Sunday, October 26, 2014

Truest statement of the week

If the polls are correct and Democrats lose ‘control’ of both the Senate and the House of Representatives they have only their own fecklessness to blame. The eternal refrain that the Democrat Party must ‘move back to the political center’ now places Barack Obama several miles to the right of conservative Republican Richard Nixon in every conceivable dimension of governance. As Mr. Obama’s first Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel put it when Democrats regained the House and Senate in 2006, ‘now we (Democrats) can get corporate campaign contributions again.’ As the current Mayor of Chicago Mr. Emanuel finds himself promoting the same neo-liberal interests at the local level that he helped promote nationally in the Obama administration.

--  Rob Urie, "Neo-Liberals be Damned, Let the Democrats Rot" (CounterPunch).

Truest statement of the week II

The November 4 election will decide whether the Democratic Party or the Republican Party has a majority in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, but it will not change the basic political direction of the United States, since both corporate-controlled parties are committed to programs of militarism, attacks on democratic rights, and slashing spending on domestic social programs.

-- Patrick Martin, "Democratic Senate candidates sound right-wing themes in pre-election debates" (WSWS).

A note to our readers

Hey --

Yet another Sunday.

First, we thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with?

Rob Urie gets his first Truest.
Patrick Martin rakes up another Truest.
It really is amazing how little attention this has received.  The peace or 'peace' movement is silent and so is most of the media.
Ava and C.I. explain how the first show to get the axe this season was also one of the worst.

Aretha Franklin has just released another legendary album.  On her latest, she salutes some of her female peers.  Here, we celebrate some of her best recordings that never got issued as a single.

He spoke for many with this Tweet. 

We had a Jamse Risen piece that didn't come together and, at the last minute, Ava and C.I. dashed this off to round out the edition.  
Short feature.

What we listened to while working on this edition.
A repost from Great Britain's Socialist Worker. 
The VFW offers some election advice.

A repost from Workers World.

A repost from Betty.

Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.


-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.

Editorial: Another US service member dies in Iraq

Friday, the Defense Dept issued the following:


Release No: NR-539-14
October 24, 2014

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California.
For more information, media may contact the I Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Office at (760) 763-7039 or after hours at (760) 207-5865.

Barack Obama's increased war on Iraq has already cost the life of 1 US service member.

And where are the peace groups?

Excuse us, the 'peace' groups?


They Tweeted non-stop.

Mainly about Palestine.

They never noted the death.

United for Peace and Justice?

Not a word from them since early October.

Iraq Veterans Against the War (if Bully Boy Bush is in the White House) didn't say a word at their site or on Twitter.

Once upon a time the above pretended to be against the illegal war.

Today, their mouths are so full of Barack's dick they can't even speak out when a US service member is killed in Iraq.

TV: The axe falls

When ABC's Manhattan Love Story tanked in its debut and bled viewers in the following three weeks, the network was shocked.

To out of touch suits, the show seemed a sure thing.  One programming suit exclaimed that it was this decade's Dharma & Greg.

That anyone could think that goes a long, long way towards explaining not just how the hideous 'sitcom' got a slot on the fall schedule but also how the show bombed so quickly and so hard.

That's the heavily circulated promo photo ABC put out for the show.

It telegraphs all that is wrong with the alleged romantic sitcom.

In a romantic comedy, who are the stars?

The couple who will overcome odds and fall in love.

The leads are not the couple in the center, they're the ones on the far right.

Even in the promotional material, ABC couldn't get things right.

But that photo points to much more.

For example, Kurt Fuller?

Who the hell wants his tired ass in a romantic comedy?

ABC insists there were older characters on Dharma & Greg.  Yes, each had parents.

There were four older characters --two men and two women.

Is Fuller paired with the young woman standing next to him?  No, that's Chloe Wepper playing the daughter of Fuller's character.

Romantic comedy.

Greg of Dharma & Greg was not a dog. (The highly handsome Thomas Gibson played the role.)

Series lead Jake McDorman can't make the same claim.

Yes, the heavily photo-shopped publicity shot did manage to make McDorman look thin but even all that photo shop allows cannot make McDorman attractive.

Do looks matter?

In a romantic comedy, they do.

And they mattered in this series when it came to women.

The female series lead, Analeigh Tipton, isn't just an actress, she's also a model (one who heavily resembles Denise Richards from certain angles).  So, yes, she had to be beautiful.

But Nicholas Wright doesn't have to be, does he?

