Friday, September 25, 2009

reBlog from popgeezer.com: popGeezer.com

I found this fascinating quote today:

From yesterday’s edition of the Jackson Free Press comes the following article about ZZQ102.com, the current home of our very own popGeezer’s Playlist Program [airs M-W-F at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT]:popgeezer.com, popGeezer.com, Sep 2009

You should read the whole article.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Playing For Change: Song Around the World | Stand By Me Video by Concord Music Group - MySpace Video

Playing For Change: Song Around the World Stand By Me Video by Concord Music Group - MySpace VideoPlaying For Change: Song Around the World | Stand By Me

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Broadcasters to make case against radio performance tax at hearing

Broadcasters against radio performance tax at hearing.

The House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the controversial Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848), set for March 10 at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Smasking Pumpkins vocalist and lead guitarist Billy Corgan, according to an agenda released by the committee on Friday evening (March 6).

NAB Radio Board Chairman Steve Newberry and Patrick Communications President Larry Patrick will be making broadcast's case against a proposed performance fee, at a hearing by a House panel scheduled for Tuesday. Meanwhile, NABOB is urging the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the new royalty, saying it could dampen minority ownership. "By making stations even more unaffordable, this legislation would put the dream of ownership further out of the reach for African-American entrepreneurs trying to enter the radio industry," NABOB Executive Director and General Counsel Jim Winston wrote in a letter to the caucus. Radio & Records (3/9) , Radio Online (3/6)

Also expected to testify during the Capitol Hill event are Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA; Paul Almeida, president of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; Stan Liebowitz, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith distinguished professor of managerial economics, University of Texas at Dallas; Larry Patrick, president, Patrick Communications; and Steve Newberry, chairman of the NAB Radio Board.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oval Office Watch – Monday, February 23 - Rush Limbaugh letter to President Obama

Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free

Rush Limbaugh, Online WSJ.com

Dear President Obama:

I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as "local content," "diversity of ownership," and "public interest" rules -- all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?

As a former law professor, surely you understand the Bill of Rights.

You have singled me out directly, admonishing members of Congress not to listen to my show. Bill Clinton has since chimed in, complaining about the lack of balance on radio. And a number of members of your party, in and out of Congress, are forming a chorus of advocates for government control over radio content. This is both chilling and ominous.

As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech -- which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police.

When I began my national talk show in 1988, no one, including radio industry professionals, thought my syndication would work. There were only about 125 radio stations programming talk. And there were numerous news articles and opinion pieces predicting the fast death of the AM band, which was hemorrhaging audience and revenue to the FM band. Some blamed the lower-fidelity AM signals. But the big issue was broadcast content. It is no accident that the AM band was dying under the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which choked robust debate about important issues because of its onerous attempts at rationing the content of speech.

After the Federal Communications Commission abandoned the Fairness Doctrine in the mid-1980s, Congress passed legislation to reinstitute it. When President Reagan vetoed it, he declared that "This doctrine . . . requires Federal officials to supervise the editorial practices of broadcasters in an effort to ensure that they provide coverage of controversial issues and a reasonable opportunity for the airing of contrasting viewpoints of those issues. This type of content-based regulation by the Federal Government is . . . antagonistic to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment. . . . History has shown that the dangers of an overly timid or biased press cannot be averted through bureaucratic regulation, but only through the freedom and competition that the First Amendment sought to guarantee."

Today the number of radio stations programming talk is well over 2,000. In fact, there are thousands of stations that air tens of thousands of programs covering virtually every conceivable topic and in various languages. The explosion of talk radio has created legions of jobs and billions in economic value. Not bad for an industry that only 20 years ago was moribund. Content, content, content, Mr. President, is the reason for the huge turnaround of the past 20 years, not "funding" or "big money," as Mr. Clinton stated. And not only has the AM band been revitalized, but there is competition from other venues, such as Internet and satellite broadcasting. It is not an exaggeration to say that today, more than ever, anyone with a microphone and a computer can broadcast their views. And thousands do.

Mr. President, we both know that this new effort at regulating speech is not about diversity but conformity. It should be rejected. You've said you're against reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, but you've not made it clear where you stand on possible regulatory efforts to impose so-called local content, diversity-of-ownership, and public-interest rules that your FCC could issue.

I do not favor content-based regulation of National Public Radio, newspapers, or broadcast or cable TV networks. I would encourage you not to allow your office to be misused to advance a political vendetta against certain broadcasters whose opinions are not shared by many in your party and ideologically liberal groups such as Acorn, the Center for American Progress, and MoveOn.org. There is no groundswell of support behind this movement. Indeed, there is a groundswell against it.

