2/24/2013

Uptown Girl vs Thriller

I'm  a big fan of Billy Joel, ever since I got into music at a young age, he is my favorite artist. Notice I didn't say singers, although I get a chill up my spine when certain songs of his come on the radio. I joined a fan group on Facebook dedicated to Billy Joel, not just his music, but his life, some news clips and other stuff.
Like any other Facebook Page with hundreds even thousands of people all aroound the world. There's a debate trending on whether "Uptown Girl" should have topped Michael Jackson's Thriller at the Grammy's for best song. As much as I like "Uptown Girl" and respect Billy Joel Michael Jackso n's "Thriller" did more for Mr. Jackson's career than "Uptown Girl" did for Mr. Joel's career. Also remember I am a poet and a writer who has studied both songs not just as musical composiitions, but as poems, which is basically what a song is without the instrumental components.  Below is the post I added to the debate


"I am as a big a Billy fan as the next person on here and would never say anything negative, but you have to be kidding me! Thriller is one of Michael Jackson's most iconic songs even though I like Uptown Girl it wouldn't be in my top Billy Joel songs!! I think this separates the folks who love Billy Joel's music and folks who idolize Billy Joel. Ok we all know ten Billy Joel songs and if you're a general music buff you should KNOW ten Michael Jackson songs (I said KNOW NOT LIKE). Can anyone with a straight face compare Thriller with Uptown Girl?"

2/12/2013

Dissecting the State of the Union

In honor if President Obama's first State of  the Union of his second term in office I decided t o do something new as part of  this blog. I wanted to highlight some of the lines that caught my ear and a few reactions from others on Twitter. My commentary appears below the line. Also it should be mentioned that some of the folks in the gallery were wear green ribbons in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
First I have to point  out not  one word was spoken about the mess in Bengazi which was my biggest disappointment. We haven't had an attack on an embassy in years and I would think if the President wants to quite his critics on a particular matter, he need to confront the issue, even if he spins it.


Obama: "Let’s set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments"

The problem with this line is there weren't any "wreck less" cuts in the first place. Democrats whine about the rich getting tax cuts, this has always been a false starter. The "rich" need to grow a pair and just say \"We don't want our taxes wasted" Government waste is rampant and I'm not talking about needed social programs or enforcement of safety regulations, I'm talking about Congressional perks and even the Congressional salaries. Obama didn't acknowledge that the go vernment DOES have a spending problem!!


Obama: "Tonight, I propose a "Fix-It-First" program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country."

One of the things people realize is moving forward requires us to  study ou\r past, not dwell but study. The a rguements for slowing down government's investments in new green technologies can be made simply be saying, "We need to fixing what we have first". Getting off fossil fuels should be  a goals of ours. We must strive to reach this goal  without rushing towards it.

Obama:"Tonight, I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. 

Obama".....because what makes you a man isn't the ability to conceive a child; it's having the courage to raise one."

 Even Rick Santorum applauded this line: "Good line Mr. President on fathers! Thank you". Something that needs to be kept in mind though is sex education, like energy, needs to be an "all of the above" approach. Those preaching abstinence and  nothing else really don't have a clue. I pictured what a  Santorum State  of ,,the Union would be like, "no sex until your married. Oh by the way since I'm against gay marriage gay people are forbidden to have sex" Yeah right in your d reams. A positive about gay relationships is you  don't need to  worry about pregnancy. I also continue to struggle with believing gay ma rriage is the next biggest  civil rights issue. We need to encourage young people to be responsible.


 Below the excerpt of  Obama's speech  is a quote tweeted by the Center of Justice and Democracy, a patients rights group I have lobbied with down in Washington  DC. They picked out the following quote and reacted to it. This is the only reference to medical malpractice, which is very disappointing.

We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive."
" In other words, reduce tests and procedures by managing care properly, not by stripping patients of their legal rights!

2/04/2013

Super Superbowl

Even though I was rooting for t he 49ers, stroke of luck had it I got a chunk of the pool for the second year in a row. My trip  to the ,Cornerstone this week is covered and then some. This year my folks decided to host a Super Bowl party instead of visiting family or friends. At first I was looking to go  out eithrer to a friend's house or down to the Cornerstone however when  money for a pool started changing hands I decided to stick aro und, and I'm glad I did. Not only did I win part of the house poll  I was witness \to some antics I shall not repeat on this blog but suffice to say there wasn't a dull moment befoore, during or after the game.

Everybody agreed the commercials were not up to par with one exception, the Budweiser clidsdales commercial was I viewed online prior to the festivities. I was extremely disappointed I didn't see  actually it on TV during the actual game. The  commercial stars a newborn horse which grows a bond  with the farmer. The farmer reluctantly gives   the grown horse to Bud and doe sn't see it for a few years. When he finds out nthe horse is going to be back in town he decides to go visit the steed. It was a tearful reunion set  to the Fleetwood Mac song "Landslide" which made it even more emotional. I  just looked it up on Yahoo and their critique is Superbowl commercials are supposed to make you laugh, not cry. Alt hough Budweiser pulled a similar stunt for the 2002 Superbowl

 The biggest goof was definitely the power outage at the Superdome, looks like it wasn't too "super". The conspiracy theories flew around the Internet. Every theory from terrorism to underhanded tactics by both sides was being tosse around more than the football. The commentators were  having just as much fun keeping the TV viewers entertained as they were calling the plays on the frield.

Finally I would like to tip my hat to the Harbaugh brothers. Sure this NFL brotherly rivalary has been the centerpiece of the entire game, but from where I can see both John and his younger brother Jim coached the game with class and dignity.Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens for an amazing win