THIS ONE HITS HOME …
Sadly, David Cassidy has passed away at the age of 67. Cassidy died surrounded by his loved ones from organ failure. David Cassidy stared on the 70′s TV show ‘The Partridge Family’ as oldest brother Keith Partridge. Doesn’t that bring back memories of a day gone by. I can remember my older sister having his posters on her wall and a crush on him like every other girl of that day. May they both rest in peace.
His publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed his death, with a statement from his family. “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”
He had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure. Cassidy announced his diagnosis with dementia in early 2017. He performed at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York in March, talking about his dementia, and said his arthritis made playing guitar an ordeal.
With pretty-boy good looks and a long mane of dark hair, Cassidy was every girl’s favorite teen crush in the early 1970s and drew screaming crowds at concert appearances. David Cassidy was part of a show business family that included his father, Tony-winning actor Jack Cassidy, stepmother Shirley Jones, half-brother Shaun Cassidy and daughter, actress Katie Cassidy.
I Think I Love You
The ABC sitcom was loosely based on real-life family musical act the Cowsills, and ran from 1970 to 1974. The show became popular for its squeaky clean portrayal of life on the road as a family rock band in a brightly painted bus. In addition to Cassidy and Jones, “The Partridge Family” starred Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce and Suzanne Crough as the family’s other children, and Dave Madden as manager Ruben Kincaid.
Cassidy and Jones were the only cast members who were allowed to actually sing; the other kids lip-synced, while the Wrecking Crew provided musical backup. Theme song “C’mon Get Happy” became one of TV’s most enduring songs, and helped launch Cassidy’s musical career.
After the singles “I Think I Love You” and “Cherish” took off, Cassidy began working on solo albums as well. He regularly sold out stadiums, leading to commentators to coin the phrase “Cassidymania.” Several of his shows resulted in riots or mass hysteria, including one notable 1974 performance in Australia, which garnered calls for Cassidy to be deported from the country.
UNGODLY … 26 Dead and 20 Injures at Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX (Update: Gunman Dead)(Update: Gunman ID’d as Devin Patrick Kelley)
HORROR IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA …
Authorities are stating that 26 people have been killed and 20 more injured following at church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire inside the First Baptist Church around 11:20 AM on Sunday killing 26 people ranging from the ages from 5 to 72 years old.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday morning left 26 people — ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old – dead and 20 wounded, authorities say.
Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, has been identified as the gunman.
Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:20 a.m., before fleeing in a vehicle, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Witnesses said Kelley was dressed in all black tactical gear and a ballistic vest and a Department of Public Safety official said he was carrying a Ruger ARb assault-type rifle.
Tackitt said Kelley was later found dead in the vehicle in Guadalupe County. The exact circumstances of his death are not known.
Johnnie Langendorff told KSAT’s Garret Brngr that he witnessed the end of the shooting and said another man and Kelley exchanged gunfire after Kelley left the church. Langendorff said he and the man chased Kelley for several minutes in their vehicle.
UPDATE I: Church Shooter crashes vehicle while being chased by local heroes. Neighbor got his gun and most likely prevented further carnage.The shooter is dead. Unknown whether he took his own life or was killed by other fire.
Devin Patrick Kelley has been identified as the gunman who killed at least 26 people at a church Sunday morning in Texas, a U.S. official told The Daily Beast. A week before he committed the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, Kelley posted a photo of a semiautomatic rifle to Facebook with the caption: “She’s a bad bitch.”
The man authorities have identified as the shooter in the massacre at a Texas church was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force three years ago after being court-martialed for assault, a military spokesperson confirmed Sunday.
Federal law prohibits a person who has been dishonorably discharged from buying a firearm. Whether Kelley’s discharge would trigger the law was not immediately clear.
Devin P. Kelley, who served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico starting in 2010, was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts alleging assault on his spouse and assault on their child, Ann Stefanek, the chief of Media Operations for the Air Force, said in a statement.
Kelley was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in custody and given a bad conduct discharge, Stefanek said. He was discharged in 2014.
The 1968 Gun Control Act made it unlawful for a licensed firearms dealer to sell a weapon to a person with a dishonorable discharge or for such a person “to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”
UPDATE IV: Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.
