Did any of us believe this election would ever come? It all started ridiculously early, then insinuated its tentacles into every aspect of life. Watching the news in America became a disgraceful immersion in ethnocentricity that ignored the affairs of the world. Except for the pandemic. There was plenty from some quarters about the pandemic being "the fault" of a country its accuser called "Ghina."Was it the blame game, constantly played against some nation, some racial or ethnic group, or some "other" political party -- or more commonly, against all at the same time -- that prevented any effective response to COVID-19 in the U.S.? Almost uniquely in the U.S., among the world's nations? With a mere 5% of the world's human population, the U.S. has consistently had one-fifth of the world's cases of the virus and one-fifth of all deaths from it. Nations with far less sophisticated medical care have maintained far lower death rates and total infections and deaths that are a tiny fraction of what Americans have suffered.
Between now and Tuesday is your chance to do something about it.
Just remember that all those "down-ballot" elective offices AND all those ballot propositions can be decided by just a few votes. So be sure YOU vote -- or be prepared to explain yourself forever to kids and grandchildren why you didn't
Want witty, irreverent election night coverage?
Lee Camp, host of "Redacted Tonight," tells us, "Tuesday - Election Day - I will be livestreaming with Eleanor Goldfield from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Pacific (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET) only at YouTube.com/MomentofClarity."
Music and the candidates
The Trump campaign continues to flaunt demands from musicians, bands, songwriters, music publishers, and record labels that it stop using their music at his maskless Maskhole, Branch Covidian rallies. There have been lawsuits, court orders to cease-and-desist, impassioned pleas, and when the frustration gets nowhere else, scathing vilifications by the artists of Trump himself for stealing their creative product for his own promotional purposes.
Mostly classic rock tracks have been at issue, with songs by and complaints from Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Heart, Queen, the Beatles, James Taylor, John Fogerty, and many more.
Fogerty even did an interview on CNN, perfectly playing the baffled "I-don't-get-it" character. Seems the Trump campaign had been making heavy use of Fogerty's old Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, "Fortunate Son."
"Thing is," said Fogerty, "I could have written that song today, about a very contemporary 'fortunate son' who uses privilege and a sense of entitlement to avoid paying his taxes."
"It goes, 'Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,' but 'when the taxman comes to the door, the house looks like a rummage sale.' It speaks to a pretty obvious con, to somebody trying to take advantage of the rest of us."
The Trump campaign, when it replies at all to the offended musicians, usually claims "fair use," which it isn't, or says it paid a music bundler for the use of everything in a package of recordings, so like it or not, they're covered.
Why the Trumpertarians can't just stick with Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr, who both support him, is anybody's guess.
Over on the Biden side, prominent artists have been happy to supply music for smaller, socially-distanced, often drive-in rallies.
Taylor Swift, Immediately upon being contacted, granted her first-ever blessing to having a song used for political purposes.
Watch the new video for Taylor's song, "Only the Young, Our Future Is Worth Our Fight":
And, as "Reliable Sources" reports...
We wish we had time to bring you a more complete round-up of all the musicians lending support of their creative product and performing talent to propel the effort to bring change through this election. But our own involvement limits how much effort we can expend reporting about that aspect.
So we bring you the following and then move on to our other topics.
Last Minute ZOOM Pre-Election Rally & Concert
Hear Garret Swayne and Terry Okey perform songs of protest and solidarity. They say, "Seriously… we gotta get this guy out of the White House before he destroys the nation entirely! So we’re holding a virtual Rally! And it’ll feature a bunch of good old-fashioned Protest songs! (Except they’ll be new, original protest songs, applicable to the current political landscape!)"
Sunday evening Nov 1, 2020 at 7 pm Pacific Time.
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“This isn’t forever, but it is for now”
Guest editorial by Andy Hill, co-leader of the award-winning band Hard Rain that hosts the annual "Dylanfest."
...in our dejection, we remind ourselves not to allow temporary disappointment to rationalize behaviors and attitudes that may have permanent consequences.
Politically attuned new tuneage
DEAD ROCK WEST Releases Politically Charged Song and Video
“Revolution In The Garden,” out Oct 23 on the Blackbird label
Very electric track, written 30 years ago and just released, speaks across the gulf to our time and circumstances
New song for pandemic times, from Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen
- a fund-raiser for nurses
"You can listen to this new song for free by going to this page and clicking on the (very small) play button.
"The other half of your payment will help support Cindy and me during these very difficult times for working musicians. I realize many of us are making multiple donations of time and money these days. We appreciate your generosity so much."
Grey continues, "
The GRAMMY Museum has a plan:
" Make Your Voice Heard At The Ballot Box"
Cartoons -- the best we've seen, before their shelf life expires
Editorial cartoonists prove every day that the old saying is true: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Ya gotta love the on-screen network logo
Where is she when you need her?
SCOTUS & the Trump health care "plan"
Entitled, by stealing
Let's help Canada do this, and screw the corporations that screw us
WHY ELECTION NIGHT WILL BE EXPLOITED AS CAUSE FOR ALARM, WHEN IT'S REALLY JUST THE TIME FOR PATIENCE
Here, we turn to other sources we have read and found valuable.
First up: this Oct 27 "Vanity Fair" piece by William D. Cohan is kind of long, but it's an essential read to get a real grasp on major underreported sectors of what's going on. US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a hero of mine for myriad reasons. He sent the link. Take the time to read this. You'll discover the Koch Brothers are part of a deep bench on a very scary team:
Next, here is Alan Alda in the Oct 29 Washington Post, ,
In a moment, we turn to Brian Stelter, host of the weekly CNN series "Reliable Sources."
His daily internet publication does a fine job exploring and explaining why the media is likely to frustrate viewers with an inability to tell you who won.
In fact, we may not know for days. Which was absolutely typical in the 18th and 19th centuries. But when 20th century communication technology was established as universal infrastructure, we forgot about those earlier times. Well, with pandemic-driven remote voting, welcome back to the future.
Here's Brian Stelter.
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