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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ain't No More Cane

PHOTO's: Will the Real Blonde on Blonde image sign in please -- and hum a few bars of "Ain't no More Cane"?

Response to Pribek's Relentless attempts to Confuse Me, "Its all been ground down to molasses"
Retrieved by Pat Darnell [HERE]

Sometimes it pays dividends to go to sites that have been tenderly set up to preserve and protect valuable works. So in response to the full court press by Pribek [HERE] and many other places, here is the lucidity his question requires: Trying to stump me in my passion for Texas Hill country, Pribek wrote, "...any cane on the Brazos?" Link | May 30th, 2009 at 10:13 am

Therefore I answer: Cane is gone along the Brazos. It is a muddy fast moving, geological youngster of a river. There is no beaches or ox bows, nor lazy Huck Finn Islands found along the Brazos course. However, I will have to get back to you on the situation of how much cane can be found today, if 5% or 50% of its original marsh grasses...

The other connection, I think Mr Pribek is also trying to fool me with Bob Dylan and his Basement Tapes. I had the double album Blonde on Blonde, until someone absconded it. I probably should have drilled pin holes in the two records to signify them as mine. If you have my B on B, and you are reading this, please contact me and tell me how it has been going.

It turns out, I never really liked the album, since it's mixing is [low quality] questionable -- "...Blonde on Blonde has been issued in no fewer than eleven different forms, with marked differences in mixes and track lengths. No specific version has been established as canonical [wkpd]..."

I must have had one of the bad ones... eh?

One more little negative thing about Dylan; his singing voice puts a desire to avoid and reject his cuts. It is a clash of temperaments, I never have fully appreciated his nasal, deep-South, country attempt. That is because I grew up down here where the real thing can be heard and hated. I assume, and correct me if not possible, that Dylan is from a Northern rural Minnesota upbringing. His adaptation of the deep South Delta Blues Rock voice is an agitation as a shade fake in my ear. Call me a purist, but down home is down home... no?

To understand some of this would require one to work here with the scorching sun on your back, and impossible clay mud sticking to your boots. One has to stay hydrated like you cannot believe, and that is the tonal basis you find usually from New Orleans, to Black Baptist Churches of Houston near briny back waters and marshes along the Intracoastal Waterway located from the Rigolets, Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal to Industrial Canals in Texas .... a different breed lives down here.

Dylan is okay for trying, I suppose, but he has never been the real thing for my listening pleasure.

Ain't No More Cane
Album: The Basement Tapes [SOURCE]

"This is actually a prison work song rather than a normal work song, if you feel like splitting hairs about it. It functions the same way as any work song, but the vocabulary is that of the Texas prisons and it is about prison life. There are many versions of it, the arrangement that the Band uses should be noted to the "king of the twelve string guitar" Huddie 'Leadbelly' Leadbetter. Bruce Jackson's book 'Wake Up Dead Man' has a lot of information about this song as well as other prison songs."
--Erin Sebo

Ain't no more cane on the Brazos(1)

Oh, oh, oh, oh...

Its all been ground down to molasses

D7 C G
Oh, oh- oh, oh- oh...

You shoulda been on the river in 1910
They were driving the women just like they drove the men.

Go down Old Hannah,(2) don'cha rise no more
Don't you rise up til Judgment Day's for sure

Ain't no more cane on the Brazos
Its all been ground down to molasses

Captain(3), don't you do me like you done poor old Shine
Well ya drove that bully(4) til he went stone blind

Wake up on a lifetime(5), hold up your own head
Well you may get a pardon and then you might drop dead

Ain't no more cane on the Brazos
Its all been ground down to molasses.

[ footnotes by Source:]
1. For all those without a grasp of American geography, the Brazos is a river in Texas which features in many prison songs because it runs past virtually all of the old prisons in Texas.
2. Old Hannah is the name given to sun.
3. Captain is one of the ranks in the hierarchy of prison guards, the man in charge of half the workers in a field. Also used outside the prisons to mean the White boss. In some of the old slave songs the singers call Jesus their captain.
4. Bully: an inmate working in the line. The word can also be used as a verb, in which case it means working hard.
5. Lifetime sentence that is.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Attrition-Challenged Word-Snipers

Advice from the Puissant Ideologist
by Pat Darnell

Snipe or Sniper, what's the diff? Ever go on a Snipe hunt with your new il bastardo friends? Blimey, it is not as fun as cow tipping. Poor cows.
SNIPE Hunt -- Noun; 1. an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it; "in the South a snipe hunt is practically a rite of passage"
(hypernym) practical joke [SOURCE]
Here's the draw: you can reverse the challenge by going out as if you are playing their game. Then you spend the next three hours at the bars, hopping from one to the other. They will stay out there all night waiting for you to return to their circle jerk of friends to herd a snipe into your bag. HA HA! We all have big hearty laugh... no?

Attrition-challenged friends, well, you need them for certain times in business and social situations -- but most needed for war. Although, you least need them running the show for you. Suppose attrition-challenged is also "Gullible." Gullibility, sounds sort of like Hill-Billity, and one could make that connection. Gullible -- It's the inverse of first rule of boxing; "Protect yourselves at all times..." no?

This game of snipe is to test gullibility. Who is most gullible? Not the pack of past winners who wait for you to lose...? Or Not you the player who lets them run in the field all night waiting for you to return as since their aim is to make you play by their rules?

If everyone leaves, then the game is a draw. It would be nice also if you left remains of dead carcasses where you were last seen. Unnatural arrangement of the dead things, it turns out, will bring out emotionality in the game. If your wannabe friends are also ED [emotionally disturbed] you could film this episode, and get some youTube views, as first journal of ED kids on a Snipe Hunt gone bad... eh? Could turn out to be Shakespearean in scale: re-write of King Lear in three acts.

In final comments: the whole masquerade boils down to Words. As the games develop, so do wars... and means do not, [repeat: do not], ever justify the ends of war, games, or attrition. How it turns out is generally the same every time. The best action is to just walk away, take a stroll, enjoy some fresh air.

There is billions of lifetimes wasted and interrupted by games, wars, -- genocide, while attrition plays its role of allowing attrition-challenged's to fill positions they might never have filled.

That is why each of us must become Word Snipers, and be alert to the challenge of false war games... no?
A snipe hunt, also known as a fool's errand or wild goose chase, is one of a class of practical jokes that involves experienced people making fun of newcomers by giving them an impossible or imaginary task.

For example, inexperienced campers are told about a bird or animal called the snipe as well as a usually ridiculous method of catching it, such as running around the woods carrying a bag or making strange noises. Incidentally, the Snipe [various species of shorebirds] is difficult to catch for experienced hunters, so much so that the word "sniper" is derived from it to refer to anyone skilled enough to shoot one[wkpd].
(See: Also HERE)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sun-Fresh Retro-Crush... Betty or Veronica?

Sixty years ago before all of you were born, including me, was born the Archie Comics. Who knew?
Prospected by Pat Darnell and the Herd

Female comedians pose many interesting possibilities... no? We see plenty of comics coming to life in Professional Wrestling. Will Archie actually finally marry one or the other -- Betty or Veronica; and Why, for the love of God, is it worth mentioning?

Go on and get your groove thing... we all do it.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Do You Feel Thwarted?

Who's your Thwarter?
by Pat Darnell and Merriam Webster

I do at times feel thwarted. For instance, when did I become aware of the evolution of my internal instinctual clock from hours of the day to microanalyses "minutes" of the month?
THWART: Pronunciation: \ˈthwȯrt\ Function: transitive verb Etymology: Middle English hwerten, from thwert, adverb Date: 13th century

1 a: to run counter to so as to effectively oppose or baffle : contravene b: to oppose successfully : defeat the hopes or aspirations of 2: to pass through or across
synonyms see frustrate
— thwart·er noun
Asking myself this morning: Is this the beeper lifestyle I have avoided with all my protoplasm for half a decade? Yes, my life cycle has been thwarted.

Despite that I look around my self, and feel phatt with premium rollover ATandT "minutes" numbering in the thousands. Hmmmmmm... yummy.

Last month, it turns out, I used four "minutes" total on my cell phone. Four minutes?! YIKES! In contrast my children used 68,000 TEXT-ing "minutes".... Luckily those are "unlimited minutes." If not how would I ever pay for those minutes at even five cents per? YIKES -- again?! Oh, shoot here goes my organism parallax brain cell splitting hysteria.

That is some kind of world record, no? How many minutes are in a month anyway? Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes a year... carry the one... divide by binary ten to the twelfth....about 43,800 minutes a month. Two tween-agers can do a lot of damage in one month... together they exceed even the number of minutes actually in a month.... YIKES --- Thwarted!!!

We thought Vietnam was the Domino -- no its 6 billion people all texting world wide each with 525,600 minutes a year... and the rollover and the premium voice minutes plus the anti negative minutes of a voice mail call back... and [brain shutdown; organism at rest till further notice]

If you need further assistance call 888-eat-more-possum.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Anyone have a clue about this POLITICS entry?
Retrieved by Pat Darnell
COLUMBUS, OH—With its membership swelling in recent months, the mysterious organization that secretly pulls the levers of American power was forced to suspend its weekly meeting Monday, having grown too big to fit inside Marriott Conference Room B. "To successfully carry out our clandestine operations and continue maintaining the ignorance of the masses, we will now require the full amenities of Conference Room A," said an unidentified man, who is believed to have covertly orchestrated the economic collapse of Iceland last year. "We must postpone the Cataclysmic Event until such time as a more comfortable meeting space is available." According to confidential records, the hidden regime's enrollment has more than doubled since it gained free access to the Marriott's swimming pool and gym facilities.
Shadow Government Getting Too Large To Meet In Marriott Conference Room B
May 5, 2009 | [SOURCE]

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Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again
May 4, 2009 | [SOURCE]

According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, 98 percent of Americans no longer appreciate President Barack Obama's attempts to break down the economic crisis into simple terms they can understand. Instead, many say the president should have the decency to insult their intelligence by using complex jargon to confuse and deceive them, perhaps even implying that the subprime mortgage fallout was just a big misunderstanding that resulted from a clerical error.

"I know when he's telling the truth, and it bothers me," recently laid-off schoolteacher Mary Hanover said of Obama. "He gets this serious expression on his face and says things like, 'This is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.' Who needs to hear that? For Christ's sake, smile a bit and say we just found a diamond mine under Montana that's going to pay for everything. I'll believe you."

"Please, treat me like a child. Treat me like a five-year-old," Sacramento resident David Cooke, 64, wrote in a letter to Congress. "I lost everything when the Dow tanked, and I'm too old to start working again, so why punish me further by explaining in detail the clever ways these investment firms ripped me off and how they're all going to get away with it?"

Thus far, many policymakers in Washington have responded favorably to their constituents' requests, saying they respect and understand the public's need for dishonesty.

"I think we can accommodate the American people on this," Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters. "Why, just today we made excellent progress with GM, whose CEO Fritz Henderson told us that every penny of federal and taxpayer funds would go directly to the construction of three new auto plants in Detroit that will create over 90,000 new jobs and spark the economic rebound we've been waiting for."

Continued Reid, "Things are looking very, very bright."
Retrieved Excerpts by PD

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Apocalypto Potter Generic

Series: How to Market your Manuscript in 2009, and beyond
by Pat Darnell and the Herd

If you truly want to sell your book in today's market place, you better have an Apocalypto Cover on it. Faux ancient, or Potter-Charismatico cover art will smartly serve your marketing efforts, as these seem the only selling breed of books.

Even if your book is about "changing baby diapers" you might consider an illustration of a cute little infant with horns on your cover.

I look for "rare, ancient" text on shelves of Barnes and Ignoble. Others surely are drawn to the same style of cover. We live in a College town, and its student population is walking, talking cross section of our book reading society, or what is left of it. At local big barn book resellers, students gather.

A place at oaken study tables comes at a premium at Barnes and Ignoble's on Texas Avenue across from Texas A and M University. Arrive early and you can stake out a really sturdy library type table for an afternoon. However, there is a little bit of fine tuning needed if the fashionable bookstore is to survive the IT microcosm.

Beside the ever pressing intervention of Electronic textbooks and friendly Hot-spot IT access... iPOD Touch and rival operating systems square off to show students the way to glorious
button pushing careers.

Suggest to your publisher some of these ideas. For instance Moo Pig's "Book Marketing Analysts" suggest:

1. If Barnes and Ignoble's would only try some strobe lighting with disco ball
"Buy One Get One Free" fifteen minute rave moshes at random times... this could bring a pile of toxic assets to the book retailer. And we all know by now toxic assets is the way to go.

2. Then while all those students are rushing up to the check out counter, B and I's could unleash Demo carts full of sausage and crackers for taste tests offered to the queue of students carrying spine cracking large books about WWII and Eisenstadt...

3. As the inventory leaves the shelves in torrents, B and I's could run a survey with store personnel holding scanning guns, while referring to the super large jumbo-tron drive-in-movie-like presentation over the children books area at the rear of the store.

Figure this into your pricing structure for your book since a large budget, high end, understated youTube ripoff would serve this scanning survey purpose very well as each participant gets a 333 on his\her hand.

4. Last idea to come from the think-thankless tank at Moo Pig's sweat box offices -- a good old book
burning needs resurrecting, for gosh's sakes. How long has it been since we had uniformed Nubian's piling books in a parking lot fire? NO? Hey give it a chance.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Bucket List Revisited

As I get game and gamier, I sense the last tri-mester of my days is one that should be a revisionary era punctuated with symbolic experiences. FAQ: No. There is no terminal illness to prompt this, but the following is:

Pat Darnell's Unofficial Bucket List [though having not seen the movie yet]...
* UPDATE: * Yes, we saw the movie yesterday on DVD, and we wept!

I would like to perform an Exorcism. I want one of those exorcism gap-wrenches that Keanu Reeves has in the movie Constantine. He jumps on the torso of the victimized possessed person, and pulls out a set of coin-like chads on a key ring, makes a guess and plants the disc on the forehead of the writhing demon. That's what I'm talking about, grotesque parody.

Making a movie is one of my bucket list items. Directing, editing, and producing a flick would make my life complete.

Playing music with my kids is a major dream activity of mine. Having a jam session with my clan delights me to no end. Still, it is very hard to get all my players going in the same direction, much less having them all show up at the same time.

I would like to fall into a deep sleep and have a woman made from one of my ribs. Not for a wife or anything, just the thought of it seems likeable to me. You see it would be an exhiliarating feat. We have the technology now, probably in the near future. As the genome is further understood, things like this will happen.

I would like to have lunch with Padre Pio, though he is passed on.

To finish my manuscript finally is a major desire. Then I would like to write the sequel to "Young Frankenstein," maybe treat it like "Older Frankenstein."

One cross-country trip on I-10 with wife and last two kids, is a very attractive idea.

Bulletin: Shooting black and white negative film, processing it and burning photos is always on my mind. Last time I did this was back in the '70s' in the photo labs at college.

Teach oil on canvas to children: give lessons that take them from raw canvas to finished painting.

Entering the Grand Canyon at one end and hiking all the way to the other, is a fantasy I have.

At least one family reunion of all the kids and us.

I would like to house a horse again, not a fancy one, just one to ride and show kids how horse sense is still the best sense. Thanks again to for reminding me of "40 acres and a mule."
>pd/final draft/update 06.13.2008

See other Bucket Lists:


and a review

{---Picture left: ...and last but not least MooPig's gratuitous sexist unrelated non-sequitor style:

I want to build one of these for my daughters, and Yes, it comes with Buckets.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Exclusive: Everything I Know about Brutal Legend !!!

NOT a thing!!

Brütal Legend's Tim Schafer :: May 5, 2009 at 9:45 am
Gamespot Gets Strategic with Brütal Legend * Posted on 05.15.2009

Hey Iron heades!

Recently, Gamespot infiltrated the dark caverns that house the vast metal machine that is Brütal Legend. Their coverage reveals new elements of Brütal gameplay, including strategic squad combat and legions of headbangers.

In their words, “Eddie has liberated a legion of headbanging teenagers and recruited them into his army as part of his quest to save this alternate world from demonic control. Eddie's most immediate enemy is General Lionwhyte, a glam rocker with "hair so fabulous he can fly on it."

At various points in the game, you'll need to stage large-scale battles with troops of varying classes against Lionwhyte's own army.” Read the entire article and learn more about Eddie Riggs’ incredible abilities. [SOURCE]

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Headache NEWS Follwup


Man Dies After 34 Shots From Nail Gun, AP

Crime News, Weird News

SYDNEY (April 24) - Australian police appealed to the public Friday for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.
Chen Liu's badly decomposed body was found in Sydney on Nov. 1, about two weeks after a friend
reported him missing, but police have yet to say whether they've identified any suspects.

[Police in Sydney, Australia, released this X-ray of the skull of Chen Liu, 27, who died after being shot in the head with a nail gun 34 times. Liu's bound body was found in a river in
November. The photo was released as part of a public plea for more information in the case.]

[MORE] Australian police released on Friday a shocking x-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

The body of Chen Liu, 27, was found by two children last year in marshland in south Sydney, wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wire.

Detectives said the weapon used was a standard gas nail gun widely available and used in construction, firing nails up to 85mm (3.3 inches) long.

"In 36 years, I've never seen a murder of this nature," Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford told reporters.

Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Brass Band Thingumybob and Apple

John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band: Thingumybob b/w Yellow Submarine
(Apple 1800; 1968)

This entry is an interesting anomaly from the Beatles catalogue; an instrumental piece written by Paul McCartney as the theme for a British TV show called Thingumybob starring Stanley Holloway. The track is a bouncy novelty tune recorded by the award winning John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band (they later dropped the first part of their name) produced by the composer, while the flip is a fairly straightforward take on Yellow Submarine.

In the UK, this was the fourth Apple single, after the Beatles' Hey Jude (a hybrid Parlophone/Apple release), Mary Hopkins' Those Were the Days (another McCartney production) and Jackie Lomax's Sour Milk Sea (written and produced by George Harrison). At the time it was released with a flourish by the new artist-owned imprint as part of a media launch titled "Our First Four" and the press kit put it thusly:

The Black Dyke Mills Brass Band

When Paul McCartney wrote "Thingumybob" for a television series of the same name, he said he wanted to get a true brass band sound.

So what did he do. He used the best band in the land - The Black Dyke Mills Brass Band.

They won the title in October last year. Conducted by Geoffrey Brand they've held this title 7 times since 1945.

Back to "Thingumybob". On the "B" side there's "Yellow Submarine" like you've never heard it played before.

The sound is beautiful and brassy.

Just what Paul wanted.

You'll want it too, once you've heard it.

The Black Dyke Mills Brass Band: Thingumybob - An Apple single. Number 4.

In North America, the single was the first Apple single released after Hey Jude (which had an Apple label, but a Capitol catalogue number), and my copy (pictured above with the plain black sleeve) is a later misprint that switched the A-side with the B-side.

this was posted by swac HERE

FOLLOWUP: It's The Economy Stupid....or Do We Really Need Anymore Rich Kids?

Takes a barrel of oil to get
a barrel of oil.

Beverly Hills 902-eat-up

DAVID ICKE EXCLUSIVELY: Croatia Will Be Swallowed by Monster of 27 Nations
David Icke warns the Croatian army already lost its independence by joining NATO. He is coming back to Croatia due to great public interest.

According to the European media, a prime candidate to be the first president is … Tony BlairDavid Icke told Javno. [SOURCE] May 16, 2009

We asked him also about the new U.S. president, Barack Obama, about whom he says is just another puppet controlled by the same people who stood behind George W. Bush’s decisions. Icke will describe Obama’s role in more detail at the lecture in Zagreb.

The economic crisis is like a football match, those who are in control do not care who loses

Icke, who is also an independent researcher, told Javno that Croatians will also have the opportunity to hear his theory of how the economic crisis began.

- The economic crisis was coldly engineered to create a global problem that can be used to justify the enormous centralisation of economic power based on a world central bank which I have been predicting for nearly 20 years. The situation is far worse than we are being told and the governments are emptying their guns by borrowing incredible sums of money and throwing it away at the banks and other projects. When governments have no responses left, those that control the banking cartel plan to crash the world economy still further until their ‘solutions’ are agreed – Icke said.

He compared the global crisis to a football match.

- What happens to ‘individual’ banks doesn’t matter to those who control the financial system itself. If you control a football competition, for example, it doesn’t matter to you if this or that team wins because you control the game itself and so you can’t lose – he explained.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

MooPig's Top Four Larger than Life Men

MooPig Milestones Department
Retrieved by Pat Darnell

Padre Pio and the Stigmata -- [SOURCE]

Al Greenspan -- [SOURCE]

Colin Powell -- [SOURCE]

Paul Newman -- [SOURCE]


Padre Pio and the Stigmata -- [SOURCE]Padre Pio bore the wounds of Jesus on his hands, feet, and side for 50 years. Several days before he died in 1968, all evidence of the wounds disappeared.

On October 22, 1918, Padre Pio wrote to his spiritual advisor, Padre Benedetto, describing how he received the stigmata. "On the morning of the 20th of last month, in the choir, after I had celebrated Mass, I yielded to a drowsiness similar to a sweet sleep. All the internal and external senses and even the very faculties of my soul were immersed in indescribable stillness. Absolute silence surrounded and invaded me. I was suddenly filled with great peace and abandonment which effaced everything else and caused a lull in the turmoil. All this happened in a flash.

"While this was taking place, I saw before me a mysterious person similar to the one I had seen on the evening of 5 August. The only difference was that his hands and feet and side were dripping blood. The sight terrified me and what I felt at that moment is indescribable. I thought I should die and really should have died if the Lord had not intervened and strengthened my heart which was about to burst out of my chest.

"The vision disappeared and I became aware that my hands, feet and side were dripping blood. Imagine the agony I experienced and continue to experience almost every day. The heart wound bleeds continually, especially from Thursday evening until Saturday. Dear Father, I am dying of pain because of the wounds and the resulting embarrassment I feel in my soul. I am afraid I shall bleed to death if the Lord does not hear my heartfelt supplication to relieve me of this condition. Will Jesus, who is so good, grant me this grace? Will he at least free me from the embarrassment caused by these outward signs? I will raise my voice and will not stop imploring him until in his mercy he takes away, not the wound or the pain, which is impossible since I wish to be inebriated with pain, but these outward signs which cause me such embarrassment and unbearable humiliation" (Letters 1, No. 511).


Al Greenspan -- [SOURCE] Mr Greenspan accepted that the crisis had “found a flaw” in his thinking but said that the kind of heavy regulation that could have prevented the crisis would have damaged US economic growth. He described the past two decades as a “period of euphoria” that encouraged participants in the financial markets to misprice securities.

He had wrongly assumed that lending institutions would carry out proper surveillance of their counter-parties, he said. “I had been going for 40 years with considerable evidence that it was working very well”.

Republicans on the committee dissented from some of the Democratic attacks, and said the government-backed housing entities Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae had also been to blame.

“It wasn’t deregulation that allowed this crisis,” said Tom Davis, the senior Republican on the committee. “It was the mish-mash of regulations and regulators, each with too narrow a view of increasingly integrated national and global markets.”

Mr Greenspan said that when, as Fed chairman, he declined to advocate regulating credit default swaps – derivatives that have been blamed for worsening the crisis – he had been following the will of Congress.


