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Random Friday Thoughts — September 7, 2018

As always, I thank you for taking the time to check out my “Random Friday Thoughts”!

I MAY BE GOING TO HELL

In reality, I think I have a great connection with God.  I talk to him (or someone that I think is listening) and we have an understanding.

But, just in case, if I go to hell, I know I won’t be alone.

Ann Coulter will be there, I’m sure.  Does that mean we have to talk to each other?  I hope not.

This may not be the “Christian” thing to say, but after this tweet last week, I hope I’m around long enough to dance on her grave!

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“HOUSE OF CARDS” SPOILER

The sixth and final season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” will debut November 2, 2018.

Those eight episodes will focus on Claire Underwood (Robin Wright).

The big question will be how the series will handle the firing on Kevin Spacey, who played President Frank Underwood.

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Although we don’t know how it happens, we now likely know the answer!

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RIP BURT REYNOLDS

Yes, this was scandalous back when it appears in “Cosmopolitan” back in 1972! 🙂

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The actor that died Thursday admits that he was “plastered” for the shoot and he regrets it.

I know many don’t! 🙂

Here’s a younger, sexy Burt clothed!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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GATE 1 TRAVEL TO UGANDA

I’ve traveled with Gate 1 Travel a couple of times over the years — a Danube River cruise and a tour of Scandinavia.

However, I got this offer from them in April and NO THANK YOU!

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Now, I’m sure Uganda has something to offer tourists.   That is, unless you’re gay.

In the fall of 2010, the Ugandian newspaper, “Rolling Stone” (not to be confused with the American magazine of the same name), published a front-page article, “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak”.

It listed the names, addresses, and pictures of 100 gay people (or people perceived to be be gay) alongside a yellow banner that read “Hang Them”!

In one of the more high profile cases, three months later,  gay rights activist David Kato was murdered!

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On November 13, 2012, I wrote about Rebecca Kadaga (above), who claims ‘that Ugandans are demanding it’ (the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill that will likely be law by the end of the year).

She calls the bill, a ‘Christmas gift’ to the people of Uganda.

I seriously don’t think she knows the Christ she’s referencing! Very sad!”

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And, in February 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial law that makes being gay punishable by life in prison.

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He was torn over the issue, but said that gay people were “sick” and needed treatment and not imprisonment.  But, he added that the law was necessary because of the arrogance of Westerners promoting behavior that threatens Ugandans’ “way of life”.

My reply then:  “Here’s a reality check for you, President Museveni:  my being gay and open about it does not threaten the “way of life” in your nation (and the other 37 African countries that make it illegal to be gay).  What you should be threatened by is losing the $1.6 billion aid that you received in 2011 from the United States!”

Gate 1 Travel, I know you can’t stop offering trips to homophobic countries (Hello Russia and Vladmir Putin!), but no thank you!

ROSEANNE BARR, REMEMBER WHEN…

Back in March 2012, I was writing about “has been” child actor Kirk Cameron.

He said this about gay people in a blog about marriage equality, “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”

And, in light of her recent racist tweets and getting fired by ABC, it’s hard to believe that crazy Roseanne Barr, showed compassion for others.  She posted this to Cameron:

“Kirk or Kurt or whatever Cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. so is Rick Warren. Their peers r killing gays in Uganda.”

A BETTER “AFRICA”

The band Toto scored nine Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1978-1988.

Of those, four reached the Top Ten:  “Hold The Line”(#5, 1978), “Rosanna” (#2, 1982), “Africa” (#1, 1983), and “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#10, 1983).

“Africa” was from the band’s biggest selling album, 1982’s “Toto IV”, which sold 12 million copies worldwide.

ON A HAPPIER NOTE!

The love affair and honeymoon with “Crazy Rich Asians” goes on and on…

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Raise a glass 🍾🥂!

It brought in another $28.3 million for the 4-day Labor Day weekend – the best since 2007’s “Halloween” ($30.6 million).

This is incredible because “Crazy Rich Asians” is in its 3rd amazing week at #1 and “Halloween” was a new release!

And, the only two movies other than “Crazy Rich Asians” to spend three weeks or more at the top of the domestic box office this year were both Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

Does this mean that “Crazy Rich Asians” are now superheroes? 🙂

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I took this photo in Ottawa, Ontario, a few years ago and now it’s relevant.

So, apply within! 🙂

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Maybe the sexy men of “The Snowman” and the four sexy 20-somethings I mention under “Lady Bird” can apply! 🙂

See below!  LOL

“AMERICAN HORROR STORY:  APOCALYPSE”

After a stellar seventh season with “Cult”, the new season of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” looks completely amazing and bonkers!

It arrives on FX on Wednesday, September 12th!

“LADY BIRD”

I finally saw “Lady Bird” from writer-director Greta Gerwig starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet.

