Love Hurts – Millennials Feel the Bern

The battle between generations is as old as time itself. Each generation blames the one before it and is suspect of the one after it. Right now, the generational battle being waged, real or imagined, is between baby boomers and millennials. Numbering 76 million and 73 million respectively, baby boomers are typically defined as those born between 1944–1964 and millennials, between 1980–1994. The two Democratic … Continue reading Love Hurts – Millennials Feel the Bern

It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Class Genocide

Conflict is defined as “the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests and desires between people of different classes.” Genocide is defined as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” With all due respect to victims of historical genocide, how is it possible to think about what is currently happening to the middle-class as anything … Continue reading It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Class Genocide

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Retro Review: Hootie & the Blowfish — Cracked Rear View

In my continuing look at older albums, next up is Hootie & the Blowfish. I was managing a restaurant in 1994 when Cracked Rear View came out and a true blue rock and roll guy, snobbishly ensconced in grunge. From where I stood, I was the purveyor of musical taste for the restaurant. And no one’s taste was as good as mine. Yep. I was … Continue reading Retro Review: Hootie & the Blowfish — Cracked Rear View

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The Trade War — “Who is it good for? Absolutely no one. . . say it again”

When it comes to the trade war, Wall Street fears that Donald Trump “may be too dumb to fix” it. The talks collapsed between the US and China on May 10, and the U.S. increased tariffs on $250bn of Chinese products from 10% to 25%. Tensions, and hope, were high when Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jingping met at the G20 conference in late June. … Continue reading The Trade War — “Who is it good for? Absolutely no one. . . say it again”

Way Back Machine – Pearl Jam Fan Club

I can’t recall where I heard Pearl Jam first, but I know where I read about them first. And that was in this article from the October 31, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone. Suffice it to say, I was intrigued. If only for the nod to Jesus Jones. A lot of people don’t realize that Pearl Jam’s Ten (8.27.91) was released before Nirvana’s Nevermind (9.24.91). … Continue reading Way Back Machine – Pearl Jam Fan Club

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The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

The second amendment, ratified in December of 1792, to the United States Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” In the past two weeks, there have been four incidents of mass murder in American cities. One in Brooklyn, New York that left one … Continue reading The Second Amendment & Gun Violence-A Marriage Made in Heaven

Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Tuesday night in Detroit, Michigan was the second batch of Democratic Presidential debates. A two night war of words, plans and policies among the top 20 leading Democratic presidential candidates. Destined to be the delineating moment for many, it didn’t disappoint.  CNN hosted the televised and streamed the debate, moderated by Jake “the bully” Tapper, Dana “cut you off” Bash and Don “Mr. Humble” Lemon. … Continue reading Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

Review – Raw on Amazon

Amazon has all five seasons of the scripted Irish restaurant series Raw now available. Doing the impossible, the show manages to capture the spirit of working in a restaurant. One of the perks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon is that they must rely on other countries for content in order to keep their schedules fresh. In this case, Amazon has an Irish television series … Continue reading Review – Raw on Amazon

Review – The Boys

Amazon Studio’s new show The Boys is about Superheroes, anti-heroes, corporate villainy and a touch of dystopia-shaken, not stirred. I should say that I don’t like Superhero movies, TV shows, novels, comic books, podcasts, telenovelas, musicals, etc. That said, there’s been enough of them that I like one or two. Well, two, I enjoyed both Deadpool movies and the first Iron Man was pretty good … Continue reading Review – The Boys

Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren has been calling out financial malfeasance for a large part of her career. As a Harvard Law Professor, she first gained national attention in 2004. During an appearance on The Bill Moyers Show she called out then Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan for acting at the behest of banks when he was encouraging Americans to borrow against the equity in their … Continue reading Warren’s Worry – The Fierce Fear of More Financial Malfeasance

Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Boris Johnson, long a champion of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union, is now the Prime Minister. Soon he will formally take up residence at 10 Downing Street and begin the onerous task of doing what his predecessor, Theresa May, failed to do, remove Britain from the European Union. If Johnson is to hold true to the promise he made on June 24, to … Continue reading Brexit and America: The Odd Couple?

Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

On Tuesday July 16 Texas Democrat Al Green introduced Articles of Impeachment in the House of Representatives against President Donald Trump. Impeachment has been a long simmering issue and one that a fair amount of Democrats in the House even supported, except the one that mattered most House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Suffice it to say a few Americans were supportive of it as well, especially … Continue reading Articles of Impeachment: Third Time is NOT the Charm

Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

With the first round of Democratic debates over, it’s become clear that the party has begun to slide to the left. Whether that’s been by design or by force is up for debate. There is even talk that, for the first time, the Democrats may find themselves with a true “progressive” leading the party, as opposed to a classical liberal Democrat. But first things first, … Continue reading Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50 and sixty percent of those deaths are attributable to opioids. It almost goes without saying that in America, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. Independent of the emotional toll addiction takes on family, friends and colleagues it’s costly to the federal and state governments that have to deal … Continue reading All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

New Writing and I’m Lazy

Greetings and salutations! I’ve got new writing up at a few places and I’m getting ready to travel again for work so won’t have the time to post them here. In the event you didn’t know, I’m HUGE in Italy. I’m writing for a Italian news magazine and site, il Giornale. They’re the fifth largest newspaper in Italy (yea, how’s that for impressive). They’ve launched … Continue reading New Writing and I’m Lazy

Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Then one fine morning, she put on a New York station She couldn’t believe what she heard at all She started dancing to that fine-fine music Ahh, her life was saved by rock ’n’ roll – “Rock and Roll” Lou Reed Music can save you because the power of good music is that it can transcend. . . everything. Lou Reed wrote some good music. And six … Continue reading Lou Reed – Rocker, Poet, Artist . . . Educator?

Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

While visiting my cousins’ years ago, in New York City, I got a broader exposure to music. In between, uh, “cigarettes”, I also got a brief history of the E Street Band. Including who Steven Van Zandt, Miami Steve and Little Steven was. Somehow Little Steven’s first solo album, Men Without Women, came out, made its way onto the turntable and one of my cousins … Continue reading Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)

Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

One of the primary argument’s for globalization was that it would bring many aspects of the world closer. Be it political, economic or cultural, in essence, globalization would make the world “smaller”. And yet, as recently as 20 years ago, the world seemed so big. Especially in the search for good music. Perhaps I am waxing nostalgic, but it seemed you had to work for … Continue reading Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?

Donald Trump: Four More Years?

President Donald Trump isn’t an unwitting, brainwashed assassin in the same way that Sargent Raymond Shaw was in The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worse. Donald Trump is real. And he’s being manipulated and guided by people who may have taken the time to read Richard Condon’s book or at least watched either John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film or Jonathan Demme’s 2004 re-make. During his first 11 months … Continue reading Donald Trump: Four More Years?

Manic Street Preachers

If you live in America, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are one of the better rock bands you’ve probably never heard of. As near as I can tell, it seems that 2010’s Postcards from A Young Man was the last album that had any physical distribution here in the United States. And streaming services are marginally better for what’s offered here in the states. Radio airplay has … Continue reading Manic Street Preachers

Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is not your parents liberal journalism. The Intercept_ was founded in 2014 by First Look Media. A non-profit company funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and “…built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture”. Its current editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald and … Continue reading Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

The musical landscape on which Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in February of 1978 was diverse. The Bee Gees were at their apogee and Peter Frampton was the guitar god of the moment. A Sisyphean task if ever there was one because Van Halen was equal parts Black Sabbath and Rick James (with just a flare of Elton John). Sure, now we can say … Continue reading Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A few years ago, I made the bold claim that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her show Fleabag would change television. I wasn’t entirely wrong. While the first series of Fleabag (Brits call seasons “series”) on Amazon Prime failed to create a groundswell, Hollywood did take notice. Waller-Bridge landed plum roles in Goodbye Christopher Robin and a sweet Star Wars franchise role as L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars … Continue reading Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)