The MuaveSkins?

Should have known this was going to be a major issue this year when one of my “proto-dates” launched into a tirade about never taking her to a Redskins Game…

That was before I told her I wasn’t the owner of Seasons Tickets even.

Sometimes “it is written” when relationships will be unexpectedly (at least to some folks) short.

Now I see Dan Snyder is again courting disaster – pulling failure, yet once again out of a hot hand…

Its in the Bag, Dan!

Top Republican Messaging Firm To Hold Football Focus Group About Whether Redskins Should Change Name

“It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear,” Luntz Global, the premier strategy shop run by Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz, boasts at the top of its web site. And Luntz Global is interested in figuring out what National Football League fans are hearing.

Luntz Global, which has worked on behalf of the NFL and other sports leagues during labor disputes in recent years, is conducting a football focus group in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 13, where it will pay participants $100 to share their opinions about the current state of America’s most popular professional sports league and the Washington Redskins, the NFL franchise embroiled in controversy and a federal trademark lawsuit involving its name.

An email survey meant to judge the interest and eligibility of potential participants includes multiple questions about the NFL generally, including how many games they watch and attend. It also asks about their “overall opinion of the NFL right now,” their “overall opinion of the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell,” and what they perceive as the “greatest problem or challenge facing the NFL today.”

Excuse me…But isn’t that like the same folks who told Romney…”Its in the bag?”

The Washington Red Tails is beginning to look like a great fall back position.

Hmmm…. Camera Angle? India Arie

Is India Arie doing a Michael Jackson?

Who’s That Lady?…Indeed.

Requiem for Boxing… Pacquio-Mayweather Derailed By Bad Decision

Probably the biggest, largest purse fight in the last 10 years was derailed last night with a controversial split decision resulting in a Manny Pacquio loss.

To say that the split decision was controversial is an understatement – many of those who watched the fight were shocked at the outcome which was greeted by loud boos from the crowd.

This one didn’t help Boxing – and further besmirched the reputation of a sport which has had plenty of controversy through the years.

The only “winner” in this is probably MMA – whose popularity is shooting through the roof…

While Boxing is going the way of Baseball.

Pacquiao-Bradley

A hard fought battle, Pacquiao and Bradley traded shots, with Pacquiao landing more – although neither fighter scored a knockdown

Pacquiao deserved better than unjust ending against Bradley

Injustices like the split decision that gave Timothy Bradley a controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao are not unheard of in boxing.

Yet that doesn’t make the stunning outcome of Saturday’s welterweight title fight — one of the most dumbfounding decisions in recent history — any easier to make peace with.

Pacquiao connected on 253 of 751 punches (34 percent), compared to 159 of 839 (19 percent) for Bradley, and outlanded the challenger in 10 of the 12 rounds. The Filipino absorbed Bradley’s best shots in the early rounds and, undeterred by his opponent’s rapidly diminishing offense, relied on his speed and power to entice Bradley into toe-to-toe exchanges and batter him into retreat.

“I don’t remember if he hit me with one punch,” Pacquiao said afterward.

Yet ringside judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross both scored it 115-113 to Bradley, dissenting with Jerry Roth, who had it 115-113 to Pacquiao. (SI.com scored it 116-112 to Pacquiao, among the more charitable scores on press row.)

The decision was met with horror, then shock, then anger by the mostly pro-Pacquiao crowd of 14,206 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Said promoter Bob Arum: “I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.'”

It marked the end of a remarkable run for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) that spanned more than seven years, 15 victories, and five championships in five weight classes — running his overall haul to a record-breaking eight.

But after everything he’s done for boxing, Manny Pacquiao is the last person who should have been cheated like this. He deserved better…

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/bryan_armen_graham/06/10/bradley.pacquiao/index.html#ixzz1xQ0jFfCx

What’s the Deal With the New Benetton Ads?

See the rest here. Benetton better have some serious insurance on their stores…

Benetton ‘Unhate’ Campaign Shows World Leaders Kissing

There’s no doubt that these are the pictures of the day. U.S. President Barack Obama kissing his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Abbas embracing Benjamin Netanyahu, and Germany’s Angela Merkel locking lips with Nicolas Sarkozy. Is this bad fan fiction? A new approach to international diplomacy?

The stunning (albeit photoshopped) images are part of a new campaign by the United Colors of Benetton. Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman, who presented the ads in Paris on Wednesday, said they were meant to promote the idea of “unhate,” The Times Of India writes. “The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders … we consider them “conception figures” making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss,” he reportedly said.

