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“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

  -- John F. Kennedy


News and Opinion




Snowden: Exposing NSA Overreach an Act of 'Civil Disobedience'

thank you edward snowdenIn a wide-ranging interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams that aired Wednesday night—his first with a major US broadcast network—Edward Snowden said "the most important idea" for people to remember when considering his actions "that there have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal."

"Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law," Snowden said. "And the key there is in terms of civil disobedience. You have to make sure that what you're risking, what you're bringing onto yourself does not serve as a detriment to anyone else."

Challenged by Williams to justify his leaking of highly-classified NSA documents detailing numerous surveillance programs that now "all three branches of government" have acknowledge went too far, Snowden said that he continues to think he did the right thing and for the right reasons. ...

One of the key pieces of news to emerge from the NBC interview and subsequent coverage of the Snowden saga, is that NBC news confirmed that the 30-year-old whistleblower did, in fact, attempt to air his concerns about NSA surveillance through "proper channels" by writing several emails, including at least one to the Office of General Council.

Edward Snowden: breaking law was only option, says whistleblower

One year after revealing himself as the source of the biggest intelligence leak in US history, Edward Snowden appeared in a long network television interview on Wednesday to describe himself as an American patriot and to make the case that his disclosures were motivated by a desire to help the country.

In his most extensive public comments to date Snowden sought to answer critics who have said his actions damaged US national security or that the threat from the secret government surveillance he revealed was overblown. Snowden was interviewed by the NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who travelled to Moscow for the meeting. ...

On Wednesday Snowden, 30, described for the first time his experience of the 9/11 terror attacks and talked about his views on the threat of terrorism.

“I’ve never told anybody this,” he said. “No journalist. But I was on Fort Meade [Maryland] on September 11th. I was right outside the NSA. So I remember – I remember the tension of that day. I remember hearing on the radio the planes hitting. And I remember thinking my grandfather, who worked for the FBI at the time, was in the Pentagon when the plane hit it.

“I take the threat of terrorism seriously. And I think we all do. And I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort of scandalize our memories, to sort of exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and our constitution says we should not give up.”

Top NSA officials struggled over surge in Foia requests, emails reveal

Newly released NSA emails, obtained by the Guardian under a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) request filed last November, reveal that top officials discussed how to fend off journalists, advocacy groups and individuals who flooded the agency with more than 1,000 requests between 5 June and 25 June last year for classified data related to the former contractor’s disclosures. ...

The NSA is one of the few US government agencies virtually exempt from open records laws because its activities are considered properly classified under a presidential executive order and many Foia exemptions. ...

The NSA emails specifically deal with the agency’s response to post-Snowden document requests. There are some discussions between NSA officials about transparency, particularly president Barack Obama’s “direction regarding transparency in government”.

But, ironically, the internal communications the agency turned over to the Guardian are heavily redacted and are marked “top secret”or “secret”. Phillips said in a letter included with the documents that it would “cause exceptionally grave damage to national security” if the information were disclosed. ...

Patrice McDermott of transparency organization OpenTheGovernment, who is due to testify in Congress on Thursday about the continued withholding of material despite Obama's transparency order, said a line in one of the NSA emails was concerning. In [it, NSA’s Foia chief, Pamela] Phillips advises other NSA officials that the agency "can deny all classified and all FOUO [for official use only]" Foia requests on the Prism and metadata programs and "the rest we have to process."

McDermott told the Guardian that Obama's order “was clearly intended to stop the use of markings such as FOUO and to end the use of even accepted [controlled unclassified information] markings as automatic grounds for withholding information sought through Foia” hasn't yet been implemented. Agencies such as the NSA “are using the delay to inappropriately withhold information”.

"There is no Foia exemption for FOUO or other such made-up 'agency policies,' but that has not stopped them from invoking it as a reason to deny records," McDermott said.

An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

In a memoir published this year, the CIA’s former top legal officer John Rizzo says that on the last day of 2005 a panicky White House tried to figure out how to prevent the distribution of a book by New York Times reporter James Risen. Officials were upset because Risen’s book, State of War, exposed what -- in his words -- “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.” ...

