Archive for the ‘American Idol’ Category

>Updates from yesterday

May 21, 2009

>Kris Allen won American Idol, and no one was more surprised than Kris himself.

“Are you freakin‘ serious? … It feels good man, but Adam deserves this. I don’t even know what to feel right now. This is crazy. Thank you so much.”

I said yesterday that gays would feel cheated if Adam did not win, and sure, the greater talent did belong to Adam. But like my friend Glenn said (in response to my facebook status) “Adam will be a huge star but Kris needed the win.”

CW says that most of the Gokey votes went to Kris, and that is what propelled him past Adam.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution was sure that Adam Lambert would win, and posted this at 10:11 (Eastern time) last night after the winner was announced:


From towleroad , who also reported that this was the fault of the AP, not the AJC.

Be sure to read my Western Tribune column this week (about the occupational tax), posted directly below this.

And the California Supreme Court posted this on their site yesterday:

Forthcoming Opinion Filings
May 20 2009 — No opinions were announced for filing on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

There is no pending notice of forthcoming opinion filings. When opinions are expected to file, notices are generally posted the day before. Opinions are normally filed Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

There was a rumor that San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsome asked the court to delay the filing so as not to coincide with the White Night Riots anniversary, but his office denied that.

The California Courts are closed Monday, so we shouldn’t expect an opinion then.

Here’s Kris singing “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

And there’s some strange goings on in a neighboring city. That’s all I can say right now. (But I’m not talking about Midfield’s mayor, though I might real soon).

Catching Up on Issues

May 22, 2008

The voters had their way and (drumroll) the winner is ….David Cook. Good choice. In this song he “still hasn’t found what he is looking for,” but now he has. Let’s see what he can do with it.

Secrets
Victoria has decided that her secret counts and Victor’s secret doesn’t, in Kentucky. Even though the owner of the adult novelty store is named Victor (Mosely) a federal judge ruled he can not use his name in promoting his stores. Story He will just have to keep his little secret. Apparently Victor’s wife Cathy now has a secret, as the store is named “Cathy’s Little Secret.” Do you think these T shirts have just increased in value?

Syphilis

And I am glad to see so many letters in the Birmingham News about Larry Langford’s ill-conceived opposition to the syphilis ads on buses. The letter writers all make good points. Realistically, how many high risk people are going to go to a church or town hall style meeting to learn about syphilis? Yes the ads were certainly “in your face” and that is whole point about reaching people.

What strikes me in this morality play being staged by Langford and Bettye Fine Collins is that Collins is one of the six voting members of the health department board, but she didn’t attend the meeting when the syphilis program was discussed. She said “They have known the 5 o’clock time was a difficult time for me because many times I’m out in my district.”

Is that an excuse? “In her district” could just mean she is at home sitting on the veranda with a toddy at 5 o’clock. This board meets once a month, and has to do with the health of our community. Oh yeah, I forgot, Bettye Fine Collins doesn’t care about the health of the community and especially of the less fortunate. Remember, she wants to close Cooper Green Hospital. It’s kind of reminds me of former FEMA chief Mike Brown in his interview with Jim Lehrer on September 1, 2005 soon after Katrina.

The second part of my answer, Jim, which, I think, again, the American people understand how fascinating and unusual this is — is that we’re seeing people that we didn’t know exist that suddenly are showing up on bridges or showing up on overpasses or parts of the interstate that aren’t inundated, and that now we’re trying to get to them by Coast Guard helicopter to at least get them some immediate relief so we can start airlifting them out.

“Fascinating” that “we” didn’t know that poor black people existed in New Orleans. And Collins and Langford want to just ignore the needs of the underprivileged in our city and county. What quality leaders we have!!! They rank right up there with Brownie.

Conservatives

And while I am thinking about conservatives and republicans, watch this video of Kevin James, conservative radio talk show screamer, make a fool of himself with Chris Matthews on Hardball. It’s about 9 minutes long, but worth it to James get pummelled.

This is so typical of righties when they learn a new word (in this case “appeasement”) and make into the buzz word of the day without even knowing what the word means.

Appeasement! Appeasement!

Please.

