Daily Archives: August 25, 2012
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- Favorite Fonts (popcornonthestove.com)
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Armstrong died today from cardiovascular complications. Saturday.
When he made that famous step on July 20, 1969, he uttered a phrase that has been carved in stone and quoted across the planet: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” It was heard by 60 million television viewers worldwide
His professional career kept him in the air. In 1945, he started taking flying lessons, paying for them by working as a stock clerk at a drugstore. On his 16th birthday, he got his pilot’s license but didn’t yet have a driver’s license.
Armstrong was one of the first Astronauts recruited for the space program – a true American hero.
- Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82 (pbs.org)
- Neil Armstrong, first person to set foot on moon, dies at 82 (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
- Neil Armstrong Dies at 82 (tightwind.net)
- Former astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at age 82 (thetechblock.com)
- Internet responds to death of Neil Armstrong (cosmiclog.nbcnews.com)
- R.I.P. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) (geekalabama.com)
- Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82 (mashable.com)
He was best known as the Count and other characters on Sesame Street.
Nelson, who suffered from emphysema, died Thursday night in his Massachusetts home on Cape Cod, the Sesame Workshop said Friday.
“Every description of his characters describes Jerry as well. Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate and musical, for sure. That voice of his was superb… We’re having a rough day on the Street.”
“Sesame Street” executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente.
In recent years, Nelson gave up the physically demanding job of operating the Count and other puppets on “Sesame Street” but still voiced the characters.
- Jerry Nelson, Count of ‘Sesame Street,’ dies at 78 (cnsnews.com)
- Man behind The Count dies at 78 (lfpress.com)
- Jerry Nelson Dead: Muppet Performer Dies At 78 (news.moviefone.com)
- VIDEO: Voice of Count von Count on ‘Sesame Street’ dies (savannahnow.com)
- Voice of ‘Sesame Street’s’ The Count dies at 78 (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)
- Puppeteer for Sesame Street’s Count, Jerry Nelson, dies (cbc.ca)
This frightening piece from Cafe Mom. Why stories like this are popping up more frequently leads me to suspect religion even more…
This story almost sounds like a parody, like some twisted SNL skit, but unfortunately, it’s real. Around midnight last Sunday, some people were out in their yard, wrapping up a barbecue, when a 12-year-old boy came barrelling down the street, begging for help, saying that a man was chasing him. A few moments later, a man did, in fact, appear in his maroon underwear, no less, trying to get the boy to come back with him. Heather Rodriguez and her brother-in-law knew better than to hand over a scared, shaking boy to a suspicious man in his underwear, and decided to get the cops involved. It’s a good thing they did, too, because the “suspicious man” who was chasing the boy was a priest who had just allegedly sexually abused the pre-teen on an air mattress in his house.
- Near-naked priest chases 12-year-old boy (freethinker.co.uk)
- Priest in his underwear chased 12-year-old boy down neighborhood streets after the boy ran from abuse (dvorak.org)
- Speedo Wearing Priest Seen Chasing Boy Down Street After Alleged Molestation (dreamindemon.com)
- OREGON: Catholic Priest In His Underwear Chases Boy Down Street After Abuse (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Boy told sister: “Father Angel touched me in my privates,” court affidavit said (oregonlive.com)
- Police: Boy says Woodburn priest fondled him, took pics (kgw.com)
- Collared: “Father Angel” Arrested After Reportedly Chasing A 12-Year-Old Boy Down Street In His Underwear (jonathanturley.org)
“I can’t speak to Governor Romney’s motivations. What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions that a number of House Republicans have taken. And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would carry forward some of the things that he’s talked about.”
– President Obama
This has been the problem all along… Romney has no position that is decidedly his, since that would never have gotten him through the primaries. Keep an ear out at the Republican Convention and see what he holds to there… you can bet it will be Ryan and Tea Party basics.
What I think is going to be the best exposure of his inability to speak for himself will be during the Obama/Romney debates. This may even be entertaining.
- National Poll of Likely Voters: Romney 45, Obama 44 (conservativeread.com)
- RNC Passes Rule Giving Itself Power To Change Any Rule Without Delegate Vote (dailypaul.com)
- Groups protesting at the Republican convention (miamiherald.com)
- Quote of the Day – Romney had better wise up. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
I’m over in the outer studio at WSHC 89.5 as Elliot Simon finishes up the last hour of his show. I’m setting up my music list for the two hours I’ll be on the air from 11 AM to 1 PM (and, by the way, if you are out of our very small listening area, you can hear the show on the internet by going to http://897wshc.org/ and clicking on “listen live”. Actually, I have friends and family all over the country who listen, so I know we have the reach.
This is the first time in several weeks that I’ve been able to do the show, since I had my accident, broke a bunch of bones and was in the hospital, then laid up at home for quite a while. When I was finally able to move around last week we went to Wisconsin for my son’s wedding, so I missed last Saturday as well. But the “Talk To Me” show is back on today… if you want to call in and talk or request a song, the number is 304-876-5369.
Since this is one of my favorite activities, this is a happy day. I hope my pal Ralph Petrie gets in for the12 to 1 hour so we can have the segment we call “The Petrie Dish”… no one knows more about popular music history than Ralph and it’s fun to get questions answered.
Bye, now… tune in if you can.
I received this from my friend John Case this morning and I felt it was important to pass on to you.
John Case <firstname.lastname@example.org> Aug 24 08:43PM
I’m going to tell you a story, then I need your help.
In self-defense, John McNeil, a successful African American businessman and father of two, shot and killed a Caucasian man. The deceased was a former builder who worked on John’s property and had threatened John and his son with a weapon.
His case should have been covered under Georgia’s Castle Doctrine, but John McNeil is sitting in jail serving a life sentence for murder.
John’s case is currently being reviewed in Georgia courts. We hope that the decision is a just one and that Attorney General Sam Olens does what is in his power to see that justice is served and John returns home to his family.
NAACP President Ben Jealous is heading to Georgia to personally deliver a petition in support of John’s case, please add your name to it today:
John’s case is even more egregious when you consider the circumstances of his arrest. The District Attorney, who was running for re-election, brought charges 274 days after the incident. The police believed John McNeil acted in self-defense and did not commit a crime. Two officers who responded to the incident testified to this point at trial.
This is a clear-cut case of self-defense. Please sign the petition asking the Georgia attorney general to support justice for John McNeil:
I hope you will review this and take action. Had it been a white man who exercised self-protection on his property, we would never see that man in this position.
- I’m Going to Repeat Myself (blackwriteandread.wordpress.com)
- NAACP wants ‘stand your ground’ provisions applied in Cobb murder case (ajc.com)
- NAACP backs ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense for Georgia prisoner (thegrio.com)
- Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to speak at GOP convention (onlineathens.com)
- NAACP: Racial motivation behind Johnny Lee Butts hit-and-run? (thegrio.com)