Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Photos from “Change Rocks”

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Leilani Muenter, Bob Weir’s sister-in-law, posted some fun images from Monday night’s festivities. Look for Bobby holding up a new t-shirt!

10/13 on KPFA tonight

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

I downloaded one of the audience recordings of Monday’s Obama show, and I am VERY impressed with the music! I’ll play the first 75 minutes or so on KPFA tonight 8pm Pacific), and we’ll play the rest next week.

Here are some photos and a review from the Penn State student paper.

Rolling Stone‘s coverage.

Michelle Obama: be not afraid

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Scary, stupid people

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

“He’s got the bloodlines.” Chilling.

Crosby-Nash for Obama 10/12 in NYC

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Croz-Nash NYC 10/12

David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform at Music for Democracy’s Be The Change Fundraiser on October 12th in New York City.

Sunday, October 12, 2008. Artists’ reception 4:30 pm, music 5-7pm. St. Raphael’s Cathedral, 502 W 41st, New York City.

Proceeds from this event will go to Music For Democracy’s BE THE CHANGE campaign to get out the vote on November 4.

To purchase tickets and for more information please visit

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the event please contact Bear Kittay directly.

Bruce and Billy for Barack

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are doing an Obama benefit on 10/16 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.

Barlow on Obama

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

From John Perry Barlow:

It’s the Stupidity, Egghead…

By now, it should be obvious to you that the same malignant sociopaths who just gutted the greatest economy the world has ever seen –  along with America’s moral authority, the dollar, the Bill of Rights, the Republican Party, Habeas Corpus, the Middle Class, the illusion of our military invincibility, and the very notion of the “truth,”- are seriously trying to extend their stranglehold on the Executive Branch for another 4 years. More amazing still, a majority of us may be dumb enough to let them!

In a way, this is not so surprising. By definition, half the population has below average intelligence. And, while I don’t share my mother’s belief that stupidity is a form of malice, I believe that Idiocracy, in a strange coalition with Plutocracy, is making a serious bid for permanent authority in America. As “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin said, “The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.”

Especially if those leaders are black. There are few things that trouble a down-trodden idiot more than the ascendence of someone he believes has been permanently relegated to a status inferior even to his own strictly on the basis of their skin color. And make no mistake, when people say that Obama is “just a lot of fancy rhetoric” or an “inexperienced elitist,” it is only because they are too cowardly to call him an uppity nigger.

Yeah, you heard me. I used that word, and I’ll use it again, because I believe that making “nigger” the dirtiest word in America has had the perverse effect of legitimizing the racism it stands for. For some time, many supposedly civilized Americans have recognized that, as long as they call black people African-Americans, they can treat them like niggers and no one, including themselves, will notice.

Unfortunately, they’re too dumb to realize that just about all of us are niggers now. Once we’ve anted up 700 billion dollars to replace what the plutocrats on Wall Street have plundered from our economy over the last 8 years, America probably will have a distribution of wealth that will make Mexico look like Sweden. And you and I will be as much members of the Underclass as what used to be called a welfare mother back when we had welfare.

I don’t know that Barack Obama is such a miracle worker that he can begin to fix the mess that Bush and his so-far unindicted co-conspirators have made of our formerly great republic. But he has shown the dignity, intelligence, optimism, and, yes, hope necessary to lead what’s left of America into a future where we’re not so contemptuous of education that we’d think a woman who believes that Alaska has a foreign policy is qualified to be president because she’s born-again and hot.

I know that Barack Obama knows how to pronounce the word “nuclear,” and I’m no longer willing to entrust control over these monstrosities to someone who can’t pronounce their name.

For this and many other reasons, I have extended my full support to Barack Obama and am inviting any of you who can make it to a

Party for Change!
Wednesday Night, October 1
New York City
PS 260 Penthouse and Rooftop
260 5th Avenue (@ 29th)
6 to 10 pm
Bungalow 8
515 West 27th Street (bet. 10th and 11th)
11 pm to 4 am

I will be joined by number of other performers and guests, including Jazz great Delmar Brown, who will be performing a song he wrote for Obama, and esteemed rocker Joe Hurley of Rogues March. One of my favorite DJ’s, Ben Ruhe will be spinning between speeches and live performances.

Nicholas Butterworth will be speaking on behalf of the group that he is organizing to head to Ohio at the end of the month.  Representatives from Obama for America will also be present to answer questions about what you can do to make a difference in these final, critical moments of the campaign.

