Between the hours of 7pm-midnight during the week you can hear the voice of Jackie over the airwaves at WGRD. She provides her listeners with the hard hitting rock that the station is known for. A recent graduate of Ferris State University, this inspiring powerhouse has not let anything hold her back from branching out into other outlets of media. An avid runner and pageant competitor, this girl is one to watch out for. When she’s not blessing her listeners with the rock gods of today, she can be found on television and taking part in photo shoots.
Currently Jackie has entered a contest to win an editorial with Teen Vogue. Contestants are asked to upload and submit a photo that expresses their own personal style. Teen Vogue will then post their top 10 finalists on September 12 2011 and then it will be up to the readers to decide on the winner. This is where you can help Jackie come one step closer to winning this contest. I will supply a link at the end of this post where you can go and vote. Simply register and comment on the photo. It’s as simple as that. The picture within this post is the one that was submitted to Teen Vogue and I must say that I dig it. In her own words Jackie explains,
“This is a very modern strapless dress. I describe it as a “punk princess” its adorned in zippers up and down the bodice of the dress, with a tulle underlay. The bowler hat tops it off for a fun 80’s punk princess look!”
Now let’s do our part by heading to Teen Vogue and vote for Jackie! From the airwaves, to television, to modeling and acting, this girl knows how to make things happen. She is truly a Jackie of all trades.
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good evening folks! It’s been some time since I’ve posted to The Creative Corner but earlier today I saw a link that led me to some excellent poetry. I was so moved by it that I felt it needed to be featured. The poetry comes from Lindsay Tuhacek, a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Exercise Science and an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation. She is a dedicated health and fitness advocator, writer, and mother of four. This talented woman does it all and from what I’ve read, her poems display a sense of honesty and sincerity that people can relate to. After reading her poem “I may”, off her blog “Raw Emotion Poetry”, I immediately felt the need to make contact with Lindsay to see if I could feature her work on the Creative Corner. I also wanted to ask what inspires her to write. In her own words;
“I got into poetry in high school as a way to release my frustrations and emotions, as I was never comfortable in seeking out others to confide in. I have a hard time expressing who I really am because I have always felt distant from everyone else. Poetry has allowed me to say what I need to say without speaking. It has allowed me to work through the anger, sadness, insecurities and hardships I faced when I was younger. My inspiration is mainly drawn from my personal life regarding, my emotions, my experiences and my feelings. Sometimes I draw inspiration from stories I hear, but mostly from my own. I am a very passionate person and have a calling to help people. I think poetry is a good way to reach and connect with those who can relate and need something to help them through their own experiences. I did not realize this until I started following Kirk Latimer of Kinetic Affect. They are absolutely amazing. I learned a lot about myself through the process.”
The work of Lindsay Tuhacek can be found on her blog, as mentioned above, at Raw Emotion Poetry. I will provide her poem “I may” below but you must read the rest of her work. So without further ado, I present to you, I may.
I may not be pretty
But I have a good heart
I may not be funny
But I love to laugh
I may not be smart
But I love to learn
I may not have the voice
But I love to sing
I may not have the moves
But I love to dance
I may look like I am happy
But I cry everyday
I may seem to be angry
But I am lonely instead
I may seem to be strong
But I am as weak as they come
I may appear independent
But I need you around
I may seem to be bulletproof
But I am covered in holes
So don’t judge the outside
It is only a shield
A place that protects
What I honestly feel
I’m not an open book
I have secrets I hide
And I wait for the one
Who will see me inside
Source: Raw Emotion Poetry
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Jabber Log has recently hit 9,909 views. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be doing this and that I’ve reached this number. I have shared stories that have made you laugh, reflect, and maybe even grossed you out a little. The main thing is that you were able to laugh and get a kick out of my hijinks. I thank you very much for reading and as I’ve said before, there is more to come. With that said, I have decided to add a blog roll to my blog. This will hold links to other blogs that I have come across on WordPress and the point is to help others by being seen on my blog. I feel that by doing this I can not only help others but help myself as well. I love writing and if it was up to me I would do it as a career but I’m not sure how to swing it just yet.
I have hit some milestones with Jabber Log and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was when I landed on the “Freshly Pressed” section of WordPress. My numbers exploded with the post, “Saturday Morning Cartoons…I miss you.” I was on the homepage of WordPress for about a day or so and the discussion between readers was excellent. It was amazing to read about others and their memories on something that I remember fondly. Next up in my line of milestones was getting the opportunity to design a banner for none other than Jackie, a beautiful and talented DJ with WGRD. She had seen my blog and dug my banner design and asked how I had done it. I jumped at the chance to explain and offered my services. We have kept in contact since then and I even featured her in a post titled, “A Jackie of all trades“. The next milestone involved a very talented, up and coming Country singer/song writer named Maddie Larkin. I was given the opportunity to type up a post featuring her and her debut album, “Letters From My Cold Heart“. I was more than honored to do this and the album is a must listen for fans of all music. If I had to choose one song to headline as the top single of her album I would choose, “Give it up”. My words cannot do the song enough justice so you will have to check it out for yourself. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
More opportunities are coming my way and I am enjoying every moment of it. I have some new ideas involving social experiments. I had a lot of fun doing them and I’m thinking about getting your ideas on what you would like to see from me or if you happen to do some, I can then post it on Jabber Log. There are more ideas being thrown around and as they come I will post them up. If you would like to be featured in a post please send an email to email@example.com and give me some information about yourself and why you would like a feature. You can spread the word on your new band, album, artwork, stories, events, or your personal blog. If you would like to be part of my blog roll let me know by email or comment here. We can help each other out with mutual adds and spread the word. Thank you very much to all those who have read and continue to read Jabber Log. Thank you very much to those I have featured and visit them by clicking their links below. Keep on reading and let’s “Come together…right now.”Post Views: 28
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Day in and day out we see news stories that reveal the inner workings of local government, small business owners, 9-1-1 calls, etc. The information given on news broadcasts can raise an eyebrow as to how it was obtained. So how do they get their information and are you, the general public, able to do the same? In most cases, the journalist working on the story has put in a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This is something that anyone can do. According to foia.gov,
“Enacted in 1966, and taking effect on July 5, 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.”
How does this work for 9-1-1?
Speaking with a Training Coordinator and 13 year 9-1-1 operator of a local dispatch center, she states that, “FOIA’s are the requests that dispatch can receive in writing from a person or attorney (in reference to) a case that was handled.” She goes on to say that 9-1-1 calls are involved in the process because the dispatch center answers the 9-1-1 or general calls that come into dispatch. Since 9-1-1 centers fall under local government they fit right into the Freedom of Information Act.
The FOIA process has been used many times to acquire calls and transcripts to make the public aware of incidents going on around them. For example, Charlie Butts of OneNewsNow.com reported on, “a pro-life activist group (that) confirmed a 17th medical emergency in less than a year at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.” This incident occurred in Indianapolis and Butts spoke to Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger, who told him that her organization was able to obtain transcripts of the 9-1-1 call through the Freedom of Information Act.
Butts of OneNewsNow.com reported on Sullenger as saying that, “Apparently in this particular abortion, a woman was involved in a second-trimester abortion in her 14th week of pregnancy,” she details. “And for some reason, the abortionist could not finish the procedure. She had to stop in the middle and call for help.” OneNewsNow.com reported further on what was revealed through the transcripts and 9-1-1 recording by quoting Sullenger as saying, “It appears that the caller, the employee at Planned Parenthood who called 9-1-1, was extremely evasive, did not want to give information,” Sullenger reports. “The dispatcher had to ask four different times what was wrong with the woman and why she needed an ambulance. — this actually delays emergency care, and the emergency responders cannot be prepared for what they’re going to find there.”
Can anything be obtained from a FOIA request?
In the example above, the person who submitted the FOIA request was able to get everything she needed, but not everything can be revealed through a FOIA request. Some items can be redacted from the file. A quick definition from Merriam-Webster defines redact as, “to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release.” The training coordinator says that, “items that can be redacted are the callers name, information, and Lein.” Lein in this statement refers to the callers name, address, and warrant check, license check, etc. “If a case is still open or pending investigation,“ says the training coordinator, “it is not FOIA’able until that case is closed by the agency.”
Being able to FOIA a record has done more than just release 9-1-1 calls. Below is an infographic on what being able to FOIA a record has done for us in the 46 years of its existence. For more information on 9-1-1 recordings, public records and the FOIA process for your state; you can go to the First Amendment Center. The site is a “compilation of state statutes and bills concerning public release of 911 emergency telephone recordings and transcripts.” If there is nothing listed for your state, you can also check out FOIA Advocates. This site can direct you to the public record laws of each state.Post Views: 12