Random Thoughts http://danmurano.com/random-thoughts.xml?sort_by=created&sort_order=DESC en Juan http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/juan <span>Juan</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/09/2017 - 08:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2017-05-09</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li> <p><span>The Greeting: “Rocci Baby, how you doin’,” asked Eduardo Ureta.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He always seemed like he knew something you didn’t.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>A good sense of humor, a good laugh.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He always wanted to know the skinny.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He posted a lot on Facebook, in Spanish.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Pictures galore. Picturesque places. Been to so many.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . By the pool, towel wrapped around, swimming pool over his shoulder, mountains in the BG.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . On a boat with a life jacket on, waterfalls in the distance.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Leaning on a fence at Volcan Osorno (volcano) on the shore of Llanquihue Lake.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Sailing The Aventura in San Francisco Bay in 1973.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Believe It: With Fidel Castro. The guy got around.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Relaxing with a good cigar.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Always wine, the accompaniment.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Or champagne, sitting in a bucket on the table, him in a chaise lounge in Pebble Beach with Maria Casanueva.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Always ready to toast.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Good God! Hippy-looking in Marin Country, Cali back in ’72. Charles Manson?</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>The aviator sunglasses and regular glasses too.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>The sun tan. The necklace, the bracelet.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>The hats . . .</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . A signature sign. Often duplicated by friends.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Big on straw, with the band around the base.</span></p> </li> </ol><ol><li> <p><span>. . . A top hat with Richie and Barbara Adams at a function, all three duded up.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Ball caps worn frontwards and backwards.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . A bandana scarf.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . A pancho he wore walking the line in a NABET strike.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . The blue jeans, the jacket.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Proud of his family and his native Chile.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>On the road. On the Harley.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Many ABC years. Editor in the 1” tape room: two, two and three, the machines. Maybe one quad.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Crashing and burning but not upset.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . But he could get upset and become a Spanish hot-blood.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . Monday through Friday but sometimes the weekend.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Then to NBC, an intake operator.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . When he died, Meet the Press gave him an on-air credit: “In Memory of Juan Ureta.” So nice.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>A classic picture of him: with John Williams and Richie out to dinner somewhere.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Often he and Richie would pop up to the fourth floor and stop by my office, see what was going on.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . We’d talk a bit and then they had to go cuz of World News. I didn’t cuz I was a slave to the weekend.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . On their way out the door they stopped and called to me.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . I looked up and saw them bending over with their bare asses mooning me. Then they were on their way.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . It was pretty funny.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>On Jan. 25, Richie posted on Facebook that his dearest friend Juan had died at hospice in Arlington after a long battle with cancer.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>People couldn’t believe it and many didn’t know he was sick.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Richie sat with him that morning and held his hand. He was not in pain.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>“Throughout his years of illness he maintained a sense of dignity and calm,” wrote Richie.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Juan was a unique person. He was the man.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>UH . . . Big Man in Town—The Four Seasons, 1964 on Philips Records.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . That he was.</span></p> </li> </ol><p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-photos field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/%5BRandom%5D-2017/Juan2.jpg" width="800" height="598" alt="Juan Ureta / Family photo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/juan"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Comments</h3> <a id="comment-138"></a> <div class="comment comment--type-comment comment--view-mode-default ds-1col clearfix"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I saw this picture of Juan on the beach and recognized the Pisco Sour in his hand and through facebook realized we had been in Chile around the same time on the same beach in Zapallar. He was handsome, he was a devil. he was sweet, he was macho, he was peerless and so very missed even by those of us who knew him for only a little while many years ago. I am so sorry for the broken hearts he left behind...too many to count.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-changed-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Fri, 06/30/2017 - 21:02</div> </div> <a id="comment-148"></a> <div class="comment comment--type-comment comment--view-mode-default ds-1col clearfix"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Oh geez, I just googled Juan Ureta and came across this. I met Juan back in the early 70's when we both worked in the Videotape Dept. at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. He was a rascal and we had some adventures not fit for publication. When I was unjustly fired by my supervisor, Juan (working the night shift) broke into the station mgr.'s office and found a note from my supervisor lauding my work. I was able to use that note to win my case against WRAL and collect unemployment. Over 20 yrs. since we last spoke, Juan in DC and me in LA.<br /> Sigh. Rest in peace you madman.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-changed-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Sun, 08/06/2017 - 08:57</div> </div> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=127&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="icg-65QHnbVmY5j_2oHa-G_rP9c7zFLe3FpLE0ymF2k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 09 May 2017 12:04:13 +0000 Rocci Fisch 127 at http://danmurano.com http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/juan#comments Murr LeBey remembers Juan Ureta http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/murr-lebey-remembers-juan-ureta <span>Murr LeBey remembers Juan Ureta</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2017-05-08</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li> <p><span>There was no better vibe than Juan's.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Besides being supremely funny, I can never remember finding Juan anything but charming.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>His vibe was always that he took me exactly as I was.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He didn't want anything from me; he just was always happy to see me; appreciated my mischievousness; didn't look down on me or up to me -- just really took me as me.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He made me so comfortable always and instantly.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>He was always completely genuine . . . No bullshit with Juan.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>His voice will forever stay in my head . . .</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . A voice like the soul that emitted it, very open and giving and always with an edge of humor in it.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Oh, adorable, sweet Juan, the world is lesser with you having left it.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>. . . But you stay fixed right here in my heart with a great big grin. </span></p> </li> <li> <p><span>Much love, Murr.</span></p> </li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-photos field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/%5BRandom%5D-2017/Juan3.jpg" width="604" height="453" alt="Juan Ureta / Family photo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/murr-lebey-remembers-juan-ureta"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Comments</h3> <a id="comment-56"></a> <div class="comment comment--type-comment comment--view-mode-default ds-1col clearfix"> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>That's him. Nailed it.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-changed-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:14</div> </div> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=128&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="5zdu7cGWMMYUU3E0FV9j4O_EFkQCyRm19H3kHVkTH2w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 May 2017 20:13:24 +0000 Rocci Fisch 128 at http://danmurano.com http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/murr-lebey-remembers-juan-ureta#comments Go Down, Moses http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/go-down-moses <span>Go Down, Moses</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2015-01-10</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li><strong>. . .</strong> That would be the prophet and religious leader, also referred to as <strong>Moishe</strong> (<strong><em>1391-1271 BCE</em></strong>), portrayed by <strong>Christian Bale</strong> in “<strong><em>Exodus:  Gods and Kings</em></strong>,” a biblical film directed by <strong>Ridley Scott</strong>.<strong>  Bale </strong> is an <strong><em>Egyptian </em></strong>(more on this later) pharaoh, and his stepbrother (played by <strong>Joel Edgerton</strong>) is one too.  He is mostly called  <strong>Ramses</strong> but sometimes he’s referred to as <strong>Ramesses</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They both have nicknames.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>POINT OF INFORMATION.</strong>  <strong>Ramses</strong> here is not to be confused with the once popular condom brand.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I saw the movie in <strong><em>3D</em></strong> but it’s also in <strong><em>2D</em></strong>, which, I guess, is the regular format which doesn’t break the bank.  (<strong>NOTE:</strong>  I could be wrong on this.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>BCE</em></strong>, by the way, stands for “<strong><em>Before the Common/Current/Christian Era</em></strong>,” an alternative to “<strong><em>Before Christ, or BC</em></strong>,” a term which we’ve all come to know.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>BCE</em></strong> reminds me of root beer.    </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And of course, <strong>AD</strong> stands for <strong><em>Anno Domino</em></strong> – er … I mean<strong><em> Domini</em></strong>, which is translated as “in the year of the <strong>Lord</strong>” or “in the year of <strong>Our Lord</strong> <strong>Jesus Christ</strong>.”  But they don’t use that in this film.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> “<strong>Exodus</strong>” refers to the journey of escape from <strong><em>Egypt </em></strong>of the <strong><em>Hebrew </em></strong>slaves who have been under persecution and the harsh reign of the <strong><em>pharoahs</em></strong> for over <strong><em>400 years</em></strong>. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The slaves have built the cities and monuments of <strong><em>Egypt</em></strong>.  (Some of this is debated in real life, especially whether the <strong><em>Hebrews</em></strong> built the pyramids.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“<strong><em>We Built This City</em></strong>” – by <strong>Starship</strong>, <strong><em>1985</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Grunt Records</em></strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses </strong>is on his way to see <strong>Viceroy Hegep</strong> who oversees the slaves in the city. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> While walking <strong>Moses</strong> sees a slave being whipped mercilessly.  The sight of it horrifies him.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> also meets with a tribe of <strong><em>Hebrews</em></strong> led by <strong>Nun</strong> (<strong>Ben Kingsley</strong>) and learns that he himself is <strong><em>Hebrew</em></strong>, and was sent to <strong><em>Egypt</em></strong> as a baby long ago.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Word leaks out.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Ramses</strong> hears of this and sends <strong>Moses</strong> into exile.  </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Nine years pass.  <strong>Ramses</strong> has a son and so does <strong>Moses</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Sibling rivalry mounts and armies go to war.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The movie is a <strong><em>20th Century Fox</em></strong> release. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I thought the name of that company was now known as <strong><em>21st Century Fox</em></strong> but maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about, which is often the case.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The story starts in a place called <strong><em>Memphis</em></strong> – not the same city of <strong>Elvis Presley</strong> fame (“<strong>Graceland</strong>”).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Most of the main characters – men and women – wear very heavy eyeliner and it is especially pronounced on <strong>John Turturro</strong> who plays <strong>Seti,</strong> an <strong><em>Egyptian </em></strong>pharaoh and big man in charge.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> His eyebrows are heavily painted too but the makeup doesn’t detract from his performance.  He’s  pretty good.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Bale</strong> doesn’t wear much of it, subtle.  He’s a much more down-to-earth type of guy.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Early on <strong>Bale’s </strong>hair has a much too contemporary look, sort of a la <strong><em>Hair Cuttery</em></strong>:  short, sorta parted -- not long and scraggly until later in the tale.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Sigourney Weaver</strong> is in it and plays <strong>Queen Tuya</strong>, wife of <strong>Seti</strong>.  She doesn’t have much of a part in the film but cleans up pretty well in <strong><em>Egyptian</em> </strong>garb and the makeup department.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Often, when there’s gloom and doom, there is a chorus that sounds like voices from hell that enhance danger and trouble, like in “<strong><em>The Omen</em></strong>,” when something happens that the devil is up to.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> War breaks out</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> When the opposing forces meet (the <strong><em>Egyptians</em></strong> and the <strong><em>Hebrews</em></strong>) the horses gallop; chariots charge; arrows fly.  It’s amazingly filmed to the hilt -- a real battle with close-up shots, wide shots, panoramic shots -- edited, edited, edited to make the battle exciting.  <strong>Ridley Scott</strong> can really make an action flick.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s hard to tell the <strong><em>CGI-ness</em></strong> (special effects) in the film, at least by my amateur eye.