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  1. Monday, July 4, 2016

    happy birthday, America 

    Happy birthday to my favorite country
    a place where a man born to an African man and a midwestern woman
    can go to Harvard, run for president, become president
    and despite unprecedented Congressional cockblocking and cowardice,
    miraculously pull a nation from a deliberating recession,
    while killing tyrants, ending wars,
    making the nation freer, healthier, and more prosperous
    with style and eloquence.
    As a Cub fan I look the other way when I remember he’s a Sox fan.
    One day I hope his detractors can look the other way
    when they remember
    he’s not like them.
    yours in rock,
    busblog

  2. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    the more we become educated the harder it is to be a dumbass 

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    but some are trying super hard 

    last night i watched the 1947 Academy Award winning movie “Gentlemen’s Agreement”.

    the title comes from an unspoken rule in some communities in the Eastern part of the USA

    back in the day

    where one homeowner promised his other homeowners that if he ever sold his house

    he wouldn’t sell it to a Jew.

    this film was made not long after Americans went to war to defeat the Nazis

    and yet returned home to a nation that wasn’t killing our Hebrew friends,

    but they were still discriminating against them in various ways including

    having places like country clubs and fine hotels being Restricted

    meaning Jews were not welcome.

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    what’s interesting is if Jews weren’t allowed, then for sure Blacks weren’t accepted either

    other than to clean up, shine shoes, and dance, of course

    even though nearly 100 years before WWII, Abe Lincoln freed the slaves

    because every man was  “equal” to every other man.

    on paper.

    etc.

    which is to say nothing of women.

    who to this day, are still not equal to men, in several ways.

    too many to list here.

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    what fascinates me about all of this is when i drive new Americans around LA

    they tell me that they love the USA so much.

    Saudis, Kuwaitis, Germans, Jamaicans, Swedes, Chinese…

    they all tell me that this place is really the country it’s advertised as being

    it’s free.

    you can do what you want.

    you can be who you want.

    you can smoke, drink, have sex, have dreams, be alive

    you can spread your wings without fear of having them cut off.

    and of course, everything is a matter of perspective.

    and i wonder when that honeymoon period will wear off

    and they realize that this beautiful country is

    sometimes

    just as backwards as where they fled from.

    and in some ways, worse, because we should know better.

    and we have seen firsthand that when you treat people different than you

    like family

    the results are usually wonderful.

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    most fascinating thing about Gentlemen’s Agreement?

    it was greenlit by 20th Century Pictures head honcho Darryl Zanuck who was not allowed to join a prominent Los Angeles country club

    because he was Jewish.

    Hollywood, at that time, was run by Jews, it was believed by some.

    and indeed, many of the studio heads at that time were Jewish.

    but the irony was Zanuck was Protestant.

    when he saw this discrimination first hand, he was inspired to make this movie.

    The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, it won three: Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actress

    Zanuck himself accepted the Oscar for Best Picture.

  3. Friday, July 26, 2013
  4. Thursday, July 4, 2013

    today is the united states of america’s birthday, it’s 24 

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    a long time ago dinosaurs lived in what is now known incorrectly as america

    incorrect, i say because there is a north, south, and central america, and it’s arrogant to call just one of it america

    after the dinosaurs lived here, the native americans did their thing

    and were eventually replaced by what is now known as Americans, which isn’t an arrogant term somehow.

    the united states has many terrible terrible things in its short history, and some extremely cringeworthy things happening now.

    but what strong country doesnt?

    one reason i love the USA is because it’s completely capable of saving the world just as easily as it is capable of ruining it.

    it’s as dysfunctional and ridiculous as many of its relationships, and oftentimes rooted in what it hopes it saysanother reason i love the US is because of its relationship with the Bible.

    they promised us jetpacks

    as opposed to what it really truly is.

    i love that the USA invented country, jazz, blues, rock n roll, and hip hop

    as if no other nation had the tools.

    same goes for Hollywood

    and Silicon Valley.

