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“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 12)

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“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 12)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference.

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 9th favorite Coldplay song is “Clocks.” Hunter noted, “Best piano drive i’ve ever heard. Steady yet not over done. And the follow of the off beat drums is a perfect fit.”

Here are the 11 Best Coldplay Songs:

1. Don’t Panic (Parachutes)
2. Clocks (A Rush of Blood To The Head)
3. Easy To Please (Brothers and Sisters)
4. Talk (X&Y)
5. Spies (Parachutes)
6. White Shadows (X&Y)
7. Things I Don’t Understand (B-Side)
8. Green Eyes (A Rush of Blood To The Head)
9. Speed of Sound (X&Y)
10. The Scientist (A Rush of Blood To The Head)
11. Sparks (Parachutes)

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Documentary on Coldplay (Part 2)

The best band in the world. Below I have linked some articles I have earlier about the search for meaning in life the band seems to involved in. Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion formed Coldplay in 1996 while going to University in London. The young band quickly established themselves in the […]

Review of New Coldplay song with video clip

I am presently involved in the counting down of the best Coldplay songs of all time, but I am also in a series here reviewing the upcoming songs on Coldplay’s new cd that will be released soon. Here is a review from Rolling Stone: Coldplay Debut new song ‘Charlie Brown’ June 6, 2011 Coldplay debuted […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 1, the song “Yellow” featured)

Great documentary on Coldplay. I have written a lot on Coldplay the last few years and I see something spiritually happening with the group as they continue to search for a deeping meaning in life. Coldplay Max Masters – Part 1 of 7 Uploaded by thepostbox on May 6, 2009 The ASTRA Award winning music documentary […]

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 3)

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Review of New Coldplay songs (video clip too)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Published on Jun 28, 2011 by ColdplayVEVO The new single, taken from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP (featuring two more new tracks). Download it from http://cldp.ly/itunescp Music video by Coldplay performing Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (P) 2011 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by […]

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Arkansas comes up short against LSU

We were yelling our heads off at my house when raced out to a 14-0 lead, and we were excited in the 3rd quarter when the razorbacks intercepted a pass at the ten and then followed that up with a 60 yard gain a few plays later with a chance to tie the score. However, LSU rose up and stopped us inside the 10 and we had to settle for a field goal.

Still a great year and it was super to be in the national championship conversation this late in the year. Our only two losses have to the two best teams in the nation. That reminds me of 2006 when we finished 10-4 and our four losses came to teams who finished in the top 5 (USC, LSU, Wisconsin, and Florida).

Here is story from Yahoo Sports below:

No. 1 LSU powers past No. 3 Arkansas, 41-17

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer19 minutes ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Tyrann Mathieu returned a punt 92 yards for a score, LSU punished third-rankedArkansas with 286 yards rushing, and the top-ranked Tigers secured a spot in the SEC championship game with a 41-17 victory Friday.

Kenny HilliardSpencer Ware and Jordan Jefferson all scored on the ground for LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC), which is 12-0 for the first time and will play No. 13Georgia next weekend in Atlanta.

A win over the Bulldogs would assure the Tigers their third trip to the BCS title game in nine seasons. Though at this point, LSU might be able to get there even if it loses.

Arkansas took a surprising 14-0 lead on Tyler Wilson’s TD pass to Jarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith’s 47-yard fumble return, but LSU stormed back by scoring 41 of the next 44 points in the game.

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote song for “Breaking Dawn” movie

Little Rock native and Arkansas Baptist High School graduate David Hodges co-wrote a song for the blockbuster movie “Breaking Dawn” that comes out this Friday.

 
 
 
By Leah Collins, Dose.ca Nov 1, 2011
OMG. Christina Perri went from a regular Twihard to a Twihard with a song on the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack. How'd she do it? Says Perri, "I just dreamt it."
 
 

OMG. Christina Perri went from a regular Twihard to a Twihard with a song on the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack. How’d she do it? Says Perri, “I just dreamt it.”

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The first two topped the Billboard 200 chart, and between the three of them, they’ve sold 4.5 million copies in the Unites States alone. If you’re an artist interested in reaching a large audience — one who likes their vampires sparkly and their music moody — you’ll want a spot on a Twilight Saga soundtrack.

Singer-songwriter Christina Perri features on the latest, the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (the disc is due Nov. 8). A self-identified “Twihard” who waited in line eight hours for New Moon tickets and tattooed “Bitten” on her wrist long before she scored a hit with 2010 single “Jar of Hearts,” Perri’s new Breaking Dawn-inspired love ballad — the waltzing, orchestra-backed “A Thousand Years” — is the second single off the latest Twilight compilation.

So what, then, is the secret of landing a spot on a Twilight Saga soundtrack?

“Ohmigosh. Magic? I dunno,” says an earnest Perri over the phone. “I just dreamt it.”

Dreaming, after all, gets results for the L.A. musician. Every new year, a bit before the ball drops, Perri says she makes a “little list of dreams.” You could call them resolutions. “It’s a list of things I would love to happen and affirm to the universe,” the 25-year-old explains. “It’s very hippie of me.”

