These kids can use a little help

If you are in the SF Bay area and would like to help please use the contact info in the piece.

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No Plea

As Arlie Rufus writes this he is hearing that there could be a plea deal in the dogfighting case involving Michael Vick, among others.  Arlie Rufus has one thing to say -- no plea bargains!  Arlie Rufus adovcated Michael Vick and others getting their day in court -- and Arlie Rufus still wants that day.  That day is not just for Mr. Vick -- it is for the dogs who are made to fight and then killed.  Make your voice heard along with Arlie Rufus -- be vocal.  No plea bargains!  The dogs deserve real justice!!

Arlie Rufus

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Teammates in hate: Basketball's Bill Donohue

From debates over marriage to adoption, the shameful bigotry of homophobia takes many forms. One of the last fully undiscovered frontiers of the issue is athletics. Last week, former NBA center John Amaechi came out as a gay man, a brave move in the world of sports. Reactions, as you would expect, have been varied. Some league athletes - from Shavlik Randolph to Steven Hunter to LeBron James - reacted to the news at arm's length. Others - Charles Barkley, Grant Hill, Shaquille O'Neal and coach Doc Rivers - were very supportive. Said Randolph, "As long as you don't bring your gayness on me, I'm fine." Hunter, in taking a similar tack, said, "As long as he don't make any advances toward me I'm fine with it. As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself as a good person, I'd be fine with it." James's statement, meanwhile, reveals that the superstar still has some growing to do: "With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you're gay and you're not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy. So that's like the number one thing as teammates ... we all trust each other. You've heard of the in-room locker room code. What happens in the locker room stays there. It's a trust factor." Others in the basketball community stood with Amaechi.

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Today's Sports Metaphor (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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