It's garden-variety racism, people

White people, of course, having never experienced the business end of institutionalized racism, can only achieve an approximate understanding of it. Fortunately, Tim Wise is on the scene to help. Here's Wise on how racism is driving the opposition to health care.

"You know full well that no one is talking about wanting to go back to the days of segregation."

Well, no, I don't know it. I don't know that at all, seeing as how so many of the tea-bag set and anti-health care folks make "taking their country back" one of the most prominent lines of their vocalized outrage. What does that mean, coming from people in their 60s and 70s, for whom the America of their youth was indeed a white supremacist place? A place where white hegemony could be taken as a given, something that could be presumed in perpetuity? What does it mean when someone says that they want to go back to the country the way the founders envisioned it, as many have also explained at these rallies? After all, they envisioned a white republic. They envisioned and sought out the extirpation of indigenous peoples, most believed in the enslavement of African peoples, and none truly believed that blacks should be treated as equals.


Cuz, y'know, it helps me think

August 17, 2009

So, apparently public debate about health care is ... intimidating somehow, because more and more folks are showing up to town hall meetings with guns.

From the Arizona Republic:

A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.

"Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."

Two police officers were staying very close to the man.

I suppose this man needs to demonstrate that he has "some freedoms" because it's so unnerving and menacing to discuss ... health care.


Michelle Ramin and Jason Doize

Listen to the interview here.

This week on Art Focus my guest will be Michelle Ramin, who has a show up at Falsefront called Need it/Got it - along with the director of Falsefront, Jason Doizé. Falsefront is a curious space – in a neighborhood full of homes, it looks like it must have been a storefront at one time. The exhibition has a closing party this week.

rise when the rooster crows

guest blog by henry & moggy with Miz Kitty sittin' in


Border Line - David Francey; these first 5 were selected & played by Portland's & KBOO's own Miz Kitty from her own personal library.


Honey It's Tight Like That - Tampa Red


Come Here Ma'am Look at Sam - Chirps Smith


Kind Sir - Government Issue Orchestra


Rubber Dolly - Tallboys


Fischer's Hornpipe - Molly Tannen, Larry Hanks; a compilation of Berkeley old time musicians of the 60's compiled by Mike Seeger - it's for those of us who thought the only instrument Larry Hanks played was the Jew's Harp.


Girl Can Sing


Bridget B. here and yes, she can sing.  Here name is Emily Braden and don't you forget it.  Man can this girl belt out a tune and deliver a speedy "Them There Eyes" wow, still can't figure out when she takes a breath on that track. 

Farnell Newton posted information about this young lady on his Facebook page and I quickly listened to her songs as found on her myspace page ~ Emily Braden - gotta love the internet for easy access to artists' music.  After listening to her and confused as to where she was getting all this soul from I decided to ask for an interview and man is she very well rounded when it comes to Jazz and music in general.  

early morning gumbo


 Guest Hosts Henry & Moggy

the gospel express

 Guest Blog

swing & country


 Swing & Country blog 8-08-09

Movie Review


In the Loop (Britain)
Director: Armando Iannucci
With: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, Mimi Kennedy, David Rasche, etc.

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