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Tom Kovach lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written for several online publications. In December of 2006, he published his first book, Slingshot. Tom's second book, Tribulation: 2008, was released in August of 2008.

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One highlight of Tom's career in the Air Force was serving on a protection detail for US President Ronald Reagan. Tom has also run for Congress (and might run again).

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Monday, 05 January 2009, at 0409 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Help keep me out of jail

This blog entry is short and simple.

Please help me to stay out of jail.

This is being typed at 0300 (that's 3am, for civilians) on Monday, 05 January 2009.  I've already been awake for almost two hours, and didn't sleep much before that.  At 0900 this morning, I must be in court.  The topic is a follow-up hearing, after the dismissal last year of my lawsuit against Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.  The topic is the so-called Bredesen Bunker.

For those that don't know, the Bredesen Bunker is a planned $19-million underground party hall at the Governor's Mansion in Nashville.  Out of eleven million citizens in the State of Tennessee, I'm the only one that tried to take the governor into court to block that wasteful and arrogant project from getting started.  The state sent a senior attorney from the Attorney General's Office to face me in court.

The suit was dismissed on a technicality.  There is a law on the books in Tennessee that says a plaintiff can only sue the state in Davidson County (the county that surrounds Nashville, the state capital).  That law is unconstitutional, and I made that argument in court.  (I live in neighboring Wilson County, and had filed the action in my home venue.)  I also cited several cases, which had survived appeal, in which plaintiffs in other parts of the state had sued the state in their various home counties.  The judge dismissed my case anyway, and also decided that the first lady is "an official of the state, and therefore cannot be sued".  (The first lady, who is the driving force behind the Bredesen Bunker, was a co-defendant in my lawsuit.)

Now, the court wants me to pay court costs.

Imagine that:  being required by a court to pay money to come into court to defend the Constitution by airing a "redress of grievances" to stop an arrogant move to waste taxpayers' money.  Imagine that nobody else in the entire state filed a similar lawsuit.  (There are about a half-million citizens living in Davidson County alone.  Why didn't one of them simply copy my papers -- which I had posted on the Internet for that reason -- and then sue the state in that county?)  Imagine that only one person (yep, me) drove in circles for four hours around the State Capitol, honking a car horn to protest the Bredesen Bunker.

2001 -- Tennessee Tax Revolt

In 2001, thousands surrounded the State Capitol and honked their car horns for several weeks.

Well, guess what?  I'm not gonna pay!

Never mind the fact that I can't afford it.  Never mind the fact that the wealthy neighbors that live near the Governor's Mansion spoke on talk radio about raising $30,000 to fight the Bunker, but then only spent it on a flimsy Web site and some glossy brochures.  And, despite my several written requests, multi-millionaire car dealer Lee Beaman (the guy that put up most of the $30,000) has not sent me one penny.  His phone number is in the Nashville phone book, along with the numbers to his several dealerships.  (or, click the above link)  Feel free to call him, and remind him that the Bible says "the workman is due his wages".  The legal work that I did would've cost a paying client thousands of dollars.  (Even Judge Smith said in court that not even most lawyers know about the law that caused my case to get dismissed.)  Never mind the fact that I injured my back at a job in early September, and have not found another job since.  I'm not gonna pay today.

So, you're wondering, "What can be done to help Tom Kovach?"

The answer is simple.  You see, I don't like asking people for money.  (If I were any good at that, then I'd already be the Congressman for this area, and then I wouldn't need to write this to ask for money.)  I prefer to actually earn my money.  So....

Please purchase, for only one dollar, a copy of my spoof song, "The Battle of Bredesen's Bunker".  And, please send that link to all of your friends, and ask them to also buy a copy.  That way, I'm not asking to "mooch" even a dollar from anyone in these difficult times.  (Admittedly, I don't sing well.  But, then again, I'm not selling it for ten dollars.)

