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Stephens (Ebsco CEO) questions U.S. Role in Iraq (at UA graduation ceremony and gets booed!!)
Birmingham News ^ | May 13, 2007 | Wayne Martin

Posted on 05/14/2007 4:55:19 PM PDT by plain talk

Caps and gowns filled the floor of Coleman Coliseum twice here Saturday as the University of Alabama held its spring commencement. At 9 a.m., ceremonies were held for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Social Work and Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies, followed by ceremonies for the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Education, and Capstone College of Nursing at 1 p.m.

James T. Stephens, former president and current chairman of the board of EBSCO, addressed the graduates and challenged them to do better than previous generations. He then challenged them to question the nation's motives for going to war in Iraq.

"We ... are now engaged aggressively in addressing Iraq," he said. "We are asking whether our minds are being led by a good heart. We are asking whether this is good global citizenship. Most importantly, we are asking: Is this the behavior of a good and virtuous society?"

Stephens said he finds two elements of the war painful to the nation's character. "First, we stepped outside our national character when we started the war," he said. "The second pain is the combination of the loss of life and the large number of crippled young men and women of our armed forces, but the greater number is the 65,000 absolutely innocent children, women and men, all Iraqi civilians, who have died from the disturbances created.

(Excerpt) Read more at al.com ...


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I have heard from a good personal source that Stephens was literally booed off the stage for these comments. According to the source he did not finish the speech. Note that the Birmingham News said nothing about the audience reaction. Of course perhaps this writer may have attended the earlier ceremony. It was at the later Business School ceremony that the booing occurred.

It made me feel proud that I live down here. In the NE he would have probably received a standing ovation.

1 posted on 05/14/2007 4:55:25 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

I’d like to think he got booed.........but I doubt I’ll read about it in an AP article.


2 posted on 05/14/2007 5:02:30 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Every attempt to make war easy & safe will result in humiliation and disaster.-W. T. Sherman)
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To: plain talk

Life is not fair. Too bad for him.


3 posted on 05/14/2007 5:04:54 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Bunnies=Sodomites)
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To: plain talk
...good global citizenship.

Those are dangerous words. Yet so many people have already conformed to being global citizens, even though it means you're a citizen without rights.

4 posted on 05/14/2007 5:06:30 PM PDT by gotribe ( I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution... - Grover Cleveland.)
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To: plain talk
Maybe an e-mail to the B’ham News reporter would shed some light on what actually happened.
5 posted on 05/14/2007 5:07:38 PM PDT by mtnwmn (mtnwmn)
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To: plain talk

Another quote from his speech:

“We can relate easily to the family pain from the killing of innocents at Virginia Tech. Fifty civilians died in Iraq that very day.”

Idiot...


6 posted on 05/14/2007 5:08:28 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: mtnwmn

Know your audience!


7 posted on 05/14/2007 5:09:02 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: plain talk
I think it was one of the Stephens sons that was able to get a safe Alabama Air Guard slot during the Viet Nam era. Several prominent sons of the ruling class were able to land slots when it was closed off to any new enlistees because of the rush to avoid the draft.
8 posted on 05/14/2007 5:29:00 PM PDT by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Roll Tide! I want the reporter held accountable, too.


9 posted on 05/14/2007 5:32:41 PM PDT by mtnwmn (mtnwmn)
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To: plain talk

I hope it is true. Politics has no place in commencement speech.


10 posted on 05/14/2007 5:44:56 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Bunnies=Sodomites)
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To: plain talk
"The second pain is the combination of the loss of life and the large number of crippled young men and women of our armed forces, but the greater number is the 65,000 absolutely innocent children, women and men, all Iraqi civilians, who have died from the disturbances created."

What an ignorant Jackass.

In Saddam's 26 years in power, he caused the violent deaths of 2 million people between the wars with his neighbors, his genocide at home, and his terrorizing of dissidents. That averages out to more than 6,000 killed a month for 26 years. Where was Mr. Stephens of EBSCO then? Where was his "compassion" then? Where was his "sense of injustice" then????

Americans have to realize that these creeps smitten with "Sudden Conscience Syndrome" are fraudulent political hacks, dressing up their hatred of Bush and disdain for America in self-righteous historically ignorant rantings.

11 posted on 05/14/2007 5:46:56 PM PDT by cookcounty (No journalist ever won a prize for reporting the facts. --Telling big stories? Now that's a hit.)
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To: Lewite

Air Guard slots were ‘safe’? I thought they were deployed during Viet Nam? Those who served in Air Guard... SERVED.

I’m sorry, I’ve made this argument for Bush and will make it for the ‘other side’ as well. Signing up for Air Guard is not the same as draft dodging.


