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.”
He was also a child actor, appearing as Rod Steiger’s child in The Harder They Fall (1955). He graduated from UCLA and graduated Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (with a J.D.). 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. 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.
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.
After having been fired as head football coach of Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky – Penn State child sex scandal, things for Joe Pa mighty have just got worse.
Joe Paterno has been diagnosed in what is called a treatable form of lung cancer. Paterno received the news on the very weekend that he watched his former Penn State football team as a spectator after 40+ years on the sidelines. Joe’s son, Scott Paterno, said Friday that his father’s doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.
“Last weekend, my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness,” Scott Paterno said in the brief statement. The medical exam came the same weekend the school played its first game since the 1960s without Paterno leading the Nittany Lions — a 17-14 loss to Nebraska.
“As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment,” Scott Paterno said.
VIDEO from ESPN.
Boxing legend Smokin’ Joe passes away at the age of 67 … farewell to a real boxing champion and a warrior of days gone by … Rest in Peace Champ.
Sadly, one of the giants of boxing has died … Smoking Joe Frazier has passed away at the age of 67 after his battle with liver cancer. The world had learned over the weekend that Frazier was in failing health and had entered hospice care. The former heavy weight boxing champion passed away at a Philadelphia area hospice according to his family. Joe Frazier was a part of the golden age of heavy weight boxing with epic battles against Muhammad Ali.
Known for his famous “Thrilla in Manila” fight in 1975 against Muhammad Ali, whom he fought three times, “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
In all, Frazier – at 5’11½ and 205 lbs., considered small for a heavywieght – won 32 fights: 27 by knockouts, losing four times (twice to Ali and also to George Foreman). Another fight ended in a draw.
More from the NY Times:
Known as Smokin’ Joe, Frazier stalked his opponents around the ring with a crouching, relentless attack — his head low and bobbing, his broad, powerful shoulders hunched — as he bore down on them with an onslaught of withering jabs and crushing body blows, setting them up for his devastating left hook.
It was an overpowering modus operandi that led to versions of the heavyweight crown from 1968 to 1973. Frazier won 32 fights in all, 27 by knockouts, losing four times — twice to Ali in furious bouts and twice to George Foreman. He also recorded one draw.
Frazier will always be known and compared to Ali for their epic three boxing battles and their contrasting styles and war of words. However, Ali always had respect for Smokin’ Joe. Ali’s comment regarding the passing of Joe Frazier, “I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration.” My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”
Unreal, with all the issues plaguing California, Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill banning all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Just another example of “big brother” government interference into individuals lives. So much for freedom of choice.
Minors in the state of California will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning devices.
California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said.
Previously, California had banned minors under the age of 14 from using tanning beds, but allowed those between 14 and 18 years of age to use tanning beds with parental consent.
Here is the flaw with the liberal logic, “if everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they’d be shocked. Skin cancer is a rising epidemic and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29.” Um, if tanning baeds are so dangerous and this is really about health, why aren’t they banned altogether? However, as stated at the Gateway Pundit, tanning beds for minors bad, but abortion is perfectly ok.
As reported at the UK Telegraph, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez is in the hospital in serious condition with kidney failure. Chavez has been battling cancer. PJ Media reports that the Chazez minions are denying the reports. Chavez’ peeps have denied many of the other illness and near death reports previously. Some have been accurate, some, not so much. Say tune …
The leftist, staunchly anti-US stalwart Chavez went into the Military Hospital in Caracas on Tuesday morning, the report on the newspaper’s website said, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the case.
“He was in fairly serious overall condition,” a source told the Miami-based Spanish-language daily. “When he arrived, he was in quite serious shape and that is why he was brought in for emergency care.”
Venezuela’s Information Minister Andres Izarra appeared to deny the report in a posting on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
How tragic … Two daughters of Democrat Senators die far too young.
Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, died of a heart attack at the age of 51 at a Washington area health club on Friday. Kara Kennedy, graduated from Tufts University, was a
filmmaker and television producer and accepted Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 for her dad Ted Kennedy on his behalf, shortly before he died. Kara Kennedy was diagnosed in 2003 with lung cancer and beat the hideous disease. Sadly, she has passed away and far too soon. More at the LA Times. Kara Kennedy is survived by her children Grace and Max, her mother Joan, her brothers Ted Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy, as well as her stepmother Victoria Reggie Kennedy and stepsiblings Curran and Caroline Raclin.
Kara & her dad Ted Kennedy: Pic Seattle PI
“She’s with dad,” Patrick Kennedy said. Their father died in 2009 at age 77 after battling a brain tumor.