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They call these kinds of films “<strong><em>sword-and-sandals</em></strong>” movies and <strong>Bale</strong> does wear his leather sandals – not <strong><em>flip-flops</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Bale</strong> goes in and out of character with his voice.  Sometimes he sounds <strong>British</strong> and sometimes he sounds <strong>American</strong>.  But, to give him credit, accents in the film are all over the place anyway.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Bale’s</strong> wardrobe consists (at times) of peasant garb, sorta tunic-ish and burlap-ish, cinched in with a belt.  I’d say he looks like he has a <strong><em>32”</em></strong> waist, which is good for a man his age (<strong><em>40</em></strong>).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses </strong>tells the <strong><em>Hebrews</em></strong> to slaughter a lamb and cover their doors with blood.  The first-born child in each <strong><em>Egyptian </em></strong>home that is not marked with blood will die, including the son of <strong>Ramses</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> This happens and <strong>Ramses </strong>tells <strong>Moses </strong>to get the h_ _ _ out of <strong><em>Dodge</em></strong> with the <strong><em>Hebrews</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I noticed that <strong>Moses</strong> and <strong>Ramses </strong>both chewed gum (?) from time to time.  They didn’t have <strong><em>Wrigley’s</em></strong> back then so it must’ve been something else, like maybe a <strong><em>Slim Jim</em></strong> facsimile.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses’s</strong> mom, who calls him <strong>Moishe</strong>, reveals that when he was a baby, in order to save his life from the oncoming <strong><em>Egyptians</em></strong>, she put him in a basket and sent him down the <strong><em>Nile</em></strong> and he grew up as part of the <strong><em>Egyptian </em></strong>royal family even though he was an<strong><em> Israelite</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Mistaken identity.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Sphinxes and statues and pyramids are all over the place.  You see scaffolding up around monuments that are being constructed,  just like they do in any modern-day city today, which gets on most peoples’ nerves. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Slaves haul rocks and boulders.  It’s backbreaking work.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> One of the statues looks like <strong>Frankenstein</strong>, with big clod-hopper feet.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> carries a staff now and seems weary of his travels.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> To back up a bit, <strong>Ramses </strong>and <strong>Moses</strong> were each given a gold-plated sword which later serves as a symbolic plot mechanism in the film.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> marries <strong>Zipporah</strong>, a daughter of a shepherd who was a priest of <strong><em>Midian</em></strong>, an area in the <strong><em>Arabian </em></strong>peninsula near the <strong><em>Red Sea</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She is beautiful and has<strong><em> henna</em></strong> (dye) markings (<strong><em>Mehndi</em></strong>) on her face, which are attractive.  Much more than <strong>Madonna </strong>used to have on her body occasionally.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses </strong>seems to get dirtier and scruffier and his beard longer every day along his journey.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He carries a staff now and seems weary of the trip he’s on.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”)  </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It starts raining and a rockslide comes down the mountain.  (The sound effects are good.  I had to look around the theater.  I guess <strong><em>Dolby</em></strong> was doing its job.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> gets buried in the mud with nothing but his head sticking out.  It looks like he’s taking his last breath before sinking deeper in the quicksand.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“<strong><em>Quicksand</em></strong>” – <strong>Martha &amp; The Vandellas</strong>, <strong><em>1963</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Gordy</em></strong> (<strong><em>Motown</em></strong>) <strong><em>Records</em></strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Then he sees a burning bush (illumination, sacred light, purity) and  a child (<strong>Malak</strong>) dressed like a shepherd standing nearby.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He is a messenger of <strong>God</strong>. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The boy stacks up some stones, which are symbolic of the pyramids, which is a message of what <strong>Moses</strong> must do.    </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> When <strong>Moses </strong>asks the boy who he is he says, “I am.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“I’m <strong>Henry the VIII</strong> I Am, <strong>Henry the VIII</strong> I am, I am” -- <strong>Herman’s Hermits</strong>, <strong><em>1965</em></strong>, on <strong>MGM Records</strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The attack is on between the <strong><em>Egyptians</em></strong> and the <strong><em>Israelites</em></strong>. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> hides in plain sight in <strong>Egypt</strong>, often with a white linen shawl over his head. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> How he could not have been spotted and identified I do not know.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>God</strong> has put a plague upon the land.  The hell voices swell up.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The town burns.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The <strong><em>Ten Plagues</em></strong> begin to rattle off.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Alligators upend a ship full of fishermen and start gnawing and gnashing up everything.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>Egyptians</em></strong> fall into the hungry jaws of the ravenous crocodilians.  Men are gobbled up and the water turns red with blood. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Pestilence is beginning to happen. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> All the fish and other water-borne creatures are floating in the water, bloody and dead. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> All the water in the city becomes red and undrinkable. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Frogs infest the city and climb up the stairs of the royal palace. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Ramses’s </strong>wife wakes up with frogs in the bed, crawling up the sheets and onto her body.  (Good <strong><em>CGI</em></strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She screams and runs.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Lice fly all over the land and <strong>Ramses</strong> and his fellow <strong><em>Egyptians</em></strong> get welts, bumps and scars all over their bodies</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Ramses</strong> and his entourage have to wear veils to keep them away.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> implores <strong>Ramses</strong> to” let his people go.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The answer is no.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Livestock cough up blood and die in the streets.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Locusts come a-swarming.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Rocks and hail rain down.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Darkness comes.  <strong>Bale </strong>is really starting to look like <strong>Charlton Heston</strong>, but not as dramatic.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses </strong>maps out a route on <strong><em>papyrus</em></strong> -- not a computer -- (They didn’t have them in those days.) for the <strong><em>exodus</em></strong> from the city. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The white horses of <strong>Ramses’s </strong>army look beautiful galloping toward the <strong><em>Red Sea</em></strong> and the fleeing <strong>Hebrews</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> There’s no way out until . . .</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses</strong> first throws his hefty gold sword into the sea and you see it going down, down, down in slow motion. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Then sea begins to recede – it doesn’t part like in <strong>Cecil B. DeMille’s</strong> (director) version. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The waves lessen and move horizontally to the shore. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The water becomes shallow. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Then the sword sticks up out of the sea.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Moses </strong>grabs it.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The way is set for the <strong>Hebrews </strong>to cross over and they do.  They’re on their way to <strong><em>The Promised Land</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Meanwhile the sea is coming back, looming in a massive wall of water that’s making its way back to the way nature planned it.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It looks like the tsunami that happened in <strong><em>Aceh</em></strong>, <strong><em>Indonesia</em></strong>.       </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> It’s time to get the hell outta there.  (I know, I shouldn’t cuss while telling a biblical story.)     </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> In the meantime <strong>Ramses</strong> still pursues <strong>Moses </strong>and is galloping toward the water but time is running out.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The tide crashes down and hits <strong>Moses</strong> and <strong>Ramses</strong> but somehow they each survive.  <strong>Ramses </strong>is left alone with his dead soldiers.</li> <li>. . . Later on, the little boy appears while <strong>Moses</strong> is chiseling <strong><em>The Ten Commandments</em></strong> in stone with some kind of stylus (not a <strong><em>Bic</em></strong> pen).      </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Malak</strong> (little boy) tells <strong>Moses</strong> that if he truly believes in what he’s writing, that he should continue.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Cut to a shot of a long, gray-bearded <strong>Moses </strong>holding the <strong><em>Commandments,</em></strong> riding in what looks like a covered wagon.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“<strong><em>Westward Ho the Wagons!</em></strong>” – Music from the motion picture of the same name by a studio chorus, <strong><em>1956</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Walt Disney Records</em></strong>.) </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He plays peek-a-boo and pulls back the cover on the side of the wagon and sees the little boy walking with <strong>Moses’s </strong>followers. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They look at each other and then the boy seems to disappear in the crowd as the people move through <strong><em>Mount Sinai</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Back on the wagon – he never fell off -- <strong>Moses </strong>has an expression of contentment on his face.  </li> </ol><p>100 . . . <strong>UH . . .</strong> “<strong><em>Go Down, Moses</em></strong>” – <strong>Paul Robeson</strong>, <strong><em>1930</em></strong>, originally on <strong><em>Decca Records</em></strong> and available since <strong><em>2008</em></strong> on <strong><em>EMI Classics Records</em></strong>.</p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/150" hreflang="en">Moses</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" hreflang="en">Exodus</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">Starship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/153" hreflang="en">Sigourney Weaver</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/154" hreflang="en">Christian Bale</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/155" hreflang="en">Ramses</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/go-down-moses"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=76&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="sJ_UIyQ90zvYFCIevMbx_95Z7pdNofcckWbJLUB-ZJY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:32:08 +0000 Rocci Fisch 76 at http://danmurano.com The Night Was Filled With Booty http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/booty <span>The Night Was Filled With Booty</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2014-12-01</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li><strong>. . .</strong>  There was a “<strong><em>Whole Lot of  Shakin’ Goin’ On</em></strong> “ (<strong>Jerry Lee Lewis</strong>, <strong><em>1957</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Sun Records</em></strong> but first done by <strong>Big Maybelle</strong>  in <strong><em>1955</em></strong>, on <strong><em>OKeh Records</em></strong>, produced by a young <strong>Quincy Jones</strong>) at the <strong><em>AMAs </em></strong>(<strong><em>American Music Awards</em></strong>) two weeks ago.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Back to the booty.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Everybody was sticking their butts out.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>British</em></strong> songstress <strong>Jessie J</strong>, wearing a tight gold bodysuit, came trotting down the aisle singing her hit, “<strong><em>Bang Bang</em></strong>,” and stopped to ‘<strong><em>booty bump’</em></strong> with <strong>Kloe Kardashian</strong>, who then gave <strong>JJ</strong> a goodbye slap on her backside as she furthered her trip down the aisle of the <strong><em>Nokia Theatre</em></strong> in <strong><em>L.A</em></strong>., stopping by <strong>Taylor Swift</strong> to give her a little nudge on her <strong><em>butt </em></strong>too.  <strong>Swift</strong> honored the advance and they both did some booty bumping.  (<strong>Taylor </strong>likes to dance at all these music functions and is always in the front row.)</li> <li>. . . The booty bump is somewhat like doing the “<strong><em>butt</em></strong>,” a popular dance back in <strong>1988</strong>.</li> <li>(<strong>. . .</strong> “<strong><em>Doin’ Da’ Butt</em></strong> – <strong><em>Experience Unlimited</em></strong>, <strong><em>1988</em></strong> on <strong><em>EMI-Manhattan Records</em></strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Josh Duhamel</strong> introduced his wife <strong>Fergie</strong> with a loud shout-out and mentioned earlier in his intro that she made cute babies (son <strong>Axl Jack Duhamel</strong>.).   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Then mommy appeared and danced/ slithered around her ‘<strong><em>love bus</em></strong>,’ performing her latest single, “<strong><em>L.A. Love (La La)</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong>  She had on a fashionable bathing suit-type thing with a loose cover top which, at the end of the song, she started to take off.  She was having a bit of difficulty doing it while holding a microphone at the same time. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> One half came off okay.  The other, not so much. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> That half was stuck to her body suit and dangling from inside her right cheek booty area.</li> <li>. . . It reminded me of toilet paper sticking to your shoes after you leave the restroom.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong>  So she yanked it out, it fell to the stage floor and she boarded the bus. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She handled it with grace.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Of course, reporters called it a “<strong><em>minor</em></strong> <strong><em>wardrobe malfunction</em></strong>,” recalling <strong>Janet Jackson</strong> and <strong>Justin Timberlake</strong> at the <strong><em>Super Bowl</em></strong> ten years ago.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I’m sure <strong>Duhamel</strong>, father of her child, was proud of the kid’s mother.  </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The sexy look was all the rage and there was a lot of gallivanting here and there.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> eiHH<strong>Heidi Klum </strong>(What was she doing there?  <strong>Seal </strong>wasn’t performing.  Ha Ha Ha.) was seen in the audience bobbing her head to the beat and then later appeared as a presenter showing some long <strong>gams</strong> of her own through a high slit dress.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Christina Milian </strong>– who’s she? -- strutted her stuff around rapper <strong>Lil Wayne </strong>while singing and him rapping “<strong><em>Start a Fire</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> So there was a lot of strutting about, revealing much leg and thigh action on <strong>Milian’s</strong> part. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Nikki Minaj</strong> was relatively reserved and didn’t turn her back on the audience for any kind of rear exposure.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Mary J. Blige </strong>played it dignified but sang a depressing song called “<strong><em>Therapy,”</em></strong> which she co-wrote with the currently hot <strong><em>British</em></strong> soul singer <strong>Sam Smith</strong>.  She did it straight to camera with no folderol. No rear shots of her.  She’s older now and was never, to my knowledge, much of a rump shaker.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> More demure.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Maybe she’s through with the acrobatics and was there to sing, which the other stars of the night might take heed to.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Lorde</strong>, <strong><em>New Zealand</em></strong> singer-songwriter, performed “<strong><em>Yellow Flicker Beat</em></strong>” (from the latest “<strong><em>Hungry</em></strong>, er … “<strong><em>Hunger</em></strong> <strong><em>Games</em></strong>” movie, “<strong><em>Mockingjay Part 1</em></strong>).    </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She did a lot of head and hair thrashing in what looked like a padded cell;  then she got out of it.  It was very special-effected.    </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> She looked perfect for a haunted vampire role. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>ADVICE:</strong>  Shave that hair like <strong>Sinead O’Connor</strong> did and be done with it, for <strong>God’s </strong>sake.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Katy Perry</strong>, who wasn’t there but appeared on-screen from <strong><em>Australia</em></strong> (she’s on her “<strong><em>Prismatic World Tour</em></strong>”) and thanked everyone for her win for her single, “<strong><em>Dark Horse</em></strong>,” plus she garnered two other <strong><em>AMAs</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . . </strong>But she did do her version of accenting her <strong><em>booty</em></strong> by sticking her rump out while she held on to the railing aboard a yacht in <strong><em>Sydney Harbor</em></strong>.  (This picture ran in a newspaper a day later and wasn’t on the show, so I guess she’s in the clear.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Host <strong>Pitbull </strong>said this at the top of the show:  “We’re gonna be getting loose.  We’re gonna be partying.  We’re gonna be off the chain.”  (“<strong><em>Chained</em></strong>” – <strong>Marvin Gaye</strong>, <strong><em>1968</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Tamla Records</em></strong>.) </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Pitbull</strong> really knows how to get a party started.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He was a good host and performer and was duded up real fine in a white dinner jacket, cummerbund, starched white shirt and bow tie, ready to give it up. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And <strong>Jennifer Lopez</strong> (<strong>J.Lo</strong>, of course) and <strong>Iggy Azalea </strong>(azalea bush?)  performed their new single “<strong><em>Booty</em></strong>” as the final performance of the night. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Boy, didn’t they plug it enough, announcing it just before each commercial break all night long.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>J.Lo</strong> yelled to the audience:  “Put up your hands if you got a <strong><em>big booty</em></strong>!”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I don’t know how many hands went up.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> The two writhed and slithered their wet, oily-looking butts together in many quickly-cut close-up shots, their hair dangling down and all mussed up.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> “<strong>Miss</strong>” <strong>Diana Ross</strong>, looking great, was introduced to give out the first “<strong><em>Dick Clark Award of Excellence</em></strong>.”  She got a standing ovation.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And the winner was . . . <strong>Taylor Swift</strong>.  No surprise. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Swift</strong> praised<strong> Ross</strong> for blazing a trail for women long before now and couldn’t believe she was introduced by the music legend. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Swift </strong>took the opportunity to stress the importance of buying music and albums, a knock at the current issue of artists not getting their just due for their music because everybody is downloading and streaming it.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> You want the music, you pay for it!</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Several times during the <strong>Clark</strong> segment there were shots of a blond woman with a bun atop her head (her signature look).  That was <strong>Kari Clark</strong>, his wife (third) of <strong><em>35 years.</em></strong></li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Don’t you think someone would’ve thought to mention her?  Don’t you think the director could have “<strong><em>supered/matted</em></strong>” her name at the bottom of the screen to let people know who she was and that she was there for a show that <strong>Dick Clark</strong> started in <strong><em>1973</em></strong>?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Out of sight, out of mind.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>A SIDE NOTE.</strong>  <strong><em>Billboard</em></strong> magazine recently announced that it will start adding “<strong><em>streams</em></strong>” and <strong><em>downloads</em></strong> of tracks to its chart counts for  its “<strong><em>Top 200</em></strong>” albums in order to get a more accurate picture of the weekly scorecard.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Stream this.       </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong>  <strong>SOME OTHER THINGS:</strong></li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> If I hear “<strong><em>Let It Go</em></strong>” one more time I’ll <strong>. . .</strong></li> <li><strong><em>NBC’s</em></strong> “<strong><em>No Shave TODAY</em></strong>” campaign has had <strong>Matt Lauer</strong>, <strong>Al Roker</strong>, <strong>Carson Daly</strong> and <strong>Willie Geist</strong> growing beards for <strong><em>November</em></strong>.  Some didn’t look so good.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They were doing it to raise awareness of men’s health issues.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Some trimmed them down, maybe because the end of the month was approaching.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Matt</strong> and <strong>Al’s</strong> were gray while <strong>Willie</strong> and <strong>Carson’s</strong> aren’t. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I guess it shows the generational pull of the show.</li> <li><strong>WARNING</strong>.  The commercial says that if one experiences an erection lasting more than four hours using <strong><em>Cialis </em></strong>(for erectile dysfunction)  that  you should make a bee line to the emergency room and “seek immediate” (I doubt it)  help to avoid long-term injury.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> Four hours!  What if I was going to see my mother or if I had to make a public speech?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> And now a woman is doing <strong><em>Viagra</em></strong> commercials, a similar product, with a come-hither sexy, knowing grin.  I guess they need to take care of their men.  After all, it’s a two-way street.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (“<strong><em>Love on a Two-Way Street</em></strong>” – <strong>The Moments</strong>, <strong><em>1970</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Stang Records</em></strong>.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> In somewhat of a similar vein, there was a plug on <strong><em>Washington’s WTOP</em></strong> radio promoting an upcoming segment with <strong>Dr. Drew</strong> which asked the question, “Do vegetarian men have lower sperm counts?” </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I didn’t listen to find out.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He and <strong>Dr. Oz</strong> can both take a flying leap.</li> <li><strong>ANNOYING COMMERCIAL.</strong>  “People who know, know <strong><em>BDO</em></strong>.” </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> I don’t care about knowing them.  They sound like a buncha scalpers.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (<strong>FYI:</strong>  They’re an international accountancy, tax and consulting firm.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong><em>Binder Dijker Otte</em></strong>, their full names. </li> <li><strong><em>CBS’s</em></strong> “<strong><em>Face the Nation</em></strong>” celebrated its <strong><em>60th anniversary</em></strong> at the <strong><em>Newseum</em></strong> in <strong><em>Washington, D.C.</em></strong> a couple of weeks ago.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> (They still have the same set.  <strong>CORRECTION:</strong>  They’ve changed it maybe two times in the past six decades.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> They’re still not as old as “<strong><em>Meet the Press</em></strong>”  (<strong><em>67</em></strong> last week). </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>FYI:</strong>  <strong><em>ABC’s</em></strong> “<strong><em>This Week (With David Brinkley)</em></strong>” started in <strong><em>1981</em></strong> but before that there was “<strong><em>Issues and Answers</em></strong>,” which competed with “<strong><em>MTP</em></strong>” and “<strong><em>FTN</em></strong>.”  “<strong><em>I&amp;A</em></strong>” was on from <strong>1960</strong> to <strong>1981</strong> after it was replaced by “<strong><em>This Week</em></strong>” which, obviously, is still running, bringing the overall <strong><em>ABC</em></strong> total to <strong><em>57 years</em></strong>.  (I think I counted that right.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>John McCain</strong> was at the “<strong><em>Face the Nation</em></strong>” party.  He’s been on the show <strong><em>101 times</em></strong>.  (He’s probably been on the others the same or more.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong> He’s always blabbing away.  Doesn’t he ever spend <strong><em>Sunday morning</em></strong> at home with his family?</li> <li><strong>. . . UH . . .</strong> “<strong><em>Sunday Will Never Be the Same</em></strong>” – <strong>Spanky and Our Gang</strong>, <strong><em>1967</em></strong>, on <strong><em>Mercury Records</em></strong>.</li> </ol><p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/156" hreflang="en">Jerry Lee Lewis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/157" hreflang="en">Quincy Jones</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/158" hreflang="en">Jessie J</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/159" hreflang="en">Taylor Swift</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/160" hreflang="en">Fergie Duhamel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/161" hreflang="en">Heidi Klum</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/162" hreflang="en">Nikki Minaj</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/163" hreflang="en">Mary J. Blige</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/164" hreflang="en">Pitbull</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/165" hreflang="en">Jennifer Lopez</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/166" hreflang="en">Diana Ross</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/167" hreflang="en">Billboard magazine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/168" hreflang="en">Viagra</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">WTOP</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/169" hreflang="en">Face the Nation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/170" hreflang="en">David Brinkley</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/171" hreflang="en">John McCain</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/172" hreflang="en">Spanky and Our Gang</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/booty"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=70&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="lVr2me8sBkS-nqUIwncjF3mVjqLfFPdES9CWk_dZWLs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:20:48 +0000 Rocci Fisch 70 at http://danmurano.com “I’M JONI ERNST AND I GREW UP CASTRATING HOGS ON AN IOWA FARM.” http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/im-joni-ernst-and-i-grew-castrating-hogs-iowa-farm <span>“I’M JONI ERNST AND I GREW UP CASTRATING HOGS ON AN IOWA FARM.”</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2014-11-06</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li> <p>What a great occupation.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> That’s what she said in one of her <em><strong>campaign ads</strong></em> – standing in a <em><strong>pig sty</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> (She was one of five <em><strong>Republicans</strong></em> campaigning for the seat held by <strong>Tom Harkin</strong>, who is retiring.)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> She won.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “When I get to <em><strong>Washington</strong></em> I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said in this particular ad.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The words “<em><strong>Mother</strong></em>, <em><strong>Soldier</strong></em>, <em><strong>Conservative</strong></em> “appear on the screen as the announcer calls them off.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Cut to one little piggy in his stall, squealing.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Cut to four little piggies, sleeping on top of one another in a nearby stall. They’re so cute.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Later another little piggy peeks his wittle nose through the slats of his stall.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “My parents taught us to live within our means. It’s time to force Washington to do the same.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “Because <em><strong>Washington’s</strong></em> full of big spenders. Let’s make ‘em squeal.”</p> </li> <li> <p>. . . So I guess she’s gonna treat all the folks up on <em><strong>Capitol Hill</strong></em> like livestock, which is probably what they are.</p> </li> <li> <p>Another <em><strong>Sunday</strong></em>, another new set on “<em><strong>Meet the Press</strong></em>.” Will it bring up the ratings?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “Remember, if it’s <em><strong>Sunday</strong></em>, it’s “<em><strong>Meet the Press</strong></em>,” reminds <strong>Chuck Todd</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “See you next “<em><strong>Fox News Sunday</strong></em>,” says <strong>Chris Wallace</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The others don’t really have a slogan at the end of their shows but maybe they should each have one.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <em><strong>ABC’s</strong></em> <strong>George Stephanopoulos</strong> or <strong>Martha Raddatz</strong> or <strong>Jonathan Karl</strong> –changing anchors -- could say “That’s<em><strong> ‘This Week,’ </strong></em>we’ll see you next week.” (It seems to me they used to say something like that. If they did it was quickly eliminated.)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Bob Schieffer</strong> of <em><strong>Face the Nation</strong></em> could say, “Next week we’ll put on a happy “<em><strong>Face the Nation</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> And <em><strong>CNN’s</strong></em> <strong>Candy Crowley</strong> of “<em><strong>State of the Union</strong></em>” could say, “Tune in again next week as we unionize the state.