12 posted on 05/14/2007 5:56:47 PM PDT by Shazolene
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To: plain talk
"First, we stepped outside our national character when we started the war," he said.

Maybe because our national character was attacked ON OUR SOIL by Islamic facists that want to kill us all you pinhead?

13 posted on 05/14/2007 6:02:46 PM PDT by Fledermaus (The Republican party is dead! Let's start over.)
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To: plain talk
For a socialist dog he controls a great deal of information and heads a very diverified enterprise:

1930 Elton B. Stephens sold magazines to earn money for college.
1936 Elton B. Stephens graduated from The University of Alabama School of Law and decided managing the sale of magazines was more profitable than a law career.
1944 Elton B. Stephens and his wife, Alys Robinson Stephens, formed a partnership to sell magazines, personalized binders and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces under the name of Military Service Company.
1946 Metal Fabricators and Finishers (currently Vulcan Industries) was formed to manufacture display stands.
1947 Vulcan Binder & Cover (now Vulcan Information Packaging) was formed to manufacture binders.
1948 Hartsfield Printing Company (currently EBSCO Media) was purchased to supply personalized stationery to the armed forces.
1954 Vulcan Enterprises (currently EBSCO Professional Partnership Group) started to provide community-related messages for binder covers.
1958 Operations were combined under EBSCO Industries, Inc., "profit centers" were established, and corporate headquarters moved to the center of Birmingham.
1960 Hanson-Bennett Magazine Agency, Chicago, was acquired.
1963 Library subscription service office, EBSCO's first sales effort to libraries, was opened in Boston.
1967 The Burkhardt Co. of Detroit (binder manufacturer) was purchased.
1967 National Publications Co. of Los Angeles was acquired.
1968 EBSCO Subscription Services (ESS) had 10 regional offices.
1969 Vulcan Information Packaging built the nation's most modern loose-leaf binder plant.
1971 J.T. Stephens succeeded Elton B. Stephens as President.
1972 Franklin Square Agency was purchased to double the volume of ESS.
1975 Publisher Promotion and Fulfillment was founded to serve publishers.
1975 ESS opened an office in Europe.
1976 Valley Joist was acquired.
1977 H. Wilson Company, Chicago, was acquired.
1977 EBSCO Media quadrupled its size by moving to a new location.
1980 EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services was established to provide subscription savings to professional offices.
1980 EBSCO Telephone Sales (currently EBSCO TeleServices) was created to provide promotional and research capabilities to publishers.
1980 PRADCO (Rebel Lures) was acquired by EBSCO. Cordell was then acquired by PRADCO.
1981 ESS established a Regional Office in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
1982 EBSCO moved to a 134,000-square-foot International Headquarters.
1982 Moore-Cottrell, a subscription agency, was acquired.
1984 NSC International was purchased.
1984 EBSCO Publishing was created to provide a serials reference book to the library community.
1986 EBSCO Electronic Information (now part of EBSCO Publishing) was initiated to develop and produce electronic information products.
1987 Popular Magazine Review (currently Magazine Article Summaries) was acquired.
1988 McAinsh of Canada was purchased as part of CANEBSCO Subscription Services.
1992 Luxor was acquired.
1992 Hill Library and Information Services of New Zealand was purchased as part of EBSCO Subscription Services.
1992 Vulcan Industries combined all operations into a new 168,000 square-foot facility.
1993 Majors Scientific Subscription division was acquired as part of ESS.
1994 EBSCO went online with its first homepage on the World Wide Web at www.ebsco.com.
1994 EBSCO Industries, Inc. celebrated its 50-year anniversary.
1995 Magazine Express, EBSCO's first division to offer subscriptions directly to consumers, was acquired.
1995 Northeast Looseleaf, manufacturer of vinyl and casemade binders, was acquired as part of Vulcan Binder & Cover's operations.
1995 Offilib, the major journal and book supplier to the French research community, consolidated operations with ESS' French Regional Office.
1995 EBSCO Information Services (EIS) formed to provide libraries with one source for quality information-related services and products.
1995 The Web version of EBSCONET® Online Subscription Service debuted, offering a variety of subscription services via the Internet.
1996 Alys Robinson Stephens, wife of EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens, passed away February 5 at age 86.
1998 Valley Joist celebrated the grand opening of its second manufacturing facility in Fernley, Nevada.
1998 EBSCO acquired Modern Muzzleloading, the manufacturer and marketer of Knight Rifles and its subsidiary, Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company, Inc.

