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The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)


Friday, November 21, 2014

The Anger continues.......


  Many people are awaiting the Ferguson Grand Jury deliberations and they have planned a huge response nationwide, there are protest planned in various cities:




  • Albany, NY                        
  • Carbondale, IL
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, MO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Des Moines, IA




  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bangor, ME
  • Beavercreek, OH
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Boston, MA
  • Buffalo, NY





  • Detroit, MI
  • Durham, NC
  • Ferguson, MO
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Grinnell, IA
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Jackson, MI
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Lexington, KY
  • Longview, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Meadville, PA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Monpelier, VT
  • Monroeville, OH
  • Nashville, TN
  • New London, CT
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Northampton, MA
  • NYC, NY
  • Oak Ridge, TN
  • Oakland, CA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Oshkosh, WI
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Providence, RI
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rochester, NY
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • South Hadley, MA
  • Spring Valley, NY
  • Springfield, MA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Stroudsberg, PA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Toledo, OH
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Hartford, CT
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Worcester, MA

  •     This is being co-opted by a bunch of groups that have a social axe to grind, or it serves a purpose,  From what I have read on verious news agencies, the Ferguson protest is being driven by outside agitators.   You have the usual black race hustlers making an appearance, you also have the Holder Justice department or parts of FEDGOV coordinating activities relating to the protest.  You also have the "Social justice" activist making an appearance, one even got her car stolen,
        
       Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:17 AM
    No Justice, No Peace!
    Elizabeth Vega is one of the Ferguson protest leaders. She protested at sports venues and attempted a banner drop. She co-led the St Louis Symphony interruption, was arrested at the pumpkin smashing, yelled at the St Louis Post Dispatch protest, and helped block traffic with her freakshow in Clayton yesterday.
    mike brown concert
    Mike Brown protesters from Ferguson disrupted the St. Louis Symphony in St. Louis City in October. (KRON)
    While yelling “F*ck the Police!” apparently her car got stolen.
    Do you think she’ll file a police report requesting they help her now?
    Elizabeth Vega: “So while debriefing after the action my car got stolen.”
    vega car
    Her tweets expressing anger that Nixon called a state of emergency in part due to the rising crime and criminal elements associated with the protests are interspersed with others decrying the car theft.
    vega tweets
    Perhaps she could stop encouraging others to break the law?
    You hang with looters, you get looted.

         Also making a appearance are the "occupy crowd" you know the ones that in 2012 squatted on various parcels of property and made a nuisance out of themselves.  Well the "Occupy" movement would have failed if it wasn't for the unions supporting them.  I remember reading of a SIEU vehicle dropping off supplies at  the Occupy sites....you know the SIEU...the government union.  the only union that actually increased in size since Obama got elected.  the ones that during the townhall meetings where Obamacare was hotly debated, the ones that brought in agitators to intimidate the locals that were pissed about the passage of Obamacare, from the backroom deals and sheer bribery used to push it through on a strictly partyline vote.
             So we have the occupy crowd, along with their union enablers making an appearance.  We also have the environmental movement making an appearance trying to tie in the thug shooting with "environmental Justice".  Even the LGBT lobby is making an appearance with this trying to link their agenda with the shooting of "the Saint of Swisher Sweet" by that Racist Sexist cop who is a symbol of the repressive patriarchal society that suppressed sexual identity.
         There is a tumblr website that is a focal point for the protest that is planned for 83 cities, this is much bigger than a regular smash and loot mob that normally forms up after the local blacks are outraged about a Police vs a thug shooting.
       

         
              
    Missouri's governor has now preemptively declared a 30-day state of emergency and called out the National Guard — and the grand jury hasn't even made its decision yet!
    Basically, it's on.
    Ferguson, however, is not the only city set to hold protests immediately following the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement.
    Actually, they aren't even being referred to as protests anymore. They are now being called "planned responses."
    A Tumblr page for something called the "Ferguson National Response Network" has posted a very organized list with graphics for each location (something which, if it's as scripted as the rest of this situation has been and continues to be, will be expertly timed with the holidays coming up).
        