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Since when did these talk shows lay claim to owning to a day of the week? They think the two go together like peanut butter and jelly, for crissakes.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>JUST HEARD.</strong> The <em><strong>Ace Hardware </strong></em>jingle has been changed from “<em><strong>Ace</strong></em> is the place with the helpful hardware <em><strong>man</strong></em>” to “<em><strong>Ace</strong></em> is the place with the helpful hardware <em><strong>folks</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Doesn’t have the same ring to it.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> According to <em><strong>Chicago Business Journal</strong></em> reporter <strong>Lewis Lazare</strong>, “<em><strong>Ace</strong></em> tweaked the line so it would more accurately reflect the full spectrum of staff that work for the company.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Political correction.</p> </li> <li> <p>Anybody up for a ride on the next <strong>Richard</strong> <strong>Branson </strong><em><strong>SpaceShipTwo</strong></em>, which is reportedly under construction despite the crash in the Mojave Desert last Friday?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> They say there were <em><strong>700 people</strong></em> who signed up to take a ride on the first <em><strong>Two</strong></em>, costing <em><strong>$250,000</strong></em> a pop.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Among them, supposedly, were celebrities <strong>Justin Bieber</strong>, <strong>Ashton Kutcher</strong>, <strong>Leonardo DiCaprio</strong> and <strong>Angelina Jolie</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> (You’d think she’d be smarter than that. I guess she’s adventurous. After all, it might add more ‘cred’ for her speculative run for political office sometime in the future.)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The rocket goes up <em><strong>62 miles</strong></em>– <em><strong>suborbital</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The excursion lasts about <em><strong>six minutes</strong></em> and the passengers will experience weightlessness for about two minutes.</p> </li> <li> <p>“It’s so fun,” says <strong>Jimmy Fallon</strong> when he and a guest do something silly on the show.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Young people say it that way all the time now.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Whatever happened to saying, “It’s so <em><strong>much</strong></em> fun?”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> Whatever happened to adjectives?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>MOVIE: “NIGHTCRAWLER.”</strong> Go see it, especially if you like watching grisly crimes and mayhem.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <em><strong>L.</strong></em><em><strong>A.</strong></em> Loner <strong>Lou Bloom</strong> (<strong>Jake Gyllenhaal</strong>), in need of a job, observes cameramen racing to crime scenes, chasing ambulances, filming (taping) car accidents, fires, personal disasters – anything sensational or gruesome – and then selling the video to local TV stations for sometimes big bucks. It’s negotiable.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The thirsty, ratings-hungry stations yearn for something gritty (<em><strong>The Nitty Gritty</strong></em> – <strong>Shirley Ellis</strong>, <em><strong>1963</strong></em>, on <em><strong>Congress Records</strong></em>) to lead their newscasts -- in this case a morning news show.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> These cameraman/women are ‘<em><strong>nightcrawlers</strong></em>.’ There’s nothing they won’t go after. They scrape the bottom of the barrel.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Lou</strong> is fascinated and realizes he wants a part of the action so he buys a ‘<em><strong>camcorder</strong></em>’ – what they used to call them – and a police scanner and joins the underground world of freelance crime ‘<em><strong>journalists</strong></em>.’</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> There’s an accident and he films (tapes) close-ups of a shooting victim being hauled out on a stretcher.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> He peddles the video to a low-rated TV station and news director <strong>Nina</strong> (played by a great <strong>Rene Russo</strong>) wants the footage to lead her show.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> She likes what he’s shot, buys the video and encourages <strong>Lou</strong> to go out and get more, more, more.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Gyllenhaal</strong> lost <em><strong>20 or 30 pounds</strong></em> for the role to, I guess, make him seem more weird and hollow-looking. He’s creepy.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> On a roll now, he finds more disasters, hires an assistant, gets better equipment and a faster car, barreling down freeways, side streets and neighborhoods -- wherever he sees the flashing lights of cop cars or hears something on the scanner.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> <strong>Nina’s</strong> blown away by what this young guy delivers. There’s chemistry between the two and <strong>Lou </strong>knows he’s got the upper hand.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> There’s lots more. That’s all I’m saying now.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>NOTICED.</strong> <strong>Rand Paul</strong> looks like uses a lot of something in his hair. It always looks so oily.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> The way it hangs down his forehead sometimes reminds me of <strong>Elvis Presley</strong> or <strong>Bill Haley</strong> (and <strong>His Comets</strong> -- “<em><strong>Rock Around the Clock</strong></em>,” <em><strong>1954</strong></em>, on <em><strong>Decca Records</strong></em>) who occasionally used to have curlicues dangling down their foreheads.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . . ALSO</strong> . . . Is it a rug?</p> </li> <li> <p>A few weeks ago<em><strong> ABC’s</strong></em> <em><strong>“This Week</strong></em>” had on<strong> Stephanie Schirock</strong>, president of <em><strong>“Emily’s List</strong></em>,” along with seasoned journalists<strong> Bill Kristol</strong>,<strong> Tavis Smiley</strong> and<strong> Mary Matalin</strong>, discussing, among other things, a <em><strong>“Travel Ban on Ebola Nations</strong></em> ” and the politics factor.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> “<em><strong>Emily’s List!</strong></em>” I exclaimed.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> What does she know about all this?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> I expected her to interrupt the show to discuss which vacuum cleaner repair shops are best for your geographical area.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . . “NEVER MIND,” </strong>as <strong>Emily Litella</strong> (<strong>Gilda Radner</strong>) would say on “<em><strong>Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update</strong></em>” (back in the <em><strong>late 70s</strong></em>), when she was responding to an <em><strong>op-ed</strong></em> that the <em><strong>TV station</strong></em> ran. She would constantly get things wrong and when the news anchor corrected her she’d say, “<em><strong>Never mind</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p>That lava in<em><strong> Hawaii</strong></em> from<em><strong> Mt. Kilauea</strong></em> reminds me of <em><strong>“The Blob</strong></em>” movie the way it oozes downhill.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> There was a song called “<em><strong>The Blob</strong></em>,” written by – believe it or not -- <strong>Burt Bacharach</strong> and <strong>Mack </strong>– not <strong>Hal</strong> – <strong>David</strong> and sung by <strong>The Five Blobs</strong> in <em><strong>1958</strong></em> on the <em><strong>Monstrous Movie Music</strong></em> record label.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> That movie was paired by <em><strong>Paramount Pictures</strong></em> with another thriller, “<em><strong>I Married a Monster from Outer Space</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>BOOK:</strong> “<em><strong>The News Sorority</strong></em>: <em><strong>Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour – and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News</strong></em>.” Title long enough for ya?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> It’s juicy and has a lot of inside-the-networks-and-TV-industry stories about rising to the top, the backgrounds, the ambitions, the sensibilities, the insecurities, the jealousies and more of three women and others in the biz who have made it to the mountaintop of <em><strong>TV news</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> It’s got an index too, which is handy for a book of this sort.</p> </li> <li> <p>A front page picture in <em><strong>The Washington Post</strong></em> of <strong>Sen. Mitch McConnell</strong> (<em><strong>R-Ky</strong></em>.) showed the future majority leader hugging a female supporter in <em><strong>Louisville </strong></em>the day before the election. Her forehead was touching up against his cheek.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> They were both smiling before the cameras with people watching them being affectionate.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> He’s not that friendly on <em><strong>Capitol Hill,</strong></em> is he?</p> </li> <li> <p>One of the acts at the “<em><strong>Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis</strong></em>” show, now at <em><strong>New York’s Lincoln Center</strong></em> through <em><strong>Jan. 11</strong></em>, features a goat pushing a dog in a large guinea pig wheel.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> It also stars a <em><strong>sheepadoodle</strong></em> that skips rope.</p> </li> <li> <p>“<strong>YOU GOTTA RISK IT TO GET THE BISCUIT.”</strong> That’s what “<em><strong>Dancing with the Stars</strong></em>” judge <strong>Len</strong> <strong>Goodman</strong> said to a couple after they completed a routine in which they were dressed up like <em><strong>Bonnie &amp; Clyde</strong></em>. (<strong>Goodman’s</strong> <em><strong>British</strong></em> colloquialisms are often very funny.)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> I don’t know what dance they were doing -- the <em><strong>paso doble</strong></em>, the <em><strong>jive</strong></em> or the <em><strong>cha-cha-cha</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . . </strong>He, <strong>Goodman</strong>, didn’t think they pushed hard enough or exhibited enough skill and therefore he wasn’t going to give them a high rating.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong> So next time they better dance their - - - - - off in order to get the <em><strong>Triscuit</strong></em>, er … I mean <em><strong>biscuit</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . . UH . . .</strong> “<em><strong>The Last Time</strong></em>”– <strong>The Rolling Stones</strong>, <em><strong>1965</strong></em>, on <em><strong>London Records</strong></em>.</p> </li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" hreflang="en">joni ernst</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/112" hreflang="en">Mt. Kilauea</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/113" hreflang="en">Rand Paul</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/114" hreflang="en">Elvis Presley</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/115" hreflang="en">Emily&#039;s List</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" hreflang="en">Ebola</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/117" hreflang="en">Gilda Radner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/118" hreflang="en">SNL</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/119" hreflang="en">Saturday Night Live</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/120" hreflang="en">Mitch McConnell</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/121" hreflang="en">Dancing with the stars</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/im-joni-ernst-and-i-grew-castrating-hogs-iowa-farm"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=77&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Qzb37j7VqLlKUKgiGSHsGIdM5xh3GhwoL_4P668Docs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 02:17:52 +0000 Rocci Fisch 77 at http://danmurano.com Willie Nelson's Braids Came Off His Head http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/willie-nelsons-braids-came-his-head <span>Willie Nelson&#039;s Braids Came Off His Head</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2014-10-16</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The tightly woven braids of<span> </span><strong>Mr. Nelson’s</strong><span> </span>hair were apparently still in fine condition at auction time.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>BACKGROUND:</strong><span> </span>The hairpiece, er … braids, were presented to country singer<span> </span><strong>Waylon Jennings</strong><span> </span>back in<span> </span><em><strong>1983</strong></em><span> </span>at a party given in his honor by<span> </span><strong>Johnny Cash</strong><span> </span>and his wife,<span> </span><strong>June Carter</strong>, to celebrate his sobriety.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Willie<span> </span></strong>made a donation.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>His pigtails were cut when his hair was still red.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Wonder if they were washed before being put up on the auction block. Think they used<span> </span><em><u><strong>Herb</strong></u></em><em><strong>al Essence<span> </span></strong></em>shampoo?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Ha Ha Ha.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Over<span> </span><em><strong>2,000</strong></em><span> </span>items belonging to the ‘<em><strong>outlaw country’</strong></em><span> </span>singer (<strong>Jennings</strong>), who died in<span> </span><em><strong>2002</strong></em>, went up for sale by the<span> </span><em><strong>Museum of Musical Instruments</strong></em><span> </span>in<span> </span><em><strong>Phoenix</strong></em><span> </span>last week.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>JUST LEARNED.</strong><span> </span>A partial<span> </span><em><strong>Spinosaurus<span> </span></strong></em>dinosaur was discovered in<span> </span><em><strong>Africa’s Sahara Desert</strong></em><span> </span>last year</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s bigger than a<span> </span><em><strong>T. Rex</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s as long as a school bus and as heavy as an elephant.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It is the largest predatory dinosaur ever to have existed<span> </span><em><strong>100 million</strong></em><span> </span>years ago.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>At<span> </span><em><strong>36</strong></em><span> </span>feet long it’s not fully grown. A full-grown one would have been between<span> </span><em><strong>41</strong></em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em><strong>59</strong></em><span> </span>feet.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The startling discovery about<span> </span><em><strong>Spino</strong></em><span> </span>was that it must have been semi-aquatic and very few dinosaurs have been known to be able to swim.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It ate alligators, sharks and land animals.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The big galoot’s on display at the<span> </span><em><strong>National Geographic Museum</strong></em><span> </span>in<span> </span><em><strong>Washington, D.C</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Go look<span> </span><em><strong>up<span> </span></strong></em>at it. It’s tall.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>ASKING.</strong><span> </span>What’s with<span> </span><strong>Brad Pitt’s</strong><span> </span>hair in his new army movie “<em><strong>Fury</strong></em>”?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s buzzed short on the sides and up top it’s long and completely lacquered back, making him look like an ad in some high-end fashion magazine. Even when fighting the<span> </span><em><strong>Nazis</strong></em><span> </span>in the middle of a war zone it stays in place.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>None of his fellow soldiers have hair like that.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They must’ve had a lot of ‘product’ on the set for that stylish soldier.