1998 Wayne Industries, Inc., a sign manufacturer, was acquired by EBSCO.
1998 EBSCO TeleServices acquired Telemarketing Network, Inc. (TNI), in Cayuhoga Falls, Ohio.
1998 EBSCO Development Company was formed and began plans for a traditional neighborhood development called Mt Laurel.
1999 Vulcan Information Packaging acquired ImageSource based in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
1999 PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Outdoors America, Inc., manufacturers of Code Blue deer scents and attractants.

1999 EBSCO acquired NoveList, the leading advisory service in the U.S. that helps readers locate fiction books by title, author or subject classification.
1999 EBSCO acquired the Berlin-based Lange & Springer subscription agency and mail-order bookseller.
1999 EBSCO was recognized by the Newcomen Society of North America for its growth and influence in the various industries in which it operates.
2000 EBSCO Information Services introduced EBSCO Book Services, which sells books via the Internet.
2000 EBSCO acquired Tinker Business Forms in Pelham, Alabama.
2000 Four Seasons/Vitronic acquired Murphy Brothers Fine Crystal located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
2000 PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Carry-Lite Hunting Decoys and Accesories, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2001 Insurance provider S.S. Nesbitt & Co. of Birmingham, Alabama, was acquired.
2001 EBSCO acquired J.M. Stewart Corp. of Sarasota, Florida, which specializes in sales and marketing for church, school, government and municipal signs.
2002 EBSCO acquired Summit Treestands, manufacturer of climbing treestands and related hunting products.

2002 EBSCO acquired Vulcan Outdoors (now called Grand View Media Group), the outdoor publishing arm of Vulcan Publications.
2003 Moultrie Feeders, manufacturer of wildlife feeders, game cameras and other hunting products, was acquired.

2003 Siegel Display Products, literature and tradeshow display direct marketer, was acquired.
2003 RoweCom, global subscription agency, was acquired.
2003 Whitston Publishing Co., bibliographic database provider, was acquired.
2003 CINAHL Information Systems, nursing and allied health database, was acquired.
2004 Dixon Brooke named chief operating officer with plans to succeed J.T. Stephens as president in
2005.
2004 Allen Powell succeeded Dixon Brooke as EBSCO Information Services General Manager.
2004 EBSCO acquired Putman Media’s Processing magazine as a part of Grand View Media Group.
2004 EBSCO acquired Ehlert Publishing’s sportsman’s group of magazines, which includes Bowhunting World, Archery Business and the Black’s Directories, as part of Grand View Media Group.

2004 EBSCO celebrated its 60th anniversary.
2005 Admanco, Inc., promotional products supplier, was acquired as part of Vitronic/Four Seasons.
2005 Global Point Products, consumer and game camera supplier, was acquired.
2005 Flow Control magazine was acquired as part of Grand View Media Group.
2005 EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens passed away February 5 at age 93.
2005 Dixon Brooke succeeded J.T. Stephens as EBSCO president effective July 1.
2005 SPORTDiscus™ sports information database was acquired by EBSCO Publishing.
2005 EBSCO Publishing expanded its medical reach by acquiring Health Library™, Natural & Alternative Treatments™ and Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine™.
2005 EBSCO Publishing acquired DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical reference tool.
2005 EBSCO acquired Crown Products, promotional products supplier.
2006 EBSCO acquiredNTP Media, Inc., business-to-business publisher
2006 EBSCO acquired LMJ Corporation, independent insurance agency

14 posted on 05/14/2007 6:09:48 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
“We can relate easily to the family pain from the killing of innocents at Virginia Tech. Fifty civilians died in Iraq that very day.”

Those Iraqis were killed by terrorists who have the same attitude as Cho; kill anyone with whom you don't agree, anyone who makes you mad.

This speaker seems to think that those Iraqis died only because Americans are there, but those terrorists were killing innocent people before we ever set foot in Iraq, and they'll continue long after we're gone.

15 posted on 05/14/2007 6:27:17 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Shazolene

You need to understand the Air Guard more. It depends on what type of aircraft the specific Guard Unit has. President Bush flew the F102 and it was not an required fighter/bomber plane for Viet Nam, but it was an “Air Defense Aircraft”. I guess that is why all F102 (and F106’s) were assigned to the U S Air Force Air Defense Command (ADC), my command for which is served for 8 of my 20 years active duty


16 posted on 05/14/2007 6:43:47 PM PDT by supermop
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To: plain talk

I would like to see some proof that he was booed. Can you give us any links to a booing or have someone who was there add a reply here?


17 posted on 05/14/2007 7:19:44 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: cookcounty

65,000 absolutely innocent Iraqis killed by the US? Exactly WHEN did this occur? The military is just popping peaceful civilians left and right? OK, I’ll bite, then I’d like to ask how many NON innocent Iraqis have been killed? You know those gentle, peace-loving waifs who just happen to be firing RPGs at our Marines, blowing up cars and buildings, cutting off heads of reporters, slaughtering Iraqis who simply want to govern themselves. If we’re just murdering 65,000 “innocents”, we must have killed millions of non-innocents by now.


