Archive for January, 2012

Miss ABBA’s Medical Update

Sadly, I jinxed Miss ABBA with the snow angel videos Saturday.

Sunday afternoon, ABBA came inside from lounging outdoors and her back right leg was swollen two to three times its normal size.  At first, I thought that she may have plopped down onto the ice too hard and had soft tissue damage.  A couple of days on Rimadyl didn’t make the swelling go down and I made her an appointment with her doctor for today.

She’s still walking around like nothing is wrong.  This made me confront my worse fear that maybe it wasn’t an injury, but the progression of the cancer.

Sadly, today Dr. Macon confirmed my fear.  He said that the lymph nodes being attacked by the cancer caused her leg to swell.

He prescribed furosemide, a ‘water pill’, to reduce the swelling and fluid retention.  While this may work for that reason, it doesn’t change the fact that he finds this very discouraging after her courageous ten-month fight where you’d really not know she was sick from just looking at her.

It’s not the end, but from a realistic standpoint, I’m having to relive that period from late March last year to early summer when she was given two to three months to live.

He said today to keep her happy, but be on the watch for any more major changes and that Miss ABBA has only a couple of months tops based on the latest development.

On the way home from the vet, she celebrated her birthday early with a Burger King Stacker.  She can celebrate every day if she wants. 🙂

Here’s a video from Saturday, the snow angel making day, as she “prances” home on the walk.  Gretel loves it when Miss ABBA “prances”.

Anthony

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“Court”ing Controversy at the Australian Open

69-year-old tennis legend Margaret Court, who won 62 major titles in her career, is known more today as a Pentecostal minister that opposes same-sex marriage.

Recently, just before this year’s Australian Open, Court told the “Melbourne Herald Sun”,  “Let me be clear. I believe that a person’s sexuality is a choice. In the Bible it said that homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh.  It is not something you are born with. My concern is that we are advocating to young people that it is OK to have these feelings.”

Groups organized on Facebook to protest at the Australian Open by wearing rainbow clothing and flying rainbow flags.

After Court’s comments, tennis pro and LGBT rights activist Martina Navratilova called Court’s view “outdated” adding, “It is not about any one person.  It’s about human rights. It is a secular view, not a religious view.  I have spoken to her years ago but she was all about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. She repeated that four or five times so I just felt I couldn’t get through to her.”

Another gay tennis legend, Billie Jean King responded, “I respectfully disagree with Margaret’s position on gay marriage.  We have to commit to eliminating homophobia because everyone is entitled to the same rights, opportunities and protection.”

While I fully disagree with Court, I’m glad she stands by her views and I hope one day she can open her mind for equality.  In 2001, she was quoted as saying, “Jesus Christ loves the homosexual, but he hates the sin, and we love the homosexual and we’re there to help them to overcome it.”

Court also says, “The fact that the homosexual cry is, `We can’t help it, as we were born this way,’ as the cause behind their own personal choice is cause for concern.”

While I know there are many that support Court’s belief, others are standing strong against her.

Kerryn Phelps, former president of the Australian Medical Association and one of Australia’s most influential gay spokeswomen, wants the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia to drop Court’s name from the 6,000-seat show court arena named in her honor.

And, while respecting Court’s tennis record as “second to none”,  Tennis Australia released this statement:   “her personal views are her own, and are definitely not shared by Tennis Australia.”

Other than fans that protested, 17-year-old British player, Laura Robson, wore a rainbow-colored scrunchie in her first round loss and stated:  “Obviously I’m going to be asked about it and I was expecting that and I’ve given my answer. I believe in equal rights for everyone, so that’s why I wore it.”

Court’s final words on the controversy:  “To target me and the tennis is a political stunt.  I love (gays), I even work with them… but what concerns me so much is the amount of hatred that has been directed at me.”

My final thoughts:  You old wind bag, feel free to speak your mind, but if you get on the “court” and make a lob, expect a return volley.