Also on hand will be Ari Wallach, the producer of this Sarah Silverman video promoting The Great Schlep.

After the fundraiser, attendees will be invited to Manhattan’s Bungalow 8 for dancing and further celebration…special passes to be handed out at PS260. If you would like to donate or can only make it to the after party, please contact us at with your Brown Paper Tickets confirmation number.

Finally, we need to get a fairly accurate head count, so please

click here to purchase your ticket.

Limited tickets will be available at the door, but you must RSVP before the event at

Come, have fun in a fabulous location,
AND help make a difference in this election!

I know you’re probably not in New York, so please forward this invitation to friends who might be & appropriate lists.

If you have already donated $2300 to the campaign, please contact Jessica Mezzacappa at 516-314-5022.

Dead for Obama redux 10/13/08

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Featuring Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart
with Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti

Plus Special Guests The Allman Brothers Band

Openers TBD

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bryce Jordan Center
State College, PA

Ticket onsale date, prices, etc, TBA

More campaign stupidity

Friday, August 1st, 2008

The increasingly desperate, content-free right wing media are going to absurd lengths to make the electorate (who I pray are not nearly as stupid as the right owuld like to believe) believe Obama is Not One Of Us.

From the Wall Street Journal – a NEWS piece, fergawdsakes, not one of their reptilian op-eds:

….in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama’s skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

The headline on this article is: “Too Fit to Be President?”

You can’t make this shit up, but they keep making shit up.

Hope, popularity, and politics

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Now, from across the aisle:

WHAT THE FUCK IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE? Is John McCain running for student body president at a junior high school? This is from Talking Points Memo:

John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: “Barack Obama has more fans across the world than Paris Hilton does.”

How is it a bad thing that Obama is popular?

The Republicans are trying their best to make a vice of the public’s affection for Barack Obama. After eight years of propping up President Codpiece, they now have this pathetic hypocrite John McCain carrying their banner. He has little but outright lies and character assassination to work with, and of course an appeal to the stupidest and most easily frightened sectors of the American public.

Please, please, PLEASE register to vote, pay attention to what’s going on in the country and the world, keep your shit detectors calibrated at all times, and VOTE. It is not hyperbole to state that the fate of the world depends on it.

Another R for Obama

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Larry Hunter in the New York Daily News:

I’m a lifelong Republican – a supply-side conservative. I worked in the Reagan White House. I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years. In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America. I served on Bob Dole’s presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp’s Empower America.

This November, I’m voting for Barack Obama.

When I first made this decision, many colleagues were shocked. How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that’s antithetical to almost everything I believe in?

The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies – this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.

Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats – these are of greater importance.

John McCain would continue the Bush administration’s commitment to interventionism and constitutional overreach. Obama promises a humbler engagement with our allies, while promising retaliation against any enemy who dares attack us. That’s what conservatism used to mean – and it’s what George W. Bush promised as a candidate.

The hug

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I went to see the president
He had a bruise on his shoulder where big business places its thumb
His breath was powerful, and he reeked of compromise

– Jeb Puryear (Donna the Buffalo)

Let’s keep this image front and center between now and November:

The Hug

The body language seems creepy to me, and weirdly reminiscent of the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of John and Yoko.*

I wonder about anyone who can embrace George W. Bush, literally or figuratively. I wonder if these two men ever had a conversation about the vicious shit Rove/Bush pulled on McCain in the 2000 campaign; I guess character assassination is just part of the deal, and I suppose McCain just decided to get over it. You know, like Mr Justice Scalia told CBS we should all just get over the 2000 election.

I wonder how a man can turn himself inside out, politically and morally, as John McCain has done. He seems like some kind of flesh-and-blood brochure for a heartless, soulless, murderous enterprise. He punctuates his speeches with a mirthless grin that looks as though he’s switching it on and off with a remote control in his pocket. And what sort of self-loathing would drive a former prisoner of war to defend and promote the torture policies of the Bush administration?

I resist a powerful urge to invest too much hope in Barack Obama. But my loathing for these Republican creeps is powerful, so I will probably be pretty happy even if Obama turns out to be less than we had all hoped for. He has already changed the world just by restoring the honor and dignity of the word compassion.


