Any band in any genre of music, be it rock, country, classical or jazz can’t make it two and a half decades based solely on pure dumb luck. Fourplay defied the critics who dismissed them as pop schlock when they debuted in 1991 and shook off the haters who never thought they would still be here 25 years later. The secret for the quartet’s staying power is right there in the name: Fourplay. Four talented, versatile and experienced master musicians playing together. Nobody is the front man and nobody is first among equals.
When Fourplay dropped their eponymous debut, one reviewer described it as “between jazz, R&B, and pop with an emphasis on lightweight originals, soulful and moderately funky rhythms, and predictable radio-friendly music.” Not exactly a critical endorsement.
Though dissed and dismissed by the cognoscenti, no band lasts 25 years on slick sounds and dumb luck alone. Fourplay not only endures, but thrives as being a group people love to listen to even if critics hate to. Beyond the commercial success, the band’s longevity is in no small part because they are a band. Lee Ritenour, East and Mason all were part of James’ band for Grand Piano Canyon (Warner Bros, 1990) and from those sessions a superband was born. The fact they are still here when bands have largely vanished from jazz is a credit to their ability to sublimate the individual ego for the collective good of the group as well as the groove.
Let’s talk about “super groups.” In rock n’ roll, established acts team up in a group all the time and watch the money roll in, but most of these pairings are merely cynical cash grabs for the short term. Jazz has always seen collaborations, but most of these super groups barely last beyond a few albums before calling it a day.One of the biggest problems in jazz today is there are too many solo acts and not enough bands. There are things a musician can only learn in a band and one of them not every idea is always a good idea. In a band there’s someone there to say, “Nah…don’t like that one. Let’s try something else” and that idea which was all wrong for a band might be perfect for a solo record.No relationship—musical or otherwise—lasts two-and-a-half decades without disagreements, conflicts and personality clashes. Fourplay has kept whatever internal dramas are going on in-house and out of the press. Ritenour exits and Larry Carlton enters with no drop-off. Carlton leaves and is replaced by Loeb and all three guitarists are back in the fold for Silver and some two-plus decades later that’s it for the personnel changes.Quiet as its kept, Loeb has somewhat supplanted James as the principal instrumentalist. No knock on James. He’s still killin’ it on the keyboards, but Loeb is leading from the front whether its his subtle stylings on “Horace” (as in Horace Silver—get it?) or flat out rocking out on “Silverado” duking it out with Carlton as they swap guitar licks. Ritenour lays back a bit more on “Windmill,” but its good to hear him back in the fold for the first time since 1994.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZODwJ4BsRI
Don’t sleep on James though because while he turns 76 in December and contributes only two of the ten tracks, they’re two of the strongest with the aforementioned “Horace” and the lush and gorgeous “Mine.” James is still the major domo of Fourplay, but he has gracefully shared the throne with his “younger” bandmates, Mason, East and Loeb.
The the major takeaway from Silver is simply this. Fourplay is not Bob James and his backup band or the Harvey Mason Quartet or the Nathan East Group or the Chuck Loeb Crew. Fourplay is, and has always been a band, and one of the most enduring, accomplished and greatest bands in jazz. Silver is as much a proud statement of resilience as it a triumphant celebration of achievement.
We checked out Spectre in a near-empty theater and after watching it I figured out why. It was okay, and I liked it better than my wife and son, but I won’t remember a thing about it in another week. It looks big, but it comes up small. Spectre is the Avengers: Age of Ultron of the fall movie season.
There was an impressive tracking shot, eye-popping, opening pre-title sequence, a sexy Bong girl in Lea Sedoux and a wasted one in Monica Bellucci (whatsamatter Bond? Don’t like women in your age group?), Christoph Waltz playing exactly who you think he’s supposed to play as he explains his evil plan and I wasn’t impressed one bit by the “big reveal”.
Spectre marks Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as Ian Fleming’s super spy and it comes in at his third best Bond; far behind Casino Royale and Skyfall but way ahead of Quantum of Solace, (and that’s a pretty low bar to clear).
The thing which has always saved the Bond franchise is knowing when its time for a course correction. When Roger Moore got too old to be Bond, he was eased into the rocking chair and Timothy Dalton stepped into the tuxedo for two lackluster entries. Dalton was a dud, so Pierce Brosnan replaced him and made one really good movie and three more with each being progressively worse.
