Saturday, August 8

Screamer Madness: There Will Be Blood - in Their America!

This fight has been a long, long time coming...

But this time, THIS TIME, we're going to win it.

And we have to be ready for victory, because it will certainly be bitter sweet. The Nation will be a better place, but we have to realize and fully recognize that some of our fellow Americans have been so deeply indoctrinated by decades of corporate double-speak and fear mongering against Liberalism that they will not just lash out and scream - there will be bloodshed.

Yes, the Screamers are the result of an organized corporate lobbying effort to stifle debate, to stifle truth and to intimidate those who want reform into silence and inaction. But that is nothing new - that has always been the modis operandi of the Right Wing going all the way back to Joseph McCarthy.

Yes, this is McCarthism.

"Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Socialist Party?"

It's not the Nazis. These are not the Brown Shirts. This is not what Hitler did or attempted, particularly since his movement was run from the Chief Executive Position on down. This is Corporate Terrorism, not governmental.

These are what they used to call in the twenties, Strong-Arm Squads.

Corporate Thugs, which back then included a healthy dose of Pinkertons and off-duty police being paid under the table to rough up the "rable-rousing little slugs" who just wanted an 8-Hour work day.

This is something different from that whole Nazi thing. But like those bullies of yore, these people are the "Patriots" in their own mind. These guys present themselves as "the Heroes" battling against the Evil Nazi/Commie/Socialism of Obama-care. Where you hard earned tax money will be ripped away from you and spent on abortions for illegal aliens, and to put the elderly out of their misery.

This has been a FIFTY YEAR campaign of distortion and disinformation to protect one thing: Corporate Profit.

That's why you get nutball stuff like this flying at us, not from some blue-haired lady in a frock, but from Formerly Elected Officials.

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Hey Governor Quitter - That's the System We Have Now!

The system we have - which IS EVIL - is what prematurely ended the life of Eric De La Cruz because he didn't have the Public Option of Medicare.

It was the Corporate "Death Panel" of CIGNA that killed 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan.

The "Holocaust" these people fear - has already been going on for generations at the hands of insurance company hacks who get paid bonuses for denying care to sick people.

...if your doctor can limit your healthcare by 60% less than the target set by the healthcare executives, they will be paid that 60% as a year-end bonus!

Doctors are getting paid to let their patients - who actually *have* insurance - suffer and die, pure and simple.

But that isn't a reality they are *EVER* going to accept, it's a reality we're going to change.

The Screamers really DO believe this stuff coming out of the Fox Propaganda Network and Wrong-Wing Radio because - they want to believe it. They want Obama to be some kind of Kenyan/Muslim Agent Provocataur because that's easier to accept than the reality that THEIR AMERICA is leaving them behind.

"He's an Arab" - "Where's the Birth Certificate?" - "These are the methods of Stalin and Pol Pot. Hitler called it his Final Solution"

Simply pointing out that all of this is factually wrong simply isn't good enough. They Don't WANT TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH - because it would require realizing that 90% of everything they believe has also been a lie.

They are trapped in a Pathological Delusion. In fact, they are Addicted To it, like a bunch of junkies who constantly need a new fix of Faux Facts to feed their self-aggrandizement, gingism, paranoia and narcissism.

Yes, some of it is racial, but on a deeper level it's about losing control, losing influence, becoming inconsequential - going from powerful to powerless - from majority to minority. THAT is the America they are losing, and it's scares them to absolutely DEATH to think that they might have to depend on Liberals and Minorities to treat them better than they've treated those minorities over the last last 250 years.

They are terrified that in this newly vulnerable position those minorities might treat them, exactly how they've been treated.

This is why all the Sturm and Drang" over Sotomayor "Wise Latina" comment and Obama's "the police acted stupidly" remark. They see this as Anti-White/Power, as Ethnic-Supremacy. Yeah, they're scared - and a lot of people have a vested financial interest in keeping them that way.

Now the only response they have to a world which is to them, spinning madly violently out of control, is with mad violence.

Frank Schaeffer on Maddow w/ Transcript


As Schaeffer accurately points out here, the first shots have already been fired. There was the Murder of Dr. Tiller, the shooting of the Pittsburgh Police by a "Obama wants my Guns" fanatic, the Holocaust Museum Shooting by a Birther, the attempted Dirty Bomber in Maine, and the guy who walked into a Unitarian Church just to Kill the Liberals Bernie Goldberg of Fox News Told Him To.

So far what we've seen have been the actions of Lone Gunmen so it's been relatively easy to dismiss the growing body count as having nothing to do with an organized effort.

But it is organized.

We now have a paper-trail of instructions (pdf), we have maps and lists of targets to strike.

Eventually there won't be just another "Lone Nut" shooting, there will be a RIOT or a bombing, like the one that started the 1886 Haymarket Riot, or the 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times both of which set back the labor movement for generations - only this time it will come from the right, just it did with Oklahoma City and Olympic Park bombings.

My suspicion is that this won't occur until after all their current efforts have completely, utterly failed. Things won't get truly ugly until after Health Care passes, and maybe not until after Cap & Trade hits the Presidents desk.

It's what happens after that that matters. People like Dobbs, Beck and O'Reilly will try and distance themselves from these violent actions, they're going to try and claim they aren't responsible for spreading HATE SPEECH and inciting violence.

But they are aidders and abetters of these HATE Crimes, and they can't be allowed to escape that reality. Hey man, we're all in this one American theater together - and it's NOT on Fire.

They're entire modis operandi is not respectful discourse, or calm reflection of opposing views - it's thuggery and intimidation day in and day out. The Screamers are acting just like O'Reilly does with Liberal guests who dare to challenge him. People like Jeremy Glick or Senator Al Franken. ("JUST SHUT UP - YOU HAD YOUR 45 MINUTES!")

The link is undeniable, and although they will play the "victim card" of being associated with the guilty when a member of Glenn Beck's "9-12" project is caught and tried for terrorism, we have to ready to point out their own use of guilt by association when it came to Reverend Wright or Bill Ayers (neither of whom have been tried or convicted of anything - EVER).

So who've YOU been "Palling Around with..." Glenn? If we can ask Obama, we can ask you too.

Mark My Words - because I was 100% Right when I predicted events like Von Brunn (even before the Homeland Report on potential Right-wing Terrorism) - and sadly I suspect I'll be 100% right about this too.


Friday, August 7

Videos From Purgatory #41: Poundhound - Music

Poundhound is the solo project by dUg Pinnick of King's X, where he plays bass and vocals in the Supergroup, in this one he handles the guitar work. Whereas King's X has a variety of influences, this is pretty much All Dug (vocals, guitar, bass, production, with King's X Jerry Gaskill on drums in the studio) and tends to have far more of his openly funky sensibilities to the grooves.

Music -

Love -

Next In LIne - from the second Poundhound CD "Pineappleskunk"

So far Poundhound has released 2 full length CD's and put together a touring unit for live shows.


Thursday, August 6

Videos from Purgatory #40: Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

A Mid '70's Irish Rock featuring Phil Lynott on vocals and twin guitar work from Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham - Thin Lizzy remains a Legend among Rock Bands, influential to everyone from AC/DC to Bruce Springsteen and Metallica.


Just to make the point yet again, being Black in Rock did make a difference as points out.

Also, as a black man, Lynott was an anomaly in the nearly all-white world of hard rock, and as such imbued much of his work with a sense of alienation; he was the outsider, the romantic guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn and downtrodden. His sweeping vision and writerly impulses at times gave way to pretentious songs aspiring to clich├ęd notions of literary significance, but Lynott's limitless charisma made even the most misguided moments worth hearing.

Feeling "alone and isolated", isn't that what Sonia Sotomayor said about Princeton? Didn't Michelle Obame echo that statement? Yeah, I know exactly what they mean.

Consider how just saying this caused some people to Freak Out, it seems not that much has changed on that front in 30 years.

The likelihood that this band would have ever been noticed if they had been from America, with a Black Guy as lead singer, is somewhere between Slim and Nil IMO - fortunately for them they weren't and they did break through which is something that should be celebrated and respected.

The Boys are Back in Town.

Whiskey in a Jar - (No, Metallica didn't write this song!)

Eventually some of the greatest guitarist of the era found their way into and out of Thin Lizzy ranks including Gary Moore and John Sykes (Whitesnake), Lynott was the centerpiece of the band until the Punk Devolution of the early 80's. They were never able to reform with the original iineup as Lynott tragically died of his addiction to Heroine a few years later - but various members have kept the band alive and touring through the years - largely in remembrance of Phil.


Videos from Purgatory #39: Howe II - High Gear

Greg Howe is a world class Guitarist, after his initial solo instrumental album in 1988 on Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records (which also featured Yngwie Malmsteen and Paul Gilbert) he formed a full-on Van Halen inspired Rock Band with his brother Al on lead vocals called Howe II.

