|Both men were shot and both cases remain unsolved. ... A new community group called Critical Caucus wants police and the media to focus on the recent murders of two South Side men. Donald Young, 47, and Larry Bland, 24, were shot inside their homes. Police say so far they are not linking the two murders together. ... Donald Young was the popular teacher and choir director who was shot several times at his South Side home Sunday. Larry Bland was a security guard shot to death inside his Englewood home more than a month ago. ... "We're calling on the police department to let this community know what is going on. Are we under attack? Is this a serial killer?" said Marc Loveless, Critical Caucus. ... Critical Caucus is concerned the police did not issue a community alert. ... "They would not put out a community alert unless there was some type of evidence that lead us to believe there might be a serial incident. And in this case, we are investigating these two incidents separately," said Dana Starks, interim Chicago Police Dept. superintendent. ... Bland was killed in his basement apartment. Hi s brother says he was shot after he walked into a burglary in progress. ... "He worked seven days a week. He was a good guy. He wasn't all outside bothering everybody or nothing, just work, come home like a normal guy," said Len Bland. ... He said he is concerned his brother may have also been the victim of a hate crime. Bland was openly gay. Police say they're following up on all leads and possible motives in the Bland case. ... "We look at an alternative lifestyle and the possibility of a hate crime, but that's in the context of our overall investigation," said Starks. ... Police continue to follow up on several leads in the Donald Young case as well. Young's funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Trinity United Church of Christ. ... Next Monday, Critical Caucus plans on holding a stop the violence march. The group is affiliated with the Gay, African-American Coalition for Justice and Respect.|
|Federal judge tosses out lawsuit against book sellers by Larry Sinclair debunker, April 1-3, 2011 -- WMR|
|U.S. District Court Judge for the
District of Columbia Richard J. Leon on March 31 dismissed a lawsuit
brought against the sellers of Larry Sinclair's book, "Barack Obama &
Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?." The suit against
Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble [B&N], and Amazon.com was brought by
Dan Parisi, who claimed Sinclair's book, sold by the three vendors, was
libelous against Parisi. Parisi was represented in his unsuccessful
lawsuit against the three book sellers by the Washington political
powerhouse firm Patton & Boggs. Leon has yet to rule on the lawsuit
brought by Parisi against Larry Sinclair. Parisi and three of his firms,
Whitehouse.com Inc., Whitehouse Network LLC, and White House
Communications Inc., sued Sinclair and the book sellers on five counts:
libel per se/libel; false light invasion/misappropriation of privacy;
business disparagement; tortuous interference with economic advantage;
and civil conspiracy.
The court provided the following background to the case in its decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book sellers: "In January 2008, Larry Sinclair, also a defendant in this case, made public certain allegations regarding the use of drugs with and sexual activity between himself and then-presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. Parisi, the owner and operator of the website Whitehouse.com, challenged Sinclair to take a polygraph regarding his allegations. Sinclair ultimately accepted this challenge and polygraph examinations were administered by Edward Gelb in February 2008. In June 2009, Sinclair wrote and published a book about his allegations and subsequent interactions with Parisi and Gelb entitled "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?" ("the Sinclair book"). Jeffrey Rense, also a defendant in this case, wrote the forward to the book. Plaintiffs contend that the Sinclair book, as well as the forward, contain defamatory statements regarding Parisi and the website, and further, that these statements caused the website Whitehouse. com to shut down in 2008.Indeed, Parisi had hoped to sell that site to a mainstream political/news entity during the 2008 presidential election year, but now alleges that he was unable to do so in light of Sinclair's defamation. Thus, he and his fellow plaintiffs claim damages of $30,000,000."
Although Judge Leon has yet to rule in the suit against Sinclair, the following in his decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book vendors may provide a clue as to the court's leanings: ". . . plaintiffs' claims that because Sinclair, his publisher, and the author of the forward to his book, Rense, were not "reputable" does nothing to advance their claim that B&N entertained serious doubts as to the veracity of Sinclair's book. Not only was B&N under no legal obligation to make itself aware of those parties' reputations, but furthermore, as discussed above, actual malice is a subjective standard that must be shown in the mind of the defendant."
Sinclair has been subjected, since his revelations about his past gay sexual trysts with then-Illinois state Senator Obama, to a concerted campaign of media attacks; false arrest at the National Press Club in Washington in 2008 by District of Columbia police acting on the behest of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden; and surveillance by the US Secret Service.
WMR has learned from a source who attended Harvard along with Obama and who is familiar with the Obama family and their top aides that Michelle Obama, the First Lady, is the major nexus for ensuring that anyone with knowledge of Obama's past and current personal activities is dealt with and dealt with severely. "Michelle will treat those with knowledge that may threaten her husband like any Chicago gangster would," conveyed the source.
In addition, WMR has learned from longtime African-American activists that Obama was, in fact, placed in south Chicago in the mid-1980s to spy for the CIA and FBI on the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and the El Rukn gang. All three groups were suspected by the CIA and FBI of maintaining close ties to Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who was, at the time, the Reagan administration's "public enemy number one." "It is why Obama channels Ronald Reagan these days," said one black activist, " and why he [Obama] finds it important to attack and remove Qaddafi from power." "Obama did no 'community organizing' in Chicago," said one African-American community leader from Chicago. The leader also said that Obama challenged U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), a former member of the Black Panther Party and member of the Chicago City Council when Obama arrived in the city in 1985, for his House seat in 2002 in order to remove from Congress someone who "has the past good" on Obama and his phony resumé. Obama's loss to Rush in 2002 represents Obama's only political defeat. Many Chicago African-Americans and Muslims said that while Obama was keen to receive their endorsements and funding in his political campaigns, his actions as President, continuing and, in some cases, starting wars against four Muslim nations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya (also an African nation), represents a betrayal.
WMR has also received confirmation about Joe Biden's sexual orientation that we first heard about in 2006 from a White House source from Wilmington, Delaware. A former congressional staffer, who also has close ties to Howard University in Washington and top Obama administration officials, revealed that a major reason why Obama selected Biden as his vice presidential running mate was to neutralize any chance that Obama's own past homosexuality might become a political wedge that could be used by the vice president against the president while in office. The former congressional staffer revealed that Biden, for many years, has carried out homosexual trysts with African-American faculty and students at Howard and that this was known to Obama when he selected Biden as his running mate.
It was Biden who pressured his son, Delaware's Attorney General, to have Sinclair arrested after his June 2008 press conference in Washington at which Sinclair revealed his own past gay sexual encounters with Obama. Biden, who was on the extreme short list for Vice President, ensured that the claims about Obama's past were buried and Sinclair immediately discredited in order that Biden's road to the number two spot was ensured. Establishing himself as a "team player," Biden's selection by Obama was a cinch, said our source.
|Purple Hotel and Levine parties (Chicago Sun Times) & Sun Times,|
|Levine tells of drug-fueled parties -- some at Lincolnwood landmark back|
REZKO TRIAL | Levine tells of drug-fueled parties --
some at Lincolnwood landmark
April 1, 2008 BY NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters Daylong, drug-fueled parties at the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood and sometimes in Springfield. Snorting crystal meth and "Special K." Stuart Levine, the star witness at businessman and political fund-raiser Tony Rezko's corruption trial, told jurors Monday the drugs would make him "euphoric" and lower his inhibitions as he partied all night with five other men.
"I would stay out all night," said Levine, testifying that he hid his behavior "in order to deceive my family."
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Stuart Levine (inset) testified that he took part in daylong, drug-fueled parties at the Purple Hotel (shown in 2006) in Lincolnwood. (Sun-Times Library/AP) RELATED STORIES Blog: Eye on Rezko More on the Tony Rezko trial REZKO TRIAL HIGHLIGHTS Star witness Stuart Levine admitted to frequent drug parties and described a meeting at which he said he and Tony Rezko agreed on a split of illicit kickbacks. Today: Levine is expected to talk about a shakedown scheme involving powerful political insiders.
It was the second time Levine's drug use came up in his testimony. But Monday he gave jurors a more extensive look at drug abuse he said cost him $1 million over four years and offered a peek into what Rezko's lawyers have labeled Levine's "secret life." They've said they plan to use Levine's drug use to attack his credibility.
Levine said at times he'd take leftover drugs from parties to his offices at the Hancock Building and in his Deerfield office and snort "a couple of lines."
"I'd prepare them in lines a ½-inch long and very, very narrow," Levine testified, adding that he paid for all the drugs at the parties, spending about $1,000 each time.
He said he took the drugs at his Highland Park home only "on very rare occasions." Why? "I didn't wish to be caught," he said. "We had a housekeeper, children and my wife all coming in and out of the house."
His admissions about drug use came on the same day Levine described an April 2004 meeting with Rezko in which he said the two men divvied up millions of dollars in kickbacks for state business. Levine testified he reserved a private room on the fourth floor of the exclusive Standard Club downtown. Levine said he asked the waiter not to interrupt and drew up in his notes how he'd split a series of fees paid by firms seeking to do state business.
Levine had many of the firms lined up to get hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of investments from state boards, including one on which Levine sat. Levine said he wanted to cut Rezko in on finder's fees from these firms because "I wanted to further ingratiate myself."
The 62-year-old Highland Park businessman has pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud involving state boards. Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, is accused of scheming with Levine to split kickbacks tied to those boards.
By the end of the meeting at the Standard Club, Rezko agreed to $3.9 million as his cut in a series of illicit kickbacks, Levine testified. Prosecutors showed a receipt from that night and played tapes showing Levine made arrangements to meet with Rezko.
"I told Mr. Rezko that there was an opportunity for a lot of money to be made," Levine said. "I wanted Mr. Rezko to understand the magnitude of what could be done with these companies."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner asked how Rezko reacted.
"He asked me what needed to be done in order to accomplish them," Levine said.
"Did Mr. Rezko ask you if it would be legal for him to receive those fees?" Niewoehner asked.
"No, sir," said Levine.
More highlights from Levine’s testimony Monday Star witness Stuart Levine also testified Monday that:
• He worked with political power broker William Cellini to convince Tony Rezko and Christopher Kelly, another adviser to and fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich, that three major state pension funds shouldn’t be consolidated into one, as Blagojevich budget chief John Filan had proposed. At first, Blagojevich seemed to back Filan, Levine said Cellini told him. But ultimately the pension boards weren’t consolidated.
In exchange for their killing the consolidation plan, Levine said he agreed to work with Rezko and Kelly to help direct state business for investment firms that the two of them would choose.
“What is your understanding of why Mr. Rezko and Mr. Kelly would recommend investment firms?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner asked Levine.
“In order to reward campaign contributors” to Blagojevich, Levine replied.
• He held sway over state Teachers’ Retirement System board decisions because he controlled the agency’s executive director, Jon Bauman. Levine, who headed the TRS board’s personnel committee, said he let Bauman write his own job-performance reviews, which enabled Bauman to get bigger raises and other perks.
But Levine said he grew frustrated with Bauman in 2004, when Bauman didn’t act quickly on investment moves Levine was pushing.
“Jon has a couple of personality traits that are problematic: arrogance and stupidity,” Levine said in a secretly recorded call in April 2004.
In an interview Monday, Howard Feldman, an attorney for Bauman, defended his client, who remains TRS’ executive director.
“The board met and considered the evaluation of Mr. Bauman’s performance,” Feldman said. “They renewed his contract. And, in fact, not a single dollar was lost or an inappropriate investment made.”
• When he relayed to Rezko concerns he had about a new ethics ordinance that Blagojevich had pushed through the General Assembly in 2003, “Mr. Rezko told me nobody of any consequence was going to pay attention to the ethics ordinance. It was there just for show.”
Blagojevich, who isn’t facing any criminal charges, has said he “is not following” the Rezko trial, and “it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a trial I'm not a party in.”
|Troy King, Alabama Attorney General, gay, homophobe, hypocrite top|
|WMR July 2008 "Alabama's Republican Attorney General Troy King, a major persecutor and prosecutor of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, has been kicked out of his Montgomery home after his wife, Paige King, discovered Alabama's top law enforcement official was engaged in a homosexual tryst with an assistant in the couple's own bed. King was a top official in John McCain's presidential campaign in Alabama and was mentioned as a strong GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2010." more search terms: virulent anti-homosexual, homophobe, anti-gay letters to the Crimson White, University of Alabama Gay and Lesbian Alliance, affront, ban on sex toys in Alabama, vibrator, jailed, see also gay affair, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Secretary of State Geoffrey S. Connor, denials, all related to triple homicide in Florida, Ralph Gonzalez, David Abrami, Robert Drake, at Gonzalez' home in Hickory Cove subdivision, Orlando, and office of Strategum Group, offices in Atlanta, Nevada .... Gonzalez was a political consultant to Troy King. Gonzalez head of the Georgia Republican Party, close to Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, see also Jack Abramoff, see also Rep. Tom Feeney, vote rigging investigations, Chinese missile espionage, NASA, Exxon Mobil, Yang Enterprises. Gonzalez was political consultant to Troy King's campaign, and ally to Gov. Bob Riley, and involved in Siegelman prosecution, all tied to casinos on Indian reservations, Poarch Creek, United Keetowah Band of Cherokees, run by Russian-Israeli mob, credit card verification systems, contactless 'touch and pay' electronic payment systems. all signed off on by Riley, Fuller, Jeb Bush George W. .... Gonzalez consulting in Nevada, Nevada GOP Assembly candidates Michael Smith, Steve Grierson, Valerie Weber, and Jon Ozark and state senate candidate Barbara Cegavske." ... see WMR for connecting details.|
|Obama accuser Larry Sinclair monitored by uniformed security at informal National Press Club discussion group Aug 4, 2010 source:WayneMadsenReport|
|August 6-8, 2010 -- Obama accuser Larry Sinclair
monitored by uniformed security at informal
National Press Club
On August 4, author and former Florida congressional candidate Larry Sinclair was invited to discuss his allegations against President Barack Obama before a discussion group of members of the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Sinclair, who wrote a book titled, "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder," is being sued for $30 million, along with his book distributor, and book sellers Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com by one-time proprietor of the website Whitehouse.com, Dan Parisi who claims allegations in Sinclair's book are defamatory.
Sinclair believes the suit, using the services of the $600/hour law firm of Patton & Boggs, is being orchestrated with the backing of the Obama White House.
At an informal journalistic study group panel at the National Press Club held on August 4, a uniformed security guard was present during the three-hour dinner meeting with Sinclair. The action was, according to some long-serving members of the organization, unprecedented. At the conclusion of the meeting, the security guard and press club staff insisted Sinclair had to be escorted by security from the premises of the press club. Furthermore, an attempt by this editor to take a photograph of Sinclair in the public lobby for WMR was denied based on the orders of the National Press Club president, Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News, and Bill McCarren, the general manager.
In early 2008, Sinclair appeared in a Youtube video describing two 1999 sexual encounters with then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama. On June 18, 2008, Sinclair reiterated his allegations at a National Press Club news conference. After the press conference, one in which Sinclair was ill-served by amateurish public relations advisers, he was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on a warrant issued by the office of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of then-senator Joseph Biden. Biden, at the time, was on Obama's short list of vice presidential running mates. Obama announced that Biden was his running mate on August 23, 2008. Just a few weeks before Sinclair's news conference at the press club, Obama had clinched enough delegates to wrest the Democratic nomination from his chief rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
After his imprisonment in Washington and transfer to Delaware, the Delaware Attorney General's office decided to decline prosecution of Sinclair over past money order forgery charges in Wilmington due to lack of evidence. Sinclair has alleged the National Press Club was fully aware of Washington police plans to arrest him after his news conference but not before they secured $8000 for the rental of the press club venue.
Contrary to information available at the time of his arrest, Sinclair had already spoken to reporters for the Chicago Tribune and New York Post on the allegations of past gay sex and drug use on the part of Obama, however, both papers declined to follow up on the story. WMR has learned that Obama's chief political adviser, David Axelrod, who once worked for the Chicago Tribune, personally interceded with his old paper to back off the allegations by Sinclair and others and ensured the story was killed.
Sinclair also revealed that he had a number of discussions with representatives of the Clinton campaign beginning in January 2008 and continuing up to the time of his press conference in Washington. WMR has also learned that Axelrod allegedly told members of the Clinton campaign during the height of the Democratic primary battle, "We know Sinclair and we will destroy him and hang him on Hillary Clinton."
WMR, at the time of Sinclair's news conference, felt there was not any substantial evidence to consider the veracity of Sinclair's claims. However, as a result of the trial of ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and the pogrom launched by the Obama White House against senior current and former members of the Congressional Black Caucus, WMR has been informed by reputable sources that there is merit to Sinclair's allegations and some of his allegations were verified during a recent WMR investigation conducted in Chicago.
WMR has asked the president of the National Press Club a series of on-the-record questions about why a uniformed security guard was present at the dinner session with Sinclair and whether the National Press Club had any communications, oral, written, or electronic, with White House staff, including Axelrod, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, or Patton & Boggs, prior and subsequent to Sinclair's meeting with the journalists on August 4.
In answer to the questions about contact between the National Press Club on one hand and either the White House or Patton & Boggs on the other, Bjerga, in an email to WMR, stated there was no contact. As far as the security guard present during the dinner session, Bjerga responded, "We have hired security guards in the past in an abundance of caution when the National Press Club has reason to believe a disturbance may be possible because of an individual's presence in the facility. Given that Mr. Sinclair was arrested the last time he was at the National Press Club, it was not unreasonable to request monitoring in this situation. Should a similar situation present itself in the future, the same practice would be followed."
Larry Sinclair under the National Press Club logo and sign outside the club after being escorted by a security guard from the premises. Press club responds that they were expecting a "disturbance" -- but from where? The White House is two blocks away from the above location.
When Sinclair was arrested at the Press Club in June 2008, it was not as the result of a disturbance during his news conference but was pursuant to a "flight from justice" warrant issued by the US District Attorney for the District of Columbia based on a request from Delaware Attorney General Biden, whose father was already on Obama's short list for the vice presidential nomination. The Delaware charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. There was no reason to believe that a "disturbance," as described by Bjerga, was imminent on August 4 on the part of any of the dinner attendees, including the speaker. However, it was clear that the constant surveillance of the dinner attendees by club staff was an attempt at intimidation.
.... more search terms: Gibbs, Alexi Giannoulias, Spain, press corps loss of access, Donald Young phone records, Sinclair / Young conversations, Trinity United Church of Christ, drug use, oral sex. see full story at WayneMadsenReport
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Wikipedia Hank Williams Jr.
Williams (born May 26, 1949), better known as Hank
Williams, Jr. and Bocephus, is an American country
singer-songwriter and musician. His musical style is
often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues,
and traditional country. He is the son of country
music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank
Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams,
Samuel Williams, and Katie Williams. Williams began
his career by following in his famed father's
footsteps, singing his father's songs and imitating
his father's style. Williams's own style slowly
evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and
place within the country music industry. This trend
was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of
Ajax Mountain in Montana on August 8, 1975. After an
extended recovery, he challenged the country music
establishment with a blend of country, rock, and
blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s,
from which he earned considerable recognition and
popularity both inside and outside the country music
industry. As a multi-instrumentalist, Williams's
repertoire of skills include guitar, bass guitar,
upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, piano,
keyboards, harmonica, fiddle, and drums. From
1989 until October 2011, a version of his song
"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" was
used as the opening for broadcasts of Monday Night
Football. Contents [hide] 1 Biography 1.1 Early
life and career 1.2 A change in appearance and
musical direction 1.3 Acceptance into the country
music establishment 2 Notable events 3 Politics 3.1
2011 Fox and Friends appearance 3.2 Iowa State Fair
comments 4 Discography 5 Awards 6 References 7
External links Biography
Early life and career Williams was born on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father nicknamed him Bocephus (after Grand Ole Opry comedian Rod Brasfield's ventriloquist dummy). After his father's untimely death in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams. While he was a child, a number of contemporary musicians visited his family, who influenced and taught him various music instruments and styles. Among these figures of influence were Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Earl Scruggs, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams first stepped on the stage and sang his father's songs when he was eight years old. In 1964, he made his recording debut with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", one of his father's many classic songs. Williams' early career was guided, and to an extent some observers say outright dominated, by his mother, who is widely claimed as having been the driving force that led his late father to musical superstar status during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Audrey, in many ways, promoted young Hank Jr. as a Hank Williams impersonator, even to the extent of having stage clothes designed for him that were identical to his father's, and encouraging vocal styles very similar to those of his father. A change in appearance and musical direction Although Williams's recordings earned him numerous country hits throughout the 1960s and early 1970s with his role as a "Hank Williams impersonator", he became disillusioned and severed ties with his mother. By the mid-1970s, Williams began to pursue a musical direction that would eventually make him a superstar. While recording a series of moderately successful songs, Williams began a heavy pattern of both drug and alcohol abuse. Upon moving to Alabama, in an attempt to refocus both his creative energy and his troubled personal life, Williams began playing music with Southern rock musicians, among them Jake Lovendahl, Waylon Jennings, Toy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, and others. Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends, often considered his watershed album, was the product of these then-groundbreaking collaborations. In 1977, Williams recorded and released One Night Stands and The New South, and worked closely with his old friend Waylon Jennings on the album Once and For All. On August 8, 1975, Williams was nearly killed in a mountain-climbing accident. While he was climbing Ajax Peak in Montana, the snow beneath him collapsed and he fell almost 500 feet onto solid rock. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures; his face was split vertically from chin to hairline, exposing the frontal lobes of his brain and requiring reconstructive surgeries over two years to rebuild his face. To hide the scars and the disfigurement from the accident, Williams grew a beard and began wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat. The beard, hat, and sunglasses have since become his signature look, and he is rarely seen without them. Acceptance into the country music establishment
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Hank Williams Jr., in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on August 4, 2006 Williams's career began to hit its peak after the Nashville establishment gradually—and somewhat reluctantly—accepted his new sound. His popularity had risen to levels where he could no longer be overlooked for major industry awards. He was prolific throughout the 1980s, sometimes recording and releasing two albums a year. "Family Tradition", "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound", Habits Old and New, Rowdy, The Pressure Is On, High Notes, Strong Stuff, Man of Steel, Major Moves, Five-O, Montana Cafe, and many others resulted in a long string of hits. Between 1979 and 1992, Williams released 21 albums that were all, at least, certified gold by the RIAA. Between 1979 and 1990, Williams enjoyed a string of 30 Top Ten singles on the Billboard Country charts, including eight No. 1 singles, for a total of 44 Top Ten singles, including a total of 10 No. 1 singles, during his career. In 1982, he had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, none of which was greatest hits or live. In 1987 and 1988, Williams was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. In 1987, 1988, and 1989, he won the same award from the Academy of Country Music. The pinnacle album of his acceptance and popularity was Born to Boogie. During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged, rock-influenced country. During the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Hank Jr's songs constantly flew into the number one or number two spots, with songs such as "Family Tradition", "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound", "Old Habits", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Born to Boogie", and "My Name Is Bocephus".[clarification needed] The 1987 hit single Wild Streak was cowritten by Houston native Terri Sharp, for which Williams and Sharp both earned gold records. In 1988, he released a Southern pride song, "If the South Woulda Won". The reference is to a Southern victory in the Civil War. The song proposes Southern holidays, honoring Elvis Presley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Patsy Cline. Hank Williams Jr. would run for president of the South. He would place the capital in Montgomery, Alabama, honoring his father, Hank Williams Sr., with his image on the $100 bill. He also implies that in the current United States drug dealers are not prosecuted and killers get off free and calls for swift executions instead. His 1989 hit "There's a Tear in My Beer" was a duet with his father created using electronic merging technology. The song was written by his father, and had been previously recorded with Hank Williams playing the guitar as the sole instrument. The music video for the song combined existing television footage of Hank Williams performing, onto which electronic merging technology impressed the recordings of Hank Jr., which then made it appear as if he were actually playing with his father. The video was both a critical and commercial success. It was named Video of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Hank Williams Jr. would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. He is well known for his hit "A Country Boy Can Survive" and as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on his 1984 hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight". In 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994, Williams's opening themes for Monday Night Football earned him four Emmy Awards. In 2001, Hank rewrote his classic hit "A Country Boy Can Survive" after 9/11, renaming it "America Can Survive". In 2004, Williams was featured prominently on CMT Outlaws. In 2006, he starred at the Summerfest concert. He has also made a cameo appearance along with Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, and Charlie Daniels in Gretchen Wilson's music video for the song "All Jacked Up". He and Kid Rock also appeared in Wilson's "Redneck Woman" video. Hank also had a small part of Kid Rock's video "Only God Knows Why". He is also referenced in numerous songs by modern-day country singers, including Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert, Gretchen Wilson, Alan Jackson, Justin Moore, Trace Adkins, and Aaron Lewis. In April 2009, Williams released a new single, "Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues", which charted to number 3 on the country charts. The song was the lead-off single to Williams's album 127 Rose Avenue. The album debuted and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Also in July 2009, 127 Rose Avenue was announced as his last album for Curb Records. Notable events
This section of a biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (October 2008) Williams donated $125,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 14, 2005. Williams visited with Randal McCloy Jr., the only survivor of the Sago Mine accident, on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Williams traveled to the hospital after learning McCloy was a fan of his music. "It just hit me like a ton of bricks because I had a big mountain fall in the 1970s, and they said I wouldn't live," Williams told Pittsburgh TV station KDKA-TV. "It really, really affected me, and I said, 'I've just got to go there and meet the family.'" The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling stating Williams and half-sister Jett have the sole rights to sell their father's old recordings made for a Nashville radio station in the early 1950s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the Mother's Best Flour Show, a program that originally aired on WSM-AM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams's hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended Williams's contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings. Williams opened for Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, on ABC and was in the stands as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. On April 10, 2006, CMT honored Williams with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards. He sold the majority of his compound outside Missoula, Montana, in 2007. He kept a small plot of land and now stays in his guest house when he is in Montana. He also resides in the small town of Paris, Tennessee, and owns a hunting cabin in rural Pike County, Alabama. In 2008, Williams performed at the first annual BamaJam Music and Arts Festival in Enterprise, Alabama. On January 18, 2009, he performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Heinz Field before the 2009 AFC championship game. On November 11, 2008, Williams was honored as a BMI Icon at the 56th annual BMI Country Awards. The artists and songwriters named BMI Icons have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Politics
Williams has been politically involved with the Republican Party. For the 2000 election, he redid his song "We Are Young Country" to "This is Bush–Cheney Country". On October 15, 2008, at a rally in Virginia Beach for Republican presidential nominee John McCain, he performed "McCain–Palin Tradition", a song in support of McCain and his vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. He has made many contributions to federal election campaigns, mostly to Republicans, including Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign. In November 2008, Williams explored a run for the 2012 Republican nomination as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee for the seat held by Bob Corker, though his publicist said Williams "has talked about it, but no announcement has been made". 2011 Fox and Friends appearance In an October 3, 2011, interview with Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, Williams referred to a June golf game in which President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner had teamed against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich, saying that match was "one of the biggest political mistakes ever". Asked about why that golf game disturbed him, Williams said, "Come on. That'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu ... In the country this shape is in ... I mean, in the shape this country is in?" He also stated the President and Vice President are "the enemy" and compared them to "the Three Stooges". When anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president." Williams replied, "Well, that is true. But I'm telling you like it is." As a result of his statements, ESPN dropped Williams' opening musical number from its Monday Night Football broadcast of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Indianapolis Colts and replaced it with the national anthem. Later, Williams stated his analogy was "extreme – but it was to make a point", and "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood ... I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites, and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will." Williams went on to claim he has "always respected the office of the president" despite having called the commander-in-chief "the enemy" and in context continued with, "Every time the media brings up the Tea Party, it's painted as racist and extremists – but there's never a backlash, no outrage to those comparisons ... Working-class people are hurting – and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change." ESPN later announced they were "extremely disappointed" in Williams' comments, and pulled his opening from that night's broadcast. Three days later, ESPN released a statement announcing Williams and his song would not return to Monday Night Football, ending the use of the song that had been part of the broadcast on both ABC and ESPN since 1991. Williams has further expressed defiance and indifference on his website, and said he was the one who made the decision. "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," he wrote. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run." Williams' son, Hank Williams III, stayed neutral in the debate, telling TMZ.com that most musicians, including his dad, are "not worthy" of a political discussion. After his song was pulled from Monday Night Football broadcasts permanently, Williams recorded a song criticizing President Obama, ESPN and Fox & Friends titled "Keep the Change". He released the track on iTunes and via free download at his website. The song garnered over 180,000 downloads in two days. Iowa State Fair comments According to the Des Moines Register, on August 17, 2012, during a performance at the Iowa State Fair, he performed his song We Don't Apologize For America. The audience responded with chants of "USA! USA!" and Williams reportedly replied, "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"  Discography
Main article: Hank Williams, Jr. discography Awards
Year Award Awards 2007 CMT Giants CMT 2007 Tennessean of the Year Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2006 Johnny Cash Visionary Award CMT Music Awards 2003 No. 20 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music CMT 1994 Composed Theme Emmy 1993 Composed Theme Emmy 1992 Composed Theme Emmy 1991 Composed Theme Emmy 1990 Video Of The Year TNN/Music City News 1990 Vocal Collaboration Of The Year TNN/Music City News 1989 Video Of The Year Academy of Country Music 1989 Music Video Of The Year Country Music Association 1989 Vocal Event Of The Year Country Music Association 1989 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Grammy 1988 Entertainer Of The Year Academy of Country Music 1988 Video Of The Year Academy of Country Music 1988 Album Of The Year Country Music Association 1988 Entertainer Of The Year Country Music Association 1987 Entertainer Of The Year Academy of Country Music 1987 Entertainer Of The Year Country Music Association 1987 Music Video Of The Year Country Music Association 1986 Entertainer Of The Year Academy of Country Music 1985 Music Video Of The Year Country Music Association 1984 Video Of The Year Academy of Country Music References
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Official website Hank Williams, Jr. on Myspace HANK On Facebook Huge Hank Jr. CD Store [hide] v t e Hank Williams, Jr. Studio albums Hank Williams, Jr. Sings the Songs of Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart Connie Francis and Hank Williams, Jr. Sing Great Country Favorites Father & Son Ballads of the Hills and Plains Blues My Name Country Shadows Hank Williams/Hank Williams, Jr. Again My Own Way A Time to Sing Luke the Drifter, Jr. Songs My Father Left Me Luke the Drifter, Jr. Vol. 2 Live at Cobo Hall Hank Williams, Jr. Singing My Songs (Johnny Cash) Removing the Shadow All for the Love of Sunshine I've Got a Right to Cry Eleven Roses Send Me Lovin' and a Whole Lotta Loving The Legend of Hank Williams in Song and Story After You, Pride's Not Hard to Swallow The Last Love Song Living Proof Insights into Hank Williams in Song and Story Bocephus Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends One Night Stands The New South Family Tradition Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound Habits Old and New Rowdy The Pressure Is On High Notes Strong Stuff Man of Steel Major Moves Five-O Montana Cafe Hank Live Born to Boogie Wild Streak Lone Wolf Pure Hank Maverick Out of Left Field Hog Wild A.K.A. Wham Bam Sam Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts Stormy The Almeria Club Recordings I'm One of You 127 Rose Avenue Old School New Rules Compilation albums The Best of Hank Williams, Jr. Greatest Hits Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits Vol. II Fourteen Greatest Hits Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 America (The Way I See It) The Best of Hank & Hank Living Proof: The MGM Recordings 1963-1975 Those Tear Jerking Songs The Best of Hank Williams, Jr. Volume One: Roots and Branches Tribute to My Father Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits 20 Hits Special Collection, Vol. 1 Early Years, Vol. 1 Early Years, Vol. 2 The Complete Hank Williams, Jr. The Bocephus Box That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection Hank Jr.: Collector's Edition Best Of: All My Rowdy Friends Notable singles "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" "Nobody's Child" "All for the Love of Sunshine" "Eleven Roses" "Rainy Night in Georgia" "I'll Think of Something" "I Fought the Law" "To Love Somebody" "Family Tradition" "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" "Women I've Never Had" "Kaw-Liga" "Old Habits" "Texas Women" "Dixie on My Mind" "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" "A Country Boy Can Survive" "Honky Tonkin'" "The American Dream" "Gonna Go Huntin' Tonight" "Queen of My Heart" "Man of Steel" "Attitude Adjustment" "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" "Major Moves" "I'm for Love" "This Ain't Dallas" "Ain't Misbehavin'" "Country State of Mind" "Mind Your Own Business" (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike and Willie Nelson) "Born to Boogie" "Heaven Can't Be Found" "Young Country" "If the South Woulda Won" "Early in the Morning and Late at Night" "There's a Tear in My Beer" (with Hank Williams) "Finders Are Keepers" "Ain't Nobody's Business" "Good Friends, Good Whiskey, Good Lovin'" Related articles Discoraphy "Bartender Song (Sittin' at a Bar)"
|GOP Sex Scandal/Coverup/Outed Velvet Mafia LIST House Reps Mark Foley R - No introduction needed! Jim Kolbe R – Took Pages on camping trips while still in the closet. Don Sherwood R – “The Choker”, is accused by admitted mistress of attempted strangulation. Jerry Weller R –Accused of having sex with underage female page, Dennis Hastert R – Witnesses say he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up, Tom Reynolds R - Witnesses say he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up. Chief of Staff Fordham resigned over helping Foley. John Boehner R - Admits he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up, Sue Kelly R – Was on Page Board when Republican gay staffers warned pages about Foley. Recently took money from Foley’s PROM Committee., Heather Wilson R – Used her brand-new government position in NM bureau to deep-six file on her husband’s inappropriate behavior with a minor. Also served on Page Board 2001, Duke Cunningham R – Played in Brent Wilkes-funded Poker games at the Watergate Hotel where he was not only allowed to always win by reverse shills (thus laundering large amounts of undeclared cash), prostitutes would strip as various hands were won, and at the end of the game all retired with their choice. Porter Goss R – Also played in the Brent Wilkes-funded Poker-Prostitute games at the Watergate Hotel. There's a list going around. Those disseminating it call it "The List." It's a roster of top-level Republican congressional aides who are gay. On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there's anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice." The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List--drawn up by gay politicos--is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network. ... ... What's interesting about The List--which includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries, and two directors of communications--is that (if it's acucurate) it shows that some of the religious right's favorite representatives and senators have gay staffers helping them advance their political careers and agendas. ... ... Let's be clear about one thing: the Mark Foley scandal is not about homosexuality. Some family value conservatives are suggesting it is. But anytime a gay Republican is outed by events, a dicey issue is raised: what about those GOPers who are gay and who serve a party that is anti-gay? Are they hypocrites, opportunists, or just confused individuals? Is it possible to support a party because you adhere to most of its tenets--even if that party refuses to recognize you as a full citizen? The men on The List might want to think hard about these questions--as they probably already have--for if I have a copy of The List, there's a good chance it will be appearing soon on a website near everyone. Here also is THE LIST from Mike Rogers’ Blogactive site, at least those who are the closeted gay Republicans who push an anti-gay agenda for show. US Representatives Rep. Ed Schrock (VA) Rep. David Drier (CA) Rep. James McCrery (LA) Rep. Mark Foley (FL) US Senators Sen Larry Craig (ID) According to Mike Rogers’, there is proof Craig often had sex with men in Union Station yet pushes an anti-gay agenda. http://www.blogactive.com/2006/10/senator-larry-craig-w... Senior GOP Staff Jay Timmons, NRSC Dan Gurley, RNC Jay Banning, RNC Senior Senate Staffers Robert Traynham, Santorum Jonathan Tolman, Inhofe Kirk Fordham, Martinez Dirk Smith, Lott John Reid, Allen Paul Unger, Allen Linus Catignani, Bill Frist. Senior House Staffers Scott Palmer, Hastert Jim Conzelman, Oxley Lee Cohen, Hart Robert O'Conner, King Pete Meachum, Brown-Waite, Bush Staff Israel Hernandez Jeff Berkowitz, Former Clerk of the House Jeff Trandahl|
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