All WordPress sites Blocked (Censored) in Turkey thanks to Adnan Oktar.

censorship hereMost Americans cannot even imagine the US government granting requests from individual citizens to block “slanderous” blogs from public view in the US, and yet the Turkish government has granted just such a request this week, resulting in the whole sale censorship of every page hosted on WordPress’ blog-filled servers.

Click here to read Matt’s post tracking this development and to see many great responses from within Turkey where he says Turkish citizens had been reading wordpress sites to the tune of 12 million page views a month prior to the ban.

Yep, it’s true, Turkish book author Adnan Oktar, who writes under the pen name, Harun Yahya, had his lawyer write one whiney letter to the Turkish government stating that a few bloggers on wordpress were “slandering” him, and now each of the over 1.3 million bloggers who publish through wordpress can no longer be read in the entire country of Turkey. That is ridiculous.

Also, If you missed the link above, click here to read a highly entertaining, but very real letter from that Turkish book author’s lawyer.

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the CD!

CDHard to believe, but it has been 25 years since Sony and Phillips unveiled the world’s first optical disc. Here is a neat timeline describing the events that gave us the CD…

30 years since Elvis Presley, “the King of Rock and Roll,” passed away…Photo tour of Graceland in July 2007, free of charge.

This week is the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. Thought I’d post some pictures that Chris took when he, mom, dad and Marisel visited Graceland last month on their way home from coming to see us and the boy here in West Tennessee.

Elvis GraveElvis Piano Room GracelandAztec Calendar Junmp suit Elvis Graceland

Elvis Presley, pink caddy

Graceland Elvis' Home, July 2007

Elvis Presley, Gold Record wall

Elvis Presley Jesus Christ grave monument

David Lee Roth led Van Halen Tour Dates Announced for 2007!

I am not ashamed to admit that I am excited about this. I grew up playing my guitar everyday, pretending I was Eddie and David Lee Roth. I never thought we would see David Lee Roth perform with them again, that is what makes this so cool; Van Halen minus David Lee Roth was never REALLY Van Halen. It would be cool to get to see them live in concert at least once before I die and this may be my only chance. Unfortunately, the closest they are coming is St. Louis, MO on October 28. You can see the full tour schedule here, the tickets go on sale Saturday, August 18.