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2017-07-19 09:11 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 7-19-2017

 KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

Tonight: S-E-X Pt. 1 - Down and Dirty

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

FULL PLAYLIST WILL APPEAR ON THIS POST 
AT THE END OF THE SHOW.

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEAD-IN TRACK
Pervert - Ed Golden

AAAAAAAALL THE SEX
Monty Python - Sit on My Face
Spinal Tap - (Funky) Sex Farm
Hayseed Dixie - Feel Like Making Love
The Four Postmen - Let Me Make You Smile In Bed
The Consortium of Genius - All I Wanna Do Is You
Possible Oscar - Get Our Geek On
Ookla the Mok - Tantric Yoda
Tim Cavanagh - Really Safe Sex
Garfunkel and Oates - Handjob, Blandjob, I Don't Understand Job [Explicit]
Monty Python - The Naval Medley

SHAFTED
Lorne Elliot - The Smallest Thing Known To Man-
Devo Spice - Enhanced
Da Vinci's Notebook - Enormous Penis
Bowling for Soup - My Wena

PADDING
Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls
Danny Birt - Lady Hath Bustle
Dave Elder & The Elderados - but but but
Spinal Tap - Big Bottom

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Radio Free Vestibule - Joe's Sex Shop

A SHOP WHERE YOU CAN'T TAKE THE MERCHANDISE HOME WITH YOU
Mike Toomey - What It Was, Was A Strip Club
Patton Oswalt - The Stripper
Paul and Storm - Strip Club Daddy (Studio Version)
Robert Lund & Spaff.com - Hey, Old Stripper
Cirque du So What - At the Strip Club on Carson Ave

THIS SET IS NOT HET
Corky & The Juice Pigs - Eskimo- Corky & The Juice Pigs
Raymond and Scum - Does This Make Me Gay?
Avenue Q Original Cast - If You Were Gay
Tom Smith - Two Guys Kissing Ruined My Life

REQUEST ROW
Mikey Mason - Mad
Modern Entertainment - Thorazine Shuffle
Sudden Death; Worm Quartet - Inner Voice
Consortium of Genius - Brain Wrap (feat. Dr. 'A')
Consortium of Genius - They Said I Was Mad

SPECIAL BONUS TRACK
Garfunkel and Oates - I Would Never (Have Sex with You) [Explicit]


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2017-07-12 08:45 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 7-12-2017

KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

Tonight: INSIDE MY MIND

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

FULL PLAYLIST WILL APPEAR ON THIS POST 
AT THE END OF THE SHOW.

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEAD-IN TRACK
Consortium of Genius - Brain Wrap (feat. Dr. 'A')

MATTER FOR THOUGHT
The Consortium of Genius - i think therefore i rock
They Might Be Giants - I Should Be Allowed to Think
Tom Smith - Hamster Brain
The Frantics - You Were Speeding
They Might Be Giants - A Self Called Nowhere

THE VOICES TELL ME TO DO THINGS
Lemon Demon - There's a Robot In My Head
Denis Leary - Voices in My Head
Sudden Death; Worm Quartet - Inner Voice
Donna Freberg; Donovan Freberg; Stan Freberg - Theater of the Mind
They Might Be Giants - Where Your Eyes Don't Go

CHANGE THE RECORD DAMMIT
The Arrogant Worms - Song Inside My Head [#][*]
Devo Spice - Earworm
Cartoon Planet - The Song That Doesn't End

CRACKING UP, NO REALLY
The Bonzo Dog Band - You Done My Brain In
They Might Be Giants - Lost My Mind
Leroy Pullins - I'm a Nut
Johnny Cash - Everybody Loves a Nut
Naploeon XIV - Split Level Head
Parry Gripp - I'm a Crazy Wierdo and I'm Calling You
Patton Oswalt - Great Food Is Cooked by Psychos
They Might Be Giants - Absolutely Bill's Mood

INSANITY FOR FUN AND PROFIT
The Zanies - The Mad Scientist
C.O.G. - They Said I Was Mad
Mikey Mason - Mad

THE KILLER CURES
Billy May; Daws Butler; Stan Freberg - The Lone Psychiatrist
Modern Entertainment - Thorazine Shuffle
Consortium of Genius - Lobotomy
Randy Hanzlick, M.D. - I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me (Than a Frontal Lobotomy)
Ray Stevens - I Used to Be Crazy [*]
Napoleon XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

REQUEST ROW
TJ & The Revo - Too Late to Apologize
The Great Luke Ski - Aliens Just Don't Understand
Ookla the Mok - Super Powers
1776 Original Cast - But, Mr. Adams
Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con


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2017-07-05 06:08 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 7-5-2017

KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

Tonight: INDEPENDENCE DAY / AMERICA

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

FULL PLAYLIST WILL APPEAR ON THIS POST 
AT THE END OF THE SHOW.

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.
 
LEAD-IN TRACK
The Great Luke Ski - Aliens Just Don't Understand

WE JUST WANT TO HOLD SOME TRUTHS SELF-EVIDENT
TJ & The Revo - Too Late to Apologize
O 1776 Original Cast - But, Mr. Adams
Stan Freberg - Declaration of Independence: A Man Can't Be Too Careful What He ...
Schoolhouse Rock Fireworks

MUCH BANG
Rhett and Link - Freelance Fireworks Hall of Fame
Paul and Storm - Ten-Finger Johnny [studio version]
Was (Not Was) - I Blew Up the United States

'MURICA!
Team America - America, Fuck Yeah (Album Version)
Stan Freberg - America! America!
Spinal Tap - America
Rammstein - Amerika (english Version)
College Humor - America Sucks Less

UM... 'MURICA?
Hugh Laurie's Song for America
Bowling for Soup; Parry Gripp; Scott Reynolds - America (Wake Up Amy)
Baldbox - U. S. F'n. A.
Animation Domination - Captain America Statistics Song
The Chris Waffle Experience - Teabaggin' the USA

I LOVE A PARADE
Paul Washington Marching Band - The Liberty Bell
Classical-Superfriends
Stan Freberg - Yankee Doodle Go Home (Spirit of '76)
P. D. Q. Bach w/Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble - Music for an Awful Lot of Winds & Percussion Mv. 4. Rondo

REQUEST ROW
Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
Slidawg & the Redneck Ramblers - Did You Heared What I Heared?
Ookla the Mok - Super Powers
Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con
Devo Spice - The Geeks Come Out at Night

BONUS TRACK
Kansas - Song for America
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2017-07-05 01:14 pm

The Declaration of Independence, Interpreted From English into Redneckian

So, yesterday National Public Radio live-tweeted their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, causing some Trumpians to think it was an attack on their Glorious Leader.

