Thursday, 26 April 2007
APOLOGIZING, ALEC BALDWIN-STYLE
As you are probably aware, Alec Baldwin telephoned
his pre-teen daughter last week and attacked her in a way that no child should ever be
subjected to, regardless of what she may have done to anger him.
Baldwin was absolutely reamed for doing so, even by media that usually
suck up to him. His attack on an 11 or 12 year old (Baldwin couldn't say
for sure, it was only his daughter) was too much; they couldn't look the other
way or gloss it over.
The only person I heard who had any sympathy for his bitter, profane
unbelievably insulting tirade, was Rosie O'Donnell. Ms. O'Donnell assured
her audience on The View that she also cursed at her children. And a large
number of them applauded when she said this, proving that at least some
of The View's audience will support child abuse if their heroine Rosie
engages in it. Unbelievable, but true.
Now, after a week of being battered by media for attacking his own
child, Baldwin has decided to show some contrition. Is it sincere or
PR-driven? I don't know for sure. But I know he waited a week to do
it, and that doesn't move my opinion to the sincere side.
Anyway, Baldwin decided the appropriate forum for his apology would be a
one on one interview. So who does he choose to conduct it? Rosie
O'Donnell! The human sick joke who said she did the same thing to HER
Now we get to the apology itself. I heard an advance tape of it.
Baldwin says that he apologizes "to anyone who may have been offended".
Does that sound like an apology to you?
If I do something wrong, I say "I'm sorry. I don't say "I'm
sorry if YOU think I should be. But if you don't, I retract the
apology, I'm not sorry anymore" That isn't an apology, it's a
Just for the record, let me remind you of what this
now-you-see-it-now-you-don't apology was for. Here, in its entirety,
is what Alec Baldwin said to his pre-teen daughter - most of it either in a
raised voice or screaming. The bold print is mine:-
"You have insulted me for the last time. You
have insulted me. You don't have the brains or the decency as a
human being, I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or
that you're a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who
doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned.
You have humiliated me for
the last time on this phone. When I come out there next
week, I'm gonna fly out there for the day, just to straighten you out on
this issue. I'm gonna let you know just how disappointed I am and
just how angry I am with you that you've done this to me
You've made me feel like shit, and you've
made me feel like a fool over and over and over...again.
And this crap you pull on me, with this goddamn phone
situation, that you would never dream of doing to your mother, you do
it constantly to me and over and over again.
I'm gonna get on a plane, and I'm gonna go out there
for a day, and I'm gonna straighten your ass out when I see you,
understand me? I'm gonna really make sure you get it. Then
I'm gonna get on a plane, I'm gonna turn around and come home.
So you better be ready, Friday, the 20th, to
meet with me, so I'm gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little
pig you really are.
You are a rude, thoughtless little
This is what he couldn't just come out and apologize
for? This is what he waited a week to apologize for, and then did so conditionally?
Some things speak for themselves.
Finally, in the O'Donnell interview Mr. Baldwin says that he would like to
leave his hit show "30 Rock" and do charity work. Very
commendable. But what area would he like to do this charity work
Are you sitting? He wants to address.....parental alienation.
The man who tells his daughter she has no brains or decency and is a
thoughtless little pig wants to tell YOU how to avoid alienating your
I have to stop now. I think I need a drink. Make it a
UPDATE: I apologize (a real one, not a Baldwinian one). I forgot
that, before his half baked apology was taped for tomorrow's edition of The
View, Baldwin "apologized" on his website. Here is his "apology" (one look
will tell you why I am putting the word in quotations):
"I have endured a great deal over the last several
years in my custody litigation. Everyone who knows me privately knows that
certain people will go to any lengths to embarrass me and to disrupt my
relationship with my daughter."
There you have it. His "apology"...which accuses his wife and
apparently his daughter of causing what he is apologizing for. What
poignancy. What emotion.
Y'know what? Make that drink a triple.