The fact that the federal government issues broadcast licenses, the original purpose of which was to regulate radio signals, ought not become an excuse to destroy one of the most accessible and popular marketplaces of expression. The AM broadcast spectrum cannot honestly be considered a "scarce" resource. So as the temporary custodian of your office, you should agree that the Constitution is more important than scoring transient political victories, even when couched in the language of public interest.

We in talk radio await your answer. What will it be? Government-imposed censorship disguised as "fairness" and "balance"? Or will the arena of ideas remain a free market?

Mr. Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wake up America...The threat is Real

America you have got to WAKE UP. The threat here is very real and time is running out. What does it take to get though to you people. Is this what the people of America want? Take a look at the running national debt as displayed below. The pork filled bailout bill now in the US Senate will add over a Trillion more dollars to our national dept. Other countries are now starting to question just how the US is going to be able to cover the stunning debt obligations. America please come to your senses.

I can only suggest to get the word out to as many people you know. Broaden your news sources, as the mainstream media is controlled by the Left and they only broadcast, or print, what they want you to hear or read. The mainstream media news coverage is agenda driven and they operate under the caveat "repeat a lie long enough and they will begin to believe it."
The movie below is shocking. It not designed to scare you but only to get your attention. It is a production of Apathetic-USA.com. The web site was developed to bring enhanced visibility to this new, violent cultural cancer [Terrorism] facing humanity.

Please visit the site.You will NOT find a compilation of articles like these on any other web site!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama Assault on Conservative Talk Radio Has Begun

Bozell: Obama Assault on Conservative Talk Radio Has Begun

Alexandria, VA – President Barack Obama took a shot at conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh by warning GOP leaders that "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” This attack came during a meeting on Capitol Hill held to discuss Pres. Obama’s hefty $1 trillion stimulus package. One White House official attempted to cushion the jab by alleging that the President was pointing to the fact that “There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats” and that “partisan politics” should not get in the way of accomplishing “very important things.”

President of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell doesn’t buy it:

“Now we know what Barack Obama means by ‘unity’ and a nation working ‘as one.’ It means it’s his far left way and no other way. If he had his way, the President would have us all reading the New York Times and listening to left-wing Air America. He knows his only opposition to enacting a radical left-wing agenda is conservative talk radio."

Further, there’s something eerie, Big Brother-like in Obama’s actions. He will deny it, of course, but this is an attack on Limbaugh’s and all conservatives’ right to free speech. He wants to set the stage for the Fairness Doctrine. And he’s doing it through character assassination."

“I said the day after the election that Rush Limbaugh would become public enemy #1 if the Obama administration had its way. The attack on him personally and on all of conservative talk radio generally has officially begun.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spend $850 Billion First, Discover 'what for' Later: WWW.Recovery.gov

When I listened to President Obama announce the new web site for the public to see where Billions of our tax $$$ are going on the latest bailout this is what you get. The ultimate 'Surprise Package'. Spend your mony now and find out later what you got for your money.

Why a 'Google Web Drive' Won't Kill Windows, the PC or Anything Else

By Scott Gilbertson January 27, 2009 12:05:46 PM

google.jpgRumors of the GDrive, Google's supposed answer to online file storage, are bubbling up again. The fabled GDrive is by far the most clamored-for Google service that, so far anyway, has yet to see the light of day. We've been hearing about a Google Drive online storage solution for years, but lately some tell-tale signs seem to point toward GDrive becoming a reality.

First there was the menu item in Google's Mac version of Picasa — among the sync options is something called "Google Web Drive," which currently does nothing — and now both Google Blogoscoped and Google Operating System, have dug up more evidence pointing toward GDrive's seemingly imminent arrival.

You might be thinking, what's the big deal? Why is TGDaily so excited they want you to throw away your hard drive (recommended only for hyperbolic journalists)?

After all, DropBox and its ilk already offer pretty much what GDrive is rumored to be — it just isn't Google doing the file hosting.

Aside from Google fan boys finally getting what they've been salivating over for years, what advantages would GDrive offer? Well, according to what Google Blogoscoped discovered last week it looks like Google may be planing to slowly turn Google Docs into a web interface for GDrive.

That would mean that, assuming it works like DropBox, in addition to the storage and sync features, you'd get the web-based document editing tools of Google Docs. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, presumably client-side software for Windows and Mac would mean you could work on your documents in traditional desktop apps as well.

Sync clients would also mean that you essentially have a local backup of your documents, making for quick easy access even when there's no network connection.

The advantage of such as scenario is that the PC you're using at the moment becomes increasingly irrelevant — you can always sync all your docs onto any PC for anywhere access to your files. As Gadget Lab points out, that's a huge win for the thriving netbook market, where manufacturers sacrifice drive space to keep costs down.

It's also a win for anyone who uses multiple PCs, since the biggest hassle of having two machines is keeping your files in sync (never mind that tools like Subversion, CVS and rsync worked out most of these problems ages ago).

