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Saturday Marks 50th Anniversary of Dylan Going Electric at Newport


The Night Bob Dylan Went Electric
Elijah Wald

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket, carrying a Fender Stratocaster in place of his familiar acoustic guitar. The crowd shifted restlessly as he tested his tuning and was joined by a quintet of backing musicians. Then the band crashed into a raw Chicago boogie and, straining to be heard over the loudest music ever to hit Newport, he snarled his opening line: “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more!”

What happened next is obscured by a maelstrom of conflicting impressions: The New York Times reported that Dylan “was roundly booed by folk-song purists, who considered this innovation the worst sort of heresy.” In some stories Pete Seeger, the gentle giant of the folk scene, tried to cut the sound cables with an axe. Some people were dancing, some were crying, many were dismayed and angry, many were cheering, many were overwhelmed by the ferocious shock of the music or astounded by the negative reactions.

As if challenging the doubters, Dylan roared into “Like a Rolling Stone,” his new radio hit, each chorus confronting them with the question: “How does it feel?” The audience roared back its mixed feelings, and after only three songs he left the stage. The crowd was screaming louder than ever—some with anger at Dylan’s betrayal, thousands more because they had come to see their idol and he had barely performed. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, tried to quiet them, but it was impossible. Finally, Dylan reappeared with a borrowed acoustic guitar and bid Newport a stark farewell: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue….”

What Donald Trump Was Up to While John McCain Was a Prisoner of War


What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war

By Michael E. Miller and Fred Barbash July 20 at 5:43 AM

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As McCain remained in solitary confinement, tapping messages on the filthy walls to his fellow POWs in Morse code, Trump was out partying at legendary nightclubs.

Several years later, Trump was frequenting “Studio 54 in the disco’s heyday and he said he thought it was paradise,” Timothy O’Brien wrote in “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.” “His prowling gear at the time included a burgundy suit with matching patent-leather shoes,” O’Brien wrote.


I am NOT a McCain fan (See: Swiftboaters) AT ALL, and I agree with another poster that this is basically a GOP troll fight, but it is an interesting historical article.

TOM TOMORROW: The Looming Threat

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/20/1403163/-Cartoon-The-looming-threat

Tom Tomorrow: Sparky's Inferno

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/13/1401176/-Cartoon-Sparky-s-inferno

TOM TOMORROW: Sparky's Inferno

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/13/1401176/-Cartoon-Sparky-s-inferno

AP BREAKING: SC House Approves Removsl of Confederate Flag, Could Come Down in Days

Source: Associated Press

Will update with link.

South Carolina House Approved Removing Confederate Flag

Update at 1:04 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860 and raised the flag again at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

The move early Thursday came after more than 13 hours of at times contentious debate, just weeks after the fatal shootings of nine black church members, including a state senator, at a Bible study in Charleston. The House approved the Senate bill 93-27, and still has one more vote that appeared to be perfunctory since they had met two-thirds approval. The bill would then go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports it.

Read more: http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/top-news/confederate-flags-fate-in-hands-of-south-carolina-/nmtHM/

Bill Cosby Dropped By Talent Agency CAA

Source: Huffington Post

Bill Cosby Dropped By Talent Agency CAA

42 minutes ago
Stephanie Marcus Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post

Bill Cosby has been dumped by his talent agency, CAA, and is currently without representation, according to Deadline Hollywood.

According to the website, Creative Artists Agency actually cut ties with him late last year -- well before the Associated Press obtained previously sealed court documents in which the 77-year-old admitted he bought Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women he intended to have sex with, and admitted to giving a sedative to at least one woman.

The agency, who represented the actor and comedian since 2012, remained tight-lipped about the split, only telling Deadline, "We do not represent (Cosby) at this time.”

Cosby, who has now been accused of sexual assault by more than two dozen women, has never been charged with a crime. Additionally, the statute of limitations on most of the allegations has already expired, however, several of Cosby's accusers are currently suing the actor for defamation.

Read more: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559dcec5e4b01c2162a5dcdd?

SC Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag from State House

Source: New York Times

South Carolina Senate Casts First Vote to Remove Confederate Flag

JULY 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. The bipartisan proposal, which emerged after last month’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, was approved by a 37-to-3 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Senate has one remaining ratification vote, now virtually assured of success.

The debate will shift to the House of Representatives, which Republicans also dominate, where the timeline for — and tenor of — the debate remains less clear.

The Senate’s vote on Monday marked a resounding shift in South Carolina, where less than three weeks ago removing the Confederate battle flag from a memorial near the State House was viewed as politically impossible.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/us/south-carolina-capitol-confederate-battle-flag.html

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open (Stay)

Source: New York Times

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open

JUNE 29, 2015
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal from a decision effectively ordering them to close.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. voting to deny the stay.

The case concerns two parts of a state law that imposes strict requirements on abortion providers. One requires all abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards for “ambulatory surgical centers,” including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. The other requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Other parts of the law took effect in 2013, causing about half of the state’s 41 abortion clinics to close. If the contested provisions take effect, abortion rights advocates said, the number of clinics will again be halved.

“This would amount to a more than 75 percent reduction in Texas abortion facilities in just a two-year period, creating a severe shortage of safe and legal abortion services in a state that is home to more than five million reproductive–age women,” lawyers for abortion providers told the justices in an emergency application for a stay.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us/supreme-court-allows-texas-abortion-clinics-to-remain-open.html

'TOM THE DANCING BUG' TOON: The True History of the Confederate Flag

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