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  • 5 Reasons Conservatives Should Not Vote for Jeb Bush

    06/24/2014 12:59:24 AM PDT · by summer · 15 replies
    My opinion | june 27, 2014 | summer
    It's been so long since I've posted here I've almost forgotten how. But I am posting this thread because some people may remember I once supported Jeb Bush. I don't any more. There are more than five reasons why I think conservatives should not vote for Jeb Bush, and, frankly, why no one should vote for Jeb Bush. Here are five reasons, and I realize some of you may find these somewhat odd or weird. Others may understand completely: (1) Jeb Bush is a phoney in that he is not in any way, shape or form interested in following God's...
  • Top-level A&M official resigns amid questions over credentials [Violated Stolen Valor Act]

    07/08/2010 3:25:01 PM PDT · by summer · 79 replies · 2+ views
    "Dr" Alex Kemos Texas A&M's No. 3 administrator presented himself as a warrior-scholar: A former Navy SEAL with a doctorate from Tufts University. But records obtained by The Eagle indicate Alexander Kemos never was part of the elite fighting force, and Texas A&M officials confirmed Friday that he doesn't have a doctorate or even a master's degree, which was a posted requirement for the $300,000-a-year position that serves as the top adviser to Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. ...
  • UF lawsuit brought by former Extension head clears hurdle (UF sued for discrimination)

    03/24/2007 8:43:27 AM PDT · by summer · 5 replies · 388+ views
    Naples Daily News, Naples, FL ^ | March 18, 2007 | Laura Leyden
    A civil case brought by a former director of the Collier County Extension Service against the University of Florida is headed to trial. A U.S. District Court judge in Fort Myers has denied the university’s motion for summary judgment, saying there’s enough evidence for the case to move ahead. Denise Blanton has sued the university, saying she was unjustly reprimanded and then terminated as a senior extension agent after filing a race and gender complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Judge Paul Magnuson ruled against the university’s motion on Feb. 27...
  • Iraq Bombers Blow Up 2 Children Used as Decoys (NYT)

    03/20/2007 9:05:17 PM PDT · by summer · 53 replies · 1,629+ views
    The NY Times ^ | March 21, 2007 | Kirk Semple
    BAGHDAD, March 20 — Insurgents detonated a bomb in a car with two children in it after using the children as decoys to get through a military checkpoint in Baghdad, an American general said Tuesday. Speaking at a news briefing at the Pentagon, Maj. Gen. Michael Barbaro, deputy director for regional operations at the Joint Staff, said American soldiers had stopped the car at the checkpoint but had allowed it to pass after seeing the two children in the back seat. “Children in the back seat lower suspicion,” he said, according to a transcript. “We let it move through. They...
  • Report Says Public Schools in California Are ‘Broken’ (NYT)

    03/16/2007 7:06:14 PM PDT · by summer · 42 replies · 982+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | Carolyn Marshall
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 — A scathing 18-month evaluation of California’s public schools has concluded that the state’s educational system is “broken,” crippled by a complex bureaucracy, flawed teacher policies and misspent school money, leaving it in need of sweeping reforms that could cost billions of dollars. The report, a compilation of 22 university studies titled “Getting Down to Facts,” was released in two parts on Wednesday and Thursday. The long-awaited report, requested by a bipartisan group of state educators and legislators in 2005, cost $3 million and evaluated why California’s 6.8 million school-age students have lagged behind children in...
  • Teacher’s Sex Trial Focuses on Etiquette Questions (NYT)

    03/15/2007 6:05:53 PM PDT · by summer · 14 replies · 1,324+ views
    The NY Times ^ | March 15, 2007 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    Should teachers offer advice on what color underwear is the right color for their students? Should students give roses to their teachers on Valentine’s Day? A criminal trial is not normally the place where you might expect to hear questions worthy of consideration by Miss Manners. But a Manhattan jury was asked to ponder such etiquette questions on Thursday — to the evident amusement of some of them — in the statutory rape trial of Lina Sinha, the East Side private school principal and teacher accused of having sex with two of her junior high school students. On the witness...
  • Stock shares of company surge on heels of billionaire financier's $950 million bid

