While McNaughton previously depicted Obama stepping on the nation’s founding document, “One Nation Under Socialism” glowers directly as if challenging the viewer. His right hand is holding the Constitution and his left hand is pointing to the flames.
Durbin jokes Green Bay Packers could outdraw Romney in Illinois
By Daniel Strauss – 03/21/12 07:28 AM ET
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Wednesday mocked GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, saying that the low turnout for Illinois’ primary had diminished his victory in the state.
“You could draw a bigger crowd at a Green Bay Packers rally in downtown Chicago than what Mr. Romney delivered at the polls yesterday in Illinois.”
Updated: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012, 5:56 AM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012, 4:32 AM CDT
Update as of 5:45 a.m. Wednesday:
The booming is back in Clintonville. It was a relatively quiet night, until about 5 a.m. Wednesday. That’s when Clintonville police tell us, the phones started ringing off the hook, they took about 25 calls within minutes, residents reported they heard 3 large booms.
Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and Kate Smith. First recorded on this date in 1939.
After several days of futile attempts to write a new patriotic song, Berlin remembered the one he had written in 1918. He asked his secretary to retrieve it from the trunk, and he made a few changes to the lyrics. One was from “Stand beside her and guide her/ To the right with a light from above” to through the night,” since “right wing” and “left wing” had taken on political connotations in the interim. The line “From the mountains to the prairies/To the oceans white with foam” had originally been “From the green fields of Virginia to the gold fields out in Nome”, a decided improvement!
Now Kate Smith was the No. I popular songstress in America in 1938, and her weekly Kate Smith Hour was heard by many millions of radio listeners that Thursday, November 10. The shy composer was invited to attend the show, but he declined, opting to listen with a few friends in his office at his music publishing company in New York. Kate sang it as her closing number, after which Berlin’s phone began to ring, as people began to ask, ‘Where can we get that song that Kate Smith just sang.?” Berlin was so touched by those calls that he decided to attend the rebroadcast three hours later for the west coast audience. At the conclusion of the broadcast, Kate called Irving to the stage and gave him a bearhug that swept him off his feet!
The new anthem electrified the nation and Kate sang it on nearly every broadcast through December 1940, after which there was a ban on public performances of ASCAP songs. She had exclusive performance rights for a time. She recorded it for RCA Victor on March 21, 1939, and that version has been reissued countless times over the years.
LaBarre leading recall effort against Sen. Jauch
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:36 pm
By Kevin Murphy For The Daily Press
MADISON — Continued resentment over the Legislature’s failure to pass a Republican-backed mining reform bill prompted a group to launch a recall effort Monday against State Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar.
“Senator Jauch did not listen to the majority of his constituents and frankly, we’ve had it,” Shirl LaBarre, of Hayward, told reporters at the Government Accountability Board offices where she registered the Recall Bob Jauch Committee.
“Senator Jauch flushed our opportunity for mining and good paying jobs quickly without thinking about his constituents. Instead he listens to political interest groups and that’s it… The senator said he wanted responsible mining law but we need a senator responsive to our needs,” said LaBarre.
Mining isn’t the only issue in the recall but it’s “the key issue,” said LaBarre.
In a phone interview Monday, Jauch said he wrote Gov. Walker urging him to continue to work with the Legislature to pass a bipartisan bill that creates jobs and protects the environment. Jauch said there needs to be a shared sense of compromise for any bill to be passed if the Legislature is called back into Special Session.
Six-race suspension of Knaus, Malec overturned
Johnson given back 25 driver points; fine, probation still stand for crew chief
By Joe Menzer, NASCAR.COM
March 20, 2012 5:48 PM, EDT
CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook overturned on Tuesday an earlier ruling by the governing body that had threatened to cripple the No. 48 team of driver Jimmie Johnson for the 2012 season.
In doing so, Middlebrook rescinded the loss of 25 Sprint Cup championship driver and car owner points assessed, and also rescinded six-week suspensions levied against crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec. The only penalty that remained in place was a $100,000 fine for Knaus — while both he and Malec will remain on probation until May 9.
Texting woman falls into lake
ST. JOSEPH, Mich., March 20 (UPI) — Authorities in Michigan said they pulled a 45-year-old woman out of Lake Michigan after she fell off a pier while text messaging.
St. Joseph police said Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor was text messaging on her phone and was not carefully watching where she was walking when she fell Monday from the South Pier in St. Joseph, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, reported Tuesday