📻 I had a great talk with New England Patriots Hall of Fame tackle Matt Light on his hunting obsession, his Light Foundation community service, and kind words for Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm, former teammate Deion Branch, & Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin 🎙️ tinyurl.com/yxkxyycf #NFL #ProFootballHOF Derby Eve event details here.
I am looking forward to a Sopranos prequel with the son of James Gandolfini playing the role of young Tony. There’s a casting call today in New Jersey for extras to appear in the film.
A few months ago, the cast of The Sopranos got together with NBC to celebrate the show and the life of the late James Gandolfini.
Drea de Matteo was not present for the reunion. Here’s a 2004 interview where the status of her Sopranos character is hazy. At the time of this Jay Leno appearance, Drea had started on the new NBC comedy “Joey.”
Also gone is Tony Soprano’s mom, but in the prequel Livia will be at her height of irksomeness. I’ll mute those parts to get through it.
Loved meeting Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore at WHAS Radio a few years ago. He talked about various goon characters he’s been pitched over his career.
With approximately 300 Christians killed and 500 more wounded in Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama struggled to find the right word to describe the victims.
Some of the victims were surely non-Christian but the targets were Catholic churches and hotels that cater to western tourists. So, yes, mostly Christians.
It was one of the most severe mass casualty terrorist attack series since 9/11.
At least twenty four people were arrested following the bombings. What flavor of terrorists brought these horrors? Mum’s the word by many media outlets.
Labeling the perpetrators is tricky business in an ultra-sensitive news environment where accusations against the “marginalized” are unwelcome. Only a few media references about the Sri Lanka bombing reports use the word Muslim. NBC News used the word Islamists.
.@billneelynbc reports from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where another bomb went off about 30 minutes ago.
He also says an eyewitness described the bombings on Easter Sunday saying, “On the ground it was a river of blood. In the air, ash falling like snow.” pic.twitter.com/qW0Kvk618c
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 22, 2019
Police in Sri Lanka are identifying the bombers as Thowheeth Jama’ath, a small sect of Muslims who officials suspect were assisted by a global terrorist network. Thowheeth Jama’ath (unity of God) has been known to terrorize Buddhists as well as Christians.
But media outlets will quickly tell readers how tough it is for all religions in Asia.
Now what’s that word that Hill and Barack couldn’t muster up?
Christians, Barack! Christians, Hillary! Christians were killed by Muslims.
American media has no filter in describing terrorism created by white males. The headlines and story content spotlight race when terrorists are white males.
Making note of race and ethnicity is absolutely necessary in telling the complete story. CNN’s Don Lemon noted that America’s terrorists are mostly “white men” and that “there is no white guy ban so what do we do about that?”
Lemon is a commentator and his opinion on this matter is spot on. How do we thwart white males (and all other people) in America from inflicting terrorism on others?
News reporting demands factual accounting of details, even if political correctness must be pushed aside. America’s two Muslim members of Congress responded to the Sri Lanka tragedy in completely different ways. Both women frequently comment on matters related to their claims of mistreatment of Muslims both domestically and globally.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar remained silent about Muslims killing Christians at Easter services, an ironic twist after re-tweeting about Christian hypocrisy just one day before the bombings.
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted multiple times after the Sri Lanka bombings, damning hatred for heightening human distrust.
Civility is paramount. Facts are necessary to fully comprehend the challenges that separate humans of different spiritual callings.
Rep. Tlaib gets it. Barack, Hillary, and Rep. Omar seem to think that feelings supersede facts.
As for CNN, the killing and/or injuries to nearly a thousand people created another chance to deride Trump.
Re: Trump's tweet about "138 million people" being killed in Sri Lanka, which stayed up for 20 minutes today: When someone can't get the little stuff right, it makes you worry about the big stuff. pic.twitter.com/YwC4bDFq30
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 21, 2019
Petty politics and skewed news aside, high quality human beings rise above it all with an eye toward the betterment of humanity.
