Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday Newsday!


Some news stories that just didn't sit right with yours truly...and one that did.

UT:  
Last week, I wrote about the push for gender-neutral pronouns on our local campus.Well, the University of Tennessee is not going down the tried and true (cough) road of political correctness. UT President Joe DiPiero tried to make the point that use of gender neutral pronouns on campus were not required, but it was too late. Basically, the university was up to it's educated ears in flack and ridicule. 

Originally, the idea was to provide a term that was comfortable to those who have difficulty identifying with the "gender binary" and limited choices of man and female. 

Mini-soapbox: This may sound harsh, but there are a whole lot of people that don't identify with a wide variety of labels and social mini-assessments. Most of us are not going to be given a choice and it may be upsetting. I just want to put that out there. So, make friends, pair up, partner up and carve out your own corner of the world. People who care about you will call you whatever you want to be called - gladly. 

Meanwhile, while you're at the university...get an education. Make THAT the focus. Somebody is paying big bucks for that education. 

AW, DAMON...COME ON, MAN
Geez, Louise, doesn't comedian Damon Wayans have a public relations person? 'Cause if he does, that person needs to stand between Damon and microphones at all times. Like when he defends Bill Cosby and calls his accusers "un-rapable."  

Really, dude? You want to take that attitude about it? You have no personal knowledge of anyone's guilt or innocent and no apparent disgust at the possibility that one human might take advantage of another human being? But you're going out on a limb to saw that these women weren't worthy of ... a criminal assault? 

What was the goal of your quote, Damon? If it was popularity, call me. I've got bad news.


BILL...YOU NEED ANOTHER LAWYER
Monica Pressly, Bill Cosby's attorney, made the statement, "Offering drugs is not a crime."

That doesn't sound right to me. I don't think the drug was aspirin or acetominophen. Are Quaaludes legal anywhere? 

Is this true of all crimes? I can just offer to do something illegal and that is fine? Do all criminals know of this development? 

WAY TO GO, JOE!
Boy Scout Joseph Chou, 17, of Cedar Hills, Utah, earned all the merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. That's 141 badges! As the mother of boys who were scouts, that is a whole lot of work.

Finally, a news blurb that feels right.



25 comments:

  1. Unrapable? What makes them unrapable? Offering drugs is not a crime? Tell that to the convicts in prison for offering drugs to people. I already mentioned that one way to deal with gender pronouns is to use a plural subject and a plural pronoun. Another solution to the problem is to alternate between he and she. Congratulations to Joseph! I like good news.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I thought that was the most ridiculous, callous statement I've heard in a long time.

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    2. I've never gotten over someone on Gary Condit's staff asking what was wrong with Chandra Levy's mother and if she was on drugs.

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  2. All the merit badges requires one hell of a motivated kid.

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    1. Amen! He had to have two sashes to hold them all.

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  3. Reading the UT story carefully suggested no foul, nothing to worry about. Some people read too much into it.

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    1. It was a suggestion that got everyone excited, to say the least.

      But I'm old school...I want to see someone up in arms about education or academics...or the cost of it all...or the availability of quality teachers. To me, that is the sort of stuff that needs to take the focus in an educational setting. And yes, I am a bit of a dreamer...

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  4. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Maybe Wayans meant to say that the Cosby accusers aren't good RAPPERS, that they lack the talent to perform a RAP song. If that isn't what he meant to say, then he deserves a merit badge for ignorance and should be required to wear it In Living Color.

    Congratulations to Joe Chou! I was in cub scouts and boy scouts and I know how much work is required to earn merit badges.

    Happy Tuesday. dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Well, the bottom line is Damon never exhibited any special knowledge of rappers, either (ha ha). To me, I see a victim that is further victimized by a callous attitude. And I'd love to give him that merit badge, but the way.

      Young Mr. Chou is also working on his associates degree, in addition to all these badges and he hasn't aged out of Scouts yet (18 - you're out). Pretty impressive. He could be wasting that time...but no! Awesome.

      Take care and have a great day!!

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  5. Damn, that is a lot of merit badges.

    Wow, so I could make a fortune selling drugs and it's not a crime? Mexico here I come.

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    1. Yeah and some were really intensive - like Scuba diving!

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  6. So awesome for all the merit badges!! Future President of the US right there. Someone who is driven and goal oriented. I just cant even comment on the idiots in other news.

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    1. Once again...we are in of the same mind.

      When I see a young person like this who really pushes himself and strives for excellence, I just want them to be celebrated and encouraged. Too many times, we give attention to the wrong thing.

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  7. I watched that Damon Wayans interview and I still don't get it. I wondered if he was on something...he was slurring his words a little. That's the only sense I could make of it! He had to know saying something so stupid was going to get him into trouble.

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    1. Either that or his head is so big and he is so full of himself that he thinks societal norms no longer apply. He should stick to funny; there was nothing funny about that.

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  8. I don't know what to say to these, Cherdo. I saw something on FB about the Damon Wayans interview and was shocked. As you say, does this guy have anyone coaching him? I thought stars paid big bucks for that sort of thing. And I didn't know about the Cosby lawyer. Jeez. However, the Boy Scout news was heartwarming. 141 badges. Impressive.

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  9. There are so many opportunities to feel slighted and offended, it amazes me how many of us look for more. You can call me whatever you want so long as you call me for dinner.

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  10. That merit badge story....thank goodness SOMEthing is good news!

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  11. Offering drugs isn't a crime? I'm shocked!
    Of all the concerns of the world, gender definitions at campus seems really low on the list...

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  12. Does it make me bad that I couldn't care less about the appropriate gender pronouns? Seriously. It's school. Just go to school. It only really needs to be explained to your friends because who cares about everyone else? Oh, right. Everyone else -.-

    Wow! 141 badges, that's intense!

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  13. Congrats to Joe! Obviously Damon doesn't get out much or he'd have realized the stupid road he went down. And, lawyers will be lawyers.

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  14. I didn't know Boy Scouts had that many badges - wow!

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  15. That's quite an achievement for that scout.

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  16. I am a girl, woman, gal, I'm even a ma'am(ughh) but I am not gender neutral unit. When I was in school I had more on my mind than this like where I was going to get my next drink from:) I did not hear of the verbal garbage coming out of Wayan's mouth but let's suffice to say he is an idiot until proven otherwise. I think all the people who gave drugs to people and are in jail would like Cosby's lawyer. Maybe she took some from him and is unsure what she is truly saying? I mean 45 women (it is up to that amount right?) must all be wrong because an old comic with lots of money said he never did a thing. On a brighter note, Kudos to that kid with all the badges. I might say he has a type A personality:)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo