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DFMI will also get involved. But I think Bowman can weather the storm as he is an incumbent. Problem is the DCCC is not likely to help him even though he is an incumbent.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

From Ryan Grim,
A new strategy to take on AIPAC: Actually take them on

A Houston congressional candidate is trying something new
JUL 18, 2023

The week is young, but the House of Represents has already embarked on its semi-regular, bipartisan ritual of pausing legislative business to condemn critics of Israel and celebrate that nation’s virtues. The only twist is that a congressional resolution put up for a vote on Tuesday does less to hail Israel’s more benign qualities, this time focused on rebutting the reality that it is, in its present incarnation, a racist and apartheid state.

The resolution produced a lot of well-earned jokes along the lines of: “My ‘I’m not a racist or apartheid state’ t-shirt is raising a lot of questions already answered by my t-shirt.’”

The latest controversy began on Saturday evening in Chicago at the annual Netroots Nation convention, a gathering of progressive operatives and politicians. During a panel, protesters came for Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., urging her to support legislation that bars Israel from using U.S. funds to detain children. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., stood up to respond to the protesters and in doing so agreed with their claim that Israel is a “racist state.”

As Jayapal later told the New York Times’s Michelle Goldberg, she knew as she walked offstage that she’d stepped in it. The state may be stacked with proudly racist ministers, some of whom have previously been convicted of inciting racism and supporting terrorism against Arabs, and the state may legally treat different people under its control differently based on their religion and ethnicity — dubbed by Amnesty International to amount to apartheid — but bluntly calling it a “racist state” runs into a “thick lattice of taboos,” Goldberg noted.

Jayapal quickly clarified her remarks, but a bipartisan group of her colleagues circulated a letter condemning her anyway and pushed for the resolution in response. The resolution is striking in its brevity: “Resolved by the House of Representatives, That it is the sense of Congress that the State of Israel is not a racist or apartheid state; Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia; and the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel.”

On Tuesday, nine Democrats voted no — Reps. Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, André Carson, Summer Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Delia Ramirez, Rashida Tlaib — and one, Betty McCollum, voted present. Jayapal voted for the resolution.

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RIP Tony Bennett, a true collaborating artist.



When Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their first album together in 2014, some may have found them an unlikely pair. But the singers had gotten close and continued to create music as a duo, with Gaga even crediting Bennett, who died on Friday at age 96, with “saving” her.

“Six months ago I didn’t even want to sing anymore,” Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, told Parade Magazine in 2014 during an interview with Bennett as they promoted their album “Cheek to Cheek.”

“Do you know what Duke Ellington said? He said, ‘Number one, don’t quit. Number two, listen to number one,'” Bennett quipped.

“Right! The other day, Tony said, ‘I’ve ­never once in my career not wanted to do this.’ It stung. Six months ago I didn’t feel that way. I tell Tony every day that he saved my life,” Gaga replied.

It appears the pressure of the music industry had gotten to Gaga, who released her album “Art Pop” the previous year.

“I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to ­money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you,” she told Parade. “But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them.”

“I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead,” she said. “And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice.”

Bennett held Gaga’s hand and replied: “I understand.”

“It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to,” she said.

While many call the pop superstar “Gaga,” Bennett referred to her as “Lady.” After “Cheek to Cheek,” the pair recorded a second album, “Love for Sale,” released in 2021. Gaga also honored Bennett at the Grammy’s in 2022, singing the tracks “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” solo, because Bennett had retired after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 94.

“Love for Sale” was the last project Bennett released. In 2021, he and Gaga put on a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and broadcast on CBS.

Bennett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by then, but when he sang, he came alive, his accompanist Lee Musiker and Gaga both said in an interview with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes.”

“When that music comes on (SNAP), it’s– something happens to him,” Gaga said. “He knows exactly what he’s doing. And what’s important for me, actually, just to make sure that I don’t get in the way of that.”

The Radio City show was his final concert.

Just last week, Bennett shared a video on Instagram of himself and Gaga performing “Night and Day.”

Bennett died in New York City at the age of 96 on Friday. Over his decades-long career, Bennett recorded 60 studio albums, plus dozens of live albums and compilations. Seven of his albums hit the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.

He won 19 Grammy Awards. One of them was with Gaga for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Cheek to Cheek.”


Highly unlikely she can win in deep red Tenn but good for her to take on awful Blackburn


I don’t think Trone is the favorite. Alsobrooks looks like a strong candidate. He’s terrible.


Just so I understand, you’re saying Trone is terrible. Looking at article, I would agree.







Benny’s Bar and Buds open for HH.

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

obf, here’s your boy. How’d he do? Damned good, in my opinion.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

On Thursday I attended a meeting of the AGFP (Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace) at the beautiful home with beautiful artwork and beautifully catered. Our first in person meeting in a long time. One of the agenda items was to hear the experiences of one of the grandmothers who was arrested in a No To Cop City demonstration. Here’s a little idea of what’s going on re Cop City.


I’m glad to see the Grandmas out there. The citizens do not want the project yet authoritarian officials are overruling their wishes.


Saw Here Lies Love (the Imelda Marcos disco Broadway musical from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim) this afternoon. Really good


this one falls into a comment i posted a few days ago,espically the last block