Knocked into irrelevance by the triple whammy of the putrid Die Another Day, Mike Meyers mockery via Austin Powers and Jason Bourne stealing all Bond’s bad-ass credibility, Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli rebooted Bond with a meaner and tougher Bond who preferred his enemies shot and dead to his martinis shaken and stirred.
Everything about this movie is overly familiar. The car chases, the fight scenes, the lair of the evildoers, Bond going rogue. Check off the list and I’ve seen ’em all before. Sure, they’re done well here, but they have all been done better in other Bonds.
One reason Quantum of Solace was so lousy it was rushed out to beat a writer’s strike and boy, did it show in the final product. Spectre wasn’t a rush job, but it feels too busy and way too bogged down with a plodding plot. I haven’t quite figured out why this one missed more than it hit, but it did. The conclusion back in London felt tacked on because there just had to be one to make an already long move run a little longer.
After a decade of Craig, who says he’s sick of the role, it could be time to do another hard reboot of Bond, but unless he can get out of his contract, Craig has signed for one more turn in the tuxedo. No spoilers, but despite Spectre leaves a crack in the door for a Craig exit, the end credits still announce “James Bond Will Return.”
Sure he will because the Bond franchise has become a license not only to kill, but to print money and you can bet the producers will offer Craig plenty to sign on. When asked if he would play the part again, Craig sounds like he means it when he says, “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
But move on to what? Craig made three films between Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, four before Skyfall and none at all until Spectre landed three years later. His biggest non-Bond flick was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a modest hit offset by bombs like The Invasion, Dream House and Cowboys and Aliens.
Don’t call your agent yet, Idris Elba. Mr. Craig might be done with Mr. Bond but Mr. Bond might not be done with Mr. Craig.
And I’m still frosty over how Monica Bellucci disappeared. At 51, Bellucci was one of the oldest actresses cast as a love interest for 007 and she remarked she wasn’t a “Bond girl” but a “Bond woman” instead.
Joke’s on you, Monica. Your part was so brief you barely qualify as a Bond booty call.
Yesterday was Friday the 13th. Maybe you had a bad day. Paris had a much worse night.
First things first: after the latest terror attack by ISIS which left over 120 people dead was an obscene act of evil. Secondly, and this should be obvious, a lot of men will have to die for this.
I want the ones who trained them and the ones who indoctrinated them and the ones who financed them. Those are the ones whom should be put down the same way you’d put down a rabid dog. Coldly, efficiently and with great finality. If it’s painful, that’s a bonus.
This may not seem the expected and proper response from a lifelong liberal and admirer of King and Gandhi. I’ll cop to that, but then I’ve always been an admirer of Malcolm X too. I always liked the part about, “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery” and a lot of someones need to be sent to the cemetery for this.
We are at war. At war with radical, extremist and merciless groups of Islamic terrorists. You can’t buy them off with arms or by building a Starbucks in their neighborhood. You can’t bribe them. You can’t convert them. You can’t negotiate a peace treaty with them. You can’t do any of the things you’d try to do before throwing up your hands and declaring, “Nothing else seems to be working. I guess I’ll just kill you and see if that works.”
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not fresh off the Fox Nation comment page. I’m not calling for war against 1.6 billion Muslims. Trying to take out a quarter of the world’s population is a heavy lift and I don’t care what anyone says: Islam is not the enemy. Islamic extremists are and I’m highly in favor of taking them out.
If they are hiding among the non-radicalized those are the ones with whom common ground must be reached so they can be isolated and eliminated like a cancer spreading from one area to destroy the rest. The radicals are killing more Muslims than anybody else and its in the best interests of the majority of peaceful followers of true Islam to purge from their ranks those that defile the religion for their own twisted purposes.
Islam is being defined by its most dangerous fringes and Westerners can’t rid Islam of the forces which pervert it. It gets harder and harder to keep saying “Islam is a religion of peace” when a lunatic fringe is defining it to the world as a religion of aggressive, pitiless war.
Is what happened in Paris purely coincidental coming immediately are the reported death of Jihadi John? Maybe, but I don’t believe in coincidences. The hopefully late and unlamented Jihadi John once said, “We love death like our enemies love life.” Okay. Let’s test that theory. Let’s love the bastards. Let’s love them to death.
Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don’t oppose all wars.
My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don’t oppose all wars.
After Sept. 11, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.
