Browsing Archive: September, 2010

Obama Administration Wants More Spying Abilities

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : Communications 
The Obama administration wants to hear from you---without you knowing it---in new ways.  It's drafting a bill right now, to be introduced early next year, which will enable the Feds to tap into your E-mail over the Internet and when you use wireless phones.  For a number of years, our government has been spying on us as we make phone calls over landlines with a device called Carnivore, but it's unable to break the encryption codes used by the Internet, so they want Internet providers and cell...
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Segway Owner Found Dead

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : Technology 
The owner of the Segway company was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in England yesterday, one of his firm's trademark two-wheeled scooters near the body.  Jimi Heselden, 62 years old, apparently accidentally rode off the cliff.  Police say there is no evidence of foul play and are treating the event as a tragic accident.  Heselden was a former miner who quit school at 15 and eventually became a millionaire industrialist.  One of England's richest people, his estate is valued at around $26...
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Doobie Brothers Have New Album

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : Music 
The Doobie Brothers are back in the limelight some 40 years after their debut.  The group, famous for such hits as "China Grove", "Black Water", and "Long Train Running" is releasing its first album since 2000's "Sibling Rivalry".  The rockers include founding guitarist Pat Simmons, founding vocalist Tom Johnson, drummer Michael Hossack, and multi-instrumentalist John McFee, and they were "surprised and amazed" that their new music, which they played at recent concerts, got such great respons...
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A New Mrs. DeGeneres

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Do you know who Portia de Rossi is?  If you're not one of the 199 people who have seen "Arrested Development" on TV, then you're in the majority to who she's a total stranger.  Portia knows this, so she opted for a name change to be more recognizable.  She took on her wife's name--yes, we said wife--so she's now officially known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.  Yes, THAT DeGeneres.  Portia and Ellen started dating in 2004, and they were married in 2008 when same-sex marriages were briefly lega...
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Lohan Back In Jail

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Virtually minutes ago (and we were the first radio station to report the news), Lindsay Lohan was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs and back to jail for failing a court mandated drug test.  Superior court judge Elden S. Fox took only ten minutes to reach a decision and absolutely refused to hear any bail arguments, adding that the actress will most likely remain in jail until the hearing on October 22.  Lohan is headed for the graybar hotel for the third time in three years, and we'll be wa...
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Eddie Fisher Dies At Age 82

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Eddie Fisher, the 50s pop singer who's more famous for marrying Elizabeth Taylor and being the father of actress Carrie Fisher, died at his California home on Wednesday.  His passing was reported by daughter Tricia Leigh Fisher late Wednesday.  He was 82, and he died of complications from hip surgery.  While his records sold in the millions, it's known that Fisher's manager helped the cause by spending tons of money to hire young girls to scream and swoon during his live performances, somethi...
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Newly Found Dino Really Horny

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Paleontologists are putting together the remains of a newly found ceratopsian, or horned, dinosaur, and this beast took being horny to the max.  Known as Kosmoceratops richardsoni, this creature had a multitude of horns,  A short stubby horn sat on its nose, and it had one more over each eye and at each cheekbone, plus ten more at the rear edge of its frill.  It was about fifteen feet long and must have weighed around 5,500 pounds.  While it's been speculated that ceratopsians used their horn...
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New TV Season's First Casualty

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Television 
Every year, TV shows come and go, but it's still pretty rare that a show gets axed after only one showing.  This is probably the case for Fox TV's new show "Lone Star".  Fox had big hopes for the drama about a man who juggles two lives and women in Texas because of his nebulous activities.  To give it more chances of survival, it was shoehorned into the schedule after established show "House".  At the end of House, Fox had 11.5 million people tuned in, but they evaporated at 9 PM.  By 9:15, o...
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Whales Beach Themselves in New Zealand