</p> </li> <li> <p>Several of those<span> </span><em><strong>Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam</strong></em><span> </span>mattresses are on sale at<span> </span><em><strong>Macy’s</strong></em>. The ones where you can put a glass of wine on one side and it won’t spill when your significant other bouncy bounces on the other side.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>But in the ad, sitting on top of these mattresses , it looks like a dinky can of soda -- or something -- resting there.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>But I guess that’s much safer than a glass of<span> </span><em><strong>chardonnay</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Maybe the advertising folks thought that a glass of wine might give the wrong impression – that the people who are in the mattress-sitting business are encouraging the public to drink before bedtime.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Make mine a double and forget about what type of mattress I’m crashing on.</p> </li> <li> <p>“<strong>CHEROKEE PEOPLE</strong>.” A refrain in the hit song by<span> </span><strong>Paul Revere and the Raiders</strong><span> </span>in<span> </span><em><strong>1971<span> </span></strong></em>(on<span> </span><em><strong>Columbia Records</strong></em>, went to<span> </span><em><strong>#1</strong></em>) called “<em><strong>Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian</strong></em>).”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Revere</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>76</strong></em>, died<span> </span><em><strong>Oct. 4</strong></em><span> </span>of cancer. He and his group had an impressive run of hits from<span> </span><em><strong>1965<span> </span></strong></em>through<span> </span><em><strong>1971</strong></em>, many of which placed in or near the<span> </span><em><strong>Top Ten</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>NOTE:</strong><span> </span><strong>Paul Revere</strong><span> </span>started the group and played keyboards but<span> </span><strong>Mark Lindsay</strong><span> </span>did the vocals.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Revere’s</strong><span> </span>full name was<span> </span><strong>Paul Revere Dick</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Just Like Me</strong></em>,” “<em><strong>Kicks</strong></em>” and “<em><strong>Hungry</strong></em>” were just a few of their well-produced hits by<span> </span><strong>Terry Melcher</strong>, son of actress<span> </span><strong>Doris Day</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>All of this not to be confused with<span> </span><strong>Cher’s</strong><span> </span><em><strong>#1</strong></em><span> </span>hit called “<em><strong>Half-Breed</strong></em>” in which sings about her father marrying a<span> </span><em><u><strong>Cherokee<span> </span></strong></u></em>and she (<strong>Cher</strong>) often being called “<em><strong>Indian Squaw</strong></em>” by whites and “<em><strong>white-by-law</strong></em>” by<span> </span><em><strong>Native Americans</strong></em><span> </span>in real life.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Half-breed</strong></em>, that’s all I ever heard.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Half-breed,</strong></em><span> </span>how I learned to hate the word.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Half-breed</strong></em>, she’s no good they warned.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“But both sides were against me since the day I was born.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The album cover shows<span> </span><strong>Cher</strong><span> </span>sitting aboard a<span> </span><em><strong>pinto horse</strong></em><span> </span>– riding bareback -- somewhere out<span> </span><em><strong>West<span> </span></strong></em>with a small rock mountain in the background.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s a hoot.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Chuck Todd</strong><span> </span>of “<em><strong>Meet the Press</strong></em>” sat down for an exclusive interview with<span> </span><em><strong>National Security Advisor</strong></em><span> </span><strong>Susan Rice</strong><span> </span>last<span> </span><em><strong>Sunday</strong></em>. (“If it’s<span> </span><em><strong>Sunday</strong></em>, it’s ‘<em><strong>Meet the Press’</strong></em>.”)</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They sat at the big round<span> </span><em><strong>plexiglass</strong></em><span> </span>(everything’s<span> </span><em><strong>plexiglass</strong></em><span> </span>on<span> </span><em><strong>TV</strong></em><span> </span>nowadays) desk down front on the new set – not at the<span> </span><em><strong>coffee bar</strong></em><span> </span>set they used last week to interview<span> </span><strong>Jim Webb</strong><span> </span>(potential candidate for president in<span> </span><em><strong>2016</strong></em>).</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Guess they like to change it up or change the furniture around.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Anyway,<span> </span><strong>Rice</strong><span> </span>referred to the<span> </span><em><strong>Syrian<span> </span></strong></em>terrorist group as “<em><strong>ISIL</strong></em>” and “<em><strong>ISIS</strong></em>” alternately, favoring “<em><strong>ISIL</strong></em>,” and pronouncing it “<em><strong>ee-sil</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So what’s the difference between the two?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>According to<span> </span><em><strong>Wikipedia</strong></em><span> </span>– and I know one should not consider the online reference source as totally accurate or reliable rather than a real “<em><strong>E-N-C-Y-L-O-P-E-D-I-A</strong></em>” (thanks,<span> </span><strong>Jiminy Cricket</strong>) –<span> </span><em><strong>ISIS<span> </span></strong></em>stands for the<span> </span><em><strong>Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and</strong></em><span> </span><em><strong>ISIL</strong></em><span> </span>stands for<span> </span><em><strong>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant</strong></em>, which is a region in the<span> </span><em><strong>Eastern Mediterranean</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>For the record,<span> </span><strong>Rice</strong><span> </span>called<span> </span><strong>Chuck</strong>, “<strong>Chuck</strong>” six times.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>A sign of friendship? Gussying up?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>And she said, “Let’s be clear about . . . ” at least three times.</p> </li> <li> <p>New anchor of<span> </span><em><strong>World News Tonight</strong></em><span> </span><strong>David Muir</strong><span> </span>said, “Many of you are tweeting me during the [commercial] break.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So I guess he keeps up with what people are saying on social media even though he’s anchoring a network news show.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Shouldn’t he be paying attention to the camera? Like people do at the wheel of a car?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What gets more attention? The show or the<span> </span><strong>Tweety Birds</strong>?</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Lady Gaga</strong><span> </span>sounds pretty good on<span> </span><strong>Tony Bennett’s</strong><span> </span>new album, “<em><strong>Cheek to Cheek: A New Album of Jazz Standards</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>A far cry from “<em><strong>Poker Face</strong></em>.”</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Crystal clear, jazzy, having fun with the king, big band, upbeat, good rapport.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She reminds me – on some cuts – of<span> </span><strong>Keely Smith</strong><span> </span>(partner with<span> </span><strong>Louis Prima</strong><span> </span>on many songs in the<span> </span><em><strong>50s</strong></em>) in the relaxed way she sings. She keeps up with the<span> </span><em><strong>17-time Grammy Award</strong></em><span> </span>winner.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>SHE’S BACK.</strong><span> </span><strong>Hanalie</strong>, dog in the neighborhood, got a little rambunctious the other day when she was out for a walk with owner<span> </span><strong>Sally</strong><span> </span>and they happened upon a mail carrier. She began pulling on the leash, lunging at the postman (“<em><strong>Please Mr. Postman</strong></em>” –<span> </span><strong>The Marvelettes</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1961</strong></em>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Tamla Records</strong></em>, a division of<span> </span><strong>Motown<span> </span></strong>and the company’s first<span> </span><em><strong>#1</strong></em><span> </span>single on the pop and rhythm and blues charts) and started nipping at his heels. He didn’t seem to care that much, sloughed it off and kept on about his business but<span> </span><strong>Sally</strong><span> </span>really had some reigning in to do.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Bruce Jenner’s</strong><span> </span>nose is starting to look like<span> </span><strong>Michael Jackson’s</strong>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>UH . . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>You’re Nose Is Gonna Grow</strong></em>” –<span> </span><strong>Johnny Crawford</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1962</strong></em>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Del-Fi Records</strong></em>.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He played<span> </span><strong>Chuck Connor’s</strong><span> </span>son (<strong>Mark McCain</strong>) on<span> </span><em><strong>TV’s<span> </span></strong></em>“<em><strong>The Rifleman</strong></em>” (<em><strong>1958-1963</strong></em>).</p> </li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/122" hreflang="en">Willie Nelson</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/123" hreflang="en">Cher</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/124" hreflang="en">Brad Pitt</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/125" hreflang="en">Paul Revere and the Raiders</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/126" hreflang="en">Meet the Press</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Chuck Todd</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/128" hreflang="en">David Muir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/129" hreflang="en">World News Tonight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/130" hreflang="en">Lady Gaga</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/131" hreflang="en">Bruce Jenner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/132" hreflang="en">Kristen Jenner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/133" hreflang="en">Johnny Crawford</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/willie-nelsons-braids-came-his-head"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=78&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="gqdxo0DEdyaM5ZCiBBKz75MOrJGBO3oR7mBgIKBWJtY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:22:34 +0000 Rocci Fisch 78 at http://danmurano.com MUMBO JUMBO http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/mumbo-jumbo <span>MUMBO JUMBO</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/05/2013 - 14:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2013-12-05</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li>All this health care stuff. (<em><strong>Healthcare.gov</strong></em>):<span> </span><em><strong>50,000</strong></em><span> </span>“<em><strong>users</strong></em>” on the same website at the same time in the “<em><strong>health insurance marketplace</strong></em>”; “<strong>glitchy</strong><span> </span><em><strong>enrollment</strong></em>”; “<em><strong>capacity upgrades</strong></em>”; “<em><strong>command centers</strong></em>” that monitor “<em><strong>bug fixes</strong></em>” in real time . . .</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>“Many more “<em><strong>users</strong></em>” can create new accounts and log on,” said<span> </span><strong>Jeff Zients</strong>, the<span> </span><em><strong>White House’s</strong></em><span> </span>new economic adviser who’s heading up the repair efforts.”</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“In effect we widened the system’s “<em><strong>on-ramp</strong></em>.” It now has four lanes instead of one or two.”</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>Sounds like a used car lot.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Wouldn’t it have been fun to be an<span> </span><em><strong>IT</strong></em><span> </span>person on that job?</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Julie Bataille</strong>, a spokeswoman for the<span> </span><em><strong>Centers for Medicare and Medicaid</strong></em><span> </span>services, said while the experience is “<em><strong>vastly improved</strong></em>,” as with any website, “there is not a<span> </span><em><strong>magic moment</strong></em>.”</li> <li>(“<em><strong>This Magic Moment</strong></em>,” done by<span> </span><strong>The Drifters</strong>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Atlantic Records</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>1960</strong></em>, and later a hit for<span> </span><strong>Jay &amp; The Americans</strong><span> </span>in<span> </span><em><strong>1969</strong></em>, on<span> </span><em><strong>United Artists Records</strong></em>.)</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Enough about insurance, but maybe they could get<span> </span><strong>Dennis Haysbert</strong>, that deep-throated ”<em><strong>Allsate Guy</strong></em>,” to sell it and ask, “Are you in good hands?”</li> <li>A friend of mine said, “So I heard the song and saw the video for the “<strong>Ciley Myrus</strong>” single, “<em><strong>Wrecking Ball</strong></em>.”</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Poor guy. I corrected him and said<span> </span><strong>Billy Ray’s</strong><span> </span>daughter’s name is “<strong>Miley Cyrus</strong>,” not vicey versy.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Anyway, it’s the second release from her album, “<em><strong>Bangerz</strong></em>.”</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>NOTE:</strong><span> </span>A banger is “a song that’s really tight or “unbelievably awesome,” according to the<span> </span><em><strong>Urban Dictionary</strong></em>. I guess that’s what they mean. And I guess they put the “<em><strong>z</strong></em>” on the end instead of an “<em><strong>s</strong></em>” to be awesome too.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Ball</strong></em>” shows a “matured”<span> </span><strong>Hannah Montana</strong><span> </span>dangling and writhing naked on a wrecking ball busting up walls.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She’s racy now.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It’s popular to be that way.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She and<span> </span><strong>Britney Spears</strong><span> </span>seem to be following the same trajectory.</li> <li>Since when did they start calling<span> </span><em><strong>Victoria’s Secret</strong></em><span> </span>“supermodels,” “<em><strong>Dream Angels</strong></em>”?</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What’s angelic about that bunch? What would their daddies say?</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Their current campaign is described as “<em><strong>our most romantic collection<span> </span></strong></em>and “<em><strong>softer than ever and finished with heavenly lace</strong></em>.”</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They’ve got the “<em><strong>Dream Angels Demi Bra and Chantilly Lace<span> </span></strong></em>(“<em><strong>Chantilly Lace</strong></em>” –<span> </span><strong>The Big Bopper</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1958</strong></em>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Mercury Records</strong></em>)<span> </span><em><strong>V-String Panty</strong></em>,” the “<em><strong>Dream Angels Demi Bra and Lace-Trim Cheekini</strong></em><span> </span>(ahem, cheek?)<em><strong><span> </span>Panty</strong></em>,” the “<em><strong>Dream Angels Demi Bra Chantilly Lace Garter and V-String Panty</strong></em>” and many more selections for you and your partner’s enjoyment.</li> <li>Such detail just for underwear.</li> <li><strong>Santa’s<span> </span></strong>got a bad back again this year. You can see him bent over and aching in his workshop before he travels the world. And he’s still got it when he arrives at one of his stops along the way.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But along with his milk and cookies is a bottle of<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><em><strong>Aleve</strong></em>.