Happy Friday everyone! Another weekend is upon us and I hope you have a nice one planned. Today is Gretel’s last day of school and her last day as a sixth grader! I think she wants to go out to lunch at Osaka Buffet, one of our favorite places to eat. I should do it because tomorrow is June 1st and that is the date that Ray and I agreed upon to eat healthier, limit our buffets, and exercise more.
This is also Pride weekend in the Quad Cities. We might go and check it out. The late, great Miss ABBA and I went to a couple of the festivities. This picture is from the 2010 Quad City Pride.
I’ll have to check with the weatherman to see which day would be better! 🙂
ONE LESS RAT IN THE RAT RACE
Early Wednesday morning, I got the best news that brought a smile to my face. There will be one less rat in the 2014 “rat race” election season.
Failed Republican presidential wannabe and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann announced that she will not be seeking re-election. She said, “I fully anticipate the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term. They always seemed to attempt to find a dishonest way to disparage me. But I take being the focus of their attention and disparagement as a true compliment of my public service effectiveness.”
The woman is, how do you say it, bat-sh*t crazy. She’s currently being investigated because of her campaign spending and in the last Congressional election spent a lot of money and barely won re-election with less than two percentage points. Her competitor in that race, Jim Graves, recently announced that he would be running again in 2014.
Now, if I didn’t filter how I really felt, I’d say she came to realization that American handily told her we didn’t want her for president, that it took a lot of money to barely convince Minnesota to keep her in office the last time, and keeping her husband in the closet is a full-time job! But, that would be mean and that is just a rumor about her husband — for now! 🙂
I would say good riddance, but Bachmann vows to continue fighting for traditional marriage and family values.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A recent Gallup poll shows that gay or lesbian relations are accepted by 19% more people today than just 12 years ago. Today, with twelve states and the District of Columbia with marriage equality (and Illinois is considering it), 59% of Americans polled find gay or lesbian relationships acceptable. In 2001, only 40% did so.
Also, Americans find having babies and having sex outside of marriage much more acceptable today than a decade ago. Even divorce and polygamy are 9% and 7% more acceptable today, respectively, than just a decade ago.
Of the 20 topics surveyed, the most unacceptable now compared to 2001 is medical testing on animals. It’s down 9% in the past decade. Also seeing a decrease in acceptability today, compared to 2001, is doctor-assisted suicides. That is down 4%.
REMEMBERING “DR. DEATH”
While more Americans find doctor-assisted suicides less acceptable today than a decade ago, according to that recent Gallup poll, I’m taking a moment to remember the man whose name is synonymous with that subject. He died two years ago next week.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a Michigan born pathologist, gained national attention in late 1998 when he allowed CBS News’ “60 Minutes” to air a videotape he made two months earlier of the voluntary euthanasia of 52-year-old Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a debilitating disease that causes progressive weakness, muscle atrophy, muscle spasms, difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing.
After a two-day trial, a Michigan jury found Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder. After serving time, he was paroled eight years later.
He may have been involved in more than 130 deaths and Kevorkian told “Time” magazine, “My specialty is death.”
So, what is your view on doctor-assisted suicides? Feel free to tell me, even if we disagree.
I’m all for it. I’ve seen people wither away to almost nothing in so much pain. I look at their lives and I see that some have no quality of life. My mother died of a sudden heart attack at age 47. While we were unable to say goodbye, I’m thankful that she never suffered for a long period like some people do.
If I’m ever in a terminal health situation where there is no chance of recovery (short of a miracle) and I’m in unimaginable pain, I’d welcome being euthanized. Why is it that we’re in a position in this country where we have to watch our loved ones suffer until they die naturally, but we can do the “humane” thing to keep our beloved pets from immense suffering when they reach that point of no return by euthanizing them?
On February 3, 2012, Miss ABBA, our golden retriever that was just like a child to us, took that final R-I-D-E in the car. I carried her to the car that morning and into the vet’s office. I sat on the floor holding her when the doctor administered the two shots and she peacefully crossed over the “rainbow bridge”.
Many of you already know that Miss ABBA lived ten fantastic months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was only given two to three months to live. She never got sick or down until the day before she died.
I’m blessed for the almost 12 years Miss ABBA and I had together. I’m so glad that she never had to suffer and that I had that option to ease her pain when her quality of life ended. I would want the same for myself or for my human counterparts.
RICK SPRINGFIELD ROCKS!
