Wednesday, January 15, 2020

1.15.20 Bee-otch of the Day: terrestrial radio



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Name: terrestrial radio
Age: 100
Occupation: entertainers and informers of the general public
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: firing the wrong people                                                                 

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As a kid, I wanted to be a radio personality.

But thanks to idiot owners who reward failure over greatness, I'm happy to remain far, far away from a microphone.

Yesterday, a myriad of programmers and jocks employed by iHeartMedia (aka Clear Channel) were all fired as part of restructuring by the media giant. Basically put, the company is now having their smaller stations be programmed and DJ'd via voicetracking by their bigger stations. Here in Grand Rapids, CHR giant WSNX is a prime example. Their morning show, Mojo in the Morning is beamed from Detroit. IIRC, their nighttime jock is Mojo's son, who is also VT'd.

The casualties in Grand Rapids included B93's Dave Conrad, who was with the station for 27 years. Rick Albin, who was a part of WOOD-AM/FM's morning show also exited, but remains at former TV sister WOOD-TV 8 as its political reporter. Sadly, the already bastardized WSNX 104.5 got the biggest cuts: afternoon jock Aly and weekend mix show host Choff are now jobless (though Choff is a regular mixer at several clubs in the area). I hope this does not affect WSNX's Sunday night mix show, Club 1045.

While many whose lives revolved around entertaining thousands behind the mic will now have to be put on hold, the sad tragedy is what happened with iHeartMedia last week: they resigned Rush Limbaugh to another four-year deal.

The pill-popping, prostitute-fucking lard-assed pile of shit didn't reveal how much his deal with the radio giant was. However, sources claim that he's worth an estimated half a billion dollars as it is. His last deal with the company was worth $400 million.

With iHeartless' cuts, it purely makes their competitors here in Grand Rapids, Cumulus and especially Townsquare look like they're in tip-top shape. But sadly, Cumulus Grand Rapids is a fucking abortion.

In the latest Nielsen ratings released last Friday, their highest-rated station, Classic Rock WLAV - a station normally in the top five in the ratings - only finished 11th with a putrid 3.0. Not long ago, the station changed their lineup to include the syndicated Steve Gorman Rocks! at night and Jackie Green middays. Green - who is openly a hermaphrodite - also co-hosts sister station 105.3 Hot FM's shitty morning show, The Morning Henhouse With Grey and Green.

True, Hot FM *should* capitalize on being live and local morning, midday and afternoons, but with a playlist more vanilla than WSNX's, it ain't working out in the ratings. They're in 12th place with a 2.7.

And even more embarrassing is that FINALLY, Nielsen is putting the re-born WKLQ 94.5, now as AAA "The Q" in the ratings. And sadly, what a joke: 13th place with a 2.0. Then again, name a AAA station that's in the top five ratings anywhere.

Being from northern Michigan, one lesson I've learned is that if a chain business closes, the rest of the chain will follow. Blockbuster closed all their stores just a year or two before the rest of the chain did. Toys R Us in Traverse City closed just before the rest of the chain went kaput in 2018. Charlotte Russe closed their Grand Traverse Mall location just before they went belly-up the same year. Well now, there's many terrestrial radio stations off the air, and many of them are full-powered 100,000-watt FMs. Hell, over the years, some stations were even silenced for good and for some stations, I wonder HOW they stay on the air with little-to-no ad revenue.

Ever been punished for something you DIDN'T do? That's terrestrial radio in my eyes. When I was a kid, my cousins in Detroit and Grand Rapids had awesome stations like 89X, Z-Rock and KLQ. Me? Pfffft. KLT didn't want anything to do with folks my age. They viewed my age bracket as punks. But thanks to better stations over the years like The Zone, Rock 105 and 95-5, plus SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify, KLT became TOTALLY worthless. The same company that owns KLT also had 106.7 The Peak. They destroyed that station and now, it's silent, awaiting sale.

And yes, don't get me started on KLQ. I hope Hanlon's enjoying the Carolinas.

Look, the other day, I was talking with a schoolteacher, who asked her class what a particular song was. I asked her what station she would put on for a bunch of elementary kids. I was expecting something like Hot FM or Mix 95-7, but nope! It was her random station on Pandora.

