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Wednesday, October 7, 2015


I cannot find the extra columns you made for me. I am still searching. We need a new Bede's Beat. And I worry about your raggedy ass. I worry a lot because I heart you.
"Yeah now, if I have to swim a river, you know I will.
And if I have to climb a mountain, you know I will.
And if he's hiding up on a blueberry hill,
You know I'm gonna find that child you know I will.'
Tune in! Turn on! Please do not Drop Out! Hat tip to Timothy Leary.

Being Neither White Nor Black

CROSS by Langston Hughes
My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black? 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Diwali Dog - Attitude Adjustment

Nepal knows how loyal man's best friend can be and it celebrates the canine companions in an annual festival called Kukur Tihar. What a beautiful being. 

Scary Spiders for Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to decorate. And every year I search for inexpensive dramatic decorations that cost next to nothing. Every year I find new creations on the Net. 

This year Spiders are a theme. Last year, chicken wire Ghosts were all the rage. I think Spiders are really scary and that, after all, is the point. 

Go HERE to learn how to make the Spider Crown. I am making this for a grown daughter. 

Go HERE for a Giant Spider Web made out of trash bags. I am making this for my front door.

Sure you can pay $12.00 and get a web ready made but where is the fun in that? Why shop when you have the makings of giant spiders at home already.

Last but not least, make Spider Web Cupcakes. You can find a recipe for them and Chocolate Mice at Food and Wine's Halloween Desserts. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dear Diary: DailyKos sucks the most. Crooks & Liars is not far behind. The Internet Civility Meme is shit.

From a member of DailyKos:

DailyKos has changed.

I wonder how many people left or minimized their use of this site because of people who increasingly have decided to use the very same sort of language-policing and tribalism we normally conflate with the worst parts of the right?

Because that's where we are now.

We're on a DailyKos where there's words that can't be said, thoughts that can't be entertained, narratives that can't be opposed, and beliefs not allowed to be directed away from - even if they are categorically and empirically incorrect. There are people on this website that wholeheartedly believe that if you do not march in lockstep with them, that you must be brought in line.

It wasn't always like this.

I've been here a long time - since 2004, at least, though I didn't sign up to post at all before 2008. Over time, I've seen a change in DailyKos that just... Feels horrid.

It's become a truism now that if you dare go against the grain, question too deeply, or dare believe something other than the norm, you are an enemy. If you dare use the wrong word, say the wrong thing, address a term of phrase incorrectly, you are immediately considered "problematic."

You will be hide-rated.

You will be accosted en masse.

You will be treated the same way that the Tea Partiers treated people who developed common sense.


DailyKos has changed.

Years ago, we mocked the Tea Partiers for this sort of behavior. This proud-to-be-brainwashed I-don't-need-information nonsense. That "believe what I do or you're a terrorist" bullshit we all hoped went away after Bush left office.

Nowadays even pointing out that someone is being openly disingenuous with a diary, that maybe a turn of phrase isn't as offensive as it's being made out to be, or god help us, disagreeing with someone in a comment thread - is enough to get someone treated like they've thrown down the gauntlet and proclaimed their love for Lynden LaRouche.


For a community that notoriously billed itself as "Reality-Based" after Obama's election, this is both ironic - and painful.

I remember having conversations with some of the Admins about the ongoing behaviors of brigading and HR spam, and was told that they were looking into it. And whilst I have some faith in them, it's become apparent that the entire scope of this site has shifted to a very different paradigm - and one arguably not for the better.

Many of us oldschoolers aren't going anywhere, but many others have been leaving for greener pastures, having felt completely abandoned due to what happened with this massive shift. It's a sign of the times, and an ominous one, to say the least.

Farewell, Robert Paul Lamb. You will be missed. And thank you for saying what needed to be said.
by Jaimas on Sun Oct 04, 2015 at 12:51:4

Here is how Community Moderation handled me in the service of internet civility:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Strange Fruit Redux

 Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
October 2 at 11:05am ·

As I scroll through the news this morning I am saddened to read the details of the horrible tragedy in Oregon. My heart goes out to the citizens of Roseburg -- especially the families and loved ones of those murdered.
The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West.
While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.
This guy is straight out calling for religious war. Of course, his moldy old balls will be safe in such a war. He so white and Christian, he shine.

