Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire Singer and Co-Founder Has Died at Age 74

 

SADLY, ANOTHER MUSIC GIANT HAS PASSED AWAY …

Maurice White, singer and co-founder of the legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire has died at age 74. White died in Los Angeles, CA after battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992. The band had so many great hits, including “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Got To Get You into My Life,” and “After the Love has Gone.” Sadly Maurice White has passed; however, the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire will live on forever. Easily EW&F are one of my top 50 bands of all-time. Maurice White, Rest in Peace.

September

Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992, according to TMZ. His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” White’s brother and bandmate Verdine wrote in a statement. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Boogie Wonderland

“The light is he, shining on you and me,” the band added on Twitter.

White, who formed the group with Verdine in 1969, helped innovate a lush, eclectic style with Earth, Wind and Fire that drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music – as well as Sly Stone and James Brown – for a unique sound that set the tone for soul music in the Seventies. The springy, elastic soul-pop of “Shining Star,” which White co-wrote, earned them their first Number One, and paved the way for hits like the joyful “Sing a Song,” the percussive and brassy “September,” their swinging cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” and the robotic disco of “Let’s Groove.” Rolling Stone included the group’s sweetly smooth 1975 single, “That’s the Way of the World,” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Earth, Wind & Fire Bandmates Call Maurice White ‘A Consummate Perfectionist

White — who died Thursday (Feb. 4) at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease — formed the band in 1969, after a tenure as the drummer in the Ramsey Lewis Trio and a short run with his own band, the Salty Peppers. White was EWF’s visionary and conceptualizer, its chief songwriter and producer, as well as the focal point of one of the tightest, hottest-stepping frontlines in pop music.

Over time, White nurtured his younger brother, bassist Verdine White, and singer Philip Bailey as EWF leaders as well, taking over day-to-day operations when he trimmed back his role. But White remained a presence and guiding light in EWF’s world, and back in mid-January — when EWF’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honor was announced — Verdine White and Philip Bailey reflected on his vision and legacy to Billboard:

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Democrat Primary Debate Ahead of NH Primary … Sanders and Clinton Take the Gloves Off, Kinda … Polls Show Sanders Way Ahead

 

WHEN DEMOCRATA ATTACK EACH OTHER …

As reported at The Politico, Clinton and Sanders just had the election’s most explosive exchange to date. Not that is saying a lot as the two candidates have been been in more or less of a kumbaya, love-fest until recently when Sanders actually realized he might be able to defeat Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders calls Hillary Clinton the “establishment” candidate and she loses it. Guess what Hillary … you are the definition of establishment and the Washington political elite.

“Sen. Sanders is the only person who would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment. And I’ve got to tell you, it is really quite amusing to me,” Clinton said. “People support me because they know me, they know my life’s work, they have worked with me and many have also worked with Sen. Sanders. And at the end of the day, they’ve endorsed me because they know I can get things done.”

Watch the VIDEO below where Hillary Clinton loses her mind and goes all “Shillary” on Bernie Sanders and the crowds negative reaction. It is just amazing to believe that Bernie Sanders is so far out ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

After a string of debates where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders discussed (and occasionally disagreed about) the fine points of progressive policy, the two finally had a full-fledged throwdown Thursday night.

Clinton accused Sanders of going negative on the campaign trail, telling the Vermont Senator at the Democratic debate that his campaign was smearing her name.

“I think it’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent week,” Clinton said after Sanders talked about getting money out of politics.

Sanders, You cant be a moderate and a Progressive

Sanders has boasted about not receiving money from Wall street, and has pointed out in recent weeks that Clinton has received large sums in exchange for speaking.

“Sen. Sanders has said he wants to run a positive campaign. I’ve tried to keep my disagreements over issues, but time and time again, by innuendo and by insinuation there is this attack that he is putting forth,” Clinton said.

“Which really comes down to anyone who ever took donations or speaking fees from interest groups has to be bought, and I absolutely reject that Senator. I really don’t think those attacks by insinuation are worthy of you,” Clinton continued.

MSNBC Democratic Debate FULL New Hampshire Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Democratic Debate

NBC News/Wall Street/Marist poll: Sanders Leads Clinton by 20 Points in New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders maintains a significant double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Wall Street/Marist poll conducted after Clinton’s narrow apparent win in Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

Sanders gets the support of 58 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, while Clinton gets 38 percent — essentially unchanged from last week’s NBC/WSJ/Marist poll, which showed Sanders ahead by a 57 percent-to-38 percent margin in the Granite State.

Daily Commentary – Friday, February 5, 2016 – So Steven Avery Has One or Two New Lawyers

 
  • One of them, Kathleen Zellner, is confident that the Making a Murderer subject will be exonerated after she presents new evidence.

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Winning Robinson family of Munford, TN of $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sued By Prisoner Jonathan Lee Riches, also known as Jihadi Schitz

 

OK, WHEN I FIRST READ THIS STORY, I THOUGHT IT WAS FROM THE ONION … Jihadi Schitz, seriously?

