May 31, 2009

Operation Rescue--shocked or dancing like the Saudis after 9-11?

It's a fair question. They hated that man like no other. Is hate the right word when ya dig DEEP? We can't look into their hearts. But they can, if they will. Some of these are the ones who phoned in death threats, blocked entrances to Tiller's abortion clinic and heckled scared girls going in. Some have made it their life's work. I can't help but wonder what lurks in the hearts of people so self-righteous, they believe ends justify means? Like fundamental Arabs. Like Phelps.

President likes Five Guys?

Just briefly, I saw a flash of video of The First Couple's Broadway show date in NYC with a stop at NY's very urban version of Five Guys (best burgers in the world!)

It sure is a great place to eat... not much on the menu but burgers and hot dogs outta this world. Had a different name than the "Five Guys" here in KC, but the familiar checkerboard and posters on the wall touting their reputation was hard to mistake.

Yes, maybe they were a little overdressed? But how do you dress for America's best Burger?

And IF I'm mistaken about a presidential pitstop, well so what. Five Guy's has replaced LC's as my favorite greasy food place. No, its not a dress up place, it's great to take your kids there, unless of course they're allergic to peanuts--which Five Guys cooks their fries in.

One more comment, as I was surfing for pictures of the First Date... mostly I only saw video of their ride (Marine One) with sniping right wing bloggers whining about how expensive their date was. The bloggers should lighten up. A few bucks to please his lady and stay in touch with US is a better investment than a GOP bridge to nowhere or another C-130 we don't need built in Newt Gingrich's old district.

(Only radioman can mix hamburgers and politics, but did you see how smooth that was?)

Tiller shot/killed

Would you think use of the word 'assassinated' gives abortion too much dignity?

WICHITA, Kan. — DEVELOPING: Media outlets are reporting that late-term abortion doctor George Tiller has been shot and killed at his church in Wichita, Kan.

Anonymous police sources told The Wichita Eagle and other media that the 67-year-old doctor was killed Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Police spokesman Gordon Bassham would not confirm the victim's identity pending notification of relatives but said a 67-year-old "high-profile individual in the community" was shot and killed.

Tiller has been among the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions. His clinic has repeatedly been the site of protests for about two decades and he was shot and wounded by a protester in 1993. (--from the internet)

(RMAN heard it when CNN cut in on XM radio--how many local radio stations have reported this sensational news today?)

Wichita's always gotten lots of strange press, more than the strangeness of its town deserves. There was a UT style sniper from the city's tallest building in the late 70s . I remember one Gay Pride parade--the first one, I think-- thirty years ago down there that drew Anita Bryant, Florida orange juice peddler and former Miss America, who's views were similar to Fred Phelps', from sister city Topeka.

This one will be big and have far reaching ramifications, I think lots of people, rightly or wrongly will take a side than the shooter didn't intend. Or maybe a rekindled debate is EXACTLY what the shooter has forfeited his freedom to do.

This is gonna be one big Barnum & Bailey Circus, I think. For many months to come as the shooter winds his way through a long media trial that will be covered wall to wall on the tellie. Ya know how much Colorado had wished the Columbine shootings had been somewhere else but in their colorful state, and at the school named after their State Flower? And Dallas being stuck with JFK's assassination? Amd Topeka getting stuck with being Fred Phelps' hometown?

Many Kansans, including all involved in DooDah's local Chamber of Commerce will surely wish this had happened someplace ELSE.

To the chagrin of many talk show hosts, well like fluoridation, abortion just keeps coming back as a topic listeners want to talk about far more than the hosts!

Penny for your thoughts...

LOS ANGELES — A writer for a small Georgia newspaper who wanted to give President Barack Obama a letter was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One on Thursday shortly before he arrived at the airport.

Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal. She was then allowed to leave. She said the letter she had written was opposing gay marriage.

She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon, and said she is a "Roman Catholic priestess" who lives in Anaheim, Calif. She said she has White House press credentials.

The newspaper's Web site says it is a monthly publication; the site has writings by Lee posted. A call to the newspaper was not immediately returned.

The White House had no comment, said deputy press secretary Josh Earnest in Washington.

