That’s not my party

I had an idea to write something and then I just got a tweet:

Now without going into a pedantic discussion about the proper use of capitalization, I need to say that this was unsolicited. And that’s the problem, really, which is that Hillary had a universal corporate sponsorship from the beginning, not to mention illegal collaboration from the DNC, and that is now, in the year 2016, too much to overcome for anyone.

Let that sink in. We live in a post-democratic USA. We have two parties, both of which are owned by the same handful of corporations.

It was ’a corporate coup d’état in slow motion, and it’s over.’

What has also been happening, also in slow motion, seems to be the division of the Democratic party, into very distinct halves. I have ‘friends’ on Facebook that are very heavy-handed in their pro-Clinton rhetoric. Some are respectful, some are not. All of them feel that they have a moral high ground, which to many of us is absurd. The argument goes something like this:

In order to save us from a Trump presidency, we need to hold our nose and vote for Hillary. She is better qualified and will do a good job. All politicians are criminals.
— Hillary Supporters

So what occurred to me today is how faulty this reasoning is, if you remember that the main message here is to stop Trump.

Ok, if that is so important, then why didn’t we fairly elect in the Democratic primary the candidate who had a much better shot at winning the general election? If Hillary is supposed to be good enough to beat Trump, then Bernie would have been Trump kryptonite, but we couldn’t have that because… I never got a good answer for that. They said he wouldn’t withstand a Republican attack (not true); no one would vote for a socialist (leaving out the democratic part); he was too old.

from Real Clear Politics

from Real Clear Politics

The only reason Bernie did not get the nod was that the corporate lobby did not want him raising the minimum wage, or spearing the health care golden goose, or proposing any meaningful Wall Street reform. So they just gave it to Hillary. It’s not about defeating Trump, it’s about not rocking the boat.

So that’s the thing - that’s where the disconnect really is. Some of you are happy with Obama.

Obama...the greatest Pres we will see in our lifetime
— Facebook friend who shall remain nameless

Many of us are not. I still remember the day Obama appointed Geithner and I knew my worst fears were true. No real bank reform. No real health care reform. No privacy protections. Police state surveillance. The worst crackdown on whistleblowers EVER.

Let that sink in also. Under Obama, during a time where we desperately needed transparency and renewed faith in a government of the people for the people, we got instead Assange under house arrest, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Aaron Swartz. Not to mention the first ever openly fraudulent primary election. My friends, if that is where we are setting the bar, we are setting the bar too low.

It’s the sources I think. Information control is real. 

Realize that this line, for example: All politicians are criminals

has been repeated to me a few times by people I am close to, yet that have no connection to each other. Just like they do on the right wing, Democrats now distribute political messaging disguised as popular media and no one can tell. If you don’t realize that your favorite podcast, or blog site, or tv show takes occasional marching orders from a corporate overlord, then I can’t help you. But that doesn’t make it any less true.

Realize also that agencies are being hired right now to perfect the next Twitter ‘bit’, the next viral screenshot on Facebook, and many of us are unwitting parrots in this game of conspiracy and manufacturing consent. I can think of one way to summarize how I feel right now.

If they allow it, it is not enough.
— me

I will dare to guess that many of us feel this way right now. We just witnessed our first rigged primary, and yet we are asked to believe this wolf will be a good steward for the henhouse.

We need much better than another Clinton in the White House.

if only putting it into a screenshot made it true, but the people that are sharing this on Facebook are not checking the facts at all. They just assume it to be true, because they want it to be true. So it gets shared 44 thousand times. The writer cites no sources and fails to explain why it was posted as a screen shot of something else, even though he is the original author (or claims to be).

if only putting it into a screenshot made it true, but the people that are sharing this on Facebook are not checking the facts at all. They just assume it to be true, because they want it to be true. So it gets shared 44 thousand times. The writer cites no sources and fails to explain why it was posted as a screen shot of something else, even though he is the original author (or claims to be).

Hillary is not a proponent of the EPA. She is no friend to water quality, health care, unions, or finance reform, and she is a horrible choice for president because she already knows she is above the law. She is not a liberal champion. She’s not even a liberal. It feels good to say you are liberal, and pragmatic, but if you support Hillary you are neither of those things. Pragmatic means compromise towards positive change, yet I promise she will be to the right of Obama, who was not nearly progressive enough as it is. Spoiler alert - Hillary will not kill the TPP.

The truth is that the DNC has lost me and many like me. I could never again vote for a party that ridicules me and that lies to me. The truth is that it IS possible to have viable 3rd party in a very short time. The truth is that if everyone voted for Jill Stein, we could do the impossible.

I am now a member of the Pacific Green Party. I urge my friends to do so as well. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. I won’t insult you. I’m sure you’ve thought about it.

One thing is for sure. That is not my party.

Trump is not the phenomenon. Trump is responding to a phenomenon created by neoliberalism. And we may get rid of Trump, but we will get something even more vile, maybe Ted Cruz.
— Chris Hedges

Illuminate the Sky gets a placement

I really have spent most of my career as a songwriter trying to get placements for my songs. I always thought all you had to do was be awesome, but it turns out like many things in life it's all about who you know. And then a lot if it is timing. So far I've had few good placements but it's certainly been a few years since the last one.

Bunyan & Babe is the name of the movie. I don't know much about it except that it is animated, has some big names attached to it, and probably will get a theatrical release. I also know that it will feature a piece written by the great Basil Poledouris so I got that going for me, which is nice. It's not every day you have a track placed in a movie next to someone like that.

I will update more as I get more info. For now you can hear the song on bandcamp if you want to know what it sounds like. It is one of my all-time favorites.

Illuminate the Sky
written by Krister Axel
performed by Krister Axel
produced by Krister Axel and Brian Susko
2004 D’Ici La Publishing ASCAP
Courtesy of RockstarAlley
Album: Swexico EP (2004)

performance credits:
Krister Axel - piano, guitar, vocals
Bill Dowling - trumpet and arrangement
Steve Marsh - trombone
Adam Nanouski - drums
Mark Corben - bass
Joel Eckel - vocals
Sally Jaye - vocals






Club 66 on Friday

It begins. We have had a few shows now as a three-piece, but on Friday will be the first time we perform songs from The River South EP with vocals from Jinnee and Ann. We had a practice yesterday which I think sounded very good. I am excited to finally hear it all come together.

more info here

and here



It turned out a bit different from what I had in mind but it was still a solid performance. The lineup got shifted around last minute, and I had to fight for our set time, but I suppose that might be the new normal for a minute here until we create a bigger fan base.

We are happy to be performing and I think we are well on the way to crafting a set of music that we can all be proud of.

I am a perfectionist so I'll probably never be totally satisfied with our sound but as the gigs keep rolling in I know we are going to keep making sweet melodies. :)

I had a recording rolling but I set the input too hot so it's not really listenable. That might be just as well. We have a follow up release coming soon so I need to focus on that.