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Tonight's music features Lonnie Pitchford and Eugene Powell aka Sonny Boy Nelson. Lonnie Pitchford was a Delta blues musician in the tradition of the early generations of the form and was a protege of Robert Jr. Lockwood. Eugene Powell was a first generation Delta blues player who was associated with the Chatmon family (Mississippi Sheiks) who worked on the same plantation in Mississippi.  Enjoy!



Eugene Powell & Lonnie Pitchford - Fourty Four


"Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

    -- George Orwell


News



"500 Days": Author Kurt Eichenwald's New Book on How Bush Admin Ignored Warnings Before 9/11

Judge Orders Twitter to Produce Protester's Tweets

Twitter must produce the tweets from Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris by Friday or face a fine, a New York judge ruled Tuesday.

"You have until Friday to cure any potential contempt," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. told Terryl Brown, the lawyer representing Twitter, adding, “I can’t put Twitter or the little blue bird in jail, so the only way to punish is monetarily.”

Twitter asked for a stay to block the order while it filed an appeal, Bloomberg reports, but that decision was denied on Sept. 7.

Case details from EFF:

New York v. Harris

This case began early in 2012, when the New York City District Attorney's Office requested information about Malcolm Harris, one of the 700 protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011 in connection with an Occupy Wall Street protest. The prosecutors requested Twitter turn over reams of information, including the content Harris's of tweets, IP addresses from where he accessed Twitter, and any email addresses it had on file.

Harris contested the subpoena, but the court ruled Harris didn't have legal standing to challenge it because the information—including all of his tweets —belonged to Twitter.  It allowed the government to get the content of communication—tweets—with simply a subpoena, and not a search warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment and the Stored Communications Act. It gave the keys to location information—IP addresses that could be used to determine where a person is when he logs into Twitter—without a search warrant.  Twitter also moved to quash the subpoena.   As we say in our brief, individuals have long had the legal ability to challenge government requests to third parties that implicate constitutional rights.

Infiltrating Occupy: Austin Activists Face Charges for Equipment Given by Undercover Police

Journalists allege assault at hands of undercover police at DNC

Foreclosure Fail: Study Pins Blame on Big Banks

As a result of banks' disorganization and understaffing — particularly at the peak of the crisis in 2009 and 2010 — homeowners were often forced to run a gauntlet of confusion, delays, and errors when seeking a mortgage modification.

But while evidence of these problems was pervasive, it was always hard to quantify the damage. Just how many more people could have qualified under the administration's mortgage modification program if the banks had done a better job? In other words, how many people have been pushed toward foreclosure unnecessarily?

A thorough study released last week provides one number, and it's a big one: about 800,000 homeowners.

The study's authors — from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the government's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Ohio State University, Columbia Business School, and the University of Chicago — arrived at this conclusion by analyzing a vast data set available to the OCC. They wanted to measure the impact of HAMP, the government's main foreclosure prevention program.

Vast crowds demand Catalan autonomy from crisis-hit Spain

Surging unemployment and financial disarray have stoked a fever of separatism in Catalonia, a comparatively prosperous part of Spain whose leaders say their wealth is being sucked dry by the central government. ...

Crowds waved red and yellow striped Catalan flags – one of the oldest still in use in Europe – and sang the Catalan anthem on a national day marking the conquest of Catalonia by Spain’s King Philip V in 1714 after a 13-month siege of Barcelona.

The regional government said the crowd was 600,000 strong. Local police gave figures as high as 1.5 million. ...

With Spain’s economy in free fall from the euro zone debt crisis, Catalans complain of paying billions of euros more in taxes than they receive back from Madrid, even as their regional government has been forced to fire workers and cut services.

Widespread distrust of US extends beyond Middle East, poll shows

American influence on the world stage is being sapped by widespread distrust of US intentions, not just in the Middle East and south Asia but also among traditional European allies, according to a survey of global opinions.

Suspicion of America outweighed faith in its good intentions by large margins in the Arab world and Pakistan, and even its heavyweight European ally Germany was more sceptical than trusting, a YouGov survey found. British and French opinion was more positive but still deeply divided.

