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Welcome to the brand-new Lowering the Boom!

If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.

Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.

Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.

– Becca Lower

Recent News

Weekend Arts Capsule- 3/31/14

A slightly-short Capsule today.
caddyshack

Our friends at IJReview.com share a great visual story :Bill Murray rocking some… unique golf duds!

The stories:
Los Angeles Times:
Nicolas Cage’s Christian drama ‘Left Behind’ to get October release

Hat tip Gene

Daily Mail UK: EXCLUSIVE: ‘It took the world’s biggest movie star to play my sister’: Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

It is the image of a small, blonde-haired all-American boy beaming in the Easter sunshine that flashes up at the end of Hollywood classic Steel Magnolias – and stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

As writer Robert Harling explains, many new fans will not even know that the movie is rooted in truth and that boy is, in fact, based on his real-life nephew and namesake.

Softly spoken and with a Southern accent that still hints at his Louisiana upbringing, Robert Harling wrote the play Steel Magnolias shortly after the death of his beloved sister Susan Robinson aged just 33 in 1985.

Read more.

Daily Mail UK: Salma Hayek says she would ‘kill for a role in Downton Abbey’ but as a Mexican would have to ‘play deaf and dumb’ in the show

Reuters: Sale of rare Stradivari viola could set world auction record

Hat tip Conservative Animal

 

 

SmokingGun.com:
Tina Fey Hit With Workers’ Comp Judgment

“New York State officials say comedian owes $79,000 tab”

AP: Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

The new LinkFest is now available from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot… so, yeah, girls and stuff.

Guess what? Not only is the 8 hour sleep rule a myth, but it’s not for the reason you might think. (emphasis mine)

via Psychology Today:

Yet, the insistence that “monophasic” sleep, with eight hours of continuous nightly rest, is the necessary way to refresh ourselves not only creates stress for people who are unable to achieve that goal, but ignores other common variations in sleep patterns, and historical precedent as well….

History yields valuable insights regarding sleep. According to some recent research, until the age of electricity many people slept in two segments. They would wake up in the night for an hour or two, then return to sleep for another block of time. “The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic,” says Roger Ekirch, a sleep historian at Virginia Tech University and author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. “Humans slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time, some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams or talk with their spouses. Others might get up and do tasks or even visit neighbors before going back to sleep.”

References to “first sleep” or “deep sleep,” and “second sleep” or “morning sleep” abound in historical legal depositions, works of literature, and other pre-Industrial era archival documents. Gradually, during the 19th century, references to segmented sleep disappeared, Ekirch says, “and now people call it insomnia.”

Read the whole thing.

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is tomorrow. So you might want to check into this.
Hat tip Jay Caruso

As a Cincinnati Reds fan, I probably enjoy this tweet more than I should:

[Edit: I had to add this.]

Did you notice that there’s a new news portal, Stranahan.com? No matter where you stand politically, you will find the whole picture on the news there. Take a look.

That’s all for now. If you’ve liked some of what you’ve read here, and you have a few bucks, please show your support. Even if you can’t, thanks for the encouragement! It matters.

Tim Booth (formerly of James) & Angelo Badalamenti (Best known for his soundtrack work with David Lynch) –

 

 

Previously:

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/27/14

Weekend Arts Capsule – Babooshka- 3/22/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/19/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/13/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/27/14

From the “I did not make this up!” file:

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin wants Russians to get in shape. Can Steven Seagal help?

The stories:

I find the next two photo session ideas intriguing… unsettling, perhaps, but intriguing.

FeatureShoot:Photographer Memorializes Deceased Animals in a Unique and Memorable Way

Flavorwire:Photographer Inserts Her Adult Self Next to Her Childhood Self in Family Photographs

Coincidentally, someone had the same idea, only with red carpet-walking celebs. Creepy.

Click on any of the above if you’re interested– but don’t say you were warned.

The Hollywood Reporter: Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill (Exclusive)

Remember when terrorist-centric movies were shelved immediately after 9/11? Oh, Hollywood…

Aussie Flight Disaster Film ‘Deep Water’ Shelved Over Eerie Resemblance to Missing Malaysia Flight

“‘Deep Water,’ a loose follow-up to hit horror movie “Bait 3D,” tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes into a remote stretch of the ocean on its way to China.”

That’s right– and you can guess who ends up as the ‘bait’ this time around.

Take a gander at this overdue review of ‘American Hustle’ from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot.

David O Russel’s American Hustle is an entertaining but slightly confused movie loosely based on the Abscam scandal of the late 70s. The film isn’t quite sure if it wants to be a buddy flick, a romance or a celebration of the postmodern antihero, but the writing and performances make it at least worth the few bucks I spent for the On Demand rental.

Do you agree or disagree?


RIP,
Bradley Raines…
Daily Caller: Actor James Rebhorn wrote his own lovely obituary

Character actor James Rebhorn, who popped up in everything from “Scent of a Woman” to “Independence Day” to “30 Rock” and “Homeland,” lost his battle to melanoma over the weekend at the age of 65.

But Rebhorn left a little piece of himself behind when he wrote his own loving and emotional obituary.

Rebhorn’s obit was originally published on St. Paul Lutheran Church’s website over the weekend and it just proves that life is unfair because Rebhorn was obviously a wonderful person who died too young.

Read more.

