Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Bowl XLII, nobody was killed

and the commercials were funny at the rate of a 10 million a minute or more, what's the dif who needs money? They keep trying to throw me these emotional curve balls. I used to swing and miss alot but these days it is like I'm dropping the bat as the ball is approaching the plate, I reach up with one hand eyes focused on the movement of the sphere and I catch it, stopping it's motion from fooling me. I look at the ball, I see the stiches, the imperfections and the contour of the little orb that up until now was curving past me. I notice it is shaped like a globe, it in it's idle state is easier to deal with and understand for what it is no matter how scary the curves seemed to be in the past. This is the now and we must never look away, we must square off and stop swinging at the decoy of a curve ball.

In case you were wondering, this is what was happening on the other side of the globe while America got to see the big game:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Coalition forces killed nine Iraqi civilians and wounded three others near the town of Iskandariya, a U.S. military spokeswoman told CNN Monday.
There was one child among the dead and two children among the wounded on Saturday. The injured were treated at U.S. military hospitals.
Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, a U.S. Army spokeswoman, said coalition forces were pursuing suspected al Qaeda in Iraq militants south of Baghdad when the incident occurred. No additional details were provided, but Gillen said the incident is under investigation.
"We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent civilian life," Gillen said. Leaders with the coalition force met with a sheik representing local citizens.
Iskandariya is about 30 miles south of Baghdad.
On Sunday morning, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in western Baghdad, and four members of a neighborhood watch group were found shot to death in a house north of the Iraqi capital, officials said.
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The U.S. military also reported the death of an American soldier during a patrol in eastern Baghdad last week.
The Iraqi official, Lt. Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, worked in National Police Affairs, an official with the ministry said. Two police officers in the car with Ibrahim were badly wounded in the blast, the official said.
In Diyala province, the focus of a recent U.S.-led push against Islamic militants loyal to al Qaeda, the U.S. military confirmed the death of four young men who were part of a "concerned local citizens" group in northern Iraq. The men were 17, 18, 20 and 21 years of age.
Authorities discovered their bodies in a house in Baquba, the provincial capital, said Staff Sgt. Sam Smith, a U.S. military spokesman.
Concerned local citizens organizations are neighborhood watch groups that patrol residential communities and report suspicious activities to Iraqi and coalition forces. Their members, some of whom are paid by the U.S. military, conduct security support tasks such as manning checkpoints.
No group has taken responsibility for the shootings.
In Baghdad, a U.S. soldier died when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on the east side of town on Thursday, the U.S. command in Iraq reported. His death brings the number of Americans who have died in Iraq since the nearly 5-year-old war began to 3,938, including 40 in January. Seven civilian Pentagon contractors also have died.
Elsewhere, a mortar landed on an Iraqi army patrol in northern Baghdad's Seleikh neighborhood at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, killing one soldier and wounding three civilians, the official said. E-mail to a friend
CNN's Yousif Bassil contributed to this report.
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1 comment:

Jordy said...

Yesterday in EarthFare Dude and I were eating an entire Brie log that had just been put out as a sample. we were, of course, really only there for beer. but there was enough free food in the TOON to fill us both up, leaving me only eventually needing a three egg thing at the house for dinner. as we were working on the cheese log a woman with a blue tooth tumor and a ten year old son came up to the station with high hopes of getting some cheese. in order to break the ice she said, of course, "gettin ready for the big game?" i just mummbled a "no" as i stuffed more free creamy cows cheese into my face. she and her son gave me craked out looks and she came back with a, "oh, come on. . ." like i had said i was really sitting there eating a turd log. her son, defeated, asked me, maybe his question was really to Jesus cause that how upset he was, "how can you not like football?" i wont bust a 10 y.o. kids balls yet, but i did tell him it had to do with being opinionated and that the S Bowl was nothing more than a distraction form the real world. We let his mom have some cheese and she asked me what my favorite sport was (I felt like this was a crap question but I answered none the less). "Big wave surfing." i think the little family in earthfare learned something from the two guys hovering over all free snackage there yesterday, and thats that they were wasting their money cause the real party was right there, Ho_Ohh! i bet she told her son that i was only joking and that really everyone loves football all the time and he shouldnt worry or have nightmares because of some jokster in a 'spensive food boutique.