimbang jika tragedi banjir besar yang berlaku di negara jiran turut melanda negara kita dan kejadian ombak besar ini merupakan satu petanda awal," katanya.

Rumah guru Al-Quran nyaris hanyut dipukul ombak

"Ketika itu, mak cik tak mampu nak buat apa-apa, hanya membaca ayat suci agar ombak reda sedikit, masa itu mak cik hanya ingat Tuhan sahaja," kata Wan Ngah Wan Mohd, 59, guru Al-Quran yang terpaksa bertarung nyawa setelah rumahnya di tepi laut di Teluk Bidara yang didiami sejak puluhan tahun itu dipukul ombak besar, malam kelmarin.

Menceritakan detik cemas ketika kejadian itu, Wan Ngah yang juga seorang ibu tunggal berkata, pengalaman berhadapan ombak besar itu amat menakutkannya.

Katanya, ketika itu dia dapat merasai ombak sudah mulai menghempas dinding rumahnya selain bawah rumah sudah dinaiki air laut sedalam kira-kira 0.5 meter.

Bagaimanapun, dia yang juga seorang penerima bantuan Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) berjumlah RM200 sebulan terpaksa reda kerana tidak mampu untuk mencari tempat berlindung yang lebih selesa berikutan kesempitan hidup yang dilaluinya.

"Makcik tak tahu nak pindah ke mana, mak cik tiada tanah untuk buat rumah, walaupun tahu bahaya tinggal di sini, namun hanya pondok usang ini sahajalah yang mak cik ada. Kalau ditakdirkan mak cik habis nyawa dekat sini pun, mak cik reda," katanya yang kini turut mengajar kanak-kanak mengaji untuk menyara kehidupan.

Laluan pantai masih selamat?

Orang ramai yang sering menggunakan laluan jalan pantai dari Teluk Gadung ke Kuala Dungun kini bimbang dengan tahap keselamatan ekoran berlakunya beberapa kejadian tanah runtuh akibat kejadian ombak besar malam kelmarin.

Seorang pengguna, Mokhtar Mamat, 50, berkata, pihak berkaitan diharap sentiasa membuat pemantauan serta lebih peka dengan situasi semasa.

"Kalau boleh diletakkan papan tanda amaran selain menutup laluan yang difikirkan boleh membahayakan keselamatan pengguna berikutan terdapat kejadian tanah runtuh dan pokok yang hampir menyembah bumi," katanya. -SH

Amaran laut bergelora

KUALA TERENGGANU - Semua aktiviti pantai dan perkapalan termasuk kerja di pelantar minyak di negeri ini adalah berbahaya memandangkan keadaan laut bergelora buat masa ini, menurut Stesen Meteorologi Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud, semalam.

Jurucakap stesen itu berkata, angin kencang timur laut selaju 60 kilometer sejam dan ombak setinggi melebihi 5.5 meter dijangka berterusan sehingga 17 Disember ini.

Katanya dalam masa yang sama berlaku air pasang sehingga hari ini.

Sementara itu, jurucakap Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) Terengganu berkata gelombang kedua banjir mula berlaku di Terengganu apabila seramai 196 dari 41 keluarga di Besut dipindah.

Mereka ialah yang tinggal di Projek Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) Pengkalan Atap Kuala Besut dipindahkan ke Balai raya kampung itu.

Jurucakap Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran bagaimanapun berkata paras air sungai utama di Terengganu tidak menampakkan tanda mencemaskan.

"Semuanya berada dalam keadaan stabil dan tidak membimbangkan setakat ini," katanya. -Bernama

Ada Cip Kamera Dalam Sabun Mandi

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 03:25 AM PST

Chennai (India): Penduduk Kerala menjadi cemas selepas mendapati cip elektronik ditanam dalam sabun mandi mereka.

Bimbang sekiranya cip itu bom atau bertujuan merakam mereka dalam keadaan bogel, penduduk Beemapalli di pinggir Thiruvananthapuram meminta bantuan polis bagi menyelesaikan misteri itu, menurut laporan media tempatan.

Bagaimanapun, siasatan polis mendapati ia tidak lebih daripada sabun berasaskan penderia gerakan yang diedar oleh firma farmaseutikal asing untuk mengkaji tabiat sanitasi di kalangan pengguna.

