I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that Santa was good to you. This is my last “Random Friday Thoughts” blog of 2013, so “Happy New Year” early!
“LIFESTYLE” OR “CHOICE”
Last week, a can of worms about the First Amendment was opened when “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson made anti-gay comments to “GQ” magazine. It caused A&E to indefinitely suspend Robertson.
My comments today are not about that ordeal, but I’ll re-post the link if you want to read what I wrote about “Duck Dynasty”, being gay, and God last Friday. It was one of my most viewed blogs of the year!
In the dialogue following my blog and the fallout about the suspension, one woman started badgering me about the “gay lifestyle”.
I responded that being gay is not a “choice” or a “lifestyle”. As for “choice”, LGBT people don’t normally go around asking straight people when they “chose” to be straight.
And, being gay is just one facet of who I am. It’s my life and not a “lifestyle”, but she wouldn’t drop it and even posted a dictionary definition of “lifestyle” for me!
So, if you insist that being gay is a lifestyle, this pretty much sums it up.
Last Friday’s blog about the “Duck Dynasty” uproar: https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/eventually-all-dynasties-fall/
BRISTOL PALIN ON ROBERTSON & THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Since I’ve blogged about Bristol Palin and her views before, here’s what she’s saying about “Duck Dynasty” and the LGBT community in her blog post, “Leave Phil Robertson Alone”.
“I think it’s so hypocritical how the LGBT community expects every single flippen person to agree with their life style. This flies in the face of what makes America great – people can have their own beliefs and own opinions and their own ways of life. Everyone needs to treat others like God would, with love. It goes both ways. I hate how the LGBT community says it’s all about ‘love’ and ‘equality.’ However, if you don’t agree with their lifestyle, they spread the most hate. It is so hypocritical it makes my stomach turn.”
ONE MORE PALIN RESPONSE
Another Robertson defender was Bristol’s mother, failed Alaska Governor and Vice President wannabe Sarah Palin.
Last week, Palin was defending Robertson on her Facebook page, “Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin and taking on the ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.” However, now she admits that she didn’t even read his comments to “GQ” magazine to even know what he said!
On Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren”, when pressed about the graphic nature of Robertson’s comments, Palin admits, “I haven’t read the article … I don’t know exactly how he said it.”
I have one thing to say: read first before you spout off in his (or anyone’s) defense! But, then again, consider the source….
SURPRISE “GLEE”FUL WEDDING
A couple of months ago, I blogged that 49-year-old actress Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Beiste on “Glee”, proposed to her girlfriend of three years, Bridgett Casteen.
The couple invited family and friends to their Los Angeles home last Saturday for a holiday party. When the guests arrived, they were then told it was a secret wedding ceremony!
Congratulations Dot-Marie and Bridgett!
While it’s a few years old, Preston Leatherman still makes me smile and hit “replay” with his dancing with an ipod in public version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Watch and tell me you’re not smiling!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT — WINTER VERSION
Beyonce has been struggling to find that next big hit on pop radio following many misfires. That may have changed with her new single, “XO”, which is already racing up the Top 40 radio airplay charts.
Bey did something unheard of recently when she released her new self-titled album, “Beyonce”. There was advance notice, no hype, and she released it exclusively to iTunes.
It paid off in a big way. In just the first three days, the album was downloaded 617,000 times and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. (Worldwide, it sold more than 800,000 copies in those first three days.)
In its second week with a full week of sales, it sold an additional 374,000 copies in the U.S. That’s a total of almost a million copies in just ten days!
However, the exclusivity to iTunes in those first few days ticked off other music retailers. Target and amazon.com are refusing to carry the album, but something tells me that Beyonce isn’t losing any sleep over it.
I recently saw the movie, “C.O.G.”, which stands for “Children of God”, starring Jonathan Groff, who will be appearing in the new HBO series, “Looking” next month.
It’s based on the life of writer David Sedaris. While there were many funny lines in the drama, here is the scene that made me fall over with laughter.
“The Bible says”… “I know what the Bible says”… “Then what’s your problem with it?”… “It’s poorly written!”
SINCE WE’RE TALKING RELIGION AND HUMOR
17-year-old Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix is on the verge of scoring his first Top 40 hit in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 (#51).
His hit, “Animals, has already reached #1 in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, the U.K., and on the Billboard Dance chart here in the States. The song is already a Top Ten hit in, at least, ten other countries.
FOUR BOOKS THIS YEAR
I am proud to say that as 2013 winds down, I just finished reading my fourth book. In 2014, I plan on making a dent in the more than 160 books I own now that I’m caught up on my magazines.
Just in time for the holidays, I read “Christmas in Plains” by Jimmy Carter, our nation’s 39th president and my favorite President.
In the 155-page, easy-to-read book, he shares stories of his Christmases growing up, serving in the Navy, as Governor of Georgia, as President of the United States, and after leaving office.
President Carter talks about growing up in Georgia during the Great Depression and his close-knit friendships with the black kids that lived on his father’s land in a time when there was much more racial divide in the South than there is today.
The book reminded me of growing up poor in Kentucky in the 1970s and Christmases being skimpy and how Santa brought some kids much more than others.
I enjoyed the stories about the traditions that he and his family started and how they progressed in life. However, my favorite story that he told was from one of the darkest times in American history.
On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students/terrorists took over the U.S. Embassy in Teheran with 66 original hostages. Thirteen of those were released two weeks later and another man, who was becoming seriously ill, was released in July 1980.
The other 52 Americans hostages were held for 444 days.
During the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House in December 1979, President Carter and his daughter, Amy, surprised America when she flipped the switch for the tree.
President Carter writes, ” Amy and I planned a big surprised for the ceremony. When the television cameras focused on her at the crucial moment, she threw the switch but no lights lit up on the tree except the single Star of Hope on top — a symbolic acknowledgement that we were not celebrating while our hostages were being held, but were confident that all of them would return safely and to freedom.”
In Christmas 1980, the lights on the tree were turned on for 417 seconds, one second for each day that the hostages were being held. After that, only the Star of Light was lit up that holiday season.
In the final hours of his presidency on January 20, 1981, President Carter secured the hostages’ release. Right as President Ronald Reagan completed his inaugural address after being sworn in, the 52 hostages were released into U.S. custody after 444 days.
And, one more funny story from the book became answers to Trivia Pursuit questions.
While President Carter was happy that he was the answer to the first American president born in a hospital, he was less thrilled with the answer about a quote from his mother, Lillian. She said, “Sometimes when I look at my children, I wish I had remained a virgin.”
BEST & WORST OF CHRISTMAS SONGS
Now that Christmas is over and radio is returning to playing the same tired twenty pop songs over and over, I have to say that I now have two Christmas songs that I despise.
“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” has always been on that list. However, I just realized this season how much I dislike “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”!
On the other hand, I could listen to my two favorite Christmas songs year around. My second favorite is “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid.
And, my favorite Christmas song of all time is “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters! Karen’s sweet, angelic voice still melts me to this day!
FINAL CHRISTMAS 2013 WISH
I know the holidays can be stressful and crazy, so to honor of the best season of “American Horror Story” so far, “Asylum”, since I haven’t seen “Coven” yet…
Happy New Year early!