MAY we hep you?

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  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Kidd Kraddick is still dead, but his show lives on.
    Click and Clack still linger.
    Bob & Tom still have no Bob.

    Mike & Mad Dog is returning to air because WFAN has a new owner, but no Mad Dog on the horizon.

    Radio has misplaced its soul

  2. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    We the Cats Shall Hep Ya! (Enjoy before the Dog Daze of Summer!)

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    To add in the context, the PGA Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) Tour Event is in Charlotte this week, close enough to create traffic and parking headaches.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Gibson Guitar has filed for bankruptcy

    Rock & Roll will never die, but Les Paul did.

    • TheChairman says:

      Best electric guitar I ever owned, Gibson Les Paul (Kalamazoo built). I had the good fortune to tour the factory in 1977 and again in 1981 before they closed it. I recall mostly older people, particularly many women, crafting instruments.

      After the company moved to Tennessee in 1984, build quality seemed to go down… not bad, but just not as stellar as Kalamazoo built instruments. Many luthiers chose not to move to TN. CNC began replacing craftsmanship, and someone once told me the wood wasn’t seasoned as carefully in the TN plant.

      The CEO diversified too much, and Gibson failed to pursue infringements. Then there was the dubious lawsuit regarding violation of the Lacey Act (co-sponsored by Obama) and the ‘illegal’ usage of gray-market exotic woods such as ebony… ebony or rosewood are used on almost every stringed instrument.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I remember the CEO going on Glenn Beck to make the case that his company had become a target..

        Just about a week ago, we watched a factory tour on Youtube.

        • TheChairman says:

          Interesting video tour of the Tennessee factory; definitely a contrast to what I witnessed in Kalamazoo. What I see in the Tennessee factory is ‘production’ vs craftsmanship.

          • Parrott says:

            I blame that guitar hero video game. It was easier for millineals to play air guitar instead of the real thing. ‘Andy Taylor’ inspired me to learn to play.

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Similarly, there are apps that “teach you how to play the piano” by tapping your smart phone screen. Playing the piano for real can’t be done with one finger – even chopsticks requires two fingers. Young people are racking up self-esteem medals without developing any actual skills.

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    Over 70% of business travelers now use Lyft and Uber for travel. Rental cars are just a nuisance for most people.

    Medallion investors have a problem.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      A well-deserved problem. Years ago, I asked about the price to take a taxi from a NYC airport to my home in NJ. It was outrageous. The explanation that the taxi driver gave me was that I had to pay for two rides, out to NJ and back to NYC because the government would not let him pick up a rider in NJ and bring him into the city… and these are the people that have high gas taxes to promote clean air through less driving.

      On the west coast, they promote clean air by giving people a massive property tax hike if they sell their home and move closer to work.

      Liberals… can’t trust them unless you are a recent non-English speaking immigrant and need them to steal from the workers for you so you don’t have to steal or work yourself.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        The one time I took a taxi in Derby as an experiment – I was going to the Chevy dealer to pick up my car and the dealer had a free service to pick me up… the roughly one mile trip was around $20. The guy was in a nondescript older sedan with no indication it was a taxi other than the meter.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          You could have had the light rail folks come in and propose to the Derby elders how light rail down your street would only cost voters only $5 for a ride. LMAO

          • Fred Stiening says:

            Derby already has MTA commuter rail. It runs from Bridgeport from/to Waterbury (CT) – you can switch trains at Bridgeport to go to New York City (At Grand Central Station).

            Derby is on the Northern end of the navigable river during high tide. Back in the day, it was a port where sailors came to get drunk and have sex with prostitutes. Now the main social activity is the Yale rowing team practicing their stroking techniques and the opioid users stealing each others pills.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Shocked. Shocked. Shocked. Jayne O’Donnell and Shari Rudavsky must not have heard of the 70s punk rock movement, or even heard mainstream Billy Joel sing about the Angry Young Man from 1976. Who could have imagined that young men were angry and lonely? Maybe seeing them blow up people and shot people would be a clue to the USA Today women.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        The report did not distinguish between men, women and other. It also did not look at income, educational level, marital status, ethnic group identity, hours per day watching TV or church attendance. They are working very hard to not understand the issues.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        There is some confusion in the report between cause and effect. People who do not have face to face contact are lonelier and that causes poor health may be exactly backward. People who are in poor health and face rejection in public are less likely to go out and seek face to face contact.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          New poll for google:

          Which of the following statements is most accurate?

