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Showing posts with label Rolling Stone Magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rolling Stone Magazine. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Quick Hit: Right-Wing Watch

It is time for another quick foray into a Right-Wing Watch.  

Oh, how privileged thou art to practice such a level of "White Privilege!"

"I didn't mean any harm...!"  Well. now I think it safe to assume this bar has a patronage that is 100% white. Now, you know the basic focus of business..."give the customers what they want." One more point: "Do you think this bar caters to progressives and liberals?"  I think is safe to archive this one under "White Privilege" right next to the....

Rolling Stone Magazine may have screwed up on the "Jackie" rape story,  but hardly to the level the Right will use the work to disavow issues related rape.

Now, the chameleon Paul has come back with the following. You recall a few days ago he laid the death of Eric Garner on high taxes (Cigarette tax specifically); he and the party leader Rush Limbaugh. What a said little man: Rand Paul.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Kochs And Scrutiny They Detest

Well....stop working to serve as un-elected influencers of the nation. and stop paving a path for a return to GOP administration of a government and a nation.

Thursday afternoon, POLITICO reported that billionaire industrialist David Koch, the oft-vilified bankroller of groups aimed at electingMitt Romney and many Republican congressman, supports many libertarian positions that are antithetical to the Republican Party.

While this may come as a surprise to many, it’s actually quite well-known that the Kochs are socially liberal and fiscally conservative — a.k.a., “libertarian”. Koch was the 1980 vice presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party who campaigned on things like drug legalization and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

“I believe in gay marriage,” Koch told POLITICO. When reminded that Romney and the GOP oppose gay marriage, Koch said, “Well, I disagree with that.
Read more, if you wish or care to waste three minutes of your day.
Image courtesy of Center for Public Integrity
The Washington Post 

Fox recently published a piece regarding Koch funding of 44,000 ads in support of conservative political candidates. I do not recall any social liberal ideology that coincides with exclusively running ads for conservative politicians.
The 2012 Mediaite piece states the Koch's are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. The writer had the gall to imply that meant "Libertarian." Let's quickly dispense of the notion Libertarians are socially liberal by simply posting the names two well known Libertarians: Ron Paul and his apple under the tree Rand Paul. Libertarians, like American conservatives are pretty much socially liberal until we think of property rights to deny service to people or it we think about public schools. Also note Ron Paul's white supremacist and white nationalist supporters may not care for characterization of the Libertarian Paul as associated with a social movement identified by the Mediate writer as "socially liberal."


Now, that we have placed the 2012 piece in true perspective lets dig a little into the Kochs.

The Kochs of late have been complaining of getting a "bad rap" from progressive media. The brothers would have you view their empire as indicated via the advertisement below with implied empathy and desire for affinity for each brother and their empire  

I posit a veritable Trojan Horse advertisement campaign developed and promulgated to snare the Achilles Hell of US pubic with deeper ambitions towards the US government. These men are classic oligarchs who remind of Vladimir Putin.
From the 2012 Mediaite piece, I offer a much more real and frank view of the Kochs. 
Rolling Stone's Tom Dickinson published a piece this past Monday, that is worth any time spent reading and assimilating the Kochs.
Rolling Stone

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don't want you to know is how they made all that money          
By Tim Dickinson | September 24, 2014                                               

The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they've cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today's GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year's midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.                                                                                                                           What is less clear is where all that money comes from. Koch Industries is headquartered in a squat, smoked-glass building that rises above the prairie on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. The building, like the brothers' fiercely private firm, is literally and figuratively a black box. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda or Hewlett-Packard and is America's second-largest private company after agribusiness colossus Cargill. The company's stock response to inquiries from reporters: "We are privately held and don't disclose this information."

But Koch Industries is not entirely opaque. The company's troubled legal history – including a trail of congressional investigations, Department of Justice consent decrees, civil lawsuits and felony convictions – augmented by internal company documents, leaked State Department cables, Freedom of Information disclosures and company whistle­-blowers, combine to cast an unwelcome spotlight on the toxic empire whose profits finance the modern GOP.                

Under the nearly five-decade reign of CEO Charles Koch, the company has paid out record civil and criminal environmental penalties. And in 1999, a jury handed down to Koch's pipeline company what was then the largest wrongful-death judgment of its type in U.S. history, resulting from the explosion of a defective pipeline that incinerated a pair of Texas teenagers.                              
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.....
 The Koch dream for America spans well back past the 1980 Libertarian presidential campaign of Ed Clark and David Koch (as VP).   In 2011 The Center For American Progress published an extensive report on the "brothers who would be kings. 

[quote phraseology via The Pardu] The brief summary of the report findings. (See report pages 1 and 2).
While the Mediaite piece is almost three years old, it is a testament to Koch power and efforts to cleanse their reputations as oligarch industrialist who are:
I will add, the Kochs are very much, anti-abortion, work to re-segregate certain school systems (North Carolina in particular), are anti-environmentalist, stand to gain millions from the Keystone XL Pipeline completion and the brothers remain fiercely anti-government regulation. Must I remind of corporate america with little to no attention to federal oversight and monitoring. 
  Bernie Madoff

And, from the unfettered sub-prime "Bubble" from Clinton (Glass–Steagalland Bush the US economy looked like this:

The St. Louis Federal Reserve

Yet, the Koch's who can withstand the losses of economic collapse ten times over want no federal regulation as protection against American greed.

The 2011 Mediaite piece seemed to have Koch money all over it. The Kochs are industrialist oligarchs who obviously view government as a tool of the uber wealthy and a hindrance to their ability to run roughshod over a nation and the world.

In closing:

A date chart that does not reflect current Koch net worth at over $80 billion between the two oligarchs.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Rolling Stone POLITICS: The Case for Obama

44th President of the United States, Commander-in-chief, Statesman

Rolling Stone is noted for detailed lengthy articles that are effective at reaching into the readers percipience of issues and leaving the individual with a much broader view of the topic.  While Matt Tiabbi holds a 'must read' place in my mind, I am finding myself rearranging cognitive space for Tom Dickinson's work.  In October 2010 Dickinson keyboarded and published a piece about Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.  The piece has moved around progressive Facebook passages like contagious influenza. It has again worked its way to my Facebook associates, and again it drew my attention. While the piece is very long, it provided a 2010 view of President Obama's performance as president during a period when challenges for the president were near formidable. 

And, yes I am pone of those who in 2010 frequently gritted my as a result of governance from the Obama White House. 

The Case for Obama

The charges are familiar: He's a compromiser who hasn't stood up to the GOP or Wall Street. But a look at his record reveals something even more startling — a truly historic presidency

Less than halfway through his first term, Obama has compiled a remarkable track record. As president, he has rewritten America's social contract to make health care accessible for all citizens. He has brought 100,000 troops home from war and forged a once-unthinkable consensus around the endgame for the Bush administration's $3 trillion blunder in Iraq. He has secured sweeping financial reforms that elevate the rights of consumers over Wall Street bankers and give regulators powerful new tools to prevent another collapse. And most important of all, he has achieved all of this while moving boldly to ward off another Great Depression and put the country back on a halting path to recovery.

Along the way, Obama delivered record tax cuts to the middle class and slashed nearly $200 billion in corporate welfare — reinvesting that money to make college more accessible and Medicare more solvent. He single-handedly prevented the collapse of the Big Three automakers — saving more than 1 million jobs — and brought Big Tobacco, at last, under the yoke of federal regulation. Even in the face of congressional intransigence on climate change, he has fought to constrain carbon pollution by executive fiat and to invest $200 billion in clean energy — an initiative bigger than John F. Kennedy's moonshot and one that's on track to double America's capacity to generate renewable energy by the end of Obama's first term.

If you are like me with a less than focused attention span, bookmarking and revisiting the piece will eventually yield thoughts of a great read (once done).

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rolling Stone Magazine's Matt Tiabbi on Wall Street Reform

The following is a link article from Rolling Stone's Matt Tiabbi.  The Rolling Stone edition will be published on May, 24.  If you have never read the works of Matt Tiabbi and take time to read the following, you will be well informed on how our government has rendered practically ineffective a key piece of legislation.  It will take a bit of time to complete the piece as it is typical Tiabbi , long detailed and colloquially frank.  Of most importance is the bottom-line and existential malfeasance from Republicans to kill the Hallmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill.  I should be more clear. The Republicans in Congress lost the Dodd-Frank battle; they are now working to strip the legislation to the level of completely ineffectiveness and a skeletal piece of legislation. Tiabbi also makes the poignant observation the White House has also contributed to rendering the legislation practical in effective.

If you think Tiabbi has simply run-off on a tangent and written a veritable treatise, watch Eric Cantor slimming up to a group of Wall Street speculators.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Jimi Hendrix: Rolling Stone Magazine Names Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone Names Jimi Hendrix # 1 Rock Guitarist out of Top 100.

Jimi Hendrix
WOOD STOCK "Star Spangled Banner " 1969

November 23, 2011

Jimi Hendrix Named Greatest Guitarist Of All Time By Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Magazine remains one of the most noted ‘alternative’ publications in modern U.S. History. The magazine has  chronicled  and archived more Pop-culture and Left leaning  revolutionary (used in a positive and social cultures sense) material than you and I can read on our IPads in a month’s time.  But of course, Rolling Stone magazine is world-renowned for its chronicling of rock Music; its heroes, tragedies, recognition (awards) and critic.

If you want to read politics from a perspective that is unmatched in the nation: Rolling Stone is your publication.  Also, the Matt Taibb and his TaibbiBlog has become a quotable source of investigative reporting. Taibb’s investigative reporting on wall street may be unmatched, in my opinion.
After many years of listening to classic Rock Music, after downloading thousands of rock songs dating back to the mid 1960s, and after loading an IPOD with the 500 Top Rock Guitar Songs, I am very pleased to find that Rolling Stone has declared the Top Guitar  player of all time.  Of course, we know Rolling Stone references Rock Music Guitar.

If you know little of Jimi Hendrix beyond, Purple HazeFoxy Lady, and All Along the Watch Tower, you have missed an  important   part  of u.S. sub-culture.

I am certain Rolling Stone’s decision will be widely questioned but one should consider listing to Hendrix’s renditions of “Star Spangled Banner ”(at Woodstock), and Machine Gun (w/Buddy Miles and Bill Cox.  Available on YouTube.

Wiki on Hendrix..... Brandon Harris Wiki Programmer

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942[1][2]– September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history,[3][4][5] and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.[6][7][8]  

After initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[9]

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  1. Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies (Buddy Miles and Bill Cox)


ROLLING STONE Magazine (Linked above)