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Happy Birthday , Duke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

” On his paper route in Glendale, California, Marion and Duke would stop to visit the local firemen at the fire station. The firemen would always say “here comes Big Duke,” referring to the Airedale, “and Little Duke,” referring to Marion Morrison.

The nickname Duke stuck with Marion Morrison/John Wayne for the rest of his life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor (172 titles)

1976 The Shootist
J.B. Books
1974 McQ
McQ
1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
J. D. Cahill
1968 The Green Berets
Col. Mike Kirby
1966 Magic Mansion (TV series)
John Wayne
– Ride ’em Cowboy (1966) … John Wayne
1965 In Harm’s Way
Captain Rockwell ‘Rock’ Torrey
1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV series)
Sergeant-Umpire in Korea
– Flashing Spikes (1962) … Sergeant-Umpire in Korea (as Marion Morrison)
1960 Wagon Train (TV series)
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
– The Colter Craven Story (1960) … Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (as Michael Morris)
1958 I Married a Woman
Leonard (uncredited) / John Wayne (uncredited)
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV series)
Mike Cronin
1955 The Sea Chase
Captain Karl Ehrlich
1953 Trouble Along the Way
Steve Aloysius Williams
1953 Three Lives (short)
Commentator
1952 Miracle in Motion (short)
Narrator
1942 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Markham

1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Capt. Jack Stuart

1939 Allegheny Uprising
Jim Smith

1937 Idol of the Crowds
Johnny Hanson

1936 Sea Spoilers
Bob Randall

1935 Paradise Canyon
John Wyatt / John Rogers

1935 The Desert Trail
John Scott/John Jones

1933 Central Airport
Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)

1932 The Big Stampede
Deputy Sheriff John Steele

1932 That’s My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)

1932 The Hurricane Express
The Air Pilot

1930 Cheer Up and Smile
Roy (uncredited)

1930 Rough Romance
Lumberjack (uncredited)

1930 Born Reckless
Extra (uncredited)

1929 The Forward Pass
Extra (uncredited)

1929 Salute
Midshipman Bill (uncredited)

1929 Words and Music
Pete Donahue (as Duke Morrison)

1929 The Black Watch
42nd Highlander (uncredited)

1929 Speakeasy
Extra (uncredited)

1928 Noah’s Ark
Flood Extra (uncredited)

1928 Hangman’s House
Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)
(uncredited)

1928 Four Sons
Officer (uncredited)

1928 Mother Machree
Extra (uncredited)

1927 The Drop Kick
Football Player (uncredited) / Extra in Stands (uncredited)

1927 Annie Laurie
Extra (uncredited)

1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery
Extra (uncredited)

1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Guard (uncredited)

Date of Birth

26 May 1907Winterset, Iowa, USA

Date of Death

11 June 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung & stomach cancer)

Birth Name

Marion Robert Morrison

Nickname

Duke
JW (family nickname)

Height

6′ 4″ (1.93 m)

Mini Biography

” John Wayne (born Marion Morrison) was the son of pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife Mary. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until the ranch failed, Marion and his younger brother Robert E. Morrison swam in an irrigation ditch and rode a horse to school. When the ranch failed, the family moved to Glendale, California, where Marion delivered medicines for his father, sold newspapers and had an Airedale dog named “Duke” (the source of his own nickname). He did well at school both academically and in football. When he narrowly failed admission to Annapolis he went to USC on a football scholarship 1925-7. Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man in exchange for football tickets. On the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom, among others, he began doing bit parts, some billed as John Wayne. His first featured film was Men Without Women (1930). After more than 70 low-budget westerns and adventures, mostly routine, Wayne’s career was stuck in a rut until Ford cast him in Stagecoach (1939), the movie that made him a star. He appeared in nearly 250 movies, many of epic proportions. From 1942-43 he was in a radio series, “The Three Sheets to the Wind”, and in 1944 he helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a right-wing political organization, later becoming its President. His conservative political stance was also reflected in The Alamo (1960), which he produced, directed and starred in. His patriotic stand was enshrined in The Green Berets (1968) which he co-directed and starred in. Over the years Wayne was beset with health problems. In September 1964 he had a cancerous left lung removed; in March 1978 there was heart valve replacement surgery; and in January 1979 his stomach was removed. He received the Best Actor nomination for Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and finally got the Oscar for his role as one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969). A Congressional Gold Medal was struck in his honor in 1979. He is perhaps best remembered for his parts in Ford’s cavalry trilogy – Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950).”

 

 

 

TRIVIA

Spouses
Pilar Wayne (1 November 1954 – 11 June 1979) (his death) 3 children
Esperanza Baur (17 January 1946 – 1 November 1954) (divorced)
Josephine Alicia Saenz (24 June 1933 – 25 December 1945) (divorced) 4 children

Trade Mark

Westerns

Slow talk and distinctive, gravelly voice

War movies

Distinctive cat-like walk

His movies frequently reflected his conservative values

Often starred with Maureen O’Hara

 

 

 

 

Trivia

” Holds the record for the actor with the most leading parts – 142. In all but 11 films he played the leading part.