    03/14/2007 10:04:19 AM PDT · by summer · 4 replies · 452+ views
    The Naples Daily News (Naples, FL) ^ | March 14, 2007 | Laura Lyden
    Billionaire Carl Icahn plans to launch a $22-a-share offer for struggling Bonita Springs-based home builder WCI Communities Inc. Icahn, a major investor in WCI with nearly a 15 percent stake, announced Tuesday that he and his affiliates would buy "any and all" stock at the offer price. His offer price was 16 percent more than Monday's closing price. It's a deal valued at more than $950 million. WCI's shares surged on the news. The stock closed at $21.80 Tuesday, up $2.83, or nearly 15 percent. Icahn, known for pressuring management to improve financial performance in the companies he has invested...
  • Teacher loses his job for going 'Full Monty'

    03/13/2007 8:34:41 AM PDT · by summer · 20 replies · 1,237+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | March 10, 2007 | Jay Handelman
    A Lemon Bay High School music teacher would rather give up his day job than stop stripping at night in the musical "The Full Monty" at the Venice Little Theatre. Jason Brenner, who is in his third year as a part-time music teacher at the Englewood high school, said Lemon Bay administrators gave him a letter Thursday that offered him three options: "stop doing the show; continue the show but take yourself out of the last scene so that you're not naked on stage, or continue doing the show at full capacity but hand in a letter of resignation." Brenner...
  • AP National Survey Finds 'Sunshine' Laws Often Not Enforced

    03/12/2007 8:03:55 AM PDT · by summer · 9 replies · 436+ views
    AP ^ | March 11, 2007 | AP
    NEW YORK Though laws in every state say government records and meetings must be open to all, reality often falls far short: Laws are sporadically enforced, penalties for failure to comply are mild and violators almost always walk away with nothing more than a reprimand, an Associated Press survey of all 50 states has found. Even in the handful of states that monitor such cases, when citizens appeal over lack of access to information, the government usually wins - and keeps public business secret. Why does it matter? Advocates for open government say public trust is at the heart of...
  • FOX TV's version of The Daily Show is on now - LIVE THREAD (Anyone watching this show?)

    03/11/2007 7:35:59 PM PDT · by summer · 23 replies · 629+ views
    FOX TV - 10:30PM EST | March 11, 2007 | summer
    Just wondering what you thought of it...
  • So far, everybody loves Charlie [re GOP FL Gov Charlie Crist]

    03/09/2007 5:44:48 AM PST · by summer · 61 replies · 870+ views
    St Pete Times ^ | March 9, 2007 | Adam Smith
    GOP FL Gov Charlie Crist Gov. Charlie Crist invokes Robert F. Kennedy and channels Al Gore on global warming. He embraces paper trails for voting machines. Florida's most powerful Republican pays homage to the teachers union and speaks so passionately about civil rights that one legislator dubbed him "Florida's first black governor." What's a Democrat to do? "Gov. Crist is a political nightmare for the Democrats," said state Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller. "How do we run against somebody who whenever we come up with a good idea, he goes, 'Hey that's a good idea, let's do that.' " State...
  • McCain the McMaverick's 'Straight Talk Express' [Editorial cartoon]

    03/08/2007 8:36:43 PM PST · by summer · 14 replies · 845+ views
    The Village Voice, NY ^ | March 5, 2007 | Ward Sutton
  • How to Lose Credibility on your blog, the Huffington Post way

    02/17/2007 8:18:06 PM PST · by summer · 95 replies · 3,030+ views
    summer2007 (summer's new blog) | Feb 17, 2007 | summer
    Editorial written by summer Whenever I start writing something I hope can be appreciated by both sides of the aisle, it seems like my hope quickly fades, because of a bad situation I can’t ignore from one side, which more often than not is the liberal side. For example, FreeRepublic.com enforces a strict policy of not allowing a news headline to be discarded; but, over at Huff Post, they literally “eat” the press. When I surfed over to Huffington Post last night, I saw a front page news headline I hadn’t seen posted anywhere else, screaming about Jeb Bush. Apparently...
  • Meet Florida's Next Gov: Republican Charlie Crist [Endorsed by FL's Favorite Governor, Jeb Bush]

    09/21/2006 5:39:11 AM PDT · by summer · 7 replies · 707+ views
    Charlie Crist campaign web site ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | Charlie Crist
    Welcome to the Charlie Crist for Governor Web site. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to earn your vote to become Florida's next Governor. My time in public service has been dedicated to fighting for you. I am running for Governor to carry on the outstanding legacy of Florida’s finest chief executive, Governor Jeb Bush. Florida needs to continue following consistent conservative principles so that all residents may share in the hope, safety and opportunity that makes ours such a great state....
  • September 11 victims.com - Poem by 12 year old

    09/11/2006 4:34:41 PM PDT · by summer · 4 replies · 1,132+ views
    September11victims.com ^ | unknown | Aimee, Age 12
    We Watched... By Aimee We watched as people suffered and died, as orphans and widows prayed and cried, as the planes hit the towers the world held its breath, as everyone saw the destruction and death, the workers stopped working the teachers stopped teaching, all the alarms sounded and the preachers kept preaching, we could all feel the pain of the people stuck up there burning, and when another person jumped our stomachs started churning, everyone was on their knee's praying for the souls, that were going up to heaven and had lost their dreams and goals, we were losing...
  • Palast, Pascarella Face Homeland Security Charges [Greg Palast facing criminal charges]

    09/08/2006 6:02:14 PM PDT · by summer · 12 replies · 925+ views
    a left site | Sept, 7, 2006 | Zach Roberts
    Yes, the rumor’s true. Greg Palast is facing a criminal complaint from the Department of Homeland Security stemming from his filming the Hurricane Katrina investigation for Link TV and Democracy Now. The film’s producer, Matt Pascarella, is also facing the legal wrath of Big Brother. It appears the complaint is about filming a sensitive national security site owned by Exxon petroleum. It seems that photographing major Bush donors is now a federal offense. Reached at an undisclosed location, Palast says, “Let’s not get over-excited. They haven’t measured us for our orange suits yet.” During questioning by Homeland Security, Palast asked,...
  • Bush, Crist join for victory lap [Jeb attacks Dem candidate day after primary; Dem candidate MIA]

    09/08/2006 6:14:36 AM PDT · by summer · 30 replies · 900+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 8, 2006 | John Kennedy and Christopher Sherman | Sentinel Staff Writers
    Florida's Favorite Governor, Jeb Bush, hits the campaign trail for Charlie Crist For the past eight years, Gov. Jeb Bush has been the rock star of Florida politics. Now, he's just the warm-up act for Charlie Crist, the newly minted Republican nominee who hopes to replace him. "There is definitely a power shift on the Republican side," said Jim Krog, a former chief of staff for the late Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. "Jeb will never be irrelevant, because of the strength of his personality. But you can see it. The switch is on." Bush took the stage with Crist during...
  • Democrats divided, Republicans united [Black female vet may be chosen as GOP gov running mate]

    09/06/2006 6:52:14 PM PDT · by summer · 82 replies · 2,397+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Sep. 06, 200 | BY MARY ELLEN KLAS AND BETH REINHARD
    NEWS ANALYSIS Democrats divided, Republicans united The contest to replace Gov. Jeb Bush features a Republican who wants to preserve his legacy and a Democrat who wants to tear it down. Charlie Crist coasted to victory. Jim Davis stumbled into it. Crist, the Republican, and Davis, the Democrat, will meet each other in the Nov. 7 general election, but they begin the race to be Florida's next governor in vastly different shape. Davis, a congressman who blasts the way business is done in Florida's capital, arrives at the general-election race battered and broke, still shaken by the pounding he took...
  • FL Gov Race: With 75% of vote counted, GOP's Crist has 63%; Dem's Davis 46% to Smith's 41%

    09/05/2006 7:58:36 PM PDT · by summer · 40 replies · 1,584+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Sept 5, 2006 | front page
    See current poll numbers on the Miami Herald front page HERE.
  • FEDS WANT 30 YEARS FOR LYNNE [lawyer for sheik]

