Oct 26, 2008

LOBSTER: Republican zealots LIE to steal elections

Another lying email making the Whisper Campaign from the 'southern command':

" The truth is, in order to get things like Universal Health Care and a revamped Education System, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of the pie so that someone can have more."
OH REALLY?

Who is the someone that gives up a piece of the Pie?
Keep the Change





Receipt signed by Michelle Obama at Waldorf Astoria on October 15, 2008 at 4:00 PM $447.39 for an afternoon snack.



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The problem is... this is a FAKE! She didn't eat Lobster...she wasn't even at the Waldorf. Here's the RETRACTIONS by the New York newspapers that the story was a trick:

Consider The Post's Lobster

But This is True

Correction of the day award goes to The New York Post's Page Six, which ran this item today:

The source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good for such disinformation.

The original item, which ran on October 17th, has been scrubbed from the Post's Web site, but that doesn't mean it hasn't had an impact.

Rush Limbaugh's Web site has a transcript of the radio host reading the Page Six item and saying, "Now, the first thing about this is, if I'm the Obamas, I'm thinking, 'Who the hell called the newspaper on this?' These hotels are not supposed to say a word about what goes on in there. Trust me, they do." Mr. Limbaugh also termed the Obamas non-existent meal order "hypocrisy." (Weirdly—appropriately?—Mr. Limbaugh's transcription service renders the hotel's name 'Waldorf-Hysteria.')

Town Hall's Carol Platt Liebau wrote, "Look, I don't begrudge the Obamas their caviar and lobster. I like lobster, too (caviar? not so much). It's just that the whole mentality strikes me as typical of Democrat thinking."

Another Source...

Posted by Meagan:

Well that didn’t take long. The New York Daily has posted a retraction today to the story it ran mentioning that Michelle Obama ordered room service at the Waldorf-Astoria, dining on caviar and lobster. Turns out she wasn’t even at that hotel. A big to-do about nothing. Will the right-wing pundits back off from attacks on her based on bad information? Of course not.

Via Page Six:

THE source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too. Bread and water would be too good for such disinformation.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 1:59 pm.
Categories: Media Attack.

6 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Daughter

    I wonder if all the folks who talked about how elitist and hypocritical Michelle is on your first thread about this will return to see the retraction?




Understanding Religion...

1. Taoism - Shit happens.
2. Hare Krishna - Shit happens rama rama ding ding.
3. Hindusim - This shit happened before.
4. Islam - If shit happens, take a hostage.
5. Zen - What is the sound of shit happening?
6. Buddhism - When shit happens, is it really shit?
7. Confusianism - Confucias say, "Shit happens".
8. 7th Day Adventist - Shit happens on Saturdays.
9. Protestantism - Shit won't happen if I work harder.
10. Catholicism - If shit happens, I deserve it.
11. Jehovah's Witness - Knock, knock, "Shit happens!"
12. Unitarian - What is this shit?
13. Mormon - Shit happens again and again and again ...
14. Judaism - Why does this shit always happen to me?
15. Rastafarianism - Let's smoke this shit

VIDEO OLDIE: GrandpaJapan

You know you are living in 2008 when...


1. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

12. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

13. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

14. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!! And Yes, I was laughing and I did scroll back to see that there wasn't a #9

Why Sarah and The Fighter Pilot are toast

ONE only need to read the MIDWEST VOICES blog of comments in the Star. A lot of wisdom is coming forth...showing Palin as not at ALL the package her campaign is selling her as. I think they get it. She's a TV anchor who knows how to read someone else's words. But she's just a puppet for the same people who ran the banking system into the ground. The party that only wants ONE THING. Government which is PERMISSIVE to the greed of Business. Who won't regulate, won't send CEO's to jail, looks the other way so clever men can make a lot of money. Here's the link to the star if you wanna read more Kansas Citians debate Palin.

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And I was pretty proud of what I wrote there this morning, so I'll post it here for my friends:

Submitted by radiomankc@gmail.com on October 26, 2008 - 4:03am.

This has been just an excellent thread and I'm so glad not to have to make a case against Palin's future in federal government, because you already have. I do have a few thoughts tho.

First...two terms of GWB being sold to us has really pissed off people, even in the midwest where we're pretty susceptible to conservative propaganda. I think enough people see Palin's weaknesses, diva-hood, TeleprompTer performance of other people's speech writing, etc. We have no idea who she is. She's being tutored but she'll not be Shirley Temple. Enough of that.

Now. About racism. I have friends in the South and I'm wired to it. (I"ll provide a link at the bottom to show you what they say.) Southern whites are incredibly racist. It's their culture. Racists are everywhere, mostly rednecks, but dumb and poor tend to stay in the South. They were "Southern Democrats" until JFK, RFK, and LBJ passed the Civil Rights Act of 1963 and the government forced buses, lunch counters and universities to integrate. They jumped to the republicans. They have to vote SOMEPLACE! Republicans, being rich and short on rich voters, took them in, as well as religious nuts. It's they only way they can win. They are working overtime... they can't STAND the idea of pickeniny children playing in the Rose Garden!

