United Airlines disrespectfully kicked passenger off flight

Yesterday, we returned from Taiwan back to Canada on EVA Airlines (a Taiwanese airline).  I am glad to say that we received great customer service from their stewardesses and customer service reps on the ground. I was impressed with how EVA Airlines took care of us and treated us with respect.  I would fly EVA again and recommend them to anyone flying international. They even offered to change the date/time of our return flight free-of-charge (provided their were available seats due to cancellation), and by the way, the food was good too.


I just saw in the news today about a passenger who had a disastrous experience with United Airlines.  It was all over the news and on YouTube videos gone-viral. This paying passenger was violently forced off flight 3411 because they overbooked.

United Airlines needed to fly four of their own employees and needed passengers to give up their seats. No one volunteered when they offered $400 hotel voucher, which was then increased to $800 and still no one volunteered.  Then they randomly picked four passengers to remove from the flight. This last one refused to leave.  The passenger hadn’t done anything wrong but they treated him in an unbelievably disrespectful way.

United Airlines failed to plan, and handled this in a very disastrous way. First, this is not a criminal matter. It was their own fault of failing planning but yet, they brought in police who used force to remove a customer off the plane.  Unbelievable!  This customer was not a criminal.  Police should only be involved if it’s a criminal matter.  A very bad move by United Airlines. It showed disrespect toward this passenger who was a doctor and had patients to see the next day.

Second, they should have used persuasion.  Customers can be persuaded to volunteer to give-up their seat.  If they had offered a $1,500-2,000 cash credit for a flight of their choice to be used in the future, someone would have offered to volunteer… heck, I might even be tempted to. After this disaster, I think United Airlines will be losing millions of dollars in customer revenue–not just hundreds.  I certainly would not fly United Airlines and I foresee many thousands will not be choosing to fly with United in the future. No one should be treated in this abhorrently disrespectful manner.  Even if UA had a right to decline a passenger their flight, it should never treat any customer in such disrespectful manner.

Years ago, Air Canada messed up a flight my wife and I were on but I will always remember.  The airline asked the entire plane who leave due to engine problems, and it happened twice in the same evening.  It was way past midnight.  The only thing Air Canada offered us later was a $250 voucher off a future flight, without an offer for hotel over night. It was a joke, and I was furious and chose not fly Air Canada for many years after that horrible incident.

Pray for God’s wisdom to guide President Trump

Pray for President Trump and an ethical and moral leadership to carry his Administration through the unilateral attack on Syria’s airbase.

President Assad used chemical gas Sarin to kill innocent Syrian civilians including men, women and children. He is a cruel authoritarian who destroyed his own country and created a huge refugee crisis around the world.  Assad has shown a disdain toward his own Syrian people, forcing them to leave their homes and their country because he didn’t like their views.

This is a crucial time for President Trump because he is exerting a much-needed American leadership in a chaotic world.  There is a need for a more stable Syrian situation in the world.  Pray that God would guide President Trump and give him wisdom.

When things were “Made in Taiwan”

Some say globalism is good; some say it’s bad for the local economy.  It depends who is benefiting from globalism. What is happening in Taiwan is similar to what has happened in Japan. I remember there used to be a time in the 1980 when a lot of cheap goods in Canada were labelled: “Made in Taiwan.” The economy in Taiwan was booming with industry and factories were producing goods locally.  Today, many of these factories have moved to mainland China (Giant, a bicycle maker; Tatung; Acer and Asus, computer makers, etc.).

The result: Taiwan is much different today from 30 years ago.  The economy has slowed down. The dollar is weak and the younger generation has a tough time finding good jobs and they are leaving the country to find greener pasteurs. South Korea may experience this in its near future if it doesn’t make a change in its domestic and foreign trade policies.

My wife got into a conversation with a gardener who laments the situation Taiwan is in. He knows the opportunity existed for the older generation of Taiwanese but no longer exists for the younger generation.  Some of the older is still supporting the younger generations who are living at home.  Sad.

The only people who will benefit will be cheap laborers in China, and rich multinational and American corporations’ owners and shareholders; while American and Canadian laborers will suffer and remain jobless or have low-paying jobs with decreasing benefits.  This is the reality today for many in Taiwan, and the coming reality for North Americans and the millennial generation in their 20s and 30s. This is a reality the global elite don’t want the common person to think too much about and to just quietly accept the status quo–of a statist or shinking service economy.

The solution is simple. Think “Taiwan first” and your own country first.  America, Canada and other countries needs to do the same.   What Taiwan needs to do to make this country stronger is something similar to what U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to do in America.  Encourage your industries and factories to stay and/or move back to Taiwan so that your young Taiwanese generations can have jobs locally in the same country.  Think about jobs for you, your family and your children’s children.

