I’m proud to announce a dear friend of mine — award-winning Free Press photographer Janet Sutton Carter — has given birth to a beautiful and healthy little girl named Alana Yuvonne Carter. Little Alana was 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long when she jumped into the world at 11:03 a.m. today.
Here’s her first modeling assignment:
Congratulations to Janet and her lovely husband Carlon. Please join me in congratulating the new mama and daddy!
My take: Honestly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened quicker than this.
It’s this simple — JoePa was told nine years ago that his close friend and assistant coach of four decades RAPED A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY IN A LOCKER-ROOM SHOWER ON HIS FREAKING CAMPUS. Process that for a second.
Now put yourself in JoePa’s position: what kept him from beating the dogsh*t out of Sandusky? Protecting his own job? Disbelief? Fear? There is NOTHING that should’ve kept Paterno from reporting this to law enforcement … NOTHING. Even if his supervisors threatened him, he should’ve gone to the police with this. And honestly now, who has been king at Penn State for 50 years?
Another disgusting thing that has come from this whole mess — and believe me, there’s more than a normal person can digest here — was the way PSU students and fans gathered on Paterno’s lawn last night and serenaded him with cheers and tears. They should’ve been there with pitchforks and torches.
ECU STUDENT-RUN PAPER RUNS PHOTOS OF STREAKER
Two days ago here on this very blog, we debated whether we’d run photos of that idiot streaker in The Free Press or on Kinston.com who ruined the halftime salute to the military at Saturday’s ECU-Southern Miss game in Greenville.
My take: All I have to say about this is that wouldn’t fly in Kinston. I held a newsroom discussion about this Monday and it was about 75-25 to run blurred photos.
But unblurred photos? Eh, no.
Am I slamming the East Carolinian? Absolutely not. College newspapers are a bit more liberal than family publications such as your Daily Free Press. It was a gutsy (albeit, stupid) move that’s going to probably bite someone in the ass. Pun intended. But I respect the paper’s student editors for making the decision — they’re certainly getting the buzz they were trying to get.
My take: Normally wouldn’t be the kind of story I’d post here, except for this hilarious nugget — the best sports talk host in the world (Steve Czaban, listen to him on Yahoo Sports Radio or on your Tune-In app from 6-9 a.m. every day) had this line: “Ms. Duggars, your uterus isn’t a clown car.”
My take: Only Cain and his accusers know the truth about these charges. Until I see some real proof (i.e., photos, tapes, etc.), it’s going to be hard to convince me these allegations are true.
One thing I will agree with Cain with is this, from a campaign email sent to his supporters:
“… the emphasis on ‘gaffes,’ gotcha questions and time devoted to trivial nonsense – and everyone knows the process only became further detached from relevance this week as the media published anonymous, ancient, vague personal allegations against me.
Once this kind of nonsense starts, the media’s rules say you have to act in a certain way.”
And he’s right. In this age of TMZ and gotcha journalism, this is what is going to continue to happen. I blame Richard Nixon.
My take: And this is what NASCAR deserves; it bragged about how it was bringing back old-time racing and fightin’ in the preseason and all Busch did was live up to it.
NASCAR IS A JOKE. If you’re still watching it, you’re the type of mindless sheep the quasi-sport wants in its camp. Congrats. And how long are the sponsors going to stay on board? You have to figure M&Ms are just ecstatic about their poster-boy doing this.
My take:If you’re an NBA fan — and yes, I count myself among that quickly fading group — prepare yourself for a 40-game season, if we even get one at all.
The only good news to come out of this, though, is something I’ve said here before — if you thought tickets were easy to get in Charlotte before, wait until this mess is over. The Bobcats will practically be giving tickets away to get butts in the seats.
… boy! Free Press Sports Editor (and FOB) Ryan Herman and his lovely wife Jaclyn just got out of the doctor’s office in Greenville — and they’re having a boy! The due date is March 17 for the Hermans.
Congrats, Herman and Little Herman!
Also, Free Press award-winning photographer Janet S. Carter and her lovely husband Carlon Carter (a U.S. Marine who will probably snap my neck when he sees I called him “lovely) are having a little girl, who is scheduled for arrival on Planet Earth on Feb. 25. I’ve been trying to talk her out of naming her little bundle o’ joy Bryanna, but I think that’s the name Janet and Carlon have decided upon.
I kid, I kid — but congrats Stunna (Janet’s alter-ego nickname) and Carlon!
Since we’re all gambling fools at your Kinston Daily Free Press, we’re probably going to have a birthing pool. If you’re interested in details, hit my email for details.
My take: And it gets worse — our Jones Post reporter Justin Hill (known as The Kid to you faithful bloggees) was kicked out of a meeting in Maysville last night when the town mayor and board went into an illegal closed meeting.
Why was it illegal? The town, by law, has to give media outlets a 48-hour notice of the meeting. Maysville NEVER contacted us – it was only by an unnamed source we found about it.
