Me and My Nine Iron

August 31, 2011

Ridiculousness

This is a case where it really wasn’t worth it.

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced on Monday to up to 4 years in prison for beating up a 73-year-old man and taking 7 cents from him back in December. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have even bothered to take the man’s change, especially because now it’s classified as a robbery. A 7-cent robbery.

Wonder if that was paid out in a nickel and two pennies or seven pennies…

That was almost as ridiculous as Sunday’s Jersey Shore episode, where The Situation viciously headbutted a wall and concussed himself…before his rumble with Ronnie. Check out the clip here.

BJ

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August 30, 2011

Boogity boogity boogity

Last month before a NASCAR Nationwide series race, a pastor gave a pre-race prayer that made headlines.

The phrase “my smokin hot wife” was made famous, and being that I occasionally look for images of a chick in an article to see if they’re hot, of course, I had to do that here as well.

Another reason not to trust the word of a pastor. God, that was as disappointing as seeing a hot chick in a thumbnail, clicking on it and finding out she’s not really hot. Or when they pull the bait and switch, and it’s somebody else after you click on it. I was talking about porn videos if you weren’t following.

By the way, I would think it would be wrong to say “boogity, boogity, boogity” after “In Jesus’ name,” especially when you’re not allowed to use God’s name in vain. Just having a little fun? No, you can’t pick and choose when you want it to fly. I’m looking at you, Pastor Nelms.

Late at night, I saw a really touching commercial about a mom yelling at her child over trivial matters with the website, isitworthit.org. I thought here’s a great piece that is actually more meaningful and inspiring than those anti-smoking commercials with the lady and the hole in her throat. I actually took the time to go on the website to see what it was all about, and I found it redirects to intouch.org with Dr. Charles Stanley.

So disappointing, especially when I look at the commercial now and see that they’re saying you’re an irrational, angry person because God isn’t in your life. I think I can “survive this angry world and find peace” without God. I know not that many people have done it before, but I’m going to give it a shot.

BJ

August 26, 2011

‘Blue note bandit’ sentenced

In a follow-up to my February post, the ‘blue note bandit’, the most prolific bank

David Camp behind the hat and sunglasses

robber in Orange County history, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $26,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to 13 felony counts of second-degree robbery. This is a much lighter sentence than the maximum 18 years the 52-year-old married father of two faced.

Also from that same post, the 58-year-old Delaware pediatrician who raped over 100 girls in his office in one of the most heinous cases of patient sexual abuse against a doctor in American history was sentenced on Friday to 14 life sentences for 14 counts of first-degree rape and more than 160 years in prison for multiple counts of assault and sexual exploitation of a child. In other words, he’s done.

To both: I hope it was worth it.

BJ

August 25, 2011

Magic magic magic

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I went to a magic show last month, and I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, it got me excited about street magic again (Where’d you go, David Blaine?) and I’ve been catching some of the Friday night magic competitions on the Korean channel.

This guy was the real deal. I’m talking snatch the watch off my dad’s wrist without him knowing it was gone. And like a true magician, he was nice enough to share some of his secrets. After the entertaining show, he came up to me and offered to do some more card tricks. Of course, I said yes.

He had ten cards and asked me to choose one card each from five pairs blindly to beat him with a better poker hand. I ended up with a full house with Aces and was feeling pretty good about myself. That is, until he flipped over his royal flush. That snake.

The other card trick was the Three-card Monte, which I was familiar with. It’s your hand-is-quicker-than-the-eye trick and really renders you helpless in finding the right card whether you know how the trick is done. Here’s a fun clip of the game playing out on the streets, and it’s kind of sad because I can only imagine how many people have been duped by this game like this poor sap.

But like I said, my magician was the real deal so he used straight magic on these cards right before my eyes. Magic like this.

BJ

August 24, 2011

Racism study

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A small study was released in May where the results showed that whites believe racism against them is worse than racism against blacks and blacks believe racism against them is still more prevalent than whites think. Overall, not too surprising, if anything that whites feel more victimized than blacks do. And let’s face it, that’s nowhere close to reality.

There’s no doubt that racism exists against every race. We all have our own experiences as victims of racism. As an Asian, I can say that I too have been a victim of racism, and it’s sad because sometimes, I honestly forget I’m Asian. But then I get the cold, hard glare that says, “You’re not an All-American stud with brown hair and blue eyes. What are you doing, talking to me?”

White bitches.

I understand where white people are coming from. There’s a new perception that’s formed in the last decade where at least in the U.S., it’s whites versus everyone else. All minorities hate whites and view them as the devil, and whites that feel they have been victimized feed off that hate into something probably a little bigger than it really is, like we hear all too often from our infamous reverends, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And I know that firsthand because I have a white friend who feels that way.

Let me spew some more results to portray an interesting mentality whites have.

  • Whites believe there’s more anti-white racism than anti-black in the 2000s.
  • 11% of whites see themselves as targets of racial discrimination vs. 2% of blacks on blacks.

I will admit that there is a lot of racist name-calling and such on whites, and every other race that’s not black, that society gets away with. God forbid you use any of the dozen derogatory names to refer to black people. But if you were to poll all the races on which one race gets singled out the most, I’d be confident that it would be blacks. Based on the numerical statistic, perhaps, the whining that we perceive blacks to be on this topic should perhaps be reserved for whites.

