Category: Culture


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  
(0)

 

 

 

 

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 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Gary

 

 

 

Early Life And Career

” Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. His early musical influences were artists such as Albert KingElvis PresleyThe Shadows and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.

Moore’s greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green’s continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album, Moore played Green’s 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green’s request, so that “it would have a good home”.

While less popular in the US, Moore’s work “brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world – especially in Europe”. Throughout his career, Moore was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian Campbell, Patrick Rondat, John NorumPaul Gilbert, Gus GSlashOrianthiJoe BonamassaAdrian SmithDoug AldrichZakk Wylde, Randy RhoadsJohn Sykes and Kirk Hammett.

He collaborated with a broad range of artists including Phil LynottGeorge Harrison,Trilok GurtuDr. Strangely StrangeColosseum IITravelling WilburysAlbert Collins,Jimmy NailMo FosterGinger BakerJack BruceJim CapaldiB.B. KingBob Dylan,Vicki BrownCozy PowellRod Argentthe Beach BoysOzzy OsbournePaul RodgersKeith EmersonRoger DaltreyAlbert King and together with Colosseum II with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer’sVariations album in 1978. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazzbluescountryelectric blueshard rock and heavy metal.

In 1968, aged 16, Moore moved to Dublin to join the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan “Brush” Shiels. It was with this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry, and his association with Phil Lynott began.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allmusic:

” Skid Row would go on to issue several singles and albums (including 1970’s Skid and 1971’s 34 Hours), and although the group mounted a few tours of Europe and the U.S., it failed to obtain breakthrough commercial success, leading to Moore‘s exit from the group in 1972.Moore then formed his own outfit, the Gary Moore Band (along with members drummer Pearse Kelly and bassist John Curtis), for which the guitarist also served as vocalist. But after the trio’s debut album, 1973’s Grinding Stone, sunk without a trace, Moore hooked up once more with ex-bandmate Lynott in Thin LizzyMoore‘s initial tenure in Lizzy proved to be short-lived, however, as his fiery playing was featured on only a handful of tracks. Moore then set his sights on studio work (appearing on Eddie Howell‘s 1975 release, Gramaphone Record), before joining up with a prog rock/fusion outfit, Colosseum II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But once more, Moore‘s tenure in his latest outfit was fleeting; he appeared on only three recordings (1976’s Strange New Flesh, plus a pair in 1977, Electric Savage and War Dance), as Moore accepted an invitation by his old buddy Lynott to fill in for a Thin Lizzy U.S. tour, playing arenas opening for Queen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Gary Moore

” Moore proved to be quite busy in 1978, as the guitarist appeared on three other artists’ recordings — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Variations, Rod Argent’s Moving Home, and Gary Boyle’s Electric Glide. The same year, Moore issued his second solo release (almost five years after his solo debut), Back on the Streets, which spawned a surprise Top Ten U.K. hit in May of 1979, the bluesy ballad “Parisienne Walkways,” and featured vocal contributions by Lynott. Moore joined forces with his Lizzy mates once more in 1979, appearing on arguably the finest studio album of their career, Black Rose, which proved to be a huge hit in the U.K. (for a fine example of Moore’s exceptional guitar skills, check out the album’s epic title track). But predictably, Moore ultimately exited the group once more (this time right in the middle of a U.S. tour), as a rift had developed between Moore and Lynott. Undeterred, Moore lent some guitar work to drummer Cozy Powell’s solo release, Over the Top, in addition to forming a new outfit, G Force, which would only remain together for a lone self-titled release in 1980.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Irish Rockers

” In the 1980s Gary established his reputation as one of the top guitarists on the heavy metal scene with a series of rock albums that showcased his skill. Kirk Hammett of Metallica, who cites Gary as one of his top 5 influences, sums up Gary’s style of playing very well: “Gary’s technique was very modern, but his guitar style was very blues-based. His phrasing was very, very blues-based. He played long, sustained notes coupled with really super fast-picked notes and he had a great legato style“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1990, Moore returned to his blues roots with ‘Still Got the Blues’, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. The album was well received by fans and was his biggest seller. He stayed with the blues format until 1997, when he decided to experiment with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise; this left many fans, as well as the music press, confused. With Back to the Blues, Moore return to his tried and tested blues format in 2001. In 2002 he got back to more of a hard rocking style with the album Scars. He also returned to playing some of his metal-period material in the 2003 Monsters of Rock Tour. Then he continued on with the blues rock style on Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Moore Official Website

 

” The, Back To The Blues’ (2001) album saw him revisit The Blues with renewed vigour and determination, after the more experimental ‘Dark Days In Paradise’ (1997) and ‘A Different Beat’ (1999) albums. A ten-track collection that mixed excellent Moore originals, with gritty and intense covers of standards. But, in the tradition of keeping his fans and critics guessing, 2002 saw Gary Moore crashing back onto the music scene with what had to be his heaviest collection of songs since the late 1980’s, once again forcing people to reassess any opinions and preconceptions they might have had of him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” That time round though, Moore had decided to share the limelight, joining forces with ex-Skunk Anansie bassist Cass Lewis and Primal Scream drummer Darrin Mooney to form ‘Scars’, a true power trio in every respect. The ‘Scars’ album was completed in early 2002 and that line-up, then went on to record the ‘Live at the Monsters of Rock’ (2003) live CD and DVD, which featured the band’s set as performed on two separate nights on the UK Tour in May 2003. That live set encompassed a diverse range of material, from across Gary’s playing career.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 2004 saw possibly the rawest album yet, with ‘Power of the Blues’. The 10-track set, recorded mostly live in the studio, ranged from the hard rock/blues of the title track, via the upbeat swing of “Can’t find my baby”, to the haunting “Torn Inside”.

