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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Message- being clear about love



So at one time I had a plan for this post, a plan in which I vented same old rage in a new package, put a nice, Easter-type bow on top, and passed it off as from God.


Thankfully, a sign of new maturity, I threw that away.

I don't want to join in the stupid wars on the internet anymore.  Everybody out there is getting their kicks sending out their hate wrapped in attacks on the people who they say are motivated by hate.

I want you to hear something else today.  I want you to hear about love.

Not love that says everyone goes to heaven, like spots in the eternal mansion are cars at an Oprah party.  Love in which One Creator God so loved His creation that He emptied Himself of Godhood and died in our places so we could join Him.

Not love that says, hey, you are a decent person, you'll make the list.  Love that recognizes that we have ALL fallen short of the perfection needed to be with a Holy God- and finds us a way there anyway, if we so choose.

Not love that says as long as you don't bother anyone, whatever you do is okay.  Love that recognizes that there is a moral standard that HAS to be met- and then offers us the chance to meet it.

I want to be clear on this.  Such love isn't cheap- it cost Jesus everything.  And it isn't easy- we have to be willing to give up this world for the reward of the next.  And it isn't for everyone.  There's one thing you have to do, and that is to recognize there is nothing you CAN do.  You need someone to do it FOR you- and that Someone has already done it.


Paul said, " that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)  Seems simple enough, right?  Except for that little 3 word phrase- in your heart.  Requiring sincerity, not just head knowledge.

Paul also said, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8) THAT means there are a set of rules, and a sincere believer has to follow them.  You don't get to cherry-pick out the non-PC stuff.

And Jesus told us, "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matt. 7:16-20)  And THAT means that it has to lead to a change in the way you see things and the way you act.  Not that you become instantly perfect, but that you begin to say no to the things that go against all the rest.  You feel guilt when you fail- or when you don't try.


So what brings all this up?  Well, as I may have mentioned, there is a "crack down on Chris" campaign going on here.  I am sick and tired of fighting the battle the world's way.  And one thing that has been laid on my heart in this is that I need to be CLEAR.  If I give people the impression that God grades on the curve, I am doing a garbage job on these posts.  Yes we fail, and God still loves us- He doesn't take Jesus back.  We repent, we slip up; God knew every time we would do that WAY before we did, and if He showed us today how many more times we had yet to fail, we'd probably wonder why He gives us the time of day.  But it still remains these three things:

Faith and confession

Learn and pray

Apply, apply, apply.

And that means I have to up the standards around here.  I have to make sure that every Sunday message shows that I believe that I am a sinner deserving of hell, except that Christ died for me.

Every Sunday message has to be grounded in the Bible- and my opinions have nothing to do with it.

And I have to go out and walk the walk.

So, continue praying for me, as anyone reading this knows that I am praying for you.  And we'll go on muddling through together- and with God's grace, maybe I won't be sharing as many, "and this is how I douched that up" stories, and more, "Here is the victory God won" stories instead.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Time Machine co-ordinates VIXXXVII47011971



Today, we slip unnoticed into January 19th, 1971- the day that the Beatles' Helter Skelter is played as evidence in the Manson murder trials.  Did the Beatles influence the Manson "family"?


"Sure... that's what it was.  Let's go with that..."

Other than that, it was a pretty quiet day- and frankly, it's a pretty quiet Time Machine, too, as I never had the time (while healthy) to snoop up a neat feature or two.  But we do have something the M10 hasn't seen since August;  how one misprint can cause a lot of problems; and I get to do the Panel picks with a former Beauty Contestant!  So fire up the turntable and away we go!


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So what is it we haven't seen on the M10 since August 16th?  Not one, not two, but THREE new debuts!  And this first one at number 10 is a Scottish band- but when you here the song, you'll swear that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers joined forces with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!  They call themselves the XCERTS, and their latest is...





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Today, I get to share the TM mike with POTM Mariska Veres of Shocking Blue!



Hello, pretty lady!  How are you today?

M:  I am very happy to being here!

Great.  So what we do here is you read the Panel votes off of this list here and...

M: I am very happy to being here!


