Monday, December 17, 2012

Blogular Updates

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK of my cool new blog banner? Fabulous Robert of BLUE HERON BLAST did this for me, and I have sent copious cyberkisses and hugs his way. IT'S JUST BEE-YOO-TI-FULL! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I did my last banner over 5 years ago, and couldn't even locate the website where I made it. Without the banner-making-for-dummies software, I had no clue how to proceed in conjuring up an updated banner. The few free banner-maker-sites I managed to find, did not have the crucial KASHMIR font, which I just HAD TO HAVE. (Led Zeppelin fans will undoubtedly recognize the lovely Kashmir font, named for the band who first used it on their album covers.) Also, I wanted outer space, utterly suitably for a flakey hippie like your humble narrator... the two together were nearly impossible for me to combine on the cheesy banner-maker websites. ((sobs)) I sulked for six whole months before wonderful Robert rescued me.

BLUE HERON RULES! Thank you so much, my friend.

Go visit Blue Heron Blast--which always has cool banners, and he changes them all the time, too... not once every five years, like some of us.


We did the promo for the radio show, today on Another Voice with Jason and Eric... they were kind enough to let us crazy lefties in to promote our new broadcast endeavor. Old-school Gentlemen! Very polite fellas who are all about free speech and everything... obviously, an endangered species in these parts.

Occupy the Microphone will formally debut on WOLT-FM, January 1st (and a happy New Year to you, too!)... WOLT-FM is a pretty snazzy-looking radio station, headquartered in the old McAlister Square mall, which I have written about here before.


At left: Daisy meets Country Earl, back on the auspicious date of 11-11-11.

WOLT-FM also once regularly featured local legend Country Earl's radio show. I was lucky enough to meet him last year, which was a real thrill for me. It therefore saddens me to announce that Country Earl passed away about a week ago, to the sorrow of upstate South Carolina:

A longtime Upstate radio personality also known for his Simpsonville restaurant has passed away.

“Country Earl” Baughman, 79, died Monday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Baughman was a local radio personality/disc jockey for many years, with numerous upstate radio stations including WESC, WCKI, WFIS, WBBR, WAGI and WOLT where he hosted his “Country Earl’s Country Classics Radio Show.” He started his career in the 1950s and continued until 2000s.

He was also known for his restaurant, Country Earl’s Stompin’ and Chompin’. In recent years, the restaurant became less of a restaurant and more of a performance or event venue, becoming known as “Country Earl’s Celebration Place.”

Baughman was native of Greenville County. According to his obituary, he was the son of the late Herbie Theodore and Susie Mae Lackey Baughman.

He was a member of Brookwood Community Church and was an accomplished musician and songwriter and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame.

A “Celebration of Life Service” will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Brookwood Community Church.

Forest Hills Funeral Home website says visitation will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Earl’s memory to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, 25 Woods Lake Rd., Suite 412, Greenville, SC 29607.
Another real gentleman of the old school, who will be sorely missed. :(


For those who asked (I am SO flattered yall care about me!)--my lifelong, growing, ugly brown skin-blotch was technically diagnosed as a dermatofibroma.

Nobody knows what causes them, but one theory is that they are caused by infected insect bites. Oh, GROSS!

You see??? I just knew all those horrific flea bites I endured would somehow have some negative repercussions; it just stands to reason.

I am TOTALLY blaming them.


We talked about the recent school-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on our last podcast, if you'd like to give us a listen. I don't have much to add to what we said, except the song I played here on Saturday.

There is one quite fascinating link currently making the rounds--Mormon Church 'owns unregulated gun sale website':
One of the most active and unregulated gun sale websites in America is owned by the Mormon Church, an investigation by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has revealed.
You just have to wonder... who else is making a killing, if you will pardon the expression.

My apologies for once again boring my dear readers with Tales of The Call Center, but the fact is, I learned a great deal whilst being cussed out every day, and I was toughened up for the long haul besides (which made me well-prepared for the rigors of talk radio)... My call center took calls for a world-wide shipping conglomerate, whose name (and big brown trucks) you would instantly recognize.

At one point on my call center job, I took calls ONLY from South Carolina for about 6-7 months. I became alarmed when I realized how many involved shipping huge amounts of firearms to other parts of the country, where I knew they were illegal. Most involved gun shows (and similar exhibitions), but some had other creative, shifty ways to get around the local laws. And I don't mind telling you, some of the guys on the phone sounded like they were straight out of Lizard Lick Towing. They initially didn't seem too bright, but honey, you shoulda heard them spout those LAWS--they knew them inside and out, backwards and forwards, state by state and county by county. When packages got held up and/or inspected, which happened fairly often, they would cuss a proverbial blue streak. And I used to get seriously creeped out when packages got LOST (and yes, they did), which made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

I still remember one guy chuckling at the news that his enormous shipment of guns (to New York City) had apparently disappeared into the ether, and he would have to file a claim. "Bummer," he announced, "Hope whoever found it enjoys alla that fine weaponry," he chortled, "--and I hope nobody pisses him off tonight!"

I remember hoping nobody pissed him off too, whoever he was.

Imagine, a cache of weapons and ammo simply evaporating off of a loading dock? I hate to tell you, but it happens all the time.


JoJo said...

I love the new banner! Great job! Very 'dark star' too which is what I thought of when I saw it.