I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and decide that they were out sick with the mumps... all five or six years they would have had the Declaration of Independence in school. 

Or, possibly, they didn't understand it, since the English used in the document is almost 250 years out of date, and moreover of a very posh and high-toned form which ordinary red-blooded Real Americans don't use.

With that in mind, here follows an interpretation of the Declaration of Independence into that parlance spoken by the inhabitants of America's trailer parks, in the native tongue of NASCAR, in words that Larry the Cable Guy and people who find him funny can easily understand.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Hey, y'all. This is the Congress of the Thirteen United States of America speakin'.

We're breakin' away from England, and we think it's only decent that we tell y'all why we're doin' it.

We think it's just dang obvious that everybody's born equal, with th' same God-given rights as anybody else to life, to liberty, and to try to find whatever makes you happy. Not everybody agrees, so people make governments to keep those other people from messin' with our rights. But sometimes government's more trouble than it's worth, and when that happens folks got th' right to tear it all down and start over. But that's hard work and it don't always go right, so most folks will put up with one hell of a lot before they say, "Screw it, anythin's better than this." But when ya got a king who wanst ta get all tyrannical, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, you know how it is?

That's where we're at now, us Colonies. Just look at all the stuff bad ol' Bug-Eyed George and his Parliament done did to us.

He won't let us pass the laws we need to keep us and our kids safe unless he signs off on 'em, an' when we send 'em to him, he never does nothin'. He says he'll start lettin' th' laws go through only if we give up our right to make our own laws, an' no honest king would be afraid'a that.

He keeps on movin' our government from place to place, jerkin' our chain an' wearin' us out, tryin' to get us to do what he wants. And that's when he ain't just goin' an' abolishin' our government entirely, leavin' us with no way to enforce the law or protect ourselves.

He keeps blockin' people from movin' here, and God knows we need all the people we can get to fill up this great big land.

He won't let us have our own courts and judges; he makes his own and makes sure they do what HE says instead'a what's right.

He hires his buddies as government workers who don't do anythin' 'cept cash their paychecks and sneer at us "provincials," and he makes us pay for it.

He's put his soldiers in our cities, even in our houses, when we don't want 'em, an' lets 'em do whatever they want, an' our cops and courts can't touch 'em.

He's set up Parliament in charge over us, when we never agreed to that and ain't never been run by them before, and he's signed off on all of THIS bad stuff they done: sent in more troops, put 'em above th' law, cut off business with th' rest of th' world, raised taxes when they ain't got th' right, took away our right to trial by jury, shipped our folks overseas to be tried in foreign' courts for made-up crimes, turned our next-door neighbor Canada into a dictatorship an' expanded its borders to surround us, abolished our governments, an' said they's gonna be our only government from now on- even though we got no voice at all with them.

Lessee, where was I? Oh, yeah, King George. As if all that other stuff wasn't bad enough, he's done declared war on us. He's burned our cities, sunk our ships, stole our stuff, raped and killed our women and children- well his soldiers, not HIM exactly, but he's responsible for it all so it might as well have been him.

He's hirin' foreign mercenaries to do his dirty work. He's takin' our sons an' brothers outta ships an' forcin' THEM to fight against us, and that just ain't right. He's even gettin' th' Indians and our own slaves to try to kill us, so that it ain't safe in our own homes.

Now, we tried to tell y'all this was goin' on, an' y'all didn't listen. I mean we have tried EVERYTHIN'. We told y'all about Parliament dickin' us over. We told y'all how we got here in th' first place. We asked y'all to mind th' law. We asked y'all to remember we was cousins. We asked y'all to do th' right thing, and you done ignored every last word we said.

Well, if y'all ain't gonna listen, then we're done talkin'. We are done with y'all, England. We're disownin' you. We gonna treat you jus' like any ordinary stranger on th' street, an' if you don't start none they won't be none.

An' all y'all who ain't England, listen up: from now on we're th' United States of America. We ain't part of England no more and ain't never gonna be again. We're a country, and we can do all th' stuff countries do. And if anybody got a problem with that, bring it on.



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2017-06-28 09:32 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 6-28-2017

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEAD-IN TRACK
The Arrogant Worms - Christmas Is Almost Here

CHRI$TMA$
Max DeGroot - The Most Commercial Time of the Year
Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol
Mikey Mason - The Season
Stan Freberg - Green Chri$Tma$

THE TRUE SPIRIT
Phil Johnson and Roadside Attraction - Gimme Gimme
Sean Morey - Dear Santa
The Ping Pongs - The Things I'd Like For Christmas
Arnie Aardvark - I Want A Blow Up Doll For Christmas
Stan Freberg - Nuttin' for Christmas
Pop Fly - Last Year I Got Coal for Christmas

ELVES ARE SCARY
moosebutter - I'm a Believer
Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
Smashy Claw - Claustrophobia
The Arrogant Worms - Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass
Weird Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy

THE OTHER HOLIDAY
Lewis Black - Chanukah
Klezmonauts - Oy to the World
Mike Toomey - How the Grinch Stole Chanukah


TRADITIONAL CAROLS
Klezmonauts - The Little Drummer Boy
Slidawg & the Redneck Ramblers - Did You Heared What I Heared?
moosebutter - Mr. Grinch
Smashy Claw - Carol of the Meh

UNTRADITIONAL CAROLS
Mel Blanc - Yah Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree
Jesse Smith - Christmas with the Zombies
Spinal Tap - Christmas with the Devil
Mikey Mason - Strip Club Christmas
Slidawg & the Redneck Ramblers - Daddy's on Parole This Christmas

REQUEST ROW
Devo Spice - The Geeks Come Out at Night
The Consortium of Genius - science fight
Ookla the Mok - Super Powers
Blind Ferret - Looking For Group-Slaughter Your World
Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con

BONUS OUTRO SONG
Weird Al Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero


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2017-06-21 06:58 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 6-21-2017

KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

Tonight: COMICS and WEBCOMICS

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

FULL PLAYLIST WILL APPEAR ON THIS POST AT THE END OF THE SHOW.