The incident occurred about 10 minutes before Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport by helicopter to board Air Force One. He had been in Los Angeles to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

Sky Spy: Local sales people resent too much supervision

(Radio is suffering the worst of this recession. When the FCC deregulated radio, mega-mogels bought up most major market stations. Now, with today's Go-ta-Meeting software, home offices just can't keep their hands off their local properties.

Who likes Brother's cameras, email monitors, etc? Nobody. Here's an adverse reaction that reaches well beyond just radio. Cumulus owns KCMO, Jack and The Fox. This reprint is worth the read from Gateway City Radio -rm.

At Cumulus, Big Dickey Is Watching

Posted by romper stomper boo on 5/31/2009, 9:13 am

In case you've heard it all when it comes to stupid consolidation tricks, here's one I'll bet you missed. Cumulus is installing cameras at some -- possibly all -- of their local stations so Big Brother can watch the daily sales meetings from Atlanta. One indentured Cumulus slave wrote:

"The 'official' reason is to allow the executives to 'participate' in sales training - even the Execs who have never sold a commercial in their lives. The real reason is that some of the managers were preempting or rescheduling sales training sessions to allow their sellers more time on the streets, or changing department head meetings to a time that was more convenient for those involved".

It's hard to know for sure what Atlanta is thinking but Cumulus employees sure don't appreciate what's been happening at their stations lately.

This is the direct result of CSOS -- the installation of the Cumulus Sales Operating System that was first introduced in January. Here is what it is and some of the expected consequences:

1. Starting on the first of the year, weekly sales meetings became daily sales meetings.

2. Now Cumulus sales meetings can be monitored via a computer screen usually in a conference room via Skype where available.

3. The modifying of corporately mandated meeting times is not allowed so now all meetings are subject to monitoring without any notification. Obviously this will put a damper on any exchange of ideas or discussion that might be considered a criticism of Atlanta. One employee put it like this, "Yes, Big Dickey IS watching .. and listening".

4. While corporate in Atlanta may feel that spying on meetings can reassure them that all their salespeople are present, engaged and active, I have heard that some resent being treated like kids.

5. These new age sales meetings can run anywhere from a half hour to an hour and the local sales manager, GM and/or other managers run them.

6. The main thrust seems to be to introduce a different sales topic every day. For example, one day it might be "pets and vets" where salespeople would then be required to leave the meeting, get appointments and go on calls. Only one problem. Some veteran salespeople have upwards of 50-100 actual clients on the air every month so this "exercise" is taking time away from actually taking care of business.

7. Sales employees who now must also enter their own orders into a computer (remember, the traffic people were fired), also have to write copy in many cases and make sure the spots get on the air. Not easy when Cumulus has forced furloughs on its employees until the end of June when vacations are under way. Air talent is also distracted from production by having to voice track many shows.

8. I have found that the resource sales material that Cumulus gets from the RAB seems to be appreciated by some local salespeople. The meddling and spying -- not.

9. While many salespeople have no other option but to let Big Brother watch and take up their selling time with burdensome televised daily meetings, others wait patiently for the economy to get better because the indentured servants want to move on.

I used to teach the Dale Carnegie Course. Dale Carnegie training is excellent in human relations and in sales and management. One sales idea they had was to hold brief meetings where all attendees are standing up. Everyone on their feet. Keep it short and sweet. Of course, that was before Big Brother was watching.

Look, I've got nothing against Lew Dickey. He's always been nice to me but then again I never worked for him. This isn't about him personally. It's about his misguided management of a public company.

I'll bet if you were in charge of hiring a CEO for your company you would look to see how much experience they had actually working in your industry or a related one.

It appears radio consolidators have forgotten what it is like to be a line employee on a daily basis -- if they ever knew.

That's how ridiculous strategies to control everything from one location gets its legs. Keep in mind Clear Channel runs its Repeater Radio from Cent Com and a few news hubs. Citadel plays syndicator.

Anyone who ever worked on the line knows that more interference from corporate is a recipe for failure.

Warren Buffett -- you know that pauper from Omaha -- must agree. When he buys a company he actually buys the management of that company and keeps them working for him. Buffett is said to meet with the CEOs of the companies Berkshire Hathaway owns only one day a year -- and he takes them to lunch at his favorite steak house.

Hell, a lot of Cumulus employees would probably be happy to buy Lew lunch if he only met with them once a year.

