Thursday, October 19, 2017

Representative Al Green's Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump


ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

AGAINST  
DONALD JOHN TRUMP

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
In the Congress of the United States of America 
RESOLUTION 
RESOLVED, that Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity, has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the American people, is unfit to be President and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: 
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS OF A NATURE WHICH MAY WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY BE DENOMINATED POLITICAL, NOT REQUIRING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, AND EXCLUSIVELY THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMPEACHMENT PURPOSES. 
ARTICLE I 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, has under the inane pretext of dispensing with political correctness, produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities. 
In so doing, Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and its worldwide covert sympathizers engendering racial antipathy, LGBTQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism, and dreadful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society, to wit: 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering stealthy sexism and racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned mothers of professional football players by calling them dogs as he made the widely published statement: “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected and disparaged professional football players, approximately 70% of whom are reportedly African American, by calling them sons of dogs as he made the widely published statement: 
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 30, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry and race-baiting, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned Puerto Ricans, who are Americans, by implying Puerto Ricans want others to do for them what they won’t do for themselves as he made the widely published claim: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” 
Further, on October 3, 2017, while in Puerto Rico, as was widely shown on American television, Donald John Trump incited bigotry engendering racial antipathy when he disparaged Puerto Ricans by stating, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.” The President did not make similar widely published comments about Texas or Florida. 
On January 27, 2017, Donald John Trump incited xenophobia and hate against Muslims in the United States of America, engendering religious anxiety when he disrespected Islam by issuing Executive Order 13769, fulfilling a campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America. This widely published campaign promise is dated December 7, 2015, and reads as follows: “DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION 
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015 — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” 
On March 4, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy, as he defamed, disrespected, and disparaged President Barack Obama by making the widely published, since discredited claim: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” 
On July 26, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry, engendering LGBTQ enmity, when he disparaged and disrespected transgender Americans by indicating that the costs of their medical care outweighs the sacrifice they are willing to make for our country as he made the widely published statement: 
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and as a result is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE II 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, did betray his trust as President, and bring shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, white nationalism, and neo-nazism when, to wit: 
On August 15, 2017, Donald John Trump made a widely published statement characterizing a group of anti-semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.” 
Thereafter, on August 23, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a two-page decision in which it was stated that they were, “Disturbed by the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violent events and demonstrations led by the aforementioned groups, thereby potentially fueling the proliferation of racist discourse and incidents throughout the State party, and deeply concerned by the example this failure could set for the rest of the world.” 
On October 7, 2017, hate groups were once again back in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, chanting “You will not replace us!” Since this event on October 7, the President has made many widely published statements about many things including, but not limited to, the National Football League, but has not made one widely published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE III 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, did engage in perfidy by making the widely reported claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election and further expending tax dollars to establish a commission to investigate his claim, to wit: 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” 
On January 25, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....” 
On July 1, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” 
On June 28, 2017, according to highly reported news stories, the Commission previously referenced by President Donald John Trump requested detailed voter registration data from all 50 states, including names, addresses, and other sensitive data for every voter in the country. Several states refused to send the information, and some states have been prevented by courts from turning over the information. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the 
presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE IV 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, while aware of the widely reported history of the unlawful abuses and brutality perpetrated by many, not all, police officers against innocent persons in the United States of America, did betray his trust as President, bringing shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of suspects in their care, custody, and control, to wit: 
On July 28, 2017, Donald John Trump, in a speech in front of the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, New York, stated that, "And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in – rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don't hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don't hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, okay?’” 
This statement is injurious not only to the rule of law, which presumes innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law, but also to the administration of justice, which requires that care is given to persons held in the custody of law enforcement. Our nation is founded upon a social contract where the constitutional rights of the individual are not surrendered because he or she is accused of a crime. To speak to the contrary is a violation of the presidential oath to which Donald John Trump is bound. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