18 posted on 05/14/2007 7:23:30 PM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

There is no “proof”. As I said I heard it from someone who was there. I welcome any further confirmation or elaboration. But I can say that I am not surprised University of Alabama parents would boo this speech at a graduation ceremony. This is a conservative state.


19 posted on 05/14/2007 7:48:34 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

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20 posted on 05/14/2007 8:02:50 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

Thanks for posting that chart—and the link!


21 posted on 05/14/2007 8:14:10 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: Southack

It appears the Webb gang returned his contributions....hummm


22 posted on 05/14/2007 8:18:23 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: cookcounty

That was my thought as I read the article.


23 posted on 05/14/2007 8:24:17 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: plain talk
but the greater number is the 65,000 absolutely innocent children, women and men, all Iraqi civilians, who have died from the disturbances created

What an idiot! Doesn't he know this is just a fraction of the number Saddam routinely murdered during his reign of terror? And "died from the disturbances created"? What a moron! They were killed in terrorist attacks by the islamofascists who'd do the same to us in a heartbeat. I hope this old fart was booed off the stage.

24 posted on 05/14/2007 8:51:54 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Shazolene
Reply to post #12

Stephens got his slot after the Guard was full and only the ruling class were able to get their sons signed up. President Bush was a fighter pilot and would most likely served in Nam, but The Reds ran out of fighter pilots and jets and decided to go with surface to air missiles.

25 posted on 05/15/2007 5:41:03 AM PDT by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I was there. We booed him off the stage. He didn’t finish his speech. He walked straight out of the Coliseum.


26 posted on 05/15/2007 11:40:07 AM PDT by BamaNick
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To: Osage Orange

He did get booed off the stage by the graduates of the afternoon ceremony, I was there.


27 posted on 05/15/2007 11:40:07 AM PDT by BamaNick
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To: BamaNick
Good...when will I read about it an AP article?

Or hear of it announced by Perky Katie?

28 posted on 05/15/2007 1:17:40 PM PDT by Osage Orange ("Gun Control" isn't about guns. It's about CONTROL.)
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To: Lewite

“I think it was one of the Stephens sons that was able to get a safe Alabama Air Guard slot during the Viet Nam era.”

No such thing as a “safe” slot back in that day — or now.

The jets back then were terrible and the Russians really were probing and doing constant intrusions into our territory.


29 posted on 05/15/2007 2:06:23 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: BamaNick
“I was there. We booed him off the stage. He didn’t finish his speech. He walked straight out of the Coliseum.”

This is totally inaccurate. I attended the 9am and 1am ceremonies.

After the 9am ceremony, he received what I’d characterize as ‘normal’ applause. I heard one boo and about 15 people - primarily faculty - stood up and clapped.

The 1pm ceremony was more charged. During the 2nd half of the speech, when he was citing figures about how much the US spends on defense ($0.40 of every tax dollar, more than next 20 nations combined, etc.) a group began to boo. Immediately others began to respond to the booers, telling them to “let him finish.” Somebody who was sitting on the stage later told me that they could not hear this. When Stephens said, “In conclusion” towards the end of the speech, a good number of people clapped and laughed. When he finished, there was polite applause, some booing, and again some standing ovation from faculty...exactly what you’d expect.

He sat on the stage for the next hour (seemed like an hour) as graduates came up and received diplomas. Afterwards, at the foot of the stage, he was approached by a graduate and her family who were offended by the speech. They spoke for several minutes. Afterwards, he walked out with several other people.

That is what happened.

30 posted on 05/15/2007 5:41:39 PM PDT by JeepCJ7
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To: RePunKlican87
~ping! to RePunklican87

See if any of your friends in T-Town were there and post here what you find out! Let us know if the Crimson White covered it also.

RTR!

31 posted on 05/16/2007 5:31:39 AM PDT by sweet_diane ("They hate us 'cause they ain't us.")
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To: JeepCJ7

I also was at the 1 pm Commencement. There were a number of boos, which escalated in volume and number toward the end of Stephens’s speech. While he might have finished, his words were hurried and not “eloquently” delivered as the boos became louder. He appeared to be a bit rattled and anxious to take his seat. Applause was moderate and simply polite as the booing took over. As a parent of one of the graduates, I know it doesn’t take a Conservative or a Liberal to be disappointed by Mr. Stephens’s use of a university commencement to voice his own political views. He was out of line in many ways...


32 posted on 06/01/2007 2:18:15 PM PDT by savannahpearl
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