Barack Obama Flubs the Spelling of “Rspect”, Oops “Respect” While Praising Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul … Obama Got Swag, Really?

Teleprompter reading mishap alert … Anurag Kashyap has nothing to fear from President Barack Obama.

Hmm, the president who does not know how many states there are in the United States, also appears to have no clue how to spell the word respect. Barack Obama misspelled the word “respect” while giving praise to Aretha Franklin at a tribute to the Queen of Soul. Obama managed to spell it “R-S-P-E-C-T.” Are you kidding me, Really? This brought to us by the most intelligent, smartest president ever with an IQ off the chart, or so they say.  Who find else finds it telling that Obama can’t spell the word respect?

Mr. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”

The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”

In addressing the crowd, Mr. Obama said, “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…”

The media and late night comedy shows HERE and HERE crucified John Travolta for botching the name of Idina Menzel at the Oscars, but where are they with Obama’s screw up? Oh that dreaded “E”. But of course there is no media bias.  Just ask former VP Dan Quayle how the media dealt with him with his extra added “E”.

No wonder he has never released his college transcripts.

UPDATE I: Imagine that Maureen Dowd and I actually agree on something … “IF you can’t spell it, you can’t get it.”

I had asked above, “Who find else finds it telling that Obama can’t spell the word respect?” It would appear one person who did was of all people was the NY Times Maureen Dowd. Barack Obama most certainly does have a “Swag” and “respect” problem. However, Patti LaBelle seems to think BO’s got Swag. YIKES, let’s hope that Patti does not mean the urban dictionary version. I thing she meant “SWAGG”. In any event, it would seem that Obama does not know how to spell respect, and LaBelle does not know what the definition of Swagg is.

President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin’s anthem. “R-S-P-E-C-T,” he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter.

When Patti LaBelle took the stage, she told Obama, “Baby, you’ve got swag.”

Swag and respect are exactly what the president needs. He’s got a swag gap with Russia. His administration, after belatedly figuring out what was going on in Ukraine, is improvising as the uber-swaggering Vladimir Putin once more rolls in with tanks anywhere he likes.

ABBA Admit Outrageous Outfits Were Worn To Avoid Taxes, Not Just Because of Pop Glamour Culture of the Late 70′s and Early 80′s

Who knew, wearing outrageous clothing was a tax loophole?

As reported in The Guardian, a new book, ‘The Official Photo Book,’ published to mark 40 years since ABBA won Eurovision with Waterloo, the band’s style may have been influenced by Swedish tax laws that allowed the cost of outfits to be a tax deduction, just as much as the pop culture fashion style of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. The Swedish tax law stated that the cost of outfits could be deducted, so long as the costumes were so outrageous they could not possibly be worn on the street. Hmm, I don’t know, their outfits would have to be really over the line as people wore some pretty outrageous clothing in the 70′s. Although, I believe if anyone was caught wearing these outfits that ABBA is wearing in this rendition of Waterloo (VIDEO) in the street, they have have been strapped in a white coat.

No matter what the reason, ABBA is legendary and I hope that they can make their 40 year reunion happen.

ABBA – Waterloo Eurovision 1974

The glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels that Abba wore at the peak of their fame were designed not just for the four band members to stand out – but also for tax efficiency, according to claims over the weekend.

Reflecting on the group’s sartorial record in a new book, Björn Ulvaeus said: “In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.”

And the reason for their bold fashion choices lay not just in the pop glamour of the late 70s and early 80s, but also in the Swedish tax code.


What, you mean no one was wearing clothes like this in the late 70′s?

The Daily Mail: Abba admit they only wore those ridiculous outfits to avoid tax!

He said: ‘Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were. In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years.

But we figured people would remember us even if we finished ninth.’

Colleague Benny Andersson added: ‘I’ve never regretted any  picture?.?.?. just grin and bear it.’

Phil Everly, One Half of the Famed Everly Brothers, Dies at Age 74

Phil Everly, Dead at the age of 74 … Rest in Peace.

Phil Everly, the legendary singer, who along with his brother Don, made up the iconic singing duo, The Everly Brother died Friday at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California  from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease brought on after a lifetime of cigarette smoking. He was 74. The music icons, the Everly Bothers, were highly influential with other such recording acts as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless other rock, folk and country singers.  Phil Everly also wrote Linda Ronstadt’s biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of “When Will I Be Loved.” Rolling Stone named the Everly Brothers are the most important vocal duo in rock. The  The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Phil Everly will truly be missed and so will the fantastic sound of the Everly Brothers. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Thank you so much for the music.

