Right On Cue! “Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own”

As if they felt the burning need to respond to my last post about musicians and royalties, The New York Times joined the chorus of those complaining about how darn unfair royalties are.

You can read their blurb here, but I’ll give you a couple of my favorite lines.

Marc Ribot declares that “[the creation of the Content Creators Coalition] is possible now because musicians and artists are fed up.” No mention of listeners being fed-up with tyrannical companies and organizations that treat them like criminals even when they aren’t breaking any laws.

Blake Morgan shares this original trinket of thought: “The U.S. has the distinction of standing on a very short list of countries — including awesome ones like Iran, North Korea and Rwanda — in this particular policy.”

With a straight face, John McCrea says, “It’s not about Spotify. It’s about what’s coming in five years if we don’t have a collective voice.”

Mega-star David Byrne warns that “the Internet will suck all the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left.” I almost feel bad for joking about it.

So, there you have it. If you don’t start emptying your pockets for musicians then all creativity may come to a screeching halt in five years. And worse.

Just for kicks, what if we applied the same standard to everyone in the name of fairness? If a mechanic repairs your car should he continue to receive royalties every time you drive the car? After all, without his work you wouldn’t be able to drive it. If you buy a sculpture for your home should you continue to pay royalties to the artist every time you look at it? What makes musicians so special that they should be able to make money in perpetuity for work that was done one time? It doesn’t make sense.

I would also like to know how much writers are paid for music sales. How is the money divided between the artist, the writer, the record company, etc.? The argument is that music played on broadcast radio only pays royalties to the writer of the music and not the performer. So how much of the cut goes to the writer for concerts performed? There is a very simple solution, which none of these genius musicians ever mention: If you would write your own songs this wouldn’t be an issue.

I’m all for people earning money and being able to keep it; however, when they treat you and I like criminals and then complain about how unfair it is that they aren’t being fairly compensated, I think it’s worth at least mentioning that David Byrnes is worth $40 million and Mike Mills is worth $245 million. Is this close to your net worth? Do you think you should continue to pay them over and over for work only performed once? If this isn’t a good reason to bring up the issue of intellectual property then what is?

As I mentioned before, this is a complicated issue and these people are not giving it the respect it deserves. There are lots of things to read, but for fun try watching some of these videos.

Thanks to Drepa Rugl for encouraging me to look for some new ideas about intellectual property. There are multiple good arguments on several sides of the issue. Honest debate can only help.

The Whining of the Musicians

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So, it seems like the cool thing to do lately is complain about how little musicians make in royalty payments. These stories keep popping-up on Facebook and usually feature pictures of bank statements with ridiculously low royalty payments. Next to the pictures are captions like, “Britney Spears only made .15 from ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ even though it was played on the radio over 23 trillion times!” You’re supposed to feel guilty about how little Britney is making in royalties. So guilty that you consider sending her money ever time you catch yourself singing one of her songs in the car or shower. We’ll discuss why you’re singing her songs in the car or shower another time, but for now you should feel terrible that you are stealing from Every. Artist. Ever.

Of course, no one ever really thought about this until mega-star David Byrne started complaining about it. He wrote an article on Vloggerheads where he adeptly points out that “with its denial of a Performance Royalty to artists, the U.S. stands with a short list of countries that includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda.” The point is that denying royalty payments to artists is equivalent to genocide and mass murder. You can’t argue with that. I dare you to try.

I’m sure all of you know who David Byrne is, but for those who don’t you can get your hard facts over at Wikipedia (those guys know everything!). He is most famous for being the front man for the band Talking Heads. He’s a good example of how so many artists are struggling with his paltry net worth of $40 million, which makes him a natural spokesman for starving artists the world over. But I digress.

