Chairman Of The Board, B.B. King, Dead At 89

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SAN RAFAEL, CA - FEBRUARY 26: B.B. King performs at Marin Center on February 26, 2014 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
SAN RAFAEL, CA – FEBRUARY 26: B.B. King performs at Marin Center on February 26, 2014 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

His death was reported on his website, which said he died in his sleep. Mr. King, who was in hospice care, had been performing until October 2014, when he canceled a tour, citing dehydration and exhaustion stemming from diabetes.

BB King 005Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love.

“I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said in his autobiography, “Blues All Around Me” (1996), written with David Ritz.

In performances, his singing and his solos flowed into each other as he wrung notes from the neck of his guitar, vibrating his hand as if it were wounded, his face a mask of suffering. Many of the songs he sang — like his biggest hit, “The Thrill Is Gone” (“I’ll still live on/But so lonely I’ll be”) — were poems of pain and perseverance.

The music historian Peter Guralnick once noted that Mr. King helped expand the audience for the blues through “the urbanity of his playing, the absorption of a multiplicity of influences, not simply from the blues, along with a graciousness of manner and willingness to adapt to new audiences and give them something they were able to respond to.”

B. B. stood for Blues Boy, a name he took with his first taste of fame in the 1940s. His peers were bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, whose nicknames fit their hard-bitten lives. But he was born a King, albeit in a sharecropper’s shack surrounded by dirt-poor laborers and wealthy landowners.

Mr. King went out on the road and never came back after one of his first recordings reached the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts

BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1955 in the United States. He holds a Fender Esquire guitar. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1955 in the United States. He holds a Fender Esquire guitar. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

in 1951. He began in juke joints, country dance halls and ghetto nightclubs, playing 342 one-night stands in 1956 and 200 to 300 shows a year for a half-century thereafter, rising to concert halls, casino main stages and international acclaim.

He was embraced by rock ’n’ roll fans of the 1960s and ’70s, who remained loyal as they grew older together. His playing influenced many of the most successful rock guitarists of the era, including Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

BB King 004Mr. King considered a 1968 performance at the Fillmore West, the San Francisco rock palace, to have been the moment of his commercial breakthrough, he told a public-television interviewer in 2003. A few years earlier, he recalled, an M.C. in an elegant Chicago club had introduced him thus: “O.K., folks, time to pull out your chitlins and your collard greens, your pigs’ feet and your watermelons, because here is B. B. King.” It had infuriated him.

When he saw “long-haired white people” lining up outside the Fillmore, he said, he told his road manager:

“I think they booked us in the wrong place.” Then the promoter Bill Graham introduced him to the sold-out crowd: “Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the chairman of the board, B. B. King.”

“Everybody stood up, and I cried,” Mr. King said. “That was the beginning of it.”

By his 80th birthday he was a millionaire many times over. He owned a mansion in Las Vegas, a closet full of embroidered tuxedos and smoking jackets, a chain of nightclubs bearing his name (including a popular room on West 42nd Street in Manhattan) and the personal and professional satisfaction of having endured.

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BB and the love of his life, Lucille

Through it all he remained with the great love of his life, his guitar. He told the tale a thousand times: He was playing a dance hall in Twist, Ark., in the early 1950s when two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove. Mr. King fled the blaze — and then remembered his $30 guitar. He ran into the burning building to rescue it.

He learned thereafter that the fight had been about a woman named Lucille. For the rest of his life, Mr. King addressed his guitars — big Gibsons, curved like a woman’s hips — as Lucille.

He married twice, unsuccessfully, and was legally single from 1966 onward; by his own account he fathered 15 children with 15 women. But a Lucille was always at his side.

In 1980 the Gibson guitar company released The Lucille in honor of B.B. King
In 1980 the Gibson guitar company released The Lucille in honor of B.B. King

Riley B. King (the middle initial apparently did not stand for anything) was born on Sept. 16, 1925, to Albert and Nora Ella King, both sharecroppers, in Berclair, a Mississippi hamlet outside the small town of Itta Bena. His memories of the Depression included the sound of sanctified gospel music, the scratch of 78-r.p.m. blues records, the sweat of dawn-to-dusk work and the sight of a black man lynched by a white mob.

BB King 007By early 1940 Mr. King’s mother was dead and his father was gone. He was 14 and on his own, “sharecropping an acre of cotton, living on a borrowed allowance of $2.50 a month,” wrote Dick Waterman, a blues scholar. “When the crop was harvested, Riley ended his first year of independence owing his landlord $7.54.”

In November 1941 came a revelation: “King Biscuit Time” went on the air, broadcasting on KFFA, a radio station in Helena, Ark. It was the first radio show to feature the Mississippi Delta blues, and young Riley King heard it on his lunch break at the plantation. A largely self-taught guitarist, he now knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a musician on the air.

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The King Biscuit show featured Rice Miller, a primeval bluesman and one of two performers who worked under the name Sonny Boy Williamson. After serving in the Army and marrying his first wife, Martha Denton, Mr. King, then 22, went to seek him out in Memphis, looking for work. Memphis and its musical hub, Beale Street, lay 130 miles north of his birthplace, and it looked like a world capital to him.

Mr. Miller had two performances booked that night, one in Memphis and one in Mississippi. He handed the lower-paying nightclub job to Mr. King. It paid $12.50.

Mr. King was making about $5 a day on the plantation. He never returned to his tractor.

He was a hit, and quickly became a popular disc jockey playing the blues on a Memphis radio station, WDIA.BB King 008

“Before Memphis,” he wrote in his autobiography, “I never even owned a record player. Now I was sitting in a room with a thousand records and the ability to play them whenever I wanted. I was the kid in the candy store, able to eat it all. I gorged myself.”

Memphis had heard five decades of the blues: country sounds from the Delta, barrelhouse boogie-woogie, jumps and shuffles and gospel shouts. He made it all his own. From records he absorbed the big-band sounds of Count Basie, the rollicking jump blues of Louis Jordan, the electric-guitar styles of the jazzman Charlie Christian and the bluesman T-Bone Walker.

On the air in Memphis, Mr. King was nicknamed the Beale Street Blues Boy. That became Blues Boy, which became B. B. In December 1951, two years after arriving in Memphis, Mr. King released a single, “Three O’Clock Blues,” which reached No. 1 on the rhythm-and-blues charts and stayed there for 15 weeks.

He began a tour of the biggest stages a bluesman could play: the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Howard Theater in Washington, the Royal Theater in Baltimore. By the time his wife divorced him after eight years, he was playing 275 one-night stands a year on the so-called chitlin’ circuit.

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B.B. King during one of his many appearances at the Apollo

There were hard times when the blues fell out of fashion with young black audiences in the early 1960s. Mr. King never forgot being booed at the Royal by teenagers who cheered the sweeter sounds of Sam Cooke.

“They didn’t know about the blues,” he said 40 years after the fact. “They had been taught that the blues was the bottom of the totem pole, done by slaves, and they didn’t want to think along those lines.”

