Sad news from country music this afternoon as it was announced that Ray Price is losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The singer has left the hospital and is now resting at his ranch about 100 miles outside of Dallas.
If anyone wonders why Ray Price is one of the voices and performers that made classic country music so popular only needs to spend a few minutes turning up the volume on the videos posted here that showcases his talent.
Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.
Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.
“Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions,” said Janie. “With God’s blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it’s with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It’s his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends.”
Price wanted to give a final message to his fans. “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
Janie thanks the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let the fans know the best way to send them a note is on their Facebook page or you can mail a card to:
Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.
Is this the pose that serious reporters and news anchors strike? Can you image Walter Cronkite or Andrea Mitchell allowing themselves to be debased in this way? At least Kelly did not pull a Jaimie Alexander!
I start this post out in the fashion I do as I am simply appalled that the ‘war on Christmas’ that FAUX News likes to spin has now taken on an ugly racial spin. There is no way to even pretend that Megyn Kelly is anything but a blond pin-up type anchor without serious professional credentials when the following words erupt from her pancaked face.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is. I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa.”
She is nothing more than a limp-minded individual so there is no need to take her seriously. So strike a pose with your legs, cutie, as that is all you have to show.
The only thing one can say for her rant is that she did not undermine the ‘fact’ Santa is real. But from there she is just plain wrong. And racially insensitive!
First Jesus Christ was a Jew of Mediterranean descent and not the white European figure often depicted in paintings and movies. If Kelly read more and talked less she might have known this fact.
Second, for many–and I mean MANY kids across this country and around the globe Santa is brown-skinned. Black or even oriental. While there is a commercial nature to Santa Claus that creates an image the reality for many boys and girls is that Santa need not be Caucasian.
I know that FAUX News is not a strong promoter of various ethnic causes or ideas that cannot be placed into the same old box of a predetermined size, but even they must know the limits of allowing some bimbo to talk-half-cocked on primetime about the idea of Santa–and Jesus.
Even as the votes in the chambers still favor the N.R.A., gun-control advocates have some cause for optimism. Time does not seem to be on the N.R.A.’s side. … Between 1977 and 2012 the percentage of American households possessing one or more guns declined by 36 percent. … The N.R.A. is all too aware of the headwinds it faces and has ramped up its efforts. In recent years, it has targeted young military veterans by offering them a free introductory ‘Life of Duty’ membership. It also works extensively with the Boy Scouts, David Keene [recently retired NRA president] told me, ‘to try to get kids in the city to hunt and fish.’ The N.R.A.’s signature method of recruitment, however, is to play on the fears of gun enthusiasts with over-the-top claims that President Obama and his administration will not rest ‘until they’ve banned, confiscated and destroyed our guns’ …
Over time, this tactic could prove to be a losing one . Just as Tea Party rhetoric has hurt the Republican Party among young people and Hispanics, the N.R.A.’s seeming capitulation to the smaller, no-compromise gun groups risks turning off whole swaths of mainstream gun owners who may be more concerned with the job market and the cost of college tuition than with the prospect of a national gun registry. For now, the matter of universal background checks joins immigration reform and same-sex marriage as issues in which Washington Republicans lag behind nationwide public opinion. And so the more competitive gun-legislation battles have begun to take place at the state level.
Edith Windsor, as we all know from following her story over the years, is an amazing woman. Simply energized with the sense of justice for being wronged. Powerful and inspiring.
Windsor’s judicial odyssey began in 2010, when she sued the government for a $363,053 refund of the estate taxes she had to pay when her spouse died. Under the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law passed in 1996, the couple’s legal marriage in Canada in 2007 didn’t qualify them for any federal protections, including the estate-tax exemption for surviving spouses. When the Supreme Court decided 5-4 in Windsor’s favor on June 26, it declared DOMA—which excluded gay married couples from some 1,100 federal provisions, like filing joint tax returns and accessing veterans’ benefits—unconstitutional. The decision marked the first time the U.S. recognized marriage between partners of the same sex. It was a big win.
Windsor did what so many other ordinary gay people in her generation had been forced to do in response to adversity: she decided to fight. After gay-rights organizations turned her down—they worried, among other things, that she was too privileged to serve as the face of an important case—she connected with Roberta Kaplan, a lesbian and corporate litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, who had argued in favor of gay marriage before New York’s highest court. In their 2010 suit, Windsor and Kaplan argued that DOMA violated the constitutional right to equal protection. The momentum was with them. In 2011—for the first time in history, according to Gallup—a majority of Americans supported legalizing gay marriage. In 2012, when the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Windsor’s favor, Windsor told Time, “The amount of dignity that just fell off onto people was incredible.”
The biggest gun-control fight next year is shaping up as dueling ballot initiatives in the state of Washington, and this vote matters.
Not only for the lives of people who are killed from these deadly weapons, but also as a clear sign that the rank-and-file citizens can control the agenda when it comes to gun control, and start stripping the National Rifle Associations of their stranglehold over the political process.
Gun background check initiatives have moved to the point where they have enough signatures to appear on their ballot ballot. One initiative would require background checks on all gun sales in the state and the other one is fighting to stop it from becoming universal.
The initiative that sane people will be following, and working to have passed is I-594. The enforcement of this background check would come through federally licensed firearm dealers. This would apply not just to the typical new weapon sales, but also to purchases made online, through private transaction, or at gun shows.
Groups run by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and other gun-control advocates intend to spend cash to make sure Washington State voters have a chance to win this important gun-control measure.
Caffeinated Politics will be following the story in 2014.