Along with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union was among those organizations enjoying a windfall of donations following the election of Donald Trump, not to mention high-profile support: blue ACLU ribbons were the must-have accessory at this year’s Oscars. Still, the ACLU has an ugly secret that liberals either don’t know or don’t want to talk about: it and the NRA found some common ground when it came to that legislation that tiedSocial Security Administration data into background checks and made some disturbingly broad assumptions about mental fitness. It’s not much more complicated than that, although liberals like Rachel Maddow exactly whom you’d think would champion due process and fight the stigmatization of the mentally ill as violent couldn’t stop squawking that the striking of Obama-era legislation was intended“specifically for mentally ill people to get guns.”
It looks like it took a couple of weeks for Bette Midler to catch up on the liberal narrative, and she’s put the ACLU on notice.
So #ACLU thinks it's an infringement of rights to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Huh. I think I'll cancel that check.
First, by all means, cancel that check. Second, if the Obama administration’s legislation was meant to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, it did so in perhapsthe most broad yet least effective way possible, even setting aside little things like due process. Who knew thatreceiving financial management assistance was an indicator of “severe mental illness”?
@BetteMidler Broad term, "mentally ill". Broader is it's used as stereo type. Not all who are mentally ill are dysfunctional. #ignorance
You can always count on some of the empty-headed parrots in the entertainment field to greedily devour whatever the liberals tell them is true, and then spew it out to their fawning, witless fans. Case in point: Bette Midler showered her more than half a million followers with the debunked statistic that President Obama keeps repeating in order to revive his midterm election hopes:
Even Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler seemed a little skeptical of the pay-gap argument in 2012, although in the end he awarded the White House only one Pinocchio(!):
The gap is even smaller when you look at hourly wages — it is 86 cents vs. 100 (see Table 9) — but then not every wage earner is paid on an hourly basis, so that statistic excludes salaried workers. But, under this metric for people with a college degree, there is virtually no pay gap at all.
By all accounts, there is a wage gap, but it has declined over the decades — and depending on how the data are viewed, in some cases it barely exists.
Since Obama continues to push the discredited statistic (and his luck), Kessler put out a new rating this morning: two Pinocchios.
This week we have to work top down. Most weeks we are thinking we have to nail the bottom three. So we go bottom up and try to pick who we liked least. This week, we loved every performance. These dancers are true stars and a step above everyone else in dance. The choreographers do deserve much of the credit, and we believe that choreography may have more to do with the elimination of this week’s pair of dancers than the dancing itself. But maybe a fan base could save one or two from elimination. We think Philip and Evan have a strong following that will bail them out on the telephone in many cases, but will it help them this week?
As a note aside, this is the last week these couples will perform with each other. They have to face the music with a different partner next week. This could result in some very interesting mismatches. For example, we could never imagine Kayla or Melissa with Phillip.
When you get down to it this week, there isn’t a dance we disliked. There were no major flaws. So, it comes down to how each dance made us feel and expect that we are in tune with the audience. We aren’t always, but we think we can tell you what happened and who was the most likely to get votes this week.
Normally we go through the dances in chronological order, but this week we are going to list our dancers top down, top to bottom, best to worst, and ecstacy to pain. Let’s see how this goes… (Watch solo introduction and dance recap at the bottom of this post)
Janette Manrara and Brandon Bryant Argentine Tango to the song “Libertango” from Forever Tango choreographed by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo Janette Manrara and Brandon Bryant Jazz to the song “Ruby Blue” —Róisín Murphy choreographed by Wade Robson (Complete performance videos here with judges comments)
In every show, this couple has nailed every single dance. No slips, no flaws, just pure and perfect entertainment. Tonight exemplified their run with two of the best performances by any couple this season. One will definitely be on the tour. The first was a tango. Every move was executed with phenomenal precision. Jeannette is the dark horse here. We keep forgetting about her until she dances and suddenly we believe she could take it all. Every week she has been our number one or number two pick of the women. Brandon is brought out personality-wise by her. Her slightly cocky (in a good way) personality is exactly what Brandon needed to bring out his excellence as a dancer because it got him to lighten up. (Dance 1: 10/10)
The second dance will be on the tour. It was a jazz dance that has some of the sleekiest choreography we have seen. If executed correctly, it should have you laughing and still amazed at how well it is performed. This one had us laughing at the cocky character acting, but almost in tears over how amazingly delivered this dance was. You have to watch it, because if you don’t, we cannot explain it. If this were a final contest among couples, Jeannette and Brandon are well above the rest of the pack.(Dance 2: 10/10)
Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi Disco to the song “Move On Up” —Destination choreographed by Doriana Sanchez Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi Waltz to the song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” —Mary J. Blige choreographed by Ron Montez (VIDEO PERFORMANCES HERE with judges comments)
