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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Feds cite UM violations of disabled rights at Michigan Stadium

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

(Cross-posted and edited from Michigan Liberal)  

         See Freep, Big House cited on access: Disability nomcompliance puts funding at risk,
 

  The University of Michigan’s football stadium is violating federal law requiring accessibility for those with disabilities despite the university’s insistence otherwise, according to a U.S. Department of Education report sent to the school Friday.
  The university risks losing federal funding until it brings the stadium into compliance, according to the Department of Education. The report likely will also come into play in a lawsuit filed over seating on behalf of a disabled veterans group. …
  …Richard Bernstein, an attorney who filed the case in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of the Michigan Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, said Monday that the letter means the university should immediately halt plans to begin the renovations.
  He called the letter “a scathing indictment” against the university and its president, Mary Sue Coleman. …
  The study was triggered more than eight years ago when a stadium visitor complained that accessibility was so limited, his father — who used a wheelchair — soiled himself before he could find a restroom.
  The university vowed to make changes after that complaint and at least two others were filed….
  But during a tour of the facility in 2004, civil rights staff grew concerned about several projects. Shortly after that, they informed the university that the office was reopening its investigation. …
  Irwin Goldstein is a longtime professor and season ticket-holder who presented more than 600 signatures to U-M’s faculty senate last week critical of the stadium’s planned renovations. He and others have criticized the renovations, saying they were approved with little public input, ignored accessibility issues, and changed the egalitarian feel of the stadium by dividing it into regular seats and luxury boxes.
  The letter not only could mean a delay, he said, “it could mean that the architects have to go back to the table and bring this in compliance.”

         Just one more reason to be Proud of Yoo Em.

“Why Ed? Why Now?”

Monday, October 29th, 2007

         See for yourself.

Piece-of-whore Bob Dylan does Cadillac commercials, sells out biggo

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

         The terrible truth: see DetNews, Laura Berman, Dylan sings Cadillac’s praises: Times are really a-changin’,

         “He was booed for selling out in the 1960s. His heresy then was plugging in his guitar at the Newport folk festival.
         Today, Bob Dylan — once the musical high priest of anti-hypocrisy — is a Detroit pitch man, selling Cadillacs. A new 30-second spot airing this week depicts him driving an Escalade across the California flats, wearing a cowboy hat, black frock coat and shades.
         Watch it and ponder this unexpected nexus of fat cat car with cool cat musician. It challenges you — you baby boomer, you Gen Y Cadillac avoider — to take on America’s greatest singing poet as Detroit’s new defender. …
         Bob Dylan is whispering in my ear about the delights of “livin’ large” in a four-wheeled wonder and I’m listenin.’ Just not buyin’ it yet.”

         Wh-re. (Bob Dylan, not Laura Berman)

Herpes all-star blog—4 real

Friday, October 26th, 2007

         See AOL Newsbloggers, ‘This Man Gave Me Herpes,’ Says Woman On Fliers, Blog by Ada Calhoun,

         “A New York woman, believing she contracted herpes from a one-night stand, started a blog about the guy in question and posted 400 fliers with his photo all over her neighborhood. She’s been variously attacked as a crazy vigilante and heralded as a public health advocate. What does she say for herself?
         “i am not being unfair. and while i am driven by revenge and anger, i am also driven by the desire to stop drew (and other people) from knowingly spreading STDs around.” …”

         The woman’s blog is called…Williamsburg STD All-Stars. (Now that’s a “minor league” for you.) The URL is http://stdallstars.blogspot.com/ , but apparently the blogger, “Public Health Grrl”, has deleted/destroyed/decommissioned her own blog. All you can do now is look at cached versions of some individual posts, e.g., holy sh[]t i’m on f[]cking gawker,

         “wow … and yesterday i thought that maybe 400 flyers wasn’t enough. now i’m a minor celebrity. wish it was for something better than being a loud-mouth with an std. …”

         –Herpes vigilante all-star blog. Hey kids, don’t try this at home.

James Watson has cold fall from Cold Spring

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

         See CNN, Controversial Nobel winner resigns,

         “The Nobel prize-winning biologist who caused a furor with comments about the intelligence of black people resigned Thursday from his longtime post at a renowned research lab.
         In a statement announcing his departure from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on New York’s Long Island, Dr James Watson did not mention the comments but instead cited “events” which led to his decision. …
         The lab’s board had already suspended him pending a review of his remarks, for which Watson apologized last week.
         The controversy began with an interview with Watson published October 14 in Britain’s Sunday Times.
         Watson was quoted as saying he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.”
         He also asserted there was no reason to believe different races separated by geography should have evolved identically, and that while he hoped everyone was equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” …”

         Ignorant bigot.

