Thursday, July 9, 2020

7.9.20 Hero of the Day: Al Jaffee

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A SPECIAL HERO OF THE DAY!




Name: Al Jaffee
Age: 99
Occupation: longtime Mad Magazine cartoonist
Last Seen: New York, NY
Awarded For: giving the world nearly 80 years of laughter


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In this tough year, the world needed more laughter. 

It's too bad that somebody who graced us with his wonderful humor and art decided to hang up his pen for the final time... at age 99.

For nearly 80 years, Al Jaffee was one of the true masters of making our days brighter and, well, snappier. Sixty-five of those years were with Mad Magazine, where he was its longest-serving contributor. 

Abraham Jaffee was born in Savannah, GA to Lithuanian parents. However, his parents were in a feud over where to raise their four sons with Al being the oldest. Throughout his childhood, Al would sometimes live with his father, a department store manager in Savannah and sometimes with his mother in Lithuania. Finally in the 1930s, Al's father would take his sons to Queens, NY while his mother ended up dying in the Holocaust. 

In the late 1930s, Al and his brother Harry (1922-1985) - also an occasional Mad cartoonist - studied at the High School of Music and Art. There, he met future Mad vets Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman, John Severin and Al Feldstein. In 1942, Al's career officially began at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics. He created the comical Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal and Inferior Man. From 1957 to 1963, he drew a pantomime strip, Tall Tales. A collection of the strips with a forward by Stephen Colbert was published in 2008.

In 1955, Jaffee started drawing and writing for Mad, but left only after three issues when Harvey Kurtzman left. He joined Kurtzman in two comics: the Hugh Hefner-owned Trump in 1957 - which only lasted two issues - and Kurtzman-owned Humbug, which folded after 11 issues. Jaffee returned to Mad in 1958 and stayed there until his retirement.

In its heyday, Mad sold two million copies per month. One huge reason was because of Jaffee's Mad Fold-in, which debuted in 1964. His first Fold-in lampooned Elizabeth Taylor and her many husbands. After his first Fold-in, publisher William M. Gaines threatened to fire him if he couldn't do one each month. According to Gaines, the Fold-ins were creating creases in the back cover, causing readers to rush to the store to get a fresh copy for their collections. 

Jaffee also created Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions and other various articles for the magazine. In Mad's first 550 issues, his work appeared in 500. Between 1964 and 2013, Jaffee's work did not appear in just one issue.

Of course, like other magazines, Mad has seen better days from a circulation standpoint. In 50 years, they've gone from two million issues sold per month to only 150,000 issues monthly. The magazine was rebooted in 2018 when it moved its offices from New York to Burbank, CA as part of restructuring at parent DC Comics. However, later that year, DC's owner, TimeWarner was sold to AT&T. Starting with issue #10, Mad would now be a hybrid of 75% reprinted material and 25% new content from new and legendary artists. Each magazine would be a theme issue as opposed to talking about current and recent events. Not only that, Mad is no longer sold at newsstands, but rather just comic book shops. 

(And BTW, a MAJOR shout-out to Tardy's Collector's Corner here in Grand Rapids for ordering the last two issues of Mad for me! You guys rock!)

Thanks to COVID-19, I was scared that I would miss the last two issues because of stay-at-home orders (I don't subscribe because I don't trust USPS to jam and destroy a magazine to get it into my mailbox). Thankfully, DC changed distributors and was able to get them to comic sellers. Well, their latest issue is a tribute to Al, complete with his final Fold-in ever. Al even helped to design the front cover, which is a self-image of him as a doctor examining Alfred E. Neuman. Sergio Aragones even drew "A Mad Look At Al Jaffee"; one of the strips shows Sergio visiting Al, but he needs to use the restroom. While taking a dump, Sergio notices that Al's toilet paper is folded like a fold-in. The magazine was also loaded with reprints of Al's work, including a parody of the 1969 film "Bullitt" as "Bullbit" (obviously, this was 1969 and "Bullshit" wasn't, well, allowed). The parody was drawn by Mort Drucker, who died earlier this year. The magazine republished the piece as a tribute to the beloved caricaturist. 

