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Name: Ann
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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

Journal Archives

PNAC for Hillary, so not surprised.

They've got the next war warming up in the wings.

Well I'll tell you what, this widow of a 100% disabled Viet Nam dead-way-before-his-time combat vet, is not at all confused about who-the-fuck Hillary Clinton and her country club are.

Nixon in a pants suit is dead-on.


This was playing in my thoughts earlier this morning, the more so now; only my man Malmsteen can cope with what the politics of the fallen icons has come to...

I cast my pearls before the swine
Sealed and delivered
Then I drink your toast of wine
Though it's bitter sweet
I'm eating from your hand so neat
Pennies from heaven

You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas
You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas

Sightseeing through the lights and shades
Of your mighty colonnades
Now I got the picture
Of the beauty and the beast...
I am the lamb,
You are the priest to crucify me

You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas
You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas

To make a living makes no difference
Friends, you are what you do
Some are false, and some are true
You haven't got the glue...
I'd rather reign in hell some said,
Than serve in heaven

You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas
You say you give, you say you love
But yet you live just like Judas... Judas

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 09:21 AM (1 replies)

Well done, Ashley Williams and friend!

THAT'S the way to protest and WHAT to protest.

Way to go! I have criticized some of BLM's past actions, but that was a thing of beauty!

I am so glad that word will begin now to filter through the black community about what Hillary and Bill have really been doing. That's important.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Feb 25, 2016, 03:50 AM (0 replies)

So the Clinton Crime Bill creating mass incarceration and

their involvement in creating the private prison industry doesn't bother black people?




Ok, well that's very interesting. But I still don't understand how you end mass incarceration by voting for it.

Black people voting for the Clintons is not quite but almost comparable to if the Jews in large numbers had voted for Hitler.

Then on top of that there's the Clinton Welfare reform of the 1990s. Millions of black kids and kids of all races suffered at their hands because of that, yet the Clintons tout how much they have done for children. That's audacity!

Sometimes it's a good idea to be informed so that one doesn't end up hugging it out with the very people who are doing them in. That should be embarrassing, one would think, but apparently not. I can only guess that black leaders are not informing people as they should. It's not my business, (as a white woman) all I can do is shake my head. But I see posts like this here on DU and online and reports on tv, and I think WTF. This is probably the best example there has ever been, of cognitive dissonance.

Btw, Bernie didn't do a couple of protest actions in the 1960s and that was it. He kept fighting ever since then for the issues he believes in, civil rights being among them. Unlike the Clintons, he has been consistent through his entire career. I, personally, started watching him leading the fight for these things in the early 1990s on C-SPAN, and have watched him do it ever since.

The Clintons "work" for black people? That is a sick joke.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Feb 25, 2016, 01:47 AM (0 replies)

You can't vote for the architect of mass incarceration

while claiming an urgency to end it.

All that needs is a minimum of logic. One position or the other is bullshit.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Mon Feb 22, 2016, 09:55 PM (2 replies)

The electability issue goes to Bernie (if that matters at all): latest poll TYT video

Cenk Uygar dissects the latest national poll numbers, showing Hillary beats Trump by only 1 point and LOSES to all the other Repubs. Bernie BEATS ALL the Repubs. Does that matter?

I got your electability right here, and this is numbers saying so not some biased person:

All Dems should see this. If HRC supporters see this and still don't care, that's one thing; but that's certainly better than being uninformed and walking into a crushing defeat in the General.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 11:01 AM (2 replies)

I'm right there with ya, ChiciB1 :)

White woman here too, longtime fan of Sanders. Nope, I'm pretty sure HC has never heard of Jackson. If so, it didn't spark much thought or feeling within her, and I don't see how that's possible. She strikes me as more of a "Bubble Gum Music" type, as we used to call it in my locale. Maybe show tunes, but that might be a stretch. So funny, I almost put "For America" in my first reply! I love that song so much too, and I'm glad you posted those lyrics. We must be birds of a feather!

I'm so glad to find another Jackson fan here! I think there are a few more of us, here and there, scattered about the place.

Very glad you got to see Jackson in person, I was going to ask that because he's one not to miss. I've seen him 5 times over the years -- at first it cost next to nothing, too bad concerts are so pricey now. I wouldn't mind so much if the musicians got most of it but they don't.

Lol! I too almost named my son "Jackson". He used to call himself that though anyway, because I played those albums so much. He'd pretend to play guitar with an old acoustic, and did in fact grow up to get a degree in classical guitar (how did that happen?, second major in IT) and is a genius player. Oh my, too bad I warped that kid. My daughter is a big JB freak too, like me. Inevitable, I guess.

