Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Eddie

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1082
1
Surly Newz / Re: Who They Are...
« on: Today at 06:01:05 AM »
Hopkins reminds me of the kind of criminal Arlo Guthrie once described as "The Last Guy".

In any other country they'd just say fuck him, but this is America and the FBI cannot discriminate.

If this is the best the fascists have got,  our way of life is not in danger. I'm way more worried about the FBI.



Mug Shot from Previous Arrest For Impersonating Elvis
(just kidding).



2
FBI Received Reports That Border Militia Was Training to Assassinate Prominent Democrats

Larry Hopkins, the leader of an extremist militia group known as the United Constitutional Patriots was arrested by the FBI last weekend after videos emerged of the group rounding up and detaining migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.

According to the New York Times, the FBI first became aware of Hopkins activities in 2017, when they received reports that his group was “training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama because of these individuals’ support of Antifa,” according to newly unsealed court documents.

“My client told me that is not true,” Hopkins lawyer Kelly O’Connell said of the assassination claims.

Hopkins, it turns out, is not just a militia leader, but a career criminal and conspiracy theorist. The Times runs down some of Hopkins long list of offenses, which includes felony possession of a loaded firearm in 1996, impersonating a police officer in 2006, and failure to pay child support in 2009.

“Hopkins stated that he worked for the federal government directly under George Bush,” Officer Jack Daniel of Klamath County, OR wrote in a report when he encountered Hopkins in 2006. At the time, Hopkins was showing guns to teenagers in a gas station parking lot, wearing a uniform that made him look like a police officer and a badge that said “Special Agent.”

“Mr. Hopkins, the report said, claimed variously to be investigating a meth lab, hunting fugitives and undertaking unspecified ‘operations’ in Afghanistan,” the Times writes.

When the FBI arrested Hopkins last weekend, it was on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition as a felon. But the agency first learned of his stash of guns over a year and a half ago.

From the Times:

In an affidavit, David S. Gabriel, an F.B.I. special agent, said the bureau was made aware of the activities of Mr. Hopkins after receiving reports in October 2017 of “alleged militia extremist activity” in northwestern New Mexico.

Mr. Gabriel said that the following month, two F.B.I. agents went to a trailer park in Flora Vista, N.M., where Mr. Hopkins was living at the time. With Mr. Hopkins’s consent, the agents entered the home and saw about 10 firearms in plain view, in what Mr. Hopkins referred to as his office.

Mr. Hopkins, who has also used the name Johnny Horton Jr., told the agents that the guns belonged to Fay Sanders Murphy, whom he described to agents as his common-law wife, according to the affidavit. The agents collected at least nine firearms from the home as evidence, including a 12-gauge shotgun and various handguns.
It’s not clear why the FBI agents didn’t arrest Hopkins at the time, but instead waited till last week, when videos of his militia’s actions surfaced online.

O’Connell says Hopkins plans to plead not guilty to the charges of possessing firearms, and questioned why he was arrested at this time, suggesting that pressure from New Mexico Democrats might be a factor. O’Connell himself was a conservative talk show host until 2017.

“I’m not a militia specialist,” O’Connell told the Times. “They believe they are helping to enforce the laws of America on immigration.”

The UCP plans to remain in their encampment along the border in Sunland Park, NM, despite their leader’s arrest.

“We’re not leaving,” UCP spokesman Jim Benvie told the Times.

But rail transportation company Union Pacific says the group has trespassed on their land.

“They have trespassed on our property to access this camp,” a Union Pacific spokesman, Tim McMahan, told the Times. “While we cannot make them move their camp, we have asked them to not trespass on our property.”

Yes Virginia, there really are white supremacists camping out on the border. The few, the proud, the utterly delusional.

Not sure how much of a real threat they are, unless of course you happen to be a beleaguered illegal trying to cross in their immediate vicinity.

Hopkins, it turns out, is not just a militia leader, but a career criminal and conspiracy theorist. The Times runs down some of Hopkins long list of offenses, which includes felony possession of a loaded firearm in 1996, impersonating a police officer in 2006, and failure to pay child support in 2009.


In other words, just another loser who likes to play with guns and fantasize about being a hero. Not really much of a rap sheet. I don't doubt he ought to be disarmed, but I expect the threat to our way of life (or Hillary's) is overblown.