Now with Al's retirement, Mad will either reprint his old Fold-ins or new ones will be drawn by 46-year-old Johnny Sampson. Jaffee himself gave Sampson the blessing of continuing with the Fold-ins; Sampson himself drew a picture of Jaffee on his first edition with him saying, "This Sampson kid ain't half bad! He ain't half good, either!" Sampson's first Fold-in was published for the magazine's annual "20 Dumbest Things" issue late last year.

Upon his retirement, Al started a website and social media accounts (his Twitter handle was "og_aljaffee"), which have all shuttered. In January, his wife of 43 years, Joyce passed away. But, the laughter from the reprints of his work and old magazines will live on. If he makes to 100 - and God I hope he does - he'll be proof positive that having good humor is the true meaning of a long, fruitful life. 

And that would be a snappy answer to a good question.



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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

7.8.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump


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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 74
Occupation: tweeting on the shitter
Last Seen: Washington, DC
Bee-otched For: a myriad of moronicy


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*Sigh....* Where do I even begin?

Today, Drumpf went balls out against the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention because they're warning against reopening schools in the Fall. But guess what? In a tweet today, he bitched about schools reopening in foreign countries with little-to-no problems with schools and the coronavirus.

Many countries have done a yeoman's job getting rid of the virus. But America, under the lack of leadership from Drumpf, has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Just today, we had 52,000 new cases of the virus. We lead the world with 3.1 million cases of COVID. Current cases of the disease are now at 1.6 million with Brazil - whose president has also been diagnosed with the disease - in second place with 527,000 cases. India, Russia and South America round out the top five. 

My home state of Michigan - which had been doing a great job of fighting COVID - is back to losing the battle against the disease. Today, we had 651 new cases across the state.

And Drumpf wants kids to go back to school?

Meanwhile, after seeing several defeats from the Republican-led Supreme Court, Drumpf did get one victory today. The high court ruled that religious-based businesses are exempt from giving out free birth control as an Obamacare mandate. One of Drumpf's goals has long been to eliminate Obamacare and bring back the old system of allowing insurers to judge their customers on their pre-existing conditions. 

A few days ago, Drumpf had a hissy fit over NASCAR and racer Bubba Wallace's noose scare. On Twitter, he called it a hoax and claimed that because of Wallace using his race to raise awareness for black justice, NASCAR's ratings are down. Well, guess what? NBC announced that NASCAR's ratings were UP 41% from last year! It appears that people actually want NASCAR to evolve to include more people of color, because, hey, black people love cars, too!

And let's not forget niece Mary Trump's tell-all book against her uncle, "Too Much is Never Enough". In the book, Mary claims that her estranged uncle cheated not just on his wives, but on his SATs as well. Hey, he has the money! She also labeled him as narcissistic and a bully. Well, durh!

The more Drumpf opens his yapper or tweets from the shitter, the more we want a more-dignified person in the White House. At this point, ANYBODY would be a better choice than the tweeter-in-chief. Hell, even Kanye West would be a better presid-er, never mind.

Honestly, I hope that SOON, we'll get a vaccine for COVID-19 or at least something that will keep us safe. It sucks that the Kens and Karens, plus the 20-something morons who want to rave and throw coronavirus parties are ruining it for everybody. If we had a real leader in the White House, America would be on the right track to recovery instead of being in the same boat with third world nations.

One more thing: Drumpf needs to not wear a mask. He needs to have duct tape over his yapper at all times.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

7.7.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Chick-fil-A


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Name: Chick-fil-A
Age: 53
Occupation: shitty chicken restaurant
Last Seen: Atlanta, GA
Bee-otched For: getting owned in Traverse City


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For 45 years, the Flap Jack Shack in Traverse City has been the northern Michigan resort town's answer to IHOP and Denny's.

