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Why Whitney Died
Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 02/15/2012 4:02:32 AM PST by Kaslin

The media have no bleepin' clue how to cover the death of Whitney Houston. That's because she was slowly dying for years and many in the press simply averted their eyes.

It was ultra-disturbing that a beautiful woman blessed with an extraordinary singing voice chose a self-destructive path in full view of the world. I mean, here is a person who signed a $100 million recording contract, actually sold 170 million albums and commanded high six figures to deliver a 90-minute concert. Houston was a genuine international star, and yet she often was seen in public disheveled and confused, her substance addiction apparent. The media simply did not know what to say.

We live in a time in which addiction is categorized as a disease, and to do what Nancy Reagan once did and urge people to reject narcotics is considered uncool. How many young performers do we see doing public service announcements warning children to avoid intoxication? Right now, I can't think of one.

The national media pride themselves on being non-judgmental unless you are against abortion. Then you are dismissed as "anti-woman" or as a religious zealot. But in the arena of personal behavior, there's an excuse for just about every nonviolent activity and bad decision.

There is no question that some of us have a history of addiction in our families. There are folks who can use drugs casually and avoid dependence, but they are the exception. Once a person decides to dabble in cocaine, or opiates such as heroin and OxyContin, they are putting themselves at grave risk. And they know it. There are legions of famous people who wound up dead just like Houston. From Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, the signposts are impossible to miss. No matter how rich and powerful you are, drugs can and will destroy you.

The current medical marijuana ruse is a great example of a society walking away from a responsible position. Ask any drug rehab counselor, and he or she will tell you that pot often leads a person to harder drug use and is mentally addictive itself. Yes, most people can function while stoned. But the more you alter your mind the more your perspective on life changes. Believe me, I know people who get stoned or drunk every day. They become incredibly desensitized to those around them.

On the kid front, the situation is dire. Once a child enters the world of intoxication, their childhood is gone. Presto, they are jaded. That's how dangerous drugs and alcohol are to immature minds. Society has an obligation to protect its children, not to tacitly accept or embrace mind-altering agents such as marijuana.

Houston, however, was an adult who made a decision to embrace the drug life. Reports say she tried to rehabilitate herself a few times, but you know how that goes. Once a person enters the hell of addiction, there is no easy way out.

And that's how the Whitney Houston story should be covered. As a cautionary tale. Another life vanquished by substance abuse.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: addiction; billoreilly; drugs; medicalmarijuana; od; oreilly; whitneyhouston; wod; wodlist; wosd
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1 posted on 02/15/2012 4:02:33 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Without any info from Toxicology, the media already have the pharmacist and doctor responsible for her death.


2 posted on 02/15/2012 4:05:14 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: Kaslin

Why do we care so much? Was she really such a big star? Seriously, I was barely aware of her existence before she died.


3 posted on 02/15/2012 4:06:54 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 02/15/2012 4:08:48 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Kaslin

Another VICTIM of a DESEASE, a compassionate liberals assessment.


5 posted on 02/15/2012 4:11:58 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Yes. She was.


6 posted on 02/15/2012 4:12:05 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

Broke and unlike Tony Bennett’s claims, she got LEGAL Drugs.


7 posted on 02/15/2012 4:16:07 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Bigh4u2

I suppose she must have been....I remember I felt the same way about Kurt Cobain. Never heard of him ‘til he died.


8 posted on 02/15/2012 4:17:54 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Kaslin

contrast her with Annie HAslam of Renaissance. Annie has a better voice (IMHO), but never used drugs, or acted like this one did. Annie went through personal tragedies and a lack of appreciation by the industry, yet she keeps on singing, and painting and showing the world her beautiful five octave voice.
and Annie has been doing it for decades.


9 posted on 02/15/2012 4:25:50 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Kaslin

everyone dies from the same thing... lack of oxygen to the brain...


10 posted on 02/15/2012 4:28:44 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Kaslin

“Houston, however, was an adult who made a decision to embrace the drug life.”

That statement says it all. A number of people blamed her ex-husband, but he had been out of the picture for some time. No, whatever happened to her in recent years was her own doing. She made bad choices. And in the process she squandered her beauty, her talent and her life.


11 posted on 02/15/2012 4:31:31 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: joe fonebone
Although a few go one for years with the condition.