The first dance was disco, the second dance a waltz. Melissa did one split upside down that would have likely killed a normal human being. Ade was strong throughout. When he needed to lift Melissa it was effortless. When he needed to deliver that perfect dance move or spin, it was there. Melissa was the top performer in this couple, but both kicked it up a notch even in that difficult first slot. Dance 1 was fast and furious. It was not as good as last week’s disco by Jeanette and Brandon, but it was so very well performed nonetheless. (Dance 1: 9/10) Next was a waltz that brought both of these dancer’s beauty into perspective. (Dance 2: 10/10)
Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau Contemporary to the song “Gravity” —Sara Bareilles choreographed by Mia Michaels Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau Broadway to the song “The Dance At the Gym” from West Side Story choreographed by Joey Dowling
In their first dance, they drew contemporary and it was superbly performed. The synchronized moves were spectacular. The touch of craziness in the dance had us mesmerized. (Dance 1: 9/10) Kayla, though, outshines Kupono. The second dance was a jazz performance and we just couldn’t help but giggle at some of it. It had a truly off beat appeal. We loved both dances. Kayla was spectacular. Kupono quite good. This was difficult to score because we loved the dance, but felt Kupono did not perform up to par. (Dance 2: 8./10)
Randi Evans and Evan Kasprzak Hip-hop to the song “Halo” —Beyoncé Knowles choreographed by Tabitha D’umo and Napoleon D’umo Randi Evans and Evan Kasprzak Samba to the song “Ritmo De Bum Bom”—Jababa choreographyed by Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev
In the first dance, hip hop was their task, and Randi was able to hit the beat and lead us into the dance much better than Evan. We like Evan’s personality and style, but he hasn’t been as much of a dancing standout of late, and this was not his best performance. It looked like he was dancing a different style. On time, on the beat and off the mark. (Dance 1: 8/10) Randi is just so cute that as long as she shows up and doesn’t fall, she looks great on stage. Her perkiness and energy bring that cute nature home even more
The second dance truly demonstrated the dichotomy this couple presents to us. Once again Randi was stunning, made every move flawlessly and led the dance with pure dazzle. Once again, Evan was a disappointment, disappearing behind Randi’s aura and just not showing the style and personality of a winner. Evan has the personality, we have seen it, but he hasn’t been bringing it to the show the last couple of weeks. Unlike loveable dancers from years past, such as Benjie in season 2, he can’t bring his personality consistently to the floor. He looks like he is straining and just not having the fun he should be. (Dance 2: 8/10)
Jeanine Mason and Phillip Chbeeb Russian folk dance to the song “Kalinka” —Barynya choreographed by Youri Nelzine and Lilia Babenko Jeanine Mason and Phillip Chbeeb Jive to the song “Stuff Like That There” —Bette Midler choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
If Jeanine can dance as well as she has while partnering with a dancer as weak as Phillip, she deserves to win this year. And she has. Every single dance she has delivered pure perfection, and tonight was no exception. The start was a Russian dance that brought back memories of last year when Twitch and Joshua danced up an energetic storm of Russian movement. Jeanine was believable and on mark throughout. Phillip was not, but put in a commendable effort despite a stumble and being incredibly outmatched. Honestly, though, Phillip is way out of his league and is just plain no Joshua or Twitch (Dance 1: 7/10).
The second dance was swing, and once again, Jeanine shook the hips and took the dance away. Jeanine is championship quality, Phillip is not. But we think that quite possibly the judges promoted Phillip in these routines because they want Phillip’s entertainment factor on the tour. And only the top 10 are guaranteed to tour. Jeanine was so good in the second dance and Phillip put in an underdog performance worth noting, so this dance can’t be downgraded that much. (Dance 2: 9/10)
Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover Foxtrot to the song “Minnie the Moocher” —Big Bad Voodoo Daddy choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover Lyrical jazz to the song “Show Me Heaven” —Maria McKee choreographed by Mandy Moore
The first dance was a 40s type slow swing. The dancers executed the dance with aplomb. Our issue was not the performance, it was the choreography. The dance, while amazingly performed, was dull, and votes come from how well the audience remembers the dance. Caitlin is better than this dance showed her to be. Jason as well. (Dance 1: 8/10)
The second dance was Lyrical Jazz and was their exact style. And once again, despite some beautiful movement, it was dull. We cannot place our finger on it, but this was the couple we would be least likely to vote for this week. They did the one thing that cannot be done. They bored us. (Dance 2: 8/10)
Top 12 Solo introduction and Dance Recap
Now it becomes a bit more clear…We have two obviously safe couples…what about the rest?
Brandon and Jeanine are not going anywhere. They are spectacular and the best couple in this competition by a decent margin.
Melissa and Ade have strong movement and finesse that is magnified by the incredible strength of both dancers. Melissa is a bit butch at times, but never is anyting but perfect grace. Ade is strong and always at home. So, they are SAFE!
But then we get into the gray area. All these couples, with the exception of Caitlin and Jason, are tied. And Caitlin and Jason are not far behind. What do we do? Well, we won’t cop out, we will make our guess for the bottom three, but it may not be how the audience votes.