          1.) One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.
          2) Two can be as bad as one.
          3.) Its (two) the loneliest number since the number one.

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    Ruling in California thought to cripple uber and lyft

    The magic is that Uber drivers can move to any other state to work. I am not sure if any of our uber drivers have been natives of North Carolina. Their app tells the driver where to go, so they need to know nothing about the city.

    Based on my experience with TEFRA in 1986, look for many unintended consequences. The thing backfired when the Federal Government discovered it was the largest “employer” of independent contractors. The arcane rules of the GSA (you cannot earn more than your boss) made it impossible to hire competent technical workers.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Another case of more government control over people’s lives. I remember when Obamacare redefined employees as well. If you work for a franchise that has less than 50 employees, it doesn’t matter that that franchise is a separate company and not owned by the people that it pays for hamburger IP, Obamacare classified the employer as having over 50 employees even though it did not.

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Another financial advisor on Radio charged with stealing money from elderly clients. This one in New Jersey

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    WMAL is completing the move of its antenna site out to the suburbs as the tower site in Bethesda has been sold to build McMansions.

    Somewhat related, the Cumulus bankruptcy proceedings seem on track to wind up by the end of June. The Dickey brothers lose their equity to the senior lenders. Lew Dickey is still sitting on a line of credit to acquire something like radio stations, but it is unknown if he intends to buy a chunk of the new Cumulus.

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    Chuck Harder died April 10th

    I listened to him regularly in the early 90s on a small AM Station in Valparaiso Indiana. He was a pro-union, buy American Democrat who hated both the Clintons and George HW Bush and ultimately supported H. Ross Perot. Much of his show dealt with the Randy Weaver mess and the Waco fiasco.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I looked into the claims in the story. What happened to her is real. If you have a cleaning fetish and scrub it with a toothbrush, it unloads a very strong toxin.

        I think from what I read that coral from commercial sources is unlikely to exude the toxin. The fact that the entire family got sick suggests it got into the air or perhaps she did not wash her hands.

        I found it interesting that when this happens, some but not all of the fish die. That suggests some varieties have an immunity to the toxin which probably results in a symbiotic mutual defense pact.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          The FDA under Obama would be staffing up to look into toothbrush safety and regulate toothbrush usage.

        • TheChairman says:

          Years ago I had a marine aquarium (no live coral or reef organisms, just vertebrates)… much more colorful, but far more difficult to maintain than freshwater. Delicate balance of salts, nitrites, nitrates, oxygen, etc and must be precise. Small tanks(i.e. volume of water) need to be cleaned more often: this includes changing 50-70% of the water every 4-6 weeks for anything under 50 gallons, replacement water must be at the correct temperature and chemistry so as to not ‘shock’ or kill the tank. Her aquarium was extremely small, and really not suitable for what she was doing (fish & coral). i.e. a fashion statement… the exotic marine business is full of ‘puppy mills’ and black market dealers cashing-in on it.

          Clearly she neither researched her specimens, nor did the seller advise her about precautions or cleaning… every 2 weeks is excessive, and her tank was just too small. Suggest at least 150+ gallon tank with proper filtration, valves, and a premix tank for H2O turnover.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    USA Radio Network website is not responding. Not surprised.

  11. Parrott says:

    Good Lord, there is a grudge match on today: Alex Jones vs. Ben Shapiro & Glenn Beck.
    Alex is fired up today. Supposedly Shapiro/Beck was making fun of Alex and his ‘manhood’. The ‘Hyenas’ were there edging them on. Did anyone hear this ?
    Alex has declared war.
    I thought it was going to be information about 5G networks. Hell he abandoned that in 10 minutes . He is raving mad!
    I wouldn’t want to be this ‘shapiro’ guy. Supposedly Shapiro is on at 9pm for an hour on WMAL every evening, after mark Levin.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The Tom Taylor newsletter spends a lot of space bitching about the FCC considering allowing 5G to share spectrum currently used by radio for satellite dishes. I’m totally on board with this. Much of syndicated programming now isn’t live, and can easily be delivered by the internet. Once 5G is live, concerns about capacity and cost go away.

