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Made By Robots at Radio Bean June 8, 2016   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I finally caught a little bit of jazz music yesterday. I’ve had to prerecord my local music radio show on WBKM lately to get the net feed and the 107.1FM feed synced up, so just before three I took a lovely walk downtown. I listed slightly to a couple of the high school jazz bands that were staged around Church st, but was mostly focused on walking forward to my goal. Still, it was a lovely ambiance. I was almost to the last block when a camera crew asked if I was a Bernie Sanders supporter and if they could interview me. I took the couple of minutes and tried to be very positive about the Presidential contender. I realized at the end of the interview that they were from Fox News, something like Water’s World, so who knows how it will be edited. Still, I got a chance to map out a general arc showing how Democratic economic practices are so much better than Republican ones. That said, it was probably a dumb thing to do.

Shortly after the interview I arrived at the station and set up tonight’s show. Hint: it begins with some Bernie and may have some jazz in it. When it was done, I walked back up Church st and noticed that the bands that were playing were a bit more tight. I enjoyed the ambiance and walked a bit more casually, since I had a bit of free time before meeting up with friends. I took a swing into Radio Bean, since I assumed there would be some high quality jazz plating and was proved correct. Made by Robots had a smooth easy flowing sound that meandered around and had a strong flowing flute riding on top. They are a five-piece band with guitar, bass, drums, flute and keys and everything I heard was instrumental. The music had a nice strength to it and I found myself fairly enchanted. I hung out for a drink’s worth of music and especially enjoyed the last song which rocked hard at the end. I definitely need to check them out again.

The walk home was a tiny bit chilly, and I was wondering what the heck I did with the street interview, but was happy that my show was all set and I got to hear some beautiful music.


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Jon Stewart “Even Megyn Kelly, who was, prior to that desperately searching for answers, had the House intelligence committee chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) on her show two weeks after he released the Benghazi report, and never asked him about it once.  Not bleeping once. Yes, the network who used the word Benghazi like a clubhouse password, the official Republican dominated House report on Benghazi was the only news story in two years that didn’t remind them to talk about Benghazi.

Which brings us once again to our main point of respect and appreciation.  The beauty that is the ugliness of Fox News.  They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness whilst holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness.  For two years they used Benghazi as shorthand, as a symbol for the whole concept of a corrupt lying, tyrannical, possibly murderous Obama White House, kind of like other people used Hands Up Don’t Shoot as a symbol for systemic racism.  There’s really only one difference between the two phenomena.  Systemic racism actually exists. “

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Bill O’Reilly “I am furious about how the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown is being reported and how various people are reacting to it.”

Jon Stewart “Yes! That is the outrage. The shooting of Michael Brown and any lack of transparency from the police department responsible for said incident is outrageous, in how it has been reported. And, I guess that’s not the only reason to be angry.”

Fox reporter 1 “Is he going to get a fair shake, this officer?”

Fox reporter 2 “There has been a rush to judgement.”

Fox reporter 3 “Eric Holder flies into Ferguson with his super hero cape.”

Fox reporter 4 “This mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop.  You know that description, in and of itself, actually colors the way in which we look at this story.”

Stewart “Yes.  Describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it.  White cop shoots unarmed black teen does sound terrible, whereas say, hero cop kills alien hunting humans for sport would put a completely different spin on things.  Which, though a very accurate description of the plot of Predator 2, is in this case not what happened.  And, you know what?  There’s so many other stories out there.”

Fox reporter 5 “Why aren’t we covering New York?  Why aren’t we we covering black on black crime?”

Stewart “Yes.  Why all the interest in holding police officers to a higher standard than gangs?  They both flash colors, and yes, one of them has been sworn to protect and defend but still…”

Fox reporter 6 “This weekend 42 people have been shot in Chicago.  You know, I don’t see the protests.  I don’t see the anger.”

