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Madonna: Super Bowl show a “dream” come true

It will be interesting to see if Madonna pulls off any “stunts.” She has always gotten off on doing something out of the ordinary to “shock” people, such as when she kissed Britney Spears. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

By Simon Evans | Reuters

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Pop superstar Madonna said it was a dream come true to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday and conceded she was feeling pressure at the idea of singing in front of the huge live television audience.

Last year’s Super Bowl attracted 111 million U.S. viewers – the largest for a single TV broadcast in the United States.

“This is a Midwesterner girl’s dream to be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show,” said Madonna, who was born in Bay City, Michigan.

“In over 25 years of performing that I’ve done, I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much as I have … trying to make the most major show at this Super Bowl,” she added.

Asked if she felt the pressure of the massive audience, Madonna, who has performed at stadiums around the world on her global tours, replied simply “Yes, I do.”

Madonna, whose biggest global live TV performance was likely Live Aid in 1985, said she would sing three “old songs” and her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin'” during the show.

The 53-year-old Material Girl said she would dedicate her performance to her father.

“I was raised in the Midwest, and he is the personification of Midwestern values, he gave me the work ethic that I have, so if I am a hardworking girl who never stops it’s because of him.

“Also, I am sure of all the things I have ever done in my life this will be the thing he is most excited about,” she said.

The halftime show has increasingly featured high-profile pop acts, a far cry from the first Super Bowl in 1967 when college marching bands entertained the crowd.

Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Eyed Peas and Janet Jackson are among recent performers.

Jackson’s appearance in 2004 was the most controversial as she made headlines worldwide with her infamous “wardrobe malfunction.” Justin Timberlake, who was performing with Jackson, grabbed her costume and tugged at it, exposing her breast’s nipple to millions of TV viewers.

Madonna said all efforts had been made to ensure there would not be a similar episode in her show.

“Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe, there will be no wardrobe malfunction – I promise,” she said.

Asked which quarterback she would choose if both called her for a date on Saturday night, the entertainer picked the New York Giants’ Eli Manning over the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady. Why Eli? Because of the New York connection, she said.

A question about Victor Cruz, the salsa-dancing wide receiver from the New York Giants, got her doing some salsa moves for reporters who packed the room. “He’s inspired me,” she said.

(Reporting by Susan Guyett and Simon Evans; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Bob Tourtellotte)

Madonna to perform at halftime of Super Bowl

Madonna performing at the Super Bowl; this has all the makings of a “wardrobe malfunction” or other such event. One never knows what to expect from the Material Girl… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP) — The Material Girl will be taking the stage on football’s biggest night.

Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records, will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The NFL and NBC announced Sunday during the Detroit-New Orleans game that the Grammy Award-winning singer will highlight the show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5.

The show is the most-watched musical event of the year, with more than 162 million in the U.S. tuning in to see The Black Eyed Peas’ performance with Slash and Usher in Dallas at halftime of Green Bay’s Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh last February.

Madonna, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will join such acts as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, The Who and the Rolling Stones to perform during recent Super Bowls. She will collaborate with a team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King, and artists from Moment Factory.

Madonna, currently in the studio working on a new album, has a new film “W.E.” which she directed, wrote and produced and will open nationally two days before the NFL’s signature event.

The Super Bowl and halftime show, sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, will be broadcast worldwide on NBC.

Ex-Beatle McCartney to serenade heiress bride

Paul, you did good. This one is the best-looking wife you’ve had yet, and more than likely your last… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

By Avril Ormsby | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney marries American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on Sunday and will serenade her with a song written in her honor, media reports say.

McCartney will wed the divorced New Yorker in a civil ceremony at London’s Marylebone Register Office before 30 invited guests, ahead of a reception in his back garden in north London, the reports say.

The 69-year-old singer-songwriter, whose success in writing some of the world’s most enduring pop classics with the Beatles has helped him to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, is marrying for the third time.

He and Shevell, 51, posted wedding banns last month in the same place where McCartney married his late first wife Linda in 1969, at the height of the Beatles’ fame. Linda died of breast cancer in 1998. His second marriage, to former model Heather Mills, ended in acrimonious divorce in 2008.

A fridge filled with champagne was delivered on Saturday to the house in the upmarket neighborhood of St John’s Wood — within a stone’s throw of the Abbey Road studio where the Beatles recorded most of their albums.

The couple went to a local synagogue where Shevell, who is Jewish, received a blessing, before dining at a floating Chinese restaurant with family and friends.

McCartney’s spokesman declined comment on Saturday, but McCartney himself briefly spoke to reporters outside his home, saying: “Hi guys, thanks for coming out. We’re looking forward to it.”

Asked if he was nervous about the big day, McCartney laughed and said: “Don’t be silly, now. Of course not,” according to the Sunday Mirror.

The choice of wedding date seemed especially poignant as Sunday would have been the 71st birthday of John Lennon, McCartney’s songwriting partner, who was gunned down in New York in 1980.

As well as the new song, he plans to sing “Let it Be,” which he sang to Shevell on one of their first holidays together three years ago, and then her favorite, “Let Me Roll It,” according to the Sunday Mirror.

McCartney’s fashion-designer daughter Stella made Shevell’s dress and helped create the three-course organic vegetarian menu, the paper reported.

McCartney has a son, two daughters and a stepdaughter from his marriage to Linda, and a daughter from his marriage to Mills.

All his children will be at the wedding, and his brother will be best man, the Mirror said, adding that the couple would honeymoon in the Caribbean.

(Reporting by Avril Ormsby; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

NASA – Multimedia – Video Gallery

NASA – Multimedia – Video Gallery

GhostRider this way cometh: This is really incredible, February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and are greeted by hysterical fans at JFK Airport. Two days later, a record-breaking seventy-three million viewers — approximately 40% of the U.S. population at the time — tuned in to their first Sullivan appearance on February 9. I was almost 8yrs. old and I have a slight memory of this, being that I lived in NYC at the time and The Ed Sullivan Theater was one block down from my grandmother’s in Hell’s Kitchen. Here we are 47 yrs later, and Sir Paul McCartney is still making news by waking up the Atlantis crew on Saturday morning, Flight Day 8. When Space Shuttle Atlantis left Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8, it marked the final lift-off for the long-running Space Shuttle Program, which has dominated NASA’s manned operations for the past four decades. Who would have guessed that Paul of the Beatles, his music and relevance, would have out-lived many of the NASA missions. == Click on NASA link above to hear his wake-up call.

Paul McCartney engaged to girlfriend Nancy Shevell

This guy doesn’t learn, does he? What need does a 68 year-old man with more money than the Queen have of getting married? I know, I know, you women out there will certainly criticize me for my statement, but it’s true. If I were in his shoes, the word ‘marriage’ would not exist in my vocabulary. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Fri May 6, 7:04 pm ET

LONDON – Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are engaged, his publicist said Friday, nearly four years after they were first spotted together.

McCartney, 68, started dating the 51-year-old New York socialite and businesswoman following his bitter split from second wife Heather Mills.

McCartney publicist Stuart Bell confirmed recent media speculation over a proposal as true, but declined to give further details on when and how the former Beatle asked Shevell to marry him, saying only “we’re all thrilled for him.”

The bride-to-be was tightlipped but confirmed her engagement to The Associated Press.

“It’s true,” she said when contacted by telephone, but declined to comment further. “That’s all, but thank you, have a good weekend.”

The marriage will be McCartney’s third; his first wife, Linda, died of cancer in 1998. His 2002 marriage to Mills ended in divorce in 2008.

Shevell was married for more than 20 years to attorney Bruce Blakeman, a close friend of former New York Gov. George Pataki, who appointed her to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

She also is the vice president for administration of New England Motor Freight Inc., a New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.

McCartney, 68, and Shevell were first seen together in Long Island’s Hamptons area in late 2007.

Since then, Shevell has become a red-carpet staple, appearing at premieres, fashion shows by McCartney’s daughter Stella, the Grammys and McCartney’s concerts around the world.


Jim Fitzgerald in New York contributed to this report.

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

I would definitely not categorize these conspiracies in the descending order given by the writer (from tenth to first). In my opinion, 9/11, the Kennedy assassination and the Roswell crash cover-up would have been the top 3 conspiracies; the order of those 3 would be debatable, but I’d probably list them Kennedy, 9/11, Roswell as 1, 2, 3.

What do you, the reader, believe? TGO

Refer to story below Source: LiveScience

Benjamin Radford, LiveScience

Conspiracy. Just saying the word in conversation can make people politely edge away, looking for someone who won’t corner them with wild theories about how Elvis, John F. Kennedy, and Bigfoot are cryogenically frozen in an underground bunker.

Yet conspiracies do exist. In the corporate world, major companies we buy products from everyday have been found guilty of conspiring to fix prices and reduce competition. Just about any planned criminal act committed by more than one person could be considered a conspiracy, from simple murder-for-hire to the Watergate break-in.

Many conspiracy theorists go much further, though, and see a hidden hand behind the world’s major events. While some of the theories have a grain of truth to them, conspiracy theories are impossible to disprove, because the hardcore believers will find some way to rationalize away evidence that contradicts their beliefs. Eyewitnesses who dispute their conclusions are mistaken—or part of the conspiracy.

At least that’s what they want you to think …

The 9/11 Conspiracies:

The evidence is overwhelming that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were indeed the result of a conspiracy. There’s no doubt about it: A close (or even cursory) look at the evidence makes it clear that it was carefully planned and executed by conspirators. The question, of course, is who those conspirators were. Osama bin Laden and the crew of (mostly Saudi) hijackers were part of the conspiracy, but what about President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney? Did top Bush advisors, including Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld, either collaborate with bin Laden, or intentionally allow the attacks to happen? Put another way, was it an inside job? Conspiracy theorists believe so, and point to a catalog of supposed inconsistencies in the “official version” of the attacks. Many of the technical conspiracy claims were debunked by Popular Mechanics magazine in March 2005, while other claims are refuted by simple logic: If a hijacked airplane did not crash into the Pentagon, as is often claimed, then where is Flight 77 and its passengers? Are they with the Roswell aliens at Hangar 18? In many conspiracy theories, bureaucratic incompetence is often mistaken for conspiracy. Our government is so efficient, knowledgeable, and capable—so the reasoning goes—that it could not possibly have botched the job so badly in detecting the plot ahead of time or responding to the attacks. I find that hard to believe.

Princess Diana’s Murder:

Within hours of Princess Diana’s death on Aug. 31, 1997, in a Paris highway tunnel, conspiracy theories swirled. As was the case with the death of John F. Kennedy, the idea that such a beloved and high-profile figure could be killed so suddenly was a shock. This was especially true of Princess Diana; royalty die of old age, political intrigue, or eating too much rich food; they don’t get killed by a common drunk driver. Unlike many conspiracy theories, though, this one had a billionaire promoting it: Mohamed Al-Fayed, the father of Dodi Al-Fayed, who was killed along with Diana. Al-Fayed claims that the accident was in fact an assassination by British intelligence agencies, at the request of the Royal Family. Al-Fayed’s claims were examined and dismissed as baseless by a 2006 inquiry; the following year, at Diana’s inquest, the coroner stated that “The conspiracy theory advanced by Mohamed Al Fayed has been minutely examined and shown to be without any substance.” On April 7 of this year, the coroner’s jury concluded that Diana and Al-Fayed were unlawfully killed due to negligence by their drunken chauffeur and pursuing paparazzi.

Subliminal Advertising:

Ever been watching a movie and suddenly get the munchies? Or sitting on your sofa watching TV and suddenly get the irresistible urge to buy a new car? If so, you may be the victim of a subliminal advertising conspiracy! Proponents include Wilson Bryan Key (author of “Subliminal Seduction”) and Vance Packard (author of “The Hidden Persuaders”), both of whom claimed that subliminal (subconscious) messages in advertising were rampant and damaging. Though the books caused a public outcry and led to FCC hearings, much of both books have since been discredited, and several key “studies” of the effects of subliminal advertising were revealed to have been faked. In the 1980s, concern over subliminal messages spread to bands such as Styx and Judas Priest, with the latter band even being sued in 1990 for allegedly causing a teen’s suicide with subliminal messages (the case was dismissed). Subliminal mental processing does exist, and can be tested. But just because a person perceives something (a message or advertisement, for example) subconsciously means very little by itself. There is no inherent benefit of subliminal advertising over regular advertising, any more than there would be in seeing a flash of a commercial instead of the full twenty seconds. Getting a person to see something for a split-second is easy; filmmakers do it all the time (watch the last few frames in Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho”). Getting a person to buy or do something based on that split-second is another matter entirely. (The conspiracy was parodied in the 1980s television show Max Headroom, in which viewers were exploding after seeing subliminal messages called “blipverts.”)

