Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari is the chief of the Zardari tribe and the husband of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He served as a member of the National Assembly, and as environment minister during the second term of his wife's premiership. His last position in the government of Pakistan was as a senator until 1999 when the senate and assemblies were dissolved by Gen. Pervez Musharraf who took over the reins of the government in a coup against the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Candidate's Party Affiliation
Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP)
Asif Ali Zardari is the chief of the Zardari tribe and the husband of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He served as a member of the National Assembly, and as environment minister during the second term of his wife's premiership. His last position in the government of Pakistan was as a senator until 1999 when the senate and assemblies were dissolved by Gen. Pervez Musharraf who took over the reins of the government in a coup against the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
History and Background
In 1990, he was arrested on charges of blackmail, based on allegations that he attached a bomb to a Pakistani businessman, Murtaza Bukhari, and forced him to withdraw money from his bank account . However, the charges were not proven and he was released from prison in 1993 when Pakistan People's Party took power. During the final days of his wife’s second premiership, just before her government was dissolved by the then president, Farooq Leghari, his brother in law Murtaza Bhutto was assassinated. He was subsequently arrested on murder charges in 1996. The verdict was set aside following a major scandal, when audio tapes titled 'murdering justice' were revealed. These tapes proved Zardari had nothing to do with the murder and the accountability bureau was blackmailing the judge to issue a guilty verdict.
Early Years
He was kept in custody from 1997 to 2004 on charges ranging from corruption to murder, all of which were never proven. He was granted bail and released in November 2004 when a judge said the cases were all false.  However, he was re-arrested on 21 December 2004 after his failure to attend a hearing in a murder trial in Karachi. He was charged with conspiracy in the 1996 killing of a judge and his son. These charges coincided with his plans to launch massive protests in the country.
Current Status
Zardari is currently lives in NY but also has a home in Dubai. He is suffering from diabetes and a spinal ailment as a result of his prolonged imprisonment.
In August 2004, Zardari acknowledged owning a £4.35m estate in Surrey, England (including a 20-room mansion and two farms on 365 acres, or 1.5 km², of land), which the Pakistani authorities allege was bought with the proceeds of corruption. However, a British court cleared him of these allegations in 2006.
Zardari has spent a total of 11 years in prison, without ever being convicted. He says that the charges are politically motivated.

Kevin rudd ....Australia pm

australian pm

born Sept. 21, 1957, Nambour, Queens., Australia) Australian politician, leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP; 2006– ), and prime minister of Australia (2007– ).
Rudd grew up on a farm in Eumundi, Queensland. Politically active from his 
youth, he joined the ALP in 1972. He attended the Australian National University in Canberra, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Asian studies 
before embarking on a diplomatic career. From 1981 to 1988 he served in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, holding embassy posts in Stockholm and Beijing. He left the department to become chief of staff for 
Queensland opposition leader Wayne Goss—a position he retained after Goss became premier of Queensland in 1989. Rudd served as director general of the 
state cabinet office from 1992 to 1995. Entering the private sector, he worked for two years as a senior consultant for the accounting firm KPMG Australia.
Rudd was first elected to the federal House of Representatives—as the member 
for Griffith, Queensland—in 1998 and was twice reelected (2001 and 2004). In 
he held a series of positions that gave him increasing responsibility within the 
Labor Party. After the 2001 election, in which Prime Minister John Winston Howard's coalition secured a strong working majority, Rudd was appointed shadow minister for foreign affairs. Frequently appearing in televised interviews and on political talk shows, Rudd became known as a vocal critic of the Howard government's handling of the Iraq War. He was given the additional shadow ministry portfolios of international security in 2003 and trade in 2005. At the ALP caucus held on Dec. 4, 2006, he was chosen party leader, defeating former head Kim Beazley by a vote of 49–39.
In 2007 Rudd increased his calls for Howard to set a date for the next federal elections and urged the prime minister to meet him in face-to-face debates. 
Rudd—who was riding a wave of popular support at the same time that Howard's voter-satisfaction ratings were dropping—promised to bring a new leadership style to Australian politics. He called for a clear-cut exit strategy for Australian forces in Iraq, and he criticized Howard for recent rises in interest 
rates. In addition, Rudd stressed the importance of improving health services. To that end, he announced a comprehensive public health reform plan that he 
vowed to set in motion early in his administration if he was elected prime minister. In the November 2007 elections, the ALP easily defeated Howard and 

the Liberal Party. Rudd was sworn in as prime minister on Dec. 3, 2007. Following through on a campaign promise, he formally apologized to the Australian Aborigines in February 2008 for abuses they suffered under earlier administrations.

bladimir putin with girlfriend...........

