Monday, April 25, 2022

George Michael, Sheena Easton, Janet Jackson

I never did an album review. Sorry. Ava and C.I. wrote "TV: First Ladies and Martha Mitchell" for THIRD and when Jim read it out loud we were all like either that goes up right now or we work through and get an edition done by this afternoon to post because that cannot wait until Monday.

And it couldn't. They wrote a great review of GASLIT and THE FIRST LADY -- two new limited series -- one on STARZ, the other on SHOWTIME.

So we worked on other content for THIRD and then I honestly crashed for about ten hours. I was exhausted. I worke up and though about writing but instead just looked for vinly albums online.

Remember when the internet was fairly new and you would just stay up all night seraching for this and for that? That's how I can get when I'm looking for music.

I haven't gone to EBAY in about a month. I'll probably search there before going to sleep.

It's so great when we find something we've been looking for but it's so irritating when it's not your day and you look with no luck.

On George Michael, Lewis e-mailed to tell me (and you) that you shouldn't buy a used copy of OLDER. They're usually fifty bucks or more. In July, a remastered version of OLDER will be released on vinyl and will be listed for like $35 bucks. So if you're trying to complete your collection, hold off on OLDER. Thank you, Lewis, for the information. Saturday's "," noted Sheena Easton. Georgia e-ailed that she got the album. It is two discs of dance mixes. She agrees that it would have been nice if it had included "101."

I feel sorry for Sheena because, were it not for Madonna, she'd be seen as one of the biggest pop vocalists of the 80s. And, unlike Madonna, Sheena can actually sing. She had so many hits in the 80s and early 90s. Cyndi Lauper's hit making faltered really quick. So many of us loved her for SHE'S SO UNUAL. Then came TRUE COLOR or whatever that album was called and she was not unusual, she was run of the mill. She never recovered from that. It's a shame she decided not to rock and not to record more Prince. She just seemed tired.

Diana Ross haad a nice run in the 80s -- "Endless Love," "It's My Turn," "Upside Down," "I'm Coming Out," "Why Do Fools Fall In Love,' "Mirror, Mirror," "Muscles," "So Close," "Pieces of Ice," "All of You," "Swept Away," "Missing You," "Telephone," "Eaten Alive," "Chain Reaction," "Dirty Looks," "Workin' Overtime" and "Paradise." That's impressive. She was in her third decade of charting. The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney didn't have that many hits in the 80s -- to name two other artists that started out when she did.

Laura Brannigan had some pop hits in the 80s but, by 1987, it really was over for her. "Spanish Eddie" was not a song to record, let alone make the first single off an album. Pat Benatar hit in 1979, I think, and continued to hit in the 80s. Linda Ronstadt began flaming out -- which is why she did WHAT'S NEW and those other albums to begin with. Debbie Harry was taking care of Chris Stein for most of the 90s. (He had that skin disease.) Debbie Gibson had a brief chart run -- Tiffany's was ever briefer. Am I forgetting any women?

Olivia Newton=John was still making hits in the 90s: "Landslide," "Physical," "Make A Move On Me,'' "Heart Attack," "Twist of Fate," that duet with John Travolta that I forget and "Soul Kiss." Grace Slick with Starship had "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." Two might not seem impressive but both songs went to number one. Tina Turner's another rocker who found success on the pop chart -- "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Better Be Good To Me," "Let's Stay Together," "Private Dancer," "Show Some Respect," "It's Only Love" duet with Bryan Adams, "Tonight" duet with David Bowie, "We Don't Need Another Hero," "One of the Living," "Typical Male," "What You See Is What You Get," and "Two People."

Trying to make sure I'm not forgetting anybody -- I'm saving my favorite for last. If I forgot someone, sorry. Stevie Nicks. Okay, I almost forgot her. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Tom Petty & the Heartbrakers, "Needles & Pins" with Tom and the Heartbreakers, "Edge of 17," "After The Glitter Fades," "Leather & Lace" duet with Don Henley, "Stand Back," "Night Bird," "If Anyone Falls In Love," "And I Will Run To You" duet with Tom and the Heartbreakers, "Talk To Me," "I Can't Wait," "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You," "Rooms on Fire," "Seven Wonders" with Fleetwood Mac and "Gypsy" with Fleetwood Mac.

