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Will We Never See This Kind Of Dedication Again?

It’s one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.

They won’t believe this happened, but it DID. Harry & Bess(This seems unreal.)

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Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
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The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.
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When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.
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After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.
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When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”
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Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.” As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
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Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale (cf. Illinois).
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Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player  in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!
I say dig him up and clone him!
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If you agree, forward it. If you don’t, delete it. I don’t want to know one way or the other. By me forwarding it, you know how I feel.
Enjoy life now — it has an expiration date!
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PS. It’s interesting to note that Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Bob Menzies, could not afford to buy a house when he retired and some wealthy friends in Melbourne donated one to him where he lived until he died.

Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Bob Menzies

Take The Grand Tour on NBRN.FM With Charlie Today

Charlie Ray THE GRAND TOUR brought to you by American Bandstand Records

A brand new radio show has recently been added to WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio and can be heard at 7pm South African time Monday’s to Fridays. “American Bandstand Records” is the latest radio show created by Charlie Ray, and features such a great lineup of amazing songs that it is almost impossible not to tune in to listen to Charlie Ray’s one hour lineup of incredible music. This hit show can also be heard on The Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, NBRN.FM out if Nashville, Tennessee. It is difficult to say whether the show is more popular in South Africa, than in Nashville as Charlie’s show is gaining new listeners on every show that goes out on the air. If you have not taken the time to listen to Charlie Ray’s “American Bandstand Records Radio Show” you need to, even just once. That will be enough to get you hooked on his incredible show which is fast becoming a show not to be missed.

This weeks “Grand Tour” playlist for  October 13, 2012 on

The Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, NBRN.FM

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“Grand Tour” June Williams  Baltimore, Maryland

“Then I Found You”  Matt Alan, Texas

“Summer Sun” Bob Peck, Boston area

“Let’s Roll On” Jason Jernigan, North Carolina

“I’d Rather Go Blind” Clarence Carter, USA

“Get Over It” Brian Hughes, Dumbarton, Scotland

“My Eyes Are Green, Her Eyes Are Blue” Glenn Zippe, Iowa

“Keeping My Freedom”  Dave Spencer & Rick Renner  Co-writers  Paola, Kansas

“Till I Can’t Take It Anymore” Billy Joe Royal, USA

“Where’s A Train” Michael Gracy, Oklahoma

“Stronger ” Michael Upton, Florida

“Opry Built Of Gold” Gary Jennings, up state New York

“Scatman’s World” Scatman John

“Exotic Business”  Ian Raven   Florida

“Wine Into Water” T Graham Brown,USA

“Maybe Tomorrow I’ll Know” Irish Fenton,Wisconsin USA

“Hit The Bricks” Bugs Henderson,Texas

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If you missed Charlie’s Grand Tour show on the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network NBRN.FM you can still hear the shows repeated everyday at 7pm South African Time on WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio

Country Fans Angry With Billboard’s New Chart

Country fans angry with Billboard’s new chart computing methodology have begun an online petition to convince the publication to change its mind. A post at Change.org argues that the changes announced this week favor artists with crossover success (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum), while making it even more difficult to break a new artist.

Billboard announced that starting Thursday (Oct. 11), its country airplay charts would no longer be based solely on country radio airplay (R&B/Hip-hop and Latin music charts were also affected). Instead, the chart would include airplay on other formats, as well as streaming sites like Spotify, plus digital sales data in determining the rankings.

For those who don’t quite understand how the country singles charts work (or used to work, in the case of Billboard), this article explains it fairly well. The effects of the changes were immediate. Swift, who has been releasing new songs leading up to the release of her new album, now has the No. 1 and No. 2 song in country music with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘Red’ respectively. The latter has not been released to radio.

Jason Scott’s online petition quotes an opinion piece written by Kevin John Coyne at Country Universe. His argument against the changes reflects what many country fans who oppose the move believe:

“Despite all the new methods of delivery, country music’s primary method of distribution remains the radio. It may be the only thing left that is identifiably “country” in mainstream music. The vast majority of country artists do not pursue the pop market in lieu of the country market. At most, they pursue pop as well as country, but usually wait until the song’s a hit at their home format first.”

Bill Werde, the Editorial Director at Billboard, addressed some of the criticism on Thursday, saying the new methodology reflects the modern music model more accurately:

“Basing the primary chart on radio play only feels out of touch with what’s actually happening with music. The fans have no direct voice with radio. It’s a push format — someone else decides what you’re going to listen to, and with what frequency. Are those of you upset about this rule change suggesting that what fans are streaming on Spotify or buying at iTunes shouldn’t count? Fans have the power today — more than they have ever had in the history of the recorded music business — and these chart changes honor that reality, above all else.”

The petition had 62 supporters as of 4:30PM ET on Friday (Oct. 12). It says it needs 38 more, although it’s not clear what will happen when it gets 100 supporters. There is no indication from Billboard that another change is being considered or will be considered despite the protest.

View the full Billboard country chart here and the Mediabase chart (the other major chart service, one which relies solely on country radio airplay) here.

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