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Radio Talent Coach Sam Weaver

Podcasts,Internet Radio,Traditional Radio, and New Media 1 888 680 7234. Fall Price Specials.

Updated: 2018-03-07T13:31:48.189-08:00


WIFI Radio And New Media

2009-10-13T19:47:16.632-07:00 is the home to Radio Talent Coach Sam Weaver. If you have the desire, he can help you! Call 1 888 680 7234 or e-mail Sam at

WIFI Is Part of The New Media

While old Media continues to flounder, New Media advances are surging forward.

VTech has introduced a new $200 WiFi radio that promises to make traditional radio irrelevant.

The horribly named VTech IS9181 is a Wi-Fi music streaming device designed to make accessing the near-infinite variety of Internet radio as easy as traditional radio.

The IS9181 connects to any wireless network (802.11 b & g) and lets you access more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations worldwide. It also lets you access audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real) stored on you Wi-Fi-enabled computer (PC or Mac). The IS9181 also offers localized weather (based on zip code).

The End of Traditional Radio in the Home?

The IS9181, and devices like it, are going to rapidly make traditional radio's obsolete.

The device works like a radio, but it gives you access to thousands of stations that you can’t get on a traditional radio, while still giving you local weather.

How long can traditional radio and even satellite radio, last with competition like this?

IS9181 Key Features:

* 802.11 digital Wi-Fi
* Internet radio streaming from 11,000 stations; ability to search for any stations that stream online
* Internet radio station search from VTech’s site or on the device itself
* Ability to preset favorites on the product or online
* PC or Mac-stored MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real music file playing
* Ability to connect an MP3 player or any audio device with a 3.5mm headset jack using the provided cord
* Ability to connect the IS9181 (via RCA connections) to other audio systems for streaming access
* Internal 2.1 speakers
* Convenient remote to browse, select and control music from across the room
* AC Power Adapter
* Battery-operated option (requires six AA batteries, not included)
* MSRP: $199.95
* One-year limited warranty(image)

Traditional Radio: Communicating

2009-10-07T21:38:24.892-07:00 Sam Weaver is a radio talent coach (traditional radio,podcasting, and Internet radio. He is also an Internet radio consultant. Samis the most affordable radio talent coach and the best at helping personalities maximize their abilities. 1 888 680 7234.During these tumultuous times in traditional radio, the most obvious overlooked area is communications. With all the downsizing, rumors of more change, and salary reductions, employees need more personal attention than ever. It takes little effort to briefly interact with co-workers.Program Directors and the WorkplaceOne of the most important things for a program director is to understand the duties of other departments in a station. It's a process, but casual lunches work well. These situations help people understand the job duties of others and open doors to mutual exchanges of information.Always be careful not to expose personal information, as it could be used for gossip. Do not speak ill of other office workers or station policies. Listen, and the other person will teach and inform. It is one of the best ways to form a business relationship with co-workers. Increased knowledge is a valuable work tool, providing clarity to how all departments are connected to numerous problems and solutions.OrganizingProgram directors and operations managers need to be aware of the pulse of a radio station. The trick is to do it in a timely fashion without letting anything interfere with daily duties. It is very important to get as much work done as possible before walking the halls. During business hours, encourage co-workers to place memos or proposals in a slot outside your door. If such a slot does not exist, have engineering construct something. After business hours, instruct employees to slide information underneath your door. Keep the slot emptied for security reasons and so employees can see their communications have not been ignored.Acknowledge interoffice e-mails with a thank you or some sort of response indicating awareness. Have a system for returning phone calls and prioritize daily chores. Select a portion of the day to keep your door open. On an unconscious level, it suggests availability.Walking the HallwaysMake a to-do list handy or utilize an Internet calendar. In either case, get a handle on everything before walking the hallways in search of information. Casually check in briefly with each department and get a sense of the employees' day. Snapshots can provide glimpses into pitfalls, who's sick, which sales persons never meet deadlines, why the midday personality is tired, and many little things requiring attention.These office strolls should not take more than thirty minutes. Consider them akin to political tracking polls and the workplace as the candidate. For the most part, it lets employees see a thoughtful human being. Set the tone and do not allow these encounters to gravitate towards gossip. The more one knows, the easier it is to lead.Radio Coach Sam Weaver is one of the leading talent coaches for Radio personalities. 1 888 680 RADIO. For a free aircheck review, visit[...]

