12.07.2009

Charlottesville AM Radio station 1450 in need of repair? - Plus guy on Stephanie Miller show thinks Osama bin Laden is dead

I was listening to the Stephanie Miller show on 1450 AM in Charlottesville today on my trip to C-ville's best coffee house "Greenberrys" for the usual blueberry muffin (if there are any left) and a mocha with whip. Although I'd tuned in for the background noise the show so shamelessly furnishes my conspiracy-theorist tuning circuit suddenly resonated with the mention on the show of the mother of all boogiemen - Osama bin Laden.

More specifically - the guy in the background on the show - Steph's sidekick - said he believes Osama bin Laden is dead.  Here comes the conspiracy theorist part - at 10:54 the emergency alert, the one you'd get if a tornado were coming into town - comes on the air blocking out the conversation for about 15 seconds. I couldn't hear the rest of what he was saying.  Suddenly the radio station comes back on the air and I hear a little more of his belief that Osama bin Laden is dead.  When the show continued the conversation moved towards nation-building - the automatic role of brave penniless Americans.


When I was a kid they used to come on the radio once in a while and say "This is a test of the emergency broadcasting system...this is a test..."  - then the tone would come on - followed by a post-test announcement - "This has been a test of the emergency broadcasting system..."  I speculate the pre and post-test announcements were to make sure people wouldn't panic - or think there was an actual emergency.  This isn't the first time I've heard this mistake happen on air here in town.  One thing I know - there was no emergency but there WAS an alert.  Ever hear the story about the boy who cried wolf?  I'm not sure who runs this  EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM ON AM IN C-VILLE   but I'll dig into it.  For now I can only say that crying FIRE in a crowded movie theater without a FIRE PRESENT is a bad thing for the public.

Nowadays - I guess this alert just comes on in the middle of radio conversations with no pre or post announcement and should generally be ignored.  I suppose the Stephanie Miller show sponsors don't have enough pull with 1450 AM in Charlottesville to make sure their product is delivered in its entirety.

Why is this important?  A few posts ago  I noticed Rush Limbaugh mention on-air that he's believed that Osama bin Boogeyman has been dead since the battle of Tora Bora Bora - which he proudly stated we turned "2000 degrees."  Maybe I'm over-analyzing this - but one wonders why Limbaugh has been so active cheerleading for the Afghanistan-turned-AFPAKistan war so vehemently - if he knew the reason repeated to his flock - and the entire nation was to capture a man not even wanted by the FBI for the 911 attacks.  Don't believe me?  Why don't you go HERE to the FBI most wanted page on Osama bin Laden where you will notice no mention of the 911 attacks.  

Stephanie Miller had no opinion one way or the other on the whereabouts of bin Laden ( good call on her part otherwise she'd be looking for a job like most of the rest of us by the end of the week)  mentioning we have no evidence that he is dead.   Hey - I don't have any evidence Vercingetorix is dead either but I'll take Julius Caeser's word for it.

Stephanie poked the military in the eye for their macho-sounding names for the most recent assault on the "enemy" "over there" .   One such example was "Operation Cobra's Anger" which I would criticize for implying a snake is capable of being angry when it doesn't even have a cerebral cortex.  I would also criticize the name of the mission for the annoying use of an apostrophe ;)

I will admit that Stephanie Miller did sound a little more serious today given the topic - so I'll listen in again from time to time - it's a morning show and I know the audience may not be ready for too heavy of an issue before noon.  But when will they be ready?  I know I'm harsh on these radio folks but we have an ignorant population for a reason - and those consuming public airwaves have a duty to inform the public one way or the other.

So here's the mission - we kill a few of theirs, they kill a few of ours - and the non-white indigenous population dodges bullets, bombs and drone missile stikes on their wedding parties.  The  blackmailed U.S. Congresspersons keep the money flowing to the mercenaries while we all go broke.  That's the plan - all you have to do is pay attention.

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