    i love that the US is a collection of people from all over the globe, but what i really love is its becoming even funkier

    even more people are coming here or being born here and figuring it out and adding their two cents

    and joining the chorus of dreams coming true right here.

    i like that anyone crazy enough to do it can get married now.

    i like that two states said f it we’re gonna legalize this weed that has never killed anyone.

    i like that a fourth major tv network has brought variety to the dial

    and i like that netflix and hbogo and tivo and the xbox, all american creations, are taking us to the next place

    i like that i can get on a bus and here a variety of languages

    i like that i could kiss a pretty girl right this minute simply by saying

    abraham lincoln sent me

    i love that we invented the internet

    and the clapper

    and the turducken.

    when i was a kid i was taught to fear russians

    then we were told to learn japanese cuz they were gonna take over

    then people said to fear muslim extremists

    and now the chinese.

    the only thing i fear is that america will forget it can achieve anything it wants

    any time it wants

    no matter how crazy the idea is

    wifi is a crazy idea.

    but fearing the boogey man is just stupid.

    i cant wait for america to be brave again. and free.

    cuz thats my favorite flavor of america.

    happy 237th birthday, usa.

    land that i love.

  5. Sunday, March 24, 2013
  6. Wednesday, December 19, 2012
  7. Saturday, December 1, 2012
  8. Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    from the mouths of babes 

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    “Ohio really did go for President Obama last night, and he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is, legitimately, President of the United State – again.

    And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Center really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

    And the polls were not skewed to oversample democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake poll numbers about the election to try to make conservatives feel bad; Nate Silver was doing MATH.

    And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy, sometimes. And evolution is a thing. And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal BY us.

    And nobody’s taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

    And the moon landing? Was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms on the regulations on the financial industries and the insurance industries in this country are not the same as communism.

    Listen. Last night was a good night for liberals and for democrats, for very obvious reasons. But it was also possibly a good night for this country as a whole.

    …But if the conservative movement and the conservative media and the republican party is stuck in a vacuum-sealed, door-locked, spin cycle of telling what makes them feel good, and denying the actual lived truth of the world, we are all deprived, as a nation, of the very debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.

    Last night the republicans got shellacked, and they had NO idea it was coming. And we saw them in real time – in real, humiliating time – not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they want to secede, they will need to pop the fictional bubble they have been so happily living inside, if they do not want to get shellacked again.”

    – rachel maddow, 11/7/2012

    photo by the lovely tiffany yeeeeeeeee

  9. Monday, August 6, 2012

    white only 

    white only

    we’re gonna swim in the pool
    no matter how many signs you put up
    no matter what you think is in our hair
    no matter what you think is in our skin.

    we’re gonna kiss your daughters
    no matter how many dirty looks you throw
    no matter how many threats you know
    no matter how bad you think you are

    we’re gonna live our lives
    no matter what you try to do
    no matter how you change the rules
    no matter when you go to hell,
    ohio

  10. Friday, July 6, 2012

    go ben frank go 

    what is my favorite podcast?

    i like jessicas yes jessica, of course, duh

    but the one i find myself listening to all the time is The Minutes which is done by <3 Patience <3 from The Grates

    and her friend Melinda Buttle who is a comedianne.

    they’re young australian ladies with the best accents and funny tales of fights, shows, one eyed cats, food, fast food, and aussieland

    i like it because it takes me to a new world.

    also its nice to hear girls talk in foreign lands.

    other day on the minutes (whose ringtone is my ringtone, fyi) they had the new drummer dude of the grates on

    and he was talking about Ben Franklin. now the drummer dude seems like  a good man. and hes american. but i was wondering if it was rude to bring up a non-president like Ben on a podcast in australia with two nice aussie ladies?

    how are they supposed to know anything about ben?

    after the dude said that ben went to prostitutes and may have had slaves (i dont think he did either), one of the ladies asked which dollar bill he was on (cute). and when they were told, they said “maybe he should be demoted to the $1”.

    oh the minutes.