Posts Tagged ‘George H.W. Bush’

Random Friday Thoughts — June 27, 2014

Happy Friday!  This is the kickoff to the last weekend of June.  I cannot believe that one-half of 2014 is already behind us and the Fourth of July is next week!

We have nothing planned this weekend and that’s perfectly fine with me.  Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.

I hope you have a great one.

CELEBRATING 90TH BIRTHDAY

A couple of weeks ago, former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by jumping out of a plane.

Before the jump, he tweeted, “It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.”

Bush Jumping on 90th

I commend him for doing something that I’d never do.  He also took parachute jumps on his 80th and 85th birthdays.

George H.W. Bush becomes the fifth U.S. President to reach 90-years-old and he’s the fifth longest living President.  He joins the ranks of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, John Adams, and Herbert Hoover.

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

God-willing, on October 1st of this year, my favorite President, Jimmy Carter, will become the sixth President to live to 90!

WAS THERE FOUL PLAY INVOLVED IN TAMMY WYNETTE’S DEATH?

I recently read “Tammy Wynette:  A Daughter Recalls Her Mother’s Tragic Life and Death” by Jackie Daly, the country legend’s second oldest daughter.

A Daughter Recalls

Tammy Wynette died in April of 1998 at the age of 55.  While she had health issues, numerous major surgeries, and an addiction to painkillers over the course of her life, the circumstances surrounding her death were very questionable.

This book is pretty one-sided since it’s told by a daughter that went to great lengths to prove that there was a cover-up in her mother’s death.  However, it definitely makes you realize that celebrity deaths are handled much differently than the deaths of average people.  And, even moreso, when there are millions of dollars at stake.

Jackie Daly (with Tom Carter) makes a good argument that it’s very suspicious that Wynette’s husband, George Richey, called his wife’s personal physician in Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles away, to inform him of the singer’s death before the local medical examiner was contacted.

Tammy’s four daughters would go on to file a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Wallis Marsh of Pittsburgh, who had prescribed the drug, Versed, to Wynette.  That drug has been proven that it could cause death if not administered by professionals and under supervision.

Richey was also named in the lawsuit for administering the drug, but he was later dropped.  The pharmacy, Care Solutions of Nashville, was also named in the lawsuit for delivering the painkiller.

Four years after Wynette’s death, a confidential out-of-court settlement was reached between Marsh and the four daughters.

ENOUGH ALREADY

I could care less about Chris Brown’s court appearances and Justin Bieber’s latest run-ins with the law.  Also, “Entertainment Weekly”, move on from “Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men”.  There are other things happening in the world of television, movies, music, and books!

WHAT’S NEXT?

Now that Ray and I are wrapping up the fifth and final season of “Fringe”, (R.I.P. Walter, Olivia, and Peter), we’re debating what series to watch next.  It’s between “Breaking Bad” and “True Blood”.

fringe-show

I think we’re leaning toward “Breaking Bad” since the seventh and final season of “True Blood” is now underway.

Also, the second season of “Under The Dome” starts Monday night, June 30th, on CBS!

Under The Dome

PICK HIT

Christian pop singer Amy Grant is ready to make a comeback on the pop charts and in the dance clubs.

Amy Grant

On August 19th, “In Motion: The Remixes” is released and it’ll feature remixes of some of her biggest hits by some of today’s hottest DJs, including Chris Cox, Tony Moran, Moto Blanco, Ralph Rosario, and Hex Hector.

“Baby Baby”, remixed by Dave Aude, is ready to blast its way into the dance clubs.

Since her first Christian hit in 1977, she’s hit the top of that chart 16 times and she’s also crossed over to the pop chart.

Amy has a total of ten Top 40 hits of the Billboard Hot 100, including five from her 1991 album, “Heart in Motion”, that sold more than five million copies in the U.S.

Of those pop hits, two have topped the Hot 100, “The Next Time I Fall”, a duet with Peter Cetera in 1986, and a solo hit, “Baby Baby”, for two weeks in the spring of 1991.

This is one release I’m looking forward to this fall.

“WALK OF SHAME”

The last comedy that really made me laugh out loud was “This Is The End” last year and that ended up being my fifth favorite movie I saw in 2013.

Now, I can add the box office bomb, “Walk of Shame” to that list of funny movies.  Yes, critics hated it and it was panned by the few movie goers that saw it.  For whatever reason, it was only released in 51 theaters for a week!  Nevertheless, Ray and I thought it was funny.

Elizabeth Banks plays Meghan Miles, a Los Angeles television news anchor, who is dumped by her fiance.  Her two friends force her to go on the town.  After getting drunk and hooking up with the very hunky Gordon, played by James Marsden, she leaves his place when he falls asleep and checks her messages.  The network is coming to see her show for a promotion to do the national news.

When she leaves Gordon’s place, her car is being towed away with her purse in it.  In her quest to get the car back, she runs into altercations with local drug dealer, prostitutes, the police, and that’s only part of the drama and the chaos.

So, it may not be Oscar-worthy material, but I laughed many times and I plan on buying the DVD.

Many of us have done the “walk of shame” and this is one I’d definitely do again!