Opened in 1975, it was once a franchised chain with restaurants throughout northern Michigan and even Florida where co-founder James Burley owned a few locations himself. The chain had humble beginnings in downtown TC's historic Arcade Building. Eventually, their location on US-31 would serve as the chain's flagship. 

However, in 2010, health problems caused chain co-founder James Bender to close that restaurant. Thankfully, only a few months later, Grand Rapids restaurateur Jeff Lobdell reopened FJS, which joined his other banners including other Traverse City area greats The Omelette Shoppe and Boone's Prime Time Pub. Lobdell, who is based in Grand Rapids also owns the Beltline Bar, Grand Coney and Bagel Beanery.

The Flap Jack Shack served as a warm, friendly place for a nice, hot breakfast for decades. Their retro, 1970s feel brings back memories of a much-more-basic time for those who grew up in the Cherry Capitol.

Recently, mixed emotions rose when it was announced that the Flap Jack Shack would be demolished to make way for a new restaurant: a Chick-fil-A. The popular chicken sandwich chain, headquartered in Georgia, had long-wanted a location in the Cherry Capitol region. Obviously, like any new development in Traverse City - pop. 15,000 - there was mixed reaction. The chain's food is quite popular, though many have long-argued about the chain's giving to anti-LGBTQ+ groups. 

Lobdell's original plan post-demolition was to move Flap Jack Shack to a newer and smaller location. But now, it appears that the Shack will serve up more pancakes for years to come.

Last week, Chick-fil-A announced that they've withdrawn from building on the Flap Jack Shack site because of a land dispute with a neighboring property. If built, the Chick-fil-A would have been between an apartment complex and a Walgreen's. Not only that, it would be the first business as you enter Traverse City one US-31. I guess Traverse City-ites will have to go somewhere else for Chick-fil-A's shit sandwiches. 

But, hey! Big Boy - just a few blocks from the ill-fated Chick-fil-A - now has a new chicken sandwich. Not only that, it actually looks appetizing!

True, some are PISSED that Big Boy replaced their iconic checker-panted, slick-haired boy carrying a double-deck hamburger with a little blonde-haired girl carrying a chicken sandwich. Both the girl and the sandwich is named Dolly, and if you're a huge Big Boy fan, you probably know from their comic books that Dolly is Big Boy's girlfriend. 

(Fun Fact: The original Big Boy logo was designed by Ben Washam, a longtime Warner Bros. animator. He designed the logo for the company's founder, Bob Wian, whose customers included a little boy who loved his hamburgers. He nicknamed him "Big Boy", and the name stuck.)

Granted, the changeover is pure sacrilege to some. But let's remember something: in my neck of the woods in Grand Rapids, there's more former Big Boys than those in business. One is now another burger-based chain, Bagger Dave's, another is now a Mediterranean restaurant and another is currently abandoned, but was supposed to reopen as a Chinese restaurant. Today, only two Big Boys remain in the Grand Rapids metro: downtown and Grandville. 

And upon further look into Big Boy's website, they simply reimaged their iconic logo. Nothing to see here, move along.

If I was in Traverse City and had to choose between Chick-fil-A and a Dolly, I'd pick the Dolly. Sorry, but I can't support a company whose values discriminate the LGBTQ+ community. Personally, I'm somewhat critical of any company that stays closed on Sundays because of religious reasons. But, it ain't hurting both Chick-fil-A (the Cathy family is worth over $12 billion) and Hobby Lobby (founder David Smith is worth $8 billion). Tragically, there's a market for racism and stupidity and those two places live and breathe it.

What's even more retarded on Chick-fil-A's part is the fact that they wanted to demolish an already-established restaurant. Yet, Traverse City is LOADED with vacant spots to build one. Look at East Bay: Wendy's, Robby's, Schelde's and Ruby Tuesday are all gone. Ferchrissakes, how long has Hooters been abandoned? For a billion-dollar company like Chick-fil-A to tear down a beloved icon in Traverse City for one of their shitty chicken joints is far, far-more unholy than Big Boy replacing their logo with a little girl. 