What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
I don’t want a dumb or rash war either, but I am convinced we are in a war with Islamic State and what occurred in Paris was an act of war. I’m not calling for war against 1.6 billion Muslims. I’ll be blunt: Muslims are not the enemy. Islam is not the enemy. Radical Islamic extremism IS the enemy.
The annoying thing about enemies like Islamic State is they are essentially cowards who target the softest of targets then scurry back to their rat holes among the civilian populace.
You cannot destroy Islamic State from a safe distance. You cannot kill an evil ideology with smart bombs. You have to find what are the best long-term and short-term solutions to bring to bear against these extremists. Long-term, cut off their funding, expose their corruption of Islam, and counter their recruitment efforts. Those who say retaliation will only bolster the ranks of Islamic State miss the point that pulling off simultaneous terror attacks and multiple locations and killing over 120 Parisians IS a recruitment effort. Doing nothing only emboldens these rats and next time it may be in London, Tokyo, New York or someplace closer to your homeland.
That’s the long-term. It will be expensive. It will cost lives both military and civilian. It won’t be easy, but defending what you believe in and cherish never is. Enjoy freedom? Be ready to defend it then. Or surrender it and see how life under Islamic State works for you.
The short-term solution? They’re coming to kill us. We kill them first.
Most of the time releasing a live album is a good way to mark time between trips to the studio as they are quick and easy cash grabs where a musician sells the fans a cheap ticket to a show they weren’t at. The Rolling Stones are masters of this slick tactic with no less than a dozen official live albums in their discography.
The fatal flaw with live albums is they are audio representations of a visual performance. This is a flaw resolved by Keiko Matsui as she goes all-in on Live in Tokyo, a CD and DVD document of her two-year tour in support of Soul Quest (Shanachie, 2013).
Live In Tokyo leans hard on Soul Quest (Shanachie, 2013), with seven of the 13 tracks coming from that album where Matsui fully embraced her smooth jazz following. The Keiko Matsui Sound formerly represented an East-meets-West hybrid of classical, New Age and jazz with a Japanese flourish provided by ex-husband Kazu Matsui’s shakahuchi. That part of sound vanished eight years ago after they divorced. A different sort of soul quest began which took Keiko Matsui to Africa and that lid a creative spark in the brilliantly underrated Moyo (Shout Factory, 2007)
Since then, Matsui has released two albums of new material and now a live CD/DVD. Now live jazz albums rarely rise to the raucous level of Frampton Comes Alive!, but this audience is so quiet and polite you may forget it is is a live album. That’s okay, because this is still a great showcase for Matsui as not only a superb pianist, composer and arranger, but as a bandleader.
On stage Soul Quest gets a shot of energy played live that was missing in the studio which suffered a bit too much from overproduction. Stripped down to a hot five-piece band, Matsui is welcomes special guests Kirk Whalum and Chuck Loeb who both played on Soul Quest,as they faithfully reproduce the album. Taking it to the stage was a smart move by Matsui and Shanachie Records which deserves kudos because some labels would not show this level of support for even the most established artist.
The DVD not only is a visual document of the Tokyo concert, it is evidence of her status as a global ambassador and humanitarian which took Matsui from the Ukraine to Russia, Greece, Peru and other parts of the globe. It was 26 years ago when Matsui released her third album entitled No Borders. Now it’s an established fact. There are no borders for Matsui and Live In Tokyo is a four-star finish to the latest chapter in Matsui’s musical journey and a bridge to her next destination.
Track Listing: Dream Seeker; Black Lion; Forever Forever; Caricias; Proof; Affirmation; Soul Quest; Safari; Stingo; Bridge Over the Stars; Antarcia–A Call To Action; A Night With Cha Cha; Deep Blue (DVD has same track listing except “Deep Blue”).
When the personal data of 32 million people, including names, addresses, credit card numbers is hacked and dumped online, that’s already a staggering breach of privacy, but when it comes from a site created for the purposes of promoting sexual infidelity, it can far more serious and lasting impact; from divorce to suicide.
Here’s a summary of what the hacking of the hook-up site by a group calling itself Impact Team is about and why Ashley Madison has put a $500,000 “bounty” on them.
While nobody is going to feel sorry for Ashley Madison members cheating on their spouses, yet again we’re reminded anyone of us at anytime is subject to having our entire online life exposed for the rest of the world to see? It’s not that anyone should feel sorry for them, but we should be concerned when we receive yet another reminder there is no privacy anywhere and least of all on the Internet.
