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Gil Scott-Heron Dead: 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' Author Dies At 62

Commented May 28, 2011 at 00:27:55 in Arts

“In March 2010, Scott-Heron released a CD -- his first new material after years of personal trial and tribulation -- titled "I'm New Here." I blogged about it at the time on HuffPo, with a link to the British Guardian newspaper, which had the audio to the entire CD on their website. That link is STILL up, and STILL live, over a year later, so here it is again. Every song is worth a listen.

R.I.P. Gil.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/feb/02/gil-scott-heron-new-here

snowballinhell on May 28, 2011 at 02:31:39

“Yes, thank you.”

BonzaSheila on May 28, 2011 at 00:48:54

“Thank you for posting this.”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 12:12:40 in Politics

“One quick correction: The proper title is Russian Foreign Minister, not Secretary.

One quick thought: The narrative that Obama was weak by not doubling down on the threat of military strikes, even as Congress balked and Russia devised a way out, reminds me of a joke by Stephen Colbert when he entertained the White House Correspondents' Dinner in '06. President George W. Bush was on the dais, and Colbert was full of faint praise: "The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday."

In other words, it's good to be stalwart, bad to be obstinate, and leadership must know the difference, especially in the face of changing circumstances. Thanks to UN weapons inspectors, George W and the world learned prior to the invasion of Iraq that Saddam had no WMD and nothing to do with 9/11, yet we plowed ahead regardless. Barack Obama, on the other hand, pivoted when a possible solution to Assad's chemical weapons presented itself. That isn't weakness. It's realpolitik, the politics of adaptation to things as they are.”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 14:16:54 in Politics

“I agree that Obama wasn't bluffing. The U.S. military was no doubt targeting key military sites to hit, and we'd have backed up the threat, even though the goal was -- is -- to get the Russians and Syria (their client state, after all) to do the right thing about Assad's chemical weapons. We were working two angles. A pincer move, basically, and one of the pincer's was diplomatic.”

Michael Sandy on Sep 11, 2013 at 17:51:41

“And Russian ships almost certainly conveyed to Assad that US ships were indeed going through all the preparations and maneuvers that they would if a strike was planned.”

DK in MS on Sep 11, 2013 at 15:02:47

“BTW, I respect authors who step into the discussion after their article has been published.

Thanks.”

DK in MS on Sep 11, 2013 at 14:37:51

“Exactly. It's tired, overused, and completely appropriate to once again borrow from Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 02:22:40 in Politics

“You write that Barack Obama has gone through his political career with an "uncanny ability" to play "the opposition without their ever even noticing." I agree the guy is good. But you give him better kudos than I can match. I'm merely complimenting him on being a deliberative and global player. LBJ was, too, but I still don't think the LBJ thing plays into this current scene. Thank you for reading, and responding.”

OldWhiteMale on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35:41

“I have to with Steinman on this. I see the connection he makes and think it is valid. I also suffer the same disappointment and feelings of betrayal over the President. Ie., fracking, warming, justice department, consumer protection, universal health care, wall street, Afghanistan, immigration, non-violent criminal incarcerations, NSA, workplace reforms, Sommers.....etc. Me having to change my expectations wasn't, the "Change," I was expecting. Shame on me, I'm old enough to have known better. However, I did vote for him instead of Clinton because he wasn't as conservative as she is.”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 01:07:07 in Politics

“So you don't like Obama pressing Russia to get their "client state" Syria to back off of its chemical weapons use? That's the gist of your comment. The LBJ connection I don't get at all (Obama is a Boy Scout compared), but you can enlighten in follow-up comments.”