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEAD-IN TRACK
Seduction of the Innocent - Reality Break

LONG UNDERWEAR CHARACTERS
Cartoon Network Groovies - That Time is Now (Superfriends Remix)
Aqua - Cartoon Heroes
Ookla the Mok - Super Powers
They Might Be Giants - Particle Man
HappyHarry87 - Saturday Morning Watchmen (ID: 218167)

DC IS WE
Wonder Woman (1970s TV theme)
Classical Superfriends (Marching Band cover)
Robert Lund - Life in the Bat Cave
Batman TV theme (1966)
The Spin Doctors - Jimmy Olsen's Blues
1998 World Science Fiction Co - Arthur Curry / Ookla the Mok

IF IT DOESN'T SUCK, WE MARVEL
The Nick Atoms - The Mighty Marvel Medley
The Great Luke Ski - Marvel Poppins
Insane Ian - Iron Man
The Ramones - Spider-Man Theme
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Ode To A Superhero
The Consortium of Genius - science fight

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Stan Freberg - Supercharger

LIL' FOLKS
the great Luke Ski - Snoopy The Dogg
Eric Schwartz - Charliesomething
Cirque du So What - You Need Prozac, Charlie Brown

LIKE COMICS... ONLY, ON THE WEB
Strong Bad Email #181  Web Comics
Tom Smith - Trans Poly U Fight Song (Girl Genius)
Blind Ferret - Looking For Group-Slaughter Your World
Adam WarRock - I Will Do Science To It
Jamie Koopa - The OCD Love Song (Questionable Content)
Tom Smith - Something Positive
SFU Choir - XKCD's Every Major's Terrible

REQUEST ROW
Nick Atoms; The Great Luke Ski - A Man Named Jayne
Devo Spice - The Geeks Come Out at Night
Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con
The Consortium of Genius - Science Party
Henry Phillips - Urban Myth

BONUS ENDING TRACK
Ookla the Mok - Stop Talking About comic Books
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2017-06-14 08:49 pm

KWLP is On the Air! 6-14-2017

KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

Tonight: TELEVISION

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEAD-IN TRACK
Weird Al Yankovic - I Can't Watch This

THE IDIOT BOX
Dana Lyons - TV God
Allan Sherman - Al 'N Yetta
Bob Ricci - Connoisseur of Girl TV
Weird Al Yankovic - Cable TV

THE GREAT LUKE TV
The Great Luke Ski - 88 Lines About 44 Simpsons
The Great Luke Ski - Wannabe a Slayer
The Great Luke Ski - A Man Named Jayne

COME ON DOWN AND BUY A VOWEL
The Frantics - Game Show, Game Show
Jimmy Buffett - Door Number Three
Weird Al Yankovic - I Lost on Jeopardy
George Carlin - Divorce Game
Monty Python - Blackmail

SOAP WITH NO ROPE
Bill Frenzer - Soap Opera Love
Stan Freberg w/Cliffie Stone - John & Marsha
City Slickers; Spike Jones - None But the Lonely Heart (A Soaperetta)

AND THE REST
Bowling for Soup - Gilligan's Island Theme
Weird Al Yankovic - Isle Thing
Radio Free Vestibule - Something's Wrong With Gillig
Moneyshot Cosmonauts - Thank U Gilligan

DROP IT IN THE BUD
Guns N' Moses - We Love Barney Fife
Zot Theater - Mayberry Beret
Andy Griffith - Fishin' Hole (Andy Griffith Theme)

EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, ALSO EXPLOSIONS
Devo Spice - Busted
Cirque du So What - MythBusters: The Cat Came Back
Henry Phillips - Urban Myth

REQUEST ROW
George Carlin - High on the Plane
The Consortium of Genius - Science Party
Weird Al Yankovic - Virus Alert
Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con
Devo Spice - The Geeks Come Out at Night


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2017-06-07 09:19 pm

KWLP Playlist for 6-7-2017

  Here's the playlist for that show for June 7, 2017. Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

Next week's show will be prerecorded, just so you know.

Strikethrough options got the gong and got deleted from my hard drive.

LEAD-IN TRACK

Ookla the Mok (feat. Shoebox, the great Luke Ski, and Devo Spice) - Welcome to the Con

MAKING IT PAY
Raymond & Scum - Merchandise Table 128
Lemon Demon - Gonna Dig Up Alec Guinness
the great Luke Ski - Quark's New Merchandising Enterprise (Live at CONvergence 2007)

FLY? WHY?
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Leaving on a Jet Plane
Devo Spice feat. Insane Ian - Flight Check
George Carlin - High on the Plane

NOT SO MUCH NO-TELL MOTEL AS HOSPITALITY ANONYMOUS
Ray Stevens - The Motel Song
Cirque du So What - A F*ing Room
Homer & Jethro - Hernando's Hideaway

AT THE CONVENTION
Sherclop Pones - The Convention (At the Gala parody)
COMIC CON the Musical! (featuring Whitney Avalon - Princess Rap Battles)
Possible Oscar - At The Con
Skittle Sama - Third Anime Convention

COSPLAYERS AND OTHER CRITTERS
Power Salad - Larry McBrim
Power Salad - Gas Station Disc Jockey
Power Salad - The Perfect Parodist

SPIKE JONES
Grant Uchida - The Cosplay Song  Conventions 
Insane Ian Featuring the Great Luke Ski - Cosplaying Fangirls
Le Jizm - Mr. Female Character Cosplayer
Not Literally - I Ship It

JARETH WILL BANISH HOGGLE TO A CONVENTION
Barry & The Bookbinders - Fart In An Elevator
Rob Balder - Gamer Funk
Le Jizm - Mr. Unwashed Convention Attendee (ver. 2)

GEEKS AFTER DARK
The Consortium of Genius - Science Party
Devo Spice - The Geeks Come Out at Night
Possible Oscar - The Room Party Song

REQUEST ROW
Power Salad - Larry McBrim
Power Salad - The Perfect Parodist
Power Salad - Gas Station Disc Jockey
Weird Al Yankovic - Virus Alert
Weird Al Yankovic - Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me

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2017-05-31 09:15 pm

KWLP Playlist for 5-31-2017

Here's the playlist for that show for May 31, 2017. Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

Next week's show will be prerecorded, just so you know.

Strikethrough options got the gong and got deleted from my hard drive.

