Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Next Generation Beatles?

This is so crazy it just might work. Imagine if the four Beatles' sons started a band.

The Telegraph has it:
Sir Paul McCartney's son James said he would be willing to form a 'next generation' Beatles with the sons of the other band members.

The 34-year-old said he was "up for it" and John Lennon's son, Sean, and George Harrison's son, Dhani, had also shown support for the idea, although Ringo Starr's son, drummer Zak, was less keen.

James told the BBC: "I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do.

"Maybe Jason [another of Starr's sons and also a drummer] would want to do it.

"I'd be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I'd be happy to do it."
A little farther down in the story ...
James admitted that having the name McCartney was "a help" in the music business and it was "an honour" to be connected to his father.

He said that as a schoolboy he'd dreamt of "being better than The Beatles", adding: "I'm not sure if I can do that. If anything, I would love to be equal to The Beatles - but even that's quite tough."
Yes, I suppose a name like "McCartney" would basically mean that the guy will never know what it's like to play for the bartender and the furniture while a bar owner fumes in the corner, mad at the band for not drawing a crowd to his smelly dive.

I don't know about that last comment, though, do you really think it would be that tough to equal the Beatles? You just shake your hair and go "Yeah yeah yeah," don't you?



12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

paul still around and probably could help james out

dhani is a good guitarist and probably as weird as his father, which is good in this context

zak is actually a better drummer than ringo

the weak link, however, is sean, who is OK but would never be the presence his father was

that presence is part of the chemistry and this would probably not work

maybe if jakob dylan would join in

also, does billy preston have a kid?

April 04, 2012 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sued for prayer, freedom of religion and speech violated:

"It's a big payday for one New York-based lesbian chef who says her boss openly prayed to God to "heal" her.

The New York Post reports that Mirella Salemi was awarded $1.6 million after battling Edward Globokar, the former owner of the popular Tex-Mex eatery Mary Ann’s in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood. Globokar held employee prayer meetings inside Mary Ann's, where Salemi worked for six years.

"He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her livelihood," Derek Smith, a lawyer for Salemi, told the Post. "He thought praying might cure her of her sexuality, but she is someone who didn’t need to be saved."

According to reports, Salemi quit the restaurant in 2007. The jury reportedly ordered Globokar and his retaurants to fork over some $1.2 million in punitive damages and an additional $400,000 in compensatory damages to Salemi."

April 04, 2012 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual, "Anonymous" your post is NOT ON TOPIC...totally irrelevant!! Do you have to deal with HDD?

April 04, 2012 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it goes directly to the topic that is the main concern of this blog

the stories happen when they happen

if the blog administrator finds the story in appropriate, he will delete

why are you so concerned?

and where's your Fab Four comment?

April 04, 2012 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"do you really think it would be that tough to equal the Beatles?"

Yes. It would be really tough to be good enough to sell as much music worldwide as the Beatles (and Elvis) did.

I Am The Greatest
John Lennon

When I was a little boy,
Way back home in liverpool,
My mama told me, I was great.

Then when i was a teenager,
I knew that i had got something going,
All my friends told me i was great.

And now I'm a man,
A woman took me by the hand,
And you know what she told me...I was great.

I was in the greatest show on earth,
For what it was worth.
Now I'm only thirty-two;
And all I wanna do, is boogaloo!

Hey!

I looked in the mirror,
I saw my wife and kids,
And you know what they told me...I was great.

Yes, my name is Billy Shears,
You know it has been for so many years.
Now I'm only thirty-two;
And all I wanna do, is boogaloo!

Hey, hey, hey, (hey, hey, hey) yeah!

(hey, hey, hey)

I'm the greatest and you better believe it, baby!

Ho! ho! ho!

I'm gonna be the greatest in this world, (ho!)
In the next world and in any world! (hey!)

April 05, 2012 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beatle John Lennon made women's rights a top concern after meeting his wife Yoko Ono. They collaborated on many songs extolling feminist issues, including "Woman", the "grown-up version" of the original Fab Four song "Girl".

The GOP wants to eliminate women's rights like Gov. Walker did in WI:

"WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.

