Wednesday edition - April 11, 2007
I saw the quote on Wonkette.com
Bush To Democrats: Agree With Me
House panel to probe reports on Tillman, Jessica Lynch
Democrats Turn Up Heat On Gonzales
My pc is all better!
Thank you for your patience.
Bush motto: "Boy, it's lonely at the bottom." - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3290 Washington Post
Raging Battle In Baghdad Leaves 24 Dead Guardian Unlimited, UK
US to send $59 million to Palestinians' Abbas CNN International
The White House wants to
appoint a high-profile overseer to manage the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but
has had trouble finding someone to take the job, The Washington Post reported on
At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have turned down the position, the report said.
Ship leaks 100 tons of oil off Santorini, officials say CNN International
Seen on a Chicago Highway
The Imus broohaha is just another diversion from Iraq, our soon-to-be-start of DubyaDubyaIII (bombing Iran), etc. This diversion will go on during his 2-week mea-culpa suspension, then rev up again when he comes back on.
But in all the coverage of this, only an interview with Juan Williams on NPR gave the real reason for Imus' suspension - goold ole American corporatism.
Imus regularly says awful things that are racially- and sexually-charged about powerless people. This time however, he struck out against black women who were not, it turns out, so powerless - they are connected to the NCAA, a powerful, big-bucks organization. The NCAA is connected to advertisers of Imus' program. Thus it is the corporate sponsors, not regular folk protesting, who are pissed off, who have demanded this suspension, and who will decide whether or not he gets fired.
If Imus is not fired, he will go on saying nasty stuff about blacks, women, black-women, the powerless of all race and gender - he will just make sure his targets are not connected in any way to any corporate sponsors.
In the United Corporations of America we have white men rule TV, radio and most spoon feed us racism in sheep's clothing. Where's the "fair and balanced" in all of cable TV? Where is there ONE female host of a prime time cable TV talk show that is moderate? Or one with a * gasp* Democratic point of view. Or one with a female of color -- heaven forbid, -- we may have another Oprah Winfrey on our hands!
I saw Whoopie Goldberg make a comment about Imus on CNN. She said, "I didn't know he was a comic."
Sadly, America doesn't agree. They love Imus.
wrote: The fact that Imus and Rush are among the
most popular talk radio shows in America speaks volumes about how America is not
going to vote for a black or female president any time soon.
Which is a point I've been trying to make with anyone who'll listen: sadly, I lack your eloquence. And, certainly, your tact.
Thanks for your kind words.
Was what Imus
said inappropriate - YES, it was, demeaning and racist.
That being said, since the evolution of the Evangelicals and "born again Christians" on the scene, the offering of a sincere apology and doing your penance is never enough. The person must be castigated, trashed and made to lose their job and financial support. The self righteousness of these individuals to feel they are "the" authority to judge and prejudge their fellow man has gone too far.
For Al Sharpton to speak out in the manner he has done is not in a spirit of compromise and of forgiveness, but in his own "Christian" individual style, Reverend Sharpton is once again fomenting disharmony. He has done this before with disastrous results and was proven terribly wrong.
We all know what Sharpton's opinion is going to be, don't we?
I wish Imus would have appeared on Oprah instead.
Imus strikes me as the kind of guy, in his younger and wild drinking/cocaine days, if he sent a drink over to a woman in a bar and if she refused the drink - he'd call her a dyke all the while laughing at her.
Most of his humor is of the lowest kind, crude and vulgar.
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McCain Pleads for Patience in Iraq Washington Post, DC
Romney backs Bush on war Washington Times, DC
Meanwhile, back in Korea
U.S. envoys returned to
after securing the remains of six American soldiers from the Korean War and
pushing for action on North Korea's nuclear disarmament.
Gov. Bill Richardson and Anthony Principi, former U.S. Veterans Affairs secretary, were greeted at the border by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow and U.S. military officials.
While I'm no fan of Imus, how does that compare to the bigotry faced by Katrina victims deserted by the Bush administration? - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
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The University of Florida's
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allies in the state House of Representatives have found another way to honor the
former governor on the school's Gainesville campus.
The House Schools and Learning Council voted Tuesday to name UF's College of Education the Jeb Bush College of Education.
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