Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6.20.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump


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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 72
Occupation: dick
Last Seen: The White House
Bee-otched For: being too late

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For the past few days, the top news story has been the horrific treatment of children being caged and locked up in so called "tender age shelters" at the US-Mexican border.

So many have put Drumpf on notice for creating the programs that are tearing apart Mexican refugees and their children. It even caused Rachael Maddow to burst into tears. So what does he do to reverse the damage? He signed an executive order to put an end to the kiddie jails. Of course, with the midterms coming up, it's logical for the de facto president to do so, especially since even his fellow Repukes are comparing his antics to the Holocaust and the Japanese determent camps of the 1940s.

Meanwhile up in Canada, the Senate there approved the full legalization of cannabis. THAT'S RIGHT! You can smoke weed, see a free doctor and drink beer while getting a full-nude lap dance up in good 'ol Canada while here in America, we're quickly turning into Nazi Germany.

You know, it's sad that our politics are fucked up comparing to Canada's, and it's all because of the fact that Drumpf's voters are all racists and those easily manipulated. Already, this country's on the track to going back to 2008 again.

Right now, I'm watching the Democratic gubernatorial debate on WOOD-TV here in Grand Rapids. Personally, all three people running would be a better governor for Michigan than Drumpf is president for this country. Even Shri Thanedar, who is probably the most-fake of the three would be a better president, even though he ran laboratories that tested on animals. (Personally, I like Abdul El-Sayed the best so far.)

In the end, the young children who were separated from their parents will be scarred for life. I know, there's some Drumpfers that will cry, "OH! IT WAS THEIR PARENTS FAULT FOR COMING HERE ILLEGALLY!" I cry bullshit. Unless you're a Native American, you are a product of immigrants. My ancestry is Dutch, English, Welsh and Canadian, just to name a few. My ancestors all came here for a better life and the same should be for everybody else. I know, there's immigrants here who are all assholes. But one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.

The Orange Shitgibbon cries that the Mexicans bring all the rapists. Well, he's raped a bunch of kids of their childhood.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6.19.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Phil Boyce


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Name: Phil Boyce
Age: ??
Occupation: chief programmer of talk radio, Salem Radio Network
Last Seen: ??
Bee-otched For: reaching the wrong audience


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On Saturday, I was listening to my favorite weekly podcast, Southpaws, which is also syndicated through Pacifica. Most of the time, hosts Darren Gibson and Jack Prince were talking about how Pothole Johnny himself, ex-Michigan governor John Engler was fucking up Michigan State University.

During the broadcast, Gibson touched on an article on The Daily Beast where Phil Boyce, the head of talk programming at Salem Radio Network talked about why he thinks that talk radio hosts need to stand up for Drumpf. Boyce was speaking at a Talkers Magazine conference in Manhattan last week.

"This guy does have the support of our audience, despite the daily attacks of the mainstream media. Our listeners despise the mainstream media," Boyce said on stage in front of 100 people. He called Drumpf's win in 2016 a game-changer for the talk format and thought that if Hillary Clinton won instead, that it would be all over for him.

Sadly, during his diatribe, Boyce proclaimed "The problem is we’re reaching for a 25-to-54 demo that’s not going to come. A twenty-something isn’t going to listen to us. A 26-year-old who’s living on his parents’ couch in the basement, who’s more worried about his video games or watching porn, is not gonna listen to us. So why do we change, and go after him, and risk running off the ones that will come and listen to us." On Southpaws, Gibson told the truth and I agree 100%: THE REASON WHY THERE'S 26-YEAR-OLDS LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS IS BECAUSE OF HOW FUCKED UP THE RIGHT BECAME IN THE 1980S UNDER REAGAN!

Look, I was born JUST BEFORE the millennial generation. When I graduated from a small tech school just before 9/11, there were no jobs for me. I had to return to washing dishes at the Mexican restaurant in northern Michigan where I worked at as a teen. When they severely trimmed my hours because they decided to hire somebody older than I was and needed the money more than I did, I ended up working at a convenience store. However, the asshole Iraqi owner sold the store to a father and son who knew NOTHING about running a c-store and they ALSO cut my hours. During all this, my asshole polack stepdad wanted me to go out on my own, even though it was just after 9/11 and there were no jobs ANYWHERE. I finally ended up moving to Grand Rapids in 2002 where I worked for ANOTHER asshole who didn't give me a raise for a decade. Oh, and guess what? He was a "Christian".Yep, a so-called "Christian" who owned homes here in Grand Rapids, Alaska and Florida. The only good thing about all this is that he has since retired and I've gotten a few raises from my company's new boss.