RESOLVED, that Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity, has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the American people, is unfit to be President and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: 
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS OF A NATURE WHICH MAY WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY BE DENOMINATED POLITICAL, NOT REQUIRING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, AND EXCLUSIVELY THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMPEACHMENT PURPOSES. 
ARTICLE I 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, has under the inane pretext of dispensing with political correctness, produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities. 
In so doing, Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and its worldwide covert sympathizers engendering racial antipathy, LGBTQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism, and dreadful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society, to wit: 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering stealthy sexism and racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned mothers of professional football players by calling them dogs as he made the widely published statement: “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected and disparaged professional football players, approximately 70% of whom are reportedly African American, by calling them sons of dogs as he made the widely published statement: 
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 30, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry and race-baiting, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned Puerto Ricans, who are Americans, by implying Puerto Ricans want others to do for them what they won’t do for themselves as he made the widely published claim: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” 
Further, on October 3, 2017, while in Puerto Rico, as was widely shown on American television, Donald John Trump incited bigotry engendering racial antipathy when he disparaged Puerto Ricans by stating, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.” The President did not make similar widely published comments about Texas or Florida. 
On January 27, 2017, Donald John Trump incited xenophobia and hate against Muslims in the United States of America, engendering religious anxiety when he disrespected Islam by issuing Executive Order 13769, fulfilling a campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America. This widely published campaign promise is dated December 7, 2015, and reads as follows: “DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION 
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015 — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” 
On March 4, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy, as he defamed, disrespected, and disparaged President Barack Obama by making the widely published, since discredited claim: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” 
On July 26, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry, engendering LGBTQ enmity, when he disparaged and disrespected transgender Americans by indicating that the costs of their medical care outweighs the sacrifice they are willing to make for our country as he made the widely published statement: 
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and as a result is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE II 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, did betray his trust as President, and bring shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, white nationalism, and neo-nazism when, to wit: 
On August 15, 2017, Donald John Trump made a widely published statement characterizing a group of anti-semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.” 
Thereafter, on August 23, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a two-page decision in which it was stated that they were, “Disturbed by the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violent events and demonstrations led by the aforementioned groups, thereby potentially fueling the proliferation of racist discourse and incidents throughout the State party, and deeply concerned by the example this failure could set for the rest of the world.” 
On October 7, 2017, hate groups were once again back in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, chanting “You will not replace us!” Since this event on October 7, the President has made many widely published statements about many things including, but not limited to, the National Football League, but has not made one widely published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE III 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, did engage in perfidy by making the widely reported claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election and further expending tax dollars to establish a commission to investigate his claim, to wit: 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” 
On January 25, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....” 
On July 1, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” 
On June 28, 2017, according to highly reported news stories, the Commission previously referenced by President Donald John Trump requested detailed voter registration data from all 50 states, including names, addresses, and other sensitive data for every voter in the country. Several states refused to send the information, and some states have been prevented by courts from turning over the information. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the 
presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE IV 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, while aware of the widely reported history of the unlawful abuses and brutality perpetrated by many, not all, police officers against innocent persons in the United States of America, did betray his trust as President, bringing shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of suspects in their care, custody, and control, to wit: 
On July 28, 2017, Donald John Trump, in a speech in front of the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, New York, stated that, "And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in – rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don't hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don't hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, okay?’” 
This statement is injurious not only to the rule of law, which presumes innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law, but also to the administration of justice, which requires that care is given to persons held in the custody of law enforcement. Our nation is founded upon a social contract where the constitutional rights of the individual are not surrendered because he or she is accused of a crime. To speak to the contrary is a violation of the presidential oath to which Donald John Trump is bound. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cool, New Releases: Beck, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Eminem, Liam Gallagher, Robert Plant, Mark Kozelek



