Category Archives: Annoying people

The single dumbest thing I have read in a while.

I’ve been Tweeting about the ESPN book, but this is so astounding I felt I had to quote it in full. I’m not quite done with the book, but it has to be the single dumbest thing in it, one of the dumbest things I have ever read. I give you Keith Clinkscales, Senior VP for “Content Development”, whatever the hell that is, quoted verbatim with my annotations:

I do not believe Stuart Scott was the first African American on ESPN[1], but he certainly was influential because on SportsCenter, early on, he used hip-hop vernacular; he said things on the air that I knew when I heard them that the white producers who had approved it didn’t know what he was talking about[2]. So it was like our own little codified thing. It was almost like, “If he’s cool enough to say that on the air, and no one’s stopping him, then this network is cool enough to watch[3].”

I don’t want to commit hyperbole here[4], but Stuart’s delivery on SportsCenter — his willingness to stick with it despite getting complaints[5], and the producers letting him stick with it — is one of the great cultural moments that African American culture has ever had[6]. It made us relevant in sports[7].

[1]Seriously? This is a VP and he’s apparently only vaguely aware of John Saunders, Robin Roberts, and Mike Tirico, not to mention the numerous commentators.
[2]Not Clinkscales’ fault, but that’s all one sentence.
[3]No African-Americans watched ESPN before Stuart Scott authorized it, apparently.
[4]Too late.
[5]The words “minstrel show” come to mind; consult Jason Whitlock for more.
[6]Seriously, he said that.
[7]Seriously, STUART SCOTT made African-Americans relevant in sports. Step aside, Joe Louis! Get out of here, Jackie Robinson! Eat it, Jesse Owens! You’ve been supplanted, Muhammad Ali, STUART SCOTT is in the house!

The devil made her do it

‘The devil was at work’ » Local News » The News-Courier in Athens, Alabama.

At least, that’s her explanation for killing (and in some cases freezing) her 43 dogs. Her husband and her friends — none of whom seem to have done anything about the crimes before they happened — say she’s crazy. You think?

St. Roy of the Teabags

Trussville Tax Day Tea Party draws about 350 people | al.com.

Yes, St. Roy himself addressed the local teabaggers. A real meeting of the minds, there. Whoever the speaker is, the teabag brigade gets to hear rhetoric that is almost, but not quite, calling for the violent overthrow of the elected government of the United States of America, and Roy did not disappoint, breaking out the Thomas Paine and the Patrick Henry and comparing the present environment to the American Revolution. Because, well, he’s an idiot and so are the teabaggers.

Says it all, really

Black candidate says no to black Alabama groups | TuscaloosaNews.com.

Artur Davis is now officially betting that he can win the Democratic nomination for Governor on the strength of the votes of white Republicans. Good luck with that one, Artie.

I love this state

Mayor’s order bans guns at all city facilities | | TuscaloosaNews.com.

Maddox said the order wasn’t related to any recent incident at a city facility, but he said city staff members had received communications from advocacy groups that implied a large number of people might show up at a City Council meeting armed.

But… but… now how will we return fire? All law-abiding people owe it to themselves to go down to City Hall, armed.

That’s our Roy!

Secession Day event held at Roy Moore’s foundation – NewsFlash – al.com.

St. Roy, presumably, didn’t know about the celebration, or the invite to Leagueof the South members. I would say that the real problem is that he creates organizations that do this sort of thing. Plausible deniability doesn’t really work when you create the system.

Pour épater les Républicains

President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize | TPMDC

Basically, the Nobel Committees have decided to issue one prize a year simply to annoy the US Republican Party — Gore the Peace Prize in 2007, Krugman the Economics award in 2008, and now this. Needless to say, I approve.