UH-oh.  Sounds like somebody isn't real good at English....

M: I am very happy to...

Yeah, okay, I tell you what.  Give me the list, and I'll just go ahead and read them.  You just sit here and keep me company, okay?

M: (nods head)

So we start this week's list of 18 candidates from 60 stations with Ray Stevens' Bridget The Midget at #56.

Closer to the top, we have Van Morrison's Domino at #22.

King Floyd was at #4 with Groove Me.

Gladys Knight and the Pips are at #11 with If I Were Your Woman.

Dave Edmunds is at #29 with I Hear You Knockin'.

The Partridge Family had I Think I Love You at #15.

Tony Orlando and Dawn were at the top of the Cashbox charts with Knock Three Times.

Canned Heat got a "didn't get the memo" vote for Let's Work Together, which peaked in the top 30 around Thanksgiving.

The Bee Gees were at #7 with Lonely Days.

In South Africa, a band that had two hits covering Monkees album cuts, calling themselves the Dealians, were at the top there with Look Out Tomorrow.

Stephen Stills was at #19 with Love The One You're With.  I wonder if he sang that alone?

George Harrison was in the runner-up spot with My Sweet Lord.

A song that doesn't get near enough play at #52- Liz Damon's Orient Express with 1900 Yesterday.

A lot of 50s this week- the Osmonds were at 57 with One Bad Apple.

The Fifth Dimension were at #3 with One Less Bell To Answer.

Three Dog Night held #13 with One Man Band.

Lynn Anderson was at #12 with Rose Garden.

And Todd Rundgren, under the name of "Runt" was at #33 with We Gotta Get You A Woman.

So I gotta tell you, this was a two-song race until near the end, but just to mix you up, I'll throw in a few more for your picking pleasure.  Choose from Dawn, George, the 5D, the Bee Gees...

"Or ME!"
Yes, or Dave Edmunds.  Mariska, I'm sorry we didn't get you a translator or anything, maybe next time around.

M (laughing): Elvis zei dat dit zou werken...*

* "Elvis said this would work..."

DAMNIT, ELVIS!!!!



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Well, at least Elvis can't bugger up the next debut at #8.  This is a gentleman from Michigan named Garrett Borns, who goes professionally as B├śRNS, and his first time on the M10 goes like this...






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Stat Pack time!

The big mover was ... er.. Bobby Goldsboro's Watching Scotty Grow- up 26 spots from 62 to 36.

I knew 44 of 'em, including the #71 in '71- Jerry Reed's Amos Moses  While it was the fourth single off his lp Country Sunshine, it was the only one that cracked the pop charts.  The others placed #14, 16, 16, and 16 on the country charts- this one made #8 on pop.

We didn't have a bubbling under this week for some reason, so #100 was Betty (the Shoop-Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)) Everett with I've Got To Tell Somebody.  Nobody was listening, though, and it peaked at #98.  Despite this long a career, Betty only made the top 40 3 times- once with Jerry Butler- and this was her last time in the 100.


And in the UK, we find another actor at the top.  This time it was Clive Dunn, a star on the BBC's Dad's Army, who one night ran into veteran studio bassist Herbie Flowers (who played the bass on, among others, David Essex's Rock On), and challenged Flowers to write a song for him.  The result, Granddad, was at the top of the UK chart this week.


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Ready for some help?  The top two are My Sweet Lord and Knock Three Times.  But who won?


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Our third debut, at #7, is by the act that was numero uno last week- The Shacks:






The new lp, to be called Haze, hits stores end of March.

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So how do you put a song behind the 8-ball with a misprint?  Well, you start with a teenager named Kenny Thomas who entered a Detroit talent competition with some songs he wrote.  One of them got the attention of producer Frank Wilson, who had the young man play it for him on his old beat up two-string guitar.  Frank reworked a few lyrics and presented it to the Supremes 2.0, who took the song - Stone Love- onto the chart.  HOWever, the record label pressed it as STONED Love- and immediately some radio idiots took it to be a "coded-word drug song" and refused to play it.  Thankfully, enough DJs with brains actually listened to the lyrics (about a love strong enough to make peace possible) that it sat at #5 this week, despite the lack of Panel love.


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The rest of the M10:


Strawberry Runners spend their 8th week on the chart at #9, down 6, with Garden Hose.

Getting pushed down a notch were Sunflower Bean's I Was A Fool at 6 and Shilpa Ray's former #1, Manhattanoid Creepazoids at 5.

Dent May climbs 3 to #4 with Take Me To Heaven.

The Shacks' former number one, Audrey, slips to #3.

Roaring (or, I guess, skating) to #2 on a 4 notch jump is illuminati hotties with (You're Better) Than Ever.

Which means the new #1 is the second #1 for...



Mo Kenney, with On The Roof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And on the Panel front, George Harrison got 23% of the vote, but the winner with 36.7 % is...




Dawn, with Knock Three Times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Next time, 1972!



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ducks In The Wind...

Damnit, I just styled!


The wonderful source of this post's title will take a minute, but I had fun getting there, so maybe you will as well.  It all started yesterday- sort of...


And it involves an incident where my place of work made about every mistake we are good at on one order.  We started with a rush order, which because it was both hot and a prototype, did not have proper paperwork ready when the time came to get it cut (AKA mistake #1).  In such a case, I am given a "mini" (think blueprint) with the item number, fabric color, and hull # for the individual boat it goes to.  Now, I used to just give it a "Yeah, whatever", cut the stupid thing, and not really care when or if they actually got me the paperwork.  But right before inventory, the production manager (Let's call him "Bob") douched one of these up and I ended up cutting something twice for no reason.  Since then, I write the hull # and fabric on my scoreboard, and erase it when the proper paperwork comes through so I can issue the fabric amount and print out any labels they may still need.

So I cut this one yesterday, write the info on my scoreboard, and wait for the paperwork.  It did not come my way that day. 

Today, though, about 9 AM, I got a pair of prototypes with paperwork.  The first one was a new number, and while it was cutting, I checked the other, and wa-lah, there was yesterday's cut.  Now, my floor boss (Let's call him "Brad") didn't check my board (mistake #2) because he was a bit distracted.  You see, several weeks ago we got an enormously expensive new piece of, er, equipment, that was supposed to make life a breeze for certain of my workmates.  This of course has not yet happened because our production engineer (let's call him "Pete") was supposed to be "getting it dialed in", and several (but fewer) weeks later, our plant manager's boss (Let's call him "Mark") stopped off and let him know that it was going waaay too slow (basically because he hadn't really got to it yet).  And TODAY, Mark returned to do a surprise checkup on Pete, who was not much farther along yet, which meant Brad had to help maintenance get all the moving around of stuff for the machine done which hadn't been done because maintenance had been too busy trying to help Pete get the damn thing functional.  So mistakes numbers 3 and 4 are basically "we don't know what we're doing", and "thus we aren't doing it".
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Back to the main story:  So Brad goes to the sewing boss (Let's call her "Debbie") and she says yes, this was sewn yesterday.  But Brad then made the wise move (after letting me know I was right) to check with Bob to see if it still needed labels, etc.  When Bob saw it, he knew something was funny about the whole deal, and went to check on things himself.


Here I am going to add a crucial interlude to the story by mentioning that at some point in the morning, I walked past somebody's radio that was playing Dust In The Wind by Kansas.  My brain, always on the lookout for a new meaningless sound loop, began playing the song over and over- with one little problem.  It changed Dust to "Ducks".

This was still in my head as yet more problems surfaced in the area, Pete was looking at the new machine's computer with his head in his hands, and at long last, Bob showed up with the Complete Story.

1- the mini I got yesterday had the WRONG hull # on it.  So what I had on the scoreboard was meaningless.  (Mistake #5:  dumb engineers part A.)

2- That cover, which I cut yesterday, was the right item number for the mini- but the cover itself was NOT correct on my system, and thus when delivered was totally douched up for no matter WHICH boat they put it on.  (Mistake #6: dumb engineers part B.)

3- The first prototype I cut at 9 AM was a replacement for yesterday's cover, with the RIGHT hull number this time.