GRADE:  B

I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY

Since I talked about Tammy Wynette earlier in the blog, I’ll feature her in this weekly segment.

In her long career, Tammy scored 44 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country chart.  Of those, 31 reached the Top Ten and 25 of them made the Top 5.

Tammy topped the country music chart 17 times and for a stretch from 1967 to 1969, she had seven consecutive number one songs.  Some of her number ones include “I Don’t Want To Play House”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, and “Stand By Your Man”

“‘Til I Can Make It on My Own” is one of my favorite Tammy Wynette songs.  It hit #1 in the spring of 1976.

In addition to her solo hits (and a #1 duet with David Houston in 1967), Tammy also scored 13 Top 40 hits with George Jones.  Of those, eight reached the Top Ten and three topped the Country charts including “Golden Ring” and “We’re Gonna Hold On”.

tammy-wynette

With all the country success, only “Stand By Your Man”, her #1 1968 country hit crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100.  It peaked at #19.

However, that would not be her last appearance.  In late 1991, the British duo, KLF, called up the “Queen of Country Music” to lend her vocals to their hit, “Justified & Ancient (Stand by the JAMs)”.

That song made it all the way up to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #2 on the Billboard Dance charts.

But, it hit #1 in Austria for five weeks and #1 in Sweden for three weeks.  It also topped the charts in Finland and New Zealand and almost hit the top in the U.K. peaking at #2.

R.I.P. TAMMY WYNETTE

THAT’S IT

Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.   Here’s hoping that we all have a great weekend.

Anthony

Advertisements

This Man Could Cost Mitt Romney The 2012 Election (& It’s Not President Obama)

There is a Republican that I would vote for, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t stand a chance.  However, he will shape the outcome of the 2012 Election.

An average of the latest polls posted on Real Clear Politics shows that President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are pretty much neck and neck in the 2012 race with President Obama up less than three points at 48.1% to 45.4%.  (At this point in 2008, Barack Obama had a 7.6% lead over John McCain.)

Those percentages will fluctuate until the first presidential debate on October 3rd and it’ll be interesting to see what happens after the vice presidential debate eight days later.

Let me introduce or re-introduce you to former (January 1, 1995-January 1, 2003) two-time Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.  This man will be instrumental in whether Barack Obama wins a second term as president or if the Republicans take back the White House.

Johnson will be running on the Libertarian ticket this election.  He’s still awaiting a decision in Michigan and Oklahoma of having his name put on the November ballot.  If he succeeds, he will be the ONLY challenger to President Obama and Governor Romney in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC).

Meanwhile, the Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala will appear on ballots in, at least, 33 states and DC.

Gary Johnson’s running mate is Judge Jim Gray of Newport Beach, California.

So, what are Johnson’s political views?  He’s fiscally conservative, he believes in limited government and military non-interventionism (which means he wants to stay away from alliances with other nations that could involve us in wars that are not for direct territorial self-defense).

He’s opposed to foreign wars and says he’ll cut military budgets 43% in his first presidential budget.

Johnson received the highest score of any presidential candidate from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  He announced in 2011 that he’s for same-sex marriage, he criticized President Obama’s May announcement that while he believe in marriage equality, it should be thrown back to the states to decide, and Johnson wants a constitutional amendment to protect equal marriage rights!

Johnson is pro-choice when it comes to abortion and he’s opposed to the Patriot Act.

And, there are people who believe in his message.  A recent CNN poll (9/10/12) that finally added Johnson and Green candidate Stein to the polling shows that both candidates are scoring points:

Barack Obama (D) – 50%
Mitt Romney (R) – 41%
Gary Johnson (L) – 4%
Jill Stein (G) – 2%

And, the news gets even better for Johnson if you believe polling.  Zogby International, a leading polling firm in the United States, released this information about Johnson:

  • 10.1% of Independent Voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.5% of Hispanic voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.0% of 18-29 year-old voters plan to vote for him
  • 5.9% of 30-49 year-old voters plan to vote for him

It’s going to be a tough road for Johnson.  While he really doesn’t stand a chance of winning the 2012 election, he will shape the outcome of this fall’s race like Independent candidate Ross Perot did twenty years ago.

Most will not deny that the 19% of the popular votes that Perot earned in 1992 likely put Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House and kept Republican George H.W. Bush from earning a second term.  Clinton won that race with 43% of the popular vote to Bush’s 37.5%.

I recently read that a vote for Johnson is one vote against President Obama and two votes against Mitt Romney, which basically means that if more people vote for Johnson and he loses, chances are that Romney will lose, too.

Could that be true?  Consider the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  In each of those states, polls show that the two leading candidates (Obama and Romney) have leads of only 0.2% to 4.8%.

If you throw Johnson in the mix, that could easily sway the race.  Arizona is currently leaning toward Romney.  However, a recent poll there shows Johnson picking up 9% of the vote.  That could turn Arizona blue.  In New Mexico, where Johnson was the former governor, he is polling at 13% and while the state is leaning toward President Obama, that’s a huge percentage that could turn the state red.

You will definitely be hearing a lot more about Gary Johnson (and Jill Stein) in the next seven weeks.  And, I would not be surprised to hear Mitt Romney not only going after President Barack Obama, but also Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Anthony