    09/05/2006 2:01:15 PM PDT · by summer · 32 replies · 893+ views
    Th NY Post ^ | Sept. 5, 2006 | AP
    September 5, 2006 -- Seeking a 30-year prison term for terror lawyer Lynne Stewart, prosecutors argued the attorney engaged for more than two years in "extremely dangerous and devious" conduct to help blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with followers despite U.S. efforts to silence him. Stewart's "egregious, flagrant abuse of her profession, abuse that amounted to material support to a terrorist group, deserves to be severely punished," prosecutors wrote...to the Manhattan federal judge who will sentence her next month. Stewart was convicted in February 2005 of providing material support to terrorists by releasing the statement of her client, Abdel-Rahman, who...
  • MIKE MALLOY FIRED BY AIR AMERICA RADIO

    08/31/2006 11:33:34 AM PDT · by summer · 20 replies · 760+ views
    Mike Malloy's blog ^ | August 31, 20006 | Mike Malloy
    MIKE MALLOY FIRED BY AIR AMERICA RADIO There will be no Mike Malloy program on Air America Radio as we have been terminated as of 8/30/06. We are as shocked as you are, especially since as recently as last Tuesday we were told we had the go-ahead to announce our return to NY airwaves and that our contract was "on the way." We are told it's a financial decision. More details to follow as we hear them ourselves. Members of the press can contact malloyproducer@aol.com to schedule interviews.
  • Warning on Streisand Concert Tickets

    08/30/2006 5:11:30 PM PDT · by summer · 23 replies · 407+ views
    The NY Times - Arts, Briefly ^ | August 30, 2006 | LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
    More than 1,000 tickets for the first United States concert tour of Barbra Streisand in more than a decade have been invalidated because they were bought with stolen credit card information, The Associated Press reported yesterday. Organizers announced that the tickets, bought through Ticketmaster, turned up on various Internet resale sites. With tickets priced at $100 to $750, the 19-performance tour is to begin in Philadelphia on Oct. 4. (Performances in Madison Square Garden are scheduled for Oct. 9 and 11.) The national promoter, Michael Cohl, and Ms. Streisand’s manager, Martin Erlichman, warned that no one holding the invalidated tickets...
  • Lieberman Controversy Attends Labor Day Parade Preparations

    08/30/2006 7:12:29 AM PDT · by summer · 16 replies · 523+ views
    Newton Bee (CT) ^ | Aug 24, 2006 | John Voket
    US Senator Joseph Lieberman, pictured here at a recent Newtown appearance, has had an invitation to march in the town's Labor Day Parade retracted by members of the local Democratic Town Committee and First Selectman Herb Rosenthal. If US Senator Joseph Lieberman chooses to march in this year's Newtown Labor Day parade, he will likely do so as a true independent. Local members of the Democratic Town Committee, including First Selectman Herb Rosenthal and former staunch Lieberman supporter Jim Juliano, agree that the Senator has no reason to believe he is welcome to march beside other endorsed party candidates... ...Mr...
  • Think 'Jeb,' then vote for me

    08/30/2006 5:01:16 AM PDT · by summer · 12 replies · 478+ views
    St Pete Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | STEVE BOUSQUET
    TALLAHASSEE - He's a fixture on political TV ads, Web sites and glossy mailers, but he's not running for office. Jeb Bush is far and away the most heavily-promoted politician on the campaign trail in Florida in 2006 as candidates scramble for a place in the shadow of the popular governor. Bush isn't asking for your vote, because he can't seek re-election. But his consistently high approval ratings make him the gold standard for Republican candidates eager to solidify their conservative credentials. In the Republican primary race for governor, Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher have used the words "Jeb Bush"...
  • Hurricane watches for Florida discontinued

    08/29/2006 7:41:22 PM PDT · by summer · 31 replies · 1,312+ views
    Naples Daily News, SW FL ^ | Aug 29, 2006 10:35pm EST | Chris Silk
    The National Hurricane Center has discontinued hurricane watches for all of Florida as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Englewood on Florida's west coast southward to Altahama Sound in Georgia. This area includes all of the Florida Keys and Lake Okeechobee. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the area in about 12 to 24 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the area north of Englewood to Tarpon Springs....
  • Senator Hillary Clinton: All Show and no Substance [Whistleblowers angry at Hillary]

