Apr 30, 2010

KMBZ's Darla Jaye Hitches Herself to Palin's (rising?) Star



KMBZ's Darla Jaye still trying to belong to Palin Nation, emceeing and getting some of Sarah Palin's fifteen minutes of COOL to rub off on her during Palin's national moneymaking tour.   Darla's an ex rock jock and we all know rock radio stations always try to 'welcome' or get some visibility when big-name rock acts show up for a gig.  Ya know, get some rub-off cool for the local radio station?   Darla's doing it with the white wing types like today's flash-in-the-pan SARAH PALIN!  What do ya bet the stands are only half full???


This one, with Palin, the moron ex-Vice President's clone daughter, Liz Cheney, and a couple other Republican luminaries.  All Saturday as Darla hopes to be the tea party, arch-conservative spokeswoman for the Righteous Right in the Mo-Kan border Kansas City area.

I don't think this will be a case of Darla hitching oneself to a rising star. Sarah Palin will end her escapade a national joke beyond the scope of SNL, very much like Dan Quayle. She's a wooden nickel.



Darla will eventually distance herself from Palin in hopes no one has a good memory of this and last year. Both Darla and Sarah are products of the media trend of the past couple decades to replace substance with image.

PS... just occurred to me.  It seems that "Conservative" and "Liberal" are really misnomers-- and don't really represent the views of those true believers.  They don't really describe what these parties are about.  Course I'm a nobody, but I think it would be so much more accurate to rename them.


  • CONSERVATIVE = "MATERIALISTIC"
  • LIBERAL= "HUMANISTIC" 


Doesn't that make more sense when you consider that Republicans are about Money and Possessions and Dems are about People?

Darla's worst nightmare is for the Bush Recession to end during the Obama first term!

Red Green Show : Beerholder

Apr 29, 2010

Newsers and Bloggers: Not NEARLY as important as we think we are

Actually, as a 30 year media veteran, I think there's a major disconnect between what we media types present and what our 'viewers' (the People) view as life.

I think most people are into their lives, their jobs, their entertainment, their significant others, children, etc.  And what they see in the MEDIA (mostly on TV or internet) is a window to another world not so important that they can barely relate to.

We in the media, blogosphere, take our importance far too seriously.  I'm a news junkie.  I was a radio and TV journalist and after having been out of it for twenty years, I'm starting to think that maybe we media types take ourselves far more seriously than everyone ELSE does!

The world isn't about news stories, and race, and politics and crimes and murders and oil slicks and big bank bailouts.  It's about eating, going to the store, paying the bills, raising the kids, getting laid, getting high.

It's not about US!

Best new word: Seen on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show

It was just on a graphic bump at the bottom of the screen related to a story about banking reform.  It's  "BANKSTERS"!

Urban Dictionary says it's been around a year or so, but I hadn't seen it. 

After the hearings on Banking Reform, do ya suppose Americans are starting to get it, when the Republicans stall and try to stop debate on reeling in Wall Street?

Apr 28, 2010

Drill Baby Drill: Don't ya just love Clean Oil?

Coast Guard sets oil slick ablaze

HOUSTON, April 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday set a "controlled burn" to battle a giant oil slick from last week's deadly offshore drilling rig explosion, as the spill threatened wide-scale coastal damage for four U.S. Gulf Coast states.

The leaking well, 5,000 feet (1,525 metres) under the sea off Louisiana's coast, has created an oil sheen and emulsified crude slick slightly bigger than the U.S. state of West Virginia, the Coast Guard said.



Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead after the worst oil rig disaster in almost a decade. Swiss-based Transocean Ltd's  Deepwater Horizon rig sank on April 22, two days after it exploded and caught fire while finishing a well for BP Plc about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The burn began at 5 p.m. CDT (2200 GMT), an agency spokesman said. Workboats were to pool segments of the spill inside a fire-resistant "boom," essentially a floating corral, to be towed to a remote area for burning, the Coast Guard said.

The agency said it planned "small, controlled burns" of several hundred gallons each lasting about an hour and invisible from shore.


BP, which owns the well, is spending millions of dollars a day on what it has called the largest oil spill containment operation in history, involving dozens of ships and aircraft.

"We will not rest until we have done everything to bring this under control," said Andrew Gowers, head of group media for London-based BP, likening the spill's consistency to "iced tea" with the thickness of a human hair.
 
'VERY SERIOUS'

At midday Wednesday, the edge of the spill was 23 miles (37 km) off the Louisiana coast, near fragile estuaries and swamps teeming with birds and other wildlife. A shift in winds could push the spill inland to the Louisiana coast by this weekend, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.


