There are approximately 326 American Indian Reservations in the U.S. with the largest (16 million acres), being the Navajo Nation that is in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. There are around 275,000 Navajo's still in existence.
Alice Cooper is definitely the "Godfather of Shock Rock." His antics, along with Ozzie Ozborn, on stage are legendary but the truth is he used props like fake bats when he bit their heads off.
His real name is Vincent Damon Furnier but after his band decided to go with the name Alice Cooper, Vincent adopted the name for himself. Like many music artist, he was born in Detroit, but in his case he ended up in Arizona during his high school years. He and some friends wanted to form a rock band but the problem was that only one of them could play an instrument and he played guitar. They wanted the dream so much that they taught themselves how to play musical instruments. After a couple of years of building up their skills, they pursued a music career and became extremely successful. Quite frankly, if it weren't for their amazingly entertaining concerts they wouldn't have been as successful as they were thus making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The reason I say this is that they weren't cranking out the hits like many of the top bands but their concerts were packed. Everyone wanted to know what crazy antics Cooper was going to do on stage. One time he created the illusion that he cut off someone's head with a guillotine; fake blood was pouring out on stage.
When Cooper began touring, he like so many artists, began partying excessively. His very close girlfriend died of an overdose and Cooper began having a terrible alcohol problem. He said that he overcame his addictions by rededicating himself to God. He grew up a very good kid with a father and grandfather who were preachers. Once he was sober he began helping other music artists with alcohol and drug problems.
Cooper is an extremely intelligent person and a great businessman. He was so good at golf (4 handicap), that at one point he thought about trying out for the senior circuit, instead he does Pro-Am's and Celebrity Golf tournaments. He's a huge sports fan and coached Little League when his son was playing.
He makes it a point to say that he's always been faithful to his wife and they've been married around 43 years and have two daughters and a son. By the way, before he got married he dated Raquel Welch briefly. I admit I'm not a huge fan of his music but I'm a fan of his as a person. He's an extraordinary role model for the entertainment industry.
If you believe what Representative Adam Schiff said yesterday during his long press conference, you'd think President Trump should be forcibly removed from office but it's by far from the truth. President Trump won't be impeached.
If you paid attention to what Schiff said, they keep floating around to what the exact charge would be but the latest is "Abuse of Power." The problem being if a U.S. President could be impeached for this perceived offense, every President would've probably been impeached at one point or another; even President Obama. Obama didn't solicit the support of Congress or the Senate when he entered into a "Deal," with Iran. The "Deal," included removing sanctions on Iran that Congress had instituted. Obama sent actual cash in the middle of the night to Iran with the intent of hiding it from U.S. citizens. The last thing we need is for the House or Senate to have the power to "perceive," when an offense has taken place. All they'd ever do is participate in hearings.
According to the new standard created by Democrats, Obama should've been impeached for abuse of power. Democrats have gotten so far out of touch that it's embarrassing even to some hard-core Democrats and this is why Republicans will win robustly in 2020 because even though these Democrats won't want to cast their ballots for a Republican, they won't go to the polls at all. The bottom line is that Democrats have lost it and I'm loving every minute of it.
I was a huge fan of the television show: Gunsmoke, and of course James Arness as Matt Dillon, a role he played for 20 years. Arness was raised in Minnesota where he barely graduated high school due to his lack of interest in schoolwork. Not many people know that Peter Graves from the television show: Mission: Impossible and the hilarious movie: Airplane, was James’ younger brother. When Peter went to Hollywood, he changed his name from Arness to Graves.
James was interested in becoming a fighter pilot in WWII, but he was too tall (6'7"), for the cockpit so he joined the Army. He was shot in the leg during a battle and was sent to a military hospital back in the states. He received an honorable discharge in 1945 and had a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. His leg bothered him throughout his life and jumping on and off horses was very difficult for him.
When he was discharged from the Army, he enrolled in college but then quit shortly after and hitchhiked to Hollywood. He spent 10 years doing mostly bit parts in over 20 movies and was also on an episode of: The Lone Ranger, before landing the leading role on Gunsmoke in 1955. It was John Wayne who recommended Arness for the part. When the show ended in 1975, Arness took a break for a year and then starred on the television show: How the West Was Won which ran for three years. There were also a couple of Gunsmoke movies after the show ended.