4- The second one, with yesterday's hull number, was a completely different boat, and was the first time I ACTUALLY cut for that hull.  Which makes Mistake #7, Bob needs to keep a better check on what his underlings are doing.


So now we have the "every mistake in the book" part done, and that leaves us with Ducks In The Wind.  Which, by this time, I thought was highly appropriate to our work situation.  So I added lyrics to the thing, which I shall now share with you.


A hurricane
Hurricane of stupid pushing everyone
All we've Done
Full of messing up and all must be re-done

Ducks in the wind,
all we are is ducks in the wind.

Same old song
someone left a part out, and it's incomplete
the BOM* is wrong
Fabric's full of holes and little Chinese feet**

Ducks In The Wind,
All we are is ducks in the wind ohhh oh


(violins)

Quick, hang on
The wind will cast our feathers to the earth and sky
We'll lose our tails
And Tim*** will make us work eternal overtime

Ducks in the wind, 
all we are is ducks in the wind
Everyone is ducks in the wind.....



* Bill Of Materials
** True story.  Foot prints in the coating HAS happened.
*** Plant manager.



I intend to take the song back to Tim tomorrow.  After yesterday, I'm betting he can use the laugh.


Final Note:  All names in this story are totally non-fictitious, except for one.  I'll let you guess which one that is.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To The Faithful Departed





I hate to lead with this, but we have lost two more musicians that have graced the charts of the past.  Delores O'Riordan, leader of the Cranberries, just keels over, aged 46.  Her magic Irish voice graced many a hit on the alt charts, including the flat out best anti-war song ever, 1994's Zombie...




Another mother's breakin'
Heart is takin' over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken


It's the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they're still fightin'
With their tanks, and their bombs
And air bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dyin'


In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head?
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie





Still gives me chills...

The other was Gospel singer Edwin Hawkins, whose singers had a big hit with 1969's Oh Happy Day.  Another great tune, though not having the same impact on me as Delores, and songs like I'm Still Remembering...

They say the cream will always
Rise to the top
They say that good people
Are always first to drop
What of Kurt Cobain
Will his presence still remain
Remember J.F.K
Ever saintly in a way

Where are you now
Where are you now
Where are you now
I say, where are you now?






I'm sorry, this post was meant to be something else... something longer, more fun.  But as I listened to the songs again- for the first time in a while-  my heart just broke.  Where are you now....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

(Not a) Sunday Message

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't yet put up a Sunday Message this year.  They'll come in God's time, but right now I am in a "growth spurt" for lack of a better term.

I have made progress in myself by writing some things down- things I don't intend to share.  But they have helped me see some of my problems in a different light.

One of those lights is the light of fear.  I'm one of those people who hear the sermons on fear and anxiety and say, "That doesn't apply to me, at least not anymore."  WRONG.  A while ago a preacher mentioned that there were 366 "fear not"s in the Bible- which means that would make a really great devotional.  Me being me, I began to seek them out.  And I learned that fear is indeed a problem.  Fear of letting go of certain sins because IF I let them go, I could rise to a new level- and that would be scary.


Another is the light of frustration.  I mean needless frustrations, like yelling at my machine or computer screen at work.  Now, yelling at inanimate objects is a long-term habit of mine.  When I was 4, I fell on my butt running through the kitchen because I slipped on a throw rug on the linoleum floor.  I picked up the rug and shook it, screaming, "Don't you know I'm a PEOPLE?"  12 years later when Mom died, I made sure one of my first acts was to escort that rug to the burning barrel.

I constantly shout, "Really?" at my machine when it does something "stupid".  I flip off dropped objects on their way down to the floor.  And recently, I learned that that begins the frustration train rolling.  It treks then to yelling at myself, then God, then other people, and never once is there anything real to get upset about.

So in other words, I am learning about my triggers.  Add "boredom" to the list and you have the troika of my constant downfalls.


And I am trying to do something about them.  Admitting fear was a big help.  Breaking myself of talking to inanimate objects is starting to as well.  Boredom is still a challenge.  I don't need more activity as much as an "off" switch for my brain.