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    Community. We train. We protest.
    The organizers have also released a list of 19 "Proposed Rules of Engagement."
    Wow. Just wow. This is not your average civil disobedience. Martha Stewart has thrown less organized birthday parties than this. There are White House functions with less planning and training involved.
    Anyone else get the sense that this whole thing has been co-opted? Think about it.
    When you're mad about something that's wrong with the system, what do you do if you want to protest it? You pull out a black marker, get a poster board, call up your friends, maybe send out a few Tweets or Facebook messages, then you find a corner and start protesting.
    You don't get so angry with the system that you first a) write a proposed rules of engagement list, b) start fundraising campaigns, c) set up highly coordinated protests in 83 cities, d) coordinate mass informational meetings and finally e) hold direct action trainings then get ready to protest.
    What average, random person has the time and money to pull off all that off properly?
    Sure people have been protesting this for months now, but still. What monster has Ferguson now mutated into? Who is ultimately behind it, driving the agenda?
    Many of the people who showed up to protest in Ferguson from the beginning were coming from out of town. There were definite provocateurs among the crowds trying to incite violence.
    At this point, people are apparently quitting their jobs and flocking to Ferguson to devote all their time and energy to this.
         Who is paying for this?   I keep on thinking it is all the far leftist groups, probably based on billionaire leftist Soros fortune.  We also have the Obama white house having meetings with the protestors and telling them "to Stay the course"
       The flipside of this is that ammo and gun sales in the area have skyrocketed, the average citizen is stocking up in case of civil unrest.  Many people in other area's are also stocking up, this has the potential of exploding into major civil unrest and major blood spill.



    Actually, they aren’t even being referred to as protests anymore. They are now being called “planned responses.”
    A Tumblr page for something called the “Ferguson National Response Network” has posted a very organized list with graphics for each location (which must have taken a lot of time and effort) detailing these “planned responses” that have been scheduled for a total of 82 cities across the U.S. and one in Canada after the grand jury announces their decision (something which, if it’s as scripted as the rest of this situation has been and continues to be, will be expertly timed with the holidays coming up).
    Organizers are also holding something called “direct action trainings.”
    - See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/not-just-ferguson-protests-scheduled-for-83-cities-direct-action-trainings-being-held-for-protesters_112014#sthash.p1MheSh4.dpuf
    Missouri’s governor has now preemptively declared a 30-day state of emergency and called out the National Guard — and the grand jury hasn’t even made it’s decision yet!
    Basically, it’s on.
    Ferguson, however, is not the only city set to hold protests immediately following the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement.
    Actually, they aren’t even being referred to as protests anymore. They are now being called “planned responses.”
    A Tumblr page for something called the “Ferguson National Response Network” has posted a very organized list with graphics for each location (which must have taken a lot of time and effort) detailing these “planned responses” that have been scheduled for a total of 82 cities across the U.S. and one in Canada after the grand jury announces their decision (something which, if it’s as scripted as the rest of this situation has been and continues to be, will be expertly timed with the holidays coming up).
    Organizers are also holding something called “direct action trainings.”
    fergusonproteststraining
    Here’s what that looks like:
    The organizers have also released a list of 19 “Proposed Rules of Engagement.”
    - See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/not-just-ferguson-protests-scheduled-for-83-cities-direct-action-trainings-being-held-for-protesters_112014#sthash.p1MheSh4.dpuf
       I don't really know how this will play out, We also have the amnesty speil being pushed by the community organizer in chief, along with the Democrats killing the Keystone pipeline yesterday.  This shows a major powershift in democrat politics.  It showed the winners and losers, the winners were the "greens" and the loser were the labor unions.  It showed who has the power and money in the democratic party.  I wonder how the unions will come back from this.
    When I was a shop Steward at my last employer, I warned the leadership about hitching the union wagon exclusively to one party, rather go with the one that is in the best interest of the membership.  I knew that the greens in the democrats were gaining in power, I had commented that the democrat politicians viewed us as an ATM, they would go mutter platitudes about "worker rights" and we would give them money, then they would go to the environmental groups and really make things happen for them.  Now the unions are being bit hard for their lack of foresight,  they are paying for their lack of vision.

