Posts Tagged ‘mass shootings’

Random Friday Thoughts — January 11, 2019

I hope you had a great holiday season and that your New Year is off to a great start!

Here are a few thoughts I want to share — mainly some recommendations.

Have a great weekend!


On January 7, 2012, I decided that instead of just posting a thought on Facebook, I would expand on whatever I was thinking at the time.

That bright idea led me to starting this blog!

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My blog — by the numbers — in those seven years:

  • Number of blogs posted:  1244
  • Total views:  607,263


  • Most Viewed Month:  January 2014 (33,800 views)


  • Most Views by Country:  United States (72% of all views)
  • Runner-up Countries: #2 Germany, #3 Canada, #4 U.K, #5 France* (2012 data is missing, so France could really be higher), #6 Brazil, #7 Australia, and #8 Italy.


  • Number of People I’ve Pissed Off: Unknown 🙂


THEY SAID WHAT (on Twitter)?

TENNIS LEGEND MARTINA NAVRATILOVA:  “I can tell you all this for sure- whatever ridiculous propaganda we were fed in then Czechoslovakia, which was mandated by Soviet Union- pales next to the lies being told and repeated by trump and his ilk. I am not kidding… trump truly trumps the communists. And that’s not easy”

ADULT STAR STORMY DANIELS (on the night of 45’s immigration prime time plea): “If you’re looking for anything even remotely worth watching tonight at 9pm EST, I will be folding laundry in my underwear for 8 minutes on Instagram live.”

And, one more…

not an immigrant


Snowman Life in Prison


Wine Cupcakes


But, since I can’t be, I’ll share this fun video that features Olivia Newton-John reprising her hit “Magic” (1980) as the chorus.

This version hit #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 2015 for Olivia, her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi and DJ Dave Aude.

Olivia and Chloe are the only mother-daughter team to achieve that on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart!

It features a graveyard of Las Vegas signage of the city’s casino history, show girls, Chippendales, and Britney, Tina Turner, Marilyn Monroe, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.  Oh wait, those are illusionists!


This Netflix original is a great, creepy movie with an all-star cast.  It’s also being watched in record numbers on the streaming service after a limited theatrical run.

Sandra Bullock is fantastic as usual.

Trevante Rhodes

I loved seeing Trevante Rhodes in a major role after his career making part in the Oscar winner “Moonlight”.

Some say the movie is tacky in the way it handles mental illness and suicide.

“Bird Box” would have gotten a higher grade if not for the unbelievable “rapids” scene outcome!



Critics are raving about this latest masterpiece and semi-autobiographical film from director Alfonso Cuarón ( “Gravity” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”).

It follows the life of a live-in housekeeper, Cleo, to a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early-1970s.

Lead actress Yalitza Aparicio, who’s not a trained actress, was spectacular and the main reason to see this film.

While the movie is beautifully shot and Cuarón lets the movie breathe, some scenes go on way too long!

Maybe it’s just me because I wasn’t blown away by his critically acclaimed movie “Gravity” either, but I loved Cuarón’s 2001 film, “Y Tu Mama Tambien”.



This revenge drama stars Jennifer Garner as a mother hellbent on finding the scum bags that murdered her husband and little girl.

While you had to suspend disbelief in some scenes, it was an entertaining movie.

If you saw and loved Jodie Foster’s much better movie “The Brave One”, you’ll like this one.

It makes me want to binge watch ABC’s “Alias” now!

“Peppermint” was my 16th favorite movie I saw in 2018.



I usually prefer dramas over comedy, but this one starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams was funny (at times).

My favorite scene was when a character is shot and another one has to clean the wound and stop the bleeding.  Hilarious!!!!!!!

Any movie that features my main crush Michael C. Hall (Ben Whishaw is the other) gets my attention.



We’ve all heard the real life story about Lizzie Borden!

Yes, the one that “gave her mother 40 whacks; when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41”!

This very compelling drama features incredible performances by actresses Chloe Sevigny as Lizzie and Kristin Stewart as her family’s maid.



I’ve seen the 2006 remake of “Black Christmas” and I finally caught the 1974 original this holiday season.

It stars the late Margot Kidder.

Considering this movie was pre-“Halloween” (1978), it tried to build up the suspense, but failed.

I was more surprised by the language that was allowed 40+years ago!