Ranked #16 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. (October 1997)

Born at 1:00pm-CST.

Children with Pilar WayneAissa WayneEthan Wayne and Marisa Wayne.

Sons with Josephine: Michael Wayne (producer) and Patrick Wayne (actor); daughters Toni Wayne and Melinda Wayne.

Most published sources refer to Wayne’s birth name as Marion Michael Morrison. His birth certificate, however, gives his original name as Marion Robert Morrison. According to Wayne’s own statements, after the birth of his younger brother in 1911, his parents named the newborn Robert Emmett and changed Wayne’s name from Marion Robert to Marion Michael. It has also been suggested by several of his biographers that Wayne’s parents actually changed his birth name from Marion Robert to Marion Mitchell. In “Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne” (1985), Donald Shepherd and Robert F. Slatzer state that when Wayne’s younger brother was born, “the Duke’s middle name was changed from Robert to Mitchell. . . . After he gained celebrity, Duke deliberately confused biographers and others by claiming Michael as his middle name, a claim that had no basis in fact.”

His production company, Batjac, was originally to be called Batjak, after the shipping company owned by Luther Adler‘s character in the filmWake of the Red Witch (1948). A secretary’s typo while she was drawing up the papers resulted in it being called Batjac, and Wayne, not wanting to hurt her feelings, kept her spelling of it.

In the comic “Preacher”, his ghost appears in several issues, clothed in his traditional gunfighter outfit, as a mentor to the hero of the series, Jesse Custer.

Great-uncle of boxer/actor Tommy Morrison, aka “The Duke”.

An entry in the logbook of director John Ford‘s yacht “Araner”, during a voyage along the Baja peninsula, made a reference to one of Wayne’s pranks on Ward Bond: “Caught the first mate [Wayne] pissing in [Ward] Bond’s flask this morning – must remember to give him a raise.”

He and his drinking buddy, actor Ward Bond, frequently played practical jokes on each other. In one incident, Bond bet Wayne that they could stand on opposite sides of a newspaper and Wayne wouldn’t be able to hit him. Bond set a sheet of newspaper down in a doorway, Wayne stood on one end, and Bond slammed the door in his face, shouting “Try and hit me now!” Wayne responded by sending his fist through the door, flooring Bond (and winning the bet).

His favorite drink was Sauza Commemorativo Tequila, and he often served it with ice that he had chipped from an iceberg during one of his voyages on his yacht, “The Wild Goose”.

He was offered the lead in The Dirty Dozen (1967), but went to star in and direct The Green Berets (1968) instead. The part was eventually given to Lee Marvin.

The evening before a shoot he was trying to get some sleep in a Las Vegas hotel. The suite directly below his was that of Frank Sinatra (never a good friend of Wayne), who was having a party. The noise kept Wayne awake, and each time he made a complaining phone call it quieted temporarily but each time eventually grew louder. Wayne at last appeared at Sinatra’s door and told Frank to stop the noise. A Sinatra bodyguard of Wayne’s size approached saying, “Nobody talks to Mr. Sinatra that way.” Wayne looked at the man, turned as though to leave, then backhanded the bodyguard, who fell to the floor, where Wayne knocked him out by crashing a chair on top of him. The party noise stopped.

He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

His spoken album “America: Why I Love Her” became a surprise best-seller and Grammy nominee when it was released in 1973. Reissued on CD in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it became a best-seller all over again.

Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued on Friday, March 23rd, 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp featured Wayne as The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939).

Upon being cast by Raoul Walsh in Fox’s The Big Trail (1930) the studio decided his name had to be changed. Walsh said he was reading a biography on General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and suggested that name. The studio liked the last name but not the first and decided on “John Wayne” as the final rendition.

He once made a cameo appearance on “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962). In episode, “The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (#5.20)”(1967). And when asked how he wanted to be paid, his answer, in return, was “Give me a fifth of bourbon – that’ll square it.”.

In 1973 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the National Football Foundation for his days playing football for Glendale High School and USC.

Arguably Wayne’s worst film, The Conqueror (1956), in which he played Genghis Kahn, was based on a script that director Dick Powell had every intention of throwing into the wastebasket. According to Powell, when he had to leave his office at RKO for a few minutes during a story conference, he returned to find a very enthused Wayne reading the script, which had been in a pile of possible scripts on Powell’s desk, and insisting that this was the movie he wanted to make. As Powell himself summed it up, “Who am I to turn down John Wayne?”.

Among his favorite leisure activities were playing bridge, poker, and chess.

He was buried at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona del Mar, California, (a community within his hometown of Newport Beach). His grave finally received a plaque in 1999.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1974.

Grandfather of actor Brendan Wayne.

Because his on-screen adventures involved the slaying of a slew of Mexicans, Native Americans and Japanese, he has been called a racist by his critics. They believe this was strengthened by a Playboy Magazine interview in which he suggested that blacks were not yet qualified to hold high public office because “discrimination prevented them from receiving the kind of education a political career requires”. Yet all of his three wives were of Latin descent.

He was voted the 5th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Just on his sheer popularity and his prominent political activism, the Republican party in 1968 supposedly asked him to run for President of the USA, even though he had no previous political experience. He turned them down because he did not believe America would take a movie star running for the President seriously. He did however support Ronald Reagan‘s campaigns for governor of California in 1966 and 1970, as well as his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976.

Wayne was initiated into DeMolay in 1924 at the Glendale Chapter in Glendale California.

Received the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 1970.

He was a Master Mason. In other words, he was a good man who became a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Thursday, September 9th, 2004. The first-day ceremonies were held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “

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Happy Birthday John Wayne

    In remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice here are some links to Memorial Day posts from our archives … 

 

Americans Forget The Meaning Of Memorial Day!

Know Your History … The Origins Of Memorial Day

A Little Reminder Of What Memorial Day Is Really About …

Memorial Day Via The Looking Spoon

What Memorial Day Is Really All About

History Of Memorial Day

Military.com Memorial Day Tribute

No Daily Comedy 5.27.13 – Memorial Day Tributes

Daily Video 5.27.13 Memorial Day 2013

Thank You , Mr President … For Staying Away From Arlington On Memorial Day

 

 

 

Thank you veterans , both living and deceased , we honor your sacrifice …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” Further to my note on last week’s UK election, Mark Wilson writes from beautiful County Down:

  Hey there, Mark is of course right when he says that no one outside Northern Ireland cares about the difference between the ‘official ‘ unionists (or their name, since the ‘official’ went out years ago!) and the DUP. Lots of people in Northern Ireland don’t care either and want a united unionist party which can ally with English, Scottish and Welsh parties as our interests coincide. That’s quite a traditional British position, do you not think?

  Anyway, for people like me stuck in the sticks with unrepentent sectarian murderers failing to represent us by refusing to go to Westminister, the greater truth is that it’s better to be represented by any respectable unionist than any nationalist. Sorry for bothering you with trifles – may providence smile on you lot in your battle with the climatologists!

Mark Wilson

  Well, I wouldn’t call the disintegration of the Mother of Parliaments a “trifle”. (I wouldn’t call Michael E Mann a climatologist, either, but that’s another matter.) You allude to Sinn Féin members who won’t go to Westminster because they refuse to take their oath of allegiance to the Queen. But you don’t need to steer clear of Westminster to decline allegiance in a broader sense. When the Kingdom of Scotland votes as overwhelmingly for the SNP as the (southern and western parts of the) Kingdom of Ireland did for Sinn Féin in 1918, they too are refusing allegiance to the existing political arrangements.”

 

Steyn Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Bobby Darin

 

 

 

Biography

” There’s been considerable discussion about whether Bobby Darin should be classified as a rock & roll singer, a Vegas hipster cat, an interpreter of popular standards, or even a folk-rocker. He was all of these and none of these. Throughout his career he made a point of not becoming committed to any one style at the exclusion of others; at the height of his nightclub fame he incorporated a folk set into his act. When it appeared he could have gone on indefinitely as a sort of junior version of Frank Sinatra, he would periodically record pop/rock and folk-rock singles whose principal appeal lay outside of the adult pop market. At one point he started calling himself Bob Darin and recorded songs with vague anti-establishment overtones that could be said to be biting the largely bourgeois hands that fed his highest-paying gigs. It may be most accurate to say that Darin was, above all, a singer who wanted to do a lot of things, rather than make his mark as a particular stylist. That may have cost him some points as far as making it to the very top of certain genres, but also makes his work more versatile than almost any other vocalist of his era.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When Darin had his first hits in the late ’50s, he was a teen idol of sorts, albeit a teen idol with much more talent and mature command than the typical singer in that style. The novelty-tinged “Splish Splash” was his breakthrough smash, followed by “Queen of the Hop” and the ballad “Dream Lover.” There was a slight R&B feel to Bobby‘s delivery that may well have influenced R&B-pop/rock singers such as Dion, though it would be an exaggeration to call Darin a blue-eyed soul man. In late 1959, he found a new direction when the swinging “Mack the Knife,” a tune from BrechtWeill‘s Threepenny Opera musical, made number one. The song came from an album of pop standards, heralding his move toward light big band jazz, which was consolidated by the Top Ten success of “Beyond the Sea” in 1960.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In the early ’60s, Darin had mostly abandoned rock for the adult pop market, becoming a huge success on the Vegas-nightclub circuit, and moving into the all-around entertainer mode with starring roles in movies (including one as a non-singing jazz musician in John Cassavetes’ Too Young Blues). He also continued to score regular hits with the likes of “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” “Things,” and “Lazy River.” To keep people guessing, there was also a hit cover of “What’d I Say” and some country tunes (one of which, “You’re the Reason I’m Living,” made it to number three on the pop charts). Around 1963, he put a folk section into his nightclub act that employed guitarist Roger McGuinn, then a couple of years away from fame as the leader of the Byrds.”Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