 

 

 

” Taking time out in August 2005, for a brief reunion with former Thin Lizzy band members, for a one off concert in Dublin, to mark the occasion of Phil Lynott’s birth. The evening was filmed for the 2006 DVD release, ‘Gary Moore and Friends, One Night in Dublin, A Tribute to Phil Lynott’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With his 2007 studio album ‘Close As You Get’, Gary continued in a direction not too dissimilar from ‘Old, New, Ballads, Blues’, released in 2006. Mixing original tunes with some interesting Blues covers that Gary had rediscovered, whilst researching for his award winning radio series, “Blues Power”, on Planet Rock (UK based digital/internet “radio” station). September 2008 saw the release of what would turn out to be Gary’s last studio album, “Bad for you Baby”. Again, a powerful collection of tracks, of original material and selected blues covers. After being on the road for most of 2008 and into 2010 with the “Blues” line up of the touring band. Gary returned from a tour of Russia and the Far East, and decided to reunite with his old sparring partner from the rock line up’s of the 1980’s, Neil Carter. The plan was to put together a “Rock” line up and dust off a selection of tracks from the mid to late 1980’s.”

 

 

 

“Adding Jon Noyce, (ex Jethro Tull/Sessions) on bass, some one who was also part of the, “One Night in Dublin” Tribute DVD in 2005, and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream/Sessions) on drums, who was no stranger to the touring and recording line during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. This line up, hit the road in May of 2010, performing a live set based around a selection of tracks from the “Rock Years” of the 1980’s. This proved to be a real treat for fans, old & new, as many would have not heard Gary play these songs live, either for a very long time, or in many cases, at all. In addition to the older tunes, a number of new “Celtic Rock” style tracks were included in the show, which went down very well with the live audiences. Tracks, which Gary was planning to record and embellish, on his next studio project. A project that was ready to start when Gary returned from a short holiday break.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Unfortunately, that was not to be, as Gary passed away in his sleep in the early hours of February 6th, 2011, in Estepona, Spain. After being such a “force of nature” in the guitar-playing firmament, for many years, as part of a professional career that began when he was only 16. He leaves behind a huge hole for many, not just his close family and friends, but guitar fans around the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Of all the many tributes paid since Gary’s passing, maybe this one, from Gary’s friend and musical collaborator, Don Airey, might sum up the best of most people’s thoughts of Gary: “At the 1984 Donington Festival during the long solo in “Empty Rooms” the previously restive crowd went so quiet, you could hear a pin drop – everyone back and behind stage stopped whatever they were doing and just stood to listen open-mouthed. His artistry touched thousands of people over the years, not least those of us lucky enough to have shared a stage or a recording studio with him. Sleep tight old mate, you’ll be sorely missed.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Moore


RIP


1952 – 2011

 

 

 

Discography

Albums

Grinding Stone

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

P.I. Records 1973

Gary Boyle Featuring: Gary MooreRobert Awhai*, Kenny Shaw* – Electric Glide ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Gull 1978

Back On The Streets

‎ ◄ (14 versions)

MCA RecordsMCA RecordsMCA Records 1978

Corridors Of Power

‎ ◄ (18 versions)

Virgin 1982

Rockin’ Every Night – Live In Japan

‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Virgin 1983

Victims Of The Future

‎ ◄ (15 versions)

Virgin 1983

Live

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Jet Records 1983

We Want Moore!

‎ ◄ (9 versions)

10 Records 1984

Dirty Fingers

‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Castle Classics 1984

We Want Moore!

‎ (LP, Album + 12″)

10 Records 1984

Run For Cover

‎ ◄ (12 versions)

10 Records 1985

G-Force (19) & Gary Moore – G-Force ‎ ◄ (7 versions)

VictoriaJet Records 1987

Live At The Marquee

‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Raw Power 1987

Wild Frontier

‎ ◄ (20 versions)

10 Records 1987

Phil CollinsGary MooreRod Argent – Wild Connections ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Tring International PLC 1987

Don Airey Featuring: Gary MooreCozy PowellChris Thompson & Colin Blunstone – K2 (Tales Of Triumph & Tragedy) ‎ ◄ (4 versions)

MCA Records 1988

After The War

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

VirginVirgin 1989

Still Got The Blues

‎ ◄ (20 versions)

VirginVirgin 1990

Skid Row (2) Feat. Gary Moore – 34 Hours ‎ (CD, Album, RE)

Repertoire Records 1990

After Hours

‎ ◄ (11 versions)

VirginVirgin 1992

Blues Alive

‎ ◄ (9 versions)

VirginVirgin 1993

Blues For Greeny

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Virgin 1995

Greg Lake Feat. Gary Moore – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake In Concert ‎ (CD)

King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 1995

Dark Days In Paradise

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Virgin 1997

A Different Beat

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Raw Power 1999

Corridors Of Power / Run For Cover – The Back To Back Collection

‎ (2xCD, Album, RM, RE, Dig)

Axe Killer Records 2000

Back To The Blues

‎ (CD, Album)

Sanctuary Records 2001

Scars

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Sanctuary Records 2002

Live At Monsters Of Rock

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Sanctuary Records 2003

Power Of The Blues

‎ (CD, Album)

Sanctuary Records 2004

Old New Ballads Blues

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Eagle Records 2006

Close As You Get

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2007

Bad For You Baby

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Eagle Records 2008

Essential Montreux

‎ (5xCD, Box)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2009

Live At Montreux 2010

‎ (CD, Album)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2011

Blues For Jimi

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Eagle Records 2012

Gary Boyle Featuring: Gary MooreRobert Awhai*, Kenny Shaw* – Electric Glide ‎ (CD, Album, RE, RM)

