It’s almost the weekend and, as always, I’m ready for it.
Got any big plans? Whatever you do, or don’t do, enjoy your weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts this week.
SPRING STORMS THIS WEEK
Our first round of severe storms in 2016 brought five tornadoes to northern Illinois and eastern Iowa Tuesday evening. This required me to go back into work for several hours. It saddens me to see the widespread devastation, but I’m happy to report there were no casualties!
Of course, the two-plus hours of continuous coverage ticked some people off because watching their regular programs was more important than keeping people safe.
Oh well, people get over it. We’ll do the same thing the next time there are tornadoes in the area!
PATTI DAVIS & HER FATHER’S AIDS FAILURE
Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan & First Lady Nancy Reagan is promoting her new book, “The Earth Breaks In Colors” and she’s not holding back on her father’s failure in handling the AIDS crisis.
She says, “I’m not gonna make excuses for, um, the failure of his administration to address the AIDS crisis when it was going on.” She adds, “I mean, it was a failure. It hurts my heart that that happened, on so many levels.”
Davis: “Presidents get briefings every morning, um, they’re busy, so their time watching CNN is limited, so they do rely on people to bring them information on what was going on. There were people around him who did not want him dealing with the AIDS crisis, and I’m not making excuses for him, I’m saying that’s a flaw of his, and in this case it turned out to be a really tragic flaw because he didn’t really know the extent of what was going on until Rock Hudson died.”
AIDS wasn’t the only topic Davis talked on when reflecting on her father.
She also implied that President Reagan would not be behind Donald Trump’s bid for the White House because he supported immigration.
Davis says, “He would certainly not be saying that Muslims should register and let’s build a huge wall and let Mexico pay for it and send them all back.”
A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS
Even politicians can put their differences aside!
This picture was taken at Nancy Reagan’s funeral last week.
“SPOKEN FROM THE HEART” — LAURA BUSH
I just finished reading Laura Bush’s 2010 autobiography, “Spoken From The Heart” and it solidified my fondness of the former First Lady. As I stated last week, she’s one of my five favorite First Ladies.
When deciding to read the book, I was afraid. What if she wasn’t as charming as I perceived her to be? What if she didn’t like Hillary Clinton? (That’s important to me when both are one my list of five favorite First Ladies!)
My concerns and fears were unfounded and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Laura Welch better. I would so honored to meet her one day.
In the book, she described Hillary as “gracious and forthcoming” when the outgoing First Lady was giving the future First Lady a tour of the White House.
I loved the touching story of Hillary and her daughter, Chelsea, showing Ms. Bush tomato plants that they had growing on the parapet off the third floor because “you just can’t get good tomatoes.”
President and Ms. Bush would go on to grow pots of tomatoes there, too.
I love this story so much because I used to grow tomatoes and peppers in pots for Miss ABBA, the golden retriever, before I lived in a house where I could have a garden!
In the book, Ms. Bush says very few bad things about people. Even when she took people to task for their words or actions, she was cordial about it.
Laura Bush on Barack Obama and the 2008 Presidential race: “And I wondered if Barack Obama, who spent far more time attacking George than he did his opponent, John McCain, would want to amend his words once he discovered the reality of the White House and was himself confronted by the challenges and crises that hit a president every day, all day.”
DONALD TRUMP, THIS COULD BE YOU!
While Laura Bush had just talked about former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Nevada Senator and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and their constant name calling of her husband, President George W. Bush, she stated that the president was always polite and didn’t resort to name calling.
She said, “The president doesn’t have the luxury of behaving like a smart-aleck kid on a school playground; he has to work not just with Congress but with leaders around the world.”
Hey, Donald Trump, listen up. This could apply to you, too!
FOR THE LOVE OF GEORGE W. BUSH
One thing very clear and so sweet in Ms. Bush’s book is the love between her and her husband.
I know that she’s his wife and I expect her to say nice and flattering things about him. However, after reading about their love and their life together, I’ll still disagree with him on certain policies, but I’d break bread with him and maybe even find him pleasant!
DISAGREED WITH LAURA JUST ONCE
As I’ve always told people, you can disagree with me as long as you do it diplomatically. As much I admire Ms. Bush, I disagree with her view on the last presidential debate in 2004 between President Bush and his Democratic rival, John Kerry.