  • Born: 7 October 1952
  • Birthplace: Leningrad, Russia (now St. Petersburg)
  • Best Known As: President of the Russian Federation, 2000-2008
Vladimir Putin was elected president of the Russian Federation in 2000 as the hand-picked successor of Boris Yeltsin. After earning a law degree in 1975, Putin joined the KGB, the security force of the former Soviet Union. He spent years working primarily in East Germany, then left the service in 1991 and became active in the politics of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad). He was brought to Moscow by Yeltsin in 1996 and served as an administrator in the Kremlin and an official for the security organizations which replaced the KGB. In 1999 Putin became Yeltsin's fifth prime minister in 17 months, then became acting president when Yeltsin left office. He was officially elected to the office in 2000 and then re-elected in a landslide vote in March of 2004. As president he gained a reputation as a clever and ruthless political operator with a hunger for Russian power and not too much concern for the niceties of democracy or diplomacy. He stepped down in 2008 (as required by term limits) and was replaced by his own hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev then installed Putin as prime minister, a move which left Putin, as The New York Times put it, as "the country's dominant politician, with a firm grip on power."

Monday, December 20, 2010


attitude quotes

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.  ~Oscar Wilde

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.  ~Cavett Robert

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.  ~Annie Gottlier

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts.  It's what you do with what you have left.  ~Hubert Humphrey

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.  ~Author Unknown

There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.  ~Robert Brault,

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.  You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.  ~Roald Dahl

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.  ~George Santayana

Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca Reigler

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.  ~The Eagles, "Already Gone"

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.  ~Samuel Johnson

I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I'm having a party!  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon,

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.  ~Foster's Law

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.  ~Bill Meyer

We find things where we look for them, which is why I never look for a golf ball out of bounds.  ~Robert Brault,

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  ~Oscar Wilde,Lady Windermere's Fan, 1893

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.  ~Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.  ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.  ~Joe Clark

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.  ~Scott Hamilton

If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.  ~Vince Lombardi

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.  ~J. Brotherton

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.  ~Publius Terentius Afer

I don't like that man.  I must get to know him better.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life.  ~Annette Goodheart

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.  ~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.  ~Buddha

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.  ~William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues

I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health.  ~Author Unknown

Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks -
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
~Irving Berlin, "I Got the Sun in the Morning," 1946

To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.  ~Ancient Proverb

Make your optimism come true.  ~Author Unknown

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.  ~Confucius

I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.  ~Anne Frank,The Diary of a Young Girl

The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.  ~Eli Khamarov, Surviving on Planet Reebok

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises.
~William Shakespeare

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.  ~English Proverb

Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.  ~Robert Frost

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.  ~William James

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.  ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,Frankenstein, 1818

When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long.  ~Author Unknown

What is possible?  What you will.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Good fortune shies away from gloom.  Keep your spirits up.  Good things will come to you and you will come to good things.  ~Glorie Abelhas

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  ~Katherine Mansfield

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~Robert Brault,

Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
Which fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
~Thomas Hardy, Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1909

Whenever you fall, pick something up.  ~Oswald Avery

Success is due less to ability than to zeal.  ~Charles Buxton

My father's nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories.  He took his own happiness with him.  ~Margot Asquith

Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you.  ~Author Unknown

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.  ~Elbert Hubbard

If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one...  ~William Cowper

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?  ~Henry Moore

I wish I was a glow worm,
A glow worm's never glum.
'Cos how can you be grumpy
When the sun shines out your bum!
~Author Unknown

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt...  ~Dorothy Day

Sometimes life's Hell.  But hey!  Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty.  ~J. Andrew Helt

I am an optimist.  It does not seem too much use being anything else.  ~Winston Churchill

[W]hat counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.  ~Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee, 31 January 1958, also sometimes attributed to Mark Twain (unverified)

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  ~Betty Smith

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.  ~Walt Whitman

No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.  ~Ellen Glasgow

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.  ~Wernher von Braun

Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles.  ~Robert Brault,

Your heart is a sun -
Joy its stars,
Faith a moon, shining in your darkness...
~Terri Guillemets

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.  One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

There's a saying among prospectors:  "Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find."  ~Robert Flaherty

I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue.  ~Author Unknown

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.  ~Voltaire

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.  ~Eudora Welty

Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks.  Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise.  ~Kathleen Turner

Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.  ~Maurice Setter