Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Newswriting issue

Sorry it's been so long between posts but I had to write something after seeing this story on the local news.

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Anferney Fontenet, 16, has been sentenced for raping a woman with Asperger's syndrome alongside a Toledo road.

As the judge handed down the punishment of 18 years in prison, the victim watched from a monitor in another part of the courthouse and Fontenet shed tears.
Judge Stacy Cook says Fontenet has no control over his impulses and that makes him a danger to the community.

The victim's mom read a letter her daughter wrote saying how the rape and robbery changed her life forever.

Fontenet had a few words to say in court too.
"I'd like to apologize to the victim and her family. I didn't intend for any of this to happen, but I'm not going to make an excuse for it, but what I did was not right. What I did was wrong."

The victim's family is glad this boy is off the streets.
"I don't feel satisfied. I don't feel dissatisfied. I am happy he's off the streets so he doesn't hurt anyone else, but I'm not in for revenge," the victim's mother said.

Fontenet will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He says he plans on appealing the sentence.


****My only question with this story is why is it relevant that the victim had Asperger's syndrome? Why is she identified by her illness?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The BIG 4-0

So, here I am with a little more than a week left of the 30s. I am definitely thinking more about hitting 40 than what I did when I hit 30. 40 is middle aged. The 30s decade was a crazy one. I worked four jobs with hopefully, the one I'm at...being the one I can stay at the longest. I also started work on a Ph.D....first at Kent State and then on to BG to finish up some day.

I was married for four years and divorced. Enough said.

I'm just happy to be physically and mentally healthy. I wish I had the energy I had when I was younger but I still stay active enough to not become a total slob as I hit 40.

If you are over 40, please leave me some advice for hitting 40 and moving beyond. Also, how did you feel when you hit 40? Was it a big deal?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

You never know who you'll run into...

Ok, so here's a story...
I was at Kroger's on Main Street in Bowling Green, on the north end of town. At least I think it's Main Street. This was this past Saturday night. I was on my way to a birthday party. I just filled my gas tank and was waiting to turn left to go south...leaving Kroger's. I'm behind a white Chevy Caprice Classic. All of a sudden, the car puts it in reverse and starts backing up. I can't go anywhere because a car is behind me. I lay on my horn a couple times. The car kept coming and hit me!!!! Didn't seem major but the car hit me enough to get my attention. Of course, the light turns green. The white car turns left. I'm pissed. I follow the car. I'm honking my horn and flashing my lights every other block. The car keeps going. I call BG Police....who are busy with the Tractor Pull. I read off the license plate number and took a picture of the car with my phone. As I'm on the phone with BG Police, I am calling out what direction I am going and what streets I'm passing. Every so often, again, I flashed my lights and honked my horn. I noticed the passenger turned around and looked. I pointed to the side of the road as if to say, "HEY, PULL OVER!" I even yelled that out the window. We were now five miles away from Kroger's. We went by the fairgrounds where the tractor pull was going on. We never went faster than 40 mph. Eventually, I got transfered to the Wood County Sheriff's Department. I followed the car to a little town called Tontogany. Otsego High School is not that far away. We were now about 6 miles from where the "chase" started. The car pulled into a driveway. I parked. The passenger got out. She was a short woman...a little rough around the edges. I said, "You hit my car." She said, "no, we didn't." I said, "Yes, you did....back at Kroger's. We were sitting at the light waiting to turn onto Main....you started to back up and I laid on my horn and you hit me." The woman got really nervous and pulled out a cigarette and was shaking. I looked at the front of my car and really couldn't see any major damage. There might have been some scratches in the grill or something but nothing big. Anyway, then, the driver gets out. She's probably in her mid-60s. There's a handicap accessible placard in her rearview mirror. She struggled to make it over to me and the other woman, who as it turned out, was her sister. The driver, was missing teeth and walked (really struggled to walk) with a cane. She didn't know or believed she hit me either. She thought I was tail-gating her. After talking to her and her sister, the driver told me she is homeless. Her car is pretty much the only thing she owns. She has no phone. She lives in a mission in Toledo. She also told me she had been the victim of a break-in and had been robbed recently in Toledo. Her sister lives in a room at the house of a friend we were at parked at. She has a pre-paid phone. Both are looking for work. The driver was overly apologetic and seemed to be getting upset that she hit me and didn't realize it. The sheriff's department told me BG Police would follow up with them when I told them I live in Toledo. However, after hearing how down on their luck both women were, I decided this wasn't worth it. They don't need the trouble. I told them to forget about it. Just then, a Wood County Sheriff's Department officer pulls up. He showed me a message from the BG Police that basically said that again, they would follow up if I wanted to. I told him to forget about it. The ladies thanked me and said I was a very nice guy. I left and went on my way to the birthday party but man, it really taught me a lesson about waiting to judge somebody before I get all the facts. Here I was thinking, "what kind of a-hole hits me and keeps driving?" And then after talking to these two ladies, I found out they were super nice and didn't mean it all. And in the end, I ended up wishing I could have done more to help them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