Privacy, like free speech, isn’t reserved for only for ourselves and the people we like.
Eternal, everlasting love meshed with deeply satisfying, passionate, curl-your-toes sex is what one always aspires to in a relationship or a marriage. When there’s one without the other, the possibility exists one partner will search elsewhere for what they want and are missing. When there’s neither it becomes a near-certainty. Which is why philandering sites like Ashley Madison thrive.
I asked two friends of mine whom are professional sexworkers as paid escorts what they thought of the data breach and the men who were caught up in it.
I happened to be in my email when this came in. I removed all my stuff (pics , phone) from the web as much as I possibly could after I realized what a problem it could be. I don’t even post comments except from my professional email address. I don’t have a FB page, although once I signed up and cancelled and have been tracked by them ever since.
A Scientific American article from a few months ago wrote that no one now or in the near future can have any realistic expectation of any kind of privacy, and then outlined the reasons why. I had it in paper so don’t have a link for you.
There are almost no laws regulating the net, so it’s gone from a favorite toy to a weapon that can ruin your life. Facebook posts can get you fired from a job if people decide they don’t appreciate your values. Look what happened to Cecil the Lion Killer.
In the old days we put everything out there, then all of a sudden I thought whoaaaa, this never goes away, so I started erasing stuff. There are companies paid to clean your internet image and create a healthier online profile for people who can afford it.
The ridiculous part of Ashley Madison is that guys being guys are just ‘wishing’ in their special kind of deluded way that something fun and spectacular is going to happen – for free.
Most of those sites don’t work that well, they’re mostly male and female profiles can be fake to drive traffic. Although, one of my clients hooked up with a woman off a site like that and told me he was getting it for free. He was old and fat and barely functional, I kept wondering why a straight girl would want to have a non paid affair with this married man, in that kind of shape?
Then it occurred to me- I think it’s easier to leave a single mom a few 20’s on the nite table and tell her to buy something nice, and still think she’s still banging you cause she likes you. A few might actually like sex with strangers, who knows.
The men aren’t very smart either. It’s so easy to set up a fake email address for your clandestine activities. There are email address companies that claim they won’t buckle to the NSA or HS, no guarantees. A lot of those men used their publicly known email addresses.
Anyway, everyone that doesn’t want to get caught is going to have to be a lot more careful. I’d been telling stupid hookers not to put all their shit out there in case they want to have a life someday, but they’re dumb as rocks most times.
The invasion of privacy is wrong. It’s like a cat burglar. Creepy wrong.
I think I’m on the list. I heard about the site years ago and registered. Not sure if I created much of a profile. I just wanted to see what it was about.
The government emails being on the list, well….why do government servers not block sites that aren’t necessary, why do they allow a government worker to use their government email addresses out side the walls of internal servers. When I worked for the government, I could turn on my computer without a password. I was on night shift, went into the boss’s office and opened his secretary’s computer. Didn’t need a password. I was searching for interview questions. I found them. The person I wanted to get the questions to got the job. Goal accomplished.
My point? I could have made an Ashley Madison account from the boss’ secretaries computer, and she’d be on that list.
I remember once that Vin Diesel made a movie. XXX was the title. My kids looked it up on the computer because they wanted to go to the show and needed to see time it was playing.
Their dad saw a search for XXX and he assumed it was pointed and he punished them.
What about the poor women out there who are really named Ashley Madison???
The news broadcasting stations, reporters, etc…are nothing more than glorified National Enquirer rags. A list??? So fuckin what? I could create a Jeffrey Winbush account on Ashley Madison right now. Make an email address of email@example.com and you’d be on the next list.
It’s all a crock of shit.
I’ve looked at all kinds of sketchy websites. The reasons vary from out of morbid curiosity to intriguing interest of how easy it is to access that shit. Because my IP address hit those sites doesn’t make me a child molester.
A.M. hack doesn’t PROVE a fucking thing. But people judge w/o knowing the real truth ALL the time.
The dweebs that committed suicide, well….they were weak and didn’t have a good poker face. Life would have thrown them a curve ball they couldn’t handle sooner or later.
The A.M. hack is basically nasty gossip on a large-scale. People who talk about it, feed it. We are feeding it right now.
What’s so incredulous about this hack is that A.M. was so God damn vanilla that it’s a joke. If people were comfortable enough with sexual fantasy, if government hadn’t been allowed to make adultery, ass fucking, horse fucking, etc.. a crime, no one would give a shit.
Who cares how one fucks or who one fucks as long as they are legally consenting?
One day there will be a way to read our minds. We’ll all be in jail or jumping off cliffs then.
Let’s take that A.M. list and alter it before we publish it? You think that could’ve been done to what was initially published? Could we take that list, modify it and say it was hacked from an escort site? Sure we could.
People are uptight and dumb. I’m glad I don’t live my life in a closet. If I was asked about being on A.M. I could own it. Everyone should. Then there would be no A.M. news anymore.
In June, it was Dajerria Becton on the receiving end of a takedown. Her crime? Swimming while Black.
In September, it was James Blake, the former tennis pro, who was on the receiving end of a takedown outside of a Manhattan hotel. His crime? Looking like a Suspect While Black.
In October, we don’t know the name of the female student in Spring Valley High School who was on the receiving end of a takedown administered by Officer Ben Fields. Her crime appears to be Refusing to Leave Her Seat While Black.
(CNN)The video shows a South Carolina school resource officer standing over a student, seated at her desk. He puts his arm near her neck, then yanks her backward. The desk tips over and the student crashes onto the floor.
The uniformed officer doesn’t let go, sharply tugging the student toward the front of the classroom. She flies out of her desk and slides several feet across the floor.
“Give me your hands,” the officer says.
His is the only voice heard. Other students sit calmly and quietly, one of them covering his face with his hand.
Yet many haven’t been so quiet since the footage out of Columbia, South Carolina, surfaced.
Some have defended the officer, many pointing out that the video isn’t complete. It doesn’t show what happened before, including what the student did and how many times authorities — a teacher, a school administrator and finally the officer, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields — had asked her to get up.
Others, though, think the video shows more than enough to warrant Fields’ firing. There’s no excuse, they say, for a law enforcement officer to act that way against a student who hasn’t harmed or threatened anyone.
At least two videos shot by students show the dramatic scene Monday inside a math classroom at Spring Valley High School. None show much of what happened before it, however.
According to Lt. Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the instructor had asked the student “to leave the class several times.”
“The assistant principal was there as well,” Wilson said. “Then the officer was called to actually have the student removed from that location. The student refused.”
This is where the video picks up, capturing Fields as he says, “You’re either going to come with me, or I’m going to make you.”
The student doesn’t budge. Fields tells her, “Come on, I’m going to get you up,” and tries to pull her from the desk.
The officer gets the student up only after she first crashes to the floor and is then flung across the room.
Wilson said that no one was injured in the incident.
The student — who was released to her parents after the incident — faces a charge of disturbing schools, according to Wilson. Another female student, Niya Kenny, faces the same charge after allegedly standing up for the other teenager, her mother, Doris Ballard told CNN.
The FBI and area U.S. Attorney’s Office have opened a civil rights investigation to determine whether federal laws were violated during the student’s arrest, a Justice Department spokesperson said.
By any objective standard the cop applied an undue degree of force (and trust there will be objections Fields used excessive force). This is only the latest example of the daily degradation and cruel brutality which can be inflicted upon any African American anywhere at any time.
Let Barack Obama, Kanye West and Ben Carson all walk out of a bar and cross the wrong cop and they’ll catch an ass-kicking sure as any brother on the block. The wearing of dark flesh is a criminal activity in this country.
This may fly in the face of my rep, but I don’t blame the cop. Well, not entirely. To be certain, Officer Fields has a colorful and checkered past with reports this is not the first time he’s apparently slammed a female around. Fields is also a powerlifter who can squat 940 pounds and though he hasn’t been tested for steroid usage, after this it’s legit to wonder if there is any ‘Roid rage’ going on inside his bulked up bod.
Fields has been the recipient of a 2014 “Culture of Excellence” Award and it was said he “has proven to be an exceptional role model to the students he serves and protects.”
Not looking too good for a repeat win in 2015, Officer. Does it make you feel like a real man and tossing a teenage girl around like a sack of potatoes, you cowardly piece of shit?
One would think anyone who can squat 900 lbs would have no problem lifting the student and the chair and depositing both outside of the classroom. Fields chose another course of action and one that has made him a strong contender to score the Dumb Ass Video of the Week award.