* I’ve seen the John and Yoko photo in real life: The photographer Stu Levy has it in his fantastic photo collection. (Stu made this image of me. His grid portraits are very cool, and his landscapes are awesome.)

Viva Digby

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

One of my favorite political blogs is Digby‘s. She pays attention to what’s going on and always write with clarity, depth, and compassion from pretty much the same spot on the political spectrum where I stand.

Here’s an excerpt from a post she made this evening, which amplifies something I said extemporaneously on the air tonight and adds much useful perspective:

First of all, congratulations to Senator Obama. This is a truly historic moment for the Democratic party and for America. When I was a kid (yes, back in the stone age)and when he was born, Barack Obama wouldn’t have been allowed to stay in the same hotels or get a drink in a bar or buy a house next to a large number of white Americans. Last night, America took another huge and necessary step in putting that awful history behind us. It was long overdue, and was made possible through the tremendous sacrifices and courage of many people who didn’t live to see the day. I am grateful that I did live to see it. I will do everything in my meager power to help him Obama win this campaign. The election of the first African American president signals the end of the era of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Nothing could be more fitting.

Also, congratulations to Senator Clinton, who in my view showed Democrats what a fighter looks like. This is the closest primary in history and despite what the bloviators and the gasbags have been saying for months, she had not only a right, but a duty, to fight on until the end for the half of the Democratic party that supported her. Clinton too was an historic candidate who inspired millions of people and she has my admiration.

If I might digress a bit and say one word about the Clintons, who to many are personas non grata in the Democratic Party now. Whatever happens, Bill Clinton will still be the 42nd president of the United States and the first two term Democrat since Roosevelt. That’s never going to change. Democrats should ask themselves, once the smoke has cleared, if it’s really a good idea to discredit his accomplishments. However you personally may feel about him, there is value in a popular ex-president remaining popular. Political value. (See: Reagan legacy project.) The question is what they are valued for.

I see them as warrior chiefs against the hardcore conservative movement machine that nearly crippled this country (but which may have just run its course after drifting into decadence and hubris.) But, at the time of the movement’s greatest power and influence, no one took more crap or was more deft at beating them back. I, for one, am grateful to both Clintons for taking a nearly unbelievable amount of heat from both the media and the Republicans during that era — and surviving.

Bill Clinton is in the pantheon of popular ex-presidents who continues to do important work on global initiatives. Hillary Clinton is a Senator and historic breakthrough presidential candidate who won more primary votes than any candidate in history aside from Barack Obama. Al Gore is a global leader and Nobel prize winner. On the other side of that epic battle, Newt Gingrich is a Fox News commentator, writing reviews of mystery thrillers on Amazon. Tom Delay is a private citizen facing indictment. Half of the social conservatives who unctuously criticized Clinton’s behavior have been run out of town on morals charges. Fox News is sinking in the ratings faster than George W. Bush.

The Clinton’s didn’t single handedly defeat the conservatives, but they fought them off valiantly when the movement was at its pinnacle and they deserve some credit for that. It’s hard to believe that we could have been worse off if they hadn’t, but believe me, we would have.

Please read the whole post. There’s a lot of great information and analysis from Digby and others on that blog; I read it every day.

Stupid blog post.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

What, only one?

Amazingly stupid post by one Emily Freifeld, on a washpost political blog called Channel ’08: The 2008 Election on Video. The hundreds of comments provide an interesting cross-section of the blog-posting polity…

Hillary has become a Republican

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The results of the Indiana primary may have rendered it moot, but Hillary Clinton lost me for good when George Stephanopoulos asked her to name a single economist who thinks a “gas tax holiday” would work, and she replied: “I’m not going to put my lot in with economists.”

This country is in terrible, terrible condition on so many fronts after seven years of rule by an ideologue/numbskull who ignored reality and siphoned zillions of dollars to cronies and parasites. Clinton’s embrace of know-nothingdom is the final nail in the coffin of her credibility as a politician and as a citizen.

Obama’s victory in North Carolina yesterday was predicted; Indiana was supposed to be Clinton’s by some greater or lesser margin. She won Indiana, but not by much.

The Clinton spinmeisters have moved the goal posts so many times there isn’t any place to sink ’em in any more, but by pretty much any measure, the outcome of the Indiana primary should put the race to an end. Let’s hope she has the decency to quit now so we can get on with the business of preventing a third Bush term.