And I am learning I have more "image constructs" of myself to tear down.  For example, I have told myself a lot that I am good at prayer time- but when I hear stories of what really dedicated prayer warriors have done, I am shamed.  I have found myself having to require "kicks in the butt" to pray about certain things, and that needs to change.

The pastor I was listening to today is teaching his congregation that it isn't about "doing"- doing the things you think are expected of a Christian- but "being"- being more like Christ, in action and attitude and everything else.  "Be more, do less" is the mantra, and he's right.  We all look around for something to do, some way to give, and sometimes it boils down to we're trying to prove to ourselves that we're being obedient- rather than being obedient and acting as Christ would.

He also brought up a quote about humility not being about thinking less of yourself, but more about others.  Man, do I suck at that!  But that's going to change, too.  God willing.

I guess maybe this was a Sunday Message- to myself.  I should copy it and tack it to the wall.  I do that a lot, too.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Time Machine co-ordinates VIXXXVI46911270

Yes, it isn't safe to be in the Musical Tardis with me this week, as the bubonic plague is kicking my butt, and we are about to spread it to the environs of January 1970!  Specifically January 12th, which in addition to being my sister's 18th birthday, saw the fall of Biafra (look it up kiddies, knowledge is good for you) and celebrations in Kansas City over the Chiefs winning the 4th Super Bowl.  In other words, nothing big breaking today.  Which means we can get right on to POTM Marvin Gaye introducing our non-semi-finalists in the 2018 Beauty Contest!  Marvin, how about you give us the first three...


No problem, man, and may I say these ladies all are winners in my book!  Anyway, let's start off with a returning contestant with three M10 #1s under her lovely belt!  I give you...




...Melody Prochet!  Next, we have another returning contestant... an' I don't really know how she didn't make the finals...





...Marilyn Monroe!  Next up, and last for this group, a lady who hit the M10 with a great song called No Coffee and a weird video with a guy in an eagle suit...




...Amber Coffman!  And back to you, CW!

Uhhh... yeah, thanks, man.  Think I'm getting ready for an ibuprofen break here soon, but let's see if I can't knock out your Panel picks for this week.

First we have Mel and Tim's Backfield In Motion, which had already fallen off the Cashbox charts after peaking the middle of last month.

Then comes the #1 from South Africa this week- the Tremeloes (sounding nothing like their hit Silence Is Golden) with Call Me Number One.

Next is John Lennon and whatever iteration of "Plastic", "Ono", and "Band" he was currently using, with Cold Turkey at #43.

The #9 song on CB was Elvis and Don't Cry Daddy.

Just above him at #8 was Neil Diamond and Holly Holy.

The Jackson Five were at #4 with I Want You Back.

Tommy Roe's Jam Up- Jelly Tight was at # 5.

The Archies were at #11 with Jingle Jangle.

Bobby Sherman's La La La (basically what I do whenever I hear a Bobby Sherman song, with hands on ears) was at #12.

Peter Paul and Mary (seriously, when you first try to start Peter with a "Pa" and then change it to "PP"...) are at #3 with Leaving On A Jet Plane.

All I could find out about these guys were that they were a 1-hit wonder in Holland- the Cats and Marian.  (Or Marran, my notes are a tad sloppy.)

Roy Orbison's Penny Arcade, an Australia only release, is next.

The CB #1, BJ Thomas and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, next.

The Supremes 1.0's swan song, Someday We'll Be Together, is at #6.

Somebody got an advance copy of The Jaggerz doing The Rapper- it doesn't debut nationally until next week, and then at #122!

Shocking Blue with  Venus was at #7 and streaking up.

And finally the CB #2, Led Zep and Whole Lotta Love.

And this was most definitely a two-horse race, so your choice:  Shocking Blue or BJ Thomas?

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Marvin?  Your next grouping?

Yes, sir, I can't wait to get it on with the list!  The last three non finalists include yet another Amber...





...Amber Bain, The Japanese House, that is!  Next, the girl we saw in that oh-so-sexy video for their hit Zombies...




