Vince Fumo Is A Democrat

Jeff Gammage had a very interesting story in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer as to what former State Sen. Vince Fumo can look forward to as he serves his 55-month sentence at a federal facility in Kentucky.  He neglected to mention Fumo’s party, a simple oversight I’m sure.

Fumo, of course, is a Democrat. Perhaps Gammage felt that mentioning the 55-month prison sentence made it redundant to refer to the political party.

The story can be found at:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20090830_No_place_for_titans_.html?page=1&c=y

Bush Volunteered For Vietnam

Bush Volunteered For VietnamDuring the first eight years of the millennium, a large segment of the the American public bought the line spoon fed to them by the propagandists who work at the networks and major newspapers that as a young man George W. Bush avoided combat in Vietnam by using family connections to join the National Guard.

Well, as it turns out, Dubya not only picked one of the few Guard units whose members were seeing combat but he actually volunteered for it himself.

While supporters had heard and accepted reports of this, in a bit of serious irony Dan Rather’s lawsuit — Captain Dan is suing CBS for $70 million claiming he wasn’t able to defend his story alleging special treatment for Dubya because, don’t laugh, CBS executives wanted to curry favor with the President — has conclusively established the fact to all but the most psychotic  anti-Republicans.

Newsman Bernard Goldberg has reported that on  page 130 of the report created by a panel of outsiders CBS assembled to get sort out Rathergate, it was noted that Rather co-conspirator Mary Mapes had information prior to the airing of the Sept. 8 2004 segment that President Bush, while in the Texas Air National Guard volunteered for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who served in theTexANG with Lt.  Bush told Mapes in 1999 that  Bush“did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.” Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before Sept. 8,that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not haveenough flight hours to qualify.

Bush Volunteered For Vietnam

Glenn Beck And Who Needs Prime Time?

The attack by anti-speech partisans against newscaster Glenn Beck appears to be backfiring. As of Aug. 24, his Fox News show was the third most watched one on cable with 2,810,000 viewers behind Bill O’Reilly (3,440,000) and Sean Hannity (2,937,000).

Unlike O’Reilly and Hannity, however, Beck does not air in prime time coming on at 5 p.m.

Press + Institutions = Presstitution

The Washington Post is marketing to institutional executives and lobbyists dinners with congressmen, Obama officials and its own reporters, according to Politico.com.

The “salons” will be held at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth.

Price for access ranges from $25,000 to $250,000, according to the flier.

So much for the role of watchdog. At least now, there is no excuse for doubting everything you read.

The new service was made  known to the general public by a health-care lobbyist offended by the policy. The flier baldly said the dinners would provide access to the paper’s  “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

The Post has finally wised up. It was always in bed with those wanting big government. Now they have figured out they could get paid for it.

Well the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times follow suit?

See http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/24441.html

The Sound Of Inevitability, Mr. Anderson

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee, yesterday, gave its stamp of approval, with an 18-6  vote, to a bill letting state and local governments put legal notices on website rather than pay for newspaper advertising.

If the HB1757 becomes law it would save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and put just about every newspaper in the state out of business — a little sooner than otherwise anyway.

The bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

The bill is sponsored by Tom C. Creighton, a Republican from Lancaster County.

There are several similar bills being pondered by the State House.

For information about HB1757 see: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2009

Also, see How To Find Dollars In Tough Times.

Irv Homer Hall of Famer

Pat Delsi has informed me that Irv Homer is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. Mr. Homer was informed of the honor at the group’s November banquet so he knew before his passing. Irv Homer Hall of Famer

The Broadcast Pioneers has a fantastic website featuring audio clips of John Facenda (and many others) from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’60s; video clips going back to the ’40s — there is even one of Bernie the Bunyip; and many other rare bits of nostalgia.

It can be found at http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/

Irv Homer Hall of Famer

Philadelphia Press Association Dinner

The Philadelphia Press Association had its annual awards dinner (it’s 64th?) Friday at the Bala Golf Club. Pat Delsi did his usual fine job as master of ceremonies. Daily Times editor Phil Heron swept all three slots for daily newspaper editorial writing and won and placed in headline writing.

The ever delightful Anne Neborak of the News of Delaware County and Bob Raines of The Ambler Gazette dominated the photography categories. Anne also took a third place in weekly newspaper column writing. The subject? Photography.

The News of Delco, now edited by David Bjorkgren, won the prize for weekly newspaper special section writing.

The Public Service award, and The Grand Award for Public Service went to Danielle Lynch of the Daily Local News for her series  regarding families with disabled children. Pat introduced her with a story about his grandson who has Down’s syndrome and how they now teach such children sign language since their vocal development lags.

The always entertaining Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News took first place in daily newspaper column writing for his “human relations complaint”.  Stu could not attend but had a superb excuse — his granddaughter’s birthday.

Irv Homer R.I.P.

Talk Radio great Irv Homer died Wednesday after collapsing while speaking at an event at Eastern University regarding the Federal Reserve System and how money works. The featured speaker was G. Edward Griffin, author of “The Creature from Jekyll Island”. Mr. Homer was responsible for introducing Griffin to thousands in the Philadelphia area. Irv Homer R.I.P.

I have fond memories of Mr. Homer. Circa 1994 I was managing editor of most of the papers in the Press newspaper chain and we carried a column criticizing the IRS. A short time later, we were subject to an audit.

A young lady named Pat Toddy was working for us part-time as a writer and sales rep and working part-time screening calls for Mr. Homer at WWDB-FM. She told Mr. Homer about our plight and Mr. Homer stuck up for us via his mike.

R.I.P. Mr. Homer.

Pat, btw, has done pretty well for herself and has a slot on the anchor desk at KYW Newsradio.

Irv Homer R.I.P.