Goodbye, Robin Williams

Robin Williams as Mork

Robin Williams as Mork on the ‘Mork and Mindy’ show.

Like everyone else on the planet, I was stunned and saddened to read the news last night of comedian Robin Williams’ death:

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

The Marin County coroner’s office said Williams was last seen alive at home at about 10 p.m. Sunday. An emergency call from his house in Tiburon was placed to the Sheriff’s Department shortly before noon Monday.

A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling “severe depression of late.”

“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Mara Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a statement she is devastated and asked for privacy.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she said. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams publicly struggled with addiction during his career and most recently went to rehab in June to “fine tune” his sobriety, his rep said at the time.

Naturally, Twitter erupted, and his fellow celebrities expressed their shock, sadness, and condolences over the loss of this remarkable, unforgettable man who touched the lives of so many.

The death of someone is never easy to handle, but when you read it’s from apparent suicide, your heart just absolutely breaks, and you wonder “what could I have done that maybe would have led to a different outcome?”

If you’re in a position in your life where you think hope is lost, IT ISN’T. Reach out and talk to someone. If you want it to remain anonymous, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline.  1-800-273-TALK (8255).  You are never alone, and please always remember that people care about and love you.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Williams’ family.  It goes without saying that although he is gone, he will not be forgotten.

Ann & Nancy Wilson: Sarah Palin can’t use our music but Hillary can

Sarah Palin - Heart

Image via People.com

Such petty women. Via The Hill:

They told Sarah Palin to stop using their rock song, “Barracuda,” but two of Heart’s core members say they’ll gladly lend the 1977 hit to Hillary Clinton if she throws her hat in the ring for president.

“Whatever Hillary Clinton needs from me, she’s got,” Ann Wilson recently told ITK.

[…]

Back in 2008, Wilson and her sister, Nancy, emailed a statement to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the former Alaska governor’s presidential campaign requesting that “Barracuda” stop being used as a theme for Palin, the VP nominee.

“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” the pair wrote.

After the song continued to be played, Nancy Wilson told EW.com, “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely [expletive] over.”

Right, because it’s the END OF THE F**KING WORLD IF A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE USES YOUR MUSIC WITHOUT YOUR EXPRESS PERMISSION. I mean, OMG, IT MEANS THE APOCALYPSE IS NEAR! TAKE COVER!

Seriously, I love Heart’s music to pieces – Barracuda is one of my favorites. And, yes, they do have the right to demand permission for use of their music, have the right to give it and have the right to request a stop in usage if they haven’t given it. But why not take the high road and do what a former band member suggested at the time and let politicians you don’t agree with use your music, and then turn around and take the profits from the increased sales and donate them to your favorite candidates or charities? Guess that’s too much to much to ask from Cheap Shot Annie and Nancy, who would much rather a pro-choice “feminist” who rose to political fame and fortune on the back of her husband honor them with the use of the Heart song of her choice rather than allow a pro-life, successful woman who paved her own way in politics actively fighting (and winning) almost single-handedly against the male-dominated establishment culture in Alaska to do the same.

Liberal musicians can be such tools sometimes. SMH. 8-|

VIDEO: Celebrity Prez botches spelling of “RESPECT” during Aretha Franklin intro

Obama confused

Thought bubble: ‘Uh, how does the song go again …?’

Some Friday humor for you, via Time Magazine:

During a tribute to Women of Soul at the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama accidentally misspelled “respect” while introducing the so-called Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

“When Aretha first told us what… R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said as the audience roared with laughter. He paused briefly before continuing, “She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved. They wanted some respect.”

The Washington Free Beacon YouTube channel has the video clip:

Well, he doesn’t command respect, he certainly doesn’t give it, so it’s not exactly a surprise that he can’t spell it, either. Maybe he’ll figure it all out once he finishes his tour of all 57 states

Streisand pens note to Emily’s List supporters about being “lucky” to be born

Umm … well, this tweet sorta speaks for itself:


In case you didn’t know, Emily’s List is a “women’s rights” group that, natch, works to elect Democrat women who are pro-abortion. But yeah, Babs – you go on gushing about how you were “lucky enough to be born …”, ok?

