Friday, January 11, 2008

Surges, Bounces, & More...part2

According to a Pew poll, Most Americans have already tired of the current political cycle. The report states that many of those polled,( and I was not one of them...) stated that they couldn't really name a Republican contender or those lesser known Democratic challengers. However, Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama were the most familiar, while Mike Huckabee's name came up among Republicans. Were these folks no watching none of those fancy debates? Wow, all this "I'm over It attitude" and we've not even moved into the mainstream of the race yet. Of course, polling got an "F" for it's recent dissing of Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, in which she was deemed to be a looser by a considerable margin. But she came away a winner as pollsters everywhere are tyring to explain themselves and their so-called methods. Meanwhile this forum has featured many poll questions on a variety of subjects but to my chagrin and consternation the response has been marginal. Yet, polling does have it's upside, when trying to capture data or trends to demonstrate interest in a product, program or need. Unfortunately, in Arkansas the GLBTQ community we've been lacking in establishing a true data base that would be beneficial in dealing with corporate sponsors, advertisers or donors. This especially certain if such data exisited for non-profits or Pride Week activites. GNB (Gay News Bureau) a few weeks ago observed that American Airlines has a GLBTQ Team that is dedicated to serving the Multi-Million dollar travel sector of the community and posed a question as to why the Eureka Springs Convention folks wouldn't get the hook up to a national carrier that offers service to the Northwest Regional Airport in response to those Diversity outings. I said it before and I'm saying it again, there are many opportunities that are being missed because they are not being researched or utilized acorss the board. Ah Shucks, I've had problems with getting this forum linked to the other media outlets or like minded sites in this state due our frankness and calling em out approach. Have they not heard of the First Admendment or is it just too hot in this kitchen for thin-skinned people. Well, get ready because the heat commeth for 2008. Futhermore, I'm often perplexed with how to reach more of you, garnering your response to our postings, our adsense ads or any of our tracking methods which allow us to monitor growth, if any. Apparently, I've got to continue to step up my game to get some respect around here. So, here we are trying to stay ahead of the curve in an climate of surges, bounces and so much more....

Black History Month 2008: The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, in cooperation with the Clinton School, presents a wonderful and entertaining musical drama by Parkview Magnet High School students for school, church and youth groups, drama and music students or anyone who loves a great show! I can't believe that I attended this school a few years ago, O.K. quite a few years ago, but I 'm proud to see the continued committment to great community entertainment. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round is an inspiring, joyful and talent-filled 90 minute musical review that combines early African American spirituals with Mid-Twentieth Century freedom songs. The show includes moving excerpts from the speeches of leaders and major orators, as well as reenactments of significant events from those periods.
Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:00 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall
*Reserve your FREE tickets by calling 501-748-0419, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m

Speak Up-Speak OUT: I'm always encouraging discussion of all levels and here's another opportunity to share your thoughts while learning about the DADT issue. If you get a chance, sign up, then feel free to share your experiences with us in essay, pictures or poetry. We'd love to what you think about these types of events.

Don't Ask Don't Tell, A Community Dialog
Saturday, January 26, 2008 12:00 Noon
800 Scott St., Little Rock, AR
Inside First Presbyterian Church
Admission is Free
Lunch Provided

Pepe N. Johnson from in partnership with the Center for Artistic Revolution, CAR will host a workshop concerning Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Participants will discuss what Don't Ask, Don't tell is, how it affects the LGBTQ community - even those who have never served in the military - and what can be done to change it. The workshop is free. It starts at noon and lunch will be provided at the beginning of the workshop."

Former and current military personnel are invited as well as concerned non-military community members. Please RSVP to or call 501-244-9690 so that a correct count for lunch can be made.

TV's -R-US: Here we go again with more questionable government spending that may end up being a boodogle in it's attempt to help folks in that other digital divide. It' seems that Millions of $40 government coupons became available January 1st to help low-tech television owners buy special converter boxes for older TVs that might not work after the switch to digital broadcasting. I bought a fancy new HDTV set but realized that I would have to pay "extra" to get anything in HDTV. Say what? I don't need a converter box, just more cash if I want to be digitized because my Comcast package doesn't include that tier or something like that. Anyway,
beginning Feb. 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital set and still gets their programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer receive a picture.
That's the day the television industry completes its transition from old-style analog broadcasting to digital. Confuse yet? Wait, there's more....
The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 and will be available at most major electronics retail stores. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has begun accepting requests for two $40 coupons per household to be used toward the purchase of the boxes.
Viewers who have satellite or cable service will not need a box. Yeah, that's where I fall, just more cash to be entertained by more needless channels that I don't watch or those multi-sports channels that feature "cage fighting" or other obscure sports that I'm not sure why they exisit.
To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at starting 1/2/08. The government also has set up a 24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).
Congress, in ordering the transition to digital broadcasting, set aside $1.5 billion for the coupon program, which will fund 33.5 million coupons and other costs.
The giveaway basically works under the honor system.
The first 22 million coupons will go to all households that request them. That includes a residence that gets cable service for one television but has a spare TV that still uses an antenna, for example.
The rest of the coupons, however, are meant only for those who do not subscribe to a pay-television service. Maybe we could auction a Hope Katrina Trailer while giving away these coupons.

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