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Animals 
New Zealand has the dubious distinction of being a popular place for whale beachings, with its history of such occurances dating back to 1840.  Pilot whales are the ones that this happens to most often, and scientists say this is because New Zealand is on the animals' migration route, but truthfully, these same scientists actually don't have any idea why whales beach themselves.  Now, for the second time in a month, pilot whales have wound up on the shore at Spirits Bay.  An 80 member pod of ...
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Wyclef Jean Officially Out of Race

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean has now officially pulled out of the race for president of Haiti.  In a statement he released through his publicist, he said that he is dropping out of Haitian politics to promote a new album.  This is a subtly concealed admission that the country's electoral council has left him off the ballot as of last month, and although no official reason was revealed, it's pretty well known that Wyclef did not meet residency requirements for elected officials because ever sinc...
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Chief Takes Apart NBC's The Event

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Television 
After watching only the pilot episode of NBC's "The Event", I pretty much think I have the whole thing figured out.  It seems that the United States is "detaining" a group of humanoids with tremendous mental powers.  These people have ventured here from a parallel existence to try to stop an upcoming disaster (the Event of the title) but have instead been rounded up by the military and are being pressured about explaining their origin, powers, and the exact nature of The Event.  There seem to...
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Wal-Mart's Latest Competition Killing Strategy

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Business 
Everyone knows, or at least has heard, that Wal-Mart is the greatest enemy of retailing across the globe.  They try to throttle the competition, are now planning their own cell phone service, and have even tried to open their own banks so they can control your money from the time you're paid to when they've got it all.  Their latest ploy is now under way as the giant company is aggressively buying up small urban properties, about 20,000 square feet each, in urban areas for the creation of "ba...
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Vatican Can't Account For $30 Million, Assets Seized

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Business 
More trouble for the Vatican, but this time it's a financial matter, not a sexual one.  Italian officials have siezed a bit over $30 million from the Vatican Bank's funds early this morning as part of an investigation of its two most powerful people into moey laundering.  Police seized the money from the Rome branch of Credito Artigiano Spa and relocated it to JP Morgan in Frankfurt, Germany and Italy's Banca del Fucino.  It appears that the Vatican can't supply the source of the money to inv...
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Fox Says Idol Panel Is Set, Has Problem With Chief Jack

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Television 
Fox TV says its panel of judges for the tenth season of American Idol is in place, but is refusing to divulge who it is.  Our sources tell us that the network is still trying to figure out how to handle my petition for joining the show's judges in light of how many of you wrote in to have me be on the panel.  It appears that while most of the network execs had no idea who I am, their research backed up my 41-plus year in the business, and they are worried about a scandal if Mohawk Radio fans ...
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Extremely Rare Animal Captured, Dies

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Animals 
One of the world's rarest animals was recently captured, but unfortunately died while in captivity. Members of a small village in Laos caught a soala, a gazelle-like creature with a grayish coat and lond horns, and photographed it a few days before it died.  It was the first photo of a soala taken since one triggered an automatic camera in 1999.  No scientist has ever seen one of these elusive creatures in the wild, and the species is considered critically endangered, with possibly only a few...
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Sparks On Broadway

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Music 
Jordin Sparks, like several more recent American Idol winners, keeps popping up just when we're on the verge of forgetting who they are.  The thing is, she's more solidly cemented into our consciousness because she keeps on working and has had a couple of CDs and top 40 songs since winning Idol.  Sparks is currently appearing on Broadway in the 2008 Tony Award winning musical "In The Heights" at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City.  The bubbly 20-year old plays 19-year old Nina Rosari...
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Space Tourism To Remain Costly

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Technology 
Space tourism may be just around he corner, according to Boeing executives, but their just announced partnership with Space Adventures Ltd. is unlikely to bring prices down.  It currently costs about $35 million to go in space via the seats Space Adventures is selling aboard Russian built Soyuz craft, and Boeing doesn't have any ships built yet.  The proposed craft, called CST-100, won't even be ready until 2015.  Once they are availale, the CST-100 will have one advantage.  The time spent on...
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Edwin Newman Update

