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Flobots – Survival Story

Posted by John Wellington Ennis

Tomorrow the indie political hip hop ensemble Flobots is releasing their follow-up to the stunning 2007 album, Fight With Tools.  To help keep record stores around a little longer, the band is giving away this free poster if you buy the album in a participating indie record store.  Here in L.A., the capital of the music industry, there are apparently no indie record stores around any more, so here is the poster of the album I will be downloading tomorrow, I guess.

Flobots-Survival Story

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Bush’s Brain Explained

Posted by John Wellington Ennis
The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Karl Rove’s New Book
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Oscars Red Carpet 2010: “The Cove” Dazzles!

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"The Cove" on the Red Carpet

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It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp Smear Job

Posted by John Wellington Ennis

Apparently, it takes a mock right-wing blowhard to make up for the integrity that Clark Hoyt at The New York Times does not have to call out the media hoax that James O’Keefe III’s smear job against ACORN really was.  Take it away, Colbert…

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Commander in Beats

Posted by John Wellington Ennis

I don’t know what’s better — that my president lets Jay-Z hang in the White House Situation Room, or that the old right wing guard is predictably in apoplexy. Here, a rare smile from Hov.

Who's Gonna Run This Town Tonight?

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LEAKED: More RNC Fundraising Power Point Slides!

Posted by John Wellington Ennis

Following the release of damaging slides from a recent Republican National Committee presentation in Florida–”Putting the FUN Back in Fundraising,” which encouraged using fear, the threat of Socialism, and “tchochkes” as effective fund raising tools–the RNC has been put on the defensive. Even the brash RNC Chair Michael Steele was contrite on FOX News, who had to dispatch one of their Most Attractive Blond Ladies Available to offer wide shots in a miniskirt to distract from the news of how utterly little the RNC thinks of its supporters, namely you, the viewers.

While the slides obtained by Politico cast an unflattering light on how the RNC apparently thinks of its donors as ego-driven and reactionary, the peculiar premium placed on “tchochkes” might be even more curious (for anyone who is not a grandparent, anyway). Is this the GOP secret to cultivating their base–stocking them up for their next yard sale?

Here are additional Power Point slides that have surfaced providing further insight into how the Republican National Committee thinks. Read More »

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Get Well, Guru

Posted by John Wellington Ennis

Guru, the gruff but smooth emcee of the seminal Hip Hop group Gang Starr and his subsequent Jazzmatazz albums, has suffered a heart attack, is in a coma, and is undergoing surgery today.  I’m uncertain which is scarier, that Guru is so laid-up, or that he is only 43 for frack’s sack, 6 years older than me.  It’s not like he’s Big Pun, nearing 700 lbs., whom you might expect to go out like John Candy.

Whereas the 90’s were a dangerous time for emcees avoiding manufactured beefs with bullets, this century seems to be taking out our Hip Hop greats through lackluster health care — Jay Dilla, Slum Village, Roc Raida, and no doubt others.

Here is one of my favorite Gang Starr songs, “Just to Get a Rep,” from 1991’s Step In The Arena.

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Armed & Alienated

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Beck fan

Frank Rich drives home a chilling thesis in his column in today’s New York Times, charged by a recent Times expose by David Barstow, who spent months investigating the personalities and ground forces of the disparate Tea Party movement.

Where so many of these people seem to recognize the outlines of the corporate empire that has enveloped us, they mistakenly turn against their government and its potential relief from the forces that actually dispossessed them.