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>How thoughtful.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>JUST ASKING.</strong><span> </span>Haven’t we had enough of<span> </span><strong>Ron Burgundy</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Will Ferrell</strong>) appearing everywhere in his “<em><strong>Anchorman 2</strong></em>”character? Enough’s enough.</li> <li><strong>ARE THEY STILL DOING THAT?<span> </span></strong>They’re advertising<span> </span><strong>Arthur Murray</strong><span> </span>dance classes on<span> </span><em><strong>WTOP</strong></em>, all news radio, in the nation’s capital.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>I didn’t know they were still around.</li> <li><em><strong>Murray</strong></em><span> </span>was famous for teaching ballroom dancing and created a national dance studio chain that, obviously, still exists. They’re all over the place.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They made a<span> </span><em><strong>TV</strong></em><span> </span>show out of it and it ran on<span> </span><em><strong>CBS</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>NBC</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>DuMont</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>ABC</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>CBS</strong></em><span> </span>again and then<span> </span><em><strong>PBS</strong></em>.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It seemed old fogyish back in the day and we used to make fun of it.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It was sorta like “<em><strong>Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music Makers</strong></em>.”</li> <li>I saw<span> </span><strong>Ken Burns</strong>, the documentary filmmaker, the other night and his hair looked darker than usual. I guess he, too, succumbs to age.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But he still had the<span> </span><em><strong>Beatle<span> </span></strong></em>cut.</li> <li><strong>HEARD:</strong><span> </span>The “<em><strong>Uh-huh, honey</strong></em>” phrase (“sample”) in<span> </span><strong>Kanye West</strong>’s “<em><strong>Bound 2</strong></em>” single (from album “<em><strong>Yeezus</strong></em>” (<em><strong>Roc-A-Fella Records</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>2013</strong></em>) and video – the one with soon–to-be wife<span> </span><strong>Kim Karadashian</strong><span> </span>riding nakedly on a motorcycle facing hubby-to-be – is from<span> </span><strong>Brenda Lee’s<span> </span></strong>single, “<em><strong>Sweet Nothin’s</strong></em>,” from back in<span> </span><em><strong>1959</strong></em><span> </span>(<em><strong>Decca Records</strong></em>).</li> <li><strong>Lee</strong><span> </span>sang rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and country and was nicknamed “<em><strong>Little Miss Dynamite</strong></em>,” mainly because she was just four feet, nine inches.</li> <li>“<em><strong>Philomena</strong></em>.” “<em><strong>Dallas Buyers Club</strong></em>.” Go see ‘em.</li> <li>In the<span> </span><em><strong>National Enquirer’s</strong></em><span> </span>“<em><strong>10 Things You Didn’t Know About . . .</strong></em><span> </span><strong>Diane Sawyer</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>#8</strong></em><span> </span>was “She loves sad songs – “let’s have fun” music makes her anxious.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>( “<em><strong>Sad Movies (Always Make Me Cry)</strong></em>” –<span> </span><strong>Sue Thompson</strong>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Hickory Records</strong></em>,<span> </span><em><strong>1961</strong></em>.)</li> <li>At a new restaurant/deli in<span> </span><em><strong>Washington</strong></em><span> </span>recently they asked me if I wanted them to “<em><strong>text</strong></em>” me when my table was ready. (I guess this is an updated version of that buzzer thing they hand you when you walk in.)</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But it turned out they didn’t have to text me because things loosened up and we were escorted to our seats in that cacophonous place.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>I know I’m late on this but is this what it’s all coming to?</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>I understand they already have “<em><strong>tablets</strong></em>” at the tables in places like<span> </span><em><strong>Chili’s<span> </span></strong></em>and<span> </span><em><strong>Applebee’s</strong></em><span> </span>– or they’re experimenting with them.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>According to<span> </span><strong>Nicole Cochran</strong>, senior director of marketing at<span> </span><em><strong>Chili’s</strong></em>, it’s not to cut back on wait staff and labor costs.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Oh yeah?</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They say it adds to the family dining experience. You can see pictures of the food and the kids can play computer games.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>I’ll pass.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><em><strong>Bloomberg Businessweek</strong></em><span> </span>reports that “the real allure of the tablets,<span> </span><em><strong>Chili’s<span> </span></strong></em>has found, is that they reliably increase the size of the average check.”</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Ah<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But of course.</li> <li>Pardon me now, I’m gonna take a “<em><strong>selfie,”<span> </span></strong></em>thanks.</li> <li><strong>UH</strong><span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<em><strong>Respect Yourself</strong></em><span> </span>--<span> </span><strong>The Staple Singers</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1971</strong></em>, on<span> </span><em><strong>Stax Records</strong></em>.</li> <li>“<em><strong>Selfie</strong></em>.” So millennial-ish.</li> <li>.<span> </span><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>JUST ASKING.</strong><span> </span>Will my<span> </span><em><strong>Christmas<span> </span></strong></em>presents be delivered by a drone? If so, I hope it doesn’t collide with<span> </span><strong>Santa</strong><span> </span>and his sleigh.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/134" hreflang="en">healthcare.gov</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/135" hreflang="en">Affordable Care Act</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/136" hreflang="en">Obamacare</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/137" hreflang="en">The Drifters</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/138" hreflang="en">Dennis Haysbert</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">Miley Cyrus</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/140" hreflang="en">Hannah Montana</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" hreflang="en">Britney Spears</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/142" hreflang="en">Victoria&#039;s Secret</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/143" hreflang="en">Santa</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/144" hreflang="en">Arthur Murray</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">WTOP</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/146" hreflang="en">Ken Burns</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/147" hreflang="en">Kanye West</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Diane Sawyer</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">The Staple Singers</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/mumbo-jumbo"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=79&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="y6aSz7f79W3ef0kVx6rk1cOYe5C7yd5fSswe1ijNpr0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:31:13 +0000 Rocci Fisch 79 at http://danmurano.com '"Man of Steel" Clenches Fists' http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/man-steel-clenches-fists <span>&#039;&quot;Man of Steel&quot; Clenches Fists&#039;</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2013 - 14:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2013-06-17</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>That’s what<span> </span><strong>Superman<span> </span></strong>(<strong>Henry Cavill</strong>, aka<span> </span><strong>Kal-El</strong>) does before he takes off and while he’s zooming up into the stratosphere .</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Maybe it’s for him to physically hold on to the wires in the studio while they prop him up for a special effect to get ready for whatever<span> </span><strong><em>CGI</em></strong><span> </span>it may turn out to be.    </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It reminded me of<span> </span><strong>Tim Tebow</strong><span> </span>when he gets down on the ground and prays.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Cavill<span> </span></strong>is all hunked up.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He acting is all action.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They don’t even call him<span> </span><strong>Superman</strong><span> </span>--they almost do but not quite -- in the movie, for crissakes.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The movie did very well at the box office, as expected.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>My coke and popcorn containers had “<strong><em>Man of Steel</em></strong>” advertising all over ‘em.  And a large popcorn got you a free refill.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The blockbuster-ishness of the film got in the way of the plot.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Does everything have to be done on such a big scale now in order for it to qualify as a summer movie that young, demographically important young boys like to go see?</li> <li>. . .<span> </span><strong>Superman’s<span> </span></strong>standard beginnings are reenacted for the millionith time on planet<span> </span><strong><em>Krypton</em></strong>.  Up there the environment’s  got an alien-like look.</li> <li>. . . He's an alien and is referred to as such.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span> He’s scurried off to another planet (<strong><em>Earth</em></strong>) in a hurry in order to avoid mass destruction.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Birth daddy<span> </span><strong>Russell Crowe</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Jor-El</strong><span> </span>– overly serious) hastens his son’s departure with much grieving from the baby’s mother,<span> </span><strong>Lara Lor-Van</strong>, as played by<span> </span><strong>Ayelet Zurer</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So the baby and flying object that is his vessel travel to earth and crash land on a farm occupied by<span> </span><strong>Kevin Costner</strong><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong>Diane Lane</strong>, simple farm folk.  </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They’re his earth parents.</li> <li>. . . The movie switches back and forth in time and shows<span> </span><strong>Clark Kent</strong><span> </span>(his earth name) growing up and saving people from calamities with fearless feats of heroism.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Costner</strong><span> </span>keeps his son at bay and advises him to hide his super strength secret, a moral lesson or some such thing.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>In school the young<span> </span><strong>Kent</strong><span> </span>is bulliedbut it's overcome by the hero kid rescuinga sinking bus loaded with all the students.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The bad guy in the picture is<span> </span><strong>Gen. Zod</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Michael Shannon</strong>).<strong>  God</strong>, do they fight a lot when<span> </span><strong>Superman<span> </span></strong>gets older, just like they do in “<strong><em>Iron Man 3</em></strong>,” when they’re jumping on platforms all over the place amidst fire and devastation.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>There’s an explosion at the beginning of the movie which is<span> </span><strong>Superman’s<span> </span></strong>first rescue attempt.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>It happens on an oil rig and later many more<span> </span><strong><em>explo</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>explo</em></strong><span> </span><strong><em>explosions</em></strong><span> </span>occur over the land and continue relentlessly through the whole movie – to the point of ridiculousness.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>All the<span> </span><strong><em>CGI<span> </span></em></strong>effects get in the way of the story.  Can’t they make a quiet movie anymore, like when<span> </span><strong>Christopher Reeve</strong><span> </span>took<span> </span><strong>Margot Kidder</strong><span> </span>on a sightseeing trip over<span> </span><strong><em>New York City</em></strong>  with his cape and her dress wisping in the night air with the skyline in the background and her voicing the words to the movie theme song, “<strong><em>Can You Read My Mind</em></strong>?”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>That was nice, low-key and romantic.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>I remember the disco version of “<strong><em>Mind</em></strong>” by a group called, appropriately,<span> </span><strong><em>Krypton<span> </span></em></strong>(<strong>A&amp;M Records</strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1978</em></strong>).   I used to play it at the club I used to work at back in the day.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Amy Adams</strong><span> </span>plays a modern-day<span> </span><strong>Lois Lane</strong><span> </span>(indefatigable,<span> </span><strong><em>Pulizter Prize</em></strong>-winning journalist) -- yeah, sure -- at the famous<span> </span><strong><em>Daily Planet</em></strong><span> </span>newspaper.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>This<strong><span> </span>Lois</strong><span> </span>is no-nonsense, plays the part well and figures out who<span> </span><strong><em>Superman</em></strong><span> </span>is pretty quickly in the game.  No mystery there.    </li> <li>. . .<span> </span><strong>Laurence Fishburne</strong><span> </span>plays a doubting<span> </span><strong>Perry White</strong><span> </span>as<span> </span><strong><em>Planet</em></strong><span> </span>editor.</li> <li>. . . There’s no mention of the<span> </span><strong><em>Internet<span> </span></em></strong>in the picture, as far as I could hear/see.  Guess they didn’t need it.</li> <li>. . . The last shot in the movie is of a new employee joining the staff and guess who it is with those nerdy,<span> </span><em><strong>Warby Parker</strong></em><span> </span>glasses like<span> </span><strong>Christopher Reeve</strong><span> </span>wore back in “<strong><em>Superman</em></strong>”(1978).</li> <li><strong>. . . UH . . .</strong><span> </span>"<em><strong>Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)</strong></em>" --<span> </span><strong>Stevie Wonder</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1972<span> </span></strong></em>on<span> </span><strong><em>Tamla Records</em></strong>.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/173" hreflang="en">Superman</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/174" hreflang="en">Henry Cavill</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/175" hreflang="en">Tim Tebow</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/176" hreflang="en">Russell Crowe</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/177" hreflang="en">Kevin Costner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/178" hreflang="en">Clark Kent</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/179" hreflang="en">Cristopher Reeve</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/180" hreflang="en">Margot Kidder</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/181" hreflang="en">Amy Adams</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/182" hreflang="en">Laurence Fishburne</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/183" hreflang="en">Stevie Wonder</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/man-steel-clenches-fists"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=80&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="fdRpi84ovLnO_5FymjrsbsMi3wJZ0DFTKRysiw8H2tk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:58:25 +0000 Rocci Fisch 80 at http://danmurano.com They're All Up In Arms http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/theyre-all-arms <span>They&#039;re All Up In Arms</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Sun, 05/19/2013 - 15:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2013-05-19</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li>The press is . . . about three current “<em><strong>scandals</strong></em>” facing the<span> </span><strong>Obama</strong><span> </span>administration:  the<span> </span><strong><em>IRS</em></strong>  under fire for targeting conservatives, the aftermath of the raid on<span> </span><strong><em>Benghazi</em></strong>  (again) and<span> </span><em><strong>Associated Press</strong></em><span> </span>phone records  seized involving an<span> </span><em><strong>al-Qaeda<span> </span></strong></em>plot.