Singer Phil Everly Dies but his Music will live on Forever … Rest in Peace


Legendary pop singer Phil Everly, who together with his brother, Don, formed one of the 1960s most popular pop duos, died Friday, his wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 74.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she told the newspaper, adding that Everly’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was brought on after a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”

The Everly Brothers charted nearly three dozen hits in their heyday from the late ’50s through the early ’60s. Some of their most notable songs – “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do is Dream” – have become pop staples and influenced major acts such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Times reported.

In all, their career spanned five decades, although they performed separately from 1973 to 1983. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.

The two broke up amid quarrelling in 1973 after 16 years of hits, then reunited in 1983, “sealing it with a hug,” Phil Everly said.

And the song that launched their career … The Everly Brothers: Live – Bye Bye Love, 1957

Dick Clark presenting his top 10 from July 1960 … One of my favorites, “Cathy’s Clown”

The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert Live at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 1983

Country Singer’s New Restaurant in Virginia, ‘Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill’ Sparks Second Amendment Controversy … “No Guns Permitted”

 Second Amendment controversy erupts as  ’Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill’ does not permit guns in establishment. 

Once again we are presented with a situation that puts Americans on both side of the fence of the gun question. The country singer restaurant named after himself,  ‘Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill’ in Woodbridge, VA has plunged into said gun carry controversy.  The restaurant’s statement says, “It is our desire to provide a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”  Obviously, that is not a true statement because those who have carry permits and want to frequent this bar and grill do not feel safe or entertained.  How does one provide a safe environment when only the bad guys would bring guns into the establishment, because as we all know, bad guys, thieves, robbers, thugs and punks don’t follow abide by the law or signs that say, “No guns permitted”.

No Guns Allowed_Crime Allowed

A new restaurant that recently opened in Woodbridge is sparking a Second Amendment controversy, especially online.

The restaurant named for country music star Toby Keith has posted a “No guns permitted” sign on its front door and gun rights supporters are blasting the restrictions on the chain’s Facebook page. Some comments accuse Keith, who doesn’t own the restaurant, of being anti-gun.

Virginia is a right to carry state, which means residents can openly carry a firearm without a license.

The Facebook page of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Woodbridge posted on Saturday:

“While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”

In the The United States, “We the People” have a US Constitution and a Second Amendment Right to bear Arms, shall not be infringed; however, private business owners also have a right to make certain guidelines for their places of business. Or do they? To read most of the comments from the anti-gun crowd show their ignorance and uninformed opinion of what is taking place. Virginia law specifically states that that an individual can carry a gun on to a premises that sells alcohol as long as the permit colder does not consume alcohol.  If they do, any person granted a concealed handgun permit who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while carrying such weapon in a public place shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Let’s see what happens when the bad guys bring guns into this establishment and rob the place knowing that it is a soft target and a gun free zone.

Some thing to think about … Isn’t it interesting that a business can discriminate against law abiding, gun carrying, Second Amendment, state law protected Americans and tell them to leave or not serve them, yet if that same establishment discriminated against the patron based on their skin color, religion or sexual orientation, they would be fined, closed down and possibly arrested for violating their civil rights?

Of course in the end, you have the right to protest this place of business with you wallet and go all “Duck Dynasty” on them. Eventually places of business will learn to understand who their customer really is and not be consistently fall in line with liberal, knee-jerk political correctness.

HO HO HO … Miley Cyrus Twerks Santa at Jingle Ball 2013 Performance (VIDEO)

Miley Cyrus … HO, HO, HO!!!!

For Miley Cyrus what are the holidays without some Christmas “Twerky”? Obviously the 21 year old  Cyrus could care less about being on Santa’s naughty list as she continued  her raunchy behavior that has given her new found fame, or is it infamy? In typical Miley Cyrus fashion, she opted for naughty and not nice during her festive performance at the radio station concert at the KIIS FM Jingle Bill in Los Angeles. Way to keep it classy Miley.

While performing tracks like “Party In the USA,” “We Can’t Stop,” and “#GetItRight” in her now trademark high-cut bikini-bottoms the singer was flanked by a dancing Christmas tree, little human reindeer and Santa. And rather than sitting on Santa’s lap like most good girls do, Cyrus put her usual bump and grind on a rogue Mr. Claus. (Somewhere, Mrs. Claus is looking for a divorce lawyer.)

Country Music Singer Wayne Mills Shot & Killed by Pit & Barrel Bar Owner Chris Ferrellby in Nashville, TN … Supposedly Self Defense Over Argument Over Mills Smoking in the Bar

44 year old country singer  Wayne Mills was shot by ‘Pit & Barrel’ bar owner Chris Ferrellby at the downtown Nashville, TN bar early Saturday morning. Mills, lead singer of the Wayne Mills Band, later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. According to Ferrellby, he shot Mills in self-defense after the two got into an altercation because Mills was smoking in a non-smoking area of the restaurant. Really, the use of deadly force for smoking in a non-smoking section? I guess smoking really does kill. One would suspect that there has to be more to this story. The Nashville metro police continue to instigate the shooting.