Negative Arab and Pakistani perceptions of America as overweening and untrustworthy clearly pose a daunting foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration. The fact that 78% of Pakistanis questioned by YouGov said they did not trust America to act responsibly underlines Washington's serious lack of soft power in the region as it attempts to extricate itself from Afghanistan.

US Public Satisfied With Less Militarized Global Role

Disillusioned by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. public is becoming increasingly comfortable with a more modest and less militarised global role for the nation, according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys.

That attitude is particularly pronounced in the so-called Millennial Generation, citizens between the ages of 18 and 29, according to the poll. They are generally much less worried about international terrorism, immigration, and the rise of China and are far less supportive of an activist U.S. approach to foreign affairs than older groups, it found.

Political independents, who will likely play a decisive role in the outcome of November’s presidential election, also tend more than either Republicans or Democrats to oppose interventionist policies in world affairs, according to the survey, which was released at the Wilson Center for International Scholars here Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA).

Storms cause flooding in Nev., Southern Calif.

Intense thunderstorms drenched parts of the Southwest on Tuesday, delaying flights and stranding motorists in the Las Vegas area and flooding two mobile home parks in Southern California.

East of downtown Las Vegas, television news video showed yellow school buses inching slowly along swamped roads in some neighbors and muddy brown water up to the lower window sills of stucco homes in others.

National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Staudenmaier said more than 1.75 inches of rain were reported in downtown Las Vegas.

The rainfall amounts put the region on pace to exceed the 4.5 inches of rain it normally gets in a year, he said.






Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

The Persecution of John Kiriakou: Torture and the Myth of 'Never Again'

Occupy the TPP: Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA



A Little Night Music






Lonnie Pitchford - If I had Possession Over Judgement Day

Lonnie Pitchford - Walking Blues

Lonnie Pitchford - Sweet Home Chicago

Sam Chatmon & Eugene Powell - You're gonna look like a monkey when you get old + How long has that evening train been gone

Sonny Boy Nelson (Eugene Powell) - How You Want Your Rolling Done?

Lonnie Pitchford - My Babe

Lonnie Pitchford - National Down Home Blues Festival

Lonnie Pitchford - the land where the blues began

Eugene Powell - Texas Santa Fe

Sonny Boy Nelson - Low Down (1937)

Eugene Powell - Suitcase Full of Troubles

Sonny Boy Nelson - Matchbox Blues

Mississippi Matilda w/Eugene Powell - Hard Working Woman Blues

Sonny Boy Nelson - Street Walkin'




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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH.

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  •  Good evenin' Joe (4+ / 0-)

    I wake up every morning feeling for my comfy shoes. ;-D

    Hope you had a good day.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:08:48 PM PDT

    •  i wish more people found their comfy shoes B) (2+ / 0-)
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      evening gulfgal!

      it was a good day here, the weather was fantastic, temps in the 70's and low humidity when i took my walk at lunchtime.  just perfect weather.  it was a busy day, though. the other fellow that does what i do at work is on vacation in the cayman islands this week and being two people for a week is pretty draining.  i'm beat now, but i guess i'll sleep well tonight.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:15:29 PM PDT

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      •  Glad to hear (3+ / 0-)

        You're surviving being two people, at least for a week.

        What I have learned is that after many (I mean many!) years of searching, finding my comfy shoes every morning is a wonderful thing. ;-)

        Take care my friend and sleep well.  

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:36:26 PM PDT

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  •  Evening, joe (6+ / 0-)

    and all eveningbluers.

    Going to go watch that Eichenwald interview on the DemocracyNow video. Thanks for posting it.

    I wonder if Twitter is going to give up the tweets or pay the fine.  It almost, just almost sounds like the judge was telling them that if they really didn't want to surrender the data (and since they have taken it this far they must be doing this because of their principles) that they would be fined and there would be no further trouble for them.  It sounds like an out.  

    Now I didn't hear the judge's tone of voice, and this might be wishful thinking, but is it possible that the judge does not agree with the law he was interpreting (after all he can't legislate from the bench and had to find for the plaintiff, but wanted to go easy on Twitter and give them a legal way to avoid surrendering the data.  I mean, that must happen sometimes, where a judge is strongly opposed to some of the rulings he/she has to give.  I know for a fact that some judges abhor the mandatory sentences they have to give out.

