Regardless of your political leanings, last night was one for the history books.
Despite my efforts to be removed from the Hillary Clinton mailing list (a list I never signed up for) , the unsolicited e-mail continues to roll in.
From: “Clinton Campaign, Press Office” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:04:51 -0500
Subject: STATEMENT FROM HILLARY CLINTON
For what it’s worth, I have not been spammed by the Obama or McCain campaigns.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all this week then I am sure
you have heard about the recent shooting at KPFT, the station I broadcast Technology Bytes from each Wednesday from 8-10 pm.
To recap (from the KPFT site):
At about 1 AM Monday, August 13 a gunshot was fired
from a passing car into the KPFT control room. It penetrated thru both
panes of the outer window, entered the room and smashed into the control
room door on the far side of the room. Police were summoned and have begun an investigation.
Fortunately, Mary Thomas and John Orr of “Zydeco Pas SalÃ©” were not hurt.
I have sat in that control room many times in the last 20 years of programming at KPFT. Only in the last few years have I had an engineer working the board (thanks phliKtid!) which allows me to sit in the windowless on-air studio.
I’m truly grateful that no one was hurt during the incident
This is not the first violent episode at KPFT.
The station’s transmitter was bombed and destroyed on May 12, 1970,
two months after going on the air. The new station was off the air for
three weeks until repairs could be made.
Five months later, on October 6, 1970, while the station was broadcasting Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” the transmitter was bombed yet again and
the damage was significantly more extensive. The second bombing took
KPFT off the air for three months.
Check out this rare video:
The bombing was at the transmitter and the actual station was unharmed, as were the programmers and staff of KPFT.
There’s a piece of the destroyed transmitter on display at the radio station.
It’s upstairs so you have to know about it or ask to see it if you are just
a casual visitor.
Then there was the time not too long ago that the guy who has been ranting and raving all over the Internet about Technology Bytes and KPFT conspiring with Microsoft to exploit the American public showed up at the station brandishing a shotgun.
As to the recent shooting, I have no idea what the motivation might be.
It could have been someone upset with our left leaning programming, it could
have been random, it could have been a disgruntled volunteer…heck,
it could have been someone upset with Rick Heysquierdo for playing one
too many Billy Joe Shaver songs on Lone Star Jukebox for all I know…
One thing’s for sure, this event has the opportunity to galvanize
support for KPFT in this community.
No matter your political leanings, no matter your spiritual beliefs
or taste in music, everyone (sane) can agree that shooting a
radio station is just crazy and, quite possibly, a REAL symbol
of the threat to freedom of speech and expression faces each
and every day in this country.
If anything, the recent shooting might bring some much needed
attention to the plight of our little public radio station. Maybe more
people will be motivated to get involved. It’s times of crisis that seem
to bring out the best in people.
I don’t see my show as a lightning rod for controversy, but I sometimes
lose site of the fact that KPFT can be.
I’ll be doing my show tonight. Business as usual. But you can bet I will be a little more on the wary side than before.
Links of interest:
Rolas de Aztlan (kpft.wordpress.com)
Notes from KPFT Program Director Ernesto Aguilar
Geek humor meets political commentary
Obermann’s special comments regarding the Clinton interview on Fox
and, apparently, a series of tubes.
And you’ll understand this:
It sets off a nerve every time I hear someone rant about the loss of personal liberties when it comes to something like a law requiring drivers to wear safety belts. There is a long running debate in this country as to whether driving is a right or a privilege. Arguments for either side are both passionate and compelling.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, to say that the government has no right to tell you to wear a seat belt is short sighted and naive as is the belief that not wearing your seat belt harms no one but the person who chooses not to buckle up.
From the Arizona DPS:
The cost of unbuckled drivers and passengers goes beyond those killed and the loss to their families. We all pay for those who don’t buckle up ““ in higher taxes, higher health care and higher insurance costs.
On average, inpatient hospital care costs for an unbelted crash victim are 50 percent higher than those for a belted crash victim. Society bears 85 percent of those costs, not the individuals involved. Every American pays about $580 a year toward the cost of crashes. If everyone buckled up, this figure would drop significantly.
By reaching the goal of 90 percent seat belt use, and 25 percent reduction in child fatalities could save $8.8 billion annually.
Those are some pretty amazing numbers.
While it may be a valid concern that government is whittling away at our personal liberties, I think that fighting over whether or not you should wear seat belts is a wasted effort. There are certainly bigger fish to fry and since seat belts save lives and have the potential to save us some money I feel the law is justified.
Besides, I know from personal experience that you simply cannot count on your fellow driver to “do the right thing”, not when death is on the line.
Case in point:
It’s circa 1987 and a younger, more naive Jay Lee is driving his brand new Honda CRX to Temple, TX to visit family for the holidays.
At this stage of my life I’m young, I’m stupid (more so than now, I believe) and rather cocky in that young, invincible, live forever woo-hoo kinda way. Still, I don’t like getting hassled by the man and I know full well that the Texas Highway Patrol is out in force on the holiday weekend looking for speeders, drunk drivers and GASP!, those who may be driving sans seat belt so I buckle up. Not because I believe in the safety it provides, not because I give a tinkers damn about health costs or insurance rates. I buckle up because I don’t want to get a ticket.