MISCELLANEOUS FUMP SONGS
Bonecage - A Horse Named George
Devo Spice - On New Year's Eve
Halfshell Hero - Hungry, Said the Wolf
Lauren Meyer - Dear Internet Trolls
Joe J Thomas - The Hell of Diets

GRINDING COGS
Consortium of Genius - Welcome to the Lab
New Orleans SteamCOG Orchestra - Sheik of Arabi
New Orleans SteamCOG Orchestra - Airships
New Orleans SteamCOG Orchestra - Everyone Dies (But Me)
Consortium of Genius - Get Out of the Lab

THE METERS
The Meters - They All Ask'd for You
The Meters - Cissy Strut
The Meters - Live Wire (not gonged, but not completed either)

DADA OR DOO-DAH
The Bonzo Dog Band - The Bride Stripped Bare (By the Bachelors)
The Bonzo Dog Band - What Do You Do?
The Bonzo Dog Band - I Want to Be with You

FUMP 2: POWER SALAD
Power Salad - Larry McBrim
Power Salad - Gas Station Disc Jockey
Power Salad - The Perfect Parodist

SPIKE JONES
City Slickers; Spike Jones - Hotcha Cornia (Hotcha Chornya Russian Folk Songs)
City Slickers; Spike Jones - I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia
City Slickers; Spike Jones - Water Lou (Drip, Drip, Drip)

OH GOD, YET MORE STARBOMB
Starbomb - The Book of Nook [Explicit]
Starbomb - Sonic's Best Pal [Explicit]
Starbomb - Regretroid [Explicit]

IT'S COLOSSAL, IT'S STUPENDOUS, IT'S SHORT, IT WINS!
Parry Gripp - I Like Vegetables
Parry Gripp - Young Girl Talking About Herself
Parry Gripp - Dramatic Chipmunk Hey!

EARLY PATTON OSWALT
Patton Oswalt - A Blowjob Behind the Tilt-A-Whirl
Patton Oswalt - Come On Apocalypse
Patton Oswalt - Your Moment of Irony

ANOTHER BIG FAT PILE O' FUMP
the great Luke Ski - Candybars
The Library Bards - Regeneration

REQUEST ROW
Rob Balder - A Stable Collection
Power Salad - The No No Facebook App App Song Song
Steve Goodie - Twwetin' On A Jet Plane
Weird Al Yankovic - Virus Alert
Weird Al Yankovic - Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me

SURPRISED BONUS TRACK
Mikey Mason - The Sunday After the Saturday Immediately Following the Acutal Calendar Date of St. Patrick's Day


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2017-05-24 10:46 pm

KWLP Playlist for 5-24-2017

Here's the playlist for that show for May 24, 2017. Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

Next week's show will be prerecorded, just so you know.

LEADIN TRACK
Rhett and Link - Internet Overdose

CHOOSE YOUR DEVICE
homestarrunner.com - Compy Catalog
Weird Al Yankovic - It's All About the Pentiums
Devo Spice - Platform Wars

A LITTLE TOO INTIMATE INTERNET
Avenue Q Original Cast - The Internet Is for Porn
Consortium of Genius - Android Woman
Rhett and Link - Robot Girlfriend

APPBIQUITOUS
Devo Spice - Why Are You Friending me on Facebook?
Power Salad - The No No Facebook App App Song Song
Steve Goodie - Twwetin' On A Jet Plane
Bonecage - Amazon.com
Dino-Mike - (She's On) Pinterest
Holy Bongwater - How Far I'll Troll

PRESSED LUNCHEON MEATMAIL
Tom Smith - Spam Spam Spam
Shonen Knife - S*P*A*M
Sudden Death - Spam
Weird Al Yankovic - Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Grobust Commercial


DER KOMPUTER IST BLOKE
Rob Balder - A Stable Collection
Tom Smith - Can't Get the File to Play
Strong Bad - System is Down
Sudden Death - Reign of Error
Les Barker - Reinstalling Windows
Weird Al Yankovic - Virus Alert

THE PI-TH CIRCLE OF HELL
Tony Goldmark - Tech Support
Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie - Welcome to the Internet Help D
Tom Smith - Tech Support For Dad

REQUEST ROW
Kobi LaCroix - Orange Glo
Bowling for Soup - A Really Cool Dance Song
Alan Jackson - The Talkin' Song Repair Blues
The Arrogant Worms - Big Fat Road Manager
Paul & Storm - Opening Band

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2017-05-17 02:53 pm

KWLP Playlist for 5-17-2017

Here's the playlist for that show for May 17, 2017. Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

Next week's show will be prerecorded, just so you know.

LEADIN TRACK
Lower, Daniel And The Bloodbrothers - Singin' in My Car

THE GLORY OF BEING A MUSICIAN
City Slickers; Spike Jones - MacNamara's Band
The Arrogant Worms - Boy Band
Patton Oswalt - 80s Metal
Possible Oscar - You Pay, We Play

MUSIC WORLD PROBLEMS
The Arrogant Worms - Big Fat Road Manager
Monty Python - Rock Notes
They Might Be Giants - How Can I Sing Like a Girl?
Devo Spice - How To Sing
The Bobs - Never Date a Musician

LEARN HOW TO PLAY
Mel Blanc - Professor LeBlanc Gives Jack Benny A Violin Lesson [*]
Cheech & Chong - The Music Lessons
Flat 29 - Teach Your Baby Bass Guitar
Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler - Yakety Axe
Henry Phillips - Guitar Pill [Live]

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Stan Freberg - Jazz on Rubberbands

SONGWRITING 101

Seamonkey (Featuring Filkmaster Tom Smith, Houzeman and Glenn Lixx) - Parody Like a Filk Star
Tom Smith - Songwriting Workshop
Alan Jackson - The Talkin' Song Repair Blues

LIVING THE DREAM NIGHTMARE
Paul & Storm - Opening Band
Raymond And Scum - Nobody Loves The Comedy Band
Cirque du So What - God Hates Comedy Musicians

ROCKIN' THE TWITCHBOXSTATION
The Great Luke Ski - Sheldon's Delight
MC Lars - Guitar Hero Hero (Beating Guitar Hero Doesn't Make You Slash)
Devo Spice - The Dumbest Song On Rock Band

REQUEST ROW
Monty Python - String
Bowling for Soup - A Really Cool Dance Song
Kobi LaCroix - Orange Glo
Kobi LaCroix - Brutomax! 3: Revenge of the Canned
Jump 'N the Saddle Band - The Curly Shuffle

redneckgaijin: (Default)
2017-05-10 05:19 pm
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KWLP Playlist for 5-10-2017

So, some of you might know I do a streaming radio show on DementiaRadio.org every Wednesday night from 9 to 11 PM Central, usually live.

Here's the playlist for that show for May 10, 2017. Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEADIN TRACK
Kobi LaCroix - Brutomax!

STAN FREBERG, ADVERTISING SUPER GENIUS
Stan Freberg - Truth in Advertising
Stan Freberg - Moby Dick
Stan Freberg - The 1966 Chun King
Stan Freberg with Billy May's Orchesrta; Chorale, Jud Conlon - Omaha!

