There are obviously many more serious and tragic things happening in this world, but the news that Linda Ronstadt has lost her singing voice to Parkinson’s is nonetheless truly sad.
The best singers, when they’re on, express themselves in ways no one else can replicate. Ronstadt’s performances made her one of those best singers (oh, how it hurts to use the past tense here).
Some samples follow (Links: Long, Long Time; Lose Again; Heat Wave; Blue Bayou:
UPDATE: Encore —
UPDATE 2: This is a sick joke — Ronstadt is NOT in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
A chart accompanying a writeup by Robert Pear at the New York Times on how Americans’ real incomes have fallen and barely begun to recover is interesting in its selection of comparison points.
Pear himself tried to pretend that what President Obama wants to do to try to make college more affordable is somehow relevant to reigniting economic growth. Really.
Maybe, in sync with the predictable press reactions to oft-seen bad economic numbers, the headline at Julie Pace’s late-morning story at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, should have been: “Obama Foreign Policy Falls Apart … Unexpectedly.”
Pace’s pathetic attempt at pathos in assessing the status of the Obama administration’s foreign policy tells AP readers that some of it is due to “factors outside the White House’s control” (as if previous administrations haven’t had to deal with unanticipated developments), that Obama “misjudged” what would come in the Arab Spring’s aftermath (we’re supposed to ignore all of those contacts he’s had with Muslim Brotherhood officials and their sympathizers), and that the NSA revelations have hurt our standing in Europe (without noting that the root cause is NSA’s spying on U.S. citizens). Excerpts follow the jump.
In March, the Associated Press ran a 470-word “Big Story” item about the case of of Elaine Huguenin, an Albuquerque wedding photographer “who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple.” The couple filed an anti-discrimination claim with the state’s Human Rights Commission, which found that Huguenin, who runs her business with her husband, had violated state law.
New Mexico’s highest court upheld the commission’s ruling against Ms. Huguenin on Thursday. Though the AP has an 11-paragraph story on the ruling by Barry Massey which several AP-subscribing outlets throughout the country have picked up, searches on Ms. Huguenin’s last name which returned no results and no new “Big Story” result indicate that it is not present at the AP’s national site. Especially since it was such a big deal five months ago, what explains the, well, light exposure? Excerpts from what AP management is apparently now treating as a local story follow the jump:
First, excerpts from Doug Patton’s barn-burner of a column in 2009, followed by a telling remembrance relayed by a close friend of Kennedy’s (the remembrance is that he liked to hear jokes about Chappaquiddick):
Let Us Not Confuse Longevity with Statesmanship
September 2, 2009
It was almost nauseating to watch the media fawning over Ted Kennedy’s corpse as though he were the last brother of King Arthur, and his passing was signaling the end of a real place called Camelot. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that Chris Matthews and company actually believe in that mythical kingdom.
… Even one of my formerly favorite columnists, Cal Thomas, had glowing, gooey things to say about his “old friend Ted Kennedy,” the most laughable of which was that Kennedy never personalized his politics. Tell that to Robert Bork. Remember Kennedy’s ridiculous speech on the floor of the United States Senate, wherein he hyperventilated that “Robert Bork’s America is one in which women will be forced into back-alley abortions and blacks will be sitting at segregated lunch counters”?
… what we have witnessed in his passing is the near-deification of a man merely because he came from a rich, powerful family, because he lived a long time and because he managed to bamboozle his gullible state into re-electing him simply because his name was Kennedy. What has been sorely missing in all this is a sense of perspective. This was more than just a flawed man. This was a man who cheated, lied and undermined his family, his friends, even his own country.
Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s most contemptible moment — many consider it treasonous — came in 1983. President Ronald Reagan was in the process of bringing the Soviet Union to its knees. In one of the hotter moments of the Cold War, Kennedy sent word to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov through an old friend and former senator offering Kennedy’s help in undermining the Reagan administration in its dealings with its old arch enemy in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Think of that. A United States Senator offers to help our sworn enemy in exchange for political propaganda to win an American election.
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From La Paz, Bolivia (bold is mine):
Aug 22, 2013 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- The adjunct secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Archbishop José Fuentes, said that government officials who support abortion should not receive Holy Communion.
Such individuals, he said, are not acting consistent with their faith and with the teachings of the Gospel and the Church.
In July of this year, four government ministers announced their support for the legalization of abortion in Bolivia.
In an interview with the newspaper Pagina 7, Bishop Fuentes was asked about these ministers. He responded that “they can act in conscience, but they should not approach during communion to receive the Body of Christ.”
“The person who aborts or who encourages another to abort, as well as health care workers who participate in an abortion and lawmakers, commit a sin before God, because they make themselves the owners of life, and the only owner of life for us is God,” he said.
… He stressed that the Church’s position is not based on a desire to punish wrongdoers, but rather an effort to reach out to them in mercy to help them accept Catholic teaching.
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