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West Virginia interaction: JohnCase responds to Senator Manchin…

 

My good friend and radio personality John Case received an e-mail from Senator Joe Manchin (D – WV) which, to all appearances, supports many of the subjects which we on the left do as well. John points out that this is a ruse… and, of course, with an election coming in November, Joe is trying to make himself look OK to Democrats.

 

Here’s the correspondence:

 

On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM, Joe Manchin <info@joemanchinwv.com> wrote:
Dear John:

West Virginia is still recovering from the storms that did so much damage these past few weeks. The power is back on, but families lost their groceries, saw their fuel expenditures rise, and many, many people lost pay because businesses weren’t operating. What more evidence do we need that American infrastructure needs improvement?
 
English: Joe Manchin (D-WV), United States SenatorBut in the middle of our suffering in West Virginia, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had awarded a $94 million contract to provide reliable electricity for Helmand Province, Afghanistan. That’s right – while thousands of West Virginians were without power just a short drive away, the federal government decided it would be a good idea to spend all that money halfway around the world to buy electricity for a country that doesn’t even want our help.
 
I went to the Senate floor and I let my colleagues know that I am very frustrated and angry about this, and that I’m not going to just sit by and watch Washington treat West Virginia like it’s less important than Afghanistan. Now that West Virginia is officially asking for federal disaster recovery help, I’d like the folks in Washington to hear what you have to say, too.
 
Add your name to my petition and leave your thoughts for the record on my website.
 
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you build a bridge in West Virginia, we won’t blow it up. If you build a school, we won’t burn it down. In fact, we’ll be very appreciative. And if you help us invest in a more reliable electric system, we will use that power to make this country stronger, to power this nation’s economy, and to provide good-paying jobs.

-Joe

 

John’s response:

 

I am sorry, Senator Manchin, but — while I am glad you are opposed to further unnecessary expenditures in Afghanistan — I will not support you for re-election. I believe that candidates who espouse, as you do, Republican talking points on energy, the president, climate change, and other matters should be defeated. I will not vote Republican — so I am not planing to vote for you.

I think voters who are tempted by racism or ignorance, or simple misinformation about the future of coal and the its costs/benefits to West Virginia, to vote for you — should really get to enjoy the full consequences of Republican policies you are pursuing — why get it half-baked and stale from you, or Gov. Tomblin for that matter. Get the full dose of political poison!

By the way — I have a radio program on weekday mornings in Shepherdstown. Maybe I have it all wrong! Feel free to call in to WSHC Listen Live  line from 8-9 AM Tues thru Friday, 304-876-5369, if you would like to discuss this.

very truly yours,

John Case

Host, The Winners and  Losers Radio Program
WSHC, 89.7 FM / 897wshc.org
Shepherdstown, WV

 

Of course, the odds of Joe Manchin calling into the Winners and Losers radio show are greatly weighted to “no show.” John is correct that this so-called Democrat really seems to be a Republican (as does Earl Ray Tomblin) – from not supporting the President in the Senate to publicly affirming that he will NOT attend the Democratic Convention.

 

Thanks for making this correspondence public, John.

 

Everything is behind today… I’m walking an uneasy line…

This is how I feel...

I was supposed to be at WSHC at 7:30 this morning to cover for John Case until 9:00 AM, but somehow I missed the alarm and slept too late… and if Ralph Petrie hadn’t called at 8:30 to see where John was I never would have gotten in.

At 7:55 I was on the air and my regular callers (especially Ralph, whose birthday is today… Happy Birthday, Ralph) started ringing in. I held the show an extra half hour to make up for the lateness.

I had a therapist’s appointment a little later… then I got home, fed the dogs and, dammit, fell asleep until 4:00 PM. Now I’m getting a really late start on my house packing and kitchen cleaning, etc.

We’re supposed to be trucking the furniture and boxes to the new house on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll never make it!

And I’ve got to be on with John at 7:30 tomorrow morning.

Take a break…

A wonderful film for a Wednesday Night:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

This has been nominated for a short film Academy Award and I think it is surely worth it. Make sure to watch it at full screen.

Have a great time… more fun than watching politicians.
For those of you who are my radio listeners I’ll be on WSHC (89.7 FM) tomorrow morning from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM substituting for John Case(on the web at http://www.897wshc.org).

Sitting in the radio station after crawling through ice to get in.

