Monday, October 28, 2013

Rock-tober - Week 4, The Finale

Well, the end of Rock-tober is upon us, and I thought I'd send it out in style, with a bang. Two weeks ago, I said you couldn't have Rock-tober without including John Mellencamp. The same thing can be said about today's featured band - AC/DC. These guys have been a fixture in rock 'n roll, and an extremely popular one at that, since the '70s. So, my Rock-tober Finale is a double-shot of AC/DC.

I'll start by featuring AC/DC's video of "Moneytalks." It is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

Video #2 is of the band's "Who Made Who." It is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

Hmmm. "Moneytalks" and "Who Made Who." Kinda goes together, doesn't it?

I hope everyone not only enjoys today's music but has truly enjoyed the Rock-tober series.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Super Bowl Champs, Tax Dollars, and ObamaCare

As if a Steelers fan needed another reason to hate the Baltimore Ravens, this Steelers fan and staunch conservative just found one. I'll call it reason number 47-2008 in "honor" of the Ravens latest Super Bowl victory (47) and Obama's initial win (2008) of the White House.

Baltimore Ravens logo
Baltimore Ravens logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I learned a few days ago that the Baltimore "Black Birds," as I like to call them, have received $130,000 in tax payer funds from their home state of Maryland to promote ObamaCare. The "Black Birds" will apparently use the funds to promote ObamaCare on their website and through other media.

Personally, I think its inappropriate at best and a disgrace at worst. It's ridiculous for a professional sports team to get paid government money to push propaganda. NFL teams and their owners make millions every year from TV contracts, ticket sales, advertising and promotional deals, concessions, parking, and team paraphernalia. Many NFL teams have had multi-million dollar stadiums built for them at taxpayer expense. The state of Maryland paying the Baltimore "Black Birds" to promote ObamaCare is a ridiculous waste of money. I hope the tax payers of Maryland hold their governor and state legislature accountable at election time.

I've objected before to politics infiltrating movies, music, and football (Bob Costas, I'm talking to you), and I'm objecting again. The leftist infiltration is ruining entertainment. I sure hope it doesn't ruin football, too. When I turn on a football game, I want a football game - not politics, whether Left or Right, and especially not ObamaCare propaganda.

When I first saw this story in my daily e-mail from Glenn Beck's the other day, it aggravated me, made me dislike the "Black Birds" even more, and caused me to enjoy this past Sunday's 19-16 Steelers victory over the Baltimore "Black Birds" just a little bit more.

Go Steelers!! The Ravens suck!!

Source - article titled "New Documents Reveal This NFL Team Was Paid $130K to Promote Obamacare" 
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Rock-tober - Week 3

Rock-tober continues today with a well-known British heavy metal band. These guys have produced some exceptional tunes through the years, and as I look back over the history of my Music Monday series, it's hard to believe today's appearance is their first. It's a bit of an oversight on The Sheepdog's part.

Today's featured artist is Def Leppard. The video is the title track from their 1987 album Hysteria. As always, the video is embedded below or can also be watched by clicking here. Hope everyone enjoys. A Def Leppard tune is a great way to start off the week so crank it up!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bob Costas Strikes Again

Back in December 2012, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas blessed us with his own personal anti-gun babble during the halftime break in the Dallas Cowboys / Philadelphia Eagles Sunday Night NFL football game. His babbling was in reference to the tragedy involving Kansas City Chiefs' Linebacker Jovan Belcher. He blessed us with more of his "wisdom" during this past Sunday Night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

Now, Costas has decided to jump on the bandwagon regarding the manufactured controversy about the Washington Redskins nickname. If you didn't see Costas' sermon on political correctness in football, it can be watched by clicking here **.

Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present
Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Washington Redskins have been the Redskins for a long, long time. There's nothing wrong with it. In my opinion, this whole made-up controversy about so-called offensive team nicknames is ... rather offensive. It's much ado about nothing.

I was a Redskins fan for many years. The Steelers were my AFC team and the 'Skins were my NFC team. I said the heck with the Redskins several years ago, not because of their so-called offensive nickname, but because of their owner, Dan Snyder. Snyder has ruined what was once a great franchise with poor personnel and management decisions.

