Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Liar Tweets Tonight

One of the best ones I've seen so far...

Minutia Men--The Who, The Bulls, and the Dry October

Fun show. We talked to the keyboard player from the Who, Loren Gold. Great stuff. Also, we share a song I wrote during the 1990s Bulls era, and a hilarious clip of Steve Stone telling a Harry Caray story.

Rick Monday Day

Friday, April 24, 2020

Fun with Trump video

These Tiktok videos are killing me...

Jim Peterik

Roger's Book

Legally Liable?

I posed a legal question on twitter the other day asking if the president might be legally liable if someone died taking a treatment like this (the malaria drug he was pushing, or yesterday's suggestion--injected disinfectant). The reaction I got from Trumpers was essentially "Shut up dumbass" or "You can't really be that stupid can you?" and "Are you even smart enough to put on a hat?"

I guess I am that stupid, because I don't understand why he wouldn't be liable. This would kill you if you did what he suggested. He's not some schmo on a street corner. He's the president of the United States at an official coronavirus briefing.

And here's what happened to the malaria drug...

Why wouldn't he be liable for this? He flat out said "I think you should take it. What do you have to lose?"

Thursday, April 23, 2020


Rupert's Salary

For years I thought I knew Rupert Murdoch. I must have read fifty books about him during the research for my novel "$everance". But I recently saw the HBO series "Succession" and I realize I missed something important during my research. I missed the absolutely obscene wealth he keeps for himself. It was beyond my imagination. I read over and over again that he was constantly teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and figured he must have taken SOME precautions just in case. That's the part I got wrong. I thought he was just purely evil for evil's sake like Snidely Whiplash. Nope. Snidely does the dirty work himself. Rupert doesn't get his finely manicured hands dirty. He makes everyone else do the dirty work, and he keeps all the profit for himself.

Anyway, since I saw that series I take all stories like this with a grain of salt. From this morning's New York Times...

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, the owner of Fox News and the Fox television network, announced pay cuts to its executive ranks that will affect 700 employees as it worked to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch, the elder son of Rupert, made the announcement in a memo sent to the company’s 7,700 workers on Wednesday.

“While we don’t know exactly when we will return to normal and full operations across the company, we have decided to take several new actions to ensure that we remain strong and are well-positioned when this crisis recedes,” Lachlan Murdoch said.

He and the family patriarch will forgo their entire salaries through September, though most of their compensation comes from stock awards and bonuses. Rupert Murdoch makes $5 million in salary but his compensation tops $29 million with incentives and stock. Lachlan Murdoch makes $3 million in salary, with an additional $20 million coming from stocks and bonuses.

That million or so that he's giving up will be going right back into his pocket the second he can get away with it. It's probably already there now. Suffering is for others.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Love this

Happy Earth Day

It's the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Rare Earth is my go-to Earth Day band...

Are your papers in order?


Former Top Chef contestant Hugh Acheson owns restaurants in Georgia, and here's his response to his crazy governor...


Shits getting real, folks.

Get Well Soon, Silvy

Sad to hear this news, reported by Robert Feder...

Marc Silverman, widely admired afternoon co-host on Good Karma Brands ESPN sports/talk WMVP 1000-AM, disclosed on his show Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He said he would be starting chemotherapy treatment next week. An outpouring of well-wishes followed. “All of us at ESPN Chicago and Good Karma Brands know that Silvy is a fighter and he’s strong,” said Mike Thomas, market manager for ESPN Chicago. “We’re here for him 100 percent whatever he needs during this time.” Silverman, 48, grew up in Skokie and graduated from Niles North High School and Southern Illinois University. He worked as a sports intern and reporter at news/talk WGN 720-AM before joining ESPN 1000 on its launch in 1998. Since 2007 he’s been teamed with Tom Waddle from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dere Da Bulls

After the success of The Last Dance on ESPN, I was inspired to reach back into my archives and pull out this song that John Landecker and I wrote during the Bulls last championship run. It was one of our most popular songs and got press in the Sun-Times and Tribune, and was played at Michael Jordan's restaurant. This is Landecker & The Legends with "Dere Da Bulls" (Video by Tommy Kaempfer).


OK, let's go through this logic from start to finish.

The Democrats and the media have done this to screw Trump. In so doing, they enlisted the help of 185 countries around the world to play along with this whole pandemic bit. Then, they got the entire medical and scientific community to agree with them (because, of course, science hates Trump too). Then, they intentionally ran their own businesses into the ground (I'll show you, Trump!), and wrecked the economy. And now they want the economy to get worse, even though they are suffering from that as much as everyone else, because that's how much they hate Trump and are out to get him.

44,000 people dead, but the real victim here is Trump.

You people are fucking crazy, and I'm embarrassed to be from the same country as you.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Maybe I'm Amazed (remastered)

Freshly remastered. For my money, one of the greatest songs ever written...

RIP Tom Lester

Lost another one. The actor who played Eb in Green Acres, the last surviving member from the cast, passed away today at the age of 81. Here's a scene of Eb in action (right after the opening credits)

Norwegian Wood for 420

Never heard this version before. It's incredible...

Dog Volleyball

Love this...

The Last Dance

I absolutely loved The Last Dance on ESPN last night. Made son #3 watch it--he was the only one who wasn't born yet when this all happened. He loved it too. (Here's a good review of the show from Michael Wilbon)

On the other hand, it did make me upset. Why did they blow that dynasty up again? When Michael said: "We deserve a chance to defend this until it's taken away from us on the court", I couldn't have agreed more. Thanks a lot Jerry Krause.

Also, the special is obviously churning up bad memories for former Bears players, who had their own GM issues with honesty (different Jerry). Two of the best running backs in Chicago since Walter Payton...


Top Ten Movies

For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, over the last ten days I was asked to provide my ten favorite films, via their promotional posters and without comment. Here are the ten, in no particular order...

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Uh oh

Shit's getting real now...

Plans A & B

Great David Frum piece in the Atlantic today. Here's the money shot...

Both Trump’s Plan A and Plan B intend to turn American against American, in an ugly spirit of rancor and resentment. In pandemic as in prosperity, the Trump way is to punish opponents, reward friends; accuse victims, protect culprits; demand credit, refuse accountability; protect preferred classes and groups of Americans—and sacrifice the rest.