A 1-In-100 Blogger: June 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Referee 'Disallows' USA Goal in World Cup

This is the most annoying thing of the day: Referee 'Disallows' USA goal in World Cup. If you didn't watch it Live, or if you haven't seen video or pictures of it, then you might ask 'what was the reason given'? Since I am admittedly no soccer (or fútbol) expert, here's the video and you tell me what reason should be given for the referee's decision to disallow what looks like a perfectly well executed goal.

So here's my thoughts (it should be noted that I watched the game live early this morning): First issue I have with referee Koman Coulibaly's blatantly poor call against Team USA is simply with how bad it looks on FIFA, "the international governing body of football." The referee's decision to disallow the goal, therefor, also reflects poorly on the legitimacy of the World Cup in general.

Maurice Edu scored what would have been the third and winning goal for Team USA. Edu blasted in a free kick from Landon Donovan in the 85th minute, a game changer since it would have made the score 3 - 2 with Team USA in the lead. Yet somehow referee Koman Coulibaly finds reason to disallow the goal, keeping the game a tie and stealing from Team USA the greatest comeback victory in history for the World Cup. Not to mention Team USA is now in the position of being very unlikely to move on to the next round of the World Cup tournament.

The awfulness and disgrace of this referee's call doesn't end there. This brings me to the second issue I have with this refs decision to disallow a perfectly legal goal. Video and photos of Maurice Edu's goal show that Michael Bradley was being held onto by a Slovenian inside the penalty box, which would result in a penalty kick for Bradley regardless of whether or not Edu was offsides.

My interest in soccer and especially the World Cup is was certainly growing; for me personally, I'll admit, I have watched from start to finish two live Seattle Sounders soccer games on TV. This was only a few weeks prior to the World Cup, so there's a chance I only watched those games in anticipation for the 'Big games' on the world stage. In either case, this would mark the second World Cup that I've watched more closely than others. Age could also be a factor here. But after a high stakes World Cup game like this, with a horrible game and tournament changing call like that, by a referee willing to wrongfully 'disallow' the USA from potentially moving on to the next round of the playoffs is a disgrace and it shames the game of fútbol worldwide.

No wonder America doesn't love fútbol; it all makes sense. Is the World Cup always rigged like this? Where's the red challenge flag? I demand accountability in the World Cup, not bias refs with too much power to change a game.

Friday, June 4, 2010

We Con the World; We Con the People

The Flotilla choir presents: We Con the World.

Turkish 'aid to Gaza' song, with Captain Stabbing and friends.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Israeli Commandos Raid 'Freedom Flotilla'

After reading the breaking news story of a raid by Israeli commandos on a boat called 'Freedom Flotilla', I first perceived it as a disturbing case of violence against "peaceful," non-violent activists on a peace ship. Later on in the day, on my way home from work the day of the Israeli raid on the ship, I heard on the radio some more "news" covering the event. It was from CBS government news, and they reported that Obama voiced "deep regret" over the loss of life in this incident, and condemned the incident as a tragedy against humanitarians. The liberal mainstream media was on top of the story like Obama is on taxpayers, and they all made sure to condemn Israel as the bad guy. In spite of the liberal media's strong insistence on boldly claiming Israel as the bad buy, something inside of me asked a simple but important question: What were the real motivations behind the 'freedom flotilla'?

Sure, if I didn't care to find out the truth and only listened to the CBS soundbite on the radio or only read the story from msnbc.com, a news organization bailed out and essentially run by the U.S. government, I would probably want to condemn Israel as well. MSNBC opted to headline a photo of a different event, too, picturing a protester being dragged by police officers. What perception of Israel's ship raid is MSNBC trying to give people? The liberal media condemned Israel; Obama joined international outrage on the issue and mourned the violent passengers on board the freedom flotilla who were killed during the Israeli ship raid. The group of people on board 'freedom flotilla' and their mission on that bloody day are in fact funded by terrorist organizations (IHH and 'Free Gaza'). Yet, oddly, MSNBC wrote the following propaganda piece on the incident:
International condemnation was swift and harsh as Israel scrambled to explain how what was meant to be a simple takeover of a civilian vessel went so badly awry. [...] Passengers reached at an Israeli hospital and journalists aboard the ship accused the soldiers of using excessive force.
Now that we got the spin and liberal version of the story, what actually happened? I'll let the videos do the talking, ridding myself and the truth of any bias whatsoever.

Different views and camera filters...

These non-violent, peaceful activists aboard freedom flotilla were caught on video, seen throwing flash grenades, a Molotov cocktail, and using metal rods and pipes to attack the Israeli commandos. At first, what did the Israeli commandos use for self-defense? Paintball guns. Hmm... sounds like MSNBC missed the mark on this one. O'Bama? You too?

In the early hours of the 31st of May 2010, the question remains: why did IDF soldiers board the ship? IDF soldiers boarded the ships of the "Free Gaza" Freedom Flotilla, after the ships refused to redirect their course. The IDF soldiers were armed with non-lethal paintball guns, as I mentioned earlier, and pistols -- ordered to be used only as a last resort. The activists are seen in the first video waiving around metal rods and chains later used to attack the soldiers with. They're also seen throwing a flash grenade into the boat of Israeli commandos.

When the Israeli commandos boarded the ship, large groups of innocent, peaceful passengers surrounded the soldiers and beat them with metal poles and chairs, and threw one soldier over the side of the ship. MSNBC spun this incident by saying the soldiers were "jumping" overboard the ship on their own free will. The videos show another story.

Some passengers grabbed pistols from the IDF soldiers and opened fire. In a preplanned and premeditated attack against the Israeli soldiers, the protesters, even before these "non-violent, peaceful activists" began opening fire on the IDF soldiers, these people on board the ship lynched the soldiers with knives, metal rods and stole two of their pistols. As a result of the attacks, seven IDF soldiers were injured, and nine of the passengers were killed.

The Free Gaza Flotilla publicly insisted their intentions were non-violent, however their violent attack on the IDF soldiers was clearly premeditated. They had knives, metal rods, flash grenades, Molotov cocktails and other items ready to use. So, now that we know the real story behind the commandos from Israel raiding Freedom Flotilla, you tell me, who should really be condemned and who are the ones acting in self-defense?

Recommended Further Readings
Glenn Beck: The story of Israel
Glenn Beck: America's changing view on Israel