Bobby Darin [1958]
1958 Bobby Darin [1958] album review Atlantic  
(2)
 
 
That's All
1959 That’s All album review Atlantic  
(10)
 
 
This Is Darin
1960 This Is Darin album review Atlantic  
(2)
 
 
Darin at the Copa
1960 Darin at the Copa album review Atlantic  
(3)
 
 
For Teenagers Only
1960 For Teenagers Only album review Collectors’ Choice Music  
(8)
 
 
The 25th Day of December
1960 The 25th Day of December album review Atco / Atlantic  
(1)
 
 
Two of a Kind
1961 Two of a Kind album review Atco  
(5)
 
 
Twist with Bobby Darin
1961 Twist with Bobby Darinalbum review Atco  
(3)
 
 
Love Swings
1961 Love Swings album review Atco  
(3)
 
 
Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles
1962 Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles album review Atco  
(1)
 
 
Things & Other Things
1962 Things & Other Things album review Collectors’ Choice Music  
(2)
 
  Oh! Look at Me Now 1962 Oh! Look at Me Now album review Capitol  
(2)
 
 
You're the Reason I'm Living
1963 You’re the Reason I’m Living album review Capitol  
(1)
 
 
It's You or No One
1963 It’s You or No One album review Atco  
(1)
 
  18 Yellow Roses 1963 18 Yellow Roses album review Capitol  
(0)
 
  Earthy! 1963 Earthy! album review Capitol  
(0)
 
 
Winners
1964 Winners album review Atco  
(0)
 
  Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie 1964 Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie album review Capitol  
(0)
 
  The Lively Set [Original Soundtrack] 1964 The Lively Set [Original Soundtrack] Decca  
(0)
 
  Venice Blue 1965 Venice Blue album review Capitol  
(0)
 
 
I Wanna Be Around
1965 I Wanna Be Around Capitol  
(0)
 
  Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile 1966 Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile album review Atlantic  
(0)
 
  In a Broadway Bag (Mame) 1966 In a Broadway Bag (Mame) album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  If I Were a Carpenter 1966 If I Were a Carpenter album review Atlantic  
(4)
 
  1966 Academy Award Song Kit 1966 1966 Academy Award Song Kit Atlantic  
(0)
 
  Inside Out 1967 Inside Out album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  Something Special 1967 Something Special Atlantic  
(0)
 
  Dr. Doolittle 1967 Dr. Doolittle album review Atlantic  
(1)
 
  Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto 1968 Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassottoalbum review    
(1)
 
  Commitment 1969 Commitment album review Direction  
(1)
 
 
Live! At the Desert Inn
1971 Live! At the Desert Inn album review Concord / Neon Tonic / Universal (Pty) Ltd.  
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  Bobby Darin [1972] 1972 Bobby Darin [1972]    
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Hillary Is The Favorite Among Millionaire Voters

 

 

 

” Hillary Clinton is the favorite U.S. presidential candidate among millionaire voters and would win a head-to-head contest with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to the third CNBC Millionaire Survey conducted in March that was released today.

  The survey, which polls 750 Americans with a net worth of $1 million or more, found that 53 percent of millionaires would vote for the Democratic ex-Secretary of State, compared with 47 percent for the GOP presidential hopeful, in a hypothetical general-election match-up. Clinton had the support of 91 percent of Democratic millionaires, 13 percent of Republican millionaires and 57 percent of Independent millionaires.”

 

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Congratulations, New York, You’re #1 In Corruption

 

 

 

 

 

” Other states have plenty of corruption, but it’s hard to beat New York when it comes to sheer volume. The indictment Monday of Dean Skelos, the state Senate majority leader, and his son Adam came just three months after charges were brought against Sheldon Silver, then the Assembly Speaker. Having the top leaders in both chambers face indictment in the same session is an unparalleled achievement, but Skelos is now the fifth straight Senate majority leader in Albany to face indictment.

  New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival. So far, Senate Republicans are standing by Skelos, but if they decide to make a change, they probably won’t turn to Thomas Libous, the chamber’s Number Two leader. He faces trial this summer on charges of lying to the FBI, while his son faces sentencing later this month on similar charges. All told, more than two dozen members of the New York state legislature have been indicted or resigned in disgrace over the past five years. “Albany for a long time has had a culture of self-interest, where private gains are woven in with public policy,” says Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause in New York.

  Clusters of corruption and even convictions are not unique to New York. Silver was one of four state House Speakers to face indictment over the past year (Alabama, Rhode Island and South Carolina are home to the others). In Massachusetts, three Speakers prior to current incumbent Robert DeLeo all resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges. When Dan Walker died last week, it was hard for obituary writers not to note that he was one of four Illinois governors over the past five decades who ended up in prison. “While I’m a proud New Yorker and want my state to be ahead in everything, I’m not sure we’re ahead on corruption,” says Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Columbia University.

