April is for fools

It gets harder to tell what is true

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54 Responses to April is for fools

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    It is difficult to figure out which stories on Drudge today are fake news.

  2. Parrott says:

    Thanks Countess. Hope you and Fred had a blessed day .


  3. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    ¿April for showers?
    ¡Dossier duplicity!
    Wash up, Washington.

  4. Parrott says:

    Oh for those of use that get ME TV ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ starts this evening at 9:30 pm
    eastern standard time M-F. Right before Hogans Heros at 10pm.
    I havn’t seen that show since I was a preteen teen ? somewhere in tehre, I wantedto be a DJ back then, late 70’s , but I was too late.
    So then I wanted to be a railroad engineer. I always seemed to have a girlfriend, so I always put that on hold.
    The guidance counselor in high school told me I could work for a suitcase manufacturer. Good thing I didn’t that her advice.
    But I digress, wanted to tell you about WKRP.on ME TV.
    have a good one,

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    Spotify (SPOT) was supposed to launch is IPO this morning at around $130 a share. The unorthodox IPO is not selling new shares, just allowing insiders to sell shares they already own. At the moment, without the normal stabilizing process of an IPO, people are suggesting $165 a share as the opening price, but trading has not yet begun. This seems improbable, and the delay suggests there are unresolved issues.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Last year, Spotify lost $1.2 billion dollars. The stock just opened at around the $160 mark, and 7 million shares traded hands in the first few minutes

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The opening trade will likely be the highest trading price for a very long time. The stock closed down in the high 140s and continues down today, as Donald Trump continues to drain the global trading swamp. The stock is highly dependent on the rate they have to pay for music royalties for on-demand listening, and there is no reason to think that expense will go down. Sales of Spotify coffee mugs will not make up the difference,

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        > “The stock is highly dependent on the rate they have to pay for music royalties for on-demand listening, and there is no reason to think that expense will go down”

        The Democrats have a history of expanding the royalty gravy train because it funds their party the say way union dues fund their party.

        President Trump, is smart enough to see this just as he is smart enough to see that tax payers subsidize the US Post Office and that Amazon has a special deal from the US Post Office (Amazon delivers directly to your local post office and your local post office directly to your address) ….. and he knows that Bezos controls one of biggest critics, the Washington Post.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          I’m glad Trump is President, but I am not sure he is a good chess player like Putin.

          Deploying our military on the Mexican border is what many people have wanted for decades – but don’t do that unless the soldiers have bullets in their guns and authority to shoot civilians who are deliberately and conspicuously jumping over our border defenses. The invasion will not stop until we show we will stand up to the U.N. Majority of countries that want to destroy the hegemony of the United States.

          • TheChairman says:

            This should be done with ‘regular army’ troops, not the National Guard. i.e. federal control, not state. As for shooting illegals, that’ll cause PR problems; setting up large ‘holding pens’ on the -Mexican- side might be a lot more persuasive. Obviously, if troops are fired upon by invaders they should eliminate the threat immediately. I think we need 10x as many troops (30,000+) to make it clear, not only to illegals, but to Mexico.

            Contrary to liberal whining, Posse Comitatus does not apply, as this involves the U.S. border and a foreign insurgency. I’d like to hear some statement to the effect of: “if Mexico continues to aid and abet, we’ll treat it as a hostile nation.”

  6. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    The shooter at youtube yesterday had been upset because youtube had demonetized her youtube channel so that she could not earn money or advertising revenue. A lot of people have invested vast amounts of time and money in developing content for social media only to see the same fate for “politically incorrect” content.

    Another liberal irony story here: the shooter herself had posted a video on youtube in 2014 saying that her car had a bumper sticker saying “meat is murder”.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I have come up with a plausible theory. Her parents are Persians (Iran) and she has a strong accent, which suggests she is not a third generation American. Dad called the police and reported their adult daughter as missing when she started ignoring their phone calls for two days.

