Through The Looking Glass

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“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”

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First off, here’s the obvious news for the week: getting wisdom teeth pulled out is NOT fun. Unless, of course, you’re a fan of swollen cheeks, your teeth hurting every time you drink something cold, pain medicine you have to take that could knock out a charging rhinoceros, and getting food trapped in the holes where your teeth used to be. Great times. However, I believe I’ve avoided dry socket. So I’ve got that going for me… which is nice.

Okay, so judging by the Caddyshack quote, one can assume we’ll be starting off with some talk from The Masters this week. For those of you who don’t watch golf or didn’t get to see any of the action, you missed a good tournament.

Angel Cabrera outlasted Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell to capture his second major in two years. Not only did Cabrera have to contend with Perry and Campbell, but the gallery was following the pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson most of the day. The first and second ranked players put on a show, with Mickelson even moving into a tie for second at one point. However, Cabrera managed to be at the top of the leaderboard after 74 holes of golf.

I personally am a huge golf fan and would have loved watching this tournament even if Tiger and Phil didn’t manage to claw up the leaderboard. Cabrera, Campbell, and Perry all played great golf, though, and hopefully won themselves a few fans this evening. If Perry would have won, it would have been cool to see a 48-year-old PGA Tour veteran win his first major (and also become the oldest player to win The Masters). However, I knew even before Cabrera teed off that he would have the upper hand. He outlasted Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk at Oakmont Country Club, so it was no surprise to me that he grinded out a win at this major venue. Congrats to El Pato!

In other big news this week, most casual news viewers are probably somewhat familiar with the Somalian pirates and the increasing danger they are becoming off the coast of Eastern Africa. Well, a daring operation today ended up freeing Richard Phillips, who had been taken hostage by pirates seeking a $2 million ransom after kidnapping him from the Maersk Alabama.

Despite negotiations, the pirates had refused to release Phillips, who was reportedly being held in a covered part in the rear of a lifeboat. The U.S. Navy killed three pirates and saved Phillips… just in the nick of time.

I think this is an interesting story just because the stories of these pirates have increased in the past year or so. This is the first time that a U.S. citizen has been taken hostage and thankfully some quick decisions were made to assure that Captain Phillips made it home safely. However, my feeling from reading from reading these articles are that this will do nothing to deter the pirates and in some cases, they might be on the lookout for more American citizens for retaliation. We should all be glad that Captain Phillips is still alive and the U.S. Navy did a phenomenal job, but I hope that no repercussions stem from this in the near future.

Finally, this article from Slate was kind of an eye-opener for me. Considering that I’m not a coffee-drinker, these items are usually what I use for eye-opening in the morning (and no, I’m not a morning person).

Apparently, New York City’s health commissioner, Thomas Frieden, is looking to implement a tax on soda. The article lays out a five step plan on how this idea could come to fruition and thus lead to more money being taken out of the pockets of soda drinkers in the New York City area (approx. $1.2 billion in New York state alone, according to the article).

I admit, I don’t know much about bureaucratic motives here, but this issue is really grasping for straws (pun!) by Frieden, Mayor Bloomberg, and anyone else who supports this proposition. Yes, I drink Diet Pepsi religiously and I enjoy it very much. However, when I see something like Step 3 in this article (and kudos to William Saletan, the article’s author; I love how detailed these steps) about how one’s soda consumption can harm others, I have to laugh. If this were cigarettes and alcohol (which can harm others due to people consuming them), then there’s a valid argument. The state must not be getting enough money from its cigarette taxes, I guess. However, unless we get a general idea of what exactly this approximately $1.2 billion is going to be funneled to, I think it’s a farce. Do the Yankees need more money for their stadium? Even better, I’ll jump on board with this proposition if the cost to ride the subway is actually lowered. Until then, I’ll be hoarding Diet Pepsi as if December 21, 2012 is six months away.

All right, folks… thank you very much for reading. See you next week for more news… whether it’s good or bad. Good night!

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Written by greatfoesofreality

April 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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