Nelson Mandela “It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
I just got back from radio show 39 on WBKM.ORG. Last week was Thanksgiving and I had a great idea for a show. It turned out that I had the night off, and the internet only radio station had some special programming going on. Tonight, one week later, I did the Thanksgiving show. I had an issue loading in more music, so I changed it up a bit to be all classic.
Song before: Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I had an idea for a Thanksgiving show. I had the night off, so I will do it tonight. I was thinking about the many things in my life I have to be thankful for. I’ve got great parents and a brother. I’ve got lots of great friends. There’s tons of great music around all the time. Tonight I want to choose one and highlight how thankful I feel. I am very thankful for my brother Ken. He’s had some challenges in life, and it’s sometimes hard to drag him out to local shows. Since I have started my radio show, he listens often and writes me an e-mail about it after. He really likes playing air guitar to rocking songs. This show is dedicated to him. Tonight we start with Alice Austin’s next song from To A Star In The Yard, this is Run My Man on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Run My Man – Alice Austin
2.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
3.) 89 – Black Rabbit
4.) Kick The Can – Cave Bees
Are you rocking yet Ken? I sure am. Cave Bees are back in Austin for the winter. It was good to see them a few times. Black Rabbit always rock! Be Aggressive just played at Punksgiving in White River. Up next, let’s keep rocking.
5.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
6.) Bomb – Envy
7.) The Eldridge – Cameo Harlot
I hope Ken has been rocking out to those last few. While it’s sometimes hard to get him out to local shows, We’ve been to quite a few big ones together. The last one was the Clockwork Angels tour in Montreal.
8.) The Trees – RUSH
9.) Shout It Out Loud – KISS
10.) Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
11.) Hey You – Pink Floyd
I’ve seen Floyd twice without Roger, and Roger three times solo, but never together. I put Hey You in, because for two years our parents got us tickets to see a full show Pink Floyd cover band at the Flynn Theater. They were pretty fun shows and it was good to see them with Ken. Last night at Nectar’s there was a Floyd tribute band called Dark Side Of The Mountain. Matt Burr, Bob Wagner and the rest of the band were pretty excellent. They will be there for the nest two Wednesdays. Ken and I have seen Iron Maiden many many times. When Kiss got back together, we saw them three times, and they were great! Ken always seems to like it when I play this next band, but there is one song he seems to like just a little bit more.
12.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes
13.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
14.) Come To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS
Ken always likes it when I play Rough Francis. I really should try and drag him to a show sometime soon. I like the symmetry of dedicating this to my brother with a band lead by brothers. Doll Fight really rock too. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Hey, Tim still here. I’ve always been playing a Fish song after my show, and Ken has remarked how much he’s liked all the songs on A Feast Of Consequences. This is my favorite.
Song after: Crucifix Corner
Bill Moyers “Remember when the Occupy movement demanded that issues like income inequality, race-to-the-bottom globalization and the failures of the free market be placed on the agenda?
Remember the silly critique of Occupy that said the movement’s necessary challenge to austerity lacked specifics?
The pope has gotten specific.
Condemning the “new tyranny” of unfettered capitalism and the “idolatry of money,” Pope Francis argues in a newly circulated apostolic exhortation that “as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
The pope has taken a side, not just in his manifesto but in interviews, warning: “Today we are living in an unjust international system in which ‘King Money’ is at the center.”
He is encouraging resistance to “the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation” that creates “a throwaway culture that discards young people as well as its older people.”
“What I would tell the youth is to worry about looking after one another and to be conscious of this and to not allow themselves to be thrown away,” he told a television audience in his native Argentina. “So that throwaway culture does not continue, so that a culture of inclusion is achieved.”
Breast cancer victim Marsha Kilgore lost her home in Fresno, California and died soon after she was foreclosed on by Wells Fargo, which had promised a loan modification but later reneged.
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee reported that Kilgore’s troubles began in 2005 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and was forced to stop working.
The 62-year-old woman had made regular mortgage payments for 16 years. And although her Social Security payments and disability provided her with enough money to continue making payments, a sales call convinced her she would be better off with something called a “pick-a-payment” loan from World Savings, which gave the borrower the flexibility to pay less if they needed to.
