Archive for April 7th, 2007


It really is almost impossible to get fired, or even shunned, if you’re a Republican:

On Wednesday morning, Don Imus called the students who play for the Rutgers University women’s basketball team a bunch of “nappy-headed ho’s.”

Even for Mr. Imus, a nationally syndicated radio host who knows his way around an insult, it was a shocking remark, one that seemed to impugn both the physical and moral characteristics of a team composed mostly of black players.

What followed was a familiar dance for Mr. Imus and the media companies that profit from his ability to shock his way to big audiences: outrage, indignation and, eventually, the expression of deep regret.

And so on Thursday, Mr. Imus wondered aloud on his show what the big deal was, saying people should not be offended by “some idiot comment meant to be amusing.”


MSNBC, which simulcasts Mr. Imus’s show on cable television, issued an apology, noting that the program is not a production of the network; NBC, its parent company, called the comments “deplorable.”

CBS Radio, which syndicates the radio show, was sorry as well: “We are disappointed by Imus’s actions earlier this week which we find completely inappropriate,” the company said in a statement. “We fully agree that a sincere apology was called for and will continue to monitor the program’s content going forward.”

For his part, Mr. Imus appeared doubly sorry: for a time on Friday, the printed version of his apology, made on Friday morning’s show — he termed his remarks “thoughtless and stupid” — appeared twice on his home page at


This is hardly the first time Mr. Imus has made racially insensitive remarks during a broadcast. In a 1997 interview with “60 Minutes,” he said he chose one white staffer to tell racial jokes on his show. He once referred to the PBS anchor Gwen Ifill as “a cleaning lady.” And in 2001 he took a pledge, guided by the Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, to refrain from making further racist comments on his program.

Mr. Imus’s defenders say that he is actually an equal-opportunity offender: Jews, gays and Roman Catholics are also his frequent targets. Yesterday’s show, on Good Friday, included a song couplet that managed to rhyme the words “resurrection” and “erection.”

That’s an… interesting defense against accusations of bigotry.

Mr. Imus made his on-air apology yesterday morning amid the topical humor.

“Want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill- conceived remark we made the other morning regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team,” Mr. Imus said. “It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”


Richard Prince, a columnist who writes a blog called Journal-isms about media and diversity, said that Mr. Imus was inoculated to some degree by his powerful relationships.

“One of the most offensive things about the whole episode is not just MSNBC playing ball with Imus,” Mr. Prince said. “Not only is the network supporting this kind of program, but think of all the prominent journalists and politicians who are also enabling him and these kinds of comments.”

Bad as Imus is, it sounds like his executive producer is even worse:

“That’s some rough girls from Rutgers,” Mr. Imus said on Wednesday. “Man, they got tattoos …” The program’s executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, agreed: “Some hardcore ho’s,” he said. Imus continued, “That’s some nappy-headed ho’s there, I’m going to tell you that.”

Later in the show, Mr. McGuirk characterized the women’s collegiate basketball championship Tuesday night, between Rutgers and the University of Tennessee, as “the Jigaboos versus the Wannabes.”

No-one will lose their job over this. Imus will suffer no damage to his reputation or popularity as a consequence of being a racist asshole. Melanie Morgan and her merry little band of KSFO freaks are not just racist but eliminationist, and they’re all still employed.

4 comments April 7th, 2007 at 09:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers


From the Burlington Free Press, by way of Cut to the Chase, by way of Comments From Left Field:

There was a certain irony in the recent demise of the College Republicans at the University of Vermont. What ultimately proved to be the club’s undoing was an appearance on campus by a national Republican heavyweight: Newt Gingrich.

When the club invited Gingrich to speak at Ira Allen Chapel on Oct. 6, 2005, he settled for an undisclosed honorarium that was apparently higher than the College Republicans could afford. They took out a $7,000 loan from the Student Government Association to help pay the bill, but more than a year later, when the loan still wasn’t fully repaid after several ultimatums, the Student Government Association decertified them. In other words, the College Republicans were removed last month from UVM’s long list of “recognized,” or subsidized, student clubs.

That left the College Democrats and the International Socialist Organization as two of the more prominent political organizations for students, and it left political conservatives with virtually no formal organizational outlet on campus.

Way to nurture and advance the movement, Newt! You should totally run for president.

It’s just so perfect and beautiful – I’m all verklempt.