    08/29/2006 6:28:16 AM PDT · by summer · 10 replies · 285+ views
    National Security Whistleblowers Coalition website ^ | August 28, 2006 | Sibel Edmonds & William Weaver
    Recent surveys measuring public opinion and confidence in congress all arrived at the same conclusion: over seventy percent of Americans have lost faith and confidence in the United States Congress. The public no longer trusts this body of politicians who were elected to represent the people and the peoples’ interests. Instead, they now view these “representatives” as servants of special interest groups, corporations and high-powered lobbyists. Americans are tired of watching and listening to elected officials who refrain from taking a strong stand on crucial issues, and who almost never state their positions with conviction and sincerity. In the eyes...
  • Tribune Makes Official Circ Outsourcing Plan -- Calls Go Abroad [Missed delivery? Call Philippines]

    08/28/2006 7:36:36 PM PDT · by summer · 9 replies · 206+ views
    CHICAGO -- Tribune, which owns daily newspapers in 10 cities, said Monday it is eliminating 250 jobs at its circulation call centers and outsourcing the operation to the Philippines. The cost-saving move was announced internally at Tribune papers at the end of last week. Tribune spokesman Jeff Reiter confirmed that calls about circulation and delivery will be shifted to APAC Customer Services, which has operations in the Philippines. He said 120 full-time and 130 part-time jobs, or about 1% of Tribune's publishing operations, will be cut when the shift is made starting this fall and into 2007. "It does two...
  • Bush's legacy driving issues ["It's a Jeb Bush love fest" in FL gov race]

    08/28/2006 6:09:24 AM PDT · by summer · 21 replies · 492+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | August 28, 2006 | Mark Hollis
    TALLAHASSEE · If voters didn't know better, they might think Jeb Bush was running for office this year. The face, name and accomplishments of Florida's Republican governor are among the most frequent themes showing up in political advertising in the state this year. Across Florida, Republicans are playing the so-called Jeb card, while Democrats are disparaging his eight-year performance. In the Republican primary, Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher are eagerly invoking Bush's name and image in TV spots, campaign Web sites, debates and stump speeches. The home pages of Crist and Gallagher's Web sites are blanketed with photos of the...
  • Faith and the Funny Pages [15 US newspapers now carry new Christian comic strip]

    08/27/2006 5:49:30 PM PDT · by summer · 39 replies · 1,248+ views
    Sunday NY Times - Week in Review ^ | August 27, 2006 | JOHN LELAND
    THE WORD IN BUBBLES - The Christian comic strip “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop” [above] now appears in 15 newspapers. ...The strip, called “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop,” made its debut in 15 American newspapers this month, with quotations from Scripture and characters talking about their faith. Though other comics occasionally address religious themes, mainstream newspapers and syndicates have largely avoided strips that make religion so central.... Because of the religious content in “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop,” several papers have run it in the news pages rather than with other comics. Kevin Frank, the strip’s author, said his goal was “very simplistic,...
  • Air America Complaint Department [Air America founder blasts Dem "elites" and Hollywood "phonies"]

    08/25/2006 6:40:00 PM PDT · by summer · 121 replies · 3,184+ views
    Liberal site | Aug 25, 2006 | Sheldon Drobny
    Sheldon's new book, blasting "elites" and "phonies" in Dem Party who were too cheap to help start Air America Believe it or not, I am not trying to offend anyone with my posts. ... many criticisms have been directed at me for the “problems” that Air America has had during its “birth pangs.” Almost 5 years ago I started the Air America project and invested over $3 Million on the start of a liberal radio network. In fact, Arianna invited me to her house in November, 2002 to present some of my ideas with a group of Hollywood elites trying...
  • Europe Pledges Up to 6,900 Troops for Lebanon

    08/25/2006 11:36:18 AM PDT · by summer · 28 replies · 720+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 25, 2006 | CRAIG S. SMITH
    BRUSSELS, Aug. 25 — Up to 6,900 European troops have been pledged to the expanded United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, European officials said today. “The firm commitments we have received from several governments in the last few days have given me confidence that we can begin to put together the kind of force that the Security Council has authorized,” said Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General. He called the commitments the “credible core” called for by the U.N. resolution authorizing the force. Erikki Tuomioja, the foreign minister of Finland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the...
  • Most Britons feel threatened by Islam [New poll: Major shift in UK public opinion]

