... and while they’re at it – especially all those neighborhood watchers in Florida – listen to Johnny Cash
’s “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
” 24/7 for a week. Click here to watch and listen.
Too many of today’s politicians didn’t grow up watching Bat Masterson
, Wanted: Dead or Alive
, Have Gun Will Travel
or any of a hundred thousand western movies.
Guns got checked either at the edge of town or the saloon door.
Or chaos reigned.
So why is America learning those lessons all over again?
(1) time for target practice with my M-79 grenade launcher (it was
quite a feat to ship it home from Saigon undetected). It was more than
merely useful in Southeast Asia. Don’t know if I’ll carry it around in
the US, though. Could move to a state with automatic concealed weapon
OKs ... hard to conceal it. Bummer. Makes quite a deterrent at the
shopping mall or church anyway.
(2) we got a couple good suggestions for HBO
’s 40th ... so let’s ask for more than sports ... if you’ve got anything from HBO’s history, send it to The Cable Center
(3) thinking ahead to May and Boston ... if anyone out there might like to be a sponsor for the 46th Annual Cable TV Pioneers Dinner
, send me a note and we’ll follow-up (like real quick) ... email@example.com
(4) our old friend Steve Symonds
(got a bet with him about Manning v. Tebow
) rightly points out Aereo
compared to Radio Shack
as an argument for the courts won’t fly ... the contrast is too
apparent ... Radio Shack sells an antenna for a fee ... Aereo might
argue it is just “selling” (leasing?) an antenna but that’s not the
business model; rather the business model is cheating copyright holders
out of any compensation ... also known as stealing.
(5) we don't have MediaCensus
around here anymore ... it is off to SNL Financial
's SNL Kagan
unit and is in good hands. Our quarterly, The BRIDGE
, will be featuring "their" real numbers next quarter ... look for it soon.Meanwhile
(6) this week is Ski-TAM
in Vail ... one of the best schmooze-fests and the best use of funds (for the Adaptive Ski Team
) ... another of cable's under-appreciated (except by the Adaptive Ski Team) accomplishments for the good of others.Meanwhile
(7) The Wall Street Journal
reported today that "Ratings Take Slide on Cable" ... not necessarily. The article notes that, while many traditional leading channels declined, some not accustomed to being leaders gained. Cable built its quiver of channels by creating genre-based channels. MSO "programmers" didn't buy programs, they bought channels. Then along came original hits on some channels ... the inevitable result is another "hits-driven" business ... that means – just ask the music, movie and "program" business – ups and downs.•