'Tiada apa yang mencemaskan dan menimbulkan misteri. Ia sama seperti strategi pemasaran lain oleh MNC (syarikat berbilang negara).

'Cawangan khas polis memutuskan untuk mengumpul dan mengesahkan butirannya daripada agensi penyelidikan itu,' kata pesuruhjaya polis bandar raya, Encik Manoj Abraham, kepada sebuah akhbar tempatan.

Syarikat itu didapati mengagihkan sabun mandi buku yang ditanam cip khas dan penduduk dijanjikan 400 rupee ($9.89) jika mereka mengembalikan sabun itu selepas beberapa hari.

Menurut polis, para penyelidik akan memuat turun data daripada cip itu menggunakan alat pembaca kad untuk mengkaji pola sanitasi.

Firma dari Britain itu membatalkan penyelidikan tersebut pada Sabtu lalu selepas akhbar berkenaan menyiarkan laporan mengenai kebimbangan penduduk. -- Agensi.

Life Without Una

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:46 AM PST

My dear friend, Una, passed away this afternoon at 12.15pm @ Gleneagles Medical Centre leaving behind her beloved husband David and children Kwan, Kit and Ching.

I had my last lecture in college today and had planned to swing by the hospital after my class ended at 1pm. At about 11.30am, Kwan told me that she would be going any time and when the phone rang at 12.15pm, my heart sank. She had left us. I broke down and cried in my class. The kids were silently doing their work. You could hear a pin drop and the pens moving on paper.

Una is one of the four women whom I love very much. The other three being Angela, Linda and Suan. She was born in Hong Kong and came to Penang in the 1990's when her husband was offered a position in one of the factories.

When I was expecting my younger son, Una made soya bean milk/curd, wholemeal and chocolate bread, century egg porridge and lots of goodies for me. Mel mel also did the same. Then when the SARs epidemic started, she would make green bean soup for detoxification and sent it to my house.

Una was always ready to show love. She would always share with me stuff she cooked and never forgot my kids' birthdays! When I delivered Nicholas, she was one of the first few visitors I had and she gave Nicholas a lovely Winnie the Pooh set of clothing.

Even though I was sometimes harsh when scolding her kids for not doing my homework, she was very supportive and never defended her children. Her deep love for David, her patience with her children and love shown to all who knew her will go down in history.

To be honest, Una had always been there for me - both in good times and bad times. If she knew I was down, she would pick me up and take me somewhere for a drink or a meal. Whenever Kit came back (I encouraged him to apply for a scholarship and he left for Singapore and later Japan), for sure, she would bring him to see me or he would call. However, in the last two years, because of our different programmes, we did not see each other that much. Still, I always regarded her as a true, real and most loving friend.

If anything, Una really lived life to the fullest. She was probably one of the world's last great shoppers and had few regrets in her life. Always one with a positive outlook in life, Una brightened the room with her cheery smile, jovial character and happy demeanour.

She has had her own struggles and often times kept it all to herself. However,she was blessed with thee loving sisters, two of whom had planned to take turns to look after her when she fell ill.

After my lecture, I drove straight to the hospital and made my way to her room.

Waiting outside the room together with Una's sisters and children was very trying and soon enough, I could not hold it any more and burst into tears. :-(

Later on, when the nurses had finished cleaning her, they changed her into her favourite outfit and we were allowed to enter the room.

There I stood, heartbroken.

And I looked at Una lying there.

And I wept.

I have been crying non-stop and I don't know when I will stop. My eyeballs hurt so much. Death is an area which I cannot face.

I wondered to myself what would happen to me if Angela died before me. Then my mobile phone rang and it was Angela, speaking words of wisdom and comfort to me.

So I told her - I am so devastated now with Una's demise and really would not know how I would take it if she died.

Angela said, "Check yourself into the hospital and get sedated."

Anyway, I pray Una will rest in peace always and that the family will have closure on her demise. It is not easy to move on without her for in her own way, she held the family together.

Life without Una will be tough, especially for David and the kids. Linda and I have been chatting endlessly about our worries for the children. We pray that God will guide and bless them with direction, good health and wisdom. Una returned to the Lord before she died and prayed with the pastor on two occasions. May she rest in peace always.

