Sunday, May 22, 2022

Bee-otch of the Day: Will Smith






Name: Will Smith
Age: 54
Occupation: actor and former rapper
Last Seen: Hollywood
Bee-otched For: not taking a joke




When the Oscars were handed out recently, the theme was the word "Coda".

That word has several meanings. In the movies, it's "Child of Deaf Adults". The film - which took home three trophies including Best Picture - centers around high school senior Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones), who has to choose between becoming a successful singer or helping her family's struggling fishing business. To make matters worse, Ruby is the only member of her family who can hear. 

The other Oscars "Coda" received were for Best Adapted Screenplay (it's a remake of a 2014 French film "La Famille BĂ©lier") and for Best Supporting Actor Troy Kotsur, who is the first deaf actor in history to win the Oscar in that category. His wife in the film, Marlee Matlin, also made Oscar history in 1986 as the first deaf woman to win Best Supporting Actress for "Children of a Lesser God".

Of course, the word "coda" also means something else: "the end".

During the Best Documentary ceremony, well, you know the story by now. Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth after Rock told Smith's wife, Jada, ""G.I. Jane 2", can't wait to see it!" Jada came to the Awards ceremony with very short hair brought on by hair loss from the disease Alopecia, which she's had since 2018. 

Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for "King Richard", in which he portrayed Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Serena and Venus. In his tear-filled acceptance speech, Smith talked about protecting his family. Allegedly after the bitch slap, Oscar officials told Smith to leave, but he refused. 

Since the assault, Smith has apologized to Rock and he has resigned from the Academy. The Academy themselves investigated whether or not Smith should have been punished. Some argued that what Smith did is nothing compared to the actions of producer Harvey Weinstein and director Roman Polanski, and they still have their respective trophies. What Smith did that Sunday is now called by many Oscar's most-shocking moments, even more so than Marlon Brando's Oscar boycott, the streaker behind David Niven, and the fact that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong envelope for Best Picture. 

Well, because of Smith's slap, he's been banned from showing up at any Academy ceremony for the next decade. He can still be nominated for Oscars, but he cannot accept them in person. 

Smith has long been targeted for having a two-faced image. On one side, he doesn't swear in his songs ("Blinker Bitch" is probably the most gangsta he ever got) and he only chooses movie roles where he's the good guy. But, he does have his narcissistic side, which was exposed at the Oscars.

The reason why Smith avoids profanity in his music is that his grandmother told him as a child that it's a sign of a feeble mind. It reminded me of a handwritten sign that a teacher at my old high school (that thankfully, I never had) put on his wall. It said, "Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly." I googled that quote, and it was said by Spencer W. Kimball, a former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, scientists have proven that those who use profanity in everyday conversations are actually quite intelligent. So, who do you trust? Science or a cult leader?

People who tend to be G- or PG-rated in person tend to be something else in real life. Bill Cosby never used profanity in his routines and encouraged others like Eddie Murphy to follow his example. Well, look at what happened to him. Same with legendary Mexican comedian and actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, aka "Chespirito" or "Little Shakespeare", the creator of long-running sitcoms like El Chavo Del Ocho (The Eight-Year-Old Boy) and El Chapulin Colorado (or The Red Cricket, who inspired Matt Groening to create "The Bumblebee Man" on The Simpsons). For decades, Chespirito told his fans that he would only perform family-friendly comedy. He was also an outspoken opponent of women's rights, especially abortion. Sad, considering that he made millions playing a poor homeless boy on Mexican TV for decades.

Well, after he died in 2014 at age 85, many of his former co-stars told the sad truth about Chespirito. One of them said that he constantly cheated on his wife with one of his co-stars. Another sad truth was that he was good pals with vicious dictators. 

Of course, some comedians did well doing both adult humor for the grown-ups and kids stuff. George Carlin and Richard Pryor were fine examples and so was Bob Saget. I know. Comedy is going through hard times, especially with the death of Saget, Louie Anderson, and most recently, Gilbert Gottfried.

Sadly, comedy has long been under attack by those with little-to-no sense of humor. Personally, I think canceling one out may end up killing them. Look at Benny Hill, for example. From 1969 to 1989, his TV show was one of the most popular in England. However, both he and his show were canceled. Why? Because he was sure to load his program with sexy women, maybe of whom ended up becoming a huge punchline on the show. The 1980s were a tough time to be sexy in England thanks to the ultraconservative bullshit whose mantra was that sex was bad. When Hill's show was canceled, he fell into a deep depression. His show was his life since he never married, never drove a car and lived in a tiny apartment despite being a millionaire multiple times over. He was nothing without his show. It might explain why he was only 68 when he died. Since his death, allegedly, his old shows have been rarely re-run in England. As a matter of fact, Antenna TV recently picked up old episodes of the program for Saturday nights. Years ago, I had a cousin who dated a British woman. I asked her if she ever heard of or watched Benny Hill. She heard of him, but never saw an episode.

In my honest opinion, comedy is under attack, and the people who attack it are egomaniacal, narcissistic pricks like Smith. If he had a brain, Smith should have sat on his punk ass when Rock joked about his wife. When he accepted his Oscar, Smith should have said in his speech that Jada has Alopecia and Rock should have apologized. But, no. Smith acted like an asshole and attacked Rock for no good reason. 

The question is did Rock know about Jada's Alopecia? Folks, joking about someone's disability without that person making the joke knowing about it is nothing new. Just ask Mel Brooks.

In the 1960s, Brooks was a celebrity guest on an NBC game show, Eye Guess, starring Bill Cullen. During a break, Cullen got up from his podium and started walking. Brooks noticed that Cullen walked very funny, so he followed him, imitating his walk. The show's other celebrity guest, actress Julia Meade, told Mel, "STOP! HE'S CRIPPLED!" Little did Brooks know at the time that Cullen was indeed crippled from polio in his childhood. Like many old-school TV folks, Cullen was an old radio guy. But when he made it to TV, producers like Mark Goodson from The Price is Right worked diligently to hide Cullen's disability with sets designed where he could sit and walk with minimal distance. Of course, it was Brooks who gave us "Blazing Saddles", one of the funniest movies of all time. Obviously, if it was made today, Brooks would be looked upon as the Antichrist. 

Since his slap, several projects Smith was working on have been delayed or canceled. Whether people will forgive him is up to them and the situation itself. Look at Mel Gibson. Granted, his "The Passion of the Christ" banked over $600 million at the box office. But, it was when he jumped the shark, especially for profiting from Jesus. Since then, Gibson's career has fallen significantly, especially when made derogatory remarks against Jews and blacks. His latest film, "Father Stu", in which he supports Mark Wahlberg, has bombed at the box office. 

If Smith needs to learn a lesson, it's the fact that this is a free country, and people are allowed to say whatever they want about certain people. I started this very website over 20 years ago because I lived in northern Michigan, where I didn't fit in. Same with too many other teens at the time. I was a rock music guy, but the only radio stations in town catered to baby boomers. I know, a lot has changed, both positively and negatively. I made attacks against most of the shitty radio stations up north. Some cleaned their act, but others were a different story. 

Radio is like every other business. The listeners are the boss. You piss them off and they ain't coming back. I've griped about radio bosses in both big cities and small markets. I've lauded some for caring about their listeners and employees and I've spoken my piece about those who chase away both. And in 20-plus years of blogging, I've gotten one cease and desist notice. 

This particular asshole purchased a well-respected 100,000-watt FM station in northern Michigan and a few other minor signals over 20 years ago. He bought some old buildings in downtown Traverse City, demolished them, told people that he was going to build a retail/living/office complex, feuded with the city over building height, abandoned the project, and slapped a $5 million for sale sign on his giant hole. Obviously, the economy in Traverse City was horrible in the aughts and there were no takers. The property was an eyesore. Thankfully, after nearly a decade, the city caved in and forced him to sell the property. He settled for $2 million.

Over the years, he was extremely abusive and neglectful. He would throw staplers and even computer monitors at people. His employees' paychecks would bounce and they would quit on the spot. One even successfully sued him for dishonoring his contract. Even the building that housed his stations fell into disrepair and on one cold day, a pipe busted, flooding the studio. Allegedly, everything had to be tossed and now uses barebones equipment to stay on the air.

He allegedly even harrassed business owners when he converted his 100,000-watt flamethrower to an HD station. He wanted all electronics shops to sell tabletop HD radios. Well, they ended up sitting on store shelves, collecting dust.

The threats and bullying took their toll on him. Nobody wanted to work for him or do business with his companies. He dodged paying his taxes and even lost the transmitter site for his biggest station in a sheriff's sale. The people who bought that tower wanted to help him by operating his properties. Well, that came to a halt when they moved one of his stations to their site without FCC approval and he was the one who got the fine. Thus, it started a year-long back-and-forth between him and the owners of his transmitter site. He got the site back and everything's hunky-dory... kinda.

Now, this assclown is allegedly not doing well health-wise. He had a major heart attack a few years ago. He should sell off his stations to somebody who is actually passionate about building something successful instead of wasting 100,000 watts. Right now, that very station he bought for over $3 million is now airing a canned oldies format with no local staff and unlike most radio stations, it has no website, no streaming, and no social media. In its last rating book as an AC, it barely had one share in the ratings. 

Of course, I should have given this asshole BOTD honors multiple times. But, I didn't. Why? Sadly, he C&D'd me many years ago because I didn't choose my friends wisely. I became acquainted with a former Grand Rapids DJ who pretended to like me, but, he hated my guts for being a broke liberal Howard Stern fan. He bought a company that made newsletters for country music stations and wanted this asshole to be one of his clients. Well, he tried to sweeten the deal by giving the asshole my now-former address and phone number. Thanks to him, that station owner left me a message on my voice-mail and even sent me an email that I had 24 hours to remove all references to him, his stations, and even his family. He even wanted me to apologize to him over the phone. I got his voice mail. 

When he converted his 100,000-watt FM to HD, I wrote about him on a popular media message board. Lo and behold, another loser had to snitch to him. He wrote to me that I better take it off because he accepted my apology. REALLY?!? He NEVER told me he did. So, I sent him a letter saying that I've blasted other radio bosses and they NEVER C&D'd me because they don't care. PERIOD. Thankfully, it was the end of that. 

As I mentioned, karma hit that asshole hard. As a matter of fact, he had to recently admit that one of his northern Michigan stations had been silent for over two years because he didn't pay his station's tower's owner - who owned the station himself in the 1990s - any rent. So, he ratted him to the FCC.

As for the fat fuck who ratted me to him, payback became a bitch. Tired of living with a fat prick who refused to get a real job, sat around all day being an internet troll, and owed people lots of money, his wife left him shortly thereafter. He did remarry, but apparently, his current wife "owns" his current business venture. 

Payback is a bitch. Nobody wants to do business with an asshole whose life revolves around misleading and gaslighting others. Do that and karma will cut you down. HARD. 

The same goes with Will Smith, who can't accept criticism like a pro. Not only that, Jada cheated on him, but he forgave her. Cuckold son of a bitch.

The only people who can truly judge him are his fans. If Morgan Wallen's fans can forgive him for being a racist and if Chris Brown's fans can forgive him for beating the shit out of Rihanna, maybe Will Smith can be forgiven. However, he needs to realize that if you're being mocked by a comic, it should be an honor. But, since he can't take a joke, I won't shed a tear if he disappeared for good.

It's up to us if we want him shaved from our lives.


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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Bee-otch of the Day: the Lieghio family


Name: the Lieghio family
Ages: various
Occupation: businesspeople
Last Seen: Mackinaw City, MI
Bee-otched For: being very shitty human beings




You should not judge a book by its cover.

Mackinaw City, Michigan is a small town with a mere 800 souls. It has one small grocery store that's barely under the Mackinac Bridge. It does have a few non-big box stores. But, that's the only thing that is "small town" regarding this small town.

One who visits Mackinaw City might think that it's a mini Las Vegas minus the ritzy casinos. The town is sprinkled with hotels left and right since it attracts thousands of tourists every Summer. Drive over the Mackinac Bridge and you'll be in St. Ignace, the larger of the three major towns in the intermediate Straits area. And yes, Mackinac Island is a simple ferry ride away.

One reason for all those hotels in Mackinaw City is because of the Lieghio family, who bought their first property there in 1953. Today, the family owns several businesses in the small village, including the Mackinaw Crossings shopping center. Recently, Lieghio's reputation came into check because of a cousin who bullied a mother, her friend, and their family.

In April of last year, Jennifer Biela took her friend and five children to the Crown Choice Inn & Suites. While sleeping, one of her kids woke up to use the bathroom, only to see it flooded. So, at 2:30 a.m., she complained to the manager, Benny Lucchese. In a normal situation, a hotel manager would have sent a maintenance man to the room and fixed it. Instead, Lucchese bitched that she was renting the room, so it was her problem. 

Because the argument got heated, Biela yanked out her phone and started filming Lucchese screaming and yelling at her. He called her an "idiot", "irresponsible piece of shit" and worse, a "dumb Democrat". She and her party were booted from the Crown Choice that morning and had to drive 60 miles to Gaylord where they spent the rest of their morning. 

Biela uploaded Lucchese's argument with her and it went viral. Crown Choice management saw the video and announced that Lucchese - a cousin to the Lieghio - was no longer with the hotel. Crown Choice offered to give Biela another night's stay, but she declined. 

The Lieghio family then performed damage control. 

Shortly after news broke regarding Biela and Co. getting booted from the Crown Choice, Enzo Lieghio made a video with his elderly parents, Tony and Anna in the background. Enzo proclaimed that Lucchese - who happens to be his cousin - does not represent the values his family represents. However, many who live in Mackinaw City and have visited their businesses have said that what happened to Biela is business as usual for the Lieghio family. 

The Lieghios own 20 hotels and eight restaurants in the small village and locals complain that their stranglehold has hurt its image. Their properties include Crown Choice along with the town's Best Western, Clarion, Quality Inn, Rodeway, and Hamilton Inn, just to name a few. They also own Nonna Lisa's, Dixie Saloon, Anna's Country Buffet, and O'Reilly's Irish Pub. Reviews of their hotels and restaurants on sites like Yelp and Google are notoriously damning. People have said that the food is cold and the rooms are dirty. One person even said to stay in St. Ignace instead, where there are many hotels as well. Personally, I stayed at a small motel in St. Ignace ten years ago. It was quite outdated, but the owners were quite friendly and they even invited their guests to a campfire and smores. 

In the aforementioned video, Enzo bitched that locals spread lies about them because of their ethnicity. He said that people have linked them to the mafia because they're Italian. BULLSHIT! As somebody who grew up in northern Michigan, I know that many business owners are all sleazy. Some folks don't pay taxes, screw over business partners, and chump changes their employees. I've had several bad bosses in my life and they're all different. One was of Dutch descent and another was Chaldean. Up in Lake Leelanau, NJ's Grocery has been around since 1912 and has been owned by an Indian family for nearly 20 years. I've heard wonderful things about them, especially their Deli. However, it's sad that many other Indian grocers are a different story. Here in Grand Rapids, many of the convenience stores are a joke because they buy items from Aldi, dump the items on their shelves, and jack the price up by a buck or two. One time, I witnessed one such incident at Aldi where an Indian bought a shit ton of milk and had at it with the manager. 

The point is, is that bad business ethics know no color. Look at radio here in Grand Rapids: about 90% of all the radio stations in town are owned by three big corporations. Thankfully, there's one station operated by an African American. However, even the black community in West Michigan disowns him for being a notoriously manipulative gaslighter. He's known for using his race to get what he wants. Sadly, he's just as bad as the white station owners in Grand Rapids, who fire good jocks for no reason and program to the lowest common denominator.

The sad truth is that some business owners are full of shit for finding excuses for their shortcomings. Some are now blaming COVID-19 for their problems, though their problems began long before the pandemic began. I know of one business up north that begged people to give them money through a crowdfunding effort. And the funny thing was that their GoFundMe page was created in late 2019. The owners simply got themselves in trouble because of poor business practices. The funny thing was that they weren't able to raise the money they needed and they still spent Spring Break in Florida. 

The only thing Biela did wrong was not knowing about the Lieghio family and how they operate their businesses. She probably went there because it had a water slide, which was good for her kids. People think that because one Best Western is nice that they're all the same. My father has a grudge against Burger King because he went to one and the cheese wasn't melted on his Whopper. However, there are other BKs that do. The reality is that if one's bad, the rest are too.

As for the "Dumb Democrat" comment, look, it's the so-called "Dumb Democrats" who want to shut down the biggest threat to the Mackinac region: Line 5. If Michigan gets another retarded Republican running this state like pRick Snyder, I would only imagine that Enbridge would help them pass legislation to keep Line 5 open, endangering the Straits area. Line 5 should have been shut down years ago. If it bursts, tourism for the Straits region and especially the UP would definitely dwindle. The Repukes will cry that Line 5 creates jobs for those in the Straits area. Of course, it will; when it bursts like the BP disaster many years ago, the Lieghios and other businesspeople in the area would be begging the Dems for forgiveness. 

I've also heard that Lieghios and others do tell sites to eliminate negative reviews. I know, since I've gotten cease-and-desist letters from a few business owners. One was the douchebag who tore down several buildings in downtown Traverse City, left a giant hole in the ground for nearly a decade, and tried to sell it for $5 million. He also was known for giving his employees bounced paychecks and was abusive towards them. Today, he now lives in Grand Rapids in a tiny apartment and is in poor health. 

The lesson here is that when you own a business, you might be the boss, but, you're not the boss. Your bosses are your customers, current and potential. If you trash them, they have every God-given right to avoid your ass and move on. If you give them threats, may karma have the best of you. 

Now, the Lieghios are being investigated by the office of Michigan's Attorney General, Dana Nessel. According to the lawsuit, three of their hotels have been involved in bait-and-switch practices. The suit claims that customers staying at their hotels were forced to stay in rooms with fewer amenities than the ones they paid for. So, in other words, you pay for the presidential suite at a Lieghio hotel and you get the boiler room. 

Funny, I thought because of an old video game, Italians were good plumbers.


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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Bee-otches of the Day: Biden's haters



Names: Various
Ages: various
Occupation: various
Last Seen: various
Bee-otched For: blaming our problems on Biden




During the Fall of 1929, the headaches began.

Stocks tumbled and when it was over, The Great Depression was born. For the next four years, Americans were forced to face the pathetic reality of being poor. Bread lines were around the corner and ketchup mixed with boiling water was called "tomato soup".

