US ousts Honduras in soccer coup d'etat, AJC Sports legend retires

Furman Bisher retires after 59 years as Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist


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A Coup d’etat by any other name?

Honduras followed the rule of law in ousting a president that was openly breaking the law in the streets and inciting riots. The US soccer team played by the rules and outscored Honduras.

To Obama, these are coups.

President Barack Obama continued to turn the screws on a former loyal ally (They are still loyal to concepts known as “freedom” and the “rule of law) from the George Washington-Bush 43 era) by ousting the Honduran soccer team from the World Cup via Obama’s new definition of a coup d’etat:

Sunday was a day to remember for the American soccer faithful. The USA returned to the FIFA World Cup for a chance to redeem themselves after the horrendous pratfall that was Germany ’06.

A Casey brace, a Landon Donovan winner, and a missed penalty by Honduras striker Carlos Pavon sealed the Yanks’ 3-2 victory over Los Catrachos in San Pedro Sula.

So how was this seemingly legal, by the rules victory a coup? For the answer, one needs to review Obama’s application of the term to the ousting of the former President of Honduras earlier this year:

What Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) heard in Tegucigalpa:

In the last three months, much has been made of a supposed military “coup” that whisked former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from power and the supposed chaos it has created.

After visiting Tegucigalpa last week and meeting with a cross section of leaders from Honduras’s government, business community, and civil society, I can report there is no chaos there. There is, however, chaos to spare in the Obama administration’s policy toward our poor and loyal allies in Honduras.

That policy was set in a snap decision the day Mr. Zelaya was removed from office, without a full assessment of either the facts or reliable legal analysis of the constitutional provisions at issue. Three months later, it remains in force, despite mounting evidence of its moral and legal incoherence…

America’s Founding Fathers—like the framers of Honduras’s own constitution—believed strong institutions were necessary to defend freedom and democracy from the ambitions of would-be tyrants and dictators. Faced by Mr. Zelaya’s attempted usurpations, the institutions of Honduran democracy performed as designed, and as our own Founding Fathers would have hoped.

Read the whole column as well as DeVine Law’s analysis.

A Sports Legend Retires

2:44 pm October 10, 2009, by Furman Bisher

Editor’s note: This is Furman Bisher’s final column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Read more:
Past columns. His last one is below. Read his first one including his moving tribute to his late son and several others.
Photos of his career. Even one where he’s playing football.
Video: Bisher reflects on his very first column for the paper

It was April 15, income tax day, in 1950 that this all began. Usually, such a run as this rarely ever carries on this long. Perhaps my act has worn thin. Perhaps I have over-stayed my time. But to an old warrior such as I, it isn’t easy finding an appropriate ending place.

My mind wanders back to the Falcons’ first flirtation with glory. They led the Dallas Cowboys into the shadows of a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 60,222 fans in a state of exhilaration, a division championship a breath away when the defense broke down. It was over and a city was left heartbroken.

It had been such a colossal event that even …

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Tributes to this historic sports writer that covered Bobby Jones and was instrumental in bringing professional sports to Atlanta:

Steve Hummer column and excerpt:

When Bisher began in Atlanta, Joe Louis was still fighting and boxing was king. When Louis died, Bisher had the authority to lament in print: “Then they lowered him into the ground, and that is all that remains of the great fighting man, except a memory that shall become a national resource.”

In that one venue, look at how the landscape has evolved on the day of Bisher’s departure. Boxing has given way to ultimate fighting, men rolling around in cages.

With Bisher retired, there is no one left who has had such an impact on his craft — especially in the South — as measured by the stack of awards at his door or the reverence of those who followed him.

Inexplicably, AJC.com hasn’t posted a column in Sunday’s paper by its former editor Jim Minter that recounts the story of how Bisher invited Charlie Finley, then the owner of the Kansas City A’s, to Atlanta to try and persuade him to bring his MLB team south. When Finley saw the confluence of Interstate’s I-85, I-75 and I-20, he told Furman that if the city would build a stadium there, he would bring the Athletics to Atlanta.

Fulton County Stadium was built there but Finley had already fled Missouri for Oakland, California. Milwaukee brought Hammerin’ Hank Aaron to Georgia, and the rest is history.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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