Wayne Mills

Pic: Wayne Mills – Wayne Mills

Nashville police on Sunday said they are still investigating a fatal shooting in the early hours of Saturday morning that left a country singer dead inside a downtown Nashville bar.

Wayne Mills, 44, was shot by Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell, police said. Ferrell told police he shot Mills in self-defense following an argument over Mills smoking in the bar. Mills later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“We’re investigating Chris Ferrell’s claims of self-defense,” said Kris Mumford, a police spokeswoman. Ferrell is not in custody and there have been no arrests, she said.

Mills toured with the Wayne Mills Band, which often performed on the college circuit. The music was “outlaw/southern rock flavored,” according to the band’s website. Early in their careers, country music stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks had all opened for the band.

Last Honky Tonk

On a personal note, I have actually seen Wayne Mills perform and in a day and age where Country music has become more main stream and one can’t tell the difference between pop and country, you certainly could with the Wayne Mills Band. Although I am not a huge country fan, it is refreshing when you are in a “Honky Tonk” to hear more traditional country music.  How very sad. Our prayers go out to Wayne’s family, loved ones and friends.

Taylor Hicks posted on Facebook, “My good friend Wayne Mills passed away in Nashville. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Wayne he was my buddy. -Taylor”

Mamma Mia … Legendary Swedish Pop Band ABBA Considering a Possible Reunion in 2014


Woo-Hoo, you gotta love this, Sweden’s greatest export and legendary band ABBA is considering a reunion in 2014 on the 40th anniversary of their music hit Waterloo. The 63 year old Agnetha Faltskog spoke about a reunion in a recent interview.  Easily one of my favorite groups of the 1970′s. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad will be playing their classic hits for the first time together since the band broke up in the early 80′s and they went onto their solo careers. This is one reunion tour performance I would be willing to pay for. According to the Daily Mail, Faltskog told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: ‘Of course it’s something we’re thinking about. There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can’t say at this point what will come of them.”

It is more than 30 years since their acrimonious split, and 13 years since they turned down a $1billion offer to reunite.

But it seems legendary Swedish pop group Abba may take the stage again, after blonde singer Agnetha Faltskog revealed they are thinking about re-forming.

The 63-year-old – who has been seen as the main barrier to a reunion for years – said the group may mark the 40th anniversary of its first hit Waterloo with a new concert performance next year.

Facebook: ABBA

One of the best comments I have ever read about ABBA … “ABBA makes my feel like 17 and look like 35, unfortunately my passport says 63.”

How fitting as Barack Obama seems to have met his “Waterloo” as well :-)

France 24:

The legendary Swedish pop group ABBA is mulling a possible reunion next year, singer Agnetha Faltskog said in a German newspaper interview Sunday.

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the band’s first hit “Waterloo”, which won them the Eurovision song contest and catapulted them to fame.

ABBA subsequently became one of the world’s best-selling pop bands with a string of number one hits such as “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Super Trouper”.

“Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,” 63-year-old Faltskog told the weekly Welt am Sonntag.

“There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can’t say at this point what will come of them,” she said.

My Top 10 ABBA songs, what are yours?

  1. Waterloo - “My my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender,” he’s not the only one! This video is fantastic, other than the obvious. Check out at 1:02 the 70′s cameras … classic!!! Who needs an iPhone :-)
  2. Dancing Queen cc- Who didn’t roller-skate to this song with the lights down and the strobe light on? Friday night and the lights are low. Looking out for the place to go. Where they play the right music, getting in the swing. You come in to look for a king. Anybody could be that guy. Night is young and the music’s high. With a bit of rock music, everything is fine.
  3. Knowing Me, Knowing You - Knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa). There is nothing we can do. Knowing me, knowing you (ah-haa). We just have to face it, this time we’re through. (this time we’re through, this time we’re through This time we’re through, we’re really through). Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go. Sadly, yes.
  4. Take a Chance on Me – the video is so Brady Bunch.
  5. SOS  – What ever happened to our love? I wish I understood. It used to feel so nice, it used to be so good. So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me S.O.S.
  6. Mamma MiaMamma Mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again? My my, just how much I’ve missed you. Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted Blue since the day we parted. Why, why did I ever let you go? Yup.
  7. Does Your Mother Now – Hmm, this was a big hit in my high school, wonder why?
  8. Honey, Honey - Agnetha WoW, ok I admit it, one of my first crushes.
  9. The Winner Takes It All – What a voice … The winner takes it all. The loser standing small. Beside the victory. That’s her destiny.
  10. Name of the Game - If I trust in you, would you let me down? Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you? Could you feel the same way too? I wanna know…

Honorable mention, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (solo) - I Know There’s Something Going On

Posted November 11, 2013 by
Music | one comment

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood Mock Obamacare at 2013 CMA’s … “Obamacare by Morning” … “Over 6 People Served”

Southern country cooking … Obamacare, that’s niiice.

