Thursday, December 25, 2014

News and Info

Welcome Back to Me. I've been away from this blog, but we're going to start posting more regularly. I've also begun a new one: ProcessServingAZ.blogspot.com and you may enjoy reading that.

Or, maybe not.

Radio

 After GoingBeyondRadio.com went south, I searched for a different outlet. Finally, I've ended up back at my original outlet, BlogtalkRadio.com. You can hear my shows live on most Sundays at 6:30 PM, Eastern time. We're doing 30 minutes, and while we'll take call-ins, on this show, we're not doing interviews with guests.

The plan is to begin a new show after 1/1/15 also of 30 minutes' duration, where we only interview/converse with guests. We're lining some up. Right now, most of the ones we're talking TO are the guests who've appeared with us on earlier shows. Our audience found them interesting. If you haven't been part of that audience, I hope you will too. There'll be more info here when we figure out our times and days.

The reason for two 30-minute programs instead of one 60-minute is primarily because BlogTalk lets a host do 30 minutes at a time, without cost. If you want to do more, you have to pay. So my best guess is that we WILL be adding time to the program as well as sponsors, in the future, and that may result in consolidation of the two shows.

The "live" time really doesn't matter that much, because most listeners hear the program on their own schedules, since each of them is available in podcast format, after the fact.

Our next scheduled 30-minute program with just me, The Jeff Bushman Experience, will be at the above time on Sunday, 12/28/14.

In any event, just below this line, we've embedded sites that should you click on either of them, you'll be able to listen to these programs, immediately (then come back for the rest of this blog, please). Or, you can go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jeff-bushman and of course, that's the easiest place to have the "live radio" experience on Sundays.

December 7, 2014



December 21, 2014



Writing

We've been involved in that as well, of course. I finished all the writing for the book whose tentative title is, Be Healthy, Lose Weight. The last part of it was some healthy recipes, contributed by Alicia. Now I have to get myself motivated to edit and format the book, so it can be uploaded to Amazon.

For those who don't know, you can go to Amazon and download a free Kindle reading app/program to your phone or computer. There are some free books, and many more that aren't. But all my books and many others are priced at $2.99.

In any event, the books I already have up there include: Mobile Millionaire on mobile home investing, Amusing Sex, Funny Sex, which is a compilation of the early columns I did for Scottsdale Health Magazine (its issues and my more current columns for it are available at http:///www.allyouneedforhappiness.com), and Bobby's Been Shot, which is a mystery novel. The Bobby in the title is the late Senator Robert Kennedy.

At present, I'm researching a book on a small segment of FDR's political career for a non-fiction look at that part of U.S.  and world history.

Finally, I've  been writing a few essays for a relatively new site, called Medium (http://www.Medium.com/@jeffbushman1 for mine; without the "after-the-slashmark" stuff just to get to the general site) which you may find interesting. Likewise there are works by many other writers. If you want to put up your own writing, you can.

As a mixture of both writing and radio, a friend of mine, Morgan St. James, who's been on our show several times, is doing a show on blogtalk radio, as well, and she's talking about the writing process and writing business, and if you're interested in that, you can do a search for her at blogtalkradio.com. She's very bright and if it's the right subject for you, you'll enjoy the show. One of her shows can be found at the URL-shortened website: http://bitly.com/WTTshow1


Politics

I'm going to write more on this, I suspect, at the Medium.com site, but our local Arizona politics became more national the other day.

Joe Arpaio, the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix , had sued President Obama over the president's executive order halting deportation of certain undocumented foreign nationals.

The federal judge ruled that Arpaio didn't have "standing" to sue the president on this issue. Since most people don't know what that means, I'll try my unsophisticated knowledge to explain it.

Courts traditionally refuse to rule on "political questions," if that's all they are. In order to get one's lawsuit considered, one has to have a specific grievance that only that person is suffering (or, if a class action, only the members of the class are suffering). Though Arpaio alleged that the executive order would have an effect on his department, because it would encourage more illegal immigration, that was as close as he could get to alleging specific harm to him if the executive order weren't ruled unconstitutional by the court.

You can agree or disagree with Obama's order on its substance, and you might feel (though you'd be wrong) that it's unconstitutional. But even if it were to be unconstitutional, Arpaio would be the wrong person to bring the suit, because of a lack of direct effect on him, from that order.

Arpaio has said he's appealing, but he isn't too appealing to a lot of us. Stay tuned.

Trivia Questions

1. Who tried to run for a third term or actually did so, before FDR did so in 1940?

2. What is Woodrow Wilson's Vice-President most famous for?

3. Before the 3.5 inch diskette was used in computers, we used a "floppy" diskette which was 5.25". What size medium existed before that?

4.  What two brothers served in the Eisenhower Administration?

5. What two brothers served in the Kennedy Administration?



Answers (and I know you didn't cheat by looking at these first):


1. U.S. Grant tried to get his party's nomination for a third term, but his administration had been pretty badly damaged by corruption, so the party denied him that opportunity. Teddy Roosevelt ran for a third term by forming a new party, after the Republicans insisted on re-nominating William Howard Taft. The party's official name was the Progressive Party, but it was better known by its nickname, the Bullmoose Party. He lost as did Taft. By splitting what would've been the Republican vote, they gave the election to Woodrow Wilson.

2. And speaking of Wilson, his VP's greatest fame is for a quote, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar." As my brother reminds me, back in my smoking days, my cigars were almost that cheap,and weren't that good.

3. Before desktop computers had gained popularity (pre-Windows and this might have been pre-DOS) Xerox had created small computers that used 8 inch square discs. If you ever see one of these, you'll be amazed at how gigantic it looks.

4. The two Eisenhower Administration brothers were John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles. The first was Ike's first Secretary of State (and the subject of a song that brought Carol Burnett to national attention) and Allen was the head of the CIA. He stayed on after JFK became president, but was soon replaced.

5. The two brothers in JFK's administration were William and McGeorge Bundy, and this one is admittedly obscure. McGeorge Bundy supposedly was called on in a college class to read his homework essay to his classmates. He got up, and looked at the paper he was holding. He read the essay from start to finish, and according to someone who was there, it was brilliant. That same person said that as Bundy sat down, his classmate looked at the paper from which Bundy was reading and the pages were blank. He's failed to do his homework, but had done the essay off the top of his head, orally.


Conclusion

That's all folks, for now, though we'll be back. Meanwhile, thanks for reading, and we'll see you on the radio.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Touching Base and Welcome To Autumn

Reading

Because we haven't posted in a while, I thought it might be a good idea to add some things. First, we'll post something I just put on Facebook, and I hope you enjoy it. Below, we also intend to say something about Radio (hint: I'm in favor of it).

But first, that post (it's long).

When I was a child, my dad introduced me to the adult writing of H. Allen Smith. Smith was a humorist whose career went back to the late 1920s, but he was very popular during and after World War II. He was friends with Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, and a bunch of other famous folks. He wrote books with titles like, "Life in a Putty Knife Factory," and "Low Man on the Totem Pole." He also wrote a couple of novels, one of which was made into a movie, "Rhubarb," about a cat who ended up owning a  baseball team.

One of Smith's friends and mentors was a writer with whom most modern people are unfamiliar, H.L. Mencken. Mencken lived his whole life and wrote/reported in Baltimore. He also wrote a couple of books on the American use of English. He also covered the Scopes trial and if you ever saw the film, "Inherit The Wind," Mencken was the basis for the reporter character played by Gene Kelly.

Last night, I had a bit of trouble sleeping and I read the Daily Beast on my phone. As it happens, they excerpted a book that's just out, which has Mencken's writing about a major fire that hit Baltimore (in 1904, if I remember correctly) and took out about a square mile of its downtown. The writing was an absolutely delightful read and if you have a few minutes, you might still be able to catch it at the Beast.

If any of you have familiarity with Mencken or Smith, I'd love to hear your recollections, and I fully realize that I'm likely whistling in the dark. That said, I hope you read an enjoy the Mencken piece.

Radio

One of the reasons I haven't posted, is because I haven't been "on the air" for several months, since GoingBeyondRadio.com, went off (I'm still not aware of why that happened, but I'm reasonably sure it was nothing I said).

