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Baratunde Thurston Tells It Like It Is – Jack And Jill Politics

Go read his words and give him some love. We are at a turning point in this country and we have to make the correct turn.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama, Racism | 7 Comments

Dump Trump – Think Progress Has It!

From Think Progress…

Moments ago on CNN, acclaimed historian and author Douglas Brinkley pinned the blame for the reemergence of birtherism on NBC Entertainment for giving real estate mogul Donald Trump a primetime platform. Brinkley called on NBC to immediately drop Trump’s show, The Apprentice, from its lineup. If NBC decides to keep Trump on the air, Brinkley called on corporate sponsors to pull their ads or face a massive consumer boycotts:

We don’t have to blame “the media” for dealing with this issue. We have to blame NBC Entertainment. They need to dump Trump from his primetime news show. He’s a poison toad on the airwaves. What corporate sponsor is going to be buying ad time for Donald Trump’s show. Any company that goes into Trump and is willing to pay is going to find consumer boycott like they’ve never seen before. If you are going to do what Trump did and go after the President of the United States in such a grotesque and disingenuous way you better cough up the goods. Today the Obama administration has shown what a charlatan Donald Trump really is.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

The Antidote To Trump And The Birthers

The only real answer to the racism that is “floating” around out there is education, information and people sharing it with people who are ignorant. I’m pasting the lyrics to the Stevie Wonder song Black Man from the album “Songs In The Key Of Life” below. A little name drop, my brother Rod sat in on a session at Stevie Wonder’s Electric Ladyland Studios when they were recording the song Pastime Paradise for this album. Another great tune. I remember the first time I heard the album, my brother had promo copy of it before its release, every song was amazing even on the first listen. You need this album/CD in your collection. As I was reading through the titles of the songs on that album, I decided I need to listen to the whole thing again. Love Is In Need Of Love Today, Joy Inside My Tears, Ordinary Pain…ah, definitely going to listen on my commute home today….

Black Man by Stevie Wonder, lyrics courtesy of Iamfan.com (I don’t vouch for the spelling of names)

First man to die
For the flag we now hold high (Crispus Attucks)
Was a black man

The ground were we stand
With the flag held in our hand
Was first the redman’s

Guide of a ship
On the first Columbus trip (Pedro Alonzo Nino)
Was a brown man

The railroads for trains
Came on tracking that was laid
By the yellow man

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It’s time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

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April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama, Racism | 4 Comments

Transcript and Video Of The Presidents Birth Certificate Smack Down!

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April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama | 1 Comment

BOYCOTT NBC UNTIL THEY “FIRE” DONALD TRUMP! SERIOUSLY PEOPLE! Update I, II, III: Sponsors and Contacts

I will not watch a single show on NBC until Donald Trump is gone. I’m dead serious. I encourage you to do the same and I will be posting the names and addresses of advertisers on his show and NBC executives as soon as I get a chance. This is serious, people, Donald Trump is a blatant racist and shouldn’t be allowed to spread his racist propaganda on television. We have to hit them hard and force them to get rid of that asshole.

Petition http://www.change.org/petitions/dump-trump-tell-nbc-to-fire-donald-trump-for-lies-against-obama

Update IV: Updated sponsor list from NamelessGenXer

http://www.monikabrooks.com/1/post/2011/04/trump-affiliated-businesses.html

Update III: Are we having an impact? From ThinkProgress

Moments ago, a Groupon representative announced that, in the future, they will block their advertisements from appearing on The Apprentice website.

You can contact Enterprise Rental Car, which is telling customers they don’t sponsor The Apprentice, but are currently advertising on their website.

Update Groupon ads previously appeared on The Apprentice website. After hearing a bunch of complaints today, Groupon announced that they will not be advertising on The Apprentice website in the future. But Groupon spokesperson Julie Mossler does not consider placing website advertisements a “sponsorship.” In apparently related news, she also says the company will not offer Groupons for abortions. You can read Ms. Mossler’s statement here.