HOW STAN FREBERG GOT STARTED MAKING ADS
Daws Butler; June Foray; Peter Leeds; Stan Freberg - Freberg Sponsors Freberg (Stan Freberg Show Ep. 14 Pt 1)
Daws Butler; June Foray; Peter Leeds; Stan Freberg - Freberg in Advertisingland

Kobi LaCroix - Brutomax! The Sequel!

MOCKING HARD-SELL ADS
George Carlin - Second Announcements (from A Place For My Stuff!)
Monty Python - String
Allan Sherman - Chim Chim Cheree

PECULIAR PRODUCTS
Weird Al Yankovic - Spatula City
Marc Gunn - The Naughty Wench
Redd Foxx - The New Fugg
Consortium of Genius - Pinkerton's Hair Club for Scientists
Dos Fallopia - Cross Dress for Less

JUST PLAIN STRANGE AD COMEDY
P. D. Q. Bach - Commercial: "If You Have Never" (Divers Ayres on Sundrie Notions)
Doo-doo Wah - B.A.R.F. Construction
The Credibility Gap - Public Service Announcement
Da Yoopers - Talk Time
Weird Al Yankovic - Craigslist

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Monty Python - The Book Ad
Le Jizm - Mr. Shoujo Anime and Manga Fan
Daws Butler; June Foray; Peter Leeds; Stan Freberg - Instant Freberg (Stan Freberg Show Ep. 14)

THE VESTIBULES FAKE ADS
 Radio Free Vestibule - Laurence Olivier For Diet Coke
Radio Free Vestibule - Performance Artist Barbie
Radio Free Vestibule - Didrahoffaphynoxil

PAUL & STORM TWISTED JINGLES
Paul & Storm - Olive Garden
Paul & Storm - Domino's Pizza
Paul & Storm - Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Kobi LaCroix - Brutomax! 3: Revenge of the Canned

WAFFLE HOUSE MUSIC
Rogers, Mary Welch - Waffle House Family Pt.1
Danny Jones - There Are Raisins in My Toast
Jerry Buckner - I'm Going Back to the Waffle House
Daws Butler; June Foray; Peter Leeds; Stan Freberg - Making New Freberg Fans (Stan Freberg Show Ep. 14)

DEAD INFOMERCIAL MEN
Kobi LaCroix - Orange Glo
Rhett and Link - Shamwow Song
Weird Al Yankovic - Mr. Popeil
Kobi LaCroix - Brutomax! 4: Why Are We Still Doing This?

REQUEST ROW
Bowling for Soup - A Really Cool Dance Song
Tom Smith - 500 Hats
Tom Smith - I'm On Firefly
Rob Balder - Muppet Laboratories
Jump 'N the Saddle Band - The Curly Shuffle
redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2017-01-28 02:14 pm
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LYAN: It's important to remember that the enemy is also us.

We are all in this together. Unfortunately, the other side thinks otherwise- and that all who disagree with them are part of an evil foreign conspiracy.

And that belief stems from purely bigoted traditions centuries old in the United States.

http://lyansroar.blogspot.com/2017/01/its-always-important-to-remember-that.html
redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-11-23 10:01 pm
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Frustration, on a mowed lawn, with a bag full of metal bludgeons.

So, I play golf when the weather permits (i. e. stays below 85 degrees and it isn't actively raining or snowing).

Yes, because I don't have enough helpless anger and frustration in my life. I go out seeking MORE, and I pay for the privilege.

Anyway, last week I had the round of my life. Twenty-one over par. 91 strokes on a par 70 course. For a pro that would be terrible, but it was the first time I've ever broken 100, and it beat my prior best score by ten strokes.

This week I went out to the same course and... had the round I usually have instead.

The worst hole was the fifth hole. The fifth hole at Livingston Municipal Golf Course is a par 3, 170 yards, which means a skilled golfer is expected to hit the ball between 160 and 180 yards accurately enough to leave the ball on the putting green, and then take two putts to get the ball in the actual hole. Last week I shot a 5 the first time, a 3 the second time. (Livingston has only 9 holes, so a full game requires you go round the course twice.)

So what happened on Monday?

Tee up the ball. Swing, catch the ball on the toe of the club, see it wobble right like a wounded duck out of bounds.

I take a mulligan. Mulligans, or 'breakfast balls', are not to be found in the PGA rulebook, but they're common among ordinary, non-betting golfers. They're basically a do-over, usually limited to the tee shot, tolerated because the other golfers feel sorry for someone whose first shot went left or right farther than it went forward. And I take between two and seven a round, depending.

So, mulligan. I come down on top of the ball this time, knocking it into the turf of the tee box hard enough to leave a furrow. Having expended most of its energy into the dirt, the ball bounces feebly twenty yards forward into the creek.

No more mulligans. Ball in water off the tee is a stroke penalty and tee off again. According to the rules, my second stroke puts the ball back on the tee. My third stroke does exactly the same thing as the first stroke did.

Now, for those of you who are keeping track, I have now lost three balls, used up four strokes (six if I wasn't using a mulligan), and I'm not off the tee box yet.

My fifth stroke gets in the air and across the creek... and soars like a bullet to the left, about 160 yards. Luckily for me, the course recently dug up another water hazard and left piles of dirt alongside it. My ball is caught by one such pile, which counts as ground under repair. I can take a free drop out of this, which I do.

Pity it doesn't help. My sixth stroke barely touches the ball, which goes about four feet. My seventh stroke actually gets me onto the green.

Putting time. My first putt runs twelve feet past the hole. My second putt falls six inches short. My third putt goes in.

Ten strokes. On a hole where a skilled golfer should only need three, and which I usually manage in five.

The second time around I managed a four- a bogey- but by then it really was too late to mend things.

And this is what I set aside a day a week, when I have it, to do.

And somehow, despite this, my blood pressure comes in at 105 over 65 or thereabouts whenever I check it.
redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-09-21 06:59 pm
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So, there are debates coming up.

Since everybody else is saying what Clinton and Trump need to do to win the election, here's my thoughts.

WHAT CLINTON NEEDS TO DO FOR HERSELF:

Granted that the media has basically allowed, even aided and abetted, the Trump campaign to define Hillary Clinton to the public, she hasn't done herself any favors. Her campaign speeches are laundry lists of mostly small-ball detailed proposals with no common theme. Clinton needs to define that common theme, and it needs to be something beyond, "Vote for me to continue Obama's legacy" and "Vote for me because I'm not Trump." Without that theme, you don't really get the enthusaism needed for big turnout on election day... and it's been reported all over the place that Democratic voter enthusiasm is way, way down.