      Her videos on YouTube were her dancing like a prostitute (by Middle Eastern standards) and her exercise videos seem to have no real educational value.

      I think it was Dad who contacted Youtube and that is why she was demonetized, She was whoring herself online for money, while probably still living at home. That would really run afoul of Middle Eastern sensibilities.

  7. Parrott says:

    OKay, here is the flashlight sun. You know, I like a good conspiracy, but this.
    This lady is out there :
    They are banning firearm videos and allowing this chaos and meth making.


    • Fred Stiening says:

      So if someone posted a video of former President Obama shooting at clay pigeons, it would be banned as inciting violence? How about video of nuclear weapons exploding from the era of atmospheric testing? I assume “they” is Youtube aka Google

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Look at this piece of science reporting drivel


      As if the Creator of the Universe cares about whether the Milky Way galaxy is swallowed up in a trillion trillion years. The future of the Universe is not dependent on what happens on the Speck of dust we inhabit.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        We need new common sense Universe laws to prevent this and a new Universe Security tax at the UN to fund it. Let’s start with the federal government – we need a Universe Protection Agency AND a Universe Enforcement Agency. 😉

        • Fred Stiening says:

          I think an even cleverer idea would be a Department of Nothing, headed by Nobody.

          “hey, who do I talk to about getting Fedeal funding for my azeala garden?”

          You need to get an application from the Department of Nothing and they will handle it”

          “I went to the Department of Nothing web site, and there is nothing there!”

          Yep, that is what they do.

          “I am outraged! Who runs this place, I want to give them a piece of my mind!”

          If you have some to spare, Nobody will be glad to accept it

          “I sent an Email to Nobody, but Nobody answered”

          See, they are very responsive to constituent requests.

          “Sometimes I think Nobody cares about me ☹️”

          Don’t be silly. Nobody from the government really cares about you.

          “Oh, I get it”

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    For those otherwise occupied, there was a shooting at the Youtube headquarters in California. The shooter was a young woman of Iranian background (many of her videos were in Farsi). She was a vegan and supporter of PETA. She injured three people, then killed herself.


    Her beef with Youtube was they had demonetized her Youtube Channel because her exercise videos were too racy. More likely they were scared by a woman with a gun speaking Farsi saying how she hated YouTube’s silencing her voice. Police had interviewed her shortly before she left to do the shooting.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Having looked a bit more, you can appreciate that if a child searched YouTube for puppy and instead got a video of a dog being killed for food, Youtube had to limit it to adults. Autoplay of related videos is pernicious inside Youtube,

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Reminds me of Al Gore and Tipper holding hearings to force “record” companies to put age ratings on movies.

        You’re absolutely right. Similar with beheadings. I generally don’t look at them, but to ban them from the internet would be similar to banning picture of the Nazi Holocaust… wiping it clean with a cloth as Hillary did with her server… a bigger disservice.

        Having said that, it is not suitable for young children or even adults that come to a site for entertainment or something pleasant to use for singing or dancing.

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    I installed a new plugin today that limits the length of comments.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    Nancy Pelosi turned out to be right.


    The decrease in unemployment in Hawaii is creating rising wages, which is expected to slow economic growth in Hawaii. It turns out that extending unemployment payments and handing out food stamps is the path to prosperity, after all.

  11. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    April if for Fools, but not evidently for Mike McKay. Mike was Chris Plante’s right hand man going back to 2010 and picked the clips and many of the songs that Chris Plante used to make his show funny.

    Just last Friday, Chris Plante finished his first week on the New York and spent much of the week talking about NY Gov Cuomo, calling him Magilla Gorilla. When closing the last hour of his last show to closeout his week in NYC, McKay cued up and played the theme song from the Magilla Gorilla show. That was Mike McKay.