Colin Powell -- [SOURCE] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign."

"I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's campaign, such as the campaign's attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

"I think that's inappropriate. I understand what politics is about -- I know how you can go after one another, and that's good. But I think this goes too far, and I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for," he said.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

Powell said he has some concerns about the direction of the Republican Party, adding that it has "moved more to the right than I would like to see it." Read a transcript of Powell's remarks

In regard to the financial crisis, which Powell called the candidates' "final exam," Powell said McCain appeared unsteady in dealing with it, while Obama had excelled in handling the situation.

During the campaign, Powell has met with both candidates and said he has a lot of respect for McCain. He said Sunday that he thinks both candidates are qualified to be president.

"It isn't easy for me to disappoint Sen McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that," Powell said.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McCain said he respects and admires Powell, and the announcement "doesn't come as a surprise."

"I'm also very pleased to have the endorsement of four former secretaries of state -- Secretaries [Henry] Kissinger, [James] Baker, [Lawrence] Eagleburger, and [Alexander] Haig -- and I'm proud to have the endorsement of well over 200 retired Army generals and admirals," McCain said.


Paul Newman -- [SOURCE] Method actor who set the pattern for the next fifty years of cinema...

If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.

He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless.

Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into a craggy, charismatic old age even as he redefined himself as more than Hollywood star. He raced cars, opened summer camps for ailing children and became a nonprofit entrepreneur with a line of foods that put his picture on supermarket shelves around the world.

Mr. Newman made his Hollywood debut in the 1954 costume film “The Silver Chalice.” Stardom arrived a year and a half later, when he inherited from James Dean the role of the boxer Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” Mr. Dean had been killed in a car crash before the screenplay was finished.

It was a rapid rise for Mr. Newman, but being taken seriously as an actor took longer. He was almost undone by his star power, his classic good looks and, most of all, his brilliant blue eyes. “I picture my epitaph,” he once said. “Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.”

Mr. Newman’s filmography was a cavalcade of flawed heroes and winning antiheroes stretching over decades. In 1958 he was a drifting confidence man determined to marry a Southern belle in an adaptation of “The Long, Hot Summer.” In 1982, in “The Verdict,” he was a washed-up alcoholic lawyer who finds a chance to redeem himself in a medical malpractice case.

And in 2002, at 77, having lost none of his charm, he was affably deadly as Tom Hanks’s gangster boss in “Road to Perdition.” It was his last onscreen role in a major theatrical release. (He supplied the voice of the veteran race car Doc in the Pixar animated film “Cars” in 2006.)

Few major American stars have chosen to play so many imperfect men.

“When a role is right for him, he’s peerless,” the film critic Pauline Kael wrote in 1977. “Newman is most comfortable in a role when it isn’t scaled heroically; even when he plays a bastard, he’s not a big bastard — only a callow, selfish one, like Hud. He can play what he’s not — a dumb lout. But you don’t believe it when he plays someone perverse or vicious, and the older he gets and the better you know him, the less you believe it. His likableness is infectious; nobody should ever be asked not to like Paul Newman.”

Much of the money was used to create a string of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, named for the outlaw gang in “Butch Cassidy.” The camps provide free summer recreation for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Mr. Newman was actively involved in the project, even choosing cowboy hats as gear so that children who had lost their hair because of chemotherapy could disguise their baldness.

Several years before the establishment of Newman’s Own, on Nov. 28, 1978, Scott Newman, the oldest of Mr. Newman’s six children and his only son, died at 28 of an overdose of alcohol and pills. His father’s monument to him was the Scott Newman Center, created to publicize the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It is headed by Susan Newman, the oldest of his five daughters.

In an industry in which long marriages might be defined as those that last beyond the first year and the first infidelity, Mr. Newman and Ms. Woodward’s was striking for its endurance. But they admitted that it was often turbulent. She loved opera and ballet. He liked playing practical jokes and racing cars. But as Mr. Newman told Playboy magazine, in an often-repeated quotation about marital fidelity, “I have steak at home; why go out for hamburger?”

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