Benetton hopes the campaign will contribute to the creation of a culture of tolerance and combat hatred, the group writes. It plans a series of live actions in which young people will post the images of the smooching world leaders “on the walls of locations symbolic of the desperately-needed peace process: Tel Aviv, New York, Rome, Milan, Paris.”

There have already been fierce reactions to the controversial shots. According to the Belgian news channel RTL, President of the Italian Association for Catholic Viewers Luca Borgomeo asked for the immediate withdrawal of the campaign. “Is it possible that RTL can’t think of anything better?” he said, according to a HuffPost translation.

“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told The Huffington Post.

Benetton is known for its controversial ads, including one of a young nun kissing a priest.

 

Tiger Mom…Meet Mama Grizzly!

Amy Chua, Tiger Mother...

Sarah Palin -self described Mama Grizzly

This one is kicking up a bit of a storm… And while Palin isn’t involved in this one in any way (or with the death threats against Chua made by folks likely not  associated with, or motivated by either  Palin or her followers) – you can’t escape her “Mama Grizzly” imagery of American motherhood as a contrast…

Strict, Controversial Parenting Style Leads to Death Threats for ‘Tiger Mother’ Amy Chua

Amy Chua calls herself a “Tiger Mother” because of her strict parenting methods that didn’t allow for play dates, sleepovers or choice in extra-curricular activities for her two daughters.

But her essay in the Wall Street Journalhas made her one of the most talked-about – and criticized mothers – in the blogosphere.

On January 8, the newspaper published excerpts of her book in an article titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” The Internet erupted in a firestorm of outrage over the piece, in which she described how she belitted one daughter — calling her “garbage,” and threatened to withhold food and bathroom breaks from the other if the 7-year-old didn’t play the piano perfectly.

The outrage is so intense that Chua has even gotten death threats, according to reports…

The controversy over Chua’s book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” heated up further on Saturday when Ayelet Waldman, a Jewish author and mother, responded with her essay, entitled “In Defense of the Guilty, Ambivalent, Preoccupied Western Mom.”

Waldman’s essay humorously outlines differences between what she sees as the lackadaisical approach taken by western mothers and the strict regimen Chinese mothers use on their children that Chua discusses.

The first Wall Street Journal piece, which took excerpts from Chua’s parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” ignited a heated debate across the Internet, with critics claiming that the book advocates abusive parenting, while others asserted that it would lead to xenophobia and feed China haters.

Aided by the controversy, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” reached the No. 6 slot in the Amazon sales rankings on Tuesday, the day it was released.

Oxfam Slams Haiti Reconstruction Failure

Hate to say it – but OxFam is correct in several key aspects. Almost none of the major infrastructure projects needed to provide a basis for Reconstruction have started. The cholera epidemic’s spread is almost totally due to inaction in clearing the rubble, and thus the drains which would have moved the polluted water away from the camps and towns – instead of forming fetid lakes. This isn’t all a failure of the IHRC – a good bit of this falls on the International community infighting preventing any effective means of launching projects. There also seems to be a lack of overall planning relative to some sort of priority step by step Project Plan of what needs to be done in what order.

All of which isn’t to negate the fact that the Preval controlled segment of the Haitian Government has been problematic, at best in resisting, and in some cases outright blocking  efforts to perform reconstruction.

The bad news is, things like building Wastewater Plants, municipal water systems, Power Plants, roads, and other core infrastructure such as ports – take years of construction work. There seems to be a lot of looking for short term fixes, but very little focus on building sustainable systems. Clinton neither has the power or authority to do that by himself as it will result in tearing down large segments of the Port au Prince region and rebuilding it from scratch requiring things like “eminent domain” and an ability to change and fix local laws.

Because there is no surviving septic system or drain system in portions of the Port au Prince area, residents of the tent cities commonly dump dirty water from dishes or personal washing on the ground, spreading cholera.

I’ve heard in the news that Clinton doesn’t want to make the same mistake he made in the way he removed Aristide. I think the mistake was removing ONLY Aristide, and not his enablers.

For a more detailed coverage of what Oxfam is saying – go here.

Relief agency slams Haiti quake recovery “quagmire”

Reconstruction has barely begun in Haiti a year after its catastrophic earthquake, a leading international charity said on Wednesday in a report sharply critical of a recovery commission led by former President Bill Clinton.

There was a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world after the January 12 quake that devastated much of the poor Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing about a quarter of a million people and leaving more than a million homeless.

But the report by UK-based Oxfam, while acknowledging that disaster recovery can be slow even in developed countries, said efforts in Haiti had been paralyzed by a lack of leadership from the Haitian government and the international community.

“As Haitians prepare for the first anniversary of the earthquake, close to one million people are reportedly still displaced. Less than 5 percent of the rubble has been cleared, only 15 percent of the temporary housing that is needed has been built and relatively few permanent water and sanitation facilities have been constructed,” the report said.

Money is part of the problem, Oxfam said. The report cited U.N. figures showing that less than 45 percent of the $2.1 billion pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction during 2010 at an international donor conference in New York in March had actually been disbursed.

More importantly, however, the report said a reconstruction commission chaired by Clinton and Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive had fallen short in many crucial areas.

“So far, the commission has failed to live up to its mandate,” it said. “The commission is a key element for reconstruction and it must cut through the quagmire of indecision and delay.”

Set up as the main disaster management body in April, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) was supposed to improve coordination of international aid projects, build state capacity for their implementation and bring donors and government actors together to lead the reconstruction.

The commission has met only a few times since it was formed, however, and the report said it was plagued by “often contradictory policies and priorities” and needed to do far more to adequately consult and communicate its role and decisions to the Haitian people.

POOR PLANNING

In one glaring example of poor planning, the report said money had been made available for temporary housing, but almost no funds had been allocated for rubble removal. That’s despite the fact that the quake, which destroyed 105,000 homes and damaged 208,000, left 20 million cubic meters of rubble.

Without debris removal, housing construction cannot begin in earnest and Oxfam said the volume of quake rubble in Haiti could fill enough dump trucks, parked bumper to bumper, to reach more than halfway around the globe.

“Major stakeholders, including Bill Clinton, should urgently review the workings of the IHRC and speed up delivery of its mandate,” the Oxfam report said.

United Nations and Haitian government officials have called repeatedly for patience with reconstruction, and Oxfam said countless lives had been saved thanks to humanitarian efforts to provide water, sanitation, shelter, food and other vital assistance to millions of people affected by the earthquake.

In the short term, however, Oxfam said it was difficult to be optimistic about progress in the shattered nation.

Racist?

Seems there is a bot of controversy about an ad aired in Australia promoting their National Basketball League…

Australian basketball ad showing black man in bed with white couple called racist

A promotional television advertisement has outraged several African-American former stars of the National Basketball League who say a scene featuring a black player hopping into bed with a white couple is insensitive and racist.

The commercial shows a series of Australian basketball players throwing a ball around a suburban house. Near the end, Sydney Kings forward Taj McCullough, who is African-American, leaps onto a white couple’s bed and nuzzles up to the woman. McCullough is the only black player featured in the commercial.

Former Melbourne Tigers player Darryl McDonald slammed the advertisement.

“It puts black Americans in a bad light,” McDonald, who is also African-American, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “That commercial has nothing to do with basketball. Nobody else would present their sport this way.”

In a statement Friday, the NBL defended the ad as “lighthearted and fun.”

“We believe viewers and supporters will certainly see the promo in the light in which it was intended, and we note the overwhelming feedback from the public that this is indeed the case,” the NBL said.

But Cal Bruton and Leroy Loggins, African-Americans who became naturalized Australians after starring in Australia’s domestic league in the 1980s with the now defunct Brisbane Bullets, were both highly critical of the concept of the advertisement.

Bruton said it was particularly insensitive because it calls to mind the case of former Brisbane Bullets player Bryant Matthews. Matthews, an African-American, was convicted in 2007 of raping a white woman who was in bed with her partner at the time of the attack.

Although Bruton was hesitant to dub the spot overtly racist, he did say it was in “poor taste.”

“To be portrayed in that light, to me, just was a little bit below the belt,” Bruton told The Associated Press on Friday.

Bruton was born in New York but moved to Australia 31 years ago and is the father of Australian Olympian C.J. Bruton.

The elder Bruton said the ad also illustrates the differences in sensitivities toward racial attitudes between Australia and the U.S. During his career, he recalled, Australians often referred to him as “the brilliant Negro guard.”

“You wouldn’t ever see an ad like that of Kobe Bryant jumping into bed in America,” he said.

Loggins, who played for Australia at the 1992 Olympics, said the depiction in the ad was off key.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Loggins told the Telegraph. “Why would you show a black American jumping into bed with a man’s wife to promote basketball? I don’t even know how someone could think up a commercial like that. You would never see any other sport in the world, that takes themselves seriously, portraying a black athlete that way.”

The Ten Networkhas been airing the commercial for the past two weeks. Ten’s head of sports marketing, Sam Heard, said Friday there were no plans to pull the ad.

“It is designed as a fun, lighthearted promo highlighting the fact the NBL is back in people’s homes, on free-to-air television,” he said, declining to comment further.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 145 other followers