Personally, I wish these dadgum sportscasters, actors, singers, and other celebrities would stay the heck out of societal and political issues. Them doing so ruins stuff. When I watch a football game, I want football. I don't want politics or anything else interfering with it - period. Keep football pure. If they want to talk about politics, there's plenty for them to hold Obama and Congress accountable for at other times. They could go on for 24 hours a day about that stuff, but they don't want to even though that's their job. They'd rather babble about football team names.

Here's what I'd like to ask Mr. Costas - if he's sooooooooo offended by the Redskins' nickname, is he gonna stop calling them by it when broadcasting their games? Better yet - is he gonna refuse the paycheck he received for covering Sunday night's game and turn it back into NBC? What about all those paychecks he's received over the years covering Redskins games and the games of other teams with so-called "offensive" nicknames?

I think we all know the answer to those questions is a resounding "no." In my opinion, until he does those things and puts his money where his mouth is, he's just another hypocrite.

Can we puh-lease just play football? Is that too much to ask?

Source - article titled "Veteran Sportscaster Calls Washington Redskins Name An 'Iinsult, A Slur' On National TV - Detractors Rip 'Lecture' "

** - the original video I embedded was apparently removed by NBC Universal. However, I was able to find it and re-embed it for my readers to see. The new source for the video is's article titled "Bob Costas :Redskins Name 'An Insult, A Slur' ".
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Rock-tober - Week 2

It would be difficult to refer to Rock-tober as Rock-tober without featuring today's artist, John Mellencamp, at some point. Mellencamp has not appeared on The Sheepdog's Music Mondays before, and since today is a double shot Music Monday, I'll feature two of his tunes.

Mellencamp is an artist that has been very politically active during his career. Based upon his political activities and associations, I know he and I would agree on very little politically as he leans way to the left, and I lean way to the right. However, the dude has made some great music through the years that I still enjoy listening to. As momma used to say, sometimes "you have to take the bad with the good."

Both videos featured today are of tunes on his 1985 album titled Scarecrow. The first video is of "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." It is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

Video #2 today is of Mellencamp's "Small Town." It is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here. I hope everyone enjoys.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Movie Review - Elysium

Several weeks ago, a buddy and I went to see the movie Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. There really wasn't much playing at the time that looked any good. I had some reservations about Elysium, because of the far left-leaning politics of Damon, but, our wives were out of town, we needed to catch up, and the sci-fi theme looked interesting. Man, were we in for a surprise.

English: Matt Damon at the 66th Venice Interna...
English: Matt Damon at the 66th Venice International Film Festival Nederlands: The Informant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The movie is future-based and is portrayed as taking place on the earth and in a fancy space station known as Elysium. The earth has pretty much been destroyed by years of overpopulation and war. The entire planet is now like a third-world country. Elysium, on the other hand, is a beautiful, luxurious world built by the rich for the rich. Basically, the earth is where the poor live and Elysium is where the rich live. Segregation by social class at its finest.

When the movie started, my radar went up immediately as mostly Spanish is being spoken. As the story-line develops, it continues, and there does not appear to be any middle class on earth or on Elysium, either. You are either a filthy rich legal citizen of Elysium or a dirt poor resident of earth. You may already have a sense of where this is going, but it gets worse. The film ultimately turns out be a multi-million dollar Hollywood propaganda piece promoting amnesty for illegal aliens and universal healthcare. Stay with me, and I'll explain.

The "legal citizens" of Elysium all have chips implanted under their skin that prove their citizenship and give them access to various services, including healthcare. Healthcare on Elysium is interesting, to say the least. Each legal resident has a medi-bay in their home. The medi-bays look much like a tanning bed. If you have a medical ailment, whether it be a cold, cancer, heart disease, etc., all you have to do is lay down in the medi-bay for a few minutes and it "cures" you. However, if you don't have the little implanted chip, the medi-bay doesn't work.

Smugglers on earth make money providing shuttle rides to the "illegals" on earth who want to try to sneak into Elysium. Most of the time, people are trying to leave earth for Elysium in order to get in one of the medi-bays to get cured of whatever. Basically, if you are a legal citizen of Elysium, you get great healthcare, a "cadillac" health plan if you will. However, if you are poor, stuck on the earth, and an "illegal," you have very limited healthcare, if you have any at all.

One scene in the movie shows three of the shuttles leaving earth headed to Elysium. Jodie Foster's character, the Secretary of Defense, orders them to be shot down. Two of them are, but one crash lands on Elysium. We then see "Homeland Security" robots round up the "illegals" on the crashed shuttle and immediately deport them back to earth. Sound familiar? Those evil rich people. They just want to keep the poor, illegals down. Yea .... I know - I'm overdoing it on the sarcasm again. Hang with me, though, there's more.

