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In Praise of Soul…

by TBird

The great Sam Cooke. Photo credit: audioverdict.com

Few people know it was Irma Thomas who sang “Time is On My Side” before the Stones did.  Soul has always been there, like a backbone to rock n’ roll.  Something to swim in, become inspired by, and then “borrow” from.  Wish Irma had gotten the credit that the Stones did.  Here’s to all that Soul has contributed to our lexicon.  From the buttery goodness of Sam Cooke, to the tortured longing of Otis Redding.  The painful, luscious heights of Irma, regal, uninhibited Aretha, howling bearcat Etta, or any number of blazing hot soul sisters who could curl your toes with sheer, raw soul

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Monday
18
July 2011

Epic Fail!

by TBird

Photo credit: http://www.superpunch.blogspot.com

It’s no wonder those who hate government fail to govern.  It seems, all they’re after, is tearing it down.  All the while, wrapping themselves in the Constitution.  Do they realize, the Constitution, is government?  It’s there, for all of us.  Not just those who want to cherry pick its relevance.  Here in America, we are all supposed to be created equal.  There are no kings.  Money has corrupted our political system.  It’s the elephant in the room that if continued left unchecked, will ruin us.  Whatever happened, to Russ Feingold?  They ran him out of town on a swiftboat? What happened to the McCain/Feingold attempt to rein them in?  Zip.  Supreme Court now says only those with the most money get the most free speech, so I guess some are more equal than others.

Now, those who pretend to “love America” want America to ruin its credit by default.  Maybe the banks will like it that way, when they can charge American taxpayers billions more in higher interest rates, but are they working in the best interests of America?  Do those who hate government, fail at actually governing?

How much do special interests pay, to buy our politicians?

 

 

Who will benefit from higher interest rates on American taxpayers when fiscally reckless Republicans damage our credit through grandstanding? Photo credit: opensecrets.org

Wednesday
13
July 2011

Monopolies, Market Manipulation & Anarchy, oh my!

by TBird


First, for anyone who wants to call themselves a “free market” person, let’s get one thing straight – a manipulated market, is not a free market.  A monopoly, or even a cartel that monopolizes and manipulates the market, is not a free market.  Second, for anyone who wants to pretend they stand for liberty, while actually advocating anarchy and no rules – it is our right to vote on a set of rules we all live by, that separates the self governing Free State from the arbitrary rule of the King’s Slave State.

Let’s get something else straight while we’re at it – rules and regulations that are put in place to protect consumers, taxpayers and ratepayers are there for a reason.  Usually, because someone got hurt.  Badly.  There was a reason they enacted the Glass-Steagall regulations that protected Main Street from Wall Street’s gambling addiction.  After they tore it down, big surprise, the same swindlers who crashed the economy the first time and caused the Great Depression, were at it again.

The only reason we’re not suffering another Great Depression, is because of some more fancy dancing on Wall Street, that still isn’t clear to most of us, and they’re fighting like hell to keep Elizabeth Warren’s watchful eye out of it.  As Wall Street gets back to it’s old gambling ways, betting all our 401ks on predatory schemes and peddling their bullshit all over again,  we still don’t have Glass-Steagall laws in place, nor have any serious measures been taken to curb the orgy of anarchy on Wall Street that even Alan Greenspan admits didn’t “police itself.”  No.  Greed does not police itself.

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Monday
11
July 2011

Playing Chicken with America

by TBird

 

The GOP’s latest game of chicken regarding the debt ceiling is hailed as a solution to our debt, but would result in billions upon billions more we’d have to pay in extra interest charges.  It’s reckless, ridiculous and dangerous for our country.  Why aren’t more people calling them out, for endangering our country this way?  They’re acting like that deadbeat friend who asks you to cosign for something, then ditches out on the debt and leaves you with bad credit.  It’s sickening to watch them fall over themselves to hand out tax breaks and bloated corporate welfare, while punishing the middle class and the entire nation with their hysterical and irrational debt dance that even they admit is all just for show.  In their zeal, do they understand they’re hurting us all?  Fiscal responsibility is more than just curbing spending, it’s also being a good steward to our country, honoring our debts, and protecting our credit rating.

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Thursday
07
July 2011

Finally, someone gets it right.

by TBird

From Elvis to the Beatles, Bowie, James Brown and Hendrix, Little Richard is the originator.  He took what Esquerita was doing and turned it into Womp Bomb a Loom A Womp Bam Boom.  There was never anyone else like him before, and he deserves some serious props.