And, this picture has nothing to do with the story.  It’s just the men’s champion, Novak Djokovic’s reaction to winning!

Anthony

My Movie Reviews: “30 Minutes or Less”, “Fright Night”, “Swimfan”, & “The Contender”

Although it’s been a busy few weeks for me working 20 of the past 22 days and wrapping up the successful fundraiser I was working on, I”ve managed to catch some movies at home.  We’ve actually watched eight recently.  Since I blogged about “The Ides of March” and “Beginners”, I’ll talk a little about the recent movies.

Four of the movies were mainstream and four were alternative and more obscure, so I’ll review them separately.

The four widespread theatrical releases that I’m reviewing here were “30 Minutes or Less”, “Fright Night”, “Swimfan”, and “The Contender”.

They were all very different movies and I enjoyed each of them.

“30 MINUTES OR LESS”

This comedy was in theatres last year and is now out of DVD.  It was made for $28 million and earned $40.5 million.

The always incredibly deadpan Jesse Eisenberg plays a pizza delivery guy who gets forced into robbing a bank for a couple of idiots who knocks him out and straps a bomb to his chest.  The buffoons only want $100,000 from the robbery to pay a hitman to kill one of the losers’ dad so they can inherit millions the old man won in the lottery.

Needless to say, the movie is chaos as Eisenberg drags his childhood friend, played by “Parks and Recreation” star Aziz Ansari, into the insanity.

The movie definitely earns its “R” rating, but it was very funny.  Many groups of minorities are the brunt of jokes, but my favorite, OMG, did they really say that was directed to Indians from India, not American Indians.

GRADE:  B+

“FRIGHT NIGHT” (2011)

I didn’t see the original “Fright Night” back in the 1980s.  I was more into the silent type serial killers like Michael Myers (“Halloween”) and Jason Voorhees (“Friday the 13th”) and not vampires.  I’m still not into vampires, although I do have seasons 1-3 of “True Blood” at home to get to one day and with Alexander Skarsgard in it, I know I’ll change my tune.

So, 2011’s remake of “Fright Night” was a 3D movie that cost about $30 million and ended up making $37 in its theatrical run.

Colin Farrell, played a mysterious new neighbor in the Las Vegas neighborhood.  His high school next door neighbor, Charley, and his best friend, Ed, suspect that Farrell’s character is a vampire.  The teenagers are excellently played by Russian actor Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, of “Superbad” fame.

The special effects were good and if you know you’re watching a horror/comedy, it’s a fun time.

Farrell is totally creepy as a possible vampire and David Tennant is hilarious as a Vegas act who is an “expert” in vampires.

GRADE:  B

“SWIMFAN” 

This “Fatal Attraction”-esque movie for the younger crowd was a hit back in 2002.  The movie made $34.3 million dollars in theatres and cost only $10 million to make.

It stars a very sexy early-20s Jesse Bradford as a high school swimmer that has it all — a cute girlfriend that adores him and college scouts coming in from Stanford to check him out.  The only problem is that he gets down and dirty with the new girl at the school that has secrets of her own.  Let’s see, blonde kinky hair, getting dumped and looking for revenge, it sounds like “Fatal Attraction” to me and Erika Christensen did a great job.  And, no bunnies were hurt!

GRADE:  B

“THE CONTENDER”

This political thriller from 2000 wasn’t a box office smash, but it did earn Joan Allen an Oscar nomination.  Allen plays an Ohio senator that is asked by the president to be his vice-president.  During confirmation, some secrets from college come out from a shady politician wanting to ruin Allen’s character.  Cleverly written and well acted, it was definitely my favorite of the four movies that I’m reviewing today.

GRADE:  A

Off to watch “Real Steel” with Hugh Jackson, and “Donner Pass”.

Anthony

Close Your Eye or Eyes

Holy crap! What a way to start my five days off.

Miss ABBA still has a swollen, puffed up back leg, but having no trouble walking. She’s on an anti-inflammatory steroid Rimadyl and will go to the vet tomorrow for him to take a look.

