Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lines Not So Blurred

The late great Marvin Gaye singing "Got to Give It Up"

Congratulations to the late Marvin Gaye's children Nona, Frankie and Marvin II who won their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over the song "Blurred Lines".

When I first heard a few bars of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke I knew he was ripping off Marvin Gaye. It was way to obvious. Then I got even more suspicious when Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke hired a lawyer early on to preemptively sue the Gaye estate to prove they didn't steal from "Got to Give It Up". That was a bad move.

I remember when "Got to Give It Up" first dropped in 1977. It was so far ahead of it's time, there was no other song like it. The beat was infectious and the lyrics were fresh. I don't care where you were but when the dj played this song EVERYONE got up and danced the entire eleven minutes of parts one and two. It still has that same effect today. Throw this song on and I'm out of my seat dancing. It sounds just as good today as it did then.

All the people listening to "Blurred Lines" last year making it best song of 2014 probably don't know anything about Marvin Gaye or his music so they are conent to listening to rehashed music, lifted or borrowed from someone else. Pharrell and Robin Thicke wanted everyone to think they created something new when they were clearly ripping off Marvin Gaye.

In court, Robin Thicke claimed he had very little to do with the creative process (says he was high on alcohol and painkillers while in the studio?) while Pharrell said he listened to Marvin Gaye growing up and was channeling that late 70s feeling. No it wasn't channeling, it was stealing. That's like peeing on someone's head and telling them its rain.

As hard as he tries I would never mention Robin Thicke in the same sentence as Marvin Gaye. Marvin's essence, style and soulfulness cannot be duplicated. Too bad Pharrell and Robin Thick had to learn the hard way.

I doubt this is the first time Pharrell has lifted a tune from another artist. He either sped it up or slowed it down, but he copied.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Food Review - Papa John's Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Papa John's Cheeseburger Pizza because they don't have a picture of the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, just throw a bunch of pickles on it and add some more cheese and it will resemble what I ordered (Taken from
Papa John tore his pants with me awhile back when he was acting like an ass about the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare). I decided to give him another chance by ordering one of those Bacon Cheeseburger pizzas I saw advertised on television. It looked good and the fact that it had bacon made it seem even better.

Tonight I took the plunge and ordered one. The first bite was delicious but then the whole experience quickly went south. With each bite I was tasting more and more pickle with a hint of smokiness and nothing else. On my pizza the ingredients were not much hamburger, mozarella cheese, a tad of hickory smoked bacon somewhere, a bunch of pickles and some tomatoes. The idea was a good one but with each bite I was overwhelmed by the taste pf pickle. Although its advertised as Bacon Cheeseburger pizza, the bacon was few and far between. Very disappointing.

My husband and I ate in separate rooms and he came up with the same conclusion. He said he didn't run across any bacon on his slices either. After a brief discussion, we decided we would reinstate our ban on Papa John's. With that said, we preceded to search the remaining slices for bacon and located the motherlode on one slice. It wasn't quite a motherlode, it was about a one sixth of a teaspoon. Seriously? Are you kidding me?

The Bacon Cheeseburger pizza I had was more like a pickle and cheese pizza so I would not recommend it. Better ingredients? Better Pizza? I say nope. I can confidently say I will not be ordering another pizza from Papa Johns. I could go into a political diatribe about this but I'm taking a break from politics. Bon appetit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Won't Be Watching the Superbowl But...

I love, love, love this Skittles commercial by the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch. I probably won't be watching the game, I'm more of a Puppy Bowl kind of girl but this is really funny.