NEW STUFF:

Beck Colors - NO


St. Vincent Masseducation -  NO

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice - YES!
Eminem "Anti-Trump Freestyle" -  YES!

Liam Gallagher As You Were - YES

Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye & Jim White Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye & Jim White - YES

Robert Plant Carry A Fire - Yes

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OLD STUFF:

Blind Blake Discography -  YES!
Mississippi John Hurt Discography -  YES!

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Love That Burns - The Blues Years -  YES

Tim Buckley Discography -  YES!
Tim Hardin Discography -  YES!

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New Stuff:

Beck Colors - NO
St. Vincent Masseducation -  NO

I didn't care for either of these new albums. They both sound very disco, revolving around keyboards, effects, and synthesizers, although these two artists were originally guitar-based. It just sounds like they want to sell a lot of records, like something off of Now That's What I Call Music. And sorry, Beck, that Scientology thing will always come between us...

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice - YES!

Very nice collaboration. Lotsa guitars, lotsa sea lice...

Eminem "Anti-Trump Freestyle" -  YES!

Eminem surprised and impressed a lot of people with a searing freestyle attacking Trump and sounding off on the controversy of football players kneeling for the National Anthem to protest police violence against Blacks and other injustices. You can see it here.

Liam Gallagher As You Were - YES

The other Oasis brother's first solo album. Worth a listen, especially if you're a fan of Brit pop.

Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye & Jim White Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye & Jim White - YES

Another good release from Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek. But Mark, are you in danger of flooding the market for Mark Kozelek product? I think this is the fifth or sixth album he has released recently. Sometimes less IS more.....

Robert Plant Carry A Fire - Yes

Not bad for an old timer, or anyone, for that matter. Robert Plant continues his exploration of world music, Americana, and more.

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Live Stuff:

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco. Highlights: Tributes to the late, great Tom Petty - Conor Oberst doing"Even Walls Fall Down" and Steve Earle's performance of "Refugee". Also, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris doing "Love Hurts".


Old Stuff:

This is some of the old stuff I've been listening to and it's all awesome!

Blind Blake Discography -  YES!


Mississippi John Hurt Discography -  YES!

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Love That Burns - The Blues Years -  YES

Tim Buckley Discography -  YES!
Tim Hardin Discography -  YES!

Cool, New Song "Meaning" Ty Segall (feat. Denee Segall on vocals)


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Did A Community Boycott Force O'mei's White Supremacist Owner To Sell His Santa Cruz Restaurant? ...Or Not?




Roger Grigsby keeps us guessing.

Now the white supremacist Santa Cruz restaurant owner has posted a sign in his Mission St. eatery stating that O'mei is undergoing a change in ownership and we should "stay tuned"...

Note to Roger Grigsby: Please email me at thissmallplanet@gmail.com to tell your side of the story. I will publish you unedited.

On Friday we reported that O'mei was set to re-open in November (and had already done an informal "soft re-openning" this week and was looking to hire new staff). Now it seems O'mei will reopen, but with a new owner, hopefully one who does not share Roger's repugnant political and racial views who simply wants to run a great restaurant.

To recap, as reported earlier, liberal Santa Cruz balked at supporting the restaurant after it was discovered that the owner, Roger Grigsby, an American of European descent, had contributed $500 to the U.S. Senate campaign of racist David Duke of Louisiana and that he had generally extremist white supremacist beliefs which targeted Jews and other ethnic minorities as responsible for most of our woes.

We will be interested to see if the sale actually goes through and to whom. Many will wonder if it will be a sham sale to a friend or relative and that Roger Grigsby will remain the de facto owner. Or perhaps it is true that in the face of a community boycott and an employee walk-out, Grigsby concluded he could no longer do business at O'mei and he should therefore at least try to sell the business.

We shall see.





UPDATE: The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that O'mei is being sold to the chef who is "like a son" to Roger Grigsby, but who assures us he is "not political". I smell a rat. I call on the community to continue the boycott against O'mei as Roger Grigsby is still legally the owner. When and if the sale actually through, as opposed to talking about changing owners, we can then re-evaluate the situation.

Cool, New Song Father John Misty "Pure Country"

I still don't what to make of this guy, but this song is pretty cool. It's a countrified version of the title track from his last album Pure Comedy called "Pure Country"...