  Richman is kidding, but he makes a serious point. Give any U.S. attorney a year and 10 FBI agents and he or she can probably come back from the state capital with a passel of indictments. Having said all that, however, the waters in Albany have long been heavily stocked with potentially big fish. Remember in the movie Lincoln, when the president decides he has to resort to low dealings to get the anti-slavery amendment through Congress? The characters he relies on to do the trick come from Albany.”

 

Politico has the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Star Wars LEGO Super Star Destroyer Shattered At 1000 fps | Battle Damage

 

 

 

 

Published on May 4, 2015

” What better way to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars Day than by watching a Super Star Destroyer shatter in slow-motion?
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Top 10 Health Benefits Of Going To A Shooting Range

 

 

 

 

” Whether you’re preparing for the military or police academy or just out for a recreational activity, going to a shooting range can be a stress-relieving adventure. Believe it or not, the benefits of participating in shooting sports can improve your health both physically and mentally.

  Here are the top 10 health benefits of going to a shooting range:

  Builds physical discipline: In an age of the “couch potato,” this sport can help build many physical disciplines that are not only healthy but enjoyable. Increased strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills are just a few of the physical disciplines acquired in the shooting sports that apply, not only to this sport, but to all of life.

  Arm strength: Shooting a gun requires strong, sturdy arms and hands; in order to aim and shoot your target you must keep your hands and arms steady.

  Focus: Keeping your eyes on the target while aiming a gun requires a lot of focus. Removing your mind from any other activities, you find yourself in the present moment in which there is only one thing at hand to do, and it straight in front of you.

  Eyesight: Practicing your shooting can’t fix any eye deficiencies, but it can exercise the eye capabilities that you already have. By giving your eyes a break from staring at computers, TVs, phones and tablets, you will be relieving this eye stress.”

 

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CBS News/New York Times Poll: Race Relations Worst In Over 2 Decades

 

 

 

 

” A new poll released Monday indicated that Americans believe race relations are at their worst in more than two decades.

  The CBS News/New York Times poll said 61 percent of Americans characterize race relations in the U.S. as “bad,” including a majority of white and black respondents. The figure is the highest since 1992.
A total of 79 percent of African-Americans believe police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than against a white person, while 53 percent of whites believe race does not play a role, the survey said.

  Black respondents were also more likely than white respondents to believe their local police make them feel anxious rather than safe, the poll said.”

 

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Conservatives, Unleash the Awesome Power Of “No”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We decent Americans are bombarded with lies, libeled, and subjected to petty (and, increasingly, not so petty) tyrannies by government flunkies. At every turn, liberals and their suck-ups in the media and academia seek to delegitimize our interests, concerns, and opinions. They want us to submit, to take the easy way out, to just go along. Our fate, they decree, is cultural and political dhimmitude.

  Well, it’s time to draw a red line and, unlike President Feckless and the Wimptones, to enforce it.

  Conservatives, it’s time to say, “No.”

  No, liberals, you can’t just lie about us anymore without us pushing back. The days of surrender in the face of your slander are over.

  No, liberals, you are the racists. Your party created the Klan. Your party created and enforced Jim Crow. Those weren’t Republicans beating black skulls in Selma – they were Democrats. Bull Connor was a union-loving populist and a delegate to a Democrat National Convention. You liberals elected a KKK member as your Senate Majority Leader and then made him your President Pro Tempore, and you did it in this century.

  I repeat, in this century.

  Your Democrat party relies on racial divisions, lies, and hatred. Quick, which party would fold tomorrow if racial hatred suddenly evaporated – the party that seeks to limit government and to empower every individual to create his own success, or the party that seeks to grow government to more lavishly hand out scraps to buy votes? “

 

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Hillary Furious As Thousands Of Americans Send Cigars To Her Office

 

 

Hillary Furious as Thousands of Americans Send Cigars to Her Office

 

 

 

” Hillary Clinton is reportedly furious and abashed as several thousand cigars were recently delivered to her office in protest of her announcement that she would run for President in 2016. Thanks to Send Clinton Cigars (http://sendclintoncigars.com), a service that allows you to anonymously purchase cigars and have them directly mailed to Clinton, tens of thousands of Americans are blatantly reminding her of her first stay in the White House. For those with short term memory loss, this was reportedly the sexual act of President Bill Clinton who used a cigar to pleasure White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Send Clinton Cigars site sports a non so subtle tagline of “Clinton / Lewinsky 2016 · Don’t Blow It!” beside a logo against smoking; cigars to be assumed.

  The Send Clinton Cigars site offers several cigar gifts that may be purchased and mailed to Presidential Candidate Clinton, and mentions that their proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, who appears to be unrelated. Elect Leaders reached out to the domain owners but have to received a response as yet.”

 

Thanks to ElectLeaders.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Is The World’s Happiest Country?

 

 

 

 

” It may be better known for banking than bohemia, but Switzerland is the happiest place in the world to live, according to the annual study published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

  The World Happiness Report suggested that residents of the nation of lakes, Lindt and Roger Federer, are more content, on average, than those in any other country. Britons, by contrast, were judged to only be the 21st happiest of the 158 nations to feature.