Radio, Podcasting, and Internet Radio Coaching, Name Your Own Price


This is Radio Coach Sam Weaver, (Website http://www.radiocoach.bizVeteran and beginning communicators in traditional radio, podcasting, and Internet radio, want direction with preparation and presentation. Thanks to my 30 plus years as a radio programmer, announcer, and educator, it is always a pleasure to guide others on the journey of knowledge. It is a mutual trip because learning never stops for me. I am a personal radio talent trainer and coach with a passion for working with others. My problem has always been how much to charge for services. However, the answer came from a “Priceline” commercial, let broadcasters name their own price, and pay what they think is fair? Therefore, that is exactly what I am doing. Do not let money stand in the way of learning, make the call to 1 888 680 RADIO (7234) or e-mail me, bids are welcome, do not hesitate; you’ll get my coaching services at price of your choice, be realistic with what you can afford for a month or more.To find out more about me, the website is While I try not to blush, but here is what some peers have said:BJ Murphy, Air Personality"Sam Weaver was the key person in my development as a morning personality. I have been a student of his for 18 years. He is the best I know for getting the best out of his talent. I was so fortunate to have Sam Weaver early in my career to help me and guide me. I owe my foundation in morning drive success to him".Joel Denver, Pres./Publisher"Over the years, one of the most consistent winners in radio has been Sam Weaver. His attention to detail, content, and the ability to grow and nurture talent puts him in a class by himself."Dana Hall, Executive Editor, “He is passionate, knowledgeable, and an incredible coach”.Earl BostonOwner, Earl Boston IncComputer Music Rotation“Over the years, one of the most consistent winners in radio"Jon Zellner, Vice President of Music and Programming, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio“I competed against him in Kansas City and he did a phenomenal job with KPRS. It was a constant ratings and revenue leader”Tony Gray, Gray Communications“Sam Weaver is among the leading programmers in this country”Gary BernsteinPresident of Syndication One“He is one of those rare programmers that can find, motive, educate, and grow air talent”Rob WagmanPD, WIBT 96 The Beat, Charlotte“A constant in my career has been hiring talent that has worked with Sam. I have hired them because they have learned what to. I know because he taught me.Jerry Boulding, Urban Editor,“I’ve known Sam for the better part of our careers. I’ve observed him as an air talent and a programmer.Over the years he has groomed and developed air personalities and several morning shows. He is motivated, research oriented, analytical, and has a knack of explaining things in an understandable way”In one of the Dirty Harry movies, Clint Eastwood said "A man's got to know his limitations". It is another way of saying, know your strengths. Coaching radio personalities is my special talent and the new audio platforms of Internet radio and podcasting have expanded my base because both require the same skills. Take the first step and let's get started.Radio Coach Sam Weaver is one of the leading talent coaches for Radio personalities. 1 888 680 RADIO. For a free aircheck review, visit[...]

