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Good (?) Sunday/Monday Widdershins

So this post won’t be a light-hearted affair.  Rather, I’ll be sharing some sad songs, songs about death and loss.

We saw a tragic incident in FL Wednesday of this week when seventeen young people had their lives snuffed out by a “loner” or a guy who “acted weird”.  Nikolas Cruz had been receiving counseling or some other form of mental health treatment but stopped going to the appointments.  We’ll never know if this could have been averted had he continued his appointments.  One thing we do know is that it’s time for another ban on any and all assault weapons.  We simply do not need to have AR15s or AK47s on the street.

(1) Modest Mouse~Ocean Breathes Salty

(2) Eric Clapton~Tears In Heaven

(3) Frank Turner~Long Live The Queen

(4) Warren Zevon~Keep Me In Your Heart

(5) Radiohead~Videotape

(6) The Beatles~Let It Be

(7) Mozart Requiem~Lacrimosa

 

Requiescat in pace

Open thread.

 

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GREETING WIDDERSHINS! (Philadelphia Eagles Green)

So if you’re a fan of professional football, this is the ultimate weekend and game for you; the Superbowl.  Many times, the game itself has been a dud, just not that interesting.  Other games have been very exciting  with the lead changing several times over the course of the game. However, one thing is almost always great and that’s the commercials that air during the Superbowl.  And they had better be great, considering the cost of a thirty-second commercial.

The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial continues holding at a premium level this year, with NBC drawing in excess of $5 million for a 30-second spot for Sunday’s showcase.

So with that let’s take a look at a couple of the 2018 commercials and some that have been favorites of mine from previous years.

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(1) Amazon Alexa loses her voice (Will Apple’s Siri offer help?) (2) Martha Stewart gets slammed by Jack in the Box? (3) Chris Pratt 2018 Michelob Ultra Beer  Commercial (4) M&Ms commercial with Danny DeVito (5) Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, Mt. Dew/Doritos Commercial

Some Oldies

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And this one always cracks me up: There ya go Widdershins; a plethora of Super Bowl commercials. Now I understand some of y’all don’t have teevees and won’t have seen any of these or other S.B. commercials.  For those who have, feel free to put some in the comments below. Open thread of course. Oh, and: GO Iggles! The Patriots have won enough.      

Good Sunday and Monday Widdershins!

Saturday January 20th 2018 showed us that the Women’s March of 2017 was not just a one shot deal of protest mainly against Donald J. tRump.  Once again women turned out by the hundreds of thousands in New York, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and even across the globe in Canada, the UK, Japan, Italy and other countries. Further, on the 21st of January there was a huge rally in Las Vegas with the theme of Power to the Polls with the goal of registering one million new voters ahead of the mid-term elections in November.

Also, the #metoo movement is staying strong, with the latest news concerning Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn being accused of sexual harassment of dozens of women. Despite Wynn’s denials the story must have legs because Wynn has resigned as RNC Finance Chair.

So with these successes in mind, let’s take a look once again at songs dealing with womens empowerment.  While we’ve visited this type of songs before, it’s always great to take a look at them again.

(1) Beyoncé~Run the World (girls)

(2) Demi Lovato~Confident

(3) Aretha Franklin~R-e-s-p-e-c-t

(4) Meghan Trainor~NO

(5) Joan Jett~Bad Reputation

(6) Lady Gaga~Born This Way

(7) Reba McEntire~I’m A Survivor

So there ya go Widdershins – seven songs about surviving and empowering.  I know that you will have others that you’ll add in the comments below.  Open thread of course.

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Happy government shutdown and furlough to all of the “non-essential” federal employees!  If things go well the Senate will get its act together and possibly  pass something on Saturday to get the government back up and running.  If not then dear fed. employees you’ll have some time on your hands.

Speaking of time, with this little dealio and DYB’s excellent post Thursday, I thought we could look at some songs that have “time” somewhere in them, either in the title or somewhere in the lyrics.

Trust me, there are tons and tons of them out there and I’ll share my selections below.

(1) Time To Move On~Tom Petty

(2) Time Is On My Side~Irma Thomas (my preferred version)

(3) Too Much Time On My Hands~Styx

(4) Sign O’ The Times~Prince

(5) Old Time Rock n Roll~Bob Seger

(6) Time To Say Goodbye~Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

(7) All This Time~Sting

Okay ‘shinners, there are seven songs for you.  Please add your own selections in the comments.

Open thread of course.

 

 

 

 

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I have to give a big tip-o-the-hat to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for his year-end roundup of the strange and weird news in Florida.  I wanted to do one of these weird news posts for awhile and especially in Florida. Mr. Pittman has made that very easy to do.  I have to wonder if the tRump Clan being there contributes to any of the strange news in the Sunshine State.  At the least it cannot hurt.  So let’s take a look at a few of the choice strange things that happened in 2017 in Florida.

As Pittman says, some of these things became almost instant classics:

“Man accidentally shoots self in road rage incident,” and “Possum breaks into liquor store, gets skunky drunk” and “Polk City woman arrested for DUI on a horse.”

Of the ones above I have to wonder how the horse felt about the inebriated rider. Could the woman have ridden the horse any worse than Roy Moore did?

I seem to recall something similar to this happening in a drag queen contest but that one involved ripping wigs off of heads:

A woman in a bikini contest in Stuart was busted for bashing a competitor in the head with her high-heeled shoe (neither won Miss Congeniality).