Tarballs and emulsified oil streamers could reach the Mississippi Delta region late on Friday, said Charlie Henry, an expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Along with a large seafood industry, the area contains key wildlife habitats in the Pass-A-Loutre Wildlife Management Area and Breton National Wildlife Refuge on the Louisiana coast, which are teeming with nesting birds.

Repubs are quick to talk DRILL BABY DRILL until there's a spill. Then they be VERY quiet!

So we have this DRILL BABY DRILL mantra from the right (Sarah Palin!)  Will they need to EAT that simplistic soundbite mentality?

 With a vast oil slick now within only 20 miles of the ecologically fragile Louisiana coastline, Coast Guard officials said they were considering a “controlled burn” of the petroleum on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the spill, said such a burn might be conducted as soon as Wednesday.

A joint government and industry task force has been unable to stop crude oil from streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well 5,000 feet below sea level. The leaks were found Saturday, days after an oil rig to which the pipe was attached exploded and sank in the gulf about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. An estimated 42,000 gallons a day are now spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials said Tuesday that wind projections indicated that the oil would not reach land in the next three days, and it was unclear exactly where along the Gulf Coast it might arrive first.

“If some of the weather conditions continue, the Delta area is at risk,” said Charlie Henry, scientific support coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Admiral Landry said a final decision had not been made yet about whether to burn the oil.
“We fully understand there are benefits and trade-offs,” she said.

Apr 27, 2010

6 Biggest Banks Getting way Bigger. True or False?

"Fifteen years ago, the assets of the six largest banks in this country totaled 17 percent of GDP ... The assets of the six largest banks in the United States today total 63 percent of GDP."

 

PolitiFact's Truth-o-Meter: True or False?

Did you catch MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tonight?  A showdown in a Senate Committee nailing Goldman Sachs execs for selling a "Shitty Deal" to customers deliberately?

Both parties agreed reform is needed to keep Wall Street from screwing us for profits.  

At the same time, on the Senate Floor, democrats wanted to open a debate on a Finance Reform bill.  

 And ALL REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST even debating Banking Reform!!

 When will Americans get it:  Republican politicians vote NO on everything... because they've been BRIBED BY BUSINESS! 

Who in their right minds would vote for those animals who are selling us out for MONEY? 

 To understand this in spades, take a few minutes to catch the video of Rachel's interviews from today, including Mo Senator Claire McCaskill on that committee.  Click the link above if you really wanna know what Fox News isn't telling you.



 

 

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Via EMAIL: Find out how your Congressmen VOTE

Continuing Extension Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate passed this measure that would extend for two months federal unemployment benefits, flood insurance programs, increased payment rates to Medicare providers and COBRA health care premium assistance. It was then sent to the House.

Sen. Christopher Bond voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Claire McCaskill voted YES......send e-mail or see bio



Continuing Extension Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (289-112, 29 Not Voting)
On Thursday, the House passed this legislation that would extend for two months federal unemployment benefits, flood insurance programs, increased payment rates to Medicare providers and COBRA health care premium assistance. It was then sent to the President, who signed it into law later that night.

Rep. Sam Graves voted NO......send e-mail or see bio






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KC BusJrnl: Bank Protest

RMAN:  My view's always been that big fancy bank buildings are monuments to high interest rates.  Well whatever... here's a little protest today, since protesting seems so trendy these days.

Protesters from Missouri, Kansas and Iowa converged Tuesday in downtown Kansas City to protest big banks and bonuses, particularly Bank of America.
“Our state budget crises are the direct result of Bank of America and Wall Street crashing our national economy,” protesters said in a Tuesday letter to the bank. “You broke our economy, and now you’re breaking our state budgets! And while Bank of America and the other big banks are back to record profits, lavish bonuses and business as usual, everyday people continue to suffer.”
The protesters — a blend of members of Sunflower Community Action, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, National People’s Action, unions and several others — railed against the bonuses that big banks have paid, despite taxpayer bailouts. They also protested banks’ financing of payday lenders and the number of eligible people who have lost their homes because banks haven’t refinanced their mortgages.
Gathered at the corner of 12th and Wyandotte streets, they chanted messages such as “Enough is enough,” “Put people first” and “Bank of America; bad for America.”
A call to a Bank of America spokeswoman was not immediately returned. The bank has the third-largest Kansas City-area market share of deposits, at 9.3 percent or $3.8 billion, according to the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of top area banks. It has about 1,300 local employees, including at 1200 Main St. in Downtown.
“Our workers are affected by big banking practices,” said Aaron Jones, a Kansas City-based organizer and union representative for Service Employees International Union. “Unemployment happens to our members.”
An estimated $140 billion paid out in banks' bonus packages was a “smack in the face,” he said.
The SEIU represents more than 3,000 local employees, including city workers, janitors, stadium workers and bus drivers.
Bank of America is fighting financial reforms that will help everyday people, the protesters’ letter said, asking the bank to reverse that position. The letter also called for bonuses instead to be directed to dwindling state coffers.
The local protest helped launch a week of protests nationwide against big financial institutions, also designed to get the attention of Congress.

