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Happy Birthday Sassy 






Brittanica :


” Sarah Vaughan, in full Sarah Lois Vaughan, byname Sassy or the Divine One   (born March 27, 1924, Newark, N.J., U.S.—died April 3, 1990, Hidden Hills, Calif.), American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstines band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments—“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.”



PBS Jazz – A Film By Ken Burns :


” During the five-year contract with Columbia that marked her rise to stardom (1949-54), she recorded often with studio orchestras and only once in a jazz context (with Miles Davis in 1950). A new contract with Mercury (1954-9) allowed her to pursue a dual career: for Mercury she made commercial discs, including her hit Broken-Hearted Melody (1958), while for EmArcy, Mercury’s jazz subsidiary, she recorded with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, the sidemen of Count Basie‘s orchestra, and other jazz musicians. She combined these activities under later contracts with Roulette, Mercury, and Columbia (1960-67). In 1971, after a five-year absence from recording, she began once again to make popular albums, occasionally employing a jazz-flavored accompaniment, as on her album with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson in 1978. In public performances Vaughan is accompanied by a trio of piano, double bass, and drums, either alone or as the nucleus of a big band or symphony orchestra. Among the distinguished members of her group have been Jimmy Jones (1947-52; 1954-8), Roy Haynes (1953-4), Richard Davis (late 1950s-early 1960s), Roland Hanna (early 1960s), Bob James (1965-8), Jan Hammer(1970-71), Jimmy Cobb(1970-78), Andy Simpkins (from 1979), and Harold Jones (from 1980). From 1978 to 1980 the trio became a quartet under the leadership of Vaughan’s then manager, conductor, and husband, Waymon Reed. In 1987, Vaughan recorded an album of Latin-jazz songs. “







All About Jazz :


” In 1958, Vaughan was earning a yearly income of $230,000. In July of the following year, she scored her first million-selling hit, “Broken Hearted Melody,” with the Ray Ellis Orchestra. A hit with both black and white audiences, “Broken Hearted Melody,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, reached number five on the pop R&B charts.

When Vaughan’s contract with Mercury ended in the fall of 1959, she signed with Roulette Records and became, over the next few years, one the label’s biggest stars. Her 1960 sessions for Roulette included “The Divine One,” arranged by Jimmy Jones and a session with Count Basie Band featuring such talents as trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and saxophonists Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell. Featured in duet numbers with singer Joe Williams, the Basie Band session produced the sides, “If I Were a Bell” and “Teach Me Tonight.” “








” Ranked #50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.

Was an Honorary Memeber of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

She was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.

She & Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).

She was close friends with crooner Billy Eckstine.”





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*A Tribute To
starSarah Vaughan

” Her voice, which has four octaves and out-classes that of most operatic sopranos, came in unequal parts, a rich middle section, a little-girl high register, and a sometimes vulgar, echoing bottom range. She uses it like a horn . . . ” wrote Whitney Balliett, in New Yorker Magazine, July, 1977. (Balliett is a writer of America’s unique art form, jazz. His criticism is esteemed by fans and colleagues wherever music is performed.)”

Happy Birthday Divine One 















‘Arab-Israel Alliance’ Leaving Obama Isolated




” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has jabbed President Barack Obama with a stinging remark that although Israel and the United States are friends, fears of Iran and the ISIS have forged a “new partnership” of Israel and “many of our Arab neighbors.”

  Netanyahu took the opportunity of being charged with the responsibility to form a new government to say:

  We very much appreciate, and will take care to preserve, our alliance with the best of our friends, the United States; however, we will continue to work to prevent the agreement with Iran, an agreement that endangers us, our neighbors and the world. We see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region.

  The chaos in Yemen has once again embarrassed the Obama administration by exposing another colossal foreign policy failure that has made President Obama increasingly isolated in the region.”



    This article from today’s Jewish Press amply demonstrates that our “Dear Leader” sides , not with all Muslims , but only with the extremist factions … Iran , Palestinian terror groups and jihadists , while Israel forges alliances with the more moderate Muslims of the mideast in the interests of self-preservation.

    One side seeks only to be left in peace while the other works ceaselessly towards a Global Caliphate with the active collusion of our “commander-in-chief” … President “Peace Prize” , who claims to seek peace in the middle east is in actuality ensuring  , whether by incompetence or design , that war is coming ala Neville Chamberlain .












US Declassifies Report, Exposes Details On Israel’s Nuclear Program





” The United States has just revealed a stunning amount of information on some of Israel’s the most closely guarded secrets: information about its military cooperation with America and 20 years’ worth of details on Israel’s nuclear technology development, up to the 1980s.

  The 386-page report, composed in 1987 by the federally funded Institute for Defense Analysis, (an NGO that operates under the Pentagon), is titled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations.”