When a bootlegged copy of State of War reached the National Security Council, a frantic meeting convened in the Situation Room, according to Rizzo. ...  “We arrived at a rueful consensus: game over as far as any realistic possibility to keep the book, and the classified information in it, from getting out.”

But more than eight years later, the Obama White House is seeking a different form of retribution. The people running the current administration don’t want to pulp the book -- they want to put its author in jail.

The Obama administration is insisting that Risen name his confidential source -- or face imprisonment. Risen says he won’t capitulate.

That’s why five organizations—RootsAction.org, The Nation, the Center for Media and Democracy / The Progressive, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) and the Freedom of the Press Foundation—have joined together to start a campaign for protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. ...

Charging that the administration has launched “an assault on freedom of the press,” the petition tells Obama and Holder: “We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources.”

Click here to sign the petition.

China suggests U.S. may have fabricated evidence for cyberattacks

China's suggested on Thursday that the United States had fabricated evidence to underpin accusations of cyber attacks and had incited China's neighbors to "stir up trouble" in disputed waters.

The strongly-worded comments by the defense ministry come as relations between the world's two largest economies are increasingly strained by a row over cyberespionage. The United States last week accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.

Asked about proof behind the U.S. allegations, ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said it would be easy for the United States to fabricate evidence.

"In the field of Internet technology and infrastructure, the U.S. is blessed with an advantage, so fabricating some so-called 'evidence' is certainly no hardship," spokesman Geng Yansheng told a briefing, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

Geng compared U.S. evidence for Chinese cyberspying to allegations produced by Washington in 2003, that Baghdad held weapons of mass destruction, to justify the invasion of Iraq. Those allegations proved to be unfounded. ...

Geng also said President Barack Obama's "pivot" of military assets to Asia was to blame for "stirring up new troubles" in the South China and East China seas.

Germany says 'nein' to NSA hacking prosecution

Officials in Germany are not planning to pursue charges over allegations that the NSA was spying on German citizens and government officials.

According to a German media report, officials do not believe they have enough evidence to press charges, even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel is thought to have been one of the targets of the surveillance.

The report suggests that German authorities have not been able to convince the media outlets that broke the story, including Der Spiegel, to name their sources or provide the documents behind their reports. As a result, prosecutors are said to lack the evidence needed to move forward with a case.

Bush Committed War Crimes Says Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke

Obama signals foreign policy shift but insists: 'America must always lead'

In a graduation speech to cadets at the US military academy in West Point, New York, the president sought to carve a middle way between the relentless US interventionism of recent decades and a growing isolationist tendency that some fear will leave the world less stable and without a dominant superpower. ...

The promise of a less aggressive American foreign policy comes despite Obama's increased use of drone assassinations and continued failure to shut the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. ...

“American influence is always stronger when we lead by example. We cannot exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everyone else,” said the president.

“What makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”

Extended Presence of U.S. Military Will Not Bring An End To Violence In Afghanistan

U.S. dispatches 1,000 Marines to Libya’s coast as fighting escalates

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, with 1,000 Marines on board, to move toward the Libyan coast, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday, a day after American officials urged citizens to leave the restive country immediately.

As fighting escalated Wednesday between Islamic extremists and rogue nationalist former Gen. Khalifa Hifter and his forces, the move suggested that the United States was preparing for a possible evacuation of U.S. personnel at the embassy in Tripoli or citizens living in Libya. On Tuesday, the State Department warned Americans not to travel to Libya and said that those already there should leave. ...

For the past two weeks, Hifter, who was a general in the army of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been leading a military campaign against Ansar al Shariah and other Islamist militias in eastern Libya. The offensive began without government approval, but Hifter, who lived in northern Virginia for 24 years after defecting from the Libyan army, has been able to count on major Libyan military units, including the air force and the country’s special operations commandos. ...

