Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Randy Rainbow's "If You Ever Got Impeached" Is His Latest Brilliance in Show Tune Political Parody

Randy Rainbow's parody songs on the Trump administration are awesome
His latest, the one that went the most viral is "If You Ever Got Impeached."
If you're a Donald Trump fan, you might as well move along to the next post, nothing to see here, you don't want to be offended.

Those of you who aren't such ardent fans of the president might like the video at the bottom of this post.

It's a little strange but brilliant.

Randy Rainbow has a YouTube page in which he gaily parodies famous old songs. He's got more than a bit of Broadway in him, and he uses these skills to great comic effect.

Each video starts off with Randy pretending to be one of those awful cable news reporters doing interviews, then he breaks into song. Before you start watching any of these awesome videos, do know they're definitely NSFW.

His latest effort is a takeoff on the song "If I Only Had A Brain" from The Wizard of Oz.

He does have a great voice, in addition to the comedy.

Before we get into that, he's got other gems you might check out. "Omarosa!" about Trump's former reality star performer and aide, is set to the music of "Oklahoma!" Another one, involving Rudy Guiliani, is "Rudy And the Beast," set to "Beauty And The Beast."  From last fall, there's a performance called "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Korea," which of course if from the "Sound Of Music."

Perhaps his song "Yes, We Have No Steve Bannon" is my favorite. Over the top, for sure, but awesome. There's a bonus reggae track in there in which Randy Rainbow comforts Bannon bh singing "Everything's Going to Be Alt-Right." Spoiler Alert: At the end of the video Randy, playing a fruit salesman says, "Can I interest you in a rotten orange with thin skin and no taste?"

There's many more Randy Rainbow videos to check out as well. This guy is brilliant!

By the way, I also absolutely love Randy's reading glasses.

Here, the performance is "If You Ever Got Impeached." It starts off as a bizarro world effort as a news interview with Trump, and then it goes from there. Worth the watch for some of us, at least:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Happy Anniversary, Chief!!

My husband Jeff, supervised by Jackson and Tonks, waters the garden
this summer. It's our sixth wedding anniversary today, and this post
explains why I'm so happy. 
I can't believe that as of today, it's been exactly six years since Jeff and I got married.

Time flies when you're having fun. At least I am. I'll let Jeff speak for himself.

It's so funny how much Jeff moves me, even when he's not around. One small example: Jeff didn't go to the company picnic with me this year, but an Elvis impersonator performed there.

"Elvis" inevitably performed "Can't Help Falling In Love," which was a song at our wedding. Frankly, "Elvis" didn't perform it nearly as well as the singer did at our wedding, but whatever. Though I was having fun at the picnic, I had to turn away for minute during the song, because I was getting misty, like I always do when I hear that song nowadays.

On some evenings, driving home from work, I think about getting home, because I know Jeff's there. And I get verklempt just thinking about seeing him again. As if the 10 hours I spent without him around was an eternity. Either I wear my emotions on my sleeve or I'm a dog that looks like a human. You decide.

Sometimes, Jeff watches a television show that I'm not interested in, so I retreat to the office to play on the computer for awhile. Then something funny happens on TV, and his unique laugh booms down the hallway and into the office. (His laugh is the loudest thing he does, besides sneezing.)

Every time he laughs, I smile. And strangely, or maybe not so strangely, it reminds me of how comfortable and safe I always feel around Jeff.

I write a blog post about our marriage every year on our anniversary. I guess it's tradition. Each year, I say that by far the best decision I ever made was marrying Jeff. I think that every day. And with every passing day, the decision to live the rest of my life with Jeff looks better and better.

I'm basically a happy guy, but I never dreamed I could be as happy as I am with Jeff. Just like everyone else, we sometimes have our painful moments, our lousy set of circumstances, bad luck, bad moods.

But the constant is Jeff's steadiness, love, kindness, incredible moral compass, humor and compassion. I still haven't figured out how I got so lucky as to have Jeff in my life. I just know I cherish each day of it.

Denis, my best man at our wedding, is one of the most thoughtful people I know. He once gave me a delightful children's book called "The Gift of Nothing."

In the book, Mooch the cat wants to give his best friend, Earl the dog a birthday gift. In the end, Mooch gave Earl an empty box. Sounds disappointing, doesn't it?  But wait....

Earl opened the box and discovered nothing inside.  Mooch said yes, there's "nothing but me and you."

I love that line. To me, nothing matters except the love and bond Jeff and I have. "The Gift of Nothing" story ends with the following lines, with images of Mooch and Earl sitting side by side, embracing each other.

"So Mooch and Earl just stayed still and enjoyed nothing and everything."