The song is done to the music of the Charlie Daniels hit song "Simple Man".  And, I sent a copy of it over to him.  I didn't get to talk with Charlie directly, but his manager told me that they played it on the tour bus, and Charlie liked it.  That was good enough for me.

Hopefully, I can make a good argument in court today, and convince the judge to waive the court costs.  But, if not, I have no money to pay them.  Theoretically, he could send me to jail for contempt for not paying.  Then, in order to get out, I would need to "remedy the contempt" (legalese for pay the costs).  If the judge does send me to jail, then selling that spoof song will be my primary means of earning money to get out of jail.

Thank you, in advance, for your support.

(I have some topics planned for this blog for the next few days.  If you don't see them posted, then that means I'm in jail.)


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Wednesday, 03 December 2008, at 0107 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

DelGiorno digs deeper ditch

 This blog entry was originally written on the 20th of November.  I have purposely withheld its publication, in hopes that it would not be necessary.  Sadly, it is.

Because of the delay, all time-related terms in the below entry (such as "last week", or "less than a month ago") should be mentally adjusted accordingly.

The subject of this blog entry is married to an attorney.  He tried to tell me that my previous blog entry on this topic was not true.  I told him that he was bluffing, because if it had actually been untrue then he would've threatened a lawsuit.  He hasn't, nor can he.  Legal doctrine"truth is an absolute defense to a charge of libel".

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Believe it or not, I don't like fighting.  But, I like bullies even less.  That is why I spent a good chunk of my adult life wearing a uniform and carrying weapons to prevent terrorism and other bad things from happening.  There is a quote on my Web site from philosopher John Stuart Mill, who wrote, "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things."  (For the rest of the quote, feel free to visit my site.)

Here's some good advice for any situation:  "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight."  It is especially unwise to start the gunfight if one doesn't have a gun, or has a gun but can't shoot very well.

Such is the case with "live and local" Nashville talk-radio host Michael DelGiorno, who recently made the mistake of starting a feud with me.  And, of all things, he has picked the topic of "credibility" as the basis for the feud.  He should've done his homework.  I have.  One of the things that Michael should study is the origin and meaning of the intelligence term "blowback".

The fuse was lit — on my end — when DelGiorno jerked me around last week, after inviting me to call his program to discuss my recent book.  As documented in a recent blog entry, instead of living up to his word, Michael spent a huge chunk of the final hour of his program that day by repeatedly telling listeners that "Faith Hill smells like toilet paper".  (Then, after that blog appeared, he tried to say on-air that tens of thousands of people heard wrong, and that what he really said was that she smells like "baby powder".  Hey, paisano, "I was born at night, but it wasn't last night.")

The above might seem like a small thing, but it's the tip of an iceberg.  Michael has jerked me around for months, and I've been as gracious as possible under the circumstances.  As I said, the fuse was not lit on my end until recently, but the fuse has been lit on his end for a long time.  I'm not being "overly sensitive", either.  For about a year, friends have asked me why DelGiorno treats me so rudely on his program.  He doesn't treat other callers or guests that way, especially considering that we are both "standing up for what's right".

After my previous blog about him appeared, Michael sent me an e-mail.  The timing was quite ironic, because the week prior he had told me to "direct all further communication" to the acting program director of the station.  He wanted me to respect his boundary, but it was OK for him to trample over the boundary that he had just set ... as long as the trampling was done in my direction.  In other words, "It's all about Michael."

Well, unfortunately, Michael has some credibility problems.

In our e-mail exchange, Michael stated that "many" people had "warned" him not to give me "extended air time".  I challenged him to name even one of those people, and/or to describe what their warning said would happen.  He never replied.  And, that seems to be a pattern.

