Monday, November 20, 2006
doing my best, to do my duty
while i don't think google-bombing should be used haphazardly, in this case i think it's justified. here's my (albeit meager) contribution. Want to know what's going on? Check out Tom Hoffman's blog. I think he explains it very well.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

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Thursday, November 09, 2006
this is what's wrong with today's america
i know i don't usually post this sort of stuff, but it's ridiculous that this still happens in 2006.

Firehouse [dog] chow served to firefighter costs city $2.7M

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The city of Los Angeles is paying $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit from a black firefighter who claims he suffered racial discrimination after co-workers served him spaghetti laced with dog food.

The Los Angeles City Council approved the award Wednesday, 11 to 1.

In his lawsuit, firefighter Tennie Pierce, 51, said after he took a bite of the meal two years ago, he noticed other firefighters laughing. He demanded to know what was in the food after a second bite but nobody answered.

Pierce said he suffered retaliation for reporting the incident and verbal slurs, insults and derogatory remarks, including taunting by firefighters "barking like dogs [and] asking him how dog food tasted," the lawsuit said.

David Wellman, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz hired by Pierce's attorney, said the association of a black man and dog food "resonates with the deep historical roots of slavery and the corresponding dehumanization."

"It's not just silly stuff. It's racially motivated," he said.

As part of the settlement, the two captains involved were given one month off without pay, and a firefighter was ordered off work for three days without pay.

"I truly hope that my case will make a difference for African-Americans in the Los Angeles Fire Department," Pierce said in a statement. story

one month without pay? how about getting fired? you can be sure that if the situation had been reversed that it wouldn't have taken a lawsuit for Mr. Pierce to be punished (and fired). money can't buy dignity.
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Monday, November 06, 2006
pick your pony
There are many who think otherwise, but it's right about now that I'm thinking that the I-AA Columbia Lions would have more than a simple fighting chance against the I-A Duke Blue Devils. Sure they both suck at football, but it will be a few months until the good hoops games get going so humor me, why don't you...

Blue Devils fall flat after fast start - Duke Chronicle

It may have been a different first verse, but it was the same old song for Duke Saturday.

The Blue Devils (0-9) extended the nation's longest losing streak to 17 with a 38-13 drubbing at the hands of Navy (6-3) in Wallace Wade Stadium.

Duke's defense gave up 435 yards on the ground to the second-best rushing offense in the nation. Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada attempted just four passes in his second career start but rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries. more

You know you're in trouble when the other team's QUARTERBACK puts up those kinds of numbers on the ground.


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