Archive for the ‘Imus’ Category

Bettye Changes Her Tune, Imus Should Change His

April 11, 2007

Republicans are coming to the defense of Don Imus, with John McCain indicating that Imus’s apology (although he hasn’t yet apologized directly to those he offended) is sufficient and Rudy Giuliani acknowledging that he would go back on the show with no qualms. I don’t think the locker room mentality that Imus plays to with his degrading manner of speak is limited to conservatives, rather it pervades all of society, but the fact that some high profile republicans seem to be almost embracing him is just creepy. No, the pundits are right. We need to change the nature of dialogue in this country, and record label executives need to ignite this change by directing rap and hip-hop singers to soften their language. Then people like Imus, Isaiah Washington and Ann Coulter need to be muzzled.

Remember less than a year ago when County Commissioner Bettye Fine Collins questioned whether Bessemer was growing sufficiently to justify building a new courthouse? ”Is Bessemer growing residentially that it needs to serve more people? No,” Collins said. ”We’ve got a courthouse satellite in Forestdale, we’ve got one in Center Point, we’ve got one in Homewood and now one in Gardendale. Why in the world are we building a $100 million deal in Bessemer?’‘ She did not understand that our courthouse was a full service courthouse, and not a “satellite.” She wanted to delay the funding for the courthouse until the new commissioners took over and now we know why. They could have then stopped construction before it even began, much like they’ve done with the new fire stations in Lipscomb and Brighton.

Well she must have read my letter that was printed in the Birmingham News last July (in which I pointed out that she didn’t understand the history or the importance of the Bessemer Cutoff and the courthouse, and invited her to leave her little world and come visit Bessemer and learn about us. I mentioned that historic neighborhoods are being restored, plans are in place to revitalize downtown, our public education is improving, and new families are moving to Bessemer). Because at the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the courthouse she said “Bessemer has a rich and wonderful history. This groundbreaking helps the resurgence of downtown and reflects the renewal going on all over the city.” What a change in attitude!

We should rally around State Representative Patricia Todd’s minimum wage bill. Our legislature just voted themselves a 62% raise (she voted against it), don’t you think they could muster up the decency to vote for an increase in the minimum wage? The proposal faces a key committee vote today.

And poor Dannielynn. I bet if she had her way, she wouldn’t choose Larry Birkhead or any of the other tabloid personalities as her father, or the life that she is going to be forced to live. I won’t disgrace my blog with a picture of those players, I just feel for the little child.

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>Bettye Changes Her Tune, Imus Should Change His

April 11, 2007

>Republicans are coming to the defense of Don Imus, with John McCain indicating that Imus’s apology (although he hasn’t yet apologized directly to those he offended) is sufficient and Rudy Giuliani acknowledging that he would go back on the show with no qualms. I don’t think the locker room mentality that Imus plays to with his degrading manner of speak is limited to conservatives, rather it pervades all of society, but the fact that some high profile republicans seem to be almost embracing him is just creepy. No, the pundits are right. We need to change the nature of dialogue in this country, and record label executives need to ignite this change by directing rap and hip-hop singers to soften their language. Then people like Imus, Isaiah Washington and Ann Coulter need to be muzzled.

Remember less than a year ago when County Commissioner Bettye Fine Collins questioned whether Bessemer was growing sufficiently to justify building a new courthouse? ”Is Bessemer growing residentially that it needs to serve more people? No,” Collins said. ”We’ve got a courthouse satellite in Forestdale, we’ve got one in Center Point, we’ve got one in Homewood and now one in Gardendale. Why in the world are we building a $100 million deal in Bessemer?’‘ She did not understand that our courthouse was a full service courthouse, and not a “satellite.” She wanted to delay the funding for the courthouse until the new commissioners took over and now we know why. They could have then stopped construction before it even began, much like they’ve done with the new fire stations in Lipscomb and Brighton.

Well she must have read my letter that was printed in the Birmingham News last July (in which I pointed out that she didn’t understand the history or the importance of the Bessemer Cutoff and the courthouse, and invited her to leave her little world and come visit Bessemer and learn about us. I mentioned that historic neighborhoods are being restored, plans are in place to revitalize downtown, our public education is improving, and new families are moving to Bessemer). Because at the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the courthouse she said “Bessemer has a rich and wonderful history. This groundbreaking helps the resurgence of downtown and reflects the renewal going on all over the city.” What a change in attitude!

We should rally around State Representative Patricia Todd’s minimum wage bill. Our legislature just voted themselves a 62% raise (she voted against it), don’t you think they could muster up the decency to vote for an increase in the minimum wage? The proposal faces a key committee vote today.