Katherine Switzer is an American hero, the first women to register and run the Boston Marathon back in the 60s when it was a male-only event.
A race official spotted her and tried to yank her off of the course. Katherine and her colleagues weren’t having it. She persisted and finished the race.
It opened the gates for women’s competition in all levels of sports.
To this day, marathon running is the one true test of human athleticism without regard to gender. There are no red tees. There is no smaller sized ball.
Lifting weights, riding bikes, pull-ups, javelin throws…they’re all measurements of skill and endurance but marathon running is in a class of its own.
The marathon course is 26.2 miles and every runner’s individual time is electronically recorded. The starting gun goes off and the timer begins when each runner’s bib crosses the start line and ends when that bib crosses the finish.
Now that’s equality.
With America transfixed on James Holzhauer and his incredible run on Jeopardy…
let’s revisit some of the other classic Jeopardy episodes.
Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation notes several instances where Pres. Trump pressured his top aides to lie or mislead. One day after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, @PressSec told reporters Comey no longer had the confidence of Trump and other people. pic.twitter.com/8EiLL2Dn5E
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 19, 2019
Is there a double standard when it comes media treatment of conservative women vs liberal women? Is the Pope Catholic?
Reverse the roles above and show a white woman comedian torching a woman of color at the White House Correspondents Dinner. You already know that the OUTRAGE machine would be in overdrive.
Selective feminism creates exaggerated fawning coverage of liberal women and guaranteed derision of conservative women. We in the media should own this truth but most journalists will contend that they’re fair.
Want to know any journalist’s personal political views? Read their twitter feed. The truth shines through in topic selection and omission. Which dart is always thrown? Which topics are never raised?
Louisville’s first family of golf launched the Justin Thomas Foundation to help needy children, junior golf programs, and military families. 🏌🏾♂️⛳️ The great ones never forget their hometown. 🏆
Great to chat with Justin again. The last time we spoke, he was a 14-year-old who’d just won a tournament and his mom was driving him home. He’s still shy and humble even though he’s won a PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup, and has been ranked at the top of the world golf list. Not too shabby for a Saint X boy who “scrambled to play at any course” and met up with teammates at tournaments.
JT loves his hometown adventures when he gets a chance to visit.
I asked this nice young man to help me with my swing. He said he will get back to me on that. I could be shooting under 100 in a matter of weeks! #pga #pgachampionship #fedexcup @JustinThomas34 @stxtigers @ValhallaGolf pic.twitter.com/pummT0rWLs
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) April 17, 2019
📻 Here’s meteorologist Jeremy Kappell on his lawsuit vs Rochester’s WHEC, the cruel actions of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren & gutless TV general manager Dick Reingold, support from Al Roker, Don Lemon, Craig Melvin, and Rochester viewers, other weather people mispronouncing MLK without a beatdown, and how public shaming strengthened Jeremy’s family & faith 🎙️ #bullies #media DETAILS on the Kappell website.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren demanded Jeremy Kappell’s firing without ever speaking to him or communicating with him in any capacity. Mayor Warren understands forgiveness as she is married to a man who drove the getaway car in a jewelry store robbery 20 years ago. She also defended a Rochester council member accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars, imploring the public to avoid judging the councilman without knowing all of the facts.
WHEC-TV station manager Dick Reingold, a gutless weasel who doesn’t stand up for employees who speak live on air without a script. A manager of live broadcasters has a primary job to defend his on air talent. Dick is likely fearful of losing political advertising dollars or chopped Kappell because he was the highest paid weather department employee. WHEC-TV advertising and ratings are reportedly down since the Kappell firing.
📻 Here’s Rep. John Yarmuth on an upgraded Speaker Nancy Pelosi, new Democrats vs seasoned Democrats, outrage over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comments, the release of the #MuellerReport, Rep. Rashida Tlaib MFing Donald Trump, & Andy Beshear’s threatened lawsuit over teacher sickout lists 🎙️ LISTEN