Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen's Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

After Conaway was discovered unresponsive on May 11, manager Phil Brock first said that an overdose of painkillers was a likely culprit, but that theory was disputed by Celebrity Rehab's Dr. Drew Pinsky, who said that there was no sign of an intentional overdose. "There is no evidence showing Jeff died from an overdose. This was aspiration with overwhelming pneumonia and sepsis. Jeff is another example of a pharmaceutical death from the overutilization of prescription drugs," Pinsky, who visited Conaway late last week at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, told E! News Friday. "Please continue to pray for his friends and family. They appreciate your support." Conaway's death has rattled his pals. "Yet again another beautiful soul is wasted due to the growing problem of pharmaceutical addiction," Corey Feldman told E! News. "I have lost way too many friends because of irresponsible practices where doctors are overmedicating obvious addicts. It's horriffic and disgusting! My heart goes out to Jeff's family, he was a wonderful human." Former Munsters star Butch Patrick, who partied with Conaway back in the day, simply said, "I am devastated." While Conaway sought treatment for his various addictions back in the 1980s, he had relapsed by the 2000s. He appeared on Celebrity Fit Club in 2006, but left the show to go to rehab early in the season. In 2008, he took his demons to Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, where he became known for his trainwreck tendencies. "I've tried to commit suicide 21 times," he told Howard Stern in an interview that year. "I'm terrible at it! I get depressed over how come I can't kill myself," he laughed, when Howard and Robin Quivers joked that he was obviously terrible at it. "Mostly it's been with pills," he admitted when asked how he had attempted suicide in the past. "I've taken enough pills to knock an elephant out...God wants me on this planet for some reason or another." In January 2010, Lizzi (whose real name is Victoria Spinoza),  told E! News that Conaway had been increasingly despondent in the days before a drug-induced fall at his home left him with a broken hip that required surgery and a stay in a convelescent home. "He knows the meds are killing him. He can't get off them," Lizzi said. E! News last spoke to Conaway while he was recuperating in March 2010, and he sounded more optimistic. "I have made a tremendous amount of progress," he said. "I wasn't about to give up. I didn't come this far to give up. God didn't bring me this far to drop me." Though Lizzi and Conaway were in contact in the days before his collapse, their relationship had been rocky for some time. They filed dueling restraining orders against each other in March, with Spinoza claiming that her ex was "mentally unstable and dangerous" and Conaway claiming that she was stealing his medication and sneaking into their house to drug him at night. Lizzi was the one who discovered Conaway unconscious and called 911, having driven to his house to take him to a doctor's appointment. Earlier this week, a judge granted a temporary restraining order, filed by Conaway's sister, that barred Lizzi from visiting Conaway in the hospital. Lizzi was unsuccessful in her bid to overturn the order and didn't have a chance to see Conaway before he passed. "Vikki is distraught right now. She can't even breathe. She wasn't able to see," mutual friend Aubry Fisher told E! News. Conaway was married to Rona Newton-John, Olivia's sister, in the early '80s. He is survived by wife Kerri Young Conaway, sisters Shreve and Michele Goffin, and stepson Emerson. May he finally rest in peace.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Man wanted for questioning in missing child case http://ping.fm/tSj3P
Last night I found this article about Henry Kissinger. Coupled with the Wikipedia article about him, I learned some things that took away a lot of the respect I had for him. His attitude and actions towards the Jews and the nation of Israel, were more than surprising and disappointing.
THE JERUSALEM POST - first published 12-27-2007:
HENRY KISSINGER'S Jewishness was equally a source of neurosis, according to Willie Fort. Reared as a deeply observant Jew, Kissinger slipped away from beneath the Orthodox shadow of his parental home when he was drafted into the army in 1943. His rebellion was so absolute and his assimilation so total that when he was sworn in as secretary of state he took his oath of office on a Christian Bible on a Sabbath day with his gentile second wife at his side. Yet, try as he might, Henry Kissinger would never succeed in shedding his thin, Jewish refugee skin. Willie emitted a cynical laugh at this, and observed, "I learn through the White House grapevine that whenever Nixon feels Kissinger is getting too big for his boots he is not averse to resorting to nasty anti-Semitic barbs to cut him down to size. He has even been known to call him 'my Jew boy' to his face. It is said that he is careful not to bring too many Jewish staff members to meetings with the president for fear of arousing his anti-Semitic streak. And when it is aroused he pretends to shrug it off, concealing his humiliation. But then, back in the privacy of his room, he invariably goes into a tantrum and takes it out on his subordinates."
Kissinger was born, May 27, 1923, Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Fürth Bavaria, Germany during the Weimar Republic to a family of German Jews. His father, Louis Kissinger (1887–1982) was a schoolteacher. His mother, Paula Stern Kissinger (1901–1998), was a homemaker. Kissinger has a younger brother, Walter Kissinger. The surname Kissinger was adopted in 1817 by his great-great-grandfather Meyer Löb, after the city of Bad Kissingen. In 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution his family moved to New York. Henry Alfred Kissinger is a German-born American political scientist, diplomat, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. After his term, his opinion was still sought by many following presidents and many world leaders.