Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ride Captain Ride upon Your Magic Ship

Imagine if you will a trip into the wilderness of an ocean voyage. Not just a simple three hour tour, but a trip that would keep you at sea for 1000 days! As incredible as that sounds, that is exactly what is now underway. Yes, a trip at sea planned to sail upon all of the great oceans of the world. It is a trip which began on April 21, 2007 and will not end until the year 2010.

The man who had the courage to envision such a trip is Reid Stowe who, along with his first mate Soanya Ahmad, will attempt what seems almost an impossible task. As much as I would like to be with them for at least a time I don’t think that I could take such a long voyage. The New York Circle line is more my limit of on the water time.

But the idea of being under sail seems like a great adventure. I will always be thinking of them while I am sitting in traffic. You can follow the adventure on the web as they will be reporting in from time to time. I plan on blogging about the adventure on occasion as the couple makes their way around the oceans.

We think of the world as a proposition of land, divided continents. But the world is truly one world all connected by vast oceans of water. Perhaps by sailing those oceans Reid and Soanya are able to teach us all a lesson. We are all one people divided only by oceans of brine. Perhaps those oceans are not so wide that we cannot learn to respect each other.

Perhaps one of the lessons to be learned on this journey of adventure is that the human spirit can overcome any adversity which we might face as we sail into the darkness of night. Join me in following the adventure of the Schooner Anne. Come with me and follow
"The Mars Ocean Odyssey.”

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Savage Not To Seek Presidential Bid

Michael Savage in a recent radio show stated that he has no intention of seeking the office of President of the United States in what I see as a low key back down. When he first announced that he was mulling the idea he made a great event of it and had people go to his website to vote on the issue of what he should do.

But on his recent show he simply made the statement that he knows that he could not possible raise the money required for such a run. Even though that might be true it is strange how he quickly swept the idea off the table and moved onto other things. Perhaps it was due to his speaking off the cuff style that permitted him to indicate that he was out.

I am not so certain that he is really done with the idea. He talked about how he could easily be number one in radio if he chose to do so but stated that such a thing had no real meaning to him. Savage sounds as if he is a man with a lot of things on his mind. One has to wonder what direction he is about to go in.

Sure, he is well set financially as he himself will readily admit, but he seems as a man with a troubled soul. He could not possible give up talk radio since a man with the ego the size of Savages’ could not possible walk away from the ability to tell people his opinion.

Perhaps he is preparing himself for that day when the left does their very best to shut down his type of speech. If there were ever a time when this country needed a man like Michael Savage it is now.

I would hope that Savage doesn’t run out of steam just when the train is racing toward the high grade. There are a lot of people who would rejoice in the streets if Michael Savage were to call it quits. I would not be one of those people.
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Advertising and the Accountability of News Agencies

Apparently a number of people are angry that N.B.C. has chosen to broadcast images and words of the nut cake shooter in the Virginia Tech incident. Of course now that they have provided all outlets with those images it is simply something which we will have to live with like it or not.

The government cannot or should not attempt to control the news media for the dissemination of news is their job and right. If the government can prevent someone from showing images which they perhaps should not show, then that same government can prevent them from showing images which they should show.

And with the job of reporting and showing news as with any job comes responsibility and accountability. So if an action which causes others to copycat the reported event occurs it might be argued that those who caused the copycat event by the public exhibition of the news are to be held accountable.

But this reasoning does not hold up as it is not sound or rational. So what then is the solution to this problem? Clearly the people who take such action in the glorification of criminal activity do so for profit. So it is up to the people who are offended by the news outlets to take that profit away by making it clear to the advertisers that they will no longer support the advertises and their product or service.

That is exactly what happened when the advertisers cast Don Imus to the wolves. So it is clearly apparent that the tactic works. If you are offended by the news media and their actions don’t tell them since they don’t care. They only care about the bottom line. Tell the advertisers instead.

Hurt that bottom line by telling the advertisers supporting those outlets such as N.B.C. that you are not giving them your money and they will very quickly pull their advertising dollars out of that media outlet.

So there you have it Boss the solution that you need even though it might not be the way that you want to hear it said. But said it is. Now start calling those advertisers. Break the bank of N.B.C. and you will have your day in the court of public opinion, the most important court in the land.

In order to stay alive you must win the hearts of the people this I tell you this day gladiator.
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Did Al Sharpton Do America a Favor?

After having let the Don Imus story play out in the media for the past week and seeing just what is taking place I am now prepared to offer some commentary on the issues at hand. And I have to admit that now that raw emotion has cooled some, I have tempered my opinion a small degree and am able to see things in a clearer perspective.

Even though I am no fan of either censorship or Don Imus I don’t believe that the issue is as much a free speech issue as it is a corporate image issue. Should Imus have been fired over this matter? I don’t think that it was something worthy of termination. But since his former employer’s own the microphone, studio and license, then they were clearly within their right to fire Imus.

