Thursday, September 23, 2010

Assemble This

Here's an idea: since the UN General Assembly is a major inconvenience, a big waste of money and it basically accomplishes nothing, why don't we just save all that time and trouble and temporarily release all the criminals from prison and patients from the asylums and let them just talk for a week. It will be the exact same thing without all the hassle.

I've had enough of seeing the whole city turned upside-down for a week while the most odious assemblage of crackpots, crooks and villains are given time in front a microphone to spew their noxious bullshit. A pox on them all. Move the damn UN out of NYC already (and take Euro-Bloomberg with you).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

That Time Of Year...

Most people wait until Standard Time to kick back in to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. I prefer to do it on the day the Mets are mathematically eliminated from the post-season. This way you never miss it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gots The Sickness

Still not feeling well. In retrospect, doing a show last night probably wasn't the smartest thing I could have done in the world since my throat was already raw. When I woke up this morning, it felt like I'd been gargling with shredded razor blades. Now I got little more than a squeak going on. The cats are looking at me funny.

Got the throat, upper-respiratory infection yuckiness...and a relentless tiredness that has just sucked the life out of me. Got meds, got blanket, already called out sick. Looks like a day of tea and sympathy on tap (possibly mixed with James Bond movies) and soup.

Just as well. I need the break anyway.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vote Rangling

Not a huge surprise that Charlie "Ethics" Rangel won big last night. When you're core constituents are kept dependent on the government, you can't expect them to break away from the status quo (even if you are living the high life with their money while they get your table scraps). Hopefully the courts will something that should have been done years ago and put Choo-Choo Charlie out on his fat, dishonest ass (something voters in Harlem are simply too indoctrinated to do).

I give the Dems credit for one thing: they know how to pick their spots. Whenever they have a scheme in mind that involves painfully un-electable candidates, they find the proper nuthouses to run them in where even a sack of guano would get elected if it had a (D) next to it (New York, California, Minnesota...). Find the crazy people and give them someone they can relate to.

The big so-called "Tea Party" wins in DE and NH last night are already being written off by the mainstream media as losses for the GOP in November, which only shows that they still don't get what is going on. Both states showed double the estimated turnout for Republican voters last night (dwarfing Democrat voters almost 2 to 1). I don't think that happened by accident. People are pissed off with the status quo, yo. Only the media and the Republican hierarchy refuse to acknowledge it.

They keep saying these grassroots candidates can't win primaries, yet they win handily. Then they tell us they can't win general elections. We'll see. Right now nothing is "in the bag" for ANY candidate. As a result, the Big Bag O' Dirty Tricks is already being dipped into by the Dems and their willing accomplices in the media. It will only get louder and nastier as we approach November.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tea Trumps Kool-Aid

They laugh. They scoff. They belittle. They call names. Good. That means they have no idea just how much things have changed. Jonathan Rauch has a great piece in the National Journal showing just how little the detractors understand:

How Tea Party Organizes Without Leaders

Strange though it may seem, this is a coordinated network, not a hierarchy. There is no chain of command. No group or person is subordinate to any other. The tea parties are jealously independent and suspicious of any efforts at central control, which they see as a sure path to domination by outside interests. "There's such a uniqueness to every one of these groups, just as there's an individuality to every person," Wildman says. "It has this bizarre organic flow, a little bit like lava. It heats up in some places and catches on fire; it moves more slowly in other places."

It's a new world, a different paradigm now (as the hipster doofuses like to say) and I don't think there's any turning back. If anything good came out of the wreckage of the 2004 - 2009 political climate it is that the PEOPLE started to care again. The sleeping giant re-awakened. This is good news for everbody (except for pergressive elitists, who as we all know, know better than everyone else). Let them keep laughing. Keep pretending it doesn't matter.

PS - I still feel like crap after a week of feeling like crap. At this point I just want to either get a full-blown cold or have this goes away. Soon.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Meh

It's official, folks - the morning news is so depressing that I just can't bring myself to watch it anymore. I can no longer subject myself to daily reminders of how far down the shitter this country keeps going interspersed with puff pieces about Lady CaCa and Justin Beiber's quiffy quaff. I'm starting my days DEPRESSED from all this crap. Even Good Day New York (which used to be a safe haven in the morning) is getting me down.

From now on - or at least until we have a massive paradigm shift in the direction things keep going lately - I am no longer watching news in the morning. Hell, I might not even watch TV anymore until my shows kick off their new seasons. I just don't have the intestinal fortitude to start my days by looking at this shit anymore. When all there is is BAD news, you're better off getting no news at all.

I'll wait until I get to the city then look at the papers. At least by then I've managed to choke some Lucky Charms down without regurgitating them back up again.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I'm Alive (A General Update)

I know what you've been asking yourself: where the Hell has Pete been? Doesn't he EVER update this freaking thing? Well, for starters I've been extremely busy. I can barely keep new updates on Facebook current (I haven't even touched Twitter in months - it's a waste, anyway).

If it were up to me, I'd have new blog updates, new FB updates, new Podcasts on both my site and the WHOT site, I'd write a book, climb Mount Everest and build something. However, life is not up to me. By the time I get home from work I have roughly an hour and a half to spend with the Mrs., watch a little TV and pet the cat community. Then I try to spend a little time working on the WHOT archive, read some boards, watch a little baseball. The bottom line is, there's not enough hours in the day. If days were say, 30 hours long instead of 24...or, even better - 40...then I could get all kinds of crazy things done. Unfortunately, until we figure out how to inhabit the planets withe longer days, we're stuck with 24. As the kids say, it is what it is.

I can give some general updates (horn fanfare)...the archive is rolling along again after a brief break. The WHOT cassettes, for all intents and purposes, are done. I still have some stragglers, and I have to get the reel-to-reel airchecks and VHS HiFi tapes done, but those are few. Then I am going back through MY tapes and filling in the gaps. I also need to get into the cavern and start digging for missing tapes in Brooklyn. I know exactly what is missing: it's just a matter of finding them.

The show is still rolling along on the HNJ Network (Wednesday nights at 9PM ET, give or take a few minutes). We still have fun. I try to get podcasts of the shows up every week, but you know - that time thing gets in my way a lot. I still have tons of CDs to burn, tons of MP3s to tag, files to convert. It never ends.

That in mind, it's back to doing something productive...I just don't know what (yet). Until next we meet...

Today's The Day

Some good advice from the legendary Ray Stevens.