Hey fans, it’s that time again — World Cup soccer!
I live in Minnesota. Other than Canada, there is no place in North America more rabid about hockey than my state. People have been trying to turn me into a hockey fan my entire life. It hasn’t worked. Americans won’t take to soccer, either.
Soccer and hockey both suck on TV, and they aren’t a whole lot more fun to watch in person. I’m sure they are fun to play, but as big-time spectator sports? Nah.
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Yes, I understand that breast cancer is a serious matter, and no, I do not want breast-cancer research abolished. But there is a story in Parade today about the amount of taxpayer money that goes into breast-cancer research, compared to funding for other cancers, cancers which happen to kill many more people.
Here are some numbers to ponder, from 2009: Number One Killer — lung and bronchus cancer ($247 million for research); Number Two Killer — colon and rectum cancer ($264 million); Number Three Killer — breast cancer ($600 million); Number Four Killer — pancreas cancer ($90 million). (All figures are for National Cancer Institute funding.)
I really don’t care if 16-year-old Abby Sunderland becomes the youngest person to sail the world solo, or whatever it is she’s trying to do. Bully for her. And if the corpse of Ted Williams attempts to be the first dead body to climb Mount Everest, good for the Splendid Splinter.
But when boneheaded sailors and climbers get into trouble and require thousands of taxpayer dollars to be saved, well, let them pay for their own damn rescue costs. Australians are on the hook for little Miss Abby, who now informs the world that she can’t wait to try the whole adventure, all over again. Why shouldn’t she, if she can get someone else to foot the bill for her next rescue? From her blog: “The loss of Wild Eyes [her yacht] will be deeply felt by Abby, who poured so much blood, sweat and tears into her.”
Boo hoo hoo. Next time, let’s see her pour some money into her own rescue fees.
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