    08/25/2006 7:58:17 AM PDT · by summer · 56 replies · 1,483+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2006 | MATTHEW HICKLE
    Most Britons now believe the Muslim faith is a threat to Western democracy, a new survey has revealed. A YouGov poll shows that increasing numbers think "a large proportion" of British Muslims feel no loyalty to the UK and are ready to condone or even carry out terrorist atrocities, while far more people feel threatened by Islam itself than was the case five years ago. Dividing the nation Muslim leaders responded yesterday by warning of the dangers that terrorists would succeed in their goal of dividing the nation, and fostering mutual fear and suspicion. They urged all Britons to show...
  • Don’t Like What’s on TV? This Set Will Find Something on the PC

    08/24/2006 8:55:37 PM PDT · by summer · 14 replies · 241+ views
    The NY Times ^ | August 24, 2006 | JOHN BIGGS
    Hewlett-Packard’s latest high-definition TV has a few tricks up its sleeve. The MediaSmart looks like a standard 37-inch liquid-crystal-display set, but is actually a multimedia hub with wireless connectivity for streaming videos and photos from a PC...
  • MIKE-JEB SHOW

    08/24/2006 11:30:54 AM PDT · by summer · 11 replies · 227+ views
    The NY Post ^ | Aug. 24, 2006 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    August 24, 2006 -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will join Mayor Bloomberg at an Association for a Better New York forum next week to push for increased accountability in public schools. The two co-wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post ...
  • Oldest Man Turns 115 in Puerto Rico [Oldest vet]

    08/22/2006 1:30:04 PM PDT · by summer · 35 replies · 1,982+ views
    AP via Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2006 | FRANK GAUD
    Emiliano Mercado Del Toro combs his hair at his home in Isabela, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 21, 2006. Mercado, born on Aug. 21, 1891, and certified the oldest man in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records is also the oldest living veteran. ... SABELA, Puerto Rico -- The world's oldest person celebrated his 115th birthday Monday, offering advice on healthy living at a party where he was serenaded by a well-known Puerto Rican singer. ..."I never damaged my body with liquor," said Mercado, who quit a 76-year smoking habit when he was 90. Mercado was declared the...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Low Profile [NYT: Hillary should debate her anti-war opponent]

    08/21/2006 2:45:19 PM PDT · by summer · 31 replies · 1,203+ views
    The NY Times ^ | Aug. 21, 2006 | Editors
    With only a few weeks until New York’s Sept. 12 primary elections, many people are probably still unaware that Senator Hillary Clinton is facing a challenge for the Democratic nomination. Her opponent, Jonathan Tasini, is low on almost everything, from funds to name recognition. Mrs. Clinton has successfully ignored Mr. Tasini all summer, and now it seems clear that she has no intention of responding to his demands that she meet him in a debate. She should change her mind..... Since Mr. Tasini is running an antiwar campaign, it would be very useful for New Yorkers to have a chance...
  • With a Change at KZLA-FM, Country Radio Says Adios to Los Angeles [Country music too white?]

    08/19/2006 4:16:04 PM PDT · by summer · 75 replies · 2,082+ views
    The NY Times ^ | August 19, 2006 | Jeff Leeds
    ...The abrupt switch...left Los Angeles, the nation’s No. 2 radio market, with more than 10 million people, without an area-wide country music station, even as the genre remains a potent force on the Billboard sales charts. It joins New York, the biggest radio market, which has been without a major country station since 1996, and San Francisco, the nation’s No. 4 market, which lost a major country station in 2001. Paradoxically, Los Angeles consistently ranks as one of the top two markets for country album sales (it accounts for roughly 3 percent of all country sales so far this year)...
  • Politicos beware: You live in YouTube's world.

    08/19/2006 10:35:35 AM PDT · by summer · 56 replies · 1,511+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 18, 2006 | Linda Feldmann | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
    WASHINGTON – ...But in the brave new world of YouTube politics, almost anything is possible. And just 18 months after its launch, the website is already playing an integral role in campaigns. ..."We've always known the power of video, but now everybody in the world with a cellphone or a small high-res camera and broadband" can get in the act, says Michael Cornfield, an expert on the Internet and politics who teaches at George Washington University. "YouTube is the last link in the system, which is, now 'I can go find it.' " For several years, political advisers have been...
  • Three Cheers for Triangulation [TIME's Joe Klein says all bloggers are nuts]