I Really Wanted To Know

Lil Wayne and Christina Milian. Yuck, yuck and yuck.
Photo from Daily Mail UK
Every now and then I have to ask myself certain things where the answers may seem obvious to most people but not to me. I have a lot of them today.
  • You mean Kim Kardashian isn't a gold digger?
    Who cares Kanye? Who you trying to convince yourself or us? I get it. Kim likes black men. Kim has dated poor black men. But what makes Kanye different than any other rich black man that marries a white woman although she let another black man pee on her in a sex tape?  Absolutely nothing.
  • Why does Christina Milian have a reality show?
    Other than being Lil' Wayne's side piece (I'm putting on a hazmat suit and have my can of Lysol at the ready) who picks fights with his various babies mamas on Twitter. What is it about her that I'm missing? She can't sing and is a marginal actress. There is nothing interesting about this woman in my opinion.
    If Lil' Wayne was the average broke brother standing on the corner, he wouldn't get the time of day from these women who keep having his babies. Oh wait, he just might. He was engaged once before and his fiance didn't look like any of his babies mamas. Get a clue, it's not okay if he impregnates you but he isn't about to marry you.
    If gossip blogs are to be believed, he's still dating his fiance and Christina Milian is still runniing around acting like she won the lotto. Maybe she did.
  • Has Lance Armstrong learned anything?
    Obviously not. For him to come out and say he would cheat again to win the Tour de France is deplorable and arrogant. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't make it right. Some people never get it.
  • When will women stop accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them?
    This story is like one of those pimples ready to erupt. I have not once heard Cosby disavow any of these women's claims, all I've heard is he's hired a bunch of lawyers to dig up dirt on them. Classy guy. I don't see this stopping anytime soon unless he starts paying these women to keep quiet. All the while Camille Cosby is silent.
  • Why doesn't Hillary Clinton go ahead and announce that she's running for President in 2016?
    It's not like its a secret yet she's running around in her stupid pants suits with that big old cheesy grin on her face like she knows something we don't know. She's been awful busy for someone who isn't running for President. Heck, the Republicans are already name-checking her. The jig is up.
    Don't know about you but I belong to the "Anybody but Hillary' club. Unlike most black people, I do not like the Clintons. I don't like the Bushes either if you want to get technical.
  • Am I the only who thinks twerking is stupid?
    Of course it is. If I could do it that wouldn't be something I'd be proud of. Miley Cyrus looks just as stupid as Amber Rose. Save it for the strip club.
  • Is CariDee English the worse 'model' ever?
    She's got to be. Anyone who wins a contest called 'America's Next Top Model' isn't ever going to be a top model and she is proof.  I cringe everytime I see her in this commercial for Stelara. That's some bad modeling there. Does she have more than two poses? I think not.
  • What's the big deal about Taylor Swift?
    I have to be honest, I've never heard any of her music. I don't like pop music that tries to pass itself off as country music. She's someone I'd never listen to. I could however pick her out of a line-up. Her mouth never closes. She's young, obviously talented and rich. Glad she's not waiting on me to buy any of her music 'cause girlfriend will be waiting a long time.
  • How did First Lady Michelle Obama get away without wearing a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia?
    Angela Merkle did it too. Seems hypocritical to me or perhaps its just important women from Westernized countries that can get away with it. Wonder if she got to drive too?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Dream of Uncle Ben

Photo taken from
Over the weekend, conservative Republicans met for the clown Iowa Assembly hoping to generate some Presidential buzz. A group larger than a baker's dozen got their chance at the mic but some of the more notable attendees were: Senator Ted "Is he American or Canadian?" Cruz, former half-term Alaskan governor Sarah "why oh why" Palin,New Jersey Governor Chris "Bridgegate" Christie, Rick "he's still around" Santorum, HP CEO Carly "I spent a whole shitload of my money on the California governor's race and still lost" Fiorina, Texas Governor Rick "I want you to think my eyeglasses raise my IQ by about five points to an even 100" Perry, former Arkansas governor Mike "I dream of Beyonce" Huckabee and last but not least the latest conservative darling Uncle Ben Carson (nope, we're not related).

While I could get down and dirty into who said what, I'm just going to skim the surface. These Republicans can give you so much material to work with. While they may not agree on alot of things, they all seem to be united in their disdain fort the middle class and the poor. And then there's gay marriage even though it has nothing personally to do with them. Minding their own business has never been the Republican party's strong suit. They spend way too much time in folks bedrooms and closets. They were glaringly quiet about equal pay for women and a woman's right to chose. Sadly, Sarah Palin is still calling grown ass women girls. I thought that went out ages ago.

