Thursday, August 16, 2018

8.16.18 Hero of the Day: Aretha Franklin


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A SPECIAL HERO OF THE DAY!         
Name: Aretha Franklin
Age: was 76
Occupation: The Queen of Soul
Last Seen: entertaining the angels
Awarded For: being quite possibly the greatest female rock musician... EVER



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Today was just like any other day in the Motor City, but something was indeed different.

It seemed that everywhere you were, the music of Aretha Franklin was everywhere. Her music was playing out of homes, cars and and in front of the New Bethel Baptist Church where her father preached.

There were a few that cried, but a few that also celebrated and danced to classics like "Think", "Freeway of Love" and her signature, "Respect".

And that was what people were doing for her today: showing their respect for a woman whose music touched so many.

Born in Memphis, Franklin's family moved to Detroit when she was two when her father started preaching at New Bethel. However, her teen years where anything but sweet: her mother died when Aretha was ten and she had two children when she was 14 and 15. But there was one thing that kept her going: her sweet, soulful voice.

Aretha recorded her first album at 13 and at 18 signed a record deal with Columbia. Many falsely attach her to Motown, though Barry Gordy himself tried to get her signed to the label, but she declined. Her first several albums all had a jazz feel to them and they weren't big sellers. She then jumped to Atlantic and in 1967, she scored her first-ever #1 with a song with those seven letters: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

She had hits all throughout the 60s and early 70s with the Carole King/Jerry Goffin-penned "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (later parodied by Gilda Radner's Emily Litella character as "You Make Me Feel Like a National Woman" on SNL), "Chain of Fools", "Baby I Love You" and several remakes such as "Spanish Harlem" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". She even had crossover appeal, too, since even album rock stations like WPLJ in New York were playing her tunes, too (just skip to 13:52; otherwise check out the groovy pre-CGI cheesiness) played her songs.

However, her hits dried up in the mid-70s, but she relinquished herself thanks to her appearance in the 1980 classic "The Blues Brothers" (alongside another music great, Matt "Guitar" Murphy who died two months and a day ago at 88). She signed with Arista and by the middle of the decade, she was back on top again with 'Freeway', "Who's Zoomin' Who?" and her 1987 #1 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting".

She spent most of the next 30 years in Detroit and kept her life private. She was known for her health issues, like her on-again, off-again weight issues. But, what a life. She sold 75 million albums, won 18 Grammy Awards and performed in front of presidents and Popes. One of her last performances - as seen above - was her four minute, 30-second rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Whether you love this country or not, you can't help but to totally respect her styling of our National Anthem.

It was earlier this week that Franklin's family announced that she was on her death bed from pancreatic cancer, which she kept private most of the time. She was reportedly only 83 lbs., a far cry from the larger-than-life diva we all got to know and love. When news of her passing was announced at 10 a.m. this morning, it marked the end of the life that pushed mountains aside thanks to having a strong voice that could turn the Rock of Gibraltar into sand. She didn't allow a nearly-corrupt childhood destroy her image. She overcame it to become the Queen of Soul, and an inspiration for us all.

Long live the Queen.
 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8.15.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Alex Jones


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Name: Alex Jones
Age: 44
Occupation: purveyor of the tin foil hat
Last Seen: Austin, TX
Bee-otched For: getting sent to time out



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It's amazing that Austin, Texas' city slogan is "Keep Austin Weird".

Well, leave it to Alex Jones for keeping that slogan loud and true.

Recently, the conspiracy theorist was under fire for his statements regarding the shootings earlier this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, FL. He claimed that the shootings were staged by "crisis actors". He also claimed that Sandy Hook was a hoax, too, angering parents and causing Connecticut's NBC affiliate to drop a Megyn Kelly interview with him.

On his Infowars program, Jones told his listeners and viewers to "ready their battle rifles against the media". Well, that caused several of Jones' social media accounts to shutter, and Twitter has even put the loon in a seven-day "time out" so he cannot post for seven days.

We went to his website and if you click on the Twitter button, it goes straight to Twitter and not his personal page. All other social media sites have him banned permanently.

Last night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told NBC's Lester Holt that "we can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe." He hopes that the suspension will help Jones become more of a formidable human being. Of course, pigs will fly when that happens.

Here in Michigan, Jones' show was once carried on three talk radio stations in the Petoskey area. It has since been canceled.

The sad truth is that when Jones and his ex-wife were having a custody battle regarding their children, even his own lawyer told the judge that he does exaggerate everything. His own wife even told the judge in the case that he's very unstable.

I know, he'll bitch that he has First Amendment rights, but telling people to kill those in the media is, well, not very nice. Twitter seems to be the most-lenient of the social media platforms. Hell, you can actually post nudity on Twitter! It shows that even if you get a timeout on Twitter, you're posting some pretty sick stuff.

I think that if Alex posted himself eating his own feces, all is right with the world. Hell, he can go ahead and die from it.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

8.13.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Dinesh D'Souza


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Name: Dinesh D'Souza
Age: 57
Occupation: Michael Moore wannabe
Last Seen: California
Bee-otched For: making another dud



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This past summer has had some pretty big hits at the box office.

So far this summer, the leaders in movies are "The Incredibles 2", "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and "Deadpool 2", which are all sequels.

Needless to say, one of the summer's biggest flops is a movie that's also a sequel of sorts since it's an ongoing rant from a raving lunatic who was a convicted felon. That was, at least until he was pardoned by Drumpf.

"Death of a Nation" is the latest stinkaroo from Indian filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. In this flick, he compares Abraham Lincoln to Drumpf himself in a positive light, claiming that the Democrats were critical of both. He also compares the Democrats to the Nazis.

So far, "Death of a Nation" has only grossed $4.5 million, though its budget was reportedly $6 million. The movie's distributor, Pure Flix is the same studio that gave us the "God's Not Dead" movies.

With Drumpf reportedly using the N-word in front of Omarosa while she had a secret tape player, there's no comparison between him and Lincoln. Hell, BOTH Dems and Repukes were and still are racists! Of course, the Dems tend to attract most Americans while the Repukes aim themselves for the rich whites.

The critics have spoken: this film - like D'Souza's other films - is a bomb and then some. It's gotten a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Hell, "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" has a better rating with a 24%!

Other films with a big, fat 0 on RT include "Mac and Me", "Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Server", Wagons East and THREE (!!!) John Travolta films (and shockingly enough, "Battlefield Earth" isn't one of them).

The truth is that the Americans have spoken. They don't like seeing the bad guy be the good guy. Let's remember that Dinesh's first film, "2016: Obama's America" claimed that he would lead America into an apocalypse. Well, 2016 came and went and the only apocalypse we've faced was when Drumpf was elected.

Interestingly enough, "Hillary's America" was 2017's big winner of the Razzie Awards. D'Souza claims that most film reviewers are liberal and were angry that Drumpf won. Well, the joke's on him. That film is now in the same league as "The Emoji Movie", "Fifty Shades of Grey", "Freddy Got Fingered" and the aforementioned "Battlefield Earth".

If there's anything good in all this, it's the fact that Michael Moore's new movie, "Fahrenheit 11/9" will be in theaters September 21. He debuted a rough cut of the film at his Bijou By The Bay Theater in Traverse City, MI recently and he claims that the movie should be in well over 1,000 screens when it debuts. "Death of a Nation", however lost 60% of its audience in its second week and 180 screens. Usually, a distributor makes a theater sign a two-week contract for new releases. Must not be filling a lot of seats.

