2nd Quarter 1998
Episodes 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151.

Episode #144: Just Lip Service
First Attempted Broadcast: 4/6/98. Program not shown; Some other program about fashion models was shown instead.
First Successful Broadcast: 4/13/98
So am I referring more to what Paula Jones alleged Governor Bill Clinton wanted her to do to him? Or am I talking more about what Janet Reno gave as an apology after the Waco massacre? Or does it have to do with the sorry PR treatment corporations give when they want to put "a good spin" on their sorry misdeeds when the public discovers them? All of the above, actually.

Episode #145: Suppressing Our Natural Rhythms
First Broadcast: 4/20/98. Program was not started on time, (our "Tone Here" message was shown) and picture quality deteriorated severely towards the end of the episode (I suspect dirty heads in the VTR our show was played out of).
Attempted Repeat: 4/3/00. Program was not shown at all. No explanation given by MNN.
Today, I turned the microphone (but not the camera . . . or, actually, I didn't turn the camera around, since Kim still controlled the camera . . . oh, you get the idea) over to Kim, who went into detail about her crusade against the changing of the clocks before and after Daylight Savings Time. So, am I with her, or do I sit on the fence? Let me put it this way: that fence is pretty comfy.

Episode #146: Web That Smut
First Broadcast: 4/27/98.
This is the one you've been waiting for, as far as web links go: an episode where we mostly discuss sex on the internet. I'm not going to link to some of the more graphic sites out there, but you should be able to do a good enough (or bad enough, as the case may be) job on your own with the link supplied above. Don't say I didn't warn you . . .

Episode #147: Deep In The Heart Of Brooklyn
First Broadcast: 5/11/98. Program not started on time (color bars and countdown shown in the beginning), cutting off the last few seconds of the program at the end.
Which is where one of the few wheelchair-accessible subway stops in this city is located. Aside from that, I go on mostly about how the air inside the 34th Street & 6th Avenue station is no longer fit to breathe when the diesel work trains rumble through, spewing smoke and exhaust onto the platforms and making the possibility of suffering carbon monoxide poisoning all too real for any sucker who just happens to be waiting for a train-- i.e., ME--and gets caught in the middle of all this mess. (Of course, this also violates the subway's own rules for littering and smoking, but why should the MTA be held up to same standards as their riders, hm?) Maybe the next time this happens I should do something more drastic, like getting the Straphanger's Campaign involved, for instance.

Episode #148: Drop The Bomb On Jersey
First Broadcast: 5/25/98.
Which would be about as stupid as India dropping The Bomb on Pakistan, since those two nations are as close to each other as New York is to New Jersey--meaning they border each other. So--surprise, surprise-- I'm not in favor of nuclear proliferation. But I also think it's very hypocritical for the U.S. to condemn other nations for owning and testing nuclear weapons when the U.S. still owns a good deal of them as well. But we're all supposed to trust the U.S., right? After all, we'd never drop The Bomb on anyone, right? Well . . . except for that one time.

Episode #149: You Remember Me From . . .
First Broadcast: 6/1/98.
This week the completely unexpected death of Phil Hartman dominates our discussion, along with the way some TV stations highlight bit parts that big stars had in old movies before they were big when the movies get rerun (like Michael J. Fox in Midnight Madness, for example). The Kids In The Hall also gets a mention here and there. And did Saturday Night Live fulfill my prediction by beginning the show with a sketch featuring Phil Hartman and Chris Farley? In a word, NO.

Episode #150: Don't Wear The Good Suit
First Broadcast: 6/8/98.
It's only our 150th Anniversary, so don't dress up. For the most part, I concentrated on the different ways the US treats countries who own nuclear weapons; specifically, the way the US treats India and Pakistan versus the way the US treats China. All 4 countries own nuclear weapons, and of course the US isn't going to sanction itself. But the US isn't suggesting that China receive any of the sanctions that are being imposed on India and Pakistan, even though China has a much worse human rights record than those other 2 countries ( Tienamen Square or Tibet, anyone?). Fair? Of course not. The solution? Damned if I know, but I'm sure we could do better.

Episode #151: Marshall Dillon's Gun Rules For Kids
First Broadcast: 6/15/98.
Referring of course to the famed Marshall of Gunsmoke, a character whose name later turned up on a real-life actor, whose first role was in one of my favorite films. I must admit that I don't know if the above Marshall ever did give any rules for guns on the show (other than it being a bad thing to shoot someone outside of a fair fight), but it doesn't seem to matter. Every time I see a story on the news about someone --or many people--being shot, I get the feeling no one is following any rules regarding guns, or regarding shooting people. Personally, I'd like to see a little less guns around here on everybody --including the police.

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