In 2010, her list featured the following: quit smoking, meet Jason Mraz, land a record deal. According to Perri, she checked off every entry — though that last item was accomplished in unusually spectacular fashion. In June 2010 a then-unknown Perri got one of her songs into the hands of a So You Think You Can Dance choreographer. That song, “Jar of Hearts,” was featured in a routine on the show. The piano ballad charted on Billboard soon after. One month later, she was performing live on the program and being flown to New York to sign a deal with Atlantic Records. Calling her an overnight sensation would be apt.

The top item on her 2011 list? Land a song on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack — a goal that was hardly a secret thanks to her saying as much, repeatedly, to the press and her team (she notes that Atlantic Records holds a partnership with Chop Shop, the company helmed by Twilight‘s music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas). Still, saying you want a song in Breaking Dawn and actually landing the opportunity are two totally different things, but this summer, Perri was given the chance to affirm the power of good old fashioned goal setting.

She was asked to write a brand new song for the film, and to prepare, she and co-writer David Hodges — whom she’d worked with previously on her May 2011 debut, Lovestrong — were invited to a small preview screening of Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

Perri admits she’s become emotional after watching every Twilight movie so far. “Ye-e-eah, I’ve cried after all of them,” she says. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 was no exception.

“Ohmigod, I was such a dork,” remembers Perri. “It was so funny, everybody was all like Hollywood, and on their Blackberries, and very professional, and I sat right up front and cried my eyes out the whole time. … I cried because the movie is so good and I cried because I felt so lucky to be there.”

As for the Hollywood types pecking out BBMs, and any other assorted members of Team Twilight, Perri explains that everyone left her in her own creative world when it came to songwriting. “They just said ‘Here’s the movie, and whatever inspires you please submit.’ It was so loose,” she explains. And Perri didn’t slack on filling that request.

“It’s funny, I feel as though I could’ve wrote ‘A Thousand Years’ without having seen the movie because I am such a big fan,” says Perri — but actually getting the chance to preview it left her overwhelmed with fangirlish inspiration. “The vibe, the characters, the wedding, the honeymoon, the whole — the movie is just so phenomenally wonderful that I left there on such a high that we ran straight to my house and just knocked it out really fast.”

Fast like one day.

“I just decided to take my favourite part of the movie and just write about it,” Perri says — and by Taylor Lautner’s abdominals, thank goodness she’s not obsessed with Breaking Dawn’s birthing scene.

“Take away all the fluff and Robert Pattinson and vampires — you don’t need any of that when you read this book. Or the whole series. To feel the real, pure love that’s there,” Perri says of what she loves about the Twilight Saga.

“I wrote it [‘A Thousand Years’] solely [thinking] about the purest form of love between Edward and Bella, or between any man and woman about to get married, and feeling you found your soul mate,” she says. “Everyone’s saying it’s Edward and Bella’s love song and it has a lot to do with the wedding, but I didn’t make it about the wedding. I made it about the love — the feelings, the emotions, the fear. So I wanted to make it able to be at any part of the movie. I didn’t specifically write it for one thing, but when I sat down at the piano — ohmigod, that’s what came out. It was just the purest form of the love story that got me.”

Perri still doesn’t know where “A Thousand Years” will appear in the film. “They tell me nothing. They’re secret service, the Summit studio.” But with its placement, at least, guaranteed, she could use a late addition to her 2011 wish list: “Make a good impression on the cast of Breaking Dawn.” Leading up to the film’s release, she’ll travel to a few cities in the U.S. with members of the cast to do promo.

“I haven’t met any of them, and I’m going to be on a jet with them. I can’t imagine it yet, I’m actually terrified,” she says. “Ohmigod. I’m still not sure how I’m not going to pee my pants.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is due in stores Nov. 8.

New song released by Amy Winehouse

I have posted a lot about Amy before.

Despite her death in July, Amy Winehouse will be releasing a new album: “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” this year.

This is not a posthumous album of unheard hits. The only new song will be “Between the Cheats,” recorded for her third album, which she did not survive to finish.
Amy Winehouse (Shaun Curry /AFP/Getty Images)

If not to gain access to new material, what exactly is the point of demanding an encore from the departed?

There is the money (there is always money) and it’s not insignificant: Tupac released more albums after his death than he did during his lifetime, as did Notorious B.I.G. Michael Jackson has earned over half a billion dollars since his death in 2009 — yes, that is billion with a “b.” In the year he died, he sold 8.3 million albums.

Like all commerce, though, this exchange is two-sided: someone else wants to sell it, but they wouldn’t even bother unless we did not want to buy it.

Denial is famously the first stage of grief; we’re supposed to move on down the five-stage trail to acceptance. But en masse, we never seem to get beyond stage one when it comes to our pop heroes. Perhaps it’s that we can’t believe that even extraordinary talent has an expiration date. We don’t know how to say goodbye, so we just keep bringing the artists we love out of the ultimate retirement.