Forever, Traverse City and other small towns have had a stigma: if you're not white, straight, Christian, wealthy or over 21, fuck you. Trust me. I grew up 30 miles from TC and the only thing for a teen to do year-round was go to the mall. My now-former stepsister - whom I'm still friends with - had it bad, too. Both her parents were conservative. Her mother was an alcoholic and she was raised in shitty trailers. Not only that, she's related to a controversial former mayor. As a teen, she came out as bisexual. One day when she was in high school, she was with a female friend, holding hands when a male classmate walked behind her and called them "dykes". She angrily went to the principal's office to report him. The principal's response? "If you want to display this behavior, this is what happens."

Sadly, this type of talk was a huge reason why she started cutting herself. She had a voice and was constantly being silenced because of her sexuality and the fact that she was just a teen. I knew a few folks in northern Michigan who were part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum who were too scared to leave the closet simply because of the bass ackwards culture northern Michigan people are known for.

Look, since the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many people killed because of race, our country has worked hard to eliminate anything that promotes our racist and vile past. The days of Aunt Jemima are numbered, and so is that of Uncle Ben and Cream of Wheat's Rastus. Statues of Confederate generals have been torn down and the last state in America to have the Confederate emblem on their state flag, voted to eliminate it. A statue of a slave owner is just as offensive to blacks as a building housing a Chick-fil-A is to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Northern Michigan needs to work on being more acceptable towards different people and culture other than just being a lily-white place where people pretend that there's not a problem in the world. Many people who live up north do so because they have the misconception that it's safer. Yet, there's several towns up north that have nearly-abandoned downtowns loaded with broken-down buildings like Alba and areas without even a basic grocery store like Ellsworth. And yes, there's crime. Thankfully, the fact that Chick-fil-A won't be building a location up north soon is a win-win for everybody and it needs to stay that way.

And unlike the new Dolly sandwich, this is a bigger cluckin' deal.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

7.6.20 Bee-otch of the Day: one of the worst co-workers I ever had to deal with


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Name: anonymous
Age: 50
Occupation: unemployed
Last Seen: somewhere in west Michigan
Bee-otched For: being one of the worst people I've ever worked with


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You know, I normally try not to talk about my personal life on here.

When I was a kid, I wanted to work in radio. But, I learned a painful lesson that you can have awesome ratings and make a ton of money for your station and still get canned. Just ask Howard Stern or anybody who had done mornings at WKLT in northern Michigan for the past 30 years or so.

In my life, I've done a lot. I've watered cherry trees and sorted cherries at a farm market. I stocked shelves at convenience stores. I've washed dishes and for the past 18 years, I've done my current job.

You see, I work in a team of usually three people. Often, I compare my crew to The Three Stooges. I'm the Larry of the trio because I'm not quite the leader and I've always been there. The Moe of my team has been there off and on for circa 15 years. But, anybody who knows and loves the Stooges knows the saga of the Third Stooge.

Originally, Shemp was the Third Stooge, but quit over a dispute with the Stooges' owner, Ted Healey in 1932. Curly was with the group until he suffered a stroke in 1946. Then Shemp rejoined until he died in 1955 from a heart attack at age 60. Then it was Joe Besser and Curly Joe. 

Well, it's the same at my shop. My operator and I are the lifers while we simply can't find a good third body to stay with us. 

And that third body's responsibility? Simply loading boxes with product.

Yes, the job can be tough at times. But, it's simpler than many other jobs out there. At least you're not getting splattered with hot fry oil or dealing with asshole customers for minimum wage. 