He's the male in the center couple, the one sporting the look of Max on One Day At A Time, a look viewers strongly rejected in the hirsute seventies and one that has not come into vogue in the many years since.  As a hygiene challenged troll in Accidentally On Purpose, Wright was funny.  Especially his slow burn as one hot woman after another shot him down.

But in the fantasy land of ABC, he lands the hot Jade Catta-Pretta?

Even Chloe is cute.

But chubby, schlubby Jake McDorman is the best looking of the males?

Looks do matter.

And when the three female leads in your sitcom are all pretty and the three men are all repugnant, unless the sitcom is entitled Trolls: A Love Story, the audience is going to grasp that they're being sold an inferior product.

That should have been obvious to ABC from the start, even before the leads were cast.

On what basis did the network believe Jeff Lowell could create a romantic comedy?

His work on The Drew Carey Show?

Did they think executive producer Peter Traugott could steer the romance challenged Lowell over the bumps and potholes?

If so, based on what?

His past work on According to Jim?

Two men who trafficked in sexist stereotypes were put in charge of an alleged romantic comedy which was really just another delusion that ugly men can land hot women -- what bar are Traugott and Lowell getting drunk in?

The sexism was on display from the start.

Chubby Jake McDorman was walking down the street -- and sweating from the task -- as he looked at the women around him deciding who he'd nail.


All of them.

And viewers can be forgiven for initially laughing at that as they mistook this for the joke: that sweaty chubs could lure even one of those women into bed.

Meanwhile, Analeigh's character Dana was walking along obsessing over purses.

Because, in the world According to Jim, women are never attracted to men or thinking about sex.  And in the world According to Jim, men only think about sex.

Some wrongly felt the show was trafficking in Women Are From Venus, Men Are From Mars.


It was Men Are Jim Belushi, Girls Are Bimbos.

Girls, not women.

Despite the best efforts of the three actresses, they were playing girls.  They couldn't overcome that built-in device of the script.

And girls are such little bimbos that they can't handle this modern technology like this new thing they're calling the internet.  Stumbling on the net, Analeigh's Dana wrongly posts a man's name (McDorman's character) to her Facebook leading everyone to believe they're a couple.

Manhattan Love Story apparently takes place in the same world where Mattel's Barbie says, "Math is hard."

The show took six actors inexperienced in the romantic comedy genre and refused to put them before a studio audience.

It may not have saved the show but the silence from a studio audience would have given ABC a heads up that Manhattan Love Story was a dud.

In a way, we're sad the show's become the first to get the axe this fall.

While each episode failed to provide laughs, the publicity material the network kept putting out was unintentionally hilarious.  Our personal favorite was a bio sketch of Jake McDorman which insisted that the actor left the Boy Scouts to pursue acting.  We weren't aware that the Boy Scouts, like a monastery, placed such demands on young males or stood in their way of becoming bad actors.  We now picture the Boy Scouts as Lori Singer's father in the original Footloose, bound and determined to snuff out any and all fun.

If that is indeed who and what they are, they can take pride in the fact that McDorman, even post-Boy Scouts, continues to carry out that mission as one viewing of any episode of Manhattan Love Story will make clear.

 lost viewers each week

Aretha's Top Ten Tracks (non-singles)

When it comes to recognizing female artists, Judy takes a pass and, as usual, the real work was left to a strong woman: Aretha.

Aretha Franklin's new album is Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics and, as Kat notes, it's a winner.

As Aretha takes time to celebrate the work of her female peers, we compile a list of our top ten album tracks (non-singles only) Aretha's offered over the years.

1) "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" (I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You)

2) "Sister From Texas" [Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)]

3) "Let It Be" (This Girl's In Love With You)

4) "Loving You Baby" (Sparkle)

5) "Until You Say You Love Me" (Who's Zoomin' Who)

6) "I'll Dip" (A Rose Is Still A Rose)

7) "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (Young, Gifted and Black)

8) "Sweet Bitter Love" (Who's Zoomin Who)

9) "He's The Boy" (Through The Storm)

10) "Integrity" (Who's Zoomin Who)

Tweet of the Week

One Media Fail After Another (Ava and C.I.)

All Things Media Big and Small continues to epic fail on all issues big and small.

We were reminded of that when Taylor Swift's People magazine cover prompted a rush of nonsense.

That's Taylor recreating Mia Farrow's People magazine cover from years ago.

