The MyndJack Radio Nation was treated to the premiere performance of the group known as the Mall Starz! From Dangerous Productions comes Nikki Fabulous, Goodnight Irene, Manny Riva, Deb Della Terza, Andrew Daz Gray, and Jay Danger as the Mall Starz, with Cell Block Tango. Enjoy!
Well folks, the long awaited results of the MyndJack Nosh Deli Recipe Contest are finally going to be posted. After hundereds of thousands of millions of submissions, I have chosen one appetizer, one beverage, and one entree to make an entire meal. A MyndJack “PooPoo” platter, if you will.
From OtherRobert a pretty nice sounding entree. May be too
complicated for a restaurant setting, but maybe not, and it sounds delicious.
PEPPER POPS (SPICED FRIED PIEROGIS) FROM OTHERROBERT
> mashed potatoes
> one package cream cheese
> 2 to 3 onions, diced
> 1 bell pepper, diced
> salt and pepper to taste
Let mashed potatoes cool. Sautee 2 to 3 onions with 1 bell pepper
in butter until golden. Let cool. Mix potatoes, onion, pepper, and
cheese together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Filling complete.
> 2-3 cups flour
> 2-3 eggs
> 1/2 to 1 cup cold water
> Put flour on board. Form well. Add the eggs and knead with flour.
> Add water as needed until the dough comes together. Form into log.
> Dough complete.
Slice and roll out a piece of dough. Use juice glass to cut out
pierogi shape. Add teaspoon of filling to center of cut dough. Fold
in half and seal with a fork. Boil in large pot of salted water for
10-12 minutes. Let cool. Brown in pan with butter to order.
For the Appetizer portion of the menu, I chose one of my own favorite recipes. (so sue me, I’m a damn good cook!) Thought it would be really good for an Aussie
place and relatively easy to prep and make in a restaurant setting.
Professor’s Stuffed Shrimp
> Jumbo Shrimp (peeled and veined)
> Pineapple cubed into half inch pieces or so
> Prosciutto (the thicker the better for this) cut into strips (approx. 1 inch)
> Chipotle Chile Powder.
> Skewers or Toothpicks
> Teriyaki sauce or similar
Take a shrimp and wrap it around a chunk of pineapple, then wrap a
piece of prosciutto around the circumference of the shrimp and skewer
the whole thing together with a toothpick or skewer. You can do them
individually or put 4 to 5 on a skewer (depending on the size of the
Grill 2-3 minutes on each side over high heat until shrimp is cooked
through and you have nice brown grill lines across the whole thing.
The Prosciutto will shrink slightly and help hold it together even better.
Sprinkle with chipotle chile powder and serve with side of Teriyaki sauce
or some other sweet/salty sauce.
And finally, from GoodNightIrene, a rather interesting sounding
blended bar drink which could serve as a desert cocktail or pre-dinner
cocktail. You may want to call this thing something else, because the name
does not sound particularly… um, appetizing, but nevertheless, I present to
you the “Blue Shart Waffle”
This is a frozen “blender” cocktail and is served in a margarita or
martini glass. The ingredients are:
> Blue Curacao
> Captain Morgan’s Coconut Rum
> Bailey’s Irish Cream
> Whipped Cream
> Chocolate Syrup
> Brown chocolate sprinkles
> 2 orange wedges
Line rim of glass using one of the orange wedges, then dip glass in a
bowl of chocolate sprinkles (to line it like you would with margarita salt)
Mix 3 parts Blue Curacao & 1 part Coconut Rum with ice in blender,
and blend until fully mixed and slushy
fill cocktail glass approx. 3/4 full with drink mixture.
Layer/”float” 1 oz. of Bailey’s on top of the drink using a spoon to
drop it lightly onto the surface, and spread across top of drink
lightly with back side of spoon
Top with a whipped cream “swirl” and a drizzle of chocolate-flavored
syrup. Garnish with remaining orange wedge
Note: For those who don’t like coconut, substitute regular white rum.
