Saturday, January 15, 2005

Traitor to be Honored

Who is this traitor???

Ronald D. Sampson CMSgt of the U.S. Air Force will tell you and its A MUST READ!!! No need to go anywhere else. His statement is right here on my blog.


This is for all the kids born in the 70's that do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear.

Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the "100 Women of the Century."

Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.

The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the "Hanoi Hilton."

Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American "Peace Activist" the "lenient and humane treatment" he'd received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the "Hanoi Hilton" the first three of which his family only knew he was "missing in action". His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a "peace delegation" visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand.

When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: "Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?" and "Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?"
Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper.

Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.

I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia; and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border.
At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.)

We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals."

When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as "humane and lenient." Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with large steel weights placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of "100 Years of Great Women." Lest we forget..." 100 Years of Great Women" should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them.

Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.

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Please help by directing people to my blog. You can also copy and paste this and send this via E-Mail. No cost, just as long as Jane Fonda goes down NEVER GETS UP!!! IT SHOULD BE HER HEAD ON SOMEONE'S WALL!!! Not that Coleman guy unless its proven he did something equal or just as bad as Jane. If you did not understand what I just said, then you might want to check out the movie 9 To 5, then you will understand what I said.

Today's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

Yesterday I told that FOX Broadcasting giving in to the CAIR. This story from World Net Daily tells that but it also gives you a background of CAIR, and it is not good for those who support Israel. MUST READ!!!!

Jerome Corsi warns that George Soros and the leftys are embracing another enemy of the United States. He uses several other pieces to back him up.

Henry Lamb talks about going "Beyond the UN" as always MUST READING!!!!

Paul Weyrich warns of the International Sea Treaty. It can still take affect and that is not good .

Friday, January 14, 2005

Time for a "Face Off"

A Face Off is where two commentators from different views on the same subject are brought face to face...sort of by me.

The Face Off This Time is.

Next Weeks Inaugural

Bill Press says that the Inaugural shound be called off because of what is going in Iraq and Asia and the money could be better spent in those places

Mike Rosen says that the tax money will be spent ONLY on official ceremonies and public overhead. Plus Rosen reminds us that John Kerry would have a party too had he won, and the Dems threw the best parties in 1961 for JFK and 1993 for Mr. Slick.,1299,DRMN_86_3469237,00.html

Got more readings up ahead now so don't leave my blog just yet.

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

I have a lot so scroll on!!!

NOW WE RIGHTIES GOT SOME DIRT TO THROW AT!!!! Howard Dean was paying some bloggers to endorce "The Scream." If Dean makes it as the head of the DNC you know that they have gone to the far left. Just be honest with us OK.,,SB110566243803425942,00.html?mod=todays%5Ffree%5Ffeature

Edwin J. Feulner of the Hertiage Foundation wants to hold Bush in the quest for an ownership society

Charles Krauthammer has his take on Rathergate

Larry Kudlow tells us that the national debt is shrinking

Oliver North reminds us of what is going on in Colombia which is another place where terriorism happens

Rich Lowry on Zell Miller and his losing step with the Dems

Mona Charen tells us how the Indonesian government still hate our guts in spite of our help

Jonah Goldberg reminds us that "Democracy has to be good -- not perfect."

Debra Saunders on Holy Grail that turned out to be a dud for CBS News. Now Mary Mapes is out of a job.

The right bites back in higher learning. Brian Anderson explans. Long but good reading.

John Plecnik also talks about leftys and higher learning

Max Boot reminds us not to fall in love with Abbas yet.,1,6098638.column?coll=la-news-comment-opinions&ctrack=3&cset=true

Burt Prelutsky calls to undone government funding of the "arts."

The Real Atrocities of Abu Ghraib: A MUST READ!!!

Token Lefty piece by The Progressive Magazine. Bring the Troops back Home and let the UN take over

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FOX Caves in to the CAIR

Allthough it is unlikely that FOX will edit the show 24...I hope not, but CAIR is doing it again. I shall let Neal Boortz explain.


