Eddie Murphy, paging Eddie Murphy: SNL NEEDS YOU!


I have not blogged in a while. Quite frankly I have tried to stay clear of the political fray other than the “now and again” comment on a friends post. And my inspiration for returning to my blog is not about politics as much as it is about a comedic happening that we cannot allow to pass from this earth without being expressed. This is a once in a lifetime chance and if it is pursued it will be, like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, quoting from the fictitious book in the film written by James Earl Jone’s character:

“There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place and the universe opens itself up a few seconds to show you what’s possible.”

 

There is something screaming out there in the world. Right now it is just a whisper. But if enough people really wanted it to happen it could.

Eddie Murphy must return to SNL and play Anthony Scaramucci.

Not sure if everyone is up to date on the happenings surrounding the new White House Communications Director, in his short but blusterous tenure, but apparently he has a pretty colorful mouth on him. I honestly don’t want to publish the things he has allegedly said. I will direct you to this article RIGHT HERE  and RIGHT HERE where he is quoted as saying some pretty rough things.

**Warning it is not for children. Heck, after I read it I was not sure if it was for me.

So, you have this very vocal Italian American who has, as one of my friends, who is also an Italian American, put it “Thank you, Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci, for reinforcing every horrible stereotype of Italian Americans.”

Many people now know Eddie Murphy as the voice behind some pretty famous cartoon and pixar characters. It is to the point that many people, especially the younger generations, who don’t really, for the most part know the true range of Mr. Murphy.

First thing many people might say “Eddie Murphy is a black guy.” Obviously, which leads me to exhibit A:

“So he can play an older Jewish man” you might say which leads me to exhibit B:

Warning: NSFW… There is cursing here.

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Oh forget it just google: Eddie Murphy does Italians. Trust me, he has it down!

There needs to be an online movement. Scratch that, there has to be an online movement to make this happen. Maybe Mr. Murphy is retired from the SNL for good. Maybe he does not do these type routines anymore. Even more the reason we need to make this happen. We will laugh so hard our faces will hurt the next day. This has the potential to be one of the funniest things ever to occur on national television.

And, lord knows, we could use some laughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Perry (Journey) returns to the stage


There is not that much good news in the music world these days. At least from a true performance standpoint with so many bands playing to click tracks and outright lipsyncing to a half filled stadium or a bunch of people jumping about in throngs and surrounding one guy with a turntable. Where did our live performers go? I know they are still out there but none are packing stadiums.
Then out of no where, out of left field, maybe even further back where the really big hitters drop homers into the street, walked Steve Perry. Who expected this?
And can he still deliver? Oh yes indeed! And he picked a very cool band, EELs, to come back out with. At least with the EELS you know they are going to be doing actual music and not a virtual performance propped up by backing tracks and dancers to distract you from the lack of music. The video evidences this. The man can still wail!
Here is what it makes me wonder: is this a sign that live music still has a place or was this the swan song everyone has been waiting for?

Rest in Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman and Everyone else Calm Down!


I was as shocked as any normal fan to hear of the tragic loss of this great actor. It is always so sad to hear someone who has gone off the rails and falls back into their disease. And it is much sadder to learn they also have children who will grow up without a father. But it seemed innocuous enough when I made a mere comment, about an article on Esquire magazine that the piece they did, just a few hours after it was announced Hoffman had died, missed the mark to me. Oh I should have known better.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/hoffman-junod

Read comment section of the article.

I will not labor anyone’s mind by going into this but let’s just say that my comment was not met with pleasure. I simply thought, out of respect for the man’s family, the writer could have waited on talking about the dirty details and how troubled the actor was and instead just let him be dead in peace, at least for the first 24 hours postmortem. Apparently I am a “bleeding heart who is pretentious”, “Ignorant” for not understanding the article’s intent, which I did, and “weird” for stating that there were children out there who are missing their father and probably very sad. I know there are trolls on the Interwebs but I suspect the “top commenters” on Esquire are a paid hit squad used to immediately attack anyone who comments are unfavorable about an article. Either that or they are just a cult of boring trolls who feed off one another for lack of something better to do. Nevertheless I removed my comment. 

Then I noticed reoccurring themes in other places. I cannot remember when a star’s death was so immediately divisive, I mean this is still so fresh that just now, at 4:00 p.m. CST, a full day has passed since his body was found. All over FB and Twitter people were vacillating between remorse, out and out disdain for the manner in which he died, and any other angle. I think I was finally pushed to write this after my comment “what a waste of an Awesome Human” was responded to with “He wasn’t too awesome he put a needle in his arm.” Which leads me to this. Addiction is not a “shaming” sport and those who engage in such do not understand the nature of it. I believe that it is no different if Hoffman had died of diabetes and people were all over the web commenting “yeah he should have stayed away from the jelly doughnuts” or “that is what he gets for drinking Coca-Cola.” Addiction is a disease and not a failing of character.