Thankfully, the beginning of the end started on March 4, 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 33rd President of the United States. His New Deal fixed the wrongs this country suffered under Herbert Hoover's reign. Thanks to FDR, we have 40-hour workweeks, a minimum wage, unions, and for decades, a fair tax system. If you made more, you paid more to protect the middle class. 

Boy, have times changed. Even more, when did the shit hit the fan?

Maybe it was when FDR died in 1945. After all, he proposed Universal Healthcare, free college, and more women's rights, which his people gave to the countries we invaded during World War II. Today we're one of only a handful of countries on Earth where Healthcare is a joke. 

Maybe it was when Eisenhower was president. Then again, he had some good ideas, like the interstate highway system. Then again, it did hurt some cities because whites all moved to the suburbs while African Americans all had to suffer through city life. 

Maybe it was when JFK died. When LBJ was president, yes, he passed Civil Rights into law and put a man on the moon. But, he sent our men to Vietnam.

Maybe it was when Nixon became POTUS. Yes, he helped to get us out of Vietnam. But, he elected several new Supreme Court justices who fucked up the FCC in 1978 over a radio station airing a George Carlin bit. And yes, Watergate. 

Of course, we can blame Reagan. He fucked over unions, the middle class, and lower taxes for the wealthy. Plus, he abolished the Fairness Doctrine, which gave people to freedom to say what they wanted in broadcasting. Thanks to Reagan, the AM airwaves got infested with Rush and his clones while lefties became nonexistent. 

Okay, so Clinton wasn't all that bad. He did raise taxes on the wealthy - albeit not enough - and reduced the deficit. But, he was far from perfect. He approved NAFTA, companies were outsourcing left and right, and the Telecommunications Act of 1997 allowed for less competition in the media.

And, he allowed the Taliban to train for 9/11 on our soil. Whoops.

In 2000, we were given an ultimatum: vote for Al Gore - whose now-ex-wife Tipper was for censoring music and whose running mate Joe Lieberman tried to get Howard Stern off the air - or George W. BusHitler. Thanks to that decision, everything Clinton worked for turned to shit. Nearly 3,000 souls were lost on 9/11 and we were thrown into several fake wars over oil. Because of BusHitler's FCC overreacting over Janet Jackson's accidental Super Bowl nip slip, broadcasters now have to pay nearly half-a-million dollars per "indecent" offense. Of course, BusHitler's presidency ended in economic disaster, proving that tax cuts for the wealthy simply don't work.

Well, we got Obama in the White House in 2008. In my lifetime, he *was* the best president. I had to laugh at Indian filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza for making a shitty movie about Obama, claiming that because of him, the end of the world would come in 2016. Well, it didn't. When he left the White House, the economy was booming. Obamacare gave more people affordable healthcare. And most importantly, Osama was dead.

We know. Obama *did* make at least one bad decision: endorsing Hillary Clinton for his job over the independent Bernie Sanders. Yes, the Antichrist did enter the lair of the Oval Office, and his name was Drumpf. 

Thanks to the pressures brought on by Democratic National Committee, Hillary was force-fed to become their nominee for president. She thought she had Drumpf beat. Hell, she hardly campaigned in the Midwest. But of course, her past caught up to her. During their debates, Drumpf reamed her for supporting the second Iraq War. It's true. Hillary has long been someone who says she would do something until somebody hands over a pile of cash to her.

In too many cases, the two-party system fails those who want the world to be a better place. It's like living in a town where there are two radio stations and there are two types of people who live there. Those who love country and those who love rock. The Repukes are like country music. They're easy to please. However, the rock crowd is like the Democrats. They want bands like Metallica, KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, and Tool, but, they're stuck with an AC station that plays the snot out of Elton John, Michael Bolton, and everyone's favorite reverse pedophile, Celine Dion. 

Of course, these days, rock fans have SiriusXM, Pandora, and Spotify to fall back on. In politics, those who didn't like Hillary either voted third party, didn't vote at all, or voted for her anyway because she was the lesser of the two evils. In the end, Hillary proved that one can win the election by three million votes and still lose.

It's funny that when BusHitler left the White House, people had hoped that it would be the end of the Repukes running the country for a long, long time. Instead, the Dems cheated and were caught. In the end, Drumpf ran America into the ground because he served his people well while real people getting fucked.

In the end, we were the world's laughingstock with Drumpf in charge. His loose stance on COVID-19 killed millions of Americans. And we thought losing 4,500 soldiers in BusHitler's fake wars was fucked up. 

To make matters worse, he pissed on our allies and befriended dictators such as Vladimir Putin. Look at what's going on in Ukraine. See, this is what we get for keeping our enemies closer than our friends.

Drumpf's presidency was so disastrous that we came out in droves to vote in Joe Biden as the 46th POTUS. True, the violent hill jacks who all believed that the election was stolen came out to the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 to cry otherwise. But, the truth is more powerful than a tinfoil hat slapped on their peanut-sized brains. 

Soooo..... now what? 

Ok, so this world is now a clusterfuck-and-a-half. Gas prices are at their highest, the minimum wage hasn't budged since 2009 and we have people who make barely over $10 per hour living in tents because the rent is too high. Here in Grand Rapids, there are tiny studio apartments that are now $1,000 per month! My birthplace of Traverse City is even worse; $200,000 won't even get you a hole in a ditch and good-paying jobs are scarce.

Sadly, the right is pointing fingers at the wrong man: President Biden. "Oh! He shut down the pipelines!" "Gas prices were under $2 per gallon when he was in office!" Yeah, BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS SHUT DOWN WHEN THE PANDEMIC BEGAN! DURH! Sometimes, I would be driving down a usually busy street and I was the only person driving. 

Yes, per Fox "News" and other dicklickers to the right of Hitler, it's all Biden's fault. It's Biden's fault that the corner gas station that was once open 24 hours closes at night because they can't find workers. It's because of Biden that because of his pro-environment views that have is now over $4 per gallon. Do you go to the store and the shelves are bare? Yep, blame it on 'Ol Joe. Hell, there was a massive blaze at a Walmart distribution center in Indiana recently. Wanna blame Biden for that torment?

Right now, it's no secret that the world is in a lot of pain. We're trying to flee ourselves from the shells that Covid created. We want to return to normal. But, it's tough when inflation prevents us from spending what little money we have.

The pure reality is that we can point fingers at the person in charge. However, in Biden's case, he's innocent. He's just like virtually every Democratic president in history after a repuke's control. Look at FDR: he was stuck having to clean up the predicament Hoover created with the Great Depression. When he took office in 1933, there was no minimum wage and hardly any middle class. There is a reason why he was America's longest-serving president. He fought for the small guy and knew that excessive wealth would sink us all. 

Seventy-seven years after his passing, I would imagine that Roosevelt would be spinning in his grave. The evolution of getting rid of everything he worked hard for is sending more and more Americans into the poor house, or worse, a tent in the woods.

In the long term, the combo of hard-right and weak-left presidents who don't put hard-working Americans first is why We The People either can't have nice things or use a credit card to achieve that American Dream. We work hard and too many of us are getting behind. 

Thankfully, we're speaking out. Thanks to a stronger economy, people are going from weak jobs to better ones. Once upon a time, there was a chain of burrito joints here in Grand Rapids called Moe's Southwest Grill. They were quite popular, but they all shuttered. The closest Moe's to GR now is in Portage, ever by Kalamazoo.

So, why did Moe's close? I think it's due to a sign I saw in front of one of their now former locations. It read "now hiring $11 per hour". With rent now over $1,000 per month, I'll betcha that hardly anybody applied, even though this was the Moe's in front of the always-busy Costco at 28th and I-96 in Cascade Township. Plus, it doesn't help that Moe's is owned by the appropriately named Roark Capital Group, which is well known for paying their staffers shit wages. Of course, Roark's O&Os include Arby's (which still has a location next to Costco), Carl's Jr./Hardee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, ServiceMaster, and MassageEnvy, just to name a few.

I would imagine that many are escaping the low-paying world of getting splashed with hot oil and stocking shelves at 3 a.m. and moving up in the world. However, not all people are lucky. Of course, this is one reason why some fast food places are hiring 14-year-olds, since $7.25 to them is a fortune to them.

Look, nobody wants to work hard and make a pittance. I've been there and done that. I know how it feels to make less than ten bucks per hour for 12 years while my bills pile up so my ex-boss can go on extravagant vacations. When he was (thankfully) forced into retirement by his partner, our company was in the red and he blamed everything but himself. Over a decade later, our company is busier than ever and most of us are happy that we all have a good job. They invest in both good people and new equipment. Today, I'm thankful I have a house and no debt sans my mortgage.

Ok, so why are people bitching about Biden? It's simple brainwashing. Recently, the governor of Mississippi passed legislation that banned so-called "critical race theory" teaching in schools in his state. In other words, teaching kids about how evil slavery was is now a no-no. It's funny that Mississippi is the first state to do this because back in 1971, Jackson NBC-TV station WLBT became the only tv station in American history to have its license revoked by the FCC for not allowing African Americans to share their viewpoints during a time when The Fairness Doctrine was enacted. In 1987, Ronald Reagan abolished the Fairness Doctrine which allowed more conservative viewpoints to be expressed on both TV and radio. Assholes like Rush Limbaugh, "Dr." Laura Schlessinger, and others were now allowed to spew their bullshit without any counterpoint. Things only got worse when Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch launched Fox "News" Channel in 1996. 

