Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018

The nominees have been announced and I’m really sick and tired of how some of the 80’s artists get snubbed while 90’s acts get inducted.

For the most part, many of these award shows are nothing but a bloody joke. Let’s take a look at the Grammys for example before the creature within me decides to rip the former into pieces with my keyboard…

Do you remember when Milli Vanilli had to give their Grammy back? It was the charged that they didn’t sing on their records as if this was of their choosing… Those two could sing, it’s just that the powers that were over them decided to use them as models pretty much.

Now do you want to know why taking their Grammy away is nothing but a damn joke now? I will tell you why. With the advent of pitch correction, even the worst singer on the planet will sound better then they ever will without it. That little bit of technology can change their voice to the point where it is no longer really them.

I am not going to name names here, but anyone who bought the CD in the past 10 years and then went to a live concert only to be sorely disappointed will know exactly what I’m talking about. Half of these pop and rock stars can’t even carry a note without pitch correction.

And now just for a little bit of trivia, did you know there is only one singer that never had to be dubbed at all? In fact when she was alive the technology didn’t exist for that, but she was known to hit a song on the first take, and every time I hear her songs, it is no wonder that she is one of the most influential women to this day even though she died before I was a-year-old.

That was Patsy Cline… But enough of that. My bone of contention is that some of the singers that have won Grammys since pitch correction came into existence, would probably never be where they are without it. That being said, I believe Milli Vanilli should get their Grammy back…

Now back to this joke called the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Why do I think it’s a joke? I’ve already alluded to that a little bit in my first paragraph, and I am sure the Bon Jovi and Eurythmics will make the cut. Those two acts sold more records than some of the other ones that were nominated. Radiohead and Judas Priest get a pass from me because they’re awesome! In fact I really hope Judas Priest gets inducted just to piss off the musical purists who seem to be doing all the voting in the damn thing.

It seems that the editors of Rolling Stone have the final say in who gets nominated, so I’m going to close with this…

I am still quite pissed that they have not bothered to even look at putting Duran Duran in when those guys do have serious musical chops and have put out a hit in every decade they been together. Their contributions to the music video industry, the other artists that they have inspired, and the fact that they have still stayed together after all the bull crap that went on for the past 3 decades since warrants that they should be nominated.

I still refuse to read Rolling Stone magazine until they get a nod. Maybe that will inspire me to forgive them for putting the Boston Marathon bomber on the cover but I doubt it. I have not read that magazine since they did that, but at least if they would quit snubbing people of my generation it might garner them a little more respect from me.

However, I will stay tuned and wait for 2019. Same bat time, same bat channel! And the older I get, the crankier I become! Hopefully they will get inducted before it is time to retire. That time will be when their fans start throwing their depends upon the stage instead of flowers, stuffed animals and various undergarments…

Rant over!

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Live Chat with Billie Dunn Cancelled @ Last Minute *UPDATE @ BOTTOM*…

If you are interested in participating in a live chat with the mother of missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn, there will be a live chat with her mother Billie Dunn at 5 p.m. CST today.  Just go to this link and follow the directions.  Questions and comments will be monitored for content.   There is an update on the latest as well, including Clint Dunn’s efforts to get information out about the case and in the search of his daughter on the website.

Here is the link:  http://bigcountryhomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=345916

Well, I just got home a few minutes ago and saw that she cancelled the web chat at the last minute to go out of town with relatives…I will stay nice for now.  I hate last minute stuff as it is.

As a Parent Myself, This Piece of Info on the Hailey Dunn Case Made Me Ill…

In short, they found kiddie porn images and crap with S&M on a computer seized from the home and more from his grandmother’s house.  I will not express my thoughts here since (coupled with a migraine from Hell) would not serve much purpose.  Here is a link to the story.

http://bigcountryhomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=346446&shr=addthis

Slowly, it Evolves…Victims Can No Longer Isolate Themselves.

Slowly, it Evolves…Victims Can No Longer Isolate Themselves..

Slowly, it Evolves…Victims Can No Longer Isolate Themselves.

I was very reclusive in my youth. I joked around about drinking and partying and such, in the fashion of Cheech and Chong.  I discovered after a while that I was merely trying to “fit in”.  I have since discovered that I don’t have to fit in to any particular niche.  I am who I am. People can accept me or not accept me, but there are two things about me that never change over time. I am honest.  I speak my mind.  Not many people can handle that trait.  It comes from having been through a lot of hell, much I do not really discuss, but when I hear people talk as if their pain is the only one that matters, I can come unglued. 

There are different types of suffering and abuse in this world.  I know it from a place no one should ever have had to experience it–at home.  I am currently writing a book on this, but for those of you who follow my bullying blogs, I don’t see how we can possibly stop bullying or get anything productive done in society by  isolating ourselves from one another.  The pain of the homosexual child being bullied is every bit as real and intense as the child who gets beaten, raped and abused at home–only to come to school to suffer the taunts of those bullies (and sometimes get assaulted even further). 

Here is the point of my post.  Anyone who has ever been bullied has experienced their own type of prison.  That prison was the closest thing to Hell on Earth for many people.  However, as intense as our pain is, we must unite with others who have been bullied and abused to make our voices heard as one voice.  If not, we are failing every generation that follows.   It does not matter if one is homosexual or not, or if one is from another country or not.  What matters is that a united front stands a better chance of accomplishing anything than a divided front.   We are failing our children if we do not address this as one voice, one people and one nation.

I am no activist and do not wish to be so now.  However there is/are voice(s) out there that people  will hear.  You voice might prevent the next Jonesboro.  Your voice might prevent the next Columbine.  Your voice might stop the next child from taking matters into his or her own hands to address his/her abusers and ruin the rest of his/her life.

Where are you?  This country needs you to get together and speak up.  The children are depending on you.  Forget the news networks.  None of them talk much about this until something major happens!  It is time to be proactive and not reactive.  You do not have to have a child in public school to ask a school board what is being done to stop school violence and make them answer.  People around the world must unite to stop bullying on a global scale as well.  

It is time to quit comparing battle scars with each other (and with other groups and unite).   My pain is no less or more intense than yours even if it is a different situation. Being separate does not solve anything.  You will get told what you “want to hear” and then nothing will come of it, but if people who have been severely abused and bullied were to rally together–someone would listen and take notice.

I am going through a healing process myself–even after all these years. I am starting to see some things differently, yet some things are unchanged.  I suppose we will all be evolving and changing throughout life.  Give me time. I am getting there and so will you.  We can work on this together,  can we not?  I do not feel that isolating ourselves as groups from one another is an option any longer.

The Mountain Embraced Me Today!

Yes! You heard it here! I got to walk my mountain today for the first time in a very long time!  My spirit was joyous with every step on my 2.25 mile trek, and I got to see a few finches and sparrows!  They seem to hang around.  I didn’t get to see any cardinals or blue jays, but I once again heard the all familiar rustle of the mesquite beans as the wind brushed them with its warm fingers and then went through the grass.  It was a great symphony of sounds and silence!  I love it when I can just go up there, enjoy the sunshine and listen to everything. 

I feel so alive when I come home from the mountain because the peace it gives me is perfect. I feel as though I am experiencing an embrace, as if I had a strong shoulder to lean on and share things with.  That is the only analogy I can come up with to describe it. I have left an entire life of negativity behind me, and discovered the person I would like to be in that process.  Learning not to depend on others for my identity is a terrific thing.  I can stand alone, yet know I am not because others reciprocate that beautiful flow of energy.  When that mountain embraces me as it did today,  I realize that I am one with it and it with me, and even God has made it that way as far as I am concerned.  It is my duty to help others as I am able.   Now I do still get into the occasional political debate, but it does not change who I am even for a second. 

As I walked, I noticed that nothing is blooming yet, but I did crawl out of my hole and I saw my shadow.  Then I realized a few things on that mountain.  Sometimes birds signal that protection is there…While I was at my mother’s house last week, I saw a blue jay.  Then I saw another one.  I didn’t know why but I felt that everything would be alright and felt a peace about coming back home again.  I found out today that in a lot of Native American tribes, the blue jay being present is a sign of  protection.  My mother always feeds the birds.  In turn, they give her peace of mind, I think.  They definitely gave me that.

There are days on which I wonder what my purpose really is.  I think we all do that.  I feel that mine is to find ways to help others find their own peace.  There are so many good people in the world  who cannot see the good within themselves because they carry guilt around about past mistakes and such.  It took me many years to understand that today is the only thing over which we have some dominion or control.  Many times  as we focus on this present, the past likes to throw up the darkened shadows of our past into our faces.  This dark shadow, or spirit, likes to tell us “You do not deserve this or that!” and all to often, we are dumb enough to listen to that voice.

When the time is right, what you really need will return to you in some fashion because of your own good spirit.   It may be a simple matter of the idea that someone needs someone who not only loves the good qualities about him or her, but who actually believes in the magic he or she can produce.  Everyone can create their own type of magic.  It may come in the form of the kind word during a time of loss, or the lifting of your brother’s spirit when he has lost his faith in himself.  Sometimes all that brother needs to know is that one person believes in what he can do, and then he can see the light at the end of a tunnel.  A kind word can go such a long way toward this.  Many people turn to drink, saying they enjoy it, but it is really the escape from the dark shadow that is lurking behind that they are trying to avoid. 

Light will kill darkness every time.  Most of the time, if one really listens, his (or her) footsteps move toward that person, or those people who come their way in order  to lift their spirits so that they can carry on.  A person who really loves and cares about that person will be the one staying sober to drive this brother (or sister) home when partakes too much of the booze.  In time, as the love grows, he may not need to lean toward that dark shadow as much.  It will kick up worse for a while and try to hang onto him out of fear, but when the light of the person meant to be there is at its zenith, the darkness has to go back and the person can reach out in faith for help.

As the wind embraced me and the sunlight planted its kiss upon my forehead, I discovered that as I have healed, I can use this for others.  I am not able to cook really well, but I can provide a strong shoulder to lean on and let a person know why I feel as I do.  In other words, I can be that friend people really need.  That way I am paying respect to the mountain that never fails to embrace me and to teach me all that I need to know about this life, and those who will come into my path to enrich it.   If I can give them just that wee bit of light to get them through the day,  then that is the best thing that I could ask for, isn’t it?

I truly hope that all of you have a wonderful week!  Don’t forget to tell your loved ones that they are loved, and do not forget to spend time with the child(ren).  It is your light that might just enable them to follow a right and just path in life.  When we are old, only then we see how these life lessons have helped them.  The only important thing we need to remember is that we may not see why it is important to be good right away because if everything is in a circle, like the seasons, love, life cycles, etc…Then whatever you give will ripple outward like the rings of water produced by a stone being skipped across the pond or thrown into it.  It just depends on how wide a scale your one-act can reach.  Either way, others are somehow touched by that energy (I think) and then it just radiates toward the people intended–only to return later like a boomerang, but much more smoothly (and gently)! Good night all, and Happy Valentines Day!

Entitlement…Where Do We Draw the Line as a Nation?

Did anyone think I was going to talk about Egypt, the radicalism in Islam or some crud in general?  No…This is going to be relatively  simple.  The state of the world has nothing to do with political movements or individual acts of violence or moral turpitude.  It has more to do with the state of the hearts of man.  In general, mankind has embraced a mentality that we are entitled to be “taken care of”.  Pardon me…I thought are all supposed to work and pull our own weight for the simple fact that if we let anyone else “take care of us” like our government “nanny” proposes, then the servant becomes the master over us.  I covet no man’s fortune that he made or any woman hers. I can take care of myself and don’t expect to be taken care of.  I am part Native American and Irish/German and I do not believe even for one minute that because my ancestors suffered, that I should receive someone else’s hard-earned dime.  That is a shameful mentality that spits on the graves of those who did suffer since this generation does not even begin to comprehend their suffering.  It wasn’t their blood that was shed by the crack of a whip or the bullet of a gun.  It was not them who got raped and beaten for wanting to learn to read.  It was not them who had to endure having their families ripped apart because they were sold to the highest bidder either.  My Native ancestors suffered long before any other continent sent their people over here.

If you want to come down to the brass tacks of this matter, then it is only the female that should get any compensation from the world…Why not? They’ve been screwed over since time began, right?  However given that I am part Native American, Irish/German and Pennsylvania Dutch (according to my grandmother), NOBODY should be getting reparations unless I get a five way cut–because of the fact that I am female!  However, let’s get off of the subject of ME. This isn’t about me…

Remember this song?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ni_c0IMP-c  “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”…It’s true.

We are seeing it–along with various groups who think they are the ones that should lead the way.  We have the Communists, who are totally out of touch with reality.  We have radical religious groups saying that they will come from their OWN countries and fly their own flag on the White House…Then we have those groups who say they will take land from this nation without firing a shot.  None of these groups have vision.  They cannot make decisions that are best for all when they are only centered on themselves and trying to sell America a “package” that they say is a privilege when in fact it is outright oppression.  What vision they do have is an unrealistic one, based on some idea that they think Americans will just lay down and allow itself to be raped again and again.

Things will change in 2012.  There is a group in control now that believes it is entitled to dictate what is best for every man, woman and child in this country.  They have, in essence started to behave more like monarchs and less like the public servants they were elected to be.  The people have now seen this and are disenchanted with them.   These “servants”–and that is what they are–they work for the PEOPLE and will find that out soon enough.  We as a nation know that they are no “Camelot” and that the last good vestige of hope died with Bobby Kennedy in 1968. 

They also know that many are taking direction and money from one foreigner–by the last name of Soros.  He is the puppet master.  It is time to let these servants know that in 2012, their puppet master will be put on a leash and brought down a few notches into reality.  There are a few key players that should be charged with treason and sedition–not all of whom I will name here, but Soros is one, Chouderay is another.  Both of these men are dangerous to mankind as we know it to be.  They both seek to control the people and deny them the basic rights that our ancestors fought and died for.

Both of those men are of the thought train that they know what is best for the world, and it is the propagators of all of this New World Order crap that are allowing both to run amok and spread anger and discontent.  They know they can’t accomplish all they want on this continent, so now they are focusing on their homelands–and they want to destroy Israel.

