Monday, June 29, 2015

Mississippi State Flag Set to Change

“This is a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it yet,” Nina Simone told her audience at Carnegie Hall as she and the band vamped the opening chord of "Mississippi Goddam," in a style some call "Broadway twos." Incongruous much?  

She is the subject of a documentary (streaming at NetFlix) called What Happened, Miss Simone? that debuted at Sundance in January and was covered Saturday at the Atlantic.

Not content to rehash a string of hits, her performances of the song became a testament to principle over career. The backlash was overwhelming in its toxicity and led to her eventual expatriation to Paris. One might be tempted to say "but that was then and this is now."

We know better.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Nature and Meditation

Duck Duck Turtle

Canadians: November Bookings Now Being Accepted

Equally Separate

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Wednesday June 17, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina

The irony of separate but equal monuments is only lost on idiots

This "compromise" was a way to keep the battle flag flying near the South Carolina state capitol. Not ironically the monument's flag stayed proudly up while the capitol's were respectfully lowered.

The South Carolina Monument Compromise of 2000

April 4, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some -- some very sad news for all of you -- Could you lower those signs, please? -- I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I think, sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world; and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Welcome Back to The Enchanting Conjurer

The Enchanting Conjurer - since 1981


Welcome back. You're here because of the technical difficulties which led to us to giving you your rain check. Sorry it's taken longer than expected but finally The Enchanting Conjurer is proud to introduce tonight's featured performer...

Let the cares of the world disappear as you retreat into a deep relaxation. Except for the sound of my voice, let nothing interfere with your release of all worry. You are feeling more than drowsy, very sleepy. And...


The word "liberal" will no longer provoke the fight mechanism or suffer your disdain, rather it will bring to mind a succession of enlightened thinkers, worthy of monuments and statues, which includes our country's framers.