Retired Commercial Property Manager& Private Investigator
66 years old now..and Nam Vet moniker is just getting glue.....not sure you all get it yet... though.. Big war does not work. Big planes are for big planes. Big bombs are for Raytheon. We can only win with a moral force of honest and decent forms of governing. So far, we are not the best models of behavior. Patriot to the bone, but not a supporter of either dominant party.... We have to come clean about our motives....China does. Saudi Arabia does.. ergo the reason they loan us so much money...irony being....they believe more in the democratic process than we do....if not they would not loan so much money....get it yet?
Few of these comments, save the one about crony capitalism, touch the simultaneous, big picture and subterranean one. I have been a Rocky Point man since 1959. The plans for a Port there are no secret. What is not spoken of...is who is invested with PEMEX to arrange for their own future silver lining. To be polite I will simply say, you are warm. The road through Casabel that got shot down is intimately linked to Puerto Penasco and the proposed Inland Port near Wilcox.
Our soldiers returning from war must be so proud of the village idiots who place polemic above all good.
You all must, I mean must, read the September issue of Atlantic Monthly about the history of gun control and who advocated the most vociferously to not regulate gun ownership....the Black Panthers! Return later with your comments about the essay.
Steve Kozachik is a rational caring man who does his homework. His staff have a depth of knowledge that creates a very thoughtful decision making process.
I was privileged to take this new mental boot camp course a year ago. The manner in which mindfulness techniques permeate my daily living is just astounding. The resultant psychic energy that was previously squandered in useless anxiety--for maybe 30 years--just morphed itself into the joy of the present. The prize is more skillful living, more focus and more fun. The monkey brain of war and the persistent intrusion of racing thoughts went on sabbatical. I can now sit at the piano, or concentrate on an essay for hours without batting away the mosquitoes of distraction. Mike Brewer/ 7th Marines-Squad Leader/Vietnam 68-69/ Author of "VeteranVeritas" at "TucsonCitizen.com"
Tom, I see you have not evolved one iota from your rant on Soccer 15 or so years ago. You have created a new moniker for yourself, the Glenn Beck of Soccer...all incitement, all emotion, no knowledge, no rational thought.
The thing that is so puzzling to the fans of soccer, is the very need to rag in the first place. The National Council of Sports, who provide data to sports marketers deciphered two decades ago that the soccer player, fan, and family are generally multi-sport players and supporters of athletics in general. And many of us can even dance too! Meaning the soccer aficionado does not suck on the negative energy of ragging other sports. Such a stance is akin to the kid who always had sand kicked on him at the beach. Maybe your obsession with being contrary is cuz you can't dance!
At any rate, you seldom see the soccer fan going out of their way to speak as you do. We are capable of doing so, but only as apologists in the interest of offsetting such jack ass attitudes. Like, "what the hell is football, but all fall down, all get up again interspersed with time outs for buffoon beer ads" "The average length of a play in football is 8 seconds..how athletic is that? Soccer players do not have to grunt to play. Soccer is like good sex in a marriage, we do not need to score instantly after having ball possession, it is all in the foreplay.Ergo, soccer is for lovers! Hope this is received in jest.
Kentop's narrative in the previous post is good. You would do well for yourself and your editor to take some time to learn the game and appreciate a true sport enjoyed by the entire world. Do you recall the history of basketball? Dr. Naisbett, I believe, and how it was invented by a soccer player shooting his ball at a peach basket in the gym of an Ivy League school?
Summarily, the 17 Laws of Soccer are designed to uphold the integrity of athletic prowess. It is the contest itself that is tantamount to the sport, not the ability to commit tactical fouls for gain. There is no contest there. In basketball you can simply loiter at the foot of the hoop. Because of the beauty of the offside rule in soccer there is no loitering, the player must "earn" their goal. An intentional obstruction of a goal in soccer is an ejection, in most other sports it is fan entertainment. Where is the sport in that? (exception US Game with Slovenia) Where is the sport in an intentional foul in the waning seconds of a game? The inherent equanimity of the rules in soccer result in extra time added to the clock for intentional delays.
And since we are playing Keystone Cops here..... I see that baseball in Tucson is serving us well, with two vacant stadiums, 50 million in subsidies including cost of TEP, and a goose egg to show. How is that for a low scoring game?
I say turn one of those stadiums over to Soccer for International Friendlies, Exhibition games and youth and semi-pro soccer and it will cash flow in 10 months.
Like Yogi Bera said, "cash is kinda like money." Without taxing the tax payer. Last time I checked that is called free enterprise capitalism, and it is imbued in the sport of soccer.
Play ON..Advantage! Mike Brewer/Ret./USMC
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