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Bill Clinton is funny, there is no doubt about that

Bill Clinton is funny, there is no doubt about that

I first met Bill Clinton in 1983 in a small meeting in Little Rock at the Excelsior Hotel where he later had the run in with Paula Jones in May of 1991. Clinton was late for our meeting with 30 small business owners and he was very funny when he got there. He said he had a crisis in government and he had a very important meeting. It was with Hillary!! Then he went through the room and called almost everyone by name. I was amazed at his memory and humor.

The Arkansas Times Blog had this up a few days ago and it is very funny.

Clinton Foundation Celebrity Brainstorm

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Bill Clinton and Funny or Die team up for this funny promo with Ben Stiller, Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Ted Danson,and Mary Steenburgen

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Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton

The former president joins all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon and Sean Penn to goof on his charitable foundation.

Funny or Die never seems to have trouble getting A-list stars to appear in their low-budget web projects. But it may have outdone itself with its latest video, which is packed with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, alongside a former U.S. president, no less.

The video premiered Saturday on two giant screens at the Hollywood Bowl during a concert benefiting the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, and Funny or Die posted it online midnight Tuesday.

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The premise has Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen making up the Clinton Foundation’s Celebrity Division. Kevin Spacey may or may not be part of that team.

Christin Trogan, who produced the video, said each star dedicated about two hours to the project and that it was shot over five days last month. While it appears most of the actors are in the same room at the same time, that was only the case with Stiller, Danson and Steenburgen.

“It was long days for the crew, for sure, creating that continuity and that world where they’re together, right down to the littlest things, like where a bagel was placed,” Trogan said.

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Clinton was shot at his Foundation office in New York, where he is shown reprimanding Spacey for commandeering his desk, though Spacey’s end of the conversation was shot in California. Black was also in California while the rest of the cast was in New York.

The five-minute video is called Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm.

The sketch was written by Funny or Die staff writer Alex Fernie, though the actors ad-libbed here and there and others contributed ideas and dialogue. If there were any stars who declined the opportunity to appear in the video, Funny or Die isn’t saying.

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“It was one of those things where, when we were going through the bits, we had certain people in mind, and we got really lucky that they were able to be part of it,” Trogan said.  “It was almost like some other force was blessing this video and enabling it to come together.”

Josh Greenbaum directed the short, which he co-wrote with Alex Fernie.

Steve Jobs left conservative Lutheran upbringing behind

Steve Jobs was raised as a conservative Lutheran but he chose to leave those beliefs behind. Below is a very good article on his life.

COVER STORY ARTICLE | Issue: “Steve Jobs 1955-2011” October 22, 2011

A god of our age

Who was Steve Jobs? A revered technology pioneer and a relentless innovator, the Apple founder remained in many ways a mystery | Marvin Olasky

 

 

Steve Jobs/Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images

Rosebud.

Seventy years ago Orson Welles directed Citizen Kane, which critics still praise as the most innovative film ever. Welles modeled the main character, Kane, on a famous northern California magnate who revolutionized the media of his day, William Randolph Hearst.

“Rosebud” was Kane’s dying declaration, and the narrative structure of the film emphasized the work of a reporter trying to figure out the meaning of that word and the meaning of Kane’s life. Everyone he interviewed saw Kane through the prism of his own preoccupations. The reporter ended up much like the blind man feeling different parts of the elephant and thinking he’s in the presence of a tree trunk, a snake—or something else.

When Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5, newspapers and airwaves (along with iPhones and iPads) were flush with accounts of the Apple founder’s life and legacy—but each biographer seemed to recreate Jobs in the beholder’s own image:

Those wanting a classic American success story described Jobs as the college dropout who co-created the first user-friendly computer and became a multimillionaire at age 25.

Those crafting a moral tale about never giving up wrote of how Jobs, booted from Apple at age 30, gained even greater financial and artistic success by propelling Pixar (Toy Story), regaining control of Apple, and making it not only one of the most valuable U.S. companies but perhaps the most loved.

Workaholics called him a workaholic who loved his work and said so: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. … Like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

The Harvard Business Review called Jobs the “world’s greatest philanthropist” even though he wasn’t much of a donor: “What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his life to figuring out how to give his billions away, instead of doing what he does best. We’d still be waiting for a cell phone on which we could actually read e-mail and surf the web. … We’d be a decade or more away from the iPad, which has ushered in an era of reading electronically that promises to save a Sherwood Forest worth of trees and all of the energy associated with trucking them around.”

Other writers focused on Jobs’ personal life:

For adoption advocates he was an adoptee who made it big. His biological mom and dad placed him for adoption soon after his birth in 1955. “My parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: ‘We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?’ They said: ‘Of course.'”

For parents with hyperactive children he was the child rushed to the emergency room after ingesting a bottle of ant poison, and the one who received a bad shock by sticking a bobby pin into a wall socket.

For those with children born out of wedlock he was a man who initially denied paternity and refused to pay child support for his first daughter Lisa, but eventually accepted her and helped her to become a New York writer.

Still other observers emphasized his style and beliefs:

To romantics he was the romantic who gave a lecture to a class of Stanford business students, noticed a good-looking woman in the front row, chatted her up, headed to his car, and … “I was in the parking lot with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, ‘If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman?’ I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town, and we’ve been together ever since.”