Mr. King’s second marriage, to Sue Hall, also lasted eight years, ending in divorce in 1966. He responded in 1969 with his best-known recording, “The Thrill Is Gone,” a minor-key blues about having loved and lost. It was co-written and originally recorded in 1951 by another blues singer, Roy Hawkins, but Mr. King made it his own.

Mr. King is survived by 11 children. Three of them had recently petitioned to take over his affairs, claiming that Mr. King’s manager, Laverne Toney, was taking advantage of him. A Las Vegas judge rejected their petition this month.

The success of “The Thrill Is Gone” coincided with a surge in the popularity of the blues with a young white audience. Mr. King began playing folk festivals and college auditoriums, rock shows and resort clubs, and appearing on “The Tonight Show.”

Though he never had another hit that big, he had more than four decades of the road before him. He eventually played the world — BB King 010Russia and China as well as Europe and Japan. His schedule around his 81st birthday, in September 2006, included nine cities over two weeks in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Luxembourg. Despite health problems, he maintained a busy touring schedule until 2014.

In addition to winning 15 Grammy Awards (including a lifetime achievement award), having a star on Hollywood Boulevard and being inducted in both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame, Mr. King was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, awards rarely associated with the blues. In 1999, in a public conversation with William Ferris, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mr. King recounted how he came to sing the blues.

“Growing up on the plantation there in Mississippi, I would work Monday through Saturday noon,” he said. “I’d go to town on Saturday afternoons, sit on the street corner, and I’d sing and play.

“I’d have me a hat or box or something in front of me. People that would request a gospel song would always be very polite to me, and they’d say: ‘Son, you’re mighty good. Keep it up. You’re going to be great one day.’ But they never put anything in the hat.

“But people that would ask me to sing a blues song would always tip me and maybe give me a beer. They always would do something of that kind. Sometimes I’d make 50 or 60 dollars one Saturday afternoon. Now you know why I’m a blues singer.”

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Source – NY Times

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‘Stand By Me’ Singer, Ben E. King Dead At 76 Years Old

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Ben E. King 1938 – 2015

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com and the NYPost.

One of the most cherished voices in music died on April 30, 2015. Ben E. King wrote and sang some of the greatest songs in the American lexicon.

Of course, everyone associates him with his signature hit, “Stand By Me,” but he also had a hand in “There Goes My Baby,” “Spanish Harlem” and “This Magic Moment” among others.

Ben E. King, singer of such classics as “Stand By Me,” ”There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem,” has died.

King died Thursday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. Brown did not immediately have other details.

As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and sang lead on “There Goes My Baby.” The band had a string of hits featuring King, including “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment,” before he left in a contract dispute.

The 1961 ballad “Spanish Harlem” gave King his first solo hit. “Stand By Me,” written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was chosen one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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R.I.P. Ben and Thank You.

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“Lone Survivor” Makes Once In A Lifetime Offer To Mom Who Smacked Down Race Rioting Son

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Toya Graham puts the fear of Mom into her race-rioting son.

 

Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

If more parents were like this Mom, then the Baltimore riots would have been a peaceful protest.

Toya Graham has become an almost unanimous pick for “mom of the year” after she delivered a harsh smacking to her son for being involved in the rioting in Baltimore.

Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and subject of the book and film “Lone Survivor,” apparently saw a bit of his own mother in Graham, as well.

The veteran and American hero made an offer to Graham over Facebook, saying that he wanted to meet her and her family when he comes to Baltimore on Sept. 26 as part of his Patriot Tour.

“Checking in, been on the road the last week or so. I just saw the video of Toya Graham handing out the attitude adjustment to her son brought back some memories of my own mother knocking fire from my body when I stepped out of line,” Luttrell wrote.

“If anyone can get this message to her ill be in Baltimore on sept 26 for patriot tour. Miss Graham please bring the family out as my guests would love to meet you and your son. Matter fact you can let your son spend the day w/ me and some of my teammates if he wants.” (H/T Controversial Times)

marcus luttrells message to toya graham who put the smack down on her son for rioting

 

 Cool and classy.

As for Graham, the mother from Baltimore has been vocal about her rationale behind giving her son a smackdown, telling reporters, “I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

“I’m a single mom,” she added. “I have six children. I just choose not to live like that no more.”

As for her parenting style, Graham said, “I’m a no-tolerant mother,” she said. “Everybody that knows me knows I don’t play that. He knew. He knew he was in trouble.”

Hopefully, Graham’s parenting style helps her son stay on the straight and narrow. After all, it’s the type of discipline that produced one of the most celebrated Navy SEALs of recent years.

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Football Legend Publicly Rejects His Alma Mater Because They Canceled ‘American Sniper’ Movie

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Hat/Tip to Joel Himelfarb at Newsmax.

Former Quarterback and now talk show host, Boomer Esiason is “deeply saddened and insulted” by his Alma Mater, the University of Maryland for bowing to pressure by some Muslim students and canceling an airing of the movie, American Sniper.

Current talk-show host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason says he is cutting off the University of Maryland, his alma mater, after it decided to cancel a screening of the movie “American Sniper.”

Esiason tweeted that he is “never donating another dime to the U of MD” after learning about the cancellation of the film, which profiles the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

“I’m deeply saddened and insulted,” Esiason added. Chris Kyle, he emphasized, “is a HERO!”

Esiason tweeted out an op-ed by Todd Starnes of Fox News explaining why the film was canceled at the University of Maryland.

Starnes wrote that the school said it would postpone indefinitely an upcoming screening of the film after some Muslim students denounced it as “Islamophobic, racist, and nationalistic.”

He quoted a petition launched by the Muslim Students Association denouncing “American Sniper.” It declared that the film “only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason.”

The movie “dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes,” according to the MSA’s petition.

“American Sniper” was scheduled to be seen May 6 and 7. On Wednesday, the university’s Student Entertainment Events panel said the film would be “postponed.”

Although it did not mention the MSA’s petition, the panel mentioned that it had a meeting about the film with “concerned student organizations.”

Breyer Hillegas, president of the school’s College Republicans, told Fox News’ Starnes that he was furious about the cancellation.

“Universities are always trying to satisfy the political correctness police and worry about who they might offend — rather than standing up for principle and the First Amendment of the Constitution,” Hillegas said.

But this isn’t the only school where Muslim students tried to censor free speech.

The University of Michigan canceled a screening there earlier this month, only to reverse itself after a firestorm of criticism from across the United States. One prominent critic was the school’s new football coach, Jim Harbaugh, who said he was “proud” of Chris Kyle and planned to show “American Sniper” to his team.

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Cops Make Routine Traffic Stop, Find Drugs, Illegal Weapons On This Entertainer’s Bus

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Cornell Haynes (aka Nelly)

 

 

Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

Cornell Haynes Nelly got busted when his tour bus failed to display the proper DOT stickers. Now normally, this story would have stopped at a mere DOT violation, but the State Troopers caught a whiff of a certain fragrance, which in turn led them to search the entire bus.

