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Entries from February 2008

America Rising

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Tick tick, click click, time’s a wastin’, page refreshing, Dynasty ending in Dallas. Get Smart, Eight Years Is Enough; Voters Touched By An Angel To Crown New American Idol Next Week. This is kinda hard to fathom, but do you realize that Hillary Clinton has never been ahead in the voter-elected pledged delegate count (what […]

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The Last Debate — tonight at 9PM!

February 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

“Meet me in Ohio!  Let’s have a debate!” demanded a seething, red-eyed Hillary Clinton last week. It’s a good-old Western showdown! Tonight, MSNBC, 9PM — 10:30PM Eastern, from the home of Rock n Roll, Cleveland, Ohio. It’s 90 minutes, and will repeat numerous times during the overnight.  Moderated by Tim Russert and Brian Williams — […]

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Election Night 2004

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

THE ROCK PARTY  and  THE FALL OF NEW YORK                                                                          * It was a really magic night!  Until the nightmare. Couldn’t sleep the night before  —  up at 6 AM watching the camera follow Don Imus into his polling station with a long line of people out the door waiting to vote, and him saying, […]

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Love Affair With America Goes Bad

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

This was a letter to the editor, published in The Toronto Star, March 4, 2003. “A Love Affair With Southern Neighbor Goes Bad” Growing up as a kid on the prairies in the 1960s and 70s I was instilled with a kind of knee-jerk anti-American sentiment that seemed to be fostered by every person I […]

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and suddenly, out of the darkness, the High Road appears!

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

This is huge news, actually.  Hillary’s dropped the negative attacks, and she’s dropped the super-delegates as an issue! After a week of going negative didn’t work in Wisconsin, rather than coming into this debate on the offensive looking for the knock-out punch, she’s obviously changed her approach.  Rather than her “words don’t matter” and “plagiarism” […]

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Hillary’s Lost

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Obama just won Wisconsin by 17 points!  58% to 41% — another 60-40 voters’ decision, in another 5% African-American state. And he won Hawaii by even more than D.C. — 76% to 24%! It’s not only 10 victories in a row – it’s 10 blow-outs in a row.  Last night was his smallest victory yet, and it was […]

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Happy President’s Day! and Year!

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Just think, next year on this holiday, they’ll be a different President in the White House! I wonder who it’ll be? Some good lines from the last 24 hours . . . Ron Brownstein from Time said Obama is an amalgam of Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson. Brian says he’s an amalgam of Howard Dean and […]

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“This Time, It’s Personal”

February 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

It has been such a heart-breaker to see the Clintons’ true colors revealed. I keep coming back to Primary Colors (hmm?) — and recommend to all to see or read again —  and the climactic kitchen scene with Libby.  That is what’s happening to myself, and I imagine to so many fence-leaping Democrats these last several […]

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the Radio Riffs can now be heard

February 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The ThatRadio podcasts are now up (some of them) and you can listen to them in the background even […]

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Sittin’ on my Roof in New Orleans

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Poetry, Politics

[performance poem] . I was sittin’ on my roof in New Orleans, When george bush came by sellin’ re-fried beans; Now, “I’m a man of means, by no means,” So he took ‘em back, Said, “Fuck you, Jack. You gotta have coin, and not live in a shack, in any country that I attack.” And […]

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The NHL Trade Deadline, Feb 26th, 2008

February 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments · The Hockey Hippie

Sundin?  Jagr?  Emrey? Hopes?  juicy rumors?  intuitive predictions?  breaking news? This is the chock board. Commodore & Stillman already to Ottawa, eh?  🙂 And how great the Rangers sealed up King Henri!  Nice heir to King Mike. In ten days, who’s going to be even better than they are now?   =  =  =  = […]

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Hillary’s Negatives

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Back when I was so much younger then, a Hillary supporter, I knew there was a lot of, well, anti-Hillary people out there.  She wasn’t like any other Democrat.  Nobody said or wrote many really negative things about Edwards or Biden or Obama or Richardson, . . . but Hillary!  It was weird, I didn’t get it, so […]

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What did YOU do on Valentine’s Day?

