Happy Mother’s Day! Sorry Things Got Just a Little Beat Up….
Hat-Tip to Andrew Sullivan.
Hat-Tip to Andrew Sullivan.
Yesterday, CBS reported that one month after it had dumped radio host Don Imus, it has canceled the show of two other New York shock jocks for making a prank on-air telephone call that was filled with offensive Asian stereotypes. Mr. Vandergrift and Mr. Lay, radio hosts for The Dog House with JV and Elvis, played a prank call to a Chinese restaurant in which the caller, in an exaggerated accent, placed an order for “shrimp flied lice,” claiming that he was a student of kung fu, and compared menu items to employees’ body parts.
“The Dog House with JV and Elvis, with Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, will no longer be broadcast,” CBS Radio spokeswoman, Karen Mateo stated. Cancellation of the show on WFNY-FM, nearly three weeks after the hosts were suspended, was another indication of the increased scrutiny on radio hosts and the heightened management sensitivity to complaints since Mr. Imus’ dismissal. CBS Radio dismissed Mr. Imus in April for making racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
And yet, Rush Limbaugh continues to spew forth his hate-mongering radio commentaries, despite outrages like this one:
Barack The Happy Negro
Jonathan Coulton: Decoding ‘Code Monkey’
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I’m Your Moon
Coulton quit his job as a computer programmer in September of 2005 and became a full-time singer and songwriter. He set a yeoman’s goal for himself: for the next year, he would write and record a song each week, posting each one to his blog. “It was a sort of forced-march approach to creativity,” he’s admitted. He’d always wanted to be a full-time musician, and he figured the only way to prove to himself he could do it was with a drastic challenge. “I learned that it is possible to squeeze a song out of just about anything,” he said. “But it’s not always an easy or pleasant process.”
Given the self-imposed time constraints, the “Thing a Week” songs are, well, liked by a number of people. Coulton tends to create geeky, semi-amusing pop tunes: one song, “Tom Cruise Crazy,” is a sympathetic ode to that fame-crazed star, while “Code Monkey” is a lament about dead-end computer programming jobs. By the middle of last year, Coulton’s project had begun to attract a sizable audience. More than 3,000 people, on average, were visiting his site every day, and his most popular songs were being downloaded as many as 500,000 times. He was making what he described as a reasonable middle-class living, between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, by selling CDs and digital downloads of his work on iTunes and on his own site.
You can read more about Jonathan Coulter as a musical celebrity on the internet here.
Photo of the Day: Nightfall.
This is a very funny article about the many sides of ever-unpredictable presidential candidate Rudy Guliani. Watch him completely freak out about the idea of people having pet ferrets, and then see Guliani in drag: Rudy wearing Leather and Lace. The article presents audio, video, and a multimedia slideshow.
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