Despite that Obama's a real man of vision and judgment, he's a nigra and that just is intolerable to Southern whites and older American bigots who remember blacks staying in their place. Here's the emails I've collected from the southern command:

http://sites.google.com/site/radiomankc/obamapages

The gullible religious are also welcomed by Republicans, who let them in with issues like abortion, gay rights, prayer in school. These aren't core Republican issues. Core issues aren't RELIGIOUS at all. See how far Romney got? They're about MONEY. JUST WEALTH. They just need to hookwink enough other voters to put them in office and they've done it.

I think many people who are NOT rich are very disillusioned by the GOP because of Bush and US jobs going overseas by rich corporations.

McCain's wishfully thinking he could find his way into history.. the consummate fighter pilot reliving the Vietnam war. "Fight, Fight, Fight," he pathetically says over and over, appealing to a generation long gone. Smarter republicans didn't even run because everyone knew Iraq made ANY GOP campaign unwinnable.

Palin really WAS a bad Hail Mary pick, a little girl behind a mirror in WAITING--head being filled with the failed neo-con ideas that got us into this economic mess--just like BUSH and McCAIN. No depth. Workers for the wealthy. None of these airheads on the GOP side are visionaries. They're just puppets being handled and groomed but the great Reagan experiment failed and it was greed that killed it. Even Greenspan said he goofed.

About 'redistribution of the wealth'. There's Obama being too honest and McCain jumped him for it. Congressional EARMARKS are ways congressmen get federal tax dollars back to their home states. Bridges to nowhere, federal projects, even aircraft carriers and transport planes the military didn't ask for... those are ALL wealth redistribution.

Government sends money to companies who hire workers to build stuff nobody else will! Its like a tax rebate but not to individuals. Forget the 'socialism' labels. It's just campaign speech bullshxt. It's what the government does. Take your tax money and spend it on somebody else. And Palin got way more than Alaska's share... so critical thinkers need to notice stuff like that!

I think most people are wise to the Republicans. And the ones who aren't, sadly are so gullible they choose their politicians like they choose their pastors.

Don't try to reason with them. They drink the Koolaid and nuthin else. Lets just try to outnumber them, and VOTE! We must VOTE!

Because THEY will.

Oct 25, 2008

Drudge: subtle campaign for the wrong guy


It's this kind of crap, done so deliberately, that just pisses me off. Matt Drudge, operator of the powerful Drudge Report, leaves a non story headline up on his website all weekend... just to subtly nudge his guy, McCain.

I lost a lot of respect for him this season when I see how he uses flavored words, leaves pro McCain/Palin stories up longer than reasonable, or downplays ones that make the GOP people look bad.

Propaganda is NOT what America needs. This is how we got BUSH!

Oct 24, 2008

More RADIO CUTS. Veteran Phil Jay quits KCMO-FM


Longtime Kansas City rock voice Phil Jay has apparently quit his Sunday night '50s music deejay job at the former Oldies 95, KCMO. For years, notably in the 1970s, Jay was popular morning deejay and funny-man at WHB 710. He was pretty much the very last of the Top 40 jocks who were part of Kansas City's radio history.

This sad announcement was left today on the radio deejay's message board:

...I discovered this morning that my longtime friend Don Daniels had been fired....Therefore I am quitting too. I should point out from the start that I never applied for the job in the first place. A few years back Chris Hoffman came to me and told me of a show he had implemented in Denver that was very successful. He wanted to try it here on Sunday nights and said I would be the ideal host...I turned him down twice. I was retired, and was successfully running my own party dj service, Phil Jay productions. He finally talked me into it with healthy incentive bonuses...

Over the next two years I received several bonuses as I brought the ratings up considerably. However, when
Entercom sold the station, my bonuses were dropped. I considered quitting immediately but stayed thinking things would change after a while..They didn't....Then my buddy Don Daniels took over as PD....I decided to stay a little longer because of Don....Daniels is not only a top notch programmer but one of the finest human beings you'll ever meet. I promised my wife however that if Don ever left, I would leave too.

Well, that day has come...Without Daniels, there is no way I'll continue making money for that company
while being paid the absurd wage they're paying me........Good luck to all of you.........Your buddy always, Phil Jay...
Another comment from the anonymous message room in reaction....

Well, that is to bad. I hate to see one of the greatest talents in radio leave the business, but that is what the American people want.

Americans want their listening opportunities controlled by giant companies who own numerous stations that could care less about the listener. American radio has become a giant talentless ipod with commercials because the American people are content to put up with it.

The American public has put up with a runaway government that is no longer responsive to the people. They have allowed the FCC to change rules so that there are now only a handful of stations in a city. Witness the Kansas City Cumulus cluster. SIX radio stations under one roof. Entercom Kansas City, EIGHT stations. And you thought you had a choice? FOURTEEN radio stations controlled by two companies.

Your United States Federal government is looking out for who? The people with the money and that's not you or me. Remember this when you go to the polls next month. And remember, it's not the President we elect that's going to change anything. It's those thieves we keep sending to Congress that allow the thieves like themselves into the FCC.