In the minority


I must be in the minority by saying I disagree with Steven Slater and his "departure" from JetBlue. Over my life, I have had many bad days at work and at one particular place I worked, YES, I did get as ticked off as Steve but I never would have given my employers the delight in canning me by doing something stupid. I know. I know. Steven quit and was not fired. Big flippin' difference. He would have been canned anyway. Who wants to hire the guy now besides reality tv show directors? Great, the guy will be a pseudo-celebrity like every other D-lister like Kate Gosselin, Octomom, and others.

The New York Post today reported that "Slater's lawyer Howard Turman said his client "wants to return to a normal life" -- adding that he has been in talks with the Queens DA's office since his arrest Monday at Kennedy Airport." BREAKING NEWS: Steven Slater will NEVER be able to have a "normal" life thanks to his emergency slide/beer escapade.

I think the public is jumping to serious conclusions about the innocence of Steven Slater. Again, here's what the Post reported today, "Marjorie Briskin, 53, a schoolteacher from Pittsburgh, said she was deplaning at JFK Airport when Slater and a woman walking in front of her got into a heated conversation over the woman’s luggage.

She said the passenger, who appeared to be in her 20s, asked Slater where her bag was stowed.

Briskin said the seemingly normal conversation turned unexpectedly nasty when Slater blurted out an expletive to the passenger.

"I didn’t think she was rude in the least," said Briskin, who was visiting the city for the first time. "It really blew my mind. It was so inappropriate."

Other passengers have reported that Slater had this cut on his forehead before they took off and he did nothing about it.

I was talking about this at the barber shop today and the barber had a great comment. He said, "you know, if he did that (pull the emergency escape and grab beer) as a passenger, he would be arrested and put in the slammer easily." But as an employee, he's a hero????" Even still, WHY should Steven be considered a hero? What did he do that was so heroic? He didn't go "Sully" and land a plane on the Hudson River?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Things on my mind as I go through school.

Let me first apologize for writing about my doctoral program experience. I know not everyone can get into this but there are a lot of lessons that apply to areas outside of school.

First, my adviser, Dr. Ewart Skinner, said to me, "Think of the end....now." In other words, what I do now has a direct bearing on what happens when I graduate and look for jobs if I want to move around or even stay at Toledo. In terms of what I am doing now, more specifically, he meant the theory I specialize in as well as the research method is something I will carry with me throughout my doctoral student career and then when I apply for jobs or stay at Toledo, I can talk about my areas of specialty.

Second, think about your audience. My research interest is studying how pregnant teens and teen moms identify with pregnancy themes in the media like tv shows and movies. We have seen people blame the media for glamorizing pregnancy and making it more appealing to teens. To me, this has practical applications. I want to talk to teens about the media's impact. Once my research is completed, I want people, especially teens, to read it. In my opinion, there is a lot of academic research that seems to float in this cloud above people that only academic types read. I don't see the point in doing research if it does not benefit people in some way. So, to shorten up my point, basically, who is the audience? Who will read or hear your research? How will it impact them?

