News Roundup – NSA surveillance, NBA, U.S. Open and more

Over the last two weeks, there’s been a flurry of reports over the NSA surveillance program. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing. There have been lots of accusations in which reporters and their sources have been called traitors and/or patriots, depending upon which side of the political spectrum you’re on. First of all, I really don’t believe that we have enough information to figure out exactly what’s going on. We’ve got a cool name for a program called Prism. We have a rough idea about how the program works, but the devil is in the details. It is not important to me that former Vice President Dick Cheney went on Fox News and defended this program. We know that the vice president is not a human rights/civil rights kind of guy. We also know that he has lied to the American people before. Anybody who stands up and tells you that they are for or against this program should be immediately discarded as a zealot. We, the American people, simply don’t have enough information to figure out what’s going on. I know that President Obama stated that it was important to him that there are checks and balances, but I have no idea what these checks and balances are. I’m a little concerned that the FISA court is not a check nor a balance but are instead acting as a rubber stamp. I’m also afraid to say that I have absolutely no confidence in our elected politicians in Congress. I have no idea if these guys are acting in our best interest or not.

The San Antonio Spurs are knocking on the door of winning the NBA championship. They are leading the series against the Miami Heat three games to two. I really and truly love the way the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. It is an unselfish kind of basketball. Everyone seems to know what everybody else is doing on the basketball floor. When they’re playing well, it is an amazing thing to watch. If the San Antonio Spurs are going to win the series, they have to win Game 6. I simply don’t believe they can win Game 7 in Miami. I think there will be too much emotion and too much energy in the building. As I’ve said before, the key to the series is Dwayne Wade. If he plays well, like he can, it will be extremely tough for the San Antonio Spurs to win. If he is invisible, like he can be from time to time, the San Antonio Spurs could win their fourth championship.

Congratulations to Justin Rose

Congratulations to Justin Rose for winning the U.S. Open. In the U.S. Open, the key is hitting fairways. Justin Rose was tied for second in a fairways hit. He also putted very well. There’s really nothing else to say about Phil Mickelson. It ha all been said. I will mention that Jason Dufner played an absolutely fabulous round of golf, with the exception of one hole. He had made six birdies in a single round. At Merion, he made six birdies! He only bogeyed one hole. Unfortunately, on that hole he made a triple bogey. It killed any chance he had of winning. Still it was a great round.

BTW, austerity is killing Europe. It has put Europe back in a depression.

The Supreme Court gets one right.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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