Pres. Obama calls Off. Crowley to express regret over his earlier “stupidly” comments about Gates arrest

July 24, 2009

Pres. Obama throws out first pitch at All Star game

July 14, 2009

Click here for Pres. Obama throwing out the 1st pitch–a strike! Below is a video before the game, with the President talking about his strategy.

YouTube suspends the account of PS22 chorus — why?

July 11, 2009

News: I am sad to report that YouTube has suspended the account of PS22 chorus, the wonderful bunch of 5th graders from PS22 who inspired Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks, and other singers with their amazing renditions of the musicians’ own songs. The kids’ videos generated over 7 million views, and got the kids on Nightline, Good Morning America, and other national TV shows. Here is the link to the blog post from the teacher and music director Gregg Breinberg.

Analysis: Unbelievable. Is this suspension at YouTube’s own initiative? Or did one of the copyright holders complain? Usually, you can see a claim of copyright asserted, with the copyright holder’s name, for removed videos that received DMCA notices on YouTube. The teacher says that, being very “diplomatic” about the ordeal, the YouTube suspension was all a “mistake” by YouTube, but all of the old videos are lost (with their 7 million views count). The teacher is starting another YouTube channel. In any event, this is very sad. How can children learning how to sing well be a “terms of use” violation, YouTube?

UPDATE: SchoolTube, a different site for schools, has all of the videos — click here. Also, the teacher has started a new YouTube channel – click here. Here’s my favorite song, Landslide, the second one performed in front of Stevie Nicks:

Michael Jackson memorial: Brooke Shields

July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Mariah Carey

July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Al Sharpton

July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Jermaine Jackson

July 7, 2009