Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Court: Serial liar Glass can't be a lawyer

Court: Serial liar Glass can't be a lawyer

By Ann O'Neill, CNN
updated 3:38 PM EST, Mon January 27, 2014

(CNN) -- Trust me, the scandal-scarred former boy wonder said. No way, responded California's highest court.
The state Supreme Court rejected former journalist Stephen Glass' request for admission to the bar on Monday, finding that he had not truly reformed in the 15 years since he made up facts in more than 40 magazine articles -- and then lied some more to cover up his misdeeds in one of the journalism world's most infamous scandals.
The court found that Glass, who works as a paralegal at a Beverly Hills law firm, lacks "the good moral character" to be a lawyer. It simply doesn't buy the disgraced serial liar's arguments that he has changed.
In a scathing 33-page opinion supporting its decision to deny Glass admission to the California State Bar, the court concluded that he failed to show genuine remorse and never fully came clean on all his fabrications and that his "lack of integrity and forthrightness" continued even during his hearings before the court.
Lawyers and journalists aren't highly regarded, although they usually rank a notch above lobbyists, members of Congress and used-car salespeople in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey.
Lawyer jokes to the contrary, the court insisted, "A lawyer's good moral character is essential for the protection of clients and for the proper functioning of the judicial system itself."
Glass, who has declined to discuss the case publicly, could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Arthur Margolis, said he was disappointed by the court's decision. He said there would be no futher comment.
Glass, now 41, was a rising star at The New Republic when he was exposed as a serial fabulist in 1998. His editors investigated and learned that he had fabricated quotes and sources -- sometimes entire events -- in dozens of articles he wrote over three years for the magazine and other publications. The events of his rise and downfall became the basis of a movie, "Shattered Glass."
Even while he was writing magazine pieces, Glass attended night classes at Georgetown's law school. He graduated in 2000 and passed the bar exams in New York and California.
Richard Bradley, former editor of George magazine, said in 2011 that at least three pieces Glass wrote for the magazine contained fabrications. He added that Glass was good at "figuring out people's blind spots."
Bradley said he forgave Glass long ago but added, "Being a lawyer is a privilege, not a right. He can be a fully contributing, valuable member of society without being a lawyer."
Glass withdrew his application to the New York State Bar in 2003 when it became obvious he would be turned down. He applied to the California Bar in 2005 after he moved to Los Angeles. A bar review committee declined to find him morally fit to be a lawyer; Glass appealed, and the California Supreme Court added "In Re Glass on Admission" to its docket for 2012.
The State Bar Court argued that the past was not the issue: it's Glass' moral character today. The bar examiners -- the lawyers who vet other lawyers -- argued that Glass' lies were so "staggering" he hadn't done enough to demonstrate he had reformed.
"Going to law school and living a normal life isn't enough," Rachel Grunberg, a lawyer for the bar court, said in 2011.
The Supreme Court was not impressed with Glass' arguments that he was sorry for what he had done and that he had changed. Nor was it impressed that he had won over a long list of accomplished people.
"Our review of the record indicates hypocrisy and evasiveness in Glass' testimony at the California State Bar hearing," the court's opinion stated. "We find it particularly disturbing that at the hearing Glass persisted in claiming that he had made a good faith effort to work with the magazines that published his works. He went through many verbal twists and turns at the hearing to avoid acknowledging the obvious fact that in his New York bar application he exaggerated his level of assistance to the magazines that published his fabrications."
Writing a book and appearing on the TV newsmagazine "60 Minutes" cannot be considered indicators of genuine remorse, the court observed.
The court also noted that since Glass' journalism career crashed and burned, he seemed less motivated to help others and more inclined to "advance his own career and financial and emotional well-being." Even his volunteer legal work was not particularly charitable, since all lawyers are expected to perform pro bono work, the court noted.