12 posted on 02/15/2012 4:35:46 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Kaslin

At some point even the most foolhardy need to slowdown and grow-up or pay the piper.


13 posted on 02/15/2012 4:38:07 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: Kaslin

All premature death is tragic, but somehow we`re expected to feel a much greater loss at the death of a drug-abusing celebrity than the latest troop who loses his or her life in defense of this country.

My heart goes out to her family.


14 posted on 02/15/2012 4:39:55 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Superbowl 1991, ten days into the Gulf War (Desert Storm)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHmdu_I_0zI


15 posted on 02/15/2012 4:40:18 AM PST by stanne
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To: JoeDetweiler
Why do we care so much? Was she really such a big star? Seriously, I was barely aware of her existence before she died.

She was a fantastic singer who sang what is, to my mind, one of the most beautiful songs ever produced.

The fact that you didn't hear of her, if you are not a fan of pop music, is probably a good thing. It means she wasn't using publicists to constantly throw her name in our faces.

There are too many "stars" these days whose names I can't avoid knowing, yet I have no clue what they supposedly do to merit their "star" status. (Who is Christina Aguilera, really?)

16 posted on 02/15/2012 4:43:48 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Kaslin
Why Whitney died.

She was raised in a Christian home. Her mother, Cissy Houston was a notable gospel singer. That environment let her develop her God given talent to its peak potential. All the changes occurred after the record contracts and concerts. It was at that point that large elements of the black music industry began attacking her as not being “black enough”, denying her black roots, and being a “ goody-goody” and much more. It was into that milieu this young woman found herself. I sincerely believe that crowd pressure ultimately overwhelmed her. Isolated by circumstance and the willful maneuvering by the hangers-on, party people and lousy managers and the scum bucket Bobby Brown she succumbed. It came to the point ( on Oprah or elsewhere) that she ended up saying “I'm not the goody two shoes some people think. I can get down and raunchy etc.”. That degenerate world ate her up.

Dwight “Doc” Gooden similarly succumbed to the black hip drug using black athletic environment.

The real tragedy is the damage done to her daughter. Imagine seeing the sparkling past of your mother and contrasting it with the reality of you drug addled mother pleading with friends for a $100 and knowing it was for the next drug hit. All of Whitney's hundreds of millions of dollars didn't go to drugs, managers and hangers-on stripped her carcase clean while she was alive. So far it doesn't seem that WH made any provisions for her only child. Hopefully Cissy had enough influence with her daughter to make sure the granddaughter was provide for.

17 posted on 02/15/2012 4:44:56 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: exDemMom; JoeDetweiler
Why do we care so much? Was she really such a big star? Seriously, I was barely aware of her existence before she died.

Said the snail about the eagle.
18 posted on 02/15/2012 4:45:13 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Kaslin

We all have been given the strength and a natural instinct for survival.

From the first loud cry as we enter this world to the end of our days it is in the very core of our being. When this God given instinct is eroded away and destroyed by own hand, we perish.


19 posted on 02/15/2012 4:45:17 AM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: JoeDetweiler
YouTube Whitney Houston - Battle Hymn Of The Republic (WHH)

Star Spangled Banner Whitney Houston

From Wikipedia

The Star Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston song)

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The Superbowl Performance


On January 27, 1991–10 days into the Persian Gulf War—Whitney Houston took the field at Tampa Stadium and performed "The Star Spangled Banner," back by the Florida Orchestra along with music director Jahja Ling, before 73,813 fans, 115 million viewers in the United States and a worldwide television audience of 750 million.[4][5] The pregame program including Houston's performance of the national anthem was produced by Bob Best for the National Football League and televised live on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States.[6] Because of the Gulf War situation, this marked the first time the Super Bowl would be telecast in most countries around the world. Outside of North America and the United Kingdom, the Super Bowl was broadcast for the first time in such countries as Australia, Russia, and most other countries. Houston's performance was later used as a music video of the song.

