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Month: June 2009

Ronald Reagan was a Michael Jackson Fan, John G. Roberts was Not

Ronald Reagan was a Michael Jackson Fan, John G. Roberts was Not

I was reading through the June issue of Harper’s Magazine and came across a letter from Ronald Reagan to Michael Jackson that was sent after Michael’s hair was accidentally burned while filming a Pepsi commerical.  I wanted to post the letter here, so I searched for it hoping I would find it and not have to type it myself.  I found it and a whole lot more. Here’s the letter that started my search: Dear Michael: I was pleased to learn that you…

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Home of the Brave? Maybe Not

Home of the Brave? Maybe Not

In the 30 years I’ve lived in this country, I have never witnessed a more shameful and cowardly performance than that of Congress denying the Obama administration funds to move Guantanamo detainees to high security prisons  in the United States. It’s not like the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) concept is alien to me; it’s just that I never thought I would see such irrational fear and illogic displayed to the world in a way that was so utterly brainless,…

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Friday Night Videos – White Denim, Robyn Hitchcock, Ha Ha Tonka

Friday Night Videos – White Denim, Robyn Hitchcock, Ha Ha Tonka

White Denim is from Austin, Texas, and this song is from their new album Fits that you can’t buy in the U.S. right now.   I found about them by reading a review of the new album in the July issue of Mojo Magazine where their sound was described as “Cranium-melting Texan galactic punk/funk” worthy of a four-star rating.  That makes me want to buy the album, but I can’t. Here’s the video for “I Start to Run.” Robyn Hitchcock was a favorite of mine…

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Jesus Disciples with Rifles

Jesus Disciples with Rifles

One might think that a Christian church would be a relatively safe place to visit – that it wouldn’t be full of people carrying guns.  That’s probably true for most churches, but not this one.  The New York Times reports: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.”  And…

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Achewood’s Emergency Essay on Michael Jackson

Achewood’s Emergency Essay on Michael Jackson

Go to Achewood and read Ray Smuckles’ emergency essay, “On the Sudden Passing of Michael Jackson” today. Excerpt: It’s bad. It’s bad around here. It’s like today was fake. Even the sunlight seems staged. I wish they’d take it away. When I got the Celebrity Death Beep on my Blackberry, I blew it off as a dumb rumor. That service is good, but I can see it makin’ mistakes. A false headline at, like, The Onion coulda’ triggered it. Michael…

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Viva La Jackson T-Shirts now Available

Viva La Jackson T-Shirts now Available

I just finished designing and coding my friend’s new website Viva La Jackson.  The site is selling Michael Jackson/Che Guevara mashup T-shirts.  They are really awesome shirts and can’t wait to get my hands on one.  I hear that there are other designs in the works.  Stay tuned. From the website: Michael Jackson was the KING of POP, he led the POP REVOLUTION for millions of fans worldwide. Show the world you’ve joined the revolution with this iconic Michael Jackson/Che…

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Media Matters employees next on the conservative hit list?

Media Matters employees next on the conservative hit list?

Abortion doctors, law enforcement, even employees of national museums. They’ve been targeted by extremists and their right-wing hatred, fueled by right-wing talk radio feeding off of Republican talking points led by right-leaning cable news and driven by an overwhelming fear of facts, science, and progress. Now right-wing nutjob Michael Savage is threatening to put on his website the names, addresses, and even photos of the employees of Media Matters for his listeners to do with what they will. He’s not…

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Farrah Fawcett is Dead

Farrah Fawcett is Dead

The hottie from the poster on my wall as a kid has died.  I have fond memories of her, as l spent many a night falling asleep to her playful gaze. Entertainment Weekly has details: Actress Farrah Fawcett died on June 25 in Los Angeles at the age of 62. With her passing after a long battle with anal cancer, we lose one of the quintessential symbols of post-feminist Hollywood, a definitive pinup who somehow parlayed a delicate-flower demeanor and…

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Michael Jackson is Dead

Michael Jackson is Dead

Multiple sources are reporting the Michael Jackson is dead.  While his music died several years ago, he was in the process of staging his largest comeback ever before he suffered cardiac arrest today. I just heard a report that there is secret footage of him preparing for shows.  This footage will be worth millions.  More to follow as soon as I verify this rumor. See Newsday for more details and take a Michael Jackson Fan Quiz. Additionally, Michael Jackson has been…

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Supreme Court Rules that School’s Strip Search of 13-Year-Old Girl was Illegal

Supreme Court Rules that School’s Strip Search of 13-Year-Old Girl was Illegal

Duh… The A.P. Reports: The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school’s strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding in the rural eastern Arizona town of Safford. Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking…

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