China buys U.S Radio Station – What’s next?

China Radio International

China Radio International

Deregulation must have wiped out the rule that flatly prohibits foreign governments from controlling US stations. Where is our F.C.C? Right, Obama is going to bring us Radio Free China. Why Galveston, Houston area. Let me think……The only good news is that they got ripped off. One can wonder how many stations have they purchased or leased already.

GALVESTON — China Radio International bought “a pig in a poke” when it leased a Galveston radio station in January that network officials mistakenly believed broadcast to the Houston market, according to a former China Radio International employee.

“It was the dumbest thing they could have ever done,” said Mark Shorey, a consultant at CRI headquarters in Beijing before his resignation last month . “CRI believes that they are broadcasting in Houston and continue to announce this fact on the air and on their Web site.”

Shorey, who has 20 years of experience in radio, said he resigned from CRI, which is run by the Chinese government, Feb. 12 over a policy dispute after five months at the network. He declined to discuss the nature of the dispute.

Attempts to reach CRI officials in Beijing and CRI’s Washington bureau were unsuccessful. 

Interviewed by telephone from London, Shorey said the two top managers in the English division of CRI told him they were convinced that KGBC was broadcasting to the Houston market. They refused to believe him when he showed them a Federal Communications Commission map showing that KGBC’s signal did not cover Houston, he said.

It is the first U.S. station to broadcast CRI programing 24 hours a day, although the network has purchased blocks of time on U.S. stations at least since 1993. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6896078.html

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Jim Bunning: “Why I took a stand”

From Jim Bunning from USA TODAY:

You hit it out of the park, Jim

You hit it out of the park, Jim

If the Senate cannot find $10 billion to pay for a measure we all support, we will never pay for anything.

Last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked to pass a 30-day extensions bill for unemployment insurance and other federal programs. Earlier in February, those extensions were included in a broader bipartisan bill that was paid for but did not meet Sen. Reid’s approval, and he nixed the deal. When I saw the Democrats in Congress were going to vote on the extensions bill without paying for it and not following their own Pay-Go rules, I said enough is enough.

Many people asked me, “Why now?” My answer is, “Why not now?” Why can’t a non-controversial measure in the Senate that would help those in need be paid for? If the Senate cannot find $10 billion to pay for a measure we all support, we will never pay for anything.

America is under a mountain of debt. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a hearing last month that the United States’ debt is unsustainable. We are on the verge of a tipping point where America’s debt will bring down our economy, and more people will join the unemployment lines. That is why I used my right as a United States Senator and objected.

Only in Washington

After four legislative days of impasse, I reached a supposed deal with Majority Leader Reid to have an up-or-down vote on a pay-for amendment that would fully fund the legislation and not add to the debt. Only minutes before the vote, Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver to set aside my amendment and not vote on the actual substance of it. Only in Washington could this happen. The Democrats did not want to vote on my amendment because they knew they were in the wrong and ignored their own rules. Hypocrisy again rules the day in Washington.

I have 40 grandchildren, and I want them to grow up in a country where they have all of the same opportunities I had as a child. I fear that they will not have those opportunities if Washington continues on its course of spending without paying for it. We are at over $12 trillion in debt. I know many Americans sit around their kitchen table and make the tough decisions. It is time for the politicians in Washington to do the same.

Full OP-ED:  http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2010/03/column-why-i-took-a-stand-.html So sad how the Republicans mocked him,

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