It's still a little hard for me to believe that we just broadcast Probably Uncalled For #300. It was be just as hard next month when the show celebrates its sixth anniversary on the air.
I know if you wanted to be technical about it, it'd be our 301st episode, because we had an episode #0, but we're going by the way the way the episodes are numbered, so get over it.
Been quite a few changes over the years, obviously, moving from night to night and time slot to time slot before settling in at what has seemed to be out most comfortable locations (having been at Wednesday nights 11pm for 186 episodes now).
We have bounced from category to category, including Culture, Radio, Current Events and Podcasting.
As it turns out, the only day of the week the show has never broadcast is Saturday.
We ran exactly 100 episodes in primetime.
Through Episode #300, Probably Uncalled For has aired 325 hours and 9 minutes of material, and has been heard in 94 countries on six continents.
The "Weekend Edition" disaster during the first season lasted five episodes. It was a damn shame to me that Stemmy turned out to be a lot more conversational without a live mic in front of him. Then again, it was a damn shame Stemmy turned out to be a lot of things on down the road, mostly letdowns. Other than being a footnote in the show's history much like stepping in dog shit is a footnote to someone's morning job, I couldn't tell you what he's doing, nor could I possibly care any less. The fact he hasn't starved to death from sheer unadulterated laziness or eaten a bullet since I finally cut ties with him a little over a year ago is nothing short of miraculous.
Although I originally hosted the show under my old pro wrestling gimmick name of Tommy Chronic, I guess I owe an ex-girlfriend for talking me into torpedoing the gimmick and going on air under my real name. Granted, maybe not even a month later she broke up with me over the phone while I was standing in the underwear section at Walmart, but she was right. I was still writing Chemically Fulfilled under the name, but I had wrestled my last match in November 2005, nearly two years prior, so yeah, it was time to retire the gimmick in and out of the ring.
Even though I am perfectly content with DasUberBlog!, sometimes I miss Blog Talk Radio's blog feature. It was the only damn thing they have rolled out on the site that worked every time.
I've been taking a look at trying the Monday - Friday weeknight schedule again. It was fun having a nightly show, even if I flew solo four of those nights a week. The logic involved has always been since we used to do a two hour broadcast, this wouldn't be much more in the big picture. Hell, we're even kicking around an hour nightly on down the road, but there are certain things that has to happen first. Not like they are not going to happen, just a matter of when the trigger does get pulled.
At any rate, thank you to everyone who has checked out the show, thank you more to the people who came back for more and continue to come back, thank you to the chat room regulars (notably SlimRJS, Tara' Fat Ass, GlitterTaco, Cynet, and SlapNuts, sorry if I missed anyone), and hope to have you all with us as we start working on the next 300 episodes.
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This week, Probably Uncalled For marks its 300th Episode of Talk Radio Genius! Doesn't seem like it has already been that many, and it is hard to believe that nearly six years have passed since we debuted in June 2007. Topics to include the advent of the 3D printer in the gun control debate, social network misfits, meet you new queen, and naturally, International Clitoris Awareness Week, among other topics to be determined, time willing. Chat room open duration of broadcast, and you can always email us- email@example.com
A new Quinnipiac poll conducted last Friday shows that support for immigration reform may be suffering a bit in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Thirty percent of voters now believe that immigrants who entered the country illegally or overstayed a visa should return to their country of origin before they could begin the citizenship process, but support for giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship has fallen from 59% to 52%, its lowest level of support in Quinnipiac polling. Twenty two percent of those polled said giving immigrants a path to citizenship would lead to more terrorism.
Maybe Quinnipiac should quit polling dumb, panicky animals right after acts of terror. So twenty two percent of the people polled said giving immigrants a path to citizensip would lead to more terrorism. Yeah, because we all know how hard our government cracks down on illegal immigration. Why is it so illogical to worry more about the people who just walk on in, rather than the people who are actually attempting to become a citizen? Why marginalize their drive and their accomplishment by making someone a citizen by default? That would be like giving a bank robber an account because he held off the cops for four hours, or giving someone a drivers license because they eluded police in a car chase.