The $10 million film made $78.5 million and earned five Oscar nominations — Best Picture, Best Director (Gerwig), Best Actress (Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Metcalf), and Best Original Screenplay (Gerwig).

I had to rewind and watch the scene about going to City College, to jail, and back to City College again because it cracked me up so much! 🙂  It’s in the trailer. 🙂

I loved the difficult relationship between Lady Bird and her mother.

The movie also stars two of favorite hotties in their 20s, Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester By The Sea” and “Boy Erased”).  (By the way, my other two are Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes!)  LOL

GRADE:  B

“THE SNOWMAN” — REVISITED!

On July 24, 2015, I wrote about “The Snowman”, a 2007 crime thriller by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, the seventh book in the Detective Harry Hole series.

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I called the book “incredible” and I was excited that there was talk of adapting the book into a movie.

Fast forward to 2017… I wrote about the movie several times — the casting of my crush Michael Fassbender, the first trailer, and then the disappointment of the first reviews of the movie.

And, then I saw it and on January 26, 2018, I wrote about it one more time under the ominous headline, “THE SNOWMAN (DISASTER)”!

In short, I wrote, “movie critics are known to be wrong.  But, not this time!”… “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 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!”

GRADE:  D+

“THE SNOWMAN”, PART 2

Don’t get alarmed, there is no part 2!  Silly me recorded the movie and watched it again to see if it really was as bad I thought it was in January.  It is!

However, I did capture that gratuitous shot of Fassbender to share this time. 🙂

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Also, there are two others hotties in the movie:  James D’Arcy,

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and Jakob Oftebro.

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And, I can’t forget Rebecca Ferguson!

“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”

We’re only two months away from a movie that I know will be awesome.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”, the movie based on the life of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen.

It stars the amazing and incredibly sexy Emmy winner Rami Malik (“Mr. Robot”).

It hits theaters on November 2, 2018.

AS FOR “MR. ROBOT”

The fourth season of the stellar series will be its last!

Creator Sam Esmail confirmed this and adds that the final season, coming in 2019, will be twelve episodes instead of eight to wrap up the story!

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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Random Friday Thoughts — May 11, 2018

I always appreciate you taking the time to check out my thoughts and I want to hear your thoughts, too!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

To all my female friends and any dads that fulfilled both roles as a parent, I hope you have a special weekend!

While it would be easy just to forget Mother’s Day altogether since my Mom has been gone for almost 28 years, I’m remembering her today.

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There have also been other “Moms” in my life that deserve a special mention today:  Betty, Donna, D’nell, and Linda.

But, I really want to say Happy Mother’s Day to a special person in my life that never gets the love, respect, and appreciation that she deserves on this day and every day — my sister.

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Tammy, I’m so impressed with all that you’ve accomplished in life, especially the past seven years.

While you’re not alone in dealing with setbacks (we all have those), I want you to always appreciate all that you’ve done, all that you’ll do, and look for the silver lining in life and don’t focus on the clouds.

Happy Mother’s Day!

KANYE WEST’S EGOTISM

I’ve never been a fan of Kanye West and I don’t put him in the musical genius category as many do.

Also, I could care less if he’s a fan of Donald Trump and why.

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In the same token, there are people that say the same thing about me being on Team Hillary!

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However, when West basically says that 400 years of slavery was “a choice”, he went too far for publicity.  And, I’m not alone in my disappointment over that comment.

I’m not going overboard in bashing him over it because I don’t know if he’s saying all these things to bring attention to himself to drop new music or if he’s suffering another mental breakdown or exhaustion like back in 2016.

MICHELLE WOLF’S ROAST

The hoopla over comedian Michelle Wolf’s hosting the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is beginning to calm down.

Some thought she was too abrasive to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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I think her bit on abortion was a little harsh, but the final punchline was spot on about powerful people getting abortions for their mistresses!

And, life Wolf said, I think it was a little soon for the Southwest Airlines joke.

But, the comments about Sanders were well within the safe zone.  Look at the some of the comments #45 and his supporters have made over the past few years (and still make)!

Bitch about it and move on!

WAS IT BULLYING?

A friend and loyal reader of my blog posed these questions to me, “Is roasting another form if [sic] bullying? Where does the line get drawn before roasting becomes rude and distasteful? Should the press hold itself to a higher standard? Would love to read your thoughts.”

Some could say that roasting is a form of bullying.  However, roasts have been going on for generations and we know what to expect from them.

We’ve become such a divisive nation that being mean or hateful is just common.  With social media, it’s even easier and more instantaneous to be nasty.

As for where to draw the line and was it crossed, it really depends on which side you’re on.  I thought many of Wolf’s jokes were funny and a couple were too strong.  (I mentioned them above.)

