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Random Friday Thoughts — May 18, 2018

It’s past the middle of May now and the unofficial start to the summer season is getting closer — Memorial Day!

Have a great weekend and thank you for taking the time to check out my random thoughts.

REPUBLICAN HATE & JOHN McCAIN

I voted against Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008 and there are many things that he says and does that I disagree with.

McCain

However, I appreciate all that he did for the United States as a veteran and a former Prisoner of War.

It saddens me that he’s battling brain cancer.  What makes me equally sad (and mad) is the total lack of respect he’s getting from the Republican Party.

Recently, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stated that he wants McCain to reconsider not wanting Donald Trump at his funeral.

With all of the mockery and the snide comments #45 made about McCain, I wouldn’t want him at my funeral either!  When that time comes, I hope that his family forbids Trump from attending.

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And, then late last week, White House aide Kelly Sadler said in meeting, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

Seriously, if there’s a time and place to use a derogatory term for a woman (Sadler), it’d be now!

And, recently on Fox News, retired Air Force General Tom McInerney called McCain “songbird John” for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a POW!

DECENCY HITS “ROCK BOTTOM”

Here’s what former Vice President Joe Biden had to say the day after Sadler’s comment.

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BANNING THE MEDIA

I’ve made it a point to mention #45 as little as possible over the past eighteen months.

I know it’s denial.  If I don’t talk about it, maybe I’ll wake up and realize it was all a bad dream.  Wait, that was on “Dallas”! 🙂

Last week, he tweeted (shock!) about taking away press credentials.

45 Press Trump

He’s sounding more and more like #37, Richard Nixon.  We all know how that one ended!

In case you don’t — resignation from office in disgrace!

ENOUGH ABOUT THEM

Gag Me

SOMETHING ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY!

There’s a big Royal wedding this weekend and I’m sure there’ll be cake.

This is what I wrote in December 2012, “Sir Paul McCartney orders a fruitcake from cake designer Fiona Cairns each Christmas and, in early 2011, Cairns was tapped to make the royal wedding cake for Prince William and his future bride, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.”

Royal Wedding Fruit Cake

THIS SHOULD MAKE YOUR SMILE

This video still rocks my world and makes me smile! 🙂

Why?  Because (1) “It’s Britney, Bitch” and (2) I still find actor Aaron Milo drop dead gorgeous!

I’ve featured “Eating Out:  Drama Camp” and “Eating Out:  The Open Weekend” actors Aaron Milo (from Rockford, Illinois) and Daniel Skelton’s fun video to Britney’s “Big Fat Bass” three times over the years of my blog.

So, why not a fourth time?

If you’ve never watched it, treat yourself now! 🙂

CREEPY CRUSHING

Okay, it’s a little creepy because, sadly, (1) he’s dead and (2) if he were still alive, he’d be turning 93-years-old this November.

So, it’s not a real crush.  But, look at how sexy Bobby Kennedy was in his 30s and, even at 42, when he was gunned down in June 1968.

Bobby Kennedy

Kennedy was the father of eleven and his widow, Miss Ethel, just turned 90-years-old in April.

“BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT”

When I saw that Netflix debuted this documentary, I thought it’d be an hour or two.  But, it’s four one-hour episodes and it’s incredible!

It covers Bobby’s life campaigning for his brother, John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th president, and becoming his attorney general.

After JFK’s death, Bobby had to decide whether to become President Johnson’s vice president in Johnson’s 1964 presidential run or venture out on his own.

He chose the latter.

When the documentary gets to Bobby’s assassination inside the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in June 1968 after winning the California Democratic Primary, it gave me chills and goosebumps.

We’ve all seen the Dallas footage of JFK’s assassination, but it’s in black and white and from a distance.

But, when Bobby raises his hand and his head is cradled, the blood and the blood red color of television is chilling!

Watching this documentary, I was thinking of what a great president Bobby Kennedy would have been if not for his senseless murder.

And, could you imagine Richard Nixon going over the deep end if he had lost to two Kennedys in his bid to be president?