Rosie O’Donnell is making her return to ABC’s “The View” on Friday, Feb. 7

The guest spot marks her first appearance on the ABC talker since being released from her hosting contract early
Rosie O’Donnell is making her return to ABC’s “The View” on Friday, Feb. 7, when viewers will see if she’s learned to play nice with others.
The 11 a.m. ET appearance marks the first time that O’Donnell will be on to the daytime talk show since moderating Season 10, which ran from 2006 to 2007.
The former co-host departed the female-centric talker under less-than-friendly circumstances. A contract dispute with ABC was front-and-center, and O’Donnell’s inability to get along with her colleagues — including the now-departed Elisabeth Hasselbeck — played out in front of millions.
O’Donnell ended up leaving “The View” about three weeks before her contract was up.
O’Donnell is currently guest-starring on ABC Family’s series, “The Fosters” as Rita Henricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and is a mentor to a member of the Foster family. O’Donnell’s “Fosters” debut on Jan. 20 helped the show to a series high in total viewers.
Of her one-time colleague’s return, host and executive producer Barbara Walters said, “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”
“The View” features hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. It is produced by ABC and Walters’ Barwall Productions; Bill Geddie exec produces along with Walters. “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Billboard Adds YouTube Plays to Chart

Billboard Adds YouTube Plays To Chart

(UPDATED) Billboard has added YouTube plays to the calculation that it uses to determined it's Hot 100 Singles Chart.  The updated chart debuts this week with Baaur's "Harlem Shake" at #1 powered by a plethora of fan created videos. Without YouTube plays added to the formula, "Harlem Shake" would land somewhere closer 15 on the Hot 100.

The addition of YouTube is part of an ongoing effort by the music industry's legacy trade publication to modernize it's charts.  Spotify, Rdio and other music streaming services were added last year.
"The music business today - much to its credit - has started to learn that there are lots of different ways a song can be a hit, and lots of different ways that the business can benefit from it being a hit," Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde told the NY Times.

Given YouTube's popularity, the real question is, what took Billboard so long?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Merrell Fankhauser's 'Impact' Guitar a Collector's Rare model

ARROYO GRANDE CA (IFS) -- Starting in late 2000 the Rock Creek Guitar Manufacturing company produced a limited quantity of the Merrell Fankhauser Signature guitar. The first guitar was to have gone to Merrell, but instead Sir Paul McCartney was given the opportunity to test and play the first commercial copy of the famous guitar, and he fell in love with it. He insisted that he wanted to keep that first one, and off to United Kingdom he went with it. In turn Merrell received the second copy, and his grand daughter Linda Fankhauser received the third copy.

The design and initial manufacturing was done by his son, Tim Fankhauser, a noted musician and songwriter with many credits of his own in the music business, including his timeless "Hazards", the surf music classic that has a life of its own, as his father with "Wipeout". If you get a chance to see one of these guitars anywhere in a music store or at a neighbors garage sale, and you get a chance to play it, you will be fore-warned that this 'Impact' model goes for an incredible $3,500. It's no wonder that Paul McCartney grabbed the first one and ran home with it.

It's just as crazy that the above blue label copy of Merrell's "Some Of Them Escaped It All" single on D-Town Records, on the collectors markets goes for over $50.00 per copy. There was never any reason as to why this particular release did so.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Garth Brooks Returns to Ireland for Concert Special

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Friday, January 17, 2014

How Technology Killed The Future

Presidents—and the rest of us—can’t get anything done anymore.

The crises arrive from everywhere, and all at once. The responses do, too. New allegations about NSA eavesdropping, for instance, pop up on Twitter before the White House has had a chance to fully spin the last set.

A Cabinet secretary is presumed ripe for firing over a botched health care website even before the site’s problems are fully diagnosed. The pauses between an event and a response to it—the space in which public opinion was once gauged—is gone, and now the feedback is indistinguishable from the initial action.

The verdict, the takeaway, the very meaning behind what is happening is more elusive than ever before. We cobble together narratives and hunt for conclusions. Millions of social media posts per minute are parsed and analyzed as if those vast bits of opinion, conjecture and fancy somehow coalesce into a story.

But they don’t.