Byrne sees one problem (artists get small or no royalty payments) and one solution (government needs to pass laws). He presents a one-dimensional argument without answering (or even asking) the relevant questions. How else are musicians compensated? How much does he think artists should be paid? Where is this new money going to come from? He makes this statement: “Music fans wouldn’t be directly affected—it wouldn’t cost them anything. If anything they’d benefit, as some of the artists they like would stand a better chance of having a continuing life in music.” So, how do stations begin coughing up money without affecting the listener? Easy! “Many of those stations are owned by large conglomerates”! Sorry, he doesn’t provide any further information about where the money is going to come from. But you have to admit that’s a pretty ironclad argument. He continues:

…we musicians can expect [conglomerates] to hire lobbyists and propagandists to convince the public and congress that somehow, unlike most of thecountries (sic) in the world that A) musicians can live on the “exposure” their radio play provides and B) these companies won’t be able to make a profit if they are expected to pay a little bit to performers who provide the content that draws listeners.

Well, if that’s what we can expect then I think Mr. Byrne is out of luck. How can he possibly expect our current administration to resist the temptations of lobbyists? Heck, before you know it the conglomerates are all going to be ambassadors!

For those who work in radio, I’ll need to lean on your enormous collective brain to help me understand how this works because there are several things I don’t understand.

He thinks the stations should pay the artists since they “provide the content that draws listeners.” Does this mean that that artists should pay stations who play their music for providing exposure to their music? It seems logical that radio play serves essentially as an ad for the artist. If anything, the artist should be paying stations for the advertisement. Not that you can’t be successful without radio exposure, but radio play makes a huge difference. If radio play generates sales for the album or songs, then commercial airplay should be royalty-free. Paying royalties on commercial airplay would essentially be double-dipping by the artists.

I also wonder about licensing fees that a radio station may already pay. When you buy a CD or purchase music online you are told that the music is for your ears only. If you play the music loud enough that someone accidentally overhears it then you must pay the price for operating a pirate radio station and broadcasting illegally! As far as I know, stations don’t just jump on the internet with their iTunes gift cards and download the playlist of the day. They need to pay for the right to broadcast music. This is often done through a group such as ASCAP, which provides a standard license to broadcast or use music by all of the artists they represent. Where does the money go that is paid to ASCAP (or whoever)? If the artist receives royalties from this organization then receiving royalties directly from the stations would be triple-dipping.

What about digital music? Byrne says that this does not affect internet music since “digital and streaming radio stations already pay royalties to artists.” Pew Research has an article on The State of the News Media that shows some of the trends with new and traditional media. I couldn’t find much about music specifically, but it is increasingly popular to stream music rather than listen to the dial. I doubt this trend will shift, so why is he so concerned about traditional broadcast now? What is David Byrne really complaining about?

When something seems so nonsensical then you can bet there is some other unspoken motivation. In this case, it’s about punishing the so-called “1%”. He wrote an article last October in the Guardian wittily titled “If the 1% stifles New York’s creative talent, I’m out of here“. This is a threat that no one should take lightly. After all, if he leaves New York he may come to your neighborhood, assuming you live among the mega-rich (“which, full disclosure, includes me”, he admits in the article). This whole gripe is about extracting money from those who he feels don’t deserve it. What he fails to mention is that while there may be some very wealthy conglomerates, there isn’t usually a lot of money in individual stations. Adding royalty payments to their list of expenses would mean the end of many stations. Even if it does hit the conglomerates directly, they don’t just absorb the additional costs. Those additional expenses are passed along to the consumer, which means it isn’t quite true when he says, “music fans wouldn’t be directly affected.”

This is a very complicated argument and Byrne does himself and all artists a great disservice by reducing it to nothing more than an attempt to shakedown those he doesn’t like. He further loses credibility by neglecting to mention the RIAA. If he wants to be honest then there needs to be a discussion about intellectual property in the United States. Does he really think our IP laws compare with “Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda”? There are some who may say yes, but for other reasons.

Separation of Church and State – The One Way Street

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Yet another “separation of church and state” item popped-up in the news yesterday. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, MN, threatening to sue the school. The issue seems to be that the school takes its students on field trips to the Calvary Lutheran Church to make care packages for the needy (the horror!).

The letter complains that “The violation has been previously reported to you by the family, but the problem has not been corrected.” One family complained and everyone else didn’t bow. The nerve.

This type of complaint is old hat, so it really doesn’t merit much discussion. It’s like the girl who sued to have her school’s prayer removed, or the guy that used his kid to try to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Or when a courthouse in Alabama was forced to remove the Ten Commandments. I suppose the atheist/humanist would look at this as a list of their proud accomplishments. I’m trying to remember what they call someone who never creates but only destroys.

But whatever. There are a few things that I wonder about.

First, I believe their true motives are revealed when you consider what they choose not to get involved in. I’m thinking specifically about the case in Colorado where a gay couple asked a bakery to provide a cake for their wedding. He said he was opposed to gay marriage for religious reasons and thus refused service. The couple then did what any sensible couple would do: they sued him to force him to bake them a cake. The crazy part is that they actually won the lawsuit!

I know what you’re thinking. The American Humanist Association jumped in the middle of the lawsuit and argued on behalf of the bakery. They said, “the Establishment Clause ‘erected a wall between church and state’ which ‘must be kept high and impregnable.’” Actually, they didn’t say that. They didn’t say anything. Apparently, they are totally cool with the government imposing itself on religion, just not the other way around.

So, the next obvious question is this: Where will they stand if the government decides to force churches to perform gay marriages? Reason says they will stand with the churches in order to defend the wall of separation; however, they are not reasonable. We can expect them to be silent, just as they were in Colorado.

Of course, you could argue that this is a civil rights issue. The religious radicals are denying others their civil rights! You could also make a similar argument against the American Humanist Association. We have created a human rights issue by denying the school the opportunity to make care packages for the needy. Both arguments are silly and can be dismissed. What’s left is a group of hypocrites with an agenda.

What makes me sad is that the humanists and atheist spend so much time and money attacking others. Imagine if they took that money and used it to help others rather than tear religion down. They yell from the rooftops that you don’t need religion in order to do good. As a matter of fact, the slogan for the AHA is “Good Without a God”. Yet when you look at their website, there are no instances of anyone doing good. It is devoted completely to destroying religion. This is sad.

Ultimately, there is one thing that they won’t admit but it’s the one truth they cannot deny. It is this: Lack of religion is a religion. Religion is nothing more that a set of beliefs. In this sense, believing in God and not believing in God are opposite but equal beliefs. Atheism and humanism are both religions based on lack of belief rather than belief. Which means that they are using government to force their religion on others.

When it comes to religion there can be no vacuum.

KOH KO’d? Reno’s Heavyweight Champion Takes a Punch

Bad news for KOH. As predicted previously, Nielsen Audio market data released today shows that KRNO (106.9) took the top spot with a rating of 8.2. KOH slipped to 7.6. I’m not sure how long KOH has been in the top spot, but it’s been YEARS.

Is this the result of Cumulus pummeling the station? Or increased competition that Ross Perot’d their share? Will Sean Hannity’s move to KNEZ (107.3) cause further devastation next time around?

There isn’t much else to report since KNEZ and KKFT are not included in the rankings. I would love to hear other ideas about what’s happening with talk radio these days. Drop a comment or jump over to Facebook and comment (and like the page)!

A Modern-day Flood. Boo.

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Previously on NevadaBrad.com: I lamented – but didn’t necessarily disapprove of – the fact that most of Nevada’s representatives are not from Nevada. After griping, I noticed that the horse was still moving so this is an attempt to give it a proper and final beating (settle down, it’s just a wild horse).

First, a quick recap: Only 36% of the Assembly were born in Nevada. Only 19% of the State Senate were born in Nevada. Quick enough? Good.

So, just another interesting note. The Republicans tend to be far more balanced when it comes to picking native Nevadans. The Republicans claim 40% natives with 60% outsiders.

What do you think the ratio is with the Democrats? The natives weigh in at 24% with 76% for the outsiders.

So, what does it mean? It’s tough to say. On the surface it seems that we’ve all but lost the state to a bunch of outsiders that do not have the best interest of Nevada at heart. Did these people flee to Nevada with the plan to overthrow a red state with a small population? I think that’s unlikely. As stated in my previous article, these people were fleeing the fruits of their labors. Someone else did to them the same thing they’re doing to us. The problem is that we’re running out of places to which we can flee.

The next logical question is this: What’s with all the outsiders in elected office? Is it because of the sheer abundance of transplants? Or because native Nevadans have a tendency to avoid office? Or is it because we’re so flush with outsiders that it’s a given that the population, now comprised of outsiders, will vote for these weaklike-minded candidates, which are also inevitably outsiders?

Here’s a few quick numbers to help you understand what we’re dealing with. The population of Nevada is currently about 2.76 million. In 2000 it was under 2 million. That’s a 38% increase in just a little more than a decade. Unless the people of Clark County were finally successful in their Lepus curpaeums-Homo sapiens cross-breeding experiments (Area 51 stuff), then it’s obvious that people are flooding into our state. Why? They long to be closer to their favorite gaming establishment? They want the freedom to visit the Circus Circus buffet when the craving strikes? It’s most likely because they enjoy sleeping in the shadow of the majestic Spring Mountains. Or it might just be the beautiful summer weather.

Roughly 2 million people now live in Clark County. That’s a 45% increase over their 2000 population of 1.38 million. In Washoe County we’ve seen a 26% increase from 340,000 (2000) to 430,000 currently.

Whatever it is, there’s some reason they came here. And they continue to come here. Whether it’s favorable business, tax, housing (or whatever) conditions, I’m skeptical that our current leadership will preserve the qualities that drew them here to begin with.

We’ve turned from a nice red color to kind of an ugly blueish-purple. Now that people are waking up to the problems on both sides of the aisle, perhaps we have a chance to take our state back. Many on the left are disgusted at the early settlers/pilgrims that “stole” land from the natives. Let’s hope that they feel similar disgust at the modern settlers that have stolen this land from the native-Nevadans. And they can go home and let us get back to harvesting wild horse meat to sell to the French.

Obama and the Pride of Having a Job

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I can’t name a time where I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job.Barack Obama

So says our supreme leader, President Barack Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm). At face value I find this a little hard to believe; however, since he’s the most accomplished wordsmith of our time I’m going to believe he meant what he said. Which is that he can’t name a time. Meaning the specific time. And that’s probably true. There’s no way he would remember the exact hour let alone minute, right? Oh, Mr. President.

This is true for me and it’s probably true for you. It’s probably true for the vast majority of Americans. But there’s also a huge chunk of the country that feels otherwise. I’m going to make some sweeping generalizations that should hold up just fine. I trust that you’ll be mature enough to understand that there may be exceptions.

About a block from where I work there’s a panhandler that’s been standing on the corner for a couple of months now. He has a cardboard sign and waves to everyone who passes. Why would he beg for money when he could feel the burning pride of earning a paycheck? I’ll admit that I don’t know his circumstances. It’s possible that his feet were glued to that exact spot and he’s can’t go anywhere. But what about the people who beg for a few dollars because they just need enough money to get a bus ticket to Carson City? Years later, these poor people still haven’t been able to get enough money for that elusive ticket. For some reason, they prefer a handout to a paycheck.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that insurance fraud costs us more that $80 billion dollars each year. This fraud includes workers that fake injuries so that they can collect a disability check (unaware of the pride they will be missing out on). There are tons of ways to commit insurance fraud, but it also includes arson and murder to collect insurance. If people are willing to murder in order to get a check without working, is it even remotely possible that they might do nothing in order to get a check without working?

According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, state and provincial lotteries have generated $200 billion since their inception in 1964. The odds of winning are laughably small, yet people sink billions of dollars into lotteries. For example, the odds of winning $100 in last years Powerball were more than 1 in 12,000. The grand prize? More than 1 in 175,000,000. Why would people drop so much money on certain failure? You might naturally think it’s because people are attracted to the idea of getting a check without working for it. Once you consider the pride factor you will realize you’re wrong. The truth is…something…else.

Living in the great state of Nevada, let’s not ignore gambling. (I’m referring to gambling in the traditional sense and not the act of putting your kids in Nevada’s public schools.) The American Gaming Association reports that total consumer spending on gambling is nearly $40 billion annually. People lose their families, their homes, their jobs and more to the effects of gambling. They risk it all to get out of having to work to earn a paycheck.

You could go on forever with examples of what people will do to get out of working for a check. While this obviously represents a minority of the country, it’s silly to say that no one would choose to get free money when they could experience the euphoric pride that comes with earning a paycheck.

I initially thought the president was playing a game of semantics, but then I realized it’s probably simpler than that. In all likelihood he’s probably never met an unemployed person. I can’t imagine that the private beaches of Martha’s Vineyard or the golf courses of Hawaii are crawling with the unemployed. It’s still quite an accomplishment considering how many he’s created.

The Great Radio Shake-up of 2013/2014

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It’s a new year. A time for more nonsensical literary meanderings. I’ve disqualified myself from discussing the state of Reno radio on a couple of occasions, primarily because I don’t listen like I used to. I generally pedal to work for seven or eight months of the year and this definitely affects how I tune in to talk radio. That said, I’ve never let my lack of qualifications or knowledge get in the way so here we go!

When I originally started grunting about Reno talk radio the landscape was meh. There was one powerhouse (KOH) and a few others with negligible market share (KJFK, KBZZ and KKFT). KOH held a 10.2 share compared to a collective 4 for the other three stations. That was 2007. Things were exciting for a while until KKFT, which seemed poised to go into the ring with KOH, became so inconsistent that you hardly knew who was in their lineup from day to day. Add the fact that KKFT stopped participating in the Nielsen/Arbitron ratings and you see that there hasn’t been much to talk about.

Jump to 2013/2014 and we have a different story. Bill Manders, who moved from KOH to KKFT but then left to go to KNEZ, finally landed at Power Talk 96.7 in Fresno. KJFK was mercifully put out of its (and our) misery. Mike Huckabee’s show vanished into the ether. Of course, the big one is Sean Hannity’s move from KOH to KNEZ. Whoa! Seemingly out of nowhere, KNEZ ends up with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Dave Ramsey. If you don’t think that’s a game changer then email me and tell me about your trip to Colorado.

So, in the tradition of previous posts, let me briefly share my uninteresting and uninformed opinion about each of the talkers.

KBZZ (1270 AM) – KBZZ always had a really weird lineup. They were a lot like a morning FM show that went all day long, all day, every day. But they had Savage for a while. You would think having Savage would affect their ratings but it didn’t seem to matter much. If anything it may have hurt them. About a year ago they switched to a sports format so they are officially off the radar. So long.

KJFK (1230 AM) – As previously noted, KJFK closed shop last year (March 18th according to their web page). Apparently a station cannot succeed if the audience is comprised solely of its own staff. They had a very stagnant share for as long as I watched them, averaging about 1.6 with a high and low of 2.4 and 1, respectively. They ended at 1.7. RIP.

KKOH (780AM) – I’ve gone from griping about KOH to feeling almost sad. Almost. KOH has had a rough time lately as their numbers show. As of the Spring 2013 review period KOH is sitting at 8.2, which is their all-time low since I’ve been keeping score. KOH is actually at risk of being overtaken by Sunny 106.9…Renoooo as the top station. KRNO 106.9 scored a 7.8, which puts them less than half a point away. Hannity’s move to KNEZ is certain to be a problem – he’s been replaced by the very mobile Michael Savage. The deal between Rush and Cumulus will be a lifesaver for the station. I think they were grooming Mike Huckabee to replace Rush, but when Cumulus realized that they were unable to advertise to a sleeping audience they pulled the plug on Huckabee. KOH is alive for now. And in position number one. For now.

KKFT (99.1 FM) – KKFT seems to be treading water. I’m still a member of their fan club, but I’m feeling a bit apathetic. Their lineup is solid: Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tom Sullivan, Lars Larsen, Andy Dean, Roger Hedgecock, George Noory… *breathe*. This is where I always get into trouble. Personally, I’d rather listen to Beck than Ingraham. I’d rather listen to Rush than Miller. I’d rather listen to Levin than Andy Dean. That said, Jerry Evans has put together a great schedule. It’s just not always my first choice. Except for Tom Sullivan and Lars, to whom I’ve definitely converted. In a Cumulus and Shamrock world, it’s great to have a local shop.

KNEZ (107.3 FM) – KNEZ is proving that they’re ready to play ball. Beck, Ramsey and Hannity are awesome. The station also has Sean Patrick and Rusty Humphries, both local favorites (even though Rusty joins us via his national show).  Travis Christensen almost reminds me of the old KOH-era Ira Hansen. I wish he had more airtime. For such a new station they’ve certainly shown that they want to be taken seriously.

The big win out of all this is the fantastic choice now available to the patriotic citizens of Northern Nevada. It seems like there is room for three great talk stations. Unfortunately, it seems like the turf wars will be an issue. I was disappointed when I heard Sean Patrick refer to 99.1 FM Talk as a “tinker toy station”. Seriously? C’mon. Competition is good, but nastiness serves no real purpose. KOH clearly has some issues to deal with. I’m sure KKFT and KNEZ do, too. If either of these stations rise to number one I’m sure we’ll see all their dirty laundry.

The numbers for Fall 2013 will be available next week. It will be interesting to see how things look. But not as interesting as the 2014 numbers when we begin to see the effect of the Hannity and Huckabee changes…

SB303 and the Great Representatives of Nevada!

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First of all, let’s stop with this ridiculous “undocumented immigrant” tripe. While reporting about the “Driver Authorization Cards” I heard KRNV painfully and awkwardly report about “undocumented immigrants”. They’re not the only ones, though. If you want to see a headline, check out this one from KOLO TV: “Illegal Immigrants Are Now Legal Drivers”. Of course, they use the term “undocumented immigrants” in the story, but they get points for the headline.

I know what you’re thinking. “No human is illegal!” Sure. Whatever. Humans may not be illegal, but their actions are. If not, then burglars simply become “undocumented visitors”. Stalkers are simply performing “undocumented stakeouts”. Stolen goods come from “undocumented purchases”. There is nothing wrong with using your words to describe something. Especially when describing an “immigrant” that arrived in the country “illegally”.

Moving on! Today’s topic is not about how we describe people. It’s not even about SB303. Not really. I will say this. SB303 is a bad idea. If you want to have this discussion, then let’s directly address the topic of illegal immigration. Let’s talk deportation, amnesty or whatever. To dance around the issue with Matricula Consular cards and “Driver Authorization” cards is foolish. It’s like telling the burglar, “I know you’ve committed a crime and that’s wrong; however, we’re going to allow you to keep the stolen goods and enjoy them while we ignore the fact that you molested our property.” It’s a complicated issue with very valid arguments on both sides. But rather than deal with the issue, we’ve just kicked the can down the road. That’s what passes for leadership these days. But I disgress.

Do you know who represents you? What do you know about the leadership in Nevada? I’d like to use the Driver Authorization Card issue as an excuse to share a few facts.

How many in the Assembly and Senate are actually from Nevada?
Assembly: 15 of 42 (36%)
Senate: 4 of 21 (19%)

I have no problem with electing people from other states. Nevada is awesome so why wouldn’t they want to come here? I do have a bit of an issue with where our current representatives come from, though. They come from states that have destroyed themselves through progressive policies. States like California and New York. There are a few from Utah and Texas, but not many. To most of these politicians, Nevada is just a new girlfriend. Instead of realizing how amazing Nevada is, they go on and on about their old girlfriend and how great she was. They never stop to remember how rocky that relationship really was. This is just something to keep in mind during the next election. We should probably dump these bums and look for someone serious who is ready to commit instead of making us dress-up in their ex’s old clothes.

Moving on!