The added bonus of this most awesome concoction is the ability to
give the glass a “rimmer” to get the chocolate sprinkles after the
drink is gone!
Well folks, there you have it. The first ever “MyndJack Platter”. I hope you enjoy
these recipes as much as I enjoyed reading them all, and thanks to all
of you who submitted their own concoctions for consideration.
Professor Kast, out.
Wow, after Tuesday’s Group 1 showing, how could anyone possibly compete with the awesomeness we heard?! Well hold on to your titty-sprinkles, Myndjack Nation, because GROUP 2 takes the stage tonight!
With special guest judges Adam Poch from Big Brother 13 and Season 2 Finalist Griff Heartfield, as they join Deb Della Terza and Professor Kast at the judging booth.
Here are the Group 2 Auditioning Contestants:
Eric Haarer, Jazzy Entertainer, Chris Obrien, Gilbert Andrew, Obesity Osbourne, and Buckwheat!
Who will own the night? Who will fail EPICALLY? Will the next MyndJack Radio Idol be among this Group? Judge for yourself LIVE tonight at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific on All Digital Radio!
MyndJack Nation, its that time again! Time for the good, the bad, and the epically entertaining to once again bring the AWESOME! It’s MyndJack Radio Idol Season 4 and it begins Tuesday, May 29th!!!!
Group 1 will perform tomorrow night in front of returning judges Deb Della Terza and Professor Kast, and special guest judge Season 3 Champion Jay Danger!
Here are your Group 1 contestants:
Matt Schroeder, Other Robert, Cynmac, Guy White, Tim from Indonesia, and Kyle Highley
Group 2 will be announced at the end of the show!!
It all kicks off in the second half of our show, so don’t miss MyndJack Radio this Tuesday at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific on the All Digital Radio Network!
THIS….is MyndJack Radio Idol…..Season 4!!!
Once again, I am trying to avoid wearing my tinfoil hat; however, it’s getting more and more difficult these days.
Our nation faces a lot of issues and a lot of promises are being and will be made during this election year. Two presidential candidates, the incumbent Barak Obama, and the as-of-yet-unnamed-but-apparently-Romney Republican challenger, will flood the media with their campaigns to tell us how the path to utopia rests with their leadership, while the path to destruction is the sole outcome of voting for their opponent.
Those of us who are a bit more skeptical of what is spoon fed to us may find a pattern in many of the sudden crisis issues in the news today. Health care is an issue and does need reform, but it doesn’t mean that the latest reform act itself is in our best interest. That’s like saying water is good for you, so here have a cup of some deliciousness I scooped out of the Dismal Swamp.
There is one vital piece of information that seems to either be ignored or misunderstood about our government. When the presidential candidates make their promises of cutting taxes, enacting reform, and bringing change, there is one fact that we should all remember: The President does not make laws.
Remember in school when they taught us the three branches of government? I wonder how many of us were truly paying attention because it seems like a lot of us forgot this. Below is the definition of the actual powers of the Executive Branch of government, according to congressforkids.net:
Executive Branch: Headed by the president. The president carries out federal laws and recommends new ones, directs national defense and foreign policy, and performs ceremonial duties. Powers include directing government, commanding the Armed Forces, dealing with international powers, acting as chief law enforcement officer, and vetoing laws.
The Executive Branch is the President. Congress is the Legislative Branch, the one that makes laws. The President can make recommendations and use his veto power to stop laws he does not agree with, but it is Congress that we should be more concerned about if we want change. Perhaps it is easier for us to hold one person responsible for the fate of our nation rather than a larger group.
Still, presidential candidates make a lot of promises that they can’t possibly keep just to get elected. I would rather hear from a candidate that they are going to hold Congress accountable for their screwing around, but since all they can do is suggest bills rather than make laws, how empty are these promises to begin with? Shouldn’t we be more concerned with who we elect to Congress this year rather than President?