The reality is that in this age of social media and badmouthing, radio is like any other business. Ever been to a restaurant with poor service? You bitch about it on Yelp. You hope others will read your complaint and avoid the place at all costs, or at least management will read it to make good, positive changes. But, if you get a C&D order from management, all you can do is pray that karma will hit them on the ass hard. I know of a certain somebody down in Texas who did such a thing and now he's paying the price, hint, hint.

In the meantime, I hope that many of those fired by IHM will find new jobs and get back on their feet. I can count my lucky stars that I never got into radio since the job I'm doing now cannot be replaced by any computer or be done long distance from 200 miles away. I am needed.

How ironic that all this happens just days after the death of Rush's Neil Peart. At the end of "Spirit of Radio", he should have added something about the suits joining the salesmen.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1.14.20 Bee-otch of the Day: the media


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Name: the media
Age: ageless
Occupation: entertainers and informers of the general public
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: trying to slam Bernie                                                                 

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Hard to believe it, but crunch time is around the corner.

The Iowa Caucus is February 3rd and according to NBC, Joe Biden is in the lead.

Or at least that's what the Peacock says.

Last night, the NBC Nightly News talked about how Elizabeth Warren is claiming that Bernie Sanders told her that a woman cannot win the presidency in America. Of course, Sanders said the opposite 32 years ago.

Simply put, NBC and other media titans want one thing and one thing only: for Sanders to lose the Democratic ticket so he can't go after big corporations like parent company Comcast. So, they claim that Biden is now kicking his ass so he can win Iowa and make Sanders get butthurt.

I also love it when the media calls Warren a "progressive". Sorry, but corporations love her. Morgan Stanley, Google, AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Amazon and others are among her top donors. And we all know when she accepts $$$ from a health insurer like KP: hush money to make healthcare in America not even a priority.

The latest Democratic debate is only in a few minutes. I can't wait til the gloves come off!

All I can say is that the proof is in the pudding. We'll see if the media's right on February 4th when the results come in regarding the Iowa Caucus. This will be definitely an exciting year, and even more exciting when Drumpf is removed out of the White House in either a vote or even better, handcuffs (though I suspect vote).

But, if Drumpf is still in the White House January 20, 2021, Let's hope and pray that Bernie's right and a woman can take the Oval Office then. A woman with those initials AOC.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

1.13.20 Hero of the Day: Neil Peart


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A SPECIAL HERO OF THE DAY!
Name: Neil Peart
Age: was 67
Occupation: former drummer, Rush
Last Seen: catching the mystery and catching the mist
Awarded For: maybe being the greatest rock drummer, period

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When a nervous 22-year-old Neil Peart showed up to audition to become the drummer for Rush in 1974, he carried his drum set in trash cans, stowed away in his crappy Ford Pinto. Lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson thought he was batshit crazy.

However, from that experience, Neil would only get better. So much so that he would be known to fans and drum enthusiasts alike as "The Professor".

The boy did good for a kid from a small farming town in Ontario. As a matter of fact, his father sold tractor parts for a living. With a transistor radio, he became a fan of 1960s pop music stations which introduced him to rock music. As a young boy, Peart learned to play the piano and the drums. He played in local rock bands and even lived in England in the early 70s in hopes of gaining fame. He ended up moving back to Canada where he worked at his father's tractor dealership during the day and at night, playing drums for a local band, ironically called Hush.

It was a mutual acquaintance of Peart's who convinced him to audition for Rush after original drummer John Rutsey left the band due to issues with diabetes. Their first album, which was self-titled, was released early in 1974 and became an unexpected hit thanks to the rock radio standard "Working Man". Only 3500 copies of the album were originally produced through Moon Records, a company owned by Rush. However, Cleveland Rock station WMMS DJ Donna Halper obtained a copy of the album and starting playing "Working Man" on her show. Soon, record stores in Cleveland had problems keeping Rush's album on shelves. As a result, Rush was soon signed to Mercury Records, who re-released the album.

With Rush's new-found success, they needed a new drummer. When Neil Peart officially joined Lee and Lifeson in 1974, Rush was a Canadian copy of Led Zeppelin and other hard rock bands at the time. Neither Lee nor Lifeson liked writing lyrics, but Peart did, and became the band's lyricist. While living in England, Peart became fascinated with the writings of Ayn Rand, which also fueled his involvement with Libertarian politics. Starting with Rush's next album and Peart's first, "Fly By Night" from 1975, the band started producing a more-progressive rock sound. Over the years, the group produced AOR staples like "Closer To The Heart", "Limelight", "Spirit of Radio" and the band's only hit on the pop charts, 1982's "New World Man". 

