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Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM PDT

Clear Channel Changes its Name

by Rashaverak

According to BillBoard...

Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands.

The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-supported and consumer-focused media business include 859 radio stations in over 150 markets; Premiere Networks, which syndicates 90 radio shows; the iHeartMedia Digital company; Total Traffic and Weather Network; 20,000 live music events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival; plus, related companies like Katz Media Group and outdoor advertiser Clear Channel Outdoor.

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The National Association of Broadcaster's 2014 Marconi Award for Syndicated Personality of the Year has gone to... Rush Limbaugh!

This is the fifth time that Rush has won the award.

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A three-minute animated history of the Middle East by Nina Paley.

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Rush Limbaugh is among the lowest of the low.

They just can't help themselves, can they?

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Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 09:49 AM PDT

Walgreens Backtracks

by Rashaverak

From the Chicago Tribune:

Walgreen has exercised its option to buy the remaining 55 percent of European pharmacy retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots in a $15.26 billion deal that will keep its corporate tax headquarters in the United States.

The company that will emerge from the cash-and-stock transaction, Walgreens Boots Alliance, will be based in the Chicago area and include a mix of executives from both companies, Walgreen said Wednesday morning. The deal is expected to close by the end of March.

Walgreen President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson, who will remain in that role in the new holding company, told the Tribune that a so-called corporate inversion, which would have moved its headquarters overseas in part to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate, wasn’t in the best long-term interest of shareholders.

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Kossacks with an interest in broadband and infrastructure issues may be familiar with efforts by telecomm giants to limit local governments from providing to the public high-speed access to the Internet.  See, for example, these diaries by tmservo433 and kos.

To some extent, such efforts have met with success.  For example, Tennessee, North Carolina and 18 other States have adopted statutes that, to a greater or lesser extent, restrict communities from offering internet connectivity.

During the legislative session which is drawing to a close, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Bill to block the Federal Government from pulling the plug on such statutes.

We don't need unelected federal agency bureaucrats in Washington telling our states what they can and can't do with respect to protecting their limited taxpayer dollars in private enterprises. Inserting the FCC into our states' economic and fiscal affairs sets a dangerous precedent and violates state sovereignty in a manner that warrants deeper examination.
Two weeks ago, the Amendment passed the House by a vote of 228-200, on party lines.

It remains to be seen what the Senate will do, and what the House-Senate Conference Committee will do.

In the meantime, the Federal Communications Commission is soliciting comments concerning the possibility of striking down the Tennessee and North Carolina statutes on the grounds of Federal Preemption.  More below the orange Cloud.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:22 AM PDT

Get Your Very Own .gop Domain!

by Rashaverak

Those net-savvy Republicans!  They have come up with "the most significant change to the Internet since its inception"!

The Republican State Leadership Committee, Inc. has secured the internet domain .gop and is making at least some URLs with the ending .gop available to anyone with the cash to pay the price tag.  And just how much would that be?  The standard rate is $20.16. Certain URLs, however, carry a premium price tag.   E.g., ....

crooks.gop: $250.

cheney.gop: $500

dirty.gop: $5,000

butt.gop: $5,000

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Walmart was selling, through its web site, a poster containing a photograph of the iron front gates at KZ Dachau bearing the infamous slogan Arbeit Macht Frei.  The description of the item suggested that it would make a great addition to one's home or office.


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Two to three hundred tea baggers, waving Amercian flags and protest signs, blocked a public road in Murrieta, California.  Thereby, they prevented three buses carrying immigrant children and their guardians from reaching a Border Patrol station in the town.  Local police were on hand, but they reportedly could not contain the protesters.   The buses turned around and went to a different Border Patrol station... one in Chula Vista.  Chula Vista is in San Diego County; Murietta is in Riverside County.

The buses were carrying about 140 detainees from Texas.

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Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM PDT

Joe the Plumber's Open Letter

by Rashaverak

His 15 minutes are over, but he apparently does not realize it.  He's written an open letter to the parents of the victims of the mass shooting in California.  I do not think that he has done himself any favors.

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Fri May 09, 2014 at 01:50 PM PDT

R.I.P. The Zapple Doctrine

by Rashaverak

In a pair of decision letters, the Chief of the FCC's Media Bureau, acting on delegated authority, has declared that the Zapple Doctrine, "...has no current legal effect."

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As nj.com reports, Chris Christie is fond of wearing a lapel pin with a shape like that of the State of New Jersey and emblazoned with stars and stripes.  The New Jersey State Republican Party is using such lapel pins as a fund-raising gimmick.  Fork over $25 a month, and they'll give you your very own Christie-style lapel pin.  There's just one problem: the design is copyrighted by the New Jersey State Bar Association.

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