Confederations Cup 2013

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am a big fan of international soccer, though am a bit indifferent to club competition. The pride of representing your country always trumps the passion for your club. I don’t recall the last time I missed out watching an international tournament; I even watched the Asian Cup on Japanese TV! The World Cup is next year, but there are two major events this year – the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup. The former is an exhibition tournament featuring all six continental champions, Euro runner-up and the WC host country. Unfortunately, the U.S. narrowly missed out on a spot; they lost to Mexico in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup despite going up 2 goals to none on El Tri. Oh well, I guess you can’t win it all. At least they will be at full strength for this year’s Gold Cup.

With only 8 teams, the Confederations Cup is a very short tournament. In the U.S., ESPN and its sister channels will show all the games live. You can check out the 2013 Confederations Cup TV schedule on my website. I will be watching this from start to finish. Hopefully the quality will be good.


A lesson not learned

May 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

A man attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building. Unfortunately, he landed on a 5-year-old and killed him instantly. This was not the first time something like this happened. I have written about similar instances here at this blog. Unfortunately, the frequency of this travesty is increasing in recent years. When will people learn that committing suicide is the worst sin in life, because it affects people other than the suicidal person? In this case, a bystander is also a victim. 

Memorial Day 2013

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment


“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”Nathan Hale 

In my opinion, Memorial Day is the most important secular holiday on the year’s calendar. There is nothing more precious than a person’s life. It takes great courage for someone to sacrifice for his country and its ideals. I don’t like war, but I understand the reasons of its existence. And I admire every American soldier. Anyone who has followed my blog for sometime could attest this. I wrote poems and stories about the American soldiers not to convince others of my patriotism, but to earnestly show my affections and appreciation for these selfless men and women. This year, the holiday will be observed on Monday May 27.

To celebrate this occasion, I have prepared a fun Memorial Day trivia quiz for you to enjoy. Happy Memorial Day to all!

Japanese pitchers taking over Major League Baseball

May 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Japanese pitchers are in the small minority in the MLB, but they are making a big impact on the league. In fact, three of the top starting pitchers in the game right now are Japanese – Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda and Hisashi Iwakuma. There are also some very solid relief pitchers from the Land of the Rising Sun. The emergence of this Japanese wave takes the major league by surprise, considering the numerous flops from Japan preceded it. Since Hideo Nomo made his mark in America, we had seen a series of high-profile failures namely Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawa and Daisuke Matsuzaka. But fortune seems to be swinging in the East Asians’ favor. A Japanese invasion of American baseball could be upon us. 

IRS Scandal is no small matter

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

With the exception of the Federal Reserve, no government agency yields more power over average Americans than the IRS. The enforcement of tax laws affects every aspect of American lives. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that this agency is independent and fair. The very thought that it could be used for political purposes is scandalous.

Whoever responsible for this scandal should be prosecuted with the highest furor of the law. I urge all Americans to monitor these developments to make sure justice is served in this case. I’ll continue to update you on this very important matter. 

A New War in the Middle East?

May 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

With the Israeli military officially confirmed that it has struck Syrian military targets in recent days, this could be the beginning of a new Middle East war. The biggest worry is not Assad and his depleted army but his associates and cohorts – Iran, Hezbollah, and possibly Putin’s Russia. If a big conflict occurs, there is no doubt that the U.S. will get involved on the side of Israel. Without the explicit or implicit consent of President Obama and the U.S. military, Israel would not have taken these risky actions. Americans should be ready for a new U.S. military intervention. 

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