Monthly Archives: July 2005

J-Lo and others’ “hits” are bought and paid for? Say it ain’t so!

This must be how “Joey” stays on the air…

It has come to light that Sony has been paying radio stations to run songs by their acts. A memo to DJ’s from Sony spells it out, and pretty much says “if you run our songs, we’ll give you a bag of money the size of J-Lo’s butt.”

From Epic, home of J-Lo, a memo from Nov. 12, 2002, a “rate” card that shows radio stations in the Top 23 markets will receive $1000, Markets 23-100 get $800, lower markets $500.

“If a record receives less than 75 spins at any given radio station, we will not pay the full rate… We look forward to breaking many records together in the future.”

This payola to radio stations is nothing new, but now, since J-Lo’s involved, the media is acting like it’s Watergate or something.

It’s been around forever. How else can you explain Milli Vanilli, Justin Timberlake, or the entire disco movement?

This is the music business we’re talking about. The people who are shocked at this “scandal” are the same people who get the vapors when they find out the used car salesman lied to them about the “little old lady from Pasadena.”

Jane Fonda hits the anti-war trail in a Fry Daddy on wheels

The stories just keep on coming today. Now we hear that Jane Fonda, fresh off semi-apologizing to Vietnam Vets, is going to hit the road in a bus tour to call for an end to American military action in Iraq.

This news mean only one thing: Book sales need a boost.

Being that this involves Jane Fonda, this can’t be all there is to the story. Jane doesn’t disappoint, either– the bus will be run on vegetable oil. That’s going to be one fun ride. A dozen aging leftist hippies, four Joni Mitchell cd’s, and 50,000 bottles of Wesson oil for refueling purposes.

You’ll know when Jane’s headed your way because it’ll smell like you’re about to have a head-on collision with an Arthur Treacher’s Fish ‘n Chips.

Said Jane:

“I have not taken a stand on any war since Vietnam,” she said. “I carry a lot of baggage from that.”

Some of the baggage was unloaded when Fonda’s breast implants, the calling card of any true feminist, were removed, so a lighter Jane is back at the protest helm steering the “SS Canola” to a town near you.

“All aboard!”

Member of Ill. Ed. Assn: "Home schoolers are well-intentioned but misguided amateurs… now if you don't mind, I got toilets to scrub"

I found this column by way of Boortz.com, and it made my day.

It’s on the National Education Association’s website, written by Dave Arnold, and it’s called “Home schools run by well meaning amateurs.”

Here’s a short intro so you can get a feel for it:

“There are few homeowners who can tackle every aspect of home repair. A few of us might know carpentry, plumbing and, let’s say, cementing. Others may know about electrical work, tiling and roofing. But hardly anyone can do it all…”

“…why would some parents assume they know enough about every academic subject to home-school their children? You would think that they might leave this — the shaping of their children’s minds, careers, and futures — to trained professionals. That is, to those who have worked steadily at their profession for 10, 20, 30 years! Teachers!

Using an analogy to building contractors (at least some that I’ve met) in an effort to provide legitimacy and qualification to teachers is like using the Hindenburg to lend credibility to the profession of piloting.

Anyway, read the rest, but be sure to check out the author’s bio:

(Dave Arnold, a member of the Illinois Education Association, is head custodian at Brownstown Elementary School in Southern Illinois.)

Sorry to be so blunt, Mr. Arnold, and nothing against a very necessary profession full of hard workers, but my guess is that fewer children of those “well meaning but misguided amateurs” end up scrubbing toilets for a living than those who received a public school education from “highly qualified professionals.”

Member of Ill. Ed. Assn: “Home schoolers are well-intentioned but misguided amateurs… now if you don’t mind, I got toilets to scrub”

I found this column by way of Boortz.com, and it made my day.

It’s on the National Education Association’s website, written by Dave Arnold, and it’s called “Home schools run by well meaning amateurs.”

Here’s a short intro so you can get a feel for it:

“There are few homeowners who can tackle every aspect of home repair. A few of us might know carpentry, plumbing and, let’s say, cementing. Others may know about electrical work, tiling and roofing. But hardly anyone can do it all…”

“…why would some parents assume they know enough about every academic subject to home-school their children? You would think that they might leave this — the shaping of their children’s minds, careers, and futures — to trained professionals. That is, to those who have worked steadily at their profession for 10, 20, 30 years! Teachers!

