Friday, May 16, 2014

The Truth About Autism & Immunizations

This seems like a very sane analysis...

Net Neutrality

I'm not sure how he didn't know this would happen, but the FCC chairman is getting bombarded with complaints and outrage about his little "give the big boys a better internet than everyone else" rule he tried to pass. The New York Times has the story.

The FCC is literally getting millions of complaints and angry protests around the country. As someone put it very wisely--"the future of the internet is the future of everything."

Exactly. I'm actually proud of the public for not sleeping through this attempted change.

Just One Bad Century--May 16


I've got tickets to the Cubs game today. Do you think they'll get it in, or will it be rained out? I want to see the green and gold marquee.

Today's Cubs Birthdays include Big Daddy, Rube, Lefty and Bob. Big Daddy is featured at the A/V Club too. A home movie from opening day 1980.

Today in Wrigley History goes back to 1958, 2001, and 2008.

Today's Historical Event is the passing of the Seditino Act in 1918. Where the Cubs?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday

November 2001. Tommy telling jokes to John Landecker in the Dominican Republic.

40 Albums Baby Boomers Loved That Millennials Don't Know

This list comes courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.

I owned 22 of the 40, including this one (photo)

Cat saves boy from dog attack in California

This is really something to see.

I have no idea why this dog attacked the kid (video at the link), but the cat saved the boy. He had to get a few stitches, and will probably be afraid of dogs forever, but he is going to fine.

Ryan Gosling wearing a T-shirt of Macaulay Culkin wearing a T-shirt of Gosling wearing a T-shirt of Macaulay Culkin

Just One Bad Century--May 15

It's a big day in Cubs history. On this day in 1960, Don Cardwell threw a no-hitter against the Cardinals. The full writeup can be found at This Week in Wrigley History. The A/V Club has the video.

Today's historical event is something that happened on the same day. Find out what that was here. (We've posted a whole new week's worth of historical events, by the way)

Today's Cubs birthdays feature a painful one that got away, a World Series hero, and the man who invented the curveball.

As for the current Cubs, at least they didn't lose yesterday. Afternoon game today in St. Louis.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Anchor Rips Into Complainers

I like her spunk...

Net Neutrality Has One Foot in the Grave

Here's the headline in the Hollywood Reporter this morning: FCC Will Vote on Net Neutrality Thursday Despite Protests.

It's not dead yet, but it doesn't look good. It appears the F.C.C. Commissioner has the votes to allow cable giants to start charging extra for faster service even though nobody in the country wants this to pass...except the three or four companies who are demanding it. Not only don't we want it, we are flooding the F.C.C. offices with millions of complaints.

Doesn't matter.

It's official. Nobody in Washington gives a crap about you unless you have billions. Then you can get whatever you want no matter how unpopular it is.

Movie Outtakes

Parents At The Beginning Of The School Year Vs. The End

I can relate to this.

Buzzfeed explains it to us in gifs.

Just One Bad Century--May 14

The Cubs lost in extra innings last night in St. Louis. They should have saved some of those runs from the night before. I thought the Heckler's take on that game was funny: EVERY CUBS POSITION PLAYER SUSPENDED FOR SUSPICION OF PED USE AFTER MONDAY NIGHT’S 17-RUN EXPLOSION

We posted a new batch of Wrigley history stories this morning. Today in Wrigley history goes back to 1960. That day against the Cardinals went a little better than last night. There seems to be a recurring Cardinals theme at JOBC today, because the A/V Club is about Stan Musial's last game.

There are three Cubs birthdays today: Dirt, Wimpy, and Andy & Adam's daddy.

Today's Historical Event is the establishment of the State of Israel. Where were the Cubs?

If you're going to a Cubs game in this next homestand (like I am on Friday), enjoy the 1930s theme.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let It Be

From Bob Dearborn's Almanac....

May 13, 1970…The Beatles' last film, "Let It Be," had its North American premiere in New York City.

This one never gets old.

Where is Casey Kasem?

This story is just unbelievable. Casey Kasem is missing.

His daughter won the right to see his medical records, and now his wife claims he is somewhere out of the country.

What a horrible way to go. Casey is suffering from advanced dementia.

Broadcasters Sue F.C.C.

You could see this coming. This is all about the F.C.C. cracking down on these shady "sharing" agreements that broadcasters have begun to use to avoid F.C.C. media ownership rules.

It was a three step process.

1. Billionaire Broadcasters figure out way to avoid rules.
2. F.C.C. calls them on it, and says "no more".
3. Billionaire Broadcasters sue.

If there's one sure thing in America, it's that billionaires will get what they want eventually. Rules don't apply to them, and if they do, they will have the rules changed.

Just One Bad Century--May 13

The Cubs scored 17 runs to beat the Cardinals last night, but would you believe a Cubs loss to the Cardinals in 1958 was even more painful for Cardinal fans? It's true. Check out today in Wrigley history. You'll also get the scoop on what happened on this day in 1969 and 1996. Two very good days for the Cubs in their home park.

Today's A/V Club features a moment that may never occur again. It happened on this day in 1991--Three generations of broadcasters all did the Cubs-Braves game together. Harry, Skip, and Chip Caray. (I guess it's possible the Brennamans could do it)

This week in 1908 has also been posted. How long ago was 1908? Wait until you read about the umpire situation in those days.

Today's Historical Event is the shooting of Pope John Paul II. Where were the Cubs?

