Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

Taegan Goddard summed up the President’s Memorial Speech very well…

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President Obama gave one of his best speeches tonight — one that was much more emotional and cathartic than anyone could expect. He rose above the bickering and finger pointing of the last few days and spoke to our higher values.

Most impressively, Obama walked a very delicate line of remembering the fallen while trying to draw broader lessons for the country. Referring to nine year old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed by the gunman last Saturday, Obama noted she “was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.”

“I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us — we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”


Well said, Mr. President. That’s exactly what we should do.
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…and well said, Mr. Goddard. We can all agree with you.

The key point in the President’s Memorial Speech in Tucson… a Quote

“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

– President Barack Obama

Let us hope that this sinks in with people on all sides. It certainly will with me. Listening to him, I waas thrilled to have this man as President.

Sorry to double up, but I have another obituary… Margaret Whiting Dies at 86

Margaret Whiting, a songwriter’s daughter who as a bright-eyed teenage singer captivated wartime America and then went on to a long, acclaimed career recording hit songs and performing in nightclubs and on television, died on Monday of natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 86.

Margaret Whiting with Jack Wrangler

During the last years of her life she was married to former porn star and later producer, 20 years her junior, Jack Wrangler, who I went to Northwestern with when he was known as Jack Stillman. Jack died in 2009 with emphysema.

In her singing career “It Might as Well Be Spring,”  a Rodgers & Hammerstein tune from the musical “State Fair,” became a signature for her. In 1948 alone Margaret Whiting had three major hits: “A Tree in the Meadow,” “Now Is the Hour” and “Far Away Places.” A duet with Mercer, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (by Frank Loesser), lasted 19 weeks on the Billboard chart in 1949. Her nine duets with the country star Jimmy Wakely, from 1949 to 1951, were sensations, particularly “Slippin’ Around.” She released albums into the late 1950s with Capitol Records, then switched to the Dot and Verve labels, but returned to Capitol and recorded her last big hit, “The Wheel of Hurt,” in 1966.

Whiting and her younger sister, Barbara, who died in 2004,  starred in “Those Whiting Girls,” a 1950s television series about college coeds.

David Nelson Dead at 74…

From NPR:

David Nelson, who starred on his parents’ popular television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick. The show originated on radio in 1952 as “Here Come the Nelsons, then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet with some of the story lines taken from the stars’ own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run.

The show was shot in the Nelson family home in the Hollywood foothills, which remains a popular attraction for visitors on Hollywood celebrity bus tours.

Born in New York City, David attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California.

Does Palin Know What “Blood Libel” Means?

Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Raleigh, NC.

Sarah Palin

It is even more offensive a term in a public message when we consider that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish. I certainly wonder what the Half Gov. of Alaska was thinking here… did someone write this speech for her (say Glenn Beck?) or are these her own words?

Clipped from Taegan Goddard‘s Political Wire:

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One particular line in Sarah Palin‘s statement on the Arizona shootings has created an uproar:

“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”


The term “blood libel” usually refers to the false accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children in some of their religious rituals.
While it’s not entirely clear what Palin intended, it’s possible she was trying to use dog whistle politics to speak to her religious base who often feel they’re an oppressed minority.

Please Join Senator Al Franken to Keep Corporations from Taking Control of the Internet

Sign Al’s petition at AlFranken.com.

I did… I hope you will, too. Keeping all of our access to the internet open and free of corporate manipulation is important to all of us who live our lives on the web.

America is Going Nuts!

Now there is a rank loony blogger holding up Wal-Mart as a way to protest the “ground zero mosque.”

You know, people BELIEVE this crap. That’s what scares me most.

From Salon:

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Anti-Islam blogger to hold pro-Wal-Mart rally
Obsessive anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is having another New York rally in support of bigotry and insanity. This time, though, there’s a twist: She is still protesting the imaginary “ground zero mosque,” but she also wants everyone to know that she’s in favor of Wal-Mart.
The giant retail chain that has successfully held the lead in America‘s race to the bottom would like to expand into New York City. The City Council is against the idea. Geller, obviously, supports Wal-Mart, because liberals dislike Wal-Mart, and liberals love Muslims, and Muslims hate America, and so therefore Wal-Mart is good and loves America.
Also, Geller is the lady who decided to loudly boycott Dunkin’ Donuts because it had an ad in which spokesperson Rachael Ray wore a scarf that resembled a keffiyeh.
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Quote of the Day – Limbaugh Cites Democrats and Pima County Sheriff as Being Pro-Murder

Salon this morning has a disturbing article called “Rush Limbaugh says a Dozen Incredibly Offensive Things“.

He “jokingly” suggested that Democrats had purposefully orchestrated a mass murder for their own political benefit. He incorrectly asserted that “every association that any act of violence has been made with the conservative right has fallen on emptiness.” He said that now the government will take away your guns, along with “as many political freedoms as they can manage.” (So you’d better stock up on guns, and you’d better fear and hate the government!)

And then they reported this Limbaugh quote:

“This guy clearly understands he’s getting all the attention and he understands he’s got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he’s not convicted of murder.”

When you consider the major increase on the sale of Glocks since the tragic event in Tucson, Limbaugh seems to be encouraging such sales by suggesting that government is out to get citizen’s political freedom. Once again I ask a question I’ve asked before… Why is this guy on the air?