3
Golden Oxen Newz / Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« on: Today at 05:18:34 AM »
Well done.

4
Democratic presidential hopeful insists he is ‘100 percent pro-Israel’ at town hall event; says if elected he would be more sympathetic to Palestinian concerns

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders excoriated the Netanyahu government as “racist” Monday night as he participated in a CNN town hall event with Democratic voters.

Without discussing specific details, the 2020 presidential hopeful called for a change in America’s policy toward Israel, describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach toward the Palestinians as “oppressive,” and said that his administration, should he be elected, would be more sympathetic to Palestinian concerns.

“What I believe is not radical,” Sanders said. “I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level playing field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing — dare I say — racist government.”

Sanders has been a fierce critic of Netanyahu. In the run-up to Israel’s election earlier this month, he castigated the Israeli premier for supporting a deal to allow the extremist Otzma Yehudit party to join his coalition and for his promises to annex West Bank settlements.

He told NBC News: “I’m not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election.”

The self-declared democratic socialist has also in the past criticized Netanyahu’s 2015 election-eve warning that Arabs were “voting in droves.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a celebratory Likud event in Jerusalem, April 16, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Asked on Monday night how he would navigate the US-Israel relationship given his history of sharp criticism against Netanyahu, Sanders said that his views on the prime minister did not reflect his feelings toward the Jewish state.

“I spent a number of months in Israel. I worked on a kibbutz for a while. I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel,” Sanders said. “But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly.”

That line was met with loud applause by the audience of mostly college students at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The event was a rare five-hour town hall with back-to-back hourlong segments with five Democratic presidential candidates: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Senator Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sanders.

The 77-year-old lawmaker insisted that he was “pro-Israel” but that as president he would take a vastly different approach to the intractable conflict than the current administration.

US President Donald Trump is known for his close relationship with Netanyahu, and for giving Israel several diplomatic gifts: moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, cutting aid to the Palestinians, and recognizing the Golan Heights as sovereign Israel. Since the US announced the embassy relocation and the aid cuts, Palestinian Authority officials have written off the administration and have refused to engage with Washington.

“I am 100 percent pro-Israel,” Sanders said. “Israel has every right to exist, and to exist in peace and security and not be subjected to terrorist attacks. But the United States needs to deal with not just Israel, but with the Palestinian people as well.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/bernie-sanders-israel-now-run-by-netanyahus-racist-government/

   

So, we're at this juncture in history, that is so fucking weird, that only a Jew can criticize Israel and get away with it. The question is, "Is Bernie Jewish enough to have the cred to do it and not get flamed?"

I doubt it. Not because he's wrong...but because he's right, but the US con-gress is bought and paid for by Israel, and if you thought Russia meddled in elections, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. And the average American loves Israel, because Jesus.

5
Marathon Man Newz / The Gault Archeological Site
« on: April 22, 2019, 07:08:47 PM »
Ran across this. A little map-checking shows this site, perhaps the oldest evidence of human habitation in North America, is less than ten miles due east of the stead. Now I want to have somebody look at my artifacts. Maybe they're older than I thought.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/EIPsDMc3NIE&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/EIPsDMc3NIE&fs=1</a>

6
Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« on: April 22, 2019, 03:26:41 PM »
Tens of thousands of bees is not very many bees. Any healthy hive has 10K bees.

 These stories make it sounds like they had some major apiary...the truth is that someone who was a beekeeper got permission to put a couple of hives up there. And the hives made it.

180,000 is 18X 10K.  18 hives for one beekeeper seems like a lot to maintain.

RE

Langstroth hives, the usual modular boxes most beekeepers use, can contain as many a 60,000 bees in a SINGLE hive. 30,000 is a more likely number for an average hive.

180,000 bees is nothing for an apiary, that might have upwards of 50 boxes.

7
Following the reveal of Pres. Trump’s “Fake News Awards,” we have the results of a more scientific study into the public’s perception of the news media.

The good news, according to the Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy, Americans believe the news media have an important role to play in society, with more than eight in 10 U.S. adults believing the news media are critical or very important to our democracy. But they say it’s harder (58 percent) rather than easier (38 percent) to be informed with the sheer about of information and news sources available.

And Americans still have a more negative (43 percent) than positive (33 percent) perception of the media.

Fox News ranks as the most objective information source (24 percent) followed by CNN (13 percent), and NPR (10 percent). When broken down by political affiliation, 60 percent of Republicans say Fox is most objective, but just 3 percent of Democrats say that. CNN is most objective with 21 percent of Democrats and just 4 percent of Republicans. Fox is deemed most objective among older Americans (65+) garnering 35 percent, while CNN found that millennials, with 15 percent, believe it is most objective.



https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/who-do-americans-believe-is-the-most-objective-news-source/355232/

There you go......explains a lot.

The truth is that NONE of them are even remotely objective. I listen to NPR and turn it off because it gets so off-base. That..and CNN, the more liberal leaning TV....clearly far from objective, to an objective listener.

Fox? Fox is not even news. It's the Republican Indoctrination Channel. It's the News for Non-Thinkers.

BBC. Clearly pro-globalist.

8
Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:45:34 PM »
Quote
What does Wall Street get out of financialization? A valuation story to sell.

What does management get out of financialization? Stock-based compensation.

What does the Fed get out of financialization? A (very) grateful Wall Street.

What does the White House get out of financialization? Re-election.

What do YOU get out of financialization?

You get to say “Yay, capitalism!”

YAAaaaaaayyyyyY !!!   :multiplespotting:

Praise the Lord !!!

Financialization sucks. But you can understand it and use it to your advantage, or you can do nothing and write about how it feels to be a victim. See which one furthers your purpose more.

If you're smart enough to understand how money works, and you can write articles about stock buy-backs, why can't you profit from your knowledge?

It violates your ethics?  Sounds good, but I don't buy it.

Chris Hedges is a prominent socialist who writes about the evils of wealth inequality. But he's worth more than $10M.  I expect most people would be fine if their bank accounts were fat, regardless of their professed disdain with BAU.


9
Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:33:44 PM »
Tens of thousands of bees is not very many bees. Any healthy hive has 10K bees.

 These stories make it sounds like they had some major apiary...the truth is that someone who was a beekeeper got permission to put a couple of hives up there. And the hives made it.

10
Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:02:55 AM »
Ralph Middleton Munroe (April 3, 1851 – August 20, 1933) was an American yacht designer and early resident of Coconut Grove in south Florida. His home, now The Barnacle Historic State Park, is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location.

Munroe was a very good friend of Captain Nat Herreshoff, America's preeminent yacht designer. Herreshoff spent the last winters of his life residing at a cottage at the Barnacle.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Munroe

Fascinating history.

11
Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:38:23 AM »
When I look at this boat, something really calls out to me. Really.



Built in 1924. Fiberglassed properly  in the 2000's (it was documented in Wooden Boat Magazine), this old girl would be a hell of a museum piece to live in. and not that hard to take care of. A real beauty too. Being given away for 44K.









Powered by an ancient GM diesel in good repair. 2000 fucking mile range under power with 300 gallons of diesel. Quite worthy.

Incredible value for some lucky sailor. Lying upriver from Sanibel on the Florida Gulf Coast. You could motor to Texas in most conditions in this boat.

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa/d/labelle-1924-ralph-munroe-52-gaff/6866813273.html

What can I say. Aesthetics matter.




12
You all knew this was a terrible idea from the get-go, right?

They could have bought a nice boat and be using their wind and solar power to mix daiquiris now instead of facing....would you believe, the death penalty?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8bceePdFruU&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/8bceePdFruU&fs=1</a>

http://time.com/5572947/seasteading-ocean-builders-thailand-home-elwartowski/

13
Economics / Re: Da Fed: Central Banking According to RE
« on: April 21, 2019, 07:42:22 AM »
The bourgeosisie are the ones keeping this Titanic afloat. Yeah, they're mostly elite wannabes, but being bourgeois is not in itself a crime, and what we have is far from rule by the bourgeoisie.

These commies just can't turn loose of their Marx. Stupid if you ask me.

14
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/19/stephen-moore-gets-something-right-its-capitalism-vs-democracy/

April 19, 2019
Stephen Moore Gets Something Right: It’s Capitalism vs. Democracy
by Paul Street


Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair

Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy. I’m not even a big believer in democracy.

– Stephen Moore, a potential future member of the Federal Reserve Board

The dominant American ideology has long claimed that capitalism is about democracy. It isn’t – and one need not be an anti-capitalist “radical” to know better. My old copy of Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary defines capitalism as “the economic system in which all or most of the means of production and distribution … are privately owned and operated for profit, originally under fully competitive conditions: it has been generally characterized by a tendency toward concentration of wealth and, [in] its latter phase, by the growth of great corporations, increased government controls, etc.”

There’s nothing—nada, zero, zip—about popular self-rule (democracy) in that definition. And there shouldn’t be. “Democracy and capitalism have very different beliefs about the proper distribution of power,” liberal economist Lester Thurow noted in the mid-1990s: “One [democracy] believes in a completely equal distribution of political power, ‘one man, one vote,’ while the other [capitalism] believes that it is the duty of the economically fit to drive the unfit out of business and into extinction. … To put it in its starkest form, capitalism is perfectly compatible with slavery. Democracy is not.”

Thurow might have added that capitalism is perfectly compatible with fascism, racism, nativism, sexism, militarism, and imperialism among other authoritarian and anti-democratic forces and formations. More than being merely compatible with slavery, moreover, U.S.-American capitalism arose largely on the basis of the Black cotton slave system in the nation’s pre-Civil War South. This is demonstrated at length in historian Edward Baptist’s prize-winning study The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.

“We must make our choice,” onetime Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis is reputed to have said or written: “We may have democracy in this country, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” This statement (whoever made it) was perhaps unintentionally anti-capitalist. Consistent with Webster’s(above), the historically astute French economist Thomas Piketty has shown that capitalism has always been inexorably pulled toward the concentration of wealth into ever fewer hands.

Anyone who thinks capitalism is about democracy ought to take a working-class job and report back on how much they and their fellow workers’ opinions matter in the design and execution of their work, the compensation they receive, and the overall management and conduct of their employers’ firms. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has remarked, people living under the “irredeemable” (her word) system of capitalism “check [their] rights at the door when they cross the threshold into the workplace.”  Karl Marx wrote brilliantly about the “hidden abode” and veiled “despotism” of the capitalist workplace, where employees perform typically narrow and alienating, life-shortening tasks conceived and devised with no higher purpose in mind than the upward transfer of wealth to the investor class. There’s no democracy on an Iowa Beef Processors killing floor or a Wal-Mart check-out line.

The tyranny continues beyond the workplace. Workers who do or say anything their employers don’t like off as well as on the job put their employment and the benefits associated with their hire – commonly including their health insurance and that of their families (no small matter) – at risk.

Public opinion on numerous key issues is largely irrelevant under American capitalism.  Most U.S.-Americans have long wanted the progressive and social-democratic agenda advanced by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: guaranteed free and quality health care for all; a drastically increased minimum wage; a significant reduction of the nation’s extreme economic inequalities; free college tuition; the removal of private money from public elections; large-scale green jobs programs to provide decent employment and help avert environmental catastrophe; massive investment in public schools and housing, and more.  Most U.S.-Americans would go beyond Sanders and agree to drastic reductions in the U.S. Pentagon budget to help (along with increased taxes on the preposterously wealthy and under-taxed Few) pay for these and other good things. Most U.S.-Americans think public opinion ought to influence policy every day, not just on those occasional and brief, savagely time-staggered moments when “we the people” supposedly get meaningful egalitarian “input” by marking ballots filled with the names of major party candidates who have generally been pre-approved by the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money.

But so what? Who cares? The commoners don’t call the shots under capitalism.  They never have and they never will. Universal suffrage was granted in the West only with the understanding that commoners’ participation in “democratic” politics would not challenge the underlying persistence of bourgeois class rule. That rule is guaranteed through elite corporate and financial sector control and manipulation of various power levers (please see Chapter 5, titled “How They Rule: The Many Modes of Moneyed Class Power” in my 2014 book They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy) including but hardly limited to campaign contributions, lobbying, media ownership, and the investment and “job creation” function.

How curious it is, then, to behold corporate cable news talking heads seem stunned to report that the openly authoritarian real estate mogul and creeping fascist U.S. president Donald Trump has nominated someone for the Federal Reserve Board who believes that “capitalism is more important than democracy.” The nominee, Stephen Moore, was recently featured as follows in a disapproving CNN report:

“Moore, who President Donald Trump announced last month as his nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, has a history of advocating self-described ‘radical’ views on the economy and government….In speeches and radio interviews reviewed by CNN’s KFile, Moore advocated for eliminating the corporate and federal income taxes entirely, calling the 16th Amendment that created the income tax the ‘most evil’ law passed in the 20th century.”

“Moore’s economic worldview envisions a slimmed down government and a rolled back social safety net. He has called for eliminating the Departments of Labor, Energy and Commerce, along with the IRS and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. He has questioned the need for both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education. He has said there’s no need for a federal minimum wage, called for privatizing the ‘Ponzi scheme’ of Social Security and said those on government assistance lost their dignity and meaning.”

“…Moore has repeatedly said he believes capitalism is more important than democracy. In an interview for Michael Moore’s 2009 film Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore said hewasn’t a big believer in democracy. ‘Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,’ Moore said. ‘I’m not even a big believer in democracy. I always say that democracy can be two wolves and a sheep deciding on what to have for dinner. Look, I’m in favor of people having the right to vote and things like that…Speaking on the Thom Hartmann Show in 2010…Moore … [said] …Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be better off as a democracy.

“‘I think [that without] capitalism, without free market capitalism, countries don’t get rich,’ Moore said, when asked if capitalism was more important than democracy. ‘And so I would rather have a country that’s based on, you know, a free enterprise system of property rights and free exchange of free trade of low tax rates’…Moore told CNN’s KFile, ‘I believe in free market capitalism and representative government. It is what has made America the greatest nation…on earth’” (emphasis added).

Many U.S.-Americans would feel painful cognitive dissonance after reading this news item. “What,” these indoctrinated citizens could exclaim: “he says he prefers capitalism to democracy?  What’s that’s about? Capitalismisdemocracy.”

No, it is not. Not at all. And, to repeat, you don’t have to be a radical critic of capitalism (like the present writer) to acknowledge this.  You can get it and be a prominent liberal academic like the late Lester Thurow (who wasn’t too critical of wealth-concentrating capitalism to charge $30,000 per speaking engagementin his heyday) or a right-wing political hacklike Stephen Moore.

(Many American capitalist “elites” and propagandists who routinely conflate the profits system with democracy probably know it’s a false equation but have learned to pretend otherwise. Some have likely learned so well that they’ve have crossed over into actually believing in the bogus conflation.)

Whether out of clumsiness or out of heartfelt candor, the clownish Moore publicly drops the doctrinal pretense that capitalism and democracy are the same thing. (Note that he supports “people having the right to vote” even as he states his preference for capitalism over democracy.  That is an acknowledgement that universal suffrage and periodic elections don’t necessarily translate into any real popular threat to his beloved regime of class rule.  This goes back to the birth of so-called bourgeois democracy: widespread voting is fine as long as the electoral partaking of the common people doesn’t threaten real capitalist authority.)

Moore drops the ball, however, when he identifies the profits system with the “free market.” Capitalism has never been about the “free market.”  It has always involved the owners and managers of capital exercising control over the state, using it to make themselves richer and to thereby (since wealthis power, as Louis Brandeis or someone pretending to be him knew) deepen their grip on politics and policy. The profits system is so dependent on and enmeshed with governmental protection, subsidy, and giveaways that one might half-reasonably question the accuracy of calling it capitalism: it is state-capitalismat the very least. Big Business today relies on a sweeping array of oligarchic government protectionsthat are ubiquitous across governments: patent, trademark and copyright laws that monopolize profitable knowledge; multiple and many-sided direct and indirect subsidies; ubiquitous regressive tax breaks, credit shelters and loopholes; regressive austerity measures; multiple and often complex debt mechanisms; economic, environmental and social deregulation, and ubiquitous privatization; control of central government banks.

One key part of the U.S.-American capitalist state is the Federal Reserve, on whose board Moore may soon sit. As the left economist Michael Hudson has explained, the Fed influences interest rates by “creating bank reserves at low give-away charges” and thereby “enables banks to make easy gains simply by borrowing from it and leaving the money on deposit to earn interest (which has been paid since the 2008 crisis to help subsidize the banks, mainly the largest ones). The effect is to fund the asset markets – bonds, stocks and real estate – not the economy at large”

Stephen “free market” Moore isn’t against government per se. He’s against any and all parts of government that serve the working-class majority, the poor, and the common good over the holy profits of the wealthy Few.  He’s all for those parts of government that expand those profits.

