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I've been mulling over what would be the most effective way to voice my outrage over Mr. Imus' latest woman-hating invectives.  I could write to a bunch of the advertisers.  I could write to MSNBC and/or CBS radio.  All fine.

We all know that money talks.  The solution, I've decided to donate some money to my undergraduate university, American University and send a small amount to Rutgers.  As I watched the Woman's Basketball team and their coach yesterday, they took my breath away.  It has been a rediscovery of the benefits of higher education.  Look at those women.  What accomplishments they have all under 22 years of age.

Therefore, the best way to combat the racist hate-filled language is to encourage more young women to stay in school and get an education.

Imus has his fundraiser tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday.  Callers can donate to HIS causes.

But, what slap in the face if hundreds or thousands of us, instead, write a check to our favorite university and/or Rutgers.  Here is the letter I've decided to write to my unversity (American University, Washington D.C.):

Dear Alumni Relations:

I am enclosing a check for a donation.  Please accept this check as my form of protest against all of the hate filled media types who fill the airwaves with anti-women, racist comments.  I think the best form of protest is to give women the opportunity to become better educated.  As I look at the Rutgers Bastketball team, I was filled with hope and admiration for their calm, confident, educated responses to the diatribes that insulted their accomplishments.

Thank you for the execellent education you gave me.  I would like to "pay it forward".

Originally posted to lizjaye on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:17 AM PDT.

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  •  How about using the money to buy season tix? (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    And donating to student clubs or local youth organizations.

    Whatever it is, it should be something to help the female athletes.

  •  Please, (3+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, BachFan, Statusquomustgo

    forward a link or address, I too will DEFINATELY send a donation.  And I want that donation to go SPECIFICALLY to the Women's Athletic Program at Rutgers University.

  •  The radiothon is for children's cancer & SIDS (8+ / 0-)

    Is there a better way to protest Imus, such as boycotting his sponsors, than boycotting children's cancer and SIDS charities?

    •  I know that. I volunteer at a pediatrics ward. (1+ / 0-)
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      mbair

      Bottom line is we have to swing hard.  All of the commentators come on his show and placate him so that they can later sell their book.

      Nothing wrong with hitting hard.

    •  The advertiser diary (5+ / 0-)

      was just posted here: Two More Major Advertisers Drop Imus

      The list so far:

      • Sprint
      • GM
      • P & G
      • Staples
      • Bigelow Tea
      • Miralus Healthcare

      The diary focuses on Verizon, if you're a customer consider e-mailing them:

      Jerri DeVard is Verizon's Senior Vice President of Marketing:

      Phone: 212-395-1470   Email: jerri.devard@verizon.com

      •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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        mbair
      •  More (5+ / 0-)
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        opinionated, annrose, mbair, 3goldens, lizjaye

        Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I hope this is a sign of the start of something bigger.  That the loud mouth liars and spewers of hate are on the way out.  That advertisers are going to more responsible than the air way owners.  I hope this is the beginning of the end to those like IMUS, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh,Bill O'Rielly, Sean Connity, and the rest of the hate mongers.  It is time to send them all packing.

        "...the ideal government should be like a sane person's conscious mind!" David Brin

        by libbie on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:31:07 AM PDT

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        •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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          dougymi

          Imus has got to go. This is our opportunity to lop off his head and set the precedent. Clarence Page said on Hardball last night that if Imus is fired then he'll just go to satellite and make a pile of money. I think that's accurate, but this is not about destroying Imus. This is about what we allow on our publicly owned airways.

        •  Why not concentrate on more important stuff? (1+ / 0-)
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           I do not listen to Imus but I've heard his comments on You Tube and they aren't nearly as bad as some of the stuff he's said in the past against other groups.  Where were the outraged sensibilities of all the Imus attackers then?

          Children and women are being raped and killed in Darfur, our military dying in Iraq, our looneytune President itching for war against Iran, and all people can think of is to protest an old man who says words that black rappers and black comedians use every day.