The laws that affect us all are not handled by the President but by our Congress. Each state has two senators and a number of representatives depending on our state population. Shouldn’t we be more concerned with the body of government that actually makes the laws and the decisions that directly affect our lives?
I am not saying that the Presidential election is unimportant; in fact, who we elect as our president represents us to the world. Let’s just remember that if we really want change, let’s focus on the appropriate branch of our government.
It’s hard to write MJR blogs when I also have papers to write, production to…um…produce for the show, and Citiville buildings to construct. Still, I knew that I would be blogging about this whole Treyvon Martin case that has gotten a lot of the MJR Nation heated. It started with a discussion on last Thursdays show where I was asking about the hoodie movement and where all of this outrage was coming from.
One thing I’ve always maintained is that we should never make up our minds about an issue until we hear all of the facts. Our on-air discussion about Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman may have left us all with more questions than answers, but it also spawned a heated follow-up discussion on Facebook. You can read all about it here.
There has been a lot of discussion about whether Zimmerman acted in self-defense or whether he wrongly attacked Martin because he was black, or wearing a hoodie. Is it wrong to cast judgement on someone for how they dress? Should the police have arrested Zimmerman? Are they covering it up? Was the killing justified? What IS justice for Treyvon Martin? A lot of questions with a lot of different opinions on what the answers are.
This is not what this blog entry is going to be about though. My concern is more with you, MyndJack Nation, and what you expect from us, meaning the MyndJack Radio Hosts, and the Nation as a whole.
Back when we were “prepping” for the show on Thursday, we tossed around what the hot topics of the day were and the Treyvon Martin shooting came up. I hadn’t heard all of the facts, but it was hard for me to even get an accurate account of exactly what happened because multiple media sources were contradicting each other. These were not editorials but supposed fact-based news sources. By airtime, I still had no idea what was going on, but I wasn’t about to get outraged over something before I heard enough of the facts to form an opinion.
The on-air discussion led to more discussion in the chatroom and then the subsequent responses in the MJR Nation Group. Freedom of expression is at the core of the MyndJack Nation’s purpose, and being respectful of each other’s opinions is expected. We have a strict “NO DOUCHE-CANOES” policy at club Myndjack and we all seem to enforce it pretty effectively.
What I began to notice in the Facebook discussions about this case caused me some concern. Several folks had already made up their minds before they admittedly heard all of the facts of the case and some rather skewed assumptions were being made about what a lot of us were saying. Sure, a lot can be lost in text; however, the debate started to take a hostile undertone with some folks. It was assumed that anyone who wasn’t outraged (hoodie or not) believed Zimmerman to be innocent. It was also assumed that what I said on the radio show Thursday night contradicted my comments on the Facebook thread. Thirdly, it was implied that I was scolding those who decided to change their profile pictures to that of them wearing hoodies. None of these assumptions were true at all.
What began to bother me was that I was now being looked at negatively for not agreeing with several well respected members of the MyndJack Radio Nation. I stated my personal opinion of why I was not ready to wear a hoodie myself and cited a few issues that I felt were more worthy of my outrage than the Martin shooting. I also admitted that I may be a bit more cynical about anything in the media during an election year. The reaction confused and surprised me. People I like and respect were now upset with me for speaking my mind. I didn’t call them sluts for wanting birth control, or nappy headed hos on a basketball team, I simply disagreed with the outrage.
Part of me was offended that these friends of mine were letting themselves get far too emotionally invested in this while the other side of me, the MJR Host, didn’t want to offend listeners and valued members of our show community. I was thinking that maybe I should just drop it or submit to the opinion of everyone else in order to not risk losing them. What if my statements cause some of these friends to stop listening to our show and leave the MyndJack Radio Nation?
Then my confusion led to an epiphany. This is why media is so strongly biased in the first place. This is why Geraldo Rivera is wagging his horrible mustache on Fox News about how the hoodie is to blame for Treyvon’s death. This is the same man who got socked in the snooker by a chair-wielding KKK member on his wanna-be Jerry Springer show in the late 80’s. MSNBC posts several articles on how this is a case of a White man shooting a Black kid because he was racist. Multiple media sources were all posting about this tragedy, but with their own slant catering to their audience.
Should we do the same on MyndJack Radio? Should we compromise what we believe so that we don’t risk losing listeners? Should we give a rat’s ass about that?
I wanna hear from all of you. Please email me your thoughts at email@example.com and be sure to express if you wanna keep it private or if you are ok with me reading your thoughts on the air. I will decline to name you on the air if you wish, but I think this is an important issue. We want the MyndJack Radio Nation to be a place of free ideas and expression, a fortress of togetherness away from all the crap we have to deal with in our crazy lives. If this is compromised, let me know.
Before I end this, I wanna leave you with a quote from Chris Rock, the same one I posted on the Facebook thread.
“Anyone who makes up their mind before they hear the issue is a fucking fool. Be a fucking person. Listen. Let it swirl around your head. Then form your opinion.” – Chris Rock
Did we jump the bandwagon before getting all of the facts? Are we emotionally invested in our opinion or did we calmly collect enough facts to form an opinion that we can support with evidence? Is it our opinion or one somebody else gave us? If someone disagrees with us, does it make them wrong? Are they attacking our opinion when they disagree? Does being respectful of opinions go only one way? Should we be mad at those who disagree with us? Were they even disagreeing with us in the first place, or did we read into something that may not have been there?
And most importantly……..if we disagree, will there still be LURD?!
(Our discussion on this topic begins around the 23 minute mark on this past Thursday’s show.)
Well, MyndJack Radio Nation, it has been quite an interesting two weeks since we returned to the airwaves, especially in light of last weeks avalanche of incompetence. Despite two guest no shows (one due to an AYBABTU miscommunication on time zones and the other due to…..well….the moon?), we were able to turn the chaos into laughs thanks to Sean from Out Loud Radio, Deb and Manny, and of course, the Nation.
Tonight, we have Siobhan for realz. We’ll see what she thinks of my Hanson butchering, perhaps she’ll dig it. We are still working out the details for the Wagner interview, but it appears that we will have to pre-record it. Continue to email your questions for Siobhan and Wagner to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to get them in if we can.
Professor Kast is set to return this week, ideally with a new Chatlib for the masses to revel in. Also, I hear he has been doing some research on some real facepalms in our human species. Something about Darwin’s Theory letting us down, I can only imagine something similar to the lady who wrecked her car because she was driving while trying to shave her pubic hair.
There has been a lot of blab about Madonna’s Half Time show and, as Goodnight Irene has cited, the MJR Nation seems divided on either she was a dinosaur trainwreck of lipsyncing arthritis or a fun, popcorn fluff spectacle. Regardless, she will never match the Purple Muppet but we all can agree she was much better than the Who. And who cares if MIA flipped the bird on camera? If that’s the most creative thing she can do on stage, then so be it.
I have seen the cover art for Jay Danger’s MJRI3 winning album. We will be having a CD release party, including a contest to be the first to get your copy for free, but we will reveal the cover art at that time. Ann T Maim has really outdone herself on this and I’m sure the Nation will love it. In the words of Jay himself when he saw it “OMG ITS THE BEST THING EVER!”
We’ll see ya Tonight! Stay frosty, MyndJack Nation!
Ready or not, here we come, MyndJack Nation!
The Fearsome Foursome is back with a vengeance with your weekly eargasms and bladder busting laughs. This time, we’re cranking it up to 11 with a new season of special guests, segments, and the usual 8th grade jokes about today’s culture.
As we start an awesome new season, we want to say thank you for listening and all your support. Nation, it is because of you that we continue to do this thing. While you can expect the usual recycled jokes, segments, and karaoke, expect some new stuff as well with some exciting guests and contests that pay out in less than 6 months! (We haven’t forgotten about you, Reenie!)
So, strap yourselves in, or strap it on for that matter, and prepare for a year of living in ASS MODE!
MyndJack Radio returns Tuesday, January 24th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST on the All Digital Radio Network!
Two days later and I’m still absolutely gobsmacked, over the reception that Dawg River Radio’s Aussie Rock and Swampy Blues Show received last Friday night! There were people on The Far Side Of The World listening and they were hootin’ an’ hollerin’ and dancing in the STREET! Well … on the patio and the storefront sidewalk … but Hell! That’s as good as the street in My Book. To use an archaic 19th century English expression, “it was the completest thing this age!”
A week or so ago, I usually have to work on these things some few days, I decided I would play DRR listeners some Aussie Rock they probably hadn’t heard before. Oh, some few may well have heard at least one of the songs, but this was going to be stuff that had never got much airtime in the ol’ U.S.ofA. Not by a long shot. This was NOT gonna’ to be ACDC and INXS or even Men At Work, this was gonna’ be Jo Jo Zep, The Divinyls and Cold Chisel. Bands that were little known here (even with “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls) but were well known and beloved in Australia. Yes Virginia; They were bloody HUGE Down Undah’!
So there I was, all ready for the show, with an hour or so of obscure (to most Americans) Aussie Rock and another hour of almost as obscure “Swamp Blues”. Now I knew I had one lovely lady in Australia who was going to be listening. Little did I know, that I was about to receive an instant message informing me that I had … SCORES.
It turns out that the lovely “Lady Wah Wah” (Ms. Sharon O’Brien) is a restauranteur who co-owns (with Mr. Bill Sloane) a swingin’ little Pop Stand, the Nosh Deli in Yarrawonga, a picturesque little village on the Murray River, in the hinterlands of Victoria, Australia. As luck would have it, and time zones, DRRadio airs right in the middle of the Nosh Deli’s lunch hour on Saturday at High Noon. So the joint was packed ta’ the gills with “noshers”, wait staff, Geoff “the chef” n’his surly crew (pirates all I’d wager, I used to work hospitality) and little did they know, they were fixin’ ta’ be aurally ravaged by this auld Parrothead in his Beach House on the Bayou.
Whilst listenin’ ta’ the show, in her office, Lady Wah Wah has a flash o’inspiration! “CRIKEY!“, she thinks, “Why don’t I pipe this ovah’ the bleedin’ Deli’s in-house little beauty of a supah’ poly-phonic, bodacious, 21st century Sound of his Masters Voice Victrola!” (OK, Ms. Sharon doesn’t REALLY talk like the late Steve Irwin, bless his heart … but I’m on a roll here!)
So she does, and … It Was On! Yer’ Skipper here was playin’ Science Fiction by The Divinyls an’ the ears around “The Nosh” pricked up like a mob o’starvin’ Dingo’s that smell lunch muckin’ about nearby. They started gettin’ restless, chewin’ in rhythm, fingers twitchin’ on the beat, toes tappin, pupils dilatin’. The wait staff start sashayin’ to the tables, like somethin’ from a Thousand n’One Nights, and Geoff The Chef’s head starts inta’ bobbin’ like a hungry heron surrounded by herd o’minnows.
The good Lady Wah Wah, meanwhile, informs (by Internet Semaphore) yer’ Skipper and others listening in a chatroom (we keep DRR listeners isolated from polite company) of what she was doin’, and the simultaneous anticpatin’ disaster, intake of breath was palpable. The “OMG’s!” and “AWESOMES!” were bouncin’ off the chatroom walls like atomic particles in a supercollider. Yer’ Skipper, knowin’ what was comin’ next, thinks to hisself, “Jesus, Joseph & Mary on a BIKE, what the H.E.Double Hockey Sticks have I done? I’m about to play Cold Chisel; They’re in bleedin’ Australia!; Women, Ankle Biters and slow movin’ Old Farts could be left twitchin’ in the aftermath! Oh well … hope some bloke takes a photo!”
And … some bloke did!
As you can plainly see .. Once Cold Chisel, one of the most beloved and possibly Best Aussie Rock Band ever, started blasting over “The Nosh’s” wonder of modern technology sound system, Bedlam ensued; and just like “Ye’ Olde Mad House” the denizens there were goin’ N.U.T.Z .. flippin’ Nutz’! Dancin’ in the streets! Flailin’ about like dervishes, throwin’ caution ta’ th’wind like a herd o’heathens with loaded dice, for all love!
And I, yer’ surly Cap’n Auld Man “Manny” Riva, could not have been more pleased nor proud of the havoc that the good “Lady Wah Wah” an’ m’self had caused….
OK .. back to reality. Thank You Sharon .. for sharin’ (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). And please, please, let your staff and patrons know how much I was truly overcome with emotion as I heard about this “happening Down Undah” … No Really! There was a sniffle, a catch in the throat so there was. I’m old … It’s allowed .. Har har harrrrrrrrr
Alright alright alright .. Myndrunner has done his guilt trip thing and got me to do another blog post. Hey! Ya’ know … I just don’t have that bloody much to say, an’ most o’what I do have to say normally borders on incoherence and is rarely relevant to anything in this world. That is to say the world other than the one I inhabit on a daily basis. Which, unbeknownst to you … or, possibly knownst’ to you (hell who knows!) is a world that under no circumstances should be bandied about in polite company. But, seein’ as how I have some notion of just who will read this hot mess, and on further reflection, I’m not gonna’ fret over it none too much.
So what I’m gonna’ do is start out slow and blather about stuff I normally blather about on a weekly basis at the All Digital Radio Network. In other words … I’m gonna pimp my damn Internet Radio Show! There may be somethin’ else that gets me off on a tangent, hell, I’m just gettin’ warmed up.
As you might detect (if you are of a detectin’ persuasion) from the image I included, I’m goin’ to do a show this Friday night that comprises (see I am semi-literate Ms Ann T. and Ms Sharon) Rock Music from Australia, (thus the image of Ayers Rock which resides Down Under scrubs!) and what I call “Swamp Blues”. Blues music that has a kind of Deep South funk to it. But I’ll get back to that here in a bit.
The Aussie Rock you’re gonna’ hear is likely to be unfamiliar to most of you, with one or two songs that some of you may have heard. It’s late 70′s and early 80′s stuff that unless you’re from Australia you’ve probably not heard before. Does the name Jo Jo Zep ring a bell? Cold Chisel? Yeah … I didn’t think so. Cold Chisel had one song that made it to American Radio and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, none. The Divinyls, which is the other Aussie band I’m tossin’ in, had a couple hit the U.S. Charts and I’ll play a couple of those for all the band waggoners.. plus I just love the hell outta’ the songs!
Swamp or Swampy Blues. which is totally my own term, is a bit more difficult to explain … probably because I don’t have it nailed down in my own noggin’ just yet. It’s probably more a feel than anything, meaning it just feels Swampy. A swamp (other than being hip deep or better in water) is humid even steamy, mostly dark unless it’s light, varying shades of a monochromatic palette with pockets of incredibly bright color and enough pure-T funk to make you think there’s still some on ya’ days after you’ve left. It’s a Gumbo, a mixture of disparate but symbiotic parts that make up a whole.
And that is exactly what Swamp Blues is! A Gumbo … ‘sophisticatedly’ unsophisticated and rural and gritty except where it’s urban and smooth. The contradictions spice up the mixture that has gospel, country, folk and funk all thrown in the pot with the Blues. It’s not Chicago, Kansas City or West Coast Blues. It’s from Swamp Country and that’s Deep, Deep South … and it speaks to me like no other … and I’ve talked with all the rest.
Bon Soir Ya’ll