Saturday, February 28, 2009

March comes in like a lion....

My original post from 2005 is here.

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The Rest of the Story has been written

Iconic radio personality has joined his beloved Angel.

His voice, charm and wit will be sorely missed.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

There is a disturbance in the Force (a/k/a President Obama)

I am finding it interesting to see more and more criticism being leveled at , and it's coming from his own supporters:

  • Item:seattlepi.com comment regarding the Obama administration and rendition:

"Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position." With these words, Acting Assistant Attorney General ended a dream. The dream that Barack Obama's presidency would inaugurate a transcendent world order on a new moral plane.
  • Item: MSNBC's , discussing the stock market closing average:
"I thought 8,000 was the floor, and it looks like 6,000 is the floor. People are angry, I'm getting angry."
  • Item: The Nation:What Will Obama Do With KBR?
  • Nowhere, however, does [the White Houose] website suggest that the new administration will work toward ending, or even radically cutting back, the use of contractors on the battlefield, or that those 92,000 new soldiers and Marines are going to fill logistics battalions that have been decimated in the last two decades. What we already know of the military policies of the new administration suggests instead that President Obama wants to expand U.S. military might.
    Keep in mind, despite the rhetoric on the Left, KBR was born long before President Bush took office, and their current contract was renewed previously by President Clinton.
There are others, but this is a start;  barley into his second month of office, the President is finding out that running for President is considerably easier than being President.

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By popular request, I repeat my pledge:

As I pledged last year...

Even though it's the last day of Carinval... Even though today is Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival, I want to make it clear that no matter how many beads you promise to throw at me, I still will not take off my shirt.

Everyone is safe. 

Carry on.

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Happy Fasnacht Day!!

How did I forget this?

reposted from here:

Penn Dutch Folklore: Easter: "'Fasnacht Day,' more properly called 'Fastnacht,' is Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This was the established beginning of the 40 days of fasting during Lent. It is a folk tradition dating to the Middle Ages, a Catholic custom that has survived in Protestant Pennsylvania."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook TOS flap

Even people I know who don't use - take my parents, for example - have heard of the complaints by users of the changes to the sites in the last few weeks (see Google News).   It seems the verbiage can be interpreted to suggest that FB owns your content even if you cancel your account with them.

This has led people to be concerned that photos of their kids can, one day, be sold to an advertiser without your permission or consent.   As one person put, I might see my kids face on the side of a bus one day.

Statistically, I think that sort of concern is a stretch.  But overall, I understand people getting worried; it's the timing that I don't comprehend.

People: if you put a photo of yourself online, do you REALLY think you own it any longer?  Technically, yes, but practically speaking?  No way.   If I view your photo and it is copied to my cache, is it still your property?

I know: record companies have been arguing this for years, and they're right to make their case.  But they have billions to spend on litigation; do you really want to fight this battle should FB or anyone else sell your photos?

Suddenly, it seems, people are realizing that FB might archive their data indefinitely.  Don't you think they are legally liable to produce all content on any given user should a court order demand it?  Isn't this the sort of protection for children people have been clamouring about for years?

Here's an idea: if you are concerned in any way that someone might use your content without your permission, don't post it.   Otherwise, do not be surprised if all on-line services start noting in their TOS that they own your content.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Downside to social media

There is a downside to all the social media available today.

I have a Facebook account that is in my real name.  To date I have but about a dozen friends comprised in a big way by cousins, nieces, nephews and assorted in-law types.   I have a few contacts who work for the same corporation as I do, but nowhere near the same location.  And I have but a few people who are, in real life, friends, none of whom I've seen in over a dozen years, so it's nice to stay in touch with them.  So perhaps I am not using FB to its potential, but let's face it: I don't have time to tend this blog as much as I used to, either.

Last week, a guy whose name I barely recognized friended me (I do hate that invented term) .  He reminded me we went to high school together, which was good because I couldn't place him. Out of courtesy, I accepted his friending, and since then he's sent me no less than 3 messages which included referencing his favorite musician of all time, a so-what-have-you-been-doing-since-high-school note, and so on.   The guy, as I recalled, was a nice guy, but we're talking almost 30 years ago.  Odds are, if we haven't spoken in 30 years, a whole lot has gone on since high school, and in no way can I recap it all in an e-mail.

I do not wish to be mean to the guy, and I realize he's being friendly, but please: sending me a YouTube clip of Keith Richards is so ... so... high school, you know what I mean?    But, of course, I've accepted his friending, so I can't very well blow him off completly, either.

Oh well, I suppose I should suck it up and rock on....