How did the Assembly and Senate vote on SB303?
Democrats
Assembly: 100% Yea
Senate: 100% Yea

Republicans
Assembly: 4 Yea, 9 Nay
Senate: 9 Yea, 1 Nay

There’s something I’ve wondered for a long time. The Republicans are the ones who are close-minded, right? Unwilling to reach across the aisle. Don’t even get me started on how racist they are! When was the last time every Republican voted for or against something and some of the Deomcrats joined them? Has it ever happened? And yet, Republicans are always fractured. The Democrats just toe the line while accusing Republicans of the very things they’re guilty of themselves.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. The Republicans need to start voting on principle instead of playing politics. Democrats need to stop being shills for the party of corruption and deceit.

Here’s a list of the members of Nevada’s Assembly and Senate, along with birth location and how they voted on SB303.

Nevada Assembly

Aizley, Paul (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Anderson, Elliot (D): Yea (Marshfield, Wisconsin)
Anderson, Paul (R): Excused (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Benitez-Thompson, Teresa (D): Yea (Ventura, California)
Bobzien, David (D): Yea (Washington, D.C.)
Bustamante Adams, Irene (D): Yea (Hanford, California)
Carlton, Maggie (D): Yea (St. Louis, Missouri)
Carrillo, Richard (D): Yea (Belen, New Mexico)
Cohen, Lesley (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Daly, Skip (D): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Diaz, Olivia (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Dondero Loop, Marilyn (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Duncan, Wesley (R): Excused (Sonora, California)
Eisen, Andy (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ellison, John (R): Nay (Elko, Nevada)
Fiore, Michele (R): Nay (Brooklyn, New York)
Flores, Lucy (D): Yea (Glendale, California)
Frierson, Jason (D): Yea (Los Angeles, California)
Grady, Tom (R): Nay (Tonopah, Nevada)
Hambrick, John (R): Nay (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Hansen, Ira (R): Nay (Reno, Nevada)
Hardy, Cresent (R): Yea (Mesquite, Nevada)
Healey, James (D): Yea (Stanford, California)
Hickey, Pat (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Hogan, Joseph (D): Yea (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
Horne, William (D): Yea (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Kirkpatrick, Marilyn (D): Yea (“Clark County, Nevada”)
Kirner, Randy (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Livermore, Peter (R): Nay (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Martin, Andrew (D): Yea (Newark, New Jersey)
Munford, Harvey (D): Yea (Akron, Ohio)
Neal, Dina (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ohrenschall, James (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Oscarson, James (R): Nay (Ogden, Utah)
Pierce, Peggy (D): Excused (Milton, Massachusetts)
Spiegel, Ellen (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Sprinkle, Michael (D): Yea (San Francisco, California)
Stewart, Lynn (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Nevada)
Swank, Heidi (D): Yea (Prescott, Wisconsin)
Thompson, Tyrone (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Wheeler, Jim (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Woodbury, Melissa (R): Yea (Palo Alto, California)

Nevada Senate

Atkinson, Kelvin (D): Yea (Chicago, Illinois)
Brower, Greg (R): Yea (South Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Cegavske, Barbara (R): Yea (Faribault, Minnesota)
Denis, Moises (D): Yea (Brooklyn, New York)
Ford, Aaron (D): Yea (Dallas, Texas)
Goicoechea, Pete (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Gustavson, Donald (R): Nay (Culver City, California)
Hammond, Scott (R): Yea (Syracuse, New York)
Hardy, Joseph (R): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Hutchison, Mark (R): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Jones, Justin (D): Yea (Granada Hills, California)
Kieckhefer, Ben (R): Yea (Springfield, Illinois)
Kihuen, Ruben (D): Yea (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Manendo, Mark (D): Yea (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Parks, David (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Roberson, Michael (R): Yea (Webb City, Missouri)
Segerblom, Tick (D): Yea (Boulder City, Nevada)
Settelmeyer, James (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Smith, Debbie (D): Yea (Tucson, Arizona)
Spearman, Pat (D): Yea (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Woodhouse, Joyce (D): Yea (Glendive, Montana)

Bully Those with Whom You Disagree!