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Apr 26, 2010

Tony of TKC: Is he really Mexican or just ginning up some controversy?

I've heard him on the radio.  Flawless English.  Is this guy holding up the minority banner, the Mexican banner because he thinks it's COOL and will give him readers and supporters?  Moreover, is he playing the so called, 'race card' because he can get some mileage out of it?

Honestly, I don't think that blogger is BROWN enough to be believable!  For many reasons.  I don't think the guy knows who he is so he's trying to be everybody for us.  Sometimes Latino, sometimes not.  I think he's a Latino just when it's convenient to be one.

So is TKC an American or a Mexican?  Lets see where he comes down on illegal immigration!

Battle of Radio Station Remote Vans

I guess if I'm going to call myself 'radioman', I have to occasionally put something in here about radio.
This is pretty funny from the Pitch! 

Don't forget to read the comments under the photos.

Wonder how many of these vans were actually paid for WITH MONEY by the radio stations, rather than traded out for commercial time.  We all know how cash poor radio stations are these days--so poor, most hours on the air are automated rather than using live deejays!  I'm a little surprised they still have a live body to drive them to a grocery store and glad hand customers.  "Come on in, I'll be here till six! (so you can see my face looks way more ugly than I sound!)"

Apr 25, 2010

Video: Chinese Breast Implants RECALLED



Arizona: Forcing the US to Solve Illegal Immigration

I'd be interested in knowing what Latino citizens think of the illegals. Will those reported to be attending a vigil be holding a valid drivers license, (which in America is a euphemism for ID card/'papers'), or just glad it's not Arizona and the ones with bad shoes will be there too?

I think the invasion from the South and the infiltration of stateless wannabe terrorists means that we're just going to have to have 'papers' to prove who we are. 


"Papers" Defined in the 21st Century:   a serious, hard to counterfeit photo ID card proving who you are, validate for employers where you live though that number, and your citizenship (right to work) status.  Issued by the federal government.    So if you're employed, you pay taxes, you can get a state drivers license if states approve,  you can be identified when you don't pay your bills through credit organizations, and government can trace you for wants and warrants, and health care providers will know where to send the bill, and schools will know where to find parents if kids who need to be sent home sick.  And you can get hired.  And you have send in a tax return whether you make money or not.  Otherwise we're just pit bulls on the loose in packs without collars. 

We citizens who live in the ABOVE GROUND SOCIETY, we who have the ID numbers, have to have insurance, have to school our children, file our taxes, etc etc, we all live under these things.  We're used to it.

Citizens, from birth are required to have a social security number, and you can't do much in this country without producing that number.   Employers are required to withhold earnings, and computer systems need to be provided to verify the numbers aren't counterfeit or duplicated. 


Lets use this Arizona law, let it happen, to force the US government to take steps for effective measures to get the illegals out of here, build the fence, and provide photo ID's to illegal immigrants who have joined the system the rest of us are in, on the road to citizenship.

Road to citizenship, defined:  Individuals with an ID take the same classes required to gain citizenship after standing in line.  Have papers of some sort of their origination and parentage.  Required to learn English, prove their home addresses, and be in a wage earning household (the earner him/herself, child or spouse of one).  Not that, then you're not on the road and you should be deported after spending a few days in jail not getting your origin and starting on the road to citizenship.  Fine if the Immigration Dept stops by to get your application and starts the process.  If nothing comes back, well you gotta go.

That needs to go into place immediately for everybody in the country, whether they contribute to SS or not.  And in the same legislation as a fence, forces to make sure it's not porous. 

And part of that is that the Republicans representing business who like slave labor stand down and go along with a provision for stiff penalties to employers who hire AND FAIL TO CHECK for undocumented workers.  And fines for cash employment.   Means we need internet verification for employers to use.



I'm sure my suggestion has some rough edges, possibly some unconstitutional ideas, may go too far, or not far enough. But let the Arizona law go into effect, essentially forcing the federal government to fix its own laws that are already on the books but not inforced.

