The Daily Fish Wrapper - The Observer is like a very old great aunt, you love her more than anything, but she's lost her mind, can't control her bladder, looses her teeth all the time, spends most of her day repeating herself and retelling stories from years ago.
Her health is gone, she's lost so much weight you hardly recognize her when she shows up in your driveway.
And some days you just wish she would go ahead and die.
Yesterday being September 11th, you could expect a number of stories about the 9/11 attacks, but why are they reprinting stories from 4 years ago, and acting like yesterday's news is this morning's headlines?
Reposting the same story with a new date and a few minor changes doesn't make it new news! Just as waiting until 11am to post an overnight news story so that the print edition is in the driveway does not make an online newspaper.
The Observer's home page such a mess it reminds me of a hamster cage. Why is the dominate feature Tommy's Tomlinson's face?
The Observer claims "more than 1 million adults in the Charlotte market read our products every week" and that the on-line edition "reaches 8 out of 10 Internet users in the local area."
If it were true, now that would be NEWS!
ACC Football - UGH! While everyone will drone on about the loss column I'd like to focus on the positive.
Maryland 62 - Morgan State 3.
The 62-3 beat down of Morgan State should be one for the history books. After defeating Navy on Monday, the Terrapins nailed up the largest margin of victory since the 61-0 win over the Citadel in 2003.
Maryland has already matched its win total from last year and owns its first winning streak since 2008.
But Morgan State is hardly a victory, as with the Citadel 61-0 in 2003, which begs the question is it really necessary to pummel the opposing team to a point of utter humiliation?
Of course it is this is football!
CMPD and Charlotte's LGBT Community - News not reported by the Charlotte Observer.
Roberta Dunn, a representative of the Mecklenburg Gay and Lesbian Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) and Donielle Prophete, sister of murder victim Tony Alston recently met with CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, Majors John Diggs and Paul Zinkann, and CMPD Executive Office Vicki Foster.
The LGBT group is upset with the way the murder case of Tony aka Toni Alston was handled.
Alston, a 44-year-old transgender man/woman/whatever, died April 3 after being shot in the doorway of his/her/it's home.
LGBT community concern has focused on CMPD investigators and other officials mishandling of "appropriate media outreach" and the offensive terminology used to describe Alston.
“My initial reaction was that there was some sort of covering up of a transgender person being murdered, trying to call it some kind of robbery,” Dunn said.
Among other concerns was the use of terms like “crossdresser” and “alternative lifestyle,” first uttered by police and the victim’s family members then later repeated by The Charlotte Observer and WCNC.
The LGBT community would rather that Tony be referred to as "Toni" and be described as a she, respecting the chosen lifestyle Tony, errr Toni was living.
Dunn says CMPD needs more education on LGBT people and issues, which could help with their response to LGBT-related crimes in the future. Other cities Washington, D.C., already employ officers tasked with outreaching to LGBT communities.
A fun couple out for a night of "fun"
During the meeting Chief Monroe committed to pursuing the creation of an LGBT police liaison and holding a community forum at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center on October 12, 2010 at 6 PM. Chief Rodney Monroe, Communications head Capt. Brian Cunningham and Community Services Division head Maj. John Diggs will attend.
The Charlotte Observer's reporting of Alston's murder is here.
Cedar's takeaway: Someone was murdered, and the case remains open. Tony or Toni deserves some respect.
On the other hand this is how we roll, we all make fun, crack jokes and talk in sometimes disrespectful terms. CMPD officers are no different this is how they deal with the stresses of the job.
LGBT folks you should lighten up. The last thing CMPD needs is another Odd ball project and expense.
Panthers Fans - Fair weather football fans, the Carolina Panthers season ticket holders.
Too hot, too cold, too far behind, too much rain, too many reasons to leave early.
Real football fans stay until the 2 minute warning even if the team is behind by an impossible 99-zip! Real fans show up on time not at the end of the first quarter. Real fans don't leave during the 3rd quarter just to beat the traffic.
If you can't stay for the whole game or you're in a hurry to go home, stay home and watch the game on Fox!
Nothing lowers the morale of a team than fans walking out during the 3rd quarter.
Sure the Panthers are down by 28 points and it doesn't look good. But real fans are there to see a come back or the play that almost turned the game around.
Start supporting the Panthers by staying for the whole game!