The last time Christians did this in the South the Ku Klux Klan was founded and the death toll was so large, they wrote a song about it.

Folks Christians want to kill now are expanded: gays, women who have abortions, Muslims and Secularists, whatever that means. Some of the Christan Irregulars are already burning and shooting and marching on Washington with guns. Two Planned Parenthood arsons in the last month. How long before we see dead Doctors and the funny fruit again? Australia was right to expel Troy Newman. Hate speech and rabble rousing kill people.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I warn you, child... if I lose my temper, you lose your head!

I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion - a blind and aimless Fury. — Lewis Carroll, in "Alice on the Stage"
There is nothing in the world like bipolar rage. I feel electric with it today. This was not the time for one more man to do me sexual dirt. Grrrr.

I was in love with Pope Frankie. He lost me completely with the Kim Davis shit. Back to hating my church with a vengeance again. Some of us Catholics have gay family and friends. Thanks for nothing, Frankie.

You know how it is when you find your lover has feet of clay. I will recover. Much as I hate to send clicks to the NYT, read more HERE:
ROME — Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, adding a new element to an American tour that saw Francis attract huge crowds and articulate left-leaning positions on poverty, immigration, the environment and inequality. Vatican officials initially would not confirm that the meeting occurred, finally doing so on Wednesday afternoon, while refusing to discuss any details.
I found a new genius of an editorial cartoonist who also has a BLOG:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rally for Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia September 29

See Philadelphia #PinkOut photographs below:

Gather at Locust Street Health Center, 1144 Locust Street, @ 12:00 Noon in Philadelphia

5 Ways You Can #PinkOut

WEAR PINK on September 29th to show your support for women's health and for Planned Parenthood.

Attend a Pink Out Event near you. Can't attend or not near a rally city? RSVP to the Facebook event for updates.

Share a #PinkOut selfie to #StandwithPP on social media

The organizers of the @PinkOut take a bow.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Confused and Conflicted Am I

My heart hurts, my mind is befuddled, and I see no solution. I love Pope Frankie. I hate the Roman Catholic Church.

I am a Roman Catholic, baptized and confirmed. I wish the RCC would stop working so hard to manipulate me into sanctity.

I left the RCC behind when I was 13 years old. I made occasional check-backs to see if there was any change in their sexual and cultural insanity. In the Mass I went back to, a priest's homily contained the priest's observation that homosexuals 'deserved AIDS for their sin.' Left again and did not go back until this year.

I know this: the Vatican hired a Fux Snooze public relations guy when Benedict was Pope. They needed a whitewash desperately.  The RCC's poisonous pedagogy has closed nine parishes in Philadelphia.

And then Pope Frankie appeared. And I love him. I exhibit clearly that I love him and why I love him HERE. I love him especially when he tells it like it really is to his own. I feel proud to be a Catholic. I have not felt that in a long dry time.

And then critics of the RCC point to reality. Nothing has changed. The Magisterium takes no responsibility for their own doctrine. They begin to blame the laity for going the way they sent them. Some Catholics are intolerant and cruel but it is all lay Catholics fault because we are not praying hard enough. Or praying correctly. I pray fervently often. Are you saying that I can pray religious insanity and zealotry of others away? I will work on that as soon as I have prayed my own away.

Caro Frankie, are you telling me that my not praying is why some priests stuck their dicks where they did not belong and Krol and Bevilacqua kept the dirts out of jail? My not praying hard enough caused Savita Halapavannir to die a miserable painful death? My not praying hard enough is why the Magisterium is not hearing the laity? Who is the Church. Its priests or its people?

I swore this oath below when I was a child and I meant it. Now the adult-me is trying to comfort the child-me who was earnest and believed what the RCC taught me. I was made to swear to things as a child that the adult me does not believe for a moment, I could repudiate my baptism but my inner child would scream in pain. In a very real way, Catholicism is me, my family, my culture. And I cannot run away from myself.

During the rite of Confirmation, the candidates stand as a group for questioning by the presiding bishop:

Bishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?
Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?
Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
Candidates: I do.

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All present: Amen.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We Won't Have John Boehner to Kick Around Anymore

John Boehner has resigned. This post has musical accompaniment below.

Man is a stone drunk. How can you tell? John the Roofer said "Drunks don't cry; they vomit through their eyeballs." It is always crying time for the Boner. I know from personal experience that drunks do not see well. That is why John cannot tell when he looks in the mirror that he is bright orange.

