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“Fly On!!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 23, 2007

I was so deeply troubled to learn of the crash of one of the “Blue Angels” last Saturday. There’s not a year go by when my ‘Baby Blues’ don’t Perform over the San Francisco Bay ~ so this news was most sickening.

Navy Pilots are the BEST, and the pilots that fly in the “Blue Angels” are the BEST of the BEST!!

The following is a LINK to a clip I found entitled “Virtual Blue Angels”. It’s a Masterpiece that shows what the “Blue Angels” do during their Performances. It’s GREAT!!

Click here: YouTube – Virtual Blue Angels

Enjoy. And may the “Blue Angels” Fly On!!

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“Reflections”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 20, 2007

Reflections

 

 

As Human Beings, we grow older and Learn in ‘Real Terms’ just how fragile LIFE is. That, too, we Learn how quickly our TIME passes on this ‘good earth of ours’.

As we grow older.

So therefore, when we see (or experience) LIFE cut short, or as while in our Youth we Observe the seemingly needless Loss of those we consider our peers …. then the Mystery of ‘Life & Death’ quickly engages us in the life long Search for explanation and meaning of our Days.

We are all mortal. Nobody KNOWS precisely how much sand is contained in our Hour Glass. That is why during TIMES like these it’s important to Celebrate and Love “ALL LIFE“. A life rich with Friends and Family (if we are so Blessed); a life full of Love and Challenge (if perceived that way); and most importantly, to cherish each-and-every fleeting MOMENT we’re given by our Creator.

When we experience Youth ‘cut short’ by unexpected or tragic Death, often we want ‘answers’ to questions that offer none. Sometimes it’s often easy to question even our own religious Beliefs ~ as if God SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER then to take a LIFE so young. But then we once again come to the realization that we have little control over ‘Life’ or ‘Death’; and that all we can do is LIVE what LIFE we have been gifted with, and as best as we can …. and always not to take our Friends, Family, Fellow Workers, and People in general for granted.

I Pray for the People directly effected by the Virginia Tech tragedy, and hope that their Healing will be swift. For we have ~ all of us ~ very little precious TIME to mourn those lost to Death; for as Dunn stated:

                     ” …. the Bell tolls for thee!” as well.

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“The Right KNOWS Best?”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 19, 2007

Backlash leads to pullback on Cho video

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Thu Apr 19, 2:58 PM ET

NEW YORK – With a backlash developing against the media for airing sickening pictures from Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, Fox News Channel said Thursday it would stop and other networks said they would severely limit their use.

NBC News was the recipient Wednesday of Cho‘s package of rambling, hate-filled video and written messages, with several pictures of him posing with a gun. Contents began airing on “Nightly News,” and its rivals quickly used them, too.

Family members of victims canceled plans to appear on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday because they “were very upset” with the network for showing the pictures, “Today” host Meredith Vieira said.

Virginia State Police Col. Steve Flaherty — who praised NBC Wednesday for coming to authorities first with the package — said Thursday he was disappointed with what the network showed.

“I just hate that a lot of people not used to seeing that type of image had to see it,” he said.

NBC said the material was aired because it helped to answer the question of why Cho killed 32 people and himself on the Virginia Tech campus Monday.

“The decision to run this video was reached by virtually every news organization in the world, as evidenced by coverage on television, on Web sites and in newspapers,” NBC said in a statement. “We have covered this story — and our unique role in it — with extreme sensitivity, underscored by our devoted efforts to remember and honor the victims and heroes of this tragic incident.”

NBC and its MSNBC cable outlet will “severely limit” use of these pictures going forward, “Today” host Matt Lauer said, a restriction echoed by ABC News. At both CBS News and CNN, producers will need explicit approval from their bosses to use them going forward.

Fox News announced on the air late Thursday morning that it would no longer air Cho‘s material, saying “sometimes you change your mind.”

These decisions, of course, came more than 12 hours after the pictures became available, after they already made their impact. The news cycle dictates they would be used less, anyway.

“It has value as breaking news,” said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider, “but then becomes practically pornographic as it is just repeated ad nauseam.”

Jon Klein, president of CNN U.S., said the decision to air it was a tough call.

“As breaking news, it’s pertinent to our understanding of why this was done,” he said. “Then, once the public has seen the material and digested it, then it’s fair to say, `How much should we be showing it?’ I think it’s to the credit of news organizations that they are dialing back.”

NBC News said it had no indication why Cho chose it for his message. A Postal Service time stamp shows it was mailed at 9:01 a.m. Monday, during the two hours between his first shooting at a Virginia Tech dorm and his massacre at a classroom building.

NBC News is owned by General Electric Co. ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CNN is owned by Time Warner Inc. Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp.

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One aspect of this horrifying incident at Virginia Tech is that NOW NBC is being TRASHED for airing a segment of Cho‘s Manifesto. And as usual, I hear these sanctimonious crocodile tears being shed by the Right wing:

the same cabal that desires to Sanitize the ‘sights & sounds’ of what is going on in Iraq ( and why, too, we view Iraqis as only Statistics); the same Group that think only THEY KNOW what is BEST for us to see or listen to (Censorship);

and the same Klan that applauds all manner of Violence against “Others” when perpetrated under the Banner of “Old Glory” or “Infinite Justice”.

To listen to these yahoos on the Right, I guess if they’re to be believed …. only Law Enforcement is the better arbitor as to ‘what’ is in the BEST INTEREST of the American Public to see or hear. Hell, that’s like a Belief in allowing George Bush and THIS ADMINISTRATION to solely arbitrate what constitutes an imminent threat to the United States!!

Monday evening I had one great question that needed context:

  

             WHY would a kid be moved to do what he did??

 Oh, it was OBVIOUS the shooter was troubled and had issues ~ but I wanted some CONTEXT as to ‘why’. The Release of Cho‘s Manifesto by NBC provided me some of this “Context”.

Of course seeing Cho dressed in paramilitary garb and reciting his distorted Explanation as to ‘why’ HE felt the perceived need to do what he did would be repugnant to the families involved. No doubt the Release of Cho‘s multimedia expose would bring further PAIN to the Virginia Tech Family:

but unless we, as a Society, seek to Understand (and take note of) those among us that are in NEED of Mental Health intervention ….. then I feel all we’re doing is inviting future Chos to take some form of action somewhere or sometime in the Future.

My Lord. In a “Free Society” it takes more then the government or Law Enforcement to Protect us from Ourselves. And as for me, I’ll place my Safety and Security by scrutinizing and ev “ALL” the aspects of a potential Problem or Threat rather than relying on the government, or Right wingers, or the Bill Bennets & Mark Fuhrmans telling me ‘what’ I should see or hear.

WE are our Brothers Keepers! Each of us has the moral and spiritual Responsibility to ‘look out for’ and HELP “The Least of these” (as the Christian Bible states) to insure a Safer and more Perfect Union. But to shield the Public from the Evil and ill amongst us makes no more sense to me than thinking that living in a Gated Community is the answer to all our security needs.

Besides:  Who’s WATCHING the Right wing???

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“Cho’s World”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 18, 2007

AP

Va. Tech gunman sent material to NBC

By MATT APUZZO, AP National Writer 

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBC headquarters in New York containing photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry, profanity-laced tirade about rich kids and hedonism.

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today,” 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui says in a harsh monotone, in an excerpt shown on “NBC Nightly News.” “But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.”

NBC said the package contained an 1,800-word diatribe and 29 photos, 11 of them showing him aiming handguns at the camera. Much of the rant is incoherent and filled with obscenities. He rails against Christianity and the rich.

“Your Mercedes wasn’t enough, you brats,” he says, apparently reading from a manifesto. “Your golden necklaces weren’t enough you snobs. Your trust funds wasn’t enough. Your vodka and cognac wasn’t enough. All your debaucheries weren’t enough. Those weren’t enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You had everything.

The package, which arrived at NBC two days after Cho killed 32 people and committed suicide in the deadliest one-man shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, bore a Postal Service stamp showing that it had been mailed at a Virginia post office at 9:01 a.m. Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after Cho first opened fire.

That would explain one of the biggest mysteries about the massacre: Where the gunman was and what he did during that two-hour window between the first burst of gunfire at a high-rise dorm, and the second attack, at a classroom building.

Some of the pictures show him smiling. Some depict him brandishing two weapons at a time, one in each hand. He wears a khaki-colored military-style vest, fingerless gloves, a black T-shirt, a backpack and a backwards, black baseball cap. Another photo shows him swinging a hammer two-fisted. Another shows an angry-looking Cho holds a gun to his temple.

The package was sent by overnight delivery but did not arrive at NBC until Wednesday morning. It had apparently been delayed because it had the wrong ZIP code, NBC said.

An alert postal employee brought the package to NBC’s attention after noticing the Blacksburg return address and a name similar to the words reportedly found scrawled in red ink on Cho‘s arm after the bloodbath, “Ismail Ax,” NBC said.

“I didn’t have to do it. I could have left. I could have fled,” he says. “But now I am no longer running. If not for me, for my children and my brothers and sisters that you (expletive). I did it for them.”

He also makes references to the Columbine High massacre and the teenage killers, according to NBC.

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I’m not a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. Neither am I well versed as to what precisely many of today’s Youth perceive their world to be. However, I find it striking to learn that a kid ~ who by most accounts of fellow students and room mates was a Loner and painfully shy ~ that in the End he took the ‘measured steps’ to be quite “Vocal” and Prominant  as to ‘what’ he was upset about (although from all accounts thusfar his “Manifesto” sent to NBC was quite rambling).

I don’t want to get into the shooters Mindset; but I can draw some initial Conclusions as to what may have made him carry out Monday’s Horror.

I find it somewhat erroneous for the Media to assume Responsibility for KNOWING what was in the shooter’s head just prior to his killing spree. After all, I’ve found the Media coverage of MOST THINGS to be full of error and worthless. Instead, I take what Factually I’ve gleaned from the Story and draw certain Conclusions re Cho based on Life Experience and based upon what little I know re Abnormal Behavior. By doing that, I’m able to ‘make sense out of no sense’.

First of all ~ and from what little knowledge I have re Korean Culture ~ apparently until we get some Information from the family, a clearer picture of the Killer will be forever incomplete. For example, was there a TRUE disconnect between Cho and his father (as one of his Plays seemed to indicate). Also its been noted by those close to him at Virginia Tech … that he didn’t communicate, nor receive any visitations from, his Family while at school! These kinds of things NEED exploring.

Secondly. Cho‘s psychosis took YEARS ~ decades ~ to manifest itself. Rarely does one enter college at 18 then 4 years later feel the NEED to massacre 33 people that he never met!! And while it’s TRUE that many kids entering college have their Minds opened up to a New World of Ideas that can IMMEDIATELY alter their prior perspective on things; rarely (if at all) do these new epiphany alter one’s Perspectives to warrant what Cho did last Monday.

I’ve been hearing these past several days how there were ‘Red Flags’ that people SHOULD HAVE spotted to predict Monday’s event. Well, I submit there are each of us that KNOW somebody that is peculiar in some way or another AND are capable of even killing if LIFE put them over the edge (in their assessment) ~ but hell, if we alerted the Authorities about these people …. then WE’d be the ones ‘looked at’ by Law Enforcement as somebody that  NEED looking into, huh!  : )

Cho will be a Psychologist’s Dream! But based upon what WE KNOW of him, all we can do is offer up our ‘Pop Psychologist Theories’ ~ which is all the Major Media can do, as well ~ and hope and pray that we’re never in the same place & time when the next Cho decides to rise up in Protest.

Yes. This troubled young man was truly : “Mr. Question Mark”.

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Another WARNING Bell

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 18, 2007

Dobbs: Death and violence are not rites of passage 

April 18, 2007

By Lou Dobbs

Editor’s note: Lou Dobbs’ commentary appears weekly on CNN.com

NEW YORK (CNN) — Our country is in shock at the slaughter of 32 Virginia Tech students and teachers. Our national consciousness will be dominated for days by the senseless deaths and the wounding of dozens more on Virginia Tech’s campus.

You and I will try to make sense of the utter madness. And we in the media will report on every conceivable element of the worst shooting rampage in our nation’s history as we try to learn more about the lives cut short by a 23-year-old man named Cho Seung-Hui.

Why did Ryan Clark, who pursued three majors and performed charity work, and all the other wonderful people have to fall prey to madness? Why was Cho Seung-Hui so alienated that his peers, instructors and even roommates in the Blacksburg university community didn’t take more action to help him and protect themselves?

As more days pass without answers, and they surely will, it is all too likely that this week’s horror will become a historical benchmark against which future campus and school shootings will be compared.

It is also likely that too many of us will fail to ask and seek answers to the most important question of all: Why are we, our society and our culture, tolerating the deaths of so many of our college students? While the horror of the murders in Blacksburg galvanize our attention, we in the national media seemingly lack the capacity to report and analyze what has become accepted violence and death on campuses around the country.

Fatal mass shootings in our nation’s elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges number just over 250 killed in the past 80 years. While shooting violence is worsening, it does not approach the toll of other violence on our college youth.

We all seem unable to assimilate the fact that thousands of college students are dying violently each year. About 1,100 students each and every year will commit suicide, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and four of every five young people who attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs.

