Archive for March, 2012

March 28, What a Special Day!

It’s March 28th.  Today is the 88th day of the year, since it’s a leap year, and there are 278 days left in 2012.

On this date in 1920, there was a major Palm Sunday tornado outbreak in the Great Lakes and the Deep South;  in 1979, the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania partially melted down; and in 2005, an earthquake rocked Indonesia with a magnitude of 8.7.  This was the fourth strongest quake since 1965.

However, this date is known for other things.

It was on this date 57 years ago that my idol, Reba McEntire, was born in Kiowa, Oklahoma.

Also, today, Lady Gaga turns 26 years old.

And, it was on this date, back in 1964 that my parents married.  It’s hard to believe that if they were alive today, it would have been their 48th anniversary.

Happy birthday Reba and Lady Gaga and Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Here’s a piece of cake in your honor!


Drugs Are Bad — “Just Say No” To Molly & Tina

“Just Say No” was a very popular anti-drug campaign started back in the 1980s by former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

While I’ve never done drugs, I know people that do drugs or have experimented with them.  When I first started clubbing back in the 1980s, some of my closest friends smoked marijuana.  I’ve never even took a puff off a cigarette, much less something stronger like pot.

Back in the early 1990s, when I went to Las Vegas with one of my best friends, it was our goal to try ecstasy.  Once we got there, it never presented itself and we never pursued it, although some offered me cocaine, which I politely declined.

And, now I have a very dear friend of mine struggling with a crystal meth addiction after partying it up in New Orleans a couple of years back.

So, why, you may ask am I going all Nancy Reagan on your ass and talking about the downfalls of drugs?

Saturday night, Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, to introduce hot new DJ, Avicii, who remixed her latest hit, “Girl Gone Wild”.  While addressing the crowd of 165,000 party-goers, Madonna asked, “How many people in this crowd have seen molly?” and the revelers erupted in cheers.

To most people, that comment would have gone over their head.

However, it caused Canadian DJ Deadmau5 to rant on his Facebook page, “Very classy there madonna”, “quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY!” and he topped his rant off with this, “I can appriciate (sic) her meteoric career, and all good deeds done, but WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?  That’s your big contribution to EDM [electronic dance music]? Thats your big message to ultra attendies? hipsterspeak for looking for drugs? fuck off you fucking IDIOT.”

For those that don’t know, “Molly” is a slang term for MDMA, the active chemical in “ecstasy”.  If you’re unfamiliar with EDM concerts, raves, and “circuit parties”, the use of drugs, especially ecstasy, “X”, and crystal meth, “Tina”, are rampant.

I’m addressing this issue because I’ve been very excited and promoting Madonna’s new CD, “MDNA” that was released yesterday.  She admits that the title could be a reference to ecstasy, to Madonna DNA, and or a shorter version of her name.

Here’s my take on things.  Drugs are bad, bad, bad.  They can kill and they destroy lives of the the people taking them and the people around them.

However, people like Deadmau5 (real name – Joel Zimmerman) have no business criticizing Madonna because she possibly made a reference to a drug that is as much a part of “circuit parties” as are sex and dance music.

Someone even called Zimmerman out on this after Facebook bashing of Madonna, “do you need to be reminded that you would be pointless if it wasn’t for molly and ecstasy?” to which he replied, “i’d give up my entire career to remove the fucking rampant stupidity thats plagued my favorite type of music in an INSTANT.”

Somehow, I find that hard to believe.

Monday night, Madonna took to Twitter to promote “MDNA” and Deadmau5 tweeted Madonna, “You’re a role model to 100’s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM could use your positive influence, not “molly” talk.”

Madonna then texted him a picture of her in mouse ears with this quote, “From one mouse to another. I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my last album …”  (That song is a house music track where a computerized female voice states that Molly helps her dance and she’s looking for Molly at a crowded rave.  It very well could be referencing ecstasy, too.)

I don’t think people should promote drug use or unsafe sex, however, I don’t think we should shy away and be afraid to mention it either.

