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Fox News: 50 years after March on Washington, some see rap music as a problem

May 31st, 2014

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Iration from the 808 State of Hawaii playing a cover of Mary Jane’s Last Dance. Live @ U Street Music Hall in Washington,D.C.
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Verve Jazz Ensemble

May 31st, 2014

Verve Jazz Ensemble
Event on 2014-08-21 20:00:00
This event is 21 and over
Verve Jazz Ensemble

Featuring Jon Blanck, Tenor, Tatum Greenblatt, Trumpet, Matt Oestreicher, Piano, Elias Bailey, Bass ,Josh Feldstein, Drums

“From bebop rhythms to sweet melodic ballads and swinging romps forged with exciting solo statements, the Verve Jazz Ensemble delivers quite an attention-grabbing performance."

— All About Jazz

"The Verve Jazz Ensemble favors a crisp, emotionally direct, straight forward hard bop / post-bop attack that recalls Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers."

— Jazz Inside Magazine

About the players

Tenor saxophonist Jon Blanck has been a member of the Verve Jazz Ensemble since its founding. He fell in love with the spirit of jazz and improvisation at the age of 12 and began playing gigs at 15. The tenor / arranger’s powerful yet uniquely sensitive sound has propelled him to a vast and accomplished recording, performing, and educational career in jazz and funk. Blanck has joined forces with such world-class performers as #1 smooth jazz artist Funkee Boy, as well as P-Funk and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has written arrangements for artists such as Joan Jett and Joe Perry.

Educated in Seattle’s Garfield jazz program, New York’s New School and Juilliard, VJE Trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt is a virtuoso in his own right, and has adroitly incorporated his primary influences – Wynton Marsalis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and, most audibly, Freddie Hubbard. He has already released three albums as a leader, and is one of the US and international jazz scene’s rising trumpet stars in demand, and on the road, constantly.

VJE pianist Matt Oestreicher arranges and plays for the acclaimed Apollo Theater Amateur Night band in New York City, and is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, educator, writer and – most significantly – a passionate jazz lover. He has performed / worked with Stevie Wonder, Cee-Lo Green,, Jon Bon Jovi, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keyes, Bettye LeVette, Jennifer Holliday, and many others. Matt has also toured extensively with the indie-pop band Chester French, opening for Lady Gaga, Blink 182, Weezer, Q-tip and numerous other popular music artists.

Verve Jazz Ensemble bassist Elias Bailey has been playing professionally since the age of 15, and by 18 he had already performed with artists such as Nathan Page, Steve Wilson, Larry Willis and Derrick and Vincent Gardner. In his last year of high school he won a Level One scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, with which he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Studies Program. Taking a break from his college studies, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the age of 19. After spending two years with the TDO, Elias joined Rene Marie’s band, where he spent five years. For the last seven years, Elias has been performing at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe with The Freddy Cole Quartet.

Verve Jazz Ensemble drummer and leader Josh Feldstein has played with trios to big bands up and down the east coast for the past 20 years. A native New Yorker who grew up on the music of the NYC jazz scene, he began playing drums at the age of 11. He has studied with drum legend Joe Morello, the renowned John Riley, and Washington DC drum icon Walter Salb. Josh has been influenced most by Mr. Morello, John Riley, Peter Erskine, and Max Roach. Josh exemplifies a swinging, elegant drumming style rooted in a crisp, articulate musicality.

at Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven, United States

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Cool FM Radio images

May 31st, 2014

A few nice FM Radio images I found:

USB FM MP3 Player
FM Radio
Image by unangst
Wires soldered to the top of the the pins (in previous photo) – keeps the FM still working while I’m testing the thing. These three wire route to a audio/headphone jack (see parts list).

More details / photos once I recover from my daughter’s birth last Friday.

mikro.FM at dorkbot.08
FM Radio
Image by kap4001
c-base, Berlin

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Lastest 92.9 News

May 31st, 2014

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Commencement Cat Club

May 31st, 2014

Commencement Cat Club
Event on 2014-06-14 00:00:00
June 14-15, 2014
Commencement Cat Club
Showhall:Blue Pavilion, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
2555 North National Avenue
Chehalis, WA  98532

Judges:Saturday AM: McInchak(SP), Savant(SP), Crockett(SP), Ruttan(SP) Saturday PM: Grillo(AB), Barrett(AB), Cunningham(AB), Bangle(AB) Sunday AM: Grillo(SP), Barrett(SP), Cunningham(SP), Bangle(SP) Sunday PM: McInchak(AB), Savant(AB), Crockett(AB), Ruttan(AB)
Other:2-day alternative format. 16 rings: 8 Allbreed, 8 Specialty.

Info:Lyssa Paull, manxtek@gmail.comor Jeff Byington,

at Southwest Washington County Fairgrounds
2555 N National Avenue
Chehalis, United States

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Legendary rock group Kansas to perform with US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” 111006

May 31st, 2014

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Legendary rock group Kansas to perform with US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” 111006
washington band
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Photo courtesy of Glenn Smith Presents, Inc.