Let’s start by saying that Jeanine and Kayla are outstanding and carry their dances repeatedly. They are both easily top ten talents, but their partners? Well….not so much. Phillip is weaker than any man here, but has a major underdog factor combined with a lovable goofiness. And you have to give him a major A for effort in that second dance. So, how do we think it will go down. In this order.
Kayla & Kupono – They were marginally the best of the four.
Jeanine & Phillip – Jeanine gets 10/10 on both dances. Phillip gets an A for effort and just being on the floor with her and not looking downright stupid. They are lovable. But at the end of the day, someone has to dance for his and/or her life.
Randi and Evan – Randi, like Jeanine, gets top scores for her dances, but Evan had an almost sleepy quality to him as he danced. No pizzazz, no personality and just not a winner. And we really like Evan and are so disappointed. Perhaps he just isn’t cut out for the limelight? We just think he has to look like he is having more fun, but this is hard, and we think he is displaying a bit of stage fright.
Caitlin and Jason – Dead last for boredom. Neither stood out, both were equally dull, but much of it was the choreography which is just the luck of the draw. Jason is better than this and we think Caitlin is as well. But, at the end of the day, no matter what the champion draws, the champion only wins if he or she brings it, so we crave their next performance. These performances made us just plain not care if this couple was not here next week, and we think that the audience won’t care either.
We think that if it plays out the way we think, Phillip has to go home unless the other two dancers blow their solos. Phillip will perform a predictable hip hop solo that will be no surprise and that demonstrates that, in the end, he has little versatility relative to the other dancers. But, Evan could fall flat as well. This is mainly because he has been a disappointment, not only to us, but repeatedly to the judges. He has to nail his solo and remind us of what he can do, or he will be on the bus out of here.
Of the women, this is very difficult. We love them all. If we had to choose, we would prefer to see Randi and Jeanette move through. Melissa we think is spectacular, but we don’t see the personality in her that makes us want to vote for her. Caitlin is spectacular, but she has to nail the solo against some pretty stiff talent and we think she is last this week in our eyes as well as the judges. We think Caitlin will be shipped out.
It is “Cinema Theme Night” for the remaining seven Idol hopefuls. We are not sure what a movie Director like Quentin Tarantino can contribute in a singing competition as mentor but he was once a guest judge on Idol and his unique style in movie direction sets him apart from all other directors because of his apparent ‘ears’ for music, so there. (Audio Performances and studio version of the songs at the bottom of this page.)
Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (Armageddon) – Aerosmith — Sad performance. Off key and dull. The judges liked it and had to be tone deaf to say it. We think they are trying to preserve the girl through a very weak performance. It wasn’t necessary. There would be worse to come. (6/10)
Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)- Bryan Adams — He hit did this song like he lived it. The advice he received from one judge was dead on the mark and his vocal was tremendous. We have to say, he has a chance of getting to the final 3 if he can be less erratic. Anoop needs to stop looking like a geek. He wore jeans and a tie. Pathetic outfit for someone with this potential. (8/10)
Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild” (Born to be Wild)- Steppenwolf – Adam is the winner of this year. He is so powerful vocally that it is hard to imagine anyone having the vocals to beat him. This performance was a bit corny and self-indulgent, which kept it from getting 10/10. But how can anyone beat that scream? Adam sounded exactly like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin doing this song, but Robert Plant needed a studio to do it. (9/10)
Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” (Don Juan) – Bryan Adams– Interesting and boring at the same time. Outclassed by Anoop and Adam, he will likely be in the bottom 3 despite some falsetto moments. We did not like it. No chills, no thrills. (6/10)
Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” (Endless Love) – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross — Danny is the one we had originally winning this competition, and he is the only one that has a chance of beating Adam. So how did it go this week? This wasn’t it. It started off pitchy and advanced into boring. The enunciation of the words was poor. There were some highlights in the chorus that drove it away from any chance of elimination, but it wasn’t a miracle. (8/10)
Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” (Once) – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — Kris did not bring out his instruments and just sang. It was a mistake. He started off pitchy and blew being in the final position. The song was boring, so unless your vocal is spectacular it becomes horribly unmemorable. He hit some nice notes. It was interesting at moments. But he bored us to tears. (6/10)
Huge (Lil) Rounds – “The Rose” (The Rose) – Bette Midler– Let’s call a spade a spade . There is nothing Lil about this gal. It starts off pitchy as has been Lil’s fault for weeks. She looks great, but fails to deliver on the notes. We think of the original and this not only pales in comparison, we found ourselves hitting mute at times because it hurt to listen to. Simon was dead on. Off key and hard to listen to. Rounds fought back, and she just looked pathetic. (4/10)
Based on our judgement. Lil has to go. She was just pathetic. Allison was at risk until Lil sang. Kris was too. That is your bottom 3.