I guess that you should not preach Juan...

Funny story but when I was in MN, I hung out with a dude named DD, my dude from way back.  We were hosting a small soiree at our pad and we hang out with Juan Williams’ son.  Needless to say, that dude liked to party, which made him aces in my book.

At our party, there were always all types at the party.  We didn’t discriminate based on politics, only on your party quotient.  If you brought something to the party, then we wanted you around.  At our spots, politics were not really discussed, so your political identity  normally got checked at the door, with the coats.

Looking at the Juan Williams situation, the terrorists have clearly won.  The inability to express your beliefs is the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.  If we can’t discuss our feelings, then covert racism will rule the day.

By Matea Gold

Tribune Washington Bureau

12:35 PM PDT, October 21, 2010

Reporting from Washington

As NPR weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network.

Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.

“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

The worst part about this is that it allows FOX to come off as the reasonable party here.  For once, I have to agree with FOX here.  While they are not really fair and balanced reporting in any sense of the phrase, the ability to paint a picture of intolerance to set up another, major point is necessary in discussion.  His beliefs are ones that others share and he was talking about how to combat and recognize that subconscious discrimination.

Meanwhile, conservative leaders lambasted NPR for firing Williams and called for cutting public funding for the media organization. By midafternoon Thursday, more than 4,900 comments had been posted on NPR.org, including many from people who said the media organization was bowing to political correctness and unfairly punishing Williams for expressing his personal opinions.

“In one arrogant move the NPR exposed itself for the leftist thought police they really are,” read one typical post. “After this November elections I hope one of the first things the new Congress does is to defund this poor excuse for public radio.”

NPR serves a public good, a necessary purpose.  I want them to re-examine their hiring practices, I want them to bow less to political correctness, but I want them on the radio.  Just like NPR overreacted to this situation, the public needs to take a step back, take a deep breath and then keep it moving.

The controversy kicked off Monday night when Williams, a Fox News contributor, made an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” In a conversation with host Bill O’Reilly about how fear of terrorism affects perceptions of Muslims, Williams noted that he harbored some anxieties, even as an author of books about the civil rights movement.

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot….But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” Williams said.

He also noted that it was not fair to cast all Muslims as extremists.

On Wednesday, NPR told Williams it was terminating his contract, saying his remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

The abrupt break came after years in which Williams’ role at Fox News caused internal tension at the public radio organization. Many NPR listeners registered complaints about comments he made on the cable news channel, particularly remarks last year in which he described First Lady Michelle Obama as having “this Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going” and saying she could become “an albatross.”

In response, NPR executives asked Williams to request Fox News not identify him as an NPR analyst when he appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president for communications, said in an interview that Williams’ comments violated internal ethics policies that prohibit NPR journalists from going on other media and expressing “views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.” The guidelines also prohibit NPR journalists from participating in programs “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”

Isn’t it a fact that Juan felt that way?  He is analyzing his personal beliefs and how that colors some of the things that he thinks about, and he even claims that approach is wrong.  NPR is really asking him to lie about what he thinks.  If it really is National Public Radio, then the some in the Public think the same things.  Exposure can only help, since it leads to discussion that might help people to recognize the other side and have more tolerance.

Rehm said Williams had been warned several times in the past about making personal comments that violated the policy.

“This wasn’t the first time where we felt Juan crossed the line in terms of what’s permitted for NPR analysts and journalists as a whole,” she said. “We felt we really didn’t have an alternative. And it was not without regret, and it was not a decision that was made lightly by any means. We do appreciate the work he has done.”

Williams told Fox News on Thursday that he was let go over the phone and taken aback that he wasn’t given a chance to defend himself.

“It’s not a bigoted statement,” he told Fox News in an interview the cable news network ran throughout the day. “In fact, in the course of this conversation with Bill O’Reilly, I said we have an obligation as Americans to be careful to protect the constitutional rights of everyone in our country and to make sure that we don’t have any outbreak of bigotry. But that there’s a reality. You cannot ignore what happened on 9/11, and you cannot ignore the connection to Islamic radicalism, and you can’t ignore the fact of what has even recently been said in court with regard to this is the first drop of blood in a Muslim war in America.”