  The second happiest nation was deemed to be Iceland, followed by Denmark (a previous winner), Norway and Canada. Scandinavian countries once again dominated the top ten.”

 

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mob Of Teenagers Beats Two High School Students In Philadelphia Subway Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A security video showing a mob of students brutally beating two high schoolers in a Philadelphia subway station on Tuesday is being investigated by the city’s transportation officers.

“ It’s an outrageous event. This is so dangerous, it’s not even funny,” Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III told Philly.com.

“ We have operating trains down there. There are passengers waiting for the train … it’s horrendous.”

  The video, which was time-stamped around 3:15 p.m., shows about a dozen teenagers either participating in a one-minute assault on two male students, or cheering it on.”

 

NY Daily News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Real Side Effect Of A Gluten-Free Diet: Scientific Illiteracy

 

 

GLUTEN LIE

 

 

 

” Walk into any grocery store or coffee shop and you’ll find gluten-free muffins, gluten-free chips, and gluten-free bread. Gluten has replaced fat as the ingredient we love to shun.

  And yet, scientists can’t find any good evidence to support this fad. Gluten is a protein composite that gives shape to grains like wheat, rye, and barley. And it’s true that a very small fraction of people have celiac disease, a real medical condition that causes their bodies to violently reject gluten. But that’s only a small fraction of people, and it’s not enough to explain the craze. The rest of us are going gluten-free without any real scientific basis for doing so.

  It’s exactly because the gluten-free diet has surged in popularity recently, despite the science, that Alan Jay Levinovitz, a professor of philosophy and religion at James Madison University, became fascinated by it. I talked to him about his new book, The Gluten Lie, to better understand why we’ve gone against this grain to the tune of more than $10 billion this year. “

 

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The Armenian Genocide Explained

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire will be commemorated on April 24, and Pope Francis recently referred to it officially as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

  The mass killings, which began in 1915, have long been a topic of controversy between Turkey and Armenia.

  To Armenians, the slaughter is a seminal event in their shared history, and members of the community, including Kim Kardashian, are doing their best to draw attention to the estimated 1.5 million lives lost.

  Turkey acknowledges that atrocities took place, although it maintains that the death toll was closer to 300,000 and rejects the term genocide entirely. By definition, the term genocide means a premeditated and systematic attempt to eradicate an ethnic, racial or religious group of people. Turkey argues that the deaths were an unfortunate part of a complicated war in which many Turkish lives were also lost.

  But how did this violence come about?

  The historic Kingdom of Armenia was the first nation to declare Christianity as its official religion. In the 15th century, it was progressively absorbed into the Muslim-ruled Ottoman Empire. Even though Armenians were granted few political or legal rights, they were allowed a degree of autonomy. Maintaining their religious and social identity, the Armenians thrived for centuries.”

 

 

Here are some facts regarding the start of 20th century Jihad:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Armenian genocide was , as the Pope says the 20th century’s first genocide , but it was also the 20th century’s first instance of Jihad . The Armenians were Christians , the Turks were/are Muslims . Remember that as you read the rest .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census: Record 51 Million Immigrants In 8 years, Will Account For 82% Of U.S. Growth

 

 

 

” Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.

  A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million.”

 

 

 

 

 ” The report was provided to Secrets and released Wednesday evening.

  The surge in immigrant population, both legal and illegal, threatens to slam into the presidential campaign as GOP candidates move to figure out what their position is and the president tries to use executive powers to exempt some 5 million illegals from deportation.

” These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment,” said Steven Camarota, the center’s director of research. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.” “

 

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Frank Ernest Shephard: Texas Man Shot And Killed By Police Officers On Live TV

 

 

” Frank Ernest Shephard, known also as “Trey,” led police officers on a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning in Houston, Texas. Once the chase ended, the officers opened fire on Shephard, and it was all caught on live television.

  According to KTRK, police were attempting to pull over Shephard for what they described as “suspicious activity.” But as the officers began approaching Shephard’s vehicle for questioning, he took off, leading them on a high-speed pursuit.”

 

 

   The shooting occurs at about 6:40 point in the video and note that there is an innocent driver directly behind the suspect as the cops kill the man . A still photo on the Inquisitr’s page shows at least ten bullet holes in the passenger side windows of the suspect’s car and we would like to know how many of them went through the car and struck the innocent motorist’s vehicle that was tangled in the wreckage . 

  Compare the angles in the video at the 6:41 mark with the damage shown in the still photo while taking into account the location of the cop with his gun drawn and it seems inconceivable that the by-standing driver was not in danger of becoming “collateral damage” . Regardless of the “threat” posed by the suspect this shooting was not “protecting and serving” anyone but the cops . 

  

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‘This Was a Terrorist Act’: Man Attacked By Mob Of Teenagers At Gas Station

 

 

 

” A man was viciously attacked in broad daylight by a mob of teenagers while helping an elderly woman at a gas station.  

  Orrden Williams Jr. recounted his frightening experience tonight with Sean Hannity.

  He said that an elderly woman told him that she was nervous about walking to her car alone from inside the Memphis, TN gas station’s store. 

  Williams explained that the woman was scared of a group of teenagers who were outside loitering and throwing gang signs, so he decided to walk the woman to her car. 

  As soon as he stepped outside with the woman, the teens charged and began violently attacking him with punches and kicks. “

 

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Students Willing To Give Up U.S. Citizenship For In-State Tuition

 

 

 

Such are the perverse incentives in Obamaworld’s land of academia …

Father Arrested On Bridge Where His Teen Daughter Died

 

 

 

 

 

” A grieving father was arrested as he attempted to build a barricade on the bridge where his teenage daughter died.

  White County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shannon Hamilton on Gene Nix Road Sunday.

On March 15, Hamilton’s 16-year-old daughter, Cecily Hamilton, and 18-year-old Taylor Swing died when their car went off the road and into the water below. Their car went undiscovered for hours; both teens drowned.

  Family members said Shannon Hamilton was trying to build a barricade on the bridge to prevent future tragedies. He is charged with interference with government property.

  After the teens’ deaths, more than 1,700 people signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge. White County Commissioners are looking into installing guard rails.”

 

Thanks to 11Alive.com

 

The video was originally posted to the Facebook account of Mr Hamilton’s son with this commentary:

 

” “My dad, Shannon Hamilton, was arrested today for attempting to put up temporary barricades on the Gene Nix Rd. Bridge. White County wants to take their time in getting this accomplished so my dad did it for them. Unfortunately White County wasn’t going to allow him. It’s a shame that because someone is concerned about the safety of others after losing his daughter that the law can arrest them. This video is what’s going to be the change to all this. I love you dad, your doing a great thing and I’m so proud of you!” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Not Red State vs Blue State. It’s City vs Country

 

 

 

” As a resident of the upstate portion of New York (not the Big Apple) I have written frequently about the depressing, negative effects which liberal tax and spend policies combined with strangling regulatory burdens have had on the state, as well as the economic death spiral which has followed. Many of the complaints I hear from residents of the more rural, upstate region center on the unbalanced power held by New York City and the complete disconnect between the government and the more conservative, rural communities to the north and west. But even as a person studying and experiencing these effects first hand, I don’t think I ever grasped the full impact of this disparity in the way it’s spelled out by William Tucker of the American Media Institute.

  Binghamton, New York — once a powerhouse of industry — is now approaching Detroit in many economic measures, according to the U.S. Census. In Binghamton, more than 31 percent of city residents are at or below the federal poverty level compared to 38 percent in Detroit. Average household income in Binghamton at $30,179 in 2012 barely outpaces Detroit’s $26,955. By some metrics, Binghamton is behind Detroit. Some 45 percent of Binghamton residents own their dwellings while more than 52 percent of Detroit residents are homeowners. Both “Rust Belt” cities have lost more than 2 percent of their populations.

  Binghamton is not alone. Upstate New York — that vast 50,000-square mile region north of New York City — seems to be in an economic death spiral.

  The fate of the area is a small scene in a larger story playing out across rural America. As the balance of population shifts from farms to cities, urban elites are increasingly favoring laws and regulations that benefit urban voters over those who live in small towns or out in the country. The implications are more than just economic: it’s a trend that fuels the intense populism and angry politics that has shattered the post-World War II consensus and divided the nation.

  That comparison between the city of Binghamton and the wreckage of Detroit is a true eye opener, but it’s not the only such story in the non-city portions of the state. IBM was once the powerhouse of employment in the greater Binghamton area, employing more than 16,000 people as recently as the late 1980s. Today the entire complex has been sold to local developers and the computer giant employs a few hundred people (many of whom are contractors) renting out a tiny portion of the old complex. Kodak employed 62,000 people in Rochester during the same period as IBM’s heyday. Today there are roughly 4,000 workers. Xerox and Bausch & Lomb were also huge employers there but are now largely (or entirely) gone.

  These stories are repeated over and over again in cities and towns across the upstate region, so it’s more than coincidence. Tucker ties it all together. “

 

Read the rest of Jazz Shaw’s piece at Hot Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Border Agents Bracing For New Immigrant Surge

 

 

Families of Central American immigrants turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico on September 8, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Although the numbers of such immigrant families and unaccompanied minors have decreased from a springtime high, thousands continue to cross in the border illegally into the United States. The Rio Grande Valley sector is the busiest area for illegal border crossings, especially for Central Americans, into the U.S.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Photo: John Moore, Getty Images

John Moore, Getty Images

 

 

” On a recent evening near the banks of the Rio Grande, a group of five Guatemalan immigrants, among them two girls, ages 8 and 10 without a parent or guardian by their side, turned themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. 

  It is a familiar scene to law enforcement agencies in South Texas that witnessed nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children and families, mostly from Central America, illegally streaming across the border here last year.