High Gear Music Video

This is Howe II performing at the Guitar Institutute of Technology (GiT)

At little bit of Greg Howe Riffology from the same performance.

Howe II didn't last more than two albums, but Greg hasn't stopped recording. These days you can find Greg doing much more classical and jazz inflected music - but he still blazes.

A bit of a shame Rock music doesn't have room for people like Greg anymore.


Wednesday, August 5

Baggers, Birthers and Deathers Losing it over Snitch-Gate!

Ok, just like a bunch of schoolyard bullies who curl up in a ball and scream for Mama!!! as soon as you question or challenge them the Health-Care Mobs are now screaming FOUL because the White House has asked people to - Gasp - PAY ATTENTION!

A leading Republican US Senator on Wednesday sharply assailed a White House request for supporters to help track “fishy” claims about President Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul US health care.

”I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ?fishy? or otherwise inimical to the White House?s political interests,” John Cornyn of Texas wrote US President Barack Obama.

God, the Nerve, the President wants to know what are the latest Right Wing Lies to derail Health Care Reform? What was he thinking?
Maybe what he was thinking is that being fore-warned is being fore-armed, that knowledge is the primary path to power and effectiveness, and the truth is stronger than fiction?

I've been taking a peak at Faux News this morning with Cavuto and Beck and their are practically Livid that their fellow Americans might be telling the White House what they're saying.

Despite all the hysteria, this is what the White House actually said.

Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things."

Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.

In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to "eliminate" private coverage, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. He has even proposed eight consumer protections relating specifically to the health insurance industry.

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

So let me get this straight, the people who said when it was revealed that President Bush was illegally surveiling The Entire Country, with special attention to spying on journalists are now Outraged - OUTRAGED that President Obama has an email address for tracking false propaganda?

You guys should be happy he's not just telling the NSA to take it rout out of your Email Mailbox the way that Bush did. Besides if you've done and said nothing wrong, "why should you be worried about it" - isn't that what everyone (at Fox) said about Bush's Spy program?

"Only the Bad Guys Should be Worried?"

I guess we can see who the bad guys are now pretty clearly.

They want to pretend that Obama's plan - which is really Congresses Plan at this point - is a "Government Takeover" when Single Payer is Off the Table and that it's just a secret plot to Euthanisze the Elderly and that these are "legitimate concerns by Average Americans".

They are not.

I'm not so ridiculous as to proclaim that some of these people aren't sincere, because being sincerely misinformed is not a crime. But more than few of them really are being driven by Right-Wing Lobbyist Groups such as Dick Armey's Freedom Works who pushed the "Tea Parties" and now have an Action Plan to Stop Socialized Medicine.

But you see the real problem is that Liberals are just so Mean!

Beck and his ilk are already saying this is just like "community organizing" by Acorn - except it's not legitimate community organizing to accomplish positive goals, it's the deliberate exploitation of false fears to create an angry uninformed mob to INTIMIDATE congress by criminal corporations who want to protect their profits and stock price at the expense of American Lives.

Sorry but just like some of the Tea Partiers really were Racist, some of these people are propelled by completely INSANE fears of "Socialism".

No, not all of them are "Crazy" - but some of them are.

And if they don't like being called "Crazy" - then they should STOP ACTING LIKE IT! If they don't want to be connected with crazy people and ideas they should stop supporting nutty ideas.

To this they respond that the Administration is "Marginalizing Them".

Well, if their concerns were close to "Legitimate" they wouldn't be Marginalized. Single Payer is not on the table. Euthanasia is not on the table. You can't have a rational conversation with someone screaming the equivelent of Bigfoot and and Roswell conspiracies at you. All the real data shows that America spends twice as much on Private Health care as most countries and gets about half the quality for it. Our most effective delivery systems are the VA and Tricare - both are government run.