From what I read, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal skipped the meeting. As the front runner Jeb can afford to skip this nonsense, wannabe front-runner Mitt Romney probably thought he was above the fray being entitled and privileged and all. The shocker was hearing that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal spent the day in Baton Rouge getting some Christian cred at a prayer fest. Whatever.

Out of all the stupid, hypocritical and nonsensical things said, I was most offended by Uncle Ben Carson. He's the black self-appointed anti-Obama critic.While commenting about Obamacare, he said he wouldn't support it even if it did work. Doesn't that mean it's working? I think so. What's the problem? Lower and middle class people don't deserve healthcare?

As a former doctor he should be supportive of any program that makes healthcare accessible to everyone not just the affluent. I'm pretty certain he collected many a government paycheck from Medicare and Medicaid but he's against it now. Without these government run insurance programs, poor and middle class people wouldn't have access to healthcare. We all know what happens when someone is uninsured and suddenly becomes ill, gets into an accident or comes down with a terminal illness. Republicans don't.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

I try not to be serious all the time. Today I ran across some comments on made back in 2004 that made me laugh out loud. This quote is courtesy of  Negro Black comedian Bill "Don't Call Me African American" Cosby who has been in the news a lot lately but I won't get into that today:
We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.
Okay Bill.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The State of Boko Haram

Doron Baga, Nigeria photo taken from BBC News
While the world was rallying behind the French on Sunday, Boko Haram, Nigeria's ultra Islamic terrorists decimated Baga and Doron Baga, two villages. The most repulsive of these attacks was the fact that they kidnapped ten year old girls and used them as suicide bombers. Where is the outrage? Where are the 200 missing girls? Where are the drones?

It's obvious Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is preoccupied with getting reelected. He expressed outrage at the attacks in France but was decidedly more subdued talking about Boko Haram's attack. They are the extremist of extremes They murder without impunity. Seventeen dead in France, ten thousand dead this year in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram. No outrage there. No regard for the ten year old girls used as suicide bombers. I can't even begin to imagine what that would have been like. I bet none of Nigeria's ruling party have ten year old daughters.

President Jonathan must be paralyzed by fear or incompetence. Boko Haram managed seize one of the military bases near Cameroon. There doesn't appear to be plans to take it back. What's the army doing? Cowering somewhere far away from Boko Haram? And why isn't anyone outraged about the ten year old girls? Don't their lives matter?

Is nothing being done about Boko Haram because they are in Africa, because of President Goodluck Jonathan or both? We can manage to find our way to obscure places in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists but Boko Haram in Nigeria isn't on our radar at all not even with all of the carnage and bloodshed.

It's clear Nigeria is incapable of containing Boko Haram, how many innocent people have to die? In Baga, it can't even be ascertained whether 150 or 2,000 people were killed. That's a problem there. No one even seems to know what going on.

This just seems like another colonial hangover, where the leaders are preoccupied with staying in power and maintaining access to money and power while the average Nigerian ekes out a living the best way he or she can. No chance of a trickle down much less running water.

I'm just wondering when someone is going to get off their ass and do something.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Where Were You?

The French flag from Middlebury College School in France
While watching that phenomenal march yesterday in Paris, seeing many of the world's leaders joining the French in solidarity in what was the worst terrorist attack in their history; I kept watching and wondering who's there from the United States.

Benjamin Netanyahu and  Mahmoud Abbas were there. Angela Merkel and David Cameron were there. Even leaders from Third World African countries were there to show solidarity with the French but no United States. There were more than fifty leaders who attended.

I looked and looked, waited and waited but still no U.S. official. I was ashamed and embarassed. I would have been great if President Obama could have been there but on such short notice security probably would have been difficult to arrange. But what about Vice President Joe Biden or Attorney General (if he's still in office) Eric Holder? Come to think of it, our new Republican leadership in the House and Senate could have flown to France to show their support.Whatever the case, we f**ked up. We were rude and disrespectful.