I was accused by a reader of The Western Tribune of being “kin” to Neville Chamberlain a while back ( I wrote about it here ) and I wonder if the letter writer knows any more than Kevin James about the history in the 1930’s. Birds of a feather…

>Catching Up on Issues

May 22, 2008

>The voters had their way and (drumroll) the winner is ….David Cook. Good choice. In this song he “still hasn’t found what he is looking for,” but now he has. Let’s see what he can do with it.

Secrets
Victoria has decided that her secret counts and Victor’s secret doesn’t, in Kentucky. Even though the owner of the adult novelty store is named Victor (Mosely) a federal judge ruled he can not use his name in promoting his stores. Story He will just have to keep his little secret. Apparently Victor’s wife Cathy now has a secret, as the store is named “Cathy’s Little Secret.” Do you think these T shirts have just increased in value?

Syphilis

And I am glad to see so many letters in the Birmingham News about Larry Langford’s ill-conceived opposition to the syphilis ads on buses. The letter writers all make good points. Realistically, how many high risk people are going to go to a church or town hall style meeting to learn about syphilis? Yes the ads were certainly “in your face” and that is whole point about reaching people.

What strikes me in this morality play being staged by Langford and Bettye Fine Collins is that Collins is one of the six voting members of the health department board, but she didn’t attend the meeting when the syphilis program was discussed. She said “They have known the 5 o’clock time was a difficult time for me because many times I’m out in my district.”

Is that an excuse? “In her district” could just mean she is at home sitting on the veranda with a toddy at 5 o’clock. This board meets once a month, and has to do with the health of our community. Oh yeah, I forgot, Bettye Fine Collins doesn’t care about the health of the community and especially of the less fortunate. Remember, she wants to close Cooper Green Hospital. It’s kind of reminds me of former FEMA chief Mike Brown in his interview with Jim Lehrer on September 1, 2005 soon after Katrina.

The second part of my answer, Jim, which, I think, again, the American people understand how fascinating and unusual this is — is that we’re seeing people that we didn’t know exist that suddenly are showing up on bridges or showing up on overpasses or parts of the interstate that aren’t inundated, and that now we’re trying to get to them by Coast Guard helicopter to at least get them some immediate relief so we can start airlifting them out.

“Fascinating” that “we” didn’t know that poor black people existed in New Orleans. And Collins and Langford want to just ignore the needs of the underprivileged in our city and county. What quality leaders we have!!! They rank right up there with Brownie.

Conservatives

And while I am thinking about conservatives and republicans, watch this video of Kevin James, conservative radio talk show screamer, make a fool of himself with Chris Matthews on Hardball. It’s about 9 minutes long, but worth it to James get pummelled.

This is so typical of righties when they learn a new word (in this case “appeasement”) and make into the buzz word of the day without even knowing what the word means.

Appeasement! Appeasement!

Please.

I was accused by a reader of The Western Tribune of being “kin” to Neville Chamberlain a while back ( I wrote about it here ) and I wonder if the letter writer knows any more than Kevin James about the history in the 1930’s. Birds of a feather…

Bessemer Police Business and David Cook!

April 16, 2008

So here is what we learned at the Bessemer Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night.

Sgt. Carmicheal from the Community Service Division of the Bessemer Police Department spoke and addressed concerns of those present.

For speeding and recklessness. Sgt. Brooks is over the traffic division, and he said to call him on his cell phone when you see speeding. 205-229-2793. Tell him the location, the make of the car and the tag number if you can get it without endangering yourself. In addition, if they get enough complaints about an area they will do traffic stops or DUI checks which often drive motorists to take different routes.

As for the noise ordinance, which covers not only stereos but screaming motorcycles as well, the ordinance is in force. Decible meters are being acquired (yawn…I’ve heard this for months, years). To report these, call dispatch at 205-425-2411. (Don’t call 911 for noise). Be specific in your report, whether the noise is coming from a house, or a car, describe the car and get the tag, without the person knowing it if possible.

If you don’t feel that your call is getting a response (like if you don’t see a cop within a few minutes) call again, and ask for the officer over that shift. During the day, Sgt. J. J. Pierson, during the evening, from 2:45 to 10:45, Sgt. Fred Littlepage, and during the night shift, from 10:45 to 6:45 AM, Sgt. Ray Hubbart. Sorry officers if I misspelled you name.