Walker's office did not return repeated requests for comment.

State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, criticized Walker on Thursday for not informing the public of his actions on SB 202.

“We are finally starting to see progress here in Wisconsin, yet like their counterparts across the country, Legislative Republicans want to turn back the clock on women’s rights in the workplace,” said Hansen."

April 07, 2012 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Beatle John Lennon made women's rights a top concern after meeting his wife Yoko Ono. They collaborated on many songs extolling feminist issues, including "Woman", the "grown-up version" of the original Fab Four song "Girl"."

fascniating. where's his song saying unless we expand the number of ways women can sue for discrimination on a regular basis we are "eliminating" their rights?

"The GOP wants to eliminate women's rights like Gov. Walker did in WI"

this person must not believe in teaching the facts because this is not a fact.

"WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court."

is this really necessary? a recent cover story if Time says that women increasingly make more than men.

I thought TTFers opposed taking things to court because it wastes government money

oh that's right. it only wastes money if it opposes the lunatic fringe gay agenda

what was I thinking?

"In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219."

thank heaven he didn't noisily sign it!

"Walker's office did not return repeated requests for comment."

I, for one, appreciate it when politicians don't comment on inane requests

"State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, criticized Walker on Thursday for not informing the public of his actions on SB 202."

ooooo...that oughta scare the hell outta him

“We are finally starting to see progress here in Wisconsin, yet like their counterparts across the country, Legislative Republicans want to turn back the clock on women’s rights in the workplace,” said Hansen."

so, if you're seeing progress, why are trying to change things? why not stick with what's working?

April 07, 2012 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a recent cover story if Time says that women increasingly make more than men."

From that Sept. 2010 Time article:

"Here's the slightly deflating caveat: this reverse gender gap, as it's known, applies only to unmarried, childless women under 30 who live in cities. The rest of working women — even those of the same age, but who are married or don't live in a major metropolitan area — are still on the less scenic side of the wage divide.

The figures come from James Chung of Reach Advisors, who has spent more than a year analyzing data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. He attributes the earnings reversal overwhelmingly to one factor: education. For every two guys who graduate from college or get a higher degree, three women do. This is almost the exact opposite of the graduation ratio that existed when the baby boomers entered college. [Santorum said "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women; who go out and work hard every day; and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his." Santorum: BA 1980 from Penn State, 1981 MBA from University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and 1986 JD from Dickinson School of Law at Penn State.] Studies have consistently shown that a college degree pays off in much higher wages over a lifetime, and even in many cases for entry-level positions. "These women haven't just caught up with the guys," says Chung. "In many cities, they're clocking them."

Chung also claims that, as far as women's pay is concerned, not all cities are created equal. Having pulled data on 2,000 communities and cross-referenced the demographic information with the wage-gap figures, he found that the cities where women earned more than men had at least one of three characteristics. Some, like New York City or Los Angeles, had primary local industries that were knowledge-based. Others were manufacturing towns whose industries had shrunk, especially smaller ones like Erie, Pa., or Terre Haute, Ind. Still others, like Miami or Monroe, La., had a majority minority population. (Hispanic and black women are twice as likely to graduate from college as their male peers.)


"so, if you're seeing progress, why are trying to change things? why not stick with what's working?"

As the quoted text states, it's Legislative Republicans who are trying to roll back the clock on the hard earned rights women have fought for and won. There was a perfectly good law in WI, the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, until Gov. Walker and his Wisconsin state Republican cronies decided overturn that law and put more roadblocks in women's paths to success.

One again you demonstrate reading comprehension is not your forte.

April 07, 2012 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what right of women did Walker eliminate? just so we know

April 07, 2012 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"so what right of women did Walker eliminate"

Still having trouble with reading comprehension, I see.

The answer to your question is "to have their day in state court when suing for discrimination based on federal protections." And the law didn't only effect women suing for sex discrimination, it effected anyone suing for discrimination outlawed by federal legislation, such as those who sue because they were discriminated against on the basis of their religion or age or race or national origin.

For the past two years, WI joined 33 other states that permit citizens to sue for federal discrimination protection in state courts. Women in WI needed such protection from sex discrimination in their wages because "in 2009 the state ranked 36th in the country in terms of workplace gender parity."

