I've always loved Shinedown...
But when I saw them play stripped down, in the WAAF studio almost 10 years ago, I knew they were something special.
Recently, the band (and fellow Muppet lovers) got a chance to record in the Henson Studios.
Check out some songs from The Live Room!
According to some friends in London with ties to the British Army, there was no doubt that the victim was a British soldier, wearing a shirt for a charity that helps injured British soldiers, and close to the gates of a military base. He was hit in the street by a vehicle, on purpose, and the 2 occupants of the vehicle, got out and attacked him. They were armed with knives and a reported handgun. The 2 men stabbed, and reportedly decapitated the British soldier, and then stood around the body, talked to on lookers and even gave a video interview. (Pay close attention to the woman who walks right through the interview, sees the man with knives and bloody hands, and past the corpse in the road, and keeps walking!)
When the police arrived, the 2 terrorists threatened them with the gun, and wanted and waited for the "armed police" to arrive. It took almost 30 minutes from the time of the attack for the armed police to respond, and when they did they were charged by the attackers, who were promptly shot by the cops and arrested.
Here are my observations, and mind you, I have to distinct political ties...
I cannot imagine our police not being armed, and obviously strict gun laws don't work when criminals can still get guns, and are out arming law enforcement. This type of radical terrorist WANTS to be seen as a hero, and killed for his beliefs. You cannot reason, threaten, or otherwise intimidate a person like this. They only speak one language, violence, and you better speak it better than they do or you won't survive the argument. I still find it amazing that British troops, who are trusted to fight and shoot for their country overseas, are not trusted with a firearms permit when they return home. Obviously, a gun wouldn't have helped this soldier, as he was targeted with a vehicle first, but if this is a new "trend" of attacking troops once they return home, these poor heroes are sitting ducks there.
With the debates over firearms and Islamic terrorism making the news daily, I just ask that people remember WHO the criminals REALLY are, and treat them accordingly. It's hard to blame people for wanting to do everything they can to protect themselves, and their families.
If you are going to yell loudly about gun rights, you should be prepared to yell just as loudly when someone who is "legal" does something stupid with a gun. And if you are going to yell for more gun control, be prepared to yell praise at a legal gun owner that stops an act of violence. If you are a peaceful Muslim, be prepared to loudly condemn the actions of fundamentalists, and if you are a Christian, yelling about Islamic terrorists and "all Muslims" you should be yelling just as loud at members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
And just when you think that the world had gone mad... I give you the audio of a witness in Woolwich. She says that women, who just happened to be there and witness the attack, were laying on the body of the soldier to protect it from the terrorists who were trying to photograph it. Amazing.
My thoughts are with my friends from the British Army today.
Have we not learned a lesson from the thousands of Vietnam Veterans that have been a living example of our previous failings? How can this happen in America? We said that we would never again, turn our backs on our soldiers!?! What is wrong with a society, that cannot take care of those who would die to protect it?!? Is it that easy to forget? Is it because most of America isn't in the military? Only 1/2 of 1% of this country volunteers for service. The rest, sleep soundly under the warm and snuggly blanket. The least we can do is take care of the people providing it.
They aren't asking to be rich, or famous... They are asking to be taken care of, the same way someone on welfare, without health care would be! If Jerrald Jenson were an inmate, laying next to Suspect #2, in Federal Prison he would get better medical care, than what he is getting NOW for being a wounded veteran!
If you don't have anyone in your family that is in the military, if you have no Veterans that are related to you, "ADOPT" Jerrald Jensen, or someone like him, and FIGHT FOR THEM, THE WAY YOU WOULD FOR YOUR OWN BROTHER!
This is what we, as a nation of free people must do... Or, get ready to stand on that line yourself, because when enlistment slows, and how could it NOT with the benefits of our soldiers being cut constantly... We are going to need people, and if no one volunteers??? They will be telling you, instead of asking you!
Demand better from our lawmakers, who you can be rest assured will have fantastic health care, long after they are done passing self serving laws, and helping out their friends in Washington!
WE CAN DO BETTER! THEY DESERVE AT LEAST, OUR VERY BEST!
Remember why you have Monday off!
If you would like to help remember the fallen heroes from Massachusetts, donate to the Mass. Iraq & Afghanistan Fellen Heroes Memorial Fund!
With all of the heartbreak in Oklahoma right now, a camera crew was lucky enough to watch an old lady's second prayer be answered. First, she said, that she prayed to God that she would live through the tornado yesterday. Second, she prayed, that her dog who was in her arms, hiding from the storm in the bathroom would also survive. This poor woman lost everything, or so she thought. She survived and is grateful, but she was looking for her beloved dog, just like I would be, if I were in her situation. And then, like the script of a Hollywood movie, out of the rubble, comes the wet nose of her companion. Her dog is alive!!!!! And the reporter, and camera guy just stand there!
So I say again, HELP THAT LADY WITH HER DOG!!!
I know that "reporters" are not supposed to "involve" themselves in the story... But come on!
If you want us, the viewing public, to have any respect for the vulture reporters that flocked out of Boston, and into Oklahoma...
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!
Tell the story from the inside out!
Jump in there and rescue that dog, dig him out, and carry him wherever that sweet lady wants! I promise you, it will make you feel good, and you know what... She may just give you a better interview too! I guess I would make a sh*tty reporter, because I could not stand there, and ask the questions that they ask, and see the things that they see, and NOT jump in with both feet!
I guess I'll just stick to radio!
And just when you thought the world was devoid of human emotion, I give you this!
He has recorded with a Beatle, he has won a Grammy, he has been a member of not one, but two bands, that will be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, AND he had a role in a Muppets movie. Dave Grohl is living the life, and here is one more thing that he can say he did, that we will never be able to do!
OK... So I saw this.... and thought... WE ARE DOOMED!
THIS CRAZY ASS BITCH, IS NOW FAMOUS!?!
She is arrested on child endangerment charges for "allegedly" putting her 5 year old daughter in a tanning booth, (the charges were later dropped), and she has been seen in the tabloids ever since, acting like a crazy person!
Now this waste of space and air, had recorded a "song" and released a video.
Beware, your eyes and brain can NEVER unsee this!
Am I the only person that is horrified that THIS is what a celebrity is now?
After the bravery of the teachers in Newtown, the volunteers who saved countless lives on Marathon Monday, and the stories of heroism that are still coming out of Oklahoma right now... THIS is what people around the globe think about America! What is wrong with us?
"Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire" were just some of the band's iconic and ground-breaking songs. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Krieger. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo's wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek's name at www.standup2cancer.org"