As anyone with political knowledge and common sense knows, moreover, Moore’s mission on the Fed board – the reason that Trump has nominated him – would be to advance  Trump’s political re-election agenda by pushing the president’s absurd claim that the Fed is pursuing a “tight money” (high interest rate) policy. The Fed is doing no such thing, but Trump says it is in what The Washington Post’s editorial board has rightly called “an anticipatory blame game for any economic slowdown that may develop.”

Still, give Stephen Moore some credit: he doesn’t mind going public with an elementary if sadly scandalous fact of social and political life past and present: capitalism and democracy work at cross purposes with each other.  Imagine that!

Universal suffrage was granted in the West only with the understanding that commoners’ participation in “democratic” politics would not challenge the underlying persistence of bourgeois class rule.

We don't have bourgeois class rule. We have rule by the corporate elites and the USMIC. You old commies need to lose the Marx rhetoric. It does not apply.

15

Hatchell, who has led the Tar Heels since 1986, did not address the allegations against her or the findings of the independent report.

After more than three decades, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned from leading the celebrated program. Her resignation followed an external review that found she made "racially insensitive" remarks, exercised "undue influence" on athletes to play while injured and lacked a connection with her players.

The university announced the move Thursday night, citing the conclusions of an 18-day investigation that was initiated after players and parents raised concerns about the women's experiences and overall culture of the program.

"The University commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction. It is in the best interests of our University and student-athletes for us to do so," UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said.

"Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it. We appreciate her 33 years of service to Carolina and to the community, and we wish her the best. Our focus now is on conducting a search for a new head coach who will build on our great Carolina traditions and promote a culture of excellence."

The review, which included interviews with 28 current players and personnel, determined that the 67-year-old "is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them."

And, when confronted by players and staff about comments that were racially insensitive, Hatchell "did not respond in a timely or appropriate manner," the investigation found.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Hatchell was accused of making alarming references to lynching, telling players they could be "hanged from trees with nooses" if they performed poorly at an upcoming game.

The story was also the first to publicize allegations that Hatchell and the team's physician tried to downplay serious injuries in order to pressure players into continuing to compete. As a result, one player said, she was forced to have corrective shoulder surgery. Another said she had played with a torn tendon in her knee.

But the investigation cleared the team's medical staff of wrongdoing while acknowledging that Hatchell questioned player care and readiness. "The medical staff did not surrender to pressure to clear players before they were medically ready," according to the report.

Finally, the probe identified a "breakdown of connectivity" between Hatchell and the players.

Hatchell, who had been on paid administrative leave since the launch of the investigation, did not address the allegations against her in a farewell statement included in the university's announcement.

"The game of basketball has given me so much, but now it is time for me to step away," she wrote, adding that the team is ready for new leadership after wrapping up a successful season.

Hatchell has led the Tar Heels since 1986. Her team won the NCAA championship in 1994 and she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Calling it a "bittersweet day," Hatchell said, "I've been fortunate to coach more than 200 young women, and it has been a joy to see them grow into successful teachers, doctors, lawyers, mothers, high school and college basketball coaches, and WNBA players."

She added that she's been considering retirement since recovering from leukemia in 2014.

Her attorney, Wade Smith, told NPR's Newscast she denies the claims.

"There was really nothing else for her to accomplish as a basketball coach," Smith. "I mean, hooray for her. She won a national championship. She's in the Naismith Hall of Fame. She's a thousand-game winner. She went to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight a number of times. What more was there for her to do?"

Hatchell is among the most revered figures in women's basketball. She became the third women's coach in Division I with 1,000 career victories in 2017 and last month's NCAA Tournament marked her 23rd appearance in the competition.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/19/715137550/unc-basketball-coach-sylvia-hatchell-resigns-after-investigation

These old dykes aren't sensitive enough for the Snowflake League. Hatchell is a matched book-end to former UT women's basketball coach Jody Conrandt.


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 1082