Using an analogy to building contractors (at least some that I’ve met) in an effort to provide legitimacy and qualification to teachers is like using the Hindenburg to lend credibility to the profession of piloting.

Anyway, read the rest, but be sure to check out the author’s bio:

(Dave Arnold, a member of the Illinois Education Association, is head custodian at Brownstown Elementary School in Southern Illinois.)

Sorry to be so blunt, Mr. Arnold, and nothing against a very necessary profession full of hard workers, but my guess is that fewer children of those “well meaning but misguided amateurs” end up scrubbing toilets for a living than those who received a public school education from “highly qualified professionals.”

Gore's "Current.tv": It takes a village to raise a network

Today’s column on WorldNetDaily, as promised on the post just below this one, is about the August 1st launch of Al Gore’s long talked about, little anticipated television network called “Current.tv.”

Check out “It takes a village to raise a network” to find out how Current.tv will operate, whether or not it will be successful, what programs they may air, and what programs they should air.

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Quick book update: “‘Because that’s the way God decided to do it!’ – A conservative father explains a confusing world to his confused kids” will be out within a couple of weeks. Check back here for further updates on the exact release date. If you don’t buy one, my kids won’t go to college– but they’ll be spared exposure to leftist indoctrination, so that’s not all bad. On second thought, don’t buy one!

Gore’s “Current.tv”: It takes a village to raise a network

Today’s column on WorldNetDaily, as promised on the post just below this one, is about the August 1st launch of Al Gore’s long talked about, little anticipated television network called “Current.tv.”

Check out “It takes a village to raise a network” to find out how Current.tv will operate, whether or not it will be successful, what programs they may air, and what programs they should air.

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Quick book update: “‘Because that’s the way God decided to do it!’ – A conservative father explains a confusing world to his confused kids” will be out within a couple of weeks. Check back here for further updates on the exact release date. If you don’t buy one, my kids won’t go to college– but they’ll be spared exposure to leftist indoctrination, so that’s not all bad. On second thought, don’t buy one!

Gore's new network won't be a challenge to my column, according to "The Nation"

In preparation for tomorrow’s WorldNetDaily column, which is about “Current.tv”, Al Gore’s new television network that is set for launch on August 1st, I ran across a recent cover of the liberal mag “The Nation.”

According to the subtitle of the featured article in the magazine, pictured to the left, Gore’s network won’t even be a threat to this column. That’s nice to know.

Will Gore’s venture work? Read tomorrow’s column for some details as to how it’ll be operated and you can decide for yourself.

Now, on to more important things. It’s going to be about 100 here in Michigan today– 99 with the wind chill.

I’ll be in the pool paddling my way to Margaritaville if you need me.

Gore’s new network won’t be a challenge to my column, according to “The Nation”

In preparation for tomorrow’s WorldNetDaily column, which is about “Current.tv”, Al Gore’s new television network that is set for launch on August 1st, I ran across a recent cover of the liberal mag “The Nation.”

According to the subtitle of the featured article in the magazine, pictured to the left, Gore’s network won’t even be a threat to this column. That’s nice to know.

Will Gore’s venture work? Read tomorrow’s column for some details as to how it’ll be operated and you can decide for yourself.

Now, on to more important things. It’s going to be about 100 here in Michigan today– 99 with the wind chill.

I’ll be in the pool paddling my way to Margaritaville if you need me.

Bomb suspect shot, Muslim Council of Britain assumes he's Muslim before his identity is known. Hmm.

Here’s a timeline of yesterday’s events in London. One thing sort of struck me as odd. At 1300 yesterday, when nothing was known about the suspect who’d been shot, here’s what happened:

1300: The Muslim Council of Britain calls for the police to explain why the man at Stockwell Station – described as Asian in appearance – was shot dead.

Now why in the world would the Muslim Council of Britain ask for an explanation before anything was known about the suspect, and even after the man was described by some as Asian in appearance? Are they, perish the thought, assuming the would-be bomber was… ::gulp:: Muslim?

Hell, even Muslims are profiling now!