  It was declassified by the Pentagon in early February – but oddly, the report has been redacted so as to black out or withhold everything the Institute wrote on America’s NATO allies – but to reveal all that American experts assembled in Israel.



     Obama has been working diligently on two things since taking office , his golf game and ensuring that no allies ever trust America again . The enemies of the US couldn’t have gotten a better president if they had hand-picked him themselves . Read more on the administration’s betrayal of Israel by our “Muslim-In-Chief” at the Jewish Press 

   And to all of our Jewish readers who’ve supported Mr Obama , you had better be prepared to bid farewell to the Jewish homeland as he eagerly gives Iran the means of Israel’s destruction .












New Playground Safety Requirements Are Absurd





” A combination of government regulations and free market innovation has created playgrounds that are incredibly safe for kids… except if they die of boredom. All the fun stuff is gone, but boy is what’s left non-lethal!”







” The CDC reports that in the 10 years from 1990 to 2000, there were just 31 deaths from playground falls, and 70 percent of these were at playgrounds in someone’s backyard. This means that on public playgrounds, there was an average of about one death per year from falling. With about 40,000,000 kids in America under age 10, that means the chances of a child dying or seriously hurting himself in a playground fall are infinitesimal.”






” Nevertheless, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has proposed new standards that would revamp the surfacing materials on playgrounds. ASTM’s stated mission is to prevent concussions and head injuries. But with the chances of these accidents already so low, you have to wonder about their true intentions.”



    There are no slides , no swings and no seesaws left thanks to this insane pursuit of safety uber alles by the do-gooders of society and yet they are still not content ? What is left to take away from the kids ? More importantly , one wonders how much of this over-regulation of our lives results from a real desire to save lives and how much of the Nanny State is driven by lawyers and the fear of liability ?

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19 Students Charged After Fight At School






” Authorities say they’ve charged 19 students, 18 of them girls, in connection with a brawl that broke out at an upstate New York high school.

  Local media report that the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests Wednesday, a week after a large fight occurred shortly before noon March 18 in the main lobby area at Elmira High School.

  Officials say the fight appears to have been planned. The melee led to the school being placed on lockdown for a short period.”


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Raw Video: Agents Force Innocent Man To Side Of Road, Burn Him Alive In His Car





” Raw video footage has surfaced showing the horrific killing of an innocent man at the hands of Border Patrol Agents.

  Alex Martin’s family is suing the US Government after the video made clear that he burned to death in an eruption caused by the agents, according to reports.

  The incident occurred when Alex got lost on the highway on his way back home.

  It was late at night and with low visibility, Alex accidentally got onto the wrong offramp, heading the opposite direction on the highway.”



     Read more on this horrific killing at Filming Cops and bear in mind that this took place three years ago and is just now coming to light with the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government by the victim’s family .













National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.25.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project



” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Update: Camden, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to lewdness for masturbating in a coffee shop. He remains suspended pending an administrative hearing to determine his future employment
  • Santa Barbara County, California: A deputy was arrested for
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a suspect in custody. Video shows him kneeing the handcuffed suspect in the torso. The suspect required medical treatment for a ruptured spleen.
  • Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with homicide in the shooting death of a 59-year-old man.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The police department is being sued by a state trooper for false arrest and excessive force stemming from an incident at a wedding.
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: An officer was fired after being arrested for harassment.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment and battery. She allegedly punched and choked her estranged
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former officer who fatally shot an unarmed man lost his appeal of his termination.

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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Municipal Violations




Published on Mar 22, 2015

” If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life.”













Great Minds: Benjamin Franklin: Founding Nerd





Published on Mar 23, 2015

” Learn about Benjamin Franklin, his experiments into electricity, including the truth about the kite and the key.

Hosted by: Hank Green”













William Wallace





” I tell you true, liberty is the best of all things; never live beneath the noose of a servile halter.”













Glenn McCoy



Glenn McCoy













Today In The Past


196 BC – Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.

1309 – Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.

1329 – Pope John XXII issues his ‘In Agro Dominico’ condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.




1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida






1599 – Robert Devereux becomes lt-general of Ireland

1613 – The first English child born in Canada at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.

1625 – Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne

1709 – Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)

1758 – Battle at Emmerich: British army floats around France the Rhine

1790 – The modern shoestring (string and shoe holes) invented in England

1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.

1802 – Treaty of Amiens-French Revolutionary War ends




1814 – Battle at Horseshoe BendGeneral Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Stickspart of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama







1836 – 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland Ohio)

1841 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC

1848 – John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster

1849 – Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill

1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1860 – M L Byrn patents “covered gimlet screw with a ‘T’ handle” (corkscrew)

1863 – President Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer

1865 – Siege of Spanish Fort, AL-captured by Federals

1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

1866 – Pres Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amend

1879 – Longest championship fight (136 rounds)

1881 – Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.

1884 – 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY

1890 – A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.

1906 – Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba

1910 – Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

1912 – 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Wash DC

1914 – 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)

1928 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson

1928 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner

1929 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson

1929 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner

1931 – Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor

1933 – Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett




1938 – The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.


Chinese soldiers in house-to-house fighting in...

Chinese soldiers in house-to-house fighting in Battle of Taierzhuang. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





1940 – Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice

1941 – Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years

1941 – Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)

1942 – -28] Allies raid German submarine base in St Nazaire

1942 – Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

1943 – Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

1943 – US begins assault on Fondouk-pass, Tunisia

1944 – 1,000 Jews leave Drancy France for Auschwitz Concentration Camp

1944 – 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania

1944 – 40 Jewish policemen in Riga Latvia ghetto are shot by the gestapo

1944 – Children’s Aktion-Nazis collect all the Jewish children of Lovno

1945 – Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon”

1945 – Gen Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken

1945 – Iwo Jima occupied, after 22,000 Japanese & 6,000 US killed

1945 – US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden

1945 – World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways begins.

1950 – Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleve OH)




1952 – Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records








1955 – Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

1956 – French commandos land in Algeria

1958 – CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records

1964 – 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)

1964 – Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars

1966 – Anit Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia

1968 – Suharto succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

1971 – 33rd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title

1972 – Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky

1972 – Venera 8 launched to Venus

1973 – Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession

1977 – 583 die in aviation’s worst disaster KLM-Pan Am 747 crash on Tenerife

1979 – Supreme Court rules, 8-1, cops can’t randomly stop cars

1980 – Elevator in Vaal Reef S Afr gold mine crash 1900m down (23 die)

1980 – Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years

1983 – Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1985 – Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1986 – Disney-MGM Studio Tour ground breaking

1988 – Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

1988 – Ice Pairs Championship at Budapest won by E Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)

1988 – Ladies Fig Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)

1988 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)

1990 – Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die

1990 – The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.

1991 – New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky

1994 – Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed




1994 – The Eurofighter takes its first flight in ManchingGermany






1997 – 39 cult memebers in California commit mass suicide (Hale-Bopp)

1997 – Martin Luther King’s son meets with James Earl Ray

2000 – Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.

2002 – Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.

2004 – HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.

2006 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.

2009 – Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.

2134 – 32nd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet





972 – King Robert II of France (d. 1031)

1416 – Antonio Squarcialupi, composer

1554 – Everhardus van Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer

1676 – Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (d. 1735)

1712 – Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (d. 1779)

1746 – Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney/father of emperor Napoleon

1760 – MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers

1765 – Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist

1797 – Alfred V Comte de Vigny, French musketeer/writer (Moise, Chatterton)




1813 – Nathaniel Currierlithographer (Currier & Ives)






1817 – Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)

1823 – Samuel Kosciusko Zook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers)

1844 – Alophus Washington Greely, US, Arctic explorer

1845 – Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen, Germany, discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901)

1847 – Otto Wallach, Germany, chemist (Nobel 1910)

1857 – Karl Pearson, London England, mathematician

1863 – Henry Royce, automobile founder (Rolls-Royce)

1886 – Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, German/US architect (Bauhaus)

1886 – Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader (d. 1934)

1897 – Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist

1899 – Gloria Swanson, Chicago Illinois, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly)

1901 – Wilhelm Conrad von Roentgen, physicist (Nobel)

1901 – Carl Barks, American illustrator (d. 2000)

1902 – Mary Armour, artist

1905 – Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (d. 1980)

1906 – Pee Wee Russell, American musician (d. 1969)

1914 – Budd Schulberg, NYC, novelist (On the Waterfront)

1914 – Snooky Lanson, Memphis Tn, singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee)

1915 – Selma Rubin, Toledo, Ohio, environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), (d. 2012)




1924 – Sarah L VaughanNewark NJjazz/scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody)







1927 – Anthony Lewis, columnist (NY Times)/author (Gideon’s Trumpet)

1930 – David Janssen, [Meyer], Naponee Nebraska, actor (Fugitive, Harry O)

1931 – R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)

1932 – Wes Covington, baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies)

1933 – DRG Andrews, CEO (Land Rover-Leyland)




1937 – Johnny “Clyde” CopelandUS blues guitarist/singer (Lion’s Den)







1938 – A J Bellingham, president (Royal College of Pathologists)

1938 – Jock Slater, admiral




1939 – Cale Yarboroughauto racer (Daytona 500-196877, 83, 84)






1939 – Judy Carne, comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop)

