Monday, June 17, 2019

Random Work - photographer for hire

When not working behind the scenes, producing and directing video streaming for the local activities (and some professional sports talk), news and other events still need to be covered. Freelance coverage can fill in where other outlets are stretched thin, whether simple photography work or providing video of all the action. And everyone enjoys pictures of their special events, whether a graduation or other occasions.

Here are a few shots from a recent wedding and graduations in the area. If you have a need for photo or video coverage of that special celebration, let KW3HD Productions make it happen. Contact us today for your free quote.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Consider This – We Still Don’t Know

It has been three weeks since the Mueller Report, and subsequent Barr Summary, were announced and released (respectively). For all of the talk online and on the airwaves, we still don’t truly know what the Report contained, and Barr – along with so many close to Trump – are playing everything close to the chest. Congress put forth a resolution for the full report to be released by April 2nd– a time which came and went without a peep from the Attorney General or Justice Department – and Barr still refuses to release the report.

Although recently, Barr did express that once the full report has been redacted, it will be released to the public. This means Barr – with unknown input from unknown sources – will be drawing lines through various sections to “declassify” the report, hiding certain segments which might be sensitive material. Information which might relate to ongoing investigations (of which there are many others which were initiated based upon early findings of the Special Counsel investigation process). Other line-outs will be to protect the innocent (supposedly), or other names which are not under investigation, presumably to protect against alleged repercussions those people might face. There is just so much to question still, and Barr is taking a longer time than many believe necessary in order to release the Report.

Pundits and other talking-heads still talk about this report, often providing opinion about the findings based upon rumor and conjecture – most of which stems from what others are talking about in their own opinion. While some of the supporting investigators from the Special Counsel’s staff have started to speak out about their duties while serving in that group, no one has specifically said anything which will be found in the report. However, there are certainly disagreements between these underlings’ statements so far, and the four-page Summary which is the only official document released so far.

Consider This – we still don’t know anything.

Until Barr releases the report – even in a redacted version – no one can say “THIS is what is on the report.” Conjecture and supposition fill the void for now, but The People, through our properly elected officials, have demanded the release of this report. Barr tries to go against precedent, through the delays and censoring of the report, but this will not deter those who demand the Truth and will not accept the lies and deceptions which are continually presented by the current administration. 

We are tired of the vitriol. Tired of the prevarication, the prejudice, the political maneuverings which have attempted to divide this country. We are a union of states, a union of The People, and we cannot sit idly by and let a select few try to foment discontent between Us. Between 2016 and now, the country has seen an exponential increase in hate-related incidents, some of which have originated with statements from the top levels of our own government. The lack of transparency with the Mueller Report just fuels the fires of discontent and distrust in the federal government, and the administration tries to redirect this by attacking others – including elected representatives within the Legislature. 

It is time – it is WAY PAST time – to release the full Report, and let The People decide how they want their country to be run; the 2018 mid-term elections are a good indicator as to the change in that direction, away from hate and towards hope.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Random Work

On top of the livestream video work I do, there is occasion to fill in on news and other duties with the radio station. Companies will sometimes pay to advertise and include a PSA message in their copy, and I will grab these readers to mix up the voices otherwise used; often the advertisers request our station manager - the Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese.

Here is just a sampling of a few of these ads:

Missing Children:  1127

Child Safety - Drive Safe: 1033

Toys for Tots:  0902

Honor Vets - Blood Drive:  0799  0800

Voiceover work is simple, for the most part, but combining it with background noises or music, timing out to meet the 30-second limitation for most commercials, and sometimes squeezing more into that brief moment than might otherwise be possible makes this a fun challenge.

Just thought I'd share the randomness.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Consider This – the Barr Summary

Last week the nation was abuzz with speculation and supposition about the 22-month investigation which Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department – a reportedly 300-plus page report detailing the findings. After barely two days, Attorney General William Barr proffered a four-page summary of the report, which prompted Trump to decry the whole process (once again) as nothing but a “witch hunt” and claiming full vindication and exoneration of any charges of collusion, conspiracy, or obstruction. 

Since the submission of the report to the Attorney General’s office, there have been rumors and speculation as to the actual contents of those results, with demands by Congress and the Senate originally wanting the full report to be released (and subsequently the Senate has backed off of the request, while the Democratic-held Congress is still wanting to see every page). Congress gave Barr the deadline of April 2ndto release the report, but Barr has stalled, saying the report will need to be reviewed and redacted before anything can be released to the public.

