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April 12, 2007

 Former Radio shock jock:  Don Imus

The Don Imus Controversy.

     The next and final chapter in the saga continues.  NBC/MSNBC and CBS Radio has announced that they will no longer air the Imus in the Morning after comments were made last week on the air, about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
     The controversy is, in regards to shock jock radio host Don Imus referring to the team members as "nappy headed ho's".  This has sparked outrage with the African American community as well as the members of the team for which he insulted.  Most view his remarks as inappropriate, many feel it is also sexist and racist.  
     As a former radio show personality, I also feel his comments went way too far.  Obviously it is sexist and somewhat racist, though I deem the remark as a very poor use of words in slang.  Do I feel he deserved the fate that NBC has handed out, or what CBS radio has done?  Do I think more should be done?
     To answer this, lets take a good hard look at the facts.  To begin, NBC has stated that their decision was based on moral issues and not finical.  This is bullshit.  NBC has been under pressure by what appears as the new moral majority.  I am amazed that a moronic hypocrite called Rev. Al Sharpton has room to talk or for that matter such an influence.  Granted Mr Sharpton has support by the NAACP and Rev. Jessie Jackson.  
     NBC had five of it's top ten advertisers pull out because they carried the show and it's prior decision to suspend him for two weeks.  This is more in part to the call for a boycott by the Rev. Jessie Jackson, and his influence.  NBC claims it is because they have family values, again this is bunk.  The reality is that in the ever politically correct world you are limited in what you say, even though what was said can not  be condoned.   What bugs me is that the new moral majority led by Rev. Jessie Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton.  To begin with this, Rev. Al Sharpton is at best a hypocrite.  I was reminded by my better half about the details of Tyana Brawley incident many years ago.  (look it up and you see my point)  Tyana Brawley was an African American female claimed she was a victim of a racist attack, where she was covered in poo and written in poo was racial slurs.  Rev. Al Sharpton made headlines when he spoke out in her behalf.  It was later learned that she had made the story up to cover her teenage behavior.  In spite of this Rev. Sharpton continued to make this a bigger racial issue even though the whole thing was a hoax.   
     Last week Rev. Al Sharpton took great pains to exploit this further, by giving Don Imus the "Uncle Morty" (Morton Downey Jr.) treatment on his radio show.  Obviously Don Imus has been humbled and has faced the music, and he has tried to make amends.  I think he should be fined and suspended, and move on.  Lat the listeners decide his fate and move on.   Let Don Imus face who we insulted personally and move on.
     I find it amusing that this invisible moral majority who is led by so called men who use the surname of Rev. to seek vengeance.  I thought it was forgiveness, not vengeance.  Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are just using this as a cause to play the race card.  Granted what was said could be deemed racist in nature, but I think it was more sexist, but still was over the line.  Do we really need another cause for a racial riot?
     I find it more alarming that we make a great deal over this, when we should be looking at the bigger picture.  What do I mean?  People I have spoken to have expressed their concerns in what is preached over the radio in regards to music and lyrics, and what is being preached there.  Every day we hear songs demoralizing people, places and things.  This includes sexist and racist tones.  Why doesn't Al Sharpton fight for that?
     It is my opinion that Don Imus should be suspended and fined, and let the listeners decide weather to listen to him.  Granted what he said was a poor choice of slang words, but not anywhere near what other ex broadcasters had said.  Look at the career of Howard Cosel who lost his career when he said "look at the little monkey run".  That was blatant racism, or what Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder said in an interview regarding African Americans as being bred to perform better.  Unfortunately we live in a ever growing politically correct society in a corporate world.  The way I see it, if you don't like it, change the channel.  Unfortunately, for radio legend Don Imus, three words has cost him a career, we can all thank the the moral zealots who think they are the moral majority.  It's good to know that hyprocrites like Fat Al Sharpton, Jessie boycott Jackson can dictitate what you and I watch and listen to.  Thank god for satelite and podcasts.  

     Attached here is an article by Jason Whitlock (of the Kansas City Star) which I think best puts it....

"Imus isnít the real bad guy"
Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.
By JASON WHITLOCK - Columnist (Kansas City Star)

     Thank you, Don Imus. Youíve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.
Youíve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.
Youíve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.
Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like itís 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.
     The bigots win again.
     While weíre fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, Iím sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Centís or Snoop Doggís or Young Jeezyís latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.
I ainít saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they donít have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.
     It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.
Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.
Itís embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes about white and black people, and we all laugh out loud.
     Iím no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack. But, in my view, he didnít do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That shouldíve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, itís only the beginning. Itís an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.
     I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.
     Somehow, weíre supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgersí wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.
     In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?
I donít listen or watch Imusí show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that itís cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that theyíre suckers for pursuing education and that theyíre selling out their race if they do?
      When Imus does any of that, call me and Iíll get upset. Until then, he is what he is ó a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when youíre not looking to be made a victim.
No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. Thereís no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

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April 6, 2007

A story more closer to home...