The Moon Landing Hoax:

In the 1978 film Capricorn One, American astronauts and NASA faked a Mars landing. Though a mediocre film, it was an interesting idea, and one that would endure for decades. In 2001, Fox television aired the program “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?,” which rehashed many discredited “discrepancies” between the official version of the moon landing and photographs of the landing. (Curiously, they never explain why NASA would distribute photographs that would “prove” that they had faked the moon landing.) Web sites such as BadAstronomy.com have pages and pages of point-by-point, detailed refutations of the Fox claims. Of course, even if there was some credible evidence showing that the 1969 Apollo moon landing was a hoax, conspiracy theorists must also account for later moon missions, involving a dozen astronauts. And there’s the issue of the hundreds of pounds of moon rocks that have been studied around the world and verified as of extraterrestrial origin… how did NASA get the rocks if not during a moon landing? Many astronauts have been offended by the implication that they faked their accomplishments. In fact in 2002, when conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel confronted Buzz Aldrin and called him a “coward and a liar” for faking the moon landings, the 72-year-old punched Sibrel in the jaw.

Paul McCartney’s Death:

According to many stories and conspiracy theories that circulated in the late 1960s, Beatles guitarist Paul McCartney died in 1966. The remaining members of the Beatles—along with their manager and others—conspired to keep McCartney’s death a secret, going so far as to hire a look-alike and sound-alike to take his place in the band. Well, kind of: In a case of seriously twisted logic (even by conspiracy theory standards) the conspirators in this case took great pains to keep the press and public from finding out about McCartney’s demise—yet they also wanted fans to know about it, and placed clever clues in album covers and music giving details about McCartney’s death. For example, on the cover of the Abbey Road album, all four Beatles are photographed striding across a zebra crossing, but only McCartney is barefoot, and out of step with the other three. This must mean something, right? Despite public denials by the band, fans couldn’t just let it be, and came together to look for more clues.

John F. Kennedy’s Assassination:

John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963 in a Dallas motorcade. Who killed Kennedy? Most (though not all) conspiracy theorists acknowledge that Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a book depository. Beyond this fact lies a vast area of conspiracy theory that has spawned endless speculation and hundreds of books, articles, and films. Was there a second assassin, perhaps one at a nearby “grassy knoll”? And if Oswald did act alone, who gave him the orders? Activists against Fidel Castro? Organized crime bosses? A jealous husband upset with Kennedy’s philandering? Though the Warren Commission report concluded that Oswald acted alone, a 1979 report by The House Select Committee on Assassinations suggested that there was in fact a conspiracy, and likely more than one shooter. In such a complex and sensational case, the conspiracy theories will live on.

The Roswell Crash Cover-Up:

There is one fact that almost all skeptics and believers agree on: Something crashed on a remote ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The government at first claimed it was some sort of saucer, then retracted the statement and claimed it was really a weather balloon. Yet the best evidence suggests that it was neither a flying saucer nor a weather balloon, but instead a high-altitude, top-secret military balloon dubbed Project Mogul. As it turns out, descriptions of the wreckage first reported by the original eyewitnesses very closely match photos of the Project Mogul balloons, down to the silvery finish and strange symbols on its side. The stories about crashed alien bodies did not surface until decades later and in fact no one considered the Roswell crash as anything extraterrestrial or unusual until thirty years later, when a book on the topic was published. There was indeed a cover-up, but it did not hide a crashed saucer, instead it hid a Cold War-era spying program.

Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

“The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is a hoaxed book that purported to reveal a Jewish conspiracy to achieve world domination. It first appeared in Russia in 1905, and described how Christians’ morality, finances, and health would be targeted by a small group of powerful Jews. The idea that there is a Jewish conspiracy is nothing new, of course, and has been repeated by many prominent people including Henry Ford and Mel Gibson. In 1920, Henry Ford paid to have half a million copies of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” published, and in the 1930s, the book was used by the Nazis as justification for its genocide against Jews (in fact, Adolph Hitler referred to the “Protocols” in his book “Mein Kampf”). Though the book has been completely discredited as a hoax and forgery, it is still in print and remains widely circulated around the world.