But why was Fields at Spring Valley High School body slamming girls in the first place? Why is any police officer providing security–or the muscle–at any school? Are these students or criminals.
Whenever it was school systems decided to abdicate their roles as disciplinarians and turn it over to the police, that was a decision bound to bring about these sort of incidents. If teachers and administrators can’t control their unruly, uncooperative and stank attitude students, maybe they shouldn’t be teachers and administrators in the first damn place. I know…I know…kids are different today. They have no respect for anyone. Not their parents, not their teachers, not even themselves.
This is what you have the police and Fox News for. To justify this. To tell you the little uppity bitch deserved it. To tell you ALL these niggers deserve it.
Schools have passed the buck for controlling their classrooms to armed police and internal security officers. When you view the kids you’re charged with educating as nails using a hammer solution to every problem makes a sick sort of sense.
I don’t want men with guns in schools. I don’t want police officers on school campuses UNLESS AND UNTIL there is a demonstrated need to be there. Got a problem with weapons, drugs, gang violence or other actions which disrupt a safe learning environment? Fine. Call in the cops, but not to go in there and start busting heads. If schools need some sort of liability protection from lawsuits to take back the enforcement of discipline, then so be it. I want teachers to do their jobs and cops to do theirs and it shouldn’t be their job to bounce kids off a floor while the others look on or away in horror.
But I do not want overmuscled, steroids gobbling punks with small penis issues bouncing a girl off the floor. And the wall. And down the hallway. Fire this bully with a badge rightnow and beat the eventual lawsuit later.
What did anyone learn from that little demonstration of mindless violence? If you’re bigger you can get your way because you can kick some ass? That’s some lesson. How do you build the next generation of cop haters? Treat ’em like criminals early, show ’em who’s boss and get ’em prepped to be plugged into the school-to-prison pipeline.
The unnamed student should have been suspended from school, but forget about that now. Officer Fields made sure of that and he deserves whatever is coming to him from this shameful and ugly episode, but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. You call the cops when you need someone to get a burglar out of your house, not because a kid doesn’t want to get with the program. Not every situation requires the unrestrained use of unnecessary force, but that was a distinct possibility, if not a complete certainty would happen one day.
Everyone is to blame. We have criminalized a generation of children and we have permitted criminal solutions to be applied to them. We have allowed the police to treat Blacks like dogs and worse than dogs. We have not made those who would humiliate us, beat us, break us, KILL us, suffer the consequences for their evil. We have not taken eyes for eyes, spilled blood for blood spilled, terrorize those who terrorize us.
Cops like Ben Fields are like the cops who beat down Becton and Blake and beat down Sandra Bland and killed Tamir Rice and Oscar Grant and Eric Garner and Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo and Walter Scott and NONE of them are “good cops.” They are bad cops, rotten cops, brutal cops, killer cops and they will never stop. Not ever. Not until they are stopped.
There is a limit to how much abuse a whipped dog will take. There is no “justice” in the American injustice system and Black people cannot place their faith in a system which has never valued or protected us. If never has and it never will. It’s one thing to target young Black men and women, but quite another when Black children are being targeted.
The moment is coming where those being brutalized will have to go looking for their own justice. Things are coming to a flash point. What happens when it flashes over? Being a bad-ass bully with a badge may not be bad ass enough. This is a confrontation nobody should want because nobody can win, but damn if there aren’t forces spoiling for it.
WE ARE NOT DOGS. YOU CAN SHOOT A DOG BUT DOGS DON’T SHOOT BACK.
What did we learn from the 11-hour “We Hate Hillary” marathon on Capitol Hill before the House Select Committee on Benghazi?
Hillary Clinton has a friend named Sidney Blumenthal.
Sidney Blumenthal sent Hillary Clinton a bunch of emails.
The Republicans have burned through nearly $5 million bucks, dragged on for 17 months (longer than the Watergate hearings) and all they have to show for it is an empty bag of NOTHING.
Trey Gowdy sure sweats a lot.
Now that the Inquisition is finally over, it doesn’t make any difference if you’re a Hillary fan or consider her pond scum. After 11 hours of a prosecution posing as a hearing, what did any of us learn? How much the Republicans believe Sidney Blumenthal is a force of evil?
