Archive for July, 2012

July 20, 2012

‘The Mindless Menace of Violence’ strikes Aurora, CO

A lone gunman opened fire on a crowd at the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, killing at least 12 and wounding 50. The suspect allegedly hurled a can of tear gas into the crowd before spraying those gathered in the theater with gunfire. According to reports the gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes fled after the shooting and was apprehended by police in the theater’s parking lot.

This is one of the moments of horror where the rhythms of our own everyday lives are collectively interrupted by the realization man is just as capable of horror as he is of discovery, creation, or monotony. A speech that then Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy gave a day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr is especially relevant and sums up incidents like this and the reverberations they send through mankind.

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July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, ‘Deep Purple’ Keyboardist dies

The hard rocker passed away in London today at the age of 71, following  a long bought with pancreatic cancer.

 

July 14, 2012

One Hundred years of Woody

It was one hundred years ago today Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, better known to the world and those who met him as ‘Woody’ Guthrie, was born in Okemah, Oklahoma a place marked by rural poverty. Eventually Woody’s search for work in the years of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl would take him across much of America, where with his guitar he documented  the beauty of the lands, the injustices of the powerful,  the events of his  time, and the characters he met.

During his life Guthrie wasn’t a celebrity in the modern sense. Nor during his life did he have many if any best selling albums.  He wasn’t donning the covers of magazines and sure as hell would never be handled by a publicist,  but his original music well simple, would become the call of  many. It would touch the pioneer,  the dispossessed wanderer, the migrant farmers, the labor union member, the  coal minor, and all those  suffocated by hardship or the powerful. Over time he would not become merely a king among the pantheon of other singers and songwriters, many of whom he inspired (could you really picture Bob Dylan without Woody Guthrie), or even as an artist who heralded a message of  social justice. Rather, Woody would become an icon a force in and of himself. One whose words and imagery reminded those who he sat and sang with that in a difficult world they were not alone, and offered a glimpse to all of us into their lives.

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July 11, 2012

Ernest Borgnine, award winning fim and television actor dead at 95

 

Ernest Borgnine, the heavy-set actor with the gap toothed grin whose over half a century of acting included an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1955  film classic “Marty” and a staring role  in the television sitcom “McHale’s Navy”, died of kidney failure Sunday at Ceader Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

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July 1, 2012

Round up of Massachusetts U.S Senate race part II

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), picture from desmosblog

Since Warren clinched the nomination nearly a month ago, along with the ads which have been scattered across the television landscape, its debate preparations that have received much of the attention.

Earlier this month Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Edward M Kennedy (D-MA) extended an invitation to both Warren and Brown for a debate hosted by former NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw at the Edward M Kennedy Institute at UMASS Boston. Warren accepted the invitation, but Brown who won the special election in January 2010 to fill the seat left vacant after the August 2009 death of the longtime Senator, made his acceptance contingent upon Kennedy promising to stay neutral in the Senate debate and MSNBC not host the forum.

Though Kennedy has not yet formally endorsed Warren and the Institute said they were still looking for sponsors, both this conditions were deemed as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unprecedented’, so Brown declined the offer and the debate is off.  The Brown campaign said that to have the Institute’s head trustee host a debate and possibly later endorse his opponent was a conflict of interest and so the debate was off. Such a  conflict however, didn’t seem to present itself when Brown challenged Warren to a debate on conservative leaning Boston talker Dan Rea’s radio show.

Warren turned down the offer to appear on the WBZ News radio show this Wednesday and Brown went on the show anyway and in an awkward way the two seemed to be debating from afar and indirectly, when Brown was on Dan Rea’s show  and  Warren  appeared  on MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’.

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