To marriage advocates he was the man who married that woman in a small ceremony at Yosemite National Park 20 years ago, and stayed married as they bore and raised three children.

To a neighbor writing in a Palo Alto paper, he was “a regular guy, a good dad having fun with his kids. The next time I met him was when our children attended school together. He sat in on back-to-school night listening to the teacher drone on about the value of education. … I saw him at his son’s high school graduation. There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma.”

To Buddhists and vegetarians he was a fellow-follower of the principles of minimalism, almost always appearing in public in a black turtleneck and worn jeans.

During the last year and a half of Jobs’ life, some conservatives were not immune to the tendency to see him largely in connection with their own campaigns:

Jobs was a hero in June 2010 when he banned most pornography from his devices: One blogger called that decision antagonistic to freedom, but Jobs replied that he wanted “freedom from porn.” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council punned, “We’re grateful that Jobs is trying to keep the iPad from becoming an eyesore.”

He was a villain six months later, in December 2010, when Apple banned an app for the Manhattan Declaration that urged opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. The National Organization for Marriage produced a 95-second video that depicted Jobs as the censorious “Big Brother” featured in Apple’s famous 1984 ad.

So who was Steve Jobs? Reportedly, young Jobs was confirmed in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, but he spoke later of his desire to “make a dent in the universe”—and did not want God to make a dent in him. At the first Apple Halloween costume party, Jobs reportedly dressed up as Jesus. Was he attempting to be commercially omniscient—he said he knew what consumers wanted before they knew it—and omnipotent, making any product he produced a hit?

I see him also as wanting to be the outsider who would enter a town and tame it, like the classic Western hero. His Buddhist twist would have fit him well for the odd western TV series that hit the airwaves when Jobs was a teenager, Kung Fu, the story of a monk who travels through 19th-century western America and survives through spiritual training and martial arts skill.

But I may be as wrong as everyone else attempting to characterize an individual who cherished his privacy. Maybe the best approach is to get the words closest to “Rosebud” that Jobs ever uttered in public—his Stanford commencement speech in 2005, one year after his first encounter with cancer. On that day, whistling past the graveyard, he described death as “very likely the best invention of life. All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

One problem, though, is that he never clarified to listeners what is truly important. He did tell the Stanford graduates, “Follow your heart. … Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. … Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Did Jobs remain a rebel against his youthful Lutheranism and the belief that our hearts are fallen? Did he ever realize that the thinking of some wise people, and especially that of a wise God, would help? Did Jobs ever come to grips with even three of the questions God hurls at the biblical Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Where is the way to the dwelling of light?”

If Jobs’ devotees were waiting for a final revelation from him as he approached death, it doesn’t seem that one came. Jobs was one of the gods of our age, conquering the computer world and fostering vehicles for new media in a way even grander than that of Citizen Kane/William Randolph Hearst. Through God’s common grace Jobs’ creations improved life. But he could not conquer death.

Left unfulfilled were not only those curious about what Jobs’ Rosebud might be, but his biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, an 80-year-old Syrian immigrant who is now a casino vice-president in Reno, Nev.

Several weeks before Jobs’ death, newspapers quoted Jandali saying he didn’t know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his girlfriend placed for adoption a half-century before had become a famous billionaire. Jandali said he had not called his son for fear Jobs would think Jandali was after his fortune, but he hoped Jobs would call him someday: “I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man.”

Apparently, that meeting never happened.

Listen to a report on Steve Jobs’ life from the Oct. 8 edition of the radio program The World and Everything in It.

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Did Steve Jobs help people even though he did not give away a lot of money?

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Tim Tebow rallies the Broncos and may be a starter soon

I think the world of the character of Tim Tebow.

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Tim Tebow played well in a reserve role Sunday, but did he play himself into a starting quarterback job?

Well, Tebow’s loyal fanbase certainly thinks so after the former Heisman Trophy winner tried to rally the Denver Broncos, even though they ended up losing to the San Diego Chargers, 29-24.

But Denver Coach John Fox isn’t about to give in to Tebowmania just yet. Despite hearing chants of “Tebow! Tebow!” as his team left the field, Fox said he’ll have to watch game film and consult with his assistants before making a decision as to who he’ll start at quarterback against Miami when the team returns from its bye week.

Should the Broncos start Tim Tebow at quarterback?
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Tebow ran for a touchdown and threw for another after replacing starting quarterback Kyle Orton in the third quarter. He had a shot of winning the game, but threw an incomplete pass into the end zone as time expired.

Tebow completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and picked up 38 yards in six carries.

After the game, Tebow didn’t speculate on whether he’d be starting an NFL game soon.

“I have no idea,” Tebow said. “Thankfully, I don’t have to make those decisions. Other people do that and I just go play football.”

What do you think? Should Tebow be made a starter or should the Broncos stick with Orton?

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Does living together work? Rogen and Miller finally tie knot

Does living together work? Finally Rogen and Miller tied the knot.

