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I came across a note while clearing my desk of a line from President Ronald Reagan ...
It's an iron law of physics that the bigger a government is the less free you are.
Talk Radio Host Dennis Prager echos this with his comment, "The bigger the government the smaller the citizen."
Are we less free now in 2011 now the government has grown by such epic proportions? I don't think so. I'm hoping each upcoming election slows or hopefully reverses the degradation of personal freedom and the grown, and spending, by the federal governement.
I'm joined by literally millions of peace loving people celebrating the death of Bin Laden. I'm also sad that there are many that will mourn his passing at the hands of U.S. special forces. I pity those poor souls.
I note with pleasure that the last thing Bin Laden saw was the muzzle of a gun held by a U.S. soldier fire a round directly at his skull.
On a personal note there were two reasons I kept this domain around as it is. First was being for local talk radio (check & done) and second was 9/11. Most likely we will never be free of terrorism but I'll be changing things and do something different here over the course of the rest of 2011. This really is liberating on so many levels.
Radio broadcaster Joel A. Spivak passed away at his home yesterday in Alexandria Virginia. Mr. Spivak worked at several east coast radio stations including WPRO in Providence RI., WWRC in Washington, and WWDB here in Philadelphia. He'll be remembered for his tagline, "This is Joel A. Spivak speaking ..." and his sometimes cranky demeanor on air. In real life Joel had a great sense of humor and very personable.
At 1,000 watts 1180 is hardly a blowtorch but will allow at least 3 national talk shows to be able to boast show clearance in Philadelphia. Laura Ingraham, who used to have the 9am slot on 990-AM now occupied by Mike Gallagher, will be live at 9am until 11.. At noon will be a very tape delayed Michael Savage who is now running tape delayed on 990 at 3am. From 4 to 6pm will be Jerry Doyle who also used to be on 990 until a couple years ago.
Personally I'm looking forward to hearing Jerry Doyle again. He's kinda a right winger with enough mental OCD issues to make him entertaining. His fans will remember his obsessions like having to have all the screws on lightswitch covers point up and down (so they don't collect dust) and the horror of sticky residue leftover from price stickers on drinking glasses. He's also notable for the phrase, "Congress is Hollywood for ugly people."
There's a lot of tribute videos of Carl Sagan on the web. This one deals with the famous picture called ...
The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. By request of Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission and now leaving the solar system, to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth. It was subsequently used by Sagan as the title of his 1994 book of the same name.