I say it is time to regularly and randomly drug test Congress. Start with Steve 'Cantaloupe Calves' King. I will add a link to a White House petition to drug test Congress maybe. I don't know why I persist. I never get more than a hundred signatures.

Do these assholes in Congress think we cannot tell an addict or a whackjob when we see one?

Here is what Sydney Blumenthal thinks below. I am glad somebody in the Red White & Blue Bubble is thinking.

Who did not know Boehner was a drunk? The USA is like a big dysfunctional alcoholic family. Nobody talks about the drunken Elephant in the room.

"Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. Boehner has already tried to buy the members with campaign contributions and committee assignments, which he has already promised to potentially difficult members. His hold is insecure. He is not Gingrich, the natural leader of a "revolution," riding the crest into power. He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty. Boehner is beholden and somewhat scared of his base. He twitches when they make gestures that might undermine his position. His impulse is to hand out money. His aim is to recreate DeLay, Inc, with Jerry Lewis, who will be the new chairman of Appropriations. But Boehner is neither feared nor loved. He's a would-be DeLay without the whip. He's the one at the end of the lash. Which means he will be under great pressure and find it hard to sustain a moderate, reasonable strategy of restraint."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bernie Sanders is a Work of Art

Portrait of Bernie Sanders by Buddy McCue
Burlington Snow
written for Bernie Sanders by Allen Ginsberg
Socialist snow on the streets
Socialist talk in the Maverick bookstore
Socialist kids sucking socialist lollipops
Socialist poetry in socialist mouths
—aren’t the birds frozen socialists?
Aren’t the snowclouds blocking the airfield
Social Democratic Appeasement?
Isn’t the socialist sky owned by
the socialist sun?
Earth itself socialist, forests, rivers, lakes
furry mountains, socialist salt
in oceans?
Isn’t this poem socialist? It doesn’t
belong to me anymore.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bede's Beat - Happy Birthday John Coltrane

September 23 marks the 89th anniversary of the birth of John Coltrane. While most people recognize Coltrane's name as that of one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century, few know that Coltrane is also a canonized saint of the African Orthodox Church.

There is a Church of St. John Coltrane in San Francisco, which anyone who lives in or near or travels to San Francisco should definitely visit -- no matter what your religious proclivities or lack thereof. The Church of St. John Coltrane is famous for its Sunday Jazz Services, based upon variations upon Coltrane's 1964 landmark recording A Love Supreme, with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. The work is divided into 4 parts:

Part 1 - Acknowledgement [7:47]
Part 2 - Resolution [7:22]
Part 3 - Pursuance / Part 4 - Psalm [17:50]

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme [complete / 32'47"]<

The following BBC documentary, Saint John Coltrane, was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of A Love Supreme, and which examines its origins and influence, and the development of the Church of John Coltrane.


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned America is “creeping toward multiculturalism” during a campaign stop Tuesday, and said he worries about areas where the assimilation process is “retarded.”
In response to a young woman’s question about how to empower immigrants as Americans, Bush said at an event at a Cedar Falls, Iowa diner that multiculturalism should not be the goal.

“We should not have a multicultural society,” Bush said. “When you create pockets of isolation, and in some cases, the assimilation process has been retarded, it’s wrong. It limits people’s aspirations.”
Creeping toward multiculturalism? When did we leave it behind? Both my Grand Mothers were immigrants. Neither of them spoke English or needed to. They lived in ethnic enclaves. I learned more than one language to talk to them. I would go back in time to live in those ethnic enclaves in a heartbeat if I could.

I am not giving up the bodega and their Dominican Beef Stew with Rice and Peas. I am not giving up sight of the beautiful women in native dress at the mosque on the corner. Such colors. I am not giving up the ladies of the Hood View and our late at night on the pavement sometimes drunken multicultural discussions. I am not giving up having my choice of cuisine done by Thai, Ethiopian, Greek, Korean, Polish, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese cooks in small family owned places. I am not giving up the Gay Pride Parade or dancing in the Gayborhood.

I live in the City of Brotherly Love. I do not want to live in Whitebread City with you Jebya. Not ever. Fuck you Jebya. Eat my stromboli.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kim Davis Moans and Pules. I Enjoy Her Tears.