Update II: Better links according to Nick, thanks Nick

Clorox: http://www.thecloroxcompany.com/contactus.html

Sprint: boardinquiries@sprint.com

Update: If you have the time and want to express how you feel about the outrageous, sideshow and carnival barker (no offense to carnival people, really) Donald Trump, let the sponsors of his NBC show know that you will not watch that show or the network until Donald Trump is fired. I’ve called and sent several emails myself today, spend some time and hit Donald Trump where it hurts HIM the most, in his wallet.

Sponsors of Celebrity Apprentice

Enterprise Rental Car

Clorox Bleach

Sprint-Nextel Cellphones

Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Walt Disney Company

Groupon

NBC Executives who might want to know how you feel too.

NBC Entertainment Rebecca Marks Executive Vice President, Publicity 818-777-3030 | Rebecca.Marks@nbcuni.com

Universal Pictures Cindy Gardner Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs 818-777-2581 | Cindy.Gardner@nbcuni.com

Universal Media Studios Curt King Senior Vice President, Publicity 818-777-3655 | Curt.King@nbcuni.com

Adriene Bowles Focus Features President, Worldwide Publicity and Executive VP, Marketing 818-777-7499 | Adriene.Bowles@nbcuni.com

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Media, Politics | 44 Comments

BREAKING! Please President Obama, Knock Out Donald Trump, One Punch!

The President is having a press conference at 9:45 where he will speak about the long form birth certificate that was just released. I hope he fucking knocks Donald Trump out with an uppercut to the chin. I’m not a violent person at all, but I would pay good money to see the President take it to Donald Trump, whether it is rhetorical or physical or both. Below is a photo of it posted by CBS News, I’ll update with the Whitehouse version soon.

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April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama | , | 1 Comment

What Has Our Country Become? A Letter From A Patriot!

This is a comment left on my Comment Policy page that I’m bumping up for you all to read. I can’t verify the veracity, but it reads like the truth to me and I have no reason to doubt Jude. I’ve heard similar stories so I tend to trust his words. Thank you, Jude for sharing this with us.

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April 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama | 2 Comments

Musical Interlude – The One And Only Regi Wooten!

These are some promo videos I made for a guitar instructional DVD that I directed and edited, my brother Rod and Regi produced it. Regi is the oldest of the Wooten Brothers. His brother Victor plays bass (he more than just plays it) with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. If you love guitar, you will love this. He is absolutely amazing and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He performs in Nashville regularly and is going on tour in May. Enjoy Reginald Elijah Wooten, “the Teacha”…

This is the official trailer for the instructional DVD.

The next two are just short promos with some amazing playing. The DVD is available to purchase at www.regiwooten.com.

April 26, 2011 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Krugman, The Critics and Reality

I’ve been frustrated since the beginning of President Obama’s election by the amount of carping from the left. I know Democrats went through a rough primary and there were a lot of open wounds from it on all sides. I think it was amazing that the Obama campaign pulled together enough votes to actually win, although I will admit that the Republicans didn’t do themselves any favors by choosing Sarah Palin as the VP. Doh! But even before the President was inaugurated, you had people beginning the assault from both the left and the right. Those “bitter” Hillary supporters who reluctantly voted for him, who never really knew much about him or his policies or cared to find out, began projecting their own hopes and pet issues onto him as if he had embraced them all along.

The perfect example of this is the Afghanistan War, which candidate Obama talked about expanding and how he was going to finish the job that Bush abandoned with his stupid ass venture into Iraq. I heard it, clearly. I didn’t necessarily agree with him, but understood that at least he was going after the people who had a connection to the attacks of 9/11. I don’t know how many times I had to remind people of that in comment sections of blogs or in face to face discussions. These people didn’t have a clue what he actually said in the campaign, but yet they got up on their little soap boxes and proclaimed that Obama went back on his word. Ah, well, he didn’t. You just weren’t paying attention, now were you?

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April 26, 2011 Posted by | 2012 Election, Budget, Economy, Politics, Professional Left | 2 Comments

It’s The Jobs, Stupid!

I love Eugene Robinson, even though he frequently enables the idiots on “Morning Meme Generator with Joe” and lets things go that should be challenged. But at least he is able to get back on that show to counter some of the crap. I liked his recent post a lot. From Eugene’s Washington Post column…(emphasis mine)

Listening to the debate in Washington, you’d think the nation was absorbed by the compelling saga of deficit reduction. You’d get the impression that in households across America, parents put their children to bed and then stay up half the night sifting through piles of think-tank reports on the kitchen table, trying to calculate whether there will be enough in the Social Security trust fund to pay benefits beyond 2037.

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But the Post poll found this argument untethered to reality. A definitive 78 percent of respondents said they oppose cuts in federal spending on Medicare. An almost equally impressive 69 percent oppose cutting spending on Medicaid. Social Security, the most sacred of bovines, isn’t even on the table — but Republicans and the debt-obsessed commentariat are trying to goad Obama into taking the first whack.

The wise men and women of Washington complain that the American people are sending a contradictory message — that, essentially, they’re acting like spoiled brats who want luxuries they can’t afford. But I think the people are speaking quite clearly and sensibly, and I think politicians had better start listening.

We want an America that takes care of senior citizens in their retirement. We want an America that ensures medical care for the elderly and the poor. We may not yet know how to guarantee these benefits decades from now, but we know precisely where to start: In both surveys, 72 percent of respondents favored raising taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year. Both polls showed some doubt about deep cuts in military spending, but suggested that after the wealthy are asked to contribute their fair share, the defense budget would be the next place to look.

Obama is being slammed by the deficit hawks for not providing “leadership” on the debt. But it turns out that Obama’s position is much closer to that of the American people. A president’s job is not to lead us off a cliff.

It’s kind of funny, in a sad way, that the rest of the media doesn’t seem to be able to make the connection between the President’s position and the American people’s, which are in line with each other. Instead, they have absorbed the Republican meme that “it’s the deficit, stupid”, even though there is no evidence in any polls that the American people are more concerned about deficits than jobs. We need more stimulus, but of course with the Republicans controlling the congress, we all know that will never happen. So instead, we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I blame the idiots in the Professional Left for encouraging people to stay home in 2010. It shows that they clearly do not care for real people, are not progressive in any way and should be run out on a rail…except they probably are against high speed rail, because you know, the President supports it.

April 26, 2011 Posted by | Budget, Economy, Politics | Leave a comment

photo of the day – iPhone cloud pano

High Resolution version available on request.

April 26, 2011 Posted by | Photography, Public Domain | 3 Comments

Uygur and Sirota Gang Up On Joe Madison And Ooze Stupidity!

I have a hard time watching Cenk Uygur, so when this aired originally, I had the sound down and missed it. Thanks to Twitter, I was informed that Joe Madison got the best of them. I don’t think I would characterize it like that, the two blowhards, Uygur and Sirota, talked over him quite a bit, interrupted him constantly and Joe only really set them back at about 9:30 in the clip. I’m issuing a warning to liberals with high blood pressure, this clip will raise it up – so watch with caution.

Cenk is not a progressive or a liberal, so what in the hell qualifies him to talk about liberals at all. He is a Bush hater who is returning to his conservative roots and making bank off it at MSNBC or what I like to refer to as “Fox News II – Your Trump Headquarters.”

