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, June 12, 2020
Bush & Gabby
Cubs through history: on the day future president George Herbert Walker Bush is born in Milton Massachusetts (June 12, 1924), Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett knocks in a couple of runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the Boston Braves at Braves Field.
The National Review Turns on Trump
Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land. For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice. His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians — including many Democrats — with donations.
Trump has gotten far in the GOP race on a brash manner, buffed over decades in New York tabloid culture. His refusal to back down from any gaffe, no matter how grotesque, suggests a healthy impertinence in the face of postmodern PC (although the insults he hurls at anyone who crosses him also speak to a pettiness and lack of basic civility). His promise to make America great again recalls the populism of Andrew Jackson. But Jackson was an actual warrior; and President Jackson made many mistakes. Without Jackson’s scars, what is Trump’s rhetoric but show and strut?
If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives? The movement that ground down the Soviet Union and took the shine, at least temporarily, off socialism would have fallen in behind a huckster...
Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Free Kicks--The British are Coming
Listen to it here.
Winter in America
It has led me down a rabbit hole this morning, because I heard a little clip of this song last night and I wanted to hear the whole thing. It's amazing. Now I'll be watching Gil Scott Heron videos all day. The man could write lyrics. Amazing.
Listen to it here.
Cubs Top Draft Pick
The #Cubs tonight selected shortstop Ed Howard out of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago with the 16th overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. pic.twitter.com/PQCDQpTLv6— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 11, 2020
The last time they took a home-town kid with their first pick was Grant Johnson in 2004. He was a pitcher from Lyons Township High School in Lagrange and the University of Notre Dame. He went 14-22 in four minor league seasons and never made it past Double A. Career minor league ERA was 4.53.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Here's a bit of trivia about Claudell. He is featured in the Cubs game (as a member of the Braves) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Check it out next time you watch.
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Big Day in Chicago History
The streets are numbered going south, and named going north, and an alphabetical system is used. That’s why all of the streets with the same letters are lumped together. Every four blocks (or half mile) is a major secondary street (like Addison is 3600, Irving Park Rd. is 4000, etc.) Thanks to this system, Chicago is still one of the most easily navigable major cities in the world.
The Coward & The Commander
Here's another one...
Hey @realDonaldTrump, America is just not that into you. pic.twitter.com/6zFpIJr1xj— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 9, 2020
Chicago Radio Ratings
1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 7.0 (8.4)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 6.4 (6.4)
3. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 5.2 (5.6); WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.2 (3.7); WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.2 (5.0)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.9 (4.4)
7. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 4,7 (5.4)
8. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.6 (4.0)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.9 (3.9)
10. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.2 (2.8)
11. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.8 (3.1)
12. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.7 (3.0)
13. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.6 (2.8)
14. (tie) WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.5 (2.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.5 (2.4)
16. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.4 (2.1)
17. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.3 (2.6)
18. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.2 (2.0)
19. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.1); WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.1 (2.2); WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (2.4)
22. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.8)
23. WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.6 (1.5)
24. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.5 (1.2)
26. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 1.2 (1.5); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.2)
28. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.0 (1.5)
29. WSRB 106.3-FM urban adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.5)
30. WDCB 90.9-FM jazz, blues 0.5 (0.5)
Monday, June 08, 2020
RIP Bonnie Pointer
Bonnie Pointer of the legendary Pointer Sisters has died at age 69, her sister told TMZ.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 8, 2020
They produced several top 10 singles including “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” “Automatic,” “Jump for My Love,” “I’m So Excited” and more. @TheresaBraine writeshttps://t.co/9AJJ9T5khM
This song will continue to be played at every wedding in America...(Over 12 million views on YouTube)
#Trump you projected your narrative that #TakingAKnee is disrespectful & #UnAmerican it was never about that! You are divisive & a coward. It takes true courage 2 stand 4 what is right & risk your life in the midst of a #pandemic #Proud2kneel #BlackLivesMatter @MSNBC @BostonGlobe https://t.co/nhNITHSrxo pic.twitter.com/h0PuUYVFwu— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 7, 2020
#ICYMI: Welcome back @rickkogan & thanks so much for having me on the program to talk about the book!! If you didn’t get a chance to hear it, go to 45:40 of the linked podcast and give a listen!! https://t.co/E67ZMdrRpR— Roger Badesch (@TeacherRB) June 8, 2020
5 years ago
This was one of my favorite days as a publisher/author, moderating a discussion with broadcasting legends (and Eckhartz Press authors) Joel Daly and John Records Landecker at the Printers Row Litfest.Posted by Rick Kaempfer on Sunday, June 7, 2020