I looked into a couple of Internet radio networks, and have pretty much settled on talkshoe.com, but we had some technical issues to resolve, and we did that, except I still haven't had time to test what a guest phone call would sound like.

Time really is the issue. I started an additional business earlier this year, and I'm happy to say it's taken off pretty well. But it's kept me busy. Hopefully we'll do the test and be on-air again soon. Watch here for announcements.

Thanks for your attention, and we'll see you on the radio.

Jeff

Monday, July 14, 2014

Radio and More

Books

Hello Anyone. I'm reading a biography of Earl Warren, called "Chief Justice." It's a really good and interesting work by an author named Cray. Though Warren was an interesting guy, the biography is a medium to read a lot about American history, particularly that of California.

Warren was governor for three terms and had been Attorney General. He was so popular that - though a Republican - when running for re-election, he received the nominations of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

He was also friendly with most Republicans and most Democrats both during his political and judicial careers. Imagine that happening today. Good book.


Radio

For anyone who's interested, we've been off the air for a while now, but not for too much longer. Though I've written on my Facebook page (facebook.com/Jefferson.Bushman.radio) about this, GoingBeyondRadio.com has bitten the dust, so we had to find a new Internet network. We were trying 1000mikes.com and the tech support people are great, but the system's a bit klunky (guests and callers, for example, have to go to the website for the show, while it's on, register their number and THEN call in - sheesh!). So we're looking for (and think we've found) a new home. Watch this space (as well as Facebook and Twitter, if you'd care to follow us ; for Twitter, I'm @jeffbushman1 - the last character is the number one as a digit).

You Don't Have to Use Facebook or Twitter

I spend at least once a week on each of these services, and they're great. However, not everyone has either or wants to follow someone, so here's the deal. Beginning now, I'm going to be copying my entries to a word processing doc, then moving them to this blog.

So if you're already reading this (and I'm talking to both of you, now), you can continue to do so every week or so, and you won't have missed anything from the Facebook and Twitter feeds, except - sometimes - some of the context.

Speaking of Which....Trivia

A trivia question I gave to my Facebook friends was the following:

William Henry Harrison was the first U.S. president to die in office. His VP took over as provided for in the constitution. Who became John Tyler's Vice President? 

The answer's a bit further down, so you won't be tempted. Control yourself!!!

Sometimes, It Just Feels Good

The other day, in my process serving business (if you're in AZ, LighthouseAttorney.blogspot.com) I had a chance to do something honest and moral or to choose short-term economic self-interest. 

Since I'm telling the story, you know which I chose (please don't submit your guess; there's no prize), but because of having dealt with some people of questionable morality, for a long time, it felt good to do the right thing. As it turns out, it appears to have worked to my advantage, but it really didn't matter, since it felt so good to be able to make the right choice, before I knew it would help me. This doesn't make me a saint, just lucky.

And the reality is that before I knew the result, it just felt good to be straightforward. May I recommend that?


Citibank Pays $7 Billion

OK, Citibank paid the US government $7 billion to settle civil claims that would have been the subject of a suit by the Attorney General's office, for the bank's participation in fraudulent marketing of mortgage-backed securities that helped create the 2008 financial crisis.

The settlement tells us a couple of things.

First it suggests that Citibank is one of those institutions that needs to be broken up into smaller pieces. If it can afford to fork over $7 Billion, it's too big. The only reason it's TOO big is that it and the other "too big" banks could be part of the next financial crisis and the banks really are too big to be allowed to fail since that would severely damage the economy.

If banks were smaller, those with problems could be allowed to fail and not take the economy with them. It's happened already and the banks were bailed out by you and me, through our government. If they were broken up, that wouldn't be required to save the economy, as it was the last time.

The other thing the settlement suggests is that the bank feared the ultimate penalty could've been larger. That indicates they were really dirty in the mortgage crisis.

Trivia Answer

The answer is that John Tyler didn't have a VP. Until after JFK was killed and Johnson served without a vice president, no one gave serious consideration to the constitution's failure to fill such a vacancy. Then, a constitutional amendment was passed that provided for a new veep to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. The first one to be so appointed? Gerald Ford, but you already knew that.

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We'll see you on the radio. I don't know quite when, but we will. Really.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Radio, Egypt, etc.