Thank goodness for 4-wheel drive. Fortunately they had already plowed King St. and I could park quite close to WSHC‘s studio in Kunicke Hall.

There’s about 2 inches of snow layered with a half inch of ice.  It took me a few minutes to scrape my car off, but it looks like the worst is probably over. The Weather Bureau says the temperature will go above freezing and we’ll have a little light rain and then overcast sun later this afternoon. Can’t wait.

Given the weather, I’m not sure if any of my regular walk-in guests will be on “Talk To Me” today. Hopefully folks will call in to 304-876-5369 and say hello.

The internet is up, so if you’re not in the Shepherdstown, WV, area you can tune in at http://897wshc.org. I’ll be on from 11AM until 1 PM ET.

Since it’s a great day to stay inside and snuggle up with your sweetie take advantage of it. There has been so little winter this year that this is almost like a vacation.

Getting ready to go on the air at WSHC…

It’s about ten after seven and I’m warming up the board for John Case’s  Tuesday morning show (we go on at 7:30). John is spending a couple of days in DC and I’m covering today and tomorrow… so I’ll be here until 9:00 AM.

If you want to listen, we’re at 89.7 FM in Shepherdstown, WV, but our signal doesn’t go very far… we are really meant to cover Shepherd University and the Town… but people all over the country listen to us at http://www.897wshc.edu. We know that because we get calls from New York, Montreal, Chicago and other places (like DC).


Anyway, I’ll get back to the blog when I get home… right after I walk the dogs.

Just got back from WSHC…

Hard to believe, but I substituted for John Case on this mornings Winners and Losers show on WSHC radio. Thankfully, Shepherd U. police came over to unlock the door at Knutti Hall and let me into the studio, where I spent the morning playing Thanksgiving songs (mostly about Turkeys) and talking about what I was thankful for.

At 2:00 we’ll be over at my Daughter Penny’s for Thanksgiving dinner. However, right now I’m watching the Macy’s Parade, which I try never to miss (back when I lived in NYC, I always tried to see it live and in person… a great event.)

Shepherdstown is pretty dead right now… most of the students from Shepherd are home for the weekend and most of the businesses are closed. No street parking problems, though… just nowhere to go.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. Be kind to an Indian today… and apologetic.

And don’t go to any stores that start Black Friday today. They are un-American.

This morning I have a two-hour show at WSHC (89.7 FM)

Our new schedule starts today now that Shepherd football season is over, and my Talk To Me show runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM … delightfully scheduled over lunch (another reason why the audience will be minimal.) It’s also available during the same time period (EDT) at http://www.897wshc.org.

I’ve invited our local R&R expert, Ralph Petrie, to be my guest… I hope he shows up. Ralph, as you probably know, hosts The Extended Porch on Friday afternoons, plus he subs on a lot of shows when folks are away and is John Case and my biggest caller during our shows. I don’t know what we would do without Ralph’s input (he keeps us on our toes to do station IDs).

Anyway… I hope you will tune in … and call in at 304.876.5369.

– Bill

Not sure what I am going to do with tomorrow morning’s “Talk To Me” on WSHC…

As of this morning the telephone is still not working in the studio, which makes call-ins on the show an impossibility. So far I have no guests to come in and talk. If I have any luck, I’ll find someone today.

I think I come on at 10:30 AM tomorrow… whatever time I do come on it will be just after Elliot Simon and just before the Football guys.

Hope you’ll tune in (and…on the longshot chance that the phone is fixed… call in.)

Oh yeah, it’s Elly and my 33d wedding anniversary tomorrow as well. 🙂

Tuesday Morning in Shepherdstown…

Election today.

I’m not thrilled with either candidate, but I am upset with the dirty campaign Maloney and his crowd have run… so I am voting for Tomlinson.

CATF has announced the dates of the 2012 Season:

Hey… only 10 months away! Plan now!

I’ve been instructed to play no more show music on my radio show. It seems students don’t like it (too educational compared to really awful Rap that fills many afternoons). Yeah, it disturbs me, especially since Shepherd has a great Music Department that has produced wonderful musicals over the years. I guess their program doesn’t need support from WSHC radio.

If you, like me, miss having this on our local radio station, let them know at wshc@shepherd.edu.

