Long Time Movie Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70 after Battle with Cancer … RIP

Roger Ebert, the long time movie critic has died at the age of 70 after his battle with cancer. Ebert had previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands, losing the ability to speak and eat on his own. Ebert co-hosted the weekly TV series ‘At the Movies’ with Gene Siskel, his fellow Chicago based movie critic, who himself had passed away in 1999. The man was brilliant in the critique of movies and I can remember watching ‘At the Movies’ all of the time to hear both Siskel and Ebert’s opinions and critiques. However, as much as he was knowledgeable about movies, his liberal politics was quite something different. But that is another story for another day. As stated at Ann Althouse,  on Tuesday, Mr. Ebert blogged that he had suffered a recurrence of cancer following a hip fracture suffered in December, and would be taking ‘a leave of presence.’ Who would have known that is all would have ended so quickly?

To both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, thank you both for your fine movie critiques over the years and we will see you both, ‘At the Movies’.

Roger Ebert: June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013, RIP

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago.

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” said his wife, Chaz Ebert. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

Siskel & Ebert on Film Criticism and Political Correctness

GENE SISKEL: You have to summon up the courage to say what you honestly feel. And it’s not easy. There’s a whole new world called political correctness that’s going on, and that is death to a critic to participate in that.

EBERT: Political correctness is the fascism of the ‘90s. It’s kind of this rigid feeling that you have to keep your ideas and your ways of looking at things within very narrow boundaries, or you’ll offend someone. Certainly one of the purposes of journalism is to challenge just that kind of thinking. And certainly one of the purposes of criticism is to break boundaries; it’s also one of the purposes of art. So that if a young journalist, 18, 19, 20, 21, an undergraduate tries to write politically correctly, what they’re really doing is ventriloquism.

NY Times Obit

Actress Valerie Harper, Who Played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” & “Rhoda” Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

Sad news from the TV world … Valerie Harper, the actress who played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and on the spinoff series “Rhoda,” has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The 73 year old actress had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 that she appeared to have beaten. Reports state that, “Harper’s doctors reportedly have told her she may have just three months to live.” On a personal note, not only did I enjoy very character on both TV series, it saddens me that brain cancer as taken another. My sister passed away from complications of terminal brain cancer. Our hearts and prayers go out to her  and her family during this difficult time.

Valerie Harper, 73, who portrayed the lively TV character Rhoda Morgenstern first on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later on the spinoff series “Rhoda,” has terminal brain cancer, a diagnosis that she revealed Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today Show” as well as on “People Magazine’s” website.

Harper, in rehearsal earlier this year with the touring company of the Broadway show “Looped,” had abruptly withdrawn from the cast due to a then undisclosed illness, now believed to be a rare condition known as leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. The term describes a cancer that has spread to the brain’s fluid-filled membranes.

Harper had starred as legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead in the original Broadway production of the show, and was set to reprise the role on the tour.

Harper had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 which she appeared to have beaten. Her current condition is “most likely related to her previous battle with lung cancer,” stated one source, also noting that “Harper’s doctors reportedly have told her she may have just three months to live.”

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s Cancer is Most Likely Terminal

Some doctors saying that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s cancer is most likely terminal. What will a Venezuela without Chavez look like in the future?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s cancer is most likely terminal given the disease’s recurrences, and while the president may bounce back for periods, his health is increasingly at risk, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment.

Mr. Chávez is recovering from surgery in Cuba this week after the president said malignant cells reappeared for a third time in his abdomen. Venezuela’s government hasn’t disclosed what type of cancer he has or what the surgery was for. But it has described the more than six-hour operation as “complex and delicate” and said Mr. Chávez might not be back in Caracas in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration for a new term after 14 years in power.