Who’d A Thunk It?? A multi-platinum rapper actually living the thug life?

During the routine stop of a large tour bus by Tennessee State Police, troopers made a shocking discovery inside, especially given the fact that the bus belonged to the famous St. Louis rapper and actor known as “Nelly.”

A state trooper pulled the bus over for failing to display several stickers required by law for large buses. The odor of marijuana while inspecting the outside of the bus prompted a “probable cause” search by state troopers.

Inside the bus, they made a startling discovery, including marijuana, five small baggies of methamphetamine and several large caliber handguns, including a gold-plated .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol.

They also discovered at least one hundred empty small plastic baggies that are commonly used when distributing drugs according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

40-year-old Cornell Haynes, Nelly’s real name, along with his partner in crime, 44-year-old Brian Jones, were both arrested and taken to the Putnam County jail, where they were each held on a $10,000 bond.

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We Lost Two Good Ones This Week…

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James Best as Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com and Fox News.

Although he appeared in over 80 movies and, get this – 600 television shows – , James Best was probably most well known for his portrayal of the bumbling sheriff on the hit TV show, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard‘.

James Best, an actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the original Dukes of Hazzard, has passed away.  He was 88.

Best died in hospice after a brief illness of complications from pneumonia, his longtime friend and Hollywood colleague Steve Latshaw told the Charlotte Observer.

The Kentucky-born star most memorably portrayed Sheriff Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard TV series from 1985 to 1989. He would reprise the role again in 1997 for The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion, a TV movie, and even voiced the character in a 2004 video game.

“I acted the part as good as I could,” he told the Charlotte Observer in 2009. “Rosco—let’s face it—was a charmer. It was a fun thing.”

But he was also an acting teacher…

Per the Charlotte Observer, Best taught an acting technique class in Hollywood for 25 years and worked with such celebrities as Gary Busey, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Teri Garr, Farrah Fawcett and Quentin Tarantino. He also taught courses at the University of Mississippi as well as at the University of Central Florida.

“As a teacher, he influenced a generation of actors,” Ben Jones, who played the role of Cooter Davenport on Dukes of Hazzard, told the Charlotte Observer in a statement. “That creative energy and zest for life were there until the end.”

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Geoffrey Lewis on the set of the Clint Eastwood movie ‘Any Which Way You Can’ (1980)

Best known for his roles with Clint Eastwood, Lewis was an accomplished actor who began his career in Westerns.

Character Actor Geoffrey Lewis, known for his long working relationship withClint Eastwood and for a slew of roles in television and film, died April 7 at his home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 79.

Frequently appearing in Westerns during his early career, he is perhaps most well-known as a frequent fixture of Clint Eastwood’s films. His appearances include “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Any Which Way You Can,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” and “High Plains Drifter.” He also had a supporting role on the short-lived “Alice” spinoff “Flo,” from 1980-1981, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. In addition, he appeared in roles ranging from films such as “Night of the Comet” and “Maverick” to television shows like “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Hawaii Five-0.”

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Founding Member Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Dies In Car Crash

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Robert Burns Jr, former drummer and a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hat/Tip to Fox News.

Robert “Bobby” Burns Jr had left the group known as Lynyrd Skynyrd by the early ’70s because he grew “overwhelmed” by life on the road. None-the-less, he helped to make a phenomenal impact on Rock Music for generations to come.

The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died late Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.

Burns’ vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available.

Robert Burns Jr founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd 003Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” ”Gimme Three Steps,” and “Free Bird.” He left the group in 1974.

He continued to play for fun or in guest appearances nationally, said his father, Robert Burns Sr. Early on, the group played in the Burns’ family garage.

“He was a product of his mother, so far as manners is concerned,” the elder Burns said. “He had the manners that would suit the King of England. Very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry.”

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At Comicpalooza, Patrick Stewart Stuns Crowd With His Answer To A Fan’s Question

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The crowd, typical of attendees to a Sci-Fi fan convention, were blown away at Comicpalooza when during a routine Q & A with Star Trek icon Patrick Stewart, he stunned everyone with his heartfelt answer and outpouring of pure, raw emotion.

A Brave Fan Asks Patrick Stewart A Question He Doesn’t Usually Get And Is Given A Beautiful Answer

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan’s question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I’ve ever seen. WARNING: At 2:40, he’s going to break your heart a little.

The young woman in the video is named Heather Skye and she made a connection with Patrick Stewart that she won’t long forget.

From her blog – it has been discontinued, but she has left up her story of this amazing encounter.

Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart

I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.

After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.

They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”patrick stewart hugs fan after she revealed she was victim of domestic violence

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute role model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart.

Read the full story here.

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Seth Rogen Compares Movie “American Sniper” To Nazi Propaganda…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

The same Seth Rogen piece of garbage conservatives rallied around when his movie lampooning North Korea was yanked from theaters.

Via Project Casting:

Seth Rogen is the latest among a series of actors and critics calling the latest box office hit American Sniper, which opened to $105 million dollars over the weekend.

Seth Rogen tweeted “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”

The movie Seth Rogen is referring to is the Nazi propaganda film called Stolz der Nation (Nation’s Pride) which showed a German sniper killing Allied soldiers from a clock tower.

Seth Rogen’s tweet comes after director Michael Moore criticized snipers, calling them “cowards”. American Sniper is currently up for six Oscars including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper.

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Liam Neeson Hates Guns, Except When He Uses Them In Movies

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Hat/Tip to CNSNews.com.

 Just another brain-dead Hollywood liberal that thinks since he’s made a few million by playing make-believe in front of the cameras, he can tell us we shouldn’t enjoy our 2nd Amendment rights.

Recently in Dubai, he gave an interview and the subject of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks came up. After paying the usual lip service to those that were killed, he then went on a short blame-America-first rant.

“First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I’ve got a lot of dear friends in Paris,” Neeson said during an interview in Dubai this week. “There’s too many fucking guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a fucking disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'”

Of course no self-righteous Hollywood liberal will make such a statement without a good measure of hypocrisy thrown in. When asked about his own movie career, which has been built upon characters who use guns and movies which feature guns proficiently conflicting with his stance on gun control and the 2nd Amendment, he said:

“I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, ‘Bang, bang, you’re dead!’ I didn’t end up a killer. I think that’s something the power of cinema can be.”

Here is a snippet of an interview he did a few years ago while promoting the movie Seraphim Falls:

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Those We Lost In 2014…A Look Back

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As we draw another year to a close, let us take a few minutes to remember some of those celebrities and notable public figures that took their leave of this world in the year 2014.

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The United States Military Personnel, are a brave lot. They don their country’s uniform, and go out to all corners of the world to provide humanitarian relief, conduct rescue operations and, when the need arises, they fight our enemies and keep the rest of us safe, here at home. They do so at great sacrifice, sometimes it is, unfortunately, the ultimate sacrifice. But remember what the Bible says about this:

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Well, I put it to you that the brave men and women of our Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines take that biblical verse one step further because they lay down their lives for people that they do not know. We’ve lost too many on foreign soil, and continue to lose too many even after they get home.