Steinman Jones on Sep 11, 2013 at 01:57:53

“Not at all. Obama has pushed the right buttons with the Russians. The president in my opinion is a classic right-leaning corporate centrist; not who I thought I voted for. What Obama has in common with LBJ is his uncanny ability to play the opposition without their ever noticing.”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 00:42:31 in Politics

“Well, very much an issue domestically, but the connection to this foreign policy issue, the focus of this blog, is tenuous. But thank you for that.”
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1963-2013: Between Dr. King and Bob Dylan

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 00:00:46 in Black Voices

“A side note: As it so happened, while Dylan was performing at the historic March On Washington, August 28, 1963, a criminal verdict was handed down 34 miles away in Baltimore, in a case the Bard would later sing about.

William Zantzinger (Dylan removed the "t" from his name) was the antagonist in Dylan's real-life tale of a Baltimore hotel worker, Hattie Carroll. She died eight hours after Zantzinger's drunken, unprovoked assault at a charity ball. He was charged with murder, later reduced to manslaughter. A smug-filled trial ultimately produced a paltry six month sentence on the very day of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jackson-williams/dylans-the-lonesome-death_b_157120.html

PhilTListener on Aug 20, 2013 at 08:25:40

“The same charge should have been handed to George Z.”
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Rick Perry Bails Out: Run Statewide, Wendy Davis!

Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 10:44:50 in Politics

“A commenter writes that "most Hispanic Americans are Catholic and the Catholic Church opposes abortion." I thank the commenter for the enlightenment, but what would be a revelation is learning that American Catholics, whether Hispanic or non, now take direction from edicts issued by the Vatican. Indeed, we know that American Catholics do not. The commenter adds that "If abortion becomes a major election issue, it is not clear how Hispanics will choose to vote." Abortion has been a major election issue -- off and on -- for many decades. Hispanics, when they vote, choose Democrats, and for a host of reasons, too. Always have.”
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Rick Perry Bails Out: Run Statewide, Wendy Davis!

Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 23:42:20 in Politics

“Are you suggesting that Hispanic women are uniquely different? You know, Catholic women have supported birth control, family planning, for decades. Why do you suppose that this particular group of women, apart from any other group, now lends themselves to your point of view that less access to women's health care is better? Are you familiar with the particulars of the Texas law? It's draconian, and meant to be....for....women. That's the goal, the whole point of these restrictions by the Republican religious right.”

Know-some-secrets on Jul 14, 2013 at 01:14:50

“I am not "suggesting" anything.  I am stating the fact that most Hispanic Americans are Catholic. The Catholic Church opposes abortion.  If abortion becomes a major election issue, it is not clear how Hispanics will choose to vote.   What part of that is untrue?

You should be shouting  at the Catholic Church, not me. ”
huffingtonpost entry

The Rhymers' Club, Part One: Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 17:24:49 in Arts

“Enlightening, enjoyable read. Thank you for it. A slight correction:

In his song about the Titanic, Dylan's words are actually "When the Reaper's task had ended / Sixteen hundred HAD GONE TO REST / The good, the bad, the rich, the poor / The loveliest and the best."”
huffingtonpost entry

The Rhymers' Club, Part One: Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 17:13:16 in Arts

“Enlightening and enjoyable read. Thank you for it. A slight correction:

In his song about the Titanic, Dylan's words are actually "When the Reaper's task had ended / Sixteen hundred HAD GONE TO REST / The good, the bad, the rich, the poor / The loveliest and the best."”
huffingtonpost entry

Most Telling Moment of the Wendy Davis Texas Senate Filibuster

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 23:57:48 in Politics

“Thanks, "Lucinda." (That is one of her songs.) To carry forward your point, the Democratic Governor of Texas in the '60s, John Connally, an LBJ acolyte (shot with JFK in the motorcade in Dallas), famously waited to convert to Republican status until after Lyndon died in '69. Out of respect, he refused to do so while his protégé was still alive, but then joined Nixon's cabinet in '71 as Treasury Secretary.”
huffingtonpost entry