Don Imus did not have his right of free speech taken away since he can still go out on the street with megaphone in hand and spout the kind of racial intolerance which he has made a living at the past thirty plus years until the cows come home.

When society moves to curb speech and government begins to enforce the standards set by the majority, then that is where the real problem will begin. When a segment of society attempts to silence the voice of the opposition through fairness doctrines and threat of dismissal from the public airwaves due to political agenda that is where freedom begins to come under attack.

It is only by way of these constitutionally guaranteed freedoms that the nation and her people are able to hold the position of being the free people which we are. If we for even a moment allow the advance of any sort of attack on free speech then the silencing of even one American voice is cause for concern.

How then did Al Sharpton possibly do a favor for America as suggested by the titled of this article? It is because of people like Sharpton that we continue to test our legal and judicial system. And by pushing the issue he managed to set some important social gears into motion. Yes, gears which have, like the Tin Man of Oz, been in need of oil for a long time.

Certainly at some point this matter will move beyond the forums of the internet and broadcast news media. It shall move beyond the news rooms of the press and tabloid correspondent. It will move beyond the arena of talk radio, the venue of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and even the sacred microphone of Michael Savage.

In time a matter of this gravity will be heard vibrating through the hallowed halls of Congress and eventually the Supreme Court of the United States of America. And it is exactly what must happen for if it doesn’t get dusted off and tested from time to time free speech might very well become a long forgotten memory.

Putting our protected rights to the test in the highest judicial forums in the land should not be seen as a threat to those rights but an affirmation that they still exist and are recognized by government as our birthright. It is only when the government is no longer willing or able to hear the voice of the people that the sacred memory and dreams of our founding fathers die.

Any forms of censorship resulting from the actions which have begun to snowball related to the Don Imus comments are things which clearly needed attending to for a long time. The constitutional perfect storm in development now is in fact a new beginning, a rebirth for America.

Don Imus, who spoke with much intolerance during his long radio career, whether out of a sense of twisted humor or true racial bigotry, is simply a vector that has lead to this moment in America’s accounting of its long and clearly divided racial history. His small indiscretion is the tipping point of something which has been brewing in the distance for far too long.

There have always been two Americas. That is wrong and perhaps it is now that things are beginning to change. Perhaps it is one of the rare moments that America is able to take inventory of what it believes.

Perhaps by toning down the racial volume we will be able to focus on just who the real enemy of America is and do something productive on that front. Could it be that by continuing to look down at certain segments of our community when that community has done nothing to deserve that derision we are not able to relate to each other as neighbors and to understand the wants and needs of our neighbor, recognizing that they are identical to our own needs.

Perhaps it is time to stop the hurtful things which divide us as people and work towards ways of improving the quality of life in all communities. Self censorship and self regulation are important words in America today. They take nothing away from us and yet quality of life is improved for all.

No child is hurt when young people are taught to respect elders. No individual is hurt when we all learn to respect women. And by that I refer not to some sort of twisting of things in that woman becomes goddess but rather I speak simply of the respect which would be shown a mother by child. Indeed, the respect that would be shown a sister by brother.

Our society is based on rules and laws which are written in order to maintain the peace and tranquility of the community. You cannot have freedom without the presence of some rules and laws. Without such standards upon which our founding documents are based, anarchy reigns. And our society in America today is not very far from the precipice of anarchy.

It is because of politically caustic and sometimes bombastic people like Al Sharpton who have the courage to make a stand on an issue that things change in America. As the pendulum swings both ways it is time that moderation in all things now begins to come back into the radar of social change.

Don Imus was challenged by an entire community. His employers made a decision basing that decision on finance. That is their right as an employer. But the Don Imus story represents just a small fraction of the real problem. And the focus of that problem is soon to come into the cross hairs of the media.

It is the hip hop recording and broadcast community, largely owned by corporate America and pushed on the youth of America by a small and borderline outlaw segment of the larger community of which Mr. Sharpton is a part, which has been responsible for the socially acceptable degradation of woman.

That I believe is soon to change. Just as vocal people are responsible for the removal of Don Imus those same people and joined by those of other communities are about to descend upon the hip hop community.

For Mr. Sharpton to have any credibility in this matter of respect of those he stands to defend, I fail to see how he can do anything less then to take a strong public vocal position against this segment of the community as a follow-up to the Imus affair.

I believe that the people who are responsible for that degradation of women and the degradation of the entire community are about to feel the wrath of the people. A firestorm of monumental proportion might have the potential of cleaning up America on a large scale.

It is all related to and tied together in a web of criminal intent. Gangsta’ rap leads our youth to a mentality of gang activity which includes gun violence and criminal drug activity.

After all, it was the Gansta’ Rappers who were responsible for popularizing the use of the words “nigga” and “hoe.” It is the hallmark of gangs to be lead by the dehumanizing women objectifying cultic personalities of gangstas’.

Hip Hop gangsta’ culture has tended to be from its inception a culture unto itself violent, profane and intolerant. It is a culture which views itself as superior to and above rule of law. Such a social subculture which is incapable by its very nature from living by socially acceptable norms cannot be permitted to exist for it is a cancer.

Don Imus is nothing as it relates to the problems faced by society today. He was nothing more than a small insect waiting to be crushed. It is the culture of the street thug which was responsible for the creation of the words which caused the downfall of Imus.

But now that the issue is front and center on the table it is time for the blowtorch of truth to be turned up. Any politician in this political season worth his or her salt will want to weigh in heavily in taking the lead on this holy crusade. Talk show hosts such as Hannity need to understand the issue in this light or risk finding themselves on the wrong side of the fence.

The fact is that gangs need to be shutdown in America. Their source of finance, guns and drugs need to be taken away from them because of their criminal intent. The forum needs to be shaped not on political content or political lines, but on what is best for the community.

There is a war abroad the outcome of which is questionable. But what we must be concerned with is what is happening to our country within the geographic confines of our very own boarders.

Al Sharpton by way of his political diatribes has set the ball in motion. Let us not look at this as someone else’s problem. Let us not judge the character or lack thereof of Al Sharpton. Let us use this unique moment in American history to right wrongs before those wrongs destroy not only the black community, but indeed destroy us all as a nation united.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Is Snake Rattling The Cage?

This is just a quick comment about the prestige of this blog. Perhaps I don’t influence the direction of the lawmakers of this great nation but how cool is it when you know that the Congressional Quarterly is interested in reading what you have to say on a subject.

In this particular visit the researcher was doing a google search on matters related to United Healthcare and, yes you guessed correctly, Quest Diagnostics. Perhaps they want to do something about the way that United Healthcare is having what I and others consider to be a negative affect on the healthcare industry.

But that is simply speculation on my part. Anyway, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. God save The Congress!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Eastside to Wed

In a surprise announcement Ron and Fez sidekick Eastside Dave announced that he is planning his wedding day. This should be an interesting subject for future shows since the happy lovebirds have been dating for just one month.

Very recently Anthony Cumia of Opie and Anthony had been consoling a brokenhearted Eastside over his breakup with his longtime girlfriend. But Dave seems to have sprung back into action quickly.

You just can’t keep a good man down. Snake Oil Sam wishes the happy couple many years of marital bliss. The fact that Eastside Dave is himself a Roman Catholic and his intended a Jew doesn’t seem to be any obstacle for this couple.

The Ron and Fez show have arranged for a very special engagement a.k.a. bachelor party for the pair at a local strip club. A few loyal fans of the show will manage to get into the event which is by now already a sellout.

Fortunately for the crew many of the Ron and Fez girls will be very comfortable at the venue as they are very comfortable with the girls as well as the boys. Dave pledges to make this the very best free fm event ever.

Will Fez be next? He just might be as he has a keen interest in Dawn Cumia, Anthony’s sister. Springtime and love is in the air in New York City.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

United Healthcare a Doctors Perspective

With so many things going on around here lately I really have been neglecting this blog. But since I have a few minutes and have been surfing blogdom I came across an article which caught my interest.

I thought that some of you might enjoy reading the
perspective of a doctor who has some pretty strong opinions about United Healthcare and the way in which they conduct their business.

And don’t forget to click on the hyperlinks provided by Dr. Wes. They are priceless!
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Marine: A Time of Honor

Since 1968 18 year old United States Army Cpl. Raymond Frank Schopmann has held the distinction of being the last soldier from Secaucus, New Jersey to lose his life in war. That distinction has recently been handed to 19 year old United States Marine Pfc. Miguel A. Marcial assigned to 1st. battalion, 2nd. Marine Regiment, 2nd. Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

I did not personally know this young man; still I along with all from Secaucus am saddened to learn of this tragic and unnecessary death. It is just one more name in the ever growing list of victims of misguided political adventurism being foisted upon the American people by a president who has lost touch with reality.

As the great American communicator Michael Savage recently stated on his nationally syndicated radio broadcast “George W. Bush is the worst Commander in Chief in the history of this nation.” To put those words in more personal human terms I quote the mother of Pfc. Marcial, “He was my only son. He had a great smile.”

While there are those among us who are the “true believers” who would make excuse for this war as a legitimate war, the ranks of the opposition are growing day by day. Once again the voice of an American has fallen silent. But that voice will be magnified by the combined voices of a people who cry out to Congress to exercise your legitimate authority to de-fund this war.

The mall at this great nations Capital has enough names of fallen heroes etched into black granite. It has enough stars on white marble walls reflected in pools of peaceful water. Let there not be need to excavate even more hallowed ground. Arlington has enough white crosses.

It is time to end the war Mr. President. It is time for you to let the people of Iraq stand or fall on their own. Bring the troops home now sir. You owe that much to the mother of Pfc. Marcial. Her words were clear. “He was my only son.”
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