Kurt Schlosser (NBC's Today) insisted, "People magazine is celebrating its 40th year, and to mark the occasion the iconic weekly has re-created its very first cover, which featured actress Mia Farrow, by using a new shot of singer Taylor Swift."

He can insist all he wants, that won't make it true.

The lie's pimped by People, that doesn't make it true either.

Crapapedia may be 'source' three, but it's an idiot as well:

 Stolley’s almost religious determination to keep the magazine people-focused contributed significantly to its rapid early success. It is said that although Time Inc. pumped an estimated $40 million into the venture, the magazine only broke even 18 months after its debut in March 1974. Initially, the magazine was sold primarily on newsstands and in supermarkets. To get the magazine out each week, founding staff members regularly slept on the floor of their offices two or three nights each week and severely limited all non-essential outside engagements. The premiere March 4, 1974 edition featured actress Mia Farrow, then starring in the movie The Great Gatsby, on the cover. That issue also featured stories on Gloria Vanderbilt, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the wives of U.S. Vietnam veterans who were Missing In Action.[5] The magazine was, apart from its cover, printed in black-and-white. The initial cover price was 35 cents.

"Only broke even 18 months after its debut"?


People's success was considered amazing.  Sport's Illustrated had been the last previous weekly magazine launched in the US and, as Nora Ephron noted in her March 1975 piece for Esquire ("People Magazine," collected in Scribble, Scrabble), "Sports Illustrated lost twenty-six million in the ten years before it turned the corner, and People is expected to lose considerably less and turn the corner considerably quicker."

Poor Crapapedia and all the stupid, sexist men that blog there.

How many times can you lose your virginity?

We believe it's only once.

And we believe you can only have one first issue.

People's first issue did not feature Mia Farrow on the cover.

Nor was the March 4, 1974 issue the first issue of the magazine.

People magazine featured Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the magazine's first cover.  This was in August of 1973 and the first issue was, as Nora Ephron noted, "test-marketed in seven cities."

They blew their 40th anniversay, yes, so the magazine's spinning.

But, again, a magazine only has one first issue.

People magazine, and its cronies, like Time with their celebrity profiles, have infiltrated the media and now pass for news.

If you ever doubted that you missed Anderson Cooper's garbage on 60 Minutes tonight.

Cooper fawned over the mediocre band Foo Fighters and their so-so talented leader David Ghrol.  It was as if REO Speedwagon was being awarded a Grammy.

Today's modern day celebrity profile was pioneered by People and Time and, again, Nora Ephron documented the slide.  This time in an Esquire essay entitled "How to Write a Newsmagazine Cover Story" which offered

1) Find a subject too much has already been written about.

2) Exaggerate the significance of the cover subject.

3) Find people who know the subject personally and whose careers are bound up with the subject's.  Get these people to comment on the subject's significance.  

4) Try, insofar as it is possible, to imitate the style of press releases. 

5) Use statistic where ever possible.  Better yet, use statistics so mind boggling that no reader will bother to do simple arithmetic to determine their impossibility.

6) Study the examples.

And that pretty much sums up Anderson Cooper's garbage which included him declaring that band "one of the last great American rock bands that consistently sell millions of albums" and to insist "Foo Fighters' sound is raw, real rock 'n' roll."

Cooper doesn't listen to rock, never has.

More importantly, millions of albums?

Maybe the new one next month will sell a million copies in the US.

But 2007's Echoes, Silecnce, Patience & Grace only went gold (half a million).

And 2011's Wasting Light also only went gold.

Foo Fighters are no longer a million selling band and haven't been for over seven years.

But it was cute of Anderson to whore for a generic, faceless band churning out useless crap.

Journalism is the real victim of today's celebrity culture.

Crapapedia listed some of the stories but ignored much.  The big stories for 1974 in the Mia issue?  They included a look at the Loud family.

PBS kicked off the 'reality' garbage glut with that piece of crap posing as a documentary.

And the new focus on celebrity by non-Hollywood mags demanded that celebrities like the Louds be created -- the famous for being famous.

And now they are all over the TV today.

They're losers who have no talent.

Sorry, Kim Kardashian, Cher called it correctly on you and your kind.

People watch these 'celebs' because they are losers, because they are train wrecks.

It makes the audience feel better about themselves.

And who wouldn't feel like a giant comparing themselves to the homophobes featured in Duck Dynasty?

Or Sons of Guns 'stars' Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford whose latest scandal finds them arrested for child abuse.

Or there goes Honey Boo Boo, right off TLC.