Mainstream media’s dishonesty in reporting

Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem.) meeting with Russian President Putin

The public has been duped by a morally bankrupt and corrupt mainstream media.  The recent lies and coverups by the media is harmful for a nation and its people.  Ultimately, the entire nation will suffer.  I hope justice will be done.

The elite globalists own a large part of the media and it is very reasonable to say that there is a blatant bias and unfairness in the networks. Let’s face it, there is a huge temptation for the media to keep some of the facts from the public because it works in their favor to manipulate public opinion.  The elite’s agenda of globalism is real but it is hidden in the open. A sovereign and free people, with a free press, will grow increasingly tired of the propaganda media (e.g., CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Washington Post).

We all have a responsibility to seek and speak the truth in all places at all times–the church, government, the courts, the media, and schools. It’s a responsibility and duty of a free press.  A free press is truly free when it reports responsibly–when it seeks the truth–when it considers all the perspectives from all angles based on truths and facts.  But when it intentionally omits the opposition’s legitimate opinions, perspectives, and important information in order to delegitimize the opposition and hide the truth, it is doing a huge disservice to the public.

The media is quickly losing any credibility it may still have.  Is is now losing the public’s trust in their own ability to tell the truth because it has become a propaganda media. Public trust in the media is at an all-time low (as low as their trust in politicians).

Why?  Here are some examples of the mainstream media’s fake news stories:

1/  The media has been trying to spin the story of  Trump cabinet picks meeting with Russian officials as a criminal act. High-ranking Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have also talked with Russian officials before the election (see pics). And they have been the most outspoken critics of Trump.  Their accusations of Republicans colluding with the Russians is merely a low-ball campaign to smear President Trump.  These Democrats are hypocrites.

The truth is, meeting with Russian officials is not a criminal offense.  But Democrats are making false accusations as a subversive tactic to demoralize the public’s trust in Trump’s cabinet picks.  What is more outrageous is that Hillary Clinton is guilty of taking money from China and funneling it into the Clinton Foundation.  Considering China is an even bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia is, why is the the media not reporting on Clinton’s criminal act?!  It’s a convenient negligent omission of facts.  This needs to be investigated.

2/  Spying (wire-tapping) by Democrat executives, pro-Obama/Clinton intelligence community.  This is a blatant abuse of power that the media is choosing not to investigate.   This is the biggest scandal since Watergate but they have intentionally ignore the deceit and corruption of their friends in office.  The liberal media has dug themselves into a bigger hole.

3/  Pro-Obama Democrats had intelligence briefings and knowledge of spying (wire-tapping) in order to undermine President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations (Jeff Sessions, Flynn, etc.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Dem.) meet with Russians.

Why are pro-Democrat intelligence not investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails? And why is the liberal mainstream media not investigating?  If these violations had been committed against the Democrats, Obama, and Hillary Clinton, they would be up-in-arms.  The people are seeking justice.

Is there other intelligent life out there?

This current generation will have the opportunity to dream about the possibility of new life and living on other planets.  In my growing-up years, this was only in the movies because earth was the only planet we knew of that was livable.  As many people learned this past week, NASA has just announced the new discovery of seven planets known as Trappist-1.

As a teenager, I was told “Aliens do not exist,” and that if a person thought they saw an alien, it was a demonic manifestation.  I had no problems with this according to my Christian culture because scriptures had nothing to say about other life other than earth’s human beings.  But if we were to actually discover intelligent life in outer space, would it contradict the bible?  I don’t see any contradiction.

First Lady prays the Lord’s Prayer at Trump Rally

It was great to see First Lady, Melania Trump, pray the Lord’s Prayer at this Saturday’s huge rally in Melbourne, Florida. Good to see. Jesus said we ought to be salt and light and not let the light be hidden under a bushel basket.  May the light of Christ, and his good news, shine brightly and overcome darkness. [forward to 37min]

Trump communicated to Christians and silent majority

trump-obamaThe day after President Trump’s inauguration, Democratic organizers changed what they planned as a victory parade into a women’s demonstration to protest against Trump in many cities across America.  It was also a protest against the what they “think” are Trump’s ideology of anti-women, anti-racial inequality, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-this, and anti-that.   The anti-Trump side dumped a lot of cooked-up baloney on Trump. And what surprises me is that they were surprised he won the election.  Liberals were completely mesmerized by the results because they were not listening to Trump’s real message, but only at how he communicated.