Other the past few years, We had some good folks who worked with us. Sadly, some have quit because they found better-paying jobs. However, we had some from a local temp agency who were flat-out horrid. One temp we had for a few months (ugh) came to work wearing pro-2nd Amendment shirts and other clothes with "Don't Tread on Me" embroidered on there. Thankfully, he was canned because he kept forgetting shit. Another temp we had came in VERY sick and sneezed in our bathroom sink with snot dripping from the faucet. Two days later, I called in sick with severe stomach pain, probably from him. Another long-term temp we had was fun to work with, but she had to quit because she had to testify in a murder trial.

Well, once again, we were stuck without our "Third Stooge" when our last helper went someplace else. However, a co-worker of ours found somebody he knew needed work. 

In the beginning, we knew that our new boxer was on the weird side. He made strange noises and was disruptive. Not only that, he would CONSTANTLY put the wrong quantity in each box. And to add insult to injury, he farted like crazy. 

Now, we minded our own business for the longest time when a few weeks ago, we had a job that involved having to stuff the boxes with cardboard. I set up my section of my machine while my "Moe" set up hers. This asshole, well, really didn't do much. He got his boxes and, well, that was it. No cardboard to stuff with. So, my leader had to cut the cardboard while this prick was standing there acting like an ass. He yelled at me to start running. But, my leader wasn't even remotely ready to run. Well, she got all of HIS cardboard ready and when I was finally given the OK to run, he came to me and SCREAMED at me that if I don't listen to him, he would tell on me. I told him that he was not my boss and he had no right to talk to me like that. I was PISSED. 

Thankfully, I finally got a chance to talk to my supervisor later that day. And he totally agreed that what this prick did to me was absolutely wrong. He told me that he better shape up soon and that was the end of that. 

Well, a week passed and all was well until my leader had a discussion with our General Manager. Needless to say, he was so pissed that we all were cordoned into a meeting in the company conference room. We all told our side of the story at that point and this prick was looking around the room, acting bored, thinking "whatever". When it was time for him to have his say, he said "she was helping me make up the cardboard". WTF?!? He was simply covering his ass to make himself look good in front of the boss. The meeting ended and we all went back to work.

The next day, the GM decided that he wanted to meet with us individually, so we did. When it was my operator's turn, she told me to start running. I wanted to make labels for the boxes and asked him for the quantity per each carton. He didn't answer. Later that day, we had a project that involved having to re-run what we ran earlier through our machine. I moved five carts of product MYSELF while he-who-shalt-not-be-named sat on his ass, playing with a game on his phone. 

On Thursday, my operator and I finally had enough. We went to the GM and told him about the shit he had pulled against me the day before. His response? "That's all I needed to hear." About 40 minutes later, the Third Stooge was canned and shown the door.

Granted, this buttmunch wasn't the worst person I ever worked with. That honor went to a retarded asshole I worked with at a restaurant near Traverse City who went to prison for a few years for child molestation. Not only that, my bosses at the restaurant I worked at KNEW he was a child molester, though he was never charged for any serious crime at the time. Then again, this was the 1990s when things were more under the radar than what they are now.

Now, our shop is looking for our next Third Stooge. I hope to God that they're not an asshole like the last guy. I hope they know how to count and for God's sake, I hope they don't use my area as their personal aisle way, especially during the age of COVID-19.

So, you might wonder what this douchebag was like. Well, he was 50, married and I think two kids. His previous job? He painted nails for 20 years. Yes, he's Vietnamese.

You see, the co-worker who got him in is Vietnamese and owned a few nail salons. It happens so that he worked at one of his salons that he sold off. He needed a job and ended up coming to us. Judging by his negative attitude and lack of knowledge of our business, he probably thought that he had the right to boss me and others around. From what I was told, I wasn't the only person he screamed at. 

Sadly, this asshole was one in many. He's lucky that he's not the first Vietnamese person I've ever met, or else this blog post would be loaded with nasty stigmas about him and his people. Several years ago, I briefly befriended a Vietnamese person in my apartment complex. Turned out that he was simply using me because he was drunk. I was constantly going to a shitty liquor store down the street (the one that made headlines here in Grand Rapids whose owner got run over by an angry customer because their booze was expensive) to get his precious Heineken and the now-demolished Clark station down a few blocks to get his cigarettes. I would visit him and he'd bash liberals for everything. Thanks, but no thanks. 

