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Morning Shot: May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010
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- Birthday Shots
Today’s shots go out to Meastro Irving Berlin, actress Natasha Richardson (The Parent Trap), and newcomer Corey Montheith (Finn from Glee).
- This Day in History
In what would prove to be the next to the last concert of his tragically short life, Bob Marley shared the bill at Madison Square Garden with the hugely popular American funk band The Commodores. With no costumes, no choreography and no set design to speak of, “The reggae star had the majority of his listeners on their feet and in the palm of his hand,” according to New York Times critic Robert Palmer. “After this show of strength, and Mr. Marley’s intense singing and electric stage presence, the Commodores were a letdown.” Only days after his triumphant shows in New York City, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park and later received a grim diagnosis: a cancerous growth on an old soccer injury on his big toe had metastasized and spread to Marley’s brain, liver and lungs. Less than eight months later, on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley, the soul and international face of reggae music, died in a Miami, Florida, hospital. He was only 36 years old.
- Who’s Sorry Now?
Now that 3 term Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) has been sacked in his primary, who’s next? All I will be on the Keystone State this weekend, when Pennsylvania Democrats go to the polls to decide who to send up against former Congressman Pat Toomey (R). Will they send up-start Rep. Joe Sestack (D) or the ever-flipper Sen. Arlen Specter (D-turned-R-turned-D)? According to the latest poll, Sestack is up 5 points on Specter. This is gonna be fun!
- Someone Broke Their Stride
Over the weekend, the DCCC begrudgingly decided to pull out of the special election taking place in Hawaii. The reason? No one can come to a consensus between the two Democrats wishing to replace former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (sans Fitch) who is running for Governor. The ‘D-trip’ has already invested a quarter of a million dollars in the race. Why no consensus? Because while State Senator Colleen Hanabusa has the backing of the two U.S. Senators, former Rep. Ed Case has the organization and money. That leaves Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou to waltz in a take the seat. Djou has been endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans.