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“And he kicks the ball!!!!!!!!”

Okay, that’s not quite as good as “Brady back to pass, finds Moss in the end zone, touchdown!”

Dang, it’s not even as good as “Lidstrom, takes a pass from Datsyuk. He shoots, he scores!!!!!”

Sometimes, this is even better – “Couch needs to pick up this spare for the victory….”

Americans just haven’t warmed up to the rest of the world’s favorite spectator sport. There is a great possibility that 95 out of a 100 of us couldn’t even tell you how many players are on a side (eleven including  the goalkeeper) or how long a match is (two 45 minute halves.)

And what’s with the name? In the US, it is called “soccer” but most of the rest of the world calls it “football.” To complicate matters, the Australians call it football, but their national team is the “Socceroos.”

Aside from David Beckham, who’s married to Foot Spice or some such, most Americans couldn’t even name a single soccer player. Who do these guys play for:

Landon Donovan

Ronaldo Lima

Cristiano Ronaldo

Zinedine Zidane

Lucas Podolski

Ndamukong Suh

(Answers at the end of the column.)

So, have any of you watched any World Cup action yet, or have the vuvuzela horns kept you away?  For those of you that don’t know, the World Cup is the single largest sporting event in the world and the championship of soccer, featuring 32 national teams and is currently being held in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was scheduled to attend, but did not after the death of his great-granddaughter in a car crash the night before the opening ceremonies. She was two days past her thirteenth birthday.

Apparently, soccer is just too boring for Americans. Truthfully, that is just too bad, also, since it is a beautiful game played by elite athletes.

Maybe, one day America will join the rest of the world in appreciation of “football.”

But, probably not.

William Stephenson Clark

(Donovan – USA, Lima – Brazil, Ronaldo – Portugal, Zidane – France,  Podolski – Germany.)

(Suh is the first round draft choice of the Detroit Lions, out of Nebraska. He is 6’4″ and 307# and is considered to be one of the best ever defensive ends coming out of college. His father, Michael Suh, played soccer for Cameroon before immigrating to the US.)


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I envision the court room scene, Tom Cruise facing off against Jack Nicholson and saying,
Nicholson’s response,

The exchange goes on and on till the scene fades to black.

Today on book TV there were two authors.  The first was  Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” interviewed by James Zogby.

In “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Lawrence Wright provides a detailed account of the events leading to the September 2001 attack on the United States. Mr. Wright discuses the book with James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute. Mr. Zogby serves as a guest interviewer and is not otherwise affiliated with C-SPAN.

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and is a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. James Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute. He is also the host of the television program, “Viewpoint with James Zogby,” and the author of a weekly column, “Washington Watch,” which is published in 14 Arab countries.

The second author was Jane Mayer, author of “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals” was interviewed by Dana Priest.

Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker, takes a critical look at the Bush administrations war on terror in her book, “The Dark Side.” She discusses her book with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest of The Washington Post. This interview was taped at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. The audience questioned Ms. Mayer and Ms. Priest after the taping.

I keep saying that there is really nothing being hidden, those behind many of these things allowed them to think there was no need to hide any of it. The best place to hide something is in plain sight.

Both authors books gave a basis for the current events and a understanding of how it happened. But both also presented evidence and information that is not part of what people want to believe. Wright has an interesting point, how tall is Bin Laden? It is said that we have been looking for someone who is 6’5”.  Interestingly of those interviewed who have seen OBL, say we should be looking for someone who is between 5’9” and 6’5”; the majority has him at 6’.  Why is that important you ask? Because if you do not know what and who you are looking for how can you find it?  He went on to explain several of the failings of both the U.S. Government and the people involved with Al-Qaeda, and casts a disputed light on the “War on Terrorism.”

Mayer paints a picture of a power play that is not about what is best for the country or about the fighting of terrorism.

When I have the time I will speak of what I see is the prevalence of selective reality.


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