TEXAS SWIMMING

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate
a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills
and add drama to an otherwise dull day.



William B. "Bill" Watterson II

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bonus Quote of the Day

If you do not change direction, you
may end up where you are heading.



Laozi

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Quote of the Day

It's always to your advantage if the other
guys are worried more about what you're
doing than what they want to do.



Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Kasic on Kutztown (a.k.a. Cuts-Town)

A recent interview on The Steve Largent show included Allison Kasic and former football player/coach John Parker.

The discussion on Title IX focused on the recent sports cuts at Kutztown University.

Listen to the interview here.

Parker:

The entire spirit of the law has been twisted...it was made to create more opportunities for women, not to take away opportunities from male students.

I don't care what level you're at, there's not very many athletic programs that are running in the black. Most of them are running in the red.

Kasic:

Proportionality...is really at the crux of the problem, from an enforcement standpoint. That's what's creating these perverse incentives to cut teams.

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Quote of the Day

The federal government has made explicit and
implicit promises to millions of people, but has
put no money aside in order to keep those
promises. Some of you may wonder where Bernie
Madoff go the idea for his Ponzi scheme. Clearly
he was studying federal entitlement policy.



John C. Goodman

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Communism is like one big phone company.



Leonard Alfred Schneider (a.k.a. Lenny Bruce)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and
by harshness what art reaches by fineness.



Percy Wyndham Lewis

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

The optimist proclaims that we live in the
best of all possible worlds; and the
pessimist fears this is true.



James Branch Cabell

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

If you pick up a starving dog and make him
prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the
principal difference between a dog and a man.



Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

To have a good friend is one
of the greatest delights of life.



Ralph Waldo Emerson
(thanks MS)

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Whenever I climb I am
followed by a dog called "Ego".



Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

I never lie because I don't fear anyone.
You only lie when you're afraid.



John Joseph Gotti, Jr.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Sick

If you didn't read the police report on Don King, see it here. Victim's names have been removed.

Don said that he has had some of the most beautiful swimmers in the world on his 'rub-down' table with no suits and just a towel over them. He described this as an 'eye-candy' type of thing. Don said that he can't remember ever being stimulated by one of his high school kids recently, but maybe in the 70's.

Quote of the Day

America's one of the finest
countries anyone ever stole.



Robert Francis "Bobcat" Goldthwaite

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Don "Handsy" King

What's new with Don "Hands-On Instruction" King, you ask?

Rumor has it that King's case will finally be brought before USA Swimming officials later this month. If you have info, please contact USA Swimming and tell them what you know.

Also, King has been pushing to be reinstated by the Lake Oswego school district. A judge will decide on that by April 24. Read more here and here.

If you just want to catch the "lowlights":

By his own admission, King sometimes acts "handsy" toward the girls he coaches. He sometimes pats them on their buttocks and slips his fingers under their swimsuits to get their attention or pull them closer. He has kissed some girls on the cheek or forehead.

However, King, 67, maintains his actions have been misinterpreted, that they are merely "grandfatherly" gestures of affection and that there never was any sexual intent.

A Linn County jury agreed with King last year, finding him not guilty of six sexual abuse charges filed after an off-duty policeman filmed King touching the buttocks and lower abdomens of three girl swimmers at a 2007 meet in Albany. Jury members said they found King's actions "inappropriate and troubling" but could not find sexual intent. Clackamas County prosecutors dropped an additional sexual abuse charge two weeks later.

I wonder how many parents will sign their girls up to swim for Grandpa Handy if he's reinstated.

In 1999, Bon Appetit, a cafe operator/caterer, fired King after female co-workers complained he groped them at the company's Lewis & Clark College and Intel service locations. One woman said King sneaked up behind her, then stuck his fingers up her shorts and rubbed her buttocks. Another said he pushed his finger through a hole in her jeans and touched her buttocks under her underwear.

Cohen said these allegations all involved adults in a workplace -- not a coach and student -- and had nothing to do with King Swimming or King's coaching.

More grandfatherly gestures of affection, right?

