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I HOPE HILLARY CLINTON DON'T BECOME PRESIDENT
Dear Willie D:
I love Hillary Clinton, but I don't think she should become president. She has too many skeletons in the closet for conservatives to attack and shame her legacy. Don't you think if she became president, her administration will be riddled with scandal?
Yes, but name a president in the past 100 years whose administration hasn't been riddled with scandal? The truth is power corrupts, and absolute power means that you'll probably be mentioned in history books.
From Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy's affairs, to Richard Nixon's Watergate, George W. Bush's reelection hijack, Barack Obama's Benghazi, and Ronald Reagan's record-topping number of reproaches for a sitting president - where 138 administration officials were either investigated, indicted, or convicted -- every single president has had his administration mired in scandal.
But the worst political scandal ever was when those cockblockers got mad at Bill Clinton for getting a blowjob. It's one thing to be mad at him for cheating on his wife, but to impeach the President of the United States of America for getting his jimmy polished by an intern is about as low as you can go in politics without needing a parole officer.
DO YOU THINK ROBIN THICKE'S 'BLURRED LINES' COPIED MARVIN GAYE?
Dear Willie D:
I listened to the Pharrell Williams-produced "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and I must say that it sounds a lot like Marvin Gaye's song, "Got To Give It Up.." I'm a fan of both songs, but I'm not really familiar with the nuances of song composition.
You're a respected artist in the music industry. What are your thoughts on Marvin Gaye's family being awarded more than $7 million in damages? Was it plagiarism?
Of course it was plagiarism. I'm a student of Marvin Gaye's music, so as soon as I heard "Blurred Lines" I knew where it came from. Pharrell himself said the song was a tribute inspired by "Got to Give It Up." The bass line, the percussion and the whoops, on down to Marvin Gaye's falsetto was copied.
If they were going to jack the man, they should have at least threw in a siren and a couple of gunshots to throw us off.
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I GROUNDED MY DAUGHTER FOR SPRING BREAK BECAUSE OF BAD GRADES
Dear Willie D:
My high-school daughter, who is a junior, traveled with her friends to Miami for Spring Break last year and made plans to do it again this year, but I grounded her because of failing grades. She of course is mad at me, and is walking around the house with an attitude.
In the past I have allowed her to get away with making up tests and homework assignments, but I warned her that if her grades slipped again she would not be allowed to leave town, even if she did makeup work, which she has since completed. I told her she will be a senior when school restarts in August and it's important to go in with the right attitude.
For some reason she doesn't understand that bad grades are a reflection of your character; it's indicative of irresponsibility. What can I say or do to make her understand this?
I commend you for recognizing the importance of taking charge in helping your daughter make a better effort to improve her grades and doing something about it before it's too late. Your daughter reminds me of my son, Blake. He is smart, but his progress reports hasn't always reflected his intelligence quotient because he took for granted he could always do makeup work.
To get him focused, his mom and I took away his "fun." Extracurricular activities, both in and out of school, are now based on positive reviews of his grades. Trips to the movies, parties, and hanging out with friends used to be automatic; not anymore. As we explained to him, all those things are a privilege, not a right.
Your daughter will be a senior next year. If she plans on going to college, she needs to know the higher her GPA, the greater chance she has at attending the university of her choice. I think you're saying and doing the right things. She will test you, but when you deny her a privilege stay firm, and consistent. It's just as easy to settle into a pattern of excellence as it is to settle into one of mediocrity. Stay strong!
TRUE LOVE IN A DIFFERENT CITY
Dear Willie D:
Long story short, I haven't been in the dating game ever since a bad breakup three years ago. I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say my last relationship was the worst ever and I haven't recovered. Since I've gotten myself a job that pays well, I decided to start dating again and see if some good would come out of it.
Man, was I wrong big time. Basically every date I've been on, I've been put on trial because of what the last dude did. The last girl I dated, I thought we hit it off but she was basically stuck on stupid and went back to her ex-boyfriend that did her dirty. She went back to him all because he had money. So I was like, "If that's what you want fine; just don't call me anymore." Actually I said worse than that. I should have handled it a different way, but I was tired of being interrogated by bitter women.
After that, I decided to move to Houston to start a new life. I figured I'll get a good girl without being labeled as "All dudes are the same" on my forehead. The only people who support my plans to move are my dad, sister and mom, but they feel as though I've given up. Well, I think that's all I have to say. What's your take on it?
By your own admission you haven't gotten over your breakup three years ago. You're accusing the new girls you date of the same thing you're guilty of -- holding all [of them] accountable for the actions of a few. Houston is a sweet spot to find a good girl and start a new life. But do yourself a favor and leave the attitude where you are. It's blocking your blessing.
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