The rate of drug overdoses among teens and young adults more than doubled over the five-year period from 1999 to 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. And each year, on average, there are 1,400 drinking-related deaths among college students nationwide, according to the Task Force on College Drinking. The Task Force estimates that binge drinking by college students also contributes to 70,000 cases of sexual assault or rape each year.

The Virginia Tech murders are horrible. And because they are dramatic, they have our full attention. But for all our sakes, I hope we also ask ourselves why our society permits what has become the routine slaughter of a far greater number of young people on our college campuses. We should also ask ourselves why we’ve done so little to understand the causes of all these senseless deaths on our campuses.

Peter Sheras, professor at the University of Virginia and associate director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project, agrees: “There are lots of murders, unfortunately, that occur in a lot of settings. We need to be vigilant in schools, but we have to not overreact and just deal with the big issues but…the underlying issues about the atmosphere of school, the attachment at school and whether people seek help.”

Richard Arum, professor of sociology and education at New York University, offers one opinion on the root causes: “I would argue that discipline in our schools earlier is not working. And young men, in particular, are not internalizing the norms and values of our society. And periodically, you get acute manifestations of this, as in these rampage school shootings.”

As we grieve for those murdered and wounded in Blacksburg,I hope we can all agree that it is important to address the larger scope of violence on our college campuses and deal with the underlying causes.

We must reject death and violence as a rite of passage on college campuses.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.  

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The horrific incident at Virginia Tech served to wash away the negative feelings I had re Don Imus. In fact, had Imus held his tongue for just another week, then no doubt he would still be working today, huh!   : )

When I reflect back on my College Days …. I can’t recall any NUT that needed ‘watching’ or needed ‘Big Brothered‘. Oh, there were kats that were strange, bizarre, wacky, and even LONERS ~ but hell: this was college and being such ALL TYPES of PERSONALITIES were permitted and accepted.

Since my College Days however, I’ve noted the rise in Student Deaths by suicide, depression, shooters, and some that just can’t ‘fit in’ for whatever reason; and I don’t have an explanation as to ‘why’ so many of our kids ~ whether in Middle School, High School, or College ~ die at a time which SHOULD BE the BEST part of their lives. Oh, I’ve listened to the drum beat of the Media re the ‘whys‘ and ‘hows‘, but nothing seems to adequately explain the trend of wanton and needless death to so many Young People.

But I will Advance an explanation that I feel plays a major part in this upsetting trend.

This Country, despite our professed Compassion for Others; despite our Pride that “it could NEVER happen here” mentality; and despite our queer tolerance of ‘Snake Oil Salesmen’ and peddlers of Death ….. our Country generally Rewards those that strive to attain Material Gain often at the Cost of our Humanity. “WE” STILL feel it OK to demean and belittle those not of our Klan or Religion ~ as well as pander to those Behaviors that laud the Lower Instincts of Human Nature (i.e. Celebrity Interest Shows, Peoples’ Court and Judge Judy nonsense, and of course Jerry Springer and that genre).

In short, with so much national attention focused on non-Spiritual Pursuits; is there really any surprise that so many of our Young People ‘feel’ out of step and confused by what they see, hear, and experience 24/7?

Is there reason to be surprised by super sensitive Young People  to grow super depressed and alienated when they see where our own country demeans LIFE by relegating it to mere statistics in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Sins of the Father IS payed for by the Son. Therefore, what we often see in the Negative & Violent Behaviors of our Children are all “Home Grown”! So like the cancer of Racism, unless WE fess-up and recognize the Sins of Racism, Hubris, Selfishness, Intolerance, Hatred, and Fear …. then we’ll continue to breed kids that have a perverted and distorted Perspective on many, many things and people.

Kids that are bred to one day want to ‘act out’ their World. A World of Violence, Insensitivity, and Hate that ‘WE’ had created for them.

Ryan Clark

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“Roots of the Divide”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 15, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33HRLkwOciw

Watch the above LINK, then you’ll know why I don’t engage these Conservative, Right wing, pointed head so-called Americans.

It’s kats like these that think their kind of discourse is what: Cute?

Let me show you something else:

AP

German army did not fire man in video

Sun Apr 15, 10:17 AM ET

BERLIN – A Germany army instructor who ordered a soldier to envision himself facing hostile blacks in New York while firing his machine gun is still on duty, the army said Sunday.

A video of the army instructor telling the soldier to shoot and yell obscenities while thinking of African-Americans in the Bronx aired on German national television Saturday and prompted calls for an apology by the New York City borough’s president.

