Friday, April 27, 2007

They Come in Threes: Part Deux

First Boris Yeltsin. Then David Halberstam. Now Jack Valenti (though to be honest we thought Valenti was already dead).

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Duke Lacrosse: A roundup

From the Raleigh News & Observer. The former players could sue Mike Nifong, the accuser, or Duke. But I doubt any of that would happen.

- P

Imus and Rutgers; Whitlock, Sharpton and Jackson

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star on the Imus saga:

When I criticized his and Jesse Jackson’s irresponsible and divisive methods of seeking social justice Friday morning, Al Sharpton dismissed the attack by questioning my credibility to lodge a complaint.

“There are always guys that are not in the ring who want to call the fight,” Sharpton said. “You know that going in the ring; you’re going to have critics … You can’t satisfy people who are not in the ring.”

It’s a clever response. It ignores the obvious.

Jesse and Al don’t want anyone else in the ring. They’ve turned the fight for racial equality into a money and fame pit, a place to wrestle for camera time, “consulting” jobs and handshake deals that would make NCAA investigators blush in astonishment.

If people with a modicum of integrity were allowed in the ring and, more importantly, allowed to choose the opponents and the length of the battle, the money would run dry and Jesse and Al would be forced to look for real work.

I guess that all answered the question of what's more offensive:

1. Nappy headed ho's


2. So easy, a caveman could do it.


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Virginia Tech

My condolences to the victims at Virginia Tech. And for those of you who say "we need to limit gun purchases to one a month," the killer did wait 30 days between purchases. Just a shame. And as my social worker friend Jill noted, you can't force someone into counseling or therapy, even if it's for their own good.

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Proofreading - just do it

Nice politically-correct full-page ad from Nike in this past Sunday's NYT Sports section about Rutgers and Imus. Unfortunately, the ad spelled the university's name as Rutger's. Oops.

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