The Honda CRX is sporty two-seater and I am enjoying the drive as I wind my way north and west away from Houston. I’m not speeding or, if I am, it’s a few miles over the limit but nothing extreme. I have a healthy fear/respect of law enforcement and don’t really want to be pulled over in a small Texas town.
At that time I was dating a woman named Shari and she was riding in the passenger seat with me for holiday family visit. I recall at some point she didn’t have her seat belt on. Maybe we had pulled out of a gas station and she forgot or she had to get something from the behind the seat I don’t remember exactly. I do remember reminding her to buckle up, which she did.
Shortly afterward, I drove into a curve and there was some road work. I noticed the loose gravel sign and thought to decelerate when it became very obvious that we had already driven into the loose gravel. I could feel the rear end fish-tailing and I struggled to control the car, but to no avail. The car went into a spin and proceeded to go backward across the highway and off the road and flipped onto it’s roof.
I remember us both hanging there, upside down, firmly strapped in place and looking at each other as we marvelled at our predicament and realized we were both unhurt. Something I am sure would not be true had we not been wearing seat belts.
So I owe my current well being not to my ability to make a choice to protect myself from physical harm, but rather to my desire to obey the law and not pay a fine. And am I ever grateful for that law? You bet your sweet bippy I am!
On top of that we had no health insurance. Had we been injured the tax payers of this great nation would have footed the bill for our medical treatment.
So yea, it’s personal for me. Buckle up!
There’s finally some well thought out information becoming available on Kinky Friedman’s bid for the governorship of the great state of Texas.
It pays to be informed.
In case you missed Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Dinner you can see it in all of it’s glory here
This amazing event has been largly ignored by the mainstream press but there are some snippets out there.
Crooks and Liars (on of my personal favorites)
Michael Scherer at Salon.com
Dan Froomkin from The Washington Post on Stephen Colbert
“The traditional media’s first reaction to satirist Stephen Colbert’s uncomfortably harsh mockery of President Bush and the press corps at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner was largely to ignore it”
New Republic, on Stephen Colbert:
Scott McClellan on Stephen Colbert:
Jon Stewart on Stephen Colbert:
Columbia School of Journalism professor Todd Gitlin on Stephen Colbert:
A Bush aide, on Bush’s reaction to Colbert’s performance:
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Stephen Colbert’s performance:
Colbert, on the audience’s reaction:
Over thirty thousand thank yous and rising!
So last week Kinky was serving as grand marshal in a St. Patrick’s Day parade and gets spotted taking a sip of Guinness while in the car.
Obviously he’s violating the open container law but no charges are filed.
Kinky had this to say in a statement issued by spokeswoman Laura Stromberg:
“Guinness is the drink that kept the Irish from taking over the world. It would be unthinkable not to have a Guinness during a St. Patrick’s Day parade. In fact, it would be spiritually wrong”
Ok, he wasn’t driving and it was a parade so I can forgive the breaking of the law. No harm done. But nobody is questioning what he meant by “the drink that kept the Irish from taking over the world.” What is that? Is that a slam on the Irish? Is he saying that the only reason the Irish have not turned their attention to world domination is because they have been too drunk?
Of course most people I’ve heard responding to this news sound pretty much like the equivalent of a bunch a frat boys at a kegger yelling “Chug it, chug it!”.
I was having a brief conversation this weekend with respected man about town, Bill Shirley, and the conversation turned as it will to politics and podcasting. While we both agree that it *might* be a good thing to have Kinky on the ballot we seem to be in agreement that having Kinky in office is another thing entirely.
No one I have talked to can really say why they’re for Kinky…what he stands for or what we can expect from him as governor. In some regards I think people just enjoy saying the word “Kinky” out loud or revelling in the perceived effect of the word prominently displayed on the bumper of their pick-em-up truck.
I mentioned that a good podcast subject might be to conduct interviews with random Kinky supporters (who seem to be in force on any given night at the Continental Club) to find out what they *really* know about the campaign of Mr. Friedman. It was agreed that it might be quite amusing to hear the results.
This is not the first time I have expressed my doubts/concerns here. Please refer to my Freak Candidate Principle post from last September.
I spotted this over at the Burnt Orange Report. I must say, it’s refreshing to see some critical thought applied to the Kinky campaign.
The Conservative Kinkster
by: Ryan Goodland
March 05, 2006 at 22:36:53 CST
(Please don’t waste your primary vote & state convention chances on signing Kinky’s petition if you care about helping either Democrat get elected Governor. – promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)
I was talking to some friends tonight about Bob Gammage and the primary on Tuesday. These friends are young, urban artsy types and are pretty excited about Kinky Friedman; one even said he was skipping the primary specifically to sign Kinky’s petition. He’s probably not alone; drive around Montrose in Houston and you’re bound to see more than a few cars with those “Kinky Friedman: Why the Hell Not?” bumper stickers.
