For What It’s Worth (Vid of the Day)

Our Vid of the Day features the remake / reinvention of the Buffalo Springfield folk/rock classic, For What It’s Worth. The song starter verse…

There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware (read full lyrics here)

Seeing how the ideological landscape worsens globally as I type / as you read this… has been deteriorating at varying rates since time immemorial, now, more than ever, singer / songwriter Stephen Stills’ lyrical admonition still applies. And Oui 3’s acid jazz, hip hop, trip hop cover amply updates / translates his sentiments into the Nineties. Little doubt, as I type / as you read this, someone may already be building upon / updating / ushering all of these above sentiments into the Twenty-Teens… into the rapidly approaching, roaring Twenty-Twenties.





Impeachment Inquiry ≠ Lynching (Vid of the Day)

In the past, our Vid of the Day YouTube clips, have typically featured far more pleasant subject matter. Alas, not all in life is pleasant, which leads us to Donald J. Trump’s tainted with racism (10/22/19) Tuesday Tweet…

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a civil rights activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party (Illinois chapter) responded…

“You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you? Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet.”

I’ve deemed it necessary to utilize this venue to register another appropriate response to that Trumpian Tweet, which leads us to our above clip… Billie Holiday’s rendition of Strange Fruit.


Strange Fruit
By Abel Meeropol
(nom de plume Lewis Allan)

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop





Are we overlooking something?


First and foremost, I have absolutely no way of proving my following suspicions. Even so, such speculation is worthy of discussion. That said…

The simplest explanation is to dismiss Donald J. Trump’s ill-conceived, ill-timed, bizarre Syrian policy as a monumental blunder of his own making. However…

What if autocrat Vladimir Putin’s meddling into American affairs is not limited only to Election Day? What if he actually ordered Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria?

After all, to destabilize that nation / region, in this manner, has got to be Putin’s fantasy fulfilled. And seeing how both of these despotic dudes have had plenty of clandestine meetings (minus even an American interpreter), Bad Vlad could’ve easily corrupted the always corruptible Donny.

IF THIS IS TRUE… just how many more of Putin’s barked out orders has the Trumpster been following… no questions asked? After all, to destabilize / overthrow America has got to be their shared goal.

Beyond that? One wonders what sort of “doggie treats” this power-hungry Russian feeds his obedient lapdogs?







Fortune Cookie Blog (vicious cycle)


Despots breed dissent. When protestors pour out into the streets,
we can bet our bottom tax dollar that the authorities will show up,
promptly, to disperse each assemblage. It’s a damned shame that
such punctuality is oft absent when it comes down to the electors’
need to disperse each assemblage of despots, who breed dissent.






Fortune Cookie Blog (politic parable)


Once upon a time there lived a nasty king, who dubbed himself Sir Surly I.
The only thing worse than his tattered moral code and self-serving agenda
was his threadbare, threadless, endless, benighted, bellicose bellyaching.
With the push of “The Button” he had the power to unravel the very strands
of DNA that had evolved humankind. His impudence and imprudence left
all seven plus billion of his subjugated subjects dangling by a fragile thread.
Nancy, the stitch-in-time town tailor, saved them! Tied up the King in knots.
Our story’s moral: Don’t be duped by a Fascist wolf Don-ning sheep’s duds.






A Rainy Night in ______ (U fill in the blank) ~ Vid of the Day

This being a rainy night in Michigan, it certainly did prove influential in selecting our Vid of the Day. I first heard Brook Benton’s cover of Rainy Night in Georgia on the radio shortly after its December 1969 release date. And appropriately enough, that was on a rainy night, too. Greatly enhancing my listening experience was how an actual rainstorm’s lightening flash and thunder crash had synchronized / mixed in perfectly with the song’s fade to silence… and soon to follow (what else?) several words from the DJ’s sponsors.

Give ‘er a look see / listen… be your weather rain or shine…






Fortune Cookie Blog (self-determination)


If you have a say-so in empowering your homeland’s leadership, be
sure to treasure, nurture and regularly exercise this Essential Right.
Keep well-informed prior to casting your ballot and, most assuredly,
never punish one political faction by empowering their wicked rivals.
Political mischief, typically, results in punishment; for you, your com-
patriots and your innocent bystander neighbors, spanning our globe.






A Past / Present Match-Up ~ Vid of the Day

Long ago… there was Match Game 1973, 74, 75, etc., where show host Gene Rayburn’s staff writers / comedians introduced us to the mythical / fake, generic Dumb Donald.

In the here and now… well… as it turns out, they almost seem to have been a bit prescient. With regards to our Vid of the Day’s specific question, sans nary an inkling of the actual Trumpster, they did manage to capture his flaws… namely his impulsive nature, low ethics IQ and insanely staunch stance re the NRA / 2nd Amendment… as well as address these current events…

[1] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.
[2] Trump’s 10/04/2019 phone chat with House Republicans where he
whined about impeachment being a “bad thing to have on your resume.”
[3] How Donny just might wind up pounding the pavement ISO a new job.





Frost’s Road Not Taken ~ Vid of the Day [10-20-19]

So… what was on poet Robert Frost’s mind, so long ago? What inspired him to mull over life’s fork in the road? Why was he advocating The Road Not Taken?

Was this his attempt to spare us the hubbub of urbanity’s insanity? To urge us to dance to the beat of a different drummer? To perhaps even deliver a simplified lecture to present his practical application of Quantum Mechanics… i.e., the study of the multiverse of infinite possibilities?

Too heavy a discussion? Yep! No argument here.

Best advice…

Chill out to the wisdom of poet Robert Frost, the calming, dulcet tones of orator John C. Catlin, the divine piano masterpiece, Healing Waters by Olive Musique and the vibrant, autumnal scenes of Mother Nature adorned in her leafy Sunday best.

Oh, btw… if you’d like to share your own interpretations of Frost’s poem, I’m looking forward to reading your observations in the comment section below.