Ladies and gentlemen, Trump friend Roseanne. Talking once again about Valerie Jarrett: “I thought the bitch was white!” pic.twitter.com/0KVFii0CDP— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 20, 2018
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, July 20, 2018
RIP Adrian Cronauer
Not Viva-ing Viagra
Turns out, that's pretty much the way it has gone down. Take these comments from famous designer Diane von Furstenberg in E! Magazine...
Diane Von Furstenberg says Viagra is "worst thing that has happened to women in the last 15 years."
The iconic designer made the statement during a recent interview with The Times UK. Von Furstenberg argued that men could father children long after a woman's fertility declines. So, she said men's struggle with "getting it up" created a "certain fairness."
"For men, it used to be all about getting it up. ‘Did I?' ‘Can I?' There was a certain fairness,'" she continued in the interview published Wednesday. "A woman couldn't have a child after 40, right? Though even that doesn't exist any more. But the man could have a child until 65, but sexually after a while…Now, with Viagra…they just feel…I think Viagra is the worst thing."
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Green White Press
Also, our old-timers team (Over 48s) is going for the state championship on Saturday. Details on that here.
Free Kicks, Episode 11
Listen to it here.
FCC Won't Let Sinclair Off the Hook
What's it about?
There are tears of joy and tears that challenge your threshold for emotional pain. Chet Coppock’s fifth book will make you smile but also leave you aching. Coppock does not compromise as he reflects on five decades of examining the psyche and frailty of linebackers, third basemen and left wings. The book is at once passionate and defiant - like Chet Coppock himself.
Pre-order your copy today.
It's also chockful of pictures like these...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Beatles Versus Stones
Most of his points were easily dismissed. The Stones don't make it here without the Beatles. I think it's hard to argue otherwise.
On the other hand, he did have a point when it comes to the post-Beatles era. He argued that the 70s were the heyday for the Stones, and during that time, the Beatles were already gone. My argument was that they were still around, and still producing music. It just wasn't together. Imagine, I suggested, if all of their best efforts were on one album every year or two. That would still blow away the Stones.
Well, this morning I actually went through the solo Beatles catalogue to see if I was right. First, lets take a closer look at the early 70s, and tell me what you think.
If the united Beatles released an album in 1970, it would have contained the following songs...
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul)
Come and Get it (Paul..given to Badfinger)
Every Night (Paul)
Cold Turkey (John)
Give Peace a Chance (John)
Working Class Hero (John)
Instant Karma (John)
Isn’t it a Pity (George)
My Sweet Lord (George)
What is Life (George)
That's a pretty great album. Three of the top 100 songs of the year (Instant Karma, Come and Get It, and My Sweet Lord--which technically became a hit in 1971). Plus, one of the greatest songs of all-time ("Maybe I'm Amazed") And they also put out "Let it Be", which included "Let it Be", "Get Back", and "The Long and Winding Road". I also say that if they were still together, John would have pushed Paul to have better lyrics, and Paul would have pushed John to have better production, and all of their songs would have been even better.
The Stones put out a pretty good album in 1971 too, but not as good as this. They put out Sticky Fingers, which included the following songs...
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
"You Gotta Move"
"I Got the Blues"
Pretty damn good. Only "Brown Sugar" was one of the top 100 songs of the year, but let's face it, "Wild Horses" and "Bitch" stand the test of time, and so does "Can't You Hear Me Knockin". But does it eclipse the Beatles output? I'd argue no way.
Let's say the Beatles combined to put out another album in 1972. These are all songs that the individual members of the group put out in 1971/72. Again, pretty good batch of songs.
Jealous Guy (John)
Oh Yoko (John)
Power to the People (John)
Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John)
Woman is the Nigger of the World (John)
Another Day (Paul)
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Paul)
Too Many People (Paul)
C Moon (Paul)
Give Ireland Back to the Irish (Paul)
Hi Hi Hi (Paul)
It Don't Come Easy (Ringo)
Back Off Boogaloo (Ringo)
Pretty strong album, right there. Three of the top 100 hits of the year ("Another Day", "Uncle Albert" and "It Don't Come Easy"), and a few of the most timeless classics ("Imagine" and "Jealous Guy").
Top that, Rolling Stones.
Well, it turns out the Stones had a pretty good one that year too. They came out with Exile on Main Street which includes the following songs...
"Rip This Joint"
"Shake Your Hips"
"Torn and Frayed"
"Sweet Black Angel"
"Turd on the Run"
"I Just Want to See His Face"
"Let It Loose"
"All Down the Line"
"Stop Breaking Down"
"Shine a Light"
No huge hits on that album, but the album itself was a mega-hit. It was the #1 album for half the summer of 1972. Sorry, but I still give the edge to the Beatles.
In the next two years, the Stones put out two great albums, Goat's Head Soup and It's Only Rock and Roll. Those two albums contained the following songs...
Stones--Goat’s Head Soup
"Dancing with Mr. D"
"100 Years Ago"
"Coming Down Again"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"Hide Your Love"
"Can You Hear the Music"
Stones--It's Only Rock and Roll
"If You Can't Rock Me"
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (writers: Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland)
"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
"Till the Next Goodbye"
"Time Waits for No One"
"Dance Little Sister"
"If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
"Short and Curlies"
Some big hits ("Doo Doo Doo", "Angie", "It's Only Rock and Roll" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg") and some classics ("Star Star" and "Dancin' with Mr. D"), but does it hold up to the Beatles output in 1973 and 1974. Judge for yourself...
Band on the Run (Paul)
Helen Wheels (Paul)
Let Me Roll It (Paul)
Live and Let Die (Paul)
Mrs. Vanderbilt (Paul)
My Love (Paul)
Picasso’s Last Words (Paul)
Juniors Farm (Paul)
Mind Games (John)
Whatever gets you through the Night (John)
#9 Dream (John)
Give Me Love (George)
Oh My My (Ringo)
You’re Sixteen (Ringo)
Goodnight Vienna (Ringo)
I’m the Greatest (Ringo)
No No Song (Ringo)
That's a pretty good list, right there. Paul was really on his game, and Ringo must have been hit by lightning or something (John wrote a few of those songs for him). Nine of those songs were in the top 100 hits of the year in either 73 or 74. ("Band on the Run", "Helen Wheels", "Jet", "Live and Let Die", "Give Me Love", "You're Sixteen", "Oh My My", "Photograph" and "My Love"). Several others were also hits ("Junior's Farm", "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", and "Mind Games"). This would have been a multi-platinum album, to say the least.
Now, both Stones albums were also #1 hits. But the Beatles songs contained above came from three different #1 albums, including the best selling album of all of them--Band on the Run.
Have to give this one to the Beatles too. The Beatles also win 1975/1976 because the Stones didn't release any albums. The list of Beatles songs, however, do start going downhill a bit, thanks to John essentially dropping out...
Stand By Me (John)
Be Bop a Lula (John)
Listen What The Man Said (Paul)
Magneto and Titanium Man (Paul)
Venus & Mars (Paul)
Rock Show (Paul)
You Gave Me the Answer (Paul)
Let Em In (Paul)
Silly Love Songs (Paul)
Crackerbox Palace (George)
But the Stones win 1977-1979 with ease. The Beatles put out crap, except for a track or two on Paul's London Town. And the Stones put out "Some Girls" which includes "Miss You", "Beast of Burden" and "Shattered".
I think the last fair year to check is 1980, which I also give to the Beatles. The Stones put out "Emotional Rescue", which wasn't exactly their greatest album. The songs are...
"Dance (Pt. 1)" – 4:23
"Summer Romance" – 3:16
"Send It to Me" – 3:43
"Let Me Go" – 3:50
"Indian Girl" – 4:23
"Where the Boys Go" – 3:29
"Down in the Hole" – 3:57
"Emotional Rescue" – 5:39
"She's So Cold" – 4:12
"All About You" – 4:18
A couple of good ones, but really only "She's So Cold" is considered a classic. Meanwhile the Beatles (led by John) put out...
(Just Like) Starting Over (John)
Watching the Wheels (John)
Stepping Out (John)
I'm Losing You (John)
Beautiful Boy (John)
Cleanup Time (John)
Coming Up (Paul)
Blow Away (George)
After that, the whole death of John makes comparisons a bit unfair, but I will give the Stones the early and mid 1980s ("Tattoo You" is a classic, and "Dirty Work" is pretty good), and I'll give the Beatles the late 1980s (George was at the top of his game with Cloud Nine and his work with the Wilbury's, and Paul had a great album Flowers in the Dirt).
Both the Beatles and Stones have been underwhelming since then, but again, to be fair--George died in 2001. His Brainwashed album (released after his death) is fantastic, and Paul had two good albums Flaming Pie and New. The Stones have released five albums in that time, but let's face it, only Steel Wheels (1989) had anything memorable.
To be fair, I'll call it a draw during the past three decades.
I'm obviously a Beatles partisan, but I still think the Beatles were better.
What do you think?
All five of them debuted at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
WBEZ has the story.
Sinclair/Tribune Fall Out
That's why this morning's column should be seen as scathing. Here's a small sample. The first and last paragraphs of his piece...
When the history of Donald Trump’s presidency is ultimately written, July 16, 2018, will have a special entry. On a day when the setting called for a show of strength and resolve from an American president, Trump instead offered deference, defensiveness, equivocation and weakness.