Posted December 15, 2012 by
Cancer, Healthcare, Hugo Chavez | no comments

11 Year Old Leukemia Patient Emily Missing from Cancer Ward … Taken From Hospital by Mother in Arizona … Could be Headed to Mexico

Emily, an 11 year old Hispanic leukemia patient is missing from a cancer ward at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Emily was brought to the hospital about a month ago by her parents to receive treatment for leukemia.  She was scheduled to be released from the hospital the following day; however, her mother for unknown reasons removed her from the hospital early before Emily’s treatment was finished. Hospital surveillance video captured the mother taking of her daughter with an IV still attached. Emily’s mother is 35 years old, Hispanic, and goes by the name Norma. Her father is 46 years old, Hispanic, and goes by the name Luis.

Credit: Phoenix Police Department

Video shows the mother walking Emily from her room with an IV still attached. They’re then seen heading to the elevators and eventually a restroom, where her mother changed her clothes and removed the IV from a chest catheter placed into her heart, before walking her out of the hospital.

“If she does not have this catheter sealed correctly by medical staff, we understand it’s highly likely she could obtain an infection and ultimately die within a couple of days,” said Sgt. Steve Martos of Phoenix police.

Police say detectives have been working feverishly for the past two days, but are now turning to the public for help. An earlier infection caused Emily to lose an arm; police say now they’re worried about another infection with potentially grave consequences.

Authorities fear that Emily’s life could be in jeopardy due to her medical condition and the family could be headed to  Mexico. Emily, had her arm previously amputated because of an infection and a chest catheter inserted into her heart.

Police believe the family left the hospital in a 1998 Ford mini-van, last seen with AZ license plate AVY3157. However, detectives say that license plate number is not registered to the van, so it’s possible it’s been removed.

Detectives believe the family has ties to California and Mexico. They put out alerts to agencies in California, as well as other hospitals in the area.

AZ Police Search for Missing 11-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Who Was Taken From Cancer Ward.

“Our concern right now is for that catheter to be medically removed. We understand that there is the possibility that the catheter could get an infection and thereby result in the death of this child really in the matter of days,” Sgt. Steve Martos told KNXV TV station Thursday night.

Authorities said that the mother had removed an IV drip from the catheter, changed Emily’s clothes and then walked the 11-year-old patient out of her ward at the hospital.

VIDEO of missing 11 year old Emily including 911 call

Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter Hospitalized With a Serious Illness

82 year old Arlen Specter, the former Pennsylvania US Senator as been hospitalized with a serious illness. Specter announced in 2005 that he had Hodgkin’s disease and his cancer returned in 2008. According to CNN, Specter was battling for his life early Tuesday after he was recently diagnosed with a “serious form of cancer.”

Arlen Specter has been hospitalized with a serious illness, confirm friends of the longtime U.S. Senator. One asked that people keep him in thoughts and prayers.

Specter, 82, announced in 2005 that he had Hodgkin’s disease for which he underwent chemotherapy. His cancer returned and he was treated again in 2008.

Friends declined to comment Monday afternoon on the nature of his illness.

I have disagreed on many issues with Arlen Specter and certainly did so when he decided to switch parties because it was politically expedient for him. However, I send the Senator my prayers and hope he battles through this. Get well Arlen.

Posted August 28, 2012 by
Cancer, Healthcare, Senate | no comments

Shameful Obama PAC Ad Blames Romney for Killing Steel Workers Joe Soptic’s Wife to Cancer … Obama Has Gone Way to Far This Time as Ad is 100% False

Obama and Democrats never let the facts get in the way of a rotten, vicious attack political ad … From Hope and Change to vile, false political ads and Campaign/Super PAC collusion.

What else would a Barack Obama and and a pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA do but viciously blame others for something? The shameful, negative and reprehensible ad from an Obama PAC blames Mitt Romney for the death of a steel workers wife from cancer because the business went belly-up. Sounds bad on the surface, eh … to bad that is only the tip of the iceberg of facts. When the ad is fact checked, there are not enough Pinocchio’s available to give to this false ad.

Forget the fact that Romney was no longer at Bain Capital when the GST Steel plant closed in 2001, but the facts in this disgusting ad get much worse as the facts do not come close to the shameful political ad. We learned yesterday that Joe Soptic’s wife had her own insurance through her job. Let alone his wife passed away five years after the plant closed.

A SuperPAC run by former Obama spokesman Bill Burton accused Mitt Romney of killing a woman because she lost insurance when her husband’s job was terminated.

