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Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complimented Jim Morrison’s gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock’s most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.
Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. Robinson-Fitzgerald said his manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed Manzarek died after being stricken by bile duct cancer.
The Doors’ original lineup, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years. But the band has retained a large and obsessive following decades after Morrison’s death, in 1971.
The Doors have sold more than 100 million records and songs such as “Light My Fire” and “Riders On the Storm” are still “classic” rock standards. For Doors admirers, the band symbolized the darker side of the Los Angeles lifestyle, what happened to the city after the sun went down and the Beach Boys fans headed home.
Manzarek continued to remain active in music well after Morrison’s death and briefly tried to hold the band together by serving as vocalist. He played in other bands over the years, produced other acts, became an author and worked on films.
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Posted by marble falls | Mon May 20, 2013, 07:21 PM (4 replies)
"Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011," according to a report by the federal , "and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
There were seven gun homicides per 100,000 people in 1993, the says, which dropped to 3.6 gun deaths in 2010. The study relied in part on data from the .
"Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation's population grew," according to the Pew study. "The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75 percent lower in 2011 than in 1993."
The U.S. gun crime rate peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Pew study says, ending years of growth in gun violence that began in the 1960s. But the rate of suicides committed using a firearm hasn't fallen as fast, they add, noting that 6 out of every 10 gun deaths in America stems from suicide.
"Looking at the larger topic of firearm deaths, there were 31,672 deaths from guns in the U.S. in 2010," according to the Pew Center study. "Most (19,392) were suicides; the gun suicide rate has been higher than the gun homicide rate since at least 1981, and the gap is wider than it was in 1981."
The study also analyzed the people who've lost their lives to gun violence.
In 2010, 84 percent of those killed were male; 69 percent were between the ages of 18 and 40. And 55 percent of gun homicides that year were black, the researchers found — far higher than their share of the population (13 percent).
The federal report included data about where criminals had acquired their weapons.
"In 2004 (the most recent year of data available), among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of the offense, fewer than two percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show," according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. "About 10 percent of state prison inmates said they purchased it from a retail store or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source."
Posted by marble falls | Tue May 7, 2013, 04:42 PM (53 replies)
A California Chick-fil-A did something shocking for same-sex marriage supporters this week: Supported them.
The move came months after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy revealed his anti-gay stance in a July interview, saying he is "guilty as charged" when it comes to his franchise's "support of the traditional family."
"There were a lot of things said over the past year," Braun told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone. We're happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever. Chick-fil-A has never been about hate"
Meanwhile, same-sex marriage advocates Wednesday posted signs in defense of equality on the front of a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas, according to Houston station KHOU. The signs were scrawled with messages like "Government can not dictate love," "Support love note hate" and "Your son is gay and everything will be okay."
The demonstrations come as the Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8. DOMA defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman; Prop. 8 is a same-sex marriage ban passed in California in 2008.
In contrast to Chick-fil-A, other major companies have proudly come out in support of same-sex marriage. Budweiser, Expedia, Martha Stewart Living and HBO each designed their own versions of the red equality sign this week in a public display of unity.
A small, but significant starting point.
Posted by marble falls | Fri Mar 29, 2013, 06:22 PM (5 replies)
Really hopefull stuff. This could be a chance to house even a good portion of the homeless and the occasionally homeless , folks who work but just don't make enough.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 06:29 PM (2 replies)
Again, it was not my intention to insult the transgendered, an issue about which I have some personal insight. I apologize.
I did mean to ridicule Ann Coulter. I will find more suitable subject to so with in the future. I am mortified with what happened. I am sorry and I apologize to anyone offended.
Posted by marble falls | Mon Mar 18, 2013, 10:55 AM (2 replies)
Tea Party Congressman Introduces A Hilarious Amendment To Stop Obama From Golfing
Brett LoGiurato | Mar. 5, 2013, 5:19 PM | 6,878 | 35
Conservative Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would, in effect, prevent President Barack Obama from playing golf unless the White House reinstates public tours.
The amendment, part of the House's stopgap measure to fund the government, comes in response to the White House's decision Saturday to cancel public tours as a result of the sequester — a move that has caused backlash from Republican lawmakers.
