Bill Ray’s unforgettable picture of Marilyn, alone in the spotlight.
The Night Marilyn Sang to JFK
Here, on what would have been JFK’s 97th birthday, Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, New York, May 19, 1962.
Fifty-plus years ago, on a spring night in New York City, 35-year-old Marilyn Monroe — sewn into a sparkling, jaw-droppingly tight dress — stood alone in a spotlight on a dark stage. She took a breath, began to sing — and 15,000 men and women who filled the old Madison Square Garden that night knew, simply knew, that they were seeing and hearing something that they would never, ever forget.
The mainstream media are so far up their own fundament they are actually still in denial and believe that they are still relevant to most people.
Witness the way they have carried on, especially the NZ Herald, in the past weeks over John Key’s silly fetish with hair. Trying to milk the story for all it was worth, which was frankly about the same as a soy latte moccahino at Rosies of Parnell.
Over the last six years, a confluence of forces have eroded the foundation of the relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it most regularly. Financial pressures have reduced the number of news organizations committed to daily coverage of the White House and to participating in its cycle of pools, briefings and trips on Air Force One. And technologies including Twitter, YouTube and livestreaming of events mean the White House can communicate directly with the public without going through the traditional media that still dominates the Brady Briefing Room.
In fact, through Twitter and its whitehouse.gov website, the White House already operates something akin to its own news agency, and the president gives much more face time to niche media outlets such as MTV, Telemundo and BuzzFeed than to the reporters who camp out in the West Wing day after day. Read more »
Everything Labour declares is a crisis miraculously recovers. It is just as well they don’t declare their party and leadership to be in crisis then.
In the US the White house has decided they need a bee task force to save the bees. The very last thing bees need is a presidential task force, in fact that has probably doomed them.
If Labour could send David Cunliffe over though and declare a crisis the problem would be solved.
President Barack Obama has announced plans to form a “Pollinator Health Task Force” in a bid to save the dwindling population of bees.
Bee populations saw a 23 per cent decline last winter, which is blamed on the loss of genetic diversity and exposure to certain pesticides. A quarter of foods eaten by Americans – including apples, carrots and avocados – rely on pollination, and the process carried out by the honey bee adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States, the White House said. Read more »
John Key has a Chief Science advisor…so does Barack Obama (Professors and Doctors, supposedly clever and sensible) …periodically these chumps come out with some prognostication on global warming to tell us we are catastrophically warming and we MUST do something…if they aren’t doing that then they are hosing down some inconvenient facts.
Barack Obama’s cheif warmist did that last week in this video:
Very early on they use a chart…that is…well..wonky as hell. it is an official White House video and the deceit is astonishing. Read more »
The White House has released some home brew recipes that include White House honey from their beehives. Auckland City has their on bees too, in hives at the Town Hall. Len Brown should look at doing something like this.
Not everyone can be President of the United States, but now you can drink like one.
The POTUS’ official residence unveiled recipes for its “Honey Ale” and “Honey Porter” in a blog post partly entitled “Ale to the Chief.”
“With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it,” writes Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.
The Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on White House grounds, Kass writes. Previously, Thomas Jefferson made wine, and George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia.
Inspired by home brewers from across the United States, Obama bought a home-brewing kit for the kitchen, Kass continues. After some experimentation, staff created the Honey Brown Ale, followed by the Honey Porter. They debuted a Honey Blonde this past summer. All are brewed with honey tapped from the first-ever bee hive on the South Lawn of the White House.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett show how proper use of social media can help spread the message and at the same time say something that the MSM would never print because it doesn’t sit their story or the lines they are running on behalf of chosen party.
Clear, concise and to the point, showing the utter hypocrisy of Labour’s and the left’s whining.
If only other MPs would likewise utilise the tools now at their disposal to better communicate with fans, constituents and supporters.
Perhaps Paula’s colleagues might like to have a chat about hos she can manage to do it while they sit with their thumbs up their collective asses wailing about not being able to get the message out.
Has anyone noticed that the left and I include the media are all outraged when anyone attacks the lefty woman. But then all po-faced when they all bay for the blood of a woman who doesn’t seem to fit the correct thinking ideology-wise.
I point this out because of the rank hypocrisy being shown in recent attacks on Judith Collins, Melissa Lee, Paula Bennett and Christine Rankin.
If we take Christine Rankin, there has been much made of her previous marriages but not one squeak about the rest of the Commission and their previous marriages. Not one squeak from Labour when they appointed them, not one squeak from Peter Dunne when the Commission was set up with divorcees on the Commission. The rank hypocrisy stinks.
What can it be then about Christine Rankin that so appalls the left? Is it because she is a supporter of National? Possibly. Is it because she is successful in all by her marriages? Possibly. Or is it because she cuts through the bullshit and doublespeak? Possibly. It is more likely to be a combination of all of those plus a healthy does of leftist misogyny. Just what exactly has she done to earn so much opprobrium from the left.
Likewise the attacks on Melissa Lee. What we are seeing here is constant attacks against successful, good looking women who aren’t in the mould of ugly by the leftwing. Their view of the world seems to want women to be in sack-cloth and ashes and to only think their way.
Meanwhile they continue the meme that the Auckland Supe City transitional authority will be filled with “Dead Old White men”. Well what is David Shearer if he isn’t grey, dead, and old and a man compared with young, vibrant, female Melissa Lee.