Conquistador

Conquistador your stallion stands

In need of company

And like some angel’s haloed brow

You reek of purity

I see your armour-plated breast

Has long since lost it’s sheen

And in your death mask face

There are no signs which can be seen

And though I hoped for something to find

I could see no maze to unwind


Beatles and Rolling Stones photographs: New shots of John Lennon and Mick Jagger found

Photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have been discovered showing John Lennon taking a backstage cigarette break, Keith Richards cutting Charlie Watts’ hair and Mick Jagger relaxing in front of the television.


Telegraph – By Richard Alleyne

These are just a few of the never before seen private snaps of the world’s two biggest bands coping with growing fame as they toured America in the 1960s.

The behind-the-scenes, intimate and unguarded shots, have been unearthed after spending 45 years in a duffel bag of The Beatles and Rolling Stone’s former tour manager.

The collection of more than 50 pictures, which are being revealed to the public for the first time are part of 3,500 taken by Bob Bonis, the US tour manager who helped organise the so-called British invasion of America in the Swinging Sixties.

When The Beatles and The Rolling Stones arrived in the US for the first time in 1964, The Beatles were known for just one hit song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and The Rolling Stones were billed beneath Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.

But Bonis sensed something special was afoot and photographed many of their first tours. By the time the tours has ended the two bands were the biggest in the world.

The photographs, which also include poolside shots of the two bands drinking and relaxing, as well as “goofing” around in hotel rooms, were found by Bonis’s son Alex stored in an old Duffel bag.

They are to be exhibited Not Fade Away Gallery will premiere the exhibition ‘The British Are Coming: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones 1964 – 66.’ in New York.

Larry Marion, Gallery director, said the frames captured a pivotal time in the two bands’ careers; their first tours of America from 1964 to 1966.

“In more than 20 years as a rock archaeologist I’ve never come upon a discovery of this magnitude,” he said.

“I’ve shown the photos to Ringo, who loved them. Keith [Richards] is going to come see the show.”

The pictures were never meant for the public eye and Bonis, who died in 1991, kept the negatives and slides private until his son decided to show the world.

Bonis was a small-time talent agent who got lucky and landed the job managing the American tours of the two bands from 1964 to 1966. The trust and confidence he earned from the bands is immediately evident from the snapshots.

Bonis also private photos of other big stars including Simon and Garfunkel, Cream and Frank Sinatra.

New shots of John Lennon and Mick Jagger found



James Brown’s body is ‘missing from its crypt’, alleges singer’s daughter

Daily Mail

James Brown’s daughter has claimed the singer’s body has gone missing from its crypt.

LaRhonda Pettit, 48, alleges the body of Brown, who died in December 2006 aged 73, is being hidden to prevent a full autopsy being carried out.

Ms Pettit said the official cause of death, which was said to be a heart attack brought by pneumonia, is not the real reason behind the Godfather of Soul’s passing.

She said: ‘My daddy’s body has disappeared. I have no clue where it was taken, but I need to know where.

‘I’m convinced his death was suspicious and I want the people responsible brought to justice.

‘The only way to do that is to exhume his body and have an autopsy. I cannot understand why one was never conducted.’

Ms Pettit, who underwent a DNA test in 2007 to prove she was Brown’s daughter, believes there were several people involved in Brown’s death.

She added to America’s Globe newspaper: ‘It was common knowledge that my daddy took illegal drugs.

‘He was also hooked on various prescription painkillers. At the very least there were enablers who helped cause his death.’

Ms Pettit, who is 99.99 per cent likely to be Brown’s daughter, said the singer had a relationship with her mother after meeting her at one of his performances in the 1960s.

She is one of 12 people who came forward following Brown’s death claiming to be one of his illegitimate children.

Brown’s body is said to have been sealed in a temporary crypt at his daughter Deanna’s South Carolina Home while arrangements are made for his permanent burial.


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Critics Decry Matt Damon Movie ‘The Green Zone,’ Calling It ‘Anti-American’

While “The Hurt Locker” was largely apolitical in its stance on the Iraq War, some say “The Green Zone” goes too far in blaming the United States government and manipulates audience members into rooting against American troops.

Fox News – Jo Piazza

Less than a week after “The Hurt Locker” won the Oscar for Best Picture, along comes Matt Damon in “The Green Zone,” another look at the Iraq War that has some critics seeing red.

While “The Hurt Locker” was largely apolitical in its stance on the war, some say “The Green Zone” goes too far in blaming the United States government, and that it manipulates the audience into rooting against American troops.

The movie centers on Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, played by Damon, who is assigned to search for weapons of mass destruction in the weeks following the shock-and-awe campaign of 2003. When Miller encounters roadblocks in his search, he launches a one-man internal investigation into the United States government’s intelligence gathering operations, forming a secret alliance against the men he is sworn to protect in order to get the bottom of what he believes is a conspiracy.

Given this set-up, audiences are encouraged to root for Miller’s rogue activities and against the government, represented in the film by a corrupt Pentagon chief played by Greg Kinnear.