The funeral will be held on Thursday from the Batu Gantung cemetery at 10am.

Una, we love you and will always hold you close in our hearts.

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me...

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an Angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible,
that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
and all I've promised you".
Today for life on earth is past,
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day,
there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

David M. Romano

Rest in peace, Una. We love you and will keep you in our hearts always.

My Dog Doesn’t Come When I Call

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:09 AM PST

One of the most common complaints is "my dog doesn't come when I call". Training the recall is one of the funniest of all dog-training exercises because we do so much completely wrong! Let me explain. This is what we want to achieve: When we call our dog "here Bella" we want Bella to come sprinting as fast as she can to us. Now, in order to achieve this we must make "here Bella" the best

Older Dog Toileting Inside

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:09 AM PST

So your older dog is toileting inside and you don't understand why? Okay. Let me explain. First of all I should confirm that what we are talking about here is a dog that has already been toilet trained and has achieved this for a considerable period of time say more than 6 months. We also need to be sure that the dog is not so old that it is incontinent or sick. If none of the above are

Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:09 AM PST

Learning how to stop a puppy from jumping up is something you need to get onto straight away. Puppies jumping up are a very natural thing that they do when they are little – to get attention – and in the wild to get fed by licking the Mother's face to encourage food to be regurgitated. Showing your puppy that it does not get attention when it jumps is something that you should

The Basics of Class Necessities

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:08 AM PST

So, you just started playing World of Warcraft. Or maybe you're learning everything you need to know about the game while you play right now. Maybe you've been playing for a few months or even years. I don't really care how long you've been playing the game; the odds are that you don't really know everything you need about your class and I'll tell you why I know this without actually seeing

Becoming a PvP Monster with IWinButtons Guide for WoW

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:08 AM PST

Tired of getting ganked by enemies your own level? Eager to compete in battlegrounds, but constantly confronted by foes who seem to move and fight like lightning, and who stretch your character out on the ground before you've even hit your first button? Don't let these clowns work you over – the IWinButtons guide has methods deal with gankers of all levels. Get your guide today, and come out

Cataclysm Gold Hot Spots

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:07 AM PST

Right now, World of Warcraft has just undergone a major upheaval. Not only are there five new zones filled with profitable end-game content, but every zone from Level 1-60 has been completely overhauled too, leaving players with dozens of new places and methods to farm for gold. So, if you're looking for a way to make a profit on the fly, you need a strategy to help you get there. Here are

Cataclysm Scalper Reviewed – Is it Worth It?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:07 AM PST

For the last few weeks I've been seeing a lot of buzz about the new gold guide on the market from Jonathan. It's called Cataclysm Scalper and it's been built around a few very simple ideas that we've seen many times before – most of them dealing with the Auction House. By now, you should know that the only real way to make gold in World of Warcraft is to use the Auction House to trade goods

Do You Want to Join the Top Players of WoW? Read more here …

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:06 AM PST

You've seen them every day in World of Warcraft – the players whose characters seem to pull off impossible feats and do everything that they are supposed to far better than anyone else around them. There are the PvP enthusiasts whose characters can charge into a mass of enemy combatants and leave the field strewn with corpses behind them, while avoiding death with almost miraculous dexterity

Do You Want to Join the Top Players of WoW?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:06 AM PST

You've seen them every day in World of Warcraft – the players whose characters seem to pull off impossible feats and do everything that they are supposed to far better than anyone else around them. There are the PvP enthusiasts whose characters can charge into a mass of enemy combatants and leave the field strewn with corpses behind them, while avoiding death with almost miraculous dexterity

Does the Auction House Really Work Better than Farming?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:05 AM PST

You've probably heard rumors that the best way to make gold in World of Warcraft is to ditch all those tired old farming methods and load up on tips for the auction house. But, is that really true and if so what does the auction house require to be successful? After all, just throwing money at it probably won't convert to a whole lot of profit unless you get really lucky. The Truth about

Dominating PvP with Crowd Control

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:05 AM PST

One of the biggest points of contention in PvP strategy is the use of crowd control. In low ranked matches, CC can make all the difference between victory and loss. However, for players who have been around for a while, the opponent's ability to respond instantly to any CC that is launched against them makes it harder to carry out a full scale freeze on someone's moves. So what should you do

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