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Integration in sports is apparently a one-way street

We’ve come a long way since the days of minority segregation in sports. It has been 74 years since Jessie Owens won gold and Matthew Robinson won Silver in the 200-meter dash at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, right under the nose of Adolf Hitler. Matthew’s brother Jackie would break the color barrier in Major League Baseball 11 years later. Doug Williams was the first black quarterback to win a Superbowl when he played for the Washington Redskins, a traditionally white-led team even in the mid-1980s. In a majority of traditionally “white” sports and competitive events today, minorities playing hardly causes one to bat an eye. It is hardly true the other way around, however.

It seems that the winners of the first ever Sprite Step Off competition will have to share their first-place trophy. Coca-Cola made the decision on March 1st after reviewing hundreds of comments when a white sorority from the University of Arkansas won the competition at the end of February. Citing a “scoring discrepancy” Coca-Cola (the major sponsor via its Sprite brand) awarded Alpha Kappa Alpha, a team from Indiana University, the first-place tie.

Message boards were filled with vitriolic comments after the ladies from Arkansas won, much of it racially charged. Read the rest of this entry »

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Intemperate Thoughts II

Several months have passed since my first set of Intemperate Thoughts. These are random thoughts that are short bits of reason. They are generally cynical, sometimes funny, often politically incorrect but (I hope) frequently insightful looks into the nature of politics, government, and everyday life.

Enjoy!

  1. So, we have to spend money on Welfare for people who can’t find jobs, but we have to have illegal aliens to fill the jobs that Americans “don’t want.” One wonders which jobs Americans wouldn’t want if Welfare wasn’t available…
  2. Does Nancy Pelosi need to apply for Carbon Credits when she travels by Air Force jet?
  3. Curling is gaining fans in the United States. I imagine people in this country once looked at fans of another Scottish-invented skill sport in much the same way as people who now make fun of us curling afficianados. cough! cough! golf cough! cough!
  4. If there is one thing Europe has taught us these last 50 years, it’s that “Universal Health Care” is universally mediocre, except for the wealthy and powerful who get access to the “good” doctors.
  5. I want to ask all those socialism-loving American college students out there: In what universe does an iPod count as a “need?”
  6. The Federal and State governments have been irresponsible and now want to balance their budgets by raising taxes. One wonders how the Government would respond to irresponsible families balancing their household budgets by taking money from other people at the point of a gun… Read the rest of this entry »

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Foul Ups

Under the heading of “Other things that interest me.”

I’m a Georgia Bulldog.  I’m proud of my MBA from the Terry College of Business and I’m happy to say I attended school at what is arguably the most beautiful campus in the world.

I’m also a proud follower of Georgia football, so I was very excited to see formerly 14th-ranked Georgia’s game against 4th-ranked Louisiana State University on Saturday.

I was not happy with the result of that game.

Normally, I’m not one to get upset at officials, especially not the officials in the SEC.  I’m never fully happy with the calls that are made, but I understand it’s the heat of the game and while I might get mad in the moment, after reflection I’m usually pretty cool and understanding, recognizing how an official saw the play and why he did or did not make a call.

That was not the case this week.

A.J. Green caught what should have been a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Cox, the most under-rated quarterback in the SEC.  Gerogia’s offense hadn’t really done its job in the first half of the game, and their second TD was a big accomplishment against LSU’s defense.  Like most players after a big play, A.J. celebrated.

The official thought it was too much.  He flagged Green for “Excessive Celebration,” claiming he looked at and made a gesture to the crowd.

Nobody agreed with him, not even other SEC officials.

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Michael Moore Needs an Education

Michael MooreIn an interview with CNS News at the premier of his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore was quoted making the following statement:

CNSNews.com then asked Moore: “Critics would say he’s [Moore] been very successful under a capitalist system. How would you justify making a movie where you paint capitalism as evil?”

Moore said: “Well, capitalism did nothing for me, starting with my first film.”

“You know, I had to pretty much beg, borrow and steal,” he said. “The system is not set up to help somebody from the working class make a movie like this and get the truth out there.”

You can see the video of Mr. Moore’s interview here.
I have no interest in seeing Mr. Moore’s film.  Largely, that is because his “documentaries” are uninformative schlock that take wide liberties with facts and the truth.  However, from viewing the trailers it seems terribly out-of-place to call the film “Capitalism.”  In the trailers, Moore is seen chasing down Wall Street executives and Washington insiders trying to find out what happened to the TARP and bailout funds.