Fox reporter 7 “If I were African-American I would be outraged that more journalists aren’t covering what’s happening in Chicago and more outraged that people like Al Sharpton and and Jesse Jackson don’t head to those areas.”

Stewart “Yes.  What could explain the lack of outrage about Al Sharpton and his ilk not doing anything about black on black violence in Chicago?”

Reporter from ABC News 7 on July 10, 2013 “With Chicago’s violence making national headlines, a group, lead by the Rev Al Sharpton, plans to convene an anti-violence summit of national civil rights leaders here.”

Stewart “Oh, that’s right.  Because African-American leaders did hold a summit about that in November, and have met at least three times in the city just in the last 13 months, which is not to say that it has been effective, but taken along with the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which attempts to address this violence, and the countless vigils and marches within these violence torn communities, means they are trying, actually, to do something.  You see, you being ignorant of those attempts, doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored, in the same way that when it snows where you live, doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter.”

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Barack Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents dinner

I admit it. Last year was rough. Sheesh!
At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize.

Of course, we rolled out That could have gone better.
In 2008, my slogan was “Yes, we can”. In 2013 my slogan was Control, alt, delete.

I want to thank the White House correspondents’ association for hosting us here tonight. I am happy to be here even though I am a little jet lagged from my trip to Malaysia, the lengths we have to go to the get CNN coverage these days. I think they’re still searching for their table

And speaking of conservative heroes, the Koch brothers bought a table here tonight. But as usual they used a shadowy right wing organization as a front. Hello, FOX News.

I’m just kidding. Let’s face it, FOX, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.

One issue, for example we haven’t been able to agree on is unemployment insurance. Republicans continue to refuse to extend it.
And you know what? I am beginning to think they’ve got a point. If you want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress, just like everybody else.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel threatened to sue the makers of the Simpsons over a spoof news ticker, the show’s creator Matt Groening has claimed.

Mr Groening said Fox News raised the unlikely prospect of suing a show broadcast by its sister channel, Fox Entertainment, because it wanted to stop the Simpsons parodying its famously anti-Democratic party agenda.

The alleged row centred on a parody of Fox News’ rolling news ticker, which included headlines such as “Do Democrats cause cancer?”

Mr Groening said the news channel backed down because it would have caused Fox to bring a lawsuit against itself.

“Fox said they would sue the show and we called their bluff because we didn’t think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. We got away with it,” Mr Groening told National Public Radio in the US.

“But now Fox has a new rule that we can’t do those little fake news crawls [tickers] on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it’s real news,” he added on NPR’s Fresh Air programme.

The episode of the Simpsons in question showed a rolling news ticker at the bottom of the screen, which read: “Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent… Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at… Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer… Dow down 5,000 points… Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay… JFK posthumously joins Republican Party… Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple…”

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Jon Stewart about being schooled by Fox News about welfare recipients “But, let’s take you at your word.  Perhaps you are merely a watchdog for the American people.  And, like most watchdogs, you do occasionally bark at burglars but mostly just the dishwasher and shadows.  For instance, what is the waste, fraud and abuse of the food stamp program?”

Reporter “More than 3 billion dollars has been lost to trafficking, fraud, and overpayments each year.”

Stewart “Well, you know what, that ain’t nothing.  That’s a lot.  And, I imagine you would agree with me that 3 billion dollars is a lot of money.”

Fox host (talking to a guest) “You and I know numbers.  You know numbers and I assume you know I know numbers.”

Stewart “Fine, so knowing numbers and hating waste and fraud, as you do, when Democrats were looking to raise a trillion dollars in revenue, in part by ending the very wasteful 4 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies that go to already profitable oil companies, you said what?”

Fox host “the tax breaks, or credits or loopholes that we give to oil companies amount to about 4 billion dollars a year.  They’re a pittance compared to what they’re looking for.”