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LIFESTREAM

  1. twitter (feed #4) It's telling how @NYTimes printed their research polling categories as "#TeaParty" "Republicans," & "Adults." http://ow.ly/i/16Sg [#] April 15th via Twitter
  2. twitter (feed #4) Delta Airlines took its name from the Greek fraternity system, for its service of treating their customers to date rape. #airlinefacts [#] April 14th via Twitter
  3. twitter (feed #4) Rep. Alan Grayson is the Progressive Tony Soprano: Grayson confronts FL GOP For Spying On Democratic Gathering http://huff.to/dn4EGi [#] April 9th via Twitter
  4. twitter (feed #4) Bush Admin knew that most Gitmo detainees were innocent, but didn't want to look stupid by acknowledging: http://ow.ly/1quPlk [#] April 9th via Twitter
  5. twitter (feed #4) Vote-Suppression Guru Spakovsky Is Back At It: English-ONLY voter registration forms in VA: http://shar.es/mqDtB #wtf #p2 #gop [#] April 9th via Twitter
  6. twitter (feed #4) The hotel concierge referred to me as "young man" -- not sure whether to feel patronized or flattered. [#] April 8th via Twitter
  7. twitter (feed #4) FCC loses court battle over #NetNeutrality -- Dark Ages approach: http://ow.ly/1quGtv [#] April 6th via Twitter
  8. twitter (feed #4) Meg Whitman: instead of blowing $60M on terrible campaign advisers, why not just give it to the State of California? http://shar.es/m2FOb [#] April 6th via Twitter
  9. twitter (feed #4) Tweeting from the Highway to Hell: http://ow.ly/i/YWr [#] April 6th via Twitter
  10. twitter (feed #4) Maddow blasts #ACORN pimp, #Climategate nonsense: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7783 [#] April 6th via Twitter
  11. twitter (feed #4) After #census fear-mongering, #GOP would like to be counted http://ow.ly/1quFbY - Psst: census taking was another reason they feared #ACORN [#] April 5th via Twitter
  12. twitter (feed #4) Rev. Billy of NYC arrested after placing 'Holy Hex,' piles of dirt on JPMorgan http://huff.to/dx2yYb #stopmountaintopremoval [#] April 5th via Twitter
  13. twitter (feed #4) Rudy Giuliani offers ineffectual endorsement to FL Tea Party candidate, again turning his back on old gay friends: http://ow.ly/1quF5D [#] April 5th via Twitter
  14. twitter (feed #4) "I never considered myself a maverick," McCain told Newsweek's David Margolick in an interview. What a maverick-y thing to say! [#] April 5th via Twitter
  15. twitter (feed #4) RT @coachella: RT this + follow @HMUSA to win Coachella VIP tix and more! http://www.hmcoachella.com #HM_Coachella" [#] April 5th via Twitter
  16. twitter (feed #4) Right now, some sap in TV news graphics is looking for the font that is both scary and religious enough for "EASTER EARTHQUAKE!" [#] April 4th via Twitter
  17. twitter (feed #4) Am I superior for mocking the iPad via iPhone, or the equivalent tool as any new iPad owners [#] April 3rd via Twitter
  18. twitter (feed #4) RT @LeftJabs: Have you lost that feeling of white entitlement? #FoxNews is your source for main streamed white power. [#] April 2nd via Twitter
  19. twitter (feed #4) AGAIN with the legal vindication of #ACORN and exposing James O'Keefe III, the Pimp who Bitch-Slaps Truth & the Poor: http://ow.ly/1quBg9 [#] April 2nd via Twitter
  20. twitter (feed #4) RT @SarahPalinUSA Real American Stories http://fb.me/v4f91xzo - Palin interviews Ronald Reagan, Fatty Arbuckle and all the founding fathers. [#] April 1st via Twitter
  21. twitter (feed #4) Brad Friedman on #ACORN and the Media #FAIL http://shar.es/mrBwY @BradBlog [#] April 1st via Twitter
  22. twitter (feed #4) Wow, I, too, will be appearing on the new #FOXNews show with @SarahPalinUSA in some interview I did years ago. @LLCoolJ #TobyKeith #WTF [#] April 1st via Twitter
