Can You Spot The African-American In Latest Sarah Palin PR Ad?

If you think finding Waldo on the beach is tough, try spotting a black lady in a Sarah Palin PR ad.  I saw this on MSNBC today, and while Andrea Mitchell was too diplomatic to ask  the obvious question, I think it needs to be raised.  Why no black women?  (I know…I know…. Palin and Crowd are not racist since they all have a Sammy Davis, Jr. album back home.  But still….)  I also spotted a grammar problem with a missing ‘s’ on a sign with the word ‘liberal’ on it.  No one ever accused the teabaggers of being scholars.

“Seen Some Nice Strippers”, Vomits, Crashes SUV Into Club, Blames Martians

I think blaming the Martians was the last essential ingredient to this story.

Police said Keith Rasmussen, 50, of Racine, was asked to leave Vision’s Night Club after he vomited in the VIP area. Rasmussen got in his SUV in the parking lot, put it in reverse and slammed it into the front of the building, authorities said. A witness told police he and a woman had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. 

After hitting the building, Rasmussen’s vehicle jumped the curb and drove down East Washington at a high rate of speed, according to police. A concerned citizen called 911 after seeing Rasmussen’s SUV pull into a parking lot at a high speed.

When police made contact with Rasmussen in the parking lot, they asked him how he was doing. Rasmussen said, “Not good,” but he had “seen some nice strippers.” Police said Rasmussen then denied driving the SUV, telling police Martians helped get him to his current location.  

Rasmussen was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, hit and run, and entering or leaving a controlled access unlawfully. 

Charlie Louvin, Grand Ole Opry Star, Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Yesterday Charlie Louvin, one of the essential voices of the Grand Ole Opry, turned 83.    It is beening reported on his web site that the music legend was very recently diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.  

There is no need to underscore the severity of this type of cancer, combined with his age.  Charlie will go in for a six-hour surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on July 22. During what is called a Whipple procedure, doctors will remove part of his pancreas, small intestine and bile duct and will then reconstruct his digestive tract.  True to form the singer is insisting that he will be back on the stage for an August 21st show.

There is still a lot of music to be made from this man who teamed up with his brother, Ira, to make record charting albums.  The Louvin Brothers were pure gold for many years.  After Ira died Charlie continued singing and appearing around the nation.  Before one such concert in Wisconsin I had the chance to talk with him for a lengthy period of time as he used my pen to sign some autographs.  As he smoked a cigarette Charlie told tales of being on the road as a country singer.  His memories of working in the early days with Elvis were samples of what the entertainment world was like before the modern-day hype and endless promotion.

Charlie has a  new CD set for release later this year.  There is no end to the music that this man still has within him.

CP is sending prayers and best wishes to this Grand Ole Opry star for a medical miracle.

Here is a sample of the Louvin Brothers from 1956.

President Nixon Considered Using Nuclear Bomb On North Korea

More details emerge from the days of the Nixon White House.

U.S. President Richard Nixon mulled using nuclear weapons against North Korea after its fighters shot down a U.S. spy plane in 1969, documents indicate.

North Korean jets had shot down the U.S. EC-121 reconnaissance plane with 31 crew members aboard over international waters of the Sea of Japan, leaving Nixon trying to figure out what the appropriate response should be.

National Public Radio reported Tuesday newly disclosed documents show the president and his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, considered a range of military responses, including the nuclear option.

NPR also reported former U.S. fighter pilot Bruce Charles says after the spy plane was shot down, he was put on alert in South Korea with a nuclear bomb loaded on his aircraft. After several hours, the order came to stand down, he said.

“The colonel said, ‘It looks like from the messages I’m getting, we will not do this today. I do not know about tomorrow,'” NPR quoted Charles as saying, noting his story could not be confirmed independently.

NPR said not long after the reconnaissance plane was shot down The New York Times, citing sources in the Nixon administration, had reported a nuclear attack against North Korea had been discussed.

NPR also points out that Nixon was praised at the time for using restraint.

Morton Halperin worked at that time in the National Security Council. He believes Nixon did decide to retaliate against North Korea.

But Halperin says he has no knowledge that a nuclear strike was considered.

“Nixon had made a decision that we would retaliate by bombing the air base from which we believed the planes had come to shoot down the EC-121. And he had ordered an aircraft carrier to move close enough to be able to carry out the bombing,” Halperin says.

Two days after the attack, though, Nixon held a press conference. And what he said led many in Congress to conclude he was not opting for retaliation. He was praised widely for this restraint, Halperin recalls, and then decided against a military response.

The documents posted by the National Security Archive suggest that for half a century, American presidents have had the same problem with North Korea, says Dan Sneider of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

“The danger of a wide war tends to trump whatever benefit you think might come from punishing your enemy here with a retaliatory strike,” Sneider says.