UN Ranks of Public vs Private Health Care Costs as percentage of GDP

HDI Rank Expenditure on health (% of GDP) Public Private Combined
12 United States 6.9 8.5 15.4
106 Occupied Palestinian Territories 7.8 5.2 13
164 Malawi 9.6 3.3 12.9
88 Lebanon 3.2 8.4 11.6
7 Switzerland 6.7 4.8 11.5
123 Sao Tome and Principe 9.9 1.6 11.5
150 Timor-Leste 8.8 2.4 11.2
22 Germany 8.2 2.4 10.6
10 France 8.2 2.3 10.5
15 Austria 7.8 2.5 10.3
1 Iceland 8.3 1.6 9.9
4 Canada 6.8 3 9.8
29 Portugal 7 2.8 9.8
86 Jordan 4.7 5.1 9.8
2 Norway 8.1 1.6 9.7
17 Belgium 6.9 2.8 9.7
3 Australia 6.5 3.1 9.6
38 Argentina 4.3 5.3 9.6
9 Netherlands 5.7 3.5 9.2
34 Malta 7 2.2 9.2
6 Sweden 7.7 1.4 9.1
70 Brazil 4.8 4 8.8
20 Italy 6.5 2.2 8.7
23 Israel 6.1 2.6 8.7
27 Slovenia 6.6 2.1 8.7
14 Denmark 7.1 1.5 8.6
121 South Africa 3.5 5.1 8.6
19 New Zealand 6.5 1.9 8.4
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.1 4.2 8.3
46 Uruguay 3.6 4.6 8.2
110 Nicaragua 3.9 4.3 8.2
13 Spain 5.7 2.4 8.1
16 United Kingdom 7 1.1 8.1

France and Canada pay a fraction of what we do for Health Care and have far better outcomes, England pays half - literally HALF - what we pay and nearly equals our results. It should be a source of national shame and disgrace.

We simply can not afford to continue being gouged for Health Care at this rate by Private Companies. They're DROWNING THE NATION in Red ink. We simply can't afford to keep doing what we have been.

What do these people who just love these corporations have to say the families of people like Eric De La Cruz and Nataline Sarkisyan after their care was Rationed by Private Insurance accelerating their untimely deaths?

GLENDALE, Calif. - The family of a 17-year-old girl who died hours after her health insurer reversed a decision and said it would pay for a liver transplant plans to sue the company, their attorney said Friday.

Nataline Sarkisyan died Thursday at about 6 p.m. at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. She had been in a vegetative state for weeks, said her mother, Hilda.

Attorney Mark Geragos said he plans to ask the district attorney to press murder or manslaughter charges against Cigna HealthCare in the case. The insurer "maliciously killed her" because it did not want to bear the expense of her transplant and aftercare, Geragos said.

What do they say to the other 18,000 people this happens to per year while the Health Care Industries continue to Rank in 3 of the Top Ten Slots for profitable companies on the Fortune 500?

1Network and Other Communications Equipment28.8%
2Mining, Crude-Oil Production23.8%
4Medical Products and Equipment15.2%
5Oil and Gas Equipment, Services13.7%
6Commercial Banks 12.6%
9Insurance: Life, Health (stock)10.6%
10Household and Personal Products10.2%

How could a Public Option NOT cost less and be more efficient than this?

A Private Option might have saved Eric and Nataline at least for a while longer - no one lives forever - but it would have dipped into the profit of these companies. Which do you think should be our most important issue? Profit or Life?

We need the courage for a paradigm shift forward, not fear mongering to hold us back.

I don't think that's too much to ask.


Videos from Purgatory #38: Wicked Wisdom - Bleed All Over Me

Ok, the group Wicked Wisdom has a fairly well known personality as a member, but I'm not talking about it until after the first video, and people can first listen for themselves without any preconceptions or bias. I will say this though, this group is current unlike a lot of groups I've profile as part of this series, they just toured Ozzfest last year with the likes of Sevendust, Devil Driver, HellYeah and Goat Whore so if you do judge them - it's fair to consider that context.

Does this Band Fit on the Ozzfest stage? You bet they do.

Give up? I'll tell you it's not Keanu Reeves (even though they were in the Matrix Movies). It's not Russell Crowe. It's not Jared Leto. It's not Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers. It's not Queen Latifah. It's not Beyonce. It's not "New York" or "Daisy"!!

Wanna 'nother shot?


Ok, the big mistery is that the lead singer of this group is Actress Jada Pinkett Smith - mother and wife of Rapper/Actor Will Smith. And yes, she has been taking a ton of crap for daring to not play do R&B or Rap like her Husband and for not singing like Jennifer Hudson or someone from American Idol and for whatever other bullshit people want to bring up for no damn good reason other than how she looks - but she still ROCKS, and that's what should count.

But shit ain't like that in the Electric Purgatory.

Unfortunately Jada seems to have put this project on hold while she appears in her first TV series HawthoRNe on TNT.