          I am fed up because very few people seem to stand up for what is most vitally important to me--the Constitution.  The 1st amendment protects free speech and protects the idea of free speech and when we lose that we lose everything.  You want to get rid of all the talk jocks you hate on the right?  There are plenty of people at Free Republic itching for the chance to shut down the leftist talk shows and blogs.  We have to defend everyone's right to speak or we all lose.  WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO LEARN?  Its why the ACLU defends the right of the Klan to march in their parades--not because they agree with them, but because when we deny the right to speak to those we disagree with, we are actually destroying our own right to speak.

           

          "Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis" Schopenhauer

          by Braided Summer on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:30:45 PM PDT

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          •  You know every day it seems harder to exist (0+ / 0-)

            I agree with your sentiments.  But, in thinking about how to affect change, I thought, hey for $50 I can donate to the Rutgers Women's Basketball team.  What does this mean, it means probably nothing.  To me, it means that these gals are rolemodels and should be honored not demeaned.  I think American Women need to stop being silent on these little issues.  Men too.  We all have sisters and nieces who should not be treated with hate filled malicious diatribes.  Imus' reply is to say, hey "its comedy".

            It reminds me of a couple former boyfriends (please don't lol too much).  Their idea of teasing was to say something harmful and then, when I would be upset reply - hey can't you take a joke.  Meanwhile, the comment was intended to hurt me not make me feel good.

            Sometimes, it's the little things.

          •  I support your right to (0+ / 0-)

            concentrate on bigger stuff, but if you love the constitution then you must appreciate the protection of minority rights and the safe guards in it against a mob mentality hell bent on taking away or denying the rights of powerless people. Imus is not among those without power. If he gets fired then he goes to satellite with a new show and a big fat check. This isn't about destroying Imus or another voice "on our side" it's about whether or not we support hate speech. This is a teachable moment, but I hope the lesson is not that the rich, powerful and well-connected among us have no consequences for their actions.

            Besides:

            WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO LEARN?  Its why the ACLU defends the right of the Klan to march in their parades--not because they agree with them, but because when we deny the right to speak to those we disagree with, we are actually destroying our own right to speak.

            I said to another person on another thread on this topic: It's not free speech when there is 50 million dollars at stake and a license to broadcast over publicly owned airways. You get the bullhorn, I'll get the soapbox and he can rant on the street corner.

            •  you don't get it (0+ / 0-)

              I'm sorry that you just don't get it.  What is hateful to you is not hateful to others.  You nor I nor anyone should be judge and jury on what is acceptable.  Farrakhan has gone on hate-filled rages against whites, Jews, etc.  Do you want to suppress his right to spew his hatred?  I don't .  Let him rant.  How about Jesse Jackson and his anti-semitic remarks?  Do you intend to do anything about that?  boycott?  deny him the right to speak?  Write to NBC and demand that they not give him a platform?  How about Al Sharpton, who has a history of saying the most disgusting anti-white things?  Do you intend to demand that stations stop airing his radio program?  WHY NOT????????

              This double standard has to stop.  Some people want to stop some speech but not others.  I say let them all talk.  But darlin' its interesting to hear you all try to defend why you think some speech is more equal than others.  Its like Animal Farm.

              "Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis" Schopenhauer

              by Braided Summer on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 01:03:53 PM PDT

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              •  Okay (0+ / 0-)

                One at a time:

                I'm sorry that you just don't get it.  What is hateful to you is not hateful to others.  You nor I nor anyone should be judge and jury on what is acceptable.

                That's an argument based on moral ambivalence which is above my pay grade so you're on your own with that one. I think that ho and nappy haired are offensive. That's just me. I can understand that you don't find either one of those terms "hateful."

                Farrakhan has gone on hate-filled rages against whites, Jews, etc.  Do you want to suppress his right to spew his hatred?  I don't .  Let him rant.

                Like I said in my response, you get the bullhorn I'll get the soapbox. Supporting "hate-filled rages against whites, Jews, etc" is not a proper use of the public airways in my opinion. I might add that supporting hate filled remarks against black women and women in general is not a proper use of public airways.