Rush had a very distinguishable sound. Geddy Lee's falsetto vocals and fast-paced bass-playing, Alex Lifeson's super-charged guitar solos and Neil Peart's fast playing of multiple drums, plus all that synth gave Rush fans some thought-provoking sounds. But, they didn't call Neil Peart "The Professor" for nothing. He toured the world with a 360-degree drum set that was high on top of a turntable, as seen above.

In a world where rock bands change members like underwear, Rush's lineup remained intact for over 40 years. However in 2015, Peart announced his retirement. His bandmates later claimed that he was simply taking a break. Three years later, Rush formally announced their breakup, 50 years after the band - with Lifeson as its only original member - originally formed. At the time, the band claimed that Peart's problems with tendinitis was the culprit as to why they were retiring.

Sadly, a week ago tomorrow, Neil Peart died at the age of 67. The announcement of his passing was not made until last Friday. Neil battled Glioblastoma, the same brain cancer that claimed the life of my aunt two years ago. Neil's cancer battle was a closely-guarded secret among close friends and family. Instead of making his fight with the disease public, he chose to spend his last three and a half years quietly with his wife, Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia, born in 2009 at home in Santa Monica, CA.

Since Neil's passing, it comes without saying that so many have paid their respects to one of rock's finest musicians. Last Friday, Danny Carey of Tool performed a number dedicated to Peart. Styx's Lawrence Gowan - a fellow Ontarian - performed "Limelight" in concert. And yes, Richard Christy.

Like many rock fans, Rush's music played a huge role in my musical diet growing up. There's many drummers - rock or traditional - who could beat one until they indeed got blisters on their fingers. Buddy Rich was definitely an influence on Neil Peart and other drummers. He hated rock music with a passion, but watching him drum - especially with The Tonight Show's Ed Shaughnessy - was truly a music lover's dream. Peart himself drummed with Rich's group and produced a tribute album for him.

But if there's an honor that Peart was bestowed on, it was the fact that he was the finisher to David Letterman's "Drum Solo Week" back in 2011. He joined fellow drum greats Sheila E. and Roy Haynes along with Letterman drummer Anton Fig. Rewatching those clips, Peart's performance was on a Friday, and by golly, Letterman saved the best for last.

So, it is without saying that we need to give our thanks to The Professor. He may be gone, but his lessons will teach us all for years to come.


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Thursday, January 9, 2020

1.9.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Don Imus



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Name: Don Imus
Age: dead
Occupation: former Stern clone
Last Seen: around a lot of fire
Bee-otched For: being a shitty radio personality

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It's officially true: Imus is dead.

The angry old racist prick died just before the new year from lung disease at 79. He was known for being a crass shock jock; some say he was an influence on Howard Stern. Stern, however, said that it was the other way around for years.

Now, it's true that Howard has toned down somewhat in terms of his notorious battles. He's made up with the likes of Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen Degeneres and even Kathie Lee Gifford. But on Monday's show, Stern pulled no punches in regards to Imus. He talked about how lame his show was before he came to WNBC in 1983 and the racist shit he was pulling long before the infamous "nappy headed ho" incident that got him fired from CBS in 2007. According to Howard, he personally called an NBC secretary the N-word and she was very upset about it. Howard claimed that because Imus was heavy on drugs and alcohol at the time, he got a free pass. Plus, it was the 1980s, so things were way different back then.

According to Howard, Imus often sat in on his show and even attended show meetings. Soon, Imus was ripping off Stern's bits, which pissed him off. When Howard's E! show took off in the 1990s, Imus copied him by simulcasting his show on MSNBC. After the "nappy headed ho" incident, even that network canned him. He eventually ended up on Cumulus' WABC New York and the RFD-TV network on cable and satellite, a channel known for airing cow auctions, farm reports and old episodes of Pop! Goes the Country. Eventually, Imus ended up on Fox Business Network, because Heaven forbid that the main Fox News Channel give up their beloved Fox and Friends for Old Man Imus' dreck.