Other people have tried to rattle Michael during his program with regard to the reason that he left his previous radio station, in Tulsa, in such a hurry.  To his credit, Michael handled those cheap shots fairly well.  (Speaking of cheap shots, the publicity agency that put out my previous blog has suddenly been hit with hundreds of spam e-mails almost simultaneously.  That has never happened before this week.  The company has several e-mail addresses, but the one that was hit was the one that went out in the cover e-mail publicizing my blog about DelGiorno.  Mere coincidence?)  I knew about some of those job-destroying circumstances before he ever got on the air in Nashville.  Why?  I had applied for that same job, and I wanted to know about my competition.  (And, for the most part, his show has gone fairly well.  But, recently, there has been a noticeable decline in quality.  I have attributed the problem to his consumption of a certain caffeine-laden beverage with a bovine mascot.)

In the 19 months that Michael has hosted a program in Nashville, I have never mentioned what I knew from the beginning.  Why?  I didn't want to take any personal shots at him.  I'm an "issues oriented" fighter.  And, I had no fight with him.  But, apparently, Michael decided to pick one with me.  Well ... OK, Michael ... if you insist.

When the publicity went out about my previous blog on this topic, it included a link to an Inside Radio report.  That report quoted a newspaper article from the Tulsa World, which detailed how Michael had been banned — for the second, and final, time — from a Tulsa casino.  There are several Web pages that bash Michael for an apparent problem with compulsive gambling.  Again, I knew about those pages before he even arrived in Nashville, but I've never mentioned them.  When others have mentioned them to me, I have tried to sidetrack the topic.  Why?  "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  (That quote certainly applies to me.)  But, when his arrogance got to the point that Michael seems to think that there is a special set of rules that allows him to trample on other people, then it's time to teach him otherwise.  (Any regular listeners to WWTN will tell you that I've turned the other cheek far more times than most people would.  Even in the best of families, sometimes the wise older brother needs to simply knock the #&*%! out of a pestering younger brother.)  In this case, my weapon of choice is a metaphorical "mirror".

Recently, I began a series of e-mail exchanges with Ziva Branstetter, who wrote the newspaper article about Michael being banned from the Creek Nation Casino — Tulsa.  Michael prompted my curiosity by telling me in his e-mail that I was spreading "lies and distortions" with regard to the casino incident.  So, just as I did with Michael in the first place, I went directly to the source.  She was cooperative and factual in documenting her experience with Michael.

When she confronted Michael about the incident, at first he denied that it happened.  Then, she told him about the casino's surveillance video.  Immediately, he switched to "no comment" mode.  Ziva related to me that she had never even shown him the video!  As soon as he heard that a video even existed, he clammed up.  (What?  He didn't think that casinos have surveillance?  Duh!  They had surveillance long before VCRs were invented.)  Ziva had been allowed to view the video at the casino's security department, but not to keep a copy.

In keeping with journalistic standards, I didn't merely accept the reporter's word.  I contacted the casino's security department for myself.  They, in turn, had to make an official request with the Oklahoma Gaming Compliance Unit.  After two days, someone from the unit called me back with their official decision.  They would not allow the casino to release the video to me, because I was planning to post it on this blog for public viewing, and the video was so detailed that it would reveal the casino's surveillance capability.  But, by their reply, that outside government agency had confirmed that such a video did actually exist.  And, Ziva had obtained affidavits from several witnesses at the casino before running the newspaper story.  (Originally, the Web version of the story also had included the security report from the casino, but that document is no longer posted.)

So much for me spreading "lies and distortions".

Speaking of distortions, Michael's program recently took a peculiar turn.  Listeners might not realize the "story behind the story".  Two days ago, on-air, Michael mocked another radio host — John Moore, a former Green Beret — who has said on his program that there is a tenth planet in our solar system.  Moore has gone on to say that the CIA is moving its headquarters to Denver, because of concerns about the sudden rise of ocean levels in the near future.  While poking fun at Moore's report, DelGiorno had the theme music from the TV series The X-Files playing in the background.  DelGiorno repeatedly emphasized the folly of there being a tenth planet in our solar system.

Here is the official NASA Web page documenting their discovery of a tenth planet in our solar system.  (Michael seems to think that, if he hasn't heard of it, then it can't exist.  Oh, yeah, I forgot – "It's all about Michael DelGiorno.")