There is a show on the Fox television network called '24.' The show is based on 24 hours of a crisis at a counter-terrorism unit. The same story line runs for an entire season. This past week was the debut of season number four.

This year's story revolves around a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack on America. As part of their planning, they kidnap the secretary of defense and plan to take over the Internet. The terrorists and the kidnappers on the show are Muslims...essentially portrayed as Al-Qaeda agents. Sort of a 'ripped from the headlines' thing.

So what's the problem? The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained that the show was promoting Islamic stereotypes. They're upset that Muslims are always portrayed on TV as Islamic terrorists. (Nor true. Sometimes they're portrayed as the owners of cheap motels.)

Sadly, the Fox network has caved on this one. Fox is going to provide stations with public service announcements (produced by CAIR) that portray Muslims in a positive light (for example, not hijacking airplanes, not cutting people's heads off, and changing sheets in their motels.) I guess they'll show Islamic terrorists blowing bubbles and helping little old ladies cross the street.

By the way, CAIR itself has ties to Islamic terror organizations such as Hamas. They try and portray themselves as some sort of Islamic civil rights organization, but all they're really interested in doing is trying to make sure the peaceful religion of Islam doesn't take any PR hits. Their point is that not all Muslims are terrorists.

They're right. Not all Muslims are terrorists. However, for the last several years, it seems that all terrorists are Muslims. That's not a stereotype, that's called a description of a suspect.

I have had with this group. Reread his second to last statement. CAIR itself has ties to Islamic terror organizations. What if there is a sleep cell out their, that has brought their family here as a cover? What if certain people die because they learned too much of a plan to kill even more people and what if there is a plan of another terrorist attack here in our country?

Granted 24 is a work of fiction, but the fact is that we are at war with Muslim Extremists. This religion called Islam needs a reformation, and if you say it’s impossible, just look at the Judeo-Christian beliefs. If you took their teachings literally, we would all be guilty of sin and needed to die. That and the Catholic Church going too far causing Martin Luther to rebel.

The religion of Islam can make a fresh start, and they can start today. First thing you need to do is the renounce the terror groups. If CAIR can do this, it would be a step in the right direction. We are in a holy war like it or not people, and this is a holy war that America needs to win for the sake of freedom and liberty.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Today's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

The art of disagreeing is on the way out. Disagreeing is as close to Civil War. Thomas Sowell has a good piece on this.

Emmett Tyrrell is not going to lose sleep over the loss of Dan Rather and Bill Moyers.

Ann Coulter has her say about the CBS gang of four getting the shaft

The year is 2005 and Larry Elder warns that the Dems need a NEW TRUMP CARD cause the race one may not work any longer.

Our judges might be running scared. Ben Shapiro explains

Jonah Goldberg shows how the media goes after a black righty when it comes to taking tax money to promote something, but when Jesse Jackson does it...never mind he can't do no wrong.

Cliff May's take on Abbas...MUST READ!!!

Craige McMillan updates stolen race in Washington state

Howard Finemann talks about the American Mainstream Media Party. Sure they may not be a REAL party, but still good reading cause the events are very REAL.

Social Securty crisis five years from now or so says Donald Luskin

Edward Daley also advocates SS reform

Wendy McElory says domestic violence law helps Government big time and that is not a good thing.

Isaiah Z. Sterrett show how liberals appove of toture when its them and the people THEY support. Maybe leftys want to make Bush look like a fool.

Speaking of leftys, here is a token lefty piece from David Corn. Bush still spins after he says No WMD's.

Ed Schultz is wrong...It is Clinton's fault, he talked about the WMD but did nothing cause he too busy roasting HIS Hot Dogs. Yea THOSE HOT DOGS!!!! Bush did what Clinton failed to do.

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Today's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

Their from yesterday but any way

Michelle Malkin reveals why government payoffto Armstrong Williams hurts conservative pundits

While many on the right wants Dan Rather head on the chopping block Joseph Farah say keep Keep Rather forever! praises news anchor for amazing accomplishment

Evan Gahr on People For the American Way lionizing Noam Chomsky

David Limbaugh notes Donkey Party at a crossroads, extremists remain in denial

Daniel Pipes: Does he accept Israel's existence or want to destroy it?

Yin and Yangby Linda Chavez Good Read people

Keith Lockitch say to reject Environmentalism, Not DDT and how banning DDT does more harm to people than not. In fact certain enviros love the fact that certain people are being harmed

Ted Kennedy's speech from yesterday is the token lefty piece this time around. Sounds like more of the same far left crap. Hey look who funds the party.

Another lefty piece: Leslie Liddell compares Bush to Joseph McCarthy. Sounds like one of those cvill libertries defender types. Yea do nothing and you never know when they kill people.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

A Recommended Reading that The Blog According to Don overlooked

"In a Time of War, the Left Is on Trial" anything from David Horowitz is recommended reading. On top of that his pieces are more than not "MUST READING!!!",1,7886530.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions&ctrack=2&cset=true

Deny, Deny, Deny: The only thing that the old media can do

With the downfall of Mary Mapes and four other CBS News staffers, the only thing that the media can do is sweep this under the rug quickly and move on and/or use the downfall of black conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to steer most of us away from Dan Rather.

The Denver Post in a house editorial could only say that journalists make mistakes.,1413,36~417~2647521,00.html

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC says that CBS is a victim but FOX News Channel; they are the bad guy, the devil incarnate. CBS played within the "rules of journalism." Let us not forget that FNC ad the swift boat vet ads. Guilty by Association.

Panel never saw bias at CBS but admits others do

Don Hewitt was quoted by Chris Matthews on his MSNBC show regarding how they would handle John Kerry.

REgressive talk show host Ed Schultz tried to dodge the issue on Monday, but his audience would not let him. So the only thing he could say on Tuesday was how so many people in journalism work their butts off to go from the small markets to the elite in New York City and the like. Hey his online poll says CBS can be trusted 74 to 26 percent.

Last but not least Neal Boortz shows how Dan is so full of himself

Yep the media just eats it all up, it was just a mistake. Hey that's the way REgressives think when they are in control of the newsroom.

Well at least Rocky Mountain News held CBS News to the fire.,1299,DRMN_38_3460328,00.html

The fact is that conservatives tend to avoid journalism schools and go towards careers in things that are business related. Journalism is part of the "liberal fine arts" in most places of higher learning. Sadly I don't have the sense for business since the math skills I have stink to high heaven. So I took some journalism on the side. Hey someone has to be in the minority when it comes to the craft of journalism. Plus you can't say that I am not a journalist because I am. I may not work for a magazine or newspaper yet, but I am trained. But I do support fellow bloggers because they make observations and then post them.

To be a journalist and a conservative can be a challenge, especially if your in the elite media. Just ask Brit Hume and John Stossel. These men were shunned at ABC News for what they believe. Hume went to FOX News Channel, but Stossel is hanging tough.

All and all nothing will change in the media, Dan Rather will still be a great guy who just made a mistake. CBS News lost ratings but still made money on their evening newscast so Rather stayed longer than Walter "Crankenhouse" Cronkite.

It has to said time and again. Their worldview is "mainstream" in their eyes. Always have and likely it will always will be. That worldview includes a Government that serves as a nanny to us all, because everyone else is heartless.

Got to love how socialists think.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Today's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

Dan Rather saves his job...Yea he is the STAR...I try to have class on the blog but FU Dan.

Bye Bye Howard, Hello Mancow...Mancow signed a deal with Talk Radio Networks ahwile back and that should get him more stations. Talk Radio Networks also has in their stable Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, and Jerry Doyle.

Star Parker talks about the Black Caucus and they stand aganist Social Securty reform.

Does CBS finally see their bias??? I doubt it and Cal Thomas agrees

Could Bush become a Kerry??? Frank J. Gaffney explains

Jack Kemp has a MUST READ regarding "The road to to serfdom?" Again MUST READ!!!

John Leo talks about several "Victims" in our country

PETA & Guns What??? Read this piece by Mike Adams to find out the connection

Joseph Farah says to win a war, we must get dirty, and warns that Iraq will become a new Vetnam if DC keeps micromanaging it.

Jeff Taylor has his say regarding torture.

James Hirsen talks about the movie "Hotel Rwanda" and hope you go see it. I plan on see it when it comes to my city. Hope Kim Bayles gets this at his movie house...and its the only art house in town.

ACLU Part 2 by Sher Zieve Goes into the group's founder

Justin Darr shows why leftys LOVE GUN CONTROL and how Gun Control was used to deny rights to the American people. Details a lot of history so this piece is a MUST READ!!!

Hippies losing their ground??? John Plecnik says today's kids are fighting back

I think I will two token lefty pieces. First one by Terry Jones ask why their are no fund raisers for the Iraq dead.,3858,5100237-103677,00.html

Second comes from a lesser known lefty radio talker by the name of Thom Hartmann. Thinks Bush is like Hitler.

Got a piece that should be linked on my blog? If I think its "Recommended Reading" then I shall link the piece. I always welcome links to lefty pieces.

Jerry Springer: The Opera got an earfull in the U.K. Plus thoughts on Government run/subsidized TV

Last Saturday, TV viewers in the U.K. saw Jerry Springer: The Opera, and Christian groups in the U.K. protested the show.

The real Springer TV program is known for bringing in the gutter trash that lives in America, and people would rather not hang around with.

I would let something like this slide since I am not a "social conservative." However I am supporting these groups who did not want this aired on TV even though I am an American. Why??? Because it was shown on the government run BBC.

Now in countries that embrace certain elements of socialism, the government truly gets involved in things that really should be left to private enterprise. Since the BBC does not run commercials at all or have beg-a-thons, it must get the money to run their operation someway. This is done by taxing the people that have at least one color television set. You must a color TV license in the U.K. so that the government their can take 9.67 pounds from you give that to the BBC and they spend that money not just on the TV side but a little in other things (radio one of them) that the BBC has their hands on around in the U.K. For the record, their are some private operations as well in the BBC but this is mostly for international distribution.

As I said, I don't get too involved in domestic issues of other countries, but here is another point I want to make.

Here in America we have a TV network or service that we are paying via tax money, and did I forget we are paying for several radio networks too?

Here in America we are paying for PBS, NPR, and PRI. Hey it’s all about providing an "enlightened" channel full of educational programming for children like Sesame Street, Barney, Dragon Tales etc. Meanwhile those shows are used as a shield while PBS produces many programs for "grown-ups" that spins issues towards the left. They also hide behind the arts as well (good and bad).

I hear the same crap over and over about how public broadcasting needs government money to stay alive, in spite the fact is that most of the money they get comes from "free will" supporters (those who become members of PBS & NPR stations), non-profit groups, and corporations/private enterprises. In spite that our government mandates that public broadcasting present both sides of an issue, it has failed in doing so.

The list is endless regarding the left wing bias in public broadcasting. The most recent example was when Bill Moyers showed his left wing colors when he expressed contempt for the "right-wing" media. As stated in previous posts, Moyers did an interview with Louise "The Ripper" Slaughter (Congresswoman from New York State) who really has trouble with the right wing machine. She longs for the days of Walter "Crankenhouse" Cronkite, and the old media including PBS & NPR controlling the debate. She wants a NEW "fairness doctrine" imposed on the media.

Bottom line; don't want to get criticized for what you put on the air at least by me??? Run PBS and NPR without government money. Can't speak for religious zealot Donald Wildmon, but hey I will not sink my teeth into you more/less.

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24: Season Four

I never watched the FOX Network spy thriller 24 until now.

With this years storyline regarding Arab terrorists and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) throwing a fit about how Arabs are being portrayed, I had to watch the show this year.

For those who don't know already about the TV show, 24 focuses on a single storyline regarding a group and someone behind them who wants to do really bad things to our country. Each episode takes place within a single hour and is done in real time. The whole season is one single day hans the name 24.

I tip my hat off to FOX and the people behind 24 for taking on the issue of terrorism. What they have showed in a scripted TV program could very well happen and could be happening now. I don't want anyone to panic but we need to treat their terrorists like the animals they are.

Sleeper cells of terrorists (they might even bring their families to help with the cause as seen in this years storyline) have got into to this country and you don't know who is a friend and or is a foe. They were successful with destroying the trade towers, taking many innocent lives with them.

I will not recap what happened so far on 24, but I will say this. I lot of it will remind you of how these terrorists treat their prisoners especially when they are about to behead them. They also kill people who might be a threat to them using other means. Now that part was put in for the sake of the DRAMA, but anyway it could happen.

Also their are those within our Government who sit with their fingers up you know where going by the book while they are enabling our enemies regardless if they know it or not. Well hey Government is known for doing that in the real world on many things other than terrorism. For the sake of the drama I think their is a mole within the fiction of 24. I have been told they had Moles in the past 3 seasons before.

Some scenes shown have our people using "torture." That is all I will say about it. However I want to talk about this word in a future post.

Before I end this piece I have link to present.

Someone has formed Anti-CAIR at least on the web.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

The problem with Mahmoud Abbas by Jeff Jacoby

Exclusive: Joseph Farah notes Abbas claims Zionists helped Nazis murder Jews

Of what use is the United Nations? by Michael Barone

Harley Sorensen hammers Steve Forbes for fund-raising letter This is the token lefty piece.

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No Mercy for CBS News on this Blog

National syndicated radio talk show Hugh Hewitt is a big supporter of us bloggers. His official website is also a weblog.

On today's program Hewitt is talking about the downfall of several CBS News people including Mary Mapes who thought she could take out George W. Bush with some fake memos. Too bad you could not wait a bit. Now she is gone, but the fight must go on.

I am only one person and their are other events on my mind, but I promise you I will hold the lefty's in the media to the fire when I can. I don't want to waste my time watching these losers on my TV screen. However Hewitt is upset that some bloggers are cutting CBS News some slack. Well Hugh if you come across this I will not give them any slack.

Also and I am speaking to everyone that reads this...I hope you keep an eye for that Fairness Doctrine that Louise "The Ripper" Slaughter from New York State wants to try to bring it back so that her side can reclaim their monopoly on the media. She might go after the blogspeare next since she said on Moyers final PBS show that she wants a fairness doctrine for the cable channels.

This woman IS VERY DANGEROUS!!!!

Anyway this blog will go after the old media big time and I call a dirty skunk when I see it.

Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down.
Tom Petty

Shake Up at CBS News

From the horse's mouth

Also from the horse's their statement

From CNSNews/Newsmax

Michael Moore: The People's Choice and importance of Voting

The People Choice Awards took a different turn this year.

Rather than turn to Gallup to conduct the poll, they turned to the internet. Because of this it really helped Michael Moore win best picture in this awards show. I did not pay attention to this awards show since I wanted to see how the fourth season of 24 would start, and I hope to talk about that in a future post.

Denver radio talk show host Mike Rosen talked about Moore's win and went deep on how Moore won this.

First of all he pointed how the young people are internet savvy, and Entertainment Weekly picked out the nominees, and how call for action were made. Read my next paragraph

With the internet for people to use, Moore decided to make a call for action (as well as the Mel Gibson followers for Passion of The Christ) and call upon his fans to vote for his movie " Fahrenheit 9/11." It appears to have worked and he got the award over other movies that could have won.

People's Choice means nothing. It only means that the people who took time to vote voted for Michael Moore and then some. A lot of young people get seduced by socialism due to many years in Elementary and Secondary Education by our govenment and in higher learning. Why are leftys so afraid of school choice or laws protecting students from biased professors in higher learning?

No wonder so many young are Youthful Idiots. Let hope they don't become Useful Idiots in the future.

Moore's next movie will be about Health Care and like everything else he will attack the system and eventually hope for a socialist health care system.

In the coming years the REgressives will be more aggressive than they ever been. They do all they can to convert America into a socialist paradise in the name of helping the "people." They are very good at making calls for action, and believe me REgressive are great at getting people to do something and not just to the polls to vote in elections.

