SCHOOL SYSTEM WON’T REVEAL WHY JWADE SUSPENDED
All the Lenoir County School system will let us know is that Kinston High School baseball coach (and 3-time blog pick ‘em champion) Jason Wade has been suspended for an “altercation with an umpire”.
But what Sports Editor Ryan Herman reports in today’s story is that JWade got into it with the umpire following the April 21 home game against South Lenoir and angrily called the umpire — who is an African-American — “Obama”.
My take: I’ve had a week to digest this and I’m still not sure what I think.
Everyone on this blog knows that I think the world of JWade — he’s an all-timer on this blog and (contrary to what some might say) he’s on the verge of turning around a Vikings baseball team that had sunk to a Goldsboro-type level.
But what did he mean by “Obama”? Was he complimenting the umpire for his similar appearance to the president? Was JWade confirming he was changing parties, a la Arlen Specter, to the Democratic Party?
Or was it more sinister — was JWade using “Obama” as a racial slur?
We don’t know — but JWade did tell Ryan in the above-linked story that “I regret what happened, and if I had it to do over again, I’d take everything back.”
I don’t think it was the latter of my three possibilities. I think JWade got into the heat of battle, was upset with an umpire who was (as I’ve heard from multiple sources) inconsistent all night long with both teams and erupted, albeit with the absolute wrong choice of words. I don’t know the coach as well as some of you do, but I’ve never heard even an inkling of racism from him.
OBAMA WELCOMES SPECTER TO DEMOCRATIC PARTY
President Obama welcomed the U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, to the Democratic Party this morning.
With Specter’s defection — and the impending win by Al Franken in Minnesota — the Dems would have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
My take: It’s this simple — Democrats have no one to blame but themselves if they don’t turn this mess around by 2012. They are going to be the overwhelming majority in both houses and have the executive branch locked up.
WHITE HOUSE WILL INVESTIGATE NYC FLYOVER
Obama has ordered an investigation into a photo op that included Air Force One flying low over the New York City skyline.
My take: This is how you know Obama really struck out on this one — even Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” was dissing him for it.
Stewart’s funniest line was that the White House could’ve photoshopped the plane — and that makes sense.
Stupid stunt and it cost the taxpayers $328,835 to boot.
The iPod shuffle
Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle of Milk — U2
Gin And Juice — Snoop Dogg & Dat N**** Daz
Precious Things — Tori Amos
Surfin’ USA — The Beach Boys
Respect — Aretha Franklin