Esoteric Recordings 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Videos

Gary Moore – Live Blues (1993) Special guest B. B. King FULL CONCERT

Gary Moore – Avo Session

Gary Moore – Blues for greeny. complete

BBM (Bruce, Baker, Moore) – Live At Germany (1993)

[Complete] Gary Moore – Live At Monsters Of Rock (Sheffield Arena 2003)

GBD- Gary Moore Wild Frontier Tour 1987 (Isstadion Stockholm)

Gary Moore & The Midnight Blues Band – Live at Montreux 1990

Gary Moore playing for the last time – Guitarist Magazine

 

 

Interviews

Gary Moore – Interview 2004

Gary Moore interview by Tomi Lindblom (2004) / Finland

Gary Moore Interview – Re-released

Gary Moore VH 1 Interview 1994

 

 

 

Links, Fan Pages , Etc…

last.fm

Gary Moore | Facebook

The Lord Of The Strings – World Wide Gary Moore Fanclub

Gary Moore – Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Gary Moore

Gary Moore | Vintage Guitar® magazine

Gary Moore – Listen to Free Music by Gary Moore on Pandora …

iTunes – Music – Gary Moore – Apple

Gary Moore music – Listen Free on Jango || Pictures, Videos …

Gary Moore – Artist Details – Eagle Rock

GARY MOORE music discography with reviews and MP3

nolifetilmetal.com

gary-moore.net

 

 

 

 

Obituaries

Gary Moore – Telegraph – Telegraph.co.uk 

Gary Moore Obituary – London, England – Tributes.com

Gary Moore, former Thin Lizzy guitarist, dies aged 58 | Music …

Thin Lizzy Guitarist Gary Moore Dead at 58

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2002 ZZ TOP & GARY MOORE LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

Robert William Gary Moore

April 4th, 1952 – February 6th, 2011

Remembered today and everyday……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Happy Birthday Muddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Although in his later years Muddy usually said that he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915, he was actually born at Jug’s Corner in neighboring Issaquena County in 1913. Recent research has uncovered documentation showing that in the 1930s and 1940s he reported his birth year as 1913 on both his marriage license and musicians’ union card. A 1955 interview in the Chicago Defender is the earliest claim of 1915 as his year of birth, which he continued to use in interviews from that point onward. The 1920 census lists him as five years old as of March 6, 1920, suggesting that his birth year may have been 1914. The Social Security Death Index, relying on the Social Security card application submitted after his move to Chicago in the mid-1940s, lists him as being born April 4, 1913. Muddy’s gravestone gives his birth year as 1915.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Muddy’s grandmother, Della Grant, raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth. Della gave the boy the nickname “Muddy” at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Muddy later changed it to “Muddy Water” and finally “Muddy Waters”.

The shack where Muddy Waters lived in his youth on Stovall Plantation is now located at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started out on harmonica, but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties, emulating two blues artists who were extremely popular in the south, Son House and Robert Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” On November 20, 1932, Muddy married Mabel Berry; Robert Nighthawk played guitar at the wedding, and the party reportedly got so wild the floor fell in. Mabel left Muddy three years later when Muddy’s first child was born; the child’s mother was Leola Spain, sixteen years old (Leola later used her maiden name Brown), “married to a man named Steven” and “going with a guy named Tucker”. Leola was the only one of his girlfriends with whom Muddy would stay in touch throughout his life; they never married. By the time he finally cut out for Chicago in 1943, there was another Mrs. Morganfield left behind, a girl called Sallie Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Waters Official Website

 

“Growing to manhood there, in the very heart of the region that had spawned this magnificent music, Waters was drawn early to its stark, telling, expressive power. He had been working as a farm laborer for several years when at thirteen he took up the harmonica, the instrument on which many blues performers first master the music’s rudiments. Four years later he made the switch to guitar. “You see, I was digging Son House and Robert Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The two were the undisputed masters of the region’s characteristic “bottleneck” style of guitar accompaniment. With this technique the Delta bluesman could utilize the guitar as a perfect extension of his voice, the sliding bottleneck matching the dips, slurs, sliding notes and all the tonal ambiguity of the voice as it is used in singing the blues.Within a year, Waters recalled, he had mastered the bottleneck style and the jagged, pulsating rhythms of Delta guitar. He had learned to sing powerfully and expressively in the tightly constricted, pain-filled manner that characterized the best Delta singers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” By the time a team of Library of Congress field collectors headed by Alan Lomax visited and recorded Waters for the Library’s folksong archives in 1941 (they were looking for Robert Johnson at the time, unaware of his death three years earlier), returning to record him further the following year, he had had several years’ local performing experience behind him.Providing the musical impetus for dancers at rough-and-tumble back country dances, in juke joints, and at picnics, houseparties and other rural entertainments had sharpened the young bluesman’s vocal and instrumental abilities to a keen edge. The recordings show the strikingly distinctive power of the young Waters, both as singer and master of Delta bottleneck guitar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannica

” In 1943 Waters—like millions of other African Americans in the South who moved to cities in the North and West during the Great Migration from 1916 to 1970—relocated to Chicago. There he began playing clubs and bars on the city’s South and West sides while earning a living working in a paper mill and later driving a truck. In 1944 he bought his first electric guitar, which cut more easily through the noise of crowded bars. He soon broke with country blues by playing electric guitar in a shimmering slide style. In 1946 pianist Sunnyland Slim, another Delta native, helped Waters land a contract with Aristocrat Records, for which he made several unremarkable recordings. By 1948 Aristocrat had become Chess Records (taking its name from Leonard and Phil Chess, the Polish immigrant brothers who owned and operated it), and Waters was recording a string of hits for it that began with “I Feel Like Going Home” and “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His early, aggressive, electrically amplified band—including pianist Otis Spann, guitarist Jimmie Rodgers, and harmonica virtuoso Little Walter—created closely integrated support for his passionate singing, which featured dramatic shouts, swoops, and falsetto moans. His repertoire, much of which he composed, included lyrics that were mournful (“Blow Wind Blow,” “Trouble No More”), boastful (“Got My Mojo Working,” “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”), and frankly sensual (the unusual 15-bar blues “Rock Me”). In the process Waters became the foremost exponent of modern Chicago blues.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Tours of clubs in the South and Midwest in the 1940s and ’50s gave way after 1958 to concert tours of the United States and Europe, including frequent dates at jazz, folk, and blues festivals. Over the years, some of Chicago’s premier blues musicians did stints in Waters’s band, including harmonica players James Cotton and Junior Wells, as well as guitarist Buddy Guy. Toward the end of his career, Waters concentrated on singing and played guitar only occasionally. A major influence on a variety of rock musicians—most notably the Rolling Stones (who took their name from his song “Rollin’ Stone” and made a pilgrimage to Chess to record)—Waters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allmusic

 

” By the end of the ’50s, while Waters was still making fine music, his career was going into a slump. The rise of rock & roll had taken the spotlight away from more traditional blues acts in favor of younger and rowdier acts (ironically, Waters had headlined some of Alan Freed‘s early “Moondog” package shows), and Waters‘ first tour of England in 1958 was poorly received by many U.K. blues fans, who were expecting an acoustic set and were startled by the ferocity of Waters‘ electric guitar. Waters began playing more acoustic music informed by his Mississippi Delta heritage in the years that followed, even issuing an album titled Muddy Waters: Folk Singer in 1964. However, the jolly irony was that British blues fans would soon rekindle interest in Waters and electric Chicago blues; as the rise of the British Invasion made the world aware of the U.K. rock scene, the nascent British blues scene soon followed, and a number of Waters‘ U.K. acolytes became international stars, such as Eric Clapton,John MayallAlexis Korner, and a modestly successful London act who named themselves after Muddy‘s 1950 hit “Rollin’ Stone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While Waters was still leading a fine band that delivered live (and included the likes of Pinetop Perkins on piano and James Cotton on harmonica), Chess Records was moving more toward the rock, soul, and R&B marketplace, and seemed eager to market him to white rock fans, a notion that reached its nadir in 1968 with Electric Mud, in which Waters was paired up with a psychedelic rock band (featuring guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch) for rambling and aimless jams on Waters‘ blues classics. 1969’s Fathers and Sons was a more inspired variation on this theme, with Waters playing alongside reverential white blues rockers such as Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield; 1971’s The London Muddy Waters Sessions was less impressive, featuring fine guitar work from Rory Gallagher but uninspired contributions from Steve WinwoodRick Grech, and Georgie Fame.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Curiously, while Chess Records helped Waters make some of the finest blues records of the ’50s and ‘60s, it was the label’s demise that led to his creative rebirth. In 1969, the Chess Brothers sold the label to General Recorded Tape, and the label went through a long, slow commercial decline, finally folding in 1975. (Waters would become one of several Chess artists who sued the label for unpaid royalties in its later years.) Johnny Winter, a longtime Waters fan, heard the blues legend was without a record deal, and was instrumental in getting Waters signed to Blue Sky Records, a CBS-distributed label that had become his recording home.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ” Winter produced the sessions for Waters‘ first Blue Sky release, and sat in with a band comprised of members of Waters‘ road band (including Bob Margolin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith) along with James Cotton on harp and Pinetop Perkins on piano. 1977’s Hard Again was a triumph, sounding as raw and forceful as Waters‘ classic Chess sides, with a couple extra decades of experience informing his performances, and it was rightly hailed as one of the finest albums Waters ever made while sparking new interest in his music. (It also earned him a Grammy award for Best Traditional or Ethnic Folk Recording.) “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame

 

” Waters also capitalized on the folk-music craze of the late Fifties and early Sixties with a series of albums that found him assaying acoustic blues on such albums as Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill (a tribute to rural bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, released in 1960), Muddy Waters, Folk Singer (1964) and The Real Folk Blues (1966). Less successful were attempts to contemporize his sound with such ill-advised efforts as “Muddy Waters Twist” (a 1962 single) and Electric Mud (an album of psychedelic blues from 1968). More satisfying by far were a couple of albums – Fathers and Sons (1969) and The London Muddy Waters Sessions (1972) – that found Waters accompanied by such vanguard rock musicians as Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton. His thirty-year tenure with Chess Records ended in 1975 with the release of The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. From here, he moved to the Blue Sky label (a Columbia subsidiary). “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters’ audience grew exponentially following his electrifying performance in The Last Waltz, a film documentary (produced by Martin Scorsese) of The Band’s farewell concert. Staged at San Francisco’s Winterland ballroom, the Thanksgiving 1976 event was a star-studded affair. Water’s scalding rendition of “Mannish Boy” – on which he was accompanied by The Band and Paul Butterfield on harmonica – was an unforgettable highlight. Subsequent to that, he kept the momentum going with a series of uncompromising albums for Blue Sky that were produced by longtime fan Johnny Winter. These included Hard Again (1977), I’m Ready (1978), Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and King Bee (1981). All were critical and popular successes. “

 

 

 

 

 

” In addition to his musical legacy, Waters helped cultivate a great respect for the blues as one of its most commanding and articulate figureheads. Drummer Levon Helm of The Band, who worked with him on The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album and at The Last Waltz, had this to say about him in a Goldmine magazine interview: “Muddy taught us to take things in context, to be respectful, and to be serious about our music, as he was. He showed us music is a sacred thing.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters, who remained active till the end, died of a heart attack in 1983. He was 68 years old. In the years since his death, the one-room cedar shack in which he lived on the Stovall Plantation has been preserved as a memorial to Waters’ humble origins”