And poor Dannielynn. I bet if she had her way, she wouldn’t choose Larry Birkhead or any of the other tabloid personalities as her father, or the life that she is going to be forced to live. I won’t disgrace my blog with a picture of those players, I just feel for the little child.

Al, Where were you?

April 10, 2007

I sometimes watch Imus in the Morning on MSNBC, not to hear what the hot head says, but to hear the people he interviews and listen to the musical artists he has on the show. Now he’s in hot water for using a racial slur (that he probably first heard from black rap artists) against the Rutgers women’s basketball team and Al Sharpton is calling for his head.

Sharpton is using an awful lot of energy rallying his supporters against Imus, forgetting what he should be preaching (as a minister) about forgiveness. Oh, I know there is a difference between forgiveness and suffering the consequences for your actions, but Al, where were you when Isaiah Washington was calling T. R. Knight a fag? While some were calling for Washington to be fired, did Al Sharpton join them in demanding that severe punishment?

Sharpton says that if Imus is not fired, that gives a free pass to the next person who uses a similar slur, and it reinforces the notion that it’s OK to use such language. OK. But why then was Sharpton not outraged when the NAACP awarded Washington the coveted Image Award just weeks after he had left gayhab or rehab or whatever system he entered to learn about diversity. Does that not validate the use of bigoted and offensive language against gays?

I said Sharpton was using a lot of energy because there is something more productive he could be doing. The 2007 Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Award recipients were honored today in the Birmingham News. Congratulations to the 12 young men and women, and especially to Tommie L. Strain, III of Woodland High School, the overall Scholar Athlete Winner and LaTashia Sheree Greer of Dadeville High School, the Overall Achievement Winner. Of the 12, LaTashia is the only Afican American male or female in the group. Now I know that there are many, many African Americans on high school sports teams, and to have only one receive this recognition highlights the disparities that exist in our public school system. Maybe Sharpton should spend some time in Alabama and protest the racial disparities that we see everyday.

You are invited to a Conversation with US Congressman Artur Davis (D-7th District)
Member of House Ways & Means and Judiciary Committees
Tuesday, April 10, 6:45 pm
Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Congressman Davis will take your questions on the Iraq war, global climate change, universal health care, and other issues of interest. This event is sponsored by the Over the Mountain Democrats, but everyone is welcome — no party affiliation required.

>Al, Where were you?

April 10, 2007

>I sometimes watch Imus in the Morning on MSNBC, not to hear what the hot head says, but to hear the people he interviews and listen to the musical artists he has on the show. Now he’s in hot water for using a racial slur (that he probably first heard from black rap artists) against the Rutgers women’s basketball team and Al Sharpton is calling for his head.

Sharpton is using an awful lot of energy rallying his supporters against Imus, forgetting what he should be preaching (as a minister) about forgiveness. Oh, I know there is a difference between forgiveness and suffering the consequences for your actions, but Al, where were you when Isaiah Washington was calling T. R. Knight a fag? While some were calling for Washington to be fired, did Al Sharpton join them in demanding that severe punishment?

Sharpton says that if Imus is not fired, that gives a free pass to the next person who uses a similar slur, and it reinforces the notion that it’s OK to use such language. OK. But why then was Sharpton not outraged when the NAACP awarded Washington the coveted Image Award just weeks after he had left gayhab or rehab or whatever system he entered to learn about diversity. Does that not validate the use of bigoted and offensive language against gays?

I said Sharpton was using a lot of energy because there is something more productive he could be doing. The 2007 Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Award recipients were honored today in the Birmingham News. Congratulations to the 12 young men and women, and especially to Tommie L. Strain, III of Woodland High School, the overall Scholar Athlete Winner and LaTashia Sheree Greer of Dadeville High School, the Overall Achievement Winner. Of the 12, LaTashia is the only Afican American male or female in the group. Now I know that there are many, many African Americans on high school sports teams, and to have only one receive this recognition highlights the disparities that exist in our public school system. Maybe Sharpton should spend some time in Alabama and protest the racial disparities that we see everyday.

You are invited to a Conversation with US Congressman Artur Davis (D-7th District)
Member of House Ways & Means and Judiciary Committees
Tuesday, April 10, 6:45 pm
Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Congressman Davis will take your questions on the Iraq war, global climate change, universal health care, and other issues of interest. This event is sponsored by the Over the Mountain Democrats, but everyone is welcome — no party affiliation required.