It’s disconcerting to see so many smart people out there fall for Friedman as if he’s the cool, progressive alternative to whoever the Democratic nominee will be. Following his campaign in the news, the more I learn about Kinky Friedman, the more conservative I realize he is. So rather than chastise him for being a potential spoiler, here are some on-the-merits reasons why you shouldn’t skip the primary to sign Friedman’s petition. Or vote for him at all.
2. Kinky Friedman wants to put up a wall between Texas and Mexico. In a March 2005 appearance on “The No-Spin Zone,” Friedman said, “Good fences make good neighbors, and, Mr. Fox, help us build that fence.”
3. Kinky Friedman won’t say if he supports a woman’s right to choose. When asked, Friedman dodged a question about his position on abortion. Incidentally, Texas is one nineteen states with a legislature that would be likely to ban abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade were overturned.
4. Kinky Friedman has promised to root out cronyism…and appoint his biggest campaign contributor Secretary of State. No one should be appointed to a position just because he “gave the most money,” according to Kinky. Except if you donate $600,000 to Kinky’s campaign. Then you get to be Secretary of State.
5. Kinky Friedman didn’t take the time to vote for the equal rights of the GLBT community. As Karl-Thomas has pointed out, Kinky didn’t bother to vote on Proposition 2 last year, which amended the Texas Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriages.
6. Kinky Friedman did take the time to vote for George W. Bush. That kind of voting record sort of speaks for itself.
7. Kinky Friedman talks out of both sides of his mouth on public education. Friedman says he wants a teacher pay raise, but at the same time he wants to spend the state’s 4.3 billion dollar surplus this year on a tax rebate.
8. Kinky Friedman is a Republican. In 1986, Friedman ran for Kerrville JP as a Republican.
If Carole Strayhorn is Rick Perry in a skirt, as Bob Gammage has said, then Kinky Friedman is Rick Perry with a cigar. Why anyone would skip the primary for this guy is beyond me.
It’s distresssing to me to consider how foolish we, as Americans, look in the eyes of the world. How willing we must appear to be to give up our rights, our freedoms, our dignity.
At times we must truly resemble a nation of inbred hicks.
The House is a prole outfit that hasn’t got the imagination to worry about what these executive powers will mean in a couple of years, when the President and Mr. Clinton occupy the White House, and Democrats control Congress. They are foolishly fixated on letting their redneck boy king, whose handling of national security and public safety has already resulted in the loss of an American city, get away with anything he pleases to do – because, hey, terrorism.
Via Crooks and Liars and Bill Shirley;
Army recruiting through iTunes
The links seems to be a little flaky…but it does appear that the Army National Guard is offering free iTunes downloads as a recruiting tool.
Three free iTunes just to be contacted?
I’m guessing that maybe you get the entire Lee Greenwood library if you actually sign up. And I can’t WAIT to see the camo nano! So much cooler than the coveted black one available to just anybody.
Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily
briefing. He concludes by saying: “Yesterday, 3
Brazilian soldiers were killed.”
“OH NO!” the President exclaims. “That’s terrible!”
His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion,
nervously watching as the President sits, head in
Finally, the President looks up and asks, “How many
is a brazillion?”
SHITSTORM TOMMY FORECAST/ADVISORY 2A
NATIONAL POLITICAL WEATHER CENTER WASHINGTON DC
TPS FORM 20001
0700Z THU SEP 29 2005
TOPICAL STORM TOMMY CENTER LOCATED AT AUSTIN TEXAS 30.3N 97.8W AT 29/0300Z
HAS JUST BEEN UPGRADED TO A CATEGORY 1 SHITSTORM
FOLLOWING FORMAL INDICTMENT OF REP. TOM DELAY…
A POLITICAL FALLOUT WARNING HAS BEEN DECLARED FOR AN AREA
WITHIN 50 REPRESENTATIVES TO EITHER SIDE OF TOMMY WHICH COULD
MAKE LANDFALL IN HUNTSVILLE TX IN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 WEEKS. SHITSTORM TOMMY
HAS A WELL-DEFINED BROWN EYE MAKING FURTHER STRENGTHENING VERY LIKELY.
A CATEGORY 1 SHITSTORM IS A MINIMAL SHITSTORM BUT IS CONSIDERED
DANGEROUS TO RESIDENTS OF LOW-LYING AREAS SUCH AS CAPITOL HILL
AND THE WHITE HOUSE…REPUBLICAN INTERESTS ARE ADVISED TO SEEK
SHELTER ON THE MORAL HIGH GROUND IF THEY CAN FIND ANY.
AS WITH MOST SHITSTORMS IN THE 2001-2005 CYCLE, TOMMY MAY BE SHORT-LIVED
DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF SUSTAINED DEMOCRATIC PRESSURE…ALREADY CATEGORY 3
SHITSTORM KATRINA AND CATEGORY 2 SHITSTORM RITA REORGANIZED FROM REMNANTS
OF HURRICANES WITH THE SAME NAMES…MAY BE DOWNGRADED.
REPUBLICANS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS…RIGHT-WING
MEDIA SPIN TO PREVENT THE STRENGTHENING OF TOPICAL STORMS CINDY, KARL
AND THE MINIMAL TOPICAL STORM GAY.