Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last Ten Songs We've Heard on 98.7-SimonFM in Greesnboro, NC: Please Play Good Genesis Songs

Greetings to our beloved blog readers in Sweden, Costa Rica and Indonesia....

During the 1:00-2:00 p.m. hour (east coast America time), we were 'treated' to a mix of hip hop, disco, classic rock and kitsch pop thanks to 98.7-SimonFM (Greensboro, NC). The hour started with "I Can't Dance," a rare bland pop song from Genesis, a trio led in its later years by Phil Collins, a singer who wrote his signature solo song "I Can Feel It in the Air Tonight" after he came back to England from a tour of America to find she had been cheating on him. But, if anyone from Simon stumbles upon this blog, maybe they can play "Land of Confusion" or "No Reply at All" instead (yeah, of course, they won't pay attention to what we say, but..........)

Here are the last ten songs we listened to on Simon-FM:

1) "Refugee" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 1980

2) That's the Way (I Like It). KC and the Sunshine Band. 1975.

3) Another Brick in the Wall. Pink Floyd. 1979.

4) Don't Talk to Strangers. Rick Springfield (pict. bottom) 1982

5) Only the Good Die Young. Billy Joel (pict. center). 1977

6) Broken Wings. Mr. Mister. (pict. top) 1985

7) Someday. Nickelback. 2003.

8) Whole Lotta Love. Led Zeppelin. 1969

9) Every Little Step. Bobby Brown. 1989

10) I Can't Dance. Genesis. 1991  

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Top Ten Comics from Sunday, Jan. 25th Washington Post: Tough Competition

Greetings to our blog readers in New Zealand, France and Lithuania.

For the Sunday, Jan.5th edition of "The Washington Post," our favorite comic strip was "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy," followed by "Sherman's Lagoon" and the Danish import "WUMO," which made fun of pug dogs.

We don't have images of pugs, but we do have these: 1) "The Jetsons" (for "Brewster Rockit," which is a satirical science fiction comic strip); 2) the late Freddie Mercury of Queen (for "Knight Life," in which cartoonist Keith Knight admits that he can't get "Bohemian Rhapsody" out of his skull" and 3) a hermit crab for "Sherman's Lagoon."

Here is our top ten:

1) Brewster Rockit: Space Guy

2) Sherman's Lagoon


4) Knight Life

5) Reply All

6) Doonesbury

7) Lio

8) Dustin

9) Speed Bump

10) Prickly City (a comic strip blog from "The Washington Post" from Michael Cavna)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Last Ten CDs We've Listened To: It's All New Wave To Me......

Greetings to our beloved blog readers in Scotland, Mexico and Serbia.......

Welcome to another entry on this blog, which will be 10 years old in September!

Our apologies to our friends in Bodrum, Turkey, a plush beach resort, which we highly recommend. We went with an image of Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (pict. bottom) on a coin toss.

The old AM clock radio is in reference to the last cd we listened to, but it's also a way for us to make fun of Rush Limbaugh, who is probably drinking shots of vodka with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, as we are typing this (the two are actually close pals).

The middle image is of soccer cleats; our first instinct was to go with Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale, but that proved to be too complicated!

Here is the list....all of these cds are indeed in the New Wave genre:

1) Psychedelic Furs. "Talk. Talk. Talk" 1981

2) INXS. "Kick" 1987.

3) Wang Chung. "Points of the Curve." 1983

4) The Cure. "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me." 1987

5) New Order. "Republic" 1993.

6) Talking Heads. "True Stories" 1986.

7) Gary Numan. "Pleasure Principle." 1979

8) The Clash. Combat Rock. 1982

9) The Fixx. Reach the Beach. 1983.

10) The Police. Synchronicity. 1983.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Last Ten Songs We've Listened To on Steve-FM in Roanoke, Va: Everything Except Kenny G

Greetings to our fans in Sweden, Croatia, Ukraine, Egypt and Greece (kudos on your new prime minister.........). Now that we have perhaps officially entered the world of The Jetsons (but, where are the flying cars?), it is actually possible for people in Anchorage, Alaska, and Bucharest, Romania, to listen to an eclectic pop-rock fusion radio station in Roanoke, Va.

So, with that in mind, here are the last ten songs we heard on 106.1 (SteveFM-Raonoke, Va) from the 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. hour on Friday afternoon. These songs are in reverse order:

1) Dark Horse. Katy Perry. 2013.

