Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

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Posted Friday, January 4, 2008, at 5:23 PM
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  • I found the Somalia series to be very informative. I live out in the country and try to avoid going to town as much as possible. I was not aware that there were that many Somalians in Shelbyville although I have encountered them in stores in the resent past. It seems to me that there are problems with their assimilation into the main stream population particularly as it relates to our schools. The cultural differences will be very difficult to deal with and I think Brian made that point very well.

    As for political bias, I guess "everybody has one" but there are "inies" and "outies" I find that most reporters tend to be a little to the left but Brian is usually a little to the right as am I and therefore I usually enjoy his perspective. I say, "keep up the good work".

    -- Posted by Farmer Bill on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 7:30 PM
  • Question: Who can become a blogger?

    -- Posted by jkelley on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 7:46 PM
  • -- Posted by USorThem on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 8:26 AM
  • Anyone local who sets up a blog using Blogger or WordPress.com (which I would recommend over Blogger) can e-mail me and I will be happy to post something to my blog alerting people to the fact.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 9:46 AM
  • It is amazing how people can read the same thing, yet interpret it so differently.

    What is also interesting is how nasty the comments can be, but that usually makes me stop reading, not agree.

    After reading some of the blogs, I now understand that some of the comments came from reading only portions of Brian's article. I see how that can happen, but to get so nasty and be uninformed should be embarrassing.

    There is much to say about this topic and the way it was interpreted. From the standpoint of generating discussion about an important issue, the article succeeded.

    It would be nice if the disagreements were civil enough that we could derive benefit from the opposing viewpoints and not get mired down in mud slinging.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 10:10 AM
  • steve,

    what really has me a bit miffed is the people that don't even live here trying to dictate how we should act. It's not like their inconvenienced... Much like what has happened to the Katrina victims.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 12:51 AM
  • BTW I think Jkelley was wondering how he could become a picture toting Blogger on t-g.com

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 3:09 PM
  • I know, and I e-mailed JKelley privately on that issue.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:53 PM
  • Evil Monkey should get his own blog too, I cannot pictures though. It would just be too horrid. You see, I gave up my good looks for the ability to type.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:29 PM
  • I think Jkelley had a good question, how does one become a blogger for the TG? I'd guess one would have to be a reporter working for the paper?

    -- Posted by cranberry on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 11:48 PM
  • This has been covered here in the comments on several occasions, so I tried not to repeat it in public, but apparently I need to, so here goes. We put out a public call for bloggers last June and we took pretty much everyone who responded and followed up. But we don't have an unlimited number of spaces. If you think you have something unique to add, e-mail me and explain what you want to do and why, and I'll decide whether or not it justifies adding. Otherwise, as pointed out above, you can create your own blog on one of the free services.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Jan 7, 2008, at 5:54 AM
  • The issue at hand is not about the affect of the Somalis here in Shelbyville not is about the opinions of Brian Mosley. It is about the systematic distortion and continues portrayal of the Somali people in Shelbyville as savages and people not fit to live in the modern fold. In that regard one would think that Mosley has succeed, at least when one reads the blind-support some are lending here on this response pages.

    In many ways John Carney is betting on dead horse, especially when the truth is Mr. Mosley has a dark history of being closet-racist and some-one that targets the vulnerable and weak elements in our society to satisfy his inner-orgies of hate and chauvinism. The Somalis are an easy target for him, because it is both convenient expression of his hatred towards others and more importantly he believes that he can get away with his xenophobic views. But the fact remains that Mr. Mosley has a dark history of being excessively bigoted and xenophobic. It is time we should stop making excuses for Brian Mosley's explicit pronunciations of hate and intolerance and call a spade a spade.

    -- Posted by adam omar on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 12:34 AM
  • Hey Omar or whoever you are - get a life and quit your complaining about how bad you've got it!

    Mr. Mosely TELLS THE TRUTH and buddy, sometimes the truth hurts. But FACTS ARE FACTS and it's just tough if you can't handle the TRUTH!

    I'm really sick & tired of people who come to this country (mostly ILLEGAL) and then try to tell us, the true citizens, how we should conduct ourselves!

    I'm sick & tired of ILLEGALS and REFUGEES coming to this country and DEMANDING that they be given PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT!

    If YOU are unhappy here, you are FREE to leave at anytime, and if you happen to be ILLEGAL then you should make tracks - because if I find anyone who's here ILLEGALLY, I'm contacting ICE ASAP!!!

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:17 PM
  • puppy,

    Mosley expressed his inherent bigotry and hate by targeting the most vulnerable of segment of our society. It is no wonder that the only people who are defending him are those that hold his views of hate and bigotry. America is for every-one. The Somalis came here legally, they didn't break any American laws and certainly don't get any special treatment. Keep in mind that unlike your ancestors, the Somalis have committed genocide on the rightful owners of this land. Once again, a shining example on how bigotry blurs the reality. Good luck knocking your head against the wall. The Somalis are here to stay. They don't need your permission

    -- Posted by adam omar on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 5:45 PM
  • correction:

    "haven't committed any genocide"

    -- Posted by adam omar on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 5:46 PM
  • That is very true... Everyone gripes about the illegals, then when you have foreigners who come here by legal means, they still don't like it...

    So, if this really is "God's country" like many on these blogs have said before, then what on earth gives a single one of you HUMANS to decide who comes and who goes?

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 1:41 AM
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