Lastly, you are constantly making an impression on somebody. What I mean by that is no matter what happens, what assignment you have, you are always "interviewing." Someone has their eye on you. The faculty in the Media and Communication Department at BGSU is strong and have published a ton of research articles and have connections. While many are set in where they are, they might get a call from a professor they know at another university asking if they know of someone who they think would make a good hire. I try to keep that in mind. I don't want to be the student who gets spoken of as, "yeah, he tries hard but doesn't seem to give it his all" or "he goes through the motions a lot." Not cool.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Fans' reaction LeBron James.

Ok, so LeBron is going to Miami. LeBron fans and I will call them LeBron fans because from what I have seen on Facebook, many are clueless about basketball and about the Cavs in general. They are bandwagon fans. I want to address the lunacy from Facebook...one statement at a time as a way to show what loons are out there. In quotes are actual Facebook posts followed by my reaction.

"he did what all egocentric punks do...shat on his home and left to take care of himself...I hope he suffers a career ending injury..." This loon wants LeBron to get hurt?!

"He should have let us know beforehand, but then would it really have ben a secret the whole world would have known instantly...he made a good decision, I will still respect him as a player...Im upset he left Cleveland but this is still his home, and I hope people will be adult enough to realize he is allowed to live his own life..." What does or did LeBron owe the fans?

"Would he have made more$$ staying In Cleveland?" Yes, but the Cavs have a crappy team compared to Miami and Chicago.

"Money went to his head." Any true basketball fan has to compare the Cavs' roster against Chicago's and Miami's and see where Bron's best chances are for a title.

"If he wanted to leave - ok. But why treat the fans so poorly?" HOW did he treat fans poorly? He was silent, except for a Larry King interview.

"The thing that bothered me the most was when he said he had no regret about his decision. As I said earlier there is a huge difference between skill and character. LBJ just showed his huge lack of character. Now it's up to our Cavs to prove what a great tean they are." HOW did LeBron show a lack of character?

"it's all about the Benjamins...." HOW? He went to a team for less money. He already has a $100 million contract with Nike, an endorsement deal with Sprite, and several other companies. He has tons of money.

"he showed a total lack of character and a total lack of caring for the 7 years NE Ohio has supported him. What a douche." Again, how did he show a lack of character?

"battery night at the Q!" A sign that there are still people out there playing with less than a full deck.

"Did you notice he's from Akron now? Akron, Akron, Akron." He has ALWAYS said he's from Akron.

"Is it wrong to already be rooting for season ending pre-season injuries?" Again, another person who is 'out there.'

"Belle, Thome, Ramirez, Boozer, and now LeBron.

So much for "Loyalty". = /" What LOYALTY did LeBron owe Cleveland? He was a Cavalier for SEVEN years!

"LeBron is a sellout." How? Why? For going to a team with a better roster?

" F*U* Lebron" Wow. Someone hates a guy this much for bettering his chances to go to a title contender?

Among some of the other unknowledgable stuff posted on Facebook, there was, "He's switching conferences." Uh, no. Only if he signed with the Clippers.

"I am enjoying all the backlash at Cleveland.com. You would think that the city will now fall into Lake Erie. He's not God, he only thinks he is. One injury and the Miami faithful will regret the signing." Is LeBron totally responsible for having a God complex? Let's see....LeBron didn't suggest a man turn his car into a petition. LBJ didn't suggest there be a flash mob at Tower City. LBJ didn't push for the Appreciation Rally in Akron. LeBron sure as hell didn't ask for the We Are the World remake. He didn't ask for downtown Cleveland to have the word "home" all over the place on the 4th of July. He didn't ask people to grow beards for him either.