                How about Jesse Jackson and his anti-semitic remarks?  Do you intend to do anything about that?  boycott?  deny him the right to speak?  Write to NBC and demand that they not give him a platform?

                Here's the facts about your charges offered for any readers:

                Jackson’s standing as a moral & humanitarian leader was severely undercut by Jackson’s reference to Jews as "Hymies." Moreover, his equivocation over the matter and the added comments of Louis Farrakhan served to drag out the issue throughout the entire 1984 presidential campaign.

                An article in the Washington Post on Feb. 13, 1984, Rick Atkinson reported Jackson saying, "the most attempts to disrupt this campaign have come from Jewish people." Toward the end of the article Atkinson states that "In private conversations with reporters, Jackson referred to Jews as ‘Hymie’ and to New York as ‘Hymietown.’ ‘I’m not familiar with that,’ Jackson said. ‘That’s not accurate.’ "

                As the controversy accelerated, Black Muslim minister Farrakhan warned Jews "if you harm this brother, it will be the last one you harm." From that point on, Jackson had to deal with Farrakhan’s remarks as well as his own.

                Jackson eventually condemned Farrakhan’s remarks as "reprehensible and morally indefensible."

                Source: The Search for Common Ground, by Charles Henry, p.102-5 Jul 2, 1991

                Another source on the 1984 controversy: Jesse Jackson's 'Hymietown' Remark – 1984

                Does Jesse Jackson have a show on NBC? When he appeared on the Today Show he was asked to defend his comments in 1984. I think that was fair. I wouldn't support putting Jesse Jackson or anyone else on the TV to spew ethnic pejoratives.

                How about Al Sharpton, who has a history of saying the most disgusting anti-white things?  Do you intend to demand that stations stop airing his radio program?  WHY NOT????????

                Please provide an example. Tawana Brawley doesn't count. In that case he advocated for what appeared to be a powerless women with a righteous beef. He was wrong, she was a liar and he got sued for it. He lost. In my opinion that was fair.

                This double standard has to stop.  Some people want to stop some speech but not others.  I say let them all talk.  But darlin' its interesting to hear you all try to defend why you think some speech is more equal than others.  Its like Animal Farm.

                Don't call me darlin'. Stick to a term you're comfortable with: ho.

                Or pig because that's what you've just implied in this comment. Thanks.

          •  You are right about the most important (0+ / 0-)

            It is the Constitution.  It also is the morality of America.  Bush has been the "divider" and we need to start pulling it together.  Although you will note, I constantly refer to what I think is most important as - restore all our rights to pre Bush status.  This is maybe something I can do something about.  Like voice my concerns with people who spew hatred and continue to divide the people of this country.  "Divide and Conquer" as the saying goes.  Maybe by my not using the advertisers of these shows, not watching or listening to them and writing to Congress to restore the Sherman Act, I can in some small way make a difference.  God knows I have yelled and screamed and hollered about the loss of my rights and nothing happens.  Even now there is a push to change the FISA act to confrom to Bush's wants.

            National Intelligence Director Mike McConnel wants the FISA law changed to accomodate "advances in technology."    He would be able to monitor foreigners without seeking FISA approval and tap into phone and e-mail accounts.  He wants the warrant to be okayed beyond the 120 days now, to one year.  I just want all this takeover of our country by all these crooks and liars to end and if I can do what little I can do to help get there I will try to do it.  If that means that I might have a sayso in what products I buy, or what I listen to or watch, then that is what little I can do for today.  So you do what you can with what influence you have and so will I and ultimately we may pull it all together.

