Charlie Louvin, RIP

We lost Charlie Louvin to pancreatic cancer.
The harmonies are now much richer on the other side.

July 7, 1927 – January 26, 2011 R.I.P.

link below goes to a performance of Knoxville Girl by Charlie Louvin and Will Oldham

Fuck Yeah Bluegrass.

The Student Loan Scheme or The Trillion Dollar Bomb

I was very lucky to go to college in the 1980’s, when costs were a fraction of what they are now. I also lucked out that my dad, in his continuous efforts to screw-up my mom, had made it a condition in their divorce that if our family home was ever sold, the proceeds were to be divided evenly between all five of us kids and mom. the house sold while on my 2nd year in college, and my part of the proceeds were enough to cover tuition and books; I student-worked to cover living expenses. thus I was able to finish college without any student loan debt.

things have changed since then. a lot. this infographic from College Scholarships explains:

Student Loans Scheme.

Infographic by College


Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot during a public event

update 20110108@14:47EST – there are now conflicting and updating reports about what happened.  one source has ms. Giffords gravely wounded and in surgery, as are other victims of the shooter.  I’ll be refreshing the NPR site frequently.


Arizona Congresswoman Shot By Gunman : NPR.

congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, (Idon’t consider running up to her and shooting as “indiscriminate”)Michaels said.

Six others are also believed killed; the gunman ran away and was tackled by bystanders – his identity has not been released

how bloody awful.   if memory serves, ms. Giffords is the first congress member to be murdered since Leo Ryan in Jonestown in 1978.

I wasn’t familiar with congresswoman Giffords until today: a cursory look around the internet locates several posts (most of whichare/will be removed soon) calling her “chicken” for not showing up at TeaBagger events/’debates’.    and with good reason, we now sadly find out.

our thoughts go out to her family and those of all others killed or wounded.