"Canceling all self-guided White House tours is the latest shameless political stunt by the president, who is twisting basic government efficiency into an extreme consequence," Republican Rep. Tom Graves said in a statement.
"None of the funds made available by a division of this Act may be used to transport the President to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume," Gohmert's amendment reads.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-golf-amendment-white-house-tour-canceled-end-louie-gohmert-2013-3#ixzz2MtfjRtOY
Louis Gomert - one more thing to explain away when people find out I live in Texas.
Posted by marble falls | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:53 PM (22 replies)
In a House floor speech, Gohmert said he filed the amendment with the House Rules Committee.
“None of the funds made available by a division of this act may be used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume,” the amendment reads.
“That way we will both work together so the president will not able to take a golf outing that causes 341 more federal officials to be furloughed and lose their job at least temporarily,” Gohmert said.
Read more: http://wonkette.com/504601/very-not-dumb-texas-rep-louie-gohmert-introduces-bill-to-place-obama-under-house-arrest
Louis Gomert is another thing to apologize for when I tell people I'm from Texas. The little tweek.
Posted by marble falls | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:31 PM (2 replies)
Jobless Keith Olbermann Wants His Old Job Back
By Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire – Sun, Mar 3, 2013
By Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire – Sun, Mar 3, 2013
Former Current TV chief news officer and host Keith Olbermann is talking to the head honchos at ESPN, possibly about rejoining the sports news giant where he worked from 1992 to 1997. In fact, based on the details in a just published New York Times piece, the outspoken commentator has been exploring the idea of returning to ESPN for quite a while now.
A few months ago, Olbermann sat down to a very friendly dinner with ESPN president John Skipper at the Four Seasons. Skipper says Olbermann reached out about the dinner date, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. "I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he'd be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat. He is very interesting," said Skipper. The executive added, "Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back."
It already looks like Keith and ESPN are burying the hatchet, though. Olbermann recently participated in an ESPN documentary about baseball cards. (Olbermann loves baseball cards.) Unnamed executives also told The Times that "Olbermann's representatives" had been contacting high-level people at the network in recent weeks about job possibilities. That said, Olbermann's people have apparently been contacting a lot of companies in the past few months and tried to find their boss a job.
So who knows how seriously to take the recent Olbermann-ESPN activity. Olbermann's currently wrapped up in a $70 million lawsuit against Current TV, where he held an ownership stake and the highest editorial position until it all fell apart in a very predictable little scandal. Depending on how that turns out, Olbermann might really need the money. His sunset photography doesn't quite scream "second career."
Why can't DU hire him? I will start watching ESPN if he goes there.
Posted by marble falls | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 05:08 AM (21 replies)
1. He and Ann thought he was going to win until the very end (think: Ohio)
Both Romneys believed they were moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right up until the returns started coming in, they tell Wallace. "I think Mitt intellectually was thinking it was possible we couldn't" win, Ann says. "He knew how close it was, but my heart and whole soul was, we're going to win, I was there." Mitt agrees that "we were convinced that we'd win," even though the polls were close. "We knew the energy and passion was with our voters, and my heart said we were going to win." The first hint that his internal polls were wrong was when Florida exit polls started coming in showing a very close race — "we thought we'd win solidly in Florida," Romney says — and from there it was "a slow recognition" that he'd lost. "Ultimately, when the Ohio numbers began coming in and they were disappointing," he began to give up hope.
2. The Romneys blame his loss on his campaign, plus ObamaCare
Mitt Romney mostly blames his own campaign for his loss, singling out his poor showing among blacks, Latinos, and other minorities. The campaign wasn't "effective at taking my message primarily to minority voters," he says, and "the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated... particularly among lower incomes." ObamaCare? "ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance," Romney says. "And they came out in large numbers to vote."
At the same time, Romney acknowledges that his infamous "47 percent" remark "hurt and did real damage to my campaign," even though suggesting that almost half the people in the country are moochers is "not what I meant." Reinforcing a common criticism — or excuse, from supporters — that he's a "famously unprincipled political weather-vane," says Daniel Larison at The American Conservative, Romney added: "What I said is not what I believe."
