GEORGE BENSON THE NEW BOSS GUITAR OF GEORGE BENSON WITH THE BROTHER JACK MCDUFF QUARTET 1964 Understanding why guitarist George Benson is often called Bad Benson requires a simple exercise going play any song with him on it. Bad Benson — who also released a studio album with that moniker in 1974 — made his […]Read More AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD 0064
This week’s Sunday Smack inspiration comes from the North Carolina General Assembly’s decision to overrule a Charlotte ordinance which banned discrimination against LGBT people. The legislature also banned North Carolina cities from passing LGBT non-discrimination laws, as well as regulating local minimum wages. However, the mounting pressure being placed on North Carolina by large organizations […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: SHOULD PRO-LGBT RIGHTS BOYCOTT IN NORTH CAROLINA ALSO APPLY TO BLACKS?
Oooh, baby — this sounds desperate. Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib just made an indirect appeal to the Party of No Brains supporters’ sense of ideology as a way to stop Donald Trump’s raging campaign for the party’s nomination. In his Donald Trump Nomination Would Change GOP Philosophy, Not Just Leadership piece, Seib writes about […]Read More THE MYTH OF TRUMP CHANGING THE GOP
This week’s Sunday Smack draws from some personal family experience — or more specifically, that of my Grandmother on Dad’s side of the family. Everyone in the community called her “Mother.” Before Mother owned a candy store, she cleaned homes for a living. Mother had a client, a wealthy White woman, who considered Mother a […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: IS THIS GRATITUDE?
Folks, please stop it with the “Donald Trump attracts White supremacists meme.” Or, get the history straight — if you plan to keep meme-spraying — since right-wing extremists have been a part of American politics for over a century. I can even argue that White supremacy found a place in Amercan politics for hundreds of […]Read More TRUMP RALLY: A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB FOR BIGOTS
Did Russia just pull a fast one on the US by withdrawing military forces from Syria? Well, before we get to that — do you remember when President Obama shared his plan to “Degrade and destroy” Islamic State (or ISIL or ISIS)? You know — the group that talked about establishing a brutal, medieval-era caliphate; […]Read More PUTIN SHOWS OBAMA WHAT ‘DEGRADE AND DESTROY’ ISLAMIC STATE LOOKS LIKE
Take a look at this short video below from a Donald Trump rally. “Go back to Africa” was shouted three times. “ Go back to Europe” was shouted once. The N-word was shouted once. Plus you’ll hear a couple of F-bombs. I’ll admit that a video clip doesn’t always provide the most accurate context of […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: WHY IS THIS MAN SO ANGRY?
Before I jump into last night’s hostile and canceled Donald Trump for President rally in Chicago — an outcome that’s not surprising, but still amazing, in how The Donald’s $50,000 campaign contribution to embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t generate a positive return on investment in the form of adequate police protection to ensure a safe […]Read More TRUMP, LEADERSHIP AND THE DANGER OF DEAL CHASING
Like any good trick football play, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s misdirection on shadow banking requires a few enablers. First, your susceptibility — or abundant willingness — to have your attention diverted from where the ball actually is. Second, a diversion — or a series of them — to take advantage of your susceptibility. Third — […]Read More CLINTON’S SHADOW BANKING TRICK
I have some unfinished business to discuss regarding my prediction seven months ago that Donald Trump has a shot at becoming the Party of No Brains’ nominee for President. But let’s revisit what I wrote back then: … [I]f Americans saw a President in a man known more for his acting ability than his […]Read More WHAT CAN STOP TRUMP NOW?