Monthly Archives: February 2011

Proof Here

None otherwise.  (Did you see Orin Hatch lose it on the Newshour tonight?  I did.)

There is true buyers remorse in Wisconsin, in the rest of the country about Obama, not so much.

YaY Texas!

This is depressing.  We elected a man in Perry who claims to not want government help, but more people in Texas are on government support in this state than any other.  Most of them are white people.

I’m sure Kathleen or dadude will say that black people need more help to become Republicans, or something.

Priorities

Tomorrow is a tough day for me to get everything done I want to do.  We’ve got leveling and it will take out a huge chunk of time.  The lazy handy man bailed on me Tuesday, so I need to look for someone else to fix the roof of my garage.  And we have placement.  And then I want to call idiot Michael Berry.  And with a quick term turn around and new texts and our change in scheduling, I just don’t know how I will get it all done, but I will try.

One thing I don’t like about having a cell phone is that you can’t really cradle it between your ear and shoulder and so do something while you are on the phone.  Big drawback.  And no, I am not ready for Bluetooth or some such asshole thing.

I wish I could go to Austin Saturday.  It’s a real shame there’s nothing to attend in Houston.  Maybe I’ll send a pizza tomorrow.

You Knew I was Going to Do This Eventually

I’m going to call Michael Berry on my new cell phone on free for all call in Friday!!!!!

While his phone handlers may try to stop me, and Michael himself may try to silence me, I will be heard, one way or another.

I’m looking forward to it :)

UPDATE:  Just for Kevin :) I don’t have to listen to Berry to know that he has open calls on Fridays.  To make it clear, I will call Berry about getting a galley of his book and that little liar video he and his boy Clayton put together about Sal Guinta.  You read everything I write Kevin, so you know what I am talking about.

I almost forgot: Radio Ratings out today!

Houston-Galveston is the 6th largest market in the nation, but Micheal Berry’s radio stations can only garner a fraction of the listeners.  Only about 500K out of 3+ million people listen to one of his stations and the other that he is on for a longer amount of time only catches about 250K.

Given that other stations capture listeners in the millions, this doesn’t seem to be anything for Berry or Joe PagLIARilo to brag about, but we all know they will.

Workers of the World

Our standards of living differ, as do our specific fights, but this solidarity is overwhelming. There are links to support the workers in Wisconsin here.  There are no planned protests in Houston, but perhaps that will change, given that many people’s working conditions will possibly become more dangerous.  And everything will get more expensive for average people because of a handful of easily frightened people — people who see average people standing up for themselves as a threat.

There’s much less on what is happening in Lybia than there was in Egypt, but Al Jazeera is still there, doing their best.

My GOD the yellow journalism on my local teevee station is just astounding.  The set up on their latest “investigative report” was the anchor asking how people can protect themselves and the investigative reporter saying you have to go to the station’s website.  Right . . . . . . . .

My Dog Breitbarted All Day and Night

The other night I took the bag out of the kitchen trash can and foolishly left it inside the house.  Two of my pups got into it.  One couldn’t handle it and had a Brietbart.

Last night he was still having a Brietbart, and he was shaking.  I comforted him and he finally went to sleep.  He still had one more Brietbart before I woke up.

He’s now fine.  No more Brietbarts.

Idea here, if it’s not already obvious.

Too Funny — Chris Barker is Back on Houston Radio, but It’s Way Too Funny

To set this straight:  Chris Baker couldn’t negotiate a deal with Martini and the people at KPRC/Clear Channel.  That happened last November.  Then he couldn’t negotiate a deal with the Clear Channel people in Minneapolis (he’s still there as of today).

He states that he, “chose to put myself in a position to be ready for the media of the future, while at the same time providing security for my family. My next opportunity does just that and I am very excited.”

He’s on KSEV for two hours a day and it’s not even his own show.  Patrick called into Baker’s show today, and despite owning the danm station and knowing how radio works — supposedly — Patrick was blathering on without stop while Baker tried to get him to shut up.  It was ugly radio.  Did I feel sorry for Baker?  No.

So Chris Baker is on a station that is little more than a ham radio signal.  But he’s going face to face with Michael Berry for Czar of Texas radio.  Let the drive to the bottom begin!

Almost Too Tired

I’ve been watching the Ronnie years.  It doesn’t quite mesh with what I know from people I worked with and met in my time in Latvia.  I only tuned in because of the promise of an examination of Iran-Contra.

It’s strangely focused  on a dead fish at this point.

It doesn’t address anything about race relations or what his policies caused.  I remember joking in the ’80′s about the last person in Michigan turning out the light and people I met in bars being from Akron.  On the freeway to work here in Houston at that time, you were as likely to see out of state plates as not.

Lots of stuff about the Soviets, much of it from a skewed point of view.

I’m disappointed at the lack of attention to the harm done in Central America.  There is about a half hour left.  Perhaps they will get to it.

Viva Egypt!

Al Jazeera Live Blog for the 11thLive Blog for the 12th — people are still out in the streets.

President Obama’s remarks.  A snippet:

We saw people of faith praying together and chanting – “Muslims, Christians, We are one.”  And though we know that the strains between faiths still divide too many in this world and no single event will close that chasm immediately, these scenes remind us that we need not be defined by our differences.  We can be defined by the common humanity that we share.

And above all, we saw a new generation emerge — a generation that uses their own creativity and talent and technology to call for a government that represented their hopes and not their fears; a government that is responsive to their boundless aspirations.  One Egyptian put it simply:  Most people have discovered in the last few days…that they are worth something, and this cannot be taken away from them anymore, ever.

This is the power of human dignity, and it can never be denied.  Egyptians have inspired us, and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence.  For in Egypt, it was the moral force of nonviolence — not terrorism, not mindless killing — but nonviolence, moral force that bent the arc of history toward justice once more.

And while the sights and sounds that we heard were entirely Egyptian, we can’t help but hear the echoes of history — echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down the path of justice.

As Martin Luther King said in celebrating the birth of a new nation in Ghana while trying to perfect his own, “There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom.”  Those were the cries that came from Tahrir Square, and the entire world has taken note.

Today belongs to the people of Egypt, and the American people are moved by these scenes in Cairo and across Egypt because of who we are as a people and the kind of world that we want our children to grow up in.

The word Tahrir means liberation.  It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom.  And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people — of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world.

Oil is down, markets are up.   The worry warts on the street came down on the right side on this one . . . so far.