The study goes on to talk about racial equality, where I’d like to delve into affirmative action. A hot topic since it’s been an option to choose as your argumentative essay topic in high school, it affects us with college and job placements and further. I’ve tried to understand why affirmative action is the right system to have from several friends, and I’m just not buying it.

Diversity is overrated. In what perfect system does the color of your skin determine whether you’ve been accepted, not your qualifications? If you see a board consisting of entirely white members and you start to feel sorry for yourself because you’re a minority, that’s reverse-racism. Or in other words, make-believe racism. You create the me-against-the-world mentality all by yourself (see whites above).

Another reason I’ve been told is that you get to hear the voice of someone from a different background. On the extreme level (for illustration purposes) where a total dumbass was admitted via affirmative action,I’ve never once heard a smart group of guys doing some problem-solving and the dumb guy say something so that the smart group, what, knows what not to do? They already figured that out. The only productive input is the right answer, and the simple truth is that if you’re there because of reasons other than your competitive abilities, you’re undeservedly in a position that clearly should’ve gone to someone else. The problem with it all is it’s at someone else’s expense.

Racism will never stop. Mankind is dark. But let’s not feed this disease and claim everything to be racist when they truly happened to be innocuous. I’ll start things off by letting go of the reason for the constant rejection from white girls and that they just don’t prefer Asian guys. Or at least ones that don’t have an accent.

BJ

August 23, 2011

Donald Trump for President Part III

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Donald Trump made his declaration not to run for President three months ago, but I wanted to complete the trilogy of posts on the topic, the last of which can be seen here. Although he’s not vying for the Republican nomination, he says he could’ve won the election. Hmm. While he had ranked second in the early polls, he had dropped to next to last just one month later so I’d put money that he wouldn’t even come out with the Republican bid.

But now that Trump’s publicity stunt is over (at least until the next election), let’s revisit some of his major stances in his “Today Show” interview four months ago.

“we’ll soon be paying $7 or $8 for gas.” – The average gas price in California four months ago was $4.13. It currently sits at $3.72.

He said he would run for President because the country needs a great leader in this state of emergency. The economic outlook has not gotten better in anyone’s eyes in the last couple of months, and the Republican party lacks a strong frontrunner, a true leader, so what changed? I think the businessman realized he didn’t know anything about how to run a government.

Sarah Palin is still undecided on her intent to run, although at this late in the game and with her lack of steam within the party, it looks like she’s just another person trying to stay relevant.

BJ

August 16, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens review

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It’s been a long two months since I’ve gone to a main theater to watch a movie, and I have to admit I was a little hesitant to watch this possibly cheesy summer blockbuster.

But I have to give it up for Jon Favreau, who was able to make a fun movie out of a project based off a comic book that was in development since 1997. But despite the neutral-positive reviews, this film is garnering nowhere near the $163 million budget it was given.

I loved the predictable journey and amazing opening that only teeters slightly once the aliens arrive about halfway through the movie. The action between the cowboys and aliens is fairly ridiculous, but for many, it can be overlooked in what is ultimately a satisfying third act.

Daniel Craig‘s English accent in a Western was more surprising than distracting, Olivia Wilde is sadly dumbed down in this rustic setting and Harrison Ford is his usual badass self.

Up next: Craig stars in the thriller Dream House on 9/30. Wilde, who is also in The Change-Up, will next be seen in the much-anticipated sci-fi thriller In Time with Justin Timberlake on 10/28.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

BJ

August 8, 2011

O.C. Fair

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A couple of weeks ago, I was able to make it down to this year’s O.C. Fair in Costa Mesa. I had a blast trying all the deep-fried food and enjoying the atmosphere of all the bright lights and south county sluzzles on a warm Saturday night.

When getting our drink on, I thought about all of the beer scams at concessions where the large cup is actually the same size as the small. (Here’s one example.) Well, guess what? Only after a kind sluzzle informed us that the large domestic beer was bigger than the large import beer for $1 cheaper, I realized we had been similarly duped, having just bought an import beer. However, the employee didn’t even think it was a big deal, admitting that the domestic cup was 24 oz. and the import 20 oz. I guess we have to start asking how many ounces the cups are now everywhere we go.

I tried the deep-fried oreos and butter, and while the latter is a huge attraction at the fair, it was kind of a letdown. It tasted good, but it wasn’t at all what we expected – a fried stick of butter. Rather, it looked and tasted like soft churros with whipped cream on it. Well, I can say I tried it now.

Every night during the month-long run, there’s a headline at the Pacific Amphitheater (for which you have to pay another fee to watch the show). The following night, we all giggled, was Selena Gomez, and they even had Weezer on August 4. A big fair, I guess. We debated whether Gomez was hot, although I would think it more fitting to call her cute.

Fans should’ve expected Justin Bieber to make a surprise appearance, which he did. Song selection? Not so hot. The high notes in the chorus were God-awful. He sounds like he’s hitting puberty now, his voice deeper than his pre-pubescent Baby. Oh, and someone tell him to pull his pants up. I can see his underwear.

BJ

August 7, 2011

Entourage final season preview

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As the eighth and final season of Entourage gets under way, here’s a great article about “10 Never-Told Secrets” in The Hollywood Reporter. Let’s hope the last one comes true.

BJ

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