Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s Weed

first_imgIn one of those “Are you kidding me?” type moments, we look at the recent picture of Willie Nelson and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that features a container of “Willie’s Reserve” in the middle of the two adults. The picture, posted by Willie’s wife, Annie, with the caption “UH OH Trouble!” went viral after the pro-pot singer and governor sat down for a brief meeting. @PaulBegala @GovernorVA UH-OH Trouble! pic.twitter.com/PRdTFiiM1w— ??6630507 (@BioAnnie1) September 17, 2016Nelson was in town for Farm Aid 2016, another successful affair which featured performances from Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and more to ‘bring awareness about the loss of family farms and to keep farm families on their land’. The governor was in town and naturally wanted to meet the living legend. The two sat down for a bit on Nelson’s tour bus, where the picture was taken. After the picture was posted, the comments from social media followers came flowing through the floodgates.Brian Coy, a spokesperson for McAuliffe stated, “He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand….He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”As is typical with politics, a statement had to be made to clear the air and save face. However, in Gov. McAuliffe’s defense, he has expressed his support for medical marijuana over the years, and recently signed into legislation SB 701, a bill that is essentially acting as a first-step for patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabidiol oils (or CBD’s). The bill requires a second passage in 2017, but unfortunately would still prohibit those with multiple sclerosis and PTSD’s from gaining access as well. So, there is still a long way to go in Virginia, which is historically a tough state on drug offenses. It is a start though!Whether or not McAuliffe was truly unaware that the Godfather of Pot would have the good greenery on his tour bus remains a mystery. Whatever the truth, this picture rocks.[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]last_img read more

If You Love The Beatles, You Should Read The Two Volume Biography Of Producer Sir George Martin

first_imgThere’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. Last year, author Kenneth Womack released Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the first-ever biography about Sir George Martin, tracing his early life and career. The second book of two is ready to hit shelves on September 4, 2018, called Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016.In 1966, the Beatles and George Martin stood at a creative crossroads. The bandmates had started to feel stunted in their musical growth, so they started engaging in brash experimentation both inside and outside the studio. The Beatles had also expanded their demographic considerably beyond teens and young adults, leading to new fans of all ages. With more recognition, the band began to feel like prisoners of their fame and grew frustrated by the culture’s inability to grasp the meaning behind their work. Martin worked with the band as they navigated the changing landscape of mid-1960s rock ’n’ roll. Martin’s work ethic and studio savviness earned him a long-lasting partnership with the Beatles that continued throughout the later years of his life. In Sound Pictures, readers will discover how Martin helped the bandmates grow as musicians and found the transformative sound that the Beatles are known for today.Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 is the second volume of the first full-length biography of George Martin. Kenneth Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides a detailed account of Martin’s collaborative work with “the fab four” as they advance beyond the success of their earlier recordings. Sound Pictures takes readers behind the scenes and reveals George’s diligent efforts to consolidate the Beatles’ fame in the face of the sociocultural pressures of the time, most noteworthy being the “Beatles are more popular than Jesus” scandal. It also includes stories of Martin’s interactions with the band, including when John Lennon, who hated the sound of his own voice, requested that Martin tweak his vocals: “Make me sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a mountaintop.”While Martin’s encouragement of musical experimentation led to the creation of such classics as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (the highlight of his production career) and Abbey Road, mounting pressures and challenges threatened their achievements. After his work with the Beatles, Martin continued his work as a freelance music producer while discovering new prospects with musical acts such as Elton John, America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick and Paul McCartney. However, Martin and the Beatles would ultimately find their way back to each other to immortalize the magic that started it all.Sound Pictures is an exceptionally detailed look at the man who had incredible influence on the Beatles’ body of work. Decades later, George Martin’s legacy continues to influence music history as new generations rediscover the timeless wonder of the Beatles. Fans will enjoy following the story of the band’s incredible artistic trajectory after reaching the creative heights of Rubber Soul.For more information on both of Kenneth Womack’s work, head here.last_img read more

ND, ESPN deliver oral arguments in Indiana Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Indiana heard arguments from attorneys representing Notre Dame and ESPN on Tuesday, the latest development in an ongoing case hinging on the status of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) as a public or private agency.Like police departments across the state, NDSP responds to, investigates, interrogates and arrests individuals for crimes such as robbery, rape and assault, ESPN attorney Maggie Smith said, according to an audio recording of the oral arguments available on the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website.Lindsey Meyers “But unlike all the other police departments in the state, including those at public universities, Notre Dame wants to keep all the records of their police department secret and insulated from the public accountability that all of the other police departments in the state have,” Smith said.Notre Dame attorney Peter Rusthoven said when examining the “plain and ordinary” language of Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the law applies only to governmental agencies and departments.“There is not a single reference to anything other than public’s right to know what their elected representatives and agencies do,” Rusthoven said. “And whatever else Notre Dame may be, it is not the elected representatives of government.”ESPN filed the lawsuit against the University in January 2015 after NDSP refused to release incident reports related to student-athletes on two separate occasions.The St. Joseph County Superior Court issued a ruling in Notre Dame’s favor in April 2015. After ESPN appealed the decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s ruling in March 2016.Since October 2014, two state officials — Public Access Counselor Luke Britt and Attorney General Greg Zoeller — have said they believe Notre Dame to be subject to APRA.Both attorneys discussed Indiana House Bill 1022, a bill to change the public record requirements for private universities, that was vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence last March. The bill would have required police departments at private colleges and universities to only release information about incidents that result in arrests or incarcerations, exempting a large number of the cases that occur on college campuses.“I think this court has to look at that as an express recognition by the legislature that the existing law — which governs this dispute — did not do what Notre Dame wanted it to do,” Smith said. “It had to come in and change the law to accomplish what they wanted.”The law would not have affected the case in question, Smith added, for it would only apply to future incidences.Rusthoven argued that when the legislature wants to say something, it knows how to say it clearly, noting that no additional attempts at legislation have been made to address the issue.“This has been out there for a long time,” he said. “If the legislature wants to change it, they have to do it.”The Indiana Supreme Court granted Notre Dame’s appeal on June 30, agreeing to hear the case. There is no schedule for when the decision will be announced.last_img read more

University prepares for Notre Dame Day fundraiser

first_imgThe University will host Olympians, Super Bowl champions and two members of the “Hamilton” Chicago Company — in addition to other notable guests — this weekend as part of the fourth annual Notre Dame Day, which will take place Sunday and Monday.The event — a 29-hour fundraiser for almost every aspect of student life at Notre Dame, including residence halls, student groups and financial aid — gives community members who donate to the University the opportunity to cast votes to determine how money raised through Notre Dame Day will be distributed. Michael Yu | The Observer A Notre Dame Day team member speaks during the 29-hour live broadcast during the 2016 Notre Dame Day. Last year’s event broke a fundraising record with 21,478 gifts contributed throughout the day.For the first minimum $10 gift to the University community members make through Notre Dame Day, they receive five votes to cast for whichever registered area of the University they choose. With each subsequent minimum $10 gift, community members will receive one vote. Pablo Martinez, program director of Notre Dame Day, and member of the class of 2011, said this strategy — which was implemented in the event’s second year — allows every person who donates to make a significant impact on the University.“Notre Dame Day is different in that it allows anyone to have the same impact,” he said. “So even if you make a $1,000 gift on Notre Dame Day, you only get five votes — unless you decide to divvy up that $1,000 gift into multiple gifts. So the $10 gifts prove just as valuable in terms of the votes you get, and how you get to say who gets the Challenge Fund and who comes out on top at the end of the leaderboard. It’s equitable in that way.”The recipient of the Challenge Fund is determined by the percentage of votes a certain organization receives, tracked by the Notre Dame Day leaderboard. Community members receive updates about the leaderboard standings throughout a live broadcast taped in the LaFortune Student Center. Martinez said this broadcast ensures Notre Dame Day includes every member of the community in some way.“Notre Dame Day kind of divides out into two things,” he said. “It’s a celebration for all of our alumni, parents and friends. They celebrate by watching the broadcast and giving to and voting for what they love the most. But for students, it’s an opportunity for them to take advantage of, one, a little bit of extra funding, but also showcase the amazing work that they’re doing.”Students have responded so well to this opportunity, Martinez said, that the Notre Dame Day team is adding a Facebook Live stream to the event in order to accommodate more interviews with students.“We can usually fit about … 200 spotlights of students and interviews and stories, but the demand was so high that we decided to shift over to Facebook Live and have that as another option,” he said. “So what you see on the broadcast for 29 hours will be its own content, and then we’re going to have unique content that will accommodate all sorts of student groups to come in and talk about what they’re doing — or what they need funding for — during our Facebook Live segments. And that will all air on the Proud to be ND Facebook page.”Martinez is happy to see students respond to Notre Dame Day in an increasingly engaging manner, and said the Notre Dame Day team has come up with additional ways of including the student body this year, such as a Notre Dame Day Snapchat filter.“We’ve also gotten better at involving students,” he said. “I think the first year we did this we had like 500 groups, the next year we had 600, last year we had 800 [and] this year we had — when I first grabbed the list, there were like 940.”The limited availability for interview spots during the broadcast is largely due to the enthusiastic response from University alumni, something associate director of student philanthropy and 2015 graduate Ellen Roof said is valuable when reaching out to guests for the broadcast.“It’s a pretty good spot to be in,” she said. “ … [Often] you think of a backup option being less good, but here we’re never in that scenario because everyone we invite has a really compelling story and such a passion for Notre Dame that the way they say it and what they bring to the broadcast is really awesome. So it is great to know that we’re going to have phenomenal guests no matter what.”This involvement is possible, Martinez said, thanks to the hard work that goes into producing the broadcast each year.“The fact that [NBC News correspondent and member of the class of 1979] Anne Thompson was invited the very first year and she came in from New York to do this, and then was [so] blown away that she was like, ‘sign me up every year’ … just shows how people want to be involved,” he said. “ … But then even the local community that we bring in — and they do all the broadcasts for us, and they do a lot of the anchoring and interviews — they’re just blown away by the way that we set everything up and the way everything works.”Notre Dame Day also provides students with valuable experience in fundraising for various causes with the help of the University, Roof said.“I think it’s pretty great,” she said. “ … We’re pretty much saying this is your time for your campaign, these are some of the best practices that we can kind of highlight for you and help you as you’re thinking through what you want to tell the alumni and parents and friends, and what you want this money for, and everything like that.”As Notre Dame Day’s tagline emphasizes, Martinez said, the ultimate goal of the event is to ensure that “every gift counts, every vote matters and every student benefits.”“When I’m able to meet with students, I always tell them this is a chance for you guys to maximize your resources and tell people what you do at the University,” he said. “ … I think we do a really good job of that with Notre Dame Day.”Tags: Fundraising Campaign, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame Day 2017last_img read more