Kilgore, a former real estate agent, had been ill at the time she signed papers and later realized the true cost of the loan. But World Savings would not allow her to rescind her signature on the loan.
She had been led to believe that she had signed a fixed-rate loan, but loan documents showed that payments would skyrocket from $656 in 2006 to $1,012 in December of 2012. And by 2016, she would have owned $1,750 each month.
She now owed $177,000 on the condo that she had borrowed $66,000 to purchase in 1990.
World Savings had sold their “pick-a-payment” loans to enough other customers that Kilgore was able to join a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo, which had bought the bank.
Under a $2 billion settlement in the class action suit, Wells Fargo agreed to modify her loan so she could stay in her home. Her lawyer, Lenore Albert, said that Kilgore needed a home for health care equipment like oxygen, and Medicare would only provide full benefits if she had a permanent address.
In order to initiate the loan modification, Wells Fargo instructed Kilgore to miss three house payments.
Wells Fargo spokesperson Tom Goyda told the Fresno Bee that Kilgore had to be evicted after the bank tried for three years to find a new loan for her.
“We did provide a modification, but unfortunately, we could not find an option after that to allow her to stay in her home,” he explained.
Kilgore was evicted last June, which meant that her oxygen subsidies and some other Medicare benefits would stop.
After Kilgore lost her battle with cancer this year, her attorney filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wells Fargo seeking $250,000.
“The bank made a conscious decision that their profit meant more than her life, and that’s despicable,” Abert explained. “They knew with 100% certainty that she would lose her home.”
Religious scholar Reza Aslan said American conservatives are basing their criticism of recent comments made by Pope Francis on a “profoundly unhistorical view of Jesus.”
The pontiff has ruffled the feathers of U.S. conservatives with comments suggesting the church has focused too much on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception, rather than helping the poor.
But his first Apostolic Exhortation released earlier this week, in which the pope denounced the sacred economic theories of the American right – trickle-down economics and an unfettered free market – seems to have been the last straw for Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.
“These two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus,” Aslan wrote in a Washington Post column published Thursday.
The Iranian-American scholar noted Palin’s complaint that Pope Francis sounded “kind of liberal” when he decried the growing global income gap between the rich and the poor, although the former vice presidential candidate and reality TV star has since apologized.
But Limbaugh accused the pope of promoting Marxism in comments that had undoubtedly been written by someone else or forced upon him.
“Somebody did get to Pope Francis,” Aslan wrote. “It was Jesus.”
Pope Francis is a pontiff who has constructively broken all the rules of popery – so far to widespread acclaim. He’s faulted the Catholic church for its negative obsession with gays and birth control, and now he has expanded his mandate to economics with a groundbreaking screed denouncing “the new idolatry of money“.
As the Pope wrote in his “apostolic exhortation“:
The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings.
His thoughts on income inequality are searing:
How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.
Saudi Arabia cautiously welcomed Monday a deal reached between world powers and Iran, describing it as a possible initial step toward reaching a comprehensive solution for Tehran’s nuclear program.
The statement by the Saudi Cabinet was the first official reaction from the kingdom to Sunday’s deal. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s main political power, has previously expressed unease about U.S. outreach to Iran, and Gulf countries generally view any normalizing of ties between Tehran and the West as a direct threat to their own stability.
The Cabinet statement, released by the official Saudi Press Agency, said that if there is “goodwill” then a comprehensive solution would also entail a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, a reference to Israel’s presumed arsenal.
“If there is goodwill, then this agreement could be an initial step toward reaching a comprehensive solution for Iran’s nuclear program if that leads to the removal of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, from the Middle East and Arab Gulf,” the Saudi government said.
The government added that it hopes the agreement is succeeded by “important steps” that ensure the rights of all countries in the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have already issued statements welcoming the nuclear deal.
FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: But first, here is my take. If you’re trying to decide what to think about the deal struck between the major powers and Iran, here’s a suggestion. Imagine what would have happened if there had been no deal.