Trump has pulled close to Clinton both by dragging her down to his level and by offering his supporters a simple, easy-to-understand (and of course deceiving) message: "The Democrats weakened our country. We need a strong leader now to fix it, and that's going to be me." Clinton has nothing like that, and the debates are really her last chance to make that happen.

WHAT CLINTON NEEDS TO DO TO TRUMP:

Trump's biggest enemy is Trump himself. Clinton needs to lead him into making gaffes and factual errors, and that means pushing him off-balance and off-script. By all reports the best way to do this is to attack Trump's self-image. This can NOT be done head-on; Trump can shrug that off. It needs to be done in passing, a bit at a time, and carefully targeted- references to how he inherited wealth and nearly squandered it all on failed business deals, how most of his projects failed miserably, how his tax returns would show his lack of wealth, etc. This will get him angry and prone to counterattacks- and those counterattacks, though his base will love them, will destroy him with everyone else.

WHAT CLINTON NEEDS TO AVOID:

(1) Don't make the debate a referendum on Trump. If all Clinton does is give the case for why Trump is disqualified, then TRUMP WINS IN NOVEMBER. It's never sufficient for any candidate to simply say, "I'm not the other guy." Clinton needs to slip a few bits in about Trump, but her focus needs to be on why voters should choose her over any other option, even if Trump weren't in the race at all.

(2) Don't go full wonk. Clinton loves to try to teach people in her political messaging- even more so than Barack Obama. And it's boring. If Clinton details her specific proposals, the listeners will tune it out and absorb none of it. Clinton needs to stick to broad principles and intentions and address specifics only when unavoidable. KISS principle needs to be the guide.

(3) Don't try to go toe to toe with Trump in a shouting match. Responding is fine, if kept very brief and witty, but when Trump gets angry and attacks Clinton needs to stay calm and quiet. It's unfair but true that there is a lot of sexism involved in the electorate, and if they see an angry man and an angry woman going hammer-and-tongs at one another, a majority of Americans will by default side with the man. An angry man and a quiet but firm woman, on the other hand, goes the other direction.

Now for the part I hope nobody reads to The Donald:

WHAT TRUMP NEEDS TO DO FOR HIMSELF:

The Sarah Palin strategy. Palin managed a draw with Joe Biden in their 2008 debate by memorizing about a dozen talking points and steering every question to one of those. As a result, only people who were listening very carefully (I was driving and heard the whole debate on the radio) could tell how rehearsed and repetitive her answers were as opposed to Biden's. Trump needs to do the same thing: have a script of talking points and stick to it absolutely, positively, no matter what. If Trump improvises, he will be (justly) eaten alive for his misstatements of fact and his inevitable bigoted gaffes.

WHAT TRUMP NEEDS TO DO TO CLINTON:

The aforementioned script needs to have several very specific attack points on Hillary's honesty and integrity. Merely saying "Lyin' Hillary" might work on the stump to the base, but it won't fly in a debate. Trump needs to bring up specific cases with evidence for his accusations. And he needs to do this again, again, and again, dragging her down into the muck with her while appearing to be a prosecutor instead of a reckless mudslinger.

WHAT TRUMP NEEDS TO AVOID:

(1) Don't ad-lib. By all reports Trump has refused to do any prep work for the debates, insisting that he can do it ex tempore. Bad move. If Trump improvises, he gaffes.

(2) Don't miss the chance to denounce racism and bigotry. If Trump could go two weeks straight without himself or one of his surrogates making a white-supremacist remark or re-Tweet, he'd probably have this race sewn up by now. As it is, a substantial portion of normally Republican voters is currently supporting Clinton for the very reason that Trump is blatantly white supremacist. If he loses, this above all else will be what cost him the election (which is already looking like an exercise in whether a president can be elected anymore without a single non-white vote). If the opportunity comes to demonstrate that he hasn't got a white robe and hood in his closet, Trump must sieze it decisively and forcefully. If he hedges, or worse (as he has done elsewhere) he defends whatever white supremacism is at question, he fails.

(3) Don't lose your temper. Trump's charisma is based on the smiling, confident, loud Trump. The angry cry-baby Trump we see now and again will lose the election. Whatever provocation Clinton manages, Trump has to shrug it off as a lie from a desperate woman, beneath his notice. He must NOT try to shout her into submission. If Trump tries to bully Clinton as he did the other GOP candidates once upon a time, Clinton will walk away looking like a saint, leaving Trump exposed as the Satan he actually is.

WHAT GARY JOHNSON NEEDS TO DO:

Hope both candidates make serious blunders and discredit themselves, then hit every morning pundit show the next day hard and fast. Fifteen percent, Binky; it's your only hope, and you've admitted as much.

WHAT JILL STEIN NEEDS TO DO:

Quit running for public office and let someone with more credibility than a Scientology outreach flyer be the face of America's far left.
redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-08-28 12:26 pm

Thoughts about the slow collapse of Obamacare.

Insight of sorts- not that the idea is new to me, but the explanation might help some people understand the problem with Obamacare.
The key point is that Obamacare is NOT socialized medicine. Obamacare is an example of "privatized profits and socialized losses."

You might have heard that phrase in 2008 and 2009, in regards to the Wall Street TARP bailout. What it boils down to is this: the people who own stock in or run the biggest corporations in the country, especially financial institutions, can make wild gambles and blatantly stupid business decisions, because if it works they keep the profits, and if it fails government will step in to prevent the consequences from crashing the economy and throwing millions of people into poverty. In short, a few excruciatingly rich and powerful people can hold the common people hostage to their own shortsighted greed- all nice and legal.

The concept behind Obamacare is that, by getting more people insured and by raising co-pays on that insurance, people will force insurance companies to compete with one another, and insurance companies will have to do hard negotiating with health care providers and pharmaceutical companies. All this competition will, in theory, lower the cost of health care and make things better for the common American.

It's not working out that way at all.

There wasn't much competition in the public exchanges at the start, and that competition is shrinking fast. One of the things Obamacare did do was make health insurance a less profitable business to be in- not unprofitable by any means, but enough so that insurance corporations are beginning to seriously consider abandoning the field to focus on other, more profitable forms of insurance. By their standards, health insurance in a county or state is only profitable enough to "bother with" if there's only one company in the market. Which, of course, means no competition, and thus no pressure to lower premiums- and nobody's lowering premiums at all.