When asked Sunday if the army would apologize, spokesman Florian Naggies said, “The German Army takes the incident very serious and is interested in quickly resolving it.”

Naggies said that the case is under investigation, and the instructor “is still working for the army.”

The video shows an instructor and a soldier in camouflage uniforms in a forest. The instructor tells the soldier, “You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. … Act.”

The soldier fires his machine gun several times and yells an obscenity several times in English. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even louder.

The German Defense Ministry said the video was shot in July 2006 at barracks in the northern town of Rendsburg and that the army has been aware of it since January.

In New York, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. said Saturday that whoever was responsible for the video should be disciplined.

“The German government obviously has work to do to correct something that is insidious. … Clearly these folks don’t know anything about African-Americans or the Bronx,” he said.

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                             I’ll comment later re this, okay!!

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“More than Imus!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 13, 2007

How terribly the two Races range afar when it comes to Issues of Race.

I’ve heard and listened to a LOT these past several days. And what I’ve heard and seen on TV simply amazes me as to how Blacks  & Whites do in fact perceive Issues entirely differently. And what I’m left with is:

1) I doubt seriously that the two Races (black & white) will ever reach a point of Common Ground insofar as addressing the Issues that have profound effects upon both Races

2) Unless the two Races somehow- and in some mysterious way – strive to reach a modicum of Understanding and Respect towards one another …. then eventually we’ll see a point reached in this country whereby Blacks and Whites will clash with one another similar to the Shiia and Sunni in Iraq

3)  That as a result of our Racial Divisons, the United States will be unable to compete in the Global World and Global Economies of the Twenty-first Century. That old tired and tried posture of “Either you’re with us or against us!” crap won’t fly in the New Century.

It’s that BAD out here, Folks!!

And all this “Who shot John” and “Blame Game” and scape-goating will only further serve to diminish and further erode  America and America’s professed claim to World Leadership. But I’ve been Observing this slow decline of the once ‘great’ United States of America for most of my Natural Life. I’ve Observed and Experienced the hypocrisy, the hubris, the lies, the myths perpetrated by the Selfish – the Hateful – the Ignorant now for so long …. that it’s hard to even care a ‘fig’ anymore.

It really is.

I don’t know WHAT white folk do (or think) within their gated communities ~ and I don’t want to know judging from what I’ve listened to these past 2 days, baby!

I’ve heard enough.

I’ve listened to enough “stuff” these past several days to last a Lifetime insofar as what my Caucasian Brothers THINK about me & Kind, as well as how they perceive the World. Because believe me:

I wasn’t raised to HATE or Demean any “Child of God” due to his/her skin color, religion, creed, or National Origin.

You folks have LOST me, baby!!

This “Imus Mess” has grown more than Imus himself. To me, it has been a Real Revelation about a whole lot of things that effects us all. But I find that in order to maintain my own sense of sanity and Self Worth ~ I just can’t Dance with y’all no more.

We’re in an entirely DIFFERENT world and space.

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“There ya be!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 12, 2007

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CBS fires Don Imus from radio show

By DAVID BAUDER, AP 

NEW YORK – CBS fired Don Imus from his radio program Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.

Imus initially was given a two-week suspension for calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast.

“There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. “That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.”

Rutgers women’s basketball team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team did not have an immediate comment on Imus’ firing.

Time Magazine once named the cantankerous broadcaster as one of the 25 Most Influential People in America, and he was a member of the National Broadcaster Hall of Fame.

But Imus found himself at the center of a storm as protests intensified. On Wednesday, MSNBC dropped the simulcast of Imus’ show.

Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when Howard Stern departed for satellite radio. The program is worth about $15 million in annual revenue to CBS, which owns Imus’ home radio station WFAN-AM and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show across the country.

The Rev.  Al Sharpton and  Jesse Jackson met with Moonves on Thursday to demand Imus’ removal, promising a rally outside CBS headquarters Saturday and an effort to persuade more advertisers to abandon Imus.

Sumner Redstone, chairman of the CBS Corp. board and its chief stockholder, told Newsweek that he had expected Moonves to “do the right thing,” although it wasn’t clear what he thought that was.

The news came down in the middle of Imus’ Radiothon, which has raised more than $40 million since 1990. The Radiothon had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned that he lost his job.

“This may be our last Radiothon, so we need to raise about $100 million,” Imus cracked at the start of the event.

Volunteers were getting about 200 more pledges per hour than they did last year, with most callers expressing support for Imus, said Tony Gonzalez, supervisor of the Radiothon phone bank. The event benefited Tomorrows Children’s Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch.