But, when it comes to comedians, when do they play it safe?

As for Sanders, before she agreed to attend in the place of #45 who was afraid to attend last year and this year, did she really think it would be warm and cuddly?

“THE TERROR”

The latest AMC series, “The Terror”, is very enjoyable.

It’s based on a true story (with creative dramatic liberties taken) about two navigation ships exploring the Arctic Circle in the 1840s.  The ships get stuck in the ice for several years.

The crews not only face “cabin fever” and starvation, but also a mysterious illness and a beast (imagined or real) that’s stalking the ships.

While the first episode starts out slow and talky, it definitely develops into a great and creepy series!

And, it does feature a very cruel and graphic flogging scene!

From an acting standpoint, thank you Adam Nagaitis, as Cornelius Hickey, for sharing your talents and assets!  Yikes!

Another thing that creeps me out is that the surgical procedures are conducted without gloves (it’s the 1840s) — all that blood and disease!

Nagaitis is sexy (especially without all the welts and blood), but he isn’t the only sexy standout in “The Terror”.

There’s also Ronan Raftery and Liam Garrigan!

REMEMBERING TAMMY WYNETTE

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Miss Tammy Wynette, the “Queen of Country Music”.

If you’re not a country music fan, you probably don’t know that she had 44 solo hits on the Billboard Country charts with 31 of them reaching the Top Ten.  Seventeen topped the chart!

And, with former husband George Jones, she scored 13 more hits with eight of them making the Top Ten and three reaching #1.

However, she also hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Dance chart in 1991 with the British duo, the KLF on “Justified and Ancient”.

How many of you remember this one?

The song also reached #1 in Austria, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden, and make it all the way to #2 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.K.

“CRAZY RICH ASIANS”

I’ve now seen the first trailer for “Crazy Rich Asians”, which I first talked about last November, and I’m so excited to see the movie.

Back then, I wrote, “You may not know the name ‘Henry Golding’ now.  But, you will when ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits theaters August 17, 2018!  Golding is a 30-year-old British-Malaysian actor and he got married a year ago in August! 🙂 😦”

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I think “Crazy Rich Asians” could be the new “Pretty Woman”!  Well, without Julia Roberts and turning tricks in Los Angeles!

I’m so excited to see MUCH MORE of Henry Golding and the chemistry between his character, Nick Young and Rachel (Constance Wu).

Also, I hear that Goh Peik Lin (played by Awkwafina), Rachel’s Singaporean college best friend, is hilarious.

“Crazy Rich Asians” opens Friday, August 17th.

LIES LIES LIES

I just finished my 16th book, “Lies: And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them” by LIBERAL former U.S. Minnesota Senator (2009 to 2018) and “Saturday Night Live” comedian.

He resigned earlier this year after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

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In this funny and factual book, he takes on right-wing lunatics Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity.

But, he also expresses his dislike for former President George W. Bush and his cronies, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice, mainly over the lies told about the “weapons of mass destruction” that led us into the Iraqi War in 2003.

While he’s also tough on Colin Powell, he shows that he has more respect for him than the others.

There is a humorous quote from Franken (especially in the wake of #MeToo and the allegations against him) when trying to expose the fake Bob Jones University in South Carolina, when he says, “I never lie.  That is, unless it’s absolutely necessary”.

I’d advise Republicans that toe the party line to skip the book because many of the FACTS will startle you.  Or, as Coulter, O’Reilly, or Hannity would call them, “Lies”.

REMEMBER THIS ONE?

The English trio The Thompson Twins first hit the American Top 40 in the spring of 1983 with “Lies”.

That song would peak at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it topped the Billboard Dance charts.

They went on to score seven Top 40 hits in America with three of them reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100:  “Hold Me Now” (#3, 1984), “Lay Your Hands on Me” (#6, 1985), and “King for a Day” (#8, 1985).

“Doctor! Doctor!” just missed out on the Top Ten peaking at #11 in 1984.

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

They Said What??? Alec Baldwin, Ann Coulter, Anjelica Huston, & Faith Hill

TALK SHOW HOST ANDERSON COOPER

(about Alec Baldwin after the actor called a photographer a c**k su**ing f*g”.  Baldwin claims he didn’t use the “f-word” and that he didn’t know the “c-word” could been seen as homophobic):  “For him to say, I was informed of this afterward, I mean come on!  If Alec Baldwin had yelled the n-word to that photographer, or yelled some anti-Jewish slur, it would be over!”

RIGHT WING EXTREMIST ANN COULTER

(defending Baldwin, who was suspended by MSNBC):  “They shouldn’t have suspended him. In defense of Alec Baldwin, the photographer, he’s not actually gay.  This was just a curse word. It was like using the f-word and, frankly, a lot of these paparazzi photographers deserve it. It’s not something Alec Baldwin said in a calm moment on television. He has been harassed horribly by photographers and now this stalker, and he’s trying to protect his family and he curses. That is what happened.”