Nixon

I guess it would have kept him from resigning in shame in 1974 after the Watergate scandal!

GRADE:  A

ANOTHER CRUSH AND IT’S NOT JUST ME

Actor Josh Brolin who plays the villain Cable in the upcoming “Deadpool 2” movie out May 18th tells “Entertainment Weekly” of a crush he developed after seeing 2009’s “The Proposal” many times.

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Brolin says, “I told Ryan [Reynolds].  I was like, ‘I don’t know why this is, and I don’t know what this means psychologically, behaviorally, emotionally, but I have kind of a crush on you.'”

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Brolin, get in line!

“TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE”

I just finished reading my 17th book of 2018, Mitch Albom’s 1997 debut bestselling novel, “Tuesdays with Morrie”.

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It’s a beautiful, life-affirming, platonic love story between two men — an aging, dying college professor and one of his former students.

Sixteen years passed from college graduation to when sports writer Albom found out his sociology professor, 78-year-old Morrie Schwatrz, was dying from ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Albom Morrie

It’s a beautiful book that needs to be read.  It’ll give you a more positive look at life.

Here are a couple of my favorite words of wisdom from Morrie:

“Dying is only one thing to be sad over, Mitch.  Living unhappy is something else.”

“If you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too — even when you’re in the dark.  Even when you’re falling.”

Mitch learned the most valuable lesson of all from Morrie, “there is no such thing as ‘too late’ in life”!

Years ago, I read Albom’s second novel, 2003’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”.  I highly recommend both books!

“THE POST”

This Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks is based on the true story of the Washington Post’s fight with President Nixon in early-1970s over publishing the “Pentagon Papers”.

It got two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep) and six Golden Globe Award nominations.

Streep plays Katharine Graham, the heiress of the Washington Post and the company’s television stations after the death of her father and her husband.  Hanks plays Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee.

It’s a great historical movie with superb acting!  However, I hated seeing Sarah Paulson in a throwaway role as Bradlee’s wife!

The last moments of the movie before the credits (two phone calls is all I’ll say so there are no spoilers) gave me goosebumps.  I was screaming, “Yes”!

If “The Post” was your typical “summer popcorn movie”, that final scene screamed “SEQUEL”.  But, if you know history, you know what happened next! 🙂   You could also say that the “sequel” came out in 1976! 🙂

GRADE:  B+

“PETER RABBIT”

This live action-computer-animated comedy starring James Corden (“Into The Woods”) and Rose Byrne (“Neighbors”) was very successful.

The $50 million movie brought in an incredible $320 million worldwide.

However, it did come with controversy.  The movie was accused of “allergy bullying”.

In one scene, a bad person (Domhnall Gleeson) is trying to kill Peter Rabbit and his family.  The rabbits learn that the person has an allergy and they use this allergen as a weapon in war.

I know allergies are serious, but if someone is trying to kill me, all is fair in love and war!

But, I know the movie is directed at kids and it may give them bad ideas!  Wait, does that mean no more movies, television, music, books, video games, or internet for them, too? 🙂

I loved the movie and highly recommend it.

GRADE:  B+

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY!

This month, 20 years ago, Madonna entered the Billboard Hot 100 with her 37th Top 40 hit with the second single and title track from the “Ray of Light” album.

It also became her 21st chart topper on the Billboard Dance Club songs chart.  (She now leads all artists on that chart — a record-extending 46 #1 songs!)

“Ray of Light” won two Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards.

It was also voted one of the best songs of the 1990s!

BREAKING NEWS:  It seems that a new Madonna single is coming soon and her 14th studio album is finished!!!!!!!

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

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Here I Come Vegas — Britney, Are You Ready? I Am!

As a television news personality, there are four months out of the year that we can’t take off because of the all important “sweeps ratings period”.  May is one of those months.

However, the May sweeps ends today and my 2015 vacation season officially kicks off this afternoon.  After a quick flight to Chicago, I’ll be boarding another plane to Las Vegas.

If both flights are on time (and I can get decent seats this close to show time), I’ll be one of the thousands screaming and singing along to Britney Spears at the last concert on this leg of her Vegas residency show, “Piece of Me”!

Britney Piece of Me

I saw Britney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2011 on her “Femme Fatale Tour” and she (and Nicki Minaj) were amazing.  I can’t get enough of Britney!

Britney July 2011

So, as I psyche myself up for the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Vegas eating plenty of food, checking all of the sites and hotel displays, and having a few tasty drinks, I’ve been singing along to all of my favorite Britney songs.

Allow me to be your jukebox today as I count down my favorite Britney Spears songs and I’ll share my five favorite Britney songs that were never released as singles (but should have been).

Let me say this was very tough since Britney has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since her 1999 debut, “Baby One More Time” and is one of the best-selling artists of all time!

#20

“PERFUME” (2013)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #76

19

“ME AGAINST THE MUSIC” FEATURING MADONNA (2003) 

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #35

18

“GIMME MORE” (2007)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #3

#17

“RADAR” (2009)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #88

16

“CIRCUS” (2008)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #3

15

“I’M A SLAVE 4 U” (2001)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #27

14

“STRONGER” (2000)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #11

13

“PIECE OF ME” (2007)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #18

12

“…BABY ONE MORE TIME” (1998)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #1

11

“SCREAM & SHOUT” WITH WILL.I.AM (2012)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #3

10

“3” (2009)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #1

9

“HOLD IT AGAINST ME” (2011)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #1

8

“(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY” (1999)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #10

7

“OOPS!… I DID IT AGAIN” (2000)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #9

6

“SOMETIMES” (1999)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #21

5

“WOMANIZER” (2008)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #1

#4 MOVIE

“I WANNA GO” (2008)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #7

#3 CD

“TOXIC” (2004)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #9

#2 CD

“TILL THE WORLD ENDS” (2011)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #3

1

“EVERYTIME” (2004)

BILLBOARD HOT 100 PEAK:  #15

Britney Whip

And, here are the five songs that I think Britney should have cracked the whip to get released as singles in the United States!

#5 MOVIE

“TIK TIK BOOM” FEATURING T.I. (2013)

FROM THE ALBUM “BRITNEY JEAN”

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“NOW THAT I FOUND YOU” (2013)

FROM THE ALBUM “BRITNEY JEAN” 

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“BIG FAT BASS” FEATURING WILL.I.AM (2011)

FROM THE ALBUM “FEMME FATALE” 

#2 MOVIE

“I LOVE ROCK & ROLL” (2002)

FROM THE ALBUM “BRITNEY” 

#1

“(DROP DEAD) BEAUTIFUL” FEATURING SABI (2011)

FROM THE ALBUM “FEMME FATALE” 

So, there’s my countdown of my favorite Britney songs and my five favorite Britney songs that only fans know because they weren’t radio releases.

If I’m lucky, tonight I’ll hear “It’s Britney, bitch” live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino!

Anthony

Finding “Young Love” A World Away From Iowa

If you’re an actor or a singer, Los Angeles and New York City are worlds away from Iowa and Illinois.  It’s true that you can be discovered anywhere, but it’s also true that once you bite the bullet and move to the big city and start hitting the streets and playing clubs that your chances of “making it big” increase.

For Eli Lieb, he’s working hard to make those dreams come true — first in New York City and now in Los Angeles.

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While he’s very busy prepping his new album and his new song and video, “Young Love”, Eli and I corresponded late last week for this blog.

Lieb grew up in southeastern Iowa about two hours from the Quad Cities.  He moved to New York City when he was 20-years-old and stayed there for more than a decade playing his music, recording his self-titled and self-produced debut album, and taking advantage of social media and the internet to get his music out there.

Eli tells me, “Being in control over who I am and what I do has been such a blessing. I’m always open to everything and anything but so far it has been very rewarding to be able to create all that I have created totally on my own.”

On his YouTube page, Eli has an extensive collection of songs featuring his versions of hits by one of his influences, Robyn, along with Rihanna, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Maroon 5,  Lana Del Ray, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga.