John Powers said...

I love the banner, it could be tweaked for size. In re guns, there's a piece a Quartz about Cerberus's domination of the industry.

Sevesteen said...

I became alarmed when I realized how many involved shipping huge amounts of firearms to other parts of the country, where I knew they were illegal.

How did you know they were illegal? I don't know of any part of the country were all guns are illegal.

you shoulda heard them spout those LAWS--they knew them inside and out, backwards and forwards, state by state and county by county.

Because they have to--because an honest mistake with shipping guns that harms nobody is likely a felony.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Me: I became alarmed when I realized how many involved shipping huge amounts of firearms to other parts of the country, where I knew they were illegal.

Sevesteen, mansplaining to me: How did you know they were illegal?

Sevesteen, really, do you think I am stupid? I take this question as a direct insult... since I just told you that I learned a LOT about that on the job.

Okay, here are some of the specific NYC laws that I know were habitually "gotten around" in various creative ways:

Illegal to import possess anything classified as an "assault weapon" or "large capacity ammunition feeding device". Exceptions are for anything manufactured before September 13, 1994. Basically an exact mirror of the now expired federal "assault weapon" ban. New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester have enacted their own "assault weapon" bans. .22 caliber tube feeding devices are exempted. Sale and transfer of "assault weapons" prohibited. The ban imposes what types of features you may have on semi-automatic firearms and magazine capacity.

Machine guns, silencers, SBR and SBS are prohibited from the average citizen.

New York lacks state preemption [of local restrictions]. Places such as Buffalo, Rochester, and most notably New York City have put in more restrictive gun laws, such as licensing of long guns and 5 round magazine limits.


Gun show and special-exhibition exceptions for all of these laws are routine. (Most of these shipments were to auditoriums, hotels, exhibition halls, etc.)

because an honest mistake with shipping guns

It is no "honest mistake" to deliberately pimp assault rifles in a locale that bans them... that is a deliberate effort to get around local laws. There is nothing HONEST about that. They knew the local laws and they had every intention of making money off flouting and getting around those laws, selling whatever local people could not obtain legally. That is the whole reason for the gun shows.

If you approve of this, I hope you are ideologically consistent and approve of drug traffickers, sex workers, pornographers, and brand-counterfeiters getting around local laws in the same way? Or is it just guns that you hold sacrosanct?

Sevesteen said...

Since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was more about external features than function, there were a lot of guns and magazines that looked like assault weapons but were legal. In most cases I couldn't tell which were legal and which were not without a close examination and consulting the text of the law--and even then I would need to know the year of manufacture or import. I certainly couldn't tell what was illegal from looking at a packing list. Apparently you are not only much more knowledgeable than I am about guns, but also had a disturbing amount of access to the package contents. I'm also aware of exhibitions where guns are displayed, then sent back to their owners--NRA Convention, SHOT shows, dealer shows for example.

I'm entirely unaware of any 'gun show exemption' that allows otherwise illegal guns to be sold in that state--every gun show that I am aware of has the same or stricter rules as the rest of the state.

I hope you are ideologically consistent and approve of drug traffickers, sex workers, pornographers,

Drugs, porn and sex work should be legal as long as everyone is an adult and not forced. I object to the violence inherent in the prohibition of drugs and sex work, but not the product.

Fake trademarks, not so much--but UPS shouldn't be required to enforce that.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen, more mansplaining: Apparently you are not only much more knowledgeable than I am about guns, but also had a disturbing amount of access to the package contents.

Sevesteen, all shipping companies are entitled (and are supposed to) ask what you are shipping.

When I was doing pick-ups, if the shipper said they were shipping "chemicals" or "firearms" (for example)--I had a list of questions and qualifiers I was supposed to ask. This was how I learned about this stuff... certain things could not be shipped to certain states. Inspections, likewise, were conducted much more often in certain locales than in others. Yes, I had access to the results of inspections, such as if a package had been seized by the DEA, which (for example) I was NOT supposed to tell the shipper or receiver, although every time I put them on hold to look up the details on such a pkg, they hung up immediately... so they weren't stupid.

Certainly, when doing a claim (as I mentioned in the post), I had to get very specific information like makes and models, and they frequently required receipts, catalog copy and/or other such proof of monetary value. Just like any other insurance claim. There is nothing "disturbing" about getting reimbursed for a claim on a lost or damaged pkg, and I am not sure why you think it is. (?)

Perhaps you didn't know that the US post office (my mother worked there for 29 yrs), FedEx and UPS have the right to open any package at any time, to inspect it... for any reason they choose. When they do that, they key in all the information for anybody to read who tracks the pkg, even if its online tracking (which can be by anybody who has the tracking number, even somebody who makes it up at random).

There is very little privacy in America, even before the Patriot Act.

Sevesteen said...

When a self-described hippie and gun nuts with huge incentives to avoid felonies have a disagreement on interpretation of gun laws, and the gun nuts apparently weren't getting arrested often enough to make them stop, I'm going to have a hard time believing that the hippie is correct, regardless of the gender of the hippie. This is the last I'll comment on this post, as I'm finding it more difficult than is worthwhile to stay within my definition of civility.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen, I am not in favor of most gun control laws. You know that, right?

But don't let that fact interfere with your indignation.