A Wayne Hamilton’s Letter Of Apology

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**—For those who are not Fresno Musicians… This is a meaningless post that will make no sense.

Go read something else! 🙂 **


Here is Wayne’s letter, in its entirety.

To the Fresno Music community:

I understand that there are questions and doubts concerning my issued apology. I would like to say something, so that there is no guessing my sincerity about this affair.

I will say three things: first, I realize that I am still pretty new on the Music Scene in Fresno. I don’t know all the rules, and I am trying to learn. When I make a deliberate mistake, I do own up to it. Apparently, there were some things I did wrong, and I didn’t know it. For my naivete, I apologize. When I am asked about my band, I assume that it’s because someone wants to know. I honestly never thought that it would be construed as trying to “out” someone else’s band. For that, I also apologize.

Secondly, I wish to formally apologize to those who were affected by this debacle. Marie & Fresno Undercover: I am truly sorry about this misunderstanding. Never at any time did I try to do or say anything to deliberately impugn or demean your band. I don’t know you, so I have no frame of reference to say anything. What I saw of your show was good. I did not mean to show up when you were playing; I had no prior knowledge. I wish no ill of any of those in Fresno Undercover. I am sorry that is what came across. One point I wish to make clear, if I may- I have never out-and-out called anyone’s band “crap” or any other derogatory phrases. It is not in my character to do that.

Vince & Rockville- I am sorry that you also took my actions that way. I don’t know what all has been said, since I can’t access those posts. I will say that from what I have heard, I have been painted out to be someone other than who I am. Again, I remind you that I am new to the scene, and I am still learning how the game is played here. I am someone who will ask the source, rather than jump the shark. I am learning that this isn’t always the case. So again, I apologize. I also feel that your show was a good one, what I saw of it.

To my bandmates- I am sorry that you were caught up in the backlash of this. The people who answered the call, when I first sounded it, are a marvelous bunch of musicians. Each of them have shown me the quality of their character, and their musicianship. They have each responded to this in the manner they thought was best. I can’t fault them for that. I have stated that after the performances this week, I will accede to the decision that I leave the band. It is not my choice, but I do so, hoping for the best. Keep up the great work, guys.

Finally, I understand that some of you have found me to be arrogant. I wish to emphasize that I am not an arrogant person, by nature. I have been involved with music, in one form or another, for 33 yrs. (I started when I was very young). Many have noted my enthusiasm for music performance, and it has been mistaken for arrogance, at times. This is not intentional. Someone once described my attitude for music as being “a kid in a candy store”. I can agree with this analogy, and I sometimes stumble a bit, in my eagerness to do what I have essentially been trained for from my beginnings: to entertain the masses, alongside people of similar spirits. Isn’t that why we got into the business in the first place?

I hope that you will be able to see this, and understand me a little better. I really do love the Music Business, with everything I have. And I respect those in it.

A Wayne Hamilton.

Dishonest Journalism – And Fact Check FAIL ( by me)

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So, I woke up this morning, and while I was scanning the news, I saw this headline.

CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs

I scanned the short piece, and applied the usual safeguards: the meat of the article seemed plausible, there was a link to the CBO report, and the link actually took you to where you needed to be. So I posted it on Facebook, under the tagline “Obamacare much more expensive than advertised…. Told ya so.” But, in my rush to confirm my personal bias against the Obama Pelosi health care law (it’s not going to do what it claims, and will only make things more expensive) , I skipped a step – I didn’t actually read the CBO report.

I mean, the writer at the Examiner wouldn’t provide false info and numbers if he linked to the actual CBO report… Right????

The answer to that is, sadly, yes.

A Facebook friends promptly notified me of another article from The Hill, stating that the CBO estimates the cost to be about $1.1 trillion. (my fingers keep typing “extimate” for some reason) My first thought was that the article must be a year old. But nope. it’s from this week. And the link to the CBO Report is the same one from the Examiner.

So now I thinking “What The Math?????“.

As is usual, the truth is in the middle. The Hill fails to mention that the actual cost IS about $120 billion above the original projection when it passed. So the cost is rising. BUT, the Examiner does worse by not only jumping ahead a year to the period of 2013 to 2022, which isn’t mentioned in the report. The CBO estimates are from 2012 to 2021. Worse still, the writer of the Examiner piece adds all sorts of fiscal conditionals not even covered in the report that are not included in the CBO report.

Though it is true that, as each years passes, the cost of the ADA will increase because more expenses are added into the CBO ten year estimate as the Obamacare kick-off year 2016 gets closer and closer, the $1.76 trillion number does not appear anywhere in the CBO report, and neither does the 2013 to 2022 estimate.

This is dishonest reporting. The writer of the Examiner article has posted a follow-up, explaining how he got the figures he did. But it still isn’t CBO based and pulls lots of assumptions out of a hat. So FAIL # 2.

I have been burned by the Examiner before, and I shouldn’t have let my guard down. I was going to delete the Facebook post, but I need it out in the world as a reminder that I sometimes bite on things before putting in the proper leg work, and as a reminder that can’t let my guard down. I got burned, and I deserved it.

And yes, I did manage to throw an Adventure Time With Finn And Jake reference AND a Split Enz / Tim Finn , Neil Finn video into a post about crappy journalism. Finn’s Everywhere!!!!

Yes, I’m just that good!


Note:  I did have to delete the original post after all. I started getting too many likes, and was afraid that no one was reading my mia-culpa and take-down of the original article.