One nutcase continuously debated me online that LeBron should have made his announcement in Cleveland. WHAT would have been the point in that? Make the announcement in Cleveland that he is playing for Miami?! That would make no sense.

This is what happens when the media drive a story without putting out facts. Too much "rumor" and "speculation" from "sources" was reported. Seeing the misinformation repeated by fans is alarming. The Cavs by the rules could offer him the max. Regardless of where LeBron is from, the Cavs have absolutely nothing in free agency. That's a fact. LeBron owed the fans and Cleveland nothing. He was here for seven years. He already has huge endoresement deals. This was not entirely about money.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Please go away, LeBron!

Whether he stays in Cleveland or goes elsewhere, I hope LeBron disappears on vacation for awhile. The media have been acting like high school kids passing notes and rumors. Consider this. I get the Record-Courier out of Kent everyday in my e-mail. Twice in the last two days I got "breaking news" alerts about LeBron James. The first one said that "LeBron has a lot to think about after the sales pitches from different teams." YES....that was breaking news. And the other breaking news alert was that there's a RUMOR of a sign and trade deal for Toronto's Chris Bosh. YES, I said that....a RUMOR was reported as "breaking news."

The is LeBron free agency has turned into TMZ silliness at its best.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

So what?

As a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, I along with my fellow students have a wide variety of research interests. However, it seems we are always trying to answer the question, "SO WHAT?". Or "why should people care?" One of my all-time favorite professors at Kent State, the late Larry Hugenberg once said, "you could probably take about 99 percent of all academic research and throw it in a pile in the parking lot and burn it (due to the so what question)." There is an issue with academia in that on one hand, you are looked at as a "sell out" if you try to reach beyond the academic journals and go "mainstream" to reach a wider audience BUT on the other hand, if you keep your research interests or projects inside the academic circles, who really benefits from your research? Case in point: my best friend here in Toledo did her dissertation on the retention of minority students in medical colleges across the country. She loooked at the factors that cause minority medical students who stay in the program and the factors that cause students to drop out. I applaud her massive effort to gather data and assemble her dissertation. Her dissertation led her to do presentations at several conferences across the country and it led to her getting a promotion at the University of Toledo. My friend was truly motivated to carry out her research because it was personal to her and she wanted to make a difference. My friend's work could not have made the impact it has if she would have confined it to academic journals. Thankfully, one of my professors said recently that one of the major academic communication organizations is softening its stance on reaching out beyond its walls to a wider audience.

Ironically, the Plain Dealer of Cleveland has an article (May 30, 2010) about a guy who is battling an issue to publish his research about a possible cancer-cell-killing project of his.
http://www.cleveland.com/medical/index.ssf/2010/05/cleveland_state_university_pro.html

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Don't Tase Me, Bro!


Recently, a Philadelphia Phillies fan ran onto the field and had a good old time eluding security. The guy is apparently very fast but not fast enough to outrun a taser gun as he slid nicely after getting jolted. Now, the debate is whether this was excessive force. Fans have run onto the field before. Here's a drunken Browns fan who paid the price.

And then, there's the occasional drunken wrestling fan...

Basically, my point is that I'm not sure the taser is that "excessive" considering the danger the other incidents have shown. A football fan getting slammed could have been paralyzed. Same with the wrestling idiot.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Food and Memories

I find it oddly fascinating how a restaurant or food can trigger memories. For example, earlier this week, I was hungry and in a hurry. So I went through the drive-through at Arby's and got two little roast beef sandwiches. The sandwiches immediately made me think of my late dad, who passed away last year. He loved Arby's sandwiches.

Another place I went to recently was Boston Market. I think they have really good food there. Here's my issue. I had a close relative who was in a mental institution and I would go visit that relative several times. I would stop at the nearby Boston Market before going to see the relative. So, I developed a correlation between visits to the mental hospital and Boston Market. Even now that I am in Toledo, I still have trouble eating in the restaurant because it makes me think of going to a mental hospital. This time though, I got my food to go because I didn't want to sit in the store.