Radio and The Portable People Meter: Part 1


The new ratings measurement, the Portable People Meter, or PPM, is not magical or mystical, nor is it the greatest invention ever created to assist radio and its advertisers in separating consumers from their cash. What it will do is monitor passive radio listening, show increases, and help improve strategic marketing for businesses. It will, however, be a challenge for radio to learn how to manipulate the results of the new report card.Arbitron?Arbitron Inc. is a media and marketing research firm, serving media, radio, television, cable, Internet streaming, advertisers, and advertising agencies in the United States. Its core business is to measure network and local market radio audiences, surveying retail, media, and product patterns of consumers in local markets. Arbitron provides software to analyze media audience and marketing information data. The company has now developed the Portable People Meter, a new electronic technology for media and marketing research and measuring radio.Through the years, there have been few competitors. By default, Arbitron is currently a monopoly. Through a joint venture with The , Arbitron also provides additional media and marketing research services to television, newspaper, and online industries. Its marketing and research headquarters are in Columbia Maryland, and the executive offices are located in New York City.Electronic MeasurementThe new electronic measurement tool, PPM, is an excellent showcase for publicly owned Arbitron, which of course wants to show its shareholders that it can increase or retain its stock value through more advanced offerings. For years, advertising agencies and radio have been hoping for an improved way to measure listening. This new system is a researcher’s dream, but a headache for radio programmers, sales managers, and clients. The Portable People Meter (PPM) has its own language and provides measurement for traditional radio, streaming, HD, podcasting, and satellite radio. Arbitron has made excellent use of broadcast researchers to market this GPS-like technology to the radio industry.Traditional radio is becoming a tale of two societies. The PPM will be completely implemented into the top 50 markets by the end of 2010. Markets 51 and higher will continue with the paper diary to measure listening. This older method relies on participant-written accounts of daily listening. Agencies and many radio pundits are excited about the new electronic measurement, the , because in theory, it will provide a more accurate account of listening.Technorati ProfilePart 2 will cover the survey selection process and necessary equipment for participation.Radio Coach Sam Weaver is one of the leading talent coaches for Radio personalities. 1 888 680 RADIO. For a free aircheck review, visit[...]

Radio Internships Part Three


This is the last entry of a three part series on Internships at radio. Read the first installment by following this link.

For a review of "How to Become a Radio Intern", visit the above Internships link.

Prior to the beginning of an internship, make a list of what you want to learn and share it with the supervisor. Take time to learn each department and how each one relates to the on-air broadcasts. Check with your supervisor and see if other departments need help. Rest assured when others discover you are dependable, a bidding war would erupt for your services. Be courteous, pay attention and never complain.

Stargazing and sexual harassment are two areas of concern. Maintain a professional attitude when a celebrity visits the station. If you want an autograph, ask your supervisor how to go about it. Do not abandon an assignment and run down the hallway to watch someone being interviewed. It sends the wrong message. The same holds true for conduct with the on-air staff. There is more than enough time for fun, but let such opportunities take their natural course. If the station is involved with a concert or an event you would like to attend, quietly ask your supervisor if it is possible to get tickets. Never ask in front of others.

When it comes to sexual harassment, do not tolerate inappropriate behavior. If your immediate supervisor shares or initiates such action, inform his or her boss. However, be discreet when handling the situation.

A radio internship can lead to possibilities outside of broadcasting. There is a constant flow of business executives, civic leaders, political figures, and entertainers coming through a radio station. Therefore, remain alert for contacts and opportunities. An internship will strengthen your work skills, build your resume, increase marketability, and provide a professional references. It is the first step towards a foundation for the future.

To read the entire article click here. For a review of Radio Internships Part One and Two, follow this link, and see archives.

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Radio Internships Part Two


This is the second entry of a three part series on internships at radio. Read the first installment by following this link.

For a review of "How to Become a Radio Intern", visit here.

Once it is established where you would like to intern, it is up to you to make contact. Call the radio station's business office and ask for the program director (PD). The receptionist will transfer you. If you get a recorded prompt instead of a receptionist, select Programming. If you actually get the PD or an assistant, state your name, your school name, and your desire for an internship. If the transfer goes to voice mail, leave the same information and your phone number and wait a week for a return call. If it does not come, phone again. Keep trying every few days until someone responds. Polite persistence pays off. Stations usually react quickly to internship inquiries.

Interns are welcomed because there is so much work at a radio station and never enough hands to get it done. The first thing to do is to inform the station supervisor of your computer and writing skills. You’ll be an instant success. Try to intern for the Operations Manager or Program Director. Every department works closely with them. This will give you an overview of the entire work environment. It will also speed up the learning curve.

In the beginning, duties will consist of paperwork and typing memos. You’ll also be a foot soldier, delivering information throughout the company. It will seem like busywork, but it’s not. All work is important and serves a purpose. Focus on the assigned duties and earn the trust of others. In return, people will share knowledge. Good social skills lead to temporary assignments such as answering business phones, request lines, assisting promotions, or helping the music director. No matter how small, all tasks contribute. Social skills consist of politeness and manners. “Yes Sir,” “No Sir,” “Yes Ma’am," “No Ma’am,” Mr. Mrs. or Ms. It is little things like not openly sneezing into the air, covering your mouth when coughing, or cleaning up after eating. Everything reflects on character.

To read the entire article click here. For a review of Radio Interns Part One, follow this link, Radio Interns.

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Radio Internships Part One


Interning in radio can lead to employment. An in-house Internship Program would be an excellent way for a broadcasting company to prospect for and train potential future employees. Many stations have had interns become announcers, salespersons, production assistants, promotion directors, music directors, traffic managers, program directors, and general managers. An internship can be the best route to employment.

Internships and community volunteers share similar experiences, but interns receive high school or college credit for a class. Most internships are non-paid. They are either semester-based or seasonal. Requesting to be a community volunteer, as opposed to an intern, avoids stipulations such as age requirements or restrictions on the time of year. Sometimes community volunteers go on to do internships at the same place they volunteered.

Regardless, intern or volunteer, it's about learning and getting first-hand experience. From this point on, intern will be the only word used in this article. (Community volunteers do not get grades and their participation is not school-sanctioned.)

A student looking for an internship should check with a teacher, college radio supervisor, other students currently interning, and/or the Internet. If you have a mentor at a commercial station, inquire about internship. Do not be discouraged if the station of interest does not have an intern program. It does not mean that they are not open to the possibilities. In fact, you might be responsible for starting a relationship between your high school or college and the broadcasting company. In any case, make sure all necessary paperwork for academic credit is signed and in the proper hands. All music stations operate the same, regardless of format, but if you are interested in talk radio or sports, apply specifically to those stations for internships. To continue reading, just click interns.

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Coaching Podcasting and Radio Personalities


Radio and Podcasting is theater of the mind and the radio announcer/podcaster is the actor. To become successful it requires passion, practice, a willingness to learn, ability to read, ego, ability to write, patience, desire, and sacrifice. Air personalities and podcasters anchor the broadcast and podcast Industries. A microphone is power. The opportunities for radio and podcast personalities could lead to other avenues.The announcer alumni list includes David Letterman of Late Nite; President/Publisher, Joel Denver; CBS Radio President, Dan Mason; Radio One President, Barry Mayo; Carson Daly of Last Call; Urban Editor, Jerry Boulding; television icon Dick Clark; actor Donald Sutherland; Quincy McCoy, the Vice President of Radio for MTVN Digital Music; Service Broadcasting C.O.O Ken Dowe; Willard Scott of the Today Show; and Bob Pittman, a principal in the Pilot Group, a private investment firm specializing in new media and Internet companies.As a broadcast talent coach with a career spanning more than 30 years, I would offer the following for those interested in becoming a radio or podcast personality:1. Anyone who can read and write has the capabilities of becoming a radio or podcast personality. It is important to vocalize written copy aloud. The sound of someone's voice has little to do with being successful. Communicating succinctly in a warm and friendly manner is the ultimate goal.In the beginning, one of the best ways to practice is to read front-page paragraph blurbs from the USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, or the home page of any online information web portal such as AOL. Buy an inexpensive tape recorder and carry it around. These recorders have built-in microphones.Another alternative is downloading an audio software program and purchasing a microphone. One of the better programs is Audacity. The software is free and used by many in the radio industry. It would be best to use the tape recorder and advance to audio software at a later date. Audacity also offers podcasting software.2. Choose five paragraphs to record. Hit the record button read a sentence, stop the recorder or software program, rewind, and listen. This is how recording levels are checked. Depending on the loudness, either increase or decrease the volume. Make the necessary adjustments, sit up straight, and begin reading.When finished, rewind again and listen. People breathe when they talk. There should be natural pauses, however, it’s common for beginners to attempt to say too much without breathing and become short of breath. For an undetermined length of time, there is a “brain to mouth disconnect” as newbies become accustomed to hearing their voice recorded.3. After an objective self-evaluation, it will become evident that professional help is needed. A mentor/coach can provide assistance in talent development. There are several ways to find help. Sign up for college radio classes, online broadcast courses, enroll in broadcast school, call a local air personality for advice, or podcasters contact the host of one of your favorite podcast show. Another option is to call the program director of any station and ask for guidance. Whomever the contact, information will be provided and a mentoring relationship might develop.4. There are many routes to becoming a radio/podcasting personality. A mentor/coach could be beneficial when seeking a radio internship or community volunteer work. Currently, most internships are tied to college courses and do not begin until the junior or senior year. Inquire about volunteering and avoid the problem. This could be done as a high schooler or as a college or non-college student. At the college level, unless the plan is to teach broadcasting, select it as minor and major in another field. Serious podcasters should take the same approach as the traditional radio personalities. The same sk[...]