With the sad atrocities that have happened since the Fairness Doctrine was revoked, people think that the lies from the right are the truth and that the left is nothing but professional spinners. But sadly, people who call themselves leftists do make mistakes that make the Repukes proud, like approve to start BusHitler's fake wars over oil.

Over the years, people have thought that those with a (D) after their name mean that they're liberal. But, many of come to the conclusion that it's simply a lie. In the 1990s, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman - who was Al Gore's running mate in 2000 - was purely anti-First Amendment. He championed the cancelations of people like Howard Stern and Jerry Springer. The fact that he was Gore's running mate might have caused BusHitler to win. 

Now, the senate is stuck with two assholes who both have a (D) after their name who aren't real Dems: Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. Because of them, Biden's Build Back Better plan is on the back burner because they're both crying that it would raise taxes. Of course, Manchin made his fortune on coal. Oddly enough, Sinema used to be progressive but has been sucked into being a cunt who stands up for the mega-wealthy. 

All truth be told, the biggest problem we Americans have is the fact that people will always blame the president for all their problems, especially if they're to the left. The reality is that the biggest problem is that the rich have gotten richer while the poor have gotten poorer since the days of Reagan. If the minimum wage kept up with the times, it would be $10-something per hour. However, it's still $7.25 per hour and it was last changed in 2009. Why is it still that low? Simple: thank the wealthy. Let's remember something: Jeff Bezos blasted Michael Strahan into outer space just HOURS when a tornado tore through one of his warehouses, killing six people. That same line of tornadoes blasted through a candle factory, killing eight. And guess what? Those poor people were told to keep working despite tornado warnings or be fired. Those poor souls were only making $8 per hour and after the factory was flattered, the company announced that they were not going to rebuild. 

People, rebuilding this nation is up to us. This is why I support companies that pay their employees' livable wages. Costco and Chipotle are prime examples. Because of what's going on, I'm happy that the fast food and retail race is getting tough to the point where some places are no longer open around the clock or even at all. People are speaking out and taking action. But, oh, no! Gas is over $4 per gallon and beef is unaffordable! Surprise! IT AIN'T BIDEN'S FAULT! The real fault falls on the fact that we've given the wealthy too much power. Instead of shopping at a family-owned store, we shop at big-box retailers and in the cases of way too many small towns without a local grocer, Dollar General. We may only vote once every two years, but we vote every day. 

At the end of the day, Joe Biden needs to be given a chance. Now, IF he becomes another Dem who accepts money to not do a goddamned thing, then yes, I'll vote for someone else in 2024. But, we all know what will happen: Drumpf will run that year and will use the Electoral College like he did in 2016 to declare victory. The damage started under him, not Biden. 

Right now, the right is trying its damndest to get back into power. Look at the irritating commercials for Perry Johnson for governor here in Michigan. He wants to BUY the election so he can run this state like pRick Snyder did. Snyder already fucked up Flint's water supply. With the current situation up in the Straits Area with Line 5, I would imagine that if elected governor, Johnson will do the same thing since there's a lot of financial interest in Enbridge, a company that has little-to-no business in America. 

If Biden loses in 2024, then we've been duped. I hope that if it happens, someone even further to the left like AOC will win in 2028. It's time for the assholes who can't see right from wrong to learn why Biden was elected and Drumpf lost. Big corporations and billionaires need to get their hands out of the cookie jar and start treating us like human beings.

Only We The People can determine our own fate.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Bee-otch of the Day: Detroit Lions


Name: Detroit Lions
Age: 92
Occupation: bush league football team
Last Seen: Detroit, MI
Bee-otched For: getting proved to the world that they'll forever suck




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I hate the man named Enos Stanley Kroenke. 

He made his billions off of the backs of people making just above minimum wage. He fucked over WWE fans years ago when he forced Monday Night Raw from the Pepsi Center when his Nuggets basketball team made the playoffs. And, he's a Drumpf supporter.

But goddammit, he's one of football's best owners.

Kroenke has been the owner Los Angeles Rams of the NFL since 1995, starting with a minority stake. He bought the remainder in 2010 from the heirs of longtime owner Georgia Frontiere. He also owns the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and several soccer teams in America and England. He's even the owner of several esports teams. 

Of course, he made his 11 billion dollars on other things, such as real estate, plus the fact that his wife, Ann's father, Bud Walton was a founder of Walmart. But, at least he's reportedly a hands-off person, allowing others to run his companies for him.

One smart move the Rams made this past year was acquiring QB Matthew Stafford from the long-suffering Detroit Lions. Stafford had been a Lion since 2009 and was considered as one of their best players. But, you're only as good as your co-workers. 

Over the past decade the Lions had some great seasons, especially under former head coach Jim Caldwell. Despite going 9-7 in the 2017 season, Caldwell was fired, with management crying that he made too many small mistakes that hurt the team's chances of making the playoffs that year. Caldwell's replacement, Patricia Matthew, had zero coaching experience and led the Lions to three consecutive losing seasons at 13-29-1. His replacement, Dan Campbell, had a lousy beginning of the 2020 season, but started showing promise towards the end, especially with them defeating the Green Bay Packers at the end of the season.

No wonder why Stafford left the team and was traded for the Rams' Jared Goff. Rams - 1, Lions, well, TBD. 

After being fired by the Lions, Caldwell ended up being the assistant head coach for one season with the Miami Dolphins. Ironically, that team is in the middle of major legal turmoil because they are now being sued by ex-head coach Bryan Flores. Despite two consecutive winning seasons, the Dolphins let Flores go recently. Now, he's suing the team, claiming that he was canned because he was black. Meanwhile, the team just announced that 49ers defensive coordinator Mike McDaniel - who is biracial - is their new head. 

So, I have a somewhat serious question: did the Lions fire Caldwell because he, too, is a man of color?

Now, some may cry that it was former team president Bob Quinn who made the call to show Caldwell the door. Well, think of this: in 2003, the team hired former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci as their leader. But guess what? Then-owner William Clay Ford was fined by the NFL $200,000 for not interviewing people of color before considering Mooch. 

Ford violated the NFL's "Rooney Rule", named for Dan Rooney, the longtime owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was established the same year Ford was fined. The rule states that team owners MUST interview people of color when looking for a new head coach. This is because African American coaches have a higher winning record over white coaches. 

In the Lions' case, two of their best coaches in 30 years were men of color: Caldwell and Latino Wayne Fontes, who won the team's sole playoff game since the Ford ownership era began in 1963. 

So, why are the Lions hellbent on not getting a coach of color? Why do we constantly get forgettable white guys like Rod Marinelli, Jim Schwartz, Marty Mornhinweg and the aforementioned Patricia Matthew? 

Now the Lions did elect a new GM who just happens to be African American. In other words, the Fords did fetch a bone to those angry about Caldwell's departure some years later. Now, the question worth pondering is this: are the Fords racist? 

Bear in mind that the family patriarch, Henry, didn't like Jews. Growing up in then-rural Wayne County in the late 19th Century, young Henry was brainwashed by the Episcopalian church he went to. In 1918, he bought a Detroit area newspaper so he could publish articles attacking the Jewish for wanting to rule the world. A collection of Ford's articles was published as "The International Jew". One person who loved Ford was none other than Adolf Hitler himself, who mentioned him in "Mein Kampf". So yes, you can thank Henry Ford for the Holocaust. As a matter of fact, Hitler even awarded Ford with the Cross of the German Eagle. However,  Ford died in 1947 at age 83 from a stroke. Allegedly, his stroke was triggered when he watched newsreel footage of how the Jews were treated by Hitler. It might explain why in the 1990s, Ford Motor Company funded commercial free airings of "Schindler's List" on NBC.

Racism and bigotry have long been an issue with  sports team owners. Probably its most-famous case was Donald Sterling, the now-former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. When he was fighting to keep them, Sterling name dropped several owners who weren't quite, ahem, sterling with their reputation. One of them were the DeVos family, the owners of the Orlando Magic. For decades, that family donated MILLIONS to stop gay marriage laws from passing, claiming that it was in line with their Christian Reformist faith. Of course, it wasn't money well spent because of the fact that the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage as Constitutional several years ago. Not long after Sterling ratted out the DeVoses, the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub occurred and the DeVoses decided to make nice with the NBA by giving $400,000 to the shooting victims and putting up a banner to honor the victims at Amway Arena.

Now, the NFL has two of its owners on their shit list. One is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross for allegedly wanting to pay Flores $100,000 per losing game to get a higher pick in the draft. The other is Daniel Snyder, the owner of the recently-rechristened Washington Commanders. Snyder is probably the most-hated - even more than the Fords - sports team owner of any major league. For years, Snyder was against changing the team's old name, the Redskins despite it being a slur against Native Americans. In 2020, the team finally caved in thanks to the George Floyd protests. 

Now, Snyder is being investigated by a House Committee and the NFL because of allegations of a toxic culture in the Commanders' workplace. Among the allegations include sexual harassment. Already, the team has been fined $10 million. However, more women have stepped forward with their claims.

Unfortunately, chances are that the Lions won't have many issues with sexual harassment since they're a woman-owned team. And if there's racism involved - especially with the Mariucci situation and Caldwell's firing - it was mainly due to the now-dead Bill Ford and the now-fired Bob Quinn respectively. 

