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RIP Mary Travers

Mary Travers of the 1960s Folk group “Peter, Paul, and Mary” died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut after complications from chemotherapy relating to a long battle with leukemia. She was 72 years of age.



The Political Dis of the Day

The contentious talk of health care reform has brought about many colorful and irrational characters and claims to the forefront. There are some legitimate questions in this often raucous dialogue (such as more specifics on just how the President hopes to pay for such reform), but the vitriol and personal hatred from those such as the “tea baggers”, the non sense and stupid conspiracy theories of the “birthers”, or Glenn Beck’s “9/12” project, a conservative political group fronted as a post- 9/11 unity group. Its kind of like the Blair Witch Project, except the ghosts are whiter, older, and more monolithically far right.

Our politicians need to be held accountable and be transparent in thier actions and proposals to be sure. But if they are on grounds that are devoid of any sound evidence, then those who give voice to such overtly outlandish claims are fair game for ridicule.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), owned a anti-health care reformer at a town hall meeting in his district. After a lengthy list of grievances and with out proof asserting that Obama will raise taxes to pay for health care and other claims dismissed by Obama in last week’s speech before congress, the questioner said “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me its raining.”

Well it seems that the questioner had set himself up for a big slam down in terms of a comeback.


First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed by a YouTube clip of the event, the longtime congressman made the remark after the participant launched into a long, but calm, litany about government inefficiency when it comes to nation’s health care system. The man concluded his remarks with warning Stark not to “pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”

As the audience cheered, a calm Stark responded: “Well, I wouldn’t dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn’t be worth wasting the urine.”

There was a mixture of laughter and boos as Stark motioned for the next question.


Screen Actor Patrick Swayze Dies of Cancer

Actor Patrick Swayze, who reached the peaks of popularity throughout the 1980s and early 90s in such movies as “The Outsiders”(1983),“Red Dawn” (1984), ” Dirty Dancing” (1987), and Ghost (1990); just to name a few, died Monday night following a lengthy battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Swayze was 57 years of age.

Here is a clip from the 1989 Swayze movie ‘Road House’:


‘Rebel’ and ‘Wailers’

Just found out that things will really be happenin on the night of Thursday October 8th in the Valley. First off just eight days after the 54th anniversary of actor and icon of cool James Dean’s tragic death the second and perhaps best known of his three films (the last two released posthumously a year following his death) there will be a special screening of “Rebel Without a Cause” at the Amherst Cinema at 7PM.

The 1956 film follows the stories of a trio of confused adolescence. Jim (James Dean) is a troubled adolescent who has just moved to a new town with his parents seeking refuge from past demons and troubles. Judy (Natalie Wood) is the attractive girlfriend of the knife wielding drag racing boyfriend of a bully taunting Jim. Finally Plato (Sal Mineo) is the awkward loner largely orphaned by his parents seeking only friendship and family. The three converge on a night that turns into a tempestuous epic that will no doubt alter all forever.

Additionally that night at about 9PM at the Pearl Street nightclub in Northampton, members of the original Wailers (as in Bob Marley and the Wailers) will be performing. Tickets are $23.00.


Obama Captures Newt Gingrich’s Mind

Well its happened.President Obama has given his national speech that has been shown in classrooms throughout the country. A number of parents (most whom probably didn’t vote for him and have a rabid loathing of anything to do with Obama) have objected, and a number of schools aren’t showing the speech. But already it seems to have borne the fruit of socialism, thanks to the hypnotic power of Obama. Former Congressman, Club for Growth President, and Pennsylvania Senatorial candidate Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has previously accused Obama of starting a dictatorship, has been brainwashed. His message? Stay in school!

Perhaps Toomey and Gingrich and other conservatives with at least a scintilla of reason, intellect, or political acumen realize just how stupid the rest of their peers sound. Back in the 1960s it was the conservative elements of America that voiced the most outrage about the message of “Turn on, tune in, and drop out”. Now it appears that the post rational message of many conservatives seems to be that only commies stay in school.


Well Lets Just Push aside Over 200 Years of Principles and Countless Treaties

Because Dick Cheney’s feelings might be hurt. He mine as well have said as much on Fox News Sunday. Keep in mind this a preliminary investigation launched by Attorney General Eric Holder, as to whether those who formulated torture policies used in interrogations that go beyond the bounds of what is legal should be prosecuted.

By the way a window into Cheney’s autocratic way of thinking, according to him the President is the Chief law enforcement official of the country, not the Attorney General. Well this may have been true in his administration, most try to promote the image that it is not merely a puppet of the administration in power.

Cheney’s philosophy is best summed up by both his old mentor Richard Nixon said “If the President does it, its not illegal”.

“I guess the other thing that offends the hell out of me, frankly, is we had a track record now of eight years of defending the nation against any further mass casualty attacks from al Qaeda,” Cheney said. “The approach of the Obama administration should be to come to those people who were involved in that policy and say, how did you do it? What were the keys to keeping this country safe over that period of time?”

Also in that interview, he hocks his book and says that when he was Vice President he advocated the use of military force against Iran (because the invasion of Iraq that Cheney ran into the ground went so well). Maybe Cheney should move to a country with a totalitarian government instead of one with the rule of law and a Bill of Rights. He would likely feel more at home there.


Tortured Iranian Prisoner Kills Himself

Though the situation in the past month or two has been eclipsed by other events, the graphic video above (H/T:Andrew Sullivan) as an ireport for CNN, shows the bloodied father in the aftermath of his young son’s suicide who upon being released from prison leaped off a bridge to his death. Apparently the deceased had been jailed for participating in post-election protests and well in prison had endured rape and torture at the hands of his captors.