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Prejudice against cops – all professions have bad eggs

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 31, 2008

There are bad people in every profession…
Lawyers steal from clients. Business owners cheat on taxes. Plumbers overcharge you. Stock brokers and investment bankers steal from their clients. CEOs are back-dating options and stealing from shareholders.
police brutality albuquerque NM eyewitness news You name the profession, and a certain percent of those people are “dirty”.

This hold true for cops. (I am not a cop. I do not have any cops in my family.)

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This morning I watch a video in which a TV camera man was attacked by a police officer who had just exchanged gunfire with a suspect. The cop had just exchanged gunfire. The camera man kept asking questions and then asked for the officer’s name. The officer waits a little while and then attacks the camera man. Please click here to watch the video. Eyewitness News. Albuquerque, NM.
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Don’t get me wrong. What the cop did was wrong. No matter the circumstances or the stress hepolice revolver gun fight suspect had just gone through, the cop should not have hit the camera man.

My concern is the number and type of anti-cop comments. Seeing the “pigs” comments and one person comments “I bet that cop has a tiny dick.” shows the anger towards the police.

One comment “I hate cops like this so much. Sadly, it’s seems like most of them act this way. It makes me afraid to ask a cop for help even though I’ve met a couple good cops…”

Most cops are honest and good people. I know many cops who are good, solid, professional people.

Just like other professions, don’t let the “bad eggs” ruin it for everyone. Police work is highly visible. and easily criticized. Unfortunately, one highly publicized bad incident, like this one, seems to over shadow 100’s of other good deeds credited to the police.

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Colleges doing away with requiring standardized entrance exams? Bad idea!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 30, 2008

Colleges doing away with requiring standardized entrance exams is a bad idea! The AP and Boston.com reported “Wake Forest joins schools dropping SAT requirementcollege acceptances SAT ACT standardized tests

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For years there has been a group of people screaming that the SAT and ACT exams are biased and do not predict the educational performance of an individual.

How else can we objectively compare students during the admissions process?

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200 students apply to the University of TopOfTheThread (a very competitive school).

  • Each student has a 90 – 92 average, is in all Honors classes, and has made the Honor Roll every semester.
  • Each student has one school activity (school newspaper, or student council, or school yearbook)
  • Each student is involved with their house of worship.

So now what?

Let’s have all 200 kids come in for interviews? No way. Too much time. Too much expense.

Let’s look at their schools or school districts. (Is that fair?)
A 92 average in one school district is not the same as a 92 average in another school district. And if the SATs and ACTs get de-emphasized, no telling what unscrupulous school administrators will do! Can you imagine the pressure an administrator could get from the local politicians? Or businesses such as real estate companies? (Residential real estate tends to cost more in better school districts.)

If there is no objective 3rd party entrance exam, a school district can (1) show tremendous improvement in grades, as well as (2) show improvement in their students acceptances to better schools, by simply having the teachers give better grades. <Hopefully it wouldn’tt be that easy.>

And let’s not forget the ever increasing number of overseas students applying to U.S. Colleges? How do you compare the 92 average in China and India with the 92 in the U.S.?

Eliminating the standardized exams is a bad idea. Changing or having improved standardized tests is a better solution.

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When being selfish is being a team player; Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Sydney Crosby

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008

This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).

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Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,Paul Pierce Boston Celtics NBA

You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.

You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.

When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.

These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives Kobe Bryant NBA Lakers Basketballyour teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.

Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.

Kobe:
Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.

Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It wasSydney Crosby Penguins NHL Hockey intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)

Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.

Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.

Sincerely,

A Passionate Fan

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The most hated NY Yankee of all time in Boston is Bucky “F-in” Dent

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 27, 2008

Does everyone agree that Bucky Dent, or as the it is said in Massachussetts, Bucky “F-in” Bucky Dent NY Yankees baseballDent, is the most hated Yankee of all time in Boston? Is Derek Jeter a close second? I have seen a lot of good Jeter t-shirts on the side streets near Fenway…

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Equal pay for women in professional sports… but tennis?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 27, 2008

Today on Yahoo, they are promoting an article “On Great Jobs that Profit Women: Five Flexible Careers with Man-Sized Paychecks”.

It made me think of a sports and gender-related issue of equal pay.Venus Williams French Open Tennis equal prize money Wimbledon

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Much has been made of women and men having equal pay in professional sports.

In most cases, I have no problem with it.For something like the NYC Marathon, the men and women each run 26 mi 385 yards… Equal pay? Sure. And there are other fair examples of situations in which men and women should get equal pay.

But why is there equal pay in men’s and women’s tennis?

The French and Wimbledon tennis championships award the winners the same amount of prize money. Why?


The men play best of 5 sets and the women play best of 3 sets. The revenue generated is not equal based upon TV time. Is there a reason women can’t play best of 5 sets?

The people running the French (and Wimbledon) tennis championships should have pushed back to Venus Williams et al and said, ‘You want equal pay, play an equal number of sets.”

It seems pretty obvious. Am I missing something?