Houston wears a white tracksuit with a red and blue print and hairband, an athletic uniform that refers to the national tricolor red, white and blue. The announcer asks the audience to join in the honoring of "America" and "especially the brave men and women serving our nation in the Persian Gulf and throughout the world." While the athletes are notably absent on the field, the military personnel, dressed in various uniforms to signify the solidarity among different branches of service, display the flags of the different American states. Two male members of the military are singled out through the use of close-ups: an African-American officer and a white officer. The close-up of the African-American officer raising his hand in salute overlaps with the close-up of the audience. And the close-up of Houston dissolves into the close-up of the white officer, and back again. For a second, both Houston and the white officer are captured within the same frame. The American flag is omnipresent in all shots, either explicitly in the form of an actual American flag, or implicitly through the use of its colors red, white and blue. In addition to the waving American flags, best visible when shot from a distance. On several occasions, the presence of the flag is emphasized through the use of close-ups in connection to the words Whitney Houston sings. When she sings, "...see, by the dawn's early light," a close-up of an American flag dissolves in and out of the close-up of Houston. Houston does not leave the frame, but for a second, the image of American flag is transparently placed over her image. At the point when Houston sings "through the night that our flag was still there," the camera cuts to a close-up of the American flag waving at the top of the stadium. Throughout the performance, there are medium shots and close-ups of the audience waving small American flags. With Houston throwing her arms into the air, the scene is made complete with four F-16 fighter jets from the 56th Tactical Training Wing at MacDill Air Force Base flying over as the performance's grand finale.[7

20 posted on 02/15/2012 4:45:56 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Some of these ‘artists’ have a following and fans who are just like THEY are... so unless are also a person who uses drugs/alcohol or if you’re a person who is OK with the people who DO.... you won’t have this ‘artist’ on your radar.

Personally, I turned popular culture OFF in about 1971...I kinda got tired of the music that sounded like: “oooh baby I want to throw up in your glove compartment...la..la...la”

Each to his own. I wouldn’t have a falling-down-drunk and druggie bust-out in my house for anything, so watching their movies and buying their recordings is not happening either!


21 posted on 02/15/2012 4:48:19 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve known 2 life-long addicts who died of their addiction. They both tried rehab. They both failed.

Drugs kill. Period. The fewer drugs available in society, especially to kids, the better.


22 posted on 02/15/2012 4:51:45 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Kaslin

Everyone has the right to go to Hell. And as long as they’re paying for their own ticket, no one has the right to interfere. Whitney Houston is dead because she wanted to be dead, or at least didn’t object to the idea. Condolences to the family, and move on.


23 posted on 02/15/2012 4:53:04 AM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: fatnotlazy

I heard her last interview. I wanted to clear my own throat listening to her talk. The vocals were destroyed. She was all done by then. A sad life story.


24 posted on 02/15/2012 4:53:23 AM PST by healy61
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To: aruanan

“Said the snail about the eagle.”

That should be “Said the live snail about the dead eagle...”


25 posted on 02/15/2012 4:55:46 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: duckman

That’s because the cause in this case was so obvious and as Ted Baxter points out the media were already well aware of her situation. BTW Ted here doesn’t blame a doctor or pharmacist. He points to the initial decision to dabble in drugs at all.

In fact, he could well have gone further here are talked about the dangers of prescription drugs as well.


26 posted on 02/15/2012 5:01:26 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Kaslin

If O'Blowhard reports it, it must be true.

27 posted on 02/15/2012 5:04:51 AM PST by McGruff (Think in bold colors not pale pastels.)
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To: Kaslin

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers described quite accurately why and how Whitney died back around 1970 — the title of the song is ACCIDENTAL SUICIDE.


28 posted on 02/15/2012 5:06:18 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Kaslin
Whitney Houston's life and death was a mega-tragedy. But it is not the media's job to babysit her.

The media uses people. It doesn't nurture them.

RIP Whitney Houston. You're on the ever-growing list.

29 posted on 02/15/2012 5:21:05 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: Kaslin
Hardly a mention of "demon rum" in the article at all. A "drug" to be sure.

I know! Let's get our government deeper into our lives! Let's prohibit the manufacture, distribution, importation, sale, and consumption of spirituous liquors!!

Let's call it....uh....I know! PROHIBITION!

And...to make it way coool, let's pass a constitutional amendment making ot the law of the land!

Weeeeee! Problem solved!

Oh!?? that's been tried before? And it failed totally? Led to more problems and didn't solve the main problem??

30 posted on 02/15/2012 5:28:01 AM PST by Logic n' Reason ("To keep you is no benefit; to kill you is no loss.")
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To: Kaslin

They have no idea how little I care.


31 posted on 02/15/2012 5:36:29 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: healy61

Her voice was destroyed and she had little rights to her songs - unlike Michael Jackson.

It’s Dolly Parton who is raking in the money right now


32 posted on 02/15/2012 5:42:28 AM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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33 posted on 02/15/2012 5:47:47 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: ronnie raygun

Disease and addiction cannot always be cured. Sin, on the other hand, can be forgiven, and the person restored!


34 posted on 02/15/2012 5:53:32 AM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: stanne
Thanks. That made me cry and I actually felt compassion for Ms. Houston.

God employs Man's strengths, but Satan exploits Man's weakness.

35 posted on 02/15/2012 5:53:32 AM PST by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: camle

Never heard of her, but I looked her up and going to check into her music. She really looks like an interesting person.


36 posted on 02/15/2012 5:55:02 AM PST by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: ronnie raygun
Another VICTIM of a DISEASE, a compassionate liberals assessment.

Another VICTIM of HER OWN POOR LIFE CHOICES....WBill's hardnosed conservative assessment.

37 posted on 02/15/2012 5:57:47 AM PST by wbill
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To: SMARTY
“oooh baby I want to throw up in your glove compartment...la..la...la”

Bwaaahahaha, now, that is funny :-)

38 posted on 02/15/2012 5:59:53 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Kaslin

Would love to hear O’Really backtracking if it turns she died of a congenital heart defect.


39 posted on 02/15/2012 6:00:28 AM PST by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: aruanan

Oh give em a break. I heard the name Lady Gaga for a long time and had absolutely no clue who she was, still wouldn’t recognize one of her songs if it was blasting in my ear. Some folks like other types of music and don’t focus on what the mass media feeds us.
I am still not sure of this young fella with the hair Beaver or something like that.
Melissa :)


40 posted on 02/15/2012 6:00:53 AM PST by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Don’t feel alone, I have heard name Lady Gaga, that Beaver guy but couldn’t tell you a thing about them. And then that MIA person at Superbowl no clue who she is.
But I can tell you about Bach Mozart Beethoven


41 posted on 02/15/2012 6:05:03 AM PST by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: mel

you can find some of her videos on youtube. not only is her voice perhaps the best female of modern times, but her subject matter is, shall we say non-standard? I am fortunate to have one of her paintings over my fireplace in honor of my late wife.


42 posted on 02/15/2012 6:05:35 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Covenantor

My, my, my ... finally someone with the courage to tell the truth. A very large part of Whitney’s problem was that the dominant black culture refuses to eschew deplorable behavior and embrace moral standards. As you correctly point out, they yammer that being “goody-goody” means you’re trying to pass for white (though much of white culture is now on the same slippery slide towards decadence).

There is likely not a white person in the world to whom Whitney would have listened. And far, far too many of the black “leaders” adamantly refuse to condemn black malfeasance. (When was the last time you heard Barack Obama condemn the 70% illegitimacy, the rampant crime, and the generational welfarism in the black community? Ain’t going to happen.)

Tragically, Whitney made her own choices and took her own chances. But, it might have helped if the dominant black culture did not make a habit of excusing — or worse yet, embracing — such stupid choices.


43 posted on 02/15/2012 6:06:00 AM PST by hampdenkid
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To: Kaslin

Great article...


44 posted on 02/15/2012 6:10:11 AM PST by mgist
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To: Kaslin

She apparently also passed it on to her daughter.


45 posted on 02/15/2012 6:19:40 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

Bump to read later


46 posted on 02/15/2012 6:21:15 AM PST by OneVike ((Just a Christian waiting to go home) internet ID:: impeachobamanow)
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To: Covenantor

The daughter was caught on video doing cocaine!


47 posted on 02/15/2012 6:26:52 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

cause of death... bobby brown


48 posted on 02/15/2012 6:28:04 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Kaslin

Good for O’Reilly. Somebody needed to write this and he got it right.


49 posted on 02/15/2012 6:45:55 AM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: JoeDetweiler
Was she really such a big star? Seriously, I was barely aware of her existence before she died.

That probably says more about you than it does her.

50 posted on 02/15/2012 6:51:02 AM PST by NELSON111
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