The line between good guy and bad guy becomes fuzzy — so much so that audiences are unsure whether to cheer on Sunni Iraqi insurgents as they shoot down a helicopter filled with American soldiers sent to assassinate them on the Pentagon’s request.

Movie reviewer Kyle Smith went so far as to label the film “slander” and “appallingly anti-American.”

“It’s one thing to make a fantasy film laced with snarky jibes at the United States and its military,” Smith wrote in the New York Post this week. “It’s of another order entirely for an American studio (Universal, a unit of GE) to perpetrate, during an ongoing war, such vicious anti-American lies disguised as cheap entertainment.

“‘Green Zone’ isn’t cinema,” Smith wrote. “It’s slander. It will go down in history as one of the most egregiously anti-American movies ever released by a major studio.”

The Buffalo News reported that two older couples walked out of a Tuesday night screening of the film, but the News’ arts editor, Jeff Simon, was kinder than Smith in his evaluation. He wrote that the movie is “good in almost exactly the way film audiences have found off-putting about a war we’re still ashamed to think too much about.”

The film’s star, for one, sits squarely in the camp of actors often labeled as the Hollywood liberal elite, says Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group.

“I don’t think there is any doubt of where Matt Damon falls in the political spectrum. He is an outspoken liberal and earnest about it,”  Graham told Fox411. “He’s not doing it to get ahead. It would be one thing if you had an actor in this movie who is not very political, but it is another thing when you have an actor who picks vehicles like this because it gives them the chance to espouse their political views in a fictional format.”…]


RESTREPO – A Real Movie

National Geographic Channel Acquires Global Broadcast Rights to ‘Restrepo’, Feature-Length Documentary By Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Chosen for Opening Night Premiere at Sundance

Film Chronicles Deployment of U.S. Troops Stationed at One of the Most Dangerous Outposts in Afghanistan

15-Month Tour of Duty Also Provides Basis for Upcoming Book WAR by Junger, Award-Winning Journalist and Author of THE PERFECT STORM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — National Geographic Channel U.S. and National Geographic Channels International announced today that they have acquired worldwide television rights to Restrepo, which will premiere globally on the network in fall 2010.  Chosen as the prestigious opening-night documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Restrepo is a feature-length film by award-winning photojournalist Tim Hetherington and journalist/author Sebastian Junger.  The two chronicled the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, focusing on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.  Theatrical rights to Restrepo are currently available and being represented by United Talent Agency.

From May 2007 to July 2008, Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade was stationed in the remote Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan, where they built and manned a remote strategic outpost that they named Restrepo in honor of their medic, PFC Juan Restrepo, who was killed in action.  Starting in June 2007, Hetherington and Junger dug in with the men of Second Platoon, making a total of 10 trips to the Korengal.  Each trip started with a helicopter flight into the valley and then a two-hour foot patrol out to Restrepo.  There was no running water at Restrepo, no Internet, no phone communication, and for a while, no electricity or heat.  Some days the outpost was attacked three or four times from distances as close as 50 yards.  Hetherington and Junger — sometimes working together, sometimes alone — did everything the soldiers did except pull guard duty and shoot back during firefights.  They slept alongside the soldiers, ate with them, survived the boredom and the heat and the cold and the flies with them, went on patrol with them and eventually came to be considered virtually part of the platoon.  By the end of the deployment, they had shot a total of 150 hours of combat, boredom, humor, terror and daily life at the outpost.

Three months after the end of the deployment, Hetherington and Junger traveled to Vicenza, Italy, where the unit is based, to conduct in-depth interviews with their main characters.  These interviews — initially considered a kind of glue for the verite, and a way to avoid outside narration — wound up being some of the most powerful and affecting material of the entire project.  The soldiers were able to allow themselves a level of emotion and introspection that is simply not possible in combat.

Restrepo is an entirely experiential film:  The cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats.  It is the story of a group of men, in their own words, who came to be considered the “tip of the spear” for America’s efforts in that area.  The film’s only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.  This is war, full stop.

Junger’s new book WAR, to be published by Twelve in May 2010, is based on his experiences with the platoon at Restrepo.  Through the experiences of these young men, and his own observations and reporting from the battlefield, he shows what it means to fight, to serve and to face down mortal danger on a daily basis.

About the Filmmakers:

TIM HETHERINGTON – Producer / Director / Camera

Tim Hetherington is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker who has reported on conflict for more than 10 years.  He was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines during the recent Liberian civil war — work that culminated in the film Liberia: An Uncivil War and the book LONG STORY BIT BY BIT: LIBERIA RETOLD (Umbrage, 2009).  Hetherington is the recipient of four World Press Photo prizes, including World Press Photo of the Year (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast Award (2009) for his work in Afghanistan.  A native of the U.K., he is based in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair Magazine.  More information on Hetherington can be found at www.timhetherington.com.