In fact, one doesn’t have to use much imagination. In 2003, Iran approached the United States with an offer to talk about its nuclear program. The Bush administration rejected the offer because it believed that the Iranian regime was weak, had been battered by sanctions, and would either capitulate or collapse if Washington just stayed tough.
So there was no deal. What was the result? Iran had 164 centrifuges operating in 2003. Today, it has 19,000. Had the Geneva talks with Iran broken down, Iran would have continued expanding its nuclear program.
Yes they are now under tough sanctions but they were under sanctions then as well. And yet, the number of centrifuges grew exponentially. Despite all the sanctions, keep in mind, the costs of a nuclear program are small for an oil rich country like Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been opposed to a deal. But is it in Israel’s interest that Iran’s program keep growing in size and scope?
That’s a strategy that assumes that either Iran is heading for collapse, or that a military strike will take place that would permanently destroy Iran’s entire nuclear program and it wouldn’t get rebuilt. This seems more like wishful thinking than strategy. The agreement that the major powers have gotten in Geneva essentially freezes Iran’s program for six months and rolls back some key aspects of it while a permanent deal is negotiated.
In return, Iran gets about $7 billion of sanctions relief, a fraction of what is in place against it. The main sanctions against its oil and banking sectors stay fully in place.
This is a sensible deal signed off on by France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, as well as the United States and Iran. But it is just an interim deal and not a historic rapprochement and that’s why so much of the opposition to it is misplaced.
Washington has many points of disagreement with Tehran, from its opposition to Israel and its support for Hezbollah to its funding of Iraq militias. This is not like Nixon’s opening to China. It’s more like an arms control deal with the Soviet Union, with two wary adversaries trying to find some common ground.
Many countries in the Middle East, from Israel to Saudi Arabia, have legitimate concerns about Iran. But many of these countries have also gotten used to having a permanent enemy against whom they could rail, focusing domestic attention, driving ideological and sectarian divides, garnering support.
The Middle East is undergoing so much change. Perhaps this is one more change. Perhaps Iran will come in from the Cold. For now though, it is just one step, not a seismic shift. But it is a step forward.
President Obama “Good evening. Today, the United States — together with our close allies and partners — took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.
Since I took office, I’ve made clear my determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As I’ve said many times, my strong preference is to resolve this issue peacefully, and we’ve extended the hand of diplomacy. Yet for many years, Iran has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community. So my administration worked with Congress, the United Nations Security Council and countries around the world to impose unprecedented sanctions on the Iranian government.
These sanctions have had a substantial impact on the Iranian economy, and with the election of a new Iranian president earlier this year, an opening for diplomacy emerged. I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s foreign minister. And we have pursued intensive diplomacy — bilaterally with the Iranians, and together with our P5-plus-1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, as well as the European Union.
Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.”
I had a great time seeing Thompson Gunner last night at Radio Bean. I worked 2-10:30 and somewhere around 7 I looked out the window and the snow was flying like crazy. I quickly walked the icy sidewalks home, did a quick turnaround, swapping sneakers for the boots, and headed downtown.
I walked in around 11:15 and Thompson were just about to go on. Dave Anderson was not there, but the rest of the guys were set up and ready to play. The lit in with country tinged rock and roll and played a great set . They slowed things down a little for a couple of songs, but most of the set just rocked. Caleb Thomas sang deep gritty vocals and played rhythm guitar, Conor McQuade did a bit of guitar shredding and played some cool electric piano, Jeremy Woods rocked the bass, I forgot the name of the new solid rocking drummer, and Aiden Lenihan played more of a lead guitar pedal steel. They played great versions of The Rutland Song, California’s Burning, and Dead Summer. They played a new song that was a bit more country, but at a rock pace and volume. They tossed in the cover of 16 Tons and they wrapped the night with a killer Empress Of Ireland. You would think with all of the guitar, that Dave’s lead guitar playing wouldn’t be missed much if at all. If you did not know the parts he played, you likely had a great time. I missed his leads and harmony vocals dearly, but still had a great time anyway.
After they finished, I grabbed my coat, said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the icy walk home. The ice was nice and chunky, so I kept a good pace, while singing Dead Summer in my head.