So all you folks out there…stand down on this one unless you are ready to feel some heat.

Rest in Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman and Fare the Well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Doctor said What? : Tampa Doctor Accused of vile mistreatment of Down syndrome


So I am flickering through FB when a post strikes my eye. It is on a friend’s wall and it reads just like this:

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I am an immediate skeptic, the usual half of what you hear and none of what you hear type, and started my usual Google Sleuthing. All the results I got at the time were apparent re-postings of the same post above, all over varying FB pages. There were a ton though.

Then I noticed the Google searches were coming back with a bit more validity. Then I found this blog post.

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And then this in the comment section:

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This person is apparently very real and I immediately found her FB page with this post:

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This appears to be true. I will await the Snopes.com report to come back but I am going to say that “my gut”, even without Nate Silver precision, tells me it is going to come back ACCURATE.

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If it is accurate what is to be done to the physician named above?

I can imagine parents and relatives of disabled children everywhere thinking it not a bad idea for him to be run out of town on a rail, or worse. I can imagine fates worse than death for someone who could be this cruel. Could he lose his medical license? I doubt it but he should.

Here is the point we miss so many times in out civilized, wired or even better, wireless society: we can mete out the punishment ourselves, and no I do not mean violent action, harassment, or anything even remotely illegal. If Anonymous has taught us anything it has taught us that power is within our grasp. Information is power and when properly focused, aimed, and fired it can land devastating blows, though figurative, often times just as painful psychically.

If this man said these words about this child, I am not saying he did, but if he did, then there needs to be a pulling away from his clinic and services the likes of which it is so fast that the next galaxy over can hear the sucking sound. And when he has lost his business, because the people have refused to stop coming, and he has to work at another place the people find out who runs that business and refuse their services and call all their administrators and make posts all over the internet and utilize their freedom of speech to say that this man is unacceptable. Then he will feel the pain he deserves.

He should be made to do a penance. What penance? I am not sure. I am probably not the one qualified to make it up but if I were it would include voracious public apologies, public service, and proof that he is willing to learn a new way of doing and do so, immediately. This man is a doctor so I am not sure what part of the equation he did not get in medical school or just simply did not learn in his travails being a human being but the time is now for him to change.

What if he chooses to refuse? He sounds arrogant enough that this might be a possibility. I mean why on earth would someone make such a comment if they did not feel an abundance of arrogance coursing through their veins? Even if someone thought in this manner I can only see some terrible dysfunction in ego being the source of them having such a FILTER Malfunction. 

If he refuses to make this right, to submit himself to the scrutiny, and make himself a better sentient being? Let the dogs have him.

But what we fail to realize, as a people, is that we hold all these scenarios in our collective hands. When a wrong is done we as a people can affect great change. Merely railing on FB or the Interwebz is just a beginning. We can move mountains if we all get on the same accord.

Power to the People

Don’t forget.

A Flag by any other name is still a flag of a traitor


 

 

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I am pretty sick of the drama surrounding this traitor flag. As a southerner we have many people who argue heritage but really fail to look at the implications of the south’s actions in the 1860’s. The rebellion of the south is treason, plain and simple, and to imagine it as anything else is silly. It is one of the most important parts of America’s history so it should not, by any means, be made light of or forgotten. We should study it and continue to learn lessons from it. We also need to be desperately honest with ourselves. I also think that so many of the rebel flag waivers would really not feel so embolden if they realized that their ancestors, especially mine,  were poor dirt farmers manipulated by the “gentry/aristocratic” minority into the most deadly conflict in America history to protect a way of life that only the rich were benefiting from. The south lost so many great men because of the war and it is no way to gauge what our future would have been like had not so many great, brave people died to save a way of life foreign to almost everyone.

Remember when James Agee told a reader to “F&^% Off?”…Yeah me neither


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Some of you might have heard about Linda Tirado. She was the woman who wrote a moving piece about her personal experiences being poor in America. It first appeared on Gawker and because it was so poignant it became viral. I will not bore you with the details because, frankly, I am not well researched on her specific case or her background, but needless to say her words resonated throughout the “interwebs.”
You can read her story here.
Then a “journalist” from the Houston Press questioned the validity of this woman’s story and inferred, from how I understood her words, she was misrepresenting herself. To be fair the writer for the Houston Press, Angelica Leicht, was not the only writer who questioned the truth of Linda Tirado’s story. But this writer is the only one who decided to tell me to “F&^% Off.”
And that is really the substance of this blog.