Dairy Queen is another place that brings back memories. When I worked in TV, I would go to Berea with one of the greatest guys I know. On the way back from Berea on the turnpike, we would stop in Richfield at the Dairy Queen. My friend has a stomach lined with tin. He eats all kinds of stuff that should melt paint off a car. It wouldn't be unusual for my buddy to get a chili dog and a burger at DQ. Anyway, every time we stopped, we had an absolute blast.

There are more food memories. I just had to share the ones I experienced or thought of recently.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dismissed.



It amazes me the lengths that some people go to-to dismiss serious criminal allegations like sexual abuse. The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Benedict, allegedly dragged his feet in dealing with sexual abuse cases when he was Cardinal Ratzinger. More cases are coming forward from the past. The apologies seem hallow.

A close relative of mine who is fanatical about his Catholicism was asked about this whole thing and his response was that the media was "on a witch hunt." He said there are more public school teachers having sex with students than there are priests having sex with kids. Maybe it's me...but I don't see how public school teachers having sex with kids dismisses a high ranking official in the church KNOWING about it and not doing anything about it. Whether or not the media covers the scandal and how intensely it does, does not change whether or not the abuse was right or wrong.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How can people ignore this?

To be honest, I'm surprised more of these incidents aren't happening. Too often, schools are worried about their image and don't want people to think bullying happens at their school so they sweep it under the rug.



Friday, March 26, 2010

Why does this have to happen?

I think it's great that people care about politics and we all have the right to an opinion BUT when it gets to the point where racism and death threats are involved, it's gone too far. There's no reason for someone to use the n-word on someone because of how they voted politically or what cause they believe in. Throwing bricks through windows, showing guns, and making harrassing telephone calls is not only out of line but it is a strong suggestion of the level of the person's intelligence and civility (or lack thereof).

Friday, March 19, 2010

How can this be fixed?

President Obama wants a major overhaul of No Child Left Behind. NCLB is the major legislation that President George W. Bush passed in an attempt to raise the level of education in this country by emphasizing testing and improvement for EVERY student.

People have to understand something. Funding is tied to nearly everything, especially in education....attendance rates, graduation rates, passing rates, etc. You get the idea. Naturally, the better a school does, the more funding it receives. Can this lead to dishonesty? Sure. Students are passed who no in way should be passed. Students who have major disciplinary issues are not punished because again, suspending students and/or sending them home counts against attendance. Only major discipline issues will send a student home.

Standardized testing...this has led to major problems for schools and children. Teachers are teaching to the test, plain and simple. Their jobs are on the line. They are pressured by administrators to do well, no matter what kind of students walk through their door. Is that fair? Maybe not. It will force teachers to attempt to reach every child though.

But what happens when teachers teach to a test? Critical thinking and/or problem solving skills are not practiced. Instead, students become strategic test takers. Filling in a circle will never replace problem or project based learning. Furthermore, filling in circles will never substitute for learning writing skills and/or learning things like American History or Geography. Consider this: a grad student/classmate of mine said recently during a conversation about First Ladies that Eleanor Roosevelt did a lot and was a powerful First Lady because "FDR sat around a lot." That lack of common knowledge is disturbing. I once ran talked to an undergrad who had no idea where Mexico was. USA TODAY ran an article a couple months ago that said that more undergrads are taking up to seven years to get their bachelor's degree because they are taking so many remedial classes. This is not a surprise. Public edcuation is failing them. Education needs to be improved, big time.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Is he sorry he got caught or genuinely sorry?

See the idiot above? That's Walt Baker, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association. Walt sent the following e-mail to a few people comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to a monkey.

Baker says he meant no offense and sent it to what he considered to be "a select group of friends." "If anybody wants to make a political agenda out of it, they're wasting they're time."

Memo to Walt: Please rethink things before you hit "send."

