Monthly Archives: March 2016

AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD 0064

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 … Continue reading

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SUNDAY SMACK: SHOULD PRO-LGBT RIGHTS BOYCOTT IN NORTH CAROLINA ALSO APPLY TO BLACKS?

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 … Continue reading

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THE MYTH OF TRUMP CHANGING THE GOP

  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 … Continue reading

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SUNDAY SMACK: IS THIS GRATITUDE?

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 … Continue reading

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TRUMP RALLY: A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB FOR BIGOTS

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 … Continue reading

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PUTIN SHOWS OBAMA WHAT ‘DEGRADE AND DESTROY’ ISLAMIC STATE LOOKS LIKE

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 … Continue reading

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SUNDAY SMACK: WHY IS THIS MAN SO ANGRY?

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 … Continue reading

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TRUMP, LEADERSHIP AND THE DANGER OF DEAL CHASING

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 … Continue reading

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CLINTON’S SHADOW BANKING TRICK

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 … Continue reading

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WHAT CAN STOP TRUMP NOW?

  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 … Continue reading

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