Then, while we’re on a walk, out of the blue, my left eye started watering. I didn’t think anything about it thinking that the wind blew something in my eye. By the time we got back home, my eye had sealed shut.

Thanks Terry Swails!!. All last week at weather computer training, Cassie had a cold and on Thursday, Terry went home with “pink eye”. Guess who has it now???

What a way to enjoy a 50°+ day with sunshine!

Anthony

They Said What??? Dumb Tennessee Politicians, Sarah Palin, & Martina Navratilova

IDIOT #1  OF THE WEEK — FROM TENNESSEE

Tennessee’s resident dumbass politician, state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville:  “My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”

IDIOT #2 OF THE WEEK — FROM TENNESSEE

One day after a gay Tennessee teen committed suicide,  a lesbian student at Middle Tennessee State University, wrote to Rep. John Ragan asking him to oppose a “license to bully” bill  that  would protect those who bully based on religious or moral grounds.  Here’s Rep. Ragan’s response:  “Logically, homosexuality is defined by behavior, i.e., unless one engages in sexual activity with a member of the same sex, he, or she, is not a homosexual. (The term sexual orientation is a description of feelings.)  Feelings do not control the behavior of a mentally healthy adult human being.”   Gays are not “mentally healthy adult human beings.”

THIS MAN ENDORSED RICK SANTORUM AND IS THE HEAD OF A HATE GROUP

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:  citing stories of ex-gays said that gays and lesbians will always have “an emptiness within them” and will never be content with having the right to marry.

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT WOMANIZER NEWT GINGRICH

Sarah Palin:  “So, if for no other reason to rage against the machine vote for Newt, annoy a liberal. Vote Newt.”

John McCain:  “I think we ought to send Newt Gingrich to the moon and Mitt Romney to the White House.”

Singer Josh Groban:  “Newt’s moon colony will cost us nothing.  It will be paid for with moon money printed at a moon mint by a to-be-appointed moon treasurer.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, about Newt Gingrich:  “I mean, he was run out of the speakership by his own party. He was fined $300,000 for ethics violations. This is a guy who’s had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment for the party.”

Sarah Palin, again:  “You know, sometimes, if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night — and, of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy — well, you kind of get your panties in a wad, and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did.”

TO NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, AFTER HE SUGGESTED PUTTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE TO A POPULAR VOTE:

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a co-sponsor of the bill, that moves marriage equality one step closer:  “We do not put civil rights questions on the ballot.”  She also brought up that New Jersey voters rejected a ballot question that would have allowed women to vote in 1915, five years before Congress granted the right.

FASHIONABLE?

“Project Runway” host and judge Tim Gunn:  “I haven’t had sex in 29 years, do I feel like less of a person because of it? No.”

ADVANTAGE NAVRATILOVA

Lesbian tennis champion Martina Navratilova about her former role model-turned-antigay spokesperson, tennis legend Margaret Court:  “You say it is a choice to be gay; do you mean to say you had feelings for women as well as men and chose men? That might explain your certainty on the issue”.  She also wrote, “People (the straight ones) often ask: Why are people gay? I say, well, why are people straight? There is no straight answer here, so to speak. Human sexuality is multi-faceted, complex and quite fluid; genes play a part as well. How much? Who knows? But that’s not really the point anyway.”

GAME, SET, MATCH

Anthony

Super Bowl Bet: 50 Cent, I’ll Pay You A Dollar To Keep it To Yourself

UPDATE:  July 16, 2012

I do believe that people can evolve when they are exposed to others by educating themselves and they can change their views on certain subjects.

Here is what rapper 50 Cent recently said about musician Frank Ocean, who just released his new album and admitted to having loved a man in the past:  “Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot.  I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he’s created material that made me know his name, that impressed me, with things he said on a song like ‘Novacane.’ I could care less about what his personal preference is in his bedroom.”

