Skip to main content

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 20 Jan 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "That Was When The Goddess Turned Away From Them" ~~

1 - Gil Scott Heron -- "B Movie"
2 - Lafayette Afro Rock Band --"Darkest Light"
3 - Isaac Hayes -- "Walk on By"
4 - Winston Curtis -- "Be Thankful For What You Got"

Station Break

5 - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra -- "El Machete"
6 - The Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
7 - Cyro Baptista -- "Banquet of the Spirits"
8 - Ojos De Brujo -- "Cale Bari"

Station Break

9 - SoulJazz Orchestra - "Negus Negast"
10 - Gramatik -- "The Swing Of Justice"
11 - Parov Stelar -- "The Paris Swing Box"
12 - Groovejuice -- "Cafe Prague"
13 - Dzihan and Kamien -- "Stiff Jazz"
14 - Les Baxter -- "Tropicando"

Station Break

15 - Bernard Herrmann -- "Taxi Driver Theme"
16 - Roma Amor -- "Le Coeur au Chaud"
17 - Francis Cabrel -- "La Fille Qui M'Accompagne"
18 - Bill Frisell -- "We Are Everywhere"
19 - Frances Livings -- "I'll Be Leaving Soon"
20 - Kate Bush -- "And So Is Love"
21 - Arcade Fire -- "My Body is a Cage"

Station Break

22 - Wankelmut -- "One Day"
23 - Vashti Bunyan -- "Here Before"
24 - Klangkarussell -- "Eistee aus der Dose"
25 - The Abbasi Brothers - "Clouds Are Sleeping"
26 - Her Name is Calla -- "A Blood Promise"
27 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "The Gray Funnel Line"

Station Break

28 - Banco De Gaia -- "A Loop in Time"
29 - The Budos Band -- "Unbroken Unshaven"
30 - B Tribe -- "Hablando"
31 - Tosca -- "The Key"
32 - Sigur Rós -- "Olsen Olsen"

Who luvs ya, baby?


The Netroots Radio Player

 photo CrystalRadioKit.jpg

Daily Kos Radio, Vintage James Baldwin, Labor History, Native American Documentaries, Flashpoints, RadioLabor News, Democracy Now, The David Packman Show, The Union Edge, The Professional Left with Driftglass and Blue Gal, West Coast Cookbook 6 Minute Recipes, Jim Hightower, Green News Report, ACLU Minutes, Nicole Sandler, Shannyn Moore, Science and History Specials, your Netroots Radio Favorites... and so much more, on right now!

Go ahead, now you can listen while roaming the Big Orange and beyond!


(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


             Night. Or what

                                       they have of  it at altitude
like this, and filtered
                           air, what was

in my lungs just an hour ago is now
                            in yours,
                                         there’s only so much air to go

                around. They’re making
more people, my father would say,

                              but nobody’s making more land.
                                                          When my daughters
were little and played in their bath,

                           they invented a game whose logic
              largely escaped me —
                                         something to do with the

of   bubbles and plastic ducks — until
               I asked them what they called it. They

                             were two and four. The game
was Oil Spill.
              Keeping the ducks alive, I think,

                                        was what you were supposed to
                                                    contrive, as long
            as you could make it last. Up here

                           in borrowed air,
in borrowed bits of   heat, in costly
                                           cubic feet of  steerage we’re
                            a long

              held note, as when the choir would seem
to be more
                            than human breath could manage. In

                                       the third age, says the story, they
divided up the earth. And that was when
              the goddess turned away from them.

-- Linda Gregerson


Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.


(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)


Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP


(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


Okiciyap (we help) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation should be tax deductible. Okiciyap, located on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, is working to provide a food pantry, youth center, K-12 educational support, GED & Lakota as a 2nd language class support for youth and adults. The word Okiciyap is Lakota for "we help."

The Daily Kos Fundraising for Okiciyap group was formed to support the pantry. More information is available at the Okiciyap diaries published here at Daily Kos.


So that explains it... !

Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam


... Or does it?

(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"



(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)


"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

A Windy Day In Normandy

Your floral-print dress
A breeze across fields
Of Sunflower and Lavender

You told me the story
Of the tragedy of
Your family

Your grandfather on
His mailman bicycle
The delivery of
Resistance correspondence

The fear of discovery

(The inevitable retaliation
Against the village

An Uncle hung
In the Square
A few weeks short
Of the liberation)

I watched your tears
As you prayed near
The soldier multitude of
White crosses and
The occasional
Star of David

Here and there even
An alabaster Crescent Moon

You wept for them all
As the tournesol
Faced West

Your dress clung in folds

And your red hair
Framed the History
Of your familial grief

(Saint Ceneri, France, 1994)

© 2005 Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen


Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz



(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 08:45 PM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, Black Kos community, LatinoKos, and Protest Music.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site