I stand behind Madonna and her album “MDNA”.  I can’t wait to jam to it when I get home.  And, when I see Madonna in concert in Las Vegas in October, I’m sure I’ll see many people with Molly and I’m sure they’ll be dancing and having a good time.  I’ll just smile and say a silent prayer that they are only a “recreational” drug user (which I don’t condone) and I hope they never develop an addiction.


Shhhhhh!!!!! Madonna Fans, I’ll Let You In On a Secret

Madonna loves me, she really loves me.  Okay, Madonna doesn’t really know me and I’m sure it was Live Nation that loves me for the amount of money Ray & I spent for our Las Vegas Madonna tickets in October.

Yesterday, Live Nation sent us two “clean version” copies of “MDNA” with 11 songs.  However, being the die-hard fan, I also bought the “explicit” deluxe version of “MDNA” with 17 songs.

And, now the Smirnoff Co. (think yummy vodka and flavored vodkas) is offering ‘The Smirnoff “MDNA” Nightlife Edition Remix Album’ to die-hard Madonna fans.

The “MDNA” Nightlife Edition Remix Album features seven remixed tracks from Madonna’s new album, “MDNA”, and several different remixes of her recent #1 dance club smash, “Give Me All Your Luvin’” — 14 songs total!

And, here’s the kicker, it’s only $3.50.

This exclusive download is sure to become a collector’s album and can only be found on the Smirnoff US Facebook page.

You can get it here:


I’m Ready To Garden, But It’s Too Early (Warning!)

What a March it’s been across the Quad Cities.  We’ve been in the 70s and 80s for highs twelve times this month counting today’s forecast of 78°!  Temperatures are running more than 15° above average and this, so far, is the warmest March on record in the metro area and those records go back to the 1870s!

Flowers and bushes are blooming and trees are bursting with color and buds.

(Sand Cherry Tree in our front yard)

Last weekend, Ray and I planted a White Pine, two Emerald Green Arborvitae, and a Golden Honey Locust “memorial tree” for Miss ABBA.  It’s perfect because this is the time of the year to plant fruit and shade trees.

While daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are brightening up yards early this spring, hostas on “Hosta Hill” are already taking off.

While all of these flowers, blooms, and greenery are making me and many others smile, I’m getting antsy to plant more.  I’m ready for the herbs, tomatoes, and other tender vegetation plants.  And, Lowe’s isn’t helping matters by having them already in stock!

Instead of having a garden this year, I’m just going to plant  two or three cherry or grape tomato vines in memory of Miss ABBA.  As you know, tomatoes were her favorites and she didn’t have a problem snagging them when they turned red. I’m going to cover the ground under the tomatoes with a mound of alyssum, a white flowering plant is that is part of the mustard family.

As much as I want to start planting, it is way too early and this is my warning for you, too!  As I look at the long-term computer models, there is a batch of colder, Canadian air poised to arrive across the Midwest and Great Lakes late next week and weekend (April 5-9th).  While it’s still more than a week out and the air could moderate (fingers crossed!), early indications are that it could bring some scattered frost or a freeze across the Mississippi Valley or nearby.  And, believe it or not, there could be a rain/snow mix not too far away!

That isn’t unusual.  The average date for the last freezing temperature (32°) in the Quad Cities is April 20th.  The latest date that we’ve had a freezing temperature was on May 21, 2002.  Last year, we even saw a freezing temperature (29°) on May 4th!

Here’s a map of the average date of the last spring freeze (28° or colder).  The difference between a frost and freeze is that a frost can occur with temperatures above freezing and if you take precautions of covering plants and flowers, they will likely survive.  However, a freeze will typically kill any unprotected plants or flowers and can even cause damage to protected ones.

So, with this, I’ll just mow the yard and count down the days until I can plant flowers, herbs, and veggies.

By the way, I believe that peppermint is the “Cher” of herbs.  It will survive anything. 🙂  This is from our herb garden and this is the peppermint that is already up and taking over the garden.  Luckily, some lemon balm is already bursting through the ground and looking good.


Chick-Fil-A — Drag Queen Approved???