More bloodletting at Cumulus broadcasting according to the radio message room...from another anonymous author

I understand Moffitt and Frankie are out,and that the Fox may relaunch Bob and Tom (geez) I also understand, in addition to Don Daniels(one of the FINEST INDIVIDUALS I have had the pleasure to work with) being let go, Kimberly Justice out as newscaster on Dick Wilson's morning show on KCMO FM.

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16 and counting at cumulus. All part timers are out as well...they don't count in the number of firings.


This round of layoffs at Cumulus, whose popular KCMO-FM (the former OLDIES 95) follows by just a week when the axe fell at troubled Entercom Broadcasting, owner of The Rock, KMBZ, and other stations.

In Kansas City, Cumulus owns THE FOX, Talk Radio710 (KCMO-AM), 94-9 KCMO (oldies), and JACK FM--which is already pretty much automated rock radio.

When I went to KCMO FM's website to grab a quick pix of Phil Jay for this story... the site was down, as was KCMO-AM's.

Can we expect bloodletting at KCMO AM, where Chris Stigall does morning talk, supported only by a news and traffic reporter, plus weekly guest shots from the Star's Hearne Christopher, KMBC's Kris Ketz and daily reports by weatherman Joel Nichols? Just a few weeks ago, TalkRadio710 dismissed Stigall's able morning producer.


And the FOX website is not DOWN, but it shows only the Chiefs Radio Network. Jack FM's site is still up.

Radio people aren't happy about this because all news affecting radio has been bad the last couple of years...as it cuts costs to reflect falling advertising and consolidations. As listeners, we can expect radio will never again be what it was when we grew up. It is only a matter of time before most stations will just be automated music services. Now staffs at TV stations are wondering that as radio has had cuts, and the Star has had cuts, that affiliate TV will be next. The rumor mill has it that after the November ratings sweeps, and the election commercial revenue ends with election day, local TV will start trimming as well.

Should you wish to write the FCC, do so HERE on the FCC Consumer website

Click here for links to ALL KC radio station websites.

Oct 23, 2008

Why aren't these Young Republicans happy?

...because Republicans won't be in power again until they're middle age.


OR else their parents BS'd them into being 'republicans'. But after eyeballing this guy, they realized their parents were misguided--as many objective kids do while growing up. Fer sure, they don't look happy with this angry man.

Kansas City's Cuckoo Train



That's all folks!

Opie, Andy, Howie and Fonzie talk to ya!

I would like for everyone I know to see and enjoy this serious entertainment...


See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Al Qaida backs the Fighter Pilot! Wow!

Al-Qaida-linked Web site backs McCain as president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Doesn't the portrait on the right look a little like Nikita Krushchev, minus about fifty pounds and a face pimple?)

"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

SITE Intelligence Group, based in Bethesda, Md., monitors the Web site and translated the message.

"If al-Qaida carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaida. Al-Qaida then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."

Mark Salter, a senior McCain adviser, said he had heard about the Web site chatter but had no immediate comment.

The message is credited to a frequent and apparently respected contributor named Muhammad Haafid. However, Haafid is not believed to have a direct affiliation with al-Qaida plans or knowledge of its operations, according to SITE.

SITE senior analyst Adam Raisman said this message caught SITE's attention because there has been little other chatter on the forums about the U.S. election.

SITE was struck by the message's detailed analysis — and apparent jubilation — about American financial woes.

"What we try to do is get the pulse of the jihadist community," Raisman said. "And it's about the financial crisis."

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a videotape just four days before the 2004 U.S. presidential election directly addressing the American people.

Oct 19, 2008

An impressive read about Powell's endorsement of Obama


Colin Powell, a Republican and retired general who was President Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party Sunday and endorsed Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure" while criticizing the tone of John McCain's campaign.

Everything we all liked about Powell, he summoned to tell us why he made the decision between two friends. This is MUST SEE TV for people not convinced:








An AP story linked from the Star's Prime Buzz...

A Message to America from the Queen

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.


Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.


To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour,' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (Look up 'vocabulary').

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as 'like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf.

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse...

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.


7. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

8. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancy boys).

9. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

10. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.





W. Truthchecking the movie everyone's seeing

I confess... I haven't seen it yet but lots of people I know are. Younger brother Jeb called it baloney, or something like that--according to a Drudge headline I didn't click on.

So is it? Well here's I link I noticed and thought I'd put it on here in case you didn't also see it
http://www.wthefilm.com/guide/

Bloggers MUST endorse Palin-McCain


We must not stop now. The web cannot take eight years of President Obama's rambling facty speeches, and solutions to problems. But imagine what just one term of a Palin/McCain administration would bring!

Click here for PRESIDENTIAL PORN and all the reasons why Palin's better for BLOGGERS than Obama!



Oct 18, 2008

Religulous






Obama in KC: More McCain Scare Tactics



Drudge writes unfair headline. Yahoo's actually story line was softer and more accurate:
McCain suggests Obama tax policies are socialist


And here's what OBAMA said later

Obama rips McCain in Missouri: My tax plan isn't socialism

By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

Barack Obama has talked in St. Louis Saturday and will be in KC tonight. Obama's main point before huge crowds in St. Louis: He's sick and tired of John McCain trying to mislead Americans about the Democrat's tax plan.