Welcome to the world of “present shock,” where everything is happening so fast that it may as well be simultaneous. One big now. The result for institutions—especially political ones—has been profound. This transformation has dramatically degraded the ability of political operatives to set long-term plans. Thrown off course, they’re now often left simply to react to the incoming barrage of events as they unfold. Gone, suddenly, is the quaint notion of “controlling the narrative”—the flood of information is often far too unruly. There’s no time for context, only for crisis management.

Sure, the rate at which information spreads and multiplies has accelerated, but what’s taking place now is more than a mere speeding up. What we’re experiencing is the amplification of everything that happens to be occurring at the moment, and a diminishment of everything that isn’t. It’s not just that Google search results favor the recent over the relevant; it’s that suddenly an entire society does.

I feel myself chasing the “now” all the time. Last June, on my way to the stage to speak about the phenomenon of present shock at the Personal Democracy Forum, the NSA scandal hit the wires and CNN began pinging my phone for me to appear on air. Sensing a kind of meta-moment, I switched the approach for my talk and wove the emerging news story into my remarks, reading live updates from my phone as I talked about our urge to be caught in the now. Using any other example of a fast moving news story would have felt past tense. My talk became more of a demonstration: an example of present shock about present shock, on a day of present shock.

It wasn’t always like this. As recently as the end of the 20th century, the zeitgeist was animated by a kind of forward-leaning futurism. There was a sense that we were accelerating toward a big shift fueled by new technologies, networks and global connectivity. Today, that shift may have finally occurred, but rather than encouraging us to look further ahead, it has instilled in us a pervading “presentism.” Our old obsession with the pace of progress has been drowned out by the onslaught of everything that is happening right now. It’s impossible even to keep up, much less to look ahead.

This new paradigm is fundamentally scrambling our politics. Our leaders’ ability to articulate goals, organize movements or even approach long-term solutions has been stymied by an obsession—on their part and ours—with the now. Unless we adapt to this new presentism, and soon, we may edge more dangerously close to political paralysis.

Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t be able to rally people to realize his great dream today. He would be as desperate for hourly retweets as the rest of us, gathering “likes” from followers on Facebook as a substitute for marching with them.  As you might 
expect, we can blame our current condition, at least in part, on digital technology. Consider the remote control, DVR and even YouTube, which in their own way have each eroded the traditional storytelling functions of television, rendering instead a deconstructed landscape of independent memes.

The typical story arcs on which both news and entertainment used to depend no longer function when the audience can dart away—or move forward and backward—with the press of a button. Traditional stories with beginnings, middles and ends just don’t work anymore. The looping mini-movies on Vine, for instance, don’t even attempt to adhere to them.

And when we’re not engaged with disjointed mashups like that, we gravitate toward epic, endless sagas—such as “Game of Thrones” or even “Breaking Bad”—which move more like fantasy roleplaying games than the TV shows of old.

Our relationship with social and political movements is changing much the same way. Gone are the days when we could follow a charismatic leader on an ends-justify-the-means journey toward a clear goal. A person like Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t be able to rally people to realize his great dream today. He would be as desperate for hourly retweets as the rest of us, gathering “likes” from followers on Facebook as a substitute for marching with them. Imagine John F. Kennedy attempting to rally national support for a decade-long race to the moon? The extreme present is not an environment conducive to building lasting movements.

But without a guiding narrative to make sense and create purpose, we end up relying too much on whatever happens to be happening in the moment. When it occurs, we over-respond to the latest school shooting. But over the long term, we lack the resolve or attention span to do anything to stop others from occurring. Terror and rage replace our ideological goals; we end up reacting only to the latest crisis. And, because of what we can find (and what we can say) on the Internet, we react with a false confidence in our command of the facts. Just because we can all blog in the same size font doesn’t mean all of our opinions are equally valid or informed.
Consider the movements that have gained the most attention so far this century. 

The Tea Party may have originated as an almost libertarian anti-tax movement, but it gained steam the more it became characterized with an impatience for action. As a movement, it has focused on seeing direct results, now. Better to shut down the government in the present, as proof of what can be done, than to quietly persist without knowing whether one’s action are having an effect. Create a plot point, no matter the outcome.