  12. Parrott says:

    Hawk is fired up tonight.
    He says, : “Hey Democxrats and your boy ‘Joker-tut,’ ‘ obo’ who is still bucking for the anti-crist, ”
    I fell out of my chair : )
    I don’t know where he comes up with that gender bender stuff, he says there is only two genders, and Valerie jarrett is neither.
    sometime he goes after Glenn beck also


  13. Parrott says:

    CC , Fred, Chairman, Briand: what do you all think of John B Wells ? I was thinking about subscribing to his show, since KYAH quit carry-ing his show a couple years ago, and I can’t hear the spaceman anymore.
    he isn’t sirius xm , so thats good,

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Have you tried listening to his free “ARK MIDNIGHT with John B. Wells”? It is listed as daily on the KMED Medford, Oregon site from 7-10 PM PT, or 10P – 1A ET.


      Remember that RadioSure is free and lets you record so you can listen any time you want if you transfer the recording from your PC to your phone.

      Let me know if Well gets out a ouija board and communicates with Art Bell. 😉

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        I may have misread that web site. From Wells site, it is on only on Saturdays. He lists the stations that carry it:

        • Fred Stiening says:

          I reactivated his prior show listing. It is pretty much impossible to launch a new syndicated show with most all of the syndicators gone, and the two largest in bankruptcy.

          His list has many stations I know right away. They either do not stream, do not maintain an online program schedule or have a tiny presence. KYAH-AM in Delta, Utah goes to 13 watts after dark. Delta has a population of about 3,400 – probably end times preppers, likely Mormons.

          Unless you sell $10 per pound saltine crackers, you are not interested in this audience

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            A good up-to-date source is


            It says the next show is 1 day and 9 hours away, i.e, Saturday at 9 PM ET.

            Unfortunately, the site will not show the stations until then. When it does, it will not be a full list, but only a few stations, but it is a good bet they are streaming what you expect them to be streaming- the site is normally up to date.

            BTW – When I was there a few minutes before noon, I looked up Chris Plante and while I didn’t see the stations that I normally use to listen to Chris, I found two in NC that I didn’t know about that have the full three hours from 9-12 each day: WEEB and WAAV. I will be listening to each of them, I get tired of the same local commercials in heavy rotation and need to rotate to different feeds myself.

            • Fred Stiening says:

              A tactic that might be useful in general. Go to the advanced search


              Then filter by owner = cumulus or syndicator = Westwood one

              Filter by format and start listening or visit the web sites

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              I took a quick look at the listing from talkstreamlive. It shows only three stations at this hour:

              KMED Medford (link in prior posting above)
              WETR Knoxville
              KSKY 660-AM The Answer Dallas

              I clicked on all three on my RadioSure app and all three were indeed streaming the show live. Enjoy.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              BTW- As of Cinco de Mayo, SRG remains on Central Daylight Time rather than Eastern Daylight Time. ; )

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              Fred, It is great to have that advanced search link again. It is my favorite page on SRG. I had had the conservative talk schedule as my home page and every time I opened a new tab or a browser, you’d see a hit from me… probably hundreds per day not counting automatic refreshes.

              The advanced search I would use once or twice per year but it was the most valuable part of the site for me – I love different types of music, especially eclectic music and would check for new stations or formats that would eventually be my favorites on my internet radio or on RadioSure.

              It is also good as you describe for trying to find possible affiliates but there are some shows (think Kim Kommando as an example) that a list of affiliates doesn’t help much if you don’t know the time to check each affiliate.

              BTW- KKFT in Carson City has joined the list of Ark Midnight stations, scheduled to end on that station at 1 pm ET along with KMED and KSKY. WETR is shown as ending at Midnight ET.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              CC gonna hep ya right here, right now. Don’t stream WEEB. Nice people, crickets, more nice people.

              That is, they stream silence many times instead of commercials or PSAs. So you are listening to a show, and the radio goes silent for a minute or three, then by the time you forgot that you are streaming, a new commercial starts suddenly at full volume. Heart attack city, Dobi. I ain’t getting no cool vibes from the WEEB. Day gonna wobble and den fall down.