Fox News made the most of the incident, rerunning a package about the controversy throughout the day. Williams was scheduled to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday night to further address the issue and will guest host the program Friday.

In the meantime, NPR was slammed by conservative leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who tweeted, “NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you.”

NPR, if you really are defenders of the left, why would you give them this ammunition?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts a show on Fox News, said he now plans to boycott NPR and decline its interview requests.

“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee wrote on his blog, adding: “It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR.”

NPR receives no direct federal funding for its operations, but between 1% and 3% of its $160-million budget comes from competitive grants awarded by publicly funded entities such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2009, NPR has received $8 million in competitive grants from the CPB for technology development and journalism initiatives. It also received a one-time grant of $78 million between 2007 and 2009 to upgrade satellite technology.

Local NPR stations receive $90 million in annual appropriations from the CPB that amount to about 10% of their revenue, on average.

Rehm said it was inappropriate for politicians to interject the issue of federal funding into an editorial decision, adding that she hoped the controversy would not affect financial support for public radio. “Stations are in fund-raising season,  so it is unfortunate that this occurred at this time,” she said.

Damn, the similarities are evident. Dude has a look in his eyes that say that he really doesn't care about the consequences.

This is some real Cain and Abel ish.  How do you kill your younger brother like that? I know they can be annoying, but to end his life is to say that you have no compassion for family.

Andrew Conley, Indiana teen who allegedly murdered brother, inspired by television show ‘Dexter’


Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 11:54 AM

He blamed it on “Dexter.”

A southern Indiana teen, who allegedly strangled his 10-year-old brother to death, said he was inspired by the television serial killer character Dexter.

How is a show about a killer inspiring?  What makes that something that you would want to emulate, especially on your family?

Andrew Conley pleaded guilty on Monday to killing his younger sibling, Conner, last November.

Police said after the gruesome murder, Conley — 17 years old at the time — packed his brother’s body into the trunk of his car and drove to his girlfriend’s house to watch a movie.

This is the cold blooded part.  He loaded the body in the truck like a sack of potatoes.  Then, concerned with his own hedonistic needs, he makes the booty call to snuggle and get some action, while watching a movie.  Now that you have plead guilty, the only snuggling you are going to do is when Bubba is braining your hair, getting you ready for the D@#* down you get in prison.  You seem a little frail.  I hope you are pumping iron.

The teen told police that he identified with Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, in the Showtime television series about a police blood-spatter analyst who is also a serial killer.

Hall won a Golden Globe for the character, but the show has been criticized for being too violent by the Parents Television Council.

“I felt like I had to,” said Conley, who lives in the small town of Rising Sun.

According to ABC, he compared the urge to kill with a hungry person craving a hamburger, and said he fantasized about killing people since he was in the eighth grade.

This is a Hawkins burger. This is something to fantacize about. the killing? Not so much... Yes, that it Pastrami and a hot link on top as well...See, the things dreams are made of. Dream of killing this gigantic burger are normal and okay

How do you start having fantasies of death of others in the 8th grade?  What were you watching as a kid?

Police said on the morning of Conner’s murder Conley told authorities that he also contemplated killing his sleeping father.

According to The Associated Press, prosecutors plan on seeking a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Conley cannot face the death penalty because he was under 18 when the crime was committed. Defense attorneys are supposed to argue that Conley was insane at the time of the murder.

This isn’t the first murder tied to “Dexter.” In 2008, a 29-year-old Canadian filmmaker, Mark Twitchell, was charged with murdering a man based on a storyline from the show.

Damn, son, get it together.  What you see in the movies and TV does not have to be mimicked.

E’s song of the day

June 8, 2010

I’m back and in action after a full morning of class and ready to break off some more tunes.  I’ve got a bunch of homework and such, so I’ll be brief.  This song has been on my queue for far too long, so it’s time to share in the goodness.  This one’s just a fun little tune that I heard on an episode of “Skins” several months ago.  Today’s jam: 6 Day Riot – Every Third Sunday.  Enjoy….