Last night in Nashville, Tennessee, country music giants and co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood started the 2013 CMA Awards by mocking Obamacare and the Obamacare website, OMG, too funny! But what else would one make fun of than what is the biggest joke going in pop culture today? Paisley and Underwood said nothing that was false. However, the Obama White House was probably not laughing as millions watched as the CMA’s shredded the disastrous rollout of Obamacare with  newly crowned entertainer of the year George Strait’s song  “Amarillo by Morning” renamed   …  “Obamacare by Morning, Over 6 People Served!!!”

“ObamaCare, what’s that?” Paisley asked Underwood.

“Oh, it’s great!” Underwood quipped. “I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done!” The “Blown Away” singer proceeded to help her co-host sign up for ObamaCare and “join the six other people” who have reportedly signed up successfully for the healthcare service.

The Blaze has the unhinged reaction of the LEFT and the Obama sycophants who one, cannot laugh at something that is obviously funny and two, go mental at anything that dare make fun of their Obamamessiah.The skit was funny enough, but to see and read the LEFT’s unhinged reaction, that is just priceless.

I wonder if they felt the same way when their hero Jon Stewart of the Daily Show made fun of Obamacare and HHS Sec Sebelius? Or when Bill Maher called Obama a liar?

Rock Pioneer & Legend Lou Reed Dead at Age 71 … Rest in Peace

American rock singer, songwriter and guitar legend Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed passed away Sunday at the age of 71 at his home in South Hampton, NY on Long Island. The cause of death was not provided; however,  Reed underwent a liver transplant in May 2013. On a personal note I was saddened to learn this news as I was a huge Reed fan. Having older sisters that introduced me to his music at a young age, I just loved his sound and song writing. From his days with the Velvet Underground to going solo, when music was music, what a tremendous talent … he will be missed. Thank you for your music and Rest in Peace.

And for one final time, let’s ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’

The condolences and well wishes are pouring in on Lou Reed’s Facebook.

Official Lou Reed website.

Rolling Stone:

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”

Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed was born in Brooklyn, in 1942. A fan of doo-wop and early rock & roll (he movingly inducted Dion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989), Reed also took formative inspiration during his studies at Syracuse University with the poet Delmore Schwartz. After college, he worked as a staff songwriter for the novelty label Pickwick Records (where he had a minor hit in 1964 with a dance-song parody called “The Ostrich”). In the mid-Sixties, Reed befriended Welsh musician John Cale, a classically trained violist who had performed with groundbreaking minimalist composer La Monte Young. Reed and Cale formed a band called the Primitives, then changed their name to the Warlocks. After meeting guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, they became the Velvet Underground.

Guest on Night Music w/ David Sanborn 1989 TV

New York Times Obit:

The cause was liver disease, said Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago.

“I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,” Mr. Reed once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, “and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.”

Mr. Reed played the sport of alienating listeners, defending the right to contradict himself in hostile interviews, to contradict his transgressive image by idealizing sweet or old-fashioned values in word or sound, or to present intuition as blunt logic. But his early work assured him a permanent audience.

Chris Brown Arrested and Charged with Felony Assault after Attacking Man in Washington, DC

Chris Brown in trouble again …

Singer Chris Brown and his body guard were arrested Sunday morning in Washington, DC for felony assault after allegedly attacking a man outside of a DC hotel. His body guard was identified as 35 year old  Christopher Hollosy. If convicted, Brown could face up to four years in prison for the assault charges. What a shock, Chris Brown in trouble again. The incident occurred at 4:30 AM. As reported at WJLA, just hours before, the singer performed at a Howard University homecoming after party at The Park at Fourteenth.

Chris Brown seems to be “FOREVER” in trouble

The “Forever” singer, 24, got into an altercation with a man outside of the W Hotel and allegedly began punching him, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

The incident took place at around 4:30 in the morning. Brown did not appear to be under the influence of any substances, law enforcement sources told the gossip site.

He was taken into police custody, while the man was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. It is unclear whether or not the unidentified man sustained serious injuries from the scuffle.

More from TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W Hotel on  K Street and allegedly punched him once IN THE FACE.   We’re told the man Chris struck never threw a punch.   Sources say Chris and the alleged victim did NOT know each other.

The incident  occurred at about 4:30 AM.

Chris was with his bodyguard, and we’re told he was also arrested.

Brown has been on probation stemming from the 2009 domestic violence conviction involving his former girlfriend Rihanna.  Any arrest is most likely going to be a violation of Brown’s probation.

Posted October 27, 2013 by
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