2) Keep on Loving You. REO Speedwagon. 1980 (pict. bottom)

3) Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen. 1975.

4) Never. Heart. 1985.

5) Clocks. Coldplay. 2002 (pict. center)

6) Janie's Got a Gun. Aerosmith. 1989. (pict, top)

7) Your Smiling Face. James Taylor. 1977.

8) Tainted Love. Soft Cell. 1981.

9) Moves Like Jagger. Maroon 5. 2011.

10) Hold on Loosely. 38 Special. 1981.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Noon Rush Hour Tweets: Does God Decide if Tom Brady Throws Interceptions?

Greetings to our beloved blog readers in Wales, Dubai, and South Korea.....

We imagine folks are quite happy in Tunisia today as the national soccer team defeated Zambia 2-1 in the African Cup of Nations yesterday. Today, in Turkish soccer play, Trabzonspor defeated its fellow eastern Turkish side Sivasspor 3-1, thanks to two goals from Paraguay international Oscar Cardozo.

Our images above are of: 1) The Buffalo Bills, an American football team in Buffalo, NY; 2) The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn.; and 3) Cong. John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is the speaker of the house..........yes, we are surprised to be posting a tweet from him as well (this blog has a center-left bias, but then again, so does the truth).........

Here are tweets taken from the noon rush hour on the east coast of America:

1) The Hill (a newspaper that covers Congress): Sen. Lindsey Graham (D-SC) says...........'I'm well-qualified to be president'.....

2) UberFacts: One in four Americans believe that God decides who wins the Super Bowl (that is our reason for using the Bills, they are 0-4 in Super Bowls)

3) Chris Eliopolous (a cartoonist....yeah, we got his name spelled right, we think!): Sometimes it's hard to differentiate between a mentally disturbed man and a guy on his Bluetooth headset.

4) Politico: Bill and Hillary Clinton praise King Abdullah's 'humanitarian efforts.'

5) WNYC (New York's NPR station): "On March 22, the fare of a New York City bus or subway ride will increase by a quarter.........*sigh*....)

6) Speaker John Boehner: This pen is used to sign common sense job bills before sending them to the president's desk (hashtag: National Handwriting Day)

7) Peter Sciretta (tweeting from the Sundance Film Festival in Utah): The Bronze is a filthy R-rated SNL sketch at feature-film length. If that sounds like something fun, go see it. If not, avoid it (hashtag: Sundance)

8) Mike Reiss (Boston-based sports reporter): Darelle Revis of the Pats relayed how Tom Brady addressed players Thursday and talked about not letting deflate football story to be a distraction.

9) Sherine Tadros (Middle East-based tv journalist): Calling the late King Abdullah (of Saudi Arabia) a 'reformer' shows how far low the bar is in the region.

10) WXII 12 News (TV station in Winston-Salem, NC): At 12:40 p.m. (we have) icy mountain spots, glazing on trees, sleet now rain in the Triad, upper 30s.

11) Hartford Courant: Exodus of tens of thousands of residents to other states has lead to Connecticut's first population drop since 2008. (a comic strip by Chris E.) (Definitely not an endorsement) (Hartford, Ct, tourism site)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Best Comics from Sunday, Jan. 18th from GoComics: Gotta Love F-Minus

Greetings to our blog readers in Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and........well, we're not sure how popular we are in eastern Europe/the Balkans/the former Yugoslavia anyway!

GoComics is the premiere comics distributor in America with over 200 comic strips, including "Garfield," "Dilbert" and "Get Fuzzy." We couldn't possibly have checked all their strips on Sunday, but from the 40-50 that we did check out, we were able to find ten which really stood out.

The images above are of: 1) Lucy from "Peanuts" actually for "The Argyle Sweater" which made fun of Charlie Brown, who will be the place kicker for the Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl Sunday (yeah, no one in Macedonia will get that joke); 2) the cactus for "Reality Check" in which Bugs Bunny gets lost in the desert thanks to faulty GPS directions; and 3) a parking spots war photo for "F-Minus," the single-panel strip, which this week had a driver drop someone's hoodie in a parking spot to assure that the right person got it.

Here are the top ten:

*-comics in "The Washington Post" (Sunday edition)

#-comics in "The Roanoke Times" (Sunday edition)

1) The Argyle Sweater *

2) Reality Check

3) F-Minus

4) The Flying McCoys

5) Foxtrot *

6) Speed Bump *#

7) Get Fuzzy #

8) Brewster Rockit: Space Guy*

9) WUMO *

10) Brevity (the Sunday F-Minus strip)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our Favorite Comics from Sunday, Jan. 18th from Comics Kingdom: Bleeker Rules Again.....