Imus, whose suspension was supposed to start next week, was in the awkward situation of broadcasting Thursday’s radio program from the MSNBC studios in New Jersey, even though NBC News said the night before that MSNBC would no longer simulcast his program on television.

He didn’t attack MSNBC for its decision — “I understand the pressure they were under,” he said — but complained the network was doing some unethical things during the broadcast. He didn’t elaborate.

He acknowledged again that his comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball players a day after they had competed in the  NCAA championship game had been “really stupid.” He said he had apologized enough and wasn’t going to whine about his fate.

Sharpton and Jackson emerged from a meeting with Moonves saying the corporate chief had promised to consider their requests.

“It’s not about taking Imus down,” Sharpton said. “It’s about lifting decency up.”

Sheila Johnson, owner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and, with her ex-husband Robert, co-founder of BET, called Imus’ comments reprehensible in an interview with The Associated Press. She said she had called Moonves to urge that CBS cut all ties with the veteran radio star, and was worried that what he said could hurt women’s sports.

“I think what Imus has done has put a cloud over what we’ve tried to do in promoting women’s athletics,” she said.

Several sponsors, including American Express Co., Sprint Nextel Corp., Staples Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., and General Motors Corp., have said they were pulling ads from Imus’ show indefinitely. Imus made a point Thursday to thank one sponsor, Bigelow Tea, for sticking by him.

The list of his potential guests began to shrink, too.

Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham said the magazine’s staffers would no longer appear on Imus’ show. Meacham, Jonathan Alter, Evan Thomas, Howard Fineman and Michael Isikoff from Newsweek have been frequent guests.

Imus has complained bitterly about a lack of support from one black politician, Harold Ford Jr., even though he strongly backed Ford’s campaign for Senate in Tennessee last year. Ford, now head of the Democratic Leadership Council, said Thursday he’ll leave it to others to decide Imus’ future.

“I don’t want to be viewed as piling on right now because Don Imus is a good friend and a decent man,” Ford said. “However, he did a reprehensible thing.”

Imus’ troubles have also affected his wife, author Deirdre Imus, whose household cleaning guide, “Green This!” came out this week. Her promotional tour has been called off “because of the enormous pressure that Deirdre and her family are under,” said Simon & Schuster publicist Victoria Meyer.

People are buying it, though: An original printing of 45,000 was increased to 55,000.

Imus still has a lot of support among radio managers across the country, many of whom grew up listening to him, said Tom Taylor, editor of the trade publication Inside Radio.

Yet he’s clearly became a political liability for a major corporation — CBS. (General Electric Co. owns NBC Universal, of which MSNBC is a part.) NBC News said anger about Imus among some of its employees had as much to do with ending the MSNBC simulcast as the advertiser defection.

Bryan Monroe, president of the National Association of Black Journalists and vice president and editor director of Ebony and Jet magazines, met with Moonves on Wednesday. It seemed clear Moonves and his aides were struggling with a difficult decision, he said. He urged them to take advantage of an opportunity to take a stand against the coarsening of culture.

“Something happened in the last week around America,” Monroe said. “It’s not just what the radio host did. America said enough is enough. America said we don’t want this kind of conversation, we don’t want this kind of vitriol, especially with teenagers.”

Rutgers’ team, meanwhile, appeared Thursday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with their coach, C. Vivian Stringer.

At the end of their appearance, Winfrey said: “I want to borrow a line from Maya Angelou, who is a personal mentor of mine and I know you all also feel the same way about her. And she has said this many times, and I say this to you, on behalf of myself and every woman that I know, you make me proud to spell my name W-O-M-A-N. You’ve really handled this beautifully.”

Imus said earlier Thursday he still wants to meet with the team.

“At some point, I’m not sure when, I’m going to talk to the team,” he said. “That’s all I’m interested in doing.”

Rev. DeForest Soaries, who is Stringer’s pastor and has been helping negotiate the terms of the meeting with Imus, said he had not yet talked with Imus or coach Stringer but said: “Right now, as far as I know, the meeting is still on.”

Soaries said the fact that Imus was off the air on both MSNBC and CBS took some pressure off of the upcoming meeting with the Rutgers women.

“This removes the burden from Rutgers women to determine the status of Imus’ employment,” Soaries said in a telephone interview.

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So there ya be!

The MOB won.

I’ve been thinking about this “Imus Stuff” quite a lot; and after looking at it from every conceivable angle …. I MUST hold to my previous Position that “Freedom of Speech & Expression” is sanctification that should NOT be abandoned.

