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News Roundup: Sexual Assault, Darren Sharper, Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal

Sexual assault must stop. Kirsten Schofield has penned a thoughtful, emotional and powerful article on sexual assault. Unlike whatever that debacle was that the Rolling Stone reported and then retracted, Kirsten was sexually assaulted. She does not accept the writer’s apology. She does not accept the apology of Rolling Stone… nor should she. In her own words: I do not accept Erdely’s apology and neither should you. Erdely says she allowed her “concern for Jackie’s well-being…fear of re-traumatizing her, and…confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts” and that she won’t make these mistakes again, but it’s too late for a nicely-worded mea culpa. When Rolling Stone decided to “go ahead without knowing the lifeguard’s name or verifying his existence,” they contributed to the environment that allowed my assailant to walk up to me in a crowded public space and joke about trying to rape me. Erdely’s self-serving actions, and those of her editors, let college administrators, fraternities and police departments go back to pretending that sexual violence isn’t a problem. I’m sorry, but “sorry” isn’t good enough.

Darren Sharper: Sometimes when you read a story all you can do is shake your head. If you really get into the story, the hideousness is overwhelming. It appears that former NFL star Darren Sharper was a rape machine. With his good looks and charm it appears that he would lure unsuspecting women and then drug and rape them. He has pleaded guilty. He’s been pulled from William and Mary’s Hall of Fame.

By |2015-04-15T07:16:23-04:00April 14th, 2015|Civil Rights, Iran, Music, Terrorism, WMD|Comments Off on News Roundup: Sexual Assault, Darren Sharper, Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal

Official Apology

Yesterday, I read a comment from one of my frequent commenters and I jumped on my high horse. As it turns out, this was completely unnecessary. I should’ve left the horse in the barn. What I read was, “you’re a real idiot.” I read the comment a couple of times (I get most comments sent to me via e-mail. Maybe it is easier to misread email but I doubt it). Unfortunately, I misread the comment each time. What was written – “you’re a real riot.” My deepest apologies for being a moron … It’s okay if you call yourself a moron. 🙂

I’ve included the video below which are clips from the Honeymooners.

By |2010-11-03T12:16:29-04:00November 3rd, 2010|Blogging issues|Comments Off on Official Apology

How to Get Ratings Without Even Trying

The folks on the right are very good at capturing the media’s attention. Whether it is Rush Limbaugh making some outrageous statement or Glenn Beck’s lastest Nazi reference, for some reason the mainstream media will focus on these antics for 24 or 48 hours and help these guys boost their ratings. The latest example was Doctor Laura Schlessinger. Some time after the outrageous statement you get the apology and the boost in the ratings.

From HuffPo:

In conversation Tuesday with a black female caller who was complaining about her white husband’s racist friends and their use of the word, Schlessinger said:

Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n****, n*****, n*****. I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing.

After a break, the caller said she was appalled by Schlessinger’s use of the word.

“Oh, then I guess you don’t watch HBO or listen to any black comedians,” she said. “My dear, the point I am trying to make…we’ve got a black man as president and we’ve got more complaining about racism than ever. I think that’s hilarious.”

Schlessinger and the caller then got into an exchange about the use of the word:

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
DR. LAURA: It depends how it’s said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s ok.
CALLER: But you’re not black, they’re not black, my husband is white.
DR. LAURA: Oh, I see, so a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.
CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the n***** word, and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: I didn’t spew out the n***** word!
CALLER: You said “n*****, n*****, n*****” and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: Yes they did, and I’ll say it again: n*****, n*****, n***** is what you hear on HBO.
DR. LAURA: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence? Don’t take things out of context. Don’t NAACP me, leave them in context.
“If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry outside of your race,” Schlessinger said after hanging up with the caller.

I’m going to try to stick to the old boring issues that plaque this country. We need jobs. I’m sorry I really don’t care what Dr. Laura has to say about almost anything.

By |2010-08-13T07:36:17-04:00August 13th, 2010|Economy, Media, Race|Comments Off on How to Get Ratings Without Even Trying
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