Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Outlaw Pete’ Transformed into Children’s Book

The legendary Bruce Springsteen, also known as “The Boss,” announced on Thursday his plans to adapt his 2009 hit “Outlaw Pete” into a children’s book.

Cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso has signed on to help the rocker transform the song into a classic tale for kids, which is scheduled to stock shelves Nov. 4th.

“When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete,’ he didn’t just write a great song,” Caruso said. “He created a great character.” Caruso added, “The first time I heard this song, this book played out in my head.”

The book and song tell of a man trying to “outlive” and outrun his sins. Springsteen drew inspiration for both based off a regular childhood encounter when his mother would read Brave Cowboy Bill to him.

Mr. Springsteen rose to fame more than three decades ago after his album Born in the U.S.A. became the best-selling record of his musical career. The album allegedly made him a political figure

Born in the U.S.A. changed my life and gave me my biggest audience,” Springsteen expressed in 1998. “It forced me to question the way I presented my music and made me think harder about what I was doing.”

Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he escaped the draft during Vietnam by deliberately acting “crazy” but also failed his physical tests due to a concussion he suffered from a motorcycle accident.

Last year, the music icon auctioned off one of his guitars for $250,000 to benefit wounded service members during the seventh annual “Stand Up for Heroes” event, CBS News reported.

The Boss and President Obama visited the same New York fundraiser in October 2009, and it was there that the President confessed to his wife that he was running for office because he “can’t be Bruce Springsteen.”

Prior to the 2012 presidential elections, Springsteen made his endorsement for President Obama personal and took to his website to address the nation in “A Message from Bruce.”

“In foreign affairs, that record includes following through on the removal of troops from the misguided and deceptive war in Iraq and vigorously pursuing our real foreign enemies, especially this killing of Osama Bin Laden,” he wrote.

The 20-time Grammy winner was able to reconnect with President Obama in May at a fundraiser in Los Angeles. Obama was reportedly the guest of honor at a Spielberg Gala for the Shoah Foundation at USC.

Regardless of his politics, the rockstar has earned a reputation for becoming a political advocate through his lyrics. The world should expect nothing less from his new book.


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Rankings: California Not Represented in Top 100 ‘Most American’ Cities

California is not represented in the top 100 “most American” cities, as determined by a new study that utilized a variety of metrics. 

WalletHub, a personal finance website, determined that Nashville is the “most American” of the largest 366 metropolitan areas. In order “to determine which cities mirror the United States more than others,” WalletHub used a data set with “26 key metrics” to examine “various demographical stats for 366 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.” The metrics included age, gender, income, race, household makeup, housing tenure, wealth gap, commute type, unemployment rate, foreign-born population, and education, among others.

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, in an appearance in Los Angeles with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, said that illegal immigrants were all “welcome in California.” Brown has already made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust act, authorized in-state tuition for illegal immigrants with the California DREAM Act, and given driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Redding is the first California city on the list at 114. Sacramento is next at 117. 

Here are the top ten “most American” states, according to WalletHub

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. Cincinnati, OH
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Charleston, SC
  5. Jacksonville, FL
  6. Greenville, SC
  7. Oklahoma, OK
  8. Phoenix, AZ
  9. Albuquerque, NM
  10. Winston, NC

2014's Metro Areas that Most and Least Resemble the U.S.

Courtesy of WalletHub.com




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High-Ranking Chicago Cop Charged with Putting Gun in Suspect’s Mouth

 (Reuters) – A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect’s mouth, officials said.

Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city’s west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case’s outcome, according to Chicago police.

“The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement. He added that the police would cooperate with prosecutors.

Evans was charged on Wednesday with aggravated battery and official misconduct in the capture of a suspect on Jan. 30, 2013, according to Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

At Thursday’s hearing Evans was released on his own recognizance, said Laura Morask, one of his defense attorneys.

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Huffington Post: ISIS Horror Explained by Saudi Wahhabism

Alastair Crooke, a former British intelligence officer and expert in the Middle East writing in the Huffington Post, connects the history of Saudi Arabian Wahhabism to the rise of the brutal terrorist jihadi group Islamic State.

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan — please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.

Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da’ish (ISIS) — and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia’s direction and discourse.

THE SAUDI DUALITY

Saudi Arabia’s internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent (and persisting) duality that lies at the core of the Kingdom’s doctrinal makeup and its historical origins.

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Report: California Welfare Program Overpayments Total $848 Million

The California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) welfare program has a total of $848 million in outstanding overpayments to state aid recipients, according to a recent report from the nonprofit California Common Sense.

The report, titled “California Welfare Overpayments: Fraud, Internal Errors, and Limited Investigation,” indicates that, as of March 2014, just 40% of the $848 million total has been recovered over the last decade. 

In FY 2012-13, “identified overpayments” to CalWORKs welfare recipients totaled $112.8 million. That money could have funded an additional 13,000 people in the CalWORKs program that year, according to the report.

CalWORKs enrollees and the program’s administrative officials are both responsible for causing overpayment errors, but “on average, CalWORKs beneficiaries cause 7,233 error cases annually, and the program’s administration causes only 1,752 error cases… Beneficiary-caused errors have led to an average of $1,400 in overpayments per case, whereas administrative errors have led to an average of $660 annually per case.”

The report concludes that, due to California’s “sluggish” economic recovery, the number of state welfare recipients remains high. The CalWORKs program is understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the number of cases, resulting in administrative overpayment error. However, a significant number of CalWORKs aid recipients are intentionally understating assets or misrepresenting their eligibility requirements to get more money from the program.

Governor Jerry Brown has been touting California’s economic “comeback” in the run-up to November’s midterm elections, but others are not as optimistic; the state still ranks first in poverty, eighth in unemployment, and 30% of all nationwide welfare recipients live in California. A recent report from Forbes predicts that the influx of illegal immigrants to California, along with the state’s crippling drought, will further exacerbate the state debt crisis.

Read the full report from California Common Sense here.




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