When you listen to the "Running On Empty" album, the title song and "Load Out", and "Stay" were recorded at an outdoor concert venue near where I lived at the time in Columbia, Maryland (Merriweather Post Pavilion). I was a single mom then, and I took my 4 year old son with me to a summer JB concert there. It was a very cool little local setting in the woods with a smallish number of seats and then people would spread blankets on the naturally-inclining ground picnic-style beyond that. The sound was great! I think it cost something like $25 for both of us, and we went with friends who also had kids his age. ("The Road" too was recorded at Cross Keys Inn, on the lake within walking distance of the woods. It was a very cool little town in 1977, very progressive actually, and btw, EmmyLou Harris waited tables for a time before she was famous at the restaurant in the Cross Keys Inn.)

Back to the concert... At what we thought was the end of the evening, the crowd was clapping and pleading for yet another encore, we didn't think we'd get one, so about half of the people had already left, and that's when Jackson slowly walked back onstage alone saying nothing, sat down at the piano very casually and started playing a little, almost ignoring us. And a couple more musicians came out as if just getting their stuff together and then he started to sing "Load Out" by himself "now the seats are all empty..." and we though WTF?, we didn't even know what was going on at first. And then it was clear that it was a song, and strangely enough sort of about us and that night, and that was cool. And we thought that little song to us was all the very last encore was going to be, and that was great! But as the whole band kicked in and then "Stay" started, we "got it" that this was a REAL encore and the remaining crowd went absolutely NUTS!!! Unforgettable! There was dancing (on and off stage), there was "aren't you glad we didn't leave so fast?", everybody was rockin'! I still can't figure out how they got so much of the crowd noises out though. It was thunderous!

We had no idea at the time, that encore was being recorded. Little did we know, that, and our experience of the new title tune we heard that night, "Running On Empty", were going to end up on the next album when it came out. And now we can hear a little bit of "our" concert anytime. It was August 27 1977. What a day!

Just fwiw, I'm W8ing4Everymen too on Twitter.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 05:53 PM (0 replies)

Yes, it is.

I agree, ChiciB1, Jackson seems to constantly say what I'm thinking, only much better than I ever could. And he's been doing that since the early 70s. There's just nobody so consistently insightful about life as I've known it. He's 2 years older than me, so he's pretty much in sync with my experience of the years. I've bought most of his albums over again on LP, cassette tape, and CD, and now have them digitized. There are only a couple of his later albums that I haven't "taken to" as much.

The song 'Everyman' always comes to mind for me during elections, and that's a big reason why I chose this name because I jointed DU during the 2008 election, and it felt like that's what I was doing here -- waiting for Everyman to come to our way of thinking and join us in the election effort.

When it came out in real time, similar to Jackson's words, I had just given up on living with a bunch of East-coaster friends in California for several years. I don't know how he did it, but that guy always seemed to know where I was at, and what I was thinking. His songs have definitely helped me get through it all. I want to say he's the poet of our time and he is, except that we are fortunate enough to have several who could share that title.

Yes indeed, we do "have one" now! This is for you and him, all of us...

Everybody I talk to is ready to leave
With the light of the morning
They've seen the end coming down long enough to believe
That they've heard their last warning
Standing alone
Each has his own ticket in his hand
And as the evening descends
I sit thinking 'bout Everyman

Seems like I've always been looking for some other place
To get it together
Where with a few of my friends I could give up the race
And maybe find something better
But all my fine dreams
Well thought out schemes to gain the motherland
Have all eventually come down to waiting for Everyman

Waiting here for Everyman --
Make it on your own if you think you can
If you see somewhere to go, I understand
Waiting here for Everyman --
Don't ask me if he'll show... baby, I don't know

Make it on your own if you think you can
Somewhere later on you'll have to take a stand
Then you're going to need a hand

Everybody's just waiting to hear from the one
Who can give them the answers
And lead them back to that place in the warmth of the sun
Where sweet childhood still dances,
Who'll come along
And hold out that strong but gentle father's hand --
Long ago I heard someone say something 'bout Everyman

Waiting here for Everyman --
Make it on your own, make it if you think you can
If you see somewhere to go, I understand

I'm not trying to tell you that I've seen the plan
Turn and walk away if you think I am --
But don't think too badly of one who's left holding sand
He's just another dreamer, dreaming 'bout Everyman

Gotta have a bonus track...

(For younger DUers, the Deluge was not water, it was an era of "cataclysmic" events -- one that ended a lot of things, and people. Following it on a playlist would be "Won't Get Fooled Again". Too bad we did though.)

Or two...

Jackson, Graham Nash and David Crosby, with David Lynley. Whenever I see Graham Nash I always think of an exceptional thing he did for me once, without even knowing me at all... he lent me the use of his house in LA for a few weeks while he was away, because he heard about a dire situation I was in through a friend of a friend -- I'll never forget his kindness and generosity.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 07:43 AM (1 replies)

Black icon namesake on the board of a huge private prison corp. maxed donation to HRC

Here's what I learned on Twitter yesterday (while looking up the subject of lobbyist Dem super delegates, another disgusting situation), and boy was I shocked right down to my toes. I thought I'd seen cold-hearted arrogance, but this tops everything:

Thurgood Marshall Jr., son of the first black Supreme Court Justice, sits on the board of Corrections Corporation, the private prison giant. For showing up at a couple of meetings, he is paid $178,546 per year, and has maxed out his donations to Hillary For President.