     This article deserves merrit here, because the article demostrates how corrupt our system is.  It is no suprise, just how foolish some people will go, or just how our tax dollars are wasted on petty childish endeavors.  Attached here is original article (article posted on WTEN Albany, NY  website) and a follow up article posted on Capitalnews9's website.

Outrage After Cheerleader is Arrested for Missing Uniform
By John Craig:  WTEN April 5, 2007 02:37 PM EDT

     A 16-year-old girl is due in court today, charged with stealing her own cheerleader uniform!
Authorities say she never returned it after the season was over, and they have tried everything to get it back. Her lawyer says they have gone too far by pressing criminal charges.
     As NEWS10's John Craig explains, no one is cheering this one.
     Amber King was a cheerleader at New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School. Now she is accused of stealing her own cheerleading uniform.
"I think that's shameful, I think it's tantamount to child abuse," says Terry Kindlon, King's attorney.
Kindlon, the 16-year-old's lawyer, says she lost it and offered to pay for a new one. The cost: $60.95. Authorities do not believe her, and instead, she was arrested, brought to town court, and charged with petty larceny and sent to jail.
"In all the years that I've been practicing law, this is without question, the most ridiculous and unwarranted criminal prosecution I've ever seen," Kindlon says.  "She obviously could care less what's going on," says Pat Leavenworth, of New Lebanon.
     We found Leavenworth outside the "Hitchinpost Cafe" in New Lebanon, where King works. She says she knew the teen in elementary school.
"How many times she refuse to do what she was asked to do?" Leavenworth says. "She just won't return it. She had to pay some kind of penalty."
In just the six months that Amber King has worked at the cafe, she has apparently made quite an impression. So much so, that the owner and a waitress each ponied up 500-dollars to bail her out of jail.
     Bail was posted at the Columbia County Sheriff's Department as Amber was wearing another uniform - the jail uniform. She was about to spend a night behind bars.
     "I'm quite sure there are bigger fish to fry than to lock up a young lady over a cheerleading outfit," says New Lebanon resident, Eric Hunt. "That doesn't even make sense to me."
     "I just think a fine would have been sufficient, and she must have parents that would be involved in this," New Lebanon resident, Ann Devaney says.
     "16-year-old kid, in jail, cheerleading uniform...it boggles the mind," says Kindlon.
The uniforms are actually owned by the cheerleading coach, Penny Black, and her husband, Bill Black - who is also the Director of Emergency Management for Columbia County.


Charges against cheerleader dismissed
Updated: 4/6/2007 9:18 AM
By: Jola Szubielski:  Capitalnews9
     Attorney Terrence Kindlon said, "As far as I'm concerned, what happened to this lady is child abuse. It is completely inappropriate."
Kindlon was outraged that Amber King, 16, was arrested over a $60 uniform. So on the day of her court appearance, Kindlon filed for a motion to dismiss the charges. There was no opposition from the ADA or the judge.
Amber King said, "I'm just glad it's over."
     A 16-year-old girl is out of jail after being sent there for not returning her cheerleading uniform. The charges against Amber King have been dismissed, but as our Jola Szubielski tells us, that's not the end of the story.
     Amber's mother Roxann King said, "I'm grateful to Mr. DeBella for bailing her out so she only had to spend three hours in that horrible place, and we're never going to have to visit behind brick walls again."
     The cheerleading coach at New Lebanon High School Penny Black and her husband William own the uniforms and claimed King refused to return it at the end of the season. King claimed she lost it and even offered to pay for it. Still, King was arrested and charged with petty larceny.
Kindlon said, "Amber should never have been arrested. This was an abuse or misuse of the criminal justice system."
     King spent several hours in jail before her employer raised the $1,000 bail.
     Hitch and Post Cafe owner Mike DeBella said, "It was totally ridiculous, and I think there's a lot more important things going on out there that we should be worried about other than a $60 cheerleading uniform."
     Kindlon said he's considering taking further action against the coach and her husband for having King arrested and said he thinks there's a lot more to the story.
     Kindlon said, "Apparently, the deputy sheriff and Mr. Black, the complaintant, are fishing buddies, and there appears to be more behind the curtain than there should be."
     In the meantime, King has paid back the exact $60.95 and is looking forward to going back to being just a 16-year-old high schooler.

     A news story like this, would tend to make you question who was the child and who was the adult.  It more demonstrates the corruption within our so called system.  Granted the criminal charges were dropped in this case, but it makes you wonder.  This story would of never came to light if they had simply taken this case to small claims court, which normally would of been the course of action in light of the circumstances.  Also bear in mind that since the accused is a minor, hence the parents would of been accountable in small claims court.  It would be understandable if this case was something like shoplifting at the store, however this was not the case.
     There are of course, court cases where a minor should be charged and treated in this way, this case is not one of them.  This case, it appears was the brainchild of a man who had a fishing buddy who was an officer of the law.  This case more resembles a situation where getting even by means of using the law as a tool to harass.  It's a wonderful example of profiling and abuse of a system that was designed to be fair, honest, and to serve the public.  Instead, this is an example of mocking justice, a waste of taxpayer money, and the abuse of the badge.   (does this sound familiar?  remember that song "Alice's Restaurant")
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April 1, 2007

Our taxes at work....

