Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kris Kristofferson Performs "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"


A cover revisited on Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited.
    Call him drunken Ira Hayes
    He won't answer anymore
    Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
    Nor the Marine that went to war

    Gather round me people there's a story I would tell
    About a brave young Indian you should remember well
    From the land of the Pima Indian, a proud and noble band
    Who farmed the Phoenix valley in Arizona land

    Down the ditches for a thousand years
    The water grew Ira's peoples' crops
    'Till the white man stole the water rights
    And the sparklin' water stopped

    Now Ira's folks were hungry
    And their land grew crops of weeds
    When war came, Ira volunteered
    And forgot the white man's greed

    Call him drunken Ira Hayes...
    There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill,
    Two hundred and fifty men
    But only twenty-seven lived to walk back down again

    And when the fight was over
    And when Old Glory raised
    Among the men who held it high
    Was the Indian, Ira Hayes

    Call him drunken Ira Hayes...

    Ira returned a hero
    Celebrated through the land
    He was wined and speeched and honored;
    Everybody shook his hand

    But he was just a Pima Indian
    No water, no crops, no chance
    At home nobody cared what Ira'd done
    And when did the Indians dance

    Call him drunken Ira Hayes...

    Then Ira started drinkin' hard;
    Jail was often his home
    They'd let him raise the flag and lower it
    like you'd throw a dog a bone!

    He died drunk one mornin'
    Alone in the land he fought to save
    Two inches of water in a lonely ditch
    Was a grave for Ira Hayes

    Call him drunken Ira Hayes...

    Yeah, call him drunken Ira Hayes
    But his land is just as dry
    And his ghost is lyin' thirsty
    In the ditch where Ira died

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Johnny Cash Performs "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow" With Pete Seeger and June Carter Cash


Just bought Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, which marks the Lth anniversary of the monumental but ignored album of Indian protest songs, and which begins with this exquisite cover — Gillian Welch - As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (Look Again To The Wind).
    As long as the moon shall rise, as long as the rivers flow
    As long as the sun will shine, as long as the grass shall grow

    The Senecas are an Indian tribe of the Iroquios nation
    Down on the New York Pennsylvania Line you'll find their reservation
    After the US Revolution Cornplanter was a chief
    He told the tribe these men they could trust that was his true belief

    He went down to Independence Hall and there was a treaty signed
    That promised peace with the USA and Indian rights combined
    George Washington gave his signature the Government gave its hand
    They said that now and forever more that this was Indian land

    As long as the moon shall rise...

    On the Seneca reservation there is much sadness now
    Washington's treaty has been broken and there is no hope no how
    Across the Allegheny River they're throwing up a dam
    It will flood the Indian country a proud day for Uncle Sam

    It has broke the ancient treaty with a politician's grin
    It will drown the Indians graveyards Cornplanter can you swim
    The earth is mother to the the Senecas they're trampling sacred ground
    Change the mint green earth to black mud flats as honor hobbles down

    As long as the moon shall rise...

    The Iroquios Indians used to rule from Canada way south
    But no one fears the Indians now and smiles the liar's mouth
    The Senecas hired an expert to figure another site
    But the great good army engineers said that he had no right

    Although he showed them another plan and showed them another way
    They laughed in his face and said no deal Kinuza dam is here to stay
    Congress turned the Indians down brushed off the Indians plea
    So the Senecas have renamed the dam they call it Lake Perfidy

    As long as the moon shall rise...

    Washington Adams and Kennedy now hear their pledges ring
    The treaties are safe we'll keep our word but what is that gurgling
    It's the back water from Perfidy Lake it's rising all the time
    Over the homes and over the fields and over the promises fine

    No boats will sail on Lake Perfidy in winter it will fill
    In summer it will be a swamp and all the fish will kill
    But the Government of the USA has corrected George's vow
    The father of our country must be wrong what's an Indian anyhow

    As long as the moon shall rise (look up), as long as the rivers flow (are you thirsty)
    As long as the sun will shine (my brother are you warm), as long as the grass shall grow

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Two Americans at Appomattox


"I am glad to see one real American here," said Robert E. Lee extending his hand to Ely S. Parker, who responded, "We are all Americans."