The sad thing was that the media did talk some good things about Imus, especially his cancer ranch. I roll back my eyes thinking about it, since I think Imus wanted a ranch, got one and couldn't afford the upkeep. So, he used cancer-stricken kids to live the dream of being a cowboy, though it's probably hard work for those weakened by the disease. Personally, I would donate to St. Jude's since all of their patients never see a bill.

What's funny is how radio critics bashed Stern and defended Imus. Hell, I remembered when he re-signed his contract with Cumulus, they claimed that he had affiliates in all 50 states. Funny thing was that the only affiliate he had in Michigan at the time was a tiny, unprofitable station in a rural part of the state owned by a person that left a giant hole in a major town in the state. In Detroit, he was carried first on the old WYST Star 97 in the mid-90s before it flipped to K-Rock and carried Howard Stern. He then moved to WXYT 1270, but when they flipped to Sports, he then moved to low-rent WPON 1460, a station that carried brokered programming.

You know, when Howard was on terrestrial radio, he would NEVER accept being on a peashooter, let alone a station owned by slumlords. I know that his Houston affiliate was a daytime-only AM, but that's all CBS could do there. Since Imus' ratings were shitty and his listeners were all old farts, well, there you go.

Tell you the truth, I think Imus was LUCKY to see 79 with all the drugs he took over the years. Fuck, at one point, he missed 100 days of work because of his habit in the 1970s. He ended up losing his WNBC gig and moving to Cleveland as a result. He only came back to New York because he sobered up for the moment.

But now, Imus is dead and the world's a better place. Oh, well. Then again, his fans are dying off, too.

Hopefully, if Heaven presents him with 40 virgins, they'll all have afros.
                                                                                

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

1.8.20 Bee-otch of the Day: the radio industry


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Name: terrestrial radio
Age: 100
Occupation: entertainers and informers of the public
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: having a bad business model

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When I was a youngin', I was told that if you bust your ass and do a good job, you're entitled to raises and promotions at work. A good job well-done should be rewarding.

Now, if you do a good job, the tables get turned. Your boss will point out even your most-minor problems and give you bullshit excuses not to promote you, period.

And the broadcast industry is definitely not an exception to the rule.

For nearly 50 years, Detroit has been blessed with a legendary rock station in 101 WRIF. As times changed, so did the evolution of their sound. As a result, they are one of the highest rated rock stations in America and currently in the top three in the Nielsen radio ratings locally. By all means, their jocks and programmers should be given a raise.

But instead, they ended 2019 in the unemployment line.

Longtime Programming Director Mark Pennington - who had been at The Riff since 2001 - and 30-year Riff vet Anne Carlini were shown the door last week. The two, plus Juline Jordan from sister Classic Rocker WCSX 94.7 and DJ Dinero from Classic Hip-Hop 105.1 The Bounce all fell victim to parent company Beasley's budget cuts.

Yes, the same Beasley who owned WQAM 560 in Miami a long time ago. God, do I remember one of their hosts, the late, great Neil Rogers constantly bashing them on the air.

As some of you know, I wanted to get into radio as a youngin'. But since my mother personally knew a lot of DJs in Traverse City, one even told her that he was "replaced by a computer". This was c. 1990 and computerized automation was starting to take over the airwaves up north. Hell, I remembered seeing the giant CD automation system at WKLT that took up an entire corner of master control. Of course, my laptop and even my cell phone can carry more songs than that beast.

Here in Grand Rapids, it was heartbreaking when Matt Hanlon destroyed the original 94.5 WKLQ by demoting Howard Stern to flea-powered WBBL 1340 and screwed over their DJs. I know, this was over 15 years ago. But in the end, KLQ was killed off due to poor ratings, WGRD picked up the Active Rock format (though late 90s/early 00s KLQ was WAAAAAAY better, IMHO) and Matt Hanlon was fired... TWICE. Once for when Citadel was bought out by Cumulus and twice from WGRD parent Townsquare for his infamous drunk driving accident. Of course, he did rebound and is now in Charlotte, NC where he's the market manager for Entercom's radio stations, which include Hot AC 107.9 The Link and the godawful Bob and Sheri Show (of course, it was once carried in northern Michigan on the now-defunct 106.7 WSRT and the ratings STUNK).

Sadly, that's the reality of radio: good jocks get canned while the shitty ones get promoted. Ken Evans was canned TWICE here in Grand Rapids on two top-rated CHRs while the fat bastard known as Bill Simonson is still sucking up the airwaves on WBBL. Not only that, his ratings are totally abyssal.

