Monday, April 30, 2012

The problem of ’working from different facts’

More proof of the Republican/tea party fantasy world

The problem of ’working from different facts’

The Republican alternate reality/fantasy

It's becoming abundantly clear that the Republicans live in a reality quite different from the rest of us. In some worlds this is called insanity, in the U.S. today it's called the "Republican brain" (an oxymoron?)

A pox on one of your houses

Friday, April 20, 2012

Emily Montague @ Tribecca Film Festival

Since I live around the corner from the Tribecca Film Festival I always take my camera with me when I go shopping. Here's Emily Montague one of the stars of "Resolution"

Occupy This Album

I just heard a number of cuts from this album - "Occupy This Album" (due out May 15) - on Delphine Blue's "Shocking Blue" on WBAI. Matt Pless wrote & performed this song at Zuccotti Park during the occupation.

Occupy This Album

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ann Romney: Not exactly "Wages for Housework"

The latest campaign kerfuffle, which has occupied all the empty space in the corporate media, after a somewhat silly Obama supporter said of Ann Romney that she "hasn't worked a day in her life." When you first hear the comment it sounds like a put down of women who stay home to care for children. But then let's remember who we are talking about: Ann Romney, wife of multi-millionaire, presidential candidate Mitt Romney. When she says: "My career choice was to be a mom." We're not talking about most women in this society, who work at full-time jobs and then go home to their second "career" being a mom.

The question the corporate media and, unfortunately, the Democrats aren't asking is, how much did Ann Romney actually work in her chosen career? That's essentially what separates her from the few other women who are even able to make that career choice. This is not exactly akin to "wages for housework." I suspect that quite a number of people worked hard keeping the Romney's house and taking care of the Romney boys, but I doubt very much that it was Ann Romney. In fact, as an accomplished equestrian, who has won a number of Grand Prix awards, she has spent as much of her time with her horses as in her chosen career. Now let's talk about the growing inequality in this country and the Republican/Tea Party orchestrated war on 99% of women.

Inequality in the U.S.

93% of all the wealth created bt. 1009-10 went to the top 1% in U.S.
(Sen. Bernie Sanders, "Breakfast with Bernie", The Thom Hartman Show)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ozzie Guillen suspended for speaking his mind

Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for at least five games by the Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball for saying:
"I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother fucker is still here."
Clearly if you work for Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins, the U.S. Constitution doesn't apply to you.

This isn't Guillen's first time in hot water for speaking his mind. And it hasn't always been positive. He's used a homophobic slur against a sportswriter, praised Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and declined to join his former team’s traditional post-championships White House visit, among other flare-ups.

I suspect that this isn't the end of the story. The Gusanos in Miami won't let it go until they get their pound of flesh.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Gil Noble, "Like It Is" will be no longer

For 44 years there was virtually one sane voice in the corporate-owned media. That voice, Gil Noble died today. He became ill last summer and left "Like It Is" the oasis in the desert of Sunday talk shows.

Noble joined WABC in July 1967 as a reporter, and starting in January 1968 became an anchor of its Saturday and Sunday night newscasts. In 1968, he began as co-host of "Like It Is." Until last Summer, at 1PM Sunday, there was only one place to be, if you were at all concerned with the latest developments in the world-wide Black liberation struggle. There was almost no one who was too radical for Gil Noble to interview. He was determined to make the struggle understandable to anyone willing to hear the truth, and maybe even change some minds.

Now that legal lynching of young Black men is back in the picture, Gil Noble's ability to tell It "Like It Is" will be sorely missed.
Others will step up, but they won't have the national stage Gil Noble had. Times they are a changin' but not for the best.