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

Muddy Waters At Newport 1960

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Chess 1960

Muddy Waters Sings “Big Bill”

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1960

Folk Singer

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Pye International 1964

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Testament Records 1966

Muddy, Brass & The Blues

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1966

More Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1967

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters – Super Blues ‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Checker 1967

Howlin’ WolfMuddy Waters & Bo Diddley – The Super Super Blues Band ‎ ◄ (8 versions)

CheckerChess 1967

Electric Mud

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1968

After The Rain

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1969

The Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1969

Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald “Duck” Dunn / Sam Lay – Fathers And Sons‎ ◄ (18 versions)

Chess 1969

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters – Super Blues ‎ (LP, Album)

Bellaphon 1969

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Chess 1971

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ (LP)

Chess 1971

Back In The Early Days Volumes 1 And 2

‎ (2xLP)

Syndicate Chapter 1971

Rare Live Recordings Vol. 2

‎ (LP)

Python 1972

The London Muddy Waters Sessions

‎ ◄ (11 versions)

Chess 1973

Mud In Your Ear

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Muse Records 1973

Can’t Get No Grindin’

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1973

Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf – London Revisited ‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1974

“Unk” In Funk

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Chess 1974

The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1975

Hard Again

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1977

I’m Ready

‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Blue Sky 1978

Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1979

Mississippi

‎ (LP, Album)

Cleo 1980

King Bee

‎ ◄ (15 versions)

Blue Sky 1981

Rolling Stone

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1982

Hoochie Coochie Man

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Blue Sky 1983

B.B. King & Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters – Live At Newport ‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Blue Moon 1984

I Can’t Be Satisfied

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Showcase 1985

Live In Paris, 1968

‎ (LP)

France’s Concert 1988

Live In Antibes, 1974

‎ (LP, Album)

France’s Concert 1988

Live

‎ (CD)

Roots (6) 1990

Live

‎ (LP)

Roots (6) 1990

Goin’ Home (Live In Paris 1970)

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Last Call Records 1992

Chicago Blues

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Orbis 1994

Otis Spann With Muddy Waters & His Band* – Live The Life ‎ (CD, Album)

Testament Records 1997

Live In Chicago, 1979

‎ (CD, Album)

Altaya 1997

Champion Jack Dupree / Muddy Waters – Me And My Mule ‎ (CD, Album)

TKO Collectors 1999

Country Blues

‎ (LP)

Past Perfect Silver Line 2000

The Lost Tapes

‎ (LP, 180)

Blind Pig Records 2008

Live / Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco 11/04-06/1966

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 2009

Stepping Stone

‎ (CD, Mud + 2xCD, Rol + 3xCD, I’m + 4xCD, The + 5xDV)

Proper Records Ltd. 2009

Blow Blues Blow

‎ (CD, Album, Dig)

Music Avenue 2010

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Muddy Waters: Country Blues

‎ (LP, Ltd, RM, 180)

World Music Network 2011

Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, The – Checkerboard Lounge, Live Chicago 1981 ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Eagle Vision 2012

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ (LP)

Doxy 2013

Hard Again

‎ (LP, Album)

Epic Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Videos

I Hear The Blues-Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson-Granada TV

Blues and Gospel Train – 1964 – Muddy Waters, Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny & Brownie, Cousin Joe Pleasants

Muddy Waters – Live At The Chicago Fest 1981

Messin’ With The Blues [live ’74]

Johnny Winter & Muddy Waters Soundstage 1974

Muddy Waters Blues Summit in Chicago

Muddy.Waters.Live.68.-.78

 

 

 

Interviews

Muddy Waters Interview

 

 

Links , Fan Pages Etc…

Muddy Waters – Listen to Free Music by Muddy Waters on …

Muddy Waters Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – …

iTunes – Music – Muddy Waters – Apple

Muddy Waters | Bio, Pictures, Videos | Rolling Stone

Muddy Waters – Profile of Chicago Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Free Music Online – Internet Radio – Jango

Muddy Waters – New World Encyclopedia

Trail of the Hellhound: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters – wolfgangsvault.com

Muddy Waters, a Mississippi musician – Mississippi writers …

Muddy Waters | Facebook

Muddy Waters Historical Exhibit & Blues Tribute Website

Muddy Waters – NNDB: Tracking the entire world

Muddy Waters : NPR

Muddy Waters – Always Victorian

Muddy Waters – All About Jazz

LivinBlues- Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters Biography | Bluescentric – Blues t-shirts | delta …

Muddy Waters | Legacy Recordings

 

 

 

Obituaries

Muddy Waters, Blues Performer, Dies – The New York Times …

Meet McKinley Morganfield – Hattiesburg American | Hattiesburg …

Legends & Legacies | Notable Obituaries and Deaths in the News …

Rhythm and Blues 60s Oldies Man: News Obituaries

Muddy Waters Changed Music Forever With His Trip Up the Blues …

Blues Foundation Honors Muddy Waters With Blues Trail Marker …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Muddy Waters 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iowa Forfeiture: A ‘System Of Legal Thievery’?

 

 

 

 

 

The plan: Hitch a ride with a family friend to California, visit relatives and check out community colleges there.

  Sanchez-Ratliff, then 20, did something that in hindsight wasn’t the best idea, but isn’t illegal. He took with him his entire life savings, including about $14,000 provided by his grandmother and an additional $5,000 he had saved from working.”

 

 

 

” The much-anticipated trip took an unexpected turn about eight hours in, as flashing lights appeared in the rear-view mirror. A Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for traveling 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.