Satanic Cults:

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, a rash of child abuse cases horrified America. Children accused adults of ritual rapes, torture, and abuse, and the news media reported the sensational stories. Often the accusations included charges of Satanism. The pinnacle was Geraldo Rivera’s infamous NBC special “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground,” which aired on Oct. 28, 1988. Rivera relied on self-proclaimed “Satanism experts,” misleading and inaccurate statistics, crimes with only tenuous links to Satanism, and sensationalized media reports. In what was the largest viewership for a documentary in television history, Rivera claimed that an organized, Satanic conspiracy was at work killing babies, murdering innocents, and conducting ghastly rituals. “There are over one million Satanists in this country,” Rivera said, adding that “The odds are, [they] are in your town.” Rivera presented no proof; the lack of evidence was seen as proof of how well organized and shrewd the Satanic conspiracy really was. Yet little evidence supports claims about Satanic cults or conspiracies. In a 1992 report on ritual crime, FBI agent Kenneth Lanning concluded that the rampant rumors of ritual murders, cannibalism, and kidnapping were unfounded. Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, said that the widespread allegations of crimes by Satanists “constitute the greatest hoax perpetrated upon the American people in the twentieth century.

Big Pharma:

Almost everybody (except investors) loves to hate the drug companies. Drugs cost too much, drug company profits are obscene, and it seems that every few months some drug once claimed to be safe is yanked off the shelf after patients die. It’s little wonder that the drug industry (“Big Pharma”) is looked upon with suspicion. But some proponents of “alternative medicine” believe that drug companies actually conspire to keep people sick to reap profits. For example, Kevin Trudeau (bestselling author of “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About”) claims that important medical information is being kept hidden by a conspiracy between the medical establishment and big drug companies. According to Trudeau, “There are certain groups, including… the drug industry… that don’t want people to know about cures for diseases…” Actress and model Jenny McCarthy appeared recently on “Larry King Live,” accusing doctors and the pharmaceutical industry of conspiring to suppress evidence of a link between childhood vaccines and autism.

McCartney’s long, winding road goes to White House

Paul McCartney is one of those fortunate individuals who has experienced just about everything that an individual can experience in a lifetime. He has basically done it all, thanks to his incredible musical talents, along with coming along at the right place and the right time. Yes, good fortune is a factor in most success stories. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press Writer Nancy Benac, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 2, 1:33 pm ET

WASHINGTON – After all those hits along the long and winding road to fame, you’d think nothing would fluster Paul McCartney. Think again.

Sir Paul confessed he was “slightly nervous” in the leadup to Wednesday’s big concert at the White House, where President Barack Obama was presenting McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

An all-star cast lined up to perform at the East Room tribute concert, including the Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld. Also to appear: Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. McCartney himself was to perform as well.

McCartney, 67, is the third recipient of the Gershwin prize, awarded by the Library of Congress. It is named for the songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose collections are housed at the library. Previous recipients of the Gershwin award are Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

McCartney played a private concert at the library on Tuesday, and said he’d grown up listening to music by the Gershwin brothers.

For all the awards the former Beatle has collected over the years, he said performing before the Obamas in the East Room still would be a pinch-me moment.

“For an English kid growing up in Liverpool, the White House — that’s pretty special,” he said.

“He’s a great guy,” McCartney said of Obama, “so lay off him.”

Librarian of Congress James Billington credited McCartney for “symbolizing and humanizing the global soundscape,” with his music and his activism around the world.

Those not lucky enough to snag tickets to the East Room gig can catch the concert July 28th, when it’s televised on PBS’ “In Performance at the White House.”


Associated Press writer Brett Zongker contributed to this report.

Elton John wows fans at ‘memorable’ Morocco concert

Elton John is a great musician, composer and performer. He and his band put together great shows. Hopefully his music and his persona will bring people of the world together, much as other musical icons have done in the past. As corny as it sounds, it may be that people such as Elton John, Paul McCartney and the like will someday break down all the barriers between people of different religious and political ideologies. Either way, one can always dream… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

RABAT (AFP) – Elton John performed before some 40,000 adoring fans in Morocco late on Wednesday, living up to his promise of a “memorable” concert in a country whose main Islamic party had called for a ban on the openly gay singer.