The United States said last week that it wasn’t assisting Hifter and didn’t condone his actions, but it also hasn’t denounced them.  ... Libya’s collapse has been particularly embarrassing for the Obama administration, which three years ago held up its support for a NATO-led air campaign and the subsequent fall of Gadhafi as an example of successful limited intervention.

Bilderberg at 60: inside the world's most secretive conference

Thursday is the opening day of the influential three-day summit and it's also the 60th anniversary of the Bilderberg Group's first meeting, which took place in Holland on 29 May 1954. ...

The chancellor, at his seventh Bilderberg, is spending the next three days deep in conference with the heads of MI6, Nato, the International Monetary Fund, HSBC, Shell, BP and Goldman Sachs International, along with dozens of other chief executives, billionaires and high-ranking politicians from around Europe. ... The megatrends on this year's agenda include: "What next for Europe?", "Ukraine", "Intelligence sharing" and "Does privacy exist?"

That's an exquisite irony: the world's most secretive conference discussing whether privacy exists. Certainly for some it does. ... There's something distinctly chilling about the existence of privacy being debated, in extreme privacy, by people such as the executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, and the board member of Facebook Peter Thiel: exactly the people who know how radically transparent the general public has become.

And to have them discussing it with the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, and Keith Alexander, the recently replaced head of the National Security Agency. And with people such as the head of AXA, the insurance and investment conglomerate – Henri de Castries. Perhaps no one is more interested in data collection and public surveillance than the insurance giants. For them, privacy is the enemy. Public transparency is a goldmine. ...

The Bilderberg Group says the conference has no desired outcome. But for private equity giants, and the heads of banks, arms manufacturers and oil companies, there's always a desired outcome. Try telling the shareholders of Shell that there's "no desired outcome" of their chairman and chief executive spending three days in conference with politicians and policy makers.

This is an interesting article with a lot of background about Ukraine's new Oligarch President, Poroshenko:
Didn't Ukraine just have a revolution to oust sleazy oligarchs?

Petro Poroshenko is the Chocolate King of Ukraine. What does that mean in a country where average yearly income still hovers around a few hundred dollars a month, where pensioners are impoverished by just about any definition and where the hunger to blame someone, anyone, for the country’s troubled post-Soviet path has produced not one but two revolutions in the last decade? For starters, that he lives like a king, a real one.

poroshenko_whitehousePoroshenko’s palace is a short ride outside central Kyiv in Kozyn, a suburb that, in Soviet times, used to be a proletariat retreat, dotted with tall, slender pine trees and small wooden cabins for workers’ families to enjoy the summer months by the Dnieper River. ... Poroshenko’s grand manse—complete with a white portico and columns that recall, not at all subtly, the White House, is surrounded by a yellow brick wall. Over the top, you can see rows of freestanding Roman archways,                                                                                  credit: segodnya.ua
metal-leaf gates and the golden cupola of an Orthodox chapel. ...

By the count of those keeping score, Poroshenko is Ukraine’s seventh richest man today, worth an estimated $1.3 billion, according to Forbes. A 48-year-old with a large jowl and pompadour-styled salt-and-pepper hair, he owns UkPromInvest, a mysterious holding company that has no website but boasts interests in bus manufacturing, car distribution, shipyards, banking and electrical cables, among other things. He is most famous for owning the confectionary firm Roshen, which has factories in both Ukraine and Russia and produces all manner of flashy gold-wrapped chocolate wafers, bars and candies. Perhaps even more relevantly in these troubled times, Poroshenko is also the owner of Channel 5, known as the country’s main opposition television station and a leader of the revolution that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych this winter. ...

If business made Poroshenko a king, his main occupation has been politics for much of Ukraine’s short, tumultuous history as an independent country, and he has held a high position in every government since the Orange Revolution in 2004—from minister of foreign affairs and minister of economic development and trade to head of the National Defense and Security Council to chairman of the National Bank. ... Appearing on a popular Ukrainian television talk show the other day, Poroshenko was asked a simple enough question: Is he, in fact, an oligarch? “No,” he said, visibly offended, and all appearances to the contrary. “I am not an oligarch because an oligarch is a person who uses state power to enrich themselves."