Fiddy goes on to say this about marriage equality:  “Obama is for same sex marriage.  When the President is saying that, who am I to go the other way? It’s cool.”

If this is really how 50 Cent feels today in his heart, I will evolve in my negative views of the musician about his past comments that you can read below.

Fiddy has a new album coming out in November 2012.

Anthony

ORIGINAL BLOG:  January 29, 2012

The Super Bowl is only one week away.  The anticipation is building and I can barely contain myself.  Really!  I mean, what songs will Madonna perform, what will she wear,  and how racy will she and Nicki Minaj be?  Oh wait, this is about football and the Giants and the Patriots, right?  I don’t really care who wins, but I’ll root for the New England Patriots for two reasons.   Tom Brady and 50 Cent!

Joking aside, this post is about rapper 50 Cent.  Last week, he tweeted that he was willing to make a million dollar bet that the Giants would be victorious.  But, the “New York Daily News” reported that Fiddy made the bet even more sensational.  A female fan tweeted him that if the Giants win, she’d post her boobs and face and if the Giants lost, he’d have to post a picture of his “moneymaker”.  He replied, “OK”.

Now, I’m a very, very open-minded person and there isn’t much that I haven’t seen in either real life or online.  And, neither the fan’s boobs or Fiddy’s manhood would shock me.

What does shock me is that a well-respected alternative magazine that I subscribe to, “Out” posted this story on their Facebook page.  It’s not that it lacks entertainment news value, it does have some merit.  How often does a singer, actor, dancer, etc. make that kind of wager?

Here’s what bothers me about “Out” posting it on its Facebook page.  50 Cent is a homophobic, narcissistic jerk.

In 2010, after a rash of teen suicides, he tweeted:  “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.”

While I have a sense of humor, what is funny about killing yourself, whether you’re gay, bi, or straight?  Also, while there may be no correlation between the suicides and the tweets, the timing was bad and the tweet, even worse.

However, there’s no mistaking his thoughts in this quote from a 2004 interview with “Playboy” magazine, 50 Cent replied:  “I ain’t into f-ggots. I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it–we don’t have that much in common. I’d rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that’s cool.”

Seriously, “Out Magazine”, check your Facebook page and delete your post.  I could care less about seeing his roll of pennies.  And, from the fourteen people who actually took the time to comment, thirteen were negative and not interested.

Anthony

Republican Presidential Race By The Numbers & No Judgment!

I love statistics and numbers and for once, I’m going to talk about the Republican race for the White House and not interject my personal opinions!  Shocker!

With the Florida primary this coming Tuesday, Mitt Romney is now leading womanizer Newt Gingrich by 9%.  Right after his big win in South Carolina last weekend, Gingrich was leading in Florida by 9%.  However, those numbers really took a hit after the last debate a few days ago.

Florida is a “winner takes all” state and there are 50 delegates up for grabs.

After the caucuses in Iowa and the primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has 23 delegates (all from South Carolina, another winner takes all state).  Romney is in second place in the delegate count with 13 (6 from Iowa and 7 in New Hampshire), Rick Santorum is in third place with 6 delegates (from Iowa), and Ron Paul has 3 (from New Hampshire).

1,144 delegates are needed for the nomination.

In a matter of popular vote after Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Romney leads in votes with 295,353 (33%), Gingrich is in second with 282,982 (31.6%), Paul is third with 161,001 (18%) and Santorum is in last place with 155,457 votes (17.4%).

Florida is the last voting state in January.

Here are the races in February with the voting date and number of delegates in parentheses:  Nevada (4th, 28), Maine (4th, 24); Minnesota (7th, 40), Colorado (7th, 36); Michigan (28th, 30), and Arizona (28th, 29).

In 2008, Romney easily won in Maine, Colorado, and Minnesota.

In the latest polls in Minnesota, Gingrich has a 2-to-1 lead over Romney and in Michigan, Romney leads by 5%.

Will Florida be the end for Santorum, who is running out of money?

Anthony