I'm certain we're going to expect support from France, England, Germany and Israel the next time we are attacked by terrorists. We are not immune, its been quiet for a minute but that doesn't mean we are immune to terrorist attacks. Just today I heard that the US Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by Islamist supporters. Way to go!

Don't expect sympathy from the world when you can't show solidarity with one of your major allies. Je suis gêné d'être américain.

Post Script: I hear Vice President Joe Biden will be travelling to France this week to show our solidarity with the French. Late but at least he is going. The US Ambassador to France attended the rally Sunday but that was largely overlooked.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mike and Beyonce

Beyonce throwing up gang signs on Instagram
Glad to not have to be talking about Muslim extremists today. Bump al qaeda of Yemen who is claiming credit for the murder of sixteen people in France a few days ago. Allah is watching and is not pleased.

Although its too early to start talking about the 2016 Presidential race, I can't help but think the Republican side of the ticket is going to be the most interesting. You got the token Republican darling Dr. Ben Carson, Jeb "oh no, not another one" Bush, grits and gravy Mike Huckabee and that empty paper bag Mitt Romney making threats to run. I could hit the snooze button on every one of these guys.

I'm only writing this because I read that Mike Huckabee has a new book out. In his book I hear he calls rapper Jay-Z a pimp for allowing his wife Beyonce to prance around stage in a sexually seductive way. I have several questions. Who knew Mike Huckabee ever heard of Jay-Z? Did someone slip him a copy of "The Blueprint"? When did he slip into a Beyonce concert? Did he watch one of her concert videos or did he see her documentary on HBO?  I think its funny as hell. Why is it when its election time Republican candidates pick on rappers for their alleged thug lifestyles, drug use, dread locs, low morals, etc.? They obviously don't know rap is more suburbia than inner city.

And if you've been paying attention you know Republicans can't mention Jay-Z and Beyonce without mentioning President Obama. According to any Republican you listen to, they are the bestest of friends therefore if Jay-Z is a low life, President Obama is low life too. After all they are friends.

All Mike Huckabee's criticism about Jay-Z and Beyonce tells me is that he's got a major case of the hots for Beyonce and nothing else. Perhaps he prefers to have her do those sexy dance moves in his bedroom instead of her own. He is in no position to call Jay-Z a pimp, he probably couldn't pick him out of a line-up.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Jeff Danziger's cartoon in reaction to the killing of 12 at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
I woke up this morning to disappointed to find that the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo murders are still on the loose. Not quite loose but cornered in a factory in Northern France in Dammartin-En-Goele. They were kind enough to allow school children to be evacuated but decided to keep some hostages.

I've been watching this for a couple of hours now and can barely contain my disdain for these faux terrorists/martyrs. Cowardly yes especially when you murder police and innocent bystanders. Real marytrs would have killed themselves or blown themselves up like yesterday after the crime. Cherif and Said Kouachi, the jihadi brothers are the cowards. They aren't dead yet but are threatening to kill themselves. I say go for it.

The second set of nitwits, Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene are holding hostages in a Kosher supermarket and are thought to have murdered a policemen yesterday. Their faces and names have been put on blast all over Twitter and Al-Jazeera as well. They are thought to be linked to Kouachi brothers. I guess crazy comes in fours. I'm certain they think they are martyrs too. They didn't have enough guts to kill themselves either. Cowards.

These people are poster children for Islamophobia. There is no choice. They are making all Muslims look bad. Terrorists who claim to murder on behalf of Islam are not real Muslims, they don't wage holy wars or blow themselves up.  Islam is a religion of PEACE. Innocent people aren't murdered. Idiots don't blow themselves up and take innocent people with them. They are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Kudos to the French government for the successful conclusion of what could have been something very bad.A total of 16 people were murdered over the past two days and four hostages were killed.
Radical Islam is a threat to us all. I'm not sure this is the last we've seen of the crazies.

I am Charlie.