No Band For You… Six Months!

28 01 2009
Top o' the mornin' to ya, Gov'na!

Top o' the mornin' to ya, Gov'na!

Browsing around CNN.com this morning, I found a particular story that further proved how ridiculous we’ve become in America. John Coleman, the drum major for Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums, quit after some hard to handle and (what I call) unnecessary publicity.

At the Inauguration of President Obama, the CFMP&D (try pronouncing that 10 times fast) marched in the parade. Obama reportedly smiled directly at John, and then waved at the band. Doing what any polite person would do, John nodded in acknowledgement and gave the President-to-be a slight wave in return. Sounds like a non-issue, right? Think again… According to Ken Rybka, the band’s Manager and Web Page Editor, the band rehearsed over and over, and knew it was a military parade. “Protocol and proper decorum had to be followed”, he said, according to CNN.com. For breaking “protocol”, John Coleman was suspended for… count it… six months. What I can’t grasp is the idea that a nod of the head, a smile, or a wave would be gestures that warrant any kind of suspension, regardless of the “protocol”. Sure, the band has rules, I get that. It’s definitely not my place to say someone was wrong here, but I can only imagine the amount of excitement, pride, and joy that Mr. Coleman felt when Obama looked right at him. What’s even better, is that Rybka is quoted to say that Coleman’s resignation “comes as a shock and surprise.”

Seriously?… Shock?… Surprise?… Would you like your name to be thrown all over national airwaves for something as minor as a wave, smile, and a nod of the head? Give me a break! Nobody needs this kind of attention for something so unimportant. To Mr. Coleman (and this is just my opinion here), he had a chance to connect with the oncoming President of the United States for just a moment, and that’s excitement that many would be foolish to pass up. It’s unfortunate that this country’s media, yet again, doesn’t fail to impress with the amount of non-stories out there, making Mr. Coleman an “innocent victim” (I put that in quotations because George Carlin, RIP, had a lot to say about the term ‘Innocent Victim’).

In review: Obama looked at Coleman. Coleman was excited. Coleman nodded, smiled, and waved at Obama. Coleman was suspended for breaking “protocol”. Coleman’s suspension became a national story. Coleman quits due to the publicity becoming a bit much to handle.

What have we accomplished?: Nothing positive. My thanks go out to the national media, who never fail to impress me with their lack of important stories, making me blog about this when I could be blogging about the Mets!… wait… nevermind… as long as Citibank has their name plastered all over the Mets franchise, I’ll pass.

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Sh-Sh-Sh-Sharpton and the Don

10 04 2007

Sweet Elton John reference in the title if I may say so… After reading my friend’s blog, I decided to post my own addition to the blogging world, and share the above video. Did you watch the whole video? Yes? No? Either way, I’m sure you’ve heard or read about Don Imus’ remarks when he was talking about the Women’s NCAA Championship Game (More specifically, the Rutgers University Women’s team).

I’ll share my own input, but I’ll start by showing you an excerpt from a George Carlin show. The following words were spoken during one of Carlin’s most memorable performances (which can be heard on his “Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics CD) during a bit he calls “They’re Only Words”.

[ Note: The Following is an excerpt from a **George Carlin** show. If the use of some of the following words offend you, please read another blog, or turn on American Idol ]

“There’s a different group to get pissed off at you in this country for everything your not supposed to say. Can’t say Nigger, Boogie, Jig, Jigaboo, Skinhead, Moolimoolinyon, Schvatzit, Junglebunny. Greaser, Greaseball, Dago, Guinea, Whop, Ginzo, Kike, Zebe, Heed, Yid, Mocky, Himie, Mick, Donkey, Turkey, Limey, Frog. Zip, Zipperhead, Squarehead, Crout, Hiney, Jerry, Hun, Slope, Slopehead, Chink, Gook. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those words in and of themselves. Their only words. It’s the context that counts. It’s the user. It’s the intention behind the words that makes them good or bad. The words are completely neutral. The words are innocent. I get tired of people talking about bad words and bad language. Bullshit! It’s the context that makes them good or bad. The context. That makes them good or bad. For instance, you take the word “Nigger.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with the word “Nigger” in and of itself. It’s the racist asshole who’s using it that you ought to be concerned about. We don’t mind when Richard Pryer or Eddie Murphy say it. Why? Because we know their not racist. Their Niggers! Context. Context. We don’t mind their context because we know their black. Hey, I know I’m whitey, the blue-eyed devil, paddy-o, fay gray boy, honkey, mother-fucker myself. Don’t bother my ass. Their only words. You can’t be afraid of words that speak the truth, even if it’s an unpleasant truth, like the fact that there’s a bigot and a racist in every living room on every street corner in this country.”

[ If you’ve heard or seen this part of that show, then you’ll remember the incredible applause he received after he finished this part of his show ]

Now, here comes my take on all of this, and I’ll even do it without making any mention of Al Sharpton or Don Imus (Whoops, I already did, so forget that challenge).

– Do I think it’s okay that Imus said what he said? I’m a little mixed. If it were Satellite Radio, he could say whatever the heck he wanted to, just like Howard Stern… But FM Radio is a different territory than Satellite Radio. Public Domain is a touchy subject, right?

– Do I agree with Sharpton’s suggestion of firing Don Imus, or forcing him to resign? Not one bit. I’ll agree to that when every person in the world who has denounced the Holocaust is thrown into a maximum security prison.

– Do I agree with the 2 week suspension of Don Imus? Yes. it was something that had to be done… but I also feel he should stop apologizing. He’s apologized enough. He should apologize one last time, tell everyone it was a joke on his show (that makes fun of everyone anyway), and move on.

It’s not like we’re asking George Washington to return from the dead to apologize for Slavery during the birth of our great nation. Wait… it is? Make sure he brings Adolf Hitler with him too. I want a written apology for the extermination of my relatives… Oh yeah, have him title the letter, “Mein Apology”.

Peter Griffin, give me some consistency…. and my Daily Moment of Zen… please?

That’s better… Mexican and Jews in the same clip. It makes me proud to be both! But hey, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad…








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