      • Parrott says:

        Yeah ,thats cool CC, he seems to be live on Saturday nights. I listen to the first hour, and then Star Trek ( original) is on ME TV , so I listen to mr Spock.
        sometimes he is recorded, so I watch Star Trek .
        Have a good one

    • TheChairman says:

      IMO, he is the natural successor of Art Bell: style, delivery, voice, etc. However, his shows are a recipe of ‘techno-socio-geopolitical’ topics, mixed with shadow government and intelligence ops… with a dash of paranormal tossed in.

      Much better than George Snoory and “Coast to Toast”.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Forgot to suggest Dark Matter Digital:

      The bottom of the page even lists streams for your VLC player:

  14. Parrott says:

    Cool. Thanks Chairman, I think I may subscribe, I can download his shows and listen to his shows while were out at the various camping sites in VA and NC.
    How is you AS doing ? I know the Ford with the 7.3 is good.
    we have had ours out once so far this year.
    I like the ‘Lady Godiva ‘ cigar. No relation to the chocolate. They are very mild , excellent in the evening with a little Jim Beam Black label and the ‘Catbird’ in the bushes making noises. ( It really is a catbird).
    Its been warm here the last few days and I have enjoyed the nice weather, for once.
    Hope all is well out your way
    best regards

    • TheChairman says:

      Parrott: funny you should ask… I’m getting ready to change the oil (15 quarts!) before we make our trek from Arizona back to Michigan for the summer. We’ve only used the Airstream for fall/spring migration, as we’re still restoring the interior. Not sure if I ever mentioned it, but I did a full (shell off) rebuild of the AS in 2012-15: all new sub-floor, frame repairs, new belly pan, new axle, pulled the entire interior and skins… total nightmare… don’t try this at home unless you have a pole barn, a lot of patience, are slightly insane, and mild OCD. 😉

  15. Fred Stiening says:

    There is an issue that may be preventing logins. In some circumstances, conservative-talk is added to the front of web page address, and that blocks a successful login. If this is blocking you, try deleting the conservative-radio. Deleting the existing cookie if your browser supports removing a single cookie (and you do know how) might clear it up

    Since you can’t post here if you can’t login, drop me a line at the streamingradioguide gmail address so I can clean this up

  16. countess robini says:

    i just did it. worked ok once my machine figured out im me. (at first it thought i was you.)

    it’s 2:30. want some lunch?

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Do we have any kale salad?

      • TheChairman says:

        Art Bell: “Okay caller, you’re on the air.”

        Caller: “Hello? Art, am I live? Is this me?”

        Art Bell: “Well, only you can determine that.”

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          That’s brilliant, TheChairman. It so succinctly captures the essence of decades of Art Bell. When I read that, heard it in Art Bell’s voice.

          Good thing the caller didn’t call Bob Grant. 😉

          • TheChairman says:

            It was an actual incident on Art’s show, as best as I can recall it. Countess’ blog test reminded me of it.

            I remember how ‘matter of fact’ he said it, perfect dead-pan voice, quintessential Art Bell. Then, he burst out laughing and put the caller at ease: “I’m just razzing you, don’t be nervous…”

            • Fred Stiening says:

              If Noory had not been such an ass, I feel confident Art would have gone along with a recorded post-death Ghost to Ghost phone call.

              Noory: good evening and welcome to Ghost to Ghost. We have a caller
              Caller: hello George, it is me.
              Noory: I recognize your voice, I think
              Caller: You knew me in life as Art Bell
              Noory: this can’t be real!
              Art: yes, it is. Are you going to believe your ears or your brain?

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              That’s brilliant, Art. That would have gotten Noory a lot of news and ratings…. and you know, you have inspired me to listen to the next Ghost to Ghost… is it still on Halloween each year?

              I think I had posted here that the most stunning thing I had heard was a commercial on XM radio’s 6’s channel in October 2005. They had just bought the rights to the old Wolfman Jack programs but not brought the program to the channel yet. They stared running a stunningly good promo for the upcoming Halloween show. It was to be hosted by Wolfman Jack. They promo itself was done by Wolfman Jack and really got my attention.

              What almost caused me to swerve off the road was the ending. Wolfman Jack says in his own voice with no apparent editing or technical tricks that it will be so scary that he will be coming back from the dead just to do it. LMAO

  17. Fred Stiening says:

    Senator John McCain is on his death bed. He has made it clear that President Trump is not welcome at the funeral. Senator Lindsay Graham is present out in Arizona.