The Bible and Jesus tell Christians to obey the civil law. Kim Davis = Epic Fail as a Christian if being a Christian means doing what Jesus told you to do. Further, Jesus told us not to afflict people with the 'letter of the law.' I read the Bible.

Kim Davis is also an insult to the concept of nonviolent (religious) civil disobedience; this concept many people were jailed, maimed or incarcerated for honoring and employing.
Gandhi puts it best:
"I have also called it love-force or soul-force. . . I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself." - Mohandas Gandhi.
What Kim Davis practices is not nonviolent civil disobedience. It is assault and humiliation under color of law. As she sowed, so she now reaps. Cry me a river.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sexual Ethics 101

An interesting discussion about Men's Reproductive Rights took place within this Diary. The point of view expressed comes up often in discussions of reproductive justice. You will find this conversation embedded in the Diary Comments, if you care to search for it.

I thought the exchange of opinions noteworthy. I reproduce it here with appropriate editing to make the conversation more clear:

Discuss it with the State. Not me. The State does not care about the quality of the relationship between the man and the woman. The concern is the child. The standard is that a child is entitled to the support of both progenitors.

Aren't you here to discuss things? I am.
The conventional wisdom appears to be that a man should have no say in whether or not a woman bears his child (that she may unilaterally decide to abort his child even if he wants the child to be born), but also that a man should be compelled to pay child support if she bears his child against his wishes.
Please explain how this is not, fundamentally, a dichotomy.

Men have choices.
If men want to control their own reproduction, they can do the following things:
  • Use contraception or get vasectomy.
  • Practice abstinence.
  • Screw other men.
  • Have a talk with the woman you are about to screw about what her plans are for unexpected pregnancy. If you don't like the answer, don't screw her.
Once a man has left his swimmers behind in her, all his chances to affect reproduction (choices) are gone.
That is not unfair. That is biology.

I guess men should never take a woman at her word when she tells him before sex that she's on the pill or has had her tubes tied.
Good to know, thanks.

No, they never should.
For four reasons:
  1. Contraceptives fail.
  2. Once pregnant, a woman may decide to gestate. Pregnant for women is emotionally very different than nonpregnant.
  3. Some women are evil.
  4. And last, but not least, men (just like women) are totally responsible for their bodies and reproductive capacity.
You won me over with #3. Now you know the position from which I speak.
(Not that some MEN aren't evil as well....)

I still say, however, that if a woman can decide to abort my child against my will, then conversely, if she decides to bear my child against my will, I should be able to walk into a courthouse and divest myself of all rights and responsibilities with the stroke of a pen and a seal from a notary public.

Thank you for pushing me to discuss this. I am in your debt. You are free to advocate your position, which is where we started. In Europe where all kinds of support exists for women and their children, your position is probably arguable with a fair chance of success.

The birth of a child, for most human beings, is a life changing and attitude changing event. Do you have children? Some men could give a shit forever. And some men who could not have given a shit fall in love when they see the face of their child.

Three boys, two different mothers. Ages 23, 12, and 11.

So why are you fighting me on this, Dad?

On principle by and large and in the main. For the rest of it, well, I'll make sure you get an advance copy of my autobiography. Autographed.

btw 12 year old is eating popcorn right now as 11 year old reloads his full auto Nerf Dart gun....that GRANDPA got him. I can be subjected to a burst at any time.

Thanks, Pop.

Lovely. Family love. God bless you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

OMG GOP WTF? - Tongues in the Sauna - UPDATE BELOW

Get your mind out of the gutter, cher Reader. I know what you were thinking when you read the title. You thought I provided some more Filth and Dirt. Well, not this time.

This woman is a GOP candidate for Senate in Alaska. She is attempting to convert(?) someone in a sauna by singing in tongues.

What is there to say? 2016 cannot come fast enough for me. Many thanks to gtoSnipey for preserving this after she made it private and erased all the comments.

She is back with more and better batshittery. Alaska sent us Palin and this woman. Maybe it is something in the water?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Roasted Pumpkin Guts

I am seeing gorgeous pumpkins of all sizes in the market. So I am doing this again. Note: you can roast the seeds of any hard winter squash.