Tomorrow Morning’s Show on WSHC, 89.7:

We’re on a “regular schedule” tomorrow, which means my show, “Talk To Me” is on from 11 AM to 1 PM. I don’t have any special guests tomorrow, but the call-in line is up and running again (304-876-5369) and I’ll take in discussions on just about anything.

Folks away from our broadcasting area can pick up the show at www.897WSHC.org. Give me a call.

Just got back from the Winners And Losers show at WSHC

John Case and I did our usual Friday morning routine, although, if not for my wife’s car, I wouldn’t have made it on time… I discovered a dead battery in my car due to the back door being ajar and the rear interior light being on all night. Now I’m back and I can take care of jumping it.

Still planning my first Saturday radio show for 9:00 AM tomorrow… 2 hours to cover and still have no one to talk to (although John said he’d call in.) I’ll be going over to Mellow Moods in a little bit… maybe I can find someone there.

Ostensibly, I would like my show to be mostly conversation, but I fear tomorrow will be lots of music unless I get call-ins (304-876-5369) who want to discuss almost anything… even the SU Rams football game later in the day (that shows you how desperate I am.)

Maybe I’ll play some selections from my friend Jeff Haddow’s recent musical version of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”… he just sent me the CD and it sounds pretty good. I also have the usual mix of rock, blues and folk.

Anyway… it’s a much cooler day outside than it has been and I hope you have a good one.

Saturday starts my new radio show on WSHC…

Although the times may be moving around a little during football season, I am starting my new program this Saturday at 9:00 am, and this week we will be running until 11:00. I only got the word yesterday, so I may not be able to get guests to talk with… although eventually I want to do a lot of guest interviews and incoming phone calls from listeners. I’m calling the show “Talk To Me,” and that’s what is going to be the dominant theme.

I’ll be playing some of my esoteric song collection as well, the amount of which will depend on how much talk I can scare up. I’d like to talk about politics, the local arts scene, Shepherdstown business, and anything else my listeners want to converse about… within reason.

I’ll still be doing Friday mornings with John Case on Winners and Losers… I’ll ket you know more about my Saturday show then.

If you want to call in this Saturday, the phone number is 304-876-5369. We’ll be on WSHC, 89.7 on the FM dial, or http://www.897wshc.org on the internet. Hope you’ll be there.

 

Alumnus

It is, I think, a symptom of ageing that when my quarterly alumni magazine from Northwestern arrives, I immediately turn to the back to see who from my class has died. I know somewhere, other mid-sixty folks are doing the same… perhaps looking to see if I turn up.

I do this before reviewing what my classmates and others have accomplished in the last quarter, before reading the articles (generously spread across subjects like Sports, Foreign Education, Faculty specialties and others) that come deluxely illustrated.

It is a peril of retirement that life is lived more now in the past than in the future (although I may be moving on the near future into a Saturday morning radio show THAT’S ALL MINE on WSHC!) and there is less and less of major consequences to look forward to. Everything is now done for free or as a volunteer and earning a living no longer seems possible.

Anyway…the Northwestern Magazine has now been thoroughly reviewed and no one that I remember has passed on. I’ll have to wait for the Winter issue.

BTW… as I write this, Turner Classic Movies is showing “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, easily the worst of the horror cheapies in the 1950s. How were films like this ever made?

The Rube Carnival at the Folly is coming together…

A lot of folks, me included,have been working on finishing the Carnival project so it can come off on the 10th and 11th of September without a hitch.

I’m almost finished with the Sling Shooters booth, where folks can fire slingshots (a la Angry birds, but in real life) at targets like a clown, a werewolf and Gumbo the Rooster.

I stopped by today to watch Sally Kimmel (and others) working on painting the Tarot Cards which will line Archetype Alley.

Saturday morning we’re finishing the last clay layer on the outdoor pizza oven… and I understand that Phil Mastrangelo from Mellow Moods will be there throwing the Pizzas… he’s also setting up to sell his famous fruit smoothies.

Al Thomas will be having a trebouché shoot… Bradley Sanders will have a bamboo water wheel game. there will be a Fashion Show, live music, plenty of fun for kids and adults running from morning into the evenings of both days. We’re only 10 days away from it as I write this.

Hope I see everyone there!

I’ll be subbing for John Case on “Winners and Losers” tomorrow morning…

Black and white photo of the Anacostia Museum ...

