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In Memoria Eroilor!

August 28, 2009

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Ted Kennedy was a true believer

August 26, 2009

Cum nu am talentul cuvintelor, am decis sa pun articol in memoria Lui Ted Kennedy.

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Editor’s note: Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. His new book, “Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security — From World War II to the War on Terrorism,” will be published this fall by Basic Books. Zelizer writes widely about current events.


In one of the funniest scenes in the film “The Big Lebowski,” the hot-headed Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, explains to the Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, how much he hates nihilists because they don’t believe in anything, they have no “ethos.”
Unfortunately, many Americans share these sentiments about our politicians. Too often, the political system seems biased toward elected officials who only care about re-election. Politicians are eager to please interest groups who contribute to their campaign funds and activist organizations who will deliver the vote.
Americans suspect that a majority of politicians are willing to switch their position on any given day, depending on which way the political winds are blowing. Everyone, we sometimes fear, is a flip-flopper.
This was certainly not the case with Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy. He was a refreshing presence in Washington for many Americans, even those on the right who hated the political ideas that he championed. Love him or hate him, as Walter Sobchak might say, at least Kennedy stood for something.
Since his election to the Senate in 1962, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of modern liberalism. Throughout the 1960s, Kennedy pushed for civil rights legislation and immigration liberalization. In the aftermath of Watergate in 1974, Kennedy was one of the most vocal supporters of the campaign finance legislation that introduced public funds and contribution limits into the process.
When Democrats moved to the center, Kennedy was always there to remind them of what they were leaving behind. In the 1980 Democratic primaries, he challenged President Carter on the grounds that he had abandoned liberals on issues such as health care.
In a stirring speech at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, Kennedy told delegates, “The commitment I seek is not to outworn views but to old values that will never wear out. Programs may sometimes become obsolete, but the ideal of fairness always endures. Circumstances may change, but the work of compassion must continue
It is surely correct that we cannot solve problems by throwing money at them, but it is also correct that we dare not throw out our national problems onto a scrap heap of inattention and indifference. The poor may be out of political fashion, but they are not without human needs. The middle class may be angry, but they have not lost the dream that all Americans can advance together.” The crowd gave him a standing ovation. Madison Square Garden was filled with chants of “Ted-dy!”
Nor did Kennedy become timid when Roland Regan was in the White House. He was the voice of liberalism in the age of conservatism. The senator remained at the forefront of the Democratic opposition to the administration even when liberalism was no longer cool.
When Bill Clinton and a group of Democrats formed the Democratic Leadership Council to push the party toward the center, Kennedy refused to budge. He was a key ally of the nuclear freeze movement, which placed immense pressure on the White House to enter into arms negotiations with the Soviets and to cool down the vitriolic rhetoric that President Reagan used in his first years.
When Reagan nominated Robert Bork to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Kennedy spearheaded the opposition on ideological grounds. He rejected Bork’s conservative philosophy, warning that it posed dangers to the country.
Without question, Kennedy has been the single biggest legislative champion of health care reform since the 1960s. Kennedy has continued to push for a single-payer system, criticizing Democrats, including President Clinton, who abandoned that goal.
To be sure, Kennedy’s career was scarred by his personal life. Worst of all, Kennedy was involved in a horrible accident in 1969. Early on July 18, 1969, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. Kennedy escaped but did not tell police about the incident until the next morning.
Although Kennedy claimed that he immediately went to seek assistance, the media discovered this to be false. Kennedy’s travails received massive coverage. The accident dashed any hope that he had of successfully running for president.
But in his public life, Kennedy was the kind of politician who seems absent from modern politics, one who was loyal to an ideological outlook — an ethos, as Sobchak would say — and who devoted his career toward fighting for that cause.
Many Democrats loved Kennedy for the same reason that some Republicans hated him — he was a true believer in a political system that privileges compromise and the abandonment of principle. Kennedy was not that kind of politician and, for many Americans, that meant a lot.

Brigada Diverse in Alerta (1970)

August 21, 2009

Sa retraim tineretea…

BD LA MUNTE SI LA MARE

August 15, 2009

Have fun!!!!!!!!!

A murit compozitorul Florin Bogardo

August 15, 2009

Florin Bogardo

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Cunoscutul compozitor Florin Bogardo a incetat din viata, sambata, la varsta de 66 de ani, in urma unui atac cerebral.
Bogardo a compus peste 300 de cantece si a asigurat coloana sonora la filmele “Liceenii” si “Declaratie de dragoste”.

