Haven’t been blogging as the rush of work keeps blowing me away from the more important things in my life including this blog. Anyway, here are some quick random thoughts on even more random news of the day :-
- Ann Coulter : She has the art of marketing down to a pat. She chose to say the most disgusting things she would think of about the most sensitive issue of US (9/11) so that her books may sell. For those few who have no idea what I am talking about, Ann Coulter said on national TV about the widows of 9/11. Specifically she said "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzies, I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much." and on and on and on. I am sure her new book is a slew of insults aimed at those who dared oppose the republicans. And what was the net result of this diatribe? Her book is now at number 1 spot on Amazon. Wasn’t that the whole point to begin with….sell books? And all this chitter chatter on the blogsphere is doing exactly what Coulter and her publishers hoped for….selling books. The good thing that happened was that this comment by Coulter exposed a whole slew of republicans who came out in defence of Coulter and showed their true hate-filled colours.
- Saw X-MEN 3 : Man, what a movie!! I think it’s a much better movie that I & II. Although some of my favourite podcast have trashed the movie (they are self professed connoisseurs of X-Men comic books) I still think the movie really played out well. There were no character development of any kind because there were essentially 50 characters to think of but the story played out quite well. And for those wondering if there will be an X 4, stay until the end of credits to see the scene that sets up X-4.
- Should children out of control be shown compassion? That’s the new discussion on the talk shows of 640 AM in Toronto. The gist of it is that most of the callers and the show hosts say it’s the parents’ fault and they should be targeted by the police as well; And the children should be thrown to the lions. I agree with a part of it. The parents should definitely share the burden of the crime. You as a parent are the guardian and if the 14 year old that you are "guarding" brings a gun to the school, you should be reprimanded as much as the 14 year old. No questions about it. The other question that everyone ignored was, why did the kid feel the need to bring the gun to school? Because she was teased for having a brown skin. No one in the talk shows saw the need to address that point. No one said, "we should maybe look at the cause of the problem." In fact one of the host of the show said "She was teased for having a brown skin. So what? She still should not have bought the gun to school." Wow. Great way to tackle a problem that might induce more kids to bring a gun to school.
- French Open Men’s Final : Was bitterly disappointed that Federrar lost to Nadal in the French Open final. The way Rodger started, I was sure that this is going to be Federrar’s year but, damnit, he just became too strung up. That’s the thing I have noticed about him. When he plays a player who might have a decent opposition to his game (like Nadal & Nalbanddian), he kind of self destructs. This has happened many times before and if it continues then he will have a hard time living up to the label of "the best tennis player"
- Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllll : World cup Football (or soccer) is on!!! So far no Cameroon (in ’98) like teams but the games have been fantastic. My money is on Brazil, Germany, Mexico and England to be in the semi final.
- Citizenship test. I and my wife gave our citizenship test last week!! Which means we are one step away (which means another four months) from becoming bonafied Canadians. I will be pursuing my representatives in the political arena a little more rigorously once I get my citizenship. I still feel a little funny "abandoning" my country of birth (India). But I tell myself that I am one of the lucky few to proudly call two countries my homes. India was my past and Canada is my future.
More updates to follow soon.