And I suspect Latino citizens would go along with it.  Those not citizens, well they have some work to do if they expect to stay here.  And they won't be slaves, sneaking around in fear anymore.

Apr 24, 2010

Their first boat!

Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem.  No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. 

It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they  applied.  After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina,
thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong.  A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition 


The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch.  So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath.  He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.-NOW REMEMBER....THIS IS TRUE. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer! 

High on Grass: California leads the way in pot reform - from Alternet

The war on drugs will be on the ballot in California this November. The nation will watch the state decide whether to tax and regulate marijuana or continue to arrest adults for possession of this plant.

The vote on the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 will impact many of the most important issues in the country today. Californians will express how they want police resources used, if adults who consume marijuana should be criminalized, how best to deal with the tragic violence in Mexico, and what our priorities should be in tough economic times. It’s no wonder that seven months out, this issue has already generated thousands of news stories around the world.

Opposition to this reform has crystallized within the drug war establishment, and so has their spin. Here are their top five talking points and the truth beyond them:

The rest from Alternet

Apr 22, 2010

Handicapped whining 4 more as states go bankrupt!

KCTV.  A town hall meeting with Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and several disabled residents Wednesday night turned heated.

Those in attendance at the All Souls Unitarian Church complained of problems with curbs, crosswalks, sidewalks and snow removal.Some in attendance asked why, on the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the city's ADA coordinator position was vacant and many city services inaccessible."You have to communicate to get political votes, a vote, to change the reality," Funkhouser said. "I went to every budget hearing, virtually. I didn't hear any of you talking at the budget hearings."Funkhouser said to make improvements would mean trying to find money that doesn't exist."I'm either going to raise taxes or I'm going to have to cut funding someplace else," Funkhouser said. "And wherever I vote to cut funding, I bet you those people are going to show up and they're going to scream."The audience also wanted to know when the city expects to have a transition plan to become ADA compliant, something that is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a comparison, Olathe has had a plan in place since 1992.

Radioman responds.
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Sorry, I don't agree with all this whining about handicapped wanting more and more and more and more.

They have already captured far more resources than their productivity deserves.  They lay this guilt trip on us. America is vastly more generous to the least productive unfortunates than any other country, yet they want even more.

I think we've done plenty already through federal regulations related to handicap parking, social security benefits, etc.

If there are holes in the system, yes they need to be fixed. It's good that the government pays for treatments to men whose arms and legs and asses are blown off by IUD's. And that medical science is getting better.

But think about this.We have limited resources, the Republicans are screaming about government spending, as plenty of school districts can't afford basic education. and people are dying from lack of reasonable health care... and those handicapped due to misfortune, who will NEVER get a job to support themselves, want to get to the front of the line.

The Tea party types aren't the LEAST interested in helping the handicapped or anyone else without a big bank account.  We saw that on TV just afew weeks ago when they basically spat and humiliated on a handicapped man in a wheelchair.  Throwing dollar bills and telling him he's in the wrong place on national television!

What IS this... the LOUDEST gets the money? OMG! Did you hear Rush on KMBZ today whining because teachers in Illinois ask, "Where's the money" (to keep them employed and to prevent the teacher student ratio less that 40 kids per teacher?) when the ecomomy is so bad states can't keep the schools well funded?

So just what DO we Americans want of government? Keep the Teri Shaivo brainless vegetables alive in hospitals, or spend the money on kids with potential?  Did the Shievo family's church volunteer to keep her alive?  No.

The Illinois teachers ask where's the money? I'll tell you. It's being spent on secretive contractors doing black ops and rebuilding arab countries!

Where are the Republicans on these issues? Where to send the money? To Defense in foreign wars or Education, health care and aid to the handicapped? To loan money to Detroit to save the car industry since the banks foolishly wasted their money during the Bush unregulated years?

What hypocrisy!

Earth Day: Lowest grade food sent to School Lunch Programs

All the daytime talk shows were playing up Earth day... Bonnie Hunt had the filmmaker of Food, Inc, a documentary on the crap that goes into food today.  Gotta see it and you'll probably be avoiding fast food.  Showing the filler food companies jused to throw away in 70 pct of hamburgers, chickens so altered they can't walk, filled with growth hormones preservatives and stuff making us all obese, just to keep food cheap.  Only 4 companies making most of the meat in America.   Here's the trailer to the film and the website.  Horrible.


http://www.foodincmovie.com/

Apr 21, 2010

I'm SO ANGRY with Drudge and the GOP who sell out the People for Profit!