            "...the ideal government should be like a sane person's conscious mind!" David Brin

            by libbie on Thu Apr 12, 2007 at 01:09:11 PM PDT

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      •  just sent in my complaint (1+ / 0-)
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        mbair

        this time Imus has gone way too far.  

        thanks for the information.

        statusquomustgo...and it did...whooooops, not done yet

        by Statusquomustgo on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:33:23 PM PDT

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        •  can you explain what you mean by "way too far"? (1+ / 0-)
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          I listened to what he said on YouTube and its nothing that black rappers, black comedians, and neighborhood jerks say all the time, every day.   So, its "too far" for an old white guy to say "nappy ho" but its okay for billionaire smart mouthed black rappers to say that and worse?  LOL this whole thing is pathetic.  We are all being led down the path to our own destruction by the media, who desparately want to ignore the things we should be concentrating on, like Iraq, Darfur, global warming, etc.  

          "Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis" Schopenhauer

          by Braided Summer on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:50:06 PM PDT

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          •  You miss the point.... (0+ / 0-)

            for the kind of show that Imus has, on cable in the mornings, it was unappropriate.

            Using black rappers is not a justification for what Imus said.

            Just because somebody tells you to jump off the bridge, do you do it.

            statusquomustgo...and it did...whooooops, not done yet

            by Statusquomustgo on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 06:47:39 PM PDT

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    •  don't boycott the charitable causes (0+ / 0-)

      boycott the channels

      if the cashflow is associated with the Imus name, it should be off-limits ...

      there are alternatives for donating on behalf of childhood cancer victims and SIDS ... doesn't take a rocket scientist to find them ...

      yeah, you might have issues with the Ronald McDonald House, or with Candlelighters, or Make-a-Wish (which seems like a marvelous alternative to the Imus Ranch Foundation), or ... but there're surely plenty of channels, and some that can serve anybody who wish to evade the DON IMUS TAINT ... perhaps we should compile a list?

      •  The Starbright Foundation (1+ / 0-)
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        is one very generous foundation that donates electronic toys to pediatric units at hospitals.  They also set up satellite conferences for kids who are far from home and want to communicate with their classmates and family members.

    •  Donate to another children's charity (0+ / 0-)

      I do agree with the boycott.  Imus is a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semite.  He shouldn't be able to keep using these kids to burnish his image.  There are lots and lots of children's cancer and SIDS charities in this country.  There's only one that has a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic sponsor.

      •  I heard this morning on CNN that (0+ / 0-)

        this telethon was for his ranch in NM and the work he does there for 2 months every year. Was that accurate? Do the funds collected go to children's charities independent of imus or imus's efforts specific to his ranch?

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:58:32 AM PDT

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        •  It's sort of a split (1+ / 0-)
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          Part of the proceeds go to the SIDS foundation.  Part of the proceeds go towards his Kids W/Cancer Ranch.

          As I've said, there are plenty of other options.  

          •  oh I agree (1+ / 0-)
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            I don't have any intention of donating to imus' ranch. That's why I asked. I've read where it's one of the worst charities to give to with regard to percentage of money going to the actual beneficiaries. I can see giving money to the actual charity, just not imus.  I don't trust him.

            A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

            by dougymi on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:12:04 PM PDT

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      •  Every year on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, (2+ / 0-)
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        Imus broadcasts King's 'I Have a Dream' speech in it's entirety.

        Maybe I'm nuts but I don't believe this is something a racist broadcaster would do.

        He did a tasteless, offensive and outrageous comedy bit.  His actual feelings on race cannot be discerned just by this one incident.

        •  There are a couple different groups (0+ / 0-)

          You want to be sure that your money goes to one that actually uses the funds for the parents and family members.  I usually check with an internet charity rater called (I think) Charity Navigator.  They rate what percentage of donations actually goes to the intended recipient.

        •  Thanks 4 being a voice of reason during hysteria (1+ / 0-)
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          I really have learned more about Imus in the last few days than I ever cared to--and like any human being, he is a complex man, having both good and bad points.  He evidently does a lot of charity work.  He also says disgusting stuff (against some assorted groups I'm in, I might add) all the time.  Upon reflection on all this, I've come to the conclusion that he is neither a devil nor an angel, and that puts him in pretty good company with the rest of humanity.  I am not about to boycott his charities as some here wish us to do.  And if "nappy ho" is the worst thing that anyone says to anyone in this life, they are lucky.  The real racists in this life are people like the rich neo-cons, who would bomb Iraq and kill thousands upon thousands of people just so they can get richer.  That is real racism.  Real racism is not interfering at all in the genocide in Darfur because the neo-cons could not think of any way that it would benefit their wallets--that is real racism. The really dangerous racists in this country would never utter the words "nappy ho" in public.