Now more than ever it is important that those who believe in the individual rather than the collective, and those really believe in liberty and freedom to take their stand against these REgressives who believe they are for liberty and freedom but in the end are for slavery and oppression or at least helping their puppet masters flex big brother's muscle.

Moore is in the money and is officially part of the elite. Michael Moore to me is a modern day Leninist/Marxist.

One thing about socialism, they claim its about the people, the worker, and the farmer. In end its about an elite sucking them all dry.

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Tonight's Recommended Readings from The Blog According to Don

No surprise...Abbas is elected

Barbara J. Stock talks about the things Muslims say

Rick Erickson talks abouthow leftys know so much

W. James Antle III deal with the questions "Fiscal Conservative's" question. Big problem is that certain people want things from the Government and that an advantage for the Dems

Mike Rosen shows how biased the news media is and how some admit they joined up just to "Change America." That my friend is true.

Token Lefty piece comes from Diane Carman who is not happy or so I see it with Ken Salazar (one of them) backing Alberto Gonzales.

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Music Your Grew Up With, Music Your Were Comfortable With

With my piece regarding Hip-Hop & R&B and the dangers of its messages, I could not help but think about the music people grew up with and were comfortable with.

In the song "1985" by the pop punk band Bowling for Soup, it talks about a woman named Debbie who longs for the days of her youth and wanting to be star rather than a housewife with two kids in high school 'who tell her she is uncool.' Just because they did not exist in the 80's and can't not go beyond "their" time line just yet...and their mom? Well 'she's still preoccupied with 1985.'

The song mentions Bruce Springsteen, Madonna (guess who Britney and Xristina looked up too), U2, Wham! (George Michael), Whitesnake (David Coverdale), Duran Duran, and Blondie who were artists of the 1980's although some are still doing well in 2005.

The song asks when Motley Crue became Classic Rock, and when Ozzy Osborne did become an actor. Well his daughter Kelly sure did.

Several movies got nods too. Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and St. Elmo’s Fire.

Limp Bizkt and Nirvana got mentioned but this would be stuff Debbie's kids would be into. If anything Debbie has and always be comfortable with the music of the 1980's...and its movies too.

One thing that the trade publication Radio & Records does is specials for their format sections. For the Adult Contemporary special last year (July 16), Gary Berkowitz talks about his youth regarding control of the car radio.

Berkowitz and his cousins were fans of WABC back in its Top 40 music days. However when they were in the car his parents were in control of the radio and those parents were not going to let them listen to WABC. They stood firm and listened to THEIR MUSIC.

What was their choice? A station with the call letters WNEW, and we are talking about the AM side, not the WNEW-FM of the 1970's which was a Underground Rocker. WNEW played a Middle Of the Road format or MOR. MOR was a precursor to the current AC format. WNEW had their rival stations like WABC did, but WNEW was THE station for the adult listener at the time.

So what were the core artists of the MOR format? Berkowitz says they were Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and his wife Eydie Gorme (still enjoying wedding bliss to this day). Let me add a few more to the list. Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Patti Page. Another element to WNEW being the number one MOR station in New York City was its jocks that included William B. Williams, Julie LaRosa, and Ted Brown. They were stars in their own right, and the artists that were played on the station also made live appearances.

Berkowitz admits that his parents (any many back in that time) were not big fans of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles although Como did have an open mind however, and did present rock n' roll artists on his TV show back in the day. You could say that his parents were preoccupied with 1945.

Today Berkowitz is a radio consultant and only does the Mainstream AC format. Things go full circle don't they? He looks back on those days and what the current AC format is and where it is going. Berkowitz's parent trained him well :)

As for me, I am not one of those people that closes my mind to new music. If I like it, I like it.

I will not go into detail, but I can tell I you that I am no fan of most Hip-Hop out their, although I admit that Eminem can get me to crack a smile once an awhile, but I can do without Slim Shady.

It is not about style, it’s about its message, and Hip-Hop in its present form was gaining ground in the days I was in High School and was going towards the ghetto thanks to N.W.A., Ice-T, and Public Enemy.

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