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Surviving the Week of October 22, 2012 Tweet Me!!!

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK:

1. Older is not always wiser...
2. I'm no longer giving advice... I'm tired of saying "I told you so"...
3. The reason the political race is so close is because neither candidate is a favorite...
4. There could be layoffs after election day...

GREEN NETWORK: Current TV For Sale? Execs Reportedly Consider Selling Cable Channel...

GOOD NEWS: Large Hadron Collider Won't Destroy Earth With Planet-Eating Black Hole, Court Says

ABOUT TIME: The Official Tangled Cable Appreciation Page

I harken back to a time in my youth...

Surviving the Week of September 3, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
New Music? You Betcha'! Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes - Love Letter


THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK:
1. The Internet is a fickle Beast. 3G towers are out all over Beaumont, Time Warner Cable Guys can't fix weak signals, and librarys' are not open at night...
2. Infrastructure is the key to survivability...
3. The Republican convention was as hokey as the Democratic convention.
4. Android needs more apps to edit, store and run HTML scripts...
5. Cough drops are not an afrodisiac...

A TV Party

PopIsms - For all your Pop Culture needs...

Ground Zero is a new radio show on KLVI-AM 560, 9:00pm to Midnight... Reminds me of Coast To Coast AM (Another great show)...

SPEAKING OF... What are some of my favorite Underground News/Conspiracy Sites?
DisInfo.com
The Consumerist
The Snopes Daily
Daily Rotten
Freak Out Nation
Newsbusters
Alex Jones' Prision Planet
DrudgeReport
AboveTopSecret
Fortean Times



Surviving the Week of August 6, 2012 Tweet Me!!!




THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK:

1. If I can understand it, it can't be "THAT" Complicated...

2. CVS Pharmacy has a good selection of sugar-free cough drops... not great, but good...

3. A drought can cause gas prices to rise, based on the price of corn...

4. There may or may not be a shortage of corn, depending on who you talk to...

5. Hurricane season can cause gas prices to go up...

6. It's getting harder and harder to get free t-shirts in my size...

7. Mondays' seem unnecessary...

8. Old and Fat is not a good combination...






GOOD FOR A LAUGH (OR GROAN): Comedy Radio Burps


BEAUMONT GET'S A COMEDY CLUB: LOL Beaumont


MORE FUN DJ STUFF: Olde Disk Jocky's Almanac


Texas Radio Hall Of Fame (Folks keep asking me, "Do you miss working in radio?", and I ask them, "what do you mean??? WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD???")


Radio 411


HURRICANE INFO? BOOKMARK THIS!!! DERECHO: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


THE MILITARY SEEMS WORRIED ABOUT The Civil War of 2016


THE BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE SEEMS WORRIED ABOUT BUTCHAPALOOZA [Ticket sales? Really? This passes for news? Golly, I am so out of touch with the general public... ]


FORMAT FLIP?: Radio DJ Who Replaced Classical Music With Rap Faces The Music


SURE, I REMEBER THAT SAD SUPERBOWL COVERAGE, WHY? NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremonies of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show, drawing outrage from those who tuned in for the highly anticipated musical spectacle... [are ya' sure they didn't do this just to spike the DVD and on-line video sales? 'cause that seems like sumthin' they'd do... ya' know? ..."F#$#%&" Superbowl...]





Surviving the Week of July 16, 2012 Tweet Me!!!

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK:
1. Heavy rains are a immediate way to find the quality of a Roofers work...
2. Plastic tarps can work both indoors and out...
3. I don't need any help to make me feel stupid...
4. Evertime I have a favorite cup, it will be gone by the end of the week...
5. Large amounts of pretty words are the first warning sign...
6. Finding one's "Greatest Fear" is usually after realizing it...

DOES THE WORD "PERRYCARE" MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU? Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the land, the crappiest health care delivery system by a country mile and now Rick Perry has done the inevitable: Rejected ALL the key provisions of Obamacare, including the expansion of Medicaid.

BEAUMONT MAKES NATIONAL NEWS: Texas Woman Sentenced For Keeping 24 Dead Cats Inside Home...

LOOK WHAT YOU MISSED: Zombie Voodoo Fest 2012

CRYPTOZOOLOGY, ANYONE? troll/Sasquatch connection

HMMM... A new laser begin developed for the Department of Homeland Security which will be deployed at security checkpoints can nearly instantly scan your body for traces of drugs or gunpowder and will be able to measure the level of adrenaline in your system from nearly 50 meters away. The laser has significant medical and security applications, but it is also raising legal and ethical questions about its use...

HORRIBLE... AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Details emerging on the Colorado massacre suspect show a budding scientist, brimming with potential, who pursued a graduate program even as he assembled weaponry he would allegedly use in the deadly midnight rampage inside an Aurora movie theater.

MIXED EMOTIONS...The statue of Joe Paterno, Penn State's late, disgraced former football coach, has been taken down, after university officials announced early Sunday their decision to remove it...

HAVE NOTS' STILL HAVE NOT...WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.



Surviving the Week of July 2, 2012 Tweet Me!!!



THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THIS WEEK:
1. A holiday in the middle of the week makes it feel like there are two Mondays...
2. JANUVIA makes my tummy hurt and causes many poops...
3. The Cable Company is only nice to me when it's about my bill...
4. A two week old Pork Chop has a disturbing smell when left in the sun and heat...
5. People who don't believe in Global Warming have been very quiet these past few weeks...

EVERY VOTE IS... A VOTE! VERMIN SUPREME for President 2012!

PARTY OF NO, YA' KNOW: 5 Ways Republicans Have Sabotaged Job Growth

COMMING TO A TOASTER NEAR YOU: Raspberry Pi: World’s Cheapest Computer Now Available

AHHH, SCIENCE! Microsoft Creates The First Universal Translator

APPROACHING 12/21/12... Solar Flare Fired Off By Sprawling Sunspot Triggers Radio Blackout

MO' THINGS IN JUSTIFIY MAH' OPINON... The Haves v. The Have Nots: Beaumont’s 16%


Something from the 2012 Crawfish Festival... Lookit' Dat' Chrome!!!

Surviving the Week of June 18, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
LOCAL RADIO NEWS:
The FCC has proposed a $15,000 fine against VISION LATINA BROADCASTING CO. for public file violations at Spanish Religion KBPO (RADIO VIDA)/PORT NECHES-BEAUMONT, TX. An FCC inspection found that the station's file had no quarterly issues/programs lists, and employees there indicate that they were unaware of the station ever having such lists. The file was adjusted upward from $10,000 because after the first violation, a subsequent inspection found that the problem had not been remedied.

...and old KZZB-AM 99 got a big ol' fine...


FROM THE PIRATE FILES:
A “king” can’t save a pirate — not a fairy tale, just FCC enforcement. A stiff $22,000 fine has been upheld by the FCC against a small town pirate who earning a pair of warnings over a seven-year span. An unusual case did get even odder however as the pirate received help from a king. FCC field agents discovered last April an illegal station in Cosby, TN known as “W 50 Country” at 87.9 FM airing a mix of classic country music and conservative talk. They allege it was operated by Arthur Lee Young out of his home in Cosby, TN — a small town of 5,200 on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The FCC issued a warning letter telling Young to cease broadcasting the station he dubbed “The Voice of the Smokies.” But upon a return visit in February his station was back on the air at the same frequency and from the same location. Young wouldn’t talk to the field agents or let them inspect his property — but his wife told agents he did in fact have a pirate station inside their home. A search of FCC records also turned up a file on Young. He received his first warning about operating a pirate station in October 2004. After the FCC issued their proposed fine they didn’t hear back from Young. But they did hear from someone identifying themselves as “King Dennis Craig” who claimed he owned the land and as an American National not subject to U.S. law. Field agents gave Young a call and he told them he had no idea who the king is. That diversion averted, the FCC concludes its $22,000 fine against Young stands.

FCC hits two South Florida pirates with fines. The FCC’s crackdown on South Florida pirates continues, with two more being handed proposed fines. In the first case the Enforcement Bureau says Luis Ernesto Rivas Jr. ran the pirate station “The Streets FM” at 89.1 in Miami. Field agents hunted down the station on two separate occasions in March, using signal-tracking equipment that led them to the rooftop on a Miami condo building. A wire from the antenna went to a nearby laptop. Later that day Rivas tried to claim the equipment from the condo association. The station’s website also listed Rivas’ home address as its base of operation. That’s enough evidence for the FCC to propose a $15,000 fine against him. In the second case, the FCC says Fort Myers resident Albert Knighten Jr. operated “Dunbar Community Radio” at 107.5 in that market. Field agents tracked the station down to his house last December after receiving an anonymous tip. Working with local police the Tampa-based agents got a search warrant and discovered the pirate station. Local police seized the equipment, while FCC agents discovered an online video featuring Knighten discussing his pirate station. A Ft. Myers city councilman and the chairman of the Ft. Myers Citizens Police Review Board hosted talk shows on the station, but public service doesn’t forgive the fact the station is illegal. The FCC issues a $15,000 fine against Knighten.


OBVIOUS OBVIOUSNESS OF THE WEEK: Mitt Romney’s ‘Every town counts’ bus tour scrupulously avoids the towns devastated by Bain Capital

DAREDEVIL OF THE WEEK: A tightrope walker from a long dynastic line of high-wire stunt performers has completed a historic crossing of Niagara Falls. Nik Wallenda, from the famous Flying Wallenda family, walked directly over the precipice on a two inch (5cm) wire.

BIG FAKE OF THE WEEK: An English-speaking teenager dubbed 'forest boy' after claiming he lived in the wild in Germany for half a decade has turned out to be a fake.

REALITY TV SHOW IDEA OF THE WEEK: ATLANTA (AP) - Jailers in Atlanta have a challenge for inmates: Get past the new locks being tested on cell doors and win free food.

"FEAR THE LIKE BUTTON" OF THE WEEK: ANDERSON, S.C. -- Investigators say a woman and a man broke into the homes of her Facebook friends after finding out they were out of town by their posts on the social networking site.

REASON TO 'CUSS OF THE WEEK: Supreme Court Says FCC's Indecency Policy Could Use A *#@ing Revision

"GOOSING THE GANDER" OF THE WEEK: Woman Accused of Groping TSA Agent Claims 'Turnabout' Is Fair Play

"GAS IS STILL TOO DAMN HIGH" OF THE WEEK: EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that's merely hypothetical...



Surviving the Week of June 4, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
THINGS I'VE LEARNED THIS WEEK:
1. Don't buy fish from a door to door fish salesman...
2. a 2X tall t-shirt is not the same as a 3X t-shirt, despite what the saleslady says...
3. Anytime a shoelace breaks, it is considered a "worst, possible time"...
4. It's probably not a good idea to start working on a roof at the beginning of rainy season...
5. One's back yard is much larger when there is nothing left in it...
6. A Buick Grand Marquee is not made to jump a railroad track...
7. Even a great juggler can only carry just so many balls...



'Can't make this stuff up...



CRIMETIME: Police couldn’t help but arrest Mahogany Mason-Kelly, 20, in Jefferson County, Texas, after the Lamar University student Tweeted, “I still got a warrant in Pearland … Those pigs will NEVER catch me!!! … NEVER!!!!”

COMEDY GOES LOCAL: Kevin Hart is heading to Beaumont...

THE FRESHMEN ARE NOT SO FRESH: The district recently learned that of the 1,301 freshmen tested by the English 1 end-of-course (EOC) writing exam, only 52 percent met the standard. Results show 60 percent of students met the standard on the reading test.

A BEAUMONT RADIO SECRET? maybe...

STIRING THE POT: Bain has done more good than bad

HAIL TO THE KING: Jim King Wins Three Broadcast Awards

THE NEW CONSPIRACY OF THE WEEK: There Are LOADS Of Jobs Out There, But NONE Of Them Pay Living Wages!

FOR US NUMBER CRUNCHERS: Net Worth of American Family Falls 40% In 3 Years

SAVING US FROM OURSELVES: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson made a hands-across-the-water offer of refuge to New Yorkers frustrated by the city's proposal to ban supersize soft drinks.





Surviving the Week of April 30, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
RANDOM THOUGHTS: I’ve always said that if people knew the “real” me, they would never talk to me again. I was told early in grade school that I should always keep a pen or pencil in my mouth, to keep me from saying anything that would get me in trouble (Lead poisoning? What’s that? Ah, the Texas educational system…). This has resulted in several chewed pens over the years, and the occasional black streaked tongue, however, the benefit of doing this is that you can always tell which pen is yours. This does make it easier to foil the dreaded PEN BANDITO! Now, if you find yourself in this particular dilemma, I may have a cure for you… Thumbtacks! Yes, thumbtacks… push one in the chewable end of your pen and you are much less likely to chew on said pen. One added benefit is that your pen no longer will roll off the table and under the icebox where fingers fear to tread…

A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt.

A body found in a stable the morning after the Kentucky Derby was being treated as a murder, police said.

FOOTBALL SUICIDES: Earlier today Junior Seau became at least the seventh former NFL player to commit suicide since 2005, joining Terry Long, Shane Dronett, Dave Duerson, Andre Waters, Kenny McKinley, and Ray Easterling.

BUFFETT: "Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939," the Berkshire vice chairman said, "but I think civilized people don’t buy gold, they invest in productive businesses."

Am I the only one who has been following the Gold Conspiracy? "Given such a dour outlook, it's no surprise that fears of a government gold seizure - akin to the one ordered back during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt ('FDR') - are escalating."

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

It’s now official — Marvel’s The Avengers is a monster worldwide hit for Disney in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD, and IMAX 3D theaters. The studio says 52% saw it in 3D, 40% in traditional 3D, 8% in IMAX, and 4% on premium large format.

Social Security Is NOT Going Broke!!!!!!

At the other end of the spectrum, Texas ranks first on the CEOs' list of best states for business for the 8th consecutive year. It has been the receiving state for Allstate Insurance's $12 million customer center in San Antonio, Caterpillar's new plants in Seguin and Victoria; eBay/Pay Pal hiring 1,000 people for its Austin facility.



Surviving the Week of April 23, 2012 Tweet Me!!!
Nope, I'm dead yet... just O.W.U.P.!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:
I am always amazed at the additional number of hours I am working compared to how much less pay I am making... Is this the new economy or just the current face of the profession I have chosen? I should have chosen the career my neighbor told me I would have been good at. She told me I should have been a Mortician because I reminded her of her late father and maybe she was right…

I suppose that proof of old age is really just being more self aware. It’s not that I’m falling apart – I think I have been falling apart for quite some time. It’s just as we get older, we seem to crawl around in our own heads more and start to notice a few more cracks in the foundation, to use a metaphor more apt to home repair. A little bit of paint, spackle, and a few quick strips of duct tape might just fix up this old house we call a body…

THIS WEEK IN PIRATE NEWS:
FCC upholds fine against a repeat New York pirate. Pirate radio operators’ stories are always colorful and the latest is no exception. The Enforcement Bureau has turned down a request by admitted pirate broadcaster Alexander Kissi. The FCC says he ran an unlicensed station at 96.5 FM in Bronx, NY detected by field agents in February and March 2008. That brought a $10,000 penalty. Kissi, who identifies himself as a bishop in the Universal African Brotherhood Ministries, asked the FCC for a “pardon” — something the FCC doesn’t often get. But oddly, the Enforcement Bureau says he followed that up with an explanation that he was out of town when field agents showed up and he wasn’t in charge of the station. He goes on to say that a construction worker stole his equipment and while he was testing it getting ready to sell the equipment, he mistakenly left it running for several days. Enforcement Bureau chief Michele Ellison says Kissi’s claims directly contradict what he admitted to in 2008 and note he previously ran a pirate station in 2002. The bottom line: the fine stands.

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department filed its first criminal charges related to the BP oil spill Tuesday, accusing a former company engineer of destroying records requested by prosecutors investigating the deadly 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Hollywood producer and television legend Dick Clark died of a heart attack a day after having prostate surgery, according to a death certificate obtained by CNN.

A Virginia teacher has been charged with 12 felony counts after allegedly pulling a blank firing gun on his students and firing several times.

The VW Doubleback Van...



PINGS OF THE WEEK: limbaugh advertisers dropped

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Surviving the Week of February 17, 2012

PRETTY PICTURES: Beaumont CVB Flickr Photos


Billie Jo Spears, the sultry-voiced singer who scored 25 Top 40 country hits from 1969-1984, died of cancer at her Vidor, Texas, home on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at age 74. Born in Beaumont, Texas, Ms. Spears began working on the Louisiana Hayride radio show when she was 13. She recorded as an early teen, most notably on the single “Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys,” which drew regional interest upon its Abbott Records release...


FUN, FREAKY READING: The Experiment: The True History of the Darkness and The Light



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ORANGE HAMFEST 2012 (HAM RADIO FESTIVAL) Orange Hamfest is Saturday, Feb. 25. 8AM to 3PM at the VFW Hall on Hwy 87(one mile North of IH-10) in Orange, TX. Amateur radio & various electronics equipment, both new and used, will be on sale. Admission is $5.00. Grand prizes & door prize tickets may be bought for $1 ea hourly prize drawings. Persons w/electronic equipment to sell may obtain tables for $15/ea. Tail gating allowed. Talk-in:147.180+ no tone ARES & ARRL Forums 8AM-1PM. For info contact Rocky Wilson 409.988.8906

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Dear Mr. J


Please, take care of yourself. A recent joint study conducted by the Department of Health and the Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that 23% of traffic accidents are alcohol related.


This means that the remaining 77% are caused by morons who drink bottled water, Starbucks, soda, juice, energy drinks and stuff like that. Therefore, beware of those who do not drink alcohol. They cause three times as many accidents.


This message is sent to you by someone who is a drinker and worries about your safety.


-BRG