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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

George Harrison, Ten Years Gone

10 years ago today, legendary Beatles and Traveling Wilburys Guitarist George Harrison died, aged 58, from cancer at his home in Los Angeles, CA. This is a tribute to him.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

America the Thin-Skinned Whinybaby, Part 1

From Yahoo News:

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A grocery store security guard was fired after he told the father of a 4-year-old girl that she would face criminal charges for eating from a dried fruit package, a TV station reported.

The child's mother, Alissa Jones, said the father wasn't looking when the girl grabbed the package, ate a few pieces of fruit then returned it to a shelf at a Safeway store in Everett, Wash., KOMO reported Wednesday.

Safeway previously faced widespread criticism when a Honolulu couple were arrested over stolen sandwiches and had their 2-year-old daughter taken from them briefly by state officials.

In Washington, the guard took the 4-year-old and her dad to a room and said the girl would face charges and be banned from the chain, Jones said, adding the guard had the girl sign a paper acknowledging she wasn't allowed to enter any Safeway stores.

What in the hell is wrong with what this guy did? Banning someone from a chain of stores for stealing isn't the least bit harsh. That's justice. I swear to God we're becoming America the thin-skinned whinybaby instead of America the beautiful.

Thanksgiving Message from Herman Cain

Dear Friends,

Expressions of gratitude towards God have been a tradition of Thanksgiving celebrations since the original gathering in Plymouth. As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. So many have sought the refuge and opportunity of our shores because they know that Americans have been blessed with the freedom to speak their minds, worship as they desire and pursue the American dream of a better, more productive and more fulfilling life for themselves and their families.

On this Thanksgiving like many others before them, we give special thanks for our men and women in uniform – past and present. We thank them for the many sacrifices they have made – including their lives – to protect and defend our American way of life.

May God bless you and your family on this day of thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Herman Cain

Thanksgiving Message from Glenn Beck

Ok, I promised my wife that I wouldn’t freak out her whole family this Thanksgiving and start talking about all the things going on in the country. But I never said anything about talking to all of you…so brace yourself for my Thanksgiving message.

Ok, yes there are a lot of problems in our country, but today isn’t about bad news. It’s so easy, especially with how things are, to get tunnel vision and focus only on the bad. Politicians have lied to us again and again leading to the highest levels of distrust in history. The economy is a rollercoaster. Friends and family are out of work and the cost of living just seems to get higher and higher. Are you beginning to see why the family put the 'downer' ban on me this year? Life is hard, it’s a struggle - but there's also hope.

There is good news, positive news, and on a day of thanks I think it’s important we talk about those things. Start in your own home. Take a look around and take stock of the things that really matter: Faith. Family. Friends. I’m so excited about Thanksgiving because it gives me time to reconnect with these three critical pieces of my life. While I try and keep things in perspective all year it’s easy to get lost in the bad and forget these three important things.


Faith. Take a moment to look at the role that God plays in your life. I don’t care what church you go to, but I do think that God should be an important piece of everyone’s life. This Thanksgiving, get down on your knees and pray. Invite your family to join you. Turn off the football, step away from the turkey, and give thanks for God’s forgiveness. While in this quiet reflection, take the opportunity to find clarity as well. Now, more than ever, it is important to know what God has planned for you and your life. He did not create you to sit around and eat Doritos all day - so what is it He wants you to do?

Family. Ok, I know not everyone loves being around their relatives during the holidays. You’ve got the crazy uncle telling nonsensical stories or an annoying in-law bugging you about how you’re holding the carving knife the wrong way. Everyone has to deal with this. Just close your eyes, take a breath, and when you open your eyes again realize how much these people shape your life and the lives of those that matter most to you. Your family will be there with you through thick and thin – no matter what happens. No matter how crazy things get during the holidays, know that these are the people that have your back. Step back and enjoy their fellowship during the holidays.

Friends. Anyone else out there have a friend they haven’t spoken to in a while? I know I do. This one may sound a little odd, after all faith and family are easier to reconnect with during the holidays than old friends. But I would ask that you call an old friend that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Touch base, see how they are. The holidays can be rough, many of us have lost family and are going through tough times. Connect with someone who you haven’t spoken with in a while – you never know the difference you may make in a person’s life with just a phone call.

Faith. Family. Friends. These are the connections that sustain us in our life, no matter what may be going on in the world. I’m going to be announcing some things to help bring us all together over the next year – but the first steps begin at home.

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Laos Deo,

Glenn Beck

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Recently in history class, I have studied the subject of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This is a subject that has been debated from various perspectives over the years. These next paragraphs serve only to explain what did happen that day and not speculate on anything else.

First, one needs to get the setting for the day and places in mind. November 22, 1963, started out as your average cool, sunny day. President John F. Kennedy had flown to Texas to smooth over relations between Conservative Governor John B. Connally, Liberal Senator Ralph W. Yarborough, and Liberal Activist Don Yarborough. After stopping in Fort Worth, President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline flew into Dallas, landing at Love Field Airport. The projected path of the motorcade was along an eleven-mile route through Dallas, after which the President was slated to speak at a luncheon, with leaders of the business and civic communities in attendance. At 11:50 AM, the motorcade left Love Field Airport on its way toward downtown Dallas.

As the motorcade and Secret Service car drove through Dealey Plaza, the President's car was greeted with throngs of enthusiastic supporters jumping at the chance to see him. Then the unexpected happened. As the motorcade turned onto Elm Street and passed the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire rang out. The first shot tore through President Kennedy's neck and struck Governor Connally in the back, stopping in his left thigh. As the motorcade accelerated, a second shot was fired. This shot blew off the entire right side of President Kennedy's head, emitting a huge mist of brain matter and blood. The motorcade sped up to 80 MPH en route to Parkland Hospital.

Upon his arrival at Parkland Hospital, doctors immediately went to work. Though President Kennedy still had a faint heartbeat, it quickly faded. The doctors' efforts at reviving him proved futile, and at 12:49 PM, Fathers Oscar Huber and James Thompson performed last rites. Governor John Connally was stabilized and sent to surgery. He was doing well and survived. At 1 PM CST, after the administration of last rites, President Kennedy was pronounced dead. He was 46 years old. Shortly thereafter, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was evacuated and rushed to the safety of Air Force One, where he was sworn in as President at 2:38 PM CST. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and charged with Kennedy's assassination.

At the time of his assassination, Kennedy was the second youngest president(Theodore Roosevelt was younger) and had served only two years and ten months. The events in Dallas ended his time in office and made him the fourth president to be assassinated in office. What we do know of these horrible events, if nothing else, is this: Whoever pulled this off has the blood of a president on his hands.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Travelin' Band: A History of Creedence Clearwater Revival


Thomas Richard "Tom" Fogerty, guitarist and founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Blue Velvets(renamed the Golliwogs), was born 70 years ago today, November 9, 1941. Fogerty succumbed to AIDS on September 6, 1990, aged 48 years, 302 days. This is a history of his biggest success, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