Add to this the fact that Michael Moore is himself wealthy by capitalist means, making a product that people want:  People with anti-American and anti-Capitalist sentiments find his films appealing and entertaining.  According to the The-Numbers.com and the Los Angeles Times, he may have taken home all the profits of the $17 million in DVD sales from his previous work, Sicko.

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No Excuse

Roman Polanski accepts recent awardRoman Polanksi, director of Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was arrested in Zurich over the weekend. Polanksi escaped police custody following a psychiatric evaluation in 1977 after pleading guilty to drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. The actual charge was “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”

The international community is aghast:

The Swiss media has rounded on the authorities.

“Switzerland let a guest walk into a nasty trap. We should be ashamed,” said tabloid newspaper, Blick.

Daily paper Le Temps said Switzerland had “shocked film buffs and friends of the arts with its kindly and efficient co-operation with US justice. It has angered Poland and France”.

Other responses have been anger over the age of the crime, 32 years ago. Some say that Polanski has suffered enough, due to the loss of his mother at the Auschwitz concentration camp and the death of his wife, Sharon Tate, at the hands of the Manson family. Others claim he is only the subject of interest because of his fame; any other child rapist would simply be forgotten by now.

These “people” making excuses for Polanski make me sick.

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The worst part

Jerk

I’ve been thinking about the Kanye West incident.

As much as it pains me to say it, last night I missed the most important point:

Kanye West, in a fit of jealousy and anger, took away what should have been one of the highlights of a nineteen year old girl’s life.  VMAs don’t matter to me, but Taylor Swift was clearly thrilled to have won.

Forget rudeness.  Forget the low-class behavior.  Forget the awful grammar.

Kanye stole a young woman’s moment of pride and happiness.

Jerk

UPDATE:Beyonce being a real class-act:

Kanye apologized on his blog and on Leno last night. He says when the crowd booed, he knew he’d done something wrong.

Better late than never, I suppose.

UPDATE: Viacom made another copyright claim against the above video.  Too bad for them, as it was probably the best face they could put on this incident.

Cross-posted at Redstate.

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Kanye West is a Douchebag

I normally try to keep the ad-hominem removed from my writing. I also try to not post about the utterly irrelevant, as the myriad of entertainment awards shows almost always are.

However, Kanye West made sure to prove himself an asshole tonight, and I felt obliged to point it out to everyone.

Kanye West is a gay fish.

Unfortunately, the folks at WordPress still believe that YouTube is the only source for video on the internet, so I can only share the Kanye West – Fishsticks episode of South Park by linking it. (WARNING: Not Safe For Work or small children)

I don’t watch MTV at all, so the VMAs were not on my radar.  Thanks to social media like Facebook and Twitter, I found out about this:  Interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, Kanye ran on stage, took the mic, and stated his belief that Beyonce Knowles should have won the award.

Well, guess what? Your vote only counts once, Mr. West. The other thousands-upon-thousands (millions?) of people who voted seemed to disagree with you.

You lose.

Kanye seems to like to prove that he’s a douchebag. Remember this bit of stupidity?

What a jackass.

UPDATE: Reports are that Beyonce gave Taylor Swift a chance to give her acceptance speech during her (Beyonce’s) own time on stage. Classy.

UPDATE: The link may not last (one has already been pulled), but the video is available:

UPDATE: Viacom (parent company of MTV) is clearly embarrassed. They made a copyright claim against the video linked above and got the Associated Press to pull its video of the incident. They must want this story to die.

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Only two conferences seem to matter

Under the heading, “Other things that interest me.”

Pretty obvious there are only two real college football conferences right now: The SEC and Big-12 are the only conferences that are really competing.

Let’s go through the list:
ACC-Yawn
WAC-Pretenders.
Mountain West-Who?
Big-10-Ohio State-USC settled that one tonight (oh, and all those non-conferences losses in the last decade).
Big East-West Virginia does not a conference make.
PAC-10-Sure, you have USC and UCLA, but Oregon? Washington? C’mon!

Let’s face it, the Big-12 and SEC always have between five and seven, maybe eight really good teams, every year: Read the rest of this entry »

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Dude.

Seriously. Dude.

I don’t care what you thought of the original.

This looks just COOL.

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