        
    Missouri’s governor has now preemptively declared a 30-day state of emergency and called out the National Guard — and the grand jury hasn’t even made it’s decision yet!
    Basically, it’s on.
    Ferguson, however, is not the only city set to hold protests immediately following the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement.
    Actually, they aren’t even being referred to as protests anymore. They are now being called “planned responses.”
    A Tumblr page for something called the “Ferguson National Response Network” has posted a very organized list with graphics for each location (which must have taken a lot of time and effort) detailing these “planned responses” that have been scheduled for a total of 82 cities across the U.S. and one in Canada after the grand jury announces their decision (something which, if it’s as scripted as the rest of this situation has been and continues to be, will be expertly timed with the holidays coming up).
    Organizers are also holding something called “direct action trainings.”
    fergusonproteststraining
    Here’s what that looks like:
    The organizers have also released a list of 19 “Proposed Rules of Engagement.”
    - See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/not-just-ferguson-protests-scheduled-for-83-cities-direct-action-trainings-being-held-for-protesters_112014#sthash.p1MheSh4.dpuf



    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    The Gettysburg Address 150 years later...

    Today was a momentous day in American history, on this day 150 years ago, President Lincoln gave a 2 minute speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield where a little over 4 months earlier over a 3 day battle, the North was able to defeat the armies of the South.  At the beginning of the battle, this was the highpoint of the Southern Succession movement.  General Lee was hoping this incursion into the North would be successful.  In the past the Armies of northern Virginia has acted in a defensive nature, basically defending Richmond, the capital of the confederacy. 
         This was a strategic movement of the Southern armies, and the 3 day battle was a culmination of the movement.  General Lee was hopeful that this attack would force a defeat of the Union armies under George Meade on northern soil and this action would have the countries of England and France recognize the confederacy and force the United States to accept the confederacy. 
         Picketts Charge is widely recognized as the high-water mark of the Confederates fortunes.
    Picketts Charge at Gettysburg.

    There would be 2 more years of war, and the Confederacy even after Gettysburg still could have prevailed.  President Lincoln was under enormous pressure especially with the mounting casualties from the war and the constant setbacks.  General Lee by this time had attained glorious reputation and his exploits were the stuff of  legends.   Many in the North lamented this and President Lincoln was under severe political pressure from the Copperheads to have a political settlement to the war.  President Lincoln feared that having 2 countries in the geographical area would make both weak and vulnerable to outside interference.  Remember the Monroe Doctrine, back then the countries in Europe were on a race to either colonize or spread their own influence through the world.  Look at the effect on Africa,  We had our own manifest destiny to go from sea to sea and having the French, Germans or English meddling would have caused problems with that.
        
    Following the July 1–3, 1863, Battle of Gettysburg, reburial of Union soldiers from the Gettysburg Battlefield graves began on October 17. The committee for the November 19 Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg invited President Lincoln: "It is the desire that, after the Oration, you, as Chief Executive of the nation, formally set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks." Lincoln's address followed the oration by Edward Everett, who subsequently included a copy of the Gettysburg Address in his 1864 book about the event (Address of the Hon. Edward Everett At the Consecration of the National Cemetery At Gettysburg, 19th November 1863, with the Dedicatory Speech of President Lincoln, and the Other Exercises of the Occasion; Accompanied by An Account of the Origin of the Undertaking and of the Arrangement of the Cemetery Grounds, and by a Map of the Battle-field and a Plan of the Cemetery).
    During the train trip from Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg on November 18, Lincoln remarked to John Hay that he felt weak. On the morning of November 19, Lincoln mentioned to John Nicolay that he was dizzy. In the railroad car the President rode with his secretary, John G. Nicolay, his assistant secretary, John Hay, the three members of his Cabinet who accompanied him, William Seward, John Usher and Montgomery Blair, several foreign officials and others. Hay noted that during the speech Lincoln's face had 'a ghastly color' and that he was 'sad, mournful, almost haggard.' After the speech, when Lincoln boarded the 6:30 pm train for Washington, D.C., he was feverish and weak, with a severe headache. A protracted illness followed, which included a vesicular rash and was diagnosed as a mild case of smallpox. It thus seems highly likely that Lincoln was in the prodromal period of smallpox when he delivered the Gettysburg address:  The following speech was short and is considered one of the best  political speeches in history.  Compare the brevity of Lincoln's speeches to the pontification of the speeches given in this day and age.