****Below is the text of the e-mail. Attached was a picture of Michelle Obama and a picture of a monkey.

From: Walt Baker To: Albie DelFavero, Bruce Dobie, Butch Spyridon, Joe Hall, Peter Heidenreich, Terry Clements, Toby Compton, Chuck Creasy, Rob Moorefield, Ken Whitehouse, Paul Brown, Bob Davis Date: March 4, 2010 9:18:29 PM CST
Quoting Larry the Cable Guy...I don't care who you are, this is funny...

I was at the store yesterday, and I ran into Tarzan! I asked him how it was going and if he was into anymore movies.



He told me that he could no longer make any more movies as he had severe arthritis in both shoulders and could no longer swing from vine to tree.



I asked how Jane was doing, he told me she was in bad shape, in a nursing home, has Alzheimer's and no longer recognizes anyone, how sad. I asked about Boy, and he told me that Boy had gone to the big city, got hooked up with bad women, drugs, alcohol, and the only time he heard from him was if he was in trouble or needed something.


I asked about Cheeta, he beamed and said she was doing good, had married a Lawyer and now lived in the White House!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Best ratings yet.

My guess on the upcoming edition of Dancing With The Stars will be the highest rated ever. Pamela Anderson, Erin Andrews, and Kate Gosselin???? Too much "car wreck" type "stars" there to ignore.

From Yahoo! TV...

Overhyped cast announcements have become a twice-yearly tradition for "Dancing With the Stars," but this week, the hype may actually be deserved. For its tenth season, kicking off March 22, ABC has assembled the A-list of the B-list, ranging from the biggest "Bachelor" ever to the biggest (ahem) "Baywatch" babe ever to the most eccentric NFL star ever.

But above all, the show managed to score Kate Gosselin, one of the most talked about and controversial reality TV stars ever. Already, she's attracting attention for the fact that she'll need to be in Los Angeles to rehearse and tape two to three episodes each week, presumably leaving her eight young children behind (though reportedly she'll practice her routines back home in Pennsylvania). Expect that storyline to gather steam as the season progresses — unless, of course, voters send her packing quickly. Here's how we think Kate and the rest of the cast will do:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

How does this happen so much?

How do so many Howard Stern clones and show contributors get on-air?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hockey Hope!

Hopefully, the USA Hockey Team repeats what happened in 1980.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The ME generation

Great series on education in the Detroit Free Press. Ok, so we've identified that this generation of students wants instant gratification, is used to be coddled, and is coddled by the parents. How can we fix this?

Students' attitudes a major obstacle to learning, prof says
BY ROBIN ERB
FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER

What gets Carl Taylor is not what his students don't know; it's that many don't care what they don't know.

The sociology professor at Michigan State University calls it the "normalization of ignorance" -- a culture in which the definitions of reading and writing are what can be texted or Facebooked.

Taylor and others say that for many of today's youths, a Google search counts as heady research. And composition is cut-and-paste.

"They're moving so fast, the only thing that matters is the end," said Taylor, who grew up in Detroit and has spent years researching youth culture.

Too often, these students head to college without the critical-thinking skills, patience and tenacity needed for even entry-level courses. Add to the mix a sense of entitlement -- groomed over the years by parents who feed it and teachers who get tired of fighting it, Taylor said.

"I've always had concerned parents, but in this past decade -- and it gets worse every year -- you get this indignant, pissed-off student, who returns with an indignant, pissed-off parent," he said.

Parents have complained to him about his no-tolerance policy for tardy students and his unwavering deadlines on class assignments. They've demanded changes for their college-age children's grades.

For too many teachers in kindergarten through 12th grades, he said, it's not worth the constant fights with parents, students and administrators to keep working with a below-average student. Rather, it's easier to pass along the problem: "In the end, it's not worth the battle."

Taylor said a senior recently asked for his help in getting a job. When he criticized her cover letter, in which she wrote that she looked forward to "hereing" from her potential boss, she was annoyed.

"The ill-prepared, we can address; the attitude is tougher," he said.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

It gets worse for Edwards.