What pro-Clinton liberals and the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge and accept the reasons why Trump won the election.  They are still reliving the election and are bitter against conservative populism being more popular than progressive liberalism.  But we can all agree on something: that Trump got elected for reasons other than his oratory skills, which is not the finest.  The hard-to-swallow truth is that Trump effectively spoke to the “silent majority” who felt their voices had not been heard, which included religious conservatives (Protestants, Catholics and evangelicals).  His message resonated with many other people within this silent majority including the working class, labor unions, classic Democrats and Republicans, educated professionals.   Trump’s message touched people of all stripes, even people of all color: white, black, Hispanics, Asian, (including disenchanted white supremacists which was unintentional).  Simply put, Trump had the right message, not Hillary Clinton. It was a masterful work of speaking to conservative populism in America.

franklingrahamHillary Clinton and Obama and the Democrats for many decades have totally ignored conservative populism and they chose to ignore them to their peril this election.  Despite the dishonest media’s gang-up on Trump in order to delegitimize his presidency even before he’s still barely getting started out the gate, Trump’s message is still getting out.  Good thing for Twitter.  Evangelicals were happy to see invited the Revs. Franklin Graham, Paula White, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, amongst others, invited to read scripture and pray at the Inauguration.  Hillary Clinton would have never given conservative evangelicals the time of day–except for scorn.  Trump has made religious conservatives (who had been treated like outsiders under Obama and Clinton) feel like insiders during this election.  It will continue in his nominations to key positions (incl. Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Elaine Chao, Rick Perry, Ken Blackwell, etc.).  This is why Liberal Democrats are attacking Trump and his Administration.  It is a battle over ideology and message rather than fluff.  Despite what the biased media may be reporting, Trump does have a real message, and it carries deep meaning to millions of God-fearing, God-loving Americans.

Trump does not talk like an insider politician and polish orator but yet, he won.  How did this happen?  He speaks using simple language, not as an educated scholar with a post-graduate degree.  A person without a high school degree can totally understand his message–including immigrants who cannot speak perfect English like my parents.  His style resonates with regular common people and this is what made his message so effective. I dare to liken Trump to young David to defeated Goliath.  Yes, the Clinton-Democratic election machine was ready for a huge defeat over Trump but yet they lost.  It was a big fall and hence, they had to turn the planned victory parade into a women’s protest in Washington, DC and other cities.

Obama chooses his words carefully and includes all people and speaks like a polish orator.  He tries to please everyone by including the outsiders to make them feel heard and included. This is good and admirable, and it even makes an Asian dude like me feel included.  This contrasts with the hard-hitting style of Trump who is fashioned like a bulldog; he bites hard and doesn’t let go of his opponent.   Like a Doberman, Trump barked at the elitists and called-out their dishonesty, and it scared them, hence the strong reaction from people, including Republican insiders.  Beholden to his opponents, Trump’s simple message hit the right points in people’s hearts and made outsiders feel like they were being heard and supported. Note that these outsiders are different from Obama’s outsiders.  This was a key to why Trump was so successful in winning the election.  It was Trump’s message that won their support–not his oratory speaking abilities.

To President Obama’s credit, Obama has a wonderful gift of speaking, and he stands in my books as one of the best orators. He knows how to inspire and include the listeners in his speeches (even Christians to an extent), and I think this was the reason why Obama got elected back in 2008.  But whether he actually united people or not is another thing.  Just as President Reagan was known as “the communicator”, I would opine that Obama’s oration skills is up there along with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. If this election were Obama vs Trump, it would make for an very interesting battle–two effective communicators in a war of words.

We wish outgoing President Obama and his family best wishes, happiness and security.  We also wish incoming President Trump and his family prosperity, peace, happiness and God’s protection in the coming term.  God bless you all, and may God bless America.

“Fake news” is a misnomer

Facebook wouldn’t admit it but I think Zuckerberg and Facebook’s ideals are being bought out by profit from foreign money. I was asking myself why he made these comments. Recent news (BBC here) was released that Facebook has developed a censorship tool for China.  The Chinese Communist regime (PRC) is known to censor anything its government doesn’t like.

This is terribly disturbing to us because it dangerously impinges on our freedoms and liberties of free-speech in the west.  Most citizens in the PRC do not even know what real news and opinions are because they don’t know what they don’t see and hear.

What about us here in the west?  If Facebook is complying to the demands of the PRC in order to stay in China, then we also need to be aware of the possible dangers of Facebook.  It can easily apply the same tool here too.

The use of this term “fake news” is a minomer and is used in a slight-of-hand to censor people’s personal opinions.  Users of Facebook do not intend to put its so-called “fake news” on Facebook.  They are intended to be real opinions from real people, and therefore, should not be labelled as “fake news.”  This is why “fake news” is really just a misnomer.

I am disappointed in Facebook and would dump FB in a heartbeat; in fact, I use very little of it today. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Google to gain more users because it did decide to leave the authoritarian confines of the PRC to relocate to Hong Kong. Anyway, I just want more FB users to be aware of this and think for themselves.