Most Telling Moment of the Wendy Davis Texas Senate Filibuster

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 13:28:14 in Politics

“@Portlandia, good catch. I'd forgotten that the senator in question from back in '77, Bill Meier, actually had a "D" by his last name. Of course, until the '80s and '90s, although Democrats were officially the majority party in both houses of the Texas legislature, the members were almost uniformly conservative in spirit and outlook. The state was red even when it was blue. The reason they ran for office as "D's" had more to do with the decades-long tradition of voting for Democrats than anything else, and this was true not only in Texas but in state legislatures and county courthouses throughout the South. Ronald Reagan's victory in '80 and reelection in '84 did much to convert all those "D's" into "R's." Indeed, Texas went from being a one-party state (Democrats) to being a one-party state (Republicans) without ever passing through purple.”

SixBlocksAway on Jun 28, 2013 at 22:41:00

“Bill Meier was a Democrat at that time, but he changed his party affiliation to Republican in 1981. Just for the record.”
Turning Texas Blue (or at Least Purple): Bet On It

Turning Texas Blue (or at Least Purple): Bet On It

Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 22:57:47 in Politics

“It's true that Texas won't turn blue tomorrow, and not before passing through purple, yet purple is closer that you realize. Texas isn't as red as assumed. There was a new Gallup poll out two weeks ago ranking the state as only the 17th most conservative, and that's after more than a decade of 100% hard-right control of state government! Indeed, those who self-identify in the new poll as "moderate" or "liberal" constitute a full 55% of Gallup respondents. Those in the East Texas hinterland still have clout, but my blog entry detailed the urban numbers and how they are solidly in the purple-to-blue camp. As for your #7 (the state's GOP is more libertarian), that doesn't suggest the state is more red, it merely suggests the state's GOP is more red, more Tea Party than ever. Libertarian today is far right. It's well beyond, say, legalizing pot, something people across all political lines might agree on. Libertarian has turned hard-core, and it fails with voters. Ron Paul failed with Lone Star State voters when he ran statewide. Deborah Medina failed when she ran for Governor (which I admit surprised me). The truth is that demographics are destiny, always have been, and it isn't just "ethnic demographics" as you put it, but 20-something voters of all colors.

Many worship at an alter where seeing our own reflection in the pool is proof enough. It doesn't make it reality. Thanks for reading, and your comments.”

762libertarian on Feb 17, 2013 at 08:44:22

“For the record, I haven't voted for Rick Perry since 02, and looking back now I would have probably voted for Tony Sanchez. It says something about a state like Texas when you have a governor the majority of people can't stand, and the opposition party can't run a candidate worth voting for. Also, thanks largely to our current president and his actions, I have democratic friends who will never vote democrat ever again, some of which voted for Obama in 08. As for Hispanics....I have Hispanic friends who own the same firearms this president wants banned. They are also very pro life, and they don't like the idea of having extra money taken out of their paycheck for a state income tax. Unlike people like me who support gay rights, many of them don't. You think that helps the party's case? I understand what your saying, and I greatly respect you taking the time to have a productive conversation with me. I will agree, the Texas democratic drought won't last forever, but that change will come only when the Democratic Party makes the decision to move more towards the values of our state, and less towards the interests of the DNC, and the party's national agenda.”

762libertarian on Feb 17, 2013 at 08:28:43

“I personally have no problem with either marijuana legalization or for that matter gay marriage. I understand fully that these are more left leaning libertarian ideas and while I don't boo the Democratic Party in Texas for supporting such ideas, thanks largely to gun control, the idea of a state income tax (and other reasons) those ideas are not enough to get me to vote democratic. The problem with the Democratic Party in Texas is they seem to think that running a state campaign on national agenda talking points works. For the most part it doesn't. If you really want to see Texas turn blue, take a lesson from Brian Schweitzer in Montana. Run some democrats who are as pro gun as the republicans. Run democrats with a more rural lean. I don't have a problem with wind and solar energy, quit attacking natural gas and oil. If the Democratic Party put Texas first before Washington DC, our state would be more than purple right now. We need more democrats like Brian Schweitzer, and less like Chris Bell, or Bill White. Until the democrats recognize this disconnect, they won't make much progress.”
10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Champagne

