Tuesday, July 27, 2004

convention 1

I'm just now reading the highlights from the Convention---haven't really been able to watch due to a lot of other things going on here in Lancaster, but this speech by future Illinois Senator Barak Obama is incredible.


He'll be president someday. Watch that man.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

For years, students at universities around the country have protested the use of sweatshop labor in the creation of the t-shirts, gym shorts, sweatshirts with some pretty good success.
Now, we learn that the Olympic Games are doing the same thing that Harvard and Yale and a myriad of other American universities did. They are using sweatshop labor for the official Olympic athletic wear.
It, of course, is a product of globalization----something I'm not always the biggest fan of.  Most people love that we can get cheap products. Don't get me wrong, I'm budget conscious most of the time. However, it doesn't seem right to use sweatshop labor (actually, I think it's rather morally wrong to use sweatshop labor period just so Billy and Mandy Abercrombie can have overpriced trendy clothing, but that's just me) for the one event that occurs every four years: The Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games have long stood up against oppression, racism, apartheid, and various other evils that plauged the world during its first modern century of existence. Jesse Owens ran against Hitler's Aryans (and won.) Other nations were excluded. It seems against the values of the Olympic Games and spirit for sweatshop labor to be used, period. People working shifts 17 hours long for 6 days a week. Ugh.
Eh I'm not just complaining. There's an organization called Play By The Rules. They have a petition and a way for people to contact the CEO's of various makers of sportswear. Here's the link. Go have fun. Oxfam America also has a report on how workers are exploited as well. It's a PDF file. Oxfam, by the way, is a non-profit dedicated to solving issues of poverty and social injustice around the world......including an area I care a lot about: Sudan. Give a look.

Monday, July 12, 2004

hate amendment vote this week

I'm predicting 55-44 against. It's an election year. Noone wants to be painted as an anti-democratic bigot. Call your senators anyway.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Funny story about Bush's visit to Amish Country yesterday.

I didn't go see him. I had to work. The protest at York surprised me. This area is so hard-headed conservative, I was surprised to hear that up to 1400 people came out to protest the man.

As a history major, he should have read more on Potemkin.

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Donahower and some other stuff.

As promised months ago, here is the site of the candidate I'm helping out this election season. Give a look and send him some pennies if you can.

I was right about Edwards. Wow, what a hunch.

I'm aware that I haven't been writing. I will get back into it soon.

Friday, July 2, 2004


I predict Edwards. Just a thought.