So incensed... I served my country and expected my countrymen to respect the democracy of voters, of fairness and a level playing field.  I've chosen to be a Democrat because they're about the PEOPLE and I think my country is about my fellow COUNTRYMEN.   I'm pretty angry that the Republicans have chosen not to respect the Obama election.  And intend to sabotage it at every turn, until the next election.

We have this GOP that shills for conservatism, even to bring our elected government to a standstill.  Why?  To collect the country's wealth in the hands of the FEW, and for unrestricted government so enterprises can usurp ANY PROFIT without restriction?  It's as if Republicans believe that collecting and absconding MONEY from the people is more important than the people's votes on how America should be.

It's as if they the GOP just won't take that Obama victory election for an answer!  Yup, this time, their lawyers couldn't take it to the Supreme Court to reverse.  This one was a clean decision-- and the GOP just won't accept it!

I didn't go to the military back in the day for the purpose of giving businessmen unfettered right to rob consumers.  I went to the military because I thought my country, composed of my countrymen, expected a fair playing field, yes enjoying the fruits of capitalism, but not the victimization of greed.

I'm not a pure capitalist or a pure socialist.  I hope for a country that, through voter led legislation, achieves a balance of power so that both PEOPLE and PROPRIETORS can have good lives without ONE being predatory over the OTHER.   Yup, that includes international banks, huge insurance companies, and multi-national oil companies who's profits start with (B) as in billion.  


I'm just not that much of a capitalist.  I pay my bills at the end of the month.  I want a level playing field for us all, including ME, And that's why I vote Democrat.  I'm just not a mega-corporation officer!

Is that such a bad thing?  Isn't that what most Americans hope for?   THAT CONCEPT needs to keep both conservatives and liberals somewhat in balance.  I think that can be done by REASONABLE regulation.  Beware of Republicans who want to eliminate reasonable regulation allowing predatory practices.    And also beware of Democrats who want unreasonable regulation that disallows fair profits and enterprise for innovative ideas!

We'd all be smart to stay on the fence, that is, be INDEPENDENT and pay attention to what EACH PARTY IS SAYING, after the hyperbole (the bullshit) is filtered out!

Tell Congress to pass the Fair Elections Bill

We all understand the mess our country is in. Now, more than ever, we need our lawmakers focused on addressing the critical issues we face, including creating jobs, fixing the economy, expanding access to health care, and dealing with climate change, and not spending their time fundraising for their next campaign.

For years in our private money-driven election system, our elected leaders have spent far too much time at $1000 a plate fundraisers and taking money from special interests' industries they're supposed to be regulating. We're now dealing with the results of this system.

Modeled on successful programs that are law in seven states and two cities, the Fair Elections Now Act (S.752, H.R.1826) would free our elected officials from the fundraising treadmill and allow them to focus on the challenges we're up against and their constituents' needs.

The Fair Elections Now Act would allow candidates to run a viable campaign for elected office with a mixture of small donations and limited public financing. Candidates would qualify for limited public funds by raising a specific number of small donations from members of their communities. Once qualified, they would receive a four to one match on the small donations, and be prohibited from taking any large donations.

With the cost of campaigns skyrocketing, pay-to-play scandals blanketing the front pages of our newspapers, and and the unprecedented challenges we face as a country, we need our lawmakers focused on doing the job they were elected to do--solving our nation's problems.



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Apr 20, 2010

Video: How's THIS for stopping a Plaza Riot???



More seriously, this is purported to be a little addition to a presidential motorcade.  Shoots 4,000 rounds a minute; windshield wipers need to be on to brush away the brass.  Vid provided by the gatling gun's manufacturer.

What's happened to Johnny Rowland's helicopter?

Am I missing something, or is KMBC's helicopter grounded?  Johnny Rowlands is reporting morning traffic using the government paid 'scout' cams?

What's up with that?

Update:  It's UP.

Government needs to change its office hours to Noon to 9pm!

Mahoney's blog noted that KCMO's community centers close shortly after schools let out.  DUH.  How obvious is THAT stupidity?

 Like doctors offices, most service people wanna be home at 6 rather than serve the people who don't get off work til 5 or school til 3.  Stupid doctors.  Expecting people to have to take time out of commitments like work and school just to score some antibiotics?  No wonder the ER's are full after 5pm. 

Government and health care needs to serve US, not themselves!  That includes the license bureau and city clerks offices, health departments, et al.  All of em should change their hours from noon to 9pm because most people they SERVE hold day jobs.

Retail's figured this out.  Why not government?

Apr 19, 2010

Time for TAX PAID SCHOOLS TO TEACH US ALL! Adults too!

