Monday, January 26, 2009


A classic snippet from Bill Cooper's radio program--lest we forget:

UPDATE: This video seems to have been removed, but you can download the hour-long program segment from which the video was made from THIS PAGE.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Some lynx-eyed satire from Jon Stewart:

(Of course, Obama says it much prettier.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Conspiracy to Kill MLK

Here's a letter I recently submitted to the Observer Dispatch. Unfortunately I received no response.

The Conspiracy to Kill Martin Luther King

In 1999, Memphis bar owner Loyd Jowers and co-conspirators were brought to trial in a wrongful death civil suit on behalf of members of the King family. Proceedings lasted one month during which attorney William Pepper called 70 witnesses and detailed a plot to murder Martin Luther King that - with Jowers as a go-between- involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the U.S. military, Memphis police and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. Alleged motives were King's public opposition to the Vietnam War and plans for the encampment of 500,000 of the nation's poor in Washington D.C.

Jurors took one hour to decide in favor of the King family. The verdict read that Jowers had participated in a conspiracy to harm Martin Luther King and that others, including government agencies, were party to this conspiracy.

The plaintiffs were awarded their requested amount of $100 in damages. The judge apportioned liability at 30% to Jowers and 70% to all other co-conspirators.

Pepper chronicled the trial in his book "An Act of State." Transcripts of the entire trial are available at via the News and Information link.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Not that I watch the lousy thing, but I'm compelled by familial and matrimonial loyalty to aid those who jones for broadcast video. Here's a solution to the DTV reception problem, at the best possible price: FREE. I'll be building one of these for my aunt this week, and one for my wife shortly thereafter.

UPDATE: Here's the antenna I constructed, without much trouble or expense. Now I just have to see if it will work!
UPDATE (1/24): I installed this monster today, and it receives the four local digital channels available in the Utica, NY area. The difference between WKTV Channel 2 analog and WKTV 2-1 digital is dramatic. Channel 2 had always been plagued with interference and ghosting. (Perhaps this whole "digital" thing isn't just a bag of rocks, after all.) The rabbit ears worked all right (and were installed on the kitchen TV at my aunt's house) but the coat-hanger contraption is far superior, and draws UHF stations beautifully as well. Signal strength was quite good. Now--if only the actual programming were better!

UPDATE (2/5) I've built two more of these things, trying one in the attic and one in the window of our bedroom. I've discovered that they're somewhat directional, especially for the reception of standard UHF signals. The one in the bedroom window is the one in use at the moment, since it may be more easily repositioned. Signal strength is good, but there are still only four digital channels available here even using an amplified splitter. Also, there is some interference on the PBS translator station--possibly from digital (or other) sources. I'm guessing the Syracuse PBS giant isn't going to spring for a digital relay in Utica. And we cannot receive CBS in Utica without cable, period. So much for the Digital Revolution.