</li> <li>. . . . Their mouths are watering.  They smell a rat.</li> <li>. . . . A friend of mine called them the “<em><strong>gutter</strong></em>” press.   </li> <li>. . . . The pundits are in heaven.</li> <li>. . . . Lots of allegations, lots of denials.</li> <li>. . . . They’re even wondering if a special prosecutor/independent counsel might be needed in order to “investigate.”</li> <li>. . . . Shades of<span> </span><em><strong>Watergate</strong></em>?</li> <li>. . . .  Abuse of power?</li> <li>. . . . Bottom up, top down.</li> <li>. . . . “Damage Control.”</li> <li>. . . . It’s good for the news cycle.</li> <li>. . . . It’s snowballing. </li> <li>. . . . “<strong><em>Turbulent Week for the White House</em></strong>” is what<span> </span><em><strong>ABC’s<span> </span></strong></em>“<em><strong>This Week</strong></em>” headlined it, along with a picture of a<span> </span><em><strong>1040 IRS tax form</strong></em><span> </span>in the lower left-hand portion of the<span> </span><strong><em>TV screen</em></strong>.   How clever.</li> <li><strong>MOVIE:</strong> <em><strong><span> </span>“Star Trek Into Darkness.” </strong></em><span> </span>Pretty fantastic special effects. <span> </span><strong>Chris Pine</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Capt. Kirk</strong><span> </span>with those<strong><span> </span>Lisa Rinna</strong>-type lips (His are a little less bee-stung.); <span> </span><strong>Zachary Quinto</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Spock</strong><span> </span>with those funny ears; <strong><span> </span>Zoe Saldana</strong><span> </span>plays<span> </span><strong>Uhura<span> </span></strong>who speaks “<em><strong>Klingon</strong></em>”; <span> </span><strong>Benedict Cumberbatch</strong><span> </span>–wow, what a real-life name --  plays bad guy<span> </span><strong>Khan<span> </span></strong>with a booming<em><strong><span> </span>British accent</strong></em>,  and many other familiar characters are brought back.</li> <li>. . . . There’s a lot of<span> </span><em><strong>fist-fighting</strong></em><span> </span>and people jumping and falling great distances and smashing and crashing and outer space<span> </span><strong><em>near-misses</em></strong>.  </li> <li>. . . . The movie moves in a rapid clip.</li> <li>. . . . The theme at the end of the movie over closing credits sounded real good.  That’s the “<strong><em>Star Trek</em></strong>” I remember.</li> <li><strong>DOCTOR’S ORDERS. </strong><span> </span>I had a burning in my lower leg.  I recently had a growth removed and I thought it might have been some side effect from that.</li> <li>. . . . So when I asked the dermatologist about it she said it wasn’t anything that was a result of the “surgery” she performed and that I better go to my “<em><strong>primary care physician</strong></em>.”</li> <li>. . . . I thought to myself , “You mean my fri_ _in’<span> </span><strong><em>doctor</em></strong>?”</li> <li>. . . . Speak<span> </span><em><strong>English</strong></em>, for<span> </span><strong>God’s</strong><span> </span>sake and don’t get so technical about it.</li> <li>They did a final goodbye to<span> </span><strong>Randy Jackson</strong><span> </span>on “<strong><em>American Idol</em></strong>” this past week, showing pictures of him then and now.  He announced the previous week that he has decided to leave the show after<span> </span><strong><em>12 years<span> </span></em></strong>of being a judge.</li> <li>. . . . Leaving or fired?</li> <li>. . . . He said it had been “<em><strong>a life changing opportunity</strong></em>.” </li> <li>. . . . So there’ll be no more “<em><strong>Yo! Yo! Yo!</strong></em>,” no more “<strong><em>Dawg</em></strong>,” no more  “<strong><em>In  It to Win It</em></strong>” and no more “<strong><em>pitchy</em></strong>”-ness.</li> <li>. . . . It’s sorta sad the way the producers have ruined the hit show over the last couple of years.  At its peak “<em><strong>Idol</strong></em>”  pulled in<span> </span><strong><em>30 million</em></strong><span> </span>viewers a week.  Lately it’s been<span> </span><strong><em>14</em></strong><span> </span><strong><em>or 15 million</em></strong>.</li> <li>. . . . Every show has its own shelf-life.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>NOTICED. </strong><span> </span><strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong>, host of “<strong><em>Idol</em></strong>,” saluted while saying “<strong><em>Goodnight everybody</em></strong>” at the end of the last show of the season. </li> <li>. . . . Just like<span> </span><strong>Dick Clark</strong>, his own idol, used to do.</li> <li>. . . . So is<span> </span><strong>Seacrest</strong><span> </span>copping a trademark sign-off?</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>Ryan Seacrest</strong>, you’re no<span> </span><strong>Dick Clark</strong>.</li> <li>“I’m<span> </span><strong>Don Lemon</strong>.  This is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.” </li> <li>. . . . He drops the “<strong><em>and</em></strong>” between the two sentences just like<span> </span><strong><em>Jake Tapper</em></strong><span> </span>does.  (Mentioned in an earlier --<strong><em>April 29<span> </span></em></strong>-- more in-depth “<strong><em>Random Thoughts</em></strong>” column about the new ad campaign.)</li> <li>. . . . Maybe it’s more<span> </span><strong><em>anchorman-like</em></strong>.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><strong>Dr. Sanjay Gupta</strong><span> </span>says the “<em><strong>and</strong></em>.”</li> <li>. . . . And a<span> </span><strong>TWO-FER, STANDING TOGETHER, SMILING:</strong>  “I’m<span> </span><strong>Chris Cuomo</strong>.”  “I’m<span> </span><strong>Kate Balduan</strong>.” <span> </span><strong>CUOMO</strong>:  “This . . . ”;  BALDUAN:  “is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.”</li> <li>. . . . They finish each other’s sentence.  Just like a married couple.</li> <li><em><strong>NBC</strong></em><span> </span>canceled “<strong><em>Rock Center</em></strong>” -- always a dumb name for that prime-time news magazine show – due to low ratings. </li> <li>. . . . Anchor<span> </span><strong>Brian Williams</strong><span> </span>stood up for the show and spoke of the work the staff did for it.</li> <li>. . . . “Our people<span> </span><strong><em>got shot at</em></strong><span> </span>for this broadcast . . .”</li> <li>. . . . Whoa!  That happened?  What story?  Was it<span> </span><strong>Richard Engel</strong>, that guy who’s always in a hot spot?  Tell me more.</li> <li>A backstage spy told the<span> </span><strong><em>New York Post’s</em></strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Page Six</em></strong>” that rock star<span> </span><strong>Katy Perry</strong><span> </span>was so overcome with emotion at seeing<span> </span><strong>Cyndi Lauper’s</strong><span> </span><strong><em>Broadway</em></strong><span> </span>musical, “<em><strong>Kinky Boots</strong></em>” that “she was crying so hard she thought she<span> </span><strong><em>lost an eyelash</em></strong>.”</li> <li>. . . . I always thought those things weren’t real.</li> <li>. . . . They’re long enough for a plane to land on ‘em and sticky enough for a fly to get stuck.</li> <li><em><strong>Washington, D.C.<span> </span></strong></em>is rolling out streetcars soon. <span> </span><strong><em>Mayor Vincent Gray</em></strong><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong>Mary Cheh</strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>D-Ward 3</em></strong>),  head of the city council’s transportation committee, celebrated the arrival by having their picture taken next to one.</li> <li>. . . . They look kinda neat and retro.</li> <li>. . . . Let’s hope graffiti artists don’t choose them as their next palette.</li> <li><strong>SWOOSH SOUNDS. </strong><span> </span>That’s what some<span> </span><em><strong>TV news</strong></em><span> </span>shows are using when they introduce reports, I guess, to signal the timeliness and immediacy of a story.</li> <li>. . . . It’s a gushing, rushing sound, something like when a car speeds past your window or a jet goes by before breaking the sound barrier.</li> <li>. . . . Its use dates back to the back –in-the-day tabloid “news” programs like “<strong><em>A Current Affair</em></strong>,” when they did anything visually and aurally to hype up the show.</li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><em><strong>ABC’s<span> </span></strong></em>“<em><strong>World News</strong></em>” does it every time<span> </span><strong>Diane Sawyer</strong><span> </span>introduces a piece.</li> <li>. . . . It goes<span> </span><em><strong>swoosh<span> </span></strong></em>(or<span> </span><strong><em>whoosh</em></strong>) and then<span> </span><em><strong>swoosh</strong></em><span> </span>again, -- two<span> </span><em><strong>swooshes</strong></em><span> </span>or<span> </span><strong><em>whooshes</em></strong>. </li> <li>. . . . Gee, what they won’t do to make<span> </span><strong><em>TV<span> </span></em></strong>better.</li> <li><strong>INTENSE.<span> </span></strong>There’s a job opening as a “<em><strong>digital media producer</strong></em>” for one of the networks. </li> <li>. . . . They’re the ones in<span> </span><strong><em>TV news</em></strong><span> </span>who are responsible for all aspects of producing:  writing scripts, editing, shooting and booking.</li> <li>. . . . One of the many qualifications called for says:  “Must have strong writing skills and the ability to ‘<strong><em>crash</em></strong>’ high-end pieces and under extreme deadline.”</li> <li>. . . . That’s what they’re looking for nowadays. </li> <li>. . . .<span> </span><em><strong>One-man</strong></em><span> </span>(<strong><em>-woman</em></strong>) bands.  They do everything.</li> <li>. . . . So you have to know it all in order to even be considered for the job.</li> <li>. . . . Back in my day all you needed to do was know somebody.</li> <li>RACY TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: <strong><span> </span>Michael Douglas</strong>, who plays<span> </span><strong>Liberace</strong><span> </span>in the<span> </span><em><strong>HBO</strong></em><span> </span>movie, “<strong><em>Behind the Candelabra</em></strong>,” insinuated in an article written by<span> </span><em><strong>Lynn Hirschberg</strong></em><span> </span>in<span> </span><strong><em>New York</em></strong><span> </span>magazine that the flamboyant entertainer had a<span> </span><strong><em>14-inch</em></strong><span> </span>you-know-what.</li> <li>. . . . “It may not have been<span> </span><strong><em>14 inches</em></strong><span> </span>but it was huge.”</li> <li>. . . . I guess he did his research.</li> <li>. . . . The movie airs<span> </span><strong><em>May 26</em></strong>. <span> </span><strong>Douglas</strong><span> </span>really does look like the pianist/vocalist (whose full name was<span> </span><strong>Wladziu</strong><span> </span>or<span> </span><strong>Vladziu Valentino Liberace</strong><span> </span>and who was<span> </span><strong><em>Polish-Italian</em></strong>) and<span> </span><strong>Matt Damon</strong><span> </span>looks perfect as his young lover and live-in boyfriend for five years, Scott Thorson.</li> <li>. . . . Looks pretty good. <span> </span><strong>God</strong>, I wish I got<span> </span><em><strong>HBO</strong></em>.  Isn’t it free anywhere?</li> <li><strong>Tony Siragusa</strong><span> </span>is helping me “<strong><em>guard my manhood</em></strong>” with<span> </span><strong><em>Depend</em></strong><span> </span>(not<span> </span><em><strong>Depends</strong></em>) undergarments.</li> <li>. . . . The former defensive tackle,<span> </span><em><strong>NFL</strong></em><span> </span>commentator and host of “<em><strong>Man Caves</strong></em>” offers  no-nonsense, tough-talking, macho advice to guys who experience bladder leakage.</li> <li>. . . .  It’s no big deal if it’s happening to you. <span> </span><em><strong>Depend Shields</strong></em><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong><em>Guards</em></strong><span> </span>are the way to take charge of leaks – small ones and bigger ones.</li> <li>. . . . “If you get<span> </span><em><strong>drips and dribbles</strong></em><span> </span>here and there,<span> </span><em><strong>Shields</strong></em><span> </span>is where you need to head next.”</li> <li>. . . . “Experience larger surges of wetness?  Get to know<span> </span><em><strong>Guards</strong></em>.</li> <li>. . . . Another thing for me to get ready for.</li> <li><strong>. . . . UH . . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>You Cheated (You Lied)</em></strong>” –<span> </span><strong>The Shields</strong>,<span> </span><em><strong>1958</strong></em>, on<span> </span><strong><em>Dot Records</em></strong>.</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/184" hreflang="en">Obama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/185" hreflang="en">The press</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/186" hreflang="en">Watergate</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/187" hreflang="en">White House</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/188" hreflang="en">Star Trek</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/189" hreflang="en">Chris Pine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/190" hreflang="en">Zachary Quinto</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/191" hreflang="en">Zoe Saldana</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/192" hreflang="en">Benedict Cumberbatch</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/193" hreflang="en">Ryan Seacrest</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/194" hreflang="en">American Idol</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/195" hreflang="en">Dick Clark</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Don Lemon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/197" hreflang="en">Brian Williams</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/198" hreflang="en">Richard Engel</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/199" hreflang="en">Katy Perry</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Diane Sawyer</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/200" hreflang="en">Michael Douglas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/201" hreflang="en">Liberace</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/202" hreflang="en">The Shields</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-random-logo field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Random Logo</div> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/randomthoughts/theyre-all-arms"><img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ROCCI-Random-nuheader.gif" width="540" height="99" alt="Random Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <section> <h3>Add new comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=81&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Lm40NCJvkICY64C44Ii29nQ7JsXNLqHaUlrWvy7o6nk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 19 May 2013 19:06:50 +0000 Rocci Fisch 81 at http://danmurano.com "He" Bangs http://danmurano.com/randomthoughts/he-bangs <span>&quot;He&quot; Bangs</span> <div class="field field--name-field-biopic field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/rocci-175hx125w_0.jpg" width="125" height="175" alt="Rocci Fisch" title="Rocci Fisch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/11" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rocci Fisch</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/29/2013 - 21:10</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">2013-04-29</div> <div class="field field--name-field-main-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><ol><li><strong>President Obama</strong><span> </span>said at the<span> </span><strong><em>White House Correspondents’ Dinner</em></strong><span> </span>over the weekend that for his second term he wanted a little burst of energy and a bit of change for his next four years.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So he “<strong><em>grew</em></strong>” bangs to look like wife<span> </span><strong>Michelle</strong><span> </span>did when she needed some change.