Interestingly, that tenth planet is larger that Pluto.  Astronomers have scanned the skies for five hundred years.  But, it was only three years ago that this tenth planet was discovered.  John Moore claims that his well-placed confidential sources have told him that the yet-unnamed planet will soon cause disastrous effects upon Earth's ocean levels, etc.  The headquarters of the CIA is at Langley, Virginia, more than 30 miles inland from where the Potomac River meets the Atlantic Ocean.  A sudden and catastrophic rise in ocean levels would accompany the impact of an asteroid or comet in the Atlantic.  That precise scenario is described in my recent book.  And, another celestial event described in my book has already occurred — on the exact date when my interpretation of the Bible formula said that it would occur.  John Moore relied upon confidential government sources.  I relied upon the Holy Bible.  Moore and I have never met, nor have we exchanged e-mails.  Yet, we both seem to be predicting a similar event for the near future.  (Is it possible that scientists will name that tenth planet Wormwood?)

And, now, for the "story behind the story".  You see, John Moore happens to be a talk host on the Republic Broadcasting Network.  And, earlier this year, I also hosted an RBN talk show.  (And, out of professional courtesy, I did not call in to Michael's program during the time when I hosted one of my own.)  So, by attempting to discredit one host on RBN, it appears that Michael was attempting to set the stage to discredit me.  Oops.

But, DelGiorno's blunder doesn't stop there.  You see, RBN is owned by John Stadtmiller.  He happens to also be a principal in a company that sells gold.  John can afford his own radio network.  Michael doesn't even own one station.  So, if there were a lawsuit for slander, it appears that Michael would be seriously outgunned.

Speaking of being outgunned, there is another aspect to consider.  John Moore was a Green Beret.  The station that carries Michael's program, WWTN-FM in Nashville, has a signal the reaches well beyond Fort Campbell, 60 miles away.  Fort Campbell is home to the 5th Special Forces Group.  (You know, the group that operated in Vietnam, where Moore served.)  Every special operator that I ever met was a straight shooter, both literally and figuratively.  It's not smart to insult the integrity of someone that wears one of those "funny-shaped hats" with their military uniform.  (I was capable of a head shot from a half-mile away, and Green Berets train even more extensively than we did.)

My beret is Air Force blue.  The WWTN signal also reaches down to Arnold Air Force base, approximately 70 miles in the opposite direction as Fort Campbell.  In prior applications to host a talk show on WWTN, I've included the selling point that my military background would appeal to audiences at both installations.  Perhaps, after realizing that Michael DelGiorno has insulted the integrity of a former Green Beret (while simultaneously undermining his own credibility), the station might reconsider putting this former Blue Beret on the air.  (You can help that process along by e-mailing:  Charley.Connolly@cumulus.com, or by calling him at 615-321-1067.)  And, if WWTN asks nicely, there might be a way to simulcast my show on RBN to expand the audience.  (Perhaps, if the station asks very nicely, then John won't sue them for slandering his host and his network.)

This isn't the first time that DelGiorno has put his employer into jeopardy of a lawsuit.  He jeopardized his employer last week by insulting Faith Hill.  He did it two days ago by insulting RBN and John Moore.  And, the reason that Michael is in Nashville in the first place is because he jeopardized his former employer in Tulsa.  In short, it seems that Michael DelGiorno is a loose cannon with a short fuse and a growing credibility problem — much like host Kevin Miller that WWTN had to fire just before DelGiorno came to Nashville.  (And, less than a month ago, Miller jeopardized his new employer in Pittsburgh by "pretending" to have been "scolded" on-air for negative remarks about Barack Obama.)  Two years ago, when I was on the Republican ballot for the 5th Congressional District, Miller was also very rude to me on-air when I would call.  He seemed intent on discrediting me.  Did anyone pay Miller to undermine my campaign for Congress?  And, why would someone who claims to stand for certain staunch principles undermine a candidate that stands for the same things?

