As a long time US Soccer fan, this does not suprise me. Its almost impossible to get a home field advantage here in the US. And even when we try to rig it so that at least we have the crowds closest to the field be a US majority, we get sued. This article really angers me.
A fool and his money are soon parted. Except for the taxation thing people should be allowed to gamble. It is their money and they have the right to spend it as they wish (though they better not ask me to bail them out).
Interesting question- Whenever we get this thing to work reliably, what happens to the nuclear material that remains from the warhead? Does it survive the entering the atmosphere a later time. Still better than it coming down intact and exploding, but I do wonder.
Um, the 40 Days movie character skipped out on one thing that I dont think is covered with statistics. The skipping of intercourse with a sexual partner I can understand (heck, seems like the story of my life) but he also stopped self gratification. Dropping that does make his dry spell even longer, from the average male POV.
Accuracy. Compared to the spread of our conventional weapons, these things are covering a huge area. Collateral damage bad! Plus we are better than them. We understand the concept of restraint. These bad guys would use these weapons if they could. We don't use them even though we could.
On 9/7 I went for an interview at a Navy research base(which I got!). I couldn't ever be confused for a military person(not at 260 pounds), yet the guard just waved me right in. I didn't even have a sticker(I was a military dependant when I was younger, but never got a sticker for the car I was driving). At Fort Myer, even visitors with military ID cards are asked to step out of their vehicles, while the undercarriage is searched for explosives with a mirror that looks like a giant dental probe. I live right next to this base, and go there all the time with my parents. As much as they say they have stpped things up, of the 20 times I have been there since 9/11, I have never had to get out, or had our vehicle searched. And my father is retired Navy.
People who maintain dual U.S. (insert other country here) citizenship have broken their U.S. citizenship oath, so should not get security clearance to begin with, in my opinion. As a native born US citizen, I have never taken a citizenship oath. Yet when I was younger my mother applied for and got me and my brothers Irish Citizenship, by virtue of my grandparents being Irish immigrants. It was automatic for my mother. I held an Irish passport for a number of years. I just had to give it up to get a position with a Navy weapon lab that required a security clearance. They called and informed me that I had to give it up, and I promptly went down to the Irish Embassy(I live in DC), turned in my passport and turned over a statement asking them to remove my citizenship. Any US citizen with access to sensitive information should have no other loyalties. I am suprised that it is only now that they are placing that requirement on their employees. If you feel that this is unfair or places you in an uncomfortable position, then you should not be working in that position.
He might have overlooked that, because in this country it is hard to imagine a sports team that doesn't feel that it is owed a special subsidy from the public. That and soccer teams don't have a large of enough fanbase for any town to feel threatened by the usual threat to move a team. It's kinda refreshing to see a sports league use a standard business model.
I will settle for us not placing DFL like we did last time. That was so awful that I choose not to remember it. Gotta say that our win in Boston was pretty sweet, with it assuring our spot and all(and either Mexico or Honduras(I think Honduras will be out) has to sit out, which is pretty sweet:).
The way my ears were ringing it certainly felt like violence had been performed on me. :( But I am not a violence prone person, I would probably have to be hit twice(I would have to get over the shock that someone wanted to pick a fight with me) before I could bring myself to respond. I would have rathered be with all US fans, but that sections seats are normally in a crappy position(in the end zone area), and I really like to see the game I paid to watch.
Come to the dark side . . . be a hooligan. I almost did at the last game, when some Jamaican fan blew off his airhorn 6 inches from my ear. And at 6 feet, 250 pounds(and I spend a couple of hours a week pumping iron + I had 2 of my brothers in the same shape with me) we dont want that happening.
But Soccer is starting to show up on the networks. ESPN and ABC(I always get them mixed up) both show it(as opposed to just showing up on spanish TV as it did before). 15,000 people are showing up on average to the games, and these numbers have stabilized/are growing a little(whats the average attendance of a hockey game? Not too much different from what I hear). Everything has to start somewhere, and after a few false starts, it seems to have at least managed to keep itself going finally.
One of the mitigating factors for this is that the soccer fields being proposed are much smaller than American Football fields. The target size for these fields will be between 15-25,000 seat stadiums. I am a DC United fan, and being in RFK with an average crowd, it just feels to empty. Hopefully there will be a good sized crowd for the charity game they are playing on Nov 3 against NY Metrostars. We get to have some of my favorite players back for DC for that game(Go Agoos! Harkes! Miss ya guys!). I keep on hoping that we pick up more fans as we go, as I really hate going to US National Soccer matches and having half the crowd root for another countries team.