Well, welcome to the 21st century. The Navy, after careful considerations, years of study, has decided to lift its ban on women on submarines. I think the re-runs of "Star Trek: Voyager" starring Kate Mulgrew as the female captain, Kathryn Janeway, as a lead character, may have added to this decision. Of course, I could be totally wrong. A fictional starship is not a sub, but in the world of the movies and in the literature of the popular culture, they share a lot of the same plot themes. And America is living in a Star Trek world.
We owe our freedoms as Americans to those among us who are the fighters for civil rights, for civil liberty, for justice and for human rights. We owe our freedoms to those who choose to protest, to work for improvements, better conditions, in our country, rather than to accept things as they are. More important than the founders, for the continuation of our freedoms, are our contemporaries. One of our great contemporaries was laid to rest today. She was a fighter for all that which makes America good. Her name was Dorothy Height. She was 98 years old.
The Masters at Augustus National is behind him. The first major of the year and no win. The five month lay off had its affect. Three other majors await this year, when he has a chance to close the gap between himself and Jack Nicklaus, and maybe next year to tie and to go ahead, for the record, as the all time greatest golfer with the most wins at the majors. Prepping for the next major, a stop at the Quail Hollow Championship, Tiger Woods first regular PGA Tour event this season..Today, Wednesday, 28th of April, the Tiger faced the media, said he was ready to play golf, and will he able to deal with any hecklers if there are any. Today the fans the gallery greeted him with applause. He is still the best player in the game. And like the Tiger said at his press conference, a video clip is below, "fans over the years have been great" to him. The Tiger is a man on a mission.
From the Washington Post:
What is Betty White saying about "naked hotdogs?"
Yesterday, April 19th -- a new honor for 88-year-old, Emmy-award winning, America's very popular senior star and icon, Betty White. Really? An achievement award? Ms. White was honored with having a hot dog, at a popular California hot dog stand, named for her. Yes, now she is an item on a popular California hot dog' chain's menu . Ms. White made an appearance at the California hot dog stand, "Pinks." The occasion was the introduction of the new "Betty White 'Naked' Hot Dog. The hot dog is called a "naked hot dog" because it comes with no toppings. Below there is a video of the opening. Note Ms. White's remark about the naked hot dog.
“He’s had an amazing career,” said Julian Bond, a former head of the Atlanta branch of the N.A.A.C.P. “Judge, F.C.C. commissioner, minister of churches in two different cities at the same time, businessman, head of the N.A.A.C.P. Most people do one or two things in their lifetimes. He’s just done an awful lot."
Benjamin Hooks, R.I.P
I commented yesterday on the Nike ad. I thought it made Tiger Woods look phony. Below is a video of his comments on the ad. I know Nike's interest is to sell sneakers and T-shirts, caps, and such. Tiger Woods interest maybe more than to please Nike. Maybe this is part of his healing, another demonstration of his penitence, with the lingering promise of more to come.. But enough already. Enough with the shame. Bringing out the deceased father seemed going over the top.
Nike, under the log line, "Earl Woods asks his son a few questions before Tiger's return to golf," has put out a commercial with a contrite looking Tiger Woods, taking a scolding, from his father. This seems to be Nike's way to say to the mothers and fathers who buy Nike sneakers and other stuff for their kids, that "Gee, he's had a parental talking to, so now he's okay."
In the video, Nike uses the voice from Tiger Woods deceased father, and Tiger plays his part as the naughty little boy, who now is going to be good. Well, give me a break! Maybe Nike has to do what it does to protect the sale-ability of it products, and Tiger Woods had to go along to make Nike happy. But for crying out loud!
Tiger Woods doesn't need this video. It makes him look phony. Well, this is what is done for money.
An update on the Tiger preparing for the Masters that begins tomorrow, on the 8th, -- The Associated Press reports that Tiger Woods, his fellow golfers, and the officials at the Augusta National golf club, all feel more relax from the tension on Monday, leading up to the Tiger Woods' press conference, and that the focus is back where it should be, on golf. The Tiger remains the center of attention. The question is how well will he play after five months of being away from the game, and how mentally focused will he. And because he is Tiger Woods, the best golfer in the world, he would be the center of attention at Augusta in any event.
I watched the press conference Tiger Woods held yesterday, and was convinced that he did well for himself and will be welcomed back by his fans. Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the world and probably the greatest golfer of all times. His private life is his private life. His public life -- what he does on the golf course -- belongs to his fans.
There are many who will keep picking at him, keep dragging out his dozen or so ex-mistresses, and a few of exes will drag themselves out, to extend their moment in the spotlight, hoping that it will bring them financial rewards. Print and electronic media will continue to dredge up stories of his past foibles. Scandals sell newspapers and magazines, and draw eye balls to television, and to computer screens, and sex scandals sell the best, especially, when before the scandal broke, the lead player was considered squeaky clean.
Tiger Woods is back on the golf course, practicing, getting ready to play for the Masters at the Augusta National golf club, which begins on April, 8th. This is expected to be the most watched pro-golf event in history. The media has been making ready since last month, when he announced his return to golf. He is to hold a press conference today, Monday, at 2 p.m. And, as the Daily News reports, interest in him is so high "that the club has limited seating to one reporter for each news outlet, with only a few exceptions." The press conference is scheduled to be held in the club's interview room, a small space that will limit the number of reporters able to attend and to ask questions. The press conference is not expected to be moved to a larger space, because of "the club's staid rules of decorum and a culture that insulates pro golfers from the media and fans." (ABC News)
On its landing page is the strange name TOPEKA, a name that sounds like something from the 1950s. Yes a retro name. Yes, too 2Oth century. Right there, only the most sheltered rube would get fooled by that joke. Then there is this little announcement: "Not In Kansas: learn about our new name."