Buffett, unlike Dickey (did I mention these two guys in the same sentence?), spends almost all of his time doing his job -- finding companies to buy so he can increase the stock price for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

And Dickey is not the only control freak in radio. What do you call Clear Channel's John Slogan Hogan and Citadel's Fagreed Suleman? At least Clear Channel has some good equipment and some systems in place.

One Cumulus employee dubbed his company Clear Channel Lite. The "eyes in the skies" concept being embraced by yet another over the top radio consolidator speaks to why even the end of the recession will not save the radio industry from its leaders.

Loyalty is a two way street.

Consolidators have gotten away with budget cutbacks, mass firings, increased corporate interference and overworking its staff up until now because radio people are professionals who love what they do and care about their audiences.

These same Cumulus sales people who now have to endure Big Brother sales meetings are often working nine or ten hours a day. Some say they even work weekends.

Yet, these radio professionals take pride in their communities. I know and you can confirm that they then use their own time to give back to the clients and communities that support them. Isn't that the game plan that works best for radio?

Cumulus is the Dickey Company and the family can do with it what they want. By all benchmarks, consolidation has failed:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also a general in World War II said: "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it".

It appears that thought doesn't burden the minds of consolidation CEOs who have concluded that not only does local radio not work for them but local management and sales can no longer be trusted to do what it excelled at for decades --
That is, before a "private" became the "general".

(--guest editorial in its entirity-pix added by rm)

Saying "I Love You" in 25 languages

1. English - I Love You

2. Spanish - Te Amo

3. French - Je T' aime

4. German - lch Liebe Dich

5. Japanese - Ai Shite Imasu

6. Thai - Phom rak khun

7. Italian - Ti amo

8. Chinese - Wo Ai Ni

9. Swedish - Jag Alskar

10. - 25.- Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma,Texas, NorthCarolina, Georgia,Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana,Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and parts of Florida

Nice Ass , Get in the truck

Where's my Sunday paper?

The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow , on SUNDAY ".

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, "So that's why no one was at church today."

May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle gets second; Diversity wins

Susan Boyle

BRITAIN'S Got Talent phenomenon Susan Boyle was sensationally pipped to the post last night by dance act Diversity.

The group beat the 48-year-old worldwide phenomenon who came in second place despite getting over 285million views on YouTube.

Giving the crowd a last wiggle of her hips, gracious Susan told Ant and Dec: "The best people won.

"They were very entertaining, I wish them all the best."

The dance group were so stunned by their victory they were lost for words.

Eventually they pulled it together enough to thank everyone who voted, but repeated: "We're lost for words."

Saxophone player Julian Smith came third position.

He told show hosts Ant and Dec: "It's been an honour."

Ant and Dec later told Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern they were stunned by the shock result.

Ant said: "It was a shock result for everyone."

While Dec added: "I really thought Susan would win through."

From The Sun

TOP SPELLER:And the Winner IS...

Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kan., is embraced by her father Mirle, and sister Vanya, 7, after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday night.

Dr Strangelove's US Map

This looks pretty scarey... what is it?

NPR's site of US Power Plants.
Which I got surfing Rachel Maddow's MAP ROOM at
Which is linked on my Home page of great LiNKS

So there ya are. Stick with me and you're only three links to everywhere!
(aint the web just grand??)

Darla and Jerry sittin in a tree....

Here, look at em through Hearne's b'nocks! Funny stuff.

Upshot is that Mancow's hired him a lawyer to give Darla trouble for saying Mancow took Agar's place in Chicago, buying the position. Finally, Darla's mouth is getting her in trouble. And Agar's not working mornings in Chicago!

And he's so close to the Canadian border too. Maybe that Libertarian assh...will go back home and lecture THEM on how to run their country instead of doing it HERE! (I added the comment later HERE because, for some reason, Hearne chose not to add my cheap shot originally over there. What's up with that?)

May 29, 2009

GOP Voting Obama Nominations-- Vote NO? Well we will too!

So suggest to our Congress to okay his appointments without too much STATIC. Even Republican politicians need to vote okay, only unless they have a SERIOUS worry. Don't sniff their behinds TOO much, or no one will ever be willing to serve our country. Do you finally understand this? So go along with the President unless you're SERIOUSLY upset. Otherwise, leave him be! Give him his appointments and if you DON'T, you will look like obstructionists!