1. The Shooter, Who Showed Off a Rifle on Facebook, Creeped Out Friends By Preaching About Atheism & Lived on a Wooded Property Where Gunfire Rang Out at Night
2. The Gunman Once Wrote That He Lived By the Air Force’s ‘Core Values’ Before Being Accused of Bad Conduct & He Found Work at a Waterpark.
3. The Gunman Was Dressed All in Black & Wrote That He Did Not Fear Death.
4. Multiple Children Were Among the Victims, Including the Pastor’s Teenage Daughter, Who Was Remembered as a ‘Beautiful, Special Child’
5. Devin Kelley Was Married in 2014 to a Woman Who Reportedly Once Taught at the Church
Most Deadly Terror Attack in NYC Since 9-11: Eight Dead & Many More Injured in NYC After Truck Driver Plows Through Bike Path & Crashed Into School Bus
IT IS THE MOST DEADLY TERROR ATTACK IN NYC SINCE 9-11 …
Terror attack in NYC … At least eight people are dead and nearly a dozen have been injured as a terror truck attack has happened in lower Manhattan. An individual driving a Home Depot rental truck deliberately plowed into a NYC greenway, the Hudson River Greenway bike path from West Houston to Chambers streets, hitting nearly a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists before crashing into a school bus near Stuyvesant High School. According to authorities, the attack is being treated as a terror attack as a note was found near the vehicle used in the rampage claiming the attack was made in the name of ISIS.
Early Accounts of terror attack
The terror suspect has been arrested and taken into custody. He has been described as a 29-year-old Uzbek national, Sayfullo Saipov. He reported screamed “Allahu Akbar.” Thankfully, this jihadist was confronted by a nearby uniformed officer on patrol, who shot him in the abdomen.
At least eight people were killed and nearly a dozen more were injured when a truck driver deliberately mowed down people and targeted a school bus in lower Manhattan Tuesday in what authorities called a “cowardly act of terror.”
A 29-year-old Uzbek national living in New Jersey, Sayfullo Saipov, drove a Home Depot rental pickup truck at least 10 blocks down the popular Hudson River Greenway bike path from West Houston to Chambers streets, hitting nearly a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists before crashing into a school bus near Stuyvesant High School and elementary school P.S. 89, just a few blocks north of the World Trade Center, authorities said.
The crash into the school bus appeared to be deliberate; witnesses told police they saw the driver swerve the truck to target the bus, which was carrying children.
Two staff members and two children on the bus were injured, police said.
They said the driver then screamed “Allahu Akbar” in the truck, then emerged carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun and a paint gun and started running around before he was confronted by a nearby uniformed officer on patrol, who shot him in the abdomen.
A New Democrat Low … Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) Politicizing the Tragedy of the Death of Sgt. La David Johnson (VIDEO)
SICK … POLITICIZING THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER IS AS LOW AS ONE CAN GET!!!
The exploitation of a tragedy … At a time that is the most raw, emotional and personal, a president’s call to the family of a fallen soldier should always remain just that, personal and private. Such was the case when President Donald Trump called the widow of fallen serviceman, Sgt. La David Johnson. Sadly, Johnson, a 25-year-old father of two, was killed October 4 while fighting in Niger. According to reports, she was on her way to receive her husband’s casket. Enter Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and the sick politicization begins. This hateful woman actually went on the liberal networks and spewed her hate. She was then forced to say, “I didn’t here the whole phone call”. Imagine that? So she didn’t hear the entire context of the call, she only cherry picked the things she wanted to to fit her hateful, anti-Trump agenda. It is even more sick that the liberal MSM would pile on.
According to President Trump, he said to the widow among many other things, “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Gold Star father Craig Gross came out in defense of President Trump and stated that he believes critics of President Donald Trump’s reported comments to a soldier’s widow mistook his intended meaning.
It is really sick that this bias, hateful woman would take President Trump’s words out of context like this. Nobody was saying that he should have known he would die. Good grief. Sgt. La David Johnson is a hero and God bless your family. Personally, I praise Sgt. La David Johnson for his service and sacrifice to this great nation. This is why we honor the heroes of our military and especially the ones who lay down their lives. This is why We the People get upset at the NFL players disrespecting the National anthem, the flag and the military.