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Champagne

Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 18:41:26 in Home

“@jimbarry1946, my late model Mercedes sedan, full size, has a recommended tire pressure of 27 in the front and rear. I imagine most four door sedans (from, say a Nissan Maxima to an Audi A4) are similar in weight, so a champagne bottle is indeed more than three times the pressure of an average automobile tire, just as the article states. People always over-inflate their tires, or perhaps you're thinking only of SUVs.

As for the James Bond question: the character is usually shown ordering and drinking a martini just once per film, while he's generally handed a glass of Champagne at various parties two or three times per film.

Other than that, your comments are spot on. Happy New Year!”

Parkite on Jan 1, 2012 at 20:42:37

“People may originally "over inflate" their tires, but most people don't keep up with the correct tire pressure.”

NorthwestBBQ on Dec 31, 2011 at 19:36:29

“You nailed it Jack! Fanned.”
Justices Kagan And Thomas Should Recuse Themselves

Justices Kagan And Thomas Should Recuse Themselves

Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 22:13:35 in Politics

“You're right, taikan, I didn't get into an exploration of modern supreme court shamelessness. That would have made for a much longer post!

We can grade tough or we can grade on the curve. I think Federalist Society jurists like Scalia and Thomas push the envelope as activists, but it opens a can of worms. How far do we open it? Should Supreme Court justices routinely recuse, creating lots of decisions that are decided at less than full strength? That could diminish the court's importance in a way untenable to the shaky nature of the three-legged stool that is our federal architecture. And would this mean that Justice Ginsburg can't attend a dinner in her honor by, say, the mainstream ACLU?

But you're right. Scalia and Thomas flouting ideology so openly while simultaneously swearing fealty to impartiality is bad business and diminishes the body. In this current case of the health care law, getting Thomas to recuse would be a powerful statement, even with the sacrificial loss of Kagan. I'm not sure repubs really want to go there.”
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Republican Presidential Debate Turns Into Strange Faculty Lounge

Commented Oct 12, 2011 at 02:07:04 in Politics

“Tonight, barring unforeseen calamity, Willard Mitt Romney won the nomination. In the Bloomberg/Washington Post placement of the combatants, he got to stay center stage, while Rick Perry was moved away from him, a slot to the viewer's left, next to goofy Michele Bachmann. That's a letdown for the kid from Paint Creek, and it showed for the whole two hours as Romney basically conducted a Bain Capital board meeting, which the seated format encouraged. He ran the whole thing. Meanwhile, the Texas gov looked (and I think felt) weak and diminished, unable to puff up his chest and strut his shoulders like he would behind a podium. And his haircut? It looked like the Alfalfa kid from the old "Our Gang" comedies, remember? Almost parted down the middle, missing only that weird piece sticking up in the back.

Perry was a weak sister and several others outshined him. Howard Fineman is correct that he knew it.”
huffingtonpost entry

Gil Scott-Heron Dead: 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' Author Dies At 62

Commented May 28, 2011 at 00:27:55 in Arts

“In March 2010, Scott-Heron released a CD -- his first new material after years of personal trial and tribulation -- titled "I'm New Here." I blogged about it at the time on HuffPo, with a link to the British Guardian newspaper, which had the audio to the entire CD on their website. That link is STILL up, and STILL live, over a year later, so here it is again. Every song is worth a listen.

R.I.P. Gil.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/feb/02/gil-scott-heron-new-here

snowballinhell on May 28, 2011 at 02:31:39

“Yes, thank you.”