R.I.P. The American Soldier

 

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Joe CockerJohn RobertJoeCockerOBE, 70, (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock and blues singer and musician who came to popularity in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and cover versions of popular songs, such as “With a Little Help from My Friends“, “You Are So Beautiful“, “Up Where We Belong“.
Tom-AdamsTom Adams, 76, (9 March 1938 – 11 December 2014) was an English actor (The Great Escape, Licensed to Kill, Doctor Who), with roles in adventure, horror and mystery films and several TV shows. He was best known for his role as Daniel Fogarty in several series of The Onedin Line.
Judy Baar TopinkaJudy Baar Topinka, 70, (January 16, 1944 – December 10, 2014) American politician, Illinois Treasurer (1995–2007) and Comptroller (since 2011).
Mary Ann Mobley Portrait SessionMary Ann Mobley, 77, (February 17, 1937 – December 9, 2014) was an American actress (Diff’rent Strokes, Falcon Crest) and television personality, Miss America (1959).
Ken WeatherwaxKenneth PatrickKenWeatherwax, 59, (September 29, 1955 – December 7, 2014) was an American child actor, best known for having played Pugsley Addams on the original The Addams Family black-and-white television series and reprised the role in the television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.
Ralph-BaerRalph H. Baer, 92, (born Rudolf Heinrich Baer; March 8, 1922 – December 6, 2014) 92, American video game pioneer, inventor and engineer, developed the Magnavox Odyssey, recipient of the National Medal of Technology(2004).
Richard SchaalRichard Schaal, 86,(May 5, 1928 – November 4, 2014) 86, American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis, Trapper John, M.D.).
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi, 62, (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) 62, American actress (The Big Bang Theory, Cats & Dogs, Just Go with It). Susi made her first screen appearance in Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Other television and film credits included: Coyote Ugly, Just Go with It, Becker, Grey’s Anatomy, That ’70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me, Married… with Children, The King of Queens, Death Becomes Her, Seinfeld, The Secret of My Success, My Blue Heaven, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
Portrait Of Mayor ByrneJane Byrne, 81, (née Burke; May 24, 1933 – November 14, 2014) 81, American politician, Mayor of Chicago (1979–1983).
Jimmy RuffinJimmy Ruffin, 78, (May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014) was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations.He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 hits “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold On (To My Love)“.
Marion BarryMarion Barry, 78, (March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014) was an American politician who served as the secondMayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth Mayor from 1995 to 1999. He was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and he served six months in a federal prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.
Paul-ReverePaul Revere Dick 76, (January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014) founding member of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
Thomas Eric DuncanThomas Eric Duncan, 42, (1972 – October 8, 2014) 42, Liberian courier, first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Ebola virus disease.
Joan RiversJoan Rivers, 81, American comedienne, actress (Spaceballs) and television host (Fashion Police)Joan Alexandra Molinsky, (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress (Spaceballs) and television host (Fashion Police), comedian, writer,  and producer noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.Rivers came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor, Johnny Carson, the show established Rivers’ comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted The Joan Rivers Show (1989-1993), winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In 2009 she competed on, and won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.
Richard Kiel 001Richard Dawson Kiel 74, (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond franchise; he also had cameos in many other James Bond video games. He was also known for roles in The Longest Yard (1974), Silver Streak (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978),Pale Rider (1985), and as Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore (1996).
Polly BergenPolly Bergen 84, (born Nellie Paulina Burgin; July 14, 1930 – September 20, 2014) was an American actress, singer, television host, writer, and entrepreneur.She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story. For her stage work she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carlotta Campion in Follies in 2001. Her film work included 1962’s Cape Fear and 1963’s The Caretakers, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She hosted her own variety show for one season (The Polly Bergen Show), and as an author wrote three books on beauty, fashion, and charm.
Portrait of Press Secretary James Brady SmilingJames Brady, 73, James Scott “Jim” Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the U.S. President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control. On August 8, 2014, Brady’s death was ruled a homicide, 33 years after the gunshot wound he received in 1981.
Harold_J._GreeneHarold Joseph “Harry” Greene 55, (February 11, 1959 – August 5, 2014) was a United States Army officer who was killed in the War in Afghanistan. During his time with the U.S. Army, he held various commands associated with engineering and logistical support for U.S. and coalition troops. At the time of his death, he was deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.At the rank of major general, Greene is the highest-ranking American service member killed by hostile action since Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude was killed in the September 11 attacks, and the highest-ranking service member killed on foreign soil during a war since Rear Admiral Rembrandt Cecil Robinson was killed during the Vietnam War in May 1972.
Ed NelsonEd Nelson, 85, (December 21, 1928 – August 9, 2014) was an American actor best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place. Nelson was cast in episodes of such other westerns as Maverick, Wagon Train, Black Saddle, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rebel (five times), Johnny Ringo,Gunsmoke, Tombstone Territory, Laramie, Bonanza, Stoney Burke, The Dakotas, “The Rifleman” and Redigo. He appeared on drama and adventure series too, such as The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Harbor Command, Tightrope, The Blue Angels (as the arrogant flight instructor Lieutenant Dayl Martin in “The Jarheads”), COronado 9, The Eleventh Hour, Thriller, and Channing, an ABC drama that romanticizes college life. He guest starred on Mission: Impossible and Jackie Cooper CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey.
Many Faces of Robin WilliamsRobin McLaurin Williams 63, (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.After his film debut in Popeye (1980), he starred or co-starred in widely acclaimed films including The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991),Aladdin (1992), Good Will Hunting (1997), and One Hour Photo (2002), as well as financial successes such as Hook(1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), and Night at the Museum (2006).

Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career.

Lauren BacallLauren Bacall 89, (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She began her career as a model. She first appeared as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in thefilm noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and anAcademy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked 20th out of the 25 actresses on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”

