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Anyone going to watch the MTV Video Music Awards tonight ?



On at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, don't know about PST or MST or HST, etc.

eta: We're giving you an all access pass to the #VMAs: http://on.mtv.com/1MSRSu3


Alison Parker’s Father: WDBJ Shooter ‘Messed with the Wrong Family’


Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, continued his public campaign to force action on gun violence prevention following last week’s shooting, with an even more impassioned appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

“I’ve done a lot of media interviews, as you probably know, and a lot with CNN, and with the exception of one news organization that you can probably figure out that will go unnamed, everyone has been so kind and considerate of our family,” Parker said at the top of the interview, likely referring to his recent interaction with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

“I think that’s my fear is that, you know, this is going to be a big news story for a weekend, and then, you know, it’s on to the next one,” Parker told Tapper. “But, but, you know, we cannot let this drop. And I think this is different. This time this is different, because, Alison was one of you guys. I mean, she was part of the media. And it could have been, you know, it could have been anyone out there doing this.”

Specifically, Parker cited a “gun violence restraining order” law in California that “probably would have prevented” the death of his daughter had it been able to pass in Virginia. He vowed to keep hammering this issue until something meaningful was done.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN GROUP: "Trayvon is black and that is all that matters. And we love...."

"Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths"


hfojvt (36,065 posts)

56. sorry Scorp

that does not make any logical sense

but I get it, I guess. Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths, and the hatred of those who mispronounce.

"We all agree with that assessment"

Well, it sure seems that way since anybody who dared to disagree would be set upon by a lynch mob of the compassionate.

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Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths , that text sure seems racist to me


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Vice President Hulk Hogan? Disgraced wrestler wants to be Donald Trump’s running mate


It’s the most politically incorrect political pairing ever: A tag team of Donald Trump and Hulk Hogan.

Wrestler Hogan — his career in the tank after recordings emerged of him going on a racist rant — told TMZ Sports he’d love to join the bombastic reality star and GOP front-runner.

“I wanna be Trump’s running mate,” Hogan said. “Did you hear that? Vice President Hogan!”

The WWE scrubbed all mentions of its biggest star from its website in July.

Sounds about right.

1969: NA NA HEY HEY, Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam

A classic, for sports fans especially.

1970: "Love grows where my rosemary goes" by Edison Lighthouse

I loved this song!

At home on the farm with Deez Nuts (15 year old Presidential candidate)


Wallingford, Ia. – Turns out the presidential candidate with whom I identify most might be Brady Olson, the northwest Iowa boy who has upended this summer’s traditional campaign story line nearly as much as Donald Trump.

If you’re unfamiliar with Brady, 15, perhaps you recognize his notorious political alter-ego: the faux candidate known as “Deez Nuts.” I remember being a rather shy rural Iowa teen, intrigued by the wider world, nervously anticipating my sophomore year of high school. Although I didn't even run for class president, let alone president of the United States.

Olson suddenly — and unwittingly to some extent — was transformed from a high school golfer, baseball pitcher, basketball player and percussionist into a national political force that has polled better than seasoned governors and lawmakers four times his age. He reached 7 percent support in one Iowa poll. Technically, Brady needs to be 20 years older to qualify as a candidate. But Deez Nuts already is on the ballot in 30 states.

I was just the second journalist — after a TV reporter from Minnesota — to traipse onto the Olson farmstead to pick this unlikely newcomer's political brain.

video at link

I'd rather vote for Deez Nuts than Herr Trump

thought experiment: Glenn Miller-style music comeback

As some of you know, my son is almost 20. Therefore, I've learned more about hip-hop than I ever cared to know. I like some of it.

We were discussing trends in popular music and the outrageous things performers have done over the years on stage. It seems just about everything possible has been done on stage (barring human sacrifice, incest, bestiality, etc). I said to him, "I can see nerdy guys wearing suits on stage coming back" (the Glenn Miller reference). He disagreed with me. Big surprise.

Think about it. What is MORE rebellious against popular culture than to go to a venue and listen to nerdy guys in suits on stage acting all 1940'ish ? I don't know I'd do it more than once for the experience, but it would be a massive revolt against the popular culture: repressed, throw-back, old school, "boring", the polar opposite of rock and roll and hip-hop.

Yea yea, I know you can still go to weddings and listen to a band like this. I'm talking popular culture, top 40, mainstream radio, yada yada. Anyway, idle hands and thoughts are the devil's workshop.

Donald Trump helps us relive the 1930s


Give this to Donald Trump: he helps us picture how the anti-democratic, right wing, personality-driven movements of the 1930s came to power. Those movements are usually characterized as fascist though they were diverse, and the term itself is hellishly hard to define. As time passed, they faded into an inexplicably “evil” moment in history which thankfully couldn’t happen here or now.

In fact a satirical 1935 novel set in the U.S. was titled, It Can’t Happen Here. When it was adapted for the 1980s TV series, V, homegrown authoritarians seemed so unlikely to network execs, they were turned into alien invaders. But, though Trump’s certainly no fascist, he helps us revisit the spirit of that distant era.

He’s relatively indifferent to democracy. Very early, he said he’d like to “expedite” the election, i.e., get it over with and on to taking power. This week in Iowa he said he wished the vote was tomorrow. His policies are utterly vague; there’s no point articulating them, it’s all in his head. He’ll get the best people, make the best deals, “you’re gonna love it.” It amounts to trusting him absolutely, the strong leader, whose brilliance, success, even his physical beauty, are undeniable. There’s no concrete participation. He “loves” his base and will look after them; their only role is to love him back.

He’s about his own strength and power, as were those movements. His favourite word is strong; the “guys” he’ll recruit to beat back the Chinese and Japanese are “killers,” it’s an upbeat version of Nietzsche’s will to power. He mocks weakness in opponents; his code word for it is “low energy.” He’ll restore national greatness, which was lost due to “stupid,” weak leaders. He’s not racist in any explicit sense — quite the opposite — but there’s clear racist appeal in his attack on evil, murderous Mexican illegals in “our” midst.
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