The GOP needs to chill out, and ALLOW Obama to pick his government workers. If the Congress doesn't go along with his picks, we'll remember once again why we voted THE GOP out of office last time!

And reward them when their GOP congressmen are up for reelection in a year or two, and want to do the same thing! By voting against even more REPUBLICANS next time!

Minorities flipping society the BIRD

Just a minor comment. white American society's been in charge SO LONG, been sending minorities to jail for so long, like for DWB (driving while black), that it's reasonable that minorities, including SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CANDIDATES, will be a bit sour on JUSTICE.

So lets cut them some slack for their bitterness, like today's recent hispanic female candidate. She comes from a different point of view than we do. We white establishment people in charge since 1770 need to be somewhat open to the idea that not everyone likes things like we do!

White people's attitudes about the races, since 1765, with all our tolerance for slavery and such, maybe we need to uh... STAND DOWN and BE QUIET for just a minute or two.

Don't expect today's smart people to have a memory lapse. They won't. So let's support their NOMINATIONS TO THE SUPREME COURT ANYWAY. It's their time. Let's not chastise them too much for being pissed off a bit about all our injustice over these centuries!

They deserve their voice, whether we like it or not. It's the RIGHT THING TO DO. So don't protest too much, given that the November election is already OVER! Uh, America's decided... so let's not pretend that they haven't!

So what did the Funk do bad enough to be RECALLED?

I don't much care whether the Funk stays or goes, but clearly Tony's bet his rep on that the Funk needs to go. (The blogger, TKC, and the mayor's "enemies" whoever they might be.

My view's always been that a RECALL needs to be about something outrageously unjust. Sorry, but Gloria's feet (just at TKC preoccupation) just don't stink that bad. Non-news!

Kansas City voted for a left brainer. Why recall a guy because he's an anti-social accountant? We didn't vote for paZAZZ. We voted for an accountant! We got what we voted for!

Like the presidency, if you think you made a mistake, you should have enough respect for the electorate to let a winner serve out his/her term. The GOP didn't do that with Clinton but he prevailed anyway!

I'm of the same view with this KC mayor. I haven't read anything to suggest that he has malpracticed enough to be recalled. Yet like the GOP, there are always those who want to flex their muscles. Like YOU Tony.

I'd let him finish his term, endure it and if that wasn't the right direction, then the voters will have learned a lesson. But he hasn't run KC into the ground enough to recall him.

Sorry, I just don't see it. But again, I haven't put my rep on this race!

So explain to me, TKC, or anyone else, what has this electorate's choice (that'd be THIS MAYOR) done so ineptly to reverse the voters' decision? What did he do so badly that we need to vote AGAIN now, TO REMOVE HIM and reverse our decision-- rather than wait until election day to hopefully find someone more to our liking now?

Sorry, but I think voters should endure the results of their votes...and only in the MOST PAINFUL and IMPOSSIBLE situation, should they exercise a "RECALL."

It's not like he's declared war on Lenexa or run KC's budget into the ground. So what the hell IS it that has your nose so out of joint?

Don't you remember when the GOP impeached Clinton, we were distracted from alQueda...and the next thing that happened was that we were attacked when we were not looking?

We have too much stuff to do in KC... don't distract our government. We want them to FIX stuff, not be preoccupied with our political antics!

TKC 'ads': Just pretend new look?

Tony's (slightly) new page look

Anything new he does on his blog is good... so far his new 'ads' look suspiciously like just-pretend ads. Does advertisement mean success? I'd be surprised if he's taking money. They look like PSA's and cross promos to me. Smoke and mirrors won't cut it.

Awesome TKC Tipsters. TKC remains on the cliquish side about who he cross-promo's but he still works harder at it than other solo act, so he remains a good read. You can read him and skip buying the paper and skip watching the local crime news. Simple as that. I'd observe that for a guy who claims never to leave his basement (except on Thursday nights), he gets around pretty good and plenty of people seem to contact HIM!

His only problem is that he's still just a "Good READ". He needs to change the format of it to how the big boys do it. Get rid of the vertical display like its 'radio,w here you have to muddle through, scroll through all the stories.