Richard AttenboroughRichard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE 90, (29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014) was an English actor, film director, film producer, and entrepreneur. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art(RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).As a film director and producer, Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.
Stan GoldbergStan Goldberg 82, (May 5, 1932 – August 31, 2014) was an American comic book artist, best known for his work with Archie Comics and as a Marvel Comics colorist who in the 1960s helped design the original color schemes of Spider-Man, theFantastic Four and other major characters. He was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame in 2011.
Thomas Erdelyi 65, (January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for the first four years of the band’s existence.
Johnny WinterJohnny Winter, 70, (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014) American Hall of Fame blues guitarist, brother of Edgar Winter, singer (Nothin’ but the Blues) and triple Grammy Award-winning producer (1978–1980). He was an American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
James GarnerJames Garner 86, (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. He starred in several television series over more than 5 decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverickin the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama series The Rockford Files.Garner also starred in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000), and The Notebook (2004).
Ann_B._Davis_1973 (1)Ann Bradford Davis 88, (May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014) was an American actress. Davis achieved prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959), for which she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she was best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in ABC‘s The Brady Bunch (1969–1974).
Rik_MayallRichard MichaelRikMayall 56, (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was an English comedian, writer, actor and voice-over artist. Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He formed a comedy partnership with Ade Edmondson, and appeared in numerous cult classic sitcoms, including The Young Ones (1982–84), Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987), The New Statesman (1987–94), Bottom (1991–95), Blackadder, and in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999).
Gerry GoffinGerald “Gerry” Goffin 75, (February 11, 1939 – June 19, 2014) was an American lyricist. Writing initially with his wife Carole King, he co-wrote many international pop hits of the early and mid-1960s, including the US No.1 hitsWill You Love Me Tomorrow“, “Take Good Care of My Baby“, “The Loco-Motion“, and “Go Away Little Girl“. It was later said of Goffin that his gift was “to find words that expressed what many young people were feeling but were unable to articulate.”After he and King divorced, Goffin wrote with other composers, including Barry Goldberg and Michael Masser, with whom he wrote “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” and “Saving All My Love for You“, also No.1 hits. During his career Goffin penned over fifty US Top 40 hits, including eight chart-toppers, and 21 UK Top 40 hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, with Carole King.
Eli WallachEli Wallach, 98, (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became “one of the greatest ‘character actors‘ ever to appear on stage and screen,” states TCM, with over 90 film credits. On stage, he often co-starred with his wife, Anne Jackson, becoming one of the best-known acting couples in the American theater.Wallach went on to a prolific career as “one of the greatest ‘character actors‘ ever to appear on stage and screen,” notes Turner Classic Movies, acting in over 90 films. Having grown up on the “mean streets” of an Italian American neighborhood, and his versatility as a method actor, Wallach developed the ability to play a wide variety of different roles, although he tried to not get pinned down to any single type of character. “Right now I’m playing an old man,” he said at age 84. But “I’ve been through all the ethnic groups, from Mexican bandits to Italian Mafia heads to Okinawans to half-breeds, and now I’m playing old Jews. Who knows?”
Howard BakerHoward Henry Baker, Jr. 88, (November 15, 1925 – June 26, 2014) was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee and Senate Majority Leader. Baker later served as White House Chief of Stafffor President Ronald Reagan, and a United States Ambassador to Japan. He worked as a lobbyist and adviser at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Known in Washington, D.C. as the “Great Conciliator”, Baker was often regarded as one of the most successful senators in terms of brokering compromises, enacting legislation and maintaining civility. Baker was a moderate conservative who was also respected enormously by most of his Democratic colleagues.
Meshach TaylorMeshach Taylor 67, (April 11, 1947 – June 28, 2014) was an American actor. He was Emmy-nominated for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986–93). He was also known for his portrayal of Hollywood Montrose, a flamboyant window dresser in Mannequin.
BOB HASTINGSRobert “Bob” Francis Hastings 89, (April 18, 1925 – June 30, 2014) was an American radio, film, and television character actor. He also provided voices for animated cartoons. He was best known for his portrayal of annoying suck-up Lt. Elroy Carpenter, on McHale’s Navy.
efrem zimbalist jr 003 - CopyEfrem Zimbalist, Jr., 95, (November 30, 1918 – May 2, 2014) was a Golden Globe-winning American actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. He is also known as recurring character “Dandy Jim Buckley” in the series Maverick and as the voice behind the character Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Seriesand associated spin-offs. He also voiced Doctor Octopus from the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, and Justin Hammerfrom the second season of 1994 Iron Man animated series.
Tony GenaroAnthony Genaro Acosta ,72, (1941 or 1942 – May 7, 2014), known professionally as Tony Genaro, was an American film,television and stage actor. He was perhaps best known to audiences for his role as Miguel in the 1990 film, Tremors.

Genaro was born in Gallup, New Mexico. He enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 14 by lying about his age. He joined the San Diego Theater Company after leaving the Army, often appearing on stage opposite actor Carl Weathers. He died at his home in Hollywood, California on May 7, 2014.

Jerry ValeJerry Vale, 83, (born Genaro Louis Vitaliano; July 8, 1930 – May 18, 2014) was an American singer (“Have You Looked into Your Heart“, “The Star-Spangled Banner“) and actor. While in high school, he got his start singing while shining shoes. His boss liked his voice and paid for music lessons for Vale. Soon he was playing club dates and got signed with Columbia records.

His version of “The Star-Spangled Banner“, recorded in the late 1963, was a fixture at many sporting events for years. The Gold Record Vale achieved for this was displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, New York. He also frequently sang the song at Yankee Stadium over the years. Additionally he owned the Daytona Beach Admirals.

His biography A Singer’s Life, by Richard Grudens, was published in 2000 by Celebrity Profiles, Stonybrook, New York. He sang the Late Night with David Letterman anthem “It’s a Late Night World” on the program’s eighth anniversary special in 1990. He made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas and the 1995 film Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese.

Mickey RooneyMickey Rooney 93, (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television,Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 80 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium’s history.

At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, he played the role of Andy Hardyin a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A prolific talent, he became a noted character actor later in his career, and could sing, dance, clown and play various musical instruments. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney “the greatest actor of them all”, and Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, said he was “the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with.”

Rooney first performed in vaudeville as a child and made his film debut at age six. At age thirteen he played the role Puckin the play and later the film, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an acclaimed performance, which critic David Thomsonpraised as “one of cinema’s most arresting pieces of magic.” He co-starred in Boys Town (1938) with Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his role. At nineteen he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in Babes in Arms, co-starring Judy Garland, and was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939. Overall, between the age of 15 and 25, while at his peak, he made forty-three pictures and co-starred alongside leading actors, including Judy Garland, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Rooney developed into one of MGM‘s most consistently successful actors, and a favorite of studio head, Louis B. Mayer.

He was the top box office attraction of 1939, but his career never rose to such heights again. He was drafted into the Army during World War II, serving nearly two years entertaining over 2 million troops on stage and on the radio. He was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones. After he returned from the war in 1945, too old for juvenile roles but too short to be a movie star, he was not able to obtain acting roles as significant as before. Nevertheless, Rooney was tenacious and he rebounded, his popularity renewed with well-received supporting roles in films such as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979), for which he was Oscar nominated. In the early 1980s he returned to Broadway in Sugar Babies and once more was a celebrated star. He also made hundreds of appearances on TV, including dramas, variety programs and talk shows. During his career, he received four Academy Award nominations and was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning one.

Roy MatsumotoRoy Hiroshi Matsumoto,  100, (May 1, 1913 – April 21, 2014) was an American soldier of World War II ,recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (2011).Matsumoto was an American soldier of World War II. A Nisei, Matsumoto was born in Laguna, California. When he was 8 years old, his parents sent him to live with his grandparents in Hiroshima, Japan. He returned to California nine years later, attending and graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1933. He remained in Long Beach when his parents took his brothers and sisters back to Hiroshima.