Let me lighten the mood now by saying last Friday night’s Rick Springfield concert in the Quad Cities was incredible. The ’80s heart throb played for about two hours and he still sounds as good as he did back in his heyday when “Jessie’s Girl” was #1 and he had other top ten hits like “I’ve Done Everything For You”, “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Affair Of The Heart”, and “Love Somebody”.
“DEXTER SEASON 7 IS AWESOME!”
We are eight episodes into season 7 of “Dexter” and I absolutely love this season. Only four more episodes to go and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. Please don’t spoil it for me or for anyone who hasn’t seen this season, but I hope Joey Quinn bites the dust. I’m over his character. 🙂
As for “Dexter”, fans already know that the new season begins on Showtime June 30th and this will be the final season!!!!!!!! 😦
Who’s going to be my favorite serial killer then? And, how will I handle not seeing sexy Michael C. Hall?
So, what are your favorite seasons? Other than season seven, my other favorites are seasons one, four, and six!
SPEAKING OF SERIAL KILLERS
Good news!!!! The Hollywood website, deadline.com, is reporting that “Hannibal” has been renewed for a 13 episode second season!
There was concern that the graphic drama about our favorite cannibal might be cancelled because it only brings in a rating of about 4.7 million people weekly.
But, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke says, “We’re so proud of Bryan’s [executive producer Bryan Fuller] vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told.”
And, here’s an interesting fact. NBC says that “Hannibal” is the youngest drama on NBC, CBS, and ABC, with a median viewer age of 45.7 years.
AMAZING ALBUM I KNOW YOU PROBABLY DON’T HAVE!!!
While I love all genres of music, I’m partial to dance and 1980s. I’ve moved away from country music. I mean, no country radio without new Reba and Patty Loveless music is boring. You can take your Taylor Swift and… what was I saying? 🙂
I have to highly recommend an album that came out last fall that I just can’t stop listening to and it’s been nine months. It’s “Push Rewind” by Chris Wallace, the former lead singer of the Chicago band, the White Tie Affair. I saw them at Market Days in Chicago a few years ago and Chris is amazing.
I totally agree with “Entertainment Weekly” when it said “Push Rewind” was “the best pop album you probably haven’t discovered yet.” Meanwhile, iTunes called “Push Rewind”, the “best breakthrough pop album of 2012” and his first solo hit, “Remember When (Push Rewind)”, one of the “best songs of 2012”.
“Remember When (Push Rewind)” reached #25 on the Billboard “Pop Songs” chart, which is based on radio airplay.
If you liked the first single, you’re going to love the CD. “Keep Me Crazy” (the second and new single), “Hurricane”, and “Time Bomb (Walk Away)” are all fun upbeat dance numbers. If those are a little too dance-oriented for you, you’ll love the mid-tempo tracks “Don’t Mind If I Do”, “Best Mistake”, and “Invincible”.
When Wallace slows it down for the ballads “I’ll Be There” and “Ready To Fall”, his soulful voice just captivates you.
He closes the disc with the perfect slow-building mid-tempo “Do It All Again”.
There aren’t too many albums where I love every song. This is one of them. I sure hope that radio and America learn who Chris Wallace is and that he becomes the star he should be.
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
Two years ago this week on June 4, 2011, we went to the Chicago suburbs to celebrate Gretel’s 10th birthday by seeing “Glee” in concert. Gretel absolutely loves the show and Kurt is her favorite character. And, while he was walking by, sexy crooner Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, shook hands with me!
And, this week last year, we were in Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the week of Memorial Day. We had a fantastic time just chilling by the Lake. We also did a little boating, fishing, and we visited Arnold’s Park, an amusement park. That’s where we took this cute family photo.
“PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK”
Canadian Bryan Adams has scored 22 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
After reaching #10 with his first American hit, “Straight From The Heart” in 1982, his follow-up, “Cuts Like A Knife” reached #15.
Of his 22 hits, 11 of them reached the Top Ten here in the U.S. Of those, four reached #1: “Heaven” (1985), “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (1991) from the motion picture, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “All For Love” (1993) , and “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” (1995) with Sting and Rod Stewart, from the movie “Don Juan DeMarco”.
ENOUGH FOR THIS WEEK
With the severe weather Thursday and working until after 6 p.m., I had to cut this short a little. But, it’s enough for one week.
Have a fantastic weekend and thank you for checking out my blog of random thoughts!