By contrast, my investigative work has been above reproach.  I have exposed political frauds, gone after corrupt officials (including a retired two-star general), found important evidence at a bombing scene, helped to unravel a cover-up that involved the FBI and the news media, and investigated aviation disasters.  When I still lived in Upstate NY, I organized that state's first anti-Hillary rally.  (In 2006, I did the same for Tennessee.)  Last year, I sued the governor of Tennessee.  I've gone after some powerful people, and I've never even been sued, much less had to forfeit a settlement.  (DelGiorno e-mailed me to say that my previous blog was "slander".  I replied that his wife is an attorney, and that if I had truly slandered him, then he would've threatened a lawsuit.  He didn't, and neither did any of the corrupt officials that I've confronted.  I back up what I say, and I don't suffer well with people that can't.)  I've interviewed country music stars, government officials, and TV producers without insulting any of them.  (And, I'm available immediately, in the event that WWTN finds itself in sudden need of a replacement talk-show host with experience.  As I said in my previous blog, I would start the job at half of the $150-K/year that a host in Michael's market situation typically makes, until I can prove my real worth.  Now, there is a truly conservative idea in this difficult economy.  Competition helps businesses, including talk-radio hosts, to improve.)

As an example of the declining quality of the program, here is a direct quote from one of Michael's disjointed e-mails to me.  "This may come as a surprise to you, but caller interaction is NOT the highest priority of mine, or most talk shows."  (That is an actual quote.  I have the e-mail.)  I'm sure that his operating philosophy would also come as a surprise to all those people on hold each day.  Hello?!  It's called "talk" radio.  (Perhaps we should start using the British name, "chat radio", which keeps the perspective that the talk is supposed to go in both directions.)

In short, I have much more credibility than the person that started a feud by attacking my credibility.  He doesn't look so good in the "mirror" of facts, truth, and logic.  Attacking my truth by telling lies and half-truths wasn't a very good idea on his part.  Diverting conservative voters by being a Relief Valve hurts, not helps, our society.

Here's another old saying that Michael DelGiorno should heed ... while he still has a job:  "When you're in a hole, stop digging."  Put another way, "When you're outgunned, disengage."  The reason I don't like fighting is because it's messy and painful ... for everyone involved.  But, that doesn't mean I won't fight when it's necessary, nor does it mean that I'm not good at it.  It just means that I don't go looking for a fight.  I've finished a lot more fights than I've started.  And, I didn't start this one.


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Friday, 14 November 2008, at 1254 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Conservatives should beware of political "Relief Valves"

Here is an example of media bias against conservatives.  But, the bias comes from a source that many conservatives overlook.  That would be a person that advertises himself as a conservative talk-radio host.  Yet, that person also tries to convince his listeners to ignore truly conservative choices.  For example, he told listeners to vote for phony conservative John McCain.  That would be like a fitness trainer telling his students to eat a "healthy" brand of doughnuts.

I refer to such Republican shills as "relief valves".

In the wake of the presidential election last week, many callers to various talk shows expressed their worry that we are indeed entering a political disaster "of Biblical proportions".  Given that I recently released a book that details that very thought, and which predicted (months in advance) that Obama would be elected (and that a comet would pass near Earth shortly after this year's Feast of Trumpets), it seemed like a good idea to call in to one of the local talk shows and mention my book.  This is especially true considering that the host has been supportive of some of my activism in the past, and that we have been on friendly terms for the most part.  That is, until I began steering people away from the Republican Party.

Yet, even I didn't expect what happened, or how it happened.