    Chris Plante / Mike McKay show partnership in 2010 article

    in Memoory

    • Parrott says:

      I heard that CC, last Monday. I was driving to Mordor ( NOVA) and you can start to pickup WMAL AM 630 around Woodstock VA. on I-81. His show was coming on and he started talking about Mike McKay passing away, pretty rough.
      I only heard that Monday show, of all his shows last week. I was at the main office in Vienna. I will never get that week back !
      Best part is seeing Vienna, Sterling & Leesburg, in your rear view mirror on a Friday! I usually go out rt 7 to Winchester to 81 south.

      While all those ( beep) s up there in NOVA may hate President Trump, they sure do like his economy ! Building is going on everywhere. The area where my company is located was practically a ghost town the last 9 years. Last year businesses started moving in & are leasing buildings. Parking lots are filling up. Ever the Hyatt where I stayed was full most nights. Its something the amount of growth in one year, those big ‘data centers’ out in Loudon county are everywhere. There was talk of the Nordstrom going back to the Dulles town center mall. Its a Dollar tree now.

      Yeah they all hate Trump but like the economy. I dislike that disingenuous place. The whole NOVA area should be burnt to the ground and salt spread everywhere !


      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Parrott, Good news about those lots filling up. Don’t look back at NoVa in the read view, or God may turn you into a pillar of salt. 😉

        If you can take I-81 all the way to Roanoke and then US220 to Rocky Mount, you will find a better Philly Cheesestake at “The Hub” than anywhere in Philadelphia… and I grew up in the Philadelphia area.

        Re WMAL – you can get unlimited data plans pretty cheap on most phone carriers. Have one of your parents sign up for the over 55 plan and charge your credit card so they never see a bill.

  12. Fred Stiening says:

    In solidarity with the “impeach trump 2018” movement, I am removing all references to Facebook in the Radio directory, and reclassifying stations that consider Facebook acceptable as their only web presence as being an unknown format with no web page.

    • TheChairman says:

      Perhaps add an icon of the presumed mascot for those stations: a jackass

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      What about sites that only have a twitter page? I have found a few. They mostly fall into one of two categories: broadcast stations in third world countries that have limited budgets; and streaming only stations that depend on donations. The common thread is they both have limited financial and technical resources.

      Jack Dorsey is no conservative. Same can be said for Jeff Bezos and his AWS hosts more than one station, I am sure.

      It’s tricky. The Huffing and PuffingTon Post’s parent company also hosts sites. Ditto for MSLSD’s parent company.

  13. Fred Stiening says:

    Michael Savage works for Cumulus via Westwood One. Talent contracts can be terminated by the Cumulus bankruptcy proceeding, and Savage is sending out signals that this fact is becoming apparent to him – but he likes to make noise when he is unhappy. With iHeart also in bankruptcy, there is nowhere else to go except Salem.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      We saw Larry’s Elder and Kudlow take the Salem route.

      Who would have expect that of the three, only Salem wouldn’t go up in smoke?

      Salem has been acquiring and is in most big cities now. You can take Salem out of the country…. but you can’t take the country out of Salem.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        This is a fuzzy memory, but Savage had been on some Salem stations and he was booted off. It may have been his vile personal attack on Anne Coulter for having the audacity to state that people of her faith have a responsibility to “perfect” Jewish people by telling them about Jesus.

        Over the years, Savage has said many anti-Christian things for anyone who actually listens to his words. The two co-founders of Salem (Ed Atsinger and Stuart Epperson) are getting old and ready to turn the reins over to the next generation. One of the Epperson kids already run their own religious networks outside the perimeter of the publicly traded Salem.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Nothing wrong with saying anti-Christian things, anti-Muslem things, anti-Jewish things or whatever your personal belief system is. I don’t think Savage ever encouraged beheadings, suicidal bombings.

          I can certainly see that a pro Christian organization would not see fit to pay someone to say anti-Christian things on their air. The Christian country of the United Kingdom has banned Savage from entering.

          I hope we can get to a point where we can all have a respectful discourse on politics and religion without every disagreement being labeled as “hate speech” or criminalized. It is unreasonable for expect the world to have one religion or one government or to try to force that upon people.