1941 – Liese Prokop, Austria, pentathlete (Olympic-silver-1968)

1942 – Michael York, England, actor (Cabaret, Logan’s Run, 3 Musketeers)

1942 – John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1943 – Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)

1950 – Tony Banks, rock keyboardist (Genesis-Against All Odds)

1952 – Maria Schneider, Paris, actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor)

1953 – Pamela Roylance, Seattle Wash, actress (Sarah-Little House on Prairie)

1955 – Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer

1956 – Thomas Wassberg, Sweden, 15K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1980)

1957 – Billy MacKenzie, rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch)

1957 – Duncan Goodhew, England, 100m breast stroke swimmer (Oly-Gold-1980)

1958 – Bart Connor, gymnast/sportscaster (Olympic-gold-1984)

1960 – Jennifer Grey, actress (Dirty Dancing); Joel Grey’s daughter

1961 – Tak Matsumoto, Japanese guitarist (B’z)

1963 – Quentin Tarantino, director/screenwriter (Pulp Fiction)

1963 – Randall Cunningham, NFL QB (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings)

1963 – Todd Graves, Laurel Miss, skeet (Olympics-1992, 96)




1967 – Talisa Soto, [Miriam], Brooklyn NYactress (License to Kill)






1968 – Irina Belova, Russian pentathelete (world record 1992)

1970 – Brendan Hill, British drummer (Blues Traveler)

1970 – Princess Leila of Iran (d. 2001)

1970 – Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress

1971 – Mariah Carey, NYC, singer (Love Takes Time, Hero)

1973 – Serge Tremblay, La Malbaie Quebec, weightlifter (Olympics-96)

1977 – Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver

1982 – Kurara Chibana, Japanese beauty queen, first runner-up Miss Universe 2006

1984 – Emily Ann Lloyd, actress (Sarah Kramer-Something So Right)

1985 – Caroline Winberg, Swedish supermodel

1988 – Brenda Song, American actress





710 – Rupert of Salzburg

922 – Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64

965 – Arnulf I, the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65), dies

973 – Herman, Duke of Saxony

1378 – Gregory XI, [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), dies

1462 – Vasili II of Russia, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1415)

1482 – Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and his successor, dies falling off her horse (b. 1457)

1555 – William Hunter, Protestant martyr

1572 – Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)

1625 – James I Stuart, king of Scotland (1567)/England (1603-25), dies at 58

1697 – Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate (b. 1603)

1701 – Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, count of Tourville/Fr admiral, dies at 58




1836 – James FanninTexas revolutionary (b. 1804)






1850 – Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53

1864 – Jean-Jacques Ampère, French scholar (b. 1800)

1878 – George Gilbert Scott, architect, dies

1894 – Verney L Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), dies at 49

1897 – Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)

1898 – Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual and one of the founding fathers of Pakistan dies at 80

1900 – Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69

1910 – Alexander E Agassiz, US businessman/biologist/geologist, dies at 74

1923 – Sir James Dewar, Scottish chemist (b. 1842)

1929 – Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70

1967 – Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)

1968 – Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

1991 – Aldo Ray, western actor (Battle Cry), dies at 64 of cancer

1992 – James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68), dies at 84

1998 – Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile manufacturer (b. 1909)




2002 – Milton BerleAmerican actor and comedian (b. 1908)


8x10_Milton Berle






2002 – Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935)

2002 – Billy Wilder, American director (b. 1906)

2006 – Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan (b. 1924)

2007 – Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)

2010 – Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)

2012 – Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
















Happy Birthday To Johnny “Clyde” Copeland , Robert “Jr” Lockwood , Leroy Carr & A Woman  Who , While More Of The Jazz World Than That Of The Blues , Was A True Giant Of Music , Ms Sarah Vaughan



First up is Johnny with “Honky Tonkin’ “




” Considering the amount of time he spent steadily rolling from gig to gig, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland‘s rise to prominence in the blues world in the early ’90s wasn’t all that surprising. A contract with the PolyGram/Verve label put his ’90s recordings into the hands of thousands of blues lovers around the world. It’s not that Copeland‘s talent changed all that much since he recorded for Rounder Records in the ’80s; it’s just that major companies began to see the potential of great, hardworking blues musicians like Copeland. Unfortunately, he was forced to slow down in 1995-1996 because of heart-related complications, yet he continued to perform shows until his death in July of 1997.

  Johnny Copeland was born March 27, 1937, in Haynesville, Louisiana, about 15 miles south of Magnolia, Arkansas (formerly Texarkana, a hotbed of blues activity in the ’20s and ’30s). The son of sharecroppers, his father died when he was very young, but Copeland was given his father’s guitar. His first gig was with his friend Joe “Guitar” Hughes. Soon after, Hughes “took sick” for a week and the young Copeland discovered he could be a frontman and deliver vocals as well as anyone else around Houston at that time.

  His music, by his own reasoning, fell somewhere between the funky R&B of New Orleans and the swing and jump blues of Kansas City. After his family (sans his father) moved to Houston, a teenage Copeland was exposed to musicians from both cities. While he was becoming interested in music, he also pursued boxing, mostly as an avocation, and it is from his days as a boxer that he got his nickname “Clyde.” ” Continue reading




Now Mr Lockwood has his turn at age 91 , mind you , with “Sweet Home Chicago”






” Robert Lockwood, Jr., learned his blues firsthand from an unimpeachable source: the immortal Robert Johnson. Lockwood was capable of conjuring up the bone-chilling Johnson sound whenever he desired, but he was never one to linger in the past for long — which accounts for the jazzy swing he often brought to the licks he played on his 12-string electric guitar.

  Born in 1915, Lockwood was one of the last living links to the glorious Johnson legacy. When Lockwoods mother became romantically involved with the charismatic rambler in Helena, AR, the quiet teenager suddenly gained a role model and a close friend — so close that Lockwood considered himself Johnson‘s stepson. Robert Jr. learned how to play guitar very quickly with Johnson‘s expert help, assimilating Johnson‘s technique inside and out.

  Following Johnson‘s tragic murder in 1938, Lockwood embarked on his own intriguing musical journey. He was among the first bluesmen to score an electric guitar in 1938 and eventually made his way to Chicago, where he cut four seminal tracks for Bluebird. Jazz elements steadily crept into Lockwood‘s dazzling fretwork, although his role as Sonny Boy Williamson‘s musical partner on the fabled KFFA King Biscuit Time radio broadcasts during the early ’40s out of Helena, AR, probably didn’t emphasize that side of his dexterity all that much.

  Settling in Chicago in 1950, Lockwood swiftly gained a reputation as a versatile in-demand studio sideman, recording behind harp genius Little Walter, piano masters Sunnyland Slim and Eddie Boyd, and plenty more. Solo recording opportunities were scarce, though Lockwood did cut fine singles in 1951 for Mercury (“I’m Gonna Dig Myself a Hole” and a very early “Dust My Broom”) and in 1955 for JOB (“Sweet Woman from Maine”/”Aw Aw Baby”). “ Continue reading



Next up Leroy Carr Plays “In The Evening” 





” The term “urban blues” is usually applied to post-World War II blues band music, but one of the forefathers of the genre in its pre-electric format was pianist Leroy Carr. Teamed with the exemplary guitarist Scrapper Blackwell in Indianapolis, Carr became one of the top blues stars of his day, composing and recording almost 200 sides during his short lifetime, including such classics as “How Long, How Long,” “Prison Bound Blues,” “When the Sun Goes Down,” and “Blues Before Sunrise.” His blues were expressive and evocative, recorded only with piano and guitar, yet as author Sam Charters has noted, Carr was “a city man” whose singing was never as rough or intense as that of the country bluesmen, and as reissue producer Francis Smith put it, “He, perhaps more than any other single artist, was responsible for transforming the rural blues patterns of the ’20s into the more city-oriented blues of the ’30s.”

  Born in Nashville, Leroy Carr moved to Indianapolis as a child. While he was still in his teens, he taught himself how to play piano. Carr quit school in his mid-teens, heading out for a life on the road. For the next few years, he would play piano at various parties and dances in the Midwest and South. During this time, he held a number of odd jobs — he joined a circus, he was in the Army for a while, and he was briefly a bootlegger. In addition to his string of jobs, he was married for a short time.” Continue reading





   Finally , happy birthday to one of the most beautiful voices to ever grace God’s green earth , Ms Sarah “Sassie” Vaughan while know for her jazz singing ” I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues”




” Possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers. She often gave the impression that with her wide range, perfectly controlled vibrato, and wide expressive abilities, she could do anything she wanted with her voice. Although not all of her many recordings are essential (give Vaughan a weak song and she might strangle it to death), Sarah Vaughan‘s legacy as a performer and a recording artist will be very difficult to match in the future.

  Vaughan sang in church as a child and had extensive piano lessons from 1931-39; she developed into a capable keyboardist. After she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater, she was hired for the Earl Hines big band as a singer and second vocalist. Unfortunately, the musicians’ recording strike kept her off record during this period (1943-44). When lifelong friend Billy Eckstine broke away to form his own orchestra, Vaughan joined him, making her recording debut. She loved being with Eckstine‘s orchestra, where she became influenced by a couple of his sidemen, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had also been with Hines during her stint. Vaughan was one of the first singers to fully incorporate bop phrasing in her singing, and to have the vocal chops to pull it off on the level of a Parker and Gillespie.” Continue reading



Newsmax’s Top 50 Conservative Blogs Of 2015





   Although we would classify a fair amount of these blogs as libertarian rather than “conservative” the choices are sound and united in their anti-statism . Not bad for a bunch of pajama-clad basement dwellers .


” Newsmax is out with our 2015 list of the 50 top conservative blogs.

  The Internet now allows anyone who cares to invest the time and trouble to become a political commentator with, potentially, many times the readership of the most long-established syndicated columnists. The media elite, from the Big Three Networks to the local newspaper, have suffered a collapse in influence and a hemorrhage of revenues as Americans simply click on their favorite bookmarks for informed opinions about the events around them.

  Is it any wonder that an executive branch dominated by the big-government left is determined to let nothing stop it from converting the Internet into a regulated public utility whose ultimate destination apparently involves United Nations oversight?

  Obama administration scandals like those involving the IRS and Benghazi may not have reached critical mass — yet. But if this were the old days of near-total liberal dominance of information transmission, it would be near-impossible to bring new developments before the eyes of the public if it contradicted the wishes of newspaper editors and network anchormen.

  It would also be impossible to prevent the mainstream media from snowballing an artificial scandal like Rathergate a decade ago, which easily could have jeopardized George W. Bush’s re-election, and which Power Line and other conservative websites had a substantial role in debunking.”

  London’s Hyde Park Corner has, for nearly a century and a half, been famed for the colorful characters who stand atop soapboxes on Sundays and speak their minds, with extremists from the organized right and left well-represented, and most of the speakers solemnly serious about what they tell the assembled throngs. A good few, however, have always been entertainers, sometimes feigning political passions that the crowd eventually discovers to be disguised jokes.

  It is no exaggeration, considering the multitudes of people many of them reach, to say that the conservative blogs listed below have more greatly influenced political events than all the Hyde Park diatribes ever delivered. Personality abounds. Some of the sites feature graphics that are feasts for the eyes; many deliver laughs rivaling a P.G. Wodehouse yarn. And almost all let any reader join in and comment to his or her heart’s content.

  Conservative blogs have electrified our 223-year old First Amendment like nothing the Founding Fathers could ever have foreseen. Here are the top 50 conservative blogs:


1. Instapundit – University of Tennessee law professor and hawkish libertarian Glenn Reynolds’ nearly decade-and-a-half-old powerhouse often causes “Instalanches” of Web traffic to sites to which it links articles. Reynolds posts relentlessly and the brevity and wryness of his often all-caps comments are famous, like a recent link to a Popular Mechanics report on Iran exploding a fake U.S. aircraft carrier to flex its muscles during nuclear talks. Blogged Reynolds, “WHY DON’T WE ONE-UP THEM BY BLOWING UP A REAL IRANIAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH FACILITY?” 


2. Hot Air – Founded originally by firebrand columnist and TV commentator Michelle Malkin, Hot Air persuaded veteran blogger Ed Morrissey to archive his own well-established Captain’s Quarters blog and write for Hot Air. Its other stars are American Conservative Union blogger of the year Mary Katharine Ham, and the mysterious and eloquent AllahPundit, who recently posted his skeptical take on Jeb Bush’s less-than-comfortable CPAC appearance, which he theorized wasn’t to attract votes on the right, but “to prove to people who aren’t at CPAC that he’s one of them and not afraid to broadcast that fact at ground zero of the conservative movement.”


3. RedState – Some of editor-in-chief and Fox commentator Erick Erickson’s recent headlines provide a sample of Red State’s pungent flavor: “Can We Impeach Now?” “Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig,” and “All the President’s Boot Lickers Still Pretend Obama is a Christian.” But the Eagle Publishing-owned site features plenty of substantive analysis for cyberspace’s hardcore right, much of it by volunteer contributors, like “Streiff” concluding that “Boehner and McConnell are negotiating with themselves over the terms of their own surrender” on Homeland Security funding and President Obama’s executive amnesty. Pointing out that a DHS shutdown endangers no one, Streiff warned that if Congress “won’t refuse to appropriate money to fund non-essential functions of DHS, it has become irrelevant and we are a dictatorship, not a constitutional republic.”


4. Power Line – The law school-educated weightiness comes through in this polished, eclectic political site founded by three Dartmouth-grad attorneys. An example: A recent post from John Hinderaker diving into the technical details of the Obama administration’s new bullet regulations and demonstrating that Second Amendment fears regarding them are “not irrational; liberals have openly argued for attacks on ammunition as an indirect means of achieving gun control.”


5. Free Republic – “Working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption,” and “always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!” Free Republic might just be the national bulletin board for the Tea Party, among serving other functions. Thousands of “Freepers,” with handles like Alamo Girl and cripplecreek, link to articles other sites usually miss, then post endless pithy commentaries. Typical is a recent post by GreyFriar on the FCC turning the Internet into a public utility: “The Democrat version of democracy means three unelected bureaucrats voting for something that none of us is allowed to see.”

6. The Corner – With National Review’s full arsenal represented, like the forceful mind of terrorist prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and the incisive reporting of Joel Gehrke, conservative political junkies fly to “the one and only” Corner for anything-but-amateur rapid response analysis on just about anything that’s happening. Washington Editor Eliana Johnson (whose father, Scott, co-founded Power Line), for instance, crashed the garden party for the latest “anti-Jeb” with her recent “Two Scott Walkers” post, reporting that hundreds of donors at the Club for Growth’s winter conference in West Palm Beach were eager to see “the man who has slayed Wisconsin’s public-unions and delivered a boffo performance” at CPAC. “Instead, they got the Walker who is shaky, unsure of himself, and hazy on policy details.”

7. Avik Roy – Forbes magazine opinion editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Avik Roy’s knowledge of the maze of legislative language that makes up ObamaCare is unrivaled, and as it inevitably declines in effectiveness, the blog written by Roy, former House Budget Committee Chairman Bill Frenzel, and a half dozen other experts is the place to check in often and watch its slow death.

8. – With all the resources of Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center at its disposal, NewsBusters watches the mainstream media’s every move and skewers its chronic bias, sloppiness, inaccuracies, and even outright deceit. A Matthew Balan post recently pointed out how the evening news shows of all the Big Three networks ignored the Treasury Department’s new “active investigation” into IRS “potential criminal activity,” yet “all devoted full segments to the viral photograph of a dress that appears to be either black and blue or gold and white.”

9. Café Hayek – “The Road to Serfdom” author F.A. Hayek would be delighted with the undiluted capitalism served at the blog bearing his name. One recent post by Don Boudreaux linked to a YouTube clip of the “Price is Right” game show from 1972 to demonstrate that the conventional wisdom about stagnant living standards is wrong. One of the show’s prizes was a “30-inch electric kitchen range priced at $385.” Boudreaux pointed out: In 1972, the average hourly earnings of a production or nonsupervisory private-sector worker in America was $3.90. So, such a worker in 1972 had to toil for 99 hours to earn enough income to buy that range.” But today, Home Depot sells a 30-inch range for $349, with the average hourly wage $20.80. “So, today’s ‘ordinary’ worker can earn enough income to buy a 30-inch electric kitchen range in just 16.8 hours — a mere 17 percent of the work time required in 1972.”

10. Big Government – It’s undoubtedly insulting to call the best-known section of the multi-faceted Breitbart website a blog; the late and legendary Internet pioneer Andrew Breitbart’s baby is fast growing into a professional journalistic global empire, opening bureaus everywhere from Texas to London to the Mideast. But the whole massive operation, launched to destroy the “old media guard” dominated by the left, has always had a blogger’s rebellious soul. The trademark Breitbart cheekiness was on full display in a recent post by C-FAM president Austin Ruse, who asked the head of American Atheists if the president is faking being a Christian and got this agnostic response: “Obama was raised by an atheist and a skeptic, so he at least knows the arguments.” “



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U.S. Backing Iran With Airstrikes Against ISIS




” The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian and Iraqi troops in the key city of Tikrit, a U.S. official tells The Daily Beast. Those forces had previously kicked off their operation to reclaim Saddam Hussein’s from the self-proclaimed Islamic State without informing the U.S. military. But when that campaign stalled, they turned to American air power.

  A U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast that U.S. conducted 15 strikes beginning at 315 p.m. EDT, targeting weapons storage facilities, barracks and road blocks set up by ISIS. All the targets were “pre-planned” the official said, suggesting an operation planned before the Iraqis formally sought approval.

  The Tikrit campaign was launched with a patchwork force of 20,000 Shiite militiamen, 3,000 Iraqi troops, and a bevy of Iranian troops, tanks, weapons and missile strikes. And in the early days of the campaign, Gen. Qassem Suleiman, leader of the Iranian Quds force, was on the ground in Tikrit.”



   While Obama actively works to ensure Israel’s extinction and the Ayatollah shouts “death to America” our troops are backing the Iranian military with airstrikes … we are being led by either morons or collaborators , you choose .














Report: Radio Shack To Sell Customers’ Personal Information In Bankruptcy Sale






” When you go shopping, you probably think stores will keep your personal information safe and secure.

  But now, a report says Radio Shack is ready to auction off customer information as part of its bankruptcy sale.

  As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the report says Radio Shack is ready to sell information they have on some 117 million customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers and other details on purchases.