But, can the Fords build a successful team? Sure... for other teams like the Rams, who just won the Super Bowl.

Nielsen data showed that the #1 city that watched the big game this year was Cincinnati. Number two wasn't Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, LA didn't even make the top five. Second place was Detroit. To the people who watched, it might be the closest we'll ever see the Lions win a Super Bowl. 

Yes, there's those who cry "never say never". After all, the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, their first championship in 108 years. Then again, it took a total ownership change to do so. Ditto with the NHL'S Chicago Blackhawks; they waited 52 years between Stanley Cups. In 1966, the Wirtz family bought the team and William Wirtz took over in 1983.

William Wirtz was probably the most-hated sports team owner, period, in his lifetime. He never allowed home games to be shown on TV locally because he felt that it would hurt attendance. The Hawks had multiple losing seasons under his aegis. Multiple players, such as Bobby Hull and Chris Chelios were traded (Chelios helped his new team, the Detroit Red Wings to win two Stanley Cups). Mainly of all, he was known to threaten to due those who badmouthed him.

And then, he died.

After Dollar Bill croaked, his son, Rocky took over the team. His job was to fix the wrongs his dad made. Just three years after the elder Wirtz' death, the 'Hawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. Since then, the team has won two more trophies.

In Detroit's case, a lot has happened in a decade. All three of its sports team owners - Ford, Mike Ilitch and William Davidson - have passed away. Of those three owners, only Davidson's estate sold his team - the Pistons - to a new owner, Tom Gores. In the past few years, it was the Pistons and the Pistons only who made their respective playoffs. Since then, the man who helped the Pistons make those playoffs, injury-prone Blake Griffin, was traded to the Nets. Now, the Pistons are one of the NBA's worst teams while the Nets are above .500.

As for the Ilitch teams, the Red Wings - still trying to find their mojo after all these years - is mid-pack in the Atlantic Division. Same with the Tigers, who spent the latter part of last year recovering from a disastrous start with new manager AJ Hinch.

At least Detroit is lucky that three out of its four major sports teams won championships in my lifetime. The Lions, however, have been a fifth wheel, despite having legends like Barry Sanders, Alex Karras and Calvin Johnson. They haven't won an NFL Championship since 1957. They're one of only four teams that haven't even been to the Super Bowl and eleven that never won one. 

So, could a new owner reverse the Lions' fortunes? Well, I'll admit that in her short tenure as Lions owner, Martha Ford was a decent owner. But as she started to sink her claws into the team, Sheila proved that Ford blood is not very lucky at all. Now, the question is, is that how will the Lions do in 2022? Can they do better all season instead of people losing faith in the beginning? 

Look, when a team gets a new owner, it's hit or miss. I worked at a convenience store over 20 years ago and was working 40 hours a week. One day, it was sold and shortly thereafter, I was cut down to only 25. Even worse, they gave many of my hours away to a junkie who lived across the store who had two kids he couldn't support. Thankfully, I got out of there when I had a new job lined up. I worked for the guy for ten years with no raises. He retired and my new boss was the type who realized that to make money, you need to spend it. Over a decade after he took over, I'm doing well financially and my company is busier than ever.

Sadly, the Fords are just like every other billionaire family out there. They only care about their money and not giving back to the long-suffering people of Detroit. One playoff win in 60 years is a pure embarrassment. Question is, will the Fords sell?  

Bear in mind that Sheila Ford Hamp is 71 years old and there's other NFL owners older than her (the Chicago Bears' owner, Virginia Halas McCaskey, for example, will be 100 next January). Plus, she has several siblings. If Ms. Hamp dies, there's others willing to take over the team. 

But, here's some food for thought: The Bengals have had mostly-losing seasons since Mike Brown took over the team from his late father, team founder Paul Brown. Last year, the team was 4-11-1, but made it to the Super Bowl this year. The Bengals are also one of the least-valuable teams in the NFL. Brown isn't even a billionaire. In all, anything is possible. 

In all, as long as those letters WCF are on the Lions' jerseys, it'll stand for "We Can't Football".


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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Bee-otch of the Day: people who treat modern rock music like shit







Names: Various
Ages: various
Occupation: various
Last Seen: various
Bee-otched For: wanting to kill rock 'n roll




It was supposed to be three more days of peace, love and music.

Instead, it was Altamont and The Who's Riverfront Coliseum disaster v.3.0.

Woodstock '99 was the antithesis of what the original Woodstock was all about. It was about capitalizing on an image of peace and love. But, it was perverted by greed, hot weather and even death.

It was held at a retired Air Force base outside Rome, NY. Instead of the inviting grassy farmland of Max Yasgur, the 400,000 concertgoers had to walk on miles of concrete and pavement. The weather that weekend was insanely hot and with water being $4 per bottle, people simply didn't want to pay for hydration, leading many to suffer from dehydration, and even worse, death. Three people died at the festival. 

At the end, angry concertgoers started a riot. They looted vendors and set everything on fire. There were countless amounts of women who were groped and worse, raped. Many of the female attendees decided to go around topless or totally nude. Those who didn't were bullied by male attendees. 

The chaos that was Woodstock '99 is now being discussed again in a recent HBO Music Box documentary called Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage. The flick was produced by Bill Simmons, the mastermind behind ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Other episodes in the series deal with the sudden rise of Alanis Morrisette, DMX, Kenny G. and disco mogul Robert Stigwood. 

The docupic points fingers at Woodstock '99's downfall, including the high walls to prevent people from breaking in to the lack of water to even the music itself. They claimed that the lack of female artists created an atmosphere loaded with angry white men who treated the women there like their personal sex slaves.

Of course, this was the late 1990s, after all. By then, alternative rock had two avenues to choose from: the kick-ass, hard rock/nu-metal route or the wimpy soccer mom road that was the equivalent to the soulless easy listening that the parents of boomers forced their kids to grow up with. Starting around 1993 or so, grunge was more mainstream than ever while pop was dying because of a number of factors. The teen pop of New Kids on the Block and Debbie Gibson was no longer cool. Clean rappers like MC Hammer gave way to gritty hip-hop and the barrage of lip-synchers like Milli Vanilli, Black Box and Technotronic tarnished pop music's image. 

By the mid-90s, top 40 radio was all but dead. Most CHRs were mixing alternative with hip-hop with a few other genres mixed in. However, by this time, many major cities were without a CHR. In Milwaukee, 102.1 WLUM flipped from CHRban to alternative because the station's owner, football hall of famer Willie Davis was angered over a tragedy where a black 21-year-old man shot and killed his former high school principal. Plus, in the late night hours, the station would play unedited hip-hop. Davis felt that the negativity surrounding gangsta rap was hurting the African American community. These days, WLUM is still alternative and actually gets better ratings locally than the market's sole CHR, Audacy's Kiss 103.7. 

But, it wasn't just WLUM that bid adieu to the sounds of Ace of Base and Boyz II Men. Detroit's 96.3 WHYT was also a top-rated CHR - which like WLUM - that leaned rhythmic. In the Summer of 1994, they started adding more alternative music to their playlist. At the same time, they were starting to call themselves Planet 96.3 as opposed to 96.3 Jamz. By the Fall, the only rap heard on 96.3 was from alternative artists like the Beastie Boys and Lucas (remember "Lucas With the Lid Off"?). In 96.3's case, the reason for the switch was simple: money. Advertisers were leery about associating themselves with gangsta rap. Even New York City's heritage CHR, Z100 had an alt-rock lean in the mid-90s.

In the Planet's case, by 1996, they decided to become more of a modern AC, eliminating harder rock songs from their playlist. Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Hootie and the Blowfish were A-OK for them, but White Zombie, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and others weren't. Clearly by the mid-late 90s, new rock was on two different roads. Woodstock '99 tried to bridge the gap, but quite frankly, people who love KoRn, Rage and anything new rock just weren't into Jewel, Sheryl Crow or Alanis Morrissette. After all, those three females were now mainstays on soccer mom AC stations. 

Also by the late 90s, CHR was back in a big way. Boy bands, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and others were being heavily promoted while nu metal acts were locked out of pop radio. As a result, the Backstreet Boys and 'NSyncs of the world were heavily taunted. It was if Stewart Stevenson from Beavis and Butt-head was running the game. 

It was no doubt that Woodstock '99 was a disaster. It was hot, people were literally dying of dehydration and it ended in a fiery inferno. The Music Box doc did a lot of finger-pointing as to why it was what it was. But at times, it felt like it was produced by South Park's P.C. Principal. 

Of course, one of the biggest problems involved women being groped and some even raped. The doc pointed its finger in part to the fact that porn was more popular than ever thanks to the internet and the Girls Gone Wild series. Well, it was true. However, what the program didn't mention was that more than ever, young people simply didn't know right from wrong. More and more teens were being raised in a latchkey society and thanks to assholes like then-Texas governor George W. Bush preaching abstinence only education, well, this is what you get. When I was 13, my father bought me my first Playboy. Not long afterward, we visited a relative's house and he had magazines that made Playboy look tame. It was the first time I was exposed to hard-core porn, and guess what? I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING UNCONSENTUAL TO ANYBODY, PERIOD.

Of course, a lot happened after the Woodstock melee. The events of 9/11 and the wars that followed shooked the world. We had a massive economic breakdown in 2008. Hundreds of unruly and brainwashed losers stormed the Capitol over lies spread by Drumpf. And as some see it, rock died.

