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UN Calls out USA Racism

03 September 2014 - 01:44 PM

Wake up call, kinda weird to see us the subject of the UN.





Yet, despite the clear signs of turmoil within our own home, this country continues to operate as if it is morally superior to the rest of the world.

Other countries across the globe have pointed out America’s hypocrisy, but thanks the United Nations, there is a more thorough and fact-based assessment of it. Recently, the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded its 85th Session, and among their seven state reports, one focused on the United States.

Among the aforementioned problems, the report also criticized the United States for racial segregation in education; racial profiling; unequal access to legal aide; criminalizing the homeless, who are disproportionally minority; Stand Your Ground laws, which disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities; and discrimination in housing.

And on and on the list went, including a noted “lack of a national human rights institution” and “absence of a national action plan to combat racial discrimination.”

That’s not surprising given so many elected officials are more interested in enacting legislation that perpetuates racial discrimination as opposed to combating it. GOP, are you with me?

In a press conference focused on the report, CERD committee Vice Chairman Noureddine Amir also touched on the death of Michael Brown to address the problem of how discrimination affects select populations of this country.


2014 Cam's Offense

23 June 2014 - 01:28 PM

Saw a similar article to this on Friday and then this one today, kinda surprised noone threaded it.  Good to see our staff is letting one of the premier players input his thoughts into the offense.




Over the last 10 weeks, we're seeing Cam maturing, and doing things in other ways to contribute and improve," Rivera said as he headed out to the final practice of the spring last Thursday. "It got to the point where Cam was installing things. He led the led the meetings. He was sitting the receivers, the tight ends and helping them, not just standing next to (offensive coordinator Mike Shula). You see stuff now you didn't see before.

 I doubt it is the first time, but it is a relief to know our coaches aren't super hard-headed control freaks where they wan to keep the offense as theirs, but instead letting the leader on the field allowed to give input.


Our offense was certainly not a killer last year but we were clutch, and we are winning games in the closing minutes rather than losing them, with the exception of the Buffalo and Seattle games.



There's a more macro element they've addressed, as well. Newton, who has always had the ability to impose his will on the field, was drilled in the early portion of his career on learning to manage games. The idea now is to begin to produce more force-of-nature moments again while maintaining the responsible quarterback play he's been taught. To Rivera, the four game-winning drives Newton led over the final eight games of the 2013 regular season were a good sign as to where he could take things next.

"I think it's great when a guy can manage a game," said Rivera. "But there comes a point where you have to make a play. He does that. He made some great plays, he had some teammates make great catches, great runs. But he's the trigger guy, and that's part of his growth. ... The one thing you don't ever want to do is put it all on one guy. That becomes hard. We want him to sense it -- It's time to make a play."


Duke's Environmental Problems

11 February 2014 - 04:12 PM

Problems as in they are damaging our natural resources, but not like they are being forced to do anything about it, so maybe I should have titled it:  "The Peoples Problems Caused by Duke Energy"




I guess it helps having a former employee and friend as the govenor to turn the other way.  



Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week, spewing enough toxic sludge into a North Carolina river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Each time, they say, their efforts have been stymied — by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The state agency has blocked the citizen lawsuits by intervening at the last minute to assert its own authority under the federal act to take enforcement action. After negotiating with Duke, the state proposed settlements where the nation's largest electricity provider pays modest fines but is under no requirement to actually clean up its coal ash ponds.

Clean water advocates have long complained that state regulators are too cozy with the polluters they regulate. But they say that coordination and cooperation has become even more overt since the January 2013 inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke Energy for 28 years.




"The Sutton site is scary bad," said Frank Holleman, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. "They've got significant groundwater contamination on one side headed toward the drinking water wells of a poor community. On the other side, you have a popular public fishing lake where they had significant fish die offs, and fish contamination."


2014 Free Agents - by team

24 January 2014 - 12:48 PM

too many to list in post but here is a convenient link:



Riverboat Strikes Again

23 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

Anyone else thinking that punting at the two minute warning with only two timeouts down by three was one of the gutsiest, riskiest calls of the year?  Compare that to going for 4th and 10 a few weeks back vs Miami, similar offensive struggles during the game and this time we punt on 4th and like 6.  

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