A little background is needed.  Whenever I call in to the Michael DelGiorno show, it is routine for me to be put on hold for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.  Yet, once on the air, my call-ins have mostly been positive exchanges.  (There was one very notable exception, a few months ago, when I expressed my desire for "equal time" to discuss the new America's Independent Party.  The host routinely interviews the chairmen of the state's Republican and Democratic Parties.  As the state AIP chairman, I asked for equal time.  DelGiorno was very rude to me that day, interrupting me more often that usual, and even trying to shout me down ("Don't push a pusher, 'cause I can push back!").  People even asked me later about his level of rudeness.  I wrote it off to the fact that he was taking strong cold medicine, and had made several out-of-character remarks on-air that day.)  As the months went on since his arrival in Nashville, though, DelGiorno began playing little electronic tricks on me.  While I would chat with him on-air, there would be very loud music playing in my telephone earpiece.  The music was distracting to me, but the radio listeners could not hear it.  Thus, it made me seem stupid.  Another trick was to do the inverse.  He would ring a little bell at certain points in our conversations.  I could not hear the bell through the phone, and my radio was turned down, but listeners could hear it.  (A friend told me about it, so I began wearing a headphone radio while talking on the phone.  I then chided Michael on-air for "ringing that tacky little bell".  Until the day that I called him on it, I was the only caller that he treated that way.  After I pointed it out, he gave a few other callers "equal time" with it.)  The bell gave an implication that, "This caller is a putz."  Despite all of that, I have been able to get a lot of good information out to the Nashville-area listening audience.  Examples include my lawsuit against TN Gov. Phil Bredesen, my creation of a group to stop student-upon-staff school violence, my research into the meaning of Obama's last name, and the significance of Obama's phony draft registration.  (All of those examples were "exclusives".)

But, then...

Last week, on the morning of Thursday, 06 November 2008, I was listening to the show.  So many callers brought up the topic of Obama potentially being The Antichrist, etc., that DelGiorno dropped all other topics and discussed that one.  (Most listeners admire him for discussing Christian topics on-air; but, there must be enough negative e-mail that station management gets after him about it.  So, some days it's OK to discuss the Bible, and other days it is not.  I strongly support discussing Bible topics.  My first talk-radio program was called "PR-Squared", because the main topics were "politics and religion".)  By the time I got on the air (after being on hold for a relatively short half-hour that time), it was almost time for the noon newsbreak.  (DelGiorno routinely bumps my calls to the end of the line, so that I won't have time to fully explain important details before an "automatic break" cuts me off.  It's one way to make sure that no caller sounds smarter than the host.)  On this occasion, however, he told me to call back at 1220, after Paul Harvey News, and we would discuss the book in more detail.

I did call back, on time, as instructed.  But...

During the extended newsbreak, host Michael DelGiorno had accomplished one of his stated goals since moving to Nashville in April of 2007.  He met music star Faith Hill, who was in the Cumulus Radio building for some other event.  (The facility is otherwise nicknamed "The Valentine Building")  In his typical boyish style, DelGiorno routinely goes ga-ga over Faith Hill on-air, and that day was the epitome.  But, to assuage his guilt for lusting after Faith Hill, he had to come up with something negative to say about her, so that he would not need to spend the night in the family doghouse.  So, he spent most of the next half-hour talking about how Faith Hill was wearing some perfume that smelled like the scented toilet paper often found in public restrooms.  I am not kidding!

Of course, during that time, I was still waiting to discuss Bible prophecy.

When I finally did get back on the air, he only gave me a few seconds to mention the topic of the book.  There was no mention of my last name, nor the title of the book, nor my Web site address, nor any other way to find the book; nothing.  After less than thirty seconds, he went to another caller.  The caller after that one got the "final say" for that day.  He opined that at least DelGiorno had not said that Faith Hill smelled like used toilet paper.  (Again, I am not kidding.  DelGiorno might need to worry about a libel lawsuit from Faith Hill, but I think that maybe he should worry even more about a couple of fists from her husband, music star and movie actor Tim McGraw.  After all, that caller must've told the call screener what he wanted to say, unless DelGiorno doesn't have control of his program.)