    • TheChairman says:

      He underestimates how many Arizonans will be covertly celebrating. Sorry, but that is a fact. The media will trot out the “dedicated maverick & navy war hero” narrative, and his ‘bread-n-butter’ constituents will grieve… e.g. older senior citizens, retired veterans, RINO worshipers, and RNC establishment sheep. However, the AZ Trump brigades view McCain with contempt and disgust.

  18. Parrott says:

    well yesterday, I tried to help Remington at my local firearms establishment. I bought one of their 1911’s. A basic R1 model, nothing fancy just walnut wood hand grips. It was a deal, we’ll see if it not a ‘jam-o-matic’ like a lot of Remingtons have been of late, on youtube. The reason this one model intrigued me, it has the new ‘Huntsville Alabama,’ manufacturing site imprint on it. I would say it was built with the defunct ‘Para-Ordinance’ equipment from the Pineville, NC manufacturer, that Remington bought in 2013. They closed them down and moved the manufacturing to Huntsville, so I felt better about it. Interesting note about this new Remington site, they moved into the old Chrysler plant in Huntsville, supposedly 550,000 square foot facility. They make Bushmaster, and several other brands that Remington bought, like Marlin, DPMS and Para Ordinance.
    The 1911’s production was at Remington’s Ilion NY plant, but they are phasing it out due to the Cuomo crime family racket, also high labor & taxes.
    We’ll see if it works out well, I may take it to the range later this week to try it out. If it doesn’t run well, then it will be traded for a Sig or Ruger ‘Redhawk’ that I have had my eye on, in the bottom of the display case over there for several months.
    To many hobbies,
    have a good one

  19. Parrott says:

    Hey ! Here’s something : “Lt. Col. Oliver North is set to become the president of the National Rifle Association of America, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated Monday, the group announced.”

    Parrott sez: HOLY Cow !

    “North will be retiring from his role at Fox News effective immediately. He will be taking over the position occupied by Pete Brownell, who did not seek a second term as NRA president.”

    Fawn Hall was hot, back in the day. His bio on the NRA website seems to have left out the Barry Seal / contra / drug running days.
    I seen that Tom cruise movie about Barry Seal. It was hilarious.
    well, he should be a lightning rod, or maybe people have forgot that? I remember some of the hearings, I was getting a set of tires put on my truck one of those days it was televised back in the day. So I watched Fawn Hall testify. That hair was so cool.
    Oh well, I wonder about the NRA sometimes.


  20. Fred Stiening says:

    President Trump is going to not certify that Iran is in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, despite the IAEA certifying that they they are

  21. Fred Stiening says:

    Trouble in Denver

    It may be a good thing that police were made to wear cameras

  22. Fred Stiening says:

    EMF (K-Love/Air1) is buying a commercial band FM station in Detroit (WPZR) for $12 million cash (plus a group of FM translators to keep the Black Gospel format alive). Maybe they should make a cash offer to buy Clear Channel.

    EMF points out in their application that non-commercial FM stations are not subject to ownership caps in a market, even if the station is in the Commercial FM Band (above 92 Mhz). I don’t think anyone anticipated this 70 years ago.

  23. Fred, I didn’t look super hard to see if you already had this but I believe you and others would have some interest:

    • Fred Stiening says:

      For those not following this, Tribune Entertainment is merging with Sinclair Broadcasting and WGN-AM is the only radio station Tribune owns. This probably has been in the works to move from the Tribune Tower since the newspapers were split from the TV assets in the tortured multi-year bankruptcy process. It is not clear who would want to buy WGN within FCC the ownership limits. K-Love does not buy AM stations.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        “will include two main studios, six podcast studios for WGN PLUS, a 650-square-foot performance studio, and a newsroom with video production suite for the station’s DATS content agency.”

        It seems that WGN-AM is not so interested in the AM portion of it and is following the AT&T model. Remember that in the 80s, the Federal government split up AT&T so that its only role would be long distance calls, everything else was split into regional “last mile” companies. Today, there is no such thing as “long distance” but AT&T remains a large corporation… it does everything but “long distance”.

        Eventually, WGN-AM will do everything but AM. “two main studios” and “xix podcast studios”. Think about it.