How is it possible that someone who has been in and out of the political constellation for decades, made billions off the collapse of the Soviet state and then denied his role could have emerged as the default choice to lead the country through this most existential crisis? Oligarchs are part of Ukraine’s problem; on that, pretty much everyone agrees. So why is this one being presented as Ukraine’s solution?

Ukrainians despair as Kiev shells East

Presidents of Russia and France to discuss Ukraine crisis in Paris

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with his French counterpart, François Hollande, in Paris on 5 June, the Kremlin has said.

The talks will be held at the Elysée Palace in Paris on the eve of a second world war anniversary, and will be Putin's first meeting with the head of a government or state of a major western power since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March.

"The presidents of the two countries will hold talks on fundamental international and bilateral issues, including the Ukraine crisis," said the Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov.

Ukraine military helicopter shot down by pro-Russia rebels over Slavyansk

A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels over Slavyansk amid heavy fighting around the insurgent-held city in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said 14 people on board, including an army general, were killed when the helicopter was shot down on Thursday. He told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a portable air defence missile to down the aircraft. ...

Slavyansk has become the centre of fighting between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces in recent weeks. The city, located 100 miles (160km) west of the Russian border, has seen constant clashes and its residential areas have often come under mortar shelling from government forces, prompting some residents to flee. ...

Pro-Russian rebels and local citizens in Donetsk began to bury their dead on Thursday after vicious fighting with Ukrainian government forces on Sunday and Monday. ...

A group of residents took the body of Mark Zveryev, 43, a taxi driver who was killed with pro-Russian forces near the airport on Monday, to a local cemetery to be buried. Zveryev left behind a wife, a teenage son and a teenage stepdaughter, according to friends.

Tatiana Kozodavenko, a nursery school teacher who previously taught Zveryev's stepdaughter English, said tragedies such as his death were further inflaming feelings the Kiev government, which many locals already view with deep mistrust.

"Anger is growing," she said. "First there was bewilderment and disbelief, but it's now turning into anger."

Ray McGovern: Premature US Victory-Dancing on Ukraine

Washington’s role in the coup d’etat in Kiev on Feb. 22 has brought the U.S. a Pyrrhic victory, with the West claiming control of Ukraine albeit with a shaky grip that still requires the crushing of anti-coup rebels in the east. But the high-fiving may be short-lived once the full consequences of the putsch become clear. ...

Moscow has responded by making a major pivot East to enhance its informal alliance with China and thus strengthen the economic and strategic positions of both countries as a counterweight to Washington and Brussels. ... The signing on May 21 of a 30-year, $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China is not only a “watershed event” – as Russian President Vladimir Putin  said – but carries rich symbolic significance.

The agreement, along with closer geopolitical cooperation between Beijing and Moscow, is of immense significance and reflects a judgment on the part of Russian leaders that the West’s behavior over the past two decades has forced the unavoidable conclusion that – for whatever reason – U.S. and European leaders cannot be trusted. Rather, they can be expected to press for strategic advantage through “regime change” and other “dark-side” tactics even in areas where Russia holds the high cards. ...

For a very long time, the consensus in academe, as well as in government, has been that, despite the rapprochement between China and Russia over the past several years, both countries retained greater interest in developing good relations with the U.S. than with each other. ...That was certainly the case decades ago. But I doubt that is the case now. Either way, the implications for U.S. foreign policy are immense. Anatol Lieven of King’s College, London, has noted:

“Whether in the Euro-Atlantic or the Asia-Pacific, great power relations are becoming more contentious, with a loose Eurasian coalition emerging to reduce the U.S. domination of global politics. … The consolidation of Russia’s pivot to Asia is an important result of the first phase of the Ukraine crisis, which will continue to reshape the global strategic landscape.

“The U.S. has no other than Victoria Nuland, and Hillary Clinton who installed her as Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, to thank for this foolish mess.”

