Daily Archives: January 12, 2011
“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.
- Obama’s Speech at the Tucson Memorial Service (politicalwire.com)
- Obama Arizona Memorial Speech: FULL TEXT (huffingtonpost.com)
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.
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.
- Margaret Whiting, Legendary Big Band Singer, Dies at 86 (spinner.com)
- Margaret Whiting, Fresh-Faced Singer of Jazz and Pop Standards, Dies at 86 (nytimes.com)
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.
- David Nelson of ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ Dead at 74 (blippitt.com)
- David Nelson of “Ozzie and Harriet” TV family dies (omg.yahoo.com)
- Actor David Nelson of famous TV family dies at 74 (philly.com)
- David Nelson of ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ Dies at 74 (abcnews.go.com)
- David Nelson, Last Surviving Star Of “Ozzie & Harriet” Fame, Dies (popcrunch.com)
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?
False Accusations of Blood Libel go back to the Middle Ages, as in this document from the Trial of the Jews of Trent in 1478.
- What is “Blood Libel?” (politicalwire.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Statement On Arizona Tragedy Oddly Uses “Blood Libel” (alan.com)
- Palin charges critics with ‘blood libel’ (politico.com)
- Sarah Palin incorrectly uses term “blood libel” to defend herself (shortformblog.com)
- Jewish Republicans muted on Palin’s ‘blood libel’ comment (thehill.com)
- Why Palin’s ‘Blood Libel’ Speech Was Wrong (thedailybeast.com)
- You: Tea Party figurehead says attacks on her are ‘blood libel’ (guardian.co.uk)
Sign Al’s petition at AlFranken.com.
- Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality (yro.slashdot.org)
- Scandal! Entertainer Owes Back Taxes! [Politics] (gawker.com)
- Al Franken, Former NBC Employee, Fights For Old Network in Face of Comcast Takeover (observer.com)
- Franken Warns FCC Chief on Net Neutrality, Comcast Deal (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
You know, people BELIEVE this crap. That’s what scares me most.
- NY City Council cancels Wal-Mart hearing due to blizzard — Ground Zero Mosque protest now set for February 3 (jihadwatch.org)
- Elsewhere: Yes to Wal-Mart, No to the Ground Zero Mosque (observer.com)
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?
- Rush Limbaugh says a dozen incredibly offensive things (salon.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Attacks ‘The Left’ Over Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Response (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Limbaugh: Loughner “Has The Full Support” Of The “Democrat” Party (alan.com)
- Rush Limbaugh: Jared Loughner “Has The Full Support Of” The Democratic Party (mediaite.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Joins Attempt To Blame The Left For AZ Shooting (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Limbaugh says Democrats support assassin who shot Rep. Giffords (americablog.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Feels The Sting Of Sheriff Dupnik’s Comments, Claims Dems Support Loughner (lezgetreal.com)
- Arizona Sheriff Blasts Rush Limbaugh for Spewing ‘Irresponsible’ Vitriol (Keep It Up Sheriff!) (gunnyg.wordpress.com)