The numbers are starting to mount, with only 14 percent saying immigration reform would make the country safer, against 55 percent who didn't think passing reform would make the country safer. How can they say that? There was an 800 page immigration reform bill just dying to be passed, and that's 800 pages! That's like the width of a Stephen King novel! There had to be some kind of solution in there for 800 pages of intensive, round the clock backbreaking work, he typed, mildly eyerolling toward the ceiling.
As hard as it is to believe, immigration reform will make the country, safer, only if there is follow-through. Quit laughing, there is more. Immigration reform that provides a clear path to citizenship for new entrants, and for those already in the country, and provides for adequate and clear border control, will make the country safer. Now, if you think anything there that is going to happen, then you may start laughing again.
With sloppy conditions greeting the field at the start of the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon, the horses responded by putting on a solid show, highlighted by Orb breaking out from the back of the pack for the win, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario their first Derby win each.
Orb, running as the 5-1 favorite at post time, turned in a 2:02.89 mile and a quarter, paying $12.80, $7.40, and $5.40. Long shot Golden Soul was second, paying $38.60 and $19.40 with Revolutionary finishing third, paying $5.40 to show. Early leader Normandy Invasion faded to a fourth place showing.
As for the two riders chasing milestones, Rosie Napravnik finished fifth on Mylute, the best showing ever by a female jockey in the Kentucky Derby, and Kevin Krigger, riding Goldencents in a bid to become the first black jockey to win the Derby since 1902, came in 17th place.
As for my official Derby predictions:
Yeah, that would have been ten bucks well spent. Okay, for starters, I know now I misspelled Goldencents' name. If the horse was offended, I apologize. Wait...I picked Goldencents to show, and he comes in 17th out of 19 horses? Apology rescinded. Guess Rick Pitino's recent run of good fortune is slowing a bit.
Didn't think I did too bad with Orb and Revolutionary, even if I jumbled their finish a bit. Usually I'm no closer to the winner's circle than the prime viewing spot in my living room, but to actually be in the ballpark with two horses is kind of cool. I might even have to pay more attention next year than just the week before the race.
Well, I'm glad to see that all this sequester nonsense has finally been exposed for what it was- a straw man in sheep's clothing, and it was President Obama who started yanking on the loose threads.
The supposedly inescapable package of across the board spending cuts had been so contentious that our already glacier-slow Congress ground to a complete halt, other than to yeshole away on all the news shows, like a boxer bragging about being undefeated even though he has yet to throw a single punch.
One would imagine the surprise then from Democrats in Washington when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Friday the President would be open to fixing the sequestration's effects on air travel, namely the furlough of air traffic controllers. What is anyone paying attention to the situation supposed to think, now that we have been made aware the sequester is inescapable, that is except for the parts to be cherry-picked later?
Not long after Carney's statement, the House passed a bill to correct the problems with air traffic controllers 361-41, a total which obviously contained a large chunk of Democrat votes.
The complaint from Democrats is that President Obama put them in a position to either stand their ground and try to make Republicans own their insistence on the sequester in the next election cycle, or look like they were more worried about the airlines and the inconvenience to air travelers than more socially relevant programs.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) called it a bad vote, setting a precedent that air passenger inconvenience is of greater priority than programs like Pell Grants or Head Start. That may very well be, but it does absolutely nothing by Rep. Grijalva to explain why then he joined in on that bad precedent by casting a vote in favor of the furlough compromise.
Naturally, when hit with questions as to why the White House would fix air travel and not other problems like Head Start, Carney naturally replied that the White House would like to see that kind of funding restored as well, as blamed the Republicans for it not happening.