...Elizabeth Ellison of Radiation City!  And the last one on the non-finalist list, from the cool jazz of Escondido...





...Jessica Maros!  Back over to our moanin' host with the most- germs, that is...


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Yeah, thanks for that.  So the 6D has a question for you- who remembers Messy Marvin?



He made messes with everything but the Hershey's chocolate syrup he was advertising way back when.  He grew up to be Peter Billingsley, who at the age of 12 was in the movie A Christmas Story in 1983.  That show was basically taken from the memoirs and was narrated by one Jean Shepard- a guy whose girl-like name led Shel Silverstein to write A Boy Named Sue.  And according to Johnny Cash that song debuted at his house at a sing-a-long in which Shel performed it, Joni Mitchel first did Both Sides Now, Graham Nash did an early version of Marrakesh Express, Kris Kristofferson debuted Me And My Bobby McGee- and Bob Dylan played Lay Lady Lay for the first time.

And that song was to have been the theme for the movie Midnight Cowboy, but he didn't get it done in time, so it went to Nilsson's Everybody's Talkin'.  And the main scored them- by Ferrante and Teicher- was at #10 this week with no panel love.


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All right, un-messy Marvin!  Give us the first three of the final six!

I'll let that one go because you're sick.  Anyway, the final contestants are...




...Krista Ru from POWERS (and she does have powers!)...







...Mod Squadder Peggy Lipton... man that Link had it going ON!  And...



...Justine Brown, who had the hit Nobody Like You with her band Easy Love! Whoa!


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  The barely-breathing stat-pack:

Brenda and the Tabulations, an act we seem to hit far in excess of its chart success, were at #101 with The Touch Of You, which would peak at 50 later on.  B&T would be one of the 40 musical acts mentioned in Reunion's Like Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me).

The #70 in '70 were the Intrigues with I'm Gonna Love You.  They were basically a one-hit-wonder who scored with In A Moment, and this song got no higher.

And I had to laugh when I saw the title of the song at #1 in the UK- Rolf Harris (convicted of child molesting in 2013) with Two Little Boys.  In truth, though, this was an old song about war- originally written as a Civil War song, about two little boys playing soldier, one who shares his horse when his friend's horse breaks, and later pulls him off the battlefield in the war.  It was written in 1902 by Edward Madden, who also claims to his credit By The Light Of The Silvery Moon and On Moonlight Bay.

Marvin, the last of the group?

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You bet!  Next up, the hot Russian chick from Alkonost...




...Ksenia Pobuzhanskaya!!!!!!  I don't think she's takin' no crap- Scrappy better be  careful!  Next, a new member of the old band Squeeze...





...Yolanda Charles!  Ooh mama!  And finally, the singer from Sunflower Bean..





...Julia Cumming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a lineup!  I'm glad I'm not the dog...

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You and me both!  And now, let me get in this week's M10:

Shilpa Ray's Got A Heartful Of Dirt down from 7 to 10.

Beat Of My Drum down from 6 to 9.

Yet another record breaking week- her 12th- for Mo Kenny and Unglued, down from 5 to 8.

Dent May's Take Me To Heaven up from 10 to 7.


And our one new debut- her name is Sarah Tudzin, she calls her band "a rotating cast of BFFs" called illuminati hotties, and describes her LA music as "Post-Neptune burrito-core".  Here is illuminati hotties at #6...





Sunflower Bean moves up 3 to #5 with I Was A Fool.

Manhattanoid Creepazoids drops from 3 to 4.

Strawberry Runners doing their patented late-climb thing, up a spot to 3 with Garden Hose in week #7.

Mo hangs at #2 for a second week with On The Roof.

Which means the returning number one-



...The Shacks and Audrey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And for those of you who played along at home, the winner of the POTM with a 19-13 margin...



...former contestant Mariska Veres and Shocking Blue with Venus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And now it's time!  The dog is ready...



The ballots are ready...



The treats are ready...



Are you ready to make your pick, Scrappy?



Okay!  Then let me line up your choices...



...and GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




And the winner is...




....Justine Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice job, Boofus!  Tune in next time for 1971!

