Tiger Woods' accident is causing the vultures to circle around him looking for meat. As a private citizen, he doesn't owe them anything nor an explanation about his SUV accident. The problem is Tiger is a public person. Tiger Woods has guarded his privacy throughout his career. The price he pays for his celebrity status is people poking into his private life. That's what comes with fame as the world's best known athlete. Tiger has posted a statement of sorts on his website. Inquiring minds will still want to know more. What is perplexing is why the Florida law enforcement want further information. No alcohol was detected by the police. The accident occurred on private property. Wherever Tiger was going is a private matter. It's not against the law to leave your house at 2 am. The police infer that Tiger's injuries appear inconsistent with his accident. They suggest his injuries are more serious than what might be expected from hitting a tree. Well, it was not a minor accident. … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods Gone Fishing?
Archives for November 2009
We all remember the movie The Wedding Crashers about two men who crash parties as uninvited guests. It was fiction. We all just saw the sequel to that movie called The White House Party Crashers. It is fact. Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction. Two days before Thanksgiving an aspiring reality TV couple crashed the White House formal state dinner. Neither were invited. Nor were their names on the guest list. Yet, they boldly strut their stuff right past Secret Service on their evening escapade. Is it that easy to get into a formal White House event these days? Apparently, it is. How did this happen? It's quite simple. Secret Service was not doing their job. Reveling in their clever charade, the interlopers posted their photos on Facebook. These uninvited persons shook hands with President Obama, posed with Vice President Biden, and was in the same room with Mrs. Obama, Indian Prime Minister Singh and other honored guests. This is no laughing matter. And it should not … [Read more...] about Movie Review- The White House Party Crashers
Sarah Palin came out swinging with her Going Rogue book tour. Book stores are required to buy 2500 advance copies in order to sponsor a 3 hour advance ticketed signing event. It worked. Most copies are being sold. Yet many people stand outside looking inside without a ticket. At one Noblesville, Indiana store, people stood outside for hours in the rain hopiing for a chance to greet Sarah Palin. And here's where the rogue etiquette issue begins. Palin strusts right past them without so much as a mere hello. She heads straight for her bus and next book signing event. I recall being at American University in January, 2008 with Senator Ted Kennedy and then Senator Barack Obama. Unfortunately I was one of those on the outside looking in to get a glimpse. Unlike the Palin onlookers, I got so much more than a mere glimpse. Barack Obama decided to come outside and address the outside crowd after speaking to the packed full house inside. It was one of those memorable unforgetable … [Read more...] about SARAH PALIN AND ROGUE ETIQUETTE
Baltimore is best known for crab cakes, the Inner Harbor, the Ravens and now the trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon for stealing $1500 in gift cards. But where's the beef? Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is on trial for allegedly stealing $1500 in gift cards intended as gifts for the poor and needy. A former boyfriend and another real estate developer allegedly gave the cards to Dixon to distribute to less fortunate citizens of Baltimore according to the prosecution. The State Special Prosecutor's office has relentlessly pursued Mayor Dixon for years. Taking millions of dollars of taxpayer money and many years to investigate and try this case seems like a vendetta to me. Now don't get me wrong. If Mayor Dixon took from the poor to buy for herself that's just plain wrong. But will a Baltimore jury convict her for theft of $1500? Will the jury ask instead where's the beef? Will it be much ado about nothing? The prosecution stems from when Mayor Dixon was President of the Baltimore City … [Read more...] about Baltimore-Where’s the Beef?
We celebrated Veterans Day on November 11. Yet one week before Veterans Day, a Fort Hood Muslim psychiatrist shot and killed 13 and injured 42 others.Was this about faith or a deranged mind? Is this the tip of the iceberg or an isolated incident? Suspicion against Muslims has grown since the September 11, 2001 attacks on us by Muslims. Muslims are now the new police profiling group at airports, on airplanes and everywhere else. Many Muslims have been detained on the basis of suspicion as terrorists. A Muslim sounding name or looking appearance is cause for concern now. In a post 9-11 world, we cannot overlook the fact that Muslims have us on heightened alert. And after the Fort Hood killings, they undoubtably will be on red alert. Should Muslim soldiers be allowed the option of seeking conscientious objector status in light of the Fort Hood developments? Religion is a funny thing. And yes, Islam is a religion, contrary to the utterly absurd remarks by Pat Robertson, that Islam … [Read more...] about FAITH AND FIGHTING: SHOULD MUSLIMS FIGHT MUSLIMS
John Allen Muhammad, known as the DC Sniper was executed around 9:00 pm on November 10, 2009. Did we get it right? Should we shout for joy or weep for sadness? The eyes of the whole world were on us as we took an eye for an eye, a life for a life. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, taking an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. None of the western European countries give the death penalty. We're in the company of Iran, Iraq, China and the Congo. Is that the company we want to keep? I was always taught to watch who you keep company with. We no longer give 20 lashes for theft. We don't give a rape sentence to a rapist. So why do we still kill a killer? Were the victims' families comforted by his execution? I doubt it. When have we ever been comforted by an act of violence? Violence never gives peace nor comfort. Violence begets violence. We cannot restore life by taking a life. Coretta Scott King once said an evil act is not redeemed by an evil act of retaliation. She kew … [Read more...] about AFTERMATH: EXECUTION OF JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD