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27 House members sign letter asking Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy to bring stock trading ban to the floor: 'We came to Congress to serve our country, not turn a quick buck'

It's signed by 25 Democrats and 2 Republicans!

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Alex Jones met with 1/6 committee and says he pleaded the Fifth 'almost 100 times'

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/25/politics/alex-jones-january-6-plead-fifth/index.html

John Eastman law prof who authored memo on how Pence could block certification of Electoral College vote, invoked 5th Amendment 146 times!

At hearing on John Eastman's efforts to block 1/6 committee from getting his emails, Doug Letter, House counsel, reveals that Eastman, law prof who authored memo on how Pence could block certification of Electoral College vote, invoked 5th Amendment 146 times.

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7 hours ago, Ty Carpenter said:

Matt,

I will give Biden credit for apologizing, even though it was not much of an apology. It was more an acknowledgement that he made a mistake.

Your comment is telling though, if it was Trump who said this, you would be up in arms calling for impeachment or something. But since it's your guy, it's all good. Perhaps this type of attitude is partially responsible for our inability to find common ground and work together on things in this country?

 

Ty,

     C'mon, man... common ground?  With Trump supporters who have been chanting, "Let's go, Brandon!" (i.e., "F*** Joe Biden!") all year?  When did you guys finally start deploring profanity?

      Common ground with guys who have been making death threats to U.S. election officials, refusing to acknowledge that Biden won the 2020 election, or that Trump incited a violent attack on the U.S. Congress to block the certification of Biden's election?

      What sort of "common ground" do you have in mind?  I'm all ears.

      As for Biden privately referring to the Fox News gadfly, Peter Doocy, as a "stupid son-of-a-bitch" (on an accidentally open mic) were you similarly outraged when Trump said, "Get that son-of-a-bitch off the field!" when he saw Civil Rights protester Colin Kaepernick kneeling on an NFL sideline?   Remember that comment?

      Which was the more egregious Presidential comment, in your opinion-- a POTUS privately cursing about a sleazy Fox News propagandist, or a POTUS public cursing about a conscientious Civil Rights protester?

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And guess which one's going to go...

Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan vaccine misinformation

‘They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,’ writes musician in an open letter to his management that has since been taken down from his website

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jan/25/neil-young-demands-spotify-remove-his-music-over-joe-rogan-vaccine-misinformation

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Just now, David Andrews said:

And guess which one's going to go...

Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan vaccine misinformation

‘They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,’ writes musician in an open letter to his management that has since been taken down from his website

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jan/25/neil-young-demands-spotify-remove-his-music-over-joe-rogan-vaccine-misinformation

Whilst on one hand people may view it as an ideological stand, on another it may illustrate how disconnected celebrities get from reality at times. Or, it might put Neil Young back in the public domain. 
 

Was it 50 million views in just two days of the Malone podcast? Some staggering number ... 

My fave of his ...

 

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     Neil Young may have been following his friend Graham Nash's lead on this one, although Neil has long been a critic of MP3 digital music, going back to the days when he tried to talk Donald Trump into investing in his (Young's) Pono digital music service.

Graham Nash Slams RFK Jr. for Using His Song in Anti-Vax Rally Video
“I believe in science and facts, and do not support such blatant disregard for either, nor for my rights as a musician,” Nash writes after unauthorized use of 1971 song “Chicago”
www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/graham-nash-rfk-jr-song-anti-vax-rally-video-1289244/

January 22, 2022

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10 hours ago, Ty Carpenter said:

Matt,

I will give Biden credit for apologizing, even though it was not much of an apology. It was more an acknowledgement that he made a mistake.

Your comment is telling though, if it was Trump who said this, you would be up in arms calling for impeachment or something. But since it's your guy, it's all good. Perhaps this type of attitude is partially responsible for our inability to find common ground and work together on things in this country?

 

Ty C---

Civility is gone in public discourse, from all sides. I agree with you, it is sad.

The left has become more censorious---see Neil Young wanting to ban Joe Rogan for having a different point of view, I guess on C19 policies. 

In a more-serious vein, the increasing state-corporate censorship of the Internet should alarm all citizens.  

But we have a new credo: "There should be freedom of speech---for those who agree with me."

The other credo: "Civility is necessary...but only when I am being addressed." 

Keep posting, Ty. I may disagree with you, but all should be encouraged to participate. 

As RFK said, "Dissent should be encouraged." 

Also, stay skeptical on state-corporate-M$M narratives regarding political events. 

 

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2 hours ago, Chris Barnard said:

Whilst on one hand people may view it as an ideological stand, on another it may illustrate how disconnected celebrities get from reality at times. Or, it might put Neil Young back in the public domain. 
 

Was it 50 million views in just two days of the Malone podcast? Some staggering number ... 

My fave of his ...

 

It should be an interesting play-out: losing Rogan's audience vs. losing Neil's catalog in perpetuity, if the estate is forbidden to return to Spotify.  Like Dylan's catalog, Neil's will skyrocket in value with his demise.  Will Rogan still have an audience then? 

I'm tempted to call it for Rogan; but in most similar affairs, the party issuing the challenge is brought to compromise his extremist stand.  There will be song publishers and heirs to palliate.

Underrated, moody live album, great with liquor and cigarettes - Road Rock, Vol. 1.  It's all on YouTube, if the Spotify thing goes south:

 

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1 hour ago, David Andrews said:

It should be an interesting play-out: losing Rogan's audience vs. losing Neil's catalog in perpetuity, if the estate is forbidden to return to Spotify.  Like Dylan's catalog, Neil's will skyrocket in value with his demise.  Will Rogan still have an audience then? 

I'm tempted to call it for Rogan; but in most similar affairs, the party issuing the challenge is brought to compromise his extremist stand.  There will be song publishers and heirs to palliate.

Underrated, moody live album, great with liquor and cigarettes - Road Rock, Vol. 1.  It's all on YouTube, if the Spotify thing goes south:

 

I guess that would call for this.  Not to soon be available on spotify?  Thank goodness for you tube for the moment.

 

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Well, since people are posting Neil Young songs, I'm going to post my own cover of Southern Man, one of my favorites from 50 years ago, when I first started singing Neil Young songs at parties.

I can still play a lot of old Neil Young classics-- Tell Me Why, Old Man, Needle and the Damage Done, etc.-- but I stopped singing them around age 17, after my voice dropped an octave.

I had to transcribe Southern Man and a few others down by a fifth to record them with my one man basement studio band.

Herewith...

Southern Man by Guillermo Ambrose | SoundClick

 

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2 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

Ty C---

Civility is gone in public discourse, from all sides. I agree with you, it is sad.

The left has become more censorious---see Neil Young wanting to ban Joe Rogan for having a different point of view, I guess on C19 policies. 

In a more-serious vein, the increasing state-corporate censorship of the Internet should alarm all citizens.  

But we have a new credo: "There should be freedom of speech---for those who agree with me."

The other credo: "Civility is necessary...but only when I am being addressed." 

Keep posting, Ty. I may disagree with you, but all should be encouraged to participate. 

As RFK said, "Dissent should be encouraged." 

Also, stay skeptical on state-corporate-M$M narratives regarding political events. 

 

Politically in the U.S. I've never seen a more dictatorial "cancel culture"  censorship than the current Republican Party There is literally no disagreement allowed to Trump or they will tremble in fear to lose their jobs.. They' even gave up having a party platform. That's unprecedented.

Boycotting is a tool that Young is employing, Of course people can disagree.

Re the Pandemic. You can hem and haw, but it's been going on since the start of civilization. There are epidemics, and people don't want to be around people who can make them or their loved ones fatally sick, no matter how remote a chance the potential carriers think that is. 

As for Neil, I used to do an impersonation of Neil that would bring the house down. I hadn't done it in years, but it was received favorably playing out with my friend in Florida last spring.  And that was fun!

 Before he met her. I dated his wife of many years, before he dumped her for Darryl Hannah a few years back , she's since died of cancer.

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12 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

Politically in the U.S. I've never seen a more dictatorial "cancel culture"  censorship than the current Republican Party There is literally no disagreement allowed to Trump or they will tremble in fear to lose their jobs.. They' even gave up having a party platform. That's unprecedented.

Boycotting is a tool that Young is employing, Of course people can disagree.

Re the Pandemic. You can hem and haw, but it's been going on since the start of civilization. There are epidemics, and people don't want to be around people who can make them or their loved ones fatally sick, no matter how remote a chance the potential carriers think that is. 

As for Neil, I used to do an impersonation of Neil that would bring the house down. I hadn't done it in years, but it was received favorably playing out with my friend in Florida last spring.  And that was fun!

 Before he met her. I dated his wife of many years, before he dumped her for Darryl Hannah a few years back , she's since died of cancer.

Kirk,

     Spot on.   And the current Republican Party "cancel culture" goes far beyond the requisite endorsement of Trump's Big Lie about the 2020 election and the denial of his January 6th coup attempt.  It's also about denying true history and science-- e.g., suppressing the teaching of the  history of slavery, racism and genocidal Manifest Destiny in America, and evolutionary biology.  Are germ theory and epidemiology next?

      Paul Krugman published an excellent review of Republican cancel culture/thought policing in the New York Times this week.  (Unfortunately, the people who really need to study Krugman's facts and analysis are the ones who won't.)

Attack of the Right Wing Thought Police

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/opinion/florida-critical-race-theory-de-santis.html

January 24, 2022

      This gets at the deeper issue of Post Truth politics and propaganda in the U.S. nowadays-- the use of alternate facts to support false theories, and the related claim that, "no one has a monopoly on truth."

      Another manifestation of Post Truth-ism is the claim that people who tell the truth by pointing out the actual facts are being "uncivil" and intolerant.

      As for your Neil Young parody, do you do stand up comedy, or is this from your radio show?

      Some guy on the National Lampoon Radio Hour used to do hilarious Neil Young parodies back in the early 70s.  It was after NY released his Harvest album, because one of the parodies was a falsetto song called, "I Need Someone to Keep My Shorts Clean," based on NY's song, A Man Needs a Maid.

   

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On 1/25/2022 at 6:33 AM, Ty Carpenter said:

Your comment is telling though, if it was Trump who said this, you would be up in arms calling for impeachment or something.

Ty, I'm surprised you bring this up. You don't remember all the unpleasant things Trump would say "on mic" to reporters faces, calling them "fake news." "nasty" , "terrible reporters" "third rate reporters". I thought Trump supporters celebrated  insulting reporters  but I give you credit that you weren't in that group, but you obviously haven't seen that Trump is the most insulting of all Presidents we've ever had and that was with fair questions and not  unknowingly with a "hot mic".

Here is an exchange in the Spring of 2020, in a  period of great uncertainty at the beginning of the covid  pandemic when a reporter asks.

Alexander asked, "What do you say to Americans who are scared?"Trump, shaking his head, ripped into Alexander in response.
Trump:"I say that you are a terrible reporter," Trump replied. "That's what I say."

The President proceeded to launch into an extended rant against Alexander, saying he asked a "nasty question" and assailing NBC and its parent company, Comcast."You're doing sensationalism," Trump charged. "And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don't call it Comcast. I call it 'Con-Cast.'""Let me just tell you something," Trump added. "That's really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism."

This was a softball question that any true leader would have seized upon to reassure the public that "it's going to be tough but we're going to pull through". But Trump didn't have it in him. We can talk just about his civility, but almost 2  years later and probably million American lives lost by the end of this , 20 times the number of people lost in the Viet Nam War, this was a great tragedy, that could have lost him the election.

And Fox News reinforced it, and  was complicit with these insults which now make them look so hypocritical.

The question itself was obvious and made to embarrass, but within the arc of testy questions reporters ask Presidents.

More examples of Trump's treatment of reporters, of less testy questions..

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-lashes-out-at-reporters-during-coronavirus-press-briefings-2020-4

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Trump didn't sign this newly unearthed 2020 election EO. We need to know why.

Jan. 25, 2022, 4:34 AM CST

By Joyce Vance,

https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/trump-didn-t-sign-newly-unearthed-2020-election-eo-we-n1287959?icid=msd_topgrid

 

"The draft EO is titled “PRESIDENTIAL FINDINGS TO PRESERVE COLLECT AND ANALYZE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION.””

 

This draft is dated December 16, 2020

 

“How widely did the draft EO circulate? We don’t know for certain. But on Dec. 21, 2020, outgoing Attorney General William Barr publicly announced that there was no need for the federal government to seize voting machines or to appoint a special counsel, another provision in the draft executive order. Barr resigned two days later, explaining that he wanted to spend more time with his family — just a few days before the Christmas holiday and with less than a month to go before the end of the administration.”

 

Curiouser and curiouser.

Steve Thomas

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