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Random Friday Thoughts — June 17, 2016

I want to wish all the dads out there a “Happy Father’s Day”.  We’re spending it with Ray’s dad, Papa Ray, who’s also turning 80 years old.

There are so many thoughts going through my head almost a week after last Sunday’s horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  I’ll get the heartbreaking ones and the ones that anger me out of the way first.

ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB MASSACRE

It’s been a sad week for the LGBT community.

The nightmare is still settling in for the families of the 49 victims, the 53 people who were hurt, and the rest of the people inside the popular gay nightclub last Sunday morning when a 29-year-old terrorist opened fire with a semi-automatic assault weapon and a gun (a third gun was found in his car) after taking hostages.  He was killed by police.

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I’ve gone back and changed this part of the blog several times as more details are released.

First, I wrote that the killer’s father said it happened because his son didn’t like gay people.  But, it seems the more his father talks, the more he sounds like a lunatic himself!

Now there are reports that the shooter may actually have been gay, or at least, a regular at Pulse and on gay hook-up sites and apps.

If that’s true, it’s very sad that he was such a self-loathing, closeted gay man.  He wouldn’t be the first person forced into a sad life of hiding the fact that he was gay.  Most of the time, that fear is perpetuated by the views of family, religion, or society in general. This has to change!  However, people in those situations normally don’t resort to such a heinous crime of murder!

CALL IT WHAT IT IS — A HATE CRIME

The shooting in Orlando is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  This surpasses the Virginia Tech (April 2007) and Sandy Hook shootings (December 2012).

After I started processing the shock and sadness I felt, I was angered by Republican politicians addressing the shooting while ignoring the fact that nightclub and the victims were targeted for being (or suspected of being) LGBT.

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Failed Republican presidential wannabees Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee shared these tweets:

Rubio: “Our prayers are with those injured and killed early this morning in horrifying act of terror in Orlando.”

Huckabee: “Please join Janet and me in praying for the victims of the Orlando attack and their families.”

Notice that there’s no mention of where this senseless tragedy took place or why they were slaughtered.  It was because of who they were!

Rubio and Huckabee are just two of the politicians who demonize the LGBT community on a regular basis — except when it gives them face time in front of cameras with empty sympathetic apologies.  The LGBT community needs love and support every day, not when it’s convenient.

Disgusting!

“THESE PEOPLE”

When I shared my blog about the shootings and who the LGBT community is on Facebook last weekend, someone commented, “these people are in our country to harm us and are just sitting back waiting for that call.”

In this case, I know “these people” was referring to Muslims or Middle Easterners.  The shooter’s parents are from Afghanistan.

Still, I was taken aback by the comment and replied, “There are “these people” in every walk of life — they may have different color skin, religions, upbringings, ideologies, etc. The white kid who (allegedly) murdered the innocent black church goers in South Carolina last year is one of “these people”.

Church Fire

In the weeks following the Charleston, South Carolina shootings one year ago today, there were suspicious fires at seven black, or predominantly black, churches in South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.

Trust me people, hate is very much alive in this country.  We have a major problem and we’ve got to work together to find a solution.  This means all of us.

GUN CONTROL

There’s a lot of debate about guns and gun control.  Some think that when you ask for tougher regulations, you want to take their guns away.

Gun Control

I want people to be checked thoroughly before they legally own a gun.  I want to know if these people have criminal records, if they’re on the “no fly list”, have mental issues, etc.

I don’t care if people own guns for protection or hunting.  But, there is NO reason for the general public to own an assault-style weapon like the AR-15!  None!!!

But, legally, it’s considered the same as other rifles and there are anywhere between 2.5 million and 3.7 million guns in the AR-15 family in civilian use today in the United States.

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Now, for the first time ever, the family of the gun’s inventor is speaking out.

They told NBC News, “Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47.  He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.”

My final thought on the matter is that when the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1791 allowing us to “keep and bear arms”, I know that our founding fathers never imagined a weapon of that caliber — a weapon that would be responsible for cutting so many lives short here in America!

The Second Amendment would be worded much differently today and bearing arms would mean something else.

LET ME TELL ABOUT THE LGBT COMMUNITY

In case you didn’t get to read my blog last Sunday that expressed how devastating this massacre is to the LGBT community and who were are, here it is again.  (This will open in a new window.)

