What difference does it make, at this time?

January 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Less than a month into 2013, we already have a candidate for the phrase of the year. In her defense of the Benghazi controversy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented, “What difference at this time does it make?” I see this having the same cultural impact as the famous Star War line – “I am your father.”

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Martin Luther King Day 2013

January 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” —– This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Martin Luther King

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr. did not exist. The civil rights movement probably would still be successful, but progress would have been painfully slower. Dr King inspired the nation to act with urgency to correct the injustice. All of us should be thankful for it. This year’s MLK Day is set for Monday January 21. I have prepared a small compilation of inspirational quotes by Martin Luther King for all to enjoy. May all your dreams be realized!

Why Lance Armstrong decided to come out at this time?

January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lance Armstrong’s decision to admit to doping raises more questions than answers. Namely, why does he come out now? While many of us have already convinced that he was using performance-enhancing drugs when he won his Tour de France titles, it remains that he has never failed a drug test. If he decided to keep silence, I am sure there are people who would still believe in his innocence. A closer inspection, however, tells us that his admittance might be a smart and calculated move. 

In face of damning testimonies from former teammates, Armstrong’s reputation has already been severely damaged. His sponsors have already pulled their sponsorship of him and possibly of his Livestrong foundation (in the future). His other businesses and financial relationships may have already suffered grave consequences. If he sat idle, his continuing  financial being will take a big hit. In admitting to doping now, Armstrong is likely seeking to repair his tarnished reputation.

After all, it has been reported that he will not face perjury or jail time due to the statute of limitation. While he will suffer a temporary financial hit due to various lawsuits, he can easily recoup these losses when his reputation improves, as America is a forgiving country. His abrupt admittance is not as perplexing as some people make it out to be,  

How to solve a debt problem?

January 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

First, you print money. If that does not work, print more money. If even that does not work, mint a trillion-dollar coin. For the final act, mint dozens of trillion-dollar coins or exercise the nuclear option (-5% interest rate). I guess it’s nice to have options. 

Australian Open 2013

January 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

As an avid fan who loves to play as well as follow tennis, the Australian Open is the unofficial start to the tennis (watching) season. Due to the time differences, I will have to stay up late at night to watch the matches. But that’s OK because I have insomnia and this will give me something to watch in the late hours.

There are a lot of good storylines at this year’s Open such as the emergence of Andy Murray as a formidable force, the dominance of Novak Djokovic & Serene Williams, and the host of future stars in (Men) Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov and (Women) Laura Robson, Sloane Stephens, Su Wei Hsien. I am sure there will be plenty of interesting matches to watch over the two weeks. 

This year’s Open starts January 14. For people in the U.S. who want to watch the championships, here is the 2013 Australian Open TV Schedule. My picks to win it are Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Early 2013 Golden Globes Predictions

January 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Golden Globes, which will be held this year on January 13, is the first major event of the movie awards season. This year’s competition is expected to be one of the most competitive yet, with many heavyweights vying for the golden statuette. Here are my early 2013 Golden Globes predictions for some selected categories:

1) Best Motion Picture – Drama: It will be a two-movie race between ‘Argo’ and ‘Lincoln’. I pick Argo to win this category.

2) Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Les Misérables, which is getting the buzz at the right time, is the top favorite for this category.

3) Best Actor in Drama Movie: It will be a close contest between Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis. The latter seems to be a favorite of most movie critics (potential Golden Globes voters). I will have to go with Daniel Day-Lewis.

4) Best Actor in Musical or Comedy: This is a two-man race between Jack Black and Bradley Cooper. My pick is Cooper to win the award. 

5) Best Actress in Drama Movie: This is shaping up to be the most competitive award in the movie category. Any of the nominees has a shot at winning it. My favorite right now is Rachel Weisz. 

6) Best Actress in Musical or Comedy: Emily Blunt has a good shot of winning this award, but Golden Globes queen Meryl Streep and Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence could snatch it from her.

That is it for my early predictions. What are your Golden Globes picks? Fans of movie award shows can check out my Golden Globes trivia quiz to test your knowledge of the event. Enjoy. 

2013 BCS National Championship

January 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I usually don’t follow college football unless it is the bowl season. Now that the bowl season is almost over, the focus is on the BCS national championship. This year’s game will be between Notre Dame — the darling of college football — and powerhouse Alabama. This is really a head vs. heart situation. Most people would love to see the Fighting Irish win, but their head is telling them that Alabama is the better team and should win this game. I will have to go with my head and pick Alabama Crimson Tides to win the much anticipated 2013 BCS Title Game. Who do you think will win?

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