PRODUCERS NOTE: Some rather important notes about today’s show. First, there is a bit of adult (sailor) language in it. If that offends you, don’t bother listening.
Second, I once had a Program Director who wanted me to always be angry on the air. I hated that, because almost always when passion becomes anger I forget to make my main point, for which I prepared and studied and built around. This show is a great example of that. The title doesn’t match what I end up saying because passion turned to anger and I never got around to it. for that, I apologize because it was – at least in my mind – a pretty good point to have been made. Perhaps I can get back to it later, but there isn’t enough time to redo this one.
There is nothing here that I “walk back” or somehow or another disavow. I do not apologize for it. It just isn’t where I wanted to end up.
I talked a few weeks back about a silly game we used to play in the Navy that has – apparently – been “taken over” by white nationalist groups and consequently today if you play that game, even with no racist intent, you are automatically labeled a racist and guilty of racism and hatred and bigotry. You actually aren’t guilty of anything – except for playing a silly little game – but that no longer matters in today’s “J’accuse” world of one-up gotcha virtue signaling.
Now we get word that Nike, the venerable show company that makes its shoes in Communist China so as to avoid paying US wages and benefits, decided to do something incredibly stupid and frankly, horribly offensive.
Today is July 2nd. In 1863, a great battle in and around a small town called Gettysburg was in its second day. This is not meant to be a story about the battle but the second day was a day when Robert E. Lee surely could have used the talents of Stonewall Jackson. After two days of bloody fighting, Lee found himself in a position that would surely mean success or failure in the prosecution of the war. The strategy of the battle is still being discussed and argued about over a hundred and fifty years after the war ended. But many feel that Lee was hampered without his most influential subordinate who had died just a few months earlier.
There had been two brutal days of fighting at Gettysburg. Lee and his subordinates had several times come very close to breaking the…
My creative style is often sporadic. I was sitting here
looking at a jumble of quotes I had copied and sourced for some weird, yet
unformed, idea for this post and the title just popped to mind and consolidated
an outline for where to go…
As I have stated before, a lot of my inspiration and ideas
comes from listening to podcasts while I drive – so much so that I have
dedicated an entire subcategory for this phenomenon: “Inspiration
on the Road.” One unexpected turn a few days ago was to hear a discussion on
Dave Bowman’s “Plausibly Live”
podcast about my views and thoughts on how to discuss war with my son. I know
Dave follows this blog and we have traded comments and messages from time to
time, but it was still a nice surprise to know that my words triggered deeper thoughts…
A long time ago, in a place… well… 4.8 miles from here… a wise man told me a story to teach me a great truth. I have carried that story in my head for nearly forty years, and the recent defeat that I have suffered at the hands of my kitchen sink has reminded me that the reason for the story remains as true today as the day it first was told in 1908.
It is also why I had no time today to do any research or think at all about my reaction to the President of the United States stepping into North Korea. I mean, obviously, it’s a big deal and all, but there seems like there should be some deeper meaning to it.
And maybe that meaning is found in the skies overhead, where the International Space Station floated by at 0430 this morning as Ben and I stood in the street and watched in awe?
I realize that there are certain subjects about which one is not allowed to express an opinion, solely depending on the hue of one’s dermis. That said, I have come to believe that a good deal of our problems can be traced to the idea that your or my opinion cannot have any value whatsoever because I don’t like you or you don’t like me. As Ovid once said, “It is right to learn. Even from one’s opponent” (yes, that’s a paraphrase because the Latin does not exactly translate into English, deal with it).
During the Democrat Party Not-a-Debate last week, Senator Kamala Harris blasted former Vice-President and Senator Joe Biden over his “record” on Court ordered mandatory busing of students to different schools during the 1970s. It was a planned line, as her Campaign immediately began selling T-Shirts with the phrase, “I was That Little Girl” on them for a mere $30 “donation” to her campaign fund.
A wise man once said that a piece of cloth with only one side makes for awful thin material. Much like the debate over reparations for slavery, there is another side to this Busing issue that gets lost and somehow or another forgotten. What is that side? Well… let’s get in the Wayback Machine and travel back to 1974, in Denver, Colorado…
The following is a true story told to ATCS(AC) Jack Reese USN Retired by his uncle, John Reese, a journalist and novelist who wrote 34 books, mostly westerns. If you ever saw the movie “Charlie Varrick”, with Walter Mathau, this was from his book, “The Looters”.
AT the end of World War II, all the towns and cities across the country were looking for a “Home town boy makes good” person to celebrate the victory with. Los Angeles chose Admiral Halsey, whom it was rumored had done quite well. The ceremony was held on the steps of the LA county courthouse, and at the end of it when Halsey was leaving, they had a line of sideboys. They were active duty and retired Chief Petty Officers that had been brought in from all over the country. As he walked through the ranks, my uncle…
I believe that getting money out of politics would be a good thing, but it’s just not going to happen, except in my imaginary utopia.
The general problem with removing money from advertising on TV (and presumably radio?) is that the revenues aren’t used for political promotions, but to purchase programming (and to make some profit, of course).
As we have discussed many times, Radio Stations have to pay to carry, say, Rush Limbaugh. In return, they are “given” a certain amount of “commercial time” which they then sell to whoever will pay for it to help offset – and in a perfect world make more than it costs – the price of having Rush on the station. This is made even odder by the fact that Premier Networks required iHeart Media (nee Clear Channel) stations to carry these shows, which are, of course, produced by Clear Channel (Premier is a subsidiary). Most radio stations – and I would presume TV Stations – spend most of their time chasing ad dollars to keep their heads above water.
Nothing used to drive me battier than people wanting me to pitch for money for a political candidate or issue. “No,” I would tell them, “Buy an ad on the station or buy a service or product from the advertiser. That way we keep the shows on the air that talk about your candidate or issue.”
In any case, while Ad revenues are astronomical, I know that – at least in talk radio – it’s generally a barely break even money proposition. We’d make about $5 Million/year in ad revenue, and spend about $5.2 Million keeping the station running. Only subsidies from stations that weren’t political (i.e. Adult Contemporary Music) made enough to subsidize the stations in the cluster that were loss leaders, usually, Talk and niche music stations.
It is something to think about though. Money = power. If money also equals speech, then by definition speech is power.
And one thing we know about humans, they hate giving up power…
“What if” is a dangerous way to start a blog post. Dealing with hypotheticals, at least from the perspective of history, is often an exercise in futility and frustration due to the fact that we often have a good idea of the second- and third-order effects that may have happened.
In this case, however, I am briefly stepping away from my routine of discussing history and personal experiences to mull over a “what if” that came to mind last night:
What if advertising revenue was prohibited from media outlets?
To provide context, I had to bring up three posts for relevance and to see/show how my mind works…
Things Always on my Mind from 21 Feb 2018 closed with a brief statement about advertising during debates four years ago:
With costs ranging from $400,000 to $600,000, the active an passive approach to deterring threats to the students is noteworthy…