On the other side of the political spectrum, the Occupy Wall Street movement began, similarly, as a protest against financial excesses, but it quickly morphed into a new style of political activity. Where the Tea Party yearned for results, the Occupiers seemed almost allergic to them. Process mattered as much or even more than product. The “general assembly” protocol that the demonstrators instituted required total consensus. When asked by reporters about their demands, occupiers insisted these would emerge at some point in the future, if it all. The Occupiers saw the movement not as something that would end, but as a new normative state. A permanent revolution.

Neither of these movements may augur the emergence of a third political party, but they both point to a hunger for a new way of doing things—and they suggest approaches that fit with the modern presentist landscape. People are willing to try something new. Are their leaders?

As I see it, the very technologies that brought us into this state of present shock offer two contrasting ways to contend with it in our politics. The first is simply to ratchet up the polling, the metering and the analysis we’ve been using to probe voters. Politicians have been doing this since the late1990s, adapting computers, social networking streams and big data to home in on evermore granular shifts in opinion on evermore minuscule issues. Technology is giving us the ability to have something like the “people meters” that measure audience responses and attitudes during television debates up and running perpetually. Pursuing this approach, our politics takes on the qualities of the Home Shopping Network, where television salespeople can adjust their pitches in real time based on the number of people placing orders.

Of course, access to continuous and instantaneous feedback is addictive—and quite counterproductive. We’ll demand that our politicians have clear answers to, say, the latest fracking disaster, lest they risk being seen as removed and non-responsive. Yet forcing them to engage at every bump in the road, however minuscule, will encourage them to lose their sense of direction and discourage them from taking in new information and making adjustments in thinking. For instance, as new revelations about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi make the incident less useful as a talking point against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Republicans double-down in real time and dispute new revelations, rather than wait until more evidence is revealed. There’s just no time to work with facts; opinions are being formed right now.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/how-technology-killed-the-future-102236_Page2.html#ixzz2qi1giO7W

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Submit to perform at the 2014 IMR Music Festival - Indie Music Festival - Atlanta, GA | June 12th through the 15th‏

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Happy Birthday Merrell Fankhauser

 Merrell Fankhauser

To:  sdcinternetics@msn.com
 Jan 10 at 11:47 AM
Hi Kenny,

So good to hear from you!

Yes, it was really something hearing from Glen JR. in Oct. who lives in Rosamond and seeing the box of master tapes! And I was amazed they all played well and transferred to digital with no problem.... I will make sure you get a copy when its released!

John and Patti who you met, drove me over and I did a interview with Glen JR. while John ran the camera, it was really something, he's now 62 and looked so much like his dad! 

Then we cruised through Lancaster, I couldn't recognize anything! Then we went out to Fox field where I worked, the office and hangar my dad built is still operating as a flight school! 

Then I noticed the building that we first had the office in and The Exiles practiced there.  Man talk about a nostalgic flashback to nearly 50 years ago !!

 The AV reunion concert should really be something also!   Carla Weston is putting an AD in the AV paper looking for bands and musicians from that time period, she has had contact with Marty Prue of "The Others" & "Rattlesnakes And Eggs".   I talked to drummer John French, he still plays once in awhile with members of "The Magic Band".  Who knows who will turn Up?

 Carla's going to do posters and radio ads. Think I told you Jim Ferguson of The Exiles heard me on Coast To Coast AM radio last June and we have reunited and played together at two events counting my B Day in Dec. on the Tiki Lounge backyard stage, he will be there! Yes Indeed, "History In The Making" !

 I already did an interview with "Shindig Magazine" about the tapes and reunion event and with the PR dept. at Gonzo Multimedia, the great UK label I'm on that's put out 5 projects so far...

 Shindig Magazine

I'm glad I can continue on doing music and performing at 70 yrs old!  I think of you often and all the times we had together.

I'll check out the blog and please stay in touch. I will keep you updated on everything.

All My Best,Merrell

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Merrell Fankhauser Celebrates 70th Birthday on the stage

Merrell's Birthday Boogie 12/21/13 Tiki Lounge tropical garden stage Arroyo Grande.  Keep up the great work!