The Case for Reparations: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reckoning With U.S. Slavery & Institutional Racism

One Year After Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union Assesses the Lies and Lasting Damage

The one year anniversary of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's closing of 50 Chicago public schools passed last week with only a couple stories in local media and no mention we could find anyplace outside Chicago. This too, is. Corporate media have no interest in revealing the truth, in revisiting the lies and broken promises of privatizers, and most of our black political class, from the National Action Network and NAACP to members of the Congressional Black Caucus, depend on grants, donations and campaign contributions from the privatizers.

The Chicago Teachers Union, practically the only institutional force in that city that honors its obligations to parents, students and communities as well as teachers, released a thoroughly researched report titled Twelve Months Later, The Impact of School Closings in Chicago. Assembled from operating and capital budget documents, position files, vacancy reports, interviews with teachers and a mountain of class size and other data. ...  It is a damning indictment not just of Mayor Emanuel and his hand picked Chicago Board of Education, but of similar policies forced upon parents and school communities across the country by the bipartisan drive, called Race To The Top under the Obama administration, to privatize education.

The mayor and his stooges claimed 50 schools needed closing to save money because of low enrollment, and that transferred students would benefit from hundreds of millions in new money spent at the receiving schools – the schools transferred students were sent to. All that turns out to be a lie.

In the real world, the report shows, receiving schools only got a tenth of the “transition money” to spend on those new students, some $230 per pupil. By contrast, new Chicago charter schools got a dozen times as much, $2,770 per student. Only 38% of the receiving schools have librarians on staff, so the libraries in schools which have them cannot even be used for their intended purpose. Receiving schools got computer lab upgrades but only a fifth of them got a tech teacher. They got iPads but no instruction for teachers on how to integrate these into the children's learning. And of course, the shuttered schools and receiving schools are exclusively in poor communities, with a median income of $36K per year, compared to the $53K per year in the rest of the system's schools. In Chicago of course, the poor are almost entirely black and brown.

Some states don’t comply with prison rape elimination law

Florida, Idaho, Texas and four other states, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands, face the loss of federal funds because they have failed to meet requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. ...

Passed in 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act was followed up with standards finalized by the Justice Department in 2012. The standards, for instance, ban patdowns of female inmates by male correctional officers, prevent juveniles from being housed with adult inmates and requires that inmates be screened for their potential to be abused.

In a letter to the Justice Department, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter asserted “it would cost the state millions of dollars” to meet all the new federal requirements. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a fellow Republican, likewise previously declared the rules would be too costly.

US economy shrinks 1%

The US economy contracted for the first time in three years in early 2014 after a much worse performance than originally feared.

Washington's commerce department said the world's biggest economy shrank at an annual rate of 1% during the first quarter – a period marked by an unusually harsh winter in some of the more populous states.

Wall Street had been braced for the revised data to come in below the first estimate of 0.1% annualised growth between January and March but was surprised by the extent of the decline.

Analysts are confident that growth will bounce back in the second quarter and pointed to the underlying strength of consumer spending during the period when the economy was contracting.





The Evening Greens




Melting Polar Ice Caps a "Ticking Timebomb" for Earth's Climate System

Will Big Oil Execs Ever Stand Trial for Willful Climate Deceit?

Fossil fuel executives, watch out.

A group of environmental organizations want to know who is going to be held responsible for the corporate obstructionism of climate change information and policies, despite clear scientific consensus.

In a letter of warning issued Wednesday to over 75 major insurance and fossil fuel corporations, Greenpeace International, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) beg the question: Who will pay for this climate deceit?

Citing "asbestos to tobacco to oil spills," Carroll Muffett, president of CIEL, said history shows that "those who mislead the public, the market or the government about the risks of their products, or the availability of safer alternatives, can face substantial legal liability, both as companies and as individuals."

