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NEWS: Whitney Houston Has Died (UPDATED)

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Road UPDATE:
Whitney Houston is dead at 48. Cause unknown. From CBS:

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

... News of Houston's death came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

... She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

Road In the New York Times, Charles M. Blow turns the Roland Martin flap into a teachable moment:

The truest measure of a man, indeed of a person, is not whom he lies down with but what he stands up for. If we must be judged, let it be in this way. And when we fall short, as we sometimes will, because humanity is fallible, let us greet each other with compassion and encouragement rather than ridicule and resentment.

Whatever was in Martin’s heart, what was in his Twitter messages wasn’t helpful. They may not lead directly to intimidation or violence, but they may add to a stream of negativity that feeds a culture in which intimidation and violence by some twisted minds is all too real. I don’t believe that Martin wanted that.

Let’s show the whole of mankind that men can indeed be kind, even to other men who dare to wear pink suits.

Road At the "Toward Healing and Renewal" symposium, Vatican finally "gets religion" on sex abuse prevention reform:

... the idea was to share this experience with the rest of the Catholic world, especially places where the sexual abuse crisis has not yet exploded, in the hope that for once, church leaders can defuse the bomb before it goes off. [emphasis added]

... We saw Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's powerful Congregation for Bishops, presiding over a liturgy of repentance -- effectively symbolizing that the crisis isn't just about wayward priests, but it includes failures by the hierarchy. We heard American Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concede that much of what's been accomplished to date is due to media pressure, insisting on a "more proactive" approach.

Pope Benedict XVI dispatched a message to the symposium, endorsing the effort to build "a vigorous culture of effective safeguarding and victim support."

The Vatican's top sex abuse prosecutor, Maltese Monsignor Charles Scicluna, bluntly said it is "not acceptable" for bishops to ignore anti-abuse protocols and openly called for imposing sanctions under church law on those bishops who drop the ball.

Picture 10 Road Are there 10,000,000 secret Obama-loving Catholics?

Road I have overheard this conversation so many times and in so many bathrooms that I can't tell if it's a satire or a transcript.

Road No one was better at looking at things than Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-un looks at things too, but it's not the same.

Road The forensic sciences bring us composite sketches of literary characters.

Road Sandy Rios explains that the real problem with Ellen isn't her comedy or winsome personality; it's that she wants 12-year-olds to engage in exotic sexual practices with the Symbionese Liberation Army. Or something like that.

Road Breathtaking "cloud tsunami" rolled into Panama City Beach on Friday.

Road Tomorrow is Darwin Day!

Road Ray Comfort to black people: Don't believe in evolution like those stupid whitefolk.

“Atheistic evolution isn’t an intelligent belief, as atheists would have the black community believe,” said Ray Comfort, whose new project is “Hitler, God, and the Bible.”

“It’s a philosophy for the dumbest of the dumb, and it’s an insult to the black heritage to try and hoodwink them into believing that nothing created everything,” he said.

“That’s a scientific impossibility, and African Americans have got too much intelligence to believe such an insane worldview. That’s why there are so few black atheists. Most atheists are white, educated, and greatly lacking when it comes to common sense,” he said.

Picture 11 Road Maryland Del. Pat McDonough talk about the "gay life form."

Road CNN insists CPAC was downright twitterpated with Santorum ...

Road  ... but Romney still won the CPAC straw poll.

Road Ann Coulter said funny/evil things at CPAC.

Road I was gonna post that CPAC video in which comedian Steve Crowder and blogger-hubby Chris Loesch, incarnated as wig-wearing hip-hop duo The Powdered Zombies, rap "Mr. America," a song in which they pretend to say the word "knicker" when they're actually saying the "n"-word, thereby causing lilywhite ladies in fannypacks to tee-hee-hee. But why post horrible music? Instead, hear Tim Minchin sing about the language of prejudice, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. Whitney Houston died! :(

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Feb 11, 2012 8:35:38 PM


  2. @Brandon - be nice to Sandy Rios. She just needs a woman.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 11, 2012 8:40:53 PM


  3. Please, All, read all of the comment by Charles M. Blow (I'm sure he just laughs at the obvious associations). They are the most clear and healthy, as well as elegant remarks on the nature and complexity of males I have ever read. This is a new Dr. King with great dignity and warmth. Uffda indeed: (I hope this will all come through)


    He writes, "We can’t ask the people taking the punches to also take the jokes.

    And it’s about understanding that masculinity is wide enough and deep enough for all of us to fit in it. But society in general, and male culture in particular, is constantly working to render it narrow and shallow. We have shaved the idea of manhood down to an unrealistic definition that few can fit in it with the whole of who they are, not without severe constriction or self-denial.

    The man that we mythologize in the backs of our minds is a cultural concoction, an unattainable ideal, a perfect specimen of muscles and fearlessness and daring. Square-jawed and well-rounded. Potent and passionate. Sensitive but not sentimental. And, above all else, unwaveringly heterosexual and without even a hint of softness.

