By Jack Jodell, Mar. 2, 2012

Two prominent men died of heart attacks within hours of each other on Wednesday, on separate coasts of this country. Their lives and legacies were in stark contrast with each other.

The first was former Monkees  singer and TV star DAVY JONES, 66, who left behind a grieving wife and four daughters, plus millions of fans who had grown to love him over a span of more than 5 decades. From their first appearance in the fall of 1966, English-born David Jones had immediately become that band’s number 1 heartthrob among the females, and was named the top all-time teen idol by Yahoo Music as recently as 2008.

Jones, who had previously enjoyed success as a horse jockey, an actor in theatrical prosuctions, and a pop singer before even joining the Monkees in 1965 at the tender age of 20, really hit his stride as a member of that group. He sang lead on a number of their best-selling records, and provided endearing, Paul McCartney-like light and good-natured banter in their TV show. I will never forget one episode  when Jones and fellow band member Mike Nesmith sat down with a well-known black producer to learn and discuss the difference in beat structure between black, “soul” music, and pop/rock music of the time. It was respectful, accepting, and enlightening, and representative of the genuine love Davy Jones felt for all people. He sang of love, and worked for understanding between peoples.

The second was inflammatory and argumentative internet columnist and Tea Party speaker ANDREW BREITBART, 43, who likreise left behind a grieving wife and four children. He  will be missed only by misguided far-right conservative Republicans like Rick Santorum, who claimed he was “crestfallen” at the news. Ever combative with his opponents, Breitbart  once wrote, “I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it.  . . I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and-famously-I enjoy making enemies…I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands — who knows? — of allies.”

He also destroyed the careers of some he focused his sights on. One, a public servant who courageously fought for thr poor but had a nasty habit of exposing himself to young women over the internet and who was revilved by Breitbart, was former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. Breitbart reveled in making the fetish charges against Weiner public. He also lent support to the notorious right wing “filmmaker” James O’ Keefe, who had fraudulently tried to tie the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN in with prostitution as a successful effort to discredit them. But, worst of all, his tendency to de;iberately chop and edit films to discredit others was what cost longtime Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod her job, and she filed a lawsuit against him as a result.  A later-released tape of the full incident showed how Breitbart’s selective editing had actually put false words into her mouth and completely distorted her comments. 

Breitbart preached and loved division among various classes of people and looked constantly to deviously turn one group against another.

Davy Jones, – I, along with millions of others, will sincerely grieve your loss.


Andrew Breitbart – I will not. 

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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13 Responses to A CONTRAST IN STYLES

  1. Unfortunately for the country, there’s plenty more like Breitbart.

  2. Darlene says:

    Now if only Breitbart could be joined by Cheney and a few others. I will not mourn his passing.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I’m with you on that! BTW, I’m still checking on where to send you for Land O’Lakes Original milk in your locale. I’ll post the info over at your site soon as I get it.

  3. Dave Dubya says:

    Let’s remember the victims, like Shirley Sherrod, of Breitbart’s racist deceptions. When Bill Maher featured Breitbart as a guest on “Real Time”, he asked if it was possible that people were racist without their knowing it. Breitbart responded, “I don’t understand the question”. I believe that perfectly answered the question.

  4. JollyRoger says:

    WHITEbart has noticeably deteriorated over the last year or so. He’d become noticeably gaunt, and he often appeared disheveled. And some of his public speaking appaearances were almost frightening; he could not keep his thoughts together. I suspected alcohol and/or drugs of abuse, and I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that hye was tanked, or doped-up, when his number came up.

    I really believe that something unusual was bothering him over the last year or so. I also believe that it had to do with Sherrod. He was going to have to testify under oath, and for Andrew, that had to be a frightening thought.

    • Jack Jodell says:

      Jolly Roger,
      He was obviously losing it and had a very twisted idea of how the world works. WE’LL rest in peace without his kind around!

  5. Hello Darlene,
    I would say, “Not only Breitbart,” but let’s add Gush Limblob too. I cannot believe even conservatives listen to his mindless dribble. I truly wonder if even he believes the latest crap he broadcasts.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer. I just finished a post thoroughly ripping that disgusting Limbaugh which will appear daytime tomorrow over at roundtree7. http://www.roundtree7.com/. I think you’ll enjoy it almost as much as I hated to have to write it.

  6. I remember watching The Monkees’ TV show as a kid and enjoying it. However, at the time, I never thought of what The Monkees did as great or important art, like I did, say, Bob Dylan or The Band.
    But in recent years, I’ve come to admire The Monkees more and more and I feel they were vastly underrated. They were one of the truly great pop bands of the 1960s and made music on a par with virtually any other pop act of that era.

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