Essentially, McCain and running mate Sarah Palin are telling Americans that Obama's plan is "socialism." (Yes, they are now using that word on the campaign trail.)

McCain claims there's no way Obama can give 95 percent of Americans a tax break since tens of millions don't even pay taxes. Why, that's "sharing the wealth" with people who haven't earned it, whines McCain.

But he's wrong.

On Saturday, Obama did a great job explaining his tax plan -- and why it's better than McCain's.

"Sen. McCain wants to give the average Fortune 500 CEO a $700,000 tax cut but absolutely nothing at all to over 100 million Americans. I want to cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all workers."

Is McCain listening? That's 95 percent of all workers.

"...Lately, Sen. McCain has been attacking my middle class tax cut. He actually said it goes to, “those who don’t pay taxes,” even though it only goes to working people who are already getting taxed on their paycheck. That’s right, Missouri – John McCain is so out of touch with the struggles you are facing that he must be the first politician in history to call a tax cut for working people “welfare.”

KMBC-TV9 Coverage of Obama's Liberty Memorial visit

VIDEO: The Cooler Switcharoo

Halloween is Coming


A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won't stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring. He replies: 'I have a question to ask, but I don't want to offend you.'

She answers, ' My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.'

'Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.'

She responds, 'Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.'

The cab driver is very excited and says, 'Yes, I'm single and Catholic!'

'OK' the nun says. 'Pull into the next alley.'

The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.

But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.

'My dear child,' said the nun, 'Why are you crying?'

'Forgive me but I've e sinned. I lied and I must confess; I'm married and I'm Jewish.'

The nun says, 'That's OK. My name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party.'



Skeleton - NSFW

A Woman's Poem



He didn't like the casserole
And he didn't like my cake.

He said my biscuits were too hard...
Not like his mother used to make.
I didn't perk the coffee right
He didn't like the stew,
I didn't mend his socks
The way his mother used to do
.
I pondered for an answer,
I was looking for a clue.
Then I turned around and smacked the shit out of him...
Like his mother used to do.

McCain changes strategy again


A talking point change has occurred in McCain's stump speech. Still keeping Joe the Plumber as his posterboy for mister small business, McCain has jumped on an Obama mistake.

When talking to this "Joe the Plumber", Obama unwisely said he plans to 'redistribute wealth'. That phrase is honest, because that is what government does. Government of both parties.

It's a fair statement that Democrats tend, through taxes, to move some money downward to the citizenry. Republicans call it a 'handout program' and that's reminescent of Roosevelt and LBJ days when there was plenty of welfare for the poor.

But it's ALSO a fair statement that Republicans too, redistribute wealth. By increasing taxes on workers and giving tax cuts or tax breaks to businessmen and the wealthy or those who earn money in investments. And the biggest one of all, by passing government paid projects--like bridges to somewhere, aircraft carriers and legal bribes to foreign countries called 'foreign aid.'

That was the truth.

Now what McCain is doing is seizing on Obama's honesty by suggesting only DEMOCRATS redistribute wealth. To loud boos of the crowd. What we have here is simply a case of HALF TRUTH.

More on why radio's in trouble

Posted (on Gateway radio's message board) by joe the listner on 10/18/2008, 7:19 am, in reply to

The state of radio was seriously damaged with the republican de-regulation that allowed more stations than the market can support and opened up the mass corporate ownership of multiple stations that resulted in diluted/bland programming and lost jobs for the folks working in the business. Also, removal of the Fairness Doctrine opened up the airwaves to the political pandering that has allowed radical hate talk and allday biased political pollution by Rush and his ilk that only serves to polorize the country and allow misinformation to run rampant on talk radio. I find it discusting that talkers can rant and rave and never let the facts get in the way, similar to the Nazi propaganda in pre WWII. Another example of how de-regulation is helping to allow america to sink to the gutter of greeed by a few at the expense of the country as a whole. In short, the state of radio is sad.

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Just this week Entercom radio, owner of local stations, The Rock, KMBZ, KUDL and others announced benefit and staff cutbacks across the country. Morale's pretty down for Entercommies though some of their competitors aren't quite as somber. But some of they too write they expect other companies will continue the trend of cutting expenses because of flat advertising sales.

Addendum -> Names...Some notable names leaving KMBZ...

Darla Jaye's producer Brian, leaving her short handed.

And more notably, longtime Kansas City news voice Bob Mead who read and wrote BZ newscasts for years, and of late worked the BZ Morning Business Report. I would have grabbed a pix of Bob who I worked with back in the early 70s at rocker WHB... but one thing about radio station websites. When somebody leaves, they both disappear from the AIR and disappear from their website on no notice. So Bob's picture is already gone from their site, though not yet from the internets. Let me note that Bob has one of the best voices in the business! And I heard from BZ folk, is very well liked over there. Unless he's tired of it after a kazillion years, he'll turn up.