    A vast majority of men will never be able to be all these things all the time, but they shouldn’t be made to feel less than a man because of it.

    And this narrowed manhood ideal has a truly damaging effect on boys.

    In “Boy Culture: an Encyclopedia,” which was published in 2010, the editors point out: “Boys are men in training. As such, most strive to enact and replicate hegemonic masculinity so that they achieve status among male peers, and pre-emptively guard against accusations or perceptions that their masculinity is deficient.” The editors went on to quote a 2001 study in which a boy who does not measure up to dominant prescriptions of masculinity is “likely to be punished by his peers in ways which seek to strip him of his mantle of masculinity.”

    In fact, a 2005 report entitled “From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America,” which was commissioned by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, found that a third of all teens said that they are often bullied, called names or harassed at their school because they are, or people think that they are, gay, lesbian or bisexual.

    We have created this culture, and we can undo it.

    Start with this fact: The truest measure of a man, indeed of a person, is not whom he lies down with but what he stands up for. If we must be judged, let it be in this way. And when we fall short, as we sometimes will, because humanity is fallible, let us greet each other with compassion and encouragement rather than ridicule and resentment.

    Whatever was in Martin’s heart, what was in his Twitter messages wasn’t helpful. They may not lead directly to intimidation or violence, but they may add to a stream of negativity that feeds a culture in which intimidation and violence by some twisted minds is all too real. I don’t believe that Martin wanted that.

    Let’s show the whole of mankind that men can indeed be kind, even to other men who dare to wear pink suits.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 11, 2012 8:47:37 PM


  4. And again, "We can't ask the people taking the punches to also take the jokes." What a line! I will never forget it.

    So, I have just discovered this championship man just now on this website. If you're as impressed as I you can look him up on line for details, bio, and his remarks on Romney - they show again a characteristic larger view, the largest perhaps, about this man.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 11, 2012 8:58:10 PM


  5. Oh Brandon, don't bury the fine picture of Charles Blow, it's too good, too worthy.

    Sorry about Whitney of course but it shouldn't upstage Charles Blow.

    Thanks

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 11, 2012 9:02:34 PM


  6. R.I.P.

    Whitney Houston


    Posted by: say what | Feb 11, 2012 9:04:33 PM


  7. What a sad tragedy! I love her. May she rest in peace.

    Posted by: Chris in SF | Feb 11, 2012 9:10:48 PM


  8. whitney singing the star spangled banner 1991

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DkHs7Kuido

    The best ever

    Posted by: say what | Feb 11, 2012 9:16:46 PM


  9. Damnit, Whitney! Ugh... Now I'm really sad.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 11, 2012 9:29:20 PM


  10. I would think whitney's death would warrant a separate post.

    Posted by: whatdidyousay | Feb 11, 2012 9:30:42 PM


  11. Damn. I hate when this happens. Another person's life cut short by drugs. So glad I never touched the stuff. I always used to think "life is dangerous enough. Why should I take unnecessary risks.?" Artificial highs aren't worth it. If you know people doing this stuff, stop them. I only hope others who are doing drugs will be influenced by this horrible news to stop.

    Rest in peace, Whitney. You had the voice of an angel. The feeling you exuded in the song "One Moment in Time" brought me close to tears.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 11, 2012 9:36:38 PM



  12. Whatdidyousay: A separate post will be up shortly. - BKT

    Typos courtesy of iPhone and Autocorrect.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Feb 11, 2012 9:49:17 PM


  13. She had a voice like no other, an incredible talent. RIP Whitney.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 11, 2012 10:22:29 PM


  14. Where do broken hearts go? Whitney, you broke my heart with your beautiful voice, back in the day. You broke it again when your struggle with drugs became known. You broke it again with your comeback, and again when it went bust. And now.

    Please tell me.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 11, 2012 11:13:07 PM


  15. Well...did anyone really think this would end any differently? I guess fame is just not what it is CRACKED up to be. She was no Judy the body her of work just wasn't there. I still feel sad but who or what do you blame?

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Feb 11, 2012 11:55:06 PM


  16. This is so sad RIP Whitney

    Posted by: Badge Society | Feb 12, 2012 11:11:19 AM


  17. and thanks again to Madonna for glorifying drug use. addiction destroys millions of lives; it's not a joke

    Posted by: h | Feb 12, 2012 11:11:33 AM


  18. re the frequently overheard bathroom conversation:

    is it any wonder we have no legal protection in most of the country? where are our priorities?

    so incredibly sad

    Posted by: h | Feb 12, 2012 11:18:39 AM


  19. I love this article. Thank you so much for posting :)

    Posted by: academia research | Feb 12, 2012 1:24:56 PM


  20. UFFDA - in case you check back, thanks for the shout-out for Charles M. Blow. I agree with your emphasis.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 13, 2012 3:06:25 AM


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