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Randi is on the Road again

UPDATE: Scroll down

seems to need a new radio host once again.  Last May she found her new home at but that apparently has come to an end.   Since last week (or was it 2 weeks ago) she was off air in some dispute that was never specifically identified.   As of this afternoon, her website states the following:

TO ALL:

NOVA M RADIO HAS NOT YET CORRECTED THE PROBLEM THAT HAS KEPT ME OFF THE AIR DESPITE MY STRONG DESIRE AND READINESS TO BROADCAST MY SHOW. RESPECTING THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS EXISTED BETWEEN NOVA M AND ME, AND
EXPECTING THE SOLUTION TO BE QUICKLY ACHIEVED, DETAILS OF THE TRIGGERING EVENT WERE WITHHELD IN GOOD FAITH. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS MUCH: ANY STATEMENT IMPLICATING ME AS BEING IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISRUPTION IN THE RANDI RHODES SHOW IS PATENTLY FALSE. THIS ENTIRE SITUATION IS SOLELY WITHIN THE CONTROL OF NOVA M.
IN LIGHT OF MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, MY SHOW WILL BE SEEKING A NEW HOME.  I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE AND INDULGENCE IN RESPECTING MY RIGHTS DURING THIS TIME. YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT IS CHERISHED. THANK YOU.

RANDI RHODES
Oddly, Nova M still shows her on their website, so they seem to be behind the times.   Nearby on the Liberal radio-dial, fellow talk host Bill Press whines why he needs the fairness doctrine:

In fact, he also wants the Fairness Doctrine back for his own financial gain:

I know why I'm interested in it because I get up every morning at 3:45, I do three hours of talk radio every day from six to nine, that's my life, it's my business, I want to make money at it, and I want to be heard.
Wow. Talk about your inconvenient truths!
So with persistent in-fighting keeping one of the few Lib talkers who has any radio talent, and another talent whining that he can't compete in the open market without help from the government, is it any wonder why Liberals can't make in on free radio?

UPDATE: Lest you think I get information from only right-wing blogs (I don't), here's an update from Liberal Talk Radio blog:

Nova(M)ess: 1. Randi Rhodes and Nova M Radio are apparently through with each other. As mentioned in an update to a previous entry, she has issued a vague statement claiming that the problems that have kept Rhodes' show off the air are not of her doing.

2. If and when she comes back, will anyone still want her? One programmer that's sick and tired of all the finger-pointing and back-and-forth legal letters was at one time one of her biggest supporters, John Scott of Green 960 in San Francisco. In a blog post, he says that he will offer the station's highest-rated host, Stephanie Miller, in a replay during the 4-7P PT timeslot, observing that his listeners want to be entertained rather than listen to what he calls "Debbie Downers":

I do not know if Randi Rhodes is coming back. I have spoken to program directors and talk hosts around the country this past weekend, and this is what I came up with: The network [Nova M] is in chaos, Randi is on the bench, and this might be it.” Scott deduces that Randi “is fighting with [Nova M] over a contractual issue, and is apparently not coming back to Nova M unless they do some stuff for her. I am not assigning blame here, but the bottom line is, the show I made a deal with Nova M for is not available. And I may be prepared to move on, friends...

While Rush and Hannity and Mark Levin and Hedgecock and Michael Savage chug along, full steam ahead, I am surrounded by drama, inconsistency, miscommunication, ego and a trail of wreckage of some very, very bad decisions made by the networks who supply the shows to affiliates like Green 960.


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5. Radio & Records, a more reliable source for industry news than right-wing blogs run by crazy people, cites Nova M's general manager, Eric Reinert, who said that Nova M is no longer an entity and that a new company called On Second Thought LLC has been formed and is moving forward. Reinart also confirmed that Rhodes is officially out. The new network will continue to offer Mike Malloy, Phoenix host Mike Newcomb and a new show from Nancy Skinner, who had been filling in for Rhodes.

I can't help but laugh at how the so-called Progressive-talkers can't figure out that their business model has been wrong from the start.  AirAmericaRadio went bankrupt because most of the their high-paid talent were short on talk-radio skills and thus were unable to attract an audience.  Nova M, even with Randi Rhodes (who has talent but was also probably paid more than the fledgling network could afford) seems to have followed the same path.

Progressive radio works in certain markets because people like what they hear.  Unless and until the Left in talk radio learn what works, they'll never succeed.... er, not unless the government forces the poorly named Fairness Doctrine....

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Washington's Birthday

What's that you say?  You're telling me today isn't , but rather ?

Tsk, tsk.   You haven't done your reading have you?

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Can't we all just (sniff) get along?

News today that teen idol Miley Cyrus is feeling the heat from a stupid photo taken of a bunch of stupid kids acting ... well, stupid.
The photo, now known by probably most of the world, depicts her friends making slant eye gestures.
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As Michelle Malkin writes:
Dumb, but nothing to make a federal case out of, right?

Wrong.

Leave it to Asian-American grievance-mongers to blow things completely out of proportion.

To borrow a phrase from President Obama’s favorite inaugural preacher, Rev. Joseph Lowery, yellow is not mellow:
Miley Cyrus has said she meant no offense by a gesture that some have construed as insensitive to Asians — but one woman isn’t buying the pop star’s story, and she thinks Cyrus should pay.

TMZ reports that the Los Angeles woman, Lucie J. Kim, has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Asian Pacific Islanders living in Los Angeles County. And she’s seeking quite a payout: $4 billion.

In the controversial photo, Cyrus, 16, is shown sitting on her boyfriend Justin Gaston’s lap surrounded by a group of friends all making a stereotypical gesture by pulling their eyes into a slanted position.

…Kim’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Cyrus of a civil rights violation and requests at least $4,000 in damages per potential plaintiff, according to TMZ, which says a representative for Cyrus couldn’t be reached Wednesday for comment.
Regarding Ms. Cyrus, who by now should really ought to know better about posing for photos with friends (and so-called friends who might snap them and sell them), she is 16, and this act pales in comparison to what many other teens do. Stupid? Yes. Criminal? Hardly. Worthy of a lawsuit? Not if she didn't have deep pockets.

With all due respect to Ms. Kim, I think I might demonstrate how silly her lawsuit is by filing my own, seeking damages from all Asians who've ever called me round eyes. But then, I would be stooping to her level.

The court should not even entertain this stupidity.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Oppresive taxes are never appropriate, especially on Bourbon!

While we worry of the (likely) federal tax increase on the horizon, here's one that hits close to home for yours, truly:

Members of Kentucky Legislature are working to significantly raise taxes on all alcohol sold in Kentucky. If they are successful, the tax could go into effect as early as this week. [BourbonBlog.com] just interviewed President of the Kentucky Distillers' Association Eric Gregory and he explained how damaging this could be to the bourbon industry, Kentucky AND why your urgent action is needed. I invite you to listen to the interview on BourbonBlog.com. Even for those who are outside Kentucky, this could have a negative impact on the industry.

Charlie, I respectfully ask you to please consider calling 800-372-7181 and tell them vote NO ALCOHOL TAX.

BourbonBlog.com will continue to follow this story and keep you informed.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Valentines Day approaches

In the interest of full-disclosure, the reason this post is being made early (unlike in prior years) is that I am doing so to help promote Dad Blogs, a new blog/portal that is being run by a couple of good guys I've come to know (as much as one could say they know a person online) over the last few months.   They're running a contest to help promote their efforts, and I wanted to help them out.  So in that spirit, here's my early post:



Valentine's Day is a holiday I've blogged about in the past, and in that time I've expressed less-than-a-thrilling opinion of it. It is, indeed, a big day for my 2 sons on behalf of their Mom, so I do not want my opinion of the day to anyway overshadow the gal whom I call my much-better-half.

Truly, while I applaud and salute the moms out there who go to work and take care of the house, being a stay-at-home mom and Academic Coach to two cyber-school students can be daunting in and of itself:  as the 13 year old becomes more independent in his studies, she still has his work to review, and overall schedule to manage.  Our 6 year old is in kindergarten now, so that keeps her hands full as well.  Believe me when I tell you: these kids do not get to spend their days in front of the TV or playing video games.  And that's not to mention the dozens of errands and other trips which are far too numerous detail here.

On top of all that, she gives me time to pursue my study of taekwondo, and puts up with me, which anyone who knows me can attest to the fact: that ain't easy!

So while we'll not be able to get away for dinner alone anytime soon, I will be working with the younger son in particular this weekend to craft up a card from him to her.  The older son hasn't approached me on anything for mom yet, but that'll be discussed over the weekend as well.    

That my MBH and I don't make an impressive deal as perhaps others for this holiday shouldn't take away from the fact that she is an incredible woman, whom I certainly do not deserve, but that I am grateful for in ways that cannot be put into words.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Praise for President Obama

In spite of my other posts to the contrary, I am thanking President Obama for some clear thinking on the actions involving the action formerly-known-as-the-global-war-on-terror:

LA Times: Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool

The role of the CIA’s controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say.

The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba.

But even while dismantling these programs, President Obama left intact an equally controversial counter-terrorism tool.

Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism — aside from Predator missile strikes — for taking suspected terrorists off the street.
Who knows?  As I predicted after the election, President Obama may well surprise us all: he may flip-flop on a lot of his pledges, since there is ample evidence he has done so during last year's campaign.

As a Conservative, I can only hope as much!

h/t Blogs for Victory

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The immodest, inconsistent, and rude President

In a needlessly sugary piece, NBC's Matt Lauer interviews President Obama before the Super Bowl.

Points to be noted:

  • "People think I'm cool."  While that is, um, admirable (?), and I happen to work with more than a few who share that opinion, exactly when did it become necessary for the leader of the free world to be cool?
  • "I want to make sure [Republican] ideas are incorporated."  That's an admirable goal.  Yet you do not support the House GOP (and the 11 House Democrats) who voted against the House bill in no small part because the GOP's idea weren't incorporated.
  • I know more than a few women who supported President Obama's election and are now livid that he needlessly drew even more attention to Jessica Simpson's photo on a magazine.  The entire interview is below, but jump to 10:15 if you wish to save time.


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