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/deadly-gay-nightclub-attack-were-all-one/

A SAD ENDING TO THIS LOVE STORY 

There have been many stories coming out from family members grieving over the loss of their loved ones.  This one really breaks my heart.

32-year-old Christopher “Drew” Leinonen and his 22-year-old boyfriend Juan Guerrero were two of the victims inside the Pulse nightclub.

Juan’s sister, Aryam, says, “They were honestly so in love. They were soul mates. You can tell by how they looked at each other.  It’s a little comforting that they died together.”

Christmas Was Perfect

Look at the caption taken from this Instagram photo of the men with their families, “Christmas was perfect”.  This Christmas won’t be perfect for the grieving families.

As much as I love the holidays, I’m going to make sure that Christopher and Juan are not forgotten this Christmas.

The two men had planned on getting married and their families have decided that they’ll be buried together.

LOVE IS LOVE

Before I married almost five years ago, I found this video and it still makes me smile.  I even borrowed the “sparkler toast” for our reception.

Today, I dedicate it to the memory of Christopher and Juan, the love they shared, and the wedding they never experienced.

Make sure the person you love knows it everyday!  Life is too short.

Ray, I love you!

GAGA HONORS THOSE MURDERED

Lady Gaga addressed thousands earlier this week at Los Angeles’s City Hall at a vigil to remember those killed at the Pulse nightclub.  Gaga read off the names of the 49 people murdered.

The pop star told the tearful crowd, “I can’t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself.”

She added, “This is an attack on everyone.”

ON A LIGHTER NOTE….

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JUST ONE DONALD TRUMP COMMENT (BUT, I HAVE SEVERAL)

If anyone ever says he doesn’t have a sense of humor, I’ll always have this tweet of his to remember.  I’m still laughing out loud over his ignorance.

We might have been born at night, but not last night!

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Please let him become a footnote in American history November 8, 2016.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE FISH

As you know from reading my blog and following me on social media that we love our expanded koi and goldfish pond.

Fish Pond

Now, I have scientific proof that the fish know me, they really know me!

Culum Brown, an Australian biologist studies fish intelligence and he says, “Most fish species are social and have the capacity for individual recognition.”

He adds, “We have known that for more than 20 years. We also know that fish can use facial features to categorize predator and non predators. Fish are much smarter than people think.”

Snowflake Pumpkie Pie

Now I know that Pumpkin Pie, the orange koi with the black spots featured above and at the beginning and end of this feeding frenzy video, recognizes me for more than just being the “food man”!

So, she’s not just a Pavlov fish! 🙂

By the way, she’s the one that I rescued from the mouth of a mink late last summer.  You can read about that harrowing experience here.  (Again, the link below will open in a new window.)

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/my-first-hand-encounter-with-a-predator/

NEW LADY GAGA MUSIC

People waiting for Gaga’s first new album of pop material since 2013’s “Artpop” (not counting 2014’s “Cheek to Cheek” with Tony Bennett) may have to wait until later this year or early 2017!

Sir Elton John reveals that he’s heard two or three of the new songs and they are “absolutely brilliant”.

Until the new music arrives, this is still one of my favorite Lady Gaga songs.

FIRST LADIES

As you know and you can’t escape, it’s an election year.  I’ve been reading mostly autobiographies, biographies, and books about political figures.

I just finished “First Ladies” by Betty Boyd Caroli.  It was an easy read because it spent just a few pages or so on each of our president’s wives.

Here are a few tidbits I learned that you may already know. If not, they may come in handy while watching “Jeopardy” one day.

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Martha Washington:  A multi-millionaire (adjusted to today’s dollar) left to her after her first husband’s death.

Abigail Adams:  Very hands-on in helping to shape her husband’s, John Adams, policies.

Martha Jefferson: Died almost two decades before Thomas Jefferson became president, so she was never First Lady, but future First Lady Dolley Madison stood in to entertain at the White House for President Jefferson.

Dolley Madison:  Before being forced to evacuate the White House in August 1814 before British soldiers burned it down, she saved the painting of General Washington.

Elizabeth Monroe:  Ordered her dresses from France at reportedly $1,500 each and wasn’t regarded as too social in her role as First Lady.