The law has never been used by any WI woman to sue over wage sex discrimination, but while in effect this law has already improved workplace gender parity in Wisconsin a little bit. Let's see how long it takes GOP-led Wisconsin to regress, as opposed to progress, on this issue. Oh, oops! They just did last Thursday.

"To bring a suit under the law, a plaintiff first had to go through a state-level administrative process to prove discrimination. It was rigorous enough that in the two years the law was in effect, not a single equal-pay lawsuit was filed. Still, the law’s supporters believe it has been effective in spurring businesses to pay women more fairly. Thus by 2010, the state had climbed to 24th in the national gender-parity rankings, with women making 78 percent as much as men, compared to 77 percent nationally. “Since the law was put into place, employers actually took notice and were very conscious of the fact that they had to follow this law or they were at risk of a lawsuit,” Sinicki argues."

Here's what WI GOP State Senator Glenn Grothman said about the need to repeal the law which enables every WI citizen the right to sue in state courts for federal discrimination protection. To him this is solely another battle in the GOP war against women:

"You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious."

Apparently this elected GOPer doesn't even realize 83% of single parent households are headed by single women, to whom money is at least as equally important to as it is to men.

April 08, 2012 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Woman Is The Nigger Of The World"
-John Lennon

Woman is the nigger of
the world
Yes she is...think about it
Woman is the nigger of
the world
Think about it...do
something about it
We make her paint her
face and dance
If she won't be slave ,we
say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's
trying to be a man
While putting her down we
pretend that she is above us
Woman is the nigger of
the world...yes she is
If you don't belive me take a
look to the one you're with
Woman is the slaves of
the slaves
Ah yeah...better screem
about it
We make her bear and raise
our children
And then we leave her flat for
being a fat old mother hen
We tell her home is the only
place she would be
Then we complain that she's
too unworldly to be our friend
Woman is the nigger of
the world...yes she is
If you don't belive me take a
look to the one you're with
Woman is the slaves of
the slaves
Yeah (think about it)
We insult her everyday on TV
And wonder why she has no
guts or confidence
When she's young we kill her
will to be free
While telling her not to be so
smart we put her down for being so dumb
Woman is the nigger of
the world...yes she is
If you don't belive me take a
look to the one you're with
Woman is the slaves of
the slaves
Yes she is...if you belive me,
you better screem about it.
Repeat:
We make her paint her
face and dance
We make her paint her
face and dance We make her paint her
face and dance

April 08, 2012 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One independently elected GOP US Senator gets it!

"Some of Murkowski's most direct comments came in response to a question from Lora Wilke on the Coffee Table about her position on reproductive rights. That prompted Murkowski to speak about a trend she sees in the national debate.

"I think what you're sensing is a fear, a concern that women feel threatened, that a long settled issue might not be settled," Murkowski said.

She cited things like conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh's remarks about a female Georgetown University law student, which Murkowski called "offensive, horribly offensive."

"To have those kind of slurs against a woman ... you had candidates who want to be our president not say, 'That's wrong. That's offensive.' They did not condemn the rhetoric," Murkowski said.

On abortion and contraception, Murkowski made her views clear.

"The right to a safe and legal abortion has been affirmed by the courts, and I stand by that," she said. "I will continue to support funding Planned Parenthood."

From her perspective as a Republican, Murkowski said she can't understand why some in her party have raised reproductive rights as an issue.

"It makes no sense to make this attack on women," she said. "If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."


Meanwhile, the tea party has the GOP leadership in a strangle-hold.

"House Speaker John Boehner, member of a boys-only golf club...has "demurred" on this particular issue that even his fellow Republicans are rallying around because standing up for their rich wives' right to play golf at a fancy private club is so much easier than standing up for their right to basic health care.

But not Boehner. He likes his golf like he likes his Congressional hearings on contraception: for boys only. Let those bra-burning feminazis Romney, Gingrich and McCain start trying to score cheap political girlie points; he'll be busy "demurring" on his beloved single-sex golf course."

April 08, 2012 10:25 AM  

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