The funny thing is that Salem calls themselves a "Christian" company. Oddly enough, they syndicate programs that either talk about the Bible or some reich-winged loudmouth who thinks that Obama was born in Kenya and was the Antichrist and that Drumpf is really Jesus. But, guess what? NONE OF THEIR FUCKING HOSTS OR STATIONS HAVE RATINGS!

Look, talk radio is dying thanks to aging hosts and an aging demo. Most young people hate Drumpf and so do most older folks, too. True, there *are* some towns where Rush and Co. still have ratings (and sadly, one's Grand Rapids), but the truth is that people like Phil Boyce are delusional. If people like Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher and Michael Medved are going to take me to Heaven, thanks, but I prefer to take another route.

And with the way conservative media is, it's all going that same direction.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

6.18.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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Name: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Age: 232
Occupation: newspaper
Last Seen: Pittsburgh
Bee-otched For: firing their beloved cartoonist over telling the truth

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Right now, thousands of children are being separated from their parents all because they want a better life in America. The camps the children are being thrown in are now being compared to the Japanese deterrment camps during World War II. So far, it's definitely one of the worst policies created by Drumpf since taking the Oval Office.

It's too bad that a man who put some light on the situation has been fired.

Rob Rogers was the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 1993. He was fired from the paper last week, claiming that their editorial staff pressured him to produce comics that were pro-Drumpf. He refused; as a matter of fact, the final nail of the coffin was his last strip, seen above.

In an editorial piece for the New York Times, Rogers, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1999 claimed that the traditionally-leftist paper had shifted more towards the right in recent years. They claimed that he was too obsessed with Drumpf and that his work had gotten more "angrier". In his op-ed piece for the Times, Rogers said that he'll be at his drawing table every day of his presidency.

Rob Rogers has gotten plenty of support from fellow cartoonists and even Pittsburgh's mayor. It's tragic that a paper that was a lefty stronghold for decades has now fallen to being a shitrag that caters to virtually nobody. Pittsburgh is a town that overwhelmingly hates Drumpf and for the PG to kiss his ass shows that it's about them and not the reader anymore.

Part of the problem is that the PG's editor, Keith Burris is a huge Drumpf supporter. It's not helping that they're doing more shared business with their sister publication, The Toledo Blade. Both papers are owned by the Block family, who also own Toledo's main cable system, Buckeye. They also own several TV stations including Fox affiliate WDRB in Louisville, NBC WAND in Decatur, IL and all the TV stations in Lima, OH.

Sadly, we live in a time where there's no real liberal media anymore, except for maybe the internet. AM talk radio is loaded with Rush and his clones, TV cable news is biased and corporate and even indie papers are either disappearing, or even worse, becoming more middle of the road like my childhood paper, Traverse City's Northern Express. When Luke Haase bought the paper a few years ago, they started publishing more conservative viewpoints and even racist cartoons from now-former editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy. Recently, the paper pulled its last cartoon, Jen Sorensen's weekly comic.

I know, everything's online nowadays and there, people can provide their own views and opinions. Editorial cartoons are an artform and when its creator is told to provide a different viewpoint that's not his or her's, then it's not really art. It's forced. It's like forcing a black man to join the KKK.

If I'm not mistaken, Rogers' comics are still syndicated through Andrews McNeel, so he still has a job there. But sadly, this is a sign that cartoonists are being forced into the cookie cutter world of once-great journalism. When somebody is forced to present a viewpoint that's not theirs and make it their own, it's cookie cutter journalism at its worst.

I hope that because of this, the PG's circulation drops and the same goes with other publications that no longer present a viewpoint that people actually want. Growing up, I was into bands like KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot and so on. Radio stations downstate played them, but not up in northern Michigan. Why? Because Traverse City's only rock station, WKLT was owned by a company from North Dakota that was all in it for the money instead of the quality. Of course, there's now Rock 105 and 95-5, but sadly, I've had a love-hate relationship with that station and its predecessor, The Zone. I look at the radio ratings now and the people are revolting from old standbys like 106 KHQ, WCCW and so on. Why? It's because there's other and better radio options out there like Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify. In the case of the PG, people can flip over to the Tribune-Review or stop reading newspapers altogether. I haven't bought a newspaper in years and I feel fine, thank you very much.