In 2001, three of the top ten selling albums were from hard rock groups. Back then, every major city had an active rock station or at least an alt-rocker that played some harder tunes. Two decades later, things have changed.

This past year, no new album from the hard rock or metal genres made Billboard's year-end top 200 album chart. True, there were strong offerings from the likes of Wolfgang Van Halen and his one-man act Mammoth WVH, plus newcomer guitar virtuoso Ayron Jones and others. But, people weren't necessarily going out to buy their albums.

Of course, another issue regarding hard rock is the lack of actual radio stations in bigger cities playing it. Right now, Dallas is the biggest market with an active rocker. Detroit is another major city whose main rocker, the legendary WRIF does quite well in the ratings. New York's last AOR, 92.3 K-Rock went off the air many years ago due to poor ratings in part due to Opie and Anthony. Chicago had a similar issue with 94.7 The Zone, which begat to oldies WLS-FM and better ratings. Interestingly enough, a few years ago, WLS-AM barely got its ass kicked in the ratings by an active rocker out of Racine, WI, WIIL. 

Another hard rock-less market of sorts is Los Angeles, which has heritage rocker (and former WRIF sister) KLOS and two alt-rockers, iHeart's Alt 98.7 and Audacity's KROQ, which just might be the longest-running alternative in America. However, KROQ's ratings have been an abomination for a few years. Word has it that Audacity is going to force KROQ to throw in the towel and flip it to active rock. Alt 98.7 is currently at a 2.3 and 14th place, KLOS is at a 1.9 and in 19th place while KROQ is in 26th place with a 1.4. KROQ is getting their asses handed to them by many Spanish stations and a few signals distant to L.A. 

Currently, active rock is thriving in the same smaller markets that rejected wanting a good rock station 25 years ago while the bigger markets have seemed to kick them to the curb. But, there's other good reasons for that. There's the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which allowed media companies more control of what they could own, but also allowed for less competition. There's the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl nip slip, which gave the FCC an excuse to jack up indecency fines for radio and TV stations. But, of course, there was the growth of digital media, such as SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify. Back in the day, if your favorite terrestrial radio station went off the air, you'd want to run to the studio in protest. Today, it's no biggie because you have the digital world at your fingertips.

But still, no new hard rock or metal album made the Billboard Top 200 albums chart last year.

Back to the Music Box documentary on Woodstock '99. One group I follow on Facebook is a burlesque outfit here in Grand Rapids. One of its members was nice enough to compare the revelers of the event to the Capitol rioters on 1.6.21 and those who worship Drumpf. 

Yes, the doc painted a bad image of those who love hard rock and metal. They cried about them being angry white guys who use the n-word religiously and inappropriately grab women. And yet, the number one album of 2021 was by a country singer who got caught on a doorbell cam using that word. The owner of the footage sold it to TMZ and within hours, he was banned by radio and TV stations alike. Many have canceled out rock because its fans are angry white guys. Yet, Morgan Wallen is, well, an angry white guy.

Since the boy band craze of the late 90s, we've been bombarded with shows like American Idol and Glee that made shitty music en vogue again. I roll my eyes knowing that "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey is probably more popular now than it was back in 1982, even though their keyboardist is butt buddies with Drumpf and crooked televangelist Jim Bakker. 

Of course, we can go on. Politics is a factor. Look at Five Finger Death Punch: their video for the 2020 song "Living the Dream" mocked mask wearers and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Christian band Skillet's leader John Cooper frequently makes video blogs where he says stupid shit. One vlog has him attacking Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion's #1 smash "WAP" for being immoral. Another has him calling Rage Against the Machine "government rock" and so on, even though he and his wife Korey make millions off of a man who wore rags and lived in a tent.

And just recently, some in the rock community got miffed at Disturbed's David Draiman for his support of Spotify and controversial podcaster Joe Rogan after legendary rocker Neil Young told the streaming service to pull his music. Draiman - a self-proclaimed liberal and supporter of Bernie Sanders - called Spotify's decision to pull Young's music a victory for Freedom of Speech. Since then, SiriusXM added a Neil Young channel replacing "Deep Tracks" and others such as Joni Mitchell and former Young bandmate Nils Loftgren have told Spotify to remove their tunes as well.

So, what's wrong with newer rock music? IMHO, nothing. I know, maybe I'm in the past. I'm a part of the generation that fought when anything was taken away from me or out of reach. This is why I started Chuck69.com in 1999. Back then, I was in high school in northern Michigan. No local radio station would play true hard rock and metal. Today, there's Rock 105 and 95-5, plus many streaming options. If Rock 105 were to leave the airwaves, no biggie. Same with WGRD here in my current hometown of Grand Rapids, although personally, they suck for playing too much butt rock. Oh, well. Sirius is worth every penny of the $8 per month I give them.

IMHO, all musical genres will always have their loyal fans. Look at traditional easy listening music. You know, Lawrence Welk, Mantovani, Franck Pourcel and others labeled as "Muzak". Circa 50 years ago, just about every town in America had a "beautiful music" station playing old music for old people. Most of the music was piped in on reel-to-reel tapes, making them quite easy to run without live DJs. Of course, B/EZ music was never a favorite among baby boomers and younger, and by the 1980s, they started to disappear. Today, only a miniscule amount of B/EZ stations are left on both terrestrial and digital radios. In 2015, SiriusXM dropped their B/EZ station, Escape and believe it or not, there was so much outcry that one of the last-remaining terrestrial B/EZ broadcasters left in America, Prescott, AZ's KAHM 102.1 had to start charging people to listen to the station online. Only a few months later, Escape returned to SiriusXM's radios. 

To me, rock isn't dead at all. It's just that people would rather listen to it digitally and go to concerts. Hell, I haven't bought a physical album in years. Why buy the album online when one can listen online on some quasi-illegal source for free? Terrestrial radio? It's good if you want to hear a truncated version of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" segued into Def Leppard. 

Rock is alive. Period. It's simply evolving and needs to find its voice and some good stations to air it. Plus, there's major rock festivals, including the Upheaval Festival coming to Grand Rapids this Summer. The media - including Billboard - simply need to shut up about rock. The only problem it has is when people misunderstand it. Remember when Metallica didn't win the Best Metal Album Grammy and it went to Jethro Tull instead? Plus, the fact that when they present any hard rock or metal Grammys, it's a pre-show ceremony? The situation is, is that people think that Metallica and KoRn are in the same camp as Ed Sheeran and in the case of the most-recent MTV VMAs, John Mayer, an artist whose fanbase includes my 60-something year-old aunt who's a Jehovah's Witness worshiper. 

So in 2022, I hope rock will come back in some way, shape or form. As long as people get their COVID shots and social distance, we'll be just fine and so will rock. But, the apocalypse will come if some rock award will go to the modern equivalent to Mantovani.

As Ozzy once said, "You can't kill rock 'n' roll, it's here to stay".

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021 BEE-OTCH OF THE YEAR!

WELCOME TO THE 2021 BEE-OTCH OF THE YEAR!

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Since 1999, we've handed the Bee-otch of the Year to the biggest idiot or idiots who simply make our lives miserable.

We used to have a system where we did Bee-otch of the Day daily and Bee-otch of the Week weekly. Now that my schedule's changed vastly, I only do Bee-otch of the Day when I can.

So, we've decided to do BOTY based on which articles created the most buzz. Without any adieu, here's the Top Three:



3rd Place: Marlena Pavlos-Hackney
When the State of Michigan ordered all non-essential businesses - such as restaurants - to close, Marlena, a Polish immigrant decided to keep her bistro opened in Holland, MI open. She tried to defy the orders and was thrown in jail for them. When she stood in front of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the same judge who sentenced Larry Nassar to 175 years in prison for sex abuse, she refused to even take the oath. The Judge then told Pavlos-Hackney that her courtroom wasn't Burger King and she couldn't have it her way. Since then, Marlena's Bistro has reopened and has been a symbol of stupidity for the so-called "patriots" in the Holland area.



2nd Place: Ellen DeGeneres
Earlier this year, the unfunny comic whose catchphrase was "be kind to one another" announced that she was quitting her TV show. In recent years, DeGeneres was criticized for being friends to elitists who aren't pals with the LGBTQ+ community and the fact that she created a toxic atmosphere in regards to her show. Since news of her problems arose, her ratings had deflated. It's proof that just because you're gay that people HAVE to laugh at you.

AND THE BEE-OTCH OF THE YEAR FOR 2021 IS....


DRUMPF!

By all means, 2021 wasn't his year and it should have stayed that way. He lost the 2020 elections and his idiot supporters didn't know a damn thing about sportsmanship. The January 6th Insurrection virtually cemented Drumpf's position for BOTY. And the sad thing is that while his village idiots are now crying "Let's Go Brandon!", Biden is working hard to disassemble the shit he started. Now, he has Joe Manchin to deal with....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Bee-otch of the Day: the Broadcasting industry







Name: the broadcast industry
Age: ageless
Occupation: supposed entertainers and informers of the general public
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: still putting people last
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The 1990s were a dark age for rock fans in northern Michigan. 

Castle Farms in Charlevoix shuttered, forcing people to drive hundreds of miles to see their favorite acts. Even worse, WKLT was the de facto rock station up north. Instead of allowing locals to hear the bands of the time, they had to play their daily quota of "Juke Box Hero".

Then, in 1998, somebody actually stepped up and gave KLT real competition. A Chicago firm called Calibre Communications announced that they were buying Del Reynolds' group of stations. They reformatted Del's classic rock stations - collectively known as WGFM - into The Bear. Since Reynolds was WGFM's morning man, he stepped aside and they newly-minted stations brought in the syndicated Bob and Tom Show.

Calibre knew that people were sick of classic rock, too. So, they flipped Reynolds' underperforming smooth jazz "Coast FM" stations to The Zone, Northern Michigan's Modern Rock. The good news was that finally, rock fans didn't have to sit through moldy oldies to hear new music. However, The Zone was just another soccer mom station. David Gariano, Calibre's president told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that northern Michigan simply wasn't a hard rock or metal market. For two years, The Zone was one of northern Michigan's lowest-rated FM stations.

Then, their new program director, Kimberly Fox, proved Gariano wrong.

When Calibre's buyout of Reynolds fell through, some of its backers formed Northern Star Broadcasting. With Fox at the helm of The Zone, obscure and forgettable beer break rock from no-namers like Sinead Lohan and Susan Tedeschi were out and bands that were ignored by KLT and the rest of northern Michigan radio were in.

With a playlist infused with a musical Jagerbomb, The Zone started whipping KLT's pitiful ass. Even KLT themselves started throwing their long-ignored Gen-Xer audience a bone by spinning bands like Disturbed, Nine Inch Nails and a few others. Of course, you had to sit through "Carry On Wayward Son" to get to "Because I Got High" by the great 2000s one-hit-wonder Afroman.

Boy, have times changed. The Zone begat to Rock 105 and 95-5 and KLT is almost 100% classic rock. Not to mention that both stations have had their ups and downs. It's typical of the radio world and in life itself. These days, KLT is almost at the top of the northern Michigan radio rat race. In the most-recent Nielsen ratings book, KLT was *almost* #1, only losing to Rock 105's country sister, Big Country 102.9 10.6 to 10.2.

Rock 105, however, is in a tough spot.

The active rocker was tied in 10th place with a dismal 1.9 with piss-powered adult hits 104.5 Bob FM. The station has been in a ratings free fall since longtime afternoon jock and Programming Director Nate "Smitty" Smith left the station a few years ago.

For years, fans of Rock 105 and The Zone have fought tooth and nail to support the station. Before it flipped to Rock 105, The Zone lost 94.5 in the Straits area, claiming that there were no ad dollars to support the station. It flipped to hot AC as "Star 94.5" to zero fanfare. When the switch to what was then called Real Rock 105 & 95-5 was made, fans were happy. However, musically, the station was a mixed bag of some new rock and a lot of butt rock already heard on KLT and The Bear, which took over the 94.5 spot. Eventually, the butt rock disappeared.

But then on April Fool's Day 2014, Traverse City listeners were pissed when 95.5 flipped to sleepy easy listening music as "Easy 95-5". Once one got south of TC, Fans of active rock were stuck with KLT or The Bear. Of course, It took owner Del Reynolds' wife to have a stroke to force him to sell his stations to a couple of former Greater Media Detroit execs and put rock back on 95.5. 

And yes, the bullshit a troll from KLT pulled that damn near killed Smitty's radio career. Of course, Black Diamond convinced advertisers that Smitty was the innocent one, so all was well. 

So, the question is, why in the hell is KLT scoring double digits while Rock 105 is doing so pitifully? Musically, Rock 105 - IMHO - is sounding great! Better than WGRD here in Grand Rapids, which plays too much stale shit that belongs on WLAV. Granted, KLT has a live and local morning show with Omelette, who attracts a lot of popular celebs - local and nationwide - on his show. Governor Whitmer is a frequent guest, and was on the show the day she was heckled by a loser who opposed her COVID-19 policies. 

Rock 105? Well, they have a 400-pound jerk who once aired a fake political ad blasting former Governor Jennifer Granholm for Michigan's economic woes in the 2000s, even though the fault was really BusHitler and his fake wars and tax cuts for the wealthy, which landed this country in the economic breakdown of 2008. Of course, I'm still not over the fact that he photoshopped a photo of himself peeing on 106 KHQ's promo vehicle, I posted it on a media-based internet message board and some jerk claimed that I was the one responsible for it. Ummmm, I posted it STRAIGHT from his MySpace page. Gee, ever hear of finding the page source? But since one of his then-co-workers was the aforementioned KLT troll, who has several handles on said board and now has no real job, well, there you go.

Oh, and said Rock 105 morning host is now based in Green Bay, WI where he handles afternoons on CHR WIXX as "Fife". Allegedly, he now pre-records his show for NoMi the night before. 

Voicetracked the night before from Packerland or live and local should be a no-brainer. But then again, I have SiriusXM on both my phone and vehicle. But, here's something to think about: is Nielsen telling the truth?

Big Country 102.9 is a station whose signal is scratchy in the Grand Traverse region. As a matter of fact, its city-grade signal fades south of Elk Rapids. Its transmitter is located north of Harbor Springs. Now, true, WTCM-FM - which fell to third place - has lost some listeners when Midwestern flipped 93.5 in the Petoskey region to a WKLT simulcast. But a 10.6? Something's fishy. 

Now, it's true that Nielsen and its predecessor Arbitron had issues when an employee at then-AC 106.7 WSRT sent in fake diaries to them, affecting their ratings. He was caught and fired while WSRT made a few format flips and fell silent when Northern Broadcast - which also owned KLT and The Fox - went belly-up. As for WSRT, MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting bought the station and is now Star Country 106.7, playing mostly country from the 90s and 00s. 

The good news is that 106.7 is back with a format that will definitely work for the Straits region. However, it will tack off a few points from Big Country and will give KLT an advantage when the next book comes out in early 2022. Or, was it all a flaw? 

Of course, anything can happen. With Smitty gone (again), The Bear's numbers could tank, new Traverse City signal and all. 106 KHQ's morning show also quit recently. At least Rock 105 is taking a shot at KLT by now calling themselves "The REAL Rock Station" as opposed to KLT's slogan, minus the word "Real".

Meanwhile, up north, viewers of co-owned NBC WPBN-TV 7&4 and WGTU ABC 29&8 recently noticed that the two stations had been looking like shit as of late. Commercials aren't being run, newscasts have been abbreviated and syndicated fare like Wheel of Fortune and Dr. Phil were being pre-empted for programming by the TBD Network. 

The reason was because the two stations' parent, Sinclair Broadcast Group had a major ransomware attack at their headquarters in Maryland a few months ago. Apparently, it encrypted a lot of their files, causing their stations to not air commercials, station IDs and syndicated programs. 

Here in west Michigan, Sinclair O&O CBS affiliate WWMT-3 seems to be back to normal. Other Sinclair stations haven't been so lucky. It's been reported that other Sinclair properties were also having similar issues.

WPBN's evening newscast had multiple glitches, such as the screen being off-center, an on-screen volume control on the screen and a frame that was on at the beginning of a commercial asking if they should proceed. Obviously, 7&4 was being run off of what appears to be a make-shift system.

Sinclair had been mum on what might have caused the issue, though many think that it's simple karma for making their stations a right-winged mouthpiece. They force them to air features like the Terrorism Alert Desk, which bashes brown-skinned people. They air commentary from Boris Epshteyn, a Russian-born attorney who spews right-winged horseshit. And so on.

Thankfully, Sinclair is hurting. The company is BILLIONS in debt because of many factors, such as their botched buyout of Tribune, which ended up with Nexstar. Remember when it was rumored that they wanted to transform WGN America into a news channel anchored by has-been Bill O'Reilly? Thankfully, Nexstar transformed that channel - which hadn't been relevant since the days of Bozo The Clown and when Empire Carpet was strictly a Chicago company - into NewsNation, which supposedly presents news sans bias. 

Of course, Sinclair also spent a pretty penny on Fox's regional sports networks, which they renamed Bally Sports after the chain of casinos. It's almost funny that they co-own Bally Sports with a company headed by comedian-turned-media mogul Byron Allen, who labels himself a "strong Democrat". Even he too is buying up TV stations left and right, such as Flint ABC stalwart WJRT-12.

Watching Sinclair's TV stations turn to shit is like watching a Detroit Lions game. I'll betcha the folks at 9&10 in Cadillac are having a field day. Unlike 7&4 and 29&8, they're locally-owned. However, 9&10 is far from perfect. After all, one reason why I started this blog in 1999 was because 9&10 dropped Howard Stern's already-doomed Saturday night TV show for NRA infomercials. In 2006, they yanked a CBS 9/11 documentary claiming that it contained too much profanity. However, CBS aired the documentary commercial-free and it was an election year. With Dick DeVos buying up ad time left and right, they simply wanted to sell their soul to someone who was worth billions and ended up losing the gubernatorial election as it was. Not to mention that 9&10 has been accused of airing paid spots as news stories in the past, an FCC no-no.

Tragically, northern Michigan is a tough spot when it comes to the media. Not only do you have four TV stations owned by two companies that have created fake companies to "own" their local sisters, but the radio dial has always been problematic. They, too, had turned their noses on Howard Stern, but most of the station owners in the area had at least one station airing Rush Limbaugh's hate-filled vitriol. Thankfully, only two of those radio groups - Midwestern Broadcasting (WTCM, WCCW, Z93, etc) and MacDonald-Garber (KHQ, Lite 96.3, Bob FM, etc) still exist. In Midwestern's case, speculation has it that the company could be sold to a bigger broadcaster in the coming years as company president Ross Biederman is now in his 80s and his stepson, Chris Warren is more of a bean counter than a broadcaster. In MacGar's case, Trish is training her sons to take over the ranch.