The following story is exactly the reason why no state should force individuals to come forward who win the lottery, as there is a crazy ass screwball around every corner looking to get rich off of your new found fortune. Add the Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee to that list. It appears that a prison inmate name Jonathan Lee Riches, also known as Jihadi Schitz, has sued the Multistate Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family so that he can recoup one-half of the winning prize. Wait a minute, Jihadi Schitz? Are you serious? The lawsuit was filed on January 25, 2016 by Jonathan Lee Riches, AKA Jihadi Schitz, according to court records. According to NBC4, Jihadi Schitz, a former federal prisoner, is notorious for filing thousands of far-fetched lawsuits against public figures. Riches once sued Anne Hathaway for not visiting him in prison. And in 2014, he sued Johnny Manziel for sexual harassment. YIKES!!!

Powerball

As the Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion, the frenzy grew. It was fun to dream, even if you knew you stood little chance. But often, a winner faces suits by friends, co-workers, even family. Sadly, it has now happened to the winning Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee. Jonathan Lee Riches, also known as Jihadi Schitz, has sued the Multistate Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family. The suit attempts to halt the payout of their third of the $1.6 billion win, or to recoup Mr. Riches’ alleged one-half of the loot.

The lawsuit is homespun and handwritten, hardly legible, much less drafted in the language of lawyers. But the suit is evidently meant to be serious, laying claim to half the winnings. Mr. Riches is the real winner, the home-made lawsuit claims. It goes on to allege that Mr. Riches was incarcerated in a penitentiary for the last several years, during which time Mr. Riches claims he was in frequent written contact with Ms. Tiffany Robinson, the daughter of the putative winners. Mr. Riches claims to have sent Tiffany $20 from his prison trust fund, urging her to give the money to her parents to buy lottery tickets, which the suit alleges they otherwise could not afford.

Mr. Riches goes on to allege that Tiffany was going to “murry him,” and that if they won the lottery, they would leave America to live on a remote island full of milk and honey. He is bitter that she and her parents are spending money Mr. Riches claims is half his. His complaint says he is a Muslim and that Tiffany was going to be his Muslim wife.

New Hanpshire Democrat Town Hall 2/3/16: Hillary Clinton Defends Her $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for Speaking Events … Then Says She Never Knew She Was Going to Run For President

 

THE LIES CONTINUE FROM HILLARY CLINTON …

At A Democrat Town Hall hosted by CNN from Derry, New Hampshire on February 3, 2016 Hillary Clinton continued her outlandish lies in defending why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for speaking events. When asked, she just laughed it off and said that is what they offered. Hillary then said, that’s  normal for a former Secretary of State to give paid speeches. Hmm, really?

Wow, to Anderson Cooper’s credit they followed up and stated, “but that’s when they are out of office and usually not running for anything anymore.” Hillary Clinton then followed with the lie of the night. She actually had the audacity to say that she did not know whether she was going to run for president. PLEASE, SPARE US THE BS!!! Hillary Clinton’s entire life has been to run for president. When she lost to Obama, she was further driven to run for president. When she took the job as Secretary of State it was to help her in a 2016 run for president. And when she had her emails on a private server and wiped the server clean, it was to hide any incriminating information that would prevent her from running for president. Hillary Clinton is a complete liar. It is comments like this where she simply is incapable of telling the truth why no one trusts her.

Yeah, Hillary is a progressive all right. This is why Sanders is questioning whether Hillary Clinton is a real progressive. As Bernie Sanders stated, “I do not know any progressive that has a super PAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street. That’s just not progressive.”

The Hill:

Speaking at CNN’s Democratic presidential forum, anchor Anderson Cooper pressed Clinton on whether it had been a mistake for her to reel in more than $200,000 per speech for three speeches to the Wall Street giant.

“Look, I made speeches to lots of groups. I told them what I thought. I answered questions,” Clinton said.

“But did you have to be paid $675,000?,” Cooper asked.

“Well I don’t know,” Clinton responded. “That’s what they offered.”

The crowd burst into laughter as Clinton explained that “every secretary of State I know has done that.”

Cooper shot back that usually the secretary of State is not preparing to run for president.

“To be honest I wasn’t committed to running,” Clinton said. “I didn’t know whether I would run or not.”

Daily Commentery – Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Huckaby Out, Santorum Out, O’Malley Out Fallout From the Iowa Caucuses

 
  • Who’s next? Trump and Carson are accusing Cruz of cheating! All eyes are on New Hampshire now!

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Hillary Clinton Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, Feb. 1, 2016 … What the Hell Was Up With Sticker Kid? (VIDEO)

 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered remarks at her Iowa caucus night party in Des Moines. I know from watching this VIDEO below that this woman can never become president or this country is finished. Was it me or did Hillary seem a bit hostile and angry during her speech? Of course I guess she had a right to seeing that she squandered a +50 point lead and won the Democrat Iowa caucus on the back of 6 coin flips.

But it was the ‘sticker kid’ who stole the show from Hillary Clinton’s Iowa speech. Thankfully, the Drake University student Peter Clinkscales was there to provide comic relief so we could focus on something other than the shrill stylings of Hillary Clinton.

“I saw that a presidential candidate was going to be at my university and I thought that I should go see that presidential candidate at my university,” Clinkscales, who’s still undecided about who he’s supporting in the presidential election, told Mashable early Tuesday morning.

