Archive for June, 2011

Homeless man arrested for charging cell phone

June 30, 2011
A homeless man in Bangor, Maine was arrested last Saturday for charging his two cell phones in an outdoor electrical outlet. The 23 year old homeless man was charged with “theft of services.” The cop who arrested him stated he found a folding knife tucked underneath his shirt which most likely led him to spend some time in jail. I don’t know how big or small the knife was but I don’t think that is a reason for someone to go to jail. In many cases, people get a warning or have their knife taken away.

Since when has people been charged with “theft of services” for using outdoor electrical outlets. This is clearly one of those cops who doesn’t have anything to do that he is harrassing this homeless man and coming up with some bogus charges. I’m sure if it was a man in a business suit charging his cell phones, the cop would not have charged him with “theft of services.”

Homeless individuals like any one of us have cell phones whether pre paid or not to stay connected with family, friends, co-workers and their employers. People may say how can he be homeless and have 2 cell phones? What people don’t understand is that HOMELESS does not mean JOBLESS.

This is just another story of how homeless people are treated in this country. Homeless people are being treated like criminals simply for being down on their luck. We have seen this trend on a national level since the mid 90s at least. We have seen it with anti pandhandling laws, quality of life crimes, safer cities initiative in Los Angeles, etc. Things have gotten so bad that even feeding homeless and poor people is a crime.

Honorable Judge, Philip S. Gutierrez orders LAPD to stop taking property from homeless people

June 29, 2011
Last week, homeless activists and homeless people got a major victory when the Honorable Judge, Philip S. Gutierrez issued an order to stop LAPD from taking property belonging to homeless people.

One of the most painful things that one can experience from being homeless is having all your possessions being destroyed by law enforcement officials. The LAPD has been ruthless in taking the few belongings that homeless people have and destroying it. No one will ever be able to replace the only photo of their loved ones or the degree that they worked so hard to achieve. Not only that but imagine if all your important documents along with some priceless photos, clothes and everything else was just destroyed and taken away from you. How would you react if you were put in that situation?

To read more about on this major victory, please read the link below.

This is what Judge Gutierrez had to say about the Preliminary Injuction ruling (the Highlights have been added by L.A. CAN)

To stay updated on the great work that L.A. CAN is doing follow them at http://cangress.wordpress.com

What Does the Dodgers Bankruptcy Say About America?

June 29, 2011
One of my favorite quotes from the article, “The Dodgers are arguably the most culturally significant franchise in the history of American Sports. It???s the team of Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, and Hideo Nomo. That???s more than just a tradition.”

by Dave Zirin

Much has been written about the Los Angeles Dodgers declaration of bankruptcy. Much has been said about the business practices of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his battle against the efforts of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to forcibly seize the team. But what does an insolvent Dodgers franchise say about the state of America in the 21st century? Maybe it says nothing at all. Maybe it???s as simple as saying that Frank McCourt’s greed and incompetence ran a civic institution into the ground. Yes it???s true that McCourt used the team as a personal ATM to live a lifestyle that would shame Caligula.

 But that doesn???t explain the broader economic crisis in the sport. It doesn???t explain why the Texas Rangers in 2010, on the road to the World Series, had to be auctioned off at a bankruptcy sale. It doesn???t explain why the New York Mets, playing in the game???s biggest market, are flat broke after team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz thought Bernie Madoff would make a fine personal investment banker.  It doesn???t explain why Selig, when he crows about baseball???s rosy financial picture, sounds like he???s living in the last days of disco. But more than anything else, it doesn???t explain how ??? of all teams ??? the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in this crucible of humiliation. The Dodgers are arguably the most culturally significant franchise in the history of American Sports. It???s the team of Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, and Hideo Nomo. That???s more than just a tradition. That???s a Ken Burns epic

 From their days in Brooklyn, the Dodgers were the franchise of the immigrants, the strivers, the ones who thought the American Dream was there for those willing to scratch and bleed for it. They were able to maintain this persona even when they broke Brooklyn???s heart and absconded for the Left Coast. There, they entered the hearts and homes of the Chicanos, Dominicans, and Asians that make up Southern California. Going to Chavez Ravine in the 1970s and 1980s was like going to a diverse people???s assembly that would shame the United Nations. They have always been baseball as baseball wants to be known: a melting pot that speaks to our best angels. Unlike the Yankees who simply won with remorseless efficiency, the Dodgers were interested in building a more perfect union.

Precisely because this team has always lived at the heart of the national Zeitgest, their bankruptcy should be seen as a brutal microcosm of the leveraged capital and dashed dreams that define the new century. As Harold Meyerson wrote in the Washington Post, the Dodgers now represent ???a particularly vicious form of capitalism that America has come to know too well the past few decades: a new owner takes over a venerable firm and extracts what he can for himself, decimating the company and damaging the community in the process.???  In as public a way as possible, they are now the public symbol of a reality we often turn to sports to escape.

