Friday, January 12, 2018
Here's his facebook post about his work of art: I did buy weareallshitholers.com. Not sure what the hell I'm going to do with it, 'tho. I'll probably do what I always do and get real excited for a couple of hours, have lunch and forget about it.
I was just discussing this the other night with my boys who were wondering why I wasn't into superhero movies. I used to be. I think the turning point for me was when they lost that twinkle in the eye. When the Dark Knight actually got dark. I know it was more in line with the comic books, but I was never a comic book guy. I was a comedy guy...even as a very young boy.
Anyway, happy anniversary to the original Batman television show, which debuted on this day in 1966.
“The president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.”
Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Paul G. Altidor
"They say ignorance is bliss. Trump must be very happy."
--Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Washington Post
"The fight for America’s future has begun, and the time for rationalizing Trump’s aberrant behavior is long past."
--Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman, MSNBC morning co-host
"These comments are further proof that his Make America Great Again Agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda.”
--Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus
"The president's comments were unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.”
--Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah)
“Oh, my God. Oh, my God Jesus. I don’t know how much worse it can get.”
--Alix Desulme, a city council member in North Miami, home to thousands of Haitian Americans
“This is like throwing gasoline to the fire. It’s not consistent with what the behavior of a president should be.”
--Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
"We’ve been cautious — with reason — when it comes to accusations of racism and white nationalism. But can we now finally admit that our president is a white supremacist and move on? We’ve wallowed in this excrement long enough."
--Christine Emba, opinion columnist and editor, Washington Post
"This is straight up racist"
--Daily Beast editor in chief Jon Avlon.
"If you laughed, or if you smiled, or if you nodded your head in agreement, you will be remembered just as Trump will: as a racist, a fool and an absolute embarrassment."
--Rex Hupke, Chicago Tribune columnist
"Lady Liberty, our founding fathers, and generations of right-thinking Americans are all weeping tonight over the atrocious comments attributed to Donald Trump, who continues to demonstrate daily that he is a deeply flawed person."
--Former CIA Director John Brennan
"The definition of a racist — the textbook definition, as Paul Ryan might say — is someone who treats some people better than others because of their race. Trump fits that definition many times over:"
--David Leonhardt, columnist New York Times
“I’ve known him for 30 years. I know him well and like him and admire him, but this is a new low. The language, the racial implications are reprehensible and he deserves the criticism he’s going to get.”
--Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano
“He’s trying to win me back.”
--Conservative author Ann Coulter
"El Salvador is, in fact, a 'shithole.'"
--Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson
"This is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar. This is how Trump relates to people.”
--Fox News commentator Jesse Waters
Seriously, those last three are real. Flat out defending racism.
The last word goes to the Pope...
If we fail to suffer with those who suffer, even those of different religions, languages or cultures, we need to question our own humanity.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 11, 2018
Tribune’s planned sale to Sinclair is paused – again – at the FCC. First there was a 15-day pause in the 180-day “shot-clock” review period at the agency. The latest pause is reported by Bloomberg, which says the delay allows “time for the companies to arrange for the sale of some TV stations, to bring the $3.9 billion deal in line with broadcast ownership limits.” Sinclair’s trying to make its best case to the Commission, and if it needs to divest some stations, it will do that. One reported suitor? Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox. Tribune owns 42 TV stations – plus the Chicago talk radio station WGN/720.
They can keep on pausing forever as far as Chicago viewers are concerned.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
They join previously announced performers HAIM, Lorde, OneRepublic, Harry Styles and Keith Urban. Grammy winners Fleetwood Mac will close out the evening's performances and former President Bill Clinton will present the band with their prestigious award. Three-time Grammy-winning producer Don Was will be the evening's musical director and more performers will be announced soon.
Fleetwood Mac becomes the first band to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year and will be celebrated for their extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute -- now in its 28th year -- provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
The 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute will feature a star-studded concert, award presentation, and live auction, followed by the official Person of the Year after-party celebration, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Grammy Week culminates with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards® at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28.
It wasn't until a CNBC show came to profile his day job, and broadcast some of Ray's views nationwide that his station got rid of him. It also cost him his day job.
You can read the story here, and see the promo of the show "The Profit".
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Grote announced the news today via Twitter...
I met Milt about a half dozen times over the years and found him to be a gentleman. He had been a student of John Landecker's father Werner (a sociologist at University of Michigan) and we talked about that. I also tried to talk Milt into doing an interview with me about his career, and he finally agreed after repeated badgering. On the eve of the interview he called me up and said: "I can't do it. It just wouldn't be right. It's not about me, it's about the work."
