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Sting and Stevie Wonder

Artists: Sting and Stevie Wonder
Tune: Higher Ground/Roxanne

Two of my favorite artists of all time are Sting and Stevie Wonder. I went nuts when Sting recorded Brand New Day with Stevie Wonder playing harmonica. It was simply fabulous.

Everybody older than 30 and younger than 65 has heard Roxanne. It was really the song that propelled Sting and The Police into stardom. (One of the best examples to tell you how ubiquitous the song Roxanne was would be for you to look at Eddie Murphy’s 48 Hours. He is singing Roxanne while he’s in jail.) Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder is a different story. Higher Ground is off of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions CD. It was prefect. Every tune was simply awesome. I can still listen to that CD today. I love every tune on it. If you haven’t heard Innervisions, what can I say? You’re missing out. You need to set aside about 45 minutes. Turn off the TV. If you have a nice set of headphones, that’s perfect. If you have a really good sound system, that’s even better. 🙂

Enough said.

By |2013-03-31T11:50:08-04:00March 31st, 2013|Music|Comments Off on Sting and Stevie Wonder

Tuesday Evening News Roundup

I guess the bar has been lowered. It’s no longer up to God to decide whether you are Christian or not. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, is the ultimate arbiter. Doesn’t the fact that he is saying who is Christian and who is not prove that he needs to go back to the Bible and read it again? Something about judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Frankly, I find it depressing that were still talking about a woman’s right to choose in the year 2012. If you don’t want an abortion, then don’t get one. But that was somewhat clichéd. As a matter fact, everything has been said on the abortion debate over the last 40 years. There’s nothing new. The only thing that is new is the ferocity with which the Republicans continue to attack a woman’s right. In Mississippi, the personhood bill, which was previously defeated, has been reintroduced. In Virginia, the House has decided that a woman needs to have a transvaginal ultrasound and has to look at the pictures before she can have an abortion. A vote on this bill has been delayed secondary to protests but I guarantee you it’s going to happen soon. Rick Santorum, in my opinion a joke of a political candidate, has risen to prominence in part because of his staunch position on abortion, women’s rights and social issues. (Did you know that fighting pornography was his top priority, not jobs for the middle class or healthcare or any of a hundred other issues. It was the first thing listed on his issues page on his web site before it was changed yesterday.) I’m afraid that with this latest trend, somebody’s going to start arguing that all Blacks need to get back into the ship and go back to Africa. I can see it coming.

The following two charts should cause Republicans to wonder about their chances in November. Now, before the conservatives read my blog go nuts, I know that lots of things can happen between now and the election. Many of these things are completely out of the control of the White House. If Europe implodes, our economy will tank. If gas prices go through the roof which is quite possible are economy will slow to a crawl. Any downturn in the economy can spell disaster for Obama. Yet, Wall Street seems to be flourishing under Democratic president much like it did under President Clinton.

Redistricting has placed Michele Bachmann into a blue district. She is thinking about running for Congress from another district. (I truly hate the partisan politics of redistricting. Districts should be redrawn by computers and not bipartisan politicians, from either side.)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (remember him from the IMF) can not stay out of the news. He’s been held in conjunction with a prostitution ring.

The Red Cross has been asking for a cease-fire in Syria. I wish them luck. When Syrian troops continued to fire on civilians in front of Arab League observers, I knew the civilian population was in trouble. Russia and China are going to have to apply some significant pressure in order to get Syria to back off.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Abigail Fisher. Ms. Fisher, a White American, says that she was discriminated against because of her race. This is a reverse discrimination case. This will be interesting.

Google is everywhere. Like Microsoft 20 years ago, Google is the new big kid on the block. They’ve invested in everything including Google automobile. The car will basically drive itself. I can think of nothing better for seniors and young teenagers.

From NYT: The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.

With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.

Please note that the guy taking this video is trying to DRIVE!!

What stories are you following?

By |2012-02-21T20:12:02-04:00February 21st, 2012|Civil Liberty, Civil Rights, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Party Politics|Comments Off on Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Wild Card disaster, Part 3

I thought the Atlanta Falcons would find a way to win against the New York Giants. Basically, the Atlanta Falcons cannot find any offense whatsoever. The defensive line for the New York Giants rose to the occasion. They stuffed the run (Michael Turner – 15 attempts/41 yards) and they got after the quarterback. They harassed Matt Ryan all day long. They hit the quarterback four times, they pressured the quarterback nine times and they had two sacks. The defensive line of the New York Giants is the key to their whole football team. If their defensive line dominates, it covers up some problems with their secondary. This is exactly what happened last week. It was an extremely impressive performance.

In my opinion, the game really hinged on a fourth, one in which the Falcons decided to go for it midway through the third quarter. I completely agreed with the decision to go for it. The game was quickly slipping away from the Atlanta Falcons and they needed a spark. What I thought was completely nuts was the play that was called. Atlanta had an empty backfield formation with Michael Turner, all 240 pounds of him, sitting on the bench. (Well, that’s not really true. He was standing on the sidelines.) Matt Ryan tried a quarterback sneak, which was completely, 100% stuffed. I simply don’t understand the call. If you could run the ball, you should/ve run with Michael Turner. If you believed that your offensive line was getting killed, and they were, then you needed to throw the ball. You have future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, who still runs good routes and can catch the ball in traffic. Roddy White is somewhat suspect because he can drop the ball from time to time. You paid a lot of money to Julio Jones, he is 6’3″ tall and is supposed to be “a beast.” Throw the ball to him!!!! They did neither.

Congratulations to the New York Giants. They seem to be peaking at exactly the right time.

If I were the Atlanta Falcons, I would have to do a lot of head scratching in the off season. Is Matt Ryan my quarterback? Do I need better play from a quarterback and therefore need somebody else? Why did the offensive line crumble? Do I need a better scheme or better players? How do I fix my secondary? Atlanta needs to fix these issues or they are never going to get past the Saints, the Packers and the Giants.

By |2012-01-13T02:47:06-04:00January 13th, 2012|NFL|Comments Off on Wild Card disaster, Part 3
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