Monthly Archive for June, 2004

Censorship of Rush Limbaugh?

See National Review Online: Byron York on Armed Forces Radio on National Review Online.

Armed Forces Radio airs the first hour of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, along with 1200 other programs that local stations within the network can choose from. The purpose of Armed Forces Radio is “to give military men and women a representative sample of the programming they could hear at home.” It seems logical, therefore, that Rush would be included among the 1200 choices, as he has the most popular show in America. Other airings include Dr. Laura, many NPR programs, ESPN Radio, and lots of music.

The following is from the American Forces Network – Europe website:


Why does AFN-Europe air controversial shows?

AFN airs controversial shows because the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) wants to provide Americans with the same radio and television shows they can see or hear in the United States. If the show is highly rated, AFRTS tries to procure the rights to the show.

Shows such as Tom Joyner, and Rush Limbaugh come to Europe via satellite from AFRTS at March Air Force Reserve Base, Riverside, California. AFRTS negotiates with program suppliers to get the most popular U.S. shows. If AFRTS can


Is this enough international involvement??

France and Germany had been trying to get veto power for Iraq over any coalition military operations, a very dangerous step for this first iteration of Iraqi self-rule.

Thankfully, that did not happen, and the resolution was passed by the security council unanimously.

“The resolution details the powers and the limitations of the new interim Iraqi government that will assume power on June 30. It authorizes the U.S.-led multinational force to remain in Iraq to help ensure security but gives the Iraqi government the right to ask the force to leave at any time.”

This last part is not as bad as it sounds – the new Iraqi government has committed to keeping U.S. forces in Iraq until elections next year.

Now we’ll just have to see if this is enough involvement by the international community for the political opposition in America.


Ronald Reagan

I’m not sure what can be said about this great man that hasn’t already been said a thousand times. This past Saturday was a sad but inevitable day. I only hope that this helps people remember what this country can be like.

The following is from the end of President Reagan’s farewell address on January 11, 1989, and I’ve always liked it.

The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the “shining city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.

We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger. We made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.

And so, good-bye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.



My friends Rich and Jolie have launched a travel information site called travelGOO – the idea is to get as much flight information as possible to road (or air) warriors. Frustrated with the lack of information that the airlines provide, you can get the actual FAA flight status, the airline’s status, and Department of Homeland Security information. You can view your flight status on the travelGOO web site via a PDA or WAP-enabled phone, and it will also alert you to flight status changes via e-mail. Pretty cool.