The Word Wrapped Web! Like the rest of us amateurs, he needs a more web based look because his preoccupation with city hall requires too much scrolling for people who don't like those top floor insider baseball rants. Like Huffington and all the others at the top of their game, well they're not using Yahoo's boring 'virtically-limited blog software (like I do.)

Tee Vee Web is coming! Tee Vee Web is coming!

Been by to see the new website? Just fabulous stuff and I think that's where this will be going.

Rachel debuted her new website this week and it's a visual and television experience like only the boys (and girls) with lots of experience behind them. I can't compete with it... I' m outnumbered. Tony tries but he is too.

We all know that with today's increasing internet speeds that video is where the internet is going. And who better can do it that a company like msNBC that's been doing video for fifty years?

And besides she's an unabashed liberal. She's on the right side of the politics. Er, LEFT side? Whatever, it's the right side!

May 28, 2009

Turns out the Brit Warbler has a Poddy Mouth!

Just goes to show you what fame does... ya get too big for your BrITCHES!

"Don't you know who I AM?"

The story from the SUN!

May 27, 2009

What's up with this judge thing?

Is the hispanic woman really that much of a controversy, or do the CABLE MEDIA try to MAKE it a controversy because it's just a SLOW MEDIA MONTH?

Fact is, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be just FINE!

I think cable talkers are trying to make a controversy out of an appointment that really isn't a controversy! Its just a variation on the need to "FEED THE BEAST", that is make up shit to fill the hours on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX. Not necessarily in the national interest to make EVERYTHING controversial! This appointment just isn't. Aren't there any missing cute white women so we can change the SUBJECT?

Tidbit lesson: If you left the mass media and hope to keep your readership by blogging (Hearne), forget it!

We're only as influential as our corporate media companies make us. Yup, so sad. Just when we think we're hot shit, once we leave the corporate influence (like a television station, a prestigious magazine or a newspaper), we're nothing-- just an ordinary guy/girl like anybody else without connections.

Moreover, once you lose your officialdom 'connection', you're back to being a nobody. That, media writers, is a warning that you're only as good as the company you work for! Sad but true dat! Fact is, most Kansas Citians have about a fifteen minute memory...and they don't even remember your name...especially when most Kansas Citians don't even TAKE the paper or even follow local politics on TV or elsewhere!

Consider that a 'SOBRIETY CHECK!" on your own ego!

So WHEN should the GOVT protect a sick kid from his mom's crazy religion? When her superstition would KILL HIM!

First, good judges try very hard not to cross certain lines, meaning they try to give parents the traditional parental rights from English common law.

Until a parent risks the kid's life. And especially, it's a mine field when parents choose to argue their cases under the pseudo-shield of religious practice.

The court's job is to tackle the hard cases, not the easy ones. That's why we want smart people on the courts--to apply the law and balance their decisions when laws and common law concepts collide.

Not being a religious fundamental, I have no problem with the courts saying, 'forget your religious claims'... practice religion for yourself, but your child is a citizen, not your property and a young citizen requires special protection. Hence courts commonly order blood transfusions and treatments to those who think their God will decide things, not doctors.

Again, I think it's reasonable to say a parent's religion doesn't overpower a child's right to live when CONTEMPORARY THINKING (today's doctors) convince a judge that the religious side means certain death and the common medical practice means life.

I do remember years ago when "ALL" (a form of leukemia) was treated hit and miss with experimental drugs. In those days of the 80s, the little bald-headed kids died more than half the time. Treatment was painful and probable positive outcomes were not so satisfactory.

In those days, judges stayed out of these cases. No one interfered when a parent said "enough experimental drugs and side affects" and took her kid home to die in dignity.

I saw this very personally in my work in the media. The children just quietly died. Those pioneer cancer kids were just born twenty years too early while doctors learned hows to treat cancer from them! Today, Hodgkin's Disease, and even Acute Lymphocetic Leukemia, is today commonly treated by so many experimental drugs that the HEROIC children tried and died taking, but finally some survived taking and are used today to save so many children today.

So the rules are different today. Including the rules in court. Parents don't have complete rights over children they bear, and I agree with that just as much as I agree that the state has the right to remove abused children from abusive parents.