 American author Alison Lurie once wrote, ???as one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.??? That future is now the site of income inequality on par with the Ivory Coast, Jamaica and Malaysia. It???s a place of fake riches and real pain. Official unemployment sits at a doctored 12% with youth unemployment at 35%. All of these numbers should be taken about as seriously as a Goldman Sachs balance sheet.

 In such an environment, the team that was always supposed to represent the spirit of immigrant America now has a shrinking, demoralized base of support. Attendance has plummeted. Tailgating is dismal. After a brutal beating in the stadium parking lot on Opening Day, security is now run by the LAPD. They shadow every corner of the landscape, making the Elysian Fields feel like occupied territory. Instead of Dodgers Stadium being the place where you take your kids on your day off, it???s the place you either avoid or hope to find a job.
Perhaps the most emblematic moment of this entire saga has been seeing the name of Vin Scully on the team???s list of creditors.The 83-year-old Scully has been the Dodgers announcer for 62 years. Starting in Brooklyn and making his way with the team across the country, he has brought the exploits of immortals like Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser and now Andre Ethier to life. As Meyerson wrote, ???I???ve long believed that kids who grew up listening to Scully got at least a 30-point bump on their verbal SAT.??? Now Scully is just another person the Dodgers went to court so they wouldn???t have to pay. Now he???s just another senior citizen wondering how a California dream could become so scarred. What does the Dodgers bankruptcy say about America? Everything.

[Dave Zirin is the author of ???Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games we Love??? (Scribner) and just made the new documentary ???Not Just a Game.??? Receive his column every week by emailing dave@edgeofsports.com. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com.]

Remembering Chris Hani

June 29, 2011
Today is Chris Hani’s birthday. Had he been alive he would have been 69 years old. He died at the young age of 50, when he was assassinated on April 10, 1993. Com. Chris was the leader of the South African Communist Party and the Chief of Staff for Umkhonto we Siswe (MK), the guerilla wing for the African National Congress. Chris Hani was a remarkable human being. They say that his charisma was second to Nelson Mandela. He was a humanist at heart who dedicated his life to the struggle of a new South Africa. A man who took the struggle against Apartheid as his life mission.

When South Africans heard about his assasination, riots broke out throughout South Africa. Nelson Mandela, who in 1990 had been released from Robben Island gave a speech to unite South Africans. In his speech, he said:
    “Tonight I am reaching out to every single South African, black and white, from the very depths of my being. A white man, full of prejudice and hate, came to our country and committed a deed so foul that our whole nation now teeters on the brink of disaster. A white woman, of Afrikaner origin, risked her life so that we may know, and bring to justice, this assassin. The cold-blooded murder of Chris Hani has sent shock waves throughout the country and the world. … Now is the time for all South Africans to stand together against those who, from any quarter, wish to destroy what Chris Hani gave his life for – the freedom of all of us.”

Chris was a man dedicated to freedom, social justice and equality for all. One of my favorite quotes from him goes like this:

    “Socialism is not about big concepts and heavy theory. Socialism is about decent shelter for those who are homeless. It is about water for those who have no safe drinking water. It is about health care, it is about a life of dignity for the old. It is about overcoming the huge divide between urban and rural areas. It is about a decent education for all our people. Socialism is about rolling back the tyranny of the market. As long as the economy is dominated by an unelected, privileged few, the case for socialism will exist.”

I leave you with these videos of Chris in his own words.

This is a great read on the life of Chris Hani. Enjoy it:

And finally, here are some songs to remember our Com. Chris Hani. Some are South African freedom songs and others just great South African songs. Enjoy.

CHRIS HANI…PRESENTE!!!….AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!

 

The most amazing first pitch you will ever see

June 28, 2011
As a baseball fan, this has got to be the most amazing first pitch I have ever seen. Not only did he do some crazy flips but the fact that he landed and threw a STRIKE is impressive. I want to see him come in relief and do that facing a live batter.

Dodgers rout the Twins after team files for bankruptcy

June 28, 2011
I guess the players were so happy when McCourt filed the Dodgers for bankruptcy that they went out and celebrated with a 15-0 blowout over the Twins.  Its nice to see a win like this. Its been awhile since the Dodgers scored more than 10 runs in a game. Matt Kemp is having a monster season.

Check out the highlights.