SINGER LILY ALLEN

(commenting on her song, “Hard Out Here”):  “It’s hard out here for a bitch.  Dolly Parton is a bitch.  Adele’s a bitch. Angela Merkel is a bitch … Rihanna’s an inspiring bitch, my mum, Miley’s a bitch, rising. She’s my hero. Kate Middleton is not a bitch.”

COUNTRY SINGER FAITH HILL

(denying rumors that she country singer Tim McGraw are heading toward divorce):  “[Rumors] seem to be running like crazy right now for some reason. It’s perplexing.  I don’t know why ‘happy’ can’t be a story.”

POP ICON LADY GAGA

(after debuting at #1 on the Billboard album chart with “ARTPOP”):  “I put so much love into my music, into my shows, I make it all for you. I’ll never understand the overflow of hate sent my way.  Or maybe thats what entertainment is now. It’s more fun to point & laugh than appreciate the artist. I’ll keep rehearsing my steps.”

COUNTRY SINGER BLAKE SHELTON

(on “The Voice” responding to his co-judge Adam Levine being picked as “People” Magaine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”):  “This is why I drink so much.  He stole my thunder.”

SINGER KANYE WEST

(saying he was “used” by President Barack Obama):  “I just think that we’re pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down and stuff. People was fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years — ‘Man, this is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on…, just say you hate Kanye and there’s going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye. … That was kind of my position in culture so he also used that too — ‘Oh, he’s a jackass’ — because that’s how the world felt.”

OUT “GLEE” STAR ALEX NEWELL

(who plays transgender student “Unique”):   “When people don’t understand something their first reaction is to hate it,” he said of his groundbreaking role. “But [the LGBT community] isn’t going away. We’re a part of everyday life and people need to be educated.”

BRYAN FISCHER, OF THE “AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION”

(responding about the public debate between former Vice President Dick Cheney’s two daughters who have different views on marriage equality):  “Who’s the one who’s been intolerant here? Who’s the one who’s being a bigot?  It’s not the Christian, it’s not the heterosexual … it is the intolerant lesbian bigot that’s doing that … It is Liz Cheney’s sister who is, in fact, the intolerant bigot.”

ROBERT RITCHIE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIGHT-WING GROUP, AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA

“The massive tornadoes that hit Illinois after the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill, has stimulated many people to reflection.  In it, some see God’s chastisement; others see it as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons.”

ACTRESS ANJELICA HUSTON

(in her new book, “A Story Lately Told”, about her director father, John, who used to hang out naked in front of the children):  “He was extremely well endowed.”

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — May 17

It’s Friday and it finally feels like spring and summer!  Can you believe this crazy weather?  It was 90° here Tuesday, but the story gets even crazier in Sioux City, Iowa.  Sunday morning, it was a frosty 29°.  Two days later, they hit an all-time May record high of 106°!  These other cities hit record highs for the date.

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Tomorrow morning, I’ll be emceeing the kick-off to the Heart Walk in Rock Island, Illinois, and then I’m lying low this weekend to catch up on movies, television shows, and spending some time with Ray, Gretel, and Tammy.  We still have to take her out to brunch Sunday for a belated Mother’s Day gift since she worked last Sunday.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Here are the random thoughts on my mind today.

QUIET WEEKEND UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT

Just a quick heads up that the weather could become a little scary Sunday night into Monday.  Severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.  Here’s the latest Storm Prediction Center map of the threatened area.  I’ll touch on this topic again Saturday or Sunday.

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WHY INVEST TIME IN NETWORK SHOWS?

Either I pick crummy shows to watch or networks don’t allow a show to breathe these days and find an audience.  I was fortunate that “The Following”, “Elementary”, “Nashville”, and “American Horror Story” were both renewed.  However, in the past week, “The New Normal” and “Malibu Country” with Reba were cancelled!

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A few years ago, I invested in “Invasion” and “Commander In Chief” and both of them only lasted one season on ABC.  “Eli Stone”, another favorite of mine, made it to two seasons before being cancelled.  Luckily, I can get my Jonny Lee Miller fix these days on “Elementary”!  It seems that only reality TV can find an audience!

On a final television note, I’m thinking that “Hannibal”, another one of my favorites, may be cancelled, too.

REBA’S FUTURE

Now that “Malibu Country” has been cancelled, I hope Reba gets to work on picking out fantastic songs for a new album.  While I’m hopeful, I don’t even care if country radio embraces new Reba music.  I know I would enjoy it and so would her fans.

