It’s no surprise that I love my weekends. It’s going to be relatively mild this weekend and I hope to take a few walks in the neighborhood and get some fresh air. I hope you have a great weekend, too.
Here are my random thoughts for this week.
MICHELE BACHMANN, THE WORLD HAS CHANGED!
Minnesota Representative and failed Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is still behind the times and she thinks that President Obama, liberal judges, and gay people are out to “take away” her religious rights.
I guess that’s better than her thinking we want to take her husband away from her!
Okay, let me get back on track. She’s upset with not only the LGBT community, but also Arizona Governor Jan Brewer because she vetoed the very bad SB 1062 last month.
Bachmann says, “There’s nothing about gays in there. But the gay community decided to make this their measure. I think the thing that is getting a little tiresome, the gay community, they have so bullied the American people, and they’ve so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, so that they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere.”
Since 2014 is just getting underway and the next presidential election is still about two years away, who are Iowa voters most excited about?
For Democrats, former Secretary of State, former First Lady, and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has incredible support with Democrats with 88% saying it’s a good idea for her to run for President and 11% saying it’s a bad idea.
Current Vice President Joe Biden only has 58% of the polled saying it’s a good idea for him to run in 2016.
On the Republican side, of the candidates that were asked about, 2012 Vice President wannabe Paul Ryan has the support of 67% of Republicans with only 16% thinking it’s a bad idea.
Right behind him with 65% thinking it’s a good idea is former Arkansas Governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
“GAYEST PRESIDENT YET”
Kudos to Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton.
Last summer, she could have been arrested for holding up this rainbow flag in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
Recently, at SXSW in Austin, Texas, she topped herself by saying this about Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Well, Russia has the gayest president ever. No, that’s an offensive thing to say—not to him, but to the gay community.”
Tilda, if I didn’t already love you for your amazing work and, especially, your performance in “We Need To Talk About Kevin”, I’d love you even more now.
WINTER, GO AWAY!
As much as I love snow, a few days of 50° or higher this week and I’m now in “spring” mode!
When it comes to farmers’ almanacs and long-term forecasts, it’s fun to looked at the books’ generalized forecasts for the upcoming winter season. But, there’s definitely no scientific validity to the daily forecasts for each month. It’s definitely guess-work.
But, check out this “Farmers’ Almanac” forecast from last fall that I blogged about on August 30, 2013.
With temperatures from December 2013 through March 2014 running more than nine degrees below average in the Quad Cities and 62.4″ of snow this winter, almost twice the average winter’s snowfall, I say “kudos” to the “Farmers’ Almanac” for nailing this winter’s outlook.
The romantic comedy, “Baggage Claim”, was the funniest movie I’ve seen since “We’re The Millers” last year.
Paula Patton stars a Montana Moore, a flight attendant who finds out that her younger sister who’s still in college is engaged. She begins to feel the pressure from her mother who’s been married five times.
When her boyfriend, Graham, invites her, by letter, to spend Thanksgiving with him in Chicago, Montana is convinced that he’s going to pop the question. Wait, he sends a letter inviting her???? What year is this?
Well, things don’t go as planned.
That’s when her two flight attendant friends, Gail and Sam, devise a master plan to get her married or engaged before her sister’s wedding in thirty days!
Jill Scott is hilarious as the promiscuous Gail and Adam Brody is adorably cute and funny as Montana gay best friend, Sam.
With the help from others that work within the airline industry, the trio tracks down Montana’s exes that are flying over the holidays to see if any of them have changed and if they could now be the “one”.
While predictable, it’s funny, sexy, and cute. Dare I say this, but it’s a modern-day “Pretty Woman” without Julia Roberts and prostitutes.
“Baggage Claim” is a definite must-see and I’m even considering buying the DVD!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CONGRATULATIONS BELINDA CARLISLE
Today marks a very special anniversary in former Go-Go’s lead singer, Belinda Carlisle’s life.
It was nine years ago today that she stopped using drugs after almost 30 years of abuse!
She made those revelations in her memoir, “Lips Unsealed”, which I blogged about earlier this week.
Here’s an excerpt from my blog: “In March 2005, Belinda was in London rehearsing for some tour dates and having talks about a new venture for her, an album of French pop songs. In heartbreaking detail in the book, she went on a cocaine frenzy in her hotel room and envisioned herself dead of an overdose. It gave her the strength to do something she had never been able to do. She was going to finish the last of the cocaine sitting on the table and quit cold turkey.”
Belinda, congratulations on nine years. I know that overcoming an addiction is a daily fight and I wish you and your family the very best.
Here’s Belinda from last year with “Sun”.
If you missed my blog about Belinda, here’s the link:
AMERICANS BECOMING MORE OPEN-MINDED
There will always be prejudiced against <insert minority group here>. Otherwise, what would close-minded people have to talk about?
I want to comment and focus on the LGBT community and marriage equality.
“USA Today” reported in late February that a study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shows that the number of Americans supporting marriage equality has risen from 32% in 2003 to 53% last year!
In that same time period, 17 states and the District of Columbia have allowed same-sex marriages.
The PRRI study also shows that in the past ten years, the number of people who say same-sex marriages are against their religious beliefs dropped from 62% to 51%.
The top three religions that were deemed most “unfriendly” to the LGBT community were the Catholic Church (58%), the Mormon Church (53%) and Evangelical Christian churches (51%).
Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, says that 24% of those polled left their childhood religion and now have no religious identity. One of the main reasons given was their church’s negative teachings or treatment of LGBT people.
In younger people, ages 18 to 33, that number jumps to 31%!
MILEY-KATY CAT FIGHT
There’s a pop music cat fight going on now and Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Elton John are not involved!
Recently, at Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz Tour” stop in Los Angeles, Katy leaned in to give Miley an innocent kiss during the song, “Adore You”.
So, here’s Katy’s side of the story.
Well, Miley didn’t take kindly to Katy’s comment and Tweeted this.
Ladies, since we never really know where other people’s tongues have been, let’s just use Scope, kiss, and make up!
“ROMEO & JULIET”
We all know the story of the dreaded feud between the Montagues and the Capulets that doomed the love affair of their children, Romeo and Juliet.
In the latest box office bomb, Romeo is played by the stunningly drop-dead gorgeous English actor Douglas Booth and Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) portrays Juliet.
The movie is definitely getting a bad rap. If it wasn’t bad enough that the $24 million dollar movie only made $1.2 million in theaters, it was mostly panned by critics, and has an approval rating of only 21% on the website, “Rotten Tomatoes”!
I didn’t think the movie lacked energy as many have stated. If you want to see a new version of the classic story, you won’t be thoroughly disappointed.
And, look on the bright side, if you start watching it and you think I’m wrong about the movie being okay, just stare at the beautiful Douglas Booth and make the best of it.
“I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY”
Texan Clay Walker first appeared on the country music scene in 1993 when his debut single, “What’s It To You” and its follow-up, “Live Until I Die”, both topped the Billboard Country chart.
He was so dreamy and quickly became my favorite male country singer.
I finally saw him in concert in Merrillville, Indiana, in early 1996.
Clay charted with 29 country hits with 17 of them reaching the Top Ten.
Of those, six topped the chart! Including the two I previously mentioned, “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” (1994), “If I Could Make A Living” (1994), “This Woman And This Man” (1995), and “Rumor Has It” (1997) were also chart toppers.
I have many favorites of Clay’s, but I think this is my absolute favorite.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend to you. If you have a lot of green beer, make sure you have a designated driver!
Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.