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Friday, July 29, 2011

Ugandan Little League Team Denied Visas

The U.S. Department of State declined to give a reason for the decision, other than to say that the team’s documentation “contained discrepancies,” officials at Little League headquarters in South Williamsport, Pa., said Friday in a statement.

According to Little League officials, the last time a team that qualified could not make the trip was 1959, when a squad from then-West Germany composed of dependents of U.S. Army personnel didn’t have enough money to travel.

I’m not a fan of the LLWS but this is sad.  I think it would have been great to have such a fledgling baseball country represented.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 29, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GEB4000 Posted: July 29, 2011 at 09:28 PM (#3888581)
I wonder what kind of discrepancies. Were all the kids really 15 years old?
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 29, 2011 at 09:38 PM (#3888593)
Ugandan Little League Team Denied Visas


I bet they don't take American Express, either.
   3. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 29, 2011 at 09:51 PM (#3888603)
Wait wait wait. Uganda has little league?
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 29, 2011 at 10:30 PM (#3888619)
The U.S. Department of State declined to give a reason for the decision,

Other than "We're the Department of State, and you're not."
   5. PreservedFish Posted: July 29, 2011 at 11:00 PM (#3888628)
Remember when Saudi Arabia had that kid that was like 6'2"? What happened to him?
   6. Bull Pain Posted: July 29, 2011 at 11:56 PM (#3888670)
Aaron Durley. He's a low-to-mid level 2012 basketball recruit. Rivals has him listed at 6'11-260.
   7. True Blue Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3888679)
This blatant act of racism from the U S government wouldn't happen if we had a Negro president with a Kenyan father.
   8. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 30, 2011 at 01:45 AM (#3888754)
Negro? Who are you, Lyndon Johnson?
   9. Bhaakon Posted: July 30, 2011 at 07:57 AM (#3888907)
Negro? Who are you, Lyndon Johnson?


Is he posting mid-BM?
   10. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM (#3888930)
Negro? Who are you, Lyndon Johnson?


Agreed. That's totally indefensible.

Hey, did anyone put any money on Tomlin against the Orioles last week? SBR.com said he was going to be money.

Cleveland Indians with Tomlin to scalp the Baltimore Orioles on Friday


Or at least against the Reds on July 1st? Fine reporting by Redlegs review:

Indians Scalp Arroyo, Reds


Maybe some day baseball can come back to Brooklyn and in honor of Jackie Robinson, we'll call them the Brooklyn Negroes. Can't wait to see:

Brooklyn Negroes too lazy to beat Braves. Atlanta goes on warpath against Bushmen.
   11. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM (#3888931)
Well Dale, I was more referring to the anachronism of calling someone a negro, anymore. It's why I referenced a guy who's long been dead and not someone like David Duke or Michelle Bachman.

edit: FTR, if there ever is a team in Brooklyn again, I think they should be the Brooklyn 42's. I've always thought that had a nice ring to it. Rolls off the tongue.
   12. Lassus Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM (#3888934)
edit: FTR, if there ever is a team in Brooklyn again, I think they should be the Brooklyn 42's. I've always thought that had a nice ring to it. Rolls off the tongue.

Their mascot can be a british guy in a bathrobe. Or, me.


BTW, Tool Blue, go back to Yahoo.
   13. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM (#3888937)
I know Shooty, I was just using that to jump from how it seems to be slightly distasteful to say 'Negro' to 'but it's A-Ok for sportswriters to say 'Indians scalp!''

It's early and was perhaps too non-sequiturish.
   14. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 30, 2011 at 01:39 PM (#3888947)
I know Shooty, I was just using that to jump from how it seems to be slightly distasteful to say 'Negro' to 'but it's A-Ok for sportswriters to say 'Indians scalp!''

My mistake! You make a cogent point, though.
   15. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:00 PM (#3888949)
I know Shooty, I was just using that to jump from how it seems to be slightly distasteful to say 'Negro' to 'but it's A-Ok for sportswriters to say 'Indians scalp!''