Barr’s appointment came quickly after the resignation of the prior AG, Jeff Sessions. As with nearly all things relating to the Trump regime, rumors about Sessions’ departure range from voluntary to forced out by Trump just after the mid-term elections. Barr comes in as an experienced Attorney General, having held the post in 1991-1993 under George H.W. Bush and into the start of the Clinton tenure. At the start of the Trump presidency, Barr had written op-ed articles which were against the investigation into possible collusion and other criminal activities by Trump, his family and followers. Just prior to taking over as AG, Barr expressed a desire to maintain transparency of the report’s findings – but has since been slow in the execution of this transparency.

Consider this – where can we go from here?

While Mueller did not find substantial evidence of conspiracy or collusion, his report – according to the Barr Summary – does not exonerate Trump or his entourage of obstruction of justice. There could very well be evidence which might indicate attempts of this charge, but Mueller perhaps did not feel there was enough to formally charge anyone at the time of the submission, instead (presumably) he left this decision for the AG and Congress.

We can’t really go anywhere yet. While AG Barr claims the report basically clears Trump, even his summary leaves enough questions that demand answers. With his stalling to release any of the details Congress (and the People) are demanding, it only raises more questions – what is going to be redacted as judicially classified or sensitive? What evidence did Mueller uncover about anyone related to the Trump campaign or consequent executive branch members? 

So what can we do? Keep pressuring our elected representatives, maintain the protests on social media, and be as patient as possible. We doknow that the Russians attempted to interfere with the elections – that has been confirmed by our Intelligence agencies. 
Can our legislatures get back to their job of running the country? We can only hope. There is still the question of healthcare, and the Green New Deal program the incoming Dems have established as their current game plan. Trump has been against any eco-friendly programs, rolling back a lot of regulations and other systems promoting alternative energy and other clean- or reusable-energy programs. And there is still the ongoing question of updated gun laws and other prevention measures. The list goes on, and much of it will not be addressed any time soon.

But we need to keep active in local and national-level government. Make sure our voices are heard, engage in civil discourse to share ideas and hope that solutions can be resolved to truly make America a better place.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Consider This – international tragedy and unity

Senseless. Barbaric. Tragic. The news is still raw with the latest mass murders, 49 people killed and at least 20 injured in what appears to be coordinated attacks at two mosques. The leader is a male in his late 20s, along with at least two others being held by local authorities. An 89-page manifesto was left via a social media account just prior to the attacks, and it reads like an amalgamation of the language similar to words used by the Islamic State and al Qaeda, heavily biased anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Such attacks are nearly commonplace in the United States, sad to say; perhaps not every week, or even every month, but there have been enough in the past year that this news is almost expected to come from this country.

Unfortunately, this happened in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The last time such a travesty happened in that country, thirteen people were killed by a single man on a shooting rampage in late 1990. That crime was not attributed to any xenophobia at the time, but New Zealand did tighten its gun laws. By comparison, that was a minor incident with nearly four times the victims, and the incidental evidence to go along with the suspect in this latest atrocity. Reports from New Zealand discuss the detailed planning of the attacks. Four people were initially arrested, with at least one confirmed to be an Australian citizen, and witnesses saying one of their attackers wore some kind of uniform.

Social media was certainly abuzz during and after the attacks, with one of the gunmen livestreaming their actions – this video has since been pulled by the social media websites, and authorities request no one share any copies they might have downloaded. In the aftermath, politicians and celebrities have condemned the actions of the perpetrators and sent condolences to those affected. This is as per usual, the people of the world unite in mourning and condemnation for a time, and then things go back to normal for most of the masses.

This is not the first international attack targeting immigrants – especially Muslims. The anti-Islamic sentiment in the latest manifesto is becoming less of a fringe and more common than most want to admit. In the last three years, hate crimes and extremist protests are on the rise, and while official word from the White House sends condolences to the families, it has not specifically condemned the actions of the New Zealand attackers. Conservatism, nationalism at an increasing rate, along with more pressure towards isolationism in countries all over the world – all this is contributing to the increasing hatred and xenophobic nature of many current events nationally and internationally. “Brexit”, “America First”, “MAGA”, to name a few, are the catch phrases, the banners which some use to justify the actions taken by what many used to consider fringe groups – those who now can walk openly and defy common civility.

Consider This – it is time for an attitude adjustment.

This global trend of turning within is the wrong direction. The polarization of the people is coming to a head, with the isolationism battling against inclusion. We see the bumper stickers and social media memes about sharing the world, “COEXIST” in the different religious symbols. THIS is the direction we should be going, embracing our differences and try to understand the other point of view, the other side of the coin. Too often the apparent conflict, the competition is between each other, when it should be considered a competition within ourselves. After a tragedy – whether natural or man-made – there is a brief unification of the nations of the world. Instead of letting it fade, we need to embrace this unification and make a change in attitude. We can’t let differences define our existence, or our relationships between people or nations. We share this world, and need to learn how to coexist in nurturing, harmonic unity.