  An hour later, the deputy seized Sanchez-Ratliff’s cash. Despite a clean criminal record and a search that turned up no sign of drugs or other illegal activity, the deputy concluded the money must somehow be linked to a crime.

  Sanchez-Ratliff is hardly alone.”

 

 

The Register continues …

 

 

” A Des Moines Register investigation into the use of state and federal civil forfeiture laws in Iowa reveals that thousands of people have surrendered their cash or property since 2009. The system is stacked against property owners while raising millions of dollars annually for law enforcement agencies across the state, something critics contend encourages policing for profit over promoting public safety.

  The bulk of forfeitures reviewed by the Register resulted from traffic stops, often for minor violations and involving vehicles with out-of-state plates. But cash or property also was seized after police were called or sent to homes or businesses. In a few cases, police seized cash carried by johns caught up in prostitution stings.

  Among the Register’s findings:

• Law enforcement agencies in all but seven of Iowa’s 99 counties have used the state’s civil forfeiture law since 2009. They have seized cash or other property 5,265 times. At least 542 more cases have used federal forfeiture laws.

• Many of those property owners — including Sanchez-Ratliff — are sent on their way after surrendering their cash or other property. A sampling of about 600 forfeiture cases from the Iowa counties that seized the most property over the past six years revealed dozens of instances with no record of an arrest or criminal charges.

• Iowa police departments and other law enforcement agencies have seized nearly $43 million over the past six years — money divided among agencies involved in each forfeiture case. Under law, the money is supposed to be used to “enhance” their crime-fighting capabilities.

• Most of the money is used to buy equipment, train officers and fund multiagency task forces. But it also has been spent on tropical fish, scented candles, mulch and other items that appear to have little or no direct link to law enforcement activities.

  Local law enforcement agencies generally keep 90 percent of forfeited cash, split among the agencies that seized the property. The rest goes to the state, for use by the Iowa Attorney General’s office and the state’s public safety departments.”

 

 

    The Des Moines Register offers a serious investigation into the blatantly unconstitutional process of stripping law abiding citizens of their money and possessions without due process , otherwise known as “civil” asset forfeiture . Read the whole thing and remember this is not an issue limited to Iowa , your state is doing it too .

Civil asset forfeiture reform now . Every “war” results in a loss of freedoms but none so much as the “war on drugs” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ?

   Read on at Reason.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.” “

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” 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.”

 

 

 

Discography:

Sarah Vaughan
Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
Other album appearances
Extended plays
Songs
Related topics

 

 

 

 

 

*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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

 

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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?” 

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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. NewsBusters.org – 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.” “

 

 

Click through to see where your favorite blog ranks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornell Dean Says ISIS Welcome On Campus In Undercover Video

 

 

 

” This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.

  A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.

  Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.

  Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks.

  Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting.

  Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.” “

 

NY Post has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imam Refuses To Back Texas Bill Upholding American Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Texas Muslim, an Imam, who supports Sharia Law, the brutal Islamic justice system, is refusing to back an Irving, Texas, Mayor and City Council stance of a Texas bill that American courts under American law is the only law, not Sharia, that rules the justice system in America, Creeping Sharia reported on Saturday. Irving, Texas Mayor, Beth Van Duyne accused Islamic mosque leaders of creating separate laws for Muslims and when the City Council voted last Thursday, endorsing the bill in a 5-4 vote, preventing Islamists from creating their own judicial laws, Duyne was falsely accused of targeting Muslims. The Texas State bill was penned by state Rep. Jeff Leach, (R-Plano), which would forbid state judges from using foreign law in their rulings.

  Zia Sheikh, Imam at the Islamic Center of Irving stated, “It fuels anti-Islamic hysteria. Her whole point was to rile up her supporters. … The problem is we become the whipping boys. We don’t care about the bill. It’s not going to affect us in any way, shape or form… The bottom line is the foundation of this bill is anti-Islamic.” 

  Alia Salem, who leads the radical North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has also decided to speak and stated that such laws are anti-Muslim and relates to bigotry, a false analogy made by Salem. Islamists and the radical Islamic organization, CAIR refuse to acknowledge that the American justice system and other American laws over-rule Sharia laws or any other laws that are not in line with State Constitution’s or the U.S. Constitution.”

 

We would like to know why there were 4 votes against this refusal to support Sharia in Texas … read the rest

 

 

    Below are the members of the Irving city council as described on their website and while we found a record (item 19 , page 11) of the minutes of the March 19 meeting where-in the vote for/against the application of “foreign laws” was dealt with , we could find no role call vote .

 

Meet Your Mayor and Council Members

Beth Van Duyne, Mayor (at – large)
Term of Office: 2014-2017
Phone: (972) 721-2410
Mayor Van Duyne Biography
Van Duyne picture
John C. Danish, Place 1
Term of Office: 2013-2016
Phone:  (469) 507-9207
Councilman Danish Biography
John Danish
Allan E. Meagher Place 2 (at-large)
Term of Office:  2013-2016
Phone: (972) 313-0808
Councilman Meagher Biography
Allan Meagher
Dennis Webb, Place 3
Term of Office:  2014-2017
Phone:  (214) 490-9749
Councilman Webb Biography
Councilman Dennis Webb
Joe Putnam, Place 4
Term of Office: 2012-2015
Phone:  (972) 259-2626
Councilman Putnam Biography
Councilman Joe Putnam
Oscar Ward, Place 5
Term of Office: 2014-2017
Phone: (469) 704-8479
Councilman Ward Biography
Councilman Oscar Ward
Brad M. LaMorgese, Place 6
Term of Office:  2012-2015
Phone: (214) 460-1990
Councilman LaMorgese Biography
Councilman Brad LaMorgese
Gerald Farris, Mayor Pro Tem, Place 7
Term of Office:  2013-2016
Phone:  (972) 523-0784
Councilman Farris Biography
Councilman Gerald Farris
Thomas D. Spink, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem,
Place 8 (at-large)
Term of Office: 2012-2015
Phone: (972) 554-1300
Councilman Spink Biography

Councilman Thomas D. Spink

 

   Four of these gentlemen voted against upholding the rule of law and we would like to know who . The mayor and councilmen Ward and LaMorgese sponsored the resolution so the four in favor of Sharia come from the remaining 6 .