Yes, an actual news reporter, or writer, or whatever title you chose to attach chose to lash out at a mere Tweet I made five days ago. And I did not even question her story. See Below:
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And really this is where I fall off the boat. This is the very reason our “news” these days is manufactured, mostly, by individuals who have no business publishing words for human consumption. Journalism is truly a lost art and so few actually practice it with any sense of professionalism.
Exhibit B:

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I also don’t remember a writer, from the era when journalism was considered a professional occupation, lashing out at one of their readers with ad hominem language. I am not going to question the writer’s product: her base examination of the validity of Linda Tirado’s story. They do a pretty good job of it here.
What I am going to point out is this: there is no wonder that the world is filled with misinformed people. We are being misinformed by people who have no business writing about heady subjects. These matters need to be left to professionals who know what writing is supposed to be and who are not simply hacking their way towards sensationalism. This writer seems more suited for TMZ type fodder, not real news. Examples of subjects she might approach could be: Adult Toys or the best bar to get smashed at in Houston,TX. She has already made her mark on these pressing social issues.

It is generally best for someone to stick with what they know and not get too far off the beaten path. This is the case with this writer. I do not care one whit if Linda Tirado was lying or not. Apparently she was not, from the backlash of articles I have read in the last few days defending her and presenting the timeline from Gawker which shows, clearly, she had to be pushed into publishing her original piece. It was that good.

Where I get confused and stymied is that a “journalist” would take the time to hurl an expletive at someone across the Twitter-verse who simply wondered, in a Tweet, if the writer had a twitter account. If I write something for the world to read I am going to stand by it and if someone disagrees with me so be it. They are my words, or at least the pattern of words I chose to string together. Have some confidence in what you put out there to the world or don’t write it at all. And for sure don’t hit publish or better yet, don’t tread in deep waters without your floatation device.

Much like Shakespeare’s Queen Gertrude “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Hard work Trumps Talent


Just picked up a book by Matthew Quick (of Silver Lining Playbook fame) called Boy 21. Skimmed the first few pages and the main character’s father threw this nugget out in the first 5 pages. “Hard work beats out talent in the last of the race.” I have read about that far and to be honest that quote stopped me cold in my tracks.

This is so often true and in the music industry, or any industry for that matter, the talented, the one who have been told they are great their whole lives jump out of the pond and into the river which ultimately leads to the sea and on into the ocean, provided they make it that far. Along this journey the talented start running into many things, namely, other talented people, some kind of talented people with no drive, and some people with a little talent and the will to move mountains a spoonful at a time. If I am a betting man and these three are my choices I take the latter every time.

Why? Because the world is filled with talented people but so few who are actually willing to put in the “sweat equity” to keep at it until the job is done. This is not to say that there are not immensely talented people out there with just as immense amount of work ethic. There are and these people are often called genius, and rightfully so. But sometimes having just the spark of want and culminating it with a go “with-it-ness ” makes all the difference.

I had a basketball coach in middle school who used to run us like dogs who owed him money. I mean beginning of practice you started running, practiced, and then at the end it was followed by a good half mile and more suicides than I thought I could take. He used to say “boys the difference at the end of the game is who is holding their shorts. If you look over and it is late in the fourth quarter and one team is holding their shorts most of the time they are going to lose.” It was all about conditioning, to be the ones with air for the last quarter, to be the guys not holding their shorts when go time arrived.

We all miss the mark and get discouraged in this life, regardless of our passions and the task we chose to pursue but I have noticed, looking in retrospect, and doing that big evaluation we all probably do I see those hurdles don’t seem so cumbersome and the mistakes I made in the past I don’t make any more. Why? Because I have conditioned myself not to make them. And man I made them but in the now, going forward, I learned and I would not have if I had quit or given up.

It is the struggle in these days which defines us. Or better yet how we respond in the struggle. If you have talent use it wisely and stick to it when things don’t go your way. Keep a journal and look back from time to time at those patches that were not so smooth and then look how you made it through. The same goes for the person who does not quit and has just a bit of the old spark of talent.

Yet at the end of the day, when I am at the ticket window placing my bet, I will put it right on the nose of that rough horse whose coat might not be as shiny and may even have some scars on it. Heck that horse might finish the race dead last but I know it will be back the next time to pay off eventually.