  14. Parrott says:

    I saw on Brietbart that Beck is still losing cash. “Glenn Beck Selling His Private Jet as His Media Empire Crumbles”
    I tried last week or week before last and he was still a never Trumper. The Hyenas were still there annoying as ever.


  15. Parrott says:

    You know what today is ? 20/APR/2018 well its smokee Mary Jane day, walk out of school to protest reality,
    and it is also that previous leader of Germany during WWII, birthday. wouldn’t let me write his name, I’m good with that .

    I think the burners purposely chose this day for their smokee mary jane day .
    Now the school kids who are walking out of classes , they prefer ‘Tide pods’ instead of mary jane.

    I hope its warmer today, I make have a cigar this evening,

  16. Parrott says:

    Oh, to follow up on my previous post, just to clarify: I would be lighting the cigar because it is finally warming up, somewhat ‘Spring’ around here finally.

    NOT because of the former leader of Germany during WWII or his birthday.

    I am and always have been in support of Colonel Hogan and his Hero’s at Stalag 13
    Over and out.

  17. Parrott says:

    Those jackasses at Yeti decided they didn’t want anything to do with the NRA.
    I guess they got a letter from Alec Baldwin telling them he would be mad if they didn’t cut ties with the NRA , here is part of the message from NRA:

    “For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country. ”
    “Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation. That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed. They have declined to continue helping America’s young & older people enjoy outdoor recreational activities. These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs such as, hikers, fishermen/women, bikers, campers, wildlife photographers, mountain climbers, sportsmen/women and conservationists who will protect our natural resources and recreational lands. ”
    The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.


    7601 Southwest Parkway
    Austin, TX 78735

    I bet people will be ‘contacting’ Yeti . I bought a small flex Yeti cooler back last fall and do-dah me didn’t pay attention, it doesn’t have a handle on top. Hence the reason LL Bean had marked it down.
    So Maybe I will send it back to them and a strongly worded letter saying, It need a freaking handle ( new models do) & you all need to get your head out of your arse !

    There are many premium cooler options, K2 & Pelican. Otterbox ( the cell phone case guys ) are coming out with a line of coolers and stainless steel mugs.
    I think Yeti can be replaced pretty quick with the ‘Otter’ logo on the rear of Jeeps pretty quickly

  18. Parrott says:

    DeWalt( the tools company) is now owned by Black & Decker, may have been a long time. I bought a 3/8 drive 14mm socket and same as a deepwell socket. Well made, good 6 point sockets . Interesting though, made in Taiwan ( the good China).
    But really, DeWalt needs to make sockets in Taiwan to be profitable ? The regular socket was $4.89, the deepwell was $6.19 something like that. I got them at Rural King.
    Rural King is the nemesis to Tractor Supply co. We stopped and looked at the chicks and ducklings. Chicks = baby chickens in this case : )
    I also got Mrs Parrott the Schleich model Cat.
    They were busy, people buying plants and all sorts of things. Yeah, I think brick and mortar stores do very well if they have what people need.
    They have free popcorn for you to much on while you cruise about the store. Rural King is in the old Kmart store.
    Have a good one

  19. Fred Stiening says:

    I just logged back in to my Wikipedia editor account (StreamingRadioGuide)

    I was stunned to see I created the account in 2007, 11 years ago…

    I might poke around to see if I can be useful, but Wikipedia is much better than it was 8 years ago when I stopped helping

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Time…. In June we will see the graduation of the last batch of high school students born in the last century… they probably represent less than half of this year’s graduating class.

      Memories of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show are older today than Ed’s memories of World War I were on that Beatles US debut.

      • Parrott says:

        That is a interesting CC, I never thought of that about the graduation class. Killer.
        I wish I had the last ten years back again. I wish I had that Cub Cadet tractor I sold in 2010. I was stupid! It run like a champ. don’t know what I was thinking.

  20. Fred Stiening says:

    If you access this website via a dodgy VPN, the website may vanish. During the night, an unsuccessful attempt to break into the server came from over 40 different IP addresses controlled by a VPN. Those VPNs have been blocked by me.

  21. Fred Stiening says:

    Google refuses to index the streaming radio guide polls

    They are visible in Bing if you search by something specific, but completely blocked within Google, probably as “hate speech”. The fact that Bing has them visible strongly suggests that there is no error on my part.

    I was once blocked by Avtavista because FindAnISP.com was getting too much free traffic. One day, I got an email from an ad rep who saw I was advertising on Google. I mentioned that my site was banned. She got the ban removed. I didn’t buy ads. The ban returned. I danced on the grave of Altavista. Google made a ton of money from me, and I have the Google beach towel to prove it.

    Licensing of web sites is an obvious next step. The idealism of the “internet ethics” is fading fast

  22. Fred Stiening says:

    After catching up on some of the radio changes, it is very clear to me that the FCC is cracking down on dormant AM stations. The silent station list at the FCC used to be updated only once per month, and many of the radio stations were playing the game of “I will pretend to have a radio station transmitter for a day” in order to keep their license alive, despite not having a functional radio station.

    The availability of FM translators for AM radio stations really lifted the last reason why the FCC might not have compassion. Many of the stations have new owners and have returned to the air. I have to believe our military or spy agencies can quickly see where AM and FM stations have active signals. The FCC seems to also be getting better at detecting and stopping Pirate stations.

  23. Fred Stiening says:

    The “big guys” all seem to be moving their radio licenses into LLCs. I don’t know why, but I suspect the tax law changes are the motivation.

    Macdonalds 1Q report had exactly the unexpected consequence I anticipated. Because McDs is participating in a jobs program to lower taxes, they assumed a future tax savings that has been reduced. So, in the short term, lowering tax rates has caused large non-cash accounting losses that flow through as non-recurring losses.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Lower corporate rates are a good thing for the US. Many of my liberal, “corporations are evil” friends did not understand the financial engineering resulting from the high corporate rates and how they shifted tax payments from Washington to countries that compete with the US.

      In short, the big multinationals have a corporation in each country where they do business for tax reasons- each country wants to tax their activity inside its borders. One obvious game is to locate call centers and IT services offshore in lower tax jurisdictions and then overpay for the services to show a high profit in the low tax jurisdictions and a low profit in the high tax jurisdictions.

      While my friends and most people that have called an overseas call center understand that, they did not understand the game going on with “IP” or intellectual property. Regardless of where something is designed, the IP ends up being owned in a low tax jurisdiction and is licensed back at a high fee to the high tax jurisdiction operations. Not hard to understand if you think of Apple.

      But less obvious is that Amazon does it for its internal business processes. They are licensed from Luxembourg where they have a sweetheart deal better than their proposed deals for their HQ2. “Because it was a specific type of legal entity, called a “non-resident partnership”, any money it received from other Amazon entities in exchange for the right to use that IP would be tax-free.”. That European deal sheltered “hundreds of millions of euros in “royalty fees” for that IP each year”


      • Fred Stiening says:

        That is exactly right.

        Maybe four years ago in the blog, I had opined that the war on global trade has been lost. While I admire President Trump’s instincts, he lives in a past that no longer exists and isn’t coming back. The United States is not a fort with walls. Much of our businesses are owned by globalists (purchased with money created by the fed and loaned to the EU banks) and most of our manufacturing has moved to China.

        The only “American” jobs that exist are ones where the work must happen here – doctors, restaurants, Starbucks baristas, auto mechanics and farming – jobs increasingly filled by immigrants (legal and otherwise). Two generations of young people grew up with a sense of entitlement and view productive work as an evil to be avoided and raising children an unreasonable infringement on their social life. As I look around Charlotte, much of the under 40 crowd spend their evenings drowning their loneliness, debt and lack of purpose in a $40 bottle of wine.

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