Instead of ink, the Blocks have blood on their hands.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

6.16.18 Weekend Mix



Lovelytheband - Broken
Matt Nash & Sebjak - I Need a Friend
Me & My Toothbrush - Hands Off
Mono Mind - I Found My Soul At Marvingate (Sofa Tunes remix)
PAX - Electric Feel
Qlank - Give Back
Ricardo Volilobe - Chicks In Da Club
Sage Armstrong x Bruno Furlan - Gotdamn
15Grams - Feel It
Antoine Delvig - Cinco
Danny Howard - This Sound
Danny Wade - Navigator
David Tort & Albert Neve - Blob 2018
DEL-30 - You Won't Regret
Dennis Cruz f/Martina Camargo - El Sueno
Malaa & Noizu - Music Sounds Better With You
Chris Lake x Walker & Royce - Dance With Me
Krystal Klear - Neutron Dance
KURA - Lambo
Lucati - B2B
Madison Mars - Back the Funk
Magnificence & Julian Snijder - Drop It Low
Matroda x Childish Gambino - This is America (VIP edit)
Mr. Belt & Wezol - Let's All Chant
Matt Caseli & David Jimenez vs. Groove Junkies & Alexander Polinsky - Losing My Mind
Moska - House Religion
Nervo - Hey Ricky (FTampa remix)
Nitti Gritti & Vlien Boy - Bailando

Friday, June 15, 2018

6.15.18 Weekend Mix




Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes (Quarterhead remix)
Armin Van Buuren - Blah Blah Blah
Hatsune Miku f/Slushii - Through the Night
Steve Aoki & Vini Vici f/Mama Aoki - Moshi Moshi
ATLiens - Invasion
Chime - Facepunch
Destructo & Busta Rhymes - Fucking Shit Up
DVMU - This One's For the Soundboiz
Dirty Audio x Krischvn - Phantom
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Vini Vici & Cherrymoon Trax - The House of House
Skrillex & The Doors - Breakin' a Sweat
Vini Vici & Coming Soon!!! - Mad (Blastoyz remix)
W&W & Groove Coverage - God Is A Girl
Brynny & Uberjak'd f/Jethro - Monsters in the Night
Crizzly & Carbin - Bangin'
Jauz & DJ Snake - Gassed Up
Marshmello - Tell Me
Sikdope & ATRIP f/Virus Syndicate - Badder
King Kavalier f/Chris Lee - Bad Drugs
Barren Gates - The Hiest
Zetta - Necrosis (Misfit Massacre remix)
Gryffin - Winnebago
Antiserum f/Bok Nero - On the Edge
Bear Grillz f/Sullivan King - Wicked
Cesqeaux & DJ Sliink - Bust
Cyran - Make Em Say
Dirtcaps f/Jantine - Need a Friend
Ivory - Next Level
Jayceeoh & HVRCRFT f/Veela - All I See
LightCount - Rewind
Luv Drunk - I Can't Lose

Thursday, June 14, 2018

6.14.18 Bee-otches of the Day: companies that still sponsor The Cosby Show on TV One



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Names: various
Ages: various
Occupation: various
Last Seen: various
Bee-otched For: supporting a felon


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Today, the Detroit Tigers played a day game, beating the Twins. Yes, the Rally Goose is alive and well in the Motor City.

Since my nighttime TV habit has revolved around the Tigers and they weren't playing tonight, I remembered that I promised myself to list all of the sponsors of The Cosby Show on TV One, the TV network that still has the gall to air that show even after Cosby's guilty verdict.

I was expecting mostly promos and filler, but I was SHOCKED to see many A-list sponsors that aired during the show, which airs on the 88th most-viewed TV network here in the US. With the show being axed on other channels like Bounce and TV Land, some could wonder if having Cosby all to themselves would help improve TV One's ratings.

So here you go, folks. Here's a list of the sponsors of last night's block of The Cosby Show, which aired at 7pm tonight:

Progressive
IKEA
Macy's
NBC (promoting their new show Marlon)
Domino's
Allegra
Energizer
US Army
Jeep
AT&T
Allstate
Kohl's
KFC
Denny's
The General Insurance
Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Rent-A-Center
Kleenex
McDonald's
So Clean C-Pap Machines
Cadillac
Zillow
Gold Bond
Metro PCS
Nissan
Wendy's
Cottonelle
Kellogg's Eggo
Gilead Pharmaceuticals

Yep, 29 sponsors of a show starring a monster who drugged and raped over 60 women in his career. Yet, it was one who brought him to justice.

BTW, the two episodes were one where Cosby entertains a bunch of children at Olivia's birthday party and another was when BB King shows up at the Huxtables' home. I didn't laugh once during either episode. Neither seemed to have a plot.

Ya know, it's sad that when Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a cunt, State Farm and Autotrader pulled their spots. Reportedly, TBS's airing of Full Frontal last week was mostly filled with promos for other TBS shows. Yet, 29 companies still support the supposed humor of a monster who ruined the lives of so many women.