I'm fine with, and urge DUE PROCESS. Not summary government decree. So lets have the Libertarians stand down with their dogma and practice law case by case. That's what courts are for. Determining what's right when good legal concepts collide.

Sure, government can do it wrong and so can judges. Some cases send kids back to their abusive parents and they die. Some parents lose rights unjustifiably. Even so, our open court system is the best man's so far devised. The fallibility of court arguments and juries is why I have no problem setting aside the death penalty in most all cases. It's the cost of justice by human thinking.

We do the best we can... and we're lucky that we have a Constitution and a concept of individual rights. In so many places on this planet, they have no such concepts.

I'm for much more education of our young people on both constitutional concepts as well as the basic tenets of common law... doing unto others. There's no reason so many of us are so ignorant of law and the reasons for it.... as well as the reasons for not having TOO MUCH of it.

May 25, 2009

We local bloggers need to expand our audience

Well, lots of local bloggers, little mini-news operations manage to find tidbits of real news. That makes us tipsters for the mainstream media to cherry-pick US for story ideas. And the rob us blind, just like they rob each OTHER! (Local media outlets are scavengers, after all. Substituting costly news-gathering for grand-theft from the internet, regional and daily papers, and now yes, bloggers.) We all knew that, we were in it, for chrissakes! But now we bloggers are being scavenged!

Tony manages more than his share of shitty hall exclusives because insiders know he'll print anything, even without checking it out. He's oblivious to pressures to be fair and balanced and is willing to trade his ethical reputation for a juicy tidbit, whether accurate or not. Any legitimate reporter knows how low level bureocrats have their own jealousies and agendas and TKC for them is a dream come true. A way to anonymously get even with those above them!

The problem is, when he gets a good one (as he would being an anonymous tip sheet) he doesn't get the credit for originating the news. He doesn't really originate, actually. Lets face it; he's a gossip--not that we all aren't in that business to one extent or another. We know that all tipsters are snitches with their own axes to grind and we'll help them in return for their insider secrets. Tony has taken praise to snitches to an art form, calling them, what? "KICKASS TKC Tipsters?" I'm not criticizing the guy. He just says publicly what most reporters will only say privately on the phone when no one's listening.

Don't we love it when we can quote anonymous sources? Just repeat every piece of dirt we get and no ethical editor makes us validate, collaborate and source our stories? TKC's his own boss and he doesn't require all that journalistic mumbo-jumbo.

So the legitimate media feels free to cherry-pick what he runs and go legitimize it. They'll wear a condom and unabashedly take credit for stories they steal from him because he's not legit!

The AP model has taught the media that giving credit isn't necessary unless the originator scares them with a big "COPYRIGHT 2009, (MY COMPANY) which kinda sorta says if you don't credit me, I'll call my lawyer!"

In any case, his site looks like a whorehouse of silicon implanted tee & a. He doesn't mind, given his alleged lust for BBWW and knowing it pleases male readers. Even dope dealers are businessmen; they know Johnson County cars will risk the drive to the ghetto in the darkness to buy what they want.

No one reads TKC but insiders and few of those would admit it publicly. Yet, he's still king of the local blogohood and that's big enough for his low-brow Mexican, basement living ass! We know TKC could do better but for some reason, he doesn't want to. Oh well, he's great read anyway. He can say he was robbed and lament he broke a story someone else stole... but who else cares? We insiders all know the rules, and we all worked at one time or another for the same pimp; we just told our mothers we were journalists, not hookers! The winner isn't who's the fairest, it's who scores the john's fancy!

Back to the issue at hand... at what point is the MEDIA itself, news?
It's good and healthy that the media report on itself finally. By and large, those who 'report' the news just as often 'make' it and they do so very deliberately. That decision-making and awesome influence on public opinion and official behavior makes this media an industry of public interest and scrutiny-- just as much as government itself. We media types know this even though we'd rather the camera lights be pointed outward-- not inward back at us behind the cameras.

"New media Limbaugh, tagged 'GOP leadership', should make that no debate!

Kudos to certain blogs, like TKC and KC Confidential, Bottom Line, and others, for breaking what is usually an unofficial pact that media doesn't criticize its colleagues anymore than cops criticize their own.
Time for the press to be held to the same standard it expects its targets to. What a sad state of affairs we're in. Media is supported by private enterprise and so you won't see stories about price fixing of milk prices, gasoline, unfair trade practices and ripoffs at car dealer service departments. Media's never bitten the hands that feed it; we know that but we don't voluntarily say it to our viewers and readers!

