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Standells Occupy Wall Steet with "Mr. One Percent"The Standells slam greedy corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans.
Mr. One Percent is a demo of a song that has been in the works for several months which is to be included in the Standells’ upcoming record album.  Because the lyrics deal with the very issues of economic inequality that those of Occupy Wall Street are protesting, the Standells felt that they’d rather show support for the cause now with the unfinished version.  

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Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 10:02 AM PST

As much as I love football

by larbabe

This Sunday, I am boycotting the Super Bowl because of the Ad funded by Focus on the Family. As many of you know, FOTF is headed by rightwing whack job James Dobson who once claimed that a wife must submit to her husband's authority, discounts the theory of global warming, advocates spanking of children of up to eight years of age, and even criticized Sponge Bob for appearing in the We Are Family Foundation video promoting tolerance.

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Well, wouldn’t you know it; my wife is a prophetess.

Several years ago, while emerging from a Trader Joe’s market, she and I discovered literature from Tony Alamo Ministries, a multi-million dollar industry. The pack had just been placed on our car window. We saw the two men responsible for this a short distance away. Much to my amazement, she chased the two culprits down, handed them back their literature, and said: “You can take your pornography back!” Both vehemently denied it was porn material. Well, since their leader Tony Alamo was convicted Friday of taking girls as young as 9 across state lines for sex, I would have to disagree with them; yes it was porn! Mr. Alamo, who has been also been known as the outfitter of the stars joins a prestigious group of born-again pedophiles.

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Ratzinger is at it again.

The man who once called for the excommunication of those who gave communion to John Kerry and excommunication of Mexican legislaters who legalized abortion in Mexico City has reached new heights of absurdity in his latest statement.

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Condoms are not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent. It was the pope's first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS patients.

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Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 08:08 AM PST

RIP Dewey Martin, Buffalo Springfield

by larbabe

I was especially saddened to learn about the passing of Dewey Martin, drummer of the Buffalo Springfield the group responsible for the war protest song For What it’s Worth, which launched the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Dewey passed away of unknown causes on Saturday, Jan. 31st.

Before joining the Buffalo Springfield, Dewey was briefly a member of my group, the Standells Dirty Water. I have always felt that Dewey was a real talent and have often wondered why he didn’t quite reach the acclaim of his peers. There will always be a special place in my heart for Dewey. He will be missed. RIP Dewey.


Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 09:41 AM PST

Where have all the loan predators gone?

by larbabe

Our particular neighborhood in Southern California has been hit very hard by foreclosures. Neighbors on both sides of us abandoned their homes, which were subsequently purchased by others at tremendously discounted prices. We have seen the value of our home (which we purchased almost 3 years ago), drop by almost 50%. Fortunately for my wife and I, we made a considerable amount of profit in sale of our previous home which we invested in the new home; so for us we're still ahead of the game. The same can't be said for most of our neighbors, many of whom were sucked into buying large new homes they couldn't afford to begin with. The builder, KB Homes, was in partnership with Countrywide Financial, who was a large lender of subprime and adjustable rate loans, and was found out to have been involved in some pretty nefarious dealings, luring 1st time buyers into these very risky subprime and adjustable loans.

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The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes Addiction as a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.

In his article When Religion is an Addiction Dr. Bob Minor, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, states:

Like substance addictions, it (religion) takes over, dominates life, pushes other issues to the background, tells them how and what to feel to prevent them from facing their real feelings about themselves and life, creates a mythology about the world, protects its "stash," and supports their denial that they have a problem. Addiction specialist Anne Wilson Schaef would say, like all addictions, religious addiction is progressive and fatal.

Of course Dr. Minor was referring only to the dangers of religious addiction, and this diary is not intended as a blanket criticism of religious faith. However, where Mormonism is concerned, you must be aware of the threat it poses, not only to its members but society in general.

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Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 02:01 PM PST

Wes Clark - thoughts from Grant Park

by larbabe

I received this email from Wespak:

Last night, I was in Chicago when our country made history -- electing Barack Obama President of the United States.

As I walked onto the field in Grant Park -- there were thousands of us around the podium -- a couple of reporters asked me what I thought of this. "Transformational," I said, "but, ask Ernest Green, right here, who was one of the original young people at Central High who broke segregation in the South. Ask him!"

It was a humbling and deeply moving experience to be there with Ernest and with former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, Ambassador Sam Brown and his wife, and so many others who have shared our passion to set this country on the right course. And to see the faces of all around us, representing all the diversity that Barack cited in his remarks. Some were jubilant, some were softly sobbing, some were joyous, a couple were watching others in the crowd. Cell phones and cameras were everywhere as people called friends and families to share the experience.

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Well, it had to happen. I’m sure you’re familiar with the wide-spread popularity of people being able to live vicariously in a Virtual World, creating a whole new identity, habitat, job, friends, and yes even a lover. Unfortunately, avatars can also have human frailties, like lust, cheating and vengeance!

This sordid story comes to us from Japan (really). It’s virtually impossible to invent a tale like this!

A 43-year-old mild-mannered piano teacher became so angry about the sudden divorce from her virtual husband that she killed him in what was described as an act of cyber revenge!

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In Harrisburg, PA, John McCain boasted that, unlike Barack Obama, he was personally tested in a crisis, which better qualifies him to be president. As usual, McCain’s point of reference was while he was a naval pilot, in this instance aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His supposed testing of leadership came when

"I sat in the cockpit, on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise, off of Cuba. I had a target. My friends, you know how close we came to a nuclear war."

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According to TV network executives, a repeat of the suspenseful 2000 and 2004 elections, both of which went far into evening, doesn’t seem to be in the cards. The problem: How to hold onto TV audiences after a quick and decisive win by Obama.

"Our policy is that we won’t call individual states until all of the voting in those states is finished," said Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News senior vice president. "If enough of those states add up to 270 electoral votes, then the outcome is obvious."

Uh-oh, this could be over faster than a Bud Light commercial!

The quandary is highlighted by Virginia, a state that has not voted Democratic for president since 1964 but where Obama is now leading in polls. There is no realistic McCain electoral college strategy that does not depend on winning the Old Dominion.

If it is clear on Nov. 4 that Obama has won in Virginia by the time polls there close at 7 p.m. — it will still be daylight west of the Mississippi — the obvious conclusion will be that Obama is headed to the White House.

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Unlike the 2004 for presidential campaign, in today’s tough economic times, when people are most concerned with bread and butter issues, mudslinging hasn’t worked for the McCain campaign. In fact, it has hurt. According to the latest NY Times CBS poll

The McCain campaign’s recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target

I find this heartening. I was beginning to think that the American voter would once again be swayed by Swiftboat-style attacks; but not so. Even when McCain attempted to tie Obama to 60’s radical William Ayers, the public just wasn’t buying it.

Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president.

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