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An animated film based on the song "Love Rain Down" from the album "AFropolitan" by Derrick N. Ashong (aka DNA) & Soulfège. The movie follows the tale of a little boy named "Johnny" who makes a trip to the legendary "Crossroads" of Robert Johnson fame, and stands down the Devil armed only with a song...


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Big Gubment - The Bain of Our Existence


Today voters in Florida hit the polls and all indicators show that Mitt "Don't-hate-the-playa-Hate-the-Tax-Code" Romney will win a decisive victory after being trounced by Newt Gingrich in South Carolina just a week-and-a-half ago.  The see-saw of Republican primary politics this year hasn't yet removed the patina of inevitability from Mr 15%'s visage - a face rough-hewn from years of living in the "real economy" - but it has certainly dispatched the idea that anyone would get to enjoy the wonders of bean bag this time around.

In addition to summarily destroying the heretofore stellar reputation of a favorite childhood game, the GOP field has managed to maintain a unified position in one other key issue: Big Government.  It's big, it's bad and it's coming to get you.  And yet there's very little substantive argument  on what exactly "Big Government" is, and how exactly it's going to hurt you.  We hear the recycled mantra of "Repeal Obamacare" on a daily basis, and yet the arguments that the Affordable Care Act's mandate for citizens to buy private health insurance, is some sort of red-scare government-take-over of health care is...well, dumb.   

I heard a dumb person being interviewed on TV earlier today saying that Romney would defend Medicare, unlike Obama who wants us to have "government-run-healthcare."  The reporter didn't bother to inform the individual in question that he was dumb, since as most of us who can read have already noticed, Medicare "is" government run healthcare.  He also didn't bother to point out that Mitt Romney early endorsed the Paul Ryan budget, which would effectively turn Medicare into a privatized voucher system - something that most Medicare advocates would argue is by definition no longer "Medicare."  And finally neither did the reporter have the heart to inform this particular voter that Obamacare is the bouncing brawny baby of Romneycare - how proud is papa Mittens of that?

In the end there's a lot of rhetoric thrown around, designed to get people's waders in a winch about the dangers of "Big Government" in our lives, and frankly I don't know that I want "Big" anyone peering over my shoulder when I'm eating my evening Cheerios. But there's another important point that is oft overlooked.  Lately the media has begun to take note that all of the Presidential candidates who rail incessantly against Big Government, are in fact rich people (one of them being much richer than the rest combined...and their ancestors...and their kids).  The thing no one is bothering to point out is simple:

In the absence of Government, Rich people ARE the government.

I know it sounds simplistic but think about it historically: who ever heard of the King of France, the Queen of England or the Sultan of Brunei struggling to make their horse & carriage payments? No one.  Why?  Because they got PAPER son (or as Ron Paul prefers it, they got Gold for every rainy day in the almanac).  If they were broke their kingdom would eventually be taken over by the army of some other rich person, and they would either be sent to meet their maker (as Mittens would love to do to Castro), or they'd be turned into some sort of sub-king or duchess in the interests of saving face.  But the bottom line remains, historically, rich people have run things.  Over time they became clever enough to say, "I run ish because God said so," rather than the proverbial "I run ish because I got guns n scimitars" which always frightened the children.

I can't even pretend to be a proponent of government largesse, as I think there are a world of sensible reasons to curtail the power of the State.  That said, the next time some multi-millionaire candidate tells you he or she is here to protect you against the ravages of Big Government, take a moment and ask yourself: after Richie Rich has finished drowning "government" in his golden bidet, who will protect you from him



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Streaming Saturdays 5/14/2011

Another Saturday and that means it is time again for The Experience. We have plenty to talk about starting with the poltical realm where new candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for 2012 and President Obama held a Nationally Televised Town Hall Meeting. We'll discuss the mom who regularly gives her 8 year old Botox and another mom with Stage IV Cancer who lost custody of her kids because of it. And of course we'll be talking High Speed Rail and Southern Floods. Most importantly we'll be talking to YOU to get your take on the week's news and events.

For more background info you can get the scoop on the stories D has been reading all week over at Reddit.

Be sure to add your voice to the mix, give us a shout at 866-677-2496 or on Twitter or Facebook where you can chime in on some of the questions we'll be asking on the air.

It all starts at 12 noon ET (9am PT) - see you then!! 

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Don't Be Stupid - Part 3

Glenn Beck

For the final segment of this week's very special "Don't Be Stupid" series, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about your boy Glenn Beck.  Now I know some of my more conservative friends are probably at least a "lil" salty with me for having drizzled hot, buttered invective all over some of the more tasteless icons of their movement.  I mean with the constant spate of tomfoolery we've been fed by the GOP recently, how could a good and fair-minded person not rain molten marshmallows & brimstone on the likes of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich?  I would argue these people are actively contributing to the ongoing dumbification of America and I most certainly cannot dig it.

Of course, having dropped lyrical bombs on such aforementioned conservatives I will inevitably be perceived as a partisan by some.  I am willing to accept this for the sake of the higher calling of the "Don't Be Stupid" campaign - one that is fundamentally inspired by a pure and heartfelt desire to keep Americans from becoming any dumber than we already are.  But I know in my heart of hearts, that many liberals are dumb too (with Harry Reid being Democratic Dummy numero uno this week for trading the rights of Muslim Americans for a pittance of short-term political gain).

The truth is I am not big on partisanship.  I'm more interested in intelligent ideas, hopefully delivered with a measure of wit and at least a modicum of goodwill.  In today's political arena I find few such examples on the conservative side, with the notable recent exceptions of NJ Governor Chris Christie, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, both of whom have remained true to their conservative principles in supporting the Constitutional rights of all Americans, even the ones a lot of us apparently don't like.  I also think former Sen Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is generally the man and I occasionally like Lyndsey Graham when he's not trying to change the Constitution.

I also have to give a major shout out to Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), who whether you agree with him or not, has got to be one of the most principled people in Congress.  If you haven't already done so, his call for an end to demagoguery about the Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center is a must read.

There's a lot of reflexive partisanship going on in America today, and I'd prefer not to be a part of it.  The latest thing to be clogging the airwaves is the non-issue of Glen Beck's upcoming march on Washington, on the 47th anniversary of MLK's original march.  For the record, I find Beck to be an insufferable schmuck.  But on this one, I've gotta' leave a warning to the lefties out there.  Before you go jump off an ideological cliff because Glenn Beck is defiling the memory of a great man on the hugely consequential "47th" anniversary of an event that will always hold a profound place in history, no matter who opens his mouth on that date, I would ask that for the sake of our good nation you do one simple but important thing:

Don't Be Stupid.

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