Videos from Purgatory #37: Lock Up - Can't Stop the Bleeding

Before there was Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave, Tom Morello was guitarist with another band - that band was Lock Up!

Initially signed to a 3 album deal with Geffen Records in 1989, the band suffered under the accusation of being "Chili Peppers Wannabes" - as if a) That were true b) they Pepper were themselves all that original (not compared to Funkadelic) or c) There could only be ONE like The Highlander or something. At that point in the time the Peppers had just released their breakout cover of Stevie Wonder's "HIgher Ground", but were still two years away from their crossover smash "Under the Bridge", so having your own version of the Peppers might have been a great thing to have. It certainly worked out well for Incubus, who I once saw open for 24-7 Spyz when they were still an unabashed "Peppers Wannabe" band, but Geffen in their infinite stupidity decided to drop the band and break the contract because they didn't have an instant hit.

What Tom has said in subsequent interviews is that when they complained and pointed out that they had a multi-record deal the label told them "If You don't like it - you can SUE US with the money we know you don't have!"

-- Contracts in the music business are largely meaningless. Morello's pre-Rage band, Lock Up, released on album for Geffen Records in 1989 before being dropped. Morello said he went out of his way to ensure that the band's contract guaranteed that the act would be allowed to record at least two albums regardless of the results of the first. When Morello pointed this out after being cut, he said the label responded with this: " 'We know it's guaranteed but you don't have enough money to sue us.' That was my welcome to the music industry."

When RATM signed to Epic Records, Tom made sure there was a multi-million dollar penalty for early termination just to make sure he wouldn't go through the same thing he had with Lock Up again.

But here's the thing that entire "Peppers" noize, with Tom Morello on guitar and Brian Grillo on vocals Lock Up was frankly a lot BETTER than the Chili Peppers were particular on their first album (Anybody remember "Real Men Don't Kill Coyotes?") as can be seen when you look at their Official video for "Nothing New".

It's also pretty obvious from the song "Peacekeeper."

The upside of Geffen screwing over Lock Up is that it forced Tom to start a new band - and that group was RATM which as legend has it was inspired by Urban Dance Squad rewrote the book on angry political Rock - but it's still interesting the wonder what a second or even third Lock Up album might have sounded like.

At the time Tom was in Lock Up he was also a member of the Black Rock Coalition, like our current President Tom had an African Father and Anglo mother from middle America and had graduated from Princeton with a degree in Political Science. He wasn't very vocal at meetings probably because he was busy fighting with Geffen, but when I ran into him years later at a Dio show at the Hollywood House of Blues after he'd become a huge star - all we talked about was Lock Up.

Brian Grillo went on to form the Punk Band - Extra Fancy which was signed to Atlantic Records.


Tuesday, August 4

Videos from Purgatory #36: The Hard Corps

Long before Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park or Kid Rock there was yet another predominantly BLACK Rocking Rap band, besides Proper Grounds or Urban Dance Squad, coming out of Nashville Tennessee they were called - The Hard Corps! Their first CD "Def Before Dishonor" was released in 1991 by Interscope Records.

Live version of "Back In Black"

Essentially the Hard Corps was an all Black Rap Group, with an all White Rock Band Backing them up with 3-members of each. Put together and supported by the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC this group was essentially a full-time version of what Anthrax and Public Enemy did *once* - and only *ONCE* - with their track "Bring the Noise" (Which came out the same year). The group went on to produce two more indie CD's "Hard Corps" and "Metal and Flesh".

Monday, August 3

Videos from Purgatory #35: 24-7 Spyz - Crime Story

I gotta say it, but what has happened with 24-7 SPyz is a Fucking Crime! I would be the first to agree that some of their albums over their almost 30 year career have been uneven, but man some of the high points are such pure unmitigated GOLD and it's hard to believe they couldn't possibly have scored at least one break through hit.

But then again, that's exactly what is it to live in Electric Purgatory.

In the early 90's their original singer was replaced by far more smooth and "mainstream" vocalist Jeff Broadnax and the group released two major label Cd's ("This is...24- Spyz" and "Strength in Numbers" which included the song "Crime Story". (This was from the Last show by that lineup in 1993 - the bit where the argue to let the stage-diving kid stay in the club is classic!)

Spyz on Beavis and Butthead w/Stuntman - Did I mention this Kicks Butt?

