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Significant Passings
N!xau Toma died in 2003, but did learn the value of paper money. His $300 blew away in the wind, but he asked for several hundred thousand dollars for acting in the sequel, to build a cindeblock home for his family with electricity and running water.

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Good for him! I hope he got it.
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(08-22-2017, 04:25 PM)Ron Lambert Wrote: Good for him! I hope he got it.

Obviously he did, since he was able to build that brick home he always wanted. He should have had an honest agent from day one, and he may have been better off, having a percentage of the profits written in to his first contract. S22
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Maybe there really is a Trump Curse. Shock

Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor and 'sanctuary city' proponent, dead at 65

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Ursula K Le Guin has died at the age of 88.

   

Article dated Wed. Jan. 24, 2018
Quote:With the death of author Ursula K Le Guin, we have lost not only a proponent of intelligent, thoughtful science fiction and fantasy but a giant of the literary world in general.

Le Guin died on Tuesday at her home in Portland, Oregon, aged 88, after, her son Theo Downes-Le Guin told The New York Times, several months of poor health.
Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obitua...76236.html
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Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. Probably the most influential evangelist in modern times, he filled stadiums and counseled presidents.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/obitu...-dead.html

   
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Charles Krauthammer, one of the most influential political analysts of the modern era and a longtime favorite of Fox News Channel viewers, passed away Thursday June 21 at age 68 after a battle with cancer.

In a heartbreaking letter to his fans and colleagues, Krauthammer revealed on June 8 that he had only weeks to live.

   
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Best Krauthammer quote: Talking about Darryl Strawberry punching his team mate during a brawl at a photo op, "First time Strawberry ever hit his cutoff man."
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Did anyone watch the Fox special on him tonight? It was very good. S22
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Aretha died.

Aretha Franklin was a home-town girl, and I see quite an irony with her biggest hit "Respect." Her talent was undeniable - but as a human being, her legacy is tarnished. She didn't pay her bills, yet demanded to be treated like a goddess. The story of burning down property for insurance got her son in a ton of trouble. I guess she was a very complex person, and needed something in her life she didn't have.

I best remember her in "The Blues Brothers." ( I remember the 103 police car crashes more.)

(...And the flying Nazi car.)

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I heard one news report that said she had been waging a long-term battle against pancreatic cancer.

She is hailed as "The Queen of Soul." She was certainly a Detroit icon. Her career was in what is called popular music, but there were one or two times when she sang operatic arias. There is no question that she had a great, well-disciplined voice.

She sang the national anthem for the Detroit Lions this past Thanksgiving.
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OK, I realize that a lot of conservatives have a very dim view of Senator John McCain, but I am surprised no one has been willing to mention his passing here.

Thursday or Friday, the word went out that McCain was no longer accepting medication--which is always a sign that the end is near. Still, the announcement of his death on Saturday seemed surprisingly sudden. He was 81, and suffering from brain cancer. Ted Kennedy went that way, too.

Undoubtedly, many who support President Trump are glad that McCain is finally gone, so his seat in the U.S. Senate can be taken by another Republican, hopefully one who will not be so obstructionist. McCain cast the deciding vote against the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. It seems that he did it just to spite President Trump, with whom he had been engaging in a childish feud, as I see it, because Trump spoke ill of him, questioning whether he should really be regarded as a hero for surviving five and a half years in the "Hanoi Hilton" POW camp. McCain had originally promised to vote in favor of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, during his latest re-election campaign.

The Republican Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, will be appointing someone (I heard on Fox News Channel that it has to be a Republican according to Arizona state law) to serve out two years of McCain's remaining term, then in 2020 there will be a special election to select someone who will serve out the final two years of McCain's term--also according to state law, as stated on FNC. McCain was elected to a six-year term in 2016.

Now that McCain is gone, I wonder if the other Arizona Senator, Jeff Flake, will moderate a little and not be as resistant toward Trump and his policies as he has been in the past.
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I just hope he is replaced quickly. Death of someone with a negative legacy is always touchy, because anything at all is fuel for opposition's fire.
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I have always felt bad for McCain because I thought he was a limited person who was easily steered into traps by his enemies, who he didn't realize were his enemies. His Straight Talk Express fooled him into thinking the Media was supporting him. They didn't - they were mocking him.
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I respect John for his POW thing, never was a fan because the man was a hard core war monger. He never saw a nation he didn't want to kill some of their folks.

Odd for a guy who suffered in combat.
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has said that he will delay naming a successor to take McCain's senate seat until after McCain is laid to rest. This probably shows good taste. McCain's body is supposed to lie in state in Washington after finishing the same thing in Phoenix, AZ. A few more days.

Maybe Ducey will pick someone who ran against him in the Republican primary. There have been times when a governor picked a deceased senator's wife to fill his vacant seat. I don't know if Cindy would be interested. But Ducey could pick McCain's 33-year-old daughter, Meghan. She has been a columnist, contributor to Fox News Channel, and co-host of The View. Some have suggested Ducey might pick Kirk Adams, 45, Ducey’s chief of staff and a former state lawmaker. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012.
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As bad as I thought McCain would be as President, he would have been far better than Obama. His legacy as President would have ushered in Hillary as his successor. She would have sailed through and avoided any criminal investigations.  He wouldn't have done as much harm to the Constitution, but I doubt Trump could rise as a factor. Hillary may not have done all the evil things she did under Obama.

Strange, the way life oscillates as reality moves along.

McCain's legacy as a bipartisan may eclipse in a way what his life never could. For sure the Media will make it a laudable myth.

What I see most while watching his passing on TV, is how petty he was: excluding both Trump and Palin.
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As I watch the Aretha Franklin ceremony at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, It is almost as big a thing as McCain's. 130 pink Cadillacs, in themselves, is a big thing. I wonder how many were purchased from Playboy Centerfolds. All the cortege were in white limos. McCain had black ones.

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(08-30-2018, 01:59 PM)WmLambert Wrote: As bad as I thought McCain would be as President, he would have been far better than Obama. His legacy as President would have ushered in Hillary as his successor. She would have sailed through and avoided any criminal investigations.  He wouldn't have done as much harm to the Constitution, but I doubt Trump could rise as a factor. Hillary may not have done all the evil things she did under Obama.

Strange, the way life oscillates as reality moves along.

McCain's legacy as a bipartisan may eclipse in a way what his life never could. For sure the Media will make it a laudable myth.

What I see most while watching his passing on TV, is how petty he was: excluding both Trump and Palin.

Obviously there are an awful lot of veterans who thought he was far worse than petty.  I have been watching Youtube of late and have seen more than just a few videos of why McCain was less than admired.  And this is the latest one:

John Mccain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's




Wow, I just watched the whole thing, and he really was despised by more than a few former POWs. Now that he is gone, I wonder if all that documentation will finally be released for posterity?
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Dr. John, legendary New Orleans musician, dies at 77


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