The soccer/football gods have either a sense of history or a sense of humor. Don’t believe me? Consider Group B of the current World Cup competition: England, Wales, United States, and Iran. The irony is impossible to ignore. Besides the Iranians, I seriously doubt any player on the other teams knows any history of relations between their countries.
Basically, Iran hates the United States and Great Britain (of which England and Wales are members) and for good reason. The United States and Great Britain hate Iran, but for different reasons. Wales hates England, because they have been subjugated and plundered for centuries. Deep down, despite having been saved in two wars, the British dislike the United States because they left the fold and ended the plundering of North America.
Few know the history of basis of Iranian hate for the United States and Britain. Some recall the Iranian capture of the US embassy in 1979, but do not know the root cause. Currently, all media reports focus on the nuclear weapon issue and suppression of human rights.
Following World War 2, Iran could have become the biggest democratic country in the Middle East. The former despot have been removed by the war. A prime minister was elected, who promised reform and nationalisation of the countries national resources. Oh, oh. The British Navy had been feeling its ships with free Iranian oil for years. They would now have to pay market rate for said oil. They were not pleased by the prime minister’s noble aims for his people. Who was he to deny the Crown of its god-given right to plunder nations? Some clever bureaucrat convinced the United States CIA of the need to put the Prime Minister in the trunk of a car on a dark night and install a pliable despot as Shah. This led to almost 30 years of friendly relations between these three nations…until the Islamic Revolution. Mutual enmity has prevailed ever since.
Now, these nations face each other on a different field of global combat. No other groups or matches are so fraught with history. None of this matters, of course. And, none of these teams has a chance of winning the Cup!
Some might have noticed that soccer games are being played in the desert. Other will have noticed football being played. In some cases, more is said about politics and human rights than sport, but so is the way of the world.
As to the sport, I have only one comment. The problem with soccer/football is the offside rule. This spoils the game. The rule benefits poor defence, and penalises quick players. People want goals and, instead, they get frustration.
If I had not seen the announcement, I would have guessed that the team wearing the uniform of Ecuador was from Africa. Not one player had the features of a South American native. Players are imported to improve the chances of a nation, whereas the fans appeared to be from the country in question. But, visages do not necessarily reflect the country supplying the uniforms in the Olympic Games or any international competition.
Elon Musk Praised by Americans Thirsting for Content from Marjorie Taylor Greene
By Andy Borowitz
SAN FRANCISCO (The Borowitz Report)—In what is being widely hailed as a business masterstroke, Elon Musk is receiving thunderous acclaim from Americans starving for content from Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Georgia congresswoman’s reinstatement on Twitter ended a ten-month ban during which, in the view of millions from coast to coast, her silence has been intolerable.
“Anyone who’s been betting against Elon Musk better think again,” Harland Dorrinson, who lives in Milwaukee, said. “Within weeks of taking over Twitter, he figured out what was wrong with it: no Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
“Now that Marjorie Taylor Greene is back on Twitter, Elon’s going to be laughing all the way to the bank,” Carol Foyler, a resident of Phoenix, said. “This might be an even shrewder move than that eight-dollar-blue-check thing.”
Tracy Klugian, who lives in Akron, called the restoration of Greene’s Twitter account “yet another sign that Elon Musk is at the top of his game.”
“There was a Marjorie Taylor Greene-size hole on the Internet, and Elon Musk has filled it,” Klugian said.
Every species, humans included, have one purpose (besides for humans the destruction of the planet): to reproduce.
That said, I wonder how priests who swear to celibacy justify not doing something dictated by whoever or whatever created life. And, how do men who cannot not find a partner feel about their failure to fulfil their only purpose? Big question; no answer.
Do you want to feel like an idiot? I have a suffer-fire method, proven successful today. Drive into a parking garage, park your car, walk to whatever you came to do, and do not notice where you parked.
Once ready to leave, try to find you car. Let your mind play tricks with hints about what you think you remember. Try to use the panic button on the remote control on the wrong floor at the the row you surely recalled. Retrace your steps and end up in the same wrong spot, only to find the remote button offers no tone. Consider admitting your stupidity and asking the rental car company to use their GPS tracking device.
There are many reasons men want to become leaders, especially leaders of a nation. There is power over others, enrichment, ego boost, and….freedom from prosecution of any crime, ie. overthrowing one’s own government, fraud, contempt, murder, etc.
There is no guarantee that a person’s ability to invent something or to make a lot of money on the stock market correlates to an ability to manage or lead.
Trump to Try for Historic Third Impeachment
By Andy Borowitz
PALM BEACH (The Borowitz Report)—Stating that “no one’s ever done this before,” Donald J. Trump announced plans to be impeached for a historic third time.
Speaking to supporters in a ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, the former President claimed that he and only he could bring impeachable offenses back to the White House.
Although he was short on specifics about which crimes he might commit, Trump pledged, “We’re gonna perpetrate so much, you’re gonna get tired of perpetrating.”
He contrasted his record for getting impeached with that of his successor, Joe Biden, who, he claimed, “is too low-energy to commit a felony.”
“Joe Biden has been President for almost two years, and how many impeachments does he have to show for it? Zero,” he said. “The rest of the world is looking at us with a President who can’t get a single impeachment, and they’re laughing at us. Laughing at us. This should never be allowed to happen in this country.”
As a child, I watched every Sunday evening The Wonderful World of Disney. At some point, Walt Disney came on explaining his plan to build Disneyland. Each week watched the construction of the site and the dream becoming reality. I needed 25 years before I finally made my first visit to a Disneyland, a dream grown on former orange groves in Anaheim, California.
I have visited Disney parks more than once in sites around the world: Anaheim, Orlando, and Paris. Each visit reminds me of the power of one man’s dream and the discipline of a corporation to maintain than dream. What they have produced and present to visitors continues to be impressive. Many complain about the cost, but one receives value for money.
As with the great cathedrals, one must be impressed by the creativity and talent of humans. Someone must imagine the final product, but others must be able to produce it.
Great entertainment: Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2. Good story. Good acting. Great set design. Creative graphics. Fun. Humorous. Good dialogue. Eleven is a very good actress…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.