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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Here Now the News

One Fred G (for Generous) Hembeck passed this on to me: Rupert Murdock's New York Post front page from yesterday. I don't remember which of these many characters in Anna Nicole Land this Larry is, but the picture is worth posting anyway.
He (Fred, not Larry) may be featured in another post in the near future.
Meanwhile, I was watching ESPN last night when the crawl made mention of two stories:
Men exonerated in rape charge - oh, yeah, the Duke lacrosse team members.
Don Imus suspended by his network - oh, yeah, for dissing the Rutgers women's basketball team.
Interesting how, in some way or another, race, gender, class and power all played into both "sports" stories.
I read that Google Earth is mapping the atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. Thought I'd look for it myself, but absentmindedly used Google Maps instead. I discovered something quite curious. There's a Darfur, Minnesota 56022, about 130 miles southwest of St. Paul.
However you feel about the war in Iraq - and I've made myself quite clear on this in the past - there's something really unsettling about the Defense Dept. extending the tours of duty of US soldiers by 25%. It has me worried about what happens if/when another war breaks out; also, the "bait and switch" seems patently unfair to the soldiers and their families.



GayProf said...

I feel like I have been on the edge of knowing about the Anna Nicole stuff. It was sad when she died, but I don't quite get all the attention and interest.

Anonymous said...

The Heart-broken Words of a Loving Coach
C. Vivian Stringer
Rutger's Women's Basketball Head Coach
C. Vivian Stringer is a Christian lady. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. Her pastor is Rev. DeForest Soaries.

"I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements regarding the members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. These talented, articulate young women put forth a great deal of hard work and effort this past season to reach the nation's grandest stage - the NCAA title game.

"Throughout the year, these gifted young ladies set an example for the nation that through hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish anything if you believe. Without a doubt, this past season was my most rewarding in 36 years of coaching. This young team fought through immeasurable odds to reach the highest pinnacle and play for the school's first national championship in a major sport.

"To serve as a joke of Mr. Imus in such an insensitive manner creates a wedge and makes light of the efforts of these classy individuals, both as women and as women of color. It is unfortunate Mr. Imus sought to tarnish Rutgers' spirit and success. Should we not, as adults, send a message of encouragement to young people to aspire to the highest levels as my team did this season?

"It is of the utmost importance to be an inspiration to young people and I truly believe my team represented Rutgers University, the state of New Jersey and NCAA student-athletes across the country in the highest manner. I am proud of these young women and strongly encourage Mr. Imus to instead read the headlines and the stories that told of our triumphs the past six months.

"Thousands of alumni and fans have reached out to me the past few days to share their warm wishes and congratulations on a special year, fans of not only Rutgers University but of women's basketball. I appreciate their kindness and am proud to be associated and surrounded by ten exceptional student-athletes."

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Roger Owen Green said... - Imus' attack mostly sexist, not racist.

oh, that makes it SO much better.