Dum dum. o=>

Barbra Streisand

Not the sharpest tool in the shed … but a tool nevertheless.

Probably the most frightening tweet you will ever read

From the Hollyweird files of far left conspiracy theorist/actress Roseanne Barr:


My response:


Please, Ms. Barr – keep that sort of thing between you, your doctor, and and your significant other – as any self-respecting woman SHOULD do. Thank you.

Roseanne Barr

Don’t do it. Just. No.

Maria Conchita Alonso loses acting gig after endorsing Tea Party candidate

Tolerance

Yep.

“Wait, there’s no bias against conservatives in Hollywood. Nobody loses a job over their politics, right?” Justified actor Nick Searcy sarcastically asked on Twitter after reading this story from San Francisco’s KPIX (hat tip):

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.

Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination.

Donnelly has voiced strong views against illegal immigration and was once involved with the Minutemen Project, a group that patrolled the border with Mexico to catch immigrants coming across.

“Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground,” Donnelly said in the ad.

Standing next to Donnelly, Alonso jokingly translated in Spanish, “We’re screwed.”

[…]

The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.

“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez said.

[…]

“We don’t act like that. First of all, that is not a typical Latina,” said Jim Salinas, a long time Mission resident and former president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club. Salinas said there probably would have been boycotts if Alonso had stayed on the production.

Protein Wisdom’s Darleen Click sums up succinctly:

… but Leftists cannot have any minority stray off the Leftist plantation, so now Ms. Alonso is officially an inauthentic Latina.

Tolerance!

You betcha!

Sidenote: Maria, please consider better acting gigs in the future. VM is SO not worth it!

Related:

#PANIC: Duck Commander pairs up w/ gunmaker to launch line of guns

Duck Dynasty guns

Image via CNN Money.

Via CNN Money:

The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.

[…]

Mossberg says the Duck Commander guns will come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design, though not all of them are intended for duck hunting. They also bear the Duck Commander logo, of a duck in flight.

The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.

Mossberg’s Web site says its .22-caliber pistol is “perfect for small game, plinking, target shooting — or clearing cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”

Mossberg’s Web site says the firearms will all come with an American flag bandana “like the one worn by Willie,” a character on the show.

Countdown to commencement of liberals freaking out in 3, 2, …

A&E backs down, will resume filming Duck Dynasty w/ Phil Robertson

A&E Duck Dynasty

The patriarch of Duck Dynasty is baaaack …

First, it was Cracker Barrel that backed down, now the network that carries the popular TV reality series Duck Dynasty has, too:

Duck Dynasty” supporters have won their standoff with A&E: The network  has reversed its suspension of star Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments, and he will not miss a single episode of the upcoming season.

Shooting will resume in the spring, and will be accompanied by a series of public service announcements “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in ‘Duck Dynasty,'” the network said.

[…]

The standoff created a catch-22 for A&E: “Duck Dynasty” is the most popular reality show on cable, but ignoring Robertson’s comments would have made it appear insensitive. After Robertson was suspended, the rest of the cast put A&E in a bind by saying they couldn’t imagine doing the series without their patriarch.

When A&E suspended Robertson, it said in a statement that it was “extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.'”

“His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” A&E added. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

On Friday, it explained why it had abandoned that decision.

“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” the network said. “He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

“But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views,” A&E added. “It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness.  These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.”

Bill Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection asks the money question:

I wonder if the [“unity”] PSA’s will include a message of tolerance and acceptance by liberal media and political elites of religious Christians?