They illegally closed the meeting — WITHOUT making a motion to go into the closed portion of it. They used a Maysville town cop to kick Justin out of the meeting and then locked the door to keep him out.
And then the mayor, James Harper, tried to sneak out of the meeting through the back door before Justin and a camera crew from WCTI ABC-12 tracked him down. Even then, he “no-commented” them and sped off in his car.
What’s worse is that Justin has been on the phone all day trying to get town councilmembers to simply verify that the new interim town manager is Dale Gurganus-McCullough, the current town clerk and financial officer … who sent out the email saying she’s the new interim town manager. And not one of these elected officials will go on the record to say they voted on it, which, ironically would be illegal since it didn’t happen in open session.
If I’m a Maysville resident, I’m incensed. The people I elected to represent me don’t have the cajones to answer the questions from the press. They are conducting town business in secret. Not a very transparent — or American — town government in Maysville.
My take: As some of you know, I grew up in Wilkes County, only 20 miles or so from the track. Some of my best high school memories come from going to qualifying on Fridays and going to a handful of races.
When Bruton Smith bought the speedway and moved its races to New Hampshire and Texas Motor Speedway in 1996, he essentially killed the Wilkes County economy. The two then-Winston Cup races brought in millions of dollars to the local economy — money that has never been replaced.
The track went into serious disrepair before Alton McBride (who, according to the Winston-Salem Journal, had some financial troubles of his own) took over about a year-and-a-half ago. But now … here we go again. At least McBride tried and I appreciate he and his group for that.
It does bug me that NASCAR doesn’t rehabilitate the track and even put a truck race there. Yet another reason for me to hate the wanna-be sport, though.
My take: And sadly, he’s probably the best candidate the Republicans have at the moment. He has the name recognition and the political clout … but is that enough to defeat Ron Paul, Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin for the GOP nod and then Obama for the presidency?
Is this the best the GOP has? If so, Obama is going to be pretty much a sure shot for reelection.
If those crazy kids can’t make it after a quarter-century of marriage, what hope is there for the rest of us?
The iPod shuffle
Return To Innocence — Enigma
Dead And Bloated — Stone Temple Pilots
You’re Never Over — Eminem
Even The Losers — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
All Shook Up — Elvis Presley
P.S.: Congrats to Friend of the Blog (FOB) and Kinston baseball coach Jason Wade for the birth of his daughter, Mollie Jean Wade, this morning. Coach says mom and baby — all 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches of her — are doing fine. Congratulations, my friend!
P.P.S.S.: My good friends at the Gaston Gazette picked up my column on Robin Rogers; you can read it here – and see the awesome comments folks have made about Robin. Thanks, Hunter Bretzius and the folks at the GG for sharing my feelings about my friend in your awesome paper!
Jon “J-Dizzle” Dawson and I are at the Lenoir Community College Job Fair in the Sportatorium until 10:30 or 11 a.m. today; come out and see us. Already, one of our favorites, Sharon Miller, has dropped by to say hello (along with half of Kinston!). On to the MNR:
My take: Finally. Hopefully, his bloated head will soon be falling asleep on a prison cot, although I wouldn’t bet on it…
The iPod shuffle
New Year’s Day — U2
Don’t Talk — 10,000 Maniacs
Doll Parts — Hole
Self Esteem — The Offspring
Straight From The Heart — Bryan Adams
P.S.: Congrats to Kinston coach/AD Wells Gulledge and his wife Dawnn, who gave birth to a 6-pound, 11-ounce, 19-inch baby boy at 4:50 p.m. yesterday. He’s named Baker Wells Gulledge and, according to Coach, mama and baby are doing great. Congratulations!
P.P.S.S.: I had the honor of meeting FOB Killdozer last night at the Kinston-Greene Central baseball game. A great guy! Thanks for supporting the blog, dude.
Congratulations to our very good friend, Dusty Davis, and his lovely wife Catelyn for the birth of their son, Colton! He arrived in the world today at 9 a.m. at 5 pounds, 1 ounce. And yes, he’s already taller than Dusty (I kid! I kid!).
Also, congratulations to faithful bloggee — and new grandpa — Jeff Howard, Catelyn’s father. Jeff sent me an e-mail this morning that said Catelyn is doing fine, but in need of a chocolate milkshake.
Again — congrats to all! Here’s a picture from Dusty –
I was going to put this in the Morning News Report, but I figured it deserved its own blog entry — congratulations to our very good friend, J.T. Tribula, on the birth of his new daughter, Caroline Grace Tribula. She was born at 11:25 a.m. yesterday, weighed 6 1/2 pounds and was 18 inches long.
Here’s a picture of the dad and baby I just stole from his Facebook page (click on it for a better view!):
Again, congrats, J.T.! Hope to soon have you back teaching and coaching where you belong — in Lenoir County!