Tag Archives: President Obama

“Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018” Is This July — And Here Is A Great Video To Tee Things Up.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access this great video on Vimeo.


Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.


July 18, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the GREAT man’s birth.

Hence this ‘Be the Legacy‘ Centenary.

It is going to be a huge, global celebration with gala events in many cities around the World, starting soon. I plan to keep you apprised of some of the key ones — such as President Obama’s speech, in South Africa, on the day, i.e., July 18, 2018.

But, in the meantime get into the swing of things by watching this very informative and well put together video.


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by Anura Guruge

National Parks 100th Birthday, i.e., Centennial, Is Just For The ‘Park Service’ — Not Any Famous Parks.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access “National Park Service” (NPS) 100th Birthday celebration page. They do point out correctly that this is all about the August 25, 1916 CREATION of the ‘Park Service’.


And President Obama visited 2 National Parks
to mark the upcoming Centennial.

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Click image to access the original “Voice of America” coverage.


To be fair the National Park Service (NPS), in general, has done a good job pointing out that this 100th Birthday celebrations relate to the CREATION of the Park Service than any of the famous National Parks.

They do, however, as I have already pointed out subscribe to this — THOUGH that is wrong! Acadia only became a National Park in 1919.

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Here is an extract from an Excel spreadsheet I created on when the
current 59 National Parks were officially established.

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Notice that Yellowstone, the first Park to be established, is now 144 years old. Yosemite & Sequoia, both of which we visited in April, are 126s old.

Yes, there are 3 Parks turning 100 this year, but they are not ‘famous’.

2019 will be THE BANNER year — with the Grand Canyon, Zion and Acadia (again).


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by Anura Guruge

I Agree With Trump, Raul Castro Snubbed President Obama & The U.S. By Refusing To Greet Him At The Airport.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access U.K. “The Telegraph” original.


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YouTube video of Castro greeting Pope Francis at the airport on September 19, 2015 during his 2nd visit to Cuba. Click image to access YouTube video.


As you might be able to imagine, I, not white by a long chalk, don’t agree with the ‘Duck‘ on many things — though I think we are fairly compatico when it comes to having no sympathy with illegals (given that I experience all the ‘bad things’ legals have to endure because of the illegals).

But I agree with the ‘Duck’ that this was a DEFINITE, calculated SNUB.

It was a bloody historic visit at so many different levels. IF Castro had a policy that he NEVER meets a Head of State off the plane I would be 100% fine with that. As the adopted son of an Ambassador (the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S. to boot) I do understand and appreciate diplomatic protocol.

But Casto was at the airport to meet Pope Francis and Castro is said to be an atheist (in public).

NOT RIGHT.

If the White House knew this before hand they should have complained.

IF it was a surprise Obama should have turned back, got back on Air Force One and flown back.

Whatever you may think about the ‘Duck’ you know, and I know, that he would be capable of turning back and leaving the Cuban’s with their mouths agape. 


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by Anura Guruge

Not A Poppy In Sight At Arlington National Cemetery On Veteran’s Day. Obama Snubs Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


Click to access 'Getty Images' original.

Click to access ‘Getty Images’ original.


Click to access post if you don't believe me ... though I think the whole world knows by now who is THE LIAR in charge.

Click to access post if you don’t believe me … though I think the whole world knows by now who is THE LIAR in charge.


I am so THROUGH with this, the FIRST-AND-LAST black president (at least in the next 100 years).

What is worse is that I always, in the back of my mind, worried that he would end up like this!

I have always been a great believer in Hans Eysenck’s work (given my interest in the workings of the brain).
So, I sure had my suspicions.

I AM SO SORRY.

Most likely the BIGGEST MISTAKE I ever made in my life — and I have made millions, but this is THE MOTHER of the all.

I went door-to-door, I went toe-to-toe.

I took my kids.

I probably knocked on a 1,000 doors, talked to 400 people, made 700 calls, drove 150 miles on election day shuttling voters and
spent hundreds feeding the young volunteers in Laconia with Chinese takeout.