Louisa Adams:  Only First Lady born outside of the United States (London, England) and she was the daughter-in-law to second president, John Adams.

Rachel Jackson:  She died days after her husband, Andrew, was elected president, so she was never officially First Lady.

Hannah Van Buren:  She also died before her husband, Martin, became president.

Anna Harrison:  She was the wife of the ninth U.S. President and grandmother of the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison.  While she was First Lady, she never actually lived in the White House because her husband, William Henry Harrison, died on his 32nd day as president, and she hadn’t moved in yet.

Letitia Tyler:  She was the first First Lady to die while living in the White House (stroke).

I hope you learned something there and I’ll share more First Lady tidbits in the next “Random Friday Thoughts”.

ONE MORE “PULSE” TRIBUTE

Back in 2013, I shared an interview and blog about Eli Lieb, an Iowa singer and songwriter working to make it to the big time.

Eli Lieb Facebook

Since he grew up not far from the Quad Cities, I’ll post the blog again after the video.

His self-titled album was one of my twenty favorites of 2013.

He and Brandon Skeie, both out and proud singers and songwriters released “Pulse” earlier this week to honor the gay nightclub victims.

Here’s that blog about Eli from 2013.

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/finding-young-love-a-world-away-from-iowa/

THAT’S IT

Typically, I have less serious material in my “Random Friday Thoughts”, but there is so much to process this week.

Take care of yourself and those around you.

Thank you for checking out my thoughts this week and, as always, feel free to share your thoughts with me.  If we disagree, do it diplomatically.  More gets resolved that way.

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

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My Favorite Albums of 2013

Last week, I recapped my favorite albums of 2010 (“Night Work” by the Scissor Sisters), 2011 (“Femme Fatale” by Britney Spears) and 2012 (“MDNA” by Madonna).

Now it’s time to share my favorite albums of 2013.

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LAURA PAUSINI

“20 GRANDES EXITOS”

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DEPECHE MODE

“DELTA MACHINE”

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MARY J. BLIGE

“A MARY CHRISTMAS”

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ELI LIEB

“ELI LIEB”

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JOSH GROBAN

“ALL THAT ECHOES”

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MICHAEL BUBLE

“TO BE LOVED”

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ROBYN

“BODY TALK”

Since I was three year late to the bus on this one, here’s a bonus just in case you missed it, too.

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EMELI SANDE

“OUR VERSION OF EVENTS”

Emeli Sande

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ZEDD

“CLARITY”

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AVICII

“TRUE”

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On Thursday, I’ll have the Top Ten since I have a special Christmas letter for you tomorrow.

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — July 19, 2013

I know that there are many of you out there that are just loving this heat and humidity.  I just love the fact that the central air works!  I’m so ready for fall!  Here’s a comparison of the first 16 days of July 2012 to the first 16 days of July 2013.

First 16 days of July

Notice that it was hotter and drier last year even though we only had rain twice this July in the first 16 days of the month!  It’s so dry and I don’t want to have to keep watering the new trees we planted and the garden.  Other than the heat, the humidity and the dog days of summer, here are my other random thoughts this Friday.

THERE’S STILL SO MUCH HATE IN THIS COUNTRY

Tensions are still running high across the United States following last Saturday night’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012.  Race is definitely playing a role in how people are reacting to the verdict.  But, believe it or not, the hate group, the American Family Association (AFA) is using this trial and the verdict to attack gay people!

Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer, who’s also a high-ranking official with the AFA, is one of those hateful people.  Here are some of the tweets he sent out defending Zimmerman and attacking others.

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TALK ABOUT HATE AND IGNORANCE

Latin singer (and Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband) Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America” Tuesday night in the seventh inning of the MLB All-Star Game in New York City.   And, this did not go over well with some fans of America’s favorite pastime.  Check out some of these ignorant tweets (and these were some of the more innocent ones that didn’t involve really bad racial overtones)!

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For the record, Anthony was born in New York City in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood.  While he may be of Puerto Rican descent, he is an American!

Marc Anthony sings God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York

We have come so far in this country, yet we still have a long way to go.  We must never give up hope!

RUSSIA, MOVE OUT OF THE DARK AGES

While I love vodka, I have never had any desire to visit Russia.  And, now, with a new law in place, I definitely won’t be going there and I wouldn’t be welcomed.

