This was a man, dressed as a plant, making pigeon noises at people walking by. I said hello, asked if it was okay to take his picture, and then asked why he was dressed as a plant. He said, “I’m just working through some stuff. Thank you for asking. No ones asked yet.”
I’ve been dealing with stuff the wrong way.
A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because…
“Oh look. Jenny Lewis is playing a cowbell in some sort of jumpsuit with tights. How quirky and adorable.”
Just look at her mouth. She’s doing that on purpose.
She got to be on the golden girls and she knows you’ll never get to.
She’s a red head and not a gross one. bitch.
Why is she whining so much when she sings?? How does this not bother you?? Can you not hear her over the sound of your boners? Is this the problem?
She’s standing pigeon toed while playing the guitar. pigeon toed.
- John Alvin Ray was born January 10th, 1927 on a farmhouse near Hopewell, Oregon
- It is disputed whether or not he was of Blackfoot Indian origin
- Johnnie lost 50% of his hearing in a boy scout blanket toss accident when he was thrown up into the air and landed hard on a straw that went in his ear. He would later wear a hearing aid.
- Moved to Portland then Los Angeles then Detroit to pursue a music career
- Was the first white performer at the Flame Showbar in Detroit Michigan
- Bernie Lang saw Ray at the Flame Showbar and tried to sell him to Danny Kessler of the OKeh Music Label and Ray was signed in 1951
- Before his first publicity shot many people thought he was a black man or woman R&B performer
- Ray’s first hit was “Whiskey and Gin” but he became a teen idol with “Cry” and “Little White Cloud That Cried”
- Johnnie is credited with creating the rock and roll persona. Unlike other performers of the time he would take the microphone off the stand, pull at his hair, throw himself on the ground and cry and interact with the audience.
- Was arrested twice, once in 1952 and in 1959 for soliciting men for sex. The first time he plead guilty and paid the fine, the second went to trial and he was found not guilty.
- Gave his first New York concert at the Copacabana in 1952
- Married Marilyn Morrison in 1952, she allegedly knew about his sexuality and said she would “straighten it out”. They were separated in 1953 and divorced in 1954
- Had a Christmas UK #1 hit, “Walkin’ in the Rain” in 1956
- Was in the Billboard top 10 in 1957 for “You Don’t Owe me a Thing”
- Was a heavy drinker and was hospitalized in 1960 for tuberculosis and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver at age 50
- In 1965 his career had slowed and he took a contract with the Tropicana in Las Vegas
- In 1969 he opened for friend Judy Garland and was best man in her wedding to Mickey Deans
- Made television appearances in the 1970’s on The Andy Williams show and The Tonight Show
- He continued to stay popular in the UK and Australia until 1989, his last year of performing.
- Died February 24th, 1990 of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles
- Buried in Hopewell Cemetery near Hopewell Oregon
- Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the recording industry.
- The Chinese Civil War began in 1927 but the war during the last 3 years (1947 - 1949) is known as the War of Liberation
- When the last Chinese dynasty (Qing) collapsed the country was left in control of warlords and two political parties: the Koumingtang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) and the Communist Party of China (CPC)
- The leader of the KMT Sun Yat-Sen asked for help from western countries to help unify China and defeat warlords in control but was ignored. The Soviet Union came to their aid but also equally supported the CPC
- Chiang Kai-Shek was sent to Moscow to study in 1923 and become Sun’s successor for the head of the KMT when he died in 1925.
- The KMT allowed communist members to join until a thwarted kidnapping against Chiang know as the Zhongshan Warship Incident. At this point the party had split into left and right wing factions.
- On April 12th Chiang purged the KMT of CPC members with arrests and execution. This is know as the April 12th Incident or Shanghai Massacre by the CPC.
- Mao Zedong led an unsuccessful uprising of CPC members, peasants and miners in the Hunan province known as the Autumn Harvest Uprising
- The country was split into three capitals: The internationally recognized republic in Bejing, the CPC and left wing KMT at Wuhan and the right wing KMT at Nanjing.
- The KMT captured Bejing in 1928 and the left wing KMT at Wuhan expelled the CPC but were then toppled by Chiang so the KMT government at Nanjing became the official government for the next decade.
- CPC retreated underground and to the countryside and staged revolts over the next decade beginning with the Nanchang uprising.
- In 1930 Feng Yuxiang, Yan Xishan and Wang Jingwei led an internal war of the KMT against Chiang, known as the Central Plains War
- Five campaigns were launched by the KMT to get rid of CPC pockets. The first and second failed, the third was interrupted by the Murkden incident, the fourth was successful early on but Chiang lost troops when he got closer to the center of Mao’s Soviet Chinese Republic
- The fifth campaign systematically encircled Jiangxi Soviet region with blockhouses. Many of these were manned by the men of a warlord ally of Chiang. The CPC were able to escape through gaps in the blockhouses and the warlord’s men did not put forth much effort to stop them. Chiang’s army was busy fighting the CPC forces of Zhang Guatao.