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.


    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


         
        
         This is a poster I made back in the 8th grade.  I had spent a lot of time in "art" class, learning calligraphy and working on this poster.  I was very glad that my mom had saved this poster along with some of the other stuff from my childhood.  it is set up in my "man-cave" along with my military souvenirs and other stuff and assorted SWAG from work.








        

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Monday Music "Ruby" by Kenny Rogers

    Before I start on my Monday Music, I completed my NRA instructor course for Rifle and Shotgun, the course was over 3 days, from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This was necessary for me to instruct scouts higher then cub scouts.  I have been running BB ranges for the cub scouts for 6 years, my son is a Boy Scout now and I needed to step up to the higher level.  They are offering a pistol course in early December down in Florida.  I will try to take that course...but no guarantees..depends on schedule.  You know that Christmas is coming and the dance card is filling up fast.
         I decided to go back in to the murky past for this song.  I wanted to do it earlier, but was unable to find any material on it.  But I found some this time.  This song my Dad used to play all the time, and I would hear it on his "Reel to Reel" tape player.
    His was either a "Sony" or a "Sanyo".  I recall him telling me that he picked it up at the PX in Saigon.  The sound quality was really good, Nothing from digital media, but there is something about an old fashioned Reel to Reel.    He played this song and others a lot, I inherited some of my music taste from my Dad.  This song struck a chord with the Vietnam War generation, and the later Veterans who have heard this song.  The words can change a bit, but the emotions are the same.
          "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" is a song written by Mel Tillis about a paralyzed veteran of a "crazy Asian war" (given the time of its release, widely assumed but never explicitly stated to be the Vietnam War) who lies helplessly in bed as his wife "paints [herself] up" to go out for the evening without him; he believes she is going in search of a lover, and as he hears the door slam behind her, he pleads for her to reconsider. The song was made famous by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969. "Ruby" was originally recorded in 1967 by Johnny Darrell, who scored a number nine country hit with it that year.
       
    In 1969, after Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's success with the hits "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and "But You Know I Love You", Rogers wanted to take his group more into a country music direction. They recorded their version of the song (with Rogers singing the lead) in one take. The record was a major hit for them. It made #1 in the UK on the New Musical Express (#2 on the BBC chart) staying in the top twenty for 15 weeks and selling over a million copies by the end of 1970. In the United States it reached number six on the Hot 100 and number thirty-nine on the country chart and also sold more than 1 million copies by 1979. Worldwide, the single sold more than 7 million copies.
    In 1977, now a solo act following the First Edition's split in early-1976, Rogers made re-recordings of this and a number of other First Edition hits for his 1977 greatest hits package Ten Years Of Gold (later issued in the British Isles as The Kenny Rogers Singles Album), which topped the US country charts and was just as successful in the United Kingdom.
         An answer song to "Ruby," entitled "Billy, I've Got To Go To Town," was released in 1969 by Geraldine Stevens who had previously recorded successfully under the name Dodie Stevens. Sung to the same melody with an arrangement quite similar to the First Edition version, "Billy" peaked at #117 pop, #57 country. In Stevens' song, Ruby affirms her love for her disabled husband ("Billy" in her song; in "Ruby," he is not named) and pleads in turn for her man to have faith in her fidelity and her commitment to him, even in his crippled condition

         A music video consisting solely of a camera panning back and forth in a bedroom was shown at the end of a Huntley-Brinkley Report during 1969. Chet Huntley set up the video by linking it to the controversial Vietnam War and the sacrifices by U.S. servicemen and their families. Chet Huntley and David Brinkley paused after the video and then signed off in their usual fashion.   I was unable to locate the video despite searching "Youtube" and other web sites.

