Thelonius Monk performed – where and when?

One of the great advantages of my life and time was growing up in a couple of places on the southern New England coast. A tough old factory town and, later, a culturally vital small town nearby. Both offered me a lot. Not the least of which was being able to hop in the family car [a 20-year-old Chevy] and be in Harlem, Greenwich Village, anywhere in metro New York City in an hour or so.

So, this young white dude, reading philosophy, writing poetry, hating every factory I worked in…got to hear the real deal in person: Malcom X on a Harlem street corner, bought books and argued dialectics at the Jefferson Bookstore, caught musicians like Monk, Mingus and Miles at Birdland, Half Note and the Five-Spot.

Living double time-and-a-half.

In Mourning for Justice


Thanks, gocomics.org

Our hopes for justice, legitimate progress advancing human rights, equal opportunities and equal rights…also stand at half-mast.

No one expects any of these when our courts and government are controlled by fascists masquerading as conservatives in the GOUSA.

Thousands of birds falling from the sky in American Southwest


Allison Salas/New Mexico State University

Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in south-western US in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely to be related to the climate crisis.

Flycatchers, swallows and warblers are among the species “falling out of the sky” as part of a mass die-off across New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and farther north into Nebraska, with growing concerns there could be hundreds of thousands dead already, said Martha Desmond, a professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Many carcasses have little remaining fat reserves or muscle mass, with some appearing to have nose-dived into the ground mid-flight…

Historic wildfires across the western states of the US could mean they had to re-route their migration away from resource-rich coastal areas and move inland over the Chihuahuan desert, where food and water are scarce, essentially meaning they starved to death. “They’re literally just feathers and bones,” Allison Salas, a graduate student at NMSU who has been collecting carcasses, wrote in a Twitter thread about the die-off. “Almost as if they have been flying until they just couldn’t fly any more.”

Folks here in New Mexico been talking about this for days. At first, we thought it was just something local. We figured on climate change. Waterways are turning bad as much as trees and vegetation are dying off. It’s just more widespread than we ever imagined.

Trump thinks he’s “entitled” to a third term…


He can’t even count on his fingers

President Donald Trump on Saturday once again suggested interest in serving three terms in office, telling attendees of a campaign event in Nevada that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term…

Trump has frequently argued that he’s been treated unfairly in comparison with his predecessors, often pointing to the Russia investigation and his impeachment. Throughout his first term as president, Trump has also frequently floated the idea that he will attempt to serve more than two terms in office…

Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson established an unofficial two-term limit, though President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to the office four times, in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944, serving 12 years as president before his death in 1945. In February 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting American presidents to serving two terms in office.

Trump follows that old Republican adage…never underestimate the ignorance of the average American voter. They’ll believe a big enough lie every time.

The crap politics of “law and order” relies on America’s tradition of racism and bigotry


Joe Raedle/Getty/AP/The Atlantic

As he did when he first ran in 2016, President Donald Trump highlighted law and order in his 2020 acceptance speech…

For a student of the politics of law and order, the president’s rhetoric is familiar. It builds on, and borrows from, a strand of thinking running back to the early years of the republic.

Throughout this nation’s history, appeals to law and order have been as much about defending privilege as dealing with crime. They have been used in political campaigns to stigmatize racial, ethnic and religious groups and resist calls for social justice made by, and on behalf of, those groups.

Political issues the Republican Party rejects and Donald Trump hates. His contempt for the disadvantaged – especially when justified by traditional American bigotry – is fixed in his ruling class heart.