There are four Cubs celebrating birthdays today, including the Bionic Cub. I kid you not. The other three include the guy they handed the 2B job to after they traded Hall of Famer Billy Herman, plus one of their first draft picks, and one of three Cubs named Bob Smith.

As for the latest Cubs news, check out how the prospects are doing down on the farm. Kris Bryant is hot, hot, hot. The rest of them, not so much.

Also, you have to love this story: Mitch Williams goes bonkers at U-10 kids game, yelling expletives at the umpire.

Chicago Radio Ratings

I love the way Robert Feder posts the radio ratings these days. He has a photo gallery of the top ten at each timeslot.




WBBM-AM is #1 in the morning, and WVAZ is #1 in the middays and afternoons. Steve Cochran made a big jump. He is now tied for #2 in the mornings (with Eric & Kathy).

Tom Taylor's NOW Column has some more ratings info for those of you who like to look in the ratings weeds:
Another sign that Winter is finally releasing its grip – the 6.6-6.1-5.6 downward move of CBS all-newser WBBM and its FM simulcast. It’s now second, behind urban AC “V103.” That’s Clear Channel’s WVAZ, going 6.5-6.5-6.7. Third place goes to Hubbard’s hot AC “Mix” WTMX, 5.0-4.9-4.7, and there’s a tie in fourth place. Tribune’s WGN has its best month since last August, 3.7-3.8-4.5. It’s right there with Clear Channel’s top 40 “Kiss” WKSC, 4.5-4.8-4.5. Nice little charge for CBS Radio’s country “US99.5” WUSN, 3.8-4.0-4.3. Cumulus classic hits WLS-FM is up, 3.1-3.3-3.5. Hubbard’s AC “more music/more variety” WILV/100.3 produces its largest share since May 2011, trending up 2.3-2.7-3.1. The three-way sports contest is between CBS Radio’s “Score” WSCR, the White Sox standard-bearer, 2.0-2.0-2.3. Disney’s “ESPN 1000” WMVP, 1.4-1.7-1.9. And Tribune-run Channel 6 audio “Game” WGWG, 0.6-0.3-0.4. (The Cubs still belong to WGN – at least for this season.) In talk, there’s Cumulus’ WLS, 2.2-2.0-1.7, and Chicago Public Media’s non-com news/talk WBEZ, 1.7-1.5-1.7. Clear Channel-owned/Midway-managed African-American talk WVON is out of the book, after going 0.3 in February and 0.2 in March. Chicago’s cume leader, by a margin of 200,000, is CHR “Kiss” at 2,436,200.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Today's Best Tweets--May 12

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today... ‏@Chicagoist 3m
We could have a repeat performance of Sunday's storms this afternoon.

VANITY FAIR ‏@VanityFair 15m
Russell Crowe and Ricky Gervais got drunk together and live-tweeted their night

King Of Uranus ‏@UranusTweets 20m
Coming Soon: The Uranus Muffler Shop – “Trust Us With Your Tail Pipe.”

Talking Points Memo ‏@TPM 22m
No hesitation airing Michael Sam draft reaction

Newsweek ‏@Newsweek 24m
Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologizes on CNN, feels "entitled to one mistake"

David Haugh ‏@DavidHaugh 32m
Blackhawks winning ugly, sitting pretty after Toews' gritty goal beats Wild. Column,0,4446813.column

Jim Wiser ‏@JimWiser 33m
Boy scouts rescue NBC's Ann Curry after hiking accident,0, …

Talking Points Memo ‏@TPM 43m
Daily Show's Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert

Guardian news ‏@guardiannews 45m
Western Germany more socially cohesive than east, study finds

Art Gallery ‏@AGC_LONDON 1h
ON THIS DAY in 1967, Jimi Hendrix released his d├ębut album, Are You Experienced in the UK …


The television networks canceled a ton of shows this past week. Hope you weren't a fan of any of these shows. I didn't see a single episode of any of them...

- NBC -
"Growing Up Fisher"
"The Michael J. Fox Show"
"Sean Saves The World"
"Welcome To The Family"

- FOX -
"Surviving Jack"
"Raising Hope"
"The X Factor"
"Almost Human"

- ABC -
"Trophy Wife"
"Super Fun Night"
"Lucky 7"
"Mind Games"
"Once Upon A Time In Wonderland"
"Killer Woman"
"The Assets"
"Back In The Game"
"The Neighbors"

- CBS -
"Bad Teacher"
"The Crazy Ones"
"Friends With Better Lives"
"We Are Men"

- The CW -
"The Carrie Diaries"
"The Tomorrow People"

A Statistical Appropriate Climate Change Debate

Love this...

Just One Bad Century--May 12

I didn't get a chance to see any of the Cubs games this weekend, but I just read that they were swept in Atlanta, and that Samardzija lost another shutout. Don't think I need to read more.

Today at JOBC, we go back to two big moments in Wrigley history. A no-hitter was pitched on this day in 1955, and it was a wild one. That story can be found at Today in Wrigley History. Also, on this day in 1970, Mr. Cub hit his 500th homer. The A/V club has the video.

This Week in 1945 was posted over the weekend. Chicago celebrated Mother's Day, Phil Cavarretta led an incredible comeback, American generals began coming home from Europe, and more.

Today's Historical Event is Harry Blackmun being confirmed to the Supreme Court. Where were the Cubs?

Today's Cubs birthdays include the ace of the 1945 Cubs, a starter from the 1998 playoff team, a man nicknamed Bird Eye, a member of the first Cubs team to play at Wrigley, and cups of coffee from the 60s and just a few years ago.