By the end of the 80s, Janet emerged and she could sing and she could dance and the only thing that derailed her was Justin Timberlake and Leslie Moonves. I love Janet. She's got a lot of great songs whereas Madonna's pretty much done after "Beautiful Stranger."

I don't think I have a favorite Janet song. If pressed, I guess I would choose "Nasty." But with Janet, I really have favorites. Plural. And it really is hard to pick just one. I could listen to Janet for several hours without being bored. My favorites of Janet Jackson? "Miss You Much," "Nasty," "What Have You Done For Me Lately," "Throb," "Son of a Gun," "Got Till It's Gone," "Alright With You," "Escapade," "Runaway," 'Black Cat," "The Pleasure Principle," "When I Think Of You," "All For You," "That's The Way Love Goes," "Together Again," "I Get Lonely," "Again," Rock With U," "If" . . . I could go on and on.

Janet Jackson is one of the legendary artists.

And, sorry, but I don't forgive Justy Timberlake. He skated free. Janet took the wrath. And Justin's done nothing his entire career but try to sound like Janet's brother Michael. I believe Justin's career imploded when he did his Super Bowl show in 2015. Good. He needed to find something to do besides copy Michael Jackson.

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 Monday, April 25, 2022.  Joe Biden is no FDR, a  MARVEL film is being banned in some countries, Turkey continues to carry out War Crimes in Iraq and much more.

Joe Biden's disaster presidency continues as he attempts to learn on the job.  As Margaret Kimberley notes in the video below, Joe and his team seem to have no grasp on reality when it comes to the world markets or Russia's role in them.

Joe has no clue.  An inept, bumbling Mr MaGoo on the world state.  As Margaret notes above, Joe just casually tosses off that there are going to be food shortages.

And the whorish corporate press compared that man to FDR?

WWII meant shortages.  FDR didn't just toss off remarks.  He mobilized American farmers, he also encouraged victory gardens.

Joe's the president who is already in the coffin just waiting for his last breath.  He gives up bfore he announces he's given up.  

He is inept adn not up to the job.  

America's farmers should have been mobilized immediately.

Here's how a real leader put it:

January 12, 1943

All over the world, food from our country's farms is helping the United Nations to win this war. From the South Pacific to the winter front in Russia, from North Africa to India, American food is giving strength to the men on the battle lines, and sometimes also to the men and women working behind the lines. Somewhere on every continent the food ships from this country are the life line of the forces that fight for freedom. This afternoon we have heard from some of the military and civilian righters who look to us for food. No words of mine can add to what they have said.

But on this Farm Mobilization Day I want to round out the picture and tell you a little more about the vital place that American farmers hold in the entire war strategy of the United Nations.

Food is a weapon in total war- fully as important in its way as guns or planes or tanks. So are other products of the farm. The long-staple cotton that goes into parachutes, for example, the oils that go into paints for the ships and planes and guns, the grains that go into alcohol to make explosives also are weapons.

Our enemies know the use of food in war. They employ it cold-bloodedly to strengthen their own fighters and workers and to weaken or exterminate the peoples of the conquered countries. We of the United Nations also are using food as a weapon to keep our fighting men fit and to maintain the health of all our civilian families. We are using food to earn the friendship of people in liberated areas and to serve as a promise and an encouragement to peoples who are not yet free. Already, in North Africa, the food we are sending the inhabitants is saving the energies and the lives of our troops there. In short we are using food, both in this country and in Allied countries, with the single aim of helping to win this war.

Already it is taking a lot of food to fight the war. It is going to take a lot more to win the final victory and win the peace that will follow. In terms of total food supply the United Nations are far stronger than our enemies. But our great food resources are scattered to the ends of the earth—from Australia and New Zealand to South Africa and the Americas- and we no longer have food to waste. Food is precious, just as oil and steel are precious. As part of our global strategy, we must produce all we can of every essential farm product; we must divide our supplies wisely and use them carefully. We cannot afford to waste any of them.