“Lady Gaga is not the first entertainer to be outrageous and more about theatrics. I mean there was Madonna, then Cher, there was always someone who made us turn our heads and go ‘what the heck was that?'”

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Wednesday
29
June 2011

Wrangling Webs n’ Nets

by TBird

For some odd reason, the only way to see the older posts on this blog, is if you click on the “daily” category.  It’s no doubt something super simple I’ve yet to discover in the maze of tools I need to bone up on, so until then, if you want to see the Mama Grizzly and Mountain of Data posts, or anything in the archives, I guess that’s where to click til I figure out how to wrangle the archive feature.   


Wednesday
29
June 2011

Music Musings for a Lonely Night

by TBird

Like time, drifting slowly down a moonlit horizon, music takes you down the waterfall of your imagination.

Remember your past, even your dance moves.  Carefully pull that record out of its album cover, careful not to touch the middle, only hold it by the sides.

Carefully plop it on the record player, and wait for the hiss…and then…boom.  Little Richard comes to mind.   Chuck Berry.  James Brown, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald.  The crackly pop of the record, the way the music makes the floor boom under your feet and suddenly, it’s as if you’re wearing the Red Shoes, and you can’t stop.

Elvis, full blast, while my dad showed all three of us how to do the jitterbug.  What were we, about 10, 11?  Crocodile rock single, on a little portable single record player, in my room.  My first rock n’ roll experience.  Later, with dad, jitterbugging to Elvis.  Mom just mostly listened to soul records and Motown.  Dad was always playing jazz.

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Wednesday
29
June 2011

Information Highway

by TBird

So you finally joined the super highway through all those “series of tubes?” Think it’s fun to post on facebook and give out all your personal details?  Yes.  It is fun.  Eventually though, someone collects up that data.  They know my family, my home, my work, my every day to day detail.  I think I’m just sharing it with my friends, but the data collectors exist.  Some like to put their head in the sand and pretend they’re not there, that it’s perfectly harmless, to simply give out your personal info., and I’m paranoid to set up a P.O. Box and be careful not give out my real info. on the internet.  Yes, I’ve got the tin foil hat, but now that facebook sold everyone’s home addresses out and all you have to do is press “tab” and all your personal info. simply appears like magic, I guess I’ve got the last laugh. They sold our addresses to people who could knock on your door, while you’re in your pajamas.  Some say, “C’est La Vie..”  I  just don’t agree.

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Tuesday
28
June 2011

Welcome all, to Palomino Road.

by TBird

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wild road twists and shouts, past mustard flowers, sage and rocks, oak, pine, brush, and pink skies, tracking the wisdom and wit of libertines, misfits and rabble rousers.  At some point, it reaches the blue, blue ocean.  Beyond the horizon, is anyone’s guess.  If we rise high like that Palomino, rearing up at both corners, will we get a glimpse of the other side?

No one really knows, of course.  Nothing is certain, but our own ignorance of the unknown.  We seek, we learn, we guess or we take other’s word for it.   Whether you gallop, trot, walk along in peaceful leisure, or stop, drop and rest in some quiet corner, there are places along the road to take refuge.  Watch for tumbleweeds, little streams and wild things.
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Tuesday
28
June 2011

Two Wars, Shorted Economy, Civil Unrest.

by TBird

As two seemingly endless wars drag on, infighting in our country has reached fever pitch.  As our enemies continue to plot on ways to kill us all, many would rather be drumming up racial tensions, so we take our eye off the real threats facing us – a forgotten war, the bloodiest, longest war, in Afghanistan.  Only now revived, surging ahead with Patraeus.  We’ll see if he can fix it.  It’s been the lower war on the totem pole, as Iraq seemed to have gotten the most attention, and resources.

Then there’s the bit with the economy.  Seems a lot of people are getting very rich by shorting the market and betting on those shorts.  Doesn’t really matter what political party they’re in, because crooks will be crooks of all stripes.  If they can find a way to scam, they’ll scam.  There’s a reason we had the Glass Stegal regulations for Wall St.  This happened before.  They deregulated banking, took away Glass Stegal, and all hell’s broken loose again.

photo/graphic credit: http://www.piconetwork.org/ourmoneyourvalues

 

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Sunday
22
August 2010