Tracy’s Random Thoughts April 2007 edition

Oh boy, Spring.  Now let’s move.

1. Don Imus

Everyone knows about the story so I don’t have to repeat it.  The only time I listen/watch to Imus, he had Patrick McEnroe as a guest and he was steaming at the Imus crew.  I view Don Imus as an attention grabber and I would say the first line of “shock jocks.”  His comment was inexcusable, but I don’t think he should be fired.   There have been many worse comments from Imus in the past, but why now?

  1. His comments were to college students, who were women, who can’t defend themselves.  They’re young and still learning about the world and Imus attacked on the spot on which they are.
  2. This is in a sports context.  From literature, science, entertainment, business, and other subjects, sports have the most impact either social or political.  If it were any subject, it might have some play, but only for a couple of days.  Sports are in a different level.  You have sports fans, ESPN, blogs, and others to deal with.  If there is a protest, you can be sure the prominent figures will come and every network will cover it, including HGTV.

I don’t think Imus is a racist, a bigot, or a homophobe.  What I think he is typical of all the shock jocks:  trying to push the envelope.  There was the water incident this past year in Seattle that caused a death of a contestant; there was Opie and Anthony sex church scandal a few years ago.  What Imus did was miniscule.  However, when sponsorships pulled out, CBS Radio and MSNBC pulled out as well.  There are so many angles to this story, I will break this down:

  • Money will always win out.  Imus was still raking in decent money for CBS and MSNBC, but the name of the game is “What have you done for me lately?”  Imus got burned in the last week and was fired for losing money.
  • The Rutgers women’s basketball team took the high road and had a private discussion with Imus.  Everyone thought it was about race, but it was about sexism and image as well.  Oh, this won’t hurt one bit what Rutgers is doing.
  • Two people I haven’t mentioned, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, should not deserve to be mentioning in any of this.  Al and Jesse were out for themselves and found their pig in Imus.  It was to them, publicity gold.  They can raise their chests high, but let’s not forget both of their history.  This includes the pundits who go to these news shows and spurted out junk for their own attention.  That is why I listen to NPR (and Tony Kornheiser).
  • The networks are too gutless.  This was the week WFAN had their radiothon to sponsor all the charities, including Imus’s.  I think it was out of fear that CBS Radio and MSNBC didn’t want a “hateful” person like Imus to do this, so they canned him.  That is still not right.  Let him finish off the charity work, which I don’t think Imus is faking, and fire him after the radiothon.  Again, image and money is important, but what about the other outlets that do worse than what Imus did?
  • Now there are shirts out on eBay with Imus’s comment (The reason I’m not using the quote is we already know the quote and it beats a dead horse) for profit.  That to me people do not take this seriously and they want to pocket the money for themselves.  Anything for a buck.
  • This also brought out the old discussion on what is appropriate or not to other people, including rappers and ourselves in a daily basis.  Is it for positive reinforcement or bringing back the stereotype?
  • This is out of left field but significant, John Corzine was supposed to be the mediator between Imus and Rutgers, but got in a car accident and is in the hospital and in critical condition.

I think is that Imus will get a job in satellite radio, WFAN will be a sports station, Al and Jesse need a better fight: the black community, and all the pundits need to shut up!!!

Bonus Material:  Here is a fine column from Jason Whitlock on this.

2. The Duke Scandal

You know the new Durham district attorney would drop all the charges.  But, Mike Nifong apologizes for his actions and for the three lacrosse players.  Why apologize?  You have scorned them for the rest of the lives out of your own benefit.  Here’s a better solution:  Lose your title, lose your license, give all the money to these kids, and be pelted by rocks by the Durham community.  Sadly, that would help a little.

3. E-mail dumping

Congress wanted the e-mails the White House deleted that were delivered to and from Karl Rove.  The story is very complex, but if there are emails deleted, involves Karl Rove, Congress wanted those emails for investigation, and spin, the administration is in trouble…Oh wait, they are in trouble right now.

4. Anna Nicole Smith’s father

Enough of the story, move on.

5.  Spring…no, it’s Winter

I love that we had this cold blast these past couple of weeks.  This might break the notion that global warming is a myth.  Nah, it exists (look at the North and South Poles), but for once it was great to have cold air.  The only sad part is the cherry blossoms didn’t bloom at full peak and if you go to my pictures at Facebook, the blossoms were unimpressive.  Still, I love the brisk, mild weather, so this is a nice change.  Spring will come back, but don’t tell me about summer.

6.  Lucky

Dreamed up phone number leads man to a bride LONDON (Reuters) – A British man has met and married a 22-year-old woman after, by his own account, dreaming of her phone number and then sending her a text message. David Brown, 24, says he woke up one morning after a night out with friends with a telephone number constantly running through his head. He decided to contact it, sending a message saying “Did I meet you last night?.”

Random recipient Michelle Kitson was confused and wary at first but decided to reply and the two began exchanging messages. Eventually they met and fell in love.

“It was really weird but I was absolutely hooked,” Kitson told the Daily Mail newspaper. “My mum and dad kept saying ‘But he could be an axe murderer’, but I knew there was something special about it.”

After a long courtship, the oddly matched couple — he’s six foot seven inches tall and she’s five foot four — have just returned from their honeymoon in the Indian resort of

A love-struck Brown said: “I’ve no idea how I ended up with her number in my head — it’s only a few digits different from mine.” 

I wish I had that skill.  Probably only happen to the British.  Here in America, everyone is a spammer.

There are a lot of stories, but that is it for today.  Don’t forget Jackie Robinson, Kurt Vonnegut, and paying your taxes.  

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