  23. twitter (feed #4) Jay Mandle: The "Shadow" Financing of Elections http://shar.es/mrFuA [#] April 1st via Twitter
  24. twitter (feed #4) via @huffingtonpost: Sarah Palin Encourages Road Rage http://huff.to/cUrV0R [#] April 1st via Twitter
  25. generic (feed #3) Shared Sarah Palin Encourages Road Rage April 1st via Huffington Post
  26. twitter (feed #4) Which is more troubling? That the #RNC attends bondage clubs, or that the #GOP knows about #sex clubs in my own neighborhood that I don't? [#] April 1st via Twitter
  27. twitter (feed #4) UK #Climategate inquiry clears scientists: http://shar.es/mrhP3 #GOP to continue ignoring actual data & look for more old emails to distort. [#] March 31st via Twitter
  28. twitter (feed #4) The Yes Men call O’Keefe, @Breitbart ’sad and pathetic’ for targeting #ACORN | Raw Story http://shar.es/mrhTN [#] March 31st via Twitter
  29. twitter (feed #4) Dubya Returns to the Campaign Trial! - Funny video for Rep. Alan Grayson http://shar.es/mpSNo [#] March 29th via Twitter
  30. twitter (feed #4) Michael Steele, next time you're in LA, let's talk over our differences at an expensive hotel over strippers, RNC style: http://ow.ly/1qusoj [#] March 29th via Twitter
  31. twitter (feed #4) RT @allisonkilkenny: Frank Rich's excellent summary of teabagger events: The Rage Is Not About Health Care http://nyti.ms/bFpwU7 #p2 #hcr [#] March 28th via Twitter
  32. twitter (feed #4) The postulation by @Hodgman on #Obama as 1st Nerd President yields supporting data: http://shar.es/mpzOs [#] March 28th via Twitter
  33. twitter (feed #4) Correction: James O'Keefe III not yet felon, pleas for misdemeanor with son of Fed Prosecutor: http://ow.ly/1rSTx #accuracy #actualcriminal [#] March 28th via Twitter
  34. twitter (feed #4) James O'Keefe III celebrates his rich WASPy life as a #GOP felon trying to smear advocates for the poor http://ow.ly/1qurbx #fail [#] March 28th via Twitter
  35. twitter (feed #4) Right wing violent rhetoric suggests that past reasoning proffered was as empty and stupid and cowardly as these threats http://ow.ly/1quq4g [#] March 27th via Twitter
  36. twitter (feed #4) Real test of democracy in Iraq is if election results are honored, or handled Bush style: http://ow.ly/1qupOi [#] March 26th via Twitter
  37. twitter (feed #4) When Corporations Became People - Thom Hartmann on #SCOTUS #CitizensUnited ruling & Corporate Personhood http://shar.es/mgVrS [#] March 25th via Twitter
  38. twitter (feed #4) Right-wing hacks con and #fail to vilify advocate for poor, Frances Fox Piven, like the cowards they are - http://shar.es/mgBqz I [#] March 25th via Twitter
  39. twitter (feed #4) RT @kennethcamp: Just heard Ugly Kid Joe on the radio hating on every little thing about you. Took me back to USC freshman year with @jo ... [#] March 24th via Twitter
  40. twitter (feed #4) "Wait, is calling Obama 'Buckwheat' a bad thing when you're running for office?" http://shar.es/mgzaq #gop #genius [#] March 24th via Twitter
  41. twitter (feed #4) Poll: Tea Party Could Wreck 2010 Midterms for Republicans http://shar.es/mgySb [#] March 24th via Twitter
  42. twitter (feed #4) Bush Wipes His Hand on Clinton, U.S. - /blog/bush-wipes-his-hand-on-clinton-u-s/ Stay classy, W. [#] March 24th via Twitter
  43. twitter (feed #4) Rahm Emmanuel prevented DOJ review of Don Siegelman case: http://ow.ly/1qu7f4 [#] March 24th via Twitter
  44. twitter (feed #4) Teabagger Fail: Call for Protest Goes to Wrong Address http://fdl.me/cGBJVn from @firedoglake [#] March 23rd via Twitter
  45. twitter (feed #4) We held up healthcare for THESE people?? Scary New #GOP Poll - The Daily Beast http://shar.es/mgbTc #hcr #teaparty [#] March 23rd via Twitter