We should learn the fact that 40 pct of teenagers drop out of school.   And only LATER do they realize they're not so smart.


Why do government, taxpayer-paid schools ignore everyone over age 18?  Idiotic, given how many kids drop out!  We need to force public schools to understand that schools aren't about KIDS, they're about the PUBLIC!


Time for TAX-PAID SCHOOLS TO TEACH US ALL!  Adults too!

  • Especially on raising babies, preteens, teens,college students
  • Renting and buying our residence
  • How to buy a car
  •  Raising kids who know how to think for themselves
  • How to get debt free
  • Managing health care insurance decisions
  • How to manage a house, its repairs, painting, roofs, heating and cooling, and landscaping
  • How to manage our credit cards
  • Investing for retirement
  • Career planning
  • Writing resumes, getting a job
  • Intelligent voting
  • Dealiing with the cops and government
  • Late in life planning for retirement
  • End of life planning for us and our parents

THESE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW, even more than algebra II unless we are going to college.  And in fact even Science, math, engineering students need to know all those basics.

SO SCHOOL CURRICULUM PROVIDERS...Make 'em happen!

Apr 18, 2010

Who's responsible for KC ORDER? The "COMMUNITY" or the COPS?

When I'm fairly happy with a comment I write elsewhere, I debate whether to leave it as a comment just on someone ELSE's blog or also to copy it HERE.  In this case, I'm copying a TKC comment I made on Tony's site back to HERE because I kinda wanna stand by it, under my own signature.

The post was about police guarding the PLAZA--  in the context that police don't stop black-on- black murders, but they'll show up to protect the wealthy white Plaza area!    Anonymous said... "Police Protection for the rich not for the poor."

RADIOMAN (kinda sorta) SAID ON TKC: I don't think you should say crap like that without explaining exacty what you mean and also showing some examples of why you say so.

My view (and I sure hope you from the ghetto won't tell me I'm naive!)  is that KC Police protect when they're called and told of crimes. Whether in Red Bridge or at 25th and Topping.

I'm a white guy, yeah, but I sure don't think they discriminate on calls to send cop cars fast to scenes after they get a 9 11 call.  Whether in black KC or white KC.

You wouldn't be happy with a camera and a cop on every corner, would you?  I wouldn't.   That's how they do it in many countries.  I never heard black people in KC complain they don't get fast service on a murder/shooting kinda 911 call.  DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW?

This society expects voluntary compliance to laws, and police are only used when voluntary compliance isn't happening. I'ts not possible for police (and I don't like their aggressive attitudes much) to protect every citizen...unless we want an AFTER-DARK CURFEW, police stops all over our cities, and spying cameras on every corner to stop drive by criminals and watch the rest of us too!

I'm sure in East Germany when the Russians were running things, there wasn't much street crime. I'm sure they kept a lid on everybody.

Your criticism is misplaced, friend. The problem isn't with the COPS, it's with the CRIMINALS and how they were raised. Without values being taught to keep their hands to themselves and work for their needs.

People all over the planet know this. For some reason, it doesn't sink in with criminals who think they have a right to take what they want, including other people's lives. Like the mafia, gang blacks and Mexicans don't use societies' cops and courts for justice. They do it themselves.  Maybe it's about ILLEGAL drugs and other illegal stuff so they can't go to the man.  Instead, they they have to use guns and not lawsuits and the courts! 


NOTE TO ALONZO WASHINGTON:  My view is that if a murder is over an illegal crime, we should not worry about it.  We should even remove it from the murder count.  Let us not be indignant about murders causes by illegal disputes solved by STREET JUSTICE!  Not our problem at ALL!  It's justice that didn't cost us taxpayers!   Let's be GLAD!  Not wring our hands!

If witnesses will point them out, they'll come to justice and play the way society tells them. If witnesses won't, then they can just be satisfied to have these criminals live along side them and live with STREET JUSTICE, and drive by shootings is a prime example of STREET JUSTICE. SO what if a 13 year old boy gets shot in the crossfire right?

This just isn't rocket science.

I watched a small town department inspect 3 poor people in an old car with a drug dog... they were polite but clearly they were just hassling these people because they could. Probably defective equipment on an old car, who knows. And ya know, when people are poor, cops can always find some safety violation because they can't afford nice, new well maintained cars. If ya spend 45 minutes with a drug dog and find nothing, well ya gotta give em a couple fifty dollar tickets for your trouble, right?

Just to punish them for being poor and driving an old car barely getting through life. That's something very unique to America. Hassling poor people. We don't tolerate poor much.

If there's a problem with police, its abuse of power against the powerless, not failure to respond.