My thoughts on the Dodgers Bankruptcy

June 28, 2011
On Monday, Frank McCourt aka McGreedy file for bankruptcy. As a die hard Dodger fan, I have mixed emotions. For one, I am happy that by filing for bankruptcy it may lead to MLB seizing the team and forcing McCourt to step down as the owner and paving the way for a new ownership. In that case, the Dodgers may be lucky and get an owner who is interested in investing in the team and making it a championship caliber team. On another note, in baseball terms, this is a suicide squeeze play gone terribly bad. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that the Dodgers belong in a bankruptcy court. I also never envisioned going to Dodger Stadium and seeing the stadium empty. I’ve gone couple of times, and going to Dodger Stadium is like going to watch a Triple A baseball game. The attendance is that bad. Hope this gives a reminder to McGreedy that he shouldn’t [mess] with the Dodgers franchise and its fans. Frank has really screw this franchise up. As a fan, he has taken the spirit of the game. I also hope that with the Dodgers filing for bankruptcy, it will pave for us, Dodger fans, to step up and put pressure on MLB and strengthened the movement for the Dodgers to become publicly owned. I think its time for Dodger fans to take a page from the Green Bay Packers and demonstrate that a publicly own team is the championship model of the 21st century. No longer must Dodger fans or any fans of major sports be put in a situation where there beloved team goes through such a nightmare. By having the Dodgers follow in the footsteps of the Green Bay Packers, fans will be starting a movement that will force owners to think twice in how they run the operations of their beloved team. If Dodger fans would boycott a series at Dodger stadium to protest the way the business operations are being handle it will be a huge uprising for all major sport fans….I won’t dedicate this blog to building a sports fan revolution but more to express my disbelief that my beloved Dodgers have gotten this bad. I can’t believe McGreedy in 7 years has taken the Dodgers through this path. I really hope he stops being such a egomaniac and sells the team. Its in the best interest of everyone involved.

here is info abou the details of the Dodgers bankruptcy filing.

Mexico golea a EE.UU 4-2 y sigue siendo el Gigante de la CONCACAF

June 28, 2011
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 El partido de Mexico vs USA en la final de la Copa de Oro fue uno de los mejores triunfos que Mexico ha logrado contra Estados Unidos. No solamente Mexico se llevo la Copa de Oro 2011 sino sello su boleto para la Copa Confederaciones 2013 en Brasil.

Fui al partido con un grupo de amigos. Me fui vestido con una mascara del Dr. Wagner. Cuando comenzo el partido se sentia esa fraternidad Mexicana. El primer gol que anoto Estados Unidos nos dejo en un estado de shock. No podia creerlo. El segundo gol fue como una pesadilla. Como puede ser que Mexico iba perdiendo en menos de 25 minutos. Pero la perseverancia del equipo Mexicano mostro su cara cuando Pablo Barrera metio el primer gol. Con ese gol, resucito a los hinchas Mexicanos. El segundo gol que metio Guardado, fue un momento donde no solo se vio la esperanza del equipo Mexicano, sino fue una alegria que hizo temblar al estadio del Rose Bowl. Con ese gol, Mexico recupero la confianza y no dio vuelta atras. El primer tiempo fue clave que lo terminaran con el juego empatado.

El segundo tiempo, Mexico se vio mas centrado y balanceado. El tercer gol dio llantos de alegria y la tribuna comenzo a cantar: Cielito Lindo y a gritar, “Si Se Pudo, Si Se Pudo.” Con ese gol, Estados Unidos no se recupero. Los fanaticos que le iban a Estados Unidos, vieron su alegria convertirse en tristeza. Y por si no era poco, el GOLAZO de Gio les partio el ama. La neta fue una obra maravillosa. Esos goles no cualquier persona los mete. Pudo haber sido de chiripada, pero a mi no me importa. Lo importante es que se metio el golazo del torneo. Con ese gol hizo callar a todo un pais.

Si la cancha fuera un campo de batalla, Mexico representaba a los movimientos sociales contra el Imperio Yanqui. Uno puede decir que Mexico le dio un GOLPE DE ESTADO  al Imperio Estadounidense. Hazi como comenzo Estados Unidos, comienzan los imperios. Tomando control muy rapido y acelerandose. Pero igual como Mexico, los movimientos sociales con paciencia, perseverancia y bien organizados, siempre salen adelante. Los primeros dos goles que metio Mexico para igualar el partido se puede tambien interpretar que el pueblo unido jamas sera vencido. El tercer y cuarto gol fue un recordatorio que mas temprano que tarde, todos los imperios llegan a su final.

Tome muchas fotos y videos del partido. En otro blog estaria agregandolas. Por ahorita les dejo estos videos que me encontre en YouTube y una foto de como me fui vestido para el partido.

golazo de gio
Un Resumen de los goles del partido
Mexico celebrando

VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!!!

Mexico vs USA Copa Oro, un recuerdo del pasado

June 25, 2011

Aqui les dejo este video para que disfruten la ultima final que jugo Mexico contra Estados Unidos. El ganador del sabado no solamente sera el campeon de la Copa Oro pero se lleva un boleto a Brasil para participar en la Copa Confederaciones 2013. Espero que Mexico sea bicampeones cuando se enfrenten a Estados Unidos este Sabado, 25 de Junio en el Rose Bowl de Pasadena, CA. Yo estare ahi apoyando al equipo Mexicano.

Chicharito le dice a los Catrachos, “Miedo? Nooo!!!”

June 23, 2011
Antes de que el partido se jugaba los Catrachos estaban diciendo que el Chicharito le iba a tener miedo a la defensa de Honduras. Chicharito prefirio guardar silencio y haci es como les respondio a los Catrachos. Miren el video.
Aqui les va esta rola dedicada al Chicharito. Entretenida la cancion.