BonzaSheila on May 28, 2011 at 00:48:54

“Thank you for posting this.”
Conservatives Ignore Their Own Recent Views of Gaddafi

Conservatives Ignore Their Own Recent Views of Gaddafi

Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 18:21:57 in Politics

“Countess, I wouldn't characterize the no-fly zone effort re Libya as a war. The no-fly zones we had in place against Iraq and Saddam Hussein throughout the 1990s were not a war, either.

After Bush the Elder's Operation Desert Storm, Bill Clinton continued the no-fly zones that peacefully contained Saddam Hussein another eight years. The upshot? Baghdad's bully morphed into the mother of all empty suits, thanks to a decade-long approach by Republicans and Democrats that was agreed to by Saddam's own neighboring countries. Bush the Lesser need never have toppled the guy as a bizarre response to 9/11, because we'd already toppled him through peaceful means, and arms inspectors largely confirmed that he had no WMD before Bush invaded. Yes, we did it with military aircraft, but certainly not by war.

The current crisis could well follow a similar path. Of course, it bears close observation.”
Arizona and

Arizona and "Second Amendment Remedies"

Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 19:27:36 in Politics

“True, and the assailant's insanity (temporary or otherwise) may well be a viable legal option. But that one sentence you cite doesn't stand alone, in isolation. It's part of what came before and after, obviously.

My point was that his mental instability in no way excuses the kind of gun rhetoric that now flows freely from the far Right. I can hear Sharron Angle right now: "Oh, my goodness, that guy was nuts, so nothing I've said can possibly be construed as inciting violence."

This is what these politicians do. They engage in dangerous hot house rhetoric, and then when people (albeit unstable people) act on what they've been constantly fed, the politician jumps up and pleads innocent, washing their hands of any responsibility.”

mamadillo on Jan 9, 2011 at 21:58:26

“This is the same situation abortion providers have faced since Christmas Day 1984, when four young adults firebombed three clinics in Pensacola, Florida, as a "gift to the baby Jesus."

They weren't deranged; they were merely zealots who bought into the "baby killer" rhetoric that was then and now tossed about freely and without concern for any consequences. Since 1993 nine doctors and employees of abortion clinics have been murdered and another 22 grievously injured. None of the murderers were found to be mentally ill; with only one known exception, all were ardently anti-abortion and many were connected with local protest groups.

Abortion-rights activists have argued since the late 70's that vitriolic rhetoric all to often becomes a catalyst for violence. The shootings in Tucson are the newest indicator of the truth of that argument.”
Arizona and

Arizona and "Second Amendment Remedies"

Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 22:15:17 in Politics

“Of course Sharron Angle and Harry Reid are from Nevada, not Utah. A dumb mistake since corrected, and thank you for pointing it out.”
John Wheeler Surveillance Video Surfaces In Murder Mystery

John Wheeler Surveillance Video Surfaces In Murder Mystery

Commented Jan 6, 2011 at 02:45:19 in Politics

“Questions, questions. This AP/HuffPo story recounts the parking garage attendant's encounter with Wheeler. Based on her description (and the video surveillance taken before her encounter), why didn't she call it in? Sure, what appeared to her as a disoriented drunk in a suit looking for his car after work (6:40 PM) ain't the latest thing. And she may have hoped he'd just walk away once he realized his car wasn't there, which he did, apparently. Still, this was in the county courthouse garage in Wilmington, Delaware, downtown I bet. That's no backwater. Surely the attendants know to report suspicious or dangerous behavior at a place like that.

Maybe he had a brain tumor, or was poisoned. The attendant couldn't know, of course, but even if Wheeler was drunk or suicidal, calling it in to nearby cops seems obvious and would have triggered personnel to save his life, possibly other lives if he got behind the wheel, and possibly uncover an unfolding criminal act....his or others. The story doesn't say what the attendant did or didn't do.

Did the guy really wander around the 5-mile area of New Castle and Wilmington for 48 hours in this condition, with not a single person reacting in a way that might effect positive change? Weird.”

VOTER on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:29:14

“I agree with you.

Someone is robbed of their briefcase and the attendant doesn't call 911 to 
secure the area and find out if the robbers are still in the area?
Weird.”

Lisse Kono on Jan 6, 2011 at 08:36:25

“I do have one more question.... if he spent 48 hours 'disoriented' wondering around town.... why hasn't it surface a missing person report from his family???? nobody missed the guy for 2 days????”

Ishmael1 on Jan 6, 2011 at 08:01:47

“This behavior would also be consistent with a mild stroke.”

Greg Bell on Jan 6, 2011 at 03:23:36

“Not really. This report says that many people offered him help, which he declined. People not wanting to become further involved in the troubles of others may be disappointing but it is hardly a surprise.”
Tom DeLay Trial Reaches Closing Arguments

Tom DeLay Trial Reaches Closing Arguments

Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 14:58:28 in Politics

“From closing arguments today:

At several points during his closing argument, {DeLay lead attorney} Dick DeGuerin used an apple and an orange to make his point that the money from the RNC to the Texas candidates wasn't dirty money — at one point passing an orange to his associate sitting nearby who had an apple.

“You can’t give that orange to Tom,” he told the associate, so she then handed the apple to DeLay.

“I haven’t given an orange to Tom either directly or indirectly,” DeGuerin told the jury. “That’s what happened here.”

OK, if the great Dick DeGuerin can deign to use the old apples and oranges argument, then prosecutors should try my equally simple but clear argument here at Huffington Post about right pocket/left pocket:

If I take $100 of your illegal drug money, put it in my right pocket and then give you $100 from my left pocket, we've both engaged in the same thing; money laundering. Seems simple enough.

DeLay contends, however, that it isn't criminal because -- get this -- the money from my left pocket wasn't drug money! "It's different money," DeGuerin has claimed repeatedly with a barely straight face. Never mind that it's the dictionary definition of the crime.

Surely this jury knows money laundering when they see it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jackson-williams/justice-delayed-doesnt-ha_b_785518.html

YOKEL13 on Nov 22, 2010 at 15:24:32

“On the other hand, we're talking about Texas,,,, what do Texans know about laundry?”
Glenn Beck Explains George Soros Conspiracy Theory On 'O'Reilly Factor' (VIDEO):

Glenn Beck Explains George Soros Conspiracy Theory On 'O'Reilly Factor' (VIDEO):

Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 18:16:16 in Media

“Beck isn't 100% accurate about anything, much less George Soros. Beck's not even 50% accurate about anything. By his own admission he's just a "rodeo clown," and more recently he's added religious flim-flam man to his repertoire of stock characters.

He's a modern-day Elmer Gantry, only without the talent.”
Political Scientists Forecast Big Losses For Democrats In 2010 Midterm Elections

Political Scientists Forecast Big Losses For Democrats In 2010 Midterm Elections

Commented Sep 6, 2010 at 16:25:13 in Politics

“The dems will lose seats this year, a circumstance that historically happens to the party in control of the White House in a midterm. Still, we should remember that the Tea Party is NOT some "third party movement." It's simply the Republican base voter, the far-right wing of the Republican Party.

There is this misimpression across the land that the tea partiers are going to join forces with the repubs and wax the dems. The tea partiers can't join forces with the repubs because they already ARE the repubs. After all, the tea partiers didn't vote for the dem majority that took congress in '06, and they sure didn't vote for Obama in '08.

So, yes, the dems will lose seats in November. The party in power usually does in midterms. But the extent of repub gains is cloudy.

It's the true Independent voter, not the already-Republican tea party voter, who the Democrats should worry about.”

judibluiz on Sep 6, 2010 at 16:30:33

“Very nicely written. Unfortunately the true independent voter is usually a low information voter.”

FlamingLibrul on Sep 6, 2010 at 16:28:16

“I think the vast majority of so-called independents are also disgruntled righties. And you're right, no pun intended- the Dems should worry about them.”
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