Matsumoto was interned with other Japanese-Americans in the Jerome, Arkansas concentration camp at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1942, he volunteered for the United States Army. He served as a Japanese-language intelligence specialist with Merrill’s Marauders in the Burma Campaign during World War II, earning a Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. Matsumoto remained in the Army for 20 years, retiring after a career in military intelligence as a master sergeant in 1963. At the time of his death he lived with his wife on San Juan Island, Washington.

In 1993 Matsumoto was inducted into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall Of Fame and four years later was made a member of the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. Matsumoto was also one of those who received the Congressional Gold Medal along with other surviving Nisei WWII veterans in November 2011. He turned 100 in May 2013.

Hoskins, BobBob Hoskins, 71, (26 October 1942 – 29 April 2014) was an English actor, known for playing Cockneys andgangsters. His best known works include lead roles in The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), Super Mario Bros. (1993), and supporting performances in Brazil (1985), Hook(1991), Nixon (1995), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).Hoskins received the prestigious Prix d’interprétation masculine, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role in Mona Lisa. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the same role. In 2009, he won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his appearance on the BBC One drama The Street.
Philip_Seymour_Hoffman_2011Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor, director, and producer. He was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death. He began his career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and began to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work throughout the decade and early 2000s, typically playing losers or degenerates in small but significant roles; notably a conceited student in Scent of a Woman (1992), a hyperactive storm-chaser in Twister (1996), a 1970s pornographic filmboom operator in Boogie Nights (1997), a smug assistant in The Big Lebowski (1998), a hospice nurse in Magnolia (1999), a music critic in Almost Famous (2000), a phone-sex conman in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), and an immoral preacher inCold Mountain (2003).For his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote (2005), Hoffman won multiple acting awards including theAcademy Award for Best Actor. His profile continued to grow, and he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work playing a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt(2008), and the charismatic leader of a nascent Scientology-type movement in The Master (2012). He also received critical acclaim for roles in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), andThe Ides of March (2011). In 2010, he directed the feature film Jack Goes Boating. One of his final roles was Plutarch Heavensbee in the blockbuster Hunger Games film series (from 2013–2015).
Richard BullRichard William Bull 89, (June 26, 1924 – February 3, 2014) was an American film, stage and television actor. He was best known for his performance as “Doc” on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Nels Oleson on Little House on the Prairie.
Sid CaeserSid Caesar, 91, (September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014) was an American Emmy-winning comedian, actor and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live television series Your Show of Shows, a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor Caesar’s Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians. He also acted in movies; he played Coach Calhoun in Grease (1978) and its sequel Grease 2 (1982), and appeared in the films It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Silent Movie (1976), History of the World, Part I (1981), and Cannonball Run II (1984).

Caesar was considered a “sketch comic” and actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedian. He also relied more on body language, accents, and facial contortions than simply dialogue. Unlike the slapstick comedy, which was standard on TV, his style was considered “avant garde” in the 1950s. He conjured up ideas and scenes, and used writers to flesh out the concept and create the dialogue. Among the writers who wrote for Caesar early in their careers were Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Michael Stewart, Mel Tolkin and Woody Allen. “Sid’s was the show to which all comedy writers aspired. It was the place to be,” said Steve Allen.

Honored in numerous ways over 60 years, he was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, winning twice. He was also asaxophonist and author of several books, including two autobiographies in which he described his career and later struggle to overcome years of alcoholism and addiction to barbiturates.

Tim WilsonTimothy Collins “Tim” Wilson 52, (August 5, 1961 – February 26, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian and country music artist, whose act combined stand-up comedy and original songs.

He released more than a dozen comedy albums, including several for Capitol Records Nashville, and made frequent appearances on the John Boy and Billy, Big D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show. Wilson also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Revolution Country Comedy on CMT. In 2011, Wilson appeared on CMT’s Ron White‘s Comedy Salute to the Troops.

In 2012, Wilson appeared on the Showtime comedy special, Billy Gardell‘s: Road Dogs, with Gardell hosting along with comedians Ben Creed and Kenny Rogerson.

Phil EverlyPhil Everly, 74, (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014) along with his brother Don formed The Everly Brothers and were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. The duo had hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, the biggest “Wake Up Little Susie“, “All I Have to Do Is Dream“, “Bird Dog“, and “Problems”, and “When Will I Be Loved”.
Frank MarthFrank Marth 91, (July 29, 1922 – January 12, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He may be best known as a cast-member of Cavalcade of Stars (1949; 1950–1957), especially segments of The Honeymooners, which later became a television series (1955–56). Marth’s career ran from 1952–94.

Marth later appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason, including “The Case of the Impetuous Imp” from season 9, 1965, as well as in episodes of Hogan’s Heroes as numerous different SS officers, The Six Million Dollar Man, and M*A*S*H as tank commander Colonel Griswald. In 1976, he appeared in an episode of Sara.

Russell JohnsonRussell David Johnson 89, (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014) was an American television and film actor, best known for his role as “The Professor” on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan’s Island.

Johnson became a close friend of Audie Murphy and later appeared with him in three of his films, Column South and Tumbleweed in 1953 and Ride Clear of Diablo in 1954. Johnson’s Hollywood career began in 1952, with the college fraternity hazing exposé For Men Only, and with Loan Shark, also released in 1952 and starringGeorge Raft. His early roles were primarily in westerns such as Law and Order (opposite Ronald Reagan), and science fiction such as It Came from Outer Space(1953), This Island Earth (1955), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and The Space Children (1958). He also appeared in a Ma and Pa Kettle vehicle, Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955).

He appeared in Rod Searling’s, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and after Gilligan’s Island, he appeared in several other movies and television shows, especially the latter. He appeared in several dramatic series, including The Big Valley with Peter Breck, The Invaders, Death Valley Days, Lassie, That Girl, Ironside, The F.B.I, and Gunsmoke. He appeared perhaps most notably in the miniseriesVanished, based on a novel by Fletcher Knebel (1971), uncredited in the Robert Redford spy thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), and on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

Dave_Madden_1970sDavid Joseph “Dave” Madden 82, (December 17, 1931 – January 16, 2014) was a Canadian-born American actor. His most famous role came in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, in which he played the group’s manager, Reuben Kincaid, opposite Shirley Jones‘s character. Madden later had a recurring role as diner customer Earl Hicks on the mid-1970s to mid-1980s sitcom, Alice.
Luis ÁvalosLuis Ávalos 67, (September 2, 1946 – January 22, 2014) was a Cuban character actor. He made numerous film and television appearances, most notably in the 1971–1977 children’s television show The Electric Company. He joined the show with Denise Nickerson (who was in only season two) and they replaced Irene Cara (who was in only season one and recently departed in 1972) in season two, playing, most notably, Doctor Doolots. He was in seasons two-six of this show. He was good friends with fellow Electric Company star Rita Moreno. His most notable movie role was as Ramon in the 1979 comedy Hot Stuff, in which he starred alongside Jerry Reed, Dom Deluise, and Suzanne Pleshette.

