BREAKING: Ray Price Not Dead

This is really rather confusing.

Although Ray Price’s son reported earlier today that his father had died, the statement was made in error. Rolling Stone just spoke with Janie Price, Ray Price’s wife of 45 years. “He is still with us,” she says, adding that Price’s son released the statement of his passing prematurely. Price is surrounded by loved ones including a pastor right now at home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Bob Schieffer’s Thoughts On School Shootings In America

To the point.  Honest.  Direct.  Sharing the same sense of angst that the rest of us feel about the impotence over stopping the madness.

In the days after Newtown, many people said, “If the cold blooded murders of 20 first-graders and six of their teachers is not enough to make it harder for the mentally ill to get guns, then what is?”

A year and a day later, I have no answer to that question.

All I know is what has happened since Newtown.

Since then, nearly 200 children have been killed by gunfire.

Since Newtown, there have been 28 school shootings on U.S. schoolgrounds during school hours — that’s one almost every other week — and they have taken the lives of 17 children. 

In Colorado, a 17-year-old girl injured in Friday’s shooting remains in critical condition.

Since Newtown, 112 people have died in what the FBI calls mass shootings — incidents that took the lives of at least four people. Some of those victims died at the Navy Yard in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.

For all the talk and good intentions, the deranged are still finding the powerful weapons they  need to carry out their deadly plans.

After the Navy Yard shooting, the President said, “Once more our hearts are broken. Once more we ask, why?”

But in our heart of hearts, don’t we know why? It’s not an easy question, because if we admit we do know, then good conscience forces us to do something about it.

Ray Price “How Great Thou Art” “In The Garden”

Ray Price died this morning in Texas.

News Reports Of Ray Price’s Death Was Wrong

Update: Although Ray Price’s son reported earlier today that his father had died, the statement was made in error. Rolling Stone just spoke with Janie Price, Ray Price’s wife of 45 years. “He is still with us,” she says, adding that Price’s son released the statement of his passing prematurely. Price is surrounded by loved ones including a Pastor right now at home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

One of the legends, long loved by many, never to be forgotten.


Country Music Hall of Famer Noble Ray Price, who pioneered a shuffling, rhythmic, honky-tonk sound that has had an impact on country music since the mid-1950s, died Sunday, Dec. 15 at age 87, of complications from pancreatic cancer, at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Through hits including “Crazy Arms,” “City Lights,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You” and many others, Mr. Price’s full, round voice became one of country’s most beloved and instantly identifiable instruments. His expansive musicality allowed him a 65-year career that changed country music and inspired artists including Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.

He developed his signature shuffle in 1956, added elegant orchestration in the 1960s and toured throughout the remainder of his career with bands capable of delivering edgy, early-career sounds and sophisticated 1970s hits including the Grammy-winning “For the Good Times.”

“He’s our chief,” country musician Marty Stuart often said. “Grand Ole Opry” and WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs, a dear friend to Mr. Price and a member of the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, said, “Ray Price was a member of country music’s greatest generation, and he radiated poise, dignity and class.”


Kiev Protestors Keep Strength Up With Passion, Salt Pork, And Buckwheat With Salo


Over the weeks the grit and determination of the crowds in Kiev has inspired many around the globe who have watched and listened.  But how do they keep their energy, even with deep conviction and passion about the need to impact political and trade accords with Europe, when the cold bites and hunger gnaws?

Seems at the root of the diet that helps sustain the crowd–and I found this most interesting (hence this post)–is salt pork and a buckwheat soup.

The protesters can choose from a rotating menu of a half-dozen Ukrainian folk recipes, intended to provide fortification for people spending hours on the streets in the icy Ukrainian winter, not to speak of girding for an occasional clash with the police.       

“People are very grateful for anything warm,” said Anastasia Slobodyanyuk, a 15-year-old volunteer who carries platters of tea through the crowd in the evenings after school, a heart in the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag painted on her cheek.

In the protesters’ arsenal are trays with slices of buttered bread and the central ingredient of the classic Ukrainian sandwich: smoked and salted pork fat, or salo.       

More than a few Ukrainians swear that salo makes them strong and beautiful, and some insist that it can treat liver problems. There were many takers for the salo sandwiches making the rounds on the revolutionary square, especially for the “troshechki” variety, with a generous coating of pepper on bits of salted pork fat.       

While there are restaurants open nearby, not everybody can afford them. And the goal, of course, is to keep a sea of demonstrators visible at all times to the television cameras that are broadcasting the protest events live virtually around the clock. Outdoor canteens where protesters can line up for bowls of soup and cups of tea, and volunteers who circle through the crowd like waiters and waitresses at some huge, outdoor cocktail party, serve the goals of the protest movement far more than people sneaking off to McDonald’s.       

Wherever the eye falls on Independence Square, cooks busy themselves about huge kettles over bonfires in an all but medieval tableau of an army at camp, but for the blinking neon advertisements all about.       

One cook, Yuri Dorozhivsky, shared this recipe for buckwheat with salo (feeds thousands):       

1) Heat a 50-gallon kettle over an open fire.       

2) Brown 20 pounds of salo and 10 pounds of onions.       

3) Fill with water and bring to a gentle boil, stir in 60 pounds of buckwheat kernels.       

4) Simmer for an hour, then remove from direct heat, salt to taste.


Colorado Shooter, Karl Halverson Pierson, Had Easy Means To Buying Shotgun, Large Amount Of Ammunition

We have had 22 school shootings this year in America as of the writing of this post–on average–one about every other week.  Is this what our nation now accepts as the new norm?

A teenager behind the Colorado school shooting entered campus with a shotgun, a machete, three explosive devices and had ammunition strapped to his body, authorities said Saturday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School by 18-year-old Karl Pierson was likely motivated by retaliation against a faculty member, probably a librarian at the school.

Robinson said it looks like the librarian was the initial target, but that the gunman planned to hurt multiple people, evidenced by the large amount of ammunition he brought with him.

The sheriff said Pierson bought the pump-action shotgun legally Dec. 6 at a local retail store. He also said the teen bought ammunition legally the morning of the shooting. Anyone over 18 is allowed to buy a shotgun in Colorado; only those over 21 can legally buy a handgun.