Everyone realizes that a speeding car or a rocking car will be long gone before an officer gets there. But the police might “hunt them down”, or keep a watch out for the car that is described. And again, enough compaints from an area will lead to roadblocks…an inconvenience, no doubt, but worth it to slow down traffic. Just be sure you have your insurance card and license with you.

We should also realize that the cops can’t be everywhere and see everything. So they depend on us to call these things in.

But they should realize that we depend on them as well, like to arrest people who have stolen cars being dis-assembled in their backyards. If they won’t arrest that individual, do we really thnk they are going to give a hoot about Nas (otherwise known as Nasir Jones) blaring Ether out of a car:

“Ay, yo, pass me the weed,
Pour my ashes out on these niggas man,
(No doubt)
Ay, y’all faggots, y’all kneel,
And kiss the f***king ring”

It gets worse. But that gives you an idea.

That is the kind of noise we hear as the windows are rattling. It is offensive to people of color, to gay people, to decent people who do not appreciate profanity and slurs being thrust into our dens such that we can not even hear the sweet sounds of American Idle, I mean Idol. And if I really watched and cared and voted, David Cook would get my vote. Randy, Paula and Simon seemed to like him as well.

The Bessemer Police Department holds public safety meetings the first Monday of every month at a different location. These meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. Heads of divisions are there to answer questions. Crime statistics are given out, with comparisons to previous months. Notification of these meetings has been a problem, sometimes they use flyers, sometimes they are announced in the local papers. The BPD is trying to determine the best way to let people know about the locations. I will try to become aware of these and post them as well.

>Bessemer Police Business and David Cook!

April 16, 2008

>So here is what we learned at the Bessemer Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night.

Sgt. Carmicheal from the Community Service Division of the Bessemer Police Department spoke and addressed concerns of those present.

For speeding and recklessness. Sgt. Brooks is over the traffic division, and he said to call him on his cell phone when you see speeding. 205-229-2793. Tell him the location, the make of the car and the tag number if you can get it without endangering yourself. In addition, if they get enough complaints about an area they will do traffic stops or DUI checks which often drive motorists to take different routes.

As for the noise ordinance, which covers not only stereos but screaming motorcycles as well, the ordinance is in force. Decible meters are being acquired (yawn…I’ve heard this for months, years). To report these, call dispatch at 205-425-2411. (Don’t call 911 for noise). Be specific in your report, whether the noise is coming from a house, or a car, describe the car and get the tag, without the person knowing it if possible.

If you don’t feel that your call is getting a response (like if you don’t see a cop within a few minutes) call again, and ask for the officer over that shift. During the day, Sgt. J. J. Pierson, during the evening, from 2:45 to 10:45, Sgt. Fred Littlepage, and during the night shift, from 10:45 to 6:45 AM, Sgt. Ray Hubbart. Sorry officers if I misspelled you name.

Everyone realizes that a speeding car or a rocking car will be long gone before an officer gets there. But the police might “hunt them down”, or keep a watch out for the car that is described. And again, enough compaints from an area will lead to roadblocks…an inconvenience, no doubt, but worth it to slow down traffic. Just be sure you have your insurance card and license with you.

We should also realize that the cops can’t be everywhere and see everything. So they depend on us to call these things in.

But they should realize that we depend on them as well, like to arrest people who have stolen cars being dis-assembled in their backyards. If they won’t arrest that individual, do we really thnk they are going to give a hoot about Nas (otherwise known as Nasir Jones) blaring Ether out of a car:

“Ay, yo, pass me the weed,
Pour my ashes out on these niggas man,
(No doubt)
Ay, y’all faggots, y’all kneel,
And kiss the f***king ring”

It gets worse. But that gives you an idea.

That is the kind of noise we hear as the windows are rattling. It is offensive to people of color, to gay people, to decent people who do not appreciate profanity and slurs being thrust into our dens such that we can not even hear the sweet sounds of American Idle, I mean Idol. And if I really watched and cared and voted, David Cook would get my vote. Randy, Paula and Simon seemed to like him as well.

The Bessemer Police Department holds public safety meetings the first Monday of every month at a different location. These meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. Heads of divisions are there to answer questions. Crime statistics are given out, with comparisons to previous months. Notification of these meetings has been a problem, sometimes they use flyers, sometimes they are announced in the local papers. The BPD is trying to determine the best way to let people know about the locations. I will try to become aware of these and post them as well.