Also, although I’ve seen Reba in concert twelve times, I want her to do something she hasn’t done since the late 1990’s.  I want her to do a large concert production with multiple sets and costume changes.  I know it’s a lot of work, but if Madonna, who’s in her 50s, and Cher, in her 60s ,can do it, I know “Red” can do it.

Since I’m placing my order, Reba, how about a resurrection of  “The Singer’s Diary”, which I never got to see when it was presented about 15 years ago.

SPEAKING OF REALITY TV

I never watched “Jersey Shore” in its six seasons on MTV, the network that was fun when was actually “music television”!  However, even having never watched it, you couldn’t escape the train wreck of a cast.  But, I have a confession — while skanky, Snooki is adorable!

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I was reading an old “Rolling Stone” (August 5, 2010) and I have to share this Snooki quote:  “To be honest with you, I Google myself every single day.  The negative stuff?  I get off on it.  Because the only reason why people talk negative is because they’re jealous.  Every time they call me a midget, Oompa-Loompa, orange, they’re just jealous.  It makes me want to be more ridiculous and more stupid”.

Let your freak flag fly, mama!

One last thought about “Jersey Shore”, you have to admit that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is a hottie.  And, didn’t Snooki make him mad by insinuating that he was gay? 🙂

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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Absolut-ely  Got Milk Secrets

WAY TO GO, MINNESOTA!

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Minnesota becomes the 12th state (along with the District of Columbia) to vote in favor of marriage equality.  After the 37-30 state Senate vote Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed it into law Tuesday afternoon.  Same-sex couple will be able to marry later this summer.  In just the past two weeks, three states (Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota) have made it possible for everyone in the state to marry!

While watching and listening to the state senators talk before the vote, here’s what I posted on my Facebook page Monday:  “I’m listening to Minnesota senators talk about why they’re for/against marriage equality before taking a historic vote. I’ve smiled several times, but I also realize that in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, there must be a lot of big rocks near those lakes that some of these politicians have been living under!”

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A couple of the senators really touched me like Patricia Torres Ray.

Speaking in English and Spanish (her native language for the first time on the Senate floor), Torres Ray said her faith would lead her to vote for marriage equality, “Many people may ask why a Catholic, immigrant woman feels so strong about this and why it is I have been so vocal about this campaign and why I stand in strong support.  My commitment to work on their behalf here and on behalf of all issues that i consider to be fair and just. I hope I get invited to their wedding now. I hope I’m able to celebrate their relationship, see their children having children, and continue on this journey of loving our kids, loving our partners together.”

In Spanish, she added for her family that didn’t necessarily support her beliefs for marriage equality, “Son las mismas cosas … Es sobre egualidad,”, which basically confirmed her commitment to all issues that would promote equality for everyone.

MEANWHILE IN MINNESOTA, A NOT SO HAPPY ENDING

Just one month after linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was released from the Baltimore Ravens, punter Chris Kluwe was cut from the Minnesota Vikings.

Now, professional players get cut from teams all the time or leave teams to become free agents.  However, I find it a little odd that both players, both straight men with wives and children, and very strong advocates for marriage equality, were cut so close together.

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Ayanbadejo and Kluwe have both been longtime and a very loud voices for the LGBT community.  Both vow to keep fighting for equality.

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After Kluwe was cut from the Vikings, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said he “doesn’t feel good” about the decision and he made this accusatory statement, “public officials should be honest about what’s going on.”

Was the heat too hot in the kitchen for the teams with high visibility athletes supporting marriage equality and the LGBT community?  I think it was a huge factor, but Cyd Zeigler, the co-founder of the gay website, outsports.com, doesn’t think that LGBT advocacy was a factor.  Will we every really know?

Nevertheless, Brendon & Chris, thank you for your support and good luck!

KATY PERRY:  A LITTLE OUT THERE OR AWESOME?

As I was catching up on my old “Rolling Stone” magazines, there was a really good article about Katy Perry’s very religious background and her using a sexy image to sell fun, pop music (August 19, 2010).

In the article, she says, “I still believe that Jesus is the son of God.  But I also believe in extraterrestrials, and that there are people who are sent from God to be messengers, and all sorts of crazy stuff.  I look up into the sky and I’m just mindf**ked — all those stars and planets, the neverendingness of the universe.  I just can’t believe that we’re the only polluting population.  Every time I look up, I know that I’m nothing and there’s something way beyond me.  I don’t think it’s as simple as heaven and hell.”

Whoa!  Beauty, brains, boobs, and fun music that makes you want to dance.  I admit that I was late becoming a Katy Perry convert, but she’s incredible and “Teenage Dream” is definitely a must have album.

By the way, “Teenage Dream” spawned an incredible 8 Top Three hits, with six of them topping the Billboard Hot 100.   Katy also tied Michael Jackson as the only artist to have five consecutive #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 from one album.  She did it with “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).  Michael did it with 1987’s “Bad” album and the singles, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man In The Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”.