"We call on Congress to show as much concern for others who are being harmed. Other Americans, hard-working, middle-class families who are being hurt by this. Hard-working communities that depend on defense industries and should not have been dealt this blow of arbitrary cuts that cause furloughs and and layoffs and job terminations because Congress decided- the Republicans decided and they said it publicly 'You know what? Everything we said about how terrible the sequester's going to be? Never mind. It's a victory. It's a tea party victory.'" - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
Rep. Raul Grijalva
That's rich. If Congress- Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever, were more concerned about anything at all, they they wouldn't have spent the past five years engaging in a non-stop territorial pissing match. Wasn't that supposed to be the entire point of the damn sequester, to force both sides to do something, or face spending cuts that would "hurt" enough to spur some sort of action?
"I think when you begin to take away some of the chokehold pieces of it that are publicly difficult, you start whittling away at this and sequestration becomes less onerous. You never address the parts that aren't seen like the Head Start kids" - House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joe Crowley, one of the few 'NO' votes on the air traffic controller compromise.
Crowley is correct, of course, but thankfully those of us who pay attention could have already told you the sequestration was the worst kind of political theater- the kind the actors thought was real once the curtain went up. Maybe they really thought Dastardly Dan had tied the damsel in distress to the tracks, but we at home could clearly see the wires, the smoke, and the mirrors. It was barely a spending cut to begin with, and now that efforts are well under way to strike the set, so to speak, in the final wind-up not only does our Congress and the current administration look even more worthless, but they look like the idiot kids who wear band-aids for attention. They made a bigger deal out of what required a band-aid, when the only real pain they are going to suffer is ripping the band-aid away to expose the scam beneath.
Yes, indeed. It was one of those weeks where there was slightly more politics than dumbass criminal or freak ass news stories like the voodoo mind hump. Actually kinda of cool to rant on politics again, especially since idiocy is replacing efficiency at an alarming rate.
Another thing I have been meaning to do for years is actually writing up the stuff that didn't make it onto Probably Uncalled For as a weekly column, but it usually wound up being one-off columns about one or two topics, whatever I could wring at least 300 words out of. Having said that, this is what slipped through the cracks in terms of time this week...
Goddamn it, Hollywood. I mean, more than usual, what the fuck? Somewhere in the year 2013, the damn present, there are forces conspiring to bring about a sequel to Dodgeball: Who care what the rest of the title is? Why can't they just stay semi-current and give us Sex and the City 3: Sisterhood of the Traveling Diaphragm, or some shit?
Meanwhile, in other crimes of taste and common sense, a bottle of scotch valued at $26,000 was walked out of a liquor store in Toronto. Police there were asking for the public's help after the uber high-end Glenfiddich Single Malt was taken from the store on April 7. Hate to break it to you, Toronto Police, but if it is taking this long for the news to come out online, I'm pretty willing to bet that scotch is long, LONG gone. And the fuckwit probably mixed it with Sprite, to boot.
Finally, yes...you read that right. Vanilla Ice (above, with thine Amish), who has been hosting The Vanilla Ice Project, a home renovation show on the DIY network since 2010, is getting another show to boot: Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. While I'm sure you thought about the same wacky hi-jinx goin on over in Amish country that I did initially, the show is going to follow Ice as he lives in an Ohio Amish community to learn how they the secrets of Amish construction. Or, as I tweeted:
The messed up part? In addition to two shows starring Vanilla Ice, DIY is also shooting series with Reverend Run from Run-DMC and Daryl Hall. So let me get this straight...reality shows knocked the musicians from MTV, so now the musicians are migrating to DIY. Where are the home improvement hosts going to wind up, C-SPAN?
And with that, welcome to the rest of your week...
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It's late night, it's Hump Night, it's time for Probably Uncalled For! Talk Radio Genius rides again, live as always on Blog Talk Radio!
Join Thomas Keister, along with Darrell Mays, as they delve into the hot topics of today, the stuff they should be covering, and the offkilter stories you need to remind you that your life doesn't suck nearly as bad by way of comparison, all featuring that award-winning secret blend of smartguy and smart#%@ you know, you love, you'd snort off a hot Asian chick's navel if you could. We know we would
This week, Tom will be dissecting some fresh new political nonsense from Iowa and Michigan, Twitter and the damage done, and some more hot mess from the entertainment industry, along with other shiny markers of interest along the way, time willing. Chat room open duration of broadcast, and you can always email us- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sitting here with my last fat bowl of the evening, using the excuse of finally trying out the Weebly app for the iPhone to justify not getting much done while catching up on The Borgias. Not an exact match for The Walking Dead, but it will do. I had been waiting to see what happened since the Pope was poisoned in the season two finale.