THE NAVY'S JACKIE ROBINSON
This isn't earthshaking news, I suppose (although it almost certainly was at
the time). But it would be a crime to let it go
Navy's First Black Captain Dies
Navy News | April 24, 2007Washington D.C. -- The Navys first black Sailor to be promoted to the
rank of captain died April 16 in Norfolk.
Funeral services for retired
Capt. Thomas David Parham will be held April 21, at 1 p.m. at the Little Creek
Amphibious Base chapel. The Reverend Dr. Barry C. Black, U.S. Senate chaplain
and retired U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains will deliver the eulogy.
87, was commissioned in 1944 and promoted to captain in February 1966. He was
also the second black chaplain in the Navy.
Born March 21, 1920, in
Newport News, Va., Parham earned a bachelors degree from North Carolina Central
University in 1941. He then graduated magna cum laude from Pittsburgh
Theological Seminary in 1944, and was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church
on May 17, 1944.
While five other members of his seminary class entered
the Navy chaplaincy upon their graduation, Parham was told his application could
not be accepted. He continued to work in a student pastorate in Youngstown,
Ohio. Later that summer, he saw a newspaper photograph of a recently
commissioned black chaplain. When he returned to the officer who had earlier
rejected his application and asked why, he was told, We can take your
His first duty assignments included Naval Training
School, Hampton, Va.; Camp Smalls at Great Lakes, Ill.; Manana Barracks, Hawaii;
and the Naval Supply Center, Guam; ministering to exclusively black units.
Parham left active duty in 1946 and returned to his ministry in
Youngstown where he served as pastor from 1946 to 1950, while remaining in the
He returned to active duty in January 1951, soon after the
outbreak of the Korean War. From 1951 to 1956, he was the only black chaplain on
After he had been given the impression that a black
chaplain would never go to sea duty, he married Eulalee Marion Cordice on June
Subsequently, when he was to be stationed on board USS Valley
Forge (LPH-8), a captain complained to the Chaplains Division that Parham would
be the only chaplain on the ship while the only black Sailors were a few
stewards: The belief that black chaplains were only for black Sailors was
predominant. Then Chief of Chaplains Stanton Salisbury published an article in
the Christian Century stating that the Chaplains Division had no plans to give
Parham any segregated duty, demonstrating the progress made in the Chaplains
Division and in the Navy.
Parhams other duty stations included
Charleston Navy Yard, S.C.; Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan; Naval Air Station
Iwakuni, Japan; Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kan.; First Marine Division, Camp
Pendleton, Calif.; Amphibious Squadron 1 and Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San
Diego; Naval Air Station and Commander Fleet Air, Quonset Point, R.I.; Bureau of
Naval Personnel, Washington; Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.; and Chief,
Pastoral Care Service, Naval Region Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.
1969, he earned a Master of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. At
American University he received both a master's and a doctorate degree. Parham
retired in April 1982.
Thank you sir. Thank you for persisting, and allowing our country
to catch up to what is fair. Just as Mr. Robinson did in major league
Rest In Peace.
CUNNINGHAM & JEFFERSON
Randy "Duke" Cunningham was a Vietnam war hero who became a California
congressperson and then, lamentably, became a thief. He resigned from
congress, pled guilty to bribery and is now serving jail time.
William Jefferson is a Louisiana congressman. He,
lamentably, is a thief as well. He is ON TAPE accepting bribes and when agents
raided his home they found most of the money ($90,000) wrapped and hidden in his
freezer. He ran for congress again anyway, and the people in his
district re-elected him. He is currently a member "in good standing" in
the US congress. Incredibly, this thief sits on the BUDGET and WAYS AND
No resignation in disgrace, no trial (at least not yet), and - significantly
- no outcry from our "neutral" media that this thief is going on like nothing
I don't have to ask what would happen if a Republican took bribes and neither
do you. I just showed you.
What is wrong with this picture? And when does this country wake up to
the fact that they are being played by a partisan media?
AN INCONVENIENT DOOF
Here is an article from the eminently worthwhile site www.newsbusters.com,
on what a fraud Al Gore is. Ditto for Laurie David
and Sheryl Crow, who support his fraudulence.
