Random Friday Thoughts — January 26, 2018

The weekend is here and can you believe that January is almost over!  I hope you have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts.


Pop singer Kelly Clarkson went on the defensive after saying she’s “not above” spanking her kids.

Clarkson says, “My parents spanked me and I did fine in life. I feel fine about it, and I do that as well.”


However, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages spanking and “other physical punishments”.

A recent survey showed that 78% of people believe spanking is okay “sometimes”, while 20% said “never”.

I’m fully on Clarkson’s side.  This whole “time out” or putting a child in the corner is silly to me.   I’ve been around children that could have used a few spankings in their lives.

I had my fair share as a youngster and I deserved every one them.  But, I also had a few beatings from my father that easily went over that threshold of spanking.  A beating and a spanking are much different!

Your thoughts on spanking?  Did you spank your children and how were you disciplined as a kid?


Who needs men to set women back 100 years when you have Megyn Kelly of “Megyn Kelly Today”?


Yes, I defended her against the attacks from “that man”.

But, to go after 80-year-old actress Jane Fonda about plastic surgery and then drag up a mistake she made during the Vietnam War!  Tacky!


When you want to use “Hanoi Jane” against her, Megyn and Fonda-haters, think of how welcoming America was to Vietnam War veterans when they returned home.  Even today, Vietnam War veterans get little respect!


Companies are always trying to come up with new variations on classics to increase their revenue.  Some work and some don’t.  Would you try these?

Food for Thought

A couple of years ago, McDonald’s in Japan marketed McChoco Potato.  It’s basically chocolate drizzle over their fries.  (YES, just to try it!)

Around that same time, Kellogg Company offered hot dog-flavored Pringles. (Again, yes, just to try it.)

And, in late 2014, PepsiCo tested a Doritos Nacho Cheese-flavored Mountain Dew with college students!  (NO THANK YOU!)


Earlier this week, “Call Me By Your Name” was nominated for four Oscars — Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song (“Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens).

It was a year ago this week that the movie debuted at the Sundance film festival and it’s been gaining immense buzz ever since then.  The movie has been in limited release, but is now going wide.

I finally got to see it this week and it’s fantastic. 22-year-old Chalamet deserves the Oscar nomination and I could definitely see him as a front-runner for Best Actor.

It’s not only a coming-of-age love story between Elio (Chalamet) and a slightly older American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) visiting northern Italy, but it’s a beautiful bond of love between a teenager and his parents.

“Call Me By Your Name” is stunning, sensual, and heartbreaking!


By the way, there’s talk that director Luca Guadagnino is working on a sequel and both Charlamet and Hammer have expressed interest in continuing the story of Elio and Oliver.



After reading Jo Nesbo’s incredible Norwegian crime thriller, “The Snowman”, I was so excited to hear it was being made into a movie starring sexy Michael Fassbender!


Well, when it arrived in the fall of 2017, critics hated it, the movie only made $6.7 million in the U.S. ($43 million worldwide), and “Entertainment Weekly” named it as one of the five worst movies of the year.

However, movie critics are known to be wrong.  But, not this time!

I watched the movie and it was the most disjointed thing I’ve seen in a long time.  It was like they had a script and threw out pages here and there and just pieced it together.  (The director said they did run of time shooting the movie!)

I visited Norway late last summer.  You know the movie is bad when you spend most of it picking out all of locales that you saw while there: the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo City Hall, the gorgeous Holmenkollen Hotel and Jump Tower, the amazing city of Bergen, and the view from Floyen Mountain — all covered in snow in “The Snowman”.

The only real highlight of the movie was a gratuitous, but pointless to the plot, shot of Fassbender standing by the window in tight blue briefs!

Read the amazing book instead!



Back in the Quad Cities, I read many books while walking on the treadmill.  Since moving to Panama City, I do all my walking outside (only twice have I walked on the treadmill).

It’s given me a chance to read through the two boxes of “Rolling Stone” and “Time” magazines that I brought with me dating back to 2014.

With those now finished, I’ll read my “Entertainment Weekly”, “Out”, and “The Advocate” magazines when they arrive and start clearing out books from my bookshelf and visit the library!


I’m currently reading “Front Row At The White House” by the late United Press International journalist Helen Thomas.


Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba star in this movie from last fall that made $61.1 million at the box office.

Both stars give excellent performances in a very predictable movie.



The amazing and incredible Kylie Minogue is back with new music following “Kylie Christmas” in 2016.

While the new single, “Dancing”, may have been recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s definitely got the Kylie dance groove going on after the acoustic-sounding start!

The new album, “Golden”, arrives in April 2018.

And, since I’m excited about new Kylie music and I’m honoring the Queen, I had to share this hilarious commercial, which features Kylie!

It’s too funny!


Country singer Lari White died earlier this week after a short battle with cancer.

She was moved to a Nashville hospice last week after being diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer in September 2017.

Lari hit it big in 1994 and 1995 with her phenomenal gold album “Wishes”.

It produced three Top Ten country hits:  “That’s My Baby” (#10), “Now I Know” (#5), and “That’s How You Know (You’re In Love)” (#10).

On “That’s My Baby”, she channeled her best Pam Tillis.

Lari leaves behind a husband and three children.  She was 52.


With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!



6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Richard Kennedy on January 26, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Really enjoyed your Random thoughts today, I think our trains run on the same tracks my train has just been around A LOT LONGER Ha! Ha! Ha! 🍀🍀


  2. Posted by Mary on January 26, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I always enjoy your random thoughts. I agree with you on Megan Kelly. Just never have really liked her. I always felt like she was setting women back decades. As for Hanoi Jane – she always will be the “Donald” of Vietnam. I can personally vouch for that- being married to a Vietnam vet. When you stand in line & shake hands with POW & then turn over the notes of disparate pleas to the people holding them hostage? She should be jailed for treason.
    I certainly enjoy your book picks! I wish I could read still.


    • Mary,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my thoughts and share yours with me.

      I can understand some of the sentiments toward Jane, but not all. As you know, my point was to stress that America has never done right with the Vietnam vets — not just Jane and her misguided propaganda. Even she has apologized.

      Have a great weekend.



  3. Posted by Connie Huizenga on January 26, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Good morning Anthony, As always, your thoughts are very thought provoking. And, true to form, I speak my thoughts.

    Hanoi Jane has apologized and for that I commend her. The damage that she did to the VietNam vets is long lasting and deep scaring. She may have had good intentions but it sure did not turn out that way. She did irreparable damage.

    As for spanking, you are very correct that there is a definite line between spanking and beating. I, too, have been on the receiving end of both. I had a police officer tell me that spanking a child is not against the law, beating the child is. This police officer defined spanking as one or two swats on the bottom, only. Anything beyond that was unacceptable. This same police officer also said that occasionally a spanking was needed to get the child’s attention.

    I don’t know which is correct, but our children are out of control. There seems to be a large number of kids that are motivated by computer, texting, games, etc. but not by human interactions. It seems there is a lack of motivation. Maybe I am just getting old because I remember my grandparents saying the same thing about my age group when we were young.

    As always, I hope your weekend is spectacular. We sure do miss you around here. Be great if you thought about or were able to come back.


    • Connie,

      That’s exactly why I write and welcome your thoughts. I want to know what you think.

      I agree about the children being out of control. Even when they’re not bad children, many lack the discipline we had. I know it’s the “times”, but…

      As for the weekends, I still enjoy them… just not as much. 😦 But, that’ll change one day.

      I miss you guys, too, more than you know. Oh well, I think you know.

      Have a great weekend.



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