Friday, October 13, 2017

O'Mei To Re-Open? Will Santa Cruz Patronize A White Supremacist Restaurateur?


O'Mei, a Chinese restaurant on Mission St. in Santa Cruz, California, closed in August after it was revealed that the owner, Roger Grigsby, had donated $500 to the U.S. Senate campaign of white supremacist David Duke of Louisiana.

Roger has been a right-wing gadfly in this liberal town since his UCSC days in the 80's, when he opposed anti-apartheid activists (who wanted University of California to divest from South Africa-related investments in order to bring about pressure to end the racist apartheid system) and misrepresented himself to a progressive professor as a current student in order to gather evidence to "frame" the professor as a biased "Marxist". He also, along the way, bicycled around Taiwan (and wrote a book about it), and founded O'Mei.

Since Roger has had Asian wives/girlfriends and has had friends/employees of color, he claims to not be a racist, but defended his contributions to David Duke and Trump, stating it is simply logical for a white person to support white supporters of white rights. Roger also thinks Jews are responsible for most of the world's woes.

Here's a summary of the events in August and September...

The restaurant has been closed for over a month, after dozens of negative reviews appeared on Yelp and the employees walked out.

This past week, there has been an "Open" sign on the restaurant, although no customers were spotted. There is also a NOW HIRING sign in the window (presumably the former employees won't return), and their Yelp page proclaims they will re-open officially on November 28, 2017.

Perhaps Roger thinks people in Santa Cruz will have forgotten his white supremacist links in the past month, or that the new students coming to UCSC won't know about the controversy.

I call on all non-racists in Santa Cruz to permanently boycott O'Mei.

To support O'Mei is to support David Duke, Donald Trump, and white supremacism.

Santa Cruz stands united against racism, fear, and bigotry and in support of peace, love, diversity, and community.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Classic Rockers Still Rockin': Byrds, CSN, Judy Collins, Led Zeppelin, Manassas, Flying Burrito Brothers, Van Morrison


Chris Hillman "Bidin' My Time"
David Crosby "Sky Trails"
Robert Plant "Carry Fire"
Stephen Stills & Judy Collins "Everybody Knows"
Van Morrison "Roll With The Punches"

The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Judy Collins, Led Zeppelin, Manassas, Flying Burrito Brothers, Van Morrison... were all chart toppers in the 60s and 70s but some of their members are still recording and touring in 2017.

Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Manassas, and The Flying Burrito Brothers has a new album out. It's not only "not bad" for a 70-something guy, it's a good album from anyone, anytime. Byrds bandmate and CSN member Crosby also has a new album, and his voice is surprisingly strong, although the songs seem less inspired than Hillman's.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, old friends and lovers, have a new album and tour as a duo and it well worth a listen.

Van Morrison's new album at first glance is very similar to past efforts and therefore possibly redundant.

Robert Plant could make hundreds of millions of dollars doing half-baked rehashes of Led Zep's hits with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and, as much as I'd love to see that, you have to admire him for refusing to do so and instead doing his unique mash-up of Americana and world music. This new album is quite good, much like his recent releases.




Cool, New Video Liam Gallagher "Greedy Soul" (Recorded At Air Studios) From Forthcoming Album "As You Were"


Vote Here For 2018 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees (Pick 5)

You can vote online here for 5 of the 2018 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in beautiful downtown Cleveland...

My picks....

The MC5
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Link Wray
The Zombies



The 2018 Nominees:

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
Eurythmics
The J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
MC5
The Meters
The Moody Blues
Radiohead
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Link Wray
The Zombies

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The Hall is a bit of a joke, of course. There are many people in it who don't belong (Madonna, NWA), and many classic artists, for whom it is an insult they are not already in. It's basically the case that whoever Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner and his friends think should be in is in.

I did enjoy going to the Hall in person however (they have some cool displays), and it's a bit of fun every year to see who gets included and who gets dissed (once again).

