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fox__friendsI spend a lot of time watching the news. Probably too much. I watch CNN,MSNBC,and FOX. Lately my opinion about FOX has changed. When I first began to watch I was impressed by the coverage of the troops during the war and rallied behind their support for the soldiers and their families. Being more of a independent, I understood the importance of having a network that would cover the more conservative slant of the election.

But now, I’m not so sure. With the addition of Glenn Beck and the hiatus of Alan Colmes , things aren’t so” fair and balanced”. There seems to be a lot of fear being broadcasted. That somehow all of us are about lose everything. At some point shouldn’t we be focused on what we want instead of what we don’t want?

Some of you may love the following article and some of you may hate it. I do think that Deepak Chopra’s blogpost gives us pause to think and that is important. Tell the world what you think. Its important ……

From Deepak Chopra.com-

It’s mysterious how swiftly a society can collectively change its mind. As rapidly as the financial markets crashed, so has Fox News’s credibility. What was gospel to an entire segment of voters and viewers just a few months ago has become a desperate flapping in the wind. Some may view this as part of the swing cycle that politics is heir to. But from the Reagan era forward, certain truths were held to be self-evident, and far from inventing anything, Fox News simply put the high gloss of mass media on them.

If you tune in to Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, or the network’s humbler toilers in the vineyard, their tactics haven’t changed. They must be shocked to find themselves stranded, all the more because it seemed to happen overnight.

In the spirit of Emerson’s dictum that evil is the absence of good, it’s worth recalling where good was absent just a year ago. Here are the working beliefs of the Fox News credo.deepak

Article 1: The worst aspects of human nature are actually cherished freedoms.
This is Fox News’s main rallying cry. Hating minorities, despising gays, ridiculing women’s rights, and slandering the ACLU all fall under the rubric of precious liberties.

Article 2: God loves gun owners.
Fox News rabidly seizes the high ground when it comes to law and order, an issue that is seen primarily as a loaded gun under every pillow and a triple-bolted front door.

Article 3: Patriotism is the last refuge of ratings wars.
Here the old axiom that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels has been updated (but by no means abandoned). Every Fox News commentator earns his battle scars by wrapping himself in the bloody flag, without ever personally endangering his own skin, of course.

Article 4: Ideology is way better than thinking.
Pre-chewed ideas are more easily digested than actual thinking. But ideology goes one better by answering every doubt in advance. Thus Fox News is never in doubt. Truth is as automatic as a gum ball machine.

Article 5: The mind’s primary use is for bellowing.
I advise any prospective guest on Fox News to demand that there be no shouting. This immediately decouples the mind of O’Reilly and Hannity. Their most basic assumption is that any guest, once shouted down, has lost the debate. (I tested this gambit out personally and can vouch for its effectiveness.)

Article 6: Shamelessness is next to godliness.
In other words, you can sin at leisure as long as you keep pointing out other people’s sins. Long a tactic enshrined in the Book of Hypocrisy, Fox News has turned holier-than-thou into a moneymaker.

Article 7: Don’t bother me with the facts. My mind is already closed.
This is really just a corollary to the belief in ideology, but it deserves its own chapter and verse because of the ironical light it casts on the Fox News logo, “Fair and balanced.”

Article 8: The little guy is always mad.
On the whole, Fox News tries to make the little guy feel that he is always right and those pointy-headed educated elitists always wrong. But sometimes the little guy proves tricky, as when he doesn’t like Republican deficits and foreign wars. Luckily, Fox News always has a fallback — the little guy is always blistered about something, and a little kerosene is a marvelous accelerant, as they say in arson investigations.

Article 9: “They” are about to get you — watch out!
The bulk of Fox News’s sanctimony rests on its pledge to look out for everyday working Joes. Since there is no record of the network actually protecting something realistic like clean air, freedom from assault weapons, and safety in the workplace, what is really being safeguarded is the right to be freaking paranoid every minute of the day.

Article 10: If I just said it, it must be right.
Here, as in several other places, Fox News is indistinguishable from a drunken frat party where not only is bellowing a sign of intelligence, but never backing down, however cockeyed your last statement may be, shows that you are a man.

I am not a communicant in this particular creed, so I’m sure I’ve left out some key passages in the gospel. For full knowledge one would have to delve deep into the Old Testament of Fox News (i.e., the minutes of the John Birch Society 1958-date). Daily viewing will keep one abreast of new anathemas (i.e., socialism) and potential saviors (Sarah Palin). Or you could take the easy way out and celebrate the waning of Fox News’s belief system and the cleaner air left behind.

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In Hawaii there’s a place known as Waimea Bay220jan-berry-2
Where the best surfers in the world come to stay
And ride the wild surf they come to try
To conquer those waves some 30 feet high

REFRAIN
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Gotta take that one last ride

Surf fever brings them here to meet the test
And hanging round the beach you’ll see the best
They’re waxed up and ready just waiting for
The surf to build up on the northern shore

“Ride the Wild Surf” -Jan and Dean

This is something I’ve always wanted to see. A Jan and Dean CD box set. Evidently there are many other fans who want the same.