Granted, guess I could've checked out a Cubs game or two, but the way they've started the season out, watching someone recover from a poisoning is a little more entertaining.
Well, crap...I have made it through The Borgias, and now it's onto a Law & Order rerun. It's from 1993, which guarantees I have seen it roughly thirty times. Now i guess I have no excuse not to get something done before calling it a night.
The pettiness of politics amazes me. The partisan bickering, the gridlock, the big ass problem with masked wrestlers trying to conduct city business, the corruption, etc.
In a story that has been making the rounds lately, professional wrestler/promoter Skull Reaper A-Ji won election to the City Assembly in Oita, in southern Japan last month. Skull, we'll call him, who has operated and wrestled for the smaller indie promotion Freelance Team Oita since 2004, won on a platform of education reform and improved social welfare
In America, it's fairly big news when a professional wrestling personality wins public office, because let's be honest, how often does it happen? In Japan, it's not nearly as shocking. Even wrestlers still actively performing, like Skull Reaper A-Ji, have been elected to office in Japan, and higher up the ladder than City Assembly.
Hell, Skull Reaper A-Ji isn’t even the first masked
Japanese politician elected at the local level. Masanori Murakawa, otherwise known as "The Great Sasuke", was elected councilor back in 2003.
But in a unique twist, before A-Ji could attend his first meeting on Monday, the council told him that his red-and-black leather Lucha Libre-style mask had to go, declaring he was violating a rule that states “a person taking the floor shall not wear items such as a hat,” and therefore was acting inappropriately by concealing his identity.
In an interview with Nishinippon Shimbun, Skull Reaper disagreed, calling the decision frustrating and claiming the mask made it easier for his constituents to approach him. “People find it easy to come up and talk to me because I have a mask on. If I take my mask off, I’m an entirely different person,” he said.
Exactly. The second picture in this column is one of the campaign posters Reaper used. Seems to me like the people of Oita decided the guy with the mask was the best one for the job. I mean, he campaigned with the mask on. He made appearances with the mask, obviously. I wonder if he debated during the race. I'm not much of a gambler, but I'm pretty willing to bet that a Japanese political debate featuring a masked wrestler would be awesome viewing after spending an hour with the clock set to 4:20.
Wearing a similar mask to Skull Reaper A-Ji, Murakawa faced much the same criticism, saying at the time he had "absolutely no intention of taking it off, no matter how much opposition there is."
Right on, and Reaper needs to take the same stance, or start dishing out inziguri kicks. Either way, this is a hell of a lot more entertaining than anything going on in our government as present.
If only facepalms could kill, we'd be short three idiots today. This is even more amusing than all the 'kidnapping' plot stories coming out about the man who would be Pope Francis I.
I mean, it is 2013, and there are still people who haven't figured out what the hell The Onion is? The only people sadder are birthers and starving Third Worlders.
Look at this meeting of the minds. First, you got someone who probably pulled off an honest typo, but that's all for naught as she is basically asking the first dumbass question- is this true?
Rocket surgeon number two tries to find daylight, presuming it must be a joke, but at any rate, it is too funny not to share and bewilder the fuck out of dimwits with.
But the guy who shared the link to begin with takes home trophy honors:
It probably is. I didn't read it. So which the fuck is it? Is it probably a joke or is it probably true? Which idiot are you attempting to answer, you idiot? More to the point, why are you even trying to answer since you wouldn't know one way or another since you didn't read the damn thing?
Moron. Absolute moron. You have no defense. Forget Pope Francis, and forget Facebook. Get thee to a library, and don't come out until you have redeemed yourself.