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"Tiger is Lucky Elin Didn't Use a Driver"

by Roy Winston |  Published: Dec 04, '09

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I have pretty much set me schedule through March with Cyprus and Aussie Millions in January, LAPC at The Commerce in February, and the big question mark for me before Prague was San Remo and Monte Carlo in April. I will most likely return for San Remo and Monte Carlo. Also, my wife works for an Italian company so we can go together and take some vacation in Italy. She has lived in Italy in the past and is fluent in Italian, and several other languages. Those who are polyglots always impress me. I can barely get by in English, and many of you are quick to point out my many grammatical errors. When I was in grade school English and particularly grammar was my worst subject. I excelled in math and science, but could never really get the hang of grammar. As it turns out I was severely dyslexic, which was not diagnosed in those days. The good news for me about that is at least I didn’t have to ride the short bus.

I really had a great time in Prague. Much of the old parts of the city look like something out of a fairy tale. The Prague Castle, which I visited a few days ago, was sensational. Its history goes back to the 9th century and I was awe struck by it. I had an interesting conversation with a group of Northern Europeans about how the US is perceived and it was more than a little shocking. We were talking about the latest terrorism by extremists in the Middle East and they thought our ultra conservative right wing was pretty much as bad and almost fascist. They discussed the US policy on torture and interrogation established under President Bush, as well as the so-called “patriot Act” and how they were appalled by it. Although I have tremendous pride in America I found myself embarrassed by “our” behavior. The world looks to us for leaderships and we have fallen well short, and although there was huge worldwide optimism with Obama, that seems to have crumbled. He seems more concerned with getting re-elected than making the hard choices and doing right. His has been in office now for almost a year and I’m still waiting to be impressed.

How did we as a nation condone torture? I even here people saying as long as you are torturing the right ones, or almost all are guilty. When did we allow people to be convicted before a trial, and those who made up the rules take no responsibility for their actions? I want our people and country to be free from terrorists just as much as anyone but I’m not willing to cut corners and give back all that we stand for to accomplish it. If we allow that to happen, the terrorists have already won.

How did we come so far off center? I am not sure, but I think fear is to blame. The Republican Party made us afraid. Afraid of terrorism, afraid of a disruption of our way of life and afraid to take the hard road. We live in a free society, but freedom is not free. It comes at a great cost, but the cost is not to all of us, only to those we now let fight for us, on foreign soil, far away. While we at home, me included, lead our lives relatively free of the impact. Our forces have suffered over 4,000 killed and more than 31,500 wounded. I watched a program about some of the returning wounded in my hotel the other night and although I have been in the service, treated devastating disease and injury as a physician, I am still disturbed by what we have allowed to happen to our troops over there and by our behavior over here. We have given them too few resources that are desperately needed, whether it’s those that arrived without up to standard body armor or unarmored vehicles, or not enough air support, or left in exposed and vulnerable positions by inept commanders and allowed to be over-run by enemy forces. Then President Bush declaring that the war is over and we won was nothing more than a joke. We never sent enough troops to get the job done, if we even knew what that job was. Iran is probably right now more of a threat than Iraq ever was. They never had weapons of mass destruction and no terrorists, until now that is. So let’s either commit the resources to get the job done, or bring everyone home now.

We here at home are more concerned with Tiger Woods’ domestic squabbling, although I did like what pro golfer Jasper Parnevik said, and seeing that he introduced his then nanny and Swedish model Elin to Tiger, about her using a 5 iron to give Tiger and his vehicle a beating; “he’s lucky she didn’t use a driver.” Where does one find a nanny that’s a Swedish model, or is it a Swedish model that doubles as a nanny?

It’s been pointed out to me that perhaps we need these distractions, but I don’t think so, because those of us out there fighting are not the ones being distracted. We are distracted enough by all that is unimportant. I think it’s time for us and our elected representatives to focus on the issues. Enough arranging deck chairs on the titanic already, how about some forward progress for a change, maybe President Obama needs to pull out the Driver?