During his interview with Lake Oswego police last June, regarding the Albany swim meet, King didn't deny touching the girls, hooking his finger under their swimsuits, letting them sit on his lap or kissing them, saying he was merely being affectionate. He said he often gave his swimmers "rubdowns" that may include pressing a "trigger point" in their buttocks muscles to help them relax. He said he sometimes lifts their swimsuits to reach the trigger points. He also said that touching a girl's groin area was a misguided way of showing attention, affection and love to the girls. He said it was stupid that he does it.

In conclusion, King said he may have overstepped his bounds. He said that if he saw his own daughter touched in that manner he would "definitely tell the coach about it. Because it's inappropriate."

Here are a few comments:

Posted by doris4u on 04/12/09 at 10:54PM

I don't think I would want to pass judgment on this case. Coach sounds perhaps a little eccentric but a long ways from being any kind of peditor. Obviously the school district was trying to play it safe when it fed King to the wolves and decided to destroy his reputation and livelyhood.

Clackamas county has a history of over zelous, conservative, which hunters, ready to move up in rank for taking anyone down they can. There is also a pretty established record of malicious and false prosecutions in the area of sex crimes that have sent a number of totally innocent victims to prison for crimes not committed. For a county with the drug problems, domestic abuse problems, and sexual preditors working in law enforcement that Clackamas County has, they sure are stretching their credibility thin by pursuing these type of witch hunts.

If this case was investigated by CCSO, it's been contaminated and as such should be moved to a clean county.

Posted by UPS68 on 04/12/09 at 11:28PM

Hey Doris, did you read what this guy has admitted to?

Posted by allens on 04/13/09 at 5:52AM

Wow...send this creep away and let Doris go with him!! I cannot believe this guy would have anybody being an apologist on his behalf...he admits to touching young girls inappropriately!! This is an 'at-will' employment state...what is the story here besides some over-ambitious attorney trying to make a name for himself by getting a sex offender his job back??

Posted by doris4u on 04/13/09 at 9:56AM

Having done some more reading, research and backround checks, I've changed my mind. This guy is a creep and should not be allowed around children. Let him get a job doing cavity checks on inmates at our jail.

Quote of the Day

Wine makes a man more pleased with
himself, I do not say that it makes
him more pleasing to others.



Samuel Johnson

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Quote of the Day

Like anyone else, there are days I feel
beautiful and days I don't, and when
I don't, I do something about it.



Cheryl Cox Tiegs

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

When Lombardi said "sit down",
we didn't look for a chair.



Alvis Forrest Gregg

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

The Ft. Worth paper has a pair of season wrap-up articles. Listed times aren't necessarily season-bests, but descriptions of accomplishments seem to be in order.

Nolan Catholic's Katie Meili is our area's girl swimmer of the year. See girls' article here.

Cleburne's Zach Interrante is boy swimmer of the year. Guys' article is here.

Junior's listed as top sprinter!!! He's one of four of our club kids who made the lists.

Lead Poisoning, Anyone?

Click on pic to find out what Garrett Weber-Gale's been up to.

Quote of the Day

Individual commitment to a group effort -
that is what makes a team work, a company
work, a society work, a civilization work.



Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

Yes, as through this world I've wandered,
I've seen lots of funny men.
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
and some with a fountain pen.


Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Ask and ye shall receive:

This past weekend, Leon & buddies pulled in eleven (11) sharks and lost zero (0) fingers/toes. It's a new fashion season, so I guess camo's "out" and plaid's "in":


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Quote of the Day

The thing that impresses me the most about
America is the way parents obey their children.



King Edward VIII

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

I have never been especially impressed by
the heroics of people who are convinced
they are about to change the world. I am
more awed by those who struggle to make
one small difference after another.

 
Ellen Goodman

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The man who has nothing to boast of but
his illustrious ancestry is like the potato -
the best part under ground.



Sir Thomas Overbury

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

Genius may have its limitations,
but stupidity is not thus handicapped.



Elbert Green Hubbard

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Quote of the Day

In the beginner's mind there are
many possibilities. In the expert's
mind there are a few.



Shunryu Suzuki

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

You always pass failure on the way to success.



Joseph Yule, Jr. (a.k.a. Mickey Rooney)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Usually, terrible things that are done with the
excuse that progress requires them are not
really progress at all, but just terrible things.



Russell Wayne Baker

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