Welcome Back. You may not have been gone, but it's been crazy here, and some things have been developing, so.....

Radio

First, the bad news. For reasons I don't know (but I'd be thrilled to speculate), GoingBeyondRadio.com appears to have gone south, disappeared, etc. So the show I've been doing there is likewise disappeared. I've been doing that show 3 Wednesdays a month for about 3 years, so I'm disappointed. We've had some great interviews and a lot of fun.

You can hear the podcasts of those broadcasts at two places. One is the old GBR site, for as long as it stays up. Also, please try: http://www.jeffbushman.posthaven.com and listen. We'll be doing some original podcasts that we'll put there, too, but for now, new original broadcasts and podcasts will be available at (and this is the good news): 
http://en.1000mikes.com/show/the_jeff_bushman_show
and you can likely click on that and get there (otherwise select it and copy it and paste it into your browser's URL address space). Otherwise, with some additional delay, the podcasts will be available at the posthaven site.

We did a sample show this evening, which didn't have an interview and only had me for 45 minutes. If you can stand that, you're welcome to listen. Next week, I believe we're going to schedule the lovely Alicia Bushman as our guest.

Next week's live program is scheduled for 9PM Eastern on Wednesday.

Egypt

The country recently went through a revolution, an election, then a coup, and I think I've been in favor of all of them when each occurred. The military government that took over, however, has now jailed 3 Al-Jazeera reporters. I'm not a journalist as such, but I know they have to be free to do their jobs, and fearing arrest doesn't allow for that.

If you'd like to see Egypt become more democratic and/or you'd like to see reporters be out of jail, following is a letter I wrote, from which you can get the address and write your own letter, if mine presents you with any usable ideas.

But please write to the Egyptian ambassador to urge the release of the reporters.

At the end of the letter, this post will be over. Thanks and I'll see you on the radio.
 
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Court
Washington, DC 20008

Re: Al-Jazeera Reporters


To the Honorable Ambassador:

I am a very concerned American. Your new government recently arrested and has now convicted three journalists who were working for Al-Jazeera. I understand that your country has issues with that organization, and so do I.

I also understand that your government believes that these reporters and their organization were predisposed to favor the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, a group for which I also have no sympathy.

That said, jailing journalists for their reporting is wrong.

I'm given to understand that such an act by your government is contrary to your country's constitution. But whether or not that's the case, it's still wrong, and I urge you to release these reporters, now. The rest of the world will salute your country for doing so.

Failing to release them will cause much of the world, particularly in the west, to view your new government in an unfavorable light. I'm concerned, in particular, with the economic viability of your country, which has done so much for peace, should that occur. So let me repeat my request and suggestion: let these reporters go.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Clean Thoughts On A Dirty Wall

Old TV For Free

Tonight we watched an episode of St. Elsewhere, which was a TV series that was on in the 80s. I love the theme music and I really enjoyed the series. We watched it on Hulu.com (not HuluPlus).

We cut the cord about 3-4 years ago and haven't had cable, satellite, or a digitally capable TV since then. We don't watch much of anything, but on the occasions we want to, we have a bunch of tapes and DVDs (e.g., collection of Hitchock films) and we've recently been accessing stuff on the 'Net.

Among the things that are available for no dough (my favorite price) are that series, Lou Grant, Perry Mason, lots of stuff from pbs.org, including a whole bunch of American Masters episodes and Nova. With all of the stuff in those collections and all the stuff available free, unless you watch TV every night, it's hard to imagine the need to be hooked into cable and/or satellite anymore.

Or maybe I'm just a cheapskate.

Rice vs. Meat - Cost

I recently had a conversation about health and weight loss (the subject of the book I'm writing) with a woman I didn't really know. She said she couldn't afford to eat healthy food, which is much more expensive than unhealthy food.

I explained that's not true. As an example I pointed out that a pound of hamburger which costs around $2-3.00 shrinks when you cook it, so you pay even more per cooked pound and it gives a limited feeling of fullness. Rice on the other hand, costs about 80 cents a pound, and due to the water you cook it in, it expands when  you cook it, giving a greater feeling of fullness (though I don't suggest eating plain rice by itself). "I'm not going to argue with you," she said. "I know I'm right."