Like I said, in any good movie, the good guys win. Comparing Drumpf to Lincoln is like comparing the Devil to Jesus in a good way.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

8.11.18 Weekend Mix



Imagine Dragons - Natural (remix)
Bad Boy Bill, Gettoblaster & ZXX f/SKYLR - Fine Day
Franksen - Charade
Sue La Vie - Take This Shiny Discoball (Vito Riuti remix)
SYML x Sam Feldt - Where's My Love (Sam Feldt extended club mix)
Deorro X D3FAI - Titan
Fedde Le Grand x Raiden - Hit the Club
Firebeatz & Madison Mars - Rock Right Now
Ghost Town DJs - My Boo (Tom Budin remix)
GTA & Damien N-Drix - Dundun
Jauz x Lazer Lazer Lazer - Keep The Rave Alive
Jay Hardway x Mesto - Save Me
Knife Party & Pegboard Nerds - Harpoon
Hyperloop f/Green Velvet - S-Sound
Kryder & Steve Angello - Romani 
Marchi's Flow Vs. Love f/Miss Tia - Feel The Love (Cristian Marchi Main Extended mix)
Mark Reeve - Far Away
Martin Brooks - Flitzepulver (Torsten Kanzler remix)
Martin Garrix & Loopers - Game Over
Matphilly - Tell Em' Where Ya From! 
Maurice West & SaberZ - Rhythm of the Night
Morgan Page & Jayceeoh f/Kaleena Zanders - Lost Dreams
Mvce - Clinical
Pendulum - Blood Sugar (Knife Party remix)
PNAU - Changa (Jack Beats remix)
Plump DJs - Yes Yes (Hybrid Theory remix)
Quintino - Brasil
Rawtek & Henry Fong & Iam StylezMusic - Vibrate
R3HAB x Conor Maynard - Hold On Tight (Tommy Jayden remix)
Retrovison - Get Down
Roy Orion & Versus - Do Dat Thang
Sander Van Doorn, All We Do f/Belle Humble - No Words
Scott. The Pigeon - Lick Your Chest
Sikdope - My House
Sqwad - Wave
Steff Da Campo & Neverglow - India
Steve Aoki & LOOPERS - Pika Pika
Swanky Tunes - Drop It

Friday, August 10, 2018

8.10.18 Weekend Mix



Navid Izadi - Feelin' Purple (Soul Clap remix)
Prince - Erotic City
Grotesque - Random Acts
Hot Since 82 f/Jem Cooke - Buggin'
Toby Green - Ready
tv_tv - Groove2this
Bijou G - Code
Gorgon City f/D Double E - Hear That
Junior Jack, Tube & Berger - E Samba 2018
Bingo Players - Love Me Right
Bob Sinclar - Cinderella (She Said Her Name) (Erik Hagleton remix)
Camelphat - DMT
Celeda - The Underground (Layton Giordani remix)
Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Moguai & W&W - Arcade Mammoth
Steff Da Campo X Siks - Make Me Feel
Tujamo - Drop That Low (When I Dip)
Steve Lawler & Arthur Baker - Into the Groove (Amine Edge & DANCE remix)
Breathe Carolina & Sunstars - Feel It
Boxinlion f/Lexie - You Got Me (Crime x Supru & Krash remix)
Deadmau5 f/Rob Swire - Monophobia
DJ Afrojack & DOD & TimBer - Started
DJ Kuba & Neitan f. Skytek - Jungle Jane
DJ Snake x Mercer - Let's Get Ill
Drake - God's Plan (David Puentez VIP edit)
Dropgun & Aspyer - Next To Me
Duck Sauce - Goody Two Shoes
El Doop - Death Tape
Ellie Goulding - Burn (Mat Zo remix)
Fedde Le Grand, Funk Machine f/General Levy - Flex
Ferry Corsten & DIM3NSION f/Charlene Meulenberg - Safe WIth Me
Iron Maiden - The Trooper

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8.9.18 Bee-otch of the Day: BP


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Name: British Petroleum
Age: 110
Occupation: oil company
Last Seen: London
Bee-otched For: making Mesick to my stomach


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One of the lessons of living up in northern Michigan can be summed up in the great words of Sir Michael Phillip Jagger: "You can't always get what you want".

Even though I moved away 16 years ago, there are areas where if you want something you can 1) drive all the way into town or 2) get it off the web. But for some things, well, it's different.

Last weekend, I stayed with my ex-stepsister near a small town called Karlin near Traverse City. When I left, I knew that the first thing I had to do was gas up the Chuckmobile. I THOUGHT that I was going to go through Buckley, whose 100-year-old general store has gas, but the GPS told me to pass it and move on. I thought that there would be some decent gas stations between Karlin - which doesn't have a gas station - and Cadillac. Well, I was wrong.