In fact, health insurance companies are demanding that caps on how much premiums can go up from year to year be lifted, because it turns out that all those healthy uninsured workers who would pay for the uninsurable sick... aren't so healthy at all. The number of previously undiagnosed ill working-class people has, apparently, overwhelmed the companies offering insurance in the public exchanges, to the effect that those policies really aren't profitable. (Remember, the whole point of insurance is to AVOID paying off. Every claim that is paid comes out of shareholder profits.) Yet another reason for insurance companies to bail out of the exchanges... which is why we're now seeing counties where the HealthCare.gov exchanges offer no policies at all for anybody.

But, you say, at least those fewer companies will have more buying leverage to negotiate with hospitals, doctors and pharmaceutical companies, right? Well... no.

You see, there are three things playing together, all factors that have been in play long, long before Obamacare came along, but which Obamacare blew up like charcoal lighter on a grass fire.

Item #1: HMO and medical networks. The original idea of HMOs and medical networks was that, by restricting patients to a small group of doctors and clinics, special negotiated deals would lower costs. This was a brainchild of the 80s and 90s that the Clintons loved and almost everybody else hated, but Obamacare actively ENCOURAGED them to form and get larger. What actually happens is, patients with an HMO or in a medical network get locked in. They lose all power of competition and negotiation; if some part of the system charges too much, the only way they can protest is to walk away from ALL OF IT, which means a massive amount of time and effort to find new doctors, get new prescriptions, transfer records, etc. etc. etc. In practice HMOs and medical networks stifle competition and raise prices while making it much, much harder for patients to choose somebody else.

Item #2: Insurance companies need health care providers a lot more than vice versa. Although hospitals and pharmaceutical companies can and do negotiate massive discounts from their inflated cash-and-carry rates, even those discounted prices go steadily up every year. This is not because it's more expensive for them to perform their services- aside from costs of college education, it's not. It's because, if an insurance company negotiates too hard, the health care providers can simply choose not to accept that coverage- and since Obamacare, a lot of providers have done exactly that. The buying leverage Obamacare relies upon to put pressure on health care corporations simply hasn't materialized- and it never will.

Item #3: Payor disconnect. The fact is, for many Americans even a simple, no-complications visit to a general practice doctor will run anywhere from $75 to $200- a very significant portion of monthly wages, and generally unaffordable except for emergencies. The idea that your average working American can do price comparisons for X-rays, MRI scans, blood work, surgery, hospital boarding, etc, is ludicrous, because they simply haven't got the pocket money to pay for any of it. So instead they get insurance, pay one or two or three checks a month, and hope the copays don't bankrupt them. The trade-off is that, for all those big ticket items, most Americans pay no attention to the amounts, because they're not the ones paying them. The outrage over $500 per pill of aspirin becomes background noise, an item to run on a slow news day in the second segment of the evening local news. This takes away much of the incentive to hold insurance companies accountable for not negotiating down those prices- so, of course, the insurance companies don't negotiate harder than they need to to maintain their profit margin. Health care providers, in turn, use this disconnect as a blank-check to charge what they feel like, regardless of how rapcious the resulting profits are. By expanding Medicaid and subsidizing private insurance policies with tax dollars, Obamacare throws more fuel on this problem, too. End result: even if ordinary Americans had leverage to negotiate costs down (they DON'T), they have little impulse to, so long as the matter is taken care of.

End result of all of this? Health costs continue to skyrocket, and increasingly the government is left to foot the bill, which enables health care costs to skyrocket even higher.

At this point conservatives will nod their heads and say that I've just proven that the only reasonable policy is to abolish all government funding of health coverage and go to a full laissez-faire open market.

Yeah, that's an idea... if you favor health care being a luxury good. Otherwise, not so much.

The problem isn't the idea of socialized medicine. The problem is that the United States's spasmodic efforts in health care policy have gone in a direction no other country on Earth was so stupid as to attempt; funding health care without really regulating the market. We pay the bills without doing much about how much those bills are, so of COURSE each bill gets bigger than the last. But the solution is not to stop paying the bills. The bills need to be paid. Everybody needs proper health care, and (though conservatives refuse to admit this bit) we need to have everybody around us as healthy as possible too.

We have privatized profits (health care companies hiking prices without apparent limit) and socialized losses (tax dollars footing the bill for much of it). The free market will not fix this problem- or, at least, it won't do it without a mountain of sick and dead.

What we need is socialized medicine as every nation who actually has it practices it- strict, strong, harshly enforced regulations and restrictions on the medical industry (especially pharmaceuticals), publicly funded hospitals and clinics, cheap or free college and training for medical professionals, the whole bit.

The Affordable Care Act, by design, touched NONE of that.

Adding the "public option" to it won't help, either. In fact, it will speed the process of collapse up, as providers either refuse to accept it or use its bottomless pockets to pay for ever-increasing profits.

We need socialized medicine and nothing else. Unfortunately, Trump is of the abolish-it-all party, and Clinton thinks a bit of duck tape and good wishes will fix Obamacare. Neither is actually interested in attacking the true problem in America's health care industry.

We need something else. (And, BTW, neither Johnson nor Stein is it.)
redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-08-26 07:52 pm

My Day (Or, I've Decided I Need to Use LJ More and FB Less)

Okay. When I got up this morning, my agenda was:
(1) Evict the eldest cat from the house for the day;
(2) Clean up the places where the cat has been shedding flea-dirt (Hartz anti-flea treatment not being effective) in the dining room (including, alas, the newspapers I'd been hoarding for when I finally clear out my grandmother's glassware);
(3) Put together mail orders to go out today;
(4) Lay down flea powder in dining room;
(5) Run errands:
(5a) Post office to ship mail orders;
(5b) See if Beaumont has a Container Store where I can buy a lot of cheap boxes for use as grab-bags to clear out clearance items at cons;
(5c) Lowe's, to replace plastic tubs that have broken
(5d) Grocery spot-check
(6) Return, vacuum up flea powder
What actually happened:

(1) Cat was evicted with no trouble, back outside with the other three. However, this cat has a history of "marking territory" when under stress or if the litter box is about half-used, and he'd left a big pile of cat crap right at the door joining the dining room to the living room (where cats are not permitted). So, out for a day turns out to be out forever or until I get forgetful about today. (Which is a shame, as this cat is at least fifteen years old, doesn't move as well as he used to, and needs to be an indoor cat... but not if he breaks training.)

(2) Newspapers and a lot of other trash gathered up and burned out back. Table first lint-rolled, then wiped clean to reduce flea-crap (and possible flea eggs) in the carpet. Chairs moved to kitchen, with a mental note that a wipe-down with bleach is necessary, or else pitching six dining chairs into the dumpster and replacing with folding chairs.