If we look at our own nation, the nationalist trend which started when Trump took office is seeing the backlash of the progressive, liberal movement which started in that same election cycle. Many believe if the Democrats had chosen Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton, the election results would have been different, and the path our nation is one would have been different as well. But it isn’t too late to take a serious look at where we are as a nation, and determine where we want to be as participants in the future society of the world.

Coexist. Love, not hate.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Consider This – Congressional Investigations and the Art of the Deal

This was a week of wagging the dog. At least two major political issues took over much of the news – the visit of Trump to Vietnam where he met with Kim Jong Un of North Korea with the intent to continue talks of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the testimony of Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen in front of the House Oversight Committee. Other items which had slightly less notice include the passing of a new firearms statute which closes loopholes regarding clearances prior to purchase and ownership of guns.

But the two biggest news items being the failure to make a deal with North Korea and the arguable success (or failure) of the testimony of a convicted liar. We can thank the major media outlets for this – news judgement comes from the different networks through discussion and decision by executive producers, news directors, and assignment editors, and it is these people who decide what the American people need to know today.

Even those of us writing a simple blog for commentary and opinion will write what we want, and pray that you, the reader, agree with our topic of choice… but I digress.

This is about the art of the (no) deal, and the veracity of a testimony.

Today we find Trump on his way back to the Whitehouse without any agreement – in fact, he is farther from any deal now than he purported to be after his first meeting last year with Kim Jong Un. There will be no stand-down or dismantling of the North Korean nuclear weapons program. And even the simplest of questions regarding the late Otto Warmbier’s treatment after his extended detention by North Korea. Warmbier had been touring that country and was convicted of theft in 2016, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, then sent to the North Korean labor camps. For over a year, he had no contact with the outside world; if it weren’t for  U.S. State Department efforts to have him released and sent back to the states, he might have died over there. As it was, he came home in a coma and never recovered, passing away in 2017.

But Trump believes the claims of Kim Jong Un, that he had no knowledge of this issue or the treatment of an American citizen in his country’s prisons.

Meanwhile, back at the capitol, Trump’s former “yes man” Michael Cohen was coming clean before the representatives of the House Oversight Committee. Cohen spent a decade working as one of Trump’s attorneys, first as a private sector, real estate and contract lawyer, and then as Trump’s “fixer” during the campaign for President. Cohen admitted to being tasked with the verbal strong-arm tactics to keep potentially harmful information being leaked to the public – whether it was college transcripts and test scores or tell-all stories from one of Trump’s (alleged) many mistresses. Cohen was instrumental in the $130,000 payout to Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) to prevent her story from being released prior to the 2016 election. During the public hearings on Wednesday, Cohen produced evidence of Trump’s involvement, including a copy of one of the checks Trump personally wrote to Cohen to reimburse the money paid out from Cohen’s personal accounts.

While the Democratic party as a whole might have an agenda to get back at Trump for costing their precious Hillary the election, this was not made obvious in the questioning during the broadcasted hearing. For the Republicans on the committee, however, they only attempted to undermine Cohen as a viable witness, and the underlying tone of their agenda was less in defending Trump (no one came out and openly spoke on behalf of him), and more an attempt to discredit Cohen’s veracity. Those who still support Trump consider this hearing just another extension of what Trump continues to call a witch hunt, and a failure by the Justice Department and the House Oversight Committee.

Consider This:

Cohen has nothing to lose by his testimony. He was already proven to have lied, this is true, and he is now disbarred and convicted of crimes for which he will spend a number of years behind bars to atone. However, by admitting the truth of his participation in the various questionable activities of the Trump family and Donald Trump himself, he can be remembered for coming forward when everyone else would not. His testimony provides much “food for thought” for The People, as well as potential evidence and other details which could bring further scrutiny into the Trump’s business dealings before and after “the Donald” took over the Oval Office. The questioning about various actions by Cohen on behalf of Trump, as well as those activities which Cohen witnessed Trump doing, goes a long way to establish the pattern of his behavior, and speaks to the integrity of Trump in all of his dealings in and out of the presidency.

Trump’s failed negotiations (even though he calls himself the “Great Negotiator”) tied with the admission by Cohen to the many shady business deals completed on behalf of Trump, speaks volumes to the lack of character, veracity, and qualification as a respected and respectable leader and international representative of The People and Our country. While this hearing is only the beginning, it should make people truly think about what is going on, and question everything themselves.

It is time for The People to act and take back this nation from the big business, corporate moguls. To truly make America great again, the People must be represented in a responsible manner by those elected to represent us, at ALL levels of the government – legislative and executive branches.

Random Work - photographer for hire

When not working behind the scenes, producing and directing video streaming for the local activities (and some professional sports talk), ne...