In a former life, I was (am) a singer/songwriter. I was one of the founding members of Geffen Recording Artists, Crossfire Choir, back in the day and I continue to write, record and occasionally perform with former Crossfire Choir drummer, Brad Peet and bassist, Brad Rendell as Jay Pounders & The Brads. PS - I've recently added a link to CD BABY NOW below where you can hear a sample and purchase one of my songs, if you want! Hope you enjoy and your feedback is welcome.
Sunday October 16 2011
I have voted in every presidential election since I turned 18. I have only voted for the eventual nominee of my party in the primaries once in my lifetime and that was for then Senator Obama. I have never been more proud of my country than the day he was elected. I used to spend all my time arguing with people from the far-right that President Obama wasn't the socialist that they made him out to be and now I find myself arguing with far-left people that he's not the Wall Street Crony that they want to make him out to be. Unfortunately, its seems as if a lot of people thought the election of President Obama was going to usher in a new age of enlightenment and the end of injustice everywhere. Remember it was "Yes We Can" not "Yes He Can". Can we?
Saturday October 8 2011
I am really disappointed in the Obama Administration's decision to let the Feds go after the California pot dispensaries. While yes, I recognize that most of the dispensaries don't meet the legal requirements established in the state law that they be non-profit, etc., it is such a waste of time, money and energy to go after pot stores when the President has been telling us over and over again how it was time to get serious about our problems. It also shows the President assumes he'll carry the youth vote and California, I presume, but this could be a big mistake. It is very frustrating to support an administration that continues to try to play to the middle over and over again when the "middle" won't vote for him, no matter what he does. (cause the "middle" ain't really the middle, if you know what I mean). ARGHHHHHH...
Sunday October 2, 2011
William Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."
I just updated the site with the story about Rick Perry's hunting camp down in Texas being called "Niggerhead" until at least 1983 or 84 before the word was painted over but still nearly visible on the flat rock at the entrance to the camp. This is but yet one more reminder that racism is not some abstract evil of our forefathers but rather a plague on our society that you are either working against or helping to foster by abstentia.
When I was a kid, I remember the townspeople of Senatobia Mississippi being upset because the city was making the owners of the local laundry paint over the words, "whites only" (these were not cleaning instructions) on the front of the laundry. Afterwards, the large white rectangle painted on the front door served the same purpose, letting blacks know that no matter what the law was, they were not welcome.
The progress we have made as a nation is the result of some awfully brave people fighting the good fight and making sacrifices. Don't sit back and let someone else carry the load for you. If you want a government that understands where we've come from and fights for ALL of its people, get involved! The progress that we have made under President Obama can be reversed faster than you can say "niggerhead", but don't.
Can everybody please take a chill pill?
As I visit
political websites across the spectrum trying to promote the Anti Drudge
Report by commenting on various articles and blogs, I find myself
shocked at the vitriol that is out there on both sides. Between the
Right Wing claiming that a socialist world order is being forced upon
them and the far Left calling for armed revolt against a capitalist
conspiracy to enslave the masses, it is difficult to see how we are ever
going to be able to find common ground upon which the solutions to our
problems can be found. While I know that the anonymity of the internet
gives people a certain bravado that they wouldn’t otherwise exhibit, the
throwing around of words like “don’t retreat, reload’ and threatening
violence in the streets similar to what’s just happened in the UK if
certain policies aren’t enacted demonstrate that we are becoming
increasingly reactionary at a time when our economic situation calls out
for a calm, reasoned approach.
always been a country rich in political viewpoints and there is nothing
wrong with healthy discourse, but at what point do we try to step back
and consider the possibility that the other side may have at least some
small point worthy of exploring? What are the odds of you being right
about every single issue? We complain about our elected officials not
being able to compromise while we demonize and dismiss each other on a
daily basis because of differing viewpoints. So many of the online
debates end with veiled threats of an impending revolution when this or
that happens, but like a schoolyard bully, most of the talk is cheap. I
don’t think nearly as many people want a revolution as the number that
claim to want one. Americans like their trash picked up. We want our
pay checks to clear. We want what’s left of our money to be safe in the
A few years
back, my favorite comedian, Doug Stanhope, came up with a classic
response when a crowd was complaining loudly about the poor sound system
during the warm-up act at a show in Los Angeles. I can only paraphrase,
but Doug basically took the stage and yelled, ”Stop whining about the
sound system. We know it sucks; it’s being run by the bartender who has
no idea what he is doing. We’re trying to fix it, but you could hear
better if you shut up and listened instead of bitching about it. If you
want to show your displeasure, do it like Americans always do, tip your
waitress slightly less than 15%.”
