I remember growing up watching the news about apartheid in South Africa. I remember the international call and movement for an end to the apartheid. I remember it all coming to an end and this man, Nelson Mandela being released after a nearly 30 year stint as a political prisoner. The world celebrated. We'll most of it did. Obviously some people were upset that they had to give up their reign.
That was about twenty years ago, and South Africa has come a long way. They've got to the point that the are going to host a global event. This is big news. I remember ten, fifteen years ago reports that had South Africa and Colombia vying for number one in murderous crime.
So the Would Cup is coming to town. And tickets are on sale. They range from about $20 to $900. The lower end prices being reserved for residents. And although South Africa still has a high crime rate, the government garantees 100% safty for guests.
"So, if I have 100% information on your movement, I can give you the guarantee that you will be 100% safe."
Although I am not the hugest football fan, I do enjoy world cup competition. I never thought that I could get hung up on the play by play scenarios of a game, but I did. Seriously, I am into it. Am I going to watch every game all the way though? Probably not. But I will definitely be down to watch marquee matches involving a handful of key teams. The US team first of course.
As far as the Cup being in South Africa goes, I would love to go for the experience. But in reality. In bitter reality, there is no way I could afford such a trip. And even if I could, I am not sure that I would. I've gotten to the point that I am turned off by the huge crowds. That isn't to say that if someone handed me plane tickets for those dates, that I wouldn't seize the opportunity. But I am not going to hold my breath, or spend a small fortune to make it happen. I'll watch the games at my local pub or take a drive into the Foggy City depending on who is in it towards the end. Either way I am excited for the event and for South Africa.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Today's word is " Marhaba" . This is the word for "hello" in the Arabic world. It is pronounced pretty much how it is spelled with emphases on the H and a slight roll of the R. Marr-Haba
Friday, February 13, 2009
I can't believe that we are letting weapons get into the hands of our enemies. Oh wait. Yes I can. How could we possible be asked to fund a war against unarmed combatants.
At the Afghan army's central weapons depot in Kabul, the team found "guards sleeping on duty and missing from their posts." A subsequent audit by the US military found 47 pistols had been stolen from the depot.
Yeah good work A-Holes! Just let them take our weapons so that our troops can get smoked by the bullets that we made here in the USA. In my book this is an example of blatant disregard for our solders, tax payers and the Afghan troops that are helping get their country on track. Furthermore, as if the notion of your son or daughter getting killed by bullets made here in the States, shot from guns made by our allies and being negligently passed to the hands of our enemies by our Afghan allies(the same guys we are supposed to be helping) isn't bad enough, it is so fiscally irresponsible. What is it, cost plus small arms distribution? I mean really, this crap has been going on for how long? These are the kind of cockamamie actions that have to make us take a long look at what is really going on. Take a long look at ourselves.
Go ahead. Call Vladimir Putin that. He denies that he was dancing to Abba songs to the rest of the world. And he will to you too. But if you become over accusatory, he'll break you. After all he is a black belt in Judo. Oh and Russian. He's probably made out of solid ice.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Well,here it is. Good Ole A-Rod coming clean. But once again with this creep, it's nothing special. Just a robot spewing data. At least he admits that he fucked up and apologizes. That's a start. The video is worth watching for the first couple of minutes. He fails to answer some questions about where he got the drugs, but he cant be expected to rat out his buddies. Anyway, I think that he showed pretty good character by coming clean. However it can't be looked over that he was using when secured the biggest contract in history and to the this day. In actuality the headline below says it all.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Obama rose to the occasion and held his first prime time news conference just under a month into his Presidency. Thus showing the moxie early on that it took Bush 10 months and some asshole to fly a plane into the World Trade Center before he did it. Obama, and the white house felt that they needed to make a case for his economic stimulus package . The friendly, playful Obama that we are used to seeing was not present. This was a more serious Obama. All business, so to speak.In his press conference he answered about thirteen questions in about an hour's time.Most of them pertaining to bill before congress. Here is the video for those of you that missed it.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here are U.S. Trained Bolivian Soldiers taking out a lab in what is known as the Red Zone. There is a whole photo essay that includes this shot and others on the Mother Jones Website. There are some insane pictures that are worth seeing.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
As some of you may or may not know. My wife and I have been in the market for a new home. We have a good team working with us. Kevin and Naomi. The reason I bring it up is that Naomi is Japanese. What has that got to do with anything you ask. Well, my whole life I have been fascinated with language. Whenever I can learn a new word or phrase in a foreign language, I go for it. So every time Naomi is taking the time to show us properties, I ask her a word or phrase in Japanese.
The problem is that for most of us it is difficult to remember new words and phrases from unfamiliar languages. Sure with study and practice it can be done, but that is too time consuming. So I had the thought that instead of doing a quote of the day or a pic of the day as other bloggers do. I am going to do a foreign word or phrase of the day. Not that I would totally rule out the previously mentioned elements to this blog's format. I would not. I just wanted to spice it up a little and at the same time help myself reinforce those new words. And of course, to share the knowledge.
So look forward to new words and phrases coming our way.
Having left hockey for several years. That is having stopped following it. I have missed the excitement that it provided me. And although I am a San Jose Sharks fan,I could not help but feel nostalgic when watching this video. Beautifully synced to a Filter song it almost like it was choreographed. Check it out!