Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Arizona immigration law: baseball players cry foul" by Richard Adams

London Guardian
Professional baseball players' union hits out at Arizona's immigration law for its 'negative impact' on America's pastime.

Opposition to Arizona's immigration law is springing up from all quarters, including an unlikely duo of Shakira and Florida's former Republican governor Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. And the players of America's national pastime, baseball, have added their opposition to the law that makes it a crime to be in the state of Arizona.

Already there have been calls – including on these pages by Dave Zirin – for spectators to boycott baseball games involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, in part because one of the team's owners, managing general partner Ken Kendrick, is a major donor to the local Republican party. And politicians outside Arizona have asked for Major League Baseball, the US pro sport's governing body, to shift the site of the 2011 All Star game from Phoenix.

Now the organisation that represents professional baseball players, the Major League Baseball Players Association, has consulted its members and made public its opposition to the law because of the "negative impact" it could have on international and home-grown baseballers.

The association points out that "hundreds of international players" and their families move through the state during spring training or to play against the Diamondbacks, and that they could be targeted by the law.

In the 2008 season, 27% of MLB players were Hispanic. In addition, the league now includes foreign players from all over the world, including Japan, Korea and Taiwan as well as Latin America – so that 28% of current MLB players were born outside the US.
The Arizona Diamondbacks management has sought to defuse the controversy, declaring: "[Ken] Kendrick personally opposes State Bill 1070," the law in question. The team also said: "The D-backs have never supported State Bill 1070 and have never taken political stances." link to complete Guardian article


Montana said...

I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them and you will fail in a court of law (and yes we will boycott you). Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

Vicente Duque said...

Video of Keith Olberman : Mexico to Boycott Tourism, Travel and Imports from Arizona - One third of Arizona's exports go to Mexico - Fools get what they ask for.

Mexico is the first source of foreign tourists for Arizona.

Enraging and insulting customers and clients ??

That is very smart of AryanZona !

April 27, 2010

Keith Olbermann - Mexico Issues Travel Warning About Going To US

Video : Well Known Sports Writer Dave Zirin against Arizona's Sport - Tax Money goes into Diamondbacks pockets - Boycott the Arizonan Diamondbacks

Millions of dollars in public funds go for the Baseball Stadium and other favors and support for the Diamondbacks.

Let's see who is Dave Zirin, a great enemy of Rush Limbaugh in Sport and Political Matters. They have had ugly fights.

From Wikipedia :

Dave Zirin is an American sportswriter. He champions athletes and issues which might be overlooked by corporate sports media and addresses the tendency of the media to objectify and employ athletes as pawns in money-making efforts.

Zirin's column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated’s website and he is the host of XM satellite’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. Zirin is a frequent contributor to The Nation, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, and The Progressive. He was named one of Utne Reader's 50 Visionaries who are Changing Your World for 2009.

His first book, What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its third printing.[1][2]

Zirin has taken his blend of sports and politics to ESPN's Outside the Lines, the Rachel Maddow Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutch where he discussed steroid use in baseball with John Rocker and José Canseco; C-SPAN’s Book TV, and the WNBC Morning News in New York City, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

April 28, 2010

Boycott Arizona Diamondbacks? - April 28, 2010

Vicente Duque