English: Matt Damon's Hollywood Star
English: Matt Damon's Hollywood Star (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Spider, one of the smugglers, devises a plot where Max, Matt Damon's character, goes to Elysium to download computer data, so that Spider can use it to hack Elysium's computer system. Now, what's Spider's plan? The plan is to change Elysium's database and make everyone on earth legal Elysium residents. Wow - just like that ... amnesty for everyone! No more illegals. Woohooo! Now all the sick or injured poor, illegals on earth can go to Elysium and get healed. Isn't it great?

So, as I said, Elysium is nothing more than a political statement by Hollywood supporting amnesty for illegal aliens and universal health care for all. It even contains the emotional, tugging at your heartstrings moment where the daughter, Matilda, of Max's friend, Frey, is smuggled from earth to Elysium for medical care because she has leukemia. There's a rush against the clock to get the database hacked and Matilda to Elysium and into a medi-bay before the leukemia kills her. The message is,"who would be so heartless as to deny medical care to a sick, dying little girl." It's the same emotional argument the left always uses - "it's for the children."

Needless to say, my blood pressure was up a little by the time the movie was over. It reminded me of :
  • the pro-Palestinian political statement that U2 made during one of their concerts I attended a few years ago, and 
  • Cars 2, which made a point of bashing the big, bad, rich oil companies for getting rich at the expense of the environment. That movie also promoted alternative automobile fuels, such as ethanol. The fact is that ethanol damages engines and requires more of our water supply to produce than gasoline. I even remember one scene in Cars 2 where a large, older model car was made fun of by the other cars for using more gas than them.
I think most Americans would agree with me when I say that when I pay my good money to be entertained, whether it be for a movie or a concert, I do not want politics to be shoved down my throat. It doesn't matter whether the politics lean right or left. It's not what I'm there for. I can watch that crap at home for free. When I go to a movie, it's because I want to get away from all the crap of regular every day life for just a little while, have some fun, and enjoy myself. It's an escape. When the producer brings politics into it, it completely ruins the experience.

I know someone's gonna leave a comment on this post along the lines of "you just hate immigrants." No, I don't. If you are an American citizen, and not a Native American, then you descended from immigrants, me included. I have no problem with immigrants or immigration. That is, legal immigrants and legal immigration. If you want to come to the U.S., come on. However, follow our laws and regulations. Do it the right way. Don't try to slip in the back door and expect to be welcomed with open arms. Not only is it unlawful and wrong, but it's basically trespassing. I don't know of anywhere trespassers are warmly welcomed. Do you?

I think Elysium is off the big screen now. However, if it isn't where you live, consider yourself warned. Don't spend your $11 or $12 on Hollywood leftist propaganda. If that's what you're into, just stay home and turn on CNN or MSNBC. It will be much cheaper.

As for Hollywood, would you people please leave the politics out of movies? I like going to movies, but if this crap continues, I can always stay at home or go to a ballgame.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Rock-tober - Week 1

Slaughter performing live on June 21, 2008 in ...
Slaughter performing live on June 21, 2008 in West Fargo, North Dakota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wow - it's hard to believe it is already October 2013. The year has flown by. However, October also means it's time for something else and that's  ..... ROCK-TOBER!! So, we'll celebrate on Mondays this entire month. I won't waste waste any time - let's get Music Mondays cranked back up.

For the first Music Monday in Rock-tober 2013, I'm going back to 1990 to feature an extremely popular power ballad from the record titled Stick It To Ya recorded by the band Slaughter. Slaughter was one of the last of the "hair metal bands" of the '80s to break out, but when they did, they did so with a bang. Three singles from Stick It To Ya charted, with today's feature being the most successful.

I remember Slaughter taking a little heat for their name, at first. However, the band's name had nothing to do with violence. It was simply the last name of the band's lead singer and founder, Mark Slaughter.

Today's video is of the band's hit single "Fly to the Angels." It's a great song, and the power ballads that came out of the '80 are still some of my favorite music. "Fly To The Angels" has not only a "hair metal" flavor, but it also seems to contain a little blues seasoning within it, too. I hope everyone enjoys. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

Get the hair spray out.

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