By abandoning this Principle to the MOB, soon we’ll reflect on things and say,” Wow! He (Imus) did ask for Forgiveness, didn’t he?” or “He did agree to meet with those he offended, didn’t he?” etc. etc. And what will eventually rise above it all ~ particularly in the White Community ~ is that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson was largely responsible for this entire matter; and premise which I don’t agree with by the way. but “out there” nevertheless.

For Blacks: a pound of Flesh may have been exacted by the Imus Firing ~ but YOU KNOW the soon to be BACKLASH leveled. You see it already by those that try to link ‘Rap Music’ to Imus ‘loose lips’.

Historically, I feel that this Imus ‘mess’ will NOT open new avenues for the Races to LEARN from the experience. Instead, the huge gulf between the two Races (black & white) will only grow wider. I hope I’m wrong; but LIFE has taught me that Racism in this country takes on many different disguises and shapes. Who knows: perhaps whites upset over the Imas Firing will take out their angst against Obama!

Who knows.

This entire Ordeal saddens me.

                        

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“Imus: big frickin’ deal!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 9, 2007

The Felicity Daily Herald
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Critics Demand Imus Be Fired Over Remarks

He Discusses Racist Statements on Air With Al Sharpton

ABCNews.com/AP

(April 9) — Radio talk show host Don Imus said this morning that he wanted to meet with members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team to apologize in person for comments he made on air last week.

“These women don’t know who I am,” Imus said today on his syndicated radio show. “They don’t know if I’m on a right-wing diatribe or I was drunk.” 

On his show Wednesday, Imus was talking to producer Bernard McGuirk about the NCAA women’s championship game when he said of the Rutgers team, “That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that.”

The next day, Imus downplayed the comments, saying it was “some idiot comment meant to be amusing.”

By Friday, however, amid a gathering storm of outrage, he offered this apology: “It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”

It’s an apology many people have rejected.

“It’s really stunning to me that you can say these things and keep your job,” said Christine Brennan, a USA Today sports columnist and ABC News consultant.

For years, Imus and his show have been criticized for racial remarks that many think cross the line. Just last month his show was denounced by some for an impersonation of poet Maya Angelou by a producer.

“Who was that woman you used to do, the poet?” Imus asked a producer on the show. “We used to get in all that trouble every time you’d do her.”

“That’s right,” the producer said, before doing an impression of Angelou: “Whitey plucked you from the jungle; for too many years took away your pride, your dignity and your spears.”

Times Have Changed?

Leaders in the black community, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, say Imus is a racist and should be fired. Sharpton has said that he intends to complain to the Federal Communications Commission about the matter.

“I am not one that feels this can just go away without us establishing a serious precedent that enough is enough,” Sharpton said.

Imus took a seat on the other side of the microphone, appearing on Sharpton’s radio show Monday. Before the appearance, Imus admitted “tt’s not going to be easy, but I’m not looking for it to be easy.” 

While on the show, he endured more criticism for his offensive comments. After issuing another apology, Sharpton called his comments “abominable” and “racist” and repeated his demand that Imus be fired.

“Our agenda is to be funny and sometimes we go to far. And this time we went way too far,” Imus told Sharpton

Sharpton and others have likened Imus’ latest comments not to social satire but to offensive remarks aimed at black athletes in the 1980s.

Dodgers vice president Al Campanis resigned under pressure after comments he made on ABC News’ “Nightline” in 1987.

“Why are black men or black people bad swimmers? Because they don’t have the buoyancy,” Campanis said on the program.

And in a shocking instance in 1988, then-CBS sports analyst Jimmy the Greek said, “The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way.”

Those comments were made close to 20 years ago, and times have changed in terms of what is acceptable on-air commentary.

But many wonder whether the times are really that different. The answer maybe revealed in what happens to Imus.

“Campanis had to go. Jimmy the Greek had to go,” Sharpton said.

This morning on his show, Imus continued to say he had no excuses.

“I’m not a bad person, I’m a good person, but I said a bad thing,” he said, “but these young women deserve to know it was not said with malice.”

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First of all, I don’t stay up at 3AM to WATCH Don Imus, ok. Secondly, when I do catch his “act” I rarely found his ‘stuff’ Offensive. Boring: but not Offensive. Thirdly, I think that what he said re the black women basketballers on the Rutgers team to be stupid, ignorant, and mean-spirited (as well as previous comments he has made in the past re Blacks); however, do I feel Imus should be Fired due to Public Outrage from Blacks and others:

                                                   Hell, No!!