On a personal level, Arness was married to actress Virginia Chapman for 12 years. They had a daughter and son together. He adopted Virginia’s son (Craig), from a previous marriage and he went on to become a photographer for National Geographic. Sadly, Virginia died at 56 years of age from a drug overdose. His daughter Jenny, who was a child actor on Gunsmoke, died of a suicide when she was just 25 years old. His other son, Rolf, is still alive and is best known for winning the World Surfing Championship in Australia. Eighteen years after his divorce from Virginia, he married Janet Surtees whom he was married to for 33 years until his death at the age of 88 in 2011.
No state taxes its citizens as badly as California. It doesn't matter what it is (i.e. hotels, property, rental cars, sales, income, etc.), California gouges those who live there. In Republican run states such as Oklahoma and Texas, taxes on a gallon of gas are around $.20 while in California it's three times this amount. What makes this even worse is what are the citizens of California getting for their money? Their infrastructure is in terrible shape. Gang-related crime is horrific with much of it involving illegals. They have a terrible homeless population.
So what is all the tax money being spent on? Well, if you want to be wealthy in the state of California, work in the public sector. On average someone working for the state government makes approximate 28% more income than someone who doesn't. Add to this the high number of public sector employees in general because California is a socialist oriented state, and the costs begin to skyrocket. Even the cost of housing prisoners in California is more than twice that of an average state. Taxpayers are getting exploited by the outrageous costs of everything associated with the government.
The bottom line is if you live in a highly liberal state such as California, Illinois, New York, and Washington, the government owns you. You must work several months out of each year just to pay various state taxes. The sad part is that most of the citizens in these states continue to vote people in who continue to make them work harder and longer for the state. They take away even more of their discretionary income each year and for some strange reason, they're okay with it.
There's no question, because the data is readily available, that Democrats at every level of government increase the cost of living of their constituents more so than in Republican controlled districts. Just something to keep in mind if your financial livelihood is important to you.
The "78," vinyl record was introduced in 1858 and was phased out in the late 1950's. The reason it was called a "78," is that the record would turn 78 revolutions per minute. It was generally either a 10" or 12" record so it wasn't very portable. The biggest problem with it is that since it was slow-turning, it could only offer one song that ran about four minutes. When the "45," vinyl came along to replace the "78," it could hold four songs on each side but in order to do it, the songs still had to be mostly under four minutes. This worked well for radio DJ's as they could pick and choose songs off an album and know they'd be consistent in length so they could program in their advertising.
When CD's came along in 1989, thanks to a collaborative effort by Phillips and Sony, a unique situation occurred. The CD's could hold a lot of songs, more than what a record producer would want to put on an album because they didn't want to give away the store so to speak. In other words, if they could make $10 by offering 10 songs, then why give consumers 20 songs for $10 especially since it costs money to record each song. The alternative was to charge more for an album which record companies didn't want to risk.
When all is said and done, most songs are still less than four minutes in length because the fact is, radio stations make or break artists and the record industry must offer them a product which meets their needs. Most CD's have around 10 to 12 songs even though a CD could hold seven times as many but whose going to pay $80 for a CD filled with 70 songs from the same artist?
Some products and services come and go, but throughout history, the music industry has remained highly popular. Last year it brought in over $50 billion in revenues.
Out of all the musical duos over the years, the one who became the most successful record sales wise, is Hall & Oates (Daryl Hall and John Oates). Singles such as "I Can't Go for That," “Man Eater," “Kiss on My List," and "Private Eyes," were all chart toppers among many more.
One interesting thing about Daryl and John is that they met at Temple University in 1967, in an extraordinary way. They were both in bands on campus but didn’t know each other, and one night there was a "Battle of The Bands," competition, when suddenly shots rang out. Two rival gangs who were attending the event began shooting at each other and everyone took off running. Daryl and John found themselves near a service elevator and that's where they met. They became great friends and ended up sharing an apartment together. The tag on their mailbox read: "Hall & Oates," and this is where they came up with the name of their band.
It took eight years of experimenting with various types of music before they struck it big. Daryl was the lead singer and John mostly played guitar and sang harmonies. Once they settled on what became “Pop Music,” they wrote songs that fit the genre and that's when the hits began coming. I find it amazing that they were pretty much able to put out at least one huge hit for 13 years straight.
They still tour from time to time and have had the honor of being inducted in both the “Songwriters Hall of Fame,” and the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” I love their music but admit that before I began researching this duo, I had no idea that they were more successful than Simon and Garfunkel.
ABC Nightly News said that there’s now clear evidence of President Trump being guilty of a quid-pro-quo through demanding an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden if Ukraine wants financial aid. The person who testified to this said everyone knew about it including Pence and Pompeo. Then as ABC went into the story it was revealed that the statement wasn't a point of fact, it was an assumption the witness made. ABC didn’t care one bit about using facts, this is how bad it has gotten.
