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Joanne Herring; Admired by Millions Around the World Will be on The Show Tonight

Written By: George Espenlaub - Aug• 28•12

She waltzed with princes, persuaded kings, walked with the Queen of England, influenced presidents, served as floating Ambassador to Pakistan and Morocco, traveled with Afghan fighters, and by no means is that all Joanne Herring has done.

I can picture what’s going to happen to many listeners this evening as they tune into The George Espenlaub Show at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Folks will be approaching their computers at the designated time to hear our guest, Joanne King Herring. Others will be reaching for their phones with the Spreaker Application installed; there will be many that fires up their IPads, or some other tablet device. The crowd will be sitting in various positions in many different places.

Some will have their feet propped up while drinking a favorite beverage. Others could be possibly eating dinner while listening to the show; maybe driving in their vehicle with the listening device hooked to the radio so as to hear it through the speakers. Many more could be walking, running, or working but the common denominator that brings all these folks from far and wide is the fact that Joanne King Herring is on The George Espenlaub Show live. It won’t be long into the show that people will be leaning in closer so as not to miss a word spoken by our guest.

Here is a document written by Joanne and emailed to me yesterday, August 27, 2012:

Let’s go to the Middle East and whip them into shape…

America needs desperately to understand with whom they are dealing. How they think, how they live, and why things happen as they do. For instance when I first went to the Middle East in the 70s and well into the 80s the Sunnis and the Shiites lived peacefully together like Baptists and Catholics. They attended each other’s parties and had a mutual respect for one another. The terrorists have managed to create a war among brothers so that they could blame the problems they exacerbate on religion. In reality, these so called religious leaders are no different from Hitler and Stalin.  They are interested in power and money.  This whole religious Mahdi thing has been cleverly manipulated into a crusade.  Before the Muslim brotherhood Hezbollah, Hamas, Haqqani, plus Al Qaeda and the Taliban (which are off shoots of the others) united to destroy the Middle East to rebuild it under their control, there was little problem among the countries.  These organizations have been working for 50 years for this “Arab spring” which is in reality a very long winter for the world.  Iran and Iraq were the exception.  The two did manage to resolve their problems, no matter how badly, without major U.S. Intervention.

We cannot promise democracy to the world.  WE cannot afford it and the blood of our children is too precious. The whole problem starts with poverty.  People cannot live on $1 per day that is why my Marshall Plan is so important.

  1. People must have food, for example MPC is planting soybeans in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan without security.  The villagers protect us.
  2. People must have clean water, for example I a northern province they had the highest death rate for children in the world.  We cleaned the water and they now have a lower children’s death rate than Los Angeles
  3. Food and water provided, they need the schools –men cannot read road maps or manuals, thus it is hard to form an army or get jobs
  4. Minimum healthcare is needed – polio cubes, shots, midwives
  5. Without jobs they cannot sustain the schools or even begin to build the desire for democracy. They scream for democracy yearning for a better life.  They have no idea how to begin to sustain it leaving them vulnerable to fanatics

America simply does not understand that 110 years ago, people in this country signed contracts with an ‘X’.  It takes time to evolve. That is the problem in these highly populated extremely poor countries making them easy targets to manipulate into war. Incidentally our Marshall Plan is flourishing: a Congressional Committee and General Allen will be visiting our village.

The good news for America and business is that business is flourishing in the Emirates, Dubai and Saudi.  This is a perfect time to set up relationships for investment in countries like Afghanistan with its new discoveries of essential minerals and partnerships in the United States. This trip could be extremely financially interesting. The groups who will be our hosts are not just the Royal Families but the richest most successful businessmen in these countries. They are extremely interested in the investing in our country for all the reasons we discussed.  They have the means and they have the cash.  They realize they must diversify around the world to survive.