The deal is, if you retire or move to another station in a bigger market, you get to say g'bye. But if you get laid off, you get DELETED. Welcome to the media, though lots of companies do that. It's as if when you leave, its superstitious or bad form to speak of the dead. Except those of us who are OUT of the media, or gone from most ANYPLACE do find afterlife... and so, so often, way better! It just takes a little while to get over it.


More on the cuts from media watcher Bottom Line

Oct 17, 2008

Is Bush the Worst? Maybe NOT!

Funny Stuff

Crash and Burn: Conservatives Run Off the Road

A Liberal Supermajority

Get ready for 'change' we haven't seen since 1965, or 1933.

Assuming the conservative Wall Street Journal isn't just shilling scare tactics to save McCain, they are predicting a fundamental change in America--one not seen since the liberal sixties.

It could very well be this is what Obama means when he says America's ready for a Change... and he says he's going to change the world.

How did it happen...in a world of right wing talk show hosts and big money bribing the government to feed the soil of business? This blogger thinks W. did it, along with the economic greed that has scared the bejezus out of everybody with investments. Pity the Reaganites and their self righteous lecturing of us all this time.


If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.

Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven't since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on. The whole story from WSJ...

Big Newspapers write what's so good about Obama

No one can put it better than seasoned old newspapermen.

CNN) — Barack Obama scored three high-profile newspaper endorsements Friday, including two from papers that have never endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate before.

The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post all praised Obama's handling of the grueling presidential campaign and the historical nature of his candidacy as the African American to be the nominee for a major political party. It's the first time either the Times or the Tribune, Obama's historically conservative hometown newspaper, has endorsed a Democrat for the White House.

Ok...HERE's the good stuff:

... as the presidential race draws to its conclusion, it is Obama's character and temperament that come to the fore. It is his steadiness. His maturity. These are qualities American leadership has sorely lacked for close to a decade."

"We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready," wrote the Tribune, originally led by founding members of the Republican Party. "The change that Obama talks about so much is not simply a change in this policy or that one. It is not fundamentally about lobbyists or Washington insiders. Obama envisions a change in the way we deal with one another in politics and government.

"Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building," The post, which has a history of endorsing Democrats said.



Meanwhile....The TELEGRAPH...of London

Barack Obama has vowed that he will "change the world" even as he urged his supporters to guard against complacency.

By Toby Harnden in Londonderry, New Hampshire

The supremely confident demeanour and exalted rhetoric of the Democratic nominee at a New Hampshire event betrayed that he is a man convinced he is poised to make history.

While his Republican opponent John McCain, trailing in the polls, is pursuing a strategy of eking out a victory in traditional swing states, Mr Obama is transferring resources to conservative strongholds like Georgia, West Virginia and even Kentucky in pursuit of a landslide victory.

Auto calls to Missourians: Obama (still) palling with terrorist



Various news sources reported late this morning that thousands of people in several states are getting automated phone calls from McCain's campaign. Missouri was one swing state being targeted with these calls.



This is the same call I received and wrote about Thursday. Saying Obama has dealings with a terrorist, and talking about blowing up government buildings. It was about Ayers, which was discussed during this week's debate. AT that time McCain said there were QUESTIONS about the relationship. The phone call alleged a direct link.

The website that had the call recorded from another source but they reported a complaint from a woman whose 7 year old daughter took the call, heard the part about terrorists and blowing up buildings...and she was upset.

CNN's anchor drones, always with advice, said that some of these calls may be breaking the law, and admonished viewers to register their phone number on the no call list. Well, we did that just as the no call list was created. And other than people pretending to be collecting money for sheriffs and firemen, we haven't had a lot of calls. And never invited calls from the GOP. Well anyway.

So much for 'respect'.

Same story, Huffington Post...

McCain campaign keeps Palin from watching the news so she won't get depressed. More...

(Gee, does that include Faux News too?)

American Indian Names

A little American Indian boy asked his father, the big chief and medicine man of the tribe, "Father, why is it that we always have long names, while the white men have shorter names like Bill , Tex or Sam?"

His father replied, "My son, our names represent a symbol, a sign, or a poem for our culture not like the white men, who live all together and repeat their names from generation to generation. Also, it is part of our makeup that in spite of everything, we survive.

For example, your sister's name is Small Romantic Moon Over The Lake , because on the night she was born, there was a beautiful moon reflected in the lake.

Then there's your brother, Big White Horse of the Prairies, because he was born on a day that the big white horse who gallops over the prairies of the world appeared near our camp and is a symbol of our capacity to live and the life force of our people. It's very simple and easy to understand.

Do you have any other questions, Little Broken Condom Made in China ?

Oct 16, 2008

Where's the Bottom Line?


John Lansburg saw fit to run the story... But what "Bottom Line" didn't do was give us the bottom line of the story. What's the point, John? Was Jason right or wrong, or not allowed to vent with epithets? I was expected something pithy out of you, not just an 'expletive deleted' story.

Imagine what most people think of Faux News? You guessed it...same f bombs because they are, in Tony's word, d-bags. (Well, I wouldn't call Fox anchorette Harris Faulkner a d-bag, fer sure. (The former WDAF-TV anchor pictured here...)

Draw the value judgment about Whitlock, John or your just a re-write artist who's a language prude when it comes to Star employees? BTW, how's that Harvesters followup coming?

I''d already started seeing a pattern in you. Did you get fired from the Star? What's your beef with them constantly? I never worked for them but frankly if the Star wasn't around, we wouldn't get any news in this town that doesn't come off the police scanner!

Speaking of missing stories... does anybody have FoxNews' tip line? I wanted to let them know what everybody else knows today, that McCain forgot to vette Joe the plummer! Whoops.

Joe the Plumber's not a PLUMBER! Owes taxes.


And Republicans aren't real conservatives, either (sly grin)


From NYT Blog...
October 16, 2008, 1:30 pm

One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest ranch house in Toledo, Ohio, thinking about how to expand his plumbing business. But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit to his block this weekend to ask about his taxes, he set himself on a path to being the newest media celebrity — and, like other celebrities, found himself under scrutiny.

Turns out that “Joe the Plumber,” as he became nationally known when Senator John McCain made him a theme at Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate, may run a plumbing business but he is not a licensed plumber. His full name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he owes a bit in back taxes.

Can ya smell McCain's desperation?

Just an hour ago, I got one of those automated phone attack ads from someone saying at the end, his call was paid for by McCain-Palin (the real campaign). Course he tallked fast but he repeated (and said stronger) what McCain said in the debate that "Obama pals around with terrorists..." citing Ayers. Which Obama handled well but their phone call automation bank's still being repeated, just not on television. Now it's just over the phone. Sorry, I think that's pretty shitty politics!

Now at the last debate, McCain said "questions need to be answered." (about Ayers) And Obama answered them... that this Ayers guy isn't a major influence in Obama's life--he was just a crazy radical as a kid and isn't that important a guy in Illinois. And yeah, he's grown up some.

But the McCain-Palin paid phone ad wasn't asking QUESTIONS. It was making a direct link of Obama to a terrorist to scare me to vote for McCain! Guilt by tricky word associations! Frankly, I resent that!

Remember Tricky Dicky? That really stunk! I'm not a dumb guy. And how the GOP hounded Bill Clinton? Distracting this government for more than a year, while men were learning how to fly jetliners into skyscrapers? Yeah, I noticed.

This, boys and girls, is how the Republicans hope to steal yet another election. To them, its clear to me. Their view is that ENDS JUSTIFY MEANS!

I don't agree with that political zealotry. This is what Hitler did. It makes me wary. If they do it, then we really don't have a democracy, do we?

Republicans today:
"Ends justify means."

RADIOMAN CONCLUDED: Republicans think it doesn't matter what they DO to get a win, because it's so important that they DO win. It's just how they operate. Whether it's about torturing terrorists or lying to voters to get them to vote the 'right way'... the patriotic way.

Go figure. This is primarily why I chose the liberal party for the last thirty years. I've worked all my life and I think everyone should. And I don't like big government. I like a safety net for citizens who fall through the cracks, but not an excuse to let lazy people escape pulling their own weight.

What? "It's okay to trick the voters to vote for our guy, because we're better than the other guy."

That is what "ENDS justify MEANS" actually is! Cheating is okay because we're better! Except what should we think about cheaters? Think about this now.


So I should be a Republican because I'm a government conservative but a social liberal. Or vote for the ones who believe in fairness?

After reading the Nixon transcripts of his taped White House conversations back in about 1973, and then seen them hound Clinton during his second term to impeach him on a technicality, I've finally realized that Republican officials STARTING at the top, just aren't the kind of people I want to govern my country. It's like they had no respect for a fair democratic selection by the people to decide who will run the country!




Are you going to vote for McCain so he can reward his dirty trickster campaign strategists with cushy White House jobs? It's just GWB redeux!


We do need a real change... and the GOP needs to sit in the corner for awhile to rediscover itself and clean out the Karl Rove connivers! The GOP pretends to support morality. Well they need to insist on it from the top down. It's clear they're not. It's clear Obama's taking a higher road and a lot of independents sense he's not really just another politician!

That's why I think OBAMA will win this time. But this is important too. Vote for your Democrat Senator and US Representative. The incumbent Republican might win if he's very popular, like Pat Roberts in Kansas. --> But every vote for the Democrat will teach him that he doesn't have a lifetime job, just for voting along party lines!







KC radio station chain making big cuts

Job cuts for radio corporation Entercom, owners of #1 talker KMBZ, #1 rocker 98.9 The Rock, and soft rocker KUDL.
From Radio & Records
By Keith Berman

On Wednesday (Oct. 15), as the stock market made an ominous 733-point drop, Entercom took some steps to try to shore up its own bottom line, starting with cuts: R&R has heard that a significant number of people are on the downsizing list nationwide, with around 15 in Kansas City, including market legend VP/co-market manager Herndon Hasty.


Meanwhile, R&R has learned that CEO David Field blasted out a companywide two-page letter that didn't do much to soothe people's nerves -- as part of the company belt-tightening to make sure the company "makes some necessary changes" to ride out things out, Field announced that Entercom is suspending its matching contributions to 401(k) plans "indefinitely with a plan to reinstate it at some point in the future, after the economy recovers."