I wonder if he predicted the knife in the back?

Yeah, but it gave him a lot of money to soothe over the screwing…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conan O’Brien will be on TV this weekend with his first post-“Tonight Show” interview.

O’Brien talks with Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes,” CBS said Tuesday. O’Brien’s exit deal with NBC barred him from television appearances until May 1; the “60 Minutes” piece will air the day after.

The interview was conducted last week in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of it. The person, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

This is the thing that always pisses me off.  If you don’t have the authority to speak on it, then why are you giving interviews?  Why is your right (alleged) to anonymity more important than the right of your job to limit access?  You know you are not supposed to talk, but because you can’t keep your mouth closed, you leak the info, but do it as a coward.  You are spreading rumors and that is really sad.

O’Brien, who left “Tonight” in January over a time-slot dispute with NBC, has agreed to host a late-night show on TBS later this year. He’s now on a national comedy tour.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Turner Broadcasting might be on to something.  The ratings have been good for the George Lopez show, even though the crew here does not watch.  Now, with Conan, I bet that his ratings will be just fine to justify whatever enormous contract that they gave him…Leno, watch your back.  You stabbed him, and whatever you get, you have coming.

People PLEASE! I still need you to love me! Watch my show that I gave to Conan and then took back!

This is how you walk away gracefully…

I’ve been really enjoying the ESPN documentary series “30 for 30.”   So far, every one I’ve seen has been both entertaining and informative.  This is part of the reason why I’m VERY excited that one of the upcoming features in the series is a short film about the connection between the NWA and Raiders gear.  This is going to be awesome.  I am loathe to copy and paste full articles into posts, but this one is pretty sweet.  According to HattiesburgAmerican.com:

NEW YORK — When the groundbreaking hip-hop group N.W.A. was forming in the mid-1980s, they didn’t care much for the colorful Troop suits then being worn by rappers such as LL Cool J.

Instead, the group – which included Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube – decided to wear black. Since many of the Compton, Calif., crew were Los Angeles Raiders fans, that meant wearing a lot of Raiders gear.

For years, Raiders apparel would be synonymous with N.W.A. and gangsta rap.

Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has made a documentary about his old group’s connection to the Raiders: “Straight Outta L.A.,” a pun on N.W.A.’s 1988 debut album, “Straight Outta Compton.” The film will air on ESPN in May as part of the network’s “30-for-30” series.

“It was a team we could identify with, from the neighborhood that we came from,” says Cube. “The Lakers was real glitzy and glamour; the Dodgers were seen as a little out of reach. But the Raiders, it seemed like my uncles played for the Raiders.”

ESPN asked Cube, who has worked as actor and producer in such movies as “Boyz n the Hood” and “Friday,” to contribute a film to “30-for-30.” But he had only directed once: 1998’s “The Players Club.”

“I thought about it for a minute, and this was the story: the L.A. Raiders coming to L.A. and how their image and persona, in a lot ways, changed the trajectory of hip-hop,” he says.

The Raiders, who made the Los Angeles Coliseum home from 1982-1994, were appealing because they were good (they won the Super Bowl in 1976, 1980 and 1983), a little brash and, thanks partly to owner Al Davis, had something of a renegade about them. The silver and black colors, with a pirate logo, also fit the violence of Compton.

“To me, they were always known as the bad boys of the NFL,” Cube says. “It was some kind of crazy synergy.”

In the film, Snoop Dogg chimes: “Good guys wear black.”

Before they knew it, N.W.A. would play in Denver and elsewhere and see Raiders jerseys everywhere. Raiders merchandise began selling wildly.

But the love affair among hip-hop, L.A. and the Raiders didn’t quite last. The team developed a thuggish reputation and moved back to Oakland not long after the L.A. riots in 1992.

Former Raiders linebacker Rod Martin says in the film that he thought N.W.A. was “too hardcore” and wasn’t “a good advertisement” for the team. Since then, many rappers have sought to associate themselves not with a sports team’s apparel, but their own gear.

Cube interviewed Davis for the film, an experience he compares to “talking to Yoda.”