Yeah, I know that you've seen me deconstruct all
three in the past. But this references a new article, in the latest Financial
Times, about just how completely they are making buffoons of the poor well-intentioned saps who buy
into their "carbon offsets" fraud. Read it and see (most of the bold
print is mine):-
Will Media Report Global
Warming 'Carbon Credit' Fraud?
Posted by Noel
Sheppard on April 25, 2007 -
Its conceivable that years from now, Americas media will be
reporting one of the biggest frauds in history: the idea that a wealthy
person, for instance, soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore, can purchase carbon credits to
offset his lavish lifestyle making him quote carbon neutral.
Given the medias love affair with the former
vice president as well as advancing man-made global warming hysteria, few
American press members have dared to expose this hoax for what it
However, on Wednesday, an impeccably
reputable publication, the Financial Times, published an
article that is a deliciously inconvenient truth for folks
like Gore, Laurie David, Sheryl Crow, and all the rest of the alarmists that are
actively involved in what years from now will be considered one of the biggest
scams ever (emphasis added throughout):
Companies and individuals rushing
to go green have been spending millions on "carbon credit" projects that yield
few if any environmental benefits.
A Financial Times investigation has
uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases,
suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not
Others are meanwhile making big
profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for
clean-ups that they would have made
Yikes. Think Charlie, Brian, or Katie might
report this anytime soon?
Regardless of the answer, FT outlined its
■ Widespread instances of people and
organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in
■ Industrial companies profiting
from doing very little or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of
efficiency gains from which they have already benefited
■ Brokers providing services of
questionable or no value.
■ A shortage of verification, making
it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon
■ Companies and individuals being
charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon
permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions
Amazing. Now, imagine for a moment
that these companies were in either the oil, electricity, or healthcare industry
committing such a fraud. Do you think this would be headline
If your answer is "Yes," why do
you think this will be totally ignored?
I know; it's a rhetorical question.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the American Cassandra (remind me to explain that in
a future blog) coined the term "boob-baiting the bozos". Think of Gore,
David and Crow as doing the boob-baiting, and people who march in lock-step to
that boob-baiting as the bozos.
Next thing you know, Crow will propose offsets for the
toilet paper squares she doesn't use when she relieves herself. Hey, maybe
she can even donate the ones she does
use to the environmental cause. She can declare them
THE ANTI-JACKIE ROBINSON
My previous blog was about the first Black man ever promoted to Captain in
the US Navy. I felt he should be honored, at least in this blog,
because almost no media would ever mention his passing. He
wasn't important enough to them.
Here, by contrast, is someone media consider so
important that hardly a week goes by without our seeing/hearing his
banned from Australia
|Rapper Snoop Dogg has been banned from
entering Australia after failing a character test, according to
The star - real name Calvin Broadus -
was due to co-host the MTV Australian Video Music Awards on Sunday.
The 35-year-old had his visa cancelled
after recently pleading no contest to gun and drug charges in the US.
"He doesn't seem
the sort of bloke we want in this country," Immigration Minister Kevin
Andrews told Sydney's Macquarie Radio.
"This man has been a member of a Los
Angeles gang, and is still associated with it apparently, that's been
involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area," Mr Andrews
Back in February, when Mr Broadus last
visited Australia, immigration officials warned him then that he could
face a ban if he got into anymore trouble.
The rapper now has 28 days to protest
Donald Etra, the rapper's Los
Angeles-based lawyer, said he had not heard from his client about the visa
cancellation and could not comment.
The decision follows a string of
incidents that Mr Broadus has been involved in over the past year.
He was recently given five years
probation and 800 hours of community service in the US after pleading no
contest to gun and drug charges.
And last month he was forced to scrap
his UK tour with fellow rapper P Diddy after authorities denied him a
On a previous visit to the UK, the
rapper and members of his entourage spent a night in jail after being
accused of starting a fight at Heathrow Airport.
He was also held overnight by police in
Sweden on suspicion of using drugs.
- Let me know if you ever find a more
pathetic commentary on what media tell us we should value. Believe me, I
won't be waiting up expecting you to come up with one.