Let them try it.  Israel has more than enough weapons to take care of that issue, I’m sure. 

Pardon me, but I think that I know what is best for me.  I will not go back to being chattel, and I certainly will never submit to orders to wear certain attire in this country.  I will not give up my right to vote and be with whomever I please to satisfy the demands of a maddened zealot either.  I want nothing from that entity and that entity has no right to want anything of me or my people–my America. It is time to wake up America.  It is time to fire these people who want to put you and your children on a collar with a leash.  It is time to take back our country, take back our educational system and take back our lives. 

Let me be clear on the education issue.  Foreign Languages and classes on any religions should be ELECTIVES–not mandatory subjects.  Teachers should be teaching students in the fields that they have their specialties in.  If they teach English Literature, they should only be teaching that area–not math, science and such.  They should not have to write separate lesson plans for students that they are not properly trained to deal with either.  If a teacher is only certified to teach English and Social Studies and has no special education training, they should NOT be teaching special ed. students in their classrooms.  This system has become deplorable because there are instances where a teacher is having to write 5 sets of lesson plans per class period.  Why? Because they have to work with all five special needs groups in a regular classroom.  Why?  Entitlement…IDEA has been twisted so now that any student–even those who are higher level are now in a classroom with children who are often disruptive and lower level. I am not talking about learning disabled (LD)–I”m referring to emotionally disturbed (ED). 

On a typical day 4 groups of students will be working on worksheets or other activities while the home room teacher has to take a small group of special needs students and work with them as a group in the back of the classroom.  How is that not segregating?  It has to be done anyway to give each group time, but these teachers should not have to pull a Penn and Teller stunt to be able to teach an entire classroom.  CEO’s and administrators who have little experience with the classroom environment are looking for ways to trim the budgets and cut costs so they unfairly burden less qualified teachers to be all things to all groups.

IDEA has to be revamped.  There is no way around this. What started off as a novel idea does not work anymore. It originated from “entitlement” but there is no way that a single teacher nowadays can be a messianic figure to a group of students. Classes need to be smaller and manageable so that the students can get a real education.  IF this means that the least restrictive environment is a separate classroom for core subjects, with these students getting their socialization during lunch, PE, choir, etc…Then so be it.  There is no reason to put a physically disabled student in a separate classroom if he or she is able to do the work.  However, that teacher should not be expected to handle J-Tubes and Body fluids from diapers and such.   That is what either nurse’s aides or certified personnel are for.  This budget cutting makes it impossible to hire  more teachers and qualified aides, and this  is what is causing the problems in education.

In a classroom environment within corrections, there is no distinction.  If an ED person acts up, they are kicked out of the class.  IF these offenders do not want to go to class and keep refusing–let them drop out but make them serve their entire sentence for refusing to complete their education.  Make it an automatic disqualifier for parole if they refuse GED classes and/or miss a test with no legitimate reason.   THEN they will start taking it seriously. 

Now back to public schools.  It is time to hold the administrators and boards to a higher standard.  Parents need to demand that the DOE and the NEA be disbanded because they DID create the monster that our tax dollars is now feeding.  They are no longer working to properly educate children, but are working to create division in the home and in the community.  Tax dollars are gobbled up by these two entities.  If they demand justification for my reasoning, look at the literacy scores in the US for the past 30 years.  They have gone down steadily since the NEA was allowed to lobby for crap that this country did not need or want put into place.  Look at the countless debates that the textbooks they endorse causes.  Look at the agendas that districts are trying to shove down parents’ throats because of all these entities which feel that they are “entitled” to tell you what is best for your own children.  Is THIS what you really want? 

As far as the recipients of welfare and unemployment, it is fine that you get that as long as you really need it, but to me if you aren’t trying to get a job, they should immediately cut you off when they check that mainframe computer and find that you really didn’t apply to x number of potential employers than you actually claimed.  In fact, you should be prosecuted for fraud if you did that, sorry.  As for welfare recipients, getting benefits should be tied to a debit card that will NOT allow the purchases of alcohol or tobacco.  Now it is true that the food stamp purchases single out non food items, but the welfare funds do not.  It is time to remedy this.  IF they cannot work, they shouldn’t be buying alcohol and tobacco with THOSE funds when they have children living at home .   I saw it almost every day when I worked in a retail business.  Given today’s prices, I say it is abuse of my dime to allow it.

In short, you are entitled to determine how the “public servants” spend and allocate your dime.  Why not take advantage of that and vote them out before they make things any worse?  It is time to draw a line in the sand and fight for what is best for this nation to stay alive–not cave in to what some people think that they are “entitled” to regardless of where they are in this country!  This nation has been bullied long enough by the politicians that have done nothing but proven how self-serving they are and have left border states to fend for themselves as much as they can.  That is something I will address later on.

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