PetaPixel: Former Garbage Man Has Saved Over 5,000 Photos Taken on the Front Lines of WWI

The PetaPixel folks also shared this awesome YouTube via Gizmodo:

YouTuber Shaun O’Callaghan, however, is a bit more brave — if that’s the right word here — than the rest of us.

Using his DJI Phantom [drone] with camera attached, O’Callaghan captured the continuous eruption of a volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

Polyvore is like playing virtual fashion magazine editor… so of course I’m now addicted!
Hat tip (curse you! ;) ): Kate Barnett

Black Girl Nerds: Jem & The Holograms Movie: Where Is Christy Marx?

Acculturated: Learn from the Best: 10 Course Syllabi by Famous Authors

One more piece from Acculturated, by RJ Moeller of the Dennis Prager Show:

Good vs. Bad Faith-Based Films (emphasis mine):

In my Son of God review, I touched upon something that I’d like to flesh out in greater detail here. If people of faith hope to have an impact in Hollywood, their “safe” and “easy to digest” content will not cut it. It’s not that there isn’t a market for family-friendly programming and filmmaking. Of course there is. And may it be so forever.
But the problem is precisely this: no one who doesn’t already believe in God will go see Son of God. And many who do believe in God and who do go see it are, like me, plopping down $14 or $15 purely from a sense of solidarity with the well-intentioned creators of such projects. There are other, better “Jesus movies.”…
And while neither option likely interests your secular, non-religious co-worker, neighbor, or relative, all of them will go see something like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. This is why I, as a Christian, am infinitely more excited about Noah than any other “faith-based” film in a long time – regardless of the theology or worldview found in it.

Please read the whole thing.

And we close with some beautiful music from one of the Gershwin brothers (George), via our friends at American Elephant:

Read the lovely tribute to the Gershwins at the link.

Edit:

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Previously:

Weekend Arts Capsule – Babooshka- 3/22/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/19/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/13/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/10/14

Weekend Arts Capsule- 3/1/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 2/24/14

Debut- Weekly Arts Roundup- 2/18/14

Weekend Arts Capsule – Babooshka- 3/22/14

Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

More Jennifer Lawrence in the same week? Um, yes. that is Jennifer Lawrence, No Pants.

Okay. Now the stories:

Paste: Kate Bush Announces First Concert Dates in 35 Years

Kate Bush has announced a short run of U.K. tour dates for the first time in 35 years. According to Telegraph, Bush’s website crashed following the news of the 15 dates. The tour is called “Before the Dawn” and will start in late August at London’s Eventim Apollo….

Bush has famously made a career off the road after a 1979 tour that lasted about six weeks. According to an interview with the Guardian she said after the tour, “I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality, which in a way I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself, was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal.”

The Telegraph also mentions that Bush stopped touring altogether “because of her inability to be completely in control of the live performance and a [sic] also because of fear of flying. During the tour, her lighting director, 21-year-old Bill Duffield, died after an accident which severely affected Bush.”

Read the whole piece at The Telegraph. There’s more on fan excitement causing ‘Kate Bush’ to trend on Twitter at Metro. The video for her song “Babooshka” is there.

Attention, Nerds: Anthropocon.com: The MST3K Gang is Returning to TV

The Boston Globe: ‘Millie’ fight creates a chilling effect

In Newton, some Asian-Americans were insulted by characters who depict laundrymen in the play “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which was recently performed at Newton North High School. The two characters work for a woman named Mrs. Meers, who wears chopsticks in her bun and speaks in an exaggerated Chinese accent as she persuades them to kidnap young girls who are then sold as sex slaves.

Afterwards, the play’s director, Adam Brown, apologized for the anger it stirred up. Now, in the aftermath of the controversy, you have to wonder about the chilling effect on future high school productions of that play and others.

Vanity Fair: The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse.

Prior two stories, hat tip Conservative Animal

Budding animators: How cool is this?

 

Uptown Magazine: ‘Oprah Chai Tea’ To Debut At Starbucks

hat tip Black Girl Nerds

Only in L.A.

KFI- Los Angeles: Hulk Hogan’s Shoe Stolen

LA Times: Flea market find: Faberge egg for $14,000, may be worth $33 million

Pacifica Radio tops Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’s Saturday Linkfest: Calling out in Transit

Kim Kardashian_VogueCover
The Daily Mail UK: ‘I feel betrayed by Anna Wintour and Vogue’:

“Magazine readers flood Twitter with backlash against its Kim Kardashian cover”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s cover for the April issue of Vogue has inspired a flood of backlash on Twitter today, where fashion influencers and everyday people are weighing in.

Many longtime Vogue subscribers are expressing how they feel ‘betrayed’ by the magazine’s staff, including editor Anna Wintour, for highlighting a reality star like Ms Kardashian.

The social media platform is also host to criticisms that question Ms Kardashian’s relevance among Vogue readers.

PFoL: Obama Calls Ellen’s Oscar Selfie A ‘Pretty Cheap Stunt’

Top image via NY Magazine

And to close…
Kate Bush- “Wuthering Heights”

If you have suggestions or comments, you know where to find me. Show your support for arts content, if anything has been useful to you.

Previously:

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/19/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/13/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/10/14

Weekend Arts Capsule- 3/1/14

Weekly Arts Roundup- 2/24/14

Debut- Weekly Arts Roundup- 2/18/14

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