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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

"Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power." -MLK

Originally uploaded by J-Bear.

This was the scene at SJSU today when Tommie Smith and John Carlos were honored. The university unveiled an awesome statue of the two Olympic and civil rights heroes. The entire event was great and I was particularly excited to hear legend Harry Edwards speak. Pictured from left to right here is Australia silver medalist Peter Norman, US gold medalist Lee Evans, Carlos, Smith and Edwards. I thought it was interesting to find out that Norman had worn a human rights pin on the medal podium in support and recognition of the silent protest. Carlos had given Norman the pin while they waited to enter the stadium for the medal presentation.

Friday, October 07, 2005

a sad day in paradise

Back Side of Main
Originally uploaded by J-Bear.

Unfortunately, even after much opposition from the city's residents, Pullman, WA has given a conditional approval to a Walmart Superstore building permit.

Those of us who are natives of Pullman associate great pride with our upbringing there. Knowing what a Walmart will do to the local culture and economy saddens me. I realize this is not new news, but it still makes me sick to my stomach.

If you have any doubts about the evils of Walmart read chapter three of Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, or simply Google "Walmart lawsuit" and see how many thousands of people have been wronged by this corporation.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Spicy Mac

Originally uploaded by J-Bear.

I 've been bumpin' The Craft by Blackalicious since it came out last Tuesday. My favorite tracks so far are Supreme People, which has some very Run DMC moments, and Automatique. I love the George Clinton begining of Lotus Flower, but the chorus gives me bad memories of a woeful late nineties JT Money concert. Four people showed up. Well, five if you count the guy taking tickets. Should have seen that one coming.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Sweeping the world?

Batting Clean Up
Originally uploaded by J-Bear.

I don't have class tonight, because our professor is in Mexico City doing his day job with the 49ers. The NFL playing games in Mexico brings up some interesting questions. Is American sport imperialist? If so, what ramifications is it likely to create? Also, is soccer an imperialist sport? What are the social or cultural responsibilities of sport managers when they undertake international projects?