  24. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Paging Art Stone, Mr Art Stone to the white courtesy phone, please. ; )

    A month ago, there was an outage affecting a number of Logitech Squeezebox Internet Radios. A few years ago, Logitech had left that market but still has what is widely considered one of the best internet radios ever made. Turns out that that radio needs to communicate with the Logitech mothership and that mothership had modernized its hardware and introduced a glitch. It was fixed within a few days and everything is again working fine.

    During that time, I had suggested that Logitech release the radio’s code to the public domain since it is no longer really a supported product. Turns out that they did.

    Here is it if anyone is interested in having a look or using it

    Logitech said “It’s the basis of JiveLite etc.

    That said: code and data licensed from third parties (codecs, wlan
    drivers etc.) are NOT part of this repository.”

  25. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    May is the month that that “Yanny” versus “Laurel” hearing test went viral.
    Here is a serious summary (less than 3 minutes)

    Here is the White House conclusion (45 seconds)

  26. Fred Stiening says:

    Childhood leukemia is apparently caused by parents keeping child isolated from challenges to its immune system, in combination with genetic predisposition

    Since this is more common with affluence, I suspect they will find a connection to mothers who did not breast feed, which is critical to starting up the baby’s immune system.

    In a similar recent observation, having a dishwasher that sterilizes your dishes sets the child up for asthma. Avoiding peanuts causes peanut allergies which can be reversed by eating peanuts. I would bet the same is true for gluten.

    There is a lot of money to be made by convincing people to be afraid of their bodies.

  27. Parrott says:

    I sure do feel old.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Drink some Geritol. It cures tired blood.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Would you feel:

      a:) Older;
      b.) Younger; or
      c.) the same

      If CC pointed out that today is the day that TC (Tommy Chong) of Cheech and Chong fame turns 80 years old?

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I would feel like eating a bag of Cheetos, man.

      • Parrott says:

        That doesn’t help CC : )

        I remember going to the drive in and seeing ‘up in smoke’ ? I think that was one of their movies. There were several.

        I remember when I was a kid seeing ‘Blazing Saddles’ in the backseat of my parent Mercury Marquis. I didn’t understand any of it , except when they were fartin around the campfire. I use the expression around my nieces when we observe something at the store or in general, ‘They are dancing around like a bunch of Kansas city ( beep). we always say the beep. I don’t think they have looked up on the internet what Slim Pickens was saying , Hilarious movie I saw when I was much older and could appreciate it.

  28. Fred Stiening says:

    At least BET is beginning to see the consequences of their demand that police officers wear body cams

  29. Fred Stiening says:

    In the wake of the news that Netflix is bigger than Disney, Barack and Michelle Obama have been awarded a contract to produce content for Netflix

  30. Fred Stiening says:

    85 year old Willie Nelson is at death’s door. He was the headliner this weekend at a concert at the PNC pavilion in Charlotte, just a few miles from the site of this weekend’s NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    He came out on stage, “appeared”, put down the guitar and left the stage and did not return.

  31. Fred Stiening says:

    The Coca Cola 600 begins tonight at 6:18 PM EST in Charlotte (actually Harrisburg NC). Making the race even more meaningless is the points awarded will be split into 4 100-lap segments.

  32. Parrott says:

    Hmmm, something happened, the dinosaurs are gone? That’s exactly why people are leaving ( left) nascar, rules change often and crazy like WWE wrestling. That and Harry ‘The skoal bandit’ Gant & Dick Trickle are not racing anymore.
    Damn what is up with this input box ? Its narrow as a gnats ass! Displays two lines at a time. I have to stop scroll up and see what the crap I have typed, short thought process I guess.
    That was Lightning outside Just now !

    • TheChairman says:

      So now they’re awarding ‘participation trophy’ points every 100 laps at NASCAR? Sad.

      Danica has not helped matters, she has been over-hyped at the expense of others. She was just a poor sport and a reckless -hostile- driver. I watched one massive accident (which she caused): all the drivers around her went low in a turn, but she didn’t follow ‘the line’… next instant, cars spinning out everywhere. She has far too many ‘incidents’ and should have been suspended from racing long ago… of course, she brings eyeballs and revenue. Even GoDaddy couldn’t afford to buy her a new car every race, and ended their sponsorship.

