Archive for the ‘news’ Category

the plot?

June 2, 2007

exaggeration:

“The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable,” U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said at a news conference, calling it “one of the most chilling plots imaginable.”

idiocy:

One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and retired JFK air cargo employee, said the airport named for the slain president was targeted because it is a symbol that would put “the whole country in mourning.”

“It’s like you can kill the man twice,” said Defreitas, 63, who first hatched his plan more than a decade ago when he worked as a cargo handler for a service company, according to the indictment.

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”.

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.”

http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003572629

college athletes behaving badly

April 12, 2007

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Criticize Their Moms

While their behavior hasn’t risen to the level of “attention whore” yet, I, for one, have grown weary of the grandstanding by some members of the Rutgers womens basketball team, and some members of the Duke mens lacrosse team.

In the links below, you will find some research that you can use to help yourself understand such contemporary college students.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17349066/

http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/narcissisticpd.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_minutes_of_fame

imaginary quote: “Now’s your big chance baby, you’re going to be on Oprah!”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_parent

nappy-headed hos research links

April 10, 2007

(note: same video, two different formats; and with unrelated short clip on end)

http://mediamatters.org/static/video/imus-rose-20070404.mov

http://mediamatters.org/static/video/imus-rose-20070404.wmv

Throughout the film, hair weave-wearing African American women of the Gamma Rays (a women’s auxiliary to the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity) battle it out with their, Afro-headed fellow co-eds. The students at Mission College also battle with the local unemployed and uneducated people living around the campus, who resent the Mission students for taking all of the good jobs.

Musical performances are throughout, including the production “Straight and Nappy”, “Be Alone Tonight” performed by Campbell (as Jane Toussaint and her Royal Court), and a dis-fest between the Wannabes and Jigaboos on campus. The go-go anthem “Da Butt” is performed by the group E.U. during the after-party for the Gammites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_Daze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jknRJnuTCn8

http://whorechurch.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/imus-endows-rutgers-scholarship/

captivity over; Iran lost the most

April 5, 2007

Well, the British prisoners have been freed by Iran.

I did not follow all of the news reports very closely, but here is my country by country analysis:

*Iran’s government: There were many US citizens who thought that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a non-crazy and OK guy, and actually supported his resistance of American imperialism, hegemony, or whatever they want to call it; but he has now lost a lot of support from them because of the prisoner stunts that he seemingly ordered. Iran now will definitely get less support from anti-war people in the US should Bush order the US military to attack Iran.

(Interesting system we have here in the US. One man can seemingly order any employee of the US military to do anything at anytime.)

*England’s government: somewhat weak and ineffectual; seemingly with wimpy military personnel

*Iraqi government: seemingly weak and possibly lackadaisical in this situation

*US government: not really bellicose, but potentially a dangerous ally to have; it is also interesting to note how much the US media did not care about the story when they were first captured

UPDATES:

At Britain’s request, the two carrier groups, totaling 40 ships plus aircraft, changed their exercises to make them appear less confrontational, The Guardian said. London also asked Washington to tone down its rhetoric against Tehran, the newspaper added.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070408&articleId=5303

Overplaying the hurt factor when one’s own is aggrieved isn’t anything new – while part of the British public gaped in horror at the ‘torture’ that their 15 servicemen endured under Iranian capture, many were quick to point out that British servicemen in Iraq were never shy of using physical torture on their captives, either. At least all 15 British servicemen were released safe and sound – and few thousand quid richer. Baha Mousa was released in a body bag, and his murderers have yet to be brought to justice.

http://iam.subhumour.us/?p=2035

Michael Bloomberg

March 15, 2007

First there was a fire, then there was a shooting; both followed by Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, giving speeches that seemed unnecessary and possibly self-serving.

Tennessee murders

March 14, 2007

It’s interesting sometimes how some news goes national and some doesn’t.

From what I’ve read about this incident, it may go national once there are details presented in court.

http://www.volunteertv.com/special/

why public executions might be dangerous

January 4, 2007

Multan – A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, said police on Monday.

Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein’s hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district on Sunday, said a local police official.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,9294,2-10-1462_2050341,00.html

Kolkata, India – A 15-year-old girl from eastern India hanged herself in response to the execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, police and family members said on Thursday.

“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain Saddam did during the execution,” the girl’s father, Manmohan Karmakar, told AFP by phone from the town of Kharda.

He said his daughter, called Moon Moon, had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam’s execution on television.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2051037,00.html

Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico’s mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam’s death.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=4904242

Britney Spears divorce timing

November 8, 2006

By filing for divorce on Election Day, did Spears hope to bury the news? It appears from the court papers — widely available on the Internet as soon as the clerk’s stamp dried — that she was in a hurry. She faxed her signature to her attorneys in Los Angeles from New York. Perhaps she thought the world would be focused on something so meaningless as a national election, and not on the magnitude of her personal dramas.

When I first heard about the divorce, I assumed that the divorce papers were filed on election day on purpose in order to attract attention, because more people would be paying attention to the news that day.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/07/AR2006110700918.html