Spyz started out in 1986 in Brooklyn (Yes, BEFORE Living Colour) with their original lineup featuring P Fluid on vocals showing much more of a Fishbone/Bad Brains influence such as this cover of Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" from 1989.

After Broadnax left they recorded one more CD with Fluid "Temporarily Disconnected" but he eventually left the group again and for awhile became the vocalist for Bad Brains until they reunited with H.R., from that point on guitarist Jimi Hazel took over lead vocals. Although they've also gone through a number of different drummers they always retained both Jimi and bassist Rick Skatore.

Room #9 and Tick Tick Tick

Earth and Sky (Jimi Hazel on lead vocals)

As a power trio and released what may have been some of their best songs on the CD's "Heavy Metal Soul By the Pound". Here's one track from that CD.

Yeah x 3 (also Featuring dUg Pinnick of King's X)

As of now 24-7 has yet another new release called "Face the Day" and it's just plain mind-blowingly badass - but typically is going completely and totally ignored. The song "Soulsucker" just Fucking Floors me. Wanna know where Sevendust got half their shit? Open your Damn EARS people.

"Face The Day/Soul Sucker" 2003


Birther Lawyer Orly Taitz has Total Meldown on MSNBC

In response to the release of the Horrifically Fake version of the Obama's "Kenyan" Birth Certificate David Shuster and Tamaron Hall invited Orly Taitz on MSNBC to discuss the issue.

It wasn't long before logic, reason and decorum went flying out the window.

This is the current "Leader" of the Birther Movement? THIS!?

There's just so much wrong here it's hard to keep track. Her first false claim is that one of Obama relatives placed the birth Anouncment in the papers, based on a certificate that was created by simply filling out a form.

Except that some member of the Family didn't place the announcments, the State authorities in Hawaii did.

We have one more thing. We talked to reporter Will Hoover, who wrote a well-researched story for the Honolulu Advertiser on Nov. 9, 2008, about Obama's childhood years in the the Aloha State. It ran under the headline "Obama Slept Here."

In researching the story, he went to the microfilm archives and found the birth announcement for Obama. Actually, he found two of them, one in his Honululu Advertiser on Aug. 13 , 1961, and in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the next day . They both said the same thing: "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, son, Aug. 4."

But here's the thing. Newspaper officials he checked with confirmed those notices came from the state Department of Health.

"That's not the kind of stuff a family member calls in and says, 'Hey, can you put this in?'" Hoover explained.

So that theory is Bunk

Then in the midst of spouting jibberish and whining that Tamaron and David keep asking her follow-up question in the midst of her projectile bile spew - she claims that Obama can't be a natural-born citizen unless Both of his parents were Americans.


This is something she repeated on the Colbert Report.

Colbert: What would he have to do to satisfy you and those in your movement?
Taitz: In order to be president and commander in chief, he has to be a natural born citizen. So even if he were born in Hawaii, he cannot be the president and commander in chief specifically because of his multiple citizenship.
Colbert: So there’s absolutely nothing he can do to satisfy you?
Taitz: Unless he can bring his father out of the grave and make him a citizen post-mortem.

That's just flat-out Wrong.

Anyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. Citizen and the one thing NONE of the Birthers have successfully provided any evidence that Stanley Ann Dunham ever left U.s. Soil in order to give birth to Barack Hussein Obama Jr on foreign soil.


As noted by SkeeterVT when discussing the Orly supplied "Kenyan" document.

An examination of the photos reveal several inconsistencies in the alleged Kenyan birth certificate. They do not show the signatures of either the president's white, Kansas-born mother, Ann Dunham or of his black, Kenyan-born father, Barack Obama, Sr. Nor do they show any signatures by the registrar or by the attending physicians. Kenya was under British rule in 1961. Under British law, birth certificates are not legally valid without such signatures.

Other discrepancies in the alleged Kenyan birth certificate include listing Obama's mother under his father's surname -- when, in fact, Dunham legally kept her maiden name throughout her marriage. And it lists Dunham's age as 16, when, in fact, she was 18 when she gave birth to the future president.

The lower-left-hand corner of the alleged document refers to the "Republic of Kenya." But Kenya did not gain its independence from Britain until 1963 -- when the young Barack was two years old.

Most importantly, Dunham never set foot on Kenyan soil -- In fact, the president's mother did not leave the United States until 1967, when she moved to Indonesia to live with her second husband, Lolo Seotoro (She divorced the senior Obama in 1964 after she learned that he was married to another woman in Kenya).

Then there's the fact that she has the unmitigated GALL to accuse people who support Obama as being equivilent to Street Thugs who supported the Nazi's - while she's sitting in Tel Aviv. Simply Stunning.

This is what happens when the Overton Window pulls you completely over the cliff. Radical far out of the mainstream views have become the Republican Stock-in-trade, people like Ann Coulter have specifically and deliberatly cultivated the Super-Crazy as part of reasonable discourse, to them Liberals are "Traitors" and "God Less" - and they've managed to succeed far beyond even their own wildest dreams when people can so easily believe that the Health Care Plan will "Kill the Elderly". How much further is it to go to "Obama is an Illegal Alien" as G. Gordan Liddy did on Hardball? As has been shown by the recent DKOS poll (Birther Mostly Southern, Overwhelmingly Republican), this isn't just the "fringe" of the Republican Party - it's their Lunatic Base!

If this is the way the the Grand Ole' Party finally shuffles off the mortal coil to join the Bull Moose and Whig party, all I can say is that it frankly can't happen soon enough.


Videos from Purgatory #34: Mazarati - Players Ball

Besides putting together The Time, Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires, The Family (featuring his ex-girl friend), Vanity 6, Apollonia 6 and fostering the solo musical careers of both Sheila E. and Carmen Electra - during his prime heyday during the 80's Prince also helped put together, with a healthy dose of support from his own Bassist Brown Mark, a Glam-Funk-Rock band called Mazarati.

"Player's Ball"

Unfortunately the group only release one album and broke up not long afterward, even though they were on Prince's own Paisley Park label.

"100 MPH"

Videos from Purgatory #33: Robert Randolph - Aint Nothing Wrong

Pedal Steel/Guitar Virtuoso Robert Randolph has set some parts of the world on Fire with his band "The Family". Learning to play from watching others in his Pentacostal Church in Orange NJ outside Newark, Robert was eventually "discovered" in Florida and has so far released three records and toured with blues giants such as Eric Clapton.

"Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" (Letterman 2006)

Making the "Trill of it" Video

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Videos from Purgatory #32: Maggie's Dream - Love and Tears

Here's a song I probably only heard once - from the multi-racial group Maggie's Dream featuring former Menudu member Rob (Draco) Rosa on vocals. Trust me, it rocks a lot more than Ricky Martin.

First single - "Love and Fears" (1991)

A short documentary on the band.

"It's a Sin"

In the mid-90's former members of the band joined with Dan Reed to form the group Adrenaline Sky. Rob Rosa continues to release albums in English and Spanish as a solo artist with a sound still similar to Maggie's.


Videos from Purgatory #31: Roachford - Cuddly Toy

Discovered by ex-patriot American Terence Trent D'arby, Andrew Roachford became a huge star in his native England, but barely managed to make a dent on U.S. shores with his 1988 self-titled debut CD. (Other than it's first single reaching #25 of the U.S. Top 100 Singles Chart) But like a lot of other artists in Electric Purgatory, that didn't stop him for a second.

"Cuddly Toy"

Gotta Love the Marshall Stacks.

From the Bio on his Official Site

Ever since bulldozing his way onto the scene with unforgettable tracks like 'Cuddly Toy' and 'Family Man' in the late 80s, Andrew Roachford's maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big. "Getting signed and being a black British artist gave me a sense of pride" enthuses Andrew.

Andrew's R&B inflected Rock has gained a ton of followers in England over the last decade and he has managed to release all 7 of those albums.

"Family Man"

"This Generation"


Videos from Purgatory #30: Bad Brains - Rise

What happens when you slam the Sex Pistols Head First into Bob Marley?

Bad Brains is what happens.

"Rise" from 1993.

Formed in 1979 by former jazz guitarist Dr Know along with vocalist H.R. (born Paul D. Hudson), bassist Darryl Aaron Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson put together a sound in Washington D.C. that nobody - and I do mean NOBODY had heard before. A sound that inspired groups as diverse as 24-7 Spyz, Living Colour, Fugazi and Janes Addiction.

"I Against I" released by SST in 1986

In the early 90's originally vocalist H.R. left the group and was replaced by Israel Joseph-I for their first major label release "Rise" but the change was too much for old fans, and not enough to attract new ones (although it remains one of my own favorite records) eventually HR returned for 1995's "God of Love" for Maverick Records , but sales still lagged and they were almost as quickly dropped.

Sailing on Live (1979)

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