Archive for January 30th, 2018

Paying Lip Service

Cleveland is making MLB news today. How many Cleveland players have won the AL MVP Award?

Best quote of the day goes Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laura Murillo to Sen. John Cornyn on DACA. Here it is:

“Be a leader, not a dream devastator.”

Here is the Chron story on DACA: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hispanic-chamber-urges-permanent-DACA-solution-12535170.php.

I just don’t see Sen. John Cornyn showing any backbone on DACA. Sorry.

As far as the state’s business community goes on DACA and issues like the bathroom bill. They need to back their words with their money. Stop being the piggybank of the GOP. Otherwise, they are just paying lip service to these issues. They too need to grow a backbone.

The talking head industry just took another hit. ABC News is hiring former New jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Another talking head who lacks credibility and dignity and also lies. Nice job, ABC.

This is a start, but just a start. Here is from AP:

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist.

The move, announced Monday, came after protracted discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The cartoonish image of a big-toothed American Indian with a scarlet face and a single feather in his headdress will come off the team’s sleeves and caps starting with the 2019 season, when Cleveland will host the All-Star Game.

“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” Manfred said in a statement. He said the logo “is no longer appropriate for on-field use.”

The decision is unlikely to quell complaints from Native American organizations and others who see the symbol — and the team’s very name — as insensitive. The Indians will continue to wear the Wahoo logo in 2018, and even after it is gone from the uniform, the club will sell merchandise featuring the mascot in the Cleveland area.

“I’m elated,” Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, said of the decision to remove Wahoo from uniforms. “But at the same time, I think it should be this year. I don’t understand why they’re drawing this out. It doesn’t make any sense to me, unless they want to continue to make what’s basically blood money.”

He added: “Just make the leap already.”

Yenyo and others have demanded that the team go further and drop “Indians” as its name: “If they don’t get rid of the name, then you’re still going to have fans going down there wearing headdresses and painted in redface.”

Amid the intensifying debate, the club has slowly moved away from the logo in recent years. The Indians replaced it with a “C” as their primary logo and removed signs depicting Chief Wahoo from Progressive Field, the team’s ballpark.

Here is the entire story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/indians-removing-chief-wahoo-logo-from-game-uniforms-in-2019/ar-BBIpx61?OCID=ansmsnnews11.

The team needs to completely disassociate themselves from Wahoo – period. There is no compromise on this.

Lou Boudreau in 1948 and Al Rosen in 1953 are the only Cleveland players to win the AL MVP Award of course.

Cleveland visits The Yard the weekend of May 18-20. Is it too much to ask them not to wear the hideous and racist Wahoo gear that weekend.  Don’t bring that garbage into our crib.

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