Debate moderate Bob Schieffer asked the men if homosexuality was a choice.
Kerry replied, “We’re all God’s children, Bob, and I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was. She’s being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it’s not a choice.”
I agree with Senator (and now Secretary of State) Kerry. It’s not a choice.
Was it inappropriate to mention Mary Cheney? Absolutely not. Ms. Bush and both Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, blasted Kerry for the comments.
Mary Cheney was an “out” lesbian in a long-term relationship with a woman (they married in the summer of 2012). LGBT issues were a big talking point in the 2000 election when President Bush was elected and still an an issue in 2004.
Even if we disagree on that, I value Ms. Bush’s opinion and I still think she’d make a great friend!
I’M NOT FEELING “THE BERN”
Five states went to the polls this past Tuesday night and with close wins in Illinois and Missouri and easier wins in the other three states, Hillary Clinton went five-for-five.
On the rival side, a win in Ohio kept John Kasich in the race. However, a big loss in Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop out of the race for president.
As I’ve said before, I will not personally attack Bernie Sanders the way I’ve seen him and his “Feel The Bern” followers attack Clinton.
With that being said, I’m rather dismayed by Senator Sanders’ nasty tone toward the Democratic front-runner in recent week. I know it has a lot to do with the fact that with each primary and caucus, she’s moving closer and closer to the delegate count needed to secure the party’s nomination.
But, really? Be tough and if you’re going to lose, know you fought a good fight with dignity. Don’t resort to Trump tactics!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
I’ve never had a desire to visit any of the biggest studio attractions.
But, let me tell you after seeing this new permanent “The Walking Dead” attraction coming this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood, I might change my mind!
Boo! Walkers and survival, I’m game!
“FEAR THE WALKING DEAD”
As the sixth season winds down (the finale is Sunday, April 3rd), the second and longer season of “Fear The Walking Dead” debuts one week later.
The six episodes of the first season were enjoyable, but it started out really slow. But, then again, in the early days of the virus apocalypse, I’m sure the process of walkers taking over and turning was slower. 🙂
However, the trailer for the new season looks incredible and out of this world!
I finally got around to watching the award-winning, HBO movie, “Recount”, about the 2000 presidential election where Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote, but the presidency went to George W. Bush because of Florida’s 25 electoral vote.
If you lived through it, but got bored with it by early December, the battles that both sides went through to get the win for their candidate in the court system were entertaining and frustrating in movie form.
Many in the cast were nominated for Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe awards including Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson, Denis Leary, Bob Balaban, and Laura Dern.
Dern was the only winner for acting. She snagged the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
She was insanely entertaining (crazy !) as Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris.
One day, I hope to run across “Game Change” with Emmy winner Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential election.
The new television series on A&E following “Bates Motel” is a sequel to “The Omen”. Damien is now grown and just beginning to piece together his violent childhood as the “antichrist”.
The premiere was decent, but it definitely has room for improvement. (I haven’t watched the second episode yet.)
I liked actor Bradley James, who plays Damien, but I want to see more of Barbara Hershey and learn more about her evil connection to Damien.
Despite my hopes for “Damien”, ratings may be the killer for the show. It’s debut only attracted 75o-thousand viewers and by the second episode, the ratings dropped even more to just a little over one-half million people.
It lost about one-half of the viewers that tuned in to see the season 4 opener of “Bates Motel”, which itself was at a series low in ratings!
Norman and Norma were amazing and I can’t wait to see more of their zaniness this season.
You can catch “Bates Motel” and “Damien on A&E Monday nights.
I’ve blogged many times about my love for the incredible English trio Years & Years. Their debut album last summer, “Communion” was perfect and ended up being my second favorite album of the year.
I wanted to see them in concert last fall when I was in San Francisco, California, but the show was sold out. Luckily, I’ll be seeing them in early May in Rosemont, Illinois, when they open for Ellie Goulding on the “Delirium World Tour”.
They just re-released one of their earlier English hits, “Desire”. It now features Tove Lo, who scored big hits with the #1 airplay smash, “Habits (Stay High)”, and the Top 5 airplay sonh, “Talking Body”.
Here’s the new “Desire” video and trust me, the second half gets rather risque and will shock many people in the U.S. Maybe that’s why I love it so!
Have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts this week.