Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Commies and Pay Per View

I got a call the other morning from a number 0-123-4567. I almost didn't answer it.

It was my friend in Communist China. Funny.

We talked business for a while. He wanted to know how things were going for the gym. He is helping in our bid for the kid program at the PAC. We find out tomorrow.

I asked him a bit about what was going on in China. It sounds hectic. He is there with a pharmaceutical company. Things are different over there.

Of course we discussed last week's Mayorga v DeLaHoya pay per view bout last weekend. I had a friend bring me a copy, but I hadn't seen it yet when he called.

They show the pay per view fights on state national television every Sunday morning. Huh. Free headline fights.

My friend in China was able to keep up easier than I can in the world of boxing in the United States by fighters from Mexico and Nicaragua.

I just watched the fight. I don't care what people say. It was a great fight. Sure, maybe sloppy, but man what a great bout. Great heart by both boxers. Pleasant surprise, although Mayorga has always shown heart.

I wonder if they read his emails. Actually I know they read his emails. He told me they shut down his ISP for two days after he emailed some anti-communist literature.

We have exchanged quite a few documents online. I wonder if any of my emails to him have been read.


Does our governement help China in these efforts? I use Yahoo mail. Yahoo is playing ball with China. They are using filters that cut speech. They turn in bloggers who don't tote the line in China. They are then put in prison in the China gulag. How much is our government trying to protect us from the prying eyes of China? Is our government working with China?

I don't think so.

But I don't like saying "I don't think so."

I like to know.

The US has been trying to put pressure on Iran to stop their drive to create nuclear weapon. Iran is a wacky country. They have consistently been repressing democratic reforms, public speech and women for the past 27 years. They jail their own people for speaking out.

Both China and Russia have been pushing against firming up UN sanctions against this terrorist state.

And we won the Cold War?

I think we need to review this.

I hope we get this grant tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you're posting about your money seeking efforts, a few questions...

How much of a grant did you request?

How much is Panda's operating budget?

If you don't get the money, does the operation fold?

8:41 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...


It is in the proposal.

Not enough.

Not at all, but not getting the grant severely limits our effectiveness, consistency and reach for the moment. However, I am confident that we can qualify for several grants if this does not work out. This is all new to me, but I have learned quite a bit in this program at Wash U.

If you have any grants and/or interested in donating I got the financials and the proposal all ready. This Wash U program really has been great. You can contact me via the "holla" above and we can set an appointment or you can send me the information I need to fill out to qualify.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been a couple of days since the deadline passed. Any word on your grant application?

8:25 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

We were selected as one of the recipients for the award. Yay!

8:31 AM  

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