 

Update: We found an accounting of the meeting and the vote:

 

” After heated deliberation between council members, the resolution passed 5-4: Van Duyne, LaMorgese, Ferris, Ward and Spink voted for the resolution, and Meagher, Webb, Putnam and Danish voted in opposition.”

 

   Feel free to put the contact information above to use and let these Dhimmie fools know how you feel , respectfully of course . They should be ashamed to call themselves Texans . American law , and by extension Texas law , has no room for the barbarity of Sharia .

 

 

 

 

     Ed. Note: We received notice that our use of the photo that previously accompanied this story was verboten by the photographer and so we have removed it under threat of banishment from the WordPress world . After three years and 23,000 posts we have had exactly three issues of this type . The first two photographers took the time to contact us directly and ask for further credit or removal , both of which were immediately provided . This time however , we were threatened with the loss of our WordPress account and legal action so we have deleted the photo . 

    We offer our sincerest apologies to the photographer and our readers . It is never our intention to gain credit through the hard work of others and seek only share properly accredited work with our audience and it goes without saying that should anyone have an issue with us publishing something that rightfully belongs to them all that need be done is dropping us a quick note to ask for removal/credit and it will be done .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Spirit Of Revolutionary War, Students Win Right To Hold “American Pride” Dance

 

 

 

” Patriotic teenagers in the birthplace of the American Revolution held their ground and fought back attempts by school administrators to cancel an “American Pride” dance on April 10 and replace it with a more inclusive event.

  Students at Lexington High School in Massachusetts said the administration had canceled their plans for a red, white and blue dance because it excluded other nationalities. Instead, the administration suggested a more inclusive “National Pride” dance.

“ It was suggested by the advisors that the students come in – maybe (a) National Pride theme so that they could represent their individual nationalities,” Asst. Supt. Carol Pilarski told television station WHDH. “Maybe it should be more inclusive and it should be ‘National Pride.’” 

  Word of the administration’s objections to an American-themed dance spread across town like the shot heard round the world.

“ (It’s) a lot of hypersensitivity to being politically correct,” one student told the television station.
“People consider America to be a melting pot,” said another student. “So the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about.”

  Principal Laura Lasa told me the April 10th dance had never been canceled. They merely wanted to “dialogue” with students about inclusivity.”

 

Todd Starnes has the complete story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUIZ: Which Civil War General Are You Most Like?

 

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” The American Civil War was characterized by brilliant tactics executed by even more brilliant generals. Which are you the most like?”

 

 

I got Robert E Lee , see who you are like by taking the quiz here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous – Code Blue – 2015

 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 6, 2015

” ANONYMOUS WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATED THIS VIDEO TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY POLICE BRUTALITY AND LET THIS VIDEO SERVE AS A WARNING TO THOSE CROOKED COPS WHO FEEL ITS THEIR JOBS TO INFLICT PHYSICAL HARM OR DEATH ON THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS… WE WILL BE WATCHING…
FURTHER MORE, YOUR ACTIONS ARE BEING RECORDED AND WILL SERVE AS AN ADMISSION OF GUILT AS ANONYMOUS WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO SEE THAT YOUR PAST ACTIONS OF VIOLENCE DO NOT GO UNPUNISHED…”

WE ARE ANONYMOUS…
WA ARE LEGION…
WE DO NOT FORGIVE…
WE DO NOT FORGET…
EXPECT US.

   

Apologies for the caps , but the post came that way and there was too much text for us to redo … the message remains regardless of the SHOUTING …

Anti-Semitic Attackers Yelling ‘We Will Kill You’ Storm Synagogue In London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A group of approximately 20 youths attacked a local synagogue in the London suburb of Stamford Hill over the weekend, yelling threats, beating worshipers and vandalizing property, according to IsraelHatzolah’s official twitter account.

  One witness belonging to the “Ahavat Torah” congregation described the mob as shouting “we will kill you” as they proceeded to physically assault the worshipers inside the synagogue and tear apart prayer books.”

 

 

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” Another Jewish local who had passed by the scene rushed inside, grabbing one of the suspects with the intention of bringing him to the police, but was quickly overwhelmed by the other attackers and suffered strikes to the face, losing a tooth.”

 

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Police Departments Hiring Immigrants As Officers

 

 

 

 

” Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap.

  Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks.

  Some, like the Chicago and Hawaii police departments, allow any immigrant with a work authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to become an officer. That means people in the country on temporary visas or are applying for green cards can join.”

 

 

    Read more about this despicable development at USA Today  … as if citizen cops killing our fellow citizens isn’t bad enough now we have armed non-citizens patrolling our streets and endangering our lives and liberties … more  “Hope & Change©” in Obamaworld .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword?

 

 

 

 

” A few notes on this first weekend of spring:

~France goes to the polls tomorrow. Marine Le Pen was excluded by the French Government from the #JeSuisCharlie rally in favor of less controversial figures like, er, Mahmoud Abbas and President Erdoğan. But, when all the unlikely free-speech opportunists bleating that “the pen is mightier than the sword” have faded away, it may be that the biggest beneficiary of the post-Charlie Hebdo environment will be Mme Le Pen’s Front National:

“She’s my queen!” gushes Patricia, waiting for the arrival of Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front.