ArmbandNoRush

There’s a group out there that you’ve almost certainly never heard of. The purpose of this group is to bully businesses who advertise during Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. The group is ignorant and impotent at best, hateful at worst.

Their modus operandi is basically this: they collect the names of businesses (mostly local, mind you) who advertise during Rush and post them on an anti-Rush website. They then sic their masses of mindless minions on the local businesses to bully them in to pulling their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show. And by masses, I mean there could be upwards of a dozen. Maybe more. Probably not.

These minions post anti-Rush comments on Twitter, Facebook or the website of targeted businesses. They quote Rush as saying horrible, racist things; however, a quick search on the internet quickly proves these quotes to be false. Of course, a search won’t even be necessary to see that the quotes are fallacious. Most of the attacks are done on Twitter by mentioning the business. Pathetically, their “Twitter-bombs” are generally little more than “Twitter-crackers”. The attacks become completely toothless when someone across the country threatens not to patronize your local business. Oh. No.

These zombies are obviously missing that a) KOH has the largest share of the Reno radio market (more on that another time) and b) Rush Limbaugh is the most popular show on KOH. If you’re advertising, wouldn’t that be the ideal audience? What’s more, businesses generally don’t ask to advertise during Rush. They buy an advertising package for a group of stations and the station determines when they will air the ads.

I’m not sure what disappoints me the most about this group. The fact that their only tool is bullying? The fact that they target Rush exclusively and say nothing about the horrible things that come from Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, etc.? I think the most disappointing part is that there are people who sit around listening to Rush Limbaugh all day just to find the names of businesses to harass and bully.

So, I’m going to provide a list of local businesses that have been specifically targeted by this group. Please make an effort to give them some of your business. At the very least, contact them and let them know that you support them! If they have a Facebook page, please click the link and “Like” their business. Or follow them on Twitter. Be crazy.

Batteries.com Batteries.com on Twitter Batteries.com on Facebook Batteries.com Website
Carpenter’s Music World Carpenter's Music World on Twitter Carpenter's Music World on Facebook Carpenter's Music World Website
Certified Pool and Spa Certified Pool and Spa Website
Dick’s Sporting Goods Dick's Sporting Goods on Twitter Dick's Sporting Goods on Facebook Dick's Sporting Goods Website
GI Gastroenterology Consultants GI Gastroenterology Consultants on Facebook GI Gastroenterology Consultants Website
Golfsmith Golfsmith on Twitter Golfsmith on Facebook Golfsmith Website
Interstate Batteries Interstate Batteries on Twitter Interstate Batteries on Facebook Interstate Batteries Website
John Ascuaga’s Nugget John Ascuaga's Nugget on Twitter John Ascuaga's Nugget on Facebook John Ascuaga's Nugget Website
John Deere & Company John Deere & Company on Twitter John Deere & Company on Facebook John Deere & Company Website
Juniper Hills Furniture and Design Juniper Hills Furniture and Design on Twitter Juniper Hills Furniture and Design on Facebook Juniper Hills Furniture and Design Website
Lakeside Manor Lakeside Manor on Twitter Lakeside Manor on Facebook Lakeside Manor Website
Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA on Twitter Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA on Facebook Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA Website
Mike’s Pharmacy Mike's Pharmacy on Facebook
Neat Digital Filing System Neat Digital Filing System on Twitter Neat Digital Filing System on Facebook Neat Digital Filing System Website
Prepstove Prepstove on Twitter Prepstove on Facebook Prepstove Website
Reno Shoes A Proper Fit Reno Shoes A Proper Fit Website
Roy Foster’s Automotive Roy Foster's Automotive on Facebook Roy Foster's Automotive Website
Sierra Integrated Medical Center Sierra Integrated Medical Center on Twitter Sierra Integrated Medical Center on Facebook Sierra Integrated Medical Center Website
South Meadows Dental South Meadows Dental on Facebook South Meadows Dental Website
Steven Wilson Law Steven Wilson Law Website
The Company Corporation The Company Corporation on Twitter The Company Corporation Website
UPS Store UPS Store on Twitter UPS Store on Facebook UPS Store Website