Kara Kennedy had herself battled lung cancer: In 2003, doctors removed a malignant tumor. Patrick Kennedy said that his sister loved to exercise, but that he thinks her cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically.”
“Her heart gave out,” he said.
File photo by Charlie Knoblock, AP – USA TODAY
Eleanor Mondale passes out campaign literature for her father, Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale, Oct. 29, 1984, on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.
Continuing the sad and tragic news, Eleanor Mondale Poling, a former TV and radio personality and the daughter of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, died Saturday in Prior Lake, MN at the age of 51 from brain cancer. She had stints at Minneapolis radio station WLOL-FM, on cable television at E! Entertainment and ESPN and network TV on CBS’ “This Morning,” . Personally from dealing with this in my own family, I know how terrible brain cancer can be. She is survived by her husband Chan Poling and her parents, her brothers, Ted Mondale, a former Minnesota state senator, and William H. Mondale, a former assistant attorney general of Minnesota.
The cause was brain cancer, which she had been battling since 2005, her family said.
“She was a wonderful daughter,” Mr. Mondale said in a telephone interview from his daughter’s home, where relatives and friends had gathered. “A great spirit, a lot of courage. She fought this stuff almost six years now, and never a whimper.”
Eleanor Mondale Poling & Kara Kennedy, Rest in Peace.
Hmm, Steve Jobs has resigned as the Chief Executive Officer of Apple. Tim Cook was named the new CEO and Jobs was elected Chairman of the Board. Jobs has been battling pancreatic cancer and had taken a leave of absence due to his medical condition. Jobs returned to Apple in March to help launch the iPad 2, so it cant be that unexpected that he step down again.
Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” the 55-year-old legendary co-founder of the company said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Thanks Steve, I remember my first Apple computer.
Brian in a Blue State
Betty Ford, the former first lady and the wife of President Gerald Ford, has passed away at the age of 93. With her family at her bedside, Betty Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and drug addiction. Ford will also be known as an advocate of woman’s rights and health. It was Betty Ford who brought breast cancer to the fore-front, center issue as she increased the visibility of the disease which gave rise to many woman getting breast screenings. It know it made a difference with many in my family, including my mom.
Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction, has died at age 93.
In public, she was one of the most visible and outspoken first ladies in history. In private, she triumphed over serious personal adversity.
She was married to Gerald Ford for 58 years. Shortly after becoming president in 1974, Ford said, “I am indebted to no man and to only one woman, my dear wife.”
From the Lonely Conservative comes some some heart felt comments that ring very true. Betty Ford’s battles with breast cancer and substance abuse made her human and like us, not just a typical first lady that is put on a pedestal. We do not always have to agree with one’s politics to know and understand that what some do during their lives should be celebrated and make such a huge difference for people years to come. What we do in life echos an eternity.
More from CNN and other commenting on the life and contributions of Betty Ford.
President Barack Obama remembered the former first lady as a “powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights” and someone who “helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction.” His predecessor, George W. Bush, added that “because of her leadership, many lives were saved.”
Some of the many others offering praise and sympathy included Nancy Reagan (calling Ford “an inspiration), and former presidents George H. W. Bush (describing her as a “wonderful wife and mother, a great friend and a courageous first lady) and Jimmy Carter (saying she was “a close personal friend” and “a remarkable political spouse.”)
REST IN PEACE …
According to FOX News, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is in critical condition in a Cuban hospital. The speculation is that the socialist leader has prostate cancer, although not confirmed. However, Chávez family did go to Cuba in the last 72 hours, according to wire service EFE. Hmm …
Hugo Chávez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.
The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.
But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in “critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation.”During the call Chávez said that medical tests showed no sign of any “malignant” illness.
Something must be amiss as Chávez’s brother dan Chávez felt the need to say that the socialist dictator is recovering well. That must be code for, Chavez is in grave condition.
Before the report that Chávez was in critical condition, his brother sought to reassure Venezuela that he was recovering well.
“In response to all the rumors, I can give faith that the president is recovering in a satisfactory manner,” Adan Chávez, who is a state governor, told state television Wednesday. “The president is a strong man.”
UPDATE I: Is Hugo Chavez Dead? The Lonely Conservative is reporting that the rumors are flying that Chavez is dead.However, nothing yet has been officially confirmed. Oh the irony … how’s that socialized medicine working out for you Hugo? Can we say death panels?
Wikileaks Argentina tweeted earlier today:
“BREAKING NEWS! The president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez died in Cuba this morning. 06/25/2011 08:43AM”