So America, shut up and listen every once in a while. You might learn something.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
The unthinkable has happened. The US Credit Rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor's. Their analysis cited the GOP's commitment to refusing to let the Bush tax cuts to expire, writing, ""Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise So, my conservative friends, please stand up and take a bow. I hope your mission of sabotaging the economy in a cynical effort to prevent the President from being re-elected will now be obvious to the rest of the country. Hopefully, the silver lining in this will be the American people waking up to the true motives of the Tea Party and a complete rejection of them in the next election. If the GOP is to survive as a viable party, I think it will need to distance itself from these right-wing radicals, but I don't see that happening. They can't help it, they were born with a silver foot in their mouth (RIP Ann Richards)
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I've come in from the ledge. Just so I don't get in the habit of disavowing each of my most recent posts with each subsequent post, let me say I am now unsure if the debt deal was a good one or not but we averted default so in that regard, it had to be done. I have read and listened to a number of people with varying opinions over the last few days and it seems even reasonable people disagree on whether its a victory for the Tea Party, Obama, or none of the above. I am encouraged by those that have presented evidence that the President protected most of his (our) priorities and the bill has provided the mechanics for more revenue (see link to "How Obama Won in Debt Deal" above) to be put in place by the Super Congress. PS- thanks again for all your help in spreading the word about the AntiDrudgeReport.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Okay, I now have an opinion on this @#$@ bill. I think Obama bluffed. Cantor called and Obama had to show his pair of fours. He foolishly believed the GOP would eventually do the right thing but they proved they were wiling to ruin this country if that's what it took to protect the tax cuts given to the richest 1% of Americans. This bill basically raises the cap through the next election and not much else for the first year so the tea party can say they haven't raised taxes and Dems can say they haven't cut benefits too much (yet) and promise us that they will include revenues in the next round. It assumes the "commission" will come up with a compromise that includes both cuts and revenues, but ultimately, this bill is not a balanced approach at all, the only guaranteed part of the bill are cuts. No revenues. That is not a balanced approach, so if you are keeping score, call it Tea Party 1, America 0.PS. I hope I'm wrong.
Monday, August 1, 2011
A deal has been announced and the default has apparently been averted. I can only trust that the President feels confident in the bi-partisan commission that will be established to make the future cuts in a fair manner. I do hope that all of these so-called "conservatives" that have been calling for "cuts" realize that the government can not cut enough from budgets that help welfare cheats and freeloaders to get to where we need to be, the cuts you are calling for are ones to your own social security and medicare benefits, unemployment insurance, pell grants, etc. Be careful what you wish(ed) for, you might have just gotten it.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
As Boeher's bill gets reworked and sent back to the House of Representatives, I hope that we are finally nearing the end of this fake crisis. It is the GOP that has insisted on linking the debt ceiling vote to our deficit spending. The old guard Republicans are shocked that these Tea Party Numbskulls believe the rhetoric they've been spewing for decades (that the cause of all our ills is some perceived wasteful spending on lazy people living off of government hand-outs) and all we have to do is cut taxes and everything will magically fix itself. Apparently, governing requires thought, planning, foresight and the ability to compromise. The AntiDrudgeReport is taking off! I get more hits every day and more and more folks are sharing with their friends and "liking" it on Facebook. I appreciate all your help and if see a story somewhere that you think might be appropriate for my site, please let me know. I also welcome your feedback. If you see a headline or story that you think is off the mark, call me on it! Unlike SOME other aggregate news sites, I value the truth.
Wednesday, July 27,2011
As the various bills get bantered about in the press and Congress it is becoming increasingly clear that the House Republicans are going to push us closer and closer to the brink of economic disaster in an effort to protect the assets of the very top 1% wealthiest in this country. What my conservative friends may not realize is that the GOP can't get the spending down to the levels they want by just cutting aid to the poor. They have not made any secret about it. They are going after Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits as well as food safety, clean air, clean water enforcement, college tuition grants, etc. I am encouraged by the American people's response to the President's plea to contact Congress and yes, I'm naive enough that I still believe our government responds to public sentiment.
Sunday July 24, 2011
I was shocked on Friday when the President revealed his anger at Boehner and the House GOP for pushing their ideological agenda at the risk of driving the US into default. I seriously never thought the Republicans in Congress were this short-sighted and well, for lack of a better word, stupid. It made me glad I don't have any money in the stock market as I can't imagine anything but a huge sell-off on Monday and aren't the shareholders the ones that the Tea Party thinks it is protecting by fighting for these Tax Cuts on the rich? It is increasingly clear that the Republicans are willing to put millions of more Americans out of work and sabotage this country's economy in hopes of pinning the blame on Obama. I hope that Americans are waking up to the fact that the GOP is out of touch with reality. If there is a sliver lining to this shitstorm over the debt deal it might be that the House Republicans' insistence on protecting corporate tax breaks and keeping the Bush tax cuts on those earning more than $250,000 per year even at the risk of a US default may be the beginning of the end of the GOP as a viable political party. One can dream.
July 3, 2011
The AntiDrudgeReport has been an idea that I've had for several years that I've finally put into action. I am a news junkie who regularly scans the various online news sources to learn about what's happening in the world and have been frustrated over the years by most of the other aggregate news sites, especially those that have a right-wing agenda to promote. I've been dismayed at the misleading and sometimes completely inaccurate headlines on sites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart, FoxNews, etc. so I have created this site for progressives and the people who love them. If you see a news item or blog etc. that you think might be of interest to progressives, please let me know. I make no secret of my support of President Obama on most issues but I will include stories critical of the President or other progressives where they are fair and accurate. I am not as liberal as many of my friends and I am not one that likes to demonize the other side. I don't think all conservatives are bad people, just wrong on most issues. My early feedback has been encouraging but surprising as I've received as many complaints from people who feel the President's policies are not progressive enough as I have from conservatives who think he is a radical left-winger. My guess is the truth is somewhere in the middle which is where I and most people are politically. I hope to continually improve the site with the goal being to make the AntiDrudgeReport matter by November 2012. Won't you help? If you find the site interesting, please visit often and share with your friends to help me get the word out.