Greetings to our blog readers in Switzerland, Malaysia and Zimbabwe as well as those of you who reside in Cong. David Price's (D-NC) congressional district, which I believe includes Chapel Hill, Durham and Fayetville, so Cong. Price represents Chapel Hill on Capitol Hill (Stephan Pastis might like the pun, well maybe not!)....

"Pearls Before Swine," which is Pastis' comic strip is not actually distributed by Comics Kingdom, but "Hi and Lois" is. Today, we take a slight departure from the norm,  and focus on our favorite comic strips from the distributor rather than a given Sunday newspaper. This gives us a chance to rank "Zippy the Pinhead," one of our favorite comic strips that has a loyal cult following but is not in many newspapers, especially those in small markets, like (presumably) Altoona, Pa, Dayton, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va.

This week, Bill Griffith, who draws "Zippy" featured an homage to the old "Nancy" comic strip from yesteryear.

Our images for today are from 1) bread bowls, which are featured in the Sunday comic strip for "Six Chix" where a cafĂ© is literally serving everything imaginable in a bread bowl, 2) "Are You Being Served?," an old English sitcom which our fellow blogger and friend Chris Knight from Reidsville, NC, adores for the comic strip "Retail" and 3) a shark for "Sherman's Lagoon."

Here is our Comics Kingdom top ten:

1) Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog

2) Bizarro

3) Zippy the Pinhead

4) Six Chix

5) Retail

6) Between Friends

7) Sherman's Lagoon

8) The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee

9) Take It from the Tinkersons

10) Piranha Club

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SOTU Tweets: Which Member of Congress Will Fall Asleep Tonight?

Greetings to Our Blog Readers in Lithuania, Italy and Brazil as well as the city of Eskisehir, Turkey, where it will be 4:00 a.m. when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union (SOTU) address to both houses of Congress.

We are projecting that Cong. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be the two members who go ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..........tonight, but then again, we love making fun of Republicans though we are just a tad bit more objective tonight.

The images are of Cong. Gerry Connolly (D-Va), a sleeping man who is younger than most members of Congress except those crazy Tea Partier like Cong. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Chilly Willy, the cartoon penguin, who hopes the GOP realizes global warming is a reality.

Here are the tweets:

1) Matt Fuller (reporter with "Roll Call"): Fox News, The Daily Beast, and Roll Call just teamed up to count 449 regular seats on the House floor. Will send breakdown if needed."

2) Connolly: Caught Selma at Cinema Arts. The LBJ miscue notwithstanding, it's a moving rendition of the critical civil rights events of 1964-5. (Cinema Arts is a movie theatre in Fairfax, Va.)

3) Cong. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va): "Tune in President Obama will deliver the State of the Union tonight at 9 p.m. Will we hear more of the same?"

4) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "Honored to have Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte Oquendo's mother at the SOTU tonight to rally support for Avante's Law. (Avante was a New York City teen with autism who was found dead last week).

5) Chris Cillizza or The Fix (Washington Post political columnist): "Who will fall asleep in the State of the Union tonight?" (We were actually asking the same question before this tweet)

6) Cong. Joe Crowley (D-NY): "Our president has been a champ for the middle class and has expanded access to the American dream. Looking fwd to his SOTU address!"

7) Politico: "Obama's SOTU to address 'middle-class economics' and to call for a 'smarter kind of American leadership abroad.'"

8) Sierra Club (progressive environmental group): "The Senator who is giving the GOP State of the Union response campaigned on ending the EPA" (Environmental Protection Agency; Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican freshman from Iowa, has been become both a darling of the far right and a pariah to those on the left and center-left even though she has barely been in office).

9) John Dickerson (of CBS News): "I think Joe Biden should play the spoons tonight."

10) National Review (a conservative journal): "White House Drops 'News' from Fox News placard at SOTU lunch."

11) Talking Points Memo: "SCOTUS (Supreme Court) ruling against Obamacare threatens GOP in 2016 swing states."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Best Comic Strips from Jan. 18th That Are Not in Your Sunday Newspaper

Greetings to our blog readers in the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Tunisia.

This week, we take a special look at our favorite newspaper comic strips from today that are not in most local newspapers across the country.