The only gas station between Karlin and Cadillac it seemed was in the town of Mesick, pop. 400. I always thought that there were two gas stations next to each other at the Mesick roundabout where M-37 mosey-does with M-115. Well, I was wrong. 

Turns out that there used to be two gas stations across from each other at the roundabout and one, a former Mobil was converted into a Blarney Castle propane dealership. The still-open gas station is "Ellen's Corners", which happens to be... a BP.

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, I have avoided BP at all costs. Even more, my gas gauge at the time was a cm above E. I decided to risk it all the way to Cadillac, which wasn't all that far away. It's too bad that traffic that day was bumper-to-bumper. Thankfully, I won that bet. I filled up at a Marathon in Caddy and all was well.

I decided for shits and grins on Google Maps when I got home to see if Mesick had another gas station other than that BP. It did! It was on the other side of town... and it was also a BP.

Of all the brands of gasoline on this earth, sometimes I wonder why some towns here in Michigan have just one or two gas stations and they're all BP. Hell-er, I mean Mancelona in Antrim County is the same way. Two gas stations, and they're both co-owned BPs. Thankfully, the small town of Antrim - just south of Manceltucky - has a Marathon station. Nearby Central Lake is also a town with just a BP and BP only.

I understand that BP's roots up north are deep, especially with Amoco and before that, Standard. But the sad thing is that BP has proved to the world that a disaster that killed 11 and affected an area of 68,000 square miles is nothing. They paid $18.7 billion in fines, but sadly, they're worth $280 billion. Can you say, "kick in the bucket"?

Oh, I see that they're bringing back the Amoco brand. #polishingaturd

The reason why BP still exists is probably because there's idiots who think that gas is gas and that killing a few sea animals is no deal. What BP did was SINISTER and I hope that anybody who reads this will boycott their products. I feel sorry for those who live in towns where BP runs a monopoly. It makes me thankful that there's other brands I can trust my car to, like Marathon, Shell and Citgo, just to name a few.

I know, no oil company is perfect. Yeah, there's the smaller companies like Admiral and unbranded stations, but personally, I'd rather use pure fuel than ethanol, which can fuck up an engine. Sorry to say, but corn is not the perfect answer to our oil problems.

And BP ain't one of them.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8.8.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Shri Thanedar


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Name: Shri Thanedar
Age: 63
Occupation: former Michigan gubernatorial candidate
Last Seen: Ann Arbor, MI
Bee-otched For: losing big


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It's official: Shri Thanedar can crawl back into the hole he got himself out of.

The Indian immigrant lost big in Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary here in Michigan, getting less than 18% of the vote. Thanedar was soundly defeated by Gretchen "Let's Fix The Damn Roads" Whitmer with 52% and Abdul El-Sayed with just over 30 %.

Granted, I was rooting for Abdul, especially since he was a true progressive and was endorsed by Bernie Sanders while Whitmer is more of a corporate Democrat. But then again, I kinda ask myself, if Shri didn't run for governor and it was Whitmer vs. El-Sayed, if El-Sayed could have won.

You see, Shri ran on a platform of progressive politics. Yet, this is a schmuck who ran a company called Azopharma into the ground and its lab animals were all left to die. Plus, he was a supporter of Repukes like John McCain and Marco Rubio. Hell, he didn't know which party to run for in the gubernatorial primary.

Reportedly, Shri spent a whopping $13 million of his own money advertising his campaign. And in the great words of Adam Sandler, "YOU BLEW IT!"

Now, it's Whitmer vs. Shitty, er, Schuette in the November elections. Miss "I won't endorse universal healthcare because I'm being bought by insurance companies left and right" vs. Mr "Drumpf loves me!" Ugh. I might go Green in November. All I know is that if there was any good from Tuesday's primaries, it's that Tough Turd Snyder's legacy will be long gone since Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lost in the election.

But since she is the frontrunner in the November elections, all I can say are that the roads aren't the only thing Whitmer needs to fix.
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