And, “Teenage Dream” is the only album ever to have 9 songs top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Song charts.  In addition to the eight radio hits, “Peacock” topped the dance charts!

FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES

These two pictures were taken on May 19, 2011.  In the front yard, Miss ABBA found the perfect place to beat the summer heat by hiding out in the shrubbery.  And, in the back yard, we had a visitor that was just passing through in the ravine.

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SHE’S AMAZING AND “SHE’S SO UNUSUAL”

80s pop star Cyndi Lauper is still touring, making music, and writing soundtracks for Broadway!  (“Kinky Boots” is nominated for 13 Tony Awards this year).  She’s a strong ally to the LGBT community and is a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS education and awareness.  Lauper says, “Having never been a person who was afraid to speak up, I knew I had to help make some noise and do whatever I could to make a difference. You fight fear and ignorance through education and awareness.”  (It seems that I have, at least, two things in common with Cyndi —  being unusual and speaking out about things I believe in!)

Cyndi Lauper

Lauper says that while people are not dying from AIDS like the 1980s and the 1990s, we can’t stop the fight now and must continue to educate people.  She says, “the biggest challenge today is that people don’t think HIV is that much of an issue anymore. While the drug therapies have done an incredible job of keeping people with HIV alive, it is an arduous journey for people taking the drugs. The side effects are significant. The public does not see HIV as a death sentence anymore. We need to continue to reinvest in prevention efforts and to put all the resources we can into ending the epidemic.”

PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK

Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, “She’s So Unusual” turns 30 years old this October (it was released just one day after I turned 19-year-old)!  Don’t do the math. 🙂

In the 30 years since, she’s sold 50 million albums, more than one million DVDs, and over 20 million singles.  On the Billboard Hot 100, Cyndi has scored 11 Top 40 singles.  Of those, all but two have hit the Top Ten.  Six of them have reached the Top Three:  “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (#2, 1983), “Time After Time” (#1, 1984), “She Bop” (#3, 1984), “We Are The World (#1, 1985, as part of USA For Africa), “True Colors” (#1, 1986), and “Change of Heart” (#3, 1987).

She’s had so many amazing songs to choose from, but I picked one of my favorite performances and a song that was never officially released as a single.  Cyndi performed the Prince classic, “When You Were Mine”, at the 1985 American Music Awards.

Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.   I love doing this segment.

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

Imagine… It’s Easy If You Try

I always try to find a silver lining to every cloud and trust me, I had to look really hard today because there are a lot of dark clouds hovering over December 8th.

On this day back in either 1982 or 1984 (conflicting dates!), Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.  We know her today as rapper Nicki Minaj and she’s a great performer.  I saw her in July 2011 when she opened for Britney Spears in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Nicki Minaj

That is the silver lining because on December 8, 1941,  America was entering World War II after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the day before.  This date in history is also marked by other depressing events:  Right-wing nut job Ann Coulter was born in 1961, a 1963 plane crash in Maryland killed 81 people, another plane crash in 1972 at Chicago’s Midway Airport left 45 dead, and the 1987 Alianza Lima Air Disaster in Peru left 43 dead.  There were several war deaths on this date and violent political attacks that left many dead.

And, as a 16-year-old in Mayfield, Kentucky, getting ready for bed after the local news, I remember the networks breaking into television programming on December 8, 1980, to announce that John Lennon, of the Beatles, had been shot and killed outside his apartment, The Dakota, in New York City, as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were returning home.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

40-year-old Lennon was enjoying a quieter life in New York City with his wife and their son, Sean, after dominating the international music scene in the 1960s, with the Beatles, and as a solo recording star in the 1970s.

John Lennon released his first single in 1969 without the Beatles even as the super group was still topping the charts with “Come Together” (1969), “Let It Be” (1970), and “The Long And Winding Road” (1970).

“Let It Be” is still my favorite Beatles’ song.

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John Lennon left the Beatles in the fall of 1969, just as his first single, “Give Peace A Chance” with Ono was climbing the charts.  It would peak at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and become an anthem for anti-war demonstrations in the 1970s.

Lennon would have two more hits in America, “Cold Turkey” (#30), which documented the withdrawal symptoms he experienced from a heroin addiction, and “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (#3), before he released his first solo album, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”.  Although the album went “gold” (shipments of 500,000) in the U.S., it spawned no hits.

Everything would change for John Lennon in the fall of 1971 with the release of the album, “Imagine” and the title track as the first single.

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The album would hit #1 in the United States and move two million copies.  The single, “Imagine”, reached #3 here, but it topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Italy, and in England.  It’s by far the best John Lennon song.