He had to admit through questioning by the Republicans, that he wasn’t told directly by anyone, including Trump, that we need to hold back aid to Ukraine unless they investigated. As a matter of fact, throughout this entire hearing, no one has said that there's direct evidence that President Trump demanded in any way, that the Ukraine investigate, or they wouldn't receive foreign aid.
One of the many things that disgust me about how Democrats have attempted to make it appear Trump is guilty, is that they made it appear that holding back foreign aid was unheard of which is a complete lie. Trump changed foreign policy from the very beginning, and he talked about it before he was elected. He said we’d begin holding back foreign aid until it was clear what the objectives were for the money. Previous presidents were terrible about throwing money away. We were paying countries the same amount of money each year, in the same timely installments, without questioning what we were getting in return. So, when Democrats said that when Ukraine didn’t receive aid for 55 days and that this was evidence that Trump was up to something, wasn’t true, it holding aid was happening with many countries this year alone.
The bottom line is that Democrats and the mainstream media have done everything they can to shape public opinion and they aren’t moving the needle. People took sides from the beginning and it’s not changing much at all. If anything, it has fired up Trump’s base and the Republican Party in general, even more than ever.
After all this madness, Trump will not be impeached because Republicans don't believe their voter base believes he should so it will never pass the Senate. But I guess that some Democrats are okay with this, they’re primary goal was to have an open venue to attack Trump in hopes of negatively impacting his 2020 campaign.
What I find interesting is that there are some democrats who are furious with the hearing because they’re in swing states and they’re being painted as highly partisan when they ran campaigns of working with the Republican Party. They also have a major problem of making their constituents believe they don’t believe in a large part of the Democratic platform (i.e. no border walls because walls are immoral, free healthcare for illegal immigrants, paying off student loans, free college tuition, getting rid of private healthcare insurance, etc.). These ideas don’t play well in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. I find it sad that these particular politicians are stuck in this situation considering all they want to do is represent their constituency.
At the end of the day, and once again, we’re stuck with hearings that will bear no fruit. There’s so much that is needed to be accomplished in D.C., and our representatives are so busy playing politics for their own ambitions, that our country is suffering for it. What can we do about it? Don’t vote in any incumbents regardless of the political party. We’ll force term limits. Once they get the idea that it’s a waste of time working on building their own influence and power on Capitol Hill, they’ll finally get around to conducting the peoples’ business.
Can you think of any friends or family members who you’d be able to stand living with you for a month or two? For most people, having visitors for more than three or four days is difficult; quite frankly, they tend to get on our nerves.
The fact is, if we spend a lot of time with other people we end up with problems. Things they say or don’t say, things they do or don’t do, inevitably there’s going to be conflicts; it’s human nature. This could happen even if someone is our best friend and staying with us.
I mention the above because if you agree with me that these things are true, then why in the world do we expect more out of our spouses? Of course, they’ll make us mad, who wouldn’t? Of course, they’ll say and do and not do things that we’ll make us very angry, who wouldn’t? I’m shocked that Maggie has put up with my idiosyncrasies for around 37 years. That’s what is so amazing about spouses, they’ve seen and heard our worse, and they keep coming home.
So, the next time one of our spouses sends us through the roof, remember, who wouldn’t? :)
It would be very difficult finding a credible psychiatrist who says that violence in movies and video games (even some rap music), doesn't cause us harm, sometimes death. Being that pretty much all of it is protected by senior members of the Democratic Party because the entertainment industry is truly their bread and butter, the mainstream media rarely says or writes a thing about how these things hurt our country. There's countless research on the topic that isn't shared.
A huge case in point, and just my opinion, but most Americans couldn't believe the terrorists of 9/11 hijacked planes and used them as bombs. Just five years before the 9/11 terrorists' attack, a blue print of how to do it was provided by the popular movie: "Executive Decision," produced by Warner Brothers. It starred both Kurt Russell and Halle Berry. Terrorists hijacked a 747 airplane with the intent of making it a suicide mission killing the passengers on board and those on the ground. The thing is, our movies are distributed around the world; some are still on VHS tapes.
There's no doubt in my mind that this movie gave these terrorists the idea. They had roughly five years to work their people in place including getting them pilot's licenses. Now this cause and effect could've been a huge story, but it wasn't. Neither is the truth behind the violence seen and heard every day because of the entertainment industry. Democrats like to make everyone think they're the Party for the people, but the fact of the matter is, even violence towards U.S. citizens takes a backseat to their love of campaign contributions.
Author: John Mann