          Its all a smokescreen.  And its terribly tragic that our own media is leading us down this road.

          "Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis" Schopenhauer

          by Braided Summer on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 01:23:36 PM PDT

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      •  Don Imus (1+ / 0-)
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        klw1963

        an "anti semite"? I have never heard him denigrate the indigenous people of the Palestine population now under illegal occupation by the IOF{israeli occupation forces}
        The arab population are the true semite people of the middle east.
        check the defination of "anti semite", and please don't use it so indiscriminately, as has become the custom as of late; it is a very serious accusation, that is almost always applied incorrectly.
        I have never heard him insult the Palestinians - not even once.
        And I WILL be making a donation tomorrow to the SIDS foundation.

        •  CJ Foundation for SIDS (0+ / 0-)

          I just checked on Charity Navigator.  It has a three out of four star rating and most of the money goes for program expenses (not advertising, not fundraising, not administrative).

          •  EXACTLY! (0+ / 0-)

            thats one of the reasons the money will go there. despite whatever else IMUS is, he is a big time philanthropist to a million causes. I understand he also makes a lot of private donations, but given his ego, I don't see how! ;-)

        •  Since when? (0+ / 0-)

          check the defination of "anti semite", and please don't use it so indiscriminately, as has become the custom as of late

          You mean "of late" as in, say, the last 140 years or so?

          From Wikipedia

          The term Semite refers broadly to speakers of a language group which includes both Arabs and Jews. However, the term antisemitism is specifically used in reference to attitudes held towards Jews. The word antisemitic (antisemitisch in German) was probably first used in 1860 by the Austrian Jewish scholar Moritz Steinschneider in the phrase "antisemitic prejudices" (German: "antisemitische Vorurteile"). Steinschneider used this phrase to characterize Ernest Renan's ideas about how "Semitic races" were inferior to "Aryan races."

          SNIP

          The term antisemitism has historically referred to prejudice towards Jews alone, and this was the only use of the word for more than a century. It does not traditionally refer to prejudice toward other people who speak Semitic languages (e.g. Arabs or Assyrians). Bernard Lewis, Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University, says that "Antisemitism has never anywhere been concerned with anyone but Jews."

          •  WIKIPEDIA? give me a break! {ROFL} (0+ / 0-)

            "You mean "of late" as in, say, the last 140 years or so?"

            mmmmmmmmm - gee you must mean about the time the
            "zionist movement" was unfortunately created. {sorry - i do NOT like racist movements or regimes - especially when OUR country is falling apart, and we are propping up an apartheid state - ON MY TAX DOLLAR!}

            and as for your {laughable} quotations:

            1- does anybody with any intelligence really rely on Wikipedia for FACTS? especially on the topic of the Illegal Occupation of Palestine by israel. wikipedia is so dedicated to presenting primarily one side {guess which one!} of the war being waged by the worlds fourth largest military against a deliberatly impovershed CIVILIAN population living under the most brutal apartheid regime in history. wikipedia is a joke.

            2- bernard lewis is one of the most militant zionist screwballs in existance. he is also a member of the AEI {American Enterprise Institute, along with his bedfellows Cheney, Richard Perle, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, Frank Gaffney, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Elliott Abrams, Chalabi, Douglas Feith,  Jeane Kirkpatrick, Robert Bork, Charles Krauthammer, Norman Podhoretz - AND GEORGE BUSH! Need i say more?

            lewis has been a reliable source of misinformation from a purely zionist point of view for over 50 years. his writings are guiding our lopsided {insane?} policy vis a vis the Illegal Occupation of Palestine by israel - as well as the rest of middle east policy. he is a certifiable anti semitic screwball who should be given as much weight as say, Hannity or Coulter. research the "lewis doctrine" - from a reliable and OBJECTIVE source on the subject, of which wikipedia is NEITHER.

            please see: http://rightweb.irc-online.org/...

            ps - oh yeah, i forgot to mention he was a signer of PNAC {Project for the New American Century}. but you probably know that; no wonder you quote and validate this racist crackpot ...