Melodiile sale au fost interpretate de artisti cunoscuti, precum Margareta Paslaru, Aurelian Andreescu, Mihaela Mihai.

Cea mai importanta colaborare a avut-o cu sotia sa, Stela Eneche, alaturi de care a lansat mai multe melodii de succes, printre care “Sa nu uitam trandafirii”, “Cum ploua azi peste iubirea noastra” si “N-am sa te pot uita”.

Cele mai multe melodii ale lui Bogardo erau compuse pe versuri ale lui Eminescu, Blaga, Alecsandri, Marin Sorescu.

Florin Bogardo s-a nascut in 1942 la Bucuresti si a inceput sa studieze pianul la varsta de cinci ani.

La 17 ani a compus fantezii si preludii pentru pian, lieduri, coruri si teme cu variatiuni.

A studiat la Conservatorul “Ciprian Porumbescu”, perioada in care a compus lucrari camerale. Din 1963, s-a dedicat muzicii usoare.

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Sfinta Marie – Sărbătorile Maicii Domnului

August 14, 2009

Principala sărbătoare a Mariei este la 15 august (“Sfânta Maria Mare”), sărbătoare care se numeşte oficial în biserica romano-catolică “Ridicarea la Ceruri a Fecioarei Maria”, iar în bisericile ortodoxe “Adormirea Maicii Domnului”. Recent biserica anglicană a introdus “Sărbătorirea Binecuvântatei Fecioare Maria” pe aceeaşi dată.

În plus, toate aceste biserici sărbătoresc Naşterea Maicii Domnului (“Sfânta Maria Mică”), pe 8 septembrie, iar pe 12 septembrie, în Biserica romano-catolică se sărbătoreşte Sfântul Nume al Mariei (aluzie la respectul datorat Maicii Sfinte şi încrederea în puterea invocării respectuoase a acestui Nume, ca semn de binecuvântare şi tărie în faţa ispitelor).

Pe 25 martie biserica catolică şi cele ortodoxe sărbătoresc Buna-Vestire, în timp ce cea anglicană sărbătoreşte Ridicarea Sa la Ceruri.

Bisericile ortodoxe, greco- şi romano-catolice sărbătoresc Intrarea în biserică a Maicii Domnului (sau Aducerea Maicii Domnului la Templu) pe 21 noiembrie.

Biserica catolică mai sărbătoreşte Neprihănita Zămislire a Preasfintei Fecioare Maria pe 8 decembrie şi, după Conciliul al Doilea de la Vatican, a schimbat denumirea sărbătorii de 1 ianuarie din Tăierea împrejur în Solemnitatea Sfintei Fecioare Maria, Maica lui Dumnezeu, Regina păcii.

În evul mediu, în unele regiuni ale Europei de vest Adormirea şi Ridicarea la Ceruri se sărbătorea în ianuarie şi februarie.

Biserica anglicană mai sărbătoreşte Purificarea Sfintei Fecioare Maria pe 2 februarie.

Bisericile ortodoxe şi cele greco-catolice mai sărbătoresc:

Adunarea [credincioşilor în cinstea] Preasfintei Fecioare, Născătoare de Dumnezeu pe 26 decembrie
Acoperământul Maicii Domnului pe 1 octombrie
Izvorul Tămăduirii în Vinerea luminată, adică vineri în Săptămâna luminată, de după Paşti
Zămislirea Sfintei Fecioare de către Sfânta Ana pe 9 decembrie
Punerea în raclă a cinstitului veşmânt al Maicii Domnului la 2 iulie
Punerea în raclă a brâului Maicii Domnului la 31 august.
De asemenea, atât catolicii şi cât şi ortodocşii serbează, în funcţie de ţară, regiune şi tradiţie, diverse apariţii sau icoane ale Maicii Domnului.

Pentru mama, La Multi Ani!

O Zi Minunata!

August 13, 2009

Va mai aduceti aminte? BD in Actiune!

August 2, 2009

Va ofer incepind de astazi o reterospectiva in filmografia Romaneasca. Si pentru ca seria BD a fost favorita sotului meu inecep evident cu ea. Vizionare placuta si astept comentarii..