Posts Tagged ‘America’

Another Kind of FIFA Corruption: Take a Look at the 1999 US-CHINA Women’s Final – One Weird Trick (Called Cheating)

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Americans will play soccer, particularly when we’re young,* but we don’t want to watch, ’cause we think it’s boring. Sorry, World.

Now the reason we think watching televised soccer is boring is partly due to this game right here, from 1999, a BFD, with President Bill Clinton showing up. But regulation and overtime play was a “tepid affair,” non? It ended in a 0-0 tie. And then the game was won on penalty kicks. Start watching at 9:00.

Liu Ying was China’s third-round shooter, but her shot was saved by United States goalkeeper Briana Scurry.”

Boy, that was a nice high-def vid I gave you, huh? Anyway, did you notice this?

This is how the U.S. won the game. If the Chinese shooter chooses to go to the right, as she did, then there was a futbol’s chance in Hell the ball could go into the net.

Oh, so the FIFA refs didn’t call it, so it’s all right? Well, what if the goalie kept on charging and kicked the ball before the shooter had a chance to and the refs didn’t call that either? There comes a point where you simply go too far trying to attain your “goal,” or non-goal in this case.

Anyway, I’m not taking away your victory, USWT99, I’m a just putting a big, fat asterisk in the record book.

Let’s hope USWT15 cheats less today, 16 years later.

*In my part of SF, the Western Addition, you can start you kid on soccer at an RPD park at 18 months old, for like $50 a session. 

Iconic Sign Design: “BAY AREA BIRD HOSPITAL” on Taraval – Surely a Future Museum Piece

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A bit of color in the cold, foggy Parkside District:

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(They have another sign that shows a giant parrot / parakeet atop the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s less iconic ‘n stuff.)

I don’t know how old these signs are, but they probably precede the era of escaped pet parrots going feral and flying about The Avenues in huge flocks. Check it, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now all over the place, like here, in the cold, foggy Sunset District, around Noriega, just a few blocks north of the cold, foggy Parkside:

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They might look like hated pigeons from a distance, but their loud squawking gives them away every time. It’s still amazing to me to see these birds flying about the 415:

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Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

First Ever America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship Arrives in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Here she is, as seen moments ago by The Kangsterizer:

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All the deets

America, California, Travelodge, Gay: Flags in the Wind

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A “Pro-Life Across America” Billboard in Oakland: How Being a “Natural Red Head” Says Something About Abortion

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Or not.

I’m at a loss here: 

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And oh yes, TRIGGER WARNING: Ginger.

Official Chinese Propaganda 75% Off: CHINA DAILY Newspaper Used To Be Free – Then $1 – Now 25 Cents

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

First it was free and then it cost $1 at newsstands.

But that didn’t work out, obliviously.

So this is the latest tack – a price reduction:

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Most of the paper’s editorial staff are still Chinese, whose English reports are ‘polished’ by a small group of expatriate editors employed on short-term contracts.”

Oh, I see.

Carry on then.

Virgin America Has an Awesome New Safety Video: “Buckle Up, To Get Down” – Set To Song And Dance

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
San Francisco’s Hometown Airline has outdone itself with its new air safety video. All the deets
  • 36 Total Dancers
  • 26 Hours on Set
  • 14 Dance Styles Used: animation, b-boy, break dancing, Broadway, contemporary, contortion, finger-tutting, jazz, lyrical, pop-and-locking, tango, and waving–just to name a few.
  • 10 So You Think You Can Dance Alum
  • American Idol Semi Finalist: Todrick Hall
  • 1 Character from the Original Safety Video: the “Nun”
  • 2 Former Olympians: Tamara Campos as the “Nun” and Emilie Livingston as the “Teacher”
Check it:

“Virgin America Remixes The Safety Video:  Airline’s New Safety Video Set To Song And Dance

Hollywood Director Jon M. Chu and American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance Alums Tapped to Create First-of-its-Kind Video

Flyers Can Win Chance to Be Cast in a Future Version of Video by Showing off Their Best Freestyle #VXsafetydance Moves

Today Only, Airline Launches “Buckle Up, To Get Down” Special Offer of Up to 20% off Flights Nationwide* (restrictions apply)

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29, 2013 — Virgin America, the airline that first put an irreverent twist on the in-flight safety video in the U.S., is taking its pre-flight safety education to new heights with the first-ever domestic safety video set entirely to music and performed in dance.  Launching on Google Play, YouTube and live on digital billboards across Times Square including the American Eagle billboard (at W. 46th Street & Broadway) at 12 p.m. ET today, the video will take to the skies on flights nationwide in November. Virgin America first made waves in the safety video genre in 2007, when it became the first domestic airline to feature a cheeky in-flight safety video across its fleet.  The cult favorite animated video will still be featured onboard the airline’s Red(TM) in-flight entertainment platform, but the new “VX Safety Dance” video will freshen up the rotation with a unique pre-flight safety experience that flyers will enjoy – and pay attention to. The new video was directed by Hollywood blockbuster film director (and Virgin America frequent flyer) Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 2) and includes some of the top dancers, singers and choreographers from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance – with production by Virgin Group’s entertainment arm, Virgin Produced.”

Ever more deets, after the jump


So-Called INTERNATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF AMERICA Now Has Free Admission for All of 2013 – When Will You Visit?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Here it is, in the Twitterloin.

All the deets.

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Now let’s see some reviews:

Kevin C:

This was the strangest “museum” I’ve ever been to.  And really, it’s worth a visit if you go on a free day.  As other reviewers have mentioned, it should really be categorized as a gallery because most of the pieces are done by one man.  The placards are hilarious.  Instead of saying “Tiger in bamboo – Oil on canvas – 1993”, it will say something like “The Master has expertly crafted this piece and is the best work to have ever captured the grace of this animal.  His Holiness has magnificent talent….”.  It’s like a paragraph about how great he is without any mention of the materials used.  I have some suggestions to make this place better.  1) call the upper floors a gallery 2) turn the ground floor forest/fireplace area into a bar 3) let people climb in the tree house.

Rupert B:

Actual artist’s note: “The external appearance of this stone is too beautiful to be absorbed all at once … In creating this wondrous art form, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has opened an entirely new epoch in the history of art in the world.” This whole shoddy enterprise seems to be one giant vanity project by a self-styled “spiritual” guru. If you do trail around this vast collection of mediocre pastiche, then at least embrace the comedy value and read the item descriptions. But make sure you don’t get waylaid by one of the dead-eyed volunteers who will ask you to describe your experience. The whiff of the cult is strong in this one.

OMG, It’s San Francisco Sharknado! – Here’s the Best Leaping Shark Photo You’ll Ever See in SF Waters

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Look, the America’s Cup is finally good for something”

“Fox Shark jumping in San Francisco Bay”

Photo: LUNA ROSSA/Carlo Borlenghi — in San Francisco.

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Look at How the City of San Francisco and the Housing Department Treat Old Glory – How Much Abuse Can One Flag Take?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

This was the scene down on MACALLISTER Street in the Western Addition PJs last year, on govmint land of course.

…and here’s the same scene these days:

Let’s see here:

“When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the US flag, the US flag should always be at the peak.”

NOPE! Believe it or not, that rat tail you can see at bottom is our Stars and Stripes. Above it is the flag of the State of California. (You can still see the bear a little bit.)

“The flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”


“The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.


I could go on…

There’s a little black spot on the sun today
It’s the same old thing as yesterday
There’s a black hat caught in a high tree top
There’s a flag pole rag and the wind won’t stop