Friday, May 08, 2015

Thank You Joni

"With Joni Mitchell especially in our hearts at this time, we celebrate her legacy on Friday, May 8 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. "

"Though the great Joni Mitchell remains too infirm to attend the SFJAZZ Gala that's being held in her honor tonight, the event is nevertheless moving forward and will feature tribute performances of her music by special guests Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Laurie Antonioli, and others."

Friday, April 24, 2015

Campaign Yawns

It looks like I'm not the only one fed up with the media-driven, endless presidential campaigns.

The Campaign That Ate America's Brain by Tom Tomorrow:
"Hey, isn't it time for the presidential campaign to commence?"

"The election is a mere nineteen months away!"

Candidate Kit by Mark Fiore:
It’s that time again, when people delve into a presidential candidate’s eating habits, transportation habits and hair styles.

American Politics: Why the Thrill is Gone by George Packer:
Since I was eight years old, and the Republican candidates were named Nixon, Rockefeller, and Reagan, and the Democrats were Humphrey, Kennedy, and McCarthy, I’ve been passionate about American politics, as a student, a witness, and a partisan. Politics was in my blood, at the family dinner table, in my work and my free time. But at some point in the past few years it went dead for me, or I for it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Love of Money

"Our workers should not be asked to compete against people who are making 56¢ an hour."
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose: ISDS ("Investor-State Dispute Settlement")

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "This isn’t a partisan issue. Conservatives who believe in U.S. sovereignty should be outraged that ISDS would shift power from American courts, whose authority is derived from our Constitution, to unaccountable international tribunals. Libertarians should be offended that ISDS effectively would offer a free taxpayer subsidy to countries with weak legal systems. And progressives should oppose ISDS because it would allow big multinationals to weaken labor and environmental rules."

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Joni Mitchell

"Joni has been hospitalized. We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know."

"We're only particles of change--I know, I know--orbiting around the sun." Hang in there, Joni, though. Stardust and so human. I love you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gov. Mike Pence still news on Tuesday

No one is better at playing 'Yes-No-or-George' than Governor Mike Pence.


"Not-so-hidden agenda ..."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

George, George, George, George

Democrats Don't Vote

I am too old for rude awakenings but I guess that's how it goes for a die-hard idealist. I really was surprised last year, when Indiana Democrats held a get-out-the-vote rally in Fort Wayne and nobody showed. By that I mean, in a gathering where it was easy to see each and every face, there was a grand total of two individuals I knew personally. Where was everybody else and why did this rally not matter to them?

Duh, Mr. Last-To-Know: Democrats don't vote.

Republicans have been knowing this all along and saying it out loud because it doesn't matter how loudly you say it. It matters not to Democrats. It matters to Republicans because it means hey we just need a few more votes to win.

In fact, I guess I did stick my fingers in my ears and simply wish upon a star that maybe everybody had the shits this time or everybody was on the rag; but for sure, for sure, for sure they will show up for the crucial vote!


Now that I know that I know it, we all know it. Democrats don't vote.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Indiana Christians Gone Wild

I think they've had enough of that "love the sinner" business. Freedom to repress restored by Governor Pence.

Tolerance for hate groups in Indiana?

Indianapolis Recorder, Jan. 2015

"Indiana has no hate crime law."

Twitter goes wild

Raw Story

"...will bathrooms and water fountains be labeled straights only? How will we know?"