Kick Out the Jams

MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

I’m still wildly depressed about the election and completely at a loss as to how to prevent all that seems inevitable with a narcissistic toddler as our president-elect. I truly don’t know how the country will survive. Truth and facts don’t matter. Nothing anyone says seems to have any effect. For each and every cabinet position, the worst person imaginable is being suggested.

As I sat here wondering what we can do to avert this disaster, I came to think about Manuel Noriega. Remember when he holed up in the embassy and they tried to smoke him out by playing loud music? Well, maybe it’s time to “kick out the jams, motherfuckers!”


Call Off Your Dogs

Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs

I’m not sure what I watched that put Lake Street Dive in the queue of suggested videos on YouTube but here we are. It’s back to work and school tomorrow, early mornings and the dark drive home. I am not ready. Maybe some sunny tunes will help.


Local Natives – Villainy

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and after that it’s officially the Christmas season, with all the familiar music, tv specials, and movies. I have long thought that the holiday movie villain that most resembles the Orange in Chief is not Scrooge, nor the Grinch (though I’ll take those happy endings any day) but Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life.

A real estate tycoon with bad hair who spends all his time trying to squash the little guy, demeaning people left and right, making snide racist comments, over charging and short changing people, and at the end, he tries to have his opponent jailed, while he pockets the $8000 that doesn’t belong to him. When it comes on tv this year, check it out and let me know if you agree.

Fake Empire

The National – Fake Empire

When my son was learning how to ride a bicycle he had trouble remembering to use the foot brakes so he’d put his feet down trying to stop himself, Fred Flintstone style. I’d be running down the street after him yelling, “Use the brakes! Feet on the pedals! Hit the brakes!!!”

That’s what it feels like, millions of us running down the street, yelling, trying to get someone else to slam on the brakes. Each day watching as some new horror pops up and thinking, god how do we stop this? We make phone calls and write, maybe go to protests, but is it doing anything? When there’s video of white supremacists having a meeting in DC complete with Nazi script and salute, hailing the president-elect, is there really not something more that can be done?

A friend on Facebook said he thought there would be a civil war if O45 isn’t inaugurated and I said yes, civil war if he isn’t, WWIII if he is. There’s the people trying to get the vote audited, especially in states where there are discrepancies, possible vote tampering, Russian hackers, more votes counted than ballots cast, etc. Would the Trump voters ever accept any outcome that isn’t having their conman sworn in? It’s already been proven that they don’t believe facts so no amount of proof would make any difference.

I know if Hillary had won she would have faced as much opposition from Congress as Obama did, maybe even more. That’s one of the reasons why I voted for Bernie in the primary. As things evolved, I don’t think Bernie would have won either and I was fine with voting for Hillary two weeks ago but I didn’t really think she would have been able to do more than hold the line. I know the way things usually play out is that the midterm elections go to the party that lost the presidency and she would likely have been a one term president. But the damage done from just two weeks of having Trump as the president-elect, not even in power yet, is horrifying and irreversible. What’s the best we can hope for now? Impeachment? Mike Pence?!?! Just as scary in a different way. I’d say it couldn’t get worse but if 2016 has taught me anything, it’s that it will get worse.


Savages – Fuckers

After today’s onslaught of bad news, I needed a little pep talk from Jehnny Beth.

After Thanksgiving I think I have to start hitting the gym. I’m going to need more stamina for this fight. It’s still two months before Trumpenführer takes control and at the pace things are happening, you’d think he’d already been in office for months.

Don’t let the fuckers get you down.

I Found That Essence Rare

Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare

I was looking for a video and stumbled onto a channel with several old concert clips from New York City in 1980 including this one and a bunch more by Gang of Four. I’ll tell you what, if we’re in for dark political times, I really hope we get the kind of post-punk music scene that late 70s/early 80s Britain inspired.