When I asked him if we could do an interview about the work, he laughed and said, "Hopefully it speaks for itself."
You know what? It did.
For the second year in a row I'll be cheering on an Eckhartz Press winner of the CWA Book of the Year award. Congrats to M.L. Collins for "Out the Door". The awards will be presented at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7:00 pm on Saturday night.
Come on out if you're in the area. We will be celebrating.
The shark whisperers pic.twitter.com/OXfcQok9U5— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) January 10, 2018
*Reference to 1975 film "Jaws". Gotta explain my old man references these days.
I'm worried he's going to let himself go.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
I was a little too young for this show (born in 1963), but I watched the reruns on the Armed Forces Network when I lived in Germany. (They showed nothing but old shows). I thought it was the coolest show ever when I was in my pre-teens.
But a dad in Kansas City came up with a cool one.
He vows to play catch every single day in 2018. Read his story here.
Brit Hume will take over her 6pm timeslot.
Pink joins an elite group of artists who have performed the Anthem on the massive worldwide platform of the Super Bowl stage, including Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera... and who could forget Whitney Houston's timeless 1991 rendition,
Monday, January 08, 2018
The times and tunes of a longtime Chicago rock jock
Rockin’ and rollin’ and “doin’ the cruise” is how on-air radio personality Mitch Michaels describes his life-long love affair with rock radio. This music-driven, often irreverent and unflinchingly honest biography, co-written with journalist Ken Churilla, captures the events and sounds of Chicago at a time when rock ruled the air waves and Michaels spun the tunes.
The legendary rock jock worked on virtually every station in the city during the radio heydays of the 1970s and 80s, including WXRT and WLUP. He has tales to tell of a backseat limo ride with Rod Stewart, a ground-breaking live broadcast with The Who, and on-and-off the air friendships with Mick Jones of Foreigner, Jim Peterik of Survivor, and members of the band REO Speedwagon. Michaels also gives life to events that shaped the music-scape of the city, from behind the scenes at its largest outdoor venue, ChicagoFest, to being asked by White Sox management to request over the PA system that all fans return to their seats at the infamous on-field riot on Disco Demolition night at Comiskey Park.
More than a cruise through encounters with the stars — Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr among them — this biography is a candid and at times painful personal memoir. Mitchell reflects on the helter-skelter of a career in rock radio, its impact on his marriages and relationships and even the heartbreaking loss of his son, Spencer, to whom the book is dedicated.
Hinsdale resident Mitch Michaels was at ground zero during the explosion of rock radio in the 1970s. Currently, he is an on-air personality at FM 95.9 The River, out of Aurora. Ken Churilla is a Chicago-area writer, journalist and magazine editor.
The sound you hear is the cash register at Halas Hall trying to keep up with the increased ticket sales this news has brought. My fellow Bear fans are blowing their air horns and vuvezelas. Right?
I know Nagy is a huge name in football and we are STARVING for a great coach with a proven track record, but what's that? He's never been a head coach before? He was an offensive co-ordinator but didn't even call plays until late THIS season? He was an Arena league quarterback?
Turns out, reality is a little different. That was BEFORE guilty verdicts and indictments starting happening. NBC has this report today...
With the possibility now looming that the president himself could be subject to an interview by the FBI or Mueller’s investigators, Trump’s legal team has been debating whether it would be possible to simply avoid it. One individual familiar with the strategy said those internal discussions within Trump’s legal team began shortly after the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indicted in late October for money laundering in connection with his business dealings with Ukraine.
In addition to the possibility of suggesting the president submit written responses in place of an interview, a second person familiar with the president’s legal strategy said another possibility being contemplated was an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion. It was not clear what such an affidavit might state regarding the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 at a time when Comey was leading the Russia probe.
It's not like he's never been questioned or deposed before. Remember, he's been sued more than 3000 times.
What you may not realize is that after the interview was over, and Goebbels, er I mean Miller's mic was cut off, he refused to leave the set and had to be escorted out by security.
Isn't it comforting to know that we pay his salary?
Two more sexual harassers have been revealed (and fired). This time by ESPN. Former players Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis.
Also, another film director, Paul Haggis, has been accused of assault and rape. He's an Oscar winner.
Dan's podcast is on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network, also the home of Minutia Men.
....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Love this New Yorker piece about him too. Incredibly well written. I think this one sentence describes him more perfectly than any other: "No bile goes unexpectorated."