While he was putting the finishing touches on his new song and video, “Young Love”, America started hearing about Steve Grand, a Chicago singer, who released a video featuring a one-sided same-sex affair — a gay man crushing on his straight or curious friend.  While no country station is brave enough to add that song, “All-American Boy”, Eli says that the internet opens up a whole new avenue for musicians, especially gay singers and artists.

“Social networking is definitely a huge help. Times they are a-changing, and people want that change. I am so happy that Steve released a fearless video as well – there seriously must be something in the air for us to both release videos like this within a week of each other, and I love that! All I want is for people to live their lives without fear and for this world to be as unified and peaceful as possible.”

Young Love Album cover

Since debuting late last week, “Young Love” has already been viewed on YouTube more than 200,000 times!

Eli says, “I’m so excited about ‘Young Love’. It completely represents where I am as a songwriter right now and it’s definitely a sign of what’s to come from me . And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the video came out. I really just wanted to capture the feeling of being newly in love and just living life in that happy elated state.”

In the “Young Love” video, Eli’s love interest is played by Aaron Milo, who is originally from Rockford, Illinois.

Eli Lieb Aaron Milo

Aaron starred in the gay comedies, “Eating Out 4:  Drama Camp” (2011) and “Eating Out 5:  The Open Weekend” (2012) as Benji, the new “straight” boy.  If you haven’t seen the movies, they are hilarious.

Eli and Aaron not only share Eli’s first screen kiss, but by being friends, they have more in common!  Eli adds, “Working with Aaron was really great. He’s a good friend of mine, so it was really fun to bring him into the video. We had a blast running around for 2 days having fun and filming. The whole cast was amazing and we all totally bonded over this experience. And as Aaron was already friend of mine, so we have definitely discussed Britney together 🙂 ”

And, while this is about the ultra-talented Eli, I have to share this fun and sexy video that Aaron made with his “Eating Out” co-star Daniel Skelton.  Britney fans rejoice!

With his new album on the way and “Young Love” gaining traction, you’ll definitely be hearing much more about Eli Lieb.  And, no matter how popular he gets, I know that Eli will never forget his Iowa roots.

Eli says, “Well, since I grew up in Iowa and still spend a good amount of time there, I’m totally bias. I can just say it’s one of my favorite places on earth. The people are so kind and accepting and it really is a wonderfully beautiful place to be.”

You can learn much more about Eli on his website, http://elilieb.com/

Anthony

She’s Back To Scream & Shout And Let It Out!

Happy Friday everyone.  I hope you have great plans for the weekend.  Have fun!

With Thanksgiving and traveling to Fort Dodge, Iowa, last week and weekend, and then coming home to decorate for Christmas, it seems we haven’t had any down time.  My unemployed  life doesn’t count!  However, we’re going to chill out this weekend and watch movies and season three episodes of “Fringe”.

As I’ll do each Friday in December and January, I re-posted a ’80s Flashback earlier for those that new to my blog or missed them back in the spring and summer.  But, I want to share a new video that is fun.

You know I love Britney, but I have no desire to watch “The X-Factor”.  I saw her in concert in July 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the “Femme Fatale” tour and I knew she wouldn’t have a new album this year.

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But, she’s back — as a guest.

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Britney and The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am are racing up the charts with “Scream & Shout”, from his new album, #willpower, due in early 2013.  Actually, this is the fifth single from the unreleased album!!!  The first was released last November and you can probably guess, none of them have done well on the charts.  However, this time, he has star power.  “It’s Britney, bitch”.  (Note:  The “s-word” is in the video if you’re watching it at work or in front of little ones!)

This isn’t the first time that Britney has worked with will.i.am.  He appeared on “Big Fat Bass” from her “Femme Fatale” album and appeared on tour with her via video!  This was shot by a fan at the concert I was at.

And, here is a fun and exciting video to the song by a very sexy Aaron Milo and Daniel Skelton, actors in “Eating Out: Drama Camp” and “Eating Out:  The Open Weekend”.  I love this version. (Aaron is originally from Rockford, Illinois).

Anthony