  While far fewer immigrants have been detained in recent months than during the same period a year ago, thousands are still crossing the Rio Grande illegally, and border agents are bracing for thousands more in the months ahead.

  Already, 15,647 minors and 13,911 families have been detained since the beginning of the fiscal year in October, along the whole Southwest border, most of them in Rio Grande Valley. With the historically busy April, May and summer months ahead, it is conceivable that apprehensions this year will surpass all but the unprecedented surge of 2014.”

 

Houston Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Deputies Suspended After Beating A Suspect In California

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Ten sheriff’s deputies in Southern California have been put on leave after several of them were shown on video kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase involving a stolen horse.

  San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Friday that the video “disturbed and troubled” him and appeared to show an excessive use of force.

  McMahon announced the action after 30-year-old Francis Pusok was arrested Thursday by deputies in a violent encounter filmed by a KNBC-TV helicopter. Pusok fled by car and then on the horse, traveling several miles while deputies chased him on foot after trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.

  The Los Angeles Times reports: “During the beating, which involved as many as 11 deputies and lasted for about two minutes, Pusok was kicked and kneed about a dozen times and punched more than two dozen times, according to the video.” “

 

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Happy Birthday Ms Holliday

 

 

 

Biography

 

” The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it’s difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday‘s highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, “I always wanted Bessie‘s big sound and Pops‘ feeling”), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.

  With her spirit shining through on every recording, Holiday‘s technical expertise also excelled in comparison to the great majority of her contemporaries. Often bored by the tired old Tin Pan Alley songs she was forced to record early in her career, Holiday fooled around with the beat and the melody, phrasing behind the beat and often rejuvenating the standard melody with harmonies borrowed from her favorite horn players, Armstrong and Lester Young. (She often said she tried to sing like a horn.) Her notorious private life — a series of abusive relationships, substance addictions, and periods of depression — undoubtedly assisted her legendary status, but Holiday‘s best performances (“Lover Man,” “Don’t Explain,” “Strange Fruit,” her own composition “God Bless the Child”) remain among the most sensitive and accomplished vocal performances ever recorded. More than technical ability, more than purity of voice, what made Billie Holiday one of the best vocalists of the century — easily the equal of Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra — was her relentlessly individualist temperament, a quality that colored every one of her endlessly nuanced performances.

  Billie Holiday‘s chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough. Her father, Clarence Holiday, was a teenaged jazz guitarist and banjo player later to play in Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra. He never married her mother, Sadie Fagan, and left while his daughter was still a baby. (She would later run into him in New York, and though she contracted many guitarists for her sessions before his death in 1937, she always avoided using him.) Holiday‘s mother was also a young teenager at the time, and whether because of inexperience or neglect, often left her daughter with uncaring relatives. Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped. Though sentenced to stay until she became an adult, a family friend helped get her released after just two years. With her mother, she moved in 1927, first to New Jersey and soon after to Brooklyn.” Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

New Orleans
1947 New Orleans Jazz Crusade  
(6)
 
  Billie Holiday, Vol. 2 1950 Billie Holiday, Vol. 2    
(3)
 
 
Billie Holiday Sings
1950 Billie Holiday Sings Mercury  
(20)
 
 
An Evening with Billie Holiday
1953 An Evening with Billie Holiday Decca / Verve  
(6)
 
  Billie Holiday, Vol. 3 1954 Billie Holiday, Vol. 3 Jolly Roger Records  
(2)
 
  Music for Torching 1955 Music for Torching Clef Records  
(6)
 
  A Recital by Billie Holiday 1956 A Recital by Billie Holiday Clef Records  
(1)
 
  Jazz Recital 1956 Jazz Recital Clef Records  
(0)
 
  Velvet Moods 1956 Velvet Moods Clef Records  
(1)
 
 
Lady Sings the Blues
1956 Lady Sings the Blues album review Verve  
(213)
 
 
Songs for Distingué Lovers
1957 Songs for Distingué Lovers album review Verve / PolyGram  
(217)
 
 
Body & Soul [Verve]
1957 Body & Soul [Verve] album review Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab  
(26)
 
 
Lady in Satin
1958 Lady in Satin album review Columbia  
(129)
 
  Blues Are Brewin' 1958 Blues Are Brewin’ Universal/Decca  
(0)
 
 
Stay with Me
1959 Stay with Me album review Verve  
(11)
 
  Comes Love   Comes Love Dazzling Dames  
(0)
 
  Lady in Satin: The Centennial   Lady in Satin: The Centennial    
(0)
 
  Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra   Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra Jazz Portraits  
(0)
 
 
Dove Collection
  Dove Collection Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)  
(1)
 
  100 Years of Lady Day   100 Years of Lady Day Documents  
(0)
 
  Magic   Magic Must Have Records  
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More videos

 

Jazz legend Billie Holiday enjoys revival at 100

Billie Holiday’s 10 essential recordings in celebration of 100th anniversary of jazz great’s birth

Billie Holiday – About the Singer – American Masters

Remembering Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday at 100

For Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday, Tributes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday Billie , we love you .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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