The Anacostia Museum

…so tune into WSHC FM (89.7) at 7:30 AM (or if you are listening on line go to http://www.897wshc.org) and join me. I’ll be having Public Historian Will Tchakirides (my son!) discussing public history itself and the Anacostia Museum where he is currently designing a web site.

You can listen, call in, and there will be music and some funny stuff too… and some poetry by Stanley Kunitz for Monday’s poetry reading.

Special Guest on Tomorrow’s WSHC broadcast…

Lorrie Schoettler

I’m having Lorrie Schoettler, Principal and Owner of Swallowtail Consulting, who will be discussing marketing through Social Networks and related things.

It’s the start of a busy day for Lorrie, who will later be presenting on a panel at the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum. The discussion topic is Resources for Small Business Owners, and she’ll be speaking about social media marketing. More details can be found here.

She’ll be on from 8 – 9 AM. We’re at 89.7 FM, but if you are outside of our area, listen on the web at http://www.897wshc.org. And please, feel free call in with comments or questions at 304-876-5359.

Goings on in Shepherdstown this weekend…

This is the last weekend of the CATF and I’m told there are still tickets available for some of the plays.

 CALL THE BOX OFFICE TODAY!  800-999-CATF (2283)

There are still shows tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. RACE, unfortunately is sold out (although some people hang around the box office to see if there are cancellations or last minute non-attendees.)

Speaking of RACE, tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:30 PM at Reynolds Hall, the last CATF Free Lecture, this one on RACE and racial issues, will be held. Free means Free… and these things fill up. No reservations.

Tomorrow Morning from 9:00 to Noon you’ll find me and my friends at Morgan’s Grove Market. There’s going to be fresh local corn and other garden output for sale… plus baked goods, crafts, and other things. Plenty of free parking… just west of Morgan’s Grove park. Live music from 10 to Noon. Exercise classes and more. C’mon by. C’mon and buy.

Small Electronics Recycling

Corner of German & King Streets, at ‘The Wall’

104 N. King Street
Shepherdstown, WV
limit: 1 television per person. Bring in your old tape recorders, cd players, etc. Clean up your house!
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Sunday Farmers Market (behind the Library)… it’s the beginning of big produce season. Do your grocery shopping locally. 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A Few Updates on My Goings On in Shepherdstown…

Last night I got back from one of the Friday 5:00 or so meetings at The Folly where we all sat around drinking beer, wine and Diet Coke (me) and made plans for the Rube Carnival in August. This is going to be fun. I’ve scheduled three days next week to go over and make my slingshot shooting gallery.

This morning Elly and I are running the Four Seasons Bookstore’s booth at the Morgan’s grove market, where we will also be selling her baked goods (spiced breads and the best rugelach on earth!) and some of Ruth’s garden produce.

Coming in August when John Case and his wife travel to Canada where their daughter is due to have their grandchild, I’ll be subbing for a week on Winners And Losers every morning on WSHC. And, as long as I’m talking about the radio station, we recorded my CATF reviews and they will be scattered around WSHC throughout the month until July 31st.

So this is a pretty active summer for me…not something I’ve been used to for quite a while.

CATF reviewing is going along as planned.

From David Mamet's "Race"

I’ve seen four of the five CATF plays so far and I have the fifth one, We Are Here, at the Studio Theater at 8:30 PM. I won’t give any details of the shows yet, except to say they are certainly worth seeing and cover a range of dramatic experience that I’ve come to expect from this festival. I’ll be posting at some time tomorrow and will be doing the audio reviews on my podcast Tuesday at 10 AM (Click Here on Tuesday Morning).

Friday I am recording the reviews for WSHC FM (89.7) in Shepherdstown, where they will be individually scattered throughout the month while CATF is going on (July 8th-31st).

I would suggest you hurry to CATF.org and get reservations as some shows have several sold out performances, especially David Mamet’s Race, which started selling out a month ago.

I’ve got TWO plays to see at CATF today…

“For 20 years, in the oldest town in West Virginia, new plays have had a home and a loyal audience.  The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University is a dream for the writers of those plays.”


NPR’s Morning Edition – June 2010

On Saturday my wife and I were at the invited dress rehearsal of Kyle Bradstreet’s From Prague, one of the five plays I’m doing reviews for at WSHC. I won’t comment on it now (I do my reviews on Friday and they will be scattered through WSHC broadcasts at 89.7 FM… plus they will be reproduced on this blog and I’ll discuss them on next week’s Podcast), but I will say that it was one of the most amazing theatre experiences I have had in recent memory. This is a world premiere, so you are not likely to have seen it anywhere else… so go over to CATF and get tickets NOW.