“Marine represents everything the people of France want. I don’t know what to say – she’s wonderful, magnificent…”

The political momentum is firmly behind the National Front (FN) whose anti-immigration and anti-EU platform saw it take first place in European elections and win control of 11 town halls last year.

It is again topping polls ahead of Sunday’s vote.

The Picardy countryside is a picturesque but barren stretch of territory with little to offer its young people, making it an ideal recruiting ground for the FN which is polling over 40 percent across much of the region.

Not everyone is as happy as Patricia, though:

Back at the Noyon community hall, some wait to greet Le Pen with shouts of “fascist”.

“Even if she hides it behind her beautiful blonde hair, there are neo-Nazi ideas underneath,” said one of the protesters, 47-year-old Pierre, who declined to give his last name.

“After she’s kicked out the immigrants, it’s us who will be next – the people who think.”

  Perhaps “the people who think” ought to think a bit about whether stagnant labor markets, mass Muslim immigration, and high crime as a routine feature of life is really a sustainable model.”

 

 

    Later Mr Steyn switches gears and addresses the differences between the royal entourage of Prince Charles and the city-stopping caravans of the American royal , “King Barack” , which makes this piece Saturday’s must read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why South By Southwest Is A Huge, Exploitative Scam

 

 

 

” The city of Austin is often the only part of Texas that makes sense to solid-blue progressives. It’s a connection that is embodied by the South by Southwest festival currently underway, the annual event to which lovers of music and human inventiveness like to flock.

  It is thus with regret and a sense of intra-tribal disloyalty that I come not to praise the festival but to — well, probably not bury it, because SXSW is a cultural juggernaut and I am not. But I come to call on my fellow lovers of music and human inventiveness, and most especially my fellow liberals, to stop with all the praise. Because the for-profit, privately held entity that is South by Southwest annually turns a handsome profit from nearly immeasurable amounts of unpaid labor.

  In this, SXSW — which started as an itty-bitty thing before becoming a corporate behemoth —is hardly alone. The American cultural scene and labor market writ large are chock-a-block with people profiting from unpaid labor. It’s just that, traditionally, progressives are supposed to oppose that sort of thing. Not pay anywhere from $650 to $1,745 to attend.

  South by Southwest happily touts the financial benefits it brings to Austin (“in 2013, SXSW was responsible for injecting more than $218.2 million into the Austin economy”), but is rather more shy about revealing its own profit margin (“as a privately held company we do not make our financial statements public”).

  However, between ticket sales, merch ($75 “interactive sunglasses,” anyone?), and colossal corporate sponsorships, it seems safe to assume that the margin isn’t slim — and all that bank is made on the backs of thousands of artists and volunteers who are in every meaningful sense unpaid. Volunteers get festival passes; artists get to choose between a tiny honorarium, or festival passes. Neither goes very far at the grocery store.”

 

The Week has more liberal whining about the profitability of SXSW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Counted: Inside The Search For The Real Number Of Police Killings In The US

 

 

 

” If a police officer fatally shoots an unarmed citizen in the United States – and it was happening on average more than twice a day even before the killing of Michael Brown seven months ago in Ferguson, Missouri – most people find out about it not from law enforcement but from the 24-hour news cycle.

  The best counts America currently has of killings by police are the work of activists and journalists – online databases like Fatal Encounters, Facebook compilations like Killed By Police, or Operation Ghetto Storm, which estimates that one African American is killed by police, security guards or vigilantes at least “every 28 hours”.

  Citizen activists keep the best national counts. But there are corners of the country where the police track use-of-force more closely than any outside activist could. For example if an officer intentionally fires a gun in Montgomery County, Maryland – even if no one is hit or hurt – the police department posts a detailed description of the circumstances on its home page, usually within 24 hours. It is policy.

  But transparent police departments are by no means the norm: the United States has no uniform count of people killed by police officers. The problem of missing data stems from more than just police obstructionism or oversight. A national infrastructure for data collection has never been built. Instead a confusing mosaic of city, state and county reporting leaves too many cracks for data to fall through, without imposing consequences for local police failing to report when they kill those they are sworn to protect.

“ The reality is that there is not a good national data – or even a regional, state or local data on officer-involved shootings,” Laurie Robinson, a professor of criminology at George Mason University and co-chair of Barack Obama’s task force on community policing, told the Guardian.”

 

 

   Read more as the Guardian continues to do the job that the US MSM refuses to do … namely , report facts and not serve as a state-run propaganda machine and be sure to check out this companion piece “The Uncounted” that deals with efforts to create a TRUE national database of police killings …

 

 

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     Keeping an accurate count of citizens killed by police should not be a daunting task for a government that is so good at counting:

 

 

” The federal government counts many things very well. It counts the number of children who die each week from flu (11 during the week ending 17 January). It counts the average number of hours American men spend weekly on lawn care (almost two). It counts the monthly production of hens’ eggs (8.31bn in November). It counts nut consumption by non-Hispanic white men over the age of 20 (42.4% enjoyed nuts on any given day in 2009-2010). It counts how many women aged 15-44 use contraception (60.9 million, or 61.7%).

  The US government is a virtuoso counter. So why can’t it count people killed by police?

  Some people think Washington already does keep count. The government publishes two statistics every year that look an awful lot like, and are regularly mistaken for, comprehensive counts of deaths from interactions with police. The first is the FBI’s count of “justifiable homicides by law enforcement”, based on police reports submitted by state and local agencies.

  The second is the Centers for Disease Control’s count of “deaths by legal intervention”, based on medical records and death certificates. Considerable scholarly exertion has gone into describing the flaws in each count. Not all police agencies participate in the FBI’s count, which is limited to deaths involving a weapon, for example, while the CDC misses cases, among others, in which medical examiners certify a homicide but fail to note police involvement.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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