"Reality Check," a single-panel comic strip, had a brilliant entry with Bugs Bunny getting lost in New Mexico due to a faulty GPS; there is a clever cameo from Wile E. Coyote, the nemesis of the Road Runner (but you gotta look for it; Bugs Bunny is our top image).....

"Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog" had a great look at a young lad and his robot dog 'enjoying' a winter storm.......none of you may realize how difficult it was to find an image of a dog in the snow! (center image).

Lastly, one of standard favorites "Zippy the Pinhead" featured the title character having lunch at a diner while envisioning hallucinations of "Nancy," a comic strip character from yesteryear (cheeseburger is bottom image).

Here is our top ten:

*-GoComics strips; #Comics Kingdom strips

1) Reality Check*

2) Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog#

3) Zippy the Pinhead#

4) F-Minus*

5) The Flying McCoys*

6) Six Chix#

7) Brevity*

8) Retail#

9) Overboard*

10) Between Friends#

5) The Flying McCoys

Monday, January 12, 2015

Comic Strips Survey Sunday Roanoke Times (Jan.11th): Stephan Pastis Wins Again

Greetings to our blog readers in Belgium, the great country which has brought us Asterix and Lucky Luke (just kidding, we know those are French comic book characters and that, of course, Belgium is the home of Tintin).......

Today, we once again give you our ten favorite Sunday comic strips, this time from the Sunday "Roanoke Times;" Stephan Pastis once again delivered the goods in "Pearls Before Swine," with a hilarious take on how Zebra, one of the title character, got his dad the epic Ken Burns PBS documentary on the Civil War, and his dad was unable to figure out how to use a dvd player. We are using an image of Stonewall Jackson (on top), a Civil War general for the Confederates, for that strip.

Yeti the Snowman which one might see in Nepal (well, maybe not) is our center image. In Dave Coverly's single panel strip "Speed Bump" a woman is sitting beside Yeti in a doctor's office waiting room; we imagine Yeti was perhaps reading "National Geographic" or "Afar"....well, maybe not!

And, lastly, we go with a Simaese cat in the bottom image for "Get Fuzzy," which once again proves that cats and dogs are basically the ones controlling our lives.

Here is the top ten:

1) Pearls Before Swine #

2) Speed Bump #

3) Get Fuzzy #

4) Garfield #

5) Doonesbury #

6) Agnes #

7) Dilbert #

8) Non Sequitur #

9) Zits *

10) Jump Start #

#-Go Comics strip

*-Comics Kingdom strip

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last Ten Films We've Seen: A Little Icelandic Film (plus nine others....)

Greetings to our blog readers around the world, especially those of you in France.

Today, we once again list the last ten films we've seen (actually, that should be 'I've' seen, but 'we' though grammatically incorrect sounds less pompous).....

A little Icelandic film with American funding which was distributed by Sony Pictures (yes, the ones who were the victims of an alleged North Korea cyber attack) was the very last film we watched this week (see middle image, an Icelandic geyser), but we also squeezed in time for "A Man Called Adam," which stars the late Sammy Davis Jr. (pict. top) and "Pretty Maids All in a Row," a favorite film of Quentin Tarantino which stars the late Rock Hudson and Angie Dickinson (pict. bottom):

Here is the list:

1) Land Ho! Iceland (in English). 2014. Directors: Aaron Katz and Martha Stevens.

2) The Innkeepers. 2011. Director: Ti West.

3)  A Man Called Adam. 1966. Dir: Leo Penn

4) The Double. 2013. Dir: Richard Ayode.

5) Pretty Maids All in a Row. 1977. Dir: Roger Vadim

6) In a World..... 2013. Dir: Lake Bell

7) How I Ended This Summer. Russia. 2012. Dir: Aleksey Popogrebskiy

8) Albert Nobbs. 2011. Dir: Rodrigo Garcia.

9) The Housemaid. South Korea. 1960 Dir: Ki-young Kim (film was remade in 2010)

10) The Unholy Three. 1925. Dir: Tod Browning (w/ Lon Chaney)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Last Ten Songs We Heard on Simon-FM in Greensboro, NC (on Jan. 9th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.)