I have a delightful story about how the Queen of Saudi Arabia managed to get schools started in her country.  The people were totally against them.  I would love to share it with you because again it points how America must learn to accept people, their traditions and beliefs before we can ever resolve problems large or small

In 1973, when I went to Saudi for the first time, it was mud streets and mud houses but today it is a soaring metropolis and there is no poverty.  There were the poorest people in the world; nomads existing in the desert.  Their poverty was such that they washed the newborns in camel urine. In my lifetime they have traveled the road to huge prosperity.  Thanks to oil and good management they are now the most prosperous people in the world yet many of their cultural differences are still close to the surface and hinder our understanding of one another.  I was born in 1929 and the Arab peninsula was a hell hole.  80 years is not enough to change people to American ways. No amount of years may ever be. Just think how long it has taken me to grasp even the smallest details of modern technology.  We must learn to accept them and deal with them on their terms then we can exist together and share our prosperity.

Please don’t miss the show this evening when Ms. Joanne Herring sits in the guest chair and shares with us what she has accomplished, what she is doing now, and what her goals are for the future. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. EDT., for The George Espenlaub Show live from the Funny Farm in a place called our world.

Share this with everyone, like us, tweet about it to all people, stumble upon it, and tumblr over it. Do whatever you can to spread the word far and wide that Ms. Joanne King Herring will be on the show this evening at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

An Exciting Announcement

Written By: Charley - Aug• 21•12

There’s something going on around here although I’m the only one that senses it. I have no idea what it may be, except to say that most of the inmates are looking at me as if I’ve all of a sudden grown two heads. Pops, Ms. Ernestine, Harvey, and even Mom Mom seems to be acting funny around me. Kloe isn’t able to see or hear, so she hasn’t a clue of what’s going on. I’ll just sniff my way through until I discover what it is that has all hands on deck so nervous.

Hold on, phone ringing.

I’ll put the speaker

on so everyone can hear. Wow, can you imagine that. The guest that was supposed to be here last night will be on the show August 30, 2012. You can jump over to the radio show news area and read all about Mr. Bruce Van Natta.

I think I’ll go ahead and post some information about Ms. Joanne King Herring. Our listeners are in for a real treat when this lady appears on the show. Maybe after our readers see this post they will help us spread the word. I know Pops is going to make phone calls, write a press release, shout it from the roof top, face book it, tweet it, stumble upon, and tumblr over it. We’re going to call out the troops to spread the word that Joanne King Herring will be on The George Espenlaub Show next Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

To begin with read the article in Forbes Magazine. I better not do any more until Pops gets back but I will add the picture of her book. Man, we’re so excited around here. The news is already spreading like wildfire. Gotta go!

Wait Until Pops Finds Out

Written By: Msernestine - Aug• 20•12

Pops asked me to mention that a new article featuring Ms. Brenda White went live this morning on You can go there by clicking on this link or by clicking on that orange thing over there on the right sidebar. He sure would appreciate it if you would subscribe to his articles while you are there. Okay, I did what he asked me to do, so now I’ll move along.

The old boy is over there at the the radio news page posting information regarding our guest this evening. I can’t spill the beans but if you believe in the supernatural, you’ll not want to miss tonight’s show. That’s all I’m going to say so don’t ask me anymore.

Charlie is trying to work on his disguises for the PI business that he started. He’s trying his hardest to get some clients but unless something has changed in the last 15 minutes, it’s not looking good for Weiner. I give him credit for his tenacity though. Pops and I are dreading the day that Charlie actually gets his first client. The weiner won’t think things through before he takes the case he’ll just jump head over heels into the case which will probably result in total chaos.

I wanted to let you all know what’s taking place around here today, so please be sure to tune in this evening for the show. Oh boy, the weiner just got a call. He’s so excited that he’s jumping around like a kangaroo. He’ll be doing, you know what next. Never mind, he already did. This is going to get scary now. I’ll be sure to let you know how this turns out. Wait until Pops finds out that Charlie got himself a case.