Additionally, Field and company brass are "actively considering a wage freeze in 2009. No decision has been made, but you should be aware that this is a likely possibility."


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This from an anonymous poster in the local radio message board:

I thought HH was a god....is this a major f-u--up on the part of Entercom?
That must be an incredible morale boost...not matching 401's, and nothing else.
I think Entercom would be well served to gather a management team that recognize and are passionate about the on-air product and revenue opportunities from it, instead of glorified beancounters. But oh well...this is, and has been old news for a long time now...it's just now hit critical mass.
Radio's been pretty sickly nationwide for a couple years due to soft advertising income. Some companies have sold less profitable stations in KC and elsewhere. All local stations have been belt-tightening by cutting staffs, increasing jockless hours with automation, making people work longer shifts.

Morale's been bad for a couple years how as staff has seen high turnover. The soft advertising is due in part to more choices to reach customers. Newspapers have suffered including the Star. Times have been tough in television as well resulting in the networks pay less for programming, cutting news and other staffs. Much of the shift in where companies put their money is in the internet. Advertisers are learning how to target their messages better through cable television and internet readers.

This event is but another sign that the media which matured during the last half of the 20th century is undergoing a major redefinition because of the internet.

Listing of all Kansas City Stations and their websites.

Oct 15, 2008

A liberal's view a few hours before the last debate

I'm partisan. Didn't used to be but I'm out of the media now, so since I didn't get rich with paychecks from the media, I'm middle class and not a capitalist. Hence, I'm a Democrat, generally.

No straight ticket, some Dems just aren't right so I'll cross over. I won't for a Democrat who I think might not be a crook and Ill vote for NO candidate rather than just decide based on YARD SIGNS in the county!

BUT. I admit. I want McCain to look to America on this last debate like he has become. Too OLD. Not as caring about the future as a younger man might be. I'm afraid his run for the presidency is more to have a legacy for himself in history than for his grandchildren's future. Moreover, he missed his shot 8 years ago.

Shame on Karl Rove and his client, GWB! McCain would have been SUCH a better president over the whole field, and George W, but the Republicans never trusted him and so they got rid of McCain at his RIGHT TIME, for the dunce we actually GOT and all of us have regretted... GWB! I knew the republican hierarchy had rejected Bush early because RUSH dissed him from the outset. I knew McCain was toast in the primaries. Maybe the GOP wrote off this election so they sacrificed him and allowed his candidacy. I have no clue. That's WAY above my political pay grade to evaluate!


TODAY THOUGH. McCain missed his time. He's too eager for the job and doesn't have a vision. Palin was a mistake and is dangerous-- as it's turned out. A Hail Mary play that appeals to pretty much nobody and will be unhelpful even tho she was entertaining night after night on television. You know it. She's not ready for prime time and she's just not the image Americans want us to BE in the world.

So, sadly, we need McCain to lose... if for no other reason that he listened to the W CAMPAIGN HANDLERS. And they are impressive. Lord knows, they sold us a C STUDENT IDIOT name George TWICE, successfully! Shame on US and I'm pretty surprised republican voters aren't still smarting from that hoodwinking! They know it well. One could only hope that as much pain as we've suffered, they got their objective, whatever it was. And the country didn't suffer for just a miscalculation. We know the makers of smart bombs made a lot of money. Was it worth the blood and maiming of our dead and wounded? That's not for me to decide. I'm pretty anti-war and I only want to go to war against a ligitimate enemy, not one just to make money off of. Put another way, if a guy's really after my country, my kids, my countrymen... I fired expert in the Army twenty years ago, and I'm ready to go now. But not for some horseshit political reason to keep the weapons-makers getting new federal contracts. THAT I will not do! Fuck with my country and watch out for ME! But not for corporate profits!


OBAMA.

I mostly like this guy because he's new, he seems radical not conservative, he may be a front guy who can sell us the image I want US to have overseas. He's a little like Kennedy, yes! It surely wasn't the embarrassment of the BUSH FAMILY of TEXAS-- their arrogant never-do-well son George!!

And Obama's a smart guy. Smarter than I am! I admit it.

I think Bush was a DUMB guy and we knew that didn't work but his PROMOTION was far beter than HE was. And so the Republican machine SOLD him, and where it was too close, they stole it in court. No matter what, the end result didn't turn out so good, did it?

Even if you don't like this Obama guy's liberal politics, at least you can trust that he will think out difficult overseas problems. We haven't had that from the Bush mal-thinkers like Cheney. We're lucky they didn't get us ALL killed. Only some of our kids. Rah Rah die for the flag. We vietnam era guys don't swallow that shit for a half second! And McCain's strategy has been more about discrediting OBAMA--his opponent-- rather than showing us why we should trust HIM!

I think he's pissed off too many people of both political parties and will not be able to deliver on ANY of his promises. I don't thnk he's an EQUALIZER and DEALMAKER. I think he actually won't be able to get ANYTHING DONE.

People who don't want the government to pass ANY legislation will LOVE McCAIN. He won't get a DOGCATCHER's new job passed...and lots of people think that's just great! McCain, a republican facing a democratic Congress will get NOTHING passed. And fankly, expect for Sarah Palin's ramblings, I dont think McCain really wants to pass any legislation.

