Musings, observations, and written works from the publisher of Eckhartz Press, the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer, co-host of Minutia Men, Minutia Men Celebrity Interview and Free Kicks, and the author of "Back in the D.D.R", "EveryCubEver", "The Living Wills", "$everance," "Father Knows Nothing," "The Radio Producer's Handbook," "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", and "Gruen Weiss Vor".
Friday, November 18, 2016
Bobby Skafish at Lone Star BBQ
Big Changes Coming to the FCC
Best High Schools
The full list is here.
Had A Chat With The Boys This Morning
Halle stated “I understand that women want to feel sexy and beautiful and they want to have undergarments that are very functional, but to still feel beautiful when we take our clothes off. 'I decided for my own evolution as a woman and an entrepreneur, it’s time for me to step out and really be part owner of something that I believed in and not just lend my name to a brand,' she said. Just in time for Christmas. Dazzle him.
That's one of those gifts that you buy for your wife or girlfriend, but it's really for you, and she knows it as soon as she opens the present. You can tell by the eye rolling.
"But honey, this is for your self assurance and evolution as a woman!"
"Uh huh. Right."
Eric & Kathy in the Hall of Fame
What a night! Congrats to Daniel Murphy, Corey Seager, and so many more deserving guys! So grateful!!— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) November 18, 2016
It's been a decent year for @KrisBryant_23. #MVP pic.twitter.com/CrNw9gP888— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Bobby Skafish in Indiana
We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters" (Eckhartz Press) -- and is doing a book signing from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith's Wildrose Brewing (1104 E. Main St.).
Some terrific interviews and behind-the scenes stories are included in his 312-page collection of famous chats with stars like David Bowie, Sting, Robert Plant, Donald Fagen, Rod Stewart and others.
Some Times readers may not know of Skafish's strong Region roots. He grew up in Hammond and began his radio journey at Crown Point's WFLM-104fm where he helped launch the original "Night Rock" radio program this columnist ultimately took over years later. He is also a cousin to East Chicago punk rock icon, Jim Skafish.
Bobby Skafish is a top shelf interviewer and radio host whose deep knowledge and passion for popular music is second to none. More: eckhartzpress.com.
Minutia Men, Episode 28
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Get Over It
Bob Dylan Won't Attend Nobel Ceremony to Accept Literature Prize
What's his reason?
You gotta give Bob credit. He is consistent.
This guy is our president now
After Trump verbally attacked her, "we had security guards the whole year," @MegynKelly says on @AC360 https://t.co/02L47iqC7l— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 17, 2016
Hot off the presses
Biden/Obama Conversation Memes
"I left a Kenyan passport in your desk, just to fuck with him"— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 11, 2016
"Oh and a prayer rug in your bedroom. He's gonna lose it!"
"Dammit Joe" pic.twitter.com/mEWo91OLuA
Bobby Skafish Appearance Tonight!
John's Bitter Letter to Paul
Read it here.
RIP Mose Allison
A Glass Case of Emotion
The 'Anchorman' news team watches the @Cubs win the World Series. pic.twitter.com/16QbyCVEZA— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) November 16, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Book of the Year!
The Pope is a Cubs fan
Click on this link and you'll see him with a Cubs hat.
There's always room on the bandwagon for the Pontiff.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bob Stroud & the Cubs
It includes a three minute audio clip from the one and only Bob Stroud.
Check it out here.
Sean Hannity is a Hack
He says this in all seriousness. Without irony. Without awareness. A member of the media suggesting we revoke the freedom of the press because reporters were contacting a campaign--which is their job.
I read those e-mails. That's your smoking gun? Other than Donna Brazile providing a debate question (And she was fired for that, by the way), there was NOTHING there. If you saw the e-mails going to Trump (which you didn't--because the Russians only hacked one side), you would have found the exact same thing. This is how reporters do their jobs. They ask for comment, they develop relationships, they cultivate sources. This is how the public finds out information.
Sean Hannity, who once edited in bigger crowds at Tea Party rallies to make it look like they were more popular than they actually were, is claiming bias. Sean Hannity, who works for a "news" network that had a CEO openly ADVISING Trump, is claiming bias. Sean Hannity, who leans so far to the right his right shoulder actually scrapes the ground when he walks, is claiming bias.
That hacky piece of crap is suggesting we subvert the First Amendment because actual journalists were doing their actual jobs instead of blowing Donald Trump like he did.
I'm so happy I'm out of the satire business. A hack like Hannity is impossible to satirize. You couldn't create a more bald-faced political hack if you tried.
RIP Gwen Ifill
She was only 61 years old.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Bobby Skafish Book Signing
RIP Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell
Welcome Back Dave Chappelle
Did you hear that Trump won?
Obviously, if you're a reader of this blog, you know my feelings about the guy. I didn't vote for him. I think he has the potential to be a very bad (historically bad) president. But in January, he'll be sworn in as president, and I will have to accept that.
My facebook feed is full of Trump fans telling the majority of the country who didn't vote for him to stop whining and support the president immediately. When I suggested to one facebook friend that if the situation were reversed and Trump had won the popular vote, but not the presidency, it would have been a nationwide free-for-all, he told me that they would not be protesting at all.
Uh huh. Whatever you say. There have already been more than 200 documented racial attacks since he won. And that's after he WON. Imagine what would be taking place if he lost.
I've decided to look on the bright side. For one thing, we (probably) won't have to go through four more years of Hillary investigations. The Republicans were already promising to destroy her. I don't think I could have handled another four years of that. Also, I'm hoping the gravity of the office forces Trump to rethink a few of his positions. I know that's a long shot, but stranger things have happened. He has to actually govern now. The first signs aren't terribly encouraging, but who knows?
I'll never forget the horrible things he has said, but I also won't hold it against my friends who voted for him. I know most of them are absolutely not racists, and have perfectly legitimate reasons for supporting Trump.
On the other hand, I'll also know that racism is not a deal breaker for them.
That's something they are going to have to live with, not me. I'm sure they have rationalized it in their minds in some way. These are not bad people.
But I do have one piece of advice for my Trump friends. Don't try to debate with me about whether or not you think Trump is a racist. That's a pointless debate. He is one. If someone says the things he has said over the past few years and isn't a racist, there is no such thing as racism.
I'm not going to debate with you whether or not racism exists.
Rick and Bridget in NOLA
Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame
(left to right, Mike Duffy, Adam Kaempf, Stefan Laxgang, and Rudi Mayer)
Mr. Laxgang was actually my first ever soccer coach. He was the trainer of my Green White midget team back in the late 60s and early 70s, but he was also the star of the Green White team that debuted sixty years ago...
We had a good showing of people there to support our guys. Rudi Mayer (center of the picture below, the other guy in the green jacket) was probably the greatest player to ever wear the Green White uniform. When I was a kid, in the days before professional soccer existed in this country, Rudi was the guy I idolized...
I was thrilled to play a small part in his induction. When I wrote the book "Gruen Weiss Vor", I researched who was in the Hall of Fame and who wasn't. I couldn't believe Rudi wasn't in there, so I tracked down the paperwork and officially nominated him as a representative of the club. Rudi not only played for Green White for nearly 30 years, he was part of a national championship team at Michigan State University, played for the US Olympic Team in 1972, and played professionally for the Chicago Sting in their early years (1975-1976).
Super proud of the guy. Totally deserving of the honor.