Has anyone ever really looked at my picture? I’m just saying. Pops doesn’t want to come out of his casual outfit but then again, there’s nothing to come out of. Has anyone ever noticed my picture? I know I already asked that question but I’m just saying.

The Insanity Cloud was Lifted….seriousness rushed in

Written By: Generalharv - Aug• 18•12

If you missed last night’s radio show, go over there on the right, click on the player, and get prepared for one doozy of a program. I mean to tell you, Pops got righteous in the second part of the show. The cloud of insanity that had enveloped the Funny Farm Radio Studio up to that point, suddenly dissipated without warning. I was standing off to the side of Pops when this phenomenon took place. I’ve never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been around here.

Up until that time everything was rolling along just fine. The insanity cloud had settled down upon the entire facility making all of us more simple than usual, if that’s possible. The fact that Pops’ medication hadn’t kicked in all day, combined with the cloud falling down upon him, only made for a confused, lip dripping, face running show host. We were all enjoying the music as well as listening to Pops spit and splutter, when without warning he suddenly became series. I’m telling you that in a heartbeat the atmosphere became electrified as Pops stood up straight, took on that no nonsense look, cleared his throat, and proceeded to expound on an article written in by Howard Portnoy.

The entire Funny Farm Radio Studio became silent. Those that were listening from the outside stood like statutes as they strained to hear every word that was spoken. For the first time ever there was nothing funny going on at the Funny Farm. Even Charlie the Weiner, who had the night off, left his poker game and rushed back to be here with the rest of the staff. All hands on deck were giving Pops their undivided attention as he encouraged listeners to stand up and be counted.

As I walked the grounds of the farm early this morning I noticed that seriousness seems to be the look of the day. Many of the inmates were gathered together listening to last night’s show all over again. There is a different feeling on the farm this morning. How long it stays this way remains to be seen, however one thing is certain; something shifted around here last evening when the cloud of insanity was lifted. If nothing else, we were drawn to the fact that no one has to apologize for standing tall, speaking the truth, and walking proud.

I would encourage our readers to listen to last night’s radio show in its entirety. After you listen, tell a friend to listen, and then a friend can tell another friend. Forget the name of the messenger, just listen to the message. Mr. Portnoy will be a guest on The George Espenlaub Show in the very near future. We’ll post the announcement of his appearance as soon as we work out the details. In the meantime read Mr. Portnoy’s articles. Leave some comments, tweet for us, share our article, like us, stumble upon us, tumblr with us, and tell a friend. Thanks for all your support.

Leave Your Sanity at The Gate…we have no need for it here

Written By: George Espenlaub - Aug• 17•12

I don’t suppose this has ever happened to you before has it? I guess you can’t answer me until I tell you what it is that I’m talking about. Have you ever taken your meds in the morning only to realize that they just didn’t kick in like they were supposed to? Whatever my meds are supposed to do, they didn’t do, even though I don’t know what they are designed to do. I know they didn’t do what they are supposed to do. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, open your eyes, and smile. Doesn’t that feel better? I’m not making any sense but that’s exactly what I’m trying to tell you. Did I ever mention that Grandma Strayer was little?

While I was reading this afternoon I came across some articles that set my butt on fire. I’m going to share some of those articles with you this evening on The George Espenlaub Show, so make sure you tune in at 6:30 p.m. EDT. It’s Friday night at the Funny Farm so we’ll be fading in and out of sanity during the show. To the folks that have been to the show on a regular basis, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never been to the farm; come to the farm and find out for yourself what happens here. We’ll have some kind of effect on you.

Anyone and everyone may suddenly show up or call. Moon rocks are liable to fall upon us. Grandma Strayer may come calling, who knows? We’ll definitely sing, shout, dance, laugh, and stand on our heads while we clap our feet. Loosen up, let your hair down, and get ready to enjoy yourself for a change. Kick the chairs back, turn the volume up, and forget about what people might say or think. Tap your feet, snap your fingers, bob your head, and shake your booty because you are at the Funny Farm on Friday night and that’s how we roll, baby!

Join me in the chat room at 6:30 p.m. EDT for The George Espenlaub Show live from the Funny Farm. Please leave your sanity at the gate…..I’ll leave all the doors open for ya’.

A Little Bit of News with a Whole lot of Love

Written By: George Espenlaub - Aug• 15•12

If you happened to stop by the past several days and didn’t see any activity, allow me to clarify what’s taking place. If you will look up there where the “About & Welcome,” tabs are located, you will see that right in between the two there is a new tab that reads, “Espenlaub Radio Show News,” or something like that. I just looked at it but by the time I started typing I forgot what it said. I think you got the message, right?

Click on that new tab, allow it to open, and there you see Dude standing between 2 big speakers with his headphones on. He’s tapping his toe, snapping his fingers, bobbing his head, and shaking his booty. Click on him; you won’t disturb Dude in any way, shape, or form but you will be transported over to the new Radio News Section. We’re moving all radio related info to a place all of its own so we can build it up nice and pretty. Remember you can come here, click on Dude, go there, and come back here without ever getting out of breath.

Be patient with me as I attempt to complete this project. As long as I can stay in my casual mode I’ll be alright. What do you think? I’m just saying. Don’t forget the show tonight at 6:30 p.m. EDT live from the Funny Farm on or just stay here and listen to the show on that player over there to the right.

Leave some comments and tell me what you think. I’ll leave the door open for ya’.

Mind Your Manners, the Educator is Here

Written By: George Espenlaub - Jul• 27•12

It’s so good to be back in my office banging away at the keyboard again. By now, most everyone has heard the reports circulating throughout our world and yours about my vehicular mishap with Harvey last week. I will admit that I have never before went into such a rage as I did when Harvey ran smack dab into the back of my pickup truck. Ms Ernestine snapped; I mean girlfriend flipped out as soon as I felt the bump. I don’t have the time to explain right now but maybe on this evening’s show Pops will allow me to share with you what happened between Harvey and me.

A good friend of Pops will be here tonight so you’ll not want to miss the show. The following is some information about Mr. Neil Haley:


Neil Haley is CEO of Total Tutor. He has been working with children in a variety of settings for over 10 years. His experience includes the following: Classroom Teacher (9 years), Tutor (8 years), After School Program Director (6 years), Behavior Specialist (6 years), and Developmental Therapist (5 years), Practicum Supervisor (2 years), Publicist (6 months) and Educational Talk Show Host (2 year)

Total Tutor is an international Birth through college tutoring and consulting company. Total Tutor provides educational advocacy, behavior therapy, autism consulting, foreign language tutoring, SAT tutoring, GRE tutoring, and LSAT tutoring. Total Tutor provides on-line tutoring internationally.

The Total Education Network is the only educational network that airs shows seven days a week.  The Total Education Network can be heard on WRCT 88.3 FM Pittsburgh, 1080 AM WWNL Pittsburgh, Life Improvement Radio, Reggae to Reggae, Blog Talk Radio, Blah Talk, Talk Shoe, 1000 Mikes, Champions of Diversity, Passionate World Radio, VIP Internet Radio,  Phoenix Broadcasting Network, CB Media Network, Totalbookblog, , TRL,  Tunein, WSDI Chicago, 590 AM New York City, WXMR-FM 100.7 Vermont, Buzzsprout, Feedburner, Podomatic, Giga Dial, Total Book Blog, Alive In Christ Radio,  Mixcloud, Krykey,, Power Radios, Cyberstation USA  Vipinternetradio, Iradeo, WROM, Spreaker,  itunes, WOW Radio Network, , Podbean, Soundcloud, Ink Think Tank, and PRX. You can watch the show on BPTV 21 in Bethel Park, Streamcastic, E Radio Broadcasting Network, Connectitcut, Vokel, Ustream, Livestream, Vimeo, Youtube, Stickam, Blog TV and Massachusetts cable access.  The Total Education Minute can be heard on WBAY+T 1400 AM Marion, Indiana, Ken, Automotive Network, and Beach Lifestyle.

The Total Education Network is the talk shop for parents, teachers, and administrators. Neil Haley the Total Tutor has interviewed the likes of Vicki Cobb, Dr. Ronald Bowes, General Hobgood, Congressman Bob Beauprez, Dr. Kari Miller, Dr. Shellie Hipski, Whitney Tilson, Brian Finnerty, Steve Olsher, Jennifer Stancil, Mark Skoda, Puppet, Judge Lynn from Divorce Court, Chris Draft former Chicago Bear, EG Daily, Tank Jones, Dale Brown, Rashad McCants,  and Mike McHugh.

Please be sure to join us at 6:30 p.m. EDT for The George Espenlaub Show which comes to you live from the Funny Farm in a place called Our World. Tune in for some educational information that can only come by way of preparation in order to spare folks great aggravation.

Anyone that has listened to the show knows that we do our best to act properly while our guests are here. When our guest clears the Funny Farm gate, havoc, along with total insanity sweeps over us, causing extraordinary events that may make one raise an eyebrow or two. Dancing, singing, looking into mirrors, feeling our lips, cracking up, and falling out is a few of the things that might take place once our guests departs, although we’ve had several that stayed with us only to became full-fledged loons.

Don’t miss it…come on in…loosen up…don’t be so stiff…become a loon…have some fun. We’ll be waiting at the gate for you.

Pay Me What I’m Worth

Written By: George Espenlaub - Jul• 26•12

An unexpected turn of events has presented us with the opportunity to have Soul Dancer on the show this evening. The following excerpt is taken from his website:

Soul Dancer is the Founder of Soul University and author of Pay Me What I’m Worth. Soul University awakens one’s inner wisdom to resolve and dissolve doubts, guilt, shame or worry. Pay Me What I’m Worth radically upgrades your sense of worth on multiple levels. Students, clients, researchers and related professionals know Soul to be a powerful retreat facilitator, a corporate ethicist, Socratic teacher, and dogma-free spiritual guide.

Former clients include: Ameriprise, I.B.M Global Services, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Trust Operations, The American Red Cross, and The American Association of Blood Banks. His volunteer work (from Board member to the frontlines) includes Out-front Minnesota, Chicago’s Center on Halsted, San Diego’s The Center, as well as a variety of help lines and pride groups.

Soul facilitates life-changing retreats on Hawaii’s Big Island and Maui. SD is also published, internationally recognized key-note speaker and radio show host. His life focuses on two passions; First, to gently awaken and engage life to the fullest. Next, to live a kind and aware life free of worry, doubt, shame or guilt. SD combines four decades of academic and diverse shamanic training to rapidly inspire learning, laughing and growing wiser with ease and grace.

He earned a University of Minnesota undergraduate degree in human relations and masters in social work . Soul has traveled to 20+ countries to teach and learn earning him recognition as a shaman in four traditions and a monk in three orders. He enjoys learning how to live a culturally competent, spiritually awake and aware life. He lives his passion to be of service.

Note: Soul Dancer is Soul’s birth name.  For press publications, the correct spelling is souldancer

Immediately after our interview with Soul Dancer we will return to our world of insanity as usual. There will be loud music, feet tapping, finger snapping, head bobbing, and booty shakin dancing going on. The loons along with visitors from far and wide are already drifting onto the grounds anticipating another great show tonight. The call is going forth throughout the land, “Come one, come all, to “The George Espenlaub Show,” that is broadcasting live from the Funny Farm every Mon.-Fri. at 6:30 p.m. EDT.” Bring a friend with you and let us make them as crazy as the rest of us.

I just didn’t feel like getting dressed today.

Pops Wants to Introduce Me to Oscar Meyer

Written By: George Espenlaub - Jul• 25•12

It looks as if you’re stuck with me this morning as Pops is off taking care of other matters. On his way out the door he handed me a list which I’m to complete by the time he gets back. I’d hand some of this off to Harvey and Ms. Ernestine, however, they are are continuing to chase each other around the Funny Farm after their vehicular mishap the other day.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to give you the scoop. The accident took place outside the Funny Farm gates one evening last week just before show time. Ms Ernestine and Harvey were on their way into the Funny Farm Radio Studio in separate vehicles when Harvey plowed into the rear end of Ernie’s pickup truck. You must keep in mind that neither Ms Ernestine nor Harvey is your ordinary everyday character here at the farm. These two are high profile, competitive, easily agitated, and combatant. Mix in the fact that their vehicles represent who they are to a certain extent and you have the recipe for a punch you in face, bite your nose, knockdown, drag out fight that will rock the Funny Farm to its core.

Thus when Harvey slammed into the rusty old bumper of Ms Ernestine’s truck the fuse had been lit that would erupt into a full scale war between the two. Maybe, just maybe if it had been the other way around, Ms Ernestine, after hitting the back of Harvey’s vehicle, would have kept going until she either ran over the top of his car or pushed him out of the way. I’m just saying; you know what I mean?  Well, when Ms Ernestine felt the bump from behind she was out of her truck faster than you could say, “I just hit your raggedy old truck.”  One look at the red paint from Harvey’s car on her old rusty bumper caused the old gal to flip out. I’ll explain what happened next after I come back.

I’m back but I can’t finish the account of the accident between Harvey and Ms Ernestine because Pops just called. He’s on his way home and wanted to know why the article wasn’t posted yet with the details of tonight’s guest. Pops threatened to introduce me to Oscar Meyer’s if I don’t have this up by the time he arrives home. If you don’t understand what he means, I don’t have the time to explain it to you right now. If you think about it for a while it will probably come to you.

Our guest for this evenings show is Phillip Bralich. Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D., author of Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness …”
—Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

Philip A. Bralich has a PhD in linguistics. He spent many years teaching ESL and essay and research writing. He has much experience presenting at professional conferences and publications in theoretical syntax, ESL, and computational linguistics, as well as with professional business presentations, business writing, and grant writing.

He is motivated by the tragic accident that took his wife’s life and much of the use of his left leg; the memoir describes a thirty-year journey through western and eastern psychology, including much reading, practice, and an inadvertent but much loved run in with the word of the beats.

Bralich currently lives in Monterey, California, where he is writing screenplays and this memoir. After having been laid off once again from the best job of his life, he decided to take his meager savings and resolve his difficulties once and for all. The PTSD and survivor’s guilt from his accident were finally resolved through this effort. His studies and travels began in Peace Corps in West Africa, and moved through years in Hawaii, two years in Japan, and approximately two years in group meditation retreats and many Buddhist centers across North America.

Please join us as Pops discusses the interesting substance of the author’s book, “Blaming Japhy Rider,” plus some of Dr. Bralich’s views on government, taxes, etc. This should prove to be another great show, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. EDT for The George Espenlaub Show which comes to you live from the Funny Farm.

Maybe we can tell you all about Ms Ernestine, Harvey, Mikey, our outside reporter, and the missing helicopter in Thursday evenings show. I have to get this posted right now…..I hear Pops coming in….if you don’t hear from me again you’ll know that I was introduced to Oscar Meyer. Say a little prayer for me.

Just a Quick Heads Up…..Chasing Myself All Day

Written By: George Espenlaub - Jul• 16•12

Only had enough time to fly in and fly out……thanks for stopping by and join me live at 6:30 p.m. EST for The George Espenlaub Show either right here by clicking on that radio player over there on the right, or go to my page on Spreaker.

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