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller attend the premiere of "50/50" at the Ziegfeld Theater on Sept. 26, 2011 in New York City. 
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller attend the premiere of “50/50” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Sept. 26, 2011 in New York City.Theo Wargo/GETTY IMAGES
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Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller have married in California.

The couple — who started dating in 2004 — tied the knot in a Jewish ceremony officiated by a female rabbi at Kunde Estate in Sonoma in front of friends including Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, The Office’s Craig Robinson, Knocked Up director Judd Apatow and his wife Leslie Mann.

Speaking about the three-day celebration, a source told Us Weekly magazine: “The wedding was more laughs than anything else. Every other line was a joke and the crowd couldn’t contain their laughter. It was non-stop fun!”

Rogen has previously revealed he had no idea what to expect from the ceremony as he had left all of the planning up to Miller because she has always wanted to get married.

He said: “I’m around for it. My girlfriend has a very vested interest. I think she’s been planning this for years. I’m the last piece of the puzzle. I’m excited. It’s going to be lovely.”

While the wedding was a romantic affair the proposal wasn’t as Rogen, 29, was so nervous after he bought the engagement ring he popped the question almost immediately after buying it, while Miller was still getting dressed.

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Cohabitation is just like marriage, but without “the piece of paper.” Cohabitation typically doesn’t bring the benefits (in physical health, wealth, and emotional well being) that marriage does. In terms of these benefits cohabitants in the United States more closely resemble singles than married couples. This is due, in part, to the fact that cohabitants tend not to be as committed as married couples, and they’re more oriented toward their own personal autonomy and less to the well being of their partner. (From: Smartmarriages® Subject: TOP 10 MYTHS OF MARRIAGE- Popenoe/Piece of Paper schedule – 2/13/02)

• Living together without the benefit of marriage can be harmful for the children since the relationship is not a committed one and therefore lacks stability and is more prone to break-up. For the children of such unions when the couple breaks up there may as well be a divorce. The lack of official papers does nothing to make a split easier on the kids. (Rabbi Shea Hecht, Pondering the Divorce Rate, Gopusa.com, 5/17/07)

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Prime minister looks at breakdown of nation’s families as real cause

What caused all the riots in England that resulted in five deaths? Prime Minister Cameron thinks it is a result of the breakdown of the family units in England. I think he is right on this point.

“We will fight back against gangs, crime and the thugs who make people’s lives hell and we will fight back hard.”

David Cameron speaks at a youth center in his constituency on August 15, 2011 in Witney.David Cameron speaks at a youth center in his constituency on August 15, 2011 in Witney. Photograph: Getty Images.
It is time for our country to take stock.Last week we saw some of the most sickening acts on our streets.

I’ll never forget talking to Maurice Reeves, whose family had run the Reeves furniture store in Croydon for generations.

This was an 80 year old man who had seen the business he had loved, that his family had built up for generations, simply destroyed.

A hundred years of hard work, burned to the ground in a few hours.

But last week we didn’t just see the worst of the British people; we saw the best of them too.

The ones who called themselves riot wombles and headed down to the hardware stores to pick up brooms and start the clean-up.

The people who linked arms together to stand and defend their homes, their businesses.

The policemen and women and fire officers who worked long, hard shifts, sleeping in corridors then going out again to put their life on the line.

Everywhere I’ve been this past week, in Salford, Manchester, Birmingham, Croydon, people of every background, colour and religion have shared the same moral outrage and hurt for our country.

Because this is Britain.

This is a great country of good people.

Those thugs we saw last week do not represent us, nor do they represent our young people – and they will not drag us down.

But now that the fires have been put out and the smoke has cleared, the question hangs in the air: ‘Why? How could this happen on our streets and in our country?’

Of course, we mustn’t oversimplify.

There were different things going on in different parts of the country.

In Tottenham some of the anger was directed at the police.

In Salford there was some organised crime, a calculated attack on the forces of order.

But what we know for sure is that in large parts of the country this was just pure criminality.

So as we begin the necessary processes of inquiry, investigation, listening and learning: let’s be clear.

These riots were not about race: the perpetrators and the victims were white, black and Asian.

These riots were not about government cuts: they were directed at high street stores, not Parliament.

And these riots were not about poverty: that insults the millions of people who, whatever the hardship, would never dream of making others suffer like this.

No, this was about behaviour…

…people showing indifference to right and wrong…

…people with a twisted moral code…

…people with a complete absence of self-restraint.

Now I know as soon as I use words like ‘behaviour’ and ‘moral’ people will say – what gives politicians the right to lecture us?

Of course we’re not perfect.

But politicians shying away from speaking the truth about behaviour, about morality…

…this has actually helped to cause the social problems we see around us.

We have been too unwilling for too long to talk about what is right and what is wrong.

We have too often avoided saying what needs to be said – about everything from
marriage to welfare to common courtesy.

Sometimes the reasons for that are noble – we don’t want to insult or hurt people.

Sometimes they’re ideological – we don’t feel it’s the job of the state to try and pass judgement on people’s behaviour or engineer personal morality.

And sometimes they’re just human – we’re not perfect beings ourselves and we don’t want to look like hypocrites.