My picks (as usual) are classic artists who should have been in a long time ago.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cool New Video: Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile = "Continental Breakfast"





Have Indie Rock Heroes Parquet Courts Gone "Americana"???




The answer is "kinda".

Singer/guitarist Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts is doing a solo album Thawing Dawn (see three samples above) which seems to feature songs that could be described as "Americana", "folk-ish", "indie country", "Singer/songwriter" (dare I say "Crooner"?) and/or "roots" music, a marked departure from the indie rock Parquet Courts is known for.

I love Parquet Courts, but I also love Americana, so I say, bring it on!

P.S. Here's two versions I shot of Parquet Courts stoner classic "Stoned And Starving":




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cool New Video: Patti Smith "People Have The Power" On Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show"



People Have the Power


I was dreaming in my dreaming 
of an aspect bright and fair 
and my sleeping it was broken 
but my dream it lingered near 
in the form of shining valleys  
where the pure air recognized 
and my senses newly opened  
I awakened to the cry 
that the people / have the power 
to redeem / the work of fools 
upon the meek / the graces shower 
it's decreed / the people rule 

The people have the power 
The people have the power 
The people have the power 
The people have the power 

Vengeful aspects became suspect 
and bending low as if to hear 
and the armies ceased advancing 
because the people had their ear 
and the shepherds and the soldiers 
lay beneath the stars 
exchanging visions 
and laying arms 
to waste / in the dust 
in the form of / shining valleys 
where the pure air / recognized 
and my senses / newly opened 
I awakened / to the cry 

Refrain 

Where there were deserts 
I saw fountains 
like cream the waters rise 
and we strolled there together 
with none to laugh or criticize 
and the leopard  
and the lamb 
lay together truly bound 
I was hoping in my hoping 
to recall what I had found 
I was dreaming in my dreaming 
god knows / a purer view 
as I surrender to my sleeping 
I commit my dream to you 

Refrain 

The power to dream / to rule 
to wrestle the world from fools 
it's decreed the people rule 
it's decreed the people rule 
LISTEN 
I believe everything we dream 
can come to pass through our union 
we can turn the world around 
we can turn the earth's revolution 
we have the power 
People have the power ... 



Sunday, September 10, 2017

George Soros Is A Good Man... But Bibi's Son & David Duke Both Think He's The Devil (Which Proves He Must Be Good)

Who is hated by Trump, Putin, Bibi Netanyahu, the Nazis, AND David Duke? George Soros, that's who. (My God, to have all of those scumbags hate him so much, he MUST be doing something right...)


On Saturday (September 9, 2017), Bibi's son posted the above anti-Semitic, anti-Soros meme on his Facebook page (he had recycled it from an online anti-Semite). American racist David Duke quickly tweeted his approval:



When corrupt, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyhu's playboy son, Yair Netanyahu (sort of an Israeli version of Don Trump Junior, but with even less class) and David Duke (one of America's top racists, fresh his media rounds in Charlottesville, thanking Trump for his support) agree on an anti-Semitic smear, there is something horribly wrong going on. The Neo-Nazi site "The Daily Stormer" also ran a story approving of Yair's use of the Soros-bashing anti-Semitic imagery. How disturbing is it in 2017 that anyone would use a meme to suggest that Jews control everything, much less another Jew (the son of the Israeli PM no less!) using such hateful propaganda? And to be applauded by Neo-Nazis for doing so? The horror, the horror...

In previous times, we heard talk of "the Rothschilds" or the "Bilderbergs" controlling the world economy and politics through a series of nefarious conspiracies - today it is "Soros". The foreign-sounding names are a dog whistle to racists who believe in anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, the same theories used to try to justify the crimes of the Holocaust.                                                        


If you spend anytime in right-wing chatrooms these days, you will quickly learn there are many people who consider "Soros" to be the biggest villain of all time. They accuse him of "funding" antifa (not at all true) and of being a Nazi collaborator during World War II (a horrible lie - he was a child at the time). In reality he's a New York-based Jewish billionaire who got rich from currency speculation and other savvy investments. I know him best for his efforts to promote civil society in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. He did a lot of good there and in many other places as well.