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The new law that was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and went into effect June 30th allows the government to arrest or detain gay or “pro-gay” foreigners for up to two weeks before expelling them from the country.  While the “pro-gay” language is vague, Travel + Escape, a Canadian website, says it could be “gay-affirmative” speech, displaying a rainbow flag and same-sex partners holding hands.

Fines could range from $156 to $6,250 in U.S. dollars for what “The Voice of Russia” calls “any display of affection between same-sex couples could cause a ‘distorted understanding’ that gay relations and heterosexual relations are socially equivalent, and risk spreading Western liberalism”.

But, Putin says the law is not anti-gay and that others should mind their own business, “We are talking about protecting children from the respective information.  We ask that (other countries) do not interfere in our regulation.”

I guess we should still call Russia the U.S.S.R. (or the Soviet Union) since it’s still living in the dark ages!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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CANCUN

Last fall, I visited Houston, Texas, with Ray, twenty years after my first visit.  The first time was with one of my best friends, Dennis.

Interestingly enough, the first time I visited Cancun, Mexico, in 1993, it was also with my friend Dennis.  He got us round trip airline tickets from Nashville, Tennessee, and the Cancun trip for only $299!  Now, twenty years later, Ray and I have passports and we’re heading to Cancun in about a month.

Here are a couple of pictures that I took from that 1993 trip.  I hope now that we’ve planned this beach vacation, I’ll find the motivation I need to lose ten pounds in four weeks!

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KELLY CLARKSON GOT ME EXCITED

All it took was one tweet!  And, no it wasn’t a backstage shot of a shirtless Adam Levine since her tour with Maroon 5 doesn’t start until August 1st!

Kelly Tweet

Although you know as much as I do from this tweet and picture, it would appear that Kelly is recording new music with Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood.  Since ABC cancelled “Malibu Country” and her last radio single was in late 2011 (“Somebody’s Chelsea”), we haven’t heard much of “singer” Reba.

I don’t care if this is for a new album for Kelly or Trisha, I’m just excited that there will be new Reba music.  One could only hope that Reba is recording an album for early 2014!

Reba and Kelly first worked together on Reba’s “Duets” album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart (her only #1 “pop” album) in the fall of 2007, selling more than 300,000 copies in the first week!

The lead single from that album, “Because of You” reached #2 on the country charts in August 2007.  Two years earlier, Kelly took the song to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming her sixth Top Ten hit on that chart.

Come on Reba.  Let’s make a return to country radio in 2014!

ASSOCIATE OF THE MONTH — REALLY?

Through the wonders of Facebook, people you haven’t talked to in 20 or 30 years can touch base with you.  And, you can find out that you were named “Associate of the Month” for your “excellent coverage” of a news story!

WYTV May 2001

This was at WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio.  While I don’t remember this achievement, I do remember the story.   And, I have to admit that the picture of me is a bit of a scary flashback, but the little blurb did bring a smile to my face since it was May 2001 and Miss ABBA, my beautiful golden was turning one year old!

So, here’s a bonus picture of Miss ABBA from the summer of 2001.

ABBA Spring 2001

GIVING JOURNALISTS A BAD NAME

Asiana Airlines accepted an apology and is dropping its lawsuit against San Fransisco television station KTVU after the station announced wrong, offensive names for the pilots involved in that airline’s deadly plane crash July 6th that killed three people.

The station made a call to the National Transportation Safety Board and apparently got confirmation of the names of the pilots from an intern.

But, seriously, what kind of idiots (and it wasn’t just the news anchor) didn’t catch that these names sounded out as “Captain Something Wrong”, “We Too Low”, and “Holy F**k”.

KTVU Asiana Flight 214

Just where did the station get these names in the first place?

How fitting is it that Don Henley of The Eagles scored his first solo hit with the anti-news business song, “Dirty Laundry” (#3, 1982).  It includes the lines, “We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five/She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye/It’s interesting when people die/Give us dirty laundry”.

Rest assured that not all journalists are irresponsible with information and your trust!

IOWA SINGER IS READY FOR THE BIG TIME

Earlier in the week, I blogged about Eli Lieb, a southeastern Iowa musician that has been working in New York City to make a name for himself in the music business.  He now lives in Los Angeles and is on the verge of making it big with his latest song, “Young Love”.