1967: Creedence Clearwater Revival, consisting of John Fogerty(lead vocals, lead guitar), Tom Fogerty(vocals, rhythm guitar, piano), Stu Cook(bass guitar, vocals, keyboards), and Doug Clifford(drums, vocals), is formed.
October, 1967: Creedence Clearwater Revival goes into Coast Recorders Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their self-titled debut album.
July 5, 1968: "Creedence Clearwater Revival", featuring the songs "Susie Q", "I Put A Spell On You", "Walk On the Water", and "Porterville", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Susie Q" and "I Put A Spell On You" peaked at #11 and #58 respectively. The third single, "Porterville", failed to chart. The album struck a chord with the emerging underground pop culture press, who touted CCR awhich would help to build their careers.
Late 1968: CCR goes into RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA, to work on their second album, entitled "Bayou Country."
January, 1969: "Bayou Country", featuring the songs "Born On the Bayou", "Proud Mary", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", and "Penthouse Pauper", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200, and its sole single, "Proud Mary", peaked at #2.
March, 1969: 1. CCR releases Bad Moon Rising/Lodi as a single. "Bad Moon Rising" and "Lodi" peaked at #2 and #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Both tracks were featured on their next studio release, "Green River."
2. CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record "Green River."
March 14, 1969: CCR performs at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA. Performances of the songs "Ninety Nine and A Half(Won't Do)", "Susie Q", and "Crazy Otto' were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Creedence Clearwater Revival" and "Bayou Country."
July, 1969: In advance if the release of "Green River", CCR releases Green River/Commotion as a single. The singles peaked at #2 and #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
July 4, 1969: CCR performs at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Hampton, GA.
August, 1969: "Green River", featuring the aforementioned singles and the songs "Wrote a Song for Everyone" and "The Night Time's the Right Time", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
August 16, 1969: CCR preforms at Woodstock.
Fall 1969: CCR goes into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, to record their fourth album, entitled "Willy and the Poor Boys."
November, 1969: "Willy and the Poor Boys", featuring the songs "Fortunate Son", "Willy and the Poor Boys", "The Midnight Special", "Effigy", and "Cotton Fields", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Willy and he Poor Boys" and "Fortunate Son" peaked at #3 and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
November 16, 1969: CCR performs "Down On the Corner" and "Fortunate Son" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Winter 1969/1970: CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their fifth album, entitled "Cosmo's Factory." The "Cosmo" part of the album title was named for Drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, while the "Factory part of the title was named for life in the studio.
January, 1970: Half a year in advance of the release of "Cosmo's Factory", CCR releases Travelin' Band(for which this article is named)/Who'll Stop the Rain as a single. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
January 31, 1970: CCR performs at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. These performances would make up the live album "The Concert."
April, 1970: CCR releases Run Through the Jungle/Up Around the Bend as a single. The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
July, 1970: 1. In advance of the release of "Cosmo's Factory", CCR releases Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long As I Can See the Light as a single. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. "Cosmo's Factory", featuring the aforementioned singles and the songs "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "Ramble Tamble", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
November, 1970: CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their sixth album, entitled "Pendulum." This would be the last CCR album to feature Tom Fogerty.
December 15, 1970: "Pendulum", featuring the songs "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", "Hey Tonight", "Molina", "Pagan Baby", "Sailor's Lament", and "Chameleon", was released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 100, and the single Have You Ever Seen the Rain/Hey Tonight, released in July, 1971, peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
February, 1971: After a full year of conflict with the group, Tom Fogerty leaves CCR.
Spring 1971: CCR goes into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, to record their seventh, and final, album, entitled "Mardi Gras."
September 1, 1971: CCR performs in Manchester, England. A performance of the song "Fortunate Son" was featured on a 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Willy and the Poor Boys."
September 10, 1971: CCR performs in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A performance of the song "Up Around the Bend" was featured on a 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Cosmo's Factory."
September 16, 1971: CCR performs in Berlin, Germany. Performances of the songs "Bad Moon Rising" and "It Came Out Of the Sky" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Willy and the Poor Boys" and "Cosmo's Factory." "It Came Out Of the Sky" was also featured on the "Live in Europe" album.
September 17, 1971: CCR performs in Hamburg, Germany. Performances of the songs "Lodi" and "Hey Tonight" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Green River" and "Pendulum."
September 21, 1971: CCR performs in Stockholm, Sweden. Performances of the songs "Proud Mary", "Green River", and "Susie Q" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Bayou Country" and "Green River."
September 28, 1971: CCR performs in London, England. The performance of "Born On the Bayou" was featured on the 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Bayou Country."
April 11, 1972: "Mardi Gras", featuring the songs "Sweet Hitch-Hiker", "Someday Never Comes", "Tearin' Up the Country", "Door to Door", and "Hello Mary Lou", is released to commercial success, but a critical slamming. The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and the singles Sweet Hitch-Hiker/Door to Door and Someday Never comes/Tearin' Up the Country peaked at #6 and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
October 16, 1972: After the culmination of a two month, 20 date mini-tour promoting "Mardi Gras", Creedence Clearwater Revival disbands.
November, 1972: The compilation album "Creedence Gold" is released. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200.
April, 1973: The compilation album "More Creedence Gold" is released. The album peaked at #61 on the Billboard 200.
October 16, 1973: The aforementioned "Live in Europe" is released to critical and commercial failure. The album peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200.
January, 1976: 1. The compilation album "Chronicle, Volume 1", the best known of all their compilation albums, is released to commercial success. The album peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200.
2. "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" is released as a single. The single peaks at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
October, 1980: The aforementioned "The Concert" is released. The album peaked at #62 on the Billboard 200.
October, 1981: The compilation album "Creedence Country", featuring their more country oriented songs, is released.
November, 1986: The compilation album "Chronicle, Volume 2" is released.
1999: The compilation album "Keep On Chooglin'" is released.
2000: The compilation album "At the Movies" is released.
October 2, 2001: "Creedence Clearwater Revival: Box Set" is released. This features all their studio and live performances as CCR and recordings from their days as "The Golliwogs" and "The Blue Velvets."
2009: The compilation album "Creedence Clearwater Revival Covers the Classics" is released.

This is my video tribute to CCR:

Monday, November 7, 2011

2011 Dahlonega City Council Elections: A Primer

Dahlonega, GA(my residence), is holding elections for City Council tomorrow. Here’s a primer.

City Council Post #4: This seat is currently occupied by Councilor Michael Clemons. He is facing a challenge from retired cop and City Council meeting attendee Bruce Hoffman. This one should end up being the closest of the 3 positions.

City Council Post #5: This seat is currently occupied by Councilor Sam Norton. He is facing a challenge from North Georgia College & State University Professor John “Stu” Batchelder. Don’t be surprised if the election is close, but Norton must be considered the favorite going into tomorrow night.

City Council Post #6: This seat is currently occupied by Councilor Terry Peters. He is facing a challenge from environmental activist Regina Harper-Odum. Peters is the heavy favorite going into tomorrow night.

More information: http://www.120politics.com/2011/09/six-contenders-for-dahlonega-city-coucil/

For tracking tomorrow’s election results: http://thedahloneganugget.com/