Happy Friday! The weekend is here and I hope you have a great one.
While this is a condensed “Random Friday Thoughts”, it’s still something unexpected and fun to post since I’ve missed my blog.
MIDDLE EAST FIGHTING
As the fighting in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine escalates, the death toll continues to rise. So far, roughly 760 people have died in Gaza and the Israeli death toll is around 35.
Earlier this week, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines both halted flights from the U.S. to Israel, while airlines in Germany, Italy, and France joined in prompting the European Aviation Safety Agency to issue an advisory.
“PRAY FOR PEACE”
Meanwhile, country music and entertainment superstar Reba McEntire released her first new song since 2012 asking the world to “Pray For Peace”.
Reba stated on her Facebook page, “The idea to write the song “Pray For Peace” came to me last year as I was walking on our place in Gallatin, Tn. For days I’d sing, “Pray for Peace”, over and over. It wasn’t until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it.”
She adds, “It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love.”
You can see the finished video (with music) here: http://reba.com/
MADONNA CATCHES HEAT
Also, international music icon Madonna is earning praise and a lot of flak for posting this picture on social media.
The caption was “These flowers are like the innocent children of GAZA! Who has a right to destroy them? No One!!!! CEASE FIRE! #peaceinthemiddleeast” -Madonna.”
Responses on her Facebook page have been rather passionate.
Positive: “She Can Support whoever she wants to… so whats the Problem? Im a Madonna’s Fan, Im Not Supporting Israel, Im not supporting Gaza, Im Just Supporting The Peace, The Children’s Life are Important, Doesn’t matter the side of they come from.”
And, ” Thank you Madonna for shedding light on human rights abuses in the Middle East. Every life is precious and no child should die.”
Negative: “you Madonna have no rights to say this kind of things about the children in Gaza ! These children are taught from childhood to hate us and want to kill us and destroy the people of Israel ! … “SHAME ON YOU MADONNA ! I’m not a fan anymore!”
And, “Madonna talking about politics is a bit like George w Bush trying to point Iraq on a map before attacking it.”
This prompted Madonna to post this follow-up an hour or so later.
EMMY NOMINATIONS — A HIT AND TWO MISSES
Kudos to the Emmy Awards for nominating transgender actress Laverne Cox is the proper category “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for her work in “Orange Is The New Black”!
Sadly, no nominations were given to the NBC series, “Hannibal” or for any of the actors. This is by far, the best and most intelligent show on television! Maybe next year?
And, Emmy also snubbed “The Walking Dead” for acting awards AGAIN! There was a lot of buzz and hope that Melissa McBride would get a nomination for her heartbreaking performance this season.
McBride did win the “Saturn Award” this year and is nominated for the “Gold Derby TV Award” for Best Supporting Actress.
ERASURE IS BACK!
My favorite English band, Erasure, is gearing up for the release of their latest album, “The Violet Flame” in September.
The first single, “Elevation”, just came out and it’s incredible. Andy Bell sounds amazing and it’s a fresh new sound for the every changing electronic duo.
I can’t wait to see them in concert in Chicago on October 4th.
If you’re not all that familiar with Erasure or you want to know just how much I love their music, check out this blog from June.
GOP HAS A NEW FRONT RUNNER?
The “crazy train” may have derailed in 2012, but it may be back on the tracks for the 2016 presidential race.
Michele Bachmann tells RealClearPolitics, “there’s a chance I could run.”
REMEMBERING TAMMY FAYE
It was seven years ago last weekend that televangelist Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner died after an 11-year battle with cancer.
I just finished her book and it made me look at her in a new light.
If you missed my blog about her, the book, her life, and her thoughts, here’s the link:
CANCER SURVIVOR INSPIRES ME
Cancer is scary and we all know or love someone that has been touched by it.
I have and I’ve already had three cancer scares. I just read the most incredible and the best book ever about a Chicago chef that faced his biggest fear, tongue cancer — something that could have either killed him or ended his career.
Check out Grant Achatz’s amazing story in this blog.
STILL LOVE THIS CRAZY SONG
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ duo that have remixed songs for The Killers, Icona Pop, and Ellie Goulding.
Their first radio hit in America, #SELFIE, reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top Ten on the Billboard Dance chart.
It also reached #1 in Finland, #2 in Sweden, and #3 in Australia and Norway.
VIDEO MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR EVERYONE!
The video has been viewed more than 181 million times on YouTube. Now, go take a selfie!
So there’s your surprise “Random Friday Thoughts”. Have a great weekend!