Here are the top 8 Best Daily Show Olympic moments. (My favorite is the Anti-Olympic update)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well we were mesmerized by record breakers Michael Phelps and Usaine Bolt (am I the only one who can't get over how great his name is?), and we have heard about the controversies. Will we ever find out if China's gymnasts are really of age? Should Kobe Bryant have been allowed to help us win the gold in basketball? The list goes on and on, but I just wanted to post a link that I found very interesting on Digg, and yes, again it has to do with Jon Stewart (contrary to what you may think from my last entry, I do think he's brilliant).
Posted by Allison Honey at 5:17 PM
Friday, August 15, 2008
Ok so I forgot to mention yesterday that the very day I posted about the American media's perspective of China, Jon Stewart had a "Special Olympics" episode (yes, there's a joke in there somewhere).
I usually think Jon Stewart is very funny and has some great wisecracks. But it got too be a little much when Jon started talking about China's woman gymnastics team and the age controversy.
Posted by Allison Honey at 3:35 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Usually I am not a huge fan of rap, mainly because I prefer the lyrics and message of other types of music.
But this one caught my and the nation's attention...'Handlebars' by Flobots is the story of two young friends
who part ways. One goes the corporate route (The 'C' stands for corporate greed and power), and eventually
becomes a dictator obsessed with power (they compare him to Hitler, and some say Bush in a more subtle
way). The other goes the way of the dove, or peace and lives a humble life. He tries to overcome his old
friend and what he has done- but in the end, finds that it is a lost cause. Talk about reality.
Check it out.
Posted by Allison Honey at 3:05 PM
First of all I just want to make a correction on my last blog posting- UWM does get the U-Pass, I was misinformed by someone who was obviously misinformed!
Every time I turn to CNN or log on to different news sources, I feel like I am hearing about some new scandal going on in Beijing. And yes, I understand the U.S. is quite bitter about the Summer Olympics being held in a nation whose policies we do not agree with- and no, I am not saying I do agree with them. But isn't the media doing some over-reporting on this one?
Just yesterday, people were "boiling over" in regards to a nine-year-old Chinese girl who apparently lip synched the anthem, because the girl singing did not have the stage presence necessary. They are calling her the Milli Vanilli of China. People are saying we cannot trust China because of this. Maybe we can't trust China- but because of this? That is just absurd.
Then there was the killing of Todd Bachman, an American tourist killed at a popular tourist site in Beijing by an assailant who afterwards jumped to his death. Obviously this man was a lunatic, but is the media possibly trying to portray him as a representation of all of China, and their hostile feelings towards us? Is it a tragedy? Yes, of course it is. But we are purposely trying to taint China's reputation by the way we report these incidents.
CNN also included an article on The Daily Show's Rob Riggle, who traveled to China and felt the atmosphere was intimidating at times. Guess I'd have to go there to really find out, but I won't be able to do that. Here's the next best thing from The Daily Show.
Posted by Allison Honey at 2:36 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So today I looked at my tuition bill and something that has been pissing most of the nation off for a few months now has become even more real to me. It becomes clear that the world revolves around GAS not money like we all previously believed. I am positive that part of the incredible increase in my tuition bill has to do with the heating and cooling of those huge buildings on campus. Also, apparently UW-Milwaukee is no longer offering the bus pass students once received. I wonder why! And I'm pretty sure my energy bill might force me to live in an igloo this winter. Those, and the fact that I am not able to visit my mom because of ludicrous airline prices, are personal reasons this oil crisis has me down. But that's just me being self-involved.
The war. I think we all know by now that this is not a war on terrorism (but it makes soldiers feel better if they think they are shooting the actual people responsible for 9/11)- this is a war geared at the world's cheapest oil and where it happens to exist. Obviously there are a million things I could say about the war right now- but let's just put it this way: if kharma exists, America is Screwed! But is it our fault for being blinded to what is really going on- I mean can you honestly answer this: Are we winning?
I'd say losing 4,000 men in Iraq (let's not forget the 100,000 that were wounded) and the highest gas prices we've seen in this nation is LOSING. Oh, but gas has gone down 15 cents! We must be winning now! In all seriousness, we have no clue what's going on over there. But I will say this: the people I do know who are in or have been in Iraq would rather eat dirt than talk about what goes on over there.
Posted by Allison Honey at 7:36 PM
Well, it's been one heck of a summer. And unfortunately, I did not keep up on my blog. But it is time to come out of blog hibernation and get this thing going! School is right around the corner and soon life is about to get busy, busy, busy. My last year...and I'm not going to lie, I'm gonna miss it! So here's to making the most of what I do.
I guess this entry will be about wrapping up my summer in Wisconsin, really nothing to do with the usual viewpoints on current events.
My summer (not necessarily in order of awesomeness):
- Summerfest, where I rediscovered my love for Reggae at three very impressive outdoor concerts: Matisayuh (best rabbi rapper I've ever heard!), The Wailers (5 stars), and Slightly Stoopid (they were a little messed up, but still fun). Also was lucky enough to see fav. performers John Mayer and Colbie Callait at the Marcus.
- Camping and tubing at the Wolf River in New London, Wisconsin- need I say more?
- Work, work, work
- The Dells- Stayed at the Kalahari and tried out Noah's Arks' newest attraction Time Warp and wasn't so impressed- Black Anaconda is still the best
- Country USA- Good performers, bad weather, crazy people
- Began my collection of short stories (stay tuned for details)
- Saw my old friends visiting from Iraq (and silently cursed George Bush at the same time. Well OK, maybe it wasn't so silent)
There's more, but like I said that will be for another time, another entry. Maybe later today ;)
Posted by Allison Honey at 9:41 AM
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I have heard far too many stories in the news lately about 911 dispatchers who failed to do their jobs- jobs that to me, don't seem like they should be such a task.
First there is the case in Madison of Brittany Zimmerman, and the dispatcher who failed to follow up on the call that she thought to be a prank! It seems it was not much of a prank, as 21-year-old Zimmerman was found dead in her apartment. It was also reported that the dispatcher failed to hear crucial sounds that should have prompted immediate action. My question is: why isn't this dispatcher fired? She is being investigated, but it seems obvious that she was not doing her job.
Then there's the recent case in Memphis that Nancy Grace has made famous, where a dispatcher FELL ASLEEP while a woman was trying to report a man breaking into her home. SNORING and EVERYTHING! Here is the YouTube link of the call...embedding was disabled by request...hmm, sketchy!
If someone calls 911, they are in trouble. It should never be taken lightly- never! Even if it does seem to be a prank, why would it be the operator's call to decide? Obviously our 911 dispatchers need some training in importance and just plain skill, though I wasn't aware much was needed!
If people start thinking they cannot rely on 911 they will begin to take things into their own hands- and that is a pretty scary thought.
Posted by Allison Honey at 6:37 PM