Legendary rock group Kansas to perform with US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

By Robert Dozier
IMCOM Public Affairs

The rock band Kansas will perform a concert with the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" at Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The "Carry On" concert is a special, one-time-only event, and is Kansas’ way to honor veterans, military personnel and their families, according to Scott Radosevich from the Army Entertainment Division of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command in San Antonio, Texas.

"This will be one of the most exciting concerts we’ve ever done,” said Phil Ehart, Kansas’ original drummer. “It is such an honor for us to play with this esteemed group of musicians on stage, at Constitution Hall, on Veteran’s Day no less!”

The show is free to veterans, active-duty service members, DOD civilian employees and their families.

Kansas is touring this year with founding singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, original guitarist Richard Williams, violinist David Ragsdale and bassist Billy Greer, with Ehart on the drums. Kansas has written and performed such classic songs such as "Point of Know Return" and "Carry On Wayward Son." They have produced multiple gold and platinum albums and the million-selling gold single, "Dust in the Wind."

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. Army Chief of Staff General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing founded the band, emulating European military bands he had heard during World War I.

“We’ve already thought of a couple of very cool musical surprises that you’ll not see or hear at any other Kansas symphonic concerts,” said Ehart. “This one will be a one-of-a-kind event.”

The event was made possible by a partnership with the Army Entertainment Division and Kansas’ promoter, Glenn Smith Presents, Inc.

Tickets will be available starting Oct. 11, 2011. Visit for a complete listing of ticket locations, or call the Joint Base Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Community Center at 703-696-3469 for more information.

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Zoe Manville in Portugal. The Man at Gorge Amphitheatre – George on 2010-05-28 – DSC_3651-1.jpg
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Zoe Manville in Portugal. The Man at Gorge Amphitheatre – George on 2010-05-28
Photos by Dave Lichterman

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Save Tons of Editing Time with Lightroom Presets

May 31st, 2014

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Cool Washington Radio images

May 31st, 2014

Some cool Washington Radio images:

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Photomontage of Overview of the south hangar, including B-29 “Enola Gay” and Concorde
Washington Radio
Image by Chris Devers

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: View of south hangar, including B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, a glimpse of the Air France Concorde, and many others
Washington Radio
Image by Chris Devers
Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay":

Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed to fight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other side of the globe. In the Pacific, B-29s delivered a variety of aerial weapons: conventional bombs, incendiary bombs, mines, and two nuclear weapons.

On August 6, 1945, this Martin-built B-29-45-MO dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, Bockscar (on display at the U.S. Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio) dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Enola Gay flew as the advance weather reconnaissance aircraft that day. A third B-29, The Great Artiste, flew as an observation aircraft on both missions.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Boeing Aircraft Co.
Martin Co., Omaha, Nebr.


Country of Origin:
United States of America

Overall: 900 x 3020cm, 32580kg, 4300cm (29ft 6 5/16in. x 99ft 1in., 71825.9lb., 141ft 15/16in.)

Polished overall aluminum finish

Physical Description:
Four-engine heavy bomber with semi-monoqoque fuselage and high-aspect ratio wings. Polished aluminum finish overall, standard late-World War II Army Air Forces insignia on wings and aft fuselage and serial number on vertical fin; 509th Composite Group markings painted in black; "Enola Gay" in black, block letters on lower left nose.

Washington Radio
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An armada of lawmakers, political figures, media outlets, and public opinion is forming to yank public funding not only from National Public Radio but also from the Public Broadcasting System for firing veteran political analyst Juan Williams even faster than NPR itself dumped Williams.

The backlash is coming not only in the way of legislation, editorials, and officials’ statements but also a public opinion polls showing that nearly half of Americans believe NPR was wrong in sacking Williams Wednesday over comments the longtime commentator made about Muslims on Fox TV Monday night.

Williams voiced his opinion on Bill O’Reilly’s show as O’Reilly discussed his own appearance last week on ABC’s "The View," during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set to protest comments he made on Muslims.

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"Where am I going wrong here, Juan?" O’Reilly asked.

The 56-year-old Williams responded with the lament that today’s overemphasis on political correctness can interfere with dialog and reality.