Therefore the United Nations are pooling their food resources and using them where they will do the most good. Canada is sending large shipments of cheese, meats, and other foods on the short North Atlantic run to Britain. Australia and New Zealand are providing a great deal of the food for American soldiers stationed in that part of the world. Food from Latin America is going to Britain.

Every food-producing country among the United Nations is doing its share. Our own share in food strategy, especially at this stage of the war, is large, because we have such great resources for production; and we are on direct ocean lanes to North Africa, to Britain, and to the northern ports of Russia.

American farmers must feed our own growing Army and Navy. They must feed the civilian families of this country and feed them well. They must help feed the fighting men and some of the war workers of Britain and Russia and, to a lesser degree, those of other Allied countries.

So this year, as never before, the entire Nation is looking to its farmers. Many quarters of the free world are looking to them too. American farmers are a small group with a great task. Although 60 percent of the world's population are farm people, only 2 percent of that population are American farmers. But that 2 percent have the skill and the energy to make this country the United Nations' greatest arsenal for food and fiber.

In spite of the handicaps under which American farmers worked last year, the production victory they won was among the major victories of the United Nations in 1942. Free people everywhere can be grateful to the farm families who made that victory possible.

This year the American farmer's task is greater, and the obstacles more formidable. But I know that once more our farmers will rise to their responsibility.

This farm mobilization is the first day ever dedicated by a President to the farm people of the Nation. I know that the whole country joins with me in a tribute to the work farmers already have done, in a pledge of full support in the difficult task which lies ahead for farmers, and in a prayer for good weather to make farmers' efforts more fruitful.

Our fighting men and allies, and our families here at home can rely on farmers for the food and other farm products that will help to bring victory.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, The President's Statement on Farm Mobilization Day. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

That's FDR.  How does fumbling bumbling Biden put it?  Keith Good (ILLIONIS FARM POLICY NEWS) noted:

Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove reported yesterday that, “President Joe Biden said that the world will experience food shortages as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and production increases were a subject of discussions at a Group of Seven meeting on Thursday.

“‘It’s going to be real,‘ Biden said at a news conference in Brussels. ‘The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia. It’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well.'”

It's going to be real?  In other words, I don't have a clue what to do.  He doesn't.  He's clueless.  A bumbling fool who is unable to offer leadership. Maybe someone can snap "Leadeership1" in his ear like, at the Easter ceremony, he was told "Wave!"  

He has no clue and it really shows.  The crazy old man who had to be hidden in the basement throughout 2020 -- during the last stretch of the primaries, during the general election -- was not up to being president and a whorish press worked to deliver him to the White House, not to inform the public, not to hold the powerful accountable.

His ineptitude is showing but it also reflects back on to the whores who pimped and pushed him.

In other news, MARVEL'S DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTI-VERSE OF MADNESS is about to be released (May 5th in the US).  MENA notes:

Marvel's parent company, Disney, has always tried to have their films played in theaters all over the world but, due to the laws in some international countries, some films are unable to be screened in certain territories. In the past, when Disney has chosen to leave any reference to the LGBTQ+ community in their movies, it would result in the movie being pulled from theaters and thus a major loss of money for the company.

This most recently occurred with Marvel's The Eternals when the film was pulled from theaters in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar after Disney refused to edit out a homosexual relationship.

First off, there are no hardcore scenes in the film -- meaning this is not a pornographic film.  Second someone's religious sensibilities are also supposed to include tolerance and no one's asking them to be gay because they see the film.  Third, you can't just cobble a movie apart.  When it works, a film is a coherent statement where all parts build to a satisfying experience.  You can't just chop out scenes.

It's happened in the paast.

And it never needs to happen again.