But, I'm thankful that not all Vietnamese people aren't that way. I worked with other Vietnamese folks and they all were nice and intelligent. One went on to become an engineer. Hell, Vietnam themselves has done a better job fighting coronavirus than us Americans. But for someone who's a total know-it-all to come in my life and thinks he can make up all the rules, I couldn't be more happier that he's gone. Not only that, he never apologized for what he did. Oh, well. The world doesn't need more losers like him.

Working with people who treat you like shit is definitely a no-Nguyen situation.


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

7.2.20 Several Heroes of the Day


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Ya know, when I started writing a special Hero of the Day for Carl Reiner yesterday, I made a special realization.

That realization is the fact that there's many heroes to be celebrated. 

So, with further adieu, here's a list of heroes we're celebrating:

CARL REINER: The beloved comedian and movie director died this week at 98 years old. He was one of TV's first major stars in 1950 with the popular Your Show of Shows, co-starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and his longtime pal, Mel Brooks. Reiner went on to create and star in The Dick Van Dyke Show and also directed many hit movies like "Oh God" and "The Jerk" with Steve Martin. He was also the father of Rob Reiner, who is also a legendary star of stage and screen. Just a few short weeks ago, Reiner and Mel Brooks were seen chatting with each other on social media. 

HUGH DOWNS: Another beloved TV legend was Hugh Downs. The longtime host of NBC's Today and ABC's 20/20 died today at the age of 99. He was also Jack Paar's sidekick on The Tonight Show and hosted the classic game show Concentration. In all, he hosted over 10,000 hours of television, a record he kept until Regis Philbin broke it with 15,000 hours hosted. On both 20/20 and Today, his co-host was Barbara Walters, now 91. It's without any doubt that Downs truly had an impressive career.

COMEDY CENTRAL: After nearly a decade off TV, 1990s animated bad boys Beavis and Butt-head are back. Comedy Central announced that they've inked a two-year deal with show creator Mike Judge to produce new episodes of the iconic series, along with spin-offs (I could see it now: Stewart having his own series where he's headbanging to Maroon 5) and specials. The original series ran from 1993-1997. The program starred Judge as the title characters, two 14-year-old 1990s metalheads who caused trouble and simply weren't all that smart. Some claim that their positive reviews for metal and rap videos helped to transform 1990s music; as a matter of fact, Rob Zombie had long-thanked B&B for helping his band White Zombie increase sales of their debut album, "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1".

After the show's cancellation in 1997, Judge ended up having a successful career in various aspects of entertainment, especially with the long-running King of the Hill, which ran on Fox from 1997-2010. He also directed several movies including "Office Space" (based from his Milton animated movies) and "Idiocracy". Both films flopped at the box office, but have both have achieved cult status since their release. 

In 2010, Judge and MTV brought back Beavis and Butt-head for one more season. Despite impressive ratings, Judge claimed that the network didn't pick up the revival for a second season because it no longer reached their demographic of females 12-24. Now, Judge is back and rearing to produce more B&B shows. 

DAVE BARBER: Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Flint radio great Dave Barber. Since the 1970s, Dave was a driving force behind the mic. He started out as a conservative talker, but as Flint was being destroyed by Reagan's union busting and tax cuts for the wealthy, he changed his tune politically. Many in Michigan - like myself - were introduced to Barber when his show was syndicated in the 2000s throughout Michigan. I even met Dave twice and he was quite the decent human. He later moved to Providence, RI and hosted a radio show before moving to Capitol TV, the state's version of C-SPAN. A week before he passed away, he came back to Michigan to attend a wedding for his niece. At the rehearsal dinner, Dave collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He had suffered both a stroke and heart attack. He died July 4, 2015 at the age of 60. He was survived by his son. 