SEBASTIAN JUNGER – Producer / Director / Camera

New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger is the best-selling author of THE PERFECT STORM, FIRE, and A DEATH IN BELMONT.  He first reported from Afghanistan in 1996 and, four years later (while reporting for National Geographic), was one of the last Westerners to accompany legendary guerrilla fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud during his war against the Taliban.  Junger has reported for Vanity Fair Magazine from many war zones across the world:  He was trapped in Monrovia during the Liberian civil war in 2003, caught in Sierra Leone during the civil war of 2000 and briefly held by “oil rebels” in the Niger Delta in 2006.  His October 1999 article in Vanity Fair, “The Forensics of War,” won a National Magazine Award for Reporting.  He has also won an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast Award for his cinematography while embedded with American soldiers for ABC News.  Junger’s next book, WAR, is about his time in the Korengal Valley with Second Platoon (Twelve, May 2010, www.twelvebooks.com).

Executive producer of Restrepo is John Battsek.  Additional information and credits can be found at www.restrepothemovie.com.

National Geographic Channel

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a joint venture between National Geographic Ventures (NGV) and Fox Cable Networks (FCN).  Since launching in January 2001, NGC initially earned some of the fastest distribution growth in the history of cable and more recently the fastest ratings growth in television.  The network celebrated its fifth anniversary January 2006 with the launch of NGC HD, which provides the spectacular imagery that National Geographic is known for in stunning high definition.  NGC has carriage with all of the nation’s major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available in nearly 70 million homes.  For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

National Geographic Channels International

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to re-think the way they see television – and the world – with smart, innovative programming. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT) and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music. Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S. which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in 315 million homes in 166 countries and 34 languages.

Restrepo Video

SOURCE National Geographic Channel


U.S. Navy’s USS Carl Vinson in Rio


McCain camp links Hayworth, ‘extreme groups’

Politico – By DAVID CATANESE

Sen. John McCain’s campaign is calling on his primary challenger to disavow the backing of an anti-illegal immigration group that permits the use of terms such as “wetbacks” and “pepper bellies” – derisive epithets sometimes used for immigrants – on its website.

“Let’s be clear: Congressman [J.D.] Hayworth’s continued flirtation with extreme groups that condone racism only opens the door for liberals to falsely paint all opponents of illegal immigration as bigots. Congressman Hayworth should immediately disavow this group’s support and commit to never again associating himself with groups that accept this kind of hateful and counterproductive rhetoric,” McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement Friday.

It’s the latest iteration of one of McCain’s most consistent messages: that Hayworth, a vocal immigration hawk, holds views that go beyond the conservative mainstream and into the fringe. Earlier this year, McCain’s camp blasted Hayworth for comments that appeared to question President Obama’s citizenship, and for a web ad that showed an image of McCain in “Avatar”-like face paint that the senator’s supporters called offensive.

While Hayworth insisted he did not doubt the president’s citizenship and called the web ad an Oscar-themed joke, he has shown no signs of backing away from the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC’s February endorsement, or returning the $1,000 it contributed to his campaign. Jason Rose, a spokesman for the former congressman, scoffed at the McCain campaign’s request to disavow ALIPAC.

“Because of comments someone made in a comments section of a website? That would be quite a new standard. Is John McCain a KKK sympathizer because their members supported him in 2008? Of course not,” said Rose.

ALIPAC is pushing back on the McCain campaign’s attack, too, arguing that the terms in question have only appeared in a discussion board on the group’s website and not in official materials.

ALIPAC organizer William Gheen said the group did not delete the term “Operation Wetback” from postings because it referred to President Dwight Eisenhower’s historical effort to remove a million illegal immigrants from the country in the 1950s.

“The term wetback appears on our website as well as 90,300 other sites, according to Google,” Gheen said. “The moderator didn’t remove it because it wasn’t used as a pejorative racial slur. Our moderators do their best to remove any racially insensitive comment but the website is clearly marked as an open-source comment section.”

The McCain campaign contends, however, that the ALIPAC forums in question are monitored by an “ALIPAC executive officer” who could remove any terms that actually offended the organization.

“Groups have filters if they don’t condone such activity on their website. ALIPAC clearly condones it. Hispanic Republicans here in Arizona are obviously offended. Groups like the Anti-Defamation League are offended. If Congressman Hayworth isn’t offended, that’s his deal,” Rogers said.



Man at Wheel of ‘Out-of-Control’ Prius Has Troubled Financial Past


As Strong as Samson

Psychiatrists and Lawyers destroying mankind
Drivin’ ’em crazy…and stealing ’em blind
Bankers and Brokers ruling the world
Storing the silver and hoarding the gold

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
The weakest man be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Famine and hardship in true living colour
Constant reminders…the plight of our brother
Daily starvation our diet of news
Fed to the teeth with a barrage of views

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
The weakest man be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Black men and white men, and Arabs and Jews
Causing congestion and filling the queues
Fighting for freedom the truth and the word
Fighting the war for the end of the world

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
Weakest man be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom


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