AUBREY BRUCEtr.v. ma•ligned, ma•lign•ing, ma•ligns “To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of. adj.1. Evil in disposition, nature, or intent. 2. Evil in influence; injurious. 3. Having or showing malice or ill will; malevolent.” There are many ways to slay the will and hopes of those who are just trying to do the right thing. Take the case of the Pirates super utility man Josh Harrison. Some writers cannot even pen an article about one of his Pirates teammates without a slight jab at him.Jerry Crasnick an ESPN.com MLB Sr. writer recently penned an article about Pirates catcher Russell Martin. In an excerpt from the article that Crasnik wrote he said that; “the Pirates have relied on some exceptional performances in their push for a second straight playoff berth. Franchise pillar Andrew McCutchen and everyman Josh Harrison — a maligned All-Star who has taken his game to a higher level since the break, but no player on the roster has a bigger stealth impact than Martin, who, at age 31, is enjoying one of his best career seasons.”Throughout the entire piece in my opinion, the only direct negative was about Josh Harrison. Harrison has been forced to scrap, fight and fume just to get on the field to excel. “Josh Harrison — a maligned All-Star who has taken his game to a higher level since the [All Star] break.”This is my second article about Josh Harrison because there are those fans and writers that continue to believe that Josh Harrison did not deserve to be named to the All Star game over Pirates hometown hero second baseman Neil Walker by the Mike Matheny manager of the St. Louis Cardinals who managed the 2014 NL All-Star squad.One of the fans that did not quite agree with Harrison’s selection was blogger NapoleonBlownapart87. A couple of months ago he wrote this. “Be careful talking about how well he’s been playing defensively. His versatility has value, but also understand that a lot of those diving plays he makes in the outfield are a result of not taking good routes and not getting good jumps on the ball. The diving catch he made in right on Monday was great…. until you remember that Polanco and most everyday RFs get under that ball and make a simple on the run catch. I’m no JHaytheist – I’m glad he’s there. With that being said, if McGee or Upton, or a host of other guys would have made it instead, I’d be totally fine with it. Just want to make sure we’re looking at context.”If NapoleonBlownapart87 was such an authority on the game and truly believed in his analysis, then why doesn’t he use his real name so he can be held responsible for the BS that he spews forth? If 87 indicates “Blownaparts” birth year (1987) that would make him out to be around twenty seven years of age. If that is truly the case then there are many fans and writers out here that have probably forgotten more about MLB than Mr. “Blownafart00” will ever know.I define these knuckleheads as computer geeks/cowards or in bloggers terms, “internet imbeciles” who envision themselves as “fantasy” owners that direct “imaginary” GM’s of “fantasy” teams that never quite allow them to exit, “la, la land.” How does “Napoleon” know the correct route to take to get to the ball without diving or sliding?There is lighting, field conditions and a host of other factors that may determine an outfielders approach on a particular play.Does he, (Blownafart) use a slide rule or a calculator to work out mathematical equations figuring out MLB outfield play and all of its components? I think not. He may not be a “serial” killer but here is a distinct possibility that he may be a “serial” hater and even a bit more!I also think that his grand finale bears repeating. NapoleonBlownapart87 finished by saying. “Just want to make sure we’re looking at context.” It seems that “Blownapart” (how clever) wanted to make sure that anyone reading his garbage would view Josh Harrison and his skill set in the wrong context.”Oh I’m sorry, since Mr. “Blownapart” is French, I must consult my English-French dictionary in order to communicate with him. “Il dit des sottises.” In other words, what you say Mr. Blownapart is “rubbish.” Before sports was sucked in to the black hole of the “bloggosphere” the internet was commonly referred to as the “information superhighway.” It is now a fact that these pseudo-intellectuals are using computers as missiles using various websites as anonymous launching pads, to project their “non” sense of reality.Those of us who are charged to honor, write and print the truth are fast becoming a dying breed; not that there were that many in the first place.When it comes to his value, Josh Harrison must always remember what the great Toni Morrison once said, “definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”Whether we write about, talk about sports, politics. entertainment or any other subject, we must understand the privilege and the process of truth and fairness.If we don’t we should always have to face the consequences.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe
The cities of Lacey and Olympia remind residents and visitors that the sale and discharge of consumer (personal) fireworks are not allowed in either community. Novelty devices such as snakes, glowworms, and party poppers are permitted; however sparklers and all other types of fireworks are not. Fireworks purchased elsewhere, such as at tribal stands or fireworks sales booths in other communities, may not be used in Lacey or Olympia.A majority of voters in both communities approved propositions to ban consumer fireworks. Fireworks ordinances may be viewed on the cities’ websites: ci.lacey.wa.us/fireworks, and olympiawa.gov/fireworks.Lacey continues its tradition of kicking off the area’s Independence Day celebrations with the Lacey Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert on Friday, July 3.The Freedom Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lacey Crossroads Shopping Center, 5500 Corporate Center Loop SE. The Fireworks Spectacular will be in the vicinity of William A. Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive NE, Lacey, beginning around 10:15 p.m. A complete schedule of activities can be found here.Another area tradition is the Tumwater 4th of July Parade, Artesian Family Festival and Thunder Valley Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 4.Olympia’s fireworks show is later in July as the Grand Finale for the annual Capital Lakefair celebration, Sunday, July 19 in downtown Olympia at Heritage Park/Capitol Lake.Residents and visitors celebrating Independence Day are urged to do so in a safe and enjoyable manner that is within the law. With everyone’s cooperation, our residents and pets will be safe, and our fire and police responders can focus on non-fireworks emergencies. Facebook18Tweet0Pin0
Facebook508Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeFor the third time in a row, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has been named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. SPSCC will apply to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the College Excellence Program selects its top 150 every two years from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. SPSCC was also recognized as a top 150 community college in Aspen Institute’s 2017 and 2019 nominations.“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized again by Aspen,” said Dr. Timothy Stokes, president of SPSCC. “Our staff and faculty have been doing incredible work to build systems that support both student access and success while tackling systemic barriers every day so that our students can get in, stay in, and complete their education. This is truly a testament to the value of that work.”The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.Data shows that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.“Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.About the Aspen InstituteThe 2021 Aspen Prize is funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation.The Aspen Institute is a community-serving organization with global reach whose vision is a free, just, and equitable society. For 70 years, the Institute has driven change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has offices in Aspen, Colorado, and New York City, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org.*This release was written by The Aspen Institute with contributions from SPSCC staff.