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Trump is happening, but is it good for the US? May 13, 2016

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Donald Trump is happening and he is going to be there on billboards. Hate, resist, desist, crib whatever, he has a real chance of putting his legs on the desk  at Oval room and pushing his line of thought to every “intellectuals” and “suave” US citizen.

I have been asking my self, would that be good for America? What does he mean when he says America First? Does that mean he wishes to ensure that the US minds its own monkey business? Does it mean that the US under Trump is going to be a “sales man” keen to impress others to ensure that its wares sell the most? Looks like. It is also very likely that Trump may significantly dilute whatever he is making everyone hear, this can be very strategic, this bad man image. Of course he is not saying anything which is said in millions of households in the US.

Trump is unlikely to do good for beggars on the streets of Chicago and New York, he is unlikely to do good for Muslims, he is unlikely to good for Mexicans, Indians, Chinese – so whom is he likely to benefit? White Americans and maybe Black Americans, and if he does that would it be good for America? Yes, that is a loaded question and yes, it is a nobrainer, it will be good for America.

 

More to come…

Donald Trump Is For Real – Why Trump Can’t Be Trumped February 29, 2016

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March 16/ 2016:

Good Morning! Anxious trumpeters understand that Trump has trumped them despite his trumpery conversational approach and accept that he has earned his trumpeting rights.
(I reserve my copyright over this Trump statement)
Original post begins from here onward.
Feb 28, 2016

On July 24, 2015, I told myself, “Be ready for some fun.” I had seen two US elections closely – 2008 & 2012 – and both times they were Republicans vs. Democrats.   This time I predicted and told myself that this is different, it is Trump vs. Republican vs. Democrats and look at what has happened in 6-7 months after that. Trump has almost trumped all Republicans and now we all know that we may be heading for Trump vs. Democrats. Some may say that the way Hillary has operated it is going to be Hillary vs. Trump, but Hillary is a Democrat. Trump, at best, can be called an opportunist Republican. Fundamentally, he is Trump and not a Republican. The best we can say is, Trump is fighting on a Republican ticket. That’s about it.

If I look back to what has made this happen, there is Trump’s single trait which has consistently stood by him: he always calls a Spade a Spade even if he is seen as a monkey or an idiot in the process. Psephologists conclude invariably a few days later, he can get away with this; and they conclude the same every time.

When he wrote off Latino and Muslim votes very early in his run for nomination, it looked like that he is a non-serious candidate. The way he brought in polarization is a masterstroke. People who feel that the borders with Mexico and intake of new Muslim immigrants hurt the US dream, pushed his campaign to seriousness and eventually made him a front-runner. He takes criticism on his side but does not go back often to regret it.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson have tried hard, but with the kind of fences which Donald Trump creates around him they just don’t have the guts and strengths to break them. By December 2015, he had already pushed Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina out of the race. Though Jeb Bush still felt that he had a chance, for all practical purposes he was written off.

From January, Trump started addressing a different audience altogether. He started taking nations to task. His comment, “We have great power over China but we don’t know how to use it”, made people seriously think that this guy believes in “Let us make America Great Again.” All through these 6-7 months, he has been an A class entertainer, who can put any stand-up comedy artist to shame, and he demonstrated to the world that entertainment can be married to determination seamlessly.

In India, we have Rajnikant jokes. Rajnikant is the Superman of Supermen who can say and do just about anything in the world and get away with it. By end Jan, I was convinced that the US has discovered their Rajnikant.

It is interesting to note that Mr. Trump knows clearly and says articulately that Indians have taken US jobs. There is no lie in it, but it has never been politically correct to say this. What would be needed of Mr. Trump if he becomes POTUS is to understand why US jobs went to India and fundamentally show courage to revamp the US education system from the ground up. That I am not sure whether he has it in him or not.

I was thinking what can derail Trump at this stage? Almost nothing. A massive sex scandal may do some damage but I think his campaign has gained enough momentum to withstand that.

All through these 7-8 months, Donald Trump has been aggressive and has not played any games. However, he hasn’t spared those who tried to play games with him either. Macy’s stock price, after they openly went against Donald Trump, has effectively fallen by almost 30%, which is definitely not in line with other retail stocks.

Folklore describes instances in mythology when determination has moved mountains. Looking at Trump and his determination, maybe that is not mythology after all.

More interesting days lie ahead.

Top Indian Websites in the US March 2010 March 3, 2010

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Here goes the list of Top Indian Websites in the US. I am very proud of the fact that http://MyDearValentine.com is climbing up very nicely. MDVC as it is referred to within Compare was founded at Compare Infobase, it is now owned by one of our joint ventures. http://Mapsofworld.com continues to be the No1. Indian website in the US and it is still 100% owned by Compare.

Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank 3/2/10
1 mapsofworld.com 1,114
2 indiatimes.com 1,552
3 rediff.com 2,204
4 mydearvalentine.com 2,736
5 oneindia.in 2,767
6 sulekha.com 3,144
7 bollywoodsargam.com 3,586
8 chakpak.com 4,758
9 ibibo.com 5,309
10 bharatstudent.com 5,368
11 in.com 5,778
12 dgreetings.com 6,254
13 shaadi.com 6,321
14 indiamart.com 6,402
15 hindustantimes.com 6,474
16 tradeindia.com 7,577
17 sify.com 7,983
18 guruji.com 8,143
19 cricinfo.com 8,240
20 clickindia.com 12,985
21 makemytrip.com 15,177
22 mapsofindia.com 15,575
23 tribuneindia.com 16,168
24 expressindia.com 16,493
25 hindu.com 17,127
26 ndtv.com 17,520
27 bharatmatrimony.com 18,243
28 webindia123.com 23,434
29 realbollywood.com 24,939
30 rajshri.com 26,366
31 samachar.com 28,176
32 timesjobs.com 28,363
33 raaga.com 29,329
34 icicibank.com 30,978
35 indya.com 32,518
36 zapak.com 34,867
37 carwale.com 36,313
38 bollywoodhungama.com 41,254
39 indiainfo.com 42,631
40 jeevansathi.com 42,881
41 naukri.com 44,801
42 liveindia.com 46,990
43 indiaglitz.com 56,706
44 indiaedu.com 60,111
45 beautytipshub.com 62,511
46 naukrihub.com 63,574
47 rediffmail.com 65,676
48 bseindia.com 68,344
49 indiahousing.com 75,775
50 craftsinindia.com 82,347

Restaurants Around San Pedro September 28, 2009

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I am a foodie and would love remaining one for rest of my life. My work place is just across San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose, this post is aimed at putting on a piece of paper on what I like most at that specific restaurant. It is not a detailed review but more like – I have been there and I have liked this.

  1. The Old spaghetti Factory – Shrimp, Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Quality and quantity both are fine 7/10 & Lasagna Vegitariano – 9/10 This is yummy Marinara sauce makes huge difference (Both have artichoke’s)
  2. The Old Wagon – Popcorn Shrimp – Yummy 8/10 & Been Fishing, there take on Fish & Chips – Chips were out of the world, fish was fine too, decent portion 8/10
  3. 71 Saint Peter’s – Pan Seared Crab Cakes 5/10 Not to my taste & Bruschetta 9/10 – the way it should be. Main course Seafood linguine - Prawns, Scallops, Mussels, Lobster, Tomatoes – this is my favorite and I give it 10/10 – very tasty, very juicy and filling
  4. Sonoma Chicken Coop – Crispy calamari – Its is flash fried and tastes awesome, good helping 9/10 & Grilled Salmon Risotto 10/10 – The Wow dish of the downtown – I’ve had it over 20 times and every time the experience is just out of the world
  5. 19 Market – The Vietnamese fine dining – Crab and Avocado Spring Rolls – a bit dry but very tasty 7/10 & Grilled Salmon with Spicy Green Beans 8/10 (2 points go the portion is slightly less at this price point) & Brown Rice 8/10
  6. La Vic’s – Best Tacos and Burritos town – Super Veggie Burrito – 9/10 – awesome taste too filling and a meal for the day and Veggie Tacos – 9/10 Wow taste – in Orange Sauce takes you there 101/10
  7. Amici’s - Artichoke Panzanella Salad – All the veggies with bread cubes thrown in - 8/10 Tastes best with some Olive oil and vinegar & Veggie Pizza – Green Pepper, Mushrooms, Onions, Black Olives 10/10 – There just can’t be any better Pizza in this category
  8. Peggy Sue’s Diner – Clam chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl – 9/10 tastes good, filling & Fish n Chips – 7/10 Chips are great, fish can be less oily, helping is generous.

The above are my best 8 out of about 20 and I have had food at them several times. San Jose is a foodies delight and the San Pedro neighborhood is a jewel in the crown.

Airlines in the USA – My Rating July 12, 2008

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American Airlines, Delta, Continental, Jet Blue, Southwest, Northwest, US Airways and Alaskan are the airlines I had a chance to fly with over the last year and half of active travelling within US. My experience iwth Delta has prompted me to write this post. Of course I would mention the details later, but Delta is the worst airline to travel with, as per my experience.  Here we go:

My reserach for this post led me to this news item http://www.forbes.com/2007/09/26/airlines-performance-faa-biz-logistics-cx_rm_tvr_0927worstairlines.html

Of course I can’t be as objective and elaborate as The Forbes researched document on The America’s Worst Airlines, so I would rather insert a disclaimer – Please see this post as a blog based on personal experience and nothing more.

Simar’s Hall of Fame – Overall Rank
Southwest 1
Jet Blue 2
American Airlines 3
Alaskan Airlines 4
Continental 5
Northwest 6
American Eagle 7
Delta 8

 More to come…