Ávalos also starred as Jesse Rodriguez on the short-lived situation comedy Condo with McLean Stevenson, and as Dr. Tomas Esquivel on the short-lived situation comedy E/R with Elliott Gould and Mary McDonnell. Additionally, he starred as Stavi in the comedy The Ringer with Johnny Knoxville.

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Hat/Tip to Dean James at AmericasFreedomFighters.com.

We came to know him 20 years ago as the irascible Lt. Dan and since we’ve come to admire, respect and love the man, Gary Sinise. His never ending devotion to the military has earned him a special place among our country’s war veterans.

Twenty years ago, the hit movie “Forrest Gump” shifted the career of actor Gary Sinise into high gear. The Illinois native played the character Lt. Dan Taylor, the badly wounded Vietnam War Vet who later becomes Forrest Gump’s shrimp boat partner and best friend.

Long involved in efforts to support the U.S. military, Sinise often travels around the country as well as overseas to honor and entertain the troops with his Lt. Dan Band. His Gary Sinise Foundation helps service members in a number of ways when they return home.

One remarkable way the Foundation helps support our wounded warriors is the subject of a discussion Sinise recently had with the “Fox and Friends” morning crew.

The actor, musician and humanitarian explained how his organization partners with other groups to build special houses for badly injured service members who might otherwise not be able to function at home.

So take note, Mr. President, THIS is how you treat the men and women who don our country’s uniform and make the sacrifice, so that even someone who hates the military can rise to the highest office in the land.

Now THAT’S irony…

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NFL Player On Ferguson: “The Problem Is Not A Skin Problem, It Is A Sin Problem”…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

This shows that there is hope for our country, and besides, this young man makes a lot of sense.

“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn.”

Via Right Scoop:

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson wrote a very honest assessment of how he feels about what happened in Ferguson between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown as well as the larger implications. It has now gone viral on facebook and I couldn’t agree more with the ending:

At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

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Dana Carvey: Liberals ‘Brutalize’ Conservative Comics

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Image: Dana Carvey: Liberals 'Brutalize' Conservative ComicsActor and Comedian Dana Carvey. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Hat/Tip to John Blosser at Newsmax.

Many of us remember him from his impersonations of Dan Quayle, H. Ross Perot, Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Carson or even Keith Richards. Or as The Church Lady, Hans (from Hans and Franz), or the ever popular Garth from Wayne’s World. So to say that Dana Carvey is mulit-talented comedian would be understating it.

His career post Saturday Night Live seemed to be taking off. Then in the late ’90s he underwent a simple heart-bypass operation. However, the surgeon worked on the wrong artery, and Dana’s health worsened. After corrective surgery, he sued the first surgeon and was awarded 8 million dollars – which he awarded to charities. In our book, that’s called being a class-act.

Via People:

The $7.5 million medical malpractice lawsuit comedian Dana Carvey filed against heart surgeon Dr. Elias Hanna for operating on a wrong artery has been settled. Financial details were not disclosed, but Carvey — who discusses in this week’s PEOPLE cover story how his life went awry after his bungled 1998 double bypass — told the Associated Press that the settlement will be divided among charities, including those involved in heart research. “This lawsuit, from the beginning, was about accountability and doing everything I could to make sure that it wouldn’t happen to someone else,” said Carvey. “Both my wife and I are very satisfied with the outcome and bringing resolution to this case.” A subsequent angioplasty alleviated Carvey’s heart blockage, though in the meantime, he said he was so weak that he was forced to refuse acting jobs.

In a recent interview, he talked about how left Hollywood and the Comedic world are. Making no bones about it, he says that if you’re a comedian and you’re Conservative, you’d better have some body armor.

Carvey, in an interview with Kozlowski for Pasadena Weekly, said that cracking jokes about President Obama still can land comedians in hot water with liberal crowds, but he doesn’t let that stop him.

“Because of the sensitivity of having an African-American president, which is completely understandable, people tend to tread lightly, but policy-wise there was some disconnect because people had complaints.

“It took a while to satirize our president but that’s American. It’s what we do,” Carvey said.

“I come from the old school that says you go where the power is and make fun of it. When it becomes off-limits to say or do certain things without being brutalized or uncensored, that’s a shame, but it’s where the country’s going right now.”

Of course, we all remember, and were fans of his impression of George Herbert Walker Bush, and it seems so was President Bush.

Carvey’s satirical impersonation of President George H.W. Bush was a big hit for him on SNL. However, Bush, who invited him to the White House to do the impression for him, was a good sport about it.

“The first two years, Bush was so popular we were just going with what the rhythm was,” Carvey told Kozlowski.

“Then, when the country’s mood turned and got a little more satirical towards him, it certainly didn’t help him, but he could sense I’m not an ideologue in the traditional sense where ‘someone who opposes me is my enemy.’ I’m an Americanist. I’m a radical moderate. He sensed that and did not take it personally.

And even when it comes to politics, Dana is an equal-opportunity satirist.

“I always want to be funny, number one, and political arguments often end up ugly,” Carvey said, Pasadena reported.

“Politics is the most toxic area a comedian can go into,” Carvey told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “We’re all in metaphorical foxholes right now, as a society. If you say or write one thing accidentally, it can get you in a lot of trouble.”

However, he added, “I don’t shy away from it, either. In fact, now that the elections are past, I’m getting bigger laughs with my Obama satire than any other thing in the act right now.”

As to the belief that only liberal comics are funny, Carvey told Kozlowski, “That’s just crazy leftover ideas from Watergate. I always believed you question authority. Whether it’s Asian-American, a woman president or Native American, you have to hit.

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Long Time Television Producer, Glen A. Larson, Dead at age 77

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If you grew up in the 80’s, you knew Glen A. Larson’s work, if not his name.  He was responsible for many of the TV shows you loved…

The Six Million Dollar Man

Battlestar Galactica

Magnum PI

Knight Rider

Quincy, ME

The Fall Guy

He also created so lesser know shows, like B.J. and The Bear, and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

Sadly, he has passed away at age 77.

Glen A. Larson, the wildly successful television writer-producer whose enviable track record includes Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy, has died. He was 77.
Larson, a singer in the 1950s clean-cut pop group The Four Preps who went on to compose many of the theme songs for his TV shows, died Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, his son, James, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy series as ABC’s It Takes a Thief, starring his fellow Hollywood High School alum Robert Wagner as a burglar now stealing for the U.S. government, and NBC’s McCloud, with Dennis Weaver as a sheriff from Taos, N.M., who moves to Manhattan to help the big-city cops there.
After ABC spurned the original pilot for The Six Million Dollar Man (based on the 1972 novel Cyborg), Larson rewrote it, then penned a pair of 90-minute telefilms that convinced then-network executive Barry Diller to greenlight the action series, which starred Lee Majors as a former astronaut supercharged with bionic implants.
Other shows Larson created included Alias Smith & Jones, B.J. and The Bear, Switch (another series with Wagner), Manimal and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo. He spent his early career at Universal Studios, inventing new shows and reworking others, before moving to 20th Century Fox in 1980 with a multiseries, multimillion-dollar deal.

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Hey ISIS, I’m an American with a Remington

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Hat/Tip to Larry Gatlin and Fox News.

Conservative Hideout 2.0 brought you the YouTube video of Billy Dean and Larry Gatlin’s response to ISIS, entitled “An American With A Remington.” That video went viral, garnering over 15 million hits in only a handful of days. Yesterday they were on Fox and Friends to sing their song.

Here is Larry Gatlin’s open letter to the fans, along with their performance at the bottom of the article:

Dear Fox Fans and world at large,

When I do master classes in songwriting, I open the class by saying, “It was either Plato, or Socrates, or…(pregnant pause) Johnny Cash, who said, “Take me not to those who write your laws, for they will lie. Take me to those who write your songs, for they will not.”

Then, after another pregnant pause, I confess to my class the neither of the three above-mentioned great philosophers said that. Rather, it was a not so great philosopher, but a fairly decent songwriter who said it…me!!

That brings me to another songwriter, a great songwriter, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and a great friend, Billy Dean.

We sat down with our two guitars, our two hearts, our two God given talents, and our singular love for America, and poured our two hearts out in a song, “An American with a Remington.”

Last week, in Joplin, Missouri, Billy, my brothers Steve and Rudy and I, along with our buddies T.G. Sheppard and Leroy Van Dyke did a benefit for the tornado victims of Joplin.

Backstage Billy said, “Hey L.G., I have a song idea I want you to help me write.” When he sang the “hook line” I said, “I’m in. Let’s do it.”

So, last Tuesday night, at the Starlight Theatre in Branson, in the dressing room that Billy and I share, we sat down with our two guitars, our two hearts, our two God given talents, and our singular love for America, and poured our two hearts out in a song, “An American with a Remington.”

The response has been unbelievable — more than 15 million hits and thousands of “hurrahs” from like-minded Americans — in only five days.

Please know that neither Billy nor I are trigger happy cowboys lookin’ for a fight. We just know that the fight is looking for us and for all Americans.

So we decided as 2 of “those who write the songs” it was up to is to write the truth, because so many of those who write our laws will not.

In closing, I don’t know how my friend Billy Dean was brought up, but my dad, the Marine, Curly Gatlin, taught me to shoot with a Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun out in West Texas.

We ate what we shot. That was, and still is the deal for the Gatlins. If you trophy hunt, that’s your business. The Gatlins eat what we kill, or we make damn sure that someone who needs the meat gets the quail, dove, or venison.

So that’s the story about the song “An American with a Remington.” Billy and I hope you like it. If you don’t, that’s none of our business, but I will say this, a lot of good men and women have fought and died or have been wounded to preserve and protect your right to disagree and say so. Is America a great country or what?!

Yours truly,

Larry Gatlin, an American with a Remington 

P.S. And Billy Dean, an American with a Remington

P.P.S. One thing J.R. Cash did say to me long ago was, “Pilgrim, if something makes you mad enough boy, you’ll damn sure write a song about it.” Well, J.R., Billy and I are mad as hell about those cowardly, beheading bastards, so we did just that!!

Larry Gatlin is a country music singer and songwriter.  


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Film Director Oliver Stone Says He ‘Admires’ Vladimr Putin Who ‘Saved Russia’

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Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

Conspiracy nut and far left film maker, Oliver Stone is at it again. It isn’t enough that he called Reagan “one dumb son of a bitch,” or drew a line (what line, we don’t know, only that in his twisted mind there is a line) from Nixon to Reagan to Bush the younger. Once again, it is a celebrity who has no clue of politics pretending that he is an authority on the subject. Any high school student who studies Barry Goldwater knows that if anyone “gave” us Ronald Reagan, it was Goldwater. Nixon was a big government Republican who gave us, among other things, the EPA, and I’d venture to say that Jimmy Carter’s failed policies had more to do with Reagan’s ascendance to the White House than anything Nixon did.

Now Stone is heaping praise upon his latest man-crush, Russian President Vladimir Putin. (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.)

Stone, a Vietnam veteran turned polemicist filmmaker best known for his movies “Platoon”, “Wall Street” and “JFK”, called Putin a “strong person” who saved Russia from the “hands of bandits” in the 1990s.

Speaking of the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine, Stone told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government newspaper: “In my view, Putin occupies a defensive position, protecting Russia’s key geopolitical interests.”

“I understand why Putin could not abandon Crimea,” he said, noting that Russia’s Black Sea fleet was based on the peninsula which the Russian president annexed in March.

Typical of his Blame America First ideology, Stone further praised Russia for taking in Edward Snowden, because America is too powerful in the world.

Stone also said he recently met Edward Snowden in Moscow as preparation for a film he is doing on the fugitive ex-NSA analyst.

“We plan to start filming in the early months of next year and finish the film by the end of 2015,” he said.

Stone added that he is not taking any moral position on Snowdon and his revelations about extensive US snooping at home and abroad. But he he praised Russia for giving him political asylum.

Russia wants to show that “there should be an alternative to a world completely controlled by the United States,” he said.

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Garth Brooks on Obama: “I love him to death and I fully support him…”

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Hat/Tip to CNSNews.

Okay, this is proof positive that you can publish 12 studio albums, with 6 of them achieving Diamond Status (sales of 10 million +), giving you total record sales of 123 million, win two Grammy Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 11 CMA Awards, have a net worth somewhere north of $350 million and STILL be utterly clueless when it comes to politics.

As an entertainer, he is brilliant. His over-the-top concerts with a ‘rock concert’ feel to them laid the foundation for today’s hot country acts like Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, etc… Brooks has proven himself to be an excellent performer, song-writer and business man, but as the following video will show, he hasn’t a clue as to what’s happening in our country.

 

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Here is a rough transcript of his comments:

“Yeah, I think what President Obama is finding out is all that we want to do, the system kind of doesn’t allow the most powerful guy in the world to kind of do his job and I’m sure nobody’s more frustrated than him to complete those promises that he did and I think he’s trying his heart out. I love him to death and I fully support him and I just wish him well because it’s got to be hell in that office,” said Brooks.

Brooks’ comments come as many celebrities who supported President Obama in the 2008 election including Matt Damon and Barbra Streisand have publicly expressed disappointment in President Obama.

At one point, he almost makes sense when he talks about the inherent problems of big government. However, he has no idea it is the size of the government that is the problem, instead choosing to blame the process on the two party system. What he has no clue of is that when you have big government, you have corruption in BOTH parties.

Brooks, the closing act in the ceremony, also said the entire political system in America has him “concerned.”

“The whole political system kind of has me concerned right now to tell you the truth –200 years old and we might think of about, you know, kind of kicking it in the ass a little bit. It just seems like we vote for things because they’re  Republican or Democratic,” he told CNSNews.com.

“I think we should vote for them because they’re right or wrong and we kind of have seemed to have fallen into that trap so that would be the one warning I would give all us,” he said.  “Put down where you’re from and what flag you fly under and let’s get to putting the best person, man or women in the office and let’s start making some strides.”

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