This afternoon, John Case and I are going to the invited dress rehearsal of Sam Shephard’s Ages of the Moon and tonight Elly and I will be seeing David Mamet‘s Race at CATF. Then I’ll have two more plays to see tomorrow and Thursday so I can put my reviews together on Friday.

We are so fortunate in Shepherdstown to have the CATF. This is its 21st Season, and, as Elly and I have said many times, CATF is one of the things that attracted us to Shepherdstown as a place to live. To see excellent,

Contemporary American Theater Festival

professional Equity actors in new plays by both new and well-known American playwrights directed by supremely talented people like the Festival’s founder, Ed Herendeen, is an experience that defies accurate description.

More to come.

CATF reviews coming in July…

I’ll be reviewing all 5 plays at the Contemporary American Theater Festival again this year for WSHC. I’m covering dress rehearsals and previews prior to opening nights so I can give our listeners an advanced view of the plays.

I’ll also be putting them on
line here and on Facebook. Watch for them around July 8th.

Hiding from the heat…

Looks like another hot day in Shepherdstown as we wait for the rain (30% chance this afternoon, 50% tonight, 60% tomorrow). Yesterday it was up to 95° and felt like it was going up to 100° when I was out walking the dogs.

Elly will spend time out in the gardens today with her wide brimmed straw hat looking like a lady farmer. I think she enjoys the heat.

The coming weekend has more for me to do… Tomorrow morning, on WSHC, John and I have Delegate Doyle coming in to the show and a friend of John’s calling in from Vermont to talk about their new single-payer health care system. If you can tune in locally, we’re at 89.7 FM. If you are farther out (anywhere in the world, actually) you can get us at http://www.897wshc.org. 7:30 to 9:00 AM.

Friday night there is a meeting to throw ideas around for the Rube Carnival that G. Bradley Sanders is throwing at The Folly in August. This is my first time meeting with the group (Bradley and I had coffee at Mellow Moods the other day) and I’m looking forward to it.

Saturday morning is Morgan’s Grove Market and I’ll be wandering around… probably settling down over at the Four Seasons Bookstore booth.  If you see m there, say Hi.

Then, on Sunday, Elly and I are taking two of our grandsons, John and Jason, to DC to go to the Air and Space Museum. So it looks like the Weekend plans are complete.

Hope yours is a nice one.

Looks like I’ll be doing the radio show alone tomorrow…

John Case is down with the cold I had for close to a week and now he’s asked me to do the 7:30 – 9:00 AM Winners and Losers show alone tomorrow.

I hope you can tune in to WSHC at 89.7 fm tomorrow (http://www.897wshc.org on line if you are out of the Eastern Panhandle area) and even call in (304-876-5369) if you want to speak your piece.

I think John has someone from a film festival coming in…don’t know much about it but we’ll see. Meanwhile, I’ll be taking calls, complaining about how Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Kasich in Ohio are helping the rich and screwing the workers… stuff like that. You’re most welcome to participate.

If I start an Under The Lobsterscope podcast, would any of you like to participate?

Before John Case and I get started on our Winners and Losers Podcast based on the Friday morning radio show we do on WSHC 89.7 FM, I’m thinking about learning the ropes with a weekly (or every other day or so) half-hour podcast based on the Politics and Arts subjects I cover here at this blog.

This would give me an opportunity to talk and broadcast conversations with some of my regular readers and commentors (you guys know who you are)…  Let me know if you’re interested.

 

 

-Bill

Friday morning and I’m setting up at WSHC…

… The show starts at 7:30 on WSHC FM (89.7) and runs until 9:00… after which my computer is going into the shop to get its CD Drive fixed. There will probably not be any blog for a while after that, since the computer won’t be back until next week. I’ll try to get on a borrowed machine to post if I can.

I have State Delegate John Doyle (D – 57 District of West Virginia) coming in at 8:00AM. If you want to call in and talk politics with Delegate Doyle, the number is 304-876-5369. You can listen to WSHC on line at  www.897wshc.org if you are out of our broadcast range.

Hope everyone has a nice day and a GREAT WEEKEND.