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November 13, 2009

American Muslims To Fort Hood Shooter: 'Thanks A Lot, Asshole'

American Muslims To Fort Hood Shooter: 'Thanks A Lot, Asshole' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
FORT HOOD, TX—Following Army psychologist Nidal Malik Hasan's shooting rampage on the Fort Hood military base last week that left 13 people dead and 30 others injured, fellow Muslims across the nation sent him a message today, saying "thanks a fucking bunch, asshole," to the 39-year-old killer. "Hey, great, eight years of progress right down the shitter," St. Cloud, MN resident Zahida Naseem said at one of dozens of impromptu rallies held nationwide. "And you just had to scream 'Allahu Akbar' while you did it, didn't you? May as well have put on a turban and rode a fucking camel right through the army base, you dick. Thanks for making the foreseeable future a living hell for normal, peace-loving Muslims in this country. Really appreciate it!" American Sikhs are also reportedly enraged with Hasan, and an official statement from the National Sikh Heritage Center read, in part, "look, we got nothing to do with that guy."

November 12, 2009

Steve Dahl: "I beseech the online editors at this paper to turn off the "comments" after each article."

Our mediocre local newspaper, Ann Arbor News, died. It was replaced by a megaphone for every half-wit conservative with OCD in the region called annarbor.com. The comments of EVERY article are clogged with cranks complaining about Obama, socialism, taxes, food stamps or welfare, Muslims, any public spending, etc. Unmoderated comments on annarbor.com recently contributed greatly to the defeat of a county-wide property-tax hike for our schools which will lead to our very good schools turning to just okay schools in Ann Arbor, and the impoverished schools to the east of us turning to absolute crap, as we cannot counteract the collapse of state funding. I asked Tony Dearing, the man responsible for annarbor.com's moderation policy -- and the policy of permitting unpaid bloggers (in lieu of journalists) to put up uncorrected, un-factchecked posts (sometimes with obscenities) -- why he felt it was okay to foul the public commons. "Everyone is doing it," was his reply. I asked him if it would be okay for him to drain his household sewer into the river if everyone else was doing it. 21276521-08144547.jpgSteve Dahl is a Chicago radio host I have listened to on and off since I was 13. He now hosts a daily one-hour podcast. Everybody is a know-it-all these days -- chicagotribune.com
Everybody is a know-it-all these days. I blame the Internet. I know a little bit about a lot of things, and I'm not afraid to step up to a microphone or keyboard and do a little "truth screaming." Audience reaction, specifically ratings, determined whether I was allowed to continue such a practice. I was held accountable by management, listeners and, most important, advertisers. These days, a person only needs a computer to spew opinion across a variety of platforms. Healthy doses of outrage and narcissism are also helpful. Don't get me wrong. I am also an outraged narcissist, but I had to work six-hour shifts in Bakersfield, Calif., to earn my stripes as a communicator. Nowadays, having a Twitter page qualifies a person to give commentary on CNN. I am not interested in the take of @stinky on the Fort Hood shootings or any other current events. I am watching CNN because I expect them to gather the news, not act as a clearinghouse for any bonehead with a computer, a cable modem and a half-baked opinion.... I beseech the online editors at this paper to turn off the "comments" after each article. If people have opinions about something that they've just read, let them write a letter to the editor.

November 11, 2009

Opening a school in the worst part of Detroit

detroitblog -- String theory
By any measure, the Brightmoor neighborhood is one of the city’s worst. It began in the 1920s as a planned community of cheap housing for autoworkers from the South. It devolved over the years into four square miles of wasteland. Ghetto stereotypes thrive here — broad-daylight drug dealing, pre-teen pregnancies, long-gone or never-known fathers, and houses falling apart or giving way to vacant lots. A third of its roughly 20,000 residents are under 18, and almost four out of five of them won’t graduate high school. Kids grow up here seeing failure of one kind or another everywhere. Nine years ago, Nicole Aikens opened the school here, in the neighborhood where her family grew up, after she had grown disillusioned as a social worker. “I felt that we weren’t helping people, that we weren’t breaking this generational poverty that goes from the mother to the children,” says Aikens, 40. “The social work field is more about handing out resources, and people knew how to play the game. What I wanted to see happen is to break that cycle.”

November 10, 2009

Marine reservist mistakes Greek priest for an arab terrorist, beats him with a tire iron

Really, What Can You Say? | Talking Points Memo Of course this is in Florida. And to top it off, the reservist in question likes to pose nearly-nude on his webpage.
A Marine reservist armed with a tire iron beat and chased a man he thought was an Arab terrorist and even called 911 to say he was detaining the man, police said. But the man he assaulted was actually a Greek Orthodox priest visiting from overseas who spoke limited English, police said. ... Instead of offering help, Bruce struck the priest on the head with a tire iron, police said.