With stickers hanging for dear life to his face, Clinkscales made some crazy mouth contortions.

Talk about your bad nights for Hillary Clinton. First she gets shown up by a socialist in Bernie Standers who basically tied her in Iowa and then during her so-called victory speech, Hillary is shown up by “sticker boy.” LOL!!!

District of Columbia Bill Would Pay People Stipends Not to Commit Crimes

 

ARE YOU KIDDING, WE ARE NOW PAYING CRIMINALS NOT TO COMMIT CRIMES?

District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is the Democrat who wrote the legislation that would pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. UNREAL, but this is what you get for liberal logic. Tax payers are supposed to redistribute their money and give it to individuals so they don’t commit crimes. Just curious, what happens if some one receives the stipend and does actually commit a crimes, do we get a refund? Why is it that liberals think using other peoples money and just throwing dollars at issues solves the problem?

Next up, paying kids to go to school, paying people not to speed, paying men not to abuse their wives, paying child molesters not not to commit crimes against the helpless and maybe even paying terrorists not to wage jihad. What do you think libs?

WTF

They say crime doesn’t pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.

The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It’s based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.

Under the bill, city officials would identify up to 200 people a year who are considered at risk of either committing or becoming victims of violent crime. Those people would be directed to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. If they fulfill those obligations and stay out of trouble, they would be paid.

The bill doesn’t specify the value of the stipends, but participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.

[...]

Richmond experienced a 77 percent drop in homicides between 2007, when the program was launched, and 2014, although how much can be specifically attributed to the stipends is unclear.

The proposal in Washington has generated scant debate as lawmakers have focused on other crime-fighting tools included in the bill. Longtime civic activist Dorothy Brizill was the only person to testify against the stipend program at a lengthy hearing last fall, saying it would waste taxpayer dollars.

 

Was the Correct Winner Called in Iowa for the Democrats Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders?

 

Hmm, and the MSM tried to paint the GOP races as the circus, it really looks like that belongs to the Democrat party …

The Des Moines Register writes, Iowa’s nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called? The worst thing happened Monday night for the Democrat party and that is the nightmare scenario played out live and in color, a tie between the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and the self proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. Making matters worse, the vote was so close that there is no way to ever know who really won because there is always some form of voter fraud of miscounting inherent in any vote. The division seems to be great among Democrats as the Sanders supporters chanted, “She’s a liar.” Hmm, that’s something you will not heat or see reported by the MSM, there is only turmoil among the GOP.  The nightmare gets worse for Hillary and the establishment Democrat party, how is it possible that Hillary Clinton and her all-powerful team, the ultra-establishment candidate failed to win over Iowa caucus goers and lost a +50 point lead in Iowa to a 74 year old socialist candidate in Bernie Sanders?

Feel the Bern

It’s Iowa’s nightmare scenario revisited: An extraordinarily close count in the Iowa caucuses — and reports of chaos in precincts, website glitches and coin flips to decide county delegates — are raising questions about accuracy of the count and winner.

This time it’s the Democrats, not the Republicans.

Even as Hillary Clinton trumpeted her Iowa win in New Hampshire on Tuesday, aides for Bernie Sanders said the eyelash-thin margin raised questions and called for a review. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party rejected that notion, saying the results are final.

At 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire announced that Clinton had eked out a slim victory, based on results from 1,682 of 1,683 precincts.

Voters from the final missing Democratic precinct tracked down party officials Tuesday morning to report their results. Sanders won that precinct, Des Moines precinct No. 42, by two delegate equivalents over Clinton.

The Iowa Democratic Party said the updated final tally of delegate equivalents for all the precincts statewide was:

Clinton: 700.59

Sanders: 696.82.

That’s a 3.77-count margin between Clinton, the powerful establishment favorite who early on in the Democratic race was expected to win in a virtual coronation, and Sanders, a democratic socialist who few in Iowa knew much about a year ago.

Can you imagine what Tuesday must have been like to be a part of Team Clinton? In 2008, the presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton lost to a candidate that no one had really heard from before by the name of Barack Obama. Now in 2016, Clinton stands once again as the overwhelming presumptive Democrat nominee and faces a real challenge from a 74 year old socialist who was never supposed to be much of a factor, let alone have a chance to win.

Thank you. Iowa, thank you. Nine months ago, we came to this beautiful state. We had no political organization; we had no money; no name recognition. And we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America.

And tonight while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie.

And while the results are still not complete, it looks like we’ll have half of the Iowa delegates. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Secretary Clinton, somebody — yep — and her organization for waging a very vigorous campaign.

And I want to thank Governor O’Malley. It’s never easy to lose. I’ve lost more than one campaign. But he should know that he contributed a whole lot to the dialogue, that he ran an issue-oriented campaign, and he won the respect of the American people. … If I think about what happened tonight, I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and, by the way, to the media establishment.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Florida Woman Chases Speeding Car, Turns Out it Was a Police Officer

 
  • Footage of the encounter shows the citizen chiding an officer for his driving. The officer apologizes. Makes you wonder though how fast did she have to go to catch him?

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