Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Li‘l Kim

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2010
Rap Royalty: Leelanau Sands to Welcome Lil’ Kim
By Kristi Kates
 Perhaps one of the most famous Lil’ Kim quotes to date is this one: “I
like to be daring and I like to be different. You think anyone out here
looks like me? It’s pretty different, right?”
Different is definitely an understatement. Not since Madonna’s heyday, and
with the exception of perhaps Lady Gaga, no current female performer
generates as much visual controversy as the petite rapper/singer/actress.
Relying on an ever-rotating, often questionable wardrobe and over 800
wigs, the 4’11 Kim, aka “Queen Bee,” constantly changes her look and
continues to evolve her sound, working with everyone from the late
Notorious B.I.G. to the trio of Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Pink, with
whom she crafted a dance-club remake of Patti LaBelle’s disco tune “Lady
Marmalade” (2001.)

But just when you think you’ve got her hip-hop persona figured out, Kim
Jones takes yet another turn - or several.
Also in 2001, she appeared in the movie Zoolander - as herself - and then
took her acting experience to another level with subsequent roles in
Juwanna Mann, Nora’s Hail Salon, and You Got Served.
In 2005, during her much-publicized 10-month stint in jail (for allegedly
lying to a Federal Grand Jury about the crime of two of her friends), she
released her fourth album, The Naked Truth.
And in 2009’s biopic Notorious, she portrayed herself yet again, as the
movie showcased the life of Lil’ Kim’s long-time mentor (and rumored
boyfriend) Biggie “B.I.G.” Smalls.
So from hip-hop music to movies - not that big of a leap, right? Well,
this next career move might just throw you.
Last year, Lil’ Kim showed up, not at a recording studio, not at a movie
set, not at a hip-hop club... but on season 8 of the mainstream TV dance
competition show Dancing with the Stars.
Paired with former Latin American Dance world champion Derek Hough, Kim
did the Cha-Cha, the Quickstep, the Samba, the Argentine Tango, the Waltz,
the Rumba, and the Paso Doble before being eliminated. At her elimination,
she called her time on Dancing... “one of the greatest experiences I’ve
ever experienced in my life.”
Let no one ever accuse the quotable Lil’ Kim of being boring.
Now, she’s taking her hip-hop hits to the road, with live dates taking
place throughout the month of June, including stops in Vermont, New York
City, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Phoenix, Arizona.
And on Wednesday, June 9, she’ll be making an appearance at the Leelanau
Sands Casino, where her age-limited (18 and over only) show is sure to
draw plenty of hip-hop fans. Which wig will she wear? Which rhymes will
she rap?  With Lil’ Kim, you can never quite be sure just what she’ll do
next - and that’s part of what makes her Lil’ Kim.

Lil’ Kim will appear in concert at the Leelanau Sands Casino in
Peshawbestown on June 9; doors open at 8:45 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $20 at Leelanau Sands/Turtle Creek and all
Michigan Meijer locations; for more info, visit www.starticketsplus.com

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