Mama June's dating a convicted sex offender, a child molester, in fact.

Mama June's prince served "10 years [in prison] for forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old."

These are the non-entities that the media has elevated to celebrity status.

People like Khloe Kardashian who wants you to know she's still upset over her divorce from a failed NBA player.

She calls her mom a bitch, attacks her friends and does other nonsense on camera and that makes her a  'star'?

She's a nothing.

And she'll be remembered the same way the Loud family are today (all but gay son Lance are forgotten).

The crap is watched.

Not by large numbers.

You'll notice the broadcast networks, when they do 'reality,' make it a contest because otherwise it doesn't pull in a large enough audience.

So the crap is featured on basic cable where it's cheap to make.

'Reality' TV has ruined MTV, TLC and A&E.

A few years back, all three had strong brands.

Today, they're just known airing trash TV.

But don't just blame basic cable.

Blame the media that treats them as celebrities and chronicles their photo ops, treats them as something other than the circus freaks they are, pretend they are somehow a part of art.

Blame a media that will lie about who was on a magazine's first cover or that will lie that a band sells millions when they don't.  In a world where people are famous solely for standing in front of a TV camera, truth will always be less important than spin.

The Hunchback of DC

For reals?

Barack's never been told, "Sit on your jacket, it'll keep the shoulder line straight."?

Apparently not which is how he ends up looking like The Hunchback of DC.

This edition's playlist

1) Aretha Franklin's Aretha Sings The Great Diva Classics.

2)  Stevie Nicks' 24 Karat Gold Songs From The Vault.

3) Prince's Art Official Age.

4) Prince and 3rdeyegirl's Plectrunemlectrum.

5)  Lenny Kravitz's Strut.

6) Tori Amos's Unrepentant Geraldines.

7) Ben Harper and Ellen Harper's Childhood Home.

8) Chrissie Hynde's Stockholm.

9) The Afghan Whigs' Do The Beast.

10)  Carly Simon's This Kind Of Love.

Made in Dagenham - musical chimes with workers’ anger today

This is from Great Britain's Socialist Worker:

Made in Dagenham - musical chimes with workers’ anger today

The new musical is both funnier and politically sharper than the film with a powerful message of working class struggle and solidarity, writes?Paul McGarr

gemma aRterton takes the lead playing fictional strike leader Rita O’Grady
gemma aRterton takes the lead playing fictional strike leader Rita O’Grady

West End musicals don’t normally have a real sense of working class life and struggle, socialist politics or a determined battle against oppression. 

The new musical Made in Dagenham has all this and much more, with great music and a simply wicked sense of humour.

The set design is brilliant as the stage is transformed into a production line, picket line, parliament and then the TUC conference.

The musical takes the film of the same name as its starting point—but the script, music and songs were written specially for it. 

It tells the story of the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike, when 187 women machinists in the giant east London car plant walked out for pay regrading.

It’s a famous battle that became about equal pay, paving the way for the 1970 Equal Pay Act. The musical is both funnier and ­politically sharper than the film.

Well known screen actress Gemma Arterton gives a stunning performance in her first ever singing role as fictional strike leader Rita O’Grady. And the whole cast are on fantastic form.

I suspect that hundreds of ­theatre goers haven’t often cheered to the rafters as the song “Everybody Out” belts from a stage transformed into a picket line.

Or when Rita’s powerful speech to women workers in Ford’s Halewood plant on Merseyside, which is transformed into a brilliant song, successfully pulls them out in solidarity.


Alongside the sharp politics on class, race and fighting women’s oppression, the show is hilarious.
Labour politicians of the day, from prime minster Harold Wilson to employment secretary Barbara Castle, are the butt of the jokes just as much as the trade union bureaucrats and Ford bosses.

Every  mention of “management”   from a character (and they are frequent!) brings an echo of “Bastards!” from the chorus line.

And the show ends with the rousing anthem “Stand Up”—a call to change the world through working class people uniting and fighting.

Arterton says the characters in the show are “working class, full of beans, funny and witty”.

Composer David Arnold adds, “We’re looking at the past with a view to the future and the present”.

That’s important. Arterton ­underlines that for one thing the battle for equal pay is still far from won. “It may have passed into law, but it’s still not in the workplace,” she says.

Director Rupert Goold sums up the musical simply, “I hope audiences will leave the theatre invigorated by the issues raised, by the message of solidarity!”