Stewart “Oooh, 4 billion is a pittance.  A pittance for the refrigerator set.  So, what I have learned today from my ‘teacher’ is that 3 billion dollars of taxpayer money is greater than 4 billion dollars in taxpayer money.  I think we’re done here.”–a-waste-odyssey

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Even if the rest of the world sees Russian President Vladimir Putin fully as a “semi-delustional autocrat” who has bought too far into his own propaganda, Daily Show host Jon Stewart observed on Thursday, Fox News is all too willing to treat him as a legitimate world leader.

But while conservatives trip over themselves to praise Putin for acting unilaterally, Stewart said, they immediately cry “imperial president” when U.S. President Barack Obama does the same.

“What the hell is wrong with these people?” Stewart asked. “What happened to these people as children that has enabled this love-hate relationship with authoritarian figures and the inherent cognitive dissonance that goes along with such a schism?”

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) joke about Obama wearing “mom jeans,” Stewart noted, had become a right-wing talking point, even if it tied in to overblown stories about Putin, like the story about him shooting a tiger — which turned out to have been tranquilized and trapped beforehand.—semi-delusional-autocrats


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 Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News “I prefer to look at Lincoln this way.  At the time that he was the President of the United States, slavery was dying a natural death all over the western world…  Instead of allowing it to die, or helping it to die, or even purchasing the slaves and then freeing them, which would have cost a lot less money than the civil war cost, Lincoln set about on the most murderous war in American history. “

Jon Stewart “Oh right, compensated emancipation.  Why didn’t Lincoln think of that?  Oh, he did think of that.  He spent most of 1862 trying to convince the border states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and West Virginia to free their slaves in exchange for money and everybody said bleep off.  OK, alright, ’cause it wasn’t economically feasible and the slave states had a deeply vested sociopolitical interest  in maintaining a two-tiered culture based on cheap forced labor.  Frankly, I don’t even know why we’re talking about slavery.  I mean, why are we even talking about slavery?  It seems that wasn’t really what the civil war was about.”

Napolitano “Well, it’s not even all together clear if slavery was the reason for secession…But, largely the impetus for secession was tariffs.”

Stewart “Sure, unless he’s talking about a slave named tariff, he’s talking out his ass, ’cause in their own declarations of secession, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi all clearly put slavery as the number one issue for wanting to secede, with Mississippi saying quote our position is thoroughly identified with the institute of slavery, the greatest material interest of the world.  I guess  you can read into that.  Going on to say, although for future whitewashing purposes please replace the word slavery with tariffs.  Alright, for more on the issue we talk to our senior black correspondent Larry Wilmore.  Larry, thanks for joining us.  So, what about this idea that Lincoln should have just waited because slavery would have eventually died of natural causes.”

Wilmore “Uh Jon, the south was so committed to slavery, Lincoln didn’t die of natural causes.”

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Bill Maher “It’s still a very volatile there in Ukraine.  President Obama hasn’t really decided exactly what we’re going to do.  Fox news has already decided that whatever it is, it’s wrong.  Sean Hannity said today it’s either gutless and will show the world we’re weak, or it’s reckless and will get us all killed.  I’ll get back to you on Monday.

And, people keep asking me what are they fighting about there in the Ukraine.  Well, it’s complicated, but basically half of the country wants to modernize and become more western in their outlook, and the other half of the country wants to live in the past.  Same problem with our country.”

Posted February 22, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Megyn Kelly – Fox News: Let me ask you about DOD [Department of Defense]. Because I know your report concludes that DOD officials believed nearly from the onset that this was a terrorist attack and not some sort of a protest gone awry. Now, I want to get specific, because so many people have said, ‘So then why did Susan Rice go out and talk about protests? Why did she mention a video?’ But the CIA talking points, the very first draft that went out and was circulated, that Susan Rice ultimately was provided, that top officials ultimately saw, talked about a protest. They did. The CIA actually came out, I want to look at it here, and said this is a draft from September 14th, 11:15 am, ‘We believe based on currently available information that the attacks in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault.’ So, tell me, does that — does it or does it not answer the question about how our officials started to come out and talk about protests and the video?


Posted February 15, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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