    08/15/2006 11:59:34 AM PDT · by summer · 61 replies · 1,456+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | August 13, 2006 | Joe Klein
    Ned Lamont's victory over Joe Lieberman in last week's Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut precipitated the expected torrent of rubbish from left-wing blognuts and conservative wingnuts. There was a nauseating triumphalism on both sides, the unblinking assertion that this one poorly attended summer primary provided a lesson of earth-shattering significance to the future of American politics. Maybe it did, but I hope not.... ...On the other side, Eli Pariser, the executive director of MoveOn.org and therefore, perhaps, the nation's blognut in chief, proposed the "death of triangulation"—that is, the end of Clintonian moderation—in a Washington Post Op-Ed piece and...
  • Temper tantrums at Big Money’s Democratic Party embassy [Dem bloggers bash DLC like it's the GOP]

    08/14/2006 2:36:52 AM PDT · by summer · 11 replies · 176+ views
    left wing blog | August 12, 2006 | David Sirota
    ...Kilgore can try all he likes to dishonestly claim the DLC is just some low-budget idealistic garage band pursuing their supposedly innocent and not-yet-realized dreams of prominence. And it's likely true - there are more than a handful of corporate lobbyists in Washington shedding tears now that the DLC's star is falling and people have woken up to the DLC's destructive influence, transparently corrupt agenda, and election-losing advice. But this persecuted underdog fable likening the DLC to the main character in the movie Rudy is positively laughable. Moreover, even if you accept Kilgore's lie that the official DLC organization itself...
  • Obesity Epidemic Spreads to Infants [70% increase in overweight infants]

    08/13/2006 5:33:17 AM PDT · by summer · 12 replies · 248+ views
    Medpage Today, via msnbc.com link ^ | Aguust 10, 2006 | Crystal Phend
    BOSTON, Aug. 10 -- There are a lot more chubby babies than there used to be. That goes for chubby preschoolers, too. During a 22-year observational study, the ranks of overweight children grew by almost 60%, with more than a 70% increase for overweight infants, according to a study published online in Obesity. "Rates of overweight are increasing in very young children, even infants, from primarily middle-class families," wrote Matthew Gillman, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues. This increase may be a particular problem since early childhood sets the stage for later weight problems and their related sequelae,...
  • Not debateable [Hillary's anti-war opponent is barred from televised debate by Time Warner]

    08/11/2006 5:21:27 AM PDT · by summer · 50 replies · 963+ views
    Newsday ^ | August 9, 2006 | Editorial Board
    It's too bad NY1 refuses to change its rules for allowing candidates to appear on televised debates. The qualifications - which include raising more money than many insurgents can manage - mean that Sen. Hillary Clinton can duck a debate with anti-war activist Jon Tasini. He amassed thousands of signatures to get on the ballot, no easy task. Clinton and NY1 should lighten up and let the voters get a look at both candidates - together.
  • Howard Dean's Email re CT: "Republicans and Independents...choosing to be Democrats"

    08/09/2006 5:53:19 PM PDT · by summer · 17 replies · 439+ views
    a left wing blog ^ | August 9, 2006 | Howard Dean
    Wednesday, August 09, 2006 Dear Fellow Democrat, Ned Lamont -- that's the name of the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Connecticut. He defeated Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday in a hard-fought primary election. There's been a lot said about this race and what it means for our party, so I wanted to get a few things straight. One big issue in this race was the war in Iraq. Like the vast majority of Americans, Ned Lamont believes that "staying the course" will only drive America and Iraq deeper into disaster. Lamont's courage and conviction on Iraq will make him a...
  • Jeb's last semester [Miami Herald reflects back on Jeb's total make-over of FL education]

    08/07/2006 3:58:15 AM PDT · by summer · 62 replies · 719+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 6, 2006 | MATTHEW I. PINZUR
    Florida' Favorite Governor, Jeb Bush Statistics and facts were the policy-making currency of Jeb Bush's administration, and no one was wealthier than the governor himself. Initiatives were measured and remeasured, and where no yardstick existed he was happy to create one. From the beginning, his crusade to reinvent Florida's public education system was built around numbers... ...In many ways, though, the debates over Bush's education reforms were larger than any year's results... ...At its core, Bush's program was a response to his belief that the school system was chaotic and unpredictable ... ... he pushed for laws that gave skeptical...
  • Fidel Castro Ill with Cancer [Castro has stomach cancer]