Foxy Brown locked down

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

         See AP via DetNews, Foxy Brown in punitive segregation,

         “Rapper Foxy Brown has received 76 days in punitive segregation after she scuffled with another inmate at Rikers Island jail, authorities said Tuesday.
         Brown was separated from other inmates on Oct. 16, said Stephen Morello, deputy commissioner for public information for the city’s correction department.
         Brown, 28, and another inmate got into a shoving match earlier this month, said Morello, adding he didn’t know why the two were fighting. Neither inmate was injured.
         Following that incident, Morello said Brown was abusive toward correction guards and then refused to take a random drug test.
         The combined violations, Morello said, earned Brown more than two months in punitive segregation, where an inmate can spend up to 23 hours a day in isolation. …”

         What’s sad is that Dick Cheney is not in punitive segregation yet. Some say.

Henry Rollins ENTERTAINS OUR TROOPS

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Go go H. Ro

         I think I saw Henry Rollins of American punk band Black Flag (and other enterprises) only once in person, at a “spoken word” sort of thing in New Haven, Connecticut, some years ago. Better than nothing at all.

         Anyway, the above foto is classic, I think; H. Ro being patriotic (!) and signing a geetar for one of our soldiers, the soldier/airwoman looking very informal. (They don’t always have to be uniformed, I suppose…)

         Credit the pic and below text to Wikipedia (was at the Henry Rollins entry, tho another pic has replaced it):

“From the Depart of Defense image search website - Defense Visual Information Center. Picture comes up if you search for Henry Rollins

ID: DFSD0601876

Service Depicted: Air Force

Command Shown: USAFE

031207F6449C002

Henry Rollins, Actor and Musician, signs a guitar at a base dining facility for avid fan US Air Force (USAF) Airman First Class (A1C) Catherine Shultz, Civil Engineer Readiness Troop, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron (ECES). Mr. Rollins is one of the many celebrities donating their time and effort to the United Services Organization (USO)/Armed Forces Entertainment tour in support of deployed US military troops.

Camera Operator: SRA LAKISHA CROLEY, USAF

Date Shot: 7 Dec 2003″

         By the way, Happy Henry is doing TV and other stuff now, see, e.g., MTV Movies Blog, Henry Rollins Takes A ‘Wrong Turn’,

“…MTV: Your character is a retired Marine Colonel, hosting a reality show that drops good-looking teenagers into the wilderness. You seem to play him like a cross between Jeff Probst and R. Lee Ermey.

HR: My main goal in the film was, when the whatever hits the fan, to get into this very stealth, quiet and deadly mode. With the face, the body action, and everything — to go “I’m all action, no talk.”

MTV: And once the “Wrong Turn” cannibal mountain-people attack, the sexy teenagers learn that maybe they should’ve listened to their host a bit more closely.

HR: Yeah. What’s interesting to me, not being familiar with [horror movies], is how far the technology has come; what is doable these days … I’m like ‘Wow! You just split someone in half! And made their guts come out!’ It’s all wonderful, rubber things, made so well. …”

         And you thought Big Stars were all gone from the earth.

Donn Fresard: milk carton kid of Michigan blogger world?

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

         Former Michigan Daily head honncho Donn Fresard hasn’t posted since September 25 at his blogsite Donn Fresard: The second ‘N’ is for knowledge. Perhaps he lost the “knowledge” of how to blog?   :D
         His last post, ironically, is called Seen in Ann Arbor; which neither he nor his missing blogposts have lately been, perhaps. Watch milk cartons near you for his visage, coming up sometime maybe. . .

         Fresso also sports on his site a blue badge saying “BlogNetNews.com blog rank MI 19″; if his site is #19 in Michigan, I’d hate to see what “#20″ is like…maybe some guy in Petoskey with his fingers cut off, pecking at the keyboard with his nose??

         Good luck Fresso!

Adam de Angeli luvs Ron Paul–4 real

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

You couldn’t make it up. I thought he liked BAMN, but…bam bam bam, here he is, complete with foto of himself (this cache shows the foto better) and Ron Paul sign, in DetNews, Ron Paul channels voters’ outrage,

“Adam de Angeli had always been a quintessential liberal. He marched against the Iraq war, supported anti-poverty programs and voted Democratic.
Nearly everyday he hangs out at a brick storefront on Ann Arbor’s Main Street. Its 20-something customers and worn-out college couches are just what you’d expect in the heart of Michigan’s most liberal bastion.
Then de Angeli, 26, answers his cell phone and begins extolling the virtues of libertarianism and Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul to his latest convert. This is no fad, he says. Next year, he wants to run for local government as a Paul apostle. …”

Or was that the Apostle Paul? Your call.

…A de A from AA may even be a webmeister or something at michigan4ronpaul.com. And it’s all 4 real!!