Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal suicide

Without researching Merv Griffin’s final net worth (he shuffled off the coil in 2007), I can guestimate it was north of eleventy bajillion.  He created Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, built casino’s with Asshole Trump, and had his sexually harassing fingers in a ton of other “entertainment” endeavours.

Wheel of Fortune is to today’s AARP crowd what Lawrence Welk was to my grandparents.  I like Jeopardy because Alex gets tanked during the tapings.


In an earlier post in this series, I wrote about John Glenn’s  “adamantium testicles“.  Whatever the female equivalent of that is exemplifies Sally Ride.  Besides the patriarchy and sexist bullshit she had to put up with being the first American woman in space.

Consider this from the linked article:

Rather than force astronauts to use urine-catching devices that resembled condoms, NASA added commodes to space vessels. Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her

Sally Ride was not different.  She was a woman, an astronaut, a homosexual, a brilliant teacher, and a goddamn top-tier physicist.  More importantly, she was a true American Hero because of what she endured AND what she accomplished.

If I leave one thing from this muddled string of expressions, I hope that it is about how Sally inspired me to keep dreaming about space and how wondrous it can be.  Thank you Sally for inspiring me.

To comma or not to comma, that is the question.  There is debate in the lyrical interpretation of this song as to if there is a comma between metal and suicide.  I, of course, am taking the easy way out by removing the punctuation and thus reviewing one topic instead of two.  Opinion: if Billy wanted to have this be two topics he would have use a SEMI-COLON.

Heavy metal suicide is probably a reference to multiple lawsuits that were brought against recording artists (most typically those who created music in the Heavy Metal genre) alleging their music prompted people to commit suicide.

In conjunction with these lawsuits, spurious organizations were created to marshal the cause against “inciteful lyrics”.  At the forefront of these ridiculous groups was the Parents Music Resource Council.  The PMRC had nothing to do with encouraging young people to listen to and make music.  It was solely a censoring body and a political platform to push the agenda of close-minded; hateful people like TIpper Gore.

The ultimate rebuke to this nonsense was provided by Dee Snider from the 80s Metal group “Twisted Sister”:

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