    08/05/2006 2:08:47 PM PDT · by summer · 138 replies · 5,474+ views
    Brazil -- Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro has cancer, N-TV TV station announced citing Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo considered to be well informed about Castro’s health. According to the newspaper Brazil’s President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been informed by Havana that Fidel Castro has a cancer formation in his stomach. “It looks like we are losing our friend,” the Brazilian newspaper reads citing Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Even if he recovers from the stomach operation Cuba’s leader most probably won’t be able to run the country again, Folha de São Paulo comments.
  • Indiana Editor Blames Myspace.com Profile for Ouster

    08/03/2006 6:26:49 AM PDT · by summer · 7 replies · 751+ views
    editorandpublisher.com ^ | Aug 2, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    Did the top editor at a small Indiana newspaper lose his job because of a Myspace.com profile? He says, "Yes." "I was given a statement from the publisher and it cited the quality of the paper, which struck me as strange because in the last year we won [more than 27 awards for quality]," said Rich Jackson, who says he was fired as managing editor of The Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind., on July 17. "It also mentioned a Myspace.com profile. There was content on there they didn't like, but they never said what it was." Jackson, 40, had run the...
  • Union Leaders on Trial for Racketeering and Extortion Plead Guilty [Where's Hillary in this?]

    08/02/2006 8:00:50 AM PDT · by summer · 8 replies · 629+ views
    The NY Times ^ | Aug 1, 2006 | David Staba
    BUFFALO, Aug. 1 — ....“This has been the most significant F.B.I. criminal investigation in western New York in the past 20 years,” said Laurie Bennett, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office here. “I say that because of the widespread violence and the significant and devastating economic loss to the community.” ...Witnesses in the first days of the trial described threats against themselves and their relatives, slashed tires, vandalism at construction sites ... ...On Thursday, Goran Stevanovich, who was a nonunion worker at an asbestos-removal project in the spring of 1997, described how Local 91 pickets...
  • U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records [NY federal appeals court rules against 2 NYT reporters]

    08/01/2006 10:39:51 PM PDT · by summer · 36 replies · 1,220+ views
    The NY Times ^ | Augsut 2, 2006 | Adam Liptak
    A federal prosecutor may inspect the telephone records of two New York Times reporters in an effort to identify their confidential sources, a federal appeals court in New York ruled yesterday. The 2-to-1 decision, from a court historically sympathetic to claims that journalists should be entitled to protect their sources, reversed a lower court and dealt a further setback to news organizations, which have lately been on a losing streak in the federal courts. ...The case arose from a Chicago grand jury’s investigation into who told the two [NYT] reporters, Judith Miller and Philip Shenon, about actions the government was...
  • Jeb Bush, Movie Star? [Jeb has a an IMDB bio and an acting credit in a 2006 tv series]

    08/01/2006 11:41:39 AM PDT · by summer · 37 replies · 676+ views
    imdb.com ^ | August 1, 2006 | summer
    Just a tiny little news question here from summer to FR -- is Jeb Bush, Florida's Favorite governor, taking a look at an acting career? I don't know. I am just asking. I was quite surprised to see he apparently played the role of "Afiko" in a 2006 tv episode titled "The Last Koufus" from a show called "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Click HERE for the IMDB bio on Gov Bush, showing the above tv credit and cast list with his name.
  • Schumer and Clinton Pressed To Reappoint Bolton [NY's Dem senators now supporting GW's Bolton?]

    07/26/2006 10:57:44 AM PDT · by summer · 41 replies · 2,043+ views
    The NY Sun ^ | July 26, 2006 | RUSSELL BERMAN
    As the Senate prepares to consider anew the nomination of John Bolton as United Nations ambassador, Senators Schumer and Clinton are facing increasing pressure from pro-Israel groups to renounce another Democratic filibuster in light of the escalating war in the Middle East. The Foreign Relations Committee is set to hold a hearing on the nomination tomorrow, and several Democrats on the panel have voiced their unswerving opposition to Mr. Bolton's nomination. From New York's senators, however, there has been nothing but silence. Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Clinton voted to block Mr. Bolton's confirmation a year ago, but they have not...