      Contrast her with Janet Guthrie, Michele Mouton, and Shirley Muldowney.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        For those who didn’t notice, she crashed her car at Indy relatively early in the race. She hadn’t raced since 2011 – her career average was 24th place, which means she must have dropped out of most races she drove in.

        • TheChairman says:

          I think your source meant to say that she had not raced in an Indy Car since 2011. She has been racing up thru 2017. i.e. 4th concussion and lack of sponsors. Apparently, GoDaddy agreed to sponsor her for the 2018 Daytona 500 & Indy 500. Their swan song.

          I saw the wreck after commenting… she left the track in typical fashion, going backwards in a cloud of smoke… other drivers were probably glad she was out of the way.

          She has certainly done well from a financial standpoint.

  33. Fred Stiening says:

    CNBC’s clueless take on why America fell out of love with NASCAR

    • TheChairman says:

      Mainstream Media sports coverage, ruining one great past-time after another.

      Well, catch you all in a week or so… migrating back to Michigan for summer.

  34. Fred Stiening says:

    Roseanne Barr is in trouble for calling Valerie Jarrett a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. What a racist!

    Last time I looked, Roddy McDowell and all of the actors in the film were white.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      All this racist talk all day every day by the media is not a good thing… but to be fair, apes actually ARE a different race! lol

      The speech is the interesting part. Clearly she was insulting Ms Jarrett and possibly “guilty” of “hate speech”, but how is that any different than ABC News airing stories that are 90% negative toward the current President and 90% favorable toward the President that Ms Jarrett served?

      Taking it one step further, and speaking candidly, why is it racist for someone to say black people like to eat watermelon but not racist to say white people have “privilege”? … or that white person can’t dance? or that black people tend to vote Democrat? Clearly, the liberals do not define racism by a comment regarding race… like they say there is a dog whistle here somewhere… and saying that Republicans communicate with one another through dog whistles is not racist when dogs are actually a different race?

      • Parrott says:

        Never did like that Jarrett woman. She was always sneakin.
        Yeah, I always had to endure the ‘West Virginia ‘ jokes at work. Marry-ing my cousin and such. Jeep hair, and I don’t care : )
        Get over it.
        ABC . Disney is communist anyhow, never watch them or clintoneesta ‘stephi-stephanopolis.
        Wish that whole bunch of commie socialist would just go away, all they did with the ‘obo’ is try to ruin the country. Nothing race-iss with that statement at all. Just the truth.
        Yeah CC, Libs like it both ways and people should call them on that crap.
        Have a good one, Going to Hickory tomorrow to look at furniture. I’ll be in the ‘white ‘ D-ram that rattles : )

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Wow. I had not seen any mainstream media when I had posted the comment above. They want “apeshit” if you can excuse both the language and the pun.

          Let me be clear, I am not a Rosanne fan. I never liked her show, I don’t think she is funny. I felt the same way about Imus before and after his offensive nappy headed hoe comment that got him fired. I did not support Rosane when she ran for President in 2012 in the Green Party with Bush protester Cindy Sheehan as her VP.

          I did find her comment insulting and generally stupid, but like with the laurel/yanny test, I am having trouble hearing it as racist. Is it because black people are originally from Africa and so are apes? because apes have darker skin? I really don’t get it, but suspect it is related to the idea that depicting black people eating bananas is also somehow racist.

          Full disclosure, I have listened to conservative comedian Chris Plante for years and he regularly calls CNN’s Chris Cuomo “Magilla the Gorilla” and even plays the theme from that old cartoon as he talks about Cuomo. Cuomo is a white person and no one seemed to consider it racist when he was compared to a similar primate. The mainstream reaction seems wacky to me.

          “Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out.” – Rodney King 1992

          • Fred Stiening says:

            As near as I follow this, over in Africa, Arab and European colonial powers viewed black Africans as “not human” because of visual similarities to Gorillas. By declaring people to not “be human”, you can circumvent that pesky suggestion in the Bible about not killing people and taking their stuff. The same logic applied to the native tribes in the Western Hemisphere.

            The temptation as taxonomic classification came along was to break humans into sub-species and to say that Black Africans were an older part of human evolution and that Europeans continued to evolve greater intelligence, and adaptations like the ability to digest milk beyond infancy.