E’s song of the day

April 28, 2010

As I’m sure you are, by now, aware, I watch American Idol.  What would not, as a result, come as a huge surprise is that I also watch Glee.  Last night on Glee they sang a bunch of songs with Home in the title – all of which I enjoyed.  While Burt Bacharach’s “A House Is Not A Home” was pretty tight, for today’s selection I’ve gone with this funky little track from a former stage star and Grammy award winning R&B songstress.  Today’s jam: Stephanie Mills – Home.  Enjoy….

Don't worry, I am about to call. You don't have to wait much longer...

The people finally get one right.  Megan Fox and her alien looking face is not on the top any more.  She never deserved to be there in the first place.  Discuss.

Mad Men’ pinup Christina Hendricks landed the cover of May’s Esquire, even though she looks more like Julianne Moore than her Joan Holloway character.

Inside the married starlet offers her advice to men, saying, ‘No man should be on Facebook. It’s an invasion of everyone’s privacy. I really cannot stand it.’

She landed the cover by winning “Best-Looking Woman In America,” with over 30% of the 10,000 women surveyed picking her over Megan Fox and model Adriana Lima.

I don't like watermelon, but I would be at the ready to lick up the juices

People, please…Adriana Lima is not American, but is hot enough, I can understand why you are willing to let that one go.

Plus, she hates facebook.  You know you had me at that….

E’s song of the day

April 8, 2010

I missed yesterday and am only getting in a jam today while I break from what has been a grueling 2 days of intensive work out in my dad’s back yard.  I recently acquired the 2006 album “Shine Through” by Aloe Blacc and I can’t get enough of it.  Seriously folks, if you’ve liked ANYTHING that I’ve posted in this segment, you NEED to check this fool out (Steve and Ronin, don’t worry, I got you).  It’s a little soul, a bit R&B and a touch of hip-hop sometimes infused with a hint of  latin flavor.  I haven’t been this excited about an artist in this genre since John Legend burst onto the scene (in fact, Blacc covers a Legend track but sings it in Spanish).  He has a newer collaborative album out with Japanese producer Cradle (together they call themselves “Bee”) entitled “Open Your Mind.”  Oh, did I mention that he went to my alma mater, the University of Southern California (Fight On!)?  In fact, he has a pretty good track ripping off of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” entitled “I Love USC (and I hate UCLA).”  I’ll spare Ronin and just give you the link to that track here.    The song I’ve chosen for today is actually one that I know Ronin can get behind.  Besides having some fresh older stuff, Blacc also sings the title track for the new HBO show that I’ve been repping entitled “How to Make it in America.”  Today’s jam: Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar.  Enjoy….

That is a lot of humans to have running around in your gut...where do they park the clown car?

My first thought is good for him.  He is their dad, even though he was tricked into having all of the kids.  He is trying to step up and hopefully follow the advice of Ed O.G. and the Bulldogs.

But, in the back of my mind, I hope that he is not using them as a paycheck, since I really do not see what other discernible skills he has.

Jon Gosselin sues Kate for custody of 8 children

Associated Press

Posted: 04/07/2010 02:30:48 PM PDT

Updated: 04/07/2010 02:30:49 PM PDT

READING, Pa. — Jon Gosselin has sued ex-wife Kate for primary custody of their eight children.

The former reality TV star also asked the Berks County Court today to review his child support obligation.

Gosselin’s attorney, Anthony List, has previously accused Kate Gosselin of neglecting the children because she appears on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” a charge her attorney rejected as “patently false.”

In court papers, Jon Gosselin says his ex-wife “abuses” her authority when it comes to scheduling visits with the kids. He also claims an arbitrator failed to require Kate to provide documentation of the children’s expenses.

The Gosselins appeared on the TLC reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” until their marriage fell apart last year. They divorced in December.

It gets better.  Jon is potentially rigging the votes, so she can stay on longer and strengthen his case for getting custody back, since nannies are taking care of the children.

Kate Gosselin somehow is still competing on “Dancing With the Stars.” Just not for the Miss Congeniality title.