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Pictures of the chief executive were<span> </span><strong><em>Photoshopped</em></strong><span> </span>and bangs were put on his head that they showed on big<span> </span><strong><em>TV screens</em></strong><span> </span>in the room (<strong><em>Washington Hilton Hotel</em></strong>).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He got laughs.  It was silly and funny.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So someone tell<span> </span><strong>Ricky Martin</strong><span> </span>(“<strong><em><u>She</u><span> </span>Bangs</em></strong>” –<span> </span><strong><em>2000</em></strong>, on<span> </span><strong><em>Columbia Records</em></strong>) to change the song to fit the gender of the man in charge.  Thank you.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Seen in the audience was actor<span> </span><strong>Michael Douglas</strong><span> </span>(<strong>Gordon Gekko</strong><span> </span>in “<strong><em>Wall Street</em></strong>” and<span> </span><strong>Liberace<span> </span></strong>in<strong><em><span> </span>HBO’s</em></strong><span> </span>biopic “<strong><em>Behind the Candelabra</em></strong>”) who was now blond instead of his signature gray.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He looked good and yes, he did look younger.  They say blond hair does that for you.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Maybe I should get my hair color out of a bottle.  (Something to think about, although I’m probably too much of an old buzzard to make a change like that;  it takes courage.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Sofia Vergara</strong><span> </span>(“<strong><em>Modern Family</em></strong>”) was there – of course – and taped a quick little shtick for<span> </span><strong>George Stephanopoulos’s<span> </span><em>Sunday</em></strong><span> </span><strong><em>morning talk show</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>In the show, instead of him leading into a commercial break he had her do it:</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong>George</strong><span> </span>is back with ‘<strong><em>This Week’</em></strong><span> </span>after this,” she said.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She’s very photogenic and I guess they figured having her do a little fun thing like that would spice up the program.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Where did news credibility go?</li> <li><strong>FUN FACTS.</strong> <span> </span><strong>Jenna Bush</strong><span> </span>calls her grandmother,<span> </span><strong>Barbara Bush</strong>, “<strong>Ganny</strong>” instead of<span> </span><strong><em>granny</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>And she calls her grandfather<span> </span><strong>George H.W. Bush</strong>, “<strong><em>Gampy</em></strong>” instead of<span> </span><strong><em>grandpa</em></strong>.  I guess she doesn’t believe in “<strong><em>r’</em></strong>s.”</li> <li>A fellow observer of the news noticed that during the early days of<span> </span><strong><em>CNN’s<span> </span></em></strong>coverage of the<span> </span><strong><em>Boston bombings</em></strong><span> </span>the tireless<span> </span><strong>Wolf Blitzer</strong>, who<span> </span><strong><em>was</em></strong><span> </span>in<span> </span><strong><em>Boston</em></strong>, kept saying “here in<span> </span><strong><em>The Situation Room</em></strong>” while he was standing out on the street and not in the<span> </span><strong><em>Washington<span> </span></em></strong>studio.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What, does<span> </span><strong><em>The Situation Room</em></strong><span> </span>travel?  Did they pack it all up and move it to<span> </span><strong><em>Beantown</em></strong><span> </span>for breaking news?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>A friend of mine said it was “kind of like playing house or something” in a remote location.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>By the way, they’re bringing<span> </span><strong>James Earl Jones</strong><span> </span>back to say, “<strong><em><u>This</u></em></strong><span> </span>is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>And they’re dragging out certain members of the<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong><span> </span>news family to make their own personal station identifications: <span> </span><strong>Kate Bolduan</strong>,<span> </span><strong>Jessica Yellin</strong>, new kid on the block<span> </span><strong>Jake Tapper</strong><span> </span>and selected others.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>For example, the line goes – and each say -- :  I’m<span> </span><strong>Jessica Yellin</strong><span> </span> or<span> </span><strong>Kate Balduan<span> </span></strong>or whoever<span> </span><strong><em>and<span> </span><u>this</u></em></strong><span> </span>is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.” </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But<span> </span><strong>Tapper<span> </span></strong>only says, “I’m<span> </span><strong>Jake Tapper</strong>. <span> </span><strong><em><u>This</u></em></strong><span> </span>is<span> </span><strong><em>CNN</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He tossed the script and took out the “<strong><em>and</em></strong>.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>He doesn’t go a long with the crowd;  likes to put his own personal stamp on things;  expresses his individual tastes.</li> <li> <strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Reese Witherspoon</strong>, got into a little bit of trouble when her husband (<strong>Jim Toth</strong>) was arrested for drunk driving last week in<span> </span><strong><em>Georgia</em></strong><span> </span>while she was riding with him.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She was arrested also -- but for disorderly conduct. </li> <li>. . . She reportedly questioned whether the cop was really a police officer.   </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She got mouthy and posed this question to the officer:  “Do you know my name?”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She then warned him:  “You’re about to find out who I am.”  This all according to the state trooper’s report.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>But it wasn’t so obvious. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Miss Whippersnapper</strong>, er . . . <span> </span><strong>Witherspoon</strong>, is the blond who starred in “<strong><em>Legally Blonde</em></strong>,” right? </li> <li>. . . This woman wasn’t blonde.  Guess she hadn’t been to the hairdresser lately, or maybe she was prepping for a new role. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She was a brunette, unrecognizable.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Witherspoon’s</strong><span> </span>known to be a blond.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>So it’s no wonder he didn’t know who she was. </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>ADVICE:</strong>  Next time look like who you are.</li> <li><strong><em>ABC</em></strong><span> </span>anchorman/captain<span> </span><strong>David Muir</strong><span> </span>welcomed former<span> </span><strong><em>CBS News<span> </span></em></strong>anchor/correspondent<span> </span><strong>Rebecca Jarvis</strong><span> </span>to the network one night last week when he was subbing for<span> </span><strong>Diane Sawyer</strong><span> </span>on “<strong><em>World News</em></strong>.”</li> <li>. . . She’ll be<span> </span><strong><em>ABC’s<span> </span></em></strong>chief business and economics correspondent – pretty much doing the same as what she did at<span> </span><strong><em>CBS</em></strong>.  Most recently she co-anchored “<strong><em>CBS This Morning Saturday</em></strong>” with<span> </span><strong>Anthony Mason</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“We’re so glad you’re on the team,” a beaming<span> </span><strong>Muir<span> </span></strong>said to<span> </span><strong>Jarvis</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Who died and made him president?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Saying things like that is the job of the president (of<span> </span><strong><em>ABC</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong>Ben Sherwood</strong>).  He said as much back in<span> </span><strong>April</strong><span> </span>when he announced her addition to the staff of  “the strongest team in journalism.” </li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>We don’t need anchormen who also think they’re presidents of news divisions.  Leave it to the big guys and stick to reading the news.</li> <li>Country singer<span> </span><strong>Miranda Lambert</strong>, wife of country singer and “<strong><em>The Voice</em></strong>” judge<span> </span><strong>Blake Shelton</strong>, won three awards at the<span> </span><strong><em>ACM</em></strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>Academy of Country Music</em></strong>)<strong><em><span> </span>Awards</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>She had her picture taken on the red carpet, holding up all three of them near her waist and chest.</li> <li><strong>. . .<span> </span></strong>The<span> </span><strong><em>National Enquirer<span> </span></em></strong>took the opportunity of captioning the picture for it’s “<strong><em>Dressed to Thrill”</em></strong><span> </span>pictorial “essay” by writing that they were “dragging down the top of her little black dress!”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>(The low-cut-ishness of the dress seemed to have become lower by the weight of the trophies.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>“Or maybe that’s the way<span> </span><strong>Blake</strong><span> </span>likes it,” continued the caption.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What’s that supposed to mean?   That he likes it when his wife exposes herself?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>They oughta take umbrage.   Enough with these rag tabloids.</li> <li><strong><em>NBC’s</em></strong><span> </span><strong>David Gregory</strong><span> </span>and<span> </span><strong>Matt Lauer</strong><span> </span>looked like<span> </span><strong>Mutt</strong><span> </span>(tall) and<span> </span><strong>Jeff<span> </span></strong>(short) standing among the columns last week at the<span> </span><strong><em>George W. Bush Presidential Center</em></strong><span> </span>in<span> </span><strong><em>Dallas</em></strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Incidentally,<span> </span><strong>Matt</strong><span> </span>is seen driving a tractor at<span> </span><strong>Martha Stewart’s</strong><span> </span>house for an upcoming feature for the “<strong><em>Today</em></strong>” show.</li> <li>A friend of mine explained what<span> </span><strong><em>MSNBC</em></strong><span> </span>is:  “People endlessly talking without imparting any information.”</li> <li> <strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Very true.</li> <li><strong>MOVIE:  “42.”</strong>  Pretty good movie about<span> </span><strong>Jackie Robinson</strong>, the baseball player who encountered much discrimination while he was coming up in the leagues.  His jersey had the number “<strong><em>42</em></strong>” on it.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Takes place in<span> </span><strong>1946/’47</strong>.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Racism is broadly and sometimes relentlessly depicted;  it’s often hard to watch and listen to.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>The actor (<strong>Chadwick Boseman</strong>) that plays<span> </span><strong>Robinson</strong><span> </span>is very good in a low-key way.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Nicole Beharie</strong><span> </span>plays his wife<span> </span><strong>Rachel</strong>.  (In real life, still alive.)</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Christopher Meloni</strong><span> </span>of “<strong><em>Law &amp; Order</em></strong>” plays manager<span> </span><strong>Leo Durocher<span> </span></strong>who gets in trouble by having an affair with a celebrity and consequently gets suspended.   He’s good.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Harrison Ford</strong>, trying a little too hard to depict a money-minded, old-fashioned, disagreeable but morally sensitive team executive, plays<span> </span><strong>Branch Rickey</strong><span> </span>who signs the ballplayer first to the<span> </span><strong><em>Brooklyn Dodgers</em></strong><span> </span>farm team in<span> </span><strong><em>Montreal<span> </span></em></strong>and then to the big league<span> </span><strong><em>Dodgers</em></strong>, making him the first<span> </span><strong><em>African-American</em></strong><span> </span>to “break the baseball color barrier.”  He has to help<span> </span><strong>Robinson<span> </span></strong>control his temper along the way.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Robinson’s</strong><span> </span>home run helps the team win the<span> </span><strong><em>National League</em></strong><span> </span>pennant and go on to the<span> </span><strong><em>World Series</em></strong>.  (This is not depicted in the film.)</li> <li>. . . The movie is filled with nice little scenes that are poignant and personal.  So it’s not all hyped up and loud.  Well done by director and writer<span> </span><strong>Brian Helgeland</strong>.</li> <li>. . . All put together it’s a good movie.   Inspiring, meaningful.</li> <li>A reviewer for<span> </span><strong><em>The New York Times</em></strong><span> </span>said this:  “The terrific ‘<strong><em>density</em></strong>’ of<span> </span><strong><em>New York City Ballet’s</em></strong><span> </span>repertory is without parallel anywhere in the world.”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What kind of loftiness is that?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>Come down to earth and just tell us in plain<span> </span><strong><em>English</em></strong><span> </span>how they dance.</li> <li><strong>Michael Buble’s</strong><span> </span>new album is called “<strong><em>To Be Loved</em></strong>,” which happens to be the name of<span> </span><strong><em>Motown</em></strong><span> </span>founder<span> </span><strong>Berry Gordy’s</strong><span> </span>autobiography (<strong><em>1994</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>Warner Books</em></strong>) and a hit song<span> </span><strong>Gordy</strong><span> </span>wrote for<span> </span><strong>Jackie Wilson</strong><span> </span>(<strong><em>1958</em></strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>Brunswick Records</em></strong>).</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>Buble</strong><span> </span>does some<span> </span><strong><em>Motown</em></strong><span> </span>hits in his own style, his usual<span> </span><strong>Frank Sinatra<span> </span></strong>stuff, a<span> </span><strong>Bee Gees</strong><span> </span>tune and some originals.</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>On one of the cuts, “<strong><em>I Got It Easy</em></strong>,” the lyrics go like this:  “I’m warm in bed, got a beautiful woman beneath me . . . ”</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span>What, does he sleep on top of his gal or just like the missionary position?</li> <li><strong>. . .</strong><span> </span><strong>UH . . .</strong><span> </span>“<strong><em>Somebody’s Been Sleeping</em></strong><span> </span><strong><em>(In My Bed )</em></strong>” –<span> </span><strong>100 Proof (Aged in Soul)</strong>,<span> </span><strong><em>1970</em></strong><span> </span>on<span> </span><strong><em>Hot Wax Records</em></strong>, started by former<span> </span><strong><em>Motown</em></strong><span> </span>writing/production team,<span> </span><strong>Holland-Dozier-Holland</strong>, after they left the label.</li> <li>. . . “<strong><em>Fee Fi Fo Fum</em></strong><span> </span>… I can feel the presence of someone . . .”</li> </ol></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/184" hreflang="en">Obama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/207" hreflang="en">White House Correspondents&#039; Dinner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/200" hreflang="en">Michael Douglas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/208" hreflang="en">George Stephanopoulos</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/209" hreflang="en">Jenna Bush</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/210" hreflang="en">Barbara Bush</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/211" hreflang="en">George H. 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