Confession time:  The last time I had Chick-Fil-A was back in the 1990s at Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah and I have to admit that their food is delicious.  However, I’ll never eat there again until the company changes its policies.   Their chicken and waffle fries just don’t taste the same served with a big side helping of hate.

I blogged about Chick-Fil-A (along with Cracker Barrel and Target) and their anti-gay policies back in February.  I’ll link you to that story at the bottom of this blog.

Now, a trio of hot cross-dressers are signing the graces of the restaurant to the music of Wilson Phillips.  Yes, it’s funny and R-rated.

As a disclaimer, it does include adult language and adult situations.

The bottom line and I couldn’t have said it better myself:  “we just want a little meat without your Bible”.

Blog from February 9, 2012, if you want to know more of the restaurant chain’s history:



“Who’s That Girl” That’s Had More Top 10 Hits Than The Beatles?

“MDNA”, Madonna’s 12th studio album, is officially out!  Her new song, “Girl Gone Wild” will hit radio Tuesday.  In honor of this release, Billboard magazine has ranked and compiled the biggest Madonna songs of all time.

Here’s an interesting fact:  Madonna has had more top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 than the Beatles.  Madonna has 38 and the Beatles have 34!

I’m only sharing Madonna’s 20 biggest hits (plus a bonus).  My favorite Madonna song, which was her first top ten hit, “Borderline”, comes in at #27.  This was also the first of 17 consecutive top ten hits from 1984-1989!

#27 “Borderline”

#20  “4 Minutes”

#19  “Secret”

#18  “La Isla Bonita”

#17  “Cherish”

#16  “True Blue”

#15  “Express Yourself”

#14  “Causing A Commotion”

#13  “I’ll Remember”

#12  “Material Girl”

#11  “Who’s That Girl”

#10 “Open Your Heart”

#9   “Music”

#8   “Live To Tell”

#7   “Papa Don’t Preach”

#6  “Like A Prayer”

#5   “Justify My Love”

#4  “Take A Bow”

#3   “Crazy For You”

#2   “Vogue”

#1    “Like A Virgin”

They Said What??? — Jimmy Carter, Robert De Niro, Madonna, & Rick Santorum


“I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.”


“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things—he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”


(In San Antonio, speaking that there are so few differences between President Obama and his competitor Mitt Romney):  “We may as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk.”

(Clarifying that statement in Pineville, Louisiana):  “Over my dead body would I vote for Barack Obama”


“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now, do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?  Too soon, right?”


“And let us not forget what their decisions—the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come—on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and, yes, love whomever we choose.”


(On why she worked with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on her new album, “MDNA”):  “Because they’re badass bitches. They’re both smart, clever. They have strength. They don’t just play on their sexuality.”


(Interviewing Madonna on Facebook to promote “MDNA”):  “What if it doesn’t work out?  You’re Madonna. But did you think about my career?”


“I was a pageboy and had a choice between wearing some boring old suit or a pair of knickerbockers with ballerina tights and slippers.  So I went with the tights.  It’s not that I always wanted to be different, but I knew what I liked.”


(Preparing for her new tour):  “Hot yoga time, post rehearsal. Though my ass is kicked from dancing may I succumb to the heat and focus on conditioning. No pain, no fear.”


(Openly gay writer talking with former athiest/former child star Kirk Cameron about his recent anti-gay interview on CNN):  “I have to tell you, as a gay person, what you said was very hateful.  I’m sure it was painful for a lot of people to see it on TV”.


“That pains me in my heart to think that someone who is gay would think that I don’t love them and care about them. Like I told you with my buddy, there’s nothing you could do or say—you’re my friend and I care about you. But I’m a man of convictions. If you press me about how I feel about an issue, you’re going to see my convictions. My convictions run deep, as I’m sure yours do. What I love is to sit down and have conversations about our convictions without calling people names. I’m assuming you’re not a heterophobe. Neither am I a homophobe. We have different convictions on an issue, and we could learn from each other. I think that’s awesome. I think that’s healthy.”


(To the St. Petersburg, Russia city officials on their new anti-gay laws):  “I don’t run away from adversity.  I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”