Even when there's nothing there, it feels like I have everything because he's in my life. And that's all that matters.

I love you, Chief and happy anniversary. Let's have many, many more years together.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aretha Franklin Honored Carole King In This Beautiful Clip

When Aretha Franklin sang Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like)
A Natural Woman" when King was being honored at the Kennedy
Center in 2015, she blew both King and then-president Obama away
I think I posted a similar video of this when it first came out toward the end of 2015, but it's worth a repeat.

The world is still mourning the passing of Aretha Franklin. Back in 2015, Carole King was one of the Kennedy Center honorees.

King wrote the song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." As we know, Aretha Franklin turned that into a huge hit that everybody still can't get enough of.

So, as King was being honored, Franklin sang that song. King was besides herself, then-president Obama wiped a tear, and then he and Michelle spent the rest of the evening trying to scrape their jaws off the floor.

As did all of us. Note that the video below may not be available and you'll have to go to YouTube for another version. Although I think this video of Aretha's performance is pretty much a historical, fair use document, CBS keeps taking it down, citing copywright.

But here goes. Take us to church, Aretha. Rest in peace:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dogs Are Parasites Columnist Gets It Bad From Dog Lovers

Our two dogs, Tonks and Jackson last winter "conning" me into
believing they were suffering so much in the snow that
I had to let them indoors for cookies and extended belly rubs. 
A columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune earlier this month tried to talk us all out of loving our dogs by using cold hard science to explain himself.

For most of us, it didn't work.

I don't know if the columnist, Chris Reed, has a beef against dogs, but he did take pains to erase what he said are illusions us humans have about our canine friends.

Basically, he said Fido and all his canine friends are manipulative parasites. Reed said he grounded his argument in science.

The science Reed cited is probably sound. Maybe. The conclusions perhaps not so much. But even if he has a point, hoo-boy.

Here's Reed's premise, in  his own words: "That's because the more the human-canine relationship is examined, the more its parasitic nature becomes obvious - and the more clingy and forlorn humans come to appear."

Reed heavily cited the science journalist Stephen Budiansky and his book called "The Truth About Dogs."

Budiansky wrote:  "Instead of the notion that over the past 40,000 years, manking domesticated wolves into present-day dogs, Budiansky says evidence strongly suggests that 'proto-dogs' cultivated mankind, intuitively grasping that 'mooching off people' beat 'fighting it out in the wild.' Early humans 'with their campfires and garbage heaps and hunting practices, but above all their social interactions, represented an ecological niche ripe for exploitation."

Which led to this conclusion from Reed: "Dogs had a secret weapon in winning over humans: Human nature, specifically our near-compulsive anthropomorphism - our habit of attributing human behaviors, emotions or intentions to nonhuman entities."

"So is that love in your dog's eyes - or is that the look of a con man sizing up his mark? Science says it's the latter. Sorry, world," Reed concluded.

There's debate over whether Budiansky's research is great or bullshit. Of course, if us humans are being manipulated like this by dogs, we love it.  The backlash against Reed and the San Diego Union Tribune was swift and unrelenting.

The most common question posed to the newspaper: "Was this written by a cat?"

Kayla Knapp tweeted:

"I actually read the article, just because. And the premise is ridiculous. It says our dogs are conning us into spoiling them. Like, okay? They still make me endlessly happy so who cares if they're 'using' us! OPEN INVITATION FOR EVERY DOG TO CON ME INTO LOVING IT."

The all caps are Kayla, not me. But I can't disagree with her argument. Neither can my dogs Jackson and Tonks. Who are conning me at this very moment.

I just don't feel like I'm a victim of any kind of con from my two pups.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ZZ Top And U2 Sang The Same Song?

If you're of my generation especially, you are pretty familiar - and often are fond of - many songs from the 1980s.

Two of those classic songs are "Legs" by ZZ Top and "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2.

At first, you'd think these two songs are completely different from each other. Uh-uh. A guy mashed the two songs up together and guess what? They're the same song.

Listen to the mashup on this video for yourself (H/T Boingboing)


Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Needed Dose Of Adorbs In An Ugly World

Conway (left) and Dozer (peeking over fence) enjoy an afternoon
of playing fetch in this still from a wonderful viral video.
We can keep absorbing the awfulness that passes for news these days, or we can take a break to prove that there is still adoreableness and niceness in the world.

We all crave that, which I'm sure is why the video at the bottom of this post went viral. It shows a great two year old boy named Conway and his next door neighbor, a dog named Dozer.

A fence divides the property between Conway's house and Dozer's but that's no reason the two can't have fun. As you see, Conway just throws a ball over the fence, and Dozer returns the favor.

I bet this can go on all day. As it should.