September 28, 2012
The Tom Roten Morning Show...Mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on News Radio 800 WVHU/1600 WZZW.
Why doesn't Obama say, "If George Zimmerman had a son, he'd look like Andy"?
Please watch the report below...
Shouldn't police officers know who/what they're shooting at BEFORE they open fire? Or is it shoot first, ask questions later?
If a hunter in WV shoots a buck during doe-only season, do you think the Natural Resource Police would be tolerant? I mean, couldn't the hunter claim he thought it was a doe???
(Newser) – Details are emerging after California police shot and killed a boy carrying a BB gun on Tuesday, revealing police opened fire just 10 seconds after reporting a "suspicious person." The Press Democrat reports that two police on patrol pulled over and took cover when they saw Andy Lopez carrying what they thought was an AK-47. They ordered the teen to "put the gun down," and when he turned in their direction, a veteran deputy told investigators he fired eight rounds, fearing for himself and his partner. The 13-year-old was hit seven times, NBC News reports, with an autopsy showing that two fatal shots hit him in the hip and chest.
For more go to the link below...
I found a Fox News report that suggests the boy was pointing the gun toward the officers after they told him to drop the gun. Even if that's true why were the officers telling him to drop the gun? Was he a suspect in a crime? Did police properly identify themselves?
I guess we'll never get the boy's perspective on this now.
Decide for yourself. Was the young lady fainting during the President's speech this week in the Rose Garden nothing more than bad acting? Let me know on The Tom Roten Morning Show!
Over the last few days on the show, we've discussed the horrific results of what bullying can lead to. Bullying when I was in school resulted in kids getting called names, made fun of, and yes, me getting cup cakes smeared on my glasses!
Apparently things have changed. Today the bullying doesn't stop when the victim gets off the school bus. It continues on social media! What I've asked (and really haven't gotten an answer) is WHY do parents allow their pre-teens and teens to have unsupervised access to facebook, twitter, email, and other social media?
A 12-year-old girl in Florida committed suicide after being bullied on social media.
And a 12-year-old boy in Nevada kills a teacher before killing himself, students say he was bullied at school. But according to reports (see below), this boy had just seen an anti-bullying video!
An anti-bullying video allegedly shown to the 12-year-old shooter at Sparks Middle School is being suggested as the inspiration behind his deadly shooting spree.
Amaya Newton, an eighth grader at the Nevada school, says the boy was often mistreated by fellow students and that the video showing a bullied girl retaliating with a gun in the days before may have "gotten into his head."
Amaya claims the anti-bullying video was shown to students on Oct. 11th. That would be the last school day before the students were given a week off for fall break, before returning to school on Monday.
There must be something to this! It doesn't seem these anti-bullying efforts are working. In fact, it seems they're having the opposite effect. In another recent, unrelated case...
The father of 15-year-old Jordan Lewis, who committed suicide in Illinois last week, has accused an anti-bullying video shown at his school of motivating his sucide as well.
Read the rest of this sad but interesting story from the NY Daily News.
Whatever the reasons and whatever the solutions, bullying is real! And parents need to take responsibility! Shouldn't parents be paying more attention to their kid's social media exploits?
One parent is trying to bring charges of bullying against an entire football team!
After his kid’s high school football team loses 91-0, dad files BULLYING complaint
A father in Texas has filed a formal complaint charging the coaches at Aledo High School with bullying after the Aledo High Bearcats beat the tar out of the Cougars of Western Hills High School by a score of 91-0 on Friday night.
I've seen interviews with the coach of the winning team. Every effort was made to not run up the score...running clock, starters removed early, etc.
Now as a coach of youth sports, I can honestly say that I would not want to be on either end of a 91-0 score. But was this bullying? Absolutely not!
Sometimes kids just need to learn how to lose! That may be why we have a generation of "Occupy Wall Street" folks. They're always used to getting their way...you know, EVERYBODY gets a trophy!
To equate losing a football game to what these bullied kids have gone through is absolute stupidity! It degrades the true and real impact of REAL bullying.
Watch this TV news report from ABC on the game...
Today the Cincinnati Reds named their choice to replace manager Dusty Baker.
Here's what the Reds say in their press release today:
October 22, 2013 - Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini and
President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty will
introduce Bryan Price as the club's new field manager.
Price, 51, has agreed to a 3-year contract through the 2016 season to become the 61st field manager in club history and the 51st since 1900. He replaces Dusty Baker, who went
509-463 (.524) in Cincinnati the last 6 seasons.
"I have spent a lot of time with Bryan since the season ended, and I was convinced after the first meeting he is the right person to help us move this organization forward,"
Jocketty said. "We've all seen his work here with our pitching staff. He has proven himself to be an excellent communicator and leader and clearly is one of the most respected people not only in our clubhouse but in baseball in general."
Castellini said, "I am impressed with Bryan as a pitching coach, leader and person. We're very
confident he'll take the helm as manager of the entire team and lead us in the
Since Price became pitching coach prior to the 2010 season, the Reds' staff has ranked seventh, 12th, third and fourth in team ERA after finishing 13th and 15th the previous 2
seasons. Over the last 2 years, the Reds' 187 wins and 3.36 ERA rank third in
the Major Leagues.
Price's 2012 and 2013 staffs were 2 of the most successful in franchise history. In each of those seasons, Reds pitchers established club records for strikeouts while becoming
the first staffs in Major League history to produce in consecutive seasons at
least 6 pitchers with 100 strikeouts.
Last season, Reds pitchers led the National League in strikeouts, the 17 team shutouts were the most since 1973, and the starters’ ERA of 3.43 was the staff’s best since 1974.
In 2012, Reds relievers led the Major Leagues in ERA (2.65), saves (56) and opponents’
batting average (.219) while producing the second-highest strikeouts-per-9-innings ratio in baseball history (9.90). The starting staff that season became only the ninth in Major League history to include 5 pitchers who made at least 30 starts each. Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Mike Leake started 161 of the 162 Reds' games that
Let's hope Bryan is the right Price for the Reds! I think the Reds need a motivator...we'll see in 2014 if he can motivate the middle of Cincy's line-up (Votto, Phillips, Bruce, etc.).