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Please keep tipping and recommending so as many people as possible will see this diary! We only have a day to accomplish our goal. THANK YOU!

Due to a situation far beyond our control, the Derby Day Party and Fundraiser for elenacarlena did not reach the goal we had set. Total amount collected is $220.00. The original diary is HERE if you would like to see how the party went.

Now Elena's situation is critical. She must make her rent payment of $750 TOMORROW and she is $530.00 short. I will start things off with $30.00 leaving only $500.00 to go. That can be 50 people sending $10.00 each! I know this Community can do that.

I know there have been many requests for help, all for very worthy causes, and stretching everyone to the limit; but I know we can do this one more time for Elena who is a valued member of our Community. Here is what JekyllnHyde wrote in the diary:

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



Everyone will WIN THE ROSES TODAY!

Here's How You Can Help Elena


If you have a PayPal account and have never used it to send money to anyone, it is really simple.

  • Go to PayPal.com.
  • Click Send Money to Family and Friends.
  • Enter elenacarlena's email address (which is karlekonsultants@cs.com) and amount you are sending. The sender's name is visible to the recipient.
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Reposted from DFH writers group by P Carey

Welcome! "The Evening Blues - Weekend Edition" is a casual community diary (published Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Sun May 03, 2015 at 07:43 AM PDT

Gospel Brunch - Aaron Neville

by NCTim

Reposted from An Ear for Music by P Carey

Last day of Jazzfest.  Go catch Aaron Neville @ The Gospel Tent

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by P Carey

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



Welcome everyone to our Derby Day Party!

We are going to have a horse race (also known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports"), a few mint juleps, and a good time raising funds for our fellow Kossack, elenacarlena. Everyone is invited to join us to make a comment, tip, rec, republish, share on Facebook, promote on Twitter, send good vibes, or donate.

Elena is always ready to help others with information, good wishes and when possible, money. But now she is the one who needs help. Many of you read her previous diary and responded with great kindness. Unfortunately, the situation has not yet resolved itself. She still lacks enough funds for her special needs cats.

Please follow me below the bourbon fudge swirl for a few words from Elena.

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Reposted from Community Quilt Project by P Carey

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TrueBlueMajority's quilt

It breaks my heart that this quilt is needed -- yet it is needed, urgently.

UPDATE: The situation is dire.  CelticLassie's brother and sister-in-law are on their way.  When they arrive and all the tests are back, hospice will be consulted and decisions made.  We will pull out all the stops to get this quilt done and will need the messages ASAP.
A little backstory: CelticLassie survived cancer as an infant.  Otteray Scribe and his wife (a nurse) adopted her from St. Jude's, determined to save her life.  They lovingly nursed her to health with great success.  Up until now, she's had a very active and happy life.  But the monster (cancer) appears to be back.  Since Christmas, CelticLassie has had some trouble walking and has been in pain.  A few days ago, she fell and broke her hip.   When the hip was imaged, a huge pelvic mass was found.  The doctors think the mass has weakened her bones, thus the fracture.  It is also pressing on other parts.  Long story short, CelticLassie is in agony and is likely to be in the hospital for an extended period.  We are going to make a community quilt to support her spirit through this ordeal and would welcome loving messages from you for her.

Clinic 1989
CelticLassie with her new big sister and mama

1st day B&W
CelticLassie's first day home, here with her father

As you will see below, she grew into a strong and lovely young woman with an infectious smile, a spirit for adventure, and a deep love of her family's Scottish heritage.  She is an accomplished piper, too -- not easy!  Some more photos below the orange cloud...

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Sat May 02, 2015 at 08:28 AM PDT

Saturday Shuffle Mix - NOLA

by NCTim

Reposted from An Ear for Music by P Carey

Another day missing the annual Jazzfest pilgrimage.  Let's take a Delorean ride through New Orleans.

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Reposted from ProgressiveLiberal by Louisiana 1976


John Fugelsang appeared on the Ed Show and did what he does best. He called out faux Christianity and bigotry. This time Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in his crosshairs.

Bobby Jindal wrote a New York Times op-ed piece titled "I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage" where he effectively doubled down on codified bigotry in his state.

As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath. ... I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.

The legislation would prohibit the state from denying a person, company or nonprofit group a license, accreditation, employment or contract — or taking other “adverse action” — based on the person or entity’s religious views on the institution of marriage.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson subbing for Ed Schultz asked John Fugelsang whether Bobby Jindal will regret the op-ed in the future. John Fugelsang did not mince words. "It might not happen until he leaves office and replaced by the much more moral & Christian David Vitter in the governor's mansion," John Fugelsang said. "I have to say, he is wrong about a lot of things. Let's clear it one by one. First off he is wrong about Christianity. Bobby Jindal is to Christianity what Christ was to bigotry. ... And it is not so much that he is a bigot. He is banking on bigots opening their pocket books for his future failed presidential run. There is no part of the New Testament you can use to justify any kind of discrimination against their LGBT brothers and sisters."

John Fugelsang went on to state the fact that north of 60 percent of young Republicans support gay marriage. As such it is not a left issue only.

Dean Obeidallah entered the conversation and pointed out that Jindal left out Imams when he discussed religious freedom. He correctly points out that Bobby Jindal's actions serves the sole purpose of marginalizing Muslims and gays.

As usual John Fugelsanf had the coup de grâce. "If Bobby Jindal was in Louisiana in 1963 he would find that certain businesses could use religious freedom and states rights to deny him service because of the color of his skin," John Fugelsang said. "... So again religious freedom was used to prop up Jim Crow  in his state for many years using the same kind of hypocrisy now disguised as Christianity"

Well said.

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Reposted from Jon Perr by Louisiana 1976
These are dark times for Louisiana Governor and 2016 GOP White House hopeful Bobby Jindal. Facing a staggering $1.6 billion budget shortfall, Governor Jindal's popularity is plummeting at home even as he takes his presidential campaign on the road. Making matters worse, low energy prices are leading to layoffs and draining the state treasury as each dollar drop in the price of a barrel of oil costs Louisiana $2 million in lost revenue a year. The situation is so dire that LSU and other public colleges in Louisiana are preparing to file for "academic bankruptcy."

But there is one bright spot in Bobby Jindal's home state gloom. In 2014, Louisiana's $11 billion tourism sector had its third record-setting year a row. Too bad Jindal's crusade to be the face of Republican opposition to marriage equality is putting that at risk, too.

Three weeks before Governor Jindal took to the pages of the New York Times to declare, "I am holding firm against gay marriage," his lieutenant governor trumpeted the success of the Pelican State's tourism industry:

2014 was another record-breaking year for the tourism industry in Louisiana. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who oversees the Louisiana Office of Tourism, announced that in 2014 Louisiana attracted 28.7 million visitors, a 5 percent increase over 2013, resulting in $11.2 billion in total visitor spending and $836 million in state tax revenue generated.
"Tourism and hospitality was Louisiana's fastest growing job sector in 2014 with 223,000 Louisianans employed in the industry," Lt. Governor Dardenne boasted. Tourism had yet another great year thanks to creative marketing, dedicated industry leaders throughout the state and an incredible product—the many passions Louisiana offers."

Head below the fold for more on this story.

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Reposted from joe shikspack by P Carey

Back in 2013, in the aftermath of his murder of Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 year old son, when Mr. Obama was trying to justify his arrogated powers to incinerate people with his fleet of flying death robots, he made certain assertions about the process by which he and his merry minions selected victims [bolding mine]:

First, there must be a legal basis for using lethal force, whether it is against a senior operational leader of a terrorist organization or the forces that organization is using or intends to use to conduct terrorist attacks.  

Second, the United States will use lethal force only against a target that poses a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons. It is simply not the case that
all terrorists pose a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons; if a terrorist does not pose such a threat, the United States will not use lethal force.

Third, the following criteria must be met before
lethal action may be taken:

1) Near certainty that the terrorist target is present;

2) Near certainty that non - combatants will not be injured or killed;

3) An assessment that capture is not feasible at the time of the operation;

4) An assessment that the relevant governmental authorities in the country where action is contemplated cannot or will not effectively address the threat to U.S.
persons; and

5) An assessment that no other reasonable alternatives exist to effectively address the threat to U.S. persons.

Further on in the document Obama states:
These decisions will be informed by a broad
analysis of an intended target’s current and past role in
plots threatening U.S. persons.
Fast forward to 2015.

From recent news coverage:

The White House was forced to concede on Thursday that it killed two innocent hostages – one American, one Italian – in a drone strike that targeted an al-Qaida compound despite officials not knowing precisely who was in the vicinity. ...

Conceding that the operation was not ordered against any individual targets, Earnest said the administration only discovered later that the compound was occupied by Weinstein, La Porto and another American named Ahmed Farouq, who the White House says was a “leader” of the terrorist group.

Farouq was not, however, the target of the operation. The drone strike was not targeted at known al-Qaida members; instead, it was directed against anyone in the vicinity of what the US believed was a compound being used by the terrorist group.

Here's one of today's headlines:

White House admits: we didn't know who drone strike was aiming to kill

Here's a little additional information:

The targets of the deadly drone strikes that killed two hostages and two suspected American members of al-Qaida were “al-Qaida compounds” rather than specific terrorist suspects, the White House disclosed on Thursday. ...

The two US civilians killed, longtime English-language propagandist Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq of al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent, were not “high-value targets” marked for death, he confirmed.

What we have here is very strong evidence that at best Mr. Obama is operating in bad faith with the American people and at worst he is a devious liar.

The standards that he proclaimed in the document entitled "U.S. Policy Standards and Procedures for the Use of Force in Counterterrorism Operations Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities" are nothing but a sham.

To wit: Obama did not know that the persons he incinerated posed "a continuing, imminent threat to US persons," Obama did not know to a "near certainty that the [or any] terrorist target [was] present," and one can only hope that he isn't lying that he did not know to a "near certainty that non - combatants will not be injured or killed."

