Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

Earl Scruggs at Newport 2011

Earl Scruggs at Newport 2011 (Photo credit: wfuv)

Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player who influenced generations of musicians and helped shape the sound of twentieth-century country music, died on Wednesday in a Nashville hospital.

He was eighty-eight years old.

Via The New York Times.

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JetBlue Pilot Charged with Interfering with a Flight Crew

JetBlue Tail (N556JB; "Betty Blue")

JetBlue Tail (N556JB; "Betty Blue") (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The JetBlue captain whose midair meltdown led to an emergency landing has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

Clayton Osbon on Tuesday left the cockpit of Flight 191 from New York to Las Vegas after behaving oddly. The co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit, and crew and passengers subdued Mr. Osbon. The Airbus A320 was diverted to Amarillo, Texas.

Mr. Osbon has been suspended pending an investigation and is receiving medical treatment, the airline said on Wednesday.

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Poll: Obama Leads Romney by Double Digits

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Barack Obama holds a double-digit lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney in a head-to-head general election matchup, a new CNN/ORC national poll shows.

In a hypothetical race, 54% of Americans polled said they would vote for Pres. Obama, while 43% said they preferred Mr. Romney.

Pres. Obama’s approval rating inched above the 50% mark for the first time since May, with 51% of respondents saying they approve of the job he’s doing.

Meanwhile, 48% of respondents said they have favorable view of the Democratic Party. The Republican Party’s favorable rating dropped to 35%.

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Did Santorum Almost Call the President the N-Word?

Above is a clip of Rick Santorum speaking at the Armory in Janesville, Wisconsin on March 27, stumbling over a word that sounds a lot like the N-word. As crazy as I think Mr. Santorum is, I just don’t think he’s stupid enough to even come close to saying the N-word in public.

What on earth could he have been trying to say? Was he saying “governmentnik,” (which I assume is like a beatnik)? What does that mean?

Via Gawker.

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