From his first hit, “Give Peace A Chance” in 1969 to his #20 song in 1975, “Stand By Me”, John Lennon charted with nine Top 40 singles (four reached the Top Ten).  His only #1 hit during this period was “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” in 1974.  His other Top Ten hit in the 1970s was “#9 Dream” in 1975, and that one peaked at, you guessed it, #9, in the U.S.!

His remake of “Stand By Me” in 1975 would be the last single he released for five years so he could spend time with his newborn son, Sean.  Then, in the fall of 1980, he was ready to return to radio and music with the release of  the first single, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, from his upcoming album, “Double Fantasy”.

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The single, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, was released on October 24, 1980, and by early December, it had climbed to #3.  However, the “Double Fantasy” album wasn’t doing very well on the charts and was pretty much being panned by critics.  One even called it, “a self-obsessed disaster”.  Nevertheless, just as John Lennon was starting over in music, it would all come to an end.

John and Yoko had a 2 p.m. photo shoot on December 8, 1980, with Annie Leibovitz for a “Rolling Stone” article about Lennon’s return to music, which would produce this iconic photo.

John Yoko for Rolling Stone

After a radio interview, Lennon and Yoko left their apartment around 5:30 p.m. and he said hello to fans that had gathered outside.  John autographed his “Double Fantasy” album for one, Mark David Chapman.

Lennon Chapman

Upon returning home that night around 10:50, Chapman was still waiting.  As Yoko walked ahead of Lennon, Chapman calls out, “Mr. Lennon” and he dropped into a “combat stance” and fired five shots.  The first one missed the superstar, but the next four hit him — two in the left side of the back and two in the left shoulder.  John Lennon stumbled inside the Dakota exclaiming, “I’m shot.  I’m shot”.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital.  The cause of death was listed as “hypovolemic shock”.  Lennon had lost more than 80% of the blood in his body.

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After firing the five shots, the Dakota’s doorman, ex-CIA agent, Jose Sanjenis Perdomo, wrestled the gun from Chapman and he said, “Do you know what you’ve done?”  And, Chapman calmly replied, “Yes, I just shot John Lennon.”

Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  He’s still locked away and has been denied parole seven times.  His next chance for parole will come in 2014.

*This version of  “(Just Like) Starting Over” is NSFW*

Two weeks after John Lennon’s death, “(Just Like) Starting Over” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for five weeks.  The album, “Double Fantasy”, which had been released three weeks before the murder bolted to #1 and shipped more than three million copies.

In January 1981, the follow-up single, “Woman”, reached #2, and the album would produce one more hit, “Watching The Wheels”, (#10).

“Double Fantasy” won “Album of the Year” at the 1982 Grammy Awards and Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon accepted the award.

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John Lennon would have one more hit on the charts more than three years after his death.  The album, “Milk and Honey”, which was recorded in the last few months of his life produced the #5 Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Nobody Told Me”  in 1984.  It would become his third Top Ten American hit posthumously.

John Lennon NYC

On the day after John Lennon was murdered, Yoko Ono said, “There is no funeral for John…John loved and prayed for the human race.  Please pray the same for him.”

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Yoko, Sean, and Julian, I shed tears that fateful night back in 1980, as a teenager, and I’ll smile today as I remember the joy that your husband and father, John Lennon, brought to the world.  We can all “Imagine” what the world really should be like:   “Imagine all the people living life in peace/You, you may say/I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one/I hope some day you’ll join us/And the world will be as one.”

Peace! ☮

Anthony

P.S.  Without Yoko Ono, John Lennon might not have achieved his post-Beatles legacy that we know today and I want to pay tribute to that wonderful woman.

Last month, Ono told the “Advocate”, “I’m really saddened that fair treatment is not given to gays. Why can’t they get married, if they wanted to?”  When asked if would John have supported marriage equality, she said, “Definitely. John hated any injustice.”

Yoko Ono

What many of you don’t know is that she released her first dance single less than a month after John died.  “Walking On Thin Ice” would reach #13 on the Billboard Dance chart in 1981. She would have four more dance hits over the years.

However, in 2003, when the reissued, remixed “Walking On Thin Ice” hit #1 on the dance chart, it would be the start of Ono dominating the dance club charts.  She now has nine #1 Billboard Dance Hits.  Of those, from 2007-2011, seven of them were consecutive #1 hits!  What an amazing feat for an incredible woman who will turn 80-years-old in February 2013!  Happy birthday early Ono!

This was her last #1 hit, in 2011 and I’ll leave you with a quote:  “I think it’s better to dance than to march through life.  Love, Yoko”

oko Ono, thank you!

Anthony

They Said What??? Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter, Colin Powell, & John McCain

REPUBLICAN INDIANA U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE RICHARD MOURDOCK

“I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen.”

