Tuesday, June 14, 2005

New 100 Meter Dash Record. Murdering Racist Swine For $1,000.

New 100 Meter Dash Record

Asafa Powell set a new world record in the men's 100 meter dash. Details via the following ESPN excerpt:

ATHENS, Greece -- Asafa Powell set a world record in the men's 100 meters Tuesday, clocking 9.77 seconds at the Tsiklitiria Super Grand Prix meeting.

On a warm summer's night on one of the fastest tracks in the world, the 22-year-old beat Tim Montgomery's previous record of 9.78 set in Paris in September 2002 to become the fastest man ever over the distance.

"This goes to show that the no one knows how fast a man can run," a smiling Powell told reporters. "I am just happy to have set the record on a track where Maurice Greene also broke the world record."

American Maurice Greene set a record in 1999 when he ran 9.79 seconds in the same stadium, which hosted the Summer Olympics last year.

Powell, 22, already had the world's fastest time this year, a run of 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 8. He also ran a 9.85 on June 9 in the Czech Republic.

That's damned fast. I wonder why stories like this don't get the amount of coverage that accompanies say, the Kentucy Derby or the Indy 500?

Full story: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=2084983

I'll Take Murdering Racist Swine For $1,000 Alex

I have no words to preface this story. I'll let the following Google News excerpt do the talking:

The Ku Klux Klan is making a presence at the jury selection of the trial against ordained Baptist minister and Klansman Edgar Ray Killen, who allegedly murdered three civil rights activists that were working to register black voters in Mississippi in 1964. Jury selection began at the Neshoba County Courthouse in Philadelphia, Mississippi on Monday, June 13, 2005 for the trial against Killen.

The trial against Edgar Ray Killen is being held in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a small town with a population of only 7,000. The KKK's reputation is one of using scare tactics and intimidation of the inhabitants of small town Mississippi in order to silence any opposition to their hate-filled agenda.

J.J. Harper, the imperial wizard of the KKK, has requested that all Klan members be at this trial. One can only wonder what the potential jurors are feeling as they are being questioned by the attorneys for such an important trial, knowing that the KKK is standing outside the courthouse.

Good question. An even better question would be, isn't this type of organization subject to scrutiny and to have its members detained as a provision of the USA Patriot Act? Or is that piece of legislation only to be used to harass people like Tommy Chong for selling bongs over these Internets?

Full story: http://www.tnimc.org/feature/display/5780/index.php

The murdered men, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerne, who were helping register blacks during the "Freedom Summer" of 1964 and were investigating a church burning the night they disappeared galvanized the civil rights movement and helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

How ironic is it then, that the Senate is officially apologizing for never having enacted anti-lynching laws in the Deep South? Have we really moved forward in our understanding of racial equality when it takes more than 40 years to deliver justice in a case like this?


Ken Kaniff from Connecticut said...

Nobody cares about track and field anymore; steroids made world records pointless.

Much like what may or may not happen with the recent records in baseball. We'll see if that sport can avoid a similar fate, the next decade or two will tell where public sentiment resides.

Here is an under-represented sport that has international meaning as was once a theater where we shined:


Ken Kaniff from Connecticut said...


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