Friday, December 01, 2017
The Chicago Writer's Association just announced the winners of this year Book of the Year, and for the second year in a row, the winner is an Eckhartz Press book. (For Indie Fiction)
Congrats to M.L. Collins and her book "Out the Door!"
The other winners were Christine Sneed (traditional fiction), Mary Wisniewski (traditional non-fiction), and Nadine Kenney Johnstone (indie non-fiction)
Wonder if Hillary will bring a crowd over to his sentencing hearing to cheer "Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!"
Rasmussen (a conservative polling organization) followed their leaders wishes. Guess who won the fake news trophy?
Fox News. By a landslide.
That made my day.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
In 1999, Florida Hicks (Orozco) started her career in production, by being one of the best crew members I could ask for. Please watch this video of a few times we captured Florida on tape, before and after our live broadcasts.
There are links on the YouTube page of recent video, and Florida's story.
This Friday night, I hope that you can join me. I, along with other current and past members, plan to attend the media event, to support Florida. If you can not attend, I hope that you can please join her group "Flo Fighters" and help a lifetime Hippo member. Please share.
With Alan Cromwell, owner/mgr of Blue Island Beer Co., 13357 Olde Western Ave. On Sunday, 12/10 from 3-5 PM I’ll be there selling &signing my book. Come out! Photo by brewmaster Bryan Shimkos. pic.twitter.com/w9Usl18NBe— Robert Skafish (@BobbySkafish) November 29, 2017
I'll be coming there from Elmhurst, because another Eckhartz Press author has an event there that day, at the Disco Demolition exhibit...
Unfortunately for him, he did it on the day Matt Lauer was fired and President Trump re-tweeted bogus videos.
Eckhartz Press author Brent Petersen did a nice write up about the story, if you want more info. It does eerily parallel a part of his great novel "Truffle Hunt".
While you're on Brent's site, check out the short story he wrote.
Here's a little primer for you from mlb.com...
"He looks like a movie star," Whiting said. "And he's the modern-day version of Frank Merriwell, a fictional character from comics of the 1920s and '30s -- the guy who's the All-Star athlete, he's really clean-cut, helping neighbors, helping the old lady with her groceries, just being an all-around great guy to everybody."
And it's not an act. By all accounts, Ohtani has long been respectful with media, even though he's been swamped by coverage for the last five years, and his No. 11 jerseys and billboards featuring his face are seen all over Japan.
Ohtani lives in the Nippon-Ham dormitories so he can be closer to the training facilities -- he is diligent about exercise and a student of nutrition -- and more immersed in being all about baseball all the time. He doesn't go out on the town with teammates, hasn't shown a desire to put the dating scene above his athletic preparation, studies English and smiles a lot.
"He knows how it all works," Lefton said. "When you're trying to do something, but you haven't done it yet, instead of talking yourself up, you let the success come first."
He throws the ball 100 miles an hour as a pitcher, and he's a slugger/outfielder too. Where do we sign?
“I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,” he told the Star Tribune by e-mail minutes after MPR’s statement. “I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called. “It’s astonishing that 50 years of hard work can be trashed in a morning by an accusation,” he said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening. “I always believed in hard work and now it feels sort of meaningless. Only a friend can hurt you this badly. I think I have to leave the country in order to walk around in public and not feel accusing glances.”
The other case seems a bit more traditional. CNN producer Teddy Davis...
State of the Union senior producer Teddy Davis was fired by the network today for his behavior in the workplace. No accusations of physical assault have been made against Davis, but an internal investigation concluded that his behavior was making multiple colleagues feel uncomfortable, enough for the network to sever ties with the producer. Said a CNN spokesperson: “A comprehensive investigation was conducted as soon as this matter was brought to our attention. The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN and Mr. Davis is no longer with the company.”
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
She responded forcefully with this letter, and you can bet she will now be appearing in ads against him.
Alabama, wake up. Roy Moore, shut up.
Matt Lauer was fired today for inappropriate sexual behavior. They announced it on the show. It was the first official complaint against him, but it must have been a doozy.
The Washington Post has the details that are known at this time.
UPDATE: Variety has the story. It's pretty bad. By the way, I had a boss once that also had the door closing button under his desk. Never considered this possible use for it.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Here's the description of the event on their webpage:
Music fans spanning generations are invited to discover favorite artists anew in former Old Town School student, Bill Paige’s Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars, on Eckhartz Press. Join Paige for this special book signing and discussion!
Mark is signing off soon as the anchor of the Channel 9 News. He is one of the good guys. I got to know him a bit through mutual friends (and interviewed him a few times too, including here). He'll be missed in the Chicago media community.
Song Of The Year: "Despacito" -- Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters, "4:44" -- Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters, "Issues" -- Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters, "1-800-273-8255" -- Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters, "That's What I Like" -- Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters
Album Of The Year: Awaken, My Love! -- Childish Gambino • 4:44 -- JAY-Z • DAMN. -- Kendrick Lamar • Melodrama -- Lorde • 24K Magic -- Bruno Mars
The complete list of nominees in all 84 categories is now posted online at Grammy.com,
How unethical is this group of conservative dirty tricksters? They just got caught faking a sexual assault victim of Roy Moore and trying to pass her off on the Washington Post. It didn't work. The Washington Post didn't fall for it.
I know that the mainstream press isn't trusted these days. The president spends his time calling real news outlets "Fake News" while promoting news outlets like Fox News and InfoWars.
But even if you're conservative, and you think the mainstream press has a liberal lean, you must admit that there's no comparison between the two types of news.
One side's "journalists" (yes the Veritas scumbags call themselves that) are openly, actively faking news. They are hailed as heroes by the conservative press. That same conservative press reports conspiracy theories as news (Obama born in Kenya, Seth Rich is the real hacker, Hillary is running a child sex ring out of a pizza joint), while downplaying actual news that doesn't reflect well on their side--like I don't know, over 50 contacts with the Russians during the campaign.
Bret Baier, one of the only respected journalists at Fox News, reported that Hillary was about to be indicted by the FBI in the days before the election (Complete fantasy). If a reporter for a legitimate news organization did that (like Dan Rather who got fired by CBS for an incorrect report about Bush, or the CNN team who got a report wrong this year and were immediately fired), his career would be over. At Fox News, he gets awards for reporting.
Tell me again which one is fake news?
By the way, I like this framing of the story...
2017: today we learned a woman pretended to be a rape victim in an effort to discredit real rape victims to help a child molester become a senator, and it wasn't even the biggest political scandal of the day— Retired Zoologist (@SortaBad) November 28, 2017
Hollywood appears to be taking this sexual harassment thing seriously. Let's see if Washington follows their lead.
“Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf,” the unspecified damages seeking 11-page complaint that names Weinstein, along with his brother Bob Weinstein and the struggling Weinstein Company states (read it here). “Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce, knowingly recruiting or enticing Kadian offering her something of value, knowing that he would use this offer as a means to defraud, force or coerce her into a sexual encounter, the complaint adds. “Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts.”
Monday, November 27, 2017
I didn't even realize there were now 14 teams in the Big 10.
The NBA has been dead to me for years (since 1998, when Jordan retired). The NFL and college athletics are also dead to me. All I have left is baseball, hockey, and soccer.
Call of Duty is far and away one of, if not the biggest and most well known video game franchises to ever exist. It has a global reach with millions of players, a marketing budget akin to that of a major summer blockbuster, and it usually packs some star power with recognizable celebrities starring in the game's campaign and zombies mode.The Call of Duty people are still fighting it, so for now, we don't know if the Call of DooDee people will get to keep that name. I know who I'm rooting for.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that Call of Duty publisher Activision is less than happy that a dog poop cleaning service is somewhat mocking their flagship series. Over the summer, an Illinois citizen filed a trademark for their new dog waste removal service known as "Call of DooDee".
It was the top trending hashtag on Twitter all weekend.
Pai and Trump have made themselves the enemy of the young https://t.co/ErTZzGFw5J— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) November 22, 2017
News came out that the FCC's public comment section about this subject, which is supposedly taken into consideration by the FCC when making a decision like this, was heavily compromised by bots.
My office analyzed the public comments submitted to the @FCC about #netneutrality—and found that 100,000s of Americans were likely impersonated to drown out the views of real people and businesses. This was akin to identity theft on a massive scale: https://t.co/xxFjSgoqVP— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) November 21, 2017
Democrats in Congress are finally taking note of these developments and are making some noise. Maybe it's not too late to stop it after all...
FCC wants to repeal net neutrality rules that protect our free & open internet. We want 250,000 names to oppose it. https://t.co/iWA483dQlS— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 24, 2017
It's still a long-shot, but its definitely worth doing, if for no other reason than to shame them and expose them for this nakedly corrupt move.
It should matter that nobody wants this.