CASEY KASEM AND AMERICAN TOP 40: It was 50 years ago Friday that the world learned how to count backwards. Casey Kasem's American Top 40 debuted on just seven stations. Today, it's now on over 400 radio stations worldwide. I, like many of you, grew up on Casey Kasem and his replacement on AT40, Shadoe Stevens. To me, Casey was my Sunday morning ritual. I still enjoy listening to old school AT40 shows since they bring back good memories. 

AND FINALLY, THE SCHNEIDER FAMILY: The Schneiders own the Family Market stores in Copemish and Honor in northern Michigan. They have been in the grocery business for some 60 years. This past week, they announced that customers will be charged $10 if they enter the store without a mask. GOOD! Anybody who puts their customers first deserves a pat on the back.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

6.30.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Lynn Afendoulis


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Name: Lynn Afendoulis
Age: 61
Occupation: Michigan state rep
Last Seen: Grand Rapids, MI
Bee-otched For: being another feckless cunt                                                             

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Love her or hate her, we need to give mad props to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At one point, Michigan was in the top five in terms of coronavirus cases. Today, we're #22. Whitmer's order to close nonessential businesses and for people to stay at home has worked. 

True, not everybody is a fan of Whitmer. Just ask the scumbags who stormed the state capitol a few weeks ago without masks and demanding for the state to reopen. Well, they have a politician they might like.

Recently, Michigan state rep Lynn Afendoulis announced that she's running for the same congressional seat currently held by the now-Libertarian Justin Amash. Recently, she unleashed a new ad with the catchphrase "I've Been Whitmered!" In the commercial, Afendoulis talks about being pro-life and wanting to team up with Drumpf to "improve the economy". She also claims that she would send the people who looted and attacked downtown Grand Rapids to prison as terrorists. 

Funny thing she calls herself "pro-life" and yet she wanted Michigan to stay open throughout the COVID crisis. True, the disease has killed over 6,000 Michiganders. But if we had a governor who was similar to the morons in Arizona, Florida or Texas, we could have been #1 on the list.

The fight for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District began when Republican Justin Amash announced that he would be changing his party to Libertarian because of his disgust of Drumpf. As a matter of fact, he also voted for the impeachment of the de facto president. He has since paused his reelection campaign. The other major frontrunner for the Republican ticket is Peter Meijer, an heir to the Meijer retail fortune.

And yes, there's a Democrat running for that same chair, too: immigration attorney Hillary Sholten. 

Afendoulis was a journalist for many years, including a stint as a reporter in the 1980s with the Grand Rapids Press. Most-recently, she was a community relations person for Universal Wood Products. 

When I saw Afendumbass' commercial (which I can't find online), I cringed. Just another politician who acts like COVID-19 doesn't exist and is a Democratic excuse to shutter the state's economy. Of course, she's a businesswoman; her dad owned a restaurant and her family has owned a successful tuxedo rental business for over 70 years. She simply acts like COVID doesn't exist and anybody who thinks that Black Lives Matter should see steel.

Yep, another Repuke I'll never vote for, period. Another person who doesn't care about the middle class or what's left of it. Another person who calls herself a Christian and I see that she's not married, plus her daughter has her last name. Weird.

Thanks, but I'm not interested in being Afendoulised.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

6.29.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump


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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 74
Occupation: racist
Last Seen: Washington, DC
Bee-otched For: I don't even know where to begin                                                             

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I've said this time after time again: I'm not a fan of church.

Too many times, I've bitched about my bad experiences with organized religion. I simply don't like dealing with preachers who steal, clergy who are pedophiles and people whose values just aren't yours. I even tried out a liberal church here in Grand Rapids. Sadly, there weren't enough young people who attended. For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was when one of their parishioners constantly begged me for money, rides and wanted me to help stalk people. 