So you can’t say that marriage and commitment are good things – for fear of alienating single mothers.

You don’t deal properly with children who repeatedly fail in school – because you’re worried about being accused of stigmatising them.

You’re wary of talking about those who have never worked and never want to work – in case you’re charged with not getting it, being middle class and out of touch.

In this risk-free ground of moral neutrality there are no bad choices, just different lifestyles.

People aren’t the architects of their own problems, they are victims of circumstance.

‘Live and let live’ becomes ‘do what you please.’

Well actually, what last week has shown is that this moral neutrality, this relativism – it’s not going to cut it any more.

One of the biggest lessons of these riots is that we’ve got to talk honestly about behaviour and then act – because bad behaviour has literally arrived on people’s doorsteps.

And we can’t shy away from the truth anymore.

So this must be a wake-up call for our country.

Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face.

Now, just as people last week wanted criminals robustly confronted on our street, so they want to see these social problems taken on and defeated.

Our security fightback must be matched by a social fightback.

We must fight back against the attitudes and assumptions that have brought parts of our society to this shocking state.

We know what’s gone wrong: the question is, do we have the determination to put it right?

Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations?

Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences.

Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort.

Crime without punishment. Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control.

Some of the worst aspects of human nature tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally de-moralised.

So do we have the determination to confront all this and turn it around?

I have the very strong sense that the responsible majority of people in this country not only have that determination; they are crying out for their government to act upon it.

And I can assure you, I will not be found wanting.

In my very first act as leader of this party I signalled my personal priority: to mend our broken society.

That passion is stronger today than ever.

Yes, we have had an economic crisis to deal with, clearing up the terrible mess we inherited, and we are not out of those woods yet – not by a long way.

But I repeat today, as I have on many occasions these last few years, that the reason I am in politics is to build a bigger, stronger society.

Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger society.

This is what I came into politics to do – and the shocking events of last week have renewed in me that drive.

So I can announce today that over the next few weeks, I and ministers from across the coalition government will review every aspect of our work to mend our broken society…

…on schools, welfare, families, parenting, addiction, communities…

…on the cultural, legal, bureaucratic problems in our society too:

…from the twisting and misrepresenting of human rights that has undermined personal
responsibility…

…to the obsession with health and safety that has eroded people’s willingness to act according to common sense.

We will review our work and consider whether our plans and programmes are big enough and bold enough to deliver the change that I feel this country now wants to see.

Government cannot legislate to change behaviour, but it is wrong to think the State is a bystander.

Because people’s behaviour does not happen in a vacuum: it is affected by the rules government sets and how they are enforced…

…by the services government provides and how they are delivered…

…and perhaps above all by the signals government sends about the kinds of behaviour
that are encouraged and rewarded.

So yes, the broken society is back at the top of my agenda.

And as we review our policies in the weeks ahead, today I want to set out the priority areas I will be looking at, and give you a sense of where I think we need to raise our

ambitions.

First and foremost, we need a security fight-back.

We need to reclaim our streets from the thugs who didn’t just spring out of nowhere
last week, but who’ve been making lives a misery for years.

Now I know there have been questions in people’s minds about my approach to law and order.

Well, I don’t want there to be any doubt.

Nothing in this job is more important to me than keeping people safe.

And it is obvious to me that to do that we’ve got to be tough, we’ve got to be robust, we’ve got to score a clear line between right and wrong right through the heart of this country – in every street and in every community.

That starts with a stronger police presence – pounding the beat, deterring crime, ready to re-group and crack down at the first sign of trouble.

Let me be clear: under this government we will always have enough police officers to be able to scale up our deployments in the way we saw last week.

To those who say this means we need to abandon our plans to make savings in police budgets, I say you are missing the point.

The point is that what really matters in this fight-back is the amount of time the police actually spend on the streets.

For years we’ve had a police force suffocated by bureaucracy, officers spending the majority of their time filling in forms and stuck behind desks.

This won’t be fixed by pumping money in and keeping things basically as they’ve been.

As the Home Secretary will explain tomorrow, it will be fixed by completely changing the way the police work.

Scrapping the paperwork that holds them back, getting them out on the streets where people can see them and criminals can fear them.

Our reforms mean that the police are going to answer directly to the people.

You want more tough, no-nonsense policing?

You want to make sure the police spend more time confronting the thugs in your neighbourhood and less time meeting targets by stopping motorists?

You want the police out patrolling your streets instead of sitting behind their desks?

Elected police and crime commissioners are part of the answer: they will provide that direct accountability so you can finally get what you want when it comes to policing.

The point of our police reforms is not to save money, not to change things for the sake of it – but to fight crime.

And in the light of last week it’s clear that we now have to go even further, even faster in beefing up the powers and presence of the police.

Already we’ve given backing to measures like dispersal orders, we’re toughening curfew powers, we’re giving police officers the power to remove face coverings from rioters, we’re looking at giving them more powers to confiscate offenders’ property – and over the coming months you’re going to see even more.

It’s time for something else too.

A concerted, all-out war on gangs and gang culture.

This isn’t some side issue.

