Monkees’ Michael Nesmith Dies

Michael Nesmith, guitarist and songwriter for the Monkees, died of natural causes this morning (December 10, 2021) at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his family. Only Mickey Dolenz of the four Monkees survives. [12/10/2021]

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Iranians Indicted for 2020 Election Hack

They said it was a perfect election in 2020. It was, except for the Iranians who allegedly hacked a state voter database, Wisconsin creating unlawful instructions, Arizona losing 50,000 disputed ballots, and apparently many more problems. Yesterday, federal prosecuters in New York unveiled an indictment of two Iranian hackers. [11/19/2021]

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Baby's Spina Bifada Corrected in Womb After Mom Declines Abortion

Wonderful things can happen, but first, there must be no abortion. This mom said no to a recommended abortion. Doctors then successfully corrected her baby's spina bifida while the baby was still in the womb. Today, her child is alive and well, walking, running, and climbing like any other perfect child. [11/16/2021]

Mom & baby

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New Orleans Federal Appeals Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate

A U.S. appeals court in New Orleans today upheld its decision to put on hold an order by President Joe Biden for companies with 100 workers or more to require COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting a challenge by his administration. [11/12/2021]

President Biden waves

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Supply Chain Pain

One Presidential administration ago, we had China right where we wanted it. We were energy self-sufficient, and American manufacturing was ramping up. But the good news has turned bad under Biden. Here, Joel Kotkin a Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life and the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute does some good thinking about China and our current supply chain pain. [Opinion 11/11/2021]

Ships and a tug

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Led Zeppelin IV 50 Years Old Today

[Bill Drake tympani roll] Fifty years ago today! Led Zeppelin's iconic fourth album, Led Zeppelin IV was released. It defined “classic rock.” JD was working at WPTR in Albany, a 50,000-watt AM Top 40 station near where he went to college in Troy, NY. The station ran a promotion to give away a "fat 40 brand new Led Zeppelin IV albums" during a Led Zeppelin weekend marking the album's release. [11/08/2021]

Led Zeppelin IV album cover

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California Causes the Supply Chain Clog

You'll hear almost nothing about this from conventional media pundits and industry spokespeople intevrviewed by them. But the California emission standards prohibit almost half of the country’s diesel big rig fleet from entering California to pick up containers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach because the trucks are older and don't meet the new emission standards. The federal Environmental Protection Agency gets to weigh in and require environmental impact statements for new projects. Shouldn't the Department of Commerce get to require economic impact statements of environmental legislation? We've allowed one state to give the entire nation a severe case of supply chain constipation! [11/08/2021]

Container Ships

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Biden's classless Chief of Staff

Jeff Crouere is a New Orleanian who knows class even when he doesn't see it. Early in his career, Jeff called WTIX-FM home. Now, his beat is politics, and he has a lot to say about Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, and none of it is good. Writing for Townhall, Jeff rips pretty much everything about the Biden administration. [Opinion 10/18/2021]

Ron Klain

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Coach O. to geaux, less than 2 years after LSU national championship win

LSU’s football team will part ways with its 5-year coach, Ed Orgeron at the end of the 2021 season. It was Less than two years after Orgeron led LSU to a national championship with one of the greatest teams in college football history. [10/17/2021]

Ed Orgeron

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To oldly go where no one has gone before

James T. Kirk, a.k.a. William Shatner, went to space for real this morning aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. Over the course of 10 minutes and 17 seconds, the Star Trek TV and movie star and three crewmates took off atop a hydrogen-fueled rocket, climbed to edge of space 65.8 miles up and enjoyed three to four minutes of weightlessness, along with spectacular views of Earth, before plunging back to a gentle parachute-assisted touchdown. At age 90, Shatner is Earth’s oldest space traveler. [10/13/2021]

Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket

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Brown Sugar canceled

Cancel Culture has come for one of the Rolling Stone’s biggest hits, Brown Sugar. Ironically, the lyrics are about the evils of slavery. But it wouldn't be the first time Cancel Culturists, who want to take down statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have acted inappropriately. [10/13/2021]

The Rolling Stones in the Superdome, 1981

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John did it

The Walrus says its’s John’s fault. The Walrus was Paul. And John can no longer contradict him. Speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life” that is scheduled to air on Oct. 23, McCartney said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles. [10/12/2021]

The Beatles

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Gambling with NASA

The space program, at least the return to the Moon, has gotten very messy. Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin team, may have gambled with NASA and lost. [9/30/2021]

Jeff Bezos

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Mark Hoppus cancer-free

Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus announced on September 29 that he is cancer-free following three months of chemotherapy, but added that he still had months of scans and treatments ahead of him. In late April of this year, he had been diagnosed diagnosed with stage 4-A Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, which is what his mother had fought and overcame as well. “Still have to get scanned every six months and it’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal,” Hoppus said, “But today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed.” [9/30/2021]

Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus

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R. Kelly convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking

Related true story: Once upon a time, a listener who shall not be named wrote into WTIX-FM complaining about “a terribly inappropriate and lewd comment” JD made on the air. Lewd? Maybe. But clever and funny? Yes. JD thought so, anyway. So, not wanting to offend his listeners, JD looked up the complainer on Facebook. A posted photo showed a collection of pro-abortion activist signs. One of them was a drawing of two ovaries and a uterus with the caption, "This Machine Kills Fascists." Another read, "F*ck Patriarchy." One of her favorite musicians, she posted, was R. Kelly. Ever listen to his lyrics? To cap it off, she listed herself as the Chief Operating Officer for a private New Orleans children's academy. [9/28/2021]

R. Kelly

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Shatner to space

He's an actor, not an astronaut! Well, not so fast, Dr. McCoy! These days, space dreams can come true, even at age 90. His digs won't be quite as spacious as aboard the science fictional Enterprise, but the background will be real and not something on a green screen. William Shatner is to launch sometime in October. [9/24/2021]

William Shatner

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E. C. was here (New Orleans)

E. C. was here September 18, playing in a venue with a proof-of-vaccination requirement, something he vowed not to do. What can we say? New Orleans is a city that likely has caused many vows to be broken. The Smoothie King Center was reportedly pretty lax with their vaccine-proof-checking, and masking was not required if you ate or drank at the Eric Clapton show. Who doesn't do that at a concert, especially in New Orleans? [9/22/2021]

Eric Clapton

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Did Gen. Mark Milley commit treason?

Washington Post and Watergate reporter Bob Woodward has co-written a new book. Details reported today in the Post show General Mark Milley reassured China's People's Liberal Army General Li Zuocheng that he would give the communist country a heads up if President Donald Trump launched an attack in the final months of his presidency. He did so in a series of reported phone calls and reassured Li he would stand between Trump and an attack on Chinese assets. [9/14/2021]

General Mark Milley

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Rolling Stones forced to miss drummer's funeral

It's hard to believe the Rolling Stones weren't allowed to fly back into the U. K. to attend their drummer Charlie Watts’ funeral. The reason for that was not specified. Could bureaucrats have felt that vaccine, masks, testing, and distancing would have been ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID? Sad. [9/14/2021]

Charlie Watts

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Meaningless pandemic data

A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have mild or asymptomatic cases. There are many COVID patients in the hospital with fairly mild symptoms, too, who have been admitted for further observation on account of their comorbidities, or because they reported feeling short of breath. Another portion of the patients in this tally are in the hospital for something unrelated to COVID, and discovered that they were infected only because they were tested upon admission. This new study, not yet peer-reviewed, suggests that roughly half of all the hospitalized patients showing up on COVID-data dashboards in 2021 may have been admitted for another reason entirely, or had only a mild presentation of disease. [9/14/2021]

COVID data graph

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Irrational COVID belief

Here, lawyyer and writer Alexander Zubatov expresses his logic re the long-term safety of COVID vaccines. As a memeber of a high-risk group, JD heeded his doctor’s advice and got two doses of the Pfizer vaccine back in March of 2021. The shot givers didn't ask, nor did they test him for antibodies before giving JD his shots, but in late December of 2019, JD ahd many of the COVID symptoms: brief fever and sore throat, upper respiratory congestion followed by deeper, pneumonia-like congestion, and flu-like aches, pains, and fatugue. I guess he'll never know if it was COVID. If there are potential long-term consequences of the COVID vaccine, JD may have to ride those out, too. Readers should make their own decisions, if they're allowed. [Opinion 9/13/2021]

My Body, My Choice protest signs

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The COVID treatment which shall not be named

Joe Biden never mentions this safe, effective, and approved COVID treatment. Why? Presumably because you then might choose not to get the vaccine. Despite its apparenty waning effectivenss, especially against the Delta and Mu variants of the SARS-2 coronavirus, and its tendency to merely ameliorate the disease symptoms rather than actually stopping viral transmission, the Biden administration seems interested in promoting only the vaccine as the way to end the pandemic. [9/7/2021] Update: 2 days after this story was posted here, President Biden announced his 6-point COVID Action Plan. One of its elements promotes the use of monoclonal antibody treatments. This is good news!

Joe Biden

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New details re coronavirus research

More than 900 pages of materials related to US.-funded coronavirus research in China were released following a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept. EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. So who is responsible for COVID­­­—China, or the U.S.? You be the judge. [9/7/2021]

Wuhan Institute of Virology

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