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Why I Don’t Care Who Wins Oscar

It’s a volatile mix, politics and Hollywood.  And I don’t think the jury is in with a verdict that when the two do get together, it’s a barrel of laughs for everyone, or even necessary.  I’m remembering the McCarthy era, a period that stifled, or outright killed the careers of some noted names in the arts.  Maybe that’s why I’m thinking of Goodfella’s, or more so a line from the movie.

It comes from Ray Liotta after his character and Jimmy (Robert DeNiro) find out Tommy (Joe Pesci) was killed.  Henry remarks, “It was between the Italians, it was real greaseball shit.”   We substitute actors for Italians and Hollywood for greaseball and we’re right on target with the number one reason why we as consumers should stay the hell out of the whole thing.  In other words leave Hollywood to itself. Continue reading

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Sing the Body Electric, Anywhere but Philly

A growing regional catch phrase is “Anything Can Happen in Jersey”.  I bet the creators of HitchBOT wished in hindsight that the BOT had traveled to Jersey instead; especially considering that Hitch made his way all across Europe and parts of America before meeting a tragic and eerie end in the “City of Brotherly Love”.

And they talk about Camden and New Jersey.  We’ve never hurt a robot in our lives, nor snowballed Santa for that matter. Continue reading

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Well-Turned, or Not

The "pins" that started it all

The “pins” that started it all

Now, don’t laugh but it was my Mom who, at an early age, led me to appreciate the female leg.  Actually, occasionally she would see a gifted young woman and say to herself in an offhand way, “Look at the hind-parts on that child”.  Now, there I was, a nosy, young kid, I’d always ask her what she said.  To which, she’d always reply, “Nothing”.  It’s ok; like most children, I was listening.  Better still, I was watching.    Continue reading

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S.O.L. – The Return of the Lord of the Golden Baboon

The 70’s’: more than a turbulent point of uncertainty in American society, it was also a time of awakening; a period when mankind was beginning to truly appreciate his kinship with others unlike himself.

Mandrill - From the album/CD FENCEWALK: The Anthology. Photo taken from jacket courtesy of Polygram and Michael Ochs Archives.

Mandrill – From the album/CD FENCEWALK: The Anthology. Photo taken from jacket courtesy of PolyGram and Michael Ochs Archives.

Back then, we’d come to realize that if we couldn’t get along together, we’d probably wind up destroying ourselves as well as the planet.  That realization afforded a sense of promise to everything and that promise was exhibited in the music of the time.

Bands, born from the wombs of blended communities across the country, came together to celebrate their multi-cultural roots pushing music into an unknown stratosphere of unity.  R&B, Jazz, Country and Rock melded with African, Latin and other ethnic influences to create a sound that we now call World Music.  And no group from that period exhibited this cultural, complex marriage more than Mandrill. Continue reading

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A New Booty Standard

It’s funny the things you happen to think about when you first see or hear something.  When I saw that Jennifer Lopez was trending and watched her video on YouTube, I thought about my mom, strangely enough.

When I was young boy, I’d sometimes hear my mom make a statement about this young woman or that one, we’d see out on the street, “Look at the hind parts on that child there”.  She’d say this somewhat under her breath and when I’d ask her what she said, she always replied telling me to stop being so nosy, as parents do when they’ve said something they don’t want their children to hear them say.

Oh, but I heard it alright and it stuck with me.  So much so that when my dad and I would be out alone and I’d see the same young lady, I’d say to him, “there goes that girl with the hind parts”.  So you can say that I learned to know booty from a very young age.  And Jennifer still has booty, at 45 years old.

I’m not at all surprised; that a middle-aged woman can still be considered attractive, vibrant, wanted and sexy.  Hell, they’re some senior women out there that are bad as hell, trust me on that.   Still, I remember her when she really had butt; all kinds of butt, butt for days.  Hers was the butt standard for the world.  Like troubadours and minstrels of centuries past, peeps were out there making songs about Jennifer Lopez’s backside.

But, as many women do, she lost some weight and with it went some of her butt.  Damn a Brazilian Butt Lift!  But let me be clear on this, she’s Jennifer Lopez and she’s only going to lose butt so much.  And God gave her more than her share to be able to give some away and still look fine as all get out.

So, I won’t celebrate her latest video mainly because I’ve seen the classic from Back in the day.  There’ll probably be some out there maybe saying that she used to have a big booty but I won’t go that far.  I’ll never put down any woman doing something positive for herself, like losing weight she wants to lose and I hope my comments concerning what are really my preferences aren’t taken as such.

I’ll just hold on to those memories and be glad she stopped when she did.

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