After the program, I e-mailed Michael and said that he should not waste my time jerking me around as he did.  If he wants me to discuss the book on his program (and, he said so on-air), then he should schedule me for a real segment, during which I could field questions from callers, just as he would for any other author.  Instead of responding on-topic, DelGiorno went into a diatribe in which he mocked my current lack of a job, mocked my vocal quality, and claimed that my calls are "divisive and distracting" (after telling listeners just a few days prior that I'm "skilled enough" to get my point across quickly and effectively before a newsbreak).  The bottom line of our several e-mails back and forth is that DelGiorno banned me as a caller or guest on his program.

In this tacky situation, there's a lesson for conservatives.

Beware of anyone — journalist, politician, party leader, or talk-radio host — that talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk.  That person is likely a Republican "relief valve".  The mission of a Relief Valve is to give true conservatives a means for venting their righteous anger, but without doing anything that would cause actual change in the overall situation.  So, for example, if a talk-radio host tells you that his program is popular with little children, and then three minutes later says, "I would give my left testicle to debate Barack Obama," then that person is likely a mere double-minded Relief Valve.  If a talk-radio host frequently tells listeners about how stable his marriage is (including details that most people would think are quite private), and then almost as frequently tells listeners about his lusts for a married celebrity, then that person is likely a Relief Valve (or, just plain insane).  If a person tells you that he really supports the views of Alan Keyes, but then repeatedly says "Keyes doesn't stand a chance", and tells listeners to vote for a RINO such as John McCain, then that person is likely a Relief Valve.  If a talk-radio host frequently touts his Christian faith, and frequently encourages listeners to "be aware of the times in which we live", but then actively prevents listeners from knowing anything about a book that says we are currently living in The Tribulation (with many facts to support that view), then that host is likely a Relief Valve.    If a talk-show host says that he would do any job to support his family, but has never done any job but radio, then that person is likely a Relief Valve.  (Especially if that host also makes fun of someone that actually has done a variety of unpleasant jobs to pay the bills, and simultaneously has done conservative activism without pay for many years.)

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Conservatives can do better than to put all their trust into some mere Relief Valve.  It's one thing to make those calls to talk-radio programs (and, those calls are important), but it's more necessary to back up those calls with real action.  An example of "real action" would be for conservatives (especially in Tennessee) to switch to America's Independent Party, instead of remaining stuck with either of the Big Two political parties that collude to diminish America's sovereignty and give illegal aliens a free ride on the backs of American workers.  Real action would be supporting a candidate that knows how to deliver fundamental changes, and has a track record to prove it, instead of supporting the choice of wealthy party insiders.  Real action would be filing lawsuits against elected officials that trample citizens, promote tyranny, and violate the Constitution.  But, sadly, all that most people do is call and vent their emotions to a handy Relief Valve.  And, that is all that the Big Two parties want you to do!

By the way, if a talk-show host tells listeners that he is a "trained professional", but then says on-air that Faith Hill smells like toilet paper, that host is simply proving his lack of professionalism.  In that particular case, it is the listeners that need relief.  When the local station dropped the G. Gordon Liddy show in favor of this guy, I worried that this day might come.  (In his tacky series of e-mails, which showed some disconnect from reality, DelGiorno mocked my talk-radio skills.  But, my last talk-radio program started on 19 stations, and quickly went to 51 stations nationwide.  How many stations has a DelGiorno program ever been on at one time?)

If you agree that Tom Kovach would make a much better talk-show host than Michael DelGiorno, then contact the new Program Director of WWTN-FM in Nashville at (615) 321-1067 and tell him so.  (If you prefer e-mail, his address is:  Charley.Connolly@cumulus.com.)  You can also tell him that, for the first three months, I'll work for half of what they're currently paying DelGiorno.  (I'd even consider hosting a mere one-hour "Nashville Nooner", if WWTN would bring back Gordon Liddy.)  That would be plenty of time for me to prove that I deserve a raise and a contract renewal.  It would also be plenty of time to show listeners how Nashville talk radio should sound.

Regardless of whether I get another talk-radio program, the big lesson here is that true conservatives — nationwide — need to focus their energies on making real changes, and should not dissipate that energy via some shill called a Relief Valve.

Spread the word, while you are still free.
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