Radio and Office Politics


Office politics at a radio station can affect success or failure. Master it and chances for job security and advancement are excellent. Stations are a community of fragile egos and it takes time to understand co-workers. In a perfect world, people are judged on the merits of their work. Sorry, it does not work that way. It’s usually poor office politics and not ratings that cause firings. Test everyone that approaches and make sure his or her intentions are honorable. The keys are caution, patience, and time.One of the best ways to explain office politics is to take a look at the antics of politicians and professional athletes. Their indiscretions become headline news. Private sector problems are usually confined to the place of business. Unfortunately, the sexual misconduct of public figures, is the only aspect of office politics that is ever openly documented. Here are some examples of poor workplace decisions:In 1992 female staffers accused Senator Bob Packwood of assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. He was forced to resign from Congress under the Threat of expulsion.There was the “ Petticoat Affair” that involved members of President Andrew Jackson’s cabinet. Allegedly, the husband of Washington D.C resident Margaret O’Neil committed suicide due to an affair she was having with Secretary of War, John Henry Eaton. She and Eaton married shortly after the husband’s demise. This caused quite a stir among some of the cabinet members and their wives. Eaton resigned.Current Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an extramarital affair with his Chief-of-Staff, Christine Beatty. He refuses to resign and is under indictment with eight felony counts. City council recently voted in favor of impeachment.In 1976 House Representative Wayne Hays hired Elizabeth Ray to serve as a secretary on his staff. Later it was discovered that her only job was to be his mistress. She admitted to not having any clerical skills. He resigned from Congress.Current San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom admitted to having an affair with his campaign manager’s wife in 2005. At the time of the tryst she was working in the Mayor’s office as his aid for City Commission appointments.During Bill Clinton’s Presidency, he had a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The entire situation led to his impeachment. However, the congressional vote for removal fell short and he retained office.Sports is not immune the problem either. In the early 70’s, New York Yankee Pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson swapped wives.To be fair, some awkward office situations have been successful. Jeannie Buss is the Los Angeles Laker Executive Vice-President of Business Operations and the girlfriend of Laker Head Coach Phil Jackson. She is also the daughter of team owner Jerry Buss.GOSSIPOn a daily basis, co-workers consciously or unconsciously interrogate each other. These casual conversations can become the basis for gossip. Try to keep things close to the vest, and only tell people what you want them to know. Keep personal and business lives separate. Spreading gossip can be intentional or unintentional. The causes can be jealousy, misinterpretation, ignorance, miscommunication, deflection, or misdirection.Jealousy: someone just does not like youMisinterpretation: something said is taken out of contextIgnorance: for no particular reason spreads gossipMiscommunication: misunderstanding of facts or an assumption without rechecking the original sourceDeflection: attempts to keep the heat off themselves by trying to refocus others on someone elseMisdirection: purposely shades the facts to throw others off the track of truth.In office politics, gossip grows and takes on a life of its own. It’s similar to the game where people sit in a circle and whisper a story to the person next to them until it travels back to the fir[...]

Steroids, Baseball, Bonds, and Clemens


Our national pastime of baseball is no longer past tense, passe, or living in the past. Steroids and HGH deserve the credit. These performance-enhancing drugs have provided Major League Baseball with some marketing juice. This enlightened point of view is a matter of perspective. It's partly sunny, not partly cloudy. The glass is half-full, not half-empty.There is no such thing as bad publicity. Sports entertainment is about marketing. The Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds steroid calamities provided baseball with an off-season presence. This issue was the hot topic for news media, sports media, bloggers, Internet social sites, and various web-based organizations. Congress even got in on the act with the Clemens congressional committee hearing. Gavel to gavel coverage was provided by every major news outlet. Baseball's "hot stove" season was sizzling.Who knew a sport layered in traditions would be at the forefront of pharmaceutical muscle and tissue advancement? Major League Baseball has had its share of drug abuses and allegations. Steve Howe, Darryl Strawberry, Dock "LSD" Ellis, Ken Caminiti, Dwight Gooden, Wally Joyner, and Jason Giambi are a few of the names that come to mind. Baseball's past has also included rumors about widespread amphetamine use. None of these situations have ever sparked the amount of off-season media attention that anabolic steroids received. Usually, the only thing ever heard about after the World Series, are manager terminations, the winter meetings, and possible trades.MLB needs to promote year around. However, the main focus should be on the off-season. Baseball needs to become the leader of self-promotion. Take a tip from Fox, ESPN, and HBO. Energize beyond the core audience and think outside the diamond. Have some television and radio commercials produced to promote the excitement. Action packed video and audio collages of player home runs, spectacular defensive plays, and great pitching moments. Target the spots at the 18-34 demo and have them narrated by current lifestyle leaders in music, movies, and fashion. Buy time on TV networks other than ESPN and Fox. Place ads on shows that appeal to the demo. Also, embrace more of the new media that technology has created. Go beyond the XM broadcasts and to sign partnerships with YouTube, Myspace, Facebook, and any other social networks to advertise the sport. Currently, offers inexpensive packages of live game audio and live game video and audio of any team regular season game. The use of this technology probably appeals to sports junkies and the developing younger 12-30-year-old demo that view movies and TV on their computer screens. However, baseball does a poor job of promoting these options.Devise something for the winter months at a destination location to create some buzz. Pro-football and basketball have turned their drafts into events. Baseball owners annually hold winter meetings during the second week of December. This would be a perfect time to host an event to showcase MLB and its relationship with the fans. On Opening Day, start promoting the venture so people make plans. At the event, get the players involved in an All-Star softball game and other types of non-contact activities. Set up player autograph booths. It is very important to make this extravaganza free. In attendance, have big named musicians, TV celebrities and movie stars that love baseball. Showcase these entertainment icons. Insure that there is something for every age bracket. The objective is to generate excitement and spotlight the sport in the off-season. Sports TV and sports talk radio will love it. Make it an annual event.Attendance continues to rise and yet there are still some pundits that act as if baseball is a step away from a glue factory. It's believed that baseball's lack of growth among youth and A[...]