February 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

Those loveable nuts, Hillary & Billary, spent the day (apart of course) cruising around the countryside, choosing the day for love to unleash their harshest ever smear campaign against Barack Obama. Barack, by contrast, took the entire day off from campaigning and spent it with his wife.  (and kids). Tells me everything I need to know. […]

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Obama’s great speeches, interviews, docs, riffs

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Potomac Primary Victory Speech in Madison, Wisconsin, Feb. 12th: 26 minutes South Carolina — The Big Victory Speech, January 26th, 2008 (Brian’s “turning point in the nomination”): 17 minutes Iowa Victory Speech, Jan 5th, 2008: 14 minutes New Hampshire — the “Yes, We Can” speech, Jan 8th: 13 minutes Super Tuesday, February 5th, 2008: 22 minutes […]

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Character-check Time

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Happy Potomac Primary Morning! 168 phat delegates are up for the taking tonight in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. In a few hours, Obama will have won every state since Super Tuesday, 8 in a row, and every one of them by 20-30+ point margins. With everything going against the Clintons at this point – states […]

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Funny Political videos

February 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

first, before the funny — here’s “the video that started it all”  — “Yes, We Can”  about 4 minutes long. If you’re into laughing and politics, these are highly recommended . . . McCain’s “Yes, I Can” video — length:  1:39 Hillary under sniper fire in Bosnia: 1 min. The Mac vs. PC Guys— 30 seconds The brilliant […]

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The Grammy’s 50th Party

February 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Music, Politics

Holy muthr jezus of gawd!  What just happened?!  Herbie Hancock just won Album of The Year! Herbie, besides everything else in his brilliant career, was a key to the “Yes We Can” Obama video.  And the guy climaxes the Grammys, saying, “Yes, We Can” from the stage when he wins.  I’m freaking out. you can see […]

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60 Minutes, and how Obama’s Up has crossed over Hillary’s Down

February 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

The two lines have bisected. We’re watching a turning point in the nomination. The lines had just reached parity on Super Tuesday, but he still actually won it (narrowly) in both states and delegates.  And he hasn’t lost a contest since Super Tuesday — 5 and oh.  Or, oh-oh, if you’re a Clintonian.  Washington and […]

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The Big Bottom-Line Numbers

February 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

After the Louisianna/Washington/Nebraska/Maine weekend, 30 states have voted so far: and Barack Obama is ahead by every measure — 19 Obama states won 10 Clinton states won 1 still too-close-to-call (New Mexico) pledged (voter-elected) delegates: 1,009 Obama 944 Clinton (ABC News puts it at 951 Obama, 904 Clinton) total votes cast: 8,228,000  Obama 8,028,000 Clinton oh, […]

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Obama sweeps, LA, WA, NE, ME & VI

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Obama had a clean sweep tonight!  He won Louisiana by more than 20%!!  and by a more than 2-to-1 in both Washington and Nebraska!  Plus pulled the upset in the Virgin Islands, the only place Hillary had been leading.  and then he won another all-white state in Maine! Obama laid down a long, detailed victory speech — although […]

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The Primary Primer — 2008 by state n date

February 9th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Politics

For both Dems & Repubs each state makes it’s own rules about how their delegates are divied up – so there’s about a 100 different methods.  But the Dems are all proportional allocation. On the Dem’s side, the first to amass 2,025 delegates wins nomination (this takes into account Michigan & Florida not participating). Super-delegates […]

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Political sources primer

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

“Democracy isn’t something you have, it’s something you do.”  Granny D (political activist) 1910–2010 People ask me what news sources I trust, and how I use the media to my advantage. I call it “controlling my sources” Rules of thumb: When an interviewer is interviewing 2 people, one a Democrat the other a Republican – […]

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Carolyn Cassady birthday poem

February 9th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

Happy B Day to The Big C! A girl so nice you had to C her twice! It’s the Big Sea at Big Sur! And finding the sacred rocks to reflect, and seeing the glistening gems shine thru the crashing waves of life with you. I saw the best minds of my generation get buzzed […]

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Christina does James Brown on Grammies

February 9th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Music

did you see Christina Aguilera deliver the James Brown tribute at the Grammies?  I assume you did.  Here’s a little gift 4 u if not. . Here’s my full RockPeaks review on the matter:  http://www.rockpeaks.com/video/a/Aguilera-Christina/Grammy-Awards-2007/Its-A-Mans-Mans-Mans-World . I dunno what you think of a 20-something white chick doing the music industry’s tribute to The Godfather of […]

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Waterfall Primer

February 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Waterfalls

One of the world’s great geological formations, or one of God’s masterpieces, depending on how you look at it, is just outside Toronto and hardly anybody goes there – the Niagara Escarpment.  Maybe if it was called Secret Waterfall Ridge more people would be cruising its splashing magic hideaways.    So far, I’ve found 32 […]

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