Here are Spanish b-ballers preparing for Beijing:
Here are the tennis players:
No offence was intended by the players or the Spanish federation of Funny Guys and Gals Who Play Sports, say the perps. The first is an ad for a sponsor. The second is a team web site foto.
These Spanish people are equal-opportunity offenders. They called black soccer players monkeys in Madrid in 2004, and the coach made cracks about a mixed-race French player (and got fined). Called him “that black shit” in a pep talk to his team. (Very appealing guy the s. player, as in this video.)
Am finding it tres amusing myself, something maybe to puncture, if slightly, the international cocoon of correctitude and restoring maybe the “sticks and stones may break my bones” attitude of old.
I should be shunned along with you and the low-life Spanish athletes.Seeing the photos, all I could think of was “The good old days, when we could be stupid and get stupid-back-at-us, and no one cut anyone’s head off because of a cartoon. Skin was thicker in those ancient times when your saying “Stix and stones, etc.” was a kid’s national anthem.
I share Tom Roeser’s skepticism about Mrs. O. as convention speaker:
[I]t will take formidable image-making cosmetology . . . She has done almost irreparable harm to herself by allowing her words to make her a symbol of black grievance and anti-whitey figure… when she has been a remarkably coddled black woman at that.
Imagine someone who got to Princeton not through academic excellence but through other means who lamented that she felt alone and discriminated against there. Her [undergraduate] thesis . . . smacks of hot grievance.
Or someone who graduates from . . . Harvard Law school who continues the grievance until when her husband was winning primaries… while she was in her 40s… announced that for the first time she was felt proud to be an American.
Who earned $300,000 from the University of Chicago based on her connection with [superlatively well-connected] Valerie Jarrett and who still has the temerity to tell young black women that [they] should forego . . . big bucks [and instead choose careers of] community service where they would earn far less . . .
Will she help him with the undecided? That is the question.