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Saturday, February 11, 2012

How will I know? They'll keep telling me.

We have our iPhone set to allow the folks at KGW to flash us with important news bulletins. They've beeped us three times in the last half hour to tell us that Whitney Houston is dead. We have now absorbed this life-changing news and hope that they can resist further bulletins.

UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Just got a fourth one. No doubt the grief in the news room is so unbearable that the bulletin button is stuck. It's starting to remind us of Chevy Chase telling us that Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Comments (20)

But you will want to know when they move the body as then you can Twitter me, no?

Who can find the best video link for "I Will Always Love You" ?


I hope it doesn't degenerate into the "Michael Jackson" farce.

A person whom I like a lot and who, I think, likes me, sends me audio stuff, CDs, and videos of the " I will Always Love You" song.

Good music.

Very good talent. So many demons.

Sad to see Ms. Houston go.

But it's important to somebody. I don't know anybody, but somebody.

I don't remember anyone at KGW that I would care to have flash me.

It's NOT OK for KGW to flood me with notifications of a washed-out druggie's death.

It IS OK for KGW to flood me with notifications of certain politicians in certain major west coast cities that most of us just happen to live in or near that he (or she) has immediately resigned, along with his/her supporters in other governmental bodies that collude with each other, and that all said persons have also immediately left the State of Oregon and vowed never to return, not even on vacation, not even for a funeral.

Ahh--SNL flashbacks circa '75-'76.

Sweet memories of my early teen years...nice.

Welcome to the USA- the most censored news in the world. If it was critical news, you would never hear about it.

What we do get is 24 hours of who's banging who, who got busted, and who went night, night in a bad way.

I spent some of this morning un-subscribing to much of what we have subscribed to, some of it by our own choice, and sometimes we were unwittingly subscribed.

Over time it can become redundant, intrusive, and gets to be quite an information overload. Although I kept my “Breaking Bad” alerts, of course.

I'm sad about Whitney Houston. She was a monster talent and reading of her daughter in a shouting match with the cops as they turned her away from the room made it too real.

As pretentious as this is, I'm going to quote one of my own song lyrics: "You take the drugs and the drugs take you." RIP, Whitney.

So I guess I should focus on her, but the censored news comment set me off because it reminded me of how the big pharmaceutical companies are not covered negatively by a media dependent on their advertisement dollars.

Did you know that until recently the state of Florida was providing 85% of the street pills of oxycodone, oxycontin, etc...for the entire country of America through what are called pill mills? Out of state dealers would just drive down to Florida, pick up thousands of pills from doctors who acted as the distributors as well. Then these pills would be transported to states like Massachusetts where they would get high school kids addicted to opiates, and then, when the price was too high per pill, the kids would switch to heroin.

Thousands and thousands of young people OD'd but did you ever see a story on pill mills in Florida? I didn't until I saw a bone-chilling documentary on the topic and I still can't believe it. Did you ever hear a story about Big Pharma using its political clout to cut down on their sales, knowing that these Florida pill mills were killing the youth of America?

The new law greatly curtails this - finally - but the Jeb Bush administration, that claims they worked on the problem for 10 years, but didn't get it done, has a lot to answer for.

I have no doubt that prescription drugs were involved in Whitney Houston's decline. But the coverage last night was skewed towards the pressures of stardom, and the always popular "she was about to recover."

Meanwhile thousands of young people across America OD'd and the story wasn't talked about that much - specifically the Florida pill mills. This incredible loophole in the law was underreported even when a loud mouth like Rush Limbaugh was one of the users. This - to me - proves the media's slant to the almighty dollar of Big Pharma even at the expense of human life.

Re: "Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead."

The reports of Franco's demise have remained questionable. Just last week, the Spanish Supreme Court convicted Judge Baltasar Garzon in the latest case brought against him:

"In Thursday's verdict, the court ruled that Garzon acted unlawfully in ordering jailhouse wiretaps of detainees talking to their lawyers, the court said, adding that his actions 'these days are only found in totalitarian regimes.'

The case was just one of three against Garzon, who is still awaiting a verdict in another trial on charges of initiating a probe in 2008 of rightist atrocities committed during and after the Spanish civil war of 1936-1939, even though the crimes were covered by a 1977 amnesty."

And that's why I'm not signing up my cell phone for the City's "emergency" calls. Because my idea of an emergency will probably be significantly different from theirs.

Houston reportedly had a lot of prescription drugs on her night-stand.

It's unfortunate, as she once had great talent, great beauty, and so much more. It seems as though many who achieve success and wealth through these venues don't live long enough to appreciate it.

Fortunately for me, I have nothing to worry about in regard to any of that.

Heck, I may well be immortal.

Do you think Lindsay Lohan will make it to 48?

The first reaction is, "48? That's so young for her to die."

Then you start hearing the details of her recent life, including being banned from Prince concerts last year for being so much trouble - and you start to get the picture.

The next reaction is, "48? How did she live that long?"

I only have two impressions of Whitney Houston.

1) The song, "I will always love you", blared so frequently for a time, that I developed this mental response to hearing it: "methinks thou protesteth too much".

2) A very funny satire I saw once of an actress pretending to be Whitney giving an interview, where she was so high her eyes were little slits, her grin was gargoyle-ish, and you could practically see the smoke pouring from her ears.

Seriously, people like her, with every gift under the sun, who blow their lives on drugs, get less and less sympathy from me as the years go by.

I signed up for KPAM 860's text alerts during a contest. I finally had to quit the list after getting a "Joe Paterno has cancer!" text.

Sorry, but that ain't news. I couldn't care much less about a college sports coach.

Don't we all wish we had sufficient resources to do whatever we want? Turns out it may not be such a blessing after all.

What qualifies as 'BREAKING NEWS!' in this city borders on high comedy. Thank the handful of consultants who lord over local broadcast news in this country. It worked in Tampa and suddenly every station in America is doing it.

No Franco? I'll have to give up spaghetti.


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