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You can’t make this stuff up:
The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams.
But here’s the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, “only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.”
That’s right. [Don “Moose”] Lewis, who calls himself the commissioner of the AABA, will exclude blacks and all foreigners from his new league, which the newspaper said will be based in Atlanta.
According to the Chronicle, Lewis said he wants to emphasize “fundamental basketball” instead of “street ball” played by “people of color.”
“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” Lewis told the paper. “I don’t hate anyone of color.”
Oh, well there you have it. He doesn’t hate the colored folk. Phew! For a minute there he had me worried! How is this possible in 2010? That some imbecile can arbitrarily decide to exclude all persons of color from his league? He offered another reason, too:
Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?
Word. He’s not racist at all. I seriously hope this league gets stopped dead in its tracks. This should be offense to both black and whites alike, at least the ones that live in the 21st century. This is a blatantly racist dolt who obviously still thinks segregation is the law of the land. I would hope the people of Augusta disagree.
You know what would be sweet? If white “street ball” players like Jason “White Chocolate” Williams or Grayson “The Professor” Boucher signed up for this league and did some crazy street ball shit ad nauseum. I wonder what Mr. Lewis would have to say then?
Straight out of the movie 40-Year Old Virgin:
Bay will open a temporary “holiday store” in New York City on November 20, according to WWD.WWD says that shoppers at the popup store “will have access to the entire eBay marketplace via Internet kiosks, handheld tablets and the eBay mobile phone application.” eBay has not posted a press release about the shop and it is unclear how services at the physical retail location would differ from those offered online.
The online auctioneer/marketplace will set up shop at 3 West 57th street in a building once occupied by Phillips Auctioneers.
No word yet on whether Trish will be brought in to manage day-to-day operations. Personally speaking, I don’t see myself traveling downtown to a eBay store just to log on to their website and bid on items. Sounds completely pointless. I would imagine that internet shoppers shop online not only for the deals, but because we’re lazy when it comes to shopping.
But eBay people are smarter than me, so I’m sure they know what they’re doing!
Missed me? I’ve been busy sorting some things out, namely preparing for a move and organizing my life in general. But I’ll be back posting with regular frequency this month.
Reporting from Washington – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fell victim to identity theft Monday when activist pranksters sent out a fake press release and staged a phony news conference to announce the organization’s endorsement of climate-change legislation.
“There is only one sound way to do business,” said prepared remarks included with the ersatz release. “That’s to support a strong climate-change bill quickly so . . . President Obama can lead the entire business world in ensuring our long-term prosperity.”
In reality, the chamber has opposed most climate-change legislation, expressing concerns that it was not sufficiently comprehensive and international and that it imposed too high a regulatory burden.
The briefing at the National Press Club — complete with the chamber’s logo on the lectern — did not last long. Within a few minutes, a real chamber official, communications director Eric Wohlschlegel, walked in and announced: “This is a fraudulent press activity, and a stunt.”
Good stuff. One thing I don’t get, though. These pranksters have staged pranks before. How come they are never recognized? Oh well!
GENEVA – Iran agreed in principle Thursday to ship most of its enriched uranium to Russia, where it would be refined for exclusively peaceful uses, in what Western diplomats called a significant, but interim, measure to ease concerns over its nuclear program.
The agreement was announced after more than seven hours of high-level talks in Geneva among Iran and representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, which also featured the highest-level official U.S.-Iranian encounter in three decades.
Iran also pledged that within weeks it would allow the inspection of a previously covert uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom, and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, announced that he’d head to Tehran to work out the details.
In Washington, President Barack Obama said the talks marked “a constructive beginning” and showed the promise of renewed engagement with Iran, but added that “going forward, we expect to see swift action. We’re not interested in talking for the sake of talking.”
Great news! If they end up doing that, it would buy the United States and her allies time. The timetable for Iran moving towards acquiring nuclear capabilities would be extended, allowing for further attempts to dissuade Tehran from pursuing it at all.
Unless of course, Tehran is, I don’t know… lying? Are we supposed to believe that Iran wants to enrich all that uranium simply to export it to Russia? Something about a recently uncovered nuclear facility leaves me skeptical.
I think it’s entirely plausible that Iran could send some, not most, of it’s uranium. Why wouldn’t they stash the rest? Much of their foreign policy is rooted in deep suspicion of the West and Israel. One day of meetings at a hotel and suddenly they’re ready to abandon what they undeniably view as not only their ticket to superpower status, but a basic safeguard from attack? I think even prostitutes leave hotels with less trust than that.
I personally am convinced that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. That’s not to say it’s not their right. Still, that doesn’t mean United States and others in the international community shouldn’t be worried.
So I hope this latest development, however thin, develops further. I guess that’s why all optimism is being categorized as ‘cautious’.
With guns drawn and flashlights cutting through darkened rooms, Polk County undercover drug investigators stormed the home of convicted drug dealer Michael Difalco near Lakeland in March.
As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco’s house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.
While some detectives hauled out evidence such as flat screen televisions and shotguns, others threw strikes, gutter balls and worked on picking up spares.
All work and no play makes the undercover investigator a dull cop.