Eli Lieb Facebook

Since its release about a week ago, the video has already been viewed almost a quarter of a million times on YouTube!  If you missed it, here’s the video.

And, here’s the link to Tuesday’s blog so you can read more about Eli:  https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/finding-young-love-a-world-away-from-iowa/

FREDDIE MERCURY LIVES!

While it was announced back in late 2010 by Queen guitarist Brian May, it now looks like we’ll finally be seeing a movie based on the group’s bisexual lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in late 1991 from an AIDS-related illness, at the age of 45.

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Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsasa, in Zanzibar, in East Africa.  While he was flamboyant on stage, he was personally very shy.  The singer, who dated men and women, became the first major rock star to die of AIDS.  Interestingly enough, it’s reported that he always denied that he was HIV-positive or had AIDS and it was only announced publicly one day before he died in London on November 24, 1991.

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“Borat” and “Les Miserables” actor Sacha Baron Cohen will play Mercury and he’s already taking singing lessons.  IMDb is reporting that the film will be “a chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.”  It’s also rumored that Tom Hooper, who also directed “Les Miserables” and “The King’s Speech” will be behind the camera.

This sounds like an exciting movie and it’s expected in 2014.

PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK

The English rock band Queen formed in 1970.  While the band did not achieve instant success, it has now sold an estimated 150 million to 300 million albums world-wide since its debut album, “Queen”, came out in the summer of 1973.

“Killer Queen” was the band’s first  American hit in 1974 peaking at #12.

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Queen would go on to chart 13 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  Of those, five would reach the Top Ten and two would top the chart:  “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites The Dust” (1980).  “Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days of Our Lives” would go all the way to #2 in 1991.

My selection today was released in late October 1979, but it reached #1 on the Hot 100 in late February 1980, so it qualifies as one of my “80’s Friday Flashback” songs.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

And, since we’re on the subject of Queen, let’s curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II!

Queen Elizabeth II Pride

Earlier this week, the Queen gave her blessing on marriage equality after Parliament passed its third reading.  Back in May, the House of Commons passed the bill by a vote of 366 to 161.   Same-sex marriages will begin in the United Kingdom next year!

Prime Minister David Cameron has pushed for marriage equality since 2011 when he told his own Conservative Party, “Yes, it’s about equality. But it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society’s stronger when we make vows to each other and we support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative, I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”

Congratulations, Great Britain!

ENDER’S GAME” CONTROVERSY

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“Ender’s Game” is a science fiction action movie coming out November 1, 2013, starring Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”), Academy Award nominees Harrison Ford (“Witness”), Viola Davis (“Doubt” and “The Help”), Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), and Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), along with Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”).

It’s based on the popular 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card.  However, with just a little over three months before the $110 million movie’s premiere, it’s marred in a publicity nightmare and the LGBT group, Geeks OUT! is even proposing a boycott of the movie because of comments made by the book’s author.

Orson Scott Card

Card is on the board of directors at the National Organization for Marriage, a group that is very aggressive and mean in its views against same-sex marriage.   In 2009, Card wrote in “Mormon Times” that “marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”

And, just last year, while supporting North Carolina’s Amendment One, he called same-sex attraction, “reproductive dysfunction” and added that “normalizing a dysfunction will only make ours into a society that corrodes any loyalty to it, as parents see that our laws and institutions now work against the reproductive success (not to mention happiness) of the next generation.”

Now, the director of the movie, some of its stars, and Lionsgate Entertainment are distancing themselves from Card.  Lionsgate issued this in a statement, “As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community […] we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage”.

Card recently told “Entertainment Weekly” (“EW”) that his anti-marriage views are now “moot” because of the Supreme Court’s late June decision on  the Defense of Marriage Act.

And, even with all of his negative views toward same-sex couples wanting the right to marry, it sounds like Card is playing the victim telling “EW”,  “Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”

Say what????  Let me get this straight.  Now, Card wants the LGBT community and its supporters to be tolerant and open-minded and come out to see “Ender’s Game” — just to line his pockets with more money.  That, Mr. Card, sounds more like a joker than an ace!

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So, what are your thoughts on this or anything else I talked about today?  I welcome your opinions whether we agree or disagree.  Have yourself a great weekend and, as always, thank you for checking out my blog.

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.

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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