All of which raises the obvious question: If the president’s comments in Helsinki reflect his true thinking, if he sees the United States as being as responsible for poor relations with Russia as the Russians are, if he is not willing to stand behind the intelligence agencies sworn to protect this country, what exactly does “America First” really mean?
Fox Grills Putin
World Cup Ratings
Most importantly, the games were all played here in the morning. Last time they were in our time zone, so games were often played at more accessible times.
Also, the US wasn't in it this time. The idea that a World Cup could garner these ratings with morning games featuring zero US teams is absolutely amazing.
Thirdly, many of the games aired on FS1, which isn't even available on all cable outlets. The World Cup set ratings records on that channel. The games that aired on the Fox network also did well. The Final game was the highest rated soccer game on Fox since the Women's World Cup Final in 2015--and that game featured America.
And the ratings don't include live streaming--which is a much bigger deal than it was four years ago.
Here's a full analysis on Deadline Hollywood. I'd say the executives at Fox are thrilled with these numbers.
Local Pub for Yours Truly
Thanks so much to Voyage Chicago for this nice piece about me and Eckhartz Press: Meet Rick Kaempfer of Eckhartz Press in Old Irving
Monday, July 16, 2018
Richard Reeder Book Release Party
Here it is.
A small snippet...
There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Trump vacated that oath today, and Republicans can no longer run and hide from that fact. Every single Republican lawmaker will be — and should be — asked on the election trail: Are you with Trump and Putin or are you with the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A.?
That Bird and other (very short) stories
Eckhartz Press author Brent Petersen ("Truffle Hunt") has a new Kindle book out featuring some of the great short stories he wrote for his blog. I highlighted a few of them when they were still posted on his blog. Great stuff.
Now they are all available in this one collection.
Get it on Amazon.
Congratulations to Chicago rock radio legend Bob Stroud on his being nominated for a 2018 NAB Marconi Radio Award today. Stroud has been named as a finalist for "Major Market Personality Of The Year," a well-deserved honor for one of the all-time greats! pic.twitter.com/9GpKhzHZYz— Chicagoland Media (@ChiRadioMedia) July 16, 2018
FCC Might Shut Down Tribune/Sinclair Merger
“Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” Pai said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.
Of course this has been obvious since the very beginning, so it makes you wonder what has brought this on. The pressure from the public must be intense.
I hope that's what is happening.
I suspect this is just another CYA round, in which Sinclair will have to forgo their plans for those specific television stations...at least at first...until the furor dies down.
MInutia Men, Episode 100
Listen to it here.
Time to start using the word treason
And just a few days later, the president of this country (not Russia) says the following...
INCREDIBLE MOMENT:— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 16, 2018
Q from AP reporter: Who do you believe Putin or US intelligence community who said Putin ordered election meddling?
President Trump: I don't see any reason why it would be Russia. I have confidence in both parties...What happened to Hillary Clinton's emails?
From a national security expert who has supported President Trump: “Played like a fiddle. Unmitigated disaster. Embarrassing.”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 16, 2018
Trump attacks an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department while standing next to Putin. Even for 2018—unbelievable.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 16, 2018
NEW: Former CIA Director John Brennan calls Pres. Trump's joint presser with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous." https://t.co/GLTke9ZgTl pic.twitter.com/AskfCYizkw— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2018
Uncharacteristically forceful statement from Paul Ryan pushing back on Trump's election interference remarks: pic.twitter.com/plSSJk6b66— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) July 16, 2018
Look, I'm no big deal, but today is the final straw for me. I will never support Trump again. If that makes me a NeverTrumper, so be it.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 16, 2018
I am a tea party conservative, that will never change. But Trump was a traitor to this country today. That must not be accepted.
The only way this analogy holds is if you imagine Chamberlain at Munich denouncing the Royal Air Force and personally leaking to Hitler the secret of radar https://t.co/EitHF94Slu— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 16, 2018
What a beautiful moment for world peace, the American leader and the Russian leader arm in arm both agreeing that America’s institutions suck. I got the chills.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 16, 2018
Who is America?
World Cup Final
A few observations about the game...
#1: France is notoriously anti-immigration and anti-Muslim but the majority of the players that won that game for them yesterday were one or the other.
#2: I was just remarking to my wife that the World Cup had gone on without a hitch, when those people ran out onto the field. Turns it out it was the dissident Russian rock group Pussy Riot, reminding us that Russia is still a brutal dictatorship. Nicely done.
#3: Even though all of my favorite teams lost (I was even going for Croatia in the final), I think this was one of the best World Cups ever. Great teams. Great games. Great sport. I'm already sad it's over.