Daily Headlines, Friday, 6/17/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserGambling corruption trial: Democrats call for Beason to resign; prosecutors mention Republican aide paid by McGregor

Montgomery AdvertiserChurch leaders criticize Alabama’s immigration law

Montgomery AdvertiserUS Supreme Court upholds Alabama man’s conviction

Montgomery AdvertiserTop Republicans try to temper Beason fallout

Montgomery AdvertiserMontgomery Family Court judge leaves sooner than expected

Montgomery AdvertiserMPS officials: Recovery programs aid failing students

Montgomery AdvertiserFewer seek jobless benefits

Montgomery AdvertiserAdvertiser Editorial: Highways get safer

Huntsville TimesDid you file an insurance claim after the April tornadoes? Share your experience

Huntsville TimesWatchdog report: Huntsville towing contract still on the roadside

Huntsville TimesShelby voices concerns to NASA over bidding for booster system

Huntsville TimesIssues with research institute ‘jeopardizing’ SACS accreditation, Alabama A&M says

Huntsville TimesFormer Huntsville City Schools CFO earns same salary despite resignation

Huntsville TimesEditorial: Lawmakers forgot about raise

Birmingham NewsAfter four days, Rep. Scott Beason leaves Alabama bingo trial witness stand

Birmingham NewsSouthern Baptist Convention OKs resolution calling for path to legal status for illegal immigrants

Birmingham NewsFamily of slain woman says execution has served justice

Birmingham NewsJudge at bingo trial rules defense questions about Sen. Scott Beason’s race remarks are relevant

Birmingham NewsJefferson County distributes layoff letters to 546 employees

Press-RegisterWe can’t lose Fort Gaines’ piece of the past (editorial)

Tuscaloosa NewsBentley: Partlow to close by Nov. 30

Tuscaloosa NewsChain of stores gathers books for city, county students

Tuscaloosa NewsTask force tackles ideas for rebuilding and improving city

Tuscaloosa NewsMiners will vote today on union contract

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Public input is crucial for rebuilding city

Florence TimesDailyPhil Campbells help out tornado-ravaged town

Anniston StarOn stage in Anniston: More councilman escapades

Anniston StarThey’re back on Alabama beaches

Anniston StarPhillip Tutor: Crying wolf on weather sirens

Anniston StarJames L. Evans: The two worlds of faith

Gadsden TimesCounty schools to buy 42 buses

Gadsden TimesPOLL: Should Sen. Beason resign?

Gadsden TimesToo confident? Study shows more college freshmen feel ‘above average’

Gadsden TimesGOP planning to bring back pro-life bills in 2012 session

Associated PressAla. astrophysicist receives astronomy honor

Associated PressAla. ethics law confuses ticket holders

New York TimesLittle Consensus on the Candidates

New York TimesLawmakers Seek Assurances on Bank Regulations

Los Angeles TimesSupreme Court rules against longer prison sentences in order to rehabilitate

Los Angeles TimesAlabama targets immigrant students

2 comments to Daily Headlines, Friday, 6/17/2011

  • OC

    campaign slogan for the future: Aborigines for Beason!

  • Old School

    I don’t know Scott Beason personally, so I can make no credible judgement about his character. Many of his supporters have referred to him as “the most honorable man I know” and so forth. So, being neither friend nor foe of the Honorable Mr. Beason, I feel like I can offer an unbiased opinion of his now-infamous comment.

    Certain words or terms carry their own connotations, and these connotations can be perceived as positive or negative. You can look up the definition of connotation, but basically, it means that regardless of the “definition”, the word or term has been, or is often used, to connote (suggest) a meaning other than it’s EXPLICIT meaning. For example, the words “slender” and “skinny” are both adjectives that mean basically the same thing: thin, slight, or small in size. But when used to physically describe a girl (or boy), then which word carries (or connotes) a more pleasing or acceptable (positive) description? Yes… slender. The word skinny suggests (or connotes) something that is generally unattractive or unwanted. So, for all of those who would defend Beason’s use of the word based on its explicit “Webster’s” definition to describe a person native to a particular area… well, they obviously aren’t familiar with the whole concept of connotations, or what words actually SUGGEST.

    Why, instead of referring to “aborigines”, didn’t Beason just call them “people” or “voters” or “constituents” or “gamblers” or even “blacks” or “African Americans”? When asked this question on the stand, I believe even Beason himself could not offer ANY reason why he would use such a term. Well, may I propose that Beason is at least smart enough not to use the term “natives” because even HE knows that word carries a racial overtone. But obviously, he wasn’t smart enough to realize that substituting ABORIGINES for NATIVES was equally unacceptable… either politically, socially, or even casually. When used to label a block of predominantly black voters in Greene County, there is no real difference between the two terms. They are equally offensive. And stupid/ignorant/crazy/careless/clueless for an otherwise “HONORABLE” man and politician to use to describe this particular demographic.

    Now, whether he should resign from office or leadership position in the Senate is for some other argument. But fellow Republicans and friends and supporters of the Honorable Mr.Beason, please back off your defense of Beason in using this term because of its strict dictionary definition. I very highly doubt that Mr. Beason would EVER refer to the voters of Vestavia, Mountain Brook, Shelby County, or practically any OTHER district in our great state NOT within the confines of the Black Belt as “ABORIGINES”.

    As the now-popular cliche so aptly sums it up… It IS what it IS.
    And what it IS… is a derogatory term with decidedly racial overtones that any honorable and AMBITIOUS politician should have been smart enough to avoid.

    Or, it simply reveals his true colors.

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