So what's not to love? Well, for one thing DropBox already does all that (except for the Google Docs integration), but the real issues are the same ones that DropBox faces. There are two essential problems with the whole cloud computing paradigm that no one has really solved.

The first is trust. It's one thing to trust your e-mail to Google, it's another thing to trust the company with the entirety of your digital life. Forget problems of security and privacy, even the basic issue of server downtime leaves many people cold.

The other big issue with online storage is that, for most of us, documents like spreadsheets, word processor files and the other formats that Google Docs understands are not what's taking up the majority of space on our drives. Is the fabled GDrive going to store and sync my 200 or so gigabytes of mp3 files? For free? Somehow I doubt it. What about movies? If you're like most of us GDrive will likely affect only your Documents folder — maybe four or five gigs worth of files, but hardly a substitute for your hard drive. Microsoft's Live Sync service already offers exactly that and it hasn't changed the way we use Windows, nor has it made us throw out our hard drives.

The fabled Google Drive might be handy for those of you who want a better way to sync files to Google Docs, but it probably isn't going to replace the hard drive. TGDaily's fantasy of a network bootable GDrive will be great when fiber optic lines reach our doorsteps, but, in the mean time, most of us have work to do, and unless you want to spend all day booting up, we suggest hanging onto your hard drive. And if you don't feel like waiting for Google to get around to GDrive, there's always DropBox, Windows Live Sync and myriad of other options already available.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Google, The First Ten Years (video)

This video highlights some of the most interesting services released or acquired by Google in the past 10 years: from web search to search ads, from image search to Google News, from Gmail to iGoogle, from Google Earth to Street View, from YouTube to Android and Chrome. And these are only the first 10 years. For more information visit the 'Google Operatiing System" blog. A good watchdog for all the products and news about Google.

More Signs of a Google Webdrive

Google plans to make PCs history
Industry critics warn of danger in giving internet leader more power
David Smith, technology correspondentThe Observer, Sunday 25 January 2009
Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.
The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet. ..More...

Monday, January 26, 2009

President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya

President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya:

January 26, 2009 6:29 PM

As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya, ABC News has learned.

The interview was taped this evening and is set to air at 11 pm ET, as Mitchell is in the air and on his way to the region.

Based in Dubai, Al-Arabiya estimates that it has a potential audience exceeding 23 million in the Gulf region."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

NSA Targeted Journalists, Snooped on All U.S. Communications

Just one day after George W. Bush left office, an NSA whistleblower has revealed that the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program targeted U.S. journalists, and vacuumed in all domestic communications of Americans, including, faxes, phone calls and network traffic.

Russell Tice, a former NSA analyst, spoke on Wednesday to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. Tice has acknowledged in the past being one of the anonymous sources that spoke with The New York Times for its 2005 story on the government's warrantless wiretapping program.

After that story was published, President Bush said in a statement that only people in the United States who were talking with terrorists overseas would have been targeted for surveillance.

But Tice says, in truth, the spying involved a dragnet of all communications, confirming what critics have long assumed.

"The National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications," he said. "Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. ... They monitored all communications."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama takes second oath without Bible

I can understand why a second oath of office was given to Obama due to obvious mistakes made on the steps of the Capitol on the first try. This has happened before on two other occasions. My question is why was the Bible was not used when the second oath was adminnistered. Was there not a Bible somewhere in the White House that could have been used? Is there a reason no outside media or pool reporter was not allowed to record or air this version of the oath for the Office of President of The United States?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Would the Founding Fathers support the "Fairness Doctrine"

When I think of the "Fairness Doctrine" being restored I tend to get scared. I took a walk the other day in my small Mississippi town of Louisville and asked people their views on the "Fairness Doctrine" I was not surprised when most of them had no view because they did not know what it was. They all were aware of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. That was a relief as I was starting to feel I was in a foreign country where people have to be careful about what they say about the government.
Let me remind you of Jefferson's famous words

"All men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these
are life , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

There is a theme among great leaders and visionaries that we are not to settle for a life lived by default but we are to strive to live our Dreams. I believe we all need to be reminded from time to time, and sometimes more often, to shake things up and go after the life we want. Later that night I received an interesting email and video from someone out of the blue with this to say...

"A Google search on "unalienable rights" led me to your blog. Please forgive my writing you unsolicited. Last year I set to music a few lines from the Declaration of Independence, recorded them with my family's help, added some images, and posted the result.

My hope is that it might help kids learn a little of the Declaration"

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Daddy, did Al Gore invent the Internet?

"Daddy, where did the Internet come from?"

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

This video should clear Al Gore from taking the credit.

Wikipedia tells us 'the Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that interchange data by packet switching using the standardized Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP).'

If you ever wondered what the heck that means, here's a crisp tutorial. The vignette is a sterling example of how video can explain complex ideas more clearly than text alone"