     For those who actually follow the news and in particular, the US senate passing a bill that most likely will be vetoed by president Bush.  This bill calling for the removal of troops in Iraq by 2008, as well as the funding of another 122 Billion dollars for this failing cause.  If you follow the news, the President claims he will veto the bill for the reason that he will not pass a bill that removes US troops from Iraq.   It's ironic that this war has lasted over four years, cost at least 3,000+ killed, not to mention how much it has cost the taxpayer.  All of this and for what?  So far, the military has yet to find those "weapons of mass destruction" (the reason we went there in the first place).  So far the US has only created what appears to be a civil war in Iraq.  (granted we did manage to get rid of Saddam).  So far we have managed to make several government contractors wealthy though.  All of this and for what?  If anything all we have done is create another Vietnam, all we need now is for Iran to come over and try to take over Iraq.  (remember these countries were at war in the 1980's, and now that we have eliminated Saddam, there is no opposition really unless you count us and the puppet government we installed)  We have though managed to waste an untold billions of dollars (in the 100's of billions), and guess who pays for this?
     Meanwhile, John Q Public who gets harassed by the IRS, has to work his ass off and then he has to pay out taxes, when he can barely make a living and has to decide between food or medicine, or has to freeze his ass off because he has to ration out fuel just to stay warm in the winter.  All of this and for what?  To pay for President Bush's modern day game of Risk?  Meanwhile, John Q Public has to figure out how his loved ones and family will survive.
     Wouldn't it be nice if John Q Public had the right to decide what his taxes were spent for?  Wouldn't it be nice if our hundreds of billions were being spent on things we need?  Wouldn't it be nice if our politicians would actually do something that would make sense?  Granted I am not damning the troops who have to follow orders, if anything I'd support them, it's the commander in chief who needs to realize that the United States is not the police officer of the world, and that the United Nations needs to resolve this or at the least have an equal share of the troops and resources.  (ever notice during the gulf war what other nations sent when compared to the US)
     If anything perhaps the congress and senate should just not propose bills that the president will veto and they can not override.  Perhaps the only way to get the message is to stop funding the war.  Maybe congress will figure out this when the next spending bill comes up.
     Meanwhile in Iraq, some soldier is attacked and or killed by a homemade bomb, or is attacked by another terrorist.  And for what?  Oh did I mention the scandal at the VA hospital (our country thanks those who die or get injured, by providing services in which our pets get better care)  Good to know our hard earned tax dollars are being put to work....



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March 28, 2007

Peso Peso Peso....
(follow link to read article)

     A rather interesting article on (ABC's "Nightline") --> ABC News Nightline Article "pizza for pesos"
brings to attention the issue and debate of illegal immigration in the US. According to the article (link to article above), the argument by some, (according to the article) is that by accepting Mexican currency in the US, we are encouraging illegal immigration. Let's face it, this argument by some is bunk. Let us consider the following facts:
     1. There is no law prohibiting accepting foreign currency by a legal business in the US.
That is why we have banks! Granted a business would not accept foreign currency if the bank would not honor the exchange. As long as the taxes are paid, our government does not give a rats ass. Why should we give a hoot anyway if a business makes money by accepting foreign currency.
     2. Many public places offer instructions and or directions in Spanish.
This in itself should be more alarming than accepting currency. (ever go into a county building or do
your taxes?) Granted if we really wanted to discourage illegal immigration in the US, we would make the official language in English only. As far as a private business, again, this is a free country, and if they want to use another language as well, then so be it. (after all money talks, BS walks)
     3. There are places in the US that accept CDN (Canadian currency).
No one seems to give a hoot about this, so why is it a big deal there in regards to pesos.

     The truth of the matter is not illegal immigration, this debate by some is simply a racial issue. Obviously, many in that region feel they are threatened by illegal immigrants, yet these same people live in a society where they can make laws restricting the use of two languages in town hall. (President Bush was once Governor of the state of Texas, which borders Mexico) Perhaps it is a fear of change and culture that is creating this racism of sort. It's amusing that in our history, this is not the first time we have seen this. (just ask an Asian American, or an Irishman back 100 yrs ago) Ironically, America has been known as the melting pot, yet through our history, the native American Indians (who were here first) were the subject of invasion by the rest of us.
     On this note, I've concluded that perhaps our government should adopt better laws or maybe do a better job in enforcement. Perhaps our government should adopt a single language as being the official language to discourage illegal immigrants. Perhaps our government should restrict public services to legal residents to discourage the problem. (see peso below)
     One thing is for certain, this business is getting free publicity. My only gripe would be if they served pizza that tasted like tacos. (I've been told that places down there don't really have a real Italian pizza place) I like my tacos on a shell or burrito. As far as culture, well let's just say I like my chicken, beans and rice (with potatoes in a sauce ya can't beat) when I see my better half.
Oh, I almost forgot...... Here is a peso for ya !!!! (self explainitory)


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