Ann Romney, for her part, contributed this little "sound bite that's sure to get all kinds of rotation over several news cycles this week," says Eric Wemple at The Washington Post: "I'm happy to blame the media." She says that the campaign didn't let people "really get to know Mitt for who he was," but "it was not just the campaign's fault. I believe it was the media's fault as well" for not giving him "a fair shake." There's "a mound of contradiction" in that critique, since the campaign tightly controlled media access to Mitt Romney, says Wemple. Blaming both the campaign and the media "at the same time is a touch precious."
3. Mitt Romney thinks he would be doing a better job as president
Romney doesn't have many nice things to say about the man who beat him. The president, mostly, is letting a "critical moment, this golden moment just slip away" to fix America's long-term fiscal problems.
Instead, Obama is "out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing," which only makes GOP lawmakers "retrench and then put up a wall and to fight back." Maybe Romney is right that he "would have been better at working out a deal, says Ann Althouse at her blog, "but Obama, being better at campaigning, won the election, and if what he is doing now is more campaigning... well, that's the downside of democracy, isn't it? We judge the campaigns. We don't know what expertise they'd bring to negotiating and reconciling differences."
4. Ann Romney was invited on Dancing With the Stars, but not to run in a Senate race
Ann Romney, who earned a reputation as a very effective advocate for her husband, tells Wallace that after the election she considered, but then turned down, an offer to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. "I would've loved to have done it, and I am turning 64, and I started thinking about it," she says. "I'm not really as flexible as I should be." She was not approached by the Republican Party about running for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, however. "I think there was a thought that, 'Oh, wouldn't that be fun for Ann to do that,'" she says, before adding that it wouldn't have been fun, and she will never run for elective office.
5. It's not clear what's next for the Romneys
This interview was phase one of Mitt Romney's return to public life, soon to be followed by a high-profile speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But Romney didn't say what his long-term plans are. "I'm not going to disappear," he tells Wallace. "I care about America. I care about the people that can't find jobs. I care about my 20 grandkids and what kind of America they are going to have." But if he's planning to stay in public life, there's a real question about "whether anybody cares," says John Avlon at The Daily Beast. As Wallace points out, it's not like the GOP is clamoring for his return.
Posted by marble falls | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 04:22 AM (5 replies)
Ron Paul Wants RonPaul.com So Badly That He’s Asking The UN For Help
by Matt Wilstein
Back in May of 2008, when Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a group of the Libertarian congressman’s supporters noticed that he had never secured RonPaul.com or RonPaul.org and decided to buy them and launch a fan site supporting his political endeavors. Five years and two failed presidential bids later, Paul wants the domains for himself.
The group behind the sites announced Friday that Paul had filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, “a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations” to “expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation.”
Previously, the group had offered to give Paul the RonPaul.org domain as a free gift as long as they could keep RonPaul.com for their use. When he rejected that offer, they proposed to sell Paul both domains along with the 170,000 person email list for $250,000, an offer he also rejected.
The group summed up their frustration, referencing Paul’s controversial tweet from earlier this week as evidence that something is amiss:
What in the world is going on? Earlier this week we were hit in the face by Ron Paul’s entirely out-of-character anti-Chris Kyle tweet, and now Ron Paul, the Internet grassroots candidate, who was at the right place at the right time to lead the rEVOLution, attacks his own grassroots supporters through an agency of the United Nations to deport them from their own domain names after 5 years of nothing but unlimited, unconditional support on our part?
Back in 2007 we put our lives on hold for you, Ron, and we invested close to 10,000 hours of tears, sweat and hard work into this site at great personal sacrifice. We helped raise millions of dollars for you, we spread your message of liberty as far and wide as we possibly could, and we went out of our way to defend you against the unjustified attacks by your opponents. Now that your campaigns are over and you no longer need us, you want to take it all away – and send us off to a UN tribunal?
Paul’s attempt to disenfranchise his most loyal supporters would be disturbing enough. But what really puts his actions over the top is that he’s reaching out to the United Nations for help, an organization he has spent much of his political career demonizing as a foreign body dead-set on taking away Americans’ freedoms.
Posted by marble falls | Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:13 PM (23 replies)