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Random Thoughts 2012 Recap, Part Three

Okay, new blogs start tomorrow.  This is my final installment of the recaps of my “random” blogs from 2012.  Those are the ones where I talked about multiple topics in one blog.  Basically, it was whatever was on my mind that day!  To read the individual blogs from this fall, I’ve made it easy.  Just click on the title once you’ve opened today’s blog.

September 15, 2012

In this blog, I covered Osama bin Laden, 9/11, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Argo”, “Lincoln”, freaky fish, Asian carp, bananas, and marriage equality.

I’m Having More Random Thoughts

September 27, 2012

My random thoughts on this day included Ohio and the presidential election, heavy rain expected in Houston for my vacation, our fish pond and raccoons, “The Impossible”, Christmas, Reba and “Malibu Country”, “The New Normal”, “Elementary”, and new music from Calvin Harris.

A Buffet of Thoughts — A Little of This & That

November 10, 2012

In this blog, I put the elections into perspective and behind me and I covered the top-selling artists in English music history, how many people believe in God, Christmas cards, and featured new music from Reba McEntire.

My Early November Random Thoughts

November 15, 2012

In this blog, I talked about Channing Tatum being named the “Sexiest Man Alive”, Christmas, Christmas music from Rod Stewart and Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.  Also, I blogged about “The Campaign” and “Arthur Christmas”, bigotry, Madonna, and PSY.

I’m Thinking About Christmas & Much More Today

December 6, 2012

Christmas was on my mind in this blog, along with human rights, Hillary Clinton, the lack of snow, my sister, Tammy, Shania Twain in Las Vegas, Britney Spears and will.i.am, Christmas decorating, Ke$ha, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and “Love Actually”.

Random December Thoughts

December 15, 2012

And, finally, Christmas, “Dexter”, marriage equality, killing camels, ice, snow, winter, and the fish pond were on my mind in my last random blog of the year.

I’m Having More Random December Thoughts

Anthony

PSY In Damage Control For Wanting Americans Dead

PSY is apologizing for “inflammatory and inappropriate language” that called for the murder of American soldiers and their families in 2004.  Should we accept his apology and move on or make him a footnote in the history of music just hours before he’s expected to perform a holiday concert for the President?

“Gangnam Style” by PSY is now the most watched video ever on YouTube, surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby Baby”.

I never jumped on the band wagon and I never did that excruciatingly painful dance routine, even though the video is fun the first few times you watch it.

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However, the soon-to-be 35-year-old South Korean, born Park Jae-sang, is in hot water now and is in full damage control for controversial anti-war comments he made eight years ago protesting American involvement in the Iraqi war.  He’s also protested against the American military presence in Korea two years before that.

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He’s scheduled to perform tonight for President Barack Obama and his family for the annual “Christmas in Washington” concert and there’s a part of me that wants his invitation revoked.

I think the Christmas special would be just as festive with performances by Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scott McCreery, and Chris Mann.  The timing just isn’t right for PSY to perform in light of the recent revelations about his 2004 protest performance.  I think he should take the high road and drop out.

Before I go on, I believe in full disclosure.  In 2003, I was fully opposed to President George W. Bush’s decision to declare war on Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

Now, back to PSY.

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Back in 2004, he performed a song called “Dear American” with the lyrics,

“Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f—ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.”

Billboard magazine is reporting this back story to the song, it’s “in response to the murder of a South Korean missionary in Iraq. The context is important: An Islamist group videotaped the beheading of missionary Kim Sun-il after the South Korean government refused to cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to aid the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.”

On Friday, he made this statement to MTV News:

“As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song I was featured in — from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time,” the statement read. “While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.”

I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months – including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them – and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology. While it’s important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.”

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I know he’s apologized for comments he made eight years ago.  So, do we say, “we accept your apology” and move on or do we call radio stations and demand they stop playing “Gangnam Style”, which has already gone #1 in countless countries across the world and has been downloaded more than four million times.

The bottom line is that we live in a country that isn’t too forgiving.

Remember, in March 2003, ten days before the start of the Iraqi War, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”  That commented basically ended the Dixie Chicks’ country music career.  To me, what Natalie said in 2003 and what PSY said in 2004 are not even in the same league!

If you want to read my April 12th blog about the Dixie Chicks, here’s the link:  https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/a-nation-at-war-abroad-on-country-radio-as-a-statue-topples/

What are you thoughts?

Anthony

I’m Thinking About Christmas & Much More Today

WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO RING

If you’re single, you likely know what I’m talking about.  If you’re married, all you have to do is remember back to the time when you were “on the market” and you met that adorable person and gave them your phone number and now you’re just waiting for them to call.

Or, if you’ve applied for a job that you really want or you’re unemployed, you find yourself sitting by the phone waiting for them to call and offer you the position.  We’ve all been there.  And, while I’d welcome a call from a Quad City television station, I was waiting by the phone earlier this week for another reason.  And, sadly, the call didn’t come.  I found out the modern way of finding out things  — online!

“SEXIEST MAN ALIVE”?

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Sadly, “People” magazine just announced that Channing Tatum is the “Sexiest Man Alive”!  It just bums me out that when they choose 50 people, I tell myself I was #51 and when there are 100, I’m always number #101.  🙂

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See, I’m partly to blame for his success.  I showed up to see “Magic Mike” wearing an ABBA-tattoo-revealing shirt and all.  However, I didn’t take into consideration that they would lower the lights for the movie and the “People” people would not notice me.  And, mostly, after seeing the picture of the “Sexiest Man Alive” that I posted, I should hit the gym more and skip the large popcorn next time!

TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS?

I always mail my Christmas cards out the day before Thanksgiving so that they are traveling across the country while we’re sitting down at the dinner table eating turkey, dressing, and all of the yummy side dishes and desserts.  I’ve written my Christmas letter that I’ll share with you on Christmas Day.  Now, I just need to address my cards and get them ready for the mail.  I have to do my part to save the USPS!

While this weekend is the Christmas parade in Davenport and the “Lighting on the Commons” in downtown Moline, I kicked off the Christmas holiday season last weekend as emcee for a church fundraiser in Davenport for my friend, Angie.

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Angie Clark & Ken Lue performed “Silent Night” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and Miss Gretel was one of the models in her very festive, shiny dress and curly hair.  What a cutie!  After the show, I led the group in an a cappella version of “Winter Wonderland”.  It was so much fun and I didn’t get thrown out for singing live or scaring people away!

CHRISTMAS MUSIC

I’ve already started listening to my Christmas CDs and I’m up to the letter “E”.  Yes, my CDs in alphabetical order and I’m going down the line.  I did purchase three new ones that I’m also listening to:  Rod Stewart “Merry Christmas, Baby”, Lady Antebellum “On This Winter’s Night”, and yesterday, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John’s “This Christmas” arrived.

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Olivia and John’s proceeds from the sale of the album go to her charity, “The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre” in Melbourne, Australia and his charity, “The Jett Travolta Foundation”, in honor of John’s 16-year-old autistic son, Jett, that died almost four years ago after hitting his head during a seizure in the Bahamas.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON THE CHARTS NOW

I checked the Adult Contemporary charts this morning since Christmas songs usually appear on AC stations first and there are already eight holiday songs charting:  #28 “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Rod Stewart), #35 “Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)” (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), #37 “Do You Hear What I Hear? (Jordin Sparks), #38 “Joy To The World” (Train), #40 “Christmas In The Sand” (Colbie Caillat), #41 “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (Lady Antebellum), #43 “The Christmas Song” (Colbie Caillat), and #45 “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Chris Mann.

IF A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS….

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And, I’ll step down from my soapbox and let Rocky (NeNe Leakes) from NBC’s “The New Normal” enlighten you since women, blacks, and gays are still in the same boat in many parts of the country.

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“THE CAMPAIGN”

I’M ANTHONY PEOPLES AND I APPROVE THIS MOVIE

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While the country is pretty much divided on who they wanted to win the race for President, I’m sure most, if not all, of us are glad it’s over.  So, why was I looking forward to the DVD release of a comedy about politicians.  Because, it was a comedy and it skewered the whole political process.

Will Ferrell, plays Democratic Congressman Cam Brady who is running unopposed for his fifth term in North Carolina’s 14th district.  He is your typical, shallow, image-thinking politician.  A couple of shady businessmen (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) decide to finance someone to run against him so they can bring their Chinese sweatshops to the United States and make even more money in their illegal business operations.

They find that person in Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a clueless small town tourist director.  He’s a very effeminate married man with two sons and two pugs.  The Motch brothers, the corrupt businessmen, quickly send in a campaign manager (Dylan McDermott) to make Huggins more likeable and more manly.

The most hilarious part of the movie is when Huggins asks his wife and two sons if they have any secrets that would come out in the campaign.  Let’s just say that was the most disturbing and most awkward dinner conversation I’ve ever witnessed and I laughed so hard.

The movie shows that a political campaign can get down and dirty and by dirty, I mean nasty and skanky.  The movie could have been a little better if it was shortened by about five to minutes.  Now, I can say that I’ve seen a Will Ferrell movie.  No, I still haven’t seen “Anchorman”.

GRADE:  B

“ARTHUR CHRISTMAS”

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I was ready to kick off the holiday season last Sunday when we saw our first flakes of snow.  We rented “Arthur Christmas”, a 2011 3D computer animated fantasy voiced by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, and Jim Broadbent.

It’s basically the story of Santa getting ready to retire and turn over the reigns to his son Steve and his high tech new sleigh.  During the Christmas Eve rush, one present for a little girl named Gwen falls off the conveyer belt.  Once this is discovered by Arthur, another of Santa’s sons, it’s his mission to make sure that not one child wakes up on Christmas morning without a present.  He gets his grandfather, a very old retired Santa, to help him.

That delivery doesn’t go well and they end up stranded in Cuba.  Will Gwen get her present (it’s a bike, spoiler!) before she Christmas morning?

I wanted so much to really like this movie and add it to my favorites for the holiday season.  This isn’t it.  However, small kids will like it.  Gretel has now seen it three times.

GRADE:  C

MATERIAL GIRL GETS DOWN “GANGNAM STYLE”

And, today, I’ll end my blog on a hip, happening, and happy note.

Tuesday night, in the second of her two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Madonna surprised the crowd with one of the hottest new singers out there today.  While performing her hit “Give It 2 Me” mixed with “Gangnam Style” by Korean rapper PSY, who’s had the most downloaded song in America for five weeks now, the singer appeared on stage to get down with our Material Girl.

Have a great weekend!  I know it’s only Thursday, but remember I’m not working now.

Anthony