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Updating our breaking story on Edwin Newman's death: NBC announced that Mr. Newman died of pneumonia in Oxford, England on August 13.  Newman and his wife had moved to Oxford in 2007 in order to be closer to their daughter.  NBC further added that the family delayed the report of his passing in order to give them time to grieve privately.
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Australia Hopes Oprah Helps Tourism

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Oprah Winfrey's announcement on the opening show of her 25th season that she would take all 300 of her audience members to Australia wasn't exactly welcome in the Land Down Under.  The Aussie federal government and the state of New South Wales are footing part of the bill to the tune of three million dollars, and many people think that with the country's current economy, it's a waste.  The Australian Tourism Minister, however, believes that this could be money well spent since Oprah's show is...
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South Korea Has More Cell Phones Than People

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Technology 
Think Americans have a love affair with their cell phones?  Move over, friend, because South Korea has us beat.  In a country with 48.8 million people, South Korea's Communications Commission reports that there are over 50 million cell phones in use.  This means, theoretically, that there are some 1.2 million people wandering around with at least two phones, but if you factor in young children and people without a cell phone, the number is greater.  Just like in some Arab nations and Japan, m...
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Edwin Newman Dies

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Television 
It was announced at 8:30 AM on Sept. 15, and we were first to report on it, that Edwin Newman, long  a mainstay of NBC's news and documentary programming, has died.  NBC has yet to announce where and when he died and what the cause of death was.  Natural causes should be a suspect since Mr. Newman was 91.  He was in the Navy during World War II, then began a career in jounalism.  After a stint with CBS in New York, Newman switched to NBC in 1952 in London and remained with the Peacock Network...
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Harold Gould Dies At Age 86

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Harold Gould, the well-liked and respected character actor who was Valerie Harper's Father on the CBS TV series "Rhoda", has died.  He passed away last Saturday due to prostate cancer, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times and a family member.  Mr. Gould was 86 and died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills, California.  During his long career, he played Kid Twist in the 1973 film "The Sting", and also appeared in Harper, Love and Death, Frea...
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Armenian Factory Makes World's Largest Candy Bar

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Food 
If you have a sweet tooth and want to be a part of history, you may want to head for Yerevan, Armenia, next month.  That's when the world's largest chocolate bar will be broken up and handed out to candy aficionados in the capital's main square.  The oversized item was made by the Grand Candy factory of all natural ingredients, including a 70 percent cocoa content.  The bar is 224 inches long, 110 inches wide, and 10 inches thick.  It weighs 9,702 pounds and was certified as the world's large...
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Lady Gaga Fails to Set New Record

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Music 
At last night's MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga won eight Moonman awards, including Video of the Year, but she failed to set a new record.  In fact, all she did was tie a record set twenty four years ago by the Norwegian group A-ha when they got eight awards in 1986 for "Take On Me", a quirky mix of live action and animation which was cutting edge at the time.  The next year, 1987, Peter Gabriel set the new, still unmatched record of nine MTV VMAs for his live and stop-motion turn with "Sle...
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Report: Heavy Oil Coat On Gulf Floor

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : World News 
Grim news from New Orleans as of 9:10 AM Pacific Time today.  A team of researchers from the University of Georgia says they found a coating of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, at least two inches thick and as far as 80 miles away from the plugged Deep Horizons well.  The latest sample was taken early this morning (Sept. 13) and was covering a number of dead animals such as shrimp and deep sea worms.  Samantha Joye, leader of the research team, says the oil is fresh and is probably fro...
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9/11 Protests All Aimed At Wrong Target

