Augustus, the strong Caesar

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26 Responses to Augustus, the strong Caesar

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Imagine being born 10 years ago is such a curse. Why? How hard do you have to look to find a telephone booth? … not just a payphone, but a booth that was designed and built to protect said payphone? Once you actually find one, it is probably three sided and doesn’t have a door you can close for privacy.

  2. Parrott says:

    Ole August. One of my favorite months. Tomato’s are starting to come in. The Grackels will be flocking up at the end of the month to fly south. Some have already hit the road, like Tree swallows who have already bolted.
    West Virginia state fair is this month. August presents another opportunity for an asteroid to hit Sterling Virginia.
    Old Jeep is up for the bogus state inspection as well.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    Assorted Stock items

    Michigan based Saga, probably the best managed radio company left, is moving from the NYSE to NASDAQ

    Cumulus is trading again and on the same trajectory downward. With no dividend and a huge debt overhang still and a CEO with no prior radio experience – they are proving that it is impossible to turn a silk purse into a pig’s ear

    When I went to, I was shocked to see that the web site is offering free real time quotes and last sale data. This was the bread and butter revenue source for NASDAQ to exist and why your local stock broker was necessary to trade individual stocks.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Herman Cain’s career fades to black…

    The failed presidential candidate, former pizza executive and radio broadcaster is 72. He replaced Neal Boortz on Westwood One (originally Jones), and lost that syndication January 1, 2017. He was retained by Cox Radio on their own stations, primarily WSB-AM in Atlanta, but he was down to one hour a day since last October. He is going to do a web podcast as his Cox employment winds down.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Herman had faded – I hadn’t seen heard from him in years but he was on Fox News Channel in NYC just this week. I wonder if he was interviewing for a job there….. he was dressed to the nines, but that is a tangential topic. 😉

    • TheChairman says:

      He should co-host a show with the Black Avenger… call it Conservative Colors.

  5. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Over the years we have had a lot of conversation on health and the medical establishment. I found a fascinating podcast from a Harvard PhD economist, now a professor in Colorado on what he has found to be the secret for losing weight. In a sentence, he says it is not managing calories in/out or even exercise but managing insulin levels to manage hunger.
    It is a fascinating listen to one of my favorite podcasts called “Odd Lots” – topics that don’t fit neatly into established categories. I particularly loved the closing comment from Tracy Alloway regarding eggs –

    The professor has an interesting blog with many interesting insulin-related articles. These two are a great starting point:

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    A news story getting nowhere the coverage it deserves… Senator Diane Feinstein of California, member and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has had an official real Chinese spy working on her staff for the last 20 years…

    The story is being downplayed by commingling this revelation with other spy incidents and suggesting that being only her driver did not provide access to sensitive national security information. I guess she never talked to other people while she was riding in her car.

    The California Democratic Party has refused to endorse her run for re-election in November, but she is still expected to win since the unique “top two” primary system means no Republican can run in the General Election

    • TheChairman says:

      Yeah, sure. Like he didn’t have access to the vehicle to conceal listening devices, knowledge of her contacts, schedule, location, etc. Nothing to see here…

      • Fred Stiening says:

        And she became wealthy from her husband’s business transactions.

        This is getting depressing. Did I post yet about the woman The NY Times hired for the editorial board who fantasizes about killing all white men?

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          This didn’t get a lot of MSM press coverage at the time or even now, but wacko John Brennan also spied on Feinstein… and her entire committee:

          “When it was first suspected that Brennan’s CIA had penetrated the Senate investigation’s computers he lied, denying everything. When the CIA snoop was confirmed, he held firm that the Agency had done nothing wrong. It was only the Inspector General’s report that federal laws may have been broken that prompted Brennan to draft, then rip up, an apology letter to the Senate. He is reported to have apologized verbally in person to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Diane Feinstein (D-CA).”


          • Fred Stiening says:

            I totally accept the notion that the “intelligence” community starts gathering a dossier on every person who might someday have influence and hold it to blackmail leaders. Perhaps a US asset even facilitated hiring the driver, and that is how the FBI knows with such certainty that they know no sensitive information was passed to China.

            If the Senate flips to Democratic control, presumably she would return to chairman of the Intelligence oversight committee. How fortuitous that an unnamed intelligence source is leaking this information and somebody is pushing the narrative to get her into retirement.

            After being elected, people quickly realize that the people we elect do not control the government.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              Ya ain’t seen nothing yet – Wait until more elected offices have “term limits”.

              I would bet that more people lost their welfare benefits last year that were fired from any level of government.

              Remember, after 9/11, not only did no one in government get fired, but there was a massive wave of promotions and everyone’s department got a larger budget and more direct reports.

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Entercom is selling 8 former CBS and Entercom stations in San Francisco’s to Bonneville for $141 million. Bonneville is the for-profit Radio and TV corporation owned by the Salt Lake City based Latter Day Saints religion, known informally as the Mormons.

    LDS is no more adventurous in their radio formats than Oldies music playing Donny and Marie Osmond and Pat Boone. What they intend to do in San Francisco is not clear. All News KCBS-AM is not among the list of eight.

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    Is multicast digital TV over 5G going to eviscerate coax delivered “Cable” TV?

    T-Mobile has the answer on August 15th.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Prior to that, I think that the best deal around is

      Not a fan of Google, but I hope and expect them to eat Verizon’s lunch. For $40 per month, you get live TV from 60+ networks that you can watch anywhere – TV, PC, cell phone…. AND you get free Cloud DVR with no storage limits (on the google servers) to watch anywhere as well. I understand it has the added bonus for sports fans that when you travel, you still get your “home” channels live and via the included Google DVR.

      Verizon FIOS is a great TV technology, but they gouge and don’t offer the same mobility that google does… and Verizon’s customer service is a series of people on an extended phone call that each have a different way of telling you, “Sorry, that’s not my job, you need to talk to someone else”.

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    75 year old talker John Lanigan on WTAM-AM in Cleveland Ohio pulled the plug in the middle of the show. He retired to Colorado and was doing the show remotely. From his initial hello, it was clear he was disgusted. The format of the show is awful, especially when you consider they are not in a studio together. Things apparently went in a ditch when the sports show veered into it being the 50th Anniversary of Richard Nixon accepting the Republican Nomination for President in 1968, which further devolved into talking about the worst presidents of all time. I could not handle listening beyond the first minute. Following “the spew”, WTAM carries Glenn Beck.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    The Broadcasting Board of Governors – the unbrella agency for the propaganda radio operations of the US government – is changing its name to be the US agency for global media. The better known functions of this agency include Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, reaching behind the Iron Curtain to explain democracy to East Germany and Hungary. Radio Marti also operates to make sure Cubans in Florida keep electing Senator Rubio

  11. Fred Stiening says:

    Italian actress Asia Argento and girlfriend of TV food critic/chef Anthony Bourdain shared the same attorney. Today’s news is that Ms Argento paid $385,000 to a (then) 17 year old child actor who accused her of raping him in a hotel room. She has been one of the leaders of the #meetoo movement, claiming Harvey Weinstein raped her.

    Bourdain’s suicide makes a lot more sense now.

  12. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    CHOI in Quebec City and it noon time talk show host, Jeff Fillion got a bit article in the NY Times on Saturday. They called it “Quebec’s ‘Trash Radio’ Host Fires Up Outrage, and Big Ratings” and it is the number one rated talk show there.

    Tu parle français?
    Parrott? Parrott?
    anyone? anyone?
    Bueller? Bueller?

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