This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, “the beginning and the end of music in America.” Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans’ August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.
In an age when we're able to consume content so many different ways — and that's a good thing, mostly — let's declare right now that there's only one truly correct way to experience "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's thrilling new space film.
One arrived before Rudy Valee and the other a year before The Beatles, but together they made beautiful music in nurturing a piece of Ahwatukee that spanned the decades between the roaring ‘20s and this year’s cold winter rains.
I am so tempted to write the words “I told you so” over and over again up to the 500-word limit allowed for a commentary in this newspaper. It would be so easy to gloat about how liberals won and conservatives lost. It would make me giddy to point out how Arizona is so out-of-touch with the rest of the Left Coast.
It is a pleasure to be denounced by Ahwatukee Foothills’ leading political troglodyte, Jim Thompson (“Maybe we’ll just end up being a third-world country,” AFN, Sept. 2), as a “mudslinger” for condemning Mitt Romney’s Vietnam draft-dodging.
In order to understand Iran, we need some background. Dating to before World War II, Iran has attempted to balance the influences upon it from its neighbors, both Russia and the West. In 1941, Britain and the USSR invaded Iran to use Iranian railroad capacity. During World War II, the Shah (king) was obliged to abdicate in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. At that time a relatively long-lived parliament had been governing Iran. However, its prime minister was assassinated in 1951 and was replaced by Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh whose selection was ratified by Shah Reza Pahlavi. Enormously popular, Mosaddegh nationalized Iran’s petroleum industry, leading to President Eisenhower’s authorization of Operation Ajax in 1953, the first successful open US sponsored overthrow of an elected, civilian government, Cold War Democracy in action!
Louisville, Ky. • Long before his dazzling footwork and punching
prowess made him a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion
known as Muhammad Ali, a young Cassius Clay honed his skills by
sparring with neighborhood friends and running alongside the bus on
the way to school.
"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We're finally on our own. This
summer I hear the drumming. Four dead in Ohio." I couldn't believe
my eyes. I was watching the news when I saw police pepper spraying
peaceful Occupy-sympathizing protestors at the University of
California-Davis. In fact, they were so peaceful they were sitting
cross-legged in a line on the ground in front of the police who not
only pepper sprayed them once, but twice, then three times, four
times, so many times they ran out of pepper spray and had to get
As Congress debates federal deficit reductions, they are
reviewing America’s commitment to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
This program is critical to the national security of the United
States and while reducing spending may look good when running for
re-election, the truth is that reductions now will cost taxpayers
more later. As a result we will aid our adversaries in closing the
gap between American air superiority and their own, reducing our
global power and putting our armed service members at greater risk.
This is simply unacceptable.
Editor's note: Ted Barber will sign his new book, "The Sixth
Sun," from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 in Chandler, at the
home of his late brother, Tempe detective Tim Barber, 42, who died
on Aug. 27 of advanced prostate cancer.
Eight, Arizona PBS has announced special programs through the
end of May, including the station’s annual, award-winning broadcast
of the National Memorial Day concert, broadcast live from the West
Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Illness is often portrayed as a war. We fight cancer; battle
heart disease; combat colds; and wrestle with pain. From 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. April 16, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and the Sun
Health Foundation will sponsor a free event that takes a different
The Mountain Pointe football program enters the 2014 season with a new standard for success after winning its first state championship.Produced by David JolkovskiNarrative by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Head Coach Norris VaughanBruce HesterPaul LucasCollin LambdinGarvin AlstonMusic: 1:13am by Soap and Foam