Monday Evening Reads: RIP Michael Clark Duncan

Good Evening…

I started to write this post tonight…as usual I saved links during the day to share with you, but when I checked on Google news this story was up top. Many of you may not recognize the name Michael Clark Duncan, but you may remember his role in The Green Mile. From the Chicago Tribune…

‘Green Mile’ star and Chicago native Michael Clarke Duncan dies at age 54

Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, the star of Frank Darabont’s prison tale “The Green Mile,” has died. He was 54.
Michael Clarke Duncan in Chicago

Michael Clarke Duncan is surrounded by students after speaking to his alma mater, King High School, as “principal for a day” on Oct. 28, 2004. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / September 3, 2012)
The Chicago native rose to fame playing a hulking death row inmate with a special psychic gift in the 1999 film, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. The role, which cast him opposite Tom Hanks, earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.

Duncan was born on the South Side and was raised, along with his sister, Judy, by his mother, Jean in the Kenwood neighborhood, his sister said. According to the Internet Movie Database, his mother refused to let him play high school football, so he turned to acting. After high school, he played basketball at Kankakee Community College and worked for Peoples Gas before moving to Hollywood.

I thought he was amazing in that role of John Coffey…and I enjoyed his other acting jobs in Armageddon and Talladega Nights.

Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing roughly 315 pounds, Duncan parlayed his considerable size into a career as a Hollywood security guard, working for the likes of Will Smith and the rapper Notorious B.I.G. His first movie role came in 1998’s “Armageddon” with Bruce Willis; Willis later helped the fledgling actor land the “Green Mile” gig.

Of his affinity for the role of the doomed John Coffey, Duncan told The Times in a 2000 interview: “I identified with John Coffey in the fact that we both had troubled times, we are both big, and by looking at us, you would be fearful of your life if you met us in a dark alley.”

The article says he had a heart attack two months ago and had been in the hospital all that time receiving treatment. Such a loss…

My son is still in a lot of pain tonight, so forgive me if I post the rest of the links quickly below, as we may be heading back to the ER again soon. He is really fighting it though…teenagers!

This first link is to an AP article, The Associated Press: Obama, Romney visits to Gulf highlight differences

They sure do. Obama didn’t tell anyone to fuck off…oh, I mean…call 211.

Not sure if BB linked to this one: Bush Chief Political Strategist: Paul Ryan’s Speech Was Full Of Lies | ThinkProgress

From the Gallup Poll: GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions

Yeah, like warm soda on a hot ass day.

This one from Atlanta Journal Constitution:  Your morning jolt: A NASCAR kick-off for Georgia Democrats | Political Insider

For all those NASCAR fans.

There is a Democrat that shows idiots don’t always have an R at the end of their name and title…

Mass. Democratic Party Chair Apologizes For Saying Scott Brown A ‘Girl’ For Folding His Own Laundry | Mediaite

The Democratic party Chairman of Massachusetts, John Walsh, issued an apology on Monday after he was quoted saying that Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA) was an “honorary girl” for folding his own laundry.

“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret. I apologize for that remark,” read Walsh’s statement.

Walsh was quoted by reporters at a Bay State delegation breakfast in North Carolina on Monday saying Brown “spent a couple million dollars folding towels on TV to prove he’s an honorary girl.”

Asshole. When there is so many other legitimate talking points to bring up against Brown.

Then Obama’s Campaign had to speak up about this one: California’s Democratic party chair rebuked over Goebbels comparison | World news | guardian.co.uk

California Democratic party chairman John Burton has been rebuked by a
Barack Obama campaign spokesman after reportedly comparing Republicans to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Burton told journalists that Republican vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan told “a bold face lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie”, adding: “That was Goebbels, the big lie.”

The Chronicle has Burton issuing the same slur against the Republican Party as a whole, stating: “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie…Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you just keep repeating it.”

Uh…sorry, but I agree with that sentiment of Burtons…no doubt about it! That is something that needs to be addressed, not rebuked.

Here are a few links about Iran and Egypt:

Iran could strike US bases if Israel attacks: Hezbollah | Reuters

And from Voice of America:

White House: ‘No Daylight’ Between US, Israel Over Iran Nuclear Program

Veiled Female News Anchor May Signal Waning of Secular Egypt

John Cusack, you know the actor….has a post in the Atlantic: John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution

And lastly, or those of you who are into Earth Science articles:

Capricornus? Here’s your constellation | Constellations | EarthSky

Why were prehistoric insects so huge? | Earth | EarthSky

Have a wonderful evening…let’s see if my night will be spent in ER or on the couch waiting for 8:00 am to come around so I can call the pediatrician and get my son taken care of.

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29 Comments on “Monday Evening Reads: RIP Michael Clark Duncan”

  1. See y’all later tonight…send positive thoughts my way…cause I’ve got the water getting hot…and the Epson salt in a bowl, here we go.