ANOTHER MUSIC LEGEND PASSES AWAY AND FAR TOO EARLY …
Caught up in all of the news vacuum from tragedy from Las Vegas, music legend Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers has passed away at the age of 66 on Monday evening. According to accounts, Petty suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, CA and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. Petty died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.
He will be so missed. Tom Petty’s music was simply amazing and so many of his songs were a part of the mosaic of my life. On a personal level this death truly does hurt, his music was phenomenal, meaningful and spoke to so many. I remember the events in my like by his songs and there were so many. I can’t even begin to think which one of his many songs were my favorite as the list is endless of American Girl, Don’t Do Me Like That, Here Comes My Girl, The Waiting, Learning to Fly, Free Falling, Dont Come Around Here No More, Refugee, You Got Lucky, I Won’t Back Down, Into the Great Wide Open, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Running Down a Dream and so many more. My heart does break today, I say a prayer for his family, friends and his fans that loved him so much. Rest in Peace Tom Petty.
Good bye for now, your music will live on with all of us.
Tom Petty, whose Florida-bred quintet the Heartbreakers was one of the defining arena-rock acts of the 1970s with hits like “Breakdown,” died of a heart attack on Monday evening, the longtime manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers confirmed. He was 66.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” said Tony Dimitriades in a statement.” “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Police responded to his home at 10:50 p.m. Sunday night and he was transferred to UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center, where he was on life support.
Here Comes My Girl
In 2002, Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petty was awarded UCLA’s George and Ira Gershwin Award for lifetime achievement in 1996.
He was born Oct. 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Fla. A poor student, he caught the rock ‘n’ roll bug after he was introduced by his uncle to Elvis Presley, who was shooting the picture “Follow That Dream” on location in nearby Ocala. Like many other boyish rock aspirants, he began working on music in earnest after witnessing the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964.
Playing guitar and bass, he cut his teeth in cover bands like the Epics and the Sundowners. In his late teens, he became a top local attraction on the fertile Gainesville music scene (which produced members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles and new wave act the Motels) as front man and songwriter for Mudcrutch, an outfit that also included guitarist Campbell and keyboard prodigy Benmont Tench.
Thomas Earl Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, the son of an insurance salesman, on October 20th, 1950. His father beat him and he didn’t perform well in school, according to The New York Times, but he found solace in music. In 1961, he met Elvis Presley, who was shooting a film in Ocala, Florida, and it became a “life-altering moment” for the young Petty. Soon after, he got his first guitar as a preteen and joined his first band in the mid-Sixties. He quit high school at age 17 to join the southern-rock group Mudcrutch, which was taking off at the time. The group’s lineup featured guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, two musicians Petty would collaborate with for much of the next five decades. But while the band was taking off, they broke up upon moving to Los Angeles in the early Seventies.
Petty started his solo career in earnest in 1975 when he cut a demo with Campbell and Tench that also featured bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch. They called themselves the Heartbreakers and, thanks to a label that signed Mudcrutch and retained only Petty on contract after they broke up, they recorded their debut, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which came out in 1976. It failed to make an impact at the time – the album’s lead single “Breakdown” didn’t even chart – but they picked up heat after touring England as support for future E Street Band member Nils Lofgren. They soon became headliners on the tour, with the album topping the U.K. chart.
You Don’t Know How It Feels
The label reissued “Breakdown” in the U.S. and it reached the bottom rung of the Top 40 a year after its release. Subsequent singles from the group’s second LP, You’re Gonna Get It!, such as “Listen to Her Heart” and “I Need to Know” charted in the upper half of the pop chart. Around this time, one of Petty’s most apparent influences, the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, recorded a cover of the self-titled album’s closing track, “American Girl,” proving Petty’s ability to write hits. Around this time, the first of a number of bad business deals stung Petty, according to the Times: He’d signed away all of the publishing rights to his songs to his label for $10,000 and had to negotiate a new deal where he got half of the royalties on songs after his fourth LP came out.
But before the decade was up, Petty found himself bankrupt after the record label MCA attempted to buy out his contract from ABC Records, which distributed Petty’s original label. It took nine months of litigation for Petty to secure a new deal so he could release the biggest record of his career, 1979′s Damn the Torpedoes, which reached Number Two on the album chart and has since been certified triple-platinum. The album contained the singles “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee,” establishing him as a full-fledged hitmaker.
Into the Great Wide Open