Of course, I'm no fan of megachurches, either. They're the devil. Even more so, there's morons who think that it's OK to go to church in a pandemic like this. Personally, I like to stay home on a Sunday morning and sleep in. But for some people, they think that if they don't go to church, it's off to H-E-double hockey sticks. 

And tragically, some think the best way to the complete opposite is without a mask. 

Last week, Drumpf spoke at a megachurch in Phoenix, spewing his hatred and vitriol. He called the coronavirus the Kung Fu virus to the applause of the assholes at Dream City Church. On the other hand, Dream City was just handed a cease-and-desist letter from Arizona's Attorney General for claiming that they installed a filtration system that eliminates 99.9% of all viruses in the air, including COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, Drumpf's beloved sidekick, Mike Pence also visited a church with much scrutiny. Over 2,200 people attended the First Baptist Church in Dallas, where they witnessed the joyful singing of a 100-person choir. Too bad the choir didn't wear masks. 

Of course, if you have an IQ over room temperature, you should know by now that a mask will prevent you and others from getting COVID-19. Tragically, there's too many assholes out there that don't wear them. Michigan - like other states - are seeing a spike in COVID cases. Several bars and restaurants here have already closed again because of people getting the disease. At one bar in Lansing, over 80 cases of COVID occurred there alone. It's painful to know that we're not out of the woods yet, and a COVID zapper used by a megachurch isn't the cure.

Meanwhile, Drumpf is under fire for tweets he made. One was a video of an older couple guarding their home with guns. Another showed an old man on a golf cart screaming "white power" that has since been deleted. 

Here in Michigan, political ads are rampant on TV. One of them is for Drumpf, attacking his opponent, Joe Biden, because of his age. The commercials show the 77-year-old in various states of, well, being old. One scene shows Biden saying "all men are created... well..." Another scene shows Biden uttering "I wake up and I feel it's 1920". Obviously, that clip was taken out of context. But, all this is from a commercial for Drumpf, an asshole who is only four years younger than Biden, plus the fact that even Drumpf says stupid things. You know, shit like America having airports in 1776 and using racial slurs in speeches? 

Just a few days ago, Drumpf pushed the Supreme Court to end Obamacare once and for all. And yes, he had to choose the worst possible time to do so: in a pandemic. Nothing like losing your healthcare at the same time you lose your job all because Drumpf did virtually nothing to stop a certain little bug from exploding. But, there's hope. Today, the high court struck down a severe anti-abortion law in Louisiana in a 5-4 vote. This, of course is the same Supreme Court that recently ruled that people cannot be fired from their jobs for being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Look, November's too damn far away. Can't we just shitcan this pathetic soul out of the White House and just let us move on? What's more painful is seeing all the shit that has come out of 2020: COVID-19, riots, blacks STILL being treated like shit... You name it.

Not only that, Inside Edition revealed tonight that at his International Hotel in New York, they barely clean their $600 rooms! When a manager noticed that their cameras were on her, she quickly ran off.

On Friday, I paid a visit to Costco. After spending $217, I took the back way home (Hotel Ave. to 33rd Street) as I normally do (people who TRY to go to 28th St. from there are crazy). However, there was a young Mexican woman standing there with her family with a sign reading to the tune of "Please Give, God Bless". I stopped, and handed her a dollar. I know, it ain't much. But then again, it's more money than a plethora of people would ever give anybody. And that goes to the Karens and Kyles who call themselves "Christian" and would rather give to their pastor's jet plane fund. 

Folks, this is why we can't have nice things. We try to be nice to people, but they spit on our face. Instead of allowing us to vote for the most-progressive candidate, they gave us somebody who was pro-war and anti-healthcare like Hillary Clinton. And now, look at us. We can't go to the movies, we can't go to a restaurant without worrying about COVID and so on. I want to return to the days of Obama, dammit! Granted, Joe Biden is old and not all that progressive. I might not even vote for him and go Green. But if he's president, at least he'll be more presidential that you-know-who.

After all, it IS 1920 all over again.



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