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Monday, June 27, 2011

Question in L.A. Times column after USA-Mexico debacle: "In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?" Answer: Miami

U.S. Mens National Team vs. Mexico: Highlights - June 25, 2011, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California: Mexico 4, USA 2.

Answer: Miami, the Capital of Latin America.
At least it is according to the Miami Herald and their super-sensitive Editorial Board and cronies in the South Florida community that not only DON'T welcome honest discussions of U.S. immigration policies and related issues, but that also has shown over the years that it is NOT interested in dealing with valid, fact-based complaints about their reporters and editors' personal bias bleeding into actual news coverage and reporting of facts.

Question asked at the end of sports columnist Bill Plaschke's column in the Los Angeles Times about the ugly scene at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday after Mexico's 4-2 win over the USA Mens National Team: "In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?"

(Saturday's match was, to soccer-loving me, a completely meaningless game that has about as much portent for the future of the U.S. team as the Dolphins' 1973 exhibition game loss at the Vikings had for their success later that season. That loss got me so upset I almost cried after it was over, which sounds even more ridiculous to me as I write it than it could possibly sound to you reading it since... well, a.) I was there, and b.) they still won the NFL title again, beating -yes- the Vikings in the Super Bowl in New Orleans.)

Less than 24 hours after this Bill Plaschke column went online, approximately 887 reader comments bombarded the L.A. Times forum site.

In fact, 21 hours after column was posted online, the L.A. Times, showing they'd learned little from the Chicago Tribune after their politically-correct news stories on flash mob criminal activity in downtown Chicago by African-American youths, wherein the Trib intentionally refused to describe what the assailants looked like or had in common, rushed this warning online:
L.A. Times Moderator at 7:42 PM June 26, 2011
Note to readers and commenters: Because of repeated inappropriate posts, we will now be reviewing comments on this article before they are posted. We are also in the process of removing comments that violate our terms of service.
My blog post on that situation, from June 12th, is here:

Los Angeles Times
In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again
Mexico rallies for a 4-2 win over U.S. behind overwhelming support at Rose Bowl. In what other country would the visitors have home-field advantage?
By Bill Plaschke
June 25, 2011, 10:15 p.m.

It was imperfectly odd. It was strangely unsettling. It was uniquely American.

On a balmy early Saturday summer evening, the U.S soccer team played for a prestigious championship in a U.S. stadium … and was smothered in boos.

Its fans were vastly outnumbered. Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls.

Read the rest of the column at:

Reader comments at:

IF the game was really so important, how come the Miami Herald only devoted 13 sentences to coverage of the game in Sunday's newspaper? Thirteen.

IF the Women's World Cup in Germany is so important, and women deserve as much coverage as the men -which I believe they do- then why does the Herald not send their soccer writer, Michelle Kauffman to cover it?

Because it has degenerated into a third-rate, yet-pretentious newspaper that won't put its money where its mouth is.
Which we already knew, didn't we?

U.S. National Team YouTube Channel

View more videos at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com.

For those of you seeing this outside of South Florida, it should be noted for the record that these Mexican/M-A fans in SoCal talking about rooting for Mexico, despite living in the U.S., sound remarkably like South Florida Jews talking about any subject involving Israel for local Miami TV newscasts. Entirely predictable!

The video above of the man who has been living in the U.S. for 40 years but who speaks Spanish to the KNBC reporter instead of English, is too good to be true as far as local TV cliches go.
In that sense, it sounds exactly like Miami TV.

If only the reporter had interviewed him at a sports bar, THAT would've been a sports cliche grand slam!

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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