It is a major criminal disease that has infected streets and estates across our country.

Stamping out these gangs is a new national priority.

Last week I set up a cross-government programme to look at every aspect of this problem.

We will fight back against gangs, crime and the thugs who make people’s lives hell and we will fight back hard.

The last front in that fight is proper punishment.

On the radio last week they interviewed one of the young men who’d been looting in Manchester.

He said he was going to carry on until he got caught.

This will be my first arrest, he said.

The prisons were already overflowing so he’d just get an ASBO, and he could live with that.

Well, we’ve got to show him and everyone like him that the party’s over.

I know that when politicians talk about punishment and tough sentencing people roll their eyes.

Yes, last week we saw the criminal justice system deal with an unprecedented challenge: the courts sat through the night and dispensed swift, firm justice.

We saw that the system was on the side of the law-abiding majority.

But confidence in the system is still too low.

And believe me – I understand the anger with the level of crime in our country today and I am determined we sort it out and restore people’s faith that if someone hurts our society, if they break the rules in our society, then society will punish them for it.

And we will tackle the hard core of people who persistently reoffend and blight the lives of their communities.

So no-one should doubt this government’s determination to be tough on crime and to mount an effective security fight-back.

But we need much more than that.

We need a social fight-back too, with big changes right through our society.

Let me start with families.

The question people asked over and over again last week was ‘where are the parents?

Why aren’t they keeping the rioting kids indoors?’

Tragically that’s been followed in some cases by judges rightly lamenting: “why don’t the parents even turn up when their children are in court?”

Well, join the dots and you have a clear idea about why some of these young people
were behaving so terribly.

Either there was no one at home, they didn’t much care or they’d lost control.

Families matter.

I don’t doubt that many of the rioters out last week have no father at home.

Perhaps they come from one of the neighbourhoods where it’s standard for children to have a mum and not a dad…

…where it’s normal for young men to grow up without a male role model, looking to the streets for their father figures, filled up with rage and anger.

So if we want to have any hope of mending our broken society, family and parenting is where we’ve got to start.

I’ve been saying this for years, since before I was Prime Minister, since before I was leader of the Conservative Party.

So: from here on I want a family test applied to all domestic policy.

If it hurts families, if it undermines commitment, if it tramples over the values that keeps people together, or stops families from being together, then we shouldn’t do it.

More than that, we’ve got to get out there and make a positive difference to the way families work, the way people bring up their children…

…and we’ve got to be less sensitive to the charge that this is about interfering or nannying.

We are working on ways to help improve parenting – well now I want that work accelerated, expanded and implemented as quickly as possible.

This has got to be right at the top of our priority list.

And we need more urgent action, too, on the families that some people call ‘problem’, others call ‘troubled’.

The ones that everyone in their neighbourhood knows and often avoids.

Last December I asked Emma Harrison to develop a plan to help get these families on track.

It became clear to me earlier this year that – as can so often happen – those plans were being held back by bureaucracy.

So even before the riots happened, I asked for an explanation.

Now that the riots have happened I will make sure that we clear away the red tape and the bureaucratic wrangling, and put rocket boosters under this programme…

…with a clear ambition that within the lifetime of this Parliament we will turn around the lives of the 120,000 most troubled families in the country.

The next part of the social fight-back is what happens in schools.

We need an education system which reinforces the message that if you do the wrong thing you’ll be disciplined…

…but if you work hard and play by the rules you will succeed.

This isn’t a distant dream.

It’s already happening in schools like Woodside High in Tottenham and Mossbourne in Hackney.

They expect high standards from every child and make no excuses for failure to work hard.

They foster pride through strict uniform and behaviour policies.

And they provide an alternative to street culture by showing how anyone can get up and get on if they apply themselves.

Kids from Hammersmith and Hackney are now going to top universities thanks to these schools.

We need many more like them which is why we are creating more academies…

…why the people behind these success stories are now opening free schools…

…and why we have pledged to turn round the 200 weakest secondaries and the 200
weakest primaries in the next year.

But with the failures in our education system so deep, we can’t just say ‘these are our plans and we believe in them, let’s sit back while they take effect’.

I now want us to push further, faster.

Are we really doing enough to ensure that great new schools are set up in the poorest
areas, to help the children who need them most?

And why are we putting up with the complete scandal of schools being allowed to fail, year after year?

If young people have left school without being able to read or write, why shouldn’t that school be held more directly accountable?

Yes, these questions are already being asked across government but what happened last week gives them a new urgency – and we need to act on it.

Just as we want schools to be proud of we want everyone to feel proud of their communities.

We need a sense of social responsibility at the heart of every community.

Yet the truth is that for too long the big bossy bureaucratic state has drained it away.

It’s usurped local leadership with its endless Whitehall diktats.

It’s frustrated local organisers with its rules and regulations

And it’s denied local people any real kind of say over what goes on where they live.

Is it any wonder that many people don’t feel they have a stake in their community?

This has got to change. And we’re already taking steps to change it.

That’s why we want executive Mayors in our twelve biggest cities…

…because strong civic leadership can make a real difference in creating that sense of belonging.