He is literally making money from slavery, and she is running for President on it.

(I wonder how many hours young black men had to work for free to put that $178K in his pocket, and that max donation in Hill's coffers? Betcha it was a lot of hours.)

Gee, the both of them must care so deeply about the plight of too many black men wasting away in prison. I bet they cry over it into their bank books every night. More likely they laugh over it at the country club.

Here's his bio on Corrections Corp.'s website, posted beside a smiling picture of him:

Thurgood Marshall has served as a director and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee since December 2002. Marshall is a partner in the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington D.C., and a principal in Bingham Consulting Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bingham McCutchen LLP that assists business clients with communications, political and legal strategies. Marshall, the son of the historic Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, has held appointments in each branch of the federal government, including Cabinet Secretary to President Clinton and Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. In his role under President Clinton, Marshall was the chief liaison between the President and the agencies of the Executive Branch. He serves on the American Bar Association Election Law Committee and serves as a board member of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the National Womens Law Center and the Supreme Court Historical Society, and serves on the Ethics Oversight Committee of the United States Olympic Committee. Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 and a juris doctor degree in 1981 from the University of Virginia, after which he clerked for United States District Judge Barrington D. Parker.


Hillary's remarks yesterday:

And then finally and so importantly, we need end-to-end reform in our criminal justice system.

Not half measures, but a full commitment with real follow-through. Now this is something we can talk about for hours. In fact I gave my first speech of this campaign in April not far from here, and it was about reforming criminal justice, because the inequities that persist in our justice system undermine our shared vision of what America can and should be.

Our legal system is still, all too often, stacked against those who have the least power, who are the most vulnerable.
And we’ve seen the toll it takes on families torn apart by excessive incarceration and children growing up in homes shattered by prison and poverty
And let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. It’s diverting too many African-American kids into the criminal justice system, instead of giving them the education they deserve. We’ve seen a significant increase in police involvement in school discipline, especially in schools with majority-black students.

We’re seeing an over -reliance on suspensions and expulsions. I’m sure many of us remember that horrifying video of the girl in South Carolina being thrown out of her desk and dragged across her classroom by a school police officer. A classroom should be a safe place for our children. We shouldn’t even have to say that, I don’t think.
So here’s what I ask of you, hold me accountable. Hold every candidate accountable. What we say matters, but what we do matters more. And you deserve leaders who will do whatever it takes to tear down all the barriers holding you back and then replace them with those ladders of opportunities that every American deserves to have.

I’m also asking all Americans to join in that effort. As Cornell Brooks, the new head of the NAACP said in our meeting this morning – none of this is a ‘they’ problem, it’s a ‘we’ problem, and all of us have to admit that. And you know what, it is not an urban problem, it’s an American problem. Ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us, especially those of us who haven’t experienced it ourselves. White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers that you face every day.

"Ending systemic racism"... oh really Hillary? Not likely while you're busy profiting from it via Thurgood Marshall Jr.

Thurgood Jr. openly sitting on the board of this private prison system 100% sickens me. I can't imagine what his father would think if he could see this. So what do you think DU, especially black DUers? Is this ok? Is the person who takes donations like this the one you want standing up for you?

As I see it, if this isn't a GIGANTIC SCANDAL for both of them, then it's the same as admitting that the huge number of blacks in prison is not a problem, everything is just fine as it is, and there's no legitimacy in bringing it up ever again.

IT CAN'T BE BOTH WAYS. Denial only goes so far.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Feb 18, 2016, 02:39 PM (110 replies)

This is so typical of Bernie.

Ever since he came to Congress I've watched him on C-SPAN too many times to even estimate, very often the only one or among very few standing up for everyday people, on any issue that needed it. On any given day, those videos show him doing the same thing. And it's never for publicity.

You'd think at least a "thank you" might be nice. But no. (And that doesn't even affect him, he keeps doing it.)

Bernie lives his principles, and always has done the same as long as I've been watching his career, which is since 1990 so that's 26 years now. He's the real thing.

I'm just pleasantly amazed that he's willing to run. We couldn't do better. Go, Bernie!
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Feb 17, 2016, 06:24 PM (1 replies)

LOL at targeting the millionaires and billionaires "minority group"

That is TOO funny!!! OMG! Now I've seen it all!

I think they'll just have to learn to toughen up and take it.

I can't even get past that to the rest of it. Was this written by sombody over 15, I wonder?

Thanks for the comedy break, cali.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Feb 17, 2016, 05:43 PM (1 replies)
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