3 comments April 7th, 2007 at 03:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Republicans,Wankers

We Are All Jackie Robinson.

As a sports fan (and a Mets fan), I can’t stand the Cardinals, but this is pretty cool:

The world champion St. Louis Cardinals have decided to give Jackie Robinson an unprecedented tribute when Major League Baseball celebrates the 60th anniversary of the ground-breaking Hall of Famer’s Major League debut.

For the first time in franchise history, the entire St. Louis roster will be wearing Robinson’s No. 42 when the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, April 15.

“We just heard today that that was possible to do, so we checked with the players and they all wanted to do it,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said on Friday. “I guess that sends a message about how this club feels about what he went through [and the] opportunities he’s provided for others.”

Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, and as part of the 50th anniversary of that event in 1997, Major League Baseball retired No. 42 throughout the game.

Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. lobbied MLB for permission to wear the number for this year’s 60th anniversary celebration, and other teams were encouraged to take part.

The entire Dodgers team will also wear No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. Other confirmed participants include the Giants’ Barry Bonds, the Tigers’ Gary Sheffield, the Astros’ Carlos Lee, Bill Hall of the Brewers and the Cubs’ Derrek Lee.

Mets manager Willie Randolph will be wearing No. 42 as well.

1 comment April 7th, 2007 at 02:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports

Random Musings

Just some random thoughts which don’t really merit their own individual posts…

o I’m wondering if someone said “George W. Bush is most at ease around people who think as he does, so we should probably hire a lot of morons,” but was misheard (except in FEMA and the DoD…).

o Think those 18 days missing from the DoJ document dumps might have a few e-mails from the domain? (Remember, this was the timeframe right after DoJ came up with The List and sent it to Karl’s Shop to review.) And why has only the DoJ been forced to fork over its e-mails and not the WH?

o Is Henry Waxman going to question Knodell’s predecessor as WH security director? I’d like to hear his answers to questions like, “Why didn’t you investigate the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA operative? Did no-one ask you to investigate the leak? Did someone ask you not to investigate the leak?”

I really want to see this thread get pulled some more to see just how un-eager Dubya was to discover the leaker’s identity (we’ve already seen how little he cares about the leakers’s identities now that they’ve been publicly revealed). Henry did send Chief Of Staff Bolten a letter inquiring about the lack of an inquiry, so that’s something.

April 7th, 2007 at 01:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Rove

Yes, I love technology
Not as much as you, you see
But still, I love technology
Always and forever…

USB Awesomeness!

No carrot noses or coal eyes here: The menacing USB Snowbot‘s most distinctive feature is a scanning light that reminds me of Battlestar Galactica’s Cylons–and not the slinky, well-dressed ones. Switch the scanning light to blue or red depending on whose side you’re on.


Want proof of your awe-inspiring productivity? The USB Hamster Wheel provides a dramatic demonstration. The faster you type, the faster the toy rodent runs, and the faster the wheel spins.


Do you regularly have to dodge paperclips and rubber bands launched by your cubicle neighbors? Escalate your inter-desk warfare with this USB Laser-Guided Missile Launcher, which tilts and pivots remotely via the included software. A laser sight helps to ensure accuracy for strategic attacks, or you can connect as many launchers as you have USB ports for some serious shock and awe. (Ambitious coders can also create their own missile-launching applications with the freely downloadable API.)

But wait, there’s more!

If your office is a circus already, then you’ll appreciate this little circus cannon. It comes with three foam shooters that will fly up to 20 feet into the included net….

Your computer crashed, again. Your boss is yelling at you to meet that deadline, and your car won’t start. Don’t you just feel like blowing up the world? Well, now you can. Just break out the Armageddon Hub, flip the two switches, turn the key, open the plastic cover, and push the red “ultimate destruction” button. Okay, nothing will actually happen (except some loud honking noises), but the Armageddon Hub actually does serve a useful purpose–it doubles as a four-port USB hub.


So you’ve digitized your entire music library and ripped every CD into MP3s to play on your iPod. But there’s one thorn in the side of your plan. Those vinyl records are collecting dust, and you don’t really feel like shelling out for another copy of the White Album. Don’t fret! Just get the USB Turntable. It plugs right into your computer and comes with handy software for ripping your records to MP3s.

NOW how much would you pay?

1 comment April 7th, 2007 at 12:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

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