There is an online petition to have the powers that be to produce such a gem. Read on…

To:  EMI / Capitol

This is a petition calling for a Box Set CD Release for Jan & Dean.

From late 1950s R&B, to Surf music, and the Psychedelic era, Jan & Dean produced 26 chart singles between 1958 and 1966. Sixteen of these were national Top 40 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box charts, seven of which reached the national Top 10. Four of Jan & Dean’s albums also made the national Top 40 during that period. jan-dean2

In April 1966, Jan Berry was critically injured in an automobile accident, resulting in brain damage and partial paralysis. From 1966 onward, Jan & Dean made new music separately, and occasionally together. They hit the road again in the late 1970s, during Jan Berry’s high-profile fight to overcome the effects of traumatic brain injury. This story was told on national television in the highly rated film “Deadman’s Curve” (1978), which paved the way for “Phase II” of Jan & Dean’s road career. They toured consistently throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and into the new millennium. Following Jan Berry’s untimely death in March 2004, Dean continues to honor the music with live concert appearances.

Jan Berry has now been dead for more than three years, and it is long past time for Jan & Dean to be honored with a comprehensive Box Set CD Release. There are many options for such a package, including the superior original mono mixes, and well as various outtakes and backing tracks. There is enough of a fan base and market to warrant such a package.

As a songwriter and singer, Jan Berry had his first Top 10 hit in 1958, before Phil Spector. As an arranger and producer (signed first to Nevins-Kirshner and then to Screen Gems), Jan Berry worked with Hollywood’s elite studio musicians long before Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson did the same.

EMI now holds Jan & Dean’s Screen Gems catalog, encompassing their most famous hits and album cuts.

Artists who achieved less success than Jan & Dean during their careers have been given the Box Set treatment. It’s now time for Jan & Dean to have their own comprehensive Box Set career retrospective. This would be a popular released for EMI, or it could be farmed out to another label, such as Shout Factory.

Please click on the link to sign online

http://www.petitiononline.com/jdcd2007/petition.html

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In Hawaii there’s a place known as Waimea Bay220jan-berry-2
Where the best surfers in the world come to stay
And ride the wild surf they come to try
To conquer those waves some 30 feet high

REFRAIN
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Ride ride ride the wild surf
Gotta take that one last ride

Surf fever brings them here to meet the test
And hanging round the beach you’ll see the best
They’re waxed up and ready just waiting for
The surf to build up on the northern shore

“Ride the Wild Surf” -Jan and Dean

This is something I’ve always wanted to see. A Jan and Dean CD box set. Evidently there are many other fans who want the same.

There is an online petition to have the powers that be to produce such a gem. Read on…

To:  EMI / Capitol

This is a petition calling for a Box Set CD Release for Jan & Dean.

From late 1950s R&B, to Surf music, and the Psychedelic era, Jan & Dean produced 26 chart singles between 1958 and 1966. Sixteen of these were national Top 40 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box charts, seven of which reached the national Top 10. Four of Jan & Dean’s albums also made the national Top 40 during that period. jan-dean2

In April 1966, Jan Berry was critically injured in an automobile accident, resulting in brain damage and partial paralysis. From 1966 onward, Jan & Dean made new music separately, and occasionally together. They hit the road again in the late 1970s, during Jan Berry’s high-profile fight to overcome the effects of traumatic brain injury. This story was told on national television in the highly rated film “Deadman’s Curve” (1978), which paved the way for “Phase II” of Jan & Dean’s road career. They toured consistently throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and into the new millennium. Following Jan Berry’s untimely death in March 2004, Dean continues to honor the music with live concert appearances.

Jan Berry has now been dead for more than three years, and it is long past time for Jan & Dean to be honored with a comprehensive Box Set CD Release. There are many options for such a package, including the superior original mono mixes, and well as various outtakes and backing tracks. There is enough of a fan base and market to warrant such a package.

As a songwriter and singer, Jan Berry had his first Top 10 hit in 1958, before Phil Spector. As an arranger and producer (signed first to Nevins-Kirshner and then to Screen Gems), Jan Berry worked with Hollywood’s elite studio musicians long before Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson did the same.

EMI now holds Jan & Dean’s Screen Gems catalog, encompassing their most famous hits and album cuts.

Artists who achieved less success than Jan & Dean during their careers have been given the Box Set treatment. It’s now time for Jan & Dean to have their own comprehensive Box Set career retrospective. This would be a popular released for EMI, or it could be farmed out to another label, such as Shout Factory.

Please click on the link to sign online

http://www.petitiononline.com/jdcd2007/petition.html

Read Full Post »