Friday, January 10, 2014

CARLA WESTON SKAGGS heads 1960's Antelope Valley Band Reunion at Hilton Gardens in Palmdale CA Starting July 19, 2014

ARROYO GRANDE CA (IFS) -- +Merrell Fankhauser reports that a reunion of all the bands of the Antelope Valley from the 1960's will be getting together for a big night of partying, singing and just a good old time to remember.  The event is being lead by +Carla Weston, the daughter of Country Music's legendary great +George Weston on July 19, 2014 at the +Palmdale Hilton Hotel in Palmdale, California.

With SDC Radio Networks release of the Top 50 Songs of 2013, with two songs on the list lead by Merrell Fankhauser and Captain Beefheart's "Diddy Wah Diddy" from the A&M Records Sessions.  For more information, email:   merrell@merrellfankhauser.com  - 


George Weston stands in this black-and-white photograph. While never finding a place in rockabilly stardom, Weston is remembered for a guitar prowess that was featured on the shows "Hee Haw," "The Grand Ole Opry" and "American Bandstand."

Dear Merrell,
This is Carla Weston Skaggs, George Weston’s daughter. So glad to hear you new my Daddy. He was so easy to be with, and funny. He played his guitar like as if it were oxygen to him. I just arrived home and received the package of autograph records. Daddy’s spirit is so happy. He loved you too.Thank you . Our Team spent a month traveling to talk with people and hear their stories of the late George Weston my Daddy. It was great, constantly going everyday, and foot stomping too. We video so many people that new Daddy I am so full of his life now ,so many stories,We want more…we have been putting all of his music and photos together for my book that I’m writing in honor of him.Then my lead found Glenn Mac Arthur Jr. We hadn’t seen each other since the 60′s , We were so jazzed, and then there it was Daddy’s music and yours ,and other artist just all boxed up. Eleven hours later or more there was my Daddy all back together almost.Daniel help me so much what a great person. He love music and did you see his guitars, he wants to go far with his music.So after all of that work then on a plane we go.We all met with the Team George Group in Auburn New York for the last week of our journey to work and recording all of his music . His first CD just came out I will send you a CD, and the next one will be out soon.Please send us your picture so that we can put in the book and a story about you and daddy too. Thank you so much
Team George

Hey Kenny

I recently went up to AV and Glen's son had a bunch of unreleased songs on two track masters! I bought them and below is what I've found!

 Carla Weston, Rock A Billy singer George Weston's daughter got a bunch of her dads songs also and I'm helping her make a CD.

 She's also promoting an AV 60's Band Reunion at the ballroom in the Palmdale  Hilton Garden Inn July 19th. It would be great if you could come and sing a song or two with us!

Best Always,
     "The Lost Desert Tapes"
                 1964 - 1967
Merrell And The Exiles - The Velvetones - Fapardokly

                      The Lost Desert Tapes
                             1965 - 1967
   Merrell And The Exiles, The Velvetones  And Fapardokly
 1. Merrell And The Exiles - 13th Child ( G. Weston)
 2.  Merrell And The Exiles - Love Only You
 3. The Velvetones - Fuzzy Wuzzy
 4. The Velvetones - That's The Way
 5.Merrell And The Exiles with Little Linda - Over You (A. Tousant)
 6. The Velvetones - Moon Shadows
 7.  The Velvetones - On The Beach
 8.  The Velvetones - Velvet Stroll
 9.   The Velvetones - Undercover
10. The Velvetones - Gerico (trad)
11. The Velvetones - Shell Never Be Mine
12. The Velvetones - MR. X
13.  Fapardokly - The Music Scene (alternate take w/ spoken intro)
                              (M. Fankhauser)
All Velvetones songs by Clint Stouvall
 Fankhauser Music ASCAP (C)2014 except tracks 1 - 4 - & - 9
Recorded at Glenn Records Studio
Palmdale California from 1964 - 1967
Unreleased and on the shelf for 50 years !