Saturday, February 28, 2009

Brutally Honest on ShockNet - 02/28/09 Show Notes

I think I finally got the right balance on the soundboard. Hopefully I won't be blasting eardrums.

And this time around I think I really was in rare form. We have the news, a couple of updates on earlier stories and a really bad Supreme Court decision (as if they've been making any good ones lately), and then I go right into a very creative take about the Republicans and their insurrectionist messages. And I follow through with a suggestion made by one of my Brutally Honest listeners. What was that suggestion? Well you'll just have to listen in to find out.

All of that is TONIGHT (02/28) here on ShockNet Radio at 7pm Eastern Time (6pm Norman time and 4pm Hefner Time) over at and also at Apple's iTunes Radio Player under either "Classic Rock" or "Talk/Spoken Word" categories.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Another Onion story

The scary part is that six months ago this could have been credible.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Brutally Honest on ShockNet - 02/21/09 Show Notes

Tonight's show should be just a little LOUDER than usual. Sorry, but I got a brand new broadcaster's microphone and I've been trying to get all of the bugs out, and one of those bugs is the balance between music and voice. So if I blow out your eardrums, I'm sorry.

Tonight's show is Obama-Obama-Obama... no really, there's A LOT of Obama stuff in this week's program.

We have an All-Obama-related news segment. Every news story has President Obama in it in some fashion. Then we have the second in our "Dangerous Words" series, and where it ties into Obama? Well that's for the third segment, which talks about change and the WORST kind of change that our new President can bring to this country. See, I wasn't kidding.

By the way, I have something important that I MAY be announcing, but it won't be on the show this week... it'll be over at the Brutally Honest blog site, and possibly during next week's broadcast. Let's just say it'll mean more exposure for both myself and ShockNet Radio. (No, not THAT kind of exposure, although I would LOVE to work with Dianne and Cynthia to get some new headshots at some point.)

Oh, I almost forgot... for those of you that liked to complain about the language, you'll probably enjoy the fact that my colorful explicatives have been muted this time around. See, I don't curse ALL of the time! I HAVE done an FCC-friendly show before... but that has to be of MY CHOICE, not the choice of some self-righteous prude.

All of that is TONIGHT (02/21) here on ShockNet Radio at 7pm Eastern Time (6pm Norman time and 4pm Hefner Time) over at and also at Apple's iTunes Radio Player under either "Classic Rock" or "Talk/Spoken Word" categories.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Brutally Honest on ShockNet - 02/14/09 Show Notes

This has NOT been my weekend...

So RJ and I do all of the behind-the-scenes tweaking, and here I think I have all of the time in the world to get the stuff needed for my show done tonight.

And what happens? My main computer monitor craps out on Friday morning. Yes, my nice 19" gaming monitor from ViewSonic decided to short out on Friday the 13th! And it was off-warrantee now. So I spent ALL DAY on Friday pricing and shopping and looking for a replacement monitor, and I end up biting the bullet and getting a new widescreen monitor. BUT by the time I finish all of the tweaks and turns and fixes for the monitor to be working, it's almost midnight. My whole day was essentially shot.

So here I am on Valentine's Day... the day that I dread just as much as Friday the 13th... and I've been working my butt off since I got up at 7am to finish work on my show. I'm rushing to get this done and I get text messages here, and emails there and instant messages everywhere... where am I? How am I doing? I'm busting my butt, that's what I'm doing! I've been running on coffee all day. AND on top of it all, as I'm doing the recording, I'm getting static on the line... again. Only this time I figured out where this is coming from, but it's too late to fix it and re-record everything. AND time is not on my side, because now RJ is calling me and saying he NEEDS the show up ASAP or else it won't get queued in the system.

So tonight's show is going to be flawed. It's going to have static and scratches and a few flubs. I'm sorry, but I can't help it. Time is against me. I've fixed the static so next week's show will hopefully come out better, but as it is right now the quality is less than normal.

So what's on tap that I kept on trying to get out? Well I cover some letters from listeners... we have Obama in the news (no big surprise)... we have two companies going bankrupt... we have a whiny mayor that needs to cash in his chips... then we have this social fixation on parenting and how it applies to the woman that gave birth to 8 in vitro babies on top of the 6 others she already had... and then I go over the difference between opposition and insurrection, and which one of those two things the Republicans DO NOT want to be heading towards. There IS a reason why I'm so hard on these guys, and it's not about sour grapes.

All of that is TONIGHT (02/14) here on ShockNet Radio at 7pm Eastern Time (6pm Norman time and 4pm Hefner Time) over at and also at Apple's iTunes Radio Player under either "Classic Rock" or "Talk/Spoken Word" categories.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Brutally Honest - Quick reminder

Hey guys, just wanted to give you a quick reminder that there won't be a show tonight because RJ is doing some much-needed upgrades to the ShockNet Radio system. BUT because of the upgrades, RJ will have more control over the show and we might be able to follow through with PROJECT COUNTER-MAYHEM!