John wowed the audience at Rabat’s international Mawazine festival with a selection of hits from his decades-long career, as some even flew in from Europe expressly to see him.

“I thank Morocco, the royal palace and the festival for inviting me. I am proud to be singing in Morocco,” John said, speaking in French, before launching his three-hour long concert in Rabat’s posh Souissi neighbourhood.

“More than 40,000 people attended the concert,” said Aziz Daki, artistic director of the festival, which is one of the most important cultural events in the Arab world.

John had promised a “memorable” evening after the festival’s organisers ignored a call by Morocco’s main opposition Islamist Justice and Development Party to ban him from the festival on the ground that it would pose “a risk of encouraging homosexuality in Morocco.”

Daki had stood by his choice and said cancelling the concert on the grounds of John’s homosexuality would “undermine the respect of privacy” and “breach certain values that the international Mawazine festival is based on.”

Fans were ecstatic that the performance went ahead.

“I bought a plane ticket for 250 euros from Brussels to come and see Elton John in the flesh,” said Elissa Bonnet, a 32-year-old Belgian.

“I will never find a better opportunity,” she added.

Yasmina Faraoui, a 45-year-old Moroccan woman, said John was “one of the world’s greatest pianists.”

Other international artists who appeared at the festival include Julio Iglesias, B.B. King and Carlos Santana.

Protests also greeted Elton John’s performance last month at an open air concert at the ancient Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza in southeastern Mexico.

The concert went ahead despite indigenous leaders’ complaints and an accident that saw the stage collapse, injuring three workers.

Local Mayan leaders complained the concert was irreverent and out of place, and said the collapse of the stage the day before was caused by spirits upset because their gods’ permission for the concert was lacking.

In February John stirred controversy in a US magazine interview when he claimed that Jesus Christ was gay.

White House to host concert honoring Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is already 67 years old; how time flies. I remember watching him perform with John, George and Ringo on the Ed Sullivan Show when I was a little kid. I’m sorry to say I never went to any of his concerts; no doubt it would have been a great experience. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Mon May 24, 7:14 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Legendary musician Paul McCartney will perform at the White House in June, where President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will present the former Beatle with a prize honoring his career.

The White House announced the concert on Monday, saying McCartney would perform in the East Room on June 2 and receive the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award given by the Library of Congress.

The prize, which commemorates American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, “is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins,” the White House said.

The president and the first lady last year awarded the second Gershwin Prize to Stevie Wonder, who also performed at the White House before receiving the accolade.

The first recipient of the award was American Singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

McCartney’s concert will be rebroadcast on US public television in July, the White House said.

The former Beatle has written, recorded and performed since the break-up of the legendary English pop group and has received a slew of accolades at home and abroad.

He has remained popular in the United States and in 2005 was chosen to perform at the Superbowl half-time show.

McCartney, 67, gave fans a heads up about the gig in a webchat last week, saying: “If there is an announcement mentioning the White House, remember where you heard it first.”

Guevara’s granddaughter to appear in PETA campaign

Che Guevara, the murdering, low-life, scum bag (can you tell I hate communists) has a fairly hot granddaughter. This is the only reason I would post this article. TGO

Refer to brief story below. Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK – The granddaughter of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is at the forefront of another revolution – for vegetarianism.

Lydia Guevara poses semi-nude in a PETA campaign that tells viewers to “join the vegetarian revolution,” said PETA spokesman Michael McGraw.

The print campaign is expected to debut in October in magazines and posters, McGraw said. It will be launched first in Argentina, where Che Guevara was born, and then internationally. PETA approached the 24-year-old in recent months after finding out she was a vegetarian, McGraw said.

In the ad, Lydia Guevara wears camouflage pants, a red beret, and bandoliers of baby carrots while standing with one fist on her hip and the other outstretched.

“It very much evokes the tag line of the ad, which is ‘Join the vegetarian revolution,'” McGraw said. “It’s an homage of sorts to her late grandfather.”

Che Guevara was a Marxist leader who played a pivotal role in Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba. He was executed in Bolivia in 1967.

The ad is PETA’s first campaign promoting vegetarianism in South America.

“We say the best way to save animals is not to eat them,” McGraw said.

He said others who have promoted vegetarianism for PETA include Paul McCartney, Forest Whittaker and Alicia Silverstone.


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