“Throwing the baby out with the bath water” is an expression that isn’t just a cute little metaphor to be blown off like happens so often. It is an expression that has been around for a long time in various forms and the warning should be heeded. What comes to my mind is 2000, with Nadarites handing the presidency to George W. (two wars) Bush. Here is a little history on the saying…from Wikipedia

Thomas Carlyle adapted the concept in an 1849 essay on slavery:

“And if true, it is important for us, in reference to this Negro Question and some others. The Germans say, ‘you must empty-out the bathing-tub, but not the baby along with it.’ Fling-out yur dirty water with all zeal, and set it careering down the kennels; but try if you can keep the little child!”[6]

Carlyle is urging his readers to join in the struggle to end slavery, but he also encourages them to be mindful of the need to try to avoid harming the slaves themselves in the process.

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April 25, 2011 Posted by | Media, Politics, Professional Left | 3 Comments

Running From Paul Ryan – Rats Fleeing A Sinking Ship!

I’m just loving the direction that the Republican Party has decided to pursue by hitching their wagon to Paul Ryan and his libertarian ideas. It almost makes me want to create a Jane Hamsher sock puppet to go on their websites and encourage them to “keep it up, you’re doing fine”. I would never do that, who has time, but it’s fun to think about.

I’ve said it before that I never expected that the Republican leadership would get behind Ryan’s plan, with it’s blatant assault on senior citizens who VOTE! But apparently their stupidity knows no bounds. The response at town hall meetings since the announcement of the plan shows that it is backfiring on them big time. They have a lot of explaining to do. From the Washington Post…

Democrats, eager to win back the seniors and independents who abandoned the party in last year’s midterm elections, have declared the vote a “moment of truth” and this week launched a media campaign accusing GOP House members of dismantling Medicare and endangering retirees.

The assault has taken some Republicans by surprise, prompting concerns that the party is ceding ground in a policy debate that GOP strategists already viewed as perilous.

I have a feeling that Paul Ryan is going to be a lonely guy pretty soon, he started a ball rolling down hill that is going to roll right over his party and bring Democratic rule back to the House of Representatives. More from The Washington post…

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published this week found that two-thirds of Americans want Medicare to remain as is. That includes 62 percent of independents and nearly eight in 10 people 65 and older — making for an uphill climb for House Republicans trying to reassure constituents.

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April 25, 2011 Posted by | Budget, Economy, Politics | , | 8 Comments

Selling Michigan To Corporations, One Poor City At A Time!

What is going on in my home State of Michigan is nothing short of outrageous. There really are no adjectives strong enough to describe it, unless you lace them with profanity, which I’m containing myself from doing right now. The national treasure, Rachel Maddow, has thankfully been following this issue and bringing the only national spotlight to this atrocity that I’m aware of. The blogs and Twitter are on fire. When you attack people’s basic rights to representation and put in place a corporate structure for that community – where the assets (land, parks, utilities) are up for auction to the highest bidder, or lowest bidder in some cases, then you are going to cause a backlash. People are rising up and taking action. This will not stand!

Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly has the Rachel Maddow clip from Friday night that has been making the rounds and Steve has plucked some of Rachel’s great reporting from it…(emphasis mine)

We talked a month ago about the remarkable power grab underway in Michigan, where newly-elected Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is now exercising his power to unilaterally fire elected officials, dissolve entire local governments, and impose local dictators “Emergency Managers” without any input from voters. One of the proponents of this new policy called it “financial martial law” — and that was intended to be a defense of the scheme.

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I hope readers will take a few minutes to watch this segment, but there was something Rachel said towards the end of the story that stood out for me: “What is new here is that this state has decided that local elections, locally elected officials are a problem that has to be done away with, that democracy is in the way of fixing problems in the United States now, of making things more efficient, particularly in poor places. Not that democracy is the way we fix problems but that democracy is the problem and it therefore needs to be sidestepped for efficiency sake, for our own good. Governor knows best.

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April 25, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , | 3 Comments

Gratuitous Granddaughter Photos – Easter Edition

I’m sorry, but there are several who like seeing my smart granddaughter, skip this post if you don’t have a heart. :)

April 24, 2011 Posted by | Photography | 3 Comments

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