What's Project Counter-Mayhem, you ask? Well the first rule to Project Counter- Mayhem is that you do not TALK about Project Counter-Mayhem. You can probably guess what the second rule is as well.

Sufficient to say, though, if all turns out as we expect you will be hearing from us about it in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, if you're hungry for your Brutally Honest fix, you're more than welcome to play catch-up by visiting the Radio Archives, or if you have Apple's iTunes player, you can subscribe to our free podcasts. I should be loading last week's show either tonight or tomorrow so if you missed out on it, you can hear it.

And be sure to check out the new weekly column, which should be out on Monday morning. The question you need to ask yourself is... can you live on $500,000 a year? Think about that, then visit the column on Monday to find out what I say on the subject.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! See you back here next Saturday at 7pm Eastern time, 6pm Norman time, and 4pm Hefner Time for another hour of insanity at ShockNet Radio!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Quick Thoughts - Obama Picks and Taxes

Since I won't have a show this weekend (RJ's doing some software upgrades to the station), I thought I'd drop a few quick thoughts in during the week.

Here's a good one...

Is it too much to have Obama pick people that DO NOT have a problem paying taxes? Seriously. This is becoming as bad as the Clinton nanny problems.

It's bad enough that we have to deal with Tom Daschile (aka Tom DasHOLE) again, but to do it knowing that he made a serious FUBAR with reporting taxes and then wants to beg Washington for forgiveness? No. That's not acceptable.

This is not looking good for Team Obama. Rahm Emanuel needs to get his act together and stop thinking inside the beltway or else someone needs to show him the door.

UPDATE!!! Apparently I wasn't the only one who thinks that this was just too much to swallow. Daschile has withdrawn his nomination. So did the person selected to be Obama's "Performance Czar". Too bad that she didn't start her job by taking herself out of the running sooner.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Super Bowl Thoughts

Another Super Bowl has come and gone. As with previous years, I didn’t pick a team, because I was in it for the commercials. It’s really the only time that the commercials are good. Expensive as hell, but good.

A few quick thoughts on the game:

Steelers had to EARN this one. This wasn’t the cakewalk that they kept on hyping it to be. The Cardinals had a chance and they blew it big-time on more than one occasion. I think their biggest mistake was not going for a field-goal at the last seconds before halftime, which set up that incredible 100-yard interception and touchdown. It’s good that they were able to come back after that, but it just wasn’t enough.

There were also a LOT more penalty flags than I can remember ever seeing during a Super Bowl. It’s like every five minutes there was a penalty.

Let’s talk halftime. “The Boss” put on a very good show. No skin, no scandal, no politics. And it had good energy, which was needed because nobody else had an alternative to the halftime show.

Now let’s get to the REALLY big stuff… THE COMMERCIALS! Hey, at three million a pop, they need to be great.

Sadly some of them sucked.

The good ones were movie previews for “Up”, “Star Trek”, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, and the pre-game preview for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”.

The 3-D gimmick sucked. The SoBe lizards combined with football players was lame. The preview for “Monsters Versus Aliens” was tepid. And “Chuck in 3-D” was lame in any dimension. Listen, guys, 3-D gimmicks generally suck. When you can provide 3-D imagery WITHOUT the need for stupid glasses, THEN it would work. Otherwise, it SUCKS!

Pepsi’s tepid trips down memory lane proved to be a failure compared to the edginess of Coke’s avatars, the bottle-stealing insects, and Coke Zero’s remake of the famous Football Jersey commercial. MacGruber? Will someone PLEASE thrash the people who came up with that idea? The only Pepsi ad that was good was the “I’m Good” spot for Pepsi Max.

And of course Go Daddy came up with yet another lame teaser for their website videos. Okay guys, Danica Patrick may look hot, but you will NOT see her in anything less than a bikini, and especially if you just go to the Go Daddy website. It’s a TEASE, okay? I saw it coming even BEFORE the ads aired! In fact, I saw the ads BEFORE they aired! (It pays to surf ahead.) They paid six million dollars to do two tease commercials.

The two Doritos ads for the magic crunch and the magic snow globe were funny.

Toyota? Why are you wasting three million dollars telling us about the durability of your truck when most people are paying more attention to gas mileage than taking it up a real-life Hot Wheels track? The only thing missing from this was the loop.

Teleflora’s talking flowers was funny. and ads were funny. The singing and football plugs for the new season of Heroes were not funny.

Well that’s what I got for this year’s Super Bowl. Well, that and some leftover hot wings, carrots, and apple slices. Because the only other really great thing about watching the Super Bowl was that I got to watch it in HDTV, and because I was able to cook up a MONSTER spread.