Oct 30, 2014

Honor for Alabama's (Gay) Best Known CEO

     Tim Cook was in Montgomery earlier this week to receive an honor. He was named to the 100-member Alabama Academy of honor.
  And he used his time at the podium to criticize his home state:
"As a state, we took too long to steps toward equality," he said. "We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage, and we are still too slow for the equality for the LGBT community."
     Then, later in the week, he made official in a Business Week essay what had been thought for some time: 
  “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

[UPDATE: The Reuters news service quotes Gov. Bentley as telling The Anniston Star that he didn't like Cook comparing the Civil and Gay Rights movements:

"I don't connect those two, and in fact I don't think the African-American community connects those two either," Bentley said, according to the newspaper.


Oct 29, 2014

Where Do I Vote?

A one-click answer is now available for any U.S. voter. It also lists the offices you will be voting on and the candidates on that ballot.

Here's the site from the folks at PEW.

Share it with you friends!
Election day is Tuesday, November 4th.


     I'm not sure why the word came to me today as I was talking with a co-worker about washing a water bottle that had been left out overnight, but there I was warning him to be careful because it might "have cooties".
       And then this was image that formed in my mind's eye:

1949 first edition of the game.

    Of course. It was the "cooties game" that I played as a child, and maybe it was the first time I had thought of or said the word in a very long time.
     In the Internet age, no information is too obscure to locate immediately, and moments later I was reading the history of the game.

"In North American English, children use the word to refer to a fictitious disease or condition, often infecting members of the opposite sex.[7] Among children, the word effectively serves as a device for enforcing separation of the sexes."

     Sure: "stay away from her, she might have cooties."

Oct 27, 2014

MMMM #469 Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Bradlee, Sharyl Attkinson and a host of others!

The Washington Post published what they call an "appreciation" these days. It honors WaPo Editor Ben Bradlee in the week that he died.

     I first started hearing that "appreciation" term used on a regular basis on NPR. I suppose it is a way to admit up front that the piece you are about to hear is NOT a balanced piece of journalism, but a kind of homage to the subject.
     Ironically, another "name" in journalism also passed the same week....and NPR did as expected with a double barreled appreciation to Bradlee and one-time NPR President Frank Mankiewicz. Worth a listen if you missed it.


     The On The Media radio show this past week critiqued the U.S. media for focusing on ebola in the U.S., even though almost all of the deaths and cases are in Africa.
     This may be a case of a media criticism show looking for something to criticize. The mantra of the media is LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL...and OTM should know that.


Nightcrawler tells a media story starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a reporter who covers the crime-beat.

“My opinion of the media is that it has a tremendous power,” says Gyllenhaal, “but the power that the media has is actually given to them by their audience — us. So it seems we’re complicit. If we have a problem with the stories that are being told, that is us.”
                                                 Actor Jake Gyllenhaal in a The NY Daily News article.

     And the fallout from the events that inspired the recent movie "Kill The Messenger" continues.  
     Salon has written an in-depth story about the story---defending journalist Gary Webb's groundbreaking 1996 story that the CIA was complicit in the use of drug profits to fund the Contra war in Nicaragua in the 1980s. (though probably not the intentional creation of the crack-cocaine crisis that devastated the black community in America.)
     Take a break from Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook and the rest of the one line reporting, and read the Salon story. If you follow or work in the media, I suspect it will hold your attention past the first 140 characters.

      And former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkinson is out with a book blasting CBS. You can read the lengthy cheering-section story about it in The New York Post (owned by FOX) . Or buy the book. “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington” (Harper).

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a regular feature of TimLennox.com] 

Oct 26, 2014

College Eating

One of those online lists has ranked the best place for late night eats near 33 college campuses...including the University of Alabama...drum roll please..

1402 University Blvd.
Popular with: University of Alabama
Once the clock strikes 11 p.m. Surin of Thailand has a line out the door until its close at 3 a.m. This late-night eatery is made popular by its midnight sushi special, where all sushi rolls and menu items are $1.
Lines can get long, so if you're not in the mood to wait, check out other popular late night eats like Quick Grill and City Cafe.

No other colleges or Universities in Alabama were on the list, but you can read the rest of the list here.

Oct 24, 2014

Saturday Data: The black wing of the Alabama GOP

     The Election is just over a week away....will you vote a party line? Will White Republicans vote for young black Democrats? Will Black Democrats vote for older white Republicans?

Listen to the case of one black Republican in the Birmingham area. Meet Darius Foster, profiled on NPR.

Foster is a 33-year-old business consultant. He's been active in the GOP since he founded a lonely chapter of College Republicans at the historically black Miles College in Birmingham. He's been tapped by the Republican National Committee as a future leader.

The election on November 4th is the first time in Alabama history that no Democrat is running for an open U.S. Senate Seat. 

Alabama is one of seven states that do not allow early voting. What possible reason can anyone have for opposing that? 

[Saturday Data is a regualr feature of TimLennox.com]