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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 — 2014

April 19, 2014

Columbia writer Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (“Gabo”) died this week. His books have “no word misplaced” and inspired countless readers, writers, and songwriters. That’s Colombian singer Shakira above with a song from the film version of El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera). Cuban singer Oscar Chavez (below) sings about Márquez’s fictional town of Macondo.

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Texas Town’s Request to Ted Nugent: Play ‘Far, Far Away’

March 26, 2014

Texas Town's Request to Ted Nugent: Play 'Far, Far Away'

The city of Longview Texas paid $16,250 to keep Ted Nugent from appearing at its municipal Fourth of July celebration. City leaders concluded that Mr. Nugent’s act was not the family-friendly entertainment they had in mind, but his agent claimed their preliminary talks constituted a verbal contract, so the town paid Mr. Nugent a “kill fee.” The 65-year-old rocker, once known for his guitar playing, now stays in the public eye through his racist comments, questionable lyrics, and gun-happy right-wing views.

More:

“Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform,” Richard Yeakley, Longview News-Journal

“Rejection slip from Longview gig has Nugent hot as a firecracker,” Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star Telegram

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The Rolling Stones Are Older Than the Supreme Court

February 26, 2014

The Rolling Stones Are Older Than the Supreme Court

“The average age for the four living members of The Rolling Stones is about two years older than the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have an average age of 68 years and 297 days, while the Supreme Court justices’ average is 66 years and 364 days. That makes the rock band one year and 10 months older than the members of the highest court of the United States.”

–  “On Average the Stones Older Than US Supreme Court,” Associated Press

The Supremes’ lineup includes rookies Roberts (57), Alito (62), Sotomayor (58) and Kagan (52). Whippersnappers.

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Ex-Reality Star Returns to TV

February 23, 2014

Ex-Reality Star Returns to TV

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, failed sportscaster, ex-part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska and star of “reality” shows on TLC and Fox News, is back on the small screen in “Amazing America.” It’s on the Sportsman Channel, even though Mrs. Palin is a poor outdoorswoman.

More: 

“Former Reality Star Sarah Palin Returns To Television,” Ben Jacobs, Daily Beast

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Brian Williams: ‘The hip, hip a hop ….’

February 21, 2014

Members of the classic rap crew Sugarhill Gang are from Englewood, New Jersey. Newsman Brian Williams grew up in Middletown, on the Jersey Shore. Maybe that’s what motivated this supercut-and-paste of Williams performing Sugarhill’s 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Nice assist from Lester Holt, too.

Jimmy Fallon brought video editor John McDonald and his amazing found-sound rap videos to the Tonight Show with him. Wise move.

More:

“‘Bang, Bang!’ Brian Williams and Lester Holt Cover ‘Rapper’s Delight,’” Ronnie Polidoro and Mary Kozelka, NBC News

“The Rap- ification of Brian Williams,” Ben Teitelbaum, Newsweek

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Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple, 1928 - 2014

Shirley Temple Black, a former Meglin Kiddie whose mamma afflicted her with Mary Pickford’s hairdo, passed away yesterday. A Depression-era child laborer, she toiled in the film industry until she no longer resembled the effigies of her likeness sold to parents of millions of girl children. Divorced from John Agar, she married a decorated intelligence officer, raised a Republican family, hosted a TV show, and was U.S. Ambassador to a European country that no longer exists.

The artistic highlight of Mrs. Black’s career was, undoubtedly, her memorable pas de deux with master dancer/choreographer Bill Robinson:

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Celebrity Deportees

February 4, 2014

Celebrity Deportees

A citizen army of patriotic Americans has urged the Obama Administration to save our homeland from the invading northern alien and his dangerous foreign assault vehicle. Soon after Justin Bieber was arrested for drunken drag racing on the streets of Miami Beach, over 100,000 people signed a petition to deport the Labatt-crazed pop star back to his native Canada. The White House has said it will respond.

If Mr. Bieber is booted out of the States he’ll join a distinguished roster of celebrity deportees including: Marcus Garvey (deported in 1927), Emma Goldman (1919), Charles Ponzi (1934), Lucky Luciano (1946), Rosaura Revueltas (1954), Charlize Theron (1994) …. Wait a minute. Film stars Rosaura Revueltas and Charlize Theron are “Undesirable Aliens“? Get the government some glasses.

More:

“What It Would Take For Justin Bieber To Get Deported,” Matthew Bramlett, LAist

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Davos 2014

January 26, 2014

Davos 2014

It cost the 2,500 participants at the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting at Davos $40,000 each to attend, $20,000 for the ticket (“accreditation”) alone. But the billionaires and their pet politicians didn’t ignore the global crisis of economic inequality. They had millionaire rock stars and movie stars tell them all about it.

“Davos Wants You to Know It Really, Really Cares About Inequality,” Elias Groll, Foreign Policy blog

“Jetsetters ponder poverty gap over mulled wine,” Toby Manhire, New Zealand Herald

“Where is the Davos for the 99 percent?” John Aziz, The Week

“Davos 2014: from PMs and CEOs to Goldie Hawn, Matt Damon and Bono,” Simon Goodley, The Guardian

“The two Davoses: Short-term greed, long-term paranoia,” The Economist blog

“Pope Urges Davos Notables to Remember the Less Fortunate,” Michael J. de la Merced, New York Times blog

“Social Responsibility Weighs Heavy on Economic Chieftains at Davos,” Katrin Bebnnhold, New York Times blog

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Birthday

January 18, 2014

Birthday

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama Esq. celebrated her 50th birthday on Friday, January 17th by taking her new AARP card for a test drive (above) on Twitter.

Mrs. Obama shares her January 17th birth date with fellow Capricorn celebrities Aga Khan (1933), Al Capone (1899), Andy Kaufman (1949), Anton Chekhov (1860), Benjamin Franklin (1706), Betty White (1922), David Lloyd George (1863), Eartha Kitt (1927), Frederick the Wise of Saxony (1463), James Earl Jones (1931), Jim Carrey (1962),  Kid Rock (1971),  Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Mack Sennett (1880), Maury Povich (1939), Muhammad Ali (1942), Nevil Shute (1899), Newton Minow (1926),   Nicholas Katzenbach (1922),  Noah Beery (1884), Philip the Bold of Burgundy (1342 ), Pope Pius V (1504), Ronald Firbank (1886), Shabba Ranks (1966), Shari Lewis (1934),  Steve Harvey (1957),  Troy Donahue (1937), Vidal Sassoon (1928), and  Zooey Deschanel (1980).

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Take It to the Bridge, Jersey-Style

January 16, 2014

More:

“Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Fallon for ‘traffic jam’ parody song about Chris Christie bridge scandal,” Chiderah Monde, New York Daily News

“Blunder Road: Springsteen Runs Over Christie,” John Cassidy, New Yorker blog

“Christie and Springsteen: A Tale of Devotion, and a Very Public Snub,” Marc Santorajan, New York Times

Related:

“Jersey Boys,” Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

“Was Born to Run Almost the Official New Jersey State Song?” WelcomeToAsburyPark.com

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