Not bad for a hugely enjoyable evening out, whether with family and friends or a works or union branch outing in the run up to Christmas.

There are likely to be few better around this autumn.

Made in Dagenham directed by Rupert Goold. Adelphi Theatre, London WC2R 0NS. Opens Wednesday 5 November. Tickets from £15

VFW Election Day Advice

This is from the VFW:

VFW Election Day Advice

Remember those who vote for war but not the warrior

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate overwhelming passed an emergency funding package in late July to help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome its nationwide crisis in care and confidence. H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, was passed in the House by a vote of 420-5, and in the Senate by 91-3.

With federal midterm elections just weeks away, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States wants America to remember the names of the eight legislators who voted against disabled veterans: Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Not on the Nov. 4 ballot are Kingston and Stockman, Coburn, because he is stepping down, and Corker, whose six-year term doesn’t expire until 2018.

The hypocrisy of the “no” votes, according to VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, is that between 2003 and 2010, five of them voted to approve more than a half trillion dollars in supplemental war funding with little regard to corresponding offsets or spending oversight, yet in July they would vote against $16 billion to improve the care and services the VA provides to wounded, ill and injured veterans. The three not in office at the time of those war funding votes are Crawford, Sanford and Stockman. Sanford, however, was the governor of South Carolina from 2003-2011, a state that experienced tremendous active, Guard and Reserve deployments, as well as combat casualties.  

“By voting no, those eight members failed to stand with America’s wounded, ill and injured veterans,” said Stroud, a retired Air Force first sergeant from Hawthorne, Nev. “Failing to support America’s veterans is inexcusable, and I hope every voting constituent in every home district and state remembers that, because the VFW will do our best to remind them,” he said.

“The VFW has a long memory when it comes to remembering those who vote for war but not the warrior, and though we will never tell our members and supporters who to vote for, we will always tell them who in Congress does — or does not — support veterans, service members and their families.”

The 13 members of the House and Senate who were not present to vote on H.R. 3230 — for reasons their constituents should ask — are Reps. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Albio Sires (D-N.J.), and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). 

Along with Kingston and Stockman, Hanabusa will not be on the November ballot, nor will Senator Harkin. The three representatives lost their Senate primary challenges, and Harkin is retiring after serving five terms in office.

Memorial for GI union leader (Workers World)

This is from Workers World:

Memorial for GI union leader

By on October 25, 2014

From left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.
From left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.

A memorial meeting for Andy Stapp, who died in September, will be held on Nov. 1 in New York. As an active-duty GI at Fort Sill, Okla., Stapp first attracted the ire of the Army brass in 1967 when he was court-martialed for “refusing an order” — the order to surrender his anti-war literature to the military authorities.

He was put out of the Army in 1968 — but not until after he had begun to organize a union of active-duty service members, men and women. The American Servicemen’s Union took a stance against the Vietnam war, racism, sexism, the lack of democracy in the military and the saluting and sir-ring of officers. The newspaper of the ASU eventually reached U.S. soldiers, sailors and air force personnel all over the globe.

Former ASU members and anti-war activists will be joining in the celebration of Stapp’s life, as will his comrades at Workers World, students and fellow educators who knew him as a history teacher over the last three decades, as well as neighbors and ­relatives.

The memorial will be held at SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, 310 West 43rd St. (near 8th Avenue), 7th floor, and will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. All are welcome.

Articles copyright 1995-2014 Workers World. Verbatim copying and distribution is permitted in any medium without royalty provided this notice is preserved.

Betty's thoughts on Black Agenda Report

Betty's post about Black Agenda Report:

The one where I pitch for Black Agenda Report

I promise to do this only once, pitch for a fundraiser.  This is Black Agenda Report:

Black Agenda Report has been bringing you news, commentary and analysis for all of eight years now. It's time for us to ask you, our friends, readers and supporters for money.
Black Agenda Report was the first to blow the whistle on the Obama administration's participation in the bipartisan campaign to privatize public education, when in December 2008 we told our national audience who Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was and what he stood for. Black Agenda Report was the first, and among the only places to ask why the closing of 40 mostly black public schools at a time in Philadelphia was not national news. 
Black Agenda Report has been nearly alone in pointing out first lady Michelle Obama's leveraging her image to boost Wal-Mart as the solution to urban food deserts. The Black Agenda Report crew was writing about mass incarceration back in 2005, a full five years before the debut of Michelle Alexander's book on the subject, and long before the black attorney general allowed the phrase to pass his lips. We were also the first to run a pre-publication interview with Michelle Alexander as well.