Lena Horne is the best example of that past mistake.  A tremendously talented artist, she saw her scenes removed when people couldn't accept -- or someone thought that they couldn't -- a Black woman in a movie.  Black women existed then and it served no good to remove Lena from films.  LGBTQ people exist and they need to present on the screen.  

Lena suffered to protect 'delicate sensibilities.'  She was a movie queen who was kept in waiting.  Holding her back harmed her, harmed art, harmed our notions of the world around us.  

For the film industry to have supported this was shameful.

They should not support it again.

As for ETERNALS, I don't care if some markets didn't show it.  Their loss.  The film still pulled in more at the box office than DUNE did.  

If governments deny a wanted film in their country, they can face the pressure of the people in those countries who wanted to see the movie.  And maybe it will further underscore just how outrageous and outdated some government are.

In other news, ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports:

Iraq's First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hakim al-Zamili accused on Sunday Iran and Turkey of exploiting his country's weakness to launch military attacks and operations on its territories.

Zamili, who is a leading member of the Sadr movement of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, noted that the violations by Ankara and Tehran had increased in recent weeks.

He made his remarks at a meeting at parliament aimed at addressing the repeated Turkish and Iranian attacks. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and head of the Sadrist parliamentary bloc Hassan al-Athari.

Athari said the violations pose a threat to Iraq and undermine its diplomacy.

Addressing Hussein, he asked what Iraq was doing to address the violations.

He also wondered whether there was any credibility to reports that spoke of an agreement between Iraq and Turkey that allows Turkish forces to enter 30 kilometers deep into Iraqi territory.

George Szamuely Tweets:

Hmmm, this is odd. Turkey, a NATO member-state, has launched an invasion of Iraq. Not one word yet from NATO and EU representatives, voices still hoarse from two months of screaming at Russia.

Iraqi politicians are calling out Turkey for its latest assault on Iraq.  Turkey is dropping bombs on the Kurdistan and has sent ground troops in as well.  Though western outlets like to pretend they're fair, they tend to ignore the number of civilians the Turkish military is killing, wounding and terrorizing.  RUDAW reports:

A Christian family from a Duhok village has decided to migrate to Australia due to ongoing clashes between Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at home. 

Amirnisan Gorgis is from the Christian village of Sharansh in Duhok’s Zakho city. He and his family have fled their village due to Turkish bombardment four years ago. They live in a rental house in the Bersiv region in the same province. He told Rudaw’s Yusuf Musa on Tuesday that he plans to migrate to Australia in July when the current academic year ends. 

“I have turned 62 and I have built several houses but have been displaced five times. I have spent most of my age in displacement,” he said, adding that he wants to join his son in Australia. 

Turkey has intensified its military activities in Zakho in the last few years, leading to the displacement of a large number of people. 

Out of 20 Christian villages in Zakho, nine have been evacuated, according to local authorities. 

Iraqi politicians such as Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's president Barham Saleh and others have called out Turkey's actions.  More voices are joining the condemnation of Turkey.  ANHA reports:

​​​​​​​Today, the presidency of the Iraqi parliament condemned the Turkish occupation military attacks in Başûr Kurdistan, stressing that they constitute a "clear violation of Iraq's security and stability."

The office of Shakhwan Abdullah, the second parliamentarian, stated that "the latter attended the meeting of the Presidency of the House of Representatives with Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein and the advanced cadre of the ministry, which was held today in the Constitutional Hall and in the presence of heads of blocs and parliamentary committees and a number of deputies."

IRAN INTERNATIONAL explains, "Last Monday, Turkey carried out air and land operations -- dubbed Operation Claw Lock – against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq that targeted camps and ammunition stores."  And MEHR NEWS AGENCY notes, "News sources reported that at least six rockets were fired at 'Zelika' base, east of Mosul.  Turkey has long been violating the territorial integrity of northern Iraq by claiming to oppose the PKK."  The Nineveh Province base isn't the only Turkish military base in Iraq.  This base and the others are illegal and should be closed by the Turkish government immediately.  They are in violation of Iraq's national sovereignty and their established upon non-Turkish land can be seen as an act of war.  

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