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


Lady Gaga, Stick To Your “Guns”

Columbine (15 killed, 24 injured).  Virginia Tech (33 killed, 23 injured).  Northern Illinois University (6 killed, 21 injured).  Fort Hood, Texas (13 killed, 32 injured).  Tuscon, Arizona (6 killed, 14 injured).  Aurora, Colorado (12 killed, 58 injured).  Newtown, Connecticut (28 killed, 2 injured).  Before you call me out on it, there are discrepancies on the number of injuries  in several of these incidents — depending on the source.

That list of deadly mass shootings started before Columbine and there were many others before Newtown.  Sadly, this list will grow.

Gun Control

This blog isn’t about gun control, the Second Amendment, or who or what is to blame.

We live in a world that is consumed with violence.   We see it on television and at the movies, we hear about it in music, we read about it in books, magazines, and newspapers.  We hear about war and terrorist-related deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And, the Chicago Police Department reported 506 shooting deaths in 2012, which is up about 15% over the previous year.

I’ve touched on these subjects before:  “Why is My Chicago So Deadly This Year?” (July 6, 2012), “Another Senseless Tragedy in Colorado — Who’s To Blame?” (July 20, 2012), and “Entertainment Violence — When Is It Too Early For Business As Usual‏?” (July 23, 2012).  You can type in part of those title in the search at the top to read the original blogs.

Newtown CT

I’m revisiting this topic today because the blame game is still going on following the December 14, 2012, deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  And, some of it in the entertainment business is way off the mark and mean-spirited.

Sharon Osbourne, I’m talking to you.  You should be ashamed of yourself for bringing violence and entertainment into a cat fight between you, your daughter, Kelly, and Lady Gaga!

Sharon Kelly Osbourne- Lady Gaga

This entertainment feud erupted, as far as I’m concerned, when “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne said, “I actually think she’s a good singer but she has the worst fans in the world” talking about Lady Gaga.

In an open letter to Kelly, Gaga responded, “I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path.  Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. ‘Appearance’ is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals.”

And, then Mama Osbourne fired off this to Lady Gaga, “I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter.  Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”


If it had ended there, I wouldn’t be writing this today .  However, on Monday, on “The Talk”, Sharon spouted off about mean and hateful comments that a few Lady Gaga’s fans have posted on Gaga’s website and, sadly, Sharon even went so far as to say that one of Gaga’s “Little Monsters” could go on a shooting spree like the ones I addressed earlier!  Sharon said, “One person that wants attention, it takes nothing for this to happen.  Don’t let your fans be so hideously damaging, hurtful, violent.”

I’m truly appalled by that statement.  A viewer of “The Talk”, a reader of  my blog, or a fan of <insert actor or singer here> could go on a shooting spree.  How irresponsible of Sharon, just like her daughter saying that Gaga has the worst fans, to make that statement.  Yes, there are bad apples in every fan club.  And, with the internet, those bad apples can post mean-spirited things very easily.  But, to condemn a group based on a few, hateful people is wrong.

That is my personal opinion and I welcome yours, too.  You don’t have to agree with me, but do it with dignity.

And, then Sharon Osbourne addressed guns used as props and costumes in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Wall Ball Tour”.  The North American leg kicked off last Friday night in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Osbourne says, “However, everything is guns, guns, guns … Cut to her first performance on this new tour. She’s wearing two guns coming out of her breasts.”  And, “This is not right, and she should be stopped.”

Yes, that’s true.  And, she’s been wearing them since this tour kicked off in Asia in April 2012 and, even before that, for the “Alejandro” video that came out in June 2010.

Madonna faced the same backlash in 2012 on her “MDNA Tour” because of the violent nature of the first act and specifically the bloody, deadly song, “Gang Bang”.

Madonna Gang BangMadonna MDNA

Madonna’s “MDNA Tour” started in Israel in late May and there were many calls that she drop the guns from the show after the Aurora movie theater massacre in July 2012.    A representative for the singer said, “Madonna would rather cancel her show than censor her art. Her entire career, she has fought against people telling her what she can and cannot do. She’s not about to start listening to them now”.

I agreed with Madonna then and I stand behind Lady Gaga now.  She should continue the “Born This Way Ball Tour” just as it was conceived WITH the gun bra.

We cannot and should not censor every facet of entertainment industry that is violent.  We cannot blame Madonna, Lady Gaga, Quentin Tarantino, or anyone else in entertainment for the violence problem in the world.

Sadly, violence is a fact of life.  We don’t know when or where it’s going to happen, but it will happen.  Since violence was present in the Bible, it goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same.