Black Agenda Report has been nearly alone in pointing out first lady Michelle Obama's leveraging her imageback in 2005, a full five years before the debut of Michelle Alexander's book on the subject, and long before the black attorney general allowed the phrase to pass his lips. We were also the first to run a pre-publication interview with Michelle Alexander as well. to boost Wal-Mart as the solution to urban food deserts. The Black Agenda Report crew was writing about mass incarceration  
Black Agenda Report also pointed out how the Congressional Black Caucus has leased itself out to banksters, telecommunications corporations, for-profit colleges and other interests.
Unlike many, who only reprint stuff published elsewhere, Black Agenda Report manages, on a minimal budget, to produce five to seven pieces of original written content each and every week, along with original radio commentaries and interview shows each week. Right now we are upgrading and migrating our site and its eight years of archives to servers under our own management, which will enable us to deliver our product in a much better package, and with new services and opportunities for engagement as well.
We're doing the work that few others are, and we think it's work that deserves your support.
Please, help us keep doing what we do with a one-time contribution. For that, click the "DONATE" button below. Or, better yet a recurring monthly contribution in any amount. To do that, click one of the "SUBSCRIBE" button.

And if you're in NY this weekend, join us for After Ferguson, a penetrating inquiry into the current political terrain and the role of the black political class. For that, click here, or on the graphic

I'm plugging them for a number of reasons.

1) They don't whore.

2) They sometimes piss me off.

Not weekly, but probably every six or so weeks.

And that's good.

I don't want MSNBC giving me comfort food.

3) In a hugely White web, they are a Black voice.

I run a little site here.  And my first three years, this was a comic novel about how Nicholas Kristoff and Thomas Friedman 'helped' and 'rescued' a woman from another country (kidnapped an American woman working at a super store in New Jersey).

Then I set that aside and now this is about other things as well.

But I suffer no pretense that I'm some amazing blogger or some site that changes the world.

But I had the sweetest e-mail from a 14-year-old who told me she's going to start her blog when she's out of high school and she is glad that I and twelve other Black bloggers (she listed them) are out here because we show it can be done.

I may not do much else but, girl, I can represent.

Black Agenda Report does so much more than just represent but the represent is not to be overlooked.

We need Black voices.

The Root is too corporatist for me but I'm glad it's there and I try not to rip into it.

But BAR is the outlet that speaks to and for so many of us and that's important.

4) BAR also speaks for non-Blacks.  They cover Latino issues and do so seriously.  They cover environment and ecology issues.  They cover prison issues.

They cover so many important issues and the issues really are universal ones.

5) They cover war.

Not like fake ass Amy Goodman, they cover real war.

They were among the very few loudly calling out Barack's attack on Libya.

6) I don't want to think of a web without an active and present Black Agenda Report.

On another note, yesterday, Kat's "Kat's Korner: Lenny chooses to strut" and "Kat's Korner: Prince, you wonder if you take him h..." went up covering Lenny Kravitz and Prince's new albums.

I love all three and will share my thoughts tomorrow.


This piece is written by Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Kat of Kat's Korner, Betty of Thomas Friedman is a Great Man, Mike of Mikey Likes It!, Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz, Ruth of Ruth's Report, Marcia of SICKOFITRADLZ, Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends, Ann of Ann's Mega Dub, Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts and Wally of The Daily Jot. Unless otherwise noted, we picked all highlights.

"They cover what they can't verify and close to the..." -- most requested highlight of the week.

 "Kat's Korner: Prince, you wonder if you take him h..." and "Kat's Korner: Lenny chooses to strut" -- Kat reviews new albums from Prince and Lenny Kravitz. 

"Prince," "Barbra: A few thoughts," "Lenny Kravitz and Prince,"  "New albums" and "Thoughts on the year in music" -- Elaine, Ruth, Betty and Kat cover music.

"the awareness increases, the plight continues" -- Rebecca on the Palestinians. 

"Easy Pasta Salad in the Kitchen" -- Trina makes it as simple as possible.

"Sick f**k Mia Farrow" and "Mia Farrow can't stop embarrassing herself" -- Marcia and Trina on Mia Farrow's sick sense of humor.

"The Failed Match Up" -- Isaiah dips into the archives. 

"Charmed," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "Night Gallery" and "American Horror Story" -- the community looks at their favorite horror or fantasy TV shows.

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