Monday, July 26, 2010

Title Towns Trivia

United States cities that inspired hit songs.

1. This west coast ditty quickly became Tony Bennett’s signature song.

2. In 1964, Jan and Dean sang about this woman who lives in a community about 10 miles northeast of downtown L. A.

3. What city appears in the title of the Monkees’ first release?

4. This home of baseball’s spring training appears in the title of Glen Campbell’s first release.

5. Graham Nash wrote this song in 1970 after the Democratic presidential convention that took place in this Midwestern city.

6. Liza Minnelli originally sang this song from the film of the same name, but it took old blue eyes to popularize and forever link it with this Eastern seaboard city.

7. “Bright lights gonna set my soul on fire” is the opening lyric of which 1964 Elvis Presley release?

8. This Elton John song was named after and dedicated to the tennis team coached by Billie Jean King.

9. Johnny Horton’s only number one hit was what country ballad about the final battle of the War of 1812?

10. “Everything’s up to date” in this city, according to what song in the musical Oklahoma!?

11. Country singer Marty Robbins’ biggest- selling hit in 1959 was a ballad about what Texas border town?

12. What 1974 chart topper by Paper Lace is a fictional account of a gunfight between the Al Capone mob and the cops?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Old Spice Guy Wows Ladies

Who is that guy on those Old Spice commericials?  The ladies seem to love him.

Pro football player and struggling actor Isaiah Mustafa has sparked audience interest and is a You Tube sensation. Now he's well known as “the man your man could smell like” .

The Old Spice Commercial has been nominated for an Emmy! The popular commercial was among the nominees in the ‘Outstanding Commercial’ category, when the prime-time Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Serena Williams needs surgery on right foot cut by broken glass - ESPN

Serena Williams

Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant.

The top-ranked women's player was injured last week and will miss three tournaments leading to the U.S. Open, the WTA Tour said Saturday.

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Serena Williams needs surgery on right foot cut by broken glass - ESPN

Lessons From Noah's Ark

Everything you need to know, you can learn from Noah's Ark .

ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wesley Snipes Heading to Jail

Wesley Snipes will serve three years in jail after losing his appeal on his conviction of tax evasion.

Back in 2008, Snipes was found guilty of not filing tax returns from 1999 to 2001,dodging more than $15 million in taxes on income earned during the peak of his career. Snipes was sentenced to 36 months in prison -- but appealed the case claiming, among other things, that his sentence was "unreasonable." But today, the appeals court backed the original ruling -- shooting down Snipes' claims that his punishment was way too severe.

Like most celebrities that find themselves in sticky situations, Snipes is claiming that he fell victim to poor advice provided by his two co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile. Of course, this claim was quickly overshadowed by Kenneth Starr, head of New York-based Starr and Co., who testified last Thursday that he tried to persuade Snipes to pay his taxes in a 90-minute telephone conversation in 2000.

 Snipes' case was not enough to sway the court. Even a letter from Denzel Washington to the District Court judge who upheld it could not save Snipes. "Wesley is like a mighty oak tree," Washington wrote, "Many who know him have witnessed the fruit of his labours. I have sat in his shade and even been protected by his presence."

No word on when Snipes will officially check in to the big house. It all seems so sad and so unnecessary.

Bristol Loves Levi???

"Teen mother Bristol Palin, the daughter of former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Levi Johnston, and their son Tripp are pictured on the cover of Us Weekly magazine released to Reuters on July 14, 2010. The 19-year-old Palin, whose previous engagement to Levi Johnston, 20, was called off after giving birth to their son in December, 2008, told Us Weekly they recently reconnected and got engaged two weeks ago."

Us Magazine release

If you don't know or don't remember Bristol and Levi's rocky story, here a quick recap from the Buzz Log.

"At the 2008 Republican National Convention, they were in love. Then they weren't. Now they're back in each other's arms. Bristol Palin, daughter of ex-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, announced that she and Levi Johnston, father of her baby, were engaged. The news sparked no small number of searches. Immediately, Web lookups on "bristol palin engaged," "bristol and levi engaged," and "bristol palin pictures" posted triple-digit gains. There was also a healthy dose of cynicism on the Web. Following the announcement, speculation ran wild that a reality show starring the two lovebirds was forthcoming. Also of interest: The revelation that Sarah didn't hear about the engagement until she read about it in the papers. If that's not reality TV gold, we don't know what is. "

The Buzz Log

Now, why do I get the feeling that there's some money involved?  Could it be that the Palin family and Levi hae shown themselves to be driven by the almighty dollar?  Time will tell.  This chapter is just beginning.

Farewell Walter Hawkins

Walter Hawkins, a Grammy-winning gospel composer and singer, died on Sunday of pancreatic cancer at the home he shared with brother, Edwin, and three sisters in Ripon, Calif. He was 61.