CNN has blown this ad apart, finding that the woman continued to have health insurance through her own employer after her husband was terminated.

So how does Soptic show up in a political ad for Obama and yet suddenly shows up in a super-PAC ad and the two claim that there was no coordination between the Obama campaign and the Super PAC? Hmm? Even though there are taped conference calls. Cutter

But wait it gets even worse if possible. As reported at the Gateway Pundit, Bain capital actually offered Joe Soptic a buy out before the plant closed in 2001. Wow, those evil bastards at Bain actually offered a buy out to employees for a company going under. How heartless of Bain Capital.

Oh wait, there is even more, if possible. Soptic was then employed after he lost his job at GST Steel, but chose not to insure his wife through his plan. Good grief, how is any of this Romney’s fault.

Mr. Soptic said that his wife was receiving health insurance through her employer at the time he lost his job at GST Steel, though she later suffered an injury, left her job and lost her insurance coverage. He could not say precisely when this occurred.

Mr. Soptic said that after he lost his job, he found work as a school custodian about six months later and had the option to put her on his insurance plan. But he opted not to, he said, because he could not afford the more than $350 monthly premium on the $25,000 salary he was making, on top of paying his mortgage and a daughter’s college tuition. Ilyona Soptic was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and died that year.

Is it a tragic story, Yes. However, the shameful and what appears to be organized and coordinated attack by the Obama administration and Obama Super PAC is as shameful and illegal as it gets. As reported at the Politico, Team Obama denies knowing story of man in its TV ad, call. Really? As stated at Michele Malkin.com, these folks are either lying or have short memories, you make the call. Breitbart opts with lying.

Soptic, laid off from Bain Capital-owned GST Steel, stars in a Priorities USA Action spot this week in which he tells of how his wife died without health insurance after he lost his job. Soptic also appeared, wearing what appears to be an identical shirt, in a May television ad for the Obama campaign.

Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”

And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don’t’ have any knowledge of the story of the family,” according to Yahoo! News.

But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.

Both the campaign and the Priorities USA Action said there was no coordination about Soptic’s appearances. In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call.

“We have no idea when Priorities shot their spot,” an Obama campaign official said. “We’re not allowed to coordinate with them – but we can tell you it wasn’t when we shot ours.”

The aide didn’t answer questions about when the Obama campaign shot its Soptic footage or explain Cutter’s televised statement.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Reported Near the End … Cancer Has reached End Stage

According to a Yahoo News report, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may not make it to reelection day because of his cancer has reached end stage. Dan Rather, yes that DAN RAthER, is reporting that Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has ‘entered the end stage.  Voting is scheduled for October 7th, but it is doubtful that the Venezuelan President dictator will be alive to see the election results. Hey Hugo, how’s that socialized healthcare working out for you in the treatment of your cancer?

This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has “entered the end stage”.  The information and the quote come from a highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history. This source says the prognosis is dire and that Chavez  is now not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most.”  Chavez is running for re-elec tion in Venezuela but several sources–including the one who revealed  the exact kind of cancer– have told me that they believe it is doubtful the dictator will live to see the results.

As stated at the American Thinker, “unfortunately, readers should remain wary of the veracity of Rather’s report, as his career has entered its “end stage” as well.” When one has RA”th”ERGATE on one’s resume and continues to believe that proved false story, its hard to go out on a limb and a leap of faith.

However, if true, very few will be shedding a tear when Hugo Chavez begins to smelling some sulfur of his own.

Former Penn State Nittany Lion Football Coach Joe Paterno Reportedly in Serious Condition Near Death

According to CBS News, former Penn St. football coach Joe Paterno is in serious condition and near death.  The 85 year old Paterno has been battling lung cancer, that was initially diagnosed as treatable, since he was fired by Penn State following the Sandusky/PSU sex scandal.  Paterno has been in the hospital since January 13, 2012 for observation  for minor complications from cancer treatments. Sadly, it is only a matter of time that this NCAA college football coaching icon passes. One has to wonder how much of his spirit to thrive has been ripped from him following the Penn St. sex scandal.