And I say this because …. I abhor Censorship. In fact, “Freedom of Speech” does not mean freedom to express ONLY those things I ‘like’ and make me happy, but “All Speech” and Expression should be honored. If I don’t like what is expressed …. I can simply choose not to listen to the Program (or read the paper) or I can withdraw my support of the Sponsors. But to Demand that somebody be FIRED????

And there’s another aspect at work here that I rile against, and that being the treating of Black Folk as little immature children who must be protected against harmful or hateful Speech. Because after all, for 400 YEARS we’ve endured all manner of violence, hurt, pain, and racism ~ yet SURVIVED; so to think that Blacks can’t handle the “N word” (nigger) or sluff off what Imus says is in fact further degrading and demeaning the Emotional Level of  “All Blacks”.

See. When I advocate a Principle of Law or what it means insofar as just plain Common Sense, I’m CONSISTANT! Hell, I’ve heard Al Sharpton express of those of the White Race in just as similarly course & crude terms …. so let’s be REAL, Al!!

We’re all adults. All capable of turning the channel, or not buying the newspaper or magazine, or choosing not to listen to a radio program that expresses hate and lunatic verbiage (like Limbaugh or Hannity). And likewise as Adults, we have the Right to choose what constitutes Proper Speech and decorum WITHOUT calling for the HEAD of a person that expressed him or herself in an unwise manner.

Either we act like Adults and support the Principle of “Freedom of Speech and Expression” or not. I say let Imus’s EMPLOYERS deal with this. But asfor me ~ I’ll simply choose not to watch his nonsense on those rare occasions when I’m up at 3AM.

Simple as THAT!!

 

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“Rat in Mouth”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 6, 2007

The Felicity Daily Herald
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Suit: Dead rat found in senior’s mouth

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Fri Apr 6, 7:07 PM ET

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Staffing was so inadequate at a California senior center that a rat crawled into an Alzheimer’s patient’s mouth and died there before staff noticed, a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday on behalf of 90-year-old Sigmund Bock, alleges that administrators at the Paragon Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Mission Viejo overbooked their facility to receive corporate bonuses, but cut back on staff to increase profits.

“The facility so literally ignored the needs of their residents … as to allow vermin in the form of a rat to become lodged in the mouth of Sigmund Bock and die therein,” the lawsuit alleges.

Melody Chatelle, a spokeswoman for Sunwest Management Inc., the Oregon-based company that operates Paragon, denied the allegations.

“We take care of our residents, and find this negative publicity to be a disheartening affront to our professional caregivers and most especially to our residents and their loved ones,” she said.

Chatelle said that Bock was found holding a glue trap that had been placed in his room by a pest control company to catch a single field mouse. She said the dead field mouse was inside the trap when Bock picked it up.

Bock’s attorney, Stephen Garcia, challenged that account. He said two traps were placed in Bock’s room and both were laced with poison, not glue.

He said Paragon records show a staff person noticed Bock “playing with a rat in his room and eating candy … with the rat” on the morning of March18. A short time later, Garcia said, paramedics called to the scene noted “possible ingestion of rat poison” in their report and an emergency room file says that Bock was “found in room in care facility with dead rat in mouth.”

Bock is now being treated at another facility, Garcia said. The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages and attorney and court fees.

The lawsuit is the latest in a string of troubles for Paragon Gardens.

Last year, the state moved to revoke Paragon Gardens’ license after a 71-year-old dementia patient wandered from the facility and was never found. The state Department of Social Services also claimed six clients were injured from improper care, according to spokesman Michael Weston. The company has appealed.

The state is also investigating Bock’s case after receiving an anonymous report on March 23, Weston said.

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Yesterday I saw this story about a DENTIST that urinated in the bowl ya ‘spit out’ in; now TODAY ….. I see this!

See, that’s why I’ve always held to the belief that it’s BEST not to KNOW all the things that are happening around and amongst you, okay!

Reading this Story just reinforces my dread of getting Old: not Death, not getting ill, not unable to function as I used to …. but the sheer TERROR of winding up in some frickin’ ‘Old Folks Home’ and half-witted.

Nobody cares!

NOBODY!!

Where was Mr. Bock’s friends, relatives, family?

NOBODY cared!!

And trust me: when these Elderly Care Facilities realize an occupant has NOBODY to ‘look in on’ them (a Loved One); well, then you can end up with a Dead Rat in your mouth just like Bock!

I blame George Bush for THIS!!  : )

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