I’ll answer it even though I suspect the question was rhetorical: Don’t count on it.  If A&E cared about “tolerance” and “unity” they would have never suspended Robertson in the first place and instead would have told the hacks at GLAAD to practice the inclusiveness that they preach.  The decision to walk back the suspension of Phil Robertson was not out of any new-found respect/tolerance for the Robertson family but instead was all about cold, hard cash – pure and simple.

Social/Christian conservatives haven’t had many victories in the pop culture realm in recent history, but this one is pretty  huge – no matter A&E’s stated reasons for their reversal.  Take a bow, for the next fight is surely right around the corner…

Previous:  12/20/13 – Future of Duck Dynasty show on A&E in limbo as Robertson family fires back

Future of Duck Dynasty show on A&E in limbo as Robertson family fires back

Duck Dynasty

I stand with Duck Dynasty.

You’ve heard all about the “controversy” surrounding Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his comments about homosexuality (and other sins, which is ignored in all this). As a result, the elder Robertson was suspended from being filmed in future episodes while A&E mulled their options. Well, the Robertson family has responded, casting doubt on the future of the show – at least in terms of whether or not it will be on the A&E channel, anyway (bolded emphasis added by me):

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision.  We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.  While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.  We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.   Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

Good for them.  This “outrage” surrounding this is just the latest in a long line of examples where political correctness has absolutely gotten out of control.  Phil Robertson is an older man – a southern Redneck – who is never going to come across filtered nor polished, and who speaks of things through that prism, and no matter the “coarse” way he spoke it, what he said about Biblical scripture as it relates to ALL sin was absolutely true.

Have we really come to the point in America where talking openly about sin is, oddly enough, blasphemous? I guess so, if the sin we’re talking about is homosexuality.  This is fascinating, considering the intolerant, bigoted, anti-Christian gay left (who we can blame for how this escalated) always complain that Christians only single out homosexuality when talking about sin. Well, in this case, Phil Robertson didn’t – he spoke of all sin, and for that, he was called a “liar” by GLAAD and other gay left groups who have deemed themselves the arbiters of what is and isn’t sin and what should and shouldn’t be discussed in the public sphere as it relates to it.  My personal opinion is that these types of groups can, quite simply, kiss my a**.

How did we get to the point where discussion of sin so openly – especially homosexuality – has become virtually taboo? A number of things: First, political correctness, which is the root of much of the problems we deal with today.  We can’t talk openly and candidly about a number of issues out of “fear” of “offending” someone (but it’s ok to offend Christians, of course).  As a result of having to ignore reality in favor of a sanitized version of “how things are”, these issues – like the welfare state, for example – continue to get worse, and in turn make more and more Americans resentful of each other.  Secondly, left wing advocacy groups who, as I described earlier, think it’s their right and moral obligation to control both the narrative and the parameters of the debate.  America has largely let them – again, out of a fear of “offending”, and as a result any pushback against these groups is characterized as “hateful” “mean-spirited” or “intolerant – or all of the above.

Thirdly, and perhaps most disturbingly, is the rise of well-meaning high profile pastors who preach a filtered, neutered version of the word of God, omitting the concept of sin as they attempt to be “inclusive” types who welcome “diverse groups” into the church. I’m a strong proponent of using new ways to attract people into the church, but not if it comes at the expense of ignoring or glossing over sin.  Without sin, there might as well be no Bible at all. Because teaching the Bible without focusing on sin equates to the belief that there are no consequences for sinful behavior in the future, and Bible-believing folks know better.

And so does God, of course.

Anyway, what does the future hold for the TV show Duck Dynasty, a show grounded in Southern traditions and the Christian faith – something A&E knew full well and good well in advance of the debut of the show? Only the Robertson family can make that decision, but I pray that they remain faithful not only to their Christian beliefs but also to the family patriarch Phil. Because backing down even one inch against A&E and the perpetually offended gay left would just add another nail in the coffin of honest public debate, not to mention would continue to perpetuate the myth that openly talking and preaching about sin is wrong.  We’ve gone down the wrong road on this for long enough.