Archive for April, 2007

Croton police

April 27, 2007

Phil Barone, who sells hand-made saxophone mouthpieces at, says he was questioned last week by police at a post office in Croton, N.Y., after he tried to cash what turned out to be three fake $1,000 postal money orders he had received by mail from a customer in Nigeria. Mr. Barone said his car was searched and that detectives visited his house before they were satisfied that he was not involved in the scheme.

“That was very unpleasant,” Mr. Barone said.

monologue disrupted

April 25, 2007

I don’t think the guy handled the situation great, although he did do better that Michael Richards did.
Whatever happened to “the show must go on”?

Also, I did not agree with the ageist remarks; and I think think that people should stop being mean to Paris Hilton.

Governor Eliot Spitzer wants special treatment?

April 23, 2007

Sanjaya Malakar, the shy, slender, 17-year-old “American Idol” reject, was at his table when a tall, middle-aged man stopped by to ask for an autograph. The boy’s hosts, from People magazine, tried to shoo him away.

“We are trying to let him eat,” they explained.

The man protested: “But I’m the governor of New York.”

And so Eliot Spitzer got his autograph. It was that kind of night. It always is.

Seung Cho’s only social promotion?

April 22, 2007

On campus, Cho had raised some alarms. His professor for a 2005 seminar, renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, found his work disturbingly dark. “He was writing really creepy things,” Giovanni said. Worse, Cho was intimidating other students in the class by snapping pictures with his cell-phone camera. Finally Giovanni decided to ask Cho to complete the course work outside the seminar, in a tutorial with the department head. “I couldn’t allow him to destroy my class,” she said.

At the end of the semester, Giovanni gave him an A- not for talent or effort, but because she feared angering him.

did Seung Cho really try hard to be famous?

April 22, 2007

I heard someone on the radio say that they refused to watch any videos of Seung Cho because “that’s exactly what he wanted”.

But if that’s exactly what he wanted, why would he send the film clips just to NBC and not to more television networks? He could have sent videos to ABC, Fox, CNN and others as well.

Also, he used a slightly wrong address on the package to NBC. If he was so concerned about getting his videos seen, wouldn’t he have used a proper mailing address?

Maybe he used a slightly wrong address on purpose for some reason.
Maybe he choose NBC because he likes or dislikes NBC, or its parent companies General Electric and/or Vivendi.
Maybe the stock market is involved.

family visits and inmates

April 22, 2007

A statewide task force, dubbed Operation Disarm, pools the talents and manpower of law enforcement agencies from across the state, including Det. Marc Gray, an 18-year veteran of the Dover Police Department.

Prosecution by the U.S. government has several advantages instead of cases heard in state or local courts, Gray said. As there are no federal prisons in Delaware, family members must travel out of state to visit inmates.

failed news research

April 22, 2007

Well, I’ve got no important things to report on this.

but you may be interested in this post:

his name was Seung Cho

April 22, 2007

Should he be called Cho Seung-Hui or Seung-Hui Cho?

I suggest just Seung Cho, as that was the typed named on the front covers of his two crazy and poor quality plays; and also, he had sc in his e-mail address.

I have read that Seung is pronounced “sung” or “song”.

Koreans scared, attacked at schools?

April 22, 2007

Korean students attending Virginia Tech were on edge. “We are hesitating to go to the school’s cafeteria for fear of possible retaliation,” a student said. “We gather in threes or fours when we go out. Some stayed in their dormitory all day long.” Some who came from Korea were thinking about returning to Korea, Lee said. Some 1,000 Korean students, including hundreds from Korea, are enrolled at Virginia Tech, he said.

At Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, the gunman’s old school, tension was evident. Several Korean students reportedly were deliberately hit with backpacks.

In Los Angeles, several Korean students were physically attacked at a junior high school near Koreatown, according to Jenny Kim, a parent of an eighth-grader. The school authority told the parents they were investigating the report, she said.

Seung Cho as killer, not as Korean killer

April 22, 2007

The Asian American Journalists Association has issued a statement calling on the media to avoid references to the race of Cho Seung-Hui, the student who killed 33 people at the Virginia Tech campus yesterday.

“There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people,” the journalists’ group said in a statement. “The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.”