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ARod is back – Notice a difference in the Yankees?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 26, 2008

ARod is back. Do you notice a difference in the Yankees? Now they are winning 6-5, 8-6 and the higherARod Alex Rodriqguez Yankee hitter scores? He makes the entire lineup better. The Yankees simply need the starting pitchers to pitch OK. Keep Joba and Mariano healthy. And they’ll be OK….. Watch!!!

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Mets’ Willie Randolph – Don’t play the race card; Just WIN!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 25, 2008

Willie – I am a Yankee fan. No matter what happens today and going forward, we will love youWille Randolph NY Mets manager as a Yankee. Team player. Solid citizen. Good person. We would also welcome you back to Yankee Stadium.

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Just like in a court case, when something is said, even if the judge overrules the statement, it is heard…. And it’s too late.

When an individual is stressed, drunk, cocky, or in a too-relaxed state, their “true feelings” are expressed. Restraint is gone. Inhibitions disappear.

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This week, The Record of Hackensack, N.J. reported , Randolph brought up race when he questioned the way he has been presented by SNY, the team’s TV network.Willie Randolph Yankee second baseman

“Is it racial?” Randolph was quoted in the story. “Huh? It smells a little bit. … I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there.”

Willie did apologize the next day but it’s too late. You played the race card. It’s understandable. NY is a pressure-packed place. The media tries to lead you down certain paths.

But once it is out there, it is hard to forget. And unfortunately, it can create a permanent blemish or worse.

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Here are examples of a few people who played or discussed race and disappeared from the sports scene. (Willie did NOT say anything as bad as this group.)

  • Jimmy The Greek – J… makes comments to a Washington, D.C, television reporter about the physical abilities of black and white athletes… black athlete is “bred to be the better athlete because, this goes all the way to the Civil War when … the slave owner would breed his big woman…” Snyder apologized for the comments but his is over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REFJxwQPQUY&feature=related
  • Fuzzy Zoeller – makes stereotypical black comments related to Tiger Woods. He has not gotten the visibility nor endorsements that would have previously been expected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWS0StFM5I
  • Howard Cosell – Cosell saying “look at that little monkey run” to describe black receiver Alvin Garrett in a Washington Redskins game. Loses his job and quietly vanishes from the sports scene.
  • Mel Gibson – Gibson makes anti Semitic remarks while being arrested and drunk. His true feelings come out while drunk. It makes you look at his reasoning for The Passion Of Christ. Gibson’s father is supposedly a Holocaust denier. I do not have first hand knowledge of this affect on his career, but he does not seem to be in the public eye. The reason Gibson, not a sports-related personality, is in this list is because of a great rant Denis Leary performed in the announcer’s booth at the Red Sox’ Fenway Park . (Denis Leary tells Mel Gibson to shove it. http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/40420/)

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Willie — You need to kick ass on that team of yours and WIN GAMES! Excuses and apologies won’t cut it! This will be forgotten (or at least lessened) if you win.

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Purchasing safely online – Amazon.com – great customer service

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 25, 2008

As systems and technology improve, purchasing online has become more convenient and even entertaining experience. The real “fun” starts when there is a problem with your order….

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I visited Amazon.com to purchase two Billy Blanks Tae Bo VHS tapes for my girlfriend.

Navigating the site and making the purchase was easy. It took approximately 5 minutes from start

to finish. Please keep in mind I knew exactly what I wanted and did not get influenced by the “online point-of-sale” suggestions.

Two days later the tapes arrived… Smashed! They arrived broken.

I thought “Great. Here is comes. eCommerce Nightmare. How many calls is it going to take to resolve this?”

I called Amazon.com. I got a great service rep. She said “No problem. You will have new tapes by tomorrow and we’ll send you an envelope to return the broken tapes.”

As promised, the next day I had new tapes and a return envelope. (The return envelope was regular USPS postage so I could drop it in any mailbox).

Thank you Amazon.com. Great customer service. They took a problem and created a customer for life. Even if an item costs more on Amazon.com than another site (within reason), I will purchase it from them.

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Note: In all fairness to Amazon.com, they do not get enough credit for influencing the entire ecommerce community. For years other sites have copied formats and design techniques used by Amazon. Millions of users are already accustomed to their designs. Amazon.com has already done all the testing.

Why not copy something you know your users already know how to navigate?

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NCAA Lacrosse Title Game – Johns Hopkins vs Syracuse

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 24, 2008

Prediction: 2008 NCAA Lacrosse Title Game – Johns Hopkins vs Syracuse:ncaa lacrosse syracuse johns hopkins

The score will be Syracuse 12 Johns Hopkins 8. Syracuse will be the National Champion.

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NCCA lacrosse – Virginia v. Syracuse – goal of the game

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 24, 2008

It is now between the 1st and 2nd quarter. Search out to see Virginia’s Will Barrow’s 1st quarter goal. Unbelievable. May be the goal of the year. Barrow, a Long Island kid, takes on the entire Orange defense…

And the Orange win in Double OT…

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