Oprah Winfrey’s Network Backs Down On Michael Sam Documentary

Originally posted on Focus On The Rainbow:

micahel sam According to the Associated Press the planned documentary on Michael Sam has been postponed for now.

In a released statement Erik Logan, President of the OWN cable/SAT network said “After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team.”

When I first heard about this project being put forth just days after Sam was selected in the NFL draft my reaction was “so typical of picking up on the flavor of the month to get ratings”.

Were Sam not openly gay and the first to be so in the NFL, this project wouldn’t have even been thought of. Sam should be looked upon for his merits as a football player not because he is a gay man.

If nothing else this decision will take pressure off of Sam and…

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Intervene In Syria? Just Say No.

Originally posted on The Dish:

[Re-posted from earlier today]

The above video shows an Israeli airstrike in Damascus on Saturday night, reportedly targeting regime munitions bound for Hezbollah. It comes on the heels of another attack late last week, on missiles stored at Damascus airport. Assad’s regime now declares it will retaliate, and the IDF says this won’t be the end of the strikes:

Officials [in Israel] are concerned that as the Syrian state devolves into chaos, sophisticated weapons not previously available to Hizballah will make their way across the border to Lebanon, altering the military equation between Israel and the well-armed Shi‘ite militia sponsored by Iran and aided by the Syrian government.

We are told this was not an act of war. Why? Er, because Israel did it and therefore it is not an act of war. It may have killed close to 100 Syrian army soldiers, among many others; it may have been the biggest…

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When To End The Coverage Of Newtown

newtown-ribbonAfter midnight going into the early hours of today I drove the 10 minute drive from Danbury to Newtown.

Actually it’s a trip I make at this time every year, going to some of the smaller towns around Danbury to see the Christmas lights on display.

But I normally don’t go in the wee hours of the morning as I did today.

Going at that time today was for selfish reasons.

I wanted to go to the Sandy Hook part of Newtown to pay my respects and do so without the media around. I’ve more than had my 15 minutes of fame in life, I don’t need anymore particularly when doing something so personal and private. Continue reading

Journalists Need Help Overcoming Stress

12/19/12 – When I posted this article back in July little did any of us who live in or near Newtown know it would have so much meaning to those in the media who have covered the horrific tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Anyone who has watched the coverage can’t help but see the noticeable toll it has taken on journalists both in studio and on location not to forget those working behind the scenes.

Just about any journalist, myself included, at least once in their career is going to cover some sort of human tragedy.

I think just as with the public in general what is tearing at the heart of those who are covering this is not just the loss of human life but the life of those so young.

As I have said to many over the past days this is the one time I’m glad I’m not currently a part of the local media, as I’m sure I too would be covering the day Evil came among us.

Just as those directly and indirectly affected by this tragic event will need to seek out some sort of counseling so too will those whose job it is to report the senselessness of what mankind can do upon itself.

The following is the original post from July 30, 2112. Continue reading