And all the time in the back of my mind I am thinking Eysenck!

To compensate I will do the only thing I can.

Publicize the manifold failings of this, indubitably, the WORST U.S. president ever.

We have a full-size standup Obama figure that I bought in 2008 — because Teischan, then 2 liked it!

This weekend I am taking it to the dump and throwing it in the bin.

I will take a picture of it and post it.
Yes, I thought about doing other things with it,
BUT, unlike him, I have class
and I will never stoop to his level of depravity.

I Remind President Obama To Wear A Poppy On 11/11/2013. I Had Asked Him Last Year. He Owes Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


I e-mailed him last year suggesting that he wear a poppy in 2013.

Here is that post.

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President Obama Gives GoDaddy An Enormous (‘Free’) Plug On TV At The “White House Correspondents’ Association” Dinner Last Night.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to access video coverage from CNN.

Click to access video coverage from CNN.


That they picked Danica Patrick’s GoDaddy NASCAR car, with the GoDaddy logos clearly emblazoned, could not have been a coincidence. Great publicity for GoDaddy, and I am glad given how they helped me out during the papal transition.

Not sure how GoDaddy pulled off this coup. I don’t think (but I could be wrong) that my President would just succumb to the charms of a GoDaddy wet T-shirt girl. That would have, of course, worked with Clinton.

So I have to think that some real mulla, in the millions, was involved in this — either as campaign donations in the past or as a direct payment for this priceless ad.

That is what confuses me. I could be wrong. GoDaddy could be an Obama supporter, which would make me very happy.

GoDaddy, in the end, is Bob Parsons company; he being the founder and now the Executive Chairman.

I have never had the honor of directly interacting with Bob.

But, I have had exceptional service and support from his staff in his office. Which is more than I can say about TDS and its CEO’s staff.

When GoDaddy was pulling out all the stops to help me deal with the huge spike in hits I was getting on my pope blog, I was told that Bob had heard about my problem and was personally monitoring my blog to make sure that it was coping with the traffic demands. I was very grateful. I was going to write a thank you note but was told, explicitly, that it would not be necessary.

Bob Parson is a true maverick and I do admire his style and tastes (and what real, hot-blooded male wouldn’t). So, for all I know, he, like so many high-tech moguls, Hollywood megastars and Warren Buffet could be an Obama supporter. That would neat.

Either way, I loved seeing the GoDaddy plug.

I thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech and that of Conan O’Brien. Very clever. Very funny. This repartee by Conan had me in stitches: “Speaker Boehner and President Obama are still struggling to get along. President Obama and John Boehner are kind of like a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. In theory, they understand each other’s positions, but deep down, you know nothing’s ever going to happen“. [In case you don’t get it, they are both gay.]

If you just want the quick highlights of the jokes, try this link.

President Obama, In Thailand, Unintentionally Propagates Misnomer About Buddhist Prayer.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click to access the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ article replete with three colour pictures.


Prayer means many things to many people, and to many it is a very personal and reverential facet of their life. You could tell that the President, always politic even when making a joke, was very careful about how he ‘worded it’ and then referred to it as ‘good vibes’ when talking to journalist. Given that his true faith is often questioned, the last thing the President wanted, so soon after his resounding reelection, was for the ‘birthers‘ to start claiming that he was now a Buddhist! The current pope, Benedict XVI (#266), is definitely not a fan of non-Christain prayer.

We need to tread very carefully when it comes to Buddhism and prayer to avoid unwarranted misconceptions.

It is also important to make a distinction as to the meaning and significance of prayer. To many, prayer involves asking for intervention of some sort, typically in the form of a beneficial favor. In this case, the President, when talking of prayer, was referring to a beneficial outcome in the U.S. Fiscal Cliff talks.

So, this is why you need to be careful when you bring up prayer and Buddhism in the context of ‘I need a favor‘ type prayers.

Simply put in Buddhism per se there is really no one that can really grant anyone, even the President of the U.S., with beneficial favors!

Yes, of course, Buddhist pray. That is beyond doubt or debate. My mother who was a devout Buddhist prayed incessantly and was known for having a never ending supply of Holy Water from Lourdes and Holy Ash from Sai Baba!

Though some will argue, Buddha was not a god, and definitely not ‘God’ with a capital ‘G’. Buddha was very specific about that. Though he was not fond of discussing how we came to be, he was always adamant that he was not ‘God the Creator’. So, Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha to be specific, was not God.

The Buddha per his own was to reach the state of ‘Nirvana‘ when he died (over 2,400 years ago). Nirvana is the cessation of existence. So other than his teachings and some relics nothing of the Buddha per se exists. There is definitely no ‘soul’, ‘being’, ‘persona’, ‘spirit’ or ‘essence’ of the Buddha floating around here, there or in heaven. That would be totally against his much beloved noting of ‘Nirvana’. So, this means, that while you obviously can’t stop people doing so, it is kind of futile praying to Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. He by his own claim ceased to exist in any tangible form. So, that is, to me, the most fundamental issue when it comes to Buddhism and prayer. You cannot equate Buddha to the Abrahamic God. You might want to, but it just does not make sense.

Yes, Buddhism does embrace the notion of ‘non-human’ entities called ‘Devas’. Yes, of course, you can pray to them, and Buddhist do. But, per the teachings these Devas have limited powers and are definitely not supposed to grant favors — even if they had the power to do so!

In reality, many Buddhist, my family among them, pray most often to the Hindu gods. Buddha was born an Hindu and the two religions acknowledge each other. All Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka (where I come from) have shrines for two or more Hindu gods. In Sri Lanka it is a seamless, symbiotic relationships. Buddhists pray to the Hindu gods. But, to me there is a distinction. That is not Buddhist prayer. That is Hindu prayer.

Yes, ‘Buddhist prayer’ in the form of a kind of meditation is favored by some. But, that is prayer without asking for something. So it is different; very different to some.

So, I just wanted to make sure that my President was not misleading all.


As it happened, this June, in Boston, I actually interviewed my father about ‘Buddhist prayer’, on video, he being a noted, mightily published Buddhist scholar.

Click to access the video interview on ‘YouTube’. The section on prayer starts at around the 10:21 minute mark.

Lakes Region (NH) Economy Booming Per Local Builders.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


The economy around here, i.e., Lakes Region, NH,
must be booming per what I heard from
three local builders yesterday.

No wonder it is Romney country. The folks around here, us being the exceptions, must be making so much money that their taxes must be through the roof. And there was poor me (with the emphasis on ‘poor’) thinking that folks around here, especially those in the building industry, were not doing that well. Silly me. What doesn’t add up, per what Bill Clinton would say is ‘arithmetic‘, is how come all these people thrash President Obama and what he has done to the economy WHEN they are doing so well — better than they have ever done from what I can see, and I have had a place up here since 1991.

I am still agitating to get Old Railway Semaphore signals in Alton Bay painted — per this post in early August 2012. I happened to meet the young lady in charge of this at Alton Central School (ACS) yesterday and she said that she intends to get some estimates for the painting job from local builders/painters. Since I know a few, I decided to push things along a bit by approaching them and telling them to submit bids. I personally met with two yesterday afternoon and spoke with the third by phone. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

They laughed at me. They basically said that they MIGHT be able to get around to providing an estimate this time NEXT YEAR! That is how busy they are. One of them, who specializes in constructing crème de la crème waterfront houses said he was fully booked for the next few years! And they say that we have had a downturn in construction. The other two, both well known local contractors, said they were booked well into June of 2013!

I am delighted for them. They were all very chuffed themselves. Couldn’t stop going on about how good life was. That is great. So how come people claim that things are bad under poor President Obama?

Very confusing. I am still trying to find people to submit estimates. So, if you are interested contact me or Alton Parks and Rec.