Us Weekly reports Gosselin hasn’t become chummy with any fellow competitors, doesn’t attend the Monday taping afterparties and even has show staffers talk to her only through her bodyguard.

Bodyguard, yes. And remember, Gosselin is not the female contestant facing death threats.

“When the show needs to contact Kate, they go through Steve (Neild),” says a production source per Us. “She acts like a major celebrity.”

Gosselin, with partner Tony Dolovani, performed a grim-faced paso doble Monday after which judge Bruno Tonioli said she looked like a “super (rhymes with glitch) from hell.” Nevertheless, 80-year-old astronaut Buzz Aldrin was sent packing on Tuesday’s show.

According to Perez Hilton, Gosselin shrugs off the vitriol. He quotes her as saying, “I don’t really worry about what other people say because I know it’s me who has to feed my kids and take care of them, so that’s where my focus is all the time.”

Ha ha ha, snorts her ex.

TMZ reports Jon Gosselin voted for her — possibly to regain full custody of their twins and sextuplets.

U.S. Attorney Anthony F. List, representing Papa G, was expected to file legal papers Wednesday in Pennsylvania to change the custody arrangement because Mama G is using three nannies to watch the brood while she and Neild share adjoining hotel rooms in Hollywood.

“You can’t be a coast-to-coast primary parent,” says List, who also reportedly voted for her.

There is some humor in it all.  Her dance partner was driven to quit working with her!  Poor chap must have been forced back, because they danced (so I am told, since I am not watching the show)

Kate Gosselin to Tony on ‘Dancing With The Stars’: ‘A lot of people quit on me in life’

Yikes. Dancing With The Stars “shopping cart” Kate Gosselin reduced her partner Tony Dovolani first to quivering rage and then to quivering apology before their jive-in-every-sense dance on Monday night.

In the taped rehearsal segment before their performance, Kate was shown asking Tony for more detailed instructions, and after a while, Dovolani expressed his frustration to the camera by saying, “Nothing in dancing is natural to Kate.” Getting hot under the collar, he chafed, “I’ve never been questioned in my teaching,” and finally: “I quit.” He walked out, while Kate looked at her camera and said, over and over, “I don’t get it.”

Wait a minute: This was a Monday night, on TV, and Kate Gosselin was making a male partner feel frustration and rage at her constant hectoring? For a second there, I thought ABC had unearthed unseen footage from TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8.

After a commercial, more tape rolled and we saw Tony come back and apologize. Kate “forgave” him by saying, “A lot of people quit on me in life.”

Then they danced to the Elton John hit, “I’m Still Standing.”

Follow me...no, I am not Jon, so you actually have to listen to me...you won't be standing for long...

Here is what one of the judges thought about Kate as a dancer…

Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli didn’t hold back when discussing Kate Gosselin’s less-than-graceful moves on Wednesday’s Lopez Tonight: “Kate is pretty dreadful. She’s crap,” he told host George Lopez.

Tough reviews aside, the outspoken Italian admitted the mom of eight is “a tough cookie” for facing all the criticism. “She gets it in the face, she comes back and she tries to get better,” he said. “[But] it doesn’t really work.”

Tonioli also said Gosselin, who has squabbled with partner Tony Dovolani, turns the show into “our own disaster movie” on a daily basis. “2012 is nothing compared to the catastrophe she produces,” he said.

Damn, disaster show?  I might have to tune in to see that…

E’s song of the day

April 1, 2010

Ronin and I have been watching this new HBO show called “How to Make it in America.”  If you haven’t checked it out and you have access I highly recommend it.  The show centers around a group of friends struggling to come up in the design business in NYC.  While the Too Old Crew isn’t really all about the fashion and design related aspects of the plot, we have very much enjoyed the aspects surrounding character relationship developments.  Mark Wahlberg is one of the producers, and, like with Entourage, he has come correct once more.  Of particular interest to me has been the great collection of songs comprising the show’s soundtrack.  This song is a smooth reggae jam that we’ve known for a while but were reintroduced to via the show.  Today’s jam: Tenor Saw and Buju Banton – Ring the Alarm.  Enjoy….