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Suburb vs. Neighborhood

    One thing about Oak Lawn Estates: if a child-or anyone-had screamed long and high and hard like that on George Street, Mrs. Fountain, Mrs. Godfrey, Ida Rhew, and half a dozen housekeepers would have flown outside in a heartbeat ("Children! Leave that snake alone! Scat!"). And they would mean business, and not stand for any back talk, and stand watch at their kitchen windows after they went back inside just to make sure. But things were different at Oak Lawn Estates. The houses had a frightening sealed-off quality, like bunkers or mausoleums. People didn't know each other. Out here at Oak Lawn you could scream your head off, some convict could be strangling you with a piece of barbed wire, and nobody would come outside to see what was going on. In the intense, heat-vibrant silence, manic laughter from a TV game show wafted eerily from the nearest house: a shuttered hacienda, hunched defensively in a raw plot just beyond the pine skeletons. Dark windows. A gleaming new Buick was parked in the sand-strewn car-port.
From The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, whose The Secret History and The Goldfinch are largely responsible for this blogger's quietude for the past couple of months.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nicolas Gombert's Missa Media Vita in Morte Sumus Sung by The Hilliard Ensemble

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Lord, Have Mercy



As 9-year-old Mercy Kennedy sobbed along with neighbors mourning news
of her mother's death, not a person would touch the little girl to comfort her...

A Pulitzer Prize-worthy piece of photojournalism. Let us pray for this daughter and all the people of our daughter republic Liberia and her neighbors.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Della Mae Perform "Pine Tree," "Hounds" & "Carter Country"

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MLB, MiLB, LLWS

Yesterday, with my dad and my son I drove the thee hours to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. O, the purity!

We started the season driving an even longer distance to see the Toronto Blue Jays forgettably host the New York Yankees. In between, we saw many a good Rochester Red Wings game. We finished the season watching Seoul defeat Tokyo and are looking forward today to watching the former play Chicago in fifteen minutes.

The LLWS is like going to the school dance with the girl next door. MiLB is like spending some quality time with the missus after a hard day for the both of you. MLB is like whacking off alone to hardcore porn on the Internet.

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True Patriotism

"It is in the interest of every American to understand why war is so dangerous to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," reminds Mike Marion — Anti-war Is Pro-American.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros Perform "Night Train Rolling By"


Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros play tomorrow night at the Abilene Bar and Lounge.

Guitalele in hand, last night yours truly hopped a freight train, just for practice, near the trestle pictured above.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cloud Cult Performs "Breakfast With My Shadow," "Ghost Inside Our House," "You're The Only Thing In Your Way," & "Pretty Voice"

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Deep Dark Woods Perform "A Voice Is Calling," "Absolutely Sweet Marie," "Jubilee" & "Red, Red Rose"

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We Are All Isolationists

Justin Raimondo explains "[h]ow an epithet becomes a compliment" — The New Meaning of ‘Isolationism’. "The recent rash of attacks on 'isolationism' by leading Republican warmongers is doing nothing but making us isolationists more popular than ever – and is turning what is supposed to be a marginalizing epithet into a compliment and a political asset."

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As American as Quaker Oats and the America First Committee

Bill Kauffman remembers "Robert Douglas 'Bob' Stuart Jr., who died in May at the age of 98, [who] helmed two of the 20th-century Midwest’s flagship cultural enterprises" — Still America First. An exceprt:
    In September 1940, Bob Stuart and several Yale Law School classmates—including future President Gerald Ford and future Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart—founded the America First Committee, the largest antiwar organization in American history. Their law professor Fred Rodell later wrote in The Progressive—before Vietnam—that America First was “the only important U.S. political movement ever sparked and kindled by youngsters.” (Gerald Ford quit when he feared his involvement might jeopardize his position as assistant football coach at Yale. A profile in courage!)