We’ve probably all seen some videos from The Villages retirement community in Florida.  It’s big and the residents love them some golf carts.  Apparently they like some meth also.

When a SWAT team raided a home in the retirement mega-community of The Villages, police found more than just the meth lab they’d expected. They also discovered it was a chop shop for stolen golf carts.

And apparently these aren’t your run-of-the-mill golf carts but some seriously customized ones, so you can see why there might be a chop shop there:

Some of these weird news items just made me want to go “Huh?”

In December, a Lawtey woman who was charged with stealing statues, figurines and even concrete benches from a cemetery was dubbed “the Gravesite Grinch.”

I’m wondering if this woman was having a themed Thanksgiving dinner:

In November, a woman was charged with shoplifting while dressed as a turkey.

Apparently this guy had seen the warnings about not watching the eclipse without wearing some sort of eye protection

In August, a fleeing car thief got caught when he stopped at a hardware store in Kissimmee to buy a welder’s mask so he could watch the solar eclipse.

Sex and/or variations on that theme played a part in some of the more entertaining news bits from Florida:

A man who was stealing a trailer in Cooper City stopped long enough to have sex with his accomplice.

In Sarasota, a tennis match had to be halted because of the noise from a couple’s amorous exploits.

In Fort Walton Beach, a woman told police that she attacked her husband only because he threw her sex toys at her.

And then there were the ones involving critters of various and sundry types:

A Clearwater Beach man risked eviction from his condo because of his devotion to his emotional support squirrel.

An Englewood family heard a noise in their attic and soon learned the source was a 6-foot boa constrictor — and that the snake had apparently been living there for more than two years.

My favorite with the animal stories was this one:

A Lee County woman, 71, was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while she was working in her garden. She fought the gator off by stabbing it in the nose with her garden shears.

That’s a lady who takes her gardening seriously.

And then there were the ones involving weapons of many types:

A Micanopy school was placed on lockdown when a man threatened parents in the car line with a gun and a dead possum.

A Lehigh Acres man was asleep in a chair when his dog barked, startling him, so that he jumped up and knocked a .25-caliber pistol off an end table, and when it hit the floor it shot him in the thigh.

A Plantation police officer giving a gun safety lesson to schoolchildren warned them that his Taser was not a toy, then accidentally Tasered a 10-year-old.

A Jacksonville man sat down on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, and it shot him in the penis.

A Vero Beach woman attacked a police officer with an electric toothbrush.

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In keeping with the odd/strange (stupid?) news, I saw one clip of this and it reminded me of how many times people ignore both speed limits and warnings about this bridge which has very low clearance.  The bridge is in Durham North Carolina and it is amazing how many drivers ignore flashing lights, big, huge yellow signs and other things that seem to shout out:  HEY BIG TRUCK!  DON’T TRY DRIVING UNDERNEATH THIS.  IT WON’T END WELL.

This Penske truck appears to pop a wheelie when it’s introduced to the bridge.

This one involves an All My Sons professional (?) moving truck.  Apparently the sons are Eric and Don Jr.

There are lots more of these videos at youtube.  Just put 11 foot 8 in the search box and you’ll find them.

Okay, that’s it for today.  Open thread of course.

 

 

Christmas village image
Happy Christmas Eve Widdershins!

 

Okay I’m copying a previous Christmas musical post because why not?

In the event you’ve happened by here today it means you have very little to do on this normally busy day.  Not to worry.  Uncle Fredster (that’s Fredster and not Fester) has some nice Christmas music for you to enjoy.  So…enjoy.

O Holy Night Kings College

In Dulci Jubilo

Jingle Bell Rock –  Bobby Helms (kind of loud)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Sleigh Ride – Ronettes

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) – Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney – Silver Bells

Perhaps some of the “velvet fog” of Mel Torme and The Christmas Song?

and some nice Ella maybe?

and last…but not least:

Silent Night sung by goats

Okay Widdershins, if any of you have happened to come by, puhleeze add some of your own choices below.

(Since there were some issues with the spinning 45 record image I found a nice one of a vintage jukebox)

The last few months have been quite the eye-opener when it comes to stories of powerful men who have taken advantage of women either in the workplace, in politics, in the media, and other venues.  It seems that once the dime was dropped on Harvey Weinstein, there was a veritable tsunami of stories waiting to pour forth.

And while I am among those who shouted “Yay, about time” it seems that perhaps there was too much of a rush to judgement in some cases (thanks Meeka ).  After Al Franken’s announcement that he would resign from the Senate let us hope people will now start differentiating between sexual harassment, sexual assault and …let’s call it “boorish behavior”.  All are bad.  One less so than the others.

I am sure part of the anger that women have has been due to how they have been treated in politics and other previously male-only professions and domains.

So the previous 172 words are to lead into a musical post about “angry women”, or women who are angry or take your pick.

Below are some of the songs I found about this and I hope you’ll put some of your own in the comments.

(1) Alanis Morissette~You Ought To Know

(2) Fiona Apple~Get Gone

(3) L7~Shitlist

(4) P J Harvey~Snake

(5) X~Your phone’s off the hook but you’re not

(6) Lesley Gore~You Don’t Own Me

(6*) The version I’m sure we know much better

That’s all I have for you Widdershins.  Please share any choices you may have in the comments.  Open thread of course.

 

 


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