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Get in the mood with this Eric Clapton/B.B. King duet, "Help the Poor" from Riding With the King 'cause this is going to take some 'spainin' and I don't have Bill Clinton around to do it. Or just cut through everything and go right to the crux of the matter at ActBlue. Let me start by a little biographical background that will help you understand what this is all about (after the jump)

When I was a teenager I worked at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village for a stint. It's where I first met many artists I later became involved with, from Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead to the Jefferson Airplane and The Animals. In 1967 I saw Eric Clapton, then 22 and a member of Cream, perform with American blues great, B.B. King. More than 30 years later I was the president of Reprise Records when Eric, one of our biggest-selling and most respected artists, told me he had gone into the studio with B.B., who he idolizes, and they had recorded several songs. This turned into a collaborative album, Riding With The King, which hit #1 on the Billboard blues chart, #3 on the Billboard album chart, sold over 2 million copies and won a Grammy Award. The RIAA certified the album "double platinum" in 2000 and the custom award plaque is one of the most aesthetically beautiful RIAA awards ever made. Only a small handful were given out and, of course, it was never sold or made available to the public. Eric and B. B. gave me one. I want to use it to help raise some money for one of the most deserving progressives running anywhere in America, Rep. Patsy Keever, an intrepid Democrat taking on Wall Street shill Patrick McHenry-- much the same way we used the Green Day signed guitar to raise $37,000 for Alan Grayson's campaign a few weeks ago.

Another fighter for working families from North Carolina, Congressman Brad Miller, is supporting Patsy's run. He told us that "The contrast between Patsy and Patrick McHenry couldn't be greater. Patsy is a respected community leader, not a self-promoting political operative. Patsy has strong progressive instincts grounded in her understanding of what people's lives are really like." Patsy's record as a representative of the North Carolina legislature showed she is a staunch believer in helping working families, standing up for civil rights and including everyone who wants to pitch in and work hard in the American dream.

I never talked with either Eric or B. B. about politics and don't know where they stand on the issues... but they did cover Charlie "Hoss" Singleton's classic "Help the Poor" [below] on Riding With The King-- and they're both very decent, generous human beings so... I'll just jump to the logical conclusion. To get a chance to wind up with this plaque on your wall, just contribute to Patsy's campaign-- any amount-- at this ActBlue page. We'll randomly select one person to thank by sending him or her the plaque.

McHenry is widely considered one of the worst Members of Congress and his record shows him to be a total shill for Wall Street's corrupt banksters. On issue after issue after issue, Patsy Keever is showing the voters how they differ. "Patrick McHenry," she told North Carolina voters last week, "wants to end Medicare and replace it with a voucher system that would cost seniors at minimum an additional six thousand dollars a year for their health care. I want to keep our promise to our seniors and protect the current Medicare benefits that they have earned by paying into the program throughout their lifetimes." Clear and simple, so there can be no confusion in voters' minds who's with them and... who's not. Please consider standing with Patsy today and contributing whatever you can spare. And if you wind up with an Eric Clapton/B. B. King collectible, all the better. You can contribute by clicking on this link or by sending a check to Blue America at P.O. Box 27201, Los Angeles, CA 90027. And if you want a chance to win the award plaque but don't have even a dollar to spare, just send us a note to that P.O. Box and we'll include you're name as well.

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  •  "Riding with the King" is one of my all-time (3+ / 0-)

    favorite CDs.  It is always in the car's CD player and "Help the Poor" is on the top of the covers I like.

    "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." Adolf Hitler

    by pittie70 on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 04:50:58 PM PDT

  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

    "Patsy's record as a representative of the North Carolina legislature showed she is a staunch believer in helping working families, standing up for civil rights and including everyone who wants to pitch in and work hard in the American dream."

    That's not always been true.  In a previous run against Charles Taylor ('04), she was pretty clear NOT sticking up for the LGBT community when he ran ads about her.  So which is it - does she stand up for civil rights or not?

    It's like watching an unknown winning a boxing match vs. the world champ and asking him halfway why he didn't knock his opponent out in the first round.

    by bsmcneil on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:16:52 PM PDT

    •  Keever on civil rights (4+ / 0-)

      "So which is it - does she stand up for civil rights or not?"

      It might interest you to know that Patsy Keever took a public stand against North Carolina's horrendous Amendment One. She also marched with and supports the Campaign for Southern Equality's WE DO Campaign, a campaign that stands up for full equality for LGBT couples in Southern communities.

      From Keever's campaign website: "I support equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, political beliefs, religious/spiritual faith, age or lifestyle."

      "Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature." -George Bernard Shaw

      by Bruce Mulkey on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:37:37 PM PDT

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  •  On another note... We need to get the NC... (1+ / 0-)
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    State Legislature back into the Democratic majority column.  These Tea bag/Republicans are taking us back to the dark days of the "Old South".

    “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

    by LamontCranston on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:50:44 PM PDT

  •  McHenry needs to go...NOW (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been asking folks in NC to focus on one candidate in NC so we can fight the SuperPAC money coming in. Patsy is the one who can take MCHenry down so let's all support her!

    btw, vote Sam Irvin IV for State Supreme Court. The courts are the last defense if we don't manage to get the legisature back.

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