Vladimir Putin's Plan For Iraq and Iran


The Iraq war resembles the movie, “Pulp Fiction.” Each situation is a segment of the whole picture. You have to examine the next episode to figure out the previous one. No one is saying it, but historical facts and current events point to Russia and President Vladimir Putin.The Soviet Union lost the Afghan War thanks to the partnership of the United States, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and Congressman Charlie Wilson. Former President George H. Bush once called the Taliban, “freedom fighters.” He advocated funding Bin Laden in the mid 80's. The U.S.S.R’s loss of the war, caused financial ruin, dismantled Communist Party rule, and broke up the Soviet Bloc. President Putin, the former head of the KGB, resurrected himself and recreated communism disguised as free enterprise. Putin’s master plan combined the best of capitalism, socialism, communism, and fascism. On the surface, you see a free Russia with a head of state for each country that was once part of the Soviet Union. Don’t be fooled, step out of line and Putin will crush you. Just ask Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. During his successful bid for office in 2004, he almost died of dioxin poisoning. There had been long standing disputes over borders and Russian naval bases in Ukrainian territory. During the election, Putin quietly backed Yushchenko’s pro- Russian opponent, then, in 2006; there was the mysterious poisoning of ex- Russian spy and Kremlin critic Colonel Alexander Litvenko. He died from a radioactive substance. He had fled Russia in 2000. Both poison cases were reminiscent of the Cold War and how the KGB silenced opposition. As far as Putin goes, it is hard to teach a former KGB Chief new tricks.Russia’s new look economy and government have flourished. Petroleum and oil are a large part of the success. Godfather Putin and his Russian “Dons” actually have won bids against U.S oil companies for the right to have gas pumped into American tanks.Now, fast forward to 2003 and the U.S liberation of Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein and disposal of his weapons of mass destruction. Post Desert Storm, Putin, had a great business relationship with Hussein. Iraq has the world’s third largest oil reserve. When the U.S took over, all monies and contracts with other countries were frozen. In February 2008, Russia wrote off 12 billion (93%) of Iraq’s 12.9 billion-dollar debt. America’s exploits of the last 30 years have gravely affected Russia. What President George W. Bush actually saw in Putin’s eyes was “revenge is a dish best served cold”. Mr. Putin is playing all ends against the middle.Russia is openly an ally of Iran and anyone else who has a beef with America. Iran needs Russian support to offset all the export embargoes against them. Many believe that Iranians provide funding, training, and arms for many of the Iraqi Shiite insurgents. Logic dictates that Putin would probably funnel money and weapons through Iran to the Iraqi insurgents. This would replace the loss of revenue. From 1981-2001, the former Soviet Union supplied Iraq with 50 percent of its arms. Why do the majority of the Shiite and Sunni insurgents fight? For food and necessities. Our own military admits that the insurgents consist largely of diplaced solders and workers caused by the invasion of Iraq. In fact, 1,300 Iraqi policeman and soldiers were just fired for reluctance to fight the Shiite militias in Basra. It’s natural to assume that the discharged will now get paid to fight for al-Sadr’s army or some other disgruntled group.The surge has worked because we determined that paying Shiite and Sunni to police their own neighborhoods would be a good thing. The U.S paid insurgents are called militia and Iraqi Security Volunteers. It is about putting food on th[...]

Victory In Iraq


Win in Iraq? It is a word game and it depends on your point of view. Some politicians want to pull out and others want to go the distance for a victory. To reiterate, the surge was suppose to give the Iraqi government time to make strides towards independence. The only thing our troops have done is police the streets and manage a bad situation. Iraq should be giving us a deadline. They should select a date for self-governing and military readiness. This is not a white hat versus black hat war. It is like Vietnam, the good guys and the bad guys have the same skin color. An ideology or thought lives in the mind and can not be defeated with weapons. The Shiites, Muslims, and Sunnis have been in conflict for centuries. They will be able to act as a sovereign state only when compromise becomes part of their daily routine. See the link for for more information.