            •  OK (0+ / 0-)

              I will look for other sources and get back to you.

              I appreciate your link to the citation about Lewis, I had never heard of him, he doesn't sound like someone I would be supportive of. But a lot of your response is about Palestine, something that wasn't within the scope of my comment, which was only about the derivation of the term anti-semite in common parlance.
              Since you did so well with Lewis, perhaps you can cite instances of the original meaning to which you refer.

              As for Wikipedia, I use it primarily for explanations of Mathematics and as such I have found it quite robust. I haven't used enough in other endeavors to know one way or another.

  •  Here' s a link (3+ / 0-)
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    sele, 3goldens, BachFan

    to donate online to Rutgers New Brunswick schools and programs.

    There is an option for women's basketball which goes to support the program.

    There are also options for scholarship, libraries, and academic programs.

    Cuando a merda tiver valor, pobre nascera sem cu.

    by sayitaintso on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:26:08 AM PDT

  •  How 'bout some community service (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    for Mr. Imus in the form of having to wipe down the basketball court floor for every single Rutger's women's team home game for next season?

  •  Worst target for a boycott (6+ / 0-)

    that I've ever heard of.

    Please rethink the wisdom of encouraging that.

    "War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow." - Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Wayneman on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:39:16 AM PDT

  •  This anti-imus stuff is getting silly (6+ / 0-)

    Once it gets to the point of sacrificing sick kids on the altar of this issue its long past the time to step back and take a deep breath.

    •  But he uses those children (0+ / 0-)

      Many people spend hours volunteering at hospitals, clinics, out reach programs.  None of the people I know drag out their volunteer efforts as proof that they are good people.

      I think the point is to show that there are other options that to support his sophmoric hatefilled tirades.

  •  Those charities don't need to suffer please (3+ / 0-)
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    Whatever you may think of him.

    Good has come from his past actions.

    Kids with cancer  and siblings of kids who have died from SIDS have benefitted from his work.

    I understand there are severely wounded Veterans that also benefit.

    His words were stupid and lame, and are undefendable.

    His charitible causes are there due to his generosity and dedication.

    Please don't damage their operations.

    I know from experience, that everyone of those Rutgers players has heard worse while warming up prior to a game and many, if not all, have heard far worse, in that instant just after an official has handed them the ball for a free throw.

    It is just a damn shame for all involved that a three second clip of words could damage charities that do good work.

    That being said, I also  have no sympathy for Don Imus the radio loudmouth bigot but, I do have sympathy for a man who has done good deeds for others and is faced with a career ending (and subsequent end to the cash flow for his charities) moment of stupidity.

    It's not just about Imus, it is about how far we Americans are willing to punish him knowing that there is more to his personna than a greedy money grubbing (sure, he's rich) misoginistic bigot.

    I have no answer.

    Political pardons are unacceptable Mr Bush,and so is hiding your daddy's secrets behind exectutive orders,free the truth now.Econ 3.50&Soc. 5.79

    by wmc418 on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 11:46:05 AM PDT

    •  I would have never sent money to his charities. (1+ / 0-)
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      BachFan

      I support:

      Alzheimer's research (because my Mom and Aunts had Alzheimers)

      and other charities.

      So, my gift today to the UT Women's Athletic program isn't denying money to Imus' charities...it's just an additional donation that I would have never made to anyone if it hadn't been for this controversy.

      HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

      by annrose on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:10:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Good (1+ / 0-)
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        annrose

        I just had a neighbor die from Parkinson's and Alzheimers a few months ago.

        I spent hundreds of nights with him to help him during the night.

        My sympathy to you as I understand what you went through.

        I am glad you give where you feel is proper.