Recently, Midwestern fired longtime WATZ 99.3 Alpena jock Steve Wright after 32 years of service. His wife - also a WATZ staffer - was also terminated. Speculation has it that WATZ might be soon a simulcast of WTCM-FM, especially since former simulcast partner WRGZ 96.7 Rogers City is now simulcasting WKLT.

Since we made our first blog in 1999, the radio groups that have been put by the wayside included Northern Star Broadcasting (The Bear, The Zone, Big Country etc) which is now Black Diamond. I'm still amazed that Northern Broadcast (KLT, The Fox and ESPN Up North) went out of business when they ended up selling their properties one-by-one. Of course, karma hit them hard when they killed 106.7 The Peak for WSRT and Delilah, whose show sucks so bad that her own son killed himself. 

Here in Grand Rapids, the latest radio ratings book shows that B93 still rules with WCSG, WSNX and WOOD following. WGRD is in 5th place. Maybe it's time for them to shitcan the awful butt rock that needs to stay on LAV. The losers included Thunder 107.3 and of course, the former ESPN 96.1, now known as The Game, now at a .9. Sadly, they recently picked up the fat blowhard known as "Huge" Bill Simonson, who was on WBBL for 20 years. WBBL moved back to the AM with a weak FM translator not long ago, and apparently, the Big Fat Retard's owner, Marty Booher wanted a stronger affiliate in Grand Rapids. After all, he just lost WXYT-AM Detroit when they went to sports betting talk. When 96.1 had a local afternoon show, they beat the living shit out of Big Boy in the ratings.  

Also lacking ratings is 102.5 The Ride, now run by Tyrone Bynum. According to reliable sources, the station had WAY better ratings when it was Public Reality Radio. I shake my head knowing that Bob Goodrich simply gave Tyrone the keys to that station, especially since he already ran another station - 640 WMFN - into the ground. Why he continues to be on the radio is anyone's guess.

What's more depressing is the amount of good people LEAVING the Broadcasting biz. Here in Grand Rapids, we've lost too many good personalities as of late. WOOD-TV's Leon Hendrix now works for a hospital. Meteorologist Kyle Underwood - who came to WOOD-TV from Duluth's legendary WDIO - is now a financial advisor. Lynsey Mukhomel is now Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's press secretary. Sportscaster Larry Figurski is going to work for an interior designer. Reporter Heather Walker recently moved to Miami to work for NBC O&O WTVJ. It goes on and on.

Here in west Michigan, the Big Four TV stations - Sinclair's WWMT-3 (CBS), Nexstar's WOOD-TV 8 (NBC), TEGNA's WZZM-13 (ABC) and Scripps' WXMI Fox 17 - have been bought and sold multiple times over only the past few years. Undoubtedly, management changes have hurt the reporters and anchors of the aforementioned stations to The point of simply quitting and moving to another business. And some of those folks - like Larry Figurski - have been in broadcasting since the 80s.

Tragically, some people who stay in the business for too long suck.

Not long ago, I mentioned that I know someone who works in retail and one of their customers is a well-known news anchor here in Grand Rapids. This anchor in particular was on vacation last year and SCREAMED at said person on the phone because of their overinflated ego. Well, this person *was* close to retiring, but changed their mind because of financial concerns. Sadly, I see too many egomaniacs in the broadcast business while the decent people wise up and move on. 

It's sad that I see people who have broadcast degrees quit and move on. But, that's what happens when the FCC allows fewer ownership limits. It used to be that if you lost your job, you could go across the street. Not anymore.

Even worse are the amount of egomaniacs running the airwaves. How many years has "Huge" Bill Simonson been on the air here in Grand Rapids? Like twenty? And how many listeners does he have? Maybe three? Oh, and I know their last names: DeVos, Loeks and Brann. 

Thankfully, some shitty DJs do get fired, and even shittier managers like Matt Hanlon, who ran WKLQ into the ground. One asshole that comes to mind reminds me of an old 1928 silent MGM flick called "The Crowd".

In this movie, a man lives the American Dream of being married, having two kids and working a good-paying job. Early on in the film, he and his wife ridicule a poor man dressed as a clown and wearing a sandwich board. As the film progresses, the man's daughter is killed in an accident, has a nervous breakdown at work and quits because of poor performance and his wife leaves him. As he walks to a bridge to commit suicide, his son follows him and tells him that he likes him. That gives the man enough strength to move on. So, he goes to an employment agency, and guess what his new job is? A man dressed as a clown with a sandwich board.

Earlier, I mentioned that Smitty once again quit his position as the morning man at The Bear and is now working as a bartender at a small bar in Traverse City. He also hosts several podcasts. Recently, he started a GoFundMe page where he tried to raise funds to go to Ireland. On his YouTube page, one of his former competitors decided to troll him by saying that he'll donate if he went the week after and stayed for two years.

Yes, the same douche who had a competing afternoon show and ripped off Smitty's material. The same douche who helped to get Smitty canned from Rock 105 by allegedly creating a fake audio file of him playing a song loaded with the word "cunt" and sending it to their advertisers. And allegedly, the same asshole who many years ago called me an "$8 per hour loser" on a popular Broadcasting message board. This, of course, coming from someone who has been fired from six different radio stations and Broadcasting firms. One of his former coworkers even told me that in between radio jobs, he worked as a pizza delivery man and a blackjack dealer. 

And who's the $8 per hour loser now? I'm sure it's not gonna help feed his three kids' mouths. Plus, I have to wonder how his wife - the president of the Chamber of Commerce in a town where if a woman sees a black guy walking down the street, she would switch her purse to the opposite shoulder - feels about her husband - 14 years her senior - can handle having to take care of a 60-year-old douchebag who sits around all day spewing shit on a Broadcasting message board. 

The more I think about this loser, the more I feel happy about myself. When I was first on my own nearly 20 years ago, it was just after 9/11 and I was given an ultimatum: stay up north and make chicken shit wages or move downstate and make something of myself. Moving to Grand Rapids turned out to be the right move. Yes, my first boss here was an asshole, but, this past decade has been loaded with wage increases and upgrading from a shitty apartment to a decent house in a good part of town. Aside from my mortgage, I'm debt-free. 

Yes, the first ten years at my job sucked. I spent more than I earned thinking that raises were around the corner. I was wrong. I was lied to, and I was the one who paid the price. But, guess what? I wasn't alone. I knew a lot of people older than I was being forced to move back in with their parents because they were in worse shape than I was. People with college degrees were making $8 per hour at Walmart because of downsizing and outsourcing. And yes, the bottom fell out in 2008 thanks to the severe income inequality that has long besmirched us all.

Today, I'm doing well. As a matter of fact, I have more money than my parents COMBINED. True, I'm still single. But, I see the advantages. Most women these days only want losers. Plus, do I want to bring a kid into this world with all the SHIT going on? It's worth noting that my cousin's son attends the same school system whose high school was shot up by a troubled 15-year-old. It's even more daunting that his parents are asshole Drumpf supporters who bought him the Sig Sauer gun and made virtually no attempts to stop him.

This world is turning to the one the movie "Idiocracy" predicted, albeit sooner. I don't think I would want my offspring to see that kind of travesty that I know will happen in the future. Today, we still have companies that pay their workers starvation wages and force them into working in haphazard conditions like the candle factory in Kentucky that got blasted away by a tornado. I shook my head when Michael Strahan got to go to space thanks to Jeff Bezos just hours after six people were killed inside one of his fulfillment centers due to a tornado. 

Folks, this is why I don't trust a lot of baby boomers. In 1980, they voted to bust the unions. They voted to give the wealthy a tax break. They voted to stop raising the minimum wage. They voted to reduce freedom of speech in broadcasting and to create more monopolies. 

And this asshole allegedly called me an "$8 an hour loser"?

Look, I've never been fired from a job. Douchnozzle's been canned from six different stations because of his overinflated ego. My bosses love me because they know I bust my balls hard enough to deserve their trust and respect. This is why I'm successful while he-who-shalt-not-be-mentioned is a fucking has-been. 

Seriously, the one thing I'll never understand is the fact that people will cover up for the shit he's done. I've had two people telling me to call them so they can lie to me about his shenanigans. On the message board he frequents, one person defended him by saying that he's done "wonderful things for his community". The same asshole who ran The Bear into the ground by thinking that A Flock of Seagulls and Depeche Mode would work on a classic rock station. He was fired and now works at a country station in Shitstain, Indiana. The reality is, is that some in the broadcast business do post on there. But, they're usually the bottom feeders who work in tiny markets. Honestly, I think most big-league broadcasters have better things to do than to wear a tinfoil hat and post vitriol on a message board.

Smitty deserved better. He's seved this country in the military and gave Rock 105 some of its best ratings. For this loser to step out of his hole and lie to advertisers about what he does on the air was severely unprofessional of him. I hope to God that he's never heard on the air ever again. Instead of being a bully, he needs to be a man and support his wife and kids.

In the end, HE'S the one who needs to shut up.


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