But there was a great article on Alternet.org today when police refused to collect evidence with a rape kit on a Howard University girl who was clearly raped. What a miscarriage of justice.

I would be soo incensed if that happened here! And now.

You should read alternet.org regularly and forget about Drudge and the right leaning, pro business, pro institution crap. Republicans love government just when it comes to protecting their wealth. Just not when government limits their ability to take money from anybody they can get away with.

I usually vote against wealthy, well connected candidates because I am fairly confident they don't represent ordinary people. Kennedys excepted.

False: FTC's National Cell phone DO NOT CALL LIST

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER.....  all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

.... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:    ////////////
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It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.
   

Apr 17, 2010

Stalin, Rich Wichita Libertarians pay for the Tea Party

Little did most of us know.... read this fantastic story from Alternet.

The Roots of Stalin in the Tea Party Movement

The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR. 
 
The Tea Party movement's dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe their family fortune to the granddaddy of all their hatred: Stalin's godless empire of the USSR. The secretive oil billionaires of the Koch family, the main supporters of the right-wing groups that orchestrated the Tea Party movement, would not have the means to bankroll their favorite causes had it not been for the pile of money the family made working for the Bolsheviks in the late 1920s and early 1930s, building refineries, training Communist engineers and laying down the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure.
http://www.alternet.org/story/146504/the_roots_of_stalin_in_the_tea_party_movement

The Sneeze

They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing ..  and the traditional caps, they looked almost .. as grown up as they felt.

Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.

This  class would NOT  pray during the commencements----not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. 

   The  principal and several students were careful to stay within the  guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and  challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no  one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. 

The  speeches were nice, but they were routine.....until the final speech  received a standing ovation.

A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. 

All  92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!! 

 The  student on stage.. simply looked at the audience and said, 'GOD BLESS YOU " And he walked off stage... 

The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a  unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without  the court's approval.

This  is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland

Well, not exactly a true story.  Only partly true, according to Snopes.  Don't believe all the touchy feely emails people send you.  Check with Snopes like I did on this one.

Apr 16, 2010

It IS pretty scarey that the right nuts can garner this many head cases!



So many dumb asses in one city!  Oh Well.    BTW, has anyone found a pix of the hefy hostess, Darla Jaye from KM al BZerra?  Maybe she's just not as important as she'd LIKE to be in this bowel movement of mental morons!

Apr 15, 2010

Dumbed down Darla Jaye and her teabaggers

Aside from flies, KMBZ's Darla Jaye seems to attract the stupidest, most uneducated, ignorant, GOP kool-aid drinking, out-county people to call in to her show.

And from what I heard of the radio-thon Tax Day Tea Party at the Legends, they have no clue why they're there...  based on what the average interviewee said.  Couldn't even recite the talking points. The sheep cheered just like any agreeable studio audience.  Pretty scary, actually because this is America's electorate in such a serious time for the country!

Seriously, KM-al-BZeera needs a nationally syndicated show in the evening time slot.  Preferably one that doesn't shill for big business and the Libertarians.

Listening to their amateur remote at the  Tax Day "Tea party" event at the Legends, I had to downshift to second gear just to get down to their intellectual level... but I'd never have gotten home.  So I finally went to NPR where they know what fair and balanced is.  Is. 

Very Scary that our country is in the hands of these morons!

Apr 14, 2010

So who speaks for black Kansas Citians when there's trouble?

I've written a couple essays about problems in black Kansas City from my perspective--like the often chastized KC school district.  I usually put the blame where I think it belongs---to parents.  Ultimately to the DYSFUNCTIONAL URBAN BLACK CULTURE that doesn't value two parented child-raising as most cultures do.  And the welfare/tax structure that rewards single moms for not getting married.

I don't require the attention to this humble RadiomanKC blog.  Rather, I'll go to where the debate is, and it's been on the popular, but sometimes misguided Tony's Kansas City blog.  I urge you to scan his topics but the real enlightenment is not in his essays generally.  it's usually in the comments to them.

The TKC BLOG "COMMENTS" to his inane posts will reveal both the wise and the fringe lunatics.  And other bloggers.  And even some city officials--although most hide behind the common handle, "Anonymous" to protect their careers.

About the last Saturday night wilding by some 700 black kids in KC's Country Club Plaza... well people are still trying to put lipstick on that pig.

They explain it to make their own points of view sound reasonable.
  • Some want to make the black kids look like animals.  And they sure can be!
  • Others want to exonerate them to make a political statement about racial disparity.  And there IS!
  • Others who have problems with authority will find a way to blame the cops who have to show up down on 47th to protect all that window glass and the upscale people who are having a hundred dollar dinner down there.   And to bring the peace without killing a kid just because he hasn't grown into his common sense.