When I was a child, you could buy a box of roasted salty Indian Brand Pumpkin Seeds at the corner candy store. The box the seeds were packed in had a beautiful illustration of an American Indian in full Chief's headdress. The brand is still around but the illustration is gone from the packaging.

When you get done carving that pumpkin for Halloween or just to make a pie, you can roast your own pumpkin seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are so good.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 and 1/2 cups raw whole Pumpkin Seeds
2 teaspoons Butter, melted
Pinch Salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

This recipe comes from allrecipes.com - for my money the best recipe site on the net. Cooks share their variations on the recipe and their opinions of the recipe's quality. Think Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Or Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Cooks also share practical tips for recipe execution like this tip below. There are a lot of creative cooks in the world. This tip is from Valerie's Kitchen.

"If you've never roasted pumpkin seeds before here are my tips. When you carve your pumpkins scoop the seeds into a colander and the guts onto newspaper. Inevitably some of the guts will be mixed in with the seeds but when you run water over them it's separated out pretty easily. After you drain the rinsed seeds, pour them onto a large, dry cookie sheet and let them sit for 24 hours or so to dry out. Now you can pick out the remaining pieces of pumpkin stuff that didn't get pulled out earlier and they will roast better if they are not wet when they go in the oven. My family prefers them seasoned with garlic salt in place of regular salt but you can use whatever suits your taste. So good!"

Bede's Beat - Gloomy Sunday

Szomorú vasárnap was composed by Rezső Seress in 1933.

While the title of Seress' composition was translated into English as Gloomy Sunday, it was popularly known in both the U.S. and the U.K. as "the Hungarian suicide song" due to innumerable press accounts of people who cited the song in their suicide notes. 

The song was even locally banned by several radio stations in the interest of "public morals." Seress himself committed suicide in 1968,

Marozsán Erika: Szomorú vasárnap (Gloomy Sunday)

The first person to sing Gloomy Sunday in English was Paul Robeson in 1936,

Robeson's English-language version was quickly followed by many others, perhaps most famously, that recorded by Lady Day:in 1941:

Gloomy Sunday has been recorded in may different styles and remains part of the soundtrack -- and an essential entry in the songbook-- of the 1930s and 1940s, and is still performed to this day.
Charlie Adams: Gloomy Sunday

Björk: Gloomy Sunday

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Elephant in the Room - A Poem for Asa Hutchinson

We're Baggers GOP.
We want to control your pu^^y.
We want to be like it's 1853.
Please elect us hopefully.
- timalways wrote this. 
"Governor Hutchinson has no business telling women in Arkansas where they can and cannot go for cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other care," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
 In August, Hutchinson said the state would cut off contracts with Planned Parenthood because its values did not represent those of the people of Arkansas.
The Arkansas contracts involved services including nurse practitioners, pharmacy and family planning and were delivered through the Arkansas Medicaid program. No state funds were used for abortions, except in the case of incest, rape or when the life of the mother was at stake.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, and Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Editing by Sandra Maler)
If I wanted a legislator in my womb, I would fuck a Republican Governor. Best way to fuck Asa Hutchinson? You can get the TShirt HERE and wear it in his face. I make no money at all from sales. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Union Made - Dedicated to My Mother - Polka Queen and Member and Officer of the IBEW

Wow, Putin does NOT like protesters, does he? Oh wait, that's McDonald's in Oak Brook, Illinois. pic.twitter.com/db21jUvQhu
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. - Abraham Lincoln

My Mother is Rosie the Riveter. She worked in an aircraft factory during WWII. She would be marching with the Fast Food Workers if she were not 93 and blind in one eye. She was the boss cook of the Sun Ray lunch counter in Trenton NJ for a time. We might have to tie her down to keep her from trying to march.
For my Mom, every day is and was Labor Day.

"Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and fallen and bruised itself, and risen again; been seized by the throat and choked and clubbed into insensibility; enjoined by courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, shot down by regulars, traduced by the press, frowned upon by public opinion, deceived by politicians, threatened by priests, repudiated by renegades, preyed upon by grafters, infested by spies, deserted by cowards, betrayed by traitors, bled by leeches, and sold out by leaders, but notwithstanding all this, and all these, it is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission of emancipating the workers of the world from the thraldom of the ages is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun."  - Eugene Victor Debs, Socialist Party Candidate for POTUS, "An Ideal Labor Press," The Metal Worker (May 1904)

Labor Day Hoorah!