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send an email to: winstonpoker@yahoo.com with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

 
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stopit5
12 years ago

roy your affection for revealing your ignorance is astonishing. republicans didn't make people scared of terrorism, the 3,000 people who died from terrorism made us scared of terrorism, or are you suggesting that somehow bush was behind 9/11? the constant videos and tapes from al-qaida reaffirming their hatred of the U.S. and their willingness to do anything to destroy it made us afraid of terrorism. Should we make foreign policy based on what your two "friends" (who i would guess are equally ignorant as you) have to say? Invoking the troops? They overwhelmingly believe in their mission. and comparing conservatives to fascists? brilliant insight you copied from someone as intellectual as bill maher or rosie o'donnell i'm sure. your political opinion is almost as poor as your poker.
Congratulation on no Negreanu reference however, maybe your finally growing up.

 
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fl1pm0de98
12 years ago

lol at blaming the republican party instead of terrorists. get over yourself dude.

 
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texasroadgambler
12 years ago

Roy's blogs never fail to bring the troglodytes out of their caves.

You two guys see if you can recognize yourselves here:

http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/troglodyte.htm

 
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brunell4070
12 years ago

Rich you continue to prove to everyone just how ignorant and immature you are. Please, outgrow the 7th grade jokes. you are an imbecile.

As for the blog, Stopit5 is right, Republicans made America afraid of terrorism? It is George Bush's fault that we are scared of terrorists? If 9/11 did not scare this country of terrorism, i dont know what can.

Iraq was Supposed to have WOD's. Right before Saddam was executed, he revealed that with their technology and resources, they were Supposed to have them. And what the hell do you mean, "Iraq never had any terrorists?" Are you serious..?? wow.

Yah, forward progress with Obama, how is that going? This 'change' is really living up to what it was supposed to be. Obama is almost as stupid as Richenough. Oh but wait, it is the Bush's administration that Obama is doing so poorly..

please, come up with a new excuse, you stupid Liberals.

 
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deadmeat82
12 years ago

Roy, I just wanted you to know, think whatever you think, ignore the haters, and I love cookie dough ice cream.

 
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Virginia Bob
12 years ago

my god Roy you really are as stupid as a dead rock

 
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stopit5
12 years ago

It's not even a partisan issue-you can argue whether it was overreaction or not, but to say republicans are what made people afraid of terrorists is the height of retardation or ideological blindness.

rich-sorry that your life is such a joke you resort to "fighting" in the blog comments area. also, if your such a liberal why would homosexuality even be a problem? and your implying i'm gay as your crying about me criticizing roy? why are u so defensive of him? identity crisis.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
12 years ago

"Where does one find a nanny that’s a Swedish model, or is it a Swedish model that doubles as a nanny?"

I dunno -- Sweden?

 
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seamarfan269
12 years ago

Nothing like politics to bring out all the opinions. That's one thing that makes this country that Roy is "embarrassed" by such a great country (i know, i know...Roy said, "embarrassed by our behavior"...same thing, haters. Have an opinion, have a blog, be gay like stopit5, lol. You can't and won't be persecuted for just saying what you wanna say and doing what you wanna do. I, for one, am not embarrassed by the U.S.A.!! God Bless US. Nuff Said.

 
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SabaAba
12 years ago

"While we at home, me included, lead our lives relatively free of the impact"

So you would rather us lead out lives being scared of terrorists and have them fight the battle on our soil?

Go live in Israel for a few months and tell me that fighting our fight on foreign soil rather than on our own soil is better.

 
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zzyxx15
12 years ago

I would much rather have some one hit me with a driver than a 5 iron. A 5 iron is like a tire iron. A driver is more like a wiffle bat. Its much more forgiving and lighter. You would think a pro golfer would know this.

P.S. I fully support torturing these s.o.b's if it protects Americanan Lives. God Bless America and the horse it rode in on.

 
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texasroadgambler
12 years ago

SabaAba: Do you think that if the Israelis would stop appropriating the land of other peoples that they wouldn't have to fight so hard?

What would you do if someone built a house in your front yard here in the U.S.?

 
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SabaAba
12 years ago

texasroadgamble:

Don't want to get into a political debate, so I'll just say it's probably better you go and learn some history before you ramble some crap about something you don't know.

In response to your question:
I guess I would do the same thing the native american whose land you build your house on did.

Your ignorance is astonishing. Wow, just wow!

 
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ErikVegas
almost 12 years ago

No, Im sure it was better for Elin to use the iron since she obvoiously can't keep a good hold on a Wood.

Erik

 
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