He wants what REPUBLICANS WANT. No government action!

If you want government to actually change, Obama's the answer. If you want government to be in dissaray, McCains your answer. Go pick!


Screw "USA, USA, USA" chants. We've lost our best sons for nothing. Yes, we of the last (Vietnam) generation didn't like hearing that either. But go look up the world 'jingoism' and think of the Germans who were hoodwinked into sacraficing their sons for a really shitty idea only right before we were born.

A very sad affair.

Oct 14, 2008

McCain: Fight, Fight, Fight, for this, for that. America's tired of fighting!

I heard his speech today about fighting...fight, fight fight. So high school. So typical of a "FIGHTER PILOT"...and word he's had all his life.

I really think the world is just SICK of fighting this and that, and it seems "FIGHT" is McCain's rallying word.

Certainly the Arabs, with so many DEAD fathers and sons and daughters and mothers and uncles and aunts, are sick of it and US Gold Star Mothers are tired of that word too.

And our kids who just hated the smell of rotting bodies on a battlefield, the sights of torn up bodies, the tears of it all. Our kids. Remember. Our children in uniform are not just our "soldiers".

They're also our CHILDREN. And we we hope we get them more mature than when they left, but also we hope the'll be the same boys who have the same VALUES we tried to teach them before they left. DO THEY?

It would have been good if Bush and McCain had seen the bodies of war. Then they'd GET IT before they'd try to CONTINUE it! And let our children see it too.


Maybe fighter pilots who do what they do at 30.000 feet ALTITUDE don't really understand war like ground soldiers do. Where missing arms and legs of little kids and their moms and dads, blown off don't show on a pilot's targeting radar! Maybe McCain just doesn't get it. Luckily for him, he doesnt use the internet, because it's there. Shit. Its on my website and I wasn't even there!!

Maybe we need to let the Vietnam-era guys my age RETIRE softly, and not reward them with leadership. Maybe we've had just ENOUGH of their sad flag-waving, "USA, USA, USA" already. Let no more boys, like in Iraq, die for the Vietnam war never resolved in Iraq. The people who chant "USA, USA" at McCain rallies have NO CLUE what their chant's mean. They all live in suburbia and have never seen a dead "ANYTHING". Even their own pet dog at the jaws of a neighborhood Pit Bull who got loose! They have NO CLUE at all what "USA, USA" means and what it actually COSTS!

I do respect our soldiers...but most people have no concept about the smells of death, the sights of blown up bodies, torn arms and legs, brains of the dead exposed... they have NO CONCEPT of the anxiety attacks our sons will have night after night and how completely FUQUED UP they will be when they get back! NO CONCEPT. Our kids will come back from ground action and they will NEVER BE THE SAME! We will not know them because we have no idea what they've seen!

The typical 'Republican', rah rah USA USA cheerleader has no fucking idea what they're saying! And what it has cost their kids, their neighbors. If Sarah Palin's kid sees what so many soldiers have seen, she will have no fuckquing idea how he will come back... but he will not be the kid she lovingly sent to war! She has no concept of what war actually is! But HE will if he's in the right place!

God Knows, McCain's unresolved Vietnam issues is NOT where we need to send our sons to yet another stupid war. Why don't men like him get it? Stupid third world countries are just NOT worth our beloved sons! Not even ONE!

Why are Republican supporters so stupid? They've seen this stink of rotted bodies before when they were in Vietnam or Iraq--or at least in movies like Full Metal Jacket and so many others. But still they don't get it, as disturbing as those films are!!! It's worth it?

Or are these politically-mouthy GOP people talking BRAVADO because they're only the ones who NEVER smelled the stench of a battlefield of dead men, bodies blown apart? Young boys, their guts showing in the sun?

Do you REALLY want me to find internet pix to illustrate this, or do you GET it WITHOUT me posting the disturbing pictures today?

The Iraq war, not about the USA at ALL was a complete monstrosity! And those who talk about it on cable TV have never seen a dead body in their whole lives. I am reminded of the German women who were forced by US soldiers after WWII ended to actually have to see what their husbands did to Jews... killing them, men, women and children. After the war, US soldiers forced German wives to see the dead bodies...to show them what their husbands did when they were 'at work'.

I've seen those disturbing black and white pix of German women seeing those rotting bodies--forced to look at them by US soldiers. The US went out of its way to force the Germans to see the aftermath of what they did... so they'd KNOW what they actually did.

Did you know that the Holocaust wasnt about 2 or 3 big name places. Fact is, Jews were killed in places in every German "county" and so a large number of German citizens were involved in this mass murder. Not just a few at the top. It was very widespread all over Germany. The death camps were everywhere in Germany... not just in 2 or 3 big name places. It was VERY WIDESPREAD!

A lot of shame to go around, as it turns out.

We in the US need to keep mindful that social injustice can happen very easiliy and we must, as citizens, always keep our heads about us! We do NOT want to go down the same road the Germans did. If we do...then we are no better than they were.

G'night patriots!