2008 FAILED PRESIDENTIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE JOHN McCAIN

(responding about Mourdock’s comment):  “If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and asks the people to forgive him, I would be the first.”

CONSERVATIVE MOUTHPIECE ANN COULTER

(tweeted about President Obama after the third presidential debate):  “”I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL WANNABE MITT ROMNEY

(at the third presidential debate):  “I congratulate him on, on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaeda.  But we can’t kill our way out of this mess.”

(just moments later):  “Well, my strategy is pretty straightforward, which is to go after the bad guys, to make sure we do our very best to interrupt them, to kill them.”

FORMER PANTHER AND JET FOOTBALL STAR KRIS JENKINS

“Some people are afraid, if somebody comes out as openly gay, that it’s going to be the end of football as we know it.  But, football will adapt and grow with it.”

ACTRESS VIVICA A. FOX

(responding to actress Stacey Dash’s endorsement and the way she endorsed Mitt Romney):  “I didn’t know she was a Republican. I will start there.  Second, I don’t know why she had to do a photo shoot in a ‘Baywatch’ red swimsuit with the boobs and the whole flag behind her. And she doesn’t have a job or something to promote right now. I just didn’t get it.”

FORMER REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL

(endorsing President Obama):  “You know, I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I’ll be voting for he and Vice President Joe Biden next month.  I think we ought to keep on the track we are on.”

Anthony

They Said What??? Chick-fil-A, Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, Aziz Ansari, & Tom Hanks

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RICK SANTORUM

“One of my speeches, I went to Iowa. And immediately when I announced that I was going to Iowa, everyone started, well, is he running for president?  Well I said, yeah, that’s the logical thing for someone who lost their last Senate race in 2006 by the largest margin of any incumbent in 40 years.  Sure, run for president! That makes all the sense in the world!”

CHAMBLEE, GEORGIA CHICK-fil-A ADVERTISEMENT

“Only a fruitcake wouldn’t love our party trays.”

STEVE ROBINSON, CHICK-fil-A EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF MARKETING OFFICE

“This is an advertisement that a locally owned and operated restaurant has been using for the past five years to promote Chick-fil-A’s catering options during the holidays.  It was simply a play on words referring to the traditional holiday food, and the restaurant had no intention of offending anyone whatsoever. We regret the flier may have been taken out of context.”

BEEFCAKE ACTOR MARIO LOPEZ

(in a tweet that ticked off gay activists):  “Why does it seem like I always crave Chick-fil-A on Sundays?? #Frustrating.”

REPUBLICAN MOUTHPIECE ANN COULTER

(tweeted):  “Last Thursday was national ‘coming out’ day. This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.”

GLAAD, THE GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION

(acknowledging that Coulter’s words were meant to be a joke):  “she is not really taken seriously in any context anyway.”

ROCK STAR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

“Right now, there is a fight going on to help make this a fairer and more equitable nation. For me, President Obama is our best choice to get us and keep us moving in the right direction.”

MITT ROMNEY ADVISER BAY BUCHANAN

“Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to the states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.”

OSCAR WINNER TOM HANKS

(after dropping the “f-bomb” on “Good Morning America”):  “Man oh man, I’m sorry.  I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now, and let me say next time on the show there will be a seven-second delay.”

RYAN MURPHY, “THE NEW NORMAL” AND “GLEE” CREATOR

(tweet):  “Guess who’s coming on The New Normal as Bryan’s [Andrew Rannells] sexy ex-boyfriend? The one and only Matt Bomer!!!”

“PARKS AND RECREATION” STAR AZIZ ANSARI

“At this point, why is anyone against gay marriage?” Ansari asked Kimmel. “You know you’re going to lose. You know you’re on the wrong side of things. These are the same people that didn’t want women to vote, that didn’t want black guys to play football. What was the last thing they were opposed to? Interracial relationships? Look, if you’re opposed to interracial relationships, guess what: I’m f***ing white girls, there’s nothing you can do about it!”

CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR & FORMER SAN FRANSISCO MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM

(about Vice President wannabe Paul Ryan):  “I mean this is a guy who voted against Matthew Shepard and the Hate Crimes law. This is a guy who voted against gay and lesbian couples adopting.  What’s so disappointing about Ryan is the generational disappointment. He’s roughly my age, and I have a lot of Republican friends my age and they’ve just moved on, they’ve evolved on these issues. But Ryan hasn’t, and that’s so extraordinarily disappointing. If he represents a generational shift in the Republican Party, that scares the hell out of me. That’s a generational shift backwards, from my perspective, not a leap forward. So a Romney presidency concerns me also because of these federal court appointees. I really fear for that even more broadly speaking. Not just the marriage issue, but the rights of gay and lesbian Americans.”

Anthony