POLITICAL FUTBOL – WORLD CUP 2014 Not wanting to feed the troll, but just when I thought she couldn’t top herself, right-wing conservative pundit Ann Coulter astounds once again with her inane comments. In this latest instance, she sounds off on the World Cup games being played in Brazil, condemning the sport of soccer as “foreign”, and “a sign of [our] nation’s moral decay”. (In case you didn’t catch the story in her syndicated column, and even if you did, it’s worth revisiting–if for no other reason than it’s a reminder of just how far afield some views can go. And this is a person TIME selected as one of its Top 100 Most Influential People in 2005!) Actually, Ms. Coulter’s brazen narrow-mindedness was matched by two other unlikely observers of the sports world critical of soccer’s rising popularity in the United States: Politico’s Stephen H. Webb, in a piece entitled “Why Soccer is Un-American”, likening soccer’s low-scoring numbers to socialism; and the National Review’s Tim Cavanaugh publication of his “Soccer: Official Sport of Terrorism” rant. For an enlightening alternative take on these viewpoints, visit Jeffrey Eisenband’s blog at: http://www.thepostgameshow.com/. But, no matter what your political views, know that this writer won’t accuse you of being a socialist if you choose to tune-in to watch the U.S. soccer team when it takes on Belgium July 1st. Go team U.S.A.!
Speaking of sports, if watching WC soccer isn’t your thing, there’s always breakfast at Wimbledon. It’s quite civilized, really, with the Brits’ traditional imposition of all-white attire for players on full display. Serena Williams was knocked-out in the third round, of course, but there’s still plenty of fire power still to be seen on Centre Court in both the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s draws. Strawberries & cream, anyone? (Tea served promptly at 3:00…)
And now, a Community Service Announcement to local readers from HomeStreet Bank of West Seattle:
WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment.
Since opening in 2001, we have distributed nearly $12 million in diapers, clothing, equipment and other critical items. In 2013, we served over 24,000 children! We provide our items in partnership with more than 80 social service agencies working directly with families.
We partner with our community to collect items for local children in need and distribute them through more than 80 social service agencies working directly with clients. The experts at those agencies assess the needs of a family, place orders with us and then deliver these essentials to King County families. More than $1 million in items are donated by our community annually. Our volunteers sort items and get them ready to be distributed to our partners. Volunteers are a critical part of getting items into the hands of those in need.
Food stamps do not cover diapers – We provided 826,000 diapers to families in 2013.
We provided 5,176 bags of clothing to children. Lack of or improperly installed car seats are a leading cause of injury to King County children – We provided 628 free car seats last year.
Our Current Wish List:
Supplies are lowest for the following items:
- Clothing: Sizes 5 – 12 (especially Pants and Pajamas)
- NEW Socks and Underwear
- Diapers: Size Newborn, 5,6
- Pullups : Sizes 3T-4T and 4T-5T
- Hygiene Items (Wipes, Diaper Cream, Baby Shampoo)
- Childproofing/Safety Items
We always need more:
- Car seats
- High Chairs
- Portable Cribs
10027 14th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98146
(for donations of items & volunteering)Click for other Neighborhood Donation sites