Walter Lee Hawkins was born in Oakland on May 18, 1949; his father worked as a porter and a longshoreman. He dropped out of high school — he later earned a G.E.D. — and with his brother Edwin played at church events. He attended classes in divinity at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1972, Mr. Hawkins founded the Love Center Church where he served as pastor, and with it he founded the Love Center Choir. Hawkins became an ordained bishop in 1992.

With the choir, with his brother and other siblings, and with his former wife, Tramaine, he recorded more than a dozen albums, including five albums collectively known as the “Love Alive” series.

Mr. Hawkins songs brought a sense of contemporary rhythm to traditional church music. His best-known single songs are “Oh Happy Day “ (credited to the Edward Hawkins Singers), “Changed,” “Goin’ Up Yonder,” “Marvelous” and “Thank You Lord”. In all, Walter Hawkins produced and/or collaborated on 116 hit songs which were listed on the Billboard Gospel Music charts.

Hawkins’s marriage to the former Tramaine Davis ended in divorce, but they remained close and often performed together. He is survived by a son, Walter Jamie and daughter Trystan Hawkins along with two grandchildren.

Pastor Hezekiah Walker, a two-time Grammy-winning gospel singer and radio host who founded a church, the Love Fellowship Tabernacle, that was modeled after Mr. Hawkins’s credits Walter Hawkins as his rle model. “It was the first gospel record where I said to myself, ‘I can do this, I can get with this.’ Churchgoing people who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, Walter Hawkins was who we looked to for music we enjoyed.”

Bishop Walter Hawkins was one of the most beloved figures in contemporary Gospel Music today. May he rest in peace.

Source: New York Times; Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bon Appetit: The New Cooking Channel

A brand new cable network, Cooking Channel, launched on May 31, 20120. The spin-off from Food Network was created to take over for Fine Living Network. After watching the new channel for a few days, I soon realized that the programming reminds me of the old adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Something Old

Julia Child; Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr; Iron Chef (Japan)
Rachel Ray’s Travel and Taste shows
Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentis
Drink Up; Spice Goddess

Something New

'Indian Food Made Easy,' 'Chinese Food Made Easy' and 'French Food At Home'
Roger Mooking, Everyday Exotic, obedient ingredient
Chuck’s Day Off (reminiscent of Tyler Florence)
David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
Rachel Allen: Bake!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation’s Elite, by Lloyd Grove - The Daily Beast

Here's another in the parade of "Obama Loses Support" articles making the rounds these days. Any day now, I expect to see an article about how the Martians feel about the U. S. President.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation’s Elite, by Lloyd Grove - The Daily Beast

Movie Review: Inception, The ENVY by Kreighton Lamar Green

Check out Kreighton's review of Leonardo Di Caprio's new movie "Inception".  As always, the review is insightful with telling details, but nothing to "spoil" the viewer's pleasure.

The ENVY by Kreighton Lamar Green

The ENVY by Kreighton Lamar Green: Movie Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Just attended another movie screening with Kreighton, my son, and Janel, my daughter-in-law aka "Couple Number One". If you want a thoughtful review of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice, swing over to "The ENVY", one of my favorite blogs.

The ENVY by Kreighton Lamar Green: Movie Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Remembering George Steinbrenner: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The Bombastic man known as “The Boss” had many faces. Much will be written about him over the next few days, but here is an cursory overview of this complex personality.

The Good

He rescued the Yankees and restored a once proud franchise to greatness. Not afraid to spend money to make money, he changed forever how baseball did business.

The average salary in the major leagues was just $36,566 when Steinbrenner parlayed a $186,000 investment into control of the Yankees in 1973. Ten years later it had risen to $289,194 and a decade after that, players were averaging more than $1 million a season.

The team he and his partners bought for an $8.7 million net price would become a franchise valued by Forbes at $1.6 billion today. The team's new home is a towering $1.5 billion monument to Steinbrenner, and the Yankee brand is stronger than ever.

On the day he died, his beloved Yankees were in first place and eight Yankees were on the roster of the All-Star team.

The Bad

This was a man who belittled players, infuriated fellow owners and drove managers to the depths of despair. Twice he received lengthy bans from baseball, and many in the game would have been happy had it been for good.

Steinbrenner was well known for public humiliation of players and managers. During his 34 years in baseball, he fired managers a whopping 21 times, including the 5 times he fired Mgr. Billy Martin.

The Ugly

Newsweek featured him on its Aug. 6, 1990, cover when he was suspended from baseball for more than two years as "The Most Hated Man in Baseball." When his suspension from baseball was announced at Yankee Stadium, fans erupted in a standing ovation.

Sports Illustrated put him on its March 1, 1993, cover in his return, dressed as Napoleon and posing on a white horse.

As with each of us, no one will ever know the full measure of the man. May he rest in peace.