  2. northwestrain says:

    I need to watch that movie again — it is one of the best. I really liked the mouse.

    Anyway this movie and the whole acting crew are one of the best anti-capital punishment statements. One of the favorite films that I would list if asked for my best of film lists.

    54 is young. Too young.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It was a good movie, but I simply can’t stand Tom Hanks. Duncan was great, he died far too young. But Tom Hanks…he’s just awful. I haven’t liked anything he’s done since Bosom Buddies, which was stupid but sometimes funny. He should have stuck with TV comedy.

      • Pilgrim says:

        Didn’t Hanks play the main character, a castaway in a movie called “Survivor.” I thought that quite interesting. I remember reading that many wanted to know how he lost all the weight he had to lose to portray the guy that was on an island for a very long time.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I saw it, unfortunately. A man talking to a shell or something? Sorry, I just hate Tom Hanks. I don’t like cornball tearjerkers. Just the promos for Forrest Gump were enough to make me sick to my stomach. Thank goodness I never forced myself to watch that one.

      • Beata says:

        I’ve never understood Tom Hanks’ charm. I don’t like Meg Ryan, either. :)

      • northwestrain says:

        Hanks is always himself — whatever movie he’s in.

        What I like about the Green mile — is that if this guy happened to be Christ or whatever — the evil in the world is too ready to exterminate him. Michael Clark Duncan made the role and the movie his. (As I mentioned I also liked the mouse — that bit for the animal lovers watching the movie).

        I’ve long said that if the Christ myth is real and JC decides to sneak back to see if this time there will be a different ending. I’m telling HIM to forget it and stay away.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I totally agree with JJ on the Goebbels comment. That’s the plain truth!

  4. RalphB says:

    This is a pretty good illustration of the difference between Obama and RobotRmoney.

  5. pdgrey says:

    jj. I’m so sorry , I didn’t know about your son. I hope everything is ok.
    Dak, I loved your post about Labor Day. And I agree with Cannonfire and you, too.
    I try to keep up here but sometimes I miss great links, so has anyone linked to this mass of Hell?

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/06/05/romneys_non_military_record_faces_new_scrutiny/?page=full

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-airs-the-most-ridiculous-statement-ive-ever-seen-on-television/

  6. pdgrey says:

    I have to go back to work in two hours so I need a nap. I don’t read this guy but I worry about this subject he wrote about .

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/kristof-big-chem-big-harm.html?emc=eta1

  7. Boo Radly says:

    JJ – positive thoughts to you and for your son. Been concerned since you first mentioned his infection. Please do research on ‘strong’ antibiotics – especially delivered IV. Your doctor is not held accountable for not knowing about certain side effects. Best wishes for a complete and fast recovery.

    • Beata says:

      It’s wise to do research on drugs that are being administered, but without a PICC line and 10 days of vancomycin, I would be dead today. Sometimes they are needed for a staph infection, although certainly not always.

      • dakinikat says:

        That’s what they gave me in the hospital when that staph of mine took off about 1 1/2 years ago …

      • ecocatwoman says:

        After I was released from the hospital at the end of 2010, the infection continued. Oral antibiotics didn’t work so a new PICC line was “installed”. I was given bags of individual doses of 2 different antibiotics to administer myself. I also had daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments for about 5 months as an outpatient. Sometimes only antibiotic cocktails are the only way to vanquish these resistant bacteria – aggressive treatment is necessary. Hoping for a quick, complete recovery for your son, jj.

  8. dakinikat says:

    New From JMG: CHARLOTTE: Democrats Issue Final Platform With Full Marriage Support: The Democratic Party has rel… http://bit.ly/TTOyA8

    • northwestrain says:

      Good!! DEMS What took you all so long??

      Mostly WA state is ahead on this — and for once a few Republicans crossed the isle and got the right to marry law passed. One Republican said she was voting for the law so that she could plan her daughter’s wedding.

  9. Beata says:

    I don’t know about any of you but I need a peaceful song at the end of a long day!

  10. RalphB says:

    Ah mockery, the killer of political reputaions and the douche nozzles who hold them. Tough when you become a punch line :-)

    Borowitz Report: Ryan Gives Detailed Account of Day He Killed Bin Laden

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In a dramatic narrative that could upstage this week’s Democratic National Convention, Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) gave reporters today a detailed account of the fateful day he killed Osama bin Laden.

    Mr. Ryan said that he was revealing his role as the triggerman who felled the Al Qaeda leader to “set the record straight,” explaining that he had remained silent about his mission until now, because “I don’t like to brag.”

    The Republican Vice-Presidential nominee painted a portrait of a Paul Ryan few know, a man who trained for missions with SEAL Team Six while somehow finding time to cut key provisions of Medicare.