HARDBALL: THE SIDESHOW: WINNERS AND LOSERS


NOW IS THE TIME

TO RID OUR GOVERNMENT

OF ALL CURMUDGEONS!

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

“Just A Little while to Stay Here” Gregg Stafford & Brian Towers


HAVE A GREAT EVENING!

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Just A Little While To Stay Here” from a jazz Gospel concert in Denmark featuring “New Orleans Delight” with guests Gregg Stafford – trumpet, from New Orleans and Brian Towers – trombone, from Toronto. Dated November 20 2004 and the fine video recording at Korup Kirke is attributed to Carl Ole, to whom we are all very grateful.

“Is Romney Serious about Defunding FEMA?”


And, Joe Scarborough

wants

“smaller government”?

Romney’s Most Popular Surrogate Praises Barack Obama


Photos: Scenes from Hurricane Sandy

Photos from Hurricane Sandy as it churned up eastern seaboard. The storm brought a dangerous mix of high winds, rising tides and soaking rain, shutting down mass transit and schools in many areas.Read More

So, all the GOP criticism of Barack Obama has been politics…

not necessarily the truth!

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President Romney Would Seek to Establish a New Confederate States of America 1


It should be abundantly clear to all of us how dangerous a Romney presidency would be.  Mitt Romney  wants to cede federal power back to the states,  many of whom were bankrupt recently and had to quietly seek stimulus funds which they subverted to balance their state budgets.  Who really thinks the states would properly administer sole control of Medicaid? I don’t understand why the polls have the election so close.  I guess many people are befuddled by lying political ads on TV.  They can’t imagine that Mitt Romney would really turn Medicare into a voucher program where the elderly would have to seek healthcare insurance at a time in their lives when their bodies and faculties are waning.  Romney supporters cannot see the dead stacked up in emergency rooms when  after too late seniors are forced to take public transportation to get to a hospital  and seek medical attention to stay alive.

Mitt Romney is some kind of  Svengali who gives stump speeches promising “big things” with no ideas on how to financially make them real.  The Paul Budget is real.  Once installed in the Whitehouse, Team Romney-Ryan would use their good offices to influence Congress to extend tax cuts for the TOP 1% and increase taxes on the poor and middle-class to pay for them.  For 30 years the middle-class has seen no appreciable increase in wages and salaries while those at the top of the ladder have flourished.  President Romney would show us a new meaning for the word misery.  When President Romney repeals Obamacare, we,  the elderly, will have to go back to eating cat food and choosing whether to buy medicines or food. (I am not exaggerating!)

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RU Black? There’s a Campaign to Keep You from Voting in 2012


As a black American, I am concerned about the Presidential Election in 2012.  I have a driver’s license which is a “picture ID” in my state which will required to vote. A large number of blacks and the elderly in the South have no picture ID.  Some are too poor to own a car and need a driver’s licensed.  Their Social Security card used to be sufficient ID in business affairs where they had to prove who they were.  Republican dominated legislatures all over the nation are orchestrating a campaign to reduce democratic access to the ballot box in 2012 to secure a republican victory…like the one in the last mid-term election.  It is said that the infamous Koch Brothers are behind this seemingly uncoordinated scheme.  Please read this excerpt from Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone

The GOP War on Voting

In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

by: Ari Berman

As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. “What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century,” says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.

All told, a dozen states have approved new obstacles to voting. Kansas and Alabama now require would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida and Texas made it harder for groups like the League of Women Voters to register new voters. Maine repealed Election Day voter registration, which had been on the books since 1973. Five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. And six states controlled by Republican governors and legislatures – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots. More than 10 percent of U.S. citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic – including 18 percent of young voters and 25 percent of African-Americans.

Taken together, such measures could significantly dampen the Democratic turnout next year – perhaps enough to shift the outcome in favor of the GOP. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” [To read the this excellent entire article click here.]

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Blacks (and whites)  had to demonstrate and protest to help overcome the “Jim Crow” laws which preventing them from voting. It is conceivable that many young people are not aware of The Civil Rights Act-The Voting Right Act.  They ended an ugly chapter in American history that David and Charles Koch are trying through money to reverse ex post facto. We must learn the lessons of our past, my fellow Americans.  ‘To diminish the rights of one American diminishes us all.’  Watch this capsule history of our struggle and success:

 

Black Youth, Untold Bloodshed,toil and Sweat Came Before the Freedoms We Enjoy in the 21st Century


Two women hulling rice, Sapelo Island, Georgia
(Photographer unknown, ca. 1900)

“By the Sweat of Our Brows”

SLAVE TASKS

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Shuckin’ and jivin’ (or shucking and jiving) is a slang term for the behavior of joking and acting facetiously. More generally, the term can also refer to the speech and behavioral mechanisms adopted in the presence of an authoritative figure.[1] Shuckin’ and jivin’ usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling, used to one-up an opponent or avoid punishment. Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (ISBN 0-253-20265-5) is the name of a book written by Daryl Cumber Dance in 1981. In 1972, the Johnny Lewis Quartet record a soul jazz LP called Shuckin’ ‘N Jivin’ .[2] “Shuckin and Jivin” is also the title of a song by the Osmonds 1971[3]

The term is also used in the Southern United States referring to deceit or mischief involving lies.[citation needed]

Some claim that the origins of the phrase may be traced to when “black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted toward white people”. [4]

According to the 1994 book by Clarence Major, ‘Juba to Jive, a Dictionary of African-American Slang,’ ‘shuck and jive’ dates back to the 1870s and was an ‘originally southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense.[5]  [Wikipedia]

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