(3) The print job of packing slips never went through the previous night. The momentary power failure during the thunderstorm messed up the communications between computer and printer (as always), but this time one thing after another failed to get the two to talk to one another. It took over two hours of this-and-that, with me on the point of adding "buy new cheap printer" to my errand list, when I finally got the thing to work JUST in time to finish packing the mail order and get to the post office before it closed.

(3a) Observe that, of the four new tires I bought LAST WEEK for the convention minivan, three are showing pinched sidewalls. This means I will have to unload the van tomorrow so I can take it back to Wal-Mart and -try- to get replacement tires.

(4) The printer ate the time I was going to use for laying down powder on the dining room carpet. However, since the cat's not coming back in, I can do that tonight and let it sit overnight, vacuuming it up in the morning.

(5a) Arrived at post office in Kountze three minutes before closing. Got charged $7.15 for Priority Mail to Dallas on one package because it was one-and-loose-change pounds. Have a suspicion that, knowingly or not, the teller at the Kountze post office was feeding me a line on that.
(5b) No, no Container Store in Beaumont. I may make a stop in Houston
(5c) Bought four tubs, about half the number I needed.
(5d) Picked up $20 of groceries; the one on-sale thing I was looking for, wasn't on sale at the store in Lumberton.

(6) Groceries more or less put away; now to finally lay down the powder.

At some point before San Japan I need to find both time and energy to WRITE, dammit.


redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-07-05 10:58 am

On respect.

Well, I just got chewed out, and probably deservedly so, for my knee-jerk reaction to the word "respect", i. e. "Anybody who demands respect doesn't deserve it."

Yes, I know and agree that blacks, women, gays, and a ton of other groups who get treated like crap demand respect because they won't get it any other way. In theory, at least, I'm on board with that, because my brain tries to compartmentalize "group respect" from "self-entitled loudmouthed stuffed shirt who wants an ego fluff."

And while trying to figure out a way to separate the two, I realized something: I really, really hate the word "respect."

Growing up (in the rural, conservative, Christian, and very white South), "respect" did not mean "treat as an equal." I don't think I ever heard it used that way.

"Respect" was something you did to your -superiors.- You shut up, listened, and obeyed... respectfully. You didn't disagree; you "respectfully suggested." You respected your elders, police, elected officials, but nobody ever thought that your elders, police, elected officials, etc. were under any obligation to respect you.

To respect someone else was, in short, to admit your own inferiority.

This is something worth thinking about: that our language and culture uses one word for two concepts which are not merely different but mutually exclusive- equality and subordination.

And in my adult life I admit that I've dealt with a lot more people (invariably male, usually but not exclusively white) who demand respect not as an equal but as a Cartman clone- "respect mah authoritah."

Another thing to consider: how gun advocates routinely refer to the "respect" people give a person openly carrying a weapon. And what that says about (almost universally white) gun advocates' definition of "respect."

I don't know if there's anything rhetorically to be done about this, or if it's even worth trying. (I mean, "honor" is even worse, and "acknowledge" falls far short of equality.) But I think there's an insight here somewhere that bears closer analysis, and might yield something useful.

But for the moment I will amend my statement: those who demand the respect of authority do not deserve it; and the best way to get the respect of equal treatment is to give it.

redneckgaijin: (respectable political)
2016-06-17 01:11 pm

I now have a Patreon.

It's there in the title, folks. Or, rather, it's here:

https://www.patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=3388493

To explain why I'm doing this:

First, last year (2015) was my most successful year as a convention vendor, which was good, because I'd taken on a bunch more personal bills (health insurance, house insurance, etc.). I still only notched up about $9000 or so net profit for the year, which is only liveable because I own my house outright.

But the first few shows of 2016 showed an general downward trend from 2015, with a few exceptions. First, here's the net profit from all the conventions I've sold at to date in 2016, with the difference from 2015:

Ushicon 2016 - $493 (-238)
OwlCon 2016 - $300 (did not attend in 2015)
VisionCon 2016 - $300 (did not attend in 2015)
CoastCon 2016 - $574 (+112)
Texas Furry Fiesta - $1,354 (+689)
TexanCon - $395 (did not attend in 2015)
AggieCon - $335 (-118)
CyPhaCon - $699 (-401)
ChupacabraCon - -$260 (-100)
MobiCon - $125 (-661)
A-Kon - $522 (-1413)
NOLA Time Fest - $45 (did not attend in 2015)

So, except for March, everything was down, performing below expectations. The biggest reason for this is my T-shirt line, which has dropped sales gradually over the past twelve months and PLUMMETED in the past two months- I sold fewer than half the number of shirts at A-Kon 2016 I did in 2015, and at Mobicon the drop was TWO-THIRDS. T-shirts are my largest profit item, so when they go south, so does my income.

Put it another way: I need about $1000/mth to cover my basic bills, including minimum debt service on my credit cards. This doesn't count non-monthly expenses, like the new stove I need, the four new tires on my van which will be needed imminently, or other issues.

Convention sales are about nine-tenths of my total income at the moment, so let's add up the profits above: $4,822 net so far (not counting non-convention business expenses like web hosting, credit card merchant account, etc.). That means, with one convention left in June and nothing confirmed in July until the very end of that month, I'm more than a whole month's worth of bills in the red...

... not counting the cost of all the extra merchandise I bought specifically for the last two cons, almost none of which actually sold.

So financially I'm in a bind, and I no longer have confidence that things will balance out down the road at other conventions.

Furthermore, 2015's success, such as it was, came at the cost of my creative productivity. I was too busy working at conventions or preparing for the next convention to relax enough to WRITE. The most I could do was toss-off little snippets for a crackfic collective project. I struggled to work on <A HREF="http://www.peteristhewolf.com/">Peter is the Wolf</a>, and everything else just fell flat.

I've been thinking about Patreon for a long time, but I hadn't wanted to commit to it until Peter is the Wolf Book 2's IndieGoGo project was cleared out. That's taking forever, though. (Book 3 will be handed off to a professional colorist, rather than wait for Ben and his day job to cooperate.) And I don't think I can put off the begging bowl any longer.

Now, I've tried offering commissioned writing and soliciting direct donations for my writing before, and with a few exceptions it was a failure. My muse often wouldn't cooperate with the requests of the commissioners. I'm hoping that a bit more maturity, and the Patreon platform, will reverse that trend.

If nothing else, I want to be able to relax and write, dammit.

So, again, here's the Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=3388493

And I really hope this works.