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Brian’s Election ’08 Predictions

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Just for the fun and coolness of this magic moment in history . . . it’s Brian’s Playful Prediction Challenging Challenge Contest * The Game of Predicting History . . . Fair to be played up until 6AM (Eastern) Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Make your own predictions at home, then carry them around in your […]

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Powell Endorses Obama — Transcript

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

From Meet The Press, Sunday Oct. 19th, 2008. And this should have been spoken to Tim Russert R.I.P. but was delivered by Sec. of State Colin Powell to Tim’s brother & colleague Tom Brokaw. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Colin Powell’s statement: I have some […]

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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips   Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . .  . Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s […]

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Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde — The Mighty Bama-Rama Rap

September 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Poetry, Politics

Where  Wayward  Jekylls Hyde The  Mighty  Bama-Rama  Rap                                                                                 by Brian Hassett, Sept. ‘08     Like tonight is the night, the Barack is The Rock, And “change” is The Word, and the voice has been heard, . And the heart is on the drums, and passion’s playin’ […]

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Ashley Smith tells her kidnapping story

August 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

I started thinking about this watching tonight’s “Civil Forum” with Obama and McCain and this paster Rick Warren.  Somebody mentioned that he wrote “The Purpose-Driven Life”, and I remembered that was the book that woman read to the escaped convict Brian Nichols who kidnapped her in Atlanta back in about 2005.  (March) I’d always remembered […]

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Tim Russert — 1950 — 2008

June 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

Tim Russert just died. My initial post: I’m in shock. I just got home and will have MSNBC on all night. I was at the hospital and my cell went off 5 times and i couldn’t answer it but i knew something happened. To explain it to non politicos, I’ve said it’s like Johnny Carson dying […]

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PA Primary registration must be done by March 24th

March 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics

Most people think this amazing PA primary is in April – but it’s really March 24th – ‘cause that’s the last day you can register.  If you’re not in it by then – you’re off the bus!  No scoop for you! You may have heard this one before, but Every Single Vote (Really) Counts in […]

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The Two Questions Remaining

March 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

I was looking for this number and found the most optimistic guess at it (via the Hillary campaign) in the NYT yesterday: “If the results of Florida & Michigan are allowed to stand, and Mr. Obama is awarded the delegates won by ‘uncommitted’ on the Michigan ballot, Mrs. Clinton would pick up 64 delegates toward […]

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the Secret Obama Memo — and how he wins the Nomination

March 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

You’re not going to believe this — it’s right out of a great espionage novel — but just after Super Tuesday, the great veteran politico Al Hunt, now Executive Editor at Bloomberg News, was emailing with the Obama campaign, who mistakenly included in a dispatch to Hunt the campaign’s projections for all the remaining states.  […]

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March Forth, America!

March 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

“Goin’ all-in” — tonight the voters get called and lay the cards on the table. Poll closings:  (all times Eastern) 7 PM  Vermont  (should be another double-digit win for Obama, making it 12 in a row) 7:30 PM  Ohio — thus begins the double-header nail-biters of the primary. 8 PM – primaries end in most of […]

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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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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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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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