Here are the last ten songs we heard on 98.7 Simon-FM in Greensboro, NC, on Jan. 9th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

The images are of 1) Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, 2) the late, great Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (for the U2 song "Pride"....) and 3) A poster of "Caddyshack" with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray (for "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins, the theme song from that film):

1. Fantastic Voyage. Lakeside. 1980.

2. Hertache Tonight. The Eagles. 1979.

3. Tubthumping. Chumbawamba. 1997.

4. Welcome to the Jungle. Guns N' Roses. 1987.

5. Let It Ride. BTO. 1974.

6. Heart and Soul. Huey Lewis and the News. 1983.

7. I Can't Dance. Genesis. 1991.

8. It Takes Two. Rob Base and DTEZ Rock. 1988.

9. Pride (in the Name of Love). U2. 1984.

10. I'm Alright. Kenny Loggins. 1980.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our Ten Favorite Comic Strips from the Sunday Washington Post: Cheetos Anyone?

Greetings to our blog readers in Turkey, Croatia and Spain.....

Today, we once again turn our attention to our favorite comic strips from the Sunday "Washington Post," and the Jan. 4th edition offered lots of laughs and even more gags.

"Brewster Rockit: Space Guy," a comic strip that is also in the (Greensboro, NC) "News and Record" and "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," provided one hilarious moment when a patron aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (forgive the "Star Trek" humor) spills Cheetos (pict. top) all over himself.

In second place, the Danish import "WUMO" featured a fishing trip (pict. middle) in which the fish were a bit more animated than one might expect.

Third place went to "Rhymes with Orange," in which a new product is tested in a factory to unexpected, negative results.

Lastly, fifth place went to Keith Knight's "Knight Lie" in which the cartoonist pokes fun at right-wing paranoid men who may listen to Rush Limbaugh, sort of like the old tv sitcom character Archie Bunker (pict. bottom).

Here is our top ten:

1) Brewster Rockit


3) Rhymes with Orange

4) Foxtrot

5) Knight Life

6) Doonesbury

7) Speed Bump

8) The Argyle Sweater

9) Pearls Before Swine

10) Reply All (Keith Knight's political cartoons)


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Last Ten Songs We Heard on 106.1 Steve-FM in Roanoke, Va., Earlier in the Week....

Here are ten songs in a row that we heard on 106.1 Steve-FM in Roanoke, Va., on Dec. 20th, 2014, from the hours of 7:00-7:59 p.m.:

1. Team. Lorde. 2013.

2. Kiss. Prince and the Revolution. 1986.

3. Take the Long Way Home. Supertramp. 1979 (pict. top)

4. The Tide is High. 1980. Blondie

5. Something to Talk About. Bonnie Raitt. 1991.

6. Love in the Elevator. Aerosmith. 1989.

7. Stayin' Alive. The Bee Gees. 1977 (pict. center)

8. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. U2. 1987 (pict. bottom)

9. Shake It Off. Taylor Swift. 2014.

10. Photograph. Def Leppard. 1983.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Our Top Ten Comic Strips from the Dec. 28th Sunday Roanoke Times

Greetings to our blog readers in Dubai, Nigeria and Indonesia....

This week, we look at our ten favorite comic strips from the Sunday Dec. 28th "Roanoke Times" in Roanoke, Va., which unlike "The Herald-Journal" in Spartanburg, SC, does NOT feature "Gasoline Alley.," but they do have "Hi and Lois," which once in a while cracks our top ten.

Our favorite comic strip is once again "Pearls Before Swine," as Stephan Pastis once again delivered a hilarious strip which once again deals with a dispute between Goat and Rat, two of the three main characters in the strip, along with Pig. This spat revolves around whether Rat wants to stay at his fenemy Goat's house or not....the alternative is, of course, staying in a hotel/motel (top image).

Second place goes to "Get Fuzzy," which is reportedly horror writer Stephen King's favorite comic strip, and this week's Sunday strip actually features "Catch-22" (middle image) and "Moby Dick," which are two novels King has not written (forgiven the English major humor).....

And. Dave Coverly's "Speed Bump" has a penguin meeting a polar bear, hence the reason for our image of Chilly Willy (bottom)...

Here is our top ten:

1. Pearls Before Swine

2. Get Fuzzy

3. Dilbert

4. Speed Bump

5. Agnes

6. Doonesbury

7. Non Sequitur

8. Zits

9. Family Circus (wow! Three weeks in a row.......?!)

10. Garfield

SIDEBAR: Here is the top ten from the previous Sunday (Dec. 21, 2014), which we never posted: 1. Pearls: 2. Get Fuzzy; 3. Agnes; 4. Doonesbury; 5. Dilbert; 6. Speed Bump; 7. Non Sequitur; 8. Jump Start; 10. Family Circus

For this week's Sunday Washington Post survey, go to our sister blog's link: