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LPGA – English Only

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw on the news that the LPGA had issued an “English Only” policy. I knew immediately that it deserved a post after hearing a few people in the hotel dining room say it “sounds like a good idea.” Fortunately, I believe these people were outnumbered by those who disagreed but I couldn’t believe this was actually happening.

The new rule apparently targets the large number of lady Korean golfers who are making enormous strides in the sport. I was in disbelief especially after the Olympics which is such a world unifying event and the entire program is based on athletic merit which it should be. I had assumed that professional sports in the USA would also adhere to this same principle but I guess one can always be surprised. I know the male sports look only at ability such as the MLB and NBA and it’s too bad that the snotty LPGA can’t figure this out as well.

I am relieved however that by doing a quick search in Google there is a lot of backlash and golf.com has an article that says “LPGA’s English-only policy is unsportsmanlike and un-American.

http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,1836266,00.html?cid=feed-tours_news-20080826-1836266

After seeing that article, the steam stopped coming out of my ears and really deflated what would have been a much longer rant since I can see that people with common sense are attacking this policy.

However, it still seems that in America there is the concept that people who do not speak English are ‘lesser’ or dumb. This was certainly the case when immigrants first arrived in America in the 1800s’ but one would think that we have become much more intelligent by now.
A good example of the hypocrisy is to use the French in Paris who give Americans the short shrift when they are unable to speak French which would probably make the snobs in the LPGA very upset. Yet they are doing the same thing to these Korean ladies in the LPGA only now it is not French but the English speaking women who are being uppity.

One could also make the case that they simply are afraid of being beat by the Koreans and thus institute a retarded rule like someone in Kindergarten.

But again, there does seem to be some serious backlash which is already on the web so I don’t think I need to make this post very long as the opinion is already out there in mass posts.
The only other news article I do need to comment on however which I couldn’t believe was actually shown on CNN is the story of a hillbilly in Texas who claims he saw an image of Jesus on a moth. Will these ridiculous news stories ever end? One would think Jesus has more important things to do than create his image on a moth, a burrito or somebody’s Dunkin Doughnut. Or perhaps it is a conspiracy by CNN to dumb down their viewership. Nothing like waking up in the morning to one of CNN’s playboy bunny reporters reporting on images of Jesus in some hilljack’s happy meal.

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Another CNN rant

I have said time and time again that CNN is awful and most intelligent people agree. So what is it that keeps us watching it? Apparently their business model works if even I cannot change my web browser start up page. I guess it’s because they have a worldwide network and are the first to report if something bad happens.

One thing I’ve noticed however, is the lack of information and debate in their top stories. The story I’m referring to now is the FBI raid on a congressman’s office. Apparently it’s causing a stir but from reading their articles, they never mention exactly why the office was raided. It goes something like this.

Congressman so and so’s office was raided. Republicans and Democrats don’t like it. Bush ordered the documents sealed. Congressman so and so was also mad.

Why exactly was it raided and if it’s causing such a stir why don’t they tell us why?

As for lack of debate, this appears to be a nationwide problem. Everyone is either on the left and right and they aren’t going to budge. The extent of the debate goes like this.
Left: The invasion of Iraq is bad because they just want oil.

Right: No “we” don’t, it’s about giving Iraqi’s freedom and to protect us from weapons of mass destruction.

On the Right, I think most people simply don’t want to go against the “team” which is their country. They’ve lived in America their entire lives and speaking against the country’s action just seems wrong.

The Left is anti-war folk who would be against any war. They are the ones who want to save the planet, destroy corporations, even though they use the corporations products and services daily.

What America needs is not your right or left propoganda and media which refuses to even consider the others point of view. A great show would be two intelligent people who take a position opposite to their own point of view and try to defend it while conceeding to points made by the other side. But no, debate in America has simply come down to “the other side is wrong” mentality.

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Voyeurism on CNN

I’ve had rants about CNN before and thought that another would not be necessary but I just couldn’t hold back posting about this.

First, I have said that I hate CNN, which I do, but unfortunately they put out the big stories first and it appears that no one has the reach CNN does internationally. So I like this page to appear first so I can keep a pulse on the state of affairs in the world. Most of CNN’s stories are biased crap, but I can choose not to click on those.

The first part of my rant has to do with the rise of voyeurism on CNN. If you don’t know what voyeurism is, it means getting sexual gratification from watching others sexual behavior,,but I would like to use it in the sense that watching a video of someone titillated, generally excited or causing an intense emotion. Recently CNN has posted videos with these captions:

1. “Watch the boys tears as he describes how his mother died.”

2. “Watch a Las Vegas security guard get beat up.”

How sick is this sh*t? Reading about these stories is bad enough, but has the public become so disturbed that CNN will post videos because people actually enjoy WATCHING the misfortune of others! The point of media nowadays is not to actually supply real news, but to sell newspapers and content that people will buy. When will this stop? Will it come to videos that depict rape, genocide for the entertainment of others? How about war? Now it’s not only the defense contractors that cash in on war, but also the media like Paula Zahn who run through battlefields in their designer outfits animatedly looking from side to side as though someone is about to shoot her? Now if she got blown up by an IED that would be good entertainment. Imagine a CNN commercial with images of Paula running here and there with the announcer saying,,

“Paula Zahn!!!!! Bringing the tragedy of war directly to your living room for YOUR viewing pleasure.. SHE investigates the story, for………OH…. Damn, Paula just got blown to hell…. Um… well…. (Long pause)…YOU can only see the VIDEO of Paula stepping on an IED HERE, an EXCLUSIVE of CNN Video.

And what is with the marketing of these losers shows on CNN,, How did they come up with the captions such as:

1. “Paula Zahn NOW” or “Lou Dobbs Tonight” – I guess “Paula Zahn when she gets around to it” or “Lou Dobbs” at about 8:30 or maybe 9:14 or so” wasn’t catchy enough.

2. “Anderson Cooper 360 degrees blog” – Aren’t they aware that some people going 360 degrees are going to throw up? How about “Anderson Cooper, dizzy as F**k.”

3. “Situation Room” – And what the hell is the “situation?”,,, Tom Cruise caught punching the clown at the Golden Globes!,,, Your Reaction tonight on CNN. Followed by a CNN poll with one of CNN’s low-ball questions “Would you let your child punch their clown at the Grammys’?

4. “American Morning” – In a typical American morning we drink coffee, eat pancakes and scratch our ass… really not that exciting…..

5. “Nancy Grace” – Who the hell is this person? Why do we care??

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I hate CNN

This is an entry I’ve been thinking about writing for a long time. Here in Saigon our Western news comes from the BBC (Good Reporting) and CNN (Complete Nonsense Network).

My main complaint comes from the endless commercials for Christiane Amanpour. In the commercial she is seen running through the trenches of some war torn part of the world in her designer coat and scarf, then goes on to explain what being a “war correspondent” is all about. It’s not that I don’t think reporters should not report on what is happening, but her reports are using war as entertainment and she is doing it for her own glory and fame.

Not many years back, the “war correspondent” was being glamorized as such a dangerous profession and how these journalists were “heros.” They would be on the covers of magazines with a microphone in hand and a bullet proof vest on looking proud to be doing what they do. There were short video clips of journalists undergoing training such as crawling under barbed wire, jumping muddy ditches and so on. Is it only me who can see how ridiculous all of this is?

These people use such an awful, devestating ruiner of other peoples lives that war is, for fame, money and to make it entertainment. If I was the commander of an army during a conflict, I swear I would have to send a rocket or two towards the five star hotel where they all stay.

The reports of CNN carry absolutely no depth what so ever and the public is spoon feed quick summaries of what the conflict is all about. I would have to say a much better site is Aljazeera which keeps a whole section devoted to the war and is much more informative than any crap CNN spews out.

Not more than 15 years ago, there were news magazines and entertainment magazines. It seems now that the two have been combined and CNN does not report news anymore but entertains the public and will make the headlines any sort of entertainment that it thinks will sell more papers. The articles are very brief and only explain what happened with no reasoning behind it or more in-depth information.