Further, since Obama had no idea of who he was incinerating, it would be impossible to know whether they could have been captured, that the relevant authorities would not have cooperated in "effectively addressing the [unknown] threat" that the unknown persons posed, nor could Obama have known of any other reasonable alternatives existed.

There's good reason to wonder if Obama ever really knows who is present when he sends his flying death robots. Amy Goodman points out on Democracy Now:

Despite hundreds of hours of surveillance, the White House said it had no reason to believe the U.S. and Italian hostages were being detained in the al-Qaeda compound targeted during the operation.
It appears that the methods by which Obama collects information in order to verify to a "near certainty that non - combatants will not be injured or killed" is horribly unreliable and hence amounts to a violation of his stated standards. Frankly, if the intelligence that Obama collects "hundreds of hours of" is this poor, then there would seem to be no reasonable basis for his flying death robot attacks at all.

Regardless of whether use of the intelligence was negligent, it is quite plain that no "broad analysis of an intended target’s current and past role in plots threatening U.S. persons," was ever conducted, since of course, there was no intended target.

It's not like this, "let's blow some stuff up and see who we kill," is something new for Obama, though:

Secrecy, misdirection and lies have shielded much of the public from the realization that US drone strikes have killed countless civilians in the past decade

For years, the vast majority of drone strikes victims have never been positively identified as terrorists. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which has the most comprehensive data on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, published a study last year showing only 12% of victims were identified as militants and only 4% were identified as members of al-Qaida. This study is backed up by the excellent reporting by McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay, who gained access to years of classified CIA reports to show that the vast majority of drone strike victims were not high level terrorist operatives like the administration claimed.

And we know the government thinks it can kill US citizens overseas without a trial or even a finding by any independent body. Despite a clear public interest in knowing about such an extreme claim to power, the Justice Department has fought to keep its supposed legal authority for drone strikes on Americans completely secret.

When will there be accountability?
Unfortunately, members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committee have been the biggest cheerleaders of drone strikes, rather than their biggest skeptics. ... If there’s ever going to be accountability for the CIA and military drone program, we need a fully independent commission, divorced from the intelligence committees. Without it, this controversy will just fade back into the background, where it will stay hidden under the government’s ever-expanding veil of secrecy.
Obama has irresponsibly used the vast powers that come with the office of President. His use of the fleet of flying death robots under his command is both a crime and a national disgrace.

To use an idiom that the President is known for, it is time for Americans to step up and take away the car keys.

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Fri Apr 24, 2015 at 03:16 AM PDT

Morning Open Thread - Second Lines

by P Carey

Reposted from MOT - Morning Open Thread by P Carey
Good Morning Kossacks and Welcome to Morning Open Thread (MOT)

We're known as the MOTley Crew and you can find us here every morning at 6:30 a.m. Eastern (and perhaps sometimes earlier!). Feel free to volunteer to take a day - permanently or just once in awhile. With the Auto Publish feature you can set it and forget it. Sometimes the diarist du jour shows up much later: that's the beauty of Open Thread...it carries on without you! Volunteer in the comment threads.

Click on the MOT - Morning Open Thread ♥ if you'd like us to show up in your stream.






As the funeral comes to a close and the deceased is laid to rest,
the spirit of the second line begins.

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Reposted from Crashing Vor by P Carey

Being in the middle of a national promotion campaign for a record launch in 2 days, I've been required to self-google several times a day to catch radio station playlists, review posts, etc.

Today, I've been watching Google/YouTube post scores of title card videos of my songs, without consultation or permission.

YouTube is (apparently badly) launching its music stream service and my digital gateway (CD Baby) is currently set to allow streaming. What YT is doing, though, is posting full length title card vids within YouTube itself, meaning anyone with YT download/conversion software will have a free and open vault of my and thousands of other artists' work until YouTube figures out just how they're going to stream.

So far, I've been filing copyright takedown requests and sending messages but to no avail. Even sat on hold for two hours (a chipper, 20something voice warned, "Hey, we're really busy today, so hold times could be over an hour") before being robotically informed they simply couldn't take my call and told support documents could be found at google.com.

Spoke with the folks at CDBaby, who said I'd have to cut off all streamers to make it stop. The problem is, other streamers, however minuscule their payments, aren't laying out a free lunch of my shit in such an easily rippable form.

Most infuriating, perhaps, is that nearly all of these songs already have produced, original videos made, on YouTube, monetized, making money with ads (money of which I've never seen dime one). Videos that were produced to enhance the value of the tracks.

I know it's all a racket, that musicians aren't supposed to get paid anymore, that we're simply here to provide our work for whatever people want to use it for and grovel for the .000001 cents a play, but this is just incompetent.

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Reposted from nannyboz by Louisiana 1976

From CNN:
IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company's employees.

IBM Vice President James Driesse wrote to Governor Bobby Jindal that a such a bill would make it difficult for the company to attract talent to work in its Baton Rouge facility.

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