            In an ironic way, Louis Farrakhan accepts this premise in part – that Europeans are a genetic mutation away from the original humans.

            About a month ago, we were looking at material about Malcolm X – and how his visit to Mecca transformed his value system as he saw Muslims from all over the world as equals, not people to be hated because of their ethnicity. The followers of Elijah Mohammed did not like that message, so he had to be killed to maintain the “order” that lives on with Farrakhan

          • Fred Stiening says:

            Now the makers of Ambien unloaded on her for blaming Ambien for the bizarre series of tweets. Matt Drudge is going to make them regret that decision. He has a full drawer of stories of Ambien related bizarre behavior.

            Just two examples:
            Kerry Kennedy (daughter of RFK) in 2014

            Patrick Kennedy (Son of Ted Kennedy) 2006

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            A day or so ago, President Trump called Ms Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” in a tweet.

            The liberal press went nuts over this calling it racism for the President to call her a dog. That actually made me laugh because while I might be able to understand a claim of “sexism”, a claim of “racism” was beyond my comprehension.

            Then, this morning, I heard a talk show host explain it, and it all made sense. He pointed out to listeners that decades ago, in the 70s and 80s, single men had two slang words for women. He explained that “dogs” was used to refer to ugly women and “foxes” was used to refer to attractive women.

            I had no idea that those two slang usages had not only fallen out of common use, but had also fallen out of common understanding.

            It made me remember the late 70s Saturday Night Live skits that Steve Martin would do as one of the “wild and crazy guys” that would be on the lookout for “foxes”. lol

            • Fred Stiening says:

              I wonder if there is a recording of Trump saying the B word.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              Its strange. I remember as a kid learning that the worst “curse word” or “cuss word” you could say was the “F word”. Now the F word is everywhere and not one blinks.

              At the time, in the 60s we pre-teens often told jokes about people that were the “N word”, but we didn’t discriminate. Probably more white people jokes about people from Poland and Italy. Even about southern of British descent and about the Irish. All was fair game – anything that was funny was passed around to make your friends laugh.

              This year a white CEO was fired for quoting someone who had said the “N word” – he was not using it in a hateful way but restating a historic event and was fired for it… while popular songs are full of lyrics with the “N word” – your rights in 2018 depend on your skin color and that is bad.

  35. Fred Stiening says:

    The Android version of Tunein has over 100 million downloads

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      My Logitech internet radios run the Logitech version of the Tunein app. I recently browsed the Tunin website and see that they no longer embed their app into internet radios.,, and Logitech discontinued the internet radios as well.

      PROS: I have found that the Tunein website is a great place to find streams from all over the world. A particularly great place to start if you are looking for a certain type of music and are interested in a particular country. It probably has the largest database of streams anywhere on the internet.

      CONS: Tunein excludes virtually all iHeart stations – they had them at one time, but when iHeart started pushing their app, they required Tunein to remove their streams. Also, most streams will start on the website with a pre-stream commercial that requires an F5 refresh restart if you wish to skip.

  36. Fred Stiening says:

    Ken-no-More – the predatory capitalist running Sears (K-Mart) is destroying the company in order to buy the fragments that are left at fire sale prices. The WSJ has the details. While Sears was an iconic brand, my skin crawled when I would go there. While I will miss the blue light specials and ham sandwiches at K-Mart, I have not been in a Sears in decades. Kenmore and Diehard products are now sold on Amazon and Craftsman has been sold to Black & Decker.

    • Parrott says:

      Yeah Black & Decker has bought some decent brands. Stanley, DeWalt and Craftsman.
      I have some 35 year old mechanic sets and some that Mrs. Parrotts Grandfather gave me, and they are excellent. 6 point sockets, tap and die sets. I have added some newer Xcelite and some DeWalts sockets, but I mainly have Craftsman, they were easy to get . Sears was crazy in the 90’s, they wanted zip codes and and names if you bought a $12 screwdriver set with cash. Use to annoy people to no end, like Radio shack did.
      Lowes doesn’t sell individual sockets anymore, you have to watch their tools, they will throw a ‘Chiner-fleamarket’ set at you sometimes.
      I have a set of wrenches from Northern, and they are awesome ! good and heavy. I think I may have bought them at the Northern store off 77 in Rock Hill SC.

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