Conservative Politics, News, and More

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 Roundup & Potpourri- Sept. 13


So, there’s something new happening. I’m finding that I have stories I want to share, but they aren’t all about entertainment or the arts. This time, you’ll find some “potpourri” mixed in with the arts stories. And as always, let me know what you like and what you don’t. Thanks!

The stories:

Dazed: The film that made Bill Murray quit acting

“Bill is actually a very religious guy — educated at Loyola by the Jesuits, who are really kind of brutal about drumming it into your head,” Byrum told The Old Corner, a fansite dedicated to The Razor’s Edge, in 2003. “I think one of his main draws to this book was the religious theme.”

There’s a dead link in the source quote. Find the full interview with the film’s director and co-writer, John Byrum, here.

Paste: David Lynch-Directed Duran Duran Documentary to Screen in 300 Theaters

[Singer Simon] Le Bon continued, “The most surreal moment for me is when he intercuts footage of somebody barbecuing sausages into the song ‘Come Undone.’ Not what we had it mind, but it’s absolutely hilarious.”


Telegraph UK: How Isil doctored the image of Obama, making him appear haggard in videos

Daily BeastThis Charming Man: Meet ‘Ronnissey,’ Brooklyn’s Fake Morrissey

Pacific Standard: The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy

And not just (red) wine, either. A compelling and possibly important read, especially for anyone who abstains from alcohol.

NY Daily News: Mel Brooks leaves 11-finger handprints in cement ceremony outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre

Who else thinks this was long overdue?

Yahoo! News via Good Morning America: Minnesota Lottery Winner Going Back to Waiting Tables

Remarkable. The family won 11.4 million… and in case you’re wondering, that lottery pays the state & local taxes on it.

FTR Radio Podcast: “The Dark Side”: Kira Davis returns from hiatus, and talks about her son beginning homeschooling for the first time this school year and other topics: September 9, 2014

Top image credit: Sony Movie Channel

Weekly Arts Roundup – Sept. 4


Paul Mazursky, right, directs Robin Williams (Vladimir Ivanoff) and Cleavant Derricks (Lionel Witherspoon) on the set of “Moscow on the Hudson” in 1984.

The stories:

Paste: Prince Releases Two Songs Ahead of New Albums

For Warner Brothers, no less…

Prince returned to Warner Bros. in April, after a bitter split with the company 18 years ago. Appeased by a deal that gave him the rights to his catalog as well as the promise of a 20th anniversary re-release of Purple Rain, Prince has wasted no time supplying new material to his old label.

Stereogum: Brandon Flowers [The Killers] Is Recording A Solo Album With Ariel Rechtshaid

 NME reports that Ariel Rechtshaid, who had a hand in [Danielle] Haim’s Days Are Gone as well as other amazing 2013 releases by Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, and Charli XCX, is working with Flowers on a solo record for release next year….

Flowers had this to say about working with Rechtshaid: “He’s taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he’ll take a song and be like, ’I hear this.’

Unfortunately, you can’t find those nekkid Jennifer Lawrence pics at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot… but Gene has other goodies on display. Check it out!

You can watch the original ‘Ghostbusters’ on the big screen!

via Fandango:

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).

EDIT: Read Kira Davis’ essential tribute to the late Joan Rivers. RIP!

Somehow I missed this obituary, while the blog was on hiatus (emphasis mine):

LA Times: Paul Mazursky dies at 84; director chronicled trends of ’60s and ’70s

After the disappointments of “Willie and Phil” (1980) and “Tempest” (1982), his next hit was “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984), which showcased Robin Williams as a Russian musician who defects in the middle of a Bloomingdale’s department store.

“Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1986) was Mazursky’s greatest commercial success. A farce inspired by the 1932 Jean Renoir film “Boudou Saved From Drowning,” it concerns a wealthy couple (Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss) who live in a mansion with a dog that has its own psychiatrist. Their posh life is disrupted by a homeless man (Nick Nolte) who tries to drown himself in their pool. Sympathizing with his plight, the couple invite him to move in.

The purpose of the film was “to reflect on the absurdity of having it all and still having nothing,” Mazursky told the Chicago Tribune in 1986.

Read the whole thing.

I’m a huge fan of ‘Down and Out in Beverly Hills,’ which I saw in the theater and still remember the crowd reaction: continuous, rapturous laughter. You sometimes missed lines, because the audience was still laughing. Another film I love by Mazursky is ‘Tempest,’ his modern take on Shakespeare’s story. It marked the film debut of a young Molly Ringwald, and also included John Cassavetes, Susan Sarandon, and Raul Julia.

There’s a great YouTube interview from 2011 with the director here, covering his entire career.


The Wrap: Paul Mazursky in His Own Words: Director Rates His Movies in Vintage Interview


Image credit: LA Times/Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images


Labor Day Weekend Arts Capsule – August 31

TV films of the weekIt’s not you, baby, it’s me. Here’s your new Weekend Arts capsule. Say you’re not mad

NY Daily News: Sheila E. confirms engagement to Prince, describes niece Nicole Richie’s adoption in new memoir 

NYT: At DuArt, Thousands of Unclaimed Films

You may not have heard Howard Stern’s ‘Robin Williams’ story from August 18. Worth a listen.

I got Netflix about a week ago (no cable since the move west), so will be catching up on movie watching. Soon, I’ll have a review of a recent film I watched. I’m also planning on watching more documentaries, which I’ll write about in a future post.

While we’re on the subject… via Paste: A handy list of movies leaving Netflix’s library starting September 1st.

The Wrap: Martin Scorsese Planning to Direct Movie About The Ramones

This isn’t his next project, but the article hints (subtly) that it may be released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut record (2016).

Billboard: Album Sales Hit A New Low
That’s it. Record executives are finally admitting that streaming is the death knell of the mega-hit album.

So, this seems like a creative project worthy of support: A photographer is compiling a book, Art Desks, which captures images of artists and other creatives at work, which includes the state of their desks and apparently some of their cats as well:

Just an aside- my fave title of the participants: ‘Director of Identity and Outreach, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’. How cool is that, seriously?

Make sure to stay tuned for my next post — Lowering the Boom turns 2-years-old! In case you missed my last post, here’s a preview of the new Interpol album. See you…

Related: At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert review, ‘Ghostbusters’

Popcorn graphic, image credit: Mirror UK

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