  This despite the Radio Shack privacy policy, which says “We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time.” “


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Iran-Backed Rebels Loot Yemen Files About U.S. Spy Operations





” Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes, U.S. officials say.

  U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of Sana, the capital, in September, which led the U.S.-backed president to flee to Aden.

  For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government to track and kill Al Qaeda operatives, and President Obama had hailed Yemen last fall as a model for counter-terrorism operations elsewhere.

  But the identities of local agents were considered compromised after Houthi leaders in Sana took over the offices of Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which had worked closely with the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations.”


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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.24.15


National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

  • Update: Edwardsville, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-13-15): The police chief was fired for regularly leaving his post to spend time with his paramour.
  • Update: East Moline, Illinois (First reported 03-26-12): A now-former officer pled no contest to misconduct and guilty to financial exploitation of the elderly.
  • Linden, New Jersey: Three officers and a friend were involved in a fatal head-on crash with a tractor-trailer. One officer and the friend died, the other two officers are in the hospital. DUI is suspected and the investigation is ongoing.
  • St. Ann, Missouri: An officer was arrested for DUI after hitting a house with his pickup truck. He resigned.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer allowed a woman to drive his patrol car. He also inappropriately used the police database to check her criminal record. He has a history of complaints from the public and his colleagues.
  • Update: Salem, New Hampshire (First reported 01-16-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for twice assaulting a suspect. First, after a high-speed chase, he struck the suspect’s head with his flashlight. The suspect required medical treatment and had five staples put in his head. The second assault was intentionally stepping on the suspect’s hands after he was taken into custody.
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation for knowingly protecting an illegal, high-stakes poker game. He was caught in an FBI sting.
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired after he was arrested on molestation and related charges.

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Officer Charged With Killing Unarmed Driver Lying Facedown







” A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

  Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of shooting 59-year-old David Kassick twice on Feb. 2 without legal justification. She was released on $250,000 bail.

  Authorities said Mearkle had attempted to pull over Kassick for expired inspection and emissions stickers before he sped away. She caught up to Kassick near his sister’s home where he had been living for a short time. 

  He got out and ran before Mearkle incapacitated him with a stun gun, held in her left hand. He was on the ground when she shot him twice in the back with the gun in her right hand, police said.

  Mearkle, 36, told investigators she fired because he would not show her his hands and she thought he was reaching into his jacket for a gun. Perry said she did not know Kassick before the shooting.

” At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground,” according to the arrest affidavit. “Furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle.” “


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Night Music #104 1988 Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Jeff Healey





Published on Nov 25, 2012

” Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, is a late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. It was hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn, and featured Marcus Miller as musical director. Guests included acts such as Sonny Rollins, Shinehead, Sister Carol, Sonic Youth, Joe Sample, Slim Gaillard, Pere Ubu, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. In addition, vintage clips of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday were also featured. The show also featured a house band of Omar Hakim (drums), Marcus Miller (bass), Philippe Saisse (keys), David Sanborn (sax), Hiram Bullock (guitar), and Jools Holland (piano). The show often allowed its guests ample time to explain the origins of their sound, meaning of songs, etc. It also provided a national audience for lesser known acts (like Arto Lindsay’s band The Ambitious Lovers). Hal Willner was the music coordinator, responsible for the interesting musical mix-and-matching that took place on the show.”



     We apologize for our oversight in missing it and wish Jeff Healey a belated (3-24) birthday . Next year we won’t miss it and in the meantime here is a very early performance of his . Enjoy 















The Bergdahl Desertion





” The United States Army intends to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. That was Wednesday’s news, but the bigger story is the extravagant price the U.S. has paid because President Obama wanted to score political points.

  Readers will recall that then-Private First Class Bergdahl went missing from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009. Fellow soldiers suspected desertion, though the Army conducted a risky manhunt to recover him. The sergeant was quickly captured by the Taliban and held for five years.

  The Associated Press has reported that an internal Pentagon investigation in 2010 found “incontrovertible” evidence that he had walked away from his post. Journalists also uncovered an exchange of letters in which the soldier wrote to his father “the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools,” that he was “ashamed to even be american,” and that “the future is too good to waste on lies.” Replied father Robert: “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!” “


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50 Greatest Movie Outtakes Of All Time




Published on Feb 9, 2014


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Walter E Williams – The People’s Contempt For The Constitution




Published on Mar 23, 2015

” Dr. Williams backs up his claim that the American people display contempt for the Constitution. “













Rick Tompkins




” It is said, mostly by Libertarians, that ‘taxation is theft.’ Theft is too mild a word. Typically, a thief strikes only once, and doesn’t pretend that his robbery is legitimate. Taxation is actually slavery.”














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