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    The fall of the Berlin wall and my experiences.

       As many of y'all that visit my little corner of the internet know that I spent 5 years in Germany, I got there in mid 1986, and DEROS's back to the world in 1991 where I mustered out.  I spent the first 18 months attached to the 1st Infantry Division (FWD) at Cooke Barracks in Geoppingen Germany.  I then transferred to a corp level asset in 1988 at Echterdingen or SAAF(Stuttgart Army Airfield). That is where I was when we got deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield then Desert Storm.  But I was stationed in Germany when they unified in 1989.
         I will intersperse my experiences with some photo's I took of my souvenirs.  You know what they say about G.I's...."We souvenir anything".  My first time in Berlin was in 1987 while I was attached to Wobeck a station near Helmstedt a part of Field Station Berlin.  I took my Mustang down the Helmstedt autobahn, The Helmstedt Autobahn is the only land route that we as Americans can drive through East Germany to Berlin.  We have to use "Flag Orders" to traverse the Autobahn to Berlin.  We would have to stop at 2 Soviet checkpoints.  We would be in class "A's" uniform, get out of the vehicle, present our flag orders to the soviet representative  at Magneburg and at Potsdam.
      Well when I went to Berlin, it was  a surreal experience, this is a link of my travels and various postings, West Berlin was a 24 hour party and east Germany was very subdued.  We exercised our rights of travel in East Berlin on a regular basis.  I would walk around and explore the sights.  I saw scaffolding everywhere, like they were rebuilding, but the wood for the scaffolding was dry rotted.  the buildings still had bullet pock marks in the wall when the Soviets took the city in 1945.  If we were hassled by the east Germans we would ask or demand "Ich murste mit eine Soviet Officer mit zum sprechen".  I want to speak to a Soviet officer.  Since the Soviets were in charge of East Berlin and the Western powers were responsible for West Berlin. 
         I remembered President Reagan speech in 1987 in West Berlin.
       This is when we had a President that behaved like a President rather than the petulant boy-king we have now.  But when the East Germans were going through Czechoslovakia and Hungary to get to the West and the East German Government started cracking down and we increased out alert status because we had doubts on what the Soviets will do, for in the past they did interfere with protest like they did in East Germany in 1953, Hungary in 1956, and Czechoslovakia in 1968.  Poland almost got invaded by the "Warsaw Pact" in the early 80's during the Solidarity Protest but the Polish government declared martial law and other draconian measures to basically placate the soviets so they didn't get the "assistance" from the Warsaw pact like the other places did.

            When the unrest grew, we increased our surveillance  to see what the Soviets would do.  when the wall started to come down, we were confined to garrison for 2 reasons, one to prevent an incident with an American near the border and in case the Soviets attacked, we would be able to ramp up to a wartime footing.   Luckily such things didn't happen.  But watching the party and celebration on AFN was like being in the twilight zone, we were watching history before our eyes and all we could do was hold on for the ride and hope for the best.
           We started seeing the ""Trabbi's" on the autobahns and nothing like doing 130 MPH's and seeing a trabbi doing 50 mph packed full of "Osters" going to the west to see the sights.
         Well I did collect some souvenirs of my time after the wall fell.
    Beer Stein
    My flag orders and a "DDR" country tag
    A picture of the Brandenburg Tor with British Tanks in front of it.  A "SMLM" ID tag in front of it.
    A bunch of my Soviet and East German hats, I got a lot of stuff with some dollars and Western Pron magazines.
    The Sector sign that is immortalized.
     East German hat and helmets.

    Yes that is a Soviet and East German flag.   My "man-cave" has a lot of stuff from my travels.
        I do want to go back to Berlin and Germany to  see how things have changed.   I hope to do this journey fairly soon and take my son with me and he can see how things were and how things have changed.   We saw some exciting times and were on the fore front of history.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Hitler discovers the results of the Midterm Elections...And Veterans Day


         I don't have a lot of time, I have to go to sleep because I have to go to work early,  I saw this Hitler parody and I got a chuckle out of it.  I am pleased overall with the results of the elections.  I heard on MSNBC that the talking heads were saying "What the GOP have to give to the democrats".. I was thinking...."Really?....Give to the democrats...in 2009 Obungler said " I won and you lost".   Now the talking heads want the GOP to compromise with the democrats....what happened to the compromise when the democrats were in the ascendency and the GOP fortunes were in the gutter.  The democrats pushed through their agenda all on their own.  Now they want the GOP to compromise....the sheer gall and chutspa.....





         Now today is Veterans day, this is a special day for us Veterans.   This day is for those who had served and their families.   I am a veteran as are many of my friends, I am honored to have served and would do so again.  I considered it a debt of honor as a citizen of the republic.  I served as did my father and my grandfather.  It is a tradition for my family for the males to join the service.  I hope my son continues the tradition, but this will be his decision to make. 

       

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Monday Music "Mickey" from Toni Basil


    I decided to roll with "Mickey", I remembered when this song and video hit the new and fledgling MTV music channel...back when they played music instead the crap they play now.  I was a sophomore in high school when this song came out and it was pretty neat watching the cheerleaders do their thing.  Since the symbol for my school was the "Mustangs" the high school cheerleaders substituted "Mustang" for "Mickey" during pep rally's.  They actually did pretty good, but they worked all the time and would regularly place at state competitions.  I avoided the cheerleaders since they were considered part of the "football team" and I was one of the JROTC cadets.....different dynamics, different social circles.  This was part of my problems with my 20th reunion I mentioned a few months ago.  We just had our 30th reunion and I flat out refused to go.  Once was enough.  High school was ok for me, I used to think all the time while I was in high school how others think of me and what social group, ete,ete...but once I go into the real world I realized, all that high school stuff doesn't mean crap in the real world and how much time I wasted thinking how important it was.  The song is pretty cool though.

    "Mickey" is a 1982 song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil on her debut album Word of Mouth.

    Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as "Kitty", it was first recorded by UK popular music group Racey during 1979 appearing on their debut album Smash and Grab.
    Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to make the song about a man. Basil commented on the effect of this change: "When it's a guy singing about a girl, it's a sweet line. But when a girl sings it, it must mean butt-f*****g!" For years, it had been rumoured that the name was changed to Mickey because Basil was fond of The Monkees' drummer and lead vocalist Micky Dolenz after meeting him on the set of their movie Head for which she was the choreographer; however, this claim has been disputed by Basil, who said she didn't know Dolenz that well. A music video for the song, featuring costuming and choreography inspired by cheerleader dance routines, was played heavily on MTV. Filmed in 1981, the video is considered the very first choreographed dance video, and the opening stunt, where a cheerleader jumps through the center of a human pyramid, is now illegal in competition.

    The single scored number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week and number two in the UK Singles Chart. The song was Basil's only Top 40 success, making her a "one-hit wonder". It was named #5 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of All Time, #16 on 20 to 1's Top 20 One Hit Wonders Countdown and #57 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s. It has also appeared on countless greatest or best lists and countdowns


        "Mickey" was actually recorded in 1980 and the video was conceived, directed, and choreographed by Basil herself for the UK-based label Radialchoice nearly a year before the inception of MTV in 1981. Issued on Chrysalis Records in September 1982, the song knocked Lionel Richie from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December. The infectious 45 was quickly certified Gold and in early 1983 reached Platinum status for sales of over 2 million copies in the United States alone. The music video for "Mickey" was one of the most popular early MTV videos. In the video, Basil wore her head cheerleader uniform from Las Vegas High School from which she graduated. During an interview on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of The 80's", Basil revealed that she still owns the same cheerleader sweater she wore in the video. In 2009, VH1 ranked "Mickey" Number 6 on its list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s