this is just like the seasons of my youth. outdoor games, decent young talent mixed with a sprinkling of all-stars who are then invariably let go by calvin griffith bill smith; all the while struggling to hit the 70 win mark. good times.
“There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.”—Richard Dawkins (via kateoplis)
Tim Hardaway has, it appears, gone full-circle from Public Enemy No. 1 of the gay community to a staunch gay-rights supporter.
When former professional basketball player John Amaechi came out in 2007, Hardaway, also a former National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar, told a Miami sports radio show, “Well, you know I hate gay people, so let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people.”
In 2010, on a Sirius Radio interview, Hardaway spoke about his work with The Trevor Project and The YES Institute, done to educate himself on LGBT issues.
Hardaway attended a press conference in El Paso, urging citizens to oppose recall efforts against Mayor John Cook and city Reps. Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega, reported the El Paso Times. The three are being recalled by a group of religious conservatives who are angry the three voted to restore health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees—despite a ballot initiative in November that had abolished them, the Times said.
"I would say grow up and catch up with the times," Hardaway told the Times. "It’s all around the world."
this makes me incredibly happy. i was so saddened by hardaway’s comments four years ago. i’d loved watching him as a player, and it was hard to hear him make such terrible statements. reading now that he has educated himself and changed his own outlook on lgbt issues makes my day. hopefully it will open some eyes and help change more minds.
i’d like to add to the list of people it should be legal to smack* the a-holes in my office who sidle up to me at the urinal. c’mon man, we learned this is grade school. i’ll wait to smack you after you’ve zipped up, you jackass.
people who stare at their phones, not where they’re going; be them in a skyway, on the street, in an elevator, in my fucking way. you’re the first to be forearm shivvered, dinks.