        I got the impression you wanted to prove a point by enlisting others  to not give to any Imus related charities.

        Political pardons are unacceptable Mr Bush,and so is hiding your daddy's secrets behind exectutive orders,free the truth now.Econ 3.50&Soc. 5.79

        by wmc418 on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 01:27:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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    BachFan

    The point is that money talks.  Writing the sponsors, writing the networks all have little if any effect.  However, if his causes raise little or no money, perhaps the picture becomes clearer to him.

    Certainly donations can be sent to the same charities or similar ones.  I do not advocate abandoning the charities.  I do however advocate letting him be the mouthpiece for helping these causes.

  •  Imus Out, Seder In (0+ / 0-)

    Replace Imus with Sam Seder.

  •  Thanks to your suggestion, (1+ / 0-)
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    3goldens

    I sent money to the UT Lady Vols...since I went to UT.

    People should support either the Rutgers women's athletic program, or the program at their own school.

    And include a variation of your wonderful letter above so the money people know why you're donating now.

    HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

    by annrose on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 12:07:21 PM PDT

  •  Imus (3+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn, kosophile, Braided Summer

    Does it bother anyone that Imus is getting all the heat and Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly etc are still on the air?  
    Let's not forget that Imus pushed hard for investigations into the connection between vaccines and autism.
    And he was a major reason that the rehab center for veterans was built in Texas.
    And, he did more coverage than anyone else on the Walter Reed mess.
    And, he regularly gives voice to liberal causes.

    I'm not defending his remarks but is this focus on him rather than those other cretins fair?

  •  I'd think about that a little longer (0+ / 0-)

    If you really feel that much of an affinity for Rutgers(or any other college)University write the check.  But to stiff or advocate stiffing charities that help children with deadly pediatric ailments makes me think you're just angry - not really pissed at racism.  Read your posting again.  They aren't HIS causes.

    •  I'm really not (0+ / 0-)

      advocating stiffing giving to charities that help children's causes.  I'm just thinking that as money is an important message giver, donating to your favorite university on behalf of the Rutgers women is a good way to actually make a point.

  •  GM pulling ads (0+ / 0-)

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 01:17:50 PM PDT

  •  GM still supporting Imus' kids w/ cancer (0+ / 0-)

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 01:18:53 PM PDT

  •  Donate to cancer research... (0+ / 0-)

    ...instead of his fucking ranch.

    Why should he get tax deductible dollars to have a vacation home in New Mexico?

  •  To the extent you would have donated anyway (0+ / 0-)

    with no "Imus effect", fine. Otherwise, don't you think your money would do a lot more long term good as political donations?

  •  What a bad idea, where to start? (2+ / 0-)
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    Wayneman, crankyinNYC
    1.  Yes, give to Rutgers, it will lower my taxes.  Rutgers is a state school.  Because of New Jersey's fiscal crisis, there is a budget crunch at Rutgers but if you give money to Rutgers, what you're really doing is allowing the state to reduce its unfunded pension liabilities.
    1.  Yes, give to an organization you appear to know nothing about.  Rutgers lavishes support on some sports and starves others.  Womens basketball is one of the haves, not one of the have-nots.  It is perennially a Top 20 program with a nationally known coach and a well-funded PR department.  It doesn't need the money (nor, incidentally, do the Lady Volunteers, which is probably even more well-funded).

    It's the minor sports that are shortchanged at Rutgers and they are shortchanged by the administration in terms of facilities and practice time.  As an example, do you know that the football team has priority to use the indoor track over the women's cross-country team during spring practice?  And, to be honest, because of Title IX, the minor women's sports have it better than the minor men's sports.

    Of course, many people would say that there are more needy and deserving charities than college sports, particularly major, revenue-positive sports.  Perhaps a fund for deserving non-athletes so they can attend college.

    1.  Yes, portray yourself and the progressive community in the worst possible light.  It is of course your prerogative not to give to particular charities.  But how do you think it looks when you encourage a boycott of generally well-regarded and, at least in the New York City area, well-known charities?

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