    Speaking of which, there were Kennedy footprints all over America First. Old lech Joe Kennedy kicked in a few bucks, and John F. Kennedy sent the AFC a check for $100, with a note reading “what you all are doing is vital.” Mr. Stuart’s long-time friend Sargent Shriver, Kennedy in-law and the last pro-life Democrat to run on the national ticket, was present at the creation.

    Mr. Stuart said that the disastrous entry of the U.S. into the slaughterhouse of World War I was his motivation in founding the AFC. He saw the new European war as a continuation of the previous one, and he wanted no part of it for his country.

    The America First story has been told well by historians Justus Doenecke and Wayne Cole. Its personalities ranged from Main Street Republicans to prairie populists, from pacifist novelists to Midwestern manufacturers. Behind its banner stood figures as various as Socialist Norman Thomas, American Legion commander Hanford MacNider, and Sears Roebuck chairman Robert E. Wood. And, of course, Charles Lindbergh.

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Neocon Iraq Policy Success


The mark of the Nazarene, above, "100 people lined up, all holding the Arabic letter nun, or 'N,' which the Islamic State painted on the homes of Christians in Mosul," a graphic visual to accompany "hard left" CounterPuncher Patrick Cockburn's stark reminder of "the greatest mass flight of Christians in the Middle East since the Armenian massacres and the expulsion of Christians from Turkey during and after the First World War" — Time Runs Out for Christian Iraq.
    The last Christians in northern Iraq are fleeing from places where their communities have lived for almost 2,000 years, as a deadline passed for them to either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or be killed.... Isis, which now rules an area larger than Great Britain, has already eliminated many of the ancient Christian communities of eastern Syria, where those who had not escaped were given a similar choice between conversion, payment of a special tax or death....

    Mosul is one of the most ancient centres of Christianity and on the east bank of the Tigris river that flows through the city is a mosque housing the tomb of the Biblical figure of Jonah. This is now in danger of being destroyed by Isis, whose puritan and iconoclastic version of Islam is opposed to the worship of tombs, shrines, statues and pictures....

    The Christians are mostly Assyrians, known as the Church of the East, or Chaldeans, an Eastern rite of the Catholic Church.... The church of Mary in Mosul, 225 miles from Baghdad, was closed by Islamic militants.... Christians were ordered by Isis to attend a meeting with them on 16 July, but they refused to go and a decree was issued the following day offering the three options of conversion, payment of jizia or special tax by non-Muslims or expulsion on pain of death.

    Two Christian nuns and three orphans were kidnapped for 15 days when they stopped at a petrol station. Christian churches in Mosul have been progressively occupied and despoiled.... Chaldean Archbishop Nona told HRW that four cars had come to his archdiocese compound:

    “Each car carried three gunmen, most of them with masks. They broke open the doors and took some small statues from inside the property and broke them outside. They took control of the premises and placed their black banners on the roof and entrance. They told neighbours, ‘this is our property, don’t touch it’.”

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nikki Lane Performs "Good Man," "You Can't Talk To Me Like That," "Seein' Double" & "Right Time"


Outlaw country, with its "fundamental opposition between law-and-order authoritarianism and the image of 'outlaw' authenticity," ain't dead.

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Free Mary Ann Grady Flores!


"You can bet money that Earl A. Evans, the Air Force colonel who has restraining orders against a number of protesting grandmothers, is not actually scared," rightly says the local columnist about the injustice committed against another local woman — Bryant: Year in jail unfair for protesting grandmother. "People who care about the First Amendment ought to be horrified."

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Free Thelma Louise Edwards!


"Instead of as a community being punitive to people who are trying, we should be helping them," says the local woman raising funds to help out another local woman, who, we learn "told deputies at the time of her arrest that she left her son in the car because she had no child-care option and didn't want to lose her hostess job" — More than $1K raised to bail out TGIF mom. Click on the image to donate.

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