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, who is battling lung cancer, is near death, The Citizens’ Voice reports.

The paper reports that Paterno’s wife, Sue, asked family and friends to come to the hospital because the former coach wanted to say his final goodbyes.

Paterno family’s spokesman Dan McGinn released a statement saying:

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications. His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.  His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

More from ESPN (VIDEO).

Sadly, the winiest coach in college Division I history and a man who has done many good things for Penn St. and too numerous individuals us about to leave us. The PSU sex scandal will obviously leave a black mark on his legacy; however, do not ever forget the good that Joe Pa has done.

UPDATE I: Some media outlets are reporting that JOE PA has died; however, the Paterno family spokesman says the former Penn State football coach has not passed away. Hey folks, have a heart and get a clue. It is obvious that Joe Paterno does not have much time left, stop throwing dirt on the guys grave before he has actually passed. have some form of class.

Posted January 21, 2012 by
Cancer, Healthcare, NCAA, Sports | 2 comments

Conservative Author and Commentator Tony Blankley Dies at Age 63, Rest in Peace

Tony Blankley, Rest in Peace …

It is a sad day in the world of Conservative politics.  Conservative author, commentator, pundit and former editor of the Washington Times. Tony Blankly has died late Saturday night at age 63.  According to accounts, Blankly had been battling stomach cancer. Honestly, I had no idea he was even sick. Blankly always seemed to be one of the busiest, engaging, thoughtful and insightful pundits as he brought his talents to so many venues.

I always enjoyed Tony Blankley on “The McLaughlin Group,” as Tony would consonantly hand uber-lib Elenore Cliff her lunch and teach her a lesson in civics and the US Constitution. However, see below the Video PSA with Blankley and Swift be on the same side for the animals.

Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, a syndicated newspaper columnist and an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR.

He was also a regular weekly guest on “The McLaughlin Group.”

Mr. Blankley was editorial page editor of The Times from 2002 to 2007, and from 1990 to 1997 he served as press secretary and general adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and present GOP Presidential primary candidate commented on the passing of Tony Blankley:

“Tony was a very special person,” Gingrich said. “Everybody in our alumni who have heard about it have felt something in their hearts because he was more than a great professional. He was a great human being, he was a caring and loving person, he was a tremendous amount of fun, remarkably erudite and educated, and we will all miss him deeply.”

Tony Blankley Wiki

He was also a child actor, appearing as Rod Steiger’s child in The Harder They Fall (1955).[14] He graduated from UCLA[15] and graduated Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (with a J.D.).[16] He was admitted to the State Bar of California Bar in 1972, but has been ineligible to practice law in the State of California since 2002 for a failure to pay his bar member dues.[17] Blankley continued to write for the Washington Times; he also lectured at many universities and institutes. On 19 November 2009, Blankley presented his lecture – A Year out from the 2010 Congressional Elections – National Politics, Policy and their Communication at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.[18]

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Says US Behind his Cancer … Well Alrighty Then

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has come up with a new conspiracy, the US is behind his bout with cancer and those around who have allied themselves with the South American dictator. Well alrighty then, just when Chavez was beginning to say some things that made sense, along comes this whopper.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.

Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, said the Central Intelligence Agency was behind chemical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and that it’s possible that in years to come a plot will be uncovered that shows the U.S. spread cancer as a political weapon against its critics.

So Chavez blames the US for cancer. Maybe these folks might want to blame socialized medicine and the lack thereof of proper medical care. I would tend to agree with the American Thinker, when it comes to trying to inject an individual with cancer cells and the probability of that person actually contracting cancer. If you can get that closed to a crazed dictator, you would most likley inject them with air and create an embolism or some other toxic serum rather than taking the chance of  them contract cancer.

Chavez, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in June and had a baseball-sized tumor removed in Cuba, has called for a regional summit of leaders who have battled cancer including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo.

“I’m just sharing my thoughts, but it’s very, very, very strange,” Chavez said. “Evo take care of yourself, Correa, be careful, we just don’t know,” he said, referring to Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, the leaders of Bolivia and Ecuador.

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