Tough to argue with logic like that.

Radio

This Wednesday, our show at GoingBeyondRadio.com won't be on. It's our one "dark" week per month. But we'll be on, the following Wednesday with the famous Alicia Bushman. That's 4/23, at 9PM Eastern. If you'd like to hear past shows, including last week's which was our interview with a naturopathic doctor, go to http://www.GoingBeyondRadio.com/JeffBushman.

Trivia

This week's question: In what African country is the President the son of the that country's first president? The answer in a moment. But first, if you'd like to help support this page and our radio program, the next time you want to go to Amazon to search for something, go through the banner that appears at the top of this page. If you buy something, they'll pay us a little, and it won't cost you any extra. If you don't buy something, no harm-no foul.

The answer: Kenya. Uhuru Kenyata is the son of the country's first president, Jomo Kenyatta.

Hasta Tarde

We'll leave you now, and we'll see you on the radio.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm Back Again

Radio

We're scheduled for a return of our show after 2 weeks off on http://GoingBeyondRadio.com but the site was down through today. If you can't get the show 4/2/14 at 9PM Eastern, listen to some of our older shows at http://JeffBushman.posthaven.com, anytime.

Also, we're on Stitcher. If you have Stitcher on your smart phone, just search under Bushman, and you can hear our program.

Tomorrow night, if the network's back up, we're supposed to talk to Dr. Jake Psenka about sublingual allergy treatment, so try to tune in.

By the way, if you've never tuned in, our show usually has an interview in the second half hour, before which we spend the first part of the show with a (hopefully) humorous reading of headlines in the news, then a somewhat serious explanation of those items. We follow that up with celebrity birthdays and This Week in History. We sometimes ask and answer trivia questions, as well.

Writing

We're working on a book about health and weight loss. It should be ready in a few months and available at Amazon as an e-book. As are our others.

Issue: Alabama's Wrongful Imprisonment Financial Cap

Recently, Glen Ford (not the actor) was released from prison in Alabama after spending 18 years on Death Row. It turns out the state acknowledges he's not guilty.

That's great, though I'm sure Mr. Ford wishes it had happened about 17 years earlier, at least. He can now sue the state for reimbursement for his lost years, but the state has a law limiting such recoveries to $25,000. That's just a bit over a grand a year for a crime he didn't commit. Clearly it was the state's fault that he served that time.

What kind of state or what kind of people would allow the passing of a law that says we don't care if we were negligent. We don't care if we stole 18 years out of your life. We'll give you about a grand a year if you catch us in that mistake before we kill you?

Seriously?

Trivia Question

We asked and answered this question on a recent episode of our radio program. Who was the first U.S. president to take office on the death of the previous president? No cheating. We'll give the answer in a minute.

Books

We recently read (or re-read?) The Gatehouse by Nelson DeMille. It was a sequel to The Gold Coast. Without giving anything away, it's partly the story of the protagonist trying to re-unite with his ex-wife, from whom he was divorced after she killed her extramarital lover, who was the protagonist's legal client and a member of the Mafia.

In spite of that stupid sounding plot outline, it's a really good book. Many thanks to my friend Rick Penn for first turning me on to Nelson DeMille. I hope I've done the same for you.

Trivia Answer

It was John Tyler. He was the VP to William Henry Harrison, who got sick on inauguration day and lingered for a month before making like a frog (croaking). Harrison, because of a battle he'd won in the Indian Wars, was known as Tippecanoe (the name of the battle), so the campaign slogan had been Tippecanoe and Tyler too. Not much worse than I Like Ike or Nixon's The One, or All The Way With LBJ.

Sign-Off

That's it for this entry. We'll try to post more regularly and in the meantime, we'll see you on the radio.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Quick Program Note

Our Quick Program Note

There isn't one tonight. We were scheduled for our program to go on tonight (see previous post), and for some reason, I couldn't raise our producer. I assume there's a problem either caused by a storm or our server, or some combo, but I haven't heard anything yet.

The program was scheduled to be dark next Wednesday and on Christmas night, so we'll be off 3 weeks and return January 1, 2014, assuming all goes well. As they say, Watch This Space.

I'll see you on the radio.