Monday, January 8, 2018

The overwhelming propensity of stupidity



(Snowflake warning:  This is not a good time for you to be here.  Just sayin'.)

It' should be called the opening of snowflake season- the day after Golden Globes.  And frankly, I don't even have to rely on the GGs for my material- but I will start there.

And they say Trump shouldn't tweet

Here's the opener of the story:

“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” the verified NBC account tweeted on Sunday night during its Golden Globes telecast, complete with an image of Winfrey, after host Seth Meyers joked about his desire for the talk show icon to run for office.


Hold it, now the self-proclaimed "kingmakers" in the media have come out to openly admit it?  Of course, the next sounds you heard was a lot of outrage at a news department taking on such a role, followed by that trickling sound that signified something running down the network's collective leg...


"Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast," read the tweet. "It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet."

Oh, yes, that devilish "third party strikes again.  Perhaps some of these networks might like to put a breathalyzer in the password of their social media accounts- or, in CNN's case, a MJ detector...

"Has anyone seen my professionalism... or my cookie?  Did you eat my cookie?"
No offense, NBC, but this is like the third person that one of these media bozos has coronated for POTUS 2020.  And dear God help us, Chelsea Clinton might be the only reasonable one of the bunch (you know, in the way a hungry rat might be more reasonable than, say, a hungry crocodile or tiger...).



No, tell us how you really feel...


And those who cared have prolly heard all about the dust up on whatever CNN calls its political Sunday talk show that nobody watches between Jake Tapper and Steven Miller, which ended like this:

The interview then essentially turned into Miller and Tapper talking over each other, after Tapper said about Trump, “I’m sure he’s watching, and he’s happy you said that.”

Miller attempted to continue talking about matters that concerned him, while Tapper tried to talk about his issues, then ended the interview.

“This is my show, and I don’t want to do that,” Tapper said. “I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time.”

Tapper later tweeted out a video showing him cracking open a can of Colt 45 beer on a Comedy Central show — while thanking his fans.

Yeah, Jake sounds a lot like a lot of people I know anymore, that could care less about other peoples' ideas or issues except to make fun of them.  Which is kinda why I am doing this post, because I have been, like Miller, wasting my time trying to talk sense to certain people who wouldn't hear of it, and am ready to politely and joyously return all favors.  I do have a question from the Peanut Gallery for ol' Jake, the malt-liquor guy- did Randy Kaye burn all you guys' dope?  Just curious...

And just when you thought it was safe to watch football...


Amid the crimson, white, red and black during the national college football championship in Atlanta on Monday, the NAACP wants to see fans wave a white towel to simulate a blizzard of "snowflakes" to send a message to President Trump.

The president plans to attend the event, and Atlanta's NAACP chapter said on its Facebook page that it wants fans inside the stadium for the College Football Playoff title game to send him a message by waving white towels "simulating a blizzard."


"We will not let the President’s visit go without a response. If you are lucky enough to attend the game, we encourage you to bring a white towel to wave simulating a blizzard while the president is in the packed stadium," the group said. "Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm."


An article that I swiftly shared on FB, with the following headline:


So I guess only black people are supposed to watch the national championship? #noproblem


So now the President is Resident Evil for going to a football game, really? We will not let the President’s visit go without a response- and what response exactly is required for a President going to a damn ball game?  I wish that "the opposition" would eventually quit acting like a bunch of kindergartners and try to intelligently formulate what their hangups really are in a way conducive to productive talk instead of all this symbolic 



but, as Mad Jack commented not long ago...

They say that one definition of insanity is performing an identical action multiple times and expecting a different result each time. Having a political discussion with a Liberal (moonbat, SJW, Progressive, etc.) fits neatly between the parameters of this definition. You ought to know better.


Well, I have learned, and I have suspended talks with the "opposition" until and unless they get a grip on themselves and stick to debatable issues.


No Chicken Little Zone
In the meantime, though, I intend to keep a sharp eye out for more examples of such inanity, and rather than address them on that spot and attempt preaching blue and green to the color blind anymore, just post them here, where we can all have a good laugh about them.