    Anyway, I didn't see the amount of the fine. If it is a huge sum, well I'm probably wrong on my wishful thinking but if it is a reasonable sum, Twitter does have revenue now...

    And speaking of Twitter and revenue, how did they get along so far, before they had revenue?  Owners had a lot of capital of their own? Venture capitalists? They've been going for years now with no sign of a source of revenue.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:17:27 PM PDT

    •  Okay (4+ / 0-)

      I looked it up and as is often the case, wikipedia has the info.  They've gotten a ton of money from investors and venture capitalists.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      A more recent investment is really interesting given that Twitter is cited as an important factor in the Arab Spring and Saudi Arabia is vehemently opposed to any kind of Arab Spring rising up in their country.

      In December 2011, the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal invested $300 million in Twitter. The company was valued at $8.4 billion at the time.[109]


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:23:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  evening joanneleon... (4+ / 0-)

      the interview with eichenwald is pretty enlightening; i don't know if you read his op-ed or not, but it's well worth reading if you haven't.  when i first saw it i thought, oh my, sh*tstorm in 3, 2, 1...  and this morning as if by magic, ari fleischer appeared to do his special brand of spinning and lying.  i had forgotten how much ari fleischer irritated me.

      it's hard to guage what the judge might have in mind for twitter.  i was surprised that the court found that the defendant's twitterings were the property of twitter and not a private and personal expression that the defendant had no interest in.  it seems pretty odd to me to hold material that one places on twitter and, say, material that one submits for publication in a newspaper to a different standard.  it seems to me that authors retain rights to material placed in print media.  but then again, i'm not a lawyer.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:29:14 PM PDT

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  •  Good evening, Joe (5+ / 0-)

    So, it turns out those rogue judges ruling in MERS favor didn't know what they were talking about and most foreclosures were illegal most handled by purposefully diverted funds by banks like Banks of America incompetently mishandling paperwork.

    It turns out the collective we don't "feel safer" under the Obama/Bush GWOT/endless wars. Good.

    Occupy is being Occupied by undercover police  provocateurs defaming it and acting out, but Occupy will wise up to it because the 99% are not going to make the same mistakes. That's a BS ruling demanding Malcolm Harris's tweets and winning. Makes my tweets feel less safe as my rights.

    ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

    by priceman on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:24:27 PM PDT

    •  evening priceman... (3+ / 0-)
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      the rulings in mers' favor are a travesty, but they fit well in the context of the culture of impunity for the banksters.

      i am hoping that people that are involved in the occupy movement will, upon suggestions of some sort of violent action, look squarely into the eyes of the provocateur and ask them which branch of the government they work for.  the austin infiltration was particularly egregious in my mind because the felonious action that the victims were entrapped into was not inherently violent, but was narrowly tailored by the government to be prosecuted under and obscure statute.  i hope that the judge, who is already pretty peeved with the attitude of the cops, will really come down hard on the police, opening an opportunity for civil suits with significant punitive damages against the government.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:48:47 PM PDT

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      •  Absolutely, Joe (3+ / 0-)
        i am hoping that people that are involved in the occupy movement will, upon suggestions of some sort of violent action, look squarely into the eyes of the provocateur and ask them which branch of the government they work for.  the austin infiltration was particularly egregious in my mind because the felonious action that the victims were entrapped into was not inherently violent, but was narrowly tailored by the government to be prosecuted under and obscure statute.  i hope that the judge, who is already pretty peeved with the attitude of the cops, will really come down hard on the police, opening an opportunity for civil suits with significant punitive damages against the government.
        Massive punitive damages against the government. Occupy needs to strive and survive now more than ever and we must be wary of provocateurs.

        ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

        by priceman on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:57:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  S'up Joe. I've been a little too acerbic lately (4+ / 0-)

    so I'll try to take it down a couple notchs for awhile.  
    Looks like if it wasn't for the democrats and republicans, most people would prefer something less than a full blown military fucking empire.  Imagine that.
    Then there's the young people, same old same old.  When they get older, we know what happens to most of em.  Remember the hippies.  