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 10, 2010, In : World News 
Tomorrow is September 11, the ninth anniversary of the so-called "attacks" on America, and extremists on both sides of the issue are aiming their slings and arrows at the wrong target.  Muslim extremists are mad at the American people, and American extremists are singling out Muslims as hate mongers.  As we here at Chief Jack Radio have been saying since the original 9/11, there is only one entity responsible for all this: the United States government and George Bush.  Bush has many friends i...
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Gas Line Rupture Creates Inferno

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 10, 2010, In : Disasters 
A gas line ruptured in San Bruno, California, near San Francisco's international airport yesterday at 6:24 PM, causing a cataclysmic explosion that sent a huge fireball over 1,000 feet in the sky, triggering engulfing flames that consumed an entire neighborhood.  The explosion created a huge crater, reported as being over 50 feet wide and some twenty feet deep, and the ensuing inferno destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least 38 homes.  As of the morning of September 10, the flams wer...
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People Not Yet Ready For 3D TV

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 10, 2010, In : Technology 
A study just completed by The Neilsen Co. showed a surprising trend.  It seems that nearly fifty percent of people have a negative view of 3D television, and that view was worse in people who actually attended test showings of the medium.  Test subjects who took part in a 30 minute 3D TV test cited a number of concerns.  In a world where no one concentrates on what they're watching on TV because they're too busy talking on their smartphones while updating their Facebook status at the same tim...
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Car, James Bond's Car Up For Grabs

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Entertainment 
If you're a James Bond fan, you'll soon have the chance to own the biggest piece of the secret agent's memorabilia.  RX Auctions is auctioning off the Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery drove in the 1964 hit film "Goldfinger" during Automobiles of London event on October 27.  Auction organizers say it could bring at least $5 million, which would be the highest amount ever paid for a piece used in a movie.  Everything in the car is functional, including the retractable machine guns, rotating l...
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XBox Live Suspends Account Over Town Name

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Technology 
John Moore is an avid gamer, and he plays several XBox Live games, but he ran into a snag when he wanted to enter an online tournament.  In his info, he listed his home town as Fort Gay, West Virginia.  The rules enforcer for XBox live thought he was making a joke or a racial slur, so they asked him to put down his town's real name.  When Moore refused to change it, his account was suspended pending review, even though he implored XBox to look it up and even provided its zip code. "Google it ...
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Asteroids Bring Double Close Encounters

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Science 
You probably never noticed it, but an asteroid slipped by the Earth between us and the moon's orbit at about 3:51 AM PT on September 8, and a second asteroid will be making a flyby later on, at around 3 PM Pacific Time.  The first and larger space rock, named 2010 RX 30, is about 33 to 65 feet wide and slid by at a distance of 154,000 miles away.  The second one, 2010 RF 12, is estimated at between 20 and 46 feet in diameter and will pass at about 49,000 miles from Earth, which in cosmic term...
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Official: CNN Names Morgan As New Show Host

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Television 
The rumors that we first reported on last month have been authenticated by CNN.  As of January 2011, Piers Morgan will replace Larry King on the network's nightly interview show.  Morgan is a veteran journalist who already hosts a popular interview show in England, and his CNN program will follow a similar course.  CNN president John Klein said of Morgan "He's able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process".  CNN, which is struggling ...
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Fox TV: Kara Is Officially Out

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 6, 2010, In : Television 
Fox announced on Saturday that Kara DioGuardi is now officially out as a judge on American Idol, leaving Randy Jackson as the only original member of the panel.  Kara was gracious and upbeat as she confronted reporters and called her Idol experience "amazing".  Show producer Simon Fuller says that he will continued his professional relationship with the songwriter, who still had a one year option on her contract that Fox didn't exercise.   Rumors still are flying that Steven Tyler and Jennife...
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New Zealand Earthquake Worse Than Thought

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 6, 2010, In : Earthquakes 
That 7.1 quake that struck New Zealand over the weekend continues to bring more problems to theis island nation that's been struggling to break out of an 18 month recession.  Officials have revealed that as many as 100,000 buildings out of 160,000 have suffered some sort of structural damage, and as many as 80 aftershocks, some as big as 5.4, have continued to rock the area.  Many roads and railroad lines have been broken and twisted out of shape, and over parts of the affected area, the temb...
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Google Under Scrutiny in Texas