John McCain, Keating 5 and Lobbyists


Following the "Keating 5" Savings and Loan scandal, John McCain rebuilt himself as a reformer. Fighting against soft money donations, with the McCain-Feingold bill. Lobbyists are the catalysts for influencing both political parties in Congress. It is their job to use whatever means necessary to persuade our elected officials to vote the side of their clients. Therefore, why would McCain surround himself with so many former lobbyists in his campaign? You would think he would do everything possible to avoid looking hypocritical. Isn’t experience suppose to count for something? Shouldn't you learn from your mistakes? The New York Times story should have focused on lobbyists and not one lone female lobbyist. Remember, the Senate reprimanded John McCain for “poor judgement” in the "Keating 5" episode. Perhaps this is the kind of stubbornness his detractors have been talking about. The following link sheds light on this subject and a few others.


NBA All-Star Weekwnd 2008 A Slam Dunk


The NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans was a lot better than last years in Las Vegas. The game itself was fun, but Saturday's slam-dunk contest and the musical performances at the game were outstanding. It has been years since an actual known star put on a display. Dwight Howard was a highlight reel. Two of his dunks rank with some of the best ever at this event. The off the back of the backboard and coming around to dunk on the side of the basket was unreal. First class showmanship displaying the Superman jersey and putting on the cape. Then flying towards the basket with cape flowing and elevating so high that he actually threw the ball down through the basket. Outstanding!!!!!! Howard’s last dunk was a perfect combination of eye hand coordination, agility, and power. He was the clear winner.

What a difference a year makes. Great halftime show! Harry Connick Jr. was the perfect host. Showcasing New Orleans jazz and some of the towns legendary jazz musicians was a three point play. Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John, Davell Crawford, Ivan and Art Neville, Jonathan Baptiste, and Allen Toussaint. Truly an all star lineup. It beat Las Vegas’s performances of last year. I still have nightmares about Wayne Newton performing a cover on “I feel Good” by James Brown.

History is important. Featuring footage and background on the late Pete Maravich was quite a spectacle. Listening to Magic Johnson, Charles Barley, Kenny Smith, and other Maravich contemporaries was touching . The footage displayed some of his unbelievable moves and how easy he made it look. He would have been perfect for today’s NBA. Can you imagine how much he would be worth now? The NBA does the best job in professional sports of turning an exhibition game into a weekend happening. Baseball is working on getting it right, Hockey is what it is, and the NFL Pro Bowl is much to do about nothing. Commissioner David Stern, my hat is off to you, your league, and TNT. Checkout these links: ,,

Hillary's Image and Texas Primary/Caucus


I understand why Hillary’s campaign has ventured into mild negative Ad’s in Wisconsin. In the past, this has been the way to challenge an opponent. However, this is a unique campaign with a unique set of circumstances. As a woman, she has to be careful. There is a lot of sexism in this country and any kind of negativity plays into the “Hillary’s a b**ch”. Also, with Obama being an African American, any type of criticism seems to be perceived as racist. HRC needs to lay-off any negative campaigning and promote her policies for this country. By the way, in Texas, on the day of the Democratic primary, the polls close at 7pm. Then caucuses are held from 7pm until 9pm. This makes the race for delegates somewhat tricky. Winning the primary does not seal the deal for a democratic primary candidate in the Lonestar state.

Here is how it works:

Texas will send a total of 228 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 126 delegates will be assigned based on primary results in 31 State Senate Districts (instead of allocating delegates by its 32 Congressional Districts like many states). The number of delegates in each Senate district varies based on previous Democratic turnout in the last two general elections. The delegates from each Senate District are assigned to candidates proportionally based on the percentages they receive on primary day.
Of the remaining 102 delegates, 67 are determined through a convention process that begins at precinct conventions (caucuses) on the night of March 4 and culminates with delegate allocation based on each candidate's delegate strength at the State Convention on June 6-8. Of those 67 delegates, 42 are "at large" rank and file delegates and 25 are pledged party leaders, legislators, and local elected officials.
The remaining 35 delegates are "unpledged" delegates, including 32 so-called "superdelegates".(image)