Oh, and get this (SIGH): RUSH LIMBAUGH HAS RENEWED HIS CONTRACT WITH IHEARTRADIO IN A MULTI-YEAR DEAL. REALLY, IHEART?!?! Ya know, Rush - and fellow right-winged loons - no longer attract the ratings they once had. Hell, in Detroit, WJR is at a 2.2! WOR in New York is at a 1.7 and KEIB Los Angeles is at a .6. The biggest market I can find where Rush is still on a top 10 station is Dallas.

Ya know, there's a reason why iHeart and Cumulus have money problems. There's a reason why up in northern Michigan, the owners of legendary boomer rocker WKLT are going out of business. Hell, the Traverse City area has SEVERAL licensed radio stations that are off the air. The answer is simple: bad decisions.

Radio is like a grocery store. It's like a car dealership, a restaurant or even a gas station. It's a business. If they can't make money, it's their goddamned problem. If they lie to their listeners or even throw them away while the listeners find a new radio home. It's their problem. In WRIF's case, those who are rebelling over Ann Carlini or Mark Pennington's firing of course have Canadian-flavored 89X or internet or satellite radio to turn to for their fix of Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch and Van Halen. But since WRIF is a brand name, they might not have a lot to worry about. They have the American rock audience to themselves almost. But it's true: boycotts work, even in radio. Just look at the aforementioned WKLQ.

It's a shame that terrestrial radio is 100 years old this year. Their business model - and in some cases, demographic - is the same age.
                                                                                

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

1.7.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump


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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 72
Occupation: self-centered prick
Last Seen: Washington, D.C.
Bee-otched For: even STILL not having his priorities straight

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Tonight, I was going to continue to write the article that I began writing earlier today. It was 7 p.m. and getting ready to watch Wheel Of Fortune to see how Pat Sajak's daughter Maggie did doing Vanna White's job. Just as the show began, my local WOF affiliate's network, CBS chimed in with a Special Report.

The Iranians attacked one of our bases in Iraq. It's official: the shit's really hitting the fan, and boy, is it going to stink.

The tragic truth is that we now have a president who attacked Hillary Clinton for supporting the war in Iraq. He suckered the asshole hillbillies and boomers into thinking that he was the more-right-thinking candidate. When Drumpf entered the White House, we had no problems with Iran. But now, we have hell to pay.

Over 4,500 soldiers died in Afghanistan and Iraq in a rich man's war over oil. Now, it looks like Iran is next. While our soldiers die over there, Drumpf will be at Mar-a-Lago, enjoying his precious golf games that We the People are paying for.

Tonight during the newscast of WOOD-TV here in Grand Rapids, political reporter (and Repuke) Rick Albin reported that establishment candidate Joe Biden is in the lead for the Democratic nominee for president at 29% vs. Bernie Sanders' 20%. Sorry, but that's biased, considering the long lines Bernie has standing outside the arenas he plays at. This is what happens when media companies get bigger because of conservative politics and a lax FCC. Telling the truth is passe. It's all about telling YOU who to vote for in November and even the primaries. Hell, Albin claimed that it's a toss-up in Iowa, whose Caucus is around the corner.

Let's remember WHY Drumpf got elected president. The people wanted Bernie, but the DNC and the media all cried for Hillary. In the end, Drumpf won and we all lost. The MAGAts won and sadly, we're all losing in the end. If Drumpf begs Congress to throw us into another war, I hope they tell him to STFU and let this shit ride out. I knew we were in for more trouble when Drumpf got elected, and boy, we're right.

Time to go to the hardware to buy more shovels because we need a bigger hole to not allow us to get out of.                                                                                     

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Monday, January 6, 2020

1.6.20 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump



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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 72
Occupation: self-centered prick
Last Seen: Washington, D.C.
Bee-otched For: STILL not having his priorities straight

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Well, it's officially 2020.

But instead of having a clear vision for the future, we're stuck with a president dragging us back to the past.

On New Year's Day, my father texted me with some sad news. The house next to my childhood home near Torch Lake, Michigan was recently foreclosed on. The two-story house is now on the market for $101,000. Oddly enough, it's not the first house in my old neighborhood that saw foreclosure. My old house itself was foreclosed on during the 2008 economic crisis. The story was that when my Dad and stepmom moved to Kentucky in 2000, they sold the old house to an older couple from the Detroit area. I actually met them, and they told me that were working for work up north. Well, they apparently didn't.

Northern Michigan has long been a haven for retirees, especially those with money. However, many restaurants in the Traverse City area have closed because the rent's too high and people can't afford to flip burgers for $11 per hour. Hell, even the local Denny's had to only be open during the day because of Traverse City's labor shortage. Down the street, Ruby Tuesday closed for good because of that reason and the KFC downtown also closed, but has since reopened.

A few days ago, someone I went to school with posted a stupid meme on Facebook. It showed two sets of before and after photos. One was of Hiroshima and the other was of Detroit. Under the Detroit set, it read "this is what 60 years of Democratic rule looks like". No, this is what union-busting and whitey moving to the suburbs looks like.

Like I've said for over 20 years, I've never voted Republican and never will. Why? In the great words of the late, great Dave Barber, they only care about the peanuts while the elephants walk by. Right now, we have an entire continent, Australia that's been a longtime ally to us that's burning down. Thousands upon thousands of innocent animals are dying in the brushfires that are twice the size of New Jersey. Koala bears - who look cuddly, but tend to be very self-centered - are so scared that they will come to humans for help. Many of them are burned so bad that they end up dying.

The sad, painful truth is that we should be helping the Aussies. To see their homeland and their culture go up in flames is heartbreaking to say the least. We Americans should be helping them.

But instead, we went ahead and killed a man we had no problems with.

I was afraid that Drumpf would do something stupid. Well, there you go. Oil prices have exploded and everything has turned into "you better fill up ASAP". $4 per gallon gas just might make a comeback sooner than later.

Personally, I think the attack was simply due to the impeachment process that Drumpf is going through. If Clinton could do it, so can Drumpf. After all, making sure we cream our enemies is a helluva lot more important than giving Americans decent healthcare and raising the minimum wage to a living wage.

But yes, this is America. A country where the Democrats think that people will vote for them no matter how far to the right they are. After all, Hillary thought she could get away with voting for the Iraq War and receiving bribes from the healthcare industry to make sure they stay in business. Meanwhile, Americans are being forced to decide whether or not they want to eat or see the doctor. Let's not forget ignoring the people of Michigan during the 2016 election.

Folks, THIS IS WHY WE NEED BERNIE SANDERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE!! I'm tired of the media telling me and you that Joe Biden is in the lead. They're only telling us this because he's an establishment candidate. Fuck, he even told a crowd recently that he would consider a REPUBLICAN to be his running mate! Um, Joe, remember what happened to Al Gore in 2000? He chose Joe Lieberman as his veep and that was a disaster. Hell, I chose not to vote in 2000 because of him. Sorry, but somebody who gives Howard Stern "The Golden Sewer Award" and is a member of a far-right-winged group that wants more censorship on TV is not a real Democrat. Personally, I think if Gore chose somebody other than Lieberman as his running mate, we wouldn't have 9/11 or fake wars galore.

Let's remember something: 4,500 American soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them came home with PTSD and other serious injuries. And while us taxpayers pay for our overbloated military, we have homeless soldiers on street corners begging for change. If WWIII happens, prepare for more carnage. All I can say is that I'm happy that I can't be drafted since I'm pushing 40.

Even more, I get flustered seeing too many fucking ads on TV for either Tom Steyer or even Mike Bloomberg. REALLY?!? Nothing like two rich pricks who pretend to care about the middle class, IMHO. Sorry, but I'm tired of the beyond-overprivileged running my government. There's a reason why billionaires want to stay in the White House: IT'S TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR TAXES DON'T GO UP A CENT. Jeff Bezos is worth $120 billion. Ten years ago, he was only worth $13 billion. Sadly, those on minimum wage are still getting paid $7.25 per hour after all these years.

You know, I hope the senate will make up their minds and get Drumpf totally kicked out of office. It's also time for people to think for themselves. In 2016, the Democratic National Committee forced Hillary Clinton onto everybody despite Bernie Sanders winning the most votes. She lost the midwest where Drumpf pushed his vitriol onto the masses. No more. It's Bernie's time and not for corporate politics.

Remember kids, koalas have better souls that the one with a chinchilla on his head.


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