But Putin despises him and has passed laws to make it difficult for Soros' "foreign" NGOs (non-governmental organizations, including charities, educational endeavors, and efforts to build and support civil society) to operate in Russia.


Bibi Netanyahu hates Soros for supporting Human Rights Watch and other groups critical of Israeli human rights abuses, especially their treatment of civilians in the Occupied Territories. 


And in Hungary, right-wing lunatic/Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated Soros is "a speculator operating an extensive Mafia network who is threatening Europe's peace and future...". Orban's ruling right-wing racist party has posters all over Budapest picturing Soros (who was born in Hungary), with the caption LET'S NOT LET GEORGE SOROS HAVE THE LAST LAUGH


Soros was also targeted in a Trump ad. Soros is pictured at 0:21 as Trump intones: "For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don't have your good in mind..."




So who is George Soros and why is he so hated?

According to Haaretz:

"Soros was the 19th richest person in the world last year according to Forbes, reportedly worth more than $25 billion. He was born György Schwartz, to an upper-middle class Jewish family in Budapest in 1930. In 1944, when the Nazis occupied Hungary, the Soroses – who changed their name to avoid detection as Jews – escaped the mass deportation and murder of over half a million of their brethren by obtaining false papers that allowed them to pose as Christians. After the war ended, Soros left Hungary for England and the United States, where he became one of the world’s most successful strategic investors.

He is also a deep-pocketed philanthropist, aiming his donations – and substantial political campaign contributions – in a progressive political direction. His Open Society Foundations has the mandate of advancing “justice, education, public health, business development and independent media,” and he has given away billions to pro-democracy organizations, dissident groups in repressive regimes, supported education through scholarships and support for university, anti-poverty causes and decriminalization of marijuana in the United States.

Soros has been lionized by the left and vilified by the right worldwide; one side of the political map viewing his work as progress toward a more free and just world, the other – particularly on its extreme fringes – viewing him as running a devious, even satanic, effort to create a new world order.
He is a favorite bogeyman of the political right, not only in Europe but also the United States. He featured in the closing ad of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his face appearing amid accusations that “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” According to the ad, which was criticized for striking an anti-Semitic tone, Trump was the only thing standing between this greedy cabal and innocent American citizens.

But Trump’s political messaging was a single shot compared to the barrage Orbán has launched against Soros in recent weeks. One can’t walk down a street in the Hungarian capital without encountering his face. Billboard after billboard features a picture of Soros laughing, captioned, “Let’s not let Soros have the last laugh,” underneath a headline reading “99 percent reject illegal immigration.”

Concerned by reports from Hungarian Jews that the posters were sparking an uptick in anti-Semitism, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary, Yossi Amrani, issued an extraordinarily sharp statement last weekend. In it, he called on Orbán and his Fidesz party to remove posters hung throughout the country that criticized Soros, saying it was fueling anti-Semitism.

“The campaign not only evokes sad memories but also sows hatred and fear,” the statement said. “It’s our moral responsibility to raise a voice and call on the relevant authorities to exert their power and put an end to this cycle.”

The statement was too much for Netanyahu. On his orders, the statement was “clarified,” to emphasize that while the condemnation of anti-Semitism remained, 'in no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.' "

Haaretz also did a deep dive into the origins of the anti-Semetic anti-Soros meme posted by Bibi's son. According to Haaretz:

"Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted an image on his Facebook page Saturday that seems to suggest a conspiracy is behind his family’s growing legal problems. The meme is laden with anti-Semitic imagery.

The meme, captioned "the food chain," features a photo of George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who dangles an alchemy symbol in front of a caricature of a figure reminiscent of the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” image.

The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, anti-Netanyahu protest leader Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Netanyahus’ official residence who implicated Sara Netanyahu in the case she is being indicted in.

Soros, a Hungarian-born Jewish American billionaire, has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups. Among the organizations he funds is Human Rights Watch, a frequent critic of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians. The images of Soros and the reptile evoke anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming that Jews control the world.

The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer also posted an article regarding the meme entitled "Netanyahu's Son Posts Awesome Meme Blaming the Jews for Bringing Down his Jew Father," in which they called Yair Netanyahu "a total bro."

This version of the meme seems to have originated on a right-wing Facebook page. The meme is nearly identical to, and appears to be adapted from, a viciously anti-Semitic image that has been repeatedly posted across the internet in recent years on racist and conspiracy-theory message boards.

Like most memes, it is impossible to determine who originally created it. In one instance, it was posted by a white supremacist named John de Nugent with the title "Illuminatus Jew Dumb American Burger" in its URL.

In the original version of the meme, the first figure in the “food chain” is an obese walrus in an American flag T-shirt tempted by a hamburger dangled in front of him. Behind the man is an Orthodox Jew motivated by money, controlled by the same Illuminati figure featured in the cartoon that Netanyahu posted, with the same giant lizard looming over them all.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes de Nugent as "a prolific writer who has worked with numerous hate groups including the neo-Nazi National Alliance and the Holocaust-denying Barnes Review. De Nugent has run for elected office, and has even vowed to one day become president. While maintaining racist views about numerous racial and ethnic groups, de Nugent is particularly anti-Semitic, believing that the Jews are, along with nefarious space aliens, intent on exterminating the Aryan race."

After Haaretz published a report about his meme, Yair Netanyahu dismissed the claim that he is anti-Semitic and accused the newspaper of being exactly that.

Barak, who is depicted in the meme chasing money, suggested that Yair Netanyahu should see a psychiatrist. “Is this what the kid hears at home?” he said. “Is it genetics, or a spontaneous mental illness? It doesn’t matter. In any case, we should fund his psychiatrist instead of security guards and a driver.”

Labor leader Avi Gabbay, also on Twitter, said: “It’s a particularly sad day for Israel when a caricature that’s endorsed by the head of the KKK emerges from the home of the prime minister of the Jewish state.”

MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) added that “motifs in the Netanyahu family are anti-Semitic par excellence.” MK Merav Ben Ari (Kulanu) said that “this post deserves all manners of condemnation, from the left and the right. I’m on the right.”

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Friday that Sara Netanyahu would be indicted for fraud and breach of trust. She is to be charged with spending 359,000 shekels ($102,000) in state funds on catering at the prime minister’s official residence, while falsely claiming that the house did not employ a cook. The indictment is subject to a hearing, whose date has not yet been announced.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused Naftali, the last link in Yair Netanyahu’s meme, of inflating spending on food during his tenure as chief caretaker of the official residence."


                                                    Bibi and Yair Netanyahu

I myself have Hungarian roots and as a Hungarian, am proud of Soros and his contributions in Hungary, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. I happened to meet Soros briefly one time at a Democratic Party event in New York. I greeted him in Hungarian, and shook his hand. What struck me most, besides his approachability (he is the first and, so far, only billionaire whose hand I have shaken) was that he was wearing a regular business suit. Earlier I had been with a friend when he talked to Larry David, who was dressed in a beautiful, expensive suit. It was interesting to me that the wealthiest man in the room wore such a non-ostentatious suit. It was perhaps even, "off the rack" and not tailor-made. It seemed to indicate something about the man.

I was in San Francisco in the mid-1990's when Dennis Peron was trying to get medical marijuana on the ballot as a proposition. He was well short of the signatures needed to get on the ballot and the deadline was approaching. A last-minute generous donation from Soros allowed them to hire a professional team to get the needed signatures. The initiative qualified for the ballot, passed, and became California law.

There are probably thousands of people who could tell similar tales of citizen initiatives and projects that owe their success to assistance from Soros, Open Society, or Central European University which he founded.

He's a good man and he deserves praise, not anti-Semitic vilification.