‘Kids, do you love the Rock n’ Roll?’

As a confirmed early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, I’ve never watched much late-night television. But over the years, I’ve seen enough to be impressed with David Letterman’s openness to new musical talents and genres and his willingness to give them a national stage on which to play. In the shows I’ve seen and the clips I’ve watched, you could tell that his interest was genuine, as was his knowledge.

As everybody in America knows, Letterman retired this week after 33 years of blabbing to insomniacs. So here’s a clip from back in the early days, with Dave introducing some unknown band from a little college town, playing a song too new to have a title. They ended up doing all right.

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/25/8656381/war-resisters-memorial-day


It's time we have a holiday to honor those who try to stop wars too

American history is littered with examples of pointless wars fought for bad reasons, and with people who risked their careers and their freedom to oppose them. The Mexican-American War, for one, was a blatant land grab. While James K. Polk claimed that Mexico had struck first — saying in his war message to Congress that "Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon America's soil" — the truth was that he had sent American troops into disputed territory between the Rio Grande and Nueces Rivers, whereupon Mexican troops, concerned by American encroachment, attacked.

Abraham Lincoln, then in his only term as a Congressman from Illinois, questioned Polk's rationale and introduced what came to be known as the "spot resolutions" demanding that the President point out the exact spot on which American blood had been spilled, to prove that it was really American land. Lincoln received vociferous attacks from Democratic newspapers and meetings back in his district; participants at one rally condemned him as "this Benedict Arnold of our district." But he was on the right side of history: the war was unjustified and caused needless suffering.

World War I was if anything more pointless than the Mexican-American War. The best that could be said of American involvement in the conflict is that it helped bring seemingly ceaseless bloodshed between European nations to a quicker close. But the war itself was fought for no great principle. It was not a fight against tyranny; Germany was a constitutional monarchy, much like Great Britain, and the Allies counted Czarist Russia among their ranks. It was not redressing any unprovoked invasion. It was a tragic unfurling of alliances that claimed 10 million lives and laid the groundwork for both Stalinism and Nazism.

And for the crime of opposing US entry into that morass, dozens saw federal prison time, mostly under the Espionage Act of 1917. In World War I alone, Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, Rep. Victor Berger (Socialist-Wisconsin), Jehovah's Witnesses leader Joseph Franklin Rutherford, activist Kate Richards O'Hare, anarchist Emma Goldman, and German-American businessman William Edenborn all served time behind bars for their opposition to the war. Berger was denied his seat in Congress for his conviction, one of the few times a duly elected American politician was barred from office for having the wrong opinions.

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex The only unjust war ever fought in this nation was the war of Yankee aggression. 

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

@Visual_Cortex 

If you had posted this far-left anti-American tripe yesterday I probably would have lost it. Today I'll just say that this is an absolute asinine post and leave it at that.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Visual_Cortex 


I realized that, VC, and wise decision, but close enough to Memorial Day to make an impact that needed to be made.  Your words may help to create peace in the long-run because they help to cause people to reflect.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Doggone_GA @Recon2/3 @Visual_Cortex

Oh, he's already posted here that liberals are "vermin" that "need to be exterminated."

I've called him out on it a few times, and he's never had the guts to admit that he was just wrong to say that (instead he tries to revise history and claim that what he meant was that the philosophy should be eliminated...)

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Visual_Cortex @Doggone_GA @td1234 I was watching a show last night about WWI and it said the USA Congress never ratified the Treat of Versailles...and a PA Congressman told President Truman that he didn't vote to ratify because in his opinion it would lead to an even greater war than the one just ended.

How's that for prophecy?

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. 


Or maybe not.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

@Normd And a lot more dead innocent people, like in Iraq, for instance.


Thank God not all of us our surrender monkeys.

josef
josef

Calling it a day myself...kids have finally conked out and I've got some work I  need to get out of the way while it's quiet...

gotalife
gotalife

Iranian military commander says US has ‘no will’ to fight Isis


True, they refuse to vote so.,....

gotalife
gotalife

Look for Mississippi to gerrymander if the gop are going to lose.


They will not lose without trying to cheat.

gotalife
gotalife

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: Deadly Flooding Is 'Absolutely Massive'


Texas got hammered today.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@gotalife 

It's God's punishment for the sin of refusing to expand Medicaid to take care of their sick people.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@td1234 The question is: Did you read the article? As it was written in 2013?

"There’s no doubt that the tendency of racial minorities to be concentrated in a group of overwhelmingly Democratic districts hurts the Democratic Party as it seeks control of the United States House."

td1234
td1234

@HarryCrews @td1234 Yes, I read the article and it is clear that geography plays a bigger role in drawing Congressional districts than gerrymandering. 


It is not the Republicans fault that all the progressives want to live in small clusters together in cities. You cannot cut cities in half and swing districts way out to state lines to get two democrats elected. 

gotalife
gotalife

Yes, the gop have to cheat and the dems did not fight back.


Voter turnout was way too low but Americans vote for President.


The dems should do better in 16 and the pendulum of power swings back and forth.


What did the gop do after they won? Abortion, religious freedom bs and kill government jobs.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

Whoa!  BIG thunderclap just now...that one was CLOSE!

josef
josef

@Doggone_GA 

It blew through here last night...a couple of big blows, but LOTS of rain still raining here, occasional thunder, but no wind on the back of it...sposed to be downpouring the next couple of days, though, with thunderstorms...good day for inside activities!  LOL

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@josef @Doggone_GA yeah, no kidding.  I saw on the weather report last night that it was going to hit here today...and it did.  Luckily AFTER I got that gorgeous waterfall today!

josef
josef

@Doggone_GA @josef 

It's a slow mover with lots of rain, so we're getting a good deal of low lying  flooding.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@josef @Doggone_GA I wouldn't be surprised if we are too by now...but I can't tell from where I live, because I live on the side of a fairly steep hill.  And since I'm nearly 1500 feet above Atlanta, as I told my Mother when I moved here: If *I* get flooded you better hope your Ark doesn't leak!