"I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” said Williams, who also is a Fox TV commentator. “You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

The fact that NPR summarily fired Williams, especially when others on NPR have made comments criticizing evangelical and other conservative groups, propelled the groundswell of opposition from the right and the left alike, including:

A Washington Times editorial that proclaims: “This experiment in taxpayer-supported broadcasting must be put out to pasture.”
Sarah Palin, who declared on her Facebook page today: "If NPR is unable to tolerate an honest debate about an issue as important as Islamic terrorism, then it’s time for ‘National Public Radio’ to become ‘National Private Radio.’ It’s time for Congress to defund this organization."
South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said he plans to introduce legislation defunding NPR. NPR doesn’t get federal money directly, but rather, its pipeline is through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a quasi-governmental agency that received a congressional appropriation of 0 million this year. He also plans to seek an end to taxpayer subsidies for public television.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the GOP will add cutting funding for NPR to its "YouCut" program, which asks constituents what federal programs they would want to slash.Cantor said NPR’s firing of Williams is "chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression.NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams not only undermines that, it shows an ignorance of the fact that radical Islam and the terrorists who murder in its name scare people of all faiths, religions, and beliefs."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also calls for cutting off NPR’s funding, and says he won’t do interviews on the network. “NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as a purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee said.
Media watchdog Brent Bozell demanded a congressional investigation into the firing.
Howard Kurtz blogging in The Daily Beast: “It’s tempting to say that the right’s reaction to the Juan Williams firing is just a tad overblown. But it’s not. This was a blunder of enormous proportions. Even many liberals — Donna Brazile, Joan Walsh, Whoopi Goldberg — are castigating National Public Radio for throwing Williams overboard. PR Chief Executive Vivian Schiller — dubbed a ‘pinhead’ by O’Reilly — made matters worse by suggesting that Williams needs psychiatric attention. She later apologized.”
A national Poll Position public opinion survey found that 46 percent of those polled said NPR was wrong to fire Williams, 19 percent said it was right, and 35 percent had no opinion.
The firing accelerated speculation that liberal NPR patron George Soros may have influenced NPR’s decision to fire Williams, who, ironically, is considered a liberal voice at NPR and Fox. Soros has made large donations to NPR and other left-leaning media over the years.

Coincidentally, the firing occurred on the same day it was revealed that the billionaire currency titan Soros is giving million to liberal Media Matters to stanch the burgeoning popularity of Fox News.

Criticizing NPR’s list to the left, DeMint issued a statement saying, "Once again we find the only free speech liberals support is the speech with which they agree. The incident with Mr. Williams shows that NPR is not concerned about providing the listening public with an honest debate of today’s issues, but rather with promoting a one-sided liberal agenda."

DeMint noted that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received nearly billion in federal money since 2001.

"The country is over trillion in debt, and Congress must find ways to start trimming the federal budget to cut spending," DeMint said. "NPR and PBS get about 15 percent of their total budget through federal funding, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own. With record debt and unemployment, there’s simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize a liberal programming they disagree with."

NPR’s liberal entanglements fly in the face of objective journalism at what should be an impartial outlet because of the money it receives from public coffers.

Now, the Washington Times’ editorial opines: “On the bright side, no one can ever again defend NPR as being fair and balanced.”

In addition, the editorial says, “Mr. Williams has a reputation as a thoughtful liberal whose views go beyond the usual Democratic Party-approved talking points, and he’s earned deserved respect beyond those who were predisposed to agree with him. But it was no secret that NPR management was uncomfortable with Mr. Williams’ appearances on Fox News. In 2009, the taxpayer-subsidized operation demanded that Mr. Williams stop being identified as a "senior correspondent for NPR" when appearing on "The O’Reilly Factor." This incident was a useful pretext for management to engage in some ideological cleansing. The firing looks even more suspicious coming as it does hard on the heels of a .8 million grant from ultraliberal sock puppeteer George Soros.”

Continuing its assessment of the situation, the Times editorial states: “News organizations have a right to adopt whatever editorial positions they want, but NPR receives a chunk of its budget from the federal government, and more importantly wields the imprimatur of being an essential public resource, which anchors its other fundraising efforts. NPR’s persistent liberal bias raises the question of why the government is in the business of promoting such enterprises.

“The rationale that created public broadcasting more than 40 years ago — the then lack of available educational and public service programming — has been overcome by technological innovations unforeseen at the time. Blue-state America has MSNBC for news; it doesn’t need NPR. When the new Congress begins the process of cutting wasteful government programs, public broadcasting should be high on the list.”

© Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Washington Monument

May 31st, 2014

Check out these Washington Monument images:

Washington Monument
Washington Monument
Image by akseabird

Scaffolding Around The Washington Monument
Washington Monument
Image by A.Currell

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Any Anime Sad Love Story recommendations?

May 31st, 2014

Question by Jd: Any Anime Sad Love Story recommendations?
I’m looking for an anime that has a story of a guy courting a girl and the girl keeps ignoring him. Until finally the guy gives up and lets go. The girl realizes later on that she already had feelings for the guy but he was already gone.

Best answer:

Answer by ?
Don’t know any that match that description but I know a few sad Romance.
-Angel Beats-8.9- About a boy who dies and goes to an afterworld to later find he has joined a new team.
-Anohana-9.1- Childhood friends get back together after the death of one of the friends…Sorta hard to explain
-Clannad-9.1- Boy meets girl in first season. Second season is where the drama happens

Good luck

What do you think? Answer below!

Free Anime

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