Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The real Baghdad
Monday, December 18, 2006
NBA swallows the whistle on Isiah
Thursday, December 14, 2006
La migra crosses the line
And please note, this isn't a debate about illegal immingrants. That's a topic for another place and time. This about the atrocious behavior ICE agents displayed in their raid, and how there is no place for that in the United States of America.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that when ICE agents entered the Swift & Co. plant in Hyrum Utah, they divided employees into two categories -- brown-skinned and light-skinned.
She thought she was going on break from her job at the Swift & Co. meat processing plant here on Tuesday, but instead she and others were forced to stand in a line by U.S. immigration agents. Non-Latinos and people with lighter skin were plucked out of line and given blue bracelets. ''I was in the line because of the color of my skin,'' she said, her voice shaking. ''They're discriminating against me. I'm from the United States, and I didn't even get a blue bracelet.''
That sort of racist behavior is so bad, even ICE is disavowing it. An ICE spokesman told TPMmuckracker that process was "definitely not standard operating procedure. . . that's not the way ICE operates."
Most Latinos would beg to differ. And so would most people of color. Regular readers of this blog know I was born and raised in the U.S., but am regularly harassed by ICE. Brown skin doesn't make you a criminal. And it doesn't make you an illegal immigrant. And until ICE recognizes that simple fact, this behavior will continue.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Does anyone in Congress have a brain?
Here's part of the quiz, administered by CQ's Jeff Stein:
We warmed up with a long discussion about intelligence issues and Iraq. And then we veered into terrorism’s major players.
To me, it’s like asking about Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland: Who’s on what side?
The dialogue went like this:
Al Qaeda is what, I asked, Sunni or Shia?
“Al Qaeda, they have both,” Reyes said. “You’re talking about predominately?”
“Sure,” I said, not knowing what else to say.
“Predominantly — probably Shiite,” he ventured.If it was me writing this piece, the next sentence would have been: "How stupid are you!"
Stein was little more diplomatic (though not much more) with:
He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Al Qaeda is profoundly Sunni. If a Shiite showed up at an al Qaeda club house, they’d slice off his head and use it for a soccer ball.Stein did give Reyes a chance to redeem himself:
And Hezbollah? I asked him. What are they?
“Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah...”
He laughed again, shifting in his seat.
“Why do you ask me these questions at five o’clock? Can I answer in Spanish? Do you speak Spanish?”
“Poquito,” I said—a little.
“Poquito?! “ He laughed again.
“Go ahead,” I said, talk to me about Sunnis and Shia in Spanish.
Reyes: “Well, I, uh....”
And now you know why I've given up.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
That must be some party
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I'll take the goat plus the points
The old-fashioned trade
Joining this trend (yes, I'm invoking the USA TODAY rule that three examples makes a trend) is Aaron Todd. Aaron was testing PKR.com's 3D online poker room when he finished 8th in a freeroll tournament and won 60 cents. But because Congress passed (and Bush signed into law) the ridiculous Unlawful Internet Enforcement Gambling Act, he can't play at PKR.com for real money. So in the great tradition of bartering, he's decided to try and parlay his 60-cent check into entry money for the World Series of Poker Main Event through a series of trades.
He's already traded his 60-cent check for GoldenPalace.com casino chips. He's working on his next trade now. No, the trade won't come from me. I'm his boss (full disclosure -- see, I'm ethical), so I'm not allowed to trade with him (I think). Plus, I really don't have anything to offer. But surely somewhere out there does. So help a fellow poker player reach the Main Event. If you have a fun or unique item to trade, visit sixtycentmainevent.com and propose a deal.
Monday, August 28, 2006
The politics surrounding John L.
He (Smith) was asked Friday if he was referring then to one of two things: unfavorable media coverage or the political climate within MSU's walls. "A little bit of both," he said, before adding: "I don't think the media is much tougher here than anywhere else. I think 90 percent of the media is fair." But he also noticed the string of anonymously sourced assertions put forth this summer by a Detroit newspaper columnist: that MSU administrators have set eight wins as the mark Smith must reach to keep his job (a claim they vehemently deny); that MSU administrators have put feelers out to possible replacements should John L. stumble, including former player Pat Shurmur (no one will admit it); that a "power struggle" took place between the Board of Trustees and Lou Anna Simon over a contract extension for athletic director Ron Mason, who hired Smith. That one got the MSU people all fired up. "Nonsense. Flat-out baloney. I went ballistic when I saw that," said Trustee Dee Cook, R-Greenville. "It was a complete fabrication. Who is giving (the columnist) his information? It's bad information. "I wish I knew, but I know this: Someone out there is definitely trying to manipulate something."The Lansing State Journal also note that John L. is getting along with Joel Ferguson these days.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Get ready to Sparty
Beat reporter Shannon Shelton does a very good job with the rest of the story, building a good case for why John L. is in trouble. And that makes the decision to introduce the preseason magazines disappointing. She doesn't need the cover that paragraph provides. She's the authority, and everything she reported is rock solid. And please, no anti-MSU bias rants here. I love my Spartans. And Shelton is right on the money with the speculation.
Spartan students, fans and alumni are all questioning the coach. I think he's a good coach who needed to learn the importance of recruiting Big 10 caliber athletes instead of trying to coach up MAC players. He's going after the right recruits now. And if he succeeds, MSU will be in very good shape. I'm willing to give him two more seasons to see how he does.