And the magnitude of how big of a turd John Edwards is continues to grow. How this clown vehemently denied he was having an affair and denied he fathered a child for so long shows how low he will sink.

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A former aide to John Edwards says in court documents that a copy of a sex tape featuring his former boss has been sent to the FBI.

Andrew Young said Friday he has the original copy of the tape in a safe deposit box in Atlanta. He said a copy of the tape was sent to his Washington attorney, who turned it over to federal investigators.

Young has said the tape shows Edwards and a woman he believes to be the two-time presidential candidate's mistress, Rielle Hunter. Federal investigators have been looking into the money that exchanged hands during Edwards' second White House campaign. He has denied breaking campaign finance laws.

A judge has ordered Young to turn over all copies of the tape.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

When will they learn?


Basketball player Greg Oden is doing the apology tour for as Jim Rome put it, "taking pictures of his package and e-mailing them to his girlfriend." WHY would anyone do this? Can anyone justify doing this? As Jim Rome said today, being a soulmate or in love is still no reason.

Here is the article from the Associated Press.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden(notes) is apologizing for nude photos that have surfaced on the internet. Oden says the pictures, taken with his cell phone and sent to a former girlfriend, were taken about 1 1/2 years ago. A friend told the 21-year-old Tuesday morning that the pictures were making the rounds on the internet.

“I would like to apologize to everybody: Portland, the fans, the organization,” Oden told reporters at the Blazers practice facility. “It was very embarrassing.”

Oden is out for this season after fracturing his left kneecap during a game against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5. He averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21 starts. The 7-foot-center was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State. He missed his rookie season after have microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What an ass.

Never has someone come across so publicly as being out for himself like John Edwards. As this guy campaigned, he vehemently denied he was having an affair as his wife was battling breast cancer. He eventually admitted to having the affair but denied he fathered a child with his mistress. Until now................................Edwards' confession would not have happened had one of his campaign aides taped a tv interview in which he said Edwards offered to pay him large sums of money to keep the fatherhood issue a secret.

How sad is it for the baby girl Edwards fathered. Can you imagine it if your father were to deny you? Again, like my title says, "what an ass."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Startling Revelations

Can someone please explain to me how anyone can still think Sarah Palin has a political future? Having to be briefed on World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror is unreal. I'm glad 60 Minutes posted this online. Of course, the Republican supporters are saying in the comments online that "this is Sarah Palin bashing", "she's really a smart woman", and naturally, "60 Minutes is a liberal/partisan broadcast." I mean, come on! How bad is it when your v-p candidate needs to ask Senator Biden to call him "Joe" because she couldn't say his freakin' name??!!

Watch CBS News Videos Online
Oh, yes, these political insiders also said that if Palin runs for the Presidency in 2012, it would be catastrophic for the Republican Party. Hey, GOP supporters, please DO something for the better of our country...if you don't like the way Barack Obama is running our country, push someone forward who can do better. Unfortunately, Sarah Palin will not cut it. Please stop thinking Palin has it together. She does not. Because she has a twang and speaks kind of folksy, that does not compensate for her being clueless. You cannot get around that. "What magazines/newspapers do you read?" "Name a significant court case handled by the Supreme Court other than Roe v. Wade?" These are fairly basic questions that probably a decent percentage of Americans could answer. Under the bright lights of tv cameras, Sarah Palin could not handle either question.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What a tool.

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas needs to go away...at least from basketball. The idiot pointed a gun at a teammate in the Wizards' lockerroom over a card game issue. Arenas says he was joking. He has apologized but then last night, his last night in uniform, he pointed both fingers at his teammates in a huddle as if he was shooting guns. The laughing from Gilbert's teammates in the huddle is as bad his joking around on the issue. It has been reported that Arenas has brought four guns to the Wizards' arena. And yet still, Arenas thinks this is funny. Well today, NBA Commissioner David Stern had enough and suspended the knucklehead indefinitely without pay. Nice job, Commish.