"While lawful lobbying is a vital part of the democratic process," the groups write, "corporate influence—either directly or through outside organizations—aiming to obstruct action on climate change, coupled with the development, sponsorship or dissemination of false, misleading or intentionally incomplete information about the climate risks associated with fossil fuel products and services to regulators, shareholders, and insurers could pose a risk to directors and officers personally."

As the groups explain, liability policies typically provide coverage for claims that put individual directors' and officers’ assets at risk and therefore protect individuals from  being held personally liable for "undesirable business occurrences."

"These policies protect individuals who are conducting their business in good faith," they continue. "However, a serious question is whether these policies would cover a director facing a climate-related claim."

'Climate Victory Campaign' Paints Visions for New Paradigm
rooftop solar

Designers, poster-makers, and benevolent propagandists for a more sustainable future wanted.

That's the call from a new coalition of artists and activists who've created the 'Climate Victory' campaign in hopes that reimagined War World II-style propaganda posters can become part of "the fight to decarbonize our world and defeat climate change."

A crowd-sourced and collaborative project between 350.org, Marcacci Communications, Green Patriot Posters, and the Creative Action Network, the coalition says powerful and shareable messages are needed to offer visions of what "climate victory" means and can look like.

"All designs that meet the requirements," says the group's website, "will be included and all designs will be available to download, print, and share."

Japan Ousts Nuclear Critic in Regulatory Reshuffling

Japan's government announced Wednesday it is reshuffling the country's top nuclear regulating body by ousting an outspoken critic of the nuclear industry and replacing him with an ardent supporter of nuclear power.

Critics charge that the move is aimed at fast-tracking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to restart the country's nuclear reactors.

"The personnel change is a blatant attempt to prompt resumption of nuclear plants," Hajime Matsukubo, spokesman the Citizen's Nuclear Information Centre, told AFP.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority was created in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown with the stated goal of ensuring that nuclear disasters "never be allowed to happen again."

Brazil police fire tear gas at anti-World Cup protesters

Brasília (AFP) - Police in the Brazilian capital fired tear gas Tuesday to break up a protest by Indian chiefs and groups opposed to the money being spent to host the World Cup.

About 1,000 protesters rallying for causes ranging from indigenous rights to housing for the homeless gathered in Brasilia's government square and began marching toward the city's World Cup stadium.

After police fired tear gas, some Indians could be seen throwing stones at some of the 500 police encircling the stadium.

Protesters also continued to block roads around the government plaza, where the congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court are located.

Earlier, about 500 Indian leaders scaled the congress building and installed themselves on the roof, wearing traditional face paint and feathers and carrying bows and arrows, in a protest they said was aimed at protecting their rights. ...

Indians in Brazil have staged a series of protests in recent months, accusing President Dilma Rousseff's government of slowing the demarcation of their ancestral lands and creating policies that favor large-scale farming.








Blog Posts of Interest

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

If you haven't seen it already, check out joe democrat's fine piece on the shareholder value myth:

The Goose That Lays Their Golden Egg

Beyond Obama's West Point speech: a foreign puzzle, not a real foreign policy

Freedom Rider: Police Target Black Children

Principles: Beyond Snowden



A Little Night Music



Roomful Of Blues - Hot Little Mama

Roomful Of Blues - Honey Hush

Roomful of Blues - Back Seat Blues

Lou Ann Barton /Roomful Of Blues - You Ought to Stop It

Roomful of Blues - Jambalaya

Roomful of Blues -  Turn It On Turn It Up

Roomful Of Blues - Down the Mississippi to New Orleans

Roomful of Blues - Last night

Big Joe Turner & Roomful of Blues - Cocka Doodle Do

Roomful Of Blues - Bluto's Back

Earl King & Roomful Of Blues - Three Can Play The Game

Roomful Of Blues - Big Mamou

Roomful of Blues - All Went Down The Drain

Roomful of Blues featuring Duke Robillard - Texas Flood

Roomful of Blues - What Happened To The Sugar (In My Lemonade)

Roomful of Blues - That's a pretty good love

Roomful of Blues - Up the line

Roomful of Blues Live @ The Boston Music Awards





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