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Little Progress?

A Sickening Replay Hartford Courant Editorial

"Little progress has apparently been made since the video of the infamous Rodney King beating exposed the horror of police brutality."

Except for the fact that what occured was a body slam on the hood of a car (which looked rough, but not over the line) and a brutal, surprise punch (crossing the line and then some, but one wonders what the young man said to the police officer right beforehand) instead of, what, half a dozen offers getting their licks after with first trying with a stun gun (twice) and then an attempt to restrain Mr. King physically (the prosecution bungling the case didn't help matters).

Salary Dumping

Hugo Lindgren: “[C]all it the Salary Dumping Disorder. These are the symptoms: You become convinced, based on whatever evidence, that your team cannot win now, so you announce a rebuilding campaign and purge any player who has a big salary and the slightest market value. In return, you demand hot minor-leaguers who will one day develop into stars and lead you to future pennants.”

Iverson

Yahoo! Sports: NBA - Even without conviction, Iverson could be sanctioned: <q cite="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news/ap/20020716/ap-76ers-iversonsfuture.html"">[Philadelphia 76ers v]ice president Dave Coskey said Iverson's situation hasn't affected ticket sales, but it is too early to make a determination. The Sixers were fifth in attendance last season, setting a franchise record with 25 sellouts. He could be a criminal (actually, technically he is a criminal, having been found guilty of various crimes), but that doesn't concern his employer. No, whether he still draws fans is the biggest concern. Also note the sentence at the end of the article: “His contract could be voided by the Sixers in the unlikely event they waived him.” Always read a news article the whole way through. The juicy stuff is at the bottom.

Weird, I've noticed a leftward turn in my politics lately. Hmm.

Talking Points

Variety: "GOP targets HIV-positive Muppet"

Talking points for the HIV muppet being blasted by REPUBLICAN members of Congress (this is news?):

The federal government only funds 18% of PBS [source]
4 of the 5 Congressmen come from states won by George W. Bush in the 2000 Election (3 if you don't count Florida) [source]
Jerry Falwell likes the idea [source (last paragraph)]:

"Ironically, one of the few morality mavens coming out in support of the HIV-positive Muppet was none other than the Reverend Jerry Falwell. Falwell, who notoriously tried to out Teletubby Tinky Winky, says he believes the new Muppet will have a positive effect, as long as there is no discussion of its sexuality"

Not one of the members of Congress is from California. And let's not forget, this is an election year for Congressmen.

Efficiency!

Michael Lewis: “You might think that I have would come away from this conversation relieved. It obviously could have been much, much worse. But a similar nerve had been struck, the one that is somehow more fully exposed in the male who must constantly defend his self and habits in a house of females. There was a time not very long ago when I didn't think twice of wearing the same hiking shorts for a week at a stretch, or even once of going a year wearing only the shirts that happened to be stacked on top. This was not sloth; this was not indolence; it was efficiency. A minute more spent dressing than was absolutely required was a minute wasted.”

He's been dressing his three-year-old daughter for three months, and her classmates have, well, noticed. What this man obviously does not understand about women, no matter what their age, is that efficiency is not the goal when it comes to getting dressed. It's efficacy. Getting it right. Even if it takes two hours.

Moby's Popularity

Ted Widmer: “If we extrapolate from this track ["We Are All Made of Stars"], Moby's alchemy of the hit can be defined as follows: Take some mechanical drumming, add a farty synthesized bass, inject some noodly guitar, and then sing cryptically about the unlimited potential of the human spirit. Either that, or about extraterrestrials—I can't quite tell.”

Strike Out

Matt Welch: “The daily newspaper, Granma, is thin, horribly written, and used primarily for toilet paper (what with the shortages and all). The director of Cuba's sports Hall of Fame could not tell me how many members it had. It took me a week of asking dedicated baseball fans to find out how one could obtain a schedule for coming games. Periodical libraries -- filled with glorious back issues of Havana's handsome and competitive round-the-clock newspapers from before the Second World War -- are off-limits to most Cubans.”

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