We’re training an army of community organisers to work in our most deprived neighbourhoods…

…because we’re serious about encouraging social action and giving people a real chance to improve the community in which they live.

We’re changing the planning rules and giving people the right to take over local assets.

But the question I want to ask now is this.
Are these changes big enough to foster the sense of belonging we want to see?

Are these changes bold enough to spread the social responsibility we need right across our communities, especially in our cities?

That’s what we’re going to be looking at urgently over the coming weeks.

Because we won’t get things right in our country if we don’t get them right in our communities.

But one of the biggest parts of this social fight-back is fixing the welfare system.

For years we’ve had a system that encourages the worst in people – that incites laziness, that excuses bad behaviour, that erodes self-discipline, that discourages hard work…

…above all that drains responsibility away from people.

We talk about moral hazard in our financial system – where banks think they can act recklessly because the state will always bail them out…

…well this is moral hazard in our welfare system – people thinking they can be as irresponsible as they like because the state will always bail them out.

We’re already addressing this through the Welfare Reform Bill going through parliament.

But I’m not satisfied that we’re doing all we can.

I want us to look at toughening up the conditions for those who are out of work and receiving benefits…

…and speeding up our efforts to get all those who can work back to work

Work is at the heart of a responsible society.

So getting more of our young people into jobs, or up and running in their own businesses is a critical part of how we strengthen responsibility in our society.

Our Work Programme is the first step, with local authorities, charities, social enterprises and businesses all working together to provide the best possible help to get a job.

It leaves no one behind – including those who have been on welfare for years.

But there is more we need to do, to boost self-employment and enterprise…

…because it’s only by getting our young people into work that we can build an ownership society in which everyone feels they have a stake.

As we consider these questions of attitude and behaviour, the signals that government sends, and the incentives it creates…

…we inevitably come to the question of the Human Rights Act and the culture associated with it.

Let me be clear: in this country we are proud to stand up for human rights, at home and abroad. It is part of the British tradition.

But what is alien to our tradition – and now exerting such a corrosive influence on behaviour and morality…

…is the twisting and misrepresenting of human rights in a way that has undermined personal responsibility.

We are attacking this problem from both sides.

We’re working to develop a way through the morass by looking at creating our own British Bill of Rights.

And we will be using our current chairmanship of the Council of Europe to seek agreement to important operational changes to the European Convention on Human Rights.

But this is all frustratingly slow.

The truth is, the interpretation of human rights legislation has exerted a chilling effect on public sector organisations, leading them to act in ways that fly in the face of common sense, offend our sense of right and wrong, and undermine responsibility.

It is exactly the same with health and safety – where regulations have often been twisted out of all recognition into a culture where the words ‘health and safety’ are lazily trotted out to justify all sorts of actions and regulations that damage our social fabric.

So I want to make something very clear: I get it. This stuff matters.

And as we urgently review the work we’re doing on the broken society, judging whether it’s ambitious enough – I want to make it clear that there will be no holds barred…

…and that most definitely includes the human rights and health and safety culture.

Many people have long thought that the answer to these questions of social behaviour is to bring back national service.

In many ways I agree…

…and that’s why we are actually introducing something similar – National Citizen Service.

It’s a non-military programme that captures the spirit of national service.

It takes sixteen year-olds from different backgrounds and gets them to work together.

They work in their communities, whether that’s coaching children to play football, visiting old people at the hospital or offering a bike repair service to the community.

It shows young people that doing good can feel good.

The real thrill is from building things up, not tearing them down.

Team-work, discipline, duty, decency: these might sound old-fashioned words but they are part of the solution to this very modern problem of alienated, angry young

people.

Restoring those values is what National Citizen Service is all about.

I passionately believe in this idea.

It’s something we’ve been developing for years.

Thousands of teenagers are taking part this summer.

The plan is for thirty thousand to take part next year.

But in response to the riots I will say this.

This should become a great national effort.

Let’s make National Citizen Service available to all sixteen year olds as a rite of passage.

We can do that if we work together: businesses, charities, schools and social enterprises…

…and in the months ahead I will put renewed effort into making it happen.

Today I’ve talked a lot about what the government is going to do.

But let me be clear:

This social fight-back is not a job for government on its own.

Government doesn’t run the businesses that create jobs and turn lives around.

Government doesn’t make the video games or print the magazines or produce the music that tells young people what’s important in life.

Government can’t be on every street and in every estate, instilling the values that matter.

This is a problem that has deep roots in our society, and it’s a job for all of our society to help fix it.

In the highest offices, the plushest boardrooms, the most influential jobs, we need to think about the example we are setting.

Moral decline and bad behaviour is not limited to a few of the poorest parts of our society.

In the banking crisis, with MPs’ expenses, in the phone hacking scandal, we have seen some of the worst cases of greed, irresponsibility and entitlement.

The restoration of responsibility has to cut right across our society.

Because whatever the arguments, we all belong to the same society, and we all have a stake in making it better.

There is no ‘them’ and ‘us’ – there is us.

We are all in this together, and we will mend our broken society – together.