Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

Sampeah – The Cambodians diss Obama

Investors Business Daily Editorial for November 20, 2012: Obama’s Southeast Asia Trip All Style, No Substance

On his trip to Cambodia, a country he claimed didn’t deserve a visit due to its strongman government, first lady Bun Rany greeted Obama with a traditional “sampeah” pressed-hands greeting reserved for servants, a little dig that was probably lost on him but not to Asians.

I was curious what the writer meant about the types of sampeah, so googled and found the video cited below. In it, the lowest hand level described is for sampeah to a peer.

As the level of respect toward the one being greeted goes up, so too the hand level goes up. The very highest level is hands at forehead for prayer.

The video doesn’t demonstrate sampeah to those who are lower than peers, such as servants, and I was not able to find anything about that. What I did see over and over at various sites teaching visitors about how to sampeah correctly was the notation that the hands are always held close to the body during the bow. It also seems important that one hold the palms together precisely. You’ll note that Bun Rany, Cambodia’s first lady, did neither while greeting Obama.



IBD editorial


Sampeah Etiquette [3:44]

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posted by Pistol Pete

This is the time of year to give thanks for what God has granted to us.I’m thankful to have another holiday to spend with my family and my friends here.I am also thankful to have lived during a period of time that was slower and simpler. Families ate dinner together and attended church together.When dad asked you how your day was,he really wanted to know.Before teachers became unionized,they taught for the love of working with kids and did not fear for their safety from children armed with knives and guns.When an unmarried girl became pregnant,it brought shame on her family,and she was taken out of school and sent away.Now there are government-run nurseries because of all the 14-15 year old mothers to attend classes.

The only limits to how far a person could prosper were the limits they put on themselves.When they were successful,it was something young people could aspire to,not resent because they had more than you did.Welfare was a last resort for those who had no other means of support.Honesty was an admirable trait and a man’s word was his bond. Good guys always won at the movies. Liars,thieves and cheats would always get their just deserts in the end.

It’s about even money whether I’ll be here to bear witness to the media ‘making history’ again by getting the first woman elected president.It is certain that any viable conservative candidate will be ‘Palinized’ viciously to ensure the GOP-e runs another moderate.They will content themselves being a permanent minority .They will talk tough but always,always submit in the end because though they may be morally right,the media will still blame them for everything.Rush knew we were in trouble on election night because exit polling showed half the electorate still blamed Bush for the bad economy 4 years on.Obastard will use this until the day he retires to Hawaii.

I have not posted lately because there is no reason I can see for optimism.Guess I’m an Eeyore.We all know how this works: one side gets away with whatever it chooses to do and we get the blame.This will not change.Unemployment will be 15%,gas will be $5.00+(except for just before the election)millions more will be out of work and on welfare or disability.Twenty million more illegal immigrants will stream across the border to partake of the country’s largesse and vote democrat.The Rats,as this year,will target a few swing states  to perpetrate enough fraud to swing the election.It worked before,no reason to think it won’t work again.Who’s going to stop them?

They cheated Allen West out of his seat and spent millions (and probably thousands of illegal votes) to defeat Mia Love.Can’t have any black republicans in Congress,now,can we?

I meant for this to be a thoughtful,heartfelt expression of gratitude for all we’ve shared together.Seems I went off on a disjointed diatribe.I’m sorry about that.Since Nov. 6,I have not watched Fox News,not even The Five.I don’t think I’ve missed all that much.

God bless you and yours on this day of giving thanks for what God has granted us.







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