I honor my Mother and her Friends
 who were members and officers in their chapter of the 
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." 
Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

Eleanor Roosevel addresses striking IBEW workers in 1941

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kim Davis? Spit Spot.

Happy Belated Birthday, Charlie Parker - Bede's Beat

Editor's Note: Bede was lost and now he's found. Huzzah!

It's a musical cliche to say that Charlie Parker changed the way we listen to music forever. It is also true.

In honor of his birthday, August 29, Bede's Beat presents a comparative listening set comprised of three of Parker's recordings of the same song -- Ray Noble's Cherokee -- which vividly illustrates the impact which Parker had upon the way we hear music and understand rhythm and harmonics today.

from 1941 with The Jay McShann Orchestra, the big band that first brought Parker to national attention:

from 1943, an home-recorded take on Cherokee -- This is bop at its birth:

from the famous Massey Hall Concert in Toronto in 1953, along with Dizzy Gillispie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach:

As a final point of comparison, here is the original recording of Cherokee by the composer's own band, The Ray Noble Orchestra, from 1938

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SIGN OF THE MONTH - September 1, 2015

Works for me. Republicans have the rape and breeder slavery of women in their party platform. Republicans have contempt for women.
Trump: “Excuse me, you DROPPED to your knees?”
Brande: “Yes."
Trump: "It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."
"Rand Paul in Kentucky...wants the government to intervene if a woman gets pregnant because of rape or incest...to force a woman or a girl in that situation to give birth to the rapist's baby or to their relative's baby, no matter what she or the girl or woman's doctor wants."
Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a "method of conception."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nick Sings Dixie

Way down south in the Land of Cotton,
Racism there is kind of rotten.
Oy vey!
Oy vey!
Oy vey, it's Dixieland.

- Nick Vanocur

I am so sorry to report that Nick Vanocur has died. He is sorely missed by friends and fans. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

DUMP TRUMP the Fecal Lump - #RegisterOnlinePA

Thanks to @GovernorTomWolf, registering to vote in PA is now as easy as clicking this! #RegisterOnlinePA

VOTE! Get the Republicans out of the Pennsylvania State House. Help Tom Wolf pass a real budget. 

Art by Hanksy in New York City. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Give us this day our daily Pasta. And deliver us from spaghetti-Os. For thine is the semolina, the boiling water, and the sauce. 

Yea, though I walk through the Valley of McDonalds, I will fear no McRib, for thou art al dente. Thy sauce and thy cheese they comfort me. Thou sitteth on the table before me in the presence of chianti. My wine glass runneth over.

Surely goodness and linguine shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell with and praise The Flying Spaghetti Monster forever. RAmen.

Penne for your thoughts?

Friday, August 21, 2015

What time is it? It is TACO TIME again!

I have been missing in action. I have no air conditioning and all I have been able to do for days is perspire. Ugh. This is too important to shine on just because my hands are too sweaty to type.

I apologize for my tardiness. The official challenge day was August 18. Never too late. Eat that taco and donate anyway. Go here for INSPIRATION. 

Hold Up, So How Does This Work?

You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Feel the Bern!

Magnificent Bernie has magnificent friends. Vote! Vote in every election from dogcatcher to POTUS. Your life and the life of your country is in your hands. Vote!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Walker Gets Cheesed - Sign of the Month - August 2015

Scott Walker came to Philly. What can I say? We have our own unique style of political dissent - Urban Uncouth. You pick the sign you like the best. I am laughing too hard to choose.

I wonder who is the big guy on the left with the big head and the big gun. Given the sentiment in the tweet below the picture, maybe he is Scott Walker's security? This is the best election ever.

VISITORS - Do not go to Geno's or Pat's for cheesesteak. Only tourists go there. Go to Jim's Steaks on South Street. And if you want to try something new, go to Tony Luke's for the roast pork and escarole sandwich. So good.

Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's to order a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions. He's not getting out of Philly alive.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Democrat on Fire

God bless you, Elizabeth Warren. Give them Suits hell!
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said at the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the government should be spending half a billion dollars on “women’s health issues.”
 “The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.” BY KAY STEIGER

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Go Obama! It's your birthday. Go Obama!

This great portrait comes from this interesting "conservative" Blog. I think it is meant to ridicule Obama. I just love it.