Senator John McCain dies at 81

Senator John McCain, the maverick of the U.S. Senate, died Saturday at 81. The management team of Face Activities extends condolences to the McCain family. A great patriot, leader, and human being, he cannot be replaced: there will only be one John McCain.

Though a conservative, he was never afraid to break ranks with his colleagues on principle and disagree with the Republican establishment on key issues, earning his label as a maverick.

Known as a champion of bipartisanship, he reached across the aisle many times over his long and effective career to work with his democratic colleagues, like the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, to pass important legislation, like the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act.

From a military family, he served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam war. In 1967 he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured, spending six years in a POW camp, enduring torture, and earning his reputation as a war hero.

He eventually left the Navy with the rank of Captain, and turned his efforts to politics, winning an Arizona seat in the House of Representatives, and eventually the Senate, where he served for over three decades.

He also ran in two presidential campaigns, losing to George Bush in a primary, and Barak Obama in a general election. In the latter race, despite fierce competition, he earned the respect of millions by publically correcting a frightened voter who believed a conspiracy theory that Obama was a foreign Muslim—an example of integrity and fair play for today’s trying times that the the 45th President would do well to pay close attention to.

Senator McCain is survived by seven children, including his daughter Meghan, now a well known celebrity, and his wife Cindy.


Photo: public Domain (U.S. Congress)

Little Audrey: Butterscotch and Soda, an animated short by Seymour Kneitel, 1948

Little Audrey in Butterscotch and Soda, an animated short by Seymour Kneitel, 1948

Little Audrey: Butterscotch and Soda, 1948

An animated short by Seymour Kneitel

“After Little Audrey is forbidden to eat candy, she gets the sweet-tooth version of delirium tremens. Suddenly, she’s in a Candy Horror Land with cruel suckers and evil candy canes…” (IMDB)

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Aretha Franklin, Music Legend, dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, iconic singer and legendary performer, has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by friends and family. She was 76.

Known as “The Queen of Soul, she won world acclaim for her powerful delivery and musicality, winning 18 Grammy awards and selling 75 million records world wide.

She sang at President Obama’s first inauguration ceremony, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among many other honors.

Enjoy this classic Aretha Franklin Concert:

Video: YouTube,

Photo: Wikimedia Commons – public domain


The Giant of Metropolis, a film by Umberto Scarpelli (as R. Nichols), 1961

The Giant of Metropolis, a film by Umberto Scarpelli (as R. Nichols), 1961


A film by Umberto Scarpelli (as R. Nichols)

“Muscleman Ohro travels to the sinful capital of Atlantis to rebuke its godlessness and hubris and becomes involved in the battle against its evil lord Yoh-tar and his hideous super-science schemes.” (IMDB)

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