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, September 6, 2010, In : Business 
An ever-growing number of people are getting fed up with Google as its search engine continues to give preferential treatment to its own sites over the competition.  European nations have a number of investigations under way because of complaints against the company.  It's already common knowledge that the government of China and Google are far from being friends.  In America, several lawsuits have been filed that also allege Google's search engine is biased.  On Friday, Texas announced that ...
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Pepsi and War Can't Be Friends

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Business 
Funk band War and PepsiCo just can't be friends.  Some of the band's original members are suing Pepsi for over $10 million, saying that the soft drink company never negotiated with them to use their song "Why Can't We Be Friends" in its commercial for Pepsi MAX.  Naturally, Pepsi says the suit has no merit, stating that "Pepsi has a long history of partnering with iconic celebrities and musicians, and we value our relationship with the music and entertainment industry".  The statement doesn't...
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Hogan Cleared For U.S. Return

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Celebrities 
The conflict between the Australian Taxation Board and Paul Hogan has taken a turn for the better.  Early this morning, both parties reached an agreement that will allow the "Crocodile Dundee" actor to return to America.  The tax office claims that Hogan used offshore banks to conceal earnings he made after his low budget film became an international hit in 1986, but he says he did nothing illegal.  The total amount owed remains a mystery, although some speculation exists on it, because both ...
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Goats Plucked Off Bridge In Montana

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Animals 
Someone reported two goats on a railroad bridge between Helena and Roundup, Montana about two days ago, but the location over a little-used road was so vague that sheriff's office agents couldn't find it.  Early this morning, someone else reported the same thing, but remained on location and helped humane society officials find the place.  The two young female goats were stuck on a six-inch ledge on the side of the bridge and remained on that ledge most of the time, only wandering on a large ...
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New Velociraptor With Weird Feet Discovered

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Romania is known for its vampire and werewolf legends, and your typical velociraptor is well-known thanks to "Jurassic Park", so how do this European country and the sci-fi movie tie in together?  A paleontological expedition has unearthed a new type of velociraptor in Romania.  Known as Balaur bondoc, or "stocky dragon", this new dinosaur has a number of previously unseen features.  As opposed to other raptors, this one had short, stout, and powerful legs, showing it wasn't built for chasing...
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Cops Nab Frankenstein in Ohio

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : People 
If you have a name like Frankenstein, you just have to expect trouble.  Police in Cincinnati say a man named Forrest Frankenstein went crazy on August 27 at a Toby Keith concert, and after he was arrested, he threatened them and deliberately banged his own head on the inside of a police cruiser.  At his arraignment, he told the judge he had been drinking and doesn't remember a thing about that night.  He is being held on $80,000 bond for menacing, disorderly conduct, and vandalizing.  By a we...
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Miranda Lambert Gets 9 Nominations

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Music 
Country singer Miranda Lambert definitely has something to smile about this morning as it was announced that she was nominated for nine CMA awards, the most ever for a female.  Others who were nominated for multiple awards include Lady Antebellum with five, Lambert's new fiance Blake Shelton with four, and the Zac Brown Band, also with four.  Miranda's total fell one short of the record 10 by Alan Jackson in 2002.  The only other artist to get nine nominations is Merle Haggard, so Lambert is ...
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Plastic Bags Can Stay, For Now At Least

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Politics 
California's legislature had a long night on August 31 as just before midnight it rejected a measure brought before it to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.  Part of the conflict involved a heated debate over how much California wants to control people's personal choices.  Already on the books in the state are such laws as forcing the caloric content of food to be displayed prominently and the banning of soft drink vending machines on school grounds.  Part of this proposed plastic bag ban ...
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About Chief Jack


Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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