Bloggers, however, don't have those economic restrictions because we do what we do for nothing, so far.

That's good for those FABULOUS (blog) TIPSTERS who feed bloggers as they always have the traditional media. The problem is, if Woodward and Bernstein were LOCAL bloggers, the Watergate story would never have gotten out because everyone read the Washington Post. Not many read LOCAL BLOGGERS. Moreover, a great blog story wont' generate dozens and hundreds of reader phone calls to the movers and shakers.

Only our media colleagues and bureaucrats read us. In fact, steal stories from bloggers, without credit. Very sad situation. We have a ways to go. We need how to break through the monopoly that the mass media still has.

We likely won't get much help from the established media, now WILL we! Time to re-strategize how to get an audience! I'm afraid that looking to TKC to pass the word and promote his favorites isn't going to cut it. He's not the right vehicle. Not professional enough, not well staffed enough, and he shows way too much bare skin to be credible or anyway, acknowledged as influential. That may be fine, but until we get a central blogger that isn't embarrassing, the KC's blogosphere won't have anything but a whispering influence. And we won't be very well rated!

We can bitch all we want about the "falling star", their economic woes, or television's superficiality. They still have the public's attention and we don't! That's because the corporations still control the mass media.

Space Shuttle designed by a horse's ass!


Railroad tracks. This is fascinating.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? We ll, because that's the way they built them in England , and English engineers designed the first US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the wagon tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

So, why did 'they' use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that same wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break more often on some of the old, long distance roads in England . You see, that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match or run the risk of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spac ing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process=2 0and wonder 'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses' asses.) Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah .

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important? Ancient horse's asses control almost everything... and

CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else..

This funny and interesting yarn... is it true? No. Well yes, sorta. More from our friends at

Dieting is a waist of time.

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Martini in one hand - a shot in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

More than you'd ever want to know about Community Radio

OKAY, most people never heard of KKFI, a Kansas City 'community station' on the FM band that's has a long history of struggling to stay on the air and out of the hands of personality politics. But it's still around and if you'd like to know how real radio lovers do things... that is away from the corporate media mogels, here's your story.

Radio that we grew up with is long gone... most radio station voices today aren't live, they're Memorex-- computer- generated music boxes. Some radio veterans joke about how today's program directors get their playlists via email from the corporate office. Yup, there's no 40 Star Survey of listeners and record buyers voting on what a station would play. Its mostly automation now... but not at KKFI, where jocks are jokes and do it for the LOVE of it.

The Star's TV guy, Aaron Barnhardt writes the consummate story on 'community radio'... its ups and downs. Much of it's known by broadcasters but he draws it together in a readable form. You'll need a sack lunch though, to wade into KKFI's struggles.

Independent FM station KKFI struggles to stay alive

Warren Maus has a number in mind.

“Seventy thousand,” he says.

It is early May, the end of another pledge drive at KKFI, the 100,000-watt, rabidly independent FM station that bills itself as “Kansas City Community Radio.”

Maus is the station’s director of development and marketing. He is also the de facto leader of KKFI’s four-person staff since the departure of the last station manager a few months ago. Before coming out of retirement last fall, Maus raised money for Kansas City Public Television, where he had no trouble creating narratives of crisis. And yet the situation at KCPT seems like a walk in the park compared with KKFI. Read More from the Star's Internet pages on

May 24, 2009

Memorial day cartoons


Project Preserve and Honor -- Honoring America's heroes who served their country in support of the Global War on Terror.  Database created by a 17 year old American Patriot.

Photos: 124,000 US Soldiers buried in Europe

Paintings:  Four Freedoms and FDR's FF Speech 

Excellent Music Video: Gene Simmons Tribute to our Military Services...

Excellent Music Video: Senator Scott Brown's Daughter Sings the National Anthem

Stirring Music Video: Armed Services Sing the National Anthem at Superbowl

Stay up late Family Event Memorial Day 2011.  Watch Kevin Bacon's TAKING CHANCE, Monday night at 9pm Eastern, or 8pm Central on HBO.  Everyone over 13 yrs old should see this film!