Tough issues all.  TKC does summarize up tonight's issues.

Realize that in today's BLOGOSPHERE, the news cycle is just HOURS, not a 24 hour day marked by morning NEWSPAPERS.  My view this afternoon after a police summit on the melee (wilding) with the council is that the KC council does what it always does, appoint a committee and hope the whole thing goes away.

That was in a TKC post Earlier in the day.  

And over on Mo Rage who has also had some interesting comments which I generally find agreeable.

Tonight's TKC offering is about holding black leaders accountable.  He's against it.  Mostly because he too is a minority who appoints himself a spokesman for HIS group.  Interesting views, IMHO.



And of course HOW a city reacts to a major event depends completely on how the media chooses to handle it at 10pm! 

 As a former TV reporter who has covered (been caught up in) a couple race riots (term used loosely), for they were also very scary WILDINGS  with great TV visuals, comes Bottom Line who isn't afraid to nail the media for their motives.  I did notice KC's media people didn't get in the middle of it... they stayed safely off at a distance.  Typical of middle aged KC photogs, tho, now that I think about it, didn't cover the riot because it  inconveniently happened at 9pm when the skeleton staff was editing the 10pm weekend newscast.  And of course, the weekend assignment editor knows not to call out veteran weekday photographers unless the police scanner declares that Christ has returned!  So it was undercovered, sho nuff..

Even then, KC's aging TV photogs wouldn't want to become collateral damage like that Reuters photographer doing a terrorist story, killed from afar by a marauding US helicopter.  That story  was all shown last week on the cable channels and we had to endure the indignancy of those anchor copywriters who have never been in a war zone... about how impersonal soldiers have to be as we dehumanize our enemies so we can actually KILL THEM with a trigger squeeze!  Duh!  All veterans know this.  Sadly few female journalism school twenty-something media writers are veterans!

I HAVE been in the newsman's shit, and yup there were a couple close calls for us during the melee.  Dunno if you remember Teri Shaeffer, once on WDAF TV, but I remember being in the same riot with her in another city, and we went on the set at 10pm to debrief our surreal evening, show the police and the rioters and the burned out car.  Her hair was covered with broken glass as we all were attacked by a group of wilding blacks on a side street, one of which tried to throw a cement block through the windshield of our unmarked news- car.  We did win a NPPA (photojournalism) award for that night's coverage so long ago, but it was still damned freaky and something you never forget!   It was urban war at 21st and Grove.  And I learned a lot that night.

I can't imagine wanting to be a cop and doing that kind of stuff for a living!  Luckily for them, many are ex soldiers who are used to fighting enemies.  Probably even liked it, kinda sorta. Good for them... but does that bring comfort to us Americans who don't want Kansas City to turn into Baghdad-- and don't want our police to be soldiers thinking we're all Iraqis and we might be one of the suicide bombers??

Three men and the river


Three men were hiking in the forest..



... when they came upon a large, raging river.


Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed.


God please give me the strength to cross the river.


Poof.


God gave him big arms and strength to cross.






He was able to swim across in about two hours, having almost drowned twice.


After witnessing all that, the second man prayed.  




God please give me the strength and the tools to cross the river.




and Poof.




God gave him a boat and strong arms.





And he was able to row across in about an hour, after almost capsizing once.


Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed:


God give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river.





And Poof.



He was turned into a woman!!

She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards upstream...




And walked across the bridge.


Guys, if at first you don't succeed, just do it the way your wife told you!

Have a wonderful Woman's Day and send this link to a woman who needs a good laugh and any man who can handle it.

Why don't we humans learn our lessons?

Isn't it interesting that all of us humans start out as babies, not knowing shit. We ALL have to learn from scratch. The only thing that gives TODAYS babies a head start over YESTERDAYS babies is the media and more techno efficiency about cramming knowledge and impressions.

Children OF AMERICA, (or other nations) without benefit of the new technologies have no more advantages than their predecessors from hundreds, thousands of years ago!

Perhaps this is why so many people want to put computers and the internet and the incredible knowledge of mankind even in front of poor black kids, sons of one parent moms who can barely read!

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I'd only offer one more thing to that. It's great to make kids smarter and more aware... but it's a real crime to make them smarter and STILL NOT OFFER THEM JOBS EQUAL TO THEIR EDUCATED POTENTIAL! Wouldn't that piss you off if people promised you a great future, you worked hard as they asked you to, and then they didn't come through?