- The CPC retreat from Jiangxi to Shaanxi was approximately 7,800 miles and is known as the long march. 90,000 to 100,000 started the march and approximately 7 to 8,000 arrived. Zhang’s forces joined Mao’s but were so few in numbers Mao became the leader of the CPC
- The civil war was paused when the Japanese launched the second Sino-Chinese War. Chiang refused to ally with the CPC until he was kidnapped by two of his generals. The alliance was in name only and clashes still occurred between the KMT and CPC. The CPC also gained popularity in areas that had been controlled by Japan
- After the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, part of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the US was to surrender to the KMT government. Both Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong attended post war peace negotiations.
- In the last moth of WWII the Soviet Union launched the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation to attack the Japanese. Chiang was concerned the CPC would take over the region when the Soviets withdrew so he made a deal with the Soviets to slowly go back. The US then airlifted KMT troops into the area while the Soviets slowly dismantled their 2 billion dollar military base and shipped it back to the USSR.
- The Soviet army was instructed to delay moving forces out of Manchuria until the CPC had moved in because Stalin wanted Mao in control. The CPC grew to 1.2 million troops and 2 million militia and gained popularity by promising farmers they would take the land from their landlords. During the Huaihai campaign they mobilized 5,430,000 peasants to fight the KMT
- After Japan’s surrender the authoritative capitalist group in the KMT seized control of the banks, factories and commercial property that the Japanese had occupied. The KMT gained troops and collected supplies and prepared for the war against the CPC as the unemployment rate rose.
- The US supported the KMT by airlifting troops, sending 50,000 Marines as guards, 100,000 troops to Shandong, equipped and trained over 500,000 KMT, assisted and loaned hundreds of millions of dollars in military equipment and gave the KMT 4.3 billion dollars, most of which was military aid.
- The truce from the second Sino-Japanese war broke on June 26th 1946 and full scale civil war broke out between the KMT and CPC when Chiang launched an assault against the CPC with 1.6 million troops.
- The CPC used a passive defense tactic, preserving their troops by abandoned land and wearing out the KMT. They were able to wipe out 1.2 million KMT troops in a year as their numbers grew to 2 million
- March 1947 the KMT captured the CPC capital of Yan’an but the CPC counter attacked and seized control of Shenyang and Changchun. The KMT surrendered Changchun after the CPC’s 6 month seige that resulted on over 150,000 civilian deaths from starvation
- The CPC acquired more tanks and weapons from the capture of KMT areas and went on to capture Luoyang, Jhinan and Shandong province on September 4th, 1948
- After the three decisive Liaoshen, Huaihai and Pingjin campaigns, the CPC wiped out 144 regular and 29 non-regular KMT divisions, including 1.54 million veteran KMT troops. This effectively smashed the backbone of the KMT army.
- On April 23rd the CPC captured the KMT capital of Nanjing. Most of the surrounding towns were already under communist influence.
- The KMT retreated for Nanjing to Canton (Guangzhou) to Chongqing to Chengdu to Taipei on December 10th
- October 1st, 1949 Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China with it’s capital at Beiping (renamed Beijing). Chiang Kai-Shek and 2 million Nationalist Chinese retreated from mainland China to the island of Taiwan
- On December 1949 Chiang declared Taipei, Taiwan the temporary capital of the Republic of China and continued to assert his government was the sole legitimate authority in China.
- To this day, since no armistice or peace treaty has ever been signed, there is controversy as to whether the Civil War has legally ended. Today, the entities on the two sides of the Taiwan straight have close economic ties
- Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3rd, 1922 in Evanston, Ohio
- Was a dancer until a car accident damaged her legs, she then focused on singing
- Married trombonist Al Jorden in 1941 and divorced after 2 years. They had one son Terry
- Shortened her last name to Day at suggestion of band leader Barney Rapp. The first song she performed for him was “Day After Day”
- Married to George Weidler for less than a year
- Was hired on with Warner Bros after a screen test and made 8 films with them
- Her hit “Sentimental Journey” became an anthem of the desire of World War II demobilizing troops to return home
- Married Martin Melcher who adopted her son who would become music producer Terry Melcher
- In 1950 the servicemen in Korea named her their favorite star
- Her image came from her wholesome, nostalgic musicals which led Oscar Levant to quip “I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin.”
- Starred in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much where she performed “Que Sera, Sera” which won an Oscar for best original song
- Is an animal rights activist
- 33rd President of the United States
- Franklin Roosevelt’s 4th term Vice President who became President when Roosevelt died
- Was president for only a few weeks when Allies declared victory in Europe in WWII
- In August 1945, after Japan turned down the Potsdam Declaration, Truman authorized use of atomic weapons against Japan
- Created the Truman Doctrine to contain communism and the Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe’s devastated economy
- Decided to recognize the state of Israel: “I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism: I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.”
- Approved The Berlin Airlift which successfully airlifted food and other supplies to a Soviet Union blocked Berlin
- Issued executive order 9981 which racially integrated the U.S. armed services
- Was projected to lose his second term election and went on a 21,928-mile tour of the US giving short speeches. The Chicago Tribune inaccurately reported Dewey won.
- Strong supported of NATO and appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander
- Mao Zedong’s communist army won the Chinese Civil war during his second term
- Joseph McCarthy accused Truman of not being able to keep communist spies out of the government
- Truman ordered a naval blockade of Korea with the UN’s assistance which lead the war in Korea
- Fired General Douglas MacArthur for not respecting the authority of the Presidency
- At one point had the lowest approval rating of an active President until George W. Bush