RIP, Mr. Dick Clark

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Aww man! Such sad news. What an icon he was:

Dick Clark, the creator of “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” died Wednesday morning.

He was 82.

Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, his family said in a statement.

Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004, which forced him to significantly curtail his hosting of “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” a show he created in 1972.

Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers.

He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits are “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.

But it was “American Bandstand” for which Clark was best known. The show was one of network TV’s longest-running series, airing as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

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He was honored at the Emmy Awards in 2006, telling the crowd: “I have accomplished my childhood dream, to be in show business. Everybody should be so lucky to have their dreams come true. I’ve been truly blessed.”

Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton in 1977.

ABC News did a great tribute video to Clark, which you can watch below:

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He may be gone, but he and his role as a music-promoting machine will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on.

Shocker! North Korea throws tantrum, breaks agreement

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**Posted by Phineas

"Dear Leader, Jr."

Only a fool or the Clinton State Department (but I repeat myself) couldn’t see this one coming:

North Korea said on Tuesday that it was abandoning an agreement it made in February with the United States, in which it promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests and long-range missile tests.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that it “resolutely and totally” rejected the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of its failed rocket launching last week, and that it would continue to launch rockets to try to place satellites into orbit.

The ministry’s statement hinted, but did not make clear, that the North may now conduct a long-range missile or nuclear test.

No longer bound by the deal, “we have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures,” the ministry said in the statement, which was carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “The U.S. will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences.”

The United States had already suspended its side of the deal because of the rocket launching, including 240,000 tons of food aid the United States had promised to the North.

The collapse of the deal cost the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency a chance to send inspectors into the isolated country for the first time in three years. And analysts said it made further North Korean provocations more likely.

Let’s be honest: North Korea had no intention of keeping the agreement, just as they never had any intention of truly honoring any agreement they’ve made since at least the horribly naive Agreed Framework deal signed under Bill Clinton. North Korea, even under the latest “Dear Leader,” was going to take as much as they could get from the suckers the West while cheating on any deal. Then, when discovered and chastised, they would (again) throw a fit, threaten war, and bargain for more free stuff in return for a promise (soon to be broken) to be good. This time for real. They promise.

North Korea is, after all, a “mountain bandit state;” why should we be surprised when they act like bandits?

So, why’d they break the agreement so soon after signing, instead of cheating in secret? Well, I’m willing to bet the “Sun of the 21st Century” and his coterie of toadies babysitters junior tyrants loyal comrades in Socialism and juche were a bit embarrassed when their latest symbol of Freudian compensation missile exploded and fell into the sea soon after launch. Kind of humiliating for anyone, let alone the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation.

Thus, the proper response was, again, to act like a mountain bandit and bluster and threaten and act scary-crazy, until the other side again gives you what you want. No doubt there will be, as they say, “further provocations.” At least until we agree to appease them one more time.

Lather, rinse, and repeat.

via The PJ Tatler

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

First Lady kicks off 2012 Messiah-like references for hubby in campaign speech

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We saw this deeply troubling tendency in 2008, including from Michelle Obama herself.  Unfortunately, it’s back again just as the 2012 general election campaign kicks into high gear (hat tip):

First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail in Nashville on Tuesday and told a packed crowd in a downtown office building that the campaign has an “amazing story to tell.”

“This President has brought us out of the dark and into the light,” she said. “But we need each and every one of you as fired up as you’ve been.”

The first lady made roughly the same stump speech of recent weeks, chronicling the acomplishments of her husband’s first term, from the auto industry rescue to health care reform, ending the war in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden. In a roughly 26-minute speech to a crowd of about 450, she also appealed to women voters, highlighting her husband’s signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“That’s the first thing your president did,” she said. “He did this because he knows what it means when women aren’t treated fairly in the workplace.”

Except when it comes to his own workplace, apparently.

In response to Mrs. Obama’s “into the light” remarks, Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper writes:

The crowd of nearly 450 folks applauded as the first lady likened her husband to a Jesus-like figure.

In the book of Matthew, we read, “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16) The phrase is used to describe the words Jesus preached.

In Micah, light, however, is a reference to God’s words. “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me,” it says in Micah 7:8.

Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.

Something many Obama worshipers will tell you – including the President himself.

Let’s defeat this disturbing pair in November, okay? Please?