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:30:00 PM PDT

    •  when i read the polling about the age... (3+ / 0-)

      divide on support for imperial endeavors, it seemed interesting to me that the youth vote is likely to be small this time and the campaigns are seeming strikingly negative.  negative campaigns tend to drive away the participation of independents (the other group identified as polling strongly against the imperial war state) and reduce the electorate to strong partisans.  

      i'm sure that nobody planned it that way, though.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:56:02 PM PDT

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    •  Al, I feel your pain. Hang in there and keep (3+ / 0-)

      coming to friendly spaces like this where we kindred souls all can hang out and support each other.  I read your posts at Voices blog though haven't been commenting a lot.
      I think lots of people have a problem imagining something outside of the two parties even though they both suck.Or a completely different system. It seems like "there is no alternative" is deeply etched in people's minds. Our voting % rarely crosses 60%. Or it is "the soft bigotry of low expectations" to steal from Bush. A self-loathing sort of . Last week, I was talking to this friendly guy at the farmer's market booth who said even though our system sucks, more people want to come here and so we mustn't complain too much. I pointed out most people come here hoping we won't be attacked (only we attack other countries, not others). He nodded his head slowly in agreement in a "I haven't thought about that, it makes sense" kinda way.

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:08:44 PM PDT

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  •  Evening hippies. One of those rare evenings I (3+ / 0-)

    am cooped up at home for some cleaning.

    The poll is very interesting. Beyond middle-east, I was wondering if people are getting hoodwinked by Obama's charm. As Cornel West said, obama is the charismatic face of American exceptionalism. But the drone poll proved not so. And this one.

    Yesterday I was thinking about the dick-waving at the DNC over a dead man's grave - I mean Bin Laden. Seems that is what they can do. They can't stand up to Republican terrorists - think ACORN, debt ceiling debate and now the DNC platform fiasco. Or handle the Wall street financial terrorists. I imagine Bin Laden asking us "are you better off than you were 4 years ago? "  The answer :

    http://www.democracynow.org/...

    And we have watched, in the last four years, the Obama administration further erode civil liberties. I would argue that Obama has carried out far more egregious assaults against civil liberties than even George W. Bush, whether that is the refusal to restore habeas corpus; the FISA Amendment Act, which retroactively makes legal what under our Constitution has been illegal—the warrantless wiretapping, monitoring, eavesdropping of American citizens; the use of the Authorization to Use Military Force Act to justify the assassination of American citizens; the use of the Espionage Act six times to shut down whistleblowers in this country, essentially ending any kind of serious investigative journalism into government work crimes and malfeasance; and of course the National Defense Authorization Act. We sued the president over this issue. Judge Katherine Forrest in the Southern District Court of New York issued a temporary injunction, and we are now waiting to see whether that will become permanent. She should rule very soon.
    Or this :
    http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/...

    The  answer is a very clear "NO". And OBL goes rolling in his grave laughing his ass off. Which is exactly what he wanted - the ever increasing stench of the rotting Empire.  And the slide of the liberal class into irrelevance only accelerates.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:52:00 PM PDT

    •  good news tonight... (2+ / 0-)
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      i'll  put this in tomorrow's round up, but...

      Judge Forrest Issues Permanent Injunction Against Detention Law

      Today, Judge Forrest permanently enjoined enforcement of a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act, a federal law President Obama signed on December 31, 2011, authorizing the government to detain persons, including U.S. citizens, who “substantial[ly] support” Al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their “associated forces.” Judge Forrest had issued a preliminary injunction in May, and the ruling today, which is 112 pages, follows similar reasoning. She was particularly forceful in rejecting the Government’s argument that the Court should “essentially ‘stay out of it’–that is, exercise deference to the executive and legislative branches and decline to rule on the statute’s constitutionality.”

      here's the injunction.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:21:37 PM PDT

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  •  Don Siegelman started his prison term. Sad sad (3+ / 0-)

    sad :-( Imagine if we had a party which will fight to defend Don, whistleblowers, foreclosure victims etc and whic will prosecute Bush-Cheney junta including Karl Rove, Wall Street etc. Stealing your own title from the excellent diary yesterday , file it under "The Democracy illusion, or why can't have justice?"

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:57:26 PM PDT

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