Mohammed Misses Downtown

28 02 2015

Los Angeles

Another episode in “As the Stadium Toast Burns.”

ESPN:

A report commissioned by the developer of a downtown Los Angeles football stadium warns that a rival project nearby could be a potential terrorist target because of its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport.

The report was released Friday at a time when several potential stadium projects are competing to bring an NFL team to Southern California, two decades after the Rams and Raiders exited.

The 14-page report was commissioned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which wants to build a stadium in downtown Los Angeles. A development venture linked to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a stadium in Inglewood, about 10 miles from downtown.

The report by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge finds that constructing an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood — as close as 2.5 miles from an airport runway — “materially increases the risk of a terrorist event.”

Ridge concluded that in a world in which terrorism is a recognized threat, “the peril of placing a National Football League stadium in the direct flight path of (the airport)” … outweighs whatever benefits it would bring over its lifespan.

The Hollywood Park Land Co., which is developing the Inglewood site, declined comment.

I would decline comment too, if I didn’t want my comments to be in the form of snark, ridicule and insults.

Probably the most publicly digestible thing I could think to say if I was asked to react to this:

“As if Mohammed al-Terroristiqua wouldn’t notice Downtown Los Angeles.”

I guess lobbying-whoring for the Albanian government doesn’t pay as well as it used to, Tom Ridge?





So Much to Digest

27 02 2015

Egypt

ESPN:

Luol Deng’s path of righteousness

On good days, the worst hurled at Luol Deng in grade school were the racist slurs a Sudanese refugee child was far too young to comprehend yet never quite able to forget.

Samara, meaning black.

Hunga bunga, mockery for ape.

Shakshuka, epithet from a cheap north African meal.

On bad days, those classroom slurs escalated to slinging fists in the schoolyard.

“It was just constant,” Deng, a Miami Heat forward, says 25 years later. “I had this one teacher, and as I got older and translated things he used to say, it was racist and hatred stuff he was saying toward me and my brother. A lot of times, we fought because of that stuff.”

Yet this was the better life.

This was the safe haven — the relative oasis — during the early 1990s in Alexandria, Egypt, where Deng and eight siblings fled without their parents to escape a decades-long civil war in their native Sudan between the Muslim north and Christian south. Luol’s father, Aldo Deng, was a Sudanese government official who, according to British media reports, was jailed in 1989 during a violent coup by Muslim rebels who imposed Sharia law.

Racism?  They found some not in an American state that didn’t secede in the 1860s?

Sharia law?  I thought Sharia law was all nice and peaceful, and the only people who worried about it were tinfoil hat Islamophobes.

Of course, we all know that the Sudanese Muslims aren’t for real.  The Mossad created them out of thin air.





Just Like Jackie

27 02 2015

Detroit

The first black player in the NBA has died.

And, just like the first black player in the MLB, his being the first black player in the NBA was pretty much a non-story at the time it happened.  Which was at about the same time, 1947 for Jackie Robinson, and 1950 for Earl Lloyd.

Also remember the NBA was only on the start of its fourth season in the fall of 1950.

Nevertheless, should we expect Adam Silver to start in on a fit of necrophilia when it comes to Earl Lloyd like Bud Selig did with Jackie Robinson?





Racism

26 02 2015

Kirkwood

P-D Headline:

McCaskill says NFL teams thinking of drafting Winston should first see sexual assault film

That would be the film I blogged about earlier today.

Earth to Claire:  Winston is black.

S, meet F.

 





Ne’er the Twain

26 02 2015

Tallahassee, Florida

SI:

New film gives chilling account of sexual assault on college campuses

Sexual assaults on college campuses have reached alarming levels and the issue has drawn the attention of Congress and even President Obama himself. The latest research indicates that one in five [more like one in 397 — Blogmeister Ed.] college women will be sexually assaulted and as many as 90% of reported assaults are acquaintance rapes. It is believed that more than 100,000 college students will be sexually assaulted during the current school year. Nowhere is the deck stacked more against sexual assault victims than in college athletics. In just the last few years alone there have been cases at Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

All of this is a backdrop to a harrowing new film that premiers in theaters on Friday in New York City and Los Angeles. The Hunting Ground is a jarring exposé that shines a bright light on the epidemic number of sexual assaults taking place on college campuses each year.

The Hunting Ground features a group of survivors who faced harsh retaliation and harassment for reporting that they had been raped. The film focuses on institutional cover-ups and the brutal backlash against survivors at campuses such as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USC and the University of California-Berkeley, among others.

Some of the most vexing stories featured in the film involve women who were assaulted by athletes. While The Hunting Ground isn’t all about sports, the most dramatic moment in the film occurs two-thirds of the way through when the woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston—who after a strong showing in last week’s Combine is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft—appears and tells her story publicly for the first time. The woman, who is named in the film but SI.com has chosen to protect her identity, is shown on camera and gives her life-changing account of what she says happened the night in December 2012 she left a Tallahassee bar with Winston.

A high school honor student who planned to attend medical school, the woman is articulate and attractive. She looks like the girl next door, a person you would trust to babysit your children. It is uncomfortable to watch—yet impossible to look away—when she describes being beneath Winston on his bathroom floor, repeatedly telling him “no” before being physically overpowered.

Lending more credence to “Distract from Black” as the main driver of the rape culture mania.  Complain about it, pawn all the blame off on mythical Haven Monahan type figures, but never say “black athlete.”

Daddy will cheer for the football team and write big checks for his daughter to go to school.  But he doesn’t want those two worlds crossing.  I predict that as you hear a bunch of noise and hoopla about frats and Haven Monahans, schools will take the opportunity to put more real physical distance between the football and men’s basketball programs (*) and facilities and the larger campus settings and life.  Of course, one might be crazy enough to think that that has already happened at the University of Oregon with its football program.

(*) – There’s news on that front, too.





Turning Dirt

25 02 2015

Inglewood, California

According to this, dirt could start turning at any moment now on Kroenke’s new playhouse.

The big difference between this and the hypothetical Long Beach stadium and the hypothetical stadium here is that unlike the latter two, funding is not a problem.  It’s all a matter of a husband of a Wal-Mart heiress opening his checkbook, and that’s that for that.

Now I’m starting to think that the answer to the mystery of the hypothetical stadium in Long Beach over former chemical dump and landfill (a perfect place for the Raiders, btw) is that two teams not in L.A. with big fan bases in L.A. wanted to try to spook Kroenke to stay out of L.A.  At the same time, this puts me back at my original theory about our hypothetical stadium.





Hark, A New Pipeline Has Been Discovered.

25 02 2015

Washington, D.C.

It’s the NFL-to-Prison Pipeline!

Yahoo Sports:

2 members of Congress write Goodell about domestic violence

Two members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify whether teams can lose draft picks if they do not properly address domestic violence.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Goodell, Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, and Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, wrote: ”We urge you to create accountability at all levels of the NFL, particularly among team owners, who have the most direct financial incentives to avoid long-term suspensions and quickly get players back on the field.”

Seems that the Wonder Twins don’t want the league or teams to be able to suspend its woman-being players.

Meanwhile, these are the same politicians who want college men who don’t rape women to be thrown out of school.

Huh?

 








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