". It was purposely campy, and honestly, I don't really have any idea what it meant.
I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about Utah Jazz fans though.
After a playoff series allegedly that saw the Jazz faithful , the great folks of Salt Lake City really took the cake last night... and with it as they exited following a close 91-79 victory, taking a decisive 3-1 series lead back 北京体彩网官方网站.
This only adds to the shameful legacy of Salt Lake City being an unattractive destination for free agents and opposing players, punctuated by when he learned he was once traded there from Dallas. SLC has long been considered unfriendly to African Americans. The Jazz' front office seems to have come to grips with this perception, and has successfully built a contender by assembling a team of guys who like Utah and that Utah likes. The Jazz's two best players at the moment, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, and both biracial. The majority of the rest of the team consists of foreigners (Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur) or American born white players (Matt Harpring).
Having spent a week or so in SLC a few years ago, I can say perception isn't reality, at least not outside the basketball court. I found the people of Utah excessively friendly, although I got a little tired of being stared at and sized up as an athlete. The women were pretty. The air fresh and clean. What's not to like, guys?
Then again, nobody tried to hit me with a pack of D Batteries, so what do I know?
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Anyone remember back in the 80's, when rap music was just gaining nationwide popularity? At venues all over the country北京体彩网官方网站, extra security was being called for to prevent the inevitable "riots" that ensue when people of color congregate in large numbers. Stopping rap concerts became the new cause celebre, although actual violence at these concerts was rare and isolated.
I clearly recall my first rap concert evar. As a middle schooler, my mom took me and my brothers (dropped us off) to see perform at a small hotel conference room (yes, really). The venue was crazy overpacked, and the Boys didn't decide to show (maybe they got stuck at a really good buffet or something) on time. Of course, 7th graders who have dropped a whole month's allowance to hear "All You Can Eat" are gonna eventually get testy about standing around for nothing. The whole thing was ruined when overzealous cops started pushing and eventually busting heads. Four hours later, a riot DID ensue (mostly due to the unnecessary police presence. these were kids after all), some doors were knocked off the hinges, a few tables were flipped over, and unfortunately a few kids were arrested. It wasn't pretty.
Rap music, of course, was blamed for this melee, as it was for seemingly every other incident that happened during rap concerts, from Budweiser SuperFest to the world famous . Even today, when a movie featuring a rapper is released, security is beefed up. As if without being inspired to pop a cap.
Fast forward a few decades. The other night, a couple of d-bags decided to . I can't wait to hear Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Co. accusing Ben Folds of inciting a riot, or asking Congress to take a closer look at classical music. Of course, I'm not holding my breath.
I've got good memories of that night in the mid-80's though. Just before 1am, Prince Markie Dee, The Human Beat Box, and Kool Rock Ski took the stage. They only did 3-4 songs, then bounced, presumably to hit up a late night buffet, but this 6th grader's love affair with hip hop was just beginning.
, is probably somewhere green with envy.
The for the Good Rebb'n, however.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney denounced the Rev. Al Sharpton's remarks about God and his Mormon faith, saying it could be construed as "a bigoted comment."
"It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners," said Romney, who spoke to reporters Wednesday after a campaign event. "I thought it was a most unfortunate comment to make."
On Monday, Sharpton said in a debate that "those of us who believe in God" will defeat Romney for the White House. He denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.
Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.
"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation," Sharpton said during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library.
Romney's campaign seized on the comments to criticize Sharpton, and the candidate complained about the remarks on Wednesday, calling them "terribly misguided."
Romney was a bit out of pocket by jumping right out there and calling Al a bigot, however. That's a pretty strong word, and undoubtedly, when this one is replayed in the months before the Republican primary (assuming Mitt's still in the game), revisionist history will paint Romney as the aggressor here. He, of course has a shaky history of of his own, which doesn't help. For a party that's always paying lip service to courting "the black vote" (whatever the hell that is), this can't really help. Somebody should have schooled Mitt on the Barry Obama "don't say anything and hope this goes away" technique of dodging press inquiries. It worked for him. He came outta the whole Imus melee unscathed, as he should have been.
. Despite the Dems having a choke hold on both the House and Senate, reality is, as long as there's a moron in the White House, you're gonna get vetoed.