Other than in a non-MSM blog, when was the last time you saw an actual headline with "Indians scalp!" in it? Which sportswriter are you referring to?
   16. Lassus Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:13 PM (#3888954)
Not only that, even if there is such a headline somewhere, "A-OK" would imply that no one of note protested such usage. I think the chances of that are about zero.
   17. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:40 PM (#3888966)
And while we're at it, when was the last time you saw a MSM headline or article that used the word "Negro" unironically for any purpose other than some sort of linguistic deconstruction? You'll sometimes see it used in an historical article followed by "as African Americans were called back then", or in reference to an Old School civil rights organization that maintains the word as part of its name, but that's about it.
   18. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM (#3888987)
Other than in a non-MSM blog, when was the last time you saw an actual headline with "Indians scalp!" in it


Headline?? Here's footage from the fukking 2007 ALCS! They say it's the World Series, but Indians vs. Boston has to be the 2007 ALCS.
   19. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:55 PM (#3888989)
I think we need more derogatory stereotypes in the world of sports, instead of just ignoring the implications of the mascots.

IRISH BREAK WHISKY BOTTLES OVER HEAD OF NAVY, PREVAIL 45-6
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:00 PM (#3888994)
Other than in a non-MSM blog, when was the last time you saw an actual headline with "Indians scalp!" in it

Headline?? Here's footage from the fukking 2007 ALCS! They say it's the World Series, but Indians vs. Boston has to be the 2007 ALCS.


Okay, now I realize that you work for The Onion, Dale. That was a newsreel from the 1948 World Series, as it said right there on the page. Didn't that footage seem kind of dated to you? Or didn't you catch the reference to "Braves Field in Boston"?
   21. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3888998)
IRISH BREAK WHISKY BOTTLES OVER HEAD OF NAVY, PREVAIL 45-6

LA RUSSA BELTS ANOTHER UMPIRE---WHATTA WALLOP! WHATTA WOP!
   22. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:06 PM (#3888999)
The U.S. Department of State declined to give a reason for the decision,

Other than "We're the Department of State, and you're not."


RTFA.

Several players provided false birth documents to make their ages appear younger, said a State Department official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because visa records are confidential.
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.
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There is no age requirement for a U.S. visa. However, lying or providing incorrect or misleading information on a visa application is grounds for denial.



Sounds legit to me.
   23. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:30 PM (#3889004)
So the State Department caught the deception early. Good for them.
   24. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:38 PM (#3889012)
Let me just note for the record that I do not consider Speedy Gonzales to be a racist character.

I will not say the same about his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez.


LA RUSSA BELTS ANOTHER UMPIRE---WHATTA WALLOP! WHATTA WOP!


DASHING DAGO DISPENSES DRUBBING
   25. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:51 PM (#3889022)
I think we need more derogatory stereotypes in the world of sports, instead of just ignoring the implications of the mascots.

IRISH BREAK WHISKY BOTTLES OVER HEAD OF NAVY, PREVAIL 45-6


...the derogatory stereotype you're promulgating here obviously being that Navy is worse than Notre Dame at football.
   26. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2011 at 07:05 PM (#3889067)
I will not say the same about his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez.


You wouldn't say that to his face.
   27. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 30, 2011 at 07:50 PM (#3889085)
Uganda's reaction

The Ugandan government will punish those responsible if it finds that members of a youth baseball team were denied American visas for lying about their age, a sports official said Saturday.

Godfrey Mabirizi, the vice chairman of Uganda's National Council of Sports, said that the government will also apologize to the U.S. if its investigation proves their ages were falsified.

"What happened shames our country and we should not encourage it. We are going to investigate and punish those involved. Unless USA has other reasons for denying the players visas, but if it is because of lying age or disorganized documents then it is unfortunate," Mabirizi said.


Mabirizi said that in the future the council will verify age and documents of players before they leave.

He added that it is common for sportsmen in Africa to lie about their age, which he said is not good for sports.

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