Maybe the thought of Trey Gowdy and the Republicans members of the committee was if they put Clinton through a grueling endurance contest, (I’m a politics junkie and I had to bail out) goad her, bait her, insult her, throw her in a meat grinder, surely she would screw up, go off, blow a fuse, and give them something which could be endlessly looped in attack ads, GOP talking points and all over right-wing media
They didn’t they got it. They got an empty bad of air. They certainly didn’t get a “What difference does it make?” moment. Hillary wouldn’t give the Gowdy Gang what they so desperately wanted. They wanted a meltdown. They got a composed, unfazed former Secretary of State who sat there for 11 hours and they never laid a glove on her.
The Republicans did everything they could to bait Clinton into losing her cool short of walking up and slapping her in the face. She just smiled, shrugged and looked as though she felt a pang of sorrow for all this effort expended for so little return.
The Republicans not only failed to make Hillary Clinton crack under constant and relentless pressure, they made her look positively Presidential.
“The reality is that we’ve had eight investigations, we’ve gone through this endlessly,” Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.,) said. “The reality is that after 17 months, we have nothing new to tell the families. We have nothing new to tell the American people.”
“It is time, and it is time now,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) who had slammed Gowdy to his face, “for the Republicans to end this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition.”
Even chief witch hunter Trey Gowdy’s glumly admitted to the press, “I don’t know that she testified much differently today than when she previously testified.” Does that mean Hillary is an excellent liar or proves if you’re telling the truth you don’t have to change your story?
Now everyone can see why Gowdy was telling Republicans to “shut up” about the Benghazi committee. It was never about what happened to the compound in Libya or how four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens had died. It was always and only about one thing: Get Hillary. They could have gone 22 hours and they still would have failed.
The hotter it got the cooler Clinton stayed. Try to imagine Donald Trump or Ben Carson sitting there placidly for 11 hours while seven hostile Democrats try to rip out their spleen. It can’t be done. Carson and Trump would have turned into warm puddles of goo.
Hillary was the adult in a room full of rowdy Republican children. Trey Gowdy tried to make her look like a liar. Instead, he may have made her the next president.
Getting sick and missing work forced me to miss updating my blog, but even though I’m late posting this, nothing has changed to invalidate it, so here what I have to say about the first debate for the Democratic presidential candidates. Doesn’t it make a difference when there’s a debate without Donald Trump’s fat head filling up the camera? Lower ratings. More substance. That’s a trade-off worth making.
Bernie Sanders did very well and did nothing to harm his status as the Ultimate Boogeyman of the Billionaires. Hillary Clinton was polished, seasoned and seemed to be enjoying herself. Martin O’Malley will make someone a very nice Cabinet secretary as long as its nothing too important. Lincoln Chafee should enjoy those two hours because those are the last ones he’s gonna get on a debate stage. Jim Webb would be a very formidable candidate if he were only running as the Republican he once was and still seems to be.
It’s popular to declare a winner of these things and make everybody else a loser, but this was really only about two of the candidates. I tuned in for The Bernie & Hillary Show and their not-so special guest stars and it opened to rave reviews for not being anything like the bloody car crash the two Republican debates were.
Who won? I see it this way: Politics is the art of the possible and Bernie is full of possibilities. Politics is also the art of the doable, and since no Democrat is liable to make any headway with the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate (more likely of the two to change control), Hillary is better suited to position herself as the one who can get something done.
Bernie appeals to my liberalism. Hillary appeals to my pragmatism. I want to follow my heart, but I listen to my brain.
You know what the biggest difference is between watching the Democrats debate after the first two Republican rumbles? You don’t feel your intelligence has been insulted and you’re a bit more hopeful for America than you are after someone has tried to scare you into believing Mexicans are gonna take your job, ISIS is going to kill you in your sleep and bullshit you into believing everything will be fine if we would only give billionaires another tax break.
We’ve already had the Republicans present themselves as if every American is as dumb as they are, so maybe the Democrats taking a shot on Americans actually being smart might work.
For anyone feeling frosty the media proclaimed Clinton the “winner” why do you need the media to confirm for you what you already believe? If Bernie is your guy then don’t wait for him to be anointed by the mainstream media because it’s probably not going to happen.
Sanders did a nice job at the first debate, but some pundits say for him to beat Hillary Clinton he’s gonna have to stop being so nice. The campaigns are just getting revved up and when things stop being so congenial between Clinton and Sanders, I have no doubt when push comes to shove, Hillary will chop Bernie’s head right off his shoulders and smile when it hits the floor. Not so sure the same can be expected from Sanders.