Folks, calling a wealthy woman a cunt is a tap on the shoulder as opposed to raping and drugging one herself. Why is corporate America still supporting this bullshit?!?! I know, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Phylicia Rashad, Raven Symone and others did nothing wrong and they deserve residuals. But in the great words of Buck Strickland, "sometimes, you gotta kill the horse to save the leg."

Please. Stop the madness.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6.13.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Kumar Vemulapalli



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Name: Kumar Vemulapalli
Age: 75
Occupation: real estate developer
Last Seen: Cincinnati, OH
Bee-otched For: making my childhood mall beyond useless


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When I was a little boy growing up in northern Michigan, Cherryland Mall was the place to be.

I had fond memories of that tiny mall, which was Traverse City's first modern enclosed mall when it opened in 1976. It wasn't a megamall by any means. It didn't have a food court nor did it have a movie theater. It did, however have several water fountains - I remember my father handing me pennies to throw in there - plus stores like Circus World (the closest I ever got to being a Toys 'R' Us kid), The Id, Kinney Shoes (ironically across the hall from Foot Locker, and guess where my mom made me buy my shoes, sadly...), Aladdin's Castle, Camelot Music and Tape World.

However, Cherryland's fate was sealed all thanks to a mall that didn't have any fountains, but did have the aforementioned food court and movie theater, plus 50 more stores - some taken from Cherryland itself - and even a carousel, and that was Grand Traverse Mall.

Since GTM opened in 1992, Cherryland has been in a sad, pitiful demise. By the late 90s, Cherryland was mostly reduced to mom 'n pop stores replacing the chain stores that once graced the mall and vacancy was very high. Their owners and founders, the Schostak family decided to redevelop it into a power center in 1999, becoming the Cherryland Center. They were hoping that the new outdoor format would be a success. Well....

It was successful when it reopened, but the sad thing was that 9/11 and the poor economy in the 2000s hurt Cherryland even more. The 2008 economic collapse really hurt Cherryland; Wells Fargo forclosed on the mall in 2010. Since then, stores have been abandoning the strip, and it hasn't helped that the man who has owned it since 2013 has a long history of poorly-managed buildings.

Kumar Vemulapalli bought Cherryland at auction in 2013 for just over $3 million. Since then, Cherryland has been turning into a ghost town. This past year alone, Cherryland has lost or is losing their three founding anchors: Kmart, Younkers (formerly Prange's) and Sears. After all three stores close, Big Lots will be Cherryland's sole anchor with very little else surrounding that store.

Kumar has been known for owning mismanaged buildings. As a matter of fact, he was the owner of the Genesee Towers in Flint, which became condemned under his aegis. Now, it's Cherryland Center's turn. The sad thing is that there are talks about turning the old Kmart space into a U-Haul dealer. But then again, it's better than nothing. As for the soon-to-be-abandoned Sears and Younkers slots, it's anybody's guess what will happen to those.

The only bright spot for Cherryland is the fact that the biggest nail in its coffin, Grand Traverse Mall, has had their weaknesses, too. In ten years, they have lost some major tenants like Abercrombie and Fitch, Pacific Sun, Foot Locker, Express, Yankee Candle and Zales Jewelers, plus its movie theater when a new cinema was built down the road. As a matter of fact, the area across from Dunham's Sports in the Target corridor is a virtual ghost town, loaded with abandoned storefronts save for an Armed Forces career center and an acupressure office. The mall seems to have its fair share of empty storefronts. However, their bright spot is the fact that in those ten years, they've gained H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Torrid and Zumiez, plus the Dunham's that replaced the cinema and part of the Target corridor.

Grand Traverse Mall had 77 stores in 2010. Today, it's 58. When I was a teen, it was over 100.

The sad thing is that maybe - just maybe - it's not totally Kumar's fault that Cherryland is indeed a ghost town. Traverse City, after all is overretailed and with the internet, those who used to drive 50-100 miles just to go to the mall don't do so anymore. Fuck, Grand Traverse Mall doesn't even have a bookstore!

The point is, BOTH Grand Traverse Mall and Cherryland need to learn from Woodland and Centerpoint here in Grand Rapids. They're two malls across from each other and both have had a lot of work done. Several years ago, Centerpoint - like Cherryland - became a power center. But unlike Cherryland, it's doing quite well. Woodland lost Sears last year. Guess what? Instead of having a building that will sit dark for years, their owners are